There’s a good reason why the Bible says “Do not fear”, and other such statements, more than any other advice in the entire text. God knew it would be our biggest obstacle to knowing Him/Her.
See, we are raised in, domesticated by, and entrenched in the Conscious Masses Mindset (CMM). From the time we are born, we begin learning how to fit in with our culture/humanity. We are taught what is acceptable behavior to be a part of society. We are given the rules on how to be accepted- a core desire in us all. It is passed down to us by our parents, grandparents, school, church, media and society. This “rulebook” is not in some archive somewhere. It’s Unwritten Law. So massively used and agreed to that there is very little misunderstanding on what the rules are from culture to culture, and race to race.
CMM is moveable, which accounts for constraints from country to country. This accounts for things like Burqas in Pakistan. We don’t have them here in the US, but we have social standards set for how women should dress and behave. Of course, there’s always the fringe that push the boundaries. Which is a very good thing. The CMM needs to be shown for what it is. Fickle and untrue.
What is true is its opposite.
The Mind Of God (MoG). Which never changes. Where people are all equal, and all unique, and all One.
But how do I GET there? Well… that’s my journey currently. And I’m not “there” yet, but I firmly believe it is possible to have the MoG. For those who don’t like the word God, please substitute whatever name you are comfortable with so as not to reject this information due to semantics. Stay with me! Although I have my background in Christianity, I believe any information that points us to Source isn’t owned by any particular religion.
Romans 12:2 (MSG) Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
So this requires a pulling away from culture, and its means and rules, and looking to God Within. Remember “Be still and know that I am God?” God talks to you. He talks to all of us. You must get rid of the cacophony of voices and be still and contemplate. The quieter you get, the louder the Voice Within becomes.
Maybe you have been told the only way to experience God is through church and scripture. That’s how I was for many, many years. And my prayers went unanswered and I railed at God! Until a friend said, “Donna, you are sitting by the phone waiting for God to call, meanwhile He’s texting and emailing you! God is not limited in how He speaks to us! We are the limiters.
We are here to experience God in absolutely everything! From the unending beauty of nature, to the experience of God in every beautiful being. In beauty you will find the eyes of God.
For me, this has required a rewiring of my brain. I’ve lived in the comfort of chaos and uncertainty for so long, that trusting and believing were the scary ones! I can’t believe I am saying that- but it’s true! How did something so awful become “comfortable?” It was all I’d ever known, that’s how. Uncertainty. Head spinning when I hit the pillow with “What if’s” and “worst-case scenarios”. Analyzing and super-analyzing everything, because it was up to me to fix it.
Wait. Did you see that? Up to ME to fix it!
I wasn’t able to rest in what was supposed to be True. What I said with my mouth was true–I did not believe in my heart. That incongruity played out in my life all day, every day.
But I decided to step out of the CMM recently, and there was only one way for me to do that: believe. So I had to come up with “helps” for myself because I don’t know anyone else who has done this whose brain I can pick.
There were times where I had to redirect my mind hundreds of times a day with my catch-phrase I use to remind me of my Truth. My catch-phrase is, “I trust You.” I still sometimes say it many times a day–but not hundreds anymore. I’ve been re-training myself in God’s ways. God never said I couldn’t have His mindset. Just that it was higher than mine.
Another mental helper I use is imagining leaning back into an easy chair- one made of a bean-bag type material that molds to me. I sit back and put all my weight into it and it molds to me and I am comfortable. I imagine that the comfy chair is God taking all my burdens and saying, “Rest. I got this.”
I am making a lot of headway! I am relaxed. I sleep well. I enjoy my life more than ever before. I am free to be 100% me for the first time in my life. It scared me at first… I didn’t want to give up control. Or seeming control, I should say. But now that I have, I’ll never take it back. Know why? I finally have Certainty. Something I’ve always wanted. And Peace and Joy.
I do occasionally think, “Wow, I don’t know how you’ll turn THIS one around!” But that’s out of my pay grade. I just go about the business of experiencing life through beauty! It’s a much simpler life than I’ve ever known.
I titled this “I feel comfortable here”. That’s where I want to be. And I’m there most days–but that’s more an affirmation for now. But I’m well on my way.