“Each of us visits that Earth involuntarily and without an invitation. For me, it is enough to wonder at its secrets”. – Albert Einstein
When I first discovered the three principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness and the inside out nature of the human experience, I was largely blown away by some massive and very beautiful insights about the human condition.
I had joined Michael Neill’s very first living from the inside out program and at the time, my circumstances appeared disastrous; I was in a suicidal state. I’d joined a couple of weeks after the program had started and spent the first few days after joining, catching up on what had already been taught. Three days in, I had the first major transformational insight, that I was doing it all to myself, that I was making myself a victim and hurting myself via my own thinking.
As the months went on, I had insight after insight – huge ones. Bam! Massive insight “oh, that’s why we do those things” Bam! Massive insight, “everybody thinks and behaves on their thinking” Bam! Massive insight “99% of people don’t know how we function psychologically” Bam! Massive insight, “everyone is doing the best that they can with the thinking they have available to them in the moment” Bam! Massive insight, “thought is a fantastic navigation tool until we start innocently misusing it” Bam! Massive insight, “we’re all connected” Bam! Massive insight “there is a huge difference between well being and enjoyment” Bam! Bam! Bam! And so on, and so forth….
So, a while back, when everything quite suddenly went very quiet, I couldn’t understand what the heck was going on. I was having thoughts of, “is this it? Is that all there is to know? Am I done?” and I admit at that time, with that thinking, I was feeling a certain sense of disappointment. I was feeling cheated because I wasn’t having quite so many, nor quite such massive insights into our human psychology.
When we first come to this understanding, those insights about how we work, about our thought system, about Mind and Consciousness, about the intelligence behind life, about our levels of awareness, serve a sole and unique purpose… they are what allow us to heal. Now, we’re not broken as human beings but, as we go along life, our thinking takes us further and further away from Truth, the Truth of our connection, the Truth of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, the Truth about why we are here on this planet.
But if we look into the nature of what an insight really is, then we quickly realize that we constantly have insight. Insight doesn’t only have to be about the nature of the human experience, it can be about absolutely anything.
To give you an example, I had an insight about my baby Emma, who is nearly six months old; it came to me that the milk that she habitually has is not enough for her now and that it’s time for her to start eating “grown-up” food. Sure enough, when I saw her doctor, her doctor gave me the new menu to gradually put in place…
Sydney Banks described insight as “in sight… seeing inside” and when we get really quiet, when our minds are no longer racing at 500 thoughts per minute, then we leave space for that insight to come through. And that insight is just little pieces of wisdom, that inner knowing that feels right in the moment. That’s what an insight is.
There is an undeniable source of energy behind life, the energy that creates life itself. That formless energy that gives us form through our thinking, our consciousness and our soul. We appear to be separate from that source; we walk around, we think in our heads, we are somewhat disconnected but it’s always there, we just don’t see it all the time.
The way I see it, when we are disconnected, it’s a bit like trying to get a machine to work without plugging it in to the mains socket. Try as we might, that machine is not going to work… we can take it apart, study it intensely… but despite all our best efforts, it’s still not going to work. But as soon as we plug it in, it starts working and we don’t have to make that effort any more, we don’t have to do anything to make it work.
When we understand that there are these principles behind life; we don’t need to understand how they work just that they work; and there’s your insight right there… that’s us “plugging ourselves back into the mains socket”
We can study how the electricity comes from the mains and works through the machine “bringing it to life” but we don’t need to do that in order for it to work; we take it as an accepted fact, once it’s plugged in it works. And human beings work in very much the same way.
I think most people would agree that our best ideas always come from a quiet mind; if you have any doubts about that, have a word with Richard Branson! And there’s a very good reason for that. When we are up in our heads, trying to get the machine to work, scrabbling around, searching desperately for a good idea, we find ourselves busy in the “doing” and removed from the “allowing”
I used to see “trusting in the unfolding” as “trust that the events you would like to see happen will come to pass” – a sort of “law of attraction, visualisation, ‘I’ll be happy when such and such…’ “
Trusting in the unfolding has absolutely nothing to do with anything in the future and everything to do with the present moment and trusting that Universal Mind, Universal Consciousness, Universal Thought, that back-up system, that underlying intelligence to life, is always there to send you through an answer based on wisdom, based on insight.
In a recent conversation with one of my students, she was asking, “what am I going to do with my life? What’s my purpose?”
The analogy I came up with was a really busy switchboard. When we question ourselves, when we busy our minds with those kinds of questions, the personal thoughts get onto repeat mode and it’s like a thousand calls coming in all at once and everybody wants to speak to the same person; but there’s only one operator and he/she can’t handle all those calls at once; the switchboard is buzzing, lights flashing all over and so the operator can’t pass any calls because he/she finds themselves in a state of total confusion. But when all the calls quiet down, when there are not so many people trying to get in touch with the same person, then the operator can put the caller though with great ease.
Calling on our wisdom works in exactly the same manner. If we’re busy up in our heads, searching for the answers with our little mind’s personal thinking, the wisdom can’t get through… but as soon as we quieten down… Bam! Insight!
There is a misconception about the meaning of purpose. It comes across as though we have some kind of “future mission” that we have to find the path to but we are not here to do, we are here to be. Purpose can only ever be in the present moment, for the simple fact that we don’t know what can happen in the future.
Someone once asked me, “Well if my purpose is just being, doesn’t that make my life a bit pointless?”
After a few moments of reflection in that waiting space for wisdom, I replied with another question, “Is your cat’s life pointless?”
Your purpose might be, right now, holding your child’s hand. Your purpose might be, right now, being lovingly present to a friend in need. Your purpose might be, right now, enjoying reading a book. Your purpose is right now, in this present moment, simply waiting for wisdom to come through you and give you some nice answers.
And I’ll tell you what about purpose in the present moment… when we’re in that place, we find ourselves systematically in the place of everyday living with the principles; we find ourselves in a place of love, of well being, of calm, of resilience, of peace, of compassion and of wisdom. Personally, I can’t think of any purpose on this Earth better than being in that place, that present space, as Michael Neill calls it, “the space where miracles happen”