As I said earlier, the process of expansion seems to start with the will.
If we have the will to expand, expansion seems to follow naturally.
If we also have the experience of love, which rises from our heart (when it does), that makes the whole process easier and ensures its direction towards peaceful ends.
If we had the experience of dislike, hatred, jealousy, etc., expansion wouldn’t be possible and the direction of what we created would be towards harm.
Once I have the will to expand, the process seems to go fairly easily. Effective use of the will seems to involve being of one mind – that is, not having a divided mind.
The commitment has to be total and persistent. Anything less and I don’t believe Providence moves.
To be more precise, I don’t believe the creative energy (Providence) that we attract when our minds are undivided will come to us if our minds are divided. I think W.H. Murray was referring to this when he said:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits [my emphasis] oneself, then Providence moves too.
“All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way.” (1)
The things that occur do so because we attract the energies that make the event or thing materialize. Energy obeys us in the higher realms (less quickly here). If we’re weak in our commitment, energy does not move. If we’re strong, determined, and persistent in our commitment, I think energy then moves.
I’m watching this process happen within me so I’m living this experience that I’m writing about. For instance, I’ve had the persistent thought this morning: “You need to play big.”
Even though I cannot see myself having this thought (i.e., it would have to be guided), I’m amazed at the relevance and synchronicity of it. It’s relevant because I had a past life as a military commander and I’m more and more feeling that aspect’s influence.
It’s synchronous because it follows Michael’s discussion of what a pipeline does but even more synchronous because of the videos of Winston Churchill I’ve been watching.
One of the points that was made was that Churchill knew, when he became Prime Minister, that his whole life had been for and about this moment and what followed it. At last he was where he wanted and needed to be. In charge.
I have no desire to hold political office and the impulse doesn’t surface in me as “wanting to be in charge.” It’s more for me that I’ll have the opportunity to put some of my ideas into practice.
Universal basic income, universal medicare, an end to gender persecution, clean water, clean air, clean oceans and land, harmlessness towards animals, etc. It’s as if I’ve been handed a palette full of very bright colors, a brush, and a very big canvas.
This is exactly how I’ve wanted to play ever since I was a child.
As a child I was always building dioramas – little worlds. My last one was a model airport and surrounding city. I loved the experience of playing every part, of organizing a whole network, of moving things around. I felt complete at moments like that.
In most jobs I’ve done, I’ve organized something – museum collections, research data, software and document management, country-reports databases, etc. Always organizing. And so the organization that goes into planning out a group of companies feels … like Churchill … satisfying and complete I’ve needed this large a palette.
It feels like a worthy-enough project to throw myself into. I can sink my teeth into it but,more importantly, I can also sink my heart and soul into it.
I feel fulfilled and challenged. But more to the point, I feel alive.
(1) W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.