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by Cara Lumen
There is a phrase I have written down at the top of my journal where I write to sort myself out – “Let the matter unfold in its own time.” How does that feel to you when you read that? “Let the matter unfold in its own time.” Did you take a deep breath? Did your shoulders relax?
I have a huge desire to control, to know what is coming and to make a good decision based on my thought process and my exploration of my feelings about the matter. It’s good to sort yourself out. See what you are feeling. See what your intuition says. But it’s also good to let go and allow it to imply unfold. And it certainly is less stressful.
When we open our eyes and ears we will always find the signs of the universe pointing us in the right direction. Sometimes the timing is odd – as in not our version of how it should be – but inevitably the right solution is reached. I am facing a major rethinking of what my life means and how I want it to look next based on some realistic appraisals of what I have created to date. I have been fighting the inevitable necessary change; I keep trying to go back to the scenario that was comfortable but wasn’t even working, And that’s not going to be what I get to do.
The Universe is always speaking to you, guiding you and guarding you. You just have to listen and trust. Even the barriers are signs – you are going too fast, or you shouldn’t go that direction at all. Or the opportunity that shows up when you weren’t expecting it means it’s time to take action. Those are all signs and guidance from the Universe.
My challenge involves moving to a new place –and I’ve been fighting it all the way. It is a retirement community and I don’t feel old and I don’t want to be categorized in the stereotype of being old. I have seen people in wheelchairs and I have seen an attractive woman going out to check her tomato plants. But I am 77 and that’s getting up there. And economically the move will make me not have to work so hard. I can go exploring in new directions if I like. But I’m having a hard time with wondering what atmosphere I will find in my new place.
But it’s all going to be up to me. How I change my attitude, how I approach the people I meet, how willingly and graciously I accept my smaller accommodations. Where I live is not my source, the Universe is. My family is not my source. My money is not my source. The Universe is my source and I hold the universe within me, just as you do.
When we get very, very specific about how we want things to turn out we do ourselves a great disservice. We take away the Universe’s ability to think bigger than we can, to know our overall path, and to provide for us things we never even dreamed would happen. Visualize and set intentions for the general tone and the qualities of where you want to be, but leave the details up to the Universe. It’s enormously fun and surprising that way.
Trust that you are being cared for by Spirit. Trust that you will be guided to the perfect place whether you see it as such or not. All we can do is be in the moment of every day and make it the best moment we can. We cannot control the future we just need to “let the matter unfold in its own time.”
© 2010 Cara Lumen
by Cara Lumen
We were both frustrated – she didn’t understand and I didn’t understand why she didn’t understand. What a quandary! And I began to wonder why we sometimes simply don’t understand and what we can do about it.
I’ve had two people in my life latently who for one reason or the other are in a place of not-understanding something they need to. And I can’t figure out why.
In one case the topic is finances. My friend managed for herself for ten years. Then she got married and overtime abdicated the financial responsibility to her husband. Now she is getting a divorce and must find a way to understand the rudiments of her finances or she will never be able to claim her own power.
And maybe that’s it. To claim responsibly is to be responsible for the outcome, the success, the failure. Is it easier not to try at all?
The other person’s topic has to do with her web site. What I figured out about her is that she never took responsibility to learn any part of her system – her shopping cart for instance, which I coached her in. There are tutorials, there is simply going in and studying it, and when I assumed she knew how to get the code for a “buy now” button after all these years because it’s basic I found she didn’t and I don’t think she even wanted to know how.
If you don’t help yourself, no one will help you
There is only so much another person can or will do for you. You cannot just stay in your “I don’t understand” phase. Even on the most rudimentary planes we can understand a concept – if we want to – if we are willing.
What don’t you understand and why are you not willing to do so?
My design partner will no longer work with this person. And I have no desire to work with her any more either. She has to take some responsibility. You can only hear “I don’t understand” so many times before you choose to give up. She keeps looking outside herself for the answers. At least that’s how I feel as a person who has tried to help her.
But what I don’t understand is why these two women can’t or won’t understand topics that are important to them.
I’d love your comments on this because I don’t know why people can’t understand certain things. I do understand about natural talents like a math mind or a writers mind, but I’m talking how-things-interact concepts. My financial friend didn’t understand the concept that before she can get a loan she has to know what her income will be after her divorce and rather than starting with establishing what that will be, she went off house hunting. I tried to give her a very simple example of how capital produces interest and she refused to read the email, she said it was too much, she didn’t understand. She shut down at the idea of even trying to understand.
What are you refusing to learn? And why?
I have one suggestion for my financial friend – EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique around her inability to understand her finances. EFT helps unblock emotions like fear of not understanding, or fear of failure. I hope she tries it.
These women are smart. But it’s as if they abdicate their own power and are unable or unwilling to do what needs to be done to take the steps they desire.
Is it low self esteem? My financial friend’s husband certainly put her down. He had no patience with her and got mad when he tried to help her and then of course she was even less capable of getting it.
I’m trying to think what I don’t understand so I can see why I don’t. I’m naturally curious so I know a little bit about a lot of things. Ahh, I just remembered – chemistry. I was in chemistry class for three days in high school and dropped it. I do not relate to numbers well and the chemical abbreviations were an immediate turn off – I could find no way to relate to them and I didn’t want to know about it. I quit the class.
But what could I have done if I absolutely had to learn chemistry? Talk with my instructor until I found a way to relate to the topic. Figure out my own way to remember what I needed to know. Ask other students for analogies until I found the one I could relate to. Keep working till I had a breakthrough. I’m just thinking what I might have done.
I remember when I decided to learn to edit audio. It seemed complicated although I knew nothing about it. I bought Sound Forge and simply needed to take the tutorials. I would have loved to have someone come in for half an hour and show me but I didn’t and I kept putting it off and putting it off. When I did decide to simply start learning I found it easy and things I had learned in Camtasia years ago were relevant. I had put off doing something I wanted to do for nearly a year because I didn’t just sit myself and begin. We all start from a place of not-knowing. We all have to just start from wherever we are and take a step.
The woman with the web problem is jumping from person to person looking for someone to do the details for her when she starts out by saying she wants control of her web site. And yet she makes no effort to learn what she needs to know to do that. It takes time to learn a new program or a new skill set – and practice and focus. You have to carve out time to make it happen.
My financial friend needs self-confidence but she too needs to make an effort, to understand how her own mind works and find a way to help it learn what she needs to know.
I discussed this inability to understand with a retired school teacher and he said sometimes it was a matter of not being able to make a choice. We don’t make choices because we are afraid to fail, we don’t think we could possible choose correctly, or we simply have never allowed or encouraged ourselves to learn to make choices. No one can help you if you don’t make a choice. And even if you choose incorrectly you learn that that choice doesn’t work. If your inability to understand comes from simply not making a choice, change that. Make a choice, go exploring till you have enough information to see that it will or won’t work. Then either keep going or make another choice.
Our minds work differently as we grow older but if we have been playing with them all along, we just find different approaches, different methods of remembering and learning. Ask different people to explain the concept you need to know to you. Someone will have the perfect way to explain it so you get it.
You may not want to understand something (like how a car engine works) but if you need to know something then start looking for ways to understand. Ask different people to explain it to you in different ways and keep telling yourself you CAN get it.
©2010 Cara Lumen
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