Springs of Joy: Learning faith and patience PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:38

BY Jane dela Cruz Bascar

If you’re like me who experiences regular bouts with impatience (especially during these last two months when I’ve been grounded at home) this piece is for you. I’ve been raring to follow through with my plans, to fulfill my dreams, to travel,  and at the very least, to  resume normal activities but my body tells me I still can’t. And despite doing the best I can to sow the seeds and take baby steps to make my dreams come true, nothing remarkable appears to be coming to life. Already, I am a hair’s breadth away from succumbing to doubts and fears. Author Mike Dooley, however, insists that it is during this time of quiet when we must keep believing in a loving, compassionate, and benevolent Universe whose only desire is to give us all that we wish for. Here’s what he says:

“During this part of our journeys, we must live, to the degree possible, as if we knew that our dream’s manifestation was inevitable, even while the physical world around us still mirrors our prior thoughts and expectations. We must accept that time is necessary for our thoughts to become things, without drawing the conclusion that “nothing is happening,” “it’s not working,” or “I must not be doing this right” when we don’t see near-instantaneous results.

Turning our life around is like turning around a jumbo jet in midflight: the pilot may turn a hard left, but at almost six hundred miles per hour it’s going to take some time before that plane is pointing in the opposite direction, and it wouldn’t help matters if after the first minute, the pilot quit, saying, “I don’t get it. She won’t turn around; seems to work for everyone else but me.”
Give your manifestations time.

The Universe is your able and competent servant. Have faith in it and be patient with the progress the two of you make… Just because you can’t see all that’s now happening for you behind the curtains of time and space doesn’t mean it’s not happening, yet becoming impatient with yourself can undo all that work.”

Dooley says that sometimes the best way to handle this quiet time and learn patience is to keep ourselves occupied. Like when he says you go sailing and suddenly the wind just dies, the sails droop, and there isn’t the slightest breeze. And what further adds to your extreme frustration is that you have no idea whatsoever when the wind will return. Yet you know it will because it always does. When you find yourself in this situation, he advises: 

“The thing to do is to take advantage of the calm by doing things that you wouldn’t be able to do if the wind were howling. Go fishing, go for a swim, take a nap, eat a meal, make some phone calls, wash down the boat – do anything except worry and doubt. By busying yourself, not only will you be productive but you’ll also take your mind off the lack you’re facing.”

Alas, this is precisely my biggest challenge for now. How do I keep busy when my Spirit is willing but my flesh is weak? How do I keep worry and doubt at bay when they seem to take up all the empty spaces in my mind? I’m still groping for my answers… And yet Dooley continues, “In life, use what time you do have to do what you can. Always do what you can. These are among the most powerful four words in this book because when you do what you can, new avenues become available, new vistas and vantage points are created, and your immediate focus becomes the present.”

Well, I still may not have my answers but I know I can take courage from what he says, “Do what you can.” That much I think I can manage and may even be the best way to start. 

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