The Search for Inspiration
It is hard to understand (or accept) why we (or loved ones) have to hurt or struggle through hard times -- especially when that means pain, illness or less than desirable physical conditions. So, we search for miracle cures and pray for divine intervention -- each in our own way, we search for inspiration.
During a recent hurricane crisis, a concerned chat participant said, "I can't believe you people are on your computers at a time like this!" She was answered with a simple and profound message: "Some people get on their knees, and some people get on their computers!"
Regardless of religious background, social foundation or cultural upbringing, some of the most helpful and successful healing philosophies of our time, believe that having faith in a truly “Loving, all Powerful, all Knowing Spirit” (called by any name that you are comfortable with – God works for me), who only wants the best for mankind's growth and spiritual development, goes a long way in improving inspiration, health and healing. As a result of my life’s experiences (some pleasant, some not so), I have found truth in this philosophy, too, and found inspiration to be the turn key.
So if some of the inspirations shared with you seem religious in nature, they probably are. But, believe me, I’m not trying to cram religion down your throat. In fact, I don’t usually fit in with organized religions very well and can’t really advocate any of the existing ones as complete. Within each one is a lot of good; but for the most part, I am disillusioned by their histories, rules, doctrine, and dogma. Never the less, I work towards a strong faith and think that everyone needs to find his or her own truths and inspiration to use as a tool and key! So, that having been said . . .
I’m not sure it is as important to focus on the why as it is to focus on our desire to maintain good health and improve our condition (both consciously and subconsciously) and just live through the life process to the best of our ability with faith that good health will happen if our mind, body, heart and spirit all work together for our well being within God’s plan, under the philosophy of “God’s will be done.”
For me, that simply means to establish a loving relationship with God, yourself, and others and wake up each day and pray, “Make me an instrument of your love.” (Be that hard love, healing love, understanding love – or what ever it takes – to do your will. And maybe you better lead me to it, too, because I can be slow at times.) Please make it clear to me and I’ll do my best. Some people need more answers than that – not me – the simplest, is best for me – and the easier it makes me sleep at night; and that is at the heart of where a lot of healing is done.
Jesus of Nazareth, even beyond the widespread, Christian-based beliefs, is respected as one of the greatest prophets. He provided inspiration, delivered God’s message and taught about the mind, body, and soul connection using parables. Only once, it appears, did he explain them himself: breaking down the stories, showing the correlation, helping to derive meaning and purpose behind the lesson (in the sower and the seed parable). Christ knew: if he told a story to 1,000 different people, there would be 1,000 different and unique interpretations of it, based on the 1,000 uniquely different lives and circumstances of the individuals hearing it? He knew,"Perception is an interesting thing!” And chose this method of teaching for a reason.
“Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us along the way?” Inferring from the way Christ did things, it was the process of thinking, choosing, and applying these examples to our lives that was most important, if not, he would have just given us a list of hard and fast rules with only one way of doing things. (He saw that the list of rules in the Old Testament was truly good, but, not enough.)
He gave us only two suggestions to add instead; both of which were broad enough to cover every circumstance but without a narrow scope of specifics for a reason. They are: To love God with all you heart, soul, and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Both require process and choice – within a lot of gray areas. Never the less his teachings have become some of the most prevalent in history - credited with changing impressions, provoking thought and inspiring love. If that doesn’t support “process” – we are wasting words.
Process vs. Product
So if it is the process not product of our lives that is so very important. Perhaps there is some truth, then, in the belief that pain, hard times, and struggles do serve a purpose. Sometimes, it seems, we must experience them to grow strong and learn. Inspiration may see you through.
But, do not forget, even when we live within the belief of “Your will be done”, and accept things as they are, we know that we have choices and that it is a good idea to express our wants (desired good health) and our points of view (even if we are existing in an earthly blindness or without knowledge of the total picture).
After all, I am here for the ride and believe in ‘reason for the journey’, so I’ll make my concerns known as well as share my cooperative spirit – I’ll communicate this with God through meditation and ask for daily help. Never forget, “Have the faith that moves mountains”, but remember, too, God never said leave the shovel at home – You have to do your part.
Here is a story that is floating around the Internet called – Pushing The Rock – I have found great comfort, inspiration, and strength in the possibilities it presents. It supports the theory behind,"It's process, not product that counts!"
PUSHING THE ROCK
A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.
So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
The man was showing great discouragement, and thoughts entered into his weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a longtime and it hasn't moved." The man had the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure.
These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. The man considered just giving up or reducing his work to only a minimum effort since they seem to do little good anyway. That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"
The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?
Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in my wisdom. That you have done. Now, I, my friend, will move the rock."
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, (don’t leave the shovel at home) But know that it is still God who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong ... just P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!
When you can't find the right work... just P.U.S.H.!
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due ... just P.U.S.H!
When people just don't understand you ... just P.U.S.H.!
When your child is ill and there is little you can do…just P.U.S.H!
When someone you love is suffering …just P.U.S.H!
When a loved one leaves you …just P.U.S.H!
When you have no control over your current situation … just P.U.S.H!
Pray Until Something Happens = P.U.S.H.
I hope that by passing this inspiration on to you it helps to inspire you in some way, strengthens your efforts and resolve, and/or helps you cope better through your difficult times.
I know the value of positive thinking, but sometimes when the unknowing used to ask, “how are ya?” I actually felt that I was lying to answer, “Oh, Great!” or “Just Wonderful” when I had just spent the night wondering if my child was going to live or die through the crises -- Or, when I felt so bad physically that I could hardly move. The P.U.S.H. story, in so many ways gave me comfort and inspiration -- And now I feel encouraged when I answer the, “how are ya?” question with: “Hanging in there – I’m pushing the rock!” Then I really do feel better and can comfortably add, “Actually, great – how are you?”
When you are having a hard time of it – remember you are not alone. We are all just “pushing the rock”. Know that there are people praying for you and yours (still in that God’s will be done mode and understanding that we don’t always see the total picture) – search for inspiration, find inspiration from within verses outside sources, and make the most of each moment, focusing on “now” and make life as much fun and as meaningful as possible along the journey.
So, come to terms with your God and yourself often and do your part -- the healing will happen with God’s help (maybe not over night, but be patient, it will). You were designed with everything you need to heal yourself within the plan – you just need to search and find some “triggers” and "inspiration" that will set things off -- have determination and find comfort in ‘Pushing the Rock’.
How can I be so sure? I've seen the power of love, prayer, and inspiration make the impossible, possible. In spite of very difficult times and circumstances, I have experienced the blessings, felt the peace, given and received. It becomes clear, that life is "More than Coincidence" -- that love, inspiration, sharing, caring, giving and receiving are the essential elements to healing, life purpose, and More!
Use your own judgment and consult your doctors when considering any of these articles or suggestions, herein. Again, I am no expert or any kind of authority on health issues – just someone with health issues that have been greatly improved and/or have been made easier to deal with as a result of the following articles, tools and tips.
I am determined to use what was first viewed as a negative to become the very instrument and inspiration that teaches me to tap into hidden resources, strengths, motivations and drives, as well as let it become the pathway for choices and understanding while going through the process. I’m just sharing them with you, hoping you can find some help, hope and inspiration, too.
Again, take comfort in just knowing, you are not alone! Remember: St. Theresa’s Prayer -- It is there for each and every one of you:
St. Theresa's Prayer
“May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you… May you be content knowing you are a child of God… Let this presence settle into your bones, And allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
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