I am all about the flow of energy lately. Jay and I purchased a recumbent exercise bike for Christmas and I have been using it every day. I start each day with at least 20 minutes on the bike. I bring this up not because I am looking to get congratulated for finally taking the time to take care of myself; no, I bring it up because of energy. I’m getting old enough to care about having energy. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I am reading The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer and this morning as I read it while exercising on my bike, I started to get excited. He says, “You have a wellspring of beautiful energy inside of you. When you are open you feel it; when you are closed you don’t. This flow of energy comes from the depths of your being. “ In ACIM terms, this equates with relying on the mind and not the body. “The term mind is used to represent the activating agent of spirit, supplying its creative energy. “
Part of my reasoning behind the bike was to improve the circulation in my legs; to improve the flow. My right leg aches sometimes because of varicose veins and I don’t like managing the pain with medication, especially since I realize that medication is a Band-Aid. I believe that the body is inherently healthy and that varicose veins are a sign of blocked energy flow. I’m trying to get to the real cause so that I can heal.
The amazing thing that has happened is that my balance has improved drastically. I am running up and down the stairs now. I no longer need to hold on to the banister for support. Jay has also been exercising (mostly) daily and he no longer needs the cane we had bought him. He doesn’t walk like a drunken sailor anymore.
Now, I know I am not my body. A Course in Miracles says, “Remember that the Holy Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication.” “To see a body as anything except a means of communication is to limit your mind and to hurt yourself. Health is therefore nothing more than united purpose. If the body is brought under the purpose of the mind, it becomes whole because the mind’s purpose is one.”
So if the mind uses the body as a means for communication, then my conclusion is that the point was to learn to allow the energy to flow. “Healing is the result of using the body solely for communication. Since this is natural it heals by making whole, which is also natural. All mind is whole, and the belief that part of it is physical, or not mind, is a fragmented or sick interpretation. Mind cannot be made physical, but it can be made manifest through the physical if it uses the body to go beyond itself. By reaching out, the mind extends itself. It does not stop at the body, for if it does it is blocked in its purpose. A mind that has been blocked has allowed itself to be vulnerable to attack, because it has turned against itself.”
Getting back to Singer, he reminds us that “Energy doesn’t get old, it doesn’t get tired, and it doesn’t need food. What it needs is openness and receptivity to everybody.”
In Course terms, it needs the removal of “the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.”
Singer says, “When you close, the energy stops flowing. When you open, all the energy rushes up inside of you. True spiritual teachings are about this energy and how to open to it.”
It’s not about the bike, though that is a wonderful tool. It’s about opening to the flow of energy. It’s about allowing love to dominate my world. It’s about seeing the Christ in everyone. It’s about listening to the Holy Spirit instead of thinking I know anything.
Today’s ACIM lesson is, “I see no neutral things.” The Course is trying to train us to let go of the stuck energy we have around thinking we know what things are for and allowing the love to flow. It is trying to teach us to see with Christ’s vision. But to do that, first we must recognize that we (I) have colored the world we see with past judgments and condemnations. And it takes work to continually put aside those filters and see the world without preconceived ideas. But here’s the thing about those preconceived notions – they are stuck energy. They don’t allow the flow. Every time I see a politician who makes my blood boil because I think I know who he is and it’s NOT pretty, I have blocked the flow.
Singer says that closing is a habit and that the way out of it is to make the decision to be willing to stay open. He says, “Do not let anything that happens in life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it.”
I may see no neutral things, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make the conscious decision to be open. I can step back and let God lead the way. I can choose love.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.