Wednesday, February 6, 2013
My Power To Change the Universe
I have to leave for Virginia to attend the memorial service of a very dear friend. She came into AA one month before I did. She became a big sister to me and I a brother for her. She remained one of my most stalwart friends over the past quarter century. I will miss her dearly.
So I leave you this week with some early thoughts to ponder from Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love, HarperCollins, 1996, pp. 51-61 [portions].
“The physical body is at work every moment, an array of mechanisms with a brilliance of design and efficiency our human efforts have never begun to match. Our hearts beat, our lungs breathe, our ears hear, our hair grows. And we don’t have to make them work – they just do. Planets revolve around the sun, seeds become flowers, embryos become babies, and with no help from us. Their movement is built into a natural system. You and I are integral parts of that system, too….
“To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn’t blind. It’s visionary. Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it’s doing. Faith is a psychological awareness of an unfolding force for good, constantly at work in all dimensions. Our attempts to direct this force only interfere with it. Our willingness to relax into it allows it to work on our behalf. Without faith, we’re frantically trying to control what it is not our business to control. And fix what it is not our power to fix. What we’re trying to control is much better off without us, and what we’re trying to fix can’t be fixed by us anyway. Without faith, we’re wasting time….
“When we surrender to God, we surrender to something bigger than ourselves – to a universe that knows what it’s doing. When we stop trying to control events, they fall into a natural order, an order that works…. We learn to trust that the power that holds galaxies together can handle the circumstances of our relatively little lives….
“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. The world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”
Although these messages are mostly for me, thanks for listening. Until next week, blessings…
#2 February, 2013