Standing In A State Of Divine Grace, I Can Move Forward Into A New Life
In a recent notes from the universe, Mike Dooley wrote:
When life hurts, when it baffles and confuses, when it doesn’t seem to work, these are just signs from me – as if I were tapping on your shoulder or whispering in your ear, trying to point out that something really, really important, is being misunderstood.
– Warm hugs, The Universe
This is when we need grace to come into our life. When we need to shift our thinking. When we need reminding that life isn’t happening to you, it is happening for you. When we realize that we haven’t been listening to the whispers of the soul. When we finally notice that we are holding on to the present so hard, that we are preventing the future from being able to move in.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
– Denis Waitley
Imagine that you are driving down a long flat desolate desert road. You see nothing for miles and miles but desert scrub brush and more road. It is late afternoon and the sun is nearing sunset. Every time you think you must be nearing the end of it, all you can see is more miles of unending road. Then from the backseat you hear for the hundredth time, “are we there yet?” Those sweet darling children that are hot, tired and hungry, whose constant refrain for the past two hours has been, “are we there yet?”
Obstacles in our path are actually a sign that we are making progress. They are like mile markers on the long desert road. The numbers get higher and higher, telling us how many miles we have actually traveled. They are proof of progress. What we forget is that sometimes it is necessary for things to fall apart, in order that they can be shifted into coming back together in a new way. We need to let go of what no longer serves us, in order to make space for what is new to come in. Are we in resistance or acceptance? Are we there yet?
To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad.
– Eckhart Tolle
The road being unending is just an illusion, just like the illusions of water on the hot desert road that disappear as we get close to them. How long the journey takes us is neither good or bad, it just the illusion that we attach to it that makes it seem that way. When we are not in resistance, when we release that resistance, then the illusion of time “taking forever” is released.
You walk in grace or you walk in fear. You can’t have it both ways.
– Carlos Santana
Have you ever driven someplace totally new to you and it seems to take forever to get there. Then you take that same drive a few days later and it takes no time at all? What changed? The road is the same distance in both cases. It is the illusion of how time passes that changes, because now we know where we are going. The resistance is now gone.
She has fire in her soul, and grace in her heart.
I love this concept. It takes fire in our soul to put actions to our dreams. To keep walking our sacred path to our destiny. But if the fire is not tempered it can rage out of control. It can destroy what is in front of you. Grace from the heart tempers the fire, so that it is the exact amount of heat to get our feet moving. They walk gently on the earth. They leave love and light behind them, nurturing the earth to grow in beauty.
The chaos doesn’t end, you kinda just become the calm.
– Nikki Rowe
We are like those children, with our journey of self improvement and personal development. We are constantly asking the divine, “are we there yet?” This is because we are constantly in resistance to our journey. We are resistant to transformation and change. This is where grace comes in, as we stumble towards the light. Grace is seen in the power of letting go and the power of moving on.
I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
Let the heat of the hot desert burn away all resistance. Let the hot winds of the desert strip away all of the excuses. Let the grace of a gentle healing rain restore your soul. Give up the need to know or understand.
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.
– Anne Lamott
Grace changes everything.