In some of my earlier blogs I’ve mentioned limiting and positive beliefs, with the view that some beliefs are limiting and some can have a positive effect on your life. While this is true to a certain degree that some beliefs can be seen to have a positive impact on your life, after sitting with this, I feel that we need some clarity here.
A belief whether it is positive or negative still comes from memory, in that it is based on something that has happened before. All well and good we may think, however while we still come from memory we aren’t coming from our “true selves’, our inspiration.
“Elliot, I think you might be confusing us here a bit” - you may be saying. Well, let me explain what I mean. Our brains are a wonderful computer that help us with tasks based upon memory. If I need to go to the shops, our brains remember how to drive a car, use money, and talk to the cashier; or interact with those wonderful new automated tills that tell us that “something unexpected is in the bagging area.”…Hmmm that unexpected item is my bag you crazy machine! When we put our brains in charge of what we should be doing moment to moment it is very much like trying to drive to the shops by only being able to look in the rear-view mirror of your car. It’s probably not going to be a smooth journey. A bit far-fetched you may argue? Well if we are all being 100% honest, our lives aren’t exactly smooth sailing either. We are plagued by doubts, fears, worries, and the nagging thought that life should be better than it is. This is because we are driving our lives through the rear-view mirror, from memory, from our beliefs.
We are looking to come from a place of inspiration, and as we use the SEJ we recognise and dissolve the beliefs that prevent us from hearing our inspiration. Again, you may be thinking this is a bit far-fetched, as I did. “Inspiration, I’m not sure that’s me, I’m not Jesus or the Dalai Lama, and I don’t sit in a monastery on the top of a mountain” is pretty much what I thought about inspiration. However, let me share an experience that I had last week with you. I’d been working all week on a presentation, frantically writing and re-writing it and taking hours of my time. I got to the finished presentation, but it just didn’t feel quite like how I wanted it to. I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to get my message across. (I’ve also done a video in the members section on this belief here)
I went upstairs and did my evening meditation and went to bed. At about 2am that night I woke up with ideas for my presentation coming to me one after another. I can’t get up now and do my presentation I thought, and then I had the overwhelming urge to get my laptop. For the next 30-40 minutes I completely rewrote my presentation using the ideas that came flowing to me. It was like electricity flowing through me. I realised there and then that I was experiencing true inspiration. I wasn’t having to think about ideas, they just came to me, one after another. A presentation that had taken me hours and hours to do, when I was trying really hard to use my mind to finish was completely re-written in under an hour with inspiration. It was at that point I finally experienced true inspiration.
If we get out of our minds, and we follow inspiration it truly is a powerful way of living. We use inspiration to guide us forward, and we use the mind and memory to act upon the inspiration. Inspiration for what to put in my presentation, and memory for how to do it – how to use a computer, how to use PowerPoint and how to type English. That’s where memory serves us, not for directing out lives.
Disclaimer – Elliot in no way recommends driving your car by using the rear-view mirror. In fact, nor does Elliot recommend driving your life by using your rear-view mirror!
Live in Joy!