The only kind of action that works in Easy World is inspired, energized action. Therefore, the Easy World ordinance for action is this: Act only when inspired and energized.
THE URGE TO GO AHEAD: Act only when inspired and energized.
Let's examine those words "inspired" and "energized." Inspired means that your Spirit is motivating you from within. Your Spirit, in continuous, perfect alignment with Source and the Design for Harmony, always knows exactly what needs to be done. It is aware not only of what you need to do, but also of precisely the right time for your action to bear fruit and for you to hop to it. Then, and only then, it gives you the sign to act.
Rarely, if ever, will your Spirit tell you in advance what your appropriate action will be and when to take it, nor will you be given energy for a task in advance of the inspiration. You will know what action you are to take at exactly the right time, and you will receive the energy then, too.
Let Go of Struggle & Allow Spirit to Inspire You
How does your Spirit inspire you? It informs you through an urge or a thought that may come in the form of a sudden realization or "lightbulb moment," a gentle knowing, or even an unconscious prompting as to what you need to do in order to facilitate the perfect, harmonious resolution of things. It gives you the signal to do your part when conditions are exactly right to do it.
Of course, if you are engaged in worry, in trying to figure things out, or in trying to make things happen, you are definitely out of Easy World, and most likely will not be aware when your Spirit is giving you the alert to take the ideal action that will move things efficiently and effectively along to harmonious resolution.
A SURGE OF ENERGY: Allow the Energy to Guide You
Along with the inspiration, you will feel energized to do whatever is required of you. When you receive your Spirit's prompting to do what you are to do, you will feel energy welling up in you to do it. In other words, along with the urge, you will feel a surge — a surge of energy.
If it's time to act, it won't be a case of having an idea but being too tired to do anything about it. If you're too tired or just don't feel like doing something, that means it's not time for you to do whatever it is you think you need to do!
When the time is right, and you're in Easy World, you'll have both the inspiration and the irrepressible energy to follow through. Even if it's something you haven't really been keen to do, the energy will sweep you through it and you'll get it done with ease.
In Easy World, the Energy is Present at the Time It Is Needed
You'll discover that one of ego's favorite tricks to pull you back into Difficult World is to tell you that you're being lazy when you do only what matches your energy to act. Don't buy it.
Just trust that if major energy is required, major energy will be supplied. You will never be called upon to do anything in Easy World that isn't funded with energy. The same cannot be said for Difficult World, as I'm sure you've experienced.
NO INSPIRATION OR ENERGY? THEN IT'S ONE OF THESE THREE THINGS
If you perceive that something needs doing, and you've chosen Easy World but are not inspired and energized to take action, then you can trust that one of three things is true:
- It isn't yet time to do it (and the inspiration and energy will be showing up as an indicator of when it is time).
- It's someone else's task to accomplish, and you need to relax and allow whoever is inspired and energized to handle what needs to be done.
- Despite how it may seem, it actually doesn't need doing at all. (You'll often be shown why later.)
Letting go of Struggle: Blueberry Fields Forever
My favorite story that illustrates number 2 is quite mundane and personal. One morning as I finished breakfast, I realized that I had eaten the last of our supply of fresh fruit. I had really been enjoying eating berries for breakfast, and I was disappointed to think of not having any for the next day.
My ego-mind suggested I drag myself out to the store and get some fruit to make sure I didn't have to go without, but I was absorbed in a writing project, and even though I definitely wanted more fruit, I simply did not feel inspired or energized to go to the store and get any. So I shrugged my shoulders and thought, "Well, I'll get some fruit somehow." I then went back to my writing and forgot all about it.
When Rick arrived home from work that afternoon, he called out, "Sweetie! I brought home a surprise for you!" Excited by his tone and by the prospect of a surprise, I hustled to meet him to see what it could be. To my utter delight, it was several cartons of fresh raspberries and blueberries!
Desire, Trust, Be in the Moment, & Let Go of Struggle
Now, it's useful to know that I had not mentioned the fruit, or a lack thereof, to him at all. Indeed, I had totally let the matter go, and may not even have thought of it again till breakfast the next morning. When I asked him what had possessed him to get the berries, he said, "I just knew how much you've been loving having fruit for breakfast, and I knew berries were on sale, so I decided to stop at the store on the way home to get you some."
Perfect! I was in Easy World. I had a desire. I trusted that somehow it would be provided for. I did not force myself to disrupt my writing to go to the store when I felt no inspiration or energy to; instead I dropped all concern for my needs (basically, I got out of the way), and Easy World came through, as it always does.
This article was reprinted with permission
of the publisher, St. Martin's Press.
©2010 Julia Rogers Hamrick. www.stmartins.com
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About the Author
JULIA ROGERS HAMRICK, author of Recreating Eden, has been a spiritual-growth facilitator since the early 1980s. After having been a visual arts instructor in both public and private schools at the onset of her teaching career, she left the formal world of teaching in 1983 and began designing and facilitating spiritual-growth experiences featuring such diverse topics as recovering creativity, reclaiming self-esteem, the spiritual aspects of nutrition, inner-child healing, sound healing using the human voice, aromatherapy, and more. Visit her website at www.juliarogershamrick.com.