What to do now?
Do you want to live life in harmony? Practice these three things daily: Acceptance, Responsibility, Defenselessness. Remember these three things.
When I started the MKMMA course last September one of the requirements of the students was to blog about their progress and share it with others through social media, one post a week. I was a little hesitant at first but I soon discovered that it was something I really enjoyed. However, as the weeks progressed I found it more challenging to find something to write about. I think it might be that I started feeling uncomfortable about sharing events of my personal triumphs and struggles with people that know me so I started to explain only some things and as I write this now I can hear the thoughts in my head telling me, “don’t get too personal” or “careful what you say, you might have to explain yourself.”
I know the title says: These three things will make you happy… bear with me a moment…just working through some things…
As I’m thinking this I realize it’s my old blueprint, the habits of the past, although diminishing still manage to creep up and hold me back from continuing my journey. A thought pops into my head: Good grief! Will you just lay off! I pause for a moment… trying to decide what to do next, something to quiet that nagging old blueprint and as I take a deep breath and relax I remember an excerpt from The Greatest Salesman in the World, “…weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions, strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts.”
The negative thoughts get quieter, the old blueprint stops in its tracks. Another thought pops into my head, I pull a piece of paper from my desk, something written by Marianne Williamson, the words written in bold, “Your playing small does not serve the world.”
The old blueprint shudders at the words. Another thought comes to me. I shuffle through the pages in my bag beside me and pull out some pages, written on the top of the first page, Seven Laws of the Mind, the old blueprint stumbles backward, I turn to the second page and read the seventh law, The Law of Growth: Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.
I stare at the cursor on the page for a few moments, watching it blink, it’s quiet. That negative thought, it’s gone. I can’t hear it anymore. I can continue to type and share now! Yes!
Thank you for being so patient… and now… those three things that will make you happy.
What I would like to share with you in this post is one of the things that I have committed myself to; the Law of Least Effort. Now I know what you might be thinking, least effort? This sounds like it’s a recipe on how to become a great couch potato! I assure you it’s nothing like that at all. The Law of Least Effort means living each day keeping these three things in mind: acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness.
Now let me explain something. If you had asked me to practice this years ago, I may have given it a look and it may have gone something like this:
You want me to accept everything because everything is as it should be? If I don’t like it, why should I accept it?
Oh, and taking responsibility? For what? Something that someone else has done? It’s not my fault things happened the way that they did. And if it was my fault, well I’ll sit and stew about it for a few days, learn nothing from it except how to look and feel real miserable and have everyone else around me walk on eggshells and do their best to avoid contact with me until I forget what it was that put me in that mood only to repeat it at later date and repeat the whole cycle over again.
And defenselessness… hah! Are you kidding me? My point of view is my point of view. If someone is challenging that, then it’s time to step into the ring!
That would have been my thoughts a few years ago, but that was who I was, not who I am today and as I practice and apply these three things daily I find that there is a certain calmness that I am manifesting.
Accepting things as they are I don’t struggle against everything and I can continue to live in harmony.
Taking responsibility for my actions I learn from my mistakes and see everything around me as an opportunity in disguise.
When I take a stance of defenselessness I am open to other points of view, I get to know the people in my life a little bit more every day and we learn how to work in harmony instead of wasting all that energy on verbal warfare.
Here are the three points that make up the Law of Least Effort:
- I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are this moment, not as I wish they were.
- Having accepted things as they are, I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
- Today my awareness will remain established in Defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view, and I will feel no need to persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
Looking for a challenge? Give the Law of Least Effort a try, let me know how you make out!
You might ask me what my thoughts are on The Master Key Experience. I would tell you this: it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and the best thing I’ve ever done.
I am learning to listen to the truth of my heart, to find inner peace and I am loving every moment of it!
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