The biggest challenge for most people is to accept the truth of Who they really are. They attend seminars, read books, listen to tapes, try all kinds of practices in order to find something or attract something they think they need in order to be happy, feeling prosperous, or to experience healing, and so on. In other words, they spend their whole life looking for everything they think it is missing in their lives somewhere else.
That keeps their attention out into the world, not realizing that everything they have been searching for, they already have. That’s why it is said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and Its righteousness, and all of these things will be added on to you.” And where is the Kingdom? It is within!
So if the kingdom is within, why is it that most people look for the treasures of the kingdom outside, out into the world? Because the still voice that is whispering gently and softly asking them to turn within is overshadowed by the loud voice of the world, one that is rooted in fear. Although as stated earlier, everything we think we ever need we already have, the only way to accept that truth is by being willing to let go of everything we think we know. Not necessarily easy to do, especially in a world that worships the intellect, logic and knowledge over intuition, trust and inner guidance.
Many teachers for example focus on goals, on trying to teach me how to get what I want. The challenge with that way of thinking is that it assumes that I know what it is I want, or that I know what it is in my best interest. I like to share an excerpt from my book What Happens When You Let God:
Pretty much, every course I took had some sort of hidden agenda, whether it was through meditation, mantras, hard work, determination, visualization, focus, weekly meetings, it was all about teaching me how to get or manifest what I want. None of it was about letting go and trusting. It was all about some sort of control. This seemed to be the central message I received from every teacher, healer, and guru. It was also the same message I received from every course, seminar and workshop I attended. When I felt my life was not working, I was taught that “I” needed to do something in order to change it or fix it. But what if the reason my life was not working was because “I” was trying to do something in order to change it or fix it? And what if the change I was trying to make happen could end up being more disastrous than beneficial?
Until I was ready to truly let go and let Spirit take over my life, I was not able to have the direct experience of watching how I was always supported and how all of my needs were met. From that space of trust and fully surrender, I received the kind of guidance that has led me, and continues to lead to true fulfillment.
The truth is, if you remember Who you really are, no matter what it is you are guided to do, you know you’ll always be taken care of. That’s how you experience freedom in a real sense. A Course in Miracles reminds me:
“You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.”
A Course in Miracles, Lesson 41, Workbook.
What it is meant by the Source goes with you, is that you and the Source are one. So wherever you are, You are the Source. Joel S. Goldsmith, in his classic book The Infinite Way states:
“We must understand that money is not supply, but is the result or effect of supply. There is no such thing as a supply of money, clothes, homes, automobiles, or food. All these constitute the effect of supply, and if this infinite supply were not present within you, there never would be ‘the added things’ in your experience.”
But how can you possibly acknowledge that truth, unless you stop looking for it (your Source) everywhere else? This is not to say that there is anything wrong with going to a class, or reading a book, or studying with a teacher. What I am emphasizing is to practice listening to your Inner Teacher. And if there is a class, a teacher, or a resource that will assist you in deepening your connection, and help clear some of the static in your communication with Source, you’ll be led to it. Not by external manipulation but by inner guidance.
Authors Details: Nick Arandes is the author of What Happens When You Let God. Although regarded as a great teacher by many, his life kept falling apart until he was finally ready to truly let go and let God. That’s when he discovered that to live a happy, fulfilling, joyful and prosperous life requires no struggle at all. To find out more about Nick’s work with A Course In Miracles visit: www.TruthAndMiracles.com. To find out more about his online video course visit: www.FulfillYourDreams.com.