Living in the Mystery – let it unfold

Wayne Dyer addresses living in the mystery in the very first chapter of his book, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, his interpretation of the Tao de Ching:

“Let the world unfold without always attempting to figure it all out….  Don’t try so hard to make something work – simply allow…. When expectations are shattered, practice allowing that to be the way it is.  Relax, let go. Allow and recognize that some of your desires are about how you think the works should be, rather than how it is in that moment.  Become an astute observer… judge less and listen more.  Take time to open your mind to the fascinating mystery and uncertainty that we all experience.”

     One of the key components of what Dr. Dyer is telling us is to be the observer.  When we notice we are experiencing anxiety, fear or an uncomfortable sensation, we can transform that awareness into a learning opportunity.  And when we are reminded of the ways we can access our centeredness, being at ease, then perhaps the next time we begin to experience anxiety or discomfort, we can choose joy and take steps to eliminate anxiety (or at least decrease it) from our emotional reactions.  When we can do this without judging, ah – then it is easier.  So, we remember – it is a practice.  We live life, we make choices, we learn, we move forward.

Take some time to think about what contributes to wonderful days or joyful moments, when you say to yourself – ‘THIS was a very good day or I am experiencing joy in THIS moment’.

Is it when you look into the eyes of a child or a loving pet?
Is it when you are connecting with nature?
Is it when you are practicing yoga or meditation?
Is it when you are out for a walk, run or a hike?
Is it when you are reading a spiritual text or listening to an inspirational speaker?
Is it when you are having a meaningful conversation about life?

When we experience more of THAT, we are able to stay connected, be more grounded and we will most likely find it easier to go with the flow.

Another way to live in the mystery is to practice gratitude.  When we are in the moment, we can notice if it is possible to transform an ‘uncomfortable’ emotion (fear, worry, anxiety) into gratitude.  There is always something to be grateful for.

Living in the Mystery requires awareness of (and responsibility for) our reactions.

Living in the Mystery is about letting go.

Living in the Mystery is about accepting that we are enough and we are perfect just as we are!

Living in the Mystery is about being grateful.

Living in the Mystery is about embracing, acknowledging and celebrating our wisdom and the light within.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  ~Marianne Williamson

One response to “Living in the Mystery – let it unfold

  1. this text explains with extension and clarity the first chapter first the book ( change your thoughts , change your life) it satisfies and makes more sense to what i have read in the original book . i would like that the writer of this gives another explanations for the other chapters . thank you

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