I get Awareness. I understand Eckhart Tolle when he recommends we “watch the thinker.” I get Intent. Make a conscious resolution about something, anything; even weird, seemingly bizarre things – I can do that. Allowing though – what is it? What makes this so hard for me?
Dianne Collins (Do You QuantumThink?) says: “Allowing is a dynamic powerful faculty of the mind; an essential factor in creating from Intent. Allowing is not merely waiting for something to show up. Allowing is a passive yet conscious act of calling something forth from the quantum field, even though we can’t see or know at the outset exactly what is going to show up. The faculty of allowing is an undetermined unfolding from the quantum field of probability, set up by a conscious Intent.”
My habits get in the way. I like to orchestrate events, organize, plan – make things happen. Occasionally it’s been my way or the highway. My generation, my upbringing and education influence my world view. I was taught logic and critical thinking: If this is that, and that is the other, then this is the other. Logical yes? But oh, so gets in the way.
Ms. Collins says “When you are not getting what you say you want in life, heightened awareness and learning the . . dynamics of creating enable you to interrupt the automatic habits and access your real source of power to bring about the results you do want.”
Last fall I read Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit; Why we do what we do and how to change. He suggested techniques to change behavior – “heightened awareness” being part of his methodology. I applied the steps he described to “interrupt” my afternoon slump and snack attacks. In addition to redirecting the Cue-Routine-Reward Loop, he pointed out several keys to success that I found intriguing. Belief is a critical component to make lasting change; it can be the difference between success and failure. If you believe change is possible, it probably is.
Duhigg also pointed out that “willpower isn’t just a skill. It’s a muscle.” . . “If you want to do something that requires willpower—like going for a run after work—you have to conserve your willpower muscle during the day,” . . “If you use it up to early on tedious tasks like writing emails or filling out complicated and boring expense forms, all the strength will be gone by the time you get home.” AH-HA! Good reason to quit that email!
Beyond awareness of how my habits and upbringing impact my unfolding Intent; belief and practice are necessary. I must trust and have faith that my Intent will create the circumstances to bring the results I want. Practice means paying attention to cues as things unfold; watching for how my Intent arrives – it could be in a different package then the one I would orchestrate.
When I practice trust and have faith – I build my “faith” muscle. I can give up some email time and other boring crap to get some willpower. What do I need to avoid to build faith? I bet its TV!
“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” ― Mark