I have a sense of how important this week is… Feelings are heightening.
As often happens, words that on the surface mean one thing have a deeper, more significant meaning and application… “Least Effort”.
Least effort doesn’t mean NO effort...it means the right efforts….doing that which concentrates and focuses effort vs diffusing efforts and failing….thus it’s easier ( least effort) to succeed than it is to succeed.
It’s interesting that the World’s Laziest Network Marketer has introduced us to the Law of Least Effort. Mark lives what he teaches. He has integrity because his values and actions are unified.
“…I know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be…I do not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment…” ( new cards: “Acceptance”)
My biggest challenge has been to struggle with my ‘self’… which means the sum of my habitual thoughts from the past. We have been learning to control our thoughts through the exercises and progressions we have been doing now for 20+ weeks. I have made some noticeable progress and have been introduced to very useful tools, but feel like I could take the course again and again. Perhaps that’s the very point. This isn’t a once and done experience. It becomes a new and challenging, even exciting way of life and life in it’s essence means change.
I have not yet understood clearly the call to “Harmony” to the group to qualify for continued participation, with a PIF Scholarship Awarded, through application, that someone has already been generous enough to donate, on my behalf, the financial cost of funding the course… The message seems mixed when we hear and see, “we’ll be checking” and then the next week we are encouraged to relax if you didn’t get it done and just “dig in”. People can chose to leave at anytime and stop participating, but will not be able to continue in the current ‘already-paid-for-course’ unless they fund next year’s course by making Pay it Forward payments. I am happy to both participate in the PIF for someone else and comply with the requirements of the core program.
The directive by Emerson, Haanel, Mark, Davene, Trish and others we have read, is to be self-directed. I am willing to defer to instructors who are achieving their bliss and desire to bless the lives of others by serving as guides to these principles. And I am not opposed to following directives to learn skills I desire. But, even eagles must fledge, spread shaky wings, test the breezes and jump from the security and comfort of the nest and fly.
To become a truly independent thinker has been Emerson’s message to us all along, and it seems to drive us to independent service to the greater good in order to find the personal inner harmony and dharma.
The journey continues… Happily, it continues in London England for the next two weeks as I attend my son’s wedding on March 24th.