First, Make a Hard And Fast Decision
Then, Make A Commitment To That Decision
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed could have come his way.”
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
What Are You Waiting For, Make Your Commitment
Making a commitment to a life of inner peace can be very difficult at first because it will require a change in your thinking, it will require you to challenge yourself and your assumptions in ways that you have never done before, and it will also require a level of self vigilance that can seem impossible at first.
Making a commitment to Inner Peace also means that your life will never be the same again.
As you begin walking down this road, you will do good to remember that feelings follow thoughts and behavior follows feelings. Feelings and behavior then, are the physical manifestations of thought. For instance, let’s say that one of my neighbors (whom, in reality, I don’t even know. Welcome to white suburban America in the new millennium) said something about me to a mutual friend that seriously pissed me off. The anger I felt could not have taken place unless it was preceded by a thought – something along the lines of how much of a horse’s ass this guy is and how much his kids are just like him. That thought might be followed up by something like he and all the other horse’s asses living in his house don’t have the right to even pretend to live in this rarified neighborhood. The behavior of flattening the tires of his car would also be the result of the original thought.
Such a commitment is really about changing a lifetime of both conscious and unconscious thought as well as behavioral development, about which you are mostly unaware. They are so far engraved in your psyche It means constant vigilance, for there are aspects of your unconscious mind that will do whatever it can to subvert your efforts. Do not look lightly on your ego, it is not your friend and does not exist for your learning pleasure. And do not take it for granted that you will win this fight, because if you are looking at this as a fight between you and your ego, you will lose. You cannot fight the dark. You can only bring it into the light for proper extermination.
However, you can’t help but come face to face with your past as you begin turn your focus inward on everything, while the process of vigorous self-investigation moves ahead. The good news is that your past will then begin to have less and less effect on you, until you finally reach the day when the past is completely gone. And it will be gone because you will be living in the now.
There will come those times that you will want to stop. But it is the strength of your commitment and the help of the universal force for good (in my opinion, this force is God) that will carry you through the difficult times because you cannot do it on your own, I know, I tried. This is where you learn to ask for help because you are never alone or as powerful as you thought. A Course in Miracles tells us to ask the Holy Spirit for help. We ask:
- Where do I go
- What do I do
- What do I say
- And to Whom
When you begin the process of looking at yourself and your decisions; when you begin to take total responsibility for all of your thoughts, feelings and actions; you will be amazed to discover the amount of power you have given your ego over the course of your life. You will understand that you had no idea it was like that, and you will know that you couldn’t possibly have known. These revelations of truth give you the means to forgive yourself and continue growing in the light of God.
In many ways you will feel like a fish out of water, you will have difficulty breathing at times, and you may well feel like you are dying. The truth is that part of you will be dying because, as you begin to see yourself and everyone as interconnected and loving extensions of the creative power that thought you into existence, the ego will begin to fade away. You are removing from the ego the power you have given it over your life, which is a very different experience for you. And the ego does not particularly like this nasty turn of events.
Making a commitment to a life of inner peace is not a simple process. If it was, everybody would be there already. There are some major hurdles to overcome, particularly an ego that will do anything to keep you from realizing your dream. Your ego will tell you that there is no reason to change, and it will work to cloud your thinking and discernment with self doubt. It will also seek to sabotage any gains you make if you give it the chance to do so. Remember, the motto of the ego is to seek, but never find. It reminds me of a line from one of my favorite Manhattan Transfer Songs, Foreign Affair; “The pursuit, you see, but never the arrest.”
There will always be those times that you will want to blame your current state of affairs on somebody or something else; when you will seek to help yourself feel better about yourself by judging and/or denigrating someone else; when you will think it more effective to hold on to a resentment rather than taking the road less travelled and practicing real forgiveness; when you allow yourself the false release of a temper tantrum and take your anger out on other people because they caused it, didn’t they?; and when you feel like giving up because you never imagined that it would be so difficult.
All of this will come and go. Your commitment to accept nothing less than peace will always win because it has the power of God behind it. It will win because it is the real deal. It will win because it will bring you closer and closer to the person that God originally wanted you to be. It will win because you will be, slowly but surely, removing the blocks to the experience of love in your life. And it will win because it will get you closer and closer to God.