If you want to effect substantial change in your life experience, you must think thoughts that feel different as you think them. — Abraham-Hicks
I came across this quote today in perfect timing for me, as I’ve been wondering what the next step is in my work to change my life.
The Abraham teachings focus alternately on thoughts and on feelings. The two are inextricable, but people tend by temperament to be more thinking or more feeling oriented.
So for me it makes sense to focus on different feelings, like feelings of ease.
Ease is a new feeling and I’m really enjoying it.
But what truly excites me is recognising this morning that instead of pushing, or striving, or impatiently and frustratedly reaching for major change, I’m feeling ease instead.
And that is truly a major change!
This is one of the paradoxes of the Abraham teachings but it actually makes perfect sense because if the goal is ease, then impatient efforts take us farther from the goal than contented acceptance!
It’s like the famous Zen koan of Banzo the sword master and his student Matajuro:
“If I become your devoted servant, how long might it be?”
“Oh, maybe ten years,” Banzo relented.
“My father is getting old, and soon I must take care of him,” continued Matajuro. “If I work far more intensively, how long would it take me?”
“Oh, maybe thirty years,” said Banzo.
“Why is that?” asked Matajuro. “First you say ten and now thirty years. I will undergo any hardship to master this art in the shortest time!”
“Well,” said Banzo, “in that case you will have to remain with me for seventy years. A man in such a hurry as you are to get results seldom learns quickly.”