In the receptive mode

God wants us to be happy.

“All things work for the good of those who love God”.

God is always shining love and light and blessings upon us. He is always turning circumstances and conditions to our advantage. He is constantly bringing us satisfying and fulfilling experiences.

All we need do is appreciate, allow, and receive these benefits. There are no preconditions or requirements unless we call “receiving” a requirement or “appreciating” a precondition.

Allowing, trusting, accepting, these attitudes let us see the good things coming to us and feel the alignment with God’s love and joy within us.

It’s easy; it only seems difficult or elusive because we have practiced looking for difficulties and treating happiness as hard to find.

As we practice feeling better we begin to appreciate this lightness and ease. We appreciate and enjoy the feelings of relief that well up inside as we let go of any struggle or effort.

Allowing life to be easy is all it takes for life to actually be easy. Allowing good things to come is all it takes for good things to actually come.

It is only our resistance that disallows, and resistance lies in thoughts like “life is hard” instead of “life is easy”.

11 thoughts on “In the receptive mode

  1. Earlier in romans 8…

    Part of the package for having all things work together for the good

    8For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory about to be revealed in us; 19for the earnest looking out of the creation doth expect the revelation of the sons of God; 20for to vanity was the creation made subject — not of its will, but because of Him who did subject [it] — in hope, 21that also the creation itself shall be set free from the servitude of the corruption to the liberty of the glory of the children of God

      • So where you say
        “Allowing life to be easy is all it takes for life to actually be easy. Allowing good things to come is all it takes for good things to actually come.”
        Doesn’t fit with the CONTEXT of what was. Said earlier in chapter 8

        • Why not? Present sufferings are not worth comparing with what will be revealed, so we look forward in hope.
          That’s what they’re calling “contrast”. You look ahead from the unwanted (suffering) to the wanted that will come out of it.
          Paul is talking specifically about resurrection so that’s obviously a hope that won’t be fulfilled until after death. But what about all other goods in life? Same principle applies. “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

  2. Paul’s life as a believer that all things work together for the good

    God Works In All Things

    (Ephesians 1:3-14)

    28And we have known that to those loving God all things do work together for good, to those who are called according to purpose

    THE CALLING IS NOT TO AN EASY LIFE

  3. 2 cor 5
    Yes, we who are in this tent certainly do sigh under our burdens, for we do not wish to lay aside that with which we are now clothed, but to put on more, so that our mortality may be absorbed in Life. 5And He who formed us with this very end in view is God, who has given us His Spirit as a pledge and foretaste of that bliss
    ONCE AGAIN PAUL SAYS..NOT AN EASY LIFE
    but sighing under burdens of fufilling one’s calling

    • Lol. That’s what A-H call “step 5” when you welcome contrast – knowing it will never be over – because you know that contrast calls forth more Life, more expansion of the spirit.

  4. Here is a quote from hicks on negative experiences

    “As you begin to apply this exercise, you will get very good at it. You will find
    yourself responding to the negative “warning bell” emotion in the very early,
    subtle stages before other negative thoughts are attracted. You will have far
    fewer negative experiences experienced by you once this process is understood,
    for most negative experiences start out with a small and subtle negative thought
    and negative emotion, and then, by the Law of Attraction, blossom into
    something much bigger and more painful.”

    SUCH REFER NOT TO CHOOSING SUFFERING FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS…RATHER AS SOMETHING ONE FOOLISHLY BRINGS ON SELF AND NOT AS AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND TRUE COMPASSION

    • The contrast as more along the lines
      Where negative experiences as created by one’s foolishness
      VS AN EASY LIFE
      With no more negative experiences
      WHERE POSITIVE SUFFERING FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS
      IS THEN NOT BASED IN SPIRITUAL WISDOM

    • How does your suffering help others? Here she’s referring specifically to negative thoughts and the emotions that come from them. Negative thoughts are thoughts that are not aligned with God’s perspective. That’s why they feel bad.
      Contrast per se includes negative thoughts but goes beyond it…contrast means that even a very positive person will have aspects of their experience that lead them to desire more/better.
      Makes sense, since God is infinite, we will always expand our capacity for love.

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