I am going through some major changes in my life right now.
And sometimes I feel uncomfortable.
Anytime you step out of your comfort zone, feelings of discomfort are bound to crop up.
In fact, this is how you know you are charting new territory. It’s actually very exciting.
To explain this whole idea of change being uncomfortable, I wanted to use and elaborate on an analogy I learned from A Course In Miracles teacher Earl Purdy. (Side note: Earl records and uploads all his classes to YouTube. You can watch for free. Highly recommended!)
So imagine your life is a bucket of water. At the bottom of the bucket there’s a bunch of dirt, also known as all your fear, anger, past grievances, worries, and the memories of your past you are using to punish yourself with now. (prom night anyone?)
When things in life are going the way you want them to go, all the dirt settles to the bottom of your life bucket. For example, when your relationships are going great and you have some jingle jangle in the bank, life seems to be rockin’.
Then, all of the sudden, someone doesn’t do what you want them to do. Things seem out of your control and the bucket gets shaken up. You get angry, blame other people and feel helpless for a while until the dirt settles back down.
This is the cycle that most people operate in, and that’s totally fine. It’s not “good” or “bad”.
All I know is, I’ve been there. I’ve allowed my peace to be disturbed by external things. I’ve depended on other people and opportunities to make me happy, and I thought I knew what would make me feel satisfied in life.
My bucket had some amazing clear water times and some muddy water times, but finally, I got to the point where I was sick of the ups and downs. I was tiered of feeling at the mercy of external circumstances that seemed to be kicking my bucket.
I asked myself, could life really be the amazing clear water all the time? I was excited by the thought, because deep down I knew the answer was a big fat YES!
This is when I started on my spiritual journey, and let me tell you, my life bucket got a real rockin’!
When you embark on a spiritual journey, its like holding a hose of clear water over your bucket. What I mean by “spiritual journey” is a commitment to seeing yourself and the world differently. It’s listening to truthful loving ideas and the release of blame on external circumstances for the way you feel. It’s a return to the truth of who you are, which is love.
It means taking full responsibility for everything that happened and will happen for you. This is fresh clean water to your life.
But what happens is, the sudden inflow of water stirs up all that dirt at the bottom of your bucket. This is when change feels uncomfortable and a lot of people stop. A lot of people turn their spiritual faucet off and claim this crazy “look within” stuff doesn’t work.
If your really committed to changing your life and the way you see yourself, your going to have to release all the fear and anger from your past. Sorry, but it’s going to come up, and your going to have to look at it so that it can be released.
A Course In Miracles says, “look but don’t dwell”. In other words, look at it, but don’t analyze it. Analyzing will keep you stuck.
If you’re aware that all the dirt is going to come up, and if you are willing to release it, what happens is the fresh water keeps pouring in and eventually your bucket starts to overflow. The dirty water gets released and eventually your entire bucket is full of clear peaceful water.
This is how it works people. Keep your spiritual faucet on! (click to tweet)
My bucket is overflowing. Sometimes it feels messy and confusing. The most important thing you can do is keep reading truthful ideas, listen to powerful affirmations, say some prayers, and remember that you are perfectly innocent and safe. The dirt’s got nothin’ on you!
Keep moving, and remember, nothing is outside your bucket ;)
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Peace, possibilities and clear buckets,