Printed in the Conscious Creation Journal
Thoughts from the Field Center
by The Field Center
Living in the Moment
The only consistency that concerns us in the practice of Field training is consistent enjoyment of and acquiescence to the reality of the ideal. This translates as the refusal to counterintend, which means the refusal to settle for less. We are not, however, concerned with consistency based on history, because we know that we are creating our history each moment. We are not limited by what we have done, where we have gone, or who we have been. In an instant, we can set aside even decades of habit and step onto a new time line. All that’s required is a bit of the explorer’s courage, and the willingness to relinquish even good reasons for staying in the familiar territory of a past choice. The freedom to re-create frees us from the tyrannical power we often confer upon a particular past, and establishes the living authority of the self in this very moment. Note that living in the moment is not the same as living for the moment, which is typically reactive. Living in the moment comes out of a consistent devotion to the best version of self we can envision, and unwavering cooperation when this vision changes. We grow only by outgrowing, and alignment is an organic, evolving thing, not a static condition. Living in the moment, we remain alert to nonlocal promptings that amount to the Field reaching to become more fully who we are.
Faith and Will
Faith is not the passive state of hope, which is perhaps the loveliest form of victimhood and abdication of the wondrous responsibility of conscious creatorship. Faith, for the sake of its “yes,” holds fast to “no” in the face of anything that would count against the “yes.” This is not willfulness, but the correct and necessary use of the will in conscious creating. Without it, faith has no legs with which to walk into the world. Let no student doubt himself or herself in the moment of refusing to betray the chosen intention, and become afraid that he or she is being willful. As long as the student has released all concern over timing and ways and means, and is willing to have a recognizably better fulfillment than the one that came in the moment of deliberate intending, the will is properly engaged, and the student may be at peace with his or her strength in this respect. When we “ask,” we don’t beg. We don’t hope and wait. We claim, and claim what’s ours through the authority and unlimited creativity of imagination, love for the ideal, and resolve.
“Purity of heart is to will one thing.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“Let no student doubt himself or herself in
the moment of refusing to betray the chosen intention, and become afraid that he or she is being willful.”
Willingness to Receive
Uniting with abundant supply means relinquishing all belief in debt. Despite what we may believe someone owes us, we hurt no one but ourselves when we hold debt over another. As we release everyone from debt, we release debt from our experience. Jealousy, the fear that having something means there will be less for others, and similar intentions presume a belief in limited resources. Such beliefs prevent the Field from manifesting supply beyond the limitation imposed by the belief. This is a very real issue. Imagine a child getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar. His mother instructs him, then tries to give him the cookie he had tried to steal, but he refuses to accept it. His shame won’t allow it. In the same way, if we’re carrying unfinished business over having done something we deem shameful, we may not be willing to receive. If we’ve hurt another, and feel embarrassed or guilty about it, we have to either release the belief in our culpability, or do something to put the situation right so that, in our own eyes, we have set things right and are again open to receiving. Some simply can release the self-judgment, knowing that the Field can redeem any situation, that one was doing the best one could at the time, and so on. Others may need to perform an act of restitution, or at least offer contrition to whomever they believe they hurt. Either way, the belief that we must keep doing penance for our wrongs will render manifestations of supply impossible. There a many ways that Field training can be useful in releasing such limiting self-definitions.
The World as InkBlot
If you want to develop your nonlocal awareness, begin approaching the world as re-presenting your consciousness. For example, if a billboard catches your eye, consider how its meaning may go beyond the obvious. Regard it symbolically, and see if this provides a new angle of vision or insight into whatever’s going on in your life. Remember, the Field is holographic. Another idea: when you’re listening to songs, hear the lyrics as though either you’re talking to the Field or the Field is talking to you. It may surprise you how directly the meaning of the words will speak to a specific situation you’re facing. The key to living nonlocally is to realize that everything is metaphor, and that nothing that gets your attention is insignificant.
G. K. Chesterton writes that fairy tales describe apples of gold and rivers of wine to remind us how amazed we were the first time we discovered that apples were red and rivers ran with water. The ability to see the world as metaphor, with new eyes, marks a return to innocence and receptivity that can never be experienced within an endless replay of our old conclusions.
Courtesy of www.fieldcenter.org.
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