How would it change the way you live, if you knew that you were always connected to the source of life and that at your disposal was wisdom, insight and a natural sense of wellbeing?
It’s an interesting supposition, but here’s the rub. You have always been connected to the source of life and had wisdom, insight and natural wellbeing within your reach, we all have, yet because of our fear of living big and doing things that might raise the chance of being criticised, we choose to stay below the parapet.
We look at people who have stepped up and are making a difference as ‘different’, ‘special’ or ‘lucky’. Yet, within each of us is the capacity to be that person. They’ve just seen something that others have disregarded or innocently misunderstood.
This week, I heard the story of President Garfield. In 1882, The newly inaugurated US president was shot in the back by Charles Guiteau. The injury didn’t kill President Garfield, in-fact his major organs had been missed, but he did die some 80 days later from a severe infection that was most likely caused by insanitary medical practices, such as probing the wound with instruments that had not been sterilised.
With today’s medical knowledge the treatment of President Garfield would be considered wholly inappropriate, but in the context of 1882, where germ theory was just being understood, there was what you might describe as an innocent misunderstanding about germs. They’d always been there, but the medical profession had at that time largely put infection down to bad smells and miasmas.
I recall this story because it’s a great parallel with understanding the innate qualities we have at our disposal. You might notice how society looks outside of itself for the cause of happiness and wellbeing, citing fear, circumstances and lack as the causation for being down hearted, whilst these inner qualities go largely unseen. Just like germs, they’ve always been there, they just aren’t obvious to us, that is until we understand our connection to God, the source of life and insight, wisdom and wellbeing.
If we truly have inner, untapped qualities and have always been connected to the source of life, insight and wisdom, what are the implications for ourselves and the impact we can have on the world around us? Is taking the next step in the direction we want to travel that hard? Even if it were hard or complex, we have access to a well of wisdom and insight to move the needle on our aspirations towards a positive outcome for humanity.
So, my challenge to you this week is ‘What do you want to create and, if the aforementioned is true, what’s the next step that makes sense to you?’