All of the great spiritual masters see the same enormous capacity in each and every one of us. The Buddha says that your mind is naturally illuminated. Jesus says you are the light of the world. Muhammad says heaven is nearer to any of you than the strap of your shoe.
All the sages tell us that if you read between the lines of the story that anxiety and stress script, you begin to discern the voice of sanity called peace, quieting, focusing and unifying your mind. They point to peace as the foundation from which a natural state of joy arises to express and extend the creative force in you that can achieve anything.
They say behind all the conditions of poor health, broken hearts and personal failure there is a power inside that can move mountains on the outside, regardless of circumstances,
So why isn’t this our usual experience? What happened?
Fear is what happened.
“Our deepest fear,” states Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love, “is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”
The Trappist monk Thomas Merton echoes that sentiment: “Perhaps I am stronger than I think,” he wrote. “Perhaps I am even afraid of my strength and turn it against myself, thus making myself weak. . . . Perhaps I am most afraid of the strength of God in me.”
“Is a candle meant to be put under a bushel, or under a bed, and not to be set on a candlestick?” Jesus asked. Of course, we all know the answer. So what’s the problem?
I think most of us would say that our inner candle is under a bushel. The question is: How do you return the candle of your powerful nature to the candlestick of your life on earth, so your light can shine on this ordinary day and transform it into something extraordinary?
Mercifully, it’s simpler than you might imagine. Your powerful nature can come back on line in a heartbeat. It’s rather miraculous that way. All you need to do is make peace the most important thing in the world. Choose peace until it flows into everything you do.
Human culture tends to wire most people’s brains for stress and fear and these demons undermine your powerful nature. Thus the first step is to rewire your brain. How? Again, by practicing being at peace, every day, all day long. Peace is the key. We mistake peace for complacency but, in actual fact, peace is incredibly dynamic. Peace as an attitude is neuroplastic, meaning it can rewire your brain to transcend stress and anxiety and generate the sanity that knows how to reclaim and lead from your powerful nature.
A Five-Second Drill That Turns On The Light
Here is a five-second drill you can do a few times a day to get you started:
- Let everything go: All your problems, all your needs, all your dissatisfaction.
- Casually relax into the quiet of your mind, freed of worry and complaint, and allow a feeling of peace to gently emerge.
- Now imagine your mind becoming one with a Higher Power that possesses perfect intelligence.
- Imagine sensing that this Higher Power holds you in the highest regard.
- Allow yourself to be with this experience for 5 seconds or more, if you like.
- Feel this perfect intelligence quieting, focusing and illuminateing your mind.
Close this exercise by valuing as golden whatever glimpse of illumination you received and allow the experience to encourage you to come back for more.
You can follow-up by practicing the four steps I have outline in Four Steps To the Good Life.