The other day I wrote a piece based on my experience called "How to Deal with Noisy Flatmates and Neighbours." I have found while I'm in inner silence, I am not disturbed. I was working in the library at the time. After I'd finished the article and was browsing on the Internet, a woman logged on the computer beside me. Then she got on her mobile and started chatting rather loudly. Although I happen to love listening to Japanese, I wasn't in the mood to hear someone screaming Japanese beside me. I asked her if she could keep it down. She apologised and then continued her conversation. She even sounded louder than before. It was then I had the thought that my article was being played out right beside me. So why not just take my own advice? After that I "switched" off and was no longer bothered by her. After that, a librarian came over and asked her to switch off her mobile as she was disturbing people.
Yesterday, some Facebook friends and I discussed what happens when people are sensitive to certain feelings and emotions, particular those considered to be "negative." Do you feel it without judgment or try to get rid? My view was that not to take them personally or own them but to let them pass through; otherwise I end up attracting all the baggage that comes with it. I also said there are times when it's useful to just accept things as they are and not judge. Later I chatted to another Facebook friend who said she had a blocked nose and was asking for healing suggestions. I suggested decongestant, which she said she was already using. I said to her that I tend to use Light as my decongestant.
In the middle of the night, I woke up with a sore throat. Bearing my earlier discussion with my Facebook friends in mind, I decided I wasn't going to take the feeling personally but to see it as nothing. When the "nothing" persisted, I thought to myself: "I live and have my being in Light. Light is all there is!" Within a few minutes the pain dissolved and I fell asleep.
When I woke up this morning, the pain was back in full force, it now felt like I had a sore throat. I could also hear my mother coughing and sneezing in the next room. Aha, so while I've been asleep the "nothing" has tried to "possess" me, huh! Well, I'm not having any of that! This time, I called on Infinite Light to flood everywhere and dissolve all thoughts that do not resonate. Then I relaxed in inner silence and when the sore throat had been dissolved, I got up and went about my business.
It would appear from the above examples that everything happens for a reason. The moment I expressed a belief, I had an experience that either tested or demonstrated that belief.
Having said all that, my core belief is all things are inherently nothing save the meanings I ascribe to them.
Back to my examples, what if I saw "noisy" neighbours as nothing? I wouldn't have written the article in the first place as there would have been no story to tell. I doubt if I would have attracted the "noisy" library user either. Even if the user had sat next to me and been chatting on her mobile, she would have meant nothing to me.
Would I have attracted the sore throat experience if I hadn't had the earlier discussion and expressed my belief about detaching from feelings. Even if I had had the experience, it would have meant nothing to me.
The game of life is all about ascribing meanings to experiences which can be shared. When I'm not in the mood to play the game, I simply see all things as they inherently are - nothing, with no cause or effect.
See what I mean?
Related articles: How to Deal with Noisy Flatmates and Neighbours; Problems are Solutions in Disguise; Cause or Causeless?; The Scientist; Decongestant; Some Things are Not Worth Taking Personally; Unity Consciousness - In Practice; Much Ado about Nothing; Nothing Cannot Attract Something; Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is; In Theory