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There is a guiding spirit, whose task it is to keep the rhythm, to harmonize the disparate notes in the human chorus, and to guide the evolution of humanity onward, ever onward toward the infinite potential that is our birthright.
This guiding spirit is the great conductor of the symphony of life.
It is seen in the intrinsic wisdom of our bodies, which each moment keep a sense of what is me and what is not me, allowing us to live surrounded by microorganisms that would otherwise take up residence in our bodies.
It is seen in the connection between ideas, for example, in how inventions are often found in independent clusters — the inventors simply each thought of the same idea at the same time, such as in the case of the invention of calculus, the discovery of oxygen, the theory of evolution, and the invention of the telephone. (A whole list of these can be found here.)
Our privilege is to become aware of this guiding spirit, this continual music that seeks always to harmonize humanity into a diverse unity, and then to co-create the process itself. By doing so, we can help much more than we could on our own. (Of course, we are never really on our own, though sometimes it may seem that way.)
Puran and Susanna put it this way, in their masterpiece, Follow Your Heart: The Map to Illumination:
It takes insight, tact, and patience to guide a person toward the solution to their self-made problems. Most often, a person cannot be helped by giving him or her what he or she asks for. As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem in the same consciousness that created it.” A person will ask for a bigger hammer to hit the wall that blocks their chosen direction, rather than for a map of the walls, a ladder, or a shovel. (p. 258)
The source of this insight must come from a vision and an understanding of the whole, the One Being.
What this requires is trust.
Heart Rhythm Meditation is a powerfully effective way of cultivating this sense of trust. By listening to your heartbeat over time, a wondrous thing happens. At first, you may feel a sense of anxiety, saying to yourself, ‘will my heart continue to beat?’
But over time, this fades — you believe in your heart, you trust your heart to beat. When you learn to develop your breath, breathing all the way out, so that you can breathe all the way in, you take this trust to the next level. (To really learn this method, I recommend taking 101: Introduction to Heart Rhythm Meditation.)
And trust is nothing more than self-confidence, which is the true meaning of faith.
Take a few moments right now to pay attention to your breath, breathing in and out through the center of your chest, feeling your heartbeat if you can. Can you feel any difference in your sense of faith?
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