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Allowing things to be easy can be hard

August23
There’ve been a number of major things in my life recently which have all been leading me back to a focus on consciously including the divine in my life. This isn’t a new idea from, since around the end of my senior year of high school I’ve explored spirituality and connection in lots of different ways. Today I consider myself a “mystical freelancer.”
I guess the resurgence really started when I wanted to try the Resident Pricing Exercise which Mark Silver teaches at the Heart Of Business. Mark talks about starting this exercise by performing something called The Remembrance. This is a wonderful practice, which comes out of the Sufi tradition. I had never done anything like it, and found it to be remarkably profound. It’s all about “remembering” our connection to the divine, and really feeling that inside. This quickly led to me starting and later finishing Mark’s 14 day challenge.
At the same time I’ve also been taking the Grace Blessings Mastery class which my dear friend Erika Rock teaches. If I was going to summarize this class in five words, they would be:

Letting Go and Letting God

It’s all about discovering how magical and how easy things can be when we let go and let the divine work through us.
Problem is, I was having a lot of trouble letting go. I really felt for the last several days like I was in the hard. I felt frustrated, as if whatever I did wasn’t enough. I felt adrift.

“But wait, there’s more!”

And on top of all of this, I had a session tonight with spiritual alchemist Melody Kiersz. We explored what I’ve been experiencing, and she helped me to really feel it, which created the opportunity to shift. Things started to become very clear as I realize that I was not very open to receiving from the divine.
I recognized this as programming, something which was entrained into me, not something I really believed.
Then, all of a sudden, I felt very strongly that receiving from the divine is, in fact, a form of recognition, of worship.
I realized that to receive gracefully, open, fully is a gift to the giver, and the divine really wants to give to us, to me.
And that realization changed everything.
I have to say, that I post this with some trepidation about how you, my readers will respond. But I’m really feeling called to do it, and so I will answer the call and push the button.
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  • http://www.imlisteningnow.com Jill Chivers

    Andy, this post really reached me today. Letting go and letting God (whatever your experience or understanding of ‘God’ to be) is very powerful.

    And I love what you say about receiving… for there to be giving, there needs to be receiving. And it is a gift – to receive.

    Thank you for this. BRavo

  • http://www.imlisteningnow.com Jill Chivers

    Andy, this post really reached me today. Letting go and letting God (whatever your experience or understanding of ‘God’ to be) is very powerful.

    And I love what you say about receiving… for there to be giving, there needs to be receiving. And it is a gift – to receive.

    Thank you for this. BRavo

  • http://copylicious.com Kelly Parkinson

    The other side of monsters and bears. All this good stuff that needs to be let out, and which totally WOULD come out if I would just get out of the way and let it through. Thank you for the reminder. I needed this!

  • http://copylicious.com Kelly Parkinson

    The other side of monsters and bears. All this good stuff that needs to be let out, and which totally WOULD come out if I would just get out of the way and let it through. Thank you for the reminder. I needed this!
    Kelly Parkinson´s last blog post ..The Nobody-Cares Bears

  • admin

    Thank you both for your comments!

    @Jill – your comment “whatever your experience or understanding of ‘God’ to be” reminds me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for quite a while now – thank you! look for it soon – it’s about God and a stained glass lantern.

    @Kelly Thank you for sharing your Bear talk as well (read her post – it’s great! and it really is the other side of this one and so cool that we were each inspired to write our posts tonight)

    Much love!

    Andy

  • admin

    Thank you both for your comments!

    @Jill – your comment “whatever your experience or understanding of ‘God’ to be” reminds me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for quite a while now – thank you! look for it soon – it’s about God and a stained glass lantern.

    @Kelly Thank you for sharing your Bear talk as well (read her post – it’s great! and it really is the other side of this one and so cool that we were each inspired to write our posts tonight)

    Much love!

    Andy

  • http://www.ericarock.com Erica Rock

    Andy,

    I loved the honesty and sincerity of this post. So how open are you know to receiving?? This also ties to self WORTH ie:, the Divine WANTS to give to YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU.

    our only JOB, is to let go, get out of the way and let it IN.

    When we don’t feel WORTHY that is the BELIEF, as big of a LIE THAT IS as humans are the only be-ings on earth that do not feel worthy, that belief shrinks our pipes and in the shrinkage we inhibit the Blessings to flow on in.

    Interesting isn’t it?

    We are all worthy. If you are alive, you are worthy as is evidenced by the beautiful human body you were given.

    Breathe THAT in and receive it now :)

    LOVE YOU!

  • http://www.ericarock.com Erica Rock

    Andy,

    I loved the honesty and sincerity of this post. So how open are you know to receiving?? This also ties to self WORTH ie:, the Divine WANTS to give to YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU.

    our only JOB, is to let go, get out of the way and let it IN.

    When we don’t feel WORTHY that is the BELIEF, as big of a LIE THAT IS as humans are the only be-ings on earth that do not feel worthy, that belief shrinks our pipes and in the shrinkage we inhibit the Blessings to flow on in.

    Interesting isn’t it?

    We are all worthy. If you are alive, you are worthy as is evidenced by the beautiful human body you were given.

    Breathe THAT in and receive it now :)

    LOVE YOU!

  • admin

    Thanks!

    How open am I to receiving? I feel very open, but I also get the sense that I can’t even imagine how open I’m going to be before long….

    Thank you

    Love you!

    Andy

    PS – just to make the connection for anyone who didn’t notice – Erica is my dear friend, and she’s teaching the Grace Blessings Mastery course that I mentioned in the post.

  • admin

    Thanks!

    How open am I to receiving? I feel very open, but I also get the sense that I can’t even imagine how open I’m going to be before long….

    Thank you

    Love you!

    Andy

    PS – just to make the connection for anyone who didn’t notice – Erica is my dear friend, and she’s teaching the Grace Blessings Mastery course that I mentioned in the post.

  • http://www.scrapsoflife.com/blog Scraps

    Giving and receiving are such big concepts to some of us–no matter who the giver is. I’ve noticed a feeling of shame, at times, from accepting something from an outside source (be it physical or spiritual)–independence taken too far? Maybe.

    Your post is reminding me that just as I had to learn to accept a compliment with grace and a simple ‘thank you’ (so as not to insult the giver), I need to apply that same grace and respect to spiritual offerings when they appear.

  • http://www.scrapsoflife.com/blog Scraps

    Giving and receiving are such big concepts to some of us–no matter who the giver is. I’ve noticed a feeling of shame, at times, from accepting something from an outside source (be it physical or spiritual)–independence taken too far? Maybe.

    Your post is reminding me that just as I had to learn to accept a compliment with grace and a simple ‘thank you’ (so as not to insult the giver), I need to apply that same grace and respect to spiritual offerings when they appear.
    Scraps´s last blog post ..Many Irons In the Fire

  • admin

    Scraps,

    AS you can imagine, I’m discovering just how important this is!

    :)
    Andy

  • admin

    Scraps,

    AS you can imagine, I’m discovering just how important this is!

    :)
    Andy

  • http://melodykiersz.wordpress.com Melody

    Andy,

    I’m so proud of you for both really going with this, and sharing it with everyone here.

    I feel like the non-duality of giving and receiving has been the theme at least for the past week. I’ve been feeling it too.

    Thank you for letting us be a part of your experience.

    Big hug!

    Melody

  • http://melodykiersz.wordpress.com Melody

    Andy,

    I’m so proud of you for both really going with this, and sharing it with everyone here.

    I feel like the non-duality of giving and receiving has been the theme at least for the past week. I’ve been feeling it too.

    Thank you for letting us be a part of your experience.

    Big hug!

    Melody
    Melody´s last blog post ..Using Protection Or- Safety in Nakedness

  • admin

    Melody, thank you both for your comment and helping me get to this!

  • admin

    Melody, thank you both for your comment and helping me get to this!

  • http://wholeselfblog.blogspot.com/ Nicola

    I understand the “letting go and letting god” conundrum so well!! There can be such a discussion going on between head and heart, logical and intuition. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard!

    There is a distinct shift happening too which is pointing us in the direction of the divine and understanding who we are.

    Thanks for your RT and donation. Hugely appreciated.

    • admin

      thanks for your comment, and yes, I really think that’s where we need to be going… living in to who we are.

  • http://wholeselfblog.blogspot.com/ Nicola

    I understand the “letting go and letting god” conundrum so well!! There can be such a discussion going on between head and heart, logical and intuition. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s hard!

    There is a distinct shift happening too which is pointing us in the direction of the divine and understanding who we are.

    Thanks for your RT and donation. Hugely appreciated.
    Nicola´s last blog post ..are you up for a challenge

    • admin

      thanks for your comment, and yes, I really think that’s where we need to be going… living in to who we are.

  • http://twitter.com/Focusawareness Jackie Paulson

    http://www.heartofbusiness.com/video-challenge-day-five/#more-6466 this link led me here and I am in love with what you write. I am a new fan of yours. From http://postadaychallenge2011.wordpress.com/

    • http://andydolph.com Andy Dolph

      Thanks very much, Jackie!

      Sent from my iPad