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Below, I have appended today’s posting on Jeff Foster’s Facebook wall.  For more information on Jeff Foster, visit lifewithoutacentre.  It’s a relevant follow up to my last post which expressed that there really are no “bad neighborhoods”.   

“Nothing and nobody, no outer circumstance or event, no word or deed, can cause you to suffer. Suffering is always your own internal resistance to the Way Things Are Right Now, your hidden refusal to experience what you are experiencing. Suffering always originates from a NO to the Universe as it is, a NO to life in all its pain and glory.

But remember, acceptance does not mean that you have to give up on the possibility of future change. Acceptance is not passivity or disengagement from life. Not at all! True, intelligent, compassionate, creative, and often unexpected change arises from a place of absolute alignment with the Way Things Are Right Now, a profound and intimate engagement with this juicy moment as it actually is, however ‘bad’ you label it.”

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Can you accept the is-ness of this moment,
and not confuse it with a story the mind has created around it?

Surrender comes when you no longer ask:
why is this happening to me?

Even within the seemingly most unacceptable and painful situation, is
concealed a deeper good and within every disaster is contained the
seed of Christ.

…accepting the seemingly unacceptable,
and thus finding the peace that surpasses all understanding

Acceptance of the unacceptable,
is the greatest source of praise in this world.

When you fully accept that you don’t know, you give up
struggling to find answers with the limited thinking mind,
and that is when the greater intelligence can operate through you.

Sometimes surrender means giving up trying to understand,
and becoming comfortable with not knowing.

Surrender, one could say is the inner transition from resistance to acceptance,
from no to yes.

When you surrender your sense of self shifts from being identified
with the reaction or mental judgment
to being the space around the reaction or judgment.

It is a shift from identification with form, thought or the emotion
to being and recognizing yourself as that which has no form.
Spacious Awareness.

Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace,
including the acceptance that you cannot accept that you are in resistance.

Leave life alone
Let it be.

~Eckhart Tolle~

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I heard this song on the radio today by Switchfoot, I Dare You to Move.  I almost switched off Switchfoot, just a little too much metal for my taste, until I began to let myself be pulled in by the lyrics.  I will append them below and add a few comments.  These are not the lyrics line by line; I’ve deleted a few lines I didn’t resonate with or that were repetitive.  Surprised to see this song is from 2009 and it’s my first time hearing it.

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next?

I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
Like today never happened

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

“Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell” feels so much like my tag line for Simply Blessed:

I have fallen between the cracks and landed in the spaces where love never fails…So many words to all say the same thing, what love is, what God is, what redemption is.  At my best, I look for the commonalities and take a little from everything.

“Welcome to the fallout, welcome to resistance, the tension is here between who you are and who you could be.”  That tension they are talking about is a creative tension that I think is the underpinning of resistance of any kind.  So quick I think I need to shift and awaken from resistance, but what if I asked myself instead – wow, what new platform am I creating here?

Something always emerges out of these cycles of resistance; they are not fruitless paths.  They seem to even come along at a certain point of comfort and predictability.  I think it’s purpose is to propel us further on our paths of self-evolution.  These are opportunities for expansion, so if you happen to be in one of those times in your life, welcome it.  Life wants to take you to a new, heart-stirring vista.  Let it.

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