This week we learned about “The Law of Least Effort” up until this past week I have never heard about this law…ever…It caught my attention right away as to how I could utilize this law in my life. After another day in the Silence on Saturday my mind is clear of all that…you know…”chatter”…that which we all experience on a daily basis.
In the mid 80s I was working construction on a project in downtown Boston at the time I was an apprentice, long hours hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, don’t get me wrong those were good years but very harsh. I can remember the journeymen I was working with at the time had been in the industry for over 30 years and everything that man did he did with little or no effort, I never saw him sweat…seriously…that man was amazing no matter what ever he touched seem to turn to gold. Though at the time all I could think about was being a good student of his teachings and some day I would become a journeymen like him, I was truly blessed to be taught by a seasoned veteran like him and I knew it.
One day we were having coffee ( he’d refer to it as a think drink) and I asked him how he got to be so good at his profession ? he replied: Construction is my life kid I eat and sleep this stuff (he used another word)…I love it…I give it hell every day.
I wish I listened to his words more carefully. It’s taken me over 30 years of hard physical and mental labor to figure out what he was trying to tell me.It’s all good…
I love it ?
I give it hell every day ?
Hmmmmm…Where have we heard that before ??
The law of least effort is that way, it never fails it just is…
During the webcast we were given an assignment, to write out the three elements of the law of least effort:
I will practice acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur, I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.
Today my awareness will remain established in defenselessness. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. I will feel no need to convince or persuade others to accept my point of view. I will remain open to all points of view and not be rigidly attached to any one of them.
Having accepted things as they are, I will take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit.
During the silence on Saturday, I realized I depend on technology too much, cell phones, texting and my computer, I was not able to focus on one thought for long, It was only after about 6 hours the “chatter” seemed to slow down…seriously…The day flew by and before I knew it 12 hours had passed by (don’t know the exact time I did not have a watch), I didn’t have that epiphany some people describe when they are in the silence I just was…Thoughts of helping a family member or a friend were entering my mind…yep that’s right being in service and making a difference is where it’s at for me as well as freedom, Not just for myself that would be boring…Freedom for those I come into contact with, helping people to get what they want, The most successful time in my life was when I gave of myself to others, just to think these thoughts gave me great pleasure…I made a connection to my authentic self that infinite mind, a spiritual connection with who I am. Though I still have a bit of work to do, this week I felt like I’m traveling down the right path. life is a journey not a destination. After reading Haanel this week it put it in perspective for me Haanel states:
Man is not a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body,and that it is for this reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in anything not spiritual. Money therefore of no value except to bring about conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that if there appears to be lack, we should realize that the idea or soul of money is service, and as thought takes form, channels of supply will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual methods are entirely practical.
The soul of money is service…That makes sense…You get what you give.
Finding that connection to your Dharma now more than ever makes perfect sense, it’s “intensely practical“…Your purpose !! Only you know what that is…However few of us take the time to focus on what we want. Most people focus on what they don’t want, the law of compensation begins and they get more of what they don’t want. It’s labor hard mental labor to stay focused on what you want, we’re living in a society of instant gratification ,electronic distractions which takes our attention from what we truly want.
If we’re to use our own power that’s unique only to the individual in alignment with the infinite we must therefore give attention to the silence. Your questions will be answered there. It’s your turn…It’s your time in life…The law of least effort will then be in your possession. Living life on purpose with purpose in service to yourself and others.
That person in the mirror is counting on you !!!
Until next week
~Give more get More~