Are you Open and Receptive?
“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, …. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.”
How open are you? How curious?
How willing are you to make the changes necessary
to create excellent health and well-being?
How quickly do you shut down, close off, especially when what
lies before you is not in accord with your own ideas?
Will you be open-minded and receptive as you read this page, indeed
any of the pages you read on this website.
As you read, can you also be aware of your judgements, your lack of
openness, your quick-fire, without-thinking-things-through responses?
Remember, the difference between a flower and weed is simply a judgement, an opinion, not Truth.
The opinions of others have a power to be of value to you, of influencing your health, your well-being, and offer potential for your greater good across a number of life areas.
Opinion:- a view or judgement formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge
a thought, a view, or a concept formed in the mind about a particular subject
a conclusion or belief someone hasn’t necessarily thought through but nonetheless holds fast to, even though it is often not substantiated by positive evidence , thought, or knowledge.
Which probably explains why many are disinclined to accept or agree with others’ opinions; for they know that those opinions, though firmly held, are weakly formed and so they may fear that the views and beliefs that give their life some certainty, a foundation even, may be challenged if they open to an opinion that is different. To accept the opinion would threaten their own firmly held beliefs. And so they often instantly reject the opinions, ideas, beliefs of others, without any conscious exploration or understanding of the other’s opinion. And yet if they would be but open to the opinion, it may spark a gem of enlightenment, the decision to move in a different direction.
And in our fast paced go-go culture, we so quickly reject that which could, in fact, be useful to us, only later to regret and wish we had listened. Often have I experienced at business meetings that such speed and haste resulted in people simply not thinking things through.
A Tale of a Closed Mind
I had a colleague whom I observed at a weekly meeting we both attended, would, whenever asked by anyone as to how he was feeling, immediately reply with a familiar story of woundology – he had put his back out some five years earlier, and each week would be, not so much an update as a repetition of “the back story.” Doctors could only offer pain reducing medications. He had no good word to say about doctors. “I don’t like taking medication so there’s nothing else I can do.” Except complain, and in the process, take up the time of anyone willing to listen AND then reject any opinion or advice offered by them.
I once asked if he had considered any approaches other than medication. I was thinking of approaches such as chiropractic, physiotherapy, metaphysical treatments, healing etc. To which I got the instant response that all therapists were simply out to make money, all were charlatans, all just treated you in such a way you had to keep having repeat appointments. When asked if he had any evidence for what he said, he went quiet. “Well, no! It’s just the way it is.” So by generalising and blanket denigrating all therapists, he had chosen to continue to suffer. Not that he could see it that way. And of course it is only my opinion!
I offered to recommended two therapists whom I knew to behave with honour and integrity and to be highly skilled. But again, no! The immediate response, without asking anything about them, was no! “They’re all the same.” An example of how a firmly held belief, no matter how weakly conceived, could hold someone back. No pun intended. But, of course, by being closed to help, this colleague could go on getting sympathetic attention. By not being open to healing is, we erroneously believe, the only way that we can receive validation and attention from others.
Healing means that we have to give up our “special” status. We no longer get to be the centre of attention. If we heal, we will be expected to do things that we may not particularly enjoy, in order to meet our personal and social obligations to others.
But by being closed, we are likely to loose so much more.
Blocking out the light
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 - 1902) - an activist and leader of the early women’s rights movement— said, “The moment we begin to fear the opinion of others…the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” And I am inclined to agree.
So, how open are you?
How open are you to receiving, to taking someone’s opinion away and at least playing with it?
Are you open to the ideas on this website or do you quickly judge, perhaps read on but you’ve already made your mind up?
How open are you to truly forgiving, forgiving without conditions? Forgiving is key to healing.
And when it comes to receiving, can you accept the generosity of others?
How receptive are you to the kindnesses and compassions, the expressions of regret or the attempts at forgiveness of others? Or have you judged them and found them wanting?
Are you open to the support of others or do you always decline and claim you can get by by yourself yet secretly continue to struggle?
Are you truly receptive to the views of others? Or does their offer have to be perfectly framed, 100% accurate?
Are you only open to being receptive to those views that align with your own and discount others and people who don’t?
And if you were open, do you know what it is you want to receive?
Abundance – and abundance of what? Money, health, relationships, creativity?
Focus – of purpose and direction
Relationships that are healthy and loving
And are you open to yourself? Or are you afraid your thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours are out of alignment with what you want to receive? EG If you want to receive abundance into your life, are your thoughts ones of abundance or of lack and want? What you focus on grows.
How might life change if you were to be genuinely open to thoughts, ideas and guidance? You don’t necessarily have to act on all of them but at least be open and you may just find something useful.
Why not integrate into your life a conscious approach of seeking guidance especially with life’s bigger challenges. And seeking guidance from your spiritual guides.
Without being religious about it, we all have access to an unseen world of helpers – God (of your own understanding) Higher Self, Angels and Archangels, Ascended Masters, guides, gophers, and friends who have passed over. Could you learn to listen to their guidance through your intuitive nudges or through your senses of eg clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognisance.
Try now. Bring to mind something that challenges you and where you are not exactly finding it easy to come up with solutions.
Then create an invocation to your unseen world, and treat it sacredly.
Invocation:- (in its religious form) - a prayer or request for the spiritual presence of God in a ceremony or event.
a request to a power greater than ourselves, for help, usually insight or guidance.
It can be worth writing your invocation, refining it till you feel comfortable with it, and so that you can easily memorise it so that you can use it wherever you are and whenever a challenge arises.
An example might be:-
I (your name) invoke (whoever you are invoking eg my great higher power, source of all, beloved God, Jesus, my angels and archangels, ascended masters, my spirit guides, my teachers, my helpers, my light beings, my Holy beings, my Higher Self, all those of the dearly departed,) – My issue is (state your challenge - only one. Repeat the exercise for different challenges.) With regard to my issue, I now invoke your help that it may resonate at the highest vibrational level of unconditional love possible that can match my consciousness, and match my awareness so that I may easily receive and understand it and use it for the greater good of all concerned.
It may sound weird, but say it, with sincere intent, and it will be heard.
The key is to create an invocation that really fits for you and your beliefs so you can memorise it and speak from the heart. Really ask your guides to make their presence known in a way that will surprise you.
State your invocation. If you can, take a few minutes to meditate or at least be silent, give thanks, then go about your business. Become aware of intuitive nudges, signs and symbols, messages on bus advertising, car number plates. Guidance will be simple and subtle.
And remember, it’s not about getting just what you want to hear. People often want the easy; in their laziness they don’t want to have to do the work. Because they cannot hear or read the signs they may say, “This way doesn’t work!” when in fact it is their own ego, their own consciousness that is blocking the messaging, that is saying it won’t work because they simply, at base, refuse to hear guidance from other sources.
So it is time to be humble, to be sincere, whether with mortals here on earth or your unseen helpers, to practise sincerity when you ask, “Please take this burden from my shoulders. Take from me my anger, my resentments and burdens. Please show me how to get out of my ego, out of my own way, and be genuinely open to guidance and direction. Light my way ahead.”
You can’t solve problems with the same levels of consciousness with which you created them.
Then genuinely be open.
The Great Invocation
Perhaps the greatest most Universal Invocation is The Great Invocation - a world prayer, based
upon truths common to all religions. It has been translated into more than 80 languages and
dialects and is used daily by tens of thousands of men and women of all faiths who wish to bring
about right human relating and lasting peace.
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men-
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
I am open and receptive to all good.
Louise L Hay
your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes
in creating optimal health.