Our daily lives require us to do a fair amount of thinking and doing.
“Brush your teeth!” your mind says, and before you know it, you’re picking up your toothbrush and polishing those pearly whites.
“The laundry tub is stuffed full, guess you know what that means!” your mind says (adding a chuckle no doubt), and with a sigh and a groan you’re lugging—or in some cases pushing—the overstuffed tub to the washer.
This is the sort of critical thinking necessary to survive as a human. Of course, we could try to buck the system by resisting brushing our teeth or washing our clothes, but sooner or later our tribe would kick us out of the circle because we stink, not unlike the practices done in caveman days. Everyone plays a part, and certain written and unwritten cultural mores must be followed.
We think and we do, we think and we do. Chores. To-do lists. Things that have become habit, and things we’d rather avoid. Side note: Anyone want to do my taxes?
Being and perceiving, on the other hand, is something different.When we simply take the time to sit and be in the moment, we begin to perceive the truth that exists right in front of us. Perceiving is not thinking. It is your higher self, which is connected to Source and acts from a place of clarity and wisdom. It is consciousness. It is the present moment allowing us to unfold the package of the here and now.
Being and perceiving acts with nature’s Source energy and speaks with an intelligence that can best be described as flowing and easeful. The power of this energy cannot be mistaken, but it never pushes that power onto others. It has nothing to prove. It is never in a rush to make its mark or complete a checklist or soothe someone’s ego. It is timeless, formless, and spacious.
As I’ve heard some practitioners remark during guided meditations, “There is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just be.” We think we have to work to get there, wherever there is. However, by being and perceiving you become connected to Source energy and this allows you to discern what is Truth and what is illusion in our daily lives.
It also opens you up to Divine wisdom, to allow you to make decisions from a place of knowing. Our brains are simply not cut out for being and perceiving. They are too lost in thought!
How many of us spend any part of our day in a state of being and perceiving? It takes a level of intention and awareness that many people don’t give time or attention to.
Most are of the belief that as long as they can think and do, the world will continue to spin on its axis and all manner of things will be well. Lawns get mowed, the arm of the factory motor continues to crank out widgets, and the stoplights continue to blink red, yellow, and green.
But what price does our world pay without consciousness? Yes, the mail gets delivered and we continue to work, travel, and keep our appointments as this blue and green ball spins away. But if we are asleep, what is getting missed along the way? What beautiful moments and life truths are left undiscovered?
What if more of us took a few moments each day to curb our thinking and doing? What if we took the time to be in a state of being and to perceive the world outside of its to-do lists? What amount of wisdom would we gain, and how might this world change as a result?
“With your mind stilled, the infinite being that you are, who knows everything, is in charge.”