THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT – Day 9

I got a little Osho quote for you friends, it is RIGHT ON POINT with what we’ve been talking about. Buckle your seatbelt and read this one.

” People are constantly living in discontent about everything. It is a habit. It is not that, if they have more money and a better house and a better wife or a better son or a better job, they will be content — it is not that. Whatsoever they have they will remain discontented. Poor, they will be discontented; rich, they will be discontented.  Discontented is a habit of the mind.”  — Osho

So our mind (our Ego) is programed for discontent. For knowing our seperateness. And it’s a habit. To chase after what our mind feels is a disturbance…and so the feeling like we have to be the one to fix it. And so the endless busy-iness.

This never-ending fixing… and doing… and hustling. It’s because we are addicted to the discontent. Thinking there is somewhere else we “should” be.

So, how do we break the addiction? And how to we flip the paradigm and get out of the cycle of discontent?

Okay, what if “content” was our new starting point? What if, no matter what’s going on in our lives, we go ahead and call it a success? What if, as the brilliant spiritual teacher Byron Katie says, we learn to fall in love with what is?

I’m realizing right now — as I write this — that the Law of Least Effort is really about acceptance.

If it is ALL holy, if it ALL divine, we don’t have to try to manipulate the external world to be different.

We can breathe. We can accept. And maybe as we start loving what is, it creates the space where the Universe can do “her thing,” and then, naturally everything changes in its own divine timing.

EXERCISE for Day 9:

Where have you been holding on tight and wanting things to be the way you think they “should be”? Is there somewhere where you have gotten addicted to the “discontent” of a situation? Perhaps this can be the opportunity to not try to “fix it” but instead, just love it.

Write it down on a piece of paper and then “give it” to the Universe as an offering. Maybe you burn it, or rip it up as you say a chant. Find a way to ritualize letting go… and letting grace in.

Perhaps love creates the space where miracles can happen, and things can evolve in their own timing.

THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT – Day 8

It seemed like, after the election, the LAST THING that I wanted to talk about was the Law of Least Effort.

In fact, I felt so fired up inside for action, I couldn’t find the place from which to enter the conversation again. I wanted to talk about Divinely Inspired Action, Global Responsablity, the Oneness of all things…there were a lot of things burning up my heart.

And here we are now, a day past Christmas, with the New Year right in front of us. And I’m sure many artists… well, me for starters, is saying….what do I want to create now? What do I want to bring into the world?

And if you are like me, its not just one thing, for me its like 14 things.

Actually, I just counted, it is really is 14 things.

So, here’s were I think the Law of Least Effort can help. (And I’m honestly just coaching myself here, and if anyone wants to read along, you are welcome to!) Vincent Van Gogh said, “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” In fact, that is what is on a very cute notepad that my friend bought me for Christmas. It’s staring me in the face.

Okay, I’m paying attention…

I’m committed to starting small. Least Effort.

One thing.

After many days of one thing, it becomes many things. And so, when I plug into my Inner Direction is whispers to me this… Just sit down… just do the one thing today. Be here now. That is all.

One thing. Here and Now.

It can be simple, but it allows the Great Thing to begin.

EXERCISE for Day 8:

What’s one small thing that you can do today?

The Science of Oneness

As you might know, I have been obsessed with the sermons of MLK lately. And this morning, I read this quote, “I must not ignore the wounded man on life’s Jericho Road, because he is a part of me and I am a part of him. His agony diminishes me, and his salvation enlarges me.”

The words wrapped around me so powerful, I just sat with them.

I started thinking about Quantum Entanglement.

I’m absolutely no physicist (even though I did take AP Physics in High School, thank you very much!) But here’s my lay-woman’s way of describing it: particles (think photons, electrons, and molecules) affect each other, even when separated by very large distances.

So, if something happens to one particle, it’s as if the other particles “know” what happen to it — even if they are separated by light years away — and they are also changed. And Quantum Theory will tell us that it happens instantly. 

Do you know what Einstein called this?  “Spukhafte Fernwirkung” which means “spooky action at a distance.”

That cracks me up! Einstein thought it was spooky!! How do these particles know what’s going on? The information between them travels faster than the speed of light.

Wikipedia will tell us that the meaning of this whole Quantum Entanglement is that we learn that particles “are not individual particles but are an inseparable whole. In entanglement, one constituent cannot be fully described without considering the other(s).”

Basically, this whole quantum entanglement thing means that we are CONNECTED. And so, our thoughts, feeling, actions, and emotions (all vibration, all particles) impact one another.   Everything we do, affects each other.

So, when MLK says “he is a part of me and I am a part of him,” that’s not metaphor. That’s science.

When Jesus said the Golden Rule, “treat your neighbor as yourself,” there’s a reason for it. Your neighbor IS yourself.

We are ALL ONE.

Take that in.

We are all one single wave-function.

Ramona Maharishi said, “there are no others.” 

And the Course in Miracles will tell us that we only have one problem: we think we are separate. And that problem has already been solved, because we are not.

How juicy and mind-blowing is that?

You know when you are about to call someone, and at that exact moment, they call YOU! Or you feel your best friend, or a member in your family…and then find out that something great or painful just happened to them.

We have the power to FEEL each other because we are all interconnected.  When someone does an act of hate or of violence, we all feel it. And when someone does an act of love, we feel that too.

My dear friend Natalie got me turned onto the science behind forests. All the roots become intertwined in what are called “neighborhoods.” In nature, we see “root grafting” where trees (even of different species!) can share one huge circulatory system. And while trees can provide minerals and nutrients for each other,  they can also spread diseases. Trees can help or hurt each other.

I read an article on BBC online that quoted Suzanne Simard, from the 2011 documentary Do Trees Communicate? where she said, “Plants are not really individuals in the sense that Darwin thought they were individuals competing for survival of the fittest…In fact they are interacting with each other, trying to help each other survive.”

Doesn’t that make you think about US as human beings?

Our job is not just ourselves.  We are responsible for the WHOLE. The whole of mankind. The whole of the planet.

To love each other. To protect each other. To lift each other up.

And when we do, we ALL — every single one of us — benefit.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa

OUR JOB AS ARTISTS, AS HEALERS

Friends, my heart is on fire and I have to change course.

INSPIRED ACTION. It is action that comes from deep within. Not the action that feels like we have to do something to keep busy, or because we “should”…but motivated, focused, spiritual action that comes from the core of who we are.

That is what is going on inside of me right now. The NEED to take ACTION.

The night we got the election results, I couldn’t sleep. I just starred at my ceiling and I felt my heart burning. Around 6am, I finally got out of bed, and was drawn to my bookshelf. I picked up Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Strength to Love.”

Since Wednesday morning, it has been my guidebook. And as I re-read it, I feel like what Martin was talking about then applies so much to right now.  His words: “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disclosed nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood.”

I’m with Natalie Roy, my soul sister and co-teacher in LA, on our way to a Heart Chakra retreat, and we can’t stop talking about how there’s this huge inner calling… an inner pull so strong… to re-route the direction our teaching to artists to be about the importance of Art as Activism.

In fact, I was drawn to pick-up a copy of Andrew Harvey’s “The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.”

It’s so clear that as Artists, we are the Healers of the world. And when we see the symptoms of prejudice, sexism, and racism rise up in our country, it is telling us that our country is ill, it is sick. We have a disease. As the Healers of this planet, that means it is OUR TIME TO GO TO WORK. It is time for surgery.

On Wednesday night, Natalie and I saw spiritual leader Michael Beckwith at Agape. He said that this was “a opportunity dressed in work clothes.”  He went on to say that this hate,  bigotry, and fear has been in our country all along.  It was just in hiding, it was in the dark where we couldn’t see it. So we could be naive to it, we could pretend it wasn’t there. But now…its out in the open. Where we can see it. Where it is obvious. Where it is undeniable.

In order for something to be healed, it has to come up to the surface. It has to become visible, so that we can treat it. We have to know that we are sick, so we can go right into the center of what is ailing us.

So, that’s our job right now. It’s very clear.

And if you are an Artist this is your call.  Beckwith said on Wednesday night, we can ask our Inner Spirit, “What is my Assignment?” and the answer will come. We all have a different assignment here. And it takes all of us, together, to create this healing.

I love you. Deeply. Dearly. I believe in us.

EXERCISE for Day 1:

Sit with the question, “What is My Assignment?”

 

 

 

THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT – Day 7

So last night we got the 2016 election results. It feels like today has been a day of shock, anger, sadness, grief, loss, disbelief…and I’m sure so many other emotions. Including our desire to love each other deeply.

I was traveling today from NYC to LA, and everywhere I went, every person I came into contact with, our eyes would meet and thoughts were exchanged with no words. Like “here we are” and “let’s be so kind to each other.”

Now is the time for deep processing. We all need to process what we feel, who we are, and where do we go from here?

For Day 7, I’m not going to write much. Let’s just all sit with our feelings. Feel all our feelings.

Then, let’s allow our deep feelings move us into action.

More on that tomorrow.

EXERCISE for Day 7:

Allow yourself to feel everything without exception.

THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT – Day 6

So, it’s fascinating that around Day 5 and 6 of my experiment, I really hit some busy days, and I found the Law of Least Effort a real life saver.

It gave me permission to stop.

It gave me permission to say, “No, Kristin don’t send one more email, go to bed.” To say, “Shhh, baby girl, go slow, go gentle… ” We were speaking the other day in CREATE about how to become Sustainable Artists. We intend to be Artists that have careers their whole lives. And to do so, one has to run the race to last, not burn out.

When life starts to get busy (as it sometimes does, especially in New York!) I like to envision myself as a leaf in the wind — remember Forrest Gump — and I ask the Flow to take me. And in these busy moments, I like to invoke the powers of Joy and Ease. What if I get amazed about how easy Life is today? What if I consider myself on the lookout for Joy?

So, then, instead of my head getting caught in “The Story of Busy.” I instead find myself with unexpected delights during my day.

And as Artists and Creators, we have the opportunity to CREATE lives we love. Which means we get the opportunity to go within and ask ourselves “What do I love?” and “Where does my heart get excited?”

In my morning reading by Osho, he was discussing bliss and he said “never miss an opportunity. There are a thousand and one opportunities every day. Once you are alert you will be surprised how many opportunities you have been missing up to now.”

EXERCISE for Day 6:

Be a detective for Bliss! (Thank you, Candy!!)  How about we just notice today all the opportunities that Life is giving us to see the Bliss that is all around? Where do you notice it, post below!!

Vintage detective looking through a magnifier
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