Get in Alignment and Go with the Flow
“When we learn to trust the Universe, we shall be happy prosperous and well.”
~Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind textbook
“…For deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.”
~Bill Wilson, The Big Book
Lately, that familiar yet relatively short list of guidelines that are “suggested” in Chapter 5 of the Big Book have been a focus for me. I am referring to The 12 Steps, comprised of a mere 203 words. That’s adding up all 12! But they go deep.
If I were a painter I would mix and match colors on a palette to capture just the right brightness, boldness, and feel I wanted for my creation. Words are like that – even the most subtle shift in a word can sometimes give the right tone and get a teeny bit closer to the intention of my feeling.
I’m thinking “alignment” instead of “surrender.” Even though the word surrender does not appear in Step 3 or any other one, the concept is to surrender to the higher power, to turn it over, to hand it over…
After admitting our lack of power in certain areas (Step 1), and conceding that maybe just maybe there is something else of a magnificent higher order going on (Step 2), my ego still sort of wants to hold on to my personal power. Can I surrender and still have power? How can I progress and still maintain a felt sense of power?
Maybe I can do both, come to think of it. Don’t I surrender to things every day? I surrender to gravity, to electricity, to the sun rising and setting. If I spend my time trying to will these things to be different or to work for me the way I want them to, I will suffer, struggle, and stress.
Why would I not want to surrender to other things that would make my life easier, and allow it to flow more serenely? Why would I not choose to align myself with a higher power for things that are out of my control?
It’s not that I don’t have power; it’s that I don’t have control.
I have latched on to the concept of alignment. When I get in alignment with these truths, I can navigate in the world so much easier – both the physical world of people, places, things, events, AND in my inner world. It’s like floating with the current, not doggie paddling against it. No longer trying to walk up the down escalator.
I align with a higher power, a higher way of living, thinking, knowing. I know I have a higher level of joy, peace, and fun by doing so.
Powerful and powerless are two sides of the same coin now. I powerfully embrace my physical limitations and powerfully embrace my spiritual, universal, divine limitlessness.
Surrender is not to give up. It’s to give in and go with the flow.
1. Think of some examples of things you willingly surrender to or align with that feel easy and natural to do.
2. Any that cause struggle?
In gratitude, harmony and support,