“Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. ‘How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done.’ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.” ~Bill Wilson, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
“I am conscious that good is expressing through my thought… I am guided. I am informed. I am guarded. I am led into pathways of peace and goodness.” ~Ernest Holmes, This Thing Called You
I admit to a dormant but spring-loaded negative knee jerk reaction to the phrase “Thy Will Be Done” – not sure where I picked that up, but I can’t help notice it’s there. This phrase is used frequently in the Big Book as well as in pretty much every AA meeting I attend.
I get that it’s tied to the surrender aspect, the relinquishing of my own self will and my efforts to “run the show” – another common AA phrase, though this one feels quite at home. “Trust the process” is one I like, and which seems to fit the same bill.
Who cares what words bespeak the suggestion to trust the process – to let the divine right outcome unfold? That’s its nature, so when things are not showing up in the way I think is best, it’s either that I am clogging up the works OR that I am in the storm before the calm… the chaos that precedes order.
I also get it that it’s in my best interest to figure out a way around those words or phrases that push my button – what a great chance to take a look at them and welcome them into the light.
It’s not so much why or how they got there, but what can I do when they flare up? … not denying or repressing the feelings but exploring them, inviting them to reveal that it might be time to release them and discover a way around it to get the same outcome.
I cannot do that if I don’t have the awareness that it’s there. As long as I’m doing my spiritual work to maintain conscious and consistent contact – and awareness of this contact- then whatever unfolds will be of the highest nature and order of things. It is the next layer of the onion, the next thing being revealed, and that which I am bringing about by cause and effect.
In Science of Mind I understand the concept that God’s / Spirit’s / the Universe’s will is always seeking to express through me in the best possible way – that the Universe allows for us all to be our best version.
It is recognizing that I am always connected to my higher power, even in the absence of my awareness that I am. Ernest Holmes says in This Thing Called You that to realize this is to know that “all the wisdom, intelligence and power of the universe is right where you are.”
Ernest offers an affirmation that says “The Law of Good is continuously operative in my life. I am always equal to any task set before me. I am confident of my ability to meet every situation. I can solve every problem, overcome every difficulty. Realizing that Spirit knows no obstruction, I have implicit confidence in Its ability to operate through me always, and under every situation.”
In other words, Thy will be done… through me, as me.
Note which of these affirmations resonates with you. Then say it out loud.
“The Law of Good is continuously operative in my life. I am always equal to any task set before me. I am confident of my ability to meet every situation. I can solve every problem, overcome every difficulty. Realizing that Spirit knows no obstruction, I have implicit confidence in Its ability to operate through me always, and under every situation.”
How can I best serve Thee? Thy will (not mine) be done.’
In gratitude, harmony and support,