Sunday, February 18, 2024

Never Force Things: An Angel Message

Yes, I'm often times headstrong, and stubborn, especially when I think I know best, and try to force an issue.  While working on the angel blog early this morning, I got caught in the act.   Our gray tabby jumped up and like a little tempest, sprang into action on my desk, gnawing my new laptop, swatting an ink pen around, making it hard to concentrate.  I got stirred up, determined to get my way, and finish the article.  Then a funny thing happened.  Suddenly it was as though an angel tapped me on the shoulder, bringing to mind what I was writing about.  Never force things. I sheepishly chuckled, and eased up.  The writing could wait. It was back to the morning routine of prayer and meditation.
Dr. Emmet Fox, an outstanding spiritual teacher, wrote many books that helped millions find inner peace. Here is his advice on Never Force Things.
"Never force things. Never bring heavy pressure to bear in a given direction. Never make up your mind that a certain thing must be done, or that it must be done now. All this sort of thing is dangerous, and is likely to land you in trouble instead of improving matters. It is really using will power, and is unscientific and unspiritual. It is looking to the without, whereas spiritual demonstration looks to the within. It is what engineers call centripetal action, and spiritual demonstration is always centrifugal."

He goes on to say, "What you really want is harmony and true expression at every point in your life. The actual way in which this comes does not matter so long as you get the thing itself. When you encounter a firm resistance anywhere, it usually means that you are on the wrong road and had better retreat and try another. Mental or material pushing will only get you farther down the wrong road, and it gives you a longer distance to retrace.

His final advice:  "Claim that God works in you, and that when He works He always succeeds; that He knows the best way and is inspiring you to take it; that He meets no resistance for He works with joy; and that you and your life are part of that."

 Never Force Things.  To my surprise, a playful angel image from childhood came to mind. Maybe you remember the straw finger trap gag in your birthday party favors bag?     
When you first put your fingers inside the cylinder and then try to pull them out, the cylinder weave tightens.  The harder you pull, the tighter the grip.  The trick was to not resist, but calmly and slowly push your two fingers closer together.  Voila! 
A fun metaphor to remember as a solution to any problem, relax my grip and Never Force Things.   
When we can relax, and let God be God, and follow His inner promptings, freedom is assured.  

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen

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