Monday, January 9, 2012

A Human Being, Not A Human Doing

A phrase that has always held a lot of meaning for me on many levels is: ‘remember, you’re a human being, not a human doing.’ A being, not a doing. I can just be and it’s OK. I don’t have to struggle and strain. I can get my bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine circuits, be open and receptive to spirit, be clear, and receive guidance on what to do. Struggle, urgency and busyness do not work well and are not sustainable.

A human being, unlike a human doing, has nothing to prove. A human being allows the joy, wonder and grace that is always waiting within, to flow out and express itself. A human being, unlike a human doing, co-creates with spirit and allows all the attributes of spirit to shine through his/her life. Doing without being is soulless and barely human at all.

And though being a human being, not a human doing, is natural and what we were born to be, we have to learn how to be that way and undo the doing way. Being a human doing, literally a human machine, is perverse, destructive and unsustainable. It is the ego’s way of doing things, not spirit’s. One of the many ways of recapturing our soulful spiritual reality besides knowing you are a human being, not a human doing, is to pause and not be so busy; to take a minute to appreciate the miracle you truly are, to be still and know. A brief walk alone outside, looking up at the sky and clouds, feeling the air can help shift your consciousness, allow you to be still, and enable you to get your bloated nothingness out of the way, if only for a short time. All from just a pause and a walk. Why not try it? And the more you do it the greater the benefits.

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