Monday, April 16, 2012

Great Expectations

My wife and I just finished watching Dickens’s Great Expectations on PBS. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it! The production values are superior as is the screen play and acting. One of the things that stands out about the story are the metaphysical implications of the profound interconnections between the characters - some are blood relations - that they themselves are unaware of, that not only mold and shape the story, giving it greater depth and meaning, but once the characters become aware of these connections, give them the power to change and improve their lives.

So, too, for us; understanding the metaphysics of the relationships in our own life stories - with spirit, each other and the world, can not only give us the experience of greater depth and meaning, but also the power to change and improve our lives.

What kind of life stories are we living? Do we have great expectations of ourselves? Do we think and act as if we are always blessed with spirit’s love, grace and compassion? That everything’s unfolding for our greater good, even the ‘bad’ things? Or do we feel afraid and frequently overwhelmed trying to manage the world with our puny egos?

We have no choice but to project, but we do have a choice of what we project, and where we project from. Why not project great expectations from the fulcrum with spirit? Instead of looking for what’s going wrong and not working, as we do most of the time, why not look to see if we can catch spirit delivering on our great expectations and working for our good, even when things go ‘wrong’?

We can choose to be at the fulcrum with spirit and our great expectations, projecting peace calm and compassion and perceiving those qualities in the world, or we can choose to be with the swinging pendulum, projecting the dizzy experience of highs and lows into the world.

The choice is ours and, like the characters in Dickens’ story, it’s hidden from us, usually in the unconscious or by our habits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re reading this, you know it doesn’t have to be that way, that you can understand the metaphysics behind your life story and take conscious control, choosing to work with spirit and have great expectations. Try it! It is so cool to try and catch yourself letting go and letting God, spirit and the universe conspire, inspire and help you discover and realize your greatest expectations, even when things seem to go ‘wrong’!

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