How To Do It AllRead Now
I’m a stay-at-home mom of four young ones (read – they are at home with me!) I volunteer in my community; currently, I’m organizing a Village-wide sidewalk chalk art contest for the summer. I do free-lance painting and graphic design work. And I devote a lot of time to Loving Service for Cosmos Tree and Center For Religion And Advanced Spiritual Studies as the Administrator for both Organizations.
A friend of mine recently asked me how I am able to do it all. Let’s face it – unless you are my eighty-year old widowed Grandma, who’s most pressing appointment on her calendar is her monthly luncheon with friends, we all have a lot going on. Working a career; finishing a Master’s Degree; taking care of babies; taking care of active grade-schoolers; finding time for relationships; cleaning; cooking; eating … how do ANY of us do it all?
Here are some tips, which I’ve learned from Walking The Path Of Soul Transcendence as an Initiate Of The Sound Current with My Teacher, Dr. Roger B. Lane.
One of the key Teachings that Dr. Lane brings forward is Neutrality. Dr. Lane says, “Live neutrally regardless of seemingly ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ situations outside of you! Ask to be lifted above your mind and your emotions so that you can ‘live’ the situation neutrally: ‘Giraffe Consciousness!’ You are totally responsible for your Upliftment. When you actively place your Consciousness at God, everything is handled.” (Checklist For Daily Living ©2010)
Dr. Lane often refers to “Nintendo”, which loosely translates from Japanese as “work your buns off and leave the rest to God!” when Teaching about Neutrality. It is active Neutrality – going about your day and doing what needs to be done while staying centered in the Spirit you are!
What does that mean for me in regards to “doing it all”? Well, it means with my ever-growing list of “Things To Do” I make a list; I prioritize the tasks on the list; I start working; and I check off the task when complete. As I work each item on my list I put the task into the Light Of The Most High like this, “Lord, God send me Your Light! I place this _______ (Service, work, chore) into Your Light for the Highest Good!” and I do my best to stay Neutral. When worry comes up about “how am I going to do this all?!?” I let it go like this, “Lord, God send me Your Light! For the Highest Good Lord, God, please take this worry from me!” And then I tell mySelf, “(name) it’s OK to let it go!”
Over the years I have paid attention to my time so I have a good sense of how much I need to complete a task. Sometimes I miss a deadline either because I’ve miscalculated my time or because something came up unexpectedly that changed the nature of the task. When either of these things happen I stay Neutral. And then I take the necessary steps to get on track; for example, I ask for an extension of a deadline; I reach out to someone who can assist me in completing the task, etc.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like to fail. I prefer to stay on task and accomplish what I said I would. I enjoy being responsible for something and successfully handling it. Sometimes I fall short and that is hard for me. If I allow mySelf I can go to a pretty dark place when a load of laundry hasn’t been folded or I forget to send an email. But allowing mySelf to go there just wastes the time I could be using to fold the laundry! Instead, I do what My Teacher Encourages, I practice Forgiveness. Dr. Lane says, “Forgive yourSelf! You are forgiven by God before you even ask. You forgive yourSelf by Loving yourSelf and allowing your process and by being in acceptance of yourSelf. Tell yourSelf, ‘I forgive mySelf and release all judgments against mySelf.’ Tell yourSelf, ‘It’s okay to let them go.’...” (Checklist For Daily Living, ©2010)
So, I forgive mySelf for falling short. I stay Neutral. And I fold the laundry. Or I don’t. Because sometimes it’s really late at night and I’m tired and I know that if the laundry isn’t folded tonight that is OK. And I move into Acceptance.
Dr. Lane Teaches that Acceptance is the First Law of Spirit. In the “Checklist For Daily Living” Dr. Lane says,
“… Allow yourSelf to be in Acceptance of the Spiritual Correctness of ‘where you are!’ You are in Acceptance when you know that you are okay now, when you let go of judgments and you know where you are is the perfect place for you to be. Loving yourSelf is key. You Love yourSelf when you Allow your process and when you give yourSelf the time of day. This is done by taking a moment and telling yourSelf, ‘We’re okay. Everything is fine now. Thank you for cooperating in my being Present with the Lord, God.’ By being in Acceptance and Love of yourSelf and others you are Present. …”
When I move into Acceptance and am Present with the Lord, God I can clearly see the things that need to be done now and what can wait. In Acceptance I Know who I am and of what I am capable. And while what I am capable of usually doesn’t consist of little luxuries like taking a shower, it does consist of doing A LOT that is dear to my heart – and that is pretty neat!
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