Choose Your Own Adventure
Too often people seem to believe that the best is yet to come. Just not right now.
Maybe one day my ship will come in.
Maybe one day there will be peace.
Maybe one day gas will be cheap again.
Just not today.
But I ask, why not today?
Why does everything good have wait to arrive sometime in the future while everything bad (or that does not work or make life better) happens right now?
The 2 disciples of Jesus were alot like us. They were always looking for a better life sometime in the future. They knew the kingdom of God would come but sometime in the future. But Jesus tried to help them (and us) to realize that the kingdom had come.
They, like many of us, thought the realm of God would come with show and fanfare but Jesus told them, and us, that it had already arrives and was within and among them.
He tried to help them see that they just needed to realize it and then to allow themselves to become aware of it. They needed to become aware of that lay right inside and then to draw from that well of spiritual energy that is within.
I am mentioning all of this because along with Charles Fillmore’s book The Twelve Powers I have also been reading a book by Pam Grout — E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.
Reading Fillmore, I notices that he used the 12 disciples to represent the 12 powers that lie within each of us just waiting to be recognized, awakened and called forth for use. But I will get to this thought later.
Grout, in her book, talks about how things are right before our eyes but we still don’t see them. She also says that this is also true with things that lie right inside of us that we have been taught to cover over, hide and never to use or share such as love, creativity and wisdom.
We are carefully taught that life is scary and scarce. Everything is limited such as food, money and love. People are to be feared and judged and not loved and accepted.
These were all messages that the disciples of Jesus knew so well and that controlled their lives. And they also control ours.
You would probably be amazed if you could step back and listen to yourself talk and be aware of the thoughts you unconsciously think. It might cause some alarm.
But Jesus (for Fillmore) and the Field of Potentiality (for Grout) each tell us a different story than our words and thoughts. They see a world of endless possibilities and potentials foe each and every one of us!!!
In her book Grout uses the example of shopping for a different item at Wal-Mart. She found it located on an aisle that she always shopped on but she had never noticed this item there before even though it had always been there. This is how she explains the FP (Field of Potentiality).
I want to share with you two ways that I understand the FP (Field of Potentiality).
The first is that the Field is like a video game. When the programmer is preparing the game, they have to think of all the potential actions and all the potential results of these actions and then program these all onto the disk. If I then do Action A what are all the possible results that could occur? All of these are on the disk as a potential but only occur when I choose a particular one. I choose Action A and am presented with all the results of Action A until I choose one and then all the other results that would lead to Action B fall away unless some action on this path leads me back to Action B. And so on — you get the idea.
Now if this example doesn’t work for you maybe this one will. It comes from my days as a librarian. We had a series of books called “Choose your Own Adventure.” In these books you would be reading alone and something would occur. Then you would be told that if you choose Action A to turn to Page 4 or if you choose Action B to turn to page 20. Depending on the choices you make thing happen. But also because of the choices made there are thing you never know about that could have also happened if you had made a different choice.
Both Fillmore and grout tell us that this is how life is. We made choices from an infinite field of potential possibilities. And depending on the choice, there are lots of potential outcomes that fall away.
But that is not the end of the story.
You see with the video game and the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book as will life. You get the opportunity to play and read and live a whole new adventure anytime you want. All you need to do is start again and decide to make different choices. Every time you do, a whole new adventure is created.
This was also the hope that Jesus offered to the disciples. And this is the same hope that is offered to humanity.
If you have not read Pam Grout’s book E-Squared be sure and get a copy. And you might also want the book The 12 Powers by Charles Fillmore.