By Ruth Lera
Recently, in an energy field and chakra course that I teach, a student mentioned that she was starting to get a sense of her energy field and chakras even though she still wasn’t sure that she believed in them.
And when I heard this student so honestly state what she was experiencing I realized that I actually feel the same way.
Because even though somewhere on my life path, without trying or even wanting this to be where my life was going, I’ve become an energy and chakra healer and teacher. And a lot of the time I am not sure any of this metaphysical stuff is for real, but in contemplating this common issue of skepticism what I have realized is that it really doesn’t matter.
Because if we are to wait until we aren’t skeptical to start making the shifts we need to make in our lives, we’ll never start.
Feeling skeptical doesn’t mean metaphysics don’t exist.
It just means we’re a little scared, a little unsure. And who isn’t?
Being skeptical falls into the category of doubt, which is one the five hindrances the Buddha taught us about over 2500 years ago.
People have been feeling this type of doubt and skepticism for centuries.
Last Spring, I spent some time sitting meditation with a group of Buddhist nuns. This is what they had to say about doubt.
- Make a decision.
- Do something.
- Just go one way or another
Because have you ever noticed how doubt or skepticism can really get the mind spinning? It can leave us paralyzed and in a state of not knowing up from down and definitely not knowing what we want or how to get there?
Not the most useful state for personal growth if you ask me, but skepticism and doubt can be good motivators. Because the best way to work with skepticism and doubt is to just do something, and the something we do isn’t as important as the intention or energy behind the action.
This is why working with intention can be so liberating.
We just have to ask ourselves what we want. This is an act of courage—an act of courage that lifts us out of skepticism and doubt and into a type of vulnerability that is actually sanity.
So, we ask ourselves this question, about what we want, and then when we find the answer we send it out into the universe as an intention. Then we have to do the hard part.
We have to let go of outcome.
Because how could we, as individuals with our limited life experience possibly know what all the best outcomes could be? No, we don’t know. The truth is there are way more options out there that are fantastic for our life then we could even imagine. That’s why we just need to ask for what we want and then we need to be open to what comes.
Recently, I heard a story about a man standing on the roof of his house in the middle of a flood asking God for help. And as the water rose to near roof level a boat came up to him and offered him a lift. But instead of jumping in the boat and being saved he said, “No thank you, God is coming to help me.”
The boat drove away leaving the man up to his knees in water.
Then a helicopter lowered down to the roof and the pilot yelled out, “Climb in, I’ll save you.” But instead of climbing into the helicopter the man yelled up. “No thanks, God will save me.” The water kept rising and the man drowned and he went to heaven. At the Pearly Gates the man said to God, “Why didn’t you save me.” God said, “I tried. I sent a boat and a helicopter.”
Now this story to me indicates that our skepticism doesn’t matter. All the options are out there. We just have to take them. They might not look how we expect them to look but they are there.
And that’s why if we wait for our skepticism to lift we’ll never start.
Instead we each need to make a choice.
Do we want to listen to our skepticism? Or do we want to ask for what we want?
My suggestion is to just try. Have an experience. We can dip our toes into the waters of exploration with the intention to learn, to grow, to heal and to share and from that gentle place of curiosity and love I promise we’ll all go far.
Ruth Lera is the friend you turn to when your world has gone all topsy-turvy. Not because she tells you it’s all going to be alright but because she reassures you that not being alright is just part of the whole process of being human. And she might even give you some ideas about how to feel better, too. Find her at herwebsite, her Facebook page or Twitter.
Editor: Daniel Scharpenburg