Fighting Against a Phantom
Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2011
I’m going to do something here I’ve never done before.
From time to time I’ve shared some teachings with you that are not in the book, but that had come through me at some point over the last 32 years, and that I had re-read and felt moved by.
I’m not sure why, but I’ve never felt willing to share with the world anything I’ve received and transcribed recently. I’ve always kept the writings to myself, or maybe read them to someone close to me.
The material below was written a week ago, on March 10, and I’ve felt strongly moved since then to share it with others sooner, rather than later.
This is exactly how the wording came through to me. I have done no editing whatsoever. I trust that my making it available now will prove beneficial to some of the people who read it.
“Allow your good to unfold effortlessly before you. It is, of course, always flowing to you and through you and with you. It is always available to you, but you control the access. You can open the door to it, keep the door closed, or allow a small opening that restricts the flow.
What an interesting dynamic there is in the human journey. The goodness, the perfection, the blessings are always with each person. Always. Yet the challenge of the journey is to recognize the obstacles and obstructions that the human mind attempts to create to them.
Life on earth is a power game. The true power is placid and ever present. It is peaceful and loving and joyous. It is your true essence, and it will overcome any obstacles if you only will allow it.
But the obstacles are temporary creations of your human mind when it assigns power to situations that have none. They truly have none. Yet the human mind assumes that they do, and it responds to this perceived, but illusionary, power by trying to fight it and prove its own superiority.
It is like fighting against a phantom. You have all the power – always. If you can simply accept and understand and enjoy and relish that truth, the phantoms disappear, for their illusionary nature is revealed and exposed, and they dissolve into nothingness.
It is your human mind’s response to the illusions that it has created that is the key. Your mind exercises its own free will. It makes the decision about how to respond, how to experience the illusions that can seem so real.
The battle is within the mind. Think of the power of nonviolence in the physical world. It is powerful and ultimately rules because it does not respond to the negativity in like manner. It is tranquil and peaceful and non-reactive. This is an expression/an example in the physical world of the choice available to your mind in every situation.
Accept your true power and allow it to hold sway in every situation. You can make the decision, always. Imagine the heavyweight champion of the world feeling a challenge to his reign from a pesky and petulant two year old who stomps his feet and insists he is right. If the champion (representative in this illustration of unquestioned power and rule) were to allow the child to hold sway, and he became worried and frightened by the child’s assertion of power, and if he responded to the false power which he allowed to gain control of the situation in his own mind and tried to fight it on equal terms, the world would respond with mockery and disbelief.
This may be a silly example, but accept it and contemplate it. You have the uncontested power of your true being as my expression. othing can overcome it unless you allow it to.”
© Jack Armstrong 2011