As a child, when I wasn't making smart choices, my mom would say to me, "Lynn, use your God Mind!" My God Mind? What is that? It took me a while to realize that this is my inherent Divine Intelligence. Wow! I have the ability to think things through, to discern what is right from wrong, to handle myself with wisdom--no excuses!
You've probably heard people say, "I'm waiting for God to tell me what to do", then sit around without doing a single thing to support themselves. At these times, my college roommate and dear friend used to quote her mother's favorite motto: "The Lord helps those who help themselves!" That was her mom's way of saying, "Use your God Mind!"
Of course there are times when we wait, when it's not time to take action. But it is important to discern between waiting for the appropriate time to act and being afraid to act. The difference is that when we are waiting for right timing, we feel calm and trust the flow. Fear of acting, on the other hand, can stem from feeling anxious about an outcome, stepping outside of our comfort zone, or not wanting to change.
Once I was traveling by airplane alone with my young daughter. I was used to relying on my travel-adept husband to guide the way, but not this time. On this occasion, the first leg of our trip brought us to the airport an hour late, and my daughter and I needed to catch the second leg of our flight in less than 20 minutes--on the other side of the airport! During our necessary stop to the restroom, I felt paralyzed. What are we going to do? This is bad! Now we'll be stuck here!
This stinkin' thinkin' was interrupted by a strong inner voice telling me, "Use your God Mind!" I stopped and realized that I could either sit here in fear with my child, or...make a run for it! So we ran! And we made our next flight, and somehow our luggage did, too!
Practicing using our God Mind reminds me of St. Francis' Prayer for Peace that begins, "Make me an instrument of Your Peace." St. Francis is asking to be a channel for divine qualities of hope, light, love, and joy. Why not also ask to be a channel for Divine Wisdom? While we are waiting for God to tell us what to do, God may be waiting for us to use our "God Mind", to take intelligent action, to do what is in front of us to do!
Here's a prayer (if I may be so bold) to help awaken that God Mind in you:
Make me an instrument of Your Mind.
Where there is doubt, let me have faith.
When I feel fear, don't let me stay stuck!
Where there are questions, I will seek answers!
When I want to hide because circumstances feel too hard or too scary,
Remind me that You are in me,
Along with Your eyes, wisdom, and solutions.
Help me trust my own Divine Self,
That I may never feel lost, nor stagnant, nor abandoned.
I acknowledge and awaken to
Infinite Wisdom, Infinite Love, Infinite Will,
Guiding my open and listening heart.
Try this (or any other method of quieting your mind) when you feel stuck or afraid, and see how getting still and opening to your inherent Infinite Wisdom--your God Mind--can support your next right action!
Lynn Barrette, LCSW Blending psychology with spirituality, I offer tools for forgiveness, acceptance, meditation and relaxation, and positive parenting solutions.