Mar 10, 2018

Be, Do and Have

The end of yearning is being and doing. As Neville wrote; the dynamic prevails over the static, the active over the passive. If we long to quit a bad habit, we start doing the opposite. We begin to BE the person who does NOT engage in the old pattern. Something new has become active in us. Ironically, we need to cultivate stillness first. We need to gain some control over our mind before we try to make a major change. The only battle we have is the one with old concepts of who we are and what we desire. Change the desire, change the habit.

No one intends to do harm to themselves, but until we learn to outwit those negative patterns of self-rejection, we will enter into behaviors that prove us right about our worth. We unconsciously desire to be medicated or temporarily unavailable to some feelings we avoid. Things become ritualized, like smoking, and we are its willing servant. We think it makes us better or more creative or a rebel or "cool," something the mind makes up to justify the behavior.

There comes a day when we yearn to be free of the habit. We long to be more in charge of ourselves. We desire a healthier life. And so, the intense desire starts a new chain of activity. We take the necessary steps to become who we long to be; then we do what that self would do. We have left passivity and entered the dynamism of self-mastery. It reminds me of the advice given to young people who want to become writers. "Write!" Take the longing and turn it in to being and doing. You are then a writer, writing, and the activity will draw to you everything you need to learn the craft and raise your level of expression.

It's the old "Be, Do, and Have" model, isn't it?

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