Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I (Brooke) want to thank you for reminding me that soul connections are what it’s all about.
Recently I remembered a day in my childhood. I was in 8th grade, so probably 13 or 14 years old. I was invited to a friend’s birthday party. Her mom was one of our favorites because she was not all “judgy” and critical; those parents we avoided at all cost. Maybe we had enough of that in our own homes, but I digress.
There was the usual cake and balloons, and then Mrs. Adams (the cool mom) suggested a game. She explained the rules. We would each take a turn. Each person got under a blanket, and then was told to take off what they needed the least. We were also told that we were not allowed to take off any clothing except maybe socks. This was not intended as a hazing or cruel game where we would end up in the dark, cold, and shaking in our undies. Once we thought we had taken off what we needed the least, we would say “uncle” and she would let us know if we had won. I remember taking my turn. I was happy I had a scrunchy for my ponytail, and was wearing a couple of bracelets, and of course the socks were the last items taken off.
After each person took their turn we found out nobody had won. Mrs. Adams explained that “The Blanket” was the item we needed the least. This had not occurred to me.
You could have blown me over with a feather when just the other day I heard a spiritual teacher refer to the children’s game with the blanket, and the analogy of how it relates to our lives.
My take away from this talk, was that the blanket can represent all kinds of false beliefs. It’s what keeps me from seeing things clearly and the truth of them. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32. So what keeps me confined and in the dark is what I need the least. I think I was taught to function in confinement. When I sat down and thought about my particular blanket, I realized that I was raised in an environment of conditional love and personal responsibility. The weight was on my shoulders. For example, good grades were expected, and if they did not happen there were consequences. I was constantly afraid of the other shoe dropping, and that if it did happen it was my fault. Then I was blessed enough to find the good news that God loves us, and we can create our own experience of reality. I think what I did was I bring that false sense of responsibility to my new found life. Now I felt like I had to manifest it; think it and speak it into being.
I was able to see clearly when I watched the 2005 Bewitched movie a couple of days ago. Samantha was trying to get Darrin to fall in love with her and she had spells, incantations, and a steaming cauldron. Of course he fell in love with her “hook, line, and sinker”. When this happened she decided that forcing him to love her was not the way she wanted it. She “undid” the spell and as it turned out he fell in love with her; all on his own and naturally. The next day when she woke up she said: “Something magical just happened all on its own.” This sentence is what it is all about. We are already living in a magical, miraculous universe that is for us. I can let go and feel safe enough to know I don’t have to control any of it.