7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 New International Version
When I was in college, I came across this idea in the Bible many times. Having attended a Christian College, we often explored the Bible and how to apply it to our lives. The passage in Matthew 7:7-8 is one of great interest to me when it comes to co-creating the life that speaks most to my soul, for it focuses on how important a connection to God is in living your purpose.
If you are interested in looking at various translation of this passage, as well as reading the passage in context, consider checking out this great parallel Bible.
A few years ago, I discovered a book called Ask and it is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I had been exploring the relationship between our thoughts and the outcomes in our lives. While not a “Christian” book, it certainly spoke of the need to connect with the Divine, to ask for what we are seeking, and to be open to accepting that which comes to us from our asking.
In the past, I had tried many affirmations, positive thinking, and journaling exercises, with some results, but it always seems I could not move far or fast. It also seemed like I was lying to myself sometimes, trying to convince myself of a fact that I did not believe or ignoring my emotions and pretending to be feeling somethign better. However the Emotional Guidance Scale laid out in Ask and It Is Given provided me with a much better pictures of how to walk up the ladder in terms of feeling better and in terms of reaching goals.
Rarely can a person go from feeling depressed and powerless to feeling passionate, joyful, and powerful happiness. So instead of helping, so many exercises I tried in the past made me feel like a failure, I couldn’t get myself into that top space of feeling and minifest, I felt like the only life I could create was more of the same with tiny baby steps towards a better life. Baby Steps are fine, as moving forward is better than standing still or worse, moving backwards. But after a while baby steps get annoying, you want FASTER improvement, faster manifestation of the creations in your mind, faster paths to living a full and purpose filled life.
Ask and it is Given gave that to me. It gave me the opportunity to walk from a bad feeling place to a slightly better feeling place, and then from there to and even better feeling place, and so on. Moving up the emotional scale from negative to positive, until I could finally reach those top layers of joy and happiness, love and appreciation–those levels where the life I wanted to have could actually start being accepted into my reality. This book also helped me realize that doing this type of work in all areas was important, as when you change your thinking about one area of life that feels bad or that you feel powerless in, other areas that were masked begin to appear, so that you start turning those areas, relationships, experiences, and thoughts towards a better direction of flow. And piece by piece, life starts feeling better, and when something does not feel better, I now have the tools to bring that back to the Source, back to God, back to the Divine–and turn it around both in my mind and in my external reality. That is what life is all about. Experiencing something, seeking the Higher Power’s connection to ask for something better, and walking towards that somethign better, trusting that it will unfold in just the right way and the right timing.
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