The Power of Simple Awareness
In reading Dr. Cohen's article "Stuck? Frustrated? Going
Bananas?" I was struck by one line, "We're too busy trying to
make things happen in our favor rather than naturally let things
happen in our favor." That line carried me back to basics, back
to the concept of simple awareness.
Anyone who has attempted affirmations knows that they work. Make
a positive statement to yourself often enough and you begin to
believe it. Continue the affirmation, it grows past belief and
ripens into an accepted part of your life. Eventually, the
positivity seeps into your brain, becoming as much a part if you
as your skin or your eyes.
Years ago, I read a book called "The Creative Process" which
consisted of a collection of essays by artists, scientists,
mathematicians and a whole array of creative people. I was
struck by the commonality of the creative experience about which
these people wrote.
In each case, the person described days, months, or even years
of effort at a project or problem, only to find the answer swell
up in their brain and surface in a dream, on a walk by the sea
or while taking a bath.
One woman I know tried to remember the name of a person she
hadn't thought of in years. That night she dreamt of a billboard
with the person's name splashed across it. Why do people say,
"Let me sleep on it?"
Early in the twentieth century, physicists began to formulate
the concepts which they called the Quantum Theory. Their
findings implied that the finer levels of reality were the most
powerful. Experiments proved them to be right. Split an atom,
you have atomic energy. Split the nucleus of an atom, you have
the even more powerful nuclear energy. They've found more and
more finer levels of reality lead to an idea, a thought, a
Where am I going with all this? What I'm about to say is less of
an analogy, more of a reality, but you can take it anyway you
Thought is most powerful at it's source, which is the state of
simple awareness. When these creative people found answers to
questions and solutions to problems, they found them not when
they were thinking about them, but when their minds were quiet,
When Dr. Cohen said "We're too busy trying to make things happen
in our favor rather than naturally let things happen in our
favor," it meant to me that we have to pull back, quiet our
minds in order to know how to proceed. We've got to trust the
still, quiet part of ourselves. We need to set aside some time
each day to experience that simple awareness.