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Be still and know

I’ve discovered in my own life, through hard lessons sometimes, that wisdom is always present with us. It's always available.

Not the wisdom that comes from books, though that can be helpful. And not the wisdom that may be articulated by others, though we may be grateful for that too.

What I want to honor here is the wisdom of our true nature that was with us when we were born and will still be with us when our sojourn on this planet comes to a close, since we are spiritual beings, after all.

It's the wisdom of our own immortal spirit that can't be touched or hurt in any way by the difficulties of our lives or the confusion and turmoil of this world.

I experienced this innate wisdom in such a graphic way one time that I’ve never forgotten the lesson I learned. I was working on a ranch in British Columbia, a young fellow recently arrived from “the old country,” when through my own carelessness I nearly started a dangerous wildfire.

I was trying desperately to put out the flames with a shovel when I became aware of a “voice” within myself. “Be still,” it said, “or this blaze will get completely out of hand.”

I listened to that inner voice and took a moment to calm down. Immediately, I realized I had to change my approach and focus deliberately on putting out just one small section of the tiny circle of fire at a time. As soon as I changed my tactic in this way I was able to extinguish the fire before it became a true disaster.

I am so grateful that wisdom is with us always as we face the challenges and opportunities that life brings to us. It is the wisdom of our own spirit and all that is necessary to access this source of inspiration within ourselves is to be still, and listen.

There are many voices shouting in our ears in these days. There are plenty of distractions available if we wish to be distracted. In a personal sense, one or two unexpected challenges arose in the last week or two relating to the book I'm getting ready to release.

But I'm happy to say everything is sorting out. The ancient words hold true. "Be still, and know that I am God.”

As you stay true to yourself and trust your own unconquerable spirit, the next step in your life will surely emerge.

What are your thoughts about wisdom? Do you have any experiences you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you. Best wishes and please keep in touch.

Picture credit:  mikebaird

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Deb October 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hey Christopher, I appreciate your blog so much (my website is down from virus – normally I’d refer you there).

I have had several moments of clear knowing and peace but the most profound happened when I was hospitalized with a virus that occurred 1 month after a liver transplant. I was exhausted and very sick. I had many regrets feeling like this might be the end of life. And then I said ‘God I am so tired. I can’t do this anymore. If it is time I am ready.”

I fell asleep and when I woke again I was having an amazing experience. I was experiencing profound bliss, an energy all over my body, and painless pain. I had no regrets. I knew that the energy surrounding me was always with me in the past, present and future. I knew it was constantly guiding and supporting me.

As one of the ways I tested myself to make sure I was not dreaming or hallucinating I checked in with my pain. Yes there was pain in my body, but I was not feeling it.
This was such a profound experience that it has stayed with me. Now when I get a step ahead of myself I remind myself of the energy that is constantly with me and I let go. I stop and listen for the quiet assurance of the solitary voice that speaks the truth.
Love, peace, and cheers! Deb

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Christopher Foster October 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this remarkable journey Deb. It is moving beyond words.

Yes, yes, yes. We truly are enfolded by grace and bliss as long as we live and all we have to do, as you say, is stop and listen. Peace be with you.

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Evan Griffith October 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

You know what I love best about your experience, Christopher — that even in an emergency it works! Stilling ourselves . . . .

We frequently think that we can’t slow down in our daily lives — and none of it has an urgency on the level of a fire (and burning down Canada) —

Evan
PS: So thrilled to hear the book is nigh———————————–
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Christopher Foster October 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you Evan, good to hear from you. It’s true isn’t it, slowing down is so often the last thing we think of. An old saying, “Make haste slowly” comes to mind … take care, happy to be sharing this life journey with you.

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Priska October 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

In a state of emergency our mind automatically switches into fight or flight mode, looking to find the quickest solution to fix things fast.

Unfortunately the quickest is not always the best. It is often tainted by others interpretations of what is best, the part that has been judged or hurt.

To stay still, allow that judgment and hurt to flow through, then follow ones heart may not always in the short term provide a better outcome but in the long run a better one.
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Christopher Foster October 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

Priska, you express yourself so clearly and succinctly. It’s always a real pleasure to read your comments. Thanks so much for contributing here, and I’m with you all the way. Ultimately it’s the long run that counts, isn’t it?

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Elizabeth Nunn October 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hard to add much to perfection (except gratitude for the reminder).
Be
Be still
Be still and know
Be still and know that
Be still and know that I AM
Be still and know that I am God

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Christopher Foster October 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

Beautiful Elizabeth. Thank you for this lovely contribution.

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Carolyn Hughes October 11, 2012 at 4:47 am

“Be still and know that I am God.” – One of my favourite scriptures and one that regularly reminds to stop running about and quieten my mind.
Love your example of putting out the fire – a disaster averted. God does that in my life all the time!
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Christopher Foster October 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

Carolyn, thank you so much. We’re talking about serious stuff here but your words give me a little chuckle as well. God is pretty handy with his fire extinguisher isn’t he. Bless you and take care.

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kim October 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

Hi Christopher,

Once again thank you so much for your post. I find myself a regular commentor, but that is because your words touch me and they seem to relate so truely to where I am in my life.

As you know I have had some health challenges and the thing that I want so much is to be able to have a baby with my wonderful husband of two years. Sometimes I worry that I just won’t be able to as I am getting older.

If I am still and know that through God anything is possible, I know that life will find a way, even if it is something I never considered.

I feel hopeful after reading your post and want to thank you for that.

Kim
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Christopher Foster October 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’m immensely grateful for your comments Kim. You’re a friend and a kindred spirit.

Thank you for sharing this very special dream. I know there is a hand of grace upon each one of us and life is resourceful in ways we sometimes cannot begin to imagine. I’m reminded of some favorite words, “God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.” My love is with you. God bless.

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Silas Harley October 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

For gain the wisdom, really we need to read more, more and more huge books and your article too. There is no alternative of it.
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Christopher Foster October 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thank you Silas.

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Mitesh October 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

“As you stay true to yourself and trust your own unconquerable spirit, the next step in your life will surely emerge.”

I have been trying to listen to my inner voice from within but I’ve found it quite difficult to do so. Christopher, I have worked in retail all my life and and to be honest it’s not my vocation – my calling (the next step in my life). I am trying in earnest to find out what my life is telling me to do but I have had no such luck.

Even when I do hear a inner voice I can never be sure whether it is my imagination or my brain playing tricks upon me. I was working on my till, greeting customers and taking payment when I heard a inner voice say this is not your destiny. To this day I still do not know what to make of it? Maybe your answers will help me to make sense of this?

Great post by the way:)

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Christopher Foster October 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Mitesh, bless you, and thank you for your comment and for taking the time to write. Your story is very touching. Your inner voice is speaking to you. Yes, I know from my own experience that it is not always easy to be quite sure if what we “hear” in our heart is accurate. I think your three best friends are persistence, stillness and trust.

Keep listening to that inner wisdom no matter what. Honor the ancient advice to be still. And then, dare to trust what your own inner wisdom is saying and follow it even if you are not entirely sure it is going to be the right direction or not. Ultimately, there is nothing to lose. Much better to take a chance, and dare, and keep moving forward, than to continue in something that is not fulfilling.

Could I ask where you live Mitesh? And also, if other possibilities besides retail have sometimes come to mind? Once, faced with a really agonizing decision, I said to myself, I’ll take a day and go to the seaside and be still and I know the answer will come to me. And it did. Maybe you could create a little ceremony for yourself where you set aside a sacred time to commune with yourself. Trust yourself and keep moving and it will all work out.

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Trent Hand December 5, 2012 at 5:30 am

Christopher,

A beautiful post on a wise message. Sometimes when I become anxious about the future, I find the best thing to do is relax, breathe deeply, and think on all the blessings God has given me. This leads me to realize that I have never been left without by Him and have no reason to believe he would abandon me now. He is an ever-giving and ever-lasting God.

Thank you for your beautiful words and wisdom.

Trent
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