While I was working at El Cielo, our residential treatment center, I first heard the phrase “This is what Love looks like right now” used by Diederik, in response to what looked like an adverse situation. I didn’t really know what he meant, but as he said it, I felt a sense of relief, and an acceptance in myself that had not been present the moment before. Over the next few weeks, I saw he and other co-workers respond in the same way to apparent difficulties. This was not yet a tool I was using, but I became more curious each time I heard it, at the sense of relief I experienced.
I started to experiment with using the phrase, and began to experience a sense of freedom and joy in the face of things that my ego told me were awful, a disaster, an unsolvable problem. As I continued to look to see what was happening, I saw that what I was really doing was instructing my mind to show me the situation through the lenses of Love, rather the habitual viewpoint of fear. This choice then lead me to move into the situation with a sense of calm and acceptance that opened doors for me that might have stayed closed had I approached with resistance.
If you want to have some fun this week, use this phrase, or code, any time that you find yourself in a state of resistance to an event or person. It is a simple reminder that you want to see the Truth in the situation more than you want your ego story about it. Use it 5 times a day, and see if there are any differences in how things unfold for you!
*Dawn Green is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and a Certified Choose Again Counsellor who has a practice on Vancouver Island, where she also leads circles and workshops.
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