Miracles News

July-September, 2018

You’ve Got What It Takes

by Rev. Mary Gerard Lenihan, O.M.C.

Mary LenihanSo, do you have what it takes? Sometimes we may find ourselves in certain jobs, volunteer positions, trainings, programs or a path of study etc. and may ask, “Why am I doing this? What am I doing here?”

This morning in my practice of Pause for Inspiration in the midst of everyday life, I recognized the direction of my Helpful Self. I had to pause and step back though because my Helpful Self had really gotten my attention. How? By shifting my focus from using my energy and time in an area which is not quite on target with my gifts to an area which is. For example, someone could be studying culinary arts, but notice an inner shift towards restaurant management.

The practice of Pause for Inspiration can help one stay tuned to these shifts in focus and tweaks in direction that can change the direction of one’s entire life.

Initially, I wondered why my Helpful Self would direct me down one path then veer me onto another path. What’s up with that? In my ongoing pausing, getting out of my own way, and listening within, I recognized the thoughts of my Helpful Self:

“I guided you to begin that program of study to inspire and encourage you to take this other action that you would not have otherwise taken!”

This Helpful Self is ingenious! I saw in my mind how my Helpful Self was absolutely right. I have been receiving some inspired direction for years now, but — here you go — I did not follow! No guilt, simply taking notice. Following is a challenge because to follow is saying yes to more challenges.

Getting ready for the day I continued to focus in on recognizing the thoughts of my Helpful Self — I had some questions and wanted clarification. In this inner conversation, you know the one, walking through the house talking to yourself, the question is, “Who am I talking with; the me-character or my Helpful Self?”

I remember one day sitting across from my mom at lunch and I was mumbling away to myself and my-me was stirring up a storm in my mind about some nonsensical thing, and my mom asked, “Who are you talking to?” I laughed as she stopped me, literally, in my twelve-track me-mind and I replied, “No one important!” We both laughed. Who doesn’t know this scenario.

But all day today I am focused on my Inspired Mind and the wisdom so graciously being shared. I ask my Helpful Self, “Am I getting this right? I am to reorient my focus?”

“Yes. You needed to go through this one particular experience before beginning the deeper experience I am directing you towards, so you could see that you’ve got what it takes!

If that isn’t the gift of one’s Helpful Self, I don’t know what is. Your Helpful Self has got the map of your life walking with you along the bumpy, pothole, and newly paved roads, and then rerouting you when you’re ready. How cool is that?

So, the me-character distracts us with “You don’t have what it takes,” while the Helpful Self corrects this me towards, You’ve got what it takes because you have a Helpful Self. What you’re doing in life now is serving a helpful purpose and preparing you for your next adventure.

Rev. Mary Gerard Lenihan is a Pathways of Light minister living in St. Louis, MO. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Website: http://www.PauseForInspiration.org

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