Life is a multi-volume book full of paradoxes. A paradox (in my own words) can be a profound tidbit of wisdom that explains how doing one thing is beneficial, but doing its OPPOSITE is just as relevant and crucial to vital living and success.
One paradox that is at the forefront of my mind on a daily basis is "taking action" vs. "being still".
As human beings, we can and do have a million great ideas floating in and out of our minds at any given moment. Ideas are fabulous and worthy but very much useless if not paired with "right actions". Ideas are the seeds needed to sprout all potential creations, but are indeed passive thoughts in and of themselves. They don't DO anything unless, you or I take the actions to make them a reality. An example of this is saying to oneself "I would like to go to Zimbabwe one day".
Zimbabwe! Woo Hoo! While this is a Divine thought, kicking that thought up a notch might sound like: "Zimbabwe sounds like a great country to visit, let me look up some facts on the internet...."
Turning that thought up yet another notch would be: "I'm going to see how much flights are in March, when I have some vacation time.", or "Oh, look! Zimbabwe tickets are $500 cheaper if I book them now - where's my credit card?"
The paradox for this scenario, which is "Be still", might look and sound like this: "I looked up Zimbabwe on the internet and priced tickets. They are $2000 roundtrip if I book the least expensive ticket. I don't have the money now, but I trust the universe will work for me. I trust I will go to Zimbabwe soon. I release my thought in faith with no worries or concerns, knowing the work is being done in my favor."
This is one way one might use being still as an action. There are infinite other ways one must be still as an act of faith to manifest ideas.
This practice may be used to heal oneself of illness and pain; to realize abundance and create more wealth; to build better relationships, or even to start a small business.
The perfect balance of taking initiative as one's individual work combined with having faith in the work and energy of the Universe or God, is what gets things done.
Listen, and you will know exactly what to do.
Rev. Renee' Ramcharitar, B.Msc., is a "Whole"istic Spiritual Coach and Teacher. She considers herself a "wildflower", one thrives and shows up to express herself in interesting ways - "between the cracks".