Last year I was walking along a beautiful sunny beach in Brazil and my wife asked me: “How are you visualising you fight back to Scotland? What kind of person will you be sitting next to? Who will you meet at the airports?
I replied in a slightly irritated tone: “I don’t believe in all that stuff, all I’m interested in is staying peaceful inside no matter what happens”. I was feeling uneasy, seemingly because I was leaving my family who where staying longer, the workload I was returning to and the long journey starting that afternoon involving three flights.
The first fight was cancelled but the next internal flight still allowed me to connect to my international flight. But when I landed in Gatwick airport early the next morning I realised something was wrong. All fights out were cancelled until 5pm and no extra ones were being laid on until the next day.
After waiting impatiently in a queue for nearly 4 hours I needed to go to the bathroom and on my way I heard someone calling passengers for Aberdeen. I was put on standby and managed to get a seat on the last flight.
During the flight I realised I would land at the same time as the last train left the station.
At that moment I asked for help and this time I was open to help on the level of form rather than just staying peaceful inside. Immediately I had an image of myself walking calmly through Aberdeen airport, getting a taxi and still catching my train.
I was impressed by the vision but I didn’t trust it fully so after landing I ran though the airport and bustled my way into a taxi. The taxi driver said that there was no point going to the station as the last train has already gone. But I insisted, my heart beating in my chest.
At the railway station the driver said “that’s strange there are people still waiting!” It turned out the train had been delayed. I waited 10 minutes and got the train home. I would have had time to have walked calmly through the airport!
On the beach when I thought my journey could be neutral and so I was content to just react to events as they unfolded, I was mistaken. No journey is neutral because there are no neutral thoughts and all thoughts have effects (Workbook lessons 16 and 54). My anxious thoughts on the beach in some way contributed to my chaotic journey and I had limited the expression of Love to an inner experience. When I fully accepted Love I was open to Love’s expression which came in the form of a delayed train!
I am not saying that truly spiritual people never have cancelled or delayed flights but for me on that day fully accepting Love allowed me to be open to both the inner and the outer expressions of Love.