Sometimes, our internal challenges—the times when we feel stress, anxiety, or depression—can be a result of our will not aligning with God's Will for us.
This "misalignment" happens when we do things we don't want to or do things that are in direct conflict with each other.
When we start acting in ways that align with what we want, we align ourselves with God.
And then there will be so much goodness available to us.
In my reading in A Course in Miracles this weekend, I was struck by Christ’s teachings that those of us who haven’t aligned our will with God’s Will for us may experience stress, anxiety, and even depression and despair.
I know so many individuals out there who struggle with several of those inner challenges, if not all of them.
And yet there is so much goodness available to us when we simply align ourselves to the Highest Will of All.
But how? I hear most people say.
Well, first of all, misalignment can come in the following ways:
1. When you are doing things that you don’t want to do.
All of us can end up doing things under obligation, and we don’t see how we can get out of it simply because we believe there is no way out of it. If you’re doing things out of obligation:
- Ask yourself if you’ve made a promise here, and if so, then yes, you need to keep it.
- Look for ways in which you are continuing to make promises to people that you really don’t want to keep! These are the things we do that take us away from our own will. We end up doing things for others because of obligations that we have set up for ourselves.
2. When you are acting in ways that are not in alignment with what you want.
We all have higher thoughts about what we want for ourselves. Misalignment comes when we go directly against these ideas, and do the opposite of what we want for ourselves. This creates a lot of stress inside, because of a direct conflict between thought and action. If you want to change this lack of action:
- Examine some thoughts you have for yourself, and then vow to only act in alignment with those thoughts. For instance, “I want to ride my bike more,” “I want to get up and go to bed earlier,” or “I want to call my sister.”
- Do the things you say you want for yourself, and watch how much better you will feel. This is because you’re aligned now.
3. When you do two different things, either in succession or simultaneously, that are in direct conflict with each other.
These conflicting or opposite activities also have the effect of putting you in a position of misalignment. If you want to confront conflicting actions:
- Identify examples of conflicting actions in your life. Examples include: having a salad for dinner, followed by a bowl of ice cream; donating money to a charity that cleans up the environment, then buying toxic chemicals to clean your house and car; wanting to spend more time socializing with people you enjoy, but when invitations come, you decline for reasons that aren’t that important.
- By taking a look at what conflicting activities you have going on, you have the ability to change. This process may not feel good at first. But decide what you want and act on that only. You can do it!
I know that’s a lot. I can’t help it! I love what I do; I love being in my own self-alignment. And as I become more aligned, more and more good things come into my life. Do you want help with this? Need some private support? You know I’m here.
And believe me, being in alignment is much, much easier than going against your own will. It really is.