A young friend asked me the other day about my talk at the Tikun Innate Health Conference in London that took place in May. She said, “You talked about sharing in shorthand. Could you say more about that?”
I’d forgotten about the content of that talk until she mentioned it. As she recalled some of the points I’d spoken about, it started to come back to me.
My plenary session, shared with a colleague, was on the last day of the conference. I’d been so moved by the depth of many of the presenters as they spoke profoundly about the spiritual nature of life.
That morning, driving to the conference venue with other presenters, I got very quiet and didn’t engage in the general conversation. I was reflecting on what my talk would be about. I had a title, but no content. . . My mind was empty. I felt like an empty vessel, and to be perfectly candid, it felt rather unnerving.
It seemed to me that everything had been covered by other presenters. I had nothing to add. I’d observed over the last couple of years that more presenters were comfortable sharing their understanding about the spiritual nature of the Principles so what could I offer that wasn’t already said.
I was in a quiet quandary. As I walked down the hallway toward the main conference room, I came upon another colleague that I’d not had an opportunity to speak with. We stopped to chat.
“How are you doing?” I asked.
“Fine,” he said. “How about you?”
“Fine,” was my response. Then my colleague said, “I’m not really.” And began to share what he was feeling in the moment, that he also was wondering what would come out of him for his topic.
His honesty struck a responding chord in me and we began to share at a deep level. It was a very brief exchange but we were both very moved by the feeling of connection.
We carried on to the main room and soon it was time for my talk. The only thing I could share was my honesty about not knowing what to say, that I felt an empty vessel, and that I felt everyone else had done such an amazing job of sharing the essence of the Principles understanding that there was nothing left to say.
And then it came to me about sharing in shorthand and how this quality of sharing has the power to take people home, to their spiritual birthplace. The feeling that comes from within is true nature speaking to true nature.
Common long hand phrases came to mind: living in the feeling of our thinking; reconnecting to Mind; I see that my stress is caused by my thinking but that’s not doing me any good.
It struck me in the moment that we can shorten ‘living in the feeling of our thinking’ to ‘living in the feeling’, and then shorten it even more to ‘living’. This paring down to the essence of experience removes all the distraction of words. It’s not that the information contained in the sentence isn’t valuable. Indeed, it is very valuable. It’s just that at a certain point, too much explanation can be a slippery slope—the slippery slope into personal analysis.
Once you know that thought creates experience, forget it! Just live.
This knowing offers freedom from our personal thinking and trying to figure out why we are where we are and how we are doing psychologically. Sharing in shorthand leads to learning in shorthand; there is less word distraction thus clearing the way for insight. In other words, shorthand learning eliminates psychological analysis and provides space for peace of mind and insightful understanding.
Remember how Syd always talked about true knowledge being beyond the word? Well, I feel this shorthand learning/sharing is a glimmer of that knowledge.
‘Reconnecting to Mind’ is another common phrase. We’re always connected to Mind; there’s never a time we’re not connected. We are part of Mind and Mind is our essence. So to say ‘reconnecting’ infers that we’re disconnected; an innocent, well-meaning phrase that can be of concern to people. Knowing that we’re always connected brings reassurance that we’re always living at home. Knowing this brings solace and insight.
‘I see that my stress is caused by my thinking but that’s not doing me any good’. I’ve heard this sentence numerous times. I’ve said this phrase myself numerous times! What I’ve come to realize is that ‘I see” is the key point. The rest of the phrase is really immaterial. Seeing is the Principle of Consciousness in action. When we focus on the fact that we see, we’re home. We’re home in our wisdom, our spiritual home: A space of understanding, contentment, and the ability to live in grace, no matter what comes our way.