The Universe Works If You Get Out The Way

Sometimes, things just go our way.  We get the job we have been dreaming of, an unexpected check comes in the mail, or things just seem to effortlessly fall into place for no apparent reason.  We call it luck or attribute it to simply having a good day. But in truth, we have been given a glimpse of the true nature of the universe.

We tend to think the timing was right never realizing we are an intimate part of the process.  We are not random recipients.  If only for the moment, our state of being pulls to us this divine experience of synchronicity.  There is rhyme and reason to the way the universe unfolds.  When we are “in the flow”, the illusion that we can protect ourselves by being in control has been released.  We have gotten out of the way long enough to experience how effortlessly this process takes place.  We must be willing to stop pushing and allow the universe to send us the things we truly need rather than what we keep asking for.

When a bird looks for food there is an implicit assumption that he will find the worm and all will be okay.  He does not get up and start thinking “What if I can’t find food? What will happen to me?” He does not anticipate there will be a problem.  There is an ease with which he moves through his day, an underlying instinct that is minutely in keeping with the nature of the universe.  He does not think anything.  His being trusts that all will be provided for and he does not question how.

To be in that state is to observe the precise timing in which all things fall into place and to simultaneously marvel at the exquisite manifestations of an ever-changing universe.  When we are fortunate enough to have an experience of this wholeness, we are filled with humility and compassion. We never know when we will be the recipients of such grace – that is part of the wonder.

The Universe In Action

I never thought a trip to the corner drugstore would be capable of delivering such an experience.  I had gone there for the sole purpose of buying mascara and found myself wheeling the cart up and down each aisle looking for what else I could buy.  On a top shelf, I spotted a box with a picture of a green birdfeeder.  I liked the green color but knew the last thing I needed was another birdfeeder.  One had been hanging on my balcony for the last year.  It had taken the doves close to three months to find it, but now they came every day.  I looked at the box again and put it into my cart.  I started to think about why I was purchasing it, and stopped myself.  I was just going to buy it, and that was it.

Purchases in hand, I walked through my front door and headed out towards the balcony. There, lying on the ground, was the birdfeeder. My heart stopped.  It looked like the wire that had been holding it had snapped.  All I could do was stare at the broken feeder.  A sense of wonder and wholeness filled my being.  I felt disoriented, out of time and space, and yet at the same time I knew exactly where I was.  I was a hundred percent present.  I could feel the intricacy of the process, every tiny little piece falling into place.  Watching it work, I intuitively knew that birdfeeder fell the moment I opened the door!

There is speed and efficiency that operates in direct relation to our degree of trust.  When we feel stuck, we need to get out of our own way.  This does not mean we simply sit back and do nothing but rather know when to let go, when we have done enough. When we move through the world knowing we will be provided for, magic happens.

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