Note: Before sharing this article I
want you to be aware that A Course In Miracles is
not about trying to manifest anything for this
world of illusion has nothing of value to offer.
All we want to do is awaken from this dream called
the physical realm. However, the intention behind
this article is to give you an idea using a
sailor's tale as a metaphor of what happens when we
let go and let God. In other words when we truly
surrender our will to God's.
Why is it that so many people have a challenge
manifesting what they desire? Because they are too
busy visualizing what they want. Does this sound
contradictory to everything you have been taught?
Yes. Then what is it that would drive someone to
visualize what they want or pursue their dreams?
The fact that they have forgotten Who they really
Our inner journey to rediscover who we are, even
when it is highly fascinating can sometimes appear
overwhelming or scary because it challenges us to
re-evaluate our whole life including our habits,
belief systems and everything we have claimed so
tenaciously as to be the ultimate truth. Our minds
are so used to the way things are that to suggest
that there could be another way may seem like a
threat, an insult to our intellectualized ideas of
how things are or ought to be.
So if the journey is so fascinating, why is it
that so many people do not embark on it? There are
many answers to that questions, all rooted in the
same thing. Fear: Fear of the unknown, fear of
failure sometimes fear of disappointment that the
whole time invested in getting to know ourselves
may be wasted.
The bottom line is, in order for us to
experience ourselves as who we really are,
spiritual beings who are perfect, whole and
complete, we literally have to let go of any idea
of who we are not, human beings living in a world
which is determined by outer circumstances and
events, even when those circumstances and events
may be what we have experienced.
Memory and experience are what keep people
trapped in the world as they know it. So how do we
shift from the world as we know it to the world we
want to experience? The following story will assist
me in explaining how we can shift our awareness and
why we sometimes experience fear when in truth all
we need is to trust.
A Sailor's Tale
A poor sailor wants to discover a new world. A
world he has never seen physically but he has
dreamed about. The only way he can experience the
dream he has envisioned is through silence. So as
he sails out on the ocean, he sits in silence and a
peaceful and pleasant smile showers his face as the
vision of a new world occupies his mind.
When he shares his vision with others, most
people laugh while others do not even bother to
listen to him. "Experts" will try to discourage him
by letting him know that is impossible that another
world exists According to their studies, it is
pretty obvious that once you get to what appears to
be the edge of the ocean, which is what the naked
eye can only perceive, there is nothing else.
Somewhere in the sailor's heart, he still wants
to follow his vision. By himself, he decides to
sail away in search for the promised land. He is
moving from the known, the "physical," to the
unknown, the "consciousness." He does not know what
he is going to find. All he knows is that a very
quiet voice keeps getting louder as he experiences
more silence. By shutting do the outer world he can
connect more deeply with his inner voice, which
guides him and inspires him.
As he sails farther and farther away, he begins
to experience fear and doubt. He can still go back
because he has not lost sight of the land. This is
a very critical point for most people because as we
moved to the realm of the spirit, unless we can
lose sight of that which we are familiar with, it
is very difficult to open ourselves to a new
experience. At this point the sailor decides to
move on in pure faith and trust. He is in the
middle of the ocean where he has lost complete
sight of land and cannot really point out where he
is going. There are times when he experienced fear,
worry, or anxiety, and the only way he could avoid
those feelings was by going within, by experiencing
silence which will bring him back to peace.
In the stillness he begins to develop a sense of
trust, which will keep him serene as he continues
on his journey. Somewhere in the horizon he sees
land and he gets real excited. He sails across some
of the most beautiful islands until finally he
finds himself in the place he had been dreaming
off. Not only has he gained a sense of inner
awareness of who he is, he also has experienced
wonderful and fascinating places he would not have
experienced if he had listened to what the world
dictated was possible or not.
Everyone in the island was drawn to him seeking
this inner peace that the sailor was able to
maintain. With his knowledge and new awareness, he
becomes a spiritual counsellor. He is loved and
admired by everyone. People bring him food, money,
gifts, he becomes the wealthiest and needless to
say, the most popular person on the island, the
island of his dreams.
End of Tale
As you can see, there is an inner voice that
knows the truth and wants us to experience it.
While we sail through unknown waters, these are the
times when we have to go deeper, which simply gives
us the opportunity to really experience the
exquisiteness of our soul. And as we see our
visions manifest, we develop an inner sense of
trust where we no longer fear anything for now we
know that the One Who planted the seed or the
desire in our hearts is always going to be there to
assists us in completing the vision.
The interesting part in all of this is that when
we truly let go and trust, we may end up doing
something completely different than that which we
previously thought was going to make us happy. The
sailor didn't know what he would end up doing with
his life. All he knew is that he wanted to find
that promised land, and as result of listening and
trusting, he ended up experiencing love,
excitement, fulfilment and wealth beyond his
wildest dreams. From a poor sailor to a wealthy
spiritual counsellor. Who would have thought?
I would like to add something to the story
before it gets misinterpreted by many. Once again,
this is not about visualizing what you want. It is
about letting go and allow the vision to come
through you, which is the opposite of what is being
taught by most teachers. The sailor did not
visualize the island of his dreams, the vision was
there first, he then moved in that directions
trusting his inner guidance.
We all have that Guidance available right here
and now. The key to listening however, is by
prioritizing peace over anything else. Those who
think that our driving force is pain and pleasure
will never experience the peace that passes
They will simply spend their whole life chasing
something that will never satisfy them.
And that is to dream the impossible dream. To
reach, the unreachable star.
was part of the
self-help movement for close to 20 years. Published
4 books, produced CDs and DVDs, wrote countless
articles and touched the lives of many people
becoming homeless, broke
and diagnosed with a thyroid tumor. Then something
happened that forever changed his life! A
miraculous turn of events led him to the teachings
of A Course in Miracles
. As a result of
putting the principles of The Course into practice,
and experiencing a powerful inner transformation,
he published What Happens When You Let
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