The state of grace is a condition in which all growth is effortless, a transparent, joyful acquiescence that is a ground requirement of all existence. Your own body grows naturally and easily from its time of birth, not expecting resistance but taking its miraculous unfolding for granted, using all of itself with great, gracious, creatively aggressive abandon.
You were born into a state of grace, therefore. It is impossible for you to leave it . . . You share this blessing with the animals and all other living things. You cannot "fall out of grace, nor can it be taken from you." The Nature of Personal Reality, Jane Roberts (channeling Seth)
I have days when every silver lining has a cloud, when things must get worse before they get better (if they get better), when the road to enlightenment seems to be a series of detours. At these times I'm sure someone did take my state of grace away, because I can't find it anywhere.
Seth explains that I've simply lost sight of it.
You can ignore it. You can mold beliefs which blind you to its existence. You will still be graced but unable to perceive your own uniqueness and integrity, and blind so to other attributes with which you are automatically gifted.
Concealing the Ease
Because you're reading this newsletter (or article on the Beyond the Rainbow web site), you have access to equipment that makes it possible to communicate with anyone else who has the same kind of equipment, no matter where they live. You also have access to a level of information unimaginable only a few decades ago.
In our modern world, technology has made life easier for many people. Yet we persist in the idea that we must work hard in order to earn happiness and things that come to us without effort, like a state of grace, are somehow suspect. The difficulties we then encounter in life seem to prove this belief.
Why do we create a belief in difficulties?
I have mentioned before in this newsletter that I attend a weekly watercolor class. Over the years I've noticed people who seem compelled to emphasize the difficulty of turning out a good painting. They seem unsatisfied unless suffering has been part of their creation.
In contrast, I find that if I'm aligned with my creativity-another way of saying in a state of grace-, and I know what I want to express, and I don't complain, I can end up with a painting I like. Never do I mention how easy it was, though. I'm sure people would resent that.
They resent even more people whose lives are really easy. Imagine that you've had a week (or month or year, possibly even a lifetime) where many good things have come to you without any apparent effort on your part. You love work; you may even call it play. Your relationships are loving and joyful. Money comes to you easily.
People ask you with ill-disguised envy how you got all these wonderful things in your life. You say, "I just tune into my essence every day and dissolve any blockages that may appear to prevent the seamless flow of my creative energy."
Will they like that answer?
Maybe they'll think:
People who see no alternative to difficulty and struggle don't want to hear about the ease with which some realize their dreams, because that kind of ease seems impossible to them. No one wants to hear about accomplishments that appear to be beyond their reach.
Flight from Ecstasy
Believing that life must be difficult is a habit; yet all habits originate as protective devices. We learn to automatically look both ways before crossing a street because a vehicle might be approaching. Many of us learn not to take an action whose consequences are unpredictable because terrible things might happen.
On a larger scale, we may be afraid of the unpredictable nature of ecstasy. We don't know how to handle the power of the energy that surges through us. We wonder if we're going crazy. We feel vulnerable, for in allowing ourselves to experience a joyful sensation, we've dropped our guard against feeling pain.
So we resist the natural state of grace. We dull our feelings. We make our psychic and physical energy vibrate at a lower frequency. We may feel heavy and depressed.
We struggle, and our feelings of being burdened, tired, and anxious send out the energetic message that we expect life to continue being difficult. Since the Law of Attraction is as reliable as the law of gravity, we continue to create the circumstances and experiences that convince us that no alternative to struggle exists.
The more we believe in struggle, the more we protect ourselves against feeling ecstasy, and the harder it becomes to believe that it is a natural state.
Learning Lessons the Easy Way
If you believe in struggle, ask yourself why. Some possible answers include:
If you're having difficulty coming up with answers, see what your response is to the following statements.
Without censoring your answers, write down why these statements are wrong.
Saying Good-bye to Struggle
This topic is too big to be fully covered in a short newsletter article. The following suggestions are starting points.
Review your family belief history and discover the culprits who taught you about the necessity of struggle. I'm not suggesting you do anything to them. Simply recognize that you learned these beliefs, and you can unlearn them.
Recognize that you were very young when you learned about struggle. Do you let your life decisions be dictated by a four-year-old?
Catch yourself when the habitual line about struggle begins to unwind. Say to yourself, "Maybe I don't have to struggle." "Maybe I'll try relaxing, just this once." "Maybe I'll believe something good can happen."
And even if you're afraid you'll have no friends once you have a happy life, be assured that, as your vibrations become lighter and more carefree, the old friends who may drift away will be replaced by people who share your new and improved attitude to life.
The Grace of Light
Our special partners in experiencing a state of grace are crystals. In the physical world they are the embodiment of the state of grace.
The perfect beauty of a quartz cluster may remind us of our own beauty and perfection. Aquamarine, malachite, and smoky quartz evoke the beauty of the earth of which we are all a part. Rose quartz reassures us about the enduring warmth of love.
When we put ourselves in direct contact with the energy of crystals, we allow that energy to help unblock our own. As we experience crystals' vibrations, our own are raised. In experiencing a crystal's state of grace, we can learn to experience our own.