The other day, I ran into a pal at Whole Foods who I hadn't seen in ages. She said, "So you write self-help books these days, right?"
That made me giggle so as we waited in the long line, I tried to explain. "Well, to me, most self-help is like saying 'Hey, let's redecorate that dreary prison cell, ok? You know, it would look SO much better if you just changed that couch! Got new curtains! And with a new rug, well, you won't believe how pretty it could be. We'll even show you how to get a nice mate to serve your term with!'"
She started laughing.
"But," I continued, "letting the Divine take the lead is Something Else. All is offered to a great Force of Love. You are actually taken over..."
(On that note, I wondered if I was getting totally crazy carried away in that line, and whether I sounded like a total evangelical nut which would be my worse nightmare, but actually she was listening with a very rapt and deep attention. So I kept going :))
"Well, you recall who You are. A radiant Being in service to Eternity. You begin to be USED by something Greater. And this can happen for ANYONE. It just takes remembering...inviting...and Offering...
"In a sense, Life begins to happen THROUGH you and FOR you (and for everyone else) rather than BY you.
It's the difference between redecorating the prison or... walking out the door."
By the time we got to the front, she was going to get a copy of "Outrageous Openness" that night and take the Offering course. What a funny, funny meeting. We both decided we were thrown together with our mangos and strawberries for a reason.
"Change me Divine Beloved into one who lets You take the Lead in every way. Use me for the highest purpose according to Your will. I am Yours, You are Mine, We are One. All is well."