The Universe Is On Your Side

This is something that I’ve believed in for a long time, that the Universe is on your side; that it does everything it can to help you get where you need to be (note: need to be, not want to be!) and even if you ignore it or fight it or give it the proverbial finger, it still does what it can to help you along The Way.

infinity road

Some quick notes first:

One, I’ve capitalised the word Universe as I, like Buckminster Fuller, consider it an entity rather than a thing. If you want to substitute God, Allah, the Tao or anything else to better understand what I’m saying that’s fine (and entirely up to you).

Two, I capitalised The Way as it specifically refers to Taoism.

Three, These are just my thoughts. 🙂

thames path, Richmond

So let’s see… so far this year I’ve had two car accidents and I’ve twisted my ankle. That to me is the Universe telling me something. It’s telling me to slow down. And I must really need to do it because the message was a persistent one. When I didn’t do it mentally – the accidents – I had to do it physically – the ankle.

But that’s not all. I’ve also ended up with next week off work thanks to someone who wanted to do what seems to me a very random shift swap. Now I won’t go into detail (the machinations of our shift system are many, myriad, and ultimately highly tedious) and I can’t say I understand it, but again I just took the message and went along with it.

And it’s good that I did, because only now that I’ve slowed down, created some head space, and finally released myself from all my commitments – both physically and mentally – for a while, do I realise just how frantic I was getting. I mean, not only were all my days pretty full, but the few days I had off I was making myself feel bad for not doing more on my own personal projects. And the worse I felt the more inclined I was not to do anything. It was really getting a bit messed up.

vanishing point - holland park, kensington, london

But now, check this out: Now I’ve let go of the idea that I should be working on my book, I’m suddenly more inclined to do it. It’s no longer a chore, and the ideas are starting to flow again. Of course if I do anything right now is up to me, I’ve got the week off and I’m not pressuring myself. But I can if I want and that’s what matters.

But even if I do write, I also need to make space to get my head right. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been rushing along on autopilot for a while now, and it was getting a little hazardous. Hell, I didn’t even realise I was doing it until I mentally started clipping trees as I headed toward the ground. Thankfully the Universe has given me the chance to pull up (enjoying the plane metaphor? ..hehe..), pull myself together, and get back to level before I hit the ground. Nice huh? 🙂

And the best thing about the Universe is no matter how much you ignore it, or fight it, or simply let the opportunities pass you by, it’s always there with another chance to get where you need to go. There’s no judgement or prejudice, it has no ego or memory, it’s help is unending, unconditional, and there for the taking; all you need to do is listen.

And best of all, the more you listen, the more you hear, and the easier it all becomes. 🙂

But remember…

“I know the Universe won’t give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish it didn’t trust me so much.”

– Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Week 28: In which our hero finds religion

Ok, did a couple of new things this week. First up was to go see Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

kellie and priscilla

It was a good show, and obviously it was very very camp, but it did have one or two problems. We were sat near the back of the dress circle, and whoever worked out the stage direction for the show did so without these seats in mind. Because of the slant of the circle above we couldn’t see the top third of the stage (above the bus, if you will) so any time there was stuff going on up high – singers on wires mostly, or people on top of the bus – we couldn’t enjoy it as much as we’d have liked. Thankfully the seats in front of us was empty so we slid down to get a better view, but I feel sorry for the rows behind us who were stuck and probably a bit pissed off.

Also at times the show went from camp to just plain loud. You couldn’t make out what they were saying, or singing, and it was just a little painful. Not as painful as some of the outfits worn by the audience though, yikes! Not so much mutton dressed as lamb as mutton dressed as an old kebab that’s been under the sofa for 2 weeks.

But enough with the bitchiness. It was a good show, and I enjoyed it, but if you’re tempted get decent seats in the stalls (or near the front of the balconies), or go see Legally Blonde instead, it’s a much better show.

New thing number 2 was I found religion. Not under the sofa where things usually end up, but at the Universal Life Church, Hallelujah, praise Jebus, can I get an Amen!

Ok, so it’s not very original, getting yourself ordained online. I mean what am I, a character in an American sit-com? But it was late, I was bored, and it seemed like a laugh, so I did it. If you don’t believe me here’s my certificate or ordination:

I can now legally perform weddings in some parts of the United States, though here in the UK it’s practically worthless, hahaha. I can officiate at civil ceremonies though, you don’t need any special permission to do that, but you’d still have to go and sign the papers with a registrar to make it all legal.

It did however give me the idea of starting my own religion! The Church of the Brand New. There’s no God(s) involved, acolytes would simply swear to uphold the universal belief in the Joy of the New, to never say no before considering saying yes, and to always seek out the new and embrace it as much and as often as possible.

If anyone’s interested in joining up simply place your hand on the computer and repeat after me:

“I swear to do that which is new,
to stay true to the new in everything I do,
to pursue it through and through,
wheree’er it doth lead to
doobie doobie do

Now go forth, and enjoy yourself. Amen. 😉