Here's Anne Sermons Gillis' 10/12/2021 newsletter, The EZ Secret: Tips on Living in EZ
Published: Tue, 10/12/21
The Anne Report brings you up to date on Anne’s latest activities. The Main Article, Being Versus Doing, guides us on our journey from doing to being. Today’s Anne Talk is We Are the Same. Anne reminds us that no matter how different we are, we’re still the same. Click to see Anne’s Art. Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Purge the Past. Anne provides a meditation to assist us in releasing our past. Click to see the Quotes, Quips, & Thoughts. The Featured Product This Month highlights Anne’s Five Books and includes a reduced price when purchasing All Five Books. Click to learn about EZosophy. Click to learn about Anne’s Abundance Affirmations. Click for Shareables From Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Schedule. Click to Schedule Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Services.
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Living EZosophy, October 12, 2021
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Saturday, my birthday, we took our twin grandsons to the Summerville Flower Town Festival. We didn’t know what to expect. We braved the weather, knowing there was a 50% chance of rain, but the weather cleared, and we enjoyed a sunny day. Turns out this was a big deal. There were vendors, activities, and children’s rides. The boys loved the rides. They were happy to pet llamas, tiny goats, and miniature donkeys. Thomas was excited about sliding down the giant slide. After he climbed to the top, I saw the sign: “Slide at your own risk.” I also saw a young child hurt his head on the one of the humps that sent him airborne.” I started calling to Thomas saying, “No.” He didn’t hear me, and I started running up the steps. I saw him hand the burlap bag to the person in charge and he descended the steps as I ascended. He saw me and scooted down the steps. He hugged me and said, “I think I am afraid of heights.” The whole affair shook him up a bit, but the train ride brought him back to earth.
On the ride home Thomas saw McDonald’s: “There’s ole McDonald’s. Did you know that it was owned by a farmer?” It was a long drive home, and he was able to enlighten us on how St. Patrick’s Day came to be. “When people came from the old country to the new country, they brought some of their customs with them. They had a parade and they liked the old stuff better than the new stuff, so that’s how leprechauns came to be. My teacher trapped a leprechaun, but her dog set it free.” Later he changed his story a bit, realizing his mistake. “They had a parade and that’s how St. Patrick’s Day came to be. They brought the leprechauns with them.”
Later that night, we went back to their house, where my son-in-law fixed his famous shrimp and grits for my birthday dinner. I had a birthday card in the mail from my best friend, with a generous check. “Hum, I’m getting that iPad I’ve been looking at for two years!” I ordered one Sunday. It was a great birthday. I really have no expectations for my birthday, but, none-the-less, I had a wonderful 73rd birthday. And that’s it for the Anne Report.
Being Versus Doing
By now, most of us have been educated on the idea of being. We know we are human beings, not human doings. We have been warned against the soul wrenching effects of hyper-productivity. We’ve named and defined an addiction called workaholism. We get it. Or do we?
I was once in an ashram in India. I asked why Westerners, specifically Australians, oversaw the administrative work. The response: “Westerners are the worker bees. They get things done.” It was inferred that the native easterners were more interested in evolving than in producing. Though the need to produce, reach goals, and to build a better mouse trap bring personal and collective benefits, doing is not enough. Doing, without Being, is the very activity that leads us astray.
What is Being? Is it just sitting around, staring into space, or pondering our bellybuttons? Of course not. Being is not about producing or non-producing; being is about self-realization. Being is about living from the depths of who we are and experiencing the very essence and presence of who we are. Being is the state where we no longer seek. It is the state of experiencing a peace that no longer efforts for self-realization because it is already realized. Being is a sense of fulfillment that never pushes us to be anything or produce anything to be okay. Being has no requirements for entry. Being offers direct, immediate passage to itself. Being is nondual. Not two; only one united reality. When we experience the world as one, or nondual, concepts no longer feed the inner narrative of separation.
Though we can live from the state of Being, our thoughts and emotions often blind our passage to the Self. That’s why meditation is the pièce de résistance for the Self. Meditation calms our thoughts and heals emotions. When the mind settles down, the direct experience of Self comes forth.
So, are being and doing soulmates? Can they dance together and form a union of well-being? Hum. It is a bit tricky to accomplish, because the doer wants to make it happen. Once our intellect realizes there is another state of consciousness, one that makes us whole, it sets about obtaining the Being goal. Yet doing will not get us to the experience of who we are: Being. Ironically, when we give up trying to gain admission to who we are, then the door to Self, which is who we are, swings open. We do not experience who we are through stagnation or resignation; we experience the Self through surrender.
I suffer from the deleterious effects of Puritanism. My mother never eschewed the theory that idleness was the devil’s workshop, but my culture insisted that I could overcome the perils of being human by simply staying busy. Productivity was not even the grail, because a flurry of any kind of activity was sufficient to keep the devil, or rather, that inner critic, silent. At one desperate point, during my early spiritual journey, I pleaded to the powers that be, HELP! I dropped everything I thought I knew into the category of I know nothing. This was not an intellectual action; it was a heartfelt understanding that everything I had pursued did not lift me from the depths of human despair. It was this non-action, and letting go of all trying, that allowed me to enter the paradise of my Being. There were no roadmaps to my Self. No one told me how to get there; I just gave up on my plans to be OK. It was in relinquishing all hope and letting go of trying to be who and what I was, that “I” emerged.
My story is no prescription for self-redemption, but it is my recollection of the first time the doing versus Being dilemma reconciled itself. I find that pondering, contemplation, and quiet moments, shine realization into being, and, though all the work I’ve done on myself may have predisposed me to having the direct experience of Being, it was when I dropped the doing-to-be work, that I awakened. There is a fine line when it comes to directing the soul. Do I go inward or outward? Do I stop or go? Yet, in the realization of who we are, these questions lose their traction. Fortunately, fulfillment is contented. It doesn’t need a game plan.
Working provides money to pay our bills. Exercise keeps our bodies healthy. We don’t give up maintaining our lives or acting in service when we value being over doing. But it is important to realize where doing falls in the order of life. Doing is a servant of Being. Being is the master.
I wonder why I ponder such matters, and yet I know. Though I have escaped the prison of useless, endless doing, many times the pressure to do camps at my doorstep. These matters ponder me; they present themselves as emissaries of the truth so that I will continue to overcome the drive to produce and the need to direct life itself. These thoughts shepherd me back into my heart and deliver me from the ongoing slaughter of the almost inescapable programming of the Western culture. And I’m hoping that as you ponder these words, that something in you calls to the wonder of Being, because if it does, then our lives will certainly become EZier and EZier.
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We Are the Same
Today’s Anne Talk is We Are the Same. Anne reminds us that no matter how different we are, we’re still the same. 4:14
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Purge the Past
Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Purge the Past. Anne provides a meditation to assist us in releasing our past. 9:51
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