Super Powers

Super Powers


Did you know we all have super powers? It's true. Believe me. I come up against them quite often; my own, and other people’s. We don't need a Hulk body or a Spock brain. We may think we have no particular strengths, but boy, oh boy, oh boy…

I'm talking about the astounding, incredible force of our beliefs.

If we believe we will never really find a way to eliminate the tension we carry, we’re damn sure to prove it to ourselves and to the world. Nothing anyone else can do or say will stop us. If we believe we’re right, in fact, the world is wrong.
Hmm, can’t understand why the world’s so full of conflict…

We say we want to change. We even think we believe that. Of course we want to be pain free and not walk around feeling so sore and stressed. The very idea that you wouldn’t want to change that is ridiculous, isn’t it?

So we go for lessons. In the lessons, with the help of a teacher, a little something gets a little easier, because we let go of a little of the tension.

Some might consider this cause for celebration. Pah, what do they know!  It’s actually a bit of a disappointment. We’re not ‘fixed’; we didn't walk into the lesson broken and come out perfect. That little bit of improvement? Big whoop. Not impressed.

WHY THE HECK NOT?! We changed something for the better, really quickly and really easily! So it's not as if there's no proof of hope.  It can't be that.

So what's going on? A battle of beliefs.  Our customary way of doing things may have been challenged, and proof of a new possibility provided; but for some reason or reasons, we’re unwilling to entertain the new idea, let alone accept it. It's new, strange, and flies in the face of what we thought we knew about movement, for one thing.

For another, we find it hard to believe change could really be so easy. I'll just write that bit again:

we find it hard to believe change could be so easy.

Maybe this is why it seems so hard when if we would just allow ourselves to entertain a simple new thought, change would happen - quickly and easily.

A physical difficulty develops, then worsens. We seek a remedy.  It doesn't work. We try another, then another.  

Eventually we lose hope of finding a solution and privately conclude that no solution really exists. Unwilling to suffer further disappointment, we make a sort of uneasy peace with our discomfort. We get used to it, even. We may not relish it, but it's ‘ours’, and we ‘know where we are’ with it.

It would make a certain kind of sense that if we're thinking, “I want to relax so much! But daren’t hope that I can! Want to believe! But don't really believe!” the messages we send our poor muscles will be, to say the least, somewhat confused and conflicted. “Try and let go! Oh, it's not possible! Is it? No! Maybe? No! Aargh!”

Obviously I’m writing this purely from the point of view of a teacher, here. I personally would never think like this, ahem...

But what can we do?

We can reason.  Reason it out.  Try the new thing.  Examine the evidence.  Challenge our beliefs. See if they still hold water. Whatever we dig up can't be worse than squashed-down hopelessness, can it?

Of course, the choice will always be entirely ours.  But what would happen if we applied our super-powers to the real possibility of change and improvement?

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