I spent years, living in a lot of stress and anxiety. Imagine grabbing a guitar and then keeping five or six gigs a week every week, year in and year out. It never was easy, and as the years passed, it just got more difficult for me. Just like in most professions, it isn’t always the best musician who gets the gig, it is the musician who is best at getting gigs.
For me though, it was “music or bust”, and I was totally committed, even if it meant living at the Salvation Army and playing street corners. There was no “plan B” in my playbook.
It took that kind of attitude to make it happen, or so I thought, but it was this same attitude that nearly killed me. I was constantly clawing and scratching and trying to stay one step ahead of everyone else, and there’s a lot of competition out there. Though I succeeded and stayed afloat, the day came when it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t worth it any more. I was stressed out and angry a lot, always on the edge. Gigs were so important, and I got so wrapped up in it all, that it made me and everyone around me miserable. I got real tired.
One day my spiritual advisor and I had a little talk, and he actually challenged me. I had no choice but to accept his challenge. That very afternoon I walked out on to my back porch and looked up at the sky and had a little talk with me, myself, God, and the Universe. Whoever was out there got an ear full that day, believe me. I can’t even quote myself here, but in a nutshell what I said was, “If I am a musician, if I am music, if You want me to be playing music, then send me some gigs. I QUIT!”
I made more money playing music that year than ever before or since, and with a lot less effort.
There is a time when you have to push and strain, and I believe that. The reason I believe this is because this is what it takes in many cases. We have to be beaten down, before we will let go. Once we let go, then it is all smooth sailing from there.
Just ask yourself one question: “Is the person or situation that is threatening you, more powerful than God? More powerful than the Universal Laws?”
What did my advisor say to me that day? I will alter what he said to me that day somewhat, in order to be more inclusive: “If you believe in God, or the Universe, or you believe in the Universal Laws, and you are doing your part, how can you be stressed? Does your God need to work out at the gym a bit more so that He can handle this?” You can also ask yourself, “Do the Universal Laws work, or do they not?” My advisor challenged me that day because I told him that I believe in God and in the Universal Laws, but then I told him that I was carrying a heavy load, and that the stress was killing me. I told him that I didn’t know what to do. He shrugged his shoulders and said “You know sometimes when you don’t know what to do, it is best to not do anything.” So that is just what I did, and it worked.
So if I am doing my part, how can I be worried that someone will get a gig that I was supposed to get? How can I worry that someone will get over on me, or interject somehow, and cause me to not get what I want? If I truly believe in God or the Universal Laws, then nothing and no one can be a threat to me. It doesn’t really matter how you believe in God, or if you are an atheist and only perhaps believe in the Universal Laws. They are both unshakable and all powerful.
I want to receive, so I make sure to always try and be giving. I don’t want to go too far down, so I don’t go too far up, preferring to stay in the middle. I am learning to treat other people the way I want to be treated, and you know what? It works! People respond, the Universe responds, God responds, and there is no choice in the matter. The Universal Laws are straight and true, and they don’t waver. They can’t because they are just Laws of the Universe.
This is not about you and other people. You are all alone. This is between you and your God. This is between you and the Universal Laws. The outer world is the effect, and YOU are the cause. Absolutely nothing or no one can get in the way of this.
Kyle Shiver is a husband and father, inspirational speaker, meditation guide, and spiritual healer. Please support the SPIRIT Center by purchasing “Vibrations of the Heart” audio guided meditations. This new cd contains two 5 minute meditations, one 10 minute meditation, and one 40 minute meditation.