In order to create greatest possible impact through this blog, please start by identifying some areas in your life where you are certifiably stuck. The four most common are a bad relationship with a specific person, a facet of your body that is not cooperating with you, economic barriers or some area where you simply cannot make progress in your relationship with God.
There are other areas where we may get stuck, but selecting real life situations from one or more of these categories will make the next seven exercises more transformational for you.
The foundational principle here is that the visible, tangible world (the areas mentioned above) is secondary, and the intangible world (the things we will discuss) are primary. When there is a growing pattern of being stuck in the visible realm, we need to become more proactive in the invisible realm, in order to move from the negative 6th head to the positive side.
How we respond in the invisible realm will, eventually, if we are faithful with our 100,000 small choices, hugely change the visible realm.
The first area that is clearly under our control when our external world is out of control is how we respond on the soul level. There are three areas to consider: character growth, skill development and inner healing.
So a real life illustration: we receive a letter stating that our streaming video company is going to discontinue streaming our 900 video clips in about 20 days. That means we have to find a new server, reformat each clip, change the URL, upload it to the new server, and change the link on our website. This represents hundreds of hours of labor on our part. We just changed servers four months ago.
This is a win/lose. I can see why it makes sense to the other company to make their change in policy, but we lose badly. And I am powerless to change the decision, the time line or the amount of labor it will take to execute this task.
But I am not powerless in the area of my soul. First, a reality check: did I lose my peace? Yes, slightly. But on a scale of 1 to 100, I only lost about five units a peace. I am doing a whole lot better than I would have five years ago. Hooray. Some growth happened somewhere.
Second, is there skill development that can take place here? Yep. For sure. In the process of digging through the mess, we found out some very significant things about the nature of technology in this industry and the changes that have taken place over the last three years while we were plodding along oblivious to technological changes. We will not just find a new server, but will transition out of a primitive modality into the mainstream and possibly even to the cutting edge.
This (growing in skill) is something I can do. The other company cannot block me from growing here. Suddenly the win/lose is not totally a loss.
Third area to check is inner healing. I used to really decompensate when someone made me feel powerless because the current event landed on old bruises, so my reaction was disproportionate to the current event.
On this one, I certainly felt powerless. I briefly flirted with a lawsuit, even a class action lawsuit over the breach of contract, but that only lasted a few minutes. Overall, I handled it very much in the present. This assault did not land on any old bruises. Hooray again. I have been healing in this area too. Nothing surfaced here that needs to be worked on.
To summarize: I am utterly unable to change the win/lose dynamic in the natural world. They win. I lose big time. However, as I apply the first option for responding (six more options to come) I can see an area where I am not powerless. I seize that option and grow in my skill.
Now hear me well! My internal response to THIS situation in the invisible world does not change THIS situation in the natural. However, my refusal to accept the natural as the sole playing field, allows me to earn authority OVERALL against the 6th head that tries to render me powerless, stuck and blocked.
If I make a lifestyle of shifting my focus from the natural realm to the invisible realm every time I am trapped in a win/lose, and I often find a way to go forward in the invisible realm, this lifestyle will eventually result in the positive 6th head of Leviathan manifesting in the natural realm in my life.
Moving from the negative head of Leviathan to the positive head is the result of lifestyle changes, not deliverance. In order to make progress in this realm, we need to develop eyes that look for and find areas where we can progress in the invisible realm. Do this enough times and the natural realm will slowly begin to come into alignment for your forward progress.
Do it even more times and you will experience the natural realm opening up and making a way where there does not seem to be any possibility of there being a way forward.
And THAT is where life becomes fun and you experience substantial joy in getting out of bed each morning.
More next time.
Copyright October 2010 by Arthur Burk
Airborne over the Heartland