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  • Writer's picturePatricia Jean Fleming

Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 048 – Another ‘D’ word

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Discipline. Synonyms listed as: castigation, chastisement, punishment, self-control, self-restraint, restraint.

It is a word that leaves me cold. Memories of dark school rooms with flip down seats attached to desks and outside toilets.

A time when learning was not always pleasurable; often feeling more like punishment. I question how much I learned back then and know how much I have forgot.

As it is nearly 8pm I’m not sure that this will get posted today, Wednesday. Does that mean I am not disciplined? Or is it that I have learned not to put myself under unrealistic constraints that would only cause me stress? Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance (or to achieve accord) with a particular system of governance. Discipline is commonly applied to regulating human and animal behavior. In other words ‘control’!

Disciplined action where it is needed, i.e. where there would be life or death situations is understandable. But do we put ourselves under too much pressure to try to achieve things which, maybe, are not something we are really interested in achieving? This is where stress can build; trying to do something for others or indeed being forced by others to do something we do not find easy or interesting to do.

It concerns me that the word discipline has been used by those who have had power over others, to get them to do things that the ‘person in control’ wants done. “‘Never did anyone any harm” attitude. Problem is, it is open to be abused by the powerful to the detriment of the powerless and that does cause harm. In today’s world i.e. 2020, is castigation and chastisement acceptable? As Karen Drucker says in her beautiful song "What Would Love Do," "Love has all the answers. Love makes no demands. Love will lead me to the truth and help me to understand...that life is all about love." Featured on the 2004 cd All About Love.For lyrics see:

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Do you use that sentence in your life? What would love do? If we were able to open up to the omnipotent energy that is love and available to each and every one of us, how different life would be.

When we come from love, discipline is not required for everything is a pleasure, is a natural flow of being and doing with no angst associated with it. We enjoy doing and therefore are happy.

Those of you who know me will know I am an avid listener to Abraham Hicks – the collective energy channelled by Ester Hicks. I have listened to many recordings and love the teachings.

In Abraham Hicks - Process - Discipline - Line up: turning 'needs to do' into wants, they tell us:

Your inner being will never guide you toward the most efforting way!” This says to me that efforting discipline is not an energy of love.

So, I let go my angst with the word and find again my confidence, knowing that my sense of self, always knew within me that ‘discipline’ in my life, dictated to me, was not coming from love. I go easy with myself and in that ease it is remarkable how my life flows. Is your life flowing?

Namaste xx

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