Sometimes I get a certain feeling around this holiday time of year that could only be described as dread. It's the coming of the New Year that brings it on, knowing a new beginning is approaching. The old, fearful part of me wants to hang back, put it off, hold it at bay. Call it the fear of moving forward.
The Bible has never really spoken to me in the way that it has for some people but there are some writers that I like who use Biblical references as metaphors, which is a practice that both intrigues and interests me.
Take, for instance, Florence Scovel Shinn. I've blogged about her before because I have one of her books, "The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn," which was given to me by a good friend, a fellow on the healing path, and I read it often for inspiration.
Shinn was all about metaphysics, which, according to Wikipedia is "a branch of philosophy that investigates principles of reality transcending those of any particular science." Shinn's books are full of affirmations like, "I forgive everyone and everyone forgives me. The gates swing open for my good."
I think of metaphysics as a kind of spiritual science. God as mathematical formula:
Surrender + Faith = PEACE
This morning, I was reading a passage wherein Shinn uses the story of Moses and the parting of the Red Sea as metaphor. Allow me to paraphrase: Moses is your Intuition or Higher Guidance and you are the Israelite being led out of Egypt (the darkness). Higher Guidance removes your fear or obstacle (parts the Red Sea), allowing you to pass into your own personal Promised Land, or freedom from fear.
"Go forward," Shinn writes. "Say to yourself, "Go forward.""
I need these words when I feel that fear of moving ahead come upon me, when anxiety attacks and dread hits. Instead of retreating, holding back, putting it off, I say to myself, "Go forward", and I put my trust in Guidance, knowing it will lead me to that place of inner peace, which I crave.
Inspiring Message of the Day: I will Go Forward despite my fear. I will trust Guidance and let go of my temptation to retreat or go backward.