You Can Be Worry Free
Have you ever watched a group of children playing and running
and having that kind of spontaneous, carefree experience that is so typical
of the child, and then have said, "Oh, to be young again"? Do you
wish that you were as carefree and as happy as these little children? Do you
believe that it is possible to become as optimistic, as lighthearted, as carefree
and happy as a child? Well, it really is possible to attain a state of consciousness
where there is an absence of all worry and anxiety about the past, present,
and future. Of course, that’s a large order. We have all seen such happy-go-lucky
people and we have envied them. Actually, these are people who have eliminated
from their lives the evil, the restriction of worry.
Those of us who worry, I am sure, defend ourselves. We feel
we can’t help it—we have good reason to worry, with all of our difficulties.
But, we don’t realize that worry is absolutely useless—and more than useless,
it is actually destructive. There is no seeming problem that worry does
not magnify out of all proportion. There is no human blessing that it cannot
nullify. Worry and anxiety have, certainly, been found to be a chief cause of
stomach ulcers and all sorts of heart and circulatory diseases. Worry is the
principal cause of human unhappiness, mental and physical. Certainly, all clear-thinking
people, including the great teacher, Jesus, have urged against it. Jesus said,
"Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious
for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." [Matt. 6:34]
Now this thought alone should be sufficient proof that Jesus was concerned
about the happiness of the person doing that. Jesus also pointed out that one
cannot serve two masters. He or she cannot serve God and also serve the false
God of worry.
Faith is a prerequisite to happiness, because it is the
only real alternative to worry. The one who trusts in the Divine Flow implicitly
has no need for worry. But if we cannot trust this Transcendent Process of Life,
whom then can we trust? If we can trust no one save ourselves, we are certain
to worry a great deal, with justification. And our worry will nullify our good
and, certainly, rob us of all possible contentment. So, willingness to be a
part of the Creative Process, and to get ourselves in tune with It, synchronized
with It, and have implicit faith in It, is an important attitude—one that takes
a little doing, certainly, but which we can achieve with effort.
Let’s think about worry itself for a moment. There is no
situation, past, present, or future, that worry can alter in the slightest degree.
It can only destroy the worrier’s peace of mind and his or her enjoyment of
life and bring about mental and physical damage. It can, also, serve to destroy
the happiness of everyone around. So, the one who worries has nothing to gain
and everything to lose. The person can never achieve genuine peace and the happiness
that it brings until he or she has successfully stopped the habit of worry.
How do we do this?
The first step is to realize certain facts. A survey made
by a group of doctors discloses some particularly interesting facts about worry.
The report showed that forty-percent of the people they interviewed were worried
about things that had happened in the past. Fifty-percent had worried about
things that had not happened, but that they were afraid might happen or could
happen in the future. Only ten-percent of the total worried about conditions
actually existing. And, the worries of this group, once they were carefully
looked at, were found to be due to concern about the future results of present
conditions, rather than the actual conditions themselves. Even those things
that were left in the analysis, the worry about them was groundless because
they didn’t turn out that way [with bad consequences], anyway.
So, of what possible benefit is it to worry about something
that has happened in the past? No one has the power to change the past in the
slightest degree—what is done, is done and all the worry in the world can not
change it by one atom. Since nothing that we can do—no amount of worry on our
part—can change the past, isn’t it logical to accept this truth and let it go
and stop worrying about it? Eliminating worry about the past will make it far
easier for us to stop worrying about the future, because we shall have taken
a great step toward the complete breaking of the useless habit of worry.
But what of the future, and our natural concern about it?
Worry cannot change or influence the future any more than it can alter the past.
The past no longer exists—it is a period of time that has been used. The future
has not arrived, therefore it does not exist. Can one alter or change or transform
that which doesn’t even exist? Our only obligation is to do our best today and
to anticipate the future with confidence founded squarely upon unshakable faith
in the Divine Flow. There is all the difference in the world between anticipating
future with confidence and worrying about it.
God is always the answer…the only answer! The fact that
it is impossible for you to see how or by what specific means by which God can
help you through some apparent difficulty, shouldn’t discount the all-out quality
of your trust in Him and in the Divine Law. Remember, it says in the Bible,
"With God all things are possible." [Matt. 19:26] Does the
impending difficulty or problem seem inescapable? Then, we are told, "Judge
not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." [John 7:24]
Do you think you can actually do anything to change the
past or the future—or even the present, for that matter? Remember, Jesus said,
"I can of myself do nothing…." [John 5:30] Do you believe that
you can put your trust in Divine Law, that you can have faith in the continuity
of the unfolding Flow of the Divine Process? We are told, "As thou hast
believed, so be it done unto thee." [Matt 9:29] Jesus could offer
humankind few gifts more welcome than freedom from worry and anxiety. This precious
gift, which is the gift of present happiness, is certainly available to any
person willing to accept it.
So, begin by reminding yourself that worry isn’t going to
do one bit of good—it will only hinder. It cannot solve your problem or your
trouble, but it may actually magnify it in your mind. Now, willpower alone cannot
overcome worry. Many persons decide not to worry anymore because they see how
foolish it is. But when they try to overcome worry, they usually find that they
are unable to do so by willpower alone. But they, and all others who desire
to overcome the worry-habit, simply put their affairs in the hands of God—put
their affairs in the realization that there is a Divine Orderly Process unfolding
in and through them—and through faith, bring them, daily into the Protecting
Presence of the Infinite, into the realization that they are supported by Intelligence,
by Life, and Love in a wonderfully Sustaining Process within. In doing this,
their success will be assured.
We must remind ourselves every day that God is good and
God is all powerful, and that we live in and of that Divine Process, and that
it expresses in and as us. We must practice attaining the quiet, peaceful feeling
that comes from the realization of this Divine Force working in us and around
us and through us…and as us. Now getting quiet and peaceful doesn’t mean
that we shall stop working and trying to do better and better. It means that
we will still our fears and doubts, that when we have done all that we can possibly
do, then there is an Infinite Intelligence that continues through us to bring
about that which is right and good. Now, we don’t just sit down and wait for
things to happen. Certainly, we go ahead and do our work joyously…but not worrying
about the outcome. We cultivate confidence and trust that makes us feel poised
and peaceful inside, because we know that we are in the Divine Flow—and Divine
Order is established—and there is an Infinite Intelligence that sustains us
in all of our ways. If the thing that we are trying to do is not realized, then
something better will take its place, and we have a lot of faith in that. We
need to learn the great lesson of letting—letting the Divine Activity flow through
us, knowing that when we get to the end of our road, there is that that transcends
our human consciousness that will continue on and lead our way aright.
Fear and worry come out of human willfulness, not out of
Divine Will. If we have faith enough to let God’s Will be done in us, to let
the Creative Process unfold—the Creative Intention manifest Itself—there will
be no need to fear, or to worry. Usually we find, later, that most of the things
that we worried about were not worth the thought we gave them. And often, when
we look back on our experiences, we begin to wonder why we were so worried about
them. In fact, experience should make it easier to put our affairs into the
hands of the Infinite Flow. Such a trustful attitude will release a great amount
of energy within us that we can apply to doing better work and to spreading
goodwill and happiness among all others.
So again: You Can Be Worry-Free! You can…if you work
at it, and if you practice the Presence of God.
© Eric Butterworth