One of the issues you may deal with is the result of widespread misinformation. It’s been around for thousands of years, and it is as damaging as any mass-distributed toxin, maybe even more. Why? Because your body can’t manufacture antibodies against it.
The idea of instant healing, instant transformation, instant transfiguration is what I am talking about.
That idea makes you think that you can get from A to Z in one fell swoop 1
Life doesn’t work that way. Life is based on principles, one of them is the Principle of Process.
Insights may happen instantly, but turning an insight into a breakthrough, or a result takes a process. But often insights take a process as well.
Building anything takes a process of many steps.
My weakest capacity is creating a process… we are each born with something that is weak or underdeveloped about us. It is part of our soul correction, and it takes a lifetime to correct it. And until you learn what you came here to learn, life is going to be a series of repetitions of the same lesson.
Here is how Dan Millman speaks of the “law” of process in his book, The Life You Were Born To Live
On the path to our goals if we want to get from point A to a point Z. the surest way to get there is to first go to point B. then C. then D. and so on. Skipping a single step, even though it appears to be a shortcut, often results in failure.
If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now. ~ MILDRED McAFEE
Our daily lives are filled with goals and achievements. These goals may be large, as in climbing mountains, gaining political office, or forming our own company, or they may be smaller, as in baking a cake, winning a Softball game, or doing a homework assignment.
Some of us are so occupied with our goals-leaping ahead of ourselves to the end result-that we ignore the path and the process in-between. On the other hand, some of us get so disoriented or doubtful about how to get from here to there that we have trouble even setting our goals, or we get stuck on one step, suffering from tunnel vision.
It helps to remember that if we want to climb a mountain, we need to form a goal, set out a direction, prepare well, and proceed in small, sure steps. We can break down any achievement, no matter how large or imposing, into discrete, manageable steps. If we want to ford a stream, we find the individual stepping-stones. If we try to leap over too many steps, sooner or later were going to slip.
The Law of Process teaches us not only to break a journey into shorter sections but also to appreciate each step as if it were an end in itself. Every step becomes a small success in itself; that way, we succeed many times, not just when we reach our final goal. What we learn on the journey may turn out to be more important than reaching the destination. For example, If we spend twenty years learning to paint portraits and then all our paintings are destroyed, we have still gained inner qualities on the road to our goal, including an ability to see with different eyes and better appreciate the beauty in every face.
Those of us working through process issues need to ask ourselves whether we want to be like the mail carrier who rushed to complete the shift every day and “get off work” or the mail carrier who delighted in the changing scene of the neighborhoods each day, saying hello to people on the street while walking at a smooth and measured pace. Many of us live only for the big highs, but forget that each small step up the mountain is higher than the last.
Here’s another example of the Law of Process: Patrick had just come into some money when he noticed that a neighborhood restaurant was going out of business. “What an opportunity!” he said to himself. He bought the business, hired the existing staff, kept the same menu, and put up a new sign, “Under New Management,” thinking that under his charismatic leadership, business would boom. The business failed again, the way most new ventures fail and for the same reason: Patrick didn’t go through all of the steps of the process. He wanted to get to the end product right away.
Joshua, on the other hand, came into a little money and saw a “Going Out of Business” sign on a local restaurant. He did his homework: He interviewed restaurant owners and learned the pros and cons of the business. He learned that the three most important things for a restaurant to succeed are location, location, and location. He found out that the location for this restaurant wasn’t the problem; something else had caused it to fail. So he did a demographic study and called two hundred people in the area, at random, to ask them how often they went out to eat and what types of food they liked. Based on what he learned, he decided to open Joshua’s Deli Delights Restaurant. He then spent some time in area restaurants, offering to help wherever he could; he observed and spoke with dishwashers, food servers, cooks, hosts, and managers so he would know what questions to ask on job interviews. Finally, after finding out where to get the best supplies at the best prices, hiring the best staff he could, and making all the necessary preparations, Joshua had covered all of the steps. His success was not merely luck, good fortune, or a surprise. Joshua had mastered the Law of Process and demonstrated that by building a stable foundation based upon careful preparation and following a patient process, we can reach any goal. We can achieve anything if we break it down into manageable parts.
The following exercises can help you achieve alignment with the Law of Process through direct experience and application.
- Reflect upon how you learned to play a musical instrument or a sport, to drive a car, or to walk or talk. Did it happen all at once, or was it a step-by-step, trial-and-error process?
- Observe how houses and skyscrapers are built from the ground up, a little at a time. Consider how much energy and planning it takes. What does this say about how to accomplish anything in life?
Applying the Law of Process
- Observe in your own life the many processes you go through each day just in getting dressed, getting the kids off to school, going to work, or going to classes; each of these involves hundreds of small steps.
- A very good way to reinforce the Law of Process involves building a model plane or model house, or putting together any kind of craft.
- Pay attention to the many small steps in your life.
- Break any present goal down into small steps; write them down and make a checklist. See the stepping-stones from where you are to where you want to be.
You can continue to be a dreamer who never amounts to much, or you can start waking up and live life in the direction it’s going.
The Law of Process is as inviolable as the Law of Gravity, and also as real.
For a long time I hoped that Dan Millman’s book was going to help me create a system of Soul Correction, but muscle test says it is not suitable, the truth vibration of the book is only 200… yet, the principles are quite sound, and worth learning.
Let me know in a comment below if you’d like me to write about more principles… and I will.