Pursuing versus allowing



The following excerpt, which resonated so strongly with me yesterday, is from the book “Dying to be Me:  My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing” by Anita Moorjani.

If you’re so inspired, you might also enjoy reading her story.

“Previously, I used to pursue, feeling as though I had to do, get, and achieve.  However, the very act of going after something stems from fear–we’re afraid of not having what we truly want.  It keeps us stuck in duality, because the focus in on the inherent separation between the hunter the quarry.  Now, however, I no longer chase anything.  Instead, I allow.

For example, when I feel an incredible desire for where I want my life to go, I know that if I were to pursue it aggressively, this would only cause me to fight against universal energy.  The more effort I have to put into trying to attain it, the more I know that I am doing something wrong.  Allowing, on the other hand, doesn’t require effort.  It feels more like a release, because it means realizing that since everything is One, that which I intend to get is already mine.

The process of allowing happens by first trusting, and then by always being true to who I am.  In this way, I will attract that which is truly mine, and it all happens at the rate I’m comfortable with.  I can keep focusing on what worries me or what I think I need or find lacking, and my life won’t move toward what I’d like to experience.  It will just stay the way it is now, because I am paying attention to my fears and what upsets me or leaves me feeling unfulfilled, instead of expanding my awareness by trusting and allowing new experiences.  So I can let the picture materialize slower or faster, depending on how quickly I want to let go of my worries and relax into the process.  The more attached I am to certain ways of thinking or outcomes or the more fearful I am of new adventures, the slower the development will be, because I’m not open to the process.  I’m not allowing the universal energy to flow through me naturally.

Having said all that, I don’t actually sit and ponder every choice or possibility.  All I really do within each moment is to consciously live in that space, which is done internally, not externally.  Outside, there’s nothing to pursue and nothing to attract.  And since the universe is within, whatever I experience inside myself affects the Whole.”


2 thoughts on “Pursuing versus allowing

  1. Oh what a debate that is! If you are Anita Moorjani and simply know this to be true, as she does, it would be so easy to allow. And I know what she is saying is the way I wish to live. Then on the other side of the coin is everything we have been told to believe throughout our lives (you must pursue that which you desire). I have been erring on the side of allowing for some time now, it ‘feels’ right. Thank you for sharing this passage from the book Kathy.

    • Joanne, you are so right. We have been taught to pursue what we desire (and sometimes taught we shouldn’t even pursue that.) This post resonated so strongly with me because I had an ah-ha! moment of a place in my life where I was pursuing and suddenly felt that release of seeing that it would feel much easier to focus on the fullness of knowing what is already here versus concentrating too much on what is missing. If that makes sense. Everything relaxed after reading these two pages. Thanks for commenting–and for sharing that link on FB.

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