Once we’ve recognized that we don’t know (first requirement)… paused and stopped thinking (second requirement)… we can lay out our concerns and ask something… other than our minds, a question. We live in a world of seeming duality, right/wrong, up/down, left/right. But we are three-part beings body, mind and soul. We have within us our connection to our source, our soul. Our source always was, always will be, and is present with us right now. When we ask our source (which contains all information that ever was or will be)… we open our minds to receive inspiration. This is not thinking. This is allowing what is there already to present itself so we can re-cognize, and express it. Our problem comes from our thinking that we know what that should look like. However, what we receive rarely looks like we think it should… because it didn’t come from our mind. It is only when we bring our body and mind into alignment with our soul that we function as we were intended by our creator.
Something to remember: the ego thinks it’s who we are and it’s fighting for its life. It is only a fictitious character that we have come to believe in. It uses our mind to convince us of its seeming reality, and it is flawless in its logic. The ego is the “thin–king” we created. It only knows the past. The data of our life experience thus far. It has conned us into thinking it’s who we are, and it doesn’t want to acknowledge any other authority. This is why the second requirement, pausing, seems so difficult. If we ask, without pausing and letting go of all thought, the ego answers, as it always does and logically re-creates the past. That is why the order form of these principles is crucial.
Asking, once we’re still, allows us to recognize the truth that is there beneath our thoughts. Principles never fail, we can only fail to apply them.