It has been assessed that we are between 50 – 65% water. Isn’t this interesting considering we appear to be quite full of mass (especially in America – ahem)? It has also been determined that while a storm creates chaos in the ocean, nothing down below the surface is unsettled. The fish and mammals are 2000 leagues under the sea having a tea party with Ariel the mermaid and none of them are shaken by the ocean’s fanatic waves. Have you felt overcome by the callous storms of life, yet experienced yourself genuinely calm? Or are you one of those types who sways uncontrollably on the surface of life and heeds to the motions of storm? I used to be the latter – a buoy flopping around the tides of my life, but there came a time when I decided to move deeper into myself.
It amazes me that nature teaches us how to be. We get so wrapped up in what’s occurring outside of our bodies that we often forget that we have the ability to center ourselves within. We leave ourselves behind and take on the form of outside situations. If drama stirs up, some of us sway with it and get snagged in the nets – like unsuspecting fish. Several years ago when I was learning how to live in “the power of now” I discovered this truth about the water beneath the surface being still no matter what. I decided then that I would learn to tap into my own inner stillness, but how do you do this? What is the key to steadying yourself in the deeper part of the waters?
The answer to this was written as a story in the Bible. This story is taught over and over, but sadly it is taken literally. The disciples were fishing on the sea of Galilee all night long and caught nothing. In the wee hours of the morning a figure comes to tell them to cast their nets “to the right side of the boat.” They obey the voice and to their delight, their nets are completely filled with fish. What does this have to do with the inner stillness, you may ask. Well, it goes right along with that other story where the same disciples were freaking out in the boat because of a storm while Jesus was sleeping peacefully. With one motion of his hand and a voice of affirmation, the waters are immediately calmed.
When there is a situation occurring that seems out of control, we usually tap into our calculating side and try to figure out a way to solve the problem. Many people are completely locked into this logical side of themselves. Most jobs are left-brained conditioned. Public schools condition the left hemispheres of our brain in order to create a working class society. If you are stronger on the left side of your brain, you are probably not a creative type. You are rational, analytical and objective about life. You probably disregard intuition or the idea of a non-physical dimension of reality. In other words – what you see is what you get… so deal with it. Anything else (you might say) is delusional. You like “reality” and you accept reality without faith. You like facts, you go along with statistics, and you probably buy into the idea that things are a certain way, so it is no use thinking outside of the box. The left side of our brain is fear based. The left side of the brain is the dwelling place of the ego (a.k.a. the devil).
Many of us get trapped inside the box. We are creatures who succumb to our five senses (touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing…), but what about that “feeling” side? What about the 65% ourselves that is water (a.k.a. emotion)? What do you think it means to “cast your nets on the right side?” Do you think this is really about obedience, or fish.. or do you think there is something to the words “the right side?”
The right hemisphere of the brain is the least conditioned part of ourselves in this left-brained thinking society, yet it has the potential to see beneath the surface of life. It is the intuitive part of our being. It is creative. It sees the whole, rather than the parts. It is open to interpretation, rather than convinced. It is subjective and it thinks “outside the box.” It is ruled by freedom, rather than fear. It is the dwelling place of the spirit (a.k.a. God).
When I was learning to tap into the stillness of myself, I shifted from my left-brained thinking self, and moved into the right hemisphere of my being. I began trusting in something I could not see, and feeling my way through life instead of taking things at their face value. What I discovered is abundance (fish). Prior to the abundance, there was desolation in my life. I was empty. I grew weary and I had nearly given up, until I understood that I had been living on the surface of my life rather than tapping into the deeper part of my being, where life flows, rather than flings me around on it’s unpredictable waves. We can all do this. It is up to you. Everything is a choice. No matter what goes on in your experience, you have a choice to fish from the left side of yourself where their are limitations, or to move into the abundance of yourself where life is limitless. To break it down simply, we can take one scripture from the Bible. In the eloquent words of Christ, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.”