“Pray to God, but keep swimming to shore.” Does this folk wisdom really work? Is it reflective of the way God/Divine Mind unfolds? I often hear out of my own mind, and from the mouths of others: “I know God is in charge, but what do I need to do about the situation?”
The folk wisdom suggests that God is an unreliable source of safety or security – so we need to do what we can in the meantime.
It indicates that there is an “I” that can pray and swim, and there is God, who can bless or curse.
This is a formula for continually struggling to get somewhere or do something; with hope perhaps, yet without assurance.
A more useful idea may be: “Clarity replaces arduousness.”**
Clarity is the understanding that comes from seeing the larger picture. In this case, clarity is the view from above – perhaps there is a ship just out of sight, or a shore in another direction. What the “I” cannot see, the Whole knows.
What seems like an independent personality making decisions and struggling to get somewhere is futility in action. With the clarity of the Whole, the larger view, there is no arduousness.
With clarity, it is obvious what action is harmonious with what already is.
Clarity is present and available with the awareness of our oneness with the Whole; all that really is. There is only One Mind – not self and God.
This is true in all situations. This is the miracle.
Pray to be aware of your complete oneness with all that is.
**: quoted from Dr. Hora, shared by Ann Linthorst in “The Blessings of Metapsychiatry” the documentary