Let Yourself Be Moved and Other Wisdom from Martha Beck

Insight-Pic-for-Feb-NewsletterThe Third Task for Bewilderment:
Let Yourself Be Moved

Lately we’ve been discussing the Tasks of Bewilderment, a series of exercises designed to help you become your wild self. Task One is Calm Down. Task Two is Don’t Swallow Poison (anything, from a food to a belief, that makes you ill). If you’ve mastered these two tasks, your life is already better than most.

People often protest, “But if I’m not acting out of fear and obligation, I’ll just sit around licking butter right off the dish.” Actually, once fear and poison are out of our energy, we begin to move like Luke Skywalker trusting the Force. Enlightened people say they watch as some benevolent energy does things, efficiently and effectively, through their bodies. Learning to let yourself be moved this way is the Third Task for Bewilderment.

To practice, take 10 minutes to sit or lie down. Relax completely, allowing your body to feel whatever it’s feeling. Should your body begin to move in any way, allow that too. If you’re tired, you may simply fall asleep. If you’re repressing emotion, you may begin to laugh, cry, or shake. Allow it all. If you feel energetic, try standing, hands to your sides, and waiting for your body to move in any way it wants.

It feels very strange when your body begins to walk without your conscious intention. It freaked me out at first, but now I’m not surprised even when I break into a hard sprint, which happens fairly often. I never get creaky or breathless when my body runs this way. It’s kind of spooky—and very, very fun.

To keep your mind from taking over, make sure no one’s watching. Don’t force or judge anything your body does. Just allow.

Practice this Task every day, and you’ll begin to feel weirdly…how can I put this…assisted. Things will get done more quickly and easily. Inspiration will begin to flow. It won’t work if you’re stuck in fear or poisonous beliefs, so make sure you keep up Tasks One and Two. Write and tell us what you end up doing-without-doing, and stay tuned for Task Four next month!

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  1. Torie Henderson
    Torie Henderson says:

    I was reading that section of Diana, Herself yesterday and I fell asleep four times throughout the day! So nice to read that it's normal. I can't say I've had the experience of my body "being moved" but my husband says he experiences it all the time. hmm. I'm going to observe myself more closely at yoga tonight and see if maybe it's happening and I'm not aware of it. Is that likely or is it such a strong sensation that I would notice it easily?

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  2. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    After struggling with severe anxiety and then embracing avoidance- so not the way to go- I felt… lost. Helpless. I had been praying to a spiritual power but… nothing. Then yesterday when everything felt too hard it suddenly wasn't. I prayed once again but this time that Power took over and I was guided to do what needed to be done. Like a force for good had entered my body and all I had to do was the footwork. How to explain? Was it because I had finally let go?

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