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The Part We Play

In this first talk of 2023, Jenny uses the story of Mary and Martha to explore how we can find ourselves with a part to play that may not be to our liking and that we might even resent, especially when we see the role another gets to enjoy. We want someone to care and speak on our behalf, and yet can be met with the opposite.

How do we deal with where we might end up – by design or default, based on our choices or others?

This is something we all must face… or not. After all, we can avoid it through our many distractions if we choose to, can’t we?

In this first clip, we hear ideas on how we tend to interact with the past, present and future. We learn that we can be master editors of what has been, and hear about the potential knock-on effect this has for both now and for what we believe will become.

“Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.” Jesus

Just think how that line would land if said to you in just the wrong moment!

It would sting.

Sometimes, we are presented with the challenge to simplify life. To find the one thing. To break our own pattern.

“The ego self is by definition the unobserved self, because once you see it, the game is over.” The Naked Now, Richard Rohr

The film ‘The Adam Project' features time travel. Older Adam meets his 12-year-old self. Dad died when they were 10 years old and the passing of time has meant older Adam has a version that younger Adam feels the need to correct him on.

Is there a version of the past that you are insisting must be true when perhaps, you’ve edited some of the nuance out of it?

Sometimes, we have to change our point of view to find a new yes in life and see transformation!

In this final part, Jenny considers 4 things that affect the part we play:

1. Comparing behaviour and standards

Does our standard (a comparison to something in another time and space) sometimes get in the way of the moment itself?

2. Taking a rest from brick making

Is your role one dimensional because you won’t stop brick making?

3. Controlling the outcome

Can we surrender the outcome and allow things to unfold or must we control it?

4. The sanctuary of habits

If I change my sanctuary and/or my habit, what does that say about my loyalty and devotion to the cause?

In this picture, we see the illusion of trying to control the moon.

What if we let the moon be where it is, get out of our car, surrender to the extent of it, sit down and find out what we hear when we do.

In the stillness.

“You are something the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is something that the whole ocean is doing.” Alan Watts

You’re ok. You can let go of your current ‘end’ places. Where you feel at the end of yourself, your solutions, your known answers, where your role seems to end up. You can find rest and peace in new ways.


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