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Travel LightlyLet go of those heavy thoughts.
The weight on your body is as nothing compared to the weight on your heart . . . the sadness, the shame, the despair, the weariness. Yet imagine, if only for a moment, that there is a force in the universe that would take your sorrow and shame and all the rest, and simply lift them from your shoulders. You think your burden is an excess of material weight, but your deeper burden is excessive weightiness within your consciousness. You are carrying burdens you were not meant to carry and do not have to carry. Your weight is a burden you can now give over. We were created to travel lightly on this planet, with the same sense of relaxed joy that little children have. As soon as you lighten up your mind, your body will lighten up as well.
A small child living in a normal, healthy environment is free and relaxed because he or she assumes that an adult is handling his or her needs. That is meant to be a model for the development of our healthy relationship to the Divine. You are meant to trust the universe like a child trusts an adult. If, however, you came to feel as a child that your adult authority figures could not be trusted, then you have had a harder time transitioning into a healthy dependence on the ultimate nature of reality. You think you’re on your own and have to handle everything by yourself. No wonder you feel heavy. . . .
Consequently, you have had a difficult time processing your emotions. You don’t work through them; you hold on to them. You try to stuff them. Problems arise, both conscious and unconscious, and instead of giving them up, you take them in. You subconsciously make your body a larger size in order to contain your large problems. You try to create a big enough container to carry all your issues, when you shouldn’t be carrying all those issues to begin with!
You will begin to give up your burdens when you remember that there is someone to give them to. Your excess weight is simply a manifestation of excess stress, and when you release the excess stress, the excess weight will disappear as well.
Spiritually, your wanting to lose weight is not a desire to become less of yourself, but rather a desire to become more of your true self. And you remember who you truly are when you remember Who created you. By reestablishing your right relationship to your Source, you reestablish your right relationship to yourself—in mind and in body. You are a being both created by love and at home in love. Your deepest desire is not for food, but for the experience of home. Your deepest desire is not for food, but for love.
With this lesson, your assignment is to create a place in your home that will remind you that love, not fear, is the true power in your life. Every time you visit your altar, it will fortify love’s power in your mind. And the more love fills your mind, the more miracles will fill your life.