I’ve been occupied writing my first booklet in a series – the title of this blog is the title of the booklet. I present different teachings and practices, and incorporate many quotes of Sai Maa related to action.

I offer you below some passages from the current version of the booklet which will be finalized soon and printed for sale by the end of the September. See if your view of action shifts reading about how action heals and reduces stress, and practice changing your expectations and broadening your context to impact the actions you take.

Comment on this blog and let us know what you think about the healing power of action.

What are some ways of looking at action to shift your frame of reference about taking action, so that you’re more enthusiastic, engaged and active?

(1) Action heals us. As Sai Maa has said, “action by itself is a healing tool”. Ponder those words, just as I ask you as a daily practice to ponder more of Maa’s words at the end of this booklet. Action is healing because being in action is our natural state. Everything is energy; we are energy. As energy, or what we call Shakti that is dynamic creative energy, we’re meant to create. We could say that energy wants to create, produce, manifest. When we’re in our natural creative state, we’re healed.

I offer a personal example of healing action: my writing. The first instance is when I wrote a book about my seventeen years with Maa, In the Path of Light with Maa. The Shakti moved through me, the words flew off the keyboard, I felt enlivened, nourished, energized in the writing of the book (we’ve made up an adjective describing this: Shakticated). Now I’m experiencing this again in writing this booklet. I mentioned to Maa the idea of writing booklets, and then the title and content came to me quickly, and here I am writing. This booklet is an expression of my being in alignment with Maa, with my inner essence, with that dynamic energy within me, and allowing the energy to flow, to move through me in written form. I feel that my acting, my writing, is healing me.

Maa is a perfect example of being a healing power, as Maa is in constant action, non-stop seva (service), constant creation. Maa says regularly, “I have an idea” and doesn’t stop there – Maa puts all ideas into action. Maa is a healer, and we can all be healers through the actions we take. We can keep our frequencies high through the decisions we make about the kinds of actions we’re going to take.

We take the path of healing ourselves through our actions when we align with our true inner essence, when we transform and evolve as I discuss later. Maa speaks of Master Jesus healing others by raising their frequency, and their becoming ill again because of the decisions and actions they took afterwards in their lives. We are all powerful creators: we can create or “miscreate”.

(2) Action is a stress reducer. Stress is a disease of our accelerated times, so prevalent in daily life, at home, at work, spilling over into many areas of our lives. Related to healing ourselves, when we act we release stress that may have built up through inaction, through self-destructive thoughts and emotions that precede action, for example, worrying about what may happen, creating stories and scenarios about the future, feeling unworthy or hopeless or disempowered. When we sit back and don’t act, stress builds up in our body, in our muscles, organs, down to the cells. When we finally act, especially in situations that are important to us, we focus our energies on what we’re doing rather than what we’re not doing, we release stress, we transform contracted energy into expanded energy. Action is a relief to our system, a breath of fresh air.

What supports/directs your action?

All of the following are actions you can take within yourself, perhaps in conversation, that enable you to progress, to be empowered to take important actions in your life for your transformation.

Change your expectations. I’ll never forget what a coach said to me as I was going through coaching training: “Why not set your standards so you win rather than lose?” This doesn’t mean being lazy; it means enjoying life rather than suffering through the actions we take.

Take a look at your expectations of yourself in different areas of your life, and see which ones you can adjust so that you succeed and achieve results that are important to you. Include some “stretch” in what you expect of yourself, without stretching so much you break the rubber band or, in other words, your spirit.

Notice whether you are very attached to the outcome of your actions, if you expect some return that you’re more focused on than the actual actions you’re taking. Greater happiness, well being, contentment in life, come from non-attachment and living in the present rather than expecting future gain.

Broaden your context. We narrow our view when we’re afraid or worried. Our actions are less effective when we have blinders on and can’t see what’s around us. We’re more likely to take effective action, and to see more options for the actions we take, when we shift within ourselves to see the bigger picture, a broader context within which our actions take place.

For example, we can look at a current circumstance in the context of our whole life, appreciating the present in relationship to the past and future, the point we’re at in life. One example in my life is what I’m offering now in terms of teaching, coaching and writing. I see these offers stemming from my background, experiences, accumulated talents and skills, what I would like to accomplish in my life, what I value as important given the life I’ve lived and who I am right now. This view helps me to approach actions in my life with greater power, appreciation and sense of myself, and openness to new possibilities.

We can also look at what life offers us right now, what we might see as problems or concerns, in the context of what’s happening in the world, across the planet, with all of humanity. This view can give us comfort, remind us to join others or ask for support, and facilitate our taking actions that we wouldn’t have before because we felt alone, separate, or helpless.