Is being “limitless” good enough? Or is there something we’ve been missing in our desire to live a No Limits life? “Limitless” to me always had a sense of duality… that we were striving to somehow throw off or move beyond the “limits” we had placed on ourselves or others. This gnawed at me for years, until recently, when I picked up a copy of a profound little book called Power Thinking: Everyman’s Highway to Healing and Creative Thinking (1966). The author was Brother Manus, an Englishman who believed in the healing power of prayer and founded the World Healing Crusade as a bridge between New Thought spirituality and organized religion.
Instead of talking about us as being “limitless” which means “having no limits, being unrestricted”, he used a word that was completely foreign to me that resonated like a big old GONG: Illimitable. Il-Limit-Able… meaning “INCAPABLE of being limited or bound”. We’re not moving beyond our limits, or breaking past our limits, or seeing others without the limits our consciousness wants to place on them. Oh, no, sirree! We are INCAPABLE of being limited. We can’t be less than the magnificent beings that we are. And neither can anyone else. Unless we choose to see them that way.
Mandus pointed this out early on: “The real problem facing all humanity is one of relationship. All stress, conflict, breakdowns, wars, personal unhappiness and a high percentage of sickness stems from negative patterns of behavior.”
And what are those negative behaviors? They all come down to one action, according to Mandus: Lack of Love. And this lack of Love is “expressed in intolerance, unforgiveness, bitterness, conflict and anger” and “brings only painful and often disastrous conditions in the mind, body and environment.”
So how do we transform our relationships so we’re seeing the illimitable in ourselves and others even when our ego wants to fight the urge forward at all costs? Simply “begin with every opportunity and, instead of seeing weaknesses, mistakes or sins in those involved, dwell on the good you can find. At the same time realise that if others have hurt you, you too, at some time, have hurt them….beyond the weakness in others you can always reverence the true life that, as in you, is in process of unfolding in them.”
See them as they truly are, as you truly are. A perfect example of this is David Byrne’s amazing video of the old Gene Autry (tip o’ the cowboy hat) tune, Don’t Fence Me In. The wonderful juxtaposition of facial parts is a great reminder to not pre-judge, pre-determine, restrict, exclude, define or hold others back based on perceptions. Check it out for yourself:
And as a parting word, I leave you with this incredible affirmation from Brother Mandus to remind you of how very Illimitable you are:
I BEHOLD YOU POISED AND CENTERED IN LOVE – THE KINDEST, GENTLEST PERSON ANYONE COULD EVER WISH TO MEET. YOU ARE NOW TOLERANT, UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSIONATE AND CONFIDENT. YOU ARE A SOURCE OF JOY AND INSPIRATION, COURAGE AND FAITH TO EVERYONE YOU MEET.
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