Hanging On

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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Hanging On

As a deliberate creator I tend to tell stories. In fact, I’ve begun telling a new story in tiny segments, or many wee little stories, throughout the day as a form of shifting into new ideas based on new desire. Telling it differently as I go along forms new beliefs which always attract new be-ing because the new story I’m telling is always guided by what feels good. Recently however, I’ve noticed myself unintentionally, (Mostly) hanging on to the old while telling the new.

The old stories are rather inconspicuous sometimes and seem to pop up as progress markers presumably to enhance the achievement, like those before-and-after shots we see of people who’ve managed to lose a lot of weight or attain some other miraculous transformation. For example; if I announce that I am debt free with money in savings and an excellent credit score, adding the fact that I was just recently deep in debt and living paycheck to paycheck with collectors beating on my door seems to greatly enhance my newfound financial stability. However, it also keeps the old story alive and kicking and serving as contrasting momentum dragging down the new momentum I’m trying to get started.

Some old stories are more conspicuous; the other day I noticed an old ache had quietly vanished and caught myself poking the area on my body to see if it wasn’t still hiding below the surface. Yet others are blatantly intentional, such as when I notice a contrast to my new story and think it’s some sort of “Aha”! moment like tripping over an old root I thought I’d left buried to rot, or a ray of light from a bright star illuminating something hindering my wanted from becoming. The problem with viewing indicators in this way is that I invariably want to dive in and dig them up to dissect and obliterate them forevermore from my experience. Intentionally digging up bones or picking at old sores is counterproductive because there’s nothing in the old affecting our now and any attention to them just resurrects old vibes. I found this incredibly hard to believe when I first heard it from Abraham mostly because I’d invested a lot of time in careers based primarily on digging up and identifying the roots of problems in order to resolve them. This actually worked for me in a doing-it-the-hard-way sort of way, but once I accepted the idea that I can create something new regardless of what is or has been, I began to see proof of this everywhere I looked. After a while, I even began to see how much of what I’d thought I’d resolved in the past by diagnosis and obliteration was actually achieved by “laying new pipes” and letting the old ones dissipate from neglect.

So, what do I do with all these hanging-on’s to old stories when I notice them? Digging into them just adds more momentum in opposition to the plot of my new story, and pushing against them adds similar momentum. In fact, simply acknowledging them keeps them present in my vibrational soup, … so what? The tired old metaphor Abraham brings continually into the workshops of laying new pipes helps a little, but what do I do with the old pipes, or roots, or whatever the metaphor – especially ones I keep tripping over? Well, what I’m coming to realize is that old stories I don’t intentionally bring into the picture only present themselves to be tripped over so that I know where to focus my attention in that aspect of my new story – in the other direction.

Old stories and beliefs really do rot from neglect, but there is an element of renewal at play as an essential element in the mechanics of physical reality which tends to maintain the status quo until we replace aspects of old with something new – which is what I’m doing with my story-telling, so I’m on the right track even when I’m tripping. Once I view indictors as old news or just tripping stones to incite new desire, I can rest assured that old stories are in the rotting process and just appreciate them and acknowledge that I have no need to control what is in order to create something new. I don’t really have to consciously identify the new that’s wanted either; I do that whether I’m aware of it or not, but Source often surfaces tripping stones simply to increase the momentum of my becoming my creation.

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