On Wednesday night, I went to the BBC Formula One team party which was held at a gorgeous gastro pub in Shere, Surrey. The evening was a mix of chatting, a lovely meal and then music played by a brilliant singer and electric guitarist called Kane and Eddie Jordan (BBC F1 commentator) on the tabla (Indian drum). The singer had put medleys of songs together, often starting off with one song, singing part of anther in the middle of it and then returning to the first song to complete the medley.
My favourite medley summed up for me the whole attitude of trust and acceptance with the ability to relax and let go that is so crucial for us to adopt if our innate spiritual intelligence is going to work for us. The medley started with the iconic Beatles song written by Lennon and McCartney “Let it be.”
Read the lyrics of the first verse and see that the overriding message for us at all times and especially in times of trouble is to let things be:
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
In other words this means accepting situations exactly as they are. It also means trusting that the situation we are in is also perfect. Perfect for us and our growth, if we choose to see it that way. By knowing that each situation is ‘right’ means that we are being given the opportunity to act in loving ways and we are being moulded by the situation to be the kind of person we need to be to manifest our heart’s desire. Every situation and circumstance offers us this if we would but look at it this way.
This thinking is exactly contrary to our ego mind’s thinking which wants to step in with judgement, blame, fear and attack. It wants to take control, get more than what the situation currently offers and work out what to do next “to get what we want.” This built-in resistance we have to trusting and accepting things exactly as they are causes us much stressful thinking and therefore many debilitating stressful feelings and physiological reactions in our bodies.
The value of the Let it Be approach and accepting things exactly as they are is that it brings us into the present moment so that rather than spending much mental effort and worry thinking about how things should be different, we are totally present with what is. This is our place of power and our opportunity to be different in our approach and from here we can easily be guided to take action if necessary, based on our own innate intelligence, to change and improve a situation.
In my book Spiritual Intelligence in Business I write about this concept from the perspective of Taoist philosophies: “Taoists believe that human intervention can frequently make situations worse, so when there is a problem they do not immediately step in to try to resolve it. The Tao Te Ching teaches us that force merely begets more force and the harder we try to do things, the more resistance we create for ourselves. The idea of not forcing things, encourages us to flow with the current so that our actions are natural, unforced and spontaneous. By contrast, so much of our Western stress comes from trying to interfere with, or force, the natural way of things. We always feel we must do something in a difficult situation to stay in control. We feel if we don’t act things will get worse. In fact the opposite is true. The more we are able to follow the course of non-action, and let go of the problem or issue and sense, placing it into the hands of the Tao or our sense of a Higher Power, which may be Buddha, Jesus, Allah, the Universe or indeed God, the more we can let go. If surrendering to a Higher Power feels wrong to you, then surrender instead to the 90 per cent of your brain cells that you are not currently using!
The Let it Be medley was interwoven with the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” This song also has such reassuring lyrics as:
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, “This is my message to you-ou-ou:
Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright”
And this message is the reality of situations. It is a message that says, there is no need for us to worry because everything will be all right; things will work out perfectly; the Universe is friendly and working for us; and we are taken care of and supported by forces beyond our conscious control if we would but fully trust these forces. If your Higher Mind, God, your angels or your inner guidance could get one message through to you every day it would be exactly this. So next time your mind wants to go into worry about a specific situation, remember the message here – accept things exactly as they are and know that every little thing gonna be alright, because it will be. And if there is action to take for you to make things “alright”, you will be clearly nudged to move and act. If the Universe is going to sort things out for you, which is so often what happens when we sit back and allow things to happen, then there really is nothing for you to do. How nice!