The Matrix or Fearless? The Pros and Cons of Limitations

Bumble-bee-and-purple-flowers-July-4-2011I know in most instances limited thinking is not a good thing.  Like when presented with “There aren’t a lot of jobs in town” it’s good to remember you only need one job.  And the mack daddy of all unlimited thinking is letting God do the manifesting.  I mean, God can part the Red Sea, God can walk on water, God can manifest saris out of thin air, God can raise the dead, God can create the heavens and the earth – God is certainly not hampered by the small number of cool guys in town.

There are instances though where limitations are good, in a way.

As an example of the unifying effect of the internet, my new blogger friend in Turkey is helping inspire realizations in me yet again.  Meyla wrote about the balance of knowing or not knowing (the whole post is really good, you should read it, and I’m not just saying that because she references how cute and wise my Peachy is).  She pointed out the saying about bumble bees:

“Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.”

So, would we be able to fly if no one had ever told us that we couldn’t?  Or would we end up killing ourselves by trying to jump off a roof and quickly learning that we can’t, in fact, fly.  Maybe there are some limitations that are good?

01It’s like the Matrix movies – Neo doesn’t accept the limitations that he has been programmed to believe about what he can and can’t do – so he CAN fly.  But is that limitlessness only applicable in the computer generated Matrix?  No, in the third movie when he is blinded, he can see through his inner sight and he continues to fight for the Good of humanity and defeats Mr. Anderson anyway.  So, limitlessness is good, right?

In the movie “Fearless,” Jeff Bridges plays a man who survives a major airplane crash and because he doesn’t die when he was certain that he would, he becomes fearless.  He walks in front of traffic in major intersections, he stands on the edge of the roof on fearlesshighrises.  He acts crazy and nearly kills himself and his passenger when he drives around without any fear or limitations.  So, limitations are good, right?

One movie demonstrates the power of limitlessness.  The other movie demonstrates the need for a little bit of limitation so we can keep from hurting ourselves or others.

I guess it’s about finding a healthy balance of limitations.  It’s important to know when the limitation is JUST a thought form – like “it’s impossible to find a good apartment in this town” and when the limitation is related to a law of physics – like “I can’t jump off this building and fly.”

However – it’s also important to note that on the spiritual journey the laws of physics do not necessarily always apply.  God can do whatever God wants.  But we need to be humble enough to trust that God also created the laws of physics for a reason and to know when it is God’s will that we break them (like curing cancer, not jumping off the roof on a dare).  And we need to have enough self-awareness to know where we are at in our spiritual awakening so that we don’t jump off a roof before we have actually cleared all those pesky subconscious human limitations and are really and truly One with God and ready to fly.  Maybe it’s better to start with flying in spirit and then simply learning to levitate a few inches above our meditation cushions and so forth.

I’m not saying we can’t fly – it works for the bumble bee – but it’s a process.  It’s a balance.  Like my friend Meyla puts it:  “Imagine trying to stand-up in the middle of a see-saw. A little bit of the real world and a little bit of the other real world.”