This week’s entry continues to delve into W. Timothy Gallwey’s The Inner Game of Tennis and how to use the methods described to help you get into the Faith Zone. Read part one here: https://radical7even.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/the-inner-game-of-faith-part-1audrey/
The Discovery of the Two Selves
Gallwey’s theory is based on the idea that there are really two players: the doer and the teller. The teller is your brain who gives instruction after instruction. The doer is your body that actually performs your actions. The issue is that Self 1, the teller, doesn’t trust Self 2, the doer. It tries to control what the body does and therefore distracts the body from performing naturally.
It’s human nature to try too hard. And Self 1 is the king/queen of trying too hard. Self 1 gets in the way of optimum performance, therefore we have to separate Self 1 from the operations of Self 2.
When I ride horses, my brain is always telling me what to do. Heels down. Eyes up. Squeeze with your calves. Don’ squeeze from the thighs. Give a little outside rein. Sit back. Confusing, huh? My brain was giving me more instructions than my teacher!
I started to picture in my head what I should look like when I ride. My body stated to make changes without my brain barking orders. My heels naturally came down and my posture corrected. I listened only to the corrections my instructor gave me. Without my brain giving me negative feedback, I became more self-confident and less fearful in my riding.
I also made an effort to do this with my Faith. Instead of listening to things I was told that made a good Christian, I began to think more about Christ. I meditated on his actions and his words, and decided that, if I followed his example, I could embody the ideas of Christianity. We have to turn off our brains and let the Holy Spirit guide us. Instead of telling ourselves to do x, y, and z, we just need to follow the Spirit when called.
How do we do this? How we separate our consciousness from the Holy Spirit? Here’s an exercise.
- Get a clear picture of a Christ
- Mediate on that image. Think about how he would respond.
- Trust Self 2. Follow the spirit and react how you imagined.
- Look at the results objectively. Don’t give yourself negative feedback. Just imagine what you could have done better
- Meditate again on your image and try again. Nothing is perfect the first time.
So when faced with a situation, think about and imagine what Christ would do. Allow yourself to follow the Spirit’s lead and then regroup by looking at your actions with out judgment. Assess how close you came to your ideal. You should notice that even though it wasn’t perfect, you did better than you would have if your brain had been giving orders. You have found the Faith Zone.
It is within the Faith Zone that you can make radical changes in your life. God will help lead the way.