Three Habit Stories
By Beca Lewis
For over 6 years, I had eaten peanuts in the shell for breakfast. This may be a crazy breakfast but I loved it all the same. However, every time I cracked a peanut, little peanut pieces flew around which required some careful cleanup afterward. Then one day Del decided this was the day I could learn the easy way to eat peanuts. Instead of breaking them in half I just had to look, or feel, for the dimple in the top of the peanut, give a slight push and the peanut opened easily, with very little flinging of pieces.
I was amazed to learn I had been cracking peanuts the hard way for years. That was the easiest part of the lesson. Ever since then I have to remind myself constantly, "Not that way," as I crack instead of push, "this way." I am still working on eating peanuts the easy way.
When we used to go to an office there was a time in the morning that we had to use a swipe card to get in before the doors were officially unlocked. The office had three doors, two of which are right beside each other. One day another person and I reached the two doors at the same time.
I swiped my card in the one door as he swiped his in the other. As I did so, he turned to me and said, "What? This card works on that door too?" He had worked in that office for almost two years and had taken the longer route to his office all that time because, obviously, the first person who had shown him how to use the card showed him how to open the side door. For two years, he had never thought to try the card in the other door, or even noticed that other people entered through different doors.
We had two cars, therefore two huge car keys to carry around on our key chains. I had taken one set of keys off my chain since I never used the other car. I kept the keys in a bowl by the door. Then one day we decided that I best put the keys back on the chain. I looked in the bowl and they weren't there.
I then remembered that I had thought of taking the one set with us when we were traveling and I decided that I must not have returned it to the bowl afterwards. I searched our traveling stuff and it wasn't there. For the next few months, every time I thought about it I would look for the keys. In the car I would look under the seats, in the glove compartments, in desk drawers--anywhere I thought I might have put them.
One day Del decided to take the Thule off the top of one of the cars. He went to the box where we keep keys that we rarely use to get those specific keys and--yes--you guessed it, there were my car keys. I remembered then that when I was cleaning one day I had put the keys in the box for rarely used keys.
Why didn't I look there? Because as soon as I realized they weren't in the bowl I assumed that I had not returned the keys to their proper place after traveling, because I had accepted that I am a person that misplaces keys.
Imagine what would have happened if I would have said to myself instead, "There is only One Mind and that Mind is intelligent and never misplaces anything. Therefore, this mistaken belief about myself is not true and cannot affect my world."
Changing patterns, or habitual habits, of how we do things takes five steps:
- It must occur to us that there is another (and easier) way.
- We must be willing to learn this new way.
- We have to learn the new way.
- We have to actually do the new way
- We have to remember that we learned it!
Which makes me think that perhaps the most valuable service we can offer each other is to be willing, to become aware, and to learn and live the Truth as an example and a reminder that we all already know there is only One. Imagine the result!
About Beca Lewis
As an author and guide Beca Lewis is dedicated to bringing Universal Spiritual Principles and Laws into clear focus, to shift material perception to spiritual perception, which following the law “what you perceive to be reality magnifies™”, adjusts lives with practical and measurable results.
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.com. They also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”