Fall is here. The trees are beginning to show color and the air is crisp in the morning. I love it! My favorite time of year!
An interesting observation came to me a couple of days ago. I was with a couple of friends at the gun range. We were there to sight in our rifles for the upcoming deer season. While I am not much of a hunter, I have enjoyed the last two big game seasons…a chance to get out into the hills, tramp up and over the ridges and see the sights. And a bit of venison for the freezer is quite a bonus! It also has the effect of reminding me of my place in the food chain in a way that you can’t quite appreciate at the meat counter in Safeway or Kroger…
We had put up our targets at the 100 yard distance and I was ready to take my first shot. I felt good as I squeezed the trigger and felt the firm impact of the stock against my shoulder. Then my friend Greg, a few feet away with the sighting scope, says….”hey Doc! You missed the paper (target) entirely!” Wow! How is that possible. My intention was there….I was present….but somehow I had missed my target!
I shot a couple more rounds, one low a few inches, the other high and left. My ego had been challenged and I was determined to rise to the top of the pack again!
The range attendant called ‘cold range’ and we walked out to our targets. What I found was very interesting and sparked a powerful analogy that I am sure will stay with me the rest of my life.
I had not missed the paper. The target is a piece of heavy construciton weight paper about 20 inches or so square with several increasingly small concentric circles ending up in a center target about the size of a coffee mug rim. At the very center of the entire target is a black dot a bit smaller than a dime. My first shot had not missed. In fact I had struck the black dot so perfectly, I could not discern any variance from the exact center. It could not be seen with the spotting scope, let alone the naked eye.
This lesson and analogy struck me. Before we engage doubt and the fear mind we operate from our highest and most True Self. I had not, with my first shot, gone into agreement with doubt and fear (fear of not being ‘good enough’ or whatever my ego had grasped on to). I was in the non-thinking ‘zone’ if you will…that place where the fear mind is quiet and action is initiated and carried out with purest intention….unpolluted with fear and doubt.
My highest result is the end effect of clear intention, unemcumbered by doubt. I remember the counsel given in National Board reveiws so many years ago…”go with your first guess…do NOT go back and correct it”….
Learn to trust your Self and keep the self quiet….
IN-JOY your Fall! (the season that is!)
©2011 Perry Chinn,D.C. All rights reserved.
Dr. Chinn is a 1986 Life graduate (Marietta), has been practicing in Seattlefor 25 years and is a board member of the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. He is the co-creator of the nutritional cardiovascular formula Acctrix (www.Acctrix.com), co-founder of Unisal Wellness Technologies and is the author of Symphony of Wellness and Soaring Beyond Fear ( www.PerryChinn.com). His book Symphony of Wellness focuses on the science and benefits of L-arginine and nitric oxide for cardiovascular health. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org