Q. What’s happening now?
Q. And before that?
Q. How did it feel to be contracting?
A. Not good. I felt pressured, for one thing.
Q. And for another?
A. Restricted. I felt restricted.
Q. And what else?
A. Intruded upon. It felt very intrusive.
Q. What kind of intrusion?
A. Intrusive thoughts.
Q. About what?
A. About situations far beyond my control. Not only can I not control those kinds of situations, but I cannot control my thoughts when I start to think about them.
Q. Really? You can’t just will those thoughts away?
A. Not exactly. Best course is just to let them run their course and try not to be bothered by them in the meantime.
Q. How long does that usually take?
A. It depends on how bad the contraction is. Earlier tonight it was a good half hour. Probably the first half hour of a brisk four mile walk.
Q. And on the second half hour?
A. I expanded.
Q. How does expansion feel?
A. Very good! I feel no pressure whatsoever. I am not at all restricted. Nothing is tugging at me or eating at me. I feel open to receiving good things.
Q. What kind of good things?
A. Musical motives and phrases. New ideas, new plans. Respect from others, from people who count. Love and support, where it matters.
Q. Anything else?
A. Beautiful things. Things that come true, and only later do you remember having dreamed they would. Levity, and gladness of heart. Mirth, and gentle merriment.
Q. All this comes from expansion?
A. All this and more.
Q. Then why not expand always? Why ever contract?
A. Why ever exhale? Why not always inhale?
Q. What do you mean?
A. The Universe has to breathe, doesn’t it?
The Questioner is silent.
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