Perceive what is going on;
Explore what you are feeling;
Allow the experience to happen without judgment;
Calm yourself through trusting yourself to calmness;
Experience joy and hope because of your courage to face fear.
THE ACRONYM EXPLAINED
Whenever our world is rocked by a new development, hard on the heels of expectation that was either denied or usurped, we need a plan; a strategy for getting through it.
We must perceive all of what is going on. Some of us are piqued well in the senses. Others of us are more intuitive. We take our acumen of both these traits and we make of our perception something that draws good intel to mind.
We must explore all that we’re feeling about what we have perceived. This takes courage; to not deny one skerrick of cognitive burden.
Crucially important is the need to allow the experience to simply occur. We don’t interpret it prematurely. Allowing experiences to occur – the experience of emotional attribution – is the key extrapolating our exploration of our perceptions.
This next step is where the rubber hits the road. Calmness. When we’re chaotic, calmness seems impossible, which is particularly true when our world’s been rocked. But like anyone, we can talk ourselves down, which is the essence of faith. I would have said trust God and not simply trust calmness, but many people want to know how to trust God. I think it’s easier to understand how to trust God by suggesting something concrete, like doing something.
Experiencing joy and hope because of the courage we had to face fear is something vitally important – to partake of the opportunity. It needs to be taken or it’ll be passed over.
Steve Wickham is a pastor and writer who holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counseling.