Moving into 2014 I thought it relevant to bring some thoughts on how each of us might participate in our lives in a way that enhances our expression from wholeness. Something that is now vitally important to the changing world that we inhabit.
The fundamentals below could also be said to be relevant for exposing and evolving our unique expression without fear in each moment of this gift of life we have been given. For what is life if not the most precious gift possible that needs to be shared fully and extravagantly with the world in service and love.
My comments are below the quotes from Gandhi.
Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World:
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”
As our planet and systems evolve and shift to a healthier way of being the most important element in that change is the invitation you extend to yourself to deepen into the heart of living – to fully express your life from a place of transparency and vulnerability. Your soul is beckoning you to come out. Listen, move beyond the fear, accept the constant inevitable change, and come out dancing with your own unique being!
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
Essentially their is no control in this life as everything is always changing. We only assume we do have control out of a sense of protection and fear. What if we became a collaborative culture listening to and respecting others ideas and creativity, and discarded control as a reflection of our own low self worth and distrust of a moving Universe that has a wisdom way beyond what we can even comprehend?
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
A powerful example of this is shown in the restorative justice movement which is currently sweeping the world. It is a means – a way – to go to the very source of violence and desperation and bring healing through exposure and forgiveness. South Africa gave us a beautiful model and now we are realizing that when perpetrator and victim can come together and deeply forgive themselves and each other that the cycle of violence is broken. That is strength!
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
How often have you come in contact with those that speak a volume of words but either do not take action, or live a life completely different from what they have been preaching? Taking action from values and heart felt practices of living consciously and compassionately is what it will take to change the world.
5. The present moment.
“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”
Living in the past or projecting what will happen in the future only takes us out of the moment we are in. The present moment is all that we have – one breath in and one breath out at a time. Shall we miss the passage of our life all together or shall we make each moment count?!
6. Everyone is human.
“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”
This is called transparency. To know that we are human and that we will make mistakes and hurt people – not out of malice or forethought, but out of being human. As each of us relates from a place of deep understanding, compassion and kindness we inspire each other to come out of hiding and present ourselves “naked” to the world. If everyone is doing this then we shall see how much we are really all the same….
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Staying true to your path and purpose with some changes in course from time to time – one must be resilient – is perhaps one of the most exhilarating, at times frustrating and challenging things to do. However, what do all of the great positive change makers have in common – they persist! By the way, don’t forget to ask for support from time to time. This is the era for connection, collaboration and co-creation!!
“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”
When we put our attention on the good in life that is what we see and experience. When we put our attention on the good in people they seem to relate to us from the place where we have placed our attention. What could be simpler?!
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”
Mindfulness in all that we do contributes to living in truth – truth of the moment and the truth of what we feel and express in each of those moments. It may be challenging to cozy up with truth at times, but the alternative is to live our precious lives in a flurry of self inflicted lies and assumptions. Whenever your mind makes an assumption or tells you a story ask the question – Is this true? Bet it won’t be most of the time!
“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”
Once again we come back to the truth that everything changes. There is nothing – I repeat nothing – in this world that ever stays the same. That includes everything. So why hang on to old stories, philosophies and rigid rules when you could have such a grand time co-creating a new world one new development at a time….and then like a child’s building blocks let them all fall down and start over again. It is in the very act of creation where lies the spark of life…
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Years ago now I was a participant in a week long retreat facilitated by friends where breath, sound therapy and body work were combined to take each individual, and the group as a whole, into very deep states of stillness in the mind and the body. What transpired there was not merely an experience, but a way of perceiving, and an awareness, that to this day I will never forget.
What I felt near the end of the week was the most astounding awareness. One that was embodied, not simply known in the mind as a concept. It is difficult to describe in words a knowing that all of us carry inside but constantly forget. Yet what I will say is that there was no doubt at all that we are simply and absolutely love. That is the energy that creates us as we are and continues to be the source of our life.
I have been lucky enough to still hold this awareness and way of perceiving within me even though my mind attempts to pull me out constantly. It is a life long practice to keep going back to the power and awareness of the creative energy and being of love that drives everything around and within us. We keep forgetting…
Dr. Brian Green, a famous string theory physicist was here in my town of Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago. As he talked everyone’s mind was stretched beyond the confines of the everyday reality that we live in on a day to day basis. it struck me that even the incredible creation of and within multiple universes is merely a larger reflection of what is happening – let’s say between two humans.
Through merging, breaking apart, collisions, deterioration and even death there is always a creative force that is underlying all life. The creation fueled by the energy of love. A force so strong that when accessed can shift individuals, communities, nations, planets, and even universes.
Ghandi’s statement above has been voiced by many of the leaders and indigenous peoples of our times. We actually all know this as an absolute truth. Isn’t it time to bring back the collaboration, cooperation and acknowledgement that all life is created from the creative energy of love….and that without it everything falls apart. Let’s start now….
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What a beautiful metaphor for the transition I am now making! Thank you. I feel in good company as many of us on the planet, and the earth itself, are in great shifts right now – yes, a rebirth.
You speak of trusting this new support system coming in as I transition into the fullness of having streams of income be completely from my own creative efforts. This transition I am finding is a powerful one, and also one in which there are choices to be made while navigating the new territory.
Last week I had a dream that I was out in the ocean by myself happily swimming around when I was caught in a rip current. At first I was afraid of drowning and struggled a bit to free myself from its grip. Then I remembered that you are supposed to simply let go and allow the current to take you where it is going. Once I surrendered there was no more struggle and I was carried quite rapidly to the point where the rip current ended and was once again back into calm waters where I could then swim back to shore.
This dream was clearly a gift from the unconscious to support me during a time last week when I was attempting to do a task that would have taken a very steep learning curve to perform well. In the time constraint that I was under my frustration level grew with the stress of knowing what I wanted, but realizing that there was no way I was going to pull it off if I didn’t ask for help.
I could choose to struggle or I could ask for help and not struggle. But was that really the issue here? What was more at stake was an attachment to being the one that could pull this off and save some money. The attachment was causing the struggle in the first place. Was I going to sink, swim, or merely let go and see what would arise as a resolution to the challenge I was facing. I do believe that the solution or resolution to any problem is there before the problem…and so it was in this case.
I was attempting to format a website (in fact the Natural Wealth website) and didn’t have the expertise to do so in a timely way. But, I did have a resource that was right at my fingertips. This person had already done some beautiful formatting work for us. As I released the attachment to being the one to pull it off, it became very clear what course of action should be taken.
As the choice was made to have this task done by a professional I became free of the attachment and was in fact able to swim in waters where I could be effective without the struggle. Breathing eased and opened. My frustration level went to zero.
My efforts were then much more effective because I was enjoying a challenge that inspired me (swimming freely in the ocean) instead of frustrating me (the rip current). Someone else was handling what felt to me like a rip current, but to her was an enjoyable challenge.
I can truthfully say that this new support system is powerfully nourishing……. if only I remember to let go of the attachment of how I “should be” within it. No struggle necessary. Be breathed and follow the heart indeed! On that note I end with this quote:
Carry a jar of bubbles in your car.
Add a little fantasy
to the next traffic jam. – Jennifer Louden
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Dear Richard -
Something very powerful has settled within me. It is actually astounding…and feels as if I have “come home” in the most profound way. This is a home within that I know, dwelled in sporadically over the years, yet couldn’t seem to stay in.
For you the reader, let me just say that this “home sanctuary” inside brings me heightened pleasure in all that I do and a sense of deep belonging – not necessarily to the world that we can all see, but instead to something much larger that cannot be explained in words. It is that interconnection that you Richard speak of.
How did this happen? I understand in a more embodied way now that this chaotic wholeness that you speak of Richard resonates within me and all living things in the cosmos. I understand that there is an order present within the seeming disorder….inside and outside of me. Yet, I did not trust this order. Instead, for most of my life, I felt that I must control things in life to stay “safe” and “secure” – a belief/thought systems approach to guaranteeing that I would never feel fully free.
I too know deep within my cells that everything is interconnected. This interconnection and attraction is happening in every moment. Now I feel it! It is not just mind talk….it is heart whispering! What happened to nudge me where I am now staying within myself??
Since I can make up any story I want (and mind you I am aware it is only a story) here goes. I have literally handed over my life to inner guidance, outward signs and messages, and following wherever my heart takes me. Along with that goes complete and absolute TRUST. Not just some of the time, but all of the time.
Oh, yes I catch my mind cooking up schemes to take me into fear, lack, or anxiety, but thankfully I must have passed some sort of God/Spirit/Creator test because it amazingly doesn’t stick. My mind is turning back flips trying to get my attention…but baby I am not buying the old beliefs being paraded out in new clothes and razzle dazzle in an attempt to disguise the true agenda here – to keep me stuck, in doubt, anxiety ridden, fear based, and in a carefully constructed box for safe keeping.
Could it be as simple as that I ask? Well if you were living my life right now you would have to take notice. The amount of synchronicity that happens on a daily basis – that I now notice mind you – is amazing! For just one small example I will tell you a little story:
10 days ago now I decided to take a little early evening walk in the condo complex that I am living in, temporarily housed by a very generous and gracious friend by the name of Judy. On that walk the first thing that I realized was that it was not only peaceful and quiet where I was staying, but the entire complex was like that (right in the middle of Central Austin!).
Not only that, but the mature trees everywhere, the landscaping, creeks and green space that surround the entire complex, friendly diverse residents, and the natural beauty left me walking back home with a smile on my face and happiness within. I felt blessed to simply live here for a while until I found a place of my own.
Then it happened. That small whisper of guidance telling me to imagine that I did have a place of my own here….a home sanctuary where I could do my creative work and feel at peace within a community…and very close to everything that I frequent. In fact not more than 10 minutes from organic food, yoga studio, spring fed lap pool, live music, culture, walking paths around the lake…well, you get the picture.
It should be noted that before I moved here I had been looking at lease listings near the downtown area and had set my sights on being right in the middle of everything. Once here, I realized that perhaps that “must” should dissolve into “let’s see what unfolds itself”. It was from that place of handing over that I took that walk.
The heart direction was obviously telling me to imagine myself living in the complex, but I took it one step further from leasing. I expanded that vision to buying something in the complex (even though my current financial status would not indicate that was possible at all!) It felt like the Divine Design that Richard speaks of was taking me down a path of discovery here.
When I returned back to the condo that I am currently staying at I spoke to Judy about how I felt about the complex on my walk and that I would like to consider leasing, or even buying a unit here. She was thrilled and, of course, had a Home Owners Association newsletter right next to her and showed me the addresses of the units for rent and those to buy. She suggested that perhaps I should contact my real estate agent and have her show me some properties that were for sale, and also call the owner of the one for lease.
I dutifully kept following through by my hearts GPS and e-mailed my real estate contact. The owner for the unit for rent did not answer his phone, and there was surprisingly no message machine. Going to bed imaging that I was living here in my own home sanctuary, I woke up in the morning to find a note on the refrigerator from Judy. It said, “please include me in looking at the Hemingway property (one of the few single story units here) because I may buy it”! Needless to say I laughed out loud. Perhaps it wasn’t right timing for me to buy…but someone else was going to buy it and lease it to me!
Without getting any lengthier in this story I will just say that I have held the possibility of living in this complex within me. We did go see the Hemingway property, and a couple of others. Within 3 days of my declaring that I was happily living here, Judy put an offer down on the single story 3- bedroom/2 bath unit opening onto a green space with beautiful trees, and the sellers accepted it which was $11,000 less that what they had been asking for.
Judy gets here investment property, I receive a home sanctuary, and I am still smiling at the miracle that unfolded right before my eyes! Listen to the heart directed inner guidance, take action from that guidance….and then hand it over. It may not go exactly as you envisioned it to, but it will always be the right thing to happen for your highest good.
My mantra for each day: Guide me. Protect me. I will follow through from your guidance leading with my heart. Thank you for your guidance that you give to me. I am always open to receive more and more. I surrender with courage, trust, faith, passion, and arms open wide.
Would you like to live your life as if everything is a miracle? Thanks Richard!
P.S. Judy just told me she was able to lock in an interest rate at the low end which just changed today due to the economic climate here in the U.S. I had written down that she would get an interest rate at 5% or less. It was less: 4.75%!
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To return to health: in your last post you wrote: “When we are doing what we love and what “turns us on” I have learned that our bodies respond with increased energy and vital health. However, there are times when there is an imbalance present and we fall prey to some malady – hopefully minor like a headache or cold. Are there messages here as well?”
The body is a finely-tuned instrument, constantly giving us feedback on the state of our mind and more importantly our spirit. Hence the expression to “keep your spirits up” meaning to keep yourself in good health.
In today’s world of rush, rush, rush there’s an imbalance in the emphasis placed on material solutions. These are usually quick fixes that rarely produce lasting solutions, not least because they address individual symptoms rather than looking at the body as a whole (which would include the aspects of mind and feeling as well as simply the physical). They simply suppress a symptom, rather than addressing the root cause, which is much the same as the fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea: putting a mattress on top of the others may mask the irritant for a while, but it never gets rid of the cause.
I could expand here about the pharmaceutical industry and how I see it, but you know about all that. It’s enough to say that the top six companies (in terms of worldwide revenue) are pharmaceutical companies and that their combined income exceeds the combined income of the next 94!
Back to treatment. Many older cultures knew the value of treating medical conditions through attending to the spiritual or non-physical side of life. So what is this non-physical part of life? Mostly it is your emotions, your feelings, the energy that creates movement in your cells. Some call it God, some the Life Force, but the labels don’t matter. All that’s important is to know that this Divine part of you is the one that sees the bigger picture.
If your body is the counter on the Boardgame of Life, your Divine Self is the one who picks up the dice and moves you around. When you follow your intuitions and inspirations without fear, you allow this Divine Self to lead you to the places and experiences that are most rewarding. But if you struggle against your intuitions, using logic to rationalize actions that are contrary to your Spirit, you’ll create health issues for yourself. This is, quite simply, because you are going against your Divine Self, your better nature. “To thine own self be true” is as good advice now as it was when William Shakespeare wrote it. The secret is to know that your spirit is as much as your “own self” as your body or mind…
One of the many wise men and women to have graced our planet once said: “Movement is the barometer of the soul.” This encapsulates what you are talking about when you mention the increased energy and vitality that you feel when you are doing what you love. How your cells are vibrating is a direct reflection of how you feel in heart and spirit. The greater the sense of spiritual integrity, balance and foundation, the stronger and more vibrant you’ll be! So, following the promptings of your heart is not just new age mumbo-jumbo: it’s a proven way to better health.
The science behind it is simple. When you do what you love, the movement of electricity inside your cells feels no resistance. You become a seamless conduit for the impulses emitted by your heart. The only thing that can break that circuit is a thought that encourages you to go against the promptings of your Divine Self. That is what creates dis-ease, which is literally a movement within your cells that runs contrary to the desires of your Divine Self. Your body, therefore, is the perfect instrument to tell you whether you are on track on not, whether you are paying attention to the messages that are all around us, or whether you are ignoring them!
Next time I’ll use this idea of the Barometer of the Soul to look at common aches and pains and see what they say about our emotional and spiritual states…and what you can do about them.