Courageous or Crazy? Painting Outside of The Lines
Posted by Gaye Abbott
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
I start with this beautiful and insightful quote by Einstein as I believe that when we choose to walk upon what Richard and I call the path of Natural Wealth we must keep opening to “widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”.
I find that as we do this we can no longer accept separation from the whole, but instead must embody the wealth of the life that we have been given, constantly learning that as we are courageous – or crazy as some people will judge – this widens our experience of the life we have been given.
I am finding that part of being courageous is to “demand definite leads” as Richard stated in his last post, and then actively follow them! Playing a passive role in a life changing self-created shift just doesn’t seem to work. However, I have to confess that the word “demand” did make me uncomfortable as it energetically made me picture a willful child demanding that they get their way. Unyielding! …yet this journey “demands” that at times we must yield, or let go into following the leads as they appear at our doorstep.
So given all of that…the word that I have chosen for myself is “declaring” that definite leads are coming my way – and they are!. A matter of semantics perhaps…..but finding the right fit, being aware of how it feels inside, and seeing what it ignites on my particular path of Natural Wealth is important….. and a confirmation of what you Richard have spoken on about the importance of feelings!
“Feelings produce a deeper knowledge that runs within the cells without the resistance of logic. That knowledge brings certainty, calmness, assurance. It is the candle that lights your way to Natural Wealth and your Faith and Trust are the hands cupped around it, ensuring that the flame never blows out.”
“Follow Every Lead” is also something that I would add to this discussion. Our minds would have us judge many of the “nudges”, or leads, that come our way each day as not important, not acceptable to follow, “impossible”, or they get overlooked all together. I am here to say – follow every one!…and trust that your feelings/heart will tell you when you should let go or turn in another direction. I would go so far as to say definitely follow those leads that seem rather crazy to you or that you have never even considered. They often are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! (more stories in future posts!)
As I was slogging through the cleaning and packing up of my little cottage this past weekend in preparation for my move to a friend’s home for the next 5 weeks before the launch to Austin, I found myself doubting my sanity in moments. This move out would mark yet another step forward with all indications that there was “no turning back!” Was I really doing the “right” thing?
Just as I was in the midst of those feelings a very large bird appeared outside of my sliding glass door soaring in the air completely free and at liberty to go wherever he/she wanted to go. As Richard’s bird saved him from a head on collision with a lorry, my bird reminded me of my hearts strong message that I definitely am on the right path and I am actually free in this very moment….and all of the moments to follow. It is a matter of perception, and willingness to keep listening to the hearts constant guidance.
And the “craziness” continues……A month or more ago I declared that I was moving to Austin and moving out of my current home before the actual relocation. A week ago I gave notice at my current nursing job that my last day would be 7/1/11.
As I take each step I am making it an intriguing practice to listen to what other people comment about my particular journey. Most of these comments or questions have to do with quitting a “secure job with benefits”, moving to a new location where I have not secured a “job”, not having a “secured” home to live in once I arrive there, or the reason for the relocation must have to be a man, family or friends. Note worthy is the word “secure” whether it be stated outright or merely inferred.
The most common comment made to me is that I am very brave…or maybe I am just crazy! I can actually see/feel these people quacking in their boots so to speak at the mere thought of this free fall of trust! Our culture has brain washed us well. The next comment that people make is “I would be too scared to do what you are doing”. So I ask you, am I courageous or am I simply crazy??
My answer to this, if you would like to know, is that I am both – and proud to claim the last one! Living our lives inside of the lines of accepted cultural thought and roles is acceptable. Given this, if one colors outside of the lines – then you must be crazy!
What if crazy means living in possibility and trust. Not having to pin down anything because you have opened to your whole being (some would say God here) and aligned with possibility and opportunity. Being and embodying the magnificent being that you are, loving and living fiercely within that sacred space of your life.
In parting I say, join me as I get out the paints, allow the heart to guide the way, and definitely paint outside of the lines that have been drawn around a carefully self-contained life. “…… “It is the candle that lights your way to Natural Wealth and your Faith and Trust are the hands cupped around it, ensuring that the flame never blows out.”
It may be messy….but oh what fun!!
About Gaye AbbottNATURAL PASSAGES CONSULTING Inspiring New Possibilities, Living From the Heart of Life While Co-creating Well Being of Body, Being, Heart and Planet….One Breath At A Time. Gaye Abbott, is a wild and free soul who just so happens to LOVE writing, playing with energy, ecstatic dance and free form movement, living and breathing in nature, her 3 sons and 3 grandchildren, communing with friends and global community, organic food and cooking, small and simple spaces to live within, a lack of material possessions....and laughter every single day! As a wise elder of 69 years she feels decades younger....and acts it too! Devoted to being of service to the Earth and all living beings Gaye seeks the peace of mind and openness of heart that provides the foundation for effective action in the world and her community. http://www.GayeAbbott.com OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT: www.WildlyFreeWoman.com www.BreathingSpaces.net www.LifeAtWolfCreek.com Give Us This Day Our Daily Breath Preview, Reviews and purchase links can be found here: http://gayeabbott.com/books/
Posted on May 25, 2011, in Authentic Expression, Divine Design, Flow of Faith, Living From The Heart, Natural Wealth and tagged Acting from fear or love?, Albert Einstein, authentic expression, Conformity vs Follow The Heart, Divine Design, follow the heart, Gaye Abbott, life transitions, Natural Wealth, Natural Wealth Journal, painting outside the lines, Playing the Game of Life, Richard Cawte, security and wealth, wealth mindsets. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.