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Soul Musings/Day 31: Reflections on Listening to Soul

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For those of you that may have been following these Soul Musings for the past 31 days I express my gratitude. In total there have been 93 posts including today’s which is rather unbelievable to me as I was ready to quit it all on Day 5!

True to form there will only be 8 sentences here (though the one following is indeed a very long one!) with the last two being specific to this particular blog. I have experienced many things as I have committed to this practice and among them have been the fickleness of the creative muse; the release in simply writing something and then letting it go; observing the critic that wanted to take main stage but whom I banished to the netherlands (where is that anyway?); the groundedness of a regular writing practice; at times the self-imposed pressure of hitting that “Publish” button every single day on 3 blogs; allowing for the polarity of “good writing” and “bad writing” to vanish from my vocabulary; that there would be “something to write about” every single day, but more, trusting that I would listen to what was coming through and simply act as the translator on behalf of full uncensored expression.

When I was urged from the depths of my Soul – from Source – to commit to this practice I was at first certain of it and then wanted to flee from the implications of it. The months of going without writing anything prior to this practice have now fled into oblivion (would love to know where that is too!) and I am washed clean of any hesitation to simply write from the deepest parts of my being.

Having an abundance of “natural wealth” is about embracing the fullness of who you are in this life you have been given and expressing that true nature out into the world. As our human race shifts from one of fearful consumerism and consumption to interconnected collaboration with compassionate love, and mindful earth based practices from a space of peace, we will realize what true natural wealth is all about.

NAMASTE

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Fundamentals For Changing The World

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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:

1. Change
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!

2. Control.
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?

3. Forgiveness
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!

4. Action.
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….

7. Persist.
“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!!

8. Goodness.
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?!

9. Truth
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!

10. Development.
“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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Currency and Connection

Two-hearts-of-money2Nogie King in The Currency of Connection states beautifully:

“I believe that we sit at the edge of an evolutionary impulse that can move human kind into a radical and collective realignment with wholeness, purpose and grace.  Life has always been an extraordinary  process for creative potential.  What is different now is our growing ability to perceive and then actualize engagement that is our natural birthright.”

With curiosity I invite you to enter the world of money as a vibrant, loving relationship just waiting to connect us to not only our own potential, but also to the creative genius of just about everything on this planet of ours.  If you are like me, you most probably have had, or are still having, a rocky relationship with money. Not your idea of the ideal loving, respectful, and trusting relationship that we all yearn for I bet!

What has helped me tremendously over the past few weeks after quitting a job that I allowed to rob me of creative juice and flow, is to remember that money in and of itself first came into being with the purpose of fostering and celebrating human relationships.  It has now become something else for many people – something that adds stress  to daily life – perhaps unnecessary stress at that.

Looking at money through the lens of relationship can be a fascinating journey and can provide insights that just may surprise you!  Relationship with yourself, with others, with our planet, and with money itself most probably deeply embedded in scarcity and lack in some form or another.

I am reminded of the days growing up that we used to play Monopoly.  Loved handling all that play money and buying the primemonopoly-money properties while hoping that one of the other players would land on my high density housing prime space and have to hand over more money for rent!

We needed to be in relationship in that game.  Face to face, throwing the dice to see what would happen next in our relationship with each other and our money.  Out of necessity it would often go on for hours as money  changed hands back and forth.

Life lessons were tucked in there as well like landing in jail and hoping for a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to release you back into the game and back into relationship with the other players.

Well have you ever thought that we put ourselves in jail and restrict the easy flow of money and vibrant alive relationship in our lives because of deeply engrained patterns that were put down early in our tender lives for what we thought was survival?

Here is a part of my story to make this more personal and to highlight the fact that how we use money is an opportunity for our own spiritual awakening and an expression of our fundamental interconnectedness.

counterfeit-money-funnyI was either in a state of worry and fear around where the next dollar was coming from, or when I did man-chasing-money2have money it rather slipped away from me. I was always trying to find ways to get more back into my bank account.  This went on for many years even through times when I had plenty of money to support myself and my growing children.

At the same time I was creating relationships with men in much the same way.  Two marriages, another long term partner, and quite a number of other relationships later I finally found myself taking a look at both my relationship with money and with men.  Bet you won’t be surprised that there were some underlying beliefs that were interwoven in both relationships.

When my mother died suddenly at the early age of 39 when I was only 14 years old I of course felt abandoned by someone that I really needed at that time in my life.  The connection had been broken and I took it on as something that I must have done.  My underlying belief at this time was that I must not be worthy which was unconsciously supported by my father who went into a deep depression leaving me to take on the responsibility of my younger brother and the household.  In a way he had abandoned me by not honoring that I had needs too.

What did I do?  I created a belief system and pattern that lasted until just recently.  Work hard (read struggle here) to take care of others to make certain you are appreciated and loved, i.e worthy; push down your own needs, desires and passion (stay hidden); create relationships with people and money where “rescue” is needed (so that I could prove I was loved); and not only attract unavailable men, but leave relationships first before they can leave you.

Can you draw a parallel between these patterns and my relationship with money?  Essentially not feeling worthy in my own essential self (money slipping through my hands and creating “rescue” scenarios), taking on others desires and passions as my own (struggling to bring money in through others businesses/visions that were not in alignment with my whole hearted creative expression ), and setting up the abandonment before I can be abandoned (I am not worthy).

I think you get the picture here.  We are in a very powerful time on our planet right now where each one of us has the opportunity to repattern into “wholeness, purpose and grace” in a way that honors our own highest potential as well as that of every other life form on this planet.  If we don’t do this our species has the potential to disappear!

connection20This time is about creatively connecting and collaborating within the deep interconnection that sustains all of us – every single life form on this planet.  It is called Unity – the yoga of life.  In order to open to this way of being each one of us must take the inner journey of clearing anything in the way of truly being ourselves in the world.

Since money is a large part of our life, and always will be present in some way, why not create a trusting, flowing, sufficient, honest and loving relationship with it.  It really does want to love you back and is the currency of connection!!

SOME SUGGESTED BOOKS:

The Currency of Connection: How to Create An Exquisitely Kick Ass Relationship With Money by Nogie Kingsoul-of-money-paperback

The Trance of Scarcity: Hey! Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your Life! by Victoria Castle

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming The Wealth of Our Inner Resources by Lynn Twist

The Prosperous Heart, by Julia Cameron

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In Our Own Element

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“For only by living in our own element can we thrive without anxiety”.  Mark Nepo

A very large part of living in human form is to wake up to our inherent true nature and accept the gifts and awareness that we have been given.  We each walk a unique path, however the deep interconnection with all life allows us to view what it may be like to walk in another person’s shoes – or bare feet as the case may be.

A large part of the pandemic “anxiety” that engulfs the world at this time in our history comes from not only disrespecting others particular path, but at our very core not accepting our own.  How is it to live a life that others are dictating, instead of listening deeply to one’s own calling.  Courageously saying yes to the steps that it takes to express this one precious life – the joy of being human.

Let me tell you a story to demonstrate just a little of what I am talking about.  For the last year and few months I entered back into the world of medicine after making a clear decision in 2011 that I was complete with that particular pathway in which to bring my gifts.  Much was learned during this year as I became a  part of the launching of a new family practice.  However, the reasons that I stepped back into this field were mostly based in fear.

Fear that I would not be able to support myself financially if left to walk my own unique road.  A road that was riskier and filled with uncertainty, but also filled with immense possibility.  A road that I now know contains the peaceful abiding that Buddhist philosophy and practice speak to.  A road that offers the immense joy of giving to others in a way that makes their life better through the arts of writing, teaching/guiding/facilitation, heart centered activism, breath practice, and the laying of my hands on people in healing and transforming ways.

Within the “stress” of being back in the medical world lay the gift of awareness that I had forsaken my own road.  This was a vital part of coming back home to a path that only I can walk, only I can express, and only I can learn from.  Taking on someone else’s path is perhaps as dangerous as judging and not accepting others for their own.

Our potential is to become totally happy.  How do we find our way there?  Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo says:

This is not about being a poet or a florist or a doctor or a layer or an architect.  It is about the true vitality that waits beneath all occupations for us to tap into, if we can discover what we love.  If you feel energy and excitement and a sense that life is happening for the first time, you are probably near your God-given nature.  Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it is a sign of deep health”.  (The Book of Awakening, pg. 294)

Staying awake is the path to walking in our own element….

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Where There Is Love, There Is 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 164427_602274153122243_1970267722_nlife.  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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The Dance of Light and Dark – Navigating Change

 

 

Today Richard and I received an e-mail from one of our community members which very eloquently requested guidance on being present to the vast changes and shifts happening all around and within us.  Our reader writes:

“The reality is, as you are undoubtedly aware, very turbulent and the earth and we are going through a lot of changes. So a grounded consciousness is required to navigate through it. There is a transfer of wealth taking place before our eyes so we may as well be on the receiving end of that too. So what I would like to have is more guidance from your experience. … The integration of spirit and the nuts and bolts are essential to expand the creative mind.”

There is widespread global agreement that we can no longer rely on systems and beliefs that have contributed to the devastation of planet, economics, social justice, and overall well being.  As this community member states “the integration of spirit and the nuts and bolts” is essential to re-balancing what has gone completely out of balance.  This also is about what Richard and I feel are the feminine and masculine energies coming back into alignment with each other on all levels.

I will leave the financial and economic wealth advising to Richard, but here is my contribution to the whole from a feminine perspective.  A day ago I read a story that struck me powerfully as a wake up call to pay attention to life moments and all that happens around us.  This story revolved around relationship, death and choices.  Very simplified this is what is always in front of us.

On a deeply spiritual level this is where our wealth and power to ride the waves of change rests…in the moments and the opportunities to integrate the heart with creative mind, engaging in the building of whole systems and relationships that contribute to the well being of all life. Accepting that death is a part of the living experience so that new life can evolve and awareness can be born.

Is it the smallest of events in our lives and the moment to moment choices we make that have contributed to the larger shifts that are upon us?  The beauty and the darkness dance together asking us to choose in every single moment.  In that very choosing and active engaging we ground ourselves over and over again.

Leon VanderPol writes: “It is all there in black and white, the dance of the light and the dark. While the puppet masters scheme for a world in which power is centralized in the hands of a few, a force of great magnitude shines brightly as it calls out to each and everyone of us to make a choice—to become truly engaged.”

What if the navigation system for this time that we are in is one in which we are absolutely present to the daily events and choices of our individual lives.  From that place we assist each other within relationship to work towards the good of the whole organism which we call Earth…one minute dot in the entire vastness of expanded life outside of our planet.  The wealth we seek is NOW in the choices that we make.

It is important to understand and have a feel for the shifts and transitions that we are in the midst of.  Yet,  if we take our attention off of the opportunities, choices, and decisions that present from moment to moment and become consumed and overwhelmed by the challenges that face each of us and our very existence….. we are lost.

So much is going on in any one moment.  What will we choose to engage with?

“I come to a tree so rich with autumn’s golds and reds it makes for a mild ache.  I lie down under it, close my eyes and let my mind wander.  I think of all that is happening elsewhere, as I lie here.  Nearby I can hear the sounds of a road crew.  Somewhere else monkeys chatter in trees.  A male seahorse becomes pregnant.  A diamond forms, a bee dances out directions, a windshield shatters.  Somewhere a mother spreads p-nut butter for her son’s lunch, a lover sighs, a knitter binds off the edge of a sleeve.  Clouds gather to make rain, corn ripens on the stalk, a cancer cell divides, a little league team scores.  Somewhere blossoms open, a man pushes a knife in deeper, a painter darkens her blue.  A cashier pours new dimes into an outstretched hand, rainbows form and fade, plates in the earth shift and settle.  A woman opens a velvet box, male spiders pluck gently on the females’ webs, falcons fall from the sky.  Abstracts are real and time is a lie, it cannot be measured when one moment can expand to hold everything.  You can want to live and end up choosing death; and you can want to die and end up living.  What keeps us here, really?  A thread that breaks in a breeze.  And yet a thread that cannot be broken. ”

Eizabeth Berg from Never Change, pg 214

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“There is a way where there is no way!”

Leaves always find a way to the light...

The flower in your wall is a great lesson to us all.

My guess is that it didn’t struggle or doubt as its cells divided and it raised itself up from the crack in the well. Instead it followed the innate programming of its Divine Design and simply grew.

We all have many ideas that germinate within our minds, thoughts that are motivated by a desire to find light. Yet all too often we stunt those ideas before they have a chance to bear fruit.

In their early stages our thoughts are just like that little flower, strong and healthy – but prone to damage by frost. The frost in this case is our fear-based thoughts. Grounded on the foundation of constricting belief-systems, fears can creep in and nip our desires in the bud if we are not attentive.

In the Natural Wealth Course we show you how to dissolve the fears that come from belief-systems. We may not get rid of them altogether, but we can learn to quieten them, to tune out from their interference-patterns and tune in to the frequencies that truly nourish us.

As your beautiful flower proves, seeds can germinate and flourish no matter how barren or challenging the terrain may appear to be. What helps them do this is that they never doubt the power of the Divine Design. They never resist the great force that resides within them.

The biggest lesson I take from your little flower is that instead of trying to impose our ego-based ideas on life, we’re always better off when we hand over to the Divine Design and say “Your way, not my way!”

In essence, when we stop struggling against perceived obstacles and start trusting in the workings of the natural world, we begin to relax and that opens the way for us to grow towards the light.

One phrase that I’ve found helpful at times of doubt is this: “There is a way where there is no way!”

I think your little flower might agree…

With best wishes for a very Happy Easter!

Richard.

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By Nature We Are Generous

As 2012 begins I am struck by the generosity of the natural world and the reflection that it mirrors back at us of our own true and essential nature.  The water flower above radiates an energy that is so perceptible it feels that even if you could not see the flower you could feel it!  The water droplets only add to the magnificence and the depth.  I believe that we are meant to be that generous with our being….. G.A.

IT FELT LOVE

How did the rose

Ever open its heart

And give to the world

All its Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light

Against its Being

Otherwise

We all remain

Too Frightened

~Hafiz

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Dragonfly Teachings and The Quickening

Dear Gaye,

A little while ago we talked about the dragonfly larva that crawls up a stem from
a life submerged underwater into a life in the air. We mentioned how it will sit waiting for the sun towarm its body before it hatches out. Then it will sit some more as its wings dry.  Then it takes to the air and flies.

I know that just recently you have been seeing lots of dragonflies and, given how we both feel (which is that nature sends us messages each moment of each day) I thought it would be fun to look at how all these dragonfly messages tie in with our recent posts on non-resistance, trust and “going with the flow”.

You put it just perfectly last time: resistance is futile – and a doorway to freedom. I guess the dragonfly is a perfect example of this. It goes through a huge shift, yet it never resists the outcome of its actions. Instead it follows the call of its instincts, pulled inexorably upwards from the liquid environment it has known as its home and taking wing because it knows that is the only way to go.

Let’s open this out a little. Movement is at the heart of everything. Nothing stays
static, not even for one moment. Not one cell of your body, not the room you
are sitting in now, nor the yard outside, nor the woods, the hills or the
fields…not one single thing in the whole universe is totally still right now. Even
the spaces between are forever moving to the dance of the Game of Life.

Within you and me and everything else there lies a subtle sound, a frequency
that creates all this movement. It draws us all together, uniting us in its
resonance no matter where we were born or what our upbringing taught us.

I believe that as we transition into following the ways of the Divine Design, this
frequency becomes more apparent, because we start to fully trust our intuitions.
The reason is real simple. Intuition means to be “taught from within”. But within
what? Within the body, yes, but where does the body end and space begin?
Where is the separation between what’s inside and what’s “outside” it?

The answer is that there is none! Separation is just an idea. It doesn’t really exist.
We don’t end where our bodies end. We just keep on going! The difference is that we can’t see the bits of us that are outside our bodies: but we know that they
are they. They’re out there, forever fingering the world around us, millions of waves of electro-magnetic energy, learning, processing and giving us instant
feedback to what’s happening not just nearby, but as far away as you can imagine too…

We’re hardwired into this world of feedback, no matter how much we might try to deny it!

So, when we follow our intuitions we are being taught both from within and without. We’re listening to the part of us that reaches in and in and in – and  we’re listening to the part of us that goes out and out and out.  The secret is to know that both parts of us touch every atom of matter, each moment of time.  We’re truly interconnected.

I believe you are right, Gaye. This is a time when plenty of us are waking up from
the collective slumber that we have been in. It’s a time when our perceptions
speed up as we evolve and adapt to new ways of doing things.

We’re each of us like the dragonfly, moving out from the parameters of an old
way of doing things. And our ability to change the course of the future from one
in which we destroy the fragile balance of the planet around us to one in which
we can survive and thrive may well depend on how well we learn to listen to the
messages all around us, the messages of the Spirit Within and the Spirit
Without.

It could just be that it’s birth-time for the human race. If so, it’s a birth that will take us to places we cannot as yet be sure of. But it has to be worth emerging
from the pond. It has to be worth letting our wings dry, as they surely will,
before we take off on the next stage of our adventure, not knowing where we
will land, but enjoying our new-found agility, taking deep breaths of a new
kind of air, our multi-coloured bodies shining in the sunlight…

Will we learn to heed the call of the Spirit Within and the Spirit Without? Will we return to the ways of our ancestors, who knew all too well that there is no such thing as separation between one life and another and that the natural world around us truly does tell us all we need to know? I think so, yes.

We just have to be humble enough to re-learn the proud art of asking for its guidance – and then taking actions that are 100% in line with what’s best for us all.

With my love and best wishes,

Richard.

www.IgniteWealthNow.com

Resistance is Futile and A Doorway to Freedom

Dear Richard –

Certainly “resistance is futile”, and a doorway to freedom at the same time.  Freedom of accepting ourselves just as we are when we finally let go of that end of the rope we have been tugging on so strongly.  Yes, at times we do win the tug-of-war (notice what that implies) , but I question at what cost??

Do we push and pull our way through our lives, or do we live them with self compassion and open our hearts to being the presence and power of love that we are?  This latter does indeed involve releasing attachment, and sometimes you might be surprised at exactly what you are attached to!

I found this to be true only a few days ago.  A very dear friend of mine wanted to practice a process with prospective coaching clients that she calls Discovery.  In that elegant process I was led by direct questions to view my life from a place of attachment to what I “wanted to see happen”, and move into a place of non-attachment to  “all that is possible”.

Let’s just say there was a very large crevasse between the two of them. On one side of the great divide was my small attached ego,  and on the other side was that larger self that has been oh so patiently awaiting the nod of my head to come out and really play.  A self that lives in a much larger container – no container at all actually.  Are you getting a visual image of the two sides here?  Well, I am and it is quite entertaining!

At one point in this discovery session my friend asked me to imagine what qualities this fuller self (the real me) felt, looked and sounded like.  As she presented this question I felt my breath expand, my spine lengthen, a smile broke out, arms went up in the air with palms upwards, and my body started moving in delightful ways.  I saw colors and sparks of light and felt energy moving throughout my body.  A sound of celebration escaped without any resistance to holding it back.  In fact, I was radiating such a wide and bright light that I almost had to put sun glasses on!

Within this process of embodying and recapturing the essence of who I am a question was asked by my friend.  What is stopping you from Being this in your present life?  The first thing that arose came with a huge impact.  My mind, viewing all of this larger self “nonsense” said, “Once you have created the streams of money that you want and need to support activating all that you feel is your purpose in life, then you have the freedom to be fully yourself”.

Well, you can imagine what that essential nature self felt on the other side of the divide.  She is not so highly evolved that an expletive doesn’t escape from her mouth from time to time…and one did in this moment. (Silently though so my friend did not hear it )  As this fully embodied bright self let go of her end of the rope from the small ego’s grasp she said, “all streams, whether money or other forms, will never flow easily into your life as long as you are holding back on your true nature”.

This is the surprise I was referring to earlier.  I had no idea that I was attached to the belief that I needed to “do something” in order to have the flow of wealth in all areas of my life.  Action is important, but in that moment I knew without any doubt that it is not only about taking action from the heart, but just as importantly from the fullest expression of yourself in any one moment.    So, in other words no holding back – AT ALL!!

As my friend asked me for feedback on the session I was still smiling and incredibly grateful for the awareness of this stuck belief (resistance) that was holding me back.  It made me remember a quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

A recognition that the small ego within us resides in a contracted and fear based place was not new to me.  What was new is that I had this belief entrenched within me in the first place.  So dear friend Richard, I am now letting go of the end of the rope and am completely willing to dive into the waters (and fire!) of simply being fully who I am in as many moments as possible.  You may see a very bright light across the Atlantic ocean…and if you do, know that it is me.

With Love From A
Gaye

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