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Fully Present and Making A Difference!

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Our journey is all unknown until we find ourselves fully present in the moment of it.  It is at those times that we find a power so deeply embedded within us that it is simply a part of who we are.  However, we often forget this.

Last week an inspiring video came my way that you can access below. It speaks volumes to the creative potential, ingenuity, and passion that arises when each individual brings their uniqueness to the table while supporting the whole.  As the conductor of this very unique orchestra, Luis Szaran declares, “Music is the smile of the soul ….and a bridge between worlds for social transformation.”

As you will see trash becomes music.  Playing melodies made out of trash that moves peoples hearts is a testament to the wise statement above – “You had the power all along…”   Take some time to watch Landfill Harmonic and see where it leads you!

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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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The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.
~ Mary Oliver ~

The intimate connection between ourselves, others and each life form that inhabits this planet, and beyond, has gained more and more recognition.  Our collective memories, both individual and from the past, oftentimes keep us stuck in the shame that Richard spoke of in the last post.  These embodied emotional and physical traumas leak body memories to our consciousness that have us forgetting the very nature of who we are.

In yoga class this morning we were asked to listen to the poem above by Mary Oliver and move from a place of remembering – remembering who we are – without the voices from the past or the ones of the present directing the particular life moment.  Often our eyes were closed as we stepped into the flow of what was unwinding from our core – instead of someone else’s direction.

What is it like to follow that inner knowing, dropping silently inside capturing the whisperings of that inner insistence on the uniqueness of truth, movement, actions, and feelings in any one moment.  What are we afraid of?  Or is it that we can hardly hear the  voice of our own unique being for all the demands and stimulus around us.

Yes, the only life we can save – living as uniquely as possible – is our own.  There are more and more moments these days when I feel the solid strength of what this is like.   One of those places is hanging out on an ecstatic dance floor where the “rule” is to have no self imposed restrictions, but instead to explore, listen and move from that place of complete connection to the greater energy that moves us all.

Old patterns of being and moving melt away as the intention for everyone on the dance floor becomes a moving art piece of breath, movement, contact, exploration, play and absolute love and respect.  For someone that loves dance it is a “home coming” to the deepest parts of who we are.

The film Jane’s Journey, shows us someone who listened to her own unique voice in spite of what others might have wanted for her.  For someone like Jane Goodall it was a simple very deeply felt passion that moved her as a young woman to follow her childhood dreams.  Now at 78 she is still traveling the world speaking her truth and impacting millions of people to care for each other and our planet in the most compassionate, loving and peaceful of ways.

What price is taken when we step away from the journey that is uniquely our own?  We become lost in the thoughts and actions of others and forget that we have come here to create and love as only we can do and be.  Today a young man who had never received flowers from a woman was gifted with a single flower of beauty as he sat at his check out stand at the local organic food store.  This happened because I heard loud and clear the voice that directed me to take this loving action as I left the store the first time I was there. What impact did this have?  Let’s just say I am still smiling….and I am certain so is he.

Choose a journey that reflects the magnificence of who you are and do not listen to anyone or anything that takes you away from that knowing!

Listen….

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Stand Tall And Root Your Toes Into The Wealth of Life

Dear Richard,

When I found this picture it literally demanded to be placed directly in the center of this particular post.  A giant redwood in the California Bear Creek watershed stands tall amidst the other trees in this old growth forest.  There are many things that caught my attention here.  My experience with old growth forests is that they are quite different from forests that have been cut down before.  There is a unique smell and feel to the earth and other life forms that inhabit this sacred and beautiful natural resource.   The quiet is so pervasive that when there is a sound it immediately draws your attention.  It almost feels as if you could put your ear to the bark of the tree and it would whisper untold wisdom into your ear.

When walking in one of these forests,  awareness expands and broadens as attention is caught by the fact that these trees have been living for much longer than we have years to count.  They have survived natural disasters and encouraged the trees around them to grow and thrive just by their very presence in the forest community.  This one tree has obviously been present much longer than the others marked by its sheer size.  One might feel by looking at this picture that this one tree is guardian standing as protector with a much more expansive view.  However, each tree is deeply interconnected to the others and has its’ unique role to play.

In yoga class this morning our practice was guided by 3 teachings of Milarepa who is generally considered one of Tibet’s  most famous yogis and poets..  One of those teachings was “Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourself, and hold fast to this rule.”  When I saw this tree standing so much taller than the others I immediately thought of each of us in our lives and whether we consciously make the choice to “stand tall”.  By “standing tall” we declare that we are not ashamed of who we are, but instead choose to show the world our fullness and actively bring our unique gifts for all to see.   There is no way that this particular tree can hide!

As were the dancers at the event I was privileged to see last evening.  Viewing a magnificent expression of the dance arts I witnessed a performance that literally had me mesmerized (and wishing I was back in my youth again!).   Each dancer found the energetic flow and rhythm that was uniquely their own expression within the choreography, and then combined it with that of other dancers sharing the stage with them.  Even amidst the demonstration of angst and conflict during a few pieces there was a sense of something much larger expanding….a greater story, a more expansive view……… than the small one unfolding before your eyes.  At times one or two dancers would take center stage, yet there was always movement happening around them expanding the focus and the story.

What wealth we accumulate in our individual lives when we choose to “stand tall” no matter what is happening.  Our actions in every situation and every relationship can uphold living a life of fullness.  Each and every one of us is a magnificent expression just as these trees and dancers are.  The trees so much lower than the single one are “standing tall” as well in their own unique ways.  The Divine Design of our life awaits us to wake up and root our toes into the wealth and creative passion of our lives….. leaving any thread of shame behind.   Life is simply too short to waste on anything less……

Standing Tall In Austin, Texas –

Gaye

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Crack In The Wall

  Dear Richard,

This flower coming out of the brick wall that graces the entrance to my house here in Austin, Texas struck me for many reasons.  I hadn’t noticed it at all for the entire time that it was emerging.  Then all of a sudden it seemed to just be there!  What a smile it brought to my face when I spied it the other day!

What is astounding to me is that this lonely flower is growing out of a crack in the brick wall and actually seems to be quite happy with it’s unique growing spot.   A friend of mine wondered how the heck it was getting enough nourishment to even grow.

To me it is a combination of desire, right environment, and a passion if you will to emerge from the dark and grow towards the light.  There is also an innate and complex coding that has flowers….. and people….follow the path that has been laid down for them even amidst what seems like difficult circumstances. This is what we like to call the Divine Design.

Somehow the seed of this flower had just what it needed in the depths of the brick wall to bring it forth out into the open and expose its particular expression.  Was there doubt, hesitation or fear on this flowers part to emerge?  We cannot know the many possibilities that presented as this seed was implanted in the wall by wind, bird or other means. Perhaps there were many possible outcomes as the seed sought what it needed in order to grown and thrive.

This display of natures innate call to create touched me deeply as I beheld this single flower finding its way towards unique expression.  It reminded me that even in the challenging moments of our lives that there are many possibilities to grow and thrive….even in the depths of a crack we have fallen into.

Thank you natural world for being such an exquisite teacher reminding me of the stuff from which I am made.  There is always an opportunity to come into the light….  Is there a “crack” in your life that needs to be explored just a little more??

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Diving Deeper For Life

Half of the Austin populace it seemed was walking around our local downtown lake with me today in the glorious sunshine.   My attention was drawn to the American Coot who populates these waters in great numbers.  Sitting on a rock wall I watched as many of the coots were drawn to a nearby human bread throwing frenzy where a meal was had quite easily.   Yet right in front of me there were others that would disappear and speed down towards the bottom of the clear watered lake.  Up they would pop with a tasty morsel of plant life ripe with fresh green growth to munch on,  and I am certain tiny creatures clinging to that growth.  Sometimes it takes a dive deeper down to harvest the best of life’s offerings.  How about you – are you diving deep or staying on the surface of your own life?

Gaye Abbott passionately enjoying the deep dive….

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The Tipping Point – Falling Into Comfort

Dear Richard,

The line I love the most in your last post (and there were many of them) was “…the most important thing about playing the Great Game of Life is not to try to WIN it, it’s to help each other to regain the freedom to come out to play!

I have taken that to heart this past week given that I feel a force, much greater than I have ever felt before, present behind me.  This force has a gentle, but very firm hand on my back and (with a smile mind you) is applying an energetic pulse so strong that it is tipping me into a space of creation and trust that I have been way too afraid to inhabit.

I could say that this tipping point has occurred because the money that has gotten me thus far along the path seems to be draining away without any clear indication that there will be much more to fill the coffers.  But, I don’t believe it is about the money.  Money is simply a catalyst for taking a look at what is important in life .

When are we the most comfortable?  I say when we are playing – in free flow, having fun and loving each moment no matter what we may be involved in.  Yet the self imposed seriousness of life we take on as adults so casually, like a well worn piece of clothing, seems to dictate so many of our thoughts, feelings and actions.

I am not saying that there is nothing to be serious about, for we find ourselves in quite a personal and global predicament right now – a tipping point on a very grand scale.  But, what if that very struggle has been brought about because we have selected hard work that often co-opts our essential nature, monetary gain that doesn’t consider others, and imbalanced power that wrecks havoc on healthy relationship. with ourselves, each other, and the planet that we are so intimately a part of.  These ways may have been selected over living in  love, compassion, mindfulness, beauty, interconnected and integrated awareness, vital health and creative play in our lives.

There are many indigenous tribal cultures and so called impoverished groups of people that show us by their very being that a life well lived is far more about connection, community, creativity and story telling, gratitude for what is, and certainly play!  Even amidst the greatest poverty and seemingly difficult circumstances.

Being told that we need to move out of our “comfort zones” in order to grow many of us, including me, have gone the distance to do just this.  This often happens when we are prior to, and at, that “tipping point” that I am speaking to in this post.  For me it is a felt experience on all 5-stars of the Natural Wealth approach.

A startling realization has come recently that at the height of this tipping point I am putting life energy into focusing on the challenges:  minor health imbalance over the last month;  family communication concerns and business relationship growth; monetary funds dwindling with no clear sign or means of replenishment; a pattern of not trusting my fullest expression; and the presence of fear as I move into unknown territory within my purpose here in this life.

Another choice is possible.   I can solidly land myself in that comfort zone of play (i.e. creative life giving process) not always knowing what the heck I am doing or where it is going to lead.  Fear seems to dissipate within this process revealing what fun it is to be with the emerging life pieces to the puzzle.   The heart simply lends guidance and a gentle nudge from time to time.

I have found that play can take many forms and is absolutely up to each of us to uniquely create and co-create together.  I, for one, am putting attention on more play and less struggle in all areas of wealth.  Focusing on my bodies natural blueprint for vital health; heart based and honest communication and trust with family, friends, and business partners; and deep trust in the knowing that as I release each fear that arises about being in my fullest expression and essential nature,  the alignment will naturally bring in monetary support on all levels, as well as expand my life experience in a multitude of directions long dreamed of.

Parting words here: I am learning to live life in the creative comfort zone of play, especially when at that tipping point, letting go on the exhale with a big YESSSSSSSS! and dropping the “I can’t because…” from my vocabulary.

I imagine the many times I have ridden the crest of a wave on a boogie board, been in uninhibited joy and creative sensual play on the dance floor, felt my hands in the soil bringing new life to possibility, gazed into the eyes of a loved one and told them how I feel,  brought to the outside a written line that expresses the depth of my knowing and feeling inside,  laid my hands on another in pain with the intent to bring comfort, played outrageously with a child, or looked up at the sky and felt the significance of a life well lived.

I ask you and all of our readers.  Will you come out and play with me?!

Love and Gratitude for our dialog Richard!

Gaye

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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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To Struggle Or Not To Struggle – Is That Really The Question?

Dear Richard,

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

With Love,
Gaye

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The Breath of Life

The true miracle of life lies in the breath and in the ability to experience the divine within.  Question everything until you are sure that what you feel is informed by the true language of the heart and not a concept created by the mind.”  
J M Hurley*

Dear Gaye,

This week an extract from our course Natural Wealth seems particularly appropriate:

“It all starts with a breath.  As you shoot out from your mother’s womb into the waiting arms of the delivery nurse, you move suddenly from a liquid world of warmth, darkness and vibration into one that is altogether different.  It’s quite a shock.  “What’s going on?” you say to yourself.  “What’s this strange stuff all around me?”

For a second your body resists.  It has got used to its life of liquid comfort and would rather “go back inside, thank you very much!”

Yet a part of you knows that this is where you are meant to be.  There is a moment’s pause as the umbilical cord is cut and the support-system that has nourished you for the past nine months is severed.

Then something occurs that has never happened to you before.

Something called air rushes down into your open mouth, hurtling down your oesophagus until it finds its way into your lungs.  Here it zooms about, inflating every bronchial tube until, like a pair of rubber gloves, your lungs swell up with this insubstantial, invisible stuff. As if by magic, air has become your new support system.

You have been, literally, in-spired.”

I’m sending you this quotation because it seems to me you are right at that stage when the new support system is about to rush through your body (and mind) as you make the transition from working in a regular job to earning your income independently. You are taking breath in a very new environment. It’s like being born all over again.

The transition from a life in liquid to one lived surrounded by air is one that we all make. And the message for you is to trust the process you are in the midst of, just as you trusted the process when you shot from your mother’s womb.

Be in no doubt that your new support system is just as nourishing and comfortable as the old one. Let the air fill your lungs. Be breathed. Then follow the promptings of the heart, for it is the heart not the mind that is the very first organ to grow…

With my love,
Richard.

* This quotation is from “Dance with Life” by JM Hurley, a beautiful book that I would recommend to any/everyone.