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.
You’re so right in what you say about your decision to take your day off, despite the temptations of the overtime/extra funds that would have resulted from accepting the request to work through.
It’s a great lesson for us all and thanks for sharing it (along with the tale of the Great Steam God, which was a hoot!).
It’s not always easy to follow that first response (the one that in this case said to you “No way am I working my one free day!”). Those logical objections come flooding in thick and fast, with all the Reasons why you should not do what your heart and body are telling you to. More often than not, people listen to what the mind comes up with (what I call the Monkey-on-the-Shoulder, because it jabbers away to us incessantly, telling us to “do it this way” instead of following our hearts). Yet when we follow the promptings of the Monkey-Mind, we always pay for it in other ways.
This is because those intuitive flashes, call them hunches or inspirations, come from the heart rather than the head. It’s a crucial distinction. The heart is the organ that is truly tapped into the invisible weft of interconnections that weaves its way through all creation. It has its finger on the pulse, and its pulse points the way for us each and every moment of the day.
Not only that: it is precognitive, meaning it reacts to stimuli way ahead of the slow-moving rational brain (which is why we feel something first and then our logic kicks in with objections afterwards). Logic can deal only with single things in sequence, whereas our intuitions are processing millions of bytes per second.
The heart knows what’s best for us on a deep level, because it is our tap-root into that weft of connections, whereas our brains have been taught to follow a different route – the route of common-sense, take-no-risks, follow-the-herd…just as you say.
So, this week’s comment from me is quite simple: always follow the promptings of the heart, no matter what rational objections you have to a course of action. You may have no clue why you are doing something, or where it will lead, but if you are following the heart you cannot go wrong.
How do you know that you are doing this? Simple. When you follow the heart, your body will tell you. It will feel good about your decisions. This is because it informs you from within, which is what intuition means: to be taught from within.
Follow the head at your peril. How do you know when you are doing this? Again, because the body will give you immediate feedback. It will ping a headache your way, or indigestion, or a night of tossing and turning with little sleep.
The reason that heart-disease is now the number one killer in the west is because so many people are following their head instead of their hearts. They KNOW deep down that what they are doing is not right, either for themselves or for the planet, whether they consciously admit it or not. (They know, too, that it is not what you call a “sustainable” course of action.) So the heart becomes anxious. It feels dis-ease rather than knowing comfort. And the body develops symptoms to reflect that dis-ease.
The reason for this is equally simple. Your heart, being true to your nature, can only encourage you to do what is good for you. Your brain, however, having been affected by years of training from the “outside” can fool you into doing things that are against your nature.
We are all finely calibrated receptors, each one of our billions of cells containing extraordinary intelligence. When we follow the heart, those billions of cells breathe a collective sigh of relief. “Thank you!” they say to us. “This is the perfect path for us!” And that way lies contentment, health and fulfilment.
It’s the path to experiencing what I call Natural Wealth.
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A Little Story For Richard:
Today is my “day off” from THE JOB. In other words I work 4-10 hour shifts in the medical clinic to have a day off in the middle of the week. I call this day my “creative vitality day” for it is within these hours that I listen in to what presents itself for attention, and as choices arise make decisions about the day from a very natural – and for me sustainable – place.
These days upon awakening I am imaging the day unfolding as if I have already left the “job” world and am playfully and passionately pursuing the creative projects that even now are starting to light up my everyday life. The way I create my day is based on the embodied feelings that tell me what is next. Yes, there are certain things that call to be accomplished, but how and when you go about that is your call!
In Richards last post he speaks to “wealth as the ability to feel secure, to experience the underlying peace and connection” as we do when in nature. But, what happens when the natural world is turned upside down and shakes us up to our very foundation? Change – and on a very large scale! We are realizing more and more every day that we are indeed interconnected beyond anything we ever imagined, and that our choices today not only affect ourselves and those around and beyond us, but those living resources that we depend upon for our very lives.
These days many of us are being presented with choices that either appear to
keep us “safe” in a very unstable world, or invite us to take a risk of some sort. Risk because it is unknown territory. Risk because it does not follow our usual way of doing things. Risk because you thumb your nose at “safe” and “security” and realize, like Richard says, that it can only be found within.
Let me give you an example: Yesterday at the medical job I was asked by the manager of the clinical staff if I would work today – my day off – because many people are out ill. My first initial “gut response” was absolutely not! Now I want to tell you how excited I was to see this natural self-sustainable choice come up first so strongly. Excited because what came after that in my rational mind was – think of the overtime. You know that you are short on cash flow right now because of a trip you just took, relocation is looming, and you are quitting this job for goodness sake!. You need to catch up and make as much money as you can. This would give the opportunity to do so. It is only one day and you would become current with finances – at least for now.
Quick fix that is not at all sustainable? You betcha! …and not even a “fix”. The reality is that the very small amount of money I would be trading my life energy for would not make even an iota of a difference in the short term, and definitely not in the long term. Choosing my day off was a “risk” I was very willing to take.
What I would not have experienced if I had decided to work today is this post to you, a very creative and exciting conversation with Richard this morning on Skype, the pure enjoyment of lifting weights and swimming at the gym at my leisure, basking in moments just standing in the sun (which we have not seen literally for almost a month now!) and soaking up the warm rays of energy. Nor would I have had the opportunity to do some writing, and additional research on the new place that I am considering moving to. …or take a brief recharge nap!
I call this making natural sustainable choice…… and trusting without any doubt those choices/decisions that FEEL right in body and heart. Only a few months ago the initial choice that would have come up first is saying yes to working today.
As I see it, how we know that we are shifting on behalf of our thriving and our full out creative expression, is that instead of making rational brain knee jerk decisions and choices from a place of scarcity and distrust, something much more natural unfolds itself. No matter what the rational mind is saying your embodied feelings tell you the truth. The job before us is then to trust that we will know how to proceed!
Besides there was one more benefit to not working at the “job” today. I met The Steam God! Yes, I did! After swimming, the final treat is to go into the steam room for a bit and relax deeply and stretch. I was doing just that when in walks a man whom I could not see very clearly because of the steam. We quietly sat in the same space for about 5 minutes and the steam slowly started dissipating, but it was a long way off before the steam would renew itself again. Suddenly the man asked me if he could activate the steam vent, but stated to me that it will “get really hot in here”. I said to him that I did not know that one could make the steam go on as I thought it was on a timer – or so I thought. I then jokingly said – I didn’t know that I was sitting in the same space as the Steam God.
Well, said Steam God walked over to the tiled wall on the other side of the door from the steam vent and to my surprise cupped his hand , placed it on the wall and blew two times through his hand onto the wall. Well, it didn’t work – at first, or at second try (much to his dismay – Steam God’s do get a little frustrated from time to time)! But, the third time was the charm. Sure enough within a 5-count of his astonishing technique the steam vent went on – which was not a usual timed on at all.
So…..you can see all that I would have missed if I had taken the rational minds fear and scarcity based choice. The residuals, or “interest”, will most likely be showing up for quite awhile longer from this one choice.
As we rock and roll and watch the collapse of structures both manmade and nature made right before our very eyes, it might be wise to invest in grounded resources and sustainable embodied choices . Invest in yourself. Invest in the health of the planet – she is you and you are her. That is Natural Wealth!
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OK, I am jumping in here to be first even though I asked Richard some questions in the last post. It has occurred to me this past week that I have not been fully forth coming in these posts. Why?
Because there is still a holding back on what my real nitty gritty journey is here into Divine Wealth. Old patterns die hard sometimes when one is used to being perceived as the independent, strong woman that knows what she is doing (even when she doesn’t). I call this exposing the soft under belly – instead of hiding in “safe”.
You know how there is a lot that goes on “back stage” with the actors, support staff, etc…well, Richard and I carry on conversations apart from this journal that provide rich territory to let go and strip away any pretense that may be getting in the way of stepping into this next “wealth filled” period of life.
This is not to say that Richard doesn’t receive a great deal from my counsel, passion, creativity and generosity of spirit – but what I want to do here is stand naked in front of you and see how it feels. This means I am not attempting to be wise, courageous, an “expert”, teacher, mentor, or guide. I will just be me.
So….this weekend Richard learned another piece of this journey for me. I finally revealed my age to him after hiding behind the pretense of “a woman’s prerogative” and “it is good to be in the mystery sometimes”. There were parts of me that felt if he knew my age that there would be immediate assumptions about my capabilities, possible opportunities, and who knows what else! Now mind you this was all in my head and had nothing to do with Richard.
The fact of the matter is that on the “About” page when we talked about having a conversation between 2 countries, 2 genders, and 2 perspectives….there is also 2 generations! At 62 (and feeling not more than 45!) I am in another generation from Richard and, thank goodness, I am wise enough to know that this will make our dialogue even richer.
So here is the skinny. I am 62, soon to turn 63 in July, and have had money come and go in my life as most of us have. I took a 3 year sabbatical after selling a house in the Bay area of California about 7 years ago now to find out who the heck I was without all of the labels – massage therapist, yoga teacher, partner, mother, retreat facilitator, hug therapist, energy worker, breath guide, entrepreneur/business owner, etc. etc.. (see WildlyFreeWoman for more details if you are interested.)
I slowly “ran out of money” at the tail end of this time, and wanting to start an online resource website for midlife women I moved from my sabbatical area of New England to Oregon to pursue this. Needing money to fund this venture I went back into the medical field dragging my feet, but feeling it necessary.
Now we come to the present. I moved to this area because of friends that were here, and to be closer to my children and granddaughter in California – but I did not move here for me. Now, after working for almost 4 years in conventional medicine and going through a bankruptcy after poor financial decisions in the business I attempted to start – I am ready to let go and move on – inside and outside.
I have been writing weekly as a practice and publishing it to the world for a year now, and am passionately ready to jump into my full potential in life sans the regular “job with benefits” that catches so many people in its grip. I am slowly learning that the freedom that I seek is within me, and the wealth that I seek is also within me.
Something happened to me this week when I was in nature. In those moments I learned to become very still and receive what was right before me. From that experience I was swept through with a peace that gently asked the fear to leave….and it did. This is not to say that there won’t be times that I will need more courage to step forward to take action, but this peace is larger than the fear.
From this place I am practicing a deep letting go, faith that all will be revealed, and trust that wealth is already present in all the ways that will sustain me and then allow me to give back from a deeply nourished being. Two things immediately happened to confirm that I have stepped into the stream that will unfold my future.
News of a tax refund soon to be deposited in my account, and a conversation with a globally connected friend who is inviting me to consider joining her organization to do some administrative work with global experiential service programs for University students. This organization is based in Bali, Indonesia – another “home” for me, and San Francisco – an old home for me.
The other action that was taken prior to all of this happening was to clear and update some old accounts so that the “stream bed” would be open to receive the “wealth flow”. I might ask Richard now about other daily mindset practices or actions that can be integrated to ensure that I stay in the stream and not dam up the flow!
I leave this rather long post (I promise not to be so lengthy in the future, but back story was necessary here) with a piece of writing that speaks to the moments that peace took its place in my heart, and trust in taking action from my intuition and knowing took center stage.
I welcome your comments, inspiration, stories, and questions. This is not only my journey my friends…this is our journey – for it feels to me, at this particular time on our planet, that each of us are under going shifts that will place us in our authentic creative expression in the world – and with each other. Thank you for walking with me a bit on the path!
I stand still.
Still enough that I hear my own breath
moving in and out.
Then it happens.
What seemed to be a rather quiet walk
on a path well know
awakens my senses with a roar of natures sounds.
Frogs, owls, and then…
My stillness becomes greater.
The black and green field beyond suddenly
turning into a cacophony
of sound and movement.
Hundreds of birds lift off with a sound that rocks the soul,
all at the same time,
as if they had an agreement
to the exact timing that flight would take place.
The field no longer holds the black color.
It had been the birds in rest.
As I stand in amazement I watch
as they circle the field.
Some split off in other directions thinning the populous
like mutually agreed upon communities
separating off from the whole,
only to become yet another whole.
Others sit in a nearby tree.
Then, there are those that stay together,
circling until they land at a not so distant spot
from where they had been before.
Was this simply exercise time before dinner?
Or, is this a sacred dance
that has been choreographed for eons
down to the finest of life movements.
As the stillness deepens
I am invited to rest
in the mystery.
At peace…a part of the whole. ( G.A. 3/2/11)
I hear all you say about the big decision you are taking. Jumping off the treadmill is never easy. And the longer we’ve been on it, the harder it is to make that jump. That’s why I always advise people to take that jump in their own time, in whatever way makes them feel comfortable, rather than leaping too soon, when fears may stifle ambitions.
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will help you in the process:
Think back to when you were very young. Were you scared to try new things out then? Did you fear what anyone said to you about what you were doing? My guess is that you weren’t and you didn’t. As a small baby you were happy to fall over with a thump, get back up, fall over, get back up…again and again, until you learned how to walk.
You did the same thing when learning how to talk, repeatedly rolling your tongue around those mysterious sounds that your carers used to communicate with you until you mastered the art of speech. Later on, you did the same thing when learning to write: repeating the motion again and again until the marks on the page matched the letters of whichever alphabet you learned.
There’s a good lesson here.
When we’re young, we just grab hold of each day. We live in the moment. We are happy to make mistakes. It’s a part of our success. And we’re happy to take (what our older selves perceive as) risks. If we didn’t, we’d never learn all those simple things like how to walk, talk, eat, write etc.
My point is this: we are NOT hardwired to stay inside the Conformity Funnel that I talked about last month. We learn this behaviour from our careers, our educators. And any learned behaviour can be unlearned.
Think of it this way: the more you do something, the more familiar it becomes. If that something is a physical action, it becomes easier to repeat it, because the repetition makes it easy for the conscious mind to switch off whilst the subconscious takes over. Not only that: the repetition also settles inside the cells, in what we call muscle-memory. That’s why successful sportsmen and women practice so much. They know that in practicing, they train the body and the mind at the same time.
This can be used in bringing wealth to your doorstep and welcoming it to your home.
Here’s an obvious example: You have a clock on your mantelpiece. It’s been there for years. You are used to glancing at it. It takes no conscious effort. Your body and mind are used to the experience. One day, when you’re re-arranging your living space, you move the clock to a new place. What happens? You find yourself still looking automatically at the mantelpiece, at where the clock used to be, even though your conscious brain knows full well that it’s no longer there! This can go on for weeks, months even, until your subconscious has fully soaked up the fact that the clock is in a new place – and your muscle-memory has been replaced with a new one.
This process I call the BOND – the action of the Body-Mind, where reflexes take you straight to the desired mode of doing something with least effort.
Re-training the brain to know (rather than hope) that wealth is on its way it much the same as moving the clock. Your subconscious will keep directing you to the old way of doing things, until you truly establish a new one. And the best way to do this is to keep repeating the new way until the old one fades.
That’s why it is so important as you embark on a new venture to share your thoughts and ideas only with people who are supportive. So many people like to cast doubt or to criticize, to shake their heads and say “That’s way too risky”. They don’t mean to hold you back, but such reactions invariable direct you to the old way of doing things…to the mantelpiece where the clock no longer is!
So, keep the faith, make sure you share your dreams only with those you know love you and will support you – and start to re-direct your thoughts to new ways of bringing wealth, in all its aspects, into your life. Remember: where your attention goes, your energy flows. So, pay attention to your attention, each and every moment of the day!
My Best Wishes,
Dear Richard –
After receiving this last response, it has come to me in the last few days that I need to change my morning practice, as well as my daily choices and actions, to go along with the shedding of old skins that are rather quickly falling away. Guess it is time for full exposure so to speak!
Feels rather vulnerable being “out” to our readership, but I do truly believe that it is through openly sharing our journeys with each other that we are best supported in becoming all that we are innately meant to be. That being said, this is an open invitation to you, the reader, to speak up and share your thoughts and experiences with us!
These “skins” that I speak of represent the “prose/scientific” Gaye that yearns to be more “poetic” in livelihood and in person; the practical parts that are ready to leap into adventure if given even an imperceptible nod from the whole; and a good Spring cleaning of the rational mind in order, that unearths anything that is not in tune with the heart values, philosophy, humor, and spiritual awareness that have been cultivated over the years – and that are a true reflection of my particular unique being.
Even though this journey of mine right now seems filled with challenges, it is perhaps only in my mind, constructed to “safeguard” me – the organism of Gaye – from “harm”, as ingrained by past experience.
Flashes of insight come often now as actions are considered being taken based on these old “safe” constructs. This insight speaks volumes when the heart whispers “this may not be the best course to take in order to actively embody your full creative authentic expression.” Now, do I listen? Do I grab hold of the moment and live it fully as I did as a child?
I am curious about what you speak of Richard in the BOND process – “the action of the Body-Mind, where “reflexes take you straight to the desired mode of doing something with least effort.”
How does one “Re-train the brain to know (rather than hope) that wealth is on its way?” It feels much deeper than simply repeating affirmations every day, or the endless other ways that are popularized in today’s culture.
It seems to me that this being an “inside job” means being actively present as much as possible to the old way of doing things, and then instead choosing and taking a different action in alignment with Divine Wealth principles.
In fact, many of the “old way of doing things” to me feels stuck and lacking in life energy. These places I call “breathless” because breathing becomes shallow, or I find no breath at all for moments of time? Forgetting to breathe – lifeless! This is always a wake up call!
I have a chocolate-mint scented geranium that has grown so large (in the middle of winter!) that it has asked to be put up on a table inside my house so that I won’t miss it’s message to me every single day – wealth is all there is! Live in your senses and breathe with and from your heart. That is where my attention is going (and growing). …and what a yummy scent it is!
I look forward to hearing more about re-training the brain to KNOW that wealth is on its way – and will continue to acknowledge and live that wealth is all there is. I am that!
Over and out until next week. It is your turn Richard! So happy to have you in my life!
GIFT: I was blessed to receive a little gift the other day in video form that reminded me what my morning practice can include. It is taught by the free, open mind and being of a very wise 6-year old. I bow down to this “Let Yourself Go” embodied yoga guru.
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