Your last post reminds me of the words of one of my teachers who once said to me: “It’s good to be generous to others, but you must remember to be generous to yourself!”
Perhaps this year’s New Year’s Resolution might be to follow that advice? Often we find it easy to be generous to others. We take pleasure in giving, but find it hard to be generous to ourselves. We tend to be our own worst critics, pronouncing judgements (usually negative ones) on all sorts of things, from our waist-size to the size of our bank balance.
Sometimes it’s just in our casual reactions, like saying “What an idiot I am!” under our breath when something goes wrong. Other times it can mean talking ourselves out of an opportunity. I figure we’ve all done this.
Being generous to ourselves means not talking like that any more: or, when we hear ourselves making a self-judgement, committing to taking it back each time. I find it easiest to talk to myself (sometimes even out loud!) in the third person when I hear myself say/think something negative like this. “Stop that!” I say to myself. I then overlay whatever it was that I just said with a statement of its opposite. The quicker I take action on it, the better.
Being generous to ourselves isn’t a selfish thing. It’s perhaps an essential ingredient in helping others be generous too. As above, so below. As within, so without.
Not a bad starting point for this year’s journey along the path of Natural Wealth…
Enjoy your day!
“When my photography is at it’s best, it takes me to a place of reverence. To that sense of eternity, to the place where the lines between me and the rest of the world, are not so rigid, where old boundaries and definitions begin to dissolve. That’s where I want to live, – both with my cameras and without them. To be there as the watcher, the appreciator, the celebrator, and eventually just the lover of the incredible beauty that I see on this earth. (iPhone photo) “Celebrate What’s Right with the World!” ~Dewitt Jones, Photojournalist
I start with this quote from Dewitt Jones and his almost ethereal picture taken on Molokai, HI. This is the time of year when I stop to be more than my usual everyday grateful and take on a reflective look at life.
There is something about the shorter daylight that invites me to slow down and notice Now. Taking time to appreciate, watch and celebrate what is around me every single moment possible enriches my life, breath, relationships and results in a willingness to let go of preconceived notions and simply be, like Dewitt says, the lover.
I find the holidays challenging at times to just be this lover. Although meant to be celebratory this is naturally the time of entering a cycle of “hibernation” when our bodies innate rhythms actually want to slow us down, rest deeply, read by the fire, and go on an inward journey. We are instead called out to shop, eat, drink and be merry.
As we enter the turning of the seasons this coming week on Winter Solstice I am asking the question – what truly has meaning in the small moments that make up the whole of our lives? The answers gestate in the darkness and in an instant of time can emerge into consciousness as if they have always been there.
Instead of wondering how to attain or attract certain things in our life that mind says we must have to be happy, what if we stated – If I am whole, peaceful, and happy now then I will attract__________ .
It is from that place of wholeness as the observer and appreciator of life that everything arises from, not the other way around. If I am in the guilt of the past or the fear of the future, then I am not present to celebrate this moment.
To notice the spider web sparkling in the sun, the smile of the man on the street holding his sign when I engage with him, the beauty of a tree blazing with color in December, the voice of my granddaughter on the phone, the feel of moving freely on the dance floor with others celebrating body and breath, laughing so hard that tears stream down my face…the opportunity to love another and to be the beloved.
Expanding further what if, like David Wilcox says in the video Occupy Yourself, the entire galaxy itself is an intelligent being. Could our mind be simply a cell within the mind of the galaxy?
Occupying the pause between the next inhale and exhale has the potential for brilliant awakening. Will the pause be long enough to simply BE the lover of the moment?
This holiday season I am choosing to occupy myself just as I am so that others can be free to do the same. Reverence for the life I have been given. How about you?
With Love – Wishing All A Blessed Solstice and Holiday Season,
OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
Dear Richard –
Something very powerful has settled within me. It is actually astounding…and feels as if I have “come home” in the most profound way. This is a home within that I know, dwelled in sporadically over the years, yet couldn’t seem to stay in.
For you the reader, let me just say that this “home sanctuary” inside brings me heightened pleasure in all that I do and a sense of deep belonging – not necessarily to the world that we can all see, but instead to something much larger that cannot be explained in words. It is that interconnection that you Richard speak of.
How did this happen? I understand in a more embodied way now that this chaotic wholeness that you speak of Richard resonates within me and all living things in the cosmos. I understand that there is an order present within the seeming disorder….inside and outside of me. Yet, I did not trust this order. Instead, for most of my life, I felt that I must control things in life to stay “safe” and “secure” – a belief/thought systems approach to guaranteeing that I would never feel fully free.
I too know deep within my cells that everything is interconnected. This interconnection and attraction is happening in every moment. Now I feel it! It is not just mind talk….it is heart whispering! What happened to nudge me where I am now staying within myself??
Since I can make up any story I want (and mind you I am aware it is only a story) here goes. I have literally handed over my life to inner guidance, outward signs and messages, and following wherever my heart takes me. Along with that goes complete and absolute TRUST. Not just some of the time, but all of the time.
Oh, yes I catch my mind cooking up schemes to take me into fear, lack, or anxiety, but thankfully I must have passed some sort of God/Spirit/Creator test because it amazingly doesn’t stick. My mind is turning back flips trying to get my attention…but baby I am not buying the old beliefs being paraded out in new clothes and razzle dazzle in an attempt to disguise the true agenda here – to keep me stuck, in doubt, anxiety ridden, fear based, and in a carefully constructed box for safe keeping.
Could it be as simple as that I ask? Well if you were living my life right now you would have to take notice. The amount of synchronicity that happens on a daily basis – that I now notice mind you – is amazing! For just one small example I will tell you a little story:
10 days ago now I decided to take a little early evening walk in the condo complex that I am living in, temporarily housed by a very generous and gracious friend by the name of Judy. On that walk the first thing that I realized was that it was not only peaceful and quiet where I was staying, but the entire complex was like that (right in the middle of Central Austin!).
Not only that, but the mature trees everywhere, the landscaping, creeks and green space that surround the entire complex, friendly diverse residents, and the natural beauty left me walking back home with a smile on my face and happiness within. I felt blessed to simply live here for a while until I found a place of my own.
Then it happened. That small whisper of guidance telling me to imagine that I did have a place of my own here….a home sanctuary where I could do my creative work and feel at peace within a community…and very close to everything that I frequent. In fact not more than 10 minutes from organic food, yoga studio, spring fed lap pool, live music, culture, walking paths around the lake…well, you get the picture.
It should be noted that before I moved here I had been looking at lease listings near the downtown area and had set my sights on being right in the middle of everything. Once here, I realized that perhaps that “must” should dissolve into “let’s see what unfolds itself”. It was from that place of handing over that I took that walk.
The heart direction was obviously telling me to imagine myself living in the complex, but I took it one step further from leasing. I expanded that vision to buying something in the complex (even though my current financial status would not indicate that was possible at all!) It felt like the Divine Design that Richard speaks of was taking me down a path of discovery here.
When I returned back to the condo that I am currently staying at I spoke to Judy about how I felt about the complex on my walk and that I would like to consider leasing, or even buying a unit here. She was thrilled and, of course, had a Home Owners Association newsletter right next to her and showed me the addresses of the units for rent and those to buy. She suggested that perhaps I should contact my real estate agent and have her show me some properties that were for sale, and also call the owner of the one for lease.
I dutifully kept following through by my hearts GPS and e-mailed my real estate contact. The owner for the unit for rent did not answer his phone, and there was surprisingly no message machine. Going to bed imaging that I was living here in my own home sanctuary, I woke up in the morning to find a note on the refrigerator from Judy. It said, “please include me in looking at the Hemingway property (one of the few single story units here) because I may buy it”! Needless to say I laughed out loud. Perhaps it wasn’t right timing for me to buy…but someone else was going to buy it and lease it to me!
Without getting any lengthier in this story I will just say that I have held the possibility of living in this complex within me. We did go see the Hemingway property, and a couple of others. Within 3 days of my declaring that I was happily living here, Judy put an offer down on the single story 3- bedroom/2 bath unit opening onto a green space with beautiful trees, and the sellers accepted it which was $11,000 less that what they had been asking for.
Judy gets here investment property, I receive a home sanctuary, and I am still smiling at the miracle that unfolded right before my eyes! Listen to the heart directed inner guidance, take action from that guidance….and then hand it over. It may not go exactly as you envisioned it to, but it will always be the right thing to happen for your highest good.
My mantra for each day: Guide me. Protect me. I will follow through from your guidance leading with my heart. Thank you for your guidance that you give to me. I am always open to receive more and more. I surrender with courage, trust, faith, passion, and arms open wide.
Would you like to live your life as if everything is a miracle? Thanks Richard!
P.S. Judy just told me she was able to lock in an interest rate at the low end which just changed today due to the economic climate here in the U.S. I had written down that she would get an interest rate at 5% or less. It was less: 4.75%!
OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
Just following up on my last post with a quickie on synchronicity.
We’ve all had those moments of synchronicity in our lives; times when we think of someone and the phone rings and it’s the person we were just thinking of whose on the line; times when we get delayed by something only to find when we arrive at our destination that we “bump into” someone who we would have missed if we’d left earlier. These “little things” occur for all of us on a surprisingly regular basis. Invariably they lead to good things happening. So today I have a couple of questions: what is going on here and how can we encourage more of it?
The answer to the first question is an exciting one, because it just might point us at how the world works. My belief, as you know, is that nothing happens in isolation. Everything is interconnected. It’s an age-old belief that you’ll find in just about every mystical teaching in the world. And it’s now being backed up by modern day science.
Quantum physics tells us that any two photons or electrons, no matter how far apart they may be, are in constant communication, needing no human hand or mind to direct them as they take each other into consideration and move accordingly. Go back to Plato and he told us the same thing, but in relation to the movement of the stars and planets and the overall harmony that is constantly being created in the universe ,even though each particle of it is forever moving, changing, renewing itself.
It’s only been for a relatively short time that we’ve been told life is linear, that things happen separately to one another. And that time is over.
Now science is walking hand in hand with the mystics of old, telling us that everything is in a constant state of vibration and that whilst this appears to us to be happening chaotically, there is in fact an over-riding wholeness to their actions, a huge, impenetrable, interpenetrating order to it all. Einstein called it “A spirit far superior to man.” Today’s scientists call it “dark matter” (because we can’t see it). I call it the “Divine Design.”
What we call it doesn’t really matter: what matters is that from the earliest wisdom-teachings to the most cutting edge modern science the conclusions are the same: the world is made up of countless individual particles, each of which is vibrating within what appears to be something akin to a spirit of cooperation. In other words, the Divine Design has at its core an innate sense of relationship that thrives off empathy, give and take, love.
What does this mean for you and me? It means that we’re in constant touch with our environment – all of it, from the space we occupy inside our own bodies to the furthest-flung nebulae – and that that touch is one we feel immediately. It means that when we “go with the flow” we are moved to act in ways that fit in with that environment, creating sustainable wealth that’s based not on an “I’m alright Jack!” attitude, but on a sense of our commonality with every element of it. We are all participants in and guardians of the Weft of Wealth.
How do we know this? For me, I know it because I find within me the feeling of connectedness each and every day. I make time for it, specifically, with a practice that I follow each morning. For many of us, it happens in moments when we are brought up against what we’d call the miraculous or sacred; moments when the humdrum daily routine is suddenly interrupted by something that strikes a chord deep within.
I recall visiting Salisbury Cathedral, for instance, and standing in the middle of the aisle, surrounded by the tall arches that rose up and met above my head. In an instant I was uplifted, transported to a feeling of exquisite pleasure. My cells were suddenly dancing and singing in a way I had not felt since I was a small boy tramping round the countryside. The sensation grew and grew until it became so strong that I felt I might simply be “whisked away”, that I might evaporate into insubstantial air!
That’s the sort of feeling I am talking about when I talk about truly reaching connection with our world. It’s a sense of heightened pleasure, deep belonging, a place where the mind is switched off and the body is acutely aware of its relationship with the energies off all other bodies: whether of stone, plant, animal, solid, liquid or gas.
When we are in that place, there is no doubt about our own divinity. Our position within the Weft of Wealth surrounds and informs us. There’s no doubt, no anxiety, no regret, no fear. And that’s how to set the standard for yourself when you’re deciding what to do and what not to do (in business or in your personal life): find the place within in you where there is no doubt.
When you do this, you encourage synchronicities to happen. Why? Because you train yourself to start to listen, touch, taste the dance that is going on inside you. And you realize that it’s the very same dance that’s going on outside – the rhythm of constantly changing notes within the most intricately-structured symphony of all.
Aware of this, you start handing over your life on a regular basis to the movements of things far greater (and yet no more profound) than those that your logic can comprehend. You begin to smell and see the mysterious for what it is; simply the intersection between the miraculous and the everyday. And that means miracles start flowing your way.
I’ve found that the easiest way to get to that place is to be still, to clear the mind of clutter, to breathe deeply and let the Divine Self take over.
I’ve also found some simple phrases can help:
“I see God in every face,
I give thanks for my own grace.”
“Today is a day of miracles,
I see wonder in all that’s before me!”
Armed with this as a starting point for each day, what happens for me is an instant sense of gratitude that I am here at all. I give thanks for the miracle of being breathed. I know wonderful things are not just on the way: they are already here!
And suddenly synchronicities start happening all over the place. The more they happen, the greater my faith in the process. The greater my faith, the more they happen! And suddenly, each day, I understand that every outcome is the perfect one.
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts
This evening in a restorative yoga class in my new home of Austin, Texas, where we did partner work in a Thai Massage style, the teacher in his quiet and grounded voice said, “you can let go now of those areas that you are holding onto. Trust that someone has your back”. He had no idea how deeply this hit me in that moment.
It came to me quite clearly that although I have said to myself, you Richard, and others that I am in trust about the unfolding of my life, the truth of the matter is that there are parts of me that are showing up rather strongly now that have no idea how to trust, especially when it comes to monetary wealth streams – just one of the many energetic ways that wealth shows up in our lives.
Yes, this relocation to a new city – which was completely my choice mind you – represents an opportunity to practice the Universal Laws of Wealth and abundant living way beyond anything I have ever done before. I imagine that I must be ready.
Several things converged to make my first couple of days a little challenging including a rather bad case of bronchitis (I never get sick!) which started in the time I was in my “home” town of San Diego 4 days before my arrival here. After that last post that you did Richard it gave me pause to see just where I might be contracting, and perhaps not in complete alignment with this chosen journey.
In addition, great change can be stressful and when our entire lives are dumped upside down (again by choice!) the emotional reactions can cause some imbalance in the body. At these times we know that it is best to rest, but sometimes that may not be possible, or we may choose not to.
Coming back around to trust I have decided that the signs that “someone has our back” are around us all of the time! From the day I quit the “job with benefits” on 7/1, to right now in this very moment I have been supported emotionally, physically, monetarily, spiritually, and basically taken care of in such an amazing way that I am still in awe! Family, friends, strangers, and you Richard have been the signposts along the way letting me know that “someone has my back”.
This evening as my body relaxed against the young woman in the yoga class who was supporting me in a pose the flash of recognition came that I was holding on, contracting, and doubting that it was OK to really trust. Not in the pose – but in my life!
My mind tells me that I have 3-4 weeks at most before some streams of income need to be coming in. Watching over the last few days since I arrived here there is a mental hesitation (and endless inner calculations) about spending money – any money.
Yet my heart knows what is needed right now so the herbs and good organic produce for the bronchitis and for vital health, the special for unlimited yoga classes for my body, heart and soul for the next month, saying yes to receive from a friend here who is temporarily graciously housing me free of any monetary charge, and putting gas in my car to explore this amazing new place I have landed myself in are all part of the trust.
I have decided that really being in the moment with dis-trust and dis-ease is just as powerful as those moments when absolute trust is on board. They are the life experiences which inform us that we are human….and crack us open to possibility.
So, I am plunging in, moving with it, and doing my own unique dance knowing that someone/something (force of Spirit) always has my back. Now get up and dance with me to Eric Bibbs Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down! It’s all life!!
OTHER BLOGS BY GAYE ABBOTT:
I was going to move on to different aspects of health, but your post about the hawk and messages from nature means we’ll walk a slightly different path today: the path of listening.
I’m completely with you on this one. We’re all brought messages from the world around us each and every day. The trick is to listen to them. And then act.
It’s funny you should have an experience with a bird when driving just a few weeks after my post about the thrush flying in front of my car, urging me to slow down (and avoiding a head-on collision as a result).
So let’s have a bit of a look at what hawk means, given you’ve chosen to move into Free Flight from the Free Fall of last week. That’s a big difference in energy between those two phrases. Flying freely is to be moving forwards with purpose, whereas falling freely is to simply be allowing gravity to do its work. So, you’ve turned an important corner, moving from the genuine “handing over” of self to the Divine Design to a state in which you are now taking action to walk your path and sing your song.
Here’s what “Hawk” means to me: having clear sight (being “hawk-eyed”), focusing on specific areas, being able to fly fast, to quickly change direction in mid-flight, having a certain, detached quality towards things (ie not being moved by everything) and being strong enough to grasp your food on the wing.
Being adaptable (changing direction in mid-flight) is one of the key elements for us all right now as we see big changes in the world: financially, climatically and emotionally too.
A hawk once flew right past me. I was getting out of my car and about to close the door when a small bird flew into the hedge that ran along our driveway. Right behind it was a large hawk. At the last moment the hawk realized it was not going to catch the smaller bird so it “hit the brakes”, flicking smoothly at a ninety-degree angle and flying between me and the hedge. It was no more than 18 inches from me as it passed by. For an instant I was looking into its eye. In that instant I felt the same feeling you and Dewitt are talking about in your last post: the moment of awe when we meet nature head on, when something wells up inside us like an irresistible wave, with joy, elation, wonder all wrapped up in equal measure.
The next moment the bird was gone, flashing past me and up and over the house so fast that I could barely believe it. It had held my gaze for less than a second, but I remember that feeling to this day.
Here are some other meanings of the word “hawk”:
As a verb, to hawk means to sell (particularly in a market place) and that seems appropriate to me, because you’re now moving into a time when you leave the day-job and start selling things in a new way. Selling gets a bad rap, but most of us have to do some when we run our own business. Hawking your own wares is to do so without fear, without inhibition.
So, one message might be to have full confidence in your talents and in the value of your service: to shout out loud to the world rather than being so quiet that no one hears you. Not that you have to be brash. There’s a big difference between confidence and arrogance and we’re both on the same page when it comes to being humble.
Another interesting meaning of the word hawk is that of a small board or tray on which mortar is mixed when building a house. I love this meaning for you, because mortar is what glues things together, helping a house stand for a long time, keeping it dry and weatherproof. It’s also the origin of the word mortar-board, the hats people wear when they graduate from college. So, Gaye, it seems you have graduated from one school of learning and are entering another!
I’ve saved the best for last…
You and I have a love of mythology and symbols. My course Natural Wealth delves into ways in which magic and metaphysics can be brought into daily life and it seems to me that you’ve been given a powerful message here that you are “on the right track” as the person responsible for gathering together the “online family” of people who are interested in applying the simple Laws that are the backbone of Natural Wealth.
Let’s cast our minds back a few thousand years to the time of the pharaohs and one of the most well-known of all symbols: the Eye of Horus.
In Egyptian mythology Horus is the hawk-headed god who was born to Isis. He and she are often shown in statues in a way echoed much later by those of Mary with the baby Jesus. Like Jesus, Horus is the product of divine conception.
The Eye of Horus was a symbol for resurrection, power, protection and health! Perfect, given the topic of our last posts.
The Right Eye was the one usually shown (which indicates the masculine side, the more logical) in old iconography. This represented many things, but high amongst the list was the meaning of “one who does”: someone who takes action. To the Egyptians the eye was active, not passive. The Right Eye also symbolized Ra, god of the Sun.
The Left Eye was representative of the Moon, the feminine and more intuitive side of human nature. This eye also represented Thoth, the god credited with being the first “master architect”, the one who brought learning and understanding to the world. Again, perfect for you just now.
In Natural Wealth I have tried to balance methods applicable to both male and female readers, appealing to both the intuitive and the logical parts of the brain. Balance to me is the most important key to success, because it is in the balancing of our masculine and feminine sides that we become most effective (in business, in health, in love and in expressing ourselves). That balance extends to an acceptance of the spiritual, divine or super-natural as a part of every day life.
The Eye of Horus itself contained many hidden numerological and geometrical meanings, but perhaps the most important of these is that it stood for the number 1, which is the number of beginnings and of self-knowledge.
Another fun resonance is that there were originally 7 different hieroglyphs that represented the eye – nicely corresponding with the 7 elements of health we talked about last week!
I could expand here, but we are entering a field that stretches past the horizon of a single post, so I’ll leave you with the thought that the Eye of Horus also represented a goddess called Wadjet whose name derives from the Egyptian word “wadj” which means “green” (we see this today in the word wadi, a green oasis in the desert sands).
Green is the central colour of the seven chakras, the middle pillar. It is located in the heart, which is where you felt your huge welling of emotion as the hawk flew by. The heart is the centre of all creation (our thoughts coming only as a result of what we feel, not the other way round) and the Eye of Horus includes the teardrop image within it: an image for the heart’s compassion within strength. Green, of course, stands for growth and vitality too…
This is where you say to me, “Hey Richard, all this is contained in one moment as I drove back from working-out?” and I say “Absolutely! All this and more is contained in each and every moment. The lessons are always there, flooding to us thick and fast. And our amazing hearts and minds process all of this every second, each day!”
The trick is to listen, to take note and then take action. So, today’s affirmation might be “I never miss a trick!”
With that I’ll leave you to enjoy your last day of “work”!
Next week we can come back to some of the specific questions about health that you asked.
Written on July 1st, a New Moon and partial eclipse…and the beginning of Gaye’s Great Adventure!
“There are times when wind is howling
and the ocean is roaring so loud
you can’t hear your own cries of delight.
When layer upon layer of beauty press on you with such force
that you barely have the courage to press the shutter. – Dewitt Jones
This may seem like a strange response to your last post Richard, but Dewitt, who is a world-renowned photographer, has touched me with the beauty and depth of his photography and words so many, many times. This just so happened to be the e-mail photo and words of the day. I received it after the event I speak of below.
As I was driving home, just moments ago, from a great weight training and swim workout with music loud enough to make my body want to move some more, a very large hawk flew directly across my windshield in perfect timing for me to feel the free flight energy (versus the free fall!) and for her to give me the indisputable message – fly free as you become “gainfully unemployed”!
As Dewitt’s quote above reflects I was in absolute awe of this creature of nature and her message to me. I did cry out in delight, and it was challenging to hold all of the energy that flowed in within that particular moment in time.
Nature often brings us messages. In fact I would say it constantly brings us messages if we will open our eyes, ears, and heart to receive them. I was blessed to have received such a powerful message today as I start my very last week in a conventional job. (last day on 7/1!)
As nature brings us daily messages so does our body. Your 7 simple suggestions for health are a great reminder! You are correct in that I do all of them, but occasionally forget when I most need to remember! Just the simple return to increased water intake resolved much of my “crash and burn” syndrome at the end of the 10-hour work day.
That is not to say that this work environment is good for me over all, but at least I am able to finish out the last few days with simple gratitude for the energy I do possess. This is the life energy that will now go into creative livelihood, and I suspect it will skyrocket!
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?
So here I am drinking more water, and my attention is on “free flight” with the ability to touch down or change direction at any time I so desire. The “free fall” was perhaps more about letting go of control and served its purpose. Now at this point in the journey it feels good to see the texture, patterns, and lay of the land so to speak from a bird’s eye view, and have curiosity and my heart lead the way for the next stages of this journey.
Thank you for your presence in my life!