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A Holy Curiosity

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. ~ Albert Einstein ~

Following up on the last post here this quote by Albert Einstein above (as well as the marvelous picture!) takes us into contemplation of the juiciness of curiosity.  Is curiosity not a vehicle for being in the moment?

Our lives often contrive to squish us down into survival mentality, yet what miracles there are all around us to be curious about!  Einstein exemplified what he calls “holy curiosity” and never stopped learning, growing, and sharing his thoughts, reflections and wisdom with the world.

Perhaps you cry out, “there is not time to explore or be curious”.  But what if you took this exact moment and looked around you.  Expanded out of the tight thoughts of the mind, looked with a soft gaze, fell into your next inhale and exhale and became curious about the interconnectedness of yourself with your surroundings.

Curious about the expansiveness of this one very moment and everything that is contained within it.  Allow the questions to arise and let them seduce you into exploring ever more deeply.  Interact with others within this curiosity, not having to be the one to “have the right answer”.  What if there isn’t a “right answer”?

What if the true journey is to arrive and arrive and arrive and arrive…at a new awareness through this holy curiosity and expansion delighting in the mystery of it all.

Since everything is always moving and changing this gives us a virtual playground of curiosity to explore!  It is almost like being on that roller coaster with the monks in the last post or riding the crest of a wave!  Every ride is different…… an unlimited territory to reflect upon and experience.

Are you finding your life dull and repetitive?  Try on just a tad of Einstein’s “holy curiosity”!

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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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Paying attention to our attention!

Dear Gaye,

“Where your attention goes, your energy flows” is a personal mantra of mine. It’s a foundation principle for us all, because we really do create success or failure depending on where we put our attention.

As you say, avoiding pain is built deep into our fight-or-flight response mechanisms, but if we become focused on what’s causing us pain, we simply create more of it. The trick is to shift our attention from what is causing disturbance in our lives to a desired outcome. Doing this directs our thoughts away from the negative and moves them into an arena where they are free to play and have fun instead.

That sounds really simple and it is, but it’s not always easy!

Most of us have friends or relatives who direct our attention (and therefore energy) toward the negative. Most of us pay attention to the news bulletins on our radios, television sets or Ipads/phones; and the more attention we pay to those things, the worse we feel. We can even make ourselves “sick with worry” about “how bad everything is”.

So we have to get strict with ourselves and those around us. We have to step in and stop something when it becomes obvious that it’s putting our attention toward something that is dragging our energy down.

With friends it can be a simple process of redirecting the conversation towards something else. With the media, it’s a case of tuning out, switching off the endless stream of debilitating words, images and sounds that makes up 99% of all current-affairs/news items.

Just starting with those two simple shifts in behaviour will make a big difference.

On a wider level seeking out sustainable forms of wealth means broadening our approach. In our definition of wealth, we include money, health, love, perfect self expression and spiritual wellbeing. Those are the five elements of Natural Wealth that you and I talk about at www.resonancewithlife.com. It’s important to put our attention equally to all five, because that leads to being fed and nurtured in a truly balanced way.

To answer your specific question about how we deal with coming changes and possible collapses of whole banking systems: my personal view is that although things appear to be calmer right now, we’re on course for hitting a major ice-berg.

We’re already seeing a systematic devaluing of the dollar and euro and this process will continue. It could be that both currencies have to be completely scrapped and re-started (as the Deutschmark was in Germany last century) which would mean a huge re-adjustment for us all.

Something major will have to happen. Western banks can’t continue to add billions to the coffers, because those billions don’t really exist. It’s a confidence trick: nothing more, nothing less. At some point the “toxic” derivative issue will rear its head and then a real panic could set in.

How to deal with this? As ever, do what few people are doing. Buy what is being sold off and sell anything that ties you to any potential banking collapse. To me this means putting attention towards “real” wealth builders, such as gold and silver and rare metals. Real estate in some places will be a good bet too (again, thinking outside the box, and keeping an eye on where China and Russia are putting their money will help).

Aside of that, shifting the emphasis of wealth from being simply about material gain always helps. Keeping our bodies fit, allowing our creative sides to find expression, spending time with loved-ones: all these are just as important as the pursuit of money – and will set us in good stead should our currencies be devalued.

Think of it this way: money is just one form of currency. Health, love, friendship, creation and laughter are also forms of currency. They’re similar exchanges of energy. And they pay us back in ways that are equally nourishing (if not more).

How do we measure our lives? What are our yardsticks of success? Is what we are currently paying attention to adding to our vitality or depleting it?

Those are questions for each of us to answer. As we seek those answers we can remind ourselves that wherever our attention goes, our energy will flow. So, it pays dividends to pay attention to what we are paying attention to!

And I think it also pays to remember that: “Not all the gold of the richest kings is worth the memory of happy things.”

Until next time,

Best wishes,

Richard.

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Where Our Attention Goes, Energy Flows

Dear Richard,

Sustainable sources of wealth for our families and communities.  That is what stuck with me after reading your last post Richard.   We have a broad perspective on wealth at ResonanceWithLife, however it feels important to me to take a look at how our culture defines wealth and our part in the creation of that.  Where do we individually, and as communities, put our attention?

Recently I was given a very strong lesson in this universal principle – where we put our attention the energy always flows – and oftentimes makes it even stronger than it would normally be than if we put our attention in other places . The universal tendency is to place attention on what is NOT working.  That could be pain, emotional upheavals, stress at work, interpersonal connections –  most anything.  I thought I was immune being a particularly positive person…but turns out that I certainly am not!

It is easy to see this very strong biological imprint in action that rests deeply within our cellular make up.  This survival instinct has us always on the look out for anything that seems to imbalance or threaten our life as we know it.  Thus, we tend to put attention on the negative things as they seem to be what is threatening us – even if they really aren’t!

For example in a recent yoga class we were asked to consciously shift our attention from our “screaming hamstring muscles” in a particular forward bend.  Instead we were asked to think of someone we love and put our attention there.  Immediately when our attention was taken off of the pain, the discomfort actually lessened, and in my case I realized that my range of motion also increased.

Yet another lesson in this universal principle occurred recently within a powerful change in my own daily life.  Focusing on all of the negative factors put me in a place of extreme STRESS.  I wasn’t happy and the stress was building.  Physical health and life energy were being compromised as my new set of circumstances brought daily challenges which I was perceiving as negative.  I felt trapped.  An entrapment of my own making as it turns out.

Then something happened to cause me to reflect on how I was thinking and where I was putting my attention.  The learning curve that I was in brought with it stress, that was certain.  But, where was I putting my attention?!  On how much the life that I had been leading was being affected – loss of freedom and creative time, tasks that were being given to me that I either didn’t know how to do or didn’t have time to do, interpersonal conflicts that were arising all around me…and it went on.

After reflection I decided that I would try a little experiment to see if changing where I put my attention would make a difference.  An intention was set for the next day.  Attention went on everything that I was doing right on this learning curve, and taken off of any mistakes or inability to perform in the way that I thought that I should.  This attention also included words being used to describe experiences during the day.

You might be able to guess the result of this experiment.  The day went smoothly.  Interpersonal connections were easier.  Everyone seemed to be happier in my environment….and I was a lot less stressed!!

So….given that our economies are under tremendous pressure and changes right now, I ask the question where should we be putting out attention?  On fear of loss and drastic financial change?  Or ways that we truly can create sustainable sources of wealth for ourselves and our communities NOW, based on a deep planetary interconnection with all of life?

Where your attention goes, energy flows!

With Love,

Gaye

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Diving Deep, Rising High

Dear Gaye,

Congratulations on the release of your new book. It’s a wonderful piece of writing and I hope many millions of people will read and enjoy it!

Your post about coots, some of them taking the easy pickings from the surface (fed by human hands) and others diving to the depths to retrieve more natural mouthfuls, got me thinking. We’re all a little like those coots. We have a choice. Do we take the bread offered by others, or do we find sources of food that nourish us more richly?

On a spiritual level, it’s only when we choose to dive a little deeper beneath the surface of our lives that we discover the nutrient-rich strands of thought and feeling that help us to rise high and fly above the surface of the water. No one can do this for us. It’s a journey we choose to embark on or ignore.

But what about the material level? What of the choices we face each day in a world where global currencies are at best in the process of being devalued, at worst facing possible collapse? How do we go about securing ourselves a nourishing food source in these challenging times?

In the image above, it’s the bankers of the world who are handing out the bread, scattering tidbits of man-made sustenance onto the surface of the pond in the form of huge amounts of “quantitative easing”. This phrase really just means “we’re printing money because we’ve no idea what else to do.” But adding a few billion to the markets does not solve the problems of extreme debt that we can see in both the USA and Europe. At best it is a distraction. At worst it’s a scam. And like the bread thrown for the coots, it cannot provide sustainable nourishment.

Imagine if we were each to simply go online and add a few million dollars to our bank balances. Would it be real? Not at all. We’d be accused of fraud.

Now I realise this is a sensitive subject for people – and not one we normally cover in the Natural Wealth Journal – but I believe it’s very important for people to think about this right now. Like the coots, we have a choice: do we accept the fake food that is being tossed by human hand, or do we look elsewhere? Do we dive a little deeper?

My suggestion is that we dive deeper and by that I mean: diversify. Think gold. Think Silver. Think precious and rare metals. These can be bought in small or large quantities from many outlets, and whilst their value will fluctuate a little, the coming two years will see each of them continue to offer real sustenance in a way that more obvious investments (or simply holding cash in the bank) won’t.

If you like, we can explore some of the reasoning behind this more in future posts. I just wanted to put my two cents out there, because I see 2012 as a pivotal year in the shift of balance from West to East. Call it a heads-up.

To mix my metaphors: we can be ostriches, sticking our heads in the sands and saying: “It’s all going to be ok, the government will sort this out for us!” or we can take the coot-route, realising that our governments really don’t have the ability to keep our currencies afloat (at least not in the same shape and form that we are used to) and taking action right now to provide sustainable sources of wealth for our families.

As ever, the choice is ours!

With best wishes, Richard.

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Being Generous to Ourselves

Dear Gaye,

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!

R.

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Imagining a Year Ahead

Dear Gaye,

A bright and beautiful New Year to you! May 2012 bring huge rewards for you, under grace and in perfect ways.

Now that the darkest period of the year is past (we’ve already gained more than 6 minutes of light since the 21st of December!) we tend to look ahead and wonder what the year will bring.

How will 2012 be different to 2011? What gifts will we choose to give and receive? With all the hype surrounding the Mayan Calendar, I thought I would put in my two cents worth and say that, in my opinion, everything will be just fine. It’s all about choices and we can choose whatever timeline we wish to progress along. Whatever anyone says, it’s never too late to change from the dark to the light.

So far as I know the Mayan Calendar did not predict this year would see the end of the world. It simply stated that the alignment on 12/12/2012 would mark an End Time, a transition. Transitions are often accompanied by challenge and we are already seeing the challenges of our transition each and every day in the world around us, but there is nothing to fear when we choose a clear path.

I’d like to open out the image you talked about last time, that we/Earth might simply be a cell in a huge universal brain. We might indeed. In fact, the whole of our universe might simply be a single cell in a vast, inconceivably huge brain. Our universe looks remarkably like a brain cell.

The other side of that coin is that there might indeed be whole universes of existence within each one of our trillions of cells. We’re all 95% hollow. So if we go “in” far enough, seeking out what lies in the spaces between, we may find universes, galaxies, solar systems contained within!

It’s really up to us, what we find there. What do we imagine we are?

Millions of years ago an amoeba decided to split into two, imagining itself into an entirely new existence. That process has been going on ever since. Each jump in evolution is accompanied by a BIG imaginative leap, whether it be a fish imagining a life out of water so that it becomes a frog, or a lizard imagining a life off the ground and then growing wings etc.

Imagination is perhaps the most powerful tool at our command – and we each of us have it by the bucket load. We’re jammed, crammed and full of imagination, each of us in every one of our cells.

So, as 2012 dawns, I am sitting down to write an “Imagine It” list. It includes all the elements I wish this year to bring. Writing them all down helps me, because I think about them in a different way and they become “real” in a different way too.

I won’t imagine HOW the things can happen (not yet). I’ll simply let the mind finger its way around possibilities. Any that put a smile on my face go on the list. That’s my litmus test.

I believe 2012 can be a year of huge progress for us all, both as individuals and as a race. It can be a year of light, love and compassion, if we choose for it to be so.

I imagine it already is.

With very best wishes for a wonder-full year ahead!

Richard

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Occupy Yourself – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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

Dear Richard,

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?

If this is so, then every thought we have has the potential to change and shift the entire Universe.   The ultimate dissolving of boundaries and boxed in definitions of what life is all about.

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,

Gaye

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Making Connections

“My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call “education of the heart.” Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.”  The Dalai Lama

Dear Gaye,

I love the story in your last post. What a great reminder to us all that it’s when we engage with others that real magic happens!

Imagine how different our world would be if the daily news covered tales like this, focusing on the millions of instances of people connecting with each other that happen every day, rather than all the doom and gloom. I really don’t think it would take long for a big shift to happen: a shift from fear to faith.

I’ve just relocated back to England (for a while) and have noticed how wary people are of each other here in comparison to Southern Ireland. Like you, I tend to chat with people, giving them a smile and engaging in whatever topic pops into my head. It always leads somewhere interesting.

The other day I was in a long queue at the post office. In front of me was a young mother with her small boy, of maybe 6 or 7 years old. Hanging around in queues is deadly dull for small children (I remember it well!) and he was getting bored, singing “Let it snow!” louder and louder to get attention. I bent down and started chatting with him. Do you think it’ll snow this Christmas? Yes, I hope so: that sort of thing.

Then I realized that his Mom was looking at me with alarm. Her eyes said: “Who is this strange man? Why is he talking with my son? What does he want?” I looked her right in the eye and simply said “It’s ok, I have three kids of my own,” at which point she softened and we carried on chatting, all three of us, whilst the queue got shorter. We didn’t have the spectacular results that you and your artist friend did, but a moment of fear was transformed into a few minutes of connection.

And that, to me, is what this time in our evolution is all about: transforming fear of difference into moments of connection. Yes, we’re all unique, but we’re all pretty much the same underneath, with 99.99% of our genome being shared by each one of us across the globe.

By nature, we are all one. And we know it. Put a group of two year olds in a room and leave them to it and they get on just fine, no matter what color, creed or social background they’re from. We’re genetically predisposed to connect.

It’s only later, when we go to school and start to listen to what our friends and parents tell us, that we start to see others as different. They myth of separation begins to kick in and pretty soon we start making judgements that set “us” aside from “them”. And that’s where the problems come in. Squabbles over differences lead to arguments on a minor scale, wars on a major one.

We’re heading towards Christmas, a time when we direct our attention towards giving and sharing, when we’re encouraged to display our innate sense of empathy. I wonder, though, whether each of us can make a commitment to bringing that sense of empathy into every day of our lives, sharing a smile, offering help whenever we can, doing what we can to bridge the perceived divides?

I think we can. It doesn’t have to be in huge, grand gestures (although those are just fine too!). We can all do a little bit, each day. And each little bit mounts up. And the shift begins.

For me, there’s no such thing as separation. What I feel, you feel. What happens to animals, plants, to the earth itself, happens to me too. That’s the beauty of it. We’re all in this together.

Namaste,

Richard.

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Learning How To Dance In The Rain

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
it’s about learning how to dance in the rain”  ~Unknown Author

Dear Richard,

Something very powerful happened to me last week.  This “something” has been unfolding itself over the last month or more in a rather “stormy” time when I am TRUSTING that my bank account will soon see streams of income flowing in based on the heart and creative centered actions that I am taking one step at a time.

Instead of contracting into scarcity it was my decision to change my mindset – as you Richard so eloquently spoke of in your last post – and to “dance in the rain” instead.  My dancing had to do with a regular “street person” that I see frequently as I take the same route to places that I frequent.

Mother Theresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless”.   I believe that words, actions, smiles, creative, spontaneous, and anonymous acts of kindness and generosity all contribute to being the change we wish to see in the world.

There are opportunities all around us. Perhaps you see the person with a sign, standing on the median divider on a road well traveled, as someone who has a story to tell and gifts to give.

Who are they? What set of circumstances lead to their being there?  Do you roll up your window and pretend that you are busily engaged, or do you acknowledge them with a smile or a wave, or deeper yet as a whole human being who has needs just like you do and gifts to share.  Do you engage in conversation while you wait for the light to change?

One day I was curious about just such a person.  His name is Joseph and his sign is a little different.  He holds a picture of a friend that he has drawn and calls himself a disabled artist.  Not satisfied to just give him money, I wanted to know his story.  What transpired over a period of about 6 weeks was a back and forth dialog in which I challenged him to draw a self portrait which I would pay him for.

Result?  We looked forward to seeing each other when I passed by and there were always a few words shared and stories told about the project that I had given him.  When he came up against a perceived “roadblock” to completing this assignment we mutually brainstormed about how to get around it.

The day Joseph presented me with the piece – I parked near by and walked to the place where he stood – I was amazed at the skill and creative genius that was captured in the stunning self portrait that captured his essence.  I handed him the money that I had promised.  In return he was so elated to have this creative gift received in such a positive way that not only was a hug forthcoming, but there was a promise of more art to come.

Now I may never really know what impact this has made in his life, but for me I felt so much gratitude for the self-portrait and the meaning behind it. This person is making the best of his life and not willing to give up on the artistic gift that he has been given.  I received from him the courage to keep taking my steps no matter what the outward monetary circumstances may be in my own life.

I might add that when I said to him one day passing by, before he finished the picture, that I knew it was more of a challenge to do a self-portrait, he said to me – “I like a challenge”.  And he did!

Now, if I would have never engaged him in the first place out of a place of curiosity directed from the heart, then none of this would have happened.  The day that we exchanged portrait for money – all forms of energy – I felt more open and receptive to what my own life was calling me to do.

Next time there is a “storm” in my life I will be looking for the dance steps to take certain that the echos of my footsteps will be endless….will you?

With Love,

Gaye

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