“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life”. Rachel Carson
What would our lives be without mystery? I would not want to imagine that sort of world. A world where everything is explained away as having one particular meaning or understanding. A world where the sacred spark that starts the heart for the first time is explained away as a biological function and the mystery of a caterpillar being turned into the liquid form of imaginal cells that assist the creation and emergence of a stunning butterfly with the opening of the chrysalis is downplayed as just nature doing its thing.
Even our very breath that keeps us alive. Where and how does your breath emerge? Have you ever thought of it in terms of a mystery instead of attempting to pin it down in scientific terms? What happens with that first breath, the 7,000 each day, the 500 million in a normal lifespan, and the last exhale that flies from our bodies to soar elsewhere.
Breathing supports every experience you have. You exchange 10 billion trillion atoms with your surroundings with every breath you take. The atoms that you inhale every day have traversed the bodies of living beings across the universe and across time – a testament to the law of giving and receiving. What mystery connects us all in such an intimate dance in something as simple as breathing in air and out air – each breath having emerged out of or taken in by another living form. Always interconnected….
Even the cosmos beyond, around and within us bubbles with mystery of the unknown. Man’s efforts to pierce the veil of something so immense that one cannot even grasp a very tiny bit of it’s character or vastness is at best futile.
Perhaps the daily mysteries that face us as we walk through the moments of our lives are meant to provide the spark for opening our arms, our minds and our hearts to moving forward into the places that hold no explanation….but instead hold a place for awe, wonder. and creativity.
It is within this dance of creation that we feel the life pulse that creates the greatest natural art piece that we will ever behold. Know that the beauties and mysteries of the Earth and all that surrounds it will always hold the meaning for our lives. It is this which we indulge in. It is this that keeps us awake and present to the endless mystery and wealth that is life here and now.
Indulge and be shaken apart never to be “put back” the same way ever again. Soak in the mystery and behold that you too are a part of this natural dance of the Divine.
When we surrender to (Grace) we surrender to something bigger than ourselves – to a universe that knows what it is doing. . . . We learn to trust that the power that holds galaxies together can handle the circumstances of our relatively little lives.” ~ Marianne Williamson
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“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,
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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.
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!
Sorry not to get back to you more quickly. I am writing this from Southern Ireland, where I’m vacationing with my daughters. We’ve been having a fine time, exploring ancient sacred sites, locating long-lost standing stones, heading to the beach on the sunny days and (this being Ireland) holing up on the days when the rain has fallen like stair-rods! So, I’ve spent less time at the laptop than usual as a result.
I love the quotation from Einstein. He wrote so much that we are now discovering to be true (even though much of what he wrote was questioned at the time). For him, the world was full of wonder, each and every day and he was one of the few people who could wrap up a really complex idea into a simple image. One of these was that all we see of life (no matter how far out into space we look) is just the tip of the lion’s tail. The rest of the lion is beyond our perception!
Einstein was perhaps the first scientist to completely dovetail a sense of mysticism with his appreciation of science. His was a world where the imagination knows no boundaries, where ANYTHING is possible, where we are all equally capable of reaching spiritual as well as material comfort. He explained this by saying that the whole universe is underpinned by an Infinite Intelligence that lies behind, beneath and within all matter. This Infinite Intelligence is what creates the interconnectedness you talk of. In our course Natural Wealth, which will be released later this month, I call this Infinite Intelligence the Divine Design.
The Divine Design is all around us and, like the lion in Einstein’s image, we often see no more than the tip of its tail. But seeing that tail-tip is enough to know that it is there. The trick is to acknowledge it.
That’s not always easy. A lot of what we get taught steers us away from seeing the Divine Design at work in our own lives. We dismiss things as “coincidences” or luck. But the fun is that the more we look out for it, the more we notice it. The more we notice it, the more it becomes apparent that it is alive and well in everything we do, everyone we meet, each thought, all feelings.
In fact, when we truly open ourselves up to acknowledge and welcome the Divine Design into our lives, there’s no turning back. Like Neo in the film The Matrix, nothing is quite the same again.
A part of accessing the Divine Design, for me, is finding the “home sanctuary” you’re talking about in your latest post, so let’s focus on that this week. This sanctuary is a place where you know that you belong not just inside yourself, but within the outer world at large. As you say, there’s no division.
That’s a great place to find and to revisit each and every day! So how do you make sure you find that place every day, rather than just occasionally?
One way is to direct yourself to it. I’ve developed a particular technique (I call it The Spirit Level) that helps bring me to this point each day. It’s a very easy, simple process that takes only a few minutes and it is most effective when repeated each and every day.
You’d be surprised how many clients I’ve worked with who say “Yeah, that worked really well for a while, Richard, but then it kinda stopped working.” When I ask them if they have been practicing the technique each day, they then say, “Oh, er, no, I was looking for more of a quick-fix than that.” To which I always say that attending to our inner peace is something to do every day of our lives. Not just once in a while.
The image that works best for me to illustrate this is that our mental and spiritual muscles enjoy being exercised just as much as the ones in our bodies. We know we can’t stay physically fit by visiting the gym or exercising only once a week. Well, the same thing applies to our mental and spiritual selves too. If we don’t exercise those muscles, they’ll go as slack and flabby as our body does when we get lazy. Practice really does make perfect.
The pay-off is huge, because reaching a point of inner sanctuary each day brings a sense of belonging that many of us in the west have lost. It’s a deep, deep appreciation of our place in the continuum of things: a sensation that cannot be bought by money, drugs or alcohol – or anything that might temporarily affect our senses. It’s just what you say it is: a home sanctuary within which miracles are a part of every day life.
I love that you have simultaneously been gifted a real home in which to live too: the sanctuary without to match that within!
The key, for me, is what you say about “handing things over” to the Divine Design, because that’s the way (ironically) to take control. It’s the way of synchronicities and miracles instead of struggles. One of the guidelines, or laws, in Natural Wealth is the Law of Non-resistance. This teaches us that only in resisting a situation can we be dissatisfied or stressed by an outcome. In other words, it’s only when we try to push a pre-conceived outcome into reality that we can come a-cropper. (having a fall or accident)
I’ll give you a great example from my life just recently. The day before I was due to drive from England to Ireland (a journey of several hundred miles, including a ferry journey in the middle) I did the usual clear-out of the car in readiness for traveling. For me this always involves simple maintenance issues like checking the water and oil and so on. As I was doing this, I noticed a dark stain on the garage floor. Oil. Now at that point I could have just said: “Oh well, just fill up the oil and get on with it.” But as I looked at the leak I had a hunch to take the car to the local garage and have them check it out.
I dropped off the car later that day and a few hours later I got a call from the garage. “Yeah,” they said, “You have an oil leak, but you also have a busted steering fluid pipe and your car is UNDRIVABLE AT THE MOMENT!” They then told me that getting the new part required to fix the car would take a couple days at least. “OK,” I replied, “Do what you have to do and call me when it’s fixed.”
What was interesting in the two days that followed was how many people said to me: “Oh, no, how frustrating!” or “My gosh, how annoying!” or something like that. But for me, it was not frustrating or disappointing at all. It was an example of the Divine Design at work. And I was very grateful for it.
If I had not had a visible sign pointing me to the oil leak, I would never have discovered the cracked steering fluid pipe. And if that pipe had snapped with us driving at, say 70mph on the highway, the results could have been truly disastrous – not just for us, but for other drivers too. If your steering cable goes at high speed, there’s no controlling the car.
As it was, sure I had to pay a change-fee of maybe $50 for the ferry. I also had to call the bed and breakfast where we were due to stay on the way and apologize, but the lady there was very understanding and she had a room for us later in the week, which I then booked. And yes, the girls were disappointed initially that we were delayed: but not for long, because they understand the workings of the Divine Design even better than I do!
So, when anyone said anything negative to me, I simply replied: “Not at all. I’m grateful for such a clear demonstration from the Divine Design. I’m grateful we’re all still here to talk about it!”
That sort of thing happens all the time when we open ourselves up to the workings of the Divine Design: an outward sign of something that leads to the discovery of something invisible. It’s a part of the magic of the world in which we live, so long as we are open to it. We can’t always be sure what’s happening under the bonnet, but when we get a clear sign that something should be addressed, we must give it immediate attention if we are to thrive and prosper.
Yes, there’ll be plenty of folks who say otherwise and who contradict the way you do things when you embark on a life of Natural Wealth, but I feel the groundswell of a shift taking place as more and more people start to discover that the mysteries of the world are revealed to those who welcome them. That groundswell is made up of people who are turning away from the old ego-driven way of doing things to one in which there is no meaningful separation between one person and another, one object and the next. Everything is interconnected just the way you say it is…
And to enjoy the interconnections, all we have to do is to hand over in trust.
When we hand over our lives in trust to the Divine Design, things happen “as if by magic”. And they keep on happening that way! Conversely, if we keep on pushing against the weft, we’ll continue to be “knocked back”. The Divine Design will just keep on saying to us: “My way, not your way!” until we get the message and do just what you’ve done: hand over, trust, be ready, willing and awake to receive the Natural Wealth that is available to us all.
It’s not the way the logical head likes to go. Nor is it the way that most western businesses are used to behaving. But it works, as you’ve just discovered with the wonderful new home that has “fallen into your lap” – and as you’ll keep on discovering in the coming months!
A simple thing to say each morning, as you re-ignite that sense of interconnection with the Divine Design is: “Your way, not my way!” This directs you to follow your intuitions, the workings of ego-free self. Follow that up with: “I am awake to every lead” and you’ll find that manifesting desires is far simpler than many would have you believe…
With love and best wishes,
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!!
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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.
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!