This quote reminds of the need to recognize my own mystery and possibilities. I seldom associate a drop of water with a majestic ocean or a devastating flood, yet each seemingly insignificant drop has magnificent properties and the imprint of power.
If I want to live as peacefully and as powerfully as water, I must
- surrender to the mystery
- never underestimate my complexity and beauty (and that of others)
- value my connection to the whole
- appreciate my uniqueness and impact (and that of others)
- change willingly and as easily as water changes to ice or vapor
It sounds bizarre to believe the whole world belongs to us when we feel (and most likely have experienced) quite the opposite: poor, helpless, and abandoned.
But, I am starting to understand why it might be true.
Just the other day, while working on a discouraging project, I decided to exchange an attitude of scarcity and defeat for an attitude of hope. It took a day or two, but, I began to…
- attract abundance from “nowhere”
- have new ideas
- feel joy and energy to take steps forward
- be an encouragement instead of a drain to others around me
To know nothing is lacking is to agree with the same abundant Universe that has remarkably sustained me until now.
People are a mess. Life is often a mess. Things happen. Death is inevitable.
But, sing anyway.
Look it square in the face and sing.
That may sound absurd, but when I do, I find courage. Sometimes, even a smile.
Music seems to connect me to a harmony above the chaos.
That’s a good reason to test the hypothesis, anyway. (Especially when we consider how important music has been in all the stages of our life, how imbedded it is in our memories, and how much music meddles with our emotions.)
I used to get angry at people who told me I could do more with my life.
Easy for them to say! How dare they imply I was not a victim of my unfortunate circumstances?!
I now have proof that I had free access to unlimited power and was only limited by my own limiting beliefs.
Tesla’s story encourages me to rise above myself and the opinions of others; to choose the higher energy, frequency, and vibration.
There is much more to us and our influence than meets the eye…or public opinion.
Learning to trust and be trusted has been the most important and courageous journey of my life.
Dare to Lead‘s illuminating road map:
Boundaries (to be clear about our expectations) – setting, communicating, and maintaining boundaries with ourselves and others
Reliability (to be able to relax) – doing what we say we will do
Accountability (how we fix things) – being willing to apologize and take responsibility for mistakes
Vault (to feel safe)– keeping things confidential that need to be confidential
Integrity (character) – doing what is right vs. what is fun, fast, or easy
Non Judgement (kindness) – agreeing to ask for help and say what needs to be said without judgement
Generosity (loving as we love ourselves) – extending the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others
Everyone is critical of how negative and inefficient TV news is, but most of us…
- spend the majority of our conscious hours focused on what’s going wrong in the world rather than what’s going right
- have too many “commercial” breaks for shameless self-promotion or ego-driven side lines
- are more show than substance
It is no accident TV news became what it is. It’s driven by human nature.
If we want something more, we must become something more. More noble. More courageous. More grateful.
It’s pretty normal to sigh about our workload…or lack of work…or not being able to have what we want…or what went wrong…or the seemingly unfair absence of hope.
But, there is only one way to keep our discouragement from defining us: choose to meditate on the things we have versus the things we don’t have.
Catching myself sighing, getting bored, anxious, or pronouncing judgement on my life is the first step.
The second step is recovering my delight in my heart beat, or oxygen, or the beauty in something that exists in my memory or right now.
Practiced Deep Satisfaction.
So I can smile at the future and be ready for more.
(The essence of the Law of Attraction. Be attractive. Change your vibration. Attract beauty.)
It is easy to think it is just my opponents who’s minds are being destroyed by greed, hatred, and ignorance. Yet, although uncomfortable to articulate, the three evils lurk within my mind as well. They may show up as subtle thoughts about getting what is due to me, or in an angry unwillingness to listen to another’s opinion, or even in the manner I go after food and drink or luxuries.
But, if I don’t cultivate acute self-awareness and consciously execute offensive attacks to uproot these bad seeds, I am just as prone to succumb to their destructive powers as anyone.
My strongest motivation to ruthlessly search for and weed out these culprits?
The knowledge that we never get away with bad-character decisions.
When resources are sparse and our circumstances are bleak, this poster feels like a cruel joke.
Yet, when we dismiss our cynicism, we’ll experience why visualizing unlimited abundance is worth the effort:
1) Dreaming puts a smile on our face. (Ask your friends, family, and coworkers which they prefer, the smile or the grimace?)
2) Visualization is scientifically proven to change our body chemistry, disarming harmful toxins that feed dis-ease. (Ask your body what it wants, angst or relaxation?)
3) Relaxing into hope stamps out doubt, worry, and anger. (Ask your past which worked better, despair or faith?)
4) Stopping long enough to recalibrate gives us the energy to take positive steps forward. (Ask anyone which works better, giving up or gearing up?)
(Original post 2013)
Sometimes it seems like we just can’t get a break; as if all doors are barred against us.
As a writer, I have been turned down by more people than I can count, as a petitioner for jobs or speaking and acting opportunities, the gatekeepers often made me feel as if I had no right to knock.
Stand up comic, Mike Birbiglia gives this piece of advice, “Don’t bow to the gatekeepers because, in essence, there are no gatekeepers. You are the gatekeeper.”
I now know that the best thing I can do for myself everyday is to “summon up my own gatekeeper” by recovering my…
- inner power
- purpose and mission
- positive energy
If I have forgotten who I am, how can I expect anyone else to know?