Sunday, September 25, 2011

I am

Awesome...just awesome being in the presence of such a great spiritual teacher and inspirational leader--Dr. Wayne Dyer. Speaking at The Palais de Congres of Montreal last night to a room of 1200 people brought together by Anne Thibault-Berube's Autopoetic Ideas, Dyer's energy at this event was palpable. I took away a clarity that has forever touched my soul and my relationship with my higher self and my Higher Power. It is simply this: I am.

Dr. Dyer makes the writings of great thinkers accessible as he interprets these for us. One of his interpretations last night comes from The "I Am" Discourses (Saint Germain Series, Vol. 3), a small book he read from. Dyer said: "The great presence within you that you call 'I am' is God." The discussion then followed that when you say 'I am...(well, prosperous, content)', you are that, your highest self. Therefore, when we say 'I am tired or not feeling well, or or or...' we are creating that reality, a reality which we also have the power to change.

We heard about the five principles Dyer expounds on in his forthcoming book, Mastering the Art of Manifestation, to be released in March 2012:
  1. Imagination - the greatest gift you've been given
  2. Living from the end - seeing what you want manifest
  3. Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled
  4. Attention - going to 'I am" when the subject matter of something comes up
  5. Now I lay me down to sleep - how our thoughts marinate in our subconscious mind during those 8 hours and the value of applying "I am" in the five minutes before drifting off to sleep at night

Dr. Dyer ended his talk with two very powerful quotes: "When you trust in yourself, you trust in the very wisdom that created you." and "You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego."

I am...a host to God and all things that are good in my life. Thank you, Wayne Dyer, for your inspiration and enlightenment along a soul's journey!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

How did I miss that??

Sometimes we don't see something happening. Or it is well hidden. Other times, we notice it but don't really "see" it. Or we see it and choose not to notice it. We practice denial, that protective coping mechanism which allows us to live our lives unfettered and not have to deal with what might present a painful or challenging situation. Denial is often jokingly referred to as a river (The Nile) in Jordan--most of us have never been there, nor have we seen it. But we know it exists...just like painful clues to a situation that is uncomfortable for us. And somehow we miss those clues.

Enter intuition--that little voice inside each of us. It tells us stuff. It sends us important messages. It helps feelings surface, for us to look at vis-a-vis what we are noticing. The problem arises when we squash that little voice, rationalizing it as: "It couldn't be. Nah, it's impossible." A dear friend of mine likens denial to sending that little child inside herself back into the basement, not listening to her or hearing her needs. I like to call intuition my sixth sense. And I feel it located somewhere between my solar plexus and my gut. That "gut feeling," as we say.

And so we go about our daily life as if nothing is happening that would upset the perfect balance we have created for ourselves. Except it is not so balanced. In fact, it is downright out of whack. Because next thing we know, we are reacting to something that we don't know or see. We might find ourselves questioning and obsessing. And while it might be crazy and crazy-making, it requires our attention nonetheless.

How do we identify that inner voice or wisdom and give credence to this inner child's needs? We stop and listen--really listen. And we stop challenging ourselves as not knowing best. We do. Let ourselves overreact or feel outlandish in our thinking. And just sit with the possibility of it, the "What if?" of it. When we let ourselves become open to the clues, they all fit like pieces to a jigsaw puzzle. Then we can make our best decisions. And we will. Because we do know best.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Doing Better

From my October 24, 2010 post Facing Adversity
"When you know better, you do better." Maya Angelou's sage words ooze self-growth. When you experience that 'aha moment,' you may realize that at any given time, and through any kind of pain, you are doing the best you can with what you've got. Perhaps you didn't have all the information or see the bigger picture. Perhaps you were reacting to a situation over which you had no control. It's not an excuse nor an absolution. It's simply a way of making peace within. You acknowledge that you did the best you could at the time. And then you can allow others that same space. It ties in with forgiveness--of the self and of others. It ties in with moving on to a better place: a place of healing. You do better now because now you know better. And that is the best anyone can do. A Leonard Cohen line aptly reflects this: "There are cracks in everything. That's how the light gets in."