No matter what, give it all you’ve got…

Those of you who know me know I really enjoying reading books that help you ‘expand’ both in your everyday efficiency and your mental efficiency. Not just regular self help books, but the deep, thought provoking ones where you sometimes have to read a paragraph four times before you think you get what they’re trying to tell you. So I just read this awesome book called The Well Life by Briana and Dr. Peter Borten (dragontreeapothecary.com or you can also get it on Amazon). It’s extremely practical in that it teaches you great ways to achieve goals, but it also teaches you a bit of the spirituality around achieving goals. (If you’re at all in to this kind of thing, do yourself a favor and check it out.) So there was this chapter on Self Care and it talked about being in the moment (something I struggle with a lot) and it asked the question:

“What would I do if I were intent on getting the most possible enjoyment from this activity?”

In other words, whatever activity you’re doing, or whatever is happening around you right now, really give it everything you’ve got. ‘Be’ in it. Notice how you ‘feel.’ Find all the parts and pieces of it. Now, as they say in the book, it’s pretty easy to do that when you’re enjoying the activity, right? I mean, it’s not hard to really enjoy a long walk on a beautiful sunny beach, or a fabulous dinner with a loved one or friends, or a loving snuggle from your dog. Those are easy things to give your all to.

But it got me thinking. What if we were to do the same thing with something that sucks? As humans, when something sucks, we want that thing to be over with as soon as possible. We close our eyes, we try desperately to avoid looking at it. We try to break through it. We imagine we’re somewhere else. Well, what if we didn’t? What if we did the same thing with the bad things as we do with the good? What if we used the bad things to help us learn and grow and create?

Now, I’m not saying wallow in the bad stuff. That’s just keeping it in your vibration. What I am saying is ‘feel’ your way through the bad stuff and find the lesson in it. Then, figure out specifically what you want INSTEAD and turn in the direction of that.

When we study the Law of Attraction we see that there is contrast all around us. We know what we don’t want, therefore we know what we do want. So the contrast serves a purpose! When the crappy stuff happens, there’s an opportunity. Instead of running away from it, why not sit with it for a bit? How does it make me feel? What are all the parts and pieces of it? By doing that, we can get a much clearer and more detailed picture of what we DO want. Maybe if we sit with a situation and watch what happens when we do, we can more clearly figure out our next move. Maybe we can come out of it having learned a little bit. If we do so, maybe…

just maybe, our hearts and minds will grow three sizes that day…

(see what I just did there?)

Merry Christmas everyone….

In Munay…

Find the space in between…

As you know, I often use the daily quotes I get from Abraham-Hicks (www.abraham-hicks.com) as a spring board for these blogs. Today I’m using one from one of my teachers, Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., founder of The Four Winds Light Body School where I study Shamanism (www.thefourwinds.com). He offers up a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ and this one really spoke to me. It’s also something I’m REALLY trying to work on myself.

 

“The shaman doesn’t look for meaning in life, but brings meaning to every situation. She stops looking for truth and instead brings truth to every encounter.”

–Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

 

This speaks to me on several levels, but bottom line? We look for our power on the outside instead of the inside, giving it away to people or situations instead of finding the meaning or the truth within ourselves.

Think about it. Something or someone happens in our every day lives and what do we do? We immediately ‘React.’ Most of us spend our whole lives ‘Reacting’ to the things around us as opposed to ‘Responding.’ Say those two words out loud and feel the difference in the energy between them. React. Respond.

Everyday, we allow things and people to create meaning for us, to create the truth for us. But what if we looked in instead of out? What if WE gave the thing or the person the meaning we want to give it? What if we brought OUR truth to the situation instead of looking for the truth IN the situation?

How do we do that you ask? By finding the space in between. That tiny speck of space around someone or something that happens and what we do afterwards. The world around us in nothing but our perception of it. We control what we do after someone or something happens. So the question is, Do you immediately react? Or do you find that speck of space and allow yourself to respond in a way that works for you, in a way that keeps your personal power intact?

Next time something or someone happens…

Find the speck of space.

And feel the difference in that.

In Munay…

Fly your freak flag…

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I’ll admit it. When people ask me what it is I do, I still kind of stammer for a second. In my head I say, ‘Here we go…How is this person going to react when I explain this?’ And then I say, ‘I’m a writer and a Shaman and an Animal Communicator.’ And then I just wait. I usually get, ‘What’s a Shaman?’ or ‘What do you mean, you talk to animals?’ Once I explain, I often see that polite, yet disbelieving look in the eyes, some uncomfortable shifting, and a change of subject. And that’s absolutely fine. We all choose to believe in something or not to believe in something. And that’s our right. But what I’ve recently realized is that I’m ‘sugar coating’ if you will, what it is that I do, in order to make someone else feel more comfortable.

Like I said, when someone asks me what it is I do, I usually start with ‘Writer.’ And I am a writer. I’ve been freelance writing for clients for over 20 years. But it’s really not the main thing I do anymore. My energy work with humans and animals is. But in today’s society, it’s still more comfortable for people to hear things like, writer, insurance salesman, doctor, accountant, manager or whatever, than it is to hear something weird like Shaman or Animal Communicator. Many people just don’t know what to do with something like that. (Let’s face it, if it were 1692 I’d be burned at the stake…) And maybe it’s not what you do for a living that makes people uncomfortable, but what you believe in, or how you dress, or the music you listen too, or the books you read, or the artwork you display on your walls.

Sometimes we tone down who we are in order to make someone else feel better. Unfortunately, when we do that, we ourselves feel the discomfort. We ourselves are being buried a little bit each time. We ourselves are hidden.

So, today I challenge you to stop hiding those parts of yourself that you think might make someone else a bit uncomfortable. Today I challenge you to…

Fly your freak flag.

And see just how good it makes YOU feel.

In Munay…