Archive for November, 2012

I recently purchased this beautiful audio set by David Whyte, a poet whose language is rich and deeply moving, yet still accessible. He speaks of awakening not just to each new day, but to ourselves and our continual rebirth as something and someone new.

Here is the poem titled What to Remember When Waking:

In that first
hardly noticed
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
and frighteningly
where everything
there is a small
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love?  What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

~ David Whyte ~

(The House of Belonging)

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“I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” (Joseph Campbell)

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Recently on OWN Oprah began a Lifeclass series with renowned pastor Joel Osteen. They discussed the meaning of “I am,” and the different ways we use and misuse these sacred words throughout the day. Why are these words sacred? “I am” is, in fact, another name for God. When we say “I am tired,” or “I am worthless,” we are actually saying that God is tired or worthless, which of course cannot be true. Although physically we may feel tired, or our egos may tell us that we are worthless, the truth is that we are none of those things because we are each manifestations of God.

Whatever we call ourselves, we call into being. When we say that we are tired, what do we become? More tired! Try to reverse the words you use to describe yourself. Perhaps you are feeling sad. Instead of saying “I am happy” (which would deny your feelings and probably not ring true), state “I am moving through my sadness into a state of joy.” Feel your vibration change as you say these words to yourself.

If you haven’t checked out Super Soul Sunday or any of Oprah’s lifeclasses, I suggest you do so; they are amazing and accessible! On the East coast it airs at 9 PM, but check your local listings.

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Although I picked this book up nearly a year ago, I find that recently I have begun to develop a slight obsession with it all over again. Gabrielle Bernstein is down-to-earth and makes the teachings in A Course in Miracles accessible. I have also been listening to some of her lectures via iTunes, where you can stream them for free.

Bernstein speaks very clearly about recognizing and releasing negative thoughts. Whenever you have a fearful thought like I’m not good enough, or I will never get that job, stop, record it, and then release it. In her lectures she offers many ways to release the fearful thoughts. I personally feel these thoughts physically, so when I am in a fearful mindset, my body literally feels heavy and painful. I like to get to the source of the physical pain and ask it to relax. When my body relaxes, my mind can as well, and the fear is released.

Bernstein is also coming out with a new book, Expect Miracles, in January 2013. I can’t wait to read more of her wise words!

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