Changing Your Altitude

A few years ago, I joined several women in reading Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and in doing so became very conscious of the way our ego shifts our perspective and quiets our spirit.  It’s the kind of book that you can pick up at any time, open to any page and connect to a thought/idea that becomes a lens through which you observe yourself for a period of time.  The content is so simple and easy to absorb–there’s an underlying powerful transformational quality about it.  Although you wouldn’t think it to be so, Eckhart begins by saying not everyone will connect to this book.  And I believe that to be due to our “readiness” to change, to *see ourselves and our survivor energies more clearly.

I recently came across his previous book The Power of Now, and find his writing to be similarly presented.  My sense is that we will share many conversations about the material of Eckhart Tolle, so rich as it is.  And so that is where we begin today, with a piece that stood out to me last night.  Something we all “know,” but not in such clarity.  On the subject of emotion as related to our minds:

“Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet.  It is the body’s reaction to your mind–or you might say, a reflection of your mind in the body.  For example, an attack thought or a hostile thought will create a buildup of energy in the body that we call anger.  The body is getting ready to fight.  The thought that you are being threatened, physically or psychologically, causes the body to contract, and this is the physical side of fear.” 

Take a moment to really consider this, let its absolute truth sink into your consciousness.  Our thoughts create our emotional reaction.  Our beliefs, our past hurts (referred to in this book as the “pain-body”)–what we have taken on as our reality.  THIS is our trigger to emotional reaction.  My friends, do you yet grasp the high altitude of spiritual electricity in this?  Can you see how YOU have the authority, the potential, the final “say-so” over how you feel, how you respond, who you ARE?  This is a key place in determining what your world looks like, feels like – IS.  Simply taking time to understand your feelings–feel them fully, and also be an observer to what they tell you–shifts your place in the cosmos.  MOVES YOU!  The level of power, transformation – ALCHEMY – in this truth is beyond words!  It’s like being hit by lightning and awaking to a new self. 

What if you could change your presence in this way?  Claim your own self power to choose, to be?  There’s so much language about being the “captain of your ship” and determining your own destiny.  My friends–do you understand this is yours to have?  There’s so much to be said on this, perhaps it will take many posts here to fully grasp the reality in this one small paragraph.  For it carries an absolute Universal truth for us all:  thought creates reality.  We’ve all heard it, but Eckhart Tolle offers it to us in doses we can understand, receive and work with in our lives. 

As you observe yourself in your emotions–look beyond what you feel.  What do you BELIEVE to be true behind the emotion, what thought is driving your body to react in this way?  Allowing yourself to explore this one question begins to diminish the power of the thought/belief.  If you are fully present to this task, you will engage the process of transformation in a way that will shift your entire world.  Are you ready for such change to enter your life? 

This message feels more than a whisper today my friends.  Instead we are hearing through a megaphone, loud and clear.  But of late, the question seems to be:  are you listening?  And whether you are certain of your ability to do so, or perhaps would rather not–in that space, where your deepest inner truth and desire to grow on this quest for our Divine self…..that my friends is where you will hear……your heart whisper to you of her purest and most intimate desires…..


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Castles in the Sand

Listening to the waves make their way onto the sand washing away anything in their path, and then retreat again, it’s easy to imagine the castles that are or were once built along the shore.  Some take a great deal of time to build their sculpture-quality castle, securing a strong foundation and adding the finest of details.  Others may build quickly crafted walls, with very little garnish.  In either case, the waves will come and the castles will fall.  Even when built far up on the shoreline, eventually the water prevails and the shore returns to its natural state.

Isn’t this true for us, too?  Are we not the castles in the sand?  We can craft or create whatever we wish in our lives.  It may stand tall for many, many years.  Or it may fall at the first hint of a rolling wave.

Consider this from the perspective of what you wish to create as your reality.  Wayne Dyer says “What’s true in the morning, has become a lie in the afternoon.”  What we feel is important today, this week, this year – at this exact moment – is always prone to change.  Think back to a time in your life when you can from this vantage point confidently say “I’m not the same person I was then.”  This is the transformation of life.  We do not stay the same, nor are we meant to do so.

We are given the sands of the shore on which to sculpt the desires of our hearts.  And we are also given the grace of the waves to wash away what no longer serves us.  Still, it remains true at the end of the day – every grain of sand that once stood as our castle continues to be part of us and contribute to the whole of who we are.  Although the castles may be washed away, the sand is still the sand and can be used to build yet again.

Now, take this concept and apply it to your life TODAY.  Build the castle you desire….and allow the one that is crumbling to take its place back in the sands of time.  Nothing is lost, for the potential of the builder is ever-present.  You are the builder.  You are the creator of your own destiny.  Gather your tools and begin to create what you most desire.  This is a new year, 2011 – embrace it and allow your truth to unfold.

And as you know, my friends…..the way to your desires and the truth of who you are….is through the whispers of your heart.