Figuring out my website. Dived in & am swimming in the waters of webdesign... Did I say "swimming"? More like a dogpaddle. But the wonderful thing is, I am investing in myself. Living fearlessly!
This morning, I listened to Anita Moorjani's Tedx talk on YouTube (below). Anita had cancer and experienced a near-death experience. While in that other realm/consiousness, she discovered that her cancer was manifested from a lack of self-love. Once she understood this, she knew, if she chose to return to her physical body, she would be healed.
An analogy she shared was to imagine entering an immense warehouse. It is dark, and you have a small flashlight, so you use this to look around. The beam shows you certain things, but not much else. You can only see what can be seen within the narrow beam of your flashlight.
Then imagine one day huge floodlights go on, illuminating the entire warehouse and you now see that it is enormous. Shelves line the walls, filled with all sort of things - things you can imagine as well as things you cannot imagine. Some of the things are large, some small. Some are beautiful and some are not. You remember seeing a few of the things with your flashlight, but most you have not because your flashlight had never shined on them.
Now imagine the floodlights go off, and you are left once again with your little flashlight and its small, narrow beam. Because you saw all that there was when the floodlights were on, you know that it all still exists, even though it can no longer be seen.
This is how Anita felt once she returned to her body. So much more exists than what we can see, here in our physical bodies. So much more exists than what we see, believe or experience.
The beam of the flashlight is our awareness. "When you flash your awareness on something, it becomes your reality, it becomes what you experience. There can be something else that's right under your nose, but if your flashlight is not shining on it, you won't even notice it. You won't even be aware of it."
What we focus upon, is what we manifest. It is what we bring into our day to day lives. And so to change our reality, we must change our focus. If we focus, or zoom in on what is undesired, that is what shows up in our lives. If we change our focus to what is appreciated and desired, this is what shows up instead. "We would have a very different world if we changed our awareness."
Here are the five most important lessons offered by Anita:
"Now that you know the truth of who you really are, go back and live your life fearlessly."
And so this is the start of my fearless living...
Deep into my career as an elementary school teacher, I started asking myself if I was still an artist. Can you be an artist if you're not doing any art? Am I a writer if I'm not writing? For me, ARTIST is a verb. Writer too. Do what you love and JOY will come. Maybe money too, but I've discovered without joy, everything else is meaningless.