I like traveling, but it's good to be home again. The seminar exceeded my expectations on many levels. Now I am ready to get back to Master Classes and regular appointments with AMAG. One of these days I will have to get busy writing. There never seems to be enough time to go around. Which brings me to the topic of this post. Most of the time I'm able to go about each day's duties without too much concern for timing, except when I'm getting ready for a workshop, retreat, consultation, dinner party, family visit, etc. Then I notice a feeling of pressure behind my eyes that often results in a headache and seems to be connected to feeling pressured about time. I feel as though there's never enough of this commodity. I don't want to be late or early, get in a rush and forget important parts of whatever event is about to happen.
Fortunately, the term "divine timing" floats through my mind, reminding me that there is another level to the schedule I'm running on. I know there is a different kind of clock that is measuring the moments of my life. At the divine level, time seems to stretch out and relax, which allows me to do the same. Reaching that level of "divine timing" is always easier than I think it's going to be. All I have to do is stretch out and relax. My cat, Oreo, already knows this. I'm still learning.
It's the night before a Wisdom Journey with AMAG and I'm feeling both excited and overwhelmed. As usual prior to any event, AMAG has been transferring information to me at a rapid rate for several weeks. I hope I've brought everything that we'll need. Each seminar is different and the changes depend upon the unique configuration of people who choose to participate. Like a good recipe with basic ingredients that can be relied upon to turn out a perfect dish every time, I can trust that at a Wisdom Journey everyone will be introduced to AMAG's cosmology and everything will turn out perfectly in the end. Key ideas, such as the Dimensions of Consciousness are the basic ingredients that describe AMAG's view that we are whole and complete souls creating multiple character-selves delighting in a repeating pattern of lifetimes in which we expand in wisdom and joy. Throughout the weekend, we'll be sharing our life experiences with AMAG and each other and learning how to practically apply their wonderful teachings. I'm happy to be in Missoula, Montana again and am grateful for the sunshine, lilac-scented air, and cool breezes that will allow us to spend most of the time outdoors. This seminar is called Firelight and I'm hoping we can celebrate our last day together around a ceremonial fire, giving thanks for all our blessings and renewing our commitment to assisting in the awakening of humanity on Earth.
It is generally known and agreed that our present moments are the result of our past thoughts and feelings. What we have sown, now we are reaping, or something like that. Rather than getting upset about the past and what I may consider to have been mistakes, failures, wrong turns, etc., AMAG always suggests that I use my time more efficiently. They tell me to stop digging into my past like a curious archaeologist and start taking a closer look at what's happening in my life right here, right now. They remind me to count my blessings. The blessing at the top of the list today is the anniversary of a very important event: the birth of my son. He is also my very best friend and confidant. We have been friends in other lives for sure. Good friends can rely on one another to always tell the truth, reminding each other that only love is real. Everything else that we can see and touch is an illusion, as AMAG so often says: "What you call reality is an illusion, a very believable one. You create life times to play within by creating believable illusions. You want to believe the stories that you're telling yourself and others because it makes the games you play together more enjoyable."
"Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better." This affirmation was originated by 19th-century French psychologist and pharmacist Émile Coué and was the basis of his method of effecting positive change by using the imagination to optimistically proclaim desired results. He wrote that any idea repeatedly held in the mind became a reality. His method helped many people learn to use positive self-talk that focused on whatever they preferred, for example: "I can remember clearly. I am feeling healthy and energetic. I am strong and capable."
I recently read a similar affirmation: Every day, in every way, I embrace a greater vision of my life. Coué's version implies that something is not quite good enough, yet is improving daily, and the other version affirms that while everything may already be good enough, there's still room for expansion. Remembering that positive and negative are two sides of the same coin, and that any pair of opposites can be accepted or rejected, I find that both affirmations help bring events into perspective. I can be thankful for all that I already have and still want to improve by embracing an even greater vision of what's possible.
Today is my son's birthday. He's about to make a decision that will allow him to embrace a greater vision of his life by accepting the challenge of returning to school for an advanced degree. Positive self-talk and maintaining his focus on a future that he prefers will overcome any trepidation about letting go of the security of his current occupation and familiar surroundings. Here's to imagining a greater vision for ourselves and for our world!
MacBook Pro laptops are reliable machines, but they're not invincible. I discovered this while on vacation in Mexico when the logic board failed on my trusty MBP creating weird distorted images on the desktop. It was impossible to do any of the work that I'd planned to do. The closest Apple Store is in Tucson, Arizona. Since that was our point of entry it was convenient to stay over a few days to have the computer diagnosed. Repairs are going to take at least a week, so Patience appears to be Lesson #2. Bronchitis and asthma made Resting Lesson #1 while on vacation in April. Mayday is a distress signal and my whole body seems to be sending out signals that are frustrating to decipher. I understand that I need to be patient and continue to rest since movement is still causing fits of coughing that make my head hurt. Upset and in pain, I asked AMAG for help. They said, "You seem to have made plans for activities that you think are necessary to do right now without consulting the master blueprint of the design of your life. Take a closer look at the design you are wishing to create and ask yourself whether any activity is required of you today. If not, then relax. From a resting place you'll know what to do next and when to do it."