Today is Monday, the sixth day of this year's ten-day T.I.M.E. project, and I'm flying high (pun intended) from New York to Las Vegas, the second stop of this amazing adventure. On every one of the last five days I have spent with the talented, exciting, award winning South African Youth Choir (SAYC), I have spoken the word 'time,' and, even though I have been using it to speak about the project, this morning I'm musing over the physical phenomenon of time.
Last weekend, I attended a gathering of transformational leaders in San Diego, and one of the speakers really held my attention as he spoke about things we can't live without, most of which we were all instantly in agreement with: air, water, food, sleep, but our collective interest was piqued when he added self-expression to the list.
We all know that we were created as instruments, channels for God to express and extend through, but I must admit, it never occurred to me to think of the lack of self-expression as life-threatening. However, after a few minutes of pondering, it makes perfect sense. Expressing is like breathing, one absolutely must take in and put out. . . if we could hold our breath for too long, we would surely die.
We all know people who, for one reason or another, are too afraid to share their feelings, their ideas or their talents . . . people who spend their lives spectating rather than participating. Now, wouldn't that be the same as not having an exhale follow an inhale? God/Life is always filling us up, and yes then, it would be imperative for us to keep emptying out, or, in other words, finding outlets for self-expression.
Authorities are currently looking for a motive for the record-breaking slaughter that occurred in Las Vegas recently and it would certainly be a shame if this, and all of the similar acts of violence of recent times were somehow connected to a misguided longing for self-expression.
But I digress. We have been taught that time is a real thing that is divided into three parts: past, present and future.However, those of us who have been paying attention know that in the illusion of time, there is only the present. When yesterday was happening, it was now, and by the time tomorrow happens it will be now.
Based on the Law of Mentalism, we know we create our own realities with what we are thinking, however, thinking is a 'right now' phenomenon. If we are not allowing what we experience and learn from moment to moment, to inform and thus transform us, we are not really alive and we are not creating.. . . we are nailed into a coffin, trapped inside of the guilt of what we created some other time, in some other place. Emptying out or forgiving is a mandatory component of happiness.
The way this spectacular game called 'LIFE' was laid out, time was introduced as a tool for learning and its resulting forgiving. It is necessary to know what doesn't work in order to choose what does, and we have all taken the time and done a pretty good job learning what will never work if we are to experience extraordinary living. Now, it is time for us to give all of that forth and put what we know into practice.
As 'children of the light,' we have utilized a great deal of time, lifetime after lifetime, trying to come up with clever and not so clever ways to survive. And, that may have been relevant during times gone by, but we have spent enough time with survival as the end-game. It is time for us to get on with our Father's business.
How, you might ask, do I know what I have to offer to life? My answer would be that it is not up to us to come up with that. If we are here on earth, our contribution has already been established, but we will never be able to access the necessary information using our heads. The data we require can only come from or through our hearts.
When you have become sick and tired of coming up with your next brainstorm for survival, only to be dissatisfied and frustrated yet another time, you will cease and desist. You will recognize the need to partner with your Higher-Self. And, you will ask and follow the forth-coming guidance; which, by the way, can only be accessed through the excitement you feel in your heart.
One of the things that I found interesting in last week's speaker's presentation was the notion of following your bliss. He suggested that one should strike out as though on a quest for happiness, and that excitement would be your clues. He said that in every moment, weigh your options and do only that which offers the greatest level of excitement, then spend time developing, mastering and experiencing whatever prompts the feeling. And, for heaven's sake, don't be too busy to notice.
I loved hearing him say that to all of the receptive hearts in the room. It is definitely my philosophy and one that I know, after many years of experience, is phenomenally effective. As I have said thousands of times . . . "As above so below; as below, so above." If we realize that it is up to us to take care of the things we create, we should know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God takes care of what God creates. Be willing to allow that to be your experience.
"Forget about what has happened; don't keep going over old history. Be alert; be present. I am about to do something brand new." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
It is time for us to utilize the Law of Mentalism and the power of the present to allow something amazing to come through the channels we were created to be. It is time for us to discover, experience and be elevated by our own bliss. . . Yes and Thank You!