From my parents I was given the gift of believing that anything is possible, as long as it is truly aligned with what your heart wants. The gift I hope to give you here is my very own grown-up, lived-into version of that exact same message:
Life is one repeating opportunity
to attune yourself to the stirrings of your heart
and then to dare to live into them.
I hope you find many things while reading this book, but I wish most of all to create, for you, these five in particular:
(1) I want to speak a language you long to hear.
I want to speak your language, only more so. I want to give voice to a way of communicating that resonates deeply within you. I want to put words on ideas that you did not ever quite realize there were words for, but when you hear them, they sound right.
(2) I want to get you thinking differently.
I want to get you thinking differently about what hurts, and what holds you back—about what you may be ready for, and what you are willing to try, now.
(3) I want to activate feelings you love to feel.
I want to activate within you a feeling of hopefulness. I long for you to feel awakened and newly alive in your own life as you engage with the ideas and anecdotes herein. I want to have chosen those ideas and anecdotes well, and timed them well, so that they leave you feeling better—not because of the book you are reading but because of the places within yourself that you are allowing to become activated as you engage with these pages.
(4) I want to help you discover the finest, truest place within you.
I believe a place exists within your consciousness that will astound you. I want to help you become more familiar with this powerful seat of energy, and to help you connect with this place from four easy angles, one for each section of this book, so that you can:
• Shift the Balance of your consciousness to incorporate more expansive and free-flowing energies into your life.
• Change Your Mind about upsets and drama—to discover how they are not meant to “knock you off balance” but rather to teach you when and how to turn inward.
• Deepen the Conversation Within, to help you build friendships with the places within you that most need attention, as avenues toward the places within you that hold the greatest concentration of clarity, wisdom, and forward momentum.
• Navigate the Deeper YES, to encourage you to steer your life from the seat of your strength and to move forward in ways that feel deeply good.
(5) I want to awaken your desire to play.
I want to present all of this material to you in a way that leaves you feeling playful about trying it on for size and then living into it. I want to help you develop an easy relationship with energetic shifts within yourself: ways of moving things around on the inside so that they feel better, so that your interactions with others feed you, and them, more and more fully.
Because that’s it, really. We are gifted this one “wild and precious life,” as the poet Mary Oliver so poignantly puts it. We can experience it partially. We can experience it from a place within ourselves that is pinched off or distant, fearful or resistant. Or we can dare to wake up and begin to ask:
What is my next step?
And how might it be amazing?
CHAPTER 1: AN INVITATION
So, there you are.
You and I are in no way fully acquainted. But meeting you here, I want you to know this: I am imagining myself, at the outset of our journey, bowing.
I am bowing before the known and the unknown that lie within you. And from deep within that bow, it is my great desire to reach out and connect. To connect with “you,” yes. But much more to the point, to connect with one very specific locus-point within you: that place which represents your greatest concentration of clarity, focus, and joy.
How might we help you access and activate that place, so that it can connect more directly with the world you live in? That’s the journey of this book. I want to invite you to embrace the larger energies all around you, to transform the tangled and limiting stories of drama alive inside you, and to attune yourself to the voices within you that are wise and brave, and can set you free into a life that feels deeply good. It starts with an invitation for you to follow me—not spellbound by any powers I might hold, but awakened and re-animated by your own. Because I want to invite you to take a peek at someplace amazing.
We are standing at the gateway and there it is before us: A Completely Different World of energies and possibilities—one that I have spent the last twenty years of my life learning to inhabit.
A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD
Look around and I will show you what I know about this Completely Different World. The energy of thought vibrates differently here. It has a robust power.
In this world, there is a palpable, positive connection between the thoughts you think and the events that play out around you. Here, your thoughts interact with what is occurring “out there.” And what is occurring starts to shift, in ways that honor and favor you and those all around you.
You are gifted, here, with a powerful lens that allows you to see that some of the events playing out in your surroundings are offering you profound lessons, great clarity, and deep pleasure. And to see, too, that other events are truly not worthy of your attention. As temptingly as they may call out to you with their distraction, you, with your lens, can see beyond them, and they fall away.
You are different here, too. You know yourself as no one has ever known you. You are able to hear subtle messages from deep within yourself. Quiet, hidden messages of off-centeredness can be easily discerned. Intuitive, clarifying, expansive ideas and thoughts move forward in your consciousness in a way that allows you to easily engage them.
You are lighter here. You move about easily within the different levels and aspects of yourself. There is a playfulness about you—a tenderness, a strength. And bubbling up from within you like a fountain, there is joy.