Home' Nova National : August 2010 Contents is strong enough, it manifests as if by itself
when the time is right. This week, straight
out of left field, a colleague I worked with
for a few years emailed to ask if I want
to get involved in precisely the business
arrangement I've been checking out!
Whether it works out in the end or not,
I've already won.
Years ago, I decided I wanted to speak
at psychic fairs. It seemed to be a random
thought at the time, as I had no idea
how to achieve this. I asked a friend who
knew about these things, she made a few
suggestions; I followed up and ended
up doing a regular gig at a major fair for
several years. You might wonder how that
constitutes manifestation. It does because
it began with a thought that had the
strength of intention. One day when I
was up on the stage spruiking to a huge
crowd, I suddenly had the thought -- how
did all this happen from a fleeting wish?
Clearly, it was much more than that.
Sometimes, the more you try to force
things to happen, the less likely they are
to do so. Faith has to come into it as well
and that means letting go and detaching
from outcomes, a difficult feat in general
for Westerners. I now live totally by this
principle, but it's taken many years of
de-cluttering and de-layering of old beliefs
This is one of the biggest issues I find my
clients facing each day in therapy. First I
had to find it in myself, then I had to live
it and only then I could teach it. If I told
you all the times I have skated on the
thinnest ice only to be saved at the last
minute, you'd be astounded, like the time
I booked a removalist for two days after
Christmas with no idea of a forwarding
address, only to be offered a place on the
26th. Blind faith. Surely that's what faith
always has to be for it is believing without
any proof, without knowing. The point,
though, is that it's not in my nature to be
a risk taker at all. I often joke that my work
is my bungee jumping because that's
where I take all my risks and have all
my adventures. Sitting here writing this
late at night by myself facing a computer
screen wouldn't be most people's idea of
adventure, but it's here that I set myself
free, let my ideas soar and my creative
forces flow. I'm unafraid. A blank page
can be a terrifying thing and would totally
immobilise if allowed. It takes faith to
set off on a journey of words, but as with
everything else in life, it's one step upon
'The very act of asking for help seems to cement the intention
and set the wheels in motion.'
another, letting the road spin out in front
of you without knowing the destination.
What could be more adventurous?
Creativity is the ultimate adventure.
A close friend of mine loves to travel,
one of several, actually, but this particular
one and I talk often about how we differ
in this respect though we're so alike in
other things. Finally, I asked her what she
loves so much about it and she said it's
learning about other cultures, places and
people. I smiled because I finally saw a
meeting point. For me, staying home and
working is about learning, too, only I do it
in my head and she does it with geography.
Like a surgeon cutting into a human heart,
I feel the power of my own truth when I
write. There's no place for hesitation or
doubt. So, yes, I can work without fear
but when it comes to my personal life,
I'm rather guarded and conservative. So
to live with 100% trust has taken a lifetime
of internal work. Never having had much
stability in my life, I crave it, but faith
requires a release of all props, securities
and attachments; it's flying without a net.
I'm jolly good at it now, but I'm blowed if
I'll give up some addictions like my
cuppa, my cat and my books. Life can be
pleasurable, sensual and even indulgent,
as long as we acknowledge that nothing
is sure, safe or forever except our spiritual
selves. Once upon a time, that thought
would've struck terror in my heart; now
I accept it just as a fact, neither appealing
With absolute trust, everything is
possible. It's also necessary because not
one of us knows when we get up in the
morning if we will see our bed again at the
end of the day. Just getting up and going
out into the day is an act of faith. Life is a
gift, not a promise. That's why it should
be cherished and never squandered,
abused or taken for granted. Without
faith, nothing is possible, and certainly
not intention. Intention requires faith and
detachment. Expecting is okay, in fact, how
can there be faith without expectation?
Just don't let the expectation be desperate
or demanding for that will cancel the faith
and sour the intention.
Detachment is often misunderstood.
It doesn't mean a lack of caring; it means
not caring too much. It's an art that requires
practice as it doesn't come naturally to
most of us.
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