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Living Your Passionate Life Purpose

4 Jun

Today is the fourth day of the Hay House World Summit: a free ten-day event which broadcasts a dozen interviews a day with inspirational writers and speakers such as Louise L. Hay, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch and Deepak Chopra.

Alan Cohen

Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Alan Cohen, who talked about “Living Your Passionate Life Purpose”. Alan Cohen brought up some fascinating ideas about how to find your authentic voice, how to discern between your ego’s and your soul’s voice, how to overcome challenges whilst pursuing your dreams, and how to follow the signs that God sends you.

I would like to share with you some of my favourite elements from this interview. (“I” refers to me in the text below).

On finding our calling in life.

How do we know when something is our calling? When we can’t not do it.

Even if we reject all signs that tell us to do it, the signs continue showing up, they are offered and reoffered.

I can’t not write. For one, my day feels unfulfilling if I do not write. Secondly, I have been receiving signs over and over again that this is what I should be doing. I often brush these signs aside, saying “It’s just coincidence”, but they just keep coming back.

On meeting obstacles along the way.

Overcoming obstacles

If it is our dream or our calling to do something, it does not mean that it will be easy to achieve.

If it is my calling to write a book, I will nevertheless face challenges along the way.

Just because God wants you to do it, does not mean he will hand it over on a plate to you – you have to work for it!

“When something very big is trying to be born, the labour is hard and the obstacles are many” (Joan Borysenko quoting a canoe-carver she once met).

On listening to signs.

I am often in doubt when making decisions – I am rarely ever sure whether I should pick A or B, got left or right, stay or go.

I ask for signs but I haven’t been very good at listening to them. Why? Because I keep asking for signs while at the same time ignoring all the signs I don’t want to see.

If it’s not the sign I hope for, I ignore it. Or I don’t even notice it.

If we truly want guidance, we must be willing that ‘it could go either way’. God could point us to A or B, he could suggest us to go left or right, he could encourage us to stay or go.

We mustn’t be attached to one result when asking for signs – we need to accept letting go of one option, even if it is the option that we think we would prefer.

Quotes for thought.

On being persistent: “If anything can stop you – let it” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Spirit does not want us to worship genius, Spirit wants us to express genius: “When I forget who I am, I serve You; when I remember who I am, I am You.” ~ Hanuman in the Ramayana

“Everything always works out in the end, and if it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end” ~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Listening to Signs

7 Oct

Should I learn Italian or Spanish? I ask myself.

I love Italian and have already started learning it, but Spanish is much more widely spoken and (therefore?) more useful.

I take an Angel Card.

Ear Chakras: Notice messages that appear as sounds, music, and words, from both external sources and within your mind. These messages are real answers to your prayers.

A few weeks later: I step onto a bus and have the impression of stepping into Italy – the bus is jam-packed with young Italian students, who are all chatting and joking in Italian. I remember the Angel card.

I book an Italian lesson. As I am arranging the lesson with my teacher over the phone, a smile spreads across my face and energy pumps at a crazy pace around my body. I feel like running to the nearest bookshop to buy Italian books and start practicing right here, right now.

I am so excited about taking Italian lessons again and am filled with joy as I think about continuing learning this beautiful language.

How would I have felt had I booked a Spanish lesson instead? I would have felt frustrated and bored, because I would only have picked Spanish because “it is useful”, “it could help my career”, “it is a more logical option”. My heart would not have been in it.

I suddenly understand what Louise Hay meant when she wrote:

I nourish myself by saying no when I mean no, and yes when I mean yes. I know what I want.

I Can Do It, 2012 Calendar

Destined Coincidences

3 Feb

I personally believe that there are no coincidences. Having observed that most of the coincidences that have occurred in my life have been either life-changing or of a significant importance, I have concluded that there is no such thing as ‘accidental’. A coincidence is one of two things: a sign or destiny.

A coincidence is defined as “an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental”, or “a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance”, or even “when something uncanny, accidental and unexpected happens”. I have had some pretty weird coincidences in life: bumping into someone I know from London in a café on the other side of the world; meeting a future friend due to a decision based on flipping a coin; and most recently – being quoted on a website next to my favourite author.

This last one happened today. I searched my name on Google and found a page where a paragraph of an article that I’d written had been copied and pasted next to my favourite author’s quotes on the same topic. I had never heard of the website before and have no idea how they found and, most importantly, why they chose my work. But there it was – my words alongside those of an author who I have loved since the age of fifteen. I laughed out loud in sheer disbelief.

Although everything is obviously coincidental, ‘chance’ and ‘accidental’ somehow don’t describe this situation. My work was taken by strangers and posted on a website about a country to which I am soon moving. It happened to fit into a section about which a famous author had something to say. And not only is this a famous author, it is one of my favourite authors…who also happens to write about philosophy and spirituality.

At first, I did what we usually do when things like this happen: I laughed, said “What on earth?!” , and then got on with my day. Only a while later it hit me: this is a destined coincidence. Weird and wonderful things like this don’t happen for no reason! Calling this ‘mere chance’ would be a lame excuse to cover a lack of faith. A lack of faith in the extraordinary.

Many people don’t listen to intuition, or believe in signs or natural healing, because ‘there is no proof for it’. Nowadays, we need a contract, a bill, a letter, a statement, a signature or a certificate to believe in the validity or legitimacy of something. When we say “I trusted this man, because he is a lawyer” people nod in agreement. If we say “I trusted this man, because he had kind eyes” people take us for a lunatic. Yet we have forgotten that our intuition, the natural world and all the signs around us are stronger and more ‘valid’ than any contract or theory could ever be.

We do not need ‘proof’ to know that we love someone – we just know it. We do not need proof to think that it will rain in the afternoon – we just feel it. We do not need proof to sense that someone is looking at us – we just sense it.

In the same way, we do not need proof to know that a ‘coincidence’ is actually a sign. The only thing left for us to do is to allow ourselves to believe in it, and to follow this sign to wherever it may be pointing.

Surf Sea Sunset Beach

When the Angels speak – listen!

15 Jan

It is hard not to believe in Angels when they speak to you so clearly. I have been referring to my mum’s pack of Angel cards whenever I have felt that I couldn’t find a good enough answer to my enigmatic life questions elsewhere. And their answers have been to the point each time.

The simplest version works like this: you shuffle through the deck of cards while concentrating on the question you’d like an answer to, or just on an area of your life that you need guidance on. Keep shuffling until you feel drawn, for any reason, to one of the cards in your hands. That is your answer.

So far, I have asked the Angels for relationship, family, career and ‘life direction’ advice. The cards that I pulled out either answered my question directly, or related precisely to the area of life that I was asking about. There are a couple of cards that I have pulled out more than once. Each had a similar message, saying that I would be helping people “during ordinary circumstances” and that I would soon be “reaching even more people”. I sat, I waited, I wondered what all this could mean and how it would manifest itself. And today I realised that one step towards this has been taken.

Upon starting my week-end shift at the independent bookshop, I noticed that we now have a Lifestyle section, for which I so hoped we’d one day make space! Noticing that its selection of books was lacking, I started compiling a list of the inspiring and life-changing books that I felt we needed to get for it. The act of compiling a list of books seemed so banal, that I barely gave it a second thought. Then suddenly I realised: I am going to be passing on the joy that I received from these books by recommending them to others. And here I was, as the Angel cards told me, “reaching a lot of people, through ordinary circumstances”.

Angel cards are one of many media through which we can receive messages, signs or answers. Other media appear in the objects and events of our everyday lives. Because of how ‘small’ and ‘insignificant’ the activity of making a list seemed, I almost overlooked what a wonderful opportunity this was to share something I love with potentially many other people. And at that moment of realisation, I finally grasped what Mother Teresa meant when she said that “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”. What a great joy it is to know that in our humble lives, even the smallest things can make the biggest difference!