Monthly Archives: September 2015

What IS Your Part?

In yesterday’s post I wrote, “Each of us came into this world with a gift, a talent, a message, a task. It is time to do the work and share it with the world. We don’t have to do everything, we each just need to do our part and when we all do our parts, everything will be done.”

Maybe you have already figured out what your part is. I thought I had, and I did for a while. What I did not consider was that as time passed and life happened, ‘my part’ changed.

I think everyone is in a transitional time right now. Whether the changes are small or huge, our lives are different from what they were. Parents die, relationships end while others begin and others morph. Kids grow up and leave home. Some of us downsize and a few of us relocate completely.

Focus shifts and priorities change. Looking back just one year, how different is your life now? Are you surprised at where you are and where you plan to be? Reflecting on the past year, what life events happened and what choices did you make to get here? Where do you want to be a year from now? What choices can you make to get there?

I think the Universe conspires to help us on our path. An illness will make you slow down or perhaps completely stop for a time, giving you enforced time to heal and reflect. A loved one’s passing can make you reconsider your priorities and goals.

What is important to you? What would you regret NOT doing in your lifetime? What can you do right now to live today as you want to live every day?

I am suggesting that you ask yourself these questions and take the time to answer them as fully as you can right now. With the information, hopes, dreams and goals you have right now, what choices can you make right now to make them more of a reality?

All journeys are made one step at a time. Tonight it might be to drink an extra glass of water, make a list for tomorrow, or take a minute to remember all the people and things you have in your life for which you are grateful.

I am asking myself and answering these questions, too. This time last year, we were established in Baltimore and the boys were still at/near home. Since then, David decided to take early retirement in 2016, we decided to relocate to Seattle so David can be near family. We bought a house in Seattle, and started clearing out our house in Baltimore. Older son found an apartment within walking distance from his job and younger son moved in with his sweetie. Talk about changes- retirement, cross country move, empty nest and releasing possessions. Yikes. Throw in a couple of health issues, some emergencies and normal everyday challenges and what does that give you? LIFE.

So, my challenge is not to get lost in the details of daily demands. I am (after some resistance) examining some issues and taking action on others. While the old saying goes, “There is no time like the present” the reality is that the ONLY time we have is the present, this moment. And the gift is that we can choose what we do in it.

Carrying On, Call To Action

I have been absent from the web for months. Life happens. Family stuff, personal stuff, health issues, life transitions. It doesn’t matter what the story is. The details are irrelevant. Everybody has stuff. The choice each of us has is how we react and how we choose to go on.

The passing of Dr. Wayne Dyer really saddened me. I had been an admirer and student of his work since seeing Dr. Dyer on the Tonight Show promoting Your Erroneous Zones. I watched his PBS specials too many times to count. I saw him in person at Whole Life Expos and several other conferences. Books, radio shows, interviews, I grew as his work evolved. I had the privilege to speak with him after one of his talks. It was the early 90’s and I was a stay at home Mom with two severely developmentally delayed post-institutionalized sons. We talked and I thanked him for his work because it had made me a better mother. He was touched, we connected.

He was one of the first ‘celebrity’ teachers in the New Age movement. Looking over the body of his work, you can see his spiritual deepening. He served as a bridge to the masses. He brought spirituality and co-creative consciousness to everyday people. He grounded “woo-woo” enough to normalize it for mainstream thinking.

His passing now, just as we are reaching critical mass for shifting consciousness, is significant. I believe the age of the Guru is ending. Dr. Dyer said it himself, using guru as an acronym for “God You Are You” to say that we have the wisdom, knowledge and everything we need inside ourselves.

Yes many of us will continue to write, share what we have learned or perhaps remembered, but this will serve as modeling for everyone to do the same. Each of us came into this world with a gift, a talent, a message, a task. It is time to do the work and share it with the world. We don’t have to do everything, we each just need to do our part and when we all do our parts, everything will be done.

Stop looking for the answer in others. Teachers are great, but no one is ‘the’ teacher, no one has ‘the’ answer. We are ALL teachers. We are ALL students. We are all in process. Right now, my process is to commit to writing and sharing.

Today is the beginning of a 30 day Heal My Voice writing group. Setting the intention and building the energy within the group to support each other, we each begin by going within and discovering what is ready to be known, explored. Some discoveries can be understood and released.  At times I have chosen to acknowledge and coexist with what is there, learning that feeling the feeling transforms it.

Today and every day, we get to choose to carry on as usual or take action, do the work, live the lives we truly want. If you want support in doing you work, both inner work and your work in the world, it’s not too late to join the Heal My Voice group.