While I was looking for inspiration for my blog post today, I saw two posts on Facebook that I couldn’t ignore and were very definitely linked.
The first was the quote from the Dalai Lama, which is above, and very simple, yet profound.
And the second was an article from viralnova.com about a set of pictures that photographer Tom Hussey took to illustrate just how much we change in our lives and how quickly time can pass if we’re not present to it.
So, if you were 100 and looking back at a photo of yourself when you were younger, would you be happy with the life that you have led up until that point? Are there things that you are likely to wish you had done? Places you’d been? Things you had seen?
I have recently turned 33, which means that I have another 77 years on this planet to continue to make a positive difference and live the life of my dreams. What would you like to feel about your life and the journey you have taken when you look in the mirror at 100?
I have followed his fantastic Truth Blog and webisodes this year and I have also sampled his online OMG programme. I’m going to attend his Intuitive Warrior event again next week in Sydney, because every time I hear him speak about intuition and the importance of following the feeling in the present moment, it further cements the knowing that I know is already there and allows it to become stronger and more powerful than the voice in my head, the ego, that which wishes to control things, that which gets stuck in the past or the future, that which struggles to trust in the Universe.
Despite the fact that the talk is entitled ‘Secret Mens Business’ it is a talk on the power of intuition and the importance of following the feeling, which is essentially what Amir represents.
Here are some of the key take outs from his talk and what they mean to me in my life.
Purpose is in who we are being.
Amir states that ‘purpose is not found in what you do, it’s found in who you are.‘ This is an interesting one, because throughout my entire life I had always thought that it was related to what you do. Since I have started to follow my intuition more and spend time doing the things that I love, it is not the act of ‘doing’ those things that bring me joy and happiness in the present moment, it is in fact, who I am ‘being’ in that moment that raises my vibrations, brings me into the flow and has me feel a sense of complete and utter peacefulness in the now. Much like I’m feeling right now, as I write this blog post to you.
Intuition has zero logic.
Amir also talks about how ‘your intuition expresses itself through a feeling of knowing.’ This is interesting to me, because the more I connect with my inner knowing, my inner ‘tuition’, rather than trying to understand things logically, the freer I feel. The more I trust that I am the Universe, and that I know all I ever need to know, it frees me up to listen to my intuition and trust that it will guide me in the direction to go in, in every moment. Rather than feeling the need to control and understand everything.
Your intuition is the voice of the present moment. It lives in the present moment. It doesn’t live in the past, it doesn’t live in the future.
And I know this to be true, because everything else is an illusion, created by the constructs of your mind, your ego, the voice in your head that you think is you, but is in actual fact, not your truth at all.
In Amir’s talk he talks about the importance of following your intuition and living in the now, because if you aren’t ‘how do you plan or script the present moment?’ And the answer is, you can’t. It is not possible. Therefore, all you have is the now. All you have is your intuition. All you have is your inner knowing. All you have is the feeling. All you have is the truth, which is the now. And so again it repeats.
When you’re following your intuition, things become effortless.
I know this to be true, because there have been so many times in my life when I have been over thinking something, I’ve followed what my head says rather than my heart and life has turned out to be more difficult than it needs to be. Equally, when I follow my intuition, things just seem to flow effortlessly. It’s not that everything is easy, but the action I take is freely and without effort. And more importantly, the Universe supports you when you are following your intuition and it will give you hints and tips when you aren’t.
Your act of following your intuition, creates flow.
In his talk, Amir gives an example of a rugby player who, at times, when he is on the playing field, rather than following ‘the plan’ for the team will follow his intuition through moments of inspiration and create opportunities for the team, that wouldn’t necessarily have been there if he had been following ‘the plan’. No logic can be applied to this, because he just needs to trust that rather than passing the ball to the right (in the plan), when he feels to pass the ball to the left, that a team mate will be there to receive the ball, and he is.
Following your intuition takes incredible trust and it takes incredible faith. It requires you to listen to your heart, your gut, your body, your inner knowing, your in’tuition’, rather than your head, that provides logic and rational thinking.
This is something that I am working on in every moment of every hour, of every day, of every week and of every month, because I know it to be true. And the closer I get to living in the moment, in the now, from my intuition, the fuller my life becomes of true peace, love and joy.
And so the question I ask for you is, what messages are you getting from your intuition, your inner knowing at the moment, that don’t make any sense and aren’t logical? And what would it take for you to follow them, despite what your head is telling you? Despite the fact that taking that decision makes no sense? What’s the worst that would happen? Sometimes we just need to follow the feeling. Sometimes we just need to trust that, deep down we know what is good for us, even though it doesn’t make sense or add up. Sometimes we just need to take that leap of faith and know that everything will be OK.
“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success.
Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”
– Bill Watterson –
Some of you may or may not have noticed that I haven’t written a blog post in a little while. I’m not entirely sure why this is, apart from the fact that I haven’t felt like writing a post. And it’s not for lack of inspiration either. Every day, inspiration comes to me from so many different directions, I feel as though I could pen at least 10 posts in a day sometimes.
However, for whatever reason, I haven’t felt like putting fingers to keyboard.
Today, I do. And as I write these words, I’m just going to share what I’m thinking and feeling in this present moment, and allow the purpose and intention of the post to come to me intuitively.
I love to write. I love to share what I’m learning in the spiritual, metaphysical and New Thought space. And I share in the hope that whatever has inspired me, or educated me, whether it be a film, a book, a quote or a song, may have the same effect for someone else.
And that is the sole (soul) reason or purpose for me writing my blog. I want to inspire people to live a life of truth, peace and love. I want to inspire people to follow their hearts, to do what feels right for them, rather than what they think they ‘should’ do.
I lived so much of my life in an unconscious space, getting up, going to work to do a job that I wasn’t really that fussed about, coming home from work, maybe going out to get drunk to forget about the fact that I wasn’t really that happy with my life. Doing what most 20-somethings do. Or subconsciously creating dramas to detract from the fact that my life didn’t really have any purpose or meaning.
Now, just a couple of years into my 30s, my life couldn’t be any more different. I live in a country where the sun shines more often than not, I live 2 mins from the beach, I run a company doing something that I love and I have a boyfriend who I love very dearly.
My life is filled with things that I love. I am not judging my success by anything or anyone. I’m not climbing a ladder, only to get to the top and find that there’s nothing there. No longer am I worried about what the future holds, I just let every day unfold, moment by moment, minute by minute, hour by hour.
And my blog is here to act as a reminder, a hint, a tip, a nudge or a warm embrace for those who want to live a life of truth, peace and love.
It is possible. All you need to do is follow your heart, follow the feeling, and live from a place of love.
And as Seth Godin eloquently puts it:
‘Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape.’