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It was the summer of 1996 and I was living in Central Square, in Cambridge MA.
I’d moved up there the year before to become a street/subway musician, and that was easy enough to do, once I overcame the fear.(which is another entirely different story)
In the mornings, I’d work at the coffee shop down the street from my apartment. And then in the afternoon/evenings I’d go play music in Harvard Square, a subway train station, or a gig.
The goal was simply to be playing somewhere every day.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
I made a lot of plans for this year.
There were goals and intentions with my Spirit Ministries, goals and intentions with school, also with vacation and retreat time.
It didn’t seem real or possible. There were too many questions and too many things that needed to go just right.
But I wrote it all down on the calendar and affirmed, “It already is!”
My regular readers know that Heather and I lost a very dear friend at the first of the year. It was sudden and unexpected.
Then we got stiffed in a major way by a contractor.
There is a great story about these two guys who cross the river in a canoe.
When they get to the other side they are so happy to have gotten across safely. They are very grateful for the canoe, and one of them says to the other, “Boy, if it wasn’t for this wonderful canoe, we never would have made it here!”
“Yes.” his friend agreed. “If it wasn’t for this canoe, we would still be back over there.”
The two men decided that they couldn’t just leave the canoe, so they decided to carry it with them into town.
I’m starting a church!
Several years ago the vision came for SPIRIT, and it is a really big vision. It is a vision that seems really huge to me, and a little bit impossible. But I played along.
There is a Facebook group called SPIRIT, then I began leading meditations weekly and monthly all over Savannah. There was lots of travel to different Unity church’s too, where the music and workshops I was leading turned into actually giving the message.
That is correct, “One bite at a time.” Of course you know how I love elephants, so please, no elephant eating around here!
But you get it. Elephants are huge. They weigh tons. If you were faced with this task of eating an elephant, it would have to be one bite at a time.
You get a diploma by taking one class or one assignment at a time. You stay clean and sober, by not using or drinking one day at a time. You write a book by writing one word at a time or one paragraph at a time. You walk a long journey by taking one step at a time.
I never went to prom, or joined a group, or went in the military, or had much to do with any kind of group or organization. It’s just not for me.
Were you to define me, you might say, “He is undefined”.
But I am always “undefined”, and so in that way I am in fact, “defined”. You can always count on me to march to the beat of my own drum.
At this stage of my life, the inner “I” doesn’t really want anything. At my center I am so cool and calm and in the bliss, that I don’t want to move. This is because in reality I know nothing I may get or build is going to make me feel any better or make me better. I already am. I have spent a lot of time in this space of late.
Yes you can! As a matter of fact, we all “manifest” or create our lives all the time, and there’s nothing we can do about that. I used to blame anyone and everything on my life being the way it was. The day I stood up and took responsibility for all the decisions I’d made was the day my life started changing for the better. It was the day I started “manifesting” what I want my life to be like. If you are in the victim role, and your life is somebody else’s fault, then you can expect it to stay just like that. It will always be somebody else’s fault.
Now I know there are car buffs out there, who know everything about cars, and they know exactly which car they would choose. But how about me? How about the rest of us? I personally am not a car buff, but I do like cars. I mean, who wouldn’t want a nice car? If I could have any car in the world, I would have no idea which one to choose! Which one would be the best for me?
Not only do you get what you need, you get it just when you need it. Just when you didn’t know what you were going to do, the answer appears, the angel steps in, the way opens up before you, and all is well. Have you ever noticed this?
BUT a most important lesson here for us all to get, is the “When you need it” part. Right? Who needs to know how to swim if you never get in the pool? What if I jump in and then find out that I can’t swim? What if there’s a shark in there? What if an under current takes me away? Switch this thinking over to “What if there isn’t another job out there that pays as much as I make now?” “What if things don’t work out between us?” “What if something goes wrong?” “What if I can’t cut the mustard?” “What if they find out that I don’t belong here?”, and you will quickly see what I am talking about.
Today, I spent some quality time with a mentor of mine. The catch here is that this guy may not know that he is my mentor, but then again, maybe he does. We haven’t really had that exact conversation, though he does listen to me, talk with me, and make suggestions, which I follow as best I can. We don’t talk often, we don’t see each other in person very often, but when we do, words are not wasted. Today, I received instruction, as well as several confirmations that I am on a good path, in order to get where I want to go.