It is a bright, chilly day and I am going out into the forest near my house in Wiltshire to deliberately get lost. To wander paths that I have never walked before and listen to what the quiet, wise voice of nature has to teach me about myself. My key lesson today – the fear and joy of getting lost. Here are some of the lessons that came to me as I wandered through the trees and sunlit forest open to listening and learning and remembering.
One very often overlooked characteristic of light passing through and around something is that it almost always creates a shadow in its wake. As we grow and evolve as human beings, we pass through experiences in life that help us grow and expand our light. Our consciousness. The thing is at the same time as we grow in our own personal light, we also grow in our own personal shadow. The light and the shadow represent two sides of the same coin. The coin of our true whole self.
10 THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
- When I discover what I love to do and do it with passionate surrender, I am richer than any billionaire
- When I work for and with people I truly respect and can learn from, I grow beyond all my self imposed limits
- When I start each day thinking about what I can do to help others, it makes me feel better than any other reward on the planet
- To stop often to breath, smell the roses and bathe in sunshine reminds me of what’s ‘real’ in life and what it’s really all about
- When I tell people that they amaze me and I see the light in their eyes and heart as a result, I am showing up as love. Recognition of others is recognition of ourselves
- If I can keep putting one foot in front of the other even when I can’t see where the path goes, I will find my way home
- To trust in myself and my own intuition is one of the hardest lessons I will ever learn
- That it is always right to be brave and courageous
- When I speak the truth – it really does set me free
- Life is not here to be taken seriously. It is here to be lived, to be loved and to be danced with every step we take
One of the basic human mental patterns we learn from the moment we are born is how to make meaning of the things that happen in our lives. ‘This’ object held in front of our nose by our mother means ‘that’ to us. This colour is called ‘that’. This animal either means ‘love’ or ‘fear’ depending on our culture, our families’ beliefs and our personal preferences. Our human software is programmed by our families, our culture and the rules of the society in which we live.
Interesting given the subject, that this is now the second time I have sat down to re-write this. Putting our truth into words can sometimes prompt interesting results in our lives and in this case, taking the time to write about my ego prompted me to somehow delete my initial truth speaking from my Ipad as if it was too close, too real, too astonishing to be brought to the light of day. So here we go a second time.