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Live your dreams

But not in the cliché way we often think of that is usually the message for seemingly impossible or incredibly difficult pursuits from our childhoods…

But rather, truly live what you dream.

According to psychologists,  only 5% of our life is controlled by our conscious mind, and 95% of the time controlled by the subconscious.   What this means is that as humans, most of us haven’t even began the mission of living.  I don’t know about you, but to me that is an astonishingly disheartening thought!

But fret not my friends; there is certainly hope!  It starts with a process of deprogramming.  That tiny 5% of our awareness that’s being used is powerful indeed.  Little by little, we can begin to take ownership of our minds and reclaim, percent by percent, what we are most often unaware if.

A great place to start is with a dream.  Ever get the feeling that you had a dream, but you can’t remember any of it?  Or worse yet, you remember a dream when you first awake, but later on in the day you have completely forgotten?  If you simply write down your dream somewhere as it comes to you, something extraordinary will reveal itself.  Our dreams say a lot about the state of our spirit.  Each dream offers a clue as to what’s in our subconscious.  It does not mean, however, that what you dream will manifest itself, but rather that dream could be trying to show you what you are afraid of, capable of, anxious about, procrastinating for, or what you should be doing.  It gives insight into relationships and emotions.  But how will you get the message if you don’t take the time to reflect on it?  Write it down!

Think before you speak.  I must admit I would become annoyed when I heard this phrase because it was usually coming from my mother when I said something she thought was ignorant!  Most of the time she was right…  Too often we are busy saying what comes to us without even considering what it means to other people, and even to ourselves.  Or, we are thinking of what our comeback will be to a person with whom we are conversing, which means we are not even truly listening to what they are saying.  If we take the time  to think each time we wish to say something, there will be less to apologize for in the end.  Additionally, our thoughts will be meaningful and perhaps even received better (not that receipt is a pre-requisite).  The biggest takeaway here is we are capable of governing, assessing, filtering, and mindfully creating (as opposed to simply repeating/regurgitating what others have said at some point) original thoughts.

Face your  fears.   If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within, what you do not bring forth will destroy you (The Gnostic Christ, Dead Sea Scrolls).  Most of us are guilty of keeping our skeletons hidden, for if we do not see them, they are not there.  Except, they really are there, and they are preventing us from being useful to ourselves and to other people.  When you become afraid, really take a look at the reason.  What is it that is causing that fear?  What experiences or people have shaped that perception?  And how can you release yourself from it?  We are only bound to our fears if we do recognize that we possess the key.  Life is full of uncertainties, but it is also full of beauty.  Suffering does not underline our position on Earth.  When we realize this, we then allow ourselves to move about the Universe freely, for we are guided by love and not fear.  Fear makes us do ugly things like kill, steal, and destroy.  Fear is the reason for oppression, discrimination, and hate.  The current state of our planet is because we have allowed fear to rule us, which is why it is more important than ever to face your fear!


 

So, my friends, the time has come for you to live your dreams.  But not in a fantasy way that usually ends with “happily ever after”.

But rather, in a way that will guarantee you, and every other organism on this planet (and potentially the Universe) has the opportunity to experience the true meaning of LIFE.

 

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. 

-Goethe


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O meu Brasil, eu voltarei

It’s been two years, almost to date, since my last trip to Brasil.  In Bahia state sits a city with so much culture, so much passion, so much life.   That city is called Salvador.  It’s no coincidence that Salvador means savior in Portuguese, as I and so many others have found ourselves there.  I was awakened at a time in my life when I least expected to be asleep.  The first time I visited was in 2007, as an undergraduate student.  I had so many ideas, questions, and concerns when I left, and I knew it wouldn’t be too much longer before I returned.  In 2009 I had my second chance, and I took FULL advantage.  I met people that have truly changed my life, did things that I would both brag about and keep secret, touched a few lives, but was transformed by those who touched me, learned what “dancing” truly meant, ate like a queen of the Jungle, and connected with my roots.  And I’m not even Brasilian by nationality!  But when it was time to come back to the states, I was Brasilian, by experience.

This entry is not to recapture my trip to Bahia, but rather, to connect the events that have occurred thereafter, which only proves to me that Brasil is calling my name…

Teaching- In Salvador I was a volunteer English Teacher for a non-profit.  Because I had taught Kindergarten prior to my arrival, I thought I would be in a perfect place to reach my new students on the most basic level possible.  I was wrong.  My teaching style, and everything I was trained to do was challenged.  I didn’t get it right, but even more profound, when I returned to the states, I didn’t believe in what I had been taught, and that belief continued to crumble (and is still crumbling!) to the point where now, I no longer “teach”, I facilitate in a new environment, where my role is to unschool and allow students the freedom to develop their own path.  I am anxious to revisit the Brasilian classroom with this newfound understanding!

Friends- I made some lifelong friend in Brasil, and miss them dearly.  But even here in the states, I’m meeting the most unlikely people, like the governor of Bahia, and his wife!  I was in line at the beauty counter in an Indianapolis Walgreens when I met the first lady Fátima Mendonça!

Diet/Exercise- Since leaving Brasil, the way I eat has been altered.  Fresh fruit is a staple for me, but particularly, the tropical fruit I ate in Brasil.  The way I cook is also different, and I can tell my palette has matured for things I wouldn’t have eaten pre-departure.

These days I also find myself more active, and have incorporated different styles of dancing into my routine.  But what fascinates me the most is how quickly I pick out all-things-Brasil when I work out, go out dancing, or listen to music.  The connections that I make today seem profound, like everything leads back to that enchanted place.

Love- I see love differently today.  In Brasil, people are flowing with love.  Before I really understood Brasilians, I must admit that I believed what everyone else was saying:  Brasilians are hyper-sexualized, sensual, too free with themselves, etc.  But what I understand today is that the people who made those generalizations were not in touch with true love.  I believe you can’t put a cap on true love, and that when you feel it, you can’t help but share it with as many people as you can.  So all the touching, the closeness, the openness that we see many Brasilians demonstrate, actually comes from this awareness.  I can only hope to be as comfortable with sharing my love with more people.  What are we afraid of?

What I also realize today, is that this awareness and affinity that I have separates me from some, but brings me closer to others.  It seems like the people I meet today are either inspired by my story, or also have a story to tell!

My goal is to return within a year, which is a little past my previous goal, but because I know the Universe conspires, I know the timing will be right.  I want to return to uncover some truths that I believe awaiting me.  I want to share this place with my loverboy as well, in hopes that we will be transformed together…


A different kind of awareness

This past week I took a trip to see both my brother and sorority graduate; one from high school, the other from law school.  Because I waited last minute, my form of transportation was by bus.  But if you know me, you know I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason.

While en route to DC, a met a wonderful woman who had many connections and was very experienced in life.  We talked about many subjects as if we had been acquaintances for ages.  She was a little older than my mother, so I naturally looked up to her, but she took a particular interest in me and my life of work (educator, anthropologist), and promised to connect me with some of her friends in my industry doing impressive work.  We talked about everything, from her short haircut, to the failing education system.  We started chatting about natural beauty/body and the importance of awareness in today’s sickening society.  I began ramble about ingredients, and how we as women in particular should stay away from harsh ingredients including parabens and the key ingredient found in anti-perspirant– aluminum.  What she said to me after this rant was disheartening, and I felt completely ignorant for the next five minutes as I listened to her:

“I am battling breast cancer.”

I was shocked, saddened, impressed, amazed, and confused all at the same time.  Here was the beautiful middle-aged woman with so much personality, a confidence that intrigues, and a bad ass haircut that only a woman who knows herself could rock.  How could she have breast cancer? I shortly found out that she had been diagnosed, healed, and later made aware that her cancer had come back, and now spread to her lungs.  I felt for her.  Until that moment, cancer hadn’t affected anyone that I knew personally, and even though I had just met this woman (we had been friends by this point for about 3 hours), I felt like it hit close to home.

She said two things to me that stood out, and are the reasons I am writing this blog.  I’ll admit I was suspicious and doubtful at first, but I’m starting to believe that she may be correct…

1.) If breast cancer affected more men, we would already have a cure and

2.) Cancer could be caused by anything, so just live…

The latter comment she made was in response to my purports about ingredients, so naturally I was doubtful and honestly, still believe that we should eliminate unnatural chemicals and activities from our lives that can knowingly harm us.  But she was completely accurate in that carcinogens could be everywhere and that sometimes we can’t avoid them– and I’m probably being exposed as I’m typing this blog…

As for the cure for breast and other types of cancer, I am saddened by this comment, but find it to be eye opening.  Men (as well as women) are capable of inventing, creating, discovering, building, and destroying all types of things that affect them.  But women endure the consequences.  Perhaps it’s in our biology; we’re delicate creatures that should be revered and cared for, but maybe because we’ve fought so hard to be equal, our bodies are now trying to show us otherwise.  This is not to say that women who get breast cancer or any other illness are in someway feminist warriors who’ve reaped what they’ve sown, but that our modern-day society has overlooked sex and “gender” (socially created roles) in the most significant and simple way possible:  that we are not created equal for a purpose.

There are many mistakes that we as humans have made all throughout history.  Most of them are related to defying nature.  Sure, we have qualities that set us a part from other earthlings including our free will and ingenuity, and we are the designers of countless great and even inexplicable works of art and architecture.  But unfortunately, we’ve also outdone ourselves in many ways, and hurt the planet along the way.  The combination of our imagination, self-determination, and ignorance have created both unimaginable accomplishments and fatal consequences.   It’s time we start taking responsibility and action and thinking simply.

I am so grateful to have met such an insightful and strong being this past weekend.  Who knew that I would be touched in this way?  We exchanged contact info, and have spoken via e-mail.  Because of who she is, I know she will not leave this earth before she has served her purpose, which may be a long time from now.  I’m just thankful for the wisdom of the Universe, and for my place and consciousness within it.


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