An open letter to my friends:
Notes from the Session on Feb 23, 2014
Session Intention: Clarity
Within five minutes a belief came right up to my consciousness!
Surfacing Belief: “I can’t trust men”’
The movie of my life ran through my mind reviewing all of the betrayals I suffered at the hands of men from 6 months of age through the present.
I asked myself: Is this belief true?
Myself said: Apparently!
Me: Are you absolutely sure it’s true?
Myself: Well, in fact not only can I not trust men, I can’t trust women either…the truth is, I can’t trust anyone…not even myself!
I’ve betrayed myself more times than any other single person!
Me: What if you could trust everyone? Play with that belief.
Myself: “I can trust everyone.”
I can trust that humans will behave like humans and human beings cannot be trusted to be any certain way on any given moment.
When I choose to believe “I can’t trust people”, I am being too simplistic. Trust is incidental. For all of the betrayals I have suffered there are many more equally significant experiences of support and love.
Why does one betrayal cancel out one-hundred acts of love?
Myself: I am seeing an expanded view of this discussion. Beyond the single belief that I can or cannot trust humans, I am realizing that all beliefs are concepts. The human mind conceptualizes, that is, it takes its limited body of experience (finite) from the limitless pool of possible experiences (infinite) and creates a theory based on that incomplete experience. Beliefs are human perceptions attempting to bind the boundless! Beliefs are our attempt to control that which cannot be controlled.
Trying to make the infinite finite is the labor of all beliefs. A belief implies that the same outcome will happen over and over again…that there is a truth that can be depended on.
Not so in this Universe. We (this Universe) are a living, breathing, infinitely expanding experience. Nothing can be depended on. Nothing is finite. Nothing is true. The only constant is change.
There is no belief (human concept) that is supported by our universal experience…without exception.
Me: So where does this leave us?
Myself: In any given moment, I recognize that I am in an ever-changing environment, in which nothing is as it appears, and all is expanding and evolving perpetually. I survey my environment and use discernment to determine my next step.
Human beings can only be trusted to be themselves, unpredictable.
I perceive myself as more than this body and mind, this human being.
It is in that experience of “more than this” that I choose to trust.
I trust in the Tao.
My friend and mentor Fritz Smith taught me to wake up and say, “Today is today and I’m glad its today.” It has been a challenge lately to feel upbeat about my day. I believe I have once again reached overwhelm and I’m not sure how to fix it…
Actually, I do know, and I am finding it difficult to let go of the list of things to do in my outer life and turn towards my inner life, where a sense of peace and joy lie waiting.
This feeling of urgency is familiar. It has taken me by the throat before and squeezed the juicy joy out of my days. So today I am taking the time to write, one of the things that brings me down and in. I am taking the time to read the inspiring words of Brene’ Brown. I share them with you here…
“I will carry courage, compassion and connection in my heart while on this journey. Even when the road is bumpy. Even when I’m so busy that I feel behind. Even though there is really no ‘getting behind.” And, especially when I start to compare and judge myself. Courage, compassion and connection will be my constant companions.” Brene’ Brown
I believe that vulnerability is a key to whole-hearted living. I must become more comfortable with who I am. I have set the intention to be transparent, wild, undomesticated and authentically me. And yet, as I peel away the layers of conditioned beliefs, as I reveal myself, I find I am meeting myself with judgment, criticism and feelings of unworthiness.
So I review these words from Brene’ about intention:
“For me, setting intentions is a power move. It is how I bring clarity, meaning and purpose to my day. Setting intentions helps you get clear on why you are doing something (clarity), why it is important to you (meaning) and how it moves you closer to your values (purpose.) “ Brene’ Brown
As I listen to myself read her words aloud, I reassess my purpose, my “north star,” and my values. I find my purpose in connection. I seek to experience the energy that exists when being seen, heard and valued is shared between people. I seek to live in a world without judgment, giving and receiving support and sustenance in my relationships.
So today I set my intention, seeking clarity of purpose and what is important to me. It is my intention to live wholeheartedly, cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up each morning and say, “Today is today and I’m glad its today. No matter what gets done or is left undone, I am enough!”
When my head rests on the pillow at night, I say, “With all my fears, imperfections and vulnerabilities, I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.
I wrote a letter this morning and I share some of it here because it speaks to all of my new and old heart connections…
I have often felt awe at the connections I have with you and others in my life that are beyond my ordinary understanding. I can only imagine that we are interrelated throughout many lives as I recall a book I once read called Return of the Revolutionaries. Dr. Epstein explains about “Soul Groups.”
Soul Groups are individuals who make a pact on a soul level to move through lifetimes together; changing roles, changing gender, race, ethnicity and interrelationships. A friend in one lifetime may have been a wife, child, parent, or someone else in a previous lifetime. The group has a common thread running through all their lives and relationships. I think he called it the Soul Group Mission. It is a large-scale mission, shifting the global thought field. The group Dr. Epstein tracked in his book was revolutionaries in the American Revolution and continue to walk the cutting edge of revolutionary thought regardless of their occupations in this life. (Oprah Winfrey is an incarnation of one of the souls he tracked.)
When I read the book, it rang true for me. I have noticed that in the past 20 years, and especially in the past 6 years, the friends that I have deep heart-felt connections with, practice healing methods that are outside the mainstream view of medicine. They include art therapists, organic farmers, teachers, writers, actors, sound healers, energy workers, yogis, bodyworkers, psychologists, movement therapists, physicists, shamans, and non-traditional nurses and doctors.
I think that our “soul group” chose the mission of changing the worldview regarding healing.
I have no doubt that you and I are partners in this soul group and that we are affecting the global field with our beliefs and actions regarding the way healing happens.
Interestingly, it is a return to indigenous ways supported by modern science. Quantum physics has now proven what the ancient mystics intuitively knew: every thought-form put into the field affects the field.
All fields entrain themselves toward the strongest, most organized field. Our thoughts draw to our awareness from the unlimited Universal field of all-potential the experience we are having.
The most intriguing and thrilling aspect of my life is the repeated experiences I have that support this belief. When I meet someone from my Soul Group, we both experience a feeling of remembering and reconnecting on a soul level. The level of comfort and communication is deep and immediate. I am smiling as I think about what the future is holding for us, just waiting for us to think the thought!