Aloha Dear Ones,
Happy New Year’s Day. Maui is spectacularly beautiful today. Blues of sky and sea, greens of palm trees and exotic plants, fragrant flowers painted bright fuschia, all alive and vibrant in the soft sunshine. Gentle trade winds blow across small waves, tease blossoms, and caress my face. I feel a part of everything flowing and ever-changing.
Just got done watching the last half hour of, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” for the, God-knows-how-many, time. Even with the passionate contingent of true alien believers on Maui, I’m not really a space brother/space sister, kind of new-ager. It’s pretty logical that other beings exist in the galaxy. I just don’t go around focusing on them. We have plenty to do here. Don’t get me wrong, I love SciFi. I’d be happy giving tax dollars to NASA, so that we can, “boldly go where no one has gone before.”
That wonder of going forward into the unknown, is what resonated so deeply with me, watching, “Close Encounters.” It seemed downright prophetic, this time–of change in motion.
How many times have thoughts like, “Things will never change. I had dreams, goals, for 2011, the same ones I’ve had for so long. How will anything ever be different,” crossed your mind? Or is it just me? At the end of each year, we are besieged with well-meaning emails, classes, invitations of all sorts, trying to give us a new twist on goal setting. All these promise us that if we can just tweak the process the right way, our goals will come to fruition.
Yes, there are ways of focusing our intention that make our dreams more likely to take shape, to grow into recognizable form. Taking small, consistent steps, day after day, and giving each step a deadline, or due date, is one. Being willing to try something we’ve never done before is another.
There is a new, evolutionary perspective, a bigger truth I’m asking all of us to consider. Whatever we do, it’s never just about us. Our sweetest, wildest dream, if we imagine living it, are we ever alone? Isn’t there someone, or many, sharing it with us? Just imagine the most powerful manifestation of your dream impacting, blessing the earth, and everyone on it. How does it look? How does it feel?
You may be imagining something very grand. A multi-modal, global healing center, somehow accessible to anyone in need, is the big dream of more Mauians than I can count, and what a beautiful, altruistic dream. Here’s the thing–each choice, no matter how small, of the dreamer, is just as important, potentially just as beautiful, just as altruistic, as the grander vision.
One day, we get out of bed, and we don’t want to work on the planned step towards our goal. It’s such a small thing, not glamorous, not leading to any clear result on its own. Maybe it’s not even an action towards the goal itself, but an internal preparation, like a daily meditation practice. On the days when we haven’t had enough sleep the night before, or we were disappointed by a friend before breakfast, from where does our motivation come? What does it matter?
It matters, dear ones, because we are responsible to each other in this life. If we give up, we take away from our brothers and sisters. If we do that which is right for us to do, we contribute to the well being of our family, our community, our country, our earth, to all humanity. This is easy enough for good, spiritual people to get on board with, intellectually, even emotionally. But when it is real for us, when this sacred interconnection becomes our lived reality, a miracle happens.
Our motivation shifts. We may not feel like doing the right thing for ourselves, when it is especially inconvenient, or if we feel inadequate to the demand. But, we have a deep and abiding awareness of everyone in our circles, and their circles, depending on us, needing us to show up as the very best within us. Our love for these precious ones, our commitment to them, lifts us up, makes it possible for us to act for the greater good. Then, miracle of wonders, we discover that doing what is for the greatest good, however difficult or terrifying it seemed, turns out to be our greatest happiness, also–not in abstract, but in the most real, bottom-line, fulfilling, exciting way.
More of us are waking up to our innate inter-relatedness. A divinely inspired evolution of our consciousness is unfolding. In a world motivated by doing the right thing for the greatest good, we don’t need to worry about, “How will anything ever be different?” For any pattern of limitation, any holding back from expressing all the love of God, becoming–its days are numbered. Something more good, more true, more beautiful, and more holy, is emerging.
As 2012 begins, we are indeed going where no one has gone before, together.
Love and blessings,
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