2019 might just be the year of busting through old paradigms of thinking and being in the world.
It actually began at the end of 2018 for me.
I went to New York City at the beginning of November to attend a course called Source and Synchronicities. The course was put on by an organization I have been a part of for several years now called O&O Academy (formally Oneness University). I anticipated going to this course, deepening in spiritual teachings and practices, having some beautiful spiritual experiences that would stay with me (and could share with others), making great connections with people, and then eventually just settling back home into my life … applying here and there what I learned and received. Maybe it would even fade into the background.
What was actually happening was a ginormous set up for a radical internal expansion in my life.
See, I decided to go to New York City because I thought it would be easier to “manifest” and embrace then going all the way to India. I knew The Enlightenment Festival was coming up – held at Oneness University (O&O Academy). But at the time, it just felt too big and impossible. Here’s what happened:
I was innocently at the weekend course in NYC. During one portion of the event, they had people who had been to the temple and university in India come up and share their experiences. It was all very nice and inspiring to hear. However, one share in particular really struck me.
This man, who appeared more like a regular business person versus a yogi or spiritual seeker, came up to the stage and shared. He said he had been to the university just a few months prior for the very first time. He said previously he had had all the excuses in the world not to go – such as he wouldn’t be able to get off work, he wouldn’t have the money, and so on. Yet, It was when he made a simple inner shift to just say YES – “yes” that it would all work out – even if he couldn’t fathom all the details. That’s when things fell into place.
That simple decision and shift he shared rocked my world. And even though it seemed pretty darn impossible for me in that moment, I said Yes. And 3 and half weeks later, I was in India – a country I had never been to before and a place that seemed so far off and impossible to get to. But it came together. And suddenly I was there.
…The universe will conspire to help you if you dare to believe. And it doesn’t have to be hard. I think this is an old paradigm for me – that it doesn’t “count” (or I don’t really deserve it) unless it has been difficult and hard.
My new perspective is on this is “nah“. Rather, I say…”show me the ease and grace in this… show me how magical this process can be”. It doesn’t mean I won’t have feelings about it or encounter obstacles … but I find the real obstacle lies only in my own thinking and what I believe is truly possible.
So … I’m starting this year with a big and bold beginner’s mind (and magical mind) towards it ALL. It doesn’t matter what the bank account says, what friends or family or a colleague might think. It doesn’t matter what has been experienced before this moment. If we argue for limitations, then they become ours. But if we Let all of that go for even ONE tiny moment, there’s an opening – there’s a spaciousness untouched by opinions and what we “know”. There’s a childlike innocence. And suddenly, Right NOW can be a whole new starting point.
So what can it hurt – just Yes! See what happens. Say “Yes” to grander possibilities than you could ever imagine. Dare the Universe to show you how magical it can be. Transcend your mind and see the wildest thing you can imagine as possible right now. And just watch how the World rushes in to help you in allowing this to be.
I’ve got a couple grand ideas up my sleeve. Stay tuned 😉