Picture sitting on a pristine beach facing the west, scanning the line of horizon where it appears the sun is sliding into the ocean as the sky blurs into tints of azure, pink, and orange through the thinnest veil of cirrus clouds, and you know two things: in a matter of a couple minutes, the sky will fade to an ashen gray, and along with that, the possibilities and dreams of what lies beyond the horizon that evening will have faded, too. You just can’t see it any longer. Though blinded for the night, tomorrow is a new day.
The next morning, the sun shines out from the east behind you across the undulating aquamarine depths. It comes to you, and you know. You know a magnificent island resort lies out there over the horizon. You know what you want to do. Make the call, reserve the island for an indefinite length of time, charter a boat. But wait, you have to pack. What will you take? Who should you call and notify? Oh, maybe you should give your notice at the job and wait for two weeks. Yeah, it will be there then. But you can’t. How will you make it? Will anyone go with you? What about…? Forget it. It’s impossible.
Whether we are blinded to the possibilities or bound by impossibilities, Ego has done its job: to blind and bind in order to protect us from perceived danger and societal rejection by isolating us enough to keep us sitting on that beach, a beach where we dream, maybe plan, but ultimately never act except to continue in a longing existence, not upsetting the status quo.
Fortunately, Heart has no intention of leaving us to wallow. Do you know how I know? People keep looking at that sunset, making those plans. Ego holds us back. Heart, though, says all possibilities exist and no impossibilities are real — only self-imposed. We have to enter into that positive relationship with Heart to put everything in perspective and bypass the Ego operating system and its pervasive circuitry in our mind-soul-body complex.
Heart shows us the possibilities, opens those eyes of our mind and soul, and creates a course of action with us that takes us to Purpose of significance, enjoyment, and fulfillment.
Why bring this up tonight? I’m continuing to work on my chapter of informal conspiracy in The Fellowship of the Heart. In some ways, if you ever read the novel, I hope you suspend your knowledge of what I write here in order to sense if I hit my mark or not. What’s that?
People in the book like Paul Egan, Jack Actov, and Peter Colboard are those who understand Heart and Ego. They have closed themselves to Heart, indulged in Ego, and know how to manipulate that dynamic in others to control what they feel needs to be controlled for their own designs — not too much here.
I need to write more before I share it — maybe tomorrow. As I wrote this morning, an encounter I had with a woman yesterday made me think on another level about this. When she asked me what I write about, I told her spiritual awakening that concerns answering the two big questions: Who am I? What is my Purpose?
She is a professional woman, engaged in helpful, outwardly meaningful work, but her response to me caught me off guard. “I wish I could answer those for myself.” What?! At the point she said that, I just had a plastic coated lead plate jammed in my mouth for an x-ray. It did make me pissed at myself a bit because I have neither finished my ebook nor do I even have a business/info card with my blog and social media info on it.
That, however, was immaterial to the lady who believed the lie her with which her Ego had thoroughly permeated her being: it’s impossible to know who you are and to create your own purpose, your own fate. Her brief statement was breathed in a sigh of two seconds.
The sun will shine tomorrow morning. The horizon of hope, possibilities, and realities are limitless, and nothing can hold us back.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!