Different images work for different people when trying to visualize a concept. I have been thinking about another way to describe this idea of living core Self. Since there is no lockstep method or procedure, I believe that different analogies are helpful.
One way that I have thought of my journey of becoming a writer is like this. I asked and listened and heard the response of my heart: you are a writer. It starts in the heart! Then, I need to have a mental picture that represents my goal. They can be everyday smaller goals and not just big picture ones. If we have our big picture clear, then, the smaller goals will complement and further the big picture. (Like I want to help others discover self and the fullness of life through my writing, but a smaller goal would be to publish something like this article).
Once I have a mental picture — a post, an ebook, or anything — I put it in a kitchen cabinet — (by the way, I used the kitchen because in my mind it’s where I get food, which equals the fuel of life, plus I like to eat). I know where it is. Now, I don’t insist that it ends up having to look exactly like I picture it, but rather that whatever it ends up being makes me feel the way I want to feel — useful, significant, fulfilled, happy, connected, etc. I know what I want and where it is.
The next phase is the journey, getting to my goal. I need to decide which way I’m getting to the kitchen and get off my ass and make my feet move to get there. Wishing for what’s in that cabinet, no matter how great or tasty it is will not get it for me. I have to move, take action. Those daily actions, activities, or steps (whatever you want to call them) should make me feel the way I want to feel when I open that cabinet door, i.e., I want my daily actions to be consistent with and moving towards my goal. I want to get to that freaking cabinet, so I don’t want to get sidetracked. I know what I need to do to get there.
I’m here; I’m in the kitchen and there’s the cabinet. I pause. Do I open the door or not? What if I pictured the wrong thing, and nothing is there? What if I screwed up on the path to get here? What if I took too long, and when I open the door it vanishes? Maybe better questions and easier to answer would be some like these. How much can I trust my own heart? How much can I trust the Spirit of God? How much can I trust the laws of the Universe that Spirit established?
Oh, should I open the door? Yes, OPEN IT! Trust yourself, trust the Spirit, trust the laws of the Universe. Faith grabs hold of that which I have designed, engineered, and created. Leave the lack of faith and doubt of Self, Spirit, and Universe behind. OPEN THE CABINET DOOR! I believe that I did not make a mistake and my goal is behind that door. I have the faith to open the door and take my goal.
If we have listened to heart, then we can expect and demand that goal, that blessing because we have believed and followed our hearts. Whatever you want to put in your kitchen cabinet, whatever simple, great, or tasty goal is there, just go for it:
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!