If You Dare to Believe

There is a source of immense power you have access to,
through yourself,
at any given moment in time.
But only if you dare to believe.

You need to find courage,
extend your trust that you can,
and you will.

How else could you have come this far in life?
Every single day.  
Step by step you believed that you could,
since the moment you took your very first step.

Perhaps you were lucky
to have been graced by the support
from those precious ones on your way.

A nudge, a wink,
a few encouraging words or a heartfelt hug.
It might have been a good friend,
who extended his or her strong belief that you can.
And you did!

Such is the force of love,
courage, true friendship, and trust–
it moves mountains.
Inside out.

When you dare to believe.

I know you can.
You know you can.
You did it before.
Therefore,
by the power of Grace,
you will do it again!

I would like to share a few thoughts I had while finishing this beautiful poem. It’s about courage.  
Courage cannot be fabricated. When in the presence of a person who lives a life of integrity and authenticity you will get a very special kind of sensation that moves you from within – a palpable , tangible experience that penetrates beyond mental precept. The air around such an individual is denser, for they radiate a special kind of charisma and stamina that sets them apart from the rest. They have achieved a very high level of integration and are pretty much consistently living a life of inner peace, harmony, content with what life presents and what they are able to manifest. Such is the power of the force of the Self. Being aware, living a fairly simple yet noble life, being of service, being grateful, forgiving, understanding, kind, wise, loose in opinions.
Live and let live, with an open mind and a soft heart.
It’s a new day, a new dawn and such is my insight of today.
May it be blessed.
   

A Good Day

Bodega Bay - Pacific Ocean, California

What is a good day?

What does it depend on? Is it what I do, who I’m with, where I go on that particular day? Is it a state of my mind? Perhaps a combination of several factors woven together?

I take a deep breath, I close my eyes, I connect to my heart, to feel and see clearer, with a composed state of mind, with an open heart.  

I don’t think it’s only the state of mind that makes it a good day – for me. It’s having a lot to do with the state of my heart. I heard the other day, from a close friend of mine, that the heart is continuously expanding and contracting, like an accordion. There must be some truth to that. Every cloud has a silver lining. We ebb and we flow, continuously, yet something remains never changing – the part of us that is uplifting the instrument that creates all the music – or the noise.    

I want to know more! How do I flow through different stages of life, throughout years, months, weeks, days, hours, moments? What is the pattern, how does it work, how does it go, how am I influencing the quality of my day with the state of my mind and the openness of my heart?

A river of questions… how fast and where is this river wanting to flow? Towards the ocean, of course, I say to myself, with a smile.

The very notion of tapping into my higher Self is a journey without destination. I represent that journey and I am the destination; both, at the same time, in the same moment. When the mind and the higher Self are aligned – my heart remains expanded and for me that makes it a good day. I try to stay out of the way with my “worldly I”– well, as much as I possibly can – I try to lead my life by being the Self, allowing the mind to follow, assisting me with daily chores, decision making processes, practicalities of life.

People in our lives will inevitably end up probing our ways, using their faculty of mind to an extent we allow them to. When you love someone, your heart is open, you give them access to yourself, hence you become accessible to interference – to a certain extent – you have to decide.

Sometimes the interference is valuable, it adds clarity to your state of mind, enabling you to see events in your life as they are. It all depends where the other person is coming from. From the state of their higher Self or their mind? Is their intention selfless, pure from the heart, or is there a selfish, manipulative motive that made them open their mouth, either consciously or subconsciously? How do you recognize that to ensure you remain faithful to who you are?

Whenever you feel any notion of abrupt disturbance, try not to react instantly, learn to pause between your thoughts, allow at least 10 heart beats and a few breaths to pass in between, so you may fall in tune with your own truth. Work it out, before you act it out. This way you can respond, not react. And respond profoundly and powerfully you will!

You see, mind likes to jump like a monkey. It is always there, ready to prance and spring, it has many persistent habits. Your heart is your anchor. Heart is continuously beating from the same place, sometimes faster, at times slower. Intensity is it’s only variable. How fast it beats you can influence with the power of your breath and your mind. When responding and making decisions, try to first tap into your heart beat, observe where you are and don’t make any hasty decision when your heart is beating too fast.

Wait for it to calm down, so you can catch the silver lining, enter the flow and at that moment you will grasp your truth – you will know exactly how to respond. Decisions that matter in your life, should originate from the calm state of mind and an open heart. Following this principle, you will notice that your mind follows your higher Self, willingly. It will all fall in place – watch and become your own witness. This can also be one of the ways you can start exercising your self-awareness – if you will.

Over the past few months, I had to make a decision that was out of the ordinary – for me. A kind of decision some of us make once in a decade, or even less frequently due to encounters that pull us into a whirlpool of conflicting emotions. When I’m aligned with my true self, it becomes easier to make decisions.

Life often presents obstacles when it’s time to move on, but that too is part of the journey. You will be challenged to remain in alliance with your true self.

Places we decide to go, people we surround ourselves with, activities and habits we choose to cultivate and engage with – they matter. The more in tune I become with myself, the easier I navigate through life. Life becomes simpler and I become more skillful. Both matters, the world we carry inside as well as the external manifestation of our life that makes us who we are. Both should align for the powerful insights to arise and give us a clear direction forward.

The greatest craftspeople in this world live & create while being fully aligned with their higher Self, composed state of mind, an open heart, and oodles of skills to create a masterpiece.

We are all master craftsmen & craftswomen. My life is my masterpiece in making. I want to craft it really well.