Lately I have been questioning just what it is that I have to offer readers, clients and students by way of synthesizing life experience into a meaningful and portable ‘life skills’ package. Along comes a Huffington Post entry this morning, by one of my favorite conscious living writers/teachers named Gay Hendricks. Together with his wife Kathlyn, he has been offering guidance and ideas for life and relationship healing and enhancement for more than 30 years. They had a ‘some enchanted evening’ encounter in 1980 when they say they literally met ‘across a crowded room’ and each recognized a kindred spirit. The world is richer for that initial encounter and what grew as a result.
Gay’s post is called:
He invited me as the reader to become aware of and then cultivate just what it is that I have learned in my lifetime that can be offered to feed and nurture the potential and possibility in others. He reminded me that I have a unique perspective and thus a gift that only I can offer.
We are always encouraged to teach what we know and what we need to learn. In my own life, I am amazed when I consider the multitude of lessons I have amassed from wise ones whose paths I have been blessed to have crossed over the past 52 years. The truth is, everyone and every experience is my teacher; those I openly welcome and those from which I might have wanted to hide. When I sit with patients in the hospital where I work, I tell them that each technique, method or concept I present as possibilities for them, are those that I use myself to keep on track. Do I get de-railed at times? Of course, but then get a message from the universe that reminds me to jump back on board.
Gay refers to this as our Transformational Magic Power. I imagine a magic wand, replete with sparkles and streamers that never runs out of steam and has the ability to alchemically change our perspective and the ways in which we communicate in the world. The cool thing for me, is the awareness that this wand is not something outside of me or outside of you. It is within us always and can be tapped to do its thing.
So, a short list of experiences that can be translated into my own TMP:
Foster parenting and adoption
Running a business for 10 years
Being a caregiving spouse
Being widowed at 40
Re-creating my life/re-inventing myself
Death of both parents in a 2 1/2 year period
Shedding more than 40 pounds of physical and emotional weight
What are some of yours?