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Once again, the world is rocked by a shocking event on a day that ‘should’ have been celebratory; one on which well trained athletes brought their vibrant spirits and strong bodies to engage in friendly competition. Instead, as a result of dark inclinations and violent actions, lives were forever changed; some by death and injury, others by emotional trauma. Those individuals and families who traveled to attend or participate in The Boston Marathon had no clue how their day would end. At this moment, no one has claimed responsibility for the horrific bombing. When I heard about it, my reaction was the same as it was on 9/11/01.  Shock and then determination not to feed the situation with fear, since that is what terrorists want. And this was indeed an act of terror; meant to create chaos, regardless of who masterminded it.

In the face of such things, music has the power to heal. As I was perusing Facebook this morning, I saw this post from prolific and multi-award winning musician David Pomeranz whose song ‘It’s In Every One Of Us” came into my life in the late 1970’s as a spiritual anthem. I was tickled when I recognized the music, sans lyrics in the Tom Hanks movie “Big”

 

“I am astonished and saddened about the tragedy in Boston and I just want to let the families of the victims know how deeply sorry I feel that this has happened. This is insanity to the max and there is never any earthly excuse for this kind of evil. That said, it’s up to the rest of us to keeping shining our goodness to the world and not get sucked into urges toward apathy or revenge. Let’s hold …the “boat” still by actively pouring love into the space.  This is not some “nice” cliched idea. It’s only our active caring and concern for one another that has any hope of balancing out and healing the effects of this kind of terrible thing. Criminals will do themselves in. OUR goodness rules and it is our most effective weapon. March onward and take heart, dear friends.”
My response was: “Agreed, David. I decided on 9/11 that in the face of terrorism and violence, I refused to feed it with fear and instead, bless those impacted (and even as humanly challenging as it may be; even those who perpeptrated the violence) with love. It isn’t cosmic foo foo stuff we’re talking about here. I have seen it do wonders. Count me in as a member of the ‘Goodness Team’, marching along. I remember a line “An army of lovers can not fail.”

As the days unfold and more information comes in, it will be tempting to contemplate revenge against ‘the bad guys’ who did this. Justice and revenge are two different things. Holding anger in our hearts and minds will only feed the darkness. Instead, let’s shine our lights that much more brightly.

It’s in every one of us

To be wise

Find your heart

Open up both your eyes

We can all know everything

Without ever knowing why

It’s in every one of us

By and by

It’s in everyone of us

I just remembered

It’s like I been sleeping for years,

I’m not awake as I can be

But my seeing is better,

I can see Through the tears,

I’ve been realising that,

I bought this ticket

And watching only half of the show,

There is scenery and lights

And a cast of thousands,

Who all know What I know,

And it’s good

That it’s so

http://youtu.be/79GD—xXc4 ? It’s In Every One Of Us-David Pomeranz

 

My friend Sandy Levenson posted this image on her Facebook page just now after seeing it at Neiman Marcus in King of Prussia, PA and it jumped out at me as a wonderful way to do business. Sandy’s business model could easily fall into this category. I have long referred to her as “my favorite chiropractor with hands and heart of gold.” since she puts her whole self into all she does…kind of like the hokey pokey. Her office is warm and welcoming with soothing ahhhh music playing and lovely imagery on a video screen. Practice partners (a.k.a. patients) are greeted with a smile, like family of choice that we are. Photos of her adjusting folks, including Santa Claus are on the walls. Delight she does. It’s what I endeavor to do as well; offering exemplary service to those who work with me.

What if you could accept that Spirit (or whatever name you use to refer to The God of Your Understanding) asks us that same question each day? How would you answer? I can go down my checklist and see that much of what I have in my life, already fits into that category, such as dear family and friends, a healthy body that allows me to do all kinds of fun things, an inquisitive mind, a creative Muse that feeds my need to write, a limitless imagination so that I am never bored and frequently fascinated, opportunities to stretch and grow and learn, financial abundance (the more I trust that it will be there, the more shows up), music (listening to Emmylou Harris, followed by James Taylor and Indigo Girls which gives you an idea of my musical taste), leftover stirfry veggies, tofu and quinoa for breakfast…weird, I know, but I inherited that habit from my father who would sometime eat leftover pizza, justifying that it was ‘a cheese sandwich’. Later today I am going to the gym  for my regular ‘playout’. I am revelling from an experience I had this weekend that I will be writing about later in the week; a retreat that is now another joy since it added to my life skills tool kit and gathered into my heart, new friends and strengthened existing connections, as well as re-introduced me to the woman in the mirror. What I know is that the more I express gratitude for the blessings I already have, the more space is created for additional delights to show up. There are times when I get bogged down in inconveniences and annoyances, but know they are fleeting and perhaps ways I test myself to see if I can be true to my beliefs and practices.

I imagine that God/Goddess/All That Is, gets a kick out of delighting us with Spring flowers, a gentle rain to help them grow, winged creatures who visit us with messages, like the robin redbreast who knocked on my window a week or so ago and then on Friday before I left for the retreat, came back and (I kid you not), knocked on my back door over and over,  inspiration that comes in the form of songs, books, movies, talented teachers who offer us their skills, healing hands and hearts.

I invite you to ask yourself how you can be delighted on this day?

 

 

My life is often awhirl with activity; on any given day, it looks like work and play swirled like cream in coffee. Even though it is bliss-filled, it is sometimes exhausting. All winter long, I have maintained good health, free of the cold and flu symptoms that have beset many friends, family and co-workers. Smirking I was at times. A few days ago, I awoke with a sore throat, ear ache and sniffles.  Since I speak for a living, it brings with it an ‘uh oh’; what if I can’t communicate? Many years ago, I had a lengthy bout of laryngitis that carried with it a sense of fear that I wouldn’t be able to express myself. What became obvious back then was that I wasn’t speaking my truth and once I did, my voice came back.

Something else that is whirling about is a training I will be doing this weekend, called The Woman Within; which is part of a parent organization called The ManKind Project- the training for men is called New Warrior. I signed up for it a month or so ago and like any powerful experience, although it will officially begin tomorrow night and run through Sunday afternoon, it really started for me at the moment of commitment. I can tell that it will be stirring up alot of settled to the bottom of the soup pot, mixture. You don’t get to age 54 without a whole bunch of stuff waiting to come to the surface. Long held beliefs and limiting thoughts are lurking in the background, eager to be heard. An opportunity to be fully expressed and held in safety in ways that I have never allowed before. A combination of anticipation, excitement, spiced with a dash of trepidation. Wanting to realize what is possible for me.

Last week, I was a guest on my very first vlog, interviewed by the creative Gene-Manuel Whirling, whose artistry takes the form of graphic design and writing. We had such fun conversing as if we were sitting side by side when we were about 100 miles apart; he in North Jersey while I am in Pennsylvania. More and more, I am delighted to be connecting with people, whether via writing, speaking, interveiwing or being interviewed. There is a sense of unity, even if I never meet you in person; know that our lives have touched each others’; like so many dandelion seeds that come from being blown from puffs. We never know where the seeds will fall and how they will take root and grow.

http://youtu.be/Y__tlqCDzdk The Whirling Blog VLOG

EVERY QUESTION

IS AUTOMATICALLY ANSWERED

THE MOMENT YOU FEEL ITS PRESENCE.

TO KNOW THE ANSWER IS TO WELCOME

THE PEOPLE WHO SHOW YOU YOURSELF.

These powerful words usher you into the book entitled The What Happens If I Book…How To Make Action/Reaction Work for You Instead Of Against You. The author of several other mind stretching books: Walking Through Illusion, The Mirror Theory, You Are What You Think, LoveHuman, and LoveParent, the prolific Betsy Otter Thompson is a soul in wonder.  Her professional background includes modeling, marketing and acting. Her writing was a healing balm in a time of challenge for her. Now it reaches out to heal others.

Thompson sets the stage by reframing the concept of God as “…energy. Sometimes I call that energy all-inclusive—or the whole through which we all participate. Sometimes I call that energy individual—as in you, me and others. But whether I describe this energy as out-of-matter or in-matter, male or female, gracious or rude, it still represents the light of eternal love.” How comforting it is to consider the Divine in that way.

At the beginning of each chapter, a question is posed What Happens If I: Think I Have To Be Perfect, Live Without Integrity, Abandon Another, Make A Mistake, Do What I Love And The Money Doesn’t Come?  All common concerns and all answered with Thompson’s wit and wisdom that lead this reader to even deeper inquiry….a ‘down the rabbit hole’ experience. Woven throughout is the idea of self responsibility and accountability…we are not at the effect of events and people unless we choose to be.

Each chapter is sandwiched in between delicious slices of truth, such as the description of What Happens If I Obsess Over Another?

WHEN YOU LOVE ANOTHER INTO COMFORT

YOU LOVE YOURSELF INTO BLISS.

WHEN YOU LOVE ANOTHER INTO FEAR

YOU CREATE AN ABYSS.

 

 

OBSESS WITHOUT CONDITIONS

SO YOU CAN FEEL

THE UNCONDITIONAL OBSESSION

THE UNIVERSE HAS FOR YOU.

The further I delved into the pages, the more this book seemed to be channeled THROUGH Thompson, rather than simply written BY her, so effortlessly it flowed. One chapter in particular fascinated me :  What If I Insist On Agreement? since I am a peacemaker by inclination. Every day I encounter people whose beliefs, attititudes and actions are in harmony with mine…they are the easy folks to get along with AND every day, I cross paths with those whose life choices are dramatically out of synch with my values….how do I peacefully co-exist with them? What it takes is putting myself in the other person’s position…if I had the experiences they did and had the same feelings as a result, I might have formed the same values base and taken the same actions. Letting go of the need to be right, seems to be a key to harmonious interactions that could quite possibly heal the planet.

We are accustomed to thinking of ‘what ifs’ as negatives. Thompson reframes them to beneficial effect.

What if my life is over because everyone I love has left?

What if your life is beginning with new hearts to love?

What if I can’t get well, so I might as well die?

What if you can’t die, so you might as well heal?

What if the world is a mess so there’s no reason to try?

What if “trying” is what makes the world less messy?

Thompson offers this beatitude to close the book:

BLESSED IS THE SOUL

THAT KNOWS ITSELF,

FOR HEAVEN

IS A THOUGHT WITHIN.

www.betsythompson.com