I wrote this article originally for www.TheWellnessUniverse.com, and it was published on 12/12/2015
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Julian Lennon was one of my favorite singers when I was young.  I lost track of him pretty much when I lost track of my very over-played tape of “The Secret Value of Day Dreaming.”   Today, while I’m feeling very saddened and lost by the reality of our society, I happened to stumble on his website which featured tracks off of his new album.  I watched the video for his song “Always”, which blessedly displayed the lyrics, and then this part resonated like a freight train:  “I wish it was easy, but fear will divide.  Always.  Until we aspire to change and get it right.  Always.  I know that we’ll make it.  I know we’ll see the light.  Some day.  One day.”

In times of complete sadness, disconnect, and disillusion, where my heart feels heaviest and my hopes for a better future are hushed into an almost silent whisper in the back of my mind, I’m grateful for these kinds of truth diamonds.   We are bombarded by the upside-down state of our planet and our people, our communities and our concepts of good health and well-being.  There are literally days where I can’t help but wonder if somehow, in some unknown way, I’ve accidentally stumbled into an alternate universe where everything is backward. Then I start to hear that small little whisper saying, “There is hope, there is always hope.  There is a better way, look within to understand all that surrounds.”  I open my eyes, and I start seeking more diamonds.

“The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.” – Ann Rand

I have learned in my own experiences that the truth will always ring and shine brightly to those who wish to hear it and see it.  I know the feeling of being connected with my loved ones, my children, the world around me, and even with nature itself.  I have become used to that base temperature for my existence, so I have an internal compass of what I want to feel and be.

This kind of personal truth seeking compass can only work if you truly want to follow it.  In my mind, I can’t help but see the infamous Jack Sparrow character meandering around with his enchanted compass, feeling the air with his finger tip.  It can feel like you are wobbling along, weaving in between the lines of other people’s beliefs, opinions, media saturation and distortion, and the general backwardness of today’s society and paradigm.  However, stop and consider this concept while you are feeling the air -> are you moving in a direction based on love, or based on fear?

“You will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”Jim Carrey

Choices made from love will always make you feel lighter, brighter, connected, and in flow with your surroundings. Choices made from fear will feel hitched, restrictive, pulled back, aggressive, defensive, and heavy.  In this balance of fear versus love, there is a piece of the navigation called “Shenpa”. Pema Chodron describes it as, “…the urge, the hook that triggers our habitual tendency to close down. We get hooked in that moment of tightening when we reach for relief. To get unhooked we begin by recognizing that moment of unease and learn to relax in that moment.”  She then goes on to explain that the trigger, the hitch of the emotional hook generally lasts 90 seconds. If you can allow yourself to simply feel the emotional trigger or reaction, and not react or enact because of it, it will pass on its own.

We can all begin experiencing life in a different way, the moment we start using these tools:

  1. Setting our base compass on what direction we want to go, using our personal truth as our calibration.
  2. Asking ourselves if we are making choices based on love or fear.
  3. Learning to unhook from the emotional triggers and default hitches that snag us, and allowing them to be felt and released.

Let’s choose to move into this new year of 2016, by changing ourselves from within to create change in our surroundings.  Instead of making resolutions, make the choice to shift your perspective altogether.  Base your decisions and actions from a place of love instead of the fear, keep looking for the light of truth diamonds that are everywhere if you are willing to see them, and keep hope that someday, one day, we’ll all get it right.

Blessings to you,

Heather Durling, The Phoenix Gathering
“One Starfish At a Time.”
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