Category: Perception

What Kind of Story are You Running?

When I, Susan, was in 7th grade, I was sitting in social studies class not really paying attention when a thought went through me like a lightning bolt. Suddenly, I realized that not everyone thought like I did. This may seem obvious to many but at that moment I was really glad I was sitting down for my world seemed quite different.

Flash forward to two weeks ago and almost half a century later. I was walking with our construction manager Manny between our house and another he was now working on in the neighborhood. Manny was fixing a leak in our fountain and on his way back to building walls at the other.

I asked him if he enjoyed having a break from the labor-intensive work at our neighbor’s while working on our fountain.

He looked at me blankly as if I was speaking a foreign language. (Actually, I was speaking Spanish at the time). He said, “Work is work.” I realized then and there that I was running a story based on my perspective that labor requiring greater physical exertion was harder for me and that it must be for him too.

Stories are movies we run in our minds that can wake us up or keep us asleep.

I’m still learning to notice when I make assumptions or judgments because of the story I’m running that keeps me asleep. It may be a lifelong series of lessons.  And Manny in his wisdom gave me the opportunity to notice the story I was running.

Have you recognized a story you were running lately?

We’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts or stories below.

Love
Susan and David
Wisdom Rx

Stop Seeing Yourself Through The Past

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Stop Seeing Yourself Through The Past

We’ve been inspired and supported lately by Paul Selig’s book “The Book of Mastery.” We’ve published years of blogs pointing out all the ways we have been taught to think and believe and we’ve offered many ways to learn to perceive anew and how to turn that perception into a new way of being.

There is a call to action that is happening throughout the world to break through our old ways of being and allow the truth of who we are to come to the forefront.

In just a few words, Paul and the Guides bring into focus and create an invitation to cast off the old dead past.

“So many of you get stuck, you see, when you cause yourself fear, when you demand to know yourselves through what you have been. What you have been means so little in the face of who you are. What you have known yourself as has gotten you here perhaps, but like yesterday’s dress that no longer fits very well, to try to perceive the self through one’s old self keeps you in an old way that has no real bearing on who and what you are.” Paul Selig The Book of Mastery A Channeled Text p. 302

We’d love to hear from you:

  • How do you perceive yourself through filters of the past?
  • Who are you really?
  • Isn’t it time to let that part out?

Please leave your comments below.

in Love,
Susan and David

Breaking the Cycle of Disappointment

Disappointment was the tool my parents used to keep me towing the line to the norms that were important to them. it felt like a stab in the heart when I was young when they were disappointed with me. And I still bristle at times at the use of that word.

So, David and I have been cleaning up our own cycles of disappointment lately. One thing that has really helped us is knowing the actual root of the word.

In the Online Etymological Dictionary ‘to disappoint’ has two roots- from the early 15th century “to undo an appointment or remove from office.” And later that century the modern sense “to frustrate expectations.”

Not taking someone else’s disappointment personally is made a bit easier when I look at it in terms of being ‘removed from office’. Some of the norms my parents believed in didn’t match my natural expression. So I “undid” the appointments that I didn’t agree to by being me not being what they thought I should be.

The energy that goes with disappointment is a contorted expression of love. I was confused by my parents who really did love me and yet were disappointed when I was not following the rules they set forth.

But really, disappointment results when our own will gets in the way of Divine Will- or when we try to impose our personalized will on others. The driver of our will is “You got to do it my way or the way I think it should be.”

Breaking the cycle of disappointment requires a clear loving heart. In love, we can have acceptance for ourselves and others. If my parents or I had known better we would have done differently. My parents did their best as did I.

And most of all when we act from being informed by Divine Will first, we don’t disappoint ourselves or run that energy toward another. We are acting in love and no mismatch occurs. I am no longer out of ‘appointment’ with the Divine.

If we prayerfully hold the question “What is the way right now?” and allow the answer to come, then love or Divine Will will be what shapes our actions.

We want to live in a world where dis-appointment from the Divine is healed. Where our trained habits and conditions of separation are no longer running us.

In truth, our hearts ache because of separation from love. And if God, the Divine, Source is love then when we are in alignment there is no way to be disappointed. The cycle is broken because we have closed the gap.

We welcome your comments below and look forward to hearing from you.

Love
Susan and David

Wisdom Rx

Inventing God- A Mental Safety Net

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“The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.” From the Basics of Buddhism / PBS-org.

Inventing God- A Mental Safety Net

The world and often our personal lives present us with the ever-present currency of suffering. We are surrounded by various forms of anguish that even the most hardened hearts can’t help but notice.

Have you ever raised your arms in humbling outrage at a circumstance that reflects such suffering that your heart aches?

Sometimes this suffering we see and feel points to a question that we all carry regardless of the depth of our “faith”.

Why would a loving God allow his “children” to suffer in such great ways over and over again?

For many this honest question presents a great challenge. The Buddha and other spiritual teachers have provided beautiful and powerful teachings that if we engage in them change the way we understand what suffering is and how to live with great compassion and a sacredly broken heart.

We’re surrounded by lots of evidence that there is a sacred living container that holds us in a field of aliveness enabling a daily spectrum of miraculous events to occur even in the midst of the jello-like field of suffering that is thick around us.

But our minds sometimes need a mental solution to a spiritual inquiry. We’ve been experimenting with the idea that follows and have found that it has an oddly calming effect on the constant engine of measurement, comparison, doubt, certainty and uncertainty that our minds engage in.

Discovered in the nineteenth century in the first law of thermodynamics is the law of conservation of energy, which states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed. (Wikipedia)

Consider this, the energetic systems that enliven you right now cannot be destroyed but can only change form.

The voracity of the aliveness you are that moves your blood, processes your food and allows you to read this will by necessity change form but will not be lost.

To appease the kernel of doubt in your mind that wonders if God really exists,

What if as a vast loving gesture you decided to use the energy that you are to create a loving anchor point in all of life, for all of life to bring peace and heal the suffering of our fellows.

The part of our minds that has doubt can rest with greater assuredness that all the knowing we have and the suffering we’ve endured won’t be lost but it can be used as a transformative energy.

That engine of doubt can be converted through the benefit of physics into a creative force that can add to the presence of love and true transformative energy on the planet.

This is not about megalomania or creating a false God, this is about making peace from doubt by giving doubt something irrefutable to chew on.

We’d love to hear from you. Please share your comments below.

in Love,

David and Susan  – Wisdom RX

Sharing Beauty Stories

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We wanted to share a blog written by our partner in Journey’s In Transformation, Gwen Mazer, so you could have taste of the heart and passion she has for Beauty. In March 2017 our RetreatAwakening Into Beauty centers around Beauty from the inside out where we can breathe in its essence and connect with our source.

FINDING  BEAUTY
by Gwen Mazer

Beauty knows no bounds, she is to be found everywhere.  She awes us with her stunning variations, in the spirit of nature with a walk in the woods, the infinite shapes and colors to be found in a flower, the fluttering of a hummingbird, the sparkle and roar of the sea. We are moved by the symphony of light, the sunrise, sunset, touched by the brilliance of the moon on a crystal clear night, surprised by the colors in a puddle after the rain.

Beauty manifests as joy in the delight and wonder of a gaggle of little children, the sound of their chatter, the colorful bouquet of their assorted clothing, and the air of innocence as they go ambling down the street hand in hand.

Beauty takes our breathe away with the fluid movement and grace of a ballerina, thrills us with the soaring flight of a modern dancer as he leaps gracefully through space, sends us into a moment of heavenly grace on the notes of music exquisitely played.

Physical beauty can be joyful to behold, can cause pain and anguish if we indulge in comparison or mistake glamour for real beauty. It can unravel our minds with desire, rage, envy, or lust. It can cause us to lose our senses, to forget the real source of beauty the light that shines from within.

In beauty is the embrace of true connection, serenity, compassion, love of the face lined with years of living, the delight of a baby born brand new, the eros of true love found and consummated, empathy, caring and deep intention to understand the feelings of another.

Beauty of being is discovered in our vulnerability, when we are willing to be truly seen by another. Beauty is found in our willingness to explore our perceptions, our thoughts, when we let go of our ideas of the other and realize we are all part of the human family.

Beauty can visit in unexpected moments, times when we have been cracked open enough to hear the quiet whisper of our inner voice and we listen. We may be guided to a fork in the road, to a path untraveled. We trust beauty to be our guide and travel onward as she lights our way towards wisdom and well-being.

We’d love to hear what’s beautiful in your life. Please share below.

Yours in Beauty,
David and Susan

p.s. We’ve decided to extend our Special Holiday Offer until December 31, 2017 for our RetreatAwakening Into Beauty in San Miguel de Allende next March 26-31, 2017.

Join us for an opportunity to reconnect to the soul of beauty, your sacred self and to empower a new level of strength and vibrancy so that your everyday life becomes charged with the sacred gifts beauty has to offer.

If you are feeling called to participate in this event, please Click here.

Getting The Mind Out of the Body

As Dr. Joe Dispenza puts it, thriving requires getting the mind out of the body so that we can live in the present moment.

Our bodies biologically run emotional habits, histories and conditioning that were created in the past.  As these run inside us they create a time warped muck in our organs, tissue, nervous system and chemistry creating a profound state of confusion around what’s real and not real. This confusion causes tension and friction inside us. Tension and friction create disease.

We can’t heal if we are living through the filters of the past.
For a body to heal and thrive we must be in present time.

So the more we can extract our mind from our bodies the greater health and soul level expression we can have.

Extracting your mind from your body is an ongoing skill that can be honed.  Whatever the memory or issue is, it needs to be acknowledged and noticed with the willingness to change.

Just having awareness or noticing that a habit or belief is running inside us and being curious about it allows us to no longer be run by it.

As Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states- the act of observation changes both the observed and the observer. Our understanding and integration follows. Curiosity is the beautifully simple elixir that promotes true transformative healing and joy.

Notice, feel, and be curious and healing and growth will follow with greater ease.

Freeing our unique natures that we came to earth to embody and expressing our soul level knowing is what it is time for now.

Do you want to be run by some habit of the past or do you want to live into the future that your heart and soul knows is possible? It’s time to be in the present by getting our minds out of our bodies.

Here’s an example from us about getting the mind out of the body in a surprising way.

So, how has your mind been running your body on autopilot?  Please share your experience in the comments section below.