Many of us acknowledge feeling jittery when things in our lives begin to noticeably change. I use the term “noticeably” because things are always changing. Life is just another word for change. Indeed personal growth, as well as life itself, cannot occur without it.
How we feel about change has a lot to do with our perception of what is occurring, as well as our perceived level of control over things, and how we ultimately assess or label what is happening and its impact.
Changes we initiate or perceive as welcome, also bring stress, but it is a healthier form of stress, like the stress of striving to meet a healthy challenge.
Though it sometimes feels as if too much change occurs at once, or perhaps not enough is occurring, and it often feels as if change is occurring too quickly, or not soon enough, all of these perceptions are imagined. Change occurs exactly when it is supposed to occur, according to the concept of divine timing.
I have been doing quite a bit of traveling within the USA lately. Having just returned from a 16 day trip spanning three States. I will also be re-locating in another month and that is why I am discussing change.
Frankly, in the last six years, having lived in two cities in Chile, and in various parts of three different US States, I have moved more than a mathematician can count, or at least it feels that way. Though fond of travel, now that I am a bit older, this girl is hoisting a white flag. I hereby declare my wish to be retired as a gypsy. I believe I can be happy almost anywhere as long as it is not too remote or isolated, and at this point in my life, I am starting to feel uncomfortable with changes that seem big, like re-location as opposed to travel, which I find much simpler. Having been given the choice to move this time, I chose to move, but soon after, wished it did not have to be so soon.
I longed to longer know this place
Of deserts gold, and brown, and grey,
Whose dusty storms of desert rain
I find when things are good, and life is happy and comfortable, and we are with the people we really like, when it all seems relatively simple, I often wish that things would stay the way they are longer than they actually do, for one reason or another.
During times like these, change is perceived differently. If change feels too soon to me right now, isn’t it really a message to calm down and focus on the present moment only? For it is only by showing up maximally in the present, and shining a bright inner-light on each day¸ that we can lengthen its value, deepen its meaning, and experience each day of life more gratefully lived. This too makes us more open to change.
Please tell me below. How do you feel about change?
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It has been brought to my attention that most of you don’t know me. I have a past, some of which I am not proud of, and some of which I am. Two years ago I lost two people I loved, and like losing two pillars of a house, my house crumbled, and my life fell apart. I didn’t think I would make it through, no less be sharing this with all of you but there are no accidents.
During my suffering, I received notice of an online course being offered by Neale Donald Walsch, which to me was like receiving life support. In the span of that seven week course, his teachings brought me home to my soul. I went from believing my life had no meaning, to physically knowing the presence of God and actually having a two-way dialogue with the Divine.
I am just an ordinary person, (if such a thing can be said of anyone), who seems to have experienced a shift in consciousness, with the magnitude of an earthquake, and in just as short a period of time. Even though in the past I have managed to hurt many people who loved and cared for me, I have still received these gifts! This is how I know without doubt, if it can happen through me, it can happen through anyone. This is also why I wrote the book, From Confusion to Clarity: Vital Personal Growth in 30 Days or Less, which contains user-friendly, and engaging activities to help you shift, just as the title suggests.
In addition to revealing parts of my life, the book offers spiritual insights from Neale Donald Walsch and other leaders of the New Thought movement. My book is meant as no replacement, but rather to show that if I can begin to awaken to a world of oneness, if I can choose how I show up each day from this day forward, even with a past I cannot change, so can you. My book is meant to show you that, when applied on a daily basis, the precepts of my teacher, and many of the others discussed in the book, can enable you to find fuller meaning in your life. Regardless of your situation, you will be empowered and of greater service to others, and to yourself, by showing up more authentically, and more joyfully in our troubled world.