Repost ~ 6-6-2012
After my diving accident my physical movements were significantly limited, but almost instantly, the unwavering strength of my body handed over the baton to a part of myself not so developed or recognized by me ~ my spirit. I can not remember the event, but the determined athlete willingly transferred its aspects to the invisible, but ever present, spirit. With fortitude and courage that inner force, although unseen, assured me my life was not over. It whispered.
“Focus on what you “can do,” and stay in the flow of life.”
Those words were etched on my inner walls, and they pulsated with an intense energy that blinded me to my limitations. As I focused on my gifts with gratitude, the flow of life carried me on an adventure with many supportive characters around each bend. Teachers showed up and taught me that our thoughts are energy. What we think sends out a vibration, which not only affects us, but those around us. With my thoughts set on the positive channel of “can do,” I attracted like minded upbeat individuals into my life ~ who saw the unlimited expanse of the spiritual world before me. My plan for life’s journey was not to survive; I wanted and needed “to live.”
As the years passed there never ceased to be the right teacher at the right time. There were occasions my soul sat at the banquet table, and ingested thought provoking morsels ~ one after the other. But, they were always followed by opportunities to ponder the understandings, and put them into the practice of my daily life. Although I had learned many “truths,” I never let go of the focus on the “can dos.”
Then, came a day, in 1999 as I served on the Board of Directors for the State Advocacy Center, that I experienced the magic of my “can do” thought process. In the twenty one years up until this time, although I was always accompanied by someone, I was never addressed in the “third person.” I had heard that physically and mentally challenged people came up against this quite often. For instance, rather than being addressed directly, those accompanying the challenged individual would be asked.
“What would she like to eat off the menu?” Or…
“Is there anything I can do to make him comfortable?” Or the worst…
“What is her name?”
People were always surprised that it never happened to me, but I did not give it much thought ~ that was until now. One of The Board Members asked me if I would speak at the next meeting on my daily “struggles.” Without really thinking I responded instantly that I would be happy to do so. At dinner that night as we all gathered, the waiter looked at my friend and asked.
“What would she like?”
I politely told him I was capable of answering his question, and gave him my order. Shortly after, a group of us retired to the bar for a night cap, and again another waiter asked.
“What would she like to drink?”
Twice in one evening, I was irreproachable. We discussed how strange, after twenty one years, that all of a sudden, I was not addressed directly. Then, it hit me. When I was asked to speak about my “daily struggles,” I began to reflect on all my needs that others had to tend to for me ~ all that I “can not do” for myself. My thoughts were more sobering, and my energy, the vibration I sent out was not one that was engaging.
I found it shocking how quickly that shift occurred. With that understanding, I no longer pondered the topic of “struggled,” and I declined to speak on the topic asked of me. After the eye-opening happening, my “belief” of twenty one years ~ became a “knowing.” What we focus on, what we give plenty of thought to during the day, has an energy ~ a vibration it sends forth. Check in on what you contemplate during the day, be observant.
“Are you gifting yourself and those around you with an elevated vibration?” Or…
“Are you adding a heaviness to the air, that “life giving air” we should be grateful for each day?”
Focus on the “can dos,” the unique talents you possess, and enter “the flow” of life.