This morning my dear friend and spiritual mentor, Waris Faridi, departed this world to continue his soul work on the next turn of the spiral. He was my greatest living spiritual influence.
We met a little over four years ago at a metaphysical fair where I was selling my book, A Call to the Heart, and he was selling gemstones. He came up to me, was intrigued by the book I’d written, and then immediately jumped into things that went way beyond my scope of spiritual understanding. They resonated. So I listened.
He just let his table go unmanned for quite some time as he engaged in a passionate spiritual discourse with me. This was Waris…spiritual sharing took precedence over EVERYTHING…even the thing that was serving as a source of income for him, his table.
Regardless of where you were in your spiritual journey, if you showed an interest in wanting to learn more, he made this a priority in his life and met you to the degree that you were willing to be met.
For some, that meant he woke up early on Saturday mornings …
It’s easy to be positive and loving when things are going our way.
But what about when life squeezes us in stressful ways?
It’s in these moments that we have to decide if we want to be someone who spews love or anger.
However, what often happens is we fail to see this choice and automatically react with frustration and anger.
If we’re not careful, the frustration from this one particular stressor can begin to influence every area of our life, causing seemingly minor things to quickly become major annoyances.
The only way to change the compounding ripple effect of this pattern is to recognize that it was our choice to react to the initial stressor through anger and frustration.
The stressor didn’t cause the frustration (or anger), our reaction to it did. Therefore, the power to respond differently is still in our hands (and always has been).
When we own this choice, we can make a new one. One that has the potential to make peace with the initial stressor.
Or if we’re unable to do that, we can still own how we decided to react to the stressor …
As I was flying out to Nashville this morning I tried to imagine being in the time and place where the idea of flying was first being shared…
Can you imagine someone selling you on the idea of getting in a steel beast that would take you 30,000 feet in the air, stay there for a few hours and somehow land at your destination?
We accept this as absolutely normal today, but an early subset of the population had to be brave enough to break away from everything they’d previously agreed to as normal and risk finding out if this new way of interacting in the world could be possible.
They held the initial energy for what eventually became a part of our new consensus reality.
This is no different from breaking away from a belief system full of fear, doubt and lack to anchor in one rooted in love, faith and abundance.
You have to be brave enough to stand a part from the current consensus (which is primarily operating through fear, doubt and lack), risk the consensus not understanding you, and boldly hold energy for an entirely new …
A major part of the awakening process is recognizing that we have a choice in determining the world we perceive. Prior to realizing this, it feels as if the world we perceive dictates the thoughts we have about it.
We get passed over for a promotion, so we feel unworthy.
Our car breaks down and we feel as if the world is out to get us.
A friend chooses to hang out with someone else instead of us and we feel jealous and hurt.
A romantic partner decides to end the relationship, leaving us feeling vulnerable, hurt and sad.
We pursue a dream we’re passionate about, but no “in the world traction” appears to happen, so we feel frustrated, not special like the ones “who made it” doing similar things…maybe even like a victim to God’s plan for us.
In a nutshell, the events seem to dictate our perception of them. We don’t, at all, feel as if we actually have a choice in how we perceive these events. They just seem to happen to us.
The things that occur in our life appear to cause us to have a …