I attended Oprah’s Life Class in St. Louis, Missouri two weeks ago. Iyanla Vanzant was the featured Teacher ~ and while engaged with audience members seeking her wisdom and help, she’d begin her connection with them by saying, “Do you believe, or are you willing to consider …” and then she’d make her statement.
I loved that – and have used it often since, especially the ‘are you willing to consider’ part. You see, I don’t always see life the same way as other people do. An English Major by education and a Clue Seeker, Pattern Finder and Theme Identifier by choice ~ I fully believe that I am as much a Detective in this story of my life as I am a Magical Being. In fact, I’m a populous collection of characters – but that’s another story for another day.
I believe the Universe is vast – and that I, am small. I say that with Humility and not with self-deprecation. I have honed my ability to be Present, to Pay Attention, and to see what many miss when they lead with characters other than their Inner Detectives and/or Inner Magical Beings. And as you may be able to imagine, initiating conversation about this realm of Being in a world where most believe that they are big, that they are alone and/or unsupported by anything more capable than themselves, that being confused, lost, or overwhelmed is the story to live, the story to continually tell and the proof that you’re fully engaged with life in ways others can only wonder about – well, being a Magical Being in this reality ain’t no place for sissies.
Using Iyanla’s phrase, “Do you believe, or are your willing to consider”, feels like offering an invitation with love in your heart and no attachment to the response. It’s an opening to share wisdom with others open to hearing it – in the knowing on both sides that it’s only information, and as such – can be accepted or rejected at will.Â I have helped a lot of people over the course of my life so far – helped them to see a situation, a person or an event in their lives from a fresh, new perspective. Iyanla’s two hour Life Class on Stopping The Pain was powerful on many levels – and in addition to the healing work she facilitated, I’m very grateful for the invitation I can now extend to Critical Thinkers and others who cross my path to entertain the thought of trying something differently when what they’re doing now simply isn’t working.
Once upon a time, I was willing to consider that the Universe speaks to us symbolically. I was willing to consider that we all have within us a source of Inner Guidance or Intuition that, when turned to – would provide clues and insight that could bring clarity to confusion, insight to overwhelm and comfortable decisiveness to decision-making.
This was a new way of approaching life for me ~ so I opted to test these theories in quiet ways; meaning, in ways that were visible to me without anyone knowing that I was looking for things that were not there, listening for things that were not being said and tuning into feelings and intuitive interpretation of these feelings as guidance toward key decisions or challenge resolution immediately facing me. More than a decade later – I can tell you that, for me, the evidence that this approach to living works is abundant: I now believe that the Universe speaks to us symbolically and that we all have within us a source of Inner Guidance or Intuition that, when turned to – will provide clues and insight that brings clarity to confusion, insight to overwhelm and comfortable decisiveness to decision-making. Part of my ‘next chapter’ in life will include the sharing of the HOW of this with those willing to consider it as a possibility. But again, that is another story.
When I find myself in a place of being ‘stuck’, or feeling like I don’t have enough information to move forward in a clear, decisive and confident way – I don my Detective Hat and head out into the world in search of clues that will bring additional perspective to my situation and also, insight. Remember, I am an English Major and a Writer – so that image I just created was a figurative representation of how it looked to the rest of the world: I took the dog for a walk.
I don’t see symbols, answers or clues in obvious ways like some people do. Angels don’t materialize shimmering and beautiful to engage in dialogue with me. Faeries don’t swoop by and change my life with Nature, Laughter and Song and the clouds don’t part so a booming voice can spout wisdom that sets me on a course to immediate success. (Though I’m willing to consider that all of that is possible.) No – for me, the clues are scattered all around like Eggs in an Easter Egg Hunt … hidden out in the open for those engaged in the seeking to find.
So, how do I know something is relevant; a clue holding information that, once applied, holds the potential to change everything? It captures my attention. That’s it. It strikes me as interesting, or particularly beautiful, or coincidentally odd. As I’m going about the business of enjoying what I’m doing and taking in all that is around me, whatever makes me say, ‘WOW’, or ‘that’s weird’, or shows up repeatedly in ways that aren’t ‘normal’ … those are clues.
While walking with my dog last Friday, leaving my grapple with ‘is sharing my more Spiritual Self and how things work in my world a path worth walking down or should I pursue more traditional methods of employment’ at home ~ I was struck by how many Pinecones I encountered. Honestly, they were EVERYWHERE. Not that I live in a place void of pinecones – but I could not find a spot in the grass anywhere on the 40 minute walk where a pinecone wasn’t. As I marvelled at this, I decided to look up the symbolism of the pinecone – what it represents beyond what it is – at my first opportunity.
Here’s what I learned. Pine cones are the symbolic representation of Human Enlightenment, the 3rd Eye and the Pineal Gland. In fact, the Pineal Gland’s name derives from the fact that it looks like a pine cone.
The Pineal Gland is nestled in the brain between the right and left hemispheres and has been the source of endless intrigue in the realm of mysticism.
Pineal Glands and pine cones are both keenly affected by the light. Pine cones open themselves up to the sun’s rays and close up during cloudy or stormy days. This is because sunny days offer more arid conditions and the tiny seedlings nestled in the scales of the pine cone can become airborne more easily.Â Damp or rainy days are not conducive for seed spreading, so the pine cone just closes up shop during these weather conditions. Symbolically, I, too, can open up my Spiritual Awareness, sow seeds of limitless potential and continue/promote Soul growth when focused on the Light or close up and deny this aspect of myself in the face of so many ‘non-believers’.
For me, the pine cones affirmed my process of being Present to fully engage with inner domains while purposefully opening to increasing levels of light, widening my own Inner Vision while expanding and illuminating the lives of those ‘willing to consider’.
So, Welcome to my World – won’t you come on in …