Welcome to my world …

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.  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.  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 …

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  1. Sally,
    I am so glad that I happened across your post as I was scanning my reader in bed last night. It made me smile.

    I believe that there is so much magic in the world, though it goes by many names. I believe that everyone has access to this magic, but few are willing to see it, let alone be part of it.

    Like you, I see signs all around me. I have often found that if I am struggling with some question, a walk in nature – the woods, by the river, along the seaside – floods me with immediate understanding, acceptance, and solutions. What I am unable to articulate with my logical mind becomes suddenly clear and enlightening through images, sounds, smells, and the witnessing of the natural world in all its diversity and balance.

    These are experiences that I am exploring more fully. The path of my life has kept me very busy, but I am finding that my life is richer and more meaningful when I step away from the busy and let myself sink into this living, breathing world of natural magic.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories. I look forward to hearing more and walking along beside you. 🙂

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    Just walk beside me and be my friend … That’s the final line of one of my favourite sayings. Thank YOU for walking alongside me.

    You mention Understanding – that is so key to moving forward, isn’t it? With anything. If my ‘being stuck’ involves someone or people other than just myself – I really try to get in behind their eyes and see the challenge as they might be seeing it. From that perspective – I can see how I might be contributing to the fracture or discomfort or confusion – and course correct accordingly. Remaining strictly in my own head, with my own thoughts and opinions often changes little. It’s like playing a waiting game in hopes that common sense might show up!

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  2. what a beautiful souvenir from your special, magical trip!

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    I probably should have focused more on the trip – because it was, indeed, special and magical. I find some things difficult to translate in a universal way – knowing that we all take in information shared through filters we’re not always even aware of – I try hard not to write messages that may be interpreted in ways not intended. Not everyone thought my going to St. Louis was a good idea, and not everyone appreciates Oprah as I do. So I’m holding the experience sacred, and within, so its luminous aspects keep my heart lit.

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  3. wearmanyhats

    You and I approach the world so differently. You are so patient, introspective, and me, I forever seem to be charging through, just trying to find a path I can walk. I agree more with your approach, and yet, it doesn’t come naturally to my temperment. It’s amazing that we cross paths as we do, with respect and honor. We were willing to consider, weren’t we, the possibility to work on a website where many of us just wrote our hearts out. Thank you for sharing this phrase of consideration, and maybe you need to consider why you ran into so many pine cones. Good luck with that.

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    Well Beth, we approach the world so differently – except for when we don’t. I’m like a See Saw with Practical Me firmly planted on one side and Magical Me sometimes planted on the seat, and sometimes flitting around chasing shadows and light. We both have a bit of the Contemplative in us, you and I. It’s what lights up your writing and infuses the emotion straight into our hearts. It also helps provide context and perspective without losing ourselves in the emotion life can stir.

    I think, for me, the pine cones were the nudge needed to step more fully into this Self that likes to see deep into what is in front of me, through to my past and into my future – all in that one moment. We never tire of childhood games I guess – I’m still loving the process of Connecting the Dots

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  4. Sandi

    “Do you believe, or are your willing to consider”. Great affirmations for positive communication with all people on a daily basis.

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    You are SO right about that. It’s a non-threatening way of presenting a position that may otherwise be poorly received. I was struck by it the moment I heard it — and have been using it quite actively ever since.

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  5. Barbara

    Everyday is special..there’s always something we’ve seen before, but, somehow it seems a bit different then it was before. Some detail we see that makes it special, or gee, I’ve never noticed that before.

    Thank you for this insight, we need to see all the beauty that’s out there. Then shout WELCOME TO MY WORLD, WON’T YOU COME ON IN.

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    You are actually very good at this you know – seeing the beauty in something that others might miss altogether. There is a Beautiful Magical Child within you that I’ve always loved and connected to. You appreciate simplicity and find wonder in the every day that others overlook. That’s a gift you know …

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  6. “Seek and you will find, ask and you will be given” ~ what great lyrics. How have you managed to find the most perfect songs and videos amazes me. Iyanla’s phrasing is just the ideal way to propose a thought, to make a suggestion in a way as to have it well received, without the other person closing up. I can remember your appreciation of this when Iyanla first posed her questions this way ~ I was so lucky to share that moment with you, and see how it has evolved for you. I can only imagine your excitement when you read about the symbolism of the pine cone and all what it would mean to you and what you believe and are willing to consider. Wow!

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    Thank you Andrea. I was also lucky to share that moment with YOU. Seeing the pine cones and then discovering their symbology gave me the courage to share it with Alyssa the other night. She is afraid of Spiders – and she sees them EVERYWHERE. She’s convinced they seek her out to scare her because no one else in the family is as frightened of them as she is. So, I asked her if she was willing to consider that the Spiders may actually not be showing up to scare her, but to tell her something. She said she was willing to consider it. So I asked her to Google ‘Spider Symbolism’ and read what it had to say.

    Seems that the Spider is a symbol of Power, Mystery and Growth. It represents the power of choice and free will – and how the choices we make construct our lives. So like the Spider, we can weave beautiful webs on the foundation of healthy and responsible choices that honour all concerned (including ourselves) – or on the foundation of choices that serve what we think is expected vs what is best.

    She saw 3 more today. And she’s now seriously considering it. Amazing …

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  7. Sandra

    You provided me with another WOW moment! Yesterday while walking in the woods, I noticed tons of different sized and types of pine cones. I thought about them for a long time. Why are they here, now? Why haven’t I noticed them before? This past week in the woods was about solid, stable stones. I went mining for feldspar, clear quartz and rose quartz. I will wash them, bring them to my friend Andrea’s house and together we will create art! She is only 39 and in the battle of her life. She needs the healing and stability of the stones. Once the door opens to her first chakra, we will travel towards her 6th. Universe speaks….when I was her house last week, I explained chakra energy. xoxo

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    It’s truly amazing the good that we welcome by simply being willing to consider …

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