Sep 20 2010
Change My Life!
Home again after a wonderful weekend full of possibilities for change. For someone such as myself, as I mentioned in Friday’s post, that is a dream come true. And look at the photo that was in my Inbox when I opened my email. This is my grand-daughter, Faraday, with a stick insect! She’s almost 8 months old and readily accepts the insect on her, while her 2-year old brother doesn’t.
Back to my original subject – change. Change is the only constant in our life as I write in my article Change is in the Air, and to experience all that there is to experience – to live life to the fullest – we must become comfortable with change.
Nature is in a constant process of change. Every day the sun is in a slightly different position in the sky; the moon waxes and wanes; trees, grass and plants grow and eventually die; clouds come and go in various formations; etc. Change is everywhere.
And so it is with us. The human body is also in a constant process of change. Our cells are never the same two days running, hair grows and dies, there’s one more wrinkle when you wake up, etc., etc., … it’s exactly the same process as in nature.
But what about conscious change – or consciousness change as I prefer to call it? Are we all growing at the same rate in that area?
It takes a bit more effort for us to change our consciousness. We can read spiritual books; attend lectures, workshops and courses; go back to school to learn new modalities; etc., which can help us grow our knowledge base, but there’s a big difference between intellectual knowledge and the expansion of our consciousness. Simply knowing something will not help us to grow on a personal level… unless we APPLY that knowledge.
I’ve just returned from a wonderful weekend spent with like-minded people where I learned PSYCH-K, but that knowledge will do absolutely nothing for me if I don’t practice it. That means I must allocate time to apply it to my daily life. Otherwise, there’s no way I’ll ever change.
It took me a long time to recognize this simple concept. I spent many years when I was first introduced to spiritual principles, reading book after book after book – literally dozens of them (maybe even hundreds). I attended groups, took courses, attended spiritual events, etc., but my life didn’t start to change until I began applying what I had read and learned.
All that knowledge is simply potential change, until you start using it.
Very much like a software program on a computer, knowledge stored in your brain (or wherever it’s stored) will lie dormant until you “act”ivate it. We have to act if we are to change anything. Now that’s when knowledge really starts to make a change in your life!
Of course, change is never really comfortable. It’s the unknown and that can be very scary, because we never know what to expect. It may be something that we judge as “good”, or something that we judge as traumatic and “bad”. So it’s really important that we learn to anticipate change – to welcome it no matter what the change may be.
When we’re open to becoming all that we are capable of becoming, all sorts of wonderful events can happen in our life. Perhaps we don’t know what they will be, but I know that I’m willing to do whatever I’m called to do, whether that’s leaving familiar surroundings, learning to forgive a slight, or maybe even losing a close friend. No matter what it is, if I am to grow in consciousness, then I must be open to change.
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, British-born American Inventor of Telephone.
Don’t let this happen to you. A door may close on one aspect of my life, but I know that if I keep my eyes open, another will open very shortly afterwards. And the ensuing change always makes me a better and more expanded person.