“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”
~ Muriel Rukeyser
As we enter the year’s prime shopping season, stores tend to replace stories as the gift source of choice. I grew up in Paramus, New Jersey, the shopping capital of the known universe, where it’s easy to get “malled”, so I understand just how seductive — and soul diminishing — the material mindset can be.
Emerson said: “Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.” How do we put the “I” back in “stores”, supplant material-eyes with empath-eyes? How do we create the new story of Now? We can begin by sharing who we are, as keepers of culture, guardians of wisdom traditions, members of a vast community belonging to something greater than ourselves. In re-storying the holidays, we restore a sense of continuity that is soul nourishing for us, and everyone around us.
I suggest a trio of powerful vessels for re-storying our lives. The first is Ho’oponopono, a Hawaiian teaching that means, “to make right” with all our relations, past and present. It encompasses the idea of forgiveness, along with a rather extraordinary premise: that by looking deeply within to correct “errors” in our own perceptions, we can heal emotional, mental, and physical dis-ease in others, since we are all expressions of the One Being.
Haleakala Hew Len, PhD, calls this taking “100 percent responsibility” and, indeed, it elevates the idea of being our brother’s keeper to an entirely new dimension.
Another example of re-storying in action is The Secret, the mega-popular DVD about the Law of Attraction (LOA). Most of us are familiar with the LOA concept: what we think and feel creates our reality. Seeing life as a basket of broken eggs is much less fun than viewing it sunny-side up. The latter mindset aligns us with our highest aspirational vision, and enables us to take positive action in the direction of our deepest dreams.
While on one level, the information The Secret presents is elementary, the film’s engaging scenarios and healthy dose of humor highlight its core message, making it a useful refresher in how to create the life we want — personally, professionally, and planetarily.
And this brings us to the third re-storying vehicle: Espavo. Steve Rother, channel for The Group, brought through this term, which literally means, “Thank you for taking your power.” The ancient Lemurian acknowledgment is akin to the Indian greeting “Namaste”, which means, “The Spirit in me recognizes the Spirit in you”, and the Mayan saying, “In Lak’ech”: “I am another yourself.” The distinctive difference is that, like Ho’oponopono and The Secret, Espavo carries an implicit call to action.
So as you prepare to gift those you love this holiday season, I invite you to invest in some new threads from the stories you visit. With autopilot turned off, it’s easier to reclaim your Wonder Wings. You already know how to fly. Espavo.
Copyright © December 2008-2015 by Amara Rose.
About the Author:
Amara Rose is a “midwife” for our global rebirth. Her services include transformational guidance, talks, e-courses, a digital download CD, and an inspirational monthly newsletter. She is widely published in health, business and new thought magazines, both digital and print. Learn more: http://www.liveyourlight.com