I remember watching the documentary called “Part of Me” which chronicled Katy Perry’s life on the road during the time while she was married to Russell Brand. It showed Katy in tears and anguish backstage with her marriage on the rocks. It showed her curled up in the fetal position exhausted after weeks upon weeks on the road… and then having to eventually suck it up, put on a smile and go out for press appearances and performances.
I know those feelings well.
Most don’t want their idols, whether in personal and spiritual development, movies, politics, music or otherwise to be human—we are. We all are!
“Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I admire her for being courageous enough to show her humanity to the world in that way. Maybe it woke up at least one starry-eyed-romantic among the countless who want to “become famous.”
I promise if you’d have seen me backstage after months upon months on the road non-stop, sometimes you would have never believed I was the same guy that you saw on stage. I was more often than not… physically wiped out! Completely exhausted and totally spent.
One of my former team members said to me, “I used to see how exhausted you were backstage and I wondered how in the hell you continued to do it. I couldn’t imagine that you were going to pull the energy together to go out on stage.
How do we sometimes accomplish the seemingly impossible?
You know exactly why you’re here; and you’re so totally committed that you give yourself fully and completely to it.
True magic happens as you give yourself fully and completely to your purpose. This is when the unlimited resources from the Universe flow through you. It’s amazing what “you’re” able to accomplish… but then again it’s not really you.
That’s why I purposefully be the word “you’re” in quotes. Something to ponder.
“When true magic and greatness happens it comes through you
not from you.”
Remember… when you find your purpose, life is not easy—nor by the way is it meant to be. It’s meant to be meaningful. When you fully on purpose, even in the pain there’s a tacit joy. Even in the exhaustion there’s an energy flowing through you that’s far beyond human comprehension.
Our final principle in Innate Ability Development™ reminds us that, there is no magic but life is magical. And herein my friend lies the greatest magic of all.
Not some BS magic strategy or visualization or neuro-technology. Not some flipping of a little switch in your mind that will instantly make everything easy. Not releasing a few limiting beliefs, letting someone hypnotize you into success or getting an energy healing or infusion.
While all these techniques may have their time and place… there’s no magic in them.
The magic lies in knowing exactly why you’re here and giving yourself so fully and completely to that knowing that there is no separation between the dancer and the dance.
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.
~ John 8:32
“The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.”
~ Gloria Steinem
So that brings us to a recap of our seven principles of Innate Ability Development:
- Principles must precede practices. This distinction gives you both potential wisdom and understanding.
- The only true power is a functional and integrated whole. Mastery is the synthesis of both Spirit and Form; Divinity and Humanity.
- Life is all there is; and death is illusion. All is energy and energy can never be created or destroyed. It only changes form.
- Purpose and Meaning are everything. They are Life Itself. The whole of life is purposeful and meaningful.
- Fundamental Creativity is the very core of both consciousness and spirit. The Creator to even be a creator must create. All things are a reflection of the One Thing.
- Know your Innate Abilities and utilize them to fulfill your unique purpose in the world. Your purpose tells you why you’re here and your Innate Ability tells you how you’ll fulfill that purpose.
- There is no magic in life but life is magical. Know the truth and the truth will set you free.
So here’s the challenge and opportunity (reference Challenge and Opportunity series):
Study and seek out Universal Principles first and foremost.
When you build your life on a firm foundation, the structure you build withstands both the pinnacles and the pits that are the inevitable ride of the roller coaster of life…
Focus your entire energies on becoming integrated and whole in both spiritual truth as well as practical application. Bring spiritual energies into physical form.
Lack of integration and wholeness leaves holes in your life and outcomes. These holes create weakness and lack of ability to create tangible results… which is the measure of your true power…
Realize that regardless of how things appear… Life can only be about more life; for nothing can be contrary to its essence.
Enough said. Life can be about nothing but more living. If this doesn’t make sense a review of this series is in order (you don’t pass go and you collect no dollars)…
Find your unique purpose in this world and focus on meaning versus money and materialism; and then let the chips fall where they may…
Always remember that you’re a reflection of the Creator and therefor you too must constantly create. Wow, we’re talking about results again aren’t we?
Create something that serves and brings tremendous value to the world—whether small or large in worldly measure is of limited consequence…
The way to clarity regarding your own unique purpose is through recognition and utilization of your own Innate Abilities.
Your Innate Abilities are invariably something you’re naturally good at and something you absolutely love doing…
Finally, you’ll know that the true magic is in Life itself. Not in what you acquire or accomplish. Not in how grandiose it may seems in the eyes of others. But the magic resides in giving yourself fully and completely to something that lights your own personal fire…
Light that fire… and let it burn brightly. Let it flame into a raging roaring bonfire and consume your very soul.
For is this not what life and living are for?
And that my friend, is a life well lived.
And the journey, as always… even in the apparent closing of this series, continues. Who knows where the Universe will take us next?
Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic!
Permission to re-post my personal articles is granted with acknowledgment of the author, James Arthur Ray and a link back to this website. Thanks and Enjoy!