When we see clearly we realize that Life brings three important things…
education, adventure, and entertainment
Life is a beautiful and joyous adventure—even in the so-called ugliness and pain. Even when it sucks. You’re alive for God’s sake!! Truly it’s your expectation, attitude and perspective that differentiates between life as an ordeal, and Life as an Adventure. Please oh please listen.
“The rose celebrates by falling apart,
The cloud celebrates by weeping.”
We’re all going to exit physical life (always much sooner than we expect or are prepared to do); and in the final analysis, the only thing that’s going to truly matter is if it was a galloping good story or a boring and fearful cling to the shore.
If you’re getting anything at all out of this series you should realize by now that just like you’re going to have challenges and difficulties… you’re going to experience fear (as well as all other emotions and experiences we do our best to avoid). It’s human. You’re alive! You can’t escape it. Never have. Never will.
The question is not how to avoid these things; it’s how to utilize them! How to live!
The fear that causes us to not take the leap. To not let go. To cling to our comfort zone and our material goods. To pray to some external savior. To attach ourselves to some magical law or technique that is the “end all be all.” That fear is a much different fear than the fear that comes from the galloping good story, the adventure, and taking the leap. Do you follow?
The fear that I’ve called the “stage one” fears come from fantasy, romanticism, and lack of being completely awake to real Life. (reference Life versus Fantasy series)
True courage is not the absence of fear…
True courage is the strength to allow fear to exist
Beginners allow fear to debilitate. Masters transmute fear into fuel. Which do you do? Personally I believe my life to be a galloping good story. Sometimes it’s been hard and scary as shit! (Sorry to be so crass, but that’s just the clearest emphasis). What’s your life?
It’s never too late to create your own legacy—and NOW is the time!
Please understand, I’m not superman (not even close). If you’ve followed this series you know by now that I’ve cried, felt sorry for myself, disappointed myself and others, feared for my own life and exhibited many other human frailties. Often I’ve created my own legacy kicking, screaming, and with much resistance (and by the way, I still do). But that tells me that I still care; I’m fully human; and I’m alive! And I’m really living. Do you get this?
To this end, I think we must become students of how the human spirit and soul develops, advances and grows. For such is the only objective of the Universal Intelligence.
Your results are a reflection of you.
If you want your results to grow, you must grow
It takes a bigger person to turn pain into progress. To grow a business. To grow your financial achievement and wellbeing. To build internal harmony and fortitude in all areas of life—particularly in the midst of disharmony and chaos.
If you can’t remain cool in the midst of the fire how really cool are you? If you can’t have faith when everything is falling apart—how much faith do you really have? Think about it.
By the way, before you slip into romanticism… you’ll never accomplish being full of faith and totally cool all the time.
The greatest heroes always confront the greatest dragons!
(reference Alchemy 11)
If you’re vigilant you’ll develop the ability to handle greater and greater challenges and “threats” over time and practice. But please understand, there will always be something that will potentially put you over threshold. That’s how it is for me; and it’s the “over threshold” things that really cause you to let go and grow.
Please be clear that bigger person does not mean “better person.” There’s no such thing as a better person. Just a bigger person. Therefore for bigger results and adventure, you must grow bigger. Do you follow?
Don’t wish for an easier life. That’s the grandest of illusions. Try telling your personal trainer at the gym that you want to get in optimum shape and grow more muscles but you don’t want to sweat, work hard or have any muscular pain. Get real.
Just suppose it’s only through our suffering that we peel off the layers of BS and illusion? The constructs we create in our own minds; and at some point when we’ve suffered enough we just let go and really live? This has been my experience. Maybe it resonates with you.
A kind and supportive soul responded last week by saying, “I’m sorry that you had to go through what you went through James… but it’s made you a better teacher. Would you now consider it a positive experience?”
First, I truly appreciate the love and support. Secondly, my answer:
“The only things that are truly positive are those things that contribute to further development, advancement and growth. To this end, this is the most positive and perfect situation in my life.
“Don’t get me wrong… I really don’t want to do it again. In fact, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. But now that it’s done I see the true perfection; and why I had to go through it. Through it I feel more awake and alive than ever before; and I know I’m a better and more compassionate man.”
At the end of the day, I’m not going to get into more detail in this series due to the limitation of the medium; and as we’re on the 12th installment, I am continually reminded of its limited nature. If you’re truly deeply contemplating these lessons I may have given you enough in this series to contemplate for life.
Maybe Universal Intelligence will see fit for you and I to explore these concepts in person or in a group someday.
I’m currently scheduling “Live Group Mentoring” in small group settings to address these and many other issues. I’m also doing a very limited amount of one-on-one mentoring; and I’m finally open once again to presentations and workshops for those who are ready to listen and feel they can benefit. It’s been almost 5 years.
If you’re interested… contact me through the website and we’ll see what comes. I’d love to help you in any way I possibly can.
Therefore, for now I’ll bring this topic to a close; and I’ll invite and encourage you to re-read the entire series (as well as Life versus Fantasy).
While I realize that most will not discipline themselves to re-read… I sincerely hope that YOU will be one of the “few who do.” I truly believe your effort will be grandly rewarded. Repetition is the second law of learning and transformation.
True transformation certainly does not come from a book or blog. It only comes, when it does, from Life and personal experience. I and others can help point you to the door—but you (and only you) must have the courage and strength to walk through the door—even when filled with fear. Maybe even better when filled with fear—for in this way only does it potentially become fuel.
The master turns pain into productivity; and trash into treasure
I’ll leave you with these simple steps, principles and processes for your own alchemy practice. For indeed turning trash into treasure.
For turning crisis into opportunity.
To grow your business, increase fulfillment and expand all areas of your life:
- See things clearly. A nail is a nail (reference Life versus Fantasy)
- Feel what you feel. Don’t change it or attempt to spin it—feel it! Anything that is suppressed will be expressed in later days and uglier ways.
- Understand that every energy and experience is part of the greater whole; and therefore part of God. Any time you dam any part of creation you damn God. Something to ponder deeply—possibly for the rest of your life.
- Anything that has no value in this Universe has become extinct. Therefore if it’s still here whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual it has value. Another thought to deeply ponder.
- Transmute/Utilize it. But only after you show it the respect it deserves. The archetype of fear has tremendous power. Likewise, the archetype of suffering has salvation hidden therein. Resist nothing. Utilize everything.
There’s always a price for the prize; and in my book, what I’ve been through is a small price to pay for something that will serve me for the rest of my days; and possibly allow me to serve you as well in a much deeper and more profound way.
How can you look at your current challenges, pain and suffering in the same way?
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to awaken to the beauty beyond words or comparison?
To once and for all really live?
To finally love Life versus fantasy?
To fall completely and madly in love with Life. Real Life?
If you answer a resounding “yes” then maybe, just maybe you’re ready for what Life has in store for you…
My sincere hope is that this series has served you; and whatever direction I’m guided to go next will serve you as well.
Who knows… like I stated last week, maybe Universal Intelligence will allow me the privilege to teach an entire course on this topic.
It certainly deserves it… and then some. Again, if you’re interested let me know…
Stay awake and Love Life,