One of the best statements I’ve ever heard – and from one of my closest friends – who is often thought of as eccentric and “different” and yet is one of the most intelligent, nicest people I know – is this:
“I’m Okay Because I Say, I‘m Okay!’
He states this because he believes – as do I – that one can get so wrapped up in all of the self-help, new-age philosophy and advice from people, resources, books, television programs, columns etc. that we tend to live in a society where it is actually weird to say we feel “normal” or “okay” or “good” or that our life is balanced. To feel normal and that we are actually doing “okay” just cannot be accurate. There must be SOMETHING wrong with us, because doesn’t everyone have issues, baggage, need a therapist, need to read a self-help book?
At particular times in our lives, we may very well benefit from reading a good self-help book – I know I have – that helps us along our journey or gives us new perspective on our lives or revelation about ourselves. However, what our Authentic Self knows and wants to tell us is this: “______, you really are okay! You have everything within you – the wisdom, guidance, strength, creative ideas to help yourself and lead and live a great life!”
Imagine that we were on a deserted island for a moment and there was no one to guide us or help us survive. We have everything we need within us in order to figure it our for ourselves. The problem isn’t that each one of us does not have this inner wisdom to tell us how we can begin to feel better, heal ourselves, think differently; it’s simply that we are too busy – or too uncomfortable to sit with ourselves long enough to listen – or talk – or journal with that inner voice and let it actually have its say. We drown it out with our work, our errands, cleaning, running around, music, phone calls, texting, etc.
And all the while it sits within us; like the patient little buddha (or Yoda or spirit) and waits for us to enter into a conversation with it. Sometimes we get fortunate enough to hear it anyway or the Universe sends someone to tell us the same piece of advice we should have taken from ourselves – but more often than not, we don’t listen and we end up going down a path or making a decision that is not the best choice for us; or we find ourselves in a health crisis, before we are forced to stop and listen.
Why wait? Have you got 10 minutes? 5 minutes? How about 30 seconds to close your eyes and begin to practice getting in touch with your inner self? She or He would love to reconnect with you and tell you that yes, you are okay and you can be even better, healthier, happier if you will listen to her/his advice, wisdom, guidance, creative ideas – because she/he can help you get on an even better, more efficient – and probably a lot easier – and healthier path.
I am including an exercise from one of my Post Series under, Senses & Intuition:
Below is a 5-10 minute activity to help you connect with your Intuitive Inner Voice: (It’s fun and relaxing!)
Sit comfortably with a straight spine, yet relax the body. Feel yourself connected to the ground as you breathe deeply through the nose. Close your eyes, inhale deeply and travel in your imagination through a little boat in your bloodstream to your 3rd eye (a point about 2.5 cm above the bridge of the nose). Here you see a ‘House Of The Senses’. Allow it to be as it is. Open the door with a golden key and enter. Have a look around. What can you see, hear, smell? What is beneath your feet? Enter a room on the right and explore. This is the Room of Sight. If any improvements, cleaning etc. are needed here, ask your angels or guides to appear and do the work. Make it sparkle, and set it up just the way you want it. Then progress through each room in turn – they lead off each other, in a circle going around the house, as follows: Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch. Visit each room in turn, notice how it is, clean and clear it, improve as necessary, let your guides help.
Now, you return to the centre of the house. Ascend the stairs to the room above. This is the room of the Sixth Sense. Again, notice how it is, clean and clear it, ask your guides to make any needed improvements. Now, breathe deeply in the clean fresh air, and then blow, blowing through all the doors and windows, the rooms of your senses, several times. Then leave the house through a new door, knowing you can return any time. Come back to the conscious world now, and notice how your senses may have changed. Bite a crisp apple, notice the scents in the air, hear the sounds… (This meditation is adapted from ‘The Possible Human’ by Jean Houston.)
Now watch Tom Hanks in a clip from the movie, Cast Away use his OWN wisdom and sheer determination to bust open a coconut for water! You will also notice that it is NOT force, but ingenuity and skill that eventually helps him be successful!
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