Focus on What you Know, the Rest will Follow

“No. You already know all you need to know. I am only going to point you in the the direction of your treasure.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

When I’m overwhelmed with all I think I have to do, or struggling to figure something out, this belief is what I dwell upon. When I look at my life and don’t see within it the things I desire or I don’t feel like any of what I want to manifest is ever going to happen, this belief is what I focus on. This is what I use to ground myself. I use it to let go of the panic and the fear. I want this Truth to be so anchored in my mindset that I no longer have to think about it, focus on it, or dwell upon it. I KNOW it, to the core of my being.

I love information. I  am so curious. I want to know everything about everything. Well mostly I want to know everything. I still couldn’t care less about football (or curling for that matter). Whenever I see something different I ask questions about it. I want to know where it came from, how it was created, who got the idea or how it was made. I ask lots of questions. I remember an assignment I had in a personal development seminar – talk to 5 complete strangers. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to do something like that until my husband pointed out that I had just had a conversion with a stranger in the park because I was really curious about his dog and asked him about it. Then my husband wanted to know if I had done it for the assignment. I hadn’t. I just love to know things. I love to learn things. I love to know how things fit together. I love to know what makes things tick!

There are many, many, many times I get frustrated because I don’t feel like I know enough to get done what I want to do. I feel like I need to have more information before I can take the next step. I don’t understand how to do a marketing plan, how to invest in stocks, repair a car, or fix a dryer so I don’t move. I just look at all I don’t know and make no decisions. I just sit and do nothing. Those are the times I remember this Truth. I already know all the answers that I need. I know what the next step is. I know what to focus on. I have everything I need to know already. What I want to look for is someone to point me in the right direction. All the World conspires to support me when I am following my personal legend. So, of course, if I need a point in the right direction someone will appear. AND I already know all I need to know. I know it.

 

In Love and Light

Celina

I’m Bored

Whenever I say those words, I think of a Garfield cartoon where Garfield is hanging on a screen door thinking “I’m bored. I’m bored. I’m bored.” Then the door slams open and in the next frame he thinks “I’m in pain. I’m in pain. I’m in pain.” So I try not to say those words aloud too often in case I get slammed by a screen door.

Being bored actually happens to me quite frequently. I remember listening to a lecture – I don’t remember by whom – where the lecturer was surprised and a little bit disgusted that anyone could ever be bored. Ever. It was probably a lecture by Dr. Wayne Dyer. This lecturer was astonished that with this vast and amazing universe anyone could ever be bored. Ever. There is so much to see, learn and explore that he could not image how anyone could ever be bored. Ever. Well I do get bored and, really. you can’t see, learn and explore every minute of the day. My brain needs a time out from that. Everyone’s brain probably needs a time out from constant learning, seeing and exploring. I believe it’s one of the reasons why we sleep.

What does it means when I’m bored? I think, for me, boredom is a form of resistance. It comes up when I got a whole list of things to do (like now) and they are the same things I’m done a million times before (like now) and I really just want to do something else. I get bored with the same old, same old. I want something new to spice things up. I want something to enliven the day. I want something I can sink my teeth into. I usually end up eating chocolate and just digging in and doing what I have to do – at the last minute, I might add (like now). Boredom is an emotional state experienced when an individual is without any work or is not interested in their surroundings. That was from Wikipedia. Hah! Well, according to that definition I’m not bored at all. I’m certainly not without any work to do. Goddess, No! I have a long list of “work” to do, a very long list. I have tons and tons of things to do. So clearly I’m not bored. That means I’m just in resistance

I think I would rather be bored.

I can deal with bored. Resistance is sneaky. So sneaky I thought it was boredom. We all know what you resist persists. So now I get to figure out what I’m resisting, step into acceptance of those things and move on.

Crap. I would really rather be bored.

 

In love and light

Celina

Is Your Thinking Failing you?

Yet, your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try and practice them, you’ll fail. 

Verse #70 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

Well, that’s a cheery thought. Thanks Lao-tzo.

Actually in the lines before this Lao-tzo stated that his teachings are easy to understand and to put into practice. What I think Lao-tzo is pointing out in this verse is that your intellect will never grasp his teaching. Your intellect will always want to explain, reason, find out why and dismiss that which is not logical. It does not like those things it can’t see and grasp immediately. Much of Lao-tzu’s teachings in the Tao Te Ching seems paradoxical to the logical mind. He teaches that there is no good and evil. They both come from the same source, therefore they are one. He teaches that there is no ending. There is only the return to source. Yet all we see and experience in the physical world seems to tell us differently than what he teaches. Our intellect understand what it experiences. To fully embrace the teaching of the Tao, you must release what your physical experiences say to you and what your intellect tells you the truth is. You must embrace what lies below that which is the Truth of the Oneness we all are. That we are all the Tao.

For me, this verse tells me to stop trying to wrap my brain around it. This verse says to me to feel into what the Truth is. It reminds me that the Way is easy. All I have to do is just be. The Way means to stay in the present moment. It means embracing the Now. It means feeling all that there is to feel and accepting it all as part of what this life is meant to be. The Way means to know that death is not the final stop for us. It is but another step in the return to Source. As long as I focus on the present moment and let the events of my life unfold without stressing or challenge that which occurs then I am beginning to put into practice the teaching of Lao-tzu. It will not be hard. It is our intellect that wants it to be hard and a struggle because if it was easy, then the intellect will have nothing to do. When you don’t have to figure anything out, then the intellect is no longer needed.

Do not worry about practicing these teaching. Do not worry about grasping their meaning. Spend your time just in being. Spend your time in meditation. Spend your time immersed in music, laughter and the sound of the rain. The more you do this the more these teaching will become integrated into your life. You will discover that as you read the Tao the words will feel right and you will not even have to think about it. You will know it. You will to be it.

In Love and Light

Celina

“I don’t know what to do!” Creativity Sapper.

Well you finally made time for your creative endeavors. You put it in your book, set it aside, and are now honoring that sacred creative time. You’ve set up all your tools, prepared a nice cup of tea and a snack. You’ve turned off the phones and turned up the music. You’ve sat down at the table to write, draw, paint, scrapbook, whatever it is and now…. now you don’t know what to do! You’ve got a great big blank hole in your head where all your ideas used to be. You can’t think of an idea, not one, to act upon. You’ve been looking forward to this for days! Here you are, ready to go, and you stare at the paper and can’t think of anything to create. Usually your head is full of things you want to create and now, when you are ready, you get performance anxiety and just sit and stare at nothing. After many minutes of frustration and annoyance you get up and go do something else more productive, thinking next time you will have some ideas.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t let the sapper win! Stay. This is actually one of the easiest sappers to overcome. All it takes is time and persistence.

Creativity is a habit that need reinforcing like any habit. It is a muscle that needs to be exercised. So the more regularly and often you can set aside time, and honor that time, the more your body and mind will learn that “Oh! This is the time we work on our creative endeavors” and will respond accordingly. The key is to stay with it. The more regular and consistent you can make the time of your endeavors, the easier it will be to create the habit of creativity. On the weekends I still wake up at the time my alarm would go off during the week. Usually I roll over and go back to bed. However, my body and mind have the habit of waking up at that time. That is what you want to develop with your creative time also.

There are some very practical and easy things you can do to move through the “blank paper” syndrome.  The best way that I heard was to keep a log of ideas. Carry a notebook around with you and whenever you get a thought, write it down. The smart phones are great for painters and sketchers. See a great ides? Snap a quick picture for later development. When you sit down to work and draw a blank, grab the notebook or look at the pictures to get the ball rolling. Other ideas are to rework an old piece, or practice different techniques. The old tried and true is to get out the crayons and scribble. You know, that’s one of my favorites. Crayons are a great solution to many a creativity sapper. See how many different ways you can combine the same ten words. Do word or image association. Doodle. Whatever you do, make sure you stay at it until your allotted time is up. Ding! Good job.

Now do it again tomorrow, then the day after or next week. Schedule the them, take the time, and sit down and honor the time. This persistent action will create a creativity habit and mindset. Soon, if you miss your scheduled time, your mind will be waking you up to grab your pencil and draw! Yeah!

In love and light

Celina

Is the Importance of your Creativity being Sapped?

How much do you value your creativity? Do you value you it the way you value a friend? Do you respect it the way you should respect your mother or father? Are you giving time and attention to it? Are you nurturing it, feeding it and loving it the way you would a child or a beloved pet? Are you checking in with it to see how it’s doing the way you check in on your boyfriend or girlfriend? Are you planning your time together like you would plan your vacation or wedding? If you are reading this the answer is probably no. If you don’t believe that your creativity is important or valuable then that attitude is sapping your creative actions.

You make time in your life for the people, things and events that are important to you. You will go out of your way to do those things that are important. You will rearrange your schedule. You will post pone other things. You will get up early or stay up late. You will put it in your book so nothing else will get scheduled at that time. How many of you will actually schedule time for your creative endeavors? How many people put it on the top of the to do list and get it done first? Probably not a whole hell of a lot. If it does go on the list it will go on the bottom, after the dusting and cleaning the toilet. Is it any wonder that the creative actions are getting sapped! Who wants to be creative after cleaning a toilet?

The first thing to do in overcoming this sapper is to look at how important your creativity is to you? Does it make your top ten? Does it make your top five? If it really isn’t that important to you then whenever you get something creative done is fine. However, since you are reading this, I will assume that it is up at the top of your list, somewhere in the top ten. Look at where it does fall in your priorities, really be honest here. If it is important to you, then treat it as such! Schedule time in your book and take that time. Even if all you do is 15 minutes of scribbling with crayons or writing the worst poetry ever. Find the time and honor that commitment. In the beginning, the amount doesn’t matter. What matters is that that time is important and you treat it as such. Another way to overcome this sapper is to find a perspective for your creative endeavors that makes them a priority in your mind. You can think of this time as a job that you can’t be late too or absent from. You can think of it as friend, lover or family member that you would never disappoint by canceling on. You can look at this time as a vital job interview or a presentation. Change the way you think about this creative time so that it becomes important. You would never, ever, miss out on something that important to you! Ever!

In love and light

Celina