A couple of weeks back I was driving home from a weekend with my dear friend, Stacey. We are exploring how to collaborate and support in each other as we move towards our shared and individual visions.
I love my weekends with Stacey! I am so recharged afterwards and am blessed to have her in my life! We first met just 2 years ago at an Infinite Possibilities Trainer the Trainer event and it was an instantaneous connection! We knew then that we would one day work together yet had no idea what that would look like. So we let it be, to show up when the time was right and we were ready.
Back to the drive home, a drive that takes about 6 hours allowing for plenty of time for introspection, daydreaming, and singing! For this trip I decided to listen to the recorded version of Mike Dooley’s Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams. Every time I listen to this, there is always a new nugget or two that pop up and I say, ‘YES!’ This time the ‘aha’ that knocked me upside the head nearly had me off on the side of the road!
Mike was deep into exploring one of the foundational ‘Truths of Being’, Thoughts Become Things and one of the questions that often comes up about how some of the things that come into our life, we never had thoughts about.
I found myself thinking back to my mother’s death or rather the nature of her death. A drunk driver killed her in 1997. This event rocked me to my core and for many years afterwards, I existed in a pretty dark place. So, I asked myself, ‘what thoughts did I have that may have brought this event into my life?’ I might add I asked that question out loud and with some disbelief/skepticism that any thought I might have had could possibly result in my mother’s death particularly the circumstances of her death!
Well, let me tell you that the floodgates of my memory opened and all this wisdom and knowledge crashed around me like the waves of the ocean before a big storm hits!
I was coming of age in the 60’s. A child of a feminist, I did my share of protesting the conflict in Vietnam, the inequality of women in the workplace and at home, etc. There always seemed to be a ‘cause’ to rally around. Then all of these causes began to fade a bit and/or fell off my radar. Life happened, including getting married and having children. For a time, being a voice for my small children became a ‘cause’ until they easily and confidently could speak for themselves.
In the years preceding my mother’s death, I remembered thinking and saying to others that I (we) needed a cause for to rally around and bring people together. A few ideas came to mind during this time but none truly resonated with me or those in my immediate life circle.
Fast forward, a drunk driver kills my mother and I jump into the cause of MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. WHAM – a cause is born! I embraced this cause with a passion I had never felt before and with every fiber of my being until; it began to fade, to no longer resonate with me. Now what?
Do I believe that my having ‘thoughts’ about ‘needing’ a cause single handedly brought about my mother’s death? No, that would be just a tad arrogant and misses the mark! However, I do understand that we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 70,000 plus thoughts a day, 95% of those on a subconscious level! And since we all are doing the same there is no way to connect all the dots from the starting point to the ending point, what ever that may look like. My mother had her thoughts, the woman who killed her had thoughts, and so on. The point is, I was searching/asking for a ‘cause’ and the Universe heard me and delivered, just not in a fashion I had ever have dreamed of!
Our thoughts can set us on a slippery slope at times and it only makes sense to develop a higher awareness of our thoughts and consciously choose the good ones!
Through the daily Notes From the Universe, Mike Dooley’s book, the Train the Trainer event, Andy Dooley’s Vibration Activation, the research and teachings of neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza, Brene Brown’s perfect little book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and so much more, today I do have a new cause, perhaps THE cause that has been waiting for me all along to SEE it and EMBRACE it: to share with others that they do have the power to create their own lives, that we are all works in progress, and that we are all divine beings of light!
Shine your light, share your gifts, choose to be the best YOU each day, and