A Puzzle Unfolds

I’ve been visiting with good friends who live in Sarasota, Fla. What intrigued me was watching them work on very intricate puzzles with hundreds, if not thousands of pieces. They are really into it and one night, the two of them politely asked me to join in the fun.  My immediate response was that I’d rather drink a bottle of castor oil. Different strokes….

I do recognize that by putting together a puzzle, you turn the pile of random pieces into a coherent whole and you’re also teaching yourself that order can emerge from chaos. Now, chaos leads me into the subject of what the bleep is going on in our world. So much polarity, so much fear and insecurity about the future and so much arguing about it. All this negativity is impacting many of us. It’s almost as if many have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; that experience of lingering negative feelings that result from scary, out-of-control experiences and that limit us and make our lives smaller and completely combustible.

I don’t have a remedy for how to fix this although many politicians and corporate titans relentlessly espouse their point of views and seem to make it worse.  The only thing I can offer is sage advice from some of the experts in the field of neuro-science such as Bruce Lipton PhD. Anthony William author of Medical Medium, Derek Rydall, author of Emergence.

According to, Anthony William, “A way to heal our particular form of PTSD across the spectrum is to create new experiences to serve as positive reference points in our lives. The more of these we create, the greater our chances of putting PTSD behind us.”  He continues, “Every new experience plants a life-giving seed in a garden of nutrient-thriving weeds.”  As explained, the experiences don’t have to be monumental and they don’t have to look like much to anyone else. They could be as simple as putting together a puzzle, painting, learning a new language, starting a garden, taking a walk in nature or on the beach as is my case. These simple exercises help orient us in the present moment and have immediate effect on our state of mind because they make us wake up to the beautiful detail in the world around us that otherwise we wouldn’t notice.  All this helps clear out the clouds of negativity from our consciousness.

We’re told in Medical Medium that these types of exercises  pluck out one unwanted weed at a time to free up space in the garden of your mind.”  You are training your brain as though it’s a radio, to access a healing frequency that is always available.

Right Intention

Last week, I left off with the question of how to tap into your soul’s desire.  Many of us have tried to have some type of contact with that higher aspect of ourselves, “our spirit, our soul or, our intuition”.  Many have experienced what they would consider enlightened moments when they get beyond their rational thinking and cultural conditioning.  Just by being born we become susceptible to all the beliefs of humanity, and these limiting thoughts are seeded into our unconscious minds.  It’s up to us to pluck them out when we become aware of them.

One of the main obstacles to tapping into higher aspects of ourselves, is the insecurity that comes when we do get out of our own way but then question ourselves with thoughts such as, am I really connecting with my higher self / spirit / intuition or is it just my nasty little ego?  The result is that we doubt ourselves.

It is said you really can’t make the wrong choice if you have the right intention.  Look at it this way.  If you make the wrong choice based on good intentions, it will lead you to learn and grow and strengthen your ability to make better choices.  So how bad can that be?

For your consideration, here’s a technique I use that I learned from the author, Derek Rydall, whom I mentioned in last week’s blog.  In his book “Emergence” he suggests the following:

Create two columns on a page.  On the left side, write down your desire / goal.  On the right, write down why you want it.  Be honest.  Start with the things you want most, and work your way down.  If the reason you want something is to get something materially, add that new object to the desire column and write down why you want it in the other column.  For instance, if you wrote, “I want to make a million dollars,” and in the why column you put, “To get a house,” put “To get a house” in the desire column, and put why you want the house in the opposite column.  Do this until you get a non-material reason in the right-hand column.  For example, in terms of the house, you might put “To feel secure.”  You’ve now distilled your desires to the feeling of security which is the real goal.

You can then determine if your “whys” are based on what you want from others, or are inner qualities. The more you come to understand that what you actually want is already within you, the more you are in tune with the higher aspects of yourself and your soul level.

This Moment Is All We Have

It is our thoughts, and our thoughts alone, that will determine what’s possible for us now. Isn’t it time to be proactive and reach behind any pre-determined formulas we have, or anyone else might have for us, for what’s possible at this time in our lives?  In fact, no matter what did or did not happen in our past, the present remains an endless stream of miraculous opportunities.  Marianne Williamson says, “The Law of Divine Compensation guarantees that endless possibility is not just an abstraction, but rather a yearning of the universe, an active force of constant elasticity. It doesn’t respond to your past, but rather your present state of mind.”

Here’s an idea.  Drop limiting thoughts, and accept unlimiting ones instead.  Our thoughts are reflected in our experience – from the state of our bodies to the state of our world. As we reprogram our thoughts, we reprogram everything.

Derek Rydall, a spiritual life coach and author of a gem of a book called “Emergence”, speaks of a ground breaking, seven step system, he devised when he was experiencing what many of us can relate to as “a dark night of the soul”.  In his book, he shares ways to discover your life’s purpose, and how to unleash your passion. It goes beyond the usual self-improvement “manuals”.  One of the things he tells us is, “at the end of the day – let alone the end of our life – it’s not what we’ve achieved that gives us the most satisfaction, it’s what we’ve become.”  Are you more peaceful and loving, more patient, more connected to others?  Do you feel more empowered and authentic in your self-expression?  Take a look at your life and see if you can say “yes” to the last question.