It has been said that each of us is the author of our own life. From the beginning of our Earth days we have been telling a story about our self, to our self and others, and bringing that story to life by living it in the world. We could say that our thoughts and words write the manuscript, and that our life experiences, as they unfold visibly and physically, is the movie that is being made from the book! What is the story we’re telling about our self, in our mind and through our words, that is creating the world we are individually viewing around us? Does our book of life read like a love story, or more like a horror story? Is our movie fun to watch, interesting yet easy and breezy, like a light comedy? Or is it filled with the angst, struggle and heaviness of a drama most of the time?
Oscar Wilde wrote, “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” We are here for the Joy of our own self-expression, to blossom in our own unique way. But early on many of us started telling a story about our self that had nothing to do with our own joy. It was a story about our self given to us by someone else, someone who seemed to have convincing reasons for us to edit out the Divine Character we came into the world to tell about. So we altered our narrative about the Divine Being that entered into this human experience for the joy of blossoming.
We omitted the part about the Holy One of God’s Creation with natural powers to create whatever good, beautiful and happy Earth life we wanted to create. We changed the story line from a Self with desires fueled by Pure Positive Energy, to a story line with a more limited version of who we are. We began to tell a story about a solely human character, someone separate from everyone else and the Source of Creation. We told the story of one who needed to please others in order to blossom, a human character shaped by opinions and judgements, and vulnerable to all manner of misfortune—disappointment, failure, loneliness, lack of opportunity for joy and well-being, someone at risk for whatever may be harmful and hurtful in the world.
Even now, we may sense that there is more to us than what we’ve heard from others, that there is a Beautiful, Powerful Self deep within us worth telling about. But we can’t tell that story unless we take authorship of our life, and stop allowing others to tell us what we should write about our self. No matter how convincing anyone may seem when they claim to have inside knowledge of who we are, no one can write one true page about us because no one has inside knowledge about us but God. Only God lives inside of us and God is Love. God loves our every petal as we blossom.
We are the leading character, sent forth by Love, Itself, as the storyteller of our own Earth Life. Only we get to determine how we choose to see and interact with the supporting characters we attract into the story of our life. Oprah Winfrey said, “You are the author of your own life. Don’t let others define it for you. Real power comes by doing what you are meant to be doing and doing it well.” Does what we’re doing as we live this life feel like what we came here to do? Are we blossoming? If we came here to love, are we loving well? If we came here to express more of the miraculous nature of our Divinity, are we expressing well? We know if what we are doing is what we meant to be doing when we came into this physical experience because we feel good in the doing of it. We feel good in the thinking of it. We feel good in the speaking of it. And, we feel good in the living of it.
Does today feel like the beginning of a whole new chapter, or at least a clean page, upon which we can write something new—something good, beautiful and happy about our self in life. Or is today’s page already filled with yesterday’s not-so-good stories? Are we willing to actively take authorship of the pages we write moving forward instead of allowing past or even current events to write the next pages instead? Alan Watts said, “When you get rid of certain fixed concepts of how the world is, you find that everything is much more subtle and much more miraculous than you thought.” We have been sent forth by the Spirit within us to write an autobiography of a Divine Being having a miraculous human experience, not to live the biography someone else wants to write about us. Are we ready to make more of the subtle, and miraculous invisible, visible through us? Are we ready to tell the unseen story of our Divinity so It can be seen in this 3-dimensional world as we blossom?
Our life story, whether it is uplifting at moment or a downer, is often given color and richness, or intensity and sickness, by us through the metaphors (figures of speech) and the similes (what life is like) that we use to describe our life. For example: Are we happy as a clam or as sad as a blobfish? Are we mentally and emotionally cool as a cuke or hotter than hell? Our repetitive descriptive words of what we feel like in life, and what life feels like to us, create vivid images in our mind. As we focus on them, over and over again, they often become visible, tangible conditions in our life. Ever find yourself saying: “That just makes me sick” or “I really can’t stomach it” when someone does something or something happens we don’t like? If so, rather than a life that is breezy, we may be creating a life that is literally making us queasy.
A figure of speech often manifests in a physical condition. We don’t see words in our mind, we see images of our thoughts, and those thoughts are destined to become visible things if we don’t change them. Our intolerance in life, our reactive judgments of others, and our aversion to the ideas, lifestyles, and behaviors of those around us fill our mind with, what A Course in Miracles calls, “sick imaginings.” Sick imaginings make us mentally ill and emotionally disturbed. And, if we don’t imagine something more lovely to focus on instead, our sick imaginings could show up in our body as chronic nausea or an inability to tolerate or digest certain foods.
Leonard Cohen wrote, “If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick everyday.” Often when we talk about our being one with others, and one with the Universe, we use the metaphor “ocean or sea.” It is intended to give us a mental image of the Unending Flow of Consciousness, the Pure Positive Creative Energy that is everywhere with no separation within It. If we would be healthy in our body, we must first be healthy in our mind. And, we become healthy in our mind by surrendering the idea of a self that is separate from others and the Source of life. We must let go of the idea that we are separate from those we judge good or bad, and separate from those we admire or condemn. To take authorship for our life story, we must own what we see around us as the very images in our mind made visible to us in the world. We must become one with the story we are telling to our self and others by giving our self “rights” to the movie version we’re creating.
How do we feel our oneness with a world that seems so separate from us? A good simile can be helpful. It’s been said, “Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.” And, it does, but only on surface like the ocean where everything appears to be bobbing up and down separately. When our view of life goes no deeper than what we see on the surface where things bob up and down, we tend to react to every wave that comes along and let it disturb us. On the surface, in the world of appearances, there are a lot of people and events making waves. Those waves may occur in our personal life as illness, inharmonious relationships, and financial problems, and in the world as conflict and war, disaster and pestilence. Surface turbulence can make for a bumpy ride that can cause motion sickness. If we stay there, focused on whatever the current worst thing is that’s being talked about, we will likely be seasick every day!
But, life is like an ocean, and as anyone who’s ever been diving knows, the deeper you dive into the ocean, the more calm it becomes no matter what’s happening on the surface. Sri Ramana Maharshi said, “When we turn the mind inwards, God manifests as the inner consciousness.” Our inner consciousness is like an ocean, the further away from the images of the world we allow our self to go by closing our eyes and turning within, the further away from the images in our own mind we allow our self to go by quieting our mind, the deeper we into dive into the Pure Consciousness of God within us and find the calmness that is always there. If we want to live a life that is light and breezy, even if it’s choppy on the surface, we must learn to live consciously deep so we can stay calm and quiet within us no matter what is going up and down around us.
If we want to tell the story of a life that is miraculous in its Divinity, we must first go beneath the surface of our self, beyond what appears to be, to find the Self of Divinity. That Divine Character still lives within us and is ready for a close up! It is important for each of us to let our Divine Self blossom in this moment in time because it is through the life that is being lived by us right here on Earth, right here within our unique physical human “vantage point,” right here from our own individual perspective of the Oneness, that the Infinite, Eternal Flow of Divine Consciousness, of which we are each a self-conscious part, is extended and expanded.That is how important it is for us to live as the Divine Being we are now.
Eckhart Tolle wrote, “You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.” Every time our individual consciousness opens into a greater awareness of the Unlimited Universe, the One Consciousness, like an endless ocean, swells right where we are. It becomes greater in the very spot our focal point expands. Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The basis of your life: absolute FREEDOM. The purpose of your life: JOY. The result of your life: EXPANSION.” What an amazing miracle!