Belize really, really changed me. From the way I live my days to the things I surround myself with… the people I attract and the activities I engage in… all of these have shifted. I’m transformed. Maybe it wasn’t Belize, per se. Maybe I just happened to be in Belize when I was just ready for my own transformation.
I do know one thing happened. I opened my eyes. It wasn’t Belize, but it was getting out of my comfort zone long enough to let it happen, to get out of my own way!
The Belize sabbatical with my family allowed all of us to let go of the control of our lives for long enough that we let the Universe step in and help guide us. It was the start of something amazing.
The tortillas and beans we ate on a regular basis didn’t stick as a habit now that we’re home in the United States. But our ability to ‘let go and let God’ did stick.
I’ve been big on this idea of “intention” lately. Wayne Dyer’s The Power of Intention is an awesome read and I’ve been glued to it for a couple of weeks now (yes, I’m reading it slowly–but it’s that kind of book that you want to savor over the course of a month to soak up its wisdom).
Once upon a time, I would feel guilty as a life-long Roman Catholic to read new age books that didn’t focus on the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a way to personal enlightenment. But not anymore. Truth isn’t exclusive to one religion or one dogma.
I’ve realized that there is one truth, but many paths.
Setting your intention on something you want in your life and then letting the power of the entire Universe work its magic for you is an amazing thing. Instead of looking UP to God, you begin to realize you’re looking IN to God, because God (the Source, the Creator, Jesus, whoever) is IN YOU. So you look inside yourself for your own happiness.
Yesterday’s first reading at Sunday Mass came from Deuteronomy, Chapter 30. The passage talks about God’s command, implying that it’s not as difficult as we would think to carry it out. It goes on to say that the job of carrying it out belongs to no one other than to you and God. “Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out? Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?”
No one will carry it out for you. But you can do it easily–much more easily than you might think. You must only set your intention on what you want to unfold in your life. It’s not such a big mystery. Set your intention, focus your thoughts every minute on the dreams you want to see happen in your life, and those dreams will unfold, seemingly in a miraculous way, before your startled eyes.
I know it happens like this because I’ve seen it happen in my own life. And life keeps getting better and better now that I’ve discovered the secret.
The end of the scripture passage reads: “No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”
So the dream you have in your heart is there already, maybe covered up by a layer of dust from disuse or a thin veneer of fear that seems too thick to crack. But the dream is there, just below the surface. All you have to do is realize its presence and let it happen.
Let go, let God, let the dust blow away and the fear melt, and see what wonders blossom in your life.
Whether you’re Christian, Buddhist, or atheist, this truth is universal. Your thoughts can change your life. You can change your thoughts. And how do you do this? By staying positive and letting go of yourself for long enough that your life starts to change.
It’s a beautiful thing.
What do you want to see happen in your life?
[The book’s coming out this week, folks. I’m energized beyond words! Exit Normal: How We Escaped with Our Family and Changed Our Life will soon be read by people other than me, my editor, and my graphic designer. Who would have thought? :)]