When I attune my mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, I understand my place in Wholeness. I am the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is me. I am blessed through this understanding. In return I bless all I encounter.
I am a real learner: in general I don’t need to be “taught”. I’m curious, I seek out information and knowledge; I constantly come up with things I want to learn, things I want to know. I am realizing more and more life is the grand teacher, and almost everything I want to learn has to do with life.
I suppose it’s no coincidence that the tagline for this site is, “Living life. Learning to do that better. Sharing it here.” Nor is it a coincidence that I keep learning how much I like learning about life.
I’ve had a recent insight into this learning. I can ask life itself to teach me…but then I noticed I needed to learn how to even ask this of life. How do I approach life to ask it? What questions do I ask and how do I phrase them, frame them? How do I comport myself as I ask?
Maybe I over think this; I’ve been told I over think a lot of things (who, me?). But I find these to be serious questions, with serious ramifications for the response and, therefore, for how the learning happens. I mean, this is life we’re talking about.
There are four elements I am considering as I am working out how to ask life of itself.
- I have a friend who says the only way to understand the qualities of fire is to be with the qualities of fire: allow the fire to teach of itself. I am finding this helpful as a transferable idea in learning about life. The only way to understand life is to be with life: allow life to teach of itself. I can be aware of life and open myself to life teaching me of itself. Okay, check!
- I have another friend who recently told me that often she’d walk out of her apartment in the morning, leaving for work, and she had this feeling she was forgetting something. She’d go back into her apartment and ask, “What am I forgetting?” She now gets the answer. All the time. She just listens and knows what she has forgotten. I wonder if this can work with life, and wanting to know things? Can I just ask, “Okay, Life, what am I learning right now?” or “Okay, Life, what do you want me to learn?” or “What should I learn from this?” I think those types of questions might go a long way. The trick with this would be to understand what the answers are. Those are big, broad questions that might very will produce big, broad (i.e. hard to interpret) answers. But, yes, I can do this. Check!
- I was thinking about Einstein recently. When he got stuck and wanted to know an answer, he would “go into the void”, and look for the answer. I think the void is what I would call the stillness, or that part of Oneness that is the unmanifest potential. I was thinking maybe I should practice going into the stillness more often, with questions. Yes, I can do this, too. Check!
- Practice! It seems to me the questions I am looking to ask about life have answers that are not concrete, or necessarily anything I am familiar with. I have to begin to recognize how life responds to my questions (see #1); I have to learn how life communicates with me. I have to remove my expectations about communication and watch and feel without imposing any pre-conceived ideas about what I think life “should be” trying to say to or teach me. This sums up the previous three points; I am going to start to practice. Check!
This ties in with the Journeys that will be coming up in 2016. The things I want to learn of life have to do with more love, following my purpose, being fulfilled and abundant, and healing anything that prevents my full participation in life itself. I have to admit…I am really excited and optimistic about 2016 for the upcoming Journeys… and for seeing what life has in store for me.