Reiki Master Diane Lynn Gelinas, M.S.W., C.H.
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..."And What Have You Learned Dorothy?"
I don't know about you, but one of my all time favorite movies is the Wizard of Oz. In my Meet Your Spirit Guide's Workshop I refer to it and use the analogy of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion being Dorothy's guides on her spiritual journey. As this new year starts, I am looking back over the past year and find myself reflecting on what I learned, just like the question that was posed to Dorothy by the Scarecrow before she embarked on the Hot Air Balloon taking her back to Kansas.
I guess my newsletter this month will be filled with quotes or references to movies as the first thing I learned can be summed up by a quote by Virginia Wolfe in the movie "The Hours."
"You can't find peace by avoiding life."
Working for Hospice for over fifteen years, teaches you a lot about living. One learns to Seize the Day. Carpe Diem! Over the past decade or more now I have been able to balance my life with meditation, work I am passionate about, exercise, fun time and service to others. This last summer I was doing a self help program that asked me to list out the emotions I felt on a weekly basis and bliss, joy, love, peace and happiness were top on my list. So why would I want to change anything you might ask? Well, I didn't. Making changes might mean that I would loose the balance I created. Or at least I thought it would. When I looked at it more honestly I discovered that I didn't have to loose anything. If one becomes too comfortable we don't challenge ourselves. We are meant to evolve and change and strive for more. I had certainly focused on spiritual evolution in the last decades, but challenged myself less in other areas. It was safe, peaceful and joyous were I was at, so why shake things up? Then mid summer, I realized that I was being led to step out again on my journey into new uncharted territories. I knew that the best was yet to come. I knew I could achieve some long, delayed goals and dreams and I knew this was the time to finally go for it. One of the dreams I have had for countless years now is to write a book. This summer I started on an amazing journey with three other remarkable woman. Each of us, used a self help program and challenged ourselves in all areas of our lives for 14 weeks. I chronicled our journeys and I am in the process of finalizing the rough draft of the book at this time. I know that this book will touch thousands of lives and will show how just ordinary woman can make magnificent changes and manifest amazing things in their lives. We explored, finances, relationships, work, fitness etc. You named it we tackled it and are still going forward. I will have countless opportunities coming my way in the next years that will be filled with change, however, it no longer makes me wary. I am embracing it. And the best part is I found that I didn't have to leave behind my balance, my work related passions and focus, and especially my leisure and spiritual time.
What have I learned from this voyage thus far?
That anything is possible, if we want to pay the price, put in the time, and never give up.
That there is no such thing as failure. We learn most from our mistakes.
That self love and forgiveness must be embraced by us daily to fully live the life of love and service to others we are meant to live.
That Love Heals All.
That achieving goals and taking action steps makes life exciting as we change and evolve and that we can do all of this and maintain balance, serenity and calmness of spirit.
That others will find their own path when the time is right for them.
That dead ends and disappointments can propel us into new fulfilling directions.
God's delays are not God's denial.
We choose our reality.
The first day of the new year I was channel surfing after waking up in the morning. I hadn't watched a movie in bed in the morning for ages so decided to treat myself. I came across a bizarre movie entitled "Safe" with Juliana Moore. She basically was allergic to everything in the/her world and ended up isolating herself at a New Age Health Center in New Mexico. Her condition worsened instead of becoming better as the movie alludes to the fact that the folks at the center were more allergic to their life, and the existential void and vacuum they had. No purpose, no passion, no life. But they were safe at least at the ranch. Or were they? Don't let fear of change or movement hold you back from evolving and moving forward in your path. The only failure there is, is not trying or giving up.
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