by Dianna Hardy
First written 9th October, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
One of the states that monks and great meditators try to reach is that point of stillness where your mind is finally silent and you are not in the past or the future, but completely in "the now". You don't have to be a monk or a meditator to know this pivotal moment I am talking about. Athletes are very good at being in the now, as are actors, and artists of all kinds, and inventors who corporealise new ideas for us all. They are connected in that moment.
The power of now is crucial for connection to Source, and thus, manifesting reality with awareness - this is because all of time is actually contained in the now. When in the spiritual realms - the Otherworld - time is not linear at all, but all timelines are simultaneously taking place now and only now, and when you reach that place of stillness, all time stops. You then sit amid the freeze-frame of creation where you can see All Things, and you can then reach in and change the parts of your reality you'd like to change (or score that goal, write that book, paint that picture, create that machine).
One of the ways to ride the now-waves of creation is to realise you can change your story any time you like. In this way, you are the author always writing and re-writing your script, and the author never does this from the past or the future - it can only be done from the point of the present. The art of writing fiction (creation) is actually quite meditative, I have always found; and always pulls my focus into the present while channeling ideas from above. See your life as a story - as fiction that you can change into the story you actually want.
Most people don't let themselves believe they can change their story at will. Once you've settled into that life, that routine, that job, that family, that amount of money earned, and all those responsibilities, they become your cemented his-story and you think you have to play the role you've created for yourself (whether you realise you've created that role or not). What's that saying we often use to bind ourselves? You've made your bed, now lie in it.
You don't have to - you really don't.
Without a doubt all changes to your life should be conducted with integrity and with love - be mindful of how others will feel the effects of your plot changes - but do you want to keep writing yourself into that bed even though the mattress is lumpy and filthy, the springs dig into you, the headboard always creaks, and you're getting back ache every morning? Just because it seemed like a good purchase at the time?
Things change. You can, too.
In the shamanic philosophies I trained in, part of the warrior's journey (or the hero's journey) is to always shed his (or her) skin. Always. To do so is to ride on the surge of creation and be ready to manifest at will because the warrior is adaptable; always able to ride into the proverbial battle of life because he is writing and re-writing his story at every moment, never trapping himself with his-story, but releasing all endings to the wind, and defending no new beginnings because he has no history to defend.
I used to be frightened at the thought of amnesia. I told one of my spiritual teachers this once, and he said, "Why? Why on earth are you scared of amnesia when it's one of the greatest gifts you could receive?"
"It is?" I asked, bewildered.
"Yes!" he replied. "How many people get the chance to have their slate wiped clean with no effort needed, no regrets and no need for guilt; with no burdens to carry and only the next chapter to write however they choose to do so?"
This sank in, and altered my perception of amnesia for good.
More recently, I went to visit my grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She has memories of certain episodes of her own life in the distant past, but not really any memory of the people in her life, nor of the recent past - nor of me. She was someone who was always very concerned with "the state of the world", from politics, to war, to extreme weather, and so on - a naturally anxious and perhaps pessimistic person in some ways. When I went to visit her though, seeing her for the first time with "no memory", I can say, she has never been happier. She was HAPPY. Always smiling. No burdens, no cares - yes, an awareness she couldn't remember anything, including family, but that seemed a relief to her in some ways.
Now, I'm not saying, Yey, Alzheimer's rocks - let's all go get Alzheimer's. I'm well aware many find it devastating, have outbursts of anger, and feel despair at their condition in the flashes of awareness they have of their "old self", and so on. What I'm saying is flip the script. Flip the script for everything. Challenge yourself to constantly see life and all events in a different way. Change your perspective of how something is and realise it was only that way because you believed it had to be.
My grandmother had shed her skin and re-written her story, albeit not on purpose. Not consciously. A shamanic or spiritual warrior would seek to do this consciously and to always live in this state - with full memory retained, of course - never shedding his responsibilities, but understanding that he commands his duties more expertly when he wears the right skin made for the moment of now ... and now ... and now ... and now.
As evolving humans, we are the result of the survival of the most adaptable.
You don't need to wait for some apocalypse to become this adaptable version of yourself - you can start right now.
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