Creating the World We Wish to Inhabit

Creating the World We Wish to Inhabit

I wrote this post during my free Write Together! event in June. It’s a taste of what can happen when we co-create together and an invitation to keep creating the world we wish to inhabit.

Right now I am sitting in a Zoom room with twenty-one other souls, whispering to ourselves and this beautiful, wrecked world, pouring what’s inside into our notebooks, delving and diving to find whatever pearls are here.

We are here to use writing to uncover our grief, fear and anger and our hope for a better world, to find our way together. We are here to envision and co-create the world we wish to inhabit.

It’s a bewildering adventure, this business of living and of creating, but Rumi insists, in the poem of his I read this morning, that the soul started singing when it took on a body. Singing not weeping.

Celebration may be our greatest capacity as humans, and our best means to create the world we wish to inhabit. Singing up the land is what the Australian aborigines call it, their part in the ongoing work of creation. Our part. Celebration and creativity, exceptional human abilities and gifts.

And so here we are, twenty-two beautiful souls aboard this temporary ark, this craft we hope to sail to where? To greener shores, a land where love rules, where all life is cared for and honored. Am I a dreamer? You bet.

I believe in the inherent beauty of the world, in art, love, the goodness inside of humans, the possibility of each one shining forth. So I am here, guiding this little ark. In spite of all the obstacles.

I am often full of doubt, afraid, lost, and overwhelmed by the horror and meanness of which we humans are so frequently capable, the utter disregard for other lives. I am often embarrassed by myself, falling short of my own impossible expectations, but I carry on because my embarrassment isn’t helping anyone, isn’t helping us get to those greener shores. So I keep returning to love.

Love is the way. I know this. Simplistic as that may sound. But how do we implement love and love’s awesome power? How do we use it to create the world we wish to inhabit? One loving act at a time, and then another.

We create the world through small daily acts of Love in all its forms. We grow and heal, make art and sing, touch and cook and talk. We listen and cry and make mistakes and clean our messes. And laugh and dance and build things up and tear things down that need tearing down. We call to the wind and pay attention when it calls back to us.

So I sit in the here and now, pen and notebook in hand, with these lovely courageous souls, doing my part to create the world I wish to inhabit.

How the story will end (if it ends), or what the next chapter will be, no one knows. But no matter what happens, we can do this gathering together, this work of the heart and of art, and our time will not have been wasted.

Let’s gather together to create a beautiful, loving world for all of life. When we come together in loving, creative, playful ways, extraordinary things happen. We magnify our gifts and co-creative power.

Will you create with me? Will you create today?

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How to Access the Power of Love to Realize Your Dreams

How to Access the Power of Love to Realize Your Dreams

In this post, I share with you how to access the deepest power in the universe, the power of love, so that you can draw upon this limitless power to help you realize your dreams.

This is the fourth post in a series on Enthusiasm vs. Willpower in reaching your heart’s dreams. If you missed the last post, you can read it here. In it, I offered you a radical invitation to help you connect to heart, passion, delight and fulfillment in your life. I also introduced you to the Inner Taskmaster and the Rebel, both of whom can sabotage your dreams.

In discussing the Taskmaster in my last post, I talked about the unhealthy kind of willpower and how it really doesn’t help us reach what we long for in our lives. Today, we begin with a healthy kind of inner power.

Accessing the Power of the Mother Bear

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The second kind of willpower is that of the mother saving her child. This will is unstoppable. We all know better than to get between a mother bear protecting her cubs, because no force is stronger than that love.

This is the kind of will we want to access on the path to living our heart’s dreams:  Our powerful, passionate, unstoppable love for what we long to be, do and have, our fierce commitment to it.

This is a force that can move mountains, including the mountains of our own fear, doubt and resistance.

Connect to Your Deep Why

So, how do you access that kind of will?

You dive down to the core of your love and longing for your dream, the heart of your passion for it. You become deeply connected to what that dream gives you, what it will give you, what you love and enjoy about it, what it can give to others, how it connects to values that you hold dear.

You get very clear on what I call the Deep Why of the dream. How does it serve you, others, our world?

Then, you keep reconnecting to that why, that love and vision, as long as they remain true for you. You keep recommitting to your dream from that place of love.

Call up your fierce, powerful love for your art, your dreams, for the power of art itself and what it gives our world, how it changes lives. Let that be the source of your willpower to act day after day in a manner congruent with your dreams.

A Little Will and a Lot of Love

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So, yes, a little will is involved. It can serve you well on the path of dreams, when used properly. You may have to draw on 30 seconds of willpower every single day to get yourself into your studio and begin creating.

But deeper than will for me is the love of creating, the passion for art. Being clear in knowing what creating gives to my life and knowing what is lacking without it. And having a strong, inspiring vision of where I am headed in my life.

Vision, love, joy—these are unbelievably powerful on the path of dreams.

If you are not feeling them for your dreams, you may have the wrong dream. Or you may need help clearing past hurts, fears and doubts that keep your passion and enthusiasm at bay. If you lack inspired vision for your life, you may need some expert help uncovering it and uncovering what keeps you from it. (Check out my creative life coaching here.)

Please cultivate a little will too, your core of inner strength, that mother bear love, and persistence.

Cultivate commitment, that shining bridge. (If you missed the post on the shining bridge of commitment, you can read it here.)

But, commit only to that which you truly love, desire and value, that which inspires you and lights you up. No shoulds here. When you waver or forget or lose your way, simply recommit if the dream is still alive for you.

Dream big, but set yourself small, reachable goals toward your heart’s big dreams. (See my post on The Power of Small Bites).

Commit to those goals. Succeed at them.

In this way, you can move mountains and realize your great dreams—for yourself and for our world.

The Deeper Power Behind Everything

Love is the deeper power behind both enthusiasm and willpower. Behind willpower is devotion, which is love. Behind enthusiasm is passion, which is love.

Notice how everything comes from Love. Love is the deepest power on earth. Nothing is stronger or greater than this.

Loving what you do, being passionate about it, being lit up by it, being engaged with and curious about it. Taking joy and delight in it. These are so essential. If they are persistently lacking, I would strongly suggest you choose a new dream.

Give Yourself to Love

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If you can consistently return to love and draw on love to power your art and your dreams, nothing can stop you.

The realization of your dreams may not look how you first imagined, but what you arrive at will amaze you.

Your life will be immeasurably enriched by walking the path of Love. And so will the lives of everyone you meet, as well as many others you never meet.

Far greater than will, greater than enthusiasm, greater than discipline, commitment or passion, greater than inspiration is love.

Love will carry the day. Love will see you through.

So, draw on it. Call on it. Connect with it. Express it.

Dare to love in all you do. Find what you most love and do it, be it, give it, live it.

To your powerful love,

Maxima

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3 Mantras to Live By – part 2

Here is my second mantra and core of my teaching. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

Love Yourself Better:

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”  – Buddha

two women friends laughingIn my experience, learning to love ourselves better and better is a life-long journey. I have made huge strides in this since I was a teenager filled with self-directed anger, but I still continue to uncover ways I am mean to myself, things that I think or do towards myself that I would never say or do to a beloved friend.

When I say self-love, I am not talking about self-indulgence. I am talking about being your own best friend, ally, soul mate, and a loving, kind, clear parent to yourself all at once. The parent part is very important, because everyone of us has a child self living inside us, no matter what age we are (actually, several of them at different ages), and that child needs good parenting in order to thrive—lots of love and encouragement, oodles of acceptance and curiosity towards what that child wants, needs and loves, time for play and adventures, good guidance and clear boundaries.

Learning to be kind to ourselves in all ways—taking care of our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our spirits, being patient, caring, compassionate towards ourselves—is, in my experience, the foundation for accomplishing anything worthwhile in life, having healthy relationships of all kinds with other human beings, and being able to enjoy life. The better you get at this key, the better your life and the lives of all those around you will be.

Start by noticing when you aren’t kind, when you say or do something you wouldn’t say or do to a close friend, when you fail to acknowledge, appreciate and encourage yourself, when you don’t take care of your body, mind, heart and spirit. When you notice this, just bring your loving awareness to it; don’t beat yourself up about it, that doesn’t help. Simply bring your compassionate awareness to it and make a different choice, a more loving, kind choice.

ChildLeaves_Michael PodgerChange the way you speak internally to yourself, the way you motivate yourself to do things (Is it punitive and harsh, or encouraging and kind?). Take care of yourself the way you would take care of a beloved child, giving yourself the encouragement, support and structures you need to thrive. Just take it one step at a time and watch your life blossom.

Stay tuned for Mantra #3 in my next issue.

A Love Practice

A Love Practice

Ask yourself: “What is the most loving thing I can do for myself today?”

Now, get quiet.

Wait past the first answer the mind wants to offer, which may be a reflex or something that’s habitual for you.

Listen. Tune in. Pay attention to your deep heart, your wise heart, and ask that part of you, your deep knowingness, “What is the most loving thing I can do for myself today?”

Or if that feels too big, “What is one loving thing I can do for myself today that would feel really good?”

If “I don’t know” is the answer that comes, just keep listening.

Perhaps it will come to you in a few minutes, perhaps in a few hours. Just hold the question open and see what arises as you move about your day.

You may be surprised. It may be very simple, or something you never would have thought of. Maybe it’s something that scares you a bit or is a leap for you in some way, but you know it’s right. Self-love isn’t the same as self-indulgence. It is kind and it is wise.

Another way to access this is “What am I needing now? and how can I give that to myself today?” Or simply, “How can I show myself some love right now?”

When you get an answer, be sure to do that thing. Make time for it. Give yourself that act of kindness.

It doesn’t have to be huge or time-consuming. It might be as simple as stroking your face lovingly or making a cup of tea or stepping outside to listen to the birdsong. Or it might be carving out an hour to write or paint or dance or sing or call a friend.

If you got something that’s impossible for you to do today, then you may have been listening to your mind, rather than your heart. The heart always is in the present moment, aware of your circumstances, aware of everything and able to move with what is. It’s not irresponsible, though it may seem irrational from the mind’s viewpoint. It may ask you to stretch in some way. For instance, if you are a workaholic, it may ask you to take a nap. But if you have a deadline, it knows about that.

So try it now. Ask yourself and listen quietly for the answer:

“What is the most loving thing I can do for myself today?”

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A Deeper Acceptance

DissolvinginTruth_RogerBurkhardToday, as i sit with my candle, i bring my loving awareness to those places of low self-worth, of feeling undeserving and guilty, in me, and to the sadness, the unloved feeling that goes with them, feeling not good enough.

I know loving awareness is enough if i keep bringing it to bear on what i feel and think. Everything dissolves gradually of its own in the presence of Truth. So, it is a matter of remembering to bring awareness to what is occurring and not to believe the lies the thoughts tell or get lost in the feelings.

What is here to be felt needs to be felt and not pushed down or run from, but at the same time not to wallow in the feelings by replaying the stories i tell about them, but to let them flow as energies, weathers that want to move and shift, release and heal.

To be able to lead others to this freedom within, i have to find it myself.

There is a deeper acceptance i need—of all my selves, all my facets, of others, of the world as it is now—a deep embrace and acceptance. From there comes peace and any truly sane, helpful movement. There is still too much i reject in me, don’t like or want, and that creates a split, suffering, inner war, ineffectiveness, confusion.

How about just being exactly as i am, with my sadness, busy mind, confusion, and all the rest? To really embrace the shadows and thus find a greater compassion for—and ease with—self and others.

—Maxima Kahn

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