Submit yourself to the risk of true being ~ John O’Donohue
The year got off to a slow start as far as setting my intentions for 2019. My mind had mostly felt crowded with work commitments, the plight of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, along with a hundred and one other distractions.
When Imbolc arrived at the beginning of the month and the land began to stir in readiness for new growth, I sensed something awaken in me. The moments of insight and inspiration that had been tugging at my sleeve synthesised into a coherent whole. I could receive clearly what was rising within me with open curiosity and no attachment to outcome.
It is with deep joy that I can now satisfy a long held desire to willingly hand over the reigns of my life in service to the Divine. From this new perspective, I see the myriad of ways I have avoided owning this deepest longing that has permeated my entire life. It is a strange feeling to put down a burden that I did not know I was carrying.
I do not envisage this means I am no longer responsible for my actions or that I can sit back and merely enjoy the scenery, whilst someone else does the driving. I am still engaged in the regular activities we mortals do to keep body and soul functioning. Instead, the practise is to offer up my day to day challenges, needs and desires in service to this Sacred Life. It requires that I rest in the heart and surrender to divine intervention; which experience has taught me goes a lot smoother than when the small self/ego is pushing for a specific outcome, that may or may not be for everyone’s highest good.
I have long been a seeker of truth and traveled both literally and figuratively in many landscapes. In my late teens and early 20’s I sailed the world in awe of this beautiful earth and its people. In my late 20’s and 30’s I explored spiritual practise alongside living in community. In my 40’s I trained as an Arts therapist and offered nourishment for those in need of guidance and illumination. Since my 50’s began I felt called to dive deeper and realign my life with a bedrock rooted in the Sacred Source of all things.
I see now that my ship has always been steered by the overarching desire to get up close and personal with the Divine. It is like I have woken from a dream, where I was living my life, then one morning awoke to discover it was only a dream! I have woken to a new reality that includes letting go of preconceived judgements and fears of what it means to truly offer myself in service to the Divine Source of Love.
For Longing by John O’Donohue:
Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.
May the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship
Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul.
May the one you long for long for you.
May your dreams gradually reveal the destination of your desire.
May a secret Providence guide your thought and nurture your feeling.
May your mind inhabit your life with the sureness with which
your body inhabits the world.
May your heart never be haunted by ghost-structures of old damage.
May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.
May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.
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