Things happen – are you ready?

Are we so busy doing things that we don’t notice what’s really happening? Do we suddenly get a virus and get irritated that it’s stopped us completing on our ‘to do’ list? What if we were suddenly told we had a serious illness and needed to be operated on this week? Would we be ready to switch tracks, apply the brake and get off the train of ‘doing’ and focus on what is really important?

Our health is the most important responsibility we are given since early childhood. Our natural resilience physically, emotionally and mentally are all required, and a natural grounded sense of our immortality is an ongoing daily way of being, so that that any critical attacks on our system can be taken in our stride.

Are you ready? Am I?

I check in on how I am prepared as it seems there is much illness and crisis in so many people’s lives right now, both close to me and afar. There is a churning and groaning in the world as crisis presents itself every day in the news.

Are you ready? Any time, any day, a health or life crisis can happen. That’s not to be in fear of that but to be ready in an enlightened state of being. Stop ‘doing’ at a pace that can kill you, start ‘being’ in your day right now, right here. Let go of what is truly only material baggage and get into the ethereal. What is your essence, your true spirit, your being in the world? Balance the material needs with the essence of your day. Know why you are ‘doing’ so much, make it meaningful. The key to happiness and good health lies with the contentment you can achieve every day deep within your heart and mind. And we’re not alone. Sharing at this time is key to turning any ‘happening’ around.

Let me share a ‘happening’ – my darling girlfriend, Dawn, has a sudden discover, a cancerous growth – a lump, an operation this week. “I’m too busy for this” she reacts at first. Now taking stock, meditating, gathering love and support, healing energy around her, she gets ready for her happening. She is strong, wise, beautiful inside and out and I know that she will flow through this challenge. To support her, we are all gathering to be her circle of healing, sending our thoughts and energies to hold her as a whole and healthy being. This is not the ‘doing’ part – that is the consultant surgeon’s role; our collective intentions to heal are about ‘being with her’ and will aid the success of her recovery. You can help too, even if you don’t know her. This is the way I believe we can heal Dawn and heal our world.

Please send your healing thoughts as we grow a healing circle for Dawn this week. Be aware that your vibrational energy can ripple a long way. Just place her name on your daily thoughts, think of gold and send a golden ray of healing, that’s all we need you to do. Once we gather hundreds of golden rays, we will have a veritable waterfall circle of gold healing flowing around her and protecting and curing her.

If we apply the metaphor of Dawn’s story to our world, we have many ‘things happening’ that are shaking the foundations of our existence. If we see this related to our unhealthy world, we recognise that the major ‘happenings’ are all around us – recessional crisis, new and old wars continue to kill, earthquakes destroy huge areas, tsumani destruction, bitter civil rivalry in many countries, unhappy families, crime rising, marginalisation of women in many countries, and poverty around us even on the streets of London.

The world has been ‘doing’ for so long; it can’t work out how to ‘be’ within in order to transform the outer world we think is so important. Wealth is no good without health. Healthy is not possible without love; love is the only way to grow and heal. We must teach new ways to love each other, to be human ‘beings’, to heal each other with our kindness, respect and sharing. We simply need to know what we are best at, why we are here, and where and when to shine out light on others in order to spread good will.

I see the shifts in consciousness around the world happening so fast and getting faster. Being in tune with your inner essence is far more important than the material world; put together ‘being’ and ‘doing’ in that order and we can turn our world around for the better.

If something serious happens … are you ready?

Shaking hands with the future

Shaking hands with the future

Yesterday I engaged and explored life and the 3Rs with a group of 10 students at Lambeth Academy – these students are 16/17years old and this summer due to go into a work placement for 6 week and experience the world outside of their current world…that of ‘employee status’. An alien world, a strange world, yet to date their learning is only academic. I am here for an hour and a half to share my wisdom and hope to give them ‘ah ha’ moments that may seal their future confidence in those six weeks. I taught them how to shake hands with their future and practice the real 3Rs! “Respect Rapport and Relationships”

A lovely group, boys and girls, eager to learn and curious I suspect of this older woman in front of them. I started, I engaged, I got them thinking about who they are – I went back into my mind of being 17 again, being ‘me’. I encouraged them to just be their BEST:

B – be
E – extraordinary
S – starting
T – today

“Be Extraordinary starting today”…my personal mantra and motto for life – simple – yet how much do we reflect on our ‘self perception’ and know how others see us; how do we know what we do best, how we are best, and whether our best matches others expectations of us! Where as a teenager do we explore the assumptions we may be making about those we meet, and what does the world outside of ‘me’ require ‘me’ to be.

We started with a simple exercise Try it – write down three positive words about how you ‘see’ yourself, share these with your friends and colleagues. Is this how they see you? Can they add more? Can you add more to their list? In this simple exchange we give much more light to our personality as perceived and received! The more we know ourselves and others then the 3 Rs are easy! They roll with the dice of life.

Leading Victorian lecturer, Florence Shovel Shinn writes ‘Many people think life is a battlefield, it is not – it is a game’ and I know now that the ‘game of life’ is where I play and my work in service to my clients and all my friends is to help them ‘play’ too if they wish.

Florence says it is about the square of life- ‘wealth, health, love and perfect self expression’. I believe that our ongoing life mission is to share ‘perfect self expression’ especially in all difficult emotional situations. This is my journey now as I too learn each day how others see the world and how we can transform our world to be BEST for all us regardless of gender, culture, age, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference and disability.

I know at their age I knew nothing other than what my family and school had showed me. And I was so fortunate to choose the parents and family that I had. I was brought up in a strong, loving, together, Catholic family. There we had loads of together activities, sharing of events and laughter. I was a happy child yet very naïve and gauche. It took me a long lifetime to learn the real 3Rs… as I taught yesterday, as “Respect, Rapport and Relationships”….

And so for my class yesterday it was the first time they were engaged to think and feel about their self-perceptions, how others saw them, how to see themselves as part of the cycle of all life – home, social, family, work, and community. I shared my core model for personal development (and life); my ‘value cycle’ which shows how ‘my best’ is key to all rapport skills, and to all relationships from one-to-one friendships, group pals, work mates, families and social cohesion. I shared with them how to see themselves in pole position in their life.

A key exercise was to shake hands and say they name clearer decisively, friendly and with inner strength. It was a wonderful experience to be in as they laughed and shook each other’s hands enthusiastically and become bold with their name. Simple things make huge differences. Even the teacher present realized no-one had ever taught him how to shake someone’s hands. Too often the most important things are left to chance – yet can make or break a first impression and a rising feeling of confidence.

I showed the students how they merely need to stand into their personal power and see that all responses are their choice; they do require to be in ownership of their body, mind, heart and soul; and take responsibility for all that happens (not blame others); and finally they need to underpin all this their own personal healthy energy. A challenge to their youthful desire to party, drink, smoke and eat fast food!

Simple yet powerful, they all started to see themselves as the driver of their own cycle of confidence not at the mercy of others. They got the point. I will return to meet them again in September and chat about their ‘perceptions’ of the workplace once experienced.

These students are our future employees, our entrepreneurs, our leaders of industry – we need to teach them how to ‘be’ in the workplace not just ‘how to work’.