Before I begin narrating this truly life-changing moment that I experienced in or around 1995, I need to acknowledge a few important people. First, my friend Barbara Tremblay Cipak (no relation, although I wish there was one!) really just gave me the "nudge" and courage to post it. The other day, she really put herself out there by publishing a short fictional story that truly moved me.
Barbara had said that she had never written fiction, but felt a strong urge to move outside her comfort zone and go for it. Because of this, I decided that I had been sitting on this little story for long enough.
And even though it kind of "exposes" me in a way I have let very few people see, I figure, what the heck! If Barbara can put HERSELF out there, so can I! (By the way, Barbara's story is lovely - you can read it here: "His Gift Was Knowing.")
Finally, I want to also thank my dear friend and spiritual mentor, Roy Posner, who has encouraged and furthered my understanding about what "Surrender" and "Opening Up to the Divine" really means. Oh, if I'd only known years ago what I know now...
Ok... Here is the story of the moment that pushed me over the edge of my mediocre life, and head first into the spiritual journey I had been avoiding.
There is much more to be written on this topic, but the story begins here.
And yes, it really did happen.
“Now will you let me take over?”
The question was directed at me, and pretty much demanded a “Yes” or “No” answer. But, I was too stunned to answer. Lifting my head from my tear-covered hands, I looked around.
There was no one there.
I glanced at John, who was in the adjoining office, and said, “Did you hear that?”
“Hear what?” he asked, with a quizzical look. Wisely, he had left me alone with my tears. There really wasn’t anything he could do at the moment to comfort me.
“That voice… a voice…” I didn’t quite know how to explain this voice that had just asked me if I would let… Him? Her? It? …if I would let Something… take over.
I had been weeping, having finally accepted – after a long period of denial – that one of my “ex’s” had cheated on me during our relationship. I had never fully believed it. Surely the evidence was mere coincidence. But that morning, just before I heard “the voice,” I had been presented with irrefutable evidence that no one could explain away.
John, who would eventually become my now-cherished husband, came back into the room, and saw the cassette tape I had found when sorting through my box of music.
The tape wasn’t mine, and it wasn’t John’s either. A loving note written on it referred to certain memories, and once I popped it into the cassette player to hear what was on it, it became clear that it belonged to the ex. It had probably been put into my collection mistakenly when we were splitting up.
Now, John quietly left the room to allow me time to process this new realization.
Back in the day, I was a praying kind of gal. I prayed to some guy named “God” who I thought sat up on a cloud, ready to smite the wicked and reward the righteous.
I couldn’t fathom why this “God” guy wouldn’t smite my ex.
But, on this particular day, I completely bottomed out emotionally and gave up. Some call it “surrender.”
I let go of trying to figure out what had happened in that failed relationship. I gave up trying to explain away all the evidence that bellowed, “Hey! Hello there! Knock, knock! HE CHEATED!”
All that was left that Saturday morning was the feeling that I had completely drained myself of every last bit of my will.
And that was when I heard “the voice.”
It sounded like a real voice, as though someone was in front of me or sitting beside me – or behind me – it was hard to place where it came from. But I could hear it just as clearly as I hear my fingers tapping out this story on my keyboard.
I still needed to answer the question.
Very quietly, I whispered, “Yes…. Yes, I will let you take over.”
And then came the peace. Peace and forgiveness washed through me and the moment was over.
Just like that.
Now, I would love to be able to say that at that moment, the sun came out, birds began chirping and heavenly trumpets filled the air. I’d love to tell you that the “ex” came around, wringing his hands and begging my forgiveness. I’d love to tell you that “the voice” said, “Ok, then, I’m on it! You just sit back and relax now…”
I cannot. All I can tell you is that in that moment, I was enveloped by a sense of peace, and my focus shifted.
Shift in Focus
It took a while, but I can honestly say that I forgave the ex. Totally, 100% forgave. Even today, as I type in January of 2021, when I think of him (which is happening quite a bit right now since I’m telling this story), I REALLY DO have only good feelings and well-wishes for his happiness. And, I daresay, “love.” Not romantic love, but a love that springs from a place deep inside and says, “You are my brother, and I love you.”
One thing was for certain: I no longer had time to think about smiting him. I became far too involved in learning more about this “voice” that seemingly came from nowhere, and everywhere.
The journey to learn more led me to the path that is now my life. I awakened to the possibility that there was more to life than living in fear of judgment if I’m bad, or hope for reward if I’m good.
Books on spirituality replaced fiction on my shelves. And, as many of my readers here know, these shelves are now filled with the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, Jesus, The Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Roy Posner, Neville Goddard, Joseph Murphy, Ernest Holmes, Joe Dispenza, and dozens of New Thought writers, personal development authors, and everything in between.
Exploring alternative theories on God and the Universe became almost an obsession. I wouldn’t stop until something “clicked” and felt right to me.
No More Smiting
Changes and progress were somewhat subtle at times, and like a whack upside the head at other times. For example, when I came to understand that God, or the Universe (or whatever you choose to call It) meant me no harm, I had to admit that if God meant ME no harm, then God couldn’t possibly mean anyone ELSE any harm, either.
So, there would be no more smiting going on from my end.
Time went on. I married John. We moved. As the internet and YouTube came along, spiritual videos replaced music videos (well, most of the time!). Guilt trips faded away while love, forgiveness and joy took their place.
FREEDOM IN RESPONSIBILITY
One of the most profound changes came in understanding that there is tremendous freedom in accepting responsibility for one’s life. In my case, I came to recognize that just about every single thing in my life – including the experience with the “ex” – was the result of my own choices. And this realization made it remarkably easy for me to forgive.
It didn’t matter what the situations were; somehow, they were the result of some type of choice that I made. I chose to be with someone. I chose to take one job or another that didn’t work out. I chose to drink too much or to exercise too little. No one forced me to do any of these things. This is a superficial look at what is a far more involved topic, but that’s the initial gist of it.
One of the liberating things about coming to this understanding was the knowledge thatI am always free to make another, different choice if the results I’m experiencing don’t suit me.
I do not suggest that I could have consciously made a choice when I was a baby, for example, that would have resulted in my not needing eyeglasses by the age of 8.
I do suggest, however, that I can now make conscious decisions to alter my own life. I cannot make choices or decisions for anyone else’s life. This also means that I cannot change others. I can only change myself. I can choose love and forgiveness over fear or anger. I can choose to see the best in someone, or the worst. Kind of like the “glass half full” vs “glass half empty.”
That is a huge relief in itself. I had spent so much precious time in the past wishing and hoping that someone or something external to me would change, that I did not see the one thing I could change. Me.
But it gets even better. There is so much freedom that comes in releasing the feeling that we can change someone, or are responsible for the happiness or success of another person. Not that I don’t want others to be happy or successful; in fact, I do want others to be happy and successful. Wildly successful!
Because, on this journey I have come to learn that what I want for another is directly reflected back at me; therefore, I only wish for another that which I would wish for myself.
In short, it’s the “golden rule,” isn’t it?
A Few Lessons I've Learned
Finally, a few other things I have learned on this path include some general principles that seem to never fail. And that is to understand:
- Either I will control my thoughts and actions, or they will control me. It's about my taking responsibility for everything. No blame, no foul, no anger - just nodding at the "is-ness" of my situation, knowing that I have made choices (consciously or unconsciously) in the past, and I can make new ones going forward.
- That to struggle and resist is futile; that if I “push against” something, it pushes back. (THIS is where TOTAL SURRENDER comes into play.)
- That when I feel, deep in my heart, that life is always on my side while at the same time never being against anyone else, the journey will be that much more pleasant for all of us. (Non-resistance again)
- That the more I feel like something's "about me" the more it's my ego speaking. And yet conversely, the more I allow myself to "let go" of some perceived self-importance, the more I recognize that I'm just a mere speck in the Universe - and the feeling of utter astonishment and humility takes over, and I'm pretty much brought to my knees in awe.
- That if I “let go” and fully SURRENDER, and let whatever It is “take over,” (the Divine Force or whatever you wish to call it), and that it isn’t about "giving up" or "quitting;" it is about allowing a whole lot of good into my life.
There is so very much more that I have yet to put voice and words to.
But it all started when I answered the question posed by “the voice.”
Hi there! It's been quite a year for pretty much everyone! Frankly, if you had told me only 14 months ago that we would be, faced with treating cancer in my family, faced with keeping safe during a global pandemic, a loss of beloved family members, and loss of work and income all in those next 14 months, I'm not sure I would have 1) believed it, or 2) felt strong enough to deal with it.
But, here we are, still here and still feeling incredibly grateful for all we DO have. Yes, there have been some health challenges (but it isn't the end of the world) - and yet, there are GOOD things to report.
I am happy to report from my own end that a personal challenge in my own life has been going really well in that I haven't had any alcohol in well over 14 months as of this writing (10/21/20).
Mind you, I never came outright and said that I was QUITTING drinking; rather, I recognized that I struggled with it, and decided to simply stop for a while.
How did I stop? I can only tell you that I've pictured it for so long, and imagined how GOOD I would feel without any wine for so long that I guess something finally "sunk in" and it just happened. I just "stopped" one day, and so far - no matter how trying some of our challenges have been - I've felt so much better WITHOUT drinking, that I just haven't had the desire for it (very often anyway).
It's almost like the Universe sorta KNEW I was going to need as much strength as I could muster in order to work through the events of this last year+.
Another thing that seemed to "just happen" was that I dropped over 40 pounds of excess weight (or, as Genevieve Behrend so eloquently puts it in one description in a chapter of her fabulous book, "Your Invisible Power" - "excess avoirdupois" which sounds far more elegant than "excess fat"). That's another thing that I had been imagining for a number of years. (Although omitting empty alcohol calories helped, it really was other dietary changes that suddenly came out of the blue that really helped!)
By the way, I have had a request to read "Your Invisible Power" at my YouTube channel. I'll tackle this project once I'm home in Florida (where I recently moved - also a big change this past year).
Life definitely has led us on a bit of a journey, especially this past year. Things seem to have sped up - and that's not just because I've gotten older that it seems this way!
(In case you are interested in seeing my personal progress, which I really do feel good about, here are 2 pictures - the one on the top is me a couple of years ago - 2018 - while still drinking a lot (I know, it isn't pretty!), and weighing 40 pounds more, and the below is just a couple of months ago! And, at age 61, I definitely have to say I'm feeling a LOT better in the new skin.)
FOCUS ON SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
It just seems as though the more I practice the teachings I've come to love, the more things happen.
Back when I started this blog with my friend Martin, I had a simple page of "Law of Attraction manifestations." Since then, both our understandings of universal laws has expanded.
Martin, for his part, has discovered an insatiable passion for sharing his and his family's interest in drag-racing. You couldn't stop him now if you tried! (If you are curious, check out his channel here! You'll see what I mean.) At first glance, you might not think of car racing as a "spiritual" pursuit. But, if you knew Martin, you would know that everything he does now is based out of his own spiritual practices and meditations, and that he was most certainly led to this vocation.
For my part, I have finally come to realize and accept that one of the reasons my life has always seemed "different" to me - is due to an undeniable "pull" to understand life, or, more precisely, the FORCE behind life. Just "existing" simply is not enough for me. The older I get, the stronger the pull to better understand and work with the spiritual workings of life.
Anyway, spiritual practices have become of utmost importance to me.
There is a relatively little-known practice that is called "consecration" that I've incorporated into pretty much every waking moment. I'm not talking about "consecration" in the way it may be used in religious practices (e.g. as in the Christian belief of declaring bread and/or wine to represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ - source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_presence_of_Christ_in_the_Eucharist).
Rather, "consecration" is an everyday practice used by devotees of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner "The Mother" (Mira Alfassa), and Sri Karmayogi, wherein everything we do is "offered up" to the Divine, the "Spiritual Force." I have increasingly found consecration to be an absolutely essential add-on to all my spiritual practices - whether using techniques taught by the mystic Neville Goddard or self-help author Earl Nightingale, or biblical teacher Jesus, or more scientifically-oriented Joe Dispenza, and others.
In fact, the practice of consecration has become so ingrained in my day-to-day life over this last year, that I've begun a specific playlist at YouTube (here) devoted to it (with full permission by author and devotee of The Mother and Karmayogi, Roy Posner).
There is far too much to discuss when it comes to consecration than I can write about in this update. Hopefully you will take a look at the videos I just mentioned. As of this writing I think I've dedicated 4 videos about it!
READING ALOUD AT YOUTUBE
For some reason, the "reading bug" has caught me, and I'm finding myself wanting to read certain books and inspirational passages and quotes on YouTube. Going forward, that's going to be a big part of the channel. I've had enough viewers request this now that I need to take the requests seriously.
Someone made a very kind mention about my reading voice (and that really made my day!). What I didn't mention in the video, but will here, is that to keep a reading sounding "smooth," I do extensive edits. For example, I find myself stumbling along on occasion, and will suddenly lose my place or have a few "uhs" or "ummms" in there, or I mispronounce a word or name. I do my very best to correct such errors. 🙂
Hopefully my readings will improve as time goes on!
My friend, Roy Posner (the author who is allowing me to publicly read and share his work), suggested that I tell a personal "success story" when I have one. So, whenever I notice a success that I can truly attribute to my spiritual practice, I have begun to share that!
Anyway, I wanted to give you an update about what has been going on, and where we are heading at the moment!
Hi all! I really enjoy reading classic New Thought books, and decided to read Florence Scovel Shinn's classic work, "The Power of the Spoken Word" which was published in 1945. Although the language is a little old-fashioned the message is timeless.
On a whim, I thought that because I love listening to audio books myself, perhaps readers might enjoy hearing the book read aloud as well. So I did just that, and posted the results to my YouTube channel.
I wound up making 9 separate videos - one for each chapter - to make it easier to listen to at your convenience.
More than one of my subscribers have contacted me with a couple of requests:
One request is that I put the PDF of the book here on CASEDGE.com - and I'm editing that right now! July 2020 UPDATE: IT'S DONE! See it HERE - totally free for you to read, download and enjoy!
So it won't be long before I have it in PDF here at the site - it will be a free download.
(BTW: The book IS available on Amazon if you want to buy a hard copy - see it here.)
The other request I've had is to continue recording, and reading more books! I'll do that - at least with some shorter books and/or at least chapters of some longer books when I feel really drawn to the material.
Anyway, as I mentioned, this wound up being 9 separate videos - my YouTube channel is HERE...
But, if you would like to jump right to the 1st video in the series, either click here for Chapter 1, or click on the picture of the video below! I really hope you enjoy the reading, and please stay tuned, because I promise that I WILL have the PDF available for you here very soon! 🙂
Click this image to jump to the first chapter of the reading!
After reading an “old” (2007) book by Gregg Braden, “The Divine Matrix,” it became instantly clear why Gregg and Joe Dispenza appear together at events, and are such a good fit for each other. It’s amazing how their beliefs and explanations of how we can create positive change in our own and collective worlds compliment each other.
I just felt like I had to post something about both Joe and Gregg, because if you are on a journey that’s even remotely similar to mine (i.e. to live a fully content and abundant life while correctly using our conscious and subconscious minds in cooperation with the universal field that holds unlimited potential), you may want to explore the work of both teachers.
Frankly, I am finding their teachings to be nothing short of life changing. I don’t know how else to put it. In a future post, I will share a manifestation that I experienced last summer that I struggle to even put into words. Hopefully I’ll get that written soon.
My Introduction to Joe Dispenza
In the fall of 2017 I read Joe’s book, “Becoming Supernatural.” Prior to that, I had read his book, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.” For some reason, the way he presents his theories and teaches his meditations strikes just the right chord with me.
Just as Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith’s sincere and heart-felt explanations of how to create powerful visions for a better life resonated with me shortly after I had seen him appear in “The Secret” (2006), the work of Joe Dispenza and Gregg Braden have equally moved me.
I love the way things come to me!
It’s always kind of interesting to me how certain material finds its way into my life. For example, back when I was just beginning on this path, I happened upon Paramahansa Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi.”
While I was intrigued (especially by the way the guru’s eyes seemed to “follow” me from the cover of his book), and yet I didn’t purchase it at the time.
Then I saw it again at another store, but still didn’t buy it.
Finally, during a visit to a used book store in Portland, ME, I found myself in the metaphysical section. On the bottom shelf were about a dozen copies of Autobiography of a Yogi.
I chuckled slightly at the sight, and thought to myself, “What are you trying to tell me Swamiji?” And then – I kid you not – at that very moment, very gently a paperback copy of the book just fell off the shelf at my feet.
You can’t make this type of stuff up! Laughing out loud, I said “Ok, sir! You win! I’ll read your book!”
To this day, Autobiography of a Yogi travels with me whenever I move for the season. I’ve read it at least 3 times, and refer to it often! I took the lessons offered by Self Realization Fellowship, and learned a great deal, and the book completely changed the way I look at life.
I did not take Kriya initiation, however, because I felt that I needed to continue learning other traditions. But, the teachings of Yogananda stay with me and are deeply important to me.
Back to Joe Dispenza
In the case of Joe Dispenza’s work, I can’t recall the exact moment I heard of him; however, I have a vague recollection of seeing him on the old movie “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” a 2004 film that I honestly didn’t really like that much, but watched because it featured Fred Alan Wolf, a Ph.D. whose appearance and presence I enjoyed in The Secret.
Until I saw Joe in a later YouTube video or blog, I didn’t even make the connection immediately. Nonetheless, once I began paying attention to some of the stuff he was talking about, I found myself getting more and more interested in what he had to say.
That’s when I purchased Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and followed the 4 weeks of his suggested meditations.
Then, the next year, I bought Becoming Supernatural and THAT is when I had yet another in one of my lifelong series of Ah Ha moments.
What about Gregg Braden?
I had definitely heard of Gregg Braden; however, I never read any of his materials until this past month. Sifting through a tote of books at a yard sale in Florida a couple of months ago, one book kind of fell to the side.
It was “The Divine Matrix” by Gregg Braden. I hadn’t heard of it, and almost pushed it aside, but then something told me to pick it up.
“How much for the book?” I asked. “.25 cents.” Sold.
I put it aside for a while until a couple of weeks ago when suddenly I felt the urge to read it.
While I find certain concepts difficult to understand (i.e. the theory that we live in a “holographic universe”), others settle right into my brain like an old familiar friend.
And it was while I was reading that I began to see parallels between what Gregg described in 2007 (when the book was originally published) and what I’m learning from Joe Dispenza today.
Joe and Gregg – A Natural Fit
It also occurred to me that lately I’ve been seeing the two of these guys appearing in a variety of events and seminars. It seems to be a natural fit.
It’s almost as if these guys have been tag-teaming through the last decade or two on some unconscious level. The tagline on Gregg’s website, “Bridging Science, Spirituality, and the Real World” pretty much sums it up, and matches Joe’s work perfectly.
Both men are compassionate, as well as passionate about the messages they are teaching. I would love to attend one of their workshops – hopefully they will appear together in my region at some point.
Anyway, as a result of my reading Greg’s book, I have re-started Becoming Supernatural for the 2nd time around. THIS time, even more stuff is becoming clear. I have a feeling I’ll be writing more about this.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share a video I found on YouTube that you might enjoy, so that you can see first hand how Joe and Gregg seem to have complimentary teachings. It may help clarify some stuff for you as it did for me.
Ok, here’s the video. Now I want to go sit with Becoming Supernatural again for a while! Enjoy!
I was just reminded of the Life Visioning project offered as one of the fabulous MindValley courses, and led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith (founder of Agape International Spiritual Center). Sitting here at the computer, I opened up my day’s emails, and saw a compelling email from Vishen Lakhiani, the founder of Mindvalley. Before I get into the details, here’s a quick look at what’s in this article:
Mindvalley and Life Visioning
In the email, Vishen talks about a podcast about finding our life’s vision – basically, HOW to find our life vision. Vishen offers what I believe are some of the best self-development programs in the world (I group it right alongside Joe Dispenza’s transformative books and meditations, in which I am deeply immersed as well).
I’m pretty sure that in another article here at the site, I mention that if I could work with only ONE group for a career, it would be with Vishen Lakhiani’s Mindvalley. Now, he’s a guy who has taken “life visioning” to a whole new level!
MindValley courses are extremely well-known for their world class quality, and the company itself is an exemplary model of what customer service should be – no matter what the business is.
Anyway, enough about Mindvalley in general. Let’s talk about Dr. Beckwith’s course.
Michael Bernard Beckwith’s Course at Mindvalley
Anyway, all this got me thinking about Dr. Beckwith and his tireless work in helping others do this very thing with finding our life’s vision! In fact, his intuitive Life Visioning Process is now a MindValley Masterclass.
(NOTE – February 2019: As of this update, the class is now available again, and it appears to be open on an on-going basis now. You can also take Dr. Beckwith’s FREE 5-day course, “5 Days to Discovering Your Purpose” right HERE. )
Note #2: I just added Dr. Beckwith’s video about this masterclass! I put it below this article for you to serve as an introduction.
The Basics of the Program
If you’ve never heard him speak, Dr. Beckwith has a gentle, yet powerful and unique “presence” and method of delivery that has helped a LOT of people realize that not only do they HAVE a divine purpose in this life, but WHAT that purpose is.
Meditation and “Affirmative Prayer”
He guides participants in guided meditation so that you aren’t left guessing, “What am I supposed to DO?” He also guides “affirmative prayer” with the intention of helping us to accept ourselves, and to love ourselves so that we will be able to move forward.
From “Thinking” to “Knowing”
Dr. Beckwith’s process also helps us to shift from incessant “thinking” to a more intuitive state of mind – “knowing.”
The “Friendly Universe”
Using the premise that we are part of a “friendly universe,” we learn to understand that obstacles and “stuff” that happens are opportunities for us to use for our greater good.
Stages of Spiritual Development and “Life Structures”
He talks about the various stages of spiritual development, as well as how to know what stages we are in (which helps clarify a lot about where we are in our lives), and then he teaches us about how to improve our individual experience by addressing the various structures (“Eight Life Structures”) in our lives through meditation.
Agape International Spiritual Center
He practices what he preaches – and if you need proof of this, look no further than what he has created with Agape International Spiritual Center! Since 1986 the Center has been almost a phenomena in its own right, embracing what Dr. Beckwith terms “New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality.” And where some might consider Agape “non-denominational,” Dr. Beckwith calls it “a trans-denominational movement and community.”
Everywhere you go on his website, you see mention of “visioning.” Agape itself was a product of “visioning.” The spiritual principles and practices you see at his center are the very basis for what Dr. Beckwith teaches in the Life Visioning course. I hope you’ll spend some time on the Agape site to see for yourself the kind of human being is teaching this class.
Also, you will get a true glimpse into his process!
Michael Beckwith – The Secret and Beyond
Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith hit my radar in 2006, when I first saw The Secret, that “teaser” film about the Law of Attraction that featured a number of New Thought teachers and practitioners. I say “teaser” because it really did just “tease” me into learning as much as I could about the Law of Attraction in general, and New Thought more specifically.
It’s been well over 12 years since I first saw The Secret,and was introduced to Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, yet my initial impression of him remains solid. If anything, my respect for him has grown enormously. He passion for teaching people that the Universe IS friendly, and that we all have a divine nature is hard to resist.
Why I admire Dr. Beckwith
There are many reasons I admire Dr. Beckwith so much. Almost every single word out of his mouth is in alignment with my own beliefs. It’s no secret that I love New Thought teachings, and am a fan of Dr. Ernest Holmes. Well, in 1985, Michael Bernard Beckwith graduated from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry, and he then became a Center for Spiritual Living minister (it used to be known as the United Church of Religious Science).
Shortly thereafter, there appears to have been a somewhat hurtful incident that blocked the way for him to have possibly become a senior minister of a certain church or other spiritual community. In the book I read, he didn’t go into great detail about it; however, it was clearly a time of great change.
And, beginning at a point where he “surrendered” the wondrous process that you are going to learn was born! It was during that and the following year that Dr. Beckwith used his visioning methods and meditation practices that helped pave the way for the manifestation of Agape International Spiritual Center!
Life Visioning Course
The actual course will take you through a 6-week journey where everything is broken down into steps and methods to help you unlock what your OWN gifts are, and to help you discover your potential. If you’ve read through some of my articles here on the site, it won’t come as a surprise to you to understand why I’m so delighted that Dr. Beckwith includes teachings about your subconscious mind!
Now, you do not have to be a follower of Agape – nor do you need to follow ANY spiritual practice to discover your own purpose and vision for your life.
Frankly, any teacher who claims that he or she can only help you if you join a particular movement or center is one I would personally avoid.
Try Michael Beckwith’s Life Visioning Course
All you have to do is be willing to try Dr. Beckwith’s methods. One of the things about MindValley, is that they have a stellar satisfaction guarantee. If you decide to buy this course and you try it and don’t like it, you have 30 days to request a refund.
Anyway, have a look at this free course. You have absolutely NOTHING to lose! You’re obviously here because you’re looking for a way to figure out your own life’s purpose and vision. I don’t know anyone I’d rather have teach me this than the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith!
Enjoy the ride!
Video Introduction to Dr. Beckwith’s Power of Visioning Program
Before we address the question of what is personal transformation…
Let me explain howand why we came up with the idea of a website devoted to your personal transformation.
I love self help topics, and have used a good number of powerful products that have helped to change my own life. And I decided to share my experiences.
So, if you want to get right to the meat of that, check out my products page here. (And note: I’ve been personally testing a number of new products, and will be sharing them with you soon!)
Now… when deciding the best way to describe the central theme of CASedge.com, we kicked around numerous ideas. Sure, we knew we had come across some of the most powerful tools on the planet to help give you the “edge” so you could make a commitment to take action so you could realize success in your lives. But for what primary purpose?
Somehow, using the words, “self-development,” “self-help” or “self-improvement” just didn’t resonate with me. These terms seemed terribly inadequate to describe something so powerful.
Why Personal Transformation?
The idea: Learn how to change your life for the better. This has been a driving force for me. I always wanted more from and for myself…
Then, in a moment of clarity after spending a few minutes in a specific visualization exercise (which I’ll introduce you to elsewhere on this site), it was like I heard a couple of words whispered to me – soft at first, then louder: Personal Transformation.
It was truly a profound moment for me, and I kind of had to sit down and stare out the window for a few moments and repeat the words… “personal transformation” and let them take shape in my head. (By the way, the picture above is the very view I was looking out at…)
I knew that this was the right theme, and here I’ll explain why, along with what the term means to me. I hope it will equally resonate with you as well.
“Self Improvement” or “Self Help” didn’t resonate.
You see, terms like “self improvement” or “self help” seem almost desperate to me. Like we are in some way deficient and need “fixing.” And, honestly, I don’t feel like you or I need “fixing.” I think and believe that if we’re here together on this site, we are feeling like there is “something more” for us in our lives that we are trying to put our fingers on, and simply need a little help to figure out what that “something more” actually IS for us.
Obviously, that “something” is quite different for everyone. For you, it may be that you feel the need to find a more satisfying line of work, or you may feel you aren’t in the best relationship. Maybe you feel that something is missing in your spiritual life. Or your health has been slipping away from you and you want to change that.
The Search Begins…
So, you’ve begun searching for ways to bring about positive change, and you’ve come across concepts such as “The Law of Attraction” which was largely introduced to millions of people through the 2006 movie “The Secret.” (By the way, I wrote another article about the Law of Attraction here… so I won’t spend a ton of time talking about it in this article. Besides, the Law of Attraction is only one small concept and tool when considering a shift as far reaching as the idea of a personal transformation.)
As you searched, and tried to put your finger on what you think is “wrong” with your life, perhaps you came across ideas such as creative visualization, or techniques like meditation, or books and materials by numerous self-help authors. You may have begun to get an inkling that you would be wise to begin looking within yourself rather than outside for answers to your burning questions.
It may be that you began exploring your relationship with “all that is” – maybe you began to question the existence of God; or, if you already felt like God (or Source or Divine Consciousness, The Force, etc) exists, you may have begun to question your relationship with this Divine Source – and how you could begin to work with this relationship.
This, I believe, is where true personal transformation begins to take root and grow.
What IS Personal Transformation?
I believe that personal transformation is a process through which we break down and ultimately dismiss limiting beliefs that no longer serve us (or never did to begin with), and through which we come to a place of utter and complete realization and confidence of who we are – and that we are, in fact, part of a wonderful whole which, without US, would not be whole at all.
Just as the ocean could not be the ocean without all its individual droplets, the Universe – as vast and incomprehensible as it may appear – would be nothing without everything.
Also, the process of personal transformation signals the end of resistance and struggle. As we progress, we learn to work with – instead of against – ourselves. I remember listening to Wayne Dyer speak one day about playing in the pool with one of his daughters. They were singing, “Row, row row your boat, gently down the stream…” and Wayne mentioned how perfectly and simply that little song described the idea of non-resistance. We row GENTLY, and DOWN the stream. We “go with the flow” instead of desperately trying to paddle UP the stream.
Personal transformation is a highly individual process because each of us is an individual PART of the Whole. However, there are bound to be similar experiences among those who seek true change.
For example, taking responsibility for where we are in our lives is an enormous but necessary step for anyone to take if she or he is going to move forward from here. For example, I am where I am because of choices that I have made in my life. If I am divorced (and I have been), it’s not my ex-husband’s fault for the problems we had. Remember, I chose to marry him to begin with. Sure, this is a simplistic example, but it’s true nonetheless.
I recall the first time it occurred to me that I was responsible for my life. It WAS, in fact, after that divorce.
I had begun consciously seeking my own personal transformation, and something I read kind of “slapped me upside the head” when I read that I was responsible for my life. At first I felt a flash of anger… kind of like, “How DARE you blame ME for the way he treated me!!”
But, as I continued reading and gaining an understanding, I realized that Iwas the one who stayed in a relationship that was clearly not a healthy one. I was the one who thought, “Well, I can change him and make him into a nicer person,” and I am the one who ultimately married him thinking, “Well, once we’re married he’ll realize that I’m a great person and he’ll change…” and on and on.
Once I recognized that I had made decisions that brought me certain results and consequences, I began looking at OTHER places in my life where I had made decisions.
This was incredibly liberating. I no longer saw myself as a victim! THAT in itself gave me a major POWER SURGE! And because of that, I fully believe that understanding the role you have in creating the life you live, well… that’s the first step.
Besides taking responsibility for our lives, I believe the next part is coming to understand the way we relate and interact with the Conscious and Subconscious Mind. We speak about the Subconscious here on this site; however it is important to remember that these are not TWO minds – just two ASPECTS of the ONE mind.
This “whole” is the Divine Consciousness – call it God or whatever you wish; but, I feel that if we can live our lives in true faith that we not only are part of this Consciousness, but that we can also work with and use it in cooperation with the natural laws that govern our Universe, then we are fulfilled, happy, and abundant.
Does this sound like a tall order to believe in? If it does, and yet you are interested in learning more, then you are in the right place.
Some Wise Teachers Along the Way
The wisest teachers have often stated that we don’t have to adhere to any specific “religion” in order to find fulfillment in our lives. In fact, many of us (myself included) were brought up to believe that life was to be an experience of suffering. I have absolutely no idea where, down the centuries, this dogma really came from. It sure didn’t come from someone like Jesus, who never taught that we had to suffer in order to know God or to have a relationship with the Divine.
I have been extremely fortunate to come across and study the teachings of masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda (the yogi who did a great deal to introduce Eastern wisdom to the West), Ernest Holmes (a “New Thought” philosopher who was able to articulate the workings of the Conscious and Subconscious Minds as they relate to the concept of God – he founded the “Science of Mind*” philosophy and faith), Joseph Murphy (who was a Science of Mind minister, and an author who wrote numerous books on learning how to work with the Subconscious Mind in a very “user-friendly” manner), Roy Posner (a contemporary and true friend who introduced me to the works of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner The Mother, and who helped me understand “beyond The Secret”), and many, many others.
If you could see my library (well, actually, you CAN in some of the photos here on this site) and the resources that I refer to again and again, you’d see, besides those mentioned above, Neville Goddard, Bruce Lipton, Joe Dispenza, Deepak Chopra, Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, Stephen Covey, Sri Yukteswar, Claude Bristol, Thomas Troward, Genevieve Behrend, Eckhart Tolle, Roy Eugene Davis, Bob Proctor, Zig Ziglar, Lester Levenson, Shakti Gawain, Thich Nhat Hanh, Denis Waitley, Wayne Dyer, and on and on…
These, and other teachers have taught, helped and continue to help millions of people on their own journeys of personal transformation.
Personal transformation is all about you becoming the person you feel, deep down in the deepest part of your heart, that you want to be.
I’m really glad that you found this site. Explore… read… commit… act… succeed. It’s all here for you!
*Science of Mind is not, and has nothing to do with Christian Science (founded by Mary Baker Eddy) or Scientology (founded by L. Ron Hubbard), by the way. I have had people ask me this in the past, and so, I thought I would just mention that here. Science of Mind is sometimes also referred to as “Religious Science.”
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