See yourself in a joyful place
In which, I sit down to talk with you as if we are sitting at a cafe - two friends talking. At the end, my future self offers guidance.
Before we begin: A reminder
Story Alchemy: FInding the Everyday Magic in your own Experience
Next Sunday at Noon/Eastern time
A two-hour zoom call (everyone is welcome.)
This morning, when a friend commented on this episode of my podcast, which I recorded back in June, I decided to listen myself. It's pretty special - I like the way I sound. I like the person who's speaking. I say this from a place, not of bragging but of realization: I like me. I'm the kind of teacher I would follow. Which is lovely.
Also, it's just full of teaching and - in the moment, as I am speaking, discovery.
In this short-ish recording, I talk about Sacred Biography, and how our lives move in patterns and cycles. I remember my first experience of channeling and my ambivalence about this thing that I just... do. Have (almost) always just... done. Channeling is a part of me, like breathing. My relationship with the angels is like my relationship with nature. It's not some marketing ploy - it's how I live.
In that sense, when I talk about eating in a healthy, mindful way, I am speaking about the same thing. How might I live in partnership with my body?
When I talk about branding, again, same question. What is it like to have an unusual brand like mine -- to be a person who channels angels and also, lives a normal life?
At the end, I offer you an exercise:
Double your age. Imagine that you are speaking with your future self at that age. (For me, she’s 130 years old.) Consider together: What would it be like to begin again? A second lifetime, starting today.
Instead of yielding to the cultural spells that tell us we’re over the hill at 45 or 50, that push us toward retirement at 65, ask yourself: What is beginning for me? What is inviting me forward, onward? What might I add into my life now?
At the end of this recording, I close my eyes and my future self speaks to me. I share that conversation with you - and my reflections upon it.
She tells me: If you keep the image of your future self in joy, it will guide you toward joy. If you keep the image of your future self in worry and fear and strife, then that's where you'll be guided.
This is how it works.
Focus on joy and see where it leads.
I wish for you
quiet, mid-August Sundays,
and ever so gentle rain.
Here’s the recording. Let me know what your future self has to tell you!
Sunday Talk with a Friend: See yourself in a joyful place