I have found an old favourite book of mine: Debbie Ford’s The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams. I suspect it may not be my copy as there are quite a few underlined sections in it. I suspect that it may belong to my sister, Ruth. It is one of these under-linings that caught my attention, the statement We only see that which we are.
This statement brings to mind the premise that we judge our lives based on that which we believe to be true and that this is not necessarily the case. So how do we break out of this lifelong habit of assuming that our world is fixed? It covers all areas of our lives and there have been many fine quotes written about it, here are a few of my favourites:
1. It is often difficult to remember that failures occur to point us towards that we are truly meant to be doing. For some time it feels like life sucks big time.
2. Unfortunately, one thing we cannot keep only seeing that which we are: Planet Earth.
3. The planets favourite bard has a go at it, pointing out that it takes our relationship to others to make up our daily lives.
4. Adams was an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, a lover of fast cars, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, and a radical atheist which makes his statement a bit contradictory: Stuff that Works.
5. Takes the half glass full to an entirely new level, doesn’t it?
6. And how C.S. went about changing our beliefs with his classic novel The Chronicles of Narnia: Who You Are.
7. They say you can change a habit by doing something else for 21 days, is it the same for our beliefs?
8. I think we have all had those moments where we feel we need to contact someone even though we haven’t heard from them when these arise they may contact you out of the blue: As you Are.
9. Peace cannot happen through the use of weapons, books are another matter.
10. It’s up to us because we can, It’s our time – Rod Williams: What About Us.
11. What history are you on the planet to make?
12. Remember to breathe next time we meet: The night we Meet.
13. Even for the mountain climbers, this is true.
14. And that which we are is Enough, always Enough: Never Enough.
15. And I finish with the quote I have on the side of my altar, often credited to Nelson Mandela, but actuaally it’s from Marianne Williamson here.
Debbie says – I like to think of it in terms of energy. Imagine having a hundred different electrical outlets in our chests. Each outlet represents a different quality. The qualities we acknowledge and embrace have cover plates over them. They are safe, no electricity runs through them, But the qualities that are not okay with us, which we have not yet owned, do have a charge. So when others come along who act out one of these qualities they plug right into us. She finishes the paragraph with the line: It is only when you’re lying to yourself or hating some aspect of yourself that you’ll get an emotional charge from someone else’s behaviour. So it’s up to you to keep working on those areas and install a cover plate.
The music for today begins in the past with Duran Duran and Texan singer Guy Clark. We then return to this century with Jessie J. A recent discovery of mine, Rag and Bone Man is next, then the versatile Pink. Someone new to me, Lord Huron follows finishing with one of the magnificent tunes from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.
That is a great book, Rod. I do have a reputation for underlining my favorite sections!
Did I underline the quote in your closing paragraph? It very much resonated with me and I still think back to it often. I might have to borrow that book back! The Marianne Williamson quote is a beauty as well.