What to Remember When Waking – David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake,
coming back to this life from the other
more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world
where everything began,
there is a small opening into the new day
which closes the moment you begin your plans.

What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough
for the vitality hidden in your sleep.

To be human is to become visible
while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
is to live in your true inheritance.

You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
you are not an accident amidst other accidents
you were invited from another and greater night
than the one from which you have just emerged.

Now, looking through the slanting light of the morning window
toward the mountain presence of everything that can be
what urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting in the fertile sea?
In the trees beyond the house?
In the life you can imagine for yourself?
In the open and lovely white page on the writing desk?

– David Whyte

Surfing with my Coach. Talking story – I have an idea that…

Surfing with my coach. Talking story.

My coach Gary L Mahler creates in such a way that things unfold.

He frequently tells me “I have an idea that…” or “I had an idea that…” and proceeds to share stories of how he creates whatever he is creating in life.

During my time in Hawaii I have been playing with this. Surrendering to the moment and allowing things to come and unfold.

I find myself having ideas, as I have heard Gary describe, then I act on them. I follow the knowing. I do not have the whole picture and I do not know for certain anything. And I love that.

Gary had an idea that we would meet for in person coaching here on Oahu and then head out and drive around the island and have an experiential day of learning and growth. (Anyone that gets to spend time with Gary like this is the luckiest and as Gary says, I create my own luck through being who I am.)

I had an idea that I would rent a jeep because FUN. I had an idea of 2 places I could rent which would be logistically easy. I set out with no attachment, only an idea and what unfolded was so beautiful. The first place was super easy and they provisionally booked me with free cancellation. I would literally roll out of my hotel room, then into the jeep and head to Gary for the day.

I set off the second place I had an idea for. On the way I bumped in to Gary unexpectedly and got to talk story for a while. I got to ask if he could give us free parking for the jeep where he was staying (yes, easy) and things continued to unfold. Ease and flow.

After we parted ways I had an experience I won’t describe in detail here that would not have occurred if I had not followed the idea of walking to this second car rental place. It turns out they did not have a jeep and I realised the only reason I was meant to go there was to see something I would not have seen otherwise.
I started to understand this idea of having an idea and following it with an open heart.

In a similar vein, I find myself having ideas of who to connect with and then what work we will do together. There is an ease and flow, with things unfolding without me trying to control or force anything. I love it.

Our day together did not turn out as we imagined in the best way possible.

And that is another story.

I am Queen Emma. I am ocean.

Aloha nui loa 🌊💕

Surfing with my Coach. Talking Story – You are Already That

Surfing with my coach. Talking story.

“You are already that.”

During a coaching session with my coach Gary L Mahler on the lanai yesterday at Aloha Condo in Waikiki, he shared those words with me as I was describing that which I thought I needed to do to become who I want to be.

And then:

“You think that doing this or that on the outside makes you that, but it doesn’t. You taking action doesn’t make make you that. You are already that.”
I sat and let that sink in.

When you know you are already that, the thing that changes is the action. Any action taken then comes from that place of knowing. Rather than taking action to make you that which you think you are not which you actually already are.

I could feel the difference between these two.

In here lies freedom to create. You are that already!


Fulfilment of Desire

“Inherent in every intention and desire are the mechanics for its fulfilment.”

– Deepak Chopra

The full quote is:

“Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment . . . intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.”

For more see: The Law of Intention and Desire


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