There were two working titles for this piece: "Authoring Your Life" and "Raising Your Vibration." I chose "authoring" because it's a bit more accessible. (And because it took me over 10 years to stop cringing when I heard the word "vibration" mentioned with regards to my energy or my practice.) It's an elusive word for most, and I will take a brief moment of your time here to describe how "authoring your life" and "raising your vibration" are actually one and the same.
"Raising Your Vibration" is the title of a workshop I'm co-teaching with Laurie Gerber, the head of the Life Coaching division of the Handel Group.
Laurie is a powerhouse, although you wouldn't know that from looking at her. Then she begins sharing her experience and understanding with clarity and such candor in her teaching, and it's positively riveting. From Laurie I'm learning the art of authorship; really, how to take responsibility, moment to moment, for the life I'm leading. In my previous post, "Art of Attention: Stand Still and Choose," I touched on the assumption we make that things are the way they are, and the option we all have of truly choosing our state of being. This post takes it a step further: Would you like to be the actual author of your life experience?
Let's first elaborate briefly on three popular obstacles to authorship:
Take time to realize that all the different moods and conflicts that arise within yourself are causing great disasters to this vast empire within your own nature. If you could see what happens inside of you when you have a temper fit [or tell a lie] you would be far less inclined to have one. You would be amazed if you could see the tremendous death rate arising from the conflicts of ambition within yourself -- how you are destroying whole populations [your healthy cells and organs that are destroyed every time you get angry or lie to someone], how you are taking free beings within your own body and casting them into slavery and serfdom [all your systems and functions become slaves to such negativity], how you are denying the rights of citizenship to all these different levels of yourself.
Exactly as we hope for our world, we want an inner environment of kindly, generous, constructive citizens [systems, organs and cells]. Every time we tell the truth, we are moving in that direction, we are authoring our lives, we are raising our vibration, inviting the highest, cleanest-burning energy to light us up and become our state.
I've spent the past 10-plus years ruminating on these concepts, but when I started studying with the Handel Group, I began to become the actual author my own life.
On November 6, 2010 in New York City, Laurie and I will be offering an afternoon on this topic, in which you will learn how to govern your inner life effectively, raise your vibration, and author your life, with such sweetness.
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