So You've Shifted -- Now What?
If you've been through a shift, or if you're still shifting, it can be a wild ride. As I described in my last two posts, at first it's usually not much fun. In fact, that's an understatement: It can feel as if your world is crumbling, you're backsliding or nothing is happening at all. There can be pain and loss, confusion and convolution, even upheaval. Yet, once you realize those are only early markers of an ongoing process and begin feeling the momentum of movement, it's a whole other story.
Let's Get to the Good Part, Already!
That's when the ride gets fun. After the choice point, assuming you've moved into action, the action itself is exhilarating, fulfilling, enriching and even if challenging, deeply meaningful -- at least, that's exactly how it has felt for me. Your days are accounted for yet fly by without a worry. Your plate and calendar are full, yet you're not overwhelmed -- you are instead fueled and fed. You care not about time nor notice its passage, for you're living in the moment and loving every minute of it, to the point where there is a complete absence of stress over "how to fit it all in." Anxiety about what's coming and attachment to the past evaporate. The next thing up is desired and wanted, which goes a long way toward alleviating all that past and future angst.
I had a June chock-full of doing exactly the things I've wanted for some time, all at once and in perfect harmonious sequence (hence the slow-down in posts this last month). All of June into July was ripe with long-held desires all manifesting simultaneously -- meaningful, well-paying work in great locations, new clients, business and reader growth, a stay at a Ritz Carlton (noteworthy due to its rarity in my life, but hopefully not yours!), proficiency in my Zumba and yoga teaching, travel, family time and even an international vacation to Chile (more on that in future posts).
All this with my husband also traveling a bit and our daughter home from school for summer break. Thinking about it beforehand, I thought I'd barely make it through the month, but during and after these myriad comings and goings I was instead completely energized and inspired. Plus, I didn't need to coordinate the moving parts of three lives, since our intentions were harmonious that happened largely on its own. I commented to several people that "If every month could be like June, I'd feel fulfilled and complete all the time," and I meant it.
The Catch-22 of Human Nature
Still, human nature is such that what fulfilled us yesterday can bore us tomorrow. We are hardwired to keep reaching for more and enjoy it. We're rarely satisfied for long, and I don't think we're supposed to be. While what I said about June was true (and since it's only a few weeks into July I, at least at this moment, still mean it) I know that eventually I'll want to play even bigger and take a step higher yet again. So I figured, "Why wait?" and registered for the Agents of Conscious Evolution Training, which begins August 9.
This 12-week training with 81-year-old evolutionary Barbara Marx Hubbard (yeah, I think by that age you know a thing or two about evolving!) is something I considered carefully in April/May when it first launched but didn't feel ready to move into. Back then I was still in the process of shifting, rather than feeling shifted; now on the other hand, the timing seems ideal.
The aim of the course is to train participants in the skills necessary to catalyze transformation within themselves and others. As it says on the site, "It will connect you with a global community of change leaders who are here to light the way forward. The ACE Training is designed to awaken your full creative potential, empower you in your 'vocation of destiny,' give you a template for joyful co-creation and provide a path for manifesting your heart's desires. And it will help you find your authentic leadership in the collective shift now underway."
I don't know about you, but despite dreaming a few weeks ago that Oprah somehow found me via this blog and gave me my first television show on OWN, her new network (yep, that was quite a dream, I tell ya!) I'm not willing to wait any longer for my "vocation of destiny" to magically arrive on my doorstep. I am instead done dreaming about it, thinking about it and analyzing it, and with now more than an inkling of what it is, am choosing to step into it. This is one of the first, but I think more powerful steps I've taken to date.
So What Do You Do Now That You've Shifted?
You engage in action, and you stay in action, continually stepping forward and up through challenge, fear, uncertainty and doubt (because -- face it -- no matter how high you go they'll always be there). You live, love and be the action because soon, you realize the action is your purpose. And much to your surprise, through all this action you're suddenly living your purpose, and it's everything you ever dreamed it would be (and maybe more). Even that's not the end, because ultimately you inspire others to live their purpose and dream bigger. What your action is may change, but the forward momentum just keeps growing.
Remember, it's the journey, not the destination, that matters. And if you're like me, the more you're in forward motion the happier and more fluid the journey will be.
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