When you are clear with your intention and you share it with the Universe or even one person, magic will happen.
I recently went to Aspen to visit a friend and attend a conference at The Aspen Institute featuring some of the greatest minds of our time. I knew world changing innovators were going to be there, one of them being, Deepak Chopra! If you are at all interested in Spirituality, you may know that Deepak is one of the most evolved, present, and loving people on the planet. Since Jesus, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rumi, and countless others have gone, this is the man I want to connect with before he is gone as well.
Shortly after I arrived in Aspen, I found myself in a car with Deepak. The woman that was supposed to drive me to the house where I would be staying, was no where to be found. Just then my friend said, "Leigh. Deepak. Let's go. Get in the car." That is a sentence I never thought I would hear in my entire life. I was super excited because Deepak is like a rock star to me. I am on a path of spiritual awakening, so I guess he would be more of a soul star to me.
When I got in the car, I was in the back seat next to, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, who is amazing and working on a cure for Alzheimer's. Deepak was in the passenger seat. I was chatting with the neurophysicist about the movie Frozen, as great minds do, while starring at the back of Deepak's head thinking, "This may be the only time, while I'm on this planet, that I am this close and private with Deepak Chopra. What do I want from this moment? How can I seize this gift?"
Rudy was still talking about Frozen, when I leaned forward and gently caressed Deepak's arm. He was texting, tweeting, or something, as he turned around and looked at me. I held his gaze and said, "I would like to share my intention with you." He said, "What is your intention?" I said, "My intention is to soul gaze with you before I fly home on Sunday."
Let me explain what soul gazing is. I am getting my Masters in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica. The classes are once a month on Friday night, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. At the end of every weekend, the students are in an open, loving, and "all is right with the world" state of mind. They put on music, you take both hands of whoever is closest to you, and look into their eyes. You look through their eyes down deep to where their real Self resides. It was a bit weird the first time, but when you get used to it, it becomes quite beautiful. When the bell chimes, you move on to the next person. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. It's true! So heck, if I could soul gaze with anyone on the planet, it would be Deepak Chopra!
So it went down like this:
1. Gentle arm caress
2. Shared my intention
3. Deepak laid down his cell phone, turned around, squared his shoulders and looked directly into my eyes. I leaned forward and we gazed deeply into each other's eyeballs. We were right there, connected. We were seeing each other as we truly are. I was all in! Wow! It was awesome! I think it was 10 or 20 seconds, then my friend said, "Are you crying yet, Leigh?"
I replied, "My ego and my earthsuit may be crying, but my soul is singing." Deepak smiled and turned around. In that moment of seeing his soul, I knew we were one. We were the same. We were perfect beautiful beings, made in the likeness of God, seeing each other as we truly are: divine beings having a human experience.
It felt so amazing! You know when you are really attracted to someone you just met in a bar and you want to make out with them? Or you are deeply in love with your partner and your heart flutters when you are with that person? I call that feeling or person a heartthrob. When I saw Deepak, my soul fluttered. Therefore, I have coined the phrase, Deepak is my "soulthrob."
We exchanged a few pleasantries when I got out of the car and I spent some more time with him over the weekend. When I knew it was the last time I would see him, I put my hands over my heart and mouthed, "I love you." He put his hands on his heart and said, "I love you." I turned around and skipped to the car.
You know when you go to therapy, you talk about all of the things that happened to you in childhood? How bad your parents were, what they said to you, why you act a certain way, what your Uncle Jim did? All of those stories are not real, they're not happening now, they are just thoughts. All of those old thoughts or stories are holding us back and weighing us down. The story that once served our life, is no longer need.
In our class we explore those stories, realize we don't need them anymore, and release them. I would describe it like, I pull the thought from where I've been carrying it in my body, remove it, roll it up in a ball, hold it on the palm of my open hand and "puff" blow it away. I release it. Forever. I am letting the old stories go and in turn making room for new stories. After you release your story, you have open space in your body that has been freed up to use in a fresh and healthy way.
I want to encourage you to see yourself as a beautiful bright being who is covered with heavy life layers. When you get to the core of who you really are, you will see God, because you are made in the likeness of God. You are a chip off the old God block.
Start peeling your layers back. Peel back the stories from your childhood and the things that happened to you from your parents, teachers, family, friends, society, etc. These stories are the things that have gotten us to, "I am not good enough." "I am unworthy." "Who do I think I am to do that?"
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" says:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
When you peel back the layers and let your light crack out, when you start stepping into your greatness, and when you get to the core of who you really are; I suggest soul gazing with someone. And if you can't find anyone to gaze with, do it with yourself in the mirror, and see how great you are!
I don't mean to brag, but I soul gazed with Deepak Chopra!
Allow yourself a soulthrob.
Thanks for reading this! I appreciate you.