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Having It all!

 

Why some people make the leap—and others don’t

by Keith Varnum

We are each beings of light. Within that light are all the colors of the rainbow—all the aspects of God and humanity—all the power of our natural spiritual abilities. Why do some of us open to the full spectrum of our magnificence and power? Why do most of us continue to see only black and white?

My Dad was colorblind his whole life. He was a "good" man—faithful husband, dutiful father, respectful son, hard worker, trusted employee, solid citizen, on the school board, town council, church elders—hell, he was even the mayor of the city—but he only saw the world as various shades of gray. He often asked me as a child what color different flowers were. I’d describe to him the planet I perceived as best I could. As a child, I often wondered why he chose not to see all the colors of the rainbow of life.

Too many choices?

Funny, I always saw his colorblindness as a choice, a decision. I could feel my father’s fear of being bombarded with too many colors to look at—too many attractive choices, too many exciting paths to follow in life. I could feel his relief, his comfortableness, in not seeing too many attractive possibilities—and in doing so, not having to choose between too many intense passions and divergent options.

I cry for my father and all the other men, and women, who choose to limit their exposure to disappointment and frustration in life by limiting their vision—who decide to be safe, rather than sorry, within their gray skies and gray walls. I cry out of love—and understanding. I know why they look away from the alluring bright lights, the captivation of the dazzling dawn, and the frighteningly brilliant hues of a fiery sunset. They are scared of bring snared, captured, by the wonders of the world if they acknowledge the infinite magic of each moment, the aliveness of unchecked spontaneity, the wild electricity of every life encounter. They feel risk where others see adventure. They feel threat where others see opportunity. They feel danger where others see liberation.

Adventure or risk?

Why are some people excited by life’s banquet and others terrified? Our openness to life’s bounty is determined by the decisions we make along our journey—decisions about what we can "safely" handle, what we can "pragmatically" create, what we "realistically" deserve. Our freedom to grow and be happy comes from discovering and re-making those choices, mindsets and self-images—about who we are and what life is really about.

What do you think life is about?

What do you think is the purpose of life? And do your actions flow from that perspective? Do your life choices flow from what you think is the meaning of your life? Or does your behavior in life actually reflect a different set of beliefs? One of my teachers observes, "You can tell what a person really believes by watching how the person acts, not by listening to what they say." A person’s behavior—personal everyday choices—reveals most accurately what they really believe is central and important in life. We often sincerely think we believe one way, yet we act in another.

For example, many people think they believe that life is about sharing their blessings of time, talents and money with others. However, if you closely watch how they allot their time and resources, you see a very different motivating force driving their choices—most of their energy goes into building private reserves of money and "things." Many folks genuinely think they believe "we are one," yet their actions scream separateness and competition. A lot of people say "the universe will provide," yet they worry all the time about money and they take jobs they hate. Many "believe" they have a "soul mate," yet they settle for a "comfort mate" just to keep the horror of loneliness at bay. Most people believe in abundance, yet don’t have what they want. Many people believe they are "eternal souls," yet their fear and insecurity shout, "I’m not safe."

Closing the Gap

Why is there a discrepancy between how we "think" life is and how we actually experience it? Why the gap between what we say we believe and how we act? Because our "unconscious" beliefs are running the show! The same observant teacher used to comment, "What we create in life is the sum total of our conscious and unconscious beliefs."

How can you tell what beliefs are lurking under your surface, keeping you from true happiness? It’s obvious—simply look at what realities you’re currently creating in your life. Anywhere you’re struggling—financially, emotionally, physically—you have subterranean beliefs undermining your stated goals.

The way to create the prosperity, love and health you want in life is to get in touch with—and transform—the unconscious limiting beliefs that are counteracting your well-intentioned conscious thoughts. The way to "Have It All" is to transform your unconscious sabotage. Then your actions will align with your natural state of abundance and support—and the goodness will flow naturally in your life.

As you shine the light on the unconsciousness that dictates your emotions and actions—on the unconsciousness that has kept you from living the full life you truly desire—the gap between what you say you believe and how you act begins to close. As you release yourself from these automatic beliefs and behaviors, you regain amazing amounts of:

Clarity—to see fresh choices, options and solutions you never saw before

Courage—to act on your regained wisdom

Creativity—to "stay in the flow"

Vitality—for increased health, balance and grounding

Peace, joy and wholeness—without these, what’s the point?

You become free to evolve in any way at any rate you choose. You attract new resources and opportunities. You envision fresh, different ways of making an abundant living and a journey of health and happiness.

If you’re willing to "Have It All"—to let in the multi-colored richness of God and humanity—take the leap into your magnificence and power now.

It’s your life. It’s your choice.

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From the wisdom of native tribal cultures and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his distillation of the underlying principles of all healing and transformation. After curing himself of blindness, he has applied his approach to human dynamics in a practical way as a wilderness vision quest guide, life strategy coach, international seminar leader, author, acupuncturist, filmmaker, gardener, radio talk show host, owner-chef of two gourmet natural foods restaurants and vice president of the country’s largest natural food company. Sign up for his free Prosperity Ezine at www.TheDream.com, where you'll find inspiring articles related to this one. 

 

 

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