“The Daishonin says, ‘One should regard meeting obstacles as true peace and comfort” You may wonder how encountering obstacles could be a source of peace and comfort. But the truth of the matter is that by struggling against and overcoming difficulties we transform our destiny and attain Buddhahood. Confronting adversity, therefore, ultimately represents peace and comfort.” -by Daisaku Ikeda 1/27/96
Somehow, I forgot this. It used to be my mantra, my go-to guidance to help me understand and appreciate my life. When I rediscovered it yesterday it was shortly after receiving this guidance from a daily email I subscribe to called “Notes From the Universe” (www.tut.com) that said almost the same thing:
“For every unexpected bump, turn, or squiggle on the path of life, Tolley, you pretty much have two choices:
Accept it as if you yourself had meticulously planned it and as if you’re being watched by 10,000 cheering angels who love you so much, you’re pretty much all they ever sing about.
Or, accept it, kicking and screaming, as if it were some freak accident or random mistake that had befallen you by chance.
I know which I would choose,
P.S. Do you ever hear them, Tolley?”
Here’s the crazy thing: I DO hear them! (Because you know my blog would not be complete without a little crazy, right?) Yes, I do. when I arrived in Virginia from 10 long years in the deep south. (That’s right, VA is the shallow south and don’t y’all forget it!) I heard a group of spirit guides who had been working with me and protecting me since Seattle (13 years ago) start in cheering and dancing, saying, “We did it! We did it!” They were wearing party hats and throwing streamers, no joke. I, at the time was living in my parent’s spare bedroom with both of my teenaged girls. I was unemployed and I was running through my investments pretty quickly. I was in no mood for cheering, let alone dancing, streamers and those silly hats.
A lot has happened since then. Many things in the past 4 months have transformed not only my life but reality as I knew it. I am now 3 months into developing my Clear Mirror Healing business and I can see that with this business I am going to transform the world of medicine as we know it in the U.S. I am using my combined shamanic healing, reiki, and cranio-sacral therapy to heal people in one or two sessions who have suffered for years, spent thousands of dollars and seen numerous specialists without results. I am going in to retirement communities, doing informational sessions about this healing and generating lots of happy clients.
I have published my first book from a series of 10 and I already have an offer to make it into a movie. This book and movie series is not just entertaining fiction, though. It is a whole new way of looking at life on Earth as well as our own capabilities for happy, healthy, wealthy,peaceful coexistence. Its not fiction at all. And its going to blow the top off some old limited ways of thinking, acting, and governing.
Clear Mirror Healing is also about to transform education as we know it. That happens in about a year when I finish my masters in education and test out my workshop series on real teachers and real students and get real results. And the happenings of the past four months have not been limited to what I’ve done with my business. Not at all. I’ve had some amazing people step into my life in a big way and blow the top off MY old way of thinking, acting, and behaving as well.
So what about those obstacles, you ask? What happened to the unexpected bumps, turns, and squiggles you thought I was going to talk about? Yes, well, the wolf is at the door, my friend. That’s right I’m about as flat as broke gets. I started out with just some personal savings and my business is doing very well. In fact I’m about to turn the corner to ROI in only a couple more months. But somewhere along the way I was introduced to an investor, a venture capitalist who likes to turn start up businesses into gold. I stopped acting like I was on a 5-year plan and started really putting everything I earned back into my business. Then my investor decided to put her money into some middle men shuffling papers for petroleum cartels.
For about a month now I’ve been facing down the barrel of this thing. The business is rolling forward in such a big way that If I stop putting my earnings back into it I will be choosing to put the breaks on a big golden freight train just now chugging over the crest of the hill on its way to amazing. On the other hand if I keep putting my money into it I stand a good chance of losing my home. Ha Ha! What a pickle!
So the other night I caught my self talking behind my back! Really, I woke up to the sound of talking and found that it was my unconscious self talking to my spirit guides telling them to let me struggle on my own for awhile. Leave me alone. No encouraging words. No support. No guidance. Strange as it sounds, because believe me it was all kinds of weird to ME and I’m a gal who’s used to talking to angels and spirit guides and stuff, it turns out the opening guidance is correct, I did this. To me. For my own good.
And I guess, when I look at it I have done good for myself. I’ve tweaked my business plan and called up several friends and associates who invest and pitched the investment idea to them all. I’ve ramped up the retirement home presentations, calling every such organization in my area. I’m applying for all kinds of grants and loans. Most importantly, I’ve put my faith first, spending an hour each morning in determined prayer and meditation before I begin my day. I’ve kept on keeping on. I’ve acted as if I am winning and I’ve kept on encountering benefits.
Now, don’t misunderstand, no investor has jumped on this golden freight train yet! Its not too hard to wake up to the wisdom that our obstacles are benefits and our struggles are amazing good fortune once you are out of the woods and chugging on down the golden track. No, I have about another week before that wolf at the door claws his way through the door, truth be told. But you know what? I like wolves. I admire their tenacity, their strength, and their team spirit. And I like myself a little challenge! I’m going to learn me a little something from this wolf and we are going to be the best of friends!
I’m gonna stay right here, cause these are the good ‘ol days!!