So after my spiritual epiphany (see Hotel Rwanda), and I was finally able to get out of bed, I began a search for my new reality. Being such a religion based persons before, I was left with many questions. I still had a sense that the universe was something magical. The logic, beauty and genius of it all just couldn’t be random. I still had a notion of “all that is good.” Which eventually evolved into “all that is good” having a consciousness, and I wanted to connect with that consciousness.
In my search I started reading, and one of the first books I ran across was Wayne Dyer’s – The Power of Intention. I liked his concept of source. The source of everything. I really do despise all the hideous things done on this earth in the name of God. I generally don’t care to use the word.
I took quite naturally to the (then new) concept that our reactions to anything are our choice. I can choose to let something upset me, or I can choose to not let it upset me. I can let myself get swept up by my partner’s rant about this or that, or I can choose to let him fall down the rabbit hole all by himself. Shaking my head as he comes back to earth in the exact same place he left. (Bad Jo… bad!) Hehe.
Dyer’s expression that ego is the source of much of our problems also made sense to me. Our trying to be better than, superior to anyone or anything just goes against what feels right to me. We are all human! We all Love, hurt, bleed and die in the same way. The taking away of the concept of scarcity, and breathing in the idea that you can bring to yourself all that you will ever need, was and is invaluable.
As I researched further, I started to investigate the concept of meditation. It had always seems such a 3rd world, ashram in India concept before. Now I wanted to learn more. I discovered it’s just basically sitting quietly. Hhmm, I guess I can do that. Then I learned that it’s not so easy to shut off the constant chatter of the conscious mind. This is also where I started to learn about self-care and being gentle with myself. If I found my mind drifting off to work that needed to get done or whatever, I learned to gently forgive myself and shift back to the quite peace I was seeking. Now 15 + years it can still happen, and I envision a soft whisper of breath that sends the dandelion spores softly into the wind carrying away the disruption.
By the time I got to Dyer’s book – Manifest Your Destiny and his concept of Sound Meditation I was hooked. I’m sure you’ve heard of the scientific principle that everything is basically energy, and all energy has a vibration. So for me the next step of sending your vibration into the universe and bringing in your intention hit home.
The principle of Sound Meditation is meditating to the sound of creation. That in many religions of the world, the word that represents God includes the sound of “ah”… God, Krishna, Allah, Jehovah.
So you’re breathing out to the sound of “ah” as you visualize what you want to manifest in your life. Connecting to source through your emotions of Love, compassion, and gratitude. Your feelings are essential here. Our emotions are what connect us to the quantum field and our universe. Connecting must be a quiet purposeful/deliberate concentrated act, not just a passing thought or idea.
Over the years I’ve become quite the little manifester. From a fabulous apartment with an astonishing view of San Francisco & Alcatraz, to saving my kitty Lei Lani, to the job at Aramark I was SO sure I wanted. Be careful what you wish for – right? 😉
The point is manifesting absolutely works!! The key is connecting with your emotions and passion, and always being in gratitude.
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