If you have ever said, “I’m going out of my mind”, I’d say you are on the right track. This is what I help people do – get out of their minds and into their sensory experience. There is so much wisdom and guidance hidden in plain view, and we are ignoring it. I teach people how to access their own wisdom, which is truly there waiting to be noticed. It was the great philosopher, Alan Watts, who said, “To go out of your mind at least once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come your senses.”
So let’s go out of our minds a little. All disturbances are guides! What! Our mind says that can’t be true. What if your biggest challenges are your biggest gifts? What if your pain could be turned into power? Crazy right? I realize this is a radical idea. Let’s face it; many new ideas are radical ideas when people first hear about them. Imagine hearing people suggest they were going to invent something that could fly people around the world or when someone first suggested the Earth was actually round or that the Earth evolved around the Sun and not the Sun around the Earth. Imagine people hearing we would be able to video call or email each other from anywhere in the world even just 20 years ago. I could go on, but you get my point. All of these were radical ideas that are now common knowledge.
But disturbances are guides? Really? Yes, really! Disturbances are those things that, well, disturb you. They haunt you. They keep showing up. These could be relationship issues, body symptoms, emotional disturbances, workplace conflicts or even world issues. We avoid them like the plague. Who likes to be disturbed? Not! But what if these disturbing things are there to help unfold a path? They are like a street sign telling us, “Go this way” but we go the opposite way only to end up back at the sign. We miss the clues, because we are so busy trying to avoid the disturbances. Funny thing is, this only keeps us stuck. Okay, that’s not so funny, but you know what I mean. So, what if you actually decide to follow this sign and “Go this way”? What if the way you have been avoiding is actually the way you have been seeking? Finally, turning toward these disturbances reveals the way as you go.
We also want to hurry up and fix these issues, which is ultimately another form of avoidance. Of course we want to fix it. I get that. These things are uncomfortable. The trouble is our rush to fix isn’t exactly turning toward the issue with real presence. It is really an attempt to shut it up and quickly. This is the culture we live in. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! So, we end up stuffing it and muting it, but it is still there waiting for our attention. Our quick attempt to fix things ends up prolonging the issue and making us sick and tired.
In my work with people I often start with the body. The rest unfolds from there. I consistently guide people back to their bodies. Our bodies are dying (sometimes quite literally) to teach us – to speak to us. It wants to teach us its language. The body’s language is specific to each individual. Your body provides a compass tailor made for you. Learning how to speak its language is like any other language. You can’t hear a foreign language for five minutes and expect to be fluent. You can however learn some words right away. I am sure you’ve heard the best way to learn a foreign language is to live in that country for a while. Fortunately, we already live in our bodies, so you are already in the country. Unfortunately, we don’t do so consciously. This would be like living in a foreign country for a while and never trying to speak the language you wish to learn, and expecting to go home speaking the new language fluently. We live in the body unconsciously until we decide to wake up to the body.
When you start to inhabit it with more presence, a great unfolding begins to happen. As you learn the language, you realize you are never lost. Whatever path needs to be taken will always find you. You don’t need to exhaust yourself to make this happen. Consulting the body, will open up the direction. The more you practice the more you will begin to experience yourself and a seer – an observer. You will no longer be bossed around by life’s dramas. You will experience tranquility and calm even in the midst of all the dramas. You’ll learn to find stillness in the middle of turmoil.