When you want to make a big change, you have to start somewhere. Many of us look at our society and the world and see that great changes are needed. Some of us find ourselves personally in situations that may seem insurmountable. The good news is that change is the nature of life. If we can learn that change is inevitable, we can then become agents of change. Even the slightest shift in trajectory can lead to dramatically different outcomes if we make those small changes in the right place. When we observe and interact in small ways we can see big shifts emerge over time.
CSL Santa Cruz
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Try everything. Don’t be discouraged, do what you can, do what is yours to do, and leave the rest to the Infinite. “Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything…” ~Anonymous
We’re storytelling animals, and we create stories to help us make sense of life and give us a framework for our decisions, whether personal, professional, or spiritual. But those stories can sometimes turn on us—especially the negative ones—and become self-limiting when they come up against life’s primary goal: Grow. And when they become lies of identity—I am what I do, I am what I have, I am what other people think of me. Stories become opinions become beliefs become behaviors. We don’t just tell stories—they tell us. And until the core perceptions at the heart of our stories are confronted, and perhaps deconstructed or updated, the behavior that grows out of them won’t change. This presentation is designed to help you identify and reconsider the stories you tell yourself. We’ll work to separate fact from fiction, emphasize the positive in our stories, and understand that they don’t keep replaying themselves to torment us, but to offer us opportunities to heal and grow. The soul’s agenda is not punishment, but healing.
Every journey begins with a single step. Whenever we try to do too much too soon, it’s easy to become overwhelmed – and though big changes can bring big benefits, they bring bigger risks too. Making small, incremental changes is the best way to move towards sustainable change. For example – don’t start a farm, try a small windowsill garden. Don’t overhaul your entire shopping philosophy – change things one ethical purchase at a time.
Growth happens at the edges. When we push past the discomfort, we can find that there is greater life, greater love, greater experiences calling us. What would happen if each one of us chose to live into our edges on purpose and chose to be intentional about our growth and say yes to what is needed no matter how hard it may seem? Could we arrive at thriving and learn to truly flourish?
We all know that in the universe, energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. In nature it is the waste products cast off from living beings that are the necessary nutrients that keep the system thriving. Do we recognize that is true in our own lives as well? Can we look at our life’s path with all its twists and turns and remember that nothing is ever wasted, remembering that everything is part of a holistic system that includes everything.
In nature, the places of greatest diversity are the places where two different ecosystems meet, where the forest meets the desert or the mountains meet the sea. There is great biodiversity and flourishing that happens in these in between places, because something greater emerges in the overlap. In our world, do we truly value the power that diversity can bring us when we overlap in community?
When we truly recognize that we are living in a world of our own creating, a new responsibility emerges. Living the Science of Mind invites us to ask ourselves how life around us is reflecting back to us something about ourselves. If you’re really looking, what’s the message?
“It is so tempting to just start off for whatever it is that you’re champing at the bit to do – and throw caution to the wind. But this is your one and only chance to get it right the first time, so rein that pony in and take your time. It will pay off in the end.” -Tracy Wandling, Living Permaculture
What we see can be transformed when we choose to look from a new place. The feedback loop of belief, also known as the creative process, says that what we believe sets up what we perceive, and what we perceive reinforces what we believe. The cycle is endless. Are we using the power of belief to transform what we see to bring about positive change? Do we see the loops we are living in? How are we interpreting what we are seeing?