I am my vision, how I choose to see myself and others.

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;

my eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. ~Meister Eckhart

Namaste’ Fellow Travelers,

The most powerful concept I have encountered in my quest for personal empowerment is known as “locus of control.” My interpretation of it is: I have two options for how I look at my life and who I put in charge of it. I can either allow my surroundings (the world at large) to control me, or I can take personal responsibility for my thoughts, words, and actions, thus taking control of my life. For me, this shift in how I see my world has enabled me to move from victim (controlled by old beliefs and outside forces) to creator of my health.   

Attitude is everything. My attitude is the general direction or wave of where my thoughts are taking me. I can chose to see myself dictated by the world around me, what is happening to me. Or I can choose to see the power that lies within me to choose the direction of my life by how I choose to see what happens through me.  

Back in my forties I was badly hurt in an accident that involved a horse trailer and a horse pulling it. The condensed version is I ended up underneath the trailer with extensive injuries. When I came to, still under the trailer, I had a clear sense of the presence of a higher being, not as a separate entity, but as me, my Inner Truth. Whether I decided to live or die felt like my choice. With this clarity came several clear understandings. First, I knew that whatever happened to my body, whether I lived or died, I would still exist in some form. Second, I would have a perspective, the ability to see, either through my human eyes or my soul eyes. Third, I would always have the ability to choose my thoughts and thereby direct my life by what I chose to believe. I experienced this insight in a state of detachment and complete objectivity, almost like freezing time.

The next day, I woke up in a hospital bed with a team of doctors circled around me. They reported that the lower left side of my pelvis had been shattered – where the leg meets the pelvic girdle. One of them said that it was possible for me to walk again, but I would most definitely have a limp. I was still aware of the knowingness I got in touch with under the trailer, and I too believed I could walk again. Twenty-five years later, I do walk – usually about four miles several times a week, and I do not have a limp. I attribute both of these gifts to the inner knowing I have always had, yet have not always tuned into. When I take the time to listen, my Inner Truth tells me I can do anything I can conceive of and believe in.  

Viktor Frankl is an excellent example of someone who truly lived out of their Truth. He and his family were put in a Nazi concentration camp, and over the time he was there, he lost absolutely everything – his family including his wife, his life’s work encapsulated into a manuscript, and even his wedding ring. After he was liberated, he went on to write a book that has changed my life as well as many others, Man’s Search for Meaning. In this account of his prison experience, he describes loving and supporting his fellow prisoners, and holding the best and highest for all concerned – even his captors. He clung to his healthy disposition by staying present to his conscious ability to chose his thoughts. His awareness of where his locus of control rested was the one thing they could not take from him. Each of us has the same power, the ability to mindfully chose our thoughts, to believe that we can always turn within and listen to the voice of Truth, and then choose thoughts, words, and actions that align with Divine-Mind. This divine presence is always available and ready to guide us.   

This shift I am describing is simply a reversal of how you see something,

whether I am in charge of my thinking or it hinges on the outside world. At a yoga practice, the instructor offered the mantra, “Never apologize for the space you occupy.” This struck me as a me against the world statement, so I changed it to, “I fully occupy and empower my space.” This rewording gave me a totally different perspective about how I see my space on the mat and how I see myself.

Journal question:

  1. What stops me from moving into creator mode with my health?
  2. What do I have control over health-wise and what is outside of my control?
  3. When and how do I tend to focus on things outside of my control? And how does that impact my health?

Affirmation: What is your positive affirmation from today’s writing? Example: I alone choose my thoughts.

Review your affirmation and write a letter from your soul, reminding you of your divine perfect health that is always available to you for the choosing.

Buen Camino, Pat

When the “I can” consciousness replaces the “I can’t” consciousness –

you can and you will! ~Michael C. Rann and Elizabeth Rann Arrott

my eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love. ~Meister Eckhart