There are certain moments that call out to me to stop what is usual, and step out of my routine and listen. The New Year is one of these auspicious moments.
Last summer I remember camping by the McKenzie River here in Oregon. The water is so powerful and moves so fast. We sat on rocks at the edge and felt the power of the water as we watched people navigate their rafts through the rapids.
If you were going to step into a raft it would make sense to be in harmony with the energies of the river and to flow downstream along with the direction that the water is moving.
You still would need to steer your raft and be mindful, but it is way less effort this way than if you decided to go the other direction. It would not only be hard work, but it would be such a huge effort for making such little progress.
It’s exhausting to contemplate. I have actually attempted to run my business exactly this way, without realizing I was trying to go the wrong way. It isn’t really wrong as such, as it’s a choice, but why would anyone who is conscious and aware make that choice?
A choice like this only gets made from being unconscious. Lack of awareness and insight can be very confusing and I have watched myself keep on working hard, thinking I had to do it and just not getting anywhere for all the work.
I only felt warn out and discouraged.
Have you ever witnessed yourself doing this? New Years is one of those opportunities that support you to wake up and go with the flow of the river just by shifting a few perspectives.
If you’ve been trying to go upstream against the current instead of downstream with the flow, it can be as simple as turning around and looking the other way.
For me, it’s not so much the other way, it’s about a different way, or a deeper level of inner sight. From that insight, I will automatically make different decisions and create new habits to make the process so much easier, because I am going with the flow and the natural way the energy is moving.
I love New Years because I feel it’s that opportunity to go through the doorway into a different universe. It reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia. All it takes is to walk through the wardrobe and open your eyes. I love that book because of the magic and it reminds me that magic is available to all of us.
So on New Years Day or whenever you are listening, find some way to step into that magical space between two worlds. It’s an opportunity that is there for the taking.
For me, it’s about being at a beautiful place in nature that helps me feel connected to nature spirits and the real world. Tuning inward, I like to acknowledge my intentions for the next year. Intentions are powerful, not because saying them automatically makes them happen, but because by saying them and writing them out, you have made that shift, turned to a new direction, and there is a chain reaction that happens within yourself that you begin to see, feel, and sense the possibilities of what you want to manifest.
From that place you are much more likely to make decisions to support this desire and those decisions keep you going with the flow of the river and not against it.
One of my intentions for this New Year is to have my new book, Older and Wiser, written, edited, and published. Yes, it’s very exciting. My first draft is half done and doing these podcasts if helping to call it in.
I am not only publicly letting all of you know this intention, but I have written it out and put it on my altar in my office. So, thank you for being here to support this journey and unfolding. I feel like I step into my version of Narnia with these Podcasts and you are all in this world with me. I remember some years ago when I wouldn’t tell anyone about my intention for something like this, because I was afraid I wouldn’t succeed and then everyone would know I failed. “Don’t tell anyone and then no one will know”. I realize now that choosing to operate this way is doing exactly the opposite of what I wanted.
By sharing this with all of you now, I have hundreds of witnesses and all your energy is supporting me to stay in the flow. As a result, I am planning on scheduling writing retreats and other things to support success, not failure.
What is one important intention you have and how can you share it with your community in a way that brings you a huge amount of support?
I also love picking Zen Osho Tarot cards. I’ve been doing this for years,; picking one card on New Years as a message for me for the coming year and I trust it will give me some pointed wisdom to support my intention. It’s usually a message about how I need to grow inwardly in order to more easily flow with the energy of life. It’s one thing to have an intention and to tell people, and state it clearly, and it’s yet another thing to make the shifts you need to make inside of yourself that will support this happening.
It’s powerful for me to share my book completion intention with you all, however if I don’t listen and change, I will just keep working hard going upstream, and not make the time for the writing retreats. I will think I don’t have time, it costs too much, etc. I’m sure you get it and you can relate to your version of this story.
Today as a special offering I have picked an Osho card for you and everyone of you who is stating your intention. I thought about you all, your intentions and then asked Osho for some wisdom that would help all of us. I trust this will make sense to each of you based on who you are and what you need.
You can read it below also look at the card. I picked this card after I wrote what I just shared. So you will see how Osho’s magic really works though these cards.
Queen of Clouds: Morality
Morality has restricted all the juice and energy of life to the narrow confines of her mind. It can’t flow there, so she really has become ‘a dried up old prune’. Her whole manner is very proper and stiff and severe, and she is always ready to see every situation as black and white, like the jewel she wears around her neck.
The Queen of Clouds lurks in the minds of all of us who have been brought up with rigid ideas of good and bad, sinful and virtuous, acceptable and unacceptable, moral and immoral. It’s important to remember that all these judgments of the mind are just products of our conditioning. And whether our judgments are applied to ourselves or to others, they keep us from experiencing the beauty and godliness that lies within. Only when we break through the cage of our conditioning and reach the truth of our own hearts can we begin to see life as it really is.
Bodhidharma … far transcends moralists, puritans, so-called good people, do-gooders. He has touched the very rock bottom of the problem. Unless awareness arises in you, all your morality is bogus, all your culture is simply a thin layer which can be destroyed by anybody.
But once your morality has come out of your awareness, not out of a certain discipline, then it is a totally different matter. Then you will respond in every situation out of your awareness. And whatever you do will be good.
Awareness cannot do anything that is bad. That is the ultimate beauty of awareness, that anything that comes out of it is simply beautiful, is simply right, and without any effort and without any practice. So rather than cutting the leaves and the branches, cut the root. And to cut the root there is no other method than a single method: the method of being alert, of being aware, of being conscious.
So just breath those words in and ask yourself what is the message in this for you. Write down a few words and light a candle for the new Year. Place your words under the candle and let these energies flow with so much less effort into the new year. You still need to steer your raft, but now you know how to do it.
I invite you to go to the comments section below and write out your intention. We will all be your witness. I would love to support you in making it happen.
This is Kaya wishing you a wonderful new year.
I am the host of this Podcast; Business the Wise Woman Way
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