How do you write a better story for yourself—a better life narrative?
How do you conceive of a future far different from the one you/we seem destined to face?
These are interesting questions. I was (am still) listening to the Shamanism Global Summit live webcasts—discussions with numerous well-known shamanic teachers/writers about the focus of their own visions and world-views, highlighting each one’s particular teaching focus for the online listening audience.
The speaker I’m hearing at present is Alberto Villoldo. He and the interviewer Michael Stone are discussing one of Alberto’s books on the subject matter “We Are Our Dreams.” This discussion was similar to “the narrative” quotes I posted a few months earlier where Alberto stated that “You are not your history” sort of thing when you are still capable of writing a NEW narrative for yourself—while you are still able to create a NEW story to first envision and then to live.
So coming back to the subject matter of creating a new life story, I’m actually listening to the recording from Alberto’s yesterday session that I missed, while I’m mentally comparing it to watching a Tony Robbins’ Netflix documentary yesterday called “I Am Not Your Guru” which also was interesting to me in a round-about way—not for the over-powering personality of Tony Robbins, but for the exposition of what he actually does for/and to the people who attend his extremely expensive and psyche-striping, 6-day workshops. He helps them rebirth/ recreate themselves by using different techniques for the different personalities that he encounters in the workshops.
What I found amazingly with both Alberto and Tony, is that they were both talking about reclaiming your own power—by setting your true life goals—by defining who you really are and relearning how to live your life in an authentic manner.
Or in essence, both were defining the soul-nurturing importance of living an authentic life.
But what does an authentic life entail?
Alberto finished and I clicked on the next webcast that I wished to hear, which was Lynn Andrews with her topic “Love and Power—The Fine Art of Shamanic Living” and she begins talking about a common shamanic subject: the sacred wheel of life—the Medicine Wheel, or as shamanic practitioners might call it symbolically “Following the Four Directions.”
She started her discussion by describing the attributes of the South where we are most grounded into this existence as the South represents the physical manifestation aspect of your life. She asked the question we must ask ourselves: “Am I proud of myself”—proud of my physical presence on this earth and proud of what I represent in that presence?
Then she moved to the West, and asked “Do my emotions rule me and how?” and “What is my dream in life?” The West Direction represents life, death, and rebirth—it is called the Sacred Dream. “It is where you learn to order your dreams (by importance) so you can manifest them in life,” she said.
In the North she asks: “Do I bring Spirit into my everyday life, and if so HOW do I do that? Am I really connected to the Divine Source? …How do you connect into Spirit/Inspiration in the North Direction and then take that inspiration down to the South to manifest it into your life?”
Continuing the circle she said, “Then you move to the East and ask, Do I think I AM my mind, and WHY?” (are you ruled by egoic goals?) Or why is my life a result of HOW I think about it? Is my life a result of WHAT I think is meaningful and how I perceive it to be? ….Am I merely a product of my (conscious or unconscious) thoughts?
It was fascinating in a way because I think that Lynn Andrews helped to define the roadmap to authenticity, while Alberto and Tony Robbins displayed the process more so in metaphor (Alberto) and direct experiencing (Tony), respectfully.
So for the short time I sat here to listen to the recorded Shamanic web broadcasts, this posting wrote itself.
I think it shows how Spirit flows easily and effortlessly through us when you simply connect into it and allow it to use you as a vessel of genuine meaning, rather than as an instrument of hate.