Monday, July 18, 2011

Watch me!

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I typed the title of this post, I was reminded of when I was a child and I would call out, "Watch me! Watch me!"

Sometimes, someone would watch and say, "Well done." But most often, or so my lizard brain would have me believe, no one was there to watch. No one was there to applaud and I would dive off the high board with no one to witness my feat, no one to exclaim at my proficiency, or prowess in overcoming my fears, "WOW!"

I am engaged in an online course called, Integral Enlightenment: Awakening to an Evolutionary Relationship to Life. In this course, the guide, Craig Hamilton, talks about the 'oneness' of the universe and how it is 'with us' not against us.

A radically different perspective than considering the world to be a 'great bully'. Constantly throwing obstacles in our way. Continually fighting against us in our quest to find our direction, our own path.

It is perhaps that somewhere in our collective consciousness there is a belief rooted in folklore and legend that it is 'me against the world'.

With that perspective as my ballast, I am constantly standing up against the great bully, or at least thinking I have to. And in my experience, standing up to bullies doesn't end well, so, rather than stand up, I walk away, fall down, sit down, or, as is often the case, sit out, engagement.

In my sit out, I become the passive observer of life unfolding with me as the victim of fate, of happenings and circumstances, of life.

No more victim for me.

I am not standing up to the world. I am standing with it. I am inviting 'it' to work through me, to support me, applaud me, be with me as I take giant leaps to uncover my greatest evolutionary purpose on this planet called earth.

Whew! Now that's scary!

To not be flotsam on the sea of life.

To not be at the whim of destiny to toss me this way and that, never taking the helm of steering my own way through whatever storm, or calm sea life presents.

Oh baby. Now that' s a refreshing point of view. An invigorating, and challenging, new perspective!

Game on!

Just watch me! Watch me expand into possibility. Watch me evolve into being One with the One, with the oneness of the universe supporting me in all my dreams, in all my endeavours, in all my being who I am meant to be.

Watch me leap off the diving board of life into the deep waters of living this one wild and precious life in the rapture of now!

What about you? You willing to take that leap beyond the edge of the known into that space where everything is possible if we just let it happen. Let go. And surrender?

Are you willing to surrender and fall In Love?

I am!


Anonymous said...


the question - or the divide, for me, is the difference betweeen 'what it is I surrender' vis-a-vis, 'to what/whom I surrender'

are we to be in control, or is the universe?

acceptance of the universe's limitations vis-a-vis seizing its many opportunities

surrendering nothing, seizing all - vis-a-vis its opposite of surrendering everything and taking nothing

these are a discussion in polar opposites, in extremes - and I wonder if what we need most is not the extremes, or going to the opposite of what we've experienced to find happy-happiness

but, rather - to find it in balance, in equilibrium between the two extremes, like Wallendas walking tightropes while holding one of those very long balancing poles

there is turmoil in you, I sense, and a quest to smooth the boil to become a calm sea ... you see two cents



Maureen said...

I like that the course title contains the word "Evolutionary". That's where the promise lies. . . in the adjusting, changing, always becoming.

Louise Gallagher said...

These are good questions you ask Mark -- one answer -- and there are many, is that it's about not being 'in control', but rather, knowing control is not important. Being is.

And... my head is fogged up with a cold -- which is what makes the bubble appear on the surface!

I shall ponder your questions...

Louise Gallagher said...

Yes Maureen! It is the evolutionary place that rests in each of us that holds so much promise.


Anonymous said...

extremes are too extreme...

Anonymous said...

i agree with the letting go.
not to mean not caring or seeing.
but to allow space
not holding on tight fisted
rather a giving and receiving

S. Etole said...

"If God be for us, who can be against?" ... and what wonder lies in that!

Fi said...

As a person who likes to be in control I find it hard to let go and just be.

I can stand up to the bullies and fight the fight but only for someone else. So much harder when it's for me.

I do things that push the boundaries of my comfort zone and like you I want to expand, grow and just be the best me I can be.

Believe me, I'll be watching (or reading) about your successes with a smile of pride!

You go girl!

Jennifer Richardson said...

leaning, leaning, leaning into
love and cheering you on
as we surrender and let gooooooooooo!!!!!!!!
(yikes, this is a rush!)