Back to life. Back to reality. Back to work. Today.
2014 has been off to a rough start largely because I got sick with a really bad stomach bug/flu/poisoning/I-don’t-exactly-know-what-the-heck-happened that had me resting for much of my holiday vacation once I got back to LA. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve didn’t find me in a sparkly party dress sipping champagne over a delicious meal while conversing deeply about how 2014 will be best year yet. It actually found me in bed around 9:00pm – where I woke up just before midnight and heard my neighbors downstairs yelling the countdown to midnight. I smiled to myself, said “Happy New Year” to my boyfriend lying next to me, and went back to sleep. How exciting, I know.
Despite a not so ideal start to the year, I’m comforted that I was able to spend a bulk of my holiday vacation exploring the charms of Northern California; and when I was feeling better, to get organized at home with a little New Year’s purge and cleaning of drawers and cabinets in my bathroom. I got an incredible new jewelry box for Christmas and it spawned a need to go through years of jewelry to clean out the less nostalgic treasures I bought on a whim at Forever 21 that’s essentially tarnished crap now. The purge sessions and spending that time at home made me feel productive, as if clearing the way for better things to come.
Speaking of better things to come, I came across this incredible message from Aaron Paquette that I saw yesterday in my Facebook feed that a friend shared. It literally talks about the power of our words. I can’t think of more compelling language to inspire a new beginning for an extraordinary new year. I’m looking forward to sharing it on All That Glitters with you. Happy 2014! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started…
Your Words Create Worlds
We wait. We say we aren’t ready. We say it’s not yet time. We say “One Day.” And all of it is true. Because what we say is what we create. Our words form our fate.
I am guilty of this. I have held myself back from where I know I should be in life. I have always said that I am working toward the man I want to be, and this is true.
But you know what I have never said?
I’ll tell you in a moment.
First let me share my challenge…OUR challenge.
We have this incredible light inside of us. We have all this strength and goodness and fire. But we don’t know what to do with it, we don’t know how to use it.
Sometimes we’re not even sure it’s even there.
When we are young it almost tortures us with its presence but because we have no idea what this thing is we get angry. We label it pain and because of all the pain we’ve already experienced we use that power to lash out. At ourselves, our own bodies, our own thinking, telling ourselves terrible things. And we lash out at others. We hurt and hurt and hurt.
We carry it into adulthood and stop believing we can make the world a better place. We start believing the world has dealt us a bad hand, that it’s dangerous and so we get frustrated easily. We get mad at other drivers, we stress out about time, money and relationships.
But that’s not who we are. That’s who we become when the setting is on autopilot. Our light is so buried under all the garbage that we mistake as life that when it does shine it’s shocking! And embarrassing because it makes us different.
Others would tear you down because of your light.
How dare you shine!?
Our words are so powerful it’s almost a magic. Maybe it is some kind of magic. I prefer to see it as a gift we have all been given. A piece of the Creator in each of us.
Our Words Create Our Worlds.
We bring something out of nothing. We say we are going to do something, we take action and the thing exists!
I am an artist. I love to paint. My paintings are just imagination, but with my hard work, with my effort and with my love they form and become real. If they speak to others, then I get energy back, sometimes as money and I can buy more paint!
It took me many years to realize I could paint my life into existence. The kind of life that would be meaningful to me and provide value and service for others.
You have the same power.
And it starts with the things you think and the words you speak. You are singing your reality with every breath, with every firing of your synapses.
We are free to make choices. We are free to decide what our lives will be. You may have heard that before and not believed it.
Believe it now.
You are stronger than you can ever imagine. You are more beautiful than any society can define.
But you have to believe. You have to act. You have to become aware of your own truth.
The truth is you can change the world. No matter who you are, what you are doing, how old or young…you can change this world!
You can become the greatest leader for good in our time. Nothing can stop you, Everything is pushing you forward.
But there are some things you have to leave behind.
Self Judgement. You are only as good or bad as you think. If you are defining yourself right now on past actions then you are deluded. You don’t exist in the past. You only exist RIGHT NOW. Whatever you did means nothing. What matters is what you choose to do NOW.
Judgement of Others. You don’t get to judge. And no one gets to judge you. Other people are just as lost and scared and angry and troubled and awesome and beautiful as you!
Nothing is Good or Bad. This is a higher form of non judgement. Only the Creator gets to decide what’s good and bad and even then, the jury is still out. There is fear and there is love, that’s all.
Stop trying to judge and just start walking the path of love. That’s the path of a true being. Fear is the path of a person who can’t see their own light.
If you are judging these words as bad right now, you are afraid. If you are judging them as good, you are seeing light…but now be the light. Then the words will simply BE.
That last part is a big thing to ask. For now just smile.
And trust that G-d, whoever that is for you, whatever form, whatever expression, from faith to science, trust that all things are working the way they are supposed to.
Trust that you are here for a reason. Be it some cellular connection that woke you into awareness or that a higher power has a plan for you – you are here for a purpose.
That purpose is to serve. Serve with all your heart, mind and strength. Serve your fellow being, serve the planet, serve the universe.
Serve by being authentic. Serve by being joyful. Serve by being YOU.
Which brings me to my earlier thread.
Here is what I never said to myself, and today is the day. Now is the time.
I am no longer working toward the man I want to be:
Today I am that man. Today I will be the person I was always meant to be.
Mom, today I move past the clipped wings, the manatee, and the dolphin.
Today I embrace the White Buffalo.
I don’t know what it’s going to look like, I know there will be stumbles and falls, but I am taking on the responsibility and the burden and transforming it with light.
Maybe one day I will walk with the others in your dream, I don’t know yet. Time will tell.
And my prayer is that others are inspired to speak the words that make their worlds.
If we give voice together we transform this humanity, we start the process of taking away the stuff that binds us and instead reveal our true light.
The light we would shine if we had no fear.
As angels sang to poor shepherds:
Be not afraid
I say to you: shine.
Your light isn’t little, so don’t shine a little.
Your light is brighter than the sun, it’s bigger than you dream, it’s an extension of the Creator and all creation.
So Shine. Glow. Explode with light!
Speak the words that your soul has been longing for.
Say that you are awesome and feel the liberating humbleness that accompanies it.
Be your best self. Speak your truth but care for your words so that they don’t harm others. Your best self is ready.
You are just waiting for you.
And not only is it time, but you really are ready.
Speak your Words. Create your World.
And be the light you were always meant to be.
By Aaron Paquette