Synchronistic Meetings

We can seek out people we want to meet and never connect with them. We can post recruitment ads and not find the ‘right’ person. We can do Google searches and come out empty-handed. If we exert a lot of effort in our search, it is like swimming upstream. We get frustrated because we are going against the natural flow of life.

The most meaningful connections often occur synchronistically. When the time is right, the Universe ever-so-simply orchestrates a ‘chance’ meeting. The best laid plans, strictly adhered to, may not ever produce the results sought.

The best thing we can do in any instance is: show up. Show up, stay open, observe any and all opportunities. Then, go with the flow. The world, this life, is full of possibilities when we approach our moments like this.

Synchronistic Meetings © June 3, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Parallel Lives

Every moment of every day, we are making choices that we believe define our destiny. If today I choose a path that diverges off on a tangent, it seems like there is no way back.

Or is there? What if, in some alternate universe, some parallel life, I take both paths? Or all paths, like some kind of ever-multiplying fractal?

We cannot be certain of anything but this moment. Nothing outside this moment can actually be proven. If we suppose that All things are possible, and All things occur in this moment, then does the choice we make here and now truly dismiss all other choices? Perhaps it just enables the human brain to focus upon one choice in a sequence timeline so we can compose a story about it; all the while, every other choice is being played out in infinite layers that are somehow integrated in the quantum field.

The point is, let’s not fret over ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ choices when All things exist simultaneously. We may be focusing on ‘this’, but ‘that’, too, is being experienced on some level.

Parallel Lives © May 27, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Knowing and Walking

Knowledge is somewhat subjective. We could just say it’s all thought. Let’s suspend the analysis for a moment and presume there is a kind of supreme knowledge that is the ultimate truth of life. Let’s presume we have been enlightened to that knowledge: we know what it’s all about, what we’re here to do, how it all works. What then?

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
— Morpheus, in the film, The Matrix

 We may ‘know’ what the path is. Are we walking that path?

To know but not to do is not yet to know.
— Zen proverb

A life coach might say: take action! Yet, there are ideas (excuses?) around ‘divine timing’ and ‘allowing’ for the Universe to deliver ‘this, or something better’. We may ‘sit still’, wait to be ‘guided’ or ‘meditate on it’. We may be looking for the ‘flow’, the ‘signs’, or following our ‘intuition’.

It seems to me that thinking, believing and even knowing is not enough.
Walking. Therein lies Reality.

Walking involves Being, with every cell of the body, heart and soul, fully committed to something. It does not even matter what that ‘something’ is. What matters is full and complete engagement.

Until we Walk, do we really Know? Do we really Live?

Knowing and Walking © May 8, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Intuitive Impulse

Driving along toward a certain destination, there is a sudden impulse to take the next left turn. No signs prompting, no clear reason ‘why’, just intuition screaming, “turn left now!”. If I resist, it will continue to nag me until I turn back, or until another opportunity arises that will lead me to that same place. Call it fate or destiny. Call it spiritual guidance. Call it insanity. To control it is futile. All roads lead to the same place. It’s inevitable.

Whether I choose to turn now or later, in this life or the next, there is something that my eyes need to see, my ears need to hear, my heart needs to feel. That turn beckons and it won’t let me go until I surrender to it completely, without bargaining conditions, without negotiation, without my ego getting in the way of its message.

Even though it takes me off my planned route, even though it makes no sense to my head or even to my heart, my gut rules. Instincts and intuition force my hands to shift the steering wheel leftward. I find myself on an unknown road leading who-knows-where. It’s quaint. It’s pretty. I still don’t know why I am there. I go as far as the road takes me, until gut says to turn back. About a mile. Nothing all that eventful happens. Maybe the detour just places me in the right space and time at some future point elsewhere. This is something we cannot even guess at sensibly.

Trusting the intuitive impulse is the point. It doesn’t have to make sense to our logic. Our brains cannot understand the incomprehensible Grand Scheme of Things. As individual human beings, it is simply our duty to trust our instincts, to go with the flow, to follow the intuitive impulses that guide us as if by some cosmic awareness our human mind is not privied to in its entirety.

Forget the sat navs and the gps systems. Without the gadgets, without support systems, we all only have one thing to rely on. Our own inner intuitive impulse. Trust it.

Intuitive Impulse © March 19, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Becoming a Modern Nomad

I am a restless soul. Every moment of every day of my life must count for something, mean something, or I get very restless. I need to be where I am needed most; where I am nourished most. It’s a great big world out there. Why settle in one spot, decay and rot, in the name of putting down roots? We’re not trees. Humans have legs that are made for walking.

It took me many, many years to accept my nomadic self. The excuse to move has always been for work experience, a career move, more affordable cost of living. The truth is, my feet itch, my spirit yearns for renewal of Self, of fresh eyes, new perspectives, greater awareness, expanded possibilities. The traditional: own a home, have a family, get the latest devices everyone else has, while ‘nice’, has never been a motivation for me. In fact, once I acquire a certain amount of material possessions, there is a point at which it feels so burdensome, I need to get rid of it entirely. This is true to some degree of places I live, and even people (if they are stagnant in their own lives).

I used to be hard on myself about this. Like, it’s wrong. Like, I should be settled and own a home at my age. I should stick with my job because who’s going to give me another when fresh blood is so bountiful? But, this is my life, and I’m going to do it my way, and the consequences may not actually be so bad from my point of view. To some, the worst thing in the world may be to have nothing. But imagine the freedom!

The tribal way was nomadic. If a place no longer served, the community got up and shifted elsewhere. At a time when there were no borders, where instincts and intuition were followed, when shamans led and the people trusted, this is the innate natural behaviour of the human being on earth. Modern society is so fixated on ownership, on insurance, on legal boundaries – all oppressive fear-inducing tactics – resulting in depression, stuckness, and suicide (of spirit, if not body). For me, this kind of life is something I no longer accept.

It wasn’t until I fully accepted the possibility that I could become homeless, penniless, jobless and wind up with nothing – that I could begin to let go of all my possessions to free myself entirely of their responsibility, so I could be true to the wandering spirit that I am and live as a modern nomad. It is getting to a place of Fearlessness of the Unknown.

As I shed the excess baggage I’ve accumulated, I remain open to any and all possibilities that come my way. Open to learning, being, becoming, evolving.

Is there any other way to live? For me, this is the best way to live!

Becoming a Modern Nomad © March 16, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Power of a Smile

When I was younger, I was afraid to smile at passers-by in case they did not smile back. I felt if I smiled and they didn’t, they were rejecting me. I would feel rebuffed and stupid for extending myself out there with a smile. The fear of rejection was so deep, that even up until very recently, my most common reaction was to hesitate to smile at just anyone. I would check first, to see if their eyes and faces were receptive.

Yet, in truth, it is probably the most stone-cold, frowning faces that need the most to be blessed with a smile. And we, You and I, have that to give, anytime, anywhere, for free to anyone we choose.

A smile, to one that rarely gets smiled at, can be life-changing. I remember the first day of a high school art class. I sat at a table by myself. Soon, a girl sat down opposite me. Our eyes met, and she delivered the most beautiful, genuine, kind-hearted smile. In that instant, her smile gave me everything I could ever want or need from another human being. Her smile said: “I see you. I acknowledge that you exist. You are worth knowing.” I never forgot that moment. The picture is still emblazoned on my memory.

This stranger affirmed that my presence there, in that moment, mattered. A smile given unconditionally has the extraordinary power to breathe healing light into the heart of another. It melts ice. It transforms cocoon to butterfly. Exchanged between two people, its power is multiplied. The resulting energy ripples outward, vibrationally raising the mood surrounding.

Let’s give our smiles away freely. We have an infinite source of smiles. They cost nothing, and yet their value to the receiver can be phenomenal, perhaps life-saving! I say it’s well worth the risk!

Power of a Smile © March 12, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Vibrant Communication

I have always believed it. I even occasionally (unknowingly) practiced it. Mentally, I played with it. Now, it is becoming a new way life. Communicating on the level of vibration is a deeper – much deeper – way of connection with ‘others’ and the ‘One’. This powerful expanded space is a delicious exchange, an interaction of light, a profound insight. It is a way of tapping into Source.

Whatever you are giving your attention to is already vibrating. And when you give your attention to it, if you maintain your focus for as little as 17 seconds, you begin to include its vibration, whatever it is, in your vibration. When you see something you want, and you give it your attention, and you say yes to it, you are including whatever its vibration is in your vibration. When you see something you do not want, and you shout no at it, you are including whatever its vibration is in your vibration. In this vibrational world, which is everything, you are far more vibrational beings than you are verbal beings. You are communicating with everyone far more on a vibrational basis, than you are on a verbal basis.

— Abraham (Abraham-Hicks), Portland, OR on Sunday, July 11th, 1999

As someone who has made their living up until now as a visual communicator (through graphic design), awareness of this added dimension brings a plethora of possibilities to recreate a whole new life pathway.

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I choose to remain an expectant observer, listener, sensor.

Vibrant Communication © March 7, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Telling the Story of Personal Evolution

Tiny steps.
Ripple effect.
Bravo!
It is all evolving… we are all evolving, at different paces.

Patience.

Telling the Story of Personal Evolution © March 5, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

Abundance of Beingness

When we focus on abundance, we tend to think about how much money we have, or what possessions we own. If our monetary and material assets are few, we believe that we are lacking in abundance. We can have millions of dollars, and we can lose it or give it away and be left with poverty. These things are transient and uncertain.

What if we reframed the reference of abundance to a meaning of what we ARE, rather than what we have? If I am at peace, it may be said I have an abundance of peace. If I am cheerful, I have an abundance of cheer. If I am loving, I have an abundance of love. If I am abundant in these things, I can give it all away, and I still have a never-ending flow. This makes us truly abundant!

True abundance has nothing to do with anything that I am having, and everything to do with what I am being. And that when I share my abundance of beingness abundantly with all those whose lives I touch, everything I sought to have came to me automatically, without my even trying to have them.

— Neale Donald Walsch

Experiment with the idea of BE-ing abundant, and focus on it rather than on ‘having’ abundance. When you do this, you may discover that ‘stuff’ matters comparatively little when you are being abundant. Notice how your life enriches!

Abundance of Beingness © February 21, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak

BEING Your Right Livelihood

As children, we’re asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We may say: a fireman or a teacher, for example. These are labels that represent something we do, rather than what we are be-ing. A fireman fights fires and a teacher teaches. When we think of a job, career or even vocation, we often think of it in terms of what we do.

Neale Donald Walsch says:

So, the important thing for us to remember, when we’re searching for right livelihood, is to stop looking for something to do, and start looking for something to be. And to get in touch with that part that resides deep inside of you that knows who you really are. And see what it would take to call that forth in a beingness way.

When you meet someone new, you may say, “What do you do for a living?” We identify who we are by what we do. Is this a good thing? Or is this a misleading thing? What if we asked, “Who are you being?” I wonder how the reply might differ.

As someone who is still trying to figure out who I want to be when I grow up, I think it’s a good idea to take the word ‘be’ literally, and focus on that. That way, whatever I do is somewhat irrelevant. If my focus is on being, I can always be true to myself while doing any task.

BEING Your Right Livelihood © February 20, 2011 | Annie Zalezsak