A year ago, I started walking on my spiritual path only to stumble upon a transformational course called A Course in Miracles. The moment I took the first lesson, it was like food for the soul and I wanted more and more to the point that I studied it daily, literally until I understood it’s core principles.
It was like a magnetic pull if you will as it drew me in and I devoured it’s divine wisdom with an open heart and mind. All of a sudden it all made complete sense to me. The veil that altered my perception for the greater part of my life, had been lifted off of my eyes, truth triumphed, illusions fell to the wayside and my vision was restored.
The best way to describe it is, imagine walking your whole life through a dark room, bustling your way through. Well in my case, I finally found the switch, the lights went on and I was forever changed – I found my “True Self”.
Lo and behold, A Course in Miracles has become the foundation of my message at Talk With Abby as “Allow the Real You to Emerge” and I am so happy to announce, that I’ve made the decision to dive in fully and become a Teacher of the course. A gargantuous task I know, as I follow in the footsteps of the amazing, author and teacher of the course, Marianne Williamson.
Oh yes, I will be “Walking My Talk” every step of the way as transformation is my intention as a Life Coach to heal, empower and inspire my readers and clients.
There is a moment in life my friends, where you discover your life’s purpose and by the grace of God, I’ve discovered mine. I can recall a rather strange coincidence on the day of my launch party, May 15th 2013, a picture was taken of me standing in front of a chalkboard at the venue, totally not planned I might add. A coincidence…..hmmm or a nudge from above and beyond for what’s to come.
If you pay close attention and you’re awake, the Universe will send you clues on the person you are meant to be.
There is lots of work to be done but I am committed to the journey.
And so on that note, I’ll leave you with this quote by A Course in Miracles where it states:
“The miracle does not awaken you, it merely shows you who the dreamer is.”
Thanks for your loyal following my friends and cheers to an epic journey.
Sending huge love your way,
For some of you reading this headline, you’ll burst out laughing saying Yes and for others it will be “Heck No Abby”. Either way, everyone is entitled to their opinions.
But stay with me for a moment with an open Heart and an open Mind, let me explain.
I used to hear people declare the statement that “Ignorance is Bliss” and the mere thought of “not knowing” made me cringe. Seriously!
My intellect just couldn’t grasp the concept, because in Truth, I was addicted to “Analysis, Paralysis”.
I lived in the Mind. My Ego took centre stage in my previous life and the result was this incessant, chatter going on in my head, in my sleep, in the shower, whatever I was doing, stealing my moments, disturbing my Peace of Mind and more importantly allowing me to come to preconceived, “Crazytown”, forgone conclusions and judgments that were flat out Wrong!
There was a constant, internal struggle with separating the Real from the Imagined, between Truth and illusion. A battle with what I saw in my Spirit vs. what I saw in my Ego. It was a flat out War, constantly being in defense mode to prove myself Right AND others Wrong.
Oh yes, I was a closet “know it all” and I would even go to the extent of saying that I was a closet “Fault Finder” (which I discovered stemmed from a lack of Trust and that’s a whole other conversation altogether some other time). Come hell or high water, I was protecting those paradigms baby. I chose Suffering.
But for realz, I just had to put the pieces together constantly, wracking my brain, conceptualizing everything to prove myself right. And you wanna know what? It robbed me of true Joy and the truth of the matter was, “I simply have No clue, you have No clue, none of us actually do”.
Take a moment and let that thought permeate every cell in your being, breathe, exhale and observe the feeling that you get without judgment. How does it make you feel in your body right now? Does it feel constrictive or expansive? Does it feel fearful or does it feel peaceful?
You see, what I learnt, is that there is something comforting and peaceful about not knowing everything. It’s called the practice of Surrender and trusting in the Unknown.
It’s about believing wholeheartedly that the Universe has your back at all times, that what you need to know will be revealed in due time, that everything is actually working for you as unorthodox as it may seem and overall to just have Faith, that it’s All Good.
We are so obsessed as a global society with being in “the know”, we’re so busy managing other people’s business in our Minds as Spiritual teacher Byron Katie would say. And a lot of it has to do with our fear of “Uncertainty”, the need to control the outcome AND not knowing who we “Really Are”.
It gives us this false sense of security in some way, a false identity, a sense of control when in Truth, we were never in control to begin with, Everrrrr!
Now I’m not suggesting that we float around in life, without a sense of purpose, mission or plan in anyway, what I’m trying to impart to all of you as coming from a reformed, “Analyzer” and “Control Freak” is that I’ve discovered that Surrender and Peace of Mind is absolute Bliss.
I’ve discovered that when you truly let go, Grace invades your life. You smile more, laugh, chillax, and believe it or not, you get more done.
Surrender is radical, it’s the “New Black” and you wanna know what? People will notice a glow about you, they’ll gravitate to you and they won’t even know why.
Your light will shine so brightly that people will see their own reflection in your presence and they will want the same.
Yes, you will become a beacon of light for transformation, your Authenticity will give people permission to be who they are.
The “Real You” will finally emerge, for you are finally home. You are Awakened.
So you’ve got a presentation to do first thing in the morning. You’ve been working your “Butt Off” on this project for a couple of weeks, getting all your ducks in order, crossing all your T’s, dotting all your I’s and then Wham! Your computer crashes, because your cat sat on the keyboard while you’re working.
Totally a freak accident, a cosmic disturbance of sorts, unexplainable beyond comprehension, totally not your fault, but guess what? Nobody cares, they’re only interested in you doing the damn thing.
I know, it sucks but it’s true
I once worked on a Consulting project for a client and what a World Class company. You could just see the congruency of their Values, Mission statement and Service all aligned. Go figure they made the Forbes list of one of the best companies to work for. True leadership at it’s finest.
One of the things that caught my attention in their Mission statement is “Own the Outcome”. I read it and thought, beautiful, how Empowering! And it’s true, we must own the outcome of our lives, we are totally responsible.
Now don’t get me wrong, stuff happens, I get it, not everything is our fault. In fact, there are seasons in life that can be so intense and adverse to the point that you think there is this massive conspiracy going on to sabotage you and take you down, been there, done that!
But we must find the courage to keep pressing and deliver amidst the obstacles in our way. That is the test of a true Supernova, Empress, No Excuses!
To some of you reading this, please don’t think I’m trying to be harsh here, I really do get it. And believe it or not, I’m a super, sensitive person with oodles of compassion, but we must be Real with ourselves in the sense that life happens but the show must go on, it’s just how it works.
I’ve often believed that children can teach us so much about follow through and doing what you’ve gotta’ do. For example, when your child has to go to karate class at 6pm on Thursdays, your child does not care that your boss blasted you at the office for doing a crappy, job on your presentation in front of your co workers I might add.
Your child, is determined to make that karate class so that he can hang out with his best friend, Billy and is expecting you to get him there on time, No Excuses!
Now I don’t have any children of my own yet, but I’m a proud auntie and I’ve observed my amazing brother follow through on his responsibilities as a father in utter, admiration. You see, my brother has taught me what commitment really is all about.
He really is exceptional and quite the consummate professional in his job, as a businessman, husband and a father to his children. Oh yes, my brother gets stuff done and makes No Excuses! And, makes his wife happy .
A man of valor, strength and humility. Oh yes, our dear father taught us well about honor, integrity and staying true to your values. I could just hear his voice ringing “Abby, you’re an Executive, Get it together, No Excuses!”
Thanks for your words of wisdom Daddy, you’re absolutely right (I’m totally a Daddy’s girl ). And I guess we can all take a lesson from this that we really do have the power to get stuff done. Especially when we’re “Uber” clear on our “Why” we become so fiercely, focused that the obstacles must step aside, oh yes, because the job must get done.
So join me, as we move into a brand New Year, in chanting “No Excuses” as a mantra in honor of staying true to our Dreams, Values and Commitments.
Cheers to getting the Job done!