I was originally drawn to working as a publisher through a lifelong interest in exploring the spiritual wisdom which books in the mind, body, spirit category address.
Over the course of my career I was fortunate enough to learn a great deal from each author I worked with and each book I was involved in publishing.
I felt honoured to meet Native American shamans as well as experts on meditation, healing and holistic living, and facilitate the process for those ground-breaking individuals to share their teachings with an international audience.
The Glass Ceiling
I was committed to applying what I learned in my life and experienced the benefits of doing so for many years.
However, the business grew rapidly and eventually the pressure of working absurdly long hours and taking on increasing amounts of responsibility took its toll.
I ended up knowing a fair amount about the subjects I’d published books on but hit the glass ceiling that separates intellectual understanding from “walking the path”.
Direct Experience of Truth
Everything changed following a head injury from a falling stage spotlight that triggered a deep awakening and led me into direct experience of the Truth I’d spent so many years publishing books about.
Embodying the awakened perspective became – and has remained – one of my highest priorities.
Direct Knowing with every fibre of my being took priority over mind based comprehension, and it continues to be a daily practice all these years later.
You Are the River
The difference between the two initially feels quite subtle.
However, with practice, the lived experience of the intuitive felt sense expands into unmistakeable “messages” which guide your thoughts, feelings and actions.
It’s a bit like the quantum leap that comes from releasing the habit of “pushing the river” and realizing you are the river; everything switches from black and white to high definition, vibrant and full spectrum colour!
When you’re present, aligned and in integrity with your soul, life flows through you with ease and grace.
One Small Step
The shift from intellectual understanding to “walking the path” occurs through increasing your awareness and making a commitment to take one small step at a time*.
These steps could include conscious choices to:
- Carry forwards the calm from your morning practice into your day and prompt yourself by setting reminders on your phone to pause and deepen that connected state of being.
- Inhabit your body fully when you engage in any form of conscious movement to access the innate intelligence of your body rather than remaining locked in your mind.
- Identify what you need to live consciously, creatively and joyfully, and integrate your discoveries into your life, like deciding to spend time in nature, then making that a reality.
One of my favourite quotes which I often share at the end of my courses and classes comes from the film The Matrix.
The character Morpheus explains to Neo, “Sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
Aligning your life and work with who you truly are will not come from intellectual analysis alone; ultimately it comes from walking the path.
* See my previous post on taking the first step here