Baby Steps are immeasurable according to the Theory of Irrelativity. Their measure includes added volume and weight that an ordinary distance cannot carry. Sometimes the very smallest of steps in the right direction are enough to cancel out those giant steps that you feel were taken in less-desirable directions. And these redeeming baby steps can end up being the biggest steps of your life. Why? Because you are honoring you, your preferences, and your well being. There is nothing that says I love you, little ol’ Self like taking a baby step in the right direction.
My affirmation last month was one that surprised me. It wasn’t prompted by any particular incident, writing, or reading. It was like my Higher Self spoke to me in the plainest of terms in a louder-than-usual voice:
“I am brave enough to love myself.”
This affirmation left a water mark, as I don’t believe that I have ever linked bravery to self-love. In hindsight, I am guessing that I have always associated self-love with acts, rewards, success, attitude, generosity, earned deserved-ness . . . but not bravery.
As the month passed and I repeated my affirmation, I began to see how being brave could make a big difference in how I honor my preferences, my priorities, and my choices.
By being brave, I put myself forward into an Unknown that I intuitively trust. And I take baby steps.
And these baby steps do not feel like they are taking me in any linear path that can be measured in mileage, hours, or dollar signs. They are taking me in an upward spiral that condenses the journey into a tightly-coiled experience that I can now see resembles what we call life.
I used to think of my stand-out memories in terms of fence posts. I go through life with my tool belt and my wire . . . stringing wire until I reach the next fence post that snags my memory’s attention. I pause while I attach the wire and then start walking toward some mysterious and unknown fence post that will make itself known in some splashy manner.
Now? I am no longer thinking in such linear terms. The spiral that this shell represents in this image is taking me on a different kind of journey that, rather than leading me away from anything, is leading me upward and closer on a tighter and tighter spiral.
“We have already climbed many steps . . .” Herman Hesse is right: It does indeed feel like I have already climbed many steps . . . but when I take a step off the spiral and take a good look and pause to reflect . . . it does look like there has definitely been some elevation gain — which explains so many things. No wonder I get tired, out of breath, discouraged, and fatigued sometimes. I am only human and this is the only life that I have. Rather than thinking of life being on some kind of vertical timeline, I am shifting my symbol-delegating thoughts to something that has motion, elevation, and beauty: a spiraling shell. “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards.”
My new affirmation for this month?
I am brave enough to spiral upward.
There is something about the chambered nautilus shell that has always grabbed my attention. It beckons to my intuition. It inspires me to think in a new way . . . to be creative. It speaks to me and tells me to listen to my Higher Self.
This is a lot of powerful talk for a shell. I did some reading about the nautilus shell and it turns out that my intuition is, not surprisingly, extremely astute. This shell speaks volumes and represents Sacred Geometry.
It turns out that Sacred Geometry is pretty cool stuff and its geometric codes are used to describe the basic building blocks of the universe. When you think about this, you wonder why, like arithmetic, algebra, and basic geometry, we don’t learn more about Sacred Geometry when we are in school. We memorize our addition and multiplication tables and learn about quadratic equations and figure out how to find the volume of a cone, so why isn’t there a class called Sacred Geometry in the school catalogs?
Here is a blurb that I found online about this shell:
“The main feature of the Nautilus is the large snail-like shell that is coiled upwards and lined with mother-of-pearl. The shell is subdivided into as many as 30 chambers. As the shell grows, its body moves forward into the new larger chamber and produces a wall to seal off the older chambers. The empty chambers are used to regulate buoyancy. A cross-section of the shell of the Nautilus will show the cycles of its growth as a series of chambers arranged in a precise Golden Mean spiral.
The Golden Mean is represented by the Greek letter phi, (with the decimal representation of 1.6180…) is one of those mysterious natural numbers that seems to arise out of the basic structure of our cosmos. Phi appears regularly in the realm of things that grow and unfold in steps just as the Nautilus shell grows larger on each spiral by phi.
With each revolution completing a cycle of evolution, the Golden Mean Spiral is symbolic of life’s unfolding mysteries. The continuous curves of the spirals, which are feminine in nature, and the ratios between each of the chambers reveal the intimate relationship between the harmonics of nature and Sacred Geometry.” http://2muchfun.info/nautilusshell.html
Happy Friday, lovelies!
Purpose: (noun) “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists”
Method: (noun) “orderliness of thought or behavior; systematic planning or action”
Purpose and Method. Reason and Action. Motivation and System. I am a firm believer in the profound power of Experiential Learning Theory — a theory of learning that focuses on learning through reflection on doing while incorporating previous experiences as guide, teacher, and mentor. It involves being creative in the learning process and constructing meaning from the experience. It isn’t that this theory is kind of fuzzy or that it needs to be proven. Good common sense and Continue reading
Life is a lively event. It moves with swiftness and makes no apologies. Save some room on your dance card today for an important person in your life.
Thank you, Ella & Louie, for keeping us all a little closer to each other.
So dreamy and beautiful. Please, take a few moments today for this lovely music.
If it is true that your thoughts drive your life — something that I do believe — then the big questions is, “Where am I heading? What is my next destination?” Most days feel so full of regular “stuff” that I don’t take the time to think about my next destination, my dreams and goals. I leave my compass in my desk drawer and I spin around in my chair, letting the Natural Laws of Chair Spinning to determine my next direction.
There are exponential unknowns that await each one of us. None of us know what will happen next in life. We strive to manage our expectations and to deal with disappointment. What if we just paused. Stopped the chair from going ’round and ’round. Asked ourselves, “What is it that I truly want?”
Try it. Listen to what answer bubbles to the surface. Write your answer down. Commit it to paper. To your white board. Your chalk board. You don’t need any GPS to follow your answer. Just follow your heart. Allow yourself some movement. Get up out of your chair and dance. Do anything that gets you moving. Let your happy thoughts drive your life. What do you have to lose other than getting yourself lost in some new territory? Let your thoughts drive your life to your dream destination.