Part XV: The Write Stuff
I am delighted at the unexpected feedback and overwhelming appreciative response I have received as a result of my story so far. Someone had mentioned, however, that I might appear to others as a “superwoman” with all of these inspiring and predominantly positive experiences. It was suggested that perhaps I could share more about the not-so-wonderful experiences over the years, as this would allow readers to better relate to me. In relating to my negative experiences, they could more readily accept that they could overcome their own.
I contemplated this for some time, as this was a respected opinion. I then brought this up with a couple of my students while conversing. One stated that although my story is greatly inspiring, she can understand how some could get that impression. After all, she said, “I don’t know anyone else who books mansions and castles. I don’t know anyone else who has stood in the Cheers bar.” I will reserve the comment of the other student until later.
I figure that this provides a perfect opportunity to reveal that I am not faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (original TV Adventures of Superman). Then again... :-)
So let’s do some myth dispelling here. First of all, the special events industry is a very large and specific industry relating to all aspects of personal, business and corporate entertaining, including hospitality and the meeting and convention markets. In almost every major city of the world, and even smaller cities, there are businesses that are created for this industry. Obviously, there are the hotels, but there are also caterers, party and event coordinators and production companies, destination management companies and special event professionals that service all aspects of the industry – food and beverage service, rental equipment, florals, design and décor, music and entertainment, transportation and parking - the list goes on.
Local clients as well as meeting planners and incoming convention clients who entertain are always seeking the perfect venue for their events. And the job of finding and securing that perfect venue has to be done by the client personally or by the local vendors – it was traditionally done by the caterers or event coordinators. In any case, it requires numerous telephone calls, researching locations, specs and availability, and is very time consuming, especially to find something less common and more unique.
But the point is, each city has a selection of event venues that are available for rental. These may be commercial and public facilities or they may be privately owned. And this would include private residences, mansions and castles. You have already become familiar with a couple of the residences I have mentioned. There are castles that can be booked in the world that are either privately owned or are public venues or museums that can be rented under certain conditions.
So the fact that I was able to rent “mansions and castles” certainly does not make me a superwoman – or any more glamorous than anyone else who had booked such sites. What did make me stand out is the fact that I learned to apply prosperity principles to connect with my Universal guidance to take what was ALREADY available and use it to create a viable business to provide that specific service on PURPOSE. It was “tuning in” to the pulse of the public and the industry to make a better mousetrap. And that is an area in which we can ALL become super. It has been said that all ideas are already created and existing in Divine Mind. We can learn to open our minds to tune in, become receptive, grasp an idea and make it our very own. Infinite Intelligence is waiting to give you your super idea. You must prepare to receive.
What about my signature photo…that interesting one with me standing in Cheers? Oh, that one is easy. If you had been to Los Angeles in the past 10 years, you could have visited the Hollywood Entertainment Museum and found yourself on the actual set of Cheers. Anyone could have taken a photo of you next to our wooden Indian friend. I use the past tense, because as of June of this year, 2006, the Museum closed in order to seek a new larger location to expand the Museum and its educational programs for the highest at-risk youth.
So I did not need to wear a cape to find myself in Cheers. :-) I merely needed to conduct my business – book the facility for my client’s event and grab the photographer a few minutes before the clients arrived.
The Write Stuff
Now allow me to address this idea regarding my negative experiences. This one took a lot of thought. My teachings are based on the power of our thoughts and words, and especially the power of the written word. I also teach about forgiving and releasing the past in order to shift our consciousness to the present in which we create our “future”.
All of the master teachings involve a transforming, or “renewing” of the mind to manifest a new life. We are admonished not to entertain the negative, which means to dwell or keep our attention there.
How then can I teach others to transform their lives by transforming their words, and yet revisit and dwell myself on circumstances that have been released and put to rest? How can I relive events in writing that will only serve to take me back to a place where I don’t want to be and take you, dear readers, with me? How can I justify that? Is that really necessary in order for you to relate to what I have written and to accept the inspiration and embrace the messages?
Perhaps elaborating on my painful experiences would encourage a “bonding” process. I won’t disagree with that. It’s done all the time in books. But I also recall that it was not done in the books of those great masters of mental science and teachers of Universal laws who have influenced me the most and whose teachings have had the greatest impact on my life. In fact, one great teacher just recently wrote her autobiography for the first time in her 50-year career. On the other hand, the books of these great teachers were not unfolding personal stories such as mine is here, which certainly does have the positive slant. So I see both sides of the issue.
Will it suffice to relate that I have been through those undesirable experiences without describing them? Will you gain from my story if I assure you that wherever you have been, I have been also? Can I mention these things in passing without "entertaining" them? Is it enough to know that I have experienced the depths of despair and these were the greatest learning experiences of my life, because when you are in the depths, you have only two choices. You will drown in the depths or you can choose to go up. If you choose the latter, Life will support you, the Universe will guide you, and you will learn. And know that with all of my knowledge and advances, I am still learning.
I have come to the decision that this writing is not about relating to you on the level where you are now. It is intended to lift you to the place where you want to be. I don’t believe it is necessary for us to have a party to celebrate the depths. We can instead choose to travel up together. If I have learned lessons to be further along than you, than I can be a guide.
As that other student so poignantly said to me…
”You are not about taking them to the darkness. You are about bringing them to the light.”
Opinion eagerly accepted. For now.
To be continued…
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