Part L: Middles
You're searching, Joe, for things that don't exist;
I mean beginnings. Ends and beginnings -- there are no such things.
There are only middles.
~ Robert Frost
I mentioned previously that last year, in the summer of 2006, concurrently with those consecutive bookings for Campbell, I intuitively felt that it was time to release my business of two decades in order to devote myself exclusively to what my heart was telling me to do – to teach my Feel Free to Prosper program and mentor others. How interesting that within that following month, I suddenly felt the urge to share my story, not realizing it would evolve into this long detailed account, and certainly not anticipating that the opportunity would manifest in a most unexpected way to sell it to a major publishing house. But it appears that telling this story and sharing it with others is all part of the process of letting go and putting that phase of my life behind me in peace. This story completes the cycle. I set out 20 years ago to make a statement. I think we can agree that I have accomplished that. :-) If this story reaches out to inspire and change just one life, then it was worth telling.
I look back with gratitude at lessons learned, even if I was not as acutely aware while learning them as I am now in retrospect. It appears that my curriculum was well chosen by my Universal Teacher. Was I always a perfect student and did I always do my “homework.” No… of course not. But I did finally learn the tremendous advantages of staying with the program. :- )
In 2003, I was urged to teach those lessons to others. Not understanding how such a thing could ever evolve, I stepped forth in faith. I said to the Universe, if I am supposed to teach others, show me the way to do this so that others can grasp these principles easily and quickly and not have to go through my 30-year journey. The answer came, not only intuitively in the form of the written lessons, but in the form of talents and abilities that I never, ever knew I had. I had never taught or mentored in my life. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a “coaching” industry. I thought spiritual laws could only be taught by those who had years of formal study and credentials. I watched for about a year as testimonials arrived privately and at my Ryze network. I think it took that long – and seeing the results in black and white and color - until I fully realized that I was given a gift and I had earned my credentials through my years of study and experience – and love for the laws. The Universe gave me “honorary” credentials and instructions to continue. I came to realize that it was not only my gift, but my obligation to teach what I know.
Last summer, while attending to the Campbell bookings, after decades of being a “health nut”, I was faced with a health challenge for the first time in my adult life, and with victory over that challenge came the clear realization that we must listen to the dictates of our heart and follow the path that expresses who we truly are and one that is in alignment with our desires, values and joy. Our desires, values and joy may change over time and acquire new definitions – that’s part of our natural maturity and evolution - but it is the connection that we feel in the present moment to our Source of guidance and supply that will bring us to our right place and our true purpose. We may not know what that purpose is. I believe that the majority of people do not. But if we reach out with our heart to our Universal Parent, it will take our hand and guide us every step of the way. Its essence is pure Love. We are pure Love. And when we do our best to remove anything that is not aligned with our pure essence, then I believe we open ourselves to guidance and we will be led home.
It is with tears and a some sadness that I end this story. I have never written anything like this before and telling it – slowly and over time – has in itself become a way of life. But the sadness is tempered with an unusual sense of accomplishment. I recall that although a good student in high school, I somehow couldn’t bring myself to finish some book reports in my senior year, which created some issues.
I think this effort might make up for it.
February 28, 2007
To be followed in the future by the story of Feel Free to Prosper and its students...
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