This is a more personal share. I hope my reflections within my life somehow also serve you.
I’ve been focused on surrendering this year. Doing less STRIVING. Practicing letting go of attachment to the way things should be or how they should go or what they should look like. Where did that word and concept of “should” come from anyway?
Practicing letting go of goals and plans and “figuring things out.” As if our minds and brains are designed to “figure things out” on our own. I have remembered – they are not. And, we are not on our own.
Setting aside what I think I “know” and “have to do” to see what’s present in the NOW.
Relaxing into things exactly as they are. Listening deeply to my inner voice. I hear it in the stillness and quiet.
Here is what I am hearing –
Set yourself free.
Yes, let yourself be free.
Freedom is what you value Kay more than anything in life and yet you are keeping yourself from being fully free.
Out of fear.
Fear – less.
Know no boundaries.
What does that mean?
To “know no boundaries” is to not be limited by physical or imaginary boundaries.
There are no boundaries or limits Kay.
You humans construct limits. You imagine limits. You say things are possible or impossible.
You declare what can be humanly accomplished and what can’t.
Look up POSSIBLE in your dictionary –
Possible: able to be done, within the power or capacity of someone or something.
Says WHO? Who is the authority?
Look up IMPOSSIBLE in your dictionary –
Impossible: not able to occur, exist, or be done, not possible, out of the question.
Says WHO? Who is the authority? Who sets the threshold, the bar, the limit? Who KNOWS this?
And even if by chance they truly know it for THEMSELVES who declares this for OTHER PEOPLE?
There are no boundaries or limits.
Take your running for example. You are beginning to understand this. You have said in the past “I am not really a runner. I walk, I jog, I run a bit and yet I am not a runner. I ran a marathon in 2011 and yet I am not really a runner.”
You SAW that declaration you were making for what it is. You decided to change it. You began to ask yourself what was the shift that would need to happen in your mind. You wrote your mantra –
I am a runner.
Swift as an arrow.
Light as a feather.
Wind at my back.
Wings on my feet.
The spirit of Sir Roger whispers – LET GO! SOAR & FLY, SOAR & FLY!
(For those of you that don’t know, Kay remembered that Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Until he did back in 1954 most people thought it wasn’t possible. They believed the human body couldn’t go that fast – that it would collapse under the pressure! Can you believe that? And, once he broke this “impossible” barrier others followed. His record was broken in 46 days! You can listen to Roger narrate a film of the race here.)
And what happened for you Kay? Your speed increased overall! You are running longer intervals faster. In excitement as you looked at your Garmin numbers you declared an intention to run an 11 minute mile after you learned that this is the “average” speed of women in half marathons. You know it not to be a limit, just a first breakthrough to shoot for!
You asked yourself “how will it be possible for me?” with lots of curiosity and the first answer you got was “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” In your excitement you immediately listened to Richard Bach read his fine book as soon as you got home and then proceeded to tell everyone about it! LOL!
“He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all”
– Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
You can do this Kay. Know no boundaries. Believe. Practice.
Take these lessons into the rest of your life, especially your purpose – your reason for being activities.
Speaking of that – your purpose work…
You exist in a world where many people are injured and paralyzed. They are conditioned and programmed in your world to believe that little to nothing is possible. That what they hope for is impossible or next to impossible. They are told they should “live with it.”
Says who? Another human with limits, boundaries and fears? A human who has never been injured in this way? Never been paralyzed? What’s up with that??
Limits are about what you humans do not intellectually know or understand. Take doctors for example. They go to a human medical school and learn from other humans what is known so far in their reality – and what science has proven or not proven. You all have put them on pedestals. Society has given them “god like” status. Something about those white coats with a tie or those surgical scrubs. If they intellectually don’t have an answer, it they don’t understand something they will usually declare it impossible or really not likely. They take away your hope.
Remember, they are human.
They are not “all knowing.”
They don’t have special abilities to see into the future or to “know” something beyond today. They are well-meaning. Don’t judge this very human behavior.
Just see it for what it is.
Limits are about fear and remaining safe and secure. Safety needs dominate your human behavior. Man has a natural desire for predictability and to have things within his control. He/she usually stays inside a comfort zone even when that zone is not what they want. It is familiar, known and that is enough. Known and familiar.
Limits are about not wanting to be hurt or cause hurt or feel pain or cause pain. Limits are about not wanting to experience the feelings of deep disappointment.
I say to you though that life on earth is about experiencing the highs and lows of human emotion. Through those experiences you learn, grow and evolve. One has to risk at times and FEEL. And then connect again to self and others and venture on.
Limits are about fear of failure and fear of success.
Out of all this fear that limits, comes a common saying in your world, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”
NO. This is a Myth. It is not truth. It is a belief designed to protect and keep you safe and secure. Born of fear.
TRUTH – – The great man Wayne Dyer spoke the truth when he said, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”
It starts with a deep DESIRE for something and a belief in possibility. Knowing no boundaries. Using your imagination and tapping into your intuition, inner knowing, or as you said in this post – your gut feelings and soul whispers.
Aaron was diagnosed with a COMPLETE cervical injury and told he had a one in a million chance of ever feeding himself again. He has since biked across the country and walked the Mojave Desert (and fed himself). They really need to stop using that word “complete.” It sends the wrong message.
Josh has a sliver of his spinal cord in his neck and was told many “nevers” and yet he is living a full life with his wife, son and new passions. He is doing most if not all of the “nevers!”
Mitchell as well was diagnosed COMPLETE cervical injury and did what he wasn’t supposed to be able to do – walk around this world, regain sexual function (which many believe not possible) and grew into his purpose of teaching others they too can regain that feeling and create love and fulfillment after injury.
People need to understand that the word paralysis does not have “permanent” as a part of the definition. Paralysis ≠ permanent.
So many stories of breakthrough are out there. Look at the wonderful people you’ve met online. Others are coming closer to home. Keith. Sam. Mike. Others to follow. More and more will come to understand and follow. The tide is turning.
Keep connecting with others who share our message.
Keep sharing our messages. Speak the truth. Honor all where they are on their journey.
Defy Injury IS a terrific platform.
May there be hundreds of stories there all in one place as you desire.
Keep listening to what they all share and don’t share.
They want freedom above all else as well.
So be open. Be flexible. Pivot. Love.
Most of all, LOVE. And hold the space.
And remember the words of Jonathan –
“He spoke of very simple things – that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.
“Set aside,’ came a voice from the multitude, “even if it be the Law of the Flock?”
“The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.”
– Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull