If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. Today, walking alone, I meet him everywhere I step. He is the same as me, yet I am not him. Only if you understand it in this way, will you merge with the way things are. - Tung Shan
The choice for this heading is directly linked to one of the core question that has shaped my life. All throughout my conscious life, I have attempted to define who I AM as opposed to what others thought I needed to be or do.
DOING has always been the driving force in my family of origin. BEING remains a foreign notion that does not even exist in their vocabulary, much less in their outlook on life. Born into a family where I always felt as an outsider, in a community where I never belonged, in a social, religious, and cultural setting that appeared to do the best to define me rather than allowing me to define myself, I have worked very steadily towards unrevelling the veils of illusion that surround me.
The discovery, to which I refer as Creative Conscious Transformation, I have made on this journey that has taken me through several countries, languages, cultures, histories, careers, relationships, health challenges and more, sounds very simple.
I AM. I am just me. I understand and define myself foremost through my Being. What does BEING mean?
- It means my conscious awareness of the importance of the present moment is steadily growing.
- It demands my fullest attention of being in the NOW.
- it requires me to remain as detached from outcome and ego as possible.
- It calls me to open up to all my senses - the inner and outer senses, conventional and unconventional alike.
- It demands of me to be prepared to listen - to hear and discern, to listen deeply from within the heart.
- It invites me to create and hold a sacred space for myself and others around me.
- It allows me to live in the flow of the paradoxes of life.
BEING, in other words, entails living consciously and mindfully at all times to the best of our ability in each present moment. BEING reminds us of the paradox of life we are living where we are all connected; where the sum of its part is larger than the whole; where we realize the importance of each one of the parts we play in the co-creation of the whole.
It has taken me many years, decades actually, to accept that it is precisely my BEINGNESS through which all of my DOING must arise. Only then is DOING imbued with a sense of authenticity and integrity. Therefore, I'm offering to you my BEINGNESS as the vessel through which you learn to ground yourself and develop your own skills that lead you to rediscover your own BEINGNESS.
How does all this relate to you, you might ask? It is obvious from my CV that I have gathered plenty of tools (doing skills, both academic and practical in nature) throughout my life. I'm delighted to share them with you in your process of developing your creative conscious transformation. It is indeed YOUR creative process that I'm here to honour, nurture, and support, a process that's as unique and awe-inspiring as you. You will learn practical tools that assist your intuition and build your conscious awareness so you can negotiate your daily life in balance of body, emotions, mind, relationships, and spirit while tending to your soul.
BEINGNESS is a constant, as you know, that steadily evolves from one present moment to the next. Sometimes we feel alone or stuck, overwhelmed or anxious other times, elated and ungrounded perhaps as well and might need and want help along the way. I've come to the realization that BEINGNESS is characterized by key markers we are asked to examine and to absorb as qualities into the core of our BEING. I've learned to recognize them as honesty, integrity, an open mind, a willingness to accept responsibility for ourselves, acceptance of our cosmic connectedness, intuitive knowing, spiritual sensibilities, and an eagerness to live authentically.
Are you intrigued? Are you tempted to discover more? Life is filled with paradoxes, seeming opposites that appear to create tension in our lives. How would you like to find a detour to gain a new perspective on the paradox that confronts you right now? I would be pleased to support you on your distinct and unique journey of discovery.