"Instead of seeing yourself as a famous actor and writer and so on, see yourself inspiring countless people with your work and enriching their lives. Feel how that activity enriches and deepens not only your life but that of countless others. Feel yourself being an opening through which energy flows from the unmanifested Source of all life through you for the benefit of all."
Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth.
This is such an important reading! It reminds me to always be aware of what my present focus is. Sometimes I forget what's important in life. I leave the present moment, and enter the "what if" realm. I fantasize about being grandiose in some way. I see myself as famous, appreciated, admired, etc., and when I go there, I am totally in ego, and I am out of alignment with my soul's purpose. And I know it when I am there. I just feel it. Something about my experience doesn't feel right at all.
But, learning to be more of an objective observer of my behaviour is bringing me the gift of awareness. From a place of honest reflection, I can change what have been default patterns in my past. I can learn to focus on the things that makes my heart sing, instead of working towards making myself feel "bigger" somehow.
My True Heart is never wrong. It does not judge; It only Loves. When my actions come from that place, I know it, because what I do inadvertently touches someone (I can't plan this because planning only serves to take me further into my egoic mind). And that is my real gift; that is my purpose: To humbly be of service to others. Service is the food that nourishes my soul.
Our hearts and intuitions are the most accurate gauge of whether we are in alignment with our true purpose, or not. If we feel icky in the inside; or if our actions niggle at our conscience somehow, then we've got some clean up to do. For me, living with a clean and honest conscience, is the best design for living my best life.
I have read a lot of books on the Law Of Attraction; books that tell me that I can have whatever I dream of having. But then I read A New Earth, and I find out that I also need to be conscious of "what" I am dreaming about; I need to determine if my dreams are self-centered and/or self-serving, in any way? Because, if they are, I am missing the point of having these manifestation powers. I'm merely living my life in a superficial way. Sure, I can attract lots of "stuff" into my experience, but I will find myself in a room full of stuff, feeling completely empty inside.
We can't ever "really" fill ourselves up with "stuff." But we CAN "really" fill ourselves up with Love and Connections. And we do that by connecting, and sharing our true hearts with others. And the realization of this has brought me such a deep feeling of relief.
Today, I give myself permission to remain a humble and subtle force of Love in this world, and from that place, I know that I will get to be of service, to my fellows, in a much more profound way! And I am grateful for this message. Ahhh!