Sunday, April 15, 2012

You Know

Any time you are moving to music, to a beat, to a rhythm in your own head, you are dancing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what dance is.  You know.  You can try and try to BE a dancer, and find that it somehow eludes you, so you are never “there.”  In fact, chasing something, by definition, means that it is running away from you.  But if you decide that you are a dancer right now, every time you dance, you are a dancer getting better and more proficient. 

You already are what you seek to be.  You just didn’t know it.

One of my favorite movies is Galaxy Quest. It’s about washed up television actors who were in a cult series (like Star Trek).  Alien beings had seen transmissions of the show and thought it was real.  As the plot unfolds, the aliens ask the actors for help in another galaxy, and the actors, because they “act as if” they are heroes, become heroes.  They already were the parts that they were acting, they just didn’t know it.  They didn’t have to pursue heroism; it was there inside them waiting to be uncovered.  

In the book, Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani, talks a lot about “allowing.”  This is the idea that we already are everything we want to be, because the tapestry of life has already been woven.  (We move through time; time doesn’t move through us -- just as quantum physics has shown.)  Since everything is already, we don’t have to search or seek, we only have to allow.  And allowing is about just being.  Being the truth of who you are and trusting that.  No one else can tell you what course you’re supposed to be on, who you’re supposed to be, or what you’re supposed to do. 

I spent a large part of my life being what others thought I should be.  I didn’t trust myself.  I figured these others must know something I didn’t.  They seemed so sure.  So I thought I’d better listen.  Well, although they had the best intentions, they were still wrong. 

Trust that you know, in the deepest part of yourself, who you are. 

You already are who you seek to be; you (maybe) just don’t know it yet. 

So instead of doing, we can decide to be.  Instead of believing, we can know.    Instead of seeking, we can allow.

The path begins and ends right where you are.