Personal growth never ends, it only continues to expand with information you take in and you constantly take responsibility for your actions. Growth stops when you do and either you die inside as you have lost your lust for life or it’s time for you to transition. Once you open the door towards asking challenging questions and connecting with spiritual life, the door can’t be closed again because you’ve moved past ignorance to knowledge. Empowering yourself brings about many challenges and confrontations of yourself yet it leads to taking responsibility for your life as you choose happiness and health. You become you’re own superhero and stop being a victim. It’s an awakening that moves you closer to spiritual enlightenment.
One of my paths towards self discovery has been with a personal empowerment series of workshops called Essence of Being. This weekend I’ll be volunteering at the second of the series called Passionate Manifestation which is dedicated to asking for what you want and believing it will happen. I remember when I attended this workshop in 2011 and it was very powerful for me on so many levels. I faced many of my struggles and fears in a supportive environment.
Here’s a poem that was shared with me in my 3rd workshop of the series, Mastery for I believe you will resonate with it too.
The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s desire.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams,
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your sorrow,
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals,
or have become shriveled and closed for the fear of future pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
without moving to hide it, fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,
if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers
and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of human beings.
It interests me if you are a seeker of truth.
I want to know if you disappoint another to be true to yourself,
if you can bear the accusations of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day,
and if you can source your life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine,
and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver moon “Yes!”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you are now or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Your life is not a coincidence; it is a reflection of you.
Feel free to reply and share your aha after reading this poem. Pass this blog along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.
Paty, La Mariposa