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When the Shift Hits the Fan!

When the “Shift” hits the fan
by Jean Harper

Ninety-nine percent of your thoughts are a waste of time.  They do nothing but freak you out. ~Michael Singer

I have learned that no experience is wasted. Sometimes it just takes a tiny shift in perspective to reach an “Aha” moment. Growing up in the South I was exposed, at an early age, to organized religion.  My family regularly attended a Baptist church where I learned to fear the wrath of God should I break any of the list of rules set forth by the church.  That experience left me with a few scars; therefore, for most of my life, I did not attend church.  I was not able to grasp the image of our creator as I was taught.  I believed in God but wanted to connect in a way that would resonate with me. 

About 8 years ago, after much coercing by a friend, I decided to attend the First Unity church in St. Petersburg where I was re-introduced to religion or rather, as I prefer to call it “spirituality”. That positive experience set me on a path of shifting that has rapidly expanded, year after year, and has changed my quality of life, forever.  I no longer attend any church on a regular basis but instead I “religiously’ spend time every morning in which to connect with my source. I have my own temple inside myself.

Over the last two years I have felt myself crack open and just recently the “shift” really hit the fan!  After reading “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer I recognized that I had been living with a roommate in my mind—that voice that just wouldn’t shut up.  I became conscious of the presence of something greater than my body and it is residing right inside of me. It is that entity, me, who is the one that is “still”, consistent, never-changing, and the one listening to everything. The “voice” that just felt it had to predict and control everything.  I realized that what I had been searching for my whole life was me.  I was hungry, actually starving, for self.  At one point, I felt myself surrender and then I was finally open to know “me.”

In Chapter 1 of Michael Singer’s book, “The Untethered Soul”, he writes, “In case you haven’t noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops.  It just keeps going and going.  Have you ever wondered why it talks in there?  How does it decide what to say and when to say it?  How much of what it says turns out to be true?  How much of what it says is even important?  And if right now you are hearing, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t have any voice inside my head?”—that’s the voice we’re talking about.” 

From that paragraph, I was hooked on this book!  From there, the 181 pages of this book were absorbed into my cells and I say again, “the shift hit the fan!”  The most revealing part of the book for me was Chapter 9 where he discusses removing our inner thorns.  He writes, “Imagine that you have a thorn in your arm that directly touches a nerve.  When the thorn is touched, it’s very painful.  Because it hurts so much, the thorn is a serious problem.  It’s difficult to sleep because you roll over on it.  It’s hard to get too close to people because they might touch it.  It makes your daily life very difficult.  You can’t even go for a walk in the woods because you might brush the thorn against the branches.”  Of course he is speaking metaphorically about our inner, personal “thorns” resulting from unpleasant experiences in our lives starting as early as childhood.  The older we get, the more “thorns” that appear until we can no longer see “clearly” what is going on around us.  He helps us learn how to remove the “thorns” to allow us to live the happy, joyful, life we are meant to live.

The solution to everything in life is really simple but we must be ready to hear it.  For me the shift really hit the fan after reading this book.  I highly recommend it, if you are ready to shift.

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