I want to share a story with you…
My family has always wanted to be a circus family. We each have individual talents that, when practiced, would allow us strength as circus performers.
I have reasons (excuses, really) why I have not followed this path.
My son, however, has a strong, clear heart whisper that he would like to perform with Cirque du Soleil. While this troupe is international, they do have a local production site less than an hour away.
About seven months ago, my son began researching the qualifications to audition for this troupe. He has been practicing hand-balancing and aerial skills consistently since then. One might have said that seven months ago, his body was quite inflexible, to see him now (as he does full splits on the aerial silks or reaches through his legs to grab the trapeze bar…but that is jumping ahead..sorry!), one would have no idea that he has been anything but ultra-flexible his entire life!
While I fully support the creation of heart whispers into reality, we are surrounded by many people who do not think that circus life is a “fitting lifestyle”. To fully center into supporting my son’s dream, I have to access my own faith and encourage him from such a spot.
My son, undaunted, practiced hours almost daily, changing his body shape and flexibility and also showing complete dedication to his trust in the process by being present to his dream, regardless of external circumstances. By vesting physical presence, he was also affirming energetic presence; in essence telling Universe “here I am, let’s do this *impossible thing*”.
He took his first aerial class yesterday, in a studio run by Cirque performers.
As he swung backwards into his first trapeze “trick”, how do you think he felt? He is living the reality of his heart whispers. As he hung between two aerial silks, can you imagine the sheer joy?
While I did support him in his presence to this dream, his own faith in his abilities and his utter trust in flow, is what led him to the reality of his *now* which includes aerial school.
One might say he quickly realized his dream…or one might acknowledge the dedication, the hours, the willingness to transform his entire body to this flexibility that he now has. He didn’t say: I am inflexible, I quit…he said let me gently stretch into flexibility..and here he is, living this dream.
So, I turn that inward, and I say to myself, is there any area in which *I* have that presence, that dedication, that willingness to transform my entire self to align with my dream.
This coincides with my own “launch” (decision to fly) of my Facets retreats. This article is not a sales pitch, it is about heart whispers and dreams…but I mention the retreat because it is the integration of my passions in life with a concrete, tangible “real” “product. As my son physically flies, I energetically fly…and the synchronicity leaves me in wonder and awe.
My son’s faith bolsters my own. He often reminds me of the principles I have taught him and keeps me clear when I manifest and allow for unfolding. He has no doubt. Really.
So, I look into his life, and compare it with my own, and I see clearly that he only vests in that which encourages and supports his heart whispers; while I sometimes compromise, and that compromise is the difference between us.
My ultimate vision is to take Facets on the road (really the ocean, I would like to sail around the world)…and there are many, many people who tell me why it cannot be done…
So the question remains then…ditch the dream?….or re-align the circumstances…
And, really, doesn’t that apply to every situation in which we choose to vest energy that distracts from our ultimate purpose?
Time to re-align the circumstances.
photo credit: Raam Dev, quote: FacetsofJoy
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