I have previously shared that I would hear many stories in my spiritual circles about people receiving feathers into their life–an external sign of Divine Affirmation–and I would wonder why I never saw feathers in my life.
My mind would say ‘well Divine doesn’t acknowledge you’; my heart would say simply ask.
I felt shy, asking for something so “simple” (as an observation, not a criticism), so I asked, in a whisper.
I began to consistently see perfectly placed feathers (the above photo shows one). These feathers show up on familiar paths I have walked for years and on unfamiliar paths I have just begun to explore.
The common denominator: I ask for Divine Affirmation.
If it works with “little things” like whispers and feathers, then imagine how well it works with confidence and trust!
The Practice of Receiving
As you can see in the above example, receiving requires presence and awareness. This particular feather blends into the colors of the landscape and is quite small on a huge expanse of beach, and could easily be missed if I was not paying attention.
When we are open and ready to receive, we notice the gifts (and answers) that are perfectly placed.
My personal challenge in the art of asking is learning to connect through vulnerability to clearly ask for what I “need”, and learning to open to graciously to receive.
Trust. Trust in the process of flow, in divine, in human beings, in presence to unfolding. Trust in “worthiness” and “enough-ness” (can you identify?). Trust that as I share my skills and talents and abundance in areas that are overflowing, others will share with me in the same way.
Sometimes I would ask clearly, and what I wanted was perfectly placed, with ease. Before I learned how to ‘receive (and sit comfortably in) abundance‘ I would deflect it, give it away, resist it. (Is it just me, or have you had this experience as well?)
Learning to receive strengthens my confidence to ask.
The Art of Asking: Amanda Palmer
Each time I watch this video, my eyes tear up; these three phrases speak strongly to me, inviting me to open my heart, to trust, beyond what I know. My mind says “but….”; my heart says “yes, please!”.
“I asked my crowd to catch me”.
“Asking makes you vulnerable.”
“…give and receive fearlessly, but more important to ask, without shame.”
If you are unable to watch the video here, please use this link: Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking.
It is my intention to learn to ask clearly, to receive graciously, and to practice trust so deep that I “ask my crowd to catch me”.
As you absorb the feel of my reflection and this video message, what arises within your heart? Do you have an experience with asking that you would like to share? Is there something you would like to ask for? When you share, we learn!
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Linger. Savor. Relish.