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The Answer my Friend Is Blowin in the Wind

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The hiatus for writing the book is over. No, the book isn’t complete – it’s underway, and shifting slightly. The biggest challenge I have is not focusing my attention on what others will think of what I am writing. This is sometimes a subtle occurrence and sometimes very overt. Whatever its obviousness, it limits the creation and instead of a sunny day, I might end up with L.A. smog. Not the outcome I intended.  So, I am walking through all we have recorded to discard what doesn’t ring, and letting the rest show me how it’s best organized.

I have been missing daily heartful connection, so I said, time to get back to feeding my soul and connecting with you!

As I awoke this morning, I had the Bob Dylan song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in my virtual headset. I could hear Dylan’s raspy voice and haunting harmonica. I went to Itunes to listen to Dylan singing in his own voice, and I found so many layers of this song.

I was thinking of the great need to have answers to today’s challenges and I heard Dylan sing, “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind”. I was reminded that the answers to all great questions don’t come from my mind.  My mind is limited by what it knows and what I believe. Since that is only a fraction of all that is, why would I want to look there for my answers?

Where, then, do the true answers to questions great and small reside? I am not sure exactly of the answer to that. What I do know is that I can find the answer, without needing to know where it comes from or the details of how the process works.

Allowing answers to questions to show up without restraint, and as they are really needed, requires two qualities. The first is patience. I know how it is for me – I want what I want when I want it. The only problem with this is I’m not always ready to receive what I want when I want it. I can’t see all the consequences of receiving my answer now. Maybe it would better suit me to have it a bit later. So…patience.

The second quality is easy and hard. It’s easy because we are born with it. Every one of us is born with what we call an intuitive nature. We know there is more to the world than what we can see, hear, feel, touch and smell. We know that we get “gut feelings”. We know that when we don’t follow them, things don’t work out well.

Yet we ignore our inherent sense of knowing. Why? This is the hard part of the answer. Because we don’t trust what we can’t explain. So we let our logical sense, our limited world of the mind, override what is true.

Not the best way to find our way, so when you are faced with a question that you really want to know the answer to, you have to allow your intuition to be felt. You have to disregard that little voice that says, “but how do you really know?”.  It’s just the voice of the mind speaking, and it knows the truth.

Let me know what your experiences are.

Until later,

Thomas


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