What happens when you crack open a nut?

07 January

ChipWhen our eyes are open, suddenly we see there are lessons everywhere, don’t you find?   The more I realize that and think about it, the more I start seeing the metaphor in everything. I love seeing that, because what it tells me is the message is there and so much has to do with our perspective and our willingness to be open. Paying attention in our multi-tasking culture gets harder all the time.

Speaking of metaphor, I’ve spent some time on a macadamia farm. There, it begins with picking the nut off the ground. Next, the nuts are sorted, from the good to the bad. When you crack the nutshell, it’s like revealing a small mystery, discovering what’s inside. There is it – pure and unblemished – a perfect, beautiful nut. It’s unblemished, it’s brand new and being exactly what it is meant to be.

In many ways, you are the same as that nut – inside, the mystery of you is the pure, unblemished you. The DNA of the YOU that you were born to be. The seed was planted – literally – and you were born. I believe we’re born knowing who we are and why we’re here. There is so much innate wisdom.

The challenge is we’re subjected to the human blueprint. Perfect little beings being imprinted with all the stories that have gone before. All the fears and hopes and reasons why and why not. Raised by people who are like all of us – imperfect. However, up to about the age of five, you remembered your creative soul, you were that creative soul. Your spirit was alive and calling out to the world all the things you loved. Do you remember? Do you see it when you watch children playing with abandon, their limitless imaginations dreaming and scheming and finding true pleasure in the moment?

Then – we go off to school to be trained how to live in the social world. We spend a good part of our school careers unlearning our uniqueness and learning that fitting in is valued by society. Being different is scary – terrifying even. You graduate and things lighten up a little bit in terms of expectation, but you’re still you and you’ve still been trained to be part of the big picture – the world at large.

Still, you believed there was more. You believed in finding fulfillment, doing good, helping others, being a positive force in the world. You wanted to make a difference. We still find it hard to let us ourselves lean deeply into our own individuality. If we could remember or stay in touch with that childlike open spirit, things would flow more smoothly and we’d enjoy our days more too. Is it possible? And if so, how do you get there? Please watch for the next article Who Are You? For some simple answers.

Really, they are simple….they may even be questions!

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