I awoke this morning with a statement in my head: ‘Listen to Your Heart and Hear GOD!’ This has kept me busy ever since, and has become the underlying theme for my entire day
Today is Saturday morning. At 7:00 AM my family will be meeting for breakfast, and I am part of it once again. Now that I know their game of being early, I am sitting outside the Pancake Farm at 6:30 AM. I am indeed the first one there. I should have called my brother Ray and ask him where he was, like he did to me the week before.
It is an enjoyable breakfast with fun and laughter all around. At my brother Bill’s request, cousin Donald and his wife also show up. Donald brings some family photos from the 50’s, 40’s, 30’s and even earlier. We are all trying to figure out who is who in the pictures. It is quite interesting to see my father in his youth in pictures I did not know existed.
After breakfast we all say our good byes. I will not be present for the next Saturday breakfast. There is one more thing I want to do: spend some private time with my eldest brother Ray at his home. Otherwise, I feel complete here.
The previous afternoon Ray and I went to see a project that he and I started 40 years ago with the purchase of 180 wooded acres of land with a stream. There was an old stone home from the mid 1700’s, in which I actually lived for a while. That was when Alexander Hamilton was alive. Synchronicity at play!
It was a nice trip down memory lane! We even met Tom, a man who purchased one of our one-acre parcels and then purchased a chalet-style log home that I custom-designed for him.
In 1978, I was in the log home business. I wanted to go to Switzerland for ideas and designs for log homes I wanted to build. I ask Ray to go along, which he did. Traveling with Ray was an interesting experience for both of us. Driving on the winding roads in Switzerland caused each of us to get carsick when the other one was driving. After a few days of that, we each went our separate ways with me keeping the car and him taking the train. We met up a week or so later at the Paris airport. We had tickets to fly the Concord Plane back to New York. We had lunch in Paris before we got on the plane and breakfast in New York after a 3.5-hour flight. The plane flew a mind-boggling 1400 miles per hour.
Today, as Ray and I are driving around the development, this time without carsickness, I am reflecting on my selling the land. I say to Ray, “If I had to do it over again, I would not divide and sell the individual parcels of land the way I did.” At the time, Ray gave me the freedom to sell the parcels as I saw fit, even though he would not have done it the way I did it. I thank him for supporting me in finding my way.
What I discover is, that when I made my choices of what I sold, how I sold, to whom I sold, and the sale price, I was listening to the Money God. It is the first time I admit to myself that the Money God owned me during that period, even though I thought I was doing good business. And I did make money.
Upon deeper reflection, the land was purchased based upon Listening to My Heart, and sold based upon Listening to the Money God. Receiving that insight is extremely powerful and liberating!
With this morning’s message: ‘Listen to Your Heart – Hear GOD,’ things begin to fall into place.
In our book ‘Transformation at Angel Valley’, I wrote about an occurrence in 1994, after my divorce and moving back to Pennsylvania, when Ray asked me to drive school bus for him. After internal battling I told him “No, thank you!” His comment was, “I thought you could use the money.” I said that I could, but “No, thanks.” What I had not shared was, that I had just begun Following My Excitement and only doing what brought me joy. Driving school bus was not exciting! I told him that I would rather live in a tent, hitch hike around or live on the street than to do anything that does not excite me and bring me joy. My statement did have a ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ energy, but my Heart had spoken and I listened!
Telling my older, successful and wealthy brother “No” was of major importance. At the time I did not feel equal to him, because I was measuring success on money and possessions.
‘Money and Business’ has always been a major topic within my family. If you had it you were successful, and if you didn’t you were a failure, lazy, or just poor. Listening to your Heart was never discussed. The main criteria of doing this or that was: can you make money or not.
I chose to be born into my family, with my mother and father, brothers and sisters being exactly the way they were and are. I thank them all for playing their part in my life. They did it flawlessly. What I share about ‘Money and Business’ is in no way a judgment or a put down toward my family. Quite the contrary, because of my immense gratitude for all my experiences exactly the way they have been.
Today, I share with Ray that I feel as an equal with no feeling of having a greater or lesser value. I AM FREE!
I am also sharing my belief in the importance of being in the Now. He responds, “You always seem to be in the Unknown”! That is exactly where I am! When I am in the Now, I am connected with GOD. From that connection the Divine Plan for my life unfolds in the Unknown. It is always for My Highest and Best Good, even when it is different from what I expect or hope. The past and the future are beautiful creations of the Mind. They have their place and importance. However, my Heart is where I choose to hang out as much as possible.
Then his son Craig walked in, and I never got to share any further thoughts on the Now Moment and the Unknown containing the Magic of Spontaneity and Synchronicity! Yet, I am grateful for the opportunity to share some of the principles I live by. Thank you, Ray, for listening, whatever you do with it, and for your questions and comments! AND thank you for our brother-time spent together! That gratitude applies to my cousin Gerald, and all my family and the friends I met ‘back home’ in these past days.
What I know for sure is that seeds of a New Reality are planted, wherever I go or with whomever I meet. It is not my job to water the seeds or to tend to them. That is God’s job!
Listen to Your Heart and Hear God – Follow Your Highest Excitement!