2012 - I Walk A Sacred Path
“The time of the lonely wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude
and your vocabulary.
All we do now must done sacredly
and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been
A Message from the Hopi Elders
2012 seems like it has been coming forever - and now it is here...
The year of the Water Dragon in Chinese astrology, the year 5772 in the Hebrew Calender, 1433 in the Islamic Calender, and Dec 21 2012 - the end date of a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Calender.
Is it any different from other years? Who knows really - all will be revealed in hindsight - but NASA has predicted a 'solar storm' for 2012, economists the World over are predicting 'Global Financial Crisis Mark 2', the 'Arab Spring' is faltering whilst the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement continues to gain pace and preaches 'World Revolution as the only solution'.
What better time to follow the advice of the Hopi Elders and Walk a Sacred Path?
So, this is my commitment and intention for 2012. I've been on a journey of discovery my whole life intrigued by - as early as I can remember - the questions of 'The Meaning of Life', 'How to Lead a Good Life' and 'What is MY Life Purpose'.
On my journey I've been privileged - no BLESSED - to have been welcomed by so many people to share their answers to these questions.
I've listened to preachers talk of God, I've done silent Buddhist meditation retreats, I've worked with the homeless and drug addicted, traded millions in shares and futures on the world financial markets, sat with starving Zulus in Africa and listen to them tell me why it's ok to steal to feed their kids, watched their friends die of AIDS, listened to their stories of woe all the while being transfixed by their wide smiles, open heart and melodious voices.
I've written a lot about what I've learnt. If you've read my books you'll know a lot of my journey.
Just when I thought I'd answered my questions a few years ago I had a bike accident in Africa, I broke my neck and had a near death experience. Then I was plunged into the middle of a land claim battle. People threatened my life, a Sangoma (traditional healer) practiced tagathi (black magic) against me. I lost everything, I plunged to a depth I'd never known before. I returned to Australia, sick, destitute and in spiritual crisis.
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
I retraced my steps and questioned everything I thought I knew. Out of that I eventually had to own my role in creating the crises I'd experienced.
My fear called it in.
I realised that words mean nothing unless the meaning is lived, owned and become.
The battle of the Spiritual Warrior is the battle between the Self and the Self - Fear versus Courage, Love versus Hate, Freedom versus Control.
"The journey to enlightenment begins within"
Self Mastery is the key - fail to master yourself and you will fail to master anything else.
And then of course back again to Purpose - What is my purpose in this life?
In Greek mythology there are five rivers that flow through the realm of Hades, the God of the dead. Before reincarnation souls are made to drink from Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, thus preventing them from remembering their past lives and their current life purpose.
Throughout history many spiritual teachers and philosophers have proposed that the key to finding meaning in life is to 'remember who we really are'. That there is in fact a part of ourselves that is somehow hidden from our conscious mind.
In Taoism we are the bridge between Heaven and Earth - the Tao flows through us and it is our purpose to bring Heaven onto Earth.
We create the Earth that we can dream. We can sit back and wait for others to do it but in doing so we will buy into our fears and hand over our powers to others.
Now is the time to step up, become who we really are and can be and create a better World because We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For.
So HOW? I hear you cry...
Embrace your power to create.
Walk a Sacred Path by Honouring - Yourself, Others, The Earth and Spirit.
Release the Past and the Future, choose to become fully Present to the moment and nurture it with love, peace and joy in every moment no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
I am going to Walk this Path this year and I invite you to join me in doing so.
I will share The Sacred Path Teachings through this blog and I have also set up a Facebook page called 'Walk a Sacred Path' to allow for sharing our experiences in the Journey.
May this be a memorable year for all of us.
In peace and love always.