In lieu of Flashback Friday, I’m going to take it on back to a few weeks ago when I was sitting outside on the porch having a very pleasurable and thought-provoking phone conversation during which I was asked, “What do YOU believe?” Great question! Well, at the time, I didn’t have a very good answer – fairly certain I offered up what I was feeling at the time – but the question has been hanging out in the back of my mind since. “What DO you believe, Amy?”
So a couple of days ago, I got home from work and found myself back on the porch and as I was thumbing through social media I saw, because of his recent transition into the non-physical (I prefer to not use the word “death” anymore), that Wayne Dyer’s movie The Shift was streaming for free so I took the opportunity to give it a watch. Needless to say, it was phenomenal. In the movie, Wayne speaks of a “shift” in one’s life which is triggered by what he refers to as a “quantum moment” which has been defined as “a moment in which you feel different, moved emotionally… responding to what would otherwise be an ordinary situation, but you respond instead in an extraordinary way… increasing your ability to perceive and process information vital to you and your purpose in being here,” and describes the shift as “stepping into the afternoon of our life” and I’ll quote him to further illustrate the point:
“Carl Jung writes that the afternoon of our lives represents the time when we begin to shift away from the ego being the dominant force in our life. We begin moving towards a life journey that has meaning. The morning of our lives is really occupied by ambition—getting as much as you can, collecting as much stuff as you can get, impressing as many people as you can, preparing yourself for a job, saving your money, setting goals, pleasing everybody, and doing the right thing. Even getting good grades in school revolved around the ego part of us, which really believes that who we are is what we do, what we get, and what other people think of us. That’s basically the essence of the ego. In the afternoon of your life, you don’t do life. You do what resonates with the callings of your soul.” – Wayne Dyer
In the movie, he uses the Tao and Lao-Tzu’s “four cardinal virtues” as a means to outline what it means to live a source-aligned life once you’ve made “the shift.” I read the Tao Te Ching back in my first semester of college and while I was too young and oblivious to really care, I’m grateful to have been sort of reintroduced to it in the context of this movie because the practice of these “virtues” speaks to me at the deepest level – I love how Wayne explains the four virtues as applied to daily life so I’ll share his thoughts:
“Some 2,500 years ago, Lao-tzu spoke of “the four cardinal virtues” and noted that when we practice them as a way of life, we come to know and access the truth of the universe. These four virtues don’t represent external dogma, but a part of our original nature—by practicing them, we realign with Source and access the powers that Source energy has to offer. According to the teachings of Lao-tzu, the four cardinal virtues represent the surest way to …reconnect to your original nature. The more your life is harmonized with the four virtues, the less you’re controlled by the uncompromising ego.
The First Cardinal Virtue: Reverence for All Life
The first cardinal virtue manifests in your daily life as unconditional love and respect for all beings in creation. This includes making a conscious effort to love and respect yourself, as well as to remove all judgments and criticisms. Understand that you are a piece of God, and since you must be like what you came from, you are lovable, worthy, and Godlike. Affirm this as often as you can, for when you see yourself in a loving way, you have nothing but love to extend outward. And the more you love others, the less you need old excuse patterns, particularly those relating to blame.
The Second Cardinal Virtue: Natural Sincerity
This virtue manifests itself as honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness; and it’s summed up by the popular reminder to be true to yourself. Using an excuse to explain why your life isn’t working at the level you prefer isn’t being true to yourself—when you’re completely honest and sincere, excuses don’t even enter into the picture. The second virtue involves living a life that reflects choices that come from respect and affection for your own nature.
Make truth your most important attribute. Walk your talk; that is, become sincere and honest in all that you say and do. If you find this to be a challenge, take a moment to affirm: I no longer need to be insincere or dishonest. This is who I am, and this is how I feel. When you know and trust yourself, you also know and trust the Divinity that created you. If you live from honesty, sincerity, and faithfulness to the callings of your spirit, you’ll never have occasion to use excuses.
The Third Cardinal Virtue: Gentleness
This virtue personifies one of my favorite and most frequently employed maxims: “When you have the choice to be right or to be kind, always pick kind.” So many of your old thinking habits and their attendant excuses come out of a need to make yourself right and others wrong. When you practice this third virtue, you eliminate conflicts that result in your need to explain why you’re right. This virtue manifests as kindness, consideration for others, and sensitivity to spiritual truth.
Gentleness generally implies that you no longer have a strong ego-inspired desire to dominate or control others, which allows you to move into a rhythm with the universe. You cooperate with it, much like a surfer who rides with the waves instead of trying to overpower them. Gentleness means accepting life and people as they are, rather than insisting that they be as you are. As you practice living this way, blame disappears and you enjoy a peaceful world.
The Fourth Cardinal Virtue: Supportiveness
This virtue manifests in your life as service to others without any expectation of reward. Once again, when you extend yourself in a spirit of giving, helping, or loving, you act as God acts. As you consider the many excuses that have dominated your life, look carefully at them—you’ll see that they’re all focused on the ego: I can’t do this. I’m too busy or too scared. I’m unworthy. No one will help me. I’m too old. I’m too tired. Now imagine shifting your attention off of yourself and asking the universal mind How may I serve? When you do so, the message you’re sending is: I’m not thinking about myself and what I can or can’t have. Your attention is on making someone else feel better.
The greatest joy comes from giving and serving, so replace your habit of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving.
To revere all of life, to live with natural sincerity, to practice gentleness, and to be in service to others is to replicate the energy field from which you originated.” – Wayne Dyer
I know for those who will most-likely read this, it sounds like amateur hour. But, I’m sharing this today because…this is what I believe. Anyone who is a “light worker” or on a spiritual journey understands that practicing these virtues is the basis of heart-centered consciousness. It is the way to raise one’s frequency, to “replicate the energy field from which you originated.” Relaxing into the flow of life and taking the path of least resistance is the most efficient way to integrate new light and energy. I believe that when we realign with Source that we can truly access the powers that Source energy has to offer. Realigning with Source brings magick back into life. For me, since the initial “shift” I’ve experience numerous “quantum moments” and numerous “shifts” and each has brought about a new level of awareness, and expanded consciousness. It’s an ongoing evolutionary process and I’m very much enjoying the unfolding of it all. All of the amazing energetic experiences, the ability to do energy work, greater intuitive abilities, ability to discern, empathic abilities…all of these things that I’m experiencing are a by-product of a Source-aligned journey, and for that I am happy and joyful and grateful to have found myself in the afternoon of my life.