Oh, shift! Even the slightest movement is a sign of life. I believe that phenomenal and global changes in consciousness, economics, experiences, and the like are comprised of seemingly invisible everyday shifts. These daily shifts are found in the brief moments when something during the day does not go according to our plan, to-do list, nor pattern.
For years of my life, everything was all about me. What I wanted, thought, needed, had to get done, and I could go on. Then I heard my soul say, “Oh, shift!” Everything from the subtle to the overwhelming shifts in my life became a warning to me that something was happening on a much deeper level, and all I needed to do was be ready to adjust and live. I wish that I could tell you that I heeded that warning, but I didn’t. I should have kept listening because the shift that I experienced was my life becoming more about others than myself. All of a sudden, I was the last person on my mind. There was a shift in my soul’s paradigm, and the key that I discovered was that my life became MORE… the moment, I learned how to practice the Law of Circulation (giving and receiving). By giving and releasing, I created physical, emotional, financial, professional, personal, artistic, and prophetic room to receive. The reality was that everything in my life at that moment had to go for me to understand the power of manifestation and the blessing that letting go can bring. When things finally started to make sense to me, the list of evacuees included my then relationship, my home, my job, my dreams, so much of my stuff, and the person others thought I should be. There was no level of my existence untouched and unmoved by this shifting.
Eventually, I woke up! Waking up was not a one-time moment of discovery. No, it was and still is an opportunity to become an observer of my own life. As I sit with this memory today, the cry of my soul has become this gentle soundtrack for the slightest of movements in my life. Today, I know that the truth of our individual and communal value is not among what we have or struggle to hold onto; no, beloved; it is nurtured, blessed, and becomes more by an effortless act; the willingness of giving. The lesson that I learned is that giving is a much more gentle process than to be surprised by the grand exodus of all that I hold dear. I know that I have the power to command the shifting ground beneath my feet to be still. Instead, I have learned to find my balance and my way amid and throughout the constant shifts and always remain a joyful learner as my life is always a profound teacher.
“There is but one ultimate Power. This Power is to each one what each one is to it.”
These are the lessons that I have lived out loud, thrown upon this page as Just Words. May the essence of my life become light for your path and bread for your journey. Selah!
-Rev. Kathy Beasley