It’s Easy To Laugh Even When The Question is Sincere
I was invited in for a chat with the managing director of a technical services company recently, where he looped two paradoxical loops of consternation.
Hilarious as it may sound; he didn’t want to do what he does anymore and yet if he could only find the right people he’d be the MD of the biggest technical services company in the UK.
After perhaps 30 minutes of this looping and looping, I smiled at him and simply said; “David, (not his real name) when you’re ready to start listening give me a nod. However in the interim period I’m just going to allow you the space to ramble on whilst I go and make myself a cup of tea”.
At which point and in a state of annoyance he said “I’m not rambling I’m telling you precisely what the state of play is”. I simply smiled and said; “David you’re rambling, however if you’d like to ask me a question, go for it, alternatively if you’d like to join me in a cup of tea feel free”.
Agitation would be a good description now; “hang on, who’s in charge here; me or you?” I smiled again and said; “I have absolutely no control over you and you have absolutely no control over me, so I guess we’re in a collective state of anarchy or free will, depending upon which way you choose to look at it”.
The guy then fiddled with his tie, his crotch and his mobile phone and then said; “errrrrrrr go on then maybe you’re right let’s have a cup of tea, I’m just feeling a bit stressed, forgive me, I didn’t mean to be so rude. It’s just that I’m so stressed and you’re Mr. Cool”. My reply; “chill dude, your focus is in the wrong place for now, that’s all”. At which point we walked silently towards the office refectory.
Once we’d broken through the ice of our tea break “time out” the guy then looked at me and said; “Barry you were once such a great engineer and business executive how did a nice guy like you end up giving all that up to become shaman”. “I mean to say; what the bloody hell is a shamanic business consultant when its in town?” At which point I nearly wet myself with laughter, which broke down his defensive prejudices even further and he broke into laughter too.
Therein and after a few minutes taking the micky out of both myself and of course his question I answered in the only way a shaman can i.e. “I’m a shaman because that is my journey, a journey that allows me to live in my power. I like you reached that point of crisis where I had the choice. Do I choose renewal through personal growth or self destruction through stagnation? Well I chose renewal because stagnation wasn’t an option for me”.
The guy looked at me and said; “tell me more, tell me more, because you’re right I’m in a state of crisis but I can’t tell anyone because they’ll think I’m mad”. I smiled and said; “are you mad”. The guy said; “no I’m not mad I’m just sick of doing what I do”. “Well then; that’s your answer and only you can change direction, my advice is relax, take your time and the answer will present itself”.
There was an earth shattering silence and the the guy said; “we really must do this again”, my reply; “yes we must, but first you must stop beating yourself up and looking for answers from external sources, for the answer to your every question rests firmly within you.
A little more silence, and then closure via some incidental meeting chatter.
Authors Concluding Notes
It’s not so unusual to meet people at this time who are awakening and feeling ill at ease with that state of being. It’s all very normal and all part of the unity conscious process of vibrational alignment and awareness that planet earth is currently undergoing.
Its that point where spirit nudges us and where we’re finally able to step through the mirror of projection and realise the wonder that exists in freedom. At which point we truly understand that freedom is not a moment in time, neither is it something that can be bought. It’s simply the point of abstract abstraction where anything and everything are possible.
Freedom is a place of deep inner grace, a universal gift which requires none of the trappings of mortality to underwrite it’s power and glory. It is a way of being, seeing and feeling that simply understands, that; understanding, is simply pure vibrational alignment and nothing more.
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