I am Alive! ……And I have wings! A massive revelation unfolds

Though I intend this post to begin light heartedly, it will ultimately lead to an incredible experience I had a few evenings ago which I want to share and which YOU can replicate if you take the time to understand it. What will you gain? Wings, I will give you wings and an intenseness of feeling that is difficult to describe but which I will attempt. It is accessible to everyone through a simple phrase and, now this is important, experiencing a sudden shift in perception.

What differentiates a dragon from a giant lizard or a dinosaur? ……..It can fly (ok yes and usually breathe fire though not always, let us not forget the ice alpha dragon in How to Train Your Dragon…….not that I use that as a reference point ordinarily). Not all mythology quotes dragons with wings. But they can all fly which is why in some traditions they are depicted as the guardians of heaven.

Now we come to the SERIOUS part so take a deep breath in an out. Have a moment of silence…… If you want to experience the same intense joy I did, then take a minute or so to seriously contemplate the following.

I want to share an experience I had a few evenings ago.

I’m not going to pretend that everything is fine and dandy in my world, neither will I get into the specifics of that just right now as it’s not important.

Walking home in the darkness as Winter encroaches. I am sure many of you will have experienced such a downward plummet in positivity. A certain listlessness, hopelessness or even lack of purpose. You feel drained, perhaps you are returning from a hard day’s work and are exhausted. If this job is your average laborious drudgery this feeling may well be heightened, though even a job you love on icy nights such as these can leave you drained.

I walked along and became suddenly aware of the way my footsteps caused the gravel to crunch. The sound seemed to reverberate out into the abandoned street.

Then something happened. Something that on the face of it does not seem spectacular and yet, when you register it internally. When you really FEEL it, changes your whole world.

A voice within me simply said the following three, words:

“I am alive…”

I said it gain

“I am alive”

Next time I shouted it out loud “I’m alive!!!!”

I am alive

Right now I am alive. Never is anything real but my aliveness in that moment.

Nothing so terrible in this world has defeated me. Look at me, I live.

Here I stand, here I breathe. In and out. Here I clasp my hands. I choose each step.

…..I am alive……Why not be happy? In the game of life I am winning because here I stand. Because I stand I am victorious.

A warrior still breathing, not vanquished, never vanquished.

All of a sudden everything gained a new glamour, a new vibrancy, richness. It was like everything came into focus because it shared the aliveness of my perception.

The Christmas lights twinkling like electric fruits, like otherworldly jewels looming out amidst the darkness from the trees and houses seemed a fairy show all for me.

I began to run, my breath flowing out in humid clouds, saying the words “I am alive” over and over again and all of a sudden the wind was rushing by my ears and I was flying. I was flying through the air with no thought for the next moment, only the fulfilling rush of the present. The blood in my veins. The sacredness of life, of animation, of flight.

Since that night the knowledge of life has sustained me. Brought me back to the present whenever I have felt myself drift into despair. Nothing is more real.

Take a short moment to contemplate this….

I hope you’ve found this blog post useful, please feel free to pass it on and share it with others who might also find it interesting. And please do comment, share your thoughts. They may well inspire others. Ideas are the paintbox of life.

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Overcome the Dragon Slayers

Why is it that in the stories, the hero slays the dragon? Because the collective psyche is that difference should be vanquished for the supposed sake of the majority.

Why do I mention this? Recently I had a dear friend who was in a state of confusion. She wants to be an artist, she’s made a good head start and is very talented. But she’s also an accomplished graduate. Societal expectations are for her to go and get a “proper” job, join a graduate scheme or some such similar thing. She was getting maternal advice from her mother’s friends to get a “cool job in London”. Jobs that seemed attractive, making use of her artistic talent such as PR. The long-lived dream of being the centre city high flyer which is so seductive to many.

Nothing is wrong with that advice, in most ways it is sensible, given out of care and concern for security. That is why we slay the dragon, to eliminate danger and uncertainty.

However, you cannot change your scales and I said as much. People can be majorly persuasive and you want to feel like the choices you make are the “right” ones. Which is usually decided by validation through the opinion of others. But ultimately, you should not go into a job for the long term that isn’t your passion. What happens is you end up working for the sake of working and because you feel purposeless it results in burnout and what you equate with failure.

No one can decide what’s right for you. Not your mother, father, boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, puppy or magical elf fairy. They could all unintentionally be dragon slayers in disguise. The dragon stands alone when it makes decisions, when it breathes fire.

I hope you’ve found this blog post useful, please feel free to pass it on and share it with others who might also find it interesting. And feel free to comment, to share your thoughts, to discuss. Ideas are the paintbox of life.

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