This video from Alan Watts is profound and deserving of its own post <3
This video from Alan Watts is profound and deserving of its own post <3
This May, I traveled to Lisbon to meet with a Zen Master named Mooji. I have been meaning to write about this experience, but I confess…finishing my novel has gotten in the way of that. However, today, one of my cousins asked me to explain, “…what is Mooji is to [me],” and so now seemed like a good time to write this post :)
Firstly, I would have to say that I don’t buy into the concept of having a personal “Guru” or “Master”…but if we were to take Guru as it’s original meaning of teacher, I must say that Mooji was a most profound teacher. During my 5 day intensive with him, and others from around the world, in Lisbon, I had new revelations about my True Self and the true meaning of Awareness. I think perhaps it happens when we are on a spiritual quest to freedom that we are lucky enough to encounter beings like Mooji who help point us on the way. (This video from Alan Watts happened to be shared on Facebook just after I met Mooji and it resonated with me…you can click here to watch it, but I think I will also be giving it its own post.)
When I embraced Mooji, I felt a profound feeling of emptiness and fullness. As if I’d come in touch with a light that totally dimmed out everything else. Even before I met him, I felt this sense of joy that I can’t describe, but I appreciate the image I used for the header because I think my smile shows it.
I guess I’d say that meeting Mooji was like encountering myself without barriers. He is an amazing being and I encourage everyone I know to search him on YouTube and watch any video you find of him. I think you’ll find that something he says will resonate with you. Mooji is like that <3
And when I gave him my book, Meditative Questions, he was so gracious and kind that giving him a gift felt like a gift! What a presence he has! I am so thankful for the opportunity of knowing him and meeting him.
Here is a Mooji video that I picked at random that you might enjoy ;)
I believe in the Infinite. I don’t particularly like to think about limits, as I believe we are limitless. However, I do believe that our body forms are limiting. It is the reason that we must take time out to rest and relax as our cells recharge. The Source that charges us is unlimited.
But the reality is that we make energy choices all of the time. Should I go here and do that? Or should I stay home and relax? There are other unconscious choices we make about energy use when we worry about things or remain in toxic situations. I believe it is absolutely possible to overcome anything, but I think the question that must be asked is, “At what energy cost?”
For you see, when we tie up our energy in lower value things (like worry, stress, or dealing with toxic people and situations), we have less energy to do the work that we were sent here to do. As I’ve made choices to better align myself and my actions with what I feel I’m supposed to be doing, I find that I don’t want to spend energy in lower value areas. I also see how my time in Corporate was keeping my energy tied up from more Creative and Spiritual pursuits.
It is a divine blessing to be free of constraints. However, sometimes a series of choices — often difficult choices — are required to move us into that space of freedom. I believe it is incredibly possible. And the question is always the same: What are you willing to let go of? Until your answer that question is everything, it is possible to go on leading a very attached life that seems to be missing something. That “something” could be as simple and profound as peace. In case you’re still wondering how you might know that you need to consider letting go, ask yourself, “Do I feel trapped?”
If you answered, “No,” to that question…let me ask you another. If you wanted to pick up and move to Greenland tomorrow, could you? (Not would you.) When I tell people that I moved to an island in Africa, I often hear, “Oh, I wish I could do that!” My response is always the same, “You could.” But people then share their stories that include things like, “Oh, I have a house here, though.” Or, “Well my family is all here…” and so on. The reality is that people and things are attachments. Of course there is nothing wrong with having things and family! But I think is difficult to be truly free when every decision is made through the lens of attachment. I found that when I let go of all of my things, I had more energy. And when I let go of everyone else’s opinion, I could do anything ;)
Sending good vibes, love and light to you!
Photo source: Palos Verdes, CA (my mobile phone ;)
Author note: Special thanks to my dear Christina who inspired me to write about this after our amazing sound healing session in LA! I’ll admit that it was difficult to pull myself away from my novel to write this, but I’m glad I did haha ;) Love to you! xo
I am excited to announce that I will be having an event in New York this Friday, June 23rd! This event will be a Talk + Q&A + Book Signing at The Langston Hughes House in Harlem! Please find complete details and RSVP for this FREE EVENT at Eventbrite here: Selena Sage NYC Event. RSVP count is needed for seating and light refreshments, and your email will be used to send you a free sample of Meditative Questions and the to-be-published book of poetry entitled Unbreakable :)
A limited number of books will be available at the event, so you can also pre-order on Amazon: here. Meditative Questions is a finely crafted hardcover, full color book experience that inspires you to question everything. Each book is $40, but a special event price of 2 books for $60 will be provided (recommended if you would like to order multiple copies!).
Thank you for your support! I look forward to seeing you in Harlem!
I’ll tell you a not-so-secret secret…I’m working on a new book! Haha My life has been a bit consumed with it, and it’s even strange to take a few minutes out to write this post. But I’m making popcorn, so I figured I’d use that time to record this moment for my future self…haha ;)
This time, I am writing a novel. The project is pushing me outside of my comfort zone in many ways. But as with all of my inspired writing projects, I feel a crazy sense of urgency that this is something I simply must do. It is the kind of urgency that keeps awake until 3am some nights writing…and then wakes me up at 6am with new ideas. Sometimes it feels completely crazy. Sometimes I feel crazy. But still I know that I must carry on.
The challenge that I’m currently facing is that I have not finished as quickly as I thought I would. We are quickly approaching May 3rd, and that will represent two months of work on this book. For many, that may not seem like a lot, but for me it is. I have been blessed to get inspiration for other projects that have come to me in downloads that happened over a matter of days or weeks. Taking months to write a project is not familiar. It requires a different sort of commitment. It requires consistency, dedication…and faith.
I had to make the decision to not rush myself, for I do not the book to feel rushed…though I don’t know if I have full control over that haha
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that undergoing major projects…or transitions or changes…requires you to have patience with yourself…and patience with the process. Some things simply take time.
So, I urge you (and I urge me) to be gentle with yourself. Enjoy the journey and do only what needs to be done. You will reach your goal.
Photo: Walking home in Ponta do Sol, Cabo Verde
I was fortunate to make a new friend today! It happened as a result of accepting an invitation to visit a new town that I received yesterday…and the whole situation turned into such a beautiful gift, that I’m glad I accepted. I’m glad I was open. I’m glad I didn’t put too much on the decision.
So often, we overthink and talk ourselves out of situations that can turn into unexpected blessings. While I firmly believe in listening to your intuition and responding appropriately to any vibes you’re feeling, there’s a certain element of life that requires being open and accepting invitations to things you hadn’t previously considered.
When we relax into being present, we create new opportunities for connection and growth. Just do it ;)
Photo source: In the mountains of Santo Antão. Thanks for the awesome photo, B! ;)
This morning, social media reminded me that on this day, three years ago, I was in China. I still remember looking out of the window from my hotel room in Kunshan to see this disgusting pollution. I definitely did not want to get up or go outside. I don’t know if I have ever admitted this, but I went a step beyond that. I took out my personal computer and started drafting a resignation letter from my job haha! And then I took it a step beyond that and started drafting a fictional story of a woman who quit her job and moved to an island (I think it was Fiji or Bora Bora haha!) to start a jet ski business with the love of her life (who she met on the island). Haha!
My imagination runs away with me sometimes ;) I remember that I had to stop writing the story before I actually sent off the letter haha! (True story.) I felt intuitively that it wasn’t time to move on from that job yet. It just so happens that a year (and a month) after this trip to China, I ended up writing what was to become my first book during a work trip around Asia. I would not trade the experience of writing and publishing my book for that extra year of work. Or the extra year it took me after writing the book to move to an island ;)
What I mean to say with all of this is that I have learned that God’s timing is often different than our own. Our subconscious, spirit nature gives us glimpses into the future and the past because it is not bound by time.
Our spirit is not bound by time.
(Author note: I’d actually considered making this thought another post, but I’m just going to flow with it ;)
I remember doing a sound healing session with my friend Christina in LA (thanks to my bella, Sara, for introducing us!). This was a unique treatment…I will try to paint a picture: I was laying on a bed, surrounded on both sides by very large chimes that ran beyond the length of the bed. It was sort of like being in the middle of a xylophone. My eyes were closed as she gently activated the chimes and somehow the sound carried on infinitely, without end. I felt myself float away.
I don’t know how long this went on, but at some point she gently said, “Ok, now it is time to come back into your body.” I literally felt myself obeying and coming back into my body. I’d felt this sensation before during acupuncture treatments (when the light was turned on, after being in the dark for an hour haha…a much more dramatic welcome back to one’s body), but I’d never really thought about it. I was so intrigued that I asked her to please expand on what she just said.
Christina explained to me that the sound was infinite…just like our spirit. She encouraged me to reflect on that infinite feeling and use it to understand my true nature. Wow.
I’ve explored this more in the context of dreams, but I have much more to discover :)
So in an attempt to connect and complete this post (haha) and bring things full circle, I’ll just say that we must have faith in timing and realities beyond our current understanding. I always appreciate when Steve Jobs said that you cannot connect dots into the future…you can only connect them when you look back. Circumstances and situations somehow came together to create a reality that you could not have originally imagined. And oftentimes, one could say the experience is even better than imagined :)
Having faith in the way things are allows one to have patience as things come together to achieve the highest good. Spirit is infinite, and so, too, are the possibilities for our lives. Do not worry. Instead, live the moments and do only what you need to do, when you need to do it. Life will take care of itself, because an infinite Source is taking care of life ;)
when tired, sleep.
when hungry, rest.
fools will laugh at me,
but the wise will know what I mean.
Photo source: My mobile phone in China, Feb 2014
Even when the familiar is not good for us, it can become comfortable simply because it is a known quantity (the unknown somehow seems scarier). We somehow adapt and learn to live in dysfunction. But this can only happen when we have an unclear vision of who we really are.
I believe that we are all stars…made of stardust…with the glorious and divine light of our Creator within, causing us to shine. But when we don’t know this light within, we stumble in darkness and confusion. We cover our own shine with layers of insecurity and doubt.
because you would not save yourself,
the universe intervened
When we are not quite ready to save ourselves — because we do not yet know the Light of our being — sometimes we are gifted a circumstance or situation that is much like being given the key to unlock your prison cell. We realize this is not what we really want and we have a chance to free ourselves.
But you have a choice: do you try to stay because you are accustomed to your limited life? Or do you take a chance to rebuild and shape the life you only dreamed of?
Starting over can be uncomfortable, at first. All of a sudden, you have an opportunity to focus all of your energy on yourself, but your mind desperately tries to cling to the past. You somehow still have hope that you can fix that broken situation…but you know better. You’ve already tried that a million times. You try to convince yourself that you were happy there, but you know you weren’t.
Don’t look back…you are not going that way.
At first it is hard to comprehend the reality that you will be happy again. The feeling of loss can be consuming. But you must recognize that what you are really losing by leaving a dysfunctional situation is fear, stress, and unhappiness. What this new start is opening you up for is love, peace, and freedom. And this happens when you love yourself enough to know that this dysfunction is not life. It happens when you recognize that you are too precious to ever suffer. You understand that you are the very heartbeat of God.
So everyday, I’d love for you to recognize your beauty and your divine gifts and find three things that you love about yourself. Then add three things that you’re grateful for. And then tell yourself that you love YOU! Hold yourself if you must, but know that you are enough. Put your health and happiness first, surround yourself with only love and positivity, and watch yourself transform magically. You will become whole (you are already perfect and whole as you are, you just have to see it too!), even though you may now feel like you are permanently broken (you are not!).
And whole people change the world simply because they have changed themselves (through loving themselves). So don’t have fear of the unknown. Don’t worry about giving up what you now think is comfortable. You know there is more out there for you. You know that you don’t want to suffer anymore. You know that you don’t want to live a life of limitation.You are a divine creation and unique emination of God. You are beautiful, brilliant, kind, compassionate, and deserving of every good thing. You do not deserve some kind of karmic punishment for wrongs you think you’ve committed. That has already been forgiven. God is for you, the Universe is for you, and everything is happening for your highest good. These circumstances and situations are enabling your evolution, you must simply choose to rise.
All that you must do now is lay down your burdens and take flight, love. And never let anyone or anything try to pull you back down ;)
For my Lex <3