I have been on the road for six months now. And most of those Road Trips taken were without being able to drive my car. My legal rights to a driver’s license buried in some endless bureaucracy. At first, I felt like the inability to legally drive would become a boulder sitting right in the middle of my life and block my deep intentions to follow the flow of where the river would take me. For a month or more I reacted and resisted this interruption in my perceived plan. Once the likelihood of driving wherever my heart led, was challenged, I relaxed into the “interruption” and began to relate to it as a gift. “What might this unwanted experience provide for me that I could not have known or perceived without it?” And the answer was: “Surprise?” The answer was,”The unexpected”.
What I am coming to understand is that MY “plans” are only one possible future. And my attachment to the outcome of those plans can limit my life. If I could have driven, my two week stay with my daughter with an intention to drive North to Maine would have me leaving Asheville. But, because I had to pause for a moment, breath, let go of my attachment to any outcome, I stumbled into my own desire to create a website while waiting for what I thought would be a few weeks before the debacle of my driver’s license was behind me.
I interviewed two people for the job and hired one. Mary Long brought love, joy and creativity to my creating a clearer identity and I hired her. Richard Gannaway was equally as gifted, but somehow in our interview we never truly discussed my budding website, but fell into a mutual love for music, for his work as a composer, singer and musician with AO Music. Richard sent me home that day with his newest album and my life changed forever.
The music did what music only can. It opened a part of me long-buried and reminded me of a part of myself that had forgotten a core inspiration in my life which lead me to aligning my self with AO Music and it’s care for changing hearts and helping children. My life ignited. If I had driven away as planned I would have missed Joy breaking into my life.
“The Law of Attraction is responding to your thought, not to your current reality. When you change the thought, your reality must follow suit. If things are going well for you, then focusing upon what is happening now will cause the well-being to continue, but if there are things happening now that are not pleasing, you must find a way of taking your attention away from those unwanted things. You have the ability to quickly change your patterns of thought, and eventually… your life experience.” Abraham
I stayed much longer in Asheville than had been planned. I had time to sit inside of my own dreaming, my own inspiration and my deepest wants and desires and could not “drive away from them”. The minute I claimed these hopes and dreams my energy changed, my happiness increased and as the law of attraction is trying to teach us, suddenly and immediately people, ideas, opportunities and gifts that MATCHED those dreams and inspirations began to flood into my life. I was offered the chance to write a screenplay and then to attend The Film School in Seattle.
Tom Skerritt, The Film School
I did not chase my dreams in my car. I couldn’t. I did not make a ten point list of goals for the year to tick off one by one. I waited, I practiced deep self inquiry and I listened to promptings that had been drowned out by my assumptions about my life and what I should be doing. And in return, the Universe was given room and space to spill into my life with opportunity that I could not have seen.
Since “having my wings clipped”, so to speak by unforeseen circumstances, I have found that in fact, I do not need a car. That I do not need to spend all that money and gas for something that I have done just fine without. I can stop polluting the planet. I can create a slower pace instead of knowing that my car is right outside my front door so I can dash anywhere. That has been another surprise. The cost of a periodic taxi, taking the bus when I am in an urban area, being a passenger with a friend who I get a chance to chat with, and generally limiting how many places I need to be in a day has slowed me down to a rhythm that I am liking. That is healthier and more centering.
I have spent time on the ocean in Washington with Icelandic Ponies, I have lived in a hotel for a month while going to The Film School here is Seattle, I have aligned my life and heart with a cause to open the heart through music. I am nearly done with the first draft of the screenplay I have been asked to write. And my website reflects the constant unfolding of me as I move toward being the most authentic expression of myself. And come the end of May, one year after the death of my mother, my daughter, who I have been staying with in Asheville will be moving. The lease is up. And the question that comes back round is: What’s next. Where will my next stop be? I cannot wait to be surprised!
I was directed in a scene by Tom Skerritt as the infamous “Mrs. Robinson” from the movie The Graduate. Acting is NOT my forte so I will stick to being a writer!