June 18, 2009
Volume Two, Number Six
A View from the Bridge
circle-nobg Greetings!,

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. --Marcel Proust

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. -- T.S. Eliot

Typically, we think of a journey as going somewhere.  The heroine leaves home, has a series of adventures, achieves her goal and returns home, triumphant.  While many people do this literally, taking the journey is more important than leaving home.  The Vision Quest is a rite of passage in many indigenous cultures.  The seeker sits in a remote spot for several days, usually without food, water or companionship, until she sees her vision - but she does not literally go anywhere.

Whether the Heroic Journey is taken literally or figuratively, the result is that through the process of seeking, enduring and surviving- mastery and self-knowledge are acquired - enabling the heroine to truly understand the nature of life and also to follow a path of action and intention towards her vision.  This rite of passage elevates life from the mundane to the mythic.  Each warrior is endowed with purpose, honor and wisdom in the process.  She sees the world with new eyes.

Finding our way on this magical journey can be easier than we think.  Many of us have lost our connection with the natural world and, often feel lost - unsure of our purpose and disillusioned with material rewards.  Indigenous cultures teach that the connection with the natural world is a doorway into a magical universe where we are empowered with the ability to become creators of our own reality. In his poem based on native wisdom, David Whyte advises:  "Stand still, the trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here..."

To succeed on the journey of discovery we must cultivate three attributes:  courage, perseverance and trust.  Courage is not the absence of fear, but -rather- the determination to confront it and not to become paralyzed by it.  Recognizing fear - the things that scare us - and proceeding anyway is a necessary first step.  The second important attribute is perseverance.  Having a sense of purpose - a vision - keeps the heroine from being derailed by the inevitable obstacles on the path. Finally, since the outcome of the enterprise is never certain, the heroine must trust that things will work out.  This requires some belief in a higher power, a great force of life that will conspire with those who have the courage and perseverance to follow their dreams.

The science of Quantum Physics supports this view of the human condition with empirical evidence.  Physicists teach us that the universe is made up of infinitesimally small particles which arrange themselves into what we perceive as reality as a result of the interaction of their energy with our brains.  Experimenting with the idea that reality is not fixed and solid allows magic to happen.  Once we realize that shifting our own consciousness is the key to shifting our experience, we can begin to explore and, eventually, master our universe.  The stuff of our daily lives is, in fact, the doorway into our greatest bliss.  Whether we are traveling the world or sitting on a blanket, the world will teach us what we need to know if we have the eyes to see it.  Just show up, pay attention, speak the truth of your heart - and don't be attached to the outcome.  You will be amazed at what you are able to create.

Dream a beautiful summer.  A View from the Bridge will resume in September.
Light the world with your love,
Sylvia Golbin
Sylvia Golbin
Consult North Star

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