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AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
"But if you have nothing at all to create, then perhaps you create yourself"
Carl Jung

Do you remember what you were doing the weekend of August 16th-17th, 1987?  I do.  I was working at Camp Louise, MD, USA as a Camp Counsellor, a Jewish fine arts camp teaching dance, having the time of my life, having done 3 summers and then buzzing all around the states after my contract was finished, I considered myself a hippie chick.

At that precise time more than 144,000 people who journeyed to "power points" around the world, such as Egypt's Great Pyramids. Peru's Machu Picchu, Japan's Mount Fuji, the temples of Delphi in Greece, Mount Shasta, California, Sedona, Arizona, the Black Hills of Dakota, and New York's Central Park to hold hands, hum and 'resonate in harmony' in the New Age global event known as the Harmonic Convergence.

What made this weekend so significant was a rare astronomical occurrence known as a 'grand trine' (when all nine planets were in their astrological fire signs and positioned exactly 120 degrees apart from each other).  It had been 23,412 years since the last one. Now add an esoteric interpretation of ancient Mayan and Aztec calendars and a Hopi legend about a gathering of enlightened teachers meant to awaken humanity, and it's not surprising that thousands of New Agers decided that circumstances were as perfect as they'd ever be to direct the earth, through meditation, toward a peaceful spiritual awakening instead of a cataclysmic one in the next millennium.  It seems to have worked.

Each week another visionary book is published encouraging spiritual evolution as 'the road less traveled' becomes the inspirational super highway.  But there are so many voices offering clues, glimmers and insights on how to achieve harmony through the divine grand trine of mind, body and spirit.  How do you discern your own truth? And there are so many spiritual paths, which one should you follow?  "In undertaking a spiritual life, what matters is simple" American Buddhist master and teacher Jack Kornfield reassures us in his wonderful book A PATH WITH WITH HEART: A guide through the perils and promises of spiritual life.  "We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart.  When we ask 'am I following a path with heart?' we discover that no one can define for us exactly what our path should be.  Instead, we must allow the mystery and beauty of this question to resonate within our being.  Then, somewhere within us, an answer will come and understanding will arise.  If we are still and listen deeply, even for a moment, we will know if we are following a path with heart."

For me, bearing witness to my authentic self is most joyous and fulfilling spiritual path I have ever followed.  It is truly a 'path with heart'.  It began when I acknowledged that creativity is holy.  Perhaps this August you might like to convene personal harmonic  convergence through rediscovering, recovering and celebrating your creativity and talents.  The sacred conduit to access your authentic self.   It's never to late to reclaim your individual gifts, resuscitate a dream, create an authentic life.  Consider this; what if 'original sin' is denying instead of celebrating your originality?

Each of us possess an exquisite, extraordinary gift, the expression to divinity on earth through our everyday lives.  When we choose to honour this priceless gift, we participate in the re-creation of the world.  When we follow our authentic path with love, embracing our creative impulses, we live truth even if what we think we're doing is just planting a flower bed, cooking a meal, nurturing a child, editing a book, producing a television show, driving with the kids in the back of the car having a sing a long, roaring with laughter, sewing a hole in a sock, painting a picture, teaching a craft, composing a song, or closing a deal.  As the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet and writer, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us, "Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth".

Joanne xx