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Last week presented me with an interesting experience in my ongoing journey of awareness and awakening.

I have been fortunate to live this life to the ripe not-so-young age of 53 with a minimum of health challenges.  I ask my body to achieve and perform and it has always complied…with just the rarest of complaints.

Until last week.

A week ago Tuesday a day dropped out of my life…and it has yet to return.  To keep a long, possibly boring, story short – I ended up in the hospital with no idea how I got there.  After a “few” tests (the cost of which I would have gladly traded for a new Harley) the cardiologist shrugged her shoulders, gave me a green light for avery strenuous athletic event that following weekend, and discharged me.

No reason to fear a return of symptoms.  Seems it was ‘merely’ an interestingly timed wake-up call.

This did of course get my attention.

Remember that Harrison Ford movie of a few years back called Regarding Henry?  A story of an exceptionally obnoxious attorney that has the opportunity to re-boot his life following a near-death experience as the result of wandering into a hold-up.  A bullet to the head and resulting oxygen-deprived neural tissue forced him to re-learn his life.  (I love sharing this story with my attorney friends that all it takes is a bullet to the head to make an attorney human again!)

What struck me most about the movie was that this story was one of the first things to enter my mind when I became aware of my surroundings in the hospital last week.  I recalled the movie and its message in fine detail…its general description of the experience of this fictional lawyer strongly resonsating within me.

Now my recent personal experience did not require a bullet.  This time anyway.  My story is not nearly as dramatic as the movie, however my inner response has been very profound.

I have been on a journey of excursing the fear consciousness within for many years.  My inner ego-based “fear-mind” has been identified and even labeled (for those of you who have read my book Soaring Beyond Fear).  I have been to numerous retreats and seminars…I have even conducted them myself, yet it feels like there is still more to tame in that ego-monster of fear.

Perhaps it is judgment.  Maybe some traces of intolerance yet to discard.  Perhaps some greater levels of empathy and humility (pardon the turn of phrase here).  Whatever the reason, I am indeed grateful for the opportunity to move on in this life experience and get a closer look at what it means to be human.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Cicero

I am thankful that my health is strong.  That there are no expected reverberations of illness to ‘fear’. I feel (again maybe a bit melodramatically) that I have been given a new chance to discover, while I still have time, a deeper understanding of the true value of this life experience.

“Your inner purpose is to awaken.  It is as simple as that.  You share that purpose with every other person on the planet – because it is the purpose of humanity.  Your inner purpose is an essential part of the purpose of the whole.  Your outer purpose can change over time.  It varies greatly from person to person.  Finding and living in alignment with the inner purpose is the foundation for fulfilling your outer purpose.  It is the basis for true success.” – Eckhart Tolle

My inner purpose is to awaken.  To connect with other human beings and share the joy of what it means to vibrate with the essence to life.  I have always believed that our innate spiritual knowing will create whatever experience is necessary to remind us of who we are…and what our true purpose is in this life.

I am honored to share this journey with you!  May you continue to create your path in resonance with your highest spiritual calling….even if it means a few abrupt “wake-up calls”.

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

IN-JOY your journey!