I once knew a chiropractor who said: “I am but a hollow bone.” He shared that his love of healing was something that came through him. It did not start with him and it did not end with him.
I have used that analogy for many things since I became aware of it. None more so than when writing Perfect Practice. The accomplishment of finishing a book and taking it through all the stages of editing, design and print is an undertaking that, like most other challenges, introduced me to some deeper layers of myself that I had forgotten.
I am no stranger to accomplishment. I have accomplished many things in my life. And I have chosen not to accomplish many things. Accomplishment and failure are commingled in the experiences of life. Neither one is of more value than the other, though both can be transforming. The deciding factor for the effect is the experience and how we relate to the experience.
A strong thread that runs through the message of Perfect Practice is willingness. And that is the willingness to be present long before the accomplishment is fulfilled. And . . . to be very present at the time of the success.
When I bought the land I live on it was a miracle. I was single, self-employed, with virtually no credit, and no money in the bank. That, combined with the fact that I wanted to buy acreage, seemed to be an impossible task. Though it happened as naturally as breathing. I was dedicated to the idea and the details filled in to support my idea. I deeply relate to the quote below.
“There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.“
Our ambitions have a life of their own and they utilize our mind, our breath and our body to fulfill their lifespan. The one most vital factor in my experience with accomplishment is not settling for no as an answer. Although as I found out, when I was building my home on undeveloped land, “no” showed up frequently. The county said, “no you cannot build on that 20 acres of land.” So, I looked for a compromise, I looked for answers, and I was willing to live in a cabin-tent if need be. The keyword here is willing. I was willing. I never did have to live in a tent, and I did get the building permit. Today I live on that land and it is a beautiful sanctuary because I wouldn’t settle for no. This could be seen as a great accomplishment yet, I see it as what’s natural. I see that that the true accomplishment was my willingness. My dedication and devotion to my heartfelt intention.
When we see our lives as hollow bones, we open both ends of the channel. We allow the incredible abundance of life to move through us. We don’t block it severing it and stifling it. We just experience life and all its nuances as it moves through us. We are the hollow bone.
Today I sit with an accomplishment that I have invested in for many hours, many days, even years. But today is really no different than any other day. I am aware that I am not the accomplishment. And that the accomplishment is not me. It is part of the process that I chose through my willingness to live fully, deeply and consciously.
To be authentic and transparent is also to be humble. This does not mean that I don’t celebrate. I will indeed be celebrating this accomplishment. No doubt about it. The difference I speak of is that I don’t confuse who I am with my accomplishment. And when I am able to see that, I also realize that I am not my failures either. That both failure and accomplishments are all a part of living an authentic and transparent life.
Here’s to the book, Perfect Practice, traveling far and wide and finding its way into the homes and the hearts of many. It didn’t start here and it doesn’t end here.