When I arrived in Bali after a 30 hour trip, it was 1am. To say I was exhausted would be a gross understatement. When I arrived, my driver, Wayan, led the way to his van, put my suitcase in the back, put a flower lei around my neck and snapped my picture. Not one of my best photos, but I didn't care - I WAS IN BALI!!
What happened next kept me wide awake for the 1 1/2 hour ride to my hotel!
What happened next, you ask? Bali traffic is what happened next! Bali traffic is unlike anything I have ever experienced, and BELIEVE ME, it is a fascinating, kind of terrifying experience. It hardly even computed in my brain. We got on the road, which was a narrow 2 lane road, and it was crowded even at 1 am. There were vans, cars, and LOTS of people on scooters. Some without helmets, some with 2 or 3 people on the scooter. The most surprising thing about the scooters was that families would ride together on a scooter. It was common to see a couple of children sandwiched between their parents on a scooter, or a mom or dad with a little one sitting on the scooter in front, and one or two more little ones sitting behind. As we drove, I couldn't help but gasp...on several occasions. The driver kept looking back at me as I gasped with my eyes wide open, watching.
There is a "flow" to the way the traffic works in Bali. Scooters weave in and out and around cars, vans, and trucks. Everyone seems to go back and forth between lanes to get past someone going slow, like an elderly person or a mom with three kids. There were countless times we were facing other cars and scooters head on. The drivers totally tailgate the people on scooters. I found myself holding my breath on many occasions when the driver was so close behind a little family on a scooter!
What I realized though, was that I was the only one having anxiety about the driving experience. The driver was calm, chatty, and was part of the flow of traffic without hardly thinking about it. The other people driving were calm. I noticed there was no road rage. Nobody was upset when someone was driving 3 inches behind them, or if they were coming at you head on so they could get past a scooter. It was calm and laid back. It was a curious phenomenon!
The photographer for the retreat, Maddison, spends quite a bit of time working in Bali. One day, I asked her if she had a scooter. She said yes, and I asked her HOW did she learn to drive in this traffic? Her immediate response was that you have to totally get out of your head and into your intuition, or your heart. In other words, you had to connect with the flow.
The traffic in Bali was a HUGE life lesson to me - especially Maddison's comment about getting out of your head and into the flow.
I have spent a lot of my life wanting to control things and other people. Wanting to be in control, expecting things work out a certain way, and expecting others to live up to your standards takes A LOT of energy!! I know from experience that the energy that results from this is not happy, positive, or light. It is frustrated, defensive, and angry energy.
When I was introduced to energy work years ago, I began to see things differently. I began to realize that my life could flow instead of jerk back and forth between experiences. Transitioning into the flow of life requires change that starts from the inside. It is deeper than making a decision to change...those conscious efforts are well-meaning, but how many times have you told yourself you are going to change, and then found yourself right back in your old behaviors or thought patterns? Rest assured, you are normal! There IS a powerful alternative to fighting against your conscious brain. It is a lot more simple than you might expect when you know how hard you have tried to change in the past.
Those behaviors and thought patterns that you have tried to change so many times are governed by something far more powerful than your conscious thoughts, the tips in every self-help book you've ever read, or the advice of every motivational speaker, business coach, or life coach that is telling you how to improve your life. Did you know that it is a proven scientific fact that 95% of our life outcomes are at the mercy of our hidden subconscious beliefs?
When I found that out, it made SO MUCH sense why it was so difficult to change - I mean really, deeply, profoundly change. I wanted to live in the mysterious "flow" that I had heard so much about, but could not figure out how to jump in and live it.
That is why I do what I do. Energy work is a simple, powerful solution to changing those hidden negative subconscious beliefs that keep a person with so much potential spinning their wheels, trying to overcome self-defeating outside behaviors and thoughts.
Are you ready to make that transformation into the beautiful, joyful flow of your life? How would your relationships change? Your overall happiness and inner peace? Your health? Your finances? I promise you that if you are struggling in any way and are ready and willing to value yourself enough to take the next step, you are in the right place! Your life can and will change in so many positive ways. You will step out of all the distractions and frustrations, begin to see WHY you are here, and have the positive impact you are designed to have in your life.
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The Power of Starting with You
February 22, 2017
What Bali taught me about being in the flow of life