Having left Bali, I’ve arrived at my new "Secret HQ" and have been getting settled in.
Here I am at a favorite beach restaurant as I type you this letter. I just ordered some "yam talay" (spicy seafood salad)…..
So now I’m back in Thailand, do I miss Bali?
Yes and no.
Bali is great for so many reasons. One of the downsides for me is how busy, hectic, and crazy it can be.
Peak season brings dense traffic jams, stampedes of tourists, and super-high stress levels. Not so fun. (At least that’s how it felt to me.) But beyond the tourism, when you really know the heart of the Balinese people, you can’t help but love them!
I was living in a compound with a Balinese family and a few other expats…
Maybe 12 people of us in all. Mysterious ceremonies and other "weird goings on" were the day-to-day norm. Night time I found had a distinctly "creepy" feel. Bali is a magical place, but I have to say I was glad to leave when I did.
I will miss my Balinese family and the good people I got to know there.
So that’s why I just returned to one of my favorite spots — the beautiful islands in the south of Thailand.
As soon as my plane landed I immediately felt more relaxed. Actually before that….
When I jumped on the plane and all the air hostesses greeted me with the "wai" and a "sawadee khaaaaaaaaaa", somehow I immediately felt more at ease. 🙂
So my first night here, I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in months! So quiet and peaceful – perfect for doing more creative work. And the internet here is solid too, which helps in many ways….
But this morning I found there was a strong urge to try to "get it all done". You know, right?
Consulting the I-Ching this morning (as I often do with my morning cup of coffee) I drew Hexagram 26. Wilhelm calls this figure "The Taming Power of the Great," but I think "Re-charging Power" conveys the meaning better:
The figure shows "Heaven" or "Creative Power" inside, and outside, "Mountain" or "Keeping Still".
The lesson of the figure is that your Creative Power is nourished, enhanced, and charged up, by WITHHOLDING its expression for a time. In other words, by keeping STILL. And what is that?
You nourish and build creative power when you practice stillness.
But this idea isn’t exclusive to Daoism, you’ll find it in the Bible too:
"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." – Matthew 6:33
"Be still and know that I am God." –
The ancient masters (from many traditions) understood this principle, but modern civilization as a whole clearly doesn’t get it right now. In our frenzy to push ahead we’re often pushing our goals away, depleting our Qi, and losing alignment with the One life.
When you’re busy, it doesn’t FEEL that way though, does it? I certainly didn’t feel that way this morning!
Just looking at my to-do list and my first thought was, "I better get started and move very quickly." It feels like you have to keep all the plates spinning, doesn’t it? It feels like you have to keep doing and accomplishing otherwise the wheels will fall off?
This comes from a collective belief-system and paradigm that we’re all buying into hook, line and sinker!
I’m not saying that taking action isn’t important. Clearly it is. But a lot of the time, because we’re in the wrong state of mind, we do the wrong things, or we do them in totally the wrong way.
In all our busy-ness, we’re wasting energy and screwing things up. Energy spent arguing, worrying, pushing, shoving, obsessing is usually not used efficiently, effectively, or wisely. That’s the best case scenario.
Worst case scenario is that we’re working in a way that’s totally counter-productive. Our pushing causes an opposing force and the world pushes back. Or it blocks us from our deeper wisdom that knows what is best if we would only allow it to gently lead us.
So what’s the solution?
Meditation. Time spent in stillness is an investment in yourself because you’re nourishing, storing and enhancing your creative powers and your Qi.
In Christian terminology, you’re "seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness", rather than pressing ahead with the ego’s agenda and to-do list. (And things always seem to work out better when we "let go and let God".)
Sometimes this means dropping all outward action for a time. And let the chips fall where they may. Take a break and nourish your creative power. Then when the right time comes you can act with great force and perfect timing, since you’re allowing the One life to act through you.
And you are more efficient and effective this way, too. You’re able to focus on what is actually important moment-by-moment, without depleting or wasting lots of energy trying to do it all.
Bottom line – know when to be still, hold back, and nourish your creative powers.
There are lots of ways to meditate. The important thing is that you find a way that works best for you.
If you want a good "beginner’s guide" to doing meditation, including LOTS of guided meditations you can download and play with right now, then check out my "Secrets of Meditation" program.
In 2003, I created this simple, step-by-step course on how to do meditation. Since then thousands of people around the world have learned meditation with this essential program. (OK, I’m a little "embarrassed" that the web site hasn’t been updated in such a long time, but I guess I can drop that story — the course itself is solid).
You also learn some advanced breathing exercises to clear stress and raise your energetic frequency that most people do not know. Plus manifesting meditations are combined with the breathing to help you attract anything at all you want. The course comes with lots of guided meditations which makes it easy to do and follow along.
If you need a helping hand, definitely check it out.
Overall though, be sure to take time away from your to-do list to nourish and enhance your creative power.
That’s the big-take way from today’s letter. I hope you found it interesting and helpful.
I’ll be sending you more good stuff soon.
Thanks, and bye for now,