I was thinking about Queen Elizabeth II and the news of her passing, and how I had ‘met’ her when I was a teenager. Actually, I hadn’t really met her, as in having a personal conversation or a handshake, I’d just been one in a crowd of people when she came to our town to launch a boat, but I’d been in close enough proximity to think of it as having met her.
As I was thinking of her, I was reminded of a particular client I had seen last month. My mind can make connections that probably seem rather weird to a lot of people… but, it’s how my mind works, and it jumped to an oracle card reading I’d done at our local UFO Festival. It was a strange and difficult reading, and afterwards, he told me his story. He’d been abducted by aliens.
Now, what on earth could connect the late Queen of England and some guy in Australia who believed himself abducted by aliens? The connection was actually a thought about how some meetings can just slip by and be forgotten, yet others can have a life-long profound effect on you and on your beliefs.
My belief that I’d met the Queen was an embellishment I’d chosen over 50 years ago because, at the time , I thought it gave me some status. Yes, it had some truth to it – I had been part of the crowd reasonably close around her, but it was not until a couple of days ago when I heard of her passing that I went “Hang on. Did I really meet her?” So I looked into that belief I discovered that it simply is no longer my truth.
The guy who believed he had been abducted had undergone a profound change because of his experience. It became the pivotal point in his life. Some people will scoff and think he’s off his rocker, but it is his belief and should be respected as just that. I too have had a similar experience and firmly believe that the 7 or 8 hours that I lost one summer’s day in 1980 is very connected to a sighting of what I called a massive metal Toblerone that I saw parked in a field. Some people will also think that’s nuts, and there are times when I do too, but it’s my belief that this happened although it didn’t have such a profound effect on me as that similar experience did for my client.
From there, I started to think about other experiences that I have had that completely changed my life. Many of them are of the ‘woo-woo’ variety, with the one which had the most profound effect being what I term my Initial Awakening Experience. Some folk would think that I suffered a psychotic break, and that is entirely possible from one point of view. Everything in my life around that time points to that possibility, but I believe that it was an intense spiritual experience that has driven my life forward in a way that can only be termed as positive. I found a belief that is so strong it cannot be moved and that belief has driven me to learn how to understand what makes me tick. It’s helped me overcome decades of severe pain, auto-immune disorders, and more dramas and trauma than should be allowed to fill any one life. It is the driving force behind my life and I cannot see that changing. Psychotic break or actual spiritual experience is totally irrelevant. It has brought positive change into my life and for that I feel blessed to have experienced it.
We all hold beliefs and it’s entirely probable that most of our beliefs only matter to us. Those beliefs may be spiritual in nature or based on life experiences. They may have a profound effect on your life, or they may add to the traumas that you carry. Whatever they are, they shape your world and it is a good idea to bring them out every now and then, dust them off and review them. Are they beliefs that I still need to carry around with me, or are they no longer really true and can be released? Do they affect me in a positive or a negative way? Do they encourage me to grow as a human or do they hold me back?
When did you last take a good long look at your beliefs? Not just the biggies but also the ones that have a limiting response in your life? The “I’m afraid of moths/heights/dogs/my boss” type of beliefs. Write yourself a list and then ask yourself why you hold these and is it time to change them.