Seven Keys to Life
I’ve got Seven Keys to Life; Seven Keys That Will Open the Doorway to the Vast Inner Life.
I was in the 10th grade, at a school and a time when busing children outside their neighbor to a school on the other side of town was the order of the day. It was called it integration. I call it taking me out of my neighborhood and familiar surroundings and implanting me into an environment that neither respected nor cared about me.
One reading teacher told me, you are not living up to your full potential. That thought has always haunted me. School came easy. I really didn’t have to study. In fact, my 10th grade year I missed so many days and I still passed.
What was my potential? Nobody ever told me. I guess it was something hidden in plain view. Could the teacher see something that I couldn’t, did she have a way of peering behind my brown eyes and see into the heart of me? She told me I would have gotten an A if I hadn’t missed so many days.
The First Key awakens the mind to reveal a Powerful Presence that you will have to discover. It is hidden within the inner dimensions of your life. It is a part of you that you cannot see but you know is real. That Presence may be what my teacher saw, but she did not know how to help me bring out.
I believe education’s greatest endeavor is to educe, to draw out what is inside of children so they can have an authentic experience instead of having a life given to them. An authentic experience that honors the gifts and talents you were born with. To have a teacher or parent to help you develop is one of the greatest gifts you can receive.
Powerful Presence stands in the doorway, opens the door, and walks in. She stands in the room looks from behind her eyes and sees the beauty and splendor in the world. She looks at her hands, her fingers holding a pen, out the window and far into the day, and sees clouds, feels her feet upon the floor, looks back at yesterday, and forward ten years and imagines a life she can have.
There is this Powerful Presence pulsating through you, taking words and stringing them together and they become a song, a song that never ends, that goes on and on as long as words form on the page.
The Second Key in this series is to Acknowledge the true reality of life, that life at each moment includes the body, the mind and your true nature, the natural world which includes all conscious beings as well as all lifeless non-living things in the universe, plants, the earth and even the smallest particles of sand.
The key will open the door to the vast inner life and show you how everything in life is connected, what you do to someone else you also do to yourself.
There’s a Rhythm to Life, put your finger on the pulse and feel the beat, The Rhythm of Life is all around you. Tune in; life happens in the spiritual then it manifesst and become physical. It is the power of sound that vibrates and pulls from the void. Like making something with your hands that you visualized first. Sound and Vibration is life, tune into the Rhythm of Life and see your life vibrate to a higher level.
The oneness of life is all around. I look out my window where I work. I see construction going on. I’m in the midst of reconstructing the story of my life. Because the one I have lived thus far is not the best that I can have.
I have done some amazing things. Like the time I went to Hawaii with my daughter; she was married and had her honeymoon there. I also spent New Year’s Day in Paris, looking out from the Eifel Tower at the pulse of the city, snow falling around me.
For fifteen years, I dedicated myself to my practice of study and meetings, learning all I could about life and the environment I lived in. With my words I called forth a new life, with my poetry I expressed my pain and disappointment and then let them go.
There was this tension building in my hip. The tension of holding onto a life of suffering, no matter how bitter it felt, it was all I knew, so I held on. Holding onto pain created an impasse, blood could not flow. If blood does not flow, it has nowhere to go; it begins to harder and creates an impasse. The next thing is a heart attack or stroke. I had to change. I had to let go before anger and fear destroyed me. I let go and this other life that I had been reading and talking about. It had been holding in the wings for me.
There was this story I lived that told me I was a victim, to be used by life. I believed that story and made it my own. In the absence of a real life one will live with a substitute.
I never really believed it, but I held on, I felt it was untrue, but it was like knowing something wasn’t real, but it still had power over me. It lead me to education as I continued to seek out answers to my problems and a way to make a difference in the world.
Education opened another life to me. The Books I read and the poetry I wrote helped me to construct a new life. It is an ongoing reconstruction, each time adding cement to fasten in the new parts. I know my lifes not complete. I have to continue to live with the substitute, until the true life becomes real.
Your life is a reflection of what you believe, change your beliefs and the outside world will match the picture in your head.
The Third Key is Nonfeasance, the failure to act that is part of one’s responsibilities and the consequences of not living up to your full potential. There is a saying from Nelson Mandela, a Freedom Fighter from South Africa. He lived under a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation, similar to what happened in America. Nelson Mandela spent over 27 years in prison. He was released and a year later he was elected president of South Africa and Apartheid was abolished. He stated if you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you, if you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you. You have an obligation to live up to your full potential and find a way to express the truth of your life. Failure to act will bring you ruin.