Archive for May 11th, 2012
Written by Nell Elliott
My dog Laslo and I visit the dog park for him to get verified on an idea of his beauty, the other dogs are soooo… friendly. Yes, I know it is a dog thingy, but we all have the creativity to make up our own stories. I have a long history of original stories. I tell stories like I paint, wide brush and bold colors.
Today with a cuppa Starbucks in hand, my cushion for comfort on a metal picnic table, I was joined by Gary and his young black dog, about 50 pounds, full of energy. He told me that he had taken her, the dog, to the open all night emergency animal hospital. I looked for splints and shaved parts where stitches could be visible, but turns out convulsions awakened him at 2:30 A M and a thousand dollars later he left the clinic with a bottle of drugs.
Gary said he had been in ER himself 6 times in the last 6 months because of stress related to his work. He came ‘to’ and changed companies. Capitol One! (Remember the T V ad showing cave men dramatizing ‘what’s in your wallet’). The last three weeks at this new job had given him such a boost in identity, self love and understanding he brought his dog to the park to play and for the next two hours he talked about his new ‘life’.
Two steps up the authority ladder from him is a Vietnamese who reminds him often to use his own innate ability in solving problems (and training, I’m sure), to go to the gym, provided by the company, for relaxation and energizing workouts and if need be, take a day off to balance his life.
My response to his interesting history of Capitol One, first being a credit card company and now being and buying other banks, was that his angels were strong and able bodied to get his attention insisting on him to change companies. He heartily agreed (to the angel idea, that is). Why did I listen for two hours? What a gift to me….and him, as well. We then talked about the importance of listening.
Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the movie “The Secret” notoriety and founder of Agape International Movement, says on his recording of Life Visioning Process that REVERENT ATTENTION is listening. To pay attention as if the thing you will hear is the most important thing you will ever hear. He follows that saying that people are often healed when someone listens. Listening is usually acting interested but waiting anxiously to give your 2 cents. His focus is to have you learn to hear in inaudible voice of God through your intuition.
Another young man, to graduate in May next year from UNT joined our ‘wafting love fest’ to tell us he wants to be a high school teacher. He has listened to his Dad, who is a fourth grade teacher, over the years. His Dad has told him not to be friends with his students, be a teacher. We all three were fed on the simplicity, sharing, caring and BEING.
That brings me to report, in my opinion, we have a built in meter that lets us know when we resist or accept our environment, both verbal and physical, When events happen that we resist, instantly we feel bad. When we are in a loving space we instantly feel good. So, when we feel bad we can release the resistance, not give it a dwelling or live with it. I have found that there is a tightness in my chest or stomach when resistance is present. The pain there, in chest or tummy, is powerful enough to let you know that the ‘resistance/pain’ wants out.
As simple as asking yourself “do I want to feel this pain, give it energy so that it will grow or do I want to let it go?” It is that simple. Choose to feel good and love your self (give your self approval) or feel badly and beat your self up. By realizing the event or person that one may feel resistance to is outside of self. In side self is the power to overlook it, move over, leave, bless it, whatever is appropriate, and that will be known when you are listening to the inaudible voice of God.
Gary also told me about a friend who took her dog to an emotional therapist at $300 an hour.
Busy being happy,