So I was going along life as usual – feeling sad, victimized, blaming circumstances for my failures, being competitive, jealous, self-righteous.. you get the picture. Till some ex Buddhist monk came along with his “Happiest Day of Your Life” workshop. So yeah you go for it partly out of curiosity wondering if everyday of your life can be happy and partly because he looks very handsome in his profile picture on Facebook. The next thing you know you’re talking to your drinking water and saying funny strings of words. But strangely you are happy! So then you’re like OK if 2 days were this good then a 5-day residential will be even better. It could even be the permanent cure for unhappiness. So you then go to his Brahmavihara retreat and I don’t know about a cure for unhappiness but the next time a beggar comes along at a busy traffic signal you are tapping on the fleshy part of your hand saying I’m sorry, Please forgive me, I love you, Thank you! You also recite more funny words in strings which make no sense and stop taking medication for pain because you just tap on ‘energy meridians’. Things like mediation make you peaceful and you get excited about reading books written by other Buddhist Monks. A strange peace pervades you and you want more. You also become aware of other ‘fellow travellers’ in the ‘journey of life’ and you’re saying Oh! wow, this stuff is exciting.
You start getting familiar with words like “Clarity” and phrases like “Loving what is” though you don’t completely understand them. So you see a facebook profile of someone saying that he is ‘awake’ and a shaman! So you’re like oh let’s explore this because you have relationship issues anyway and he claims to be a ‘relationship coach’. So you go to him and I don’t know about sexuality and relationships but he makes you discover a hidden poet in you and the next thing you know Rumi-esqe poems (you didn’ t even know who Rumi was before you met the guy) start coming out of you! You start seeing that everything is sacred and you have a lot of power within you. Plus he also tells you about projections, shadow self etc. A level of that “clarity” hits you and you’re never the same again! You have already quit your job but instead of looking for another one, you want to do things like ‘follow your heart’, ‘surrender to yourself’ and ‘be in the Flow’. Bloody Hell!
Then you go to something called the ‘Tao of Facilitation’ because, though you know what your passion is, you don’t really know how to do anything with it. So you’re like what the heck… another program. Meanwhile the ‘Flow’ guy is always talking to you on google talk and making sure to give you some mind-blowing clarity talks so that you can’t go back to your self-pity, poor me stage. In the ToF, one guy teaches you to honour what emerges and the other makes you realise the difference between Fact and Perception. You now know that the real truth cannot be expressed in words. In the midst of knowing what your control dramas are and realising that your own thoughts are the cause of your suffering you meet an acquaintance and begin to tell him your life story in a span of just 2 hours. You leave the ToF making some awesome friends and a future business partner. You have also realised that you have a soul sign and your birth date can indicate what your life purpose is! Now you have no excuses!
So you do it! Start a company and name is something funky like ‘Deep Red Ink’. You thought it would be all glamorous but instead you’re writing about tourist spots in Hyderabad and GRE brochures. Meanwhile you have heard about something called Yoga Sutras. You have some complicated tongue twisting chants telling you about the origin of life and the path to ‘being one with your goal’. It also re-affirms that you are creating your own reality and suddenly you can’t be self-righteous in arguments with your mom. You also are so much at peace with your relationship issues that a guy flirting with you doesn’t excite you. You are left with a hyper cousin on her wedding day because only you can calm her frayed nerves.
Your brother starts calling you the ‘workshop lady’. The EFT is not limited to you any more and you start surrogate tapping. Now when friends have a headache or brother has backache you’re the person to call. Waiters in restaurants stare at you because you have also learnt quantum touch and now regularly heal knee pains and such. People learn about your manifesting abilities and make jokes about you earning huge amounts of money for them.
You can’t remain sad for long periods any more and start becoming grateful for things even on the worst days. Though your self-esteem can be low, you realise that ‘this too shall pass’ and though, when you are upset, you may tell friends that you don’t believe in love.. you actually do! Now you know it’s not just a workshop phase, you do these things in real life. You can’t help but be aware of all that you do and be more accepting of everyone INCLUDING YOURSELF. That’s it .. there’s no turning back now! I wish there was a disclaimer before I got onto this journey saying ‘ be ready to realize your greatness.. now you can make no excuses!’