June brings our new monthly theme at Better Endings for Your Life Path (see Monthly Topics); the next stage as we proceed forward with the Hero Cycle process is: TRIALS AND REVELATIONS.
I can certainly relate right now at this juncture in my own life’s journey. This past month, while blogging here about “Descent into the Belly of the Whale,” I sank into a deep contemplation one day while sitting in the center of an outdoor stone labyrinth. I asked my Inner Guide:
“What is it you/Spirit would ask me to improve upon or change as I proceed forward into the next phase of my journey?”
I received a clear answer:
This answer has lingered in my consciousness. Adaptability is certainly an important TOOL for me to employ as I approach retirement next summer and the release of my book, Your Life Path, next March.
A few days ago, I had a breakthrough with regard to adaptability. I have been conceiving of one and only one destination for retirement. Yet when I visited that location through the month of March into April, I encountered a terrifying series of ordeals in the form of an invasion of my very body (and my dog’s and car) by parasitic insects. It took six weeks and a heavy load of new credit debt to clear that scourge, and I find myself left with PTSD around these ‘bug issues’ that I am still working on. When I think of that truly wonderful location, it now brings forth a sense of dread: how could I ever feel entirely safe were I to live there? I know this is not rational yet it is deeply entrenched.
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So I have been thinking about today’s topic: What Can You Do When Your Dream Becomes a Nightmare?
My answer is clear: ADAPT!
With Life Path Mapping, I always encourage people to remain FLEXIBLE and OPEN TO CHANGE. Future life mapping is not about setting a specific location or job or relationship as a necessary or fixed destination. It is about projecting your VALUES forward into a future set of conditions that will fulfill your sense of purpose, mission, and life satisfaction.
So I took out a map to see where else could I go to satisfy my interests in a retirement community: closer to family, a vibrant community, a lake. And I found an amazing location I have known of but had not realized how near it is to where I have wanted to be anyway. I have a new location focus now.
I welcome YOUR Comments and Stories.