THE SHIFT

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Have you ever had one of those AHA moments that Oprah has talked about? Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher and spiritual guru who recently passed in 2015, had them too, except he called them quantum moments where a shift in your heart, mind and soul happens. It’s like the trifecta of human consciousness and this is where they say miracles can happen. Anytime there is a shift in our perception it removes the veil of fear, guilt and hate in the mind, giving us a short, sweet glimpse of the timeless peace and joy we are born into, and which is our rightful inheritance.

Wayne Dyer was a professor at St. John’s University here in Queens. He was up for the coveted tenured position there when he decided to leave, although it went against all common sense and advice from family and friends. He followed his inner voice, which led him to write “Your Erroneous Zones” in 1976 and became one of the top best selling books of all time! He went on to write many books and became a motivational speaker. You can still view him on public television helping millions of people with his soulful and inspiring words. He often spoke about how a shift in his perception created a profound healing in his life. He acknowledges it was a quantum moment that created this healing. His father was an abusive alcoholic and his mother, unable to care for the family, brought him and his two brothers to an orphanage in Detroit where they eventually ended up in foster care.

Bounced around and then reunited with his mother, he grew up having a deep hatred for his father who abandoned him after he was born. It permeated every aspect of his life. It takes a lot of energy and work to hold on to that level of hate. By the age of 34, with this deep hatred in his heart, he found his father’s grave in Biloxi, Mississippi where he stood for three hours stomping, crying and spitting on the grave. As he walked away, he suddenly felt the hatred lift…something had come over him and he felt such great love and compassion that he was able to say to his father, “From this moment on I send you love, and I forgive you for everything that you have done, you are my teacher.” When he walked away from his father’s grave that very day his life began to change. No longer carrying the shackles of hate, his light shown forth. His quantum moment, his shift, his miracle, had forever changed his life. Wayne made a film called “The Shift” that you can view through Hay House. It is worth the viewing.

Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. It does not make us weak or condone the behavior of the offender but releases us to embrace ourselves. Learning to make peace when life gives us sour grapes is a quantum moment, a miracle, allowing us to heal, bringing light and love at new levels into our life.  Mark Twain wrote, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

A loving-kindness meditation to help on this journey goes like this:

May I be filled with loving-kindness

May I be safe from inner and outer dangers

May I be well in body and mind

May I be at ease and happy

Then spread the love and say it for another person, our community, our country, and the world. Namaste.

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