James Andrew, Lincoln Center Theater
I believe we’re all on a spiritual journey—a path to enlightenment if you will. We may not all chose the same road but what is important is that we’re striving to make our lives happier and more fulfilled.
I’ve found several ideas that most new age schools of thought all share, and as there has been some interest from our readers on this subject, I thought they might be of some benefit to share here. Since these elements come in no particular order I’ll just jump right in.
Awareness is hugely important—we need to ask ourselves what are the thoughts and stories we are telling ourselves. When we can step back and simply observe, we can begin to separate ourselves from the thoughts and stories that do not serve us. We can then begin to tell better stories. On a relative level at least, we are our thoughts and conceptions!
Our thoughts and imagination are very powerful, and one should visualize and imagine the reality we would like to be experiencing in such a way that we actually bring up the emotion of what the complete fulfillment of these desires feels like. We exist in a feeling universe. This idea is about being a vibrational match to the things we want, and the universe acts like a mirror reflecting what we put out. Now this is not always the easiest things to do when we are undergoing some harsh times, but I assure you that by acknowledging where we are now, focusing on where we want to be—on things working out rather than focusing on all that is wrong in our lives we put ourselves in a much better place.
Love and forgiveness are also very powerful. One should always attempt to be the love one wants to receive. Forgiveness can become a good kind of selfish act in that it often does more good for the person that forgives than for the one who is forgiven. In this way we free ourselves from negative emotions like anger, resentment, and bitterness and we start to make room for better things to come into our lives.
Letting go of fear is pretty liberating as well—being free to fail, and just taking a massive leap. We need to be aware of fear—the fear of getting hurt, having our hearts broken, business failures, whatever it is, we are often missing out on all the potential and possibility by protecting ourselves. One could just as easily see anxiety as a form of excitement! By just “going for it” we give ourselves a chance to manifest what we desire.
These are just a few ideas to explore. I know many of them are working for me personally. Rather fabulous things are always happening in my own life, and at the very least I can say I’ve gained more inner peace, tranquility and love, which in turn encourages me to continue on this journey.
I love all the new age/hippie symbolism of “Crystals and Rainbows” and perhaps there are indeed some magical powers behind these things, (possibly based on the power of belief?), but for me, I think the more practical and useful ideas and tools offer much more tangible results.
I’m captured here at the ravishing reflecting pool at Lincoln Center Theatre pondering some of these ideas while sporting a pair of Tom Ford “Regency” pants in pink & green silk cotton madras check, an Alexander McQueen cotton pink and white micro stripe shirt with pink gross grain ribbon trim, woven white leather flip flops are by local sandal maker, Schettino di Capri, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.