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Graceful New Years...

Graceful New Years...

~ Kate Trudeau

It’s Family Movie Night, and my daughter Melissa chooses X-Men, Days of Future Past.  Science Fiction is always fun, but suddenly in the middle of the movie, a dramatic moment between two lead characters lifts me to a new understanding.  “Look past my pain.  It doesn’t matter.  Look for your own future.”  says one desperate Mutant to another, who then is motivated to go beyond his self-pain focus and to join the World in Service.

We love that stuff; we 21st century humans.  From Mockingjays to Mutant Warriors, Chivalrous Knights to Fairytale Villains, we soak up meaning and feel good watching others be so inspired, that they put aside almost impossible to bear pain and injury, fears and long-standing self-beliefs.  We thrill as others answer the Call, shed their self-images and move into new, uncharted territories.

Why?  Because we know, in our hearts, that our own long-held traumas and opinion shaping decisions, are what blocks our own paths to greatness.  It is inspiring yet oddly comforting to watch greatness revealed in others, in extreme, and let’s face it, highly unlikely circumstances.

But for this New Year, let’s consider a new model.  Let’s consider looking beyond our own pain, because it doesn’t matter.  Let’s consider surrendering to our own Grace —- our own strength, wisdom and destiny.  Stop for a moment and consider how we can arrange our lives, our habits —- even our furniture and knick knacks, so that our every day supports us and reminds us:

            Go beyond our pain; it doesn’t matter.

Every time we start to shape a situation around some past event or long-held superstition, let’s stop and support ourselves in leaving it behind.  Let’s try a different way, a new color or a new form of communication.  Every time we begin that internal conversation about wrongs done to or even by us, let’s change the subject.  Let’s think about something else, or focus outside ourselves.  Every time we reach for something to ease the edge of experience, let’s reach for each other instead.  Let’s stand together for a cause so important, it can unite a disparate humanity.

Look beyond my pain.  It doesn’t matter.  It isn’t as important as my Grace.

Kate Trudeau is an Herbalist, a Minister, a Reiki Master, a Breathe Coach, a Life Coach and an Astrologer.  Additionally she writes and illustrates Children’s books designed to give parents and children opportunities to discuss self-control through self-acceptance.  

Ordained in New York at The New Seminary, a United Nations project, Kate trained to support all spiritual beliefs, traditions and needs as an Interfaith Minister.  Throughout her work, Kate strives to create a space where all visions of the Divine are honored and may be expressed as a needed priority or personal goal.

A Yale graduate, Kate is also a garden variety Geek, an ardent believer in the Internet, Computers, Smart Phones, and everything else that this technological age can bring.  She owns her own Internet Technology business with her husband.

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Radical Gratitude...

Radical Gratitude…

Beyond Ideas of Life and Death

~ Will Pye

When I initially encountered the diagnosis of a brain tumor I embraced the possibility I was going to die in the next few months or couple of years. I really got into the idea and let go of all ambitions, plans, desires, hope, ideas of who I should become or not become, fears of what might or might not be and so on and in so doing a funny thing happened - life became enough, more than enough, just as it is. Life being this. This. This. Whatever form this currently takes, whatever form arises within this 'this', ultimately life is only always this. After a few months of contracting back into learnt patterns of fear and imagining something needs to happen for joy to arise I have awoken once more to the ever-present underlying joy that is more me than me. Being this joy is far more important than trifling matters of when I will die or prolonging life not least because being this joy is the most healing, nay healed, experience I know. So, in giving up all ideas of healing, all methods, techniques, practices, all striving and just being with this moment, the only moment there ever truly is, I am healed. That is I am whole; I experience myself as whole and complete.

Right now I am alive. Right now I am completely free of any symptoms of having a brain tumour. In this I am wonderfully lucky and unspeakably grateful. Indeed my day-to-day experience is not someone who has a brain tumour.  I have a website and book which speak to the experience and one might interpret this as evidence that it defines my life yet the content emphasises that the experience is in fact not an 'I have a brain tumour experience' or 'I am going to die experience' but rather 'Look! This brilliance, this extraordinary experience we call life. Look!' It is a pointing to the ever-present delightful mystery of being alive. And it happened to be the case in this experience that it took a diagnosis of a brain-tumour to really bring this home. And it happens to be the case that 'I was diagnosed with a brain-tumour and there is joy' gets attention in a way that 'there is joy' does not quite achieve. Of course in either instance the key message is that there is joy. This joy is complete and needs nothing yet in my experience there is a wanting to share, a wanting to connect. To observe this joy arise in my experience is a joyous experience on top of the joy, truly joy of joys. Similarly when I point to this joy or speak from this joy and another has it arise in their experience I am more deeply immersed in the experience of joy.  Indeed sometimes when this happens for a while, at a talk perhaps, there is an almost complete loss of self-consciousness; the joy and expanse is so overwhelming that there is simply no room for thoughts of me, the usual 'I hope I look good'/'I hope I don't look bad'/'I want this'/'I don't want that' to arise. This is very very nice!

So it should be clear why I am sharing on this curious topic. Why I am writing, speaking about the experience to anyone that will listen - it is joyous for me and for the great majority joyous for them.

And within this joyous celebration of this moment death is but a curious possibility to be enjoyed when it presents itself. Nothing to be avoided or in any way concerned by. I have realised that my priority is not to heal or do this or that, rather only and always to access this joy, to be this joy, to express and share this joy. There is nothing more beautifully important.  It is so precious, so delightful that I would rather one moment of it than a hundred years of suffering. Given the choice between staying alive another 50 years as per 'normal', flashes of peace and harmony within a sea of stress and suffering, or another day as this joy I would take the day without hesitation. How curious that we so strive to avoid death, so desire to make stuff, do stuff, become some image of who we think we should be, when life's greatest offering, its sweetest experience, perhaps the only true accomplishment and yet not an accomplishment at all is to truly be, here and now, awake to this exquisite experience, whatever form it might now be taking.

I ask you, with love and a mischievous curiosity - is joy possible in your experience now?

And now? :-)


Will Pye

Will Pye, Author of Blessed with a Brain Tumor: Realizing It's All Gift and Learning to Receive experienced an unusual response to a brain tumor diagnosis - one of curiosity, radical gratitude, and acceptance.  How could this be? Learn more about his story...

Will is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, writer, mentor, friend and wisdom teacher.  He was a guest facilitator at Simply Grace's first Awakening Grace event for a day experience.  We look forward to collaborating again with him!

By the age of 26 Will created a successful business career in charity fundraising culminating in the founding of his own company.  At the same time, Will was experiencing emotional and psychological suffering that prompted a quest to find the reality of life's biggest questions.  Will has made an exhaustive study of various fields of human endeavor and an intensive exploration of various transformative practices such as psychological techniques, meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and shamanic work.

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