Have you reached the Tipping Point in your life? I sure have and now I’m on a spiritual adventure. I’m a little nervous, so will you join me?
What Is the Tipping Point?
You might wonder what the Tipping Point is. I’m not talking about Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point which talks about reaching a critical mass, a threshold or boiling point. Also, how little things can make a big difference.
That’s not what I’m talking about. The Tipping Point I’m talking about has to do with reaching a certain age where instead of looking forward, you start looking back to examine your life.
As I was growing up, I always wondered what I’d be like when I was older and all grown up. I’m not sure I’m really grown up, not that I’m Peter Pan, but I might be Tinkerbell.
But when you are young, you spend time thinking about how your future will unfold. Who will you be? What will you achieve? Where will you live?
At this point, I’m not looking at my life that way any more and I’m not wondering what I will become. This is it – I’ve already become whatever I’m going to be. I’ve already arrived. I’m here, so now what?
This is the Tipping Point and it’s been going on for several years and right now I don’t know where I’m going.
Forging My Own Path
I’ve forged my own path in life, especially in my career, so even if I didn’t have a mapped out route, I did have a destination though. I was headed somewhere and I created my own path which does have some adventure.
This is different. Now I have no destination and no path.
Take the podcast for example. Two years ago I didn’t know where I was going with it, but I had a focus of creating content.
I’m letting you in on what’s happening right now in my life and asking you to join me. Please consider this your invitation to go along for the ride.
Maybe this is about becoming a human being vs. a human doing. Instead of running around doing a million things which is masculine energy, I’m learning how to just be which is more divine feminine.
To enjoy what is, such as going outside in the sunshine. Or being in nature and listening to the birds chirp. It’s like that phrase “Be here now.” It would be an accomplishment I guess, so that’s one way to look at it.
Yet, it’s still a bit disquieting to not have a goal.
Merlin Suggests a Spiritual Adventure
Currently I’m taking a Celtic Shamanism course with Jane Burns and her journeys have been really good. This morning I did one imagining getting into a round boat and allowing the sea and wind to take you to land that has a message for you.
This is about trust because you cannot direct the boat in any way. You have to go with whatever happens.
I followed the instructions, found land, walked into the island past the tall grasses and into a forest. There in a grove of trees, I saw Merlin who is one of my guides. He said one word to me, “Adventure.”
My first reaction was, “Oh no!” I’m not big on adventure. But there was more. He also said, “The point of adventure is that it is unknown. There’s no plan, no map, no guidelines, and no destination. You will see what happens as you go…just go.”
“It’s about surrender to the adventure and this is where trust comes in. Let go of control and knowing where you are going.”
To me, this is scary. I don’t like adventure because there’s no control.
I mean, I’d like a little control…
This is why I’m inviting you to join me because I want to be with friends if I don’t know where I’m headed. Can you blame me?
The idea of surrender reminds me of the Wizard of Oz and how the wicked witch of the west wrote “Surrender Dorothy” in the sky with her broom.
This situation also feels like the fool’s journey which is the zero card from the tarot deck. You don’t know where you are headed, you just step off the cliff and have faith.
This is all metaphorical about my life.
I’ve also been having crazy dreams which means my subconscious mind is unsettled. I dream I can’t find my ticket to get on a plane, train or bus. I have to get somewhere and people said they’d help me, but they disappear.
There are wild and twisted staircases I walk up and narrow tunnels to squeeze through. Not very restful.
The idea came to me to look on the web for how to calm your subconscious mind and I found a great article on Forbes.com with 13 tips and I’ll share them with you.
One problem is that I don’t know what I want. I mean I want to have fun, be engaged, make a difference and serve, but other than that I don’t have a clear picture.
13 Tips To Get Your Subconscious Mind on Board
- Be willing to see things can change.
- Give yourself permission to be successful.
- Don’t allow other people’s fears to influence you.
- Surround yourself with positive reinforcements.
- Speak about success in present tense vs. as a future plan.
- Create a vision (Um, I don’t have a vision).
- Identify your resistance (Got plenty of that!).
- Have a master plan for life (That doesn’t apply here).
- Express gratitude journal (Very helpful!).
- Ask for what you want (Ooops, I don’t know what I want).
- Release attachment to how things happen (That’s perfect!).
- Rally your allies (That’s why I’ve invited you to join me).
- Fill in between times with affirmations and motivation.
There are a lot of helpful suggestions in this pile, even if a few don’t work for me.
The Benefits of Adventure
One more thing I want to mention about adventure is that I got curious what the definition of the word actually is. I looked it up on the web and it said, “An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, activity or experience.”
That’s the problem – it may be exciting but it’s also dangerous! That made me wonder – what exactly are the benefits of an adventure?
I looked that up too and found this by Gregg Vanourek, “Adventure is not just something for daredevils and skydivers. It’s something for all of us who want to live well. It makes us more awake, alive, and free. It feeds us with the energy and excitement of exploration, discovery, and surprise.”
Have Fun With It!
So, if I’m going to go on this adventure, how can I make the best of it and make it fun? This made me realize that can be my goal – to have fun with the adventure!
I need to learn to roll with it, accept that I’m on the adventure, and go with it. Maybe part of this spiritual journey is to see the good in not knowing where I’m going and being in unchartered territory.
Then this thought occurred to me. What if I…
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Discover a new kind of method for creative expression
- Find something that makes me smile and feel happy
That would be wonderful! These things are just as possible as feeling lost or bewildered or unfit for this adventure.
So, if life is what you make it, and it helps to choose your perspective, it would behoove me to find the fun in this adventure, right? Okay, then that is my focus my goal, and my destination. FUN. I can get behind that.
I’m hoping you’ll join me by telling me about your Tipping Point, your spiritual adventure, or if have tips to share. Please post them in the comment section below!
Thank you! I appreciate you and your suggestions.