April 2014 Newsletter
Re-birth and renewal = Aliveness!
What a difference a week makes in the Spring! Last week, it was cold and damp and we even had some snow and ice just a few days ago in the Northeast! But this weekend promises to be getting warmer and sunny with all the flowering trees in bloom and the grass greening up! It was a little chilly this morning, but still lovely to see all the cherry, magnolia and flowering pear trees in full regalia! They’re all a little off because of the weather – they’re not usually on display all at once like this, so it’s a sight to behold – pinks and whites all a-swirling and swaying in unison!
I love the Springtime – it makes you happy to be alive to see the re-birth and renewal all around. And all the themes of the season are echoed in the holidays of Passover and Easter, in the icons of the Easter egg and Easter lilies, and even in the courses and conferences I’ve attended recently. Aliveness is definitely a theme to pay attention to! The 2nd Annual Human Design Conference, led by my teacher/mentor Karen Curry, had a theme of being fully alive by using your Human Design. We have the choice of living conditioned, compromised or fully alive lives. It’s hard to ever fully get “over” the conditioning we experienced as children, but it’s worth a try. The more you can get away from that conditioning, the more freedom you’ll feel. The compromised life is one with a lot of “should’s”. You may have moved away from the conditioning of childhood, but you’re still stuck in living everyone else’s idea of what you SHOULD be doing with your life.
The fully alive life is one where you’re in the driver’s seat, you know your decision-making strategy, you use it to make all your decisions, and as a result, you feel alive, aware, and engaged most of each day. It’s the kind of freedom that allows for the growth and joy that we’re supposed to be here for – in order to live out our life’s purpose in a way that’s congruent with our design and just feels right and juicy!
As an example of a life that was beyond conditioning, not compromised and fully alive, let’s take a look at Steve Jobs. The movie about him came out last year, but I found this video from an early interview, and thought you’d enjoy seeing it. Short and sweet. There’s not all that much complexity to living fully alive – at least he sets it up as a simple concept. Here’s the world as Steve Jobs saw it:
“When you grow up, you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your job is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
I love having choices, don’t you?