It’s time to open.
Here it is, a project that has been in the works for (ahem) too long to disclose. Through the tedious process of learning to silence my inner perfectionist here is a labor-of-love, work-in-progress, online hub of my offerings, musings, and nuggets of information.
So, what has been on my mind recently?
The words offered by Kate Gray, Ed. M., Founder and CEO of Qi The Inner Gym, at the grand opening celebration of Qi. Her words are still echoing through my being, seeping in layer by layer to my core. When I arrived at the celebration, I was instantly awed by the beauty of the space, the community it attracted, and the many (much needed) services of healing and wellness that it will provide for the people of Boston and its surrounding region.
Boston is a brilliant city, full of intelligence, history and its own understated style, however, it’s a city that has been pretty closed for a long time. As many newcomer friends have mentioned, it’s one of the hardest places to crack into the social fabric and create a solid community for yourself. You have to really dig and search to find its magical pockets. So, it was a breath of fresh air to walk into the welcoming space of Qi and feel as if I was at home. It’s amazing to see this sense of “opening” happening all over the city. People are connecting, sharing their dreams, supporting one another, and opening up to the potential that we all desire and strive to attain.
Which leads me to share with you Kate’s four main points from her speech that evening.
1. Heaven is here on earth.
Heaven is not a place up in the sky with fluffy white clouds and harps, and an old dude with a big white beard. Let go of the idea that it’s inaccessible, out there beyond your reach. We have a choice every day, every minute, to choose heaven or hell here on earth. Look around. Your friends, loved ones, and strangers alike are your angels. Love and beauty are everywhere when you are open to see it, to feel it. Magic lies within the subtleties of each moment. Heaven is here on earth, right here, right now.
2. It’s all about collaboration.
Collaboration is the way of the future. Each of us has a very unique set of gifts to give to the world. When we are aware of our purpose and what our gift is we become incredibly powerful (caution! you will also become ridiculously happy and full of joy). By joining forces with others to combine our gifts, resources, talents, and skills we exponentially increase our power and impact on the world. Collaboration is progress. It’s happening everywhere. Check out another amazing collaborative space and revolutionary climbing gym, BKB Somerville.
3. Pay attention to Synchronicity
The world is an extension of you and when you experience synchronicity it is a reflection of how in touch you are with your own soul. Synchronicity shows you that you are on the right path and that the right people are coming into your life at the right time to assist and guide you. Deepak Chopra describes synchronicity as a gift. Once you receive the gift of synchronicity you’ll be more and more aware of its occurrence. And it happens ALL the time.
4. Our dreams can come true… they are ALREADY true.
What if your dreams are already true and, in fact, you are living them right now? Kate began her talk by acknowledging that the existence of Qi is due to a collective dream that each of us has had many times before and that we were all now standing in the physical manifestation of that collective dream. A true shaman, her words landed with such grace and truth. So, you may ask, what is keeping you from achieving your dreams? And why are some dreams nightmares? Often, we hold ourselves captive in our very own prisons that we create in our minds. Damien Echols, Buddhist Zen teacher who spent 18 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit, utilized that time to master meditation and many different spiritual practices in order to break free from the prisons in his mind. Damien was the key note speaker at the opening celebration at Qi and he mesmerized the crowd with his call to action. Dreams can not simply be wishes. We must act on them.
The dream in your heart may be bigger than the environment you find yourself in.
If so, it’s time to move on. ~ Damien Echols
It’s time for you to open to all that you are. What a journey this life is and I’m so grateful to be on this ride.