Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain (preview 3)
Today we bring you our third preview for "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain. Shakti is a pioneer in the field of personal development. For over twenty-five years, she has been a best-selling author and internationally renowned teacher of consciousness. Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives.
You know, we think that what we need and what we want is out there somewhere. We're always going after something. If I just had more money, if I just had a better relationship, if I just had a bigger house or lived in the right place or, you know on a national level, if I just had this country here for my possession or if I could just convince these people to do it my way or if I could just.....
You know, all of that is a result of us thinking that happiness is out there and that more is somehow gonna fill us up, that emptiness we have inside. I feel that the cure for that is on an individual level. Each one of us has to start taking responsibility for the fact that that emptiness or dissatisfaction we feel in our lives is because we haven't completely felt who we really are and felt the power of the universe inside of us. We've blocked it, we haven't acted on it, we haven't trusted it, we haven't opened up to it fully. The more we do that, the more we come into a place of harmony. When you are following the voice of the universe inside of you, everything is kind of in harmony.
So when each of us starts living that individually in our lives, as soon as you start doing it everyone around you picks it up and they start doing it more and it just starts spreading more and more. That's how change happens, in the consciousness because when one consciousness changes it's connected to all of the other consciousness's in the world. As one of us changes everyone around us has to change, too, or else they have to get away from us. Pretty soon they can't get far enough away if there is enough of us and there are and real change is happening now because of that in this world.
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Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain (preview 2)
We are pleased to bring you our second transcription preview from "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain. Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. She has written numerous books considered classics in her field. Her distinguished publishing history includes best sellers Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, The Path of Transformation, Four Levels of Healing, Creating True Prosperity, and Developing Intuition.
When I do workshops, I never plan what I'm gonna do. I like to just get here and feel the energy and tune into you. And listen to what you have to say to me, and the questions you ask, and the things you bring up. And allow the flow to happen spontaneously. So what that means is that we're all creating this together. I'm not figuring it out and giving it to you. We're doing it together. We are all together creating what I call a group channel. See, I think of each one of us individually as a channel for the universe. I'll define what I'm talking about a little bit. When I say "universe," what I mean is that intelligence, that force, that spirit, that energy, that exists in everything in all of us and in everything.
Some people might call it God. Some people call it spirit. Some people call it the higher power. I usually use the word universe. Although I might use some of those other words. It doesn't matter what you call it. The point is that it's in each of us. And my desire in my life is to learn to tune into that as strongly as I can and as much as I can to stay with that connection, with that force, and with that wisdom. And allow that wisdom to teach me, to guide me, to show me what it wants me to do because, let's face it, it's smarter than I am. It's smarter than my individual ego, personality self.
Live From NYC with Shakti Gawain
We are pleased to bring you this transcription preview from "Live From NYC" with Shakti Gawain. Shakti has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance and wholeness in their lives. She has written numerous books considered classics in her field. Her distinguished publishing history includes best sellers Creative Visualization, Living in the Light, The Path of Transformation, Four Levels of Healing, Creating True Prosperity, and Developing Intuition.
I was brought up in a very intellectual, rational, non-spiritual family. We were atheists, in fact. My belief up until I was probably 20 years old, my belief was that God was something that people made up to make themselves feel better, you know, because they couldn't face reality or something. And so I had no real sense of the spiritual connection. But I've always been curious about what makes the world work, you know, and what's going on here? I was a seeker, I wanted to understand.
And in fact, when I was 13 years old I had an experience that was very powerful for me. I had kind of a crisis, it was an emotional crisis, you know? And I began to see that, you know, life isn't what it's cracked up to be here. All these things that are supposed to be so important, and so meaningful, I started to see that they really aren't going to make me happy. And that it's all very . . . something could make you happy and then it could be taken away from you and you'll be unhappy. And I came to a very kind of existential depression where I said, "Life is meaningless," and I was ready to kill myself because I just couldn't understand what the meaning could be. It seemed so pointless.
And that took me, it's kind of a place that I think everybody has to go through, one place or another of beginning to realize that all this world out here that we had thought was so important is an illusion. The importance of the way we thought of that was an illusion and there must be something more. That's really what it started to put me in touch with, and I so started to seek, "What is the 'more'? There must be something more."
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