I want to begin today's focus with what I always thought was a nursery rhyme. It turns out it's a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Apparently he wrote this with his baby in his arms.
You probably know it:
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This poem comes to my mind right now as I think about myself (minus the curl).
You see, sometimes I access mystical states of awareness. Sometimes I extract wisdom from the living of my life in a way that is thrilling to me. And I receive feedback (for which I am very grateful) that my insights are helpful to others. Sometimes I am "very good indeed." And when I am in those states I love pouring those realizations into writing or recordings or some form of expression so that I can have an imprint of that moment or that awareness. And, as you might guess, I do my best to let that be the side of me that acts as my public persona.
Well, then there's the part of me that my friends and family know. This is the part that can get hooked into focusing on what is not wanted in a way that is not fun to be around. And while these moments are difficult, they do provide sharp contrast that sooner or later turns into an article or a website or something useful in the YOFA system.
Well, the reason I'm telling you all this is because I was just in one of these states. In fact it started yesterday. I went to sleep with something unwanted on my mind, woke up with it, and had been obsessing and getting myself more and more upset about it all day, and it's really a relatively unimportant event in the greater scheme of things.
Finally it occurred to me to use the YOFA Gateway into the Vortex which is a website I had created for my own personal use for moments just like this. It's got two main tools for getting me back in the Vortex – the Simple Gateway and the Profound Gateway. I decided this was a job for the Profound Gateway because I was pretty steeped in seeing the worst possible aspects of this situation. In fact I was so convinced of how justified I was to be disappointed and bummed out about this particular subject that when I opened the Profound Gateway webpage and began doing the process, I found myself unable to answer the questions in a useful way.
Now mind you, I am the one who created this gateway tool. Well, it's a matter of semantics. It was the me who is very very good who created it. Now it was the me who is horrid who was trying to use it!
So here is what I did. I clicked on the video tutorial and I went question-by-question, listening to what the in-the-Vortex version of me had to say about how to answer each of the questions. So there we were. The in-the-Vortex version of me offering a hand to the out-of the-Vortex version of me. And by going question by question, with the video in one tab of my browser and the profound gateway in another tab, I moved through the process and came out so transformed that I felt inspired to express it here. Because now, suddenly I am the in-the-Vortex version of me. And when that happens, this is what I do. I write, or I somehow share how I got here.
In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that if I did not have a way of getting myself so far out of the vortex and then so consistently finding my way back in, there would be no YOFA!
So here are the points that I want to make today.
- If you are using the YOFA Gateway into Vortex (simple or profound), which is the tools set at http://HappyintheVortex.com , and you are having trouble finding your way into the contemplation, here is what I recommend: Use the video tutorial as a step by step coach helping you answer each question.
- If you, too, have a very very good (in-the-Vortex) version of yourself and a very very horrid (out-of-the-Vortex) version of yourself that you are very very familiar with, here is what I recommend. Take a moment to:
- Thank your out-of-the-Vortex self for stimulating all that great contrast which puts better and better things in your Vortex.
- Thank the in-the-Vortex version of yourself for being so magnificent and lending a hand to you when you are out of the vortex.
And if you are wondering how to do that, you can begin with the scripts you create with the Gateway processes.
In t he website you'll be contemplating questions that bring you into the Vortex and you'll be typing in the answers (your unique answers). Then, you take the script that is created, (and that will be a very in-the-Vortex script) and save it. Then, the next time you are horrid, you can simply read this script, you can carry it in your wallet for those moments. Then the two of you (both are you) can keep tossing the ball back and forth. You help yourself by getting out of the Vortex and experiencing the contrast, then you help yourself by getting in the vortex and being the joyful loving being that you truly are, then you help yourself by getting out of the vortex again, then you help yourself by getting back in the Vortex…
And this volley that happens is the grist for the mill. It's the stuff of your life and it becomes very joyful when you know that you're empowered to go in the Vortex and go out of the Vortex and go in the Vortex. You discover the joy of the journey.
I wish you love,