I loved Florida, loved my friends, loved the beaches; however, it was time for a change. A shake-up. I had upside-down real estate, a leaking roof, had ended relationships I was moving on from, .. it was time for a change. A new chapter.
At the new year's meditation retreat in the desert at Joshua Tree, we contemplated what situations/issues from 2010 we did not wish to bring into 2011. We made medicine bags with the shaman and symbolically threw the issues we wished to release into the bonfire just before midnight. Then we danced and celebrated, and had black eyed peas.
My house was one of the things I released. I returned to Florida after the New Year's retreat, signed papers to release it back to the bank holding the note, had a huge yard sale, and sold/donated perhaps 80% of my belongings. That created a huge space for what I am consciously creating in my life now. I don't even know what all of that is yet, but it is unfolding with divine timing and grace.
A giant piece of this puzzle is through the Agape community in Los Angeles. Spiritual seekers and fans of the movie The Secret will recognize the name of Agape's founder and leader, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. It's so refreshing to listen to a fellow seeker, spiritual person, who is having mystical experiences, prophetic dreams, expanding in his love of all mankind, not just for members of his group. People of all faiths come to Agape services. To hear Beckwith teach is one thing, to be welcomed with love and true community by the Agape members is another. I never felt this welcome or at home in Los Angeles when I lived here in the late 80's, and I was very outgoing and talkative back then. I find myself wanting to attend every class and healing group meeting I can.. and I will as my work schedule permits. I do feel very much like I am in the right place/right time for me.
So .. that's where I have been the last month, uprooting and moving to the next chapter. And so it is.