Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Operating System - Principle #10

In Deepak Chopra's "The Book of Secrets," he offers ten principles as a new "operating" system for a life of unity rather than one based on duality. I have committed to looking at one of the principles every day. Here's today's principle from the book:

10.  I am living in many dimensions at once; the appearance of being trapped in time and space is an illusion:  Today I will experience myself beyond limitations. I will set time aside to be present with myself in silence.  As I breathe I will see my being spreading outward in all directions.  As I settle into my own inner silence, any image that comes to mind will be asked to join my being.

This last day of this series has prompted me to review the previous principles, which prompted the following thought:

#2.  The people in my life reflect aspects of myself.  Friday is the opening day of my first art gallery show and I now find that none of my friends will be able to attend.  I'm feeling disconnected and alone; no one will be there to witness this milestone in my life.  There are really good reasons, of course; everyone is either out of town or lives too far away.  But it is a wake-up call; how does this reflect aspects of myself?  How am I not available to myself?  How am I not witnessing my own life?  Or maybe the question is how am I not being available for my friends?  How am I not witnessing their lives?  Ouch.  I am the rolling stone that rolled away from all my friends and family.

What would it mean to combine that new awareness with the experience of myself being beyond limitations?  If time and space are an illusion, how could I experience this milestone moment surrounded by my friends and family?  That question just shifted the way I feel ... it opened up the feeling of being a creator, it makes me think that maybe I don't have to be trapped in time and space.  I'm starting to think about creating a short video of this event and invite people to come along with me virtually.  Stay tuned.

About the image:  This beautiful illusion is from a Chinese restaurant in Mountain Home, Arkansas.


  1. Hello lovely Joyce. I sure hope you create that video -- what about a Skype date before hand where we can meet! and chat and encourage you and applaud you and share light with you as you enter your 'big day'?

    I would love that opportunity!!!! And I bet I know two other blog sisters who would welcome it too.......

    Love and hugs


  2. Interesting footnote: Just got a call that the opening has been postponed for a week because there is a big festival in town the following week (The Frozen Dead Guy Festival!). Some of my friends are going to be in town for that so once again the Universe seems to be talking to me.

    Thanks Louise for the Skype date offer ... you are so sweet! I think I'm still going to do the video ... it would be a stretch and might even be fun.

  3. Good to hear you will create the video, Joyce! I'd love to see it. I know a number of artists who videotape their openings and then share them on their blogs or on YouTube. They add music and some overlay with words. It's a great way to promote your art.

    And congratulations on the show!

    I'm up for a Skype date.

    All the people coming to that festival are prospective eyes for your show. We'll be with you in the virtual dimension.

  4. Congratulations! I'm so sorry that we weren't there to witness the event, but I hope you know that those of us who love you are with you in spirit. And we are VERY GLAD you are rolling back home. Did you know that Santa Barbara now has a "First Night" every first Thursday when the Downtown Org and art galleries put out free food and wine to bring in more people? Hope to see you exhibit here soon!