Last weekend, after a very hectic and exhausting week, we took our trip through "The Map". Our physical landscape was cold, gray, rainy and just plain dreary. How quickly we can find ourselves in the manifestation of our physical landscape.
Ordering our first Kindle version of a book for the iPad, it too was a different experience. There are no page numbers or a means to determine the relationship to a beginning or an end which is as iconic as the book itself.
We were not able to put it down, except for the necessary breaks, for the archetypal landscapes described in "The Map" were all too familiar. The identification process went layers deep. Were they mine, were they my parents, were they my ancestors?
This was the first read. Unlike so many books, this is one book you will want to revisit time and time again, for the content and the exercises will take you on a different journey, depending on the landscape you are in at the time of each reading.
The techniques contained throughout can quickly manifest into our daily lives.
One week later, after a week of surprises which begat new opportunities, the clarity of one simple fact may have changed my current landscape forever. In very simple terms - "One cannot move forward, if one does not move at all!"
From there, we can be empowered to convert challenges into adventures, surprises into opportunities.
A singular lesson from our reading can be put in very simplistic terms - Live your truth, not your fears! Through the power of "The Map", we can revisit the lessons of the past and experience these landscapes through our truths and not our fears. But most important, we have the ability to live within the landscape of our choosing, plain and simple.
As the week began with what could have been doom and gloom, surprises turned into opportunities, steps turned into strides, and the final cut came at the end of the week revealing with absolute clarity why certain outcomes are not ours to have - for our very own protection.
Colette's unique ability to impart difficult concepts into familiar landscapes is uncanny. What is even more empowering, the landscapes are revealed as integral parts of this journey through life. We all experience them and we have choices. We possess the power to move from landscape to landscape if we so choose and are empowered with the tools transgress the map of life, choosing if we so desire to live in the bringing the most happiness, peace and joy.
As a professional genealogist, we can take the context one step further. We can easily review the landscapes of our ancestors during different periods of their lives. Combined with the the records we have, we can paint a new picture of their lives with even finer strokes as further truths are revealed, in another dimension.
"The Map" is a work of art! It is a tool which can be used time and time again as we transverse from one landscape to another. The revelations are most profound. The technique, instantaneous!
This a must read!