A spider dangling from the ceiling. That's what I woke up to on the first day of 2012. My first instinct was to grab a magazine nearby and eliminate the unsuspecting offender, which is what I would have unconsciously done in the past. But, based on the title of this article, I decided to take said magazine and guide the daddy-longlegs outside, releasing it to the wonders beyond. But, this cousin of Charlotte was having no part of it. I lost track of it and found it scrambling back up its invisible web strand toward the ceiling. There was something frantic about the way it ran for its life so I let it go as its spindly legs carried it off into the catacombs of my house. We made a silent agreement to live and let live.
It got me thinking about how bold and fresh 2012 is going to be. And, Charlotte's cousin allowed me my first act of making this a NOW year, rather than just a new year. Changing the unconscious to the conscious and moving from the past or present to the now.
I had the divine pleasure of being with Marianne Williamson as she brought in 2012 at the Saban Theatre in LA. There was something about being part of a collective consciousness - she was also streaming globally - that was more powerful and impressive than being alone while releasing 2011 and setting intention for 2012; impressive in that when her words reflected the many minds that were present with her, the impression was deeper and more active, collectively. She talked about how giving yourself amnesty for all past misgivings, old stories and transgressions allows cause to reach into effect. The effect being a new perspective in 2012 with a power of grace and presence of mind.
Truly living in the now.
So, how to make it NOW year? Here are some thoughts to get your juices going:
- Give yourself a 2012 theme - annual themes are great to keep you motivated on your intentions for the year. To keep you in a NOW year, use the theme as an anchor to bring you into the present moment, as a constant reminder. My theme for 2012 is "Bold Visibility." What's yours?
- Be awake - practice keeping all of your senses alive and stimulated by experiencing what life has to offer every day. Don't be passive, be active in your own life.
- Keep connected - maintaining an open pipeline with God and a communal connection with others can be a vital way of taking you out of your fear and expectation and into the now.
- Don't look back - the pesky past is the fastest way to take us out of the now. The ego grasps onto old stories stuck in our subconcious that holds us back from the most magnificent now. When you encounter gossip, or negativity, or complaints that stem from past beliefs try saying "That's so 2011!" It sends the clear message that you're living in the now and holding yourself accountable for staying there.
Living in the now is the only path toward living the life you're meant to live.
2012 is a powerful year for all of us. Now is the time to give yourself the freedom to be all you're meant to be.
Happy NOW Year!