“To attain inner peace you must actually give your life, not just your possessions. When you at last give your life – bringing into alignment your beliefs and the way you live then, and only then, can you begin to find inner peace.” - Peace Pilgrim, 1908-1981
This afternoon, I visited Dr. Dannielle Mutch, a healer with truly magical abilities, at Radiant Life Chiropractic. The work I do with her is all about alignment and again today, I am awed and grateful by the release and shift we co-facilitated in me. Over the years, I’ve learned that being in alignment is more complex than just adjusting bones and muscles and the flow of breath and neurological energy. Like everything, there’s micro- and macro- levels of alignment that are deeply interconnected. My body’s alignment so often reflects, not only my inner state, but the state of my alignment with what I’m engaged in and with in both the manifested world and realms unknown. I have a belief, like Peace Pilgrim, that when I am practicing what I value and believe in, then I am creating alignment at all levels. And I also notice from daily experience that being in and taking action from alignment brings about “the good” that I intend, with ease, grace and fun.
I see this expressed in the most fascinating ways. Yesterday, I was coaching a client by phone who had a very common misalignment that was blocking her from networking, connecting with customers, and making much needed sales. She had not yet developed a way of speaking about her services that felt true to her and really expressed her passion and competence in her work. So, she wasn’t speaking to anyone about her services. I inquired about her work from several different angles, then we co-created new language for her to use in introducing herself and started to discuss how conversations with potential customers might go. Suddenly, she said “Oh, this is so great. I’ve had this really tight spot in my chest whenever I thought about needing to talk to a client. About 5 minutes ago, it just completely relaxed!” There was the moment of alignment! I love witnessing that and I regularly do! I was so grateful that she experienced the physicality of that shift because I notice that those body-based realizations are powerful anchors for confident, sustained behavioral change. From now on, she will have an embodied sense of knowing when she is authentically presenting herself in her work.
Every day for weeks now, I have been lovingly watching an orchid in my kitchen window, first grow a curving stem, then unfold it’s blossoms, one by one, orienting each bud and flower to stem, sister blossoms and source of light. All in all, a profound and beautiful lesson in alignment. Namaste.