I just finished reading an inspirational book written by Iyanla Vanzant. The book is called Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self Empowerment for Women. I had never heard of it before, and I had not heard of Iyanla Vanzant. Apparently she is very popular over in America. She is a Yoruba priestess and an ordained minister in Christian New Thought. Interesting that I should be reading and enjoying her book at the same that I discovered social and business connections with my local community churches…
Tapping the Power Within was a gift from my Soul Sister. She is a friend who I only met late last year, but who already feels like a life-long friend. We definitely have past life connections, and we both agree on that point. It is something we can instinctively feel, and we are so comfortable in each other’s company that our friendship simply seemed to continue where we left off, rather that being a new relationship that was developing.
I have read lots of other books published by Hay House, who published Tapping the Power Within. Somehow this one seemed much more accessible to people like me. By that I mean people who are consciously following their spiritual journey, but who still experience confusion and doubt along the way. I am very impressed with everything produced by Hay House, and indeed by its founder Louise L Hay. It was her book You Can Heal Your Life that set me on my journey probably around 10 years ago.
I have lived a sheltered life. My divorced parents continue to love and support me, and I am in a stable and loving relationship with my husband. My upbringing was such that I learned to be meek and shy, and I completely lacked in self-confidence when I was younger. I was simply a product of my culture. You keep your head down, you work hard, and you don’t question anything that is beyond your control. I have learned to move beyond that model of behaviour, and am still learning from it.
Recently I have doubted my own spiritual journey, lessons and intentions. Tapping the Power Within reaffirmed that I am on the right path. Our human lives are unique. Our spiritual lives are eternal. We continue to develop and grow, and we should move away from this obsession with linear time, and the need to constantly have a plan of action and a busy work schedule.
Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, we often repeat those mistakes. Life is a learning process. It is not a bad thing to make mistakes. We are all divine beings, ruled by our human egos. Even our spiritual teachers are flawed in different ways. It is part of what makes us unique individuals. The difference is that people on a spiritual path can recognize their quirks, and if they choose to, can move on from them. Life is about being an individual. Make your own decisions, based on your own ideals.