or “How To Succeed Without Trying”
In hindsight, the story of how I come to meet Shila Murti seems more mysterious than the actual happening at the time. It wasn’t a smoke-filled den into which I happened to wander, to find an ancient sage nestled in a cozy dent in the corner.
Neither was it the voice of an enigmatic soul emanating magnetic vibrations to draw me closer. Still further, a raspy and quiet voice didn’t draw me to put my belief in a stone that can guarantee everlasting peace and serenity.
It would have been so much easier if it had, though! Instead, as I wandered into a new living space and was trying (once again!) to get settled, I attempted to focus my energy and efforts on completing at least one task of the many I was sorting out. You see, over the past few years, I have been searching. Not sure exactly what It was I was seeking – only that I had building towards something – something bigger than me, and I was feeling like an octopus. I had my arms going in all directions reaching out for something to anchor onto. At that time, I ran into another tenant, Art Seligman. As he briefly introduced himself, he informed me he had a gift for me – just be patient. I thought it was very kind of him to offer me a ‘housewarming’ gift; and I was looking forward to his generosity.
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On an ordinary day just a few weeks back, I was pulling at loose ends on the next stage of my new life (you know, the usual things) and writing on my computer. (Even though I live with four disabilities, I’ve never let it be an excuse for not making a contribution.) And having a fertile mind, I was trying to work on five or six projects all at the same time – just picking away and updating information as the creative thought came to me. Yet, I was feeling frustrated because I neither felt like I was accomplishing anything, nor did I feel was I making good use of my time. Of course, again in hindsight, I realize the untruths I was planting in my mind. Grrrrrr!
I was on my way outside to get some air, and I happen to meet with Art in the doorway. I was six inches of not having this meeting. So, Art introduced himself more fully and we seemed to have a real great conversation. He decided to give me the gift he had promised.
I will say this about myself; I’ve met 1000’s of people over my travels. I’ve heard of everything and experienced much more. My homes and travels, which brought me across Canada several times, allowed me to be exposed to situations I never would have been privy to had I stayed in my little shell of a corner.
So, naturally, I’m a “whyz-guy” – I have this desire to ask “why” about everything and anything. I’ll read anything and try anything as long as it doesn’t hurt me physically.
Having said that, I was naturally a bit skeptical about what Art was telling me as he handed me the gift. Besides, it’s not the first time I heard something like this before. I looked at the gift and saw it was 2 dark rounded stones. And not just any stones: but Shila Murti stones. I was told to carry one with me at all times and keep one in a safe place at home.
I held the Shilas in my hand and they felt warm. I was given the background of the stones and the “energy” they held. As a scientific-based thinker, I had my doubts; yet I do have enough understanding about the world to know everything is made of energy – it is a scientific fact. So I listened and stayed tuned in without disbelieving. I was told there were benefits from carrying this stone as long as it was with me at all times.
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The reason I went ahead with this ‘experiment’ was based on one thing that was actually quite profound in the events that took place. It was this: At no time did Art ever ask me to believe in anything, or follow something, or do anything (other than carry) that would make the energy ‘work’. All he said was to carry it around with me and I will notice a shift in my life that will help me become more focused, accomplish more, and experience my life with others on a different level. (Actually, that’s what I heard in my head – they may not be his exact words.) I thought that was easy, so I complied.
Well, what happened (starting almost immediately) was completely beyond my comprehension of the way the world worked. I was, after all, a former military soldier, worked for 3 governments, worked in social services, and had my own businesses – – – and, in all my years of working experiences, the speed and quality of accomplishments I experienced over the next few weeks (to today) were transformational compared to any other period in my life.
Without doing anything other than carrying around Shila in my pocket, my life is taking on a new purpose. I have, without any real effort, laid the groundwork for me to not only understand the direction in which my life is heading, but to take concrete actions that fill in the cracks of previous accomplishment.
Having re-established relationships from my past, both long-ago friends and mended loves with family members, I have been given a new and empowering feeling of certainty and love for the work I am doing.
Now that I have met with lawyers and professionals to help me sort out my long-term hurts that have impeded my true growth for decades; I have been given validation for my skills and talents and the work I put into them while overcoming barriers I can resolve.
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Because I am sharing in people’s lives more intimately (without even asking), and engaging in conversations that now leave us both alive and invigorated rather than sad and depressed aftwards; I now see the world on a different level:
I now have a closer relationships with life (mine and others’), giving me greater hope,
I am re-energized and more active because I have a better understanding of the value in the work I am presenting to the world,
I am more confident because all life indicators are directing me on the right path, and
I am truly happier, because I am expressing myself and the essence of my very being.
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Keep this in mind because this is very important:
I didn’t do anything with the intention of having it happen – things just did.
The only difference I see now is in how I approach anything that happens to me. This is the real key (I think) that has the Shila Murti become so valuable to me. It is very subtle and I only notice it after the fact. It is this:
In a lot of things in my life, I always question myself or decide on something after I check in with my feelings. Now I notice I just instinctively go up to someone (even strangers now!) and have a conversation with him or her about something.
For example: to talk to someone I know on the street. I want to talk to them, but something inside of me tells me not to (for whatever reason). So, I don’t speak, and I miss out on a conversation either I needed to have or wanted to have. Now, I don’t hold back the energy inside of me; and instead, I just acknowledge the other person – and usually we share a comment or short (and even long) conversation with others.
(After meeting a stranger at McD’s one afternoon, I ended up being invited to his home to show me an invention he and his wife created. We discovered I had the skills he needed to help build his Business Plan, and we traded cards. We may enter into a business relationship. All because of a bird flying overhead!)
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As I said, there was no intention in anything I was doing to substantiate the value of Shila. These things are just changing on their own.
And the best thing – I find the more skeptical I am about the stone, the more effective it is. I look for holes in the possibility. I look for downsides to this phenomenon – and I can’t find any!