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This time of joy or anguish
within this lifetime
is nothing more than
within a moment
that falls into a river
that flows into an ocean.
that becomes a firestorm
that quickly burns itself out.
I can choose to stand outside of this moment
and see it from a distant future
I feel it as a gift from time
only another ticking of the clock.
We dwell on the past
We plan and fear the future
When all we really have
is just this moment.
And all we need is now…
within a moment
© Michael Young 2019
BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE:
When it comes to my spiritual journey, the Universe always puts the perfect book in front of me at the very moment I need it… the moment my spirit can finally resonate with the life-changing revelations held within.
The most recent gift of perfect universal timing was OUT ON A LIMB by SHIRLEY MacLAINE!
“Maybe one human soul was everything. And such a reality was up to each of us to relearn. Maybe the tragedy of the human race was that we had forgotten that we were each divine. And if we realised that, we could dispel fear from our lives. In dispelling fear, we could dispel hate. And much more. With the fear we would rid ourselves of greed and war and killing. Fear was the root and circle around which our lives revolved – fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of humiliation, fear of loneliness, of being unloved, of ourselves, fear of death, ultimately fear of fear.
“Fear itself was insidious, infectious, seeping in from one point of unreality to permeate all our lives. Perhaps our belief in death was the gravest unreality of all. If we could truly know that we never really died, that we always got another chance, that no pain, no humiliation, no loss, was ever final, total and forever, maybe we could understand that there was nothing to fear. It could be that human beings were using their talent for complexity as an excuse to avoid the responsibility for being what we really understood we were from the beginning – basically part of what we called “God”, and without limitation masters of our own divine potential.
“Perhaps reality was only what one believed it to be anyway. That would make all perceived realities real. Maybe that was the lesson I was learning – learning to think with unlimitedness… to believe that one can do anything, soar anywhere, become everything.” ~ Shirley MacLaine 1983.
Fear, that debilitating affliction, is simply not real… we create it ourselves and allow it to control us. There is nothing to fear but fear itself because it is our own self-destruction.
Of course, the real struggle is making these revelations a living part of my daily existence… the desire to stay unchanged is always strong and to want to remain in a familiar and safe place is very human.
I’ve seen from past experience, however, that when these books are handed to me I do eventually learn much of what was intended.
~ Michael Young 2019
PLEASE… READ THE BOOK… BEFORE you watch the movie below. 😉
I realised today that I have lost my belief in myself.
When it comes to other people, in particular their writing, I have a gift of encouraging them to try, to keep going, to succeed. Three people have now gone on to write more than one fiction book because of my support and gentle encouragement. In that same time, I have only written part of my first fiction, and it has laid untouched for over a year.
I feel lost. I need someone to do for me what I do for others. To guide me, support me, challenge me, encourage me… to be a ‘team’ with me. I can’t motivate myself… I’m just not that kind of person.
I can’t ‘sell’ myself as one of my writer friends can. She takes on new courses or challenges so often and it leads her to results. She is inspiring! She has this amazing belief in herself. I don’t have that same belief in myself. She goes out there boldly and finds a way to open up opportunities for herself and others. I’m not brave like that. She has been the reason for most of what I’ve done to edit and publish stories for others and books for some. Now she is moving away after 7 years.
When I was at school, many years ago, I was explosively creative. Writing plays, a movie script, filming part of the script. I wanted to be a TV Director and Producer, so I applied for NIDA… once. Instead of applying again until I was accepted, I got a boring job in a Bank and that was the end of it.
I had no-one there to encourage me to try again. Just that one person who believed in me and in my dreams was all I needed to keep me going, but they were not there. I still need that now, more than ever.
I would say the most creative I have been recently was the five years I edited the Sonic Screwdriver Magazine for the Doctor Who Club of Victoria. What I achieved then was amazing, but it only happened because I had another person working with me as a partner. Just as there would never have been any ABBA songs if Benny and Bjorn had not been led to work together, the same is true for what we did with that magazine. That’s how I work best, as part of a team of two, sometimes more.
Maybe it’s just me struggling to see ‘the wood for the trees’ as they say. Maybe my eyes have slipped below the waterline and I’m struggling to get my head back above water. Maybe it all seems and feels far worse than it really is…
But one thing is clear; I need someone to believe in me now. Someone to believe in my gifts, show enthusiasm for what I write and create, to gently support and encourage me to succeed.
I do it for others. Is it too much to ask that someone does the same for me?
Michael Young 2019