Wouldn’t it be utterly lovely and amazing if, at least 70-80% of the time, things went well or even better than you expected because energy was flowing your way? It would make the other 20-30% more of a curiosity than a problem, because you would have the inner knowing and intellectual confidence that everything just keeps getting better and better for you.
One of the reasons why that isn’t the case right now for you right now is because the ratio of positive to negative energy is flipped. Seventy-to-eighty percent of the time, things are either going as expected or worse than expected. This is likely to produce either a state of numbness or put us in Ninja mode, shutting down any sense of wonder, awe or peace, three states that amplify our positive energy, creating conditions at a quantum level that are much more likely to create the results we want.
Michelangelo, the brilliant sculptor, painter, architect and poet, gave us the perfect lesson in personal energy management when he created his iconic sculpture of David. The sculpture is over 17 feet tall, an awe-inspiring masterpiece of artistry that has captivated the imaginations of millions for centuries.
Michelangelo was only 26 when he accepted the contract to create it; it took him two years to complete. When he finished and the full glory of his creation was obvious to all, the artist was asked how he managed to create something so magnificent. His reply was simple. He said something to the effect of, “I took a block of marble, and took away everything that was not David.”
If you want to let your radiance shine by unveiling the beauty and perfection of your own life, you can do the same thing—chip away at everything that isn’t “you.” This will rid you of the dense energy that’s like an invisible wall between you and what you want.
Look at your calendar for the next week and ask yourself, “Which of my appointments or meetings make me feel trapped?” “Which tasks do I know for certain I do not want to do?” These are the metaphoric stone that needs to be chipped away from your life.
You don’t have to quit your job or divorce our spouse; just chip away, saying ‘maybe’ or ‘no thanks’ instead of ‘yes’ to something you know makes you feel tired, frustrated or angry. Try shuffling some priorities so at least one or two are what YOU really want, rather than someone else. Transform a handful of negative self-talk into neutral: “I’m working on letting me shine.”
Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of “Love, Medicine and Miracles” and “Peace, Love and Healing,” tells the story of one of his patients, a woman with breast cancer who needed care. She told him she would have surgery, but that she needed to “do a few things first.” She chose things that took away some of the negatives in her life, and that honored her own needs. With each action, her tumors shrunk, to the point where Siegel wondered if surgery would even be necessary. But when she was ready, she had a double mastectomy. During her recovery in the hospital, she was walking in the halls, singing happily. “What drug do you have her on?” a curious nurse asked Dr. Siegel. “Nothing,” he replied. “She just empowered herself and got rid of things that were making her unhappy.”
We don’t need to face medical or other crises to have a reason to find our inner David. All we need to do is start chipping away at what doesn’t feel authentic or supportive of our wellbeing.
Remember that it’s not an overnight or perfect process—it took Michelangelo over two years to sculpt David, and when he was done, he found flaws in his own work.
No matter. David still stands tall, evoking wonder and awe from all who experience his presence. You can, too.
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