Super Soul Sunday
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
Posted: Fri 12/30/2011 03:00 PM
I can remember being at the premiere of I Am in Los Angeles last winter. It was an amazing thing to see. It was a who's who of Hollywood packed into not one but TWO theatres at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood to see a transformational film! It wasn't the latest Spielberg blockbuster or a Hollywood studio tentpole; we were all there because something deeper was calling us to wake up.
As I was on the way to see I Am, I couldn't help but be a little confused at how the man who brought us Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty and many other "deeply moving" films could have created this new transformational film.
But I remained open and receptive. And I'm glad I did.
Tom Shadyac took a fall that threatened his life, but in a twist that only the wise Uni-verse could direct, Tom's falling and facing his own death is what made him wake up. And Tom started seeing things differently—he saw there was more to life than just achieving more and more and more. He felt a connection to something so profound he had to go talk to the leading experts of the world.
In many ways, Tom's journey mirrors my own. It wasn't an accident that started my long and still-in-progress path of awakening; mine came from the lows of addiction. And in being in that low, I realized that what I was craving something more. And that is true of many of us. We pursue outer treasures all our lives because the world says that's what we should do; but if we are lucky, sooner rather than later we come to the understanding that life isn't about how much we achieve, collect, save or earn. Life is about something much greater. Life is about being of service to others and helping sooth the suffering of others. And we can only really do that once we have gone in and gotten in touch with our own suffering and transformed it into the fuel we need to wake up.
Indeed, the Uni-verse shakes us to awaken us. Here are five recommendations for how YOU can transform your pain and setbacks into awakening:
1. Instead of Asking, "Why Did This Happen to Me?" Ask, "What Can I Learn from This?"
Asking WHY is one of the most toxic questions we can ever ask. Asking WHY an event happened "to you" takes away your power. When we remember that everything in the Uni-verse is happening "for us" and not "to us", we can then start to see the lesson in the pain and begin to take our power back. By focusing on what you've learned, you take the empowered point of view and know that once you learn from a situation, you can do better next time.