“If you are focused on what you left behind…

Written by on July 17, 2007 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

…you will not see what lies ahead.”

I saw “Ratatouille” last night with my little girl, and loved it. I love any story about being true to yourself, finding your creativity, living an authentic life and making a difference.

There was one quote that just jumped out at me, and I found myself repeating it throughout the movie so I wouldn’t forget it. It might not be exact word for word, but the meaning is what struck me.

If you are focused on what you left behind, you will not see what lies ahead.”

And that’s when I realized from the mouth of a figment of an animated rat’s imagination that that’s what I had been doing. I made choices in my past that changed my relationship with my children forever. There was no going back, no trying to recapture. There is only being accountable for my actions, feeling the grief and letting go. In that moment, I knew I would do just that. “Okay” I said. And I felt a sense of peace.

Spiritual insight can come from anywhere. You just have to be ready for it, to be aware enough to recognize it when it speaks to you.

It’s funny, the other day my daughter and I spotted three hawks within one afternoon, and I told her according to some native traditions, the hawk represented a message from Great Spirit. So I told her to be on the lookout for anything that may be particularly meaningful to her.

She asked me what would the message be. I said that was different for each person. She asked how it would come. I said that, too, was different. It could reveal itself to you through the dance of light on leaves or whisper through the breath of wonder as the sun sets. It could shout at you straight from the radio or spell itself out in black and white in ink on paper. It could speak to you through the lips of a loved one or stranger.

The invitation is to be aware, to let yourself be taught by something in your reality and to feel the love that reaches through it to you.

As we walked out of the theater, I turned on my cell phone, and received a voice mail notice. I checked it and heard the voice of someone I hold in very high regard, someone very special to me I haven’t seen in 16 years, except for a brief moment after a show 14 years ago.

You know, you never know who will be standing on the other side of the door when let yourself open it.

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About the Author

About the Author: Greetings, fellow dreamer, and welcome! I’m Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist. Some of my creative projects are a CD of healing music, “For the Sake of Love” and a children’s book on the interconnectedness of life, “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” published by Illumination Arts. Currently, I’m in the process of creating podcasts for my book series on covert abuse. My commitment is to the creative process especially as it relates to the healing journey. Whether I’m singing at a vigil for asylum seekers, memorial for political activists or sitting around a table sharing tea and conversation with friends who just want to talk heart to heart, I am always deeply moved by the human spirit to love and live with authentic beauty. Thank you for being here, for reading my posts and/or listening to my podcast. There’s much to share, much to create and the journey has just begun! Meet you on the path. .

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