Last weekend, I had the opportunity to watch the documentary, I Am by Tom Shadyac. It was amazing. He interviewed some of the world's best thinkers (or, maybe Feelers) on two questions: What is the wrong with our world and what can we do about it? And, they said... oh, I won't ruin the surprise for you! But, the movie discusses the concept of moving from a competitive world to a cooperative world. This, by the way, is also the main message that is coming out of many of the people who are speaking about the December 21, 2012 new world. This concept is not so much about the end of the physical world, but the end to how we have been living and the beginning of a new way of living, a new way of thinking and a new way of interacting.
This impacted me personally on a very deep level. Right before watching this movie, I was talking to a good friend and she helped me realize that my message is the ability to understand what it feels like to be "different". Ever since I can remember, people always told me that I was different. I always understood this to be a sincere compliment from the person who was
saying it, but, often times it felt more like a prison sentence. As much as I understood the intention, it did not make hearing it any better. All I ever wanted was to "fit in" and be just like everyone else. And, I truly believed (and honestly still do) that I could be this different version of myself and get others to see that I was not so different, but still very much within the norm.
One of these major differences is the ability to see the world as non-competitive. I remember when my mentor at Accenture told me that he believes that each of us have our own unique path that meant for only us and no one else. I loved that. I told everyone I met about it. How cool is that? Your path is just yours. No one else will have your life experiences in exactly the same way, your DNA, or your upbringing... it is just yours. In Islam, I was fascinated by the concept of rizak. Rizak is the Arabic word for sustenance. The concept is that what you receive in this life is yours to receive. You will receive what you are meant to from various sources, because those sources were entrusted to hold your sustenance for you. So, when someone invites you over for dinner, while they are sharing "their" food with you, in reality, that food was meant for you and given to them (by God) for the express purpose of sharing it with you (and no one else). That food always belonged to you. This concept is not to overlook the generosity of others but rather to understand that what is meant for you will always find its way to you. I love concepts like these. I have always believed that I will be exactly where I need to be, when I need to be there, to have the exact life experience I am meant to have. In my all-time favorite book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, he talks about this concept as maktub, or it
While these concepts are so clear to me, I found many thought that I was rather naïve. I have been called a romantic, a dreamer, illogical, among other things. More often than not, people wanted to debate me with logic on these concepts.
I was never able to win. For a long time, I believed that perhaps my arguments were unstable. I could not explain with logic what I understood clearly in every cell of my body. I could offer countless life experiences and anecdotes to explain, but never a logical solution that put it all together. Then, I learned about Heart Math. I learned to meditate. I learned to manifest. I learned about the power of intuition. I received more information confirming what I knew, that we are all connected. I learned about the
Pachamama Alliance. I started reading about the Mayan Prophecy and 2012. I watched the movie, I Am. And, the most amazing thing happened…all the puzzle pieces clicked together. Have you ever had a moment where you get your life experiences and you see how they all had to happen a certain way to get you to the exact point you are at? I had one of those moments. I understood those countless arguments. I am so grateful that I did not give in (though, full disclosure, if I could have figured out how to, I would have... I just could never get out of my heart and into my head). It was all meant to happen just as it did so that I could be here now. I could be here when we transitioned from a competitive world to a cooperative world.
I am so excited to share this with you. While, I am sharing a link to the documentary, I also feel like I am sharing a part of my own personal journey and heart. What is great about the documentary is that they use logic and science to talk about the heart. It is an hour and eight minutes that are well spent and could change your perspective.
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