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Everyday Adventures in Wonderland

My intent in this article is to provide a perspective that can help identify the subtle guidance signals the heart sends to us, and encourage a greater awareness of them.

The number one signal is that life stops working.

This happened to me, in spite of my best efforts to do what I was supposed to as a principled respectable person. From the outside I looked (and was) relatively successful – so I had to be happy, right? My heart should be singing. But on the inside I was finding it more and more difficult to function.

The more I struggled to figure it out, the worse it seemed to get. Frustration, disappointment; confusion and emotional chaos were my constant companions. And the burning question was, “Why, if I was doing what I was supposed to – being reliable, responsible and reasonably well behaved – was I feeling so miserable?” It took me many years to understand that this was a signal from my heart.

My heart was singing alright, but it wasn’t the kind of song I expected to hear.

The exact circumstances of this kind of experience, when it happens, are irrelevant – although they don’t seem so at the time. But it’s a common enough event and it’s scary when it happens. For me it surfaced as a realisation that nothing made sense any more – and the possibility that just about everything I believed about the world was mistaken. What used to have meaning and purpose became empty – lip service to convention. I found myself just going through the motions.

Noticing this is actually a great place to arrive at. It’s a great place because the heart’s energy is in compression and is bursting to put us on the path of real joy. Paradoxically the measure of that joy is the depth of the misery that brings us to the realisation that nothing’s working.

Just to be clear, misery comes from resisting the path that the heart is urging us down. So the heart signals to us through both joy and its absence.

But to take the path of the heart we have to let go of (or be prepared to let go of) many of the ideas and beliefs that we’ve embraced in creating our sense of who we are. Those beliefs are simply decisions we’ve made about what something means, and that includes ourselves.

This is a matter of consequence, because we’ve been making up that meaning since we’ve been conscious physical entities. It gets built up into an identity and we inhabit that identity as if it’s who we really are. But it isn’t; it’s an invention.

When life stops working it’s an opportunity to re-invent ourselves.

What we believe about ourselves, and the world we live in, is largely a story we’ve made up to explain ourselves to ourselves. It’s nothing more than an interpretation of our experience of events and an anchoring of that interpretation through our emotions and feelings. The context of that story is the culture that we’re born into, and into which we contrive to fit ourselves. That culture itself is nothing more than a pre-established collective interpretation – a convenient fabrication that society subscribes to.

Most of our story gets made up before we’ve developed much in the way of intellectual, analytical or critical ability that would enable us to see its arbitrary nature. If the narrative we concocted seemed to fit the circumstances we’ll have embraced it and moved on. By the time we acquire sufficient analytical skills to de-construct our story it’s too late. The story is recognised as fact and we’re too busy making it work to question it – until we can’t make it work any more.

Understanding the arbitrary and subjective nature of our early interpretations and our intensely personal identification with them is a secret key to self-empowerment. One that lies buried in the depths of the unconscious.

We are not victims of life but of our interpretations of life.

This understanding is vital because without it there’s little likelihood of real transformation. We simply won’t give ourselves permission to break the rules we’ve defined ourselves by, even if we can see the need to, unless we’re clear on this fundamental principle.

The point to remember is that the entire process of self-invention is experiential. That’s to say although we might have thought it up, we didn’t plan it. It was a reactive response to the perception that something had happened, or been done, to me – and that’s important to the perception of being a victim and feeling powerless.

Our interpretations are anchored in the physical and emotional responses of the time of a particular experience. This sets up unconscious triggers, rather like the uncharacteristic behaviour triggers induced by a stage hypnotist. Because of this the approach to making a sustainable shift – transforming ourselves – cannot simply be intellectual. There has to be another component that reaches beyond the intellect.

This is why although deciding to change is important, it’s not enough on its own. It’s just the first step.

If we made the story up then it should be ours to revise and edit. And so it is, but we can’t change what’s happened. What we can change is our interpretation of the people and events concerned – how we see them. This is a second step.

A third step is to allow our feelings to surface and be present with them as a conscious compassionate adult. No-one knows how they will emerge from this, except that it will be a different version of the person that began the process – and that’s the adventure.

Just in case you’re wondering where Wonderland is, I have to tell you it’s right here and now. It’s the world we inhabit as conscious human beings.

“Dear, dear! How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual, I wonder if I have changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”

Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Great Bahamas Vacation – For a Tranquil Yet Adventurous Holiday

Imagine walking bare feet on the soft sands of the tropical paradise that is inhabited and untouched. With pristine beauty to witness all around, Bahamas offers a wide assortment of diversions and attractions to its visitors. Serenity and adventure, all in one destination provides great satisfaction to people on their Bahamas vacation. While boundless beauty and breathtaking beaches offer great time for self-indulgence, fun seekers can explore the Hatchet Bay Caves. Inagua bird watching is one activity that many visitors love to enjoy in Bahamas. Great Inagua and Abaco National Park are the two famous places that are known for bird watching in the whole of Caribbean islands. Most visitors to Bahamas end up with an opinion that a revisit to the island is a must for them to experience the variety of pleasures and fun and frolic that Bahamas vacation has on offer.

The continuous stretch of sea and sand makes Bahamas a beach lovers’ paradise. The place is undoubtedly a great idyllic refuge for everyone, be it a world-weary traveler or star-eyed honeymooners. It is also the best place to work on your tan. Emerald green and crystal blue waters make available an amazing venue to taste the adventure of water sports. Waterskiing, windsurfing and parasailing, the list goes on for adventurous sports in Bahamas. Game-fishing is another enthusiastic activity that enhances the experience of visitors in Bahamas.

Sea Park and The Exuma Cays Land are the huge wildlife refuge located in Bahamas. Here, you can witness the inhabitants that include exotic reptiles, colorful fish and some of the rarely seen birds and not to forget, the endangered species of Bahamian Iguana.

Bahamas vacations allow vacationers to feast their eyes on both the manmade attractions and ecological wonders. On the one hand is the untouched beauty of the island set forth in the beaches of the island, on the other is the major casino, vivacious night life and inviting hotels. On the western side of the island is located the most ancient city of the island. For a tranquil vacation, away from the hustle bustle of the city life, you can visit the eastern side of the island.

Out islands of Bahamas offers amazing opportunity for tourists to appreciate and explore the place. You can feel the best sailing and boating experience at The Abacos, which is one of the best out islands of Bahamas. For couples it is a nice secluded place to watch the sunset together and add the moment onto their most romantic times.

The remote islands named the Crooked Islands provide an unforgettable time to fishermen, snorkelers and divers. Hence, there is a never-ending adventure and fun stored in the Bahamas islands for its visitors. One trip is certainly not enough, if you wish to experience the smallest of pleasures of the island.

Long Island, San Salvador, The Exumas and Mayaguana are some other islands that contribute to the diversity of Bahamas. There is nothing that can disappoint travelers on a Bahamas vacation except for the fact that there will definitely be a desire to explore more about the place.