Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want
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INTRODUCTION: MEET YOUR RHINOCEROS, HEAL YOUR LIFE
The imminent possibility of being killed by a rhinoceros isn't bothering me nearly as much as I would have expected. True, my heart fluttered when I first saw her, but from awe, not fear.
Well, maybe a little from fear.
Until this exact second, my friend Koelle Simpson (her first name sounds like "Noelle," but with a K) has been so focused on the rhino's footprints that she forgot to look up—a common mistake for people who, like both of us, are just learning to track. By the time Koelle raises her eyes and leaps backward six inches, nearly bumping into me, we're within about twenty feet of the rhinoceros.
Trust me on this: observing an animal in a zoo, particularly an animal the size of a Subaru Forester, is very different from encountering it on foot in its own neck of the woods. I can be startled into a cardiac emergency by a reasonably robust spider, so realizing that I'm close enough to spit on a mountainous animal who has two enormous pointy horns is . . . disconcerting. I open my mouth to yip like a wounded poodle. But then the awe kicks in, and I simply stare. The rhino, half hidden behind a thorn bush, cocks her primordial-looking head—which is roughly the size of a grocery cart—and swivels her satellite-dish ears toward us. She seems edgy. I soon realize why. A rustle in the brush reveals the presence of a second animal, her calf. He's tiny in rhinoceros terms, no bigger than, say, Shaquille O'Neal. He appears to be circling around behind me, putting all four of us humans between himself and his loving mother. I'm no woodsman, but I suspect this means Mamacita will soon have not only the means and the opportunity, but also the motive, to commence goring and stomping.
And I feel just great about that.
It's like waking up in Ionesco's absurdist play Rhinoceros; instead of panicking, I find the possibility of death by skewering in the African wilderness weirdly pleasing. I mean, how many middle-aged moms from Phoenix get to go out that way?
The mother rhino paws nervously, and I feel the impact tremor in the ground beneath my own feet. She is huge. She is nervous. She could kill me as easily as I clip my fingernails. But my mind is filled only with wonder, distilled into two basic questions.
Question 1: How the hell did I get here?
Question 2: What the hell should I do now?
Both issues seem equally mysterious. Oh sure, I could follow the breadcrumb trail of choices that brought me on this jaunt into the African wilderness. But how did I even stumble into the opportunities to make such choices? I defer answering this first question in favor of the second, which seems more pressing: How, exactly, does one extricate oneself from the close proximity of an alarmed rhinoceros?
Excerpted from FINDING YOUR WAY IN A WILD NEW WORLD by Martha Beck. © 2012 Martha Beck. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Life coach Martha Beck’s Finding Your Way in a Wild New World charts a path to the most important discovery you can make: knowing what you should be doing with your wild and precious life.
Martha takes you to the place where you discover what you need to do next, with clear instructions on how to tap into the deep, wordless knowledge you carry in your body and soul. This is the book that will help you avoid unproductive cycles that keep you from your calling, leading you to unleashing your creative energy to fulfill your life’s purpose.
You’ll begin to create the life you really want through the four simple tools for transformation—Wordlessness, Oneness, Imagination and Creation. Step-by-step instructions and guided reflections show you how to enter into the wordless state of communion with nature and self, how to experience the oneness between yourself and the universe, how to be empowered by the spark of inspiration, and how to take action and realize creative potential to make a lasting impact on your world.
Compassionate and inspirational, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a revolutionary journey of self-discovery that will lead you to a miraculous transformation. B&W photos.
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Free Press ( January 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-535672
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.812inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
This book is amazing. Martha takes the reader through four major technologies of magic (not necessarily magick) - wordlessness, oneness, imagination and forming - to help you to bring your dreams into form. Her journey itself is fascinating - and that would be enough for me to recommend this book - but the book also has may helpful and practical exercises to help you to use the technologies she writes about. I'm still trying to get my head and heart completely around all the information in this book. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Heidi L