Return To One - Prologue
I struggled to make this a memoir, fearing that this genre was reserved for rock-star groupies and media-exploited sorts. After attending the Hay House Writers workshop, I left Knowing for the first time, that I would use my name to tell my story.
I have been mentally writing this book since 2002. I woke up from a very strange dream where I was introducing Wayne Dyer to speak at a local event called Soul Explosion. A dream that scared me prior to my 10 years in a speaking group, and now I expect it to happen.
Prior to discovering my way to the inclusionary teachings of New Thought principles, I had been raised in a Catholic church. At around 12-14 years old, I was moved to discover the REAL definition of catholic – Universal. Three Self-discovery retreats after becoming a single dad, I began to write again, my camera found it’s way back to my face and I sought a Sunday option to delve deeper into these teachings. I had a strong Knowing sense that I was supposed to use my scenic images for something greater than postcards and calendars, I just wasn’t yet sure of "the how".
In a chapter I currently titled “The Diaper Story” is how I discovered my sister in Spirit Mary Morrissey. More than figuratively, her voice once popped into my head while I was having trouble on a shoot in the Bahamas. I was in serious need of a seemingly impossible outcome. Practically on my knees in desperation, I heard the echo of her words from the week before I left. “Pause, appreciate, then pray”. What followed my passion-filled plea was nothing short of miraculous. Divine Orchestration (as I prefer to dub) OVER-THE-TOP events that benefited myself, as well as every other party involved.
After reading Mary's book “Building Your Field of Dreams” I knew I wanted her words to accompany my images. We made plans to work on this project in 2004, when some guy named Deepak Chopra had asked her to work on a project with him during the same intended time-frame. The invitation was made public while they shared the stage that I was there to photograph. My heart sank, as I continued the assignment. Happy for her, bitter for my own selfish reasons. After all, we'd been cat-and-mousing since our post-Bahamas connection. As with all great things, I knew it was a win/win/win situation, but it didn't feel so great at the time. As they exited the stage that night, her eyes bugged out as she approached me, as I detected a quick shift toward the empathy of what this might mean. I smiled as she approached and said, “I’d dump me for Deepak too!”. Not laced with guilt, rather the sudden awareness of just how cool this was for her.
Three more amazing chapters were created as result of similar things that appeared to be obstacles. Additional other chapters were the result of the even GREATER paths that I went on, when I thought I had the best content for publication.
In sum, it just keeps getting better!
I thought I knew the name of the book, the working title. I thought I knew how I could serve countless others by the discoveries I had made (up until then), but then it just kept getting better!
And SO it is, that this book became my own project that evolved into something that Mary, among others, has continued to indirectly fortify on a regular basis. Through her teachings of Universal Laws, she has always been there like this Guardian Angel, aligning me with the right lessons at the right time. She has since become my Sister from another mister (well, actually a rather Divine mister).
By way of her graceful recovery from her own incredible challenges, I got to witness, first-hand, her efforts to improve the lives of others at a time when monumental circumstances would have brought anyone else down. Inspiration does not often come from static, paint-by-numbers life. Most often, they are from our own experience of wading through the muck!
Being brought to our knees enough times, to discover the tools necessary to spend less time on them. Instead, to be always poised, head-high with awareness that we are NEVER alone. That we are always working in concert with a Force far greater than the seeds we sprouted from as human beings. It binds us all together with an opportunity to judge from ego (the individualized human) and create separation. With enough isolation and loneliness in this option, we learn of another way. To be "The Good-finder" as Zig Ziglar called it. To seek the good in all things, and to APPRECIATE your way into all that you desire.
Sucky, mucky, f####y (fluffy) whatever you want to label it - It will be as you see it to be. Be quick to find the good in those same things - UGLY as they may be - and something truly AWESOME begins to unfold. We discover our interconnection to all things. Call it woo-woo, magic, karma, God or Divine Orchestration - you don't really need to see it to believe it.
I hope that you can open to just the right page, at just the right time, to get JUST the right message to save yourself from some of the tragedies that delivered my insights. They were never meant for just me, I arrived on this planet with a single mission - if nothing else: I am Here to Inspire Growth through GRATITUDE & AWARENESS!