Living a Successful Life

Lessons From the Sacred Inipi(15)

By Ghost Dancer

Ghost Dancer

Talladega Prison, January 8, 2019 – We had a packed house today; it was our guest week. Today’s focus was all about being humble and forgiving. So many times we forget to truly be humble and seek forgiveness for all our weaknesses and faults.

People often have a doubt in them about being worthy, forgiven, if they deserve something. I do know this, if you doubt, or think anything like that, then you haven’t let it go, haven’t forgiven yourself. And if you haven’t forgiven yourself, the doubt will always be a negative block keeping you from moving on to be all that you can be.

So many in prison have this problem. But explaining and asking for forgiveness from  Spirit, from others they have wronged, and also themselves helps a person begin to heal inside. This is the same for the outside as well. So many hang on to things and all they have to do is ask forgiveness and then let it go.

Until we do, we can’t truly let go of the negative that is in us. Any tiny thing that we hang onto will fester and pollute our spirit and body. It is so necessary then, to go back as far as you can remember and cleanse your soul, body and mind of these things. We must become the child of innocence; the child of love we were born to be.

Now it is time to learn to be successful. Many people don’t know how to be successful – not in life, relationships, business or even spiritually. What happens is people usually want something they are not really prepared to strive for and sacrifice to get. We must learn to be patient, be dedicated, and able to get back up after we fail. Most important is to start small and work your way up.

Just as in anything, you must train your body, mind and spirit in all things. Many people give up and quit the first time they fail at something. Then they walk around hating themselves and others.

This is where the humbleness must come in. Everybody knows a baby must crawl before he walks and he must walk before he runs. These physics apply to everything. You don’t start power weight lifting at 600 lbs. You start at whatever you can successfully lift and build your strength and technique to achieve your goal. Yes it takes a while as everything in life does. People fail when they start trying to do more, have more, and be more than they have trained and conditioned themselves become.

In relationships, this would be like seeing someone you never saw before and saying, “Let’s get married” and thinking that this will work automatically. As we all know, a marriage is a commitment and full of compromises, of give and takes, and sacrifice. So many times people rush into marriage when they are truly not prepared. This is why there are so many divorces and broken hearts in the world. It takes a lot of work to make a marriage a success. Just because you love someone doesn’t mean that marriage will work. A farmer doesn’t put a seed in the ground and expect it to be full grown the next day. The farmer must prepare the soil, and then nurture and help the seed, the sprout, the plant. Otherwise it will die. A successful marriage takes a lot more than love and too many are not humble or forgiving enough to do the work to make it a success.

This is the way all of life is. Successful living is all about experiencing and learning to develop your true humbleness and forgiveness of yourself, your failures, your weaknesses, your doubts, your fears, your ego, your desire, your lack of being prepared for living a truly successful life.

We can all be successful in our lives, Ghost

Published by Edna Peirce Dixon

I am an 80-something elder, a child of the great depression and WWII. I have lived a good life doing all the ordinary things valued by women of my generation. Through it all, I have also been a seeker, an outsider by nature, never quite "at home" in any group, but always looking through cracks in the fences of life, questioning, challenging, learning, trying to make sense of the world and its conventions. A registered nurse by profession, I am a lifelong student with a love of writing and interests in history and genealogy. In my golden years, just when I was starting to wonder what I was going to do with the rest of my life, some unexpected things happened that led me down new and unfamiliar paths. I’ve since learned it took a lifetime of experiences to prepare me for the new challenges and opportunities to come. The lessons these new challenges bring comprise the magic elixir that keep me seeking, keep me aware, keep me vital.

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