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Wake up!

Those two words encompass an entire philosophy of life. According to the ancient seers, we are asleep, dreaming that our day-to-day world is all that is. And that who we are – who we really are – is much more than our familial and societal roles, much more than our occupation, bank account, politics, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation. More than our history as a victim or perpetrator.

There’s a wonderful little story about Buddha:

One of his students asked him, “Are you the messiah?”

“No,” answered Buddha.

“Then are you a healer?”

“No,” Buddha replied.

“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.

“No, I am not a teacher.”

“Then what are you?” asked the student, exasperated.

“I am awake,” Buddha replied.

What does it mean to be awake? It means that you have done the inner work to clear out the old beliefs you unconsciously absorbed while growing up – the ideas you may unknowingly hold about yourself and the world around you.

It means that you know how to process and release the emotions that flow through you rather than trying to ignore or bury them. When you don’t acknowledge your jealousy, anger, shame, guilt, and all the other emotions we all experience, they fester within and turn toxic; the distorted energy can affect your ability to be healthy, to be fully alive.

You are awake when you are available to experience all that life holds.

It means you understand presence – the state of being where you live in the present moment, the here and now, rather than being bogged down in the past or wary of what the future may hold. Presence is the ability to listen with full attention and compassion. The Dalai Lama, who radiates presence, has said that his religion is kindness. How simple, and how totally present!

Waking up also means that you awaken the innate gifts you have… and yes, you have the ability to go beyond the veil of illusion that is the seemingly rock-solid wall of physical reality. You can nurture and practice seeing more than the eye can behold, hearing sounds that the ear cannot hear, sensing beyond what can be touched. Haven’t you ever had a strong “gut feeling” that kept you out of danger or helped you to avoid a destructive relationship? Or knew who was calling before you answered the phone, or thought of that person before the phone even rang? Where did that come from?

Most of all, wake up from the dream of separation. You can awaken to Oneness. We are not separate from each other, or from any other part of the universe. Humanity desparately needs to wake up from the collective nightmare of “the one with the most toys wins.” Greed, on a personal and corporate level, and the arrogance of mankind in believing we are somehow the top of the evolutionary ladder, has brought the world nuclear catastrophe, endless war, environmental distress, and a host of societal ills like homelessness and starving children.

In the words of a little three-year-old friend, who has clearly heard her pre-school lessons: sharing is caring.

It’s time to wake up to who you are. You will be happier, healthier, more content with your life, more aware of your purpose here on earth, and a blessing to all around you.

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Master healer and teacher Deborah King was a successful attorney in her 20s when a diagnosis of cancer sent her on a search for truth that radically changed her life. Unwilling to undergo invasive surgery, she turned to alternative medicine and had an amazing remission at the hands of a healer. Along the way, she conquered the alcohol and drug addictions she had used to bury an abusive childhood. Leaving the corporate arena for the mysterious world of healers, sages, and shamans, Deborah mastered ancient and modern healing systems, ultimately developing a powerful healing technique of her own.

Deborah's new book, Be Your Own Shaman: Heal Yourself and Others with 21st Century Energy Medicine (Hay House, 2011), takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey into the powerful esoteric world of healing. Her national bestseller, Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You (Hay House, 2009), explores the relationship between the suppression of painful emotions and their impact on health and happiness.

Deborah travels worldwide, helping thousands of people transform their lives through her experiential workshops. Her online training program, 21st Century Energy Medicine, attracts those who want to become healers for themselves or others. She also hosts a popular weekly Hay House radio show.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Thank you, this is awesome! I have always felt there is only one thing we were put on earth to do, to love each other. So simple, yet so difficult for everyone to absorb the concept. You prove, the best things in life, are extremely simple.

  2. Holy Diane, you sure went through alot in your life, to be the person you are ment to be. I did the drug, and alcohol thing, and stopped that over 8yrs ago, and today live in the present, as kind, respect, and caring person im, becoming who I’m ment to be.
    Thankyou Diane, for telling your story, and sharing it with everyone. Hope you keep doing it for along time. Lots of love.

  3. Wonderful, I am just reading the Bestseller about the power of NOW ! Hence, I’m grateful for your. confirmation regarding your Inspiration ! 🙂

  4. Dear Deborah,
    Please accept my lot of love. Today’s people need these guide to live.
    Is there free e-book for poor people who can’t afford your valuable books like Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You ??


  5. What is the feelings after one gets awake ? Your posting was amazing !
    Is there free e book for poor ones youe publish like Truth Heals: What You Hide Can Hurt You ??


  6. Praying that the right words will show up for me once I get around the huge lump in my throat that showed up while
    reading your wise words. They sooo resonated with my heart–thank you for sharing!

  7. Most grateful to you for sharing your awesome wisdom. The more of this I read, the more of it will sink into my mind.
    Hope you will share more of your wisdom on this platform.

  8. Brilliant articulation. The big question, “What do I need to do to wake up.” I experienced the oneness, the connectedness of everything, on a breathtaking trek into the Himalaya, however, how many have the opportunity to evolve into this experience where inner and the outer world merge.

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