The Secret to Self-Discovery

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Our world is so breathtakingly beautiful…

    Take time to explore it in person
    and online, and you will be AMAZED!
    Take time to be amazed,
    and you will be humbled.
    Take time to be humbled
    and your heart will be filled of gratitude.
    Take time to be overwhelmed in gratitude
    and you will experience Spirit!
    Every glimpse at beauty is an invitation into
    the Divine that permeates all things…
    Take a walk and you will receive
    invitations in the flowers, the sky, the earth…
    Take time to really enjoy the taste of your food and you will
    receive invitations in the sweet, sour, spicy, salty, savory….
    Take time to explore each sense, and you will
    recognize the invitations abound.
    Each is an invitation from Spirit towards communion with
    more than our mere minds could discover on our own,
    just waiting for our hearts to follow,
    and our souls to remember that we are part of the Whole!

    THIS is what I would choose to share with the world if I had just a few words to leave behind, because it is not important that you think the way I think, see the way I perceive, or prioritize life the way I or anyone else might advise.

    It is important that you explore as much as you strategize, question all you are told to accept, dream defiantly against the limitations of other’s perceptions, and innovate whenever challenges arise. For it is in this dance that we come together with each other, and in those moments of exchanging ideas begin to forge collaborations that transcend what we can accomplish alone.

    The more you begin to intimately know yourself in relation to all things, the sooner you will perceive personal value in them. The sooner you perceive personal value in that which is other than yourself, the sooner your understanding of “self” will begin to expand past what you currently identify as the limitations of “you”. When this happens, the world offers up an invitation for you to follow: An invitation into collaboration with Spirit – however you perceive it to be!

    Regardless of your religious choice, the opportunity for this type of personal “awakening” lies in everything, everyone and everywhere. The hard challenge we have today is that the hardware of our technology is miles ahead of the software of our sociological, psychological, and spiritual development, as a species. But we can begin to balance that out.

    In fact, when you find yourself thinking that humankind has accomplished so much, it’s time to stop and explore the world around you. A quick trip to a cave, or other Earth-hewn spot, will put things in perspective real quick.

    Ask yourself: What is the time it took for the rock to be sculpted just so… into a perfect form for the bats and cliff swallows to share? Ask yourself, how many tiny insects that we rely on to pollinate the foods we eat, rely in turn on the minerals that the waters break down from the rock and spread into the soil?

    Who are we to feel that we are any more than a child by comparison? How much more could we learn if we approached creation as a student who has but a little time? How much further could we go if we sought to collaborate with the Creator in all things?

    Release the ego, and Creator will take root. Invite Creator into a dance, and miracles will happen!

    Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

    Co-Founder/President of The Memnosyne Institute (known as The Memnosyne Foundation 2005-2013), Mary Ann is a frequently requested speaker, having done so in Asia/Europe/Americas, including serving as a speaker for the United Nation’s NEXUS Summit in 2011/2012/2013, Heifer International, and as workshop designer/facilitator for Club of Budapest’s (COB) “2010 Design Me A Planet” Conference”; Cordoba Initiative’s Malaysia “WISE Conference” ; and for ELCAS’s international Women For A Caring World 2013-2014.

    She led Memnosyne to help negotiate the first alliance in 300 years between the Hopi/Navajo Nations, hosted the mediation for the Liberian Diaspora/Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission via a Memnosyne/Interfaith Center of New York (she serves on their board) collaboration ; and serves as Vice-Chair of Giordano Bruno University(GBU). She negotiated between GBU/GreenWorld Restoration/COB to create Memnosyne’s “School Out of A Box” project aimed at making highschool-doctoral level education available to the poorest regions of the world.

    She’s received humanitarian awards including Women That Soar Award, Aga Khan Foundation’s Appreciation Award, SMU’s Profiles In Leadership Award & will receive Northwood University’s 2013 Distinguished Women Award.

    She serves as Co-Founder/President of The John Philp Thompson Foundation, providing funding to research non-radiation/chemotherapy treatments for brain cancer; serves on The Mexic-Arte Museum Board; Advisory Boards for both Chicago’s WomanMade Art Gallery who states, "Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk is a prolific artist, writer and social activist!" and Indigenous Institute of Americas.

    Honored by AIA as the only non-architect invited to participate in “The Art of Architects” Exhibition, & by The Buckminster Fuller Institute, due to her innovations with geodesics, she was selected out of 500 artists worldwide as ARTV’s Sculptor of the Year. Her sculpture is in private collections/publications. She curates exhibitions, for non-profits & via her art production company, Thompson Fine Art’s Inc. She serves as Executive Producer for Memnosyne’s film-based outreach programs, ‘Many Paths, One Source”, “Memnosyne Institute Mural Empowerment Project: Sankofa!“, and “Empowering A Generation” designed to promote understanding of leading integral theories among young humanitarians.

    She has written for magazines & authored chapters for books including, STEP JOURNAL: Wealth Structuring Analysis for Trust and Estate Practitioners, and Social Acupuncture: How Facilitating Integral Philanthropy is the Future of Impactful Humanitarianis" co-written with her husband, Joshua Frenk, for Dr. Ervin Laszlo’s 2013 book, “Dawn of the Akashic Age: New Consciousness, Quantum Resonance, and the Future of The World". Look for her book, Romancing Mexico featuring her insights alongside photography by Gray Hawn in 2013!

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