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Jan 09 2010

This Bright Entelechy of Mine – Issue #39

    This is the beginning of a new year, a perfect time to turn up our light and let it shine more brightly in the world. It is an ideal time to commit to our dreams, our highest potential, our most actualized self, otherwise known as our entelechy.

    I first heard the word entelechy (en.tell.a.key) in a workshop with Jean Houston who told us that our “entelechy is all about the possibilities encoded in each of us.” She said that the entelechy of an acorn is to be an oak tree, a caterpillar to be a butterfly, and a popcorn kernel to be fully popped. We are all loaded and encoded with a dynamic purpose, a special gift and ability that comes naturally to us – so naturally that we may even take it for granted and not recognize it as our innate, great purpose.

   Sometimes, if we are not fulfilling our purpose, our entelechy lights a fire under us in order to help our potential fully pop. Adversity can rattle our cage, shaking and waking us up to the big, bright, luminous light of our soul, our strength, and our special abilities, illuminating the dynamic purpose inherent in us. That’s when it all starts to make sense and we say, “Oh yeah, now I remember who I am and why I’m here!”

   This new year, this new decade is a prime time to shift into a higher gear, committing to full aliveness and being our highest self. To SHIFT is to Simply Hold the Intention For Transformation – holding the intention is turning on the hot, bright spotlight of our entelechy until we are powerfully popping into our full potential and purpose!

   Some people have the special ability to see and hold us in our highest potential, shining their light on our magnificence, helping to bring that out in us. Masters of that in my life are Katie Hendricks, Diana Chapman, Tom Biesanz (my husband), and Zeena, my cat, who inspires this prayer: “May I be half the person that my cat thinks I am.” I am encouraged to know that if this is in my life — people who see themselves and others in their full magnificence — then that same potential ability is in me.

   Recently I was talking with Tom about some people we were meeting for dinner later in the day, and I was hearing myself be critical, imagining that it would be a superficial encounter with them. Tom wasn’t thinking that way, he doesn’t have that filter, he sees the best in people. I, however, am sometimes stuck in a filter where the ego in me sees and judges the ego in others – I call that my “Me Nasty” filter, as opposed to my “Namaste” filter. This year I am holding the intention to develop my Namaste filter. I’m imagining myself a year from now having fully integrated a focus that says, “I am a beautiful soul, and I see and honor the beautiful soul in others.” I’m imagining myself feeling the joy and peace that comes with that perception, feeling it as if it were already so…because it IS already so in my entelechy.

    I’d like to share with you a powerful exercise that Jean Houston did with us (I’ve paraphrased and abbreviated it): Stand with your eyes closed and imagine facing your entelechy, your highest self, your deep essence. Imagine your entelechy looking at you with profound love and appreciation for your journey, cherishing you, and imparting to you wisdom, encouragement and inspiration. Breathe it in. Then imagine switching places with your entelechy and BEING that higher self, feeling what that would feel like to embody your highest potential. From that place feel great love and respect for your journeying self, sending that self empowerment, courage, and strength. When you are ready, step back into your journeying self and fully receive those messages of love and encouragement, let it in, feel it, become filled with the love and vitality of your highest self, knowing that is who you truly are.

    Just as the acorn holds within it the mighty oak tree, we hold within us our mighty, magnificent, actualized self. The most majestic oak tree is just a little nut that held it’s ground! Our challenge is to hold our ground, committing to remember who we really are, and holding ourselves in the dynamic light of that knowing.

   This is a new year, a perfect time to turn up the spotlight on our entelechy. Mike Dooley in Notes from the Universe wrote, “I’ve got a feeling that 2010 is going to be your kind of year. That you’ll be happier than you’ve ever been, laughing harder, smiling wider, standing taller, walking lighter, dancing crazier, hugging longer, living grander, loving louder.” I imagine that is true, and so it is.

    How about you? Do you know what your entelechy is, your special purpose, your most actualized self? Is this the year to turn up the heat and pop into your full potential? I’m imagining us all jubilantly singing, “This bright entelechy of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

   In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Dec 27 2009

Merry “Namaste” & Happy “Just Like Me” – Issue #37

   I’m going to a holiday “whole”y tonight and feast my eyes on the beautiful lights. I used to call them parties, which was a very fitting name since just a part of me would show up – usually the part that felt uncomfortable and had worry thoughts like “Nobody’s going to talk to me, and if they do I won’t have anything interesting to say.” My party animal was a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs. But this season I’ve decided to have a new focus, which is: “I am a beautiful soul and I see the beautiful soul that you are.” That is the meaning of “Namaste” — the light within me sees and honors the light within you. It has transformed my experience of parties into “whole”ies, and my party animal into a “whole”y being.

   On Thanksgiving day I walked to the grocery store near my house and I was filled with the spirit of Namaste. A homeless person was in front of me in the checkout line — he was dirty, a bit smelly, and his eyes were red-rimmed from being pickled in alcohol. He turned to me and started talking to me. In the past I would have been uncomfortable, but I looked into his red-rimmed eyes and saw the light of his spirit. I smiled and the light in me honored the light in him and I glowed with that light the rest of the day. What a wonderful feeling to focus on my beautiful light and see the beautiful light in others. It’s calming, expanding, and joyful. There’s nothing else that need be done. I don’t have to make interesting conversation. I can simply BE and SEE the beauty and light in ME and THEE.

   While Namaste essentially means “The God in me sees and honors the God in you”, to round it out I have added to that another practice of loving kindness in which the human in me sees and feels compassion for the human in you. Writer Chade-Meng Tan calls this practice “Just Like Me”. He writes that when we perceive others as similar to us, we are much more likely to have positive feelings towards them. He suggests we focus on the following:

   “This person has a body and a mind, just like me.?This person has feelings, emotions and thoughts, just like me.?This person has at some point been sad, disappointed, angry, hurt or confused, just like me.?This person has in his or her life, experienced physical and emotional pain and suffering, just like me.?This person wishes to be free from pain and suffering, just like me.?This person wishes to be safe, healthy and loved, just like me.?This person wishes to be happy, just like me.”

   Seeing and honoring the light in myself and others, and also seeing and feeling compassion for our humanness, creates a “whole”y experience. We are all THAT. We are ALL that. I’m wishing for all of us a very Merry Namaste and a Happy “Just Like Me” that extends throughout the whole year. “Whole”y on!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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