Mindful Musings: Mar 31

“Fulfill Your Destiny”

two person standing on full your destiny pavement artwork

Every choice you make matters

And every kind or malicious act vibrates

Through the Universe ten-fold

Your life is a precious opportunity to build good karma

So, act accordingly….

But at the same time

Take a deep breath

And allow your reality to unfold

With boundless faith and courage….

For on a higher cosmic plane

The will of the Divine has already spoken—-

Leading you with signs

To fulfill your destiny.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon HERE.

Mindful Musings: Jan 6

“The Journey: A Parable”

By: Forrest Rivers

silhouette of man walking along field leading to mountain

A seeker of truth journeyed two hundred miles (322 Kilometers) by foot deep through lush green forests to have the darshan of a great and celebrated holy man who lived an aesthetic life high in the mountains. After two long weeks of trekking through the wilderness, this seeker of truth at last arrived at an old hermitage that sat on the edge of a breathtaking cliff overlooking the vast and fertile valleys below. The pilgrim knocked on the door three times and a tall old man answered. He then motioned for the young seeker to come inside and sit on the floor before him. The old man closed the door behind him and then took a seat on a small wooden bench. Both beings sat in the lotus position. The pilgrim who had traveled such a long distance then broke the awe filled silence and said:

            “Oh, dear and venerable sage, I have come all this way to ask you but one question: What is life’s greatest secret?”

            The old man smiled, then unfolded his hands and said the following with a hint of irony in his voice:

            “Life’s greatest secret is that there is no destination. It is your journey that holds the one within all. Now tell me, young pilgrim, does this statement live as truth to you?

            The seeker smiled real wide and the twinkle in her eyes made the old sage absolutely certain that she had just attained enlightenment in that moment!

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Bryant McGill Quote: “Rejection is merely a redirection; a course ...

“Rejection Serves as a Guide to One’s Destiny”

By: Forrest Rivers

One day, I received a depressing (and snarky) email from a small publishing house. This letter was in response to an inquiry to publish a book I had finished writing, the Hippie Revival and Collected Writings.

A representative of the company wrote me the following message based off a brief questionnaire and not having actually read my book:

“I hate to rain on your parade but as presented your book has limited marketability. The word “Hippie” is “loaded” and retrograde. Using it in the title severely limits the market. Essays and poems on any issue are a hard sell. Interest in reviving hippies is a small pool. And I doubt that hippies are big book buyers. You say your book is “about [the resurgence of] the spiritual ideals of peace, unity and love” (I’d drop “resurgence” which is, again, backward focused) This is a broad market populated by people who buy books. You need to do your homework and that involves learning about what a publisher is looking for – something that SELLS!”

Some things to ponder,

-Publisher-

I have to admit that it hurt to read this critique. However, this response did serve as a reminder of sorts. The reminder was that all creative souls encounter rejection in their desire to share their expressions of the divine. Inspiring persons (to me) like Albert Einstein, Henry David Thoreau and Pablo Coelho all met rejection along their paths of exploring the Infinite. Einstein’s fascination with the laws of the Universe drove him to explore the depths of what he called a “cosmic religion.” Likewise, it was Thoreau’s awe for the sacredness of nature, which pushed him to move to the woods and (eventually) achieve transcendental states of awareness. Coelho, too, was so enthralled by a desire to share his faith in personal destiny that it led him to create one of the most inspiring and celebrated characters(Santiago) in modern literature. Crucially, each of these men experienced rejection for pushing the parameters of conventional thought at the time. The world was not yet prepared to receive their visionary takes on reality.

Primary school teachers and peers famously ridiculed Einstein for his unique powers of perception. Thoreau died in a state of destitution, never enjoying the wide literary reception he receives today. Coelho, the Brazilian born novelist, also experienced his fair share of rejection. A publisher once dropped his future international best-selling novel, The Alchemist, for poor book sales. From these three inspiring stories, one might gather that rejection is a crucial experience toward the fulfillment of one’s destiny.

One’s encounter with rejection provides an important check on their ego. Through humbling us, it is a reminder that we are not God’s gift to the world. The Universe does not spare any soul from enduring life’s trials and tribulations. Therefore, when we finally do somehow align with our cosmic destinies, we remain humble and gracious for our good fortune. We remember how challenging it was to achieve our dreams.  In the end, all that we are left with is heartfelt gratitude for that omnipresent source of inspiration….Oneness.