Jackie Walker

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Feed Yourself …. The Truth

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When you begin to feel the stirrings of discomfort what do you do?  Do you recognise when something’s out of sorts – be it emotional, mental or physical – never mind spiritual?  Do you just ignore it, plough more energy into it, or do you actually stop, take stock, and work out what’s going on with the intention of changing it?

There’s an old saying ‘Do what you always did and you’ll get what you always got’.   I don’t know about you but I’ve never met anyone who thinks that’s a good adage to live by unless, of course, the doing’s working well for you!

I’ve found through application, hard work and some very sore heads (banging them on brick walls) that it’s a wise person who will admit that something’s got to go – yikes did I actually just admit to that?!  The something might very well have served them beautifully at one stage of their life and then when the lesson’s been learned, it’s time to learn a new one, so more change is in order.  It’s kind of an acknowledgement of distance travelled if you like!

What I’ve also found is that even if you’ve already made one huge change in your life, or maybe even more than one, that it just doesn’t stop there – and most especially if you’re a relatively quick learner!

It can make you look as if you don’t have a clue where you’re going.  Folk might look askance and say things like ‘I thought you decided ‘x’ was your path’  and your response is along the lines of ‘Yes, that’s right it was, and now it’s time for something different’!

There is a word of caution here of course, and I’ve fallen prey to it myself over the years – that of running away from the presenting problem and the required learnings.  In essence what that means is sometimes you might find yourself thinking that you need to change tack and you might make the change too soon and for the wrong reasons.

Gulp!  So how do we know if we’re running away from something which needs to change or changing because it’s time to change and work towards something which will serve us?

As you might have guessed, I’m going through the process of change in quite a dramatic way just now and have received words of wisdom from many friends, family and colleagues.  Now you might be forgiven for thinking that just because I have the counsel of some very astute and worldly wise people in my life that their perspective is going to be right.

The trick to all change is for the individual to make their own judgement, look within themselves for the nuggets of power that they have given away.  Ultimately, the whole of our existence boils down to finding those nuggets of power which allow us to turn things into gold.  My wisest friends ask questions, they spot where I hide from my truth, they dig deep and they show respect and care for my growth – their perspective is not part of the equation.

In my mind the only way to keep growing is :

  • to feed yourself the truth of what’s working or not working
  • define and remind yourself of  the reason you’re doing it
  • question yourself as to whether your reason is still a priority and value
  • be being willing to change as required, even to stop

It takes constant calibration – of your internal body, your emotions, the external world around you and the thoughts which occupy both your unconscious and conscious minds.

Measuring my success by my sense of truth, freedom, purpose, and joy is by far the best measure of distance travelled.

What’s the next nugget of power which you need to reclaim to allow you more growth and freedom for your soul?  You’ll read about mine as I continue to create it 😉


Written by Jackie Walker

February 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm

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  1. Well said Jackie- being a courageous explorer of the psyche is a rigorous and demanding life skill that must be learned and honed!


    February 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    • To be sure Gill and thank you! I’ve come to a huge place of humility and awareness. I’ve got the draft of a follow up piece which came to me during this afternoon – I look forward to posting it soon – Threading the Eye of the Needle

      Jackie Walker

      February 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Vena Ramphal, Jackie Walker and Gill Taylor, Mandamoo. Mandamoo said: RT @jackiewalker: Sunday's blog post – Feed Yourself – The Truth http://bit.ly/dfS8VI || super read! […]

  3. Good points here, Jackie, as ever. We have to be honest with ourselves, constantly reevaluate. It’s what I love about getting older, the wisdom gained and the wisdom to see life as it is! I look forward to your new post.

    Jane C Woods

    February 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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