Before I went to Peru, I watched a movied called the Celestine Prophecy. It wasn’t a extraordinary movie, but the insights left a profound impression on me.
On Monday I’ll be on a plane to Peru, visiting Cuzco and the magical ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. Like India, like Africa, it’s one of those faraway lands that have been calling me for many years. I’m excited, and deeply grateful that in a few days I’ll be realizing one of my life’s dreams.
Learning about my trip, a friend of mine brought me a movie called The Celestine Prophecy. She said, “The movie is about a man’s spiritual quest, which took place in Peru. I think you’ll enjoy it.”
I watched the movie last night. It wasn’t an extraordinary movie, but the insights from the Celestine Prophecy left a profound impression on me. On my own journey, I’ve had glimpses of the prophecy and I know it to be true. My guess is that you probably know it to be true, as well, from your own personal experiences.
However, it’s quite easy to feel lost, disconnected and dissatisfied in our daily lives, when we forget to plug into the source of our true power, and when we operate from a place of fear, desire or greed.
The Nine Insights from the Celestine Prophecy
Before I leave for Peru, I’d like to share my interpretation of the Celestine Prophecy with you. I hope its insights will remind all of us to make a deeper inquiry into our own life, so we can connect with the source of our power, find our path, and fulfill our destiny.
And I hope those insights will guide and enlighten me on my journey to Machu Picchu in the coming week…
1. Pay attention to chance coincidences.
Until a year ago, I had never imagined that I would go back to school to study Chinese Medicine. It all happened because of a sequence of seemingly chance coincidences.
Because of the good results my boyfriend got from his acupuncturist, Jason Moskovitz, I decided to interview him for Cycle Harmony. And because of that interview, an insight came to me that I needed to study Chinese Medicine in order to better serve our community. This sequence of chance events led me to a different path than I had planned for myself, but a path truer to my passion, values and purpose.
I’m sure you all have your own versions of chance coincidences or synchronistic events. Next time when one happens, don’t brush it off. Pay attention, because it may lead you to discover your own path and truths.
2. There is a meaning and purpose in life.
We can’t find the meaning and purpose of our life through external authorities or through the preoccupation of material comforts. We have to discover them from within – by tuning into our heart and finding our truths.
3. There is a subtle energy that infuses all things.
Whether we’re consciously aware or not, we’re living in an energetic universe. By paying attention and getting acquainted with the subtle energy around us, we can consciously choose thoughts, words, actions and situations that give us energy, and avoid those things that drain energy from us.
4. An unconscious competition for energy underlies all conflicts.
We all want to get more energy because it makes us feel good, and feel whole. However, it’s a misconception to think that we can get the extra energy we think we need by dominating or manipulating others. It may make us feel good temporarily, but it actually damages both parties in the conflict – a lose-lose situation.
5. The key to overcoming conflict is to get our energy directly from the source.
Instead of trying to take energy from others, we should learn to discover our true energy source – which is abundant, infinite and available to us at all times. For some people, the method of connecting with their energy source is gardening. For some, it’s taking a walk in the nature. For some, it is singing and dancing. And for others, it may be yoga, meditation, Qi Gong or Tai Chi.
When we’re connected with our true source of energy, we have a feeling of completeness and wholeness, and we’re filled with joy and love.
6. Heal our childhood traumas.
Sometimes people can’t fully move on and live a life true to themselves because of negative beliefs and experiences from their upbringing. Generally these manifest themselves as four types of control dramas:
- Intimidators stealing energy from others by threat.
- Interrogators stealing it by judging and questioning.
- Aloof people attracting attention (and energy) to themselves by playing coy.
- Victims making people feel guilty and responsible for them.
It’s important to become aware of the family dynamics that created our control dramas so we can break away from them and create a life true to who we really are.
7. Follow our inner guidance.
Once cleared of traumas, we can build energy through contemplation and meditation, inquire about our life’s purpose, and start riding a steady stream of intuitions, dreams, and synchronistic coincidences – all guiding us in the direction of our own evolution and transformation.
8. Find your tribe.
We’re not alone on our paths. When we focus on giving others energy, we’ll attract like-minded people who come to aid us on our journey, and people share a similar purpose and mission in life. Together, we can weave a strong energetic web that supports our collective evolution and transformation.
9. Create heaven on earth.
Imagine a world where we’re all connected to the source of our true power, and we’re all filled with love from within. There will be no wars, no greed or hunger, and no conflicts. And the world will live as one, as John Lennon once sang. We’ll be creating and living a heaven on earth.
It may seem that we have a long way to go. But we can all start with that small corner of the universe – which is our own life…
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt