By Hal Manogu
"If you always do what you always did- you'll always get what you always got." That quote has been said in many different ways over the years, it reminds me that I live in a world of growth and change. In order to grow, I must change. William Blake put it this way: "The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind." Yes, Blake did have a way with words and thoughts. I do become stagnant when I close my mind and only believe what I have always believed, because my world changes both internal and external by the second.
Walt Whitman said it this way: " Do I contradict myself? Very well then... I contradict myself; I am large... I contain multitudes." Right, there are many aspects of my consciousness. There are many "Me's" wrapped up in this form called body. How many do I know and love?"
I am certainly not the same me I was 30 years ago, and my world is not the same either. My beliefs have changed and I have grown into another me. I have created a me that fits my beliefs. What I see in the mirror is pure creation.
The point is, I am continually changing in order to be a grander version of myself. To learn how to love and share it with all life. Each event I face gives me that opportunity. How I express myself is my choice, and it becomes who I am. What I think I am, is who I am.
What do I want to experience? What do I want to express? What do I want to become? I know who I am, and I am growing in that knowledge of awareness.
Shel Silverstein in his book, "Where The Sidewalk Ends," wrote "Early Bird," that tells me how to express myself if I become a bird, or a worm:
"Oh, if you're a bird, be an early bird
And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
If you're a bird, be an early bird-
But if you're a worm, sleep late."
There are so many things to be, because all of my "Me's" are connected to the Divine Matrix of All There Is, Love. And Love is all things.