I'd like to share with you a recent experience that turned a recent trip to the shops into something amazing (and no I didn't have a few sly pints...)
I had decided to pop to the shops to get a few essentials, and while I was in town I popped into a bookshop for a browse amongst the shelves for anything interesting. I found myself looking through several books on spirituality, and came across one that really stood out. 'Top 5 regrets of the dying' by Bronnie Ware. Bronnie has spent time working as a palliative care nurse, and her blog post about the top 5 wishes of dying people became something of a sensation. I had heard of this book and it had been recommended several time to me, and while I skimmed through the pages some of the words and phrases seemed to come out and really strike chord with me. I was really only skimming the contents, but my eyes found little bursts of wisdom on every page I stopped at. I took the book to the counter, but the lady at the till gave me a voucher, and said if I came back in a week or so, I would get £6 off the price, I wanted the book there and then, but sometimes, life throws a little curved ball like that so I went with the flow of things and resolved to buy the book later. I obviously wasn't meant to read it right now.
What happened next was the amazing part. Outside the shop in the high street there were big issue sellers, people with advertising signs, scruffy old men, an occasional drunk, buskers, teenagers, young mothers with pushchairs, delivery men, and pretty much the usual melting pot of humanity that you see in every town centre. On the way to the shop I had looked at these fellow human beings and shown every emotion from mild disinterest, utter disdain, and even annoyance as I walked quickly along in my usual single minded 'on a mission' style. When I left the shop I looked at everyone with new eyes.
I didn't see them as people, but at amazing spirits confined in a crude human body. I saw the good in everyone and wondered what their life story was. I walked more slowly and savoured every moment as I walked along the street in the bright warm sunlight. I couldn't help grinning, and maybe somebody somewhere thought I was on something illegal!
I have to say I walked back along that litter strewn street in a state approaching complete bliss. I felt amazing.
This can happen to you too. All you have to do is change your perception, and accept what you see. See the good in people, see the light shining from within them. They're all spirits just like you, and they're experiencing life. Some of them are having an amazing experience, and some of them are finding their experience not quite what they expected it to be, but in the end both you and they will all become part of the same whole, you will return once again to the same source.
By the time I got back to the car I was floating on air. I had soaked in every smell, the feel of the breeze, the warmth of the sun, and just being alive. Standing outside the supermarket where I parked the car was a lady standing with a pushchair. In the pushchair was a small girl, fast asleep, the lady herself was in her late 40's or early 50's and I think she was having the same sort of day as me. I could feel it.
She was looking so elegant in wedge heels, a flowery knee length pleated skirt, a floaty top and some amazing 1950's style dark sunglasses. I could feel the energy coming from her, she radiated it.
I felt like stopping and just saying "Excuse me, you look ..amazing! But instead I just smiled at her, and you know what? She smiled back a gorgeous 1000 watt smile right back at me that told me I was right.
Some days are just like that!!