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Wednesday
Jan072009

When did you last redefine "normal?"

You may think you know people, have them pinned down so to speak, and suddenly discover there is more to them. In the process, you are raising your awareness and expanding your perception. You are realizing your notion of normal changes.

I think to a recent dinner I shared with friends of my parents I have known forever. It was an informal affair that involved post-holiday turkey leftovers, an array of mis-matched dishes and homemade treats. This heart-warming setting taught me the power of energy shifts based on how receptive we are. The forty-five year age gap between couples is part of normality.

Our topics for small talk vary widely. On this particular evening, I did not bring up my growing epitaph collection, poisonous creature- related stories linked to places I have visited, or the motorcycle adventures of Ewan McGregor who intrigues me as he documents a journey "All the Way Down" through unique regions of Africa. The energy in the air invited other kinds of exchanges. Ever notice how or why people introduce topics into dialogue? They feel comfortable with you, with themselves with the topic. It is all about self-acceptance.

Now, the host of the evening was a former priest. He admits he gained valuable life experience in his religious roles before resigning and redefining his idea of normal. He married in his fifties, twice became a father in his sixties, then a widower before falling in love and remarrying. He shared how opening his mind led him to expand his perspective in unexpected ways. His life prepared him to attune. His beliefs shifted to focus on things he had not considered, let-alone seen before.

Without faltering, he calmly shared an experience that he had not confided with me before. He was asked to be a poll bearer (casket handler) at the funeral of a former religious colleague. He felt grateful to be part of the service, as he had known this man well. While my friend waited in an alcove near other poll bearers, he watched a filmy version of the deceased enter through the doorway. This spirit communicated with my friend using telepathy. He asked, why the gathering? He was initially unaware his body was dead. My friend used his mind to shift this spirit's attention to the body in the open casket. The spirit seemed to register. He looked around, smiled and suddenly vanished. My friend calmly continued with his funeral responsibilities. For him, this was normal. To me, it was too.

By this point in the evening, it seemed perfectly natural for me to share my impressions of Ram Bahadur. He recently emerged from a meditation he underwent from May 2005 to December 2008 inside the trunk of a tree near Katmandu. He had lowered his metabolic rate, breathing and mastered his other bodily functions. Imagine, he had been sitting still during much of his meditation. I invite you to read this and review your sense of "normal"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_Bahadur_Bomjon

No doubt you have your own understanding of the term, "normal." It is always based on experience. It can only ever be based on experience. That is how you permit your current life to unfold.  What happens next is also up to you. And, so?

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Hi Liara,
Thanks for letting us in on your enlightening conversation. There is an art in the Soul who can speak to anyone about anything as you seem to do. Listening to other perspectives really can allow us to learn more about ourselves.

I love Ewan Mc Gregor's performance in Moulin Rouge and Trainspotting.
January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexys Fairfield
Alexys, Ewan McGregor has certainly shifted gears, from acting in diverse fictional roles to opting to ride a motorcycle in remote places. We live vicariously through people who teach us about the daredevil within ourselves who is bursting to find self-expression.

I chuckle when you describe my way of feeling comfortable discussing virtually anything. Sometime, I will just have to share with you some weird and wonderful tales of medical procedures discussed over dinner; picture it: a pathologst (coroner), gastroenterologist (colonoscopy specialist), and a variety of others discussing procedures with a quasi-vegetarian. Definitely not worth missing...
January 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Hello, just thought I'd visit your site again. I wasn't able to spend much time here earlier today. There's such good energy coming thru these words and colors. Thank you for your hospitality...
January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Silverthorn
Teresa, you remind readers that when you deliberately choose to alter your thoughts and behaviour, this enables you to focus more energy on what you want. We sense what we think about based on our conscious shifts in awareness. This is truly a mystical process.
January 7, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Hi Liara,
I read your posts daily from my email subscription, and thought it was about time I stopped by "in person" to thank you for the wonderful, rich wisdom and experience you share here with us. I especially love the personal stories you combine with life lessons and opportunities for opening to new ways of seeing. I absolutely love the ease described when your former priest friend met his colleagues spirit. How wonderful normal can be!
blessings,
Karin
January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKarin
Hi Liara,
Thanks for sharing this experience. "The energy in the air invited other kinds of exchanges." This is the truth of bringing conversation that brings a group together and share camaraderie rather than upstaging our ego.
You tell an entertaining story while giving nuggets of wisdom!
January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiruh
Miruh, sometimes we pinch ourselves and still believe we are dreaming! This reminds us that we exist at different levels of awareness simultaneously. Part of us always loves and accepts everything and everyone. That part of us has conscious insight into the universal truth. Other parts of us hesitate, doubt, and do anything to convince us that our senses deceive us. Those parts of us are not ready or willing to observe reality as it is. Human beings as individuals are evolving toward more of a balance between discernment and participation in what is happening.
January 8, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Liara - this has to be one of my most favorite posts from you.

I LOVE re-defining normal. Your story about the priest reminds me a little of my own journey I was as "normal" as one can get in society until I started opening myself up to new opportunities and new possibilities and have to tell you I discovered a whole new world and a whole new me!

It was like I saw life from a larger perspective than I ever thought possible and the joy was amazing!

So what is normal ? According to me now, it is anything we want it to be!

I think the only sad part is how much so many of us confine ourselves to someone else's "normal" and live out lives that are barely scraping by what it means to be alive. But hey to each his own, until they decide otherwise!
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEvita
This is a terrific post!
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJ.
Karin, spiritual experiences are as diverse as the individuals who live them. Shall we always close our eyes and ears to living forms that exist to teach us just as we exist to function and teach them? As we evolve to realize no experience is absurd, we begin to share in the wisdom that leaves indelible marks on our souls. We share in each others wishes and hopes, joys and desires because we are connected at the core by compassion and unseen energy.
January 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
Evita, we are each slowly opening up to what used to be mysterious and prohibited according to fear in our own mind. We are mortal in order to rediscover deeper meaning in our created void. We submit and obey the parameters of our own imagination. That defines what we sense, believe and evolve into at our own pace. We are each our "normal."
January 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
J, reality comes in many shapes and sizes. When we love an idea, this feeling neither comes from us nor belongs to us. Each moment is a borrowed experience to teach us more about the depth of our true selves as well as our untapped potential. What have you seen yourself lately?
January 9, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert
And so, indeed. I'm over due for such a delightful conversation as the one you described. At least, in-person that is. I tend to have many online and by phone. But I'm intrigued by what you say about comfort and trust. Be well.
Tom, comfort and trust evolve in each individual with experience. Different levels of awareness can always be explored other than those more familliar to you. To open your mind is to open your heart and soul to experiences huamn beings have no way to define. Telepathy, for instance, enables sharing of pictures and other communication on new levels. Blessings to you.
January 10, 2009 | Registered CommenterLiara Covert

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