Photo taken by Carol A. Cassara at Hawthorne Gallery, Big Sur.
Today, a treat. Some thoughtful, inspirational words from Alan Falstreau, who hears messages from the Universe whispered in his ear every day. I met Alan virtually through his wife, Marylou Falstreau, an artist I’ve blogged about HERE and HERE. ( What fascinating people you meet and stories you hear once you crack open to the Divine.) Here’s Alan’s short bio:
Alan has had many adventures. He was a hot air balloon pilot, worked in the theatre, ran marathons, survived corporate America, and ran a few non-profit organizations. Currently he partners with his wife and the creator of the “Women and the Hourglass” series, Marylou Falstreau. Together they manage a thriving wholesale/retail art business, a vocation that has taught them persistence and the importance of learning to follow one’s heart.
Whispers In My Ear
By Alan Falstreau
I woke up early this morning and felt . . . well, shall I say “out of sorts” somehow. Over the years I am now realizing that often when I “feel” this way, it is because I am attempting to be someone else’s definition of Alan.
So this morning I went for a long walk and allowed the quietness to wash over me. It was during this walk that I remembered the following quote of E.E. Cummings:
“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. Never stop fighting!”
Each morning for the past eight years, I head out the door for my early morning walk. It began on April 2nd, 2008 and has continued every day since: I hear messages very much like the poem above, whispered in my ear. I capture the words in the notebook I always carry and now I am beginning to fill my 9th volume. I have no clear idea where the words come from but have a knowing that they are from a divine source.
Here are a few messages I’d like to share with you.
Posted on October 9, 2015
The Seduction of Perfection
Don’t become seduced by your desire for perfection. Perfection is a human illusion. When you see yourself as failing or less than perfect, your pattern is to retreat. This act of retreating keeps you from attaining the “imperfect” greatness within you, the imperfect greatness that the chaotic world needs so badly right now.
Posted on May 1, 2015
It Is The “Misfits” That Move The World Forward
It is the misfits . . . the outsiders that move the world forward. They are not spectators sitting on the sidelines. They step into the arena and battle the demons of everyday existence and open the doors to new possibilities for everyone.
They create the contrasts that bring beauty to the tapestry of everyday life. They understand that life, like nature, is ever changing . . . and they are willing to embrace the change.
The outsiders and the misfits are the true heroes and their story must be told and never allowed to die. It is important to understand that everyone, yes everyone, has moments when they see themselves as an outsider . . . or misfit.
Posted on September 9, 2015
Don’t Play It Safe . . . Live Life!
Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Color outside the lines. Risk following your heart, and then simply trust in the results.
If at times you should encounter failure, learn from it and once again . . .
Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Color outside the lines. Risk following your heart.
This is how beauty is uncovered. This is how happiness is experienced. Most importantly, this is how life is discovered.
See each new day as an audition for life. Don’t play it safe . . . live life.
Posted January 18, 2014
I Don’t Need To Be Fixed
I don’t need to be fixed;
I simply need to feel loved.
When I feel loved, I feel safe.
When I feel safe, I am healed.
When I am healed, in the eyes of the world, I am fixed.
In reality, all I need is to feel loved.
© Alan Falstreau 2016