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Being open requires a flexibility of both the mind and the heart. When I am less than open I am blocked. I used to build fences and walls around myself to keep away hurt, negativity, criticism and pain. Unfortunately those walls and fences built to “protect” me kept me from receiving love, joy, abundance and prosperity. I cannot have my wall and have my joy too. It takes strength and courage to remain open. It takes willingness and a certain knowledge that wherever I am it is safe. It is safe because I can consciously CHOOSE how I think, and therefore how I feel, about my circumstances.
In a letter to Martha Graham, Agnes DeMille wrote these inspiring words:
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.
If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is;
not how valuable it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours,
clearly and directly,
to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than others.”
Today, I look at areas where I have built walls to protect myself that have become like prison walls. I set my intention to dissolve the blocks and remain open. Today, I set myself free.