March 19, 2012 in Spirituality
A couple of weeks ago, I read The Power by Rhonda Byrne.
Ms. Byrne came to fame a few years ago when she produced a movie based on another of her books called The Secret.
She has been acclaimed and she has been criticized.
Her innovative marketing for The Secret brought The Law of Attraction to the attention of the mainstream media and the general public. The book created a groundswell of understanding in spiritual laws.
The critics interpreted her message as impractical because it offered a magical way to get something for nothing. She dared to share how to use spiritual techniques for practical purposes. This was criticized as idealistic and unhelpful.
My opinion is that her work challenges old paradigms and seeks to reunite spirituality and science. She shares information that works for her in the way she knows best. I find her writing encouraging and helpful.
In fact, The Secret had enough of an impact on me that I used it as research material for Complete Peace of Mind Training.
In The Power, Rhonda takes The Law of Attraction one step further as she defines the power source behind this universal law.
She identifies this power source as love.
Then, Ms. Byrne shares stories, exercises, and insights into how to become love so that this power can flow unhindered into your finances, health, relationships, and personal life. This ability allows you to live life on a higher plane. It makes life enjoyable and sweet.
This idea resonates with everyone. However, life events and preprogrammed responses of fear and anger often get in the way. Therefore, we need little reminders to be love.
One of Ms. Byrne’s ideas is to adapt a secret symbol for the force of love. That way, whenever that symbol appears in your life, you will be reminded to express love. You will be reminded that love, a force that is always with you, is alive and active and playing with you in a specific way to confirm its existence.
Rhonda is reminded to be love whenever a bright light shines in her eyes. Her sister uses rainbows to remind her to be love.
When I read that section of her book, I knew immediately what my secret symbol would be.
Even though crows are common birds and some people consider them pests, they have come to mean a great deal to me. I remember seeing them daily around my home and school when I was a child. They hung out around the place I lived when I was in college.
A huge flock of crows often shows up around my current home when a storm is on the way. A pair greets me several times a week. Sometimes they call to me across the field in the morning when I go outside to add bird food to the feeders. Many afternoons, one perches on the fence post outside my window and says “hi.”
They have spoken to me at challenging times in my life. They have appeared in unlikely places at unlikely times.
They have gently danced for me to confirm spiritual messages I thought I might be receiving.
It seems I have always been aware of their presence and their sounds.
Yes, crows would be my secret symbol for love.
I finished reading The Power during a break between appointments. I went to my final appointment and drove home, not thinking about my new symbol, and not thinking about love.
When I arrived home and got out of the car, I heard a familiar sound.
“Caw, caw” came from the distance. I looked up and saw the crows headed my way.
I smiled, remembered to love, and walked into the house carrying The Power with me.