Along the coast Fair Head stands majestic in the afternoon sunshine. Even at this distance great boulders are visible on the headland's steep sea slope. Above the slope a serrated sea cliff pierces the sky. In places the headland is covered with gleaming green and outcrops of rusted rock. Far off, beyond the sea cliffs, a distant dog barks suddenly.
Your Potential Is Full Of surprises
When following our potential we notice that our daily life is filled with an increasing number of surprises. Before, much of the day may have seemed rather drab. Now we can't wait to get out of bed to see what the day will bring.
As we listen to and follow the inner call, our lives are filling up with surprises, because we are becoming more open, flexible, discerning and creative. We start to attract new happenings. We discover we have new talents. We receive new gifts. Friends make surprise visits more often. We make new discoveries. We are introduced to new interesting people. We express ourselves creatively in new ways. We reach new levels of understanding. These new happenings add a great richness and diversity to our lives. These surprise happenings also hold great personal meaning.
In addition to attracting new happenings we also notice many more existing happenings, like the flight of a gull, or the bark of a dog. These happenings are very interesting and surprising. We would have completely missed them in earlier times.
When I began to live intuitively I discovered an abundance of new talents. Some formed gradually and some arose almost instantly from nowhere, almost fully formed. I discovered to my surprise, that I had a talent for helping business people. This was all the more surprising because I had no background in business. I discovered I was good at working with groups of people who were gathered together in teams or in committees. I discovered I was a good counsellor to my friends. I was surprised to discover that I could write. It was especially surprising to discover that I could write poetic prose. I had never tried it before. I discovered that I really enjoyed woodland work and working with trees.
I also began to receive increasing numbers of surprise gifts, not just at Christmas, but also throughout the year. (With the exception of one picture, I have been given everything I've hung on the walls of my home.) These wall hangings are all personally significant to me. I am invited out to the cinema and invited for meals. I am continually invited out for coffee.
Often I will receive a new gift and find that it is exactly what I need. While writing this book, I have been loaned two books on how to self-publish, a book on how to source commercial publishers and given a manual on how to promote my book on the Internet. I didn't even have to ask and I have obtained all the information I need to get my book published!
I have received many surprise visits from friends. Some call regularly, some drop in when they are passing and some call occasionally. Some call round for a coffee and a chat, some want to invite me for a walk and some want to use my computer. All are welcome.
While following my potential I have made many new surprise discoveries. I am discovering new teachings, new websites, new books and new music, all of them personally significant.
I have received a surprising number of new introductions. These become new friends, or new associates connected with my hobbies or my work. I have reached new heights of creative expression. This has led to surprising new projects, hobbies, work and new forms of artistic expression.
As I have followed my destiny, I have been surprised at how my understanding has grown. This has been the result of new discussions, surprising fresh insights and sharing new intimacies with friends.
Attracting new happenings are not the only surprises that have entered my life. Every day I encounter surprises which are a normal part of daily life, but which previously I would have missed.
In the early morning I go alone for a walk along the beach. This walk is never the same. Each morning it has its surprises. This morning there were three birds, each sitting in a different tree. They were calling out to one another. First one would call, from another tree there would be a reply, then the third bird would respond from the third tree. I looked but could not see the birds, so it seemed as if the three trees were engaged in a triangular conversation. It was most amusing.
This was one of many surprises on this morning's walk. It's the same when I go for a cycle ride up the river or take a walk through the city at midnight. Sometimes I sit and just listen to the sounds of the city around me at night. These sounds are always changing.
I can be really surprised by the expressions on peoples' faces. People have such a range of facial expression. I love to be surprised by a shop assistant's radiant smile. It makes me light up with a smile in return. Nature and people are full of surprises. It was all happening before I began to lead a life devoted to following my inner call, but I was too busy to notice.
As well as lots of new surprises in the outer world, I receive an abundance of surprises within. These include new insights, understandings, creative ideas and visions of the way forward. When we follow our potential we are delighted at the number of surprises. So much is new. Even the old are new! That is because we are evolving and so we see the old with new levels of understanding and heightened awareness. Being surprised is an integral part of leading a life guided by the beauty of the inner swan.
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