SYNCHRONICITY FREESTYLE TRAVEL
“Synchronicity Freestyle Travel” means to take a period of time and travel alone to a new place without any pre-conceived plans, guided only by your intuition.
This amazingly simple method allows you to totally break free of your logical mind, hear your soul clearly and act on your intuition or gut feelings. Doing so induces more Synchronicity in your reality.
SYNCHRONICITY is the operating system of our inner self / higher self. It is capable of organizing events by calculating the highest benefits of any given situation for all concerned – instantaneously. The system automatically comes up with the best solution faster than the speed of light.
Thus, you might think we would use Synchronicity all the time. Unfortunately, we don’t because we are habituated to trusting our smaller, individual operating system called logic. As such, trusting Synchronicity is not easy for us. We’re more accustomed to operating according to what we call “Reason”, even though that reason may be irrational. This is because we’ve lost trust in our inner wisdom and collective intelligence.
FREESTYLE means to be free to do whatever it is you want to do whenever you want to do it. Most people do not live this way. By and large, we live in the confines of our overly developed, seemingly logical minds. It seems we need to have reasons in order to do things.
We are unaware of our programmed beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about who we are, our family, our history, and our cultures. These systems form the true basis of the reasons why we do what we do, rather than what we actually desire to do if we only knew our true self. Thus, our beliefs and feelings become crystallized into habits that we repeat over and over because we no longer realize the true reasons that drive us. They have become invisible to us.
Freedom is like breathing sweet air filled with joy. You truly don’t know what freedom smells and feels like until you actually start to breathe it.
TRAVEL is one of the best ways to learn and have fun. It allows you to shed your old habits and comforts, get to know who you truly are, love yourself, see the world, meet people, and experience life fully. It helps you hear your higher self which gives you spiritual and practical guidance. You can become the boss of your mind, not the other way around. Learn to use Synchronicity as an operating system instead of the iron grip of your logical mind.
In this book you will learn, step-by-step, four progressive ways to regain the ability to clearly hear your own inner Spirit Guidance while you travel the world, see new sights, meet new people and just have fun.
The four ways are as follows:
1. The Freedom Walkabout
2. The Spirit Guide Adventure
3. The Warrior Path
4. The Hero’s Journey
Each will be explained clearly and a guideline will be laid out for you to jump off the cliff of the small mind into a brand new supercharged you!
Do you want to be free? Do you dare to be free? The concept and these techniques will set you FREE!
Step 1: THE FREEDOM WALKABOUT
Break free of the chattering, confused, self-attacking, self-aggrandizing mind that is constantly telling you to do the “right” thing.
1. Place: You must be in a place you don’t know. Walking around your own neighborhood does not count. Any unfamiliar place is a good place to do this Walkabout. For example: you’re visiting a friend in a different part of town, or your job takes you to another part of your country.
2. Time: When an opportunity comes up, take a Walkabout. Before you begin, set a time limit starting with 15 minutes to 2 hours. You will end on that time, no more, no less. Start with 15 minutes, and add more time in each subsequent Walkabout until you reach 2 hours. When you’ve reached 2 hours, you’re done.
3. Walk: Open the door and step out. Stand for a moment. Take a deep breath. Let your legs walk. Let your eyes see. Let your ears listen. Allow yourself to just walk. Disregard any comments from your mind. Do not allow your logical mind to tell you what to do or where to go. Simply focus on walking, looking, and listening. Be careful not to fall into pits and holes. That’s all.
4. How: Focus on practicing the following 4 techniques: 24/7 MEDITATION, CONSCIOUS BREATHING, OPEN FOCUS and ANGEL WINGS. (You’ll find them listed after the traveling ways.)
5. End: At the appointed time, end the walk. That’s all. Don’t think about the Walkabout. Just let it be a walk without any agenda. Do not go on for longer or shorter than what you set out at the beginning.
6. Caution: The mind might be having fun and want to stay out longer. Say no to it. Perhaps it might grumble endlessly and try to get you to stop early. Say no to it. Don’t let your logical mind tell you what to do or where to go. Be the boss of your mind! During early stages, the mind will grumble, complain, and stage protests. The negative comments will get louder and louder until it’s almost deafening! Silence the inner ego by loving it. You can talk to that part of yourself by telling it: “Don’t worry; you’re going to be alright.” Or you can use logic on the logical mind: “Look, I’m learning how to be free. It’s gonna be alright. Just give me a chance and quiet down.” Then keep walking. Keep looking! Keep listening! Just be FREE!
SWEETNESS OF FREEDOM IN A WALKABOUT
The first Walkabout is a milestone. You will remember this Walkabout for the rest of your life. The Australian Aborigines have a traditional in which a youth comes of age in a two-year walkabout.
Walking two hours without a plan IS YOUR FREEDOM. The Walkabout ITSELF is your Freedom.
For some, it takes many Walkabouts to break free. For others, who are lucky to be born free, one or two is all it takes.
Don’t cut yourself short. There’s really no use in cheating yourself by letting your mind tell you you’re free when you’re not. Make sure you’re free. Personal Freedom from our own mind cannot be underestimated! Are you actually free during your 2-hour Freedom Walkabout?
Step #2: THE SPIRIT GUIDE ADVENTURE
Your “Spirit Guide” is the voice in your head that always knows the best course in your life. You can say it’s your gut feeling, intuition, knowing, inner guidance, higher self, subconscious mind, collective consciousness, zero-point-field, or call it whatever you like. I use the term “Spirit Guide”.
1. Place: Start from the front door of your home.
2. Time: 2 to 4 hours.
3. Walk: Stand by the door, take a deep breath, ask your Spirit Guide: “Okay, where should I go?” Then quietly listen. Be patient and just listen. As you quiet or ignore the chatter in your mind, you’ll immediately hear something from a voice inside that you know isn’t the usual chattering voice. This “voice in your head” is your Spirit Guide! You’ll have to learn to trust your Spirit Guide.
Examples of directions it might give you on your Spirit Adventure include simple things: “Turn left” or “Take a rest” or “Look up” or “Take the bus” or something surprising like “Go back” or “Sit at home”. Or it could be something difficult like: “Go see so-and-so.” This so-and-so could be the person next door, or someone across town or someone you never wanted to see again. Sometimes your Spirit Guide might tell you to do something like “Go to Paris!” or “Buy that new dress in the store across town” which might seem crazy, but upon further reflection, maybe you’ve desired these things but were too afraid or limited by circumstances to do so. It is best to follow the desires of your Spirit Guide as much as possible.
If you cannot or don’t want to or find the Spirit Guide’s directions too difficult, it’s alright to bargain with it! You’re NOT OBLIGATED to follow all directions. Take your time and use your common sense. Feel free to say no. Bargain for something you can actually do without fear, “I don’t want to go that way, can we go this way?”
4. How: You and your Spirit Guide will take a lovely stroll through the neighborhood. To others, it will appear as though you’re in deep thought or meditating as you’re walking. What you’re actually doing is listening to your inner voice who could be an old friend or a new friend. You can have a dialogue with your inner voice friend and ask questions: “What’s your name?” or “How do you think I’m doing?” Give it a go! You’ll be surprised at how fun this is.
While listening and talking with your Spirit Guide, continue to focus on practicing the 4 techniques: 24/7 MEDITATION, CONSCIOUS BREATHING, OPEN FOCUS and ANGEL WINGS.
5. End: Follow your Spirit Guide’s directions and make the Walkabout any length of time between 2-4 hours. At the appointed time, return home. Don’t go over or shorten the journey. As the time frame is set by you, honor your commitment.
6. Caution: You’re not the slave of your Spirit Guide. Freedom is your birthright. Your Spirit Guide is here to help you, not to be your boss. Combine your logical mind with your magical mind. Seek balance.
SPONTANEOUS FIRST IMPULSE is from the Spirit Guide
THE SUBSEQUENT THOUGHTS are from the Logical Mind
REWIND AND LISTEN WELL
If you are not sure which is your first impulse, sit down, slow down, and think back. Little by little, rewind the response, slow-mo the first moment your Spirit Guide spoke. Then you’ll hear the Logical Mind chime in with its many thoughts. Listen and you’ll hear and learn the differences between the two. Then you’ll know exactly which is which.
Step #3: THE WARRIOR’S PATH
Strengthen your courage to match your actions with your ideals.
1. Place: Pick a destination by consulting with your Spirit Guide. Go by yourself to a new place you’ve never been. Going abroad or out of your state is great, but if money is a concern, simply go to a different part of the city you now live in. Even if you have friends who live in that city or country, don’t contact them. The idea is to be by yourself in a new place without a plan.
2. Time: Allow yourself a suitable amount of time. I recommend no less than three days to a week and no more than three months.
3. Walk: The destination and amount of time allotted is whatever your Spirit Guide has given you, or what you already know about the new place. Do not Google the new place to find out about it. Do not read any travel guides or information about it. Do not book a hotel. Ditch your car and use public transportation. You must know as little as possible about the destination. If it is a foreign country, buy a round trip ticket. No planning ahead! Trust in yourself and your Spirit Guide!
Don’t forget to always practice the 4 techniques: 24/7 MEDITATION, CONSCIOUS BREATHING, OPEN FOCUS and ANGEL WINGS.
4. How: Once there, no matter your new destination, it is going to feel like a foreign country to you. Take the bus or train from the airport into the center of town. Once in town, coordinate with your Spirit Guide to find lodgings such as a hotel, youth hostel, couch surfing, Airbnb, etc. Do not plan accommodations for more than one night at a time. Begin to explore the new area by doing a Freedom Walkabout in the neighborhood around your lodging for two hours. Then follow your Freedom Walk with an Adventure Walkabout for up to four hours. After these two Walkabouts, you’ll be guided as to what to do next. Be sure to NOT lock yourself into any given situation, such as lodgings, taking tours, or meeting with new people.
5. End: Return home at the appointed time.
6. Caution: This is NOT a time-off from work, a family get-together, or a well-deserved vacation to hang out with friends, etc. You can do that another time, but not during your Warrior’s Path. The purpose of the Warrior’s Path is to help you change or shift your paradigm and develop your new Self with guidance from your Spirit Guide.
THE GLORY OF A WARRIOR
On this path you’re HEIGHTENING your courage to act out your desires and ditch your fears of the unknown and your limits. By exploring mystery and the unknown on this path, you will strengthen your courage and abilities to deal with them in your daily life back home. Every step you take makes you a WARRIOR! Listen to your heart, take the first step, simply walk, simply look, and simply listen. Be a Warrior!
Step #4: THE HERO’S JOURNEY
1. Place: Travel to a different part of the world, some place you’ve always wanted to go to. The world is your oyster, take your pick.
2. Time: Keep an open timeframe. It’s very important to have no return date.
3. Walk: Wherever you land, be it a foreign country or a part of your own country, do the Freedom and Spirit Guide Walkabouts to sharpen your tools to be free and trust yourself. Do the Warrior’s Path to explore the sights and sounds of the new place. Don’t forget to always practice the 4 techniques: 24/7 MEDITATION, CONSCIOUS BREATHING, OPEN FOCUS and ANGEL WINGS.
4. How: Quit your job, put all your things into storage, sublet your own house, sell you car… and take off from your comfortable, routined life. Once you’re at your new destination, you can temporarily settle in, get a temporary job, and locate into temporary lodging as an OUTSIDER, meaning you have a fresh perspective and are not bogged down with old beliefs and habits from your old life.
5. End: When your hear your Higher Self say it’s time to leave – no matter how good things are going – LEAVE ASAP. You’ll know it when you know it. Go home and settle into a brand new insider life.
6. Caution: Beware of your fear of the unknown manifesting as a new love interest who wants you to stay. This happens a lot! Leave and keep in contact with this person. If the person is really good for you, they will come back into your life after The Journey. If the person is only a Shapeshifter, a temporary foil to distract you from your journey, they will disappear. What’s not real is not real. Let yourself jump into the unknown and don’t get caught up by your mind creating situations that tie you down.
BRAVO! WHEN YOU RETURN HOME YOU ARE A BRAND NEW PERSON!
Being an Outsider is very important in this Step. An Outsider sees the overview of a place and the big picture of life. Stay an Outsider by subletting other’s living spaces for short to medium terms – one to three months maximum. Living in someone else’s lifestyle allows you to see your own. This is very beneficial to you as The Hero.
Do not rent places. Do not get tied down in any way with contracts. Understand that anything you buy on this journey will be thrown away at the end of the Journey. Sometimes it may look as if it is cheaper to have a long term contract, but in the long run you’re cheating yourself of your Hero’s Journey. Everything is very loose and temporary.
There are many medium term places. Woofing is a good way to go: “Work on Organic Farms” in exchange for living space and free food. Hotels are already setup for The Hero. Many artists and bands live in hotels because this gives them a chance to stay the outsider looking into The Matrix of old paradigm life. House sitting, couch surfing, and others are good opportunities that will open up to you as soon as you make a move. Do your work in a coffee shop or the local library, as the internet has freed us to The Hero’s new office. Public places are lovely spaces to meet new people and also be alone at the same time.
This step puts you center stage as The Hero! YOU are the one who goes out and achieves great deeds and brings back the insight for your group, tribe, and civilization. Indeed, when one woman hears her own calling, and matches that calling with action, that woman is doing it for the entire human race. You’re in the advanced Jedi level! You’re about to transform yourself into the Hero of Humanity.
4 BASIC TECHNIQUES[
1. Keep your physical eyes open. Take in what’s in front of you. Keep looking at the world in front of you.
2. Throw your Awareness (inner vision or third eye) over your head and look down at yourself. See the top of your head. Observe yourself looking at the world in front of your physical eyes.
3. Become the Observer of yourself (the observed).
Troubleshooting: If at first you can’t see both physical and inner vision at the same time, do this:
1) Ask a friend to take a picture of the top of your head. Study the picture. That’s what you should maintain in your inner vision.
2) Use your Imagination. Simply imagine yourself able to use inner vision to see the top of your head and whatever you’re doing. Imagination is the gateway to actual Inner Vision. Don’t hesitate to use imagination to help yourself.
3) If you’re not able to maintain both visions at the same time, i.e., when you see the top of your head with your inner vision you lose the physical vision of what’s in front of you, don’t worry! In time BOTH visions will be clear. Give it time.
Caution: Do not attempt to change yourself. Do not do the “right” thing. Just keep observing.
Benefit: Physics, in other words, universal law, says the observer changes the observed. In time your life will become joyful without you doing anything. No work at all.
1. Inhale through the nose not by inflating the lungs, but by opening your rib cage, to the front and back and to the two sides, as wide and as big as possible. Go ahead and really, really open your rib cage big!
2. Exhale through the nose not by deflating the lungs, but by squeezing the rib cage as small as possible. Go ahead and really squeeze your rib cage tight and small.
1) Make sure the neck and shoulders don’t tense up. Keep the throat loose and open.
2) Slow and even breathing. Air enters the lungs smoothly and gradually. Imagine air entering your lungs like a continuous, thin stream of smoke.
Caution: There is no need to attempt to do Conscious Breathing all the time, only when you pay attention. Normal breaths will become Conscious Breaths in time.
Benefit: Each breath is powerful spiritual medicine! Taking 3 breaths will calm and tame any emotional upheaval such as anger, sadness and over excitement. In time your life is filled with deep joy. Shit can happen in life, but you’re able to maintain joy, despite the shit.
Open Focus means to see the world with your peripheral vision. Without looking directly at things on your two sides, simply expand your vision to include anything in your peripheral vision.
1) Extend your arms in front of you with the fingertips touching.
2) Keep your eyes focused to whatever’s in front of you. Then open your arms to the sides and notice how far you can see with your peripheral vision. Stop the arms when you can’t see your fingertips any more. That’s how big your peripheral vision is.
Caution: This is a technique for walking, not driving. Your mind will choose which vision to use naturally. There’s no need to force it.
Benefit: Your psychic ability will increase as you’ll see auras, fairies, non-physical beings, and many other amazing things.
On your back you carry two huge feather wings like an angel. Always keep them opened wide as you walk with them, sit with them, or do any task with them.
1) Lie on the floor and relax. Let your shoulders fall naturally onto the floor, touching the ground. Feel how open the front of your chest is with the shoulders opened. Lift your chest up and feel your shoulder blades on the floor. Tuck the shoulder blades in and down to expand your chest.
2) Keep a light tension on the tummy. Feel the underlying muscle holding the tummy in but not tightly. Notice the natural curvature of the spine.
3) Feel your angel wings growing out of your shoulder blades and shooting out on both sides of your body, extended and undulating. They’re non-physical and exist in a different dimension. The floor and other objects are not a barrier to their movements.
4) Stand up and maintain your awareness of your wings. Now take a step and keep the awareness of your wings. After you get used to them, simply live your life as if they’re real. In the parallel universe they are really your wings. Keep your wings powerful and alive!
Benefit: You become a being who is a powerful warrior of light. Your ability to know, love, and trust will increase.
My Journey to Become a Hero to Myself
I was a 52-year-old homeowner, wife, and mother with a robust filmmaker’s career when I sublet the house I’d lived in for 17 years and left everything I knew behind. I was the kind of person who never left my house without a plan. I had lived my life according to my schedules and by the book!
Silver Lake was a young and hip area full of artists, musicians and college students, totally different from the older, steady, working class Mid-City neighborhood I’d known so well.
The sights and sounds of the neighborhood were totally unfamiliar to me. I was a fish out of water. On my daily Freedom Walkabout, without the safety of my plans, I felt a kind of death. It turned out to be the death of the life of the Chinese American mother-filmmaker I had once used to define myself. But it turned out that life was actually based on the old cultures and beliefs I’d inherited from my ancestor, Confucius. It was not my true life at all.
But who was I? I had no idea! I got scared by how confident young people were. They seemed free, beautiful, stylish, vibrant with health, and happy. I had always thought of myself as a people person, but apparently this only applied to the safe society I once belonged to, where everyone knew everyone else. Like a small town girl tongue-tied in the big city, I didn’t know what to say or do in the fancy neighborhood coffee shops. I suspect I have Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism where the person has difficulty relating to other people and social situations.
After a month of 2-hour Freedom Walkabouts, I began to feel at ease. I was just a woman walking down the street, just walking, not thinking, just looking, and just listening. I began to see new sights, hear new sounds, and experience nice tea shops, ice-cream shops and new stores selling mind-boggling fun stuff that kept me entertained. Some days I laughed out loud because I felt so good inside. It was amazing how fun my life became!
A four-hour adventure with my Spirit Guide introduced me to my higher self. Ironically, I had heard her speaking to me since I was 6 years old, but I never thought to have a conversation with her as if she was my friend. On the Walkabouts I trained my inner vision to look at her and she appeared to me in the form of the Saint Mary statue in the courtyard of my old school in Hong Kong. Sometimes she appeared as a pinkish rose whose scent undulated like a cloud around me. I called her Sophia. We girl talked and I was able to share my woes with her. I asked difficult questions deep in my heart: I wanted love and she loved me for myself without judgment. That’s how we did the Adventure Walkabouts. Sophia and I were like buddies on secret missions.
Our Walkabouts took me to Echo Park, the neighborhood adjoining Silver Lake. It was a Mexican-American neighborhood that looked and smelled like Mexico. I might as well have been in a foreign country. On the residential back streets, hanging out of their windows, young Latino men in wife-beaters showed off their muscles to pretty girls who looked like 12 year olds, but wore lots of make-up. Some days my old fears would surface, and I thought they would attack and rob me. Of course, they never did. People barely noticed me. Sophia constantly reassured me that all was well and I was doing a good job.
After another month I was ready for the Warrior’s Path. My friend invited me to stay in his film production company’s penthouse office on the rooftop of a high rise in downtown Los Angeles. My job was to cook healthy meals for him and his staff.
By day, the office was bustling with young filmmakers. Some days I cooked three meals for fifty plus people. My logical mind grumbled that I was an award winning film director and now I was a cook. What the hell was I doing with myself?! I had to agree with my mind that it didn’t make any sense. I “baby-talked” to my mind telling it to stay open and calm, but it was not easy. The constant self-doubts gave me headaches that forced me to stay in my room. I couldn’t get out of the room to face the happy, vibrant people. I felt like a total loser. I was a small worm compared to the other creative young filmmakers.
At night, I was the only one at the office, sleeping on a mattress in a converted editing room. I have had severe phobia of the darkness since my childhood. Alone in the huge loft space, every dark corner hid a monster or a ghost.
One night, I was in bed behind the locked door and hiding under the covers. I heard some strange noises outside the door. I was terrified. Suddenly, I heard Sophia loud and clear, “Open the door and find out what it is!” I gathered my courage and put my hand on the door-knob. In my imagination I saw a small green monster with one eye standing on the other side of the door. With the door between us, he was staring at me and I was staring at him. In my mind’s eyes, I saw myself as a warrior with a sword. I opened the door and there was nothing there. Imaginary sword in hand, I walked up and down the hallway, swaggering like a real warrior, looking for more monsters. None were found. I had slain the monster of my fear of the unknown.
For the next few weeks, when I heard strange sounds in the middle of the night, I would force myself out of bed, walk around the empty office, and check on everything. I physically demonstrated to myself the strange sounds I heard were my fears toying with me. I sat in the empty production office without lights so I would learn to feel comfortable with the darkness.
One night, I distinctly felt my mind about to suggest that there was something that I should be afraid of. Suddenly, the fearful thought evaporated like smoke. It was the strangest sensation to witness with my inner eyes—a thought disappeared in my head!
Thinking back on that moment, I realized that my Logical Mind knew if it told me to be afraid, then I would ignore its fear and walk around the entire office without the lights on simply to prove to it that there was nothing wrong. My mind thought better of it, so that fearful thought went away before it was fully formed. My Logical Mind was afraid of me! I had busted my fear of darkness by using the Warrior’s Path.
I lived with the film production company for six months. Then it was time to cut loose.
For my Hero’s Journey I chose to go to Europe. I bought a round trip ticket from Los Angeles to London with three months time. I didn’t book any accommodations and didn’t read any guidebooks.
I landed in Heathrow Airport at the crack of dawn and took the train into the center of the great city. “Ah, London,” I thought to myself with a giddy excitement. By the time I got to Paddington, I was greeted by the spectacle of the morning rush to work. I sat on a bench, a cup of good English tea in hand, strong and loaded with cream and honey. I marveled at the purposeful steps all around me, people with their hands on pocket books and faces looking forward to the day. The voices of people speaking the Queen’s English sounded like music to my ears. I had a chance to truly observe life in action.
After a while, the morning rush died down and the amount of people visibly thinned down. Bored, my fingers tapping the table, I was waiting for instructions from Sophia, but she was very quiet. I sat and waited. My mind started to look for negative judgments to my “crazy” actions: Everyone else has work to do but you. What are you doing with your life? This is what crazy people do! Stupid! Strange! On and on the self-attacks and criticisms poured from my mind.
It became painful to simply sit still. I got up and paced the station, seeking momentary distraction by observing the trains pulling in and out of the platforms. I was outside of life looking into life. I used the skills I had learned from my Warrior’s Path. Every time my mind began to criticize me, I would bat it away by telling myself, “Don’t go there!” or “Shut up!” or “Give me a break!” I ended up dragging my luggage behind me as I wandered Paddington station talking to myself!
I began to find humor in the situation and not take myself so seriously. When my mind grumbled I’d love it by agreeing with the mind’s logical conclusion, “Yes! I am a certified crazy woman! But that’s just on the surface as inside I’m a real spiritual warrior!” I laughed out loud, as I was proud of myself. I bargained with my mind for reprieve, to slow the negative thoughts and work on the positive ones. I talked to my mind like a small frightened child. “It’s alright. Look at that train! Must be a thousand years old!” Sometimes it can be a painful delight seeking one’s Freedom!
As soon as I felt that sense of delight, I would hear Sophia loud and clear. This became a pattern. Sophia would leave me alone as long as I allowed my mind to attack me. As soon as I won over my mind with humor and appreciation, Sophia would come back with a new game plan. I came to understand that she was never far away, always watching over me and helping me work out my fears.
When Sophia said, “Let’s go to Paris,” my day turned into an adventure. My mind went, “What?! We just landed in London and now we’re leaving?! No, no, no!” I ignored my logical mind and in a mere two hours I was in Paris’ Gare de Nord station! I got out of the station and sat down in a roadside cafe facing the beautiful facade. I felt so deserving of the sumptuous, romantic French meal loaded with butter and cream, and a baguette with raw cured meat! Eating always makes me feel good!
I was enjoying my little baby cream puffs, watching the sun set, and looking forward to a nice hotel room in Paris when Sophia said, “Look at the departure board. Take the next train to a town you like!” Of course, my mind went bonkers again, “Don’t listen! This voice in your head wants to kill you! It’s actually a monster! You’re possessed by evil!!!!”
Staggering with uncertainty I returned to the train station. Geneva, Switzerland jumped out at me. I felt lost and completely confused but I bought the ticket anyway. I arrived in Geneva at midnight.
I had never been to Geneva. I walked out of the train station and there was nothing around. Cold, tired, a bit crazy and out of my mind, I walked a long way, dragging my luggage, asking for directions, and finally arrived at a fancy hotel. It was way over what I wanted to spend, but I was so tired and beaten by my mind’s doubts that I almost gave in when Sophia said, “Go out the front door and turn left.” Step by step, Sophia guided me to a youth hostel.
It was 2 a.m. The hostel was not only still opened, it was a party house filled with youths and bustling with life. The hostel was clean, modern and cheap. They were full but somehow found an empty bed for me. This became a pattern as well. Sophia always guided me to the best places that gave me whatever I needed, especially things I didn’t realize I needed. I was never guided to bad experiences.
I also realized that while I was game to give my Hero’s Journey a try, my mind was a very “bad” companion. It was unhelpful, lazy, unwilling to take chances, negative, hateful, vengeful and angry. What an ugly person my mind is! I would’ve ditched my mind had it been simply another person who was traveling with me! But, of course, I can’t since I am stuck with my mind in the same body. Taking the Hero’s Journey gave me a chance to observe my mind in action. My mind was a cry baby!
Sophia would tell me about my logical mind, “Don’t beat the baby. She is crying because she is scared. Be nice to her! You should never beat a crying baby.” I have two daughters and I am a good mother, so I know how to deal with babies when they cry. Very slowly, I learned to actually view and treat my mind as a crying baby. When my mind complained, gave negative comments and attacked my actions, I would soothe it with kindness, compassion and love. “Oh, I know you’re right, let’s just sit down and eat something. How about some Swiss chocolate? They make great chocolates here in Switzerland!” I distracted my mind with fun things to eat, fun sights to see and fun things to keep it busy. Really, the mind is like a crying baby that wants to play, eat and sleep. Take care of it like a baby and it will be content for awhile until it cries again. Ah!
The next morning I went on a Freedom Walkabout around the youth hostel marveling at the sights. You see, in my youth in Hong Kong, I used to look at a world map and dream of traveling to the great European cities. Yesterday, with the magic of crossing time zones, I was in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Geneva all in one day! Had someone told me when I was a kid not only would I be in the great cities, but I’d visit them in one day, I’d have told them it’s impossible. What a laugh out loud feat I’d accomplished! Although my mind grumbled about the nonsense of this crazy, haphazard way to travel, I felt like a hero!
In Geneva I bought a Swiss train pass which gave me unlimited travel for 10 days. Without a plan, I simply stood on a train platform and got on the first train that showed up. On the train I’d simply sit, enjoy the sights with nada on my mind. Soon, the train climbed the Swiss Alps. I watched the countryside unfold, the sunshine dance, the wind sing, and the birds rejoice. Earth was Heaven! I was in Heaven.
I stayed on the train until Sophia said to get off. Many towns would go by and Sophia wouldn’t say a word, but suddenly she would say, “This one! Let’s get off!” If my mind was a “bad” traveling companion; Sophia, my spirit guide, was the “good” traveling companion. Sophia was childlike, curious, playful, cheerful, feminine, loving, warm, hopeful, and always up for an adventure. I was the one in the middle of Sophia and my logical mind on that Hero’s Journey in the Swiss Alps. There were three of us!
I remembered one time the train stopped at a lovely small town for a long time. While the train was stopped, I was chatting with a lady happily. She told me it was a French-speaking town where farms were handed down for generations. There were no tourists, just lots of cows. I knew Sophia’s curiosity was piqued. I’d begun to know Sophia better, in fact, I knew her so well, I began to sense she was indeed me on a higher level, my Higher Self. Sure enough, Sophia said to get off. I scrambled to gather my luggage, rushed to the door when it began to slide close. Sophia said, “Get off! Get off!” The conductor stopped the train, opened the door and I leaped off. The train immediately pulled off because in Switzerland they actually take schedules very seriously. Trains always arrived and left on time. So they were not very happy I delayed the train for 30 seconds. I waved to the lady and the conductor from the platform while they looked at me like a crazy woman. Haha!
Another pattern I discovered on my Hero’s Journey was the way other people looked at me. I knew my actions didn’t make sense to others because they only made sense to me. Chattering to someone when the train stopped for half an hour and then leaping off just as the train was about to leave didn’t make sense. I could see their point! But Sophia pointed out, “How did we know we wanted to get off until she told us about the town?” Yes, in retrospect, the train stopped for half an hour so I can learn about the town. Therefore, what happened was the only logical way it could happen. To other people who knew exactly where they will get off, my actions made no sense. I sympathized with them for dealing with a person so different from them. In this way, I learned to be more compassionate to other people’s “craziness”.
By the way, when Sophia spoke she always used the plural “we”; we’re two people in ONE body! We’re best friends and sisters.
In the Swiss Alps I hiked barefoot most of the way in moss covered mountain paths. When I was thirsty, I drank crystal clear icy Alpine water directly from waterfalls along the hiking path. When I was tired I would walk into an empty “ Haus” – little huts the Swiss government had built for hikers’ overnight stays.
Sometimes I’d bump into a farmhouse after a long hike. The kind and sweet people would take me in and give me food. I ate Swiss chocolate, sweet cream cheese and butter that melted my heart – all handmade by dairy farmers. To lighten my pack, I left extra things I no longer needed along the path in spots only a lucky hiker would find—a book, a jacket, a blanket, a pair of hiking shoes, and a handkerchief. I called these “Free Gifts to The World!” Those were days of heaven.
Sophia and I explored everything together. I would turn left or right, taking different paths as Sophia directed me. I felt like my Higher Self was driving my body like a car. My job was to simply turn and walk while Sophia decided what to do and where to go. Even though Sophia was supposed to be my Higher Self, I don’t think she actually knew the Swiss Alps more than I did. We often walked into dead ends and Sophia would go, “Dah! Sorry!” While my mind grumbled like an old lady, Sophia and I would laugh out loud!
My three months Hero’s Journey in Europe included sleepovers in the middle of Crop Circles in Wiltshire, England. That was an amazing journey!
My Freedom Walkabouts in Silver Lake, my Spirit Guide Adventures in Echo Park, my Warrior’s Path in downtown LA, and my Hero’s Journey to Europe have tamed my self-doubting and self-attacking mind. I stopped running away from fears of the unknown, stopped being afraid of different cultures, stopped worrying about how things would turn out. I became the boss of my mind, freed from my fear based thinking!
Today, the days of my Walkabouts are over, I’ve settled into another way of life with a new Spirit Guide.
Thinking back, I cherish those traveling days. The Walkabouts gave me the chance to wipe clean my habits. I am a free agent now, not bound by conventions and fears. With Freedom in my heart, unleashed from the critical mind, my Walkabouts were medicine for my soul.
I am my own Hero!
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