The Unmistakable Beauty of Deep Life Diving

 * Post 8 in a 30-day experiment
focused on magnetizing essence! *

We know more about the moon, than the deepest parts of the ocean.

I think this is just hilarious.  And so revealing of our avoidant nature.  We’d much rather explore “out there,” (extroverted bouncing) than explore “in here” (introverted mindfulness).

The deep sea — and its wild creatures and habitat — has always intrigued me.  Plunge!  Dive!  Submerge!  Down-down-deep-down.  Learn what lives in your darkness.  There’s nothing to fear in your shadows.  As my mentor, Joseph Campbell, said:  “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

The book I’ve been working from in this experiment has helped me gain tremendous focus and decisiveness about what it is I want in and from life.  And to my delight, it is helping me enter many of the caves I used to fear… and I’m discovering treasure there!

For instance, I always thought I wanted to write for a living.  Now I know I want to write for a life.  Before I got super-clear about this (which is key to powerful magnetism), look at my previous attempts to fulfill that desire to write.  I have worked professionally as a:

  • grant-writer;
  • copywriter;
  • speech writer; and
  • greeting card writer.

I got paid to do these things, but none of these positions came remotely close to the kind of writing my soul yearns to do.  The kind of writing I’m doing now.

Had I been thinking about things like “higher quality,” “deepest need” and “essence,” it would have been immediately obvious to me that I’d find little satisfaction in simply stringing words together for someone else’s outcome.  Not when I have a heart that has so much to say.

What’s the “why” behind your “what“?  Dive…


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5 Responses to “The Unmistakable Beauty of Deep Life Diving”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I love this article. I was sharing with a friend, after diving into my own darkness how infectious my mother’s wounds were. Diving into this darkness is helping me identify what remedies will work best to eradicate my inherited infections of emotional pain. The treasure I found is more love for myself. The ability to look at situations with less negativity. Share with a hyper-sensitive friend to help her eradicate her negative hearing. Less self-berating. More enjoying experiences. I am sure as I dig deeper and eradicate this life threatening disease, laying beyond the turmoil, I will find greater treasures. Thanks. Great article!

    • Erika Harris Says:

      I thoroughly agree with you, Margaret, that our healing is in *our* hands. I’m honored that you shared some of your process here, and I wish you daily treasure-finds! XO

  2. Lisa Says:

    I hear you — people look at me dumbfounded if I say anything even remotely close to profound or deep. Sometimes I think other people are scared of depth. I, however, treasure it, even if it brings back painful memories.
    Speaking of writing jobs — off and on since 2005 I’ve done some curriculum writing for a few companies, and I just started writing a high school chemistry curriculum. I enjoy writing curricula, but I would also like to bring out the “big picture” and not “just the facts, ma’am” that seems to be required by state standards.
    Thanks for writing this series, and please keep publishing them. You’re not the only one looking for clarity, and I’ve found them very helpful :)

    • Erika Harris Says:

      Ms. Lisa, your depth is gorgeous, and I’m glad you’re gifting it here :-) Your desire to create “big picture” curricula might be connected to educational reformation? I’m currently in a tele-class with Soleira Green and Dorothy Eckes — both phenomenal leaders in New Education. What do you think about what they’re up to?

      P.S. Thanks for your encouragement! XO

  3. cjbeale Says:

    “Deep life diving”…I love that!

    What’s the ‘why’ behind my ‘what’? Now there’s a question worthy of reflection…

    Carolyn Beale

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