This month heralds the second anniversary of the Divine You Academy and this website. In that time I've realized that Awe is an absolutely essential component of divine living. I just added it as a benefit to Divine Living on the Welcome page. In celebration of the anniversary and because I was so excited to discover you can get a PhD in AWE at U of California, Berkley ( well psychology with your research focusing on AWE) , I decided to offer a facebook event. You might say I was passionately aroused by a call to ensure everyone gets the message. My cells were quivering and I just had to do something more with the possibilities this energy offered. Suddenly it all came together. I was writing about engaging with the power of awe, just after the Solstice and the June full moon on the 20th (also called a Honey moon hence June weddings I was strongly guided to create a Facebook event an AWEfair where we Engaged with the Power of AWE for 7 days. I hope you will click on this site to get inspiration for including AWE in your daily life.
One ways I encourage you to start is by including this practice in your day: Ensure you are in a blissfully high frequency state as soon as you wake up. Then connect with All That IS everywhere you are and habitually watch for awe inspiring occurrences and vistas. This attracts enchanting experiences whenever you least expect it.
For example just yesterday as I was driving home I was caught by surprise and almost gasped out loud. My heart expanded 3 sizes as I noticed the view of the sunlight reflecting off the greenest mountains which were enfolded in a slight haze. The unexpectedness of it as I reached the crest of the hill ignited my awe at nature’s glorious exhibition. If I didn't have the intention to live by the awe principle and find awe and wonder all around me, I might have missed the opportunity to revel in the moment. Awe, Wonder Glory and Delight-- Mystery, Curiosity and Discovery go hand in hand and unleash a Divine Experience of Life
There was so much exciting information I found when I began considering how to engage awe that I wanted to ensure you had access to just some of it.
One article I read suggested people are awe deprived. Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner of Berkley University's Project Awe state "You could make the case that our culture today is awe-deprived. Adults spend more and more time working and commuting and less time outdoors and with other people". They went on to say "We believe that awe deprivation has had a hand in a broad societal shift that has been widely observed over the past 50 years: People have become more individualistic, more self-focused, more materialistic and less connected to others."
Well none of that for you on my watch!!!
I've organized this blog so you can choose whatever appeals to you from an enticing buffet of AWE-full delights. First come quotes to inspire high vibes and wonder. Next are some more practical "How To's" for incorporating Awe into your everyday reality. You can go to the Facebook event page for more.
So get set to feel piloerection (the experience of your hair raising) and goosebumps or as I call them AWEbumps......(because they are so often the result of awe, that feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.)
Quotes to Inspire Awe.
“Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement.” Charles Darwin:
If you think of feelings you have when you are awed by something - for example, knowing that elements in your body trace to exploded stars - I call that a spiritual reaction, speaking of awe and majesty, where words fail you. Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
― Albert Einstein
“The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that make life worth living and it does so, if anything, more effectively if it convinces us that the time we have for living is quite finite.”
― Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
But we can recapture that sense of having just tumbled out to life on a new world by looking at our own world in unfamiliar ways.” ― Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
“To have peace in our life we must honour our every MOMENT. Imagine living a full, meaningful and joyous life. Imagine miracles happening all around us. Imagine being filled with awe and gratitude each day, and laying down to sleep each night feeling peaceful and relaxed. We can, if we honour the sacred present in us and around us. Thus we make our lives collectively precious. Every moment is sacred! Being mindful of the sacredness of time encourages us and nurtures our awareness. By honouring every moment, even the “meaningless” ones, we make them sacred”
― Angie Karan
When we’re in a state of awe and wonder we usually aren’t thinking, we aren’t trying to figure it out. We pause soften, expand our heart and feel and connect with it at some level - Gina-Dianne Harding
How to Engage with the Power of AWE
Here are some more how to's- continued from the last blog...
1. Be Grateful
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. -John Milton
2. Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you.
Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe. -Wayne Dyer
3. Live by the 'awe principle.'
Ask yourself: Can I find awe, wonder and enchantment in the most mundane things conceivable? - Craig Hatkoff
4. See yourself as an awesome being
Have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if you are amazed at being yourself. - Walter Bagehot
5. “Don’t be impatient with yourself. Just be in awe.” -― Pat Rodegast
6. Play with AWE
Now that you have established a relationship with AWE from trying the last blog's "how tos", get playful:
- When you speak or write, think of any words that have the awe sound and spell them using A W E - For example I am the chief consciousness AWEfficer of the Divine You AWEcademy
- Be aware of what has you g’AWEbsmacked and share what makes you AWEstruck. be AWEmaZed at how many expressions of awe there are..... or maybe not as we are all uniquely AWEtuned to the universal energy streaming in during this time.
7. Experience yourself merge with awe as you become a g’awed or g’awdess
8. Choose activities to Elicit god bumps, (awe bumps)
For example: Camping trips, picnics and midnight skies; Attendance at arts events — live theater, museums and galleries; collective rituals, celebration; live music and dance; visiting sacred sites.
In addition to setting the intentions, expect to "experience more everyday awe, to actively seek out what gives you goose bumps, be it in looking at trees, stars, patterns of wind on water or the quotidian nobility of others — the teenage punk who gives up his seat on public transportation, the young child who explores the world in a state of wonder, the person who presses on against all odds. - PAUL PIFF and DACHER KELTNER
9. Know here and now - feel it deep within, that you are now living an unending awe marathon. Seeing the world and multidimensions from an awe filled perspective where you find aspects awe in every situation
10. Join me in my mission to Stamp out Awe Deprivation.
- Set an intention and expect to experience awe in your daily divine life
- When you notice an Awe tingle, stop and deeply feel and expand the AWE
- See as a child (and respond as one whenever possible)
- Respond to every call that excites your spirit
- Make a committment to share awe and help others see awe in the everyday