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The Mushroom Effect 

October 23rd, 2006

I went on a retreat three weeks ago in northern Scotland, hence my tardiness in keeping up with BLOG entries. Had to finish up stuff before I left and on my return, there has been a lot to think about and process based on realizations and experiences there.

We were a group of thirteen plus two ‘focalisers’, what we would call group facilitators or leaders. The entire focus of the week was on doing things with intent and being in tune with the environment, yourself and co-workers i.e. being present. All it takes is a few seconds of closing your eyes, focusing on your breath, bringing your attention to the present moment and keeping it there while you were doing a task; whether it was vacuuming the hall, picking apples, scrubbing potatoes or listening to others share their experiences.

On one afternoon, we went on a nature outing along the river. The rivers in this part of Scotland are very unusual in that they are almost completely black due to the peat in the water which gives the whisky its particular flavor. The foam at the bottom of the rapids was a pale cream color and gazing from the top of the banks, it looked like a river of Guinness or Coca Cola thundering past. Completely amazing!

We had two hours to wander around on our own (and ‘be present’) and while walking through the woods, I came across a field of mushrooms. They had pointy caps like gnome hats and were bright yellow with brown flecks. They stood below a low hanging branch of a tree like sentinels guarding the trunk, surrounded by a carpet of orange, yellow and brown autumn leaves. There were literally hundreds of them and as I stood there, a thought started unfolding.

I don’t know if you have much experience with mushrooms but they don’t pop out of the ground as tiny mushrooms and then start growing. They actually grow underground to their ‘full size’ and when the conditions are right, they pop up in their entirety. The whole bang lot in one go—in the right place, at the right size, color, thickness, proximity to each other. So, you could be walking past that spot right now and there would be no mushrooms. Walk past that spot tomorrow and lo and behold, hundreds of mushrooms; giving one pause to ponder, “Where did they suddenly come from?” or “Was it there yesterday and did I miss it?”

Well, they were not there yesterday, at least not visible to the eye. They were busy developing and growing underground and when the conditions were ‘perfect” (humidity, temperature, wind, light, soil moisture content etc.) they manifested. Boom, out the ground!!!

The point of this story is not to encourage you to take up mushroom farming. Bear with me. My thought process continued. I suddenly realized that this is exactly how life is. We plan, study, create, develop, invest, work out and often we cannot see immediate effects of what’s going on and then one day, it happens. You get the job you want, you find the perfect house and the mortgage comes through, you meet your partner, you are ten pounds lighter. Stuff happens. But again, only when the conditions are ‘perfect’. Everything needs to be in its place exactly like for the mushrooms. A bit too warm, too wet, too cold–they just won’t show up.

I then asked myself, “What conditions do I need to create to manifest my dreams and desires?” I took the focus off the goal and instead brought the focus closer, to myself. What are some things that are not ‘perfect’ in my life and are precluding me from manifesting my dreams? Are my daily thoughts mainly positive or negative ones? What knowledge or skills do I need to develop right now? Do I feel ‘in charge’ of my life or ‘a victim’ of life’s circumstances? What opportunities to be more compassionate and kind to others am I missing? Do I see abundance or scarcity around me? Do I see a world of hatred or a world of people struggling to be loved? And most importantly, what am I going to do about it? You see, whatever picture of the world I currently hold, is the world that I am going to create.

What ‘perfect’ conditions do you need to create in your life in order to manifest your dreams and desires?

“Trust is the link between the mental world and the physical world. It provides continuity during the time that elapses between the conception of an idea and its manifestation. Realize that your dreams are already real on the mental plane; they are just waiting for the perfect time to appear in your physical reality.” [Orin, by Sanaya Roman in “Creating Money and Abundance”]

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