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Look. Smile. Love. Presence is everywhere. (c) Mary Marcdante

“Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

“You’re not here anymore. You’ve got to leave
in order to return to the present.”

Paulo Coehlo, Aleph (p. 9)

Sometimes, to experience presence we have to leave home and journey to new places and spaces in our body, heart, mind, spirit and soul. Physical travel allows all these parts of us to venture out and then return home integrated and filled with gratitude and appreciation, which increases presence wherever you are.

There's No Place Like Presence -- photo by Mary Marcdante

The cliches “Familiarity breeds contempt,” “You’re never a hero in your own town,” and “Don’t get too comfortable,” are cliches for a reason – all of these phrases remind us of how easy it is to become numb to the gifts right in front of our eyes. As Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz said when she returned to Kansas, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” But she had to leave home to reawaken that feeling.

What new places call to you? Where might you visit that will bring you closer to your Self?

There’s no place like Presence, there no place like Presence, there’s no place like Presence.

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself
because you are listening.”

Lisa Hayes

pres·ence [prez-uh?ns]

Dictionary.com
noun

  1. the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
  2. attendance or company: Your presence is requested.
  3. immediate vicinity; proximity: in the presence of witnesses.
  4. the military or economic power of a country as reflected abroad by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.: the American military presence in Europe; the Japanese presence in the U.S. consumer market.
  5. Chiefly British . the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception: summoned to her presence.
  6. the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person’s bearing before an audience: The speaker had a good deal of stage presence.
  7. personal appearance or bearing, especially of a dignified or imposing kind: a man of fine presence.
  8. a person, especially of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality: He is a real presence, even at a private party.
  9. a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present: He felt a presence with him in the room.
  10. British Obsolete , presence chamber.

Relevant Questions
What Does the Word Presence Mean?
What Are The Signs Of A Spirit Presence?
What Does Presence Mean?
How To Test For The Presence of Mold?

Origin: 1300–50; Middle English  < Middle French  < Latin praesentia.  See present1 , -ence

Related forms: non·pres·ence, noun.
Synonyms 3. neighborhood. 6. carriage, mien.
Antonyms 1. absence.

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What “relevant” questions about PRESENCE would you have chosen? (Hah, the one about mold could also be taken figuratively in the context of personal growth – you can grow mentally and emotionally moldy when you’re not walking the path of presence.)

Here are my questions to walk with: What is your definition of presence? Is it different than the dictionary’s definition? Which of the definitions above do you most resonate with today? When have you felt presence in your life? Why is presence important to you (or not)?

To me, all of the definitions and questions above point to the reason I started this blog:

  • to feel and know my own presence more fully and confidently as well as deepen and expand that presence in the world
  • to be more consciously aware of  the greater energy that makes the world go round, which I have come to call Presence, and to flow more easily, creatively, and impactfully in its stream (I’d say more connected too, but I think we’re always connected to Presence, just not as consciously as we could be)
  • to attract a community of like-minded people to share the journey and create an inspiring space for Presence to be experienced as consciously, creatively, and fully as possible

Does this call to you? Would you like to join me? Leave a comment below. I welcome your answers to any or all of the questions above, or add your own, and let’s start exploring together.

Is voicing a new vision publicly as challenging for you as it is for me? I mostly worry what others (you) will think. I wonder if I’ve got “it” right. I over-analyze. I collect more information.  I edit and re-edit. I procrastinate. The end result is that my vision ends up stuck in my head while my body, heart, soul, and spirit long to experience this dreamworld in all its glory in real time.

So today, walking the path of presence, for me, is to 1) recognize that this self-limiting behavior serves no one, 2) call on courage to walk with me and 3) take the next step into this vision of exploring the meaning of Presence in my life and publish this post.

Today I will keep this core Presence Path principle in mind: trust myself and Life to lead me to the fullest expression of myself for the greatest good of the Earth.

What about you? What vision are you holding that walking the path of presence will help you bring to Life?