Blue Heron Visions

Spiritual Life Coaching


Volume 1, Issue 2
August 1, 2004
copyright (c) 2004 Vicky Lynn Macchione

Inside This Issue
The Measure of Success: Learning Our Lessons
9 Benefits of Professional Coaching
Meet the Guest Coach
Soul Messages: Are You Listening?
Seeing Your Journey: Journal Maps

 

The Measure of Success: Learning Our Lessons

“While we measure our own success in terms of personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned.”
—Caroline Myss

Most of us measure success by our lifestyle, achievements, and possessions. We think success means having whatever we desire to make our lives comfortable, secure, and pleasureable. Our Success Lists often include money, cars, houses, obedient children, a loving partner, good jobs, amazing spiritual experiences. As we are bombarded daily with “new and improved” images of success, we change or add even more requirements to our success lists.

The quotation by Caroline Myss focuses on a different way to measure success. She says that success is not about having our desires fulfilled; instead, success is about learning the lessons life presents to us. In fact, the true measure of success as determined by the Universe is how much we have learned.

I believe, as many do, that we live on this planet as spiritual beings in human bodies. We came here to experience life, to learn lessons that further our own spiritual growth, and to aid others in their growth. We are in this spiritual "Earth School" together.

In our spiritual schooling, each of us has a different course of study or lessons to learn. Some of us are studying for a Master’s degree in Anger Management. Others are working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Forgiveness Techniques. Still others are taking undergraduate courses in Compassion or remedial courses in Overcoming Fears. For example, my current course, called Approval Reprogramming, involves learning how to overcome my need and desire for others’ approval.

Every course’s final exam is the same. We show how much we have learned by demonstrating Love, the foundational Truth, in all of our actions and responses.

Learning our lessons requires us to be aware of the lessons being presented to us. Each week during this month, set aside 10 minutes to become more aware of your lessons by doing the following exercise.

  1. List 3 situations from the preceding week that you remember as significant or you are having difficulty forgetting.
  2. What lesson was each situation teaching you?
  3. Choose one lesson. How can you incorporate that lesson into your life next week?
  4. To be answered from week 2 forward, how well did you learn the lesson from last week? :o)

Inside This Issue
The Measure of Success: Learning Our Lessons
9 Benefits of Professional Coaching
Meet the Guest Coach
Soul Messages: Are You Listening?
Seeing Your Journey: Journal Maps