Our thoughts, our Reality and a recipe for Curried Tomato Chickpeas
By laurelpaula on September 23, 2011
The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha
I had a simply fabulous experience last month and one which is still dancing happily within my soul. On one rather usual sunny day in Berlin, I was reminded once again of just how powerful our thoughts can be in creating our reality.
With days of sun being a rarity, I decided to take my computer and work outside to bask in the rays of the sun. I had placed myself next to a wonderful boutique decorated with 30s and 40s style ball dresses and gowns. I was magically drawn to the shop window and playfully imagined myself adorned in the various silk and satin gowns of spectacular style and elegance.
Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right-Henry Ford
I must have been gawking for ages, as the shop owner walked outside and gestured for me to come in. I am really not a person who enjoys shopping and I hardly ever wear dresses I told him. But he insisted that I enter, look around and try on one of the dresses.
And so I obliged!
He clearly was rather bored and wanted something to do. I tried on four wonderful gowns and felt like a little girl playing “princess”.
“And the winner is”…the storekeeper announced and said that I looked like an opera singer or an actress! And although I laughed at him, his words struck a chord of positive energy within my body and I suddenly saw myself wearing the dress on some sort of stage, bowing down in appreciation to a clapping audience. I completely left the dress-shop and was truly on that stage for what seemed like a few minutes, although it really was nothing more than a couple of seconds.
I literally saw myself singing on stage wearing that ball dress. It was a wonderful, truly wonderful feeling. I slowly and reluctantly took the dress off, yet holding on to the vision of what I had imagined in my head. The gentleman looked into my eyes and said “well, all that is missing now is for you to believe that you can be that, because the look is certainly there!” And then we laughed. I took it as a joke and then left thinking that such a moment would hardly ever reveal itself in my reality.
I headed back to my spot and continued working on my computer. For the next couple of weeks, life went on as usual and I forgot about that little moment of “fantasy”. That is, until a month later, when that vision did in fact become my reality for 5 blissful minutes on stage one night.
I always held a desire to sing, and during my days as a pianist I had always admired my opera singer colleagues-I adored their repertoire, the roles they were able to assume. I just felt that the voice had such extra potential in reaching out to the soul. However I was a “pianist”, and never entertained the thought of exploring this desire.
Thoughts are boomerangs, returning with precision to their source. Choose wisely which ones you throw Author Unknown
I guess that seeing myself wearing that operatic dress set off something powerful within my subconscious which then enabled me to take action-something which I never would have trusted myself to do in the past.
A good friend of mine is an opera singer and I asked her if I could attend some of her vocal coaching sessions, with no intention other than wanting to simply hear her and see what a coaching is like. After attending a few sessions, I got enough courage inside of myself to ask if I could have a private lesson. Why not? I figured. The coach complied and the following week I turned up.
I was thrilled during my vocal coaching and after my session, the vocal coach just looked at me and smiled. And then she said something that I shall never forget. Without knowing anything about my past, she said that “that my voice will heal-this will be my path to healing”. I did not question what she said because her words just hit me so strongly-they just felt right and I nodded my head.
She then asked me to attend an operetta workshop which was taking place just two days later. She would arrange for me to have a scholarship and I would get voice lessons and coaching on a daily basis for two weeks. There would be performances in the end for the professional singers, but I could learn and observe.
Is this true?! Was this really happening? I said not a word, but nodded my head the entire time with my eyes wide open and heart thumping with joy and my head not quite certain as to how I should interpret all of this.
I was thrilled at the opportunity and found myself at the workshop two days later. I still am not quite sure what, why or how what within the subsequent two weeks occurred. However the vision I had held and dared to imagine a month earlier had in fact become a reality.
I found myself on stage singing in my first voice performance during the closing days of the workshop. They had invited me to sing along with the professional singers. And most amazingly, a fiend of mine just happened to have found a ball gown which was used within one of her theater productions. It was the only dress that would have been appropriate for an operetta performance, and it fit me as if it was custom-made for my body.
Apart from the colour, the gown was very similar to the one I had tried on in the shop.
While I cannot in the least bit recall what occurred within the time I was actually on stage, the emotional wave which emerged thereafter was overwhelming. I was literally in heaven. Something within my soul was set free and while I was dreadfully nervous and my voice shook, my heart and soul sang, it flew and I felt nothing less but great love and fulfillment. It was a truly blissful moment.
And then it really hit me how powerful thoughts and words are in creating our reality. What is the reality you would like to create for your own life right now?!
I returned to the shop and asked then gentleman what I could offer him for that special moment. While he wanted nothing at all, he then told me how much he loved oatmeal cookies and I made him a nice large box for him to enjoy over the weekend (Ill post that recipe next week).
Here is a recipe for my favourite quick and tasty tomato and chick pea curry, which I prepared on the night after I dared to dream!
Tomato and Chickpea Curry Recipe
- 2 tbs. of coconut oil
- 1 medium chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 5 teaspoons of finely chopped ginger
- 3 teaspoons of tumeric
- 1 tsp. of garam masala
- 1 tsp. coriander
- 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbs. tomato puree
- 2 cups of cooked chickpeas
- 2 medium potatoes chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala and coriander. Continue to stir this spice mixture for about a minute to allow all the spices to mix together.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, the tomato puree, the cooked chickpeas, and the chopped potatoes and stir.
- Now, add the water to the mixture and cook over medium-low heat for about 30 minutes-until the potatoes are cooked through.
- Add in salt and pepper to taste and you are ready to go!.
ps. I like to let this sit for a couple hours before I serve it to allow the flavours to meld. pps. Quite frankly you can eat this dish as is, without any accompaniment, as it already contains everything one needs-the carbs, protein. To make it more of a sauce to go with rice, you can add more water.
ppps. I prepared this with a coconut curried eggplant, wild-rice and vegetarian samosas. pppps. This recipe yields about 6 servings.