What I learned from my Luggage

 

 “In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. The purpose here is to call forth that spirit. What matters most on your journey is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are felt in your heart and soul”.
—Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage

New situations inspire new thoughts. Here is the benefit of travelling, much more than in mere sight-seeing. We lose ourselves in the streets of our own city, and go abroad to find ourselves.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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New situations inspire new thoughts. Here is the benefit of travelling, much more than in mere sight-seeing. We lose ourselves in the streets of our own city, and go abroad to find ourselves.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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New situations inspire new thoughts. Here is the benefit of travelling, much more than in mere sight-seeing. We lose ourselves in the streets of our own city, and go abroad to find ourselves.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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New situations inspire new thoughts. Here is the benefit of travelling, much more than in mere sight-seeing. We lose ourselves in the streets of our own city, and go abroad to find ourselves.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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Travel and painting are two of my passions.  I have created a successful home based business that allows me to do both.  I was able to combine these two passion in March 2014 with a 3 week trip to Bali and a seminar called "Bali, The Eye of the Spirit" where I studied an old masters technique called the Mische-technique.

I was excited that I was able to take two suitcases with me and they each had a 50 pound limit.  I could take one just for my art supplies and one for everything else I would need for 3 weeks.  When I got to the airport the curbside check in would only take one of them, telling me I was only allowed one.  Inside I was told that I was able to take 2 and as I checked the second bag I said " are you sure they will arrive together?" and the clerk told me not to worry. They would arrive together.

The trip from Minnesota to Bali is a grueling 28 hours long which includes three flights, including Minneapolis to L.A, L.A to Brisbane, Australia and Brisbane to Bali. Indonesia.  I arrived safely in Bali, tired, hungry and in need of a shower but my luggage didn't follow me.  I had two suitcases and neither of them followed me. Here I was after almost 30 hours of travel wearing the clothes I had been wearing since I left Minnesota two days earlier and that was it. My suitcases were lost. Essentially all I have are the smelly clothes on my back.  No toothbrush, no toothpaste, no deodorant, no make up, my hair was a mess from sleeping on the airplane, I had no other clothes, my $$$$ worth of art supplies were also missing and I was about to meet a group of people I have never met before!

Every trip we go on can become a pilgrimage if we allow it and this was about to become a deep journey into myself.

One of the things that has grown more and more important to me over the years is living an authentic life and being authentic in my self-expression. My whole life has been about stripping down to my authentic soul expression, letting go of the incessant self talk that gave me a false sense of who I am, and which was not supportive at all.  Thank you very much Universe, for this big opportunity to practice a new way of being!!!   I felt grungy and stinky and greasy and there was nothing I could do about it!  Talk about vulnerability! I admit that on some level I am vain.  I like to look great and I feel better when I do. I think that make-up, styled hair and fabulous clothes make me more acceptable.  I believe that I don't look that great without make-up, with unkempt hair and greasy skin and dirty, stinky clothes, what can I say!  Unfortunately I have fallen for the superficial standard of beauty that I had grown up with, like a lot of people.

I made a commitment to journal my way through this three week adventure and my journal gave me a place to sort this out.  My journal and a spare pair of underwear were in my back pack with other non-essentials.

It was clear to me immediately that this trip was about authenticity, trust and gratitude and I had a choice as to how I was going to respond.  I was entering paradise and was being asked to be totally authentic.   I could choose to shut down because I didn't have all of those crutches that gave me a false sense of beauty. I couldn't put on make up, blow dry my hair or put on a costume that would help me feel more beautiful, more acceptable and more worthy, so I could just hide and wait for my "stuff" to show up.   The other option was I could allow myself to be seen stripped down and be okay with it. I could wear the outfit I had, sleep in it, leave my hair the way it was, share my greasy, make-up less face and not care what people thought.  That sounds easy! Right!

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