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Lions Roar : November 2012
37 SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2012 2: Open to your potential If you can successfully clear the clouds of negative self- image and become more familiar with the vast sky, then by resting deeply enough in that space, you will begin to feel an even greater opening and sense of peace. The sparkling qualities manifesting in that space are the light of awareness and potentiality. So the second step toward unleashing a free flow of cre- ativity is to cultivate and connect fully with that awareness and sense of unlimited potential. Once you do so, you can come to realize that not only are you more than you had always thought you were, but your entire world is full of positive alternatives. Nothing is missing in your life; you are complete. Finding solutions to problems may only require a new perspective, but sometimes it requires exploring whole new horizons. For example, in recent months I’ve met many people who have been telling me they can’t find work. But I truly feel that the reason they can’t find a job is only because they are the same person looking in the same types of places where they found no jobs before. The point here is to con- sciously and energetically let go of feeling not only internally blocked but also externally blocked. It is very hard to look in a new place for solutions when you are the same old person. When there are obstacles in the way of reaching a professional, personal, or spiritual goal, a shift has to take place within you. 3: Nurture a sense of warmth Once you have realized a sense of openness, confidence, and unlimited potential, then qualities of joy—what I call warmth—can naturally arise. It is only from this warmth that creativity, finally, will freely manifest. The third condi- tion for connecting with your creative nature, therefore, is to notice and nurture a feeling of warmth. Just as the sky is the primary source of the sun and the oxygen-rich wind, which in turn give birth to all the flowers and trees, openness is the primary source of confidence and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and his son, Senghe