Life is changing in some pretty profound ways for my little family. I have been wanting to talk more about these changes and the things we are learning. So for those of you seeking updates these next few weeks of posts will probably do a little bit more justice to the events that happen below the surface…. but for those of you who can’t read a post without some sort of eye candy, I have included pictures as well.
A Bit About Chuck
Here he is… summer buzzed head and enjoying one of his GIGANTIC lunch salads (the greens are hiding below the layer of blue corn chips and rice). I have found that in order to fill him up with a plant based diet… I have to feed him A LOT of plants. But look how happy he is!!!!
“Develop faith in your purposes. Part of nurturing your purposes requires that you have the vision to see what doesn’t yet exist, what others cannot yet see. As you work at your gifts and talents, you will recognize those that come from the inner depths of the soul, because you will not need the vote of confidence of others, and you will be willing to work alone for a long as is needed. You will sow the seed, water the crops, and have patience to allow others to catch the vision, to see the light, even if it means several years of working completely alone. When you have the vision of soul and eternity, go forward.”
– James Simmons (Original Fast Foods)
I am learning that my husband is what I would like to call “a visionary man.” If you are familiar with the Book of Mormon that phrase will probably remind you of Lehi, who left behind his wealth and status to follow a dream or vision from God… into the wilderness and across the sea on a dangerous journey…. much to the dismay of his oldest 2 sons and wife who had not had the same dreams and who questioned his game plan.
We are not quite in the wilderness… Utah is pretty tame. Yet Chuck is leading our family down uncharted paths into unknown territory. He tells me that he knows it will all work out and has faith in the vision. I am learning to have new trust in what I can’t yet see.
He has made a decision to not finish the remainder of college, or to go the typical schorarly route of counseling. Currently he is working with my brother in law Daniel on a form of emotional healing that is “Christ Centered” (meaning that it helps people utilize the healing power of the atonement) and does not require a degree or any type of certification. It is actually a profoundly spiritual process. I am benefiting from it currently. Often when you talk about “Faith Healing” or healing through the power of God people often conjure up these types of images…
No… not even close. The type of Christ centered healing Chuck is doing is done on a one on one basis and with the help of the facilitator you are able to uncover negative emotions or experiences that have been stored or kept inside and release them through, talk, guided imagery, prayer and mediation. These negative emotions or experiences can hold up our progress in life and sometimes make us physically ill. It is like having someone guide and help you lay your burdens down at the Saviors feet. A lot of times we hold onto stuff and have a hard time letting go.
The desired outcome is for Chuck to have his own practice with clients who utilize his services… in addition he has a few other business ventures that he is pursuing, including a way for him to utilize his musical talents 🙂
We have been income free for almost a year now, and have somehow managed to stay out of debt (besides school loans) and feel extremely blessed. Food, Shelter, Love… ya we have all the essentials. When I am feeling financially stressed out Chuck usually brings this scripture to calm my mind…
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?“
You may ask, What does Chuck do with all of his time?
Well… he has personal sessions with my brother in law where he receives counseling, and then sessions where he gives it in return.
He has martial arts lessons. Which is not what I thought it was at first. He does not go to learn how to karate chop people and stuff. It is more like learning a discipline or way of life. Self defense is only a small part of it. It is called Wu Ji Chyun Fa (?? I think that’s how you spell it).
He paints thousands of feet of white picket fence. We consider this his Mr. Myagi time, and it is an exchange that he is making for rent this summer.
He meditates for about an hour or so a day… he usually retreats into nature, but sometimes mediates at home if Fiona and I are very very quiet 🙂
He reads a lot of books, listens to CD lectures and reviews notes from his sessions to gain further insight and knowledge… basically he studies.
He goes on walks and hikes to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Lately he has been recording music on his guitar and piano to make a birthday CD for Daniel… which I heard turned out amazing, I have yet to hear the finished product.
He eats delicious food prepared by yours truly. And he spends lots of time loving and taking care of me and Fiona.
This week we are starting the hunt for a new place to live as we have to move out of our little mountain paradise before the baby comes. Chuck is considering finding a part time job until his other business ventures pick up…
I posted that quote above because it really reminds me of Chuck right now. He is having all of these really profound experiences where he feels like he is discovering his true path and purpose in life. It is really fulfilling and satisfying to him… I am amazed at his ability to not care what other people think about his choices, because deep down he knows he is doing exactly what he needs to be. I am really excited to watch all of this unfold and to see prayers answered and miracles happen each and every day.
So if you were wondering about Chuck, he is doing great. More exciting news to come.