BY MARY-ELIZABETH HARMON
Founding Mother, Chard & Stripes
In her mind, Esther Hicks isn’t a channel, but a woman inspired:
She gets a feeling, she says, and puts her inspiration into words.
Funny-sounding English, sometimes, but words all the same.
In my essay, “Rethinking Tough Times,” I wrote the following:
Tough times can help us drop mental chains.
We can’t cling to old ideas and create better outcomes.
Until my job almost crushed my soul, I held God at a distance. My brother, a pastoral counselor, could see that I was struggling and was smart in offering help: he knew better than to say, “Go to church,” so he simply said I might like kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. Times were so tough I checked it out. And got hooked. And opened up to more ideas. And put new ideas into practice and got results I liked. And I haven’t looked back.
Among the things I embraced was that Esther channeled (practically speaking) Higher Intelligence called Abraham. Black folks be catchin’ the spirit and speakin’ in tongues, so why couldn’t Esther be doing the same in understandable language?
Plus, The Teachings of Abraham feel right in my bones. Like this:
“IF YOU HAD ONE GOAL, AND THAT WAS TO FEEL GOOD,
YOU WOULD NEVER AGAIN NEED TO HEAR ANOTHER WORD FROM ANYONE.
YOU WOULD LIVE SUCCESSFULLY AND HAPPILY
AND IN A WAY OF FULFILLING YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE EVER AFTER.”
Can I get an Amen?
To be clear:
The purpose of your life is joy.
It’s not to fight what you don’t want, but to create what you do.
You can disagree and resist reality, or change reality by clarifying your dreams and bringing them to life.
Don’t listen if “they” call you selfish or a sellout:
By feeling good and living your dreams—even the non-humanitarian “self-centered” ones—you shift the mood of the world toward joy and help others to imagine more for their lives.
So there, haters.
And what are folks fighting for if not for some joy?
But here’s another truth from Abraham:
There is no such thing as a happy ending to an unhappy journey.
A great-feeling life—a prosperous life—is made moment by moment.
How are you spending yours?
Grinding away at impressive—yet oppressive—goals?
Living other people’s expectations?
We’ll get to reimagining and remaking the worlds of food and fashion like I promised. But my goal is to feel good, and it feels best to lay the foundation first. 🙂
Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Harmon is a scientist turned storyteller and Founding Mother of Chard & Stripes, a “school” of prosperity making and word-of-mouth marketing platform for businesses in food, fashion and more. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter here.