Thick clouds filled the sky and moved gently, as if to the rhythm of our journey. They seemed vast from our plane window – forming almost a continent. The endless sea became the canvas. Nature is breathtaking and full of life.S imilar to the clouds and waves, we are constantly on the go. Continuously moving on our respective journeys. We were in Singapore, often described as the Lion City or Garden City. My sisters and I had planned this retreat for our four teenage children. The highlight of our trip was undeniably – Universal Studios Singapore!
This was our second visit. Our first was many years ago and it was pure filled with adventure. I guess with age, this time it was different. It was akin to being in a celestial space. On one of the rides, I had my first encounter of truly surrendering. I wonder if my accounting background and training over the years have hard-coded me to become the person I am – prudent, risk averse and always wanting to be in control of situations.
In the theme park, I consciously let myself become a child again, reminiscing the warrior in me. While I had to grow up rapidly as a child owing to surrounding circumstances, I realised that I never really lost the child in me. It was always there. I just needed to rekindle that vital link.
Revenge of the Mummy – Surrendering
We were taken inside a rustic tomb through a high speed roller coaster ride in the Revenge of the Mummy – in total darkness. Fireballs, beetles and an army of warrior mummies faced us. We needed to survive Imhotep’s curse or be entombed inside forever. At one point, our vehicle accelerated upwards at 60 kms an hour, in seconds!
While we were strapped onto our seats and gripping the metal bar, I decided to take a leap of faith. I slowly open my closed eyes and let myself go, in the darkness of space. What happened afterwards was amazing! I did not feel my body weight. I felt nothing.
Like an onion, layers of fear and anxiety were peeled off and I had nothing to shelter. Only my soul. And I went with the flow. The divine flow. I surrendered. It was a blissful moment. It was phenomenal to let go. To just let go. And set yourself free …
Wise ones say that our temples are within. The connection to our soul doesn’t have to be in a far away or remote land. Here I am, connected to my nothingness. Right where – I was.
What this ride has revealed to me is that, we can connect to our higher self in a fast and furious environment. And that’s exactly where we are. Constantly in the pulse of the rat race. Every day of our lives; we are on different rides. If connectedness can take place in a fast and forceful surrounding, I believe it can take place anywhere.
I also learn that if I can surrender in this episode, I can consciously do it in other incidences, so that it becomes a way of life. And I understand now that I don’t have to be in control all the time. I must take that leap of faith, in my daily life too. While I continue to give my best and harness my potential, thereafter; I need to let go and allow the cosmic energy to take its course. We miss out too much in life as a result of our product coding and life conditioning. It’s time to unleash.
Transformers – Becoming a Child again
In the robotic Transformers ride, we joined Optimus Prime and Autobots to combat evil forces. We raced through city, zipped through subway tunnels and dashed into high rise roof tops, leaving us hanging for our dear life! The ride also embeds a physical motion surround with sensory experience capturing water droplets, fireballs and clouds of fog, so you become actors in the drama scene.
We managed four rounds of this ride, thanks to our unlimited express pass. By the fourth escapade, I had memorized the sequence and script. While many screamed on top of their lungs (it must have been their first ride!) and held tightly to the vehicle’s metal bar, I no longer clutched onto this support. I was at peace…
The final script had Optimus saying – “Your bravery saved the Planet. Well done Freedom Fighters!” That line resonated with me and it was the closest I felt – to being a Superhero. Unconsciously, I was a child again. And I personified the warrior in me, in that moment.
There is a child inside each of us, which we tend to lose touch with. We need to listen to this divine voice. And become the heroes we rightly earn, in every chapter of our lives, big or small. We must anchor the erupting joy and warm adrenalin rush we experience, from achieving each milestone, so we can re-enact this joy of freedom to spur and inspire further possibilities in our life. It is these positive emotions and vibrations that keep us alive and in the present moment. Let’s hold the hand of the child that lives in our soul, for this child knows nothing is impossible. And be all – he can be!
Human and Cylon – Children are our Greatest Teachers
One needs to be at least 125 cm in height to ride the Battlestar Galactica Ride – Human and Cylon. My daughter, Priyaleen was denied entry the last trip and was disheartened. And so, she waited patiently for this moment of truth.
This ride gets you engaged in an intergalactic battle between good and evil in an intertwining roller coaster ride. Their highest point is approximately 14 stores tall with a 1 km track and 90 seconds of excitement. They include high speed and turbulent movements of sudden and dramatic acceleration and dropping.
Priyaleen and her cousin Enisha, covered six rounds of this ride! On their sixth cycle, they decided to challenge themselves and queued for the first row of the Cylon seats. This is comparable to the First Class seats for young explorers like them!
Nothing beats this frontal view of a heart-racing experience with their legs dangling in the air. After the drop from the corkscrew, the Cylon train makes a 360 degree loop with riders swirling, and down came coins from the pockets of heaven! My sisters and I watched their world from afar…
If we could all see the world thru the eyes of a child, we would see magic in everything. Children teach us that every day is a new beginning, with no emotional baggage from the previous day. They encourage us to observe the little things and virtues – the miracles that surround us each day. We learn from them to experiment with new things and to never have fear of the unknown. Children teach us to become champions in our life episodes, and not victims. They teach us to be happy and laugh for no reason, as they find joy in all.
Living in the Now
It was mystical becoming a child again. Having no fears, no anxiety, no limitations, no need for control and no old conditioning. Just surrendering and being.
Eckhart Tolle explained plainly in his book – The Power of Now – that all negativity is caused by accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Guilt, regret, resentment, grief, sadness, bitterness and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence. Anxiety, tension, stress, worry and all forms of fears are caused by too much future and not enough presence. The past gives us an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation or fulfilment. Both are illusions, he said.
We are constantly moving – in our various paths and directions in life. While the rat race is an inevitable ride we take daily, we must learn to slow down and smell the roses. Wherever we are, just Be there. Be there in every conversation. Listen to our senses and intuition and let them awaken us. Reignite the child in us. Indulge in adventures. As soon as we honour our present moment, life will begin to flow with joy and ease.
Eckhart reminds that when we feel the aliveness pervade in our entire body, our mind becomes still and we awaken to the moment. We must realise that the present moment is all we have. If we miss the Now, we miss the essence of life and become disconnected from its fullness.
Life is short. Life is precious. We don’t know how much time we have left. Let’s make the present moment the focus of our lives. Let’s consciously live in the Now. The journey less travelled.