"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." - Napoleon Hill
What does your heart truly desire? Do you allow yourself to want what you want?
As creative beings in an energetic universe, our desires - when aligned with cooperative thoughts, beliefs, and inspired action - manifest into experiences.
Our free will to create is supported so unconditionally that we can create what we want just as easily as what we do not want. The universe does not judge our desires.
Underlying each manifested experience is a set of beliefs; a series of thoughts that we have practiced over time. When we create an "unwanted" experience - rather than reject, judge or avoid it - we may choose to perceive it as an opportunity to get closer to our desired outcome. We can do so by releasing old limiting beliefs and by creating new beliefs that open us to possibilities beyond our previous frame of reference.
When we have integrated this lesson, we may begin to view challenging experiences with less trepidation and more excitement, understanding that each contrasting experience gets us closer to manifesting that which we truly desire. At these times, we can reaffirm our commitment to the process and trust that the universe is conspiring to make even our biggest dreams come true.
January Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Pele and the 'Ohi'a Lehua
Metrosideros polymorpha, also known as the 'Ohi'a Lehua, is a species of flowering evergreen tree endemic (native) to Hawaiʻi. We selected the 'Ohi'a Lehua to symbolize Kalani's 40th anniversary year, for its ability to flourish despite challenging conditions, and because its color is befitting of our ruby anniversary.
According to Hawaiian legend, Pele became enamored with a handsome warrior named Ohia, not realizing he had already pledged his love to another - Lehua. When Ohia rejected Pele's marriage proposal, she turned him into a twisted tree, leaving Lehua devastated. Taking pity on the separated lovers, the gods turned Lehua into a flower on the tree, reuniting the lovers for eternity. Legend says that plucking this flower separates the lovers and fills the sky with rain.
The 'Ohi'a Lehua blooms sporadically throughout the year, which has baffled scientists. Contrasted against the black lava rock from which this resilient tree mysteriously grows, the 'Ohi'a Lehua reminds us that beauty often emerges from the fire of transformation.
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