Written by: Louise Keramaris
YOUR RIPPLE OF WHAT DRIVES YOUR OWN “ENERGY” CREATES HOW YOU KNOW YOURSELF AND WHAT MEANING YOU ASCRIBE TO YOUR LIFE
From as young as nine years of age, I was always intently and deeply curious about myself, how my physical body ticked, the purpose of my life, the essence of humanity, the universe we inhabit and all of what I could see in the sky, the stars, the clouds, the sun, the moon, the earth, all the animals and plant life, what I felt and the source of my feelings, where my thoughts came from and even this thing called “AIR” became the inquisition into everything and anything that crossed my path. I was obsessed to know and understand ME and LIFE! It became what I was drawn to each and every day of my life. I had this deep quest to know and understand it ALL.
I would describe my first ripple of intense “push and pull” energy as being a pull in my consciousness which drew out thoughts that pushed me to an “intense curiosity to understand”.
This became the quest of my life, to create meaning in each of my experiences in order to make sense of what I witnessed every day. During these early years, I trusted that we must be a MIRACLE of life here on this planet and hence something that could not be explained. I also had this other part of me that could not accept this to be as is and wanted to understand the source of all life. This tension was the starting point that nurtured and niggled at my soul.
My aim was to get to the truest truth and to understand what was the meaning of life and specifically the purpose and mission of my essence.
It was not uncommon for me to spend hours upon hours asking these questions in my head, pondering over scenarios covering many reflections wired through my imagination. Even though I spent hours reading over thousands of pages in the encyclopedia (in those days there was no internet!) I nevertheless found that I would not find what I was looking for there as I had this inner knowing that all the answers were right here within me and it was up to me to come up with the answers. I conjured up spectacular theories of other planetary beings and even at one stage believed that perhaps we are not alive at all but merely living in someone’s dream. I recounted these theories as reflections in my diary. I kept these thoughts private as I was aware that these were not subjects that other people engaged with!
The second ripple of energy came about through the “infinite questions I asked” myself, others and the books and resources I sought after to receive the plausible truth.
I started to read everything and anything I could get my hands on, asking a myriad of questions to my parents, my aunts and uncles and my grandmother – the wiser older ones that formed my community. I targeted any significant peer and all the adults in my life. The most interesting answers to some of my questions came from a dear uncle. This uncle was a spectacular story teller who recounted extraordinary accounts of “miracles” achieved by saints through the ages and stories told to him about healing and manifestation. The ones that I do recall most clearly were stories of “superstitious practices” and beliefs relayed about the gypsies in Greece that caste extraordinary spells. One of these provided a plausible explanation as to why you were never allowed to handover any items of clothing to them as they were likely to caste such spells nor were you to invite them into your house. He recalled an instance where key members of a family that suddenly became ill without any explanation. There was a strong belief that the gypsies had some role to play here!
One of his stories is the most vivid of all. He recounted what he saw one day on the front page of a Greek newspaper. The article was about the remnants of a spaceship that had landed and embedded was a photo of an alien that unfortunately had not survived! He went on to describe in great depth this tiny being. I remember being so awe-struck by this possibility of life-forms on other planets. I felt somewhat comforted by this knowing that perhaps these beings did surround us. It gave me some hope that they were looking over us.
The third ripple effect of energy was triggered through the “early answers I received to some of these big questions”. It set forth a wave of inner knowing and consciousness. This was the beginning of truth and understanding.
When I was growing up there was no internet so the key sources of knowledge were each family’s trusted encyclopedia, books from the library, the television, radio, the local shopping strip, magazines and newspapers and anything I could get my hands on at school.
Having grown up in a strict religious Greek Orthodox upbringing, I had this inner knowing that of course there was something bigger than ourselves and perhaps this was what was labelled as God or the Holy Spirit or some other creative force.
I joined my wise grandmother who I am named after, Theologia, in church as I sat and stood for hours in prayer and meditation listening to ancient Greek church services. I remember being entranced by the vibration of the humming created through these foreign scriptures that permeated through my being. I received waves of overwhelming peace and a knowing that there was something here worth figuring out. This sowed the seeds of my spiritual journey. I started to understand the power of silence, the gap between my thoughts and the trance like state that carried me to a space beyond what is known, through the power of prayer.
The fourth ripple effect on energy was realising that the wisdom of truth was the “power of silence as this was the source of vibration”. This was the turning point of my life and one that took me on a bigger journey through the years to explore the ancient wisdom of Elders of diverse cultures and the practices and teachings of spiritual mentors such as Wayne Dwyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson and various mentors from both the East and Western spiritual traditions.
My urge to travel extensively and connect with diverse cultures and to pursue as much as possible a life of independence and freedom has lead me to make choices that have not been about following the masses but rather forming my own path to explore and discover. It has not been about following the “norm” and I was very conscious of this from a very early stage as I’ve never been one to follow any one tribe or group.
My quest to educate myself in the breadth of personal development training and courses in human behaviour, positive psychology and the tip of the neurosciences have equipped me with even more tools and resources to create “ripples” in the lives of many through my work professionally and personally.
I discovered that this “pull and push of energy” I felt that initially started as “curiosity” and then manifested in “questions and an exploration” and then tested through “experiences” were the ripples of energy that drove me to develop a theory of myself, humanity, this world and my presence in it. Without this internal “pull” and “push” of energy which I now see as a “ripple” I would not be standing here today focused on my passion of coaching people to create the “push and pull – ripple effect” within them to generate an energy and motivation to take action and create the results in their lives supporting their dreams and aspirations.
I now invite each of you reading this to reflect on the key ripples of energy that have moved you forward to understand how you have come to KNOW YOURSELF and those energies that have formed the trajectory of your life as it is to this day.