My Story - LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT – By William Sinclair
How do you sum up fifty-seven years of life in one article? I guess you don’t.
We all have a story and this is mine. I hope it will inspire you to also move into living your life to its fullest potential, humanly and spiritually, because really they are both one.
Like the constant movement of salt water that erodes entire rock faces by the ocean or the desert wind that shapes sand dunes and can fire sand particles into your face with the strength and speed of a bullet, I allowed my story of childhood abuse and my own self-talk to both erode away my life and keep me hiding in the trenches.
I grew up in a house where love and abuse co-existed.
When she was a young adult, my mother had tried to kill her step father with a pair of scissors, while he slept, to eliminate his abuses on her own life. Take that anger and now give her children and you get some very dysfunctional life experiences.
My dad, who had introduced me to pornography earlier in life, tried working away from home as often as possible. “I’m just waiting for your mother to die so I can start my life,” he once told me.
Don’t get me wrong. I remember lots of loving things my parents did and sacrificed for me as a child. Dad sold his accordion to buy me my first drum set. Mom worked three jobs so she could send me and my brother on a holiday.
However, as I looked back on my life, whether perceived or real, there were many stories of abandonment, mind games, physical and emotional abuse, self-punishment and a sense of not being worth anything. These stories resulted in my lack of self-confidence, lack of self-worth and the unknown desire to keep abusing myself and sabotaging almost everything I put my hand to. Suicide was also a top thought in my consciousness.
The funny thing is, despite all these apparent set-backs, I always envisioned myself excelling at everything I did.
My faith base growing up was that of Roman Catholic. It was one of the things I seemed to cling to in my life. My mom’s answer to everything was, “Pray about it.” Except when I was old enough to ask about sex. Then her answer was, “Animals! Men are just animals!” I didn’t really know what she meant.
My God, at least the one I envisioned, was a punishing God on a distant throne that you had to journey to get to. If you were good then you got closer. If you were bad you got punished, for your own good of course, and you started back at zero. It wasn’t until I was in my fifties I realized that I had made my God a reflection of my mother.
As a teenager I dove into the music business realizing that when I strapped a guitar around my neck I got what I inwardly craved the most, attention and a form of love from others. Otherwise, I was a nobody to everyone. The more I played the more attention I got. So I got good at playing.
I started playing in pubs when I was around fourteen years old and in my late teens I got into just about everything a traveling band could get into.
My turning point came after I had moved to Canada from Scotland. Yes, I know, I forgot to tell you I was raised in Scotland until I was twenty-one. Or that my mother was born in India and my dad in England.
To cut a long story short and compress some passage of time together, I had worked my way across Canada. During that time I had a conversion experience, ended up attending a Catholic Bible School, then met my wife and started having kids. One summer, while the kids were little, we had flown to my parent’s house to visit with my mom and dad. A huge fight broke out between myself and my mother, followed by the usual “Nothing happened here so let’s stuff it” experience.
My wife said something when we flew home that changed everything. “That’s not normal life,” she said.
What? Up until that point I had assumed my entire upbringing was ‘normal life’.
From there, after almost curling up in a ball on the floor at work because a can of worms had been opened, I started going for counseling. It helped somewhat. It gave me coping skills and moved me to look at my past more objectively. It also helped me stop punching holes in walls and toned down, to some degree, the mind games I was playing with my wife. In my childhood I had learned that love was not something you got freely but that it had to be ‘earned’ in one way or another. That’s another story though.
As much as the counselling helped, it was still surface stuff in comparison to what I’m going to share with you now.
I had shared that I grew up as a Roman Catholic and also that I seemed to cling to that faith.
What I didn’t share was how strong that ‘cling’ was.
Despite my skewed view of who God was, and how distant that God was, there was definitely a Divine Presence in my life that had kept me living and glued to my wife.
I found comfort in that presence and in return I wanted to serve this God with all my heart and soul.
There was a period of about ten years when I even served as a sort of lay pastor in my church. There was something inside of me that drove me, called me and pulled me to this God. I was in love with this God.
At fifty-five years old my view of God would change.
It was 2013, about two months before my fifty-third December birthday.
My wife and I were running a kid’s summer camp facility in the bush by a lake. On the grounds there was also a year-round retreat house.
A meditation group met there every Wednesday evening. As a Catholic I kept my distance. “Na. I have my own prayer stuff I do. I’m good,” I would say, warding off every invite to attend.
I didn’t need meditation. I had developed a relationship with my Christian God and we would have ‘conversations’ regularly.
One morning, while sitting in a small wilderness cabin with my prayer journal I distinctly heard these words from within the depths of my being, “You’re life is about to get messy. I want you to join the meditation group.” I just knew that I knew it was God speaking to me.
Yet, despite this apparent divine mandate, you could see the trail marks from my heels as I dragged myself to the next meditation meeting
I think I carried a crucifix in my pocket, ready to pull out like a firearm at the first sign of trouble.
In hind-sight, I may as well have taken some garlic and a vampire steak too. Silly thing.
Over the next two years we actually became close friends with Tami Dovell, who led the meditations. I remember constantly arguing with her over her teachings and beliefs compared to mine. Not that she ever argued back. Yet I kept going to meditation.
In 2015 cancer hit me hard.
After rounds of chemotherapy and twenty-five blasts of radiation I received life-saving surgery. My esophagus was completely removed and my stomach was rolled into a tube and placed into my chest as a make-shift esophagus.
About a week after surgery I was lying in my hospital bed and staring out of the window at the late evening sky. I asked my God, “So, now what? Obviously I’m still alive. So, now what?”
Again, from deep within I heard, “Get to know me.”
My immediate reply was, “But, I already know you.”
I had been studying for ordained ministry within the Catholic Church at that time. I had also attended Bible School, completed a three-year lay ministry leadership program and worked full-time within the Church.
God’s response was simple. “No. Get to KNOW me.”
I didn’t quite understand.
After being released early from hospital, which was a miracle in itself, there began a long journey into my inner self.
It became apparent early on that this wasn’t a journey of the mind, like I had been used to, but instead a journey of the heart.
The late Dr. Wayne Dyer said that when the student is ready, the teachers will appear. Meaning that when you’re ready to see and open to hear you will see and hear what you’re meant to.
I was led to read and listen to great teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Elkhart Tolle, Father Richard Rohr and Saint Francis of Assisi, to name a few. I was pulled into the inner journey of self-awareness and of inner transformation. Learning to live from the inside out.
I discovered that I didn’t have to fight to become someone new, ‘someone better’. All I needed to do was become the great Allower. Allowing God to heal me, one layer, one spec, one self-defeating thought, one skewed view at a time.
I learned about ego and the True Self. I also learned that we have everything we need, everything that is great and beautiful, already inside of us. Divine and absolutely awesome. It was all there just waiting to be re-discovered.
Consider how pure a baby is after it is born. That’s each one of us. But, over time we cover that light up, that DNA of God within us, with the stories imposed upon us by ourselves and others. “I’m worthless. I’m no good. I’m ugly,” and a host of other things. I certainly did.
I learned from Joeel and Natalie Rivera that you can change your story, re-write what no longer serves you into something that does.
I learned from Elkhart Tolle how to become the silent observer of my thoughts, my emotions and my life. I actually became aware of each time I got angry or felt lonely or was in a pity party. As soon as I observed that, rather than living inside the emotion like I used to do, being totally unaware and consumed by it, I discovered that it no longer had power over me. It was at that point a healing took place. Believe me, I had probably hundreds of those healing moments every day because I was extremely angry and had such a warped view of who I was.
I became aware of how toxic and self-sabotaging my thoughts were. Think something long enough and you will begin to believe it as normal life. That’s why you have to be aware of the environment you place yourself in and the friends you keep. Positive breeds positive. Negative breeds negative. I was allowing negative thoughts about myself to fester and breed more negative thoughts, without realizing it. My negative environment had become my own mind, which I took everywhere.
I don’t believe that everything around me has changed but instead it’s my view of everything around me, as well as what is within me, which has transformed. Father Richard Rohr says that you become what you already are. Beautiful and divine. Pretty deep and pretty real.
I’ve learned to live in the present moment, where God is. I’m no longer locked into the stress of a past that no longer exists or anxious about the future that also doesn’t exist. Only the present moment exists. The rest is all in your head.
I’m much ‘closer’ in awareness to the real me, the true me, than I’ve ever been. Much more peaceful. Less and less tossed around emotionally like a ball on the surface of a stormy ocean. Much more living from the inside out.
I was always compelled to be something in my life. Now, I’m driven to just ‘be’.
My path was that of meditation, connecting to my Divine, silence, learning to at least slow down the multitude of thoughts in my mind from time to time and allowing myself to be healed.
It was, and still is at times, an emotionally painful journey but it is so worth it.
Whatever you allow yourself to be, that’s what you share with the world, including your own world. Hurt people hurt people. Healed people heal people.
Allow yourself to become healed and transformed. You’ll never regret it.
Reading a couple of books. One is “Rediscover Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly and “The Power of Intention” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Can’t talk enough about either of these books. Both Matthew Kelly and Wayne Dyre have a touch on where it’s truly at. Listen to today’s podcast and discover for yourself…
I had the opportunity to take a Reiki Level 1 healing course. Wow. The things I’ve experienced since that. As a Christian, I used to criticize my brother for being a Reiki Master. Truth is, I didn’t understand it.
Many times we program ourselves to fail. We don’t even realize we are doing it. Today’s podcast shows you how to transform your mind to transform your outcome.
My wife lost seventy pounds in six months on Health Coach Cheryl’s “Simple Swaps to Slim Down” program. She didn’t have to count calories.
She didn’t have to go to the gym and she didn’t have to eat less than she wanted to.
Health Coach Cheryl has lived her own program for over twenty years, through necessity at first. Now she is an evangelist for eating foods that can transform your life.
Listen to today’s podcast as Health Coach Cheryl shares tips on how to transform your eating to transform your life.
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Even though I didn’t realize it, my number one mission in life was to make sure I failed at whatever I did.
On the surface, it didn’t look like that. I was a positive go-getter who was always moving forward. Yet, the stories I kept telling myself, stories I’d learned from my childhood, kept telling me that I wasn’t really good enough or worthy enough to really ‘succeed’ in life.
We tell ourselves these stories all the time. However, I have since discovered that we change those stories through the process of inner and enlightening transformation.
It is said that you become the environment you place yourself in, which is why success driven people associate with as many ‘successful’ people as possible.
Even though I did that, I discovered that my environment was mostly in my head and my head wasn’t telling me great things about myself. Plus, my head went wherever I went. There was no getting away from it.
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I say it a lot because I really mean it.
It wasn’t until I started the journey into the depths of me that many of the things I’d been told, especially by motivational speakers, actually took root and began to bear fruit and develop meaning in my life.
Until I began living from the inside out, what I saw, heard and read went in bright and shiny but came out muddy and confusing.
Although everything that goes in has some form of impact, it didn’t produce a garden because I was planting the seeds in “clay”.
Jesus the Christ talked about this when he said that it’s not what goes into a person that makes a difference but instead what comes out that shows the person’s heart.
Get ready to prepare yourself as fertile ground and learn how to live from the inside out. The fruits will be amazing.
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Being vulnerable is not a sign of weakness but of inner strength that can lead to intimacy.
On my journey of inner transformation I have discovered the need to ‘open up’ and be vulnerable to another person. In turn, the other person needs to create an environment of safety in order to allow that openness to happen. This is when healing can happen in the deepest way.
This is the case with Edrina and me. She can open up to me and become vulnerable because I create the trust and safety she needs in order to tell me and show me her inner most self. And she creates the trust and safety that I need in order to tell her when I am hurting on the inside.
This ‘poverty of being’, when we seem to be at our lowest but able to share with someone else, can create a deep sense of intimacy.
When we can experience that deep and intimate trust in another human being, it is easier to become intimate and trusting with God, the healer of all hurts.
This intimacy, this trust, this vulnerability is born of love and it is love that binds our wounds, strengthens us and eventually brings us into wholeness.
God is love.
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(Photo Credit: My 8 year old granddaughter!!)
I didn’t love myself for the first fifty-seven years of my life. I thought I did. But I didn’t. Oh yeah, I’m fifty-seven and a half years old as I write this.
Because I didn’t love myself, I also couldn’t feel the love that others had for me. I could love them but I couldn’t ‘feel’ their love for me.
I projected this onto God. God was “enough” for me but when my spiritual director, Barb Wright, asked if I felt that I was ‘enough’ for God, I couldn’t answer.
The cat that strolled into my life a month ago revealed something to me.
Also in this episode: How I had limited my view of God. Maybe you’re doing this too?
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One day, Moses asked God what God’s name was. God said, “I Am”.
God never said “I Was” or “I Will be”.
When I lived in the past, which doesn’t actually exist, I lived a life of stress because I kept reliving in the story of abuse. It kept me pinned down. It manifested itself through me as lack of confidence, fear, anger, guilt, loneliness, isolation, self-sabotaging. Even though, on the surface, I was a go-getter, a doer, a people helper, a fun person, living in my abused childhood past absolutely kept me pinned down. I was living the “I Was” experience.
As I lived in the future, which also doesn’t exist, I was seen as a positive visionary always seeing great things for myself and others. In my mind I was successful, on top of the world. However, I came into the awareness that the main reason I kept looking into the future was because I hated who I was in the present. I kept projecting a better future version of me. I was living the “I Will Be” experience.
Both of these kept me pinned down in a life of stress, fear and anxiety.
I have come to know that all you ever have is the present moment. When I learned to accept and live in this present moment I discovered the key that unlocked the inner peace, inner joy, and inner strength that already dwells in me, untapped.
In discovering the present moment I also discovered God as I had never discovered God before. My life has never been the same.
Don’t live in the past ‘I Was’. Don’t live in the future ‘I Will Be.”
Live and be in the present moment “I Am.”
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The biggest storms in life are not always those that rage around us but those that are going on inside of us. The sad thing is that we don’t realize they’re there. We just see the surface eruptions like sadness, anger, unsettled, unconfident.
These eruptions may even be cleverly disguised as being a fun person, being driven to good things for others, humility, feeling driven to succeed and a host of other seemingly positive attributes. All good things but the motivation behind them may be skewed.
Usually, once a week, I have to clean our retreat centre. When I’m feeling lazy I look at the carpet and think it looks okay. Then I begin to vacuum. That’s when I begin to notice the dirt that’s actually on the carpet and realize that it did, in fact, need to be cleaned. I had to get up close and begin the process in order to notice it. Standing off at a distance didn’t show me anything.
When you take the time to bring your life into the quiet, that’s when you notice, when you become aware of, the issues in your life that need healing.
Thankfully, we don’t need to be the ones doing the ‘vacuuming’. God does that. We just need to bring our lives into the quiet, into the present moment and allow the healing to happen. Does it hurt emotionally? Sometimes. But, I love walking barefoot on a beautiful, soft and fully clean carpet.
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I was so busy ensuring I was connected with my technologies, my apps, my phones, my computers and the overflow of my busy life that I couldn’t see the “connectedness” that would truly transform me from the inside out.
I lived on the ‘outside’ of my life and kept it shallow, at least for me.
The result was that I lived on a platform of fear, anger and anxiety, constantly putting myself down, and living out the programming I internalized from an abused childhood. I needed to undress from the clutter of the external life I had created and clothe myself in a grace that stemmed from within.
In podcast episode 47, Edrina said, “Once you get the inside right, the outside takes care of itself.” That’s the journey I’ve been on. The journey inward. Allowing myself to fall apart, to become vulnerable and powerless so I can fall back together and discover how amazing life can be. To see through a heart that is free and peaceful, no longer enslaved.
The journey to rediscover your inner and amazing self will connect you to the Divine (whom I call God), to others and to the world and the universe around you in a way you could never imagine. This connection will bring you inner peace, inner joy, inner strength.
It will root you in the present moment, removing the stress of the past and the anxiety of the future. And who doesn’t want that?
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Growth is painful. Change is painful. But almost nothing is as painful as being stuck where you don’t belong.
When you’re not living your true amazing self, then you may be in a career you didn’t want, dealing with a relationship that’s not going how you intended, and generally living a life that’s being limited by, well…. You.
Today I talk about this and how it affected my life and how I went through the process of getting unstuck.
I also talk about how you can help support this podcast and learn a new hobby. I have two “on demand” online courses I teach that are very popular.
One is a masterclass in photography for beginners and the other is on how to build a website quickly and easily and with no coding.
They are inexpensive, popular and packed with valuable information.
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Here’s something to help you rise above your anger.
Anger is often an expression of fear but it’s definitely your body trying to tell you something about yourself. I remember being so angry, in fact I would be in a rage, that I would punch holes in walls, break furniture and make my family scared. I played mind games with my wife without even realizing it.
Today, I want to show you how to rise above your anger, like I did, by using a simple technique I learned and kept applying to my life.
If you were to ask my wife now how I am now compared to what I used to be you’d get a night and day comparison. I am very much more peaceful than I have ever been.
I don’t have those extreme swings in emotion. I still get angry occasionally but it’s not that violently erupting volcano of emotion that destroys everything it encounters. Today, I’m enjoying the new me.
This podcast starts with my visit to a Naturopathic Doctor who I discovered has a similar persona to me, where diversity is the only consistency. Join me in today’s podcast….
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00:00 Intro and my journey to see a Naturopath Doctor
12:20 Dealing with Anger
IMAGE: Will and Edrina Sinclair - "Before and After"
Healing your self image and learning to love yourself seems to be very difficult for many to do.
In this week’s podcast Edrina Sinclair talks about her self-image and how she translated her self-image to her weight until she realized that her body was just her shell, not her true inner self. Edrina shares what brought her to that point of personal transformation and how she is learning how to love herself.
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Many of us have made our lives so ‘busy’ because we have fallen into the trap of believing that being busy is a good thing. “The devil finds work for idle hands,” is an expression my mom used to say. Yet, most of the great religions in the world, including Christianity, discovered that our bodies, our minds, our souls are craving for quiet, for periods of great silence.
A large sign hangs in our retreat center with a quote from Mother Teresa, “Souls of great prayer are souls of great silence.” This is counter-cultural for our western world which thrives on busyness.
It’s much easier to be busy than to discover who you truly are and tap into the greatness that’s already you. Today’s message: SLOW DOWN.
As a child, I learned to become a people pleaser. Even though I wasn’t aware of it, what I really craved was love and acceptance. Through the dysfunctions of life I adopted the paradigm that love was conditional. You had to earn it. So, I pleased as many people as would allow me.
As an adult it transferred to also doing the “right thing”. Even failing became the right thing, because to some it meant you were at least out there trying, and I pleased them too. With God, I was afraid to do the wrong thing in case it displeased God.
Learning to calm and silence my mind, when it needed to be, helped me to drop all that from my body like old clothing. I became aware of the real and true me. I came into a deeper knowing of God and my awareness of what oneness with God and everything developed.
Although I still struggle at times with the need to please, my belief in and the awareness of who I truly am has evolved. It was in there already. I just had to rediscover it.
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You're never too old Daisy Low!
Who is Daisy Low? Discover who Daisy Low is and how her life in the early 1900’s may have affected your life today.
This woman, while her life was falling apart, ended up helping transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of girls throughout North America and possibly around the globe. Her life will inspire you.
Today’s message? YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD or too young.
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We need to be the face of love for others - The Power of the Volunteer
In podcast 42 I talked about writing a book and said that I sucked at the marketing. Well, Dr. Wayne Dyer said that ‘When the student is ready, the teachers will appear” and I was amazed at what I discovered on a shelf that very night.
Plus I talk about the power of the awesome volunteer greeter.
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If it’s true that you slowly become the environment you place yourself in, what environment are you placing yourself in to become the person you want to become?
People who are successful at what they do usually surround themselves with and associate with people who are already “successful” in that field.
Sometimes we have to create that environment to the best degree we can. Today, for my last podcast of 2016, I give a quick review of some of the books I’ve been listening to or reading that have helped me in creating my environment.
Join me in today’s year-end podcast.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is the challenging part. In this podcast Edrina and I talk about how Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love, using his 5 love languages, transformed our relationship. This is an amazing tool you will use over and over again once you have quickly learned to recognize both yours and your partner’s love language. Which one is yours? Join us in our 40th podcast!
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One of the great keys to attaining inner peace in your life is through the process of quieting and calming your mind through the practice of silence.
Today I explain how to practice this mystical art of silence that unlocks so many doors of true inner transformation for you.
Whether the person you are forgiving is alive or not, or hasn't even apologized to you, forgiveness is one of the most important keys in your journey toward inner healing of even the deepest of wounds.
Remember that forgiveness is NOT an emotion or a feeling. "Forgiveness" is a decision, though hard to make at times, will keep you from living in the often times turmoiled surface of your life. Unforgiveness will prevent you from reaching the "depths" where peace and strength and and inner joy preside.
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