Quality: Uplifted Spiritual Awareness
Message of Self-Mastery: Superconsciousness; endurance; perseverance; for completing tasks; living one’s highest potential; strong, steady energy; welcoming challenges; solution-orientation; for readiness to take the next step; determination despite setbacks.
Pattern of Disharmony: For making excuses; lack of endurance; problem-orientation; shakiness; escapism; a quitter; avoidance attitude; for the “last straw” feeling; for the inability to commit to putting out more energy.
I see every obstacle as an opportunity to rise in inner happiness and freedom!
|Realistic||Sense of readiness|
|Stamina-filled||Ready to face difficulties|
|Finding excuses||Trapped in the conscious mind|
About twenty years are required for the coconut palm tree to reach a state of full bearing-a perfect symbol for Coconut essence’s quality of perseverance. “Patience, endurance attaineth to all,” promised the Spanish saint Teresa of Avila. Coconut, then, helps us to commit to resolutions and solutions-and to believe that they are here to be found.
The positive Coconut state is splendid for completing tasks. We live in an age when one’s word means so little. We make promises and then break them. We start projects and then quit. In a recent Broadway play, the female lead confessed to her friend that she had once been married. “How long?” he asked. “Oh, I don’t know,” she replied, “but it seemed like weeks.” Of course this is a joke, although a sad one, revealing a certain lack of commitment and the express need for Coconut Essence.
Coconut gives a clearer, more spiritual focus. It will help to give you the energy to endure, or to rise above, every test. It shows us the value of seeing a challenge through to its conclusion, no matter how difficult it is. Poet Robert Frost put it well: “The best way out is always through.”
Some years ago, I had the opportunity to personally research Coconut while sitting in the dentist’s chair awaiting an impending root canal treatment. Having had one before, I knew I was in for one heck of a time, being a painful experience at best with an uncomfortable week or so of healing afterward. Beads of sweat gathered profusely on my upper lip in memory of a previous dental visit. “I can just walk out of here right now,” came the joyful, albeit cowardly, thought. But no- I was trapped. There was clearly no way out of this test except through what a friend once called “the icky middle.”
Then I remembered the bottle of Coconut in my purse and slipped a drop under my tongue. My state of mind changed instantly. Yes, the fear was still there, and so was I. But a subtle change had occurred, thanks to Coconut; I was then able to “get a grip on myself.” It was as though I had taken myself by the shoulders and said, “Look, you’re just going to have to go through with this. You know from past experience that it will probably hurt, but the good news is that it’s going to end.”
Coconut is the answer to our shakiness and lack of commitment. This remedy is epitomized by the intestinal fortitude of Olympic competitors who demonstrate superhuman skill and talent, and the ability to pick themselves up when they fall and “try, try again.”
“It’s not just athletic skill that molds winners,” writes John Anderson in an article entitled, “What Makes Olympic Champions?” 9 Answering his own question, Mr. Anderson pinpoints several necessary qualities: having a dream; being fired up; mustering the ability to bounce back; aiming high; having a back-up plan for trouble; never quitting despite setbacks; and making their own luck. In a nutshell, these are all outstanding qualities of Coconut.
Olympic winners, he observed, “mounted the winners’ stand not simply because of athletic talent but because of resolute inner fiber. Real winners in sports, as in business or school, are those whose failures inspire them to go at it again. Hanging in there despite setbacks teaches us the value of perseverance. An inner dynamo keeps Olympic champions going-for the possibility of a medal as well as the satisfaction of completing a difficult task against immense odds. That same effort can apply whether the task is a race, a difficult mathematics lesson or a corporate report.
These words of inspiration from 1994 Olympic competitors summarize the positive Coconut state:
“Of course there is a lot of pressure on us in Norway, but that only makes me stronger.” -Espen Bredesen, Norwegian ski jumper
“This time, it’s something I can do, not something I have to do. But it’s just my nature to go for the gold.” -Cathy Turner, USA speed skater
If we look symbolically at the coconut-the hard shell representing the body, the meaty pulp the mind and the subtly sweet milk the soul-we find a perfect metaphor for the vibrational message of the positive Coconut state: integration. “A tough nut to crack,” Coconut rewards our efforts with superconsciousness.
The defeatist attitude paraphrases a major negative Coconut trait. Coconut’s solution is, simply, not to give up. This essence addresses neither Strawberry’s self-doubt nor Pineapple’s lack of confidence, but rather a mere lack of committed energy. The conscious decision simply to give up or, worse yet never to begin, portrays the negative Coconut state. As W.C. Fields said comically, “If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” This attitude is an unmistakable cry for Coconut!
The negative Coconut state manifests as procrastination, making excuses, unwillingness or any form of escapism to avoid getting the job done. “My husband had put off repairing our furniture for so long-a year or more-that I finally gave up on him,” wrote Darlene. “Then I remembered Coconut. You should see our living room now! I’m proud to show it off to anyone who visits.”
Coconut tells us that every question has an answer, every problem a solution and every rainbow a pot of gold. But what we do not discover until reading the fine print is that the gold is not as easily attained as we might think-it’s more like winning the lottery! A “happily ever after” state of mind has nothing to do with outer realities-rather, it refers to the inner Coconut state of self-transformation, that “pearl of great price.”
Take up a new sport or hobby that stretches you, either physically or mentally, beyond your limits.
Analyze your present life. In one column, list problems-in the other, the solutions. Reflect on both columns and make needed changes for improvement.
One by one, finish projects that you have left incomplete. Mentally repeat the Coconut affirmation several times a day, especially when taking this essence.
You have just stepped out onto the ice for one last practice session before the skating competition. How many of those about to watch you realize the intense years of training that have gone into these mere four minutes of performance time? And who among them has experienced your love of skating-the unparalleled freedom of speed and strength on the ice or the sense of flying with perfect physical control?
The music begins and you give yourself to it. Gone now are the hours and years of training. Gone now is also the driving desire to |win. Only you and the ice exist, connected through the music. “The Blue Danube” blares through the loudspeakers, though to you, it seems to rise up out of the ice beneath your skates. All you need to do is follow it.
Using your arms and legs to pick up speed, you jump and spin. The familiar breeze through your hair and the coldness on your ears spur you on. Skating is always the same-so freeing, so empowering. Again, you jump, pushing up out of the ice, as it were, to lift yourself up and out of it. All the dance, gymnastics and yoga postures have made these moments possible. All the fluidity and sense of rhythm are yours through countless hours of discipline.
Music becomes movement, and movement becomes grace. Now, at last, you are ready for the performance.