Lately, I have heard some people say some interesting things to me. Though they are things that one might expect people to say if they knew I was host of a show called “LIFEChanges With Filippo,” or if they had ever read one of my blog posts, but not necessarily from just having met me, and knowing nothing about me at all. “This stuff,” must be oozing out of me. But nonetheless, even if it is “oozing” out, I wouldn’t expect certain people to see it, or recognize it, but they are.
As an example, one of the things that happened to me recently, was that I was at a party. This was just a party, but the “where” the party was, and who was there, is very telling for those who know. This was a party not just in Orange County, but in an exclusive gated community. For those who don’t know, right away that would, as a rule, indicate, that the party goers were very conservative, business people, and republican. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, that’s not why I mention this. I mention this because one expects a certain type of conversation to have taken place there, which is not necessarily the kind of conversation one would expect in a Hollywood party, with artsy people who would, stereotypically, be democratically minded and more “liberal,” as labels go.
Whether I like stereotypes or labels, people still use them, and I use them here for the sake of understanding the point, which in my opinion transcends all labels and stereotypes, and therein lies part of the beauty of this story. At this party, a man walks up to me and tells me how he had noticed me walking into the room and right away he turned to his wife and told her that I was a very special man. While talking to me, his wife approached us and not only wanted to meet me, but wanted a picture of the two of us together. After taking the picture, the wife proceeded to tell me what he had told her and that he was determined to talk to me and that he knew I was the reason why they had come to the party.
What ensued was a conversation, in which this man “confessed” to me that he was a “closeted” awakened being, or in the process of awakening. He proceeded to tell me that he knew he was not helping the cause of the betterment of the world and the planet, but rather that he was part of the problem. He told me that he was the CEO of a major company in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and he knew that some of what he was overseeing his company do, and putting out into the world, was not healthy, not for people, or the planet.
He went on to say that if he told anyone at work, or in his Industry, they would think he was crazy, and that he did not see a way to turn it around while within the current paradigm. At the same time, he told me that he did not see a way where he could get out of the predicament in which he currently found himself. He and his wife currently had two children and had a third one on the way. They lived in a very exclusive neighborhood and lived a certain kind of extravagant lifestyle, that though he no longer felt compelled to live, he could not see anyway around it, because of his “position” in his Industry, and his current, personal and professional circle of friends and colleagues.
If there is anything I have learned in my life, is that, “coming out” of any paradigm, culture, religion, social structure, Industry, etc., can be extremely hard, can seem impossible, can be… If done prematurely, before the person is really ready, or id done without guidance or role models, this process could lead to destruction on many levels. On the other hand, with good support from many different factors, this process can be, well, amazing and wonderful, and the best thing that ever happened…
At once, I felt the responsibility to this man, to his family, to his company, to the planet… It was a delicate moment for me. o may thoughts went through my mind and so many feelings rushed through my being. This is exciting. Something big is happening, and we ALL are a part of it. And each of us is “coming out” of our personal closets and the planet too is “coming out” of a darkness and we’re all going to help each other through it and see each other happily on the other side.
As for the man who approached me, after reflecting, I knew that everything that was said was all that needed to be said in that moment. I smiled at him a knowing smile that also said, “it’s going to be alright, and you’re doing it, not to worry, we’re all here for you.” I thought I saw tears fill his eyes, and I opened up my arms and we hugged.
I’ve given him my card and told him I was a Life Coach and that I would be honored to help him through the process, so stay tuned. But call me or not, he is well on his way and much progress was made. One giant step for him, one small step for the planet. Open up those closets people, and don’t just come out, take out all those skeletons and things we don’t need anymore. It’s time for a good Spring Cleaning!