I had a tough year.
Without going into gory details, let's just say I lost myself, my hope, and my faith. I hit a wall. Really hard. And it knocked me down and knocked me out.
I knew that wasn't me. I am not the kind of person who gets knocked down without getting back up again. And fast. It wasn't me. And yet...it was.
It was only after I went to dinner with a friend who I hadn't seen in that whole year, that I finally woke up. We had what I thought was a very nice dinner. I put on my high heels and happy face and thought that was enough. I was shocked when my friend asked me, "Where's Shana? I don't even know who this person is in front of me."
Mind you, this guy didn't know anything about the year that had just transpired. He had no context other than what was directly in front of him. Or, I should say, what wasn't.
I woke up the next day and, well, I woke up.
I decided that day that I was going to shift my life back into high gear where it belonged. I didn't know how, but I was going to get my life back. I was going to get me back. And better. Period.
Though it's been years since I played with The Law of Attraction, I figured it was a good place to start. I spent a day listening to "The Secret" on loop, and played it while I slept.
Literally the next morning, I got a call from a bona fide billionaire saying he would like me to work with his daughter. Oh...did I mention that not only did I disintegrate last year, but my business did, too? Well, it did.
This new mini yogis client seemed like a Godsend. And he wanted privates 4 - 5 times a week.
I get to their house and they have a dog named Bowie. As in, David Bowie. Stay tuned...this becomes important.
The little girl, as it turns out, has some pronounced special needs. Honestly, that is my favorite population to work with, because it gives me a chance to really make an impact.
And these kids make a real impact on me.
You see, this beautiful little girl may not be neurotypical, but she is superhuman in one incredible way: she has a direct connection to God. Her focus is inconsistent and challenged, but every few minutes, she pulls herself back into her body and touches her heart and says, "Jesus is in my heart," or looks to heaven and says, "God loves me."
I'm Jewish, but it is impossible not to be moved on a soul level to see how she connects with her faith.
And then I realized:
I thought this student was sent to me to help me with my income. I was wrong. She was sent to me to help me with my faith.
This girl has all the money in the world, anything she can dream of can be hers, sky's the limit. But when she looks to the sky, all she sees is God. She doesn't know or care about money. And she holds all the wisdom of the universe.
It was our third class together that I realized that though Bowie was named after a rockstar, the word "Bowie" means "Come To Me" in Hebrew.
. means come to me בואי
I had instituted the Law of Attraction and this girl came to me as a gift. Instantly.
To take it one step further: one of the things I have really been struggling with this past year has been validation. Feeling unappreciated and unvalued in this world. I kid you not, the next day--literally, the next day! that is how quickly my life is shifting!--I was running the Santa Monica Stairs and a woman in a David Bowie tee shirt stopped me in the middle of a set just to tell me how much I inspire her. I had never met this woman in my life. She just delivered a message I needed to hear.
And when I finished my sets, a man started talking to me. He flattered me a lot with his words and then I noticed he had a tattoo on his wrist that said "Psalm 23." Anyone who followed me on Facebook during the pandemic knows that I did 365 consecutive days of Psalm 23 reflections and it was the cornerstone of my sanity. I also say it every night before bed. When we were done talking, I pulled out my phone to text him my Psalm 23 archive and the first thing to pop on my screen was a story about a songwriter who had just passed with a link to his most famous song, "My Cup Runneth Over." An allusion to Psalm 23. And a pretty important reminder about my life, as well.
All is coming to me. Bowie. All is coming.
And this is just one cascading example. Truth be told, my entire life has shifted gears in just two weeks. And in too many ways to recount without putting you to sleep.
All this is to say: this shirt can change your life. (You can also get it on mugs, hats, and 128 different items)
How? Have you ever read about the water crystal experiment? In it, Japanese researcher, Masaru Emoto, put different words on the outside of a glass of water to see if they affected the crystals that formed when the water was frozen. What he found was astounding. The positive words like "love" or "happiness" created beautiful, magnificent crystals. And the negative words like "hate" or "anger" created dark and misshapen ones.
So, what do you think will happen when you wear this powerful word upon your heart?
In Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism), it is said that merely scanning a word, focusing on the letters, or meditating on it can create a direct connection to the Divine.
For so many reasons, Bowie has now become my mantra, and wearing this powerful symbol across my heart reminds me every day that, like God Himself, I am a creator, and I create my life with my thoughts. Every minute of every day.