What is Normal?


Stepford Wives (movie, 1975)

Stepford Wives (movie, 1975)

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “normal” as: 2 a: according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle b: conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern.

Hmm…  I’m wondering how many of us creative souls want to be normal? Conforming to a standard?  Sounds boring.

Being different and unique only helps our lives as artists, right?  Our broad outlook on the world and relationships gives us an edge to insight. A different plane of thinking, if you will.

Speaking of “different planes,” I recently had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Riseley, author of Love from Both Sides – A True Story of Soul Survival and Sacred Sexuality.  Here is a woman whose husband died in her arms, and now he comes back to “chat” with her. (You’ll have to tune in here next week to get the whole story!)

Whether you believe in communing with the spiritual world or not, it is not normal, even Stephanie says so. Yet, it is magical. 

And can’t we all use a little more magic in our lives?

Maybe normal thinking for you is holding you back, in your relationships or career. Keeping you from taking a chance on the unknown. Are you capable of breaking free from conformity?

“The possibility of stepping into a higher plane is quite real for everyone. It requires no force or effort or sacrifice. It involves little more than changing our ideas about what is normal.”

Deepak Chopra, Author and Speaker

So, what is normal?

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