Reflect on the space created by what has been released.
Since my last note, I’ve been walking my talk and consciously letting go of a lot of old stuff as the winter season calls me into deeper reflection.
Major changes are afoot for many of us and, now more than ever, it’s important to stay connected to the perspective of a higher intelligence at work in our lives.
And even if you’re not navigating anything major these days, I know you have those constant *little* things to deal with (work, traffic, holiday prep, etc, etc…)
The intuitive pathway is one of constant release and reflection, and even when we get good at heeding our intuition we are still susceptible to the noise of worldly life that overwhelms the still, small sound of the inner voice.
It’s helpful to have tools and exercises to help keep us inspired and aligned with who-we-really-are.
In my classes, I often use visual arts as a doorway to help students get in touch with their intuitive ability to read others. But when I’m walking the path outside of private sessions and classes, one tool that I use to consciously connect with my own still, small voice is poetry.
Here is one of my favorites, written during a time of deep release and reflection.
I hope it will inspire you to rest in reflection whenever you have a quiet moment this week.
Put down the phone. Lay down your cares. Take a deep breath.
Invite your still, small voice to speak through the simple flow of nature’s rhythm…
sculpture of spirit
i sense you best
in quiet moments,
as windy fingers play
with the tops of trees.
each purge of leaves
you have plans.
this world is an art-work.
negative and positive space.
complete in each moment,
and yet never done.
you work the same way within.
churning past all misgivings,
it is your grace that forms us.
m.maccartney © 2017
When we hang on to old patterns, we struggle.
When we let go, we transcend.
That’s it. There’s not much more to the process of letting go than to simply let go.
In quiet moments, reflect on the space and peace left by the absence of the chattering thoughts and fears you no longer need.
Sending lots of healing vibes to you now as you clear and release any debris left in your energy from 2017. December is a time of reflection before setting intentions for the new year. May your reflections bring you peace and empowerment from the inside out this week.
I’ll be in touch again soon!
In Peace, Wisdom and Love
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Release resentment and amplify gratitude...
This week, I'm so grateful to share that I recently joined homes with my sweetheart!
We’d been talking about it for a while, and everything aligned just right, at just the right time. Not only are we now both super happy to be able to smooch and snuggle whenever we want, our 3 cat “kids” are already getting along great (mostly, lol)!
And funny enough, as I enjoy this new phase of love and family in my life, I find myself in the same neighborhood I lived in when I dreamt it up over a decade ago.
Yep, literally right down the street.
As I explore this familiar place with new eyes, I recall far too many memories of loneliness, dating stress and fear from those years. Back then, I wondered if I was just “supposed” to stay alone. So many others had what I wanted and I couldn’t seem to “get it right.”
Surely, either there was something wrong with me or I’d been dealt a very limited hand by the universe.
Despite the loving voice of my intuition telling me to be patient and focus on my spirituality, my human self resented having to stay single while it starved for that ideal relationship that might never come.
Along the way, I realized that as long as this negativity dominated my energy about what I wanted, I would just keep drawing in the same patterns of lack.
Over and over... and OVER again
Eventually, I was done.
I began to practice consciously pointing my thoughts towards gratitude for the present moment, and everything started to sparkle more. My friendships strengthened, my self-care practice expanded, family relationships flourished, my body healed, my emotions became more resilient and my intuition sharpened. Even my dating life got better, even if it wasn’t quite the time to meet “the one”.
There was so much time to explore who I was as a spiritual being, which in turn would show me what I really wanted out of life.
I learned to be grateful for that time and space, exactly as it was.
And then... the magical mystery of a happy life began to unfold.
When we begin to practice looking at everything we resent or perceive as “unwanted” as the perfect stepping stone to where we long to be, reality changes before our very eyes.
Yes, we can still kick and scream in moments when things get frustrating. That is the human way after all. BUT… when we also keep that in mind, everything in life can be shifted into a positive gift instead of a negative challenge, even when times are tough.
So, what have you been kicking and/or screaming about lately?
What has you feeling resentful instead of grateful?
Is it your love life, job, family, finances, social life, spiritual life or health?
Look closely, and you may be able to see your burden as a gift that is actually guiding you towards what your spirit really wants for you.
Ask yourself one or more of the following questions to re-frame your struggle…
1. IF THIS SITUATION IS GIVING ME WHAT I DON’T WANT, HOW MIGHT IT BE SHOWING ME WHAT I DO WANT?
This one’s good for love and relationships. Single and plagued with nightmare dates or none at all? Maybe you’re learning to say “no” to what you don’t want instead of accepting anything less than that. Coupled and unhappy? Maybe you want to shift the present dynamics and let love grow and then again, maybe you know deep down that your partner is no longer right for you. Time to get really honest with yourself about what you want and acknowledge with gratitude that the road to getting there may not be easy, but it will be worth it.
2. IF I STICK WITH THIS SITUATION FOR A WHILE, WILL IT HELP OR HINDER MY ABILITY TO REACH FOR WHAT I WANT?
This one’s for that J-O-B that’s not ideal, but is funding your ability to quit and start something that makes your spirit sing in the foreseeable future. The same soul-sucking J-O-B when you have that long awaited cushion in the bank? It may instead be holding you back from making a significant move out of fear of the unknown. Depending on which one fits, it’s either time to muster your patience and/or your courage. You may have to stick it out for the long term in support of bigger goals or make the leap to set things in motion, but either way… acknowledge with gratitude that you’re on your way to something better.
3. AM I WAITING FOR MY CIRCUMSTANCES TO CHANGE SO THAT I CAN CHANGE?
This one works for any and all situations that foster resentment. If you’re waiting for external circumstances to shift in just the right way so that you can feel better or make an important change, you’ll feel like a dog chasing its tail for as long as that goes on. Attracting circumstances that resonate with your spirit is, first and foremost, an inside job. As long as you feel stuck in unworkable situations, you will be. Imagine now that the way in which you experience your reality has everything to do with how you choose to look at it. Thoughts frame our experience and we have the ability to become conscious of what we are thinking so that we can keep thoughts that are working and replace those that don’t with those that do. Acknowledge with gratitude that you have the power to choose your thoughts about what-is!
And as always, I recommend choosing intuitive thoughts over the logical ones when it comes to all of this hocus-pocus, create-your-life stuff.
Logic wants immediate results and works on cause and effect, and intuition sees the big picture beyond the measurable data.
Take a few deep breaths now, place your hand on your heart and ask,
“What do I need to know now about my path, for the highest and best of all concerned.”
Pull an oracle card or two, if you have them, or just let your guides speak to you through meditation, synchronicity and signs.
It may take a moment, it may take days. But the answers will come if you ask and listen gently for their arrival. Remember, intuition is called “that still, small voice within”. It won’t compete with our kicking and screaming, but it will offer solutions if we’re open to them.
Gratitude for the present moment is healing because it calms us.
When we’re calm we can hear that still, small voice SO much better.
Here’s to a great day of thanks this Thursday, I hope you celebrate at least one or two sweet stepping stones that are present in your life right now.
In Peace, Wisdom and love,
Check back for next week’s post:
Step #4 in the Process of Letting Go:
Reflect on the space created by what has been released.
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When it comes to how we use language in service to intuitive living, loving, growing and healing, there are 2 things that can restrict the flow at every turn.
Thing #1 is Expectation and Thing #2 is Criticism.
While these energies can be kept in check, none of us are immune to them. They’re sneaky little buggers that long to keep us feeling like we’re in charge of things, nourishing the illusion of control in our consciousness much to the dismay of our inner peace. And while they mean well, they will never get us where we want to go if we desire to live in harmony with our intuitive spirit.
A part of you may be thinking, “But isn’t it just human to have expectations and criticisms? They can’t be THAT big of a problem...”
Well sure, if we choose to stay focused in the ordinary world of conflict and drama that most of us grew up in, they’re a natural part of the deal. In that world, you can bank on how you expect life to go and then criticize how things turn out when they don’t meet your expectations. And once the disappointment clears, the cycle repeats itself (over and over and over again…). Does that sound familiar? Does it make you crazy? I get it, believe me. And I’m delighted to tell you there’s a way out if you’re up to the task.
To shift the tide, you must be willing to examine the way you use your words (both internally and externally) and consciously use them to empower instead of dis-empower.
For example, many years ago I confronted a life-long battle with my weight and related health challenges by taking a good hard look at the way I was talking about it. I was always trying to figure out if I was destined to never enjoy being in my body or if anyone outside of myself could hand me an answer. I also hopefully expected a magic pill to come along, or the perfect diet that would take off the pounds. As you can imagine, those things never came. And what did I do? I criticized myself day and night for not being able to “get it right”, for feeling terrible in my own skin, for not feeling beautiful, for never being enough. I criticized restaurants for serving too much food, the culture for encouraging skinny bodies as much as it encouraged overeating, and my own metabolism for being “broken” and unable to keep up.
Needless to say, it was not until I released expectation for that magic solution and started to ask my body what it needed from me that I found a way forward. I dove into my intuitive development path which opened new doors where before there were none. As I started making choices through what felt right for me instead of how the rest of the world did things, I was led to solutions that were just right for me. It was at that time in my life when I began to integrate 2 very important concepts that would shift that vicious cycle of expectation and criticism so that I could grow, heal and release limitations whenever they arose.
The first concept is: Love where you are NOW.
This goes for any area in which you desire to heal or change. Don’t expect yourself to magically shift into a better version of yourself, or handle it the way others would. Embrace your health crisis, your extra weight, your grief, loneliness confusion, and even that job you hate. Ask your spirit what lesson or message can be mined from the situation. Wisdom is everywhere and in everything, and only you can confirm what the message is because intuition is a language spoken between your spirit and your heart. Love is the bridge to who you really are and what you really know.
The second concept is: You have the power to CHOOSE.
Criticism of what-is often stems from a belief that an unwanted thing is unchangeable. We humans vent frustration by complaining and criticizing and while that can provide a temporary sense of relief, the unwanted thing only gains traction and strength when we focus upon it with such force. When life is approached with the knowledge that we are the result of our choices, we can then recognize that we can choose our way to a new reality. It may take some practice and dedication, but it really is that simple.
Another big challenge these lessons presented was how to make good choices (and trust myself to do so). I never had a lot of strong desires or opinions growing up and had a fairly humble upbringing filled with a lot of loss and grief. I had learned over the years not to want much and to accept the hand I was dealt. So, how was I to choose out of this body and life I had found myself so unhappy in?
For me, intuition became everything. I could plan away my life but without consulting my intuition first, my plans felt empty and pointless. Even when dreaming of my ideal job, mate, home and lifestyle… I found consulting my intuitive feelers to be much more gratifying than shooting for anyone else’s version of success. As a result of this shift, I have lived in a much more empowered reality full of synchronicity and expansion ever since.
And while I wish I could tell you my old friends Expectation and Criticism never stop by for a visit, that would be a lie. The difference between now and then however is, when they do – I take it as a sign that I need to become more present to the subject at hand.
I ask myself, “How can I listen to this situation better, with love? How can I choose something different that will spin this pattern in a positive direction”. And then, instead of trying to control life from a place of powerlessness, I’m able to make an intuitive choice to transform what-is into something that can grow, heal and expand in the flow.
Try clearing your slate this week by releasing old expectant and critical words that are no longer working for you as we prepare to contemplate the importance of gratitude and spiritual re-framing in the coming weeks.
How can you LOVE where you are now so you can CHOOSE something better?
With Peace, Love and Wisdom
COMING NEXT WEEK:
STEP #3 IN THE PROCESS OF LETTING GO
Release Resentment and Amplify Gratitude
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You may be familiar with the phrase “Just let it go”.
And, if you’re like me, you know it’s true and yet at some points in life you may still kick and scream about it... asking big questions like “HOW do I do it?” or “WHY do I have to?”. While there are as many ways to let go as there are souls on this planet, and the reasons why it’s important may always remain a mystery to our conscious minds… I still want to share some things that may help you along on your path of intuitive living as you learn to let go of things both big and small, allowing the voice of your spirit to guide you into higher and better views with each step you take.
It’s November, after all – and this is the time of year in which plants release their leaves to conserve energy through the chilly season ahead. Because of this process of release, new life will be created. New leaves will sprout abundantly to celebrate the promise of Spring. But first, release and rest must occur.
The same is true for us as spiritual beings. The intuitive life force that runs through us is the same intelligence that runs through the plants and trees, informing them that it’s time to let go of what drains them. If we’re going with our innate flow, we’ll do our best to follow that intuition and reap the benefits. When we fight it, we’ll certainly tire ourselves out and even make ourselves sick in the process.
Keep reading to find out the first thing you must release in order to keep your energy high as you nurture intuitive and spiritual growth in the next year.*
*While many feel January is the time to set a new course, it can actually be difficult to do without preparing yourself and clearing the slate before it gets here. Before you plant new seeds, take time to harvest and till the soil…
STEP #1 IN THE PROCESS OF LETTING GO
Release worry and judgment from your thoughts.
Look close enough at the privacy of your own mind, and you will probably find consistent thoughts that stress you out or depress you, even if they are never actually helpful. If you feel anxious and don’t have a concrete reason, go into silence and see what your self-talk has been doing to your sense of well-being. I’m willing to bet it often tells you that life is hard, you never have enough time, you can’t handle everything you need to do, this world is in trouble, people are difficult or something else that puts your inner world on the defense. When your thoughts are telling you that our environment is stressful, your body responds by pumping stress hormones and preparing you to fight, freeze or flee. Without the release of these hormones through physical exertion, you will experience it as an underlying anxiety that creates nervousness, sleeplessness and general overwhelm. And if you’re not generating this anxiety first hand, you may be absorbing the energy from others.
And guess what? if this is consistently happening without any conscious clearing of your mind and body the small, still voice of your inner wisdom doesn't have much chance of being heard.
If worry and judgment have been overriding your clarity lately, try this: Release thoughts that don’t serve you by replacing them by ones that do. Consult oracle tools to get a higher perspective (and trust that perspective). Acknowledge your fear and your intellect’s desire to help keep you safe by staying in worry and judgment and then state that you choose to know that you have enough time, you can handle all the things, this world is what you make of it and everyone is doing their best with this human experience in their own way.
If you’re still having trouble settling your mind, move your body through exercise and bring that mental energy down a few notches. You’ll feel more relaxed, trust your inner guidance and sleep better when you’ve released that stress the old-fashioned way. To intensify the effects of mindset changes and physical release, clear your energy each day with mindful breathing, meditation, Reiki, Qi-gong, yoga, meditative walking, art, or any other practice intended to align you to your inner peace, where your intuition can be heard loud and clear.
As I always say, we take a shower and brush our teeth each day… why would we not need to cleanse our thoughts and energy as well? Feel clear from the inside out. This week, focus on releasing worries and judgments that no longer serve you.
Coming next week:
STEP #2 IN THE PROCESS OF LETTING GO
Release expectation and criticism from your words.
Enjoy a week full of Peace, Wisdom and Love,
PS. Contact me for personal support in allowing trust and acceptance to prevail over worry and judgment this holiday season.
As the holiday season begins, many are donning costumes and masks to celebrate Halloween.
I didn’t make it to any costume parties this year, but in years’ past I’ve had a lot of fun participating. While playing a character and getting my make-up just right is always a big part of it, what’s even better about these events is how perfect strangers relate through playfulness for a few hours, foregoing all seriousness about the social masks we wear under our fantasy façades.
When I embarked on my journey of spiritual awareness, one of the first puzzles I grappled with is how many masks we wear to get through modern life, and why we wear them. In the fear-based mindset of competition and the thought-based mindset of “looking good”, we start to build our masks quite early in life. Wanting to be loved by family, accepted by peers, and honored as “winners”, we start to collect a closet full of costumes to be worn at the appropriate times and places. And if we find we can’t or don’t want to fit into established groups, we may choose to find alternative power in the role of rebel, hermit or loner. Regardless of which direction we take, we tend to choose the characters that creates a storyline we can live with, even when those characters cause us to suffer.
Awakening to the intuitive spirit requires us to examine the masks we wear and how they keep us from acknowledging our true essence as we live our human lives. When we mistakenly identify with these personas and appearances, we live in a world of confusion and suffering that is relieved only by temporary moments of peace. However, when we identify with the intuitive essence that animates our lives from within - we live in a reality of peace that is fortified by the lessons that come from temporary suffering, while not being controlled by them.
It is said that the tradition of wearing masks on Halloween began in ancient times when people wanted to keep negative energies from slipping through the veil and into their homes. If they painted themselves to be unrecognizable, the bad spirits would pass them by and they would be safe for the next year. If you think about it, that’s kind of why we hide behind our social masks, too. We want to stay safe from uncertain energy when we’re out in the world, and once we feel safe enough to take off the mask (with certain people, in certain places, or only when alone) we then can be truly present. Unfortunately, that means most of our time is spent appearing in a certain way instead of listening to and acting upon the authentic inner voice that makes the most difference in living a present and powerful life. It also means that together, we’re creating a world where many don’t consider it safe to reveal our true selves to each other, creating more of the same in turn.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if we all allowed ourselves to be seen as the genuine, eternal beings that we are? Sure, we’ll probably always need a certain type of veil between us so that we can continue to learn and grow from our experiences together. Boundaries are good. But what if that veil evolved to be so thin that we could acknowledge the barriers and masks between us and not take them so seriously? Human life would be revealed as the giant costume party that it is, and the true wisdom of spirit may have a chance to heal us through the laughter and dancing that would commence.
I know I’m in…. are you?
Can you think of some masks that have covered your true essence over the years?
Here are some popular ones with alternatives to try on when you want to make a change…
Damsel in Distress - feeling stranded in life, waiting for the right person or time to come before you can enjoy freedom and happiness.
Empowered Alternative: Super Hero – Call upon your intuitive superpowers to help you make stronger choices and be more present to your innate ability to make a difference for yourself, no matter what your circumstances.
Evil Queen – feeling as if you must be all powerful, detached or in control to triumph over a life that is inherently unfair.
Empowered Alternative: Fairy Godmother - Call upon your intuitive magic to help you turn negative situations into learning opportunities. With a new attitude driven by your deep desire to feel better about life, your wish for happiness is your own command!
Zombie – feeling as if you’re wandering through life and merely existing. You’re feeling slow and sluggish and it’s all you can do to make it to work and take care of your basic needs. As for fun, joy and connection? For you, there are no such things.
Empowered Alternative: Movie Star– Call upon your intuitive imagination to envision yourself as the star of your own story. Whether you are living in a tragedy, a comedy, a fantasy or somewhere in between – you get to be honored for your important role in everything that happens to your character (First and foremost, by yourself).
The key is simply to remember that no matter what role you play at any given time, the real you is just beneath it – deciding how it will interact in this world of masks and dramas. When you’re feeling disempowered or lost, the antidote is usually to bring the opposite energy into your being and find your center once again. Consult your intuition and it will help you become more present while staying patient and merciful with yourself and those around you.
Happy Halloween, my friend – may the veils that separate you from peace stay thin this week!
In Peace, Love and Wisdom,
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There is so much change in the air lately. Can you feel it?
It’s autumn, and many of us are releasing the past as we move homes, change relationship status, deal with health challenges and finalize plans for job changes and retirement. We’re looking back at the year and thinking of the holidays ahead, knowing they’re probably going to fly past us far too fast before the new year is once again upon us.
Much of this rapid change is due to the natural flow of life force energy, and that natural flow has a way of echoing itself in our inner consciousness as much as it does the collective. Trees are releasing leaves that no longer thrive. Opposing energies shift power back and forth on the public stage. The earth shifts its rhythm, shaking up humanity in powerful ways.
And deep inside is our personal experience of it all.
You may be wondering what’s next. Major change seems to have taken over many lives lately, and if you’re not mindful – you might start to feel like something is wrong. Take a moment now to consider… what if everything is as it should be? What if we are all learning something important that we could not learn if these changes did not occur? Our minds like to feel comfortable in predictable patterns, and while those patterns can fortify us for the next growth spurt they have little power to challenge our consciousness to change what is not working and release old energy that is ripe for renewal.
In stasis, nothing grows.
I’m reminded of the story of the sacred Phoenix when I think about all of this. In case you’ve not heard about this awesome creature, it’s a mythical bird that burns in flames at the end of its life and is reborn from the ashes. It has eternal life but must continually go through this process of death and renewal to move forward, much like the spiritual self that dwells within each of us. The message of the phoenix has been coming to mind a lot this week and it’s also been showing up in a lot of readings. This symbolic totem of rebirth reminds us that to truly be renewed, we must allow the destructive fires of change to transform us so that we can be reshaped from the ashes of our old self.
At any given time, we are burning in the fires of change, being reformed or taking flight into new life as wiser and more present beings. And to make things even more confusing, this is happening in different areas of life at different times, constantly. No one is immune to these cycles, and the more we can accept these divinely orchestrated patterns of life as they are, the more we can be conscious and compassionate as we walk each other through them.
Take a look at your life and your thoughts now. What has been causing you the most suffering lately? What has you the most confused? If you were to put a timeline on this predicament, can you tell where you are in the cycle of death and rebirth?
Are you the phoenix taking flight? It may be time to celebrate and allow things to be easy. Find the updraft and ride it into the stratosphere! Cast your fears aside and envision great heights for this next phase. When you allow fear to win at this time, you may limit or hinder your time in flight. Time to burn and transform will come again… but now is the time to feel joy and gratitude for your new phase of life. Allow it in and enjoy.
Are you the phoenix burning in the fires of transformation? Be gentle with yourself, this is the most challenging part of transformation. You may need to carefully look for the hidden lesson or blessing in your circumstance. What is happening right now that will help you gain spiritual strength and perseverance? Pushing against it will only cause more pain. Allow your conscious self to be transformed by what is happening. Often, these times come to fortify your faith in a higher power so it can guide you through the dark night. Breathe deep, this process can hurt but it won’t last forever.
Are you the phoenix being reformed in the ashes? Practice patience with yourself, with others and with life. You are healing from a recent upheaval and healing takes time. Do what you can to aid that healing. Practice good self-care, get lots of rest and hold the possibility for a full recovery. Honor your pain for what it is, but try not to hold onto it for too long. You’ll be born again once the time is right, and it should be relatively soon. Trust life to take care of you and take the next steps with courage.
From the ashes, You Will Rise.
Hope this note has been of help, no matter where you find yourself in this sacred cycle of change. Take care of yourself and honor your path.
Wishing you peace, wisdom and love always.
When traveling out west a few weeks ago, I was blessed to see some of the most breathtaking places on planet earth. Their beauty was beyond compare and the magic within that beauty gave me an attunement of sorts… maybe better described as an “awareness expansion”. Before my adventure, I was told by my guides that this was to be the third in a series of natural awareness expansions I was to experience over the summer (to recap: #1 was the totality of the Great Eclipse and #2 was the chaotic pressures of Hurricane Irma) and so I went in with an open heart, ready to embrace the Spirit of life on yet another new level.
Slack-jawed at every turn, what struck me the most about the region is one very specific similarity between the various natural wonders that I witnessed… As solid, deep and expansive as they were, each one was carved carefully and meticulously by the flow of water. Flash floods are responsible for the satin smooth walls of Antelope Canyon. Rivers and springs etched the graceful lines that dance across the mountains of Zion National Park. And one single river has patiently woven its way through the desert landscape to carve out what we now call the Grand Canyon.
Water, being the source of all life as we know it, literally poured through these places for eons to create some of the most magical and unique energies on earth. Each place has its own persona, its own geological makeup and its own metaphysical fingerprint. The orange walls of Antelope Canyon are receptive and sensual. The mountains of Zion are commanding and still. And as for the Grand Canyon, few can tear themselves away from the balance of energies that blow in its winds. Both active and passive, safe and dangerous… its essence is that of the wisest spirit guide imaginable, leaving its pilgrims humbled and elevated all in the same moment.
And just as life-giving water carved out the wonders of the western U.S, lifeforce flows and carves out stories and personas for each and every other sacred place on earth. A perfect balance of life’s elements creates every natural and amazing thing we can behold with our senses.
With that in mind… did you know that YOU TOO ARE A SACRED SPACE, carved out by the same forces on an energetic level?
Your life is a canyon that has been carved by the flow of spirit moving through it. Experience by experience, you too have been receiving attunements that have continually taken you to the next level of understanding. Sometimes these “awareness expansions” take so long that you may fail to notice that you are indeed different than you once were. But if you look carefully you can see that your thoughts run a little deeper than they once did, much like the rivers that sink into stone to form new landscapes over time. With each genuine wish for inner peace to replace your suffering, lifeforce flows and creates opportunities for you to let the transformation in.
Yet, it’s only when you come to know your true self as a channel of life (instead of a controller or victim of it) that you can experience yourself as the mighty canyon that you are, capable of being still, receptive, beautiful, strong and balanced in any given moment.
Take a minute now to reflect on the last time you received an “awareness expansion”. What events and people have passed through your life to leave you deeper and wiser because of their presence? Remember, as much as the power of life-force can be renewing, it can also be destructive. Maybe the events and people that come to mind signify a challenging phase that is currently carving more depth and wisdom into your awareness. I get it, believe me. And I know it takes stamina and a whole lot of patience to sit and allow the new landscape to form within you.
I also know beyond a doubt that it’s worth the wait.
If this is the case for you, here’s a thought that might help… Think of the last big wish you put out there to Life/ God/ Source/ Spirit. Did you want more confidence? More wisdom? More love? Perhaps more freedom? Think of anything (non-material) that you have really been wanting to be fortified with lately. Then think of the challenge you wrestle with (past or present). Place your hand on your heart. Take a DEEEEEEEEP breath. Ask your intuition… “How has this challenge been a lesson to grant me my wish?”
You may be surprised at the answer.
I’m holding the space for you to hear it, take it in and allow it to form new wonderous passages within you!
Keep me posted and leave a comment below.
In Peace, Love and Wisdom always,
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On Monday October 2nd, you may have awoken to the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. And as you continued to process the stress brought on by the natural disasters that have ravaged the earth this summer, your heart broke open even wider to hear the news of yet another disaster… this time, man-made. The shooter seems to have taken his motive to the grave, leaving senselessness in his wake. Just like a hurricane, destroying lives and dissolving in a matter of hours, this event opened the door to countless interpretations about why things bad things happen to good people.
Arguments will rage on and you may want to find someone to blame. Fear about what’s around the corner will prevail. You may feel helpless to do anything to change things. You may also feel like there is little good left in the world.
I want to help turn that around for you, right this very moment.
You see, while you were taking in the tragic images and sounds on the television, I found myself in an odd situation. I was in lockdown in the basement level of a Las Vegas hotel, across the street from the concert venue. We waited patiently for 7 hours for reliable news about what was happening outside (as it changed minute by minute). Some sat in silence and some talked among themselves, coming to terms with the moment. We checked our phones, called loved ones and tried to sleep. It was not until I saw the same news coverage as you did, the next morning – when I began to feel traumatized too.
Before that moment, I knew that I had not experienced nearly the same thing as the concert goers I walked passed at 5:00am on the way back to my hotel. Their ghostly faces revealed pain that would take some serious time to heal and release. For me, I merely had to sit still until the coast was clear. I was protected for some reason. I was there for some reason. I took it as a message to stand more strongly in my purpose on this planet to elevate peace, love and wisdom over the rage, fear and hubris that keeps humanity disconnected from its true essence.
When I see the truth of that, I feel empowered to hold a space of deep peace for those who face tragedy head-on. I feel empowered to send light, donate resources and amplify the possibility of healing for them and anyone else going through chaos right now. But when I subject myself to repeatedly watching the horrors of what occurred, I lose all resourcefulness. I then become a victim who needs healing, not a healer who can send healing.
Whether you were hundreds of feet away or thousands of miles away, you also have a choice about how you will respond to the challenging realities that are upon us.
I’m not saying don’t pay attention to what is occurring in our world today. It’s important to know and be informed, and to process your emotions about it all. What I AM saying is that it does no good to traumatize yourself by watching the images over and over or by sinking into the belief that, because of angry and disconnected souls like the Las Vegas shooter, there is no good left in the world.
You know why? Because YOU are that good. You could not see darkness for what it is otherwise. When you say there is no good left, you dis-empower yourself as an agent of change, love and light. And we need you now more than ever.
So now, try unplugging from the TV and social media as much as possible. Go for walks. Take deep breaths. Talk with those who uplift you. Uplift someone else. Listen to the wind as it whispers us in new directions. All is well, and where it is not, you can help make it so – but only by knowing that you have light to share and don’t need the world to change before you can share it.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
To all who are affected (directly and indirectly) by shootings, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, war and any other challenge at this time…
I send Peace, Love and Wisdom always,
In case you didn’t get a chance to read it, my last post was about how to follow intuition through the storms of life. Not only does this help us find peace in the presence of fear, it also helps us act peacefully and powerfully in the face of doubt and uncertainty.
There were moments when Hurricane Irma rattled my fears, mostly before she did her crazy dance over Central Florida. The news spoke of possible widespread destruction and loss of life. In contrast, my inner guidance told me that while it would be messy, we would clean up and rebuild quickly. So, instead of trying to control outcomes by worrying and envisioning the worst, I took a deep breath and leaned into the experience. This week I’ve been so grateful for how fast things are getting back to “normal” and cleaned up around town. I am also feeling very…. humble.
As I practice gratitude for still having power and minimal damage to my community, residents of the Florida Keys are coming to terms with the total destruction of their homes and towns. An earthquake-rattled Mexico experienced yet another major quake less than two weeks later. Wildfires still burn across the western U.S. and Hurricane Maria is decimating even more island communities as I write this. Battles are still being fought in war-torn nations and countless tragedies we don’t even hear about are happening every minute of every day throughout our world.
As grateful as I feel for my current reality, I have been walking with a sense of humility that comes only in times of great turmoil, challenge and loss. These things could visit any of us, at any time. Life has a way of revealing our wisdom to us through the way we deal with a shape-shifting reality; whether that be traumatic loss of a loved one, home or even a way of life. The idealist in me wishes that such struggles would never come to any of us. Yet I have seen many such stormy moments myself and know that without them, I would never have learned a critical lesson that would connect my conscious mind more deeply to the power of my spirit.
That lesson is about allowing a deep sense of humility to reign over any illusion of control we have about life. This illusion of control comes in many forms. It can be overt, like a tyrant attempting to control others. It can also show itself as the part of us that feels entitled to our comforts, demanding anything that will numb us to the pain that comes with being present to our own grief. Another way it can show up is by urging us to play small and act as if we “don’t know” what we know within – because we think its easier for other people to interact with unconscious patterns than it is to be present with someone who is aware of their intuitive truth.
Thing is… Humility allows life to be as it is so that spiritual energy can flood in to heal and restore that which has been wounded. When you allow your conscious mind to become humbled by your own spiritual power, whether that be a strong intuition, connection to the spirit world, energetic healing ability or even just holding the frequency of light to balance the darkness and chaos of the world… it is then when you are truly present and truly powerful. Clever tricks of the mind are nice. Strength of the body is helpful. The comfort of wealth is a blessing. But without strength of the spirit, true power will always escape us.
Find your spirit, and you find yourself.
In what ways has your spiritual power been escaping you lately?
Have you been feeling scattered and out of sync?
Struggling with indecision or energetic blocks?
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In Peace, Wisdom and Love,
As I write this, I’m taking inventory of can goods and water supply. I’m making plans and creating contingencies for all the possible scenarios to come this week. I’m checking the national hurricane center’s website carefully to get the straight facts about the next few days. Irma is coming and no matter where she wobbles, we’re going to have an interesting time here in Florida.
Being a native, I’ve been through my share of hurricanes. Some, I obliviously slept through. Others, I shook through in a panic as tornadoes took down the neighborhood. Regardless, no matter how I responded to the storms, the storms were what they were. I was the one who added the emotional component depending on how much faith I was willing to have that I could handle what was to come and how much I could trust my own intuition to alert me to what was most important in any given moment.
Thing is… I can say the same thing for the physical, emotional and mental storms I have seen. There’s a perilous quality to anything that threatens the status quo. Whether we are afraid of losing our comfort, our homes, our health, those we love or even our very lives… fear is the thing that causes the most damage internally when we are faced with the trials of being a human on this earth. Our primal mind takes over when threatened, keeping us kicking and screaming through situations that are already inherently stressful enough. It could be grief, heartbreak, stress, or a great big monster of a storm. Anything that threatens life as we know it has the potential to sweep us away and drain our power as beings of light in this crazy world. But did you know that, if you want to, you can improve your experience of reality with just
ONE CHOICE in the midst of what is happening in physical reality?
Here’s my 3 step method of intuitive self-inquiry that helps me find the center of my still, small inner voice whenever my worry or thoughts scatter debris through my energy. Take a few deep breaths, place your hand over your heart and close your eyes while you ponder each question and confront a few key parts of yourself directly.
STEP 1: Notice the energy of FEAR and how it rises up in you.
Do you panic and shut down into a sense of powerlessness and despair?
Do you become competitive and hoard, needing to come out on top at all costs?
Do you suffer from worst case scenario syndrome, allowing awful visions to haunt your present moment?
Once your know how FEAR primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the fear and say to it, “Thank you for wanting to keep me safe and comfortable, but you’re leaving me powerless. Maybe there’s a better way?”
STEP 2: Notice the energy of NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT and how it rises up in you.
Do you want to know exactly how everything’s going to play out before you can be at peace?
Do you judge or compare yourself to other people’s way of handling crisis and fears?
Do you make decisions and then question or overthink them to the point of craziness?
Once your know how NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT and say, “Thank you for wanting to help me understand this situation and stay on top of things, but you’re stressing me out. Maybe there’s a better way?
STEP 3: Notice how the voice of your SPIRIT (aka: your INTUITION) rises up in you.
When you ask your spirit and higher guidance to give you messages, do you receive visions?
Do you hear phrases or sense the answer in natural elements like the wind or totem animals?
Do you just feel like you KNOW the answer, deep in your core?
Once your know how your INTUITION primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the INTUITION and say, “What do I need to know right now for the highest and best benefit of myself and all concerned in this situation?”
Get very still and very present to the answer that comes to you.
Once you hear it, CHOOSE to trust it. Let it EMPOWER your clarity and peace of mind and TAKE ACTION on it as needed. Allow it to paint an improved reality for you in the midst of adversity.
If you’re doing ok with all this fear and overthinking stuff and just want to know how to be of help in such situations, follow the same steps to maintain your place as the calm in the eye of the storm. When emotions run high and others are not as open to the possibility of inner peace despite all obstacles, you may find great purpose in being the steadfast structure under which they can find refuge. No matter what storms we face, when we face them together instead of in competition we have a chance at not only surviving, but THRIVING because of what we can learn as spiritual beings living these human lives.
Whether you are in Irma’s path, facing wildfires, concerned about family and friends affected by Mexico’s earthquake, or dealing with any other scary situation right now… hold on to your inner knowing that you will do your highest and best no matter what comes. Your intuition is a valuable life tool that can help, and challenge is a great teacher to those who wish to walk through life enriched by its mysteries.
I’ll be holding the light of great possibility even if Irma tries to put it out this weekend.
Won’t you join me?
All things change according to the light shed upon them.
Peace, Wisdom and Love,