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Creating Space for New Arrivals

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It’s February here in the Northern Hemisphere, and as the mid-winter days grow longer, we are beginning to hear the harbingers of spring…

Birdsong. Reports of groundhogs seeing their shadows – or not. If you visit or live in the countryside, you may even hear the bleating of newborn lambs. On the ancient Pagan calendar, lambing season corresponds with Imbolc celebrations in Ireland, marking early spring’s arrival. In that particular Old Country, one may pay homage to Brigid, Celtic Goddess of the Hearth, or to the Christian Saint Brigid; or one may simply pay tribute to the spirit of home fires and new life.

Regardless of your traditions, nationality, or the home in which you live, know this:

Even in these cold, grey days of February, this is the season of the sun’s returning. Right here, right now, it’s time to invite new beginnings.

It’s the perfect time to clean house!

Here are THREE home transformation processes for igniting your passion and inviting the next and greater version of Your Life:

1. IN YOUR HOME, RELEASE ITEMS THAT NO LONGER SERVE YOU. In her classic book, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, UK author Karen Kingston defines clutter very simply as:

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy and disorganized
  • Too many things in too small a space
  • Anything unfinished

I love the last point, and it’s easy to miss. To what extent are you weighed down by unfinished business? Winter is a great time to take inventory. “Things not dealt with in your home reflect issues not dealt with in your life, and they are a constant drain on your energy,” writes Kingston. Identify anything that currently drains you, and trade it for that which gives you joy and value.

Once upon a time, did you eagerly begin any projects, only to leave them incomplete? Are you living with physical evidence of old, unrealized hopes and dreams? And yes, that includes things packed away in closets, drawers, and cupboards.

In the Transformational Life Coaching work I do, my clients and I use the expression, “Hold your dream with an open palm. Ask for this, or something greater still.” Sometimes, we’re meant to follow one dream simply to be taken to a higher place where we can see still more possibilities.

Welcome a fresh, new FLOW of creative energy by identifying evidence of unfinished business in your home and life, and make a decision to do one of two things:

A. Commit to completing the project. Make a plan, set goals, and make a heartfelt pledge to follow through on your calendar and in your actions. Set due dates for each phase of project completion. Find an accountability partner to ensure you stay on target. If you’d love to accelerate your process with professional coaching support, contact me to inquire.

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B. Lovingly release the project. Recognize that in the past, on some level, working on it served you. Take time to reflect on how you grew through the process, and any other gifts it brought your way. Trust that in releasing something which no longer serves, you are actually making space for something new, expansive, and wonderful to enter your life.

Ask the question, “What would I Love?” Let go of all that’s not coherent with your answer.

2. CREATE A CLEAR AND SPECIFIC VISION OF WHAT YOU WOULD LOVE. In her book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, author Marie Kondo advises the following: “Before you start, visualize your destination.” She urges, “What do you hope to gain through tidying?”

Kondo’s instructions are specific, and her approach to decluttering is fresh and very popular. I  personally have found her decluttering processes powerful.

Kondo encourages the creative seeker to “visualize the ideal lifestyle you dream of. If you skip this step, not only will it delay the whole process, but it will also put you at higher risk for rebound…” This founder of the KonMari Method emphasizes, “Think in concrete terms so that you can vividly picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space.”

If you are someone who finds releasing old objects from the past difficult, or if you’re confused and don’t know where to start, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up may be the perfect book for you.

3. SET YOUR INTENTIONS AS YOU RE-SET THE OBJECTS IN YOUR SPACE. Assign symbolic meaning to items you love, and place them purposefully around your home. A highly inspirational practitioner and writer on this topic is Denise Linn. Many years ago, reading her book, Sacred Space: Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home, changed my life. If you understand the adage, “Energy flows where attention goes,” you will appreciate Denise Linn and her many gifts. She incorporates Native American traditions (including those of her Cherokee ancestors) with space clearing and organizing practices from various cultures around the globe. I also recommend Linn’s book, Feng Shui for the Soul.

Finally …

My husband Hugh took the picture of the lamb on this post, a detail once carefully set into a Toronto apartment block.

For the soul.

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Photo credit: Hugh McBride

 

The Freedom of Space: Part 2

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Years ago, on the eve of my daughter’s scheduled C-section birth, I was far too emotionally charged to sleep. Waves of feeling clashed and roiled within me: exhilaration at the thought of finally meeting this person; terror that my high-risk delivery might go wrong; disbelief. Ironically, the thought occurred that the distraction of labour pains might have alleviated the torture of my churning imagination. No such luck.

On top of it, I found myself grieving the end of my pregnancy. At 24, I had loved every aspect of bearing a new life. Even – at times especially – becoming HUGE. People told me (over plates of double sandwiches and side rolls) I had lots of baby-making years ahead. Yet intuitively I knew I’d never give birth to another soul in this lifetime.

Now I stood in a hospital ward shower, counting the minutes, and feeling sadly, still so… extraordinary. A whole universe nested inside me one last night. And I vowed – not just with my mind, but with my bones and blood and heart and stretch-marked soul – to remember the entirety of this moment. Even if (I added haltingly, and arguably, not completely rationally) it was to be my last.

Alone on the pristine sheets I sobbed, until I feared I’d kill us both with crying. On that note, I wailed some more. Eventually, inevitably, sheer exhaustion quieted me.

That’s when it came: a line from a book I’d read at school.

The words floated suddenly and dreamily through my mind; the words changed everything.

I was quoting Viktor Frankl, breathing a psalm: “I called to the Lord from my narrow prison, and He answered me in the freedom of space.”

Peace.

The next morning I went into the O.R. relieved and eager to experience the fullness of my child’s birth. That bright-eyed girl needed space to grow. And so did I. Both of us were called to the next phase of our own becoming.

How could I not have known how great that next phase would be? Here she was! And still is. Here I was, and still am, ever altered by an experience of allowing such joy into this life.

That morning I knew transformation comes at a price.

At some point, we must love what we’re creating so much that we’re prepared to trade for it. Like an expectant parent, we must truly expect – that is, be willing to do what it takes to receive. One state must be released so the next can come into form.

Regardless of age, gender, stage or state of being, always we have the opportunity to grow – to give life to a new phase or project, and become a greater version. In truth, we are called many times over to “give birth.” It is our nature; and life flows through us best when we heed that sacred call.

And so …

What would you Love?

What gives you Life?

Let go of all that’s not coherent with your answer, and make joy welcome.

To Your Vision!

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The Freedom of Space: Part 1

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Happy New Year!

As I reflect on last year’s many gifts and lessons, and gaze into the vastness of our next tour around the sun, what stays with me is this: dream building is sacred work.

Deep-seated dreams are not gratuitous. They’re not “fluff” – the stuff of insubstantial wishing. They’re not born of greed, or shallowness, or self-centeredness.

Our deeper dreams come from Spirit.

Dream building is about aligning with one’s purpose, with the Soul.

The question, “What would you love?” is really this: What is Love seeking to manifest through You?

So easily, the self-protective ego can doubt the answer – and the question itself. In our culture, it’s easy to laugh them both off.

We forget that the Higher Self doesn’t beg such a reaction. On the contrary.

We need only listen, feel, and see into our Dream – into Love particularized uniquely in each of us, living fully and on purpose.

So what would You Love?

Answering may require courage. It may also bring tremendous relief. And joy!

As you step into the New Year, here are some strategies I find useful for opening into a clearer, brighter, more spacious state for dream building.

1. Begin by already being the person you dream of being.

Most of us were conditioned growing up that in order to “be someone,” we must first have something. (That is to say, we must first have the time, the pedigree, the graduate degree, the life partner, the money, the house, the car, the approval of others, etc.) Only then, the reasoning goes, are we in a position to do something “great” (fill in the blank).

One of the most powerful of the dream-building principles I have learned is this. When we change the order of “have, do, be,” to “be, do, have,” we begin to unlock our true potential.

Begin by being the person you wish to be right now. Imagine the feeling of having accomplished your dream, and let that feeling fill you. Feel that you are enough – that you are loved and Love itself, and you are whole.

In a calm, confident state of feeling fulfilled, take action for your dream. Trust that as you do, what you have will be increased. Better yet, you will grow in the process. As my teacher Mary Morrissey says, “Dreams are not meant for getting. They’re meant for growing.”

Who you become in the process of dream-building is the greatest gift of all.

2. Set a course for expansion, not contraction.

Be who you are called to be. Set your state by seeking experiences that feel most expansive and free-making. What activities and practices expand you? What thoughts help you to feel most alive? What people and places bring out the best in you?

Learn to notice when you are in a contractive state, and interrupt it by choosing to be expansive.

Transformational author Barbara DeAngelis sums this up beautifully in her book, Soul Shifts: “Choices for expansion are always soul choices. They create space for the Highest in you to emerge. They have expansive consequences, not only for you, but for everyone around you. When you expand you are a gift to the world.”

3. Create the space you desire (and require) to live your Dream.

Two essentials:

a) Make “calendarize” a verb to live by. Create space in your day, week, month, and year, by prioritizing and scheduling time to serve your Dream. This can be as basic as scheduling daily meditation, journaling, and “gratitude time” to raise your state. It can also be as elaborate as creating 90-day plans with actionable goals, events, and desired experiences.

b) Create space in your home and office by releasing what no longer serves, and setting the intention to call in what you desire. Freedom, in part, means being open to the guidance required to accelerate growth. It’s difficult to be open in an atmosphere of clutter. Clearing space physically and energetically invites a greater state of flow. Look for more on this in my next blog post.

If you are eager to begin, start by clearing away the holiday decor and (note to self) tidying up! As you do, take stock of all your many reasons to be grateful. Dare to vision!

For guidance on the visioning process, you may wish to revisit older blog posts here at Creative Calls.

This is the perfect time to accelerate your dream building process. Contact me to inquire about workshops and coaching.

Make 2016 the best year ever!

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Mick Petersen’s Worlds of Wonder

 

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– Dr. Seuss

This week on Creative Calls I’m delighted to share my interview with a man who reminds me of Albert Einstein’s sage words: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Mick Petersen – athlete, entrepreneur, flight attendant, and now author of the bestselling YA novel, Stella and the Time Keepers – continues to decide what next part of “everywhere” has his name on it.

On storms and sharks, mermaids and angels, and the heroine who became a catalyst for a whole new life… Mick Petersen discusses the transformative power of our most marvellous and valuable possession: the mind.

This holiday season, Mick’s interview is a reminder that the best things in life are truly free! Listen here.

 

My thanks to Mick Petersen for his inspiration and words of wisdom. As usual, thanks to Katie McBride for Creative Calls music and technical support.

As this is my last blog of 2015, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you from my heart for connecting with me here. Your presence, dreams, and creativity are dear to me. Thank you for your beautiful e-mails and comments. I look forward to posting information on upcoming dream-building events – including online workshops – in 2016.

Look for the return of Creative Calls on New Year’s Day!

Blessings to you and yours this holiday, and always.

To Your Vision!

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Increase Your Sense of Deserving

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This week’s Life Mastery Institute post is short and sweet, and also foundational in dream building. I share it in a spirit of gratitude, camaraderie, and respect as a fellow traveller on the road of Life. Because even a “long” human life is brief, you and your dream must be worthy of your most valuable currency: your time.

 A worthy dream gives you Life. A worthy dream aligns with your core values and holds gifts for others. A worthy dream holds mysteries: you will not see all the steps at once. It requires faith and action.  A worthy dream causes you to grow.

You and I cannot out-perform our own self-image. In order to build what is truly beautiful and life-giving, and to grow in the process, we must feel deserving of our dream.

Feeling deserving is not the same as feeling a false sense of entitlement. It does not mean considering oneself more valuable or worthy than others. It means being open to receiving the goodness and abundance that are ours by nature.

Here is the LMI post…

In order to manifest our dreams, we need to align our self-image with the life we would love living.

If your sense of deserving isn’t wide and deep enough to hold your dream, you will fall short.

How do you know if you deserve your dream?  If you are breathing, you deserve to have your heart’s desire.  Simply by virtue of you being alive you are worthy and deserving of your dream.

You wouldn’t feel the longing if you didn’t have the capacity to manifest your dream.

Here are THREE keys to increasing your sense of deserving:

1. Focus on the good.

Circumstances are bad only if you perceive them as such.  Instead of panicking when life appears to throw you a curve, wait and invite your Higher Power (the Universe, Life, God, your Source – whatever “Higher Power” means to you) to reveal the good.  Then give yourself the benefit of the doubt.  You are naturally good because a force far greater than you, and also part of you, called you into Life.

2. Let go of past mistakes.

It’s hard to move confidently into the life you have imagined if you are lugging deadweight.  When you persist in carrying the baggage of your childhood, your shame or your belief that you are unlovable, you have no room for greater possibility.  Let go of encumbrances by identifying and releasing your own deadweight.

3. Practice gratitude to increase your sense of deserving.

An “attitude of gratitude” enables you to construct your dream on a solid foundation of deserving.  Begin by spending a day giving thanks to those you’ve criticized.  From there, build a pattern of daily gratitude.  When we begin to appreciate those we once condemned or took for granted, the field around the object of our appreciation broadens, attracting to itself even greater good.

When you practice these three principles, you will feel your sense of deserving expand and you’ll begin to see unexpected good things flow into your life.

You Are Worthy!

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P.S. Want support in discovering and building your dreams?

In between my coaching and speaking schedule, I carve out a few strategy sessions each month.  If you would like a complimentary strategy session (Value = $250), simply contact me here.

Engage Your Lionheart

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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

When I was a child I experienced frequent nightmares. My fear was raw, and my anxiety palpable. The cycle felt cruelly inescapable. Usually in dreams I found myself stepping into a shadowy world alone, and then suddenly facing monsters that looked something like the lion pictured above; only the monsters were scarier.

All my wailing and moaning inevitably brought my mum who turned on lights, opened doors, and searched under the bed. She checked the corners and she comforted me. “Everything’s fine,” Mum always said. “Everything’s normal.”

Normal.

I remember the dissipating terror, downgraded to a state of lingering unease… petering out… until gradually I fell asleep again.

Undoubtedly you have childhood memories of feeling desperately afraid at times. Perhaps as I did, you sought the comfort of “normal” and found it in the flip of a switch, the voice of a loved one. As you and I know, that’s a best-case scenario.

Like many children, one of the ideas I absorbed early was the belief that normal equalled safe.

As Helen Keller reminds us in the epigraph, that equation is illusory. Sometimes what appears to be routine, ordinary, and predictable, turns out to be high-risk. In life there are no guarantees.

My purpose in writing this is not to fuel fear, but to transmute it into something expansive and life-affirming. Always we have the potential to take action for something beautiful, despite our fears and conditions.

This week in particular, our world could use more life-affirming messages.

My topic this week is shifting paradigms: altering those habituated thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours we all develop – patterns most deeply ingrained from ages 0 to 6.

Paradigms function like magnets, attracting more of the same into our lives. Shifting beyond the pull of old habits requires work. It requires action.

First, we must decide to make the shift.

In order to grow into the next version of ourselves, you and I must be willing to do whatever it takes to overcome the pull of memories and patterns that no longer serve us.

When we commit to release an outmoded way of being – to define and live from a vision and embrace the new – we unavoidably summon old inner monsters that “roar” at our disturbance of the status quo.

What do those roars sound like in an adult’s mind?

The inner messaging may at times be less dramatic than that of a child’s nightmare, yet it’s much more powerful: statements of self-criticism and doubt; limiting mantras tied to finance, self-image, and personal history; expressions of fear and futility; sarcastic quips; angry sighs of low self-worth – and worse, the outrage that destroys. Unchecked and unchanged, those messages have the potential to determine events and entire life stories.

It doesn’t need to be that way with you.

What if, all this time, your old limiting messages have actually been calling out to be transformed? What if the lion that roars within you is for you? What if you have, at your command, a lionheart of courage?

What if the Universe has been waiting to build with you and through you? What if this world is waiting for your dream – yes yours – because your vision matters!

Here are THREE steps you can take today in order to bring your vision right into existence:

1. Take a moment right now to list THREE old patterns that no longer align with the person you desire to be. What patterns of thought, belief and/or behaviour can you release right now in order to bring your dream into being? Write them down. Make a decision to replace them with positive patterns that serve you. Make it a habit to be the person you dream of being – right here, right now.

2. Give yourself wins here and now for THREE patterns of thought, belief, and behaviour that already serve you and others well. And by all means, extend this list! Everyday give yourself wins for personal victories, big and small. Remember that “small” is a matter of perspective. A win is a win.

3. Write your vision of the life you would love, and with your heart of courage sign your name to it! Know who you are and what you desire to create in your valuable time. Commit to doing one thing each day to move you closer to your dream.

Because your life is a daring adventure.

And you have the power to write Love’s name on it.

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P.S. If you find changing habits and results difficult, contact me. I specialize in helping people shift old patterns so they can be who they truly are, and do and have what they’d truly love. I can help you!

 

The Freedom to Choose Again

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Here is a November rose. Whole bushes were blooming at the edge of a shopping mall parking lot last Sunday, as I fumbled in the cold for my camera.

Imagine…

A rose doesn’t cower in the presence of conditions. It doesn’t say, “It’s November – do I dare create another flower?”

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“I’ve done enough already!”

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“It might be too cold – I might be too old – for a new round of colour at this point…”

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“I just don’t think I have the resources.”

A rose doesn’t say, “I can’t make more flowers now because they won’t be perfect.”

It doesn’t worry, “What if my blooms aren’t as good as the ones on that bush over there?”

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“What if I get hurt, or WORSE – What if I fail and others laugh at me?”

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“There’s no point in trying again because my flowers never get noticed…”

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“Okay, I’ll do it! Just not right now. I’ll wait to bloom when it’s more convenient.”

Of course, roses are not human. They simply flower.

At the edge of a city lot, the rose pictured here has no choice but to bloom through three seasons, pause for one, and bloom again. No limiting thoughts, no fear. No options.

You and I, on the other hand – we do have options. We make choices all the time, even when we forget we’re making them. We are constantly creating with our powerful minds, either consciously or unconsciously. And we get to choose whether we create by design or default.

One of the ways people inadvertently create by default is by constantly, unquestioningly, adhering to limiting thoughts and beliefs. Those old patterns of thought perpetuate limiting habits. More of the same creates more of the same: a kind of trance.

Dreams are nipped in the bud.

We don’t arrive in this world with limiting beliefs. They’re conditioned into us – and often by the nicest of people. People who love us. People who seek to protect us at all costs. Beautiful, intelligent, respectable people.

Yet the age-old message?

Better to play small and safe than to play full out. Better to let conditions dictate, than to live from a vision of the life you truly feel called to live.

The effect?

We contract even as we yearn to grow.

Then we harden.

We start to believe that we’re a personality, and not a soul – that we’re a degree (or not), a house (or not), a profession (or not), a relationship (or not), a sizable bank account (or not), a string of titles (or not), and, dare I say, a brand…

Notice the flower in this picture. It will never shrink back into the bud. It can’t. And neither will you and I once we’ve made the choice to step into a fuller version of aliveness.

An emblem of love, this hardy flower reminds us there is no greater moment to be in than right now.

Right now you and I are in the only moment there is. A moment of freedom. And we really do have the freedom to choose again – and to choose differently than before, if that’s what we desire.

Next week I’ll write more on shifting beyond old “paradigms” – those limiting thoughts, beliefs, and habits that get in the way of our full blooming. I’ll share tips for living more freely and aligned with your core sense of purpose.

In the meantime, I encourage you to create TWO new practices:

1. Define a vision for the life you’d truly love to live. Write it down and commit to making your vision statement an evolving document for an evolving life.

2. When old patterns surface – when you hear yourself repeating negative, limiting self-talk – replace the old with the new. Create empowering and expansive messages, and repeat them daily. Write a new script for a new version of you, and for a freer, more fulfilling and expansive life.

What would feel better, more meaningful, and more life-giving to you right now?

What gifts have you come here to give?

When you ask, “What would I love?” you are speaking to your Soul.

Let it answer you in flowers.

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Ignite Your Desire

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

– Marianne Williamson

This week’s post comes from the Life Mastery Institute. As I share this message with you, the days are growing shorter where I live.  I am reminded of the importance of lighting our way along the path. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. We can stoke our own fires of enthusiasm – fuel our own passion – by defining a Vision aligned with our core sense of purpose. And of course, by taking action.

The three steps that follow are invitations to do just that…

 

Making the decision to dream big can be a scary endeavour for many people, and yet it’s the exercise that leads us to living a life we absolutely love.

What if we gave ourselves permission to dream beyond our current reality? Where could these thoughts take us?

Taking these three steps can help you begin building your dream life.

1. Honour your discontent.

Discontent is an important signal from our soul that something bigger is seeking to emerge through us.  Give yourself permission to enter and explore the realm of your deep desires.

Harness this discontent by letting the dream begin to live in your mind and heart as a true possibility.  Notice your body and your emotions.  Does the feeling of desire heighten your sense of aliveness?  An expanded feeling of aliveness is an important indicator that you are on the right path.

2.  Practice repeating “Up until now…” to keep thoughts of your past experience from limiting your possible futures.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten.  Pause for a moment.  You’ll hear the old chatter that dictates every reason for not taking a risk.  Listen, then pause.  All these negative experiences and disappointments may have been true in the past.  Now is the time to shrug them off.  Your history does not determine your destiny.  All your disappointments and regrets belong to a time that is ending at this moment.  In the next moment, let out your yearnings in a first roar of awakening.  This is a roar of triumph.

3.  Consciously co-create with your Source (whatever that means to you: the Universe, God, your Higher Power), and the impossible becomes possible.

Co-creation means you partner with Spirit to build the greatest life you can live.  When you recognize yourself as a co-creator, you ask for guidance and break through the self-imposed barriers that have stood between you and your desires.  Begin each new day giving thanks and concentrating on a desire of yours that you previously believed was out of reach.  Just for that day, act as if what you wanted was possible.  Then see what transforms.

Here’s to your BEST LIFE!

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P.S. Now is a great time to define your Vision and call inspiration into your life. Contact me to learn proven steps to build your dream!

Homecoming: Part 2

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Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us the greatest accomplishment is to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else. In his timeless essay, “Self-Reliance,” he warns of two common threats to going off track in our own creative mission and authenticity: 1) conformity, and 2) the “hobgoblin of a foolish consistency.”

Here are FIVE suggestions for surmounting both, and aligning with YOUR Inner Guidance System, authenticity, and the deep state of calm that is your true nature.

1. The next time you are tempted to drive or ride transit “like everyone else,” shift to a mindset that considers commuter time communion time. Here is an opportunity to commune with your Higher Self. What messages could you fill your consciousness with at as you travel? Uplifting audios are a real gift. Look for several coming soon to my website, and in the meantime, find audios that inspire you! Never has there been access to such uplifting and highly constructive messaging. Repetition is the key to fully absorbing and adopting new ways of thinking. Listen to the same helpful recordings repeatedly.

2. Learn to say “no” to requests that don’t align with your own purpose or values. This is particularly important for people-pleasers; many of us caregivers, consultants, coaches, teachers, and sales professionals fit this category. It’s okay to cut away from anything incoherent with your sense and vision of who you are and why you’re here. People will either understand, or they won’t. I love Jack Canfield’s advice: “What others think about you is none of your business.” For peace, follow your heart. Trust in choices that align with your core values, purpose, and integrity. Ultimately, those meant to connect with you will do so.

3. Be prepared to change any distracting habits that no longer serve you. Is your phone on and with you all the time? What would happen if you scheduled some unplugged time in your day? Multi-tasking can lead to merely skimming life when you long for DEPTH. Don’t miss the rich gift of experience this day offers by haphazardly flitting instead of purposefully committing to full engagement.

4. Use your schedule to create that “walk in the woods” in your mind and heart. You can be sitting at your desk and experience the calm of the forest and the fields. Your daytimer can be your best friend when you remember to schedule time for your own Well Being. Do you have a daily meditation habit? A take-a-break-for-fun habit? A routine (and yes, real actual) walk? For more on walking read here. Where are the free-making moments of your day? Writing them down is the first step in making them a) happen, and b) habit.

 5. Release any habitual group encounters from your day that inevitably dial you down to joining in gossip and destructive criticism. Nothing good ever comes from this contractive state. Create from expansiveness, not fear. For more on shifting to a state of expansiveness read hereAnd here.

Here is one of my favourite quotes from Martha Graham – a woman who didn’t become a professional dancer until she was almost forty, performed and choreographed into her nineties, and one who transformed that art form and others’ lives by following Inner Guidance:

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”

You are here to be YOU. Nobody else can take your place, dance your dance, or sing your song. Say YES to your own inimitable life force, vitality, and expression. And if you’d like help identifying YOUR purpose and vision, and bringing your Dream to Life, contact me.

Saying “Yes” to receiving coaching support is a TRANSFORMATIONAL move.

Highly successful, conscious creators know the power of having a Mentor, a Vision, and a tried and proven Support Structure. In our work together, you have all three. And more.

Here’s to keeping the channel open!

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Homecoming: Part 1

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On vacation, far from everyday concerns, we can so readily remember we are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Recently, several of my coaching clients have mentioned how camping, hiking, and other getaways to new landscapes are an opportunity to unplug and tune in to who they really are – to an authentic sense of calling and mission.

Paradoxically, being away often brings us home to ourselves.

Yet upon return, the “everyday world” can cause us to forget our true nature. We allow circumstances to dictate our experience. We forget who we are.

Over 200 years ago the poet William Wordsworth wrote, “The world is too much with us…”

I know that world-weary feeling and so do you. We can learn to notice when it surfaces; and we can decide to change it and create from a different emotion.

When you catch yourself feeling like a victim of conditions, remember this: you have the power to interrupt and change the pattern. You can raise your emotional state by placing attention on life-affirming thoughts, beliefs, and goals. What’s more, you can take action for those goals! In this way, you and I consciously create our experience, even (and especially) when present circumstances initially seem daunting.

We are, each one of us, gifted with the ability to create our lives from a Vision – anytime, anywhere.

When we do, we remember who we are.

Years ago when I practised meditation at a Zen temple, my teacher routinely asked, “What is the way of a Buddha?” Here is the answer I still contemplate: “The way of an ordinary life.”

This Homecoming blog series includes techniques for making communion with your Higher Self part of your daily routine. The benefits are great, not only to you, but to the countless beings your one “ordinary,” unrepeatable and immeasurably precious life touches.

Begin with a simple and powerful morning practice…

Here are five steps for aligning with your purpose and passion at daybreak:

1. Set the tone for expansive creativity upon waking. Begin by sitting quietly. You can also do this the night before – or both. You may wish to listen to music with nature sounds to remind you of the Earth’s rhythms and beauty. At such times, it’s a comfort to know how small each of us is in relation to the whole; in this humble, reverential state of Calm, you and I know we have access to the One Universal Intelligence. We connect with our Source when we learn to be still and quiet.

2. If you feel particularly tense, use this simple breathing technique. By doing so, you slow your heart rate and gently instruct your body to relax: Breathe in for five seconds, hold the breath for five seconds, and let it out for five seconds. Use this technique anywhere and anytime, and no one will ever know unless you tell them. It’s a great practice before interviews, exams, challenging conversations, and presentations.

3. Listen to a guided meditation. I often listen to meditations from the coaching programs I offer, or to other recordings that elevate my spirit. Sometimes I prefer silence.

4. Write your Gratitude List: 10 or more things you are grateful for – and in. This helps us shift to the feeling-tone of abundance.

5. In this marvelous feeling of abundance, sit in silence. Shifting the dial from anxiety, or any form of emotional numbness due to overwhelm, to the faith in LIFE that comes in SILENT LISTENING, is an important transformational skill. In silence, we learn to listen to the “still small voice” of Inner Guidance.

When you come home to your Vision, you come home to your Self. What is your Inner Guidance saying to you today?

Blessings,

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