Our idea about our bodies and our connection to it needs a reality check. This relationship needs to be reviewed with the facts if we are to have true health and well being. Slave drivers we are to this most magic animal that we live in. Our pets would never survive how we treat our bodies and yet we get up everyday. We give it very little honor and quite dictator-like direction! Our car gets better care as a vehicle than our physical body.
At my masters class this weekend, we were listening to a seminar at one point of the late founder John Roger, speaking on this very topic. His comment was that our conscious mind, who runs our life and where we are coming from most of the time, should be in awe of our body, this basic self who runs the physical nature of us. It really clicked deep in me in a greater way. Most know I teach honoring our body, connecting to it, reveling in its sensory nature but the "in awe" of it was a profound perspective. To really give it the honor and reverence for what the body actually does for us with no real thinking on our part.
Not in awe as of worship it in a above all else, but in awe of what it does and how to work with it in a way that supports both our body, our plans of the mind and our spirit in wellness through life. Lets really think about this for a moment. We have the spirit of us that never ages, our true self. This "us" uses the mind for ideas, to catagorize and label. The emotions to inspire movement and action with preferences on things. And our physical body, animal so to speak, seems to take orders and run with all this direction to create in the world. It runs all our physical situations even when we are in another level. It digests does all the work, builds our body and runs our physical presence without our thinking. It has an auto pilot that drives our car automatically while we are off in our minds rambling. It really does most everything here for us often without our conscious direction.
Often called the basic self, or body deva, it truly is quite an interesting level of consicousness that we are blessed to ride with. When our mind, our conscious self gives it the honor, the awe, we find it works better for us and with us. In fact, that was the learning there. To work with our habitual, animal self in unity, together in a way that is kind and supportive. As yoga calls it, the horse on which you ride. When you really consider this relationship as that states, as a perspective of honor and care, it really shifts what is happening here. It also shows us how little reverence we have for our body! Being quite the task master and pushing it's limits with no communication with it or notice of what it needs to actually run well. When there is no honor or connection, then it becomes as an untrained animal, fighting us tooth and nail as we try to direct it. It is a piece of us that needs care and cooperation to get the most from it.
The basic self is a patterned part of ourselves. It doesn't like change, it wants to run in grooves and patterns, it keeps us in sync with the world of nature that it is a part. We are in the animal kingdom, so that physciality cycles with the rest of nature. It has plenty of energy and wants to do and complete. It likes projects and movement. It is our true laboring part of ourselves. To understand and know it's ways, its gifts and limitations is paramount to health. It mode is survival and it has an innate health system that is operating. We should have great awe indeed for what it does for us as we roll about in our mind.
When we work in unison, as we do our pets or car, with our body deva, it truly does all the work of health and well being. If we honor, listen and direct it, feeling good and being able to look good and move around is really a no brainer. It is all the meanness and abuse we put forth on it that makes it the unruly teenager. It needs direction but also gentle care as a young child. Once you shift your perspective, really get what I am saying here, fitness, health, being in shape, looking good and feeling good is a much easier affair. Not only that, you don't really have to work at it with your mind for this lovely basic self does it. It takes direction and will conjure what you want with your loving care and connection.
The main thing to develop the right relationship is to listen to it. It is continually giving us messages about what it needs by signals we often gloss over. When it's tired, you are tapping it out so illness can creep in. When it's hungry it needs food to produce energy. When the emotions are low, quiet alone time is necessary to rebalance. When it is filled with energy, it needs to move to expend it. It has to manage all our emotions, thinking and plans and it is a worthy servant when we cooperate with it. So tuning in throughout your day, as you would a child goes far in developing this relationship. As you do, the body deva can bring forth such health and well being, joy and good emotions without us even thinking about it. it is its nature to operate optimally naturally. We just need to work kindly with it.
Lastly, the ability to feel pleasure, the healthiest elixir in life, comes through a body experience. Our mind can"t feel pleasure only acknowledge it. Our emotions can express how good it feels but the body feels the sensory electricity of experience. The Awe to me is in this. It is the experiencer of relaxation, happiness, joy and sensuality which creates and participates in the feel good chemicals. It comes through our body being! It is the vehicle that connects all levels of mind, emotion, spirit in physical awareness. It grounds everything into the physical level experience in unison with full sensory expression. It is the partaker of it all and it gives us full pleasure completely.
Really consider this view of your most sacred vessel of the body. It is the tool of pleasure and every joy we can think of. Honor it as the great conscious being it is and find greater ways to work with it. It will give you what you are desiring in life as the work horse, as the sensory part of yourself, as the doer, as the relaxer, as the balanced spirit you are. You can't experience any of this without the body on board. It is the most worthy gift of being alive here. You may want to be a bit more kind to this pet of yours. It's love for you, of you and by you will create a much more magical experience while you are alive on earth.
Terree Yeagle of The Moment Photography created this photo with the lotus in the background for International Woman's Day a few years ago. Yes a bold move to post such a photo of myself but in light of the day, I am feeling beautiful and fully inspired to be a woman at this time! We, in our authentic nature are on the rise and the world so needs our feminine gifts!
I want to inspire woman everyday to really embrace our gifts of sacredness. We often forget what they are and don't revel in them. In a world run by men's rules and us having to adapt to them to play in it, we push aside the very gifts that we need to bring forward. They are natural to us, we use them so easily for they are part of us yet we don't honor or realize the power we hold.
Just hearing about them gives us a better opportunity to embrace the wonder that we are. We do not even honor most of these traits for they are so easy and we are natural at them. Yet when we really get it, we see these are the things to cultivate and use more in our worlds. The coolest thing is that we will find more health and balance using them as our mainstay.
We are the nourishers of the world. We naturally care, support, involve, engage and provide others with nurturing to be greater. We know how to do that easily on all levels from the physical of food to the emotional with our muse like inspiration, the mental with caring words and the way we say them, and spiritually we are the holders of the sacred space. This is our territory. As example, our house is so wonderful, relaxing, pleasing and inviting because of a woman's touch. We nourish all with our artistic ways and inspire relaxing and letting go just by being around us when we are in our authenticity. This nourishing is second nature, we don't even have to think about doing it for we just are that. It rolls into every area of our life.
We are the community holders and communicators of most all things. We set up practically everything that happens in togetherness. With our families, groups, teams, friends, charities. We can bring together all types of people, vastly different and support them to blend, be together and cooperate. We hold the thread of togetherness naturally. If there is a crisis, call one woman and watch support and help flood in with the woven community woman have without any list or work. One calls another and boom, like wild fire, many do a little and support is brought forward in a big way. We have this magic of community, collaboration, blending, flexibility, power that takes no effort. Our gift of communication so incredible. Our voices like magic, our connections deep, our web unbeatable with no plan.
We go into all situations, dark or light. If anything occurs, a catastrophe, a death, woman are there serving others and supporting. We can go in with the courage, love, understanding, stamina, hope, presence to just be and support. This is very powerful for we do what needs to be done. Do we like this? Doesn't matter, we are there at every turn helping others through all situations. Celebrations more fun but we create them too in fine artistry. We are the masters at all this work. We do it magically too!
We can balance all situations too with our communication, master negotiation and flexibility. If there is a conflict or disagreement, a woman can get in there and bring peace in most occasions. Our very presence cancels out the drive to be right or wrong. We are the masters of win win and we do it from kids, to neighborhoods to board rooms. We naturally dispel competition when we are in our feminine state. It is our natural group mentality and good of all instinct. Many men love this and bring woman into meetings for they will dissolve the testosterone hype just by their presence! We can bring all types of people, ideas, cultures together easily.
We are naturally flexible and adaptable. No matter what comes forward, we shift, switch, turn around and make it work. We think quick on our feet and can recover from unexpected with a new plan in no time. Our adaptability a key gift. It is why we are the child bearers and it is a gift in all things of life. Much unexpected occurs and woman can adjust themselves, others and the situation very quickly.
When in our innate way, we live from our hearts. There is so much insult about our emotional nature and heartfelt ways but it is a power way beyond thinking and connects us to intuitive sensing that is more emcompassing than logic. We can know greater things, see bigger pictures and support the core of life force in ways men can't begin to understand. It is easy and natural for us although these days, most woman are cut off from this feminine power. Our emotional nature is an unerring guidance system that is bigger than just ourselves. We have stuffed down so many feelings and have no trust in this voice but that doesn't mean it is not there and awaiting our cultivation.
This time is about the feminine principle, the nourishing on all levels and woman will soon be reconnected to this most sacred gift that supports the larger world. We must connect greater to ourselves and our bodies for it to be available. The world is calling and inspiring it so it will be uncovered. The heart way to live is one that is superior to just mind alone. Mind is very flat, with no texture or understanding of the nature of things. It is all just thinking and yes, a great task master but the heart blended with that has greater understanding and brilliance in all situations. A sterile plan with no emotional connection or energy is just mechanical. We have enough production and mechanics in our world and look were we are? We need woman's heart mind ways.
We are the artists, the beautifiers, the emotional passion, the motivators, the supporters, the blenders, the magic to this world in a way opposite and complimentary to men's skills. We need to embrace this and bring it forward rather than just use the "man" skills. It is a lopsided world with everyone playing that way. It is time to bring balance, grace, ease, harmony, collaboration and gentleness to the table. Without woman, we may just blow up the very existence of all that lives. With woman in their innate power, that would never occur for we live to support the very life pulse of the world. It is our gift and our nature. Not only for life to go on but in beauty, harmony, peace, play and fun! A much lighter power than domination. Cooperation is the woman's mastery.
So embrace these innate charms that are of all woman naturally. These are just the few that popped in to revel in myself today. Thank Goodness for all the woman around you! The world would be more serious, competitive and have no fluff, excitement, glamour, intrigue, mystery and charm.
Woman are the flowers of the world, men the bees. Imagine no flowers and all bees? No one would survive for the bees are nourished and feed by the flowers. The flowers just flow and flex in the wind, look beautiful, smell exquisite, have intricate architecture and provide the food and beauty to the whole world! We couldn't exist without either. But there ways very different and both need to be equally expressed or the world looks like it does today.
So embrace your wonder as the magic lotus flower your are! The bees need us, delight in us and whether they get it or not, all our survival depends on woman stepping into their true authenticity, gifts and power. Join me in embracing and savoring the loveliness we are. It is not wrong for me to boldly claim my wonder with this picture or within myself. For if I claim it for me, I claim and support all woman. It is indeed time for us to collaborate our way to balance. Being full of ourselves is important for who else would we be full of? Our own spirit is all that can fill us! We can be nothing but ourselves! So embrace it!
Happy International Woman's Day! Revel in your great femininity!!
We journey through life and it offers less than optimal conditions. I am very aware of the challenges we all face and I have spent a good 4 years in newness and expansion beyond most. I am a happy spirit and flutter along, anxiety an issue for one in my shoes, yet I find incredible amounts of wonder, bliss and things to be grateful daily.
I can be in a disasterous situation, full of fear, anger or anxiety, wondering how will I get back to balance and find my peace? Within moments, I can be in complete bliss and joy wondering how I was ever so blessed. This is a practice I have cultivated through all my study and experience. It is a blessing and it gives me such ecstasy in living so I encourage you all to find ways to do this and share my tips.
It begins with knowing all is for my becoming and great unfoldment. This is no easy task, especially when fear, panic is about. Yet there is an observer or underlying being in me that knows in 20/20 hindsight, I will see the reason and perfection in nightmare. We all know this and I call this forward to calm me when strife is about. This knowing is paramount. Knowing I will understand at some point or atleast find a learning. I also remind myself, I have made it thus far through many things I never thought I could. I call upon this often by saying "I am still here and alive."
Secondly, I ride my feelings like a wave. I don't stuff them, I don't negate them, I honor and often express them in the moment. I don't talk myself out of them and I feel them for they are fleeting. I get angry, mean, unkind feelings and I see them for the gift of protection they are. I allow my bad, temper tantrum girl to exist, I keep her in check most times. If she lashes out, I make amends and love her anyway. I do not believe we will all be holy and kind in every minute ever. I know I can strive to have loving in my heart even if I use harsh ways of expressing it but I don't expect I will not be express "negativity". I honor and allow myself to be present with what I am feeling.
If we do not, it will remain inside and be like a toxin and gather poison in us of resentment, unexpressed anger, self hatred and victimhood. I know this for this is how we are trained, especially woman and I will not participate in that anymore. Nice girls do have mean expressions and they often are protective not just being a bitch. I own that anger and upset and call it a good part of me looking out for myself. If we do not ride our feelings in the moment, they can bundle up within us and create powerful emotion, energy moving and will express. It will not be controllable or pretty. Then we will have to forgive ourselves and we will judge ourselves for blah blah. It is a bad pattern and a cycle that doesn't use the feelings as the brilliant guidance system they are. Be very weary of this pattern. Find awareness and flow with your feelings! Priceless!
Thirdly, I clear things as they come forward. If I am angry, I notice and will say it if I can. If I am in a situation and get uncomfortable, I notice and rather than hide it, I often will share it in honesty and not in a way that will attack one. I am not perfect at this and I do not expect that. I use the term perfect to mean "completion" for that is the true meaning of the word. I try to complete weirdness and disturbances with people as they occur rather than carry around that angst. We call this clearing. It is a practice and it supports us in relationships as well as in having access to our true joy. This is a practice and if I do not feel I can share it out loud, I at least look at that in myself as soon as I can. I look for learning and my participation or role in it but I do not take all miscommunication as my fault and use it to doubt myself. I practice at this and I get better as I go.
Fourthly, I notice beauty around me almost all the time. I do this by riding in my senses, seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, activating all my body senses as often as I can. I use this to avoid getting so caught up in my mind ramble. We have a body, we need to be in it and use all the sensory gifts we have for they are there to support us in reading and participating in our environment. This brings in the pleasure of life. Pleasure is not a thought. It is a full sensory experience so our senses must be turned on to experience it. The more senses engaged, the greater the pleasure. I often find mind is not even involved in pleasure other than to label it pleasure as we are in it. Beauty is an easy thing to activate this sensual nature for we all feel good upon seeing beauty.
Lastly, anticipate things to go my way by speaking and feeling that I am lucky. I often say, " things just work out for me." I believe it and they do. It is called positive direction not positive thinking. I look for miracles and blessings everywhere and they come in. I anticipate things will find a solution and they always do. I don't expect for that is a trap for us at times. I like anticipate and if it doesn't go as I wanted, I just flow through it rather than allow the pissed off pattern to run. I have worked on this one. Expectation is a shadow and detachment is the gift to get through it. Then the mastery of this, celebrating anything that happens as ok or manageable becomes the direction. That takes us back to the first thing I spoke of. In hindsight this will all be learning and maybe even make sense. It ties together.
These are the main techniques that make my life joyful to bliss and grateful for being alive. This creates an energy that lifts me and others. They are the highest vibration feelings we can have, love and joy as well. They all ride together. It is my intention and purpose to teach people these things and how to play with our vibrational nature for health and relaxation. These are the keys. The practices can be whatever you want that will shift you back to positive direction. Movement, nature, sound, sensory awareness, all these just tools to refocus our vibration or feeling nature out of the low emotions and ride up to the high.
Bliss, ecstasy, joy, rapture, love are really not far away in any given moment. You can retrain yourself to live this and it is not as hard or mental as our world tells us. The training programs out there are often far too much mind and time to do these things and their are quicker ways as I described above. Awareness being the biggest key to all of life.
Life, fun, joy, happiness are much easier to find in the moments than we have been taught. I get so tired of these lengthy ways and processes promoted to do these things. We can do things the hard or easy way and I am lazy and playful so I choose easy.
I invite you to use some of these ideas by just being alittle more aware. Life will truly become more magical everyday. I promise! It is not rocket science! It is living in vibrance and pleasure! We are designed to do this naturally!!! It involves most importantly using the mind rightly for it is only a small portion of our tools. We are trained it is the greatest one and it is only great at what it does. It has many limitations and truly confines our brilliant spirit from expressing here. Feeling, sensuality includes a slew more parts of ourselves with body pleasure and health as the result! So I say,
Make love to life!
Yessssss! Can you feel the surge to move, to start, to get going? Even though it is still a bit chilly here in the Northeast, the power of the inner earth energy is calling us to get gently start to expand. Our bodies feel the need to get in shape, move more, shift to lighter foods and inspired action to clear up about us. Getting rid of old and making a new order for the rebirth season.
I inspire you to do some sort of cleanse!! It is so easy to clear our houses, order about us but the body deva too needs to be cleared. It rejuices all our systems getting the sludge out. Like a power wash so all is sparkly and clean like a tune up for the more active season. All religions have observed this pre-spring rejuvenation. It is natural for us to want to clean our vessel for new growth and expansion.
There are so many options these days. Many companies have great nutritional lines that support clearing through eating just one type of food, as vegetables and allowing parts of the digestive system to rest. When it rests, it detoxes and cleans up that area. Or some do fruits an vegetables, others water, cayenne pepper and maple system (Master Cleanse) or you could do real food with tasty smoothies. Any way that gets you taking a break from normal and allowing your body time to get rid of stuff within. When your digestion doesn't have to work full gear, it renews its parts like magic making it more efficient and effective. Pick one way, do for a day, week, month, whatever works. We all are different.
You get the opportunity to watch, observe your relationship to food. When and why you want certain foods, how your body has patterns and also balancing desires. Often cravings are it's way to want to heal itself. Emotional eating is a thing we all do and a cleanse allows you to see how that all works. It strengthens your system for you to avoid here and there. Not in a bad way but in a good way that says, I am in charge of my body, it doesn't run me with it's cravings. I find it very enlightening every season I do it.
You will find more energy at the end, more lean body weight and a renewal on all levels. You also have prepared your body for fresh greens of spring. They are harder to digest so get that engine ready for the healing fresh foods rather than slow cooked foods of winter. If at first you feel crappy, know that is normal. As we detox our body, emotions, old thoughts, crap comes out to be cleared. You may ache and feel sick. or moody as the detox runs its course. It only makes sense that if you are physically moving out toxins, it will effect your moods, emotions and thinking. Just go with it for at the end, you will feel grand.
Food will taste better and the delights you put aside for the moment will be richer and have greater texture. Your body will be stronger for greater movement, have less excess weight and all will seem sparkly. Just like that fresh feel of the house after a spring purge. It is more powerful though for it is your sacred vehicle that moves you through the world so it is energized beyond any other space you could clear.
I know you all will clear the closets, yard, bedrooms, possibly paint or shift about furniture. These are all great changes inspired by spring energy. I want you to consider your body being and work there. It is ancient health that has supported humans as long as they have been on earth. It is a natural instinct and desire of our body so flow into it. Your emotions could use a clean up and same with your thinking. Expansion can only occur where there is new space and openness for new ways. You have to clear for that to occur or you are just stuffed to the gills.
I am doing one this year with real food. I normally to the 11 day Standard Process Cleanse which I love. However, I like to try different things and we have a 5 week class at the Room called the Restart Cleanse. I also am increasing my movement a bit with Sensual Dance. I will be teaching a Monday evening class in March to get my body back to it's beautiful grace of the warmer months. You can join me in this spring rejuvenation and rebirth of body!
The Law of Sacrifice it is called. I have a chapter in my book that discusses the power of this release and renew practice. Many think this is a hard law but I see it as magic. You don't have to sacrifice things that you love or that are inspiring. You can sacrifice the old, outworn, detrimental things that no longer serve. Giving up is giving up. So give up the things that you don't like or need so new things of finer nature can be brought into you. All levels are seeking a clean and clear! Do use the spring vibe to support you in this. The energy and instinct is there, you just direct it into your highest good and becoming. Nothing hard about it. Just ride the wave of emerging energy and........
Make love to your life!
Oh my! I feel the earth getting warm and life beginning to surge as we roll toward a new season. As a grower, a garden goddess and a lover of nature, the cycles so inspire me. Even though there is snow on the ground, I can feel the beginnings of the spring surge vibrating under us! I even find myself noticing the hellabore flowers forming as I look for green growth about the earth.
I find nature, the earth world such a metaphor for our lives as we are made of nature and in fact part of the animal kingdom. There is a spring in my step as I, too, am transforming myself along with the great seasons and cycles. We are in a changing world on a moving planet. It effects every part of us from the magic of the stars to the great nature about us. We are part, dust to dust as they say, it gives us energy and direction on where to move and how.
I inspire you to feel this surge of energy growing around and within you. We awaken from our sleepy winter way of inward movements, reflection and designing our seeds or deeds to sow. The new year brings us time to reflect on the last year, see what we want more of and what we want to let compost in the past as fertilizer to new gardens. No matter what the weather is on the surface, we have a great light growing that will spring us into new actions and engagements as the next season comes.
What is calling you to become? What experiences and works seem enticing and playful to create? What actions are you going to commit to for this new year? What is being birthed or planted that will make 2018 a fabulous year to live and learn in. This is the time we sow seeds, daydreams, imaginings, anticipations of the next 3/4 of the year. It is a deliciously dreamy time of year that invites us to play in our creative mind. What gets your emotions and passions involved to take action forward? These are the surges of the earth inspiring you to awaken in life! Nothing has to be solid yet. Just ideas, images, designs of what could be. Then we match what conjures the most feeling of excitement and anticipation so when the time comes we can move physically upon them.
I am so inspired toward this new year, the education and involvements I am part of! I feel the earth and energy beginning to take form of how this year will play out and what I want to put energy towards. I so love my coaching, mentorship, awakening really, and I am so much more drawn to share the wisdom I continue to live with others individually and in groups. My playful nature so the forefront now of my being. The serious girl in the compost heap for I have had enough of her ruling ways. The more I learn to live in free expression and joy sharing my light, the less I need seriousness or "shoulds," in my life.
May the earth energize you as you begin to awaken to the energy of the next season. May you use your intuitive, imagining self to create a year that brings in more of your authentic, relaxed, inspired self than the critic we all have been trained with. May the dreamy energy of Neptune, of your spirit, of your soul call get you out of the old and into the new! It is time to awaken soon, and the tipping point of a greater consciousness is pulsing us!
Today on this day of love, when St. Valentine stood up for love and actually lost his life, I have a deep appreciation for love. Many have a special other which is not my fate this year. Yet I am not bummed by that reality at all for I am blessed with so many about me, men, woman, family, that sent me grand blessings on this love holiday.
For me this special month of love, February 2018 is all about love of life, my life. I feel filled with love today and it seems to relate more to myself, my journey and my shift toward a new direction. For 4 years I have been on a path of transition. It has been a challenge yet I finally am settled into the wonder of this new way of being and living.
I feel great love for myself for walking forward in the world with humor and silliness as I attempt to create a new life. I feel the truth of love of self for all my accomplishments. Nothing big as of yet has happened but it is the little things that have had significance. I started this journey feeling like a deer in the headlights, scared, anxious and moving in panic to recreate. Now I feel ok with uncertainty, with odd days of intermingling with what comes forth, able to see the small delights in a way that inspires me to keep going forward. Not sure where I will land, often tumbling along, yet secure in a new way within.
I seem to have a different perspective on abundance than ever. Not lost in the collection of things, but in the collection of exciting experiences and absurd delights now measures of plenty. I seem to make it through some hairy situations with grace and ease that I was so fearful of at first. I ask for support realizing I have helped so many and others can get the experience of giving and feel that joy by supporting me. At first this was a challenge for we are trained that we are less than when we need help. Now I see that getting help supports others to give when maybe they wouldn’t feel that power if I didn’t’ need it.
I feel more grounded in my body and the love of the wonder it offers when I truly embody myself. I enjoy the sacred vessel I was gifted with all its curves and even wrinkles. I walk through the world in a sensual manner that gives me the joy of having a body. It isn’t how it looks but how it feels to be in it. The pleasure I have in my body is healing. We usually just consider pleasure in sex or connection but I have learned to really ride in my being to where pleasure is everywhere when I truly engage in my senses. It brings me more presence, joy and giggles daily.
I feel love toward the world in a greater way. I see so many in strife and hardship that I can’t help but appreciate the miracles of the beautiful sunsets, the beautiful snow, the magic of ice crystals on my car, the smile of a stranger, the beauty of a sweet child in all their innocence. It all has a richer feel to it the lightness about. You have to look for it and be out of the ramble mind or you could miss the small miracles that present themselves.
I enjoy greatly meeting the new folks in the healing arts with incredible and, at times, absurd appearing gifts. I get to support them in sharing their brilliance with others and then participate in watching them heal others. It is a magic world the healing and expressive arts. To watch people come to a class in strife or less than wonderful moods, and then see their eyes sparkle and light filled presence as they leave.
I find magic love in the dark corners too. I see the moments of love shared in the hardest situations where a kind touch or healing words shift the whole room. I see laughter heal and lighten up the scariest of situations and challenges that seem to frighten. I get the gift of being with others no matter what is occurring. That support lifts, lightens and inspires others to take yet another step or cry their way to a giggle. Love seems to be everywhere if you look.
No, I don’t have all my answers. When others ask me what I am doing I say, “flowing” rather than some 3 minute elevator speech about my direction and gifts. Yet there is this joy in my heart that sings me knowing I am helping. In small and big ways, I am making a difference to those I encounter. It is a different look at love and life but it is working for me. I find many bright moments in a given day and for me that means success. I am a success at what I attempt to do. I am making the world a brighter place and practicing living love.
In celebration of this month of love, I must say, yes I am loving life. Even the crap I am growing through, learning to see how to lift, finding a way to a smile as I finish my days in my cozy bed. I look over my days and see that love is about me, in me and shared by me.
That is a successful valentines day as wonderful as the sharing it with a lover. It is a spicy inward love that fills my soul. Love has so many forms and I am blessed to get to experience these.
Yes, love is a delicious joy that is found in many ways. I invite you to expand your ways of seeing, being and experiencing love. I have found it is an plentiful emotion that moves mountains.
I like knowledge and philosophies based on joy, fun, play, ease, relaxation and flow. So many ways of learning are very mental and there is no experience or participation. It is just information. I was taught by Himalayan Masters and it was all about experience so I teach that way. They knew of modern life and that things must be easy to be applied at a moments notice. I have great insight from this and a unique way I experience the world.
We all seek more joy, play, relaxation and fun. It is the greatest commodity these days and so I seek to master systems that show me this and in a positive way. I find bliss in discovering these things as well as doing them and then sharing how. The deal with bliss is that it is different for everyone. So the important step to begin is define or know what is your bliss. It is key to realize it is a vibration, a feeling, an embodied state. Your mind, emotions and physical body are fully engaged and aligned to get bliss. Your spirit is the participant and is filled with delight and expressed through all your being and bodies! The above picture is what your energy field looks like in bliss.
It is an easy line to say, follow your bliss but we need to re-member what bliss is and feels like. We have to observe what truly brings in bliss. Connected to your body is paramount. It is not always huge things or week vacations. It is momentary wonders that we just sync up all our levels of being and vibe in a full body smile. It is within and without. Many are so disconnected from bliss, not noticing when it is there and savoring it. Bliss is a sensual experience. All senses, emotions, body and mind are in a unified state. You are very present and high really. It is as if time stops and you want to stay in that pause moment. It comes in so many forms and my list keeps growing as I seek it.
Finding your bliss takes the seeking or the intention to quest for it. Very much a thing to be on the to do list everyday. That is how I view it. It is something I go out looking for almost 24/7. Without the looking for, anticipating I will find it, it will rarely show up. Bliss can just drop in but it is more often found like all things, you are looking for it. It puts on a set of blinders and an inquiry. Like that Dr. Suess book, Are You My Mother? We go about asking Is this my bliss? Our positive direction very important. You can't really find things you are not looking for.
There is also a discernment or a choice not to do other certain things that are not in line with bliss. There is negativity everywhere and often, we have to overlook or ignore it. The attitude of that is not for me and I am not participating is important. Using the will to delete opportunities that are not blissful. Making the choice to redirect when negativity appears. Use a tool to shift you away and out of and moving onward. A process of Next. No bliss, onto the next thing, redirecting toward it. The world has such stimulation in all directions so you have to be focused or it is easy to get lost in so many ways.
Curiosity is also part of finding your bliss! We are continually growing and changing so bliss in my 20's is different than bliss now. Being investigative, curious, open minded and aware of things that tingle me or intrigue me are part of finding the bliss. Your body being will give you many clues for bliss is a vibration, an embodied state where you are experiencing not just in your mind. Senses are stimulated, your ears perk up, something sparkles or shines, you get a feeling inside of excitement. These are great clues that bliss could be about.
Lastly, put on rose colored classes! Seeing joy and beauty where ever you can will expand and bring in bliss. Rapture, ecstasy, nirvana are not found without a positive view of the world. Looking at things darkly or the glass half fill will get those experiences . Blissful people see the world as a lovely, comforting place where the sun shines, people are kind and the world is supporting them to get what they need.
These are the ways to finding your bliss that I use. They work. I do them day in and day out and do find bliss, magic, giggles, rapture, ecstasy and wonder. Large or small, I take it all! Seek and you shall find are the famous words to get what you desire. Once you find it, it becomes a game of following your bliss for it leads you in the right direction for a hell of an adventure!
Success is an illusive word in this current world. Many still consider money the value of success but this paradigm is old and a new idea is grounding. Wealth in dollars not the only measure. Wellth of lifestyle, leisure, happiness, well being, health, friendships, enjoyment and peace. There are many people with money who are not happy. There are many with no money that are happy for they have great peace and community in life. Happiness via success, means different things to different people, depending on the values and learning each individual is seeking.
As I am in this transition, it has made me redefine what success is for me personally. I never been one who was so concerned about money. I was always cared for on one level or another, it just worked out for me to have my needs of survival met. I was always more interested in community and family, enjoying my days and my job as a flower farmer, being involved in charity or my daughter's life and activities, being at the beach with my nieces and helping others that had less than me. I had a very successful life in my eyes. As far as money, it was enough but not any extra.
Now, I have to meet my needs of survival myself. I am finding ways to do that, to sustain myself and it has taken a switch to concern myself with these things. If I choose the idea society has at large regarding money, I am still finding my way. If I consider it from my perspective, I am doing the things I love and receiving great joy from them. I get caught in the mind at times and pressure myself to do more, work more and create " a successful life of money". But that doesn't work for me to achieve through that pressure and my being isn't aligned with that even if my mind tells me to be.
So today, as I was studying a system as I often do, I came to a great realization about money and manifesting that has me thinking I understand it at yet a deeper level. I am a guide in life, a coach, a support person that can see the larger picture and pin point how to adjust the energy of things to create a more balanced, joyful situation. I support others to readjust their perspective quite practically. It is my gift of so much study of all systems, personalities, philosophies, sciences of health, spirituality and religion. I can read into peoples emotions, their dismay and support them to switch things up into more graceful, playful ways so life is more enticing and joyful. More of a guide as I said than a producer of things.
In trying to find common ground for feeling safe and stable financially and using my inner authority of what makes me feel successful, I came to the conclusion that I attract money by feeling successful. Not successful as others but success as I define it. That energy I feel, that aura I project, brings me what I need to live comfortably. It is not the money that makes me feel stable. It is my inner stability with what I am doing that supports my survival. Not the money i receive.
This is truly the way energy works and where the phrase "fake it til you make it" came from. I consider it a tad inaccurate but does state an law of "feeling: the proper conditions. "Faking" can't be done energetically. You either feel something or you don't. Pretending doesn't work with energy. It isn't about faking it though. It is about feeling the success of your choices, lifestyle, ways of each day and the measures that you personally feel are joy and aliveness or success. That is what creates the aura or energy field around you that draws what you need.
This is an inside out approach and we all have heard these words but today, the deep feeling aspect kicked in yet another layer. It also was a process of giving myself permission to determine success for me and let go of the mind and the beliefs I have collected from the world. Instead of measuring myself in the mind by what the world says which contrasts in my being by what I want, I came to full alignment of energy. Do you see how I had that incongruency within that was creating two opposing energies that were fighting for the forefront? it is often the case. We set up these ideas that don't really resonate with our truth yet we were trained that way. The mind is a powerful tool, good and bad. We have to be clear on our own ideas that rings true to our whole being not just our mind which is mostly filled with beliefs and patterns that we did not create.
Truly letting go of those stacks of beliefs is where freedom lies to be our best self. We are each different and the conformist ideals we were raised with only work for a few folks. Most have different values, each an individual and who is to say what makes for true happiness which to me is the definition of success. Finding that place within that gives us joy and happiness is the way to approach success. Then reworking and observing the mind and what it has to say about that and getting it on board, releasing its belief systems incongruent with what our true self desires. Some could live on a beach, play all day, waitress at night and be so joyful and filled with gratitude. Others need more items and status symbols about to feel secure and thus happy. Even then, do these things really bring us happiness and success? We see it all over the media of well to do others that are more miserable than a homeless person. We get to chose this measure of our success.
Finding that alignment for yourself of what success is viscerally, in your being is the work. This will involve giving yourself permission on some level to have your way. It will also force you to drop some of your programming working against you! Then going from that place to align your mind, actions, behaviors and choices around that is what creates the aura, or magnetism to draw forth the means to express that. We were trained it works the other way and it clearly does not. I feel joyful for this learning today. I feel settled that I am a success in my world and from there the means and greater success is on its way to me. As I ride in my knowing what gift I offer, share it to those whom are seeking this energy reset, shift the world through education and service, success financially comes forward in greater ways.
"Yipee"" says this Polish Princess!! For the learning and alignment is settling in and it is to my benefit. It is filling all my being so I get what I truly want and consider successful, not another's idea. They can have theirs. For mine is of me and my purpose and that thrives me more than any one else's ideas. Oolala! I love my incredible brilliance to take knowledge and practically use it to change my energy. For 2018 will have great success in it for me on my terms and that is just delicious joy. We are all creators and most important of all is to know what it is we want to create that is exactly perfect for ourselves. When you find these gold ideas, the rest is just a matter of emanating your joy for having found it!! That is the magnetizer par excellent!!
Being in what I call the "bulb" time of year, it seems clear that rest is a key to health and happiness for all of nature. We have a culture that doesn't inspire rest and is all about moving. However we live on a planet that has seasons, has half night and day, we run with 2 days off a week, indicating the power of rest. It is so key to a life of joy and well being, feeling alive and filled with energy.
When we are tired, we don't think as clearly, we are snippy, we risk health and illness, we can't know ourselves, our decisions are rash, our moods more of fatigue than balanced and on and on. There is no health and vitality when we feel behind and tired. In Indian medicine, any sleep before midnight, is twice as nourishing than after 12! Just getting to bed by 10 pm, supports all our state of being. We just can't be fully our wonder if we are tired and sleep deprived. Shifting our sleep patterns is a HUGE key to a greater expression and health.
Sleep isn't the only definition of rest. Rest is required to our physical bodies. The only time we can renew, recharge, repair and rebuild our physical body is in the parasympathetic nervous system of rest and rejuvenate. There is no other way for our body to renew if we don't use this nervous system! The other half of that nervous system is called the sympathetic system of fight or flight. So we have 2 and as night and day, we are to balance them. How often are we truly in this system? We can be in it at night when our body recharges if we sleep well. However as I said in the beginning, we also have the weekend cycle for this rest system and 2 of the 4 seasons are less active, encouraging rest.
This idea of rest and understanding of it so important to our well being, happiness and vitality! How can we run on empty and find these things? How can we expect to meet our goals, our expectations or our joy if we are not balancing these systems of our physical body. It runs as nature does, for we are made of nature so our body follows those laws. Finding ways to do this is a simple way to express differently in life. Creating balance in our physical system which effects our mind, emotions and spirit.
Steven Covey also spoke of our year being 1/4 leisure or relaxation and 3/4 working is the schedule of all the most powerful, successful people. This leisure is when our mind is open, no schedule or work on agenda, our creativity and presence available, all these recharge us for work and add to it with new ideas and ways. Any time we have this open, relaxed time, we get to reset, recharge and often get great inspirations of how to move forward. We can do this with our time throughout the day, on our weekends, taking moments throughout our lives to allow this openness to reset us.
I teach others how to sense and notice how this parasympathetic nervous system feels in our body. We can continually notice and switch into it throughout our day! We can begin to train this feeling, relaxed vibration to be part of our day, knowing the body will work to do this for us on its own! It wants to operate in this balance of our nervous systems as it was designed. As we use this daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to get ourselves in to this restful state, we naturally are creating a life of greater health and well being.
Adding in these ideas of rest can transform your life. Better sleep at night creates a clearer mind and better moods. Using down time as a way to recharge and enliven our work life with new surges of creativity supports our joy and inspiration. Noticing what this relax, recharge feels like viscerally, truly notice when we do something restful how our physical body feels, we can then find moments all through our day to do a mini recharge. This is a grand step in self care! One of the basics to our physical body. There is no way around it. We must understand the things that work best for it no matter what our mind or society say about it.
The proof is in the science, health and expression of the world around us as a huge, simple key to well being and beauty. Make it your goal this new year to find ways of rest. It can be a chill with a cup of tea for 5 minutes, a brief stop in nature on your way home, a moment of meditation between tasks. These all qualify as restful moments that can retrain and support our nervous system. Add in earlier sleep, downtime on the weekends or leisure you enjoy and even free hours to your schedule and you are on your way to more health, beauty, vitality and happiness!
It's all about rest, relaxation, renewal and remembering the power of the exhale! And linger in bed a moment longer as well. Slowly awakening, rolling about and getting your thoughts clear for a bright day before you even get up. These are ways to begin slowly, feel filled and energized for life ahead! Balance the key to a life well lived! Rest a way to feel fresh and open to all situations in clarity, relaxed and even joyful as you are calm to find solutions from an alert, rested place!
Elixir par excellent!!
Today there is an increase in the healing and expressive arts or the sacred feminine arts. It is no wonder to me or most of us who use them, for they are powerful healing tools that have been used through all of human history. Using our current medicine as the only path is clearly not working as a single solution. Much is based on drugs that override the innate health system which creates it's own issues. Usually symptom based and seeing the body as parts rather than a whole system. Often we go to numerous specialists that don't even really connect to each other. Our body is a system. If you do something to one part of it, all other areas are effected, connected and the entire being needs to be addressed. This is why holistic or wholistic medicine can offer great healing.
Throughout all time, woman where the natural healers. The feminine arts are our ancestrial roots. We were the spiritual leaders and healers, shaman, medicine woman, community support of the whole tribe. We used the deep connect to nature and the elements to awaken to higher health. Through food, herbs, massage, hands on healing, praying, dance, song, music, movement and more. Our roots are the nurturing of all things for the whole community. While men where out hunting, woman handled everything else. In all cultures the world over this was the case. They gathered for hardship, illness, menstraton, birthing and death. These are the feminine arts.
Along the way, this role, our gift of nurturing as the child bearers, was prohibited. Beginning with Greece then Europe through the Middle Ages, midwifery and all the other natural healing was not allowed. This community role, this healing and health that is so intrinsic to woman has slowly disappeared toward modern medicine . Thank Goddess for Deepok Chopra, Andrew Weil and countless other men drawing us back to these arts as the science they are! It seems absurd to me that this could occur but indeed it has.
Now today, we have a resurgence of all these arts that have not only gained scientific backing, they are part of our insurance care. Accupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, homeopathy, massage, the feminine arts are finally returning. It is about time and we certainly need this in addition to the current system. Our healing will transform when we work with these ancient sciences which have stood the test of time in R & D, use modern technology and add in an honoring of these arts.
Woman as the life bearers have the innate power to nurture all to survive. It was our role. We have an infinite source of creative power, energy potential within our womb that instinctualy knows these arts and the gifts of healing, well being, peace and abundance for all. It is part of our biology that we no longer recognize or cultivate. Out of touch with our bodies, it's inherent nature, the sexual creative power that is our life sustaining force is virtually forgotten. This energy is suppressed, abused, misused and misunderstood. Yet it is our link to healing all. Creating health and empowerment to all in our world.
I am an advocate to recover this power that woman innately have. It is the solution to our healing individually and the world. This was our role and it has gotten lost. The wonder of these arts. our traditions, our innate connection to nature which is the healer must resurface to support us. It worked for thousands of years to keep our humanity evolving. It is time to reclaim this innate role, this power of woman's creative, sensual, sexual force. It will bring more vitality, pleasure, relaxation, health, well being and connection to our world.
Engage in the healing and expressive arts if you desire true health. It is the tried and true path and why I am promote it as the great nectar of life.
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