The Dawning of a New Day

Today I’m going to talk about hurt…

I haven’t updated this blog in a while, because the heart has been heavy. There are little hurts, the type that can be likened to a stubbed toe, painful in the moment, but soon forgotten. And then there are crushed ribs… the sort of pain felt when someone passes on, or when the cruelty of the world cannot be made sense of in our sensitive, empathic consciences, or the pain of disregard and maltreatment, etc..

It’s these heavy hurts that weigh us down because the wounds don’t tend to heal overnight.

I will say things that might not make you feel better if you’ve recently felt like someone was skipping rope upon your broken ribs as you lay sprawled on the ground, but it will make picking yourself up and taking one step in front of another something conceivable.

Healing takes time. Sure, the gurus in India and the new age aficionados may try to convince us that the healing of mental, emotional, and physical pains can occur in this instant (and maybe it is possible…). But, listen, for ordinary people there are no shortcuts to healing. We go through what we go through in life including the painful stuff for legitimate reasons. We need to go through the process of healing. That whole journey is part of why we are here. And, in our time-space reality through which we experience life, that takes time.

The time it takes to heal is not necessarily bad, nor should be considered wasted parts of our lives in which we could have otherwise been doing something more fun, more productive, or living what we conceive to be a perfect life… We need to redefine a perfect life. A perfect life isn’t a life free of pain, hurt, stumbles along the way, obstacles, etc.. A perfect life is a broken one in which we can recognize that even if we cannot yet see it, there is a gift and an impetus to grow in every experience we go through both good and bad.

All the time it takes us to heal could quite likely be the most productive, useful time in our lives to break out of our current molds and rise beyond the paradigms that guide our lives to become grander, more authentic versions of ourselves.

You might be thinking what’s the point of all this growing if it’s going to come with such hefty doses of pain? Growth does not make life easy. It allows us to experience a fuller, richer experience of life.

You see, there’s a caveat here. Not all people are willing to suffer well. To suffer well, to grow, we need to recognize that we can choose to go down the path of discovering the gift suffering has to offer. We can choose to heal. You can choose to heal. Or the same pain will remain or return.

The best way to look at suffering is with gratitude, that it is happening in order to teach us some very important lesson. It is useless to want suffering to go away. It is impermanent, it will go away anyway, but if we don’t learn the lesson that it is trying to teach us, it will come back in exactly the same manner. -Ayya Khema, Buddhist teacher

It may take time and you may find yourself wallowing in the gutters with a heart full of depression. But, don’t berate yourself for the time it takes for you to follow your path. After all, you may be crawling on gravel and broken glass at first. But, eventually you will be able to pick yourself up (perhaps with some assistance and that’s okay!) to stand on your own two feet, and take your first step forward (possibly with atrophied legs, it will be tough, but you can regain your strength!). And soon you will be walking and the path will smooth out and perhaps… perhaps after the darkest hours of your life, you will begin to see the light of dawn.

dawn The Dawning of a New Day

Photo by Joka2000

I’m not saying you’ll be out in the clear. Clouds may form above, or you may stumble. But, that moment of seeing the light will be (and I guarantee this) one of the sweeter breaths of fresh air you will ever take. You will not be the same person after travelling that rugged road.

There is no prescription to healing. No path twists and turns in quite the same way. This is your journey and yours alone. This is about you going within and reacquainting yourself with your essence– with who you are. It’s about removing the debris from the tragedy and seeing yourself anew in this world. And yes, it changes your life.

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.  -Rumi

This is the dawning of a new day and that new day will be one you’ve never experienced in all your life and never could have experienced if you’d never suffered and gone down the path of healing.

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The Fool’s Journey

When I dare to be powerful, I use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

—Goethe

I had a bit of an epiphany today in realizing that the only thing that holds me back in life is my fear. Fear of failing, fear of not being able to make ends meet in life, fear of looking ridiculous as I stumble over my own feet, etc.. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that has felt an internal wall prop up at the thought of pursuing my dreams to the fullest when FEAR sets in.

The epiphany came about with this question, “What would I do if I had nothing to fear and nothing holding me back?” The first thing that came to mind was that rather than remaining stagnant as I have been, I’d set forth and do something. What that would be exactly at this point, I don’t know, but I know that I’d take risks that I’d normally be too afraid to take.

And this is the journey of the Fool. The Fool is an incredibly powerful archetype of the tarot that reminds us that the essence of Life springs forth through action; action that is spontaneous and thus contains the vibrant seed of Life. The Fool reminds us that in order to move forward and bring our gift to the world, to journey forth in this adventure, we must have faith that we have wings to fly. A poem by Rumi shares the message of the Fool so beautifully:

You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.

You have wings. Learn to use them and fly!

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Furthermore, the Fool is not afraid of who he is or how others perceive him. He is true to himself and above all true to his inner journey. He is also not afraid of falling and hurting himself. The Fool might appear foolish to the burdened adult mind, but know that the Fool is an important guide and bears the wisdom of innocence. It is innocence that is at the core of creation, movement and the fulfillment of dreams and goals.

“I can honestly say that probably 95% of the things I was afraid of, it turned out I had no reason to be. So drop fear by the wayside. Just… let it go. Then make way for a surprising tomorrow.” — Neale Donald Walsch

We are born of Spirit full of everything we need to journey forth in the direction of our dreams. 

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The Chrysalis on the Verge of Greatness

 “In the sunlight of awareness,
everything becomes Sacred.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

There is no doubt that as beautiful as life can be, “living is like licking honey off a thorn,” as Louis Adamic says. It’s really a bittersweet experience and it is certainly challenging sometimes. “Challenging” might even be an understatement for some of what we have to go through. The trials, the pain, the suffering…

But, oftentimes, we have this misconception that the bad is truly negative. It feels terrible and it isn’t anything any of us would want to experience.

What if, however, what we label as “negative,” “bad,” and “ugly” can be seen as powerful agents of transformation? I have found in my life that the worse things that have happened to me— the most trying experiences, have always been the strongest forces of transformation ever.

You see the problem with life when all is hunky dory is that the imperative to rise up to new heights and experience life past our self-imposed boundaries may simply not be there. We live in a culture with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality and when things are going fine, we tend to get comfortable and yes, sometimes complacent.

That’s when the Universe comes in and presents us with a challenge. I am thoroughly convinced of this. We humans are chrysalises and if at times we become a little too comfortable in our cocoon, the Universe itself will present us with the imperative to begin the difficult journey of emerging out.

chrysalis 3 The Chrysalis on the Verge of GreatnessPhoto by puuikibeach

The path of emergence is not an easy one. It involves change, it involves courage, it involves going into unknown territory, and it involves facing our deepest fears.

Recently I’ve been facing what feels like a stack pile of challenges.Tears have streamed down my face and I have wondered what is happening in my life. But, at the end of the day, the most important thing that anyone of us facing difficulties can do is remind ourselves that we are chrysalises. We are on the cusp of emerging into the greatness of who we are and the challenge is our key to getting there.

 “May we all learn that pain is not the end of the journey, and neither is delight. We can hold them both-indeed hold it all-at the same time, remembering that everything in these quixotic, unpredictable, unsettled and unsettling, exhilarating and heart-stirring times is a doorway to awakening in sacred world.” — Pema Chödrön

When we are able to put our challenges into context and grow from them, we begin to see the sacred nature of the experiences of all life. Life is our friend even if it shows us some tough love at times.

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The Spirit Knows Its Way

“The Pueblo Indians told me that all Americans are crazy, and of course I was somewhat astonished and asked them why. They said – Well, they say they think in their heads. No sound man thinks in his head. We think in the heart.” -Carl Jung

I’ve been grappling with a decision that I have to make and have come to realize that the basis of the confusion within me lies in a battle between my head and my heart.

Or, more like my head is bullying my heart.

Basically my head, my pompous mind that reasons and thinks and therefore believes itself to hold higher wisdom than my heart, has led me to believe that my choices are limited. It tells me that my best option is to stay on course as planned lest I make a terrible and regrettable error.

It’s been tough to dispute my mind, because it reasons and has this air of superiority to it that doesn’t really allow for much exploration beyond what it deems reasonable and possible.

But, you see, I’m coming to realize that my mind is going about with blinders on. Anything that tells us that a certain path is unequivocally the best for realistic reasons and does not set its biases aside to open itself to potential other possibilities (no matter how crazy they might seem), is a limited source to rely on for guidance.

For a long while now, my heart has been tugging at me and I’ve been ignoring its faint cries as my mind has been the dominant voice in me. It has been telling me how things are and how I must continue along this particular path, because this is after all my dream (or so it says…) and I wouldn’t want to give up on that, now would I? Well, no, dreams aren’t to be given up on and I guess it is my dream after all.

Or is it?

path The Spirit Knows Its WayPhoto by StooMathiesen

You see, sometimes we have a preconceived notion of where we’re going in life and we think our way through a path that we hope will lead us there. Then somewhere along the way we start to think that this path we’ve concocted is in fact the dream we always wanted to accomplish. We plod on with our minds telling us this is what we want, without taking a moment to check in to see if our heart is in agreement with all this. We were excited when we first set forth, but somewhere along the way, things might have started to feel a bit off even though we stayed perfectly on course.

The reality is that the path is not pre-set; it’s not pre-determined. We might start something and feel strongly about it and as time passes our heart might lead us in a different direction.

The key is not to get stuck forcing ourselves through a path that the mind is forging for us when it is no longer in alignment with our spirit. Always, in life we must not merely check-in with our spirit, but be at one with it. We must follow it.This might mean going against what is reasonable, sensible or what the mind can even conceive as possible.

The spirit knows its way.

We need only to let go and let it show us. Ignore it and life goes on, but that ultimately leads to a life that compromises your spirit’s longings.

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” -Anaïs Nin

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It’s Time to Dig Deep and Excavate Your “Negative” Emotions

“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” -Sigmund Freud

It’s a rare occurrence when you’ll find me quoting Sigmund Freud… to be honest, this might be the first time ever. But, on this very statement of Freud’s, I wholeheartedly agree and wanted to speak to this briefly here.

For those involved in the healing arts, particularly in energy work and most especially with Reiki, there is this overarching notion that the practitioner must maintain utmost decorum. I’d even venture to say that this notion has bled into the greater “New Age” movement. Anger and other “negative” emotions aren’t to be entertained because notions that we are in control of our own happiness and that we can affirm ourselves to a happier, more fulfilling life are prevalent (lest our negative moods lead us to a dismal life!). 

In Reiki it is explicit, as one of the principles that we are to adhere to is, “Just for today I will not be angry.” Of course, “just for today” means any and every day that one may perform Reiki, which translates to a general daily affirmation of “I will not be angry”.

anger Its Time to Dig Deep and Excavate Your Negative EmotionsPhoto by justDONQUE.images

I took a workshop with a man named Patrick Zeigler last year. He facilitates teachings of a particular type of energy healing that is very centered on connecting to our emotions. The workshop was very deep and powerful in how it had us reach deep-seated emotions often held in the subconscious mind and allowed us to release those in the process of further opening our hearts.

Patrick mentioned from his observation that a number of the great and renowned Reiki masters in the world died prematurely of heart disease. (This is hearsay, of course, as I have not done in depth research on the lives of famous Reiki masters). He contends that this is a reflection of suppression of the so-called “negative” emotions such as anger. As Freud says, unexpressed emotions do not die. They live on within us, sometimes coming out emotionally in different forms and sometimes literally eating us up inside.

It’s important to acknowledge our feelings, acknowledge why we’re feeling that way, and most importantly it’s imperative to express the feelings. Of course, it’s important to channel emotions in a healthy way. Throwing plates against a wall in rage is probably not the most healthy way to express anger. Going out for a run to cool off and pounding a pillow might be safer and more ideal ways to let that energy flow.

The key is, however, not to swallow those emotions and bury them deep down. It is okay to feel. We live in a challenging world nowadays filled with stress, complicated social and family lives, and are disconnected from nature and energies that sustain our wellbeing. The havock on our nervous systems is immense. Of course, if these emotions are chronic, there may be some underlying causes that need to be explored with a therapist. That said, I am just going to serve here as a voice to caution you against burying emotions.

Of course, when you’re entering into a session with a client (or entering into a business meeting or any other sort of situation where it is necessary to maintain your decorum), you’ll want to practice “bracketing” your emotions. Bear in mind, however, that bracketing means setting them aside temporarily, so that you can be fully present for your client. It assumes that you will return to pick up your baggage right after and take a deep look at it and let out what needs letting out rather than affirming day by day that you will not let the fury loose.

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Keep Up and You’ll be Kept Up!

Folks, I’ve been undergoing some life changing experiences lately. I wanted to share a profound lesson that has been seeping into my being and altering the way I go about life.

I’ve recently begun a year-long yoga program which is like no other program or course I’ve ever taken in that it demands of me, well demands might be a strong word—it urges me to make complete lifestyle changes. They aren’t really demands as they’re suggestions to integrate changes that have the potential to change my life for the better.

“Keep up and you’ll be kept up!”- Yogi Bhajan

That is what I’ve been learning.

When I first heard that phrase I thought, “what does this even mean?”

Our mind is what brings us down. It isn’t our mind that keeps us going or that makes us stronger. We are that strength already. It is the mind that tells us when we are feeling fatigued, that we are feeling weary and tired and has us questioning whether we can go on. It is our mind that clouds us from inspiration and strength that are our birthright and are what we came here with.

In my yoga program, we did a very hard kriya (set) recently and in the midst of it, the instructor that was leading us said as we were lifting our legs up and down with trembling abs that “the body is stronger than the mind. Keep up and you’ll be kept up.” In that moment, this statement rang true to my heart. It shifted my focus from the usual mental tape of, “oh god, when is this going to end? I don’t think I can keep going…” to just doing it.

I survived—we all did.yogi bhajan Keep Up and Youll be Kept Up!Yogi Bhajan featured in the photo above taken in the 60s when he first brought Kundalini yoga to the west.

You can’t really think about the present, you can only experience it. So really, the mind keeps you locked in some fantasy of the future or past. No matter how near to the present moment, it never really illuminates that moment, it illuminates the one that just passed or the one to come.

So the mind, as long as it’s thinking, is not really experiencing the true present moment. If we’re feeling even the slightest bit disempowered or weak in a moment, it’s because our mind is reminding us of some pain and it’s colouring that pain with emotions and ideas about it. We may feel pain in reality, but it’s the mind that potentially leads us down the path of suffering and the thoughts that we can’t go on when we reach that point of pain. Very few people, bar the very ill and elite athletes, actually push completely to the breaking point of the body. I’m not suggesting that we all make a practice of this. However, it goes to show that we have a lot more in us, than we normally think.

And further to this point, it shows us that it is not the mind that sets our wings in flight. We already come built with a body that can endure, a body that can metaphorically fly (even if we are ill and weak- it is still kicking, isn’t it? It’s an amazing machine). And moreso, we come with a spirit that is built on the foundations of endurance.

My contention is that the mind can be used to bring us up or down, but when we transcend the mind, we enter a whole new realm and that is the realm of the gods, the universe, Spirit, the realm that can supersede what our meagre thinking mind can even conceive as possible. When we allow ourselves to be guided from that place, a bigger part of us begins to control the mind.

When you enter that realm, the mind truly becomes your servant and your spirit becomes your god. Don’t let your mind fool you. It’s not in control, unless you let it be. Keep up— fly past that point of the mind’s struggles and you will be kept up.

yoga Keep Up and Youll be Kept Up!(Photo by Lululemon Athletica)

Yoga has taught me that when we regularly exert ourselves to that beyond-the-mind state where nothing can stop us, when times get tough, we become stronger in face of the challenges of life. It’s like preparing us to handle the tough times.

I woke up at 3 am this morning, made my way yet again to the local ashram for 4am sadhana and was there until 7:30am. I’ve not been 100% these last few days. If I can set this heavy, thought-filled mind aside and perform such a task in the midst of pain and not being well, I would say that there is hope for every human being on this planet.

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How to Find Love

Valentine’s Day also dubbed “Singles Awareness Day” is a holiday met with many mixed feelings. Those who aren’t in a relationship regard it sort of begrudgingly and those who are in one, either play along and go down the romantic route, or dismiss its overtly materialistic and commercial nature. In any case, the topic of love comes up and we’re either in a position where we feel we have it or we don’t. And for those who are single, it becomes a glaringly obvious reminder that they are not in a romantic relationship. Unfortunately that’s conflated with some notion of lacking love in their life. And, that’s where I’m going to press the pause button.

love How to Find Love

(Photo by Mike Baird)

I don’t like being didactic or coming across as all-knowing, but I strongly feel that I have some insight on the matter of finding love. And, even if this is really just my naïveté making an appearance, I feel highly compelled to share this.

Love is not something that comes from outside of you. It’s not born anywhere else, but within you. Yes, we’ve all heard this time and again. I mean we all know that we have to, “love ourselves first.” But, this is the reality of how you find love:

First, you begin to cultivate the love within yourself.

Second, you use that love to help raise your vibrations to the point where you feel so full of love that you feel fulfilled within your being. This entails, raising your vibrations to the level of joy. Some people have a lot of work to undertake here to remove layers upon layers to get to that place, while some people are already there.

By this point, you feel so satisfied with existence as it is, that you no longer “need” a relationship. You could take one or leave one and would rather not bother if it doesn’t feel “just right”. That’s where you want to be. Because when you’re in a place where you feel fulfilled and so content with life with our without a romantic partner, you are most ripe to enter into a relationship that will flourish… not a relationship where there is co-dependency, or massive walls guarding you, or where you or the partner you’ve attracted are trying to fulfill their own needs through the other.

The latter examples occur when we want to enter a relationship from the standpoint of longing and need.

Magical things happen when you are in a place where you are so filled with joy, love and life that you feel satisfied and fulfilled. When you’ve let go of the need to attract a mate, you’ve opened up a space to attract the right person for you, rather than someone who needs you to fill their areas of insufficiency or vice versa. It might take months. Heck, it could take years! But, let me tell you the time it takes becomes less relevant as you come to know yourself and develop higher vibrations and higher satisfaction for life in that process.

So, I urge you, if you are single and longing for a mate to give it a rest, work on yourself, love yourself, work on your blockages, find fulfillment in life in your own being and let the universe take care of the rest. This is the best prescription to finding love.

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Letting Go…

“I am so beyond frustrated right now…”  These are the words I noticed myself think just now. It’s crazy, but even as we continue along a spiritual path, we still feel these things at times. But, I guess *that* is the crux of a spiritual practice, to find ourselves whirling in what seems like chaos at times, but to be able to stop, step back and notice what’s going on.

I’m experiencing technology woes today as fears of potentially losing all my photos and whatnot are mounting as my external hard drive is suddenly no longer accessible…

There is on the one hand this part of me that wants to keep trying to fix it and keep tinkering away checking the same few things over and over again. On the other hand, there’s this part of me that realizes that trying to force it to work is not going to make it work.

That’s the hard part, though. It’s hard to let things be… to let go of control, especially when things are going wrong from our perspective. There’s this tendency to want to fix things, to make them right to make ourselves feel better.

But, in the end that’s what binds us. It’s our need to control our situation because we have placed our happiness, sense of wellbeing and peace in some external factor. When that’s the case, of course we want to control it, because should it continue to falter, so does our wellbeing.

This is stifling to go on living like this, depending on a perfect balance of exterior influences in order to maintain inner peace. We must learn to cultivate the still place within, the place where our peace, joy and wellbeing reside regardless of what’s going on around us. That is what spells true freedom…

bird Letting Go...Photo by Joanna Lee Osborn

 “What if you let go of every bit of control and every urge that you have, right down to the most infinitesimal urge to control anything, anywhere, including anything that may be happening with you at this moment? Imagine that you were able to completely and absolutely give up control on every level. If you were able to give up control absolutely, totally, and completely, then you would be a spiritually free being.”

— Adyashanti, Emptiness Dancing

And, so that’s where I’m at. I’m ready to just let go of this and experience the freedom that lies beyond my dependence on external events for peace and happiness.

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An Attitude of Gratitude: The Ticket to Being in the Flow

Honestly, I’m stuck. Stuck as stuck can be, encountering blocks and frustrations at what seems to be every turn. Eluded completely from the proverbial flow that I often speak about.

So what to do? Really, it’s wonderful to read quotes of the Tao Te Ching and talk about how fine and dandy and amazing it is to be in the flow, but at some point we might come to the realization in a given moment that we aren’t there. In that moment we’re not the water flowing past the rock, we’re flesh and body banging right into that obstacle and we’re stuck.

It’s okay.

We’ve all been there. That said, sympathy is not what’s going to remedy this situation. We need a practical solution to get past that stuckness.

So, let’s backtrack just for a moment. Let’s consider this: when we’re stuck, what are we focused on? Of course we’re focused on our stuckness. We’re focused on the issue at hand that is causing us some discomfort, distress or other unwanted feeling.

What if that’s the problem right there?

It’s our focus on the problem at hand rather than anything else in the world. There’s a saying and I’m sure you’ve heard it that goes, “Let go and let God.” Now, whether you believe in a God or not is not relevant to putting this into practice and testing it out. The act of letting go and surrendering our need for our minds to figure things out is what will get us past the stuckness.

The problem though, with letting go, is that it’s easier said than done. It’s easy to advise someone to let go; a totally different thing to put it into practice ourselves in a moment of difficulty.

So, I was personally stuck in my life and I asked myself what I should do to get out of this. Here’s what came:

Maintain an attitude of gratitude.

Think of all the good in your life. Think of the things that are going right; the things that are flowing peacefully along and be thankful for these things.

I’m telling you, my friends, it sounds overly simplistic, but IT WORKS! In a moment when you’re stuck, shift your thoughts to where things are actually flowing and soon the magic will start to happen. It isn’t magic, really, but it feels like it, because the stuckness will start to loosen. You’ll be able to see things that you couldn’t see before and soon, you’ll find your way past the stuckness.

Better yet, start documenting all that you’re grateful for. Each night I write in a gratitude journal a minimum of 5 things that I’m grateful for. It’s a good practice, because what it does is it programs your mind for gratitude. What that means is that it makes it easier for you to enter into that headspace when the going gets a bit rough.

Here’s my gratitude journal. I chosen one that uplifts me and is beautiful to me:

gratitude journal 1024x768 An Attitude of Gratitude: The Ticket to Being in the Flow

Seriously, the gratitude journal works. It’s good for the soul and honestly, it’s the easiest thing to put into practice. I hope you’ll give it a try!

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The Land of Miracles Part 2

Recently I was asked on Twitter about what I think is the single most important thing to do or be to have an awesome year. Funny enough, this was to the exact topic of my blog for this evening. So sit tight and away we go.

The answer is:

RAISE YOUR ENERGY

Ah, this really does warrant a bit of explanation.

The single most important thing that I deem necessary to be AND do is to set your year up energetically not just to make what you want to happen happen, but to transform your energy into a magnet that brings the beautiful, insightful and growing forces to the forefront of your being and conscious mind.

In layman’s terms: In order to be fulfilled, happy, beautiful inside and out, and in a state of either good health or healing, and feeling well, we need to do whatever it takes to raise our own energy.

The forces to help us experience the greatest year life ever lie within us, often dormant until we reawaken them.

Different techniques work for different people. Last week I said to pick one, but didn’t give examples, so I’m going to give a few options to try out (this isn’t everything though! There’s a world of techniques and options to suit every individual out there.):

  • Self-hypnosis
  • Energy psychospiritual work like EFT and other techniques.
  • Creative activities that speak to your subconscious mind while engaging the creative mind like vision boards and miracle boxes.
  • Rituals
  • Body centred techniques that help to shift your energy like yoga, Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine techniques and others.

Well, there you have it! These are the things that have come to mind, though there are countless ways. Raising our consciousness, expanding our auras and being in JOY and other positive, high vibrational emotional states, help to set up our lives to attract fulfilling and growth-filled experiences imbued with happiness.

On that very note, I had an absolute blast this week doing the most AMAZING workbook to energetically set up my 2013 oh so wonderfully!!! It’s called 2013 Create Your INCREBIBLE! Year Workbook + Planner by the lovely Leonie Dawson.

2013 workbook 1024x656 The Land of Miracles Part 2Let me tell you that this workbook does set you up for a life of miracles. (No small coincidence that this also happens to be my theme for the year and there is indeed a little activity in the workbook to establish a sacred word for the year).

miracles 1024x830 The Land of Miracles Part 2(I love how the flash reflection in this photo showed up as a heart!)

The workbook had me go deep inside and search for what was meaningful, important and beautiful within me that I wanted to bring forth. And that, my friends, is another little way you can set your energy up at the beginning of the year to experience a fantastic year— go deep inside, get creative and get engaged fully and completely in that inner exploration.

And can I say, my oh my did my inner child have fun in the process! This workbook comes as an ebook—but this ebook is one that is DEFINITELY worth the splurge to have printed out! It’s not only a work of art in itself, but it might just get you to pull out some coloured pencils and markers like it did for me. (If you’re interested in getting this workbook, there’s a link at the end of this post).

pencil crayons 1024x767 The Land of Miracles Part 2(And make no mistake, this photo was taken right at the very beginning of my adventure. Since then, barely a section has been left blank.)

The workbook also had me do a yearly card reading, which I already love doing each year! Here’s a picture of mine. I tend to use two decks and set them up in a circle with the middle two cards representing the theme or central focus for the year:

2013 card reading 1024x768 The Land of Miracles Part 2So, there you have it! A glimpse into some of the ways I am working to raise my energy to experience a wonderful year. It’s not too late, most definitely not. You’ve got your life ahead of you, so whenever you’re reading this, it’s time to focus on your energy and shine out so that you can live an AMAZING life. Join me, won’t you in the #landofmiracles! ♥

If you’d like to look into getting that workbook, you can check it out below (there’s also a business edition, which I haven’t looked into, but I’m sure is uber wonderful as well, knowing Leonie):

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