Friday, December 31, 2010

Believe/Think/Say = My Happiness

'Your thoughts and beliefs of the past have created this moment, and all the moments up to this moment. What you are now choosing to believe and think and say will create the next moment and the next day and the next month and the next year.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Am I happy? My honest answer is yes and no. I will keep doing what is making me happy and change some things I am creating in my life that are not. This new year's eve is a time of deep reflection for me. I'm not happy with my life as it is, not all of it. I have been remembering the thrill of big life changes and will be making some in 2011. New beliefs, new thoughts, new words, a new life, a new year. My full happiness awaits. What am I waiting for?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Seeking and Learning

'Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Seeking and learning is where the miracle process all begins.' ~ Jim Rohn

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Do Your Best

'Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment. Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.' ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Open Door

'You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally a gift of the Gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.' ~ Robert Collier

Monday, December 27, 2010

Life is a Verb

'Life is a verb. Life is not a noun. It is really ''living'' not ''life''. It is not love, it is loving. It is not a relationship, it is relating. It is not a song, it is singing. It is not a dance, it is dancing.' ~ Osho

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fulfill Every Need

'As we celebrate the holiday season, realise that you are already inherently affluent, no matter how much or how little money you have, because the source of all Abundance is the field of pure potentiality ~ it is Consciousness that knows how to fulfill every need, including joy, love, laughter, peace, harmony and knowledge. If you seek these things first ~ not only for yourself, but for others ~ all else will come to you spontaneously.' ~ Deepak Chopra

Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Christmas!

'Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.' ~ Dale Evans

Today we celebrate the birthday of a Great Master, one of many. This is a day to celebrate your own beliefs. The ways are many, the Light is One! May the longtime sun shine upon us, all love surround us and the Pure Light within each of us guide us on. SatNam.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Finding Joy

'From home to home and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.'
~ Emily Matthews

I'm embracing the blessings of the holiday season with a big thank you in my heart.

Today I'm wrapping gifts. As I wrap each Christmas gift, I take a moment to picture the recipient in my mind's eye and thank them silently for their contribution to my life. Thank you... thank you... thank you. Magical words. The thank you's in my mind create a feeling of blessing and a sense of abundance in my life. Wrapping gifts becomes a gift I can give myself. A simple way to find more joy this Christmas and feel it in my heart. Oh, joy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Season of Love

'Tis the season of Love. Let YOUR radiance shine for all.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Full Moon Meditation

Yesterday was the Southern hemisphere's summer solstice ~ December 21st. This year the solstice is accompanied by a full moon and lunar eclipse! This is a time when full moon meditations and the art of manifestation become more powerful vibrations in the Universe. The full moon stirs up our emotions bringing unresolved issues to the surface. It’s the perfect time to take note of what’s coming up and ask the Universe for guidance and resolution. The combined energy of the full moon, solstice and lunar eclipse bring about a powerful time of healing. We can set the stage for our next steps, clear our slates and clarify our intentions before moving forward. Now is the time to focus on creating loving relationships with myself and others. Forgiving myself and others. A time for focusing my energy on welcoming a loving relationship with a open heart and creating love, peace and joy in my life by asking the Universe to provide me with unconditional love, validation and support.

Last night I did something special to honour this day and myself ~ a late moon meditation outside in my garden to set my intentions for the new year, to express gratitude and turn any constrictions over to the Universe to resolve ~ followed by a nice, hot cup of Earl Grey tea, my cat frolicking in the dark nearby and a long conversation with the Moon Goddess.

Marking this day with a sacred, private ceremony of celebration and healing feels so right. This is a time for completion and for new beginnings. The next chapter of my healing journey. I am resolving my past and preparing myself for a beautiful future ~ magical, moonlit and whole!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wellness is your Choice

'When you refuse to live in low energy and you work moment to moment to introduce thoughts that support your intention, you've effectively decided that wellness is your choice and that being a healer is a part of that decision. At this time, wheels of creation are set in motion and what you've imagined and created in your mind begins to take form in your everyday life.' ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Physical wellness is accentuated by nourishing our bodies with Earth's bounty, it is a choice to eat well. But ~ true wellness of body, mind and spirit comes from a deeper place. Changing the very vibration of our lives changes EVERYTHING. The most profound choice of all.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Martinis for One

'Relationships are all there is. Everything in the Universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.'
~ Margaret J. Wheatley

Every relationship I have in my life is a part of the beautiful dance of connection and Oneness that is the Universe. I am grateful for family, friends and acquaintances. For relationships that I have released with love, for those who have left me. For those who have re-entered my life, those I attracted to myself as my healing journey dawned. For new connections I am making everyday. This healing journey is primarily all about my relationship with myself, my most important relationship.

Our whole lives are relationships. With ourselves, with other precious souls, with Earth and her sentient Beings, with our perceived realities. At this junction, I can admit that going it alone is getting slightly old. The concept of isolation is an illusion. As is the concept of complete independence.

No more hypothetical martinis for one. I am opening my heart to new possibilities.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Releasing Criticism

'I release all criticism. I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored to me in every moment.' ~ Louise L. Hay

I release all criticism of myself and my own body. My love and acceptance of myself is reflected in the healing of my body.
I am a warrior of healing. Today the red river of the Goddess flows forth, I sing praise to the Goddess of Life. I rejoice in my womanhood. I release criticism, anxiety, negative energy and blood today. I forgive my body her irregularities, this seemingly random resetting of my body's menstrual cycle. I have waited a long dry spell for this day. Hallelujah!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Practicing Forgiveness

'You practice forgiveness for two reasons: to let others know that you no longer wish to be in a state of hostility with them and to free yourself from the self-defeating energy of resentment. Send love in some form to those you feel have wronged you and notice how much better you feel.'
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rainy Days

'Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.' ~ John Updike

'Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.' ~ Langston Hughes

It has been raining quite heavily for the last few days. Quite unseasonally chilly weather for December. I LOVE the rain. Proper rain. Deep, soaking rain. I see it as Nature's way of cleansing the Earth. This rain is a cleanse. A deep, deep cleanse for the Soul. Feels so right, so needed. I LOVE rainy days and the sense of freshness and renewal when the sunshine peaks through. Aah!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Language of Gratitude

'Remember that one who forgets the language of gratitude can never be on speaking terms with happiness.' ~ John Robbins

It's time to have a gratitude attack (as Mich says!) I've been moping around the last few days, feeling overwhelmed by work and life. Feeling very sorry for myself and frustrated at the effort it takes me these days to work effectively. It takes all my energy to stay sane during this process of balancing creative work and living life. To achieve SOME sort of balance, do well professionally AND look after myself while I'm doing it. I have to go on lock-down in order to force some creativity out of myself. No leaving the house, no errands, no gym, no phone calls, no e-mails, no chores - nothing except WORK. (Okay, some chores, who am I kidding?) Makes for a miserable, panicky, desperate mood. Oh, the misery! This pattern has to change.

I've been feeling like I need some grounding. A Tibetan sound therapy session I had last Friday afternoon revealed the same feedback - I must ground myself, I'm too scattered, too stressed, my focus too far in the future. (The work of deadlines!)

I need to give myself some space, take a breather, do some happy stuff... Get festive - go Christmas shopping, bake something, wrap gifts, listen to jazzy Christmas music. Not sweating away, not WORK! Then it struck me yesterday, mid-mild freak-out... this work is a gift, a Christmas gift to me. This work IS happy stuff. I have been asked for (and well paid for!) my creative expertise. This is a gift. I will pay all my bills for the next two months on this gift, usually an alarmingly quiet time of the year. Thank you client, for this last life-saving work opportunity of the year! Sprinklings of the language of gratitude go such a long way. Let me not forget for an instant how to speak it. I'm already happier today!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Who's Pain is it Anyway?

'Any negative attitude on the part of others towards you is their pain, not yours.' ~ Guy Finley

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Always a Choice

'There is always a choice of love or fear. If we choose fear and the alienating behaviour that goes with it, we suffer. It is up to us. The future is ours. If we choose love and the opportunities it offers us, we will be able to heal ourselves and the whole planet.' ~ Louise L. Hay

The time for choosing fear and suffering, for alienating myself and choosing 'the blues' is over for me. I see so many other colours in my future, just waiting for me to choose them. Brights. I choose love, opportunities and healing. It's always a choice.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fertile Quietude

'The true source of Abundance is the silent mind, for within its fertile quietude rests all potential, all power and all promise.' ~ Guy Finley

An insular time of quiet reflection and rest over the weekend. Just what I needed.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Probems are Projections

'I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.'
~ Louise L. Hay

'You cannot solve a problem with a mind that created it. First you must change the mind.'
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

'There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.' ~ Richard Bach

Problems are projections. Let's look for the gifts they bring us, our reasons for bringing them into our lives in the first place, learn from them, then learn to rise above them.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Heaven on Earth

'Heaven on earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.'
~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Friday, December 10, 2010

Women Who Light up the World

'To keep a lamp burning, we must keep putting oil in it' ~ Mother Teresa

'Women Who Light up the World'

'We are women who light up the world - with our beauty, our creativity, our intelligence. Our eyes sparkle as we talk and laugh among ourselves. Our smiles radiate warmth and comfort to those who love us. Our faces beam happily when we're engaged in fulfilling work. We shine, we illuminate, we enlighten. We glow softly when contented - and burn brightly when passionate. But who's the keeper of the flame? Who will fill our lamps? We must do it for ourselves, dear sisters - we must fill our own lamps first, not last. We must commit to our own well-being and self-care, lest our flames flicker out. So take some time, sweet sisters, to rest, recoup, relax and regroup. Take time to fill your lamp. The world needs your flame - but first, YOU need your oil. The new 'Golden Rule' for women is... 'We must do unto OURSELVES as we do unto others.'

Excerpt from 'Oil for your Lamp' by Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher

Being conscious of my need for balance during this busy time of added pressure, adds pressure! I'm aware of my need to carve out space for myself, for my own well-being and self-nurturance. I am making sure I do this for myself but it comes at a price. My instinct is still to complete everything for everyone first, before I give myself even a breath, lest I disappoint anyone. I'm working on this every hour, every minute of every day. Let me learn to serve myself first, HEAL myself first, then, if energy permitting, I will lovingly serve others. I will shine brighter that way.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Miracles About Us

'Miracles seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.' ~ Willa Cather

Today I will redeem a voucher for my first ever life coaching session. I will open my mind, open my heart and go for it. I thought I would at least give it a try, see how it could fit into my healing plan, a modality to add into the mix. Life coaching to me is assistance in
focusing my attention and fine-tuning my intentions, planning manageable actions in support of these, ultimately coaching me towards my greater goals, my dreams, the vision I have for this life. I believe I already have all the inner wisdom and tools I will ever need to continue the dramatic 360° transformations I am committed to making. I own my life, my choices, my changes, my limitations. This exercise may help make me more aware of the Power I have always had, remind me to notice my miracles and in the process - (hopefully) - get some clarity and direction on my next steps. Illuminate the way forward.

Hmm, a full feeling! I will take some time to digest.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Value in Receiving

'There are stages in life when giving to people is the best way we can serve. And there is also value in receiving. Sometimes letting other people serve us can be as profoundly valuable, nurturing and connecting as giving to others. The law of giving and receiving reminds us to be conscious of the flow of love and Life. When our intention is to expand happiness, every action of either giving or receiving will be Life supporting.' ~ Dr. David Simon

'Honour your worthiness to receive. This principle affirms that you are worthy of all that you have attracted into your life.' ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I LOVE this! It is as honourable and beautiful to receive graciously, with an open heart, as it is to give. Both are equally a precious part of the endless exchange of love and Life. I work everyday on my worthiness to receive. (This work is helping me see my quoting process differently!)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Transform Your Mind

'As you transform your mind through the practice of meditation, you will transform your surroundings. Others will see the benefits of your practice of tolerance and love and they in turn will work at bringing these practices into their own lives.' ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Monday, December 6, 2010

Body Consciousness

'Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own. We are all sculptors and painters and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.'
~ Henry David Thoreau

'Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.' ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

My spiritual practice teaches that we are not our bodies - that this outer flesh casing is merely a vehicle for us to function in the world of form. My physical body doesn't define me anymore but I can use my connection with my body to live deeper in each moment, to enrich my life experience. My body is a pathway for me to go deeper, to find a way to my Source - to unbounded Consciousness, Oneness, to everything and nothing - the deepest me.

As I deepen my body/mind connection, I'm getting in touch with my body, practicing body consciousness. I'm listening to it, staying present with it. I still my mind and body through restful awareness and meditation. Keep my system balanced, watch for signs of imbalance, then ground it. I nourish it with wholesome, natural foods. My body is healing and I celebrate this. I am in love with my body. THIS body, not my past or future bodies, this body. At this size, in the shape it's in, because it's my journey, because it's my temple, because it's mine. I admire it, touch it, luxuriate it, love it, accept it, live in it happily, embrace it, marvel at it, feed it, celebrate it, indulge it, move it ~ like a precious baby - I clean it, I feed it, I rest it, I love it: I C~A~R~E for my body.

I see my body differently now, I feel differently about it. I am so grateful for the positive physical effects that surrendering to Life and fully embracing my authentic Self has had on my body. I now reflect my purest essence in each moment with grace and ease in the world of form. As I heal, I am returning to wholeness.

This body has given me so much. I am alive because this body works. Thank you, body! For daily miracles and for responding so beautifully to my inner transformation.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I Am Abundance

'My income is constantly increasing ~ Abundance is mine ~ I deserve all the good in my life and that includes prosperity ~ I am a money magnet and prosperity of all kinds is drawn to me ~ I know that Life is abundant and I accept abundance in my life now ~ My good comes from everywhere and everyone ~ Money flows to me from expected and unexpected sources ~ New opportunities to increase my income open up for me now ~ I am Abundance.' ~ Affirmations by Louise L. Hay

Flow to me ~ my abundance of changes, opportunities, health, forgiveness, grace, love, goodness and income. I welcome you.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Greatest Gifts

'I share my good with others. Kindness, love and appreciation are the greatest gifts I can give. I've learned so much this year, and I'll have this knowledge for the rest of my life. I am deeply grateful and know that all is well in my world.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Friday, December 3, 2010

Breathe Life In

If you keep breathing in love and keep breathing out anxiety, it will not be long before PEACE is predominant within you. Breathe life in.

Thank you for this gift, my Mich. x

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lift You Up and Guide You

'In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for the One Above did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell man that he showed Himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars, the sun and the moon, man shall learn.'
~ Native American teaching.

Yesterday evening I had an amazingly deep group meditation experience that invited our Sacred
Shamanic companion animals to bring us messages of healing. Animal spirit guides are strange and wonderful Shamanic gifts. Our animal totem or power animal is an energy sent to us to offer us their strength, guidance and protection.

Once we were deeply relaxed and journeyed quite far into our guided meditation, we were led through a specific natural environment of our creation - for me a wind-swept mountain top with sun-baked red rocks and wild grasses, when we came upon a cave. Upon venturing inside the cavernous dark and damp, we come across a clearing deep within the cave with a carved wooden seat especially for us. We sit down. The cave becomes misty until we can't see in front of ourselves. A strange white mist swirls before us, then suddenly disappears to reveal our Sacred companion animal, in whatever form our sub-conscious mind gives this Being. I preempted a cat because I identify so closely and am obsessed with these perfect sentient Beings. Not a cat, but a striped fox appeared before me, very animated and detailed. I asked it why it had appeared to me. My fox said: 'Protection.' I asked it what energy it was bringing to my healing process. It said: 'Love energy to lift you up and guide you.'

Power animals are deeply symbolic and the significance of their appearance to us and our awareness of them at different times in our lives is unique to each of us.
Animal totem meanings help to explain the reason a particular companion animal has spoken to us. My fox represents patience - the ability to wait for the right moment to act. (Hello!) And cleverness. To change with subtlety. Discretion in all things. A fox power animal is of particular service to us when too much logical thought and reasoning has led to a sense of stagnation in life. (Hello again!) Or when there is a need for creative inspiration or magical transformation. I can benefit from the powers of observation of the fox and become more alert, heighten my sense of awareness, become more deeply involved in life and fully awake, all the while accessing my profound instinctive inner guidance.

I've always been intrigued and drawn to the concept of spiritual animal guides and am so grateful that I have had an opportunity to explore this aspect of my emerging spirituality. I would like to learn more.

My angel card I selected post-meditation was: 'FAITH ~ Have faith - faith grows when you act without knowing the end result.' So, so very key for me right now. Letting go of situations and expectations once some clear intention has been sent out to the Universe and some definitive action has been completed. Letting the Universe take care of the details. Having faith.

A beautiful and rewarding hour. Thank you to everyone for bringing their own magic to our Sacred healing energy circle.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Relationships

'Today, I open my consciousness to accepting a new relationship.'
~ Louise L. Hay