Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Out of Joy and In Joy


'Thinking thoughts of love, appreciation and gratitude is an act of loving yourself, and loving yourself creates miracles in your life.

We can think happy, positive thoughts. We can think thoughts that make us feel joyous and let the world know that we’re happy to be alive. We can lift our thoughts up, we can greet each day with a smile and express gratitude at every turn. We can love our bodies and bless our bodies with love. We can be our own best friends.

The reward of affirmations is that we get to watch day by day as our lives turns into the most joyous, loving, healthy, prosperous experiences that will last for the rest of our days on Earth. Let's train ourselves to think thoughts that make us feel good. That way, we’ll always be creating our lives out of joy and in joy.'

~ Louise L. Hay

Monday, August 30, 2010

No Longer a Path Alone


As I walk this path, I can choose to embrace the support and companionship offered to me along the way. It's no longer a path alone. I have resources available to me. I have begun to realise that I DO need support around me, people to connect with, to lean on, to share with. I don't need to do this alone. I never did. My time of shielding my tender inner truth from others and claiming my solitude as independence is behind me. I have grown through and broken through that time. I am in a place where I am able to stand in my vulnerability, in my truth, completely. I have realised that it is a strength, not a weakness to recognise and accept loving support when it is offered. I am willing to welcome the resources offered to me and hold them very close to my heart, stay enriched by them, let the circle of love strengthen and uplift me. This journey is a richer journey if it is shared.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Divine Protection


‎'I am always Divinely protected.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Journey Within


'The only journey is the journey within.' ~
Rainer Maria Rilke

I am committed to going deep. I believe that I deserve happiness and to heal my life on all levels. I accept this gift I am giving myself with open arms, even on the dark days. No-one said this would be easy, but it is worth it and I am worth every delicious, devastating moment.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Gratitude Prayer


Gratitude Prayer by Louise L. Hay

'Deep at the centre of my Being there is an infinite well of gratitude. I now allow this gratitude to fill my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very Being. This gratitude radiates out from me in all directions, touching everything in my world, and returns to me as more to be grateful for. The more gratitude I feel, the more I am aware that the supply is endless. Gratitude in my life makes me feel good; it is an expression of my inner joy.'

Lately I have become aware that every single day new things are flowing to me ~ new opportunities, new connections,
new doors opening, new energy, new discoveries about my personal transformation, a completely new way of life. I am so grateful for this time of expansion and the wonder of these joyous beginnings. I pray for the wisdom to choose the right doors for me and the courage to walk through them. Let me fully embrace all this newness and celebrate it each day with a full and grateful heart.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sacred Tears


'There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love.' ~ Washington Irving

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

True Friends


'True friends reflect divine light.' ~ Stuart Wilde

There are many angels in my life. Today I send them Divine light and thank them for being who they are.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Powerful Choice


If we accept that we are simply human expressions of the Universe, then we have all the traits and attributes of the Universe - infinite, omniscient, never born, never died, abundant, creative, ever expanding. Right now, we have a choice - a powerful choice - to choose these magnificent characteristics of the Universe... or some conditioned, less-than, constricted perspective. Which will I choose?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Love your Ego


'Over the course of your life, the fabric of all your decisions in every moment has become your sense of self - the way that YOU look at YOURSELF - your self-esteem, how you desire to present yourself to the world and how you want the world to look at you. This is your ego! I’ve heard so many spiritual teachers encourage people to deny their ego. That concept doesn't resonate with me. I believe in embracing who we are, working at understanding our ego better and paying deeper attention to the choices we make. Love your ego!' ~ Davidji

As I meditate regularly, my witnessing consciousness expands and I am able to see more and more clearly that I am not my ego. I am not my limiting beliefs. This is the starting point for more conscious choice making. Since I make every choice from this place of ego, I set all the boundaries. No one else, nothing else determines how I perceive the world other than my own interpretation. Only I set the limits for what I can do, what I'm capable of and what I believe. This creates a magnificent opportunity to move beyond my limiting beliefs and into freedom.

I embrace my ego and appreciate how it empowers me to raise my level of consciousness and choose miracles.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Joy


'I send joy ahead of me. I bring joy with me, and I am always greeted with joy.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bright and Bold and Beautiful


Yesterday I received this beautiful message from my dear friend Mich. SO well-timed, it took my breath away.

'Thank you for your super breathtaking work. It is a breath of fresh air and you are such an inspiration to me right now. I cannot tell you how much you have helped me this last crazy week. Not only to get through these last few days, but to carry me through the load. I love how your mind works, it is like watching rainbows transform into the brightest rays of sunshine. Keep radiating your creative energy, it is so bright and bold and beautiful. Just like you. Thank you! Loving the people I know allows me to know the people I love. You are loved dearest friend. So loved.'

As I read it again today, it is a healing balm to my sore creative muscles. Today I feel very emotionally vulnerable and physically out of balance. I'm feeling the effects of launching myself head first into my work, the creative equivalent of climbing Everest, it feels without much training, it has been so long since I worked these muscles in this way. It takes everything out of me committing to the excruciating process of being creative on demand - it is a painful birth. At the same time, I am feeling equally energised by the beginning of the flow of abundance I see in my life and all the while keeping a watchful eye on myself through this leap of faith, trying to balance this stressful challenge with gentle, healing thoughts and practices, my new way of Being. I'm walking a new path and some days I feel I don't know where it will lead. How exciting, how bewildering.

My Mich ~ Thank YOU for the opportunity to work with YOU. It's definitely a challenge, a gift and a time of growth for me in many ways. It means the world to me to have a true friend like you by my side. I'm so blessed to have you in my life in this deep and meaningful way. You are someone who lavishes an abundance of love on my heart and is an unwavering support to me in all my flaws, insecurities, self-imposed limitations and uncertainties. You accept me fully on this journey with all its triumphant peaks and dark valleys. YOU are bright and bold and beautiful. I love you so, so much.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Garment of Light


'Your religion is not the garb you wear outwardly, but the garment of light you weave around your heart. Discover who you are behind those outer trappings and you will discover who Jesus was, and Buddha, and Krishna. For the masters come to the Earth for the purpose of holding up to every man a reflection of his deeper, eternal Self.' ~ Paramhansa Yogananda

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Love Yourself Today


'It's not your job to like me ~ it's mine.' ~ Byron Katie

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Swimming with the Flow of Life


'Whatever we are waiting for ~ peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance ~ it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.' ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

The night before last I had a vivid dream that featured fish ~ plenty of beautiful, exotic fish swimming in tanks. I believe that when we see clear symbols, animals or objects in a dream, they are direct messages from Spirit, sent to reassure us, inform us and enlighten us. I looked up the significance of seeing fish in my dream and was astounded to read: 'Abundance and prosperity assured' ~ What an amazing message to receive!

The synchronicity of this is so evident in my life right now. The alignment of my intentions and my purpose with what the Universal mind has in store for me has created a surge of activity that is inviting abundance into my life. I am willing to receive, I am swimming with the flow of Life and celebrating this time of energetic expansion.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Important Things


'The most important things in life are not things.' ~ Anonymous

Monday, August 16, 2010

Light by Nature


'All of Life is Light; inherent in all of Life is a miracle.' ~ Colette Baron-Reid

'The path of expanding Consciousness is subtle, natural and open to everyone. To notice who you are is simple, not difficult ~ you can be gentle with yourself, there is no timetable, no need for rigour or discipline. Your job is to notice that there is light within you, however small. A small candle is only different from the blazing sun by a matter of degree. Both are light by nature. Whatever makes your light grow will serve you.' ~ Deepak Chopra

I thought my candle had long been extinguished but now I know that there is light within every one of us, we are also light by nature. Seeing my own light has been a journey. I feel blessed to have found a way towards my own understanding of my true nature, this natural inward opening, this meeting of my Self, at last. Today I will let my light shine brightly in the world and see and appreciate the magnificent glow in everyone I meet.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Say Thank You


'Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.' ~ William Arthur Ward


Just wrapping up a productive weekend working on a project with a very good friend. Thank you, my Mich for the gift of this work and for all your support. I'm saying thank you, thank you.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Colours


'From early dawn to midday to dusk to midnight, there are thousands of gradations of light and colour. When we take time to look up to the blue of the sky, we feel the tranquility and peace of the open expanse of space. Colours no longer merely serve as a decorative or ornamental function. They effect us in deeper ways.' ~ Louise L. Hay

Friday, August 13, 2010

Listening


'The branches of your intelligence grow new leaves on the wind of listening.' ~ Rumi

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Spiritual Secret


'The true spiritual secret is this: What you seek, you already are. True success is discovering your inner Divinity ~ it's the ability to love and have compassion, trust your intuition and awaken to your unlimited creative nature.' ~ Deepak Chopra

'Ritual + Meaning = Transformation.' ~ Davidji

Today I am beginning a journey through the heart of meditation ~ a journey within a journey ~ this healing journey is a series of new beginnings. Today I start the Chopra Centre's 21-day meditation challenge. I am seeking to cultivate mindful awareness and expanded consciousness, to learn how to stay focused on healing while stepping back into my career and finding a new way of working. I am turning towards my old life and discovering how to reinvent the patterns that unraveled me.

As I meditate and expand my awareness, I awaken to who I really am and I experience my essential spiritual nature. My heart opens and more happiness, compassion and wisdom infuses every aspect of my Being. This is a beautiful opportunity to help me with this transition, a transition I have avoided and have been very fearful of attempting. I see now that I had to stop working altogether to start working differently. I can do this, it is time.

www.chopra.com/meditationchallenge

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Choose our Response


'Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.' ~ Viktor Frankl

Just pause, just yield, just breathe. I own the power to choose my response to everything.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Positive


'If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities. If you believe it won't you will see obstacles.' ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Positive today. Let me see the opportunities that are flowing my way and say YES to them. Excited to see what unfolds.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Graceful Uncertainty


'Life is not about answers. It is about learning to live in the middle of complete uncertainty and doing so gracefully.' ~ Swami Chetanananda

I am practicing allowing uncertainty to surround me and being present in the moment, observing the uncertainty, not fighting it, numbing it out or fearing it. This moment is my life, all we have is a series of moments like this ~ joyful, sad, bewildering, uncertain. If we stop searching for life's answers, we'll realise that contemplating life's questions is much more exciting and meaningful. I will move forward from this moment to the next in faith and with loving acceptance.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I am an Alchemist


'Creativity comes from awakening and directing man's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the Universe and are appointed by Heaven.' ~ I Ching

I am working this weekend and I am enjoying this sense of renewed purpose and creative energy. I feel inspired (in Spirit). I love seeing what magic can come through me, what ideas land on me and flow from inside in such beautiful ways. I can put a part of me on a page. I can identify the extraordinary in the ordinary and infuse it with beauty, meaning and value. I am an alchemist.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wells Within


'There are wells within your heart.
Some fill with each good rain.
Others are too deep for that.' ~ Hafiz

Friday, August 6, 2010

Whispers of Encouragment


'As long as our mind is writing the script of our life, we are caught in the net of past and future. If our mind becomes the instrument of our Soul whispering its Sacred message to us, our Soul assumes its rightful place as the author of our intentions and we begin to hear its quiet voice whispering encouragement to make choices that bring happiness, health, love, meaning, and peace.'

~ Dr. David Simon

Today I'm listening to my Soul's whispers of encouragement, am surrendering to the Divine flow of the Universe, going where I'm meant to go and am grateful, so grateful.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Walking Meditation




Walking Meditation

the bird calls. we rise
from mat and pad
and follow its path.
robes swish and sway.
a light wind runs along arms.
step in single file
circle the Buddha who sits
unmoving in the middle,
bird perched in a branch.
round the labyrinth
silent at centre.
we shape an outer ring.
hoop the zen garden
where bird lights on a rock.
wing and feather led, we
loop back to the hall
where we sink onto mats
still as the candle wick.

and all the while, between gongs,
we have sat here not moving
under rain on the roof.
yet we find Buddha.
labyrinth, zen garden
all inside us now
after the imagined
ankle flex, arm swing shuffle
follow of the bird.

A poem by Dr. Dorian Haarhoff
Writer ~ Poet ~ Mentor ~ Story-teller ~ Speaker
www.dorianhaarhoff.com

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of attending an inspirational writing workshop by Dr. Dorian Haarhoff about exploring my own life story. He believes in the power of stories to create new realities, to bring healing and to strengthen our belonging. How stories start a conversation with ourselves, how by listening to stories we can lay our story down beside them. We touched on the philosophy of stories, how beliefs can trap us, how stories can free us. We began to look at a story that reveals something about us, our own lives, autobiographical stories, self revelatory stories. An opportunity to ask the question: which story is the one asking to be told in me?

An enlightening new experience, I am deeply moved this morning in the aftermath of such a revealing, powerful and real experience. Thank you dear Karin G for this incredible gift.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our Highest Evolutionary Path


'The best way to tell whether we are moving in the direction of greater well-being is by listening to our inner messages of comfort or distress. Our highest evolutionary path is the one that generates the least resistance and the most joy.' ~ Dr. David Simon

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Who You Are


'Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are.' ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

Monday, August 2, 2010

Revealing Layers of Self


My decision to circulate and publicise my creative work, in an attempt to attract some income, is a timeous one! It's happening at the perfect time, I wasn't ready before. I can see the significance of this in the greater scheme of my healing journey. This development is a result of the healing work I am committed to, that I can find myself in a place where I am prepared to show the world this Sacred and precious side of who I am. I'm showing a secret part of me, it's a kind of opening, a blossoming, a revealing ~ this is just another layer of my Self being revealed. My creative projects are like my offspring ~ all beautiful, unique, important creations that somehow each have my touch, having been 'birthed' through me from the world of Spirit ~ magical, meaningful manifestations that I've nurtured into the world of form.

This process can be scary and I find myself in a vulnerable place, presenting and exposing myself in this way, in a new way. By sharing this work, I am open to criticism~ as I always have been throughout my career ~ but had found an effective way to repel the pain inflicted by creating a protective masculine layer. I grew a very thick, cynical, defensive skin armour that ultimately was a pretense and hid me and made me ill. Now I am prepared to show myself as a more balanced Being. To present work that ultimately defines me as a designer, even though I know that my work does not define me as a person, it is an aspect of my Being, a way I have found to express my creativity and intellect. This is an important step in my healing and my growth as a new Being. To share myself on this level right now, tenderly, with openness and willingness, what a gift.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Becoming


'Life is a process of BECOMING, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.' ~ Anaïs Nin