Trying to be Perfect may be inevitable for people who are smart and ambitious and interested in the world and its good opinion…What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of Becoming Yourself. ~ Anna Quindlen
An Observation: Perfection is a judgment of the self & the world. Sometimes it shows itself as constant striving, struggle, or competition. At other times, we may simply feel frozen from fear of failure. Perfection is another face of “poverty consciousness” or lack. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. It is a far greater tribute to our Spirit to confront our fears and accept our humanity. Realize this: Our Worth is not defined by what we own, our money, or other people’s opinions of who we are. These are all transient. We are Eternal. We were born Worthy. There is no need to prove anything, to struggle, convince, or to compete. It is a waste of life force energy. You are more valuable than that. Chuckle at the notion of Perfection as defined by man made rules.
I Am Divinely Created Perfection embodied as me! How about that as a mantra to jumpstart your day?!
Go gently into the world. Do that which honors your Heart and your life shall bloom!
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I vow to interpret every experience as a direct healing of the Goddess with my soul. ~ Rob Brezsny
Today’s New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus is the 2nd in a series of 3 eclipses in April and May. Eclipses mean change. Unlike lunar eclipses, the energy of solar eclipses evolves over a period of 3 years. Solar eclipses bring attention to the ego. They ask us to expand our view beyond the ego needs and to grow spiritually. This series of eclipses is activating the Divine Feminine energies that have been building. Any areas of imbalance or areas of darkness/fear are now in review – individually and collectively. Our scripts – the old ways are being rewritten. We are receiving a cosmic push to look at “who we are”, what we stand for, and to live in a more balanced manner.
Life is an ongoing process of self-discovery. During a solar eclipse in Taurus, issues about one’s worth and value system come into spotlight. Each of us will continue to work with these elements for a time. Are you honoring your gifts? Is your life aligned with your values? Taurus is powerful, earthy, fertile, and stable. Taurus encourages us to look at the wisdom of Mother Earth for assistance. Mother Earth reminds us that our roots are “Love”. She teaches us that our beliefs, thoughts, and dreams make up our garden. She also courages us to dig deep into ourselves and weed out those beliefs and habits that do not serve our joy. What are you holding onto that keeps you from fully being who you really are? Do you know your own worth? Now is a time of preparation. What new seeds do you/we want to plant? Is your soil ready? Are your Heart and Mind aligned to support your creation? Those creations that are rooted in Love, balanced, and honoring of life are sustainable and supported by the Solar eclipse in Taurus.
This eclipse is also about endings, planting new seeds, and finding balance in the in-between time. Taurus urges us to live life and dedicate ourselves to living our potential. Do you take the time to appreciate the good that is already in your life? It is quite difficult to create anything of lasting value if we are unable to appreciate the Present. We take so much for granted that we become blind to the Good that we have – food, clothing, shelter, loved ones, friends, our health, and resources. Each of us have something to be appreciative of. We are encouraged to take a step back from our “human busyness” and give gratitude for all that we have and are.
Today, as well as the next 2 days are powerful change agents. Sit with the questions mentioned above. Be honest and gentle with yourself as you review. We may feel our energy ebb and flow during the next days. Honor the slowing down process of releasing and rebalancing. Now is not the time to push. Get clear first. Know that the tides are changing. Root yourself in Heaven and Earth’s Love. This will help you navigate any instability. Listen with your Heart. Keep it open and do not donate your energy to emotions that weigh the spirit. When you are clear, plant your Dream Seeds. Honor them as part of you.
Know that the time leading up to the last eclipse of series, May 11 – May 24, is sensitive. It will activate people’s fears or their will to evolve. Both aspects will be strong. Eclipses remind us that we are Light and Dark, Feminine and Masculine, and of Heaven (Spirit) and of Earth (Form). Within that dance of seeming opposites is the balance point. It carries the Seed of Power that enables us to eclipse the old ways that have previously defined our humanity.
May we tend the Garden of our Lives with Love!
Hello my friends,
Happy spring! I hope that you all are faring well. I apologize for not writing sooner. We had some backend software issues on the blog that were recently resolved. Suffice to say, it was an interesting Mercury Retrograde period! I am so happy that we are leaving it’s shadow in the next week or so. Today, I share this update with you – notes from my practice and fundamentals of living more joyfully:
I’ve done quite a bit of intensive energy healing work of late with my clients. What came out of those sessions was the word “Gratitude” as part of the healing therapy. Most of us would not make the connection between our health and gratitude. Gratitude affects our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Research has demonstrated numerous health benefits of gratitude. It boosts the immune system; increases our ability to heal/recover from setbacks; reduces stress, increases mental focus, and decreases depression. The practice of Gratitude is essential to a healthy relationship with ourselves and with the world. Grateful people interact with the world more compassionately. They have learned to drop judgment which clouds our ability to see the Light within ourselves and others.
I discovered that anger and other negative emotions cannot coexist with gratitude. Gratitude has a higher vibrational frequency and it helps to clear lower vibrations. It truly is good medicine! To enhance the healing work that we did together, I gave each of my clients some soul searching exercises and a 21 day “Attitude Adjustment” plan. I share them below. Both processes must be approached with sincerity. No empty words. Sincere gratitude holds a high and pure vibration. This is the level where healing and rekindling our Joy takes place.
Part One: Mindfulness for Life
Forgiveness is the act of reclaiming your spirit!
The practice of compassion must be cultivated. The results are a beautiful garden.
The World and Heaven knows us by what we do!
Now, for the easy part!
Part Two: 21 Day Attitude Adjustment
I hope that you work with the mindfulness practice and do the 5 simple steps. Notice if your worldview and the way you interact with the world changes over the next weeks. You may find that you have more energy, peace of mind, more joy. You’ll likely notice that the things that once troubled you have lost their value.
The last assignment was to read this poem daily, preferably in the morning but anytime will work. One of my clients printed and framed it for her office. The poem eases anxiety and returns us to our hearts.
We Give Thanks
We give Thanks for places
of Simplicity and Peace.
May we find such places within Ourselves.
We give Thanks for places
of Beauty and Refuge.
May we find such places within Ourselves.
We give Thanks for places
of Acceptance and Belonging.
May we find such places within Ourselves.
We can mend the outer world
with the Wholeness of our Inner Lives.
~Rachel Naomi Remen
One last thought: There is an old adage that says something like this, “If you’ve forgotten the language of Gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with Happiness.” This is so very true, my friends. I had to smile.
To your Health & Happiness!
On January 11th, we welcome the first new moon of 2013. The New Moon in Capricorn is accompanied by unique lineup of 5 planets in Capricorn. They encourage us take a hard look at what is longer viable in our lives; to commit to positive change; and to be honest in our assessment of who we are, what our capabilities are, and what we require from ourselves to live the life that we aspire toward. There is also an emotional component to this moon. The theme of relationship with self and others is highly aspected this month. We may find that our unresolved feelings about success/failure emerge during this time. Sit with those feelings so that you may understand their root. You may find that they are based on old paradigms, an old self, or on someone else’s definition of you. Don’t fight them, meet them and let them go to lessons learned about the Self – so that they do not block your goals or limit your manifestations. This New Moon works with us for the next weeks to help us to move beyond our fears into our true potential.
The Capricorn New Moon is particularly auspicious for cultivating new habits that support your aspirations. Saturn’s influence along with Capricorn is very strong this month. Together they support the formation of our plans/aspirations and the right actions that support them. Saturn is the teacher. It teaches us Self Mastery, Personal Authority, and our Worth. It helps us to stay on track and even to start anew! This point brings me to the subject of New Year’s resolutions. I no longer make resolutions on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. I find that it takes time for us to process the gifts and lessons of the previous year. This occurs on an energetic level as well, even as our bodies/spirits acclimate to new energy coming in. This may be why our commitment to our New Year’s resolution fizzles so quickly.
As an anecdote to fizzled resolutions, I offer this: January’s brilliant new moon is an opportune time to set your goals for 2013. For those of you that have not made your resolutions yet or those that want to reaffirm their goals for 2013, I offer a simple process to kick-start your Commit to your Dream Gene:
You will require a red candle to add impetus and power to your intention.
Lastly, my friends, I have this quote posted in my office to remind me that my dreams are important – that I am important.
I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the Love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I Love myself enough to not only Make a Promise to myself, but I Love myself enough to keep that Promise ~ Steve Maraboli
Have a Beautiful & Blessed New Moon & New Year!
The Divine Plan is one of Freedom. The inherent nature of man is ever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom, because freedom is the birthright of every living soul. ~ Ernest Holmes
It will be a time of radical shifting – with great potential for new thought and growth – but also for illusion if we are not clear with/about ourselves. The last year has been about us facing our shadow and healing those aspects that do not serve us. Going forward, we will need to be clear about of who we are so that the choices that we make reflect our Light rather than our shadow. The true gift of this eclipse period is “freedom from the wounded self” if we are willing to face him or her. We are guided and protected as we do this work. Know this as Truth. This time allows us to do the work so that as the cycle approaches, we may travel Lighter and further with our feet firmly planted on Mother Earth.
Mystic Rose © courtesy of Lisa Iris
I would add these comments and exercises for healing and self understanding. It is important for us to observe the instances where we shut down our hearts. Do this and note them down. Ask yourself why you close yourself off at those times. Note that, as well. Then, look to the instances where you have projected your pain/anger etc…. onto others. This will tell you much. Imagine that you are momentarily the people receiving your energy projections. Write down how you feel, as them. Be honest with yourself. Many of us may find this exercise uncomfortable because we experience the impact that we have on others. We may even want to shut down our hearts to this exercise because we do not want to see ourselves in that light. Proceed anyway… Gently observe yourself with no judgment. You are learning and evolving. Something profound occurs when we allow ourselves to feel/see ourselves from another person’s perspective. It helps us to grow into our hearts. From that opening in our awareness Compassion emerges – compassion for the tender places within our own psyches and for the mistakes we may have made along the way. Compassion for and acceptance of the self creates a momentum – a compassion that recognizes our shared humanity and honors all journeys.
The heart is like a flower and we live in a beautiful garden!
Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing what no longer serves. Our forebears honored the natural cycles of Life as Teachers of the Way. Each season taught them how to live in harmony with Life. Autumn encourages us to reconnect to the wisdom of the natural cycles of Life, to Trust, and to get out of our own way so that we move in flow with Spirit. I wrote “Patience” in 1993 during a personal season of dark. Today, it still resonates. I am reminded as we prepare for the season of darkness (winter) that the light of our Soul burns within us – always a candle in the dark. Be still & remember who you are.
Have Patience my friend, have Patience
Softly as the rain,
Your future comes to prepare you
For the harvest
The fruits of your labor
Shall be born
Of your ideas and effort.
All of creation has it’s season.
There is a time
To plant and a time to gather
Trust that – all that is yours
Will come to You
Be tenacious of spirit
Believe in the Power
Of your Creation.
~ Diana © 1993
Happy Autumnal Equinox or Mabon, everyone! This Equinox signals the beginning of fall and arrives with the sun in Libra…the cosmic symbol of symmetry and balance.
The Autumn Equinox and upcoming Harvest Moon on Sept 29th traditionally represent the time in the Northern Hemisphere where the food and seeds are harvested. It is a celebration of the harvest of work done as well as the honoring of the natural cycles of Mother Earth. It was the pause, the still-point – a window between cycles. As we contemplate the meaning of the Autumnal Equinox, let us celebrate the seasons of our lives and the seeds (experiences & the tools) that we have gathered along the way – so that we may move forward wiser, more aware, and gentler. The Autumnal Equinox and the sign of Libra symbolize the principles of Cosmic Balance and Yin/Yang.
The equinox is a time to reflect upon the process by which we create our own realities. It is also a check-point on our journey so that we may review our personal harvests, make necessary adjustments, and discern which seeds we want to carry forth. Specifically for us this year, it is another portal which each of us has been preparing for since mid-2010. This Equinox affirms that we can truly begin anew if we are self-aware and are willing to grow beyond the limiting beliefs that we have subscribed too. We can now realize the import of our thoughts, emotions, and actions on the quality of our relationships and lives. These are choices and the seeds of future cycles of learning and living. At the Equinox, it is appropriate that we honor the experiences that we’ve gathered along our personal journey. They provided us the impetus to grow into self-awareness as we cultivate the skills to lead more balanced, loving, and empowered lives.
On this day, my friends, let us gather in groups or in our homes for meditation or ritual – to give gratitude for the good in our lives as well as the experiences that taught us “who we really are”. This is also a time of gathering the seeds for the next cycle of growth. In order to discern which seeds will serve your highest and best, I ask that you reflect upon these things: In what ways do I love and support myself emotionally (self-talk, quiet time etc..)? In what ways do I willingly share myself with others (time, love, energy, effort)? What areas of my life are closed off? In what areas am I open? Why? Have my actions and beliefs supported my aspirations?
Lastly, write down which seeds (thought-forms, beliefs, memories/experiences, actions) you choose to carry forward that support you and the world that we live in. Release and bless the rest.
Wishing All a Season of Renewal, Balance, and Light!