Writing down that which we are grateful for helps to shift our focus off the things we cannot control, and onto the positive aspects of our life; those that we are blessed to experience.
In honoring this simple, daily adjustment in our routines, we change the energy of our being to vibrate at a higher frequency, therefore attracting more sustenance into our lives that is rooted in love.
Growing up, I was the child who had the penchance for adventure, wildness and taking risks. I had a million careers in mind for when I grew up; I was very much driven by passion and creativity. The years have tamed that part of me, and although it still exists and is a large part of who I am today, it is controlled, managed and fine tuned, and for that I am grateful. From this long process of taming has come an understanding of the innate gifts that I have been blessed with, and for that, I am thankful. I'm especially grateful that I have whole-heartedly embraced who I am and what I do and have 'come into' my Self with this awareness and acceptance that has given me so much new success.
Getting to this stage of maturity as such, didn't come without a fight. I was forever riddled with statements like "you're a dreamer", "you take on too much", "you'll never make money doing that" and all the other negative connotations that came from others around me. I have come to that place in my life, however, where I frankly don't 'give a damn' what others have to say or think. I am simply being who I am, and that means I have fully accepted who I am, what my talents and abilities are, and am serving others out of love and the higher good based on all of that foundational 'stuff' that I've been blessed with. And that's okay. Acceptance of this has also meant that I have creatively found a way to make my destiny work and mesh into my chosen career; when things synergistically 'fit' together and work, its a very good thing :)
Mentoring with some very powerful women and men this last year has taught me so much. I'm grateful for the connections that I've made and the recognition of the continued sacrifices that this entails while I continue as a student on this journey of fully becoming what I am destined to be. It's an amazing thing to hear complete strangers confirm and verify what you have always been innately aware of and that I tried to repress due to the opinions of others. Embracing my destiny has been a journey into itself.. and every minute of it has been a true gift. There is not a moment during these times that I have any doubt, regrets, second thoughts or hesitation. When you are finally in your 'groove', you become aware of the flow of energy around you and it just feels right. I am forever grateful and thankful that I've finally reached that point in my life.
What this means for me is embracing the fact that I will be a 'student' for some time yet, in various aspects of the work I do. Life-learning is what will take me to new heights. Synchronistically, things are happening in all the right places, as long as I can refrain from trying to take control of the helm... I have learned to trust the Universe and just 'go with the flow', now that I'm in it.. amazing and wonderful experiences continue to happen when I don't interfere with this process.
Starting on the journey of figuring out what your destiny is can be painful and sometimes take a great amount of time. Looking back on my journey, I can say that listening to your intuition.. that 'gut instinct' is what will ultimately lead you to where you are meant to be. If you are having doubts, hating what you do, and constantly dreaming of other opportunities, whether in your career or relationships, you are likely not on the right path.
This year is all about taking that last big step.. that huge risk that will mean so much because it is the right one to take. The shift is happening now for all of us... and it's a life-altering one.. in every positive meaning of that phrase.
My desire is that every single on of us can embrace our destiny and not allow our selves to be held back by fears, opinions of others or other negative energies. Ask Nike so eloquently stated... " just do it..".
I love it when I find books or documentaries that rock my world. They seem to come to me at the exact moment that they are required to help shift my perspective on some subject or another.
I wanted to share my findings with everyone as I think these are a goldmine of information that can truly make a difference to how we think, feel and act in our created realities.
There is a global shift occurring and we're all part of that changing energy. We must become agents of change.... 'changents'.... in order for the shift to complete. We know it innately; we can feel it; we've noticed the changes already as upheaval, unrest, unhappiness and unsettled energy.
There is a huge list of video documentaries that are truly eyeopening that can be found at this link:
300 Videos to Expand Your Consciousness and Blow Your Mind
And some truly inspiring books listed here:
Books that Can Save the World
It is one thing to read or watch these and be affected by them, but more importantly is how we react; how we effect change in our own way to carry these messages that have affected us so deeply, forward for others. Change occurs when the energy of a new perspective is kept alive and manifested through growing energy. That comes from you and I reacting to what we see and hear.
Choose carefully what you want to be passionate about. We all have a part to play in being earthly 'changents'.. we have to adopt a global worldview instead of a 'me' view.. look around and see what you've failed to notice before. Find your passion in that detail and shift your energy to where it really makes a difference.
~Love and Light
Today was a day in which I was given opportunity to play with the energy of spirit again, and with each shamanic journey that I've been part of, the messages are becoming more prominent, obvious and clear. I'm extremely humbled by the presence of some amazing souls that I have surrounding me. The lessons are profound and deep.. some that I remember, others that I need to re- remember. In all cases however, I recognize these spirits by the 'feel' of the energy.. familiar, comfortable and safe. I know them from another time and space and I've learned to look forward to these moments like a long awaited family reunion.
What fascinates me the most with these experiences is the level of confidence, peace and 'knowing' that these spirits exude with every level of their existence. There is no doubt, no questions, no faltering in their being and their messages. It just is. Plain and simple. I'm so grateful that I've been blessed with their presence and their attachment to my spirit and I'm humbled by their power and their wisdom. If I can develop my skill and my gifts to the degree that they hold, I will be powerful in my own right too. For that I am thankful.
Spirit not only comes to me during shamanic journeys or energy work, but lately, through my interaction with other gifted beings around me in this lifetime. I'm blessed to have them in my life, and for each of them, I learn so much and in turn, have been able to delight them with my own energy that is unique to me.
I often wondered as a child about how infinitesimally small we actually are while laying on my back looking up at the heavens. Now, as an adult, I stand before those with amazing gifts and talents and realize how small we tend to be by having closed our hearts and our minds to what we really are. I'm grateful for the insight and for the ability, the drive and the passion to expand my Self into what I am.
I am all that is, including you.
We are all that is, there is nothing else. We are all one with all that is. The irony comes in knowing that intellectually makes me feel that same smallness with the grandiosity of the universe, but in my heart, that knowledge swells and makes me feel so much bigger than I ever imagined. There is a gift in that knowingness, and for that, I am blessed and I am thankful that I have experienced that.
~Love and light
I've become increasingly aware of the connection between myself and the people I meet. I have become 'tuned in' to the vibration that exists between myself and someone new that comes into my life, and it goes beyond what they do for a living, their looks or outward appearance. By simply paying attention to the energy that exists between us during our interaction, I've come to notice a very strong and predominant thread; for every person that I have met since the beginning of this year, the energy seems to be the same: comfortable, familiar and with a degree of 'knowing each other' that cannot be explained in this moment alone.
Having worked quite a bit lately with energy workers and Shamans, I have learned that these are likely 'soul tribe' members.. souls that I have been with at a time before; ones that resonate with you without judgment but rather out of pure unconditional love for you, naturally.
We all want to belong to someone, but historically with the advent of becoming 'civilized', we've pulled away from belonging to large groups or 'tribes' and focused all our energy on finding that 'one' person who can fill the void left by belonging to a larger group. Impossible task, and statistically, the divorce rates prove my point. I"m grateful that I have gained this deeper understanding of what really matters in order to find fulfillment and authenticity in my life!
So how do we find our 'tribe' in today's world? Who do we fit in with, and for many of us, how do we find them during the later stages of life when meeting people seems to be increasingly more difficult?
Here are some tips given by Lisa Rankin on the subject:
I'm grateful that I've started to find my tribe in this later stage of my life. I'm surrounded by the most beautiful and uplifting souls I could ever imagine. The love we have for each other is pure, unconditional and true to all that is. It's not about sexual needs or desire.. its about something much deeper than that. It's a new feeling of 'friendships' and these ones are deeply rooted and I know that they're simply there to stay. It's a beautiful feeling knowing that you 'belong' somewhere, and I view it as a 'homecoming' of sorts.
My wish is that we all gravitate to our own tribes; a safe place where we are loved unconditionally and we are accepted, and most importantly, where we are supported and where spiritual growth and inspiration occur to keep us, or place us, on the path of authenticity where we ALL need to be. I'm so grateful for this part of my journey. I am blessed :)
Today marks another milestone as I travel to the mainland to write my Nursing registration exam along with the rest of my classmates as well as others from all over the province. The realization of exactly what I've accomplished has yet to sink in, but I'm grateful for the freedom and peace that my new career has already given me.
I look forward to meering everyone again after a long time since last working with many of them. Many new friendships were formed and have become solidly planted in my new life. I'm thankful for all the lovely souls that have crossed into my life since this journey began two long years ago.
What this means now is that the academic doors will shut behind us and we now stand in the threshold that matks rhe boundary between student and professional. We have all earned our new designation with hard work, perseverence, dedication, and lots of coffee and some good moments of moaning and geoaning about 'the system'. Overall, I'm so very grateful that I chose to embark on this new path, and even more so that I've already been given blessings in positions within my new career. Life is good.
The next chapter of my life will be the constructive phase of laying the foundation of where I would ultimately like to see my profession go. My eyes are duly focused on my dream; and as I work towards making that a reality, step by step, I'm grateful that I have the patience and perseverence to make my dream come to fruition.
I am blessed, amd for that, I am grateful!
~ love and light
The energy shift has been pushing us into an era of extremes; extreme emotions that are borne from extreme changes. I've been intuitively aware of these changes in my personal life for some time now, and my first instinct was to fight them. I've learned to let go and let the cards fall where they may, so to speak. Fighting something I have no control over is exhausting, futile and doesn't serve my Self any good. I'm grateful for the growth that I've experienced that has allowed me to embrace these changes of late. The last of the big changes almost de-railed me completely, until I realized that it actually re-railed me; sometimes changes occur because we need that slap upside the head to get back on track. I'm grateful that the Universe worked its magic in balancing out all that is, by shifting the energy to find balance again for me. I am now very sure that I'm where I need to be; there is a great sense of peace surrounding me, and a sense of being in the 'flow' of life and its energy.
I walk a lot on my favorite beach at Neck Point Park. I love this particular beach because of its ever-changing face. Every turn of the tide brings some subtle and other times some remarkable changes to this particular stretch of coastline; each just as beautiful and worthy as the last. The lighting at this particular place during specific times of the day is magical. I realize when I visit there that like the tides that sculpt this beach line, I am also formed by the push and pull of the forces of life around me. And like this beach, the light will always shine forth and highlight the beauty of each intricate change made.
Life is dynamic, and dynamic means ever-changing, never static. Embracing the changes in life can be painful, especially when raised in a societal view that holds expectations for each of us at various stages of life. These expectations cause a tremendous amount of pressure and anxiety when success is not met. Learning to embrace change takes a certain level of mindfulness and the ability to let things go. Knowing that attachment does not serve any purpose will make adapting to change easier. I'm grateful that I've learned to acknowledge, accept and let go of that which I have no control over in life; with this, I have found a level of peace that allows me to roll with the tides.
~Love and Light
Whenever I can, I connect with like-minded souls and experiment and play with the energy that is a gift to us all. As an intuitive, a healer and an empath, these 'play-dates' can sometimes be really profound, emotional and draining.. at other times they're uplifting, enlightening and a bit of a 'high'. Today's play-date turned out to carry a theme, as they almost always do, and that was of Self-acceptance and love... recognizing that there is no void in-between each and every one of us.. the space is the same as the object.. it is all the same; as are all things on earth. We are all created from the same source energy.
I'm grateful for these experiences with some truly beautiful beings that are on similar journey's as I am.. I'm thankful that my experiences are also that of others and we share something that is growing exponentially among all of us on earth. I'm thankful for the gift of intuition, empathy, and an innate sense of energy flow from all that surrounds me.
I have come to learn that vibratory states really affect me.. this may be why I have always had a very strong affinity to music of all genres.. take a look at the now-dated CD collection I have and one can instantly see the eclectic tastes in music that I possess.
I'm grateful that we are able to produce music and that it is such a huge part of my life. I'm also grateful to be surrounded by many friends who are musically inclined and who also appreciate the energy that this provides. I'm thankful that my creative side has brought me to mix with such an amazing group of like-minded friends and acquaintances; musicians, artists, writers, creators, dancers.. without any of these creations, life would be dull. The vibrations that these talents emit from their love of these human experiences serves us all.. energy knows no bounds and its affects on the human body are global.
I'm grateful that I continue to work on loving my Self and that through this love, I am able to affect those around me in the same way. I can see the winds of change shifting us in a whole new direction.. people are starting to care; to love one another; to erase the lines that have separated us from each other. We are learning to play with energy and operate out of love. What more of a gift could we give each other, that is in exact alignment with our purpose here on earth?
What an amazing experience. What an amazing time to be alive and to experience this paradigm shift. For that, I am grateful.
We are blessed.
~Love and Light
It was a weekend filled with rare family moments,and during these moments, I was astounded at how much more reflective I've become with other people's stories over the last few years. I'm grateful that my training and my life experiences have honed the ability to appreciate that which I used to take for granted.
Recognizing the struggles of others through an objective lens, but one that is built up from empathy and a deep psychological understanding of the human psyche has intensified my already deep intuition; I'm thankful for all that I've done to sharpen my skills, forever learning, eternally a student, for this will be of the greatest service in my professional life, and for that, I'm grateful.
I was grateful that I was able to re-ignite some passion within some family members, focusing a light on their own talents that they've allowed to become dormant. It was encouraging and an honor to see that 'light' begin to shine again within them, in just a short weekend together. Being able to recognize this inner light is a gift, and I'm grateful for that. I've learned along the way how to best communicate what I pick up and feel for others as well, to allow them to be honored and receptive to the changes that are necessary within themselves to allow this talent to come forward. Change is a scary thing for many people.
I feel blessed that I am able to encourage, inspire and motivate people to always take that extra step forward.. to push one's self into that area of greatness that we are all divined to achieve.
The energy shift from the negative into the positive has begun now, and will continue to increase, bringing much peace to those who experienced such recent upheavals in life. For the rest, further changes will occur, but less traumatic as they are in a perpetual state of change still for a while yet, however, it is still a phase of shifting and changing.
Recognizing the uniqueness of Self and others is necessary if we are to globally make the shift into unified, heart-centered thinking and existence.
I love the light in all those I meet.. I'm grateful for that energy, and I'm blessed to be a part of that experience with so many people.
~Love and Light to all
We are in the midst of experiencing some tumultuous times, and speaking to many people, a general consensus of reprieve is in the air. I've come out from a long personal journey of introspection and realization, one filled with authenticating myself and my beliefs, and discarding that which no longer served me. Through this process of polishing and honing, I've been blessed in that I've found intense moments of peace. What I've discovered is that in order to make sense of the chaos that life can sometimes seemingly deliver, we must understand the components of that chaos.
A brilliant excerpt from Ralph M. Lewis, Imperator of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC, for almost fifty years, sums it up beautifully:
" Whatever the mind cannot conceive as being orderly, it cannot comprehend. Disorder is the inability of the human mind to perceive the relationship which exists between things. Disorder causes a person to have the notion of chaos. It robs him of confidence, for he is denied the idea of progression; that is, he can no longer conceive the probable beginning and end of things or conditions. Wherever there is a muliplicity of things without understandable connections, the human being feels lost and is then precipitated into a state of helplessness..." (AMORC)
Breaking down the unfathomable into digestible bits allows for more efficient processing of events or situations that we become overwhelmed with. It allows us to see the parts that make up the whole and to digest why these parts are integral to the existence of the same, as well as the role that our emotions and our beliefs play on this. By dissecting these moments in such a way, we gain insight into ourselves, our core beliefs and values, and understand why the perceived chaos exists for us through our very own manifestation. Yes, our own! It is innately our nature, by way of our own naivety, to seek blame outside of ourselves for our misfortunes.
I'm grateful that by my own personal journey, and through many years of 'fighting my internal beliefs', that I have finally gained the insight and wisdom to know that my reality has been, and will always be, a projection of my thoughts. Once I embraced this completely, and stood in the residual truth that seeped from that deep wound, I was instantly aware of the changes in my reality. I experienced peace that I've never felt before, on a level I had not experienced. I'm grateful that the events of my life have been the stepping stones to where I am today, in my understanding of my Self as well as my world around me. I'm blessed that I have the people in my life that have been part of the journey in this lifetime and I'm grateful that I possess the knowledge that I have today to carry me forward on my path of further enlightenment and peace. I have stepped out of the insanity and found myself in-Sanity...
I am blessed to be able to work with a variety of people from all walks of life, in various stages of mental and physical despair. I love helping in all the ways I can, and for me, it gives me an opportunity to get to know the person behind the illness or disease. Working with someone on such a personal level allows me to build a special therapeutic relationship that is purely established on trust and a level of professional intimacy. As they begin to share with you some of their darkest secrets and fears, emotions, stories and lots of tears and a few good laughs, I marvel at the grace that can still be seen among some of the ugliest of symptoms of disease and illness. Inside, there still exists a beautiful soul, and my personal goal with each and every one of my patients and clients is to connect with that soul. From there, I am able to work with them on a much deeper level to help them heal. The healing isn't necessarily just physical, but rather, a method of healing through energy, understanding, compassion and empathy that allows their soul to heal so that they can continue in their journey without suffering.
I'm grateful for the gifts that I was born with that allow me to connect with people on such a profound level; with each encounter, I am in a position of being a student first, then a healer, and finally, a teacher. I say student because I come to them not knowing their story, their struggles and their triumphs. I let them tell me the story in their own way, whether verbally, through photos, body language or through their energy. From this perspective, I am able to honor and respect them for who they are and where they are on their journey. There is no judgment, no blame, no shame. I operate out of pure love and acceptance. I'm grateful that this enables people to connect with me on a level that often moves them to a point of tears; gratitude expressed for being accepted wholeheartedly, and usually when that is achieved, the healing progresses quite rapidly.
From this stage of therapeutic relationship development, I then am granted the trust to perform my duties as a healer which I do with great respect and honor for them as an individual and ultimately, as a part of my existence. Along the way, I am often able to enlighten them further about certain understandings of their environment, their reality and their physical existence that can assist them in continuing along a path of health and well-being, in the role of a health educator. At the same time, I have been educated in part with their knowledge and experiences of life from their perspective, and for that, I am forever grateful.
We are, after all, mirror images of each other. What I see in them is a reflection of who I am, and vice versa. I believe very strongly that when people are ill for extended periods of time, there is a point in which the mind takes over and begins to process the environment in a new way; a new level of understanding. There is recognition that the organic form is not forever, and that as it becomes weaker and begins to shrink away, what is left is pure soul energy. It is this energy that I am grateful that I have such intuition about when working with the senior population; it is an unspoken recognition for others on their journey, and I'm grateful and so thankful that I possess the ability to acknowledge them in this time and place.
This insight into human existence has allowed me to also age with a degree of grace of my own. Acceptance of that which I cannot change has given me peace, and my connectivity to my higher source has provided me with the lasting energy I need to age while maintaining a youthful appearance. Surround yourself with people who have your soul-interest at heart and foster an environment for graceful aging!