I am so Grateful for Guidance from my Higher Self

I am so grateful.

I am so grateful that I have practiced communicating with, and opening to the guidance of my Higher Self on a regular, consistent basis.

I am so grateful that I can hear, see, smell, receive, feel, touch, surrender to, and interpret this ongoing communication that flows to me unceasingly from my Higher Self.

 

If January was about sitting back (read more), then February was about bounding forward!  Things came together all of a sudden in February for my husband and I to take action on a home renovation project that has been on the vision board for years and years.

And, my Higher Self is here with me every step of the way.

 “Throw this away?  Get this shredded?”  A very certain “yes” or “no” is present.

 “Whom should I give this to?” A feeling about a specific person or organization shows up, and I’ve noticed it is appreciatively accepted.

 “Where is such and such?”  I can see clearly the box where it’s been packed, or the location in my house or car where the lost object is hiding.

These seem sort of trivial things when I write them here, but what I know is that my life flows easier, decisions seem clearer, and stress and worry are almost non-existent as I lean into this treasured skill that perhaps I had come to take for granted.

What it means is that I am actually living in each present moment these days.

I stay in the present moment even as I purge and release my hold on the past, and even as we create plans for this project’s future.  My foundation of trust in my Higher Self is being beautifully illuminated for me to see and appreciate.  What I am recognizing here is an outward manifestation of the inward embodiment of my Essence, fully allowing myself as a Spiritual Being to be doing

HA! This is what it looks like to “incarnate” as your Spirit.  It looks like every day life on the outside.  Yet there is this beautiful harmonic chord of peace, vibrancy, excitement, joy, happiness, curiosity, freedom, and more, on the inside.  How sweet is that?

I am so grateful. 

Ideas for Opening to the Guidance of Your Higher Self:

  • Sink your awareness into your heart space, close your eyes and take several deep breaths.  Ask any question you want to of your Higher Self and wait expectantly for an answer to “bubble up” from deep inside.  Build your foundation of trust by beginning with little, non-consequential questions such as “What is the optimal dish for me to order?” or “Which email is best for me to read first?”  Play with the results by looking for the fun synchronicities that show up when you follow this guidance, even on little things.
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What do you Propose for 2012?

“What’s your proposal for the New Year?”

Photos of White Rock Lake Park, Dallas

This photo of White Rock Lake Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

While running at White Rock Lake on Dec. 31, a man newly arrived from Mexico asked me this question.  As he shared his “proposal” for his new year in a new country I delighted in his energies of potential and possibility that presented itself.  He came from Matamoros where the drug lords are terrorizing every day life and the expansiveness of the freedom we enjoy here was pouring from him.  When we parted, I was left feeling euphoric with positive possibilities of what it might mean to “propose” to the New Year.

 

Propose” feels so collaborative; “resolve” feels individuated.
“Propose” is full of possibilities; “resolve” seems inflexible.
“Propose” carries future potential; “resolve” holds shame of the past.

 

For Conscious Evolutionaries, the year of 2012 holds much potential for the Birth and first breath of a new humanity, our next evolutionary state.  Referred to as “Universal Humanity,” this conscious collective is characterized by collaboration, cooperation, peace, sustainability, regenerative economics, co-creativity and unity consciousness.  It is our world movement as a species to a balance of the higher vibrating states of both masculine and feminine energies combined.  We won’t magically arrive at this state all at once, but this is the year of the tipping point, the 100th monkey effect that moves us in that direction.

“What’s your proposal for the New Year?”

I propose for myself in 2012 to be in synergistic collaboration with the energies flowing around me throughout the year; to step fully into the syntony of being an Agent of Conscious Evolution, aware of synchronicities guiding me toward others who are also resonating with this calling. Our co-creation occurs (supra-sex!) through inspired action based on the spontaneous knowing that flows from our Higher Selves.  In living from this place of our Essential Selves we support our world’s natural syntropy (vs. entropy) to occur and evolution toward the Universal Humanity happens.

My proposal is based on the “Seven S’s of Social Synergy” that I recently taught in our Conscious Evolution Circle in Austin.  Join our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ConscEvolutionary) to learn more about what we are doing in the Circle.  In the next few months our focus is around the “Winter of Wellness.”

But, you don’t have to live in Austin to participate!  You can hear inspirational wellness talks in the Wellness Summit, a FREE telesummit beginning January 9- March12 chock full of world-class pioneers such as Joan Borysenko, Dan Millman, John Gray and more!  For more info visit http://bit.ly/wowch.

 

“What’s your proposal for the New Year?”

  • Sit quietly and let your awareness move inwardly.  Ask yourself, “What brings me joy?”  Make your proposal based on your deepest joy.
  • Or, ask your quiet and poised mind, “What is most wanting to emerge from me in 2012?”
  • Want to get better at hearing your own inner wisdom?  Try the exercises from How to Channel Your Higher Self to build your skills at receiving deep and personalized guidance.

 

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Self-Judgment as a Message from Your Higher Self?

Notes From the UniverseYour secret blessing, Celeste, is that no matter where you go in time and space, you only ever have to be yourself – as courageous, vulnerable, bold, or afraid as you may feel – to find yourself amongst friends.

So loved,
The Universe

You’re actually kind of like chocolate to other people when you’re just being yourself.

Another perfect note from the Universe this morning as it mirrors succinctly the very foundation of the philosophy from which I coach, total self-acceptance.  Just this morning I worked with a client around recognizing self-judgment as a message he was receiving from his Higher Self to fully accept himself, warts and all.

What if you stopped listening to the words of your own self-judgment and just recognized “the Judge” as one of your multi-dimensional selves indicating your Higher Self was seeking your attention? What might “the Judge” actually be saying to you?  Maybe something like, “Let’s get honest here, nobody here but us two.  What do you really think/believe/feel/sense deep in your core?”  (Read more here to know which of these words is the best for you.)

I love the way that Abraham explains that negative, or uncomfortable, feelings are nothing more than just indicators that you’re ready to get back into alignment with who you really are.  There’s nothing good/bad, right/wrong, positive/negative, clean/dirty, or black/white about them. These indicators are just like the gas tank indicator on our car warns us when we’re nearing empty.  It’s not the goal to put a “happy face sticker” on your gas tank and hope for the best.  We use the indicator as information and guidance.

So an uncomfortable feeling, such as self-judgment, is an indicator your Higher Self wants to talk! And, your Higher Self NEVER uses degrading, demeaning or judgmental language, so learn to listen to what is beneath the words you hear in your head.  When you’ve tapped into what is honest and authentically true for you, you’ll feel the immediate relief of self-acceptance for the whole kit and caboodle that is you.   And the legacy? When you connect with your totality and accept yourself, others sense this and you become a beacon for their own self-acceptance.


Integrative Action Steps for Using Your Indicators:

  • As you pay attention to your inner thoughts and feelings, instead of trying to cover up or shift your attention from uncomfortable feelings, experiment with acknowledging their presence as an aspect of yourself, and then “ask” this aspect what’s really true.  Even if it feels like the “answers” are coming from your imagination, keep asking for the deeper truth until you feel the “ah-ha” of deep knowing.
  • Are you already a beacon of change for others? Check out this incredible training from The Shift Network and Barbara Marx Hubbard called “Agents of Conscious Evolution” to receive training to increase your skills for supporting our global awakening.
  • Do you feel a calling for a more personal, inner-directed spiritual experience? I teach simple tools to my coaching clients that help them connect easily and gracefully with their Higher SelfPlease feel free to contact me at celeste@channelyourhigherself.com for more information.
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Real Journeys Outside and Inside

Real Journeys. That was the name of the company that took us through Milford Sound, but whose name epitomized the incredible three-week vacation to New Zealand I took with my husband, Larry, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  Our real journey was filled with seeing beauty that was beyond words, experiencing adrenaline-packed adventures, and relishing the joy and love of being together for this “bucket list” experience. I also underwent a “real journey” inside as well, as I came face-to-face with another layer to this illusion of “powerlessness” that is making itself known to me this year.

When we are lost to the illusions of our deep conditioning we are clueless that we could feel differently and are drawn to certain feelings and behaviors, even when they don’t feel good.  These feelings do, however, feel familiar and there is consistency/safety in that familiarity. When we awaken to our illusions we are still enticed by the familiarity of old feelings and behaviors, but now can recognize just how disconnected and uncomfortable those feelings are.  Thus becomes the spiritual practice of rewiring neural pathways to integrate new behaviors that are more in alignment with our connection to our authentic self, our Higher Self.

What conditioning surfaced for me with this journey was the overwhelming preponderance to anticipate a negative outcome (which boils down to the illusion of powerlessness to create).  Yuck!!! I found I kept feeling huge amounts of free-floating anxiety as I prepared for our trip.  This was a familiar feeling alright.  But now it felt intolerable, not consistent at all with whom I know myself to be, but present none-the-less.  On the morning we were to fly out I worked with my buddy coach, Amy, to find that dimension of myself that exists way beyond this anxiety.  Aaaaahhh, that felt oh so much better.  In this dimension I could feel the pleasure of experience, for experience’ sake, the “is-ness” of life, and the creativeness of being divine spirit playing with the physical. It felt like I was playfully “swimming” in the ocean of all possibility. So “swim” became my touchstone, my anchor for pulling me out of anxiousness and into expansion.

Interestingly, it wasn’t the cycling on unfamiliar roadways, or paragliding high above the city, or crawling through squeeze holes in a cave that provoked anxiety for me.  It was during transitional times (hmmm, interesting in the bigger metaphor, eh?) such as getting to airports on time, finding places to stay, or choosing from among the myriad of advertisements about where we wanted to spend our time and money that provoked my conditioned anxiety about future consequences.  Being aware of this anxiety was the easy part because it was soooooo uncomfortable.  My “practice” became how to shift/rewire this behavior.  I called upon many of the tools that I teach to others, “swimming” until I found the one that worked for each particular situation.  I like having a number of simple resources to call upon to feel the sweet spot of connection, which would bring me to the present moment to then feel ease, peace, and pleasure.

I do love the way my personal, professional and spiritual lives are now so intertwined. This is my “real journey.”  I know I am here to discover many simple resources around living day to day from a connection with my authentic/Higher Self and to share these resources with others.

Simple Tools to Shift from Anxiousness to Connection:

Create an “anchor” that holds the morphic field of connection for you.

o      During a time when you feel completely connected to your Higher Self, notice what word, image, or bodily sensation you most identify with this state of connection.  “Anchor” the word, image, or sensation by telling your Higher Self to return you to this state of connection anytime you invoke this word, image or sensation.  This is how I used the word “swim.”

  • A new (free) video series by Dr. Christian Pankhurst teaches a “heart intelligence” approach to awakening to your sabotaging conditioning and tools for living more in alignment with your authentic self.  He gives great value in this video series and it is worth the optin to get it.
  • Join the Consciousness Playground to learn, practice and integrate new skills every month that deepen and expand your ability to connect with your Higher Self.
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The Simplest ? Accesses Immediate Guidance

How do you know if you are in connection with your Higher Self? The simplest, most direct path is to ask yourself, “What am I feeling?”  And simply put, if you are feeling good, excited, enlivened, appreciative, passionate, happy, peaceful, or any other emotion that feels yummy, you are in alignment/connection with your Higher Self.

To notice what is happening in your emotional energy body is a simple way to begin to recognize communication with your Higher Self. Feeling good indicates you’re in alignment with your divine guidance system and headed in the direction of your highest good.  Feeling ornery, frustrated, angry, jealous, bitter, resentful, or any other emotion that doesn’t feel “good” means the guidance from your Higher Self indicates you’ve veered off your path.

Esther Hicks, who channels “Abraham” (a collection of non-physical beings), explains the importance of using this inner guidance system that is so present in every NOW moment.

The past several months I’ve been paying close attention to my emotional energy body to observe its guidance around whether I am engaged with life from my authentic self, or if I have fallen back into a core illusion of powerlessness.  Prior to the Feminine Power course I took in the Fall, I was clueless that I ever felt “powerless,” yet there in the behavior list were many recognizable traits. Some of these traits I had “worked on” for years, but apparently not at the root cause.

Then right on cue the book, Spiritual Partnership by Gary Zukav, synchronistically came into my hands.  The focus of this book is learning to recognize emotions that stem from powerlessness, and those that indicate authentic power.  Emotions of anger, fear, jealousy, feeling inferior or superior to others, entitled, vengeful, resentful, or needing to please are all associated with powerlessness.  Feeling content, appreciative, caring, loving, non-judgmental, joyful, and other good feelings are associated with authentic power.  (Sound familiar?)

And one more synchronous piece dropped into place.  Using an exercise from the New Knowledge for the New Age (studied in the Consciousness Playground), I experienced myself while in deep meditation as my “first born cell” taking on the game (the illusion) of powerlessness as a means of hiding my divine self from my human self.   Wowie Zowie! Interestingly, the emotion that surfaced was deep grief, not for the losses that powerlessness wrought, but because I would no longer be able to play that game and not recognize it as a game.  It was the grief of believing something so strongly (like believing in Santa Claus!), then discovering the illusion and wanting desperately to turn back the clock and “not know” again.  Our core illusory games are so seductive because they are so comfortable and familiar.

In the awakening journey, one can’t go backwards, only forwards.  And so I move forward by letting go of the biggest game I’ve every played using my emotional energy body as a direct line to my Higher Self who is guiding me through the complex playing field I have created.

What is the illusory game you are playing to hide your divine spirit from your human self? You can begin to deconstruct your illusion and reconstruct deep recognition of your core self with your emotional guidance system and one simple question, “What am I feeling?

Want to play with your emotional energy body?

  • Set your watch to chime on the hour and when it does, ask yourself, “What am I feeling?”
  • Observe as many emotions flowing through you as you can notice while considering a specific situation.
  • What emotions support you in feeling your authentic power?  What emotions are indicative of your illusory game?  Can you recognize when each is present?
  • You have a choice as to which emotions you pay attention to.  Make your choices moment to moment.
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Imagination is Your Simple Access to Higher Guidance

“If I only knew then what I know now” is often used looking back with regret at past choices.  But, what would show up in our lives if we did the opposite and brought forward the innocence and energy of our youth, and coupled that with the wisdom of our current maturity and beliefs?

Recently I played with just that sort of reversal and imagined, “If I could feel the way I felt then, knowing what I know now, what would be interesting to me?”  I asked this question of myself in response to a grand new experiment happening in the Consciousness Playground where we are beta testing the “youthening quantum information packets” delivered energetically by Wendy Down.  I wanted to gain clarity on my underlying intentions for participating in this experiment.

Easy to think that it would be nice to look younger!  However, to get beyond this conditioned response and see what my Higher Self had to say about the matter I tapped into my mental energy body.  One of the best ways to circumvent the “thinking” mind, which is our lower vibrating mental energy body, and move into its higher vibrating expression is to use imagination. An easy tool to shift into deeper communication is to simply imagine the best possible outcome. When you use your imagination, you typically soften the resistance of your thinking mind, which then allows your Higher Guidance to flow in with ideas, images, colors, new stories, and feelings that create the foundation for manifesting your future experience.  If you are inspired by your imagination, then that’s your Higher Self.  If you feel fearful (worst case scenario thinking), then you are engaged with your egoic mind.

Here’s what showed up for me when I played with imagining what “youthening” would bring me:

Do you want to play in the quantum field of moving beyond the thoughts and beliefs that “everybody” agrees with? You’ll find plenty of other co-pioneers in the Consciousness Playground that enjoy pushing the boundaries of both our individual and culturally conditioned beliefs.  And the best part is that we do this in ways that feel natural and easy, using our own daily lives as our lab.

How You Can Tap Into Your Mental Energy Body for Communication:

  1. Begin with an easy topic, one that you would like some guidance around, but it doesn’t have a big emotional hook in it.
  2. Take a few moments to move yourself to an inner focus by breathing deeply into your low abdomen and back.
  3. Now, let your imagination run wild around the “best possible outcome” for your situation.
  4. Several stories might pop up.  Wait for the one that gives you a little zing, one that feels really good.
  5. Now, build on those good feelings by including as many “best possible” specifics as you can.  Who is with you?  Where are you?  What does the environment feel like?  What emotions are present?  What are you doing?
  6. Keep your thoughts moving toward those that inspire you.
  7. When you’re ready, open your eyes and make some notes about your experience.
  8. What action steps do you now feel inspired to take, if any, that move you in the direction of this outcome?
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Body Template is Easy Access to Higher Guidance

Did you experiment with using any of your energy bodies to receive guidance from your Higher Self?  Check out my last post for these four powerful portals if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

I believe that Higher Guidance is constantly in flow to us at all times and it’s a simple thing to receive.  The biggest barrier I’ve seen in my clients, and probably for myself in the past, is an expectation that their Higher Guidance should look a certain way.  Usually the expectation is to hear a voice.  What I now know is that Higher Guidance comes in many forms and to have an expectation about what it might look like is to limit yourself severely from receiving the font of guidance that is constantly streaming to you in all sorts of ways.

Here is a short video about how I used my physical energy body as a resource for guidance.  Maybe you’ll be surprised by how I played with receiving this guidance.

Want to learn more ways to tap into your Higher Guidance? What I demonstrate in the video is but one of the many simple tools I share in Play 4 Guidance.  My workshop is full of playful and simple, yet very powerful, exercises to receive clear, concrete and action-oriented information.  While you build your multisensory skill set, you learn to recognize a wide range of guidance, all of it completely individualized because it is coming from your Higher Self.  Won’t you join me?

Play 4 Guidance Austin Workshop

Sunday, January 23, 1:00 – 5:30 pm, Southwest Austin

Post a comment about your experience with this tool and receive The 4 Cornerstones for Channeling Your Higher Self e-book.

Here’s how you can experiment with your physical body template:

  • Move your body in some simple way such as lifting your arm or taking a step forward.  Now do it again, but this time don’t move your physical form, just let yourself notice moving your etheric form.  Fun, eh?  Practice this until it feels natural to notice both your physical form and your etheric form in movement.
  • Want to improve something about your movement style?  Say, you want improve your coordination or reduce some physical pain that occurs with movement.  Ask that your etheric body guide you in the movement.  See if you can let go of your need to control your body with your mind, and relax into an allowing state that “pulls” you in a direction that feels more in sync with your desires.  Observe the shifts that happen for you when you “let go.”
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Stop Fixing, Start Emerging in 2011

Aacckk! I don’t care much for the “I’ve got to ‘fix’ myself energy” that surrounds the New Year.  Most of us know that New Year’s resolutions most often fail, usually by February!  My belief is  these resolutions come out of some “should’s & oughta’s” and not from  inner knowing.

Inner JoyInstead of “I need to fix myself,” consciously aware folks ask, “How might I know myself even better so that I can live a more continuous experience of feeling authentically me?”  This question recognizes there is nothing to be fixed, that our core (divine) self is always present, and that our evolvement is about allowing our core self to emerge more and more fully.

Especially at this time of year I tap into the various energy bodies to receive guidance.   These 4 portals – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy bodies – provide insights for what aspects of my life are ready to be released and what core strengths are ready to emerge.  This type of inquiry is well supported by the energies of the winter solstice, a time for illuminating our inner world.

Do you know how to sense your energy bodies?  I’ll guide you through a wonderful metaphor a friend of mine, Michael Nunnally, shared on the Consciousness Playground.  Note: as you connect with each energy body in its highest vibrational state, notice the “communication” you receive.  This is your guidance about what is ready to be released and what is ready to emerge.

  • Imagine yourself as a large glass container.
  • To get in touch with your PHYSICAL energy body, imagine large rocks in your container.  The density of these rocks correspond with your physical body.  Have you ever felt your body as coordinated, graceful, and in flow?  This is the higher vibrating physical body and the one you want to communicate with for guidance.
  • To get in touch with your MENTAL energy body, imagine pouring small pebbles into your container.  Notice that even though the large rocks filled the container there is room for these small pebbles to move down among the larger rocks. You know you are accessing the higher vibrating mental body when you feel “clear headed,” creative and focused.
  • Next, in your imagination pour sand into your container.  Once again, even though the container appears full, there are still spaces between the pebbles and the rocks and the sand filters down to fill these.  This represents your EMOTIONAL energy body and the way emotions affect us both physically and mentally.  Shift into your higher vibrating emotional body with feelings of appreciation, peace, joy and love.
  • Lastly, pour water into your container and watch as it washes through the rocks, pebbles and sand, coating every piece, visibly changing every thing it touches.  This is your SPIRITUAL energy body and is experienced in its highest vibration as a sense of divinity, connection and oneness.

What amazing and profound insights did you experience with this exercise?  I would love for you to share them here!

Would you like additional assistance in moving through these energy bodies?  Maybe you want some added support in understanding the communication process of these portals?

Join me in Play 4 Guidance in January.  I’m offering teleclasses and in person workshops in Austin where I guide participants to use these portals effectively.  I also teach several tools to help you harness and better utilize the communication that you receive.  Our focus is on receiving individualized guidance directly about 2011. You’ll leave this course with specific “next-steps” to move you purposely forward.

Complimentary Overview Teleclass on Friday, January 7, 1:00 Central Time.

If you want to know the time in your area, check here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Action Steps to Use this Process Now:

  1. Sit quietly and breath deeply to center yourself.  Read the “script” above, one energy body at a time.  Notice what you notice with each energy body, then write it down.  At the end, let yourself sit with all that you have written, and then distill your guidance down to one or two sentences that create your next steps forward in 2011.
  2. Register and join me on Friday, January 7 at 1:00 CT to experience a portion of this process with a guide.
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Medicine Wheel Provides Another Tool for Guidance

I love that there are many ways to connect with your Higher Self.  I had the pleasure Thursday afternoon to explore the use of the Native American medicine wheel as such a portal. Marilyn Naylor, a metaphysical counselor who uses this ancient wisdom in her work, shared this powerful approach for accessing guidance that is also totally congruent with our modern life.

The medicine wheel is structured around a North, East, South, and West orientation.  Each direction is associated with a particular process of guidance, and once begun, you must always move clockwise in the circle accessing higher/inner guidance in that order. Moving counterclockwise is problematic. That results in feeling stuck, disconnected, and out of synch, causing you to create discontent through bad decisions and poor choices.

The North (Winter) centers on thinking; the East (Spring) is about believing; the South (Summer) opens to your emotions and how you feel and the West (Fall) is what you physically know through your 5 senses and revolves around taking action.  Your season of birth indicates where you begin on the wheel.

My birthday is in the Spring and so my process is to consider life’s challenges based first on what I believe, then on how I feel about the challenge.  Next I consider how that challenge is impacting me in the “real” world, i.e., what is the impact on my physical body, the people around me, my environment, etc.  And the LAST thing is for me to use my intellect, to notice what I’m thinking about the challenge.  To move forward I must use the process of believe, feel, know, think.

Guess what the hardest part of this is?  We have so much conditioning in our world to THINK it’s easy to get sucked into trying to figure things out using my intellect and that, for me, (and any Spring baby), is going counterclockwise/backwards on the wheel!  Uh-oh.

Turns out, however, that no matter where you are supposed to start on the wheel, moving backwards is seductive.

It’s tempting to say it must be easiest to be born in the Winter and start in the North with thinking.  But, one look at our culture and you can see we are conditioned to take action (West orientation).  So Winter people start with “thinking” then get sucked into “doing” which is backwards!  The process that would put them into a flow state is to think, believe, feel, THEN do.

Not any easier for the Fall folks (West) who start taking action, but become afraid of the consequences of their actions ((feelings are South and moving backwards!).  Or the Summer people (South) who come from their heart, but feel compelled to justify their feelings based on their beliefs (which is East, backwards!).

Interestingly, even though there is the seduction to move backwards, it doesn’t take a whole lot of experimentation to feel the soothing effects of moving in flow with the correct, clockwise direction.  I had an opportunity several years ago to learn about this system of connection and have made it one of my “tools.”  When I remember to begin a project founded on my beliefs, feel for direction from my heart, create a prototype of the end result, and then create a plan, this tool invariably smoothes the way for a project to flow with ease and grace.

Want to experiment with this tool?  Use the ideas below and then let me hear from you.

How You Might Work with The Season of Birth Medicine Wheel:

1.     There is much more to this tool than I have space to write about, so if it interests you, please read more about it in The Sacred Tree: Reflections on Native American Spirituality, or Going Where:  Ancient Wisdom for People Today or visit with Marilyn Naylor at 406-563-3341.

2.     Do a little experimenting of your own. Use a small challenge in your life.  Begin the process according to your season of birth (birth months in parenthesis) and fill in the blank after each statement with the first thing that pops into your mind, ie. don’t “try” to come up with an answer, just put your pencil to the paper and write down whatever is present.  Notice what new insights show up for you.

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • I think _________; I believe ___________; I feel __________; I know ___________

Spring (Mar, Apr, May)

  • I believe ___________; I feel __________; I know ___________; I think _________

Summer (June, July, Aug)

  • I feel __________; I know ___________; I think _________; I believe ___________

Fall (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • I know ___________; I think _________; I believe ___________; I feel ___________
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Living Authentically Amid Cultural Memes

(n) meme – a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)) “memes are the cultural counterpart of genes”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to live authentically.  What is truly authentic for the deepest part of me? What are conditioned beliefs through our culture (memes) that are so much a part of my life that I don’t even recognize an issue?

So nice to know that wherever my thoughts go, life then supplies learning opportunities, answers and even more questions to produce clarity.  That’s known as synchronicity and one of my favorite aspects of connecting consciously with life.

Our conditioned beliefs are not easy to spot because they are so engrained, so automatic.  And a meme is so much a part of the cultural pattern that we often don’t even see them as “beliefs.” (Abraham defines beliefs as thoughts we keep thinking over and over again.)  And, as is true for any thought we keep thinking, there is an attraction pattern built around that thought which pulls to us all sorts of evidence to substantiate that belief.   Once, however, that belief/thought becomes conscious, then it is possible to make a decision about it.  We can consciously choose whether we want to continue to hold that belief (and therefore, the attraction of things to support it), or change the thought/belief to something else and create a new attraction pattern.

As I listened to a Consciousness Playground recording recently, I became aware of a thought pattern that no longer serves me.  It was brought to my attention just by noticing the first thoughts I typically had as I awoke.  What I discovered was, “What do I ‘have’ to do today?”  As I felt for the underlying, more subtle energy, I discovered, “What do I ‘have’ to do (accomplish, produce) that will make me feel like a worthwhile human being?” And even under that was a circular pattern that whatever I did accomplish never quite measured up to fully being “worthwhile.” Wow, never knew that was there, and no wonder I fall into a recurring pattern of setting up “too much to do!”

In speaking to others, it seems that “What do I have to accomplish today?” is a common thought upon waking, though the underlying energies might be slightly different.  I heard fear, or protection, themes, as in “what must I accomplish so that something bad doesn’t happen to me or my loved ones?”  “Shame” and “guilt” also showed up.

So, what does understanding of this meme mean for me in choosing to live authentically? My biggest learning opportunity revolves around how to promote my products and services in ways that feel authentic.  At this point in my life “authentic” means maintaining a deep sense of connection to inner peace, freedom and joy. There is no doubt of worthiness in inner peace. There are no have-to’s in freedom. There is no overwhelm in joy.

My now practice is to think new thoughts upon waking.  To bask in peacefulness as I go to sleep so that this energy can be present when I awake.  To feel for the freedom of potentiality in each new morning, not for what can be accomplished in that day, but for the experiences I’m drawn to, I attract.  To commit (once again!) to taking action from a place of excitement that is founded in joy.

Check out this free ebook on living authentically that Anisa Avens supplied as resource just yesterday.  Synchronicity always!

Integrative Action Steps for You to Live More Authentically:

  1. Name 3 primary feelings you associate with connecting to your deep, authentic self
  2. What % of your day are you experiencing these feelings?
  3. What 1 belief could you change that would affect this %?  (Try looking at the thought that is most prevalent when you awake!)
  4. What new thought(s) do you want to choose?
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