Inspired to Passion

Who inspires you? Last night my ears perked up when I heard Diana Nyad’s name mentioned on the news about her upcoming swim from Cuba to Florida.  Diana was one of my first mentors for physical fitness as a lifestyle.  Her book, Basic Training for Women, was written in such an inspirational, motivational and personal way that I found myself thinking of Diana almost as a personal friend.  This was 30 years ago!  I think my desire to be in partnership with my body – to honor it, respect it, to find joy in moving it, to feed it well, to learn from it – can be traced back to Diana’s motivational reverence for the mind/body/life connection.

So here I am 30 years later inspired once again by Diana’s persistence to live out a dream. She attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida in 1978, and also intended to complete this swim last summer in celebration of turning 60.  In both cases, weather, something beyond her control, stopped her.  Diana is once again on the brink of realizing this dream.

One of my primary intentions while participating in the Youthening Program (energy downloads channeled through Wendy Down) is to feel the passion of my younger self, the me who believes she is here to make a difference in this world. Listen to Diana as she also steps into the passion of daring to follow through on an earlier dream, to feel herself as the collective energy of her aging cohort who are unwilling to be defined by conditioned beliefs about aging.

THIS is the time in our world to step fully into your passion, giving your gifts to the worldMy passion is being stimulated around consciousness transformation.  I just found out this week I have a place to begin leading Consciousness Evolution circles!  More about that in August, but for now, if the idea of playing a role and giving your gifts to our planet’s evolution is tapping you on the shoulder, I encourage you to attend or listen to the recording of the Activation Call led by Barbara Marx Hubbard this Saturday, July 23.  Or, become an Agent of Consciousness Evolution (read more) and join me in creating your own local evolutionary circle.

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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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When Passion and Purpose Converge

What are you passionate about?”  A friend asked me that question on New Year’s Eve about 15 years ago.  It surprised me that I had to really think about it, an answer didn’t come immediately.

Now I know the answer.  It seems simple to me, and yet it’s such a part of me I think I understand why it didn’t jump out at me that night.  My vision then of being passionate included the narcissistic, in your face zealot, or perhaps the high-risk, defy death, adrenaline junky.

What I’ve come to realize is that my passion purrs in the background of my daily experience.  From the dictionary, passion is a “keen enthusiasm or intense desire for something” which I think is actually the smoldering “stuff” that compels us (if we listen to the call) to be more of who we authentically are.   I believe now that both passion and purpose in life are the same.

Here’s what passion = purpose looks like for me:  I love being with people who know themselves deeply, and especially love being with people who first grasp their deep, divine essence.  My passion is to be the resource, a conduit, for this recognition of awe, wonder, and delightful acceptance of who they really are.

Recently I found old folders from a job I held in the ‘90’s.  It made me smile to see how my passion = purpose was playing out then through many handouts, articles and classes around the theme of “listening to your inner wisdom to find wellness.”  And 10 years prior to that I remember sitting in a graduate advisor’s office at UT telling him, “I feel a calling to help people discover how good they can feel in a body that is fit and active.”  And more examples came to mind of being a teacher, sharing whatever I was into with anyone else who also wanted to be doing that thing I was doing.

What is smoldering in you?  What is the theme of your life?  Does it feel like your passion?  How does what you do on a daily basis connect with your purpose?

Learning to recognize, allow and interpret the communication streaming to you from your Higher Self can help you answer these questions.  Next week I am excited to “officially” launch the sale of my book, How To Channel Your Higher Self.  I invite you to join me in my kick off event, a free teleclass called 2 Simple Practices to Feel Peaceful and Clear When Fear and Uncertainty Surround You. The two experiences I share in this class are powerful, yet very accessible, ways for you to expand your skills for tapping into your divine mind.  Come join me even if you’re not fearful and uncertain, rather you are interested and curious about the idea of channeling your Higher Self.

Beginning Tuesday, May 11, purchasers of my book also receive twelve bonus gifts all complementing the experiences found in How To Channel. From soul focused nutritious recipes and awareness filled ebooks, to energy embedded audio programs and workbooks, you create a valuable resource library for your spiritual path.  Visit my website on Tuesday for more details.

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