The Power of Awareness Reveals Super Heroes

Super Heroes have Super Powers

Super Heroes have Super Powers

I have been questioning my Power of Awareness to reveal Super Heroes!

Who first thought up the concept of a “Super Hero”?

When did Super Heroes first enter your field of Awareness?

Why were Super Heroes gifted with Super Powers?

 

I was listening to a lengthy conversation yesterday, between my niece and grandson. They were discussing their favourite Super Heroes and their Super Powers. Since then, I have been reflecting on whom I identify as Super Heroes, and why.

Myths and Legends have been passed down through the ages to record events and information. Sometimes, these were through song, dance and recitals. Others were through storytelling, rituals and written word.

Storytelling connects us to our ancestors, down through the ages. I have been telling my grandson many stories, especially about his first months of life – where I was present and could share my memories of events that he was too little to consciously recall at this present time. I love telling him stories about when his own mother – my daughter – was a child. These are the stories that connect him to the child in his adult mother. The stories that fascinate a child, who can’t quite believe that his Super Hero mom was also a Super Hero child.

Which brings me to ask again – what or whom is a Super Hero?

When we engage the full Power of our Awareness, Super Heroes are revealed, all around us, in our midst.

Super Heroes are not mythical figures who set out to save the world, to destroy evil or to vanquish monsters. They are people just like you and me. People who aspire to give their best, to shine their light into the darkest corners, and to allow their love to radiate without concern for results. Everyday people doing everyday activities, but with the awareness that every conscious act of love has the power to vanquish fear and despair.

Super Powers include compassion, paying attention, active listening, just being present, doing what is yours to do, bringing what is yours to bring, being the highest version of yourself, living in gratitude.

Which other Super Powers do you recognise in the Super Heroes amongst us?

Would you join me as we exercise our Power of Awareness and declare every day a Super Heroes Day?

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Inspire Me – Finding My Tribe

Inspire Me - Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Inspire Me – Finding my Tribe and the Freedom Plan

Finding my Tribe is the key to inspire and support me on this Freedom Plan Journey.

Today’s challenge is to name 2 people who are living the kind of life that I want to live, and whose Tribe I would love to be a part of.

Caroline Myss has long been someone whom I respect and look up to. I was so fortunate to attend a 2- day workshop in Stellenbosch, South Africa where I experienced first-hand how it feels to be listened to, truly acknowledged and respected as a fellow seeker of knowledge.

Caroline told us that she had started out providing individual personal consultations, but soon became overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work. It was then that she set out to offer public workshops, seminars and her online courses, audio books and offerings – in order that she could teach us to do the work for ourselves.

I am inspired by her wisdom, her compassion for our human-ness, and her unrelenting stance on what she holds true. I am inspired that she is continually expanding her vision and that she is so willing to include us, her Tribe, in adventuring with her. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle – offering workshops and seminars in significant and beautiful locations around the world.

I feel I am already a part of her Tribe, as I aspire to integrate her insights and teachings into my daily life and my healing work.

If I were able to ask Caroline one question in ‘real life’ today, I would ask “Who inspires you, Caroline, and why?”

Byron Katie is equally inspiring to me. Once again, I was so very fortunate to meet her at Fourways, Johannesburg, and to attend a day long workshop with her in Johannesburg, South Africa.  After experiencing very dark days, she came to realise that Loving What Is provides us with the way out of suffering. Her method of self-inquiry – The Work – is offered free on her website. She has published numerous books, posts videos on her website, is active in Social Media and travels the world to deliver life changing workshops and also offers residential immersion experiences in beautiful locations.

I am inspired by her generosity of spirit and her patience in helping each participant to reach their answer inside, to relinquish the suffering caused by their thoughts. I am inspired by the simplicity and potency of The Work which she shares so willingly. I am inspired by her constancy, never straying off course, seeing each process through its full cycle. I am inspired by her Freedom Lifestyle, traveling where she is invited, and offering workshops and classes in beautiful locations.

I would certainly like to be a more active member of her Tribe – I feel I am moving closer!

If I were to meet Katie again, I would love to ask her “who inspires you Katie, and why?”

Do you have someone who inspires you? Are you part of their Tribe?

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Super Powers Define My Sweet Spot

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot - HeartFire Therapy

My Super Powers define my Sweet Spot – HeartFire Therapy

Today’s challenge is to identify my Super Powers in order to find my Sweet Spot. The ‘sweet spot’ is the key to realising my Dream for Freedom because this is a combination of things I am good at, things I enjoy doing, and things that I could expect to be paid for doing / delivering.

The invitation was to ask those people close to me whom I trust, love and respect to provide me with a list of qualities they could identify as my Super Powers, as generally few of us are great at shining the light on our own attributes. I am humbled and grateful to those who responded so generously to provide their insights.

I am very aware that today is the 11th day of the 11th month – and according to numerology 11/11 provides a Portal of Light to align with the Divine. I believe this whole exercise serves to bring clarity and focus to my Work and is Divinely guided, and so I am conscious of bringing the finest in me to express through these words.

If I were to choose 2-3 Super Powers which could lead to my Sweet Spot, I choose those which are supported by so many others, but are more likely to bring me a source of income:

Healing and reconciliation

  • The capacity to love, care, and be heart centered
  • An ability to see things in balance, both physically and metaphysically
  • An intuitive ability to know exactly how to say the right thing at the right time
  • The ability to hone into the salient point of a problem
  • Allowing another to feel their pain without judgment, belittling or trying to say something “spiritually appropriate”
  • Intuitive acupuncture treatments and Energy Attunements
  • Great listener, listening without interrupting
  • Artistic ability – seeing possibility and beauty in a tangled mess

Sparkling Powerful Presence –

  • Wisdom
  • Precision in expression – economy of words leading to powerful, concise presentation of self
  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Humour
  • Optimism
  • Courage
  • Patience

Teaching, Workshop or Group Facilitation

  • Fortitude; Endurance
  • Tenacity; Resilience
  • Stay true to my highest vision – I don’t give up on living as a spiritual being expressing in human form
  • Initiator – I am willing to take risks which are thoughtfully assessed
  • Emotional intelligence – I am willing to own the hurts in my heart yet not let these dominate my expression.

In offering these Super Powers through the forms of individual consultations, group workshops and seminars, public talks, written words (blogs, books) I will be able to serve those who are searching for what I have to offer, and in so doing, I will also be able to realise my Dream:

I help people to invoke their own unique energy to harmonise their mind, body, spirit and emotions – so that they can consciously align with whole body health.

 

What is YOUR sweet spot? Have you identified it yet? I would love to hear about it!

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Planning My Perfect Day

My Perfect Day starts here

My Perfect Day starts here

The invitation to describe my Perfect Day, from start to finish, is a real challenge. There are so many ‘things’ that I love to do – how could I compress them all into a single Perfect Day?

A theme of Perfect is easier to contemplate, to imagine unfolding in the present moment.

I wake up to the dawn chorus of birdsong. I feel well rested and am looking forward to this awesome day! I meditate on my slow deep breathing, on the Energy and Light filling me from the inside and radiating into my immediate environment, into my greater world, into the Universe. Feeling light and energised I choose which course I will adventure out on for my early morning run – along the beach, the estuary path or residential streets past homes where most people are still sleeping peacefully. It is glorious running so early, when the day is fresh and new, and I think and plan and breathe to the steady rhythm of my feet caressing the earth in Blessing.

I look forward to my breakfast – a smoothie compilation of great fresh fruit and veges, and steaming mug of aromatic coffee. The day stretches ahead. I may have a few Acupuncture consultations booked – my passion in practice. I feel so grateful to be able to share this knowledge and expertise – and my heart sings when my clients benefit. I could spend some time reading and researching, planning future treatment sessions.

I could write my next blog post. I could write a letter to a loved one. I could spend time visioning and reflecting on current projects.

Lunch time! Perhaps meet a friend to share lunch and a catch up. Or create a meal from home grown produce and sit in the garden watching the birds, listening to the ocean. I could spend a few hours working in the garden, or creating and crafting some form of handwork. I could read for pure enjoyment. What about going to the movies, or browsing through the shops in a local mall just for the fun of it?

Late afternoon is a perfect time for a coffee and email check. What is happening in my world? Time to also check that I have not left anything undone that needs to be done today. I am feeling relaxed and satisfied with the way my day has unfolded, with all the events and people that have featured in my Perfect Day.

Dinner time approaches. I could be meeting a friend for dinner and an outing to the theatre or an event. I could be planning a quiet evening at home with a simply delicious home cooked meal enjoyed by candlelight. The time after dinner is one of my favourite times. I feel a sense of order and completion once the dishes are washed, and the kitchen and table are cleared. Now I may finish off any last tasks for the day.

My evening shower is a calming and cleansing ritual, a time to wash away any cares and to express Gratitude. Gratitude for all the events and the spaces in between; for the people I have encountered; for thePerfect Day that I have been gifted with. Time now to read a bit, to reflect some more, and to slip into a deep and peaceful sleep, to awaken fresh to my next Perfect Day.

Does my Perfect Day inspire you to define your own Perfect Day?

 

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The Importance of Freedom

 

Why Freedom is Important

All Forms of Freedom are Important

WHY is Freedom important to me? I am so fortunate to live in a country where I have many forms of Freedom which I have come to take for granted. I have the Freedom to live where I like – I choose to live in a house in a beach side suburb, in a medium sized city. This location fills me with joy. I can walk or run along the beach, or along the estuary paths nearby, or through the extensive park lands. My home itself is a sanctuary. I have the Freedom to decorate and furnish it the way I choose, to express my personality and provide me with comfort.

I have the Freedom to think the way I do, and to express myself how I choose to. This could be through spoken words, writing, singing or silent pondering. I can dress according to the seasons, and have the Freedom to buy or make my own clothes in styles that are pleasing to me. I also have the Freedom to express myself through my actions – tending my own garden paradise, spending time with family and friends, interacting with those who make up the communities and networks that I am part of.

I have the Freedom to be Me.

In order to fully embrace my WHY, I realise that I also yearn for the Freedom to generate a means of sustaining myself and my lifestyle so that I can expand my Freedom – to travel to visit friends, family and places of interest; not to worry about having to ask an employer whether I may take leave from work. I want the Freedom to offer my WHY out to the wide world, unfettered by borders and constraints that I feel impose upon my Freedom to do so.

Have you had any thoughts recently on Freedom, and why it is important to you?

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Changes – How Do We Deal With Them?

Dealing With Change Gracefully

Dealing With Change Gracefully

 

How does one navigate life changes gracefully?

I have come to ask myself this question after a particularly challenging 12 months. I had always assumed that my life would tick along quite nicely once I reached my fifties, and I am constantly amazed at how many challenges I continue to face.

Of course, we could be truly optimistic, and call these challenges ‘opportunities’ – opportunities for growth, for learning new things, for overcoming adversity. Forward movement also proves to us that we are alive, that we are capable of thought and action.

Life changes affect us in different ways. At the time, it may seem that we would never recover from the enormity of the event, our thoughts and feelings about what has transpired and how we were affected. With some time and space to reflect, there is always something lost, something gained.

When I left my previous job after 7 ½ years I could not imagine life outside of the confines of that institution. While I missed my close friends there, I soon came to value the diverse and broad thinking business community that makes up ‘the rest of the workers’. I ‘lost’ the security of a permanent position in a dead end job, yet gained the freedom to express myself and be valued for my work and aspirations.

My close relationships have not escaped the change cycles either. Perhaps we are more prepared for ages and stages related changes, yet sometimes those come sooner than expected. Dementia can rob us of years of communication with a close family member – it starts slowly yet transforms your loved one before your eyes. Younger family members may move in their own orbits, and over time those relationships also have the capacity to slide into nothingness if we don’t nurture and value them. People I thought would be with me forever are slipping away, consciously or unconsciously. Do you ever truly ‘lose’ those connections with Dear Ones?

People change. When large life events happen, we respond in our own unique ways. Sometimes this requires that we change perspective, we gain insight, we transform from the inside out. It is no surprise, then, that we may no longer ‘fit’ in our Love Relationships. That also happened to me. My partner and I separated. I ‘lost’ my best friend, my confidante, my lover. In turn, I ‘found’ my Inner Voice. I reconnected to my deepest beliefs and called on my inner reserves. I found that I really like Me.

Which brings me back to my original question – How does one navigate life changes  gracefully – especially when you feel lost, insecure, alone, sad or downright angry?

I realised that I needed to ask for help, something that was so difficult for me to acknowledge. I called on trusted friends for inspiration and guidance. I worked to maintain great physical health. And I worked with a coach to change my mind-set. I am still navigating monumental changes. I am also learning to dance gracefully through all the areas of my life. It is a work in progress, full of changes, and now it feels more expectantly pleasing than daunting.

Do you recognise similar themes happening in your experience?

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Out Of The Box using Creative Thinking

Creative Thinking moves us out of the box we have become stuck in.

Move Out of the Box using Creative Thinking

Would you like to step Out of the Box you feel confined in?

I meet once a month, via a conference call, with a group of like-minded friends for The Creative Field Project which is:

  • A global network of people committed to the evolution of consciousness.
  • A field of collective awareness of the transforming, healing spirit of Love which is inherent to all people.
  • A context for engaging with other people in our individual awakening, learning and service.

The program is available to anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of nationality, language, religion or culture. Small groups of about seven people meet monthly to assist with personal and collective breakthroughs that lead to new awareness and a new basis for service in the world. Groups meet in person, via phone or Skype.

At the end of November 2010 I was invited to participate in one such group. I accepted.

It changed my life!

Each month we are sent some material to consider before we meet. Each group has a Facilitator who hosts the meeting, and we are invited to follow a process to reflect on various aspects of the material and our individual responses.

Recently, a new approach was set in motion – we were invited to choose an area or dynamic in our lives where we wanted to effect changes, or shine some light on. We were to be spending four months working on a process which first identified the area/dynamic, then highlighted some creative action points to implement. This process has built in impetus, as once targeted, an action can be fine- tuned while being practiced.

There is great power in being held in a non-judgemental space while naming your fears and so-called failings. Each person in the group is witness to your challenges and shares joyfully in your triumphs. The collective energy grows stronger over time, and my fellow participants have become my chosen family, part of my chosen ‘tribe’.

For the third meeting in this particular cycle we were invited to view the dynamic that we had chosen to work with as if we were living in a closed box, with a limited pattern of thinking and feeling, relative to the circumstances of our life.

In order to transcend feeling stuck or limited, we were invited to think of the two most masterful people we knew (living or not) at a mental and emotional level, who could bring their clarity and focus to the situation to get you Out of the Box. Were there any necessary steps to take to implement these ideas or strategies?

Finally, we were invited to find five different approaches to the things that had been restricted, limited or stuck – approaches out of the box, out of the current mental and emotional context in which we had been functioning. These we would be sharing with our group.

What a valuable and interesting process!

I came away with more ideas than I thought possible, because they were presented from a place outside my usual standpoint, out of my usual box. This coming month will be rich with possibilities, and I so look forward to our next call together, to share in my group’s growth, humour and positive energy.

If you are interested in finding out more about The Creative Field, or would like to join a Small Group, click on the live link.

Expect to function Out of the Box you have been confined in!

 

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Lessons from Live Love Laugh

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Live Love Laugh through Life Lessons

Dayle Hunt is a Life Mechanic and he aims to tune your internal Ferrari to reach peak performance. I attended his inaugural one-man show Live Love Laugh, where he combines personal stories of life lessons with humour and humility.

He maintains that we have six basic Human Needs which need to be fulfilled for us to live a meaningful life. He combined stories and anecdotes to illustrate how we go about meeting our individual needs to have certainty, variety, significance, love and connection, growth and contribution in our lives.

It seemed that one hour was way too short a time to settle in and fully engage with his three personas who occupied the stage in their turn.

Interestingly, for me I guess, my own enjoyment of the evening was marred by the disruptive presence of the young person who sat in the seat behind me. She repeatedly kicked the back of my chair violently, causing the whole row of seats to reverberate, and the man seated in front of me to cast annoyed looks in my direction. Then she explosively crushed her empty plastic cup in my ear. Then she sat with her feet dangling over the back of the empty seat next to me, and proceeded to kick that too.

I had accepted an invitation to Live Love Laugh, and I found myself then pondering whether this young person was actually displaying the effects of NOT having her basic needs met.

  • Certainty. Had her parents explained that they were attending a public performance where she would be required to sit peacefully for an hour during the performance. Had they outlined the expected format of the evening and told her more or less what she could expect to happen? Were there boundaries in place, should she not behave in an acceptable manner? Are her parents consistent with their discipline? How was her need for Certainty met?
  • Variety. If the young person in question was attending a live theatre event, no doubt she has attended many other social outings. School, friends’ parties, family gatherings. Perhaps she was just not enamoured with her current set of circumstances – perhaps she had wanted to be somewhere else, doing something of her own choosing.
  • Significance. Her presence behind me became significant, for all the wrong reasons! I was annoyed, distracted and then heart sore – because I did not want to be frustrated by a child. Her disruptive behaviour made her significant to others that were distracted, and perhaps also to her parents who may have felt annoyed or embarrassed that they needed to ask her to desist. How did her behaviour make her feel significant?
  • Love and Connection. If she had been my own child or grandchild, how could I have strengthened her feeling of being loved and connected? Perhaps I could have invited her to sit in my lap.
  • Growth. Perhaps this was a first ever attendance of a live event for our young person. I am hoping there would be many other opportunities for her to have wonderful experiences – and that she will grow into a sociable and friendly young woman.
  • Contribution. By just being herself, she has contributed to my learning, to my experience. It is up to me to determine the value of the contribution.

I am left pondering the evening. Dayle Hunt and Live Love Laugh will take you to many places. The familiar, the funny, the unexpected, the unexplored corners in your heart. Which brings me to ask:

How have you dealt with the disruptive seat-kicker? Please share your comments with me, so that I can keep learning!

 

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Wanting to Live – Wanting to Die

quality of life helps reinforce wanting to live

Wanting to Live

Quality of Life is often taken for granted.

In the past few weeks I have had cause to stop and reflect on what it means to live, and die, well. Three separate recent instances have given me ample opportunity to ponder both wanting to live and wanting to die.

A younger friend triumphed at her third attempt to take her own life. I had not known her for very long, but in the short while that I did, she touched my life deeply and beautifully. We shared exchanges and experiences during a Spiritual Seminar and I remember looking deeply into her eyes and seeing her pure and beautiful essence looking back at me. I can’t imagine the inner turmoil that took her to the edges of her endurance, such that she could not see any other way out of her personal anguish – leaving her wanting to die.

How sad for those left behind: her husband, her family, her friends and work colleagues. Do they blame themselves for not being able to save her from herself? I hope not. They need love and support to celebrate and remember her beautiful soul and the love she brought during the time she was here with us. She was living life, yet choosing the peace of death for herself.

While working in a rest home, I had the real pleasure of meeting a middle aged man who was terminally ill. He told me of his recent exploits, his ‘bucket list’. He had admitted himself into the facility for palliative care, not in the city where he had lived for many years, as he did not want to burden his friends and acquaintances when he died. His estranged family lived overseas and he was matter of fact that they would not be visiting him. He told me about his spiritual beliefs, and that he was not afraid to die. He set about wanting to live his last days with the same enthusiasm that had brought him a very full and interesting life.

A colleague and I were the first two people to enter his room after he had ‘left’ his body. He was lying head propped on one hand, looking up to the ceiling with the clearest blue eyes. While my colleague went to report his ‘passing’ I had the opportunity to Bless him, thank him for allowing me to share some part of his Journey, and to wish him well on his continued Journey.

He had lived life at full tilt, and if he had any regrets he was philosophical that what had been was laid to rest. He died alone, yet touched the lives of each person who had a part in his final days. He lived fully in his body that was dying.

The third person is still living, yet wanting to die. He is elderly, had been a very fit and healthy husband and father – then suffered a severe stroke which left his body ‘half useless’. He says if the results of the stroke can’t be cured, he wants to die. He sees no way forwards if he can’t do all the things he used to do and has to rely on his wife and son to help him with the most basic life skills.

He is living death. He wakes every morning, hating the fact that he has woken. He goes to sleep at night wishing he would not wake. His family are at a loss – what to do? Why won’t he help himself?

In the end, quality of life seems to be the common thread. No matter what our circumstances are, when we feel nurtured and fulfilled we believe that life is truly worth living.

Do you agree? Please share and comment – I value your thoughts about wanting to live and wanting to die.

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Two Most Essential Questions

2015-06-20 15.53.48Aha! Moments don’t always hit you over the head like a sledge hammer. Sometimes a realisation grows with quiet certainty, until it becomes defined as “I get it!” This happened for me during the course of the past week.

Since I can remember I have loved reading and writing stories. In more recent years this love of creative writing led me to learn about Blogging. I invested in and completed countless online courses and webinars which fed my yearning to learn more, to express myself and to share my knowledge and ideas.

Somewhere in all of this, life became busy, priorities shifted, I wrote less and less.

I lost my ‘WHY’.

I have a number of people to thank for nudging me back onto my Passion Path. This week, one of them was Ray Higdon, the presenter of the blogger’s course The 3 Minute Expert.

Ray was talking about the I.L.T. method.

We are our greatest investments. For our own growth and nourishment we need to Invest in ourselves – attending courses, seminars and relevant events. We need to seek out coaching and mentoring. In this way we are Investing and Learning , enhancing our own personal growth and prospering.

Then we need to Teach what we have learned.

When we attend events and take notes, what value do we place in our study notes? Do we throw them in a corner after the course or event, or do we study and learn from them?

The Two Most Essential Questions that arise are:

  • What will I implement?
  • What will I teach?

You see, Ray Higdon believes that the notes that you take and don’t teach are un-cashed checks.

I realise that I have hours and hours of hand written notes, worth literally millions of dollars. At least a few readers may find some of this information inspiring or interesting.

My Aha! Moment? I could possibly help someone else to experience an Aha! Moment of their own just by sharing what I have learned.

If this has been helpful to you, please share and re-post.

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