There is not a second longer to wait. All of the leaves have almost fallen. The nights are closing in on this magical portal of opportunity. The old ways, the old habits, the old beliefs, the old toxicity - they belong to yesterday. They belong to the last moon, not this one. They belong to this culminating year, not the next one.
What would you take if you were told that everything were to be burned to the ground except what you packed in your suitcase and carried over the threshold into 2017? What would you throw in as the flames started licking up stairs? What would you watch with relief burn, as you looked back at the burning fire transmuting everything in it's wake after escaping out of the window?
As I reflect on my own question asking what I want to bring with me into 2017 I decide with resolve that I am not taking anything with me that I do not NEED. That I need for my joy, that I need for my love, that I need for my wisdom, that I need for connection and sharing and celebrating life. I have a light, small suitcase and it has room for only what nurtures, what uplifts and what is aligned. I only have space for a process based way in which I live and celebrate my joy in the moment as I go rather than promising myself that I can live it once I have caught it on the never ending chase that we can forever be on. The chase of 'when everything falls into place' I can relax. I can be perfect. I can be happy. I can enjoy. No. No more.
So, as the last leaves fall, I follow an effective process of clearing before renewing; aligning with the current season in nature as the seeds and fruits fall into the ground to be gestated, held and rooted deep through winter, to grow themselves in spring and bloom in summer. The remains of the old start transforming into the new...
I've learnt very deeply in following nature's lead, that if we surrender the things we want to let go of, we will create space for new things to arrive. I want to birth my most aligned, joyful, present, creative and powerful year yet. This is my (and your) chance to ensure that when spring does come round again, we are ready and resourced to stir, dawn, flower and awaken.
STEP 1 - Clear the debris - find your inner well
We need to remove the blocks and waste, before we can create space for the new and find the treasures waiting for us within ourselves and within the debris of 2016. We need to excavate out all that is draining, unnecessary, toxic and outdated. What in your life do you need to let go of? Here are some practical tips:
*De-clutter your belongings - physical or digitally - and close up energy leaks of unfinished projects that you just don't have the motivation to finish any more.
*Make a list of everything that stands in your way; anything that is unnecessary or toxic and that drains your energy or isn't aligned with the life that you want to live. What takes you off centre or away from your connection to self?
*Identify where you are wasting your time or letting others or projects that you don't want to be doing anymore (or perhaps ever at all!) claim your agenda away and decide to reclaim your agenda from this point on.
*Write on a piece of paper 'In Spring' and put it on one side and then write 'What is nurtured/released...' on a piece of paper and put it in the middle and then on another write 'will flower and fruit/be released or transformed' and then identify what you want to be transformed and what you want to transform it into so that you can see in front of your eyes the direct results that this process will bring.
STEP 2 - Resource from and protect your inner well
Once we have shifted blocks and reclaimed energy and clarity by removing what is in the way of our inner intuitive wisdom and free future we can then make connection with our own inner well. Once we have accessed this under all of the background noise we then need to nurture our new or re-found connection, create and uphold boundaries to protect it’s voice being drowned out from outside influence or toxicity and learn how to resource regularly from it’s wisdom through tools such as art, writing and movement. Here are two ways that you can do this:
*Set boundaries to protect your inner well, by, for example, setting time aside to connect in with it (through meditation or writing or any way in which you can connect in with the silent space within yourself and the wisdom that can be born there) and setting time aside when you allow things in - such as social media, notifications, emails, reading news or other information articles and even inputs from other people.
*Resource from your inner well in a way that resonates with you. This might be through journalling or stream of consciousness writing, like 'morning pages' or through art, walking, meditating, doing yoga or something else that involves your body. Try things out and find what fits...
*From this place we can set powerful new intentions for 2017 from our centre.
STEP 3-Root Through in radical self-love
After creating our container and setting systems in place to protect the alchemy within and the continued access to and honouring of our inner well of wisdom, we then need to support ourselves in moving forward by creating a sort of ‘refuge route’ or channel in which we can flow - lit by our inner lantern that guides us through the often dark forest. We need to deeply lay firm roots of self-love that will keep us grounded and resourced through the turns of life.
We need to access the tools that will help move us through our inevitable challenges; authentically and not by bypassing. We need to identify action steps for moving forward towards our intentions and establish a system of review so that we can keep ourselves on track without constantly striving and driving and missing the gifts of the present moment. We also need to assemble a ‘support team’ that will help us mid-wife what we are going to birth. We cannot complete this labour alone. Here are some practical ways to do so:
*Identify the 'roots' that you need to remain centred, accessing your inner well of wisdom and joy, and feeling connected to your self. This might include a certain number of hours sleep, being in nature daily, what food you need to eat to feel good and how you can release what you don't need or accumulate each day - from heavy energy and unprocessed emotions to physical clutter.
*Stock up your tool box with tools that can help you through the challenges. EFT is a great one that can help us to process and identify emotions and move through them without bypassing or negating them. It can help us to identify limiting beliefs and stories and see these for what they are and diffuse their power.
*Who in your life might be willing to do this process with you or could support you at the times when you 'fall'? Get them on board and offer them mutual support to help birth each others' dreams.
*Identify times when you will check in with your intentions - which could be weekly or in tune with the monthly cycles of the moon. Put a system of review in place so that you can then relax in the present moment.
STEP 4 - Celebrate and overflow...
We can then birth our future and live our present with our connection made to our inner well and our structure and support in place to ‘Root Through’. It is important to celebrate as we go and enjoy our unique and special journey. We can connect with the beauty through the challenges, through the setbacks and through the times that we ‘fall.’ We will rise and we will shine and be able to willingly and joyfully share our gifts with the world naturally, just by living from our own joy and what makes us come alive - from a sustainable place of overflow that is firmly rooted in self-love. When we shine our light from within we also shine a light for others. And, as the saying goes - ‘a rising tide lifts all boats’.
The world cannot wait any longer for your light to shine! 2017 is a unique year that will set the tone for the next decade.
If you would like support implementing this magical process, including a ready-made ‘support team’ to mid-wife birthing your 2017 click here to check out my five week online course through the last moon cycle of 2016 and over the threshold of the new year to support you birth 2017 rooted in radical self-love and trust - creating from a place of presence, joy and sparkly, loving power. Doors close midnight on Friday 2nd December.