The magic of Winter Solstice (Wednesday 21st December 2016) can be found in nature, as always! As you may well know, it is the shortest day of the year in which the sun is 'reborn' as from this point onwards the days get longer! See the connection with the birth of Jesus?
If the whole wheel of the year was condensed into a day then the Winter Solstice would be at midnight - the point at which the new day starts to come. It is the 'space between the ending and the beginning - a still point which contains not the absence but the presence of life.' It is the beginning of the dreaming in of the new and it's conception.
Here are some tips that can be useful and enlivening as we move through the holiday season:
* We can embody and appreciate the magic of Solstice by honouring the space between the ending and the beginning, dreaming in the new, finding the light within and reflecting on what we are birthing and conceiving right now. We can create intentionally in the space that has been created after all that has departed. If we don't then it will fill up with things that we don't consciously intend. Nature fills a vacuum!
* Remember that presents can = presence! And the greatest gifts and treasures are found within. The greatest gift that we can give to others is true and deep connection through listening wholeheartedly with all of our being to what they have to gift to us, without distraction, interruption or judgement - and without reloading the whole time with what we are going to say next.
* The more we can be resourced from our inner well over Christmas the more we can overflow and share with others! The more we can claim pockets of time for us - the more we can give to others more wholeheartedly.
* Looking for something small or simple to add to your or someone you love's Christmas list? Why not get some palo santo or sage - super cheap items that can also be bought on the internet that we can use to clear our spaces over the holiday period ready for the new year and create sacred space. I use palo santo for clearing spaces and old energy and sage when making or saying prayers.
* If (or perhaps, when) we get triggered over the potentially intense Christmas period then we can try to take some time to use the following special alchemical process to honour and process what has come up for us. Or, if we are unable to at the time - we can note it down and create space for this later.
Step 1: Welcome 'what is' with loving kindness. Show up for it with listening ears...
Step 2: Feel what it brings up for you - let emotion flow and move.
Step 3: Ask yourself if you need honouring for this pain or if you need someone to hear you out.
Step 4: Treasure hunt for the gift in the challenge - what needs are there that the feelings are alerting you to?
Step 5: Identify action steps to meet the needs and embody your insights.
Step 6: Celebrate (ideally with movement to solidify your intention - DANCE!) and burn off the waste - release.
In doing this we can squeeze the last bits of wisdom out of the challenges of 2016, aid our process of wrapping up the year, uproot the old and clear some of the debris of 2016 and before. We can resource ourselves through such tools throughout the holiday period.
* Celebrate ourselves (and others) as much as we can over the Christmas period. At a time for hopefully rest and reflection we can note down the treasures from the past year that we can celebrate in our journal or 'Treasure Chest' as I like to call it and DANCE our celebration dance as much as we can - dedicating it to ourselves and all that we have overcome or brought into being! It is a great time to create, in any way we feel to. And a perfect time to give ourselves a break! We can share our celebrations and gratitude with, and also dedicate them to, others - the true spirit of Christmas.
* Go gluttonous for everything that nurtures our mind, body and soul (and inner child)! Time for PLAY! Time to follow the cravings of our soul! And get drunk on our elixir - whatever it is that we need on our quest over the threshold of 2017 in order to embody our true potential and bring our most powerful intentions into being. What is yours?
I would like to thank you for your support and following along during this exciting first year of Wild Magical Freedom and wish you an inspiring, magical and festive week ahead!
BE conscious, celebratory and connected to you (and therefore to others)...Solstice Blessings to you!
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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.
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Now is the time to prepare for 2017. The new year truly begins in nature as the seeds and fruits fall into the ground to be gestated, held, incubated and rooted deep through winter, to grow themselves out of the ground in spring and bloom in summer.
This is your chance to ensure that when spring does come around again, you are ready and resourced to stir, dawn, flower and awaken.
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Now is the time to wrap up 2016 and prepare for 2017. Take nature - the new year truly begins in as the seeds and fruits fall into the ground to be gestated, held, incubated and rooted deep through winter, to grow themselves out of the ground in spring and bloom in summer.
It is our chance to ensure that when spring does comes round again, we are ready and resourced to stir, dawn, flower and awaken. Also - 2017 is a powerful new year that will set the tone for the next decade.
I talk about WHAT the process I have created is in the video...
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NOW is the time to wrap up 2016 and start birthing 2017!
Because the end of the year will be too late! Let's take nature's example - the new year truly begins as the seeds and fruits fall into the ground to be gestated, held, incubated and rooted deep through winter, to grow themselves out of the ground in spring and bloom in summer. It is our chance, right now, to ensure that when spring does comes round again, we are ready and resourced to stir, dawn, flower and awaken. Also - 2017 is a powerful new year that will set the tone for the next decade.
I am tired of working my process alone. I’d love you to join me this year! Share with me what leaves you are letting go of and what flowers you are wanting to blossom in Spring, as I talk about in the video.
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I started my quest in the world trying to save or serve the world. But it repeatedly brought me back to myself.
I needed to find my centre and a balanced and united way of being from within me using both a masculine and feminine approach so that I could ground myself in self-love that would then overflow so that I could serve truly, from my joy.
I needed a rebirth out of my past conditionings, limiting beliefs, outdated and destructive patterns and traumas so that I could free my future; to BE my present. For me, and for the world.
Follow along for an offering that I am going to share to support a rebirth process so that we can live from our creative joy and RISE & SHINE in our loving, sparkly power ready for 2017.
BOOM! I've had this hat for about 8 MONTHS - waiting for this day! An angel that came into my life gave it to me, not long after I had become engaged to be married to myself in my own non-legal (who needs legality for commitment?) ceremony. I had it ready to wear when I came back from this ceremony for when I was 'ready'. Turned out I had more to 'do'. Seemed I needed to practice my art of 'getting ready to be ready' a little more. Today I wait no more. I'm ready to live imperfectly! I'm ready to BE me. Here's to ready now and reaching #21daysofavailability. Yessy yes!
My inner feminine to my inner masculine:
Stand in your power.
Hold me when I cry.
Hear me when I'm angry.
Listen when I'm frustrated.
Keep me safe when I'm in danger.
Only love me willingly, not in obligation.
Choose me if you choose me.
Trust that I am not too much.
My inner masculine to my inner feminine:
Rise in your power.
Feel and tell me your needs.
Create from your intuition.
Embody what you are.
Expand without apology.
Only love me willingly, not in obligation.
Choose me if you choose me.
Trust that I am enough.
Both (to each other): Would you like to dance?
Both (to each other): Yes, let's.
My quest for Wild Magical Freedom has all been about creating the life I want to live and self I want to be from the inside out and revealing what has always been within; to be free from operating from conditionings, wounds, life debris, unmet needs, limiting beliefs and the desires of my shadow.
It has been a quest of claiming back treasures as well as clearing, surrendering and emptying what is not mine or necessary - so that I can then create from this place, unhindered. I have needed to often do this alone, with external support, but ultimately alone. We can only take this journey of reclaiming our selves and freedom alone. But we can walk alongside others as we do so. And relationships can be an important part; sometimes a harmonious support and shared magical learning experience or sometimes a difficult but valuable growth curve.
I have found the emptiness along the way to be quite uncomfortable at times. Anxiety can creep in. Old stories can creep in. Outdated habits can try to fill the space. But it is in our aloneness, stillness and connection with our ultimate inside truth that we can move forward under the direction of our heart fire, from the roots of love - once we have uprooted what is rooted in fear. We can access, in our emptiness, our deep inner knowing underneath the dramas of the mind and the traumas of the past. Then we can find a space to truly create our lives from.
When we have emptied out (at least some of) the crap, we can also paradoxically then find fullness from revealing our true self and deep inner love and connection to all of existence and fill and create our life from that source
Emptiness is space. Emptiness is potential and possibility. Emptiness is pure.
We need emptiness to find our essence, our innate gifts and our deepest soul longings. We can fill the void we create in our process unconsciously with whatever happens to come in from outside or we can fill this magical space of emptiness intentionally, from the inside out.
Alchemy is needed for the transformation process and alchemy is only possible by containment - to hold the process within. The less that can leak in or out, the purer gold or treasure that is alchemised.
If we don't create and guard this sacred space and keep filling it in from the outside we won't ever reach the treasure in the centre that lies in the dark deep cave within.
We need to create ourselves from our own intuition and from our own being - not from expectations from society or anyone else. Our society is obsessed with product and form. We need to BE present to tap into the gifts that we want to express, from our own uniqueness, without the sway of others.
Let's not create to please others - we are not here to save or serve the world. We are here to feel it within ourselves so that from that place we can then serve the world our greatest gifts at their very best, from the most sustainable and strong place.
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