As we celebrate the return of the light, and the imminent birth of a new year, stop a moment. Drop into your spacious heart. Sink down beneath the surface noise and chatter, to the deep truth of your desire.
Make a wish, or three…
One for yourself. What do you most deeply long to receive or create, in the New Year? One for someone / something / someplace you love. What do you truly wish for, or long to give to your beloveds, in the New Year? One for your world. What blessing do you want to offer your world, or to some specific place or activity in your world, in the New Year?
Head on over to my Facebook Page, and share your wishes with our community, in the Comments. Or share them on your own blog, Pinterest or Facebook page, and share a link with us on Facebook.
Be as specific and practical, or as wide and all-encompassing as you wish.
Then, write each of your wishes on a single piece of paper. Place your wishes in a bowl, bless each one, and place the bowl on your altar. If you don’t have an altar, create a simple wishing altar, in a quiet corner of your home and place your bowl in the center of it.
Our wishes are powerful when they emerge from our deepest desires, are aligned with our soul’s purposes, and are backed by clear intention and purposeful action. They manifest in miraculous ways when we co-create them with the powers of wholeness.
On Monday, December 30th, we’ll close my preview teleclass for How to Rule Your World from the Inside Out with a sacred ceremony. We’ll plant each of your wishes in the fertile soil of the subtle energy realms. And we’ll hold them in the creative Flow of the universe together, to activate and empower them to grow, beautifully.
Join our wishing circle for the entire preview call, or just for the final ceremony. Or, create your own ceremony. Plant your three wishes in your garden, or in a flower-pot. Water with your desire, intentions, love and blessings.
I’ll begin with my own three wishes for 2014:
For myself – light, in every cell of my body, dissolving all obstacles, radiating out into the world For my beloveds – sweet love, true discernment, creative power, faithful wisdom For my world – deep, abiding, abundant peace
Your turn! Which three wishes will you plant, for the New Year?
As the year draws to a close, I feel it in my body — a bone-deep need for rest, for solitude. The sweet ache of my soul for its own company. The longing to return to the quiet rhythms of my heartbeat after months of joyfully singing with the choir.
It’s been a rich, full year, brimming with blessings. 35 years of teaching, writing, creating, and still, now — my work, and the people whom I am privileged to walk alongside and delighted to serve, remain my most beloved teachers.
My students and clients keep expanding into the infinite bounty of their inner being. And, as they become more fully themselves — as they shape their businesses around their soul’s deepest desires — they create abundance, peace and delight for themselves and their world.
It happens part-way through every program I teach. Struggle and frustration, despair and aborted dreams give way to bright enthusiasm, abiding faith — the astonishing discovery that miracles flow from our fingertips when we find and truly inhabit our place in wholeness.
Wholeness is our natural state. We are born whole. We arrive here knowing we belong in the larger Wholeness that is our home.
And yet, from the moment we arrive in this world – drunk on light and drenched in glory — we are shaped by the world around us. The noise and glitter of it, its agony and brokenness, the empty stories we are told and, half-bewildered, come to believe — all of these fall like thick shadows between us and our souls. They separate us from the truth of who we really are.
To rediscover and inhabit our wholeness, we need time, spaciousness, solitude — and skills. We need daily practices that restore us to ourselves, that bring us back to who we really are.
You may already have a daily practice – meditation or dance, yoga, chi kung, prayer or gratitude — that brings you back to the heart of belonging. If you do, you likely also have a structure in place that supports you in using it.
Here are some of the structures that support me.
My daily practice is anchored by placing myself in the presence of the Sacred, at least four times each day – when I first awake, before opening my eyes; after I’ve brushed my teeth, showered and dressed; at the end of my work day; in bed at night, before drifting off to sleep.
Each day includes a conscious attunement to the Devas of those qualities I wish to embody more fully. I commune with one or more of these Devas, and use energy alchemy skills and tools to participate in their activity – to increase my capacity to hold, radiate, act from, and express those qualities in my life.
I also cleanse, balance and harmonize my energy body daily — in the morning, at the start of my day; before and after each session with a client, or each class I teach; and again at the end of the day.
All of these are foundational practices for me – I have done them for most of my life, so they are deeply familiar, and deeply comforting. At the same time, each one is utterly unique — a moment of relationship and communion unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. The practice is ultimately just me, open to the presence of the Mystery.
And then, there are practices that bring me into relationship with my world through the ordinary, grace-filled moments of each day. A prayer of gratitude each time I brush my teeth. A blessing of love and appreciation for my chair, each time I sit in it; for my computer, each time I use it. Deep gratitude for the breath that fills my lungs; love and appreciation for the food that nourishes my cells; the book that inspires and delights; the tree outside my window that yields so gracefully to the caress of the wind.
We belong in the lap of wholeness. We are the human body of divine providence.
Our belonging gives us that most precious of resources — the unshakable experience of being held in the lap of the Sacred, and the brimming joy of our creative potency, of being the activity of the Sacred in the world.
We are the source of all that we seek.
Love. Safety. Provision.
Generosity. Kindness. Spaciousness. Joy.
We are that.
We are all of that, and more.
As creative beings, as entrepreneurs, we blend art and beauty, inspiration and freedom, power and communion into a richly savory broth that nourishes the whole, hungry world.
Yes, we are divinely human. And, we have deeply human needs for rest and replenishment. Nature’s rhythms are our rhythms writ large.
So, for the rest of this year, I am taking time to be with that quieter, deeper pulse. To rest in stillness until it naturally flows into movement. To play, quietly or exuberantly. To read poetry. Walk by the sea. To write, when the spirit moves me. To appreciate the gifts of this exquisitely intelligent world.
I trust you will do this too, in your own timing and in your own way. My wish for you, this holiday season, is that you find that place of stillness where you can hear the song of your creative heart. Away from the bright tumult of the holidays, into the primal womb of the generative dark.
The night sky reveals the fire of the stars.
And, if you wish to explore and inhabit more of your own genius, in community with others who are on the path of soul-infused creation, please join me on December 30th for a free preview class for my 8-week program,How to Rule Your World from the Inside Out.
Starting January 13th, I’ll teach the 6th season of this program — an eight-week journey into soul-powered living, creative sovereignty and the freedom that comes from belonging fully to yourself and your world.
See you there!
With all the recent end-of-year focus on releasing the past, it’s easy to misunderstand the fundamental nature of transformation.
Yes, the arc of transformation includes dissolution.
But its essence is wholeness; a gathering-together of all those aspects of our Selves that have been forgotten, denied, suppressed, pushed out of the circle of belonging.
Love transforms by bringing home every aspect of you — the selves you’ve been, the selves you are, and the miraculous selves who are the wings of your becoming.
Join me next Friday, January 11th, at 10 am PST for a free teleclass to preview my 8-week program on self-making and the art of conscious transformation, How to Rule Your World from the Inside Out. Details and registration here.