Spring would be a great time to…
- start something new
- awaken your spirit
- let new energy flow into your life
- expand your awareness
- open your mind to new possibilities
- heal yourself and others, including pets and animals
I’m now reading The Warrior Goddess Way: Claiming the Woman You Are Destined to Be by HeatherAsh Amara, and again, I felt inspired to share a wonderful quote from her book…
“Have you ever noticed that you often look simply to confirm what you already think you will see? Or that you often listen to confirm what you expect you will hear? When we do this, we live our lives based on what we think we will experience rather than actually having an experience, fresh and new in the present moment. As a result, things rarely change for us, as we more than likely will get what we are already expecting. Even when something else is present, we often can’t see it because we aren’t open to the possibility of its existence. It’s like eating porridge at every meal because it is familiar and ignoring the glorious buffet overflowing with delicious, mouthwatering foods that surrounds you.
I call this the trap of living from the mind rather than living from the heart. When we live without being conscious of what’s happening in the present moment, our mind takes over and thoughts end up dictating—and therefore limiting—our experience.
Once you start paying attention to the thoughts that arise in your field of consciousness, there is something else you will notice: your thoughts are rarely about the present moment. As women, we often define ourselves and the world around us from the well-trodden past, which doesn’t allow us to be in vibrancy of the ever-changing present. The mind spends much of its time worrying about the past or fretting about the future, and in the process you miss the only life that ever happens: the moment you are living in right now.
Noticing these habits of the mind—where your thoughts and expectations prejudge and predetermine your experience, or constantly whisk your attention away from the present and into the future or past—shows you the areas where your attention needs some refocusing. What you need to free your mind from its crowded jail of limited perception is already within you: your vastness of your true self, your awareness.”
I just finished this book called Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant To Be by HeatherAsh Amara. I invite you to read this magnificent book, but for now I’d like to share a quote with you…
“…And the guidance is this: As Warrior Goddess women, we can bring healing back to the planet and the people. We must be brave, open, trusting, and giving. We need to move past old stories of being ladylike or nonthreatening or normal and break the chains of our fears to share our gifts fully. The world is waiting with open hands. It is time to stop isolating ourselves. It is time to step up to serve all.
Be the woman that you are meant to be. Not the woman you think you should be, or the woman others want you to be. Look in the mirror and say hello to the Warrior Goddess staring back at you. Befriend her. Support her. Love her. And let her open her wings to soar.
When you open your heart to yourself, quirks and all, you change the world. When you let go of pleasing others because you think you have to, when you relinquish trying to squeeze yourself in to a metaphoric shoe that doesn’t fit so you can be accepted, you come home to the comfort of yourself. And when you embrace the precious Warrior Goddess that you are, you naturally want others to know the truth of themselves as well. Each step in your healing, no matter how tiny, ripples out to heal everyone around you. And every time you embrace your fiery nature or your sweet stillness, every time you deliver a full-bodied yes or a clear no, also makes waves.
The world needs your brand of kindness and love, your power, your sacred ritual, your creativity, your quiet presence, your magnificent vision, your charming silliness.
Here’s to you, Warrior Goddess: embodied heroine, slayer of unconsciousness, beloved of the world. Go forth and empower.”
Today is the day, one year ago, I took the jump into social media and in particular Facebook! I know that may seem silly or even trivial to most people, but to me, it’s a big deal. The reflections of this past year have been a year of huge changes. Good changes. Who would have thought I’d be the Tracy part of The Russ & Tracy Show? I certainly never imagined it! Through Facebook my world has also expanded exponentially to meet new and amazing people. I’ve shared many laughs, and even several tears with friends. I’ve gained many courageous ideas, and found many more people on the same path I’ve chosen to walk. I’ve had the honor of sending healing energy to people who have reached out to ask for help for themselves, or their loved ones. Thank you to the many friends who have been a part of my new Facebook world for the past year, and a special thank you to Russ for the “strong” 😉 nudge to take this amazing jump.
I’ve wanted to write this post for a few months now. The idea has not left my mind, but summer and fall busyness have kept me from writing, until now.
On a hot summer day a few months ago, my oldest daughter came back to the house from walking in our hay field. She exclaimed, “Mom you’ve to go out in the field, it’s amazing! Hundreds of butterflies all around you.” This did in fact sound amazing, so my youngest daughter and I headed out to the hay field. What we experienced is hard to put into words. We must have been a stopping point for the migration of these beautiful butterflies. With each movement we made, several butterflies would fly up all around us. It felt like we were in another world. We almost felt like we were soaring in the sky, and walking on a cloud all at the same time. It was an experience that I will never forget, and a beautiful reminder to enjoy these lovely moments in life that are precious and make me feel so alive.
My First Reiki Workshop
I was scared! I later learned I had no reason to be scared. My first Reiki workshop was in Lethbridge on July 5 & 6, 2014. Russ Littau was my teacher. There were five students, including me. Leslie Winters was one of those students! 🙂 We started the first day by sharing stories of who we were, where we were from, and why we wanted to learn Reiki. I was a shy type, so I didn’t give out a lot of information, at first. The morning flew by with all the stories, and it was time for lunch. I was feeling really thankful to have made some new friends that were interested in Reiki too. Back to class after lunch, we learned a lot of theory about Reiki. Before coming to this class, I had not experienced anything about Reiki, but I could sure feel something happening. My body felt strange! Since then I’ve learned that this is the time in class that energy really gets amped up, and boy could I feel it! Russ assured me I was releasing “stuff”, and he kept an eye on me. The theory about Reiki, and really about life, was amazing. Russ called it Geometryxs, which is unique to him and his teaching, and something he had been given from the Universe to share with his students. As I watched, learned, and took in all this information I was amazed at how things I couldn’t articulate myself, was being presented to me in a fashion I could really understand and even explain. The night after the first day, I was exhausted! The second day was more theory and more amazing findings of things that were now explained to me in an understandable way. After lunch we learned how to give treatments. So, each of us took turns on the table, and the rest of the students were practicing giving a treatment. I’ll never forget the heat I felt from the student working on my neck! Reiki was working—on me! Since my first workshop, I’ve never looked back. Russ’s workshop changed my life, and I am thankful.
Do you have any Reiki stories to share? I’d love to hear them. 🙂
Some of you might know what I’m talking about, some may not. Let me explain. The idea of Morning Pages is from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. First of all, The Artist’s Way is phenomenal and I encourage you to work through this 12-week course. I’m on Week 7, and this is my second time through it. Since I’m at a different place in my life now, the second time through this course is completely different for me. It tends to open up the Creative Flow inside to places I never knew existed. It also purges areas I had forgotten existed that needed to be purged.
Morning Pages are pages written every morning throughout the course and most likely beyond the course as well. They are 3 pages of longhand writing, meanderings of your brain. These pages are meant to be simply the act of moving the hand across the page and writing down whatever comes to mind. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages. Nothing is too petty, too silly, too stupid, or too weird to be included. The Morning Pages are not supposed to sound smart—although they sometimes might. Nobody is allowed to read your morning pages except you. And you shouldn’t even read them yourself for the first 8 weeks or so. Just write 3 pages—every morning—and don’t leaf back through. Although occasionally colorful, the morning pages are often negative, frequently fragmented, often self-pitying, repetitive, stilted or babyish, angry or bland—even silly sounding. That’s good! All that angry, whiny, petty stuff that you write down in the morning stands between you and your creativity. So once you get rid of that stuff, it opens up doors, breaks down walls, and your creative self emerges through in ways you never thought of before, or ways that you never thought possible.
Even if you don’t have time for the course just yet, I encourage you to incorporate Morning Pages into your life. You may not love it at first, but you will more than likely see positive changes in you.
If you have any comments about The Artist’s Way, or Morning Pages, I would love to hear them. Please share what you know, or what you do.