These past few months have been amazing. Since the beginning of the year, I have been changing. It started slowly during a call series in January / February and gathered speed in March. The trip home, being in the familiar family environment brought out where I am still operating from old, automatic patterns, where I have not yetintegrated what I have learned in the past few years. It was not easy to be with the recognition that I am not who I thought I am (in regards to behavior, thoughts, etc). Contrary to feeling down, this recognition had the effect that I demanded of myself to step into who I know I am. (Over the past year, I have gotten plenty of glimpses of it.) It is intense, exciting and, at times, frustrating when I find myself choosing again an old pattern or, as I call it, going unconscious. The awareness of what I am choosing has become great and so I can choose again, choose something different.
Probably the biggest difference is the that I am asking questions like: What would I like to create in this moment? What else is possible? Newsletter, what would you like to say (and so I am writing what addresses the energy that comes up)? Who does this belong to? Being aware, we all have the tendency to assume that what seems to be within us is ours. Not necessarily so. When I was visiting family, I felt an energy and, in my usual fashion, I thought it was mine. Only this time, I remembered to ask and clearly got that it was not mine. In some instances, I became even aware whose it was, although that was not important to me.
It is Spring. What new aspect of yourself, what new growth are you looking for? What if asking questions would support that. I know, I have written about them before and it is good to be reminded of them. Ask not with receiving an answer in mind, rather with receiving an energy. Ask open ended questions. Here are some to get you started:
What would I like to create?
what else is possible?
How does it get any better than this?
Who does this belong to?
What is right about this I am not getting?
I have known about questions like this for a few years now and rarely used them. (You get it when you get it!) Once I started to ask them, things began to change. So I invite you to use them. The world functions in such a different way, not at all the way we have been told / taught. Things that we have heard in fairy tales do actually exist. Yes, magic exists! Are you willing to discover it? Start asking questions! Every so often, I get a glimpse of the incredibly vast field of possibilities that contains our greatness, magic, and so much more for which I have no words. I just perceive the energy of it all.
I know there is more to discovering magic and I will go into it in a future newsletter. Asking questions is a big part of it, though. Have a grand month! Celebrate Mothers Day, even if you are not a mother, by pampering yourself at least on one day during this coming month. We all can use that kind of self-care.
Finances and Business
Last month I talked about money and shared that I was reading a great book. Boy, it was a slow read due to the amount of information. Without going into too much details, what I really liked about "Prosperity Consciousness" is the tools at the end of each chapter. In a way it is a summary of the chapter and they bring together all the tools they introduced throughout the chapter. I am re-reading the book by going through those pages again. I also signed up for their online course through Udemy. I would recommend that route to people who prefer visual and auditory learning. If you do it through my affiliate link you can save $10. Check it out! I look at it as money well invested and it is not even much for what you get.
Chutisa and Steven Bowman have a very unusual take on business and money. They are well know and sought after consultants to boards of non-profits. If you would like to find out more about their views, go to my YouTube channel and watch all 6 Google Hangouts on 'Benevolent Capitalism' they did last year with Gary Douglas. (Benevolent Capitalism may sound like an oxymoron for many, yet I invite you to suspend your viewpoint and listen to at least one of them. You may be surprised.) Most of the videos in my Business playlist are actually by either Steven Bowman or both he and his wife Chutisa. My first exposure to them was reading their book "No More Business as Usual" where they looked at the reasons different businesses either went under or lost their market dominance, highlighting the difference in perspective that is necessary in today's market.
For some reason the subject finances and business fascinates me. It is not something I grew up with and 10 years ago, even just a few years ago, I would have thought it to be boring. Not so anymore! To some extent, as the world is changing, I look for new models that give me hope that a business, even a corporation can be successful, make money and be a contribution to people and the earth.
My upcoming classes, workshops and telecalls: May sees me teaching new workshops, which is very exciting for me and gives me some butterflies in the stomach.
Access The Bars®
Saturday, May 2nd from 9am to 6pm. This class is a pre-requisite for the following Foundation / Level 1 classes. For more information on all of them go to my website
Access Foundation and Level 1
Wednesday, 5/6 - 9. This class is live streamed from Australia and given by Gary Douglas, the founder of Access Consciousness®, and Dr. Dain Heer. I will co-facilitate the people participating locally. For more information go to my Access page. Personally, I am so looking forward to this class. So much is changing in the world and in Access; and I am changing. It is exciting!
Awareness and Photography: Friday 5/15 through Sunday 5/17 In this workshop you will learn tools to take images unique to you. The only requirement is that you have a camera and know how to use it (with camera I mean more than a smart phone yet not necessarily a DSLR) and you do not have to be a good photographer. This workshop intends to develop your eye, how you see, what you see. For more information go to that page on my website
Communion With The Earth: The workshop is Wednesday 5/27 through Sunday 5/31. There is a free tele-call Tuesday 5/12 at 6pm where you can ask question. The intention of this workshop is to get the participants out of their heads and into a space where they are open to have communion. We have so many answers and we look at the world through those lenses. As a result, we can not perceive what is available to us and/or requested from us. Would being able to perceive that create more in your life? Might there be the possibility to have more ease? For more information go to that page on my website.
These are 2 images from a shoot at my feeder on a day with snowfall the end of February. I had a lot of fun playing with the overexposure on the right one.
What do you do that gives you joy?
Last Fall, I got introduced to Neal's Yard Remedies, an organic line of skin care products. I tried the little sachets I got and liked them. As a result, I met with a long time representative to hear what she would recommend for my face. I have to say I am happy with the results. In fact so happy that, in time before going to Germany for Christmas with my father and siblings, I got a small set so I would not have to miss using the product. Organic, sustainably farmed and fair trade are terms that will get my attention. If that is the same for you, I invite you to check them out. (yes, I am an affiliate now since it allows me to save money on the products I would order - how great is that? There are a few new things I would like to try out, like something to hydrate the skin on my body. With the training videos they provide, I am now in a place where I can make a more informed decision which other products I might like try. And, if available, I can get just a few sample packets before buying the "bottle". )
All of Life comes to me with
Ease, Joy and Glory! ®