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Month: January 2016

Abundance Springs From My Fruit Bowl

Posted in Create Abundance

Abundance isn’t about what we have, it’s about how we feel about what we have.

There was this lonely lemon sitting in the centre of the fruit bowl.  It had been there for weeks and was probably past its prime, maybe no good at all, but I was saving it for when I really needed a lemon.

The day finally came when I thought, “yes, I’m going to use that precious lemon, I’m ready.”

The lemon was over-ripe and squishy.  I threw it in the bin.

Believing that all of life is a metaphor for our inner world, I thought:

“Well now, what does this little moment of domestic banality say about me?”

Perhaps nothing, if it was an isolated incident, but it wasn’t.

I’ve always been a saver. I worry that if I use it now, when I genuinely need it, I’ll regret the premature use and have to go without.

I save clothes that seem too good to wear on just an ordinary day, I save food just so I know it’s sitting there, available for us to consume another time, I hold back from sharing affection, compliments, kind thoughts, just in case, you know, there’s a more appropriate moment to offer them just around the corner.

I resist spending money on frivolities because my eye is on the bigger picture.  What if that money is required for something we really NEED some other time and I just spent it on a magazine, T.shirt or pretty candle holder?

But lemons bring out something in me that’s unique.

You see, I know something… I know there are many trees in our town right now with lemons hanging from them, ripe for the picking.  They’re tucked away in the front and backyards of rarely occupied holiday homes.  I have my favourite lemon harvesting targets (I only sneak one or two at a time), and I simply will not buy a lemon from Coles.  Supermarket lemons are nothing like freshly picked, real lemons. You know what I mean.

So this issue isn’t about an actual lack of lemon availability, no no, this secret little obsession of mine comes from the awareness that I should have plentiful lemons at my finger tips because in my mind, there is an endless lemon supply all around our neighbourhood.

The clincher is, I just never seem to have enough. It can be tricky swiping lemons from private property even when nobody is there and even if the lemons will only rot on the ground if no-one takes them.

Despite this rationale it does feel a little bit criminal to take them, so I only take one or two every week or so and then I don’t want to use them because they seem so precious and hard-won. Or, perhaps I don’t feel I deserve them at all?

Do you see what I’m getting at and what this little tale might be revealing about my abundance status?

It gets even weirder, my parents have lemon trees in their yard and every so often Mum arrives at our place proffering a big bag of lemons, my heart jumps, I feel blessed and abundant.  But do you know what I do?  I place them lovingly in a bowl and I admire them.

I still don’t use them will nilly, I save them because you never know when I might need six or seven lemons in one day. Right?

Our baby lemon tree with its first crop.
Our baby lemon tree with its first crop.

The funny thing about this abundance gig is that, you use it, you get more, you save it and universe responds with a similar energy, something we like to call lack.

Way back in the 1920’s Florence Scovel Shinn wrote about this very topic in her book, The Game of Life and How to Play It.

She described that there is a universal “Law of Use” where what we have should be used or given to another and that when we hoard or save items, we eventually experience loss and lack.

This is very similar to our modern day “Law of Attraction” is it not? Here’s what I think:

If I believe I always have everything I need and go about my day happily using what I have and spending money as I feel I would like to, then I am in flow with universal infinite supply.

How did this statement make you feel?  Where did your body contract or tighten?

I feel it in my solar plexus and abdomen.

All we need to do is go to the body area that feel resistance to this truth and love it, reassure it and take it step by step.

Spend a little money when you feel you shouldn’t, pull those ‘special’ ingredients out of the fridge and enjoy them in one meal, buy someone you love a little gift on a whim…get the picture?

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I happened across this lovely lemon while walking yesterday and I’m determined to use it right away…anyone for lemon-iced cupcakes?

The year has begun in earnest, get yours off to a wonderful start by having a healing and intuitive guidance session with me.  Read about my session work here and give me a call for a pre-booking chat.

Much love, Tricia

5 Ways To Relax Into The New Year

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing

I think I’ve finally kicked the habit.  For many years I’ve been placing an enormous amount of pressure on myself to begin each new year soaring…achieving, pushing, working and striving to make it all happen and make it happen NOW.

And I can safely say, it never works.  All that happens is I end up with lots of neck and shoulder tension and this annoying itchy eye condition that I’d rather not experience.

What is it about January that makes me feel this way?

Being quite fascinated with numerology, I guess it has something to do with the energy of the number 1.

‘One’ energy resonates with achievement, singular focus, new beginnings, creativity and confidence. It reflects the masculine traits of action, ego and individual success. Aha, my urge to get working suddenly makes sense.

The contrast to this ‘1’ energy is that January is summer holiday time for us here in Australia. The necessities of entertaining children, taking a break from routine and actually enjoying our glorious summer weather means not a lot of “real work” gets done.

This is the first year since our children started school that I’ve been able to let go of the need to “chop chop”, be productive, get on with the business of the year and simply embrace the reality that yes, I can do a little bit of work here and there, but primarily, January is a holiday month for our family and I might as well enjoy it.

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Staying with the numerology theme, this is a universal year 9 which means it’s the final year in a global nine year cycle. A year 9 is a good time to complete projects, begin and end relationships, start new businesses and jobs, move house and reflect upon how far you’ve come over the past eight years.

Nine energy is also about taking action on humanitarian fronts, looking after and being responsive to others and creating a vision or set of ideals about how we would like our lives to progress as we begin a new cycle later this year. It’s also a great time to cleanse, release and de-clutter in all life areas.

So, now that the new year has begun, how do we create a balance of forward momentum and relaxed living?

Here are my top 5 ways you can begin the new year feeling more relaxed (and still get stuff done):

  1. Take the pressure off – we have a whole 12 months ahead of us, think of January as your launching place and use it to set intentions and goals for the coming year.  No need to get it all done this month.
  2. Honour your intuition – I’ve learned to respond to my intuitive urges each day and do what feels good. When I’m aware that there’s something I need to do such as making a phone call, paying a bill or going to the shops, I wait until the timing feels right and I flow with that energy.  This approach always serves me better than forcing myself to tackle a job when it’s feeling like a burden or an effort.
  3. Set up good self-care rituals –  the start of a year is a wonderful time to release old habits and begin new and ones.  I had a massage on Christmas Eve which I really enjoyed so I booked another for this week and I’m really looking forward to it. This year I’m committed to looking after my own well-being even better than I did last year.
  4. Embrace the value of blank space – we all need time away from our achievement-focused selves.  Despite having strong desires for my personal life, business, relationships and family for this year, I can drop it all in the moment of diving into the ocean, walking in the bush or reading a novel. Seek out some blank space moments and enjoy them.
  5. Acknowledge how far you’ve come – we’re all completing a nine year cycle of existence this year so create a spirit of celebration around all the progress and positive changes you’ve made in your life over this period.  It’s been an amazing time for you, I know it has. Take a breath at the summit and enjoy the view.

May this January deliver a gentle start to the year for you and I.  Go softly and listen within for your path forward and it will be SO.

I’m available for appointments this month so check out my session work info here and give me a call to make your booking to bring a sweet, loving and fresh focus to your life.

Much love to you, Tricia