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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

You’re Not Wrong and Neither Are They

Posted in Heal Relationships

We think we’re aware right?  We think we know ourselves and all our foibles pretty well by now. Yes?

Well I’m sorry to say this, and of course I’m speaking just for myself here 🙂 , but I feel many of us still have a long way to go before we can claim any sort of seniority in the AWARENESS stakes…

Find yourself complaining about certain people in your life?

Still have one or two family members that really know how to push your buttons?

Get so caught up in your reaction to what someone has said or done that you aren’t able to be the compassionate person you are deep down?

Welcome to humanity, I guess…AND also, we are making some progress aren’t we?

Well you know and I know that this month of December right here, right now, is THE month of the year for family get-togethers and family explosions (either silently muffled or loudly proclaimed). Bring it on I say.

What I find in my sessions with the gorgeous humans who come and sit with me each day, is that while we may understand we are always an active participant in any unhappy happenings between ourselves and others, it’s far easier to just want the other person to change.

True growth and freedom begins with the realisation that in some way or another, that person you are cursing and criticizing is actually being of service to you via their behaviour. And it’s often those we love the most and have most meaning to us that have the power to really tick us off.

What they are showing us is usually one of the following things:

  • An aspect of ourselves that we may benefit from embracing and loving instead of denying and condemning.
  • An unmet need from long ago that we can most often meet for ourselves rather than demanding they meet it.
  • A strong fear or belief we are suppressing and projecting onto them as an excuse for not confronting it. For example; “Oh no, we couldn’t possibly go on an overseas holiday, Mary is such a scrooge.”
  • A demonstration of how we don’t honour and respect ourselves enough with regard to speaking our truth, looking after our own well-being or saying ‘no’ to the things we don’t want to do.
  • A need of theirs to feel heard, more valued, acknowledged or forgiven by you. Maybe this will smooth the way?

Here’s a little exercise we can all do this holiday season to bring a greater sense of peace and calm to every interaction: Notice how you are feeling, acknowledge it and ask yourself this beautiful question posed by Neale Donald Walsch.

“What would love do now?”

Coming from this perspective can only soothe us and return us to our gentle selves where we are more able to breathe, welcome the realities of others and bless them for their humanness.

Also, make time and space for yourself in the coming weeks to go outdoors alone, take a rest during the day or just doing any small or big thing that makes you feel nurtured and relaxed.

Being in nature is my best therapy, just look at this cute ball of fluffy baby bird I photographed just outside our home this morning. So sweet.

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When all is said and done, just be yourself and let others be themselves and love will be the victor.

For some personal assistance with all of this relationship stuff, read about my session work here and feel free to phone or email me so we can get to know each other a little before your appointment.

Many blessings, Tricia

 

 

 

5 Signs You’re Ready to Live Your Truth

Posted in Live Your Passions

You’ve done the work, the inner searching, healing, and forgiving. So are you ready? Ready to really start living as though you are free, courageous and bold? 

Read on and I’ll share my 5 signs you are ready to live your truth, for real!

I know how it is. Some days it’s a resounding YES! Then some days I just feel like staying home and retreating from the world completely.  That’s normal and to be expected.  We can’t always be forging ahead, torches blazing, hearts on fire…

It’s the natural flow of things to have those quiet, introspective days.  Days for reflection, catching up on all the changes that have happened within and gathering strength for the next outward expression of who we really are.

We’ve all just been through a big opportunity for shedding old skins and out-moded beliefs. Here’s a magical feather I recently manifested with the assistance of some beautiful red-tailed black cockatoos.  I asked them for one and four days later, it materialised in my path.The birds’ message to me was:

“Know your power and live it”.

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Have you felt yourself changing? 

If you haven’t been letting that over-protective ego of yours hold you back, I’ll bet some of the following shifts have happened and had you dropping your old reactions and ancient stories about lack, victimhood and failure like hot coals from the forge of your soul…

Here are my top five signs you are sooo ready to begin living your truth and your potential for greatness in this here life of yours:

  1. No more drama – quitting creating drama in our lives and relationships as a distraction from facing up to what needs attention within ourselves is a sure sign we are ready to be more honest about what makes us happy.  When we have a life full of satisfying activities, loving people and calm, peaceful intentions, we no longer court drama. We’re too busy getting things done and loving our lives.
  2. No more excuses – when we take full responsibility for how we create our lives in every moment from our thoughts, beliefs and choices, we cease making excuses for why we aren’t doing what we know we would like to.  Excuse-making prevents us from being healthy in our bodies, facing up to unhappy situations at work and in relationships and tackling the big changes we’d like to see in our lives. When we no longer make excuses for ourselves and others, we can look at what’s really happening and see it for what it is.
  3. No more apologies – finding ourselves constantly apologising to others for our beliefs, short-comings, or behaviour is a sure sign something is seriously out of balance in our lives.  When we’re ready to come clean and be our amazing, authentic selves, we get to feel more relaxed with everyone around us.  There’s no one on this planet you need to justify yourself to.  I give you permission right now (provided your intention is to be loving, respectful and considerate 🙂 ), to stop apologising for who you are.
  4. No more blaming – one of the hallmarks of emotional maturity in a fully grown adult is the awareness that we are all responsible for how we live.  Blaming others for what we think we can’t do, have or BE is the ultimate in giving our power away and playing the victim.  Oh don’t worry, I’ve done this many times and still play this card on the odd occasion I’m not prepared to own up to my own role in the scenario at hand. Awareness is the key.
  5. No more playing small – when we are ready to really live our true potential as dynamic, creative sparks of the divine, we simply can’t persist with the idea of staying small and unseen. Nope, you’ve got to stick your head above the ramparts in order to shine your light and share your gifts.  Just know you are safe. You have many seen and unseen supporters just waiting to share in your jubilation and victory.  And the victory doesn’t have to be a leading role in a Hollywood film or a international best-selling novel.  No no no, it might simply be joining the local choir, dusting off that keyboard and playing with some creative writing ideas or buying some art supplies and having a dabble.

It’s time.  No more delaying or worrying.  Just take your first step and feel the magic begin to unfold around you.

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My latest painting effort, inspired by the connection I’ve been feeling with the birds in our local bush. Feeling some support might help? You can have a personal session with me.  Read more…

Many blessings, Tricia

Love Your Body and Ignite Your True Power

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing

I like my body.  I can even conjure up a gentle feeling of love for it most days of the week.  But you know what? I love it more when I hold my tummy in and when I don’t look too closely at my hips or the backs of my thighs.

I’m really sick of these feelings of judgement and dissatisfaction.  It feels nitpicky and petty at my age to be pin-pointing body parts to dislike and wish were different.  Haven’t I got more important things to give my energy to?

Well most of the time I do, but then I walk past a window or mirror and accidentally see my reflection and that little voice in my head says; “Oh look how my tummy bulges” or, “Man I’ve got a solid rear” or, “Can I still wear shorts in public?”

You with me?

Just try to imagine right now in this moment, how it would feel to instantly relax and simply know your body is perfect? **(read right to the end to learn about the big benefits of loving your body)

Because as I step into ‘observer’ role and look at myself from the outside, there is absolutely nothing wrong with my body.:

  • It works well
  • It fits quite comfortably into all the clothes I own
  • I feel good most days – that’s my body I’m feeling good in right?
  • My husband often tells me I look great

So what’s the problem?

I fear the problem is this little thing called social conditioning.  I grew up in the era of the super-skinny super-model, the first fashion magazines aimed at teens, a burgeoning weight loss industry and the biggy, AEROBICS. Can we, teens of the eighties blame all of our body image issues on those nasty g-string leotards? Okay, probably not but they were pretty bad right?

I know most of my issues of body dissatisfaction come from my culture rather than my family because food and weight-loss were non-issues for my tall, slim parents.  My mother was never on a diet, we always ate hearty meals, had a block of Cadbury’s in the pantry for Friday nights and had takeaway fish and chips every now and then.  I’ve always looked after myself fairly well and the largest I’ve ever been is a size 12 (um, that’s about an 8 in the U.S.).

What I’m saying is, my body and I suspect your body, isn’t the issue, the problem is how we feel about them.

We’ve been brainwashed at an impressionable age to believe it’s normal to criticise ourselves and be unhappy about how we look. And it’s all a load of complete nonsense.

All I can recommend is, stop the negative self-talk by monitoring your silent and spoken language about your appearance and cut out the insults.  Also, notice how you silently judge others by their appearance and use emotions like envy or disgust to mentally place them in limiting boxes labelled by how they look.

It’s time for a clear out of how we view and rate our own appearance and the appearance of others. How amazing would it be if we were all free of the superficial labeling and assumptions we create about the way we each look?

Here are some truly wonderful benefits you can look forward to manifesting in your life when you make peace with your appearance…

  • You will fully EMBODY your essence, beauty and divinity and make a deeper connection to your inner wisdom.  Our bodies are an extension of our spirit and soul, not separate and not ‘less than’.
  • You will instinctively begin to look after your body better with the food and exercise it craves
  • You will feel more confident to be yourself, dress how you like to dress and relax into your own personal style
  • Your relationships will be richer and more loving because you won’t be holding anything against yourself or others for how you or they look
  • You will feel free to get on with all the creative and work projects you’ve been procrastinating over because you will be in a state of higher energy, love and respect for yourself.

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Told you it was worth reading right to the end.

If you’d like some personal help from me with any of this please feel free to read more here about how I work with people individually or phone me on 0418 698 305 for a chat.

Enjoy your day. Much love, Tricia

Promote Your Heart to CEO and Give Your Mind a Rest

Posted in Live From Intuition

I’ve got a pretty powerful mind. Heck, I spent years developing it and relying on it to guide me through life. For roughly the first 35 years of my life, my mind was in charge and my heart was relegated to the back seat.

I’d reached my mid-thirties – married, tick, children, tick, respectable profession, tick, mortgage in a nice suburb, tick. But ‘happy and fulfilled’ had gone missing from my life success checklist and I slowly began to realise, the path I was on wasn’t going to deliver the truly great life I was yearning for.

I’d been reading about this other way of life for oh about 15 years, but my clever mind still had me convinced I could think and problem solve my way through any challenge or dilemma.

But it wasn’t working, I’d become a victim to constant over-analysis, circular thinking and that head-achingly troublesome habit, worrying. And it wasn’t helping me move forward.

So what was ‘this other way of life’?

It involved learning to trust life despite the obstacles in plain view, the barriers created from the mind and the messages broadcasted from mainstream society.

It meant surrendering to the idea of there being a bigger picture in place for us all. That we are being looked after, guided and constantly and supported by a divine intelligence or power greater than ourselves.

And the big news flash I took quite some to accept:

Divine intelligence doesn’t connect with us through the mind, it communicates with us via the heart.

Now, I know many of you will want to conduct a thorough mental analysis of what ‘the heart’ actually means, so I’ll indulge you for a moment…

It’s that central place of peace within our being, somewhere physically between the heart and navel, a little back towards the spine. For me it feels like an open space in the region of my solar plexus and slightly up and back. Does that help at all?

This is where my intuitive or heart wisdom resides and it’s where I direct my awareness whenever
I find myself in over-thinking or worry mode. I also consciously take myself here when I’m working with clients, meditating, shopping, socialising, walking, doing yoga, cooking, eating… um pretty much all the time then.

Okay, so you get good at dwelling in the heart by meditating and getting comfortable with accessing this place of wisdom as much as possible in daily life. Check out my article, How To Access Your Intuition – Three Steps for help with this.

What I want to share with you here is how to tell the difference between the information that comes to you from the mind and that which is coming from your heart so you can begin living from this powerful place of discernment and deeper truth.

Here are some messages you will only receive from the mind, never the heart:

  • I must work harder
  • I’m not good enough
  • I hate that person
  • It’s all their fault
  • They are wrong and need to change
  • Life is hard/boring/unfair/lonely/scary

And so many more, but I think you get the gist. Our minds, slash egos are super skilled at running scare campaigns about how tough life is, how other people are to blame for our unhappiness and how much easier it would be maintain the status quo rather than push ourselves outside our comfort zone to improve our lives.

Now this doesn’t mean our hearts will always feed us strawberries and lollipops and it also doesn’t mean our minds don’t have an important role to play but be aware, your mind want you to stay the same, your heart wants you to grow.

The mind is great for organisation, planning, mathematics, keeping score, logical reasoning and scientific assessment and comparison.

However the mind should always play second fiddle because the heart is the master of everything else:

  • Accurate discernment and wise choices encompassing all available information
  • Creative and emotional expression
  • Our gut instinct to stay physically safe
  • Our ability connect with others authentically and feel love
  • The ability to take calculated risks and feel completely safe
  • Our connection to divinity, our unseen supporters and all other beings on our planet such as plants and animals and even rocks…

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Sound good? All I can tell you is that since my heart’s been running the show, things have improved significantly and I’ve seen it happen for others too.

It may feel like a big shift at the start but really, the mind never actually wanted to be in charge, we just pushed it there and downgraded the power of the heart. We are designed to function from our centre, not our head, so how about you give it a try?

For personal sessions with me, I invite you to check out your options here . Otherwise, enjoy your day.

Much love, Tricia

Unlock Your Creativity and Find Your Power

Posted in Live Your Passions

I’m not sure what’s happened to me these past few weeks but I think it may have started with getting a new camera for my birthday.  I love my new camera and the much funkier photos it can take compared to those from the compact digital model I’ve used for the past ten years.

I really love my new camera.

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Have I felt like writing a blog post?  No, not at all.  And this feels weird because I’ve written a post almost every week for four and a half years and then nothing. No inspiration?  Well, there were still ideas but they felt old, already covered, not exciting or worth writing.

Then a couple of weeks back I did a painting workshop…

My first ever painting.
My first ever painting.

And bOOm! Suddenly painting is my new passion and the camera’s been left sitting on the shelf.

I got it out today and gave it a pat though because I’m sure photography and painting will become great friends in my life before too long.

Now don’t go thinking this means my aim here is to become a professional artist or photographer, no, that’s not it.  I’m just loving exploring these crafts as mediums through which to experience my world (both inner and outer), and enjoying being immersed in the process of creation.

One of the amazing ways I connect with the women I coach in my individual sessions is to help them acknowledge their creative selves.

I’ve seen so many women instinctively respond with a shake of the head when I talk about creativity.  They tell me; “Me? No, I’m not very creative.”

And yet this is the sort of guidance I receive for so many of them…

Your unique creative energy is the source of your power to make your life better.

This is not about us all becoming professional artists, writers or healers (because healing is a creative art in my world too).

No, this is about each of us embracing the reality that when we are engaged in any creative activity and we open up to all the possibilities that moment of being ‘in the process’ can offer us, we tap into a wellspring of creativity around how we want our lives to feel and look in a more global sense.

I’m pretty sure a lot of my new creative confidence has sprung from the momentum I’ve created this year by running my weekly women’s dance class.  Spontaneous, free-flowing dance is wonderful for the body, mind and emotions.

Any type of creative expression opens our awareness to more of who we are and creates a deeper connection to what we are here to do, be and feel in our lives.

All you need to do is find a creative outlet that appeals to you.  Try something out, see if you like it.  I’ve been recommending those adult colouring-in books to clients for over a year now and suddenly they’re everywhere. Something like this is a great starting point….  You, a cup of tea, a clear table with plenty of light, a colouring page and some good quality coloured pencils. Voilá!  You’ll have made something pretty in no time at all.

Here’s some other ideas:

  • join a local choir
  • learn a musical instrument
  • start writing a daily journal
  • do a painting or drawing workshop
  • dance around your lounge room to loud music
  • take some private singing lessons
  • learn to sew,knit or crochet

Learning something new at any stage of life can be an uplifting and very enlightening experience.  You’ll learn a lot about yourself, how you feel in your creativity and chances are, if you’re learning in a group, you’ll find other like-minded souls to share the journey with.

Taking the first step can be as simple as asking the universe for guidance and then seeing what next pops into your awareness via an email, Facebook post, invitation from a friend or a notice board flyer. Say ‘yes’ and watch the magic happen.

For more help and some guidance on your unique gifts and talents, click here and contact me for a session booking.

Start Living Your Passions and Watch Freedom Blossom

Posted in Live Your Passions, and Uncategorized

How important is it for you to have a clear plan and sense of purpose each day?

Do you seek structure, routine and responsibility to help you to feel safe, supported and worthwhile?

Has it occurred to you though, that the very structures, rules and conventions of a ‘normal life’, might actually be holding you back from real achievement and fulfillment?

Let’s peel back a layer or two and have a close look at what we create in order to feel safe.

I used to think my value as a person was completely enveloped in what I did, created and achieved.  Who would I be if not for my qualifications, job title, relationship with another or earning capacity?

Who indeed?

My working life before I had children was a complex web of illusion and projection with regard to who I thought it made me.  And then becoming a mother I was gifted a new role I could cling to like a flimsy raft on the ocean of uncertainty that is real life.

But when we peel away all the roles and concepts of who we are that are bound up in serving others, keeping others happy or protecting our own fragile ego, who are we?

Scary isn’t it?

The older I get, the less I am distinctly this ‘me’ I once thought I was.  It’s at once a return to who we were as little children and also a complete release from all that we have evolved into from the moment we were conceived in flesh and blood.

It’s a coming home to the soul’s desires.

When we connect with simple pleasure to what we most love doing and we surrender to our own inner song and rhythm, we melt into this new type of existence that demands less of us and more of us at the same time.

The demands of maintaining false-feeling beliefs, protective facades and self-deluding roles are lessened.

The demands of being truthful, authentic, patient, generous and loving to ourselves and ALL others are increased.

So please…let me lay it on the table nice and simply.

Spend more time every day doing what you love and sooner or later, you will feel that ALL you are doing every day is what you love.

So hold on people, I’m not suggesting you quit your job, go on strike from household or family responsibilities or drop everything and disappear into the wilderness….

What I AM saying is that when you spend even 30 minutes each day engaged in something that is your passion and absolute pleasure to do, you make yourself happier and then all the other stuff that needs to be taken care of doesn’t seem like such a burden anymore.

This is where I began eight years ago and my evidence for how this simple-sounding act can change your life is the blessed life I have now where I get to choose my daily activities and spend more and more time doing what I love.

Having no set plans for a day ahead used to make me feel anxious and unimportant, now it feels like a precious gift of freedom and creative possibility.

My sweet husband bought me a fancy new camera for my birthday last week and yesterday, I followed my intuition and devoted an hour in the middle of the day to wandering around a local patch of forest looking for native orchids to photograph.  There weren’t many orchids out yet, but it felt really magical to just be on my own in the bush taking it all in and enjoying the silence of my mind.  This for me, is bliss.

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Donkey orchids

I realise that for some of you, even knowing what your passions are feels like a puzzle because you’ve been separated from that deeper experience of yourself for quite a while.  It’s okay, help is here:

Four Steps to Finding Your Passions

  1. Meditate each day to get in touch with your deeper self.
  2. Spend some time journaling or talking to someone close to you about what you loved doing as a child.
  3. Ask the universe for guidance and begin noticing what activities you feel most drawn to you that gradually begin presenting themselves via emails, suggestions from friends, invitations and community newspapers and notice boards.
  4. Try something new or pick up an old hobby but most of all be open to new experiences and approach them all with fun and lightness in your heart.

Alternatively, make a booking with me and I’ll provide you with my intuitive guidance to assist you in gaining true clarity about your natural gifts and talents.  Click here for more information...

Love whatever you are doing and it will love you back. Blessings, Tricia

How To Turn Trauma Into Triumph

Posted in Self-Care and Self-Healing

Have you ever realised that your most traumatic life experiences just might be the greatest gifts you’ve ever received?

How we feel about the ‘bad things’ that have happened in our lives has the power to make or break us in ways that are far reaching and sometimes life altering.

When we feel victimised by what life has handed us, we relinquish our power to fully recover and see the gifts in the event.  When we can eventually come to terms with what’s happened and even manage to feel grateful for it, we increase our capacity to bounce back from future crises as well as life’s daily hassles.

Trauma and crisis make us humble, compassionate, grateful and resilient.

The birth of my son more than 13 years ago would rank right up there as one of the most traumatic experiences of my life and yet, it was clearly one of my most treasured gifts because once it was all over…he was alive and healthy, I was alive and fairly healthy considering what I’d endured, and most importantly, I’d become a mother.

Not only that, I’d been humbled and brought into a truer alignment with my soul’s path. Experiencing that very difficult birth allowed me to disassemble much of what I’d previously thought about who I was and how my life was supposed to be and then bit by bit, to create a more authentic and richer version of myself.

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And you know, even though I’ve gotten over the grief, regret and strong sense of failure I felt for a few years (yes years), after the event, this strong memory still has the power to get me fired up.

What makes me cross is that as a society we persist in the belief that all trauma is bad, to be regretted and that if crappy things have happened in a person’s life it somehow means they are faulty or deficient.

One of my very wise and resilient clients who has experienced a difficult marriage separation in the last year says to herself and her children:

“This is just something that’s happening to you it’s not who YOU are.”

I love this because it’s so true and so simple to understand.

We don’t need to identify with or be fully defined by the challenging episodes in our lives. And until we’re ready to see and feel the blessing in what’s occurred, it’s perfectly acceptable and even desirable to express how we feel with honesty and courage.

So here’s what I’d recommend for turning your perspective of loss, failure or resentment over what’s happened into feelings of inner strength, optimism and gratitude:

Step one: Honour the emotions that are there and feel them. Try not to attach any judgments to the feelings as classifying emotions as negative or positive is actually pretty flawed and unhelpful.

We feel what we feel, that’s all.  None of it is wrong or bad.

Step two: Talk, write, sing, dance, cry, draw and paint about how you feel until a feeling of peace and acceptance washes over you and the feelings soften a little (even if only temporarily).

Step three: Look for just one blessing in the event and write it down or tell someone about it.

Step four: Take yourself into a meditative state – just sit down, close your eyes and bring your attention to within the centre of your being – and see yourself being an objective observer of what has happened.  Then try seeing all of the other players in the event and how each of them has had their own experience and received their own gifts.

Ask within yourself to be shown the deeper significance of this experience and hold an intention of wonder and curiosity about what you might discover.

We’re not here to avoid trauma and crisis at any cost because to be quite honest, we can’t. Plus, there is a greater mystery in motion that is completely out of our control. And when we realise that our challenges and crises make us rather than break us, may we bless them all and revel in their divine beauty.

For some personal attention with coming to terms with a difficult time in your life, contact me for a chat and book an in-person, telephone or Skype session with me sometime.  Read more here about how I work…

Blessings abound, Tricia

How To Access Your Intuition – Three Steps

Posted in Live From Intuition

Wouldn’t it be cool to know and I mean know with strong certainty, precisely what your body needs in any given moment?

What to eat and drink.

Whether to be active or take some rest.

What vitamin or mineral supplement to buy, how much to take and how often.

I can access this information daily and I use it with pleasure to optimise my health and well-being.

I respond without question to sometimes unusual urges like; having some peanut butter on celery, drinking a cup of licorice, fennel and peppermint tea or dropping my long-held habit of eating as soon as I wake and drinking a green tea or water with lemon instead.

And yes, I still eat cake, chocolate and drink a glass of wine now and again. These indulgences are actually good for us in small doses.

So how do I know what my body needs to keep it functioning well?

It’s a skill we all naturally posses, it’s just that sometimes we get confused and fail to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy cravings and between unconscious habit and conscious choice. Here’s what I’d recommend:

Three Steps to Access Your Intuition

Step One – Meditate

Learn how to be still and go within because this is where you will access your quiet inner voice and become familiar with the language it uses.

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I know it’s hard to create a meditation practice, heck, it took me ten years to begin mine.

All I can say is, it’s not that hard once you realise that this one action will transform your life in many ways. Do it first thing in the morning for just ten minutes to start with. Set the intention to simply sit still and pay attention to your breath and the sounds you can hear around you.

Like any other activity worth learning, practice might not make perfect, but it will make you better.  In just one week of daily meditation you’ll notice some amazing improvements in your focus and motivation.

Step Two – Determine your personal intuitive signals

We each have our own personal intuitive style.  My mode of guidance is physical sensation and what I call a ‘knowing’.  I just suddenly know what I need and then I check in with my body to confirm the hunch.

The way I check in is to ask a clear and direct question like; “Would green tea be beneficial now?” I then wait for a buzz of energy to rise upwards in the region between my navel and heart.  If the answer is ‘yes’, the energy vibrates upwards and if the answer is ‘no’ I feel energy draining away or simply an absence of any sensation.

You might hear or see a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in your mind or heart, see an image of the optimal choice in your mind’s eye or receive any number of stimuli particular to your own signature style.

After a while, your daily meditation will enable you to instantly go within and access your inner voice whether you’re standing before an open fridge in your kitchen or perusing the shelves in your local supermarket.

I now walk through the aisles of my local store, tuning into the produce and gauging whether it’s good to buy or not.  Those perfect looking strawberries often get a ‘no’ from my intuition, and I select the perfect butternut pumpkin simply by asking my guidance to locate it among the other identical looking specimens.  It works!

Step Three – Practice, practice, practice and TRUST

My intuitive abilities are now in their ninth year of development and I wouldn’t have the level of confidence I now have in them if not for all those years of practice and a devotion to building my own trust in their accuracy.

It all began for me as a student of kinesiology in 2007 when I learned how to muscle test myself and others to gain information about muscle and meridian function, emotional states and nutritional requirements. It only took me a couple of years of practicing kinesiology with people to realise there was another layer of innate wisdom bubbling just beneath the surface and ironically enough, being masked by my reliance on muscle testing.

Once I accessed my own unique intuitive style and then spent five or six years honing it and learning to trust in it, my life improved in so many ways and began to flow with so much more grace and ease.

It needn’t take you this long to develop your intuition.

Allow me to assist you in just three sessions to connect with your own intuitive wisdom and begin using it on a daily basis.  Read more about my session work here and telephone me for a free 30 minute pre-session chat.

Much love, Tricia