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If I Weren’t Afraid I Would…

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A rainbow after the storm in Dunsborough June 2012

Like my rainbow? I love how it looks like the rainbow is supporting the grey cloud and the blue sky is protected underneath. Here’s another…

Beautiful rainbow colours

Well, the second half of the year has begun,  and don’t underestimate the power of June becoming July to jump-start your goals for the remainder of 2012.

With the solstices (winter down here in the southern hemisphere and summer up there where the majority of humans dwell), occurring the week before last, comes a New Year feeling in terms of the energetic influence they bring.

Here in Australia we are welcoming the gradual lengthening of our daylight hours and the accompanying increases in energy, motivation and productivity, in place until our summer solstice in December.  Hey, I need some of this because June turned out to be just as slow and unproductive for me as May was.

Although I know we need that time of turning inward, rest, reflection, processing and planning, I just don’t enjoy it.

So with that early winter shedding of the old and outdated, over and done with, I’m feeling ready to move forward and create!

This is a wonderful time of the year to begin new projects, revive old ones that need joojshing and move ahead with your life in general.

I recently confessed to a friend that what I really want to do now is create a dance class for women in my local community.  Wow!  That was easier than I thought.

I’ve had the dream of dancing with other women in a style of my own creation to healing music, for a couple of years.  Sharing it with my dear friend felt a little scary, but with her loving encouragement plus allowing myself to sit with it for a week, it feels completely natural to be writing about it here now.

It’s reminded me of an exercise the amazing Sonia Choquette gets people to take themselves through when they are in need of remembering what they love the most in life and what they would like to do with their lives.

She says, “Ask yourself this question: If I weren’t afraid I would….? and fill in the blank”

Sonia recommends doing this over and over again to see what comes up into your mind most strongly and most often.

For me, the answer most consistently and actually quite patiently as been “dance”.

So, it feels as though the time is right for me to move forward with this dream and make it happen.  I’m very nervous and unsure about how it will unfold, but I’m feeling ready to explore, trust and open up to whatever comes.

Perhaps you are ready to pose this question to yourself?

Enjoy the lengthening days!

Love and laughter,

Tricia

The 2012 Annular Eclipse

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Annular solar eclipse over Qingdao, China.source: news.national geographic.com

Just a quick one.

A powerful solar eclipse is occurring in just under 24 hours.  This one will only be visible in the Northern Hemisphere but its effects will be felt the world over.

I’ve already been feeling a buzzing sensation in my body for a few days and the occasional little jolt of energy in my arms, legs or abdomen while I am resting or meditating. I’ve also been feeling in turns; tense, elated, apprehensive, excited, energised and weary in quick succession.

To read about the cosmic and spiritual meaning of this eclipse, click here to read an article in The Rainbow Scribe .  Recommended by the lovely Christine Kloser.

The eclipse will be happening for us Western Australians in the early hours of tomorrow morning, Monday the 21st May.  It will be at it’s maximum eclipse at 7.54 am in Perth. That’s 9.54 am for you Eastern States dwellers.

source: NASA

To make the most of the energetic and spiritual expansion offered by this event, I recommend between now and when you go to sleep tonight, make time to acknowledge any old, outmoded beliefs and attitudes you would like to release. Then claim for yourself from this night forward, all the new ways you would love to live and BE yourself in your life into the future. Write it all down for extra effect.

This is a wonderful opportunity to consciously open up to some big transformational energies sweeping our planet in the next day or so.

Smile, breathe and dwell in your heart.

Love to you all,

Tricia

Letting Go to Create Anew

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The Australian Bush Flower Essence’s Bottlebrush Essence helps us to cope calmly with change

What’s becoming really clear to me at the moment is that a really big part of moving forward as a human being is letting go. A couple of weeks ago I went to an early morning (well, not that early, 7.15) yoga class, leaving the man to get the kids ready for school and deliver them with all the important stuff in their bags like hats, water bottles and library books.

Now it’s not as though he hasn’t been around to help with the morning routine for a couple of months.  It’s just that I am usually the one in charge and the last defence when it comes to checking that everything is sorted.

Just before I cycled off to yoga I couldn’t help myself making some little preparations. I got the lunch boxes out and carefully placed April’s reading book next to her diary on the table, making sure there was a pencil there ready for her to write with.  I then crept into the bedroom where Dad was still dozing and casually mentioned what needed to be done with the diary, being careful to seem relaxed lest he detect any unease about leaving him in charge.

I loved my yoga class and having a break from the school morning palaver was sheer bliss!  What really surprised me was the low level anxiety mixed in with a little bit of loss I felt about not being at home to make sure everything was done right.

My conscious self is ready to share the parenting more evenly with my partner but ten years of doing a lot of this day to day care of kids and home on my own has clearly had a deep affect on my psyche.  It feels like I need to nurture myself through letting go of this strong role I have created for myself so I can become more balanced and more able to enjoy other aspects of my life.

My husband is going through his own process of letting go of his role of being the sole provider of the family income and adjusting to being more present in the domestic sphere.  It all feels right and better for us as a family but we are certainly going through an adjustment phase as we find our feet in our new life.

Going to my second morning yoga class the following week was easier and who knows, one day I might even walk out the door without so much as a thought about where my daughter’s homework folder is.

It’s funny how it’s not until we make some changes in our lives that we realise how attached we are to our roles and habits.  For me it all comes back to the idea that we are whole and perfect regardless of what we “do” in the world.

I’ve said it before and I offer you this chance to do it again with me.

Sit down right now and take a couple of deep breaths letting the exhalations out with a little sigh.  Say lovingly to yourself, (out loud if you like):

“I AM”

Focus on your heart space.

“I AM”

This brings a smile to my lips and a feeling of peace to my heart.

How about you?

All is well.

Namaste ( I like the interpretation “The light in me sees the light in you”)

Tricia

A New Life Slowly Unfurls

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Good morning from the golf course. See if you can spot the boy (Harry) in the shot above.  This is my favourite tree.  We can see it from our house and all the local birds fight for resting spots in it. Just looking at it brings me peace.

I am realising more than ever (now we are living with nature all around us), just how important trees, flowers, rocks, plants and the bare earth are to our basic well-being.

One morning this week I went for a walk through the bush to a little hidden bay I recently found. It was a bit cool and windy so I found a rock to sit on in a sheltered spot and let the morning sun warm me as I meditated. I sat and listened to the waves rolling onto the beach, the wind moving through the trees and softly swirling around me. I felt myself sinking and settling down onto the rock and into my deeper self.

To stop and just BE.

I am finding that the more I do this, the more I feel like ME.

Meeting the new clients who are coming to see me in Dunsborough has challenged me to remain centred in how I work, and to realise that I now have no choice but to be completely myself in my efforts to be of service and in the whole of this new life we are creating.

Something I have noticed in myself and in many of the women who come to see me is that much of our unhappiness, struggle and ill health comes from a fear of being ourselves.Of course, for many of us the first step is to discover who we really are and then embrace her, celebrate her, love her.

Take a look at this blog, My Smiling Heart for a beautiful illustration of one talented young woman’s journey.

I’m feeling energised and calm.  I’m ready to make some other small changes in our lives such as taking my son and I off dairy foods, (the other two in the family can tolerate milk better).  I made my first batch of almond milk yesterday.  It’s great on my muesli but as I sit here with my Yallingup Wood Fired Bread fruit toast and a cup of tea, having it in my morning cuppa might take some getting used to.; )

Let me know if you would like a recipe and I’ll email it.

A lovely weekend to all,

Tricia x

Are We Having Fun Yet?

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Pink and Grey Galahs enjoying our little bird bath

Wo! I feel like I’m slowly stepping out of a thick fog.  We have been in our new home for 14 days and I’m only just beginning to realise what we have just done.

We are all happy to be here in the pretty south west but golly, we’ve all been through a pretty huge change.  I know I tend to over-dramatise and over-analyse anything of an emotional nature but honestly, for our little change-shy family this has been full-on.

As usual I have been taking everything way too seriously and putting a lot of pressure on myself to get everything in the house fully sorted out asap.  Well, no more.  This morning I have woken up with a new resolution; slow down and be kinder to myself (and everyone else).

I guess I already knew this but our move to Dunsborough has reconfirmed it for me.  No matter what sort of big changes we make in our lives, at the end of the day, there we still are.  We are still ourselves in all our dysfunctional glory.  In fact, take us out of our comfort zone and all our unhelpful habits of mind and self-destructive tendencies really come to the fore.

I suppose it all boils down to this much repeated yet hard to absorb universal truth; happiness comes from within.  When we are in love with life, ourselves and Spirit, we have the capacity to be happy no matter what is going on in our lives.

It’s all about noticing the joy and wonder in every moment and feeling truly grateful for our lives.

Now that I am slowly emerging from my over-crowded and demanding mind and feeling back into my heart, I am feeling more at peace with where we are and the reality that it will take a few more weeks, maybe months before we feel totally settled in this new life.

The kids’ first day at school

For the moment we are enjoying the beaches, the kids are at school, the phone and the internet are working and we are all together.  We have a lovely view of trees across the golf course which is our backyard and Harry has already amassed a substantial ‘lost golf ball’ collection ready to sell to the pro-shop.

All is well! I just need to remember to breathe…

Looking forward to getting back into a blogging groove.

Love and peace,

Tricia

Our Last Week in Freo

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Smith’s Beach, Yallingup here we come!

Well we are on the home straight now, just five days until we move to the country.  Life has been much more hectic than my usual simple and slow pace.  Lists are being written and are growing daily.  I seem to be adding more to my lists than I am ticking tasks off them.  The days are disappearing so fast and it feels like there is still so much to do.

A lot of my usual self-care rituals have gone out the window.  I’ve done no yoga or regular meditation for weeks now.  The two things I have managed to hold onto (because they only take a few minutes each) is listening to Jennifer McLean’s Soul Song for 2012 and doing a Diamond Alignment process each day.  It’s all about intention.  I know I’m under a lot of pressure at the moment and I want to look after myself while being realistic with what I can reasonably do.

Amid all the chaos and “to-do” lists, I’ve found myself being acutely aware of moments and feeling them very intensely.  At the beach with my children the other day I watched a very pregnant young woman come out of the water looking glorious in her bikini, her vast tummy igniting a renewed wonder and admiration in me for the female body.  I felt tears spring to my eyes as I visualised the new little being curled upside down in his mother’s belly.  So amazing and yet so mundane to many of us.

In another moment of sharp focus yesterday I stood dripping wet in my bathers at Adventure World (a big water-slide park in Perth) looking around at all the wet, mainly bare bodies around me and felt a surge of affection for humanity.  All the different shapes and sizes, babies through to grandparents.  We were all having fun with our families and also as part of a community of people in holiday-mode and free of the trappings of our daily lives.  Put a couple of thousand people together on water slides, in pools and under massive drenchings from a gigantic bucket suspended high in the air and maybe I’m being idealistic, but it felt to me like we were all connected and existing in harmony in those few short hours.

Anyway, it was a lovely break from the house moving tasks.  I’m seeing my last clients before we move this morning and my kids have two more days of vacation swimming lessons.  So much to do and though I know we’ll get it all done, it all feels a little overwhelming.  Next time I blog it will be from our new home in Dunsborough.  Goodbye Fremantle!

Love to you all,

Tricia

Flowing and Falling Down

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A Beautiful Red Lily

Hey, do you like my new page?  I thought I would finish my first year of blogging with a new look.

Yay! We sold our home last weekend.  It feels like we have stepped into the flow and everything is coming together.  Although, I am feeling a little frazzled, as my children have been rather accident prone this week, the worst of their tumbles resulting in a beauty of a black eye for Harry.

Since selling the house, our big move is feeling that much more real and in my understanding of things,  children find it hard to process this kind of big life change on the mental level.  For them it’s all emotional and physical.  For my kids, this has meant more incidents which enable these strong feelings to come to the surface and attract lots more love and attention from Mum and Dad.

We attract what we need most and what we are feeling at all times.  This is the truth and yet I still experience that normal mum reaction of mild panic mixed with fear over my children’s welfare each time a new cry goes ringing through the neighbourhood.

Throughout the last few months I have been taking flower essences every day and giving them to the family as well.  I forget to mention them in each blog as they have become as natural a part of my day as getting a drink of water when I am thirsty.

For me, Bush Iris Essence has been really important to help me refine and develop more trust in my intuition.  The Emergency Essence has been used by us all on almost a daily basis and of course the wonderful Red Lily Essence has been a frequently used remedy for my feelings of being too much up in my head and all floaty.  Click on any of the essences mentioned to take a look at the brand new Australian Bush Flower Essence website and read more.

Now that we’ve sold the house we’ll be enjoying a relaxed Christmas weekend (hopefully without any further injuries) and dreaming about our new life in the country.  Oh yeah, I guess all the boxes scattered around the house will need to be made up and filled at some stage too.  That can all wait a few days though.

Blessings of peace and gratitude to you all,

Tricia

Taking Flight Into The Unknown

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April with her class in the final week of school for 2011

Blogging on a Friday evening.  Life is good.  House is still for sale.  Husband is jobless in four weeks.  We have no home to move to yet, and I have no idea how many new clients I will attract so I can help with the family income.  And yet, I feel calm, optimistic and most of all, free.

My body and mind tension of two weeks ago seems to have simply dissolved.  A recent session with my energy worker certainly helped, and my return to daily meditation might have made a difference too. It also feels like I have simply grown accustomed to all the uncertainty and it no longer bothers me.  It’s a bit like getting used to a new haircut or new workplace.  At first it feels all wrong and unfamiliar and then you adjust.

What has certainly happened is that not knowing what January will bring has brought me into each moment much more fully than ever before.

I have noticed myself looking with loving appreciation at my children, husband, family and friends more than I used to.  I am more patient (mostly), compassionate and grateful for all that I have in my life.

Last week, my friend Emily gave me the very special gift of a silver bangle with the words “La Vita E Un Dono” engraved on it.  This is Italian for “Life is a Gift”.  Emily’s precious little boy Elliot passed away in February from cancer and this phrase has become one of her family’s messages to the world. I’ve been amazed at how wearing this beautiful message on my body actually impacts on my mood and outlook on life.  Since having it I have felt a strong shift in my capacity to maintain an attitude of gratitude even in moments of strain and upset.

Speaking of strain and upset, today I took my kids on a bike ride down the coast from where we live in Fremantle to a nearby beach.  It turned out to be a longer and more convoluted ride than first anticipated, and seven year-old April had a tough time coping with the realisation that Mum didn’t exactly know where she was going.  We could see the ocean the whole way so we weren’t ever lost, we just had to negotiate a new housing development with a few fenced off streets and dead-end pathways.

We got there safely in the end and I pondered as we neared our destination, how this little biking adventure was a metaphor for our lives at the moment.  As a family we are embarking on a new chapter and yes, the adults in the family do not actually know how it’s all going to pan out. I felt a deeper empathy and tenderness for our children because unlike my husband and me, they have absolutely no control over what we are doing, they are bound by their dependence on us to be passengers not drivers.

And yet what are any of us?  Are any of us truly in control.  Are any of us the ultimate drivers in our own life’s journey?

I think this concept of control is actually an illusion.  When life is taking what we perceive to be a predictable route we think we are controlling it, but are we really?  It is only through consciously letting go of the need to control our lives do we allow ourselves to entertain this possibility.

I believe we co-create our lives with Spirit, or God if you like.  And the more we are able to surrender to God’s vision for the most magnificent version of who we are here to be, the more interesting and rewarding life becomes.

Just a little thought to ponder on a Friday night.

Lovely weekend to you all,

Tricia

Love That Number One Energy!

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image courtesy of Goddess Alliance Australia Facebook page

I’ve been a little preoccupied lately.  That’s why it’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post.

I have begun the process of submitting my book manuscript (parts of it) to publishers and it is taking up a surprisingly large amount of time.  No luck so far but I’m only onto my second publisher and stories abound of how best-selling authors often approached fifty or sixty publishers before getting the go ahead.

What I am discovering about myself as a result of this interesting process is that I am really quite lazy.  I loved writing the book and do feel as though it was written for a greater reason than just for my benefit.  However, when it comes to trying to locate information about sales figures for the books I have identified as being similar to my own in order to satisfy the requirements of my latest submission, I am sadly lacking enthusiasm.  I’ve spent a couple of hours attempting to find out this info.  I’m a pretty creative researcher.  And yet publishers and authors seem generally to be a bit cagey about publicising this sort of data about their books.

Ah well, it’s all good stuff.

This “businessy” part of getting my book published takes me right out of my comfort zone.  I am a very reluctant self-promoter and would really just like someone to discover me and send me on my way into “Best-Selling Author Land”. Wouldn’t every writer?

It’s times like these that I get back to basics and tackle the jobs I am scared of, one step at a time.  Also, when I am getting frustrated and fed up I stop work and have a break doing something relaxing like phoning a girlfriend for a chat, meditating or playing some music and having a little dance.  Like anyone, there is only so much I can get done each day and I am learning to slow down (yes, still learning this) and be satisfied with what I have achieved.

Coming up later this week is a very special day.  On Friday the date will be 11/11/11. The number one holds the energies of creativity, new beginnings and self-expression.  So perhaps you can imagine what sort of support we will receive when there is six of them in a row! Spiritual teachers from around the world are holding meditations and prayer circles on this day to enhance the super-strong injection of these energies available to all on Earth on this day.  One of them is Patricia Cota-Robles – click to get more info.

If you are able to hold a space for yourself on Friday (especially at 11.00am), to stop and be aware of this influx of creative, rejuvenating energy, that would be a lovely gift to yourself. Just sit quietly and still your mind.  A lovely mantra that I have been using recently and which you might like to say in your mind is, “So Hum”.  It is Sanskrit for “I Am That”.  You can say “So” as you breathe in and “Hum” as you breathe out.  I find it very soothing and a lovely way to keep one’s focus.  Even doing this for a couple of minutes is worthwhile.

I just noticed that Friday is the full moon too!  BIG energies coming our way. A great time to be making life-changing decisions or plans.

Open up to the magnificence of universal love and support for your dreams!

Love and light,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am….?”

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The Bush Iris Essence Deepens One's Spirituality and Inner Knowing

What defines you?

Is it a role you play at home or at work? Is it a story from your past? Is it your cultural background or your age? Your health?

Do you let other people define you?

I guess most of the time we don’t really think all that deeply about this question but I reckon it’s pretty important.

Try this exercise:  Grab a piece of paper right now and write down “I am… ”  and then really quickly jot down whatever comes to mind to describe who you are right now.

Now take that piece of paper, screw it up and throw it away.  How does that feel?

Now take a moment to sit quietly.  Close your eyes and place your hand on your heart.  Take in a couple of deep breaths, focusing on breathing out fully and say softly to yourself, “I Am”.  That’s all, just  “I Am”.

See how that feels.

What you have done in this peaceful moment is to acknowledge your “I Am” presence. In other words, the inner truth, wisdom and the purest essence of you.

When we make regular contact with this part of ourselves we no longer place so much emphasis on defining ourselves by what we are doing in the world or how others perceive us.  We become much more aware of how we are being in the world and how we are treating others.

Once we become friends with this sacred aspect of ourselves and then find ourselves judging another, worrying over something or imagining the worst outcome in a situation, we can shift our attention to our heart. In all of these moments we are allowing our over-active minds to run the show. When we bring attention to our heart space and say these two simple words, “I Am”, all the mind chatter fades into the background and in my experience, is replaced by the message that “All is well”.

Our I Am presence also gifts us with the opportunity to get to know ourselves better and can help to guide us towards defining and then living our life purpose more fully.

Spend some time with your “I Am” presence each day and enjoy the peace it brings.

Happy new moon for Thursday night.  New moon, new beginnings.

Love and tranquility,

Tricia