Inspiration to help you find your own way
Inspiration to help you find your own way
I love the ceremony and rituals of Thanksgiving Day!
Of all the profound gestures of the human heart, thanksgiving is the most communal and the most basic. Its presence creates a universal bond that transcends differences throughout the world.
The roots of thanksgiving and gratitude stem from the human universal need to express gratitude through prayer, gift-giving and celebrations practiced throughout the world.
I am very grateful for my chance to be in service to you. To assist in helping you to find the path to your best self! My heart is full, and I am honored to witness so many of you opening, unfolding and returning to your original beauty and Soul's purpose!
As most of you know I LOVE to live life in celebration, ceremony and practice of rituals. Below is a Thanksgiving Ritual for Any Day of the Year.
Spiritual Practice by Gabriel Horn
Let us become aware of the beauty in our lives,
of the gifts we have been given,
of the time we have had together.
If we reflect on our struggles
and how they enabled us to grow,
if we close our eyes and see the blessings
of this world and this life,
if we feel a sense of gratitude,
we become aware of the beauty.
Whenever a ceremony begins, when the hearts of the people join in solemn and sacred prayer, or a council convenes to deliberate and decide on issues of the people, all those who assemble begin by expressing gratitude.
The etiquette of such occasions when individuals gather together involves a formal acknowledgment of the presence of all who have come, and a moment to remember our ancestors and relatives who have departed this existence in physical form but who remain with us in memory and in the spirit of All That Is.
An opening ritual echoes the collective voice of generations when we express our heartfelt gratitude to the Earth, our Mother, who sustains us and gives us the home where we dwell and experience the journey of our lives.
We acknowledge this wonderful gift of love by saying,
To the oceans and bays, to the currents and streams,
to the quiet pools and lakes,
To the fish, big and small,
who have given of themselves that others may live,
To the whales, our cetacean relatives,
for their wisdom and the lessons of family
they have taught us, for the gift of life they have given us,
and to their cousins and our relatives, the dolphins,
for the joy they have brought us,
and the sense of Purpose they have shown us.
To the Corn Mother and the yellow maize,
to the fruits and the berries,
to the medicinal plants and trees,
to the forests and the Standing Nations
for the shelter they provide and the air we breathe.
To the animals, great and small,
who have served for food
and given unselfishly of themselves
that we may live, and who have shared
with us their power and their wisdom.
To the birds, great and small,
whose feathers adorn us
and serve as intercessors of our prayers,
lifting our words to the heavens,
to the eagle whose bold flight inspires.
To the tiny insects who help keep the balance,
To our Father, the Sky,
who protects us and our Mother Earth,
To our elder relative, the mighty Sun,
who sustains us with light and warmth,
To the sacred Moon,
who influences the movement of the waters,
and the cycles of women and men and harvest.
To the great winds that sweep away
the illusions of our world
and of our self-importance,
and to the gentle breezes that caress our senses.
To the Thunder Beings,
To our relatives and messengers
who dwell among the Stars,
And to the Great Holy Mystery
who exists within all things
and is the life in all things,
whose abundance provides all that is useful
and who is forever the source and ruler
of health and life . . .
- Gabriel Horn in The Book of Ceremonies
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How's your experiences in life going?
Are you deeply satisfied in all areas of your life?
Are you ready for change?
Believe it or not it all starts with your personal story and your descriptive labels of who you are - what you believe about yourself and what's possible for you. What was the last story you told someone about your life? How much fun you are having? How much energy you are have? How focused and clear you feel? How abundant your universe is, and resources abound?
Or was it about how frustrated you are with your spouse or child? Or how disappointed you are that summer is gone and the days are getting shorter? Or was it about an ongoing health concern that leaves you feeling fatigued? Or about an ongoing lack of funds? Or how expensive gas is? The flexibility of the utility company?
The stories we tell not just reveal what's going on in our lives but also our perceptions of life and whats possible. Our perceptions govern our core beliefs, that dictates how our future will unfold. Just listen to your self-talk, how you talk about yourself to others and you'll know all there is to know about your future.
We tell our stories casually chatting with others over dinner, on walks and hikes, car rides, our children's sports events, with familiar strangers riding public transportation and conversing with our hair stylist, manicurist or shoe shiner. These moments reveal our core beliefs about life. Is the world safe or not safe? Is the world of abundance or poverty? In the world ~ Are you worthy or not worthy? Are you of value or not of Value? It is not so much what has happened or not happened that is important - it is more our perceptions of what has happened or not happened that is of value. Our perceptions reveal our core beliefs and fuel our stories.
I recall in my 40's, I had made a conscious choice to increase my energies participation in my life's creation of abundance and well-being. I shared with a friend my intention to experience this change and how there seemed to be a delay or road block that I was unable to identify. He was quick to share his belief that I was a minimalist and that I was intending a contrasting event to that belief. I was stunned. I asked him how he formed his opinion of me and he said "you" told me that yourself a few years back and were quite comfortable and justified in your position and its value in the world.
I realized in that moment my being a minimalist was exactly how my life was vibrating. Not that I feel that it is a bad choice and for a long time that belief and its experience of my life served me and my perceptions of the world.
Once I had awareness of the active belief unfolding my future and that it contrasted with my current desire at that time of being a maximalist, - (maximizing all physical and non-physical resources generously in ALL areas of my life) I could start telling my positive, prosperous new story. With this awareness came responsibility to align myself with a new belief, story line, descriptive labels that would result in the deep and satisfying change I was desiring.
Believe it not it starts with your personal story and your descriptive labels of who you are - what you believe about yourself. Tell a new story first - or at least STOP telling the old one and new possibilities will open for you and your life.
->Then you are ready for a reading and / or coaching session(s)!
Check out this inspiring Ted Talk
Change Your Story, Change Your Life | Jenna Arak | TEDxPasadenaWomen
When I stand in reprimand of anything and assume myself to be in truth, that is self-deceit.
Me experiences have taught me we are energetic beings living in a energetic universe. All of life has come from One Source /Love. By nature Love is inclusive of all life experience. Our individual/ collective mind believes in separation and dualistic perspectives of right and wrong, good and evil and all the positions in this stance, creating more of the right and wrong as if that is truth.
Truth is always, in all ways, changing for the "awakening individuals releasing conditions" and returning to their original Beauty/ Source from which they have come.
When one person holds any other person outside of love intentionally for any reason, that person stops themselves from acting as love in that moment. And that is tethering them to that person in a binding situation that does not relinquish until the "release of emotion facilitates an essential shift in perspective and spiral up in creation" is allowed to happen within the individual(s).
So when you stand in reprimand of another, you harm the self and deepen division separating yourself further from the Source from which you came.
Choosing the natural path of Intuition, Collaboration, Cooperation, Courageous Communication and Inclusion is the path of inner wisdom and collective solution.
Find the path to your best self.
Open the flood gates and let them flow!
When we experience things that trigger our stuff we often want to tell the story, create a mob scene around the injustice of it all. Get really pissed off and feel justified in tripping a few triggers of own.
It may be doing that makes you feel good for the moment and may leave you with an emotional hangover. But it won’t bring the long-term relief you most likely desire which is to not get tripped to begin with.
Or sometimes we just – feel a certain way and don’t know why and look for reasons in a story of why.
It’s in the telling of the story that fuels the trigger and keeps you in the loop of mental, emotional craziness and reactivity. You can stop the cycle by dropping the story, stop telling the story.
It’s not the story that matters so much as the feelings that arise within you from recalling and telling the story.
When we can drop into the raw emotion, beneath the story and thought feelings, we can release stored(story) and emotion(energy) in our mental emotional bodies causing us to be stuck.
Allowing all raw emotions to flow freely is a gift of Emotional Freedom and it can feel really good!
Find the path to your best self.
Laugh and play, don't take yourself so seriously!
The quality of humor is one of my greatest doorways to Self- Love and a powerful tool for me in creating deep and satisfying change.
There are many ways you can Love yourself, and everything that happens to you is an opportunity to have a loving experience. Seen in the right perspective, anything can provide you with an occasion to Love yourself. When things seem to be going against you, they are only happening to show you blocks to your usable power.
Loving you means accepting yourself right now! Laugh and play, don't take yourself so seriously! It is not the end of the world if some things do not go the way you wish. The quality of humor is perhaps one of the greatest doorways to Self- Love and tweaking your perspective. Our ability to laugh, to smile at others, and to put our challenges into perspective is an evolved skill.
Those who come from a high level of Self Love are often humorous, have great wit, and Love to bring out the childlike playfulness in others. They are willing to be spontaneous, often find reasons to smile and can make others feel at ease and to be happy themselves.
In addition, learning to use humor to manage resistance and tension in all areas of life can result in greater overall well-being. As we shift our perspectives and soften with laughter we relax and open, allowing our well-being to creatively flow into whatever area is pinched off by tension and not receiving inspiration from our spirit.
Laughter stimulates physical healing; enhances our creativity; is rejuvenating and regenerating; is sensual; is uplifting for relationships; opens the heart.
Laughter is one of the easiest ways to free yourself from the mind's constant thought process and find inner peace. The next time you find yourself taking things to seriously try practicing intentional laughter.
Intentional Laughter play exercises
Get into a comfortable position and relax. Think of something funny. Draw from your experiences, a funny scene in a movie you love or something someone said that made you laugh. Allow yourself to laugh aloud, just start laughing. Roll with it and allow, notice how you feel.
If you do not have something to draw from to get the laugh rolling you may have to force it a little, saying 'Ha, Ha, Ha,' or 'Ho, Ho, Ho' to get the laughter energy moving. Soon, a spontaneous laughter will arise at the sound of your attempts at laughing. Try it for five minutes. Just laugh for no reason at all. Laugh for the sake of laughing.
Try it again for five minutes when you go to bed, just before you go to sleep. Try it in the shower or while driving your car in traffic. Ha, Ha, Ha. Even to say those words aloud will start a transformation in your energy, in your mood.
At the beginning, it will take some effort; after a little while, it will start to happen naturally. Your body will get used to it, and will start to expect it. Simply relax into the enjoyment and allow change!
->Then you are ready for a reading and / or coaching session!
In Love and Laughter,
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.