A fearless manifesto: why sacred action is the best antidote to fear and powerlessness

A fearless manifesto: why sacred action is the best antidote to fear and powerlessness

I talk a lot about fear in my posts, and that's because it really kicks my butt at times as it probably does yours! From the fear I sometimes have as a parent on behalf of my kids, to the fear I energetically absorb from other people, the news and social media every day, to the fear I have about the direction we are headed in collectively... there is no shortage of fear to make us feel like we have very little control in our lives, or over the bigger picture.

The thing about fear is more often than not it has the effect of making us contract and shut out connection, tolerance, sensitivity to others, and seeing things with perspective and love. Because holding too much fear puts us into a state of high stress, anxiety and overwhelm and we can't access our higher capacities from there.

Break free of the fear and take inspired action!

Break free of the fear and take inspired action!

Do you sometimes worry that time is speeding up or running out, that you've missed the boat, and maybe it's too late to do what you really wanted with your life? 

Thoughts like these come from fear and scarcity thinking, and sometimes a hard to grasp ambivalence about where you are at in your life, that can keep you doubting yourself and prevent you from taking action. Even if you're bored and stagnant, unchecked fear has the power to keep you right where you are ... for far too long. 

If you're silently nodding your head, here's a fabulous article I loved that puts some of these thoughts firmly in perspective. It reminds us that life is not a race, that there are always more opportunities to grow and thrive, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.

Women, we need your wisdom

Women, we need your wisdom

I realised this week that much of where we are headed into the future is unchartered. With rapid changes globally over the past few decades, it's hard to imagine what the world will be like in 50 years, which is unsettling, especially if you have children. There's no doubt we will face a lot more change ahead and we're in for quite a ride. 

And that’s why if you're called to follow an unconventional path of service or to create big changes within an existing field, and you've got a fire in you to make a difference with your life's work, you're probably finding it quite challenging to navigate. Because we are quite literally feeling our way forward in the dark, living as we are in transitional times.  

Your dreams are a potent source of guidance

Your dreams are a potent source of guidance

One of my favourite and most mysterious methods of soul work is consciously working with my dreams. Dreams can be the most incredible source of guidance and information about what's going on for you. The tricky bit of course is their symbolic form of communication, which takes time, patience and curiosity to learn to interpret.

Which is why I thought I would share with you a couple of examples of how I work with my dreams and why I love mining them for their potent guidance and wisdom.

Where do you most struggle to show up?

Where do you most struggle to show up?

Hey courageous soul. It seems from the moment we clicked over into 2017, something shifted, collectively and personally. Have you felt it? The world felt more wobbly than usual and, with so much white noise externally and online, I lost my writing voice for a while.

In exploring my own resistance to showing up this year, it's led me to wonder if you too have been struggling to show up, and if so, what has that looked like for you?

How to apply your learnings to life's challenges

How to apply your learnings to life's challenges

I’ve spent years doing personal and spiritual growth, learning deep lessons in life, training to understand people, what motivates and drives them, what wounds them and how to heal from suffering. I’ve learnt about compassion, empathy, love, non-judgment, acceptance and respect and how important it is to cultivate these qualities in our relationships with others. 

But let’s get real. Compassion, empathy, tolerance, love and respect are easy to draw on when you’re around people you like and get along with. 

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Yesterday at my son’s school, I saw this quote painted in blue on a wall:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.  

Words spoken by a leader who was in full integrity with his message (ouch).

It made me wonder what this quote means to us today.

How to manage too much emotion

How to manage too much emotion

I’m a big fan of feeling emotions that arise, and yet when things are uncertain and we’re all feeling too much around too many things, some personal, some external, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and start to feel powerless within your own life.

Your emotional world can be like a jungle - thickly populated, with no real sense of direction. Especially when there’s highly charged emotion and fear in the air, which we’ve all felt in some way or another over the past week since the election.

Have you confused who you are for what you do?

Have you confused who you are for what you do?

I used to believe my work identity was who I was.  It wasn't until I didn't have a job for a period of time that I realised just how much I had derived my sense of worth and sense of self from my work. Without the work piece securely in place in my life, I felt lost to myself, less worthy a person, rudderless. 

Perhaps you can relate to disappearing into your career, relationship, parenting or a carer role, where you've become so identified with what you're doing, you've somehow lost your self in the process. You've forgotten who you are outside of the role you're in or maybe you just never knew who you were in the first place. 

The pull of the old against the call of the new

The pull of the old against the call of the new

When you're awakening without any real solid ground beneath your feet, it can be really helpful to get clear on what your deeper overall vision is for your life. Because this becomes your new anchor as you move forward. This is what keeps you in forward motion when the pull of the old tries to throw you back into your old self, your old comforts, your old ways.

For when you're changing and rediscovering who you are it’s so easy to get pulled back to who you were, like a giant contraction flinging you back into your old comfort zone - bringing up confusion about what's true and making you question why you ever left! It can be crazy-making to be in that in-between space, not who you were, but not yet fully anchored in who you truly are. We can get stuck there for quite some time.