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.

Answering the call

Answering the call

I believe humanity is being called to wake up. Some of us are hearing the call loud and clear and wondering what to do about it. Some of us are responding as best we can within the context of our modern lives. Some of us have heard the call, and are actively sprinting in the other direction, too terrified to answer. And many more are not listening. Not answering. Not today. And definitely not tomorrow...

And yet the world needs enough of us to be fully awake, aware and willing to bring all of the intelligence, creativity, inspired ideas, wisdom, resourcefulness and courage within us to create the best possible future for the next generations and for our planet. 

How much pleasure do you allow in?

How much pleasure do you allow in?

Pleasure seems to be the theme of this month. As I've been exploring its many faces, it's become clear just how integral pleasure is to how we feel about ourselves as women inside and out.

So what do I mean by pleasure?

Pleasure is the capacity to feel and experience joy, warmth and love; to see and be moved by beauty of all kinds, to feel passion and desire, to be lit up by creativity, to be shaken loose by inspiration, and to feel the deep nourishing connection of others.