I’m sitting here on a rainy May morning, contemplating how much my life has changed over the past few years. On the outside, it might not look like things have shifted all that much. I’m still living in the country, enjoying my writing, still working at the radio station part time, very involved in the lives of my family members, happily unschooling, with many of the same interests (books, spirituality, drumming, dancing, art journaling, hiking).
But on the inside, it’s a whole new landscape. And I mean that in the best way possible.
I’ve taken a journey to self-love, learning to treat myself as I would a beloved child. I’ve embodied a sense of inner relaxation, where there used to be a constant ball of stress and low-level anxiety. No, I’m not always relaxed, but I’m familiar enough with the sensation to return to it when I get off-center. Rather than fretting about my creativity, productivity, and prosperity, now I’m letting them flow through me. I have the inner resources in place to trust in the process, and have fun with it every day.
Best of all, I’m still learning and expanding, and as I grow, more and more of my most cherished dreams are coming true. It’s such a terrific feeling!
How did I get here?
For most of my adult life I’ve been on a spiritual quest to find ways to be more joyful, creative, and healthy. At first I just read about it a lot. That’s a good start, but reading about personal development doesn’t really get you anywhere on its own. Then I figured out that I needed to practice the techniques, and make them my own. Spiritual practice is such a powerful tool for growth. I would venture to say that, for me at least, it’s essential.
Still, it wasn’t quite the whole picture. I found that I was still spinning my wheels, somehow ending up dealing with the same challenges over and over. Sure, the situations would look different, and I would have a greater ability to cope with what was going on, but it was still frustrating. “This? Again?!! Really?”
(My personal trouble spots? Prosperity – especially in connection with doing my soul work – and self worth. How about you?)
The key to the biggest shift in my inner life has been digging deeply into the core beliefs that I unconsciously internalized as I was growing up, and those I had added throughout my spiritual quest. I found that they often contradicted one another, and left me feeling stuck.
“Core beliefs are those about which you build your life. You are consciously aware of these, though often you do not focus your attention upon them. They become invisible, therefore, unless you become aware of the contents of your conscious mind.
“To become acquainted with your own ideas and beliefs, you must walk among them, symbolically speaking, without blinders. You must look through the structures that you have yourself created, the organized ideas upon which you have grouped your experience.” – Seth through Jane Roberts
Over the past few years, I’ve been digging deep, unearthing the belief structures that I’d forgotten about, getting to know them. By first becoming familiar with them, then making updates to the framework, I’ve made the shift to a more positive and empowered life. My favorite tools for this work have been journal writing, meditation, energy work (such as Reiki and polarity therapy), and mindfulness.
It’s really amazing how different I feel, on a daily basis. My basic foundation is now one of joy, love, and creativity. When I’m feeling “off,” it’s much easier to notice and to return to that foundation.
I want this for you, too.
Next month, BlackLion and I are offering our first-ever Feline Dreamers online course. We want to share with you the techniques, ideas, and inspirations that have helped us to revitalize our own core beliefs. The course is new, but we’ve been working on the supporting material for the past several years. We’ve put it all together in a brand new way that will help you to access your own core beliefs, then transform them so that you have a strong foundation for living the life of your dreams.
Join us for The Alchemy of Core Beliefs: Unearthing Your Hidden Framework. This four-week course, starting on Monday, June 1st, will include a daily email with a brief reading, an audio guided meditation tailored to the day’s topic, and specific exercises designed to delve deeply into your underlying belief structure. Weekly videos will encourage you to unearth your hidden treasures and a private Facebook group will give you up-to-the-moment support with us and other folks who are also on this amazing journey of self-discovery.
Intrigued? You can learn more over at the Feline Dreamers website.
I’m so excited to work with you! You’ll see such an amazing transformation. Blessings!