Path to Realization: We’re All In This Together

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Some call it “enlightenment”, while I’ve heard others call it “realization”. To me, the latter seems a better description.

This path that many of us are on is a journey to “realize” our higher, best Self, that self that exists beyond this realm and cannot die. Yet, there is no destination nor level that we need to “reach”.

Hierarchy, levels of attainment, are nothing more than the need of the human ego to categorize and somehow feel superior to another.

We are all – every one of us – teachers and students. Each of us has things that we can still learn as well as teach one another.

To my way of thinking, the greatest deciding factor that determines a person’s level of spiritual “achievement” or “realization” is not how many pieces of paper they have to their credit or even how long they’ve been on their path. Rather, it reflects in the amount of time it takes them to “return to center”.

“I am Spiritual”. Cue the Rainbows and Roses.

The moment we claim ourselves to be “spiritual” does not mean the Universe suddenly falls into perfect order. Our lives is not all about peace, love, rainbows and roses. As much as we’d like it to, the day-in-day-out B.S. does not stop simply because we are now “spiritual”. No, life – as we have come to know it – does go on.

We still have to deal with “death and taxes”. We still have relationships with a myriad of souls, and we still have to deal with their egos as well as our own.

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And we still have our moments where we slip and fall, but what I believe determines our “spiritual prowess” is how long it takes us to get back up, dust ourselves off, and begin to move “forward” again.

Even then, I don’t believe there is a need to further separate ourselves from one another by the time it takes each of us to accomplish that as some have the wont to do.

We’re All In This Together

This reminds me of a story that I recently heard from a friend of mine. Unfortunately, I cannot remember whether it was a story that was of an experience she, herself, had or one that she was passing along, but it occurred this past holiday season.

The storyteller was in a retail store. It was crowded and tempers were short as is unfortunately common for that time of year. As she told it, she accidentally stepped on the foot of a gentleman near her. Naturally, she apologized, but his reply really took her and me by surprise.

What he said was, “it’s okay. We’re all in this together.”

Wow! The profundity of that response just amazes me.

If it were me and I was in the same position, I don’t know that I would have been so “zen” in my response.

But, really? If one thinks about it, that statement can extend far beyond that particular situation.

We are ALL in this together.

This lifetime. We’re all in this together too.

We Are Never Alone

Each one of us, as a spiritual being, made the conscious decision to come to Earth at this point in time, to live a life that can, at times, be much more complicated than in eras past, and with little to no recall of who or what we are or have been.

We came here as an individual being, separated from all that is, but we did not do so alone.

We are never alone, though it often seems to be the case.

We have spirit helpers that most of us cannot see with human eyes, but we also have each other.

Those individuals who are in our life are not there by happenstance nor are those who we run into throughout our day. We Know each and every one of them. Our spirits are related in one way or another. Some we have lived with and others we have loved.

This life that we live, this path that we are on, it is one that will return each of us to who we truly are, either through “embodied realization” or  death, but even those two things are not our “final destination”. There is so much to experience in this vast Universe as well as those beyond that we simply cannot do so in a single lifetime, nor would we even want to.

But one thing is for certain. We will not do so alone. After all, we’re all in this together.

Until next time, my dear friend, may peace be yours.

~Dawna

Heaven or Hell: It’s Our Choice

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There is such power in emotions. Don’t you think? They can “take us to heaven” or “drag us straight into hell” with little more than a thought.

Monday was a rather challenging day and on multiple fronts – emotionally and energetically. Though, really? The two go hand in hand, don’t they?

While things have quieted down quite a bit around here, they haven’t reached what could be constituted as “normal” yet.

Will they ever return to that point? I quite honestly don’t know. Things change. We wouldn’t want them to stagnate, after all.

And maybe we’re just in the “transition” stage as the Universe molds and shapes a new, better “normal” for us.

But, I digress…

Tuesday was much better, though.

Perhaps because I was determined not to go through another Monday.

Tuesday, I was “in the groove”.

That morning, I did everything I could think of to positively affect the energy of our home.

I lit a “heart” candle, burned incense, found a new light-bulb for my beautiful rose quartz lamp, created a high vibrational air purifying spray, which I used throughout the house, and did some energy work.

But, I believe the biggest thing I did was to consciously open my Heart and raise my own vibration.

Monday was a rather challenging day and on multiple fronts – emotionally and energetically. Though, really? The two go hand in hand, don’t they?

While things have quieted down quite a bit around here, they haven’t reached what could be constituted as “normal” yet.

Will they ever return to that point? I quite honestly don’t know. Things change. We wouldn’t want them to stagnate, after all.

And maybe we’re just in the “transition” stage as the Universe molds and shapes a new, better “normal” for us.

But, I digress…

Tuesday was much better, though.

Perhaps because I was determined not to go through another Monday.

Tuesday, I was “in the groove”.

That morning, I did everything I could think of to positively affect the energy of our home.

I lit a “heart” candle, burned incense, found a new light-bulb for my beautiful rose quartz lamp, created a high vibrational air purifying spray, which I used throughout the house, and did some energy work.

But, I believe the biggest thing I did was to consciously open my Heart and raise my own vibration.

The Emotional Guidance Scale

One of the big ideas that I was introduced to most recently by my lovely soul-sister, Mona of Beautiful Mind, was the emotional guidance scale.

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You know how there are days when you start off in a great mood, but then something happens and your day just seems to go downhill from there? Well, the emotional guidance scale is a perfect visual for what happens.

Spiraling to the Bottom

Let’s say, you start out your morning contented. (Contentment is there at the bottom of the spiral on the left.) And someone cuts you off in traffic, which results in your becoming irritated and impatient. That takes you near the top of the downward spiral. Then you spill coffee on your white blouse and you become frustrated. Then, once you finally get into the office, you see that Judy from accounting finally got caught up on her work after her long, extended vacation, and has left a large stack of work in your inbox for you to do.

How will you get through it all in one day??? You hit overwhelm. Worry. Then blame because, of course, it’s all Judy’s fault. And you’ll “never get through it all”, but you must get through it all by the end of the day in order to stay on top of things.

How are you going to explain to your kid that you won’t be able to make her/his ballgame that night? You promised, but there’s no way. You feel like a horrible parent because you never seem to be able to make it to those things due to work. Discouragement.

I could go on until we finally spiral down to the bottom, but I won’t. This energy feels heavy enough.

So… George sees you’re having a bad day and the stack of work you have. (George is a great guy! Always there in a pinch.) He offers to take a portion of the work from you. Really??? You would do that for us, George? Thank you!

Suddenly, you start feeling optimistic. You’re back on the upward spiral again! You’ll get through this work by the end of the day, and the great thing is that there’s a chance you’ll get out early enough to make your kid’s ballgame after all. George to the rescue! (Positive expectation and enthusiasm)

Just a Manic Monday

Monday started out as low energy day for me. I hadn’t had a very good night’s sleep, then as the fam milled around the house getting ready, I snapped at Dh, who wasn’t in the greatest of moods either. (Irritation)

By the time I took my daughter to school, I had hit disappointment and possibly doubt. Came back up slightly when I walked through the doors of the space I was to work in that day. (Such good energy!) Then found myself back at irritation and then overwhelment shortly after, and by the time I left, I think I’d hit the bottom.

Tuesday, on the other hand, went swimmingly! I floated through my day at the top of the upward spiral. And the synchronicities that occurred as a result? FABULOUS!

What are we to do?

Our moods… our energy… We do have control over them. Through Awareness and conscious choice… focus… we are able to decide how we will be in this world.

We decide whether we are in heaven or hell. We create one or the other for ourselves.

Sure! We can blame that guy who cut us off in traffic for the irritation we feel. But, in the end, we are the one that has to live with it. Do we really want to give someone that much power over us? Especially someone we don’t know and who has not vested interest in our life?

Tuesday I made the conscious decision to “invite others into my heaven, rather than allowing myself to be pulled into their hell”. I have that choice. I can make that decision.

Will it be easy?

In this day and age when so many people seem to be angry and easily offended by the littlest things? No, but it is my decision, and I choose to live a life in heaven – my own heaven on Earth.

Until next time, dear friend, may you and yours be well!

~Dawna

Holding Onto Our Hats: Flowing With the Shifts

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Here we are, two weeks into the new year, and… OMG!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing some MAJOR shifts. In other words, a good deal of SHIFT. (Yes, that’s an acceptable word for it, right? Certainly not the word I was thinking though.)

This is a Universal 3 year, which – given what I’ve learned from the lovely and oh-so-intuitive Stefanina – is a year for truth and authenticity, a time when things that aren’t authentic or aren’t in-line with our Truth comes out into the open. A time ripe for upheaval.

We can use some of that with regard to what has become our social “norms”, right?

Certainly.

But, it doesn’t just stop there. The shift can also be found in our individual lives, and where it shows up really depends on our own Personal Year Number. (Here’s another good source to find out what a personal year number is and how to find out what yours is – Creative Numerology.)

Hold on to your hats! This could very well be a bumpy ride.

“The universe is changing – as the planets move and come to different places, there will be a lot of tension in our lives. It’s all right. You just have to push yourself and let your wings take flight. There is a great journey that lies ahead and a bit of stress is expected. Just don’t let it conquer you.

Conscious Reminder

Conscious Reminder goes on to say that this is going to be “a new time for learning”.

I can definitely see that already, but what I’m noticing a lot more of as of late are the “newly awakened”.

I’m seeing more new people in the spiritual circles I frequent, people who are fortunately open minded and willing to consider the things that we, who have been “awake” for some time now present to them. But, still, they’re left with a WTF?? expression on their faces. Not so much about what we share, but I believe they’re still trying to process what it is occurring to them.

Social conditioning rarely, if ever, prepares us for what we find beyond Mass Consciousness, or as Conscious Reminder calls it “the herd-based thoughts that are fed to us”.

I don’t know about you, but I still remember when I first began to “wake up”. I thought I was going crazy! And I was raised by a very psychically gifted mom, who knew what was what (even if we weren’t allowed to talk about such things in front of my dad because they made him nervous).

I don’t know… Maybe it was that attitude, the need to be so hush, hush about things of a spiritual/New Age/etc nature that caused me to feel I was going crazy. I mean, it was what I now believe was a channeled message with regard to a character that I was working on that caused me to take my first steps on the spiritual path.

The character’s grandmother adhered to “the Old Ways”.

At the time, I had absolutely no idea what the Old Ways even were. I did end up considering myself to be a witch shortly there after, though.

That label has changed many, may times over the years. Now? I’m just a spiritual being having a physical experience.

But, yes, I’m already feeling the tension that Conscious Reminder mentioned.

The month or two leading up to the New Year… Phew! I was feeling it even then. And the past couple of weeks after… It’s been difficult to catch my breath. So, I can only imagine what it must be like for those who are waking up to – essentially – a new world without having yet accumulated tools to help them navigate it. Even I’m consulting with my “peeps” – here in the physical realm and those beyond – to deal.

Some of the things suggested by Conscious Reminder (and me!):

Be in the Now-  (Not sure what this means or how to accomplish it? I highly suggest the work of Eckhart Tolle. I found his book, The Power of Now, to be very helpful on my own journey.)

In the face paced life that many of us lead, it is really quite difficult to remain in the now. Our minds, which are so highly valued these days (as opposed to the “intellect” of the Heart), will quickly transport us to one of two places: the past or the future.

How can you tell you’re not in the now? If you’re experiencing sadness, it’s very likely you’ve been transported to the past, and if you’re experiencing anxiety? Well, you’ve probably taken an unhappy little trip to the future. Only… it’s your mind’s perception of the future, which more than likely is false.

So, how does one return to the present? To the now? By using your senses – really using them – to fully experience where you are at in the moment.

Being in the Now, equates – at least to my way of thinking – to living a fully sensual life.

No, I’m not talking sensuality as in boom-chica-wow-wow, “let’s get it on”. I’m talking sensual as in making every one of your senses work for you.

Really smell that rose, that loaf of freshly baked bread, those fresh out of the dryer sheets.

Really listen to and hear that baby laugh, that soul-stirring music (which reminds me… I’ll share something special with you at the end of this post.)

Really feel how cold that snow is, how warm that tub of water you’re about to get in is, how soft that rose petal is.

Really stop to see…. Really take notice of every detail in the beauty of the world around you.

And taste… When was the last time you really stopped to taste your food?

It seems as though people are so wrapped up in their digital worlds (their phones, their computers, their tvs, etc) that they/we don’t stop to really taste and enjoy our food.

It’s an amazing and awe-inspiring world in which we live, but so often we’re disconnected from it because we’re so in our heads, thinking of this thing or that thing. How often do we stop to truly enjoy the miracle that it and we are?

Conscious Reminder also mentioned connecting with ourselves as a tool to get through the challenging times (and to enjoy the good ones), but it looks like that will just have to be another topic for another time.

BUT… before I go… Here’s the soul-stirring music I promised, and as you listen to it, really feel into it. It is such a beautiful piece. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have (every time I’ve listened to it).

Until next time, my dear friend, may you be well!

~Dawna

Connected With an Amazing Community

Back when I was a military spouse, I so looked forward to the day when Dh would retire. Why? Well, there was the obvious. I wanted my husband home at night and on the weekends. After 25+ years, I was seriously DONE with separations. But, in addition to that, I desired to put down roots and be “home” – wherever it was that finally.

What did that mean to me, though?

Even as a child, my family moved often. The last sense of “home” I truly felt was when I was 7 or 8 years old, back when we still lived in the area of my origin, surrounded by close extended family (ie my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, my cousins)

My adult life, I’ve tried to find it.

Sometimes I succeeded. At times, making friends that became like family.

Others… not so much.

But, as a military family, we didn’t get the luxury of staying anywhere very long, and the close friends we had made while at a duty station, we had to tell “see you later”. And as much as I loved them, many of them, I never have seen again. Except from photos after connecting as friends on social media.

After retirement, we settled in a small little town.

It was what we thought we wanted, and maybe some of our family unit still do. Me? Well, after several years, I began to feel the, now, familiar beat of my gypsy heart. Whatever it was that I’d been searching for, I still hadn’t found in that small little town in Missouri.

Oh, for certain. There were some wonderful experiences there, and we met some wonderful people. As much as I did want that to be “the place” I was “meant to be”. It just wasn’t “it”.

So, now, we’ve been our newest location for little over a year.

We have the beach, and we’re really not that far from the mountains. Though, it is definitely a longer drive to the woods than the ocean.

We have extended family here. Something that we’ve not had in a long, long time. And will have one of our elder kiddos joining us in the not too distant future.

And I’ve made some friends that are “like family” already. (In some instances, I Know in my heart of Hearts that they have been family in lifetimes past. But, I won’t go too deeply into that notion. It might be too “woo woo” for some. At least for now.)

But, one thing I’ve found here that I haven’t experienced in a long time (a decade or more) is a sense of community. A real sense of it. One in which I really feel as though I and my family belong. One, in which we can be ourselves. ALL of ourselves and really feel accepted.

That is not to say that Dh hadn’t found that prior. I know he did. But, he has the sort of personality and being-ness (for lack of a better word) where he pretty much fits in wherever he goes. Me? Not entirely.

I AM too “woo woo” for some people. At least to my way of thinking and perceiving. And it’s a part of me that I have tended to hide from most others for many, many years now. Especially in the small, conservative town in which we used to live.

I’m certain I was burned as a witch in another lifetime, if not more than one. It was an experience I didn’t feel the need to relive, if even to be “roasted”. So, I kept that side of me on the down-low and restricted to home for many years. Or at the very least, the Internet.

Here, though… I’ve finally physically connected with my Tribe. The seekers, the healers, the energy “junkies”/workers.

No longer do I have to hide in the shadows.

And what’s even better… I now get to spend most of my “work” week hanging out in a good energy environment.

My dear friend/soul sister, Mona (owner and operator of Beautiful Mind), calls it her bubble.

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This is a picture of Mona’s “bubble” and was taken last night as we prepared to kick of the Inner Warrior Weekend special event.

I’m quite familiar with energy, energy healing, and the effects that music has on my soul, but sound healing is a pretty new concept to me.

Last night, Mona led us through a meditation in which we connect our universal elements with those of the universe, itself. (After all we are one and the same.) And as she did so, one of the ladies in our community played the myriad of instruments pictured here.

At some point, we were “supposed” to do something… Address something with the Universal Source. Ask a question or something about our Purpose. Me? I was so far “out there” that I do remember a darn thing, but did “come back” when I was instructed to do so.

It truly was an amazing experience. Not only the meditation and vibrations I was able to experience, but the connections with others.

Part of me didn’t want to leave! The other? Well… It said “I’m tired and ready to go to bed.”

This morning, I’m up – bright and early – for Day #2 of the Inner Warrior Weekend, and it’s certain to be another great day!

I’ll be certain to tell you all about it!

It’s an amazing community I’ve connected with. I am SO grateful – after all this time – to have finally found it!

Until next time, dear friend, may you be well!

~Dawna

Change and Upheaval: Challenges for an Empath

2019 – in some ways – has gotten off to a rocky start. In others, well, it’s been awesome!

My numerological forecast for the year is that of the 6. (Yes, I’m one of those “woo-woo” sorts of people.) And according to Christine DeLorey of Creative Numerology, whom I’ve been following for a number of years now, describes the 6 year as such:

THE 6 YEAR is a time to re-invent yourself -a journey of responsibility, relationship, balance, love, and healing.

Christine DeLorey, Creative Numerology

Really? Where those themes are concerned? 2019 has come in with a BANG!

I won’t go deep into details. There would be no purpose served by doing so.

Suffice to say that there are A LOT of changes taking place where relationships are concerned. The healing? Well, that will come in their wake. In time.

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The holidays typically bring with them a sense of unrest. That, at least has been my experience.

– The kids get out of school for an extended period of time.

– Some holidays, we – like many other families – travel, which brings with it a sense of unrest in and of itself.

This year, Dh has been away from home on a couple of occasions. Both instances have brought with it their own brand of upheaval – for our youngest daughter and I as well as him.

That does not even take into consideration all the texts and calls that proceeded those trips.

I think the biggest bit of stress for me has been – as an empath – experiencing Dh’s stress and anxiety as my own.

But, the death of a parent will have that effect on one.

And, for better or worse, it’s for that reason I chose to stay home this last trip.

Experiencing those emotions – of someone so close to me – was difficult enough. Especially when drug out over the course of months, but to experience the myriad of emotions associated with a much larger group of people during such a situation…

The last time I participated in one, it left me physically ill.

I just couldn’t do it this time.

It is said by some sources that the number of empaths that exist globally is a relatively small percentage, but I have noticed the further I progress on my journey the more people I run into, who possess the traits associated with being an empath.

Am I simply beginning to draw them to me? Or is it as some say? That as an individual develops spiritually, he/she becomes more aware of “external” energies, becomes more connected with the “collective”?

I really don’t have the answer, but it is nice to know that more and more people are beginning to “get” it.

And those who are beginning to discover this about themselves won’t feel alone or crazy as they search for their answers as I did.

There are SO many resources and “coaches” out there these days that it won’t take one decades to get a handle on their abilities, so they can thrive and treat them as the gift that they are almost “out of the gate”.

Are you an empath? Would you say you’re in the “it’s a gift!” or “it’s a curse!” camp? I truly would love to connect with you either way. There may be a lot more of us popping up these days, but we are still a small minority and there are so many who do not understand. We need to stick together!

I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, my dear friend…

Be well!

~Dawna

Pulling Others Into Your Peace

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In some ways, things have been slightly crazy around here. Only, it feels as though I’m sitting in the eye as the storm rages around me.

That’s one thing I learned in 2018, actually.

I tend to see things differently from a lot of people. I’m less apt to get wrapped up in the hype or drama of life these days.

It actually rather reminds me of my experience and that of my family with Hurricane Florence back in September of last year. Many around us as well as those at a distance freaked out when it was realized the hurricane was heading our way.

Now, granted… She was HUGE.

I still, sometimes see photos of her from space on our Chromecast and cannot believe how big she was.

Still… There was a Knowingness inside me and in my husband, too, that knew – beyond doubt (at least most doubt) – that our family would come through it fine.

And, so, we were able to remain calm, even when others around us were running around in full-blown panic.

Now, please do not get me wrong here. I am not so callous to discount the experiences of others. There were many, MANY folks who were GREATLY affected by Hurricane Florence, and I do have GREAT compassion for them. I am merely noting the Knowingness within me which tends to keep me from getting caught up in a tempest of emotions over things which I have no control.

I would not go as far to say that I’ve reached the “Zen Master” or even “The Dude” stage. I do still, sometimes, have my own freak out moments. (For instance, trying to get a tween to get out of bed in the morning the day after a long break from school. I must admit… I lost my zen.)

“Every time you feel yourself getting pulled into other people’s nonsense, repeat these words: NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS.”

I actually used that phrase in conversation the other day when the subject of some nonsense came up.

One thing I have noted, though, is… Some people – whether they are aware of it or not – tend to thrive on the nonsense. It is almost as though they seek it out.

To me, that is just not a way to live.

Me? I would much rather live a life of contentment.

What has brought me around to this path of thought? Beyond the craziness I watch swirling around me?

I was watching Lee Harris’ Energy Update for this month (January, 2019), and he was speaking to those who do get “pushed and pulled around”, who have a hard time slowing down because they’re always feeling as though they’re behind. He said that the next couple of months are going to be difficult for those sorts of people, if they’re not able to slow down and go within.

Unfortunately, I know some of those people.

Not “unfortunate” because I know them, but as an empath, myself, it can be extremely difficult for me to witness the pain and strife they sometimes put themselves through.

How about you?

How best do you deal with it?

It is said that, those of us who are empaths, not only are we able to experience the emotions of others as they are our own, but we are able to positively affect them as well. That is, of course, if they are open to or willing to be affected.

How do you deal with the “storms” of others? Are you able to pull them into your peace? If so, I would love for you to share any tips or tricks you may have in the comments below.

Until Next Time, Dear Friend! Be well!

~Dawna

Tapping Into Probabilities

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Happy New Year, my friend! So many probabilities we can tap into. SO MANY that I keep getting the same message from Spirit.

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“Say no to the good, in order to say yes to the great.”

Because up until a few days ago, I had this grand master plan for 2019. A business endeavor. One that I knew could and would do really well.

And it was one that would feed my own spirit in the process. A BIG consideration for me these days.

I was all set. Ready to put things into motion beginning tomorrow.

That was until I received this message from Spirit… multiple times.

It was then that stepped back, curbed my enthusiasm a bit, and took a good look at my big picture as well as my personal priorities.

  • My family/Home
  • Nurturing my spirit

Though, truth be told, one is not more important than the other to me. The first really – often – feeds the other. But, by the same token, if the second is not met, the first will suffer as well. They are both quite dependent on the other.

I do have a “mission”, though. One that I’ve known about for many years, but was recently reminded of it. It one that fueled the passion for my big, grandiose plan. (Well, for the most part. I do realize now that Ego butted in and asked “how big can we make this while we’re at it?”)

“You are the one who encourages and promotes those who have something valuable to offer. You are the one who takes care of the details that others are unable or unwilling to handle. This makes you the ultimate networker – or agent – who provides a service which enables others to progress. You are the indispensable behind-the-scenes organizer on whom others rely, and you will be given much opportunity to fulfill your own ambitions and dreams along the way.”

CreativeNumerology.com

So, Ego and I have reached a compromise.

Getting A Seraph’s Quill up and running at full-strength again, so to speak, was among my original intentions for 2019, and it is again. But as I pondered on it more, I asked myself, “how can I do that, fulfill my “mission”, but continue to stick to those things that are top priority in my life?”

The answer to that question was to begin to highlight those providing amazing services to those who are journeying on the path to “wholeness”.

With that being said, are you one among those folks? Do you offer services that assist others seeking wholeness, balance and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit?

If so, I would love to connect with you!

Now, I must mention here… I’m not seeking to be of assistance to “Joe Blow” or “Mary Make-a-Buck”, who have their eye on making that “six figure income” this year that many self-proclaimed gurus want to help others achieve.

No, there are many authentic folks out there that hustle their bustle on a daily basis not because they are seeking to get rich, but because they have a deep, sincere desire to be of service to others in learning to live their best and greatest life.

Those are the folks that it is my desire to be in service to.

I already have my eye on several folks that you’ll hear more about in the days to come, but if you’d like to tap into the probabilities with me, please feel free to contact me!

Until next time, my dear friend. BE well!

~Dawna

Preparing for 2019

Me with an eye on 2019

Traditionally, for me the week between Christmas and the New (Calendar) Year is spent in preparation. I use it to get a sense of what – energetically speaking – the upcoming year might have in store for me. As well as setting goals and intentions.

So far this year I’ve:

This is the one spread that I’ve already done this year.
  • Listened to Lee Harris’ energetic forecast for 2019.
  • Scoped out my numerlogical cycle number for the upcoming year from Creative Numerology by Christine DeLorey
  • Listened to episode #73 of Sexy Soul Radio by Caty Pasternak (as recommended by a friend of mine).
  • Sat down with my favorite deck of tarot cards (the Gaian deck by Joanna Powell Colbert) and did a New Year Spread that I became aware of a number of years back from a tarot group I belonged to through The Handmaiden’s Garden, Sackets Harbor, NY. Though, honestly? I think there are a couple more I’m going to do – just for yucks and giggles.
  • Listened to the whispers of my own Heart, my own Soul and journaled about my intentions for the New Year as well as establishing my “effort goals” for the month of January.
I’m thinking of doing one or both of these as well.

And you know what?

I’m chomping at the bit to get started with 2019!!

There is SO much percolating just beneath the surface for me professionally, personally, and spiritually that I feel such excitement for the upcoming year that I catch myself wanting to get started on things NOW!

Why don’t I?

Partly because one or two of my budding projects… Well, I’m waiting for the beginning of the new tax season.

Others just require time and space, which isn’t entirely possible until the kids go back to school.

So, here I am, doing what I am able for the time being.

And, yes, writing and being more active here are among my intentions for 2019.

It has taken a lot of work on so many levels, but I believe that my voice has returned, and I’m feeling a little more comfortable/confident in giving it expression. Whether that is a “good” or a “bad” thing where the masses are concerned, remains to be seen.

Are you ready for 2019? Do you have traditions that you stick to in preparing for a New Year? I would love for you to share in the comments below. I’m always excited to hear about the processes others undergo!

Until next time, dear friend… I do hope the New Year shines brightly upon you and yours!

Catch you on the flip-side!

~D

Sisterhood: Embracing and Expanding the Circle

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Being a member of a supportive and nurturing group of women – or Sisterhood – is a fairly new concept to me.

sis·ter·hood
noun
  1. the relationship between sisters.
  2. an association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade.

Growing up the only child in my family and separated from extended family (ie cousins), I relied on my friends to be the “siblings” that “I never had”. Even then, I can’t claim to have had many. Only one or two throughout the entirety of my adolescence. (But, they were friends of quality because they are still my friends today.

They were and are the closest I’ve had to what I would call “sisters”. They were the only ones I ever felt I could be ALL of “me”.

Beyond them, I had what I would call “associates”, and they were of the male variety.

Why?

I just felt more comfortable with guys. They tended to be more laid back. At least those I hung out with. And I didn’t feel as though I was being judged and didn’t have to worry about them “stabbing” me “in the back”.

Now that I’m an adult, married for many years (to one of those guys), and the mom of three, I have come to realize that men and women do “tick” differently, and no matter how understanding a woman’s husband is, he cannot fully understand many of the things that a woman experiences. (Just as I cannot understand all that Dh has experienced thus far in his, no matter how hard I’d wish to.)

Sometimes a girl just needs her sisters to talk to.

“We’re connected, as women. It’s like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there’s trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we’re just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don’t help each other, who will?” ― Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

It’s been quite a few years since I first realized that, though. And I have had female friends in my life since then that I’ve had an absolute blast hanging out with, but when it came to that deep connection that my soul has so yearned for… The friendships, unfortunately, fell short.

That was, at least, until recently.

2018 has been a year of AMAZING growth for me.

And much like when we’re children experiencing growing pains, not all of it was comfortable or even fun. But, I believe that I’ve met all of it with as much love and grace as I could have mustered in each “opportunity”.

“Life is not a DIY project.”

To be honest, I don’t recall where I first heard those words, but it’s something I have written down in my “Spiritual 911” journal. That little book that I go to when I’m in need of a bit of inspiration.

I truly believe that no matter what we go through, no matter how challenging a situation we experience is, Spirit gives us the “tools” we need to get through it successfully.

Spirit guided me toward my “Sisters in Spirit” near the beginning of the year, and they’ve been there through all the challenges, just as I was blessed to be able to stand beside them as they experienced theirs.

And I’m truly pleased to say that our circle is expanding. We’re sharing our love, compassion, and understanding with other women, who are sharing theirs with us in a true formation of sisterhood.

We are all, every one of us, truly blessed!

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” ― Isadora James

True Passion: Feeding, Rather Than Depleting

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I have integrated a great deal of “wisdom”, I believe, the past few days with regard to energy.

OH! For certain, I have known a great deal about it for many, many years now. But, we can know things, but really not KNOW things or even how it applies to “real life”, so to speak.

Last week, I met with one of my beloved spiritual sisters last, Mona of Beautiful Mind. During our time together we spoke about balancing the four areas of our lives as humans: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and what activities I currently engage in each of those areas that “feed” me, feed my own energy as an “embodied Spirit” (my words, not hers).

As our discussion progressed, the subject of PASSION came up.

Admittedly, I stopped hard in my tracks at that. Dumbfounded.

For years (quite literally), I’ve been trying to “find my passion”. My Purpose. My “reason for being here at this point in time”, and FOR YEARS… probably more accurate to say “DECADES”… I’ve been at a loss.

Oh, for sure… I thought I’d “found it” many times.

My family.

My spirituality.

Being “in service” to others.

Now, I’m not saying being “in service” to others is a “bad” thing. Not in the least, but if it’s approached in the “wrong” manner, it can drain, rather than feed one.

I know there are those that will read this and think “being ‘in service’ isn’t meant to be about the individual serving. It’s about those one is serving. Otherwise, your Ego (ooooh! Big “Baddie”, itself) is in the driver’s seat.”

See… that’s just it. I have served others. My family and friends. My spiritual community (many of them), and where did I end up?

Energetically imbalanced and depleted to the point where I felt dis-ease was among the main contenders of my near-future potentials if I didn’t do something about it, and SOON.

Our thoughts truly determine whether energy comes to or is drawn from us when we are engaged in an activity.

We can say that something is our “passion” because it is expected of us, but if we do not feel it in our heart of hearts, it’s going to deplete, rather than feed us.

Say for instance one is trying to “save” others… Whatever that person is doing is quite possible for “the sake” of others.

Is that a hard and fast “rule” etched in stone?

Not necessarily. Only that person can determine which it is for themselves, but sure as the sun rises and sets if that person ends up feeling low on energy, sick, or even in pain, they are giving more energy than they are getting back.

Like it or not, we are energetic beings.

Sure. We appear “in the flesh”, but even our flesh is energy. It’s just vibrating at a slower rate.

This is where the 80/20 rule comes into play. (Something I learned from Mona this past week).

We need to limit our energetic “draining” activities to 20% of the time. While the other 80%, we need to make sure to engage in activities that feed us.

That is where PASSION comes into play.

My “assignment” this week has been to come up with my “top 10” passions.

thought it was going to be difficult to complete, and, admittedly, it was… at first.

When I really sat down to ponder it, I realized that I’ve known all along what my passions are, I just hadn’t declared them to mySelf. At least, not really.

But, you know what happened?

When I sat down, journaled about it, and declared “these are the things/undertakings that I’m really passionate about”, Spirit moved to present them as a potential in my life.

Yesterday, I engaged in one passion – photography. Not for the purpose of monetizing my photos “someday”, but because I enjoy it. I always have! Ever since I was a child given my very first camera with the cube flashbulbs. (HA! HA! HA!)

And that’s another thing I’ve come to realize… For me, doing something I love for the purpose of monetizing it (giving my energy away to gain money)… My passion dissipates like a balloon that’s been untied.

But, I digress…

After I did a “photo session” at a beautiful place with my youngest daughter, we went to our local Mythical and Medieval fest. While there, I connected with and engaged in SO many potentials for the passions I’ve written about in my journal the past few days.

It made my Heart… My inner child… SO happy AND excited for the days to come, and that’s exactly what Mona told me it would do.

Passion gives us purpose, a reason for living, for waking up each morning. It stirs within us EXCITEMENT, wondering what WONDERFUL things the new day will bring.

What are you passionate about? What FEEDS your inner fire? Your Inner Child? I would love for you to share here or even on the Seraph’s Quill page on Facebook

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Until we connect again, my dear friend, I send much love and blessings to you and yours.

~D