I really love reading inspirational material. It really helps to build confidence and faith, helps neutralise and over-ride negative or self-defeating programming, beliefs or fears we may have 'inherited' and raises our vibration so that we become more powerful magnets for all that we desire.
I love the quote in this photo post and have found it to apply to different degrees throughout my life upon multiple occasions.
I have had many 'miracle' happenings occur in my favour when, despite what appeared to be against me or what appeared to be 'the facts, I pursued my heart's desire anyway.
Can you relate? Have you had such experiences?
Many people are familiar with the quote in this post. It is by Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, poet and philisopher, who was also one of the 'Transcendentalists' of his time, the mid 1800's.
The quote is an excerpt from a book, Walden, which Thoreau wrote after isolating himself for 2 years, 2 months and 2 days (possibly a fan of numerology 😉) in a cabin in a place called Walden Pond, so that he could reflect on and '..live deep and suck out all the marrow of life..."
But what many (including myself, until I learnt this) are less aware of, is that this quote is only part of a section of a full essay. Below is the full excerpt.
When I found it, I felt it to be very powerful writing. So I wrote it out in the more modern, affirmative and present tense form as recommended according to the Laws of Attraction, ie. in the first person, as though I was already doing/being, living it.
I wrote, for example: "As I advance confidently in the direction of my dreams, endeavouring to live the life I imagine..."etc.
Instead of saying 'he', I said 'I'.
Instead of writing/ saying that things 'will or will be" I wrote that they 'are'.
Then I read it out loud repeatedly until I knew it off by heart, really pondering on, imagining and feeling the truth in each phrase. In this way it went from my conscious mind to my subconscious mind and hence became a part of my 'Truth'.
When we neutralise negative self beliefs, teachings and fears by replacing them with very positive, life and self affirming Truths, we start to see the world around us move into line with that which we have affirmed and integrated as 'Truth'.
And as Thoreau suggests, we leave old ways behind for new ways of thinking, acting, being and experiencing life.
Below is the full excerpt.
Why not try writing it out, as I did (in the present tense, in the affimative, as though it is already happening, speaking in the first person, ie. "I"), imagining and feeling the truth in each phrase -as though it IS real -and say it out loud until you know it by heart.
THEN notice how empowered and confident it helps you feel 🙏🏼❤️
As Mary Morrissey, leader in the modern Personal Development movement says: "What is within you is greater than anything outside of you".
From Walden, by Henry David Thoreau:
🙏🏼🔥"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
He will put some things behind,
will pass an invisible boundary;
new, universal and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him;
or the old laws be expanded and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense,
and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.
In proportion, as he simplifies his life, the Laws of the Universe will appear less complex,
and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now build the foundations under them."🙏🏼🔥💪🏽💕🔥🙌🏼
NB. I love those last 3 lines :)
To Your Freedom to Thrive
Katrina Archibald 🙏🏼❤️
We have been programmed/conditionned to believe, and hence usually think and act, as though the only way to change things or make things happen in our lives-to get what we want our need, or to change things that we don't want -is to focus on and put our energy and time into working hard at making things happen OUTSIDE of us.
But a lot of the underlying asumptions behind such beliefs are based on models of reality and creation, that are now proven to be inaccurate, or at least, incomplete.
It is well recognised today, within the realms of (Quantum) science, as well as across the 'new thought' movements, that everything in our reality is, more accurately, energy, possibility and vibration, than it is dense matter, including ourselves.
Which means that everything in our reality is much more potential -maleable and flexible, than it is set, 'fixed' or solid.
And there is a related Universal Law that Like Attracts Like -like a magnet. And WE are the most powerful magnets in existence.
In line with this interpretation of reality, and how we create and manifest everything in our life(that which we want, as well as that which we don't want-it's all the same Law), altering our OWN energetic and magnetic frequency can alter what we attract into and manifest into our lives.
So often the best and most powerful way to change our OUTER reality is to change our INNER reality-by raising our vibration or frequency, and our manifestation and attraction powers as a result.
And by working more CONSCIOUSLY, we can attract more of what we DO want, and less of what we DON'T.
And some of the most powerful ways to do this are:
✅ - Balancing the left and right sides of our brain-creating brain cohesion and dimishing mental stress, and hence diminshing the flow of stress chemical and hormones in the brain and body =>stimulating and increasing our regenerative and healing chemicals and hormones and our overall health, strength and vitality;
- Bringing us into the present moment -where all possibilities exist, and a predictible future or a less than perfect past can be forgotten long enough for us to entertain, imagine and feel into new possibiltiies. This bring us into a vibrational frequency which matches the vibrational frequency of our vision of something else, something better;
✅ - Opening our heart and bringing our brain into balance and cohesion, therefore raising us into mental, emotional, chemical and vibrational states of love, joy and gratitude, which are the highest and most powerful vibrational states we can exist in;
- -Becoming more conscious, especially of our thoughts and feelings, so that we can chose more empowering thoughts -those that are in line with what we want or desire- and can notice when our thoughts or choices are making us feel bad, ie, lowering our vibration or frequency, which takes us AWAY from what we DO want, and aligns us with and hence attracts what we DON'T want;
- Developping focus and concentration so that we can keep our eye on our goal and not be distracted, or have our power and vibrational frequency diminished, by (apparent)obstacles or challenges;
Getting out of our (over-analytical, limiting) minds and into our hearts-so that we can be sure that the dreams or goals we hold are really in line with our OWN heart's desires, and not driven by the expectations of others, or our unconscious programming (as established by the media, society, family or country of origin etc.) for what we 'should' want or need. When our goals are truly heart-centred, we have more power behind our dream or goal, and are less likely to 'sabotage' the achievement of it, as well as having a stronger 'why' to keep us holding onto our dream or goal if/when doubts or obstacles to achieving it arise.
🧘🏽♀️Practising YOGA can facilitiate ALL of these capacities, shifts and changes, and is hence a very powerful way that we can raise our vibrational frequency and increase our inner power and vitality, as well as our manifestation and magnetising abilities.
As Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the Grandfather of (Ashtanga) Yoga said: "Do Your Practice and All is Coming".
Come do your practise with me and watch your whole day and life improve... 😊
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To Your Freedom to Thrive
“Awareness and control of the breath are the essential keys for understanding and developing the higher mind, because they form a very powerful and natural way to connect both inner and outer sources of the vital life-force energy”
Path to Empowerment
Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
I am loving revisiting this book from Barbara Marciniak. It reinforces the extraordinary value of practising yoga and developing breath attention in these intense transitionary times in which we are living.
Our breath is one of the ‘bridges’ between the unconscious and conscious minds, similarly traversing both the unconscious and conscious nervous systems (we can either breathe unconsciously or consciously).
Practising simple breath awareness techniques can benefit us in so many ways :
“By focusing your attention, you can use your breath to stabilise yourself, to have more energy and enhance your nervous system, to create beneficial brain wave patterns, and to travel into the interior of your being to acquire transcendent knowledge and information from a source beyond your linear view of the world”
Path to Empowerment
Practising yoga develops breath awareness and attention, not only for the time we are on the mat, but extending beyond that time, into our daily lives.
“The ability to both give and receive love, in all its many forms of splendour, holds the true key to healing because it is the most life sustaining and affirming form of emotional expression”.
Path of Empowerment
Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
Back bends, chest and heart opening can be confronting...stirring up and releasing pent up emotions repressed in the heart chakra area.
When I was first learning yoga I would see people crying after class and wondered why none of the teachers had ever mentioned the emotional release that can occur through the practise..
Emotions have been described as energy in motion. Releasing physical and mental tension through a yoga practise can release associated emotional tension, tears can flow..but it is through the release that this offers that we are free to move forward, fully present..OPEN hearted, unencumbered, unrestricted or preoccupied by baggage and wounds and repressed emotions from past experiences.
We are either expanding or contacting. When energy is dedicated to holding onto or pushing down raw or uncomfortable emotions we are contracted, shut down, fearful of being emotionally triggered in any sense lest the emotions we are fearful of should arise. We are closed. We are not free.
When we are emotionally clear, when we can flow, we are released..able to feel and experience and express and explore...expanded...open...less fearful...free.
I have cried my way through many a practise, to arrive at the end of it at a calmer, clearer, stronger, more emotionally open and available, more peaceful place within myself, with an accompanying altered feeling and perception of my current ‘reality’ or the state of the world around me.
Yoga is an amazing tool which can assist us through times of grief or loss or change.
“The cosmic mind is a collective experience, one that is ever changing and growing by continuously incorporating every nuance of experience that every form of consciousness explores and transmits. Using your willpower to create a new probable world-which you do with each thought-by producing the frequencies of thought and energy that you desire, is the name of the game of freedom....The more responsibility you are willing to claim for being the creator of your life, the greater the truths you will be able to accept and deal with. Responsibility opens the doors to complete self-empowerment”
Path of Empowerment
Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
Open your heart and feel your way to truth and freedom...
Our yoga practise can help us to develop a more authentic relationship with ourselves as we draw our attention inward and become more attuned to our body, feelings, thoughts and intuitive knowing.
As we develop our powers of attention, focus, observation and attunement and our capacity for truth and honesty with ourselves we begin to notice more and more how particular foods, people, places, activities, relationships and experiences affect us. We become more aware of whether our choices feed and energies us, supporting and aligning us with our deeper truths and needs, or whether they hurt, disempower, fatigue or dishonour us.
We begin to make better, more loving choices for ourselves, to accept and love ourselves more. Because it FEELS good. We move ever closer to knowing and creating our own version of life, of truth and happiness, whatever that might be.
We learn to trust in ourselves, in our choices and in our capacity and our right to create a life that fulfils and feeds and nurtures us and allows us to express and share our individual and unique beauty and our gifts to the world.
Following my morning practises, apart from some housework, today I did something I haven’t done in a long time: I did next to nothing :) Just because that was the only thing that felt 'right' to do that day.
I went to the beach..lay in the sand and allowed myself to just ‘be’....felt the soft warm wind...listened to the waves gently rolling onto the sand....little birds chirping busily in the bush on the cliff behind me....felt the hot sun on my body and absorbed the intelligence emanating from it’s cosmic rays. I even dipped into the icy sea...then returned to lay again on the sand, in the hot sun...suffused with the delicious silence and stillness...with the elements...
.....I feel as though I have been on holiday for a week.
So much gratitude for this beautiful place we live in 🙏
“Nothing has any meaning except the meaning you give to it”
A Course in Miracles
“There are always many, many points of view for any situation. As you may well know, perspective is the key. As you expand your perceptions, you will be operating in a different program of reality”
Path of Empowerment
Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos
Tipping our world upside down is not only a figure of speech when we refer to inversions, such as head or hand stands.
We literally reverse our perspective on the world around us, looking at things from a different vantage point, which in turn stimulates new and different brain pathways, expanding and multiplying the networks and interconnections in our brain, leading to a significantly vaster perspective and hence more encompassing and possibility laden reality when we eventually turn ‘right side up’.
I’ve not been able to do inversions (or backbends, for that matter) much for years due to, initially, a neck injury, and then blood clots in chest and lungs last year. I was told I shouldn't ever raise my arms back over my head!!! But that doesn't feel like Truth to me.
I’ve only recently started to practise them again, having slowly built up my upper body and core strength again, and I am LOVING the feeling and shifted perspective they are giving me.
Happy New Year yogis and here's to a cathartic and joy-filled one ahead as we move through the last of some intensely transformative astrological cycles which have corresponded with much growth, cataclysm and upheaval for so many of us on a personal and global level, and which are now coming to their final stages.
Yoga is a fanstastic tool to assist us in times of change and transition, moving stagnant and blocked emotions and energy through us and out of us, and enabling us to come to a place of peace, clarity, strength, courage and centredness, within the eye of whatever storm it may be that we are facing.
Please join me in class to share in the mutiple benefits that this ancient mind/body/spirit healing and transformative technique has to offer, and by doing so, come more and more into the Truth of who you really are, and to knowing and having the courage to act on what your deepest deisres are calling you to be and do.
Make 2015, a numerological 8-year, the year to find your voice, your autonomy and authority, to take responsibility for the life that you have created to date, to take the time to find out or work towards creating the life that you wish to lead, and then setting up or consolidating the foundations and structures upon which you wish to build that life. Make 2015 the year to be 'seen' and to gain recognition for the authority or expertise that, on some level, you already are or have.
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, rebels, trouble makers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules, and they have no regard for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things, they push the human race forward.
And whilst some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do"
Quote from Steve Jobs(the visionary and entrepreneurial mind behind Apple computer company) in the final scene of the movie "Jobs", the story of Steve Jobs and the creation of the Apple computer empire.
Recently I have had to stop my practise entirely for having created an injury in my hip, quite a significant tear of the hip joint- well, a few tears actually...
Once I sort of got through the fear and devastation(and anger:"Why me? This is the last thing I need") of realising that I was not going to be able to even practise, let alone teach, for a few good weeks at least, I attempted to surrender to the process with as little resistance and acceptance as possible, which I admit I didn't do very quietly or gracefully at times, and with which I am still struggling.
I am back to teaching just verbally and that has been an accomplishment in itself, as I have always demonstrated fairly strongly in class and relied on my 'body knowing' rather than my 'brain knowing'. Stepping out of my comfort zone, coupled with all the financial and other consequences of not being able to teach(ie. earn money) whilst having practically full-time care of a very active and energetic 4-year old girl, in a situation where it was not an option to ask the other parent for some suppport or assistance, or relief from the practical obligations of the shared parenting arrangmenet and the hours of car travel(and, hence,money) it entailed, has made for some quite stressful weeks.
But injuries are always a great opportunity to have a good look at what is going on in one's life and, amidst the resistance and the frustration, I 'quietly'(not necessarily on the outside- externally I was still indulging in some whingeing and stressing- but internally I sort of quietly 'knew' what was going on and what I needed to do) I endeavoured to do just that.
Whilst there were certain areas of my life creating stress and a sense of overextension over which I felt powerless(on a physcial level) to change, I attempted to endeavour to at least let go in the areas of my life that I could alter, and sort of experimented with being 'lazy'-well as much as you can be lazy still needing to cook and clean and wash dishes and do the laundry and shopping and entertain and look after a 4-year old, whilst you can hardly walk, let alone run, bend down or even squat, and all you want to do is lay down on your back like a cadaver.
So when I wasn't doing the above(at about half the speed with which I would nroamlly do things, and taking twice the energy) and in rare moment of not having my daughter to care for when a family member offered to take her out for a while, just so that I could relax, (not go to work or court hearings or solicitors or appointments or other obligations), I lay on my back and decided to call, rather than just text or just avoid dealing with, a person from my past to whom I owed a small(but considerate to me, being as I was broke at the time) amount of money, and with whom I have been intending to get into contact for many months, but had always been 'too busy', or too tired, or had simply crashed out in bed hours earlier than anticipated and hence got none of those 'to-do-after-getting-my-little-one-to- sleep' jobs done.
To my joy, my surrender to just facing the financial 'crisis' I found myself in, in a somewhat relaxed and accepting manner was immediately rewarded, as, before I could do any more than begin to apologise for the lack of contact, let alone the lack of money going into his account, this dear man was insiting that the debt be forgotten about, and that I accept the item I had purchased from him on credit, as a 'Christmas gift'. I had not seen or talked to this man in over 4 years. I was bordering on tears at his kindness, compassion and his lack of absolutely any anger towards me.
Furthermore, this man, who is a pilot, wrapped up the lovely conversation which ensued, by proposing that I take my daughter on a holiday some time in the coming year, and told me that he would organise free flights for the two of us, as he has the opportunity to do (within limits)!!! By this stage I was teary :here I was, a single mum on a tight budget, having spent the last 4 years since my daughter's birth battling with her father through the Family Law Courts at the expense of all else, not having had a holiday or a break in all that time, suddenly near incapacitated and unable to work, which was my living money, and I had just been given!!! the flights I needed to take a decent holiday.
The irony of(and the lesson from) the situation was not lost on me for a second: surrenduring to the process, to what was, and through just letting go and following my intuitive feelings about what to do in those 2 hours that I had to myself on the couch, allowing myself to NOT work that evening, had resulted in a financial 'win' of a good $500 or so!! And all without getting off the couch!
In the days before I had my daughter, when I was 'travelling around the world on a g-string' (as my sister and her partner used to joke), I regularly experimented with manifesting and putting out intentions for what I needed or desired, and I watched the incredible ways that miracles were worked in my life, and things and people that I needed came to me through channels that I have could never have pre-determined, imagined or consciously created or made happen.
It was much easier to do back then when I didn't have another person relying on me, when I wasn't living under certain restrictions and obligations related to the shared parenting of this small person, restrictions being imposed on me from the Father, through The Law, and the commitments and responsibilities of the lifestyle that looking after myself and my child within these circumstances entailed. It was much easier to follow my intuitive feelings and hunches and be free to what I needed or felt to do, when I could make spontaneous choices from morning to evening, travelling and living on nothing if I so chose; when I had no real obligations to even stay in an occupation or a place, or in a relationship if it no longer excited, served or pleased me. I did not always make those changes easily or without pain,, but the freedom of choice to make the small ones in particualar were taken for granted. I knew that I could always get by, and that my choices didn't directly effect anyone except myself, or other adults who were more than capable of looking after themselves.
But I saw and was reminded, in this injury opportunity, of the importance of Trust and of honouring one's self and one's inner yearnings, on a very fundamental level, even when everything in your rational mind and your external reality is telling you that something should or should not be done or should or should not be happening. For me that came down to being physically forced to stop when I had been feeling like I had been running on a treadmill, from which I had convinced myself, mostly out of fear, that there was no jumping off, for some time before.
There was pressure from others-well meaning others- also concerned about my impednding financial loss, to continue teaching in some capacity at least. But I knew in myself, and was guided to at least supportive professional who supported my instinct and what was now my physical need, that all I wanted was to just let it all(or at least some of it) go for a little while, to move as little as possible, lay down as much as possible(even if just for 10 minutes at a time) and just BE.
For some time preceding the injury I had been inwardly desperate for a holiday, for some quiet time, for some down time, some non-teaching, non-doing time, some contemplation and dreaming time, but I had not been able to logically or practically see how it could be achieved. My injury forced me into and gave me that opportunity and made me just slow down, although I resisted it so strongly as I still had so much I 'had' to do, just in the day to day living requirements, especially when healthy food preparation(and shopping for the right foods etc) is such a big part of your life, and when those things and other things still needed to be done and yet took longer and werer harder and more exhausting to do. But it provoked a shift in focus, as I needed to really determine and only do(where I had choice) what I deemed was necessary for my own and my daughter's immediate wellbeing. It gave me the opportunity to withdraw a little, which was what I needed as much as getting away, and created subtle internal and external shifts in my life in other ways as a consequence. It gave me some detachedness from a lot of what I had been caught up in.
Further, in honouring the 'being' I started to attract and fall into profitable situations in ways and circumstances that I know would not have occured had I been rushing around in my usual 'got-to-get-it-all-done-and-fulfill-others-expectations-of-me-too' manner.
So thank you, body, for honouring me even when I was unable to consciously do that for myself. I feel slightly excited about my life again, and about the possibilities of attracting(rather than pushing to get) what I need, following synchronicities and my intution and going with the flow a little bit more even with the care and responsibilities of my little girl, which I love and wouldn't change for the world.
Withdrawing from my 'role', my community and my social and professional world for a little bit, has allowed me some time to dream and ponder and explore possibilities and projects and some jobs on my( 'to do list') that I have been putting off, has allowed me to stop and be, to not be sociable if I haven't felt like it(I'm a bit of an introvert, a hermit really), to go to less children's activities, and just potter around, and be, play with my daughter a bit more, and feel what I spontaneously felt like doing or creating, without all the structure and my days all planned-up from morning to night.
Yesterday, after dropping my daughter at her Fathers some hours away for her fortnightly visit(visits which are the source of a degree of ongoing stress and anxiety for her and therefore myself) I even bought some material to sew her a mermaid costume. I have not sewn for years, and yet just entering into the creative, colourful space of the fabric shop, awakewned something dormant in me.
And I've finally set up my latest website and started a blog- things I have been wanting to do for years now.
So thank you body, for creating an opportunity for me to be reminded of the importance of listening to and trusting that inner knowing. Solutions, abundance and miracles can come from a source which is infinite and beyond the limits of our minute experience or knowledge bank -no matter how vast we may think that bank.
The part of our being, our humanity, which maintains constant connection with that infinite source of interconnectedness is the unconscious, of which the body and our feelings are the messengers. Yoga can and does help us to develop the inner sensitivity to notice what the body and feelings are trying to show us. After that it is our choice as to whether we listen and act upon that wisdom or not, whether we express or supress our inner-knowing.
I still do not know what is coming or what I really want to 'do' or work towards in the coming years. I feel that new things are on the way but I am not sure yet of what they will be. I do know that I have recently been reminded of the importance of creating space and allowing for emptiness and time and quietness from the race of everyday life, in order to tune in and follow those gut feelings and voices, to become still enough to hear them and to have enough space in our lives, and enough courage and self trust to allow ourselves to act on them.