A More Passionate and Beautiful ME

Ok, so you know how I talked in my “mother earth is shifting” post about being in the most amazing conference (Ignite Your Spark) a few weeks ago and how I “love-love-LOVED” the way it streamed passion and exuberance into my being?  How it lit me up?

What I didn’t mention is that I was at a very low point  – a big ol’ woe-is-me lull – for several days just prior to that event.  My business, my health, my weight, my personal worth, my role as a mom, a wife…everything female.  I’m not always super transparent about my struggles, but let’s just say that February to early March were feeling scary.

Not a “life is meaningless and I have no purpose” scary, but the kind of scary where you have so much yearning in your heart to do good and just feel like you lack the wherewithal to put it in motion.  Like you wonder if you have the strength to be as much as you want to be and live from the point of authenticity and freedom that your soul is really craving.

Like you needed someone – anyone! – to give you permission to stop playing small and start fulfilling the full and stately measure of your creation.

Honestly, I feel that a big part of feminine authenticity and purpose is being surrounded by beauty.  Not materialistic vanities, just the beautiful things of the Earth.  Surroundings you can create with intention and love.  For me, that includes a nice-sized beautiful home to inspire myself and my family, and those who need nurturance and joy within those walls.  Prior to that conference, I was feeling bugged – triggered- by my uninspiring home.  A little red brick box –  built over 50 years ago- that can barely fit our family of five and dog.  It’s got creaks and cracks and orange shag basement carpet and 70’s cupboards…argh!  We knew when we moved in it would only be temporary, but STILL…feeling bugged nonetheless.

Creating beauty with intention and love – as it relates to feminine authenticity – must involve our physical bodies.  As women, our image and carriage and visual attractivness is so very much a part of our life missions.  Our physical form and confidence are the walking advertisements for our beliefs about our own sacredness and value.  The way I’ve been feeling about my house is almost exactly how I was feeling about my physical body.  I felt more like a neglected rental rather than a temple.  Needing some invigoration, some motivation, some nurturance.  Some Divine assistance.

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This isn’t our house, BTW…:)

I’m done whining about what I’m lacking, and that really wasn’t the point of this post, anyway.  This post is about what I’m going to claim.  Because I wanted beauty within and around me, I took that desire to God and claimed it as a righteous one – shortly after I left that conference.  The blessings and opportunities that have come into my Sacred Station since then have been a challenge to keep up with!

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I’d settle for this as my second home…:)

As of 3 days ago, I’ve taken on two new coaches – one for my business/purpose and the other for my body/health.  Both, I feel, will help me create more beauty and value for those I love and serve, as well as more abundance.  I am blessed that my Creator placed them on my path and look forward to taking the next 3 months to be coached rather than just to coach.

I am soooooooooo excited!  I’ll be updating on how this “semi-extreme home makeover”  plays out.

The Power of Words

as a man thinketh so is he

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

God said, and then there was.  Our Creator spoke life into existence.  We have the same power to speak life into our own little worlds.

We also have the capacity to destroy them.

I love words…always have.  Taught myself to read when I was 4 years old because words intrigued me so much.  I sensed their influence and significance and impact.  Words that come forth from our mouths -AND words that are formed in our minds- have the potential to injure or inspire ourselves and others.  Words have matter, force…power.

I did a short internship with Child Protective Services my 2nd year of college.  I say short, because it didn’t take me long to realize that working with the families of abused and neglected children was a little more than my 20 year-old heart could bear.  Hanging in the office of the social worker I did cases with was a poster of a little boy curled up in a corner.  It read, “Words hit harder than a fist.”

I have an inner child that needs healing.  All of us do.  We’ve been hurt by others’ words, and most of us are still listening to the scripts – the “tapes” – in our heads that downplay our magnificence.  We are continuously bombarded by the Adversary with mental/spiritual attacks in the form of injurious words regarding our worth and performance.

I really want to move past downplaying my worth and potential, and that of others.  I’ve often thought how amazing it would be to master beautiful, life-affirming speech in this life…speaking with the tongue of angels.  As in, nothing that comes out of my mouth does anything but build and heal.  Including the conversations I have with myself.

I’m reading Kevin Hall’s book, Aspire, and am loving it.  It’s all about the power of words.  He introduces the word, “Genshai“, which means that you should never treat another person in a manner that would make them feel small.  “If I were to talk by a beggar in the street and casually toss him a coin, I would not be practicing Genshai.  But if I knelt down on my knees and looked him in the eye when I placed that coin in his hand, that coin became love.  Then and only then, after I had exhibited pure, unconditional brotherly love, would I become a true practitioner of Genshai.”

I think we should practice Genshai on ourselves.  We should use the power of words to create personal beauty and meaning and love and greatness.

In my coaching business, I have women list their fears and inadequacies (negative thoughts about themselves).  Then, I have them list the antithesis to those fears and turn them into positive, life-affirming statements.  I have them carry the statements on notecards and hang them up in various spots in their home or car as reminders:  “I am stepping into supreme confidence and beauty”  “I have a deep understanding of who I am”  “I was born to shine” “I speak with power, truth and intelligence ”  “My eye is single to God and therefore my whole body is full of light”  “My mind is clear and focused”  “The Glory of GOD is manifest in ME”  “Angels attend my children and sentinels stand in my home”  “I am an ambassador for Christ”  “My body is fit and strong”  “I am powerful”  “I am on the Lord’s errand and am doing away with the fear of man”  “My gifts are being magnified”  “I am a woman of Faith and I only answer to my Father and my Savior” and my personal favorite,  “Just as Queen Esther, I WAS BORN FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.”

I used to read these over and over again, every day – for months – and it was amazing how my internal dialogue shifted.  It was wonderful how people began to respond to me differently; see me in a different light.  I’ve gotten away from this practice, and it’s time to come back.  Words literally have the power to rewire your mind – your DNA – to regard youself as intelligent and beautiful and queenly and precious.

Let there be Light.

Mother Earth is Shifting

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Just sitting here thinking of my brothers and sisters in Japan and the devastating earthquake that has rocked their homeland over the weekend…as well as the unrest in the Middle East, our volatile economy, the political instability, global unrest…

While all that was happening in Japan, I sat in one of the most amazing conferences for women I’ve ever attended – Ignite Your Spark, organized by my new friend Angela Johnson.  The room was electrified with the presence of women who desire to heal the planet and make a difference.  Ideas and inspiration and passion and exuberance streamed into my being while there.  My mind and heart are still reeling from the beautiful insights and impressions I received.  I love-love-love-love LOVE it when that happens, and believe me, I soooo needed that boost.  I so needed it.

It’s been hitting me lately that this is a time of MARKED polarity. Great injustice, disasters, darkness and mayhem on one end of the spectrum.  Truth, Balance, Light, Triumph, and pure Passion on the other.

The Earth has a Purpose, just as we all do.  It is part of the Earth’s destiny and mission to experience this strong polarity (or opposition).  The Earth holds its own vibration and frequency.    It has subtle energies operating within it and around it, and it definitely has an energy field, just as we do.  You could say it has a spirit.

Even wisdom.

We live in an interesting time – the “winding up scenes” of the Earth are literally upon us.  All world religions, Christian, Buddhists, Islam, Judaism, American Indians, The New Age Movement…every culture, religion and peoples believe we are experiencing “the end of times” or a winding up of the Earth’s mission.

As a result, the Earth is experiencing great energetic shifts.  Everything (including time) is speeding up and increasing in force and intensity.  The time has come when you literally cannot fence-sit or stand still.  If you are feeling depressed, it will feel more pronounced.  If you are feeling joy, it will feel more pronounced.  The middle ground is getting harder to exist in or even define.  Few are on middle ground anymore.

Mother Earth knows her mission is in its final stages.  Disease and depression and wars and crimes are rampant, escalating and increasing.  The scriptures and prophets of all ages have told us that the Earth will be destroyed because of the darkness – the low vibrations – that the PEOPLE ARE CREATING.  This is often termed evil or wickedness.  Interestingly, natural disasters, calamities, storms, etc., are a manifestation of the energetic shifts in the Earth in response to the vibrations of its inhabitants.

The Earth is preparing to cleanse and renew.

Along with darkness, Light and Truth are streaming onto this Earth with just as much force and intensity.  People are waking up – searching, becoming enlightened.  Technology and communication have seen huge expansions, and they are increasing exponentially.    What was true in last year’s textbook is already outdated.  If technology is experiencing such rapid, exponential growth, why wouldn’t “unseen” emotional energies and thoughts be experiencing that same rate of growth and “speeding up”?  THEY ARE!!

My experience at the Ignite Your Spark conference this weekend confirmed that.

I want you to look inside and see if you can discern what your experience has been with the energy shifts on Earth.  Maybe you never recognized it as such.

  1. Do you feel “called” to perform a Purpose? 
  2. Are you hungering to learn new truths? 
  3. Do you feel an urgency you can’t explain?
  4. Are these feelings increasing in intensity?

Many women are experiencing strong shifts, right along with the earth.  They are strongly desiring to heal, to inspire others some way, or to live their Divine Purpose.  Unknowingly, we are each in tune with what’s happening on the Earth as the Earth is “winding up.”  IN ESSENCE, BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN THIS DIMENSION, YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THE SAME SHIFTS THE EARTH IS.  (some are aware of this, some are not…)   Just as the Earth desires to cleanse and renew, so do OUR bodies and spirits!!!

There are many, many passages in the Bible and other scripture about these scenes and shifts in our day.  A significant one is found in Joel 2:28-29, in the Old Testament.  This entire chapter is dedicated to what will be happening on the Earth in our time:

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit…

Note that this scripture is including women.  Your sons and your DAUGHTERS,  – prophesy, dream dreams, see visions….your servants and HANDMAIDS  (not just the wealthy, beautiful, privileged or educated).

I have talked to many women who are hungering for more knowledge – but they want it from the right sources.  They desperately want more, but they do not want to be deceived!  This longing and yearning to learn more cannot come from a dark source.  It is in congruence with what is happening with the consciousness of our Mother Earth.

God is pouring out His spirit upon all flesh…and my sense is that if you are reading this, you are feeling it.  You are in tune with the energetic and spiritual shifts on this Earth.  Even more exciting, you are feeling called to be part of a Purpose and to help raise the frequency of the Earth’s vibration by ALLOWING light, truth and knowledge to stream into your consciousness.

I said this in by “About” section and I’ll say it again: IT’S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE A WOMAN OF GOD.

I love this poem that was shared at the conference:

Earth Teach Me to Remember
by John Yellow Lark

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.
Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth Teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep in the rain.
Ute, North American

Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman?

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Proverbs 31:

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

(RARE; PRICELESS; of GREAT VALUE to GOD)

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her

(a CROWN TO HER HUSBAND; TRUSTWORTHY)

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

(INDUSTRIOUS; a PLANNER; SELF-SUFFICIENT)

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

(TAKES INITIATIVE; GENEROUS to ALL)

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

(WISE STEWARD; HARD WORKER)

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.  

(ARMS HERSELF SPIRITUALLY; TAKES CARE of her BODY)

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.  

(DISCERNING; POSITIVE; CONSISTENT; a LIGHT to the WORLD)

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 

(SERVES the LESS FORTUNATE; COMPASSIONATE)

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

(PREPARED; UNAFRAID)

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

(CREATIVE and RESOURCEFUL; has a BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL “IMAGE”)

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

(INTEGRITIOUS; CONFIDENT; FAITHFUL; JOYFUL)

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  

(THINKS BEFORE SHE SPEAKS; KIND; WISE)

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

(ORGANIZED; NOT IDLE; CREATES a HOUSE of ORDER)

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

(Instills LOVE and RESPECT in her HUSBAND and CHILDREN)

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

(MEEK; HUMBLE; Not preoccupied with beauty/exterior self; RELIANT on GOD; PRAISEWORTHY)

This is Divine Femininity.  This is the application of Light and truth.  As women, this is our model.  I cannot think of another place in God’s word that gives us such a comprehensive overview of God’s purpose for us as women and His Divine Design for our existence.

It does not mean we are “perfect” in each category.  However, each of these categories hold potential for further study and research…a challenge for us to gain further Light and knowledge in each of these areas as we mature, refine ourselves and carry forth our unique, personal beauty and missions.

This “virtuous woman” is LIVING her Purpose.  She creates and rejoices in what she has created.

She lives her passion, she has hobbies and she is engaged in life.  She is in the world, but not of it.  She is active and involved in doing what she loves and in adding to the increase of her household.  Her heart is at home, and she recognizes this as her most important stewardship and blessing.

Most importantly, a virtuous woman DOES NOT FEEL GUILTY FOR DOING WHAT SHE LOVES.  She just goes forward, trusting her heart and trusting God.

There are not enough virtuous women walking this planet.  God recognizes such women as rare and priceless.  Ladies, the time is short.  The winding-up scenes of the Earth are upon us.  We MUST prepare.  Lately, I have been thinking almost continuously of the Parable of the 10 Virgins in the Holy Bible – 10 righteous women, but 5 are prepared, and 5 are not when the “bridegroom cometh.”  All ten are women of faith, but five are virtuous women…alive in Christ and full of hope and purpose.

Don’t be like the women of the world.  Stand out with Godly attributes and be something different…something higher…something more beautiful.  A very wise religious leader said, “Resolve NOW to rise to the stature of the divinity within you.”

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