Expectations

What expectations do you have for your life? Do they correspond to reality?

Are you living with expectations that will never be, that leave you constantly disappointed, that taint your life with grudges, unhappiness and continual anxiety?

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It is time for a reality check, a truth telling session with yourself so you can stop expending energy on fixing and rescuing others who cannot or don’t want to be rescued.

Perhaps you will find in your truth telling session that you have been striving to keep up false appearances, that life is not turning out the way you had planned or expected.

Perhaps you realize you have been on the trail of expected rewards for many years only to find they are not so rewarding once you achieve them.

Ask your heart for the truth in all areas of your life. Do not lie to yourself or let the ego or the icy grip of fear take over.

This truth telling session with yourself will take courage, stamina and integrity and most of all, self compassion and understanding.

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Begin your truth telling session in your heart. Then you can reinvent your life on a foundation of wise and realistic expectations and the true desires of your spirit.

You are meant to be here

You have been given the ultimate, the highest gift – life itself. Your spirit has chosen this path: Life in your body in this very place at this particular time.

You are meant to be here – with all that means.

Living in a body is not easy. It means you will experience grief, loss, and despair, sometimes happiness and flow and joy. You will know the pleasure of creativity and at other times you may feel stuck and alone.

You will experience illness and health, love and connection, you will know what it is to feel peaceful and calm, to rest at times, and be restless at others. You may know what it is to be injured in body or mind and to recover and feel whole again.

You are meant to know and experience the full spectrum of emotion to know all the joy and sorrows of life. You are meant to be fully present, knowing and trusting the process of living.

Life on this planet is not for the faint of heart!

Life means asking for help when you are unable to stand on your own. Life means lending your strength when others need your support. Life means heartfelt connections with other living beings that share this earth with you.

Life means paying attention to your body, mind and spirit, living by your heart and intuition, taking care of yourself and your needs, learning to love and accept yourself.

As an inhabitant of this planet, life means that you will know great loss that will take your breath away. And you will know many blessings that fill you with joy.

Source hears you, loves you, answers your heartfelt prayers throughout your life.

Breathe deeply and gather courage and strength for your unfolding journey.

Fear

Has fear settled into your heart and mind? It can suck your soul right out of your body, drain your hope, distract you from your life’s purpose, rob your of happiness, turn you against your friends, sap your strength, and dim your light.

When you gain perspective on your fears, you will learn to discern the false fear of the mind that keeps you debilitated and small, and the real fear of the body and instincts that will keep you safe and help you act when real danger threatens you.

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Wary squirrel

Some would use false fear as a weapon of mass disempowerment. A weapon to keep you in line, to control and contain and diminish your spirit.

Dear ones, I ask you to gather your courage, to call back your power, the inner spiritual power that fuels your life, and look the fear right in the eye. See it for what it is – a product of the mind and ego.

Will you do what you are called to do? Will you acknowledge your fear, then speak confidently in front of a large group, travel to a foreign land, apply for a new job, or speak out when an injustice has occurred? Will you share your gifts with others even though you may be ridiculed? Will you stand up for those who are weaker than you? Will you speak your truth to the powerful?

Like the “Great and Powerful Oz”, when you pull back the curtain, you will see and know the fear for a puff of smoke that’s been magnified and blown out of proportion. You will discover that it is an illusion that will fade when brought to the light and examined.

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Monarch butterfly

You are larger than your fear! Gather your courage, spread your wings, and live fully!

Stand in your light

Are you ready to come out of the shadows, take a chance, and stand in your light?

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Dragonfly on iris leaf

It takes guts, stamina, courage, commitment, and willingness to be seen and heard. Are you willing to risk rejection from others who don’t understand?

When you stand in your light, you know that you are deeply rooted to the earth!  You know your full creative power, and your will, aligned with all that is. You feel the power and beauty of your expanded heart.  You speak with  a clear strong voice.  You trust your intuitive knowing.  You a maintain and nurture a strong connection to the divine.

If you own a human body, you have been given these gifts.

You can develop your gifts – expand them, embrace them and emerge into your full light and power – at your pace, in the timing that suits you.

These gifts, when acknowledged and nurtured will guide you to your highest good.  What is in your highest good is in the highest good of all that is! Strengthen yourself and you strengthen the web of all things!

Enjoy the journey!

Try something new!

Dear ones, are you experiencing the full spectrum of life that is available to you – or do you find yourselves repeating the same tired, ineffective thoughts, words, and actions?

My beloved, you can expand your awareness and your repertoire of actions thoughts and behaviors beyond the borders of the known and move into the exciting realm beyond your comfort zone where the heart and soul of life unfold.

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Spring buds

To do this, you must drop skepticism, doubt, and launch your boat into the stream. Life provides limitless possibilities to you, in this, your precious time on earth. 

Gather your courage. Gather your trust in source and expand your life one new thought, one new idea, one new action at a time. Try something new! See where that takes you! Try a new path this time, step forward in a new direction that calls you.

Like a rainbow, where the colors melt imperceptibly into each other, forming delightful new colors and qualities of light, so you can begin to bring in new thoughts that blend with the old, yet take you to a newer fresher place in your mind, heart and spirit.

More about intuition

The world will be a friendlier place for all living things when more learn to trust and live by the deep river of true knowing that flows through all humans. You must approach this learning with a pure heart, with genuine curiosity, and the desire to live an authentic life that satisfies your soul.

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Red squirrel in winter

Do not demand fast answers on the spot and snap your fingers (as a math teacher did to the two legged one years ago). Allow the answers to surface within you. They may come right away or take some time.

Dear ones, do not allow yourself to be fooled…If you ask yourself which food is right for you in the moment and you continue to receive the answer “chocolate brownie” time after time, then your are not hearing from your intuition.

You may want a gooey brownie, once again, but wanting is of the ego. You must go deeper to find the truth and it may not coincide with the desires of your ego.

Your heart will know the truth as you discover your true desires, what is most important to you, who is right for you in friendship, in love, what foods are healthy and right for you, if you should move to a new town or stay, …

Strengthening your intuition and living by it will take courage, trust , a depth of commitment and awareness that will take practice and fortitude. When you have tapped in your intuition will steer you to your highest good every time you ask.

You are a dragon slayer

What you are presented with emotionally in this life can be healed in this life. To do this, you must engage all your awareness, your will, heart and power, and face those patterns and thoughts with courage and trust in your resilience.

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Changing weather

You who truly seek healing, transformation and wholeness begin on an amazing hero’s journey of discovery. You will confront pain, you will confront your deepest fears. They are like dragons and you are the brave dragon slayer.

With courage and attention, you will find that the dragons are simply illusions – all puffed up but with no real substance behind them – like inflatable outdoor holiday figures when the power is cut off. They deflate and lay useless on the ground.

Cut off the power supply to heal emotional dragons by paying attention with courage, observing with compassion, staying with it, persevering for your health and transformation.

Betty’s note: Dear ones, please know that there is help available for your journey of healing and transformation.  When you need it, ask for help and support  from a therapist, energy healer, or shamanic healer who feels right for you.

Danger

I have known other trees to be uprooted, stripped of branches and leaves in a powerful windstorm, bent and broken by heavy ice and snow, riddled by disease and insects, felled by a chainsaw wielding human.

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Final day for a crimson maple tree

I have witnessed destruction and danger, I have seen death and decay. Yet I must stand tall and root myself deeply in the face of these unpredictable dangers.

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Fallen log with fungi and moss

It is my only choice. To endure, to live and unfold my leaves each spring, to release my seeds on the wind, to send my roots deeper and deeper into the fertile soul beneath me, to reach toward the light.

In the face of the dangers of life, within your power, do what you can to live fully, face the sun, and fulfill your purpose here. All other choices lead to diminishment.