Your Inner Fire

Can you locate your inner fire? When you are able to quiet your mind and bring awareness to your body and subtle energy, pay attention to your spirit, where the elements of passion and light and life intersect to fuel your existence at this time and in this place.

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Is your fire burning strong and steady and bright? Does it need an infusion of fuel, is it dimming and cooling? Your fuel is that which gives you purpose. Your fuel sparks your creativity and ignites your passion for life.

Pay attention to your body – when you feel a dimming or a sense of hollowness or emptiness, you are growing cooler – when you feel a brightening, an energizing effect, a renewed focus, you are getting warmer. Ask for more of that, do more of whatever it is that engages your being.

Living with a great creative fire and passion within you will raise your vibrations, will improve your outlook, make life flow more easily, light the way forward.

Don’t compare your inner life with others. Go inward and get to know yourself, know what makes you want to get up in the morning and live. Do what brings you life, what feeds your spirit even if others scoff or scold.

(Your wise inner self will never ask you harm, disrespect, or diminish yourself or others in any way. Find a therapist trusted friend or healer if you are having these thoughts).

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If you are temporarily blocked from your life’s work during this shutdown, plan, dream, sketch and write out ideas, draw in inspiration from all around you. Let spirit guide you.

Let your work change, evolve, and grow stronger adapting to the new realities of our world in this moment of crisis. Find new ways to fuel your inner fire if the old ways are no longer viable.

Let change make you stronger, more resilient, more creative, flexible and adaptable. You are alive, you are here in this time, in this place, you are meant to be here!

Let your inner fire burn brightly to fuel your life with purpose.

True beauty

Paying attention only to your outward beauty, that which is “skin deep” is getting your beauty regimen backward!

To truly shine and glow with light, to look and feel and be your best and brightest, begin at your center. The center of your being, your spirit.

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This glow of inner health, the authenticity of wholeness and well being can’t be faked or mimicked with makeup, hair color, surgery, lasers, botox.

Old emotions stuck in your energy field from the past, fear, anxiety, worry, weigh you down and dim your light. Others can feel it and sense it in you.

If you do not like yourself when you look in the mirror, if your spirit is flagging, go deeper into your heart and soul, to your inner light and begin here to reclaim your true inner beauty.

You know you are not at your best when you feel stuck and you worry and fret about your looks. This is a distraction from the true work of your life, the true and joyful work of living from your center.

Begin to gently clear and cleanse and heal and release the stale and stuck emotions of the past. Like exfoliating the skin, it gives your spirit a brighter and healthier glow.

Find help in a trusted healer, counselor, friend, or clergy person when you are ready to begin your healing journey, your journey to reclaim the light you were born with.

Grandmother Cottonwood

This will allow the true light of your inner spirit to shine through and illuminate your life. When you are lit up, you are vital and vibrant with well-being and health. You are unconcerned about how others perceive you.

When you have tapped into this wellspring, you will know it and feel it. You will be too busy doing the true work of your life, you won’t have time to fret in front of a mirror, and won’t need others to validate your looks.

Remember this: True beauty is soul deep.

Journey to your spirit

No matter what happens in your life, no matter how you feel, no matter how fearful angry frustrated or hurt you feel, your infinite spirit is always with you.

It is at your center, knowing your wholeness, tending and holding the eternal flame of your being. Your spirit lights the way in the darkness for you to reclaim and rediscover your true self. It is whole and complete and calm underneath the dark storm clouds of emotion and fear.

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When you are hurting, tap into the spirit at your center, your wise self, and ask for guidance and comfort. When you are in pain, ask the light deep within you for relief and healing and insight.

When you are angry, ask your spirit, your higher self to show you how to release the anger in healthy ways. Ask to let it fuel your growth and creativity and show you how to create boundaries that keep you safe and protected.

If you cannot tap into your spirit or have never known the light and wisdom at your center, ask for help from a loving friend, kind therapist or wise healer to mirror back to your your light and your amazing bright star of wisdom, wholeness, and purpose deep at your core.

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Take a journey of discovery through your inner landscape and get to know your indestructible spirit.

It is not an easy journey, but it is worth it!

Reconnect to Source

You are beings of light and energy, meant to connect your light with that of source, to form a column of clear pure light in which you are connected to the earth, centered in your body, and aligned with source.

Take me, the mighty cottonwood tree as a model. My deep roots anchor me to the earth. I am centered in my truck and lower branches. My leaves and buds and uppermost branches reach toward the sun and align themselves with the light.

GCW, winter afternoon

When your light becomes clouded and you feel disconnected from source, you may suffer, you may become addicted to something or someone to distract from your feelings of separation.

The light of source is always there for you, shining brightly! When you feel disconnected, it is for you to find a way to plug into the light, current and power of source.

Humans have devised many ways over centuries to reconnect with source. Perhaps singing from your heart will do it for you, or creating visual art or making music or writing.

You might find your connection to source as you follow the guidance and wisdom of your heart, spend time with a beloved friend, work at a task you love with focus and dedication, pour your heart out in prayer, do yoga, spend time with a beloved child, work with plants… doing what you love…

Dear ones, please know that Source is not “out there”. Source is easily accessible to each and every living creature on this planet and that includes you! Source is within you all! Think of source as a feeling of expansion, of joy, timeless flow…of grace…of trust in life…

When you find a way to reconnect with the light within you that is source, you heal yourselves and know your oneness with all that is. Your energy, health and intuition will improve. You will become who you are meant to be.

Connection with source is your birthright!

More about power

Power means being an effective person- finding and doing work and play that satisfies your spirit and lifts your heart.

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Basswood leaf on sunlit stream

Power is weaving webs of connection with others.

Power is using the fuel of your anger wisely and creatively without harm to others.

Power is standing in your truth and speaking clearly.

Power is allowing yourself to feel, letting feelings flow through you without blocking them. Giving them your full loving attention, then letting them go.

Power is aligning your inner light with source and knowing your connection to the web of all things.

Separately, disconnected from the web of all things, you are weak and flail about, seeking false sources of power. Grasping at straws. Those who would be separate are like a single thread, weak and alone, fragile and easy to break.

Connected to the web of creation, each individual thread joins with every other thread to create a tapestry, a fabric of amazing strength and beauty, of  breathtaking patterns, impossible to tear.

Your inner light

Take a journey with me to your inner light .

Allow yourself to enter into a meditation where you imagine letting go of everything you own, your body, your identity, everything you think and feel, until only your brilliant inner light is left.

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Sunlight covered by clouds

Surrender for a little while your grasp on the physical objects around you. Imagine that there is nothing you need to keep track of, nothing to count, nothing to organize or pay for. Surrender all of it.

Now imagine if you can, your precious physical body dissolving until you are nothing but energy. Release it.

Now imagine letting go of your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and your identity. Release what is in your mind and heart. You are simply allowing yourself to be with no agenda, no worries, no regrets.

Finally, imagine your spirit floating free and expansive, with nothing weighing it down.

Now, as you enter into this great silence, know the pure light at your center.

Now, slowly come back to your physical existence, retrieving those thoughts, beliefs and feelings that are good for you. Leave the others behind. Now imagine your body regenerating in a way that pleases you. Now once again surround yourself with the objects around you, those that are useful, those that you love. Let the others go. 

Allow yourself to feel gratitude for your existence and all the blessings you have in your life.

Let me repeat: You are the light.  Your light is the foundation your entire life is built on and the blueprint for your body. Feel it, be it, know it.

Your amazing light

It is not just your physical being that others respond to.   It is your amazing energy – that powerhouse of creation connected to all that is; your inner light that shines brighter than any sun if you let it.

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Grandmother Cottonwood, evening sunlight

Are you willing to let your powerful light shine? Are you willing to truly live the purpose you’ve come here to express? If so, you will break the rules, you will defy convention, you will create your own community.  You may be seen as strange and different, yet you will tap into the vast goodness of the human heart. You will live a rich and full and soul satisfying life guided by your heart your spirit and your connection to all that is.

When you allow your light to shine you will know what it is to be fully empowered, fully human, fully at home in your body while knowing the wise and invisible part of you, the spirit.

Your gifts and talents and light are needed here and now. It is time to come out of hiding, wake from your hibernation and live in your full power!

The Earth and all her creatures need you now!

All hands on deck!

Fear of moving forward

GCW speaks of moving past your fears:

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Winter sunshine and shadow

Do you feel stuck in the mud, glued to the spot, relegated to the shadows? Is taking action painful? Do you allow yourself to be distracted by shiny blinking things, physical pain, TV sitcoms, murder mysteries? Do you worry about things that will never come to pass in this world or the next?

If you look in the mirror and see a body and a familiar face looking back at you; if you reach out and touch yourself and feel warm skin and a pulse; if you take sweet air into your lungs and breathe; if you exist in this place and time in a human body, you are meant to take action when inspired. You are meant to move forward into the unknown when called, and fearlessly reinvent yourself in each moment.

You are meant to dissolve the invisible barriers that keep you small. You dissolve unfounded fears by shining a light on them, loving them and moving forward past the doubt, the heaviness in your chest, into what you know in your gut is right for you.

You do this in response to your heart’s desires, the driving force behind all existence. You are spirit and body, and the heart is your navigator. You must get out of your chair, out of your head, and into the place where magic meets the material world. Surrender to your heart. You know it is where your true wisdom lies.

Tap in to the powerful energy of your heart. Listen for guidance. Act!