Empower Your Divine Feminine and Reclaim Feeling Alive

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spring-320310_1280 pixabayEach of us, whether biologically male or female, has a choice about the extent to which they express empowering feminine qualities. Sadly, for many of us, feminine qualities have been derogated. As a result, we have diminished their importance in our lives and even repressed them. This means that we cannot give them full expression, which undermines our ability to reach our potential. We may not even consciously realize that this has occurred. Balanced incorporation of both masculine and feminine qualities is key to full engagement in life.

Consider the following seven empowering feminine qualities, and how they are expressed in your life. Do they enrich your experience or are they showing up with dysfunction?

1) Consort: This quality shows up in the archetypes of the dancer, virgin, or concubine, who emulate beauty for beauties sake. It pertains to decoration, grace, and vulnerability. It is the extent to which you can trust enough to be tender, delicate, and allowing. It is appreciation, a state of being responsive and yielding, as opposed to more masculine qualities of assertion and initiation. In its detriment, innocent appreciation and sharing of beauty is lost and manipulation occurs. When you are sensitive to this exchange, true partnership can be achieved. Continue reading

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The Middle Way: Your Secret to Success

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spinnin topThe Middle Way is about balance, but is not as simple as adjusting weights until they are equal and then you are done. This is because the weights themselves are not constant, so, you need to pay attention to how they shift in quality. In other words, it is less like linear pendulum oscillation, and more like a spinning disc. Fine adjustments allow you to more completely meet your needs and priorities, or to optimize where you concentrate your time.

Needs
Your fundamental needs do not change that much. What changes as you move beyond childhood, is the extent to which they are your personal responsibility. We often do not pay them much attention until one is neglected and we feel its absence. As long as a certain level of safe shelter, available resource,  community, accomplishment, and inner evolution is occurring, all is well. However, it is easy to see what happens if our environmental temperature becomes hazardous, or if we experience restriction of food or water. What is less obvious is the physiological reaction to solitude and isolation, or to stagnation in achievement, or development of the way we matter. These are all elements of the environment with which we surround ourselves and which may need an overhaul depending on career choices, family commitments, financial pressures, or health issues. It is up to you to find the sweet spot where you experience harmony by choosing what is required and eliminating what is not. Middle Way means bringing attention to where you do and don’t need to go, how you do and don’t need to feel, and what you do and don’t need to think. Continue reading

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Using a Wish List to Connect to Your Deepest Desires

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garden-596711_1280 - pixabayGenerating a wish list or dreams list is one way to connect to your possibilities and inner desires. The list itself can take whatever form you prefer. It can simply be a list, or it could be organized by themes, or in the form of a chart.

Taking time to generate a wish list – and it should take some time – gives you a reference point, a place to check in when you lack resolve or inspiration. Allow your list to grow with you. Don’t be afraid to remove items that are no longer a good fit, such as possessions, or skills, or activities that were a priority for previous ways of thinking. Take note of any areas where you don’t have inspiration; here you can ask what might support you in identifying what you would like to create.
It is your opportunity to brain storm and write down everything that comes to mind that you have ever wanted to do in any domain. In fact, you can use the different areas of your life for inspiration. For example: Continue reading

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Motivate Yourself: Key#5 Refuse to Quit

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butterfly-680348_1280 pixabyThe last key in this series is never give up. Once you know exactly what you want, and begin to take action on it, applying a positive framework, and moving forward even when you are scared, you must persist even when you experience setbacks. Here are some practices that will carry you through when you encounter obstacles or make mistakes.

1) Hold Yourself in High Esteem

Perceive yourself as extraordinary. Know what you are really good at, your strengths, gifts and talents, and deeply appreciate them. Believe in the unique contribution that you are making and pledge to honor this even when it feels like no-one else is. Continue reading

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Motivate Yourself: Key#4 Stay Optimistic

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sun-310144_1280The first three keys to self motivation of envisioning your future, taking action steps towards it, and addressing the fears that hold you back, can all be more easily maintained by the fourth key: a commitment to being positive. Making a pledge to focus on opportunities and possibilities aids in affirming and encouraging the progress you are making. It is a form of self advocacy that you have control over. Whenever possible, adjust your thinking to propel you forward, and sustain your enthusiasm and high energy. You can do this with the following techniques:

1) I am Happy Because …

Find reasons to be optimistic and committed. Make sure your goals and the steps to reach them are defined positively so that they pull you onward. Think about all the things that you are grateful for, especially those that contribute directly to the goals you are focused on. As you complete each step, take time to acknowledge it to build your confidence that you can do all that needs to be done. Pay attention to and be thankful for everything in your vision that you implement and achieve. Continue reading

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