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Wise Words: It’s Time

It is that time of year, when the Universe makes room for activities with the intent of love. The world opens its collective heart and in so doing, opens to magic and miracles. And the idea that anything can happen at any time seems more possible. The beautiful mystery.

Now is the time…for true miracles, the miracles of understanding and remembrance. Remembering and understanding who you truly are…to love self…and from that place, love your family and friends, those in your community, the world and the Earth herself.

Now is the time…to see yourself through the eyes of Spirit, the Universe, God…whatever you call that expansive love and compassion and wisdom. From this perspective, you are so much more than you believe…or have been aware of…or than you seem. Even your past is more than it seems. There are gifts to be received and given…there are treasures buried deep. Now is the time.

Now is the time…to remember that everything is a mirror for you…even that grand, divine, love. It is time to remember that the truest love, the deepest compassion, that divinity, has been inside of you this whole time.

Now is the time…to live without barriers and limitations. You are NOT limited, you only thought so! It is time to allow yourself to be grounded and soar at the same time. No more excuses.

Now is the time…to allow everything that you didn’t love about yourself to come back into unity. To let it soften and shift and ease. To accept who you are…to love who you are and let it fill you, body, mind and soul. And if that seems too grand a task in this moment, at least be kind to yourself. Now is the time.

Now is the time to speak of love, to speak with love…to be the love that you are. To feel it deep within you. To radiate it within you, for you. And to radiate it out into the world. Now is the time.

It takes a bold and courageous human to be who they truly are, to be their fullness.

Are you ready?

As I like to say…
It doesn’t matter how you begin, only that you begin.

…and with a loving deep breath…

So blessings on your beginning…or beginning again.
And the allowing of magic and miracles…

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Wise Words: What to expect, Part 2

As I mentioned in What to Expect, Part 1, while personal transformation, personal awakening is just that, personal, there are some common experiences. Emotional issues, which are often things from our past getting recreated as patterns, reveal themselves so we can break the patterns, clear them out of our way and allow our grander creations to come forth. It’s helpful to see them for their truth and not come to the wrong conclusion. See their gifts!

Emotional issues are linked to change in a couple of ways that I’m aware of. They can be the cause, the impetus behind a desire for change. They also come up in the wake of change as a response.

The latter, first…

When you take a step, when you make a change, doubt, fears, worries and questions can pop up in response to your action. It’s important to remember that this is normal. Everything that isn’t a match to your change, your new creation, your step, needs to come up to be released. They come up as emotional issues, patterns, beliefs. They can’t remain because they are no longer a match to who you are and where you’re going. You’ve changed. Our tendency is to feel all this “bad” stuff come up and then come to the conclusion that we did it wrong, we made a mistake, when in fact, the fact that it’s coming up is a validation, an affirmation that you’re moving forward. Be sure to look at it all through the correct lens.

Looking at your life, your reality…exploring your story…is for the purpose of gaining awareness. When we walk around in life, unconscious, life is just happening to us, buffeting us about. We are reacting, defending, responding. We’re back on our heals and in essence feeling a need to battle life. Choosing to become aware and conscious is part of seeing yourself as the creator of your life. Life not happening to you, but you actively engage it, create it. Asking the questions that get you to insight and wisdom. Using ALL the experiences, even the “bad” ones, as a way to know who you are and who you are not.

While, it’s important to see what the patterns, issues and beliefs are, it’s also important not to over process them. The more we engage them, instead of gleaning wisdom and the clearing and releasing them, the more entrenched they become, the more they dig in. You’ll have to feel into it for yourself, but in my experience, when I’m telling a particular story about my life over and over to everyone I meet, that story, that issue is still active. There is still something to be understood and then let go of…once and for all.

The former, second…

There are many things in life that can nudge (or shove) us into the first steps of our personal awakening — a health challenge, relationship trouble, career issues, just to name a few. Something happens in our life, forcing us to snap out of our regular patterns and life cycles or jolting us out of our stuckness or rut. It causes pain, frustration, anger, some intense feeling, so we’ll pay attention.

Something deep within us is calling for more, encouraging us to step more fully into our truth. The status quo is beginning to chafe. So as sucky as it can feel, all of this serves the purpose to compel us forward, as my mom says, out of our fur-lined rut. Your life is trying to talk to you. First it throws a pebble…then a stone…then a brick…and then things start to get really dicey. (I encourage you to listen well and respond early!)

That’s the good news and the bad news. It’s a pain in the neck until you see the pattern. But having it repeated helps you to see it, so you can finally dissolve and resolve the pattern!

Processing, exploring, releasing and clearing….these are all ways to get started, but ultimately it will be about absolute trust, absolute acceptance of self, love of self, compassion for self and allowing you to be the true and authentic you. Period.

 

See the steps, take the steps…

Become aware. Once you become aware it, you can never be unaware of it again. Until then, we recreate and repeat and play out our beliefs and issues over and over again.

See it in action. Watch for it. Notice when it plays out in your reality. It’s transferable. What you see in one relationship, you often see in other relationships or situations, from the present or the past.

Work with it. Explore it. Ask leading questions. See it from new perspectives. Use the tools available to you to support yourself. Get at the root cause, which may surprise you. The skills you learn as you go are also transferable.

Embody the wisdom. Don’t keep it alive. Glean the wisdom. Claim the gifts. And then let the issue go. The vicious cycle doesn’t need to continue.

 

Support as you go…

You may find you’d like support with this this deep work. If you’re up to the challenge and looking for a partner in your exploration, this is also a great time to hire a coach…like me. I am passionate about this kind of self-discovery and insight work and I honor your choice to take grander steps into you. Learn more about my practice here.

 

NINA WARMERDAM

 

Header Image:  Eyes by Robyn Britz
Footer Image:  Nina Warmerdam

 

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Beauty Break: 10.9.14

Autumn and spring are my two favorite seasons. No wonder — they’ve come to symbolize transitions, the expression of change, the natural transformation of things. Both are short and sweet. Always bold. Full of rich color, dynamic movement and grand transformation. Just the way I would describe the experience of beautiful shifts and growth that can along the way of awakening, if we allow it.

In honor of that, here’s some more autumnal loveliness to enjoy.

golden path fall berries

 

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Photo Credits:

header – Tom Seliskar
first row – Takahiro Bessho, Robin Stubbert
second row – Tom Seliskar
third row – unknown/found on Pinterest, Tom Seliskar

 

Afraid to look

My guess is at least part of the reason humans are afraid or reluctant to open their eyes, really wake up and look within is because they’re afraid they may be right. Some part, even a tiny part, if they were really honest with themselves, may actually feel they are unworthy or less than or a sinner or not good enough or wrong somehow.

But the truth is, the deep undeniable truth, is that you ARE worthy. Your worth, your value is a given. It just is. It’s your divine birthright. Period.

You exist, therefore you have value. They go hand in hand. Your worth is assured. Just being here is enough. It has absolutely nothing to do with your appearance, your intelligence or lack of it, skills you do or do not have, how hard you work or don’t, the amount of money you have, how successful you are or are not or if you do it the right way or the wrong way. None of this has anything to do with your worth. Your worth is intrinsic. You are born with it. You die with it. No one can give it to you or take it from you. It’s yours and yours alone.

It’s yours.

Hmmm…yours…

Which means it’s yours to do with as you want.

So…you can deny it from yourself (maybe even without realizing it). You can put limitations on it. Pretend you have to earn it somehow. Require that there be hoops to jump through in order to have it. You can even keep it just out of reach so you never quite have it, but are always chasing it. You can let family, friends and colleagues shape your view of you. You can let the voices of culture, religion and government/politics have a say in how you feel about yourself.

Or you can just accept it and allow it to be so.

It’s your game. You get to choose.

Whatever you choose or don’t choose…the truth will always be waiting there, just under the surface. Ever patient. Until you’re compassionate enough of yourself or brave enough or possibly sick and tired enough to crack those eyes open (or at least one) and begin to look…and see…who you truly are.

Aren’t you worth it?

 

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All images were found on Pinterest.