We all have a dream but the road is often paved with giant excuses.
What's your dream and what is your list of excuses not to realise it?
I'd love to share with you the excuses that held me back for years and prevented me from realising my dream, in hope that it will inspire you to move past your excuses.
From a very young age I heard and read about the kind of love and the quality of peace that a Buddha knows.
The kind of peace that is beyond our circumstances, that is not determined by how our life looks on the outside.
The kind of love that is present with or without people in our lives and how they may treat us.
I made a commitment to myself 20 years ago to realise this love and this peace that exists beyond conditions.
It meant more to me to realise the essence of peace than to create usual western dream of a life that was full of achievement and relationships that were rosey.
I wanted to get right to the source of love. I wanted to immerse myself in the peace that a buddha knows.
I had the deep yearning, I had the drive, and I had the feirce commitment to truth.
My souls calling lead me to focus beyond the day to day struggles that we all get caught in and fix my gaze, focusing firmly on spiritual awakening.
BUT at each step and each turn on the adventure there were big walls of excuses to navigate. Ahhhh where's the hammer to break down the walls.
The biggest excuse that kept holding me back...
The most powerful excuse that kept me aimlessly wandering on the edge of the mighty cliff of realisation....
..was that “I was too ordinary to awaken.”
“Just an everyday girl from the suburbs of Melbourne with an average middle class upbringing couldn't wake up.”
“Awakening is only for monks and nuns.”
“Spiritual realisation is only for those who live in ashrams and monaseries.”
"Spiritual awakening is not for people who own houses, cars, have relationships and career ambitions. Oh no no no!"
Blah blah blah and on and on went the excuses.
Life would continually draw me back into it's drama and cycle of suffering because my lame excuses appeared true. I wouldn't allow my ego to surrender and I kept clinging to my excuses for dear life.
I kept seeing evidence over and over again that all the awakened one's were the people who had long white beads, asain faces, no possessions and grew up in spiritual communities.
My excuses led me to believe that spiritual realisation and earthly pleasures had to remain mutually exclusive. I felt that I had to choose one or the other! Damn!
I felt that I couldn't have romantic relationships, a thriving business and awaken spiritually.
UNTIL the day that I finally became frustrated and fed up with my excuses of why not.
I could see that these excuses were preventing me from fully exploring our human capabilities and mastering the fullness of who I am on all levels.
I realised that these excuses were an obstacle to the realisation of the powerful nature that it at the essence of us all. I made a decision that I would do whatever it takes to awaken.
Soon after this realisation, and the readiness to move past my excuses... many teachers began to appear.
Masters appeared who began there spiritual journeys from humble beginnings like myself.
Western masters who also grew up amongst more superficial western values that were continually shoved down our throats of money, consumerism, success, outer achievements.
So called 'ordinary people' began to appear on the spiritual scene who had the courage to dive to the core of their being and fully realise there extraordinary nature.
People who had masterfully combined inner spiritual realisations with outer worldly manifestations.
Masters who walk amongst us and live seemingly ordinary lives with extraordinary pure awareness and spiritual realisation.
Wise sages who run successful businesses and earn an abundant living doing what they love.
As soon as I found a powerful mentor to guide me... my excuses dissolved into an amusing puddle of insignificance and awakening occurred.
Awakening to true peace and love is possible for every single one of us.
It is not only possible... it is the very reason we are here on this earth and housed in these seemingly separate bodies.
Awakening is possible for business people, for farmers, for parents, for single people, males, females, the young, the old, the rich and the strapped for cash folk.
We are all capable of awakening to the true magic and miracle of life.
It is not way off in the distance... it is right here in this moment hiding behind the wall of excuses we create.
The doorway to awakening is through our current challenges and circumstances.
All that it requires is a readiness and a decision to focus on what is true.
If like me, the depth of who you are yearns to awaken... join me in my coaching program that is a guided adventure to inner peace.
Where I guide you step by step through all areas of your life and your being to the very true nature of who you are.
There comes a point in everyones life where it's time to just DO IT and make that leap that our soul years for.
No more excuses.
Make 2015 the year where your excuses dissolve into a puddle and you awaken to the life your soul yearns to live.
The truest and fullest expression of YOU.
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Do you often get stuck in a cycle of not enough YOU time?
Family, work and social demands keeping you in a dizzy spin?
Do you yearn for the time to be able to meditate, do yoga, read a good book, lie on the grass and watch the clouds, write in your journal, walk in nature or whatever keeps you in touch with YOU?
This is one of the most common complaints from my counselling/coaching clients.
"Ahhhh I have no time for ME?" they say.
In our busy modern lives our cheeky minds often create hundreds of reasons, justifications and excuses that constantly keep us from honouring thyself.
Excuses, excuses, excuses. Aaahhhhhhhhh!
You are more amazing, magnificent and extraordinary than words can describe. You are a walking miracle and deserve all of the treasures that exist in this world.
You are love itself with legs and arms. A walking bundle of magic and divine potential.
But I love to challenge you to grow and fully awaken so I must say...
you can also be dumb, wrong, bad, stupid and a failure!
Yep true! There... I said it... and I'll say it again!
You can be dumb, wrong, bad, stupid and a failure.
How does it feel to hear those words?
Sayonara 2014 and Aloha 2015!
Ok truth seekers ... the calendar year is soon to click over, so do yourself a favour and commit to calving out some time before new years eve and have a sacred moment with yourself.
To support your transition into the magic of 2015 I am gifting you a free 30 min meditation! Woohoo! See below.
Unleash your inner devil
Do you have people pleaser tendencies?
Are you too nice for your own good?
Is it time to unleash your inner biarch or inner devil?
I can confidently say that most people who end up on my mailing list and work with me as clients are the darling most lovely people you could ever hope to meet.
You are damn lovely and you know it.
Have you got your inner sparkle on?
Summer has arrived in the southern hemisphere... a time to stand up, come out and shine bright. Winter is here for the northern hemisphere... a time to go within and shine our inner light on any darkness.
Are you radiating contentment as the calendar ticks over into December?
OR are you exhausted from a big challenging year and ready to fall over, crawl into a hole and sleep?
2014 has been a big year for many of us as we have been collectively called to stand tall in the fire of truth and burn off deep layers of dross that no longer serves us.
The process of stepping up, removing old masks, clearing out the old and seeing through the drama can be tiring.
So with a month to go let's ensure that we finish the year strong and squeeze every last essence of truth, joy and freedom from this powerful year.
Does your mind race around at a hundred miles an hour some days?
Do you feel that you race through life often in your head... kinda top heavy?
Do you feel that your mind seems to get in the way of your life adventure?
If your answer is YEP YEP YEP.. don't worry it seems that most of the modern world is in their head.
Blah blah blah... and on goes the minds constant commentary.
The wise ones tell us to stop believing our thoughts...
but the cells of the body seem convinced of the minds words and quickly contract like stone.
They tell us to live in the moment and be present with the now...
but the movie of the mind kidnaps us from the moment and catapults us into the worries of the future.
They tell us to follow our heart and intuition...
but sometimes the mind seems so powerful that it's like trying to lasso a wild bull with a shoe lace...
not gonna happen!
So even though we know better... why does it sometimes seem so hard to escape the minds powerful and constant worrying, ruminating, judging, doubting and analysing?
I'm glad you asked!
They tell us that patience is one of the most important virtues that we can develop.
The more patient we are the more peace we experience.
But do we need to try hard to develop peace?
No! Let go of the effort to be patient.
The truth is our nature is patience... we just need to dive deeper than our thoughts and it is naturally revealed.
In this video I reveal my 3 tips to allow patience to naturally unfold.
A big hello from springtime in Melbourne. It feels weird to be back in the 'four seasons in one day' city after living in tropical Bali all year.
I've landed back in my family home and have been seeing clients face to face over the last 2 weeks.
My instincts are saying to stay in Melbourne until the new year so I'm around for more face to face counselling, massage and of course my usual Skype sessions until then. (Email is the best way to book a spot)
I feel super blessed to have created a work life that can move with my wild intuitive flow. However, it also means that I've had to get used to repeatedly diving into the unknown with intuitive faith.
Which leads me onto this weeks blog post.
How comfortable are you with surrendering to the unknown?
Anxiety is reaching plague proportions in Western culture. Ebola may be a quickly spreading virus that currently has the worlds attention but anxiety touches every single one of us. Much of our culture is riddled with this challenging and sometimes crippling emotion.
But don't worry... a cure was discovered for anxiety by the sages, masters and wise one's long ago!
It is a simple cure... and it may even appear too easy to be true.
It is time for us all to stop running from anxiety and look it in the face!
Could the devil actually be an angel in disguise?
I question whether anxiety is a virus that needs a cure... or is it actually a form of medicine?
Anxiety gets a bad rap because it appears to be what holds us back from living the life we were born to live, but it has a very important place in the spectrum of human emotions when befriended.
The key that I have found to deal with anxiety in my life and with my clients is firstly to make friends with anxiety.