Posts Tagged ‘Quest’
I love this time of year – the dance that occurs between the cool rainy monsoons, the voice of the thunder and vibration of lightning and the endless green that covers the mountains just lights up my soul! Everything is ripening – coming into it’s fullness. Whether it’s tomatoes or peaches, we’re being gifted with the bounty all around us. Do you see it? Are you having an experience of it? What does this season bring to your life? What wants to happen for you?
I feel like I’ve been on the move this past month, creating things that nourish me at the deepest level…. flower therapy in the mountains… learning to salsa dance with my husband… and sharing a wood-fired hot tub with my beautiful women friends at an awesome cabin in the high country. At the same time, I’ve noticed that all these things have brought me a quality of awareness, of noticing that while some things are in full bloom, others are slowing and changing. With my only daughter leaving soon for college, I have moments of clarity where I can feel the excitement for her just starting in life, while I know for me a huge chapter of my life – the intimacy of raising a child – is ending. There’s all the poignancy and bittersweetness I can imagine holding. Some days the tears just come and I sit in awe of how much I can love one person.
The bigger picture here is all about the Paradox that calls me to stretch myself into a being that can hold opposites at the same time. This is a Quest, for sure, one I’ll be working with for years to come. The clincher is that the outer world is not on this Quest with me – daily I’m bombarded (as we all are) with black/white scenarios that are lose/lose in my opinion.
In the article below, the conversation is about being a Visionary. Well, I believe that the qualities of being one are also qualities that are just plain necessary to keep stretching myself and going forward on my Quest. Here are some of them – in my own language of living your True Life
Living in the Mystery – Oh, we humans think we have control over things and that’s such misinformation! Life is a Mystery and our job is to trust the unfolding. I know this continually calls me to BE PATIENT and HAVE TRUST. It’s one of the hardest lessons and yet, when I am there, peace is at hand.
Relax! In recent work I’ve done on some of my own ‘immunities to change’ I’ve gotten to see how ‘relaxing’ wasn’t something really modeled for me growing up. While I’ve always loved to play and am better balanced, I still see areas that I can drive myself (crazy), working and pushing to ‘make’ this or that happen. I know this tightens up my energy – contracts it actually. So stepping away and finding a soul-centered activity can settle me down and return me to the abundance and flow. When I take things on again, I am more grounded, calm and vibrating a whole different way!
Active Waiting – I included in this month’s newsletter the wisdom of Lao Tzu, writer of the I-Ching. He’s describing a way of being that is so valuable, and definitely not given much credence by our society. Instead of always feeling pressured to act – and often before one is clear – make time to get quiet and listen. What wants to happen? This stance of stillness allows things to unfold, but with mindfulness present. Then when you say “Yes”, it’s a complete investment of you.
Co-Create What Matters – The Superwoman (or Man) archetype has run out of steam. Doing everything perfect and by yourself won’t work – it really never was sustainable. We are one community, one planet. How can I engage more synergistically with other like-minded people (my tribe!)? Where do I need to ask for help? Bringing the diversity and creativity of many together helps create the contribution that has the most impact. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for – let’s inspire one another!
Know Yourself – When you take the time to get to know yourself – the whole enchilada that’s you – you can keep a stronger focus on what your livelihood is; what you’re meant to bring to the world. We each have a unique gift and finding its expression brings a lot of fulfillment and joy. Healing and wholeness within myself ripples out and helps create the change in others too. Give yourself full permission to develop a relationship with your inner Beloved. Then you’ll be your own best friend and treat yourself with the love and respect you deserve.
Faith in Source - When you know yourself, you come to know Source, as we are microcosms of that great macrocosm. Not something reached through the usually dependable 5 senses, this place of Source is reached through direct knowing. It’s very rarely explainable in any rational way. Faith implies putting our trust in something we can’t see or touch, but have experienced. It’s remembering the connection that links us all. It’s remembering we’re not alone. It’s coming home again.
While I’ve discovered these gifts for living, I always need reminders to use them. It’s easy to fall into a sleeping state as I move through life. So many conflicting messages coming at me, it would be easy to just get lazy and be swayed by cultural/familial/relationship winds. But, I am committed to growing and stretching into becoming a fully realized human being. Will you join me? Let’s share the richness of ripened fruit together!
When I was 35 I did my first Vision Quest near Great Falls, Montana at 4000 acre Blacktail Ranch. It was part of a 2 week Deepening Spirit Camp with my teacher Brooke Medicine Eagle, with about 20 women from all over the U.S. Towards the end of our time together, we each scouted a spot on the land that called to us, Brooke led a sweat lodge to purify ourselves and then we each headed out for an overnight alone on that beautiful land. Over the next 24 hours I conversed with seen and unseen Wild Spirits. By the time I returned I had a clear vision of what my next steps were. There would be challenges to my success but after this experience I had the confidence to know I could handle whatever came up. That was 20 years ago! I’m still reaping wisdom from that first quest and the ones that followed it.
On one of my Quests, as I tried to fall asleep in my sleeping bag on a bed of summer grasses, I felt something around my feet – OMG, I thought, I’m about to be eaten! The fear that gripped my chest was like a vise; the deep pounding of my heart was all I could hear. For at least an hour I lay there, afraid to open my eyes, scared to find out just what was nibbling at my bag. Something… it had to be big, scary and ready to devour me. I was soooo sure of it. Shine a flashlight on it? No Way! Too Scared!! Finally it must’ve stopped and I fell asleep.
Upon awakening I could see little tiny teeth marks and chewed goose down feathers at the end of my sleeping bag. Whatever it was, it sure had some small teeth – probably a chipmunk or mouse. All my fear had kept me stuck – unable to even see what it was. I had to laugh out loud. My supposedly indomitable spirit put to shame by a creature no bigger than my hand. I blushed at the ridiculousness of it all. Stuck in the dark, unable to move, I had no way to know what it was or how to make it stop.
What fears keep you stuck? What are you afraid to explore? How does closing your eyes or staying a course even when it doesn’t work, hold you back from your dreams? What hidden commitments have you got going on that keep you from realizing what you truly and deeply want today? Keep you from expressing your unique life purpose? Oh, and what is that purpose anyway??
If you’re ready for the tools to uncover the hidden commitments that your fear of change have generated, and define and celebrate the wonder of you and the special gifts you have, check out my premier summer retreat Quest for your True Life: Embracing Change with an Open Heart. (www.truelifecoach.net/summerretreats2010.htm) It’s in the middle of August, the perfect time for ripening your beauty and spirit. We’ll meet at Horseshoe Lodge, an environmental center in the mountains of southeast Colorado. Just thinking about the smell of the warm summer wind through the pines makes my heart expand.
I still love Quests – and so each summer I lead a group of amazing women (YOU!) to explore, have fun and grow together on retreat. This one has a one day vision quest for you (not an overnight ) to discover your deepest longings and purpose, and the changes you can make that will bring them alive – manifesting your full expression. The Quest is wrapped in 5 more days of meditation, hiking, soulful art, dancing, journal writing, solitude and group coaching circles - come be celebrated, seen and loved. Join me for this one-of-a-kind women’s retreat – I can’t wait to share it with you!