Decoding Muse (Rock Art Painting no. 7) — ‘Resurrection’

Resurrection - Muse by Cherie Roe Dirksen lrLast week I had my grand reveal of painting no. 7 — a pictorial process that you can view here: The Resurrection of Muse — Rock Art Painting no. 7 Photographs — in this most tantalizing Rock Art Series (painting to my favourite rock musicians of all time!).

What’s This All About Again?

A quick recap about what this Rock Art Series is:  I approach the canvas with no expectation of what’s about to come out.  I paint subliminally to their music and experience a plethora of emotions and feelings related to the songs and possibly the quantum message behind the music/inspiration itself.

So what did I extract from the melodiously cosmic frequencies, vibrations and croonings of Muse? Before I get into that…let me whet your appetite with some of my favourite Muse songs performed live:

The Resurrection of Greatness

As I paint, certain words just pop into my head.  I scribble them down on the side of the canvas.  Here were the words that came up whilst painting this:

  • Form Structure/Restructure
  • Power/Control
  • Penance/Redemption
  • Longing/Sorrow
  • Warrior
  • Bondage/Bonded
  • Grace/Beauty
  • Remorse/Regret
  • Searching
  • Lost
  • Love

It’s quite a list!  But then Muse have quite a lot of albums/songs/issues they address — so no real surprise there!

Dissecting the Painting — Piece by Piece

Muse 1The top left half of the painting (as seen in the pic above) was just weird.  There’s a blue insectoidal bird type-thingy (life on other planets? Panspermia perhaps?).

The background definitely felt like ‘space’ or the cosmos and I think the silver splodges of foil may have represented some kind of space-craft(s).  I even marked a couple of them with the letters ‘io’ — does it mean anything?  Maybe time will tell.

The green alien head was a metamorphic process.  At first it was just a kind of lense flare, then I started adding a light green nebula formation and when I stepped back there was a face!  It morphed out of thin air. Muse 2 The middle of the painting (as seen above) has clay figures emerging from a pool of blood and earth.

What looks like an alien egg with a green pregnant lady and another greenish lady’s profile.  Oh lord!

There is also a skeleton alongside the biggest clay figure.  I couldn’t help but think ‘clones’ when I was painting this.  And as I said in the previous blog, I had no idea back then that Muse’s new album was titled ‘Drones’.

Could this section represent exogenesis (a beautiful 3 part symphony off ‘The Resistance’ album, meaning ‘outside origins’ or ‘origin from external causes’ — you can LISTEN TO THE SYMPHONY HERE)?  Is it the missing link?  Anyone who’s read Zecharia Sitchin will be smiling and nodding at this point.  Hmmmm….

Muse 3There is a very unusual scene happening in the bottom left-hand corner (picture on your right).

This revelation was quite something.

The fish is swimming upstream in water with what seems to be some kind of egg spawn or roe floating about.

There is a specter/ghoul/ghost/dementor type-creature emerging from the water (I can’t say I got a good feeling about this character — it seemed to be a kind of energy drainer/something to be avoided at all costs type-entity).

Then there is this beautiful woman leaning up against the buildings.  She was a complete surprise.

One night, after a painting session, I took my brush (with black paint on it) and wiped it across the canvas in an attempt to clean it.  When I came back to the painting the next morning, I saw her profile and arms behind her neck and just proceeding to bring the rest of her out of obscurity.

She reminds me a bit of the woman from the movie Avatar — she also looks a bit like a warrior. She is also slightly reptilian, having a fan of ‘scales’ running up her back and head — this could also be indicative of the kundalini energy.

I feel that she also represents balance — she has all the chakra points painted on the outside of her body.  She gives me a feeling of temperance or self-control/self-regulation.

Muse 4Then there is the mid to bottom right-hand corner (as seen in the picture to your left) where we have earth merging into metal (or perhaps the telluric/elemental realm) that drips and gives way to the material world represented by skyscrapers — our ultimate disconnection from our origins/nature/earth.

The silver paint is dripping on the face of a man (profile) who looks like he is a bit of a lost soul.  Perhaps indicative of the hollow disconnection we feel in the world of steel, concrete and enslavement to the system?

In Conclusion…

This painting is like a cosmic full-circle of exo-origins mingled with earthly origins coinciding with the elements of ether, water and earth to conclude in soul versus material realm.

Shew!  I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted…lol.  It’s a busy work of art!

The albums I listened to whilst painting this were:

  • Showbiz
  • Origins of Symmetry
  • Black Holes and Revelations
  • Absolution
  • The Resistance
  • 2nd Law

The next Rock Art painting is going to be Rufus Wainwright (read more about him here). So don’t forget to ‘follow this blog’ or subscribe (see left-hand sidebar column).

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  • Did my explanations resonate with you?
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How to Heal and Unite Your Inner Feminine and Masculine

The Pride by Cherie Roe DirksenTo recap on this blog series with transformational coach, Tracy Russell, please first read:

Ever Wanted to Fly? (Blog 1)

Do You Know the Difference Between Your Superconscious and Subconscious Mind? (Blog 2)

Cherie: What are we going to be delving into this time?

Tracy: This week we’ll be exploring the feminine attributes represented below by the egg – the receptive, ‘being’ energy, and the masculine represented by the caterpillar – the active, ‘doing’ energy. EmergentImaginal Model-4 The feminine receives the ideas, insights, intuition and guidance and the masculine aspect offers support and structure to action them. Both are needed to birth new life and to bring dreams into fruition.

There are masculine and feminine attributes in all of life. Nature teaches us the beautiful dance between these wild feminine and masculine aspects.

Both are needed to bring balance and wholeness, and yet our patriarchal society has largely suppressed, controlled and dominated the feminine. She who is mother nature and our very own nature… our creative, intuitive, receptive, empathic, heart-centred selves.

It’s time for her to be reborn through each one of us, so that we may stop the suffering and destruction within ourselves and on this planet.

Cherie: That was beautifully articulated, thank you. What, in your opinion, is the key attribute to actively bringing our divine feminine and masculine into balance?

Tracy: I see this yin and yang balance representing communication, which is the process whereby we bring about communion (unity, intimacy wholeness).

The balance of the feminine and masculine is likened to the in breath and the out breath.  It is the receiving and the giving, the listening and the speaking, the content and the delivery — within ourselves and with each other.

When this is off balance we struggle to connect to our truth and intuition and express and action it and thus we struggle to connect and communicate with each other.

Cherie:  Can you share with us any personal experiences with regards to shifting these two aspects into equilibrium?

Tracy: Part of my journey has been to heal the suppression and wounding of my inner feminine, as well as my wounded masculine aspect so that I can trust that he is able to support and direct my feminine energy, birthing my full potential.

My feminine hasn’t trusted the masculine. She’s been hurt, betrayed and violated for centuries so she didn’t trust that inner or outer masculine to support her, that he will act on her behalf and in her best interests. It’s safer not to take action and speak and express her truth , that way she won’t be rejected or made to feel wrong.

“When the pure essence of the masculine energy is distorted, it turns into aggression. When the true essence of the feminine is distorted, it becomes resentful and withdraws love and connectedness. The feminine energy is all about relationship, connecting with love and support and nurturance, sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. The masculine, in its true essence, gets the job done in a way that is reliable, trustworthy, protective. When the masculine is balanced, it responds and communicates in such a way that others feel safe, physically as well as emotionally .“

– Ayal Hurst

This wounding can put us in victim mode where we feel that everything is happening to us and that we’re at the effect of life, bouncing off everything like an aimless pinball.

Cherie:  What advice can you give the readers to identify, within themselves, the wounded or out of alignment facets of our yin/yang nature?

Tracy: In order to heal these aspects, it’s important to be honest with ourselves.

  • Where do you see these distorted patterns playing out?
  • Where are you withholding or playing victim?
  • Where are you in avoidance or trying to control?
  • What are you attracting in your life?

This will show those areas that are out of balance. If you’re trying to control everything in your life, you’re probably not trusting yourself and the process of life. If you’re in avoidance, you’re likely not wanting to feel your truth and step into your full power.

Once you shine a torch on a shadow aspect, it has nowhere to hide and is now part of the light. When you love and accept that part, it can no longer hold that negative charge and have power over you. FeminineAndMasculine Cherie:  Very powerful stuff! What benefits will we be able to see, feel or notice when we step into balance?

Tracy: The more you step into the natural qualities of the masculine and feminine, the more of your power you reclaim, becoming less triggered and reactive because you’re no longer avoiding and afraid of acknowledging that part of you.

You‘ll allow the Natural feminine within you to fully flower and set clear boundaries that honour all that you are and want for your life.

We need to allow the intuition, power and creativity of the feminine to flow, but we also need the framework and boundaries of the masculine to action and execute those ideas and dreams, otherwise there’s no container and your ideas and insights leak out without being fully harnessed.

Female energy without masculine energy is not whole; it’s unsupported, unfocused and scattered. It has no purpose and as a result can’t reach its full potential. For our creative spirit within our being to truly express itself, there must be a marriage at the deepest levels of our being.

The purpose of this inner marriage is to create a new life and a new world at the core of our being which manifests externally. This is the change we’re called to become.

Cherie:  I couldn’t agree more! That was very illuminating and inspiring.  Thank you, Tracy.

In the final article we’ll bring the superconscious, subconscious, masculine and feminine principles together and learn how to create and live into our full potential.

More about Tracy:

Tracy Russell Profile PicTracy Russell is transformational coach, facilitator, writer and speaker guiding adults and young adults to their hearts, inner nature, authentic power and potential so that they may share their unique expression with the world and be the rEVOLUTION that’s needed. She’s a truth-detective, edge-walker, nature-lover, fear-slayer, heart-activist and Wild Hearted Woman in training. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa where you’ll find her either up a rock face, somewhere in nature, dancing or hanging out with her beloved, spirited daughter… when she’s not doing the work she loves of course.

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Visit her Site HERE (Tracy’s website will be emerging over the next few weeks, as she’s in the process of birthing it to life)

How to Win the Lottery using the Law of Attraction

Segment of Raw by Cherie Roe Dirksen

I get a lot of letters from readers frustratingly seeking advice on using the Law of Attraction to win the lottery.

I’m going to try to make it as clear as possible, in this article, as to why I think you are failing to procure the winning numbers.

For many, you tried using the techniques taught in books like ‘The Secret’ and ‘The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent’ — to name but a few — and have had relative success (meaning you may have managed to lasso your ‘parking angel’ or you manifested a great job).

But how have you done with the big things — like that elusive million bucks in the bank scenario?

What is Abundance — You Really Need to GET This!

The problem with all this new-found knowledge of the Law of Attraction is that it’s become a bit of a breeding ground for greed.

There’s nothing wrong with trying to live a comfortable, joyful life — don’t get me wrong — but just going straight for manifesting huge lumps of money is becoming a big problem and the sweat beads of frustration are pooling up on the collective forehead.

Abundance takes on many forms not just monetary wealth.

So, what exactly is it that you want to do with all this lottery money?

11:11, Lizzy’s Legs and… Bingo!

I’m going to help teach you, not how to pick winning numbers, but how to succeed at LIFE’S lottery.

Don’t hang up on me now — if you clicked on this article there is a curiosity in you to win big and I’m going to explain why you can but not in the way you may have been going about it.

The answer is actually quite simple.

Why — when you’re quite good at manifesting in general — can you not win the lottery? You’ve got to ask yourself:

  • How many other people who are masters of the LOA (Law of Attraction) are trying to do the same thing?
  • Are you prepared to wait your turn?
  • Are you prepared to wait your turn even if it means you may only win in 20 years+ time?
  • Do you believe that you will win 100%?
  • Is your self talk, thoughts and actions all pointing towards winning the lottery or do you get bursts of highly negative, emotive feelings that cramp your style when someone else wins?
  • Are you happy for that someone else when they win?
  • Do you understand that when you are genuinely happy to see someone else succeed at what you want to do or gain sends out a burst of magnetic impulse that draws it to you even more?
  • Do you understand that to do the opposite and curse and swear for not winning sends out more magnetic energy to attract losing into your sphere?

Now the questions above require that you answer as truthfully as you can.

But even more important is why I think you are fighting a potentially losing battle — you REALLY need to read this:

  1. Tunnel Vision.  When you ask to win the lottery you are picking only ONE path out of literally infinite paths to get you to where you want to be. Let me give you a metaphor: Say your friend tells you he is lonely and really wants a partner, someone to share his life with. You tell him about the LOA and he starts visualizing and affirming eagerly. A year down the line you ask him how it’s going and he replies that the LOA is a bunch of rubbish ‘cause he still hasn’t got his dream girl. He then goes on to tell you that he is in love with a married woman and he has been trying to manifest the perfect relationship with only her (he has selected only ONE path/channel amongst infinite possibilities). You can’t believe how much time he’s wasted! Why? Because you know that if he just asked for the ‘perfect partner’ and not one specific and almost impossible relationship he would be sitting right now with his love. Your friend isolated one option for himself and he may even get what he wants down the line — perhaps when he’s in his 80’s and this woman he has a fetish for is finally available — but do you think he’s prepared to wait that long? Do you think he should rather relinquish the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of his perfect partner and trust that the universe will take care of all the details? Same goes for the lottery.
  2. Multiple Channels for Success. The universe knows how to get you to your destination in the quickest way possible but if you hold on rigidly to only one way of getting there (aka winning the lottery) you are closing doors that would get you what you want quicker. So, you may indeed be manifesting a lottery win but it may take you 10, 20, 30 years+ to get there (like the above example of your friend finally being with the woman he loves in his geriatric years) because you’ve only selected that one channel. Chances are you’re going to get frustrated waiting for your win and your doubt will lead you down a path of negative and woeful thoughts which will kill any seed that is starting to take root. You may even abandon any hope that the LOA works in any way whatsoever and become a sad, lonely and poor skeptic. Imagine wanting to watch the movie ‘Gone With the Wind’ but you only select one channel to watch, wait and hope that it will screen. Wouldn’t you have much better success getting satellite TV and having 500 channels to scour in search of that movie? The one channel may indeed show the movie one day but it could be a long, long wait whereas the satellite option would probably play the movie within a few months.
  3. Scan for Limiting Beliefs.  If you don’t believe 100% that what you’re trying to manifest is possible, it ain’t going to happen. It’s as simple as that. When you acquire smaller stuff through deliberate intent, such as receiving a chocolate or getting a phone call from an old friend you’ve lost contact with, it slowly and steadily builds your confidence in the LOA and your believability factor strengthens. But to go from manifesting a bunch of flowers to the lottery is slightly over-ambitious for the budding believer. Most people get frustrated and give up entirely not knowing that, even if you do believe 100%, it takes the 3 P’s to manifest what you want. Patience, persistence and positivity. Oh, and did I mention patience? Patience, patience, patience…I can’t stress it enough. It’s imperative, especially when you are asking for the big things — mountains sometimes have to move to get you what you want, so start being very joyful in your present moment. That’s the only way you are truly going to get through the patience part. Which leads me to…
  4. Be Here, in the NOW.  Everything only ever happens in this moment — the NOW. When you are comfortable and peaceful in your present you will be in a space that resonates joy and magnetically pulls great things into your life experience. It’s always good to be clear on what you want ‘cause it’s a real cracker to wake up to the realization that the world is your oyster and that it was just your perception that was out of alignment.
  5. What’s Best?  Winning the lottery might not be in your best interest. Did you ever think of that? I believe we all come here with a purpose — it’s usually to create and grow. Cascades of cash can change people and it might just not be something that your over-soul wishes to experience. It might even set your personal growth back and make you a lax creator — this may be why you are receiving resistance in your personal arena. This does not mean that you must take a vow of poverty, it just means that you must assess what drives you to want so much cash. Whatever the reason is (because you don’t just want money – you want what money can buy) — hone in on that rather than the dosh.

Resetting Your Limitations

I know how discouraged some people feel because part of waking up to your innate power is that you should be able to manifest anything — even the sky is not the limit anymore.

Now while this may be true, every person has varying degrees of truth and beliefs that could restrict this infinite flow of possibility.

Your job is to crack your own code.

Don’t get frustrated seeing other people manifesting what you want, rather get inspired by it — use it as fuel for your own believability factor.  We all have to mine through our limiting beliefs, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Make the journey pleasurable by delighting in synchronous markers (for more on the importance of synchronicity READ HERE) and other magical encounters your path may have.

Delighting in Desire and Not Self-Destructing!

Desires and making them happen can be wonderful but they can also drive us to the edge of insanity.

Why?

When your desire consumes you and it starts to define who you are (or, more importantly, who you are not yet) — whether you’ve been successful or not — you are teetering on rocky terrain.

It can be the cause of great unhappiness, especially when your desires are not met.

The key to leading a fulfilling life is to take great glee in all manifestations.  To let go of how you are going to get what you want and experience enchantment in finding out just how the universe delivers your request.  Because the chances are you’re going to meet some interesting people along the way and find yourself on a bit of an adventure and guess what?  That’s life and it’s beautiful!

Take life as one amazing experience at a time.  It’s up to you if you choose to see the experience as positive or negative.

Okay, now that we’ve gone through the finer points, let me get to the juiciest bit — how to win life’s lottery!

Here are the steps to living your life to the fullest.

  • Get Very Clear — If it’s money you think you want then rather get clear on what you want to buy with the money — is it a house, a car, a holiday, a comfortable life? When you know what it is you are trying to achieve then create a vision board or something of the like and pin your aspirations where you can see them. Go ahead and affirm every day what you want and, most importantly, feel what it feels like to have it already (for more info on this I highly recommend you read ‘The Isaiah Effect’ by Gregg Braden).
  • Make Joy a Priority — When you take the above step you open up infinite ways for the universe to bring you what you desire without narrowly trying to squeeze it into only one solution (aka the lottery). Your next step will be to blissfully enjoy every moment of realizing your goals — in other words, be happy now. What you assign this minute manifests in your tomorrows. So invest in your future by projecting joy now.
  • Look for Synchronous Encounters — You’ve heard the saying that the journey is sometimes better than the destination, right? It’s true — every word. As I said before, become Alice in Wonderland searching for those synchronicities (or rabbit prints) that try to steer you towards even more joy. You’re going to get plenty of markers so watch out for them. They might come in the form of a dream that you live the next day or as silly as seeing a number repeating itself wherever you look. In my opinion, even the smallest synchronicities show us that we are pointing in the right direction.
  • Thanks and Kudos— Gratitude is not only a magnet for success but it also puts things into perspective for you. Sometimes we get lost in all the fuzz of daily life and we forget how much we have and how much we’ve achieved already. Take time out to give thanks and acknowledgment for all that has manifested in your life so far.

You can lead a happy and prosperous life.  You were born to encompass the full umbrella that is wealth.

Don’t be confined by constricting yourself to only one avenue or outlet (i.e. winning the lottery when there are many other ways available to manifest your dreams) — surrender to the universal flow and let it gently usher you with effortless ease along your way.

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3 Unusual Steps to Mapping Your Way Through Life

Free Spirit by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“Sci-fi has never really been my bag. But I do believe in a lot of weird things these days, such as synchronicity. Quantum physics suggests it’s possible, so why not?” — John Cleese

We all hit junctions — those dreaded forks in the road — at certain epochs of our lives.  The thing that frightens us the most is ‘are we making the right choice?’ when we embark on any new venture or life altering choice.

I’m going to discuss how to navigate confidently and without doubt (and without a map — just using your internal GPS) those important life decisions in 3 easy steps.  But first let’s look at why we don’t need maps, books, guru’s or anything else outside ourselves to soldier on in this blossoming age of Aquarius.

What is Heart-Centered Living Really About?

The pivotal ethos to living in this new era or paradigm is to be focused on heart-guidance.

What is heart-guidance?

It’s not some wishy-washy glitter banter that requires you to don a floral bandana, fish out the bell bottoms and dance around a campfire singing ‘Kumbaya’ — it’s a serious new way of approaching our inner strength, power and ability to tap into the essence of all that is.

In a nutshell, it’s the vital self empowerment tool.

Think of heart-centered living as trusting your intuition — the superconscious universal mind.  It’s the Divine Soup that makes up existence and simmers with creative potential.

External Crutches Be Gone!

When we follow our thinking alone, we tend to seek external help.  We labour under the delusion that we are not good enough and that there must be someone out there who knows more than we do, so we seek the knowledge for progress outside of ourselves.

Fat lot of good that’s done us so far, right?

It’s not that some people or information can’t help us, it’s the principle that any external help is merely an aid not a solution.  Going inside is inevitably the only way.  We are creatures of ingrained habit and following a path that we can only see a foot ahead is no easy feat — that is one of the reasons why we slip back into old ways of doing things that feel safe.

However, there is no real safety in repetitive behavior that doesn’t lead to necessary growth.

When we trust our instincts, no matter how ‘unplannned’ (meaning that we have no step-by-step plan on how to get there), we embark on a journey that is intuitive and that is why your synchronicity feelers need to be out there tracking the waves of the universe (I’ll discuss more about synchronicity below).

When you first approach the heart (what you feel is right) and marry that with the head (the course of action to take) you are using heart-centered guidance.

So, it’s not so hippy after all, eh?  It’s about bringing the two into balance.

You’re going to be out of whack if you use only your head or only your heart.  It’s the old Yin and Yang aspect of self again.  You can’t lean too heavy on either side — you need to find that Goldilocks zone to get the balance right.

Let’s get to the 3 steps of using that inner GPS system:

  1. Intuition — This is going with your gut instinct or listening to your heart.  You know what makes you happy and what doesn’t.  Most of us run on auto-pilot and let the subconscious mind take over which usually leads us to repetitive behavior and not expansive creation.  Using the intuition or heart center will help you to tap into the superconscious mind (read more about the superconscious and subconscious mind HERE).
  2. Synchronicity — Trust in those meaningful encounters and situations, they are not mere ‘coincidences’ , they are actually pointers from spirit that guide us to the right path.  If you have no idea what synchronicity is, then I strongly urge you to read more about it HERE — it could change your life and way of thinking.  We are made of energy and exude a certain frequency or vibration with our emotions — especially the highly charged variety.  When we send out a vibration into the universe it is matched and then certain markers are sent back to us as precursors to the frequency we are trying to manifest.  If we ignore those markers, we could end up ignoring the trail that is lighting up for us to follow. This is why synchronicity is vital to take note of.
  3. Flow — We’ve got to keep making sure that we are surrendering to the universal flow.  If we struggle against what is and try to paddle furiously against the stream of the present moment, life becomes a floundering fight.  If we give in and stop resisting, we let the current take us with grace and ease to our destination.  How do you slip into this flow?  Be at peace with yourself and your NOW moment.  Trust that you are heading in the direction of your greater good and keep aligning your self to joy and being in touch with spirit.  Get plenty of rest, meditate and try to feel that everything is in Divine Order.  What you inject (through feeling and intent) into the present is what you will reap in your future NOW moment.

Happy Trail Blazing!

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Do You Know the Difference Between Your Superconscious and Subconscious Mind?

Holding my Heart by Cherie Roe Dirksen

In a previous blog Tracy Russell led us through the teachings of the butterfly metamorphosis — how we each have the blueprint of potential within us to work through the layers of conditioning that disconnect us from our truth.  You can recap on that blog HERE.

In this blog Tracy will take us through connecting to our highest vision or version of self, as well as the shadow aspects that will consequently arise.

“Our heart glows, and secret unrest gnaws at the root of our being. Dealing with the unconscious has become a question of life for us.” ~ Carl Jung

Cherie:  You have developed a diagram that helps us to visually understand the concept represented by the butterfly’s transitional states as a metaphor to our lives — can you expand on what the cross symbolizes?

Tracy:  In the diagram below I’ve used the cross to represent the unconscious and the conscious.

There is only ONE MIND – which, for the sake of convenience and understanding, we’ll divide, according to its functions, into the conscious and unconscious minds, which is further divided into superconscious and subconscious.

One ancient definition of the cross is ‘the cross of matter’, the vertical bar representing spirit, which interpenetrates the horizontal bar representing matter or the earth plane (horizon line). This is symbolic of bringing heaven to earth.

EmergentImaginal Model-3The world of the caterpillar is black and white, his sight is limited and he knows what to do based on what he’s been taught.

He’s conditioned to consume and stay on his isolated tree, not knowing that there’s a whole world of colour beyond his limited perception.

Similarly we go about our life only connecting to the 5% of information that is filtered via our senses and self talk forming our conscious reality and often fail to tap into the 95% that is our unconscious mind.

Cherie:  Can you expand on what roles our superconscious state of mind plays in our lives?

Tracy:  It functions best when the conscious mind is not mulling over problems, but rather focused on solving them and looking for solutions (energy flows where focus goes.). Then when the conscious mind is focused elsewhere, ideas will often flash into the mind.

When you get an intuitive flash/idea act on it immediately, the more rapidly you act on these insights the more insights you receive.

The unconscious mind communicates in pictures , metaphors and synchronicities. Visualization and imagining are powerful ways to engage in two-way communication.

Any thought, plan, goal or idea held continuously in the conscious mind will get brought into our reality by the superconscious mind, whether positive or negative. Therefore it’s important to be conscious of what you’re focused on.

Think of it as a mainframe computer that you can tap into in each NOW moment (your point of power).

SuperconsciousCall it universal mind, cosmic consciousness, infinite intelligence — it’s where we source our ideas and receive inspiration and life force energy from.

It’s not something outside of ourselves, it is at the core of our being. It’s the source of all creativity. It’s the genius mind that Einstein Mozart, Beethoven, Thomas Edison and countless others knew how to access.

Cherie:  Well, that really helps to clarify the role of superconscious. It’s definitely where I get most of my inspiration from — especially whilst in a meditative state. So how do we actively engage the superconscious to better our lives?

Tracy: Whether you’re wanting to create a new project, a new life or live more into your truth, the first step is to connect to that vision, the butterfly… the end result.

  • Imagine what it would be like to live your most juiciest, fulfilled, passionate life.
  • What would you be doing? What can you see? What can you feel? (engage all your senses)
  • If you had no limitations whatsoever, what would your life look like?
  • If you had no self-doubt what kind of person would you be?

The thing about growth is that it’s not linear, there is no A to B where you get to a grand finish line, throw your hands up in the air and shout “I’ve arrived!”

Growth is infinite and happens in a spiral of contraction and expansion.

Just remember that when you shine a light on the inner butterfly (that free, expansive liberated self) you will also be illuminating, to the same degree, the shadow self (fears, beliefs and limitations).

You’ll feel the contraction of all that’s not in alignment with your vision.

I’m sure you’ve experienced an epiphany or grand idea which lights you up completely (often at night when your unconscious is more active) and then you wake up in the morning to “What was I thinking, I can’t do that!” Then all the excuses and doubts appear and you’re left feeling deflated.

Remember your imaginal discs (potential) are a higher frequency and those fears and doubts that live on a lower vibration will fight for survival. And yet they hold great gifts and power for us if we learn how to transmute and alchemise them.

Just as any hero in a story has to slay some dragons in order to come through the other side victorious, so do we need to use our challenges and perceived limitations as tools for growth so that we can eventually bridge the gap between our current reality and desired reality.

These beliefs and fears lurk in the shadow of our subconscious mind and it’s a necessary part of growth and transformation to be able to face, feel and heal these aspects so we can return to wholeness.

This is what happens within the chrysalis — the butterfly who’s wanting to emerge and the caterpillar needing to die so that this new vision/ higher aspect of self can be re-birthed.

Yet the old dies hard and doesn’t give up without a fight!

Dictionary: (from the Latin revolutio, “a turn around”) is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.

This is the revolution within, where there’s a shift in power from your head to your heart — from fear to empowerment, restriction to freedom.

Cherie:  Thank you. I’m sure we can all relate to what you have outlined there about the superconscious and how we can tap into it and trust our heart guidance more. Now for the subconscious — how can we better understand ourselves through this aspect of mind?

Tracy:  The term Subconscious mind is an individual accumulation of knowledge through personal experience and ideas that have been fixed through education, repetition or impact which form your conditioning and it controls ±97% of our behavior!  Here are some characteristics of the subconscious:

  • subconsciousIt can’t tell real from imagined – whatever picture or image you send it, it believes it to be absolutely true.
  • It stores memories, beliefs, habits and generates your instincts.
  • The conditioned mind doesn’t’ know the difference between a truth and a lie, it can’t process negatives.
  • It takes everything personally… there is no one else but you.
  • It represses memories with unresolved emotions and presents them for resolution when ready.
  • Runs the body. Has a blueprint of the body now and of perfect health.
  • Generates, stores, distributes and transmits energy.
  • Functions best as a whole integrated unit, not as parts.

Cherie:  So it’s like our ‘auto-pilot’ but we’ve got to switch to manual. How do we do this?

Tracy:  Your subconscious mind contains all the mental and emotional imprints from the past, your beliefs about yourself and the world around you.  You’ve got to ask yourself:

  • What beliefs are you holding that are not serving your highest good and potential?
  • Are they absolutely true?
  • How could the opposite belief be just as true?

Some beliefs could be “I don’t have the time” I need more money” “How can I do that?” I’m not good enough” I’m not experienced enough”.

Remember every problem has a solution and it’s to keep focused on the solution.

One of the greatest obstacles is not knowing HOW to create our vision and so we find excuses and keep waiting for the right time or conditions, or a treasure map with the coordinates to land in our lap!

Yet you don’t have to know the how of creating your vision. In fact if you know the how, you’re not moving beyond your comfort zone into your greater potential.

If you know the how it means you’ve done it before.

Growing into your potential involves moving beyond the known, into the unknown. You’re blazing a new trail one step at a time using courage to slay your dragons and passion and purpose to fuel and direct your journey.

Remember this is about bringing heaven to earth… activating the vibration of what you’re wanting to create into your reality RIGHT NOW.

Start your day in the vibration of who you truly are at the core of your being (LOVE) and do those things that add joy and sparkle to your every day whilst following your bliss… this is how you pave your way.

For more info on the unconscious mind and the natural laws download the pdf HERE. 

And if you’re wanting some help to unpack your vision, download this document with some questions to help get you started… Download HERE

Cherie: Awesome stuff, Tracy! Thank you so much for sharing your take on the superconscious and subconscious mind. I’m sure we all feel a lot more elucidated now.

In the next installment, Tracy will be discussing the integration of your inner feminine and masculine aspects and their role in the manifestation of your vision.

UPDATE:  You can read the 3rd blog here: How to Heal and Unite Your Inner Feminine and Masculine

More about Tracy:

Tracy Russell Profile PicTracy Russell is transformational coach, facilitator, writer and speaker guiding adults and young adults to their hearts, inner nature, authentic power and potential so that they may share their unique expression with the
world and be the rEVOLUTION that’s needed.
She’s a truth-detective, edge-walker, nature-lover, fear-slayer, heart-activist and Wild Hearted Woman in training. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa where you’ll find her either up a rock face, somewhere in nature, dancing or hanging out with her beloved, spirited daughter… when she’s not doing the work she loves of course.

Find her on Facebook HERE

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Why Problems are Really Potentials

The Painters Universe by Cherie Roe Dirksen

The Human Condition

How often do we face troubling, irksome, unfortunate, gob-smacking, gut-wrenching, negative situations?  A lot?  Sometimes?

Is it something you fear coming up against?  Do you find yourself worrying about potential ‘what if’s’?

Whatever the answer — we all experience the downs of life as well as the ups.  It’s natural and all part of being human.  You can have it all together and be the most inimitable spiritual master sitting atop a Tibetan mountain and you will still face problematic encounters.

Problems don’t change, it’s how you deal with or perceive them that needs the changing.

Be Your Own Alchemist

What if I told you that you just might enjoy coming up against a wall in the future when you know what it represents and how to deal with it?

What we do with our potential problems is what I want to speak about today.  You can turn any situation into gold if you know how.  What am I talking about?

How Much Treasure Are You Sitting On —  Or Is It Just a Bunch of Rotten Bananas?

There is always treasure to be found in your trash.  Turning your situation around is just as simple as taking an over-ripe banana and making a banana loaf with it.

Savvy?

When life throws you lemons, make Margaritas!  When we mine what we initially deem as a negative situation, we could potentially find a myriad of gemstones in the experience.  The key is to have the right attitude and miners helmet!

We are forever expanding and learning — that’s just how our soul operates — when we get thrown curve balls they are really opportunities for expansion.

Yeah, your first reaction to something “caca” is most likely to feel down in the dumps but look back at your past — how many times did that awful thing turn out to be your greatest blessing?

Have you ever stopped to peek into your past experiences to see how things turned out?  It’s a great exercise as past experience often shows us future solutions.

If, every time something bad happens to you, you keep reiterating that your life is going to the dogs, then look at what a powerful manifestor you are!

Huh?

If you’re the kind of person who can’t ever find a positive aspect in a negative situation and all you can do is whine, complain and moan about how rotten your life is then you are creating more of that.  Kudos!

But wait, what about trying a different approach next time a truck load of sour grapes is being dumped on your doorstep?  After all, vinegar is very useful for cleaning toilets, did you know?

How to Turn Situations to Your Advantage

Okay, let’s get short, sweet and to the point of this blog:

  • Don’t fear the future — If you find yourself slipping into worry about what might happen to you and how you’ll deal with it, just affirm: ‘I am a powerful co-creator and I can bend anything to accommodate my joy’.
  • All Things Will Pass — This is a powerful realization as it works with both good and bad situations.  This is not to say you must fear all joyful moments as they will soon be gone — it is just a reminder that there is an ebb and flow to life and that when you are in the moment, it might feel like things will never change.  Thing is, the only constant you can rely on is change.  So, remind yourself that if you are having a bad day, tomorrows dawn might be a rebirth on the horizon.  And if you are experiencing joy in the moment, you are projecting more bliss into your future — so nothing to worry about there either.
  • Mine the Matter — You’ve got to dig deep into the situation (whatever it is) and scour over all possibilities to find the diamond.  Life doesn’t throw you anything you (a) can’t handle and (b) don’t need in order to grow.  And you’re just going to love the muchness that you have once you take the lesson and experience the gratification of growth!
  • Future Projection — No matter how bogged down and gloomy you may feel about things today, try to visualize how you want things to be.  Close your eyes and play a movie in your mind (in the region of your third eye, in between your brows).  Choose how you want this situation to play out.  Keep watching the DVD until you smile and really feel this outcome ingraining on your path.  Draw on that when you feel yourself slipping into dread or doubt.  Keep affirming your ideal outcome.  You are an alchemist, get used to it!

Program a New Reality, Neo

A really fun thing to do is to keep a diary of all the events that you have turned around through your own personal alchemy.  When you look back on the pages, you’ll start to see the pattern of your power emerging.

You are sitting on an immense and phenomenal ability — the power of mind, heart and emotional connection (read HERE for more about this supreme trinity and how to use it) that turns your matrix into the womb of creation that it was always supposed to be (did you know that the word ‘matrix’ means ‘womb’ in Latin?).

You create in your own personal matrix. So, don’t fear the future and what it may bring — scream out, ‘bring it on!’ and know that you can figuratively turn any base metal into gold because problems are only disguised potentials.

It’s your job to uncover the illusion and to stop buying into victimization.

Take a Lesson from the Magpie

To hammer the point home — there is an inspirational, innovative and enchanting gallery/shop where I live called Magpie

They ‘upcycle’ trash into the most beautiful art concentrating on jaw-dropping, spectacular chandeliers.

What a perfect metaphor for us — isn’t it about time we turned our trash into art?  Our lives could be sheer masterpieces of glued together strife made triumphant!

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Monarch Butterfly Collage by Cherie Roe DirksenBecoming the Butterfly – The Activation

My good friend, Tracy Russell — a transformational coach and facilitator, has a wealth of wisdom to share with you.

She is the founder of ‘The Wild Hearted Revolution’  and creatix of ‘The Emergent Imaginal Model’ which provides the context for her coaching and leadership programs for youth and adults.

I’ve asked her to do a 4 part blog series — which will begin today and carry on for the month of February — to highlight the key aspects of her insightful and revolutionary module.

So, come journey with us as we unravel how to become the butterfly and awaken to a greater you —  to soar on those newfound wings of freedom that you will have at the end of this series!

“It’s the caterpillar’s job to resist the butterfly and the butterfly’s job to become stronger because of the opposition to its advance.”

 Let the interview commence:

Cherie:  I see you have used the cycle of the butterfly as an allegory for your work — what’s the inspiration behind this?

Tracy:  Butterflies have long-held a fascination for most people. They represent t joy, freedom, creativity and change. Most importantly their seemingly magical metamorphosis symbolizes a necessary transformation and soul evolution for us as individuals and as a collective.

The complete metamorphic cycle (which 88% of all Insects, and most amphibians undergo) has often been used as a metaphor for change. Change that we as humans tend to resist, yet if we learn to embrace it, rather than fight it, we get to discover what the caterpillar discovered… her true self and infinite potential which was always there waiting to be uncovered.

EmergentImaginal Model-1

Cherie:  That is a very powerful interpretation.  You mentioned to me that you’ve uncovered more in-depth and incredibly synchronous information about the cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and how it so beautifully relates to our own personal growth and enlightenment — can you elaborate on that for us?

Tracy:  Sure, I’ll illustrate this through the cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. The egg is usually laid on the Milkweed plant, which remains the larva’s staple diet during her juvenile years. She goes through her life consuming the same bitter food in her familiar environment… it’s predictable, it’s comfortable. Her sight is limited, and she can only in see black and white. She blends into her environment, plays it safe and goes about her job of consumption and survival.

Interestingly the word larva comes from the latin word larva, meaning ghost or mask. Whilst trying to fit in and wear various masks that are socially acceptable the caterpillar creates more layers of disconnection from her innate truth. She goes through 5 layers of molting and grows up to 30 000 times her size in just two weeks.

imaginal-haltere fruit fly

An Imaginal Disc

Yet within this oblivious caterpillar are what are scientifically called Imaginal discs. These cells contain the entire blueprint of the butterfly, the full potential of this juvenile.

Tired of her life on the milkweed she feels a deep yearning for more meaning growing inside, her imaginal discs are awakening. Her old life just no longer fits and she knows it’s time to go within and find her gold. Interestingly the word Chrysalis comes from the Latin word Khrysos meaning Gold.

She spins some silk and attaches herself to the underside of a leaf hanging upside down in a letter J and prepares for the 6th and final shedding.

Yet letting go of that last layer isn’t easy, it involves trust and commitment to stay connected to the leaf and the process.  In order to become who she really is, she needs to let go who she thought she was.

As these imaginal discs start activating, the old cells of the instar see these new ‘higher frequency’ cells as a threat and start attacking them, basically eating itself from the inside out as the discs form larger and larger clusters and take over.

This stage is met with fears and doubts as you enter the unknown. The old you wants to remain small, irresponsible and keep hiding behind the mask.

original_butterfly

Imaginal Disc of the Wing

Being who you truly are, showing up fully and vulnerably, honouring your values, your unique gifts and strengths and living from the power of your heart requires courage and persistence. It means putting your quest for truth above all else and blazing your own trail. 

After two weeks in the Chrysalis, the butterfly has found the treasure of who she is, reclaimed her power and now has to break through the final barriers of resistance to share the gift of who she is with the world.

Cherie:  That is truly amazing and a perfect metaphor for us!  Can you elaborate succinctly the caterpillar’s journey to become the butterfly so we can see it more clearly? 

Tracy:  She’s gone from survival to thrival, sipping on the sweet nectar of life.  Her vision was black and white and now encompasses a full spectrum of light, including ultraviolet. She’s lighter, more radiant, fearless and free.

The Monarch Butterfly Emerging

The Monarch Butterfly Emerging

Cherie:  How do we know if becoming the butterfly is what we truly want?  What are the signs to look for that we are having a personal awakening or urge to break free of our cocoons?

Tracy: You may be feeling a restlessness within, a desire for more meaning and fulfillment. You may be asking ‘Is this really it?’, ‘What is my purpose?’, ‘Why am I here?’ You’ll feel a yearning for something greater, yet not necessarily sure what that even is or how to make it your reality.

Simply put, your purpose is to set your inner butterfly free. To be who you really are beyond the layers of domestication and conditioning and share your uniqueness with the world. You don’t have to know what that is or how that will come about. You just have to commit to the journey, trust the unfolding and be in action of your dreams.  Living into your potential involves going beyond the known (I’ll be explaining in a later blog how to create in the unknown).

Metaphorically your imaginal discs are activating and you’ll feel that inner battle going on between your heart’s desire and your old conditioning (not to mention the demands of the outside world.) You’ll feel the surge of fears and doubts and in each moment you get to ask yourself “What am I giving my power to? My doubts or my truth?” (Either way you’ll be right!)

Cherie:  How do we discern the difference between our doubts and our truth?

Tracy: Yes that’s always the tricky part. What I’ve learned is the truth isn’t something that’s necessarily rational. It’s a feeling, a knowing, an intuition, a tingle in your body, like you’re remembering something that feels like home – It’s expansive and liberating. Your fears and doubts are contractive and pinch you off from your joy. They’re there to show you what needs to be transmuted and let go of in order to live more fully into your truth.

Cherie:  How do you think the butterfly cycle relates to where we are right now in this auspicious epoch of time?

Tracy: The time has come on our planet where the imaginal discs are activating, within ourselves and within our planet. Those who awaken to their butterflies within become the imaginal discs of our planet.

The more and more we start clumping together, the more we threaten the old caterpillar way of survival, consumption, competition and destruction and assist humanity and our planet in birthing a new world of compassion, beauty, freedom and abundance. I call this the rEVOLUTION and it starts with each one of us taking our power back from our own inner dictator.

Cherie:  Wow!  Now that is something I think we can all relate to. Most of us feel a change is afoot (in fact a necessity) and the key is to know that each one of us can make a difference and it’s our responsibility to create the change we seek.

Thank you, Tracy, for this illuminating interview.

In the follow-up blogs (next one is out in a week — so stay tuned!), Tracy will be expanding on her model and taking this evolutionary process deeper to explore the integration of:

  • Our super- and subconscious / light and shadow
  • Our masculine and feminine principles,
  • And how to live into our most authentic and powerful lives.

Exciting stuff, you don’t want to miss out on, I can assure you!

UPDATE:  You can read the second blog here: Do You Know the Difference Between Your Superconscious and Subconscious Mind?

More about Tracy:

Tracy Russell Profile PicTracy Russell is transformational coach, facilitator, writer and speaker guiding adults and young adults to their hearts, inner nature, authentic power and potential so that they may share their unique expression with the
world and be the rEVOLUTION that’s needed.
She’s a truth-detective, edge-walker, nature-lover, fear-slayer, heart-activist and Wild Hearted Woman in training. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa where you’ll find her either up a rock face, somewhere in nature, dancing or hanging out with her beloved, spirited daughter… when she’s not doing the work she loves of course.

Find her on Facebook HERE

Visit her Site HERE (site still under construction but you can contact her via e-mail tracy@tracyrussell.co.za)

 

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Sick of Getting Sick?

“Don’t live to eat — eat to live.  Don’t let any thing come between you, your ideal body and an ecstatic life.”

Is it just me or is sickness and disease on the rise?

Just in my circle of friends and acquaintances, 20 year olds are being diagnosed with cancer and healthy 50 year olds having fatal aneurysms!  Never mind the tragic amount of other illnesses and disease doing their rounds and incapacitating people.

I went into town the other day (and, believe me, it’s a small town) and in no less than 45 minutes, heard of 4 people who have been hospitalized in the past week — all suffering with different afflictions and all pretty young.

What the hell is going on?

Healthy Living No-Brainers

I was listening to a talk show last night and the doctor being interviewed was speaking about the imperative nature of healthy living, especially nutrition.

“You may say today that you don’t give a shit about what you’re putting into your body but let me tell you — the day your body starts packing up is the day that you’ll bloody eat those words!”

She stressed how the western diet is atrocious and how something  very drastic needs to be done.

The things she was addressing seemed like a no-brainer to me until people started calling in and I was shocked to discover that most of the listeners were hearing these things for the first time.

Quit Bugging Me!

One example was a caller saying that a friend of his was growing her own vegetable garden and she didn’t use any pesticides on it — he thought she was doing it for religious reasons.

The doctor said something that was smack on the button (and I’m paraphrasing):  “If I made you a beautiful, fresh salad and then sprayed Raid all over it — would you eat it?”

The caller said no and the doctor said that this is exactly why his friend is growing without chemical sprays.

Keep Your Finger on Your Pulse!

Well, I was inspired to whip up a quick blog checklist.

Life changes are necessary and, as the good doctor said, if you want to stay alive and healthy, some of these so-called ‘sacrifices’ are detrimental.  And I put sacrifices in inverted commas because they only seem that way until you get used to them and they become part of your daily practice.

Hell, you may (and probably will) come to love some of these healthy habits — especially the way they make you feel.

“You may have the healthiest diet and the fittest body, but if you are holding onto resentment or anger, you could be a breeding ground for dis-ease.”

Let’s keep it simple and to the point (some of these things may push your buttons but try to keep an open mind at the very least).

As with anything you read or hear, use your discernment — these are all suggestions:

  1. Drink Water — 10 glasses a day and make sure it’s pure, clean water and not tap water that is over-chlorinated and contains fluoride (yes, fluoride isn’t good for you — READ MORE HERE).  Coffee and alcohol actually dehydrate you, so don’t think that you’re drinking water in your beer or caffeine fix.  It’s especially dangerous as the first sign of dehydration is thirst and when you drink other things it satiates the thirst but doesn’t help the initial problem of dehydration.  Dehydration is only solved when you drink WATER!!!!  Don’t kid yourself otherwise (and totally stay away from the flavoured water!  It’s full of sugar).
  2. MSG, Preservatives, Artificial Colouring and Sweeteners BEWARE!!!  Rule no.1 — just stay 10 miles away from any of the aforementioned things.  They are found in about 80% of products at the store but you can actually survive without them.  Quick tips:  Instead of buying crisps eat non-GMO popcorn or lightly salted crisps (they usually don’t have the MSG) and make yourself a groovy avo dip to accompany and satisfy those taste buds.  Instead of getting packaged soups and stocks (which are loaded with MSG) you can buy vegetable stock powders (look in the health section of your supermarket).  Look for alternatives!  Your great-grandmother didn’t have all this crap in her diet and neither should you.  READ MORE about the dangers of MSG HERE, food colouring info HERE, preservative info HERE and Sweeteners HERE.
  3. Cut back on the Sugar (then cut it out) — You can do it!  Yes, I know — what about the ice-cream cravings in summer or that one indiscretion after a meal out?  It’s better to ‘treat’ yourself every now and again than to have a larder full of sugary shite and kid yourself it’s okay!  Seriously, sugar is a major carcinogen.  What is a carcinogen?  A substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.  Be informed!  I sometimes have a nice gooey dessert but it’s seldom and at home I don’t keep the stuff at all.  Stevia is a great supplement and it’s natural.  Honey in moderation also is a great alternative.  I have been making my own chocolate (cause I’m a choc-o-holic) and it’s completely satiating and de-fricking-licious!  Here is a recipe for mouth-watering choccies that you can make from scratch:  CLICK HERE.
  4. Meat-Free — As a vegetarian, this is a controversial subject and I’m sure many of you have your heckles aimed at me.  I believe we are healthier not eating meat but many will disagree — that is your choice to make and I certainly refrain from judging anyone on this point.  There is loads of information out there about the dangers of meat consumption — READ HERE for one.  Thing is, if you can’t give it up entirely, try at least to incorporate 3-4 meals a week that are meat-free.  And when you do buy meat, please buy it responsibly by supporting your local organic/free-range farmers — do it for them, yourself and for the animals.  You are what you eat, so make sure the animal was pampered as much as possible and not treated appallingly in some over-crowded factory farm.
  5. Exercise and Movement — Most people shudder at the ‘e’ word but come on!  We need to move our bodies and build up a sweat every day.  Find something fun to do — it doesn’t have to be all grind at the gym, you know.  READ HERE for 25 fun alternatives.
  6. Lactose Leery —  Yip, my favourite — not!  I love my dairy, especially milk.  Although I still smuggle a piece of cheese every now and then, I have cut out most dairy.  I supplement rice milk powder in my hot drinks and smoothies it’s actually quite yummy, so I’m not really missing the cows milk much.  Here is an article about the dangers of dairy CLICK HERE.
  7. Organic, Fresh, Raw — You guessed it!  Eat as much organic, raw fruit and veg as you can — especially the green leafy kind.  The more alkaline your body (as in at least 51% alkaline) the less your changes of getting cancer.  Why?  Cancer cannot survive in a body that is predominantly alkaline.  Do yourself a favour and check this chart out — CLICK HERE.  Better still, start your own edible patch — after all, the word on the street is that revolution starts one veg garden at a time!
  8. GMO Wary — Frankenfoods should be setting off alarm bells in your head.  If you’re still not sure why, then you can  READ MORE HERE.
  9. Cut Back on Carbs — Yeah, carbs are delicious but here is some food for thought about these sticky starches:  10 Dangers of Carbohydrates by Dr. Dana Myatt.
  10. State of Mind — You simply cannot thrive on stress, anxiety, anger, fear, regret or other negative emotions.  You can experience them but know that it too shall pass.  If you find yourself harbouring ill-feelings, especially the inability to let go or forgive, you need to explore those emotions and release them in any way you can.  You may have the healthiest diet and the fittest body, but if you are holding onto resentment or anger, you could be a breeding ground for dis-ease.  You’ve got to shovel through your muck and turn them into compost for future growth.  Remember to water that compost with copious doses of healthy self-love!
  11. State of Heart — Listen to your heart and trust your gut instincts.  We all have the natural ability to gauge situations and using our heart-sense will help steer us in the direction of healthy choices for joyful living.  The best thing we can do for ourselves is engage in complete awareness and to take responsibility for our actions.  The ability to drop into our heart centers for guidance will make for a more switched on humanity.
  12. Get Dirty — Right, bear with me here…has she lost her mind, you might ask?  Perhaps, but there is something truly magical to be gained in working with you hands and/or feet in the dirt.  Get into the garden and connect with your planet.  Feel the earth beneath your feet.  Play in the mud.  It’s actually got a name and it’s called ‘earthing’.  For more about this glorious practice and the many ways you will benefit from it — CLICK HERE and HERE.
  13. Smoke and Drug-Free Zone — The less chemicals we pump into our body the better.  Enough said! Still not convinced?  Okay, READ MORE and HERE.
  14. Medicinal Laughter — l mean, seriously — who doesn’t like a good belly wobble?  But did you know that giggles and guffaws come with some seriously wicked benefits?  Like reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks!  READ MORE HERE.
  15. Get Plenty of Sex!  Just when you thought I’d suck all the joy out of life with this list, I go and totally redeem myself! So, if you are of consensual age and understand what a true and loving relationship built on a deep sense of trust, integrity and openness is then this is the kind of intimacy I’m talking about. Sex has a number of proven benefits for your health but I’d like to reiterate that sex is a sacred union and should not be engaged in flippantly.  READ MORE about the benefits of the side-ways tango HERE.
  16. Candid Coffee and Caffeine — Interesting that I stuck this one at the end…not really.  I LOVE coffee but I know that it affects me badly.  I still sneak in a cup or two every week (*slap on the hand* ) but I am totally aware of what it does to my body (severe lower back pain due to the detoxification of the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys).  You can READ MORE about it HERE.  I know, it’s a real bummer and believe you me, I’ve tried so hard to debunk that coffee is bad for you but, alas, to no avail — got to tell it like it is.  When I went through my coffee detox I climbed the walls with my eyelashes for 8 days — the pain was that bad!  Coffee is toxic and make no mistake, it’s a drug.

Will doing all these things above guarantee a disease-free body?  I can’t answer that.  The only thing I can guarantee is that you will regret not trying.  It’s more difficult to live with ‘what if’s’ than knowing you tried your best to look after yourself.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and don’t completely overwhelm yourself trying to adopt these life changes.

Start slowly and steadily by choosing one thing from the above list to incorporate every week and see how your life and body starts to change.

Attitude vs No-Tolerance Bullshit-o-meter

You may say today that you don’t give a shit about what you’re putting into your body but let me tell you — the day your body starts packing up is the day that you will bloody eat those words!

Get real and start treating your body like the divine temple it is.

If, after reading this article, you ask (and, yes, I can read your mind):

  • What’s the point in living if you can’t eat sugar, fast food and alcohol? 

My answer has to be that you are sorely missing the point of life.

Life is for grand adventures, loving relationships, meaningful encounters, creative expansion and joyful explorations — if you are only living for your next oral fix then you’re kind of missing the game entirely.

Don’t live to eat — eat to live.  Don’t let any thing come between you, your ideal body and an ecstatic life.  Besides there is much to be enjoyed by eating healthfully — you’ve just got to give it a chance.

Disclaimer:  This article is not intended to provide, and does not constitute, medical or other professional advice. The content Cherie Roe Dirksen provides is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. If you believe you may have a condition, please seek qualified professional care.

Original article written by CHERIE ROE DIRKSEN for CONSCIOUS LIFE NEWS (CLN) – CLICK HERE and join over 350 000 other readers!

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New Life Resolutions With Staying Power!

As we see the old year out and get ready to welcome the new year in, let’s try to make our new year’s resolutions ones that will stick.

It’s easy to make big plans for gigantic change but not so easy to stick to the program, especially as the best laid plans are usually made in the peak of our festive celebrations where the punch, and not the person, is talking.

Here are the simplified 10 steps I wrote about in my manifesto, ‘New Life Resolutions’ (which goes into more detail of how you can practically apply these steps — you can download it for FREE when you sign up HERE).

These are changes anyone can introduce into their life in a sustainable manner.  Even if you start off by doing 1 of these things a month, by the end of the year you will be a new person.

Good luck and may 2015 be a most magical year for you!NLR Quote by Cherie Roe Dirksen

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Frodo by Cherie Roe Dirksen The Remedy for Everything at the Tip of Your Tongue

I want to share an ancient mantra/prayer with you and it is simply to sound out the word HU (pronounced like Hugh or hue). It is used to harmonize and retune the very atoms of your body.

Background Credentials

The HU has been used by various different cultures over thousands of years.  It is a way to align with God or Source.

HU is actually an ancient name for God and is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit word ‘HU’.

Ancient Egyptians and Greeks also referred to the word HU as a reference to God.  It is interesting to note that we are HUmans — God in the form of (wo)man.

Many different religions, such as Sufism and the Kabbalah, talk about the HU as the original sound of the universe.

Using HU Now

When you sound out the mantra HU (you can also do it silently in the mind but I prefer to chant it out loud) you are aligning with source.  I feel, it gives off an immense sense of personal power.

The first time I ever heard of it was on an Art Bell show — I, unfortunately, don’t remember the guests but it was a couple (it could indeed have been this couple: http://www.divinedecisionmaking.com/Just_Say_HU_Technique.html).

I tried it immediately and I now do it every evening before bed. I remember them saying that it sealed off your aura.  So, if during the day, you had any breaks, bleeds or leaks in your auric field, the HU makes sure they’re healed.

I do it by:

  1. Taking a deep breath and then
  2. Letting out a long HUUUUUUU until all the air is out of my lungs
  3. I then repeat this 3 times (you can do it as many times as you like).
  4. Make sure you do this as a daily practice for optimum results.

When I first started this practice, my husband would always finish off my chant with a ‘Grant’ or ‘Laurie’ or ‘Jackman’ — the joker he is! :D

Reasons to start HU-ing today:

  • Relieves anxiety, fear, tension and depression
  • Induces joy, love and serenity
  • Wards of psychic or negative emotional attacks
  • Tunes you in to your higher ‘God-self’ vibration

HU today, (negativity) gone tomorrow!

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Mona by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“You can always alter your reality at any time.”

Owning Your Power

You’re probably familiar with the saying ‘what you think you create’ but how can you seriously filter every bad thought? Surely it’s a struggle worthy of giving up on before you even get started?

Certainly not.

There’s only one person responsible for what you think and do and that’s you. If the thought of being the creator of your reality scares the willies out of you, then read on…

The Freedom to Be Happy

“Emotions back your thoughts into manifestation.”

Can you remember learning how to swim or ride a bike? Can you see how determined you were to succeed because you knew the pay-off was going to be huge?

You may have started off with water-wings, splashing about aimlessly— gulping in water — or peddling your heart out whilst trying to maintain your balance even with the training wheels on! But that child never gave up.

Then what came next once the wheels were removed? Probably scrapes and bruises the first week but did that deter you? Did you give up then? Probably not. You wanted to ride! You were hell-bent on feeling the wind on your face and the freedom that would bring with it.

Same goes for swimming — gliding about in the water refreshes and frees your body of weight. You knew that swimming was going to be the biggest trip ever!

Where am I going with this? Your thoughts need training wheels/water-wings if you want to experience the same freedom from negative thought. And here’s how you’re going to do it…

Getting Real Right NOW

Here are a few things you can start to do today to become more aware and proactive with your thoughts:

  • Morning Motivation — When you wake up, give yourself 5-10 minutes to think about what how you want to see this day play out. See if you can catch any worrisome or negative thoughts before they take hold of the exercise. Put up a STOP sign in your mind and gently kick those blighters to the curb. Then bring your focus back to visualizing your positive day ahead. Try to smile and see/feel yourself enjoying this bright new day. Emotions back your thoughts into manifestation.
  • Mind Mangle Cleanse — During the day (if you are but a mere mortal) you will probably find yourself slipping into worry, blame, anger, despair and an array of other harmful mind banter. You may even find that your head is throbbing because of all the distorted ‘mind mangling’ that’s going on up there. Here’s your chance to hold up that STOP sign again and see if you can look at things from a different perspective. Most of what we worry about never comes to pass and most judgments/situations when seen from a different angle can evoke empathy instead of anger. See if you can alchemize your thinking — in other words, find the treasure in the trash.
  • Marrying the Mind — When you start to get a hold on your thought stream and just how much power you DO have over it, you can start to have a better relationship with your thinking. You are now in control and you can focus your inner dialogue on what serves you instead of calling in all the unwanted experiences. Start your affirmations off with a strong ‘I am…’. For example ‘I am going to have a great day today’, ‘I am going to have a safe trip’, etc. Try avoid the phrases ‘I desire’ or ‘I want’ because it only brings more desiring and wanting for the future. When you use ‘I am’ it is in the present tense and is happening right now not in some future timeline.
  • Re-Member — We often get lost in ‘doing’ and not ‘being’. Try to remember all the things that make you happy and bring you joy. When you smile the world smiles with you. So, remember to feel gratitude for life, nature and the people that make your world spin. Look at every magnificent dawn or sunset as a blessing, every fragrant flower or birdsong as a gift, every smile or hug as a gesture of love and draw on those experiences when you’re in a negative frame of mind. See if you can remove yourself from a negative situation and sit under a tree or listen to some soothing music. Seek out those small but beautiful moments in your life and embrace them. Hold them close to your chest and bring them out when you need to. It’s bound to make you smile. You can always alter your reality at any time. Don’t forget that. If you choose to stay in the gloom, then just know that ‘this too shall pass’.
  • Over and Out — At the end of the day, review what happened and see if you can pick out any situations that you have turned around in reality. Did you manage to have a good day? Did things turn out like you affirmed in the morning? Or close to? Or can you do better tomorrow? Keep trying and if you do see results it’s going to make you more determined — just like that little tike on the bicycle, gearing up for the next day’s practice. Because you know that practice makes perfect!

You will get a grip on your oh-so-powerful thought stream and you’ll be able to eventually steer those thoughts to benefit your life in ways that will make your head spin — in a good way!

Now it’s up to you to give yourself a reason to smile every day.

Article originally written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Conscious Life News

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‘Origins’ — Free Movie Premiere to Help You Thrive!

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“The world is becoming more toxic… and modern technology can’t fix it. But human history can.” — Origins

I stumbled upon this movie as I was surfing the net from my pillow this morning — at the time I was still blurry eyed and in the throes of waking up.  I bookmarked it to view at a later stage.

After returning from my local organic farmers market ladened with fresh, scrumptious produce and sampling the most succulently red, raw beetroot — it triggered a memory that this movie (which primarily is rooted in our consumption of ‘frankenfood’) was still stored in my iPad.

As I am a sucker for synchronicity, I decided that now was the time to watch it.

He Who Hesitates….Well, You Know

I sat down to consume this documentary and, boy, did I get a fire lit under my derriere!

I particularly loved the opening scenes which whisks you off to the tip of South Africa (Cape Point) which is where I hail from — my ‘origins’.

But apart from the sentimentality of home, the beautiful cinematography and careful construction, research and — dare I say — palatability of this doccie galvanized me to want to share it with you as soon as possible.

What Are You Going to Get From it?

Here’s a few key aspects that are covered to whet your appetite:

  • Our primal origins and symbiotic relationship to the earth
  • How we have lost our connection to mother nature and how to get it back
  • How we can still live in a technological age but with a more responsible approach
  • Discover why antibiotics (which literally translates as ‘against life’) are weakening our immune systems
  • What you can do now to improve your well-bring and life and see results within 3 days
  • Why you need to take responsibility for your health and vitality instead of leaving it in the hands of greedy corporations
  • Why food is medicine and we need to invest in better nourishment for ourselves and future generations

Well, I hope you’re hungry for more.  Please click on the link below to watch this movie (1hr 41mins), after all, it is the weekend and you deserve some inspirational downtime.

Please note:  It is free to watch during the preview window which started on 13 November 2014, so, I suggest you curl up on the sofa today and devour!  After the no-charge period, I believe it will be available to purchase on DVD through well.org.

Origins movie

 Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Conscious Life News

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Discover Why My Cat Can’t Get Enough of this Oil and Be Amazed at What it Can Do for You!

Cat's Eyes by Cherie Roe DirksenHave You Heard of the Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil?

My cat sat on my lap (no, this is not the beginning of a Dr Seuss book!) recently and started licking my hand — front, back and fingers.

Why?  I had just rubbed coconut oil on them.

It was the first time she had come into contact with me just after I had done it and it still hadn’t absorbed fully into my skin.

I immediately Googled to see if cats could eat coconut oil and here’s what I found after reading several articles:

  • Most animals (both cats and dogs) can safely eat coconut oil, in fact it helps to aid digestion.
  • It has lauric acid (over 40% making it the riches natural source on Earth) and it is a good fat (saturated) for animals to consume as it mimics the animal fat they would be eating in the wild and not necessarily getting in their domestic diet.  Therefore you can mix about a teaspoon a day in with their food (and if they are fussy eaters, they tend to lap it up if you mix with coconut oil!).
  • You can rub it into their fur — it gives a beautiful sheen and apparently protects against ticks and fleas too!
  • It also can be used for any dry skin issues.

For more in-depth information about how to use coconut oil for your pet, please click on this Wellness Mama article link, ‘Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pets’.

Great News for Pet Owners but What About People?

Did you know that coconut oil has numerous benefits for humans too?  In fact, so many that I’m going to cut straight to the chase and name my top favourite uses for this magical white, pasty wonder!

Benefits for you include:

  1. One of the best oils to use for frying food as it doesn’t lose its nutritional value when heated (and it tastes great).  Obviously eat any oil in moderation though.  Read more about heating coconut oil HERE.
  2. Great for your skin!  I use it all the time on my body and face.  Especially after you’ve just had a bath or shower — it locks in all the moisture.
  3. Ladies — this stuff is the best make up remover of all time!  If it gets into your eyes it doesn’t sting or blur, in fact, it leaves your eyes feeling refreshed.  It even takes of water-proof mascara with ease!
  4. It is also a terrific massage oil and spreads beautifully.  And yes, it also is a safe lubricant too!  In fact, it’s been known to treat Candida, so it’s safe to use on those nether regions, ladies.  It has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and soothing qualities.
  5. I use it as an underarm deodorant as well, mixing it with a bit of baking soda (to neutralize odour) and essential lavender oil (or whatever you want to smell like).  However, test this out on your skin first as it may cause a rash (I think it’s the baking soda that does that).
  6. I haven’t tried it yet as a toothpaste but I’m going to as soon as I run out.  Again mix coconut oil with baking soda.
  7. Another great thing to do with coconut oil is to ‘oil pull’ — an ancient folk remedy for oral health.  You basically put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish around for 20 minutes.  It apparently gets rid of toxins and also whitens teeth.  I have done this several times and it certainly leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh.  Very important — never swallow the oil after you oil pull as it contains toxins.  Spit it out in the garden or bin and not down the drain as it solidifies.  Read more about oil pulling HERE.
  8. I also recently read that if you suffer from low blood-sugar and want a quick pick-me-up, you can pop a teaspoon of coconut oil for a sustainable energy boost.
  9. I have also just made the switch from butter to coconut oil on my bread.  I, fortunately, love the taste of it whilst others may not.  Coconut oil doesn’t go rancid like butter either — so you can leave it out without worrying.
  10. Coconut oil is great at treating scrapes and cuts because of its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  11. I also read that you can use it instead of wood polish.  You should test the area first but I have and it works well.  It apparently can be used to treat leather, etc as well (haven’t tried that though).
  12. It conditions hair.  Put a bit from mid-way to tip and leave on for about an hour, then wash well.
  13. I believe you can make great chocolate treats with coconut oil too although I haven’t tried that out yet.  However, a friend of mine made me some and they were delicious!  You just have to keep it in the fridge to keep it solid.
  14. It also helps to reduce pain.  If you have an area on your body that hurts (back-ache, headache, etc) — rub some coconut oil in the area and it soothes the pain.  I tried this when I detoxed and initially it did nothing because my pain was extremely severe but when the pain became more manageable I would apply coconut oil and it really did help with mild pain.

Right, so that’s it from my side!  I know I’ve probably left out loads of other great stuff so it’s up to you to leave your comments in the box below and tell us how you use coconut oil.

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red poppy commission

(Above:  Red Poppy Triptych Painting Commission)

Settling In and Stirring the Paint Tins

As you might already know from previous blogs, I’ve just moved from Cape Town to the country.

I’m 3 months into my new dwelling and can now safely say I’m unpacked and ready to hit the studio running, painting, squealing — you name it!

I’m uber excited about getting back into my studio for a bit of serious creativity.

I’m itching to paint large and to explore my passion for spirals, poppies, trees and other such natural wonders with the magic wet stuff (err…paint, that is).

The Time is NOW!

With the publishing of my 2 books over the last 3 years, I haven’t had much time to consider commissions but I’m now aching to take on some of the larger requests I’ve had over the years.

See below for some of the commissions I have done over the years for my clients:

 pink poppies framed(Above:  Pink Poppy Commission — client kindly sent me a picture of the painting framed)

soulworks commission

(Above:  Soulworks Practice Triptych Commission)

cherie with lilies - size orientation(Above:  Arum Lily Commission and a very wind-swept artist)

night sky commission

(Above:  ‘Dreamers Night Sky’ Commission)

So, Let’s Get Down to Business!

  • Have you ever wanted art on a large scale, something truly outstanding and uniquely tailored for you?
  • Have you always wanted to live with the art you love — breast swelling at the acquisition of something original gracing your wall?
  • Have you given up on the idea cause you thought it was just too unaffordable?  Well, then…

Hooray!  I’ve formulated a price list for 2014/2015 below.

  • All prices include courier (to most parts of the globe — USA, UK, Europe, Australia, South Africa, etc).
  • The prices quoted are for standard acrylic on loose canvas (canvas will come rolled due to safety reasons whilst in transit).
  • Commissions are strictly undertaken if they fit the parameters of my style (unfortunately no portraits).  Don’t know my style?  CLICK HERE to visit my portfolio.

Commission a painting

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7 Genius Epiphanies to Reset Your Life to

Balloon Therapy by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Hunting High and Low

Most of us strive to gain a better grasp and understanding of life and the meaning of it all.

We all know of or have heard about those magical ‘a-ha’ moments.  You know the ones — when some great profundity just clicks into place like a key sliding into a lock and opening a door to a dazzling new way of thinking…

These epochs can happen at different times and with different events, conversations, books, movies, articles or whatever else happens across our paths at that special moment.

I want to share a few inspirational quotes from some of our greatest spiritual teachers.  I hope they help you to live a more joyful and fulfilling life.

1.  On Taking Responsibility (or the ability to respond)

“Wherever you are, be there totally.  If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options:  remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.  If you want to take responsibility for your life you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now.  Then accept the consequences.” — Eckhart Tolle

2.  On Meditation and Mindfulness

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” — Lao Tzu

3.  On Integrity

“Be impeccable with your word.  Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” — Miguel Angel Ruiz

4.  On Forgiveness

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha

5. On Unity Consciousness

“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Theresa

6.  On Feeding Positive Outlooks

“Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace.” — Rhonda Byrne

7.  On Joy and Purpose

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” — Maya Angelou

I have left out about a gazillion glorious quotes here — if you have a quote that you live by or gave you your ‘a-ha’ moment, please share in the comment box below. :)

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Seriously, Did You Really Need to Say That?

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“Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” — Miguel Angel Ruiz

Sometimes we can blurb things without thinking.  However, when we make these slips we can do some serious damage.

Words are powerful and we hold the power to use them to impact negatively or positively on another.

Here are a few pointers to clarify if you should speak your mind or not:

  • What you are about to say might be the truth but is it necessary?  We sometimes feel that we should speak the truth, no matter what, but sometimes that is not the case.  Besides, whose truth is it anyway?  Try to ascertain if this particular truth is essential to the persons growth or safety and not just your ‘IMHO’ — if not, put a sock in it if it’s going to hurt them!
  • Is what you are saying necessary or are you just trying to be clever or right?  It’s difficult to try to bite your tongue and not give into making yourself right or fighting a point to the bitter end.  See if you can stop yourself if you can sense an argument brewing over a difference of opinion.  If you are trying to show off your incredible IQ, don’t.  If it’s for pure show-off purposes then I assure you, no-one likes a smartass.  Best to zip it.
  • Do you know — that split second before the words roll off your tongue — that you are about to hurt the person/s you are speaking to?  If the answer is ‘yes’, then no matter how much you feel justified to say it…think twice.  Just remember that if you intentionally are trying to cause someone pain it will visit you back (and some believe that it will be as much as 10 fold — or as little as 3 — but, shucks, who needs that?) in some way.

Try to see if you can identify unnecessary criticisms or remarks when you are interacting with your fellow human — no matter if they are friend, foe, colleague, family, partner, etc.

Next step — see if you can be impeccable with your word instead of blurting out your opinions.

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Shining a Light on Sensuality and Sexuality

The Chase by Cherie Roe Dirksen

A while back I wrote about merging your feminine and masculine attributes and addressing your shadow self.  You can read those blogs here:

I was approached by author Michael Hallett, after he read what I had to say about the above-mentioned articles, and we started discussing issues of sexuality that we both felt needed to be addressed in society — after all, sex should no longer be a taboo subject.

Healthy Sexual Attitudes

In fact, we should be opening dialogues all over the globe looking at and re-examining our belief structures with regards to sex and our own sense of sexuality.

Sexuality and sensuality are gifts that have been severely abused but that doesn’t mean we can’t heal our perceptions.  We can reclaim our divine sexual power and reinstate a healthy respect for our bodies and the bliss we can evoke in them through loving relationship (both with ourselves and with our partners).

We each have a responsibility to heal our own sexual wounds, no matter what shape or form they come in.  It is detrimental to not hand these wounds down to our children — we need to break the link in the chain now before more harm can be inflicted.

The global closet is teaming with skeletons and we can’t fit one more femur in there without dem bones collapsing on us!  Now, onto bones of a different type…

Porn Addiction — A Dirty and Avoidable Topic

It’s hard to be open-minded when it comes to porn — a highly emotive and generally frowned at subject of discussion.  We would rather sweep this kind of stuff under a heavy rug and never peak at it again.

However, I was seriously blown away by Michael Hallett’s book (that he kindly sent me after our discussions) Porn Addiction 101 — a brave, insightfully thought-provoking and well-researched publication that had me hooked from start to finish.

He admits, in the book, to his battle with porn addiction and takes the reader through a journey of his own personal self-discovery and healing.

It was such a powerful read and something that I feel is badly in need of discussing that I want to introduce you to some of the astute highlights from his book.

“Once I queried my previously unassailable conviction that my addiction was an unwelcome character flaw, a disgusting habit, a shameful craving, everything changed.  As they say, ‘don’t shoot the messenger’. 

What was the message?  The message, loud and clear, was that I did not believe that I deserved an open, joyous and fulfilling sex life.  My craving for sexual images was a futile, treadmill attempt to find outside of myself what I did not believe I deserved or could ever have from within.  The message asked me to value myself, and in particular my sexuality…to be unashamed of myself…to love myself in my entirety.” — Excerpt from Pornography Addiction 101 by Michael Hallett

Partner Advice, the Compassion Factor and Rock ‘n Roll

This book is not only for the person who wants to overcome his/her addiction but also for the partners and other people who are affected by this destructive obsession.

Michael offers the partners of pornography-users a looking glass, window of opportunity to address their own sexual fears by encouraging conscious and open dialogue — to look at their own sexual wounds and encourage a new and healthier relationship (whether or not they move on to other partnerships).

The book offers the reader compassion and a real sense of understanding.

Michael also takes you through an interesting look at societal sexual history, which I found to be not only captivating and interesting but enlightening too,

“Music became a primary means for expressing socially illicit emotions, through jazz in the 1920’s and later through rock ‘n roll — the term itself derives from negro slang for having sex.” — Excerpt from Pornography Addiction 101 by Michael Hallett

Towards the end of the book, Mike says:

“Today I have complete control of my responses to sexualized images.  I have no adult filters on my computer.  I don’t need to avoid films or TV with sex scenes.  Even if I were chained up in a cinema with my eyelids pinned open like Malcolm McDowell in The Clockwork Orange and bombarded with bed adverts and/or hardcore porn, I wouldn’t lapse into my former emotionally disempowered porn binges because I have understood, accepted and healed the underlying impulses” — Excerpt from Pornography Addiction 101 by Michael Hallett

Good for you, Michael, in your courageous attempt to shine a light on this socially taboo subject!

Pornography Addiction 101 Book Review:

“Having developed men’s health many years ago in my region in Australia I find that Michael’s book is most timely. It is very much needed in the world we have created today where sexuality is a subject which is both taboo and fraught with misinformation and distortion. An area where research is often overlooked. Michael is obviously a deep thinker and this combined with his rollicking writing style makes for an easy and entertaining read without losing the wonderful depth of meaning he offers us. I suggest it is an essential read for all adults and especially men.”
—Joan Morgan McCarthy, author of “Peace and Harmony: Re-envisioning Sexuality Education”

For more information about Michael Hallett, you can visit his site www.michaelhhallett.com (‘Exposing Humanity’s Invisible Shame’).

His book, Pornography Addiction 101, can be purchased on Amazon HERE.

Lastly, I would like to encourage you to watch this amazingly refreshing and impactful video by Sheila Kelly called ‘Let’s Get Naked’ — I promise that you won’t regret it:

3 ‘Dark’ Lessons Darth Vader Can Teach Us!

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The Geek That I Am

I’m a Star Wars junkie.  I grew up on it and even had my very own personal Luke Skywalker figurine.

As I entered my adulthood I never grew out of my lust for sci-fi.  When I jetted into my 20’s George Lucas brought out the prequels to this trilogy and I was back in exo-politics heaven again.

Thankfully, my husband is also a total Star Wars fundi (a South African word for ‘expert’), so we have sci-fi marathons on the couch together and totally geek-out.  We just recently had one of our back-to-backs and it got me thinking.

Poking About the Dark Bits

So, in the movie, the ‘Dark Side’ is still part of The Force (God/Source/Universal Energy Field or whatever else you want to call it) but it is the negative scale of emotions — giving into anger, fear, betrayal, vengeance, etc.

Those emotions spiral us down a path that leads to great suffering and pain.

So what can we get out of our darker side?

  • Fumbling in the Dark — We all experience great loss and sorrow but to linger in the past does not serve us (nor did it serve Anakin Skywalker who later became Darth Vader).  The good news is that life’s hardships often make for life’s most important lessons and elevating stepping stones to self-realization.
  • Peering into the Dark — It’s okay to face our dark half and experience our darker emotions.  We all have to face the dichotomous nature of self at some point.  The key is to accept our selves, be in a place of non-judgment (especially when we face our shadow self — read more about that HERE) and rather adopt an attitude of compassion and understanding.  Know that we all have our moments but what defines our character is how we act upon them (unfortunately ‘ol Darth took the path to destruction).
  • I’m Not Afraid of the Dark — Then the ultimate lesson we can take from Darth Vader is acceptance of what is — not being afraid of the cycles of life and death and acknowledging the eternal nature of spirit.  This is something that Vader the young could not adapt to, especially when facing the death of a loved one.  His rage, fear and anger overtook him — everything seemed so ‘unfair’.  Vengeance was all he sought and the fear of loss (caused by unprecedented attachment) clouded his vision. At the very end of his life his own son showed him that love, compassion and forgiveness was the only path to true freedom.

Yoh!  Thanks George Lucas for bringing us this silver-screen gem.

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Why Nothing Truly Matters!

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Dissecting The Tao Te Ching

For those of you who are not familiar with this ancient little Chinese treasure written by Lao Tzu, the ‘Tao Te Ching’, I would like to introduce you to its many frabjous wisdoms.

For those who are ‘old hat’ with the Tao — maybe this will serve as a refreshing reminder or even a tiny glimpse at a different perspective.

In today’s blog, I will be looking at teaching no. 11 (crikey!  I sound like a school teacher!!!).

“A wheel is useful, because of the hole at the centre of the hub.

A clay pot is useful, because it contains empty space.

Doors and windows are useful, because they are gaps in the walls.

The value of what is there, lies in what is not there!”

Dude, how cool is that?

Nothing Can Be Everything

The way I interpret this pearl of pensivity is that there is value in everything — seen or unseen.

In a world where (predominantly) what can be seen or proved  is the only truth, this Lao Tzu diamond demonstrates that we shouldn’t be throwing the baby out with the bath water!

The unseen is just as valuable and palpable as the seen.  Just like the Tao.

What is the Tao?

It is the great mystery.  The absolute principle underlying the universe, uniting within itself the yin and yang and signifying ‘the way’, or code of behavior, that is in complete harmony with natural order.

Mmmmmm….what a beautiful concept.

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” — Johnathan Swift

And what is life without a bit of mystery?  There are so many questions that we as humans will probably never get answers to and perhaps that is alright. We need to make our peace with that.

The very essence of enigma is a tantalizing and playful state and, of course, joy is your purpose!

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3 Factors in Every Human Awakening

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“Spiritual Alchemy is a journey which flows in three parts: awakening (seeing the truth); activating (cleansing and purifying); and anchoring (integration of all the wisdom and lessons which came before, so that you can step fully into your authentic self).” — Eleftheria Kakambouras

A Course in Magic

I recently had the honour of completing a 6 week course with holistic therapist and empowerment facilitator, Eleftheria Kakambouras (click HERE to find out more about her).

This powerful and magical journey took the group through claiming our inner God/Goddesses, beautiful guided meditations that got us in touch with our authentic selves and cleared past life and lineage blockages, healing the wounded self, merging with our sacred masculine and divine feminine aspects and paved the way for prosperity through using our innate wisdom to tune into thriving.

The Triple A’s of Awakening

I love Eleftheria’s statement (as quoted at the beginning of this blog) about the spiritual journey flowing in three parts.

“The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.” — John Lennon

Let’s take a closer look at that:

  1. AwakeningSeeing the truth.  Many of us have had our eyes pried wide open during our awakening.  It’s not an easy experience seeing the world for what it is — an illusion (dreamt up and applied, usually by indoctrination or subliminal programming, to the masses by external forces).  It takes guts and courage to move past the anger and feelings of resentment that flood us when we realize we have been misled and lied to.  The beauty, however, lies in the world of magic beyond the veil of the illusion.  The mysterious path of truth that leads us to the Tao (the ‘Whole’ or Creator Force — whatever you want to call it).
  2. Activation —  Cleansing and Purifying.  This part of the journey is getting stuck into peeling back the layers of the onion (us)…or should we say peeling the artichoke to get to that juicy little heart.  We have to release and let go of what no longer serves us.  This transformational process can take us months or, more often than not, years (sometimes even lifetimes) but because we seem to be in the quickening energy (an accelerated epoch of planetary evolution), it’s taking quicker than previous lifetimes.
  3. AnchoringIntegrating the wisdom and lessons which came before.  Once we have cut back the ‘dead’ bits of our past and have ditched the excess baggage, we can step into the phase of acceptance and responsibility.  Everything that has happened to us on our souls sojourn has a lesson, a tasty little tit-bit for us to take and learn from.  When we get to this part, we can look back and glean the pearls of wisdom that our past offered us, take responsibility for the parts we’ve played and move into a new timeline of responsible and joyful co-creation.

We truly live in remarkable times.

Even though, when we look at the news especially, it may seem that we are nowhere near bringing about Heaven on Earth — there is something innate that tells us to stay on track because our seeds are growing and we are raising the vibration of this glorious planet.

Keep with the program — your very presence on this Earth has made a world of difference!

Just In

If you fancy a retreat coupled with a stunning vacation hot-spot, Eleftheria is planning an intimate group getaway in Crete this October!  You can read more about that HERE.

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Reality Check: Disempowering Facebook Quotes that Lead to Waiting for ‘Soul Mate’ Reunions

Reality Check HeaderLast week I told you I was taking strides out of my comfort zone and pulling carrots from my derriere (you can read it HERE — Do You Believe in Magic?), well, here’s the first ‘episode’ of Reali-Tea Check!

I’m hoping to make it a regular feature here, so do stay tuned and remember to SIGN UP or follow the blog (in the sidebar).

I’m going to be digging into a facebook quote that was doing the rounds this week and why, if taken the wrong way (I’m not too sure if there’s a ‘right’ way but maybe you can chime in with your take on it), it could be very disempowering.

Enjoy!


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Do You Believe in Magic?

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I’m not going to be talking about the kind of magic that sees rabbits being pulled out of hats or pretty pink-clad fairy princesses riding on unicorns pulling candy-floss out of their arses.

No.  Magic exists, it just might not be in the shape or form of what we’re told magic is.

Magic is something unique and individual.  Miracles happen too, they’re just in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is as paradoxical as magic and miracles but beauty exists, doesn’t it?

Beyond Your Boundaries Lies Wonderland

I am doing a 6 week course with the multi-talented, Eleftheria Kakambouras (you can visit her beautiful site HERE), and she said something that really stood out for me, ‘Magic happens outside of your comfort zone”.

Ooooooh — love that!

How profound!  But what does it mean?  Does magic even exist, I mean really?

Well, like I said before, I do think magic exists — it’s going to be different to each individual according to your beliefs, filters, experience and perspective.

Magic Redefined

What is magic for me?

The dictionary definition for magic says it all:  “The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.”

I find magic in synchronicity.  When you start to pay attention to synchronicity and how these ‘meaningful coincidences’ can change your life, you’ll start to rethink your definition of magic.

What about telepathy?  I have a few friends that share this awesome ‘magic’ trick every now and again.  It may not be your conventional idea of telepathy but we sure as hell read each others minds from time to time and across vast distances.

Magic is about bridging the seen and the unseen, however that looks in your universe.

So, what Eleftheria said about magic happening outside your comfort zone is all about pushing yourself beyond your own limitations — what you believe or think you are capable of and/or what ‘magic’ may really look/feel like to you.

The ball is in your proverbial court.

Try to conceive magic as going beyond your boundaries of what is ‘real’ and hoisting your ass out of comfort and normality (thanks for that pearl of wisdom, El!).

Fear Versus Magic

My phobia has been filming myself.  I’ve done it once or twice before and absolutely hated it.

That was so outside of my comfort zone because I had to deal with how I sound (eeeek) and all the idiosyncrasies of how I pull my mouth or flick my hair (yes, a bit OCD, I know!) or just what an absolute idiot I can be (now I just call it mad and proud!).

Magic Come Forth and Carrots Be Gone!

The magic arose for me whilst I was filming.

I am attempting to put together a series of vlogs for Youtube, so, I knew I had to face this demon and step out of my cushy little world of typing behind a computer screen.

I started off by video journaling every day (baby steps) — just little 2-3 minuters about my day or anything that popped into my head.  As I continued to do this I realized I was actually starting to become more ‘loose’, fluid and confident — a little more of ‘me’ in there.

I always felt that in the past, when I filmed myself, it was like someone had inserted a giant carrot up my backside because my ‘performance’ was so stiff and contrived.

Finally my ‘magic’ had seeped in and I was outside my ring of comfort and actually enjoying the results.

You Define the Magic

This is what I mean about magic being what you bring to it (how you define it not what society says it is).

A few weeks ago I would have told you it would take a miracle for me to be comfortable in front of a camera and now I am actually liking it!

I hope that this ability will open new and exciting doors for me — even if it is only to be able to truly express myself (all carrots removed).

Abraca-fecking-dabra!

Magic is what you make of it.  If people laugh at you for believing in magic — let them!

Are you having fun with your version of magic?  Yes?  Well then that’s all that matters.  Leave them to create their own reality without magic — there should be no judgment from either side.

How do you step out of your comfort zone and experience magic? You can make a start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What is it that you’re avoiding?
  • Is it something that makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • Do you know that this is the one thing that could unblock a lot for you?
  • Perhaps even lead you to greater opportunity?
  • How could you plot a course to overcome it bit by bit?
  • Are you willing to give it a try?
  • Are you willing to look at the world in a new light and experience magic of your own making?
  • Can you think of 3 things that happened in your life that had a magical essence about them?  This could be dreams that have come true to situations that turned into miracles when you thought the worst would happen.

See if you can give magic a more personal meaning.

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How Do You Follow Your Bliss? (YouTube Video)

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A Request For More Videos

I have managed to record a short and sweet blurb on following your bliss for all my readers out there who are more keen on watching than reading :D.  You know who you are!

“Of all the spiritual and self-help books I’ve read, courses and workshops I’ve attended and inner work I’ve done – one question keeps popping up:  What is my purpose?  With equal vehemency, I’ve also found that the answer to this question is always and emphatically:  Joy.  Joy is your purpose.”

I’ll be discussing the steps you can take today to recognize and follow through on your passions.

  • Ever thought of leaving your job to do something you really want to do?
  • Been too scared to take the leap?
  • Finding it hard to take action?
  • Or perhaps you don’t even know what you want to do?
  • Maybe you don’t know how to make the transition?

I may be able to help.

Of all the spiritual and self-help books I’ve read, courses and workshops I’ve attended and inner work I’ve done — one question keeps popping up:

  • What is my purpose?

With equal vehemency, I’ve also found that the answer to this question is always and emphatically:  

  • Joy.

Joy is your purpose.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” — Confucius

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Creative Expression Brought to Life on Youtube (Watch for Free)

“If you feel like zoning out for 10 minutes, putting your feet up and listening to some aural inspiration accompanied by soothing art then look no further…”

Oh, How I Procrastinate!

I have been making idle threats to myself for over 2 years now to make my ‘Creative Expressions’ book into an audiobook.

After much um-ing and ah-ing, I thought it best to even go one step further and make it a visual audiobook (seeing the book came with pictures).

Trial and Error…Then Triumph!

After much deliberation, recording, editing, throwing computers out of windows and other such malarkey — I am really pleased to announce that it is done (and about bloody time too :D)!

If you feel like zoning out for 10 minutes, putting your feet up and listening to some aural inspiration accompanied by soothing art then look no further:

I hope you enjoyed that.

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Why You Should Start Loving Money Today!

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How About Singing a New Tune?

Love is an amplifier — when you feel love it’s the most powerful energetic vibration in the universe (IMHO).

When you feel lack it brings more lack.  Ergo, shouldn’t we start packing up all our preconceived and deep-seated feelings that money is the root of all evil?  How about we start declaring that we LOVE money.

Did you feel a shudder just then?  It’s difficult for a lot of us to say that we love money!

It’s especially hard when you’re on a ‘spiritual’ path — aren’t you supposed to renounce money?

Why think that?

Money is a Tool — Nothing More, Nothing Less

Money is our current form of energy exchange.  It is a useful tool to get what we need.

The only ‘evil’ is what you do with the money.  We need to start getting VERY clear about why we want the green stuff.

If it’s to impress someone outside of yourself or gain some sort of prestige, you’re going to hit a wall.

Here’s a quick guide to check in to see if you’re wanting money for the right or wrong reasons (I use the terms ‘right and wrong’ very loosely as they are only perspectives — but I think you’ll know what I mean):

  • To want money to prove to your friends/parents that you’re successful — not so good reason (you’ll be out of alignment when you seek fulfillment outside of yourself).
  • To want money to travel the world and experience different cultures, etc — good reason (you’re doing it for yourself).

It can sometimes take the slightest of tweaks to align yourself with your true desires.

If you’ve always wanted money to buy a house and find that deep down inside you’ve wanted this desperately to impress your parents, well, try to align your new desire for a house to satisfy your needs (i.e. I want a house so that I can plant a sustainable garden and/or feel like I’m part of a community).

Manifestation, as far as I’m concerned, needs to be in line with your spirit (i.e. your specific journey).

Letting Go of Brainwashing

If you’ve had blocks regarding money now is the time to chuck ‘em out the window!

Money isn’t to blame, you are.  Harsh, yup…but for those of us who have money blockages, we need a cold bucket of water dumped on our heads now to snap us out of this cycle.

There is a fear of success, did you know that?

Why would you fear success/wealth?

  • You may fear the tax man. Being rich means a lot of taxation and paperwork, right?
  • You may fear what people think of you if you were loaded (how do you view the rich — with loathing? Contempt? ‘Oh, he’s such an arrogant bastard, rich son of a b**tch’…bingo!  You are going to subconsciously worry about mirroring these beliefs and not want people to say those things behind your back).
  • You may fear the wrong type of attention you’ll get when you’ve got a fat bank balance (you know, the vultures come a-hovering).
  • You may fear that people will then only like you for what you’re worth or what they can get out of you. There is a fear of being taken advantage of.
  • You may fear that you’ll go off the deep end and wind up sipping cocktails, snorting coke and dancing with loose naked men/women on yachts and totally neglect your spiritual path.
  • You fear that money truly is from the devil and all it will bring is material, superficial pleasures that will lead to pain.

I’m here to tell you…bullshit.

You can actually be a really nice person and be rich…lol.  There are plenty of them in the world.

Dissecting the Nonsense We Tell Ourselves

If you can’t tell a genuine friend from a blood sucker by now, money is the least of your problems and growing a backbone may need to take top priority.

If you fear inland revenue, you’re always going to — whether you’re rich or poor.  Bonus is, if you’re rich you can hire an accountant.  So, don’t use that excuse as an obstruction.

If you fear what other people think, then you need to read this article and give yourself a kick up the arse: 9 Truths to Stop You  From Caring What Other People Think

If you really think money is from the devil, you may want to navigate to another site at this point.  People created money and it was actually a rather splendid idea — it solved a lot of problems that bartering alone couldn’t solve.

If you fear what you may do if you are rich (as in getting jacked up with too much honey and funny business) I think you’d know by now what kind of person you are.  You’re not going to suddenly change your tune if you get money and if you do, well, then there is a massive lesson in it for you that you had to obviously experience.

Just don’t let the ‘what if’s’ be your crutch.

Energy Exchanges and Changes

However, the true test is to not become attached to money.  If another system comes along that works better than money, great!  Just don’t see money as the enemy cause the only person you end up hurting is yourself.

Your perception of money could be the very thing holding you back from your wealth.

Declare every morning without guilt, shame or any other crappy little negative nuance, “I LOVE money”.  Remember to mean it!

If you feel constricted in your solar plexus (stomach area) or anywhere else you need to deeply go into why you feel anxious about declaring your love for loot. Be honest with yourself — there’s a lot at stake.

When I first tried declaring ‘I love money’ I felt really agitated in my solar plexus and I went on to discover that I felt a lot of fear around success (most of the above list was ticked!).

Then I got clear about it and realized it was all nonsense and stuff that I could chuck out quite easily.

Money isn’t the problem — people are.  Money can be a great tool for both good and evil.  The choice is yours.

Trust yourself to be a human being who wants the best for all humanity — abundance is our true birthright.  Start believing it!

By the way, ‘I love money’ can be used for anything you want to manifest.  For example:  ‘I love being healthy’.  Use the word ‘love’ as your new amplifier and trust in divine flow.

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Why Rejection Can Be Our Saviour

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You’re Such a Reject!

Rejection is not something we take to kindly.

Rejection, for most, is something to be avoided at all costs and if encountered we tend to slip into self-doubt, shame, self-flagellation and a variety of other negative emotions.

The thought of entering a situation that could lead to rejection makes us feel vulnerable.  Eeek!  Another word that sends shivers down the spines of the most hardy.

But why?

Vulnerability — The Gateway to Testing the Waters of Potential

What is interesting is that vulnerability can indeed lead to rejection but rejection only ever equates to not being in vibrational alignment or frequential match to what we think we want.

We should not take rejection personally.

In other words, when we experience rejection it is actually the universe saving us time and trouble when something is not in alignment with our destination.  

We may not see it at the time and pine for what we think we ‘lost out’ on but we need to realign with the truth that it wasn’t meant to be in the first place and something else that is a frequential match is on the way.  

Sometimes we are so hung up on the rejection that we miss the opportunity that the rejection made way for.  

Savvy?

Embracing Rejection

Now you can face rejection with the renewed optimism that it is a divining rod that will eventually lead us to that bountiful spring!

Allow yourself to be vulnerable when you need to test the waters of a potential desire.  If rejected then allow yourself to hold your head high as you stride over to the next potential.

Rejection ultimately leads to refining your path.

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Warning: 4 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Venus Fly-Traps

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“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” — The Duchess (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

Hmmm, yes.  What is it about human nature that keeps our noses continuously stuck in other people’s affairs?

In my short and humble opinion, there are 4 possible reasons that instantly spring to mind (and they all involve a Venus Fly-Trap).

  1. The Smoky Mirror (a definite trap!)
  2. Avoidance (another trap that doesn’t involve Venus but a sticky void and a particularly intriguing dance.)
  3. Self-Importance/Ego (just like an irritating fly that won’t go away — where’s a trap when you need one?)
  4. Drama Addiction (the fully grown Venus Fly-Trap, or, perhaps more of a ‘shut your trap!’)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall — Who’s the Smokiest of Us All?

Let’s take no.1 — that smoky mirror analogy.  People that volunteer themselves to get entwined in the business of their fellow man, usually have some characteristic of what they are judging about others lurking about in their own foggy behavior.

Sometimes we hide these attributes so well, that we can’t seem to see those attributes in ourselves.  This takes a lot of introspection to weed out.

Next time you find yourself judging someone else’s behavior, try to see if there is any essence of ‘you’ in the opinion.

The ‘smoky mirror’ (smoky = hard to see through, mirror = others reflected in us) is not going to be the case every time you identify or see a particular unnerving trait in another but the projection of our own inadequacies sure does tend to happen a lot, so be aware and look out for it — best to nip this mannerism in the bud before the bud turns into a fairly peckish Venus Fly-Trap and makes a meal out of you.

Dancing in the Void (A-Void-Dance)

No. 2 is similar to no. 1.  Avoidance is just not being able to take responsibility for your own short-comings, so you deflect the attention to make yourself look and feel better.  In other words, you know you’re a gossip but you make sure you let the world know what an even bigger tittle-tattle Peggy-Sue is.

Now you’ve safely fudged over your own issues.  However, before success settles in just remember that you’ve  got to face your shadow head-on or that Venus Fly-Trap is gonna get ya!

Shoo Fly —  Don’t Bother Me!!!

“…nothing kills the ego more than hilarity and humility…”

Good ‘ol no. 3 is that juicy little shit-stirrer — the ego.  The ego thrives off drama and misery and putting itself ahead of the pack.  Sticking your nose into someone else’s business is ego-fodder.

You can make yourself better than, slimmer/tottier (I’m sure I just made that word up!) than, prettier/handsomer than, cleverer than, more successful than so-and-so just because it gives your ego those 15 minutes of superiority— even if you don’t say it out loud.

The silent ego is just as dangerous as the overly loquacious  e-goo (terribly gooey and all that jazz).

Just like the sticky residue in the Venus Fly-Trap — your icky e-goo can get you into some sticky situations if you are not aware it’s rearing that self-important head (down boy!).

When the ego has you by the short and curlies, you tend to compare yourself and you’re usually the one that comes out on top.  However, don’t be fooled!  The ego is cunning and manipulative and can make you feel less than too.  Both are a trap and both are easily avoided with the light of your illuminating awareness.

Have a good laugh at your ego if you find yourself in its throes — nothing kills the ego more than hilarity and humility.  Show the ego who’s boss — they key is to control the ego and not to let it control you.

The Amateur Dramatics Society — Putting on a Show Near You!

“Remember that taking offence is a choice.”

No. 4 is like the smorgasbord of the lot — you can find a little bit of each trait in no. 4 — the drama addict!

Have you noticed how some people cannot live without drama?

There you are trying to get off the wheel of karma and leave your drama at the door while others are trying to hook you back into the cycle.

There are some people who will purposefully go out and purchase a ravenous Venus Fly-Trap, stick their finger in the jaws of the plant and howl when it clamps down and draws blood.  If you are one of these eager consumers, I wish you luck on your journey and can’t quite understand the pay off.

However, if you are someone who wants to keep a potting shed full of petunias rather than a carnivorous plant, take my advice and set your boundaries.

If someone is trying to lure you into drama, don’t try to run away from them (fence-sitting is just not an option anymore — you know it will always come back at you until you face it), don’t confront them with the ego (as in start an argument — you will then have stepped right into the trap and fed the drama) — simply speak your truth or stand firm in your conviction (whatever that may be) and walk away if appropriate.

Empowerment is always about standing your ground and not letting people overstep your boundaries and doing that in a way that does not provoke aggression or submissiveness.

You’ve got to aim straight down the center and tell it like it is — speak your truth and straight from the heart.  If you offend someone, that is their choice and they will have to deal with it.  Remember that taking offence is a choice.

The Long and Short of Your Schnozzle

As you probably figured out by now, this article has got very little to do with Venus Fly-Traps — disappointing, I’m sure.  So, what’s the moral of this tale?  Live and let live.

You can powder your nose, you can blow your nose, heck, you can even pick your nose if that’s your thing — but whatever you do, keep your nose out of other people’s business.  If they want your hooter present they’ll ask for it.

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Lightworkers World

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The painting used for this blog is called ‘Girl with the Flowers’ and is available as prints (click on picture above)

Other blogs by Cherie Roe Dirksen you may enjoy:

Why We May Be Feeling Disenchanted

How to Paint Rhino’s and Evoke Protective Spells

It’s About Time This Blog Was Written!

How to Use the Void to Manifest

5 Ways to Tune into a HD Quality Life

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Care Anymore and Neither Should You

Green Boutique Zazzle Logo2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!

Why You Should Strive to be a Nobody

3 Crucial Steps to Self Acceptance

Feel Like a Rug Has Been Pulled Out From Underneath?

Self-Empowerment Books by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

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Table Books of Art and Inspirational Teachings by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

Creative Expression        Art Portfolio

The Universe is Abundant, Why Aren’t You?

The Cosmic Blueprint by Cherie Roe Dirksen

Click on the picture to download and use as a desktop wallpaper reminder or feel free to share on your social networks! Let’s all start getting clear on the world we’re trying to create.

The painting used in the above quotation is called ‘The Painters Universe’ and can be purchased as prints — JUST CLICK HERE.

Other blogs by Cherie Roe Dirksen you may enjoy:

Creative Expression Brought to Life on Youtube (Watch for Free)

It’s About Time This Blog Was Written!

2 Quick Little Pep-Me-Ups

5 Ways to Tune into a HD Quality Life

Green Boutique Zazzle Logo

Why You Should Strive to be a Nobody

3 Crucial Steps to Self Acceptance

Feel Like a Rug Has Been Pulled Out From Underneath?

 

Self-Empowerment Books by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

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Table Books of Art and Inspirational Teachings by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

Creative Expression        Art Portfolio

 

How to Use the Void to Manifest

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New Energy, New World

You may have noticed that the Mayan ‘end of the world’ calendar has come and gone (21/12/2012). We are now supposedly in ‘Year 2′ of this advanced and illustrious new age/paradigm/Earth.

Can you feel it?

Or are you feeling more like you’re stuck in a void with endless karma and drama being flung at your feet?

The Roots are Strong

The good news is that we are in a new energy and in order for the new to emerge the old has to die — and it’s dying hard!  What does that mean?  Well, in a nutshell, old energy is going down kicking and screaming.

It may look like the negative, base, ‘Mad Max’ war-ridden world is winning but it’s roots are rotten.  Smoke and mirrors are being used to prop up these decaying, useless ways.

The new shoots are still young but their roots are strong and fixed in integrity and love.  We have created another realm — it just needs our full attention now to manifest itself.  It’s going to happen one soul at a time — cheesy but true.

‘Okay, so what does this mean practically for me today?’, I hear you ask.

Understanding the Wind Down to Wind You Up!

When an old system winds down we get thrust into clearing out and preparing for the new — something like moving house.  You usually end up throwing stuff out, cleaning your butt off and scaling down dramatically — this is a great metaphor for when we shift into a new paradigm.

You have to get rid of the old baggage to step into a new world.  So a lot of you will have found yourself doing copious amounts of emotional, karmic, mental and physical clearing the last few years.

So, when the end of 2012 hit us we were at the bottom end of winding down…then came the void of 2013.  Boy!  Did any of you feel at a loose end the WHOLE year?  Well, I sure did.

We overcame!  Now we’re almost half way through 2014 — the promised year of manifestation.  However, some people are still stuck in the void energy.

The definition of void is empty space.  This is good news!  Here you can create anything you want — even more void…as in ‘avoidance’ or a void dance!  So use the void wisely.

The void/darkness is the gateway to all mystery and manifestation — the door to understanding this universe we’ve created.

Using the Void

In the Tao Te Ching you can use the Tao any way you want — it is empty but inexhaustible.

What is the Tao?   In Chinese philosophy, it is the absolute principle underlying the universe.  It is a combination of yin and yang and signifies the way that is in harmony with the natural order.

Is it hard to use the void?  No.

Here’s what to do:

  • Align with your thoughts.  Thoughts create everything in the universe.  What are you thinking about the most?  Be completely honest with yourself.  Can you see how you are consciously or, as the case may be, even unconsciously bringing about manifestations in your life that are aligning with what you think about? Okay, most of you probably know this point by now — it’s ‘old school’ stuff but it’s of primary importance and here’s why:  Manifesting has become increasingly more instantaneous!  Holy crap, my hombre!  Hold onto your hats…
  • Manifest wisely.  Instant manifestation can be dangerous for some and great for others.  This is why getting clear with what your mind is harping on about is of the utmost significance now.  We’re in a potent manifesting energy, where you are going to have things pop up with much more speed than before — good or bad.
  • Use the void as your clean slate.  What does this mean?  Get clear today, hell, even right now, on what you want to see unfold in the next 6 – 12 months.  Be specific, write it down, read it out every morning and take action where you can — then detach from the outcome and watch out for synchronicities that will point you in the right direction (read more about that HERE).  Most people don’t even know what they want to manifest so they just leave it to fate.  Wake up call!  Fate is you unconsciously manifesting whatever you’re thinking about the most!  So you can become a conscious co-creator of your reality or you can subject your life to your random and vague inner dialogue.

Are You Manifesting More Void?

The biggest trouble I’m seeing at the moment is people who say that nothing is manifesting in their life.  Wrong!  If this is you, you are manifesting too but you are in the void and therefore you are manifesting more ‘void’ when you say or think that ‘nothing is happening’.

Take a look at that phrase, ‘nothing is happening’.  So be it — your wish is the Tao’s command!

Get it?  I hope so — happy manifesting!

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Lightworkers World.

Other articles by Cherie Roe Dirksen you may enjoy:

2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!

Why We May Be Feeling Disenchanted

5 Ways to Tune into a HD Quality Life

Green Boutique Zazzle Logo

Why You Should Strive to be a Nobody

3 Crucial Steps to Self Acceptance

Feel Like a Rug Has Been Pulled Out From Underneath?

The Universe is Abundant, Why Aren’t You?

 

Self-Empowerment Books by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

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Table Books of Art and Inspirational Teachings by Cherie Roe Dirksen:

Creative Expression        Art Portfolio

 

 

 

Feel Like a Rug Has Been Pulled Out From Underneath?

The Boys by Cherie Roe DirksenI’m here with another sneak peek that I was able to grab from the producers of the When Everything Changes, Change Everything: Highlights from an Extraordinary Spiritual Renewal Retreat with Neale Donald Walsch DVD, which presents a huge number of the tools in his book and how to apply them into real life situations.

Ever Got Your Hopes Up For Nothing?

One attendee felt like he had lost it all. He was a filmmaker who had mad passion for his film, only to have his project be picked up by a studio. All his dreams and aspirations looked like they were finally going to come true. Contracts were being drawn up, production schedules being set. He felt he had finally made his big break.

And then, one day, it all stopped.

The studio dropped his project, and it was deemed “impossible” to be made even by another studio due to the specific type of project. He felt his dreams shatter. He said he understands that he should be okay with it and move on, but it’s easier said than done. “How do you let go?” he asks.

Neale offers these words:

Sometimes we confuse purpose with function. And we think that our purpose is to achieve something and that there’s only one way to function that out. But if we get very clear, we get very aware that the fulfilling of a purpose does not require the performing of a specific function in a particular way. There may be other ways to meet that same purpose.  Most people because of the limited perspective that they hold confuse function and purpose. And when the function is taken away it looks as if the purpose can’t be fulfilled.

Neale also explains what happens when we realize that there are other ways to fulfill our purpose than just one, and explores how to determine what one’s purpose is.

Waiting For the Right Door

It’s important to remember that just because one door closes it doesn’t necessarily mean that your idea is not sound — there are plenty of other doors that will make themselves available to you when you are in alignment with your purpose.

Sometimes those doors also don’t look exactly like what we expect — so it’s also important not to try and control the outcome (i.e. ‘I only want a pink door with oak finishes‘ instead of allowing: ‘I trust the Universe’s door will be the quickest way to my success’).

We sometimes give up just before the right door is about to open.

Is Today the Day to Take Charge and Change your Situation?

If you are at a loss as to how to navigate the changes in your life, I recommend this informative and memorable time with Neale, all packed into a 7-disc DVD set of highlights from his Spiritual Renewal Retreat, which has just been released today, Thursday, April 24th.

Obviously nothing can compare with attending one of Neale’s retreats in person, but these highlights, filmed at an actual live retreat, give you the next best thing.

Just click the link below to gift yourself (or a friend/loved one) with this life-changing DVD set.  Or, perhaps you know someone who you feel could benefit from a new perspective on the changes we all face in the world right now…

Get the DVD HERE now!

 

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Do You Want Something to Change in Your Life?

How to Resolve a Loved One’s Passing

It’s About Time This Blog Was Written!

Celebrate This Earth Day By Playing The (God)dess Game

 

 

 

Celebrate This Earth Day By Playing The (God)dess Game

Earth day is celebrated on the 22nd April (this Tuesday) — events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  

The first Earth Day celebration was way back in 1970.

Having Good ‘ol Gaia Fun

The online magazine, Butterfly You, is running a self-assessment game to discover the Goddess Within You (men, please don’t feel excluded — you too can participate by embracing your yin energy and traits, get your inner hippy on!).

So be a sport and amuse yourself this Earth Day by tapping into your divine elemental traits.

Find your Fabulousity!

What type of Goddess are you? Find your fabulousity in the Earth Day Issue of the Butterfly You! Magazine. Read at http://mariamar.com/butterflyUThe issue has been designed as an inspiring, fun, self-assessment game that connects you to Earth Mother.

Find out:

  •  Are you a (God)dess of the Earth, Flowers, Waters, Earth, Fire or Air?
  •  How does your fabulousity show up in your emotions, creativity, heart, body, mind or spirituality?
  • What is the essence of your Fabulousity?
  • What do you need to watch for?
  • What is the flip side of your Fabulousity?
  • What must you do to honor your Fabulousity?

Join me and 4 other experts who embody these elements:

  • ·Anne Gudrun — Representing Flowers
  • ·Susan Schanerman — Representing Fire
  •  Cynthia Segal — Representing Sky
  • ·Maria Mar — Representing Water
  •  Cherie Roe Dirksen — Representing Earth

Enjoy the beautiful art of some of these Goddesses — who are visual artists too — and get their gifts by clicking HERE (to read the online mag).

Embracing the Planet

Everyone honours Earth Day in their own special way.  We all have a connection to Mother Earth and express that bond uniquely.

  • What will you be doing this Earth Day to show you care?  Please comment in the box below (‘Have your say…’).
  • Do you have an event on that day that you would like to share or any other information relating to Earth Day celebrations?  Please feel free to share below.

 

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The Tree of Life — Can You Relate?

Here’s Your Crown — You Are Sovereign!

How to Artfully Get into Your Element

Heaven on Mother Earth…

Why You Need Hibiscus Between the Sheets!

The Fine Balancing Art of Yin and Yang

Anchoring the New Energy…

How to Resolve a Loved One’s Passing

White Poppies by Cherie Roe Dirksen

I mentioned last week (you can read it here: Do You Want Something to Change in Your Life?) that highlights of Neale Donald Walsch’s Spiritual Renewal retreat based on his book When Everything Changes, Change Everything will be released soon on DVD.  It is now scheduled to come out on April 24th, and I’ve been given a sneak peek to what’s inside.

I’m bringing this to you in hopes that, if you may be going through something similar upon your journey, it may provide some level of support.

Dealing with Death

One of the attendees tells their story about their grandchild. Her daughter was extremely excited to welcome a new baby into her world. But then, seven days later the baby passed. The grandmother has begun to cope, but her daughter still mourns. The grandmother desperately wants to make her own child feel better, but she is at a loss.

Neale counsels:

Emotional or physical pain is simply a physiological experience. Simply an objective experience you are now moving through. Suffering, however, is your decision about it. Suffering is your announcement that what’s happening right now should not be happening. As soon as you agree with what’s happening, your suffering will end. Your pain may not, but your suffering will end, even as the pain goes on.

Neale then explains the difference between pain and suffering, and offers his thoughts on why one’s passing – especially one that seems ‘too soon’ – occurs.  He also helps this attendee with suggestions on how to deal with seeing her child suffer.

  • What change may be going on in your life that leaves you feeling hopeless?
  • Is it something you wish to change?
  • Or perhaps someone you care about is going through change and you wish to change their hopelessness?

We must always remember that it helps to hold compassion, patience, and love regardless.

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The artwork used in this blog is called ”White Poppies” and is available to purchase as prints, posters and greeting cards. Just click on the picture above.

 

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It’s About Time This Blog Was Written!

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It’s About Time This Blog Was Written!

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“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin-real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”  ~ Alfred D’Souza

Movies and Revelations

Don’t you just love it when a movie hits on a spiritual epiphany?

I was watching a flick called ‘About Time’ when something profound cuffed me upside the head. It’s actually nothing new — just another perspective of that elusive pot of gold called present moment awareness.

Brain Enemas and Rosy Tinted Specs

I felt like some zesty lemon juice had been poured through every wrinkled crevice of my brain — cleansing out all that old fluff that seemed to be impairing my vision.

Most of us are aware of ‘the present’ and just how important it is to stay grounded and supremely concentrated in the moment because this is where our joy lies. We know now that future yearning (or fretting, as the case may be) and past residues keep us forever longing for our bliss, like a carrot being dangled in front of an ass (yes, deliberate use of ass as I think we can all relate to feeling like one from time to time).

The thing is, we sometimes feel bogged down in this world full of chaos but we can always don our rose-coloured glasses to be able to see the beauty in the maelstrom.

But how can we effectively live in the moment?

Living This Day Again

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, there was a scene where the time-traveling father says to his time-traveling son that the one thing he’d learned about being able to repeat history is going back and living the same day over twice.

Seems pretty strange, doesn’t it?  Who would want to repeat the same day again?

However, his son tried it out and on the first day he hustled and bustled through a typical working day, missing out on all the delights that could have been because he neglected to see that each moment was a gift. He then went back on the same day and things went differently. Because he had already lived the day before, he knew that every obstacle or worry in his day would be sorted out so he approached this day with joy and ease.

1. He delighted in his encounters with people.

2. He put people’s minds at rest that everything was going to be alright with resolute authority.

3. He treasured every sacred moment with his wife and family.

4. He had fun. The scales had dropped from his eyes — the world hadn’t changed, how he experienced in it had.  Life wasn’t about one drama after another, nor was it about worrying and fearing the future — it was about relishing the moment and truly living each day as if it were the last. To take things as they come and know that all things will pass, so all will be well.

A New Recipe for Life

How many of you stress about death (not just your own but people or animals you love), worry about situations, get anxious over things you need to do?  I’m guessing quite a lot of you.

I’ve been having my fair share of problems lately ranging from family to business but the one thing that keeps on boomeranging back to me is just to let it be (thanks to The Beatles for pointing that one out!).

Be in the world, not of it — don’t sweat the small stuff.

Point is: You create your world and a good place to start is to be grounded in each moment. Be present in your life and don’t let events just take place around you. Be the event!

Here is a list of things you may need to allow:

1. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  Alchemize your negative situations by finding the diamond in the rough. Diamonds are produced by coal being under extreme stress — turn your stress into a precious gem.  There’s something in every situation for us to learn and grow by.

2. Accept that which you can’t change by trusting in divine flow. Send love and turn your situation around by visualizing how you would like to see it play out. Keep realigning to your desired outcome through positive affirmation and clear visualizations and you’ll be surprised how things turn out for the better.

3. React if you need to — blow off steam, vent, scream… shout, shout, let it all out (shed your fears through tears — Tears for Fears)!  But then give yourself time and space to clear your mind, meditate and ground yourself. When you are calm and relaxed, solutions tend to rear their heads. Nothing can get through the fog of anger and frustration, so remember to meditate daily.

4. Reality can be harsh but remember that you are spirit having a corporeal experience — learn the art of detachment and you will soar higher than you ever imagined! After putting this list into practice, I find myself surrendering to the present moment a lot lately and blissing out even amidst the most chaotic of times (once I’ve had a good cry about it, of course!).

Take Back Control

Some things in life can’t be completely controlled but we can sure influence them to our greatest good by taking a leaf out of ‘About Time’s’ script and treasuring people’s company, finding bliss in the mundane and being the still presence that helps other people to be cool, calm and collected.

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Purpose Fairy

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Can Music Jump-Start Humanity’s Awakening?

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Do You Want Something to Change in Your Life?

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I’ve always enjoyed Neale Donald Walsch’s books.  Remember the Conversations with God book series?  I sure do, it was an integral part of my own awakening.

His book, When Everything Changes, Change Everything, is one that discusses vital tools to cope with change — that very thing that is always constant in our lives.

Sometimes we don’t like the change we’ve encountered, whether it’s a:

  • love one who’s passed,
  • a lost job,
  • or lost opportunity.

But they happen.

How We Deal With Change

These changes can feel absolutely devastating to some of us. Feelings of “why me?” and “how could this happen?” and “this is a nightmare, this is not real,” are some things we may ask as we shake our fists to the heavens and feel like our world has flipped upside down.

Neale offers this from his book:

“Most of us have experienced events which we have called, when they were happening, the worst moments of our lives, only to find as time went by that what occurred was one of the best things that ever happened to us.”

Think of how this can be true with any change that may be occurring in your life, or even something in your past that you thought was horrible at the time but turned out to lead you down a path that was appropriate for your spiritual growth.

This is how we mine our experiences for the treasures that they actually present us with (albeit difficult to see this ‘gift’ when we are still in the thick of it).

Help is at Hand

An online help center has been created to keep the outreach going on this subject that can be found at CWGHelpingOutreach.com.

This book has also been the focus of a Spiritual Renewal Retreat led by Neale, highlights of which will soon be released on DVD (for those of you who prefer to put your feet up and enjoy the visuals).  It will allow you to go further into the framework of change, taking a closer look at deep issues of change and how to deal with them.

I’m not entirely sure when the release date for this DVD will be but I’ve been told it will be sometime in April/May 2014, so I’ll keep you posted.

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How to See Divinity in Living Colour

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The Palette of Existence

Here’s a short but, hopefully, thought-provoking look at the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ energy of existence.

When you mix all the colours of the spectrum together physically (as in with paint) you get a muddy brown/black (let’s call this the ‘dark’ side).

When light refracts, it splits into all the colours of the spectrum. All separate yet integrated beautifully (let’s call this the ‘light’ side) — we have that much marveled over rainbow or prism.

White light is produced also by spinning all the colours to produce white light (as in Newton’s colour wheel — VIEW HERE).

Can you see how each are the same thing and a part of the Source/God/Creator? The same thing (colours) just in different states.

Dual Perspectives

The dark side is experiencing the chaos of being in a quantum soup state and the light side has organised itself and is experiencing harmonic order — chaos vs. order.

There is no judgment – only learning and pushing yourself beyond the boundaries of your own limitations.  The question is:  which state do you choose to experience?

 

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Can Music Jump-Start Humanity’s Awakening?

Musical Ensemble by Cherie Roe Dirksen

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” — Bono

Music is a powerful, invisible force — from the heart-expanding sound of a nightingale to the gut-wrenching frequencies that all genres of music can sting you with.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find a single human being who doesn’t love music in some form or another.

Music Goes Straight for the Jugular

Music has played a vital role in bringing global issues to the ears of thousands, if not millions, of people.

We had The Beatles gift us with ‘All you need is love’ — not only a catchy, warm and fuzzy chorus but a very wu wei (non-doing/action) spiritually insightful message in the verse.

The 1970’s had Neil Young courageously recording ‘Ohio’ — a brave and gutsy protest song highlighting the shocking shooting of 4 student protesters at the hands of the National Guardsmen under the Nixon government.

Eddy Grant made a stand with his anti-apartheid song, ‘Gimme Hope Jo’anna’ and Bob Geldof with Midge Ure managed to put together Live Aid, the global jukebox which brought the entire world together through music for a cause — an estimated 1.9 billion viewers watched the live broadcast.

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” — Leo Tolstoy

These are but a few examples of music spreading messages like wild-fire — let’s face it, the news reaches a select few whilst music reaches the masses.

Would You Like Some More Subliminal Politics with Your Rock?

More recently we had British band, Muse, naming an entire concert ‘HAARP’ just to bring about more awareness to the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program.  And let me tell you, it worked!

I had no idea what HAARP was until I saw the concert and got curious.  It enticed me to watch the documentary, ‘Angels don’t play this HAARP’ — which I highly recommend.

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” — Jimi Hendrix

And who didn’t simply relish the Red Hot Chili Peppers for ‘Californication’ — the tempting yet fake dark-side of the Hollywood dream?

Music exposes us to issues and rattles our cages.  It galvanizes us to take action, it can be the biggest catalyst for change.

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” — Bob Marley

Stuck in The Net and Punching the Sky!

I have worked with musician, Templeton, on many of his projects — from designing 3 of his album covers to working on his music videos.  When he called on me to help him edit his latest project, ‘The Net’, I was blown away!

His song really got me all energized and stirred something in me that was palpable — like I needed to stick it to the man (whilst playing some air-guitar)!

This got me thinking about music and it’s influence on the masses, which inevitably culminated in this article you’ve just read.

Before I introduce you to the song that sparked off this blurb, I want to ask you (because I know I’ve left out a gazillion songs that need mentioning here):

  • What song does it for you?
  • Which timeless classic gets you riled for action, firing on all cylinders, ready to take on the fat cats, electrifies your mind, enlightens your soul or was just darn right instrumental in your awakening?

Please leave your comments below.

Back to ‘The Net’…

“The chorus exclaims a lot of ‘Yada yada yada’ which is an urban term for a conversational gloss-over, much like ‘blah blah blah’ (empty talk). It is also a Hebrew word meaning ‘to know’, which is what this song is truly about — to get people to know the truth and to stop listening to all the bullshit.” — Templeton (excerpt from song description)

This song is worth sharing — from it’s unstoppable toe-tapping, rock beat to the underlying message of exposing the distorted media, the imminent uprising of the youth and the most obvious solution to all the global BS.  Here it is:

Original article written by Cherie Roe Dirksen for Conscious Life News

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What on Earth is a ‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’? You Seriously Need to Know This!

What on Earth is a ‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’? You Seriously Need to Know This!

Catch up on last weeks Rock Art Series Painting no. 6 reveal HERE.

2010_10150014Now you’ve seen the painting, how did I get to the title and what led me to paint the very odd scene depicting pond-scum, moon goddesses, a phoenix and a serpent — just to name a few?!

Battling the Chaos

Chaoskampf is German for the struggle against chaos — demiurge means ‘god’.

What in the blazes is this painting about?

Come stumble down the rabbit-hole with me on this, the most outlandish rock art adventure yet!

The Emotions Whilst Painting

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‘Chaoskampf Demiurge’ by Cherie Roe Dirksen — Rock Art Painting no. 6 (Templeton)

Now, if you’ve just joined this Rock Art journey, let me fill you in on it a bit:  I paint to the music of the selected artist (in this case, Templeton) and paint whatever comes to me in the process (a kind of meditative, ‘mindless’ painting).

I jotted down, on the side of the canvas stretcher, the emotions being stirred whilst I put paint and various bits of other matter to canvas.  It went something like this:

  • Strength
  • Powerful
  • Humble
  • Life by Design
  • Life by Desire
  • Fire/Flame/Phoenix
  • Sea of Emotion
  • Passion
  • Passivity

A lot of these emotions seem dichotomous.  Thing is, I think this painting is essentially about dichotomy and the duality of life — especially the ‘light’ and the ‘dark’. This seems to represent the power struggle of two opposing sides.

Breaking it Down and Dipping into Legend

2So, we have a bevy of beautiful, wistful goddesses bathing in moonlight on the upper left hand side of the painting — a very poignant display of femininity.

We have a pond (no, it’s not a ‘cosmic’ scene as such — I checked in with spirit right at the end and was told this upper part of the painting is water.  I therefore did a blue glass paint wash over it, so in the flesh, it looks more fluid) — the water is imbued with binary code (like in the Matrix), infinity symbols (8) and what looks like giant eyeballs.

1The ‘eyeballs’ feel to me like clusters of cells — the start of life — especially as the serpent of chaos seems to be electrifying it into existence.  Alternatively, the serpent could be giving ‘shock treatment’ to the organism, inducing a perpetual state of amnesia to its true state of divinity.  Hmmm…

Speaking of the little green dude — the serpent, I am quite convinced is our very own Apophis (read more about Apophis — Serpent of Chaos — HERE). He could also be a quantum representation of our dear (sarcasm) Brotherhood of the Serpent (BOTS) — the theorized oppressors of our very existence on this planet.

4In the bottom right-hand corner we have half of what looks like a vortex/void with balls of light/essence of life-forms/spirit being shot out of its center.

Finally, we have a great ruddy phoenix in the middle!  What a surprise that was for me…this painting looks like a lethal cocktail!  Feathers everywhere!

The Rise of the Phoenix

The Phoenix is a mythological creature that lives a long time and is reborn from its own ashes in a cyclical death and rebirth loop.

It is considered ‘the Royal bird’ and is also associated with the sun (in Egypt the bird god, Bennu is linked with being a phoenix). You can read more about the phoenix HERE.

Could the position of this bird in the painting be humankinds hope?  The ability of the pure gold nature of the human spirit rising up to reclaim its sovereignty and put order to chaos?

A Jewish Extraction

I found this excerpt from a site called monstropedia.org — rather interestingly, it states:

In Jewish legend, the phoenix’s name is Milcham. According to tradition, after Eve ate the forbidden fruit, she became jealous of the immortality and purity of the other creatures in the garden. Eventually, she persuaded all the animals except the phoenix to share in her fallen state by eating from the forbidden tree. God rewarded the phoenix by setting him up in a walled city where he could live in great peace for 1000 years. At the end of every 1000-year period, the bird is consumed by fire and reborn from an egg found in its ashes. One variation of this Jewish legend states that at the end of each 1000-year period, the phoenix’s body becomes small and featherless like a baby’s and then he grows up all over again. In any case, the Angel of Death may never touch him.”

The Meaning and Beginning…

So, I think this picture is about our rise against chaos.

The human spirit must be victorious over our ‘invisible’ oppressors and all the illusions they have woven into the fabric of our matrix.

We are standing on the precipice — we must start to own our lives, take responsibility, realize our own divinity and power and take flight.  *Squawk!*

Stick it to the man, people!  We control our destinies and we are sovereign over our existence.  We create our lives, hell, we created the multiverses!!!  Get with the program and claim your divine rights!  Pull yourself out of the ashes and rise — make your stand.

Honouring the Legend

Copy of DSCF2989I give much thanks to the awesome musical and cosmic talents of Templeton — without which I would not have been able to probe into the depths of these mysterious legends.

I have often spoken to him about where he gets his musical inspiration from and he tells me that most of it is channeled.  He explained ‘it’s like getting downloads from the universe in the packages and forms of songs — melodies and lyrics’.

To sample more tasty tunes and get up to speed on information of this delicious man, please visit www.templetonuniverse.com.

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How I Got ‘Raw’ With Jeff Buckley

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Painting Pink Floyd — Soldiering Through the Minefield of Emotion

‘Dangerous Love’ — Skunk Anansie Rock Art Painting No. 5

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Can We Really Live Without Money? The Answer May Surprise You…

Nature Banner by Cherie Roe DirksenBalls to Capitalism!

I’ve been really doing a lot of ‘couch pondering’ (where you just sit on the couch staring at the ceiling for hours…thinking) about that retched topic — money.  God, how I love having it and, boy, how I despise the need for it.

What a stinking dichotomy!

I work for myself and, as many of you who do the same may know, it’s great and liberating to be on your own schedule but it sure has its lows — mainly financial.  By the time the end of the month starts rearing it’s bill-paying head, I have worked myself into a froth over the hows and whens of imminent account deductions.

Why can’t we all just have a gazillion dollars in the bank and live our lives the way we were meant to — in joy and creative splendor?!

Wishful Thinking or Reality?

I suppose one has to take another look at abundance and wealth to pop this little blister of a conundrum.  Is it really all about money?  Now don’t just yell out ‘YES!’.  What if we could really create abundance without the price tag?

When I set my intentions for this year and created my list of 7 things I wanted (read about how you can start your own list here:  2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!) — I managed to procure 3 things on the list without spending a dime.

It was through people’s generosity and thoughtfulness that I was able to manifest a few luxury items I would have otherwise thought I could only obtain through ‘buying’.

It made me think.

Sustainable Living is Thriving!

I am also in the process of moving from the city into the countryside.  We are doing this because (a) property is SO much cheaper out there and (b) we want to start growing our own food and need land, etc with the possibility of a few rain-water tanks and solar panels.

Just making this move will cut our bills in half — I’m being deadly serious!  I simply can’t wait for the off, as I’m sure you can well imagine.

But not only will this help us to economize but it will also allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and consumerism.  I strangely enough, have a feeling of immense abundance when I look at it that way.  It doesn’t involve abundance money can buy but wealth of spirit and a heart-centered gratification.

Instead of the typical scenario of society telling us that wealth is in accumulating more and more, the truth is that cutting down and needing less provides more abundance in your life — just not in that stereotypical way.

Get your head out of your bank account and into the breeze of that freshly mown lawn!

Do You Need Something?

If you do need something — be it a new dining room suite or tin of apricots — set your intention and put it out there.  How?

  • By talking to other people about what you want (not hounding them for hand-outs but simply mentioning it if it’s appropriate to do so — you never know who you might be talking to),
  • writing your desires down on paper and reading them out to yourself every day,
  • letting go of how you are going to get it, just know that it will happen in its own way,
  • be vigilant and on the look-out for any synchronicities (read more on synchronicity here: Why Synchronicity Can Change Your Life) or signs that may bring you closer to your desire,
  • practice gratitude and
  • give where you can (generosity tends to have a boomerang effect).

Solving the Need for Money — What is the Answer?

Do these suggestions solve the need to live without money?  No, but it’s a start.

The more you put these things into practice, the more you will start seeing how we, as a more heart-centered community, can pull together and get what we all want with little or no money passing hands.

It can happen through:

  • Bartering
  • Generosity
  • Donation
  • Service/Expertise Swapping
  • Thinking Out of the Box

Make sure you are open to receive as well as to give.

Can We Live Without Dosh?

Even though we can do a lot for ourselves without money — there is still a lot of things we do need money for in order to live in modern society.  Just having no internet access alone would bring my foundations crumbling down.

I don’t have all the answers as to how we can live with less money but I do know that if we all pull together and brainstorm ways, a moneyless society could be possible in the near future.

The answer is out there, waiting for us to catch up with it.

4 Things to Get You Started

For now, all the advice I can offer you if you are having financial woes, is to put your intentions out there and think of ways you can experience abundance without money.

There are loads of things you can do or experience to make you feel extremely wealthy.

Here are a few tips:

  • Make a gratitude list of things you have (the roof over your head, your health, a full belly, the love of your cat/dog or the warm bed you sleep in at night).
  • Go be in nature — when you give yourself time and space to relax and sit on some grass or walk on the beach, you will feel the abundance of the Earth.  Lack is only a by-product of what our current society dictates to us that we must have.  Nature has everything we need and to reconnect with the wealth of the planet is a very grounding activity.  This is your planet!  You were born here and you are a citizen of the globe — your abundance lies all around you and not only in coins, printed paper or digital numbers.
  • Call on the never-ending supply of love that is all around you.  You are loved, no matter who you are.  Never forget that.  If you are reading this and thinking, ‘no-one loves me’ then you are wrong — I love you and I’m not the only one.  Feel the love that is yours to tap into whenever you are feeling low and alone.
  • Keep reminding yourself of what you would be doing right now if money was not an issue or required.  Whatever that is, focus on it and set your intention to live that way.

Please let me know if you are having any success trying to live with little or no money.  What is your take on this topic?  Leave your comments below.

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3 Ways to Alchemize Chaos

Here is my follow-up blog from last week’s 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Care Anymore and Neither Should You

Just click on the link to alchemize your problems away: 3 Ways to Flow Easily Through Chaotic Times.

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Elegance by Cherie Roe Dirksen BannerCan You Relate to These Questions?

There has been too much coincidence of people experiencing these symptoms for me to ignore this any longer.  Let me jump right in the deep end:

  • Are you feeling a great amount of detachment lately from things that would normally bother you regarding your career, home life, worries or life in general?
  • Do you have a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude all of a sudden (as in ‘I don’t give a hoot’ or you couldn’t be asked to bat an eyelid)?
  • Are you struggling to get going this year?  Like you’re stuck in neutral?
  • Do you try to shift gears and get things done but more stuff is piling up and you just don’t have the vooma to carry on?
  • Do you feel that nothing is worth the effort anymore and it’s time to throw in the towel?
  • Do you feel like you’re trying to fit a round into a square?  Things just aren’t fitting anymore and there you are huffing and puffing trying to make it fit!
  • Have you been asking yourself, ‘What’s wrong with me?’

You’ve just stumbled upon a major quagmire that has got most of us quasi-global citizens in it’s lethargic grip.

“What is it, what’s going on?”  I hear you cry!  

I’m not 100% sure but I’m going to give it a shot filtering it through my own realizations of late.  We are experiencing a death and rebirth of our selves.

Goodbye Old Me and Hello New Who?

I’ve gone through the above questions like an old computer trying to scour for an answer to a rather outdated formula.  What have I come up with?  Here it goes:

  • I don’t care what people think of me
  • I don’t care what other’s expect of me
  • I don’t care if I die tomorrow
  • I don’t care about my career or where I thought I was heading just a few months ago
  • I don’t care if I end up under a bridge
  • I don’t care if this world is or isn’t experiencing a shift of paradigm
  • I don’t care if everything I believe to be true isn’t (ooh, there’s a big one!)
  • I don’t care that I don’t care (this is where I stick my tongue out)
  • I don’t care….well, yes, I’m sure you get the picture now

But the crux is, I think I just died to my former self.  Who am I?  No, just rather — I AM.

It feels like my mind, spirit and body have had a rather cleansing enima.  The moment I started detaching from what I wanted to manifest I, you guessed it, started to manifest all those things at a rapid pace.

I suppose you could call it your very own eternal sunshine of the spotless mind so you can start with a clean slate to create this dream life you’ve always wanted.

Why It’s Necessary to Experience Your Own Death (Metaphorically Speaking)

Because you have to truly and utterly — with every fiber of your body — die to your old way of thinking/operating/being to open up to the new paradigm that is practically kicking down your door to be let in.

You need to detach from past auto-responsive behaviours to make way for new neural connections that will allow you to react in a way that is grounded, balanced and coming from your heart and not your head.

You need to really detach from the expectations and opinions of others about you — there is no more need to defend yourself, your career (or lack of) choices, your partner (or lack of) choices, your beliefs (or lack of…lol), your version of reality (or illusion) or anything else you may have felt defensive about in the past.

IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE AND YOU HAVE NO NEED TO DEFEND IT.

Phew!  What a bloody relief!!!

What Needs To Stay and What Will Depart

Those who will love and respect you enough to let you be will remain in your life and those who will not be able to bear not being able to manipulate you anymore will leave (albeit kicking and screaming).

Be the still presence and just watch how things unfold.  Don’t give in to external demands (not unless you’ve made peace with what is being asked of you) — just be silent. Eventually what needs to fall away will.

Where there is no two opposing energies feeding a situation, the energy will move on.

Walk the Talk and Dance the Tango

Now is the time to stop talking about what you know or believe and to LIVE it.  Show others by example and not by rabbiting on about it.  Dance like no-ones watching — even if it is down the aisles at your local supermarket.

Be the change you want to see (thanks, Gandhi) and live for joy and upliftment for yourself and those around you.  If someone or something tries to drag you down — alchemize them/it.  What does that mean?

Keeping You in Suspenders (a Phrase my Father Would Say in Lieu of ‘Suspense’)

How to alchemize a situation?  Ah, that’s for next weeks blog.

For now, be kind to yourself if you are going through this death/rebirth stage.  Drink plenty of water, eat wholesome foods, meditate, do yoga/go for a walk, be in nature (ground yourself!) and keep setting your intentions to feel bliss every day.

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Manifesting What You Do and Don’t Want

Well, this year showed up with a tremendous thump on the head (thanks to inland revenue — need I say more?) followed by some truly spectacular fireworks and major realizations!

The good and the bad have been a-knocking at my door, testing my patience and resolve.  How have the first few weeks of this year been for you?

To sum it all up:  This year is going to be about manifesting big time!  Trouble is, if you’re thoughts aren’t in alignment with what you want, you’re also going to create what you don’t want with extreme haste (as I found out a week ago when I faced ‘external authority’).

That’s why I urge you to sit down and draw up 7 things you wish to make happen this year.  Read the blog HERE.

My Tribe and the Guided Meditation

Now, I want to share something uber personal with you.  I got together with my tribe of 4 fantastic femme’s last week for a guided meditation and goal setting orientation for the year.

It was an eye-opening experience.  But I didn’t truly ‘get’ it until I stumbled upon an animated 8 minute video illustrating a theory that Plato had (I’ll show you at the end of this blog — please do yourself a favour and watch it.  You are going to be amazed!).

It totally coincided with what my higher self was showing me in my meditation.

I’m going to try to be short and to the point and I’m going to show you the actual drawings I did whilst having the vision (so it’s going to be a bit rough).

Totems, Temples and the Source

At first, in our guided meditation, we were taken by our animal totems to a temple:

  • My totem was an owl who flew out ahead of me as my guide.

    Sun Illustration 1

    Illustration 1 – the Sun/Source

  • I got to the temple and sat down on a bench.  I looked up and saw a door and went to look through it.  
  • There I saw a lake with reflections of trees in it.  I turned to my left and saw the sun/source — a brilliant white light surrounded by swirly whirly’s (see illustration 1).
  • I turned to the right and saw tree silhouettes turn into a circle (a kind of mandala — see illustration 2) and then the trees morphed into human figures (for those of you who know my art — it was very much like what I paint…see picture at the top of the blog), the branches entwining to make hearts and DNA.  I got the feeling that the tree’s represented our higher selves and the spirit realm wanting to express love and unity in our 3D reality/the dream/game of life being shown to us in the ‘higher’ realm of communication.

    Tree Circle Illustration 2

    Illustration 2 – Circle of Trees

  • In the center of the circle was water and the reflections of the trees.  It sometimes shifted into the sun in the middle as well.
  • I got the impression that the water was reflecting back to us what we are creating through feeling/emotion and that the trees were actually our ‘higher selves’ or the spirit realm conducting the creations in the pool of water (our 3D reality).
  • The keywords with this vision were about love, reaching out (or ‘branching out’, as the case may be), water reflections (our 3D experience being mirrored back to us in the spirit realm and vice versa), strong unity connection (the roots of the trees were entwined as a collective experience).

The 2014 Focus

What I got from this guided meditation was to:

  1. Ground Yourself Daily — Feel connected to the earth and nature (i.e. be grounded BIG TIME!).
  2. Get Creative — Express that soul connection through creativity as often as you can.

When I tapped into the crux of what my soul was trying to convey, I got this message:

“Show what cannot be spoken.”

Now this is all great, but how does this affect you?  And where is Plato in all of this?

Well, here is the video I want you to watch:

I was introduced to this video through an article on a site called ‘2012 The Big Picture’ — You can read the article here.

After seeing this video, I got the bigger picture of the message behind the visualization I received in my meditation.  Don’t you just LOVE how synchronicity works!!! :D

UPDATE:  I have completed the painting I saw in this meditation — you can read the blog about it HERE:  The Tree of Life — Can You Relate?

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8 Pointers You Need to Know When Self-Publishing Your Book

You’re probably familiar with the saying, ‘everyone’s got a book in them’ but the real question is:  how do you start taking those first steps and begin furiously tapping away at your keyboard with zesty enthusiasm?

You Could Be Holding Your Book Within 6 Short Months!

You may be surprised to learn that it is not such a gargantuan and overwhelming task — with the proper guidance and motivation, you too can be the proud author of a spanking new publication.

In fact, it is an absolute thrill to write when your heart is sunk firm into the project.  Think of the final joy of holding your book in hand and getting to press your nose deep into the spine of those crisp, new pages of your hot-off-the-press manuscript.  Heck, even I’m excited for you!

So what lies between you and that imminent caress of your books glaringly glossy cover?

Below you’ll find a list of the 8 most commonly asked questions I get about writing and publishing a book and some surprising answers:

Why Do You Want To Write a Book?

I write self-help books because I have a passion to help people and if writing about my life experiences and how I’ve overcome certain obstacles can help someone else — I am more than happy.

The writing process also helps me to put certain things into perspective on the chosen topic — i.e. writing about your experiences helps you to gain a certain amount of clarity or slant on what you have lived through.

There’s also  the fact that putting pen to paper (or, in most cases, fingers to keys) can be wholesomely therapeutic.

If there is one thing I can’t stress enough, it is to write about your experiences — what you actually know about…which brings me to ask this question:

What Experience Do You Have?

Readers are like bloodhounds and can out an author that doesn’t write from experience, wisdom and passion — there must be integrity in this process.

Even if you are writing fiction — imagination is a wonderful thing but putting structure to your fantasy requires that you know a thing or to about life and living, so get out there and soak up the vibes!

Do your research — there’s never been a better time to be a writer than in this magnificent technological age where Google provides so much information at the touch of a button.

For all you more ‘mature’ folks out there — do you remember when research meant going to the library or, even better, a trip to the state archives?  Boy, have times changed!

No matter what you write about, I feel your true motivation should always stem from the love of what you do and that you either have a message or a deep fervor for what you’re penning about.

Is Money Your Motivation?

Never write for the money.  I have got 2 books out now and I am only starting to make money from them (not enough, as of yet, to pay my bills — I do a lot of other things to keep myself afloat which is something you should think about before quitting your day job).

This is not to say that you can’t make money from writing, just that it is not a very glamorous career.  It is a lot of hard work, promotion and dedication.

I’m sure there are a trickle of overnight success stories but they are few and far between.  Most authors need to have a day or part-time job, guest write for other sites to get their name and message out there and keep up daily appearances on social networking sites to sustain momentum and remind people that they are still there.

This is not a path for the lazy or faint-of-heart.  You’ve got to believe in yourself and believe in what you do — inevitably that’s all that counts and if you only sell 1 book in your career, that should bring a smile to your face.

I think to date, I have distributed and sold just over 200 books.

It’s not nearly enough to make me a best-seller (believe it or not, having a ‘best-seller’ in South Africa apparently only requires the sale of 2000 copies due to the market now being swamped with books in this wonderful new digital age of self-publishing — but, as you can see, even at this rather low rate, I’m still a far cry away from attaining the best-seller status).

However, I’m a die-hard and ever the optimist — I’m going to keep on getting my book out there if it kills me (well, not really but the statement does add to the dramatic effect!).

Never give up on a dream!

What Can You Gain From Other Writers/Bloggers?

Learning from others beats going it alone.  There is a massive writing community out there so go be a social cyber-butterfly!

There is a guy called Jeff Goins who blogs about his writing career — I would go and study his page because he is very informative and you can learn a hell of a lot from him: goinswriter.com.

Which brings me to the next thing.  If you truly want to write, start out with a blog — that is how you will build your readership who will later want to buy your book.

Your site is your livelihood in most writers cases.

Do some research on this by yourself and you will see that a lot of people go the blogging route in order to build a reputation and a subscription list of potential readers (I find this site extremely helpful:  www.copyblogger.com— they will help you to get a successful website/blog going).

Where Do I Find Motivation To Start My Book?

With regards to getting started with writing, the story either comes or it doesn’t — i.e. you will know when a story hits you, I find you can’t force something that is not there or people will pick up on that (remember those bloodhounds are on your tail!).

So, like I said before, go out into the world and mingle with people, have adventures and live, that way you’ll have loads of inspiration to write.

How Much Writing a Day Should I Do?

When you find something that you do want to write about, dedicate at least 2 hours a day to writing.

Without a regular schedule your book will be left on the back-burner, so stick to a writing regime.  I did this with my first book — 2hrs a day, 5 days a week and finished my book within about 5 months.

The second book was a compilation of all my articles that I blogged about, so blogging has its rewards!

How Long Should My Book Be?

How long is a piece of string?  As long as it has to be, I suppose.

Some people write shorter books or short stories and some people write trilogies — so that’s up to you.  My books have been between 180 and 220 pages (roughly 50 000 — 60 000 words).

How Do I Publish My Book?

Finally and best of all, publishing your book is super easy!

With sites like ‘Createspace‘ (Amazon’s sister site for self-published authors) and another really great site called Lulu.com (and many more) you can do it all yourself at no cost.

Yes, you read right — it’s FREE!

They provide you with templates and most of them even allocate the ISBN number for you (that bar-code at the back of a book which is a unique identifying number) and all you do is upload it once your book is finished and they take care of the rest.

You can even publish eBooks (or Kindle if you’re going through Amazon) gratis through these sites.

They even offer services like editing your book/cover design, formatting, etc for a small fee.

They are a print-on-demand service, so once your book is uploaded, you can start selling straight away to the entire globe!

There are absolutely no hidden costs (at the printing of this article, at least) and you get royalties on your book.  However, most of these sites will only pay you out on a quarterly basis or when you have reached $100 threshold.

What Are Printing Costs If You Want To Do It Yourself?

If you do want a batch of your own books, then I have just got my second book printed (November 2013) by a local company (I’m from South Africa, for those who don’t know) that charged me around R4 500 (roughly $450) for 100 books.  That included the ISBN number.

So that way, there is an outlay but I tried to presell copies before I got it printed and managed to cover more than half of the cost.

Write Your Book Because It’s Your Passion And You Will Be Rewarded

Write because you love it and not because of the green stuff — that way you won’t be disappointed and if you do make the best-seller list, then that is just an awesome bonus!!!

I hope this helps you to start your writing career.  There is a ton of information out there on the net.  Not one day goes by when I haven’t read at least 2 articles about my trade, so be informed and you’ll do well.

Good luck!

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Are You Living with an Addict?

Bringing Out the Worst and the Best

We’ve just come out of, what is sometimes jokingly referred to as, the ‘silly season’.

Perhaps the subject of addiction is a bit ‘heavy’ around these joyful and optimistic 2014 vibes, however, Christmas and the New Year period can stir a hornets nest when it comes to being or living with someone who abuses any kind of addictive matter.  This can even pertain to people who are addicted to drama and get their ‘fix’ by emotionally draining you.

Countless people suffer at the hands of substance abusers.  So what better time to bring this up than now?

Have you endured the experience of life with an addict — be it an addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex or any other potentially devastating extreme?

Sometimes the relationship is not one that we can easily walk out of as in the case of a family member — especially a parent or child.

One Mans Brave Confession

If you have had to or are living through this kind of situation, then I strongly recommend a book called ‘Confessions of an Alcoholics Son’ by Werner Schmidt, an up-and-coming South African author.

Werner sent me a copy of his book and from the moment I read page one, I was hooked.

He bravely discusses his childhood memories of being an alcoholics son and all the trials, embarassments, love, fear. empathy, laughs, regrets, disdain, good times and mortifying times that went with it.

Courage best describes this authors strongest attribute in telling his story because it takes a huge amount to divulge ones darkest, deepest secrets the way he has.

Why Should You Read This?

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The book captivates from the get go and Werner allows you to step into his world where he breaks down barriers and allows the reader to catch a glimpse of the stark, cold reality of what a child, adolescent and adult has had to grapple with.

Werner delves into the darkest corners and shines a light on what most dare not speak of.

This book is worth the read even if you have not had to endure living with an addict — perhaps you know someone who has and this book could be the very life-line that person needs.

Finding Your Peace

Werner also visually lets us take a peek into his world through old family photographs — which help to paint a much more intimate and meaningful picture — along with his eloquent and emotive poetry snippets that are scattered throughout the book like tasty little biscuit crumbs.

He reveals his journey to finding inner peace and acceptance with his mother and he reconciles his life to reflect what he has learnt — a grand lesson of love, forgiveness, acceptance and compassion.

Read it and Weep

There were moments when I burst out laughing and there were times when the tears rolled down my face.  Werner provokes us to explore, with him, the purest feelings and emotions of this roller-coaster ride novel that you will not be able to put down.

I literally read the book in one sitting.

Well done, Werner, on telling your truth in a loving and compassionate way.  I think you will help hundreds, if not thousands, of people going through similar experiences to pick up the pieces and move on.

Download Werner’s book, in Afrikaans or English (free, for now), or buy it, at http://wernercreates.com/stories/confessions/

Werner’s review of ‘Carpe Diem or Bust’ below:

“I enjoyed it like I enjoy my weekly coffees with my best friend. Amazing how your revelations, over time, and mine, make such wonderful coffee-cup material. Reading ‘Carpe Diem or Bust’ was, to me, a joyride on the back of a butterfly …”  ~ Werner Schmidt (author of ‘Confessions of an Alcoholic’s Son’)

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2014 — The Year to Sculpt Your Life!

Goodbye and Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out!

With a warm and cheery smile, we wave goodbye to the year 2013 — what a ride it has been!

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I have to admit that it was the most trying year I’ve had for a very long time.  It had some epic moments — I met new and wonderful people and I sorted out a lot of mental and physical debris that needed spring-cleaning and reshuffling.

On the other hand, it has been a year of lessons, trials, endings and constant testing.  Anyone else experience this on a grand scale?

It has been the year of exhaustion — both mental and physical.  I have never spent so many hours with my feet up staring at the ceiling!

New Hope, New Beginnings — List Your 7 Wonders

But, what have we here?  A new year.  What ho!

A chance to start a-fresh, to set some new intentions and to hone down on our desires.

What is it you want to see manifest this year?  Have you given it a thought?  If not, now is the right time to set down, on paper, some of your hopes and dreams for the next 365 days.

  • Try think of 7 things that you want — big or small.
  • Start off with something believable, like for instance, a visit from an old friend or a bunch of flowers.  Then work your way up the scale until you’re plotting out your dream home/job/partner/situation, etc.
  • Give yourself a time-frame that you want to see these things manifest.
  • Make notes on how you can take action where applicable to realize these desires.
  • For all the rest, visualize your butt off!  Or, even better, make or update your vision board.
  • Have fun doing this, don’t see it as a chore.  Look at it like you are a magnificent artist sculpting your life into an awesome masterpiece!
  • Lastly, take out this list every morning and read it out loud to yourself.  Don’t skip this step.  It’s not about hocus-pocus or fairy-dust wishes, it’s about aligning to your desires daily and exciting those neuro-peptides into action.  Sometimes we inadvertently forget what we want, so to verbalize this list every day brings you back to the core of your request and direction.

I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year.  Let’s make 2014 the start to something brilliant!

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Why You Should Strive to be a Nobody

Give Up Caring!

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

There is nothing more freeing than to give up caring about what other people think of you or expect from you.

Some people will just thrive on categorizing and putting you in a box.

Your job is to remember that this is not for your benefit, it’s for theirs. If you are kept ‘small’ and constrained in that little box with all its sticky labels then they don’t have to feel bad about their own perceived inadequacies.

Gone with the Wind

Let your hang ups on how other people perceive you get carried away on a gentle breeze (or a tumultuous tornado — the choice is yours).

You can literally stand on your head and fart Bohemian Rhapsody and they will still see you as tiny so-and-so from school with the braids and the knobbly knees instead of the musical genius you are that would take their breath away (in more ways than one)!

Pull the labels off your box (whether you or someone else has stuck those tags on) and give up on any kind of classification whatsoever.

You’re an Amazing Little Dumpling!

You are as unique as your fingerprints!

If you label yourself you restrict the flow of life and creativity especially when you start identifying with that role.

Meet Your Cosmic Self

You are everything and nothing — infinite possibility!

What I mean by that is you can achieve anything you set your mind to (as thoughts create your experience) but without identifying with what you are creating you become ‘no-thing’ — detached and at peace.

You will only suffer when you attach yourself to what you do because eventually you will move on and then you will feel loss as your identity slips out the window.

If I could be so bold as to suggest a new mantra when you awake to each new day —

 ‘I am whatever I choose to be today’.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” 
― Virginia Woolf

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5 Ways to Tune into a HD Quality Life

Bliss by Cherie Roe DirksenIn my last blog I discussed (or perhaps better phrased, ‘ranted’) about how we need to claim our sovereignty (you can read it HERE).  I thought it apt to outline today 5 ways to do this.

“It is the nature of the self to manifest itself, In every atom slumbers the might of the self.” — Muhammad Iqbal

Upgrading to High Definition

Can some of you stretch your minds back to the days of reel-to-reel movies?

Then there was a brand new evolution called videos (VHS and Betamax — okay, who of you remember Beta?  Lol).

Then came the computer-in-every-home age and we were introduced to CD’s and that wonder, the DVD.  Now we’re progressively fine-tuning and coming up with even greater ways to clarify the ‘picture’ with our HD screens and BluRay discs.

Hell, it’s getting so microcosm now that we are just carrying our flash drives in our pockets and file-sharing all over the place!  Soon enough we’ll just be downloading it into our brains straight from the ether.

Where am I going with this?  Bollocks, I can’t remember!

Oh yes…

We use all these spectacular ‘inventions’ to grapple with an even finer concept — ourselves.

You — The Immortal Hard Drive

So, by now (and if you have been following my blogs or read any of my books), you’ll have probably got your heads around the fact that you are divine/God/source (or whatever else you want to call that infinite one).

This ‘body’ is not you, it’s the consciousness in the drivers seat (brain) that is in control and your biological system is tantamount to a computer hard-drive where all your information is stored.

So, why not upgrade your system to work in prime condition?

Here are a few tips on how to start rewiring your brain via conscious thought command to get the most out of your life and body:

  • Declare every day that you are sovereign.  That you govern your own existence and you are a being of freewill and choice (you are now setting the stage or wiping the slate clean, so to speak).
  • State each morning what you expect to get out of this day.  You came here to experience joy (rooted in love — all that there really is) so make damn sure that’s on the menu each day.  Remember to review your day to check in to see if you’ve given yourself time to experience bliss and if not, get cracking!
  • State that if you do have something ‘unpleasant’ to do that it will go smoothly and easily and you will flow with the energy to take you to the conclusion that is the most beneficial for your path.  Keep your inner eye focused on the outcome you want to manifest.
  • Take 2-3 minutes in the morning (perhaps while you are still lying in bed) to declare that your body is working on optimum prime!  You are 100% healthy (try to feel every cell in your body tingle and send each cell love and appreciation) and you are going to honour this awesome biological system by only eating and drinking what the body asks for and not what your mind has been ‘programmed’ to crave.
  • At the end of the day remind yourself that you are the co-creator of your existence in this dimension and realign yourself to your goals and what you still want to experience.  Thy will be done!

I hope this helps you to truly start to embody your sacred self.

Start getting used to the fact that you are powerful because we are only starting to come online to our innate mastery.

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You’re Bloody Amazing!

Let’s cut through the brown stuff here and get straight to the crux.

  • We have been breaking down our programming that we are ‘less than’/sinners/victims/mortal and we are starting to let our heads venture out of our tortoise shells to catch a glimpse of our innate immortal is-ness.
  • We have been clearing out and sifting through all our crap to ‘find’ ourselves and where we belong in this crazy world.
  • We are building a bridge to the ‘other side’ to cross over into a new paradigm/dimension where we are 100% co-creators of our experience.
  • We have had it up to here (*cyber gesture of hand on forehead*) and our bullshit-o-meter has finally tipped.

So what is this crazy woman on about?

Stop and Feel that Energy!

Well done!  You’ve made it.  Actually there was nothing really to make.

Forget about all the past rubbish, karma crapola, wobbly bobbly stuff that keeps you tethered to the past in those dramatic scenarios like:  ‘what was I in a past life?';  ‘I’m ironing out my karma';  ‘I need to work through this stuff before I am enlightened';  ‘when will I see the light at the end of the tunnel’ type balderdash and own it today.

This is the first day of the rest of your existence, you immortal powerful little sausages!

Don’t buy into it anymore — you are YOU now.  Right this very moment you can void out any contracts/implants/agreements you have made that ties you to ANYTHING. You have the power and have always had the power — you’ve just been suffering with a bout of amnesia.

It’s time to re-member that you are:

  • Sovereign/Divine/Part of God/The I Am that I Am (whatever you want to call it)
  • In the Now (not tethered to any karmic contract/past life ‘wrong’/programmed belief — you just are.  Full stop.
  • Required to unplug from other people/channels/ascended masters/archangels/ET’s who are telling you what to do, how to act or anything else that comes from OUTSIDE YOUR SELF.
  • Required to be YOU.
  • Reminded to do whatever you like as long as you do not infringe on anyone/things right to freewill/choice, etc.

Let This Moment Mark the Beginning of a New You!

Fellow souls, rise up today and let’s own our divine birthright together.  Today we stand up and declare that we will not be taking it up the arse any longer.

Affirmation (feel free to adapt):  I AM SOVEREIGN.  I WILL EXERCISE MY FREEWILL FROM THIS MOMENT ONWARDS.  I GOVERN MY OWN EXISTENCE.  I AM THE LIGHT, I AM THE LOVE.

Repeat this daily until you live, think, eat, breath and truly embody this truth.

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Herstory — An Intriguing Account

Today’s blog is going to be a little different…okay, a LOT different.

About a week ago, I was urged to sit down at my laptop and felt like I was literally channeling this poem (hence the rather different way linguistic phrasing) from the ether.

Yin and Yang — The Eternal Love Story

In line with my recent spate of blogs dealing with marrying Divine Masculine and Feminine, I found this poem rather apt — it also reminds me of certain divine partnerships like Osiris and Isis (Egypt), Enki and Ninmah/Ninhursag (Sumeria) and Krishna and Radha (India).

Perhaps it will shed light on certain issues, perhaps you’ll think of it as utter poppy-cock, perhaps you’ll think it just makes great fiction — you be the judge.

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