Raging Waters Have Symbolic Meaning

Have you ever noticed how the nature reflects the pattern of your life?

Have you noticed how the weather affects your moods?

The recent deluge of rain caused a very significant flash flood in our local creek with the water inundating the park and walking track. Tonnes of gravel was shifted from the creek bed to cover the path and river sand covered the park. Trees had been undermined by the force of the water and some had fallen. Their branches and other debris remained where the water had left them; choking the bridges and wrapped around the plants and posts that had caught them.

As I walked down the path after the event, I felt the great power that had been unleashed and I knew that this was significant for my life. I felt like a weight had lifted from my shoulders and the emotional confusion that I have been feeling had been washed away.

When you walk in conscious awareness you come to notice everything around you and you notice significant things; symbols that will add meaning to your life. The unconscious part of our brains is many times larger than the conscious part and we aren’t able to access this information directly. When we dream our brain waves have slowed down allowing messages in symbol form to rise to our conscious brain. This is why dreams often entertain us with their funny or fearful stories. In the same way that we can interpret these dream symbols, we can also interpret the symbols that we notice through conscious awareness.

To walk in conscious awareness, I first decide upon a question or a problem that is troubling me and ask for guidance around it during my walk. I ground myself, breathe, call my guides, and ask my question. ‘What can my walk tell me about what has been happening in my life?’ I then walk, with my mind relaxed and open to anything that presents itself.

The day after the flood there were several significant things that presented them to me. Water is often described as symbolic of emotions. As I have mentioned already, the atmosphere, the energy surrounding me, was very powerful. It contained the power that had been expressed by nature the day before and had a strong feeling of everything being flushed clean and renewed.

Gravel was swept in a small mountain range across the path; fresh small rocks piled into a form that I had to step through and over as I couldn’t go around. For me this symbolised fresh new things coming across my path that I can’t avoid. I will experience them and emerge on the other side better for the experiences.

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The evidence of the power of the water was everywhere. The flattened grass and weeds showed the ‘going with the flow’ of the water and surviving. The debris under the bridge and against the trees spoke to me of holding onto the old and the message to release and let it go with the flow – keeping only that which will serve me well.
Ducks were in their element as they paddled happily in the tranquil ponds left by the flooding rains, finding lots of juicy grubs to eat. Ducks work hard paddling under water while they look serene as they glide along – hard work creates serenity through organisation and planning for it. Enjoying the flow, the emotions both overwhelming and calm, seeing out the storm and reaping the benefits are other messages here.

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Walking in conscious awareness this way connects me with my guides and intuition. The messages are very confirming about what is happening in my life, give me some clear directions for moving ahead and hope for the future.

Here is a pattern to follow.

  1. Breathe and ground yourself and ask for your guides to be with you.
  2. Set a clear intention for your walk
  3. Walk with your mind relaxed, not thinking or wandering; allow it to take in your surroundings.
  4. Notice anything that presents to you.
  5. Write these down on completion of your walk.
  6. ‘Listen’ to how each of these sound to you when you write them. What do they mean for you with regard to your intention?
  7. How do these come together to make a story to answer your intention?

So, next time you go for a walk, why don’t you set your intention to find answers to something that’s been bothering you and see what happens. I wonder what you’ll discover?

Manifestation is a breeze for Seven Year Olds!


Manifestation

Are you having trouble manifesting your dreams? 

My advice is to watch how it’s done by the children around you!

I was highly amused by the conversation I had with my seven year old (nearly 8) grandson the other day when I picked him up from school. Later I took time to digest what had happened and marvelled in the wisdom of it.

The conversation went like this:

Ma: What do you want for your birthday?

A: Well, it’s on Tuesday so we’re coming over to your place after school and having dinner together.

Ma: Oh, are you? That’s nice; sounds like fun! But what do you want for your birthday?

A: Well I’d really like to have Sushi but if you don’t want that we could have something else. It’s ok.

Ma: Hmm not sure I know how to make sushi – we might have to think about that …. but what do you want for your birthday?

A: There’s this Ninja lego with 2 bikes that I’d like to have because I haven’t got it and it’s about $22

Ma: Do you use your lego? You’ve got a lot of it.

A: Yes I use it nearly every day after school.

Great exercise in manifestation. Do you think he will manifest his dreams?

He knew what he wanted and imagined it exactly as he wanted it to happen; lived it in his mind.

He brought his dreams to the light to the right people and spoke of it as though it was a done deed already planned; to Ma and also to his parents later.

He also knew his audience as he made everything even the present a possibility; flexibility and price!

No doubts or fears or negativity here!

Manifestation here it comes!!

Love him to bits.

We learn so much if we just take a moment to observe.

Blessings

Betsy

Anxiety or Excitement?


Anxiety

ANXIETY

is only one BREATH

away from

EXCITEMENT!

Anxiety or Excitement?

Feeling emotional? Often we just take it for granted that the word we connect with the emotion we are experiencing is the right one. ‘I feel challenged – I must be anxious’.
When you begin to in to your body for feelings you will notice that there is very little difference between the feelings you have for anxiety and those you have for excitement.
Being aware of your thoughts will inform you of the thought processes that bring you to the conclusion; anxiety or excitement.  You do have the ability to choose! You are in charge of your brain and your thoughts – or are you? Are your thoughts running your life by naming your emotions in a negative way?!!
Time to play! Tune into your body and choose the happy emotion; the positive one. Breathe into it and enjoy the fruits of positive emotions and feelings. Anxiety really is only a breath away from EXCITEMENT!!

Courage or Fear


Courage

COURAGE

is

STRENGTH  and DETERMINATION

in the face of

FEAR

Courage comes easily when we are feeling good about ourselves. We are confident and fear stands out of the lime-light.

When I’m feeling courageous everything is bright and possible.

Yellow is my colour for courage.

When things seem to be too hard and I’m questioning my commitment, I know that fear has taken over. That means it’s time to take out the Yellow flag of courage. In these times courage is drawn upon in the face of fear which can be difficult to do especially if it isn’t a situation where our values or empathy are being seriously challenged.

With courage I can attempt anything and while I’m trying new things I’m learning and growing. Success is knowing I’ve tried.

Breathe! It’s Important.

Breathe! It’s important!

I breathe to live

I breathe to energise

I breathe to be calm

I breathe to ground and to be confident

I breathe to ground

I breathe to release

I breathe to relax

I breathe to relieve anxiety and other strong emotions

I breathe for Mindfulness

I breathe to heal

Most of us take breathing for granted. After all our bodies take care of this every moment of life function. The truth is though, that we get tied up with the story of our lives and all of the stresses and strains, conditioning, self judgement and fear, to name a few things change the way we breathe. Our ‘normal’ breath becomes changed so that it is no longer as effective in its function and this affects our bodies’ oxygen supply.

How can Breathing Help?

  • Mindfulness; watching how the breath enters and leaves the body is a major key in using the breath to help feel better in all ways.
  • Stress and anxiety is caused by the fight, flight or freeze programming in the brain. Breathing is an almost magical tool in creating a ‘switch’ to turn this programming off or at least tune it down when it has gone out of control.
  • Used mindfully and with intention, breath can be used to clear the energy field and body of negative emotions and past trauma.
  • With mindfulness and intention the breath can also be used to ground yourself, and along with visualisation, to draw into yourself the way of being and feeling that you desire.

Could you ever have imagined that something that is taken for granted; that is so simple, could be so powerful!

In Gratitude,

Betsy

If you’d like to know more about the micro skills; building blocks of self-care that help you to reconnect with yourself, try my book, “The Building Blocks of Self Care: what everybody needs to know.”

Being Creative

2015-09-27 16.30.22Creativity is an essential part of each one of us.

Being creative is essential to our every day self-care and well-being.

 

 

When I was painting this picture, the joy of doing it was in the creativity.

I had no idea of what it would turn out like. I had a sketchy vision in my mind – the creativity was in choosing the colours, the shapes, the material I glued on, and relating them to each other using my intuition – my feeling and knowing what to choose and use!

I had no agenda, no desire to succeed, just to be in the moment and do what came to me. I took a risk with every move I made and trusted that it would work out well.
When we think ‘creative’ we often think ‘Art’.
The words Creativity and art are not necessarily interchangeable! While some of us express our creativity through art, others express it in other ways!
Think of the many ways we express ourselves and become more aware of how you most easily express your creativity.

Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences can help us here

  1. Language
  2. Visual
  3. Logic (e.g. problem solving, chess)
  4. Inter-personal relationships (with others)
  5. Intra-personal relationships (with ourselves)
  6. Music
  7. Spiritual
  8. Kinesthetic ( using the physical body eg. dancing, playing sport)

We often combine two or more of these at a time.

It is always interesting to choose one of the above that isn’t in our usual comfort zone and experiment with it. For example, I am not a dancer by any long shot!! However, I love to be given permission to move creatively and have attended workshops that do this. So it is fun when I do the giving of permission and jump and jiggle around the lounge room!

Why is this self care? Doing anything in a relaxed way gives our brains a rest. It becomes a different kind of meditation; a moving meditation. It activates parts of the brain that otherwise don’t get exercised and allows the brain to relax and new ideas arise: more creativity.

Don’t put this off! It is too important. Give yourself permission to be creative today.

Knowing Yourself



Knowing Authentic Self

is the KEY

to

living authentically

and

achieving your dreams.

Each of us are the total of our conditioning, cultural upbringing, experiences, relationships, potential, abilities and talents, values and physical selves and I’m sure that you will find other aspects that I haven’t mentioned! These aspects of ourselves and our lives set us up for our life’s journey and somewhere amongst them is our true self, pushed here and there, influenced in this way or that. … So how do we re-connect and re-discover our true self?

SELF AWARENESS is the beginning and the absolute core of getting to know yourself well. You will begin to find out where you are reacting and responding in ways that are authentic to your true nature. You will be able to learn to change the reactions that you don’t like to more authentic responses. You will come to know what your true values are and what interests you and alights your passion.

HOW do I get to REALLY KNOW Myself?

Well a good start is to learn to BE AWARE of myself; how I feel, how I deal with those feelings, the effect I have on others and how much I allow my brain to make decisions for me.

Here are ten tips that I’ve noticed help me to BE AWARE

  1. Regularly stop and do a body scan, noticing where in your body you are tense and how each part of your body feels.
  2. Now brains can be bossy. They think that they know what is right for you and want to keep you safe. So, notice what your brain is saying to you and question the validity of what you hear. “Does this serve me well?” Much of what the brain rabbits on about comes from conditioning (e.g. messages your parents and teachers repeated to you) and you may notice that much of what it is saying is negative, fearful and downright unhelpful! CHOOSE to transform these thoughts into positive loving conversations that will serve you well.
  3. Learn to ‘ground’ yourself and you will find that you will be more in tune with yourself and your actions and reactions will be more reflective of who you are.
  4. Take keen notice of how your body and your brain react to others and what they say and do. Decide to work out what the ‘story’ is behind your reactions.
  5. When you find yourself reacting negatively to what someone is doing or saying, ASK them questions about the situation. Become curious and find out all the details. You will be surprised how often our initial reactions are based on too little understanding of others.
  6. With self awareness you will become clearer about your values.
  7. With self awareness you will begin to notice your self-talk. This will tell you whether the beliefs you live by are serving you well or are due for an overhaul and to be framed in a different light.

 



Tree Metaphor

I looked for a tree symbol of my inner self.

Meet my beautiful tree! She is straight strong and true.

She is thoroughly grounded.

Her branches tell me to reach for the sky in all directions.

Her bark is continually renewing and harbors small animals, while her branches embrace the nests of birds.

Animal Guides

Feeling alone in this World can be daunting at times. Often we have to find strength from within ourselves in order to cope with life’s situations.

This is when Spirit Guides are a very useful ‘tool’ to help us manage.

I have a white wolf as my animal guide. I often feel him walking beside me, reminding me of my strengths and giving me courage to follow through.

One day, feeling down, I happened to notice the picture above on the wall of the office where I was working, and there, practically leaping out of the picture was my white wolf! I had never noticed him before but there he was at this crucial time, reminding me that I share his strengths; I just need reminding that I have them inside ready to use!.

Can you see him?

He is to the right of the jar near the reeds.

He reminds me that I have the strength, the tenacity and the skills to do what I choose to achieve in this world; to face and overcome all the challenges … and that everything is as it should be!


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 My beautiful white wolf shining out of this picture on the wall – reminding me –

I have the strength and tenacity to meet all of the challenges I face in this world … and all is as it should be!

And here is the painting I did of my wolf not log after he began journeying alongside me.

I wonder what your power animals are and what strengths they remind you of and what messages they bring you? When you journey to meet your power animals you are in a dimension where they can talk to you and help you to find answers to your questions.

So, if you haven’t experienced this and would like to, contact me and we will journey together!

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Happiness and Contentment



I imagine that many people’s

main wish in life would be to be

HAPPY AND CONTENTED

most of the time.

Is this true for you? It certainly is for me! Like everything in life though, we need BALANCE. So I would re-phrase my wish as a goal to “Have balance in life”. This means that if I’m happy and contented I will also have times of ‘not so happy’ and discontentment. With balance one experiences both sides. One without the other would possibly mean that I was either not living enough or that I was challenging myself too much!

BALANCE also means that we need to have a good balance where our actions reflect the values we hold dear.

Are you feeling OUT OF BALANCE; experiencing overwhelm, stress or anxiety? Then it may be helpful to do this Self Care Checklist I have designed to check the balance between values and actions in each area of your life.