spirituality

I Was Reminded Today the Key to Life

I Was Reminded Today the Key to Life

When Spirit speaks. Well, the reality is that Spirit is always speaking, but how often we fall asleep and don’t hear the message or catch the signs along the way. This is the reality of being human.

I’m at the half way point of being in Oracle School with Colette Baron – Reid, tapping deeper into my intuition, connected with Spirit, and learning to be the observer in life. This I know will be a life long practice and that I will never fully arrive, and why I can now see why no one ever graduates from this school.

And why I will be among the many that stay and it’s the beauty of this school – that you never have to leave and be left without support. I feel like I’ve found the tribe that will be my home for a very long time to come. Even though there are some days I feel like my mind will explode from all the information I’m taking in. 

And there are some days when I feel uncomfortable with the inner work I’m challenged to do and don’t think I can continue…but then another day dawns and I am reminded that Spirit always has my back.

As was the example from earlier today. Each morning, our assignment is to meditate and then pick a card from The Wisdom of the Oracle deck, read the message in the booklet, and journal what comes up. This has become the most beautiful part of my day, even when I may not like the card I get or understand.

Today was a good one though. Wishing for something to manifest sooner than it is in my life, I posed the question to the cards about wanting to know more, even though a small part of me worried I might get a card I might not like.

But this card, Higher Power, made me sigh in relief, smile, and my whole body melted. There’s truly no better answer to what I was pondering, or really for any question we ponder at any given time in our lives.

I was reminded to trust the amazing Higher Power that is always working on my behalf. There is the symbol of a key located on the third eye (our intuition) of the image. Ah yes, taking time each day to go inward, connecting with our heart which is connected to Spirit – that is the key.

And so I relaxed around my pondering question realizing that as long as I take actionable steps forward, the rest is in Spirit’s hands. Another part of what is being taught in Oracle School is also to not be attached to an outcome.

Well, that one my friends, is one I need lots of practice in and I have a feeling I’m not alone on that one. 🙂

Much love and gratitude,

Barbara

Popping In with A Vulnerable Confession Plus a Special Offer

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve stepped away from posting to my blog for awhile as I embark on a 7-week  personal mastery program.  But also said I may pop in now and then…and so here I am!

Have you ever been blessed with insight from an animal that it changed your life for the better?

Popping In with A Vulnerable Confession and Special Offer
This month in celebration of the one year anniversary of my second memoir, Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s GiftI want to continue to share the wisdom that a wee little black and tan dachshund named Joie, brought to my life.

Today through Sunday, October 15th you can purchase the e-book version for $2.99

It’s that wisdom gained that I know without a doubt that Joie wants me to continue to share and be in service in helping other’s walk their path with more clarity, peace, and understanding.

I’ve not been the same since Joie came into my life and then transitioned into spirit ten months later…

  • I’ve evolved and expanded to a deeper understanding of what purpose is.
  • I’ve discovered that there are blessings to be found when in transition.
  • I’ve realized we are never alone and spiritual signposts are there for us to discover if we open to receive them.
  • I’ve realized that the most valuable gift we can give ourselves is the time to slow down, listen to our inner thoughts, welcome the sweet stillness of being, and then move forward in a new enlightened and empowering way.

So what is my vulnerable confession?

I didn’t do much promoting of this book when I published it in 2016.

Why?

Because I was scared. I was scared of what other’s might think. And just when I thought I’d gotten past this issue as I wrote about it in my first memoir, “Through Frankie’s Eyes.”

But alas, I am human with real fears just like anyone else and I am a work in progress.

I was afraid to say that I believe in working with oracle cards to gain deeper understanding not only of myself, but of my connection with Spirit. It was during a two month sabbatical that I felt called to journal daily from from the guidance of oracle cards to help me find my way again as I write about in Wisdom Found in the Pause.

But I was afraid that other’s may reject me and think it strange – or worse yet, that they (oracle cards) are evil – and the belief that there is only one way in which we can connect with our Creator.

In reality, my belief in the mystical view of life has brought me even closer to Spirit and truly, given me an even deeper understanding of who I am as an individual and that I am a spark of the Divine – as we all are.

Not only have my dogs shown me this to be true in many ways, but animals in the wild too, along with signs in nature, and using oracle cards as a tool while journaling insight I received from them (and continue to) which brought me back home to what I already believed deep down inside.

But I’m now stronger in my resolve to stand in my truth and that I believe Spirit talks to us in many ways.  It is Spirit that is always here for us and that we are a part of Spirit, not separate like we’ve been conditioned to believe.

And so purpose becomes about being in alignment with your truth, connected to Spirit. To continue to evolve, it’s about finding a way what works for you to stay connected with Spirit that guides us and helps us to step more fully into our personal power.

This….

this I believe is the true purpose for which we came to this earth to experience and why we are here at this time…

to move fully into compassion and kindness and to live our lives according to what we define as meaningful, despite what society may deem so.

And so with my confession on the table, I am in deep gratitude to the dogs in my life that have worked tirelessly on my behalf to help me move more fully into my own power.

It is in part because of the lessons learned from them I am being called to offer a new service soon to help empower and guide others as an Intuitive Guide and Reader of Oracle Cards. I hope you will stay tuned for that announcement!

For now I thank you for reading my confession and being a part of my community…

and I say once again from my heart…

thank you for walking this journey with me. I appreciate each and every one of you. XO

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT “WISDOM FOUND IN THE PAUSE:”

“My life has been turned upside down the last few months and I have been struggling with which direction to go in. I went through a whole set of emotions, anger, guilt, fear, and dread as I spent my summer worried about where my life was headed. After reading “Wisdom Found In The Pause” I felt such a sense of relief that it was okay that I felt all these emotions. This book will not only resonate with animal lovers, but with anyone seeking a more fulfilling life.” ~Lori Kattre Helke

“We’re busy, and in our busyness we sometimes lose our way and begin to find significance in what we do rather than who we are. Then, a pivotal event occurs that affects our chosen work and draws our attention to the fact that we’re out of balance. We try to push on, but find we’re traveling in a circle and return to the place that shook us and the lessons we missed. This is a book for anyone who understands the profound joy our animal companions bring to our lives. It’s also for those who find themselves in a tailspin of seeking significance by doing, reminding us that pausing amidst the cacophony is what allows us to hear the whisper of truth so we can stand strong and move ahead.” ~Linda Hoye

This memoir reads like a meditative guide to life. The challenges faced and the lessons learned from Joie made a lasting impression on me. I feel enriched and inspired for having read it. A heartwarming memoir with a powerful message about the lessons our pets can teach us. ~Kathleen Pooler

Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift e-book version available here on Amazon at special $2.99 price through Sunday, October 15th.

 

The Question of Balance Has Been on My Mind Lately

The Question of Balance Has Been on My Mind Lately

The question of balance has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Spring is here, and with it, I’m wondering how I’ll balance all I wish to do.

With spring and warmer temps on the way I’m yearning to be outside more, spend time with friends, and yet, still wanting to pursue working on workshops I’m planning and facilitating, along with the many ideas for future workshops I have waiting in the tunnel for exploration. I’ve also immersed myself in a few classes the last couple of weeks to fine tune my facilitating skills. How do I do all of this along with all the other basic functions of life?

While in the planning stages of the next workshop I’ll be offering in my home studio (Animal Wisdom and SoulCollage®) with my friend and colleague, Rachel, this question of trying to balance it all came up for both of us. No matter one’s age, as she is twenty years younger than me, it seems that we are always trying to achieve some sort of balance – and maybe it’s just because I’m a woman, but this question of balance seems to be more of a challenge with women.

Just thinking about it as I write this I feel a shift happening of my mind racing and even feeling a little light-headed and anxious. It’s times like this that I also think about all the reading I’ve been doing about the indigenous culture and how their life ebbed and flowed more in balance like nature, following the energy of the moon, and flowing with more ease as nature does.

We’ve been so conditioned as a society to strive for the top, whatever the top is, and achieve material things, and to keep going at a pace that isn’t really possible to keep up with. And then when we try to slow down it can feel like we want to jump out of our skin!…and as if we aren’t doing enough or being enough!

I know that feeling having taken a two month sabbatical after feeling so burnt out in 2013. Initially that is what it felt like. It was so uncomfortable. I didn’t know what to do with myself. But after two weeks, that uneasy, jittery, feeling began to subside. And so I think about that now as I’m questioning this new sense of a shift again within myself as the season changes. And Lord, if that word trust does not come up again as I give thought to all of this.

And I’m reminded of what my friend and I talked about and how I shared that my energy and production level is so much higher in terms of fulling my works mission from mid-fall through the winter months. When I look back over the past six months I’ve accomplished so much!

This need to find more balance of work and play, instead of all work, is knocking at my door as spring slowly makes its way to Wisconsin. And this is perhaps the lesson of what balance looks like for me instead of losing myself in thinking how our culture defines it. How important it is that we each take the time to tune into our own energy patterns and work with them, instead of comparing ourselves others.

And this is why I love writing as I just worked this question of balance all out on the page and I feel so much better. Hope it was beneficial for you, too!

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