Happy New Year and Welcome to 2016! My dear friend has christened this year “Sweet ’16”, and I’m totally on board with that thought. It fits very…..well, sweetly with the insights that came through when I tuned into the potentials for the year. There are 3 strong themes emerging for 2016. “Self Love is All You Need”. “Follow Your Instincts”, and this little beauty here:
“Stop and smell the roses”
I kept getting this message again and again in the last half of 2015. It’s not just about roses either, and you might think I’m being symbolic, but it is meant to be taken quite literally. What it is really about is a sensory awakening. Traditionally this saying reminds us to take time out of our busy living, but the problem there is that often people don’t feel they have time. Well here’s the truth:
everyone has time for one deep breath.
That’s how much time it takes to smell a rose – one deep breath. Or the jasmine, or the rosemary, or some lavendar oil, or a delicious meal, or rain on the hot pavement. Freshly cut grass, that morning coffee, that moisturiser you use each night before bed…. the point I make is that life is filled with pleasure for the senses when you start really looking for it, and then you’ll see opportunities everywhere to take that moment.
It goes deeper. As I took even just a moment to really notice and take in the scents of beautiful things around me, I realised that appreciation is empowered by our senses. You, as the conscious creatives that I know you are, already know the power of appreciation to create more of what you want in your life. And I know you know that key to our creative power is the ability to feel what we want as already being real. And what do we all want, really? To be happy. To walk in balance. To feel abundant. To have freedom to do what we find joyful. To love and be loved. To live knowing that life is fundamentally good.
Scent is not the only sense that can activate all these good feelings, but it is the only one that sends it’s electrical messages directly to your limbic brain, your emotional processing brain. So every time I take time to have these ‘one deep breath’ moments, I’m aware that I’m sending a very powerful message to every cell in my body: “I love life, it’s pleasurable and totally delicious”.
I also know that my body chemistry must respond in kind, and that it is impossible to be in stress mode when I’m relishing life in this way.
And then there are sunsets! and the moon over the ocean. That wee tree that sprouts it’s way up through the cracks in the pavement. The feel of freshly laundered sheets on your bed. Hot showers on cold mornings, and plunging into cold river on hot days, both equally sensational. Walking on lush green grass. The multitude of tastes you can work into a smoothie. Dark chocolate. Good wine. Your favourite music played really loud. Singing along, really loud.
In short, all the senses can take in beauty or pleasure in life.
It seems we’re all trying to get somewhere that we already are. Back in September, I started to talk about how nature shows us evidence of harmony in the world. Nothing exists in isolation of other things, everything has a place and a purpose. Great forces hold the planets in orbit, and it all seeks and finds balance when we aren’t creating dissonance through all the human ways we have stepped out of alignment with it. Basically, don’t expect the news to tell you everything is in harmony! When I smell that rose, I’m reminding myself that I am part of the natural harmonious world, that my body is also creating it’s own balance all the time. (How about noticing that it is, not just noticing when it isn’t?!) Far beyond taking a moment ‘out of life’, it’s taking a moment to get into life. I stop the striving to be ‘somewhere’.
I’m here, and it’s good.
“Self Love is All You Need”
On October 8th, 2014 there was a total lunar eclipse in Aries. At that point in my life I had an epiphany – that everything in my life came down to self love. It’s not that I hadn’t thought of it before, in a conceptual way I knew that I’d been working on my self worth for this whole lifetime. It was a powerful lightning bolt of awakening, (thank you, Uranus, our shake-things-up friend) a deep knowing that until I’d got that core self love turned on, nothing else in my life could go the way I wanted it to.
I would now sum up the whole of 2015 as ‘anchoring the energy of self love’. It feels like my whole life is being ‘rewritten’ around it. I keep saying out loud (I am so getting into saying things out loud!)
“I’m in a new relationship….with everything.”
In 2016, if you haven’t already fallen in love with you, you’ve got so much to look forward to this year, because it’s all about self love. Self worth. Self liberation. You as the creator of your own reality. Authentic Self. Shining as who-you-really-are self. Self responsibility. Ooooh. Self responsibility.
Self responsibility was a concept that used to feel very heavy for me, like ‘a very serious matter’ indeed, but let me reassure you, it really isn’t. Self responsibility is empowering.
Me in the past: “Well, if I created my life it’s hard for me to believe. A lot happened to me that I didn’t ask for. I surely didn’t choose to have parents that gave me terrible fears about Spirit. I didn’t want to have that accident at 15 that’s affected me ever since, and all the others that followed it. I certainly did not intend to lose my son’s father, leaving me with terrible guilt and questioning if I ever would be happy ever again. How can I possibly believe I ‘attracted’ spiritual, physical, mental and emotional trauma into my life? Am I that broken that I called all these to me? What did I do wrong? And man I am so sick of feeling exhausted! and why can’t I find my purpose when I’m working so hard at this?!”
See that ‘what did I do wrong?’ thing there? That was my block about taking responsibility for my life, and I’m willing to bet it’s a lot of other people’s block. What happens when you let that go?
Me Now: “It’s empowering to take responsibility for everything that happens in my life, because it means I am the creator of my own life and reality. It is so awesome to become more and more who I am every day. I’ll go diving even in my murky waters to find the treasures, because it’s so much fun when I find clarity, and it turns out most of that stuff was never mine to begin with, just stuff I was taught by other people. They are faulty programs, not how Source sees me, and not how I see my true Self. I know at the core of my being that I can’t get this ‘wrong’. Every feeling I have is a teacher. I’m quite happy to say honestly that some things suck, but they are just human experience, and I’m even happier to find a better perspective about that. I know ‘shit happens’, but I know ‘shift happens’ too. I feel so much compassion for humanity, and I know that if I could find peace with my life, then everyone can, and we all can. Healing is a process, and it doesn’t have to be a struggle. I get more lighthearted as I delete what doesn’t bring me joy. Life is delicious (‘smells a rose’) and I’m part of an expanding universe where no one is exactly like me. It makes every day magic, for the rest of my life”
If you’ve already anchored this self love, then you know exactly what I mean, and you’ll be seeing so many doors opening this year. The word ‘upgrade’ might mean something to you! This level of self pampering, delicious enjoyment of life’s pleasures will be very familiar, and becoming your ‘new normal’. If not, fret not, it’s really a lovely journey and everyone is going through it at their own pace. (Are you stuck here? Contact me for help)
“Follow your instincts”
Some wonderful, strangely awkward lessons took me a little by surprise at the New Year, (thanking Mercury, for bringing some astounding growth to our communications!) but it all came back to this knowing:
We’ve all got ‘an inner compass’.
It’s not our mind, and it’s not even our emotions, but a deeper subconscious level of feeling. When we get these intuitive insights, we often don’t know why. We can’t explain it rationally. To act on them is to trust our inner compass, not any outwardly visible evidence. This year, trusting your own gut feelings will take you on journeys, ‘chance’ meetings, and seemingly magical synchronicities if you let it. When faced with a decision, you’ll just ‘know’ what’s right for you. It’s like your own body is a pendulum. You’ll sense a moving toward, or a moving away sensation. “It just feels right” might be something you’ll be saying a lot this year.
So can you see how these 3 keys may work together to ‘unlock’ powerful potentials this year? If you are opening all your senses to joyous, delicious enjoyment of life, revelling in self love and authenticity, your instincts will take you further on the path of your own personal joy. And let’s be honest, the world needs our joy. In the collective human experience, we are being bombarded with fear and negative messages, but it is also generating great waves of compassion for humanity. We need to have discernment even in the midst of that compassion though. It does not help anyone for you to suffer. You don’t bring healing to the planet with fear, or anger, or helplessness. You do bring it with faith, trust, love and seeing every soul-adventurer as having the same potential as you do. Create peace where you are, and beam that big beamie thing that is your own light.
Have fun on your adventure, and may all be well with your soul in this very potent year!
With sweet love, Tania.
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