September Equinox

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It’s is nearly equinox time!

Here in Berlin, the 2018 autumn equinox happens in the night from Saturday 22nd of September to Sunday 23rd, at 3.53 am.

This is such a powerful time to take stock, to re-connect to your vision, and to let go of what no longer serves you.

There is more on this in the video:

 
 


For the North and the South

Questions to ask yourself and things to do

What does balance mean to you?

Are you currently in balance?

If not, what is out of balance?

What can you do to restore balance?

Clearing and cleaning:


The physical stuff:

Clear out the clutter in your physical environment, give away things that don’t bring you joy or that you don’t use, and deep clean your space.

The mental stuff:

Look at the habits you have.

Are they serving you?

And if not, what can you replace them with? (For example, going for a walk with your partner instead of scrolling through fb for hours).

Also look at the people you hang out with, and the things you consume (TV, newspapers?). 

Do they make you feel light, joyful and expanded?

If not, are you ready to change something? 


Specific for the Northern Hemisphere

What is important enough to you that you want to take it with you into your cave?

Winter is a time of turning inward, of resting and of recharge. Don’t drag things along that are not important to you.

What can you let go off now?

Also, what can you harvest?

What have you achieved so far?

What are you grateful for?

And what do you still want to create until the year is over?


Ritual for Mabon (the fall equinox)

What you will need:

A place in nature that you love.

A candle or tea light and a metal container.

A piece of paper on which you have written the things you are ready to let go off.

Some sort of offering, this can be an apple, some rosemary, some salt, or whatever else you would like to give.

How to do the ritual:

Go to your favourite place in nature, if you can at sunset.

Sit down on the earth and feel your connection with our beautiful planet. Place your hands on the soil, exchanging energy, and imagine roots growing out of your tailbone, connecting you to earth.

Sit like this for a while and feel the energy flow.

Then turn your attention to the sky. Connect with he vastness above you, drawing energy in through your crown, letting it flow through you, into the earth, and then circle it back through your body and out again at your crown chakra.

Feel that you truly are the connector between heaven and earth.

Then light your candle, place it in the metal container, and take out the paper with the things you are ready to let go off. Read them out loud, and then burn the paper in the container.

Feel the lightness of no longer having to carry these things around with you.

Then place your offering on the earth in front of you, and give gratitude to all that has happened so far in this year. Acknowledge your accomplishments, and also acknowledge what didn’t go so well, and know it was all needed to get you to this point.

Feel a deep gratitude for your life, and for what is yet to come.

Then blow out the candle, and let the ash of the paper fly away in the wind.

To end the ritual, stand up, and bow once in each of the four directions with appreciation, love, and a deep feeling of connectedness.


Specific for the Southern Hemisphere

Spring is a time of expansion and growth, of opening up after winter, of freshness and new life. Ask yourself:

What is ready to be grown and developed?

What makes you feel light and expanded and joyful?

What do you want to bring into being?

What wants to be born?

Make that a priority!


Ritual for Ostara (the spring equinox)

What you will need:

A beautiful spot in nature

A list of the things you would like to bring forth.

An offering. This can be some tobacco, a sprig of herb, a lemon…


How to do the ritual:

Go to your favourite place in nature, best at sunrise.

Sit down on the earth and feel your connection with our beautiful planet. Place your hands on the soil, exchanging energy, and imagine roots growing out of your tailbone, connecting you to earth.

Sit like this for a while and feel the energy flow.

Then turn your attention to the sky. Connect with he vastness above you, drawing energy in through your crown, letting it flow through you, into the earth, and then circle it back through your body and out again at your crown chakra.

Feel that you truly are the connector between heaven and earth.

Then take out your paper and read aloud the things that you would like to give birth to. See and feel them as if they are already here, feel the excitement and joy, and the gratitude for having brought them forth.

Then bury your paper in the soil, and know, without the shadow of a doubt, that it will grow into being.

Place your offering on the floor in front of you, and give gratitude for having lived through winter, and all that happened in the last couple of months. Acknowledge your accomplishments, and also acknowledge what didn’t go so well, and know it was all needed to get you to this point.

Feel a deep gratitude for your life, and for what is yet to come.

To end the ritual, stand up, and bow once in each of the four directions with appreciation, love, and a deep feeling of connectedness.



Lots of love

 
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How to bring in what you desire

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In this second week of the 100 Day Challenge, I've been doing a lot of clarifying. What is truly important? Where do I want to go? What is in my way?

 

While thinking about all this, one thing hit me: Whatever you decide to change, whatever you want to create, is instantly here the moment you conceive of it! 

The reason we don't see that is because in the early stages it is here on a vibrational level only. It hasn't yet turned into physical form. Since our planet is governed by time and space, it takes time for ideas to become tangible. It's like a seed you put in the ground. The whole plant is already present in the seed, but it needs time and the right conditions to grow. 

With seeds, we know that. We let them do their thing, water if necessary, and give them the time they need to grow. If we would 'check up on it' by digging it out every day to see if it REALLY is growing, we would keep on disrupting the process and nothing much could happen. 

It's the same with your desires, your dreams, your wishes, the things you want to create. 

 

KNOW that the moment you conceive of them, they exist in vibrational form.

 

And then let it do it's thing! Don't second guess, don't 'dig it up', don't notice the absence of it (because when you do that, you create a new reality in which your desire can't exist).

Instead, trust and provide the right environment. Which means staying open and connected to the feeling of what you want, and following your inner guidance.

Does it tell you to take a different way to the shop today?

Does it tell you to go to the meeting, the party, the exhibition opening?

Does it tell you to pass up on this seemingly great opportunity?

What are you inspired to do? 

 

 

Let's play with that over the next week!

 

Get a clear picture of something you would love to happen, and know that it has been birthed into being at this moment.

It is here.

KNOW that!

 

If you can think of what you desire and feel good, think of it often.

But if you feel doubtful whenever you think of it, rather just focus on feeling good in general without thinking of your actual desire.

Also, take some time every day to quiet your mind. Through meditation, through going for a walk, through listening to music...

When your mind is quiet, it's much easier to become aware of 'little hunches'. An inspiration to do something different. A person who pops into your mind that you haven't seen in a while. An idea for a project. 

 

As long as it feels exciting, it will bring you closer to your desire. Follow it! 

 

There is no need to plan out the HOW. When you stay present and follow universal guidance, it will lead you straight to what you want. 

Let me know what happens! I will report back on my own desire and how it turned out next week. 

 

Lots of love

 
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Take back your life!

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February 1st 2018 - May 10th 2018

 

Nobody is going to come to save me. If I want a different life, I have to create it for myself.

 

For what feels like a very long time i have been dwindling in limbo land. Not too bad, not too good, not too motivated, not too joyful... 

 

The danger about this state is that it's so easy to get used to. It is so often considered 'normal', which can make it difficult to want more without feeling ungrateful or unrealistic.

I am all for counting my blessings and being grateful.

But I'm also in urgent need of a life overhaul. Time to tackle all these things I KNOW I need to change to feel fully alive again! Time to find my way back to joy. If you have let things slide, becoming disciplined is often necessary to get there. 

 

It might be a cliche, but life really is too precious to be lived half-assed! 

 

And so, under the influence of the current Leo full (and blue) moon, I am committing to change things around.

(It makes me pretty nervous writing this. Do I REALLY want to get out of my comfort zone? After all, things are not so bad. Just a bit vanilla. Which is the kind of thinking that kept me in this place for far longer than I care to admit...)

This is also why you are reading this post. Public announcements do wonders for keeping me accountable. Plus, I would love to have some company on this journey :).

So please join me! Let's get out of the funk together!

 

There will be daily updates on Instagram, and a weekly, honest (meaning I let you know how it’s going even if it’s not going well....) review on the blog. 

If you want to take part, comment on Instagram. You can use the hashtag #tbyl100.

 

 

How to do this

 

to get started, look at your life the way it is now. 

What don’t you like about it?

What do you know you ‘should’ change?

What do you want to change?

 

For me, there are 4 areas I would like to infuse with joy, radiance and good energy: 

 

1. My physical body.

I am currently coming out of a long period of slacking. Not enough green stuff. Too much pasta, bread and pizza. Too many sweet things. 

Plus, no exercise. So it's safe to say that I'm not in the best of shape. And that affects everything. My energy levels. The way I feel. The way I look. 

Time to change it up!

From now on, I will eat a lot healthier. I will start my mornings with a lemon water, followed by a green smoothie. There will be fruit until lunchtime, some protein and good fat (eggs, avocado etc) at midday, an apple with nut butter in the afternoon, and a veggie salad with quinoa or lentils in the evening. Or variations of these things of course. 

Plus, half an hour of exercise a day (I will start off with '21 Days to Phenomenal Abdominals', a Daily Om course by Jannine Murray. Much easier to get back to moving my body with an instructor, even if it's a virtual one :) ). 

This will be a daily new habit to get into, but I’ve done it before and it shouldn’t be too difficult, apart from the evenings which currently are filled with Netflix, red wine and snacks...

 

2 + 3. My finances and my creativity

These two go together, because I want to earn my money through creative expression. I really, really had it with just getting by financially with nothing left over to travel and do other fun stuff.

Over the next 100 days, I will treat my creative endeavours like a business. No more constant creating without any marketing. 

Instead, I will create something I am truly proud of (The 'Seekers Journey', more on this soon). I know I could just market some 'old' stuff, but this doesn't inspire me at all. Once I am done, I will find (and actually DO!) marketing options that work and feel good to me instead of sleazy and fake. Kind of (nervously) looking forward to that one :).

 

4. have more fun!

I want to feel more light and radiant and adventurous and excited. I want to dress up more. Go out more. Meet more interesting people and have more interesting conversations. And I definitely want to travel a lot more!

 

 

To some that all up and make it 'actionable': 

 

For the next 100 days, I will eat well and exercise for at least 5 days a week. 

I will create something I am proud of that also brings in an income. By the end of the 100 days, it will be finished, I will have developed a solid marketing strategy, and it will have brought in at least 2000 Euro with it. I will keep you posted...

I am going to travel to 5 different places over the next 100 days (yeah!).

I am going to make an effort to dress up and to look good! Just because it's fun to do, and I know I feel better then.

And I am going to reach out to one new person I find interesting every week, either online or in ‘real life’. 

Cold sweat with that last one…

 

But I will do it anyway!

 

And now over to you. What do you commit to?

 

Over the next couple of days, I will share my attempts and methods of getting into these new habits on Instagram. Not sure yet myself how to best do that. Journaling? A calendar? A vision board? Meditation? All of those?

And next Wednesday the first review post will come out.

 

Quite frankly, I am nervous about this, and my lazy side is trying hard to forget about all this and to NOT hit 'publish' on this post...  

 

Which I am ignoring. After all, who is in charge here? (I can hear some sarcastic chuckle writing that one..).

 

Please Join me. Let's take back the reigns and create a joyful life!

 

 

Lots of love

 
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Stop thinking about how your work will be received!

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After over 30 years working as a heart-centred business owner and creative, I know one thing for sure:

You can’t bring good work through and at the same time have some of your attention on how it will be received. Questions like: ‘Will it sell?’ have no place in the creation process. 

 

Yes, I know you have to eat. And pay rent. And buy books… 

There is a place for marketing and networking and getting yourself 'out there'. It has to happen if you want to earn money with your work.

 

But not while you are doing the actual creating. 

If you try to birth your vision while at the same time being concerned if others will like it, you are cutting yourself off from all that wants to come through that is bigger than you. You stay stuck in your head, in your fear of survival, in your ‘little you’.

And all that comes out comes from this place. 

It will then be so personal, so important, so connected to who we are, that if IT gets rejected, you think YOU are getting rejected. 

 If that happens often, you lose self confidence and begin to feel like a failure.

While this is understandable, it is also a slippery slope to becoming unproductive and miserable. 

 

If you ever want to ‘make it’ as an entrepreneur or an artist, you have have HAVE to become independent of what others think of you!

 

This is the number one requirement to bringing through authentic, powerful work. 

 

It is much better to have a menial job on the side that pays you something, than to adjust what you are making to become financially successful.

Because if you do, you first of all might lose yourself and your sense of who you are. 

And secondly, people will probably still not buy. 

 

Why?

 

For someone to want to buy from you, you have to touch a nerve within them. You have to make them feel! 

While this can be done in a manipulative way (see a lot of the advertisement we get bombarded with), this is generally not an option for a heart-centered person.

 

For you, the only way to make people feel is to be totally authentic. Being real transcends the outer layers of our experience. Our skin color, our age or gender or level of education. Our attractiveness. Our current life circumstances. 

 

If someone creates something truly authentic, you will be touched by it even if you don't speak her language or share her culture.

It will leave you changed in some way. 

 

THIS is what true honesty, true art, true alchemy, are all about.

 

And if you are a creative, this is what you are striving for, and this is the only thing that will satisfy you. Because then you know that you are fulfilling your purpose. 

 

And Nothing less will do!

 

Lots of love

 
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Who you are is perfect!

 
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Whatever it is that you are called to do, you are perfectly equipped to make it happen!

There is no waste in the Universe or in nature. If you have a desire you also have the means to realise it, right here, right now.

This is something you will see once you trust it. Not 'Seeing is believing', but 'Believing is Seeing!'.

KNOW that you are perfect exactly as you are, and all the projects you are driven to do come with an audience attached.

 

 
 

 

Lots of love

 
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