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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Embracing Creativity

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Last week things were very busy. Visitors, lots of school stuff to sort out, and the most gorgeous sunshine which meant that my dog constantly wanted to be outside. 

Which is just a long-winded way of saying that I didn’t write a review post for the third week of the challenge.

 

So, what has been happening since my last post?

 

Not that much on a surface-level, manifested, in-your-face kind of way. 

BUT there are undercurrents. It feels like tectonic plates, slowly shifting. I know I’ve set stuff in motion, and it will speed up and disrupt the old and create a new world in my own personal Universe.

And that feels very exciting!

 

I also get a lot of little insights I maybe have always gotten, but am now paying more attention to. 

For example, I realised how I need projects. Creating things, building something, shaping my world…

In Namibia, this was so much easier to do. I had a huge playground, and I used it. Getting chickens, creating a veggie garden, renovating the house, changing colours on the inside and the outside, running workshops and meetings and yoga sessions, writing a blog for which I had to come up with regular DIY projects, going camping or on a road trip, crafting and baking and many many other things.

Here in Berlin we live in a small apartment. There isn’t that much scope for re-decorating (although, since last week, I have a moss green wall which looks very cool!). There is also no space to garden, or do meal prep (no freezer), or to have lots of animals. 

And yet, the urge to create is still there. 

 

With that, I suddenly understood why I keep on changing my website.

Re-writing, looking for different pics, changing the fonts and the colours, doing new graphics. It’s my (new, restricted) way of re-creating my environment!

This might not look like much to you, but for me it was a great ‘aha’, especially since I have been judging myself very harshly for this particular habit. 

And now I realise that I am not fickle and indecisive, I am just creative :).

 

Which feels much better! Since having had this realisation, I also allowed myself more ‘senseless’ (meaning non-income-producing little things, like experimenting with photography, and looking for (and finding) a pillow in the perfect mustard shade. 

This brings with it a nice feeling of lightness and expansion.

 

I do believe that as humans, the process of creating, of bringing something into existence, is were the actual excitement lies. The uncertainty, the birth of something new, the movement and the dreams and visions are what draws us. 

Once a project is finished, it’s kind of dead. Old news. 

 

What are your favourite ways to get creative?

A friend of mine loves to cook, creating something that tastes great out of the forgotten stuff in the fridge. Another one learned how to transfer photos onto different surfaces, and is currently playing with this. 

Eva gets creative with her clothes, cutting parts off, adding parts on, wearing things differently than they are ‘supposed’ to be worn. 

 

What’s your thing? And are you allowing yourself to indulge in it?

If not, why not use this week to get back in touch with what wants to come through you?

Maybe you know exactly what you are called to do (start writing that book, sew a new dress, plant some spring flowers?). 

No idea? Then take yourself on an artist's date! The term comes from Julia Cameron's book 'The Artist's Way'. It basically means that you go on a fun play date by yourself. Visit a craft shop, or a museum, do some land art, find a new nail polish color or take up ice skating again.

 

Anything that sounds like fun and that you might judge as slightly frivolous.

 

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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Taking a real decision

 In our hotel room in Hamburg. Since traveling a lot more is part of the challenge, we got started right away :).

 

A week has passed since I started the 100 Day Challenge to more joy, more income and creative success. 

It’s been nothing like I expected. 

On the day after deciding to do this, I got sick. For the first time in 23 years.

 

1995 I was sitting at the pier in Lüderitz, waiting to be picked up by a helicopter that was to fly me to a diamond ship run by De Beers. I had the flu, and instead of excitement about the adventure ahead I just wanted to go back to bed. This annoyed me so much that I decided there and then to never get the flu again. 

And it worked, until last week….

 

While this might seem coincidental to some, to me it’s certainly not. I think I got the flu now to remind me of the attitude required to create real change. 

 

True change needs a very clear decision. A no-matter-what attitude.

No back doors, no maybe’s. Like Captain Hernán Cortés. In 1519 he and his men landed in Veracruz to begin their conquest. Once they had arrived, he ordered to destroy their ships.

Which meant that if they didn't win they would die. Retreat was no longer possible. 

 

My decision to do the 100 Day Challenge had nothing of that fervour.

On the surface, this also seems unnecessary. But I do know that some of the beliefs I carry need exactly this clear cut dedication if I ever want to change them.

And something is stopping me from going there. It feels like it would mean to surrender my identity...

 

I kept writing a lot more after this that I haven't included in this post. It's rambling and personal, and it took a while to get out. Which is also why the review comes a day later than planned. But it did help me to unravel a whole lot of old beliefs. 

 

As a result of doing this, I can say now say with clarity and certainty that by May 10th, I will have reached the goals I set for myself.

It feels like i arrived at the crossroads and I finally chose freedom!

 

I will keep you posted on what happens from here onwards.

I know that it will be fast, and it will be interesting. Once a true decision has been made, the Universe moves with speed :). 

I can't wait!

 

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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