Reflection – what is it a mirror to?

You know I have found life can be fabulous, full of joy and happiness and at other times, life is full of turbulence that can rock me.

It had me wondering, is it me, or is it something else? If it is something else why does it affect me?

When we are in an emotional place. Life reflects a distorted view of us. A bit like the fun mirrors at a carnival.

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Now the question is that because of us?
Sometimes it can be, within us when we are not in a place of peace and harmony, we can send that turbulent ripple of energy out into the world. Our mirror to the world curves. But what might be more true is that the ripples of emotions from others who aren’t in peace and harmony touch the surface of us. We are standing in front of their curved surface. At times we can take on those distorted views from others as being true for us.

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It is a bit like the wash of a boat going past you. It can wash over you and around you, or it can tip you out of your boat.

So how do you stop this turbulence around you. Well you can’t, but what you can do is find that sense of peace and harmony within you and reflect that.

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Remember, as a ripple goes past you, come back into that place peace and harmony.

Mirroring myself instead of others…
Tracy xx

Emotional dampeners, are they useful?

Have you ever heard of emotional dampeners? Maybe, maybe not. Guess what, we all have them, some people use them more than others.

So what are emotional dampeners?

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They are emotional states that dampen our ability to recognize what spiritual guidance we are being given.

We are always being guided on our journey throughout life. When we are in a good and positive state we recognize the messages, intuitive choices and markers along our path.

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When we experience a helpless emotional state, we will still receive messages and markers on our path, but our ability to recognise them and intuitively choose our path becomes dampened.

Why am I telling you this is, because even in the darkest hours we are supported, whether we consciously know it or not. LIghted pathKnow that as the light begins to shine in your life you will recognize that the path is being lit just for you.

Tracy xx

Are you free or are you really tied up?

Can you imagine what it would be like if you were riding a rollercoaster in a straight jacket?

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Guess what, you and I may well be doing just that…..

Have you experienced emotional highs and lows in life? I have and they are not so fun. The roller coaster ride is just like experiencing our emotional highs and lows. Now life wouldn’t be fun if the ride was flat. So we do need to experience the ups and downs but they don’t need to be as exaggerated as a roller coaster.

Everytime you “expect” something to happen or try and control the situation we are putting on the straight jacket.

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This will come in the form of, I should do…. this must be….I have to… And we do it in all contexts of our lives, work, family, health and finances. Not very freeing really!!

Letting go then means we are open to trusting and knowing that there is an end coming and you will “get there when you get there”. Lets consider the roller coaster, you can’t get off half way through the ride, but you can trust and know the ride will end and you may even enjoy the journey.

Everyone’s straight jackets are different and made up of different types of things about how our lives should be.

My husband reminded me of a quote at breakfast this morning.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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So take off your straight jacket and trust you are powerful beyond measure and remember you will get “there”.

Patience – can you buy it at the supermarket?

I said to my Mother once years ago, “Mum I wasn’t born with patience?”  She said “no you weren’t!”  So armed with that information, I wandered to the supermarket and scanned the shelves to buy patience?  You can buy many things in life, new outfit, food, headache tablet to relieve pain, can you buy patience?

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I hate to say it but the answer is no – you cant buy patience.

But you can find it.

Have I found it?

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Yes, no and sometimes.

When I was younger I didn’t have patience, couldn’t find it at all.

Over time, I learned some skills to be patient. I learned to not get emotionally triggered by stuff. I learned to observe life. I learned to be present in the moment. I learned to gather the wisdom from situations. I learned to be in my authenticity – doing what is right for me.

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There are still times I seem to lose patience, it occurs when my focus goes onto tomorrow rather than now.

My best advice is this, you wont find patience on the supermarket shelf,

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but you can find it today, right now, by being focused on ‘what is’ going on for you right now. It is that simple.

Patient Tracy xx

Mean to dream?

Do you dream?  Do you remember your dreams? Do you know what you dreams mean?

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Dreams are powerful messages from your higher self or guides, to help you on your path and make choices in life.

Now don’t go rush out and buy a dream decoding book, because that wont work.

Every bodies dreams are different, so a one size book does not fit all.  We are all different, having different experiences.  There are things that we like or don’t like compared to others, we watch different movies, eat different foods etc.  You have your own dream decoding book within your head.  It is about helping you to access it.

As soon as you wake up in the morning write your dream down. If you don’t remember your dream, then maybe you are not meant to.   If the dream is really memorable and you think about it all day, this dream is really important for you.

Here is my dream decoding advice:

  • Note the theme of the dream.  Themes can be planes, or movie stars, or motorbikes.  You might get multiple dreams about the same themes.

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  • Work out what the theme (plane, movie star, motorbike) means to you.  A plane might mean work for example.
  • Dreams are symbolic, so as well as themes, other symbols will appear in your dreams.  For example bread may mean money to you, or a motorbike might symbolize freedom and balance.
  • Begin to develop your own dream theme and symbol meanings, write them down.
  • Understand the dream is a message that is a metaphor just for you, a story coded especially for you.
  • Interpret what you think the dream is saying for you. A book really won’t help you here.
  • A couple of days or weeks after the dream, see if it helped you in life.

It is exciting to have a dream and recognise its message.  Why not give it a go, remember no one else is dreaming your dreams, just you.

Tracy xx

Looking at the world through new lenses.

Have you seen the world today?

Was it the same as yesterday?

Will it be the same tomorrow?

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My world had changed, I knew it, but I didn’t realize how much my world had changed.  I recently got my eyes tested and to my shock, I needed distance glasses as well as reading glasses.

Getting a new set of glasses is like a metaphor for life.  Things change, we grow wiser, older and more experienced.   All of a sudden without us realising we begin to see the world differently.

This difference can make us uncomfortable, we have to learn how to see the world from a new perspective.

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Old behaviours don’t work anymore.  New beahviours are required and as many of us know, old habits are hard to change.

Finding out that what you thought you were seeing was in fact not real, can rock your foundations.

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So be open to really seeing the world differently.  Be open to changing the way you see, hear and experience the world.   I am learning to look through a strange set of lenses and see my new world.

Tracy xx

 

Re-entry and reconnection

Walking the wayMy husband and I just have returned from walking the “Way of St James”, an 850klm pilgrimage across Spain for 2 months..  Each day we peacefully put one foot in front of the other and enjoyed the slow pace and simple life that a pilgrimage is.

ReentryNow upon returning home, we are in re-entry and reconnection mode.

Does home feel like home?  Yes it does and no it doesn’t .

As we re-enter our city and commence shopping and doing the things that needed to be done, do we feel comfortable?  No we don’t.  It is faster, noiser, more complex than we have been used to over the last two months.

As we reconnect with family and friends, is it the same or different, are we the same or different?  No we different and yet the same still.

So how do you cope with re-entry?

Slowly, is my answer.  There is an easing back into life.

It takes time. It takes a reconciliation about what you need to take from your journey and incorporate into your life now. Red wine in SpainWe enjoyed drinking chilled red wine in Spain every day, so now our red wine is in the fridge.  We enjoyed drinking coffee everyday, so we have commenced drinking coffee and are easing back into drinking tea.

There is an easing in of new ways of living and an easing into the old ways of living, but now with new perceptions and wisdoms of the old ways.

How long will re-entry or reconnection take?

As long as it takes, by putting one foot in front of the other.

Tracy xx

Countdown is on

Sometimes as we look forward to some things in our lives, we can wish our lives away whilst counting down until we get to our big goal.

STS-129_Launch_Countdown_SignI am 10 days away from going on our 800klm pilgrimige across Spain.  I am trying not to count down the days, but I feel like I am at a loose end.  I don’t feel like watching movies, there are only so many times you can clean the house.  I am just waiting…….

It is exciting to be getting ready for something big.

There have been many times throughout our lives where we may have counted down the days.  Going to school, getting married, starting a new job, buying a house or even having a baby.

So instead of counting down I am savouring the moments.  Noticing the weather, the sky, the sunrise, the temperature.  Visiting important people in my life before I go.

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Oh dear I just cant help myself, 10 days and counting…. Tracy x

When is going backwards actually going forwards.

For about 5 months now, I have been training 6 days a week to walk the Camino.  An 800klm walk across Spain.  Now that sounds fantastic.  But it hasn’t always been 6 days,  there are times when I have been away overseas working, so when I have returned, I have jumped back into to my 6 day a week routine.  It was developing my fitness, stamina and muscle memory.

We are now down to the last 2 weeks before we go on the big journey and my training has taken a 180 degree turn backwards.

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I have been away overseas for 2 weeks and was planning to jump back into my training give or take a day from jet lag, I found myself doing the exact opposite.

Nothing…….My whole body seized up.  I couldn’t move. I thought how am I going to carry a backpack and walk 800klms for 2 months with a body like this.

There were a couple of things I could do.  Panic, get really upset, cry lots, or even push through.  I decided none of these were useful.  I kept hearing a voice inside my head saying “Trust you’ve done the work”.

I decided to go a get a massage to ease my tense muscles.  OMG.   I am quite sensitive at the best of time, but I knew I needed to make sure all the knots in my body were released.

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She tried to bend me like a pretzel, but I was like a metal pole that wouldn’t bend.

I would have thought that after the massage I would be freely moving, no I was wrong.  Still moving backwards.

I was layed up for 3 days sore, aching, feeling sick, with a nice deep chesty cough but then also not layed up because I was sore and aching and couldn’t get comfortable enough to sleep.

Again I keep hearing a voice saying,  “Trust you’ve done the work”.

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So the universe has conspired to move me backwards, so I can move forwards on my journey and they are asking me to trust that going backwards is going forwards right now.

So I am moving backwards for now and I am okay with that.  I am not doing anything besides have another couple of massages to totally loosen my body up and trust deeply I have done the work!

Tracy xx

Are you plugged into your power outlet?

Have you ever really found a place where you were truly energised by it?  Where you felt plugged in?  Where there was a source of power that you were connected to?

Single-10A-Power-OutletI have found my power outlet.

It is in the Middle East.  Why there you ask?

plug_sillitoe_2It is a place where I once lived, not in this life but a past life, my last past life before now and I know that to be true.

The great thing about finding this place is, you will come across it unexpectedly when you are ready.  And when you are ready, your life will change. However, you may not have to go overseas to find it.

So what happens when you find it?  You become balanced.  You become whole.  You become aligned.  You become one with all things.

 

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There is a sense of comfort, a sense of home, a sense of quiet and a sense of peace.

There is understanding.  There is wisdom.  There is time and no time.

To give you a hint about what to notice if you find your power outlet, you will feel it in the whole of your being on every cell when you are there and you will know it to be true.

Plugged in.  Tracy xx