Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness – Freedom From Tyranny

Freedom

As Americans have gone about celebrating the 4th of July and their liberty and independence from what they considered tyranny and British oppression, I am reminded of the many ways in which humans continue to struggle with freedom in its many forms.

The definition from Dictionary.com – lib·er·ty [lib-er-tee] – noun, plural lib·er·ties.

1. freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
2. freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.

Living Outside the Box

 

Living outside the box is a very revolutionary idea and not an easy one to accomplish. Its something I’ve found myself working on a lot lately.

 

What do I mean when I say living outside the box?

I mean looking at what I perceive as my reality and taking off the box that I’ve placed around it so that it can be in its truth, not my perception of what truth is. Or it can transform into the reality I want to have versus the reality I currently perceive and perhaps don’t necessarily like all parts of. Wow, sounds a little out there.

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Love and Worthiness Lessons from a Wild Boar

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Long ago and far away … I had a visitation by a wild boar.

Now who on earth makes goofy statements like that? Seriously? Sometimes I think I am the strangest person I know.

Anyway back to my tale . . .

Once upon a time back when I was first “waking up” from my slumber of forgetting who I really am, I took an extremely esoteric* class called Women’s Wisdom. During one of the weekend workshops we did a guided meditation** where you meet your “totem animal”*** for each of your main energy centers (chakras****).

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It’s Time for a (R)evolution

How much have you changed over the years?

 If you are a parent, do you listen to yourself and think, “I sound like my mother (or father).” That “truth” may make you smile or cringe depending on your opinion of your upbringing.
You are here to personally evolve – stretch, grow, move beyond fear, find courage and your unique voice. Along the way you gain poise, creativity, compassion, confidence, and a deeper understanding of truth. Ultimately you are aiming for mastery – a state of union, harmony, and synchronistic flow with the Divine and the world you find yourself in.
Be in the world, but not of the world.
For years I’ve called it hovering and I liken it to the behavior of a hummingbird. They appear stationary, yet their wings move so quickly one can hardly see them. They are flitting from place to place, enjoying the sweet nectar of each flower and then moving on to the next sweet morsel. And then at some point they leave and travel hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of miles on a journey that seems impossible for something their size.

Consider yourself the hummingbird and each of your life experiences a flower.

Do you allow yourself to get damaged by the thorns? Or is this person, place, or situation so mesmerizing that you get stuck there not even realizing that right around the next corner is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for or praying for.

Are the things from your past so painful that you can’t even see the beauty of your now? Have you allowed situations and self talk to completely define who you are and how you perceive the world – never changing and always dismal?

Life is a glorious adventure. As Helen Keller once said, “Life is either a daring adventure … or it is nothing!”

When you get in flow, when you heal all that pain, when you rise up above the mayhem and seek the miracles, you will find them.

The only thing standing in your way … is you!

I wish that were not true. I wish I could wave a magic wand and heal all the pain and suffering in the world. But alas, there is no growth in that. The people experiencing the pain would not grow into understanding how truly magnificent they are. They would remain forever disempowered seeking answers and rescue from some one or some thing outside themselves.

That is not the way of this world. It is not the way of the mystic – the seeker of truth, the seeker of enlightenment.

It is so easy to know if you have grown.

  • Do you seek approval from outside yourself?
  • Do you get angry or upset over people or situations without consideration of the other people involved and their potential point of view?
  • Do you say, or not say, things from fear of rejection or in trying to “fit in” or be accepted?
  • Do you get angry or hurt if you help someone and they don’t seem to appreciate it?
  • Do you still blame someone or some situation from your past for doing you wrong?
  • Do you insist on doing everything yourself?
  • Are you sad, angry, or frustrated because your dreams have not been achieved?
  • Do you try to “fix” people’s lives?
  • Do you find yourself saying, “They should ______”  – setting yourself as judge over what others should or should not do?
  • Do you beat yourself up with guilt, shame, blame, and victimhood – thinking you should do this or you should do that or this should not have happened?
  • Do you allow situations outside your control to affect your emotions?
  • Do you stay in situations or with people that cause you to question and doubt your value, your worthiness, or your skills?
  • Do you avoid people and situations because you lack the courage to gently speak your truth?
  • Do you consider yourself better than others?
  • Do you want someone to heal or fix you and your problems?

If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then these are areas to work on in order to grow and evolve.

  • Are you kind?
  • Do you help others without need or desire for appreciation or acknowledgment?
  • Do you take actions or say words because you “know” it is what you are to do? – Even if it is highly uncomfortable to do so?
  • Do you ever take risks – going places, meeting people, trying new things – because your intuition insists?
  • Do you graciously end relationships that are disempowering to you?
  • Do you take in each new situation you find yourself in without emotion and respond to it from heart knowing?
  • Do you have the courage to walk away from situations or people that cause you to question and doubt your value, your worthiness, or your skills?
  • Do you love, honor, accept, and appreciate others?
  • Do you love, honor, accept, and appreciate yourself?
  • Do you allow others to experience the life they have created for themselves without interference or judgment?
  • Are you able to enjoy great relationships even with people with a vastly different belief system or point of view?
  • Do you quickly admit your mistakes and apologize when your actions negatively affect others?
  • Do you treat everyone equally?
  • Do you routinely experience flashes of inspiration or miraculous synchronicity?
  • Do you treat animals, plants, and insects with honor and respect?
  • Are you able to manifest your goals, dreams, and desires?
  • Do you enjoy your life journey as much as the destination you have been  seeking?
  • Do you seek assistance when you have exhausted all your own knowledge and skills in dealing with an issue or growing and evolving?

If you answered yes to many of the questions above, then you are well on your way to holistic life mastery.

There are times in the journey when assistance is not only needed, its practically mandatory. Certain issues, repeating patterns, trauma dramas from the past, and beliefs are often so firmly stuck that an outside teacher, counselor, or technology is required – and often all three.

As I have traversed the ups and downs of earthly life and grown as an individual over the past 20 years, there have been times that teachers and technologies have miraculous shown up for me. Other times I have experienced the inner knowing that I must call this person, read this book, or go to this place for assistance.

I offer all that I have learned along the way and the tools and products that I’ve been inspired to develop in the form of books, Dancing Dolphin Energy Healing Oils & Mists, private consulting sessions, and training. You get to decide the level of support you need, desire, and can easily afford.

Regardless of the situation you face, or the issue you wish to address, the one thing I most often recommend is a Custom Dancing Dolphin Blend created just for you. Your Higher Self and guides know exactly what you need in every moment. And through some minor miracle, I am able to tap into that information and alchemically create for you the perfect energetic cocktail to support you and help you blast through whatever issue or plateau you seem to be stuck on.

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Have a deLightful day,

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The Blame Game – Do You Participate?

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Blaming sets up a situation in which it becomes difficult to move forward and puts resolution in the hands of others…. As we finally start understanding that the world outside of us is a reflection of the world inside of us, we finally begin to understand why we may feel confused about who is to blame for the problems in our lives.

If we had a difficult childhood . . .

we may wonder how we can take responsibility for that?  In our current relationships, the same questions arise….  We all know that blaming others is the opposite of taking responsibility, but we may not understand how to take responsibility for things that we don’t truly feel responsible for.  We may blame our parents for our low self- esteem, and we may blame our current partner for exacerbating it with their unconscious behavior.  This all seems to make sense.  After all, it is not our fault if our parents were irresponsible or unkind and we are certainly not to blame for our partner’s bad behavior….

Sooooooo, perhaps the problem lies with the activity of blaming itself. Whether we blame others or blame ourselves, there is something aggressive and unkind about it.  It sets up a situation in which iy becomes difficult to move forward under the burdensome feelings of shame and guilt that arise.  It also puts the resolution of our pain in the hands of someone other than us.  We cannot insist that someone else take responsibility for their actions; only they can make that choice when they are ready. In the meantime, if we want to move forward with our lives instead of waiting around for something that may or may not happen, we begin to see the “smartness” of taking the situation into our own hands.

We do this—- be forgiving our parents, even if they have not asked for our forgiveness, so that we can be free…. This does NOT have to be in person or a letter… just forgive them…  We end the abusive relationship with our partner, who may never admit to any wrong doing, because we are willing to take responsibility for how we are treated.  In short, we love ourselves as we want to be loved and create the life we know we deserve.  We leave the resolution of the wrongs omitted against us in the hands of the universe, releasing ourselves to live a life free of blame.

So the Blame game is:  a person feels guilty or uncomfortable about something.  That person finds a rationale why someone else is to blame.  That person blames another.  This person gains several benefits from this.  He/she is excused from what they have done (which means they can do it again).  They can play ‘poor me”.  They can also claim social capital over the other person because that person will owe them something in return for their apparent failure.  This game is driven by our need to explain ….  Also the first person gets to play persecutor and gets to have associated pleasant feelings of power….

The Blame games include:

  • Look what you made me do…..
  • If it wasn’t for you…….

All in all… watch out for the “Blame Game”….

We keep us stuck….

I personally do not like this game, do you?

But I must admit – I have played it…. not gonna anymore….

Here’s to “unstuckness”…..

Diane Mickelson (PhD, MS, BS) has 35+ years as clinical/educational psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist. Check out the services she offers along with her husband, Loren (PhD, MA, BS).  They bring a varied eclectic educational and experiential background to help facilitate an individual’s change. Take  advantage of their free newsletter – www.drsmick.com. Diane writes a daily blog at www.dianesmusings.com – check it out. They look forward to helping you facilitate a change in your evolution.  Change is here NOW!

 

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Amanda Palmer Sharing Trust and Learning the Art of Asking

I love this video.

I’ve watched it several times and it moves me each time. I offer it here as a gift to you:

Let it open your heart and your mind to infinite possibilities and to having the courage to do things that are uncomfortable. Amanda Palmer has taken it to such a deeper level than any of the rest of us dare.

Learning to trust that the Universe has your back and is paving the way for your dreams to be fulfilled is a quality, an attribute, a mindset, a skill that must be mastered.

Dare to live your dreams. Dare to realize that you are loved and perfect just the way you are.

You are enough!

Asking for help, and being open and willing to receive, are required to achieve those secret inner longings that you hold.

The Universe (God, the Divine, Creator, etc.) is ready and waiting to help you. You have to ask and you have to trust.

And … you have to believe deep down and on every level that you deserve the help. That is the challenge. That is the lesson. That is the spiritual journey that you are on whether you realize it or not.

Find your faith Dear One! Turn off the fear0based noise inside your head and let the still small voice (your intuition, deeper knowing, images, voices) speak to you, loving and supporting you all the while.

That’s what meditation is for. That is what dowsing is for. Meditation quietens the mind so the still small voice can be heard. Dowsing says to the Universe, “I am ready to receive.” Continued practice of each helps you stay in direct communication with your Higher Self, your I Am Presence, with God, all of the time.

Get my bestselling book: Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace here.

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Energy Healing, Psychic Readings, Akashic Records, Seed of Divine Restoration

A client recently sent me a series of questions. These are my response: 

Question: How does the Seed of Divine Restoration compare to an Akashic Record Reading

Hello Dear One:

DeLightful to hear from you.

“Readings” and “healing” are definitely not the same. The Seed of Divine Restoration offers profound energies for a complete life transformation.

I consider most “readings” mindless entertainment and some are even potentially harmful. However, if you are facing a serious issue that you have tried everything in the world to fix with no result, sometimes in a private session with a gifted healer, a past life regression is called for. In that case, understanding the memory (or metaphor) of the experience can often shed light on the current issue and allow it be healed more easily. Readings address none of this.

A reading is typically done by a person with some psychic skill reading into the psychic realm as it relates to you. The reading is often tainted by the beliefs, fears, judgments, and expectations of the “reader.” A reader’s level of consciousness and awareness greatly influences what they can and cannot read about another. And, if they are having an “off” day – meaning they are upset or out of balance in some way – it will definitely affect their ability to “read.” The same is true of healer’s abilities as well. Those who can get out of the way completely, and let higher wisdom come through, are truly a gift to humanity.

Don’t get me wrong . . . there are definitely individuals who are truly gifted, clear, and at a high level of consciousness and awareness. A reading with a person like that can have profound beneficial influence on your life. Sadly, not everyone is “reading” from that place.

Also, any “reading” that relates to what is happening with you right now is subject to change if even one new decision is made or new event happens in your life. So as soon as the reading is finished, its already quickly becoming obsolete.

I mentioned that they can be dangerous. The human mind is a very powerful thing. If a reader tells you that something “negative” is going to happen, even if that isn’t the truth, your worry about the thing can indeed cause it to happen. Because a reader is able to get information that you can not, it is human nature to believe them and give their words more value – even if what they said was not the truth. Even if you consciously discard the words thinking they don’t sound right or “feel” right, your subconscious mind has already heard them. It is for that reason that I avoid readings – and always have.

On very rare occasion, if I am specifically Divinely guided to do so, I will have a reading done. I have had maybe 3 to 5 my entire life. And truthfully, I barely remember them at the moment. Typically its one word or one concept that I needed to hear and that’s it.

You specifically asked about akashic readings. The akashic records are about earth’s past. If you are feeling “inspired” to have one done, then definitely do so. You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_records

That is not what the “Seed” is all about. The Seed of Divine Restoration is one of my spiritual gifts. It was revealed to me “directly” while on a vision quest high in the mountains of New Mexico. I did not learn it from someone else. Nor can I teach it to another. 

Question: I was wondering about vibrational energy. Specifically about everything having its own vibration.

We are all unique in the Universe. Just as our thumb print is unique, the very specific vibration we have is also unique. Different species have their own unique vibration (tone). Within each species, each individual has a unique vibration that falls within the range of that particular species overall tone.

Question: I believe that if someone truly wants to heal themselves that that can.

I believe in miracles and I have seen them happen. Its a tricky area however. What a person believes, or what they say they believe, is coming from their conscious mind – which science has now proven is less than 20% of the mind and therefore less than 20% of what matters. When we read something and think about it and then say, “Yes, I believe that,” we are doing that with our conscious mind. We have not taken into account the subconscious mind which has fears, beliefs, judgments, and expectations that our conscious mind is not even aware of. Some of those fears and  false beliefs are passed down from our ancestors through DNA. Some we pick up as small children as we experience this new world we find ourselves in. Others actually come from previous incarnations. So, saying “I believe this” is not actually true in most cases. We may have embraced it with our conscious mind, but the subconscious mind may believe something else entirely. That is where the real work is – addressing those hidden “truths” about who we are and what we truly believe – deep down in the shadows of our subconscious mind. That is much of what I help people address.

If we truly believed and understood who we are in relation to being human and in relation to our Divine heritage, then we would not be sick, we would not die, we would not experience poverty or disharmonious relationships or any of the nonsense we all experience here. Our only limitations are our beliefs. Sin is “wrong thinking” and that is what we are learning here in the classroom called earth.

It is a rare individual that can believe on all levels that they can heal themselves. I have done it. But I was not “healing myself.” I had been Divinely inspired to visualize golden orbs of light and to place them on a particular part of my body. And I in no way felt “I” was healing myself. I felt I had the help of the entire Universe.

Jesus made a statement about “Where 2 or more are gathered.” Most miracles seem to happen when a person has asked for help from another, they believe the person truly can help them, and the person they have asked trusts their Divine inspiration (intuitive hunches) when it comes to healing.  Most of the healing I have seen and heard about has happened in this way.

Question: Most people feel the need to look outside of themselves.

If you consider the consciousness of most people on this planet, few have reached 500 on the consciousness scale. We have determined that until a person reaches at least about 450 on the consciousness scale, they really do need outside assistance. I have not looked at why. But I would say it has to do with the subconscious mind that I mentioned previously. A person can only rise in consciousness if they have healed, or at least neutralized, some of those limiting beliefs and fears held subconsciously.

I have found personally that there are things I can address effectively by myself and there are things that I end up needing help from someone else in order to resolve.

Question: I am curious about everything having its own vibration that you have to align with. I assume that includes healthy livers, hearts, bones . . .   

What you are really trying to align with is your true Self – what I call the Magnificent Self. The YOU that knows on all levels that you are perfect, healthy, happy, prosperous, etc.

Question: Reiki is one way to heal with energy, but you have no idea how deficient the organ or person is.

Reiki is one system of energy for bringing in Divine Healing Light. It is a great introduction to energy work, but I feel it is lacking in many ways. I often refer to it as “energetic kindergarten.” There is so much more to learn about energy and healing than a person can possibly take in during a workshop for 1 or 2 weekends with a Reiki master.

What Reiki, Chi Kung, and other forms of hands-on healing are doing is bringing in enough healing energy that the person can better align with health. It is not about “adding more energy” to a particular organ as if energy were a supplement. It is about energetically raising up the body – and hopefully the mind – of the individual so that it can access the Truth about itself and let go of the false beliefs and negative energies that keep it stuck in sickness and disease.

Question: Do you have any knowledge of something current or in the works to measure vibration?      

There was a device created that measures energy. The designer is dead and the family refuses to give out the technology. I have been unable to ascertain what really happened.

One of my friends has an energy healing product line and she sends everything to europe for testing. I’ve sent her an email to see what the technology is and how to find out more about it. I’ll let you know if I find out anything more. 

Have a deLightful day,

Takara

Following the Breadcrumbs Sent by the Universe

(c) Debbie Takara Shelor

If you’ve been reading the newsletter for awhile, you know I often talk about the subtle signals the Universe is continuously sending your way. Those signals are what prompt you to take the actions necessary to fulfill your mission and achieve your dreams. If you ask the Universe for what you want, and you don’t take the actions you are “inspired” to take, then its almost a guarantee that your dreams will not manifest.

Enhancing your ability to pick up or “tune in” to the signals is, therefore, of paramount importance.

I do several things that enhance my ability to receive the information, know exactly what to do, and when.

1) Daily Meditation.

Do you meditate every single day?

Is your spiritual practice, your commitment to personal and spiritual growth, at the top of your list of priorities?

If its not, it needs to be.

It is so easy to let life pull you in a million directions and to get off track. You skip a day here and a day there. You go on vacation or on a business trip and forget entirely. Next thing you know, its been a few weeks or even months since you connected with the Source of All.

Instead of beating yourself up, simply start again. Realize that you are human – and that’s O.K. We all are.

The shame and blame game serves no-one – particularly you. Judgment of yourself and others is a huge hindrance to finding the “resonance” necessary to be in flow with the Universe.

Anger, judgment, hatred, blame, shame, guilt, victimhood – these are all excuses for not becoming the truth of who you are – you Magnificent Self.

Stick to your spiritual practice and not only will you be able to understand the messages from the Universe, but you will also be in a significantly better position to help others.

2) Care of Self

Rest, exercise, eat right, drink plenty of water, have some time to yourself, enjoy a hobby.

The more stress in your life, the more vital these actions become.

When you are out of balance, frustrated, exhausted, or confused, it is impossible to make good decisions or “read” properly the signals the Universe sends.

You can’t help another until you have helped yourself. You cannot truly love another until you have truly loved (accepted, appreciated, acknowledged) yourself. You cannot forgive another until you have forgiven yourself.

3) Heal the Emotional Pain from Your Past

The more emotionally wounded you are, the more distortions there are in what you receive. The Universe is saying one thing. But your tainted beliefs, fears, and judgments hear something else.

4) Raise Your Vibration

When you work with energy through tools or assistance such as crystals, light, hands-on healing, Dancing Dolphin Energy Products, you are lifted up into a higher octave – above the trouble, struggle, and chaos that is so prevalent in the third-dimensional experience. These things help you align with the Divine.

5) Pendulum Dowsing

As Walt Wood, former President of the American Society of Dowser’s, says: “A pendulum is a focusing device for mother’s intuition. By dowsing on a routine basis, you are sending out a mantra to the Universe that says, “I want your guidance. Thy will not mine. I need help here. I have faith that I am Divinely guided.”

To learn more about dowsing, I have a fabulous online dowsing course with mutiple bonuses including a phone app.

The more you tune in, receive clear guidance, and act in faith, even when the actions aren’t logical, the more you will experience awe-inspiring moments, synchronicity, and miracles both large and small as a natural state of affairs.

If you enjoyed this article, visit this link to read more about Spiritual Practice. http://www.spiritofnature.org/spiritualpracticeart.htm

 

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16 comments:

  1. Takara,Thank You so much for sharing this article,it reaffirmed my daily commitement to fool, and should help many to be on track..Love & Light, Mary Roberts

     

  2. Thanks for sharing Mary. Always wonderful to reaffirm a commitment.

    Takara
    Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
    http://launch.peeringthroughtheveil.com

  3. we share the same sensibility. so lovely to connect. great article.

    Angel Quintana
    Holistic Business Coach
    www.angelquintana.com

     

  4. Thanks Angel. I’ve enjoyed reading your work as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Takara
    Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
    http://launch.peeringthroughtheveil.com

  5. I love it, and its exactly what I needed to read today as I haven’t been giving myself the time I needed today Thank you

     

  6. We all fall into that trap on occasion. Never too late to stop, breathe, and take care of ourself. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

    Takara
    Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
    http://launch.peeringthroughtheveil.com

  7. Morning Meditation such a wonderful way to start the day. I need to get back to doing that! Thanks for the reminder.

     

  8. You are very welcome Tracy. I’ve been starting the day that way for so long, I can’t image doing anything else. Starting the day peaceful, uplifted, and clear makes the whole day go better. Thanks for stopping by.

    Takara
    Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
    http://launch.peeringthroughtheveil.com

     

  9. I was doing good for a while in meditating every day, but I got away from it, just like you said! Now it’s been a while. I think about it and say, “Maybe tomorrow. I don’t have time right now.” I have also experimented with pendulums a bit. Interesting stuff!


    Lisa MacDonald
    Transcribble Virtual Assistance
    http://transcribble.ca

     

  10. I encourage you to “start again.” Its so easy to get caught up in the day to day little disasters and distractions. However, when you meditate routinely, your mind is much more organized and clear making prioritizing your day so much easier. Thanks for stopping by.

    Takara
    Bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
    http://launch.peeringthroughtheveil.com

     

  11. Great Tips. I try to meditate daily. Now I just have to implement your other tips.

    S. Williams
    http://williamsauthor.wordpress.com/


  12. Such a beautiful article, Takara. Since the New Year, I’ve promised to be good to myself each and every day….do something special…I call it my “me time.” Now I have a few more ideas. Thank you.


  13. This post really resonated for me, especially this line “You can’t help another until you have helped yourself”…absolutely…self care is so critical. Beautiful, beautiful post.


  14. Thanks for sharing – good reminder that being out of balance distorts the messages from the universe!


  15. Great tips…number 3 was especially notable to me as that has been a struggle at times in my life! Thank you!

     

  16. Used to meditate (almost) daily but I’ve started to slack with the holidays and all.

    Good advice perhaps to start doing it again as a resolution for 2013. Thanks for the article, Debbie!

 

Do You Dare Live Your Dreams?

You have to grow into your dreams.

You can’t achieve your hopes, desires, and goals unless you are willing to take risks, be uncomfortable, learn new things, and follow your inner voice.

Otherwise, you’ll just keep getting the same things you’ve already got.

No one achieves their dreams without moving into what a great little book called the Frogship Perspective terms Zones Unknown.

If you know what you want, then go after it with unwavering tenacity. When one door refuses to open or suddenly closes, try something else and keep your eyes open for the door that is wide open beckoning your entry.

Opportunities are right in front of you all the time. You just have to grow personally and spiritually enough to “register” that they are there. Then you have to muster up the courage to take the plunge or scale the mountain like the woman in the image.

Here’s to your courage!

Have a deLightful day,

Takara

P.S. The Frogship Perspective is a gem of a book by Dean Black. Its full of sage advice with stories that bring the teaching home. I highly recommmend it.

 

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What Lies Within

The past should not define you. The future should not scare you. What you become is based on who you are inside. That’s what counts. That’s what makes you unique. That’s what makes you magnificent! My son Jess on top of the world! Image by Debbie Takara Shelor