A new season has just begun.
I love fresh starts. They show up in so many delightful ways…
A blank sheet of pure white paper and a new blue pen.
An unopened gift, left unwrapped for hours to extend the joy and anticipation.
A warm cup of chai with a new friend.
Fresh love, ever so gently stretching the heart to bold new dimensions.
These are precious experiences, all bursting forth with vast untapped potential. Begging to be throughly lived and cherished.
We all get a fresh start at the Autumn Equinox. At this midway point between the radiant light and freedom of Summer Solstice and the damp dark depth of Winter Solstice, the impulse towards embodiment is stronger than ever.
Now is the time to ground fresh impulses and ideas.
If you are inspired by something… act on it.
Blocked by something… wrap it in gratitude, say goodby, and let it go.
Mulling over a new project? Make it happen.
During these months of falling leaves and cooling nights, we get extra energy to resculpt our lives according to what matter most to us.
The wind is at your back right now. Grace wants to hold your hand and lead you forward as the season unfolds.
There are times for planning and times for going inward. There are season when stillness reigns and silence is the most nourishing force. But not right now.
This is a time for soul inspired action.
Live it. Ground it. Speak deliberately of what is emerging for you in this year’s embodiment cycle. Allow your most soul centric intentions guide your thoughts and actions.
During this embodiment cycle I am joyful grounding a larger vision for my work. The impulse to give and share more abundantly is pulsing through me with clarity and power. It feels really good and right in every way.
You’ll be seeing these fresh impulses emerge in the coming months through an updated website, online course offerings, and more frequent blog posts. But don’t worry, I’m not going to flood your inbox! :-)
Not sure about what you want to act on and ground in the coming weeks? Unclear of your most inspiring and energizing vision or direction?
I invite you to take a few minutes to explore these questions:
What matters most to me?
What is calling to be embodied within or through me during the coming months?
How are my daily actions aligned with these answers?
To spark your inquiry, I’m sharing some of my answers for this year's embodiment cycle.
What matter most to me…
Loving and caring for myself so I can wholeheartedly engage with this beautiful life I have created.
Deepening love and support within my inner circle.
Courageously and wholeheartedly sharing love and wisdom, fun and laughter with my extended circle of family, friends, clients, and soul tribe around the world.
Gracefully growing, learning, and being inspired through these connections with awesome people, place, and events.
The focus of my embodiment process this fall…
Writing every day
How all this shows up in my life…
Self care comes before a clean house.
I lay down my To Do list to take a walk with a friend who is a brand new mamma. Cooing at her baby softens and reenergizes my day.
Even though I’m tired, I forego binge watching “This Is Us” to finish my next blog post.
My Sunday afternoon swim at the lake get pushed back a couple of hours so I can be there for a client who is facing a crisis.
An invitation to visit Sedona with a dear friend gets an enthusiastic and wholehearted YES.
And it all feels good. No drama, no trauma, no conflicted feelings or resentment. All aligned with soul. More of that, please.
Clarity about what matters most takes away the internal tug of war and replaces it with more energy to give in ways that feel really good to you.
With All Embracing Love,
Here's another post about the process of embodiment we're all engaged in. With deepening embodiment, the impulse to give and serve the greater good becomes stronger than ever. My latest blog post is about this significant phase of deepening embodiment. Pour yourself a cup of tea, snuggle in, and enjoy.
Once there is a sense of stability in a more grounded and aware version of yourself, you are ready to move into an even fuller expression of embodiment. As you deliciously ripen, the emphasis of your life naturally shifts away from yourself and your pain. Your drama, your growth, and your version of reality become way less interesting than they used to be. The self absorption that is so common in the initial post awakening phase gradually begins to fall away.
You simply get bored with a self centric life.
You’ve had enough of the same old tired drama you have been living for so long.
Suddenly you feel compelled to explore a much larger playing field.
You become keenly interested in the practical application and sharing of the beneficent impulses you now embody to a greater degree than ever before.
Giving love becomes way more interesting than searching for it. Creating becomes more intriguing than consuming. The constant desire for “something” outside yourself settles and softens.
As embodiment deepens, it is no longer enough to revel in the bliss you have touched upon in moments of awakening. This warm bright space feels really good for a time, but eventually the impulse to share and give becomes stronger than the desire to feel good. At this point, we contribute to the collective not only by finding and riding our own edges, but also by sharing what arises naturally from this daring and courageous process. And it is fun and enlivening to do so.
The burning question in this stages of deepening embodiment becomes: How do I bring my untapped potential into greater expression as a healing and liberating force in the world?
The conflicted and tumultuous state of our world persistently nudges us toward living what we know in our hearts and souls to be real and true, and creating and sharing from this clear vibrant place. The intense yearning to serve and give is fueled by the inner riches you have touched upon. You know you have discovered something truly valuable because you remember how life was before awakening. Now it feels totally natural and inspiring to share what you have discovered.
This inner treasure could be a new awareness, a fresh insight, a vast creative vision, or a quality such as love, compassion, or courage. For each person this inner treasure has unique and ever-changing forms of expression.
At this point of deepening embodiment there is also a really big wow factor…
“Wow! I don’t struggle with that thing I used to struggle with anymore!”
“Wow! I don’t feel those difficult feelings I used to feel!”
"Wow! I feel good about myself in a whole new way!”
“Wow! I truly accept those flaws I have been trying to change or hide for years!”
Through cycles of awakening and embodiment we liberate ourselves from so many constraining factors, inner and outer. This emerging day-to-day experience of a more open way of life becomes added inspiration to share yourself in fuller ways. These giving impulses feel so right. A great sense of freedom and joy emerge naturally in this process.
This is often a time when we are inspired to write, teach, heal, create art, or start a new kind work that solves a real world problem.
You know you have the power to alleviate suffering of some kind and you want to use it. This becomes a primary motivating force that you simply cannot shake off… even if you try.
And we do. Most people try to run and hide, at least for a time. But you can’t truly get away from these bountiful giving impulses because they emerge from your most authentic self. Nevertheless, the parts of the psyche that are still identified as small and weak can keep you from fully embracing these powerful impulses to give and create within a larger arena. If you turn your back on these impulses (sometimes for years), they will keep tapping on your shoulder, demanding attention until you listen and respond.
Sharing vs. Saving
One of the pitfalls of this time of deepening embodiment is feeling like you need to save the world. Even though there is much pain and suffering in the world, the savior mentality often creates more problems than it solves. Remember the Inquisition? Salem witch hunt? Need I say more? These horrific events happened long ago, yet the impulses that gave rise to those dark times in are still very much alive today.
Trying to impose our ideas, beliefs, or values on others, even in subtle ways, can be a very slippery slope. Fanaticism runs strong in every area of human endeavor, from religion and politics to the art and sciences.
As you grow, you realize there is no need to convert others, or impose your beliefs or morality on anyone. This awareness arises from a deep respect for others.
You see that each person has a unique journey into greater light they must choose and traverse in their own way. The challenges that we each face are the potential stepping stones into a more fulfilling life. You may naturally want to offer love, support, and potential solutions, yet that is very different from being motivated by a savior mentality and thinking you know what is best for anyone else. You may feel called to set boundaries that protect yourself and others from being harmed, yet this is very different from imposing your beliefs or values on others.
Deep down you know that even though there are many problems that need to be solved, the world is just fine as it is right now. Sure, there is always room for improvement, yet this is radically different from thinking the world is terribly twisted and broken and needs to be fixed…. and you must fix it.
You begin to understand that people are just fine as they are, even if they are facing intense challenges.
You know you are just fine as you are… and you know that you will keep growing into an even more radiant version of yourself as time passes.
The planet and its many inhabitants are simply doing what we have always done…. evolving and growing, creating and loving, in graceful and not so graceful ways.
More than ever before, you know you have something of value to contribute to this often messy and painful process.
At this stage you have a strong sense of purpose and a vision to share, not a mission to impose on others. To many, purpose, vision, and mission are similar. Yet there are subtle but significant differences that become apparent as you are guided more fully by soul impulses rather than personal striving.
The sharing at this stage emerges as a humble and sacred offering, freely and joyfully given.
If you haven't read Parts 1-4 of this series of posts, scroll down this page to find them.
An energy therapist, relationship and spiritual life coach, Ariana is a lover of love in all of its many delicious forms; self love, couples love, family love, community love and ultimately, the universal love that pervades all.