A dream is hard to follow, but those who do walk in stardust.
~ Anne Lamott, author
2020 is a week old. Oh, my, what the turning of a year can do to your head.
For 8 years I chose a word for the year. An internal compass, so to speak. You may have heard of this. It’s quite the rage these days. Until an awakening last year that I forget my word so fast, I can’t even tell you how fast. Despite posting it on the wall!
Before that I’d choose three new things to learn. I got this one from a friend who chose cool things, like juggling, and learning to play the ukulele. I forgot about those I chose, too. Life invariably took over. I learned other things, such as places on earth, wonders of the mind & nature, things to experience, the depths of story and culture. Heart interests.
Positive I was missing some key element to declaring new starts, I gave up all thought of finding a yearly compass.
And just as I did, two things flipped my head around. A total reframe. A forever compass!
The first. . .We all have our own unique way of manifesting that works for us. Identify what it is, and use it.
This countered everything I’d learned. All the exact sciences of the right ways. I had to wonder, what if my way of manifesting is enough. Could I lean into it with confidence. See is as a personal energetic amalgam and reconfiguration of the principles in the famous systems!
The second insight came from reading a post saying nature’s year begins in the fall, not January.
It made perfect sense. On the heels of the hot cycle of tender flowers, after the harvest. When the duff of leaves and seeds drop more like possibilities than promises. Even in the tropics.
Like a school year that starts in September, after the flare & fury of summer. Or big government’s fiscal year beginning in October.
A total new way of looking at Winter, too. Not as a time of death or sleep, as some see. More a pregnant pause, or invitation to dig into something already imagined. A time for fertile creativity.
I turned back to action, holding both thoughts as a personal compass.
I know things come together, manifest, when I commit. The kind of commitment that’s more than intention. That comes after feeling it true, and deciding. I can’t deny it. I’ve seen doors open time & again after a commitment, and support come from unexpected sources. Even in the challenges that seem to crop up afterwards. As if the Universe asks do I mean it, or perhaps there’s other options. Forcing me to re-commit if it’s true.
Looking back to last September, I see how my intentions pivoted fully to working with heart-centered people with a big Vision. In a way so they see themselves and their place in the world. In a way they can be the leader of their passion & vision, make an impact. Holding space for them to do it.
In her book What’s the Story: Essays about art, theater and storytelling, Anne Bogart talks about reading Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse as a teen, and how after struggling through the first half, she suddenly falls through:
“I remember the sense of free fall. Spaciousness. Freedom. The book had led to a release and a sensation of timelessness. And this free-fall experience of spaciousness is what I strive to recreate in my work for audiences in the theatre. . .Each and every moment of existence, no matter how stressful or how fleeting, contains the potential for spaciousness.”
I take people to a sense of spaciousness, too. My work has always been about mindset, connection, and transformation. And spaciousness. Freedom. (ahhhh deep breath)
The past is always part of moving forward. A wise person always looks at the ground she’s covered, learns from it. Creates from it.
I’ll be speaking from more stages in 2020. Opening doors for folks to manifest their big visions, guiding them as they walk thru. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, tell me in the comments below
- What’s your way of manifesting your desires?
- What might have started for you in the fall – a thought, intention, course of work or personal development, name it – that you’re considering now?
Whatever’s happening out there in the world, add good stuff to the mix.
Happy New Year.
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