ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: Take Stock

The video for today’s post not only has a message for you to consider it also announces that my husband, Richard, and I are taking some time to reflect. We are “taking stock” of many things during Solstice time, as the light here in the Northern Hemisphere dims and we retreat inward. With the Sun the MuseLetter and this blog will dim for a time.

My “Two-Minute” Video for this Week: Take Stock:

Have a wonderful holiday time!

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ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: Evolve Your Light

When you became a human being, when you took your first breath of Mother Earth’s atmosphere, you began a journey of evolution. The journey of a lifetime is the evolution of your consciousness, from the moment you are born until the moment you take that last breath of air. At every moment in your life you are growing in your awareness of the world around you.

The question today is, ‘Are you evolving or are you attempting to stay where you are?’

So many people are struggling in this world because they are focused on using the tools they already have, on following the thoughts and beliefs from earlier days, on listening to what someone else is saying is true instead of going inside to seek their own truth. The shift that is needed is a shift in consciousness, an evolutionary approach to solving problems and to living life.

You were born as a bright light on the horizon of humanity. Everyone around you was waiting for you to come into the world. Even if you have a belief that you were unwanted, know that the souls around you then and now asked for you to arrive when and where and to whom you did.

Now, at whatever your current age is, those souls are looking to you for your light to shine on the path that you are sharing. How do you shine your light? By living your soul’s purpose, by being the light that you already are.

I see too many people choosing to hide. It appears to be so much easier to shrink from the spotlight and to stay on the sidelines of life. I don’t just mean refusing to get on the stage – I mean shrinking back from the enormity of what you feel is your raison d’etre, your reason for being here, your soul purpose.

It can feel like a tremendous burden or too huge a task to fulfill that purpose. Good. That means that you have tapped into what you are really here to be and to do!

No matter what form your life is taking at this moment, you are here to be the Light in the life of those around you. Lead by lighting the way for them to follow. Show by your example that you are willing to live your purpose and to be a Light in the world.

You don’t have to be famous, or on the stage, or find medical cures or solve world hunger, although you might. You DO, however, have a responsibility to the world to be the brightest light that you are able to be, right now, today, in whatever circumstances you face.

YOU are in charge of the development and evolution of your own consciousness. No one around you can do it for you. You were not born to find answers and then stagnate. You are here to learn the next thing, to study, to grow, to evolve.

How are you doing this?

This is where hiding does not serve you or the evolution of human consciousness. Reach out to learn what you can, to connect with others who are also on the path of the evolution of consciousness. Shine your light for them and allow them to shine their lights for you.

Take a class. Read a book. Join a group. Have a conversation.

It is especially important that you do your personal growth work. Clear negative thoughts and limiting beliefs that are holding you and your light hostage to them. Explore possibilities that will take you outside your comfort zone.

Evolve and shine the bright light that you are!

ROSEMARY’S THROWBACK THURSDAY VIDEO: Why Do You Get Up in the Morning?

The theme this week has ben about priorities, how to set them, how to make choices in life – for love. The first question to ask is the subject of today’s throwback! Why DO you get up in the morning and how do you establish your tasks for the day?

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ROSEMARY’S EXPLORATION: Keep It Simple

What really matters might not be what seems to be the most urgent thing on your to-do list. How often do you start the day prioritizing what is most important that you do today and then something interrupts your plans and the to-do list goes out the window?

It could be a call from school that your child is sick, or your Mom is going to the ER, or the dog is hit by a car. I hope that none of these things happens to you, but, if something like this occurs, your response is to drop everything and see to your loved one, right?

What if you STARTED with that priority?

This is what I mean by ‘Keep It Simple.’

Start with what really matters to you in your life. Are you struggling with a job or business or career that is not feeding your soul? Do you feel that you are just settling for your life instead of living it with great verve and excitement? Are your relationships satisfying and stimulating or are they feeling flat or possibly even toxic?

Do you do a lot of things because you feel you ‘should’ or you ‘have to’ but they don’t bring delight to your days?

Well, you now have permission to change all of that.

You were born to live a soul purpose that includes constant growth and personal evolution. You are here on Planet Earth to make a difference. There are other souls who are looking to you to help them learn their lessons.

And the most important energy in the world is the energy of LOVE.

What do you LOVE? Who is it that you LOVE? What do you LOVE to do?

Let LOVE drive your to-do list. Focus on what is important to your soul, to your purpose, to your heart. Don’t wait for an emergency to arrive to show you where your priorities lie. Make a conscious choice that you will focus on what really matters and put LOVE at the top of the list.

Do you feel obligated to postpone a lot of satisfying activities until all the ‘shoulds’ are out of the way? Maybe it is the other way around. Maybe you ‘should’ do what is satisfying so that you have more energy to bring to what is left on your to-do list. Do what makes your soul sing and you will have plenty of time and energy for the other tasks.

And your soul will be singing!

The energy of taking care of a ‘should’ that you don’t really want to do is a contracted energy that tightens you up. The energy of doing something that you LOVE is expansive energy that spreads the LOVE around.

How do you want to spend your day? Contracted or expanded and spreading LOVE energy wherever you are?

Keep it simple. Choose LOVE. Focus on what really matters and it becomes very simple to choose.

ROSEMARY’S THROWBACK THURSDAY VIDEO: Be Bold, Step Out, Take Action

Consistent with the theme this week  of “Actor or Director” it is time to repeat the cry of the Director: “Action!” Enjoy this throwback video:

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Hostage Situation – Inside Yourself? – Richard’s Commentary

I can certainly relate to Rosemary’s Exploration this week. And it’s not any one or big fear that holds me back from “living my richest life.” It’s usually little things. And when I move beyond the fear and look back I think: “what was I ever afraid of?”

Most of my little fears come from my childhood. I was an only child for a long time – my next brother came along when I was already eight. I was protected and even revered within my extend and large family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. And because family was always there I didn’t have to venture out much into greater society.

So, when Rosemary asks: What part of you is holding another part hostage? I can usually point to my inner child – that protected and easy living six year-old.

Rosemary is exactly right when she says:

But most of the fears that I see with clients represent a conflict between a part that wants to step forward and a part that is afraid to do that.

It can be around any issue: a relationship, a job, money, family, taking a risk, making a decision. There is a feeling of wanting to move and yet, at the same time, a sense of paralysis.

My adult self always wants to step forward; I am usually energetic, decisive and know what I want. But sometimes that six year-old digs in his heals and sets up a block out of some weird sense of protectiveness.

Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever feel paralysis as you work toward an important goal? When this happens to me I usually have to go inside to work through the issue. Sometimes I even have a talk with the six year-old to calm any fears he may be experiencing. I remind him of several factors in the situation:

  1. I am in charge and I know what I am doing; I’m the adult, after all!
  2. We have done things like this before and it always comes out well!
  3. Look to the end result, the success. Doesn’t that make you happy?
  4. Let’s just move forward and see what happens; you’ll be OK.

This inner dialogue can take several forms: meditation, writing, even sometimes a shamanic journey (for me this is similar to an inner guided meditation) to visit my places of safety and my power animals. I can even take my six year-old into the future to see the positive outcome and allay any further fear.

Of course using a coach or counselor is always an option. Inner child work can be very powerful and productive. The tools and help are there for all of us to “live our richest lives!”

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ROSEMARY’S INSPIRATION: What Are You Holding Back in Yourself?

My “Two-Minute” Video for this Week: What Are You Holding Back in Yourself?