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A daughter's tale of truth, love and letting go

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An addictive spin on awakening, soulmates and past lives

Spiritual awakening blog

Welcome! This spiritual awakening blog is where I publish past issues of Moondancing, my free e-newsletter that helps meaning-focused readers trust their intuition as they grow and change.

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August 7th, 2014

The answer will come

The answer you seek first requires you to ask. And then to trust.

The answer will come. It may be a door opening. Or a door closing. It may be through apparent error: but it will come.

July 16th, 2014

It could begin at any moment

It could begin at any moment. Out of the blue. A breathless surprise.

New opportunities. A path opening up, organic. A call that announces. A door that opens. Or one that closes one so another may begin.

June 25th, 2014

Your next step is in front of you

Your next step is in front of you. You will know that it's yours... simply because it's there.

Your next step may be mundane. Trite. Obvious. But once you claim what's in front of you, your vision moves closer. Do you see?

June 9th, 2014

It's time to let go now (this is for you)

It's time to let go now. You know what I'm talking about.

It's time to let go of thinking that you have no choice. You do. Even if it's just changing a thought.

May 23rd, 2014

Heart awakening sign: the quiet absence of self-judgment

Whenever I've turned toward self-growth it's been to stop pain, or to avoid pain.

I turned to holistic health, because of painful attacks which left me with two choices: antibiotics or surgery.

I turned to yoga and pilates because I had chronic back pain from sitting at a computer.

I turned toward understanding my soul and seeking heart awakening signs because I was disillusioned with life and I was frightened the melancholy feeling would never leave.

May 9th, 2014

Have you broken your love pattern?

A good friend is going through an excruciating romantic situation right now. There are no villains. There are no heroes. There is great confusion and inevitable sadness.

I love my friend dearly. This is a strong, competent person. But here he is: on his knees in surrender. I see the confusion and despair. I feel his indecision. I see him wrestling with their options, not liking any of them, losing hope.

April 23rd, 2014

The UpLife Project: My memories of JenUnplugged, growing up

Jen and I both grew up in the same small town. For a decade, we were best friends. We rented our first apartment together and we lived together for years. In our 20's, we danced in mini skirts until all hours. We threw great dinner parties, with a bit of a decadent streak.

Jen was flamboyant, charming and a bit edgy. She stretched boundaries. She was hilarious and could have a whole room in stitches. She also had a big heart and a softer side with some deep self-doubts.

March 26th, 2014

Overcoming night fear: is it inside you or around you?

Last night, I was unable to sleep. Instead, I felt myself sinking into the prickly feeling of night fear for no reason. I wondered: where was this coming from?

I was in bed alone, in my lovely new home on a quiet street. I live in a small, charming town with history extending back to the 1700's. Since I moved, I've felt safe here. Cozy. I slept well from the very first night.

February 28th, 2014

How to recognize soul signs

In my 20's, I was ambitious. I wanted to move up in corporate, but my soul had a different idea. The harder I pursued “corporate success” the more dramatically the floor would fall away. Two companies I worked for went bankrupt. One of them collapsed just as I had my first job that I actually liked.

I figured out this peculiar truth for me the hard way. When I initiate or drive something by playing by someone else's rules, things often fall apart. However, if I choose my heart over my head, choose my creative expressions over everything else, opportunities (and unexpected windfalls) often serendipitously kick in to help.

January 31st, 2014

The secret to happiness (do this everywhere)

For the past six months months, I had been running ragged: finding a home, selling my condo, packing, buying a new car and moving. When I wasn't breaking down boxes so they could be taken away, I was on long phone calls with a new corporate client: a great project, but with a mind-bendingly technical learning curve.

I was happy, but stressed and bone-tired. The nails on my hands were split and unmanicured, and my feet were dry and rough.

January 17th, 2014

Do you have a Beginners Mind?

Even the most peaceful childhoods are filled with Firsts. First time taking classes. First time having teachers. First friendships. A first kiss. The first time holding a job and the first time in a relationship.

Some of us then find a job, a person, a home that we stick with. At some point, we may even feel as if we've “arrived”. We rest for a while. Enjoy what's familiar. Get comfy. Over time, our patterns may deepn. Our hearts may leap in the face of change as if protecting what we have.

Thing is — sameness is the opposite of what you'll find in the natural world. Inside, our hearts too, want us to expand, to do new things, embrace Firsts. If we clamp down on what's natural, our hearts seek ways to open (despite our minds hold us in place).

December 13th, 2013

The choice not to forgive

Phil bounded into my life when I was “staging” my condo – that is, removing a number of pieces that would give my smallish space a roomier feel.

He's tall, with long greying hair and a ponytail and he's missing a couple of front teeth. He's outgoing and physically strong, and has been moving people in and out of their homes for 30 years. For those guitar fans out there (I am one), he was also a drummer for David Lindley for a time. Cool.

Phil is friendly and super-organized and he told me a story that I still remember two months later. Something that happened to him while he was moving a wealthy family (billionaire wealthy).

He said that he went home after witnessing this, and made a promise to his wife.

November 29th, 2013

A true soulmate story: radical reinvention

I'm delighted to welcome Renee Annis as a guest today. I first met Renee during an astrology session at my condo in Toronto years ago. We've kept in touch and she has a remarkable story to tell.

October 25th, 2013

Are most people to you scary or safe?

Here I am in beautiful Prague on Day 3 of my fourteen-day holiday! I have a secret desire to prolifically write here and so to kick things off, I decided that I'd write this issue of Moondancing in the outdoor café just by my apartment.

I'm staying in a 12th century residence, one of the oldest residences in Prague. It's in a quiet behind another building, where the street is so small it doesn't show up on the city map. I'm learning that Prague has courtyards behind courtyards, and places that you can see in plain view but can't quite figure out how to get there. It's rather like a sumptuous maze.

October 11th, 2013

Awakening when loved ones are not

This isn't an easy place to be. Hey, I've been there myself and still am in many ways. Yet, is it our jobs to spark others' awakening? To coax them through?

Well, unless you're someone who's chosen a path of supporting others as they personally transform (and others give you permission to do this for them), it's really not your job.

September 27th, 2013

Is your life Still - or Stuck?

Think of life as a ferris wheel that expands. Not just a circle — but an ever-expanding spiral upward.

As we live, we ride up to its apex and we experience life, growths, achievements, in the highest form we can muster. We finish school. We leave home. We start our first job. Maybe marry and have a family. We enjoy the harvest we've sown. The sum of our past lifetimes.

At the top of the ferris wheel, we may even stop for a while to enjoy the view!

August 16th, 2013

What to do when someone dumps their emotional stuff on you

For those of us on a growth path, who may also be very sensitive (like myself), it's easy to get caught thinking that everyone else is like us. That everyone has delved deep, reflected, processed and coaxed their hearts awake. That they're accountable and deftly dealing with the shifts of change.

Optimistically, we may even believe that others are doing okay, based on what they tell us. That the people who talk louder or more confidently possess true strength and courage. However, sometimes: what's on the surface is a lie.

August 2nd, 2013

Why Free Will is more important than Love and Light

At the core of who we are in the universe, is pure consciousness. Some call this Love. Others call it Source or God. Still others, Energy or the Quantum Field. Call it what you will: this force is who we really are.

Our bodies, our lives and our surroundings are expressions of this energy. We are not only the creators, but the experiencers.

While researching The Shift we're in, I've read that two of the first three “distortions” (departures) from pure Source energy for our universe, are Love and Light, which came as no surprise.

July 5th, 2013

Pacing around instead of stepping forward

I'd be a happy gal, if I could live in my imagination, and forget about the rent. Tap into my creativity, without worrying about whether I'm spending time productively.

Since about 2002, I've done just that. Dove into my creations, spent (literally) tens of thousands of dollars, and thousands of hours of time. I did so with an open heart, and without expectations. If I had stayed tried and true in the 9 to 5, my mortgage would be less and my retirement savings would be more: but each day, I would have died a little.

So was it worth it for me? Yes. Are the Big Decisions over? Not one bit.

June 21st, 2013

Living with uncertainty

My family are brilliant planners, impeccably dependable and efficient at getting things done. Family dinners often ended with graph paper, sketching out ideas, and home layouts (my dad was in construction and my mom loved to decorate, and now my sister is in the real estate business).

Over the years, much of what was drawn, was built. To imagine anything that wasn't practically possible would be seen as stupid or unrealistic.

June 6th, 2013

How to dismantle a power struggle

It always astonishes me when someone tries to take advantage of me. Powering over someone is so far off my own personal radar, that when it happens, I am often catapulted into a state of surprise and bewilderment.

Entanglements always start innocently, don't they? In this case, this was a man I've known for 15 years. He hired me in my first consulting job. We won awards together. Worked into the wee hours.

April 26th, 2013

Do you have karma around being visible?

It's easy to criticize someone else in the public eye. Especially from an inactive armchair, or an anonymous comment.

Whether or not you agree with someone is one thing, but imagine for a moment. How would you feel if your heart was out in public, for all to see?

April 12th, 2013

Expressing what's inside... outside

I'm big into some “stuff” purging right now, as I often do in the spring. I've also begun thinking about how I want to grow creatively, and how I want to feel as I grow.

All this... lead me to do something that I've been wanting to do for years.

April 2nd, 2013

What is freedom?

I have a number of core values that I use to guide my decisions. While priorities do shift now and then, there's one that's remained solid. That is: the desire for freedom.

Freedom is my core value, around which everything else is based. The freedom to do, or not do. My dream: the freedom to be.

March 15th, 2013

The art of making Life changing decisions

I've always had this restlessness inside. I've desired change and freedom in every form. Free to get up when I want, work the way I want. Freedom from corporate, it's rigid rules and hierarchies (though I did meet luvly people there).

As a work at home freelancer, I am living that life of freedom. Yet, it's also a life that connects me with people all over the world, and it's the kind of freedom that begins and ends in my heart.

March 8th, 2013

To tap into your intuition, to life, to flow...

Years ago, I dated a man from Cape Town, and he said that he never met a group of people who talked about the weather more than Canadians. That may be true, and perhaps it's because of its changeability, which surprises even those of us who've been here all our lives.

Truth is, I'm in awe of the weather. It is powerful, shifting, regenerative. It's mysterious, curious, unexpected and humbling, the expression of our earth's spirit whose body has endured so much.

February 20, 2013

Your idea of ‘success’ – is it successful?

What does ‘success’ mean to you? Lately, I've been pondering the complexity of this question and how our beliefs about it can shape us.

Title? Productivity? Getting your way? Is it money? (was Bernie Madoff successful?) Marriage and/or children? (is Oprah successful? The Dalai Lama?)

Okay, how about inspiring others and giving back? Was bestselling healer, author and educator M. Scott Peck a success? He reached millions of people. I am one.

February 1, 2013

What your heart knows about your purpose

I've heard from a number of folks lately, who are struggling with understanding their bigger purpose in life. Why they're here. Where their passion lies. How to they know they're headed in the right direction.

I've also had similar questions myself, so in this issue, I explore three questions to ask yourself, when you want to deepen your purpose.

Next issue, I'll reveal three more questions, and describe how to know you're doing what you came here to do.


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