Are you feeling as if you have too many options? Perhaps you get a great idea that seems really spot-on and pulling you forward, only to have another great idea in a few days and another after that. They all feel like they align with your purpose and are resonant in your heart – but they would take you in different directions.
What’s up with that? Did you hear wrong? Is this like some version of spiritual ADD?
Nope. It sounds like you are right where you are supposed to be.
We are in the midst of a strong creative energy. This is part of the larger ‘deconstruction / reconstruction’ period that we’re in. It is easy to focus on the things that are crumbling, changing, and shedding but just as importantly, this is a season of new growth and creating.
And in the heart of your essence, you are a creator being. You are creative. You came here to create.
Now wait a minute, you might be saying. I’m not an artist, or a musician, or a developer. I’m not creative.
I would encourage you to enlarge your definition of creative. Creative is simply the act of making something. It may be tangible – like a meal or a garden. It may be an impression – the persona of how you show up because of the way you dress or wear your hair. It is always an emotional energy – some of which we can choose, such as judgment or compassion, and some of which may come on us as a sudden grief or joy.
So, back to all these ideas. They are coming to you because you’re a creator being in a reconstruction period of our timeline.
However, they are not all meant for you to do. Some may just be the seed that gets you thinking about something … which eventually leads you to another door. Some may be for you, but the timing isn’t right and they will circle around again if and when you are in the right space for them. Some may be part of the general energy that is coming in. You wouldn’t consider every advertisement you heard to be something you should act on and you may want to think about treating ideas (and synchronicities and serendipities) a bit of the same way.
Even if you are 100% sure that this is for you, now is the time, and you are ready, consider letting it sit at least overnight and perhaps even days or weeks before you do something that might be hard to undo such as quitting a job or signing a contract.
It is often helpful to allow any changes that you are considering to have the chance to integrate across your mind, body, emotions, and spirit. You are, after all, a multidimensional being. Perhaps your heart is sure but your mind has questions. Time can allow these decisions to equilibrate within your body.
Another reason you might want to allow some time is the ‘how’. Even if the ‘what’ is very clear, there can be dozens if not hundreds of workable paths to that ‘what’. Some will feel better for you than others and the most noticeable place you will notice this feeling is in your body. Perhaps thinking about working with one person or business makes you smile while with another, you’re thinking of the 5% you’ll save but you’re not smiling. Your body isn’t smiling.
Finally, it is not only just ok to start small or do a pilot, it is often really wise. I can’t tell you the number of folks over the years who have told me they are wondering about quitting their job to do something else, which their heart is on fire about, but the they’re not quite sure how to get started, and they feel anxious about how they will pay the bills. Sometimes the right answer is to rip off the bandaid. But perhaps more often, the right answer is to build a bridge from where you are to where you want to be.
Do one of the next right things in front of you. See how that feels. See who you meet. See if there’s a part that is more exciting to you than the rest. Then, do one of the new next right things in front of you.
Build the path as you go.
Your authentic power is needed!
Many people have a visceral negative reaction to the word ‘power’ because the power they have experienced has often been a ‘power over’. Power over depends on force, domination, coercion, and colonization, is embedded in the foundation of patriarchal systems, and has been used to oppress, separate, marginalize, and control others.
There is a shifting desire to create and live in a world that operates from a space of power with. Power together. Power as a collective.
Collective power is magnetic and expansive.
Authentic power is essential for collective power. Your authentic power is essential for collective power.Authentic power comes from your internal fire, passion, and heart.
Authentic power requires a connection to your emotional self and it requires your voice and expression.
The emotional self is not always a comfortable place for those who were raised hearing that emotions are a weakness. Nor is the expression of voice a comfortable space for those who have been told their perspective isn’t important or have needed to fit in to remain safe. In addition, authentic power often requires boundaries. So, lots of things that can keep you playing it safe or stuck in your rut.
However, the paradigm is shifting. Your authentic power is seeking to emerge and you are ready to step into your authentic power.
How can you foster this in small ways? Some suggestions:
Connect to your emotions and become aware of your feelings. Practice admitting when you’re feeling a bit off, a bit sad, a bit angry, a bit hopeful, a bit joyful.
Practice your voice through toning, singing, or speaking out loud while you’re alone in the car.
Journal about what you believe and what is important to you.
Speak your truth. In love.
Find your people - the ones who speak the language of your heart.
Allow your authentic power, that fire in your heart, to guide you into your next steps.
Our life has both an inner and outer landscape. Our inner landscape refers to our soul, mind, and emotions. It is how we see ourselves and forms the lens of how we perceive the world. We live in an outer landscape – the world outside of us which we bump into every waking, and non-waking, moment.
Change and healing can start from either direction.
Sometimes, we do the very physical act of cleaning out a closet only to see ripples of new beginnings as a result of spiritual, emotional, and mental space opening up in our life. We plant a garden and see other projects begin to grow.
Sometimes, we do the heavy emotional labor of working through grief or childhood trauma only to find that our diet or exercise patterns change, or we move to a new location. We practice self-compassion and begin to recognize it would be healthier to see certain people less.
The yin/yang between these always exists, but this is a season of depth and rapidity of change between the inner and outer landscapes of our lives.
Are you seeking to make a change but have been feeling stuck? There is a flow right now that can help you surf between your inner and outer landscape.
If you’ve been one to focus on self-help books and similar approaches, try things that actively involve your body. Garden; work on your yard. Renovate a space in your home. Volunteer in the community. These sound too big? Clean a closet. Drive home a different route. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
If you’re one to focus on the physical, try things that help you learn. Get out those self-help books. Take a course. Start seeing a therapist. Practice self-nurture, self-compassion, and self-love. Journal. Meditate. Sit quietly for 5 minutes and just notice what is going on around you and what is going on in you.
And through it all, don’t forget to play, connect to others, and rest!