How Our Heroes Can Help Us

Morning Friends,

Here’s a fun exercise on how to further think about what we really want to do with our lives….

1. Grab a sheet of paper

2. In the middle of the page, draw a circle and write “MY SUPER 5”- and then draw 5 arrows going in different directions, from that circle

3. Then at the end of those arrows; draw 5 smaller circles

4. In each of those 5 circles, write the names of people you think are awesome. They do not have to be celebrities or public figures. They could be your boss or one of your parents. It doesn’t matter; just ask yourself, without pondering too much; who are my super 5?

5. Your circles might contain names like this (I’m putting a few of my faves in here, just as an example); Oprah, Marianne Williamson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Richard Fidler, Kirstie Allsop (what a mixed bag of peeps, but you’ll see where I’m going with this in a minute…)

6. Then, from those 5 names, draw 5 lines coming off each circle and then write the things you like and admire about those people

7. Think about the person, what they stand for and what they do; what it is you like about them. For example, with Oprah on your list, you might write about her- teacher, authentic, connected, spiritual talks, phenomenal role model, etc. I put Richard Fidler on my list, because he is my all time favourite interviewer, the qualities I like are; presentation, connection with subject, personability, enthusiasm, thorough knowledge of subject…and Kirstie Allsopp, TV presenter, the qualities I love about her are; passion, enthusiasm, fun energy, connection to the people she’s talking to etc; Thich Nhat Han, the qualities I revere are; peace maker, advanced soul, serene, peaceful communicator etc, and then Marianne Williamson; extraordinary speaker, hyper intelligent, challenging, spiritual expert etc. It doesn’t necessarily matter who the person is that you choose, but for some reason, you like these people; their energy, their message, whatever.

8. Once your mind map is complete, you have an entire page of information with which to guide you on your own quest

9. Have some of the people you’ve chosen surprised you? What about their qualities? Do any of them overlap?

10. Without giving it too much attention, see if there’s any guidance for you on this map. For example, do qualities or skills come up more than once, for example; speaker, teacher, compassion, enthusiasm?

11. Don’t give it to much thought or concern; just marinate on it for a while and hold onto that piece of paper…Part 2 of the exercise will be tomorrow

I’d love to hear from you. Who made it onto your list? What was it about these 5 people that you liked/admired? Let me know by leaving a comment on the blog. 

Claire x 

Radical Shifts of Perception

Hi Friends,

I just googled the word Perception and here’s how Wikipedia defined it: “Perception (from the Latin perception, percipio) is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment.” And then, more pages follow…but let us consider that first statement, which is very powerful. The way we see and interpret the world around us is directly linked to the way we think and feel about ourselves, and then the way we think and feel about ourselves is a direct reflection of how we behave towards others and exist in the world.

In Marianne Williamson’s recent “Soul Sunday” discussion with Oprah, she defined a miracle (referring to the teachings from A Course in Miracles) as “a shift in perception from fear to love.” A Course in Miracles teaches us, that if we are willing to change the way we look at and perceive the world around us (and ourselves within it) we can radically change our reality from fear to love, from darkness to light.

This is such an unbelievably important and insightful interview (you can watch it by clicking onto OWN full episodes on the net) and if you haven’t seen it already, I can’t recommend it enough. Marianne says, “If I’m not happy, there’s something I’m not looking at correctly” and that “We are either walking in the direction of fear, or the direction of love.” Love is not to be confused with romantic love, but rather positive energy, fear is darkness, love is light. There’s nothing in between. You’re either operating from a place of fear or love; if you’re feeling happy, you’re walking the path of love, when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, angry or depressed, you’re walking the path of fear.

This is my third attempt at studying A Course in Miracles. I first picked up the text in 2005 and again in 2006 and found it daunting. I was overwhelmed and a little spooked by it. Simply not ready. However, now that I myself now fully understand what it means to have a radical shift in perception, and truly feel after a life almost entirely made up of fear, I’m ready to fully commit to this text. Now that I am clearer about my true purpose in life (Writing, Teaching and Speaking as a Transformational Life Coach) I am open to this process. My previous careers as a performer and screenwriter, although essential to my path of development were not truly of relevance to me. Those “titles” for me were fear based and focused on exterior validation. I didn’t realize this until recently I had a breakthrough session with Intuitive Catalyst and author Becky Walsh which radically shifted my perception of things.; and made me wake up to what I truly believe is important. Perhaps, if I hadn’t recently experienced my own radical shift in perception, I wouldn’t be writing these words. In fact, I know I wouldn’t. Thank you Becky Walsh!

Every single spiritual teacher that I revere; Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Robert Holden, and so many more, refer to A Course in Miracles as being transformative to their spiritual evolution. So 2014 is the year for me to dive into the teachings.

I think a wonderful way to approach the teachings of this text without diving in head first, is to first watch Oprah’s interview with Marianne Williamson and then to read Marianne’s book A Return to Love, which in it’s day was a best seller, and to this day remains one of the most effective and powerful books ever written. I am also in the middle of reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s “Spirit Junkie” which also teaches the principles of A Course in Miracles, and is perfect for a young and contemporary audience. Starting with Oprah’s interview with Marianne however, is essential for anyone who believes that changing your thinking can change your life, and as Marianne said in that interview, “If you know what changes a heart, you know what changes the world”…that’s some inspiring stuff.

So as a suggestion for today, you might want to try this out.  Every hour try checking in with yourself, to see how you’re truly feeling. I love Martha Beck’s suggestion of asking yourself whenever walking by a mirror, “How you doing sweetie?” Are you feeling good or bad? Are you walking on the love path or the fear path? If you find yourself walking on the love path, that’s excellent, but if you’re on the fear path, you might want to say to yourself; “I’m willing to see this differently”.

Love from Claire xx

If Everybody Lived these Principles….

Hi friends,

Two years ago I had the pleasure of seeing Marianne Williamson speak and I was absolutely blown away by the powerful force that she is and the message of peace that she speaks.

I’m very pleased to hear that this wonderful speaker and teacher is running for congress. Last night, I read “A Return to Love”, Marianne’s most well known book, a reflection on A Course In Miracles. It’s such a wonderful book, one to return to again and again.

Have a lovely day,
Claire 🙂

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