You can feel, taste and see how your vision can bloom in the world. You are getting closer and closer to jumping all in and living your dreams. But! Where to start?
The excitement of the idea is flipping compelling. Yet all the pieces that make it so are immense and numerous. What are the next meaningful steps to help you effectively get to where your heart skips a beat?
🌿 Step One. Let your self dream it ALL. That’s right, allow the full extent of your excitement and visioning to play out and have it’s way with your body, mind and soul. Because blocking it is like trying to a stop a laugh in Grade 9 science class - it doesn’t go away, and will eventually erupt into your reality and get you in trouble.
🌿 Step Two. Get it out of your inside and into the outside. Mind-map. Draw. Write simple single words onto a page. Journal. Make voice messages to yourself. Whatever it is that helps you express your inner dreams into a somewhat objective outer experience. You don’t need to share this with anyone. Keep adding to it until you feel it’s clear enough and when you notice you’re repeating yourself.
🌿 Step Three. Tease apart all that expression from Step Two into clusters of activity and focus. What are the values you’ve expressed? Can you see your vision and mission clarifying themselves? Can you see different services and products emerging with more distinction? Let your pattern recognising intelligence help you sort and order your thoughts into clusters of information. This will help you focus your attention and not feel overwhelmed by the hugeness of it all as one big to-do.
🌿 Step Four. Pick out the next steps from each cluster. As you take in the information and insights you’ve sorted into groups, do you see any obvious actions emerging? Map them out, no matter how big or small. Clarify what wants to be done. If it seems like a big task, break-it down into smaller steps. And then go about doing them, step-by-step, piece-by-piece.
You can do it! And you will do it when you make it waaaay easier by allowing your visions to be more objective and actionable. I can’t wait to see your flowers brightening up our world.
The time is soon for Southern Hemisphere dwellers to gather up their dreams & visions, and to plant them deep into the potential of the coming Winter Solstice.
As the sun turns annually, it wraps us in a rhythm. Inward and outward. Waxing and waning.
Right now we sit on the very edge of the sun’s final waning descent. It’s darker, colder, internal. This is the signature of this period of the year. It asks us to rest, slow down, reflect and imagine.
As the creators of our own reality, it’s our responsibility to do the required work to live the life we truly desire.
By allowing our attention to be guided by the seasonal cues - e.g. Winter Solstice = inward dreamtime - we synch with a deep wisdom that all life moves by.
To do this, over the coming week you might like to have a daily practice of journaling your dreams for the year to come. Take 20 minutes to consciously sit in the soft winter sun, allowing the solar teacher and life source to illuminate what wants to grow in your life for this next cycle.
My eBook SEASONAL GOALS - A LIVING GUIDE (2019) translates and guides readers through the finer details of moving with this living map.
It’s getting all prettied up to be released as Version 2 in the coming week. The introductory price of $3.95 will be finishing with the release of this next version (psst... this means a price rise). So head over to my site (erinyoung.net) to grab your copy of Version 1 quick sticks.
Or, hang tight to grab a copy of Version 2.... which is waaaay more sexy!
And regardless, I wish you a blessed slowing, softening, allowing, receiving. This is the time to let your visions burn bright in your inner self, and set them in motion to blossom over the year to come 🌞🌿
“I need to stop abandoning myself, and ask what is it I’m really here for?” I heard a potential client share this morning.
She is navigating the realisation that her true self wants to live fully. Yet she knows she’s conditioned into playing small to fit into the rational paradigm of dominant culture.
My response: “Bravo, given that we’re self-determining beings whether we know it or not”. It’s our choice how we live our lives.
It’s our choice what ‘wood’ we place on our soul fire.
It’s our choice to do the work that inevitably most of us have gotta do to live soul-fulfilling lives.
And why the hell not? Yes, it’s work. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. But so is trying to fit into a world that doesn’t quite stoke your true calling.
I’m helping people make these changes in their lives and TOTALLY feeling blessed for the opportunity. If you wanna jump on board the TRUE SELF train, hit me up to explore how my coaching packages can help you stop abandoning yourself and live your best life 🌿
Have you noticed how much energy, motivation and excitement you can have when your creative expression is freely activated? Oh boy, I have recently... and it’s been thrilling. And also surprising how it can ‘switch on’ suddenly, given the right conditions. Making me realise how much it wasn’t on before.
Creative energy is one of humanity’s most renewable resources. It can be dulled and dormant, yes. But never will our species lose the drive to create.
Question is: what part of your intelligence/s does your creativity activate when rolling in it’s sweet spot? 👇🏼👇🏽👇🏾
Every year or so I hang this dressing gown around my topless body and have a probing breast exam by good doctors and quality equipment. My dear mum made her way through breast cancer in her early 30’s and lives to tell the tale... which is why I’ve gotta do this.
It’s always a little strange being in a room of dressing gowned, mostly older, women. And it’s usually a bit of a life check-in moment for me.
Today I felt the experience of ‘woman’ in a patriarchal, post-feminist reality. In the facial expressions of those other women I see concern, fear, dedication, holding of other people’s pain, holding of their own pain. There’s so much subtle energy a woman is woven to feel and experience. I feel it in that room.
The other thing I experienced today was the total whiteness of the people in that clinic. It’s a place of complete privilege. It’s not a cheap exercise. Every person was white skinned. And yet there are likely many people of colour who don’t get into that room for the careful examination I experienced today but who really need it.
I don’t know what this realisation will precipitate. But I do know that in a context of major upheaval around deep systemic racial injustice, it has to precipitate something constructive. I care for people of colour dearly, and yet I ride my priviledge a little too much without fair share of opportunity. Priviledge = responsibility. Time to uplevel.
That all said, deeply grateful I could be tested and that it was all clear 🌿
⏱This old scratched Seiko watch emerged out of a box last Sunday.
It was my beloved late grandfathers; a nostalgic score to remind me of his well-timed ways. I put the watch on as I went about my cleaning and culling.
Later I noticed the seconds hand was moving.
AHA, IT’S ALIVE!
I was thrilled to see the resurrection of function in this old workhorse, running off the kinetic motion of my moving around.
It wasn’t until a day or two later, adamantly wearing the clunky watch as my new prized vintage position that I realised the significance. At this time of Samhain - the death spoke in the wheel of the year - the ancestors are close and the veils thin. It’s the time for us to honour them, feed them, feel them.
My Grandy’s watch, ticking & telling me the time with the charging-up of my movement, was poignantly symbolising what’s available to us when we engage and relate to our ancestors.
When we ‘wear’ them, relate to them, honour their essence, we bring life to them. N.E.R.D - no one ever really dies - especially our ancestors, whose spirits keenly serve their blood lineage (us, the alive ones) who are currently carrying the baton of breath in the relay of life. They are there for us. Even the ones who, though perhaps LONG forgotten, link us to out indigenous membership on Spaceship Earth.
We have them as intimate allies who are awaiting activation. BUT! This only happens when we live with them, utilise them, access them and appreciate them. Just like my ol’ grandfathers watch. Their benevolence is ours for utilising if only we’re bold and humble enough to honour our elders and call upon their support. Every single one of us has this option...if you choose 🖤
The past month has been immense. Seeing ‘life as usual’ move into ‘unprecedented times’ is confronting.
Yet this immensity, for me, hasn't felt like overwhelm or breakdown. It has felt like paying attention. Watching. Observing. Seeing what’s happening and responding with the next most appropriate action.
In some ways, I'm not surprised by this situation of global lock-down catalysed by the COVID-19 viral pandemic. Big things were bound to happen in 2020 - the planets were gearing up for this and astrologers have been talking about 2020 for a long time. The archetypal experience they saw coming was major transformative work on the world’s structures and institutions. 'Brutal' and 'brilliant' are the theme words I use a lens to interpret.
To be honest, I'm glad we're at this point.
As complex living adaptive systems, life's emergent nature simply hasn't been attended to by the status quo. The modus operandi of the industrial zeitgeist has been operating counter to the living systems principles we know sustain life. The situation has been winding up like a rubber band being pulled tighter and tighter. It was bound to break.
It’s not just our physical immune systems needing resilience at this time of global pandemic. Our immunity must be sufficiently robust emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, socially, and ecologically.
This year was always going to be a hard one. The patterns of planetary archetypes told us, long ago, that 2020 would be a colossal year. Much like 2001 with 911, and 1982 with the nuclear arms race and potential nuclear holocaust. The historical analogues go back to WW2, WW1 and others.
The planets are dosing us with a bitter medicine right now - and it’s needed. They are rattling the cage of our collective systems, structures, governance, maturity. The medicine will have RESULTS & REPERCUSSIONS, both BRUTAL & BRILLIANT. The medicine is drawing out the shadows of our planetary immunity, highlighting deficiencies and calling on solutions with deep integrity.
The response is what counts. Our response will determine just how brutally or brilliantly the results and repercussions land.
We can see the brutal repercussions starting to unfold more starkly around us. Global connectivity just got a whole lot less enticing when a viral pandemic comes in the mix.
The brilliance comes when the bitter hardship is alchemised into a golden phase-change in how ‘normal’ is done on the planet.
Those of us paying attention to the collective immune system have seen the symptoms of system overload for quite a while. For centuries in fact. The industrial operating system has had so many wonders emerge with it. But at great cost. The pointy end of the planetary stick is clearly jabbing our societies into integrity with living systems.
When our collective immune system is robust - especially spiritually and emotionally - we will see less panic and pandemonium, and more graceful, mature responsiveness.
This is the time for us to get really clear on what reparations are required for integrity within humanity, and to DO them - sincerely, completely and with utter humility to the greater whole in which we’re all connected.
x Erin 🌿
I was interviewed for a great podcast - Impact Boom - while I was at Newkind Conference in Tasmania recently. I'm really happy with how this conversation turned out.
It's full of gems about how sociocracy helps organisations do good work internally so they can do good work out in the world. Have a listen if you're curious!
Transcript and audio link on Impact Boom site.
Delight beaming in the wrap-up our Social Permaculture session at the Grounded Retreat at Earth Frequency Festival 2020 🌿 🌏✨
Such shiny souls discovering regenerative social design. Every moment with other people is laden with possibility to create, generate and thrive. Putting on our Social Permaculture glasses helps us see what’s right under our nose and what’s possible.
Thanks to the great example of the festival to display Permaculture principles at play in social design. And much love for having me sharing this magic once again Grounded Permaculture 🌞🌻
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