Hello, after many weeks of silence but not absence I wanted to update you. Putting this past year into a cohesive flow of words was a bit challenging but here goes…
2017 has been a full year of retreats, teaching courses, writing on my second book, hosting the 4th annual Your Sacred Ambition Event, and traveling to Europe twice – both to feed my heart and soul in places that call to me.
My Camino (which means, way or journey) this year has been a continuation of a ‘journey’ that started for me about seven years ago.
To be more specific, I was called out of my comfortable counseling practice and teaching schedule to expand my perceived boundaries of the work I was really doing in the world and to shift my perceived reality.
In other words – I had outgrown what I was doing which for me had always been based on where my consciousness was at the time…and either I needed to find another profession or walk through a mysterious doorway and grow.
I choose the latter.
I believe we are all called to expand, to grow, to venture into the unknown in many different ways. All of those invitations – whether bidden or unbidden, prompted by boredom, adversity or sea change – come with a fair amount of fear and trepidation. We like our comfort and the safety of the routine and status quo we have created for ourselves. There is part of our nature that likes the expected, the familiar and the norm. But life is not like that, is it? I’m sure you have noticed. Or as the saying goes, The only thing that is constant is change.
Seven years ago I was invited to change things up.
To change ME. To grow and expand in my ability to go deeper into the invisible realms of what I call Spirit so that I could assist myself and others to get freer, to be less encumbered with the conditioning of matter, the material, the human. And to start a blaze of heart callings that would metaphorically catch fire and assist in the shift of consciousness that is presently ON US ALL.
I named this invitation a Sacred Calling.
Why did I say ‘yes’ to this BIGGER CALLING? Because I realized that the world needs those of us who have a sacred heart calling to own it, express it and share it in whatever way it wants to be expressed. And there needs to be those who are ringing the bell to come out of hiding, and to point down a long path through the terrain ahead to say, This way.
This is your Camino.
Yes, I am aware today, in hindsight, that the soul and heart-stirring seven years ago for me was the foreshadowing of preparation that was at this time. 2010 was the inception and the last seven years have been the gestation and birthing of a steely resolve and commitment to who I am, who WE are, and what we are all ‘called’ to at this time.
This last year has challenged me – to the core.
I have shared extensively about my journey to the underworld with Kali so I won’t go into detail here. But I really think that we all have been shaken this past year – in one way or another. I have heard and read many stories of deep grief and despair, of powerlessness and overwhelm. The natural disasters and violence alone have been so hard to take – I don’t know anyone that has not been affected.
The challenge that was given to me 12-months ago “So Rebecca, what are you going to do with your radical loving now?” still rings inside.
So that is what I have been doing for the last year. Putting my voice, my gifts and blessings, my teaching and mentoring in line with what is radical loving to me.
Perhaps that is what you have been doing as well, even though you may not have called it ‘radical loving’.
Perhaps you have signed more petitions and sent more letters and made more phone calls that you ever felt were possible in resistance to the overt agenda of hatred, rancor, separation, and violence on so many fronts.
Or perhaps your ‘radical loving’ showed up one-to-one as you made a commitment to engage in conversations and listen to those who may not share your point of view or perspective of what is ‘right’ and what is ‘good.
I believe all of these acts, small or large, are radical for they are saying to the current regime – “No, I do not believe nor will I participate with you in your rhetoric and your fear. I choose loving. And will do what I can when I can to foster more openness, more kindness, more caring, more support and more action to demonstrate that loving.”
Our strength and resilience to keep going lies in each one of us knowing who we are – The TRUE SELF. I can not write or teach or speak on behalf of the calling in my heart unless I know – in my heart and soul – my truth.
For me, truth is loving and loving is truth.
When I source that truth I show up in the world as the TRUE ME, rather than the me that can be self-righteous, judgmental, petty, jealous and punishing.
Do you know your TRUE SELF?
What I know is even if you know your True Self we all must be reminded. Carving out time to renew your commitment to your Truth is necessary. You must set time aside to listen inside away from the noise and distractions of the world and to clear away the negative mindset that may have crept in and perhaps shut down a part of that bright light that you are.
There is a time to march, to make your resistant voice known…and there is a time to go inside – to retreat – and to use all of your inner turmoil to take the deeper journey – to walk through the door that is beckoning and find out the undiscovered value of YOU on the other side.
In 2018, I want to make time for each of you to honor your True Self and pause your life for a few days to reset your compass for the year ahead.
You can read about what I have planned for March 2nd & 3rd 2018 below. I hope you will join me. I will share more about the True Self, the False Self, Caminos over the weeks ahead.
But for now…If this resonates with you go ahead and put the dates on your calendar. Keep that time set aside for YOU. Make 2018 a year you commit to living more from the truth of you so we will ALL be blessed.
You can learn more here: Camino of the True Self
- Your Life as a Camino - January 11, 2018
- Camino of the True Self: Self-Image or Self-Esteem? - December 12, 2017
- Camino of the True Self - November 28, 2017
- The Important Lesson of “All In” - June 27, 2017
- Kathleen’s Story – The Human side of My Sacredness - May 3, 2017