Total Website Makeover

The Universe has been sending me messages lately that are guiding me back into the world of parent/educator support.

Trusting in the messages, I have responded by doing a complete makeover on my website so that I am ready for when opportunity knocks.

Although the possibilities are exciting on their own, the fun part involved the website design. I’ve owned a Mac computer for several years and have played around with iWeb a few times, but nothing serious. This past week, however, for some reason – I got hooked. Oh, the fun I had playing with the features of the program and fine-tuning my vision for what I wanted to present to the world.

The result is 2 sites connected. “The Journey Within” will continue to focus on spirituality and “Today’s Child” contains information about parent and educator supports.

And now … I have to wait and see what the Universe has in store for me. But I am ready. I listened to the messages and responded by getting prepared.

~ Debbie, The Journey Within

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Being Aware of The Messages

Before I begin telling my story I have to preface with saying that I do not believe that the Universe changes the skies and the weather conditions just to give me a message. I just want to make that clear, up front!

Now, let me tell you my story. My professional career has been on a roller coaster ride over the past few months. It has went from a very comfortable schedule of living a simple life with just enough work to pay the bills, to a bombardment of opportunities knocking on my door. It was exciting, although people kept asking me if the projects were going to impact my relaxed life style in a negative way.

I thought things were going well and then, this past month, one project after another was canceled, leaving me questioning the last part of my balanced lifestyle: the paying the bills. This change in the situation gave me an opportunity to put my “trusting” to the test. My head said, “the Universe has a plan and there is something bigger on its way.” My heart said, “trust.. everything will fall into place as it is to be.” And my ego voice said, “but what about the bank account?” And my head and heart reminded me to trust — “you talk about it, now is the time to walk the talk!”

And this brings us to today… the “being aware” part of the story. Today I was headed to a client and on my way I asked the Universe for a sign, something to help me understand my path at this time and what opportunities were waiting for me. Now, the weather outside this morning happened to be foggy and it was hard to see anything let alone a sign.

As I drove along, there were times when the sun tried to poke through the misty air, only to be swallowed up again in the fog. And then i realized, that the fog was the message! I was currently in a state of fog, unclear of my direction and not able to see what was out there for me. This is a natural state in life and we all know that the fog doesn’t stay and it will pass. Awareness. (Remember my preface note? I don’t really think the Universe sent fog today – just for me. But all things hold Wisdom and today, I was aware of the Wisdom of fog.)

At my clients, the consultation was very powerful, ending with the client saying, “Thank you so much. Everything you said today held such meaning for me. I don’t know how things would have turned out if we hadn’t had this talk. Thank you.” My ego was happy, let me tell you.

And then I returned home. On my drive this time, heading in the opposite direction, I realized that even though it was noon I was facing the moon – the symbol of the feminine energy – the guiding force behind knowing the Truth and knowing what is right. Hanging directly over the road and in line with my view was this precious orb. (Again — I don’t believe there was a shift in the solar system to place the moon in my path on this day. Just want to point that out – again. But, regardless, the Wisdom was still there for me to remember.)

Following the very rewarding consultation, the sky cleared up and everything was shiny and bright. The fog had lifted; the path was clear and Grandmother Moon smiled down upon me. Where am I headed? I trust that I will head exactly where I am to go and, regardless of what opportunities lie in front of me, that “who I am” will say/do/be and make a difference. The inner knowing IS my path. This is who I am. This is what I am to do. This is my now and my future, regardless of how this is to be expressed and shared with the world.

Oh what a glorious day and thanks to the Universe for the messages. I am so glad that I was paying attention. I am now a new “me”.

~ Debbie, The Journey Within

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Exciting Times Ahead!

At this time of year, here in Ontario, children are getting ready to start their school year. They will possibly be meeting new teachers, going to new schools, making new friends, taking new classes, learning new skills, and, well, there really isn’t an end to the possibilities!

For me, I, too, seem to be at the beginning of a new year, as my September is filled with a variety of new projects. The following are some of my new ventures:

~ I am co-facilitating a “Wise Woman’s Circle” in our community. I am really excited about this. Not only will I be facilitating self-awareness and empowerment discussions but I will also be learning from a group of ladies, learning from their wisdom, from their experiences. I know that these Circles are going to be very powerful events.

~ the “WoW: Empowerment Series” will be available online within the next month. The program is finished and ready to go and I’ve listened to the audio files twice now, since completion, and each time I have had new aha moments and been inspired.

~ the Gatherings continue to take place here in The Cabin as well as at the Welkin Centre. I have a feeling that something wonderful is going to take place at these Gatherings over the next few months.

~ the 2nd Annual Li’l Creek Bluegrass Jamboree is around the corner and that will be a wonderful afternoon of music and socializing.

~ there are new things happening with the LumberJocks.com / GardenTenders.com / HomeRefurbers.com sites, but I’ll have to leave you wondering about that one. Announcements will be made within a couple of weeks, I hope. (For those of you who don’t know, I am the Community Manager for these online communities. If you are a woodworker, a gardener, or a home refurbisher (for fun or profit) be sure to check out our sites.

~ and last but not least is our big family get-together in December. Our entire family will be home for Christmas. I think that the last time this happened was for my Mom’s 80th birthday in 2007.. no, not everyone was able to attend that. So, I can’t remember when the last time was! This is going to be a wonderful year.

New Beginnings – new possibilities, new inspirations, new Wisdoms. Life is good!

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Setting It Free

The other day, while walking the beach with a friend, I had an interesting experience.

As I walked, I was not only “just be-ing” but I was also being aware of objects that were calling my name. On my walk I found a feather with half of the one side missing and a piece of driftwood that formed a “y” with one side shorter than the other. The two pieces seemed to copy each other in shape. The message that I received at the time was that my “left brain” was not in balance with my “right brain” — I was not using one of them enough in my life — I think it is my creative side that is lacking at the moment.

Anyway, as I walked north along the short I saw a feather floating in the water. I had a quick thought to pick it up and then realized that I was to leave it to go on its journey and so I kept walking.

On the way back, I saw the feather again and smile. I kept walking and, soon, my friend also passed by the feather and I heard her say, “No – you have a journey to travel. I will leave you on your way.”

Interesting that both of us had the same response to the same feather.

Later, as I was sitting on the beach holding my lopsided feather and my piece of driftwood, contemplating their meaning, I felt a slight breeze go through the feather, making it vibrate from tip to tip. I wondered if I should let it sail on the wind but held onto it, although a little less firmly.

I continued to contemplate the messages of the morning and added the meaning behind the amazing vibration that I was feeling. Then, I decided to return to the water and I sat the stick and the feather into the hollow of my camp chair seat. At first I put the feather on top but realized that it wouldn’t stay there long and I tucked it underneath the piece of driftwood. I said, “if you are gone when I get back, I know that you have a journey to go on.” And I smiled and walked away.

When I returned, the driftwood was laying in the sand in front of the chair and the feather was about six feet away laying in the sand. The wind was not that strong and the wood and feather had been sitting in the “pocket” of the chair seat, well protected from the breeze and yet they had been lifted out of the chair and the feather was released into the wind.

There are many things in our lives – tangible and intangible – (including relationships) that we know we need to set free (or don’t know) and yet we cling to them – sometimes holding tightly, sometimes twitching as we waver between letting it go and holding onto it longer.

But in the end, one way or another the items are set free. Hopefully it is because we made a conscious decision to do so and in so doing we set ourselves free as well.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Gatherings

When you add one thing to another you get double the stuff. When you mix two ingredients in cooking, you get double the taste experience. When you put two Spiritual Seekers together you get double the insight and double the positive energy.

Regardless of whether or not you think of yourself as a Spiritual Seeker, you must have felt the power of bringing two like-minded people together. As mankind struggles to regain a synchronicity with nature in order to undo the damage we have done to the earth as well as to reach our next level of development and enlightenment, it is important that we each unite our positive intentions and energies in order to strengthen them and to have the most impact on our journey.

Of course, the more people you have in one room the more powerful the effect will be but even a 1:1 conversation with someone has a huge impact. Not only do these two people become inspired by being in each others’ presence and by the Wisdom shared but they each go out into their own little worlds and share this new energy even if it is only through the glowing smiles that adorn their faces.

The more Gatherings that take place around the world the faster our healing will take place. Imagine a single drum beating and then a second adds to the rhythm. Wrapping around the world like a blanket, the impact of the drums becomes a power that one can only imagine. We are these drums echoing the rhythm of Mother Earth.

Are you attending or hosting a Gathering this month?

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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(See my Gatherings Webpage for upcoming events)

Ask the Children

I have a story to tell you. I hope you find it joyful and perhaps insightful.

Yesterday I had an experience that reminded me of a dream/vision that I was given some time ago. I won’t get into that story, other than to say that the message was: “Ask the children. They already know.” The dream was a reminder that the children of today have a stronger connection with Spirit than we have and are very aware.

Yesterday, while in a waiting room with my Mom, a little girl (about 4 years old) came into the room and walked up to me and put her face very close to mine. I ignored her closeness but it was hard not to check her out, since she was right in front of me. She wore glasses, her eyes big like saucers, and she had a splint on her one finger.

She ran back to her mother after our brief connection.

A few moments later she returned to me and the following dialogue went like this:
Girl: What’s your name?
Me: Debbie. What’s your name?
Girl: (her name)
Me: Pleased to meet you…
Girl: Pleased to meet you, too.
( a pause and then she stepped closer to me)
Girl: I have a very sad story to tell you.
Me: Sad? Do I need a kleenex?
(she looked at me, thinking)
Girl: I will tell you the story first. You see if you need a kleenex.
Me: Ok.
Girl: I was at the pediatrician’s and when nobody was looking I took it off. (She held up her finger in the splint.)
Me: Uh-Oh
Girl: (she steps closer again). Did you need a kleenex?

Over the next hour of waiting, she and I had several discussions (I had my Early Childhood Educator hat on and did a few little lessons on “running” and “controlling one’s body). She listened, and in her words, “I tried to control my body but it won” – as she made her last sprint around the waiting room.) But I’m getting off track. So easy to do, when in her presence.

My Mom noted, later, that of all the people in the room, she came up to “me” – perhaps the one person who would listen and interact. Perhaps .. but there was something. She was aware of something… she knew what nobody else knew. And she acted on it.

After our 3-hours spent in the waiting room, my Mom said that she would have left long ago if I hadn’t been there. My response, “Yes, but you wouldn’t have gotten to meet this little girl.” My Mom smiled. “Very true,” she said, “Very true.”

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Breaking Through The Bubble

When working with clients who are struggling with turmoils in their lives and/or emotional upheavals, I use the analogy of a balloon to help them through their current challenges.

Picture yourself in a balloon, all is well – until you want to break free. To get to that outside world, to the possibilities that lie outside the closed space, you have to get through the balloon’s outer surface. You can’t just step through, you have to push and twist and shove. You will probably sweat a little, have some not-so-nice words popping into your head and even, perhaps, off your tongue, but you struggle through, because you know that on the other side there is a great freedom.

This struggle is what we experience when we are in the process of changing our lives, breaking free of our past and walking into the opportunities of the future.

Emotional chaos and roadblocks along your path are just notices from the Universe that it is time to move onto the next step of your journey. It is telling you that the current (or past) way of life isn’t good enough any longer. You have learned those lessons, grown as much as you can from that lifestyle. Now it is time for new lessons, new possibilities – a new “you”.

Are you currently struggling to break through a balloon? Oh how exciting!! I wonder what lies on the other side, for you?

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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New Website

I have a new website!

Not much to say other than: check it out.
“The Journey Within at the Gathering Place”

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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A little DASH of this …

I was going through a box of stuff and found some notes from parenting programs that I used to facilitate.

I like to use acronyms as part of my tool kit because they help me and others remember concepts that we talk about. In the pile of stuff I found a page describing “DASH” as one of the tools to help raise healthy children.

It is a good acronym and I’ll be using it with my clients in the future, I am sure, if the need arises.
* D … do unto others. That’s an easy one. I think everyone knows that phrase, although we don’t always remember to treat others as we would want to be treated.

*A … acknowledge others. Another easy one, but again, do we give thanks and/or attention to others on a regular basis? Have you thanked family members for those little things they do around the house? Think about those individuals who could use a little appreciation but, perhaps, fit into your announces category? Have you acknowledged them and/or their skills recently?

*S… seek wise others. Who do you go to for your advise? Who do you spend time with? Who are you influenced by? Do these people have lifestyles that you want to be a part of? Do they act in ways that enhance and support your true self and personal goals? Do they enhance your positive energy?

*H… help others. And how do you contribute to the Greater Good? Are you helping others or are you just out for your own gains? Are you making a difference?

When we add a DASH of this to our own lives then we become not only stronger, healthier individuals but we become better role-models as well– especially to the children, the next generation.

Enjoy the DASH to the finish line!
~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

Making Change

.. not the dollars and cents kind … but changing our society.

Last week I overheard someone making a statement about our society in a non-subtle, subtle way. The statement was a complaint that did not hold any specifics or information as to how to change things. The gentleman was making a point and letting the world know that he was not happy with how our society operates.

The event has troubled me since it happened. It obviously holds a great Wisdom for me and so I am writing about it in order to discover what that is and to pass it on to others.

As usual, when I am receiving a message from The Universe, I am put into a few similar situations to make sure that I am getting the point. This situation was no different. Once the “uncomfortableness” had set in I was able to see the same issue everywhere I turned.

When we don’t like something, wee complain. And then what – well, I know from experience, that we (or “I”) often then sit back and wait for someone to fix the problem. It is important enough for me to complain about, but what do I do about it?

Well, many issues are too big for me to tackle or I should say too big for me to choose to tackle. And sometimes I have so many bandwagons that I have hopped onto that I leave a few for other people to tackle. But that’s the “take action” route to change. There is another way.

Thinking back to the gentleman with his troubling statement, I have thought about what he could do to make change. As he was, in that moment, for me, he was not a good role-model. He was not someone I would aspire to copy or follow. Instead, if he had stood there as a confident man of Truth, with that positive Spiritual energy oozing out of his pores, and if he had spoke of Truth and well-being and of a united humanity, the situation would have been completely different. I would have wanted to hear more. I would have left feeling stronger, closer to my path of Truth and to my Spirit Within. I would have changed – in a good way – and would have wanted to go out and change the world!

As I am writing this, goosebumps are sending shivers along my arms. The power and impact of living in Truth is huge. The impact one has on others, just by being in someone’s presence in the state of Truth … wow.

And on that thought, an image of Queen Elizabeth pops into my mind. During her visit to Canada, I watched the news and contemplated why she has such a following. Why do I hold her in such high esteem? Is it her title? Perhaps. But, I think it has more to do with her presence. She is a strong woman who gave up her personal life and goals out of duty to the royal family, to take on a huge role in our world. She has endured numerous family dramas and yet remains this calm and solid force, at least to the outside world. Throughout her life she has maintained her image of royalty and integrity. There is that “something” that just inspires me to live better.

Change: I – you – we – have the opportunity to be a catalyst for great change. And all it takes is to “be” in Spirit.

Who is in your presence right now and how is your “being” having an impact?

~ Debbie, The Gathering Place

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