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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One People

I just posted a new free podcast, “one people”, on my website. I won’t repeat the message here but talking about the concept of “one people” has been sitting with me all day.

One of the signs of a disconnect from our Sacred Selves is when we judge others. I like to think of each of us as a droplet of water in a wave, each droplet doing their own thing and going in their own direction but at the same time being part of the same wave flowing in or flowing out as one.

There is something glorious about that wild wave rushing against the shore. It is so powerful, so beautiful, so brilliant as the water droplets find their way to the destination – can you see those individual droplets leaping through the air, glistening in the sunlight? Brilliant!

But, sadly, as human beings, our ego voice, in an attempt to protect our “selves” (not the “big S” Spiritual Selves), tries to keep us focused on our own individual journey of being the first, the best, the brightest or some other descriptive word. In this aim for survival and superiority comes judgment.

It is as if we take a snapshot of a single moment and can only see the other droplets in a certain state rather than seeing them on their journey in the wave. We see others as competitors, as mean, as snobs, as instigators, as [insert your own descriptor here] and we forget to see that they are on their own journeys, having experienced many things in their lives, been corrupted by their pasts, struggling to survive in their present and make the most for their future.

This disconnect from the wave breaks us into individual droplets… I feel a great sadness at this moment as I type this … we are one people, one wave. We have to start releasing the thoughts and the feelings that keep us, US, from connecting with the wave. This isn’t about the others, this is about our own individual journeys. It’s all we have control over. Right?

We, you, I, need to release the negative bonds to this disconnect. We, I, need to let go of the hatred, the judgments and all the other methods that we use that keeps us from being part of the wave that is moving forward.

I am of the wave. I am the wave. We are the wave. And I admire your brilliancy as you glisten under the sun, as you walk your journey as part of the wave.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “

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This Moment is Nothing

I was reading something today, (written by my favourite author Jamie Sams), that triggered an idea or opened my mind to receive a message: this moment is nothing.

When the message entered my awareness I felt my whole body react – my eyes widened, my shoulders went back and my lungs inhaled. This was a very powerful message.

The basis of this message comes from the story of “the beginning of the world” by an Ojibwe Elder (the link in on the homepage of my website). My understanding of her story goes like this:

    “In the beginning there was nothing… absolutely nothing — except the possibility. And if there was a possibility for one thing, there is a possibility for all things.”

When I received my words of Wisdom today, I realized that each moment is the beginning, the blank slate, the “nothingness”, filled with possibilities.

Each moment is filled with all that “Is”, all the Possibilities that have unfolded and are waiting for what will be. And in each moment of nothingness we are creating the possibilities.

As human beings we often fill our minds with thoughts of “what if” and “if only” or “tomorrow” or “next time” … but we don’t have to wait for some miraculous occurrence to change our lives. In this moment of nothing, that in-between breath, we can change who we are, where we are headed, what we think of ourselves, how we present ourselves, and what we are saying, thinking, and doing. We can make the Possibilities happen.

And from this moment of “nothing” … all things are possible.

~ Debbie, “The Journey Within “
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Ceremony

All things are Sacred, as everything comes from the Great Mystery.

And if everything is Sacred then everything we do should be performed with Ceremony, honouring, respecting, and giving thanks for the objects, the gifts, and the support they provide on our journeys.

It is hard to remember this as we go through our day, or I should speak for myself – I find it hard to remember this, but on occasion I will remember and treat whatever I am doing as a Ceremony.

What an extraordinary experience it is to wash one’s face or make a cup of tea in a Ceremonial fashion. Even putting on socks becomes a powerful event when thought of as a Ceremony. It is amazing how many things one can be thankful for just by putting on socks! There is the material that the socks are made from, the people who made the socks, those who delivered them to the store, the store, the financial resources needed to purchase socks, the feet that the socks are going on, the changes in weather that make socks a much-appreciated resource, the hands that put the socks on, the nerve endings that sense the socks as they are being put on… and the list goes on! Extraordinary.

Have you experienced the effect of such Ceremony for simple, daily activities? I’d love to hear about it.

~ 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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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