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Consideration of the Day – Gratitude

Posted by Angela on April 30, 2007

Gratitude can be an incredible healing process.  Shifting your perspective from negative self-talk and judgement to appreciation and gratitude can change your field of grace.  Here are some ways that I have found helpful in practicing gratitude:

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal – make a contract with yourself to find three things you are grateful for every single day
  • Look for beauty in the details – a blooming flower, the scent of lilacs on a spring day, a welcoming sunrise.
  • Tell uplifting stories
  • Practice random acts of kindness
  • Tell those you love that you Love them
  • If you catch yourself with feelings of frustration or anger, look for the blessing  (for example, someone is on their cell phone and runs a red light – bless and feel the gratitude that an accident was avoided . . .don’t give away your energy by feeding the anger)
  • Start and end each day with a prayer of gratitude

What ways to you spread gratitude?  How has feeling gratitude impacted your life?

 Blessings and Grace to all,

*Angela

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The Archetype of Mother

Posted by Angela on March 21, 2007

Mother is one of the most diverse of the archetypes in my opinion.  Just  think of some of the many different aspects – we have Mother Nature; Grandmother; Virgin Mother; Good Mom; Working Mother; Devouring Mother; Smothering Mother; Teen Mother; Loving Mother; our own mother; Fairy Godmother; Step Mother; Nurturing Mother; Mother Earth (Gaia) and so on. 

Mother is about creativity and the very act of creation.  It is also about nurturing, guiding, and supporting.  Often mother demonstrates tenancity, protectiveness, resourcefulness.   One of the great lessons of the mother archetype is the process of life and mothering.  It is important to create, nurture, empower and release.  Many a mother struggles profoundly with the process of release – thus we have the whole ’empty-nester’.  

Along the way mother may be called upon for willing sacrifice.  Many a mother who has gone through the process of willing sacrifice came through realizing the process broke their heart wide open and they were filled with unconditional love – truly a potential jewel and gift of the arcehtype of mother. 

Mother also is part of encompassing of the symbolic trinity of maiden – matron – crone.   This symbolism of the trinity is itself also symbolic of the seasons or transitions of life which is also sybolised with Mother Nature.  The cycle goes on . . .

Great Destruction as well as great creation are a potential of the shadow side of the mother.  We think of Mother Nature,  hurricanes (hericanes – which until recently were named based upon the symbolism of feminine destructive powers – don’t worry men / father have equivalent myth)  :8)  

So we have polar opposites: Creation / Destruction – and the duality contained within.  The mother archetype can be a catalyst in the lessons of duality, all encompassing, and wholenss.  I suspect this is why we have so very many archetypical faces for mother.  It is truly one of the archetypes that if we bring into clarity and consciousness can help us understand ourselves at a much deeper level.   

I have only touched upon the many and diverse aspects of the mother archetype.  I invite you to share your own experiences with this archetype.

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Quote of the Day – Forgiveness

Posted by Angela on March 18, 2007

 Forgiveness is Alchemical…

It turns the lead of your ego into the gold of Your Soul

– – Caroline Myss

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Quote of the Day – Highest Potential

Posted by Angela on March 15, 2007

What special gift do you bring to this world?

How can you be of Service?

What one thing can you do today to make someone else’s life better?

Likely, these are all aspects of your Highest Potential or Sacred Contract

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Entering the Castle – New Book by Caroline Myss

Posted by Angela on March 14, 2007

Caroline Myss’ new book and CD audio series are out this month.   One of the things that I really admire about Caroline’s work is that she never stops growing and learning herself.  For those that have studied Sacred Contracts in depth the Archetypes can take on a whole new level of meaning and understanding through the castle work.  Caroline brilliantly guides us through the Interior Castle which is based upon the work of Saint Teresa of Avila. 

This book and CD guides you through the different Mansions of the Interior Castle where you go deeper into yourself, Your Soul and grow closer to God.  In each of these mansions there are a variety of rooms – some described in the book or CD and some that you will discover for yourself.  In each of the rooms you communicate with Your Soul – and my experience is that often the archetypes,  especially those in my chart of origin,  are part of this communication.  Symbolic language is deeply ingrained in understanding Sacred Contracts, and for me is even more deeply a part of working in the Castle. 

This is not a one time read or listen exercise – it is the embarkation of a journey to sacred living.  It has the potential to facilitate completely changing your life – if you choose to continue the journey.  For me, I have a new found sense of Awe, a deeper appreciation of the Mystery of Life, and on occasion a sense of connection that is beyond words – sometimes this connection is a split second – sometimes a bit longer.  It never fails to bring tears to my eyes – the work is that powerful!

One of the things that Caroline recommends is having soul companions to embark upon this journey.   If you are in or near Boise you are invited to join a study group of soul companions to work together and support each other on the journey of the interior castle.  If you are interested in joining us, let me know at www.transitionalhealing.com/contact.htm

Blessings, Light and Grace to all

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The Archetype of the Hedonist

Posted by Angela on January 13, 2007

The Hedonist archetype has always fascinated me.  A dear friend once used the phrase getting off the hedonic treadmill .  I just love that analogy for the trap that so many have fallen into – often referred to as keeping up with the Jones’s .  When we get caught in that trap we invoke a negative aspect of the Hedonist – getting all the stuff that we think will make us ‘happy’, only to have that so-called ‘happiness’ where off as soon as the stuff isn’t new anymore.  It’s a viscious cycle.  The Hedonist also brings creativity and the potential to truly embrace joy.

The light or conscious side of the Hedonist is delicious – it is an ability to embrace the good, wonderful, and pleasurable things in life.  It is a celebration of the wonderousness of our world and delving into the beauty of self and enjoyment.  This embracing of life often leads to creative energy and contagious joy.  I believe that many of the wonderful things that we have in this world are the result of some creative Hedonists.

If a person follows the Hedonist archetype from a less conscious point it is possible to find oneself chasing pleasure at the cost of self, health and relationships.  When a person operates on the ‘auto-pilot’ of the Hedonist the potential pitfall is indulgence at the expence of others and self. 

Of course we all have the capability of tapping into the energy of the Hedonist archetype.  We may choose a day at the spa, or a lovely dinner out with friends, or other special time of pure enjoyment.  It’s a wonderful and enticing energy to embrace from a conscious point of view – in fact I may do so myself a little later today!

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