The last three years, I have chosen a theme word to explore during the new year.
I vision the feel I would like for the year, then choose a word that inspires me to gently stretch into new territory.
I love the idea of expansion in all realms; choosing a theme word is my way of signaling to Universe I am ready to expand. What has happened, though, is that expansion has been to a depth and range far beyond what I could have asked for or fathomed possible for me.
Because Facets is an expression of my heart space, my experience of last year is that I far surpassed my original goals for Facets within the first three months of creating this space.
Perhaps my original goals were too small? but I truly don’t think so. When I analyze it, I think what happened is that my heart space expanded–in my personal life I was embracing practices that cultivated a centered-ness within alignment and resonance. I stopped pushing myself physically and energetically and allowed for this beautiful (sometimes painful) process of becoming my heart truth. That manifested change in every area of my life.
As those offline changes occurred, I kept creating through Facets. Where I once might have felt fear–because I didn’t have skill, knowledge, or resources for something I wanted to create (for instance offline retreats)–I simply researched and created.
What I did in one year: host meetups, publish three collaborative ebooks, publish a weekly transformational magic subscription letter, create the Gift of Presence affirmations ecourse, continue to enhance my personal sessions programs, host energetic distance movement and intention circles, create the Love Letters from my Soul to Yours program, create and write “A Daily Whisper”, maintain and continue to update my website pages, astounds me.
I did that without my own laptop or internet service, while working with clients, raising my children as a single mom, sometimes working a part-time job offline to generate income. I did that while regaining my physical health after having been ill and on bed rest through the end of last year and while releasing relationships that mattered tremendously to me but were no longer in resonance. I did that while sometimes literally one step away from homelessness, after I lost my boat and consistent income, and not having a family to “catch me” in the moments I truly needed one.
(A dear friend and peer, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo opened her home to the children and I. This space became a temporary sacred container from which I am healing, growing, creating, walking at water’s edge at sunset, and simply becoming *joy*. I wish to acknowledge that generosity and graciousness here, because it matters, tremendously, in more ways than words can express).
I didn’t know what I wanted to create through this space, but I did know I wanted more than anything to honor my heart whispers. I couldn’t close my heart because it hurt, I had to keep it open to embrace my dream. And, for projects like “A Daily Whisper” I needed at least one new photograph a day, which meant that even when my heart hurt, I was outside looking for beauty, often finding it in unlikely places, then taking the time to appreciate it before sharing it along with a message of faith and hope.
I share that because “how” I chose to explore the idea of collaboration is this past year I created pretty much solo. It was at once fulfilling, yet exhausting. And, yes, I had an overflow of energetic support, so thank you for that! What I didn’t have was physical, tangible hands-on help. I hadn’t learned to ask for it in life. And, I hadn’t considered learning, until now.
So, I chose collaboration for my 2013 word. In my life I learned to be (and to prize) independent/ce and that along with my faith is what has carried me through now. I recognize that is going to take a few miracles to finish this transformation begun last year. So, my original intent for “collaboration” was myself and Universe, as in okay Universe, I am here, I am ready, let’s do it. But, I’ve done that my entire life. Time for something more expansive.
Already in a few weeks, the meaning has evolved to my new motto, as shared in the affirmation photo above: “Life is a collaboration with love”. This means I will readily share and graciously receive, with love. Aligned with love. Resonating with love. Connected through love. Creating with love.
And, I thought, what better way to show my sincerity, to back up my words with action, then to collaborate with this community, my Facets community.
So, I present to you our complimentary gift to begin the new year…a collaborative eBook, with messages solely from readers within this Facets community:
“A Power Prism: Reflections From Source“. Please click the title to visit the book page and sign-up to receive your complimentary copy.
- My next article is a discussion of intentions, affirmations, and theme words. For now, though, I would love to know, as you consider moving into the energy of 2013, what is one thing you vision/are drawing to you/would like more of? Please leave your answer in the comments below.
- Thank you for your presence within this community. Yes, Facets is my heart space, so you each have a place within that space. I explore and experiment, the site evolves as I evolve, and through your comments and personal emails many of you have said how much your heart has opened to gentle practices and movements of presence. That is the gift. And, again, it matters, tremendously, far beyond what words can express. Thank you!
I choose to collaborate with Love because it is unlimited, unconditional, and ever-present; I wish for you to know and trust Love as I do. With gratitude….Happy 2013, may your heart whispers become your reality!
Okay…if you may leave your comment below…and then go to the book page…I’m excited for you to receive this beautiful message!
Much peace and abundant love,
Reminder: Linger. Savor. Relish.