Today – November 23, 2014 – is Facets of Joy three-year anniversary!!
I am so excited to celebrate with you!!! Let’s do this *grin*.
Symbolism of the Number Three
I like to understand the symbols and signs in my day and experience. So, when someone congratulated me in LinkedIn for my three-year work anniversary – what spoke to me first was….three years!!!! (and then, gratitude for the gratitude!!).
First, my little family has three members – Kevin, Kaitlyn and I. So, that feels significant. And we have been at three members for three years (so that feels significant as well) And now Facets of Joy is three. So, it feels like the number three would like a bit of attention and awareness.
Numerology: The Vibration and Meaning of Numbers says this about the number three:
Number 3 resonates with the energies of the Ascended Masters, and indicates that the Ascended Masters are around you, assisting when asked. The Ascended Masters help you to focus on the Divine spark within yourself and others, and assist with manifesting your desires. They help you to find peace, clarity and love within.
The gift of words and communication are there for the 3 person, as is inspiration, cheerful optimism and joy. The 3 energy loves life and needs to share their enthusiasm with others. Number 3 is the energy of the ‘creator’ and wants to inspire and light the ‘fire of life’ in others so that they can also feel the joy and enthusiasm for living life to the fullest.
The 3 energy can be charming, entertaining and very social. They have a keen intellect and want the best in life – the pleasant, the beautiful and the luxurious. They feel the need to inspire and beautify the world. The natural capabilities of the 3 allows them to take anything they have a create something beautiful from it.
3 represents the principle of increase, expansion, growth and abundance on the physical, emotional, mental, financial and spiritual levels. When the number 3 is affecting you, it is often difficult to avoid putting on weight.
It feels like it fits!
(If you have anything to say about the number three and its spiritual/energetic meaning for my family and/of Facets of Joy, please do share in the comments below!)
Three Lessons I Have Learned Through Creating for Facets of Joy
Since the creation of Facets of Joy three years ago, my entire life has changed.
I intended for Facets of Joy to be my heart space on the internet; that intention has stretched me personally far beyond anything I thought I would be capable of experiencing; sometimes brought me to my knees in pain; expanded my little world into this vibrant global community of love and gratitude, grace and joy, peace and abundance.
I am learning daily and I love that – my entire being thrives (when I allow it to – when I’m in resistance, ooh-boy, it’s tough stuff!).
1. Allow Your Being to Experience Physical Life Here in This Realm while Energetically Centered and Connected.
Look, the name of the boat I lived on with my children, until the month I created Facets of Joy was *Ethereal Joy*. I am wonderful at understanding and tapping into: elemental energy, sacred connection, natural seasons and cycles, angel guidance, intuitive readings – all practices that can bring our energy out of our bodies (when we wish).
It’s really, ultra-important to bring that energy *into* our bodies – a practice that many in the spiritual world aren’t guiding us to do and quite frankly many in mainstream world don’t wish to do, because their bodies are in pain and they feel their heart wounds and aren’t equipped to experience peace from such a space.
We do ourselves a huge disservice when we choose to live ‘outside of our bodies’, wishing to be anywhere but here on physical Earth.
Part of that longing is to ‘return home’; but we find peace, joy, abundance, wonder, awe, gratitude when we understand we *are home*.
We chose to be here on Earth, so let’s enjoy our Earth Adventure – which includes physical connection and celebration. (Energetic connection and celebration is *awesome* – lights my heart: let’s gift ourselves the fullness of life by choosing to experience *it all*).
2. Celebrate Each and Every Step, Without Judgment, With Pure Joy, Love and Gratitude
Gol. I used to be the Queen of encouraging everyone and criticizing myself; in context, what I mean is that I would easily, joyfully celebrate each of your steps yet in my own life I would think about the steps I didn’t take, and be so upset with myself, even if I took one trillion in one day. (True story).
For example, as it relates to Facets of Joy – in one day, I would center into sacred connection, love on my children, write an article, coach a few clients, create a class, but then think about the fact that I didn’t host a telecall or create a video or ebook or whatever else I didn’t do.
My goodness, Joy Christin. Give yourself some love and appreciation! Again, this relates to my number one lesson ‘bring your energy into your body and enjoy this Earth Adventure’. For my body does very well when I appreciate all that it has done – my energy soars, creative expression flows, connections blossom, manifesting is ‘easy’.
So, I now take the time to celebrate each every step, as I take them. What I feel is: freedom, pure joy, depth of love and wonder/awe/gratitude. I feel infinite possibility. I feel fully connected.
It might sometimes take me longer to move from point A to point B but what I have in my life is genuine peace and joy and magic at my fingertips and I am finding that is a lovely way to move through this world. And when we love life, life loves us back.
3. Open to Receive, Gracefully, Joyfully, Repeatedly
I am by nature a generous giver. I love to give. I did not, until this year, like to receive. Now, part of that is as a result of abuse (even good surprises -sometimes especially good surprises – were followed by chaos and pain) – so I learned to pretty much eliminate receiving from people in my life. I was a pretty good receiver from God/Universe – if Source energy wants to bless me with X,Y,Z go for it, I’m in. People = not so much.
Here is the thing about love (I promise this ties into receiving). If all you choose to do is to give love (even if you center into Source energy) there will be moments that you feel depleted, drained, un-appreciated, lonely, and sometimes ‘poor’. As with any energy, the flow is about opening to receive in as we also give out.
And, if we don’t receive love (or any other energy in), we miss half of the experience of the energy; we deny those who truly love us the joy of gifting and we deny ourselves the experience of trust, grace, and gratitude.
Let’s turn this ‘lesson’ into a positive (because I like positives): When you receive Love in, your heart space expands, connection deepens and infinite possibility becomes your reality.
Let’s continue on with this three-year anniversary love-fest!
My first subscriber to Facets of Joy was….a soul sister: Megan Bord. I have had the delight of meeting Megan and sharing lots of ‘real-life’ time together (on the boat, at her home, in my current home).
It’s significant that Megan was my first subscriber, because until that time, most of my friends didn’t understand my intuitive path, desire to live infinite possibility, or the direction I was headed. So, to have a close friend subscribe to my brand new site was a huge show of support (and affirmation from Universe).
Megan is known as the “Divine Goddess of Manifesting” and is the author of “The Pocket Guide to Manifesting“. When Megan’s book was first published, I did an interview with Megan to introduce it to our Facets community “Megan Bord: The Pocket Guide to Manifesting.” I love Megan and am honored and delighted to share friendship together!! (Thank you, Megan – I love you and am grateful for your presence!)
Honorable mention: The next subscriber (two minutes after Megan) is Jean Sampson – another soul sister (whom I have yet to meet) who has participated in almost every Facets ecourse and forum. Jean is an artist (here is the link to her website: Jean Sampson.com) and I have learned so much from her about life (and painting) when she shares about her process. (Thank you, Jean, I love you and am grateful for your presence!)
And, really, Facets of Joy would not exist as a vibrant community if not for each subscriber (and I have emailed a gift to our community members within our Sunday Reflections to say thank you). The presence of each person within this community matters and contributes directly to the energy and flow of Facets of Joy. My heart is *full* of gratitude – far more than words can express!!!
My first commenter on Facets of Joy was…..another soul sister (whom I have yet to meet in ‘real-life’ but I will) Sandra Pawula from Always Well Within. Sandra’s site is one of the few that I still regularly follow today – I love her style of writing, the wisdom she shares, her energy and reflections. I feel Sandra is the epitome of grace and I am blessed to know her! You might be interested in Sandra’s “Living with Ease: 30 Days to Less Stress” ecourse (I have taken it and it is wonderful!). I did an interview with Sandra to introduce her class to our Facets community “Sandra Pawula: Learning to Live with Ease.” (Thank you, Sandra – I love you and am grateful for your presence!”).
You may notice that I do lots of collaborations – in my classes, in articles, in ebooks. My intention is to share many points-of-view so that we can each learn from similarities and differences.
Collaborations require that I center and then I ask for participation; there is a lot of vulnerability involved. For each collaboration, I receive less than 5% of ‘no’ (usually from ‘bigger names’ that I don’t know personally but respect their work). The *yes’s* are a direct result of being centered and on-purpose with my ‘ask’. (If you want to see if your favorite blogger has contributed to a Facets of Joy collaboration, there is a box on my sidebar called ‘search this site’ and you may type their name in the box and see if they have participated.)
I have an ebook page – containing free, downloadable ebooks (in PDF form). I invite you to check it out and download whatever resonates.
Something I am very proud of and delighted to have participated in is a collaboration with my Facets of Joy community – where each essay came from a subscriber (who chose to participate). This ebook is one of the few (I can’t confirm *only*, but it’s close) in which all of the materials came from subscribers. It’s called “A Power Prism” (and is available for download).
Final Celebration Words:
I built Facets of Joy on a foundation of love and gratitude. I didn’t have the technical skills and I had minimal physical resources but what I did have (and always have) is a heart full of love, joy, peace, positivity, abundance and possibility – with lots and lots of gratitude.
I didn’t have a ‘dream’; I still don’t have ‘a dream’. I tap into the energy in this moment, I create what I am nudged to create, I connect with all that lights my heart and I trust in flow and Source Energy. I don’t map out an entire year of Facets work, I hadn’t joined marketing alliances like some of my peers have – I just keep centering, creating, connecting and celebrating.
My big ‘why’ is that I have been in abuse, and I have taken the time to understand and shift my patterning; I have raised (am still raising) my children in peace and possibility, so I see first-hand that change can happen and it’s a direct result of taking one step of intention and with awareness, followed by another step. The practices ‘work’ for me, so I share them and I will continue to share them, in ways that are easy to receive and implement because I want for you to experience peace and possibility in your life.
I believe in moving with joy, stretching with ease, expanding with love, celebrating with gratitude. All that I present – from articles to ecourses to personal sessions is based in genuine love and gratitude.
I invite you to feel into the energy of those last few paragraphs and apply that to whatever your heart is whispering about in your life. If you hear that whisper, it’s doable. It might be scary, it might bring you to new spaces….but it’s doable.
The Gift of Presence
I fully believe that sharing your presence is a gift. When you choose to share what is in your heart – that is a gift. And that gift matters in ways you might not see, so you might doubt sharing – but please, do, because it matters.
I also know (from personal experience) that each seed of love we plant, matters. It might feel frustrating because you might not see a physical result right away (or ever) but please understand that seed will blossom and someone will benefit and it matters, always. So, please keep planting seeds of love.
Likewise, when you come across a beautiful heart garden, please take the time to savor it, enjoy the blossoms and the energy and allow each cell to celebrate.
Thank you for celebrating my three-year Facets of Anniversary with me!
Dear Reader: I love sharing energy – so, if you would like to gift a blessing or an eneregetic wish to Facets (whatever your heart nudges you to ‘leave on the table’) please do so. And, may you receive back into your life ten times the blessings you bestow.
Much peace and abundant love,
Our two new classes begin December 1st – register is open through November 30, 2014:
Presence to Love Deeply in Daily Life begins December 1, 2014. Inviting awareness of love into whatever your December holds (from family gatherings full of heart connection/trigger to review of your past year) opens doors in all realms.
Your Body is a Gift begins December 1, 2014. When we look at our body as a sacred container and learn to bring energy *into* that container, we then have the choice to create from a naturally centered, empowered space.