Validate Your Higher Self!

Validate your Higher SelfDo you have trouble validating our own spirit? Do you seek others to confirm (validate) what you know in your heart or sense and feel is true? Have you gone to a medium to speak to spirit yet do not acknowledge your own?

Why is it so difficult to validate (confirm) our own spirit as  powerful and capable? We call on the ascended masters or archangels for healing and sometimes forget WE have lifetimes of information. We have the power to heal ourselves, to transform and to create a new reality.

I have noticed that many people place more importance on messages from the “other world” instead of listening to the council that comes directly from their own spirit.  Our higher selves have answers and, if we choose to listen, will give us the very answer we seek.

Often times our answers are right in front of us but until we step out of the chaos and find stillness we cannot acknowledge or accept those answers that come directly from our higher selves. In finding stillness we acknowledge our eternal spirit. In taking time to listen to our own council we find certainty and little by little begin to trust our instincts; Trust our intuition, our inner voice. We learn to trust our “higher self”.

Our higher selves are silently guiding us. They faithfully and consistently guide us to experiences that, if we are open and aware, teach us valuable lessons. Our most challenging and hellish moments offer the greatest lessons if we choose to breathe, find stillness and listen. Through what sometimes feels like “tough love” our higher selves help us heal.

During trying or challenging periods what makes us so uncomfortable is that we are resisting our growth period. It’s possible we are resisting the answer we see or we are in effort attempting to change an outcome. Oddly, there are even times we are simply resisting the healing being offered from the experience.

Validating your higher self is like finally coming home after a long journey! It’s comfortable, full of truth and brings you certainty. Validating your higher self is a breath of fresh air and all you have to do is ACKNOWLEDGE IT! Acknowledging your higher self is acknowledging your eternal spirit. It is acknowledging you are powerful. It acknowledges the wisdom of many lifetimes you have brought with you.

Take a moment to check in with yourself. Is there a question you’ve been asking? Are you looking for a message? If so, find a place of stillness within, acknowledge your spirit. Welcome yourself home and decide to accept whatever answer you receive. Validate your higher self for holding your hand and guiding you on this very human journey.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Ready for Love? Take Down the Wall of Shame…

Tearing down walls to love“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”~Ann Landers

Love is what unites, walls are what separate. Why do we put up walls? What is it that causes us to feel fear or shame when it comes to our hearts?

Very simply, we put up walls because we are not perfect. We put up walls because other people might SEE we are not perfect. We put up walls because we don’t want people to see our pain.

Our hearts know no limits or boundaries. An open heart loves, is vulnerable and is not afraid to show imperfections. Not one of us is perfect and it takes courage to show our human-ness to others openly and honestly. We need not be ashamed of our bodies, our imperfections, our pain. We are human and our imperfections are as much a part of us as everything else.

At one time or another each of us has been hurt. Each of us has made a mistake. Each of us has experienced some level of fear around intimacy. We might think we’re being open but there are times we still hold back because we fear we will be judged or hurt in the process. We put up a “wall of shame” around our heart so others will not see us as “less” than. The problem is, the “shame” only exists in our minds and we’ve made it real! We’ve given it power. We’ve allowed it to build a wall that separates us from ourselves; Who we are and the love we are made of….

Shame is us judging ourselves and deciding we do not and will never meet the expectations of others. Shame says we are not good enough, our past was not good enough, we are not worth it and worst of all, our shame not only keeps others at arm’s length but it is the judgement of all judgments. We are judging ourselves so harshly we are deciding what (we think) is acceptable to others.

We may have been shamed as a child for doing or saying something wrong. We may have been shamed because something wasn’t good enough for our parents. We may have been judged harshly for not being perfect in an old relationship. We may judge ourselves for actions and mistakes we made in the past.

In many ways the “wall of shame” is a form of self sabotage. It stops us from fully experiencing and seeing the love we are. The love that unites us. It separates us and keeps us in a jail cell of self-judgment. It keeps us from fully loving ourselves and if we can’t fully love ourselves for who we are and make “allowances for human weakness” how can we possibly accept another openly and freely?

To truly love and be loved, we must take down the walls that separate us from the very thing we long for, the very thing we ARE. The walls we unconsciously, or sometimes consciously,  put up which seemingly separate us from others are really walls that separate us from OURSELVES! Be who you are. Love who you are. Take down the walls and let your love light shine!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Reflections of 9/11/2001…We will not forget

 As the stories and images from 9/11 fill the airwaves we reflect upon not only the events of that day but how those events touched each of our lives in some way. Each and every one of us was affected in some way and each of us has a personal story about that day….

It was a beautiful sunny day in Chicago on September 11, 2001. I went out for a run and remember how the sun was playfully dancing on the grass, reflecting the crisp blue sky in the mirrored buildings and on the lake. Glancing up at the skyline and marveling at its magnificence I remember feeling happy yet at the same time, there was this nagging feeling I had to get home….

I cut my run short that morning. When I got home, I went into the kitchen ignoring the beeping of my answering machine, grabbed a cup of coffee and came back into the living room where I had left the TV on before I left. Charlie Gibson was on Good Morning America showing a clip of a plane hitting the first  World Trade Center building. I thought they were showing a trailer for a new movie coming out. “Are you kidding?” I thought, “Who would make a movie like that?”

In this case, truth is clearly more horrible than fiction. I sat down and watched live as the second plane hit. I went completely numb! This was no movie! It was happening and happening NOW! I sat in stunned silence watching the events in New York, DC & Pennsylvania unfold. Yes, I remember that morning clearly even 10 years later and I’m sure I’m not the only one. All over the world people came together. There was an outpouring of love and it seemed for a moment the world came together as a family.

We honor  the victims, survivors and everyone who rose in service on that day and in the days to follow.  Our heroes are the firefighters and police who went well beyond the call of duty to save lives. Many of them made the greatest sacrifice…their lives. We feel connected in some way as Americans and it does not matter if we personally knew anyone involved.

We grieve and wrap our arms around all who were directly affected yet who among us was not affected? ALL of us were affected and it is time to put aside our differences and wrap our arms around each other. It is time to stand tall and not turn a deaf ear when we hear stories of terrorism “someplace else in the world” because “someplace else” was New York in 2001. On that day in 2001 we were a family, grieving together, mourning together and watching a real life horror story.

Let us honor and say a prayer for those who died senselessly at the hands of terrorists.  Say a prayer and send love and light to those who lost family friends and co-workers. Let us thank and honor those in law enforcement, the Fire Department, the Military and anyone else who stepped up to go beyond the call of duty for their contributions and sacrifice on that day and since that day. It is time to embrace our loved ones, teach tolerance and love and pray for PEACE ON EARTH. ~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Each of Us is a Work of Art in Progress

Each of us is a work of art in progress. We are here to do extraordinary things. With every experience the waters ebb and flow until they carve out a beautiful space that is not only rich in color but let’s the light into the depths of our soul.

The ebb and flow of the waters is sometimes gentle, sometimes turbulent but never forget that the waters are also there to carry away what has kept us hidden in darkness for so long. The masterpiece buried deep within the rocks is constantly calling the waters to it…not to destroy the rocks but to allow them to show what lies beneath.

Canyon

As a work of art in progress we “progress” as quickly or slowly as we choose. We can allow or we can resist but ultimately the choice is ours. We may not know the direction, we may not have a clue what is about to be unearthed and revealed but with each revelation we become more extraordinary. Our art, our life, our masterpiece shows more of who we are.

Each of us is a work of art in progress. We are here to do extraordinary things. With every experience the waters ebb and flow until they carve out a beautiful space that is not only rich in color but let’s the light into the depths of our soul.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Learning to Trust Yourself….

Pinkpetals© Joao Estevao Andrade De Freitas  Dreamstime Stock PhotosTrust yourself, you know more than you think you do.”~Benjamin Spock

Trust yourself and what you see, know and feel is true because there is no one who knows what’s best for you better than YOU!

From a young age we are taught that our parents know what’s best for us and, for the most part, at a young age this is true. In addition to our parents we have teachers and mentors whose principal role is to teach us how (and sometimes “what”) to think. At some point we must come to the realization that our parents, teachers and mentors were/are there to GUIDE us, not make decisions for us.

Why don’t we trust ourselves?

Why don’t we trust ourselves? The answer is simple, we made and continue to make mistakes. There’s that thing we did or said that went horribly, horribly wrong (or was perceived it went wrong) and before we move forward and possibly make another mistake, we look to another for THEIR answer. Isn’t it amusing that we trust other people and seek out their opinion about what’s best for us more than we trust ourselves.

It is far easier to take someone’s advice and not follow our hearts and intuition. After all, if we are wrong or make a mistake based on someone else’s advice there is someone to blame. When we fully trust in ourselves and our decisions we must then own up to and take responsibility for our choices.

There is another piece of the puzzle that we sometimes miss. Did we REALLY make a mistake or did things not turn out the way we thought they would? What if the perceived “mistake” wasn’t a mistake at all? What if those mistakes were really things that turned out unexpectedly right but we just couldn’t see the purpose at the time? We still may not see the purpose but in time, we will come to see the mistake was not really a mistake after all.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”~Golda Meir

At some point it’s time to trust yourself. You really do know more than you think you do. This is not to say you shouldn’t seek another’s council to help GUIDE you. The operative word being GUIDE. It is always beneficial to seek someone who may have a different perspective or a solution you haven’t yet discovered but in the end the choice is always yours and yours alone.

The more you trust your instincts, intuition and your knowing-ness the more certain you become.  The more you trust what you see and feel the more certain you become. The more you trust your decisions, the more certain you become. Trusting yourself is about “becoming” and believing in yourself. It is about strength, courage, truth and certainty.

There are infinite “inner sparks of possibility” that when fanned to burst into flames of inspiration. Learning to trust yourself means you may take a risk. You may find yourself vulnerable. You may find courage. You may create a masterpiece, and you may, you just may, find happiness, love and transform your journey and your life. Shine Your Light Debbie

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Super Moon Brings Heightened Emotions!

Super Moon 2014What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery.”~Thomas Merton

Have your emotions been all over the place in the past few days? Having trouble sleeping? Are events of the past rolling around in your head as if they happened yesterday? If so, you are not alone and you can blame it on tonight’s Full Super Moon!

A Super Moon is a  moon which appears larger and brighter because it’s orbit is closer to the earth than usual. In 2014 there are actually 5 Super Moons. We experienced two Super Moons (New Moons) in January and tonight is the first of THREE full moon Super Moons. The next two FULL Super Moons will occur on August 10th and September 9th and those will appear even brighter (the August 10th full moon being the brightest) than tonight’s!

What does this mean for you? Full moons are the gifts of illumination and reflection. Your emotions are heightened, intuition is strong and whether you like it or not, past pain will light up and be reflected back to  you during a full moon phase. If you resist, it can be a painful time OR you can consider it a gift and gently acknowledge and release old wounds.

Keep in mind that since this is the first of the three Super Moons, what you don’t clear in the next few days will have to be dealt with in August or September when the moon will be closer to the earth, more powerful and even brighter! The August and September full moons will truly be “in your face” so take time to reflect and release what’s coming up now instead of being literally “forced” to look in the months to come.

The power of the sun, the moon and the planets is here to support your growth not hinder it. The more you allow yourself to “go with the flow” by using these astrological events to your advantage, the easier it is to  move through them.

As the moon moves closer to the earth, it reminds us there does not have to be an “abyss” that separates us from ourselves. What we reflect upon when the darkness is illuminated is one of our most important voyages of discovery. Use this beautiful Super Moon, and the ones to come, to reflect and release.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Overwhelmed? 4 Ways to Give Yourself More Breathing Room

When life gets overwhelmingBreathing Room sometimes we just need more space to breathe and sort it all out. Despite the deadlines, responsibilities and work that needs to be completed, giving ourselves a little more elbow room makes a huge difference.

Giving ourselves more space allows release and forward motion instead of that stuck, and often times, sick feeling from whatever it is that’s become overwhelming.

Giving ourselves more breathing room is simple although sometimes we become obsessed and in effort “trying” to give to ourselves space. Effort doesn’t work. Trying does not work. ALLOWING things to BE works!

There is no mistake that I mentioned “giving to ourselves” several times because it makes a difference when we take time to GIVE TO OURSELVES.

Here are some tried and true ways to give yourself more space and breathing room:

  1. Make a “To Do” list. Sometimes being overwhelmed comes from trying to ‘remember’ all you have to do. The great part of a “To Do’ list is you can check things off the list but you can also add to the list. Keep in mind you don’t have to finish the entire list at once. Prioritize and complete one task at a time. I know this will be difficult for you multi-taskers out there but the more you focus on one task at a time, the less overwhelmed you will feel and little by little I promise you everything will get done.
  2. Step away from Social Media. Also see multi- tasking listed above! I love my social connections as much as you do BUT it’s amazing how easy it is to get sucked in. How often have you been in the middle of something and decide to take a Facebook or Twitter break? If you need a break from the task there is almost always an energy involved. You may have hit an energy that simply needs to be released so take a break FOR YOURSELF. Step away from whatever you’re doing, bring your attention back to you and reconnect with your body. How you may ask? By sitting down and BREATHING! Focus on YOU for a few moments. Notice how you’re feeling and BE with that feeling. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck allow that feeling to bubble up and acknowledge it’s there.
  3. Take a Walk. When you change your environment you change your perspective. The important thing here is to notice your surroundings. You’ve heard the saying “stop and smell the roses”? When you’re stuck in your head trying to reconcile the past or worrying about the future AND you’re trying to get other work done it’s time to bring your conscious awareness to the present. No matter how “busy” you are if you’re head is not in the “game” you won’t get much done. If you’re you can go outside to “see” and be a part of nature, great! If you’re in an office stand up, stretch, look around you and acknowledge your physical surroundings. Of course this is a good time to breathe and see #2!
  4. Meditation. There is a Zen adage that says “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy;then you should sit for an hour.”  Well, what if I told you that one hour of meditation not only gives you breathing room but gives you more time? Turning your attention inward helps increase mental clarity, awareness AND, in essence, gives you more time because you’ll be able to complete your tasks without resisting or feeling overwhelmed. If you don’t have an hour, see #2 and #3. Once you step away, take a moment to ground and connect with your body. Even 5 minutes will help during a busy day. When you take time to care for what’s going on inside you, you’ll be able to more effectively take care of those things outside of you. If you don’t know how to meditate or would like a guided meditation to transform chaos to calm CLICK HERE for a free meditation gift from me to you.

Giving yourself more breathing room is important for your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The more breathing room you have, the less overwhelming life will be no matter what’s going on. Take time to smell the roses. You’ll be glad you did!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On this day of celebration take a few moments to honor what it truly means to be free. There was a cost to the freedoms we now enjoy and with that freedom comes a certain responsibility. To truly be free means you honor and respect what you have. You take responsibility for your words and actions. When you are free you allow others their freedom as well. Freedom does not give you the right to judge or have power over others because even if you disagree, they have the right to freely express who they are.

We are fortunate here in the States. There are other places in the world where tyranny reigns, women are not equal and people are not allowed to have their own religious beliefs. There are places where people do not have freedom of speech, the right to vote and in some cases they are not even allowed their free-will.

Cherish your freedom and take a few moments in gratitude for the freedoms you have. Look inside and see what freedom means to you. Let our freedoms include love and tolerance of others. Take a moment to give thanks to those who fought (and are still fighting) for our freedoms. Take a moment to give thanks and honor those who paid the ultimate price with their lives.

Yes we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us think about how fortunate we really are to have those rights. Then of course….get the party started! How will  you celebrate your freedom today?~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Asking for a Sign: Message Received on 37th Street.

Empire State Building NYC

Empire State Building

Everything is energy and all things that will come to pass do so in the spiritual realm before they manifest in the physical. So how do we know the spiritual inner work we are doing is in motion? How do we know if it’s working? ASK FOR A SIGN!

Whether it’s finding your space, creating something new or you simply have a question you want answered, before doing major healing work ask for a message to manifest in the physical.

My personal request usually goes something like “Dear Universe, Please give me a clear message that what I’m doing is working and please make it SO obvious I won’t miss it!” In this case, I asked and received more than I could have imagined!

Message Received on 37th Street! 

I was recently extended an invitation to teach a meditation workshop to top-level executive business women in New York City as a part of an innovative business leadership initiative called Breaking Glass. (Remember the name because it directly relates to the “sign” I received.)

My offering for the Breaking Glass Series was Creative Solutions for Clearing Limits. I’d never been to New York so this was truly an exciting opportunity. A new business leadership workshop in the Big Apple! What more could I ask for?

Since the workshop was about clearing limits I definitely had to clear a few limits of my own to teach it. The business aspect alone was daunting. How do you bring meditation to already successful women business leaders? After my first “deer in the headlights, can I do this?” feeling, I grounded and set to work putting together a program.

As with all my energy work, prior to the event, I asked for a sign to show me that it not only was working for the attendees but for myself as well.

The Answer to “Was the Workshop Effective?”

The last night in New York the organizer of the event and I were on our way back to the hotel after dinner and instead of heading to the room we decided to go for a celebratory nightcap. We walked into the bar next to our hotel only to be told they just requested “last call” but the rooftop bar was open. Truth be told if we’d know there was a rooftop bar we would have gone there in the first place so up we went.

The bar had a very cool atrium type (glass) ceiling. Other than what was blocked by the ceiling support beams you could see the New York city skyline through the glass. As we were relaxing and celebrating the success of our combined and individual New York events over a glass of Prosecco the organizer, who also participated in the workshop, told me she had received a letter that day hiring her as an independent consultant to analyze and oversee a large upcoming conference. In many ways this was a dream come true for her. Her emotions ran free and tears started to flow as she (and I) embraced what happened within 24 hours of the workshop.

With tears of joy (for her) in my eyes,  I looked up and saw they were opening the ceiling of the atrium to the night sky. THEY LITERALLY MOVED THE GLASS CEILING! Right in front of us was the lit up Empire State Building against a night sky filled with stars! It was one of the most breathtaking sites I’ve ever seen. The moment was more powerful than I could have imagined. There I was, in New York with the amazing woman who  brought me there, celebrating clearing limits under a limitless night sky with the Empire State Building’s antennae spires pointing to the cosmos. I will also add, the picture I took doesn’t do it justice.

Coincidence? I don’t think so. Too many things had to happen to get us to that very place at that very moment. Every decision we made that night lead us to see what we needed to see to acknowledge our journey. It showed us there are no limits because we can simply clear them. Move them aside. Release them.

The message was loud and clear, acknowledged and received. Although the results of the workshop are still unfolding, the sign I asked for showed itself in grand fashion. I call this, for lack of a better word, a miracle but perhaps the miracle on 37th street was no miracle at all. Perhaps it was simply showing us there are no limits except for the ones we hold on to.

Keep doing the inner work you’re doing. Ask for a sign that it’s working even if the true results take time to manifest. Everything is energy. There are limitless possibilities and yes, there are signs that will show you in bright lights there are miracles yet to unfold.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Friday the 13th Full Moon: Illuminate, Balance, Re-Group, Re-Charge

Friday 13th Full Moon“Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.”~ Marianne Williamson

Nothing like a Friday the 13th full moon while mercury is in retrograde to stir things up! The good news is that you have a rare opportunity to harness the energies at hand and really clear out those places you’ve been feeling stuck

The powerful energy of a full moon gives us the opportunity to illuminate what was once in darkness. Friday the 13th reminds us to face our fears and illusions. Mercury Retrograde asks us to reflect on what we are seeing and together those forces invite us to re-group, let go and re-charge.

Illuminate!

All full moons are packed with power and people handle this intense energy in different ways. It’s no coincidence (or surprise) that people go a little crazy during a full moon and since it falls on Friday the 13th superstition will run rampant.

In the past week if you been feeling “buzzy”, unsettled, you’ve had trouble sleeping, experienced vivid (or lucid) dreams, or you feel overwhelmed it is most certainly the energy of the full moon. Just as the full moon illuminates the night sky, so too it lights up and magnifies energies you’re working on releasing so you can move forward. If you take time to ground and set your intentions she will help you gain clarity by illuminating your path and direction. A full moon can turn your world upside down or give you a boost forward. It all depends on if you resist or go with the flow of the energy.

A full moon during mercury retrograde is a positive force which helps  “light up” those areas of your subconscious that have up until now been in darkness. A full moon amplifies energy and since mercury retrograde brings a “re-visiting” of energies we are working on releasing you may feel like everything is “larger than life”. There has never been a better time to un-plug, reflect, re-group.

Re-Charge!

Once you’ve “detoxified” you must fill up. Full moons have the power to illuminate but they are also filled with energy. The moon invites us to transform by using her energy to re-charge. Allow the moon energies to fill you up just as you would use the energy of the sun. In fact it’s a wonderful idea to use both the energy of the sun AND moon in harmony and balance.

Breathe in peace and power and balance. Breathe in certainty, enthusiasm and joy. Set new intentions and re-energize yourself and your dreams. Re-charge and breathe new life into your life. Use this Friday the 13th Full Moon to illuminate and help you face your fears and illusions. Use Mercury Retrograde to reflect, re-group and recharge. You won’t have another opportunity for this particular alignment until the year 2049. No time like the present to balance and re-engage.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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