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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Sunrise over Lake Michigan

Live in the Shadows or Live in the Light: It’s Your Choice…..

Sunrise over Lake MichiganIT’S YOUR CHOICE

Each day we have a choice to make. We can choose to live a caged up life full of tangles and snares. We can choose to live in the shadows or we can choose something different. We can choose to live in open space,  in and under the light. We can choose to step out of the shadows, to fully embrace life, and allow the light to free us from our burdens. It is a choice to step out and see beauty and joy in the sunrise, or to stay in bed nestled safely in our covers.

Although it seems like an easy choice, it takes courage and strength to step out of the cage and often times we just need a little inspiration from others to help us along….

The picture you see posted was taken by my friend Tom Camacho. Tom runs daily at 4:30am and if you’re asking why he is committed to getting up before dawn to run super long distances it’s because one day he decided to step out of his cage of tangles and snares. It’s because he is passionate about running to support Special Olympics and now specifically for a young man named Gavin in a program called I Run 4. I Run 4 is an organization that matches runners with those who physically can’t.

The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner provides a new level of motivation and awareness. Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types. (Please take a moment to watch the video at the end of this post)

Tom allows his passion to guide him as runs in the morning light. He shares his adventures with his honorary running buddy Gavin and all of us, in pictures (like the beautiful sunrise in this post) and in daily video reports from Boris Antonio Snowtiger. He inspires us to get out and do what we can to support those who are physically or emotionally challenged. He shows us the rising sun and inspires us to do what we once thought we could not and the best part is our inspiration is HIS inspiration. That’s how it works!

So, you can live a life caged in tangles and “what if’s” or you can be free to see and be a part of a sunrise. Sometimes it just takes someone showing us the light to help us choose. We get to choose to live in the shadows or live in the light. It’s our choice and it’s a choice we must make each and every day. What will you choose?~Shine Your Light Debbie

Do you run or work out? Would you like to dedicate your activity and do it for someone who is challenged? If so check out:  I Run 4 to get matched with a buddy.

If you’d like to see some of Boris Antonio, the courageous, Snowtiger’s daily adventures and buddy check-ins with Gavin, the “G” man, connect with him on Facebook.

Photo Credit: ©Tom Camacho 2014

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Angels in the Room!

“My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!”~Anne Sullivan

Angels among us

Angels Among Us

This photo was captured in a recent women’s leadership meditation workshop I taught on clearing limits. Clearing limits, among other things, allows us to see that which could not previously be seen. In a way you could say it’s about “seeing the light” and that’s just what happened during the workshop.

The healing light you see in the photo is a blessing and healing. Each of these already powerful and successful women took yet another step toward owning their power by being in harmony with their spirit. Each of them cleared limits and opened a new space to “see”. They opened up to new possibilities of collaboration instead of competition by collaborating with their own spirit.

“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination
prepared to be herself and only herself ”~Maya Angelou

In order to be an effective leader we must skillfully navigate all our relationships and there is no relationship more important than the one we have with ourselves. Although this was a Women’s Leadership Workshop everyone benefits from being in harmony with their spirit. Everyone benefits from clearing limiting thoughts and expanding creativity. Being in harmony with spirit touches others whether they are aware of it or not.

The angels are here to support you. It’s time to “see the light”. Who knows, you may even receive a blessing that’s captured in a photo when you least expect it! My heart truly is “singing with joy” for “A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!”~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Memorial Day Gratitude; Words are not enough…

Memorial Day in the United States has changed from its civil war roots originally called Decoration Day. It has become a day for honoring those who serve(d) in the armed forces. This is a day to put aside any judgement about war and honor those who fought (and are still fighting) bravely. It is time to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of Memorial Day and not just consider this day as the unofficial start of summer.

It is a sad truth that war exists but it does. It is a part of history in almost every country. Whether it be a civil war, the fight for freedom,  human rights or against tyranny there are those who step up and take on the duty of serving and protecting. There are many reasons men and women join the armed forces but the fact remains they are stepping up with the knowledge that they might have to go into battle at some point. They step up when they KNOW they could lose their lives. Even those who were drafted in years past fought for their lives and ours. Many paid the price and made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.

War is not pretty and leaves a mark on everyone and everything it touches; Soldiers, family, friends and the countries where the wars take place. It leaves a mark on each one of us as we watch with horror from our homes. Saying thank you isn’t enough. One day of honor and memorial isn’t enough. Mere words are not enough nor is placing flowers or a flag on a gravestone but it is all we can do.

To those who have put their lives on the line for us; To those who put their lives on the line to help others be free; To the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty let us say thank you. Let us honor this day and give thought to the meaning of memorial day and how our lives have changed because of these brave souls who took on the huge responsibility of defending our country and fighting for democracy and freedom all over the world.

We honor you and thank you for your service. We honor those who lost their lives and pray that those who fought and returned find love and peace in their hearts again. We say thank you and pray for the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We say thank you and honor each and every person who stepped up to sign up. We say thank you and honor those who were drafted. On this memorial day please join me in a moment of silence to honor, say thank you and send out the vibration of gratitude, appreciation and peace to our veterans past and present.  It is with the utmost respect, gratitude and appreciation that we say THANK YOU for your service! You ARE appreciated and words are simply not enough…..~Shine Your Light Debbie

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