Were You Ever Told to Color Inside the Lines?


“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”~Katharine Hepburn

Imagine if you dare a world where everyone always colored inside the lines and used the colors they were “supposed” to. Where do you think we would be without our great thinkers, artists, inventors and those who used their imagination to create something new by “thinking outside of the box“?

“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.”~Thomas A. Edison

Imagine if you dare a world that never changed because no one chose to question authority, stand up to the rules in place or challenge the status quo. Imagine if you followed EVERY rule, used the colors you were supposed to and never colored outside the lines that were pre-drawn for you. What would your life be like if you followed the same rules set out for you say when you were 10? The rules change as you grow older and as the rules change, so does your life!

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.“~Marilyn Monroe

Each of us has a unique crayon box of colors just waiting to be splashed on our canvas of life. The challenge is when we get stuck on one rule or another that says we have a limited number of colors to work with and we can only use them a certain way.  We all have the choice to use our favorite colors, color outside the lines or to erase those lines completely. Each time we choose to use our own colors, think for ourselves and go outside the lines we heal ourselves and add freedom, beauty and fun to our lives.

“I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.”~Bob Dylan

What are your favorite colors? I’ll bet yours are a different hue, depth, or combination than anyone else’s.  The colors you choose are unique and beautiful to you.  If you don’t follow the rules of what things “should” be or look like you are free to create without limits. You are free to color your world the way YOU want it. Is there a place in your life you are coloring inside the lines, using the colors you are supposed to when you’d rather be using different ones? If so, why not try using a different color?

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”~Richard Branson

Ok, so you try doing something or responding a different way or thinking outside of the box and it doesn’t work. The beauty of using your own colors is that if you don’t like what you used or it doesn’t work you have the ability to change colors. If you’re always following the rules set forth you’ll never know if you are the next Thomas Edison, Georgia O’Keeffe, Twyla Tharp, Steven Spielberg,  Martin Luther-King, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg! You’ll never know how much your life or how many other lives you can change.

“Imagination rules the world.“~Napoleon Bonaparte

Your are only limited by the rules which limit your imagination. Dream big! Use new colors! Open your personal crayon box and color your world the way YOU want to. You don’t have to color between the lines because any lines you see are limits placed there by someone else that you’ve taken on as your truth. Draw your own picture! Color it in or color the page with random color. The only rule is you have to use the colors that make you happy. What’s your coloring book look like? What are your favorite happy colors?~Shine Your Light Debbie

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The Truth Always Comes to Light…

truth“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”~Buddha

Have you ever found yourself trying to “figure out” or investigate something that didn’t feel right? Has someone lied or withheld information from you and you set your feet upon a path of “finding” the truth? How many times has your energy and attention been outside of you looking to find the truth or an explanation of what’s happening? Personally I’ve done this throughout my life and the funny thing is that the moment I stop looking outside of myself and stand in my truth, the truth always seems to find me.

If you are looking “outside” of yourself for the truth you are not open to the truth that is already inside of you. You know there is an untruth (or withholding) in play because something doesn’t feel right at some level. When this happens do you leave your space to go out and find the answer? Does your wilful blindness come into play? In other words the truth is there but you choose not to see it, hear it or believe it. Sometimes we ignore “truth” because we are moving along in our own self propagated bliss and we shut off our intuition.

There’s a famous movie line which states ‘you can’t handle the truth’. It’s not that you can’t handle the truth it’s the “facts” you might have a challenge accepting. You can handle truth but may not really want to see and know the facts. Let me assure you that you can handle any truth that comes your way because the energy of truth is pure. Initially knowing and accepting the facts might hurt but in the end it feels right and you know it’s right because it’s the truth.

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for
the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.”~Buddha 

In controversy we strive to be right and righteous. In matters of relationships we strive to be right and righteous and we do whatever it takes to BE right even if it means not facing the facts at hand or seeing the reality of what’s going on. The same can be said for withholding of information. The energy of withholding feels much the same as the energy of lies. Either way when  “red flags” are triggered there is an imbalance  of energy which in turn triggers the ego mind and activates the blame game. What if you simply noticed the energy of withholding or lies and could stand in your truth and by doing so allow the facts to come to you? Lies and withholding are “controls” to keep you from making your own decision about something. There is no freedom for either party.

“Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs
of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”

~Mahatma Gandhi

A perfect example of not wanting to see the truth is what we all chose NOT to see with regards to the economy. What was going on within our governments and on Wall street? We were handed a bill of goods that at times seemed to good to be true. In the states people were told they could “afford” mortgages and so they bought in to the picture and purchased homes they clearly could not afford. This is not to blame or place responsibility on those people who were taken by predatory mortgage lenders. They bought a picture BUT it was someone else’s picture and they wanted to believe it. To be clear it wasn’t only mortgages. There was greed and deceit throughout the banking system but the fact is, all of us in one way or another looked the other way. We spent money as if nothing could happen to effect “The Dream” yet in one fell swoop that “picture” blew up and we were all faced with a difficult reality. The cobwebs and illusions cleared and the truth (and the facts) came out.

When you stand in YOUR truth, the truth finds YOU!

If you are looking for truth,  as Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz “ you don’t have to look any further than your own back yard.” There’s truly no place like home. Standing in your truth doesn’t make you right and someone else wrong. It simply means you are standing in your truth, with awareness. It means following your intuition and your heart. If you are looking for truth, set your crown chakra to vibrate at truth. Stand grounded in your space. The truth will come out. The truth will find you…. it always does.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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