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I read it in so many places, in so many words… The universe takes care of you.
I hear about this all the time from friends in the pastoral field. Modern fishes and loaves stories; tales about how there shouldn’t have been enough but there always was. My faith has proven itself to me so many times that I should consider myself called into ministry… But alas, I do not believe there is only one door to Heaven, to Englightenment, to paradise.
I believe we are all children of GOD… Giver Of Days.
I believe days are brief in comparison to life in order to constantly provide us with chances to start over. Every sunset is a death, every sunrise a birth… and each day is a new opportunity to be reborn better than we were the day before.
But what if I want big changes? What if I am afraid to admit I am unhappy- because it would mean conflict with those who support me?
Well, the best advice I can give is… Save money, make several alternative plans –in case there are unforeseeable obstacles (and DO expect unforeseeable obstacles), then be prepared to lose everything.
I believe some of the happiest and most generous people I have ever met were those who owned the least. It seems the more things I possessed, the less freedom I had. Whenever I give away things I do not need, I am rewarded. The greater the sacrifice, the greater the reward… But not always in the fiscal, dollars and cents way that everyone assumes.
The process started inside myself… First to learn to see outside myself. By watching my words and actions, I noticed whether I was being honest. By acknowledging my faults and errors, I was able to surrender to the process of accepting and forgiving my ignorance. I was able to begin learning again ...anything I had missed, avoided, or neglected to learn in my youth. I was able to finally admit, “I was wrong.”
Being wrong only hurts for a moment- The moment one considers regretting past mistakes made in ignorance. Sometimes there are many people to tell. Sometimes there are none. But one thing is for certain, it is a change that must begin from the inside. This is my second step towards alignment.
When the word alignment began to become more than letters on a page, I heard a voice... Inside my head, it spoke through the noise- the voices of my parents, my family, my friends, my colleagues; the voices of television, books, and movies; the voices of my body, heart, and creativity... Over two years, I learned to discern it from the rest. It said only one word, "Listen."
Like a fool, I responded arrogantly, "What?! I AM listening!"
I practiced. I read. I studied. I listened to every person I could. So many people in pain and displeasure. So many people expressing emotions that contradicted their words and actions. By helping them, I hoped to discover my purpose. In turning my attention to others, I sought to help myself.
For so much of my life, I have continued down this detour... wondering when I was would be granted the life I desired. When I would be good enough... When I would be deserving.
Along my journey, I had the same conversation with so many people, who were also looking to be helpers, supporters... unselfish, self-sacrificing. And during my time with them, I heard the advice I needed most- "But what do you want? What do you need? What if you could provide the most assistance by first helping yourself?"
This is when I finally admitted, I'm ready to hang my shingle... I am a MUSE.
What is a muse? I have talked to many advisers in various fields of education and business about classifying my skills. They encouraged me to work as a Chief Creative Officer (CCO), a talent agent, a networking event organizer, or... a visionary. While I appreciate their guidance and encouragement, I will say what I say to my clients: One has to make this decision him/herself. For my unique set of skills, I have chosen the job title MUSE.
As a muse, I eliminate any sense that I can do the work for you. No, that is your job. But if you are seeking my help, I will use all my skills to inspire you, show you the incredible gifts others can see in you. By investing in a muse, you can take responsibility and full credit for all your achievements!
Up until now my clients have mostly come to me through friends or chance encounters. I have traded services with yoga instructors, guitar teachers, Reiki practitioners, and massage therapists, to name a few... and let others -who did not have trades to offer- pay me money. Now, as my team of professional colleagues is complete, I am writing to recruit new paying clients.
Ask yourself... What resonated with you about the first half of this post? What personal growth or development do you seek? I am not psychic. I do not know the answers... but I am confident, with your help, they can be revealed.
I am a certified life coach who holds a master's degree in speech pathology/therapy. Using the long list of skills presented on my profile, I help my clients become cognizant of their patterns. Together we identify self-sabotaging language and actions that inhibit growth. The client and I work, hand in hand, to define new positive language and actions to practice instead... and if necessary, we discuss methods of tracking and measurement to insure accountability for their progress.
Everyone's sessions are different because all individuals are different.
The most frightening part is the first step out of the nest. Finding the faith we will be able to fly. Changes on the inside can be made in an instant, but in order for their effects to last, we have to practice everyday. It takes time to rearrange our material belongings, our physical well-being, and our personal relationships- OUTSIDE to reflect the difference we feel on the INSIDE.
If the outside does not change, doubt will create resistance to the new mental programming. As human beings, as children of God, freedom of thought and choice is our birthright. Every day we choose... Every day is a new opportunity.
Today, this is my decision: These thoughts are useful. The sum of my experiences has enabled me to write this explanation for anyone who might seek it. Just for today, I have served my purpose- sharing my years of gained and applied knowledge.
As a writer, as a singer, as an artist; I will continue to express these concepts... and seek a separate career doing so- But because I have to pay bills and take of myself, I will also continue to earn money... If anyone reading wants to hire me to practice listening, I will gladly help you hear yourself. Thank you.
What I do
Our first meeting, I will ask you to tell me about your life, your current circumstances, and your goals. I will draw a personalized map of what you tell me the positive and negatives are. Together we can use it to chart a course around or over obstacles to reach you dreams.
If this sounds too simple, I encourage you to take the procedure to do it yourself. It is no secret. You can read all about these techniques in books and all over the internet! However, if you are looking for a little extra hand's on help, I'm your girl.