Awaken Your Wood Series:
In the Wood Element season, we start to feel the restlessness and urge of the seeds that have been burrowed in the soil over winter being ready to burst through it's shell and seek the light. This season teaches us to have a clear vision, a solid plan and become unstoppable, yet flexible, in the pursuit of realizing your vision.
Attuning to your Inner Compass
How is your inner compass pulling you?
You know, that deep urge to get moving in a certain direction, or that restless desire to gain greater clarity?
This compass is guided by a magnetic force that has the ability to cause an experience of EPIC flow in your life.
That force is your vision.
Now the funny thing about the word vision is that we think it has something to do with our eyes. But really, it’s the inner eye that we’re activating.
In the language of the elements, it’s that seed that was planted in the dark soil, that has a blueprint within it to become a tree. When the vision or urge to live into the vision becomes so strong, it takes a great force to burst open the shell that has kept it safe and expand into the unknown territory toward the light.
Anger and frustration are the emotional fuel of this elemental season, and it’s the rocket fuel for manifesting your dreams.
The key is to use that energy responsibly – take ownership of it and use it for good. When we feel frustrated, it is a sign that there’s a vision trying to emerge. When you feel it, don’t extend it outward toward others or turn it on yourself in self-punishment, blame, etc.
Notice, where in your life you may be feeling frustrated or angry.
And ask yourself, “What vision is trying to be born right now?” What hope, dream, desire or expectation did you have in that moment that is not being fulfilled. Then ask, “Who do I need to be to move toward that dream? What is the next best step to bring me closer?”
Let Your Dreams Take Flight
A beautiful Monarch butterfly just flitted by as I wrote that note. It’s a good reminder to let your dreams take flight. It starts with waking up a vision. A BIG vision that is larger than you, that you may have no idea how to actually manifest. Let that vision stir within you.
Here are the key steps:
1. Tune into what wants to be born / live through you right now
2. Get clear on your vision
3. Activate it daily by visualizing it as accomplished. Imagine and FEEL how it would feel when your vision is reality.
4. Course correct for any challenges or obstacles that emerge
5. Deepen your practice of keeping your focus on the vision
Within me, I’ve been longing to feel the wonderful expanse and greater freedom of living life fully. What was incongruent for me was sharing my home with roommates. I was living in a studio over the garage and I was gone a lot to help my family. So when I was home, it felt awkward. I would avoid the public space and isolate upstairs.
My soul felt diminished and that urge to expand took me on some great adventures, thinking I needed leave Santa Cruz. But when I got still and tuned into the frustration, I realized that I just needed to reclaim my home. It was a scary bold decision, fueled by a startling clarity that helped me see it was time to claim the life I'm here to live.
I’ve been living here for nearly a decade and this home has been the spot for many celebrations, weddings, baby blessings, memorial services, and of course, my epic annual Chinese New Year’s parties. I’ve always had a strong belief that ocean front homes should always be shared with community in celebration and gathering. Entertaining is part of my nature. But I'd shut that down. I was steeped in grief and healing from the loss of my mom, and in that process, I kind of lost myself.
Feeling the clear vision of having my entire home back, inviting in my communities, hosting my leadership program in this beautiful space, fueled me to take bold action. I asked my housemates to leave, and I stepped up in asking for and receiving support. Because to fulfill any vision, it’s bigger than you.
See, when the sprout bursts through the soil, it is not greeted by daylight right away. The first thing it encounters is darkness, soil, rocks. Liken these to the obstacles and challenges that seem to step in the path right when you get clear on what you want. I’ll share more about being unstoppable in a few weeks.
Until then, have no fear. The blueprint is within you. Spirit has already got theplan for you. So tune in. Using the powerful force of your clear vision, move around obstacles and grow relentlessly toward the light of your vision.
Here’s my new view from my office (there were amazing storm waves yesterday!). Each day, I wake to the expanse of this beautiful wild ocean, and I have the inner momentum to get into action and stay in action around building and marketing my retreat programs, supporting colleagues and friends in their business promotion and in calling in a conscious community to share and enjoy this beautiful space.
The resources, the clients, the connections are all falling into place as I keep my eyes on the vision, and move through any fears, frustration or fog that may cloud it. That’s just what is coming up to be healed and I welcome it.
I invite you to keep your eye on your vision, practice activating the feelings of it being fulfilled, and savor the process of realizing your dreams.