Working Towards Your Dream

by Sharon Hoffman

2016 for me seems to be a good year for working towards making your dreams a reality.  I know many people who are doing this, from writing a book to starting a healing business.  My dream is to sell my artwork.  I had previously been working on this, but had come to a dead end.  Then one day I picked a tarot card (for no particular reason) and it told me to seek guidance from an expert to help with my creative endeavour and that the expense would be worth it.  I thought I didn’t need help with my painting itself, but then I did realise I needed help promoting and marketing my work.  So I sat down to meditate (just sitting cross-legged which helps keep your spine straight and the energy flowing).  I asked Spirit who I needed to ask for help and the answer came back to me – Karen Downing!

So I have been working with Karen for the past 2 months on putting my artwork out there, including branding and promoting.  It has been very useful.  The first thing she told me was my artwork needs to be on bigger canvases, which once she said it, made complete sense.  She also suggested marketing towards a more affluent clientele, including aiming for a business market.  I had always struggled explaining my artwork, but after an hour of sitting staring at the computer (thinking business market) and picking my hair (a bad habit I am weaning myself off) I started writing descriptions and I finally felt that I understood my artwork! And the more I channelled explanations, the easier it got.  Recently I was able to understand one of my paintings that is very personal to me and is in my bedroom that looks like an eye.  I realised that in the painting Spirit is telling me to see the beauty within.  So now when I look at the painting I don’t just feel a connection, I hear Spirit telling me to see the beauty in myself (which being a critical Virgo I don’t always find the easiest thing to do!).

Seeing the Beauty Within

Recently I was set homework to put my work on Pinterest and Instagram.  As Karen was explaining what I needed to do, I could feel the energy in my solar plexus tightening more and more with fear!  However, when I did put my work on these sites, I realised how easy it was to do, and wondered what the fuss had been about (fear always seems to go that way).  As I have sessions, I can see the fear in me being chipped away at bit by bit.

Also we have covered past lives, including one where I prostituted myself to sell my artwork and was then hung when I rebelled and made a sculpture the church disagreed with.  I felt so sick hearing about this past life (I was releasing the past life energy and it lasted quite a while after the session too).  And also, I realised I did have a subconscious belief I was going to be killed if I put my work out.  So, I could see this was quite a barrier to promoting myself, lol.

Throughout the sessions energy work is going on too, and I usually have symptoms afterwards, for example last time I suddenly got a cold after and also I have lost my voice.  I don’t know what will happen at the end of the sessions, all I know is that I am chipping away at fear; I am moving in the right direction; and I am determined to the best I possibly can! I have to! I would recommend getting help making your dreams a reality, sometimes we need a bit of support!

 

**Note from Karen: You can view Sharon’s amazing art at her website here. It was such a lovely surprise to receive this post in my email box last week. Sharon had written it for another website, and asked me for permission to share it there. Once I read it, I knew it also needed to be shared here. I have long stopped soliciting testimonials (I find they feel so contrived), so to receive this lovely email from Sharon, out of the blue, and for her to permit it to be shared so publicly was such a blessing. Also, because of this experience, I have now opened up my blog to guest writers. More details can be found about blog submissions here. By the way, Sharon sessions are a part of the Soul Mission Mentoring program, you can learn more about it here. **

The Power of Love Takes the Lead

Moving into the next year, the planet will start to take on a new energy; a change forged by the power of love. The power of love in your own life will be seen in many new ways.  Everything from the smile of a stranger, to surprise opportunities and possibilities can come your way. One of the signals ushering in this change is the passing of Nelson Mandela. He is a shining example of living life from the heart. Now that he has passed on, he will be continuing his work in Spirit, leading and guiding many lightworkers to transform the world through the power of love.

On an energetic level there are many changes that body is going through as a result of this change. The Universal Love chakra has now entered the body through the Crown chakra, on its decent down to take its position at the Heart center. As the Universal Love chakra comes into contact with the crown, it is causing physical discomfort. Symptoms such as spaciness, feeling “out of it,” having difficulty concentrating, dizziness, ear popping and whistling, headaches and body temperature fluctuations are all signals of this chakra transition. Read more about this chakra transition here.

With the Universal Love chakra entering the body, it is another sign of this changeover. The world has reached the tipping point, and where Earth was once primarily ruled by fear, Love is now beginning to take over. In order to best utilize it, the power of love must be truly understood.  Many people identify love with lust, weakness, or obligation. However, love is none of these things. Love is about allowing each person to be who they are, and therefore allowing your own essence to shine through as well.

Love is about compassion and detachment, seeing each person with hope, and yet understanding that when they are experiencing difficulty, it can only be there for their own learning. This is the most difficult part of the changeover from fear to love. As fear tells you to separate, hate and blame others, whereas love allows you to see through the illusion created by these fear-based emotions. Love gives you an understanding of the bigger picture that is playing out on a soul level.

Whenever you are faced with challenges or perceived obstacles, ask yourself, “Why is this happening in MY life? Why is this event taking place in MY world of experience?  What am I to learn from this?” Sometimes, the answer can be something simple, like to facilitate Divine timing, and other times it can be the result of a life lesson or karmic agreement. Whatever the reason may be, try not to bring your emotions into how you view the experience. For, once the emotions affect your view of things, it becomes more difficult to break out of perspective they create.

Taking the time to understand every piece of why something is going on can take a lifetime, and many times you will not be privy to the whole picture of why, until after your incarnation is complete. It is for this reason, it is so essential to learn to distinguish your intuition from your fear. Fear will keep you from moving forward, through how it gives reasons to qualify doing or not doing something. But, intuition does none of these things; intuition is a short and sweet directive, directly to the point of what needs to happen.

So, how do you know if you have a life lesson to complete? There are a couple of ways to discover this. Life lessons will always show up in your Astrological birth chart; they are areas of focus that you have chosen to face in this life that usually center on your Soul Mission theme. Some possible areas of this mission would include; science, compassion, relationships, finances, communication, etc. Another way to discover your life lessons is to look at the experiences in your life. You will know if it is a life lesson because no matter what you do, the theme will keep showing up in different ways. For example, if your life lesson theme is relationships, you will consistently be faced with some challenges in your close relationships.

As the power of Love takes hold in each person’s life, intuition will increase, and there will be more supporting evidence in your life to help you with making decisions and completing your life lessons. Also, with the Universal Love chakra coming into its rightful position, Love will be able to take on its true power. There will no longer be any place for fear in love. It will take approximately another 2 Earth years for the Universal Love chakra to make its way down to the heart center. And, during the time of its transit, everyone will feel the effects of it connecting with the other upper chakras in the body as it passes through their energy fields.

The Universal Love chakra is like a giant spotlight, highlighting all energy within the body that is fear based, so that it can be removed. It will certainly take some time to accomplish this, as this is a big job to do, but the more that you can stay in a state of awareness about your own emotions, the better prepared you will be to tackle this change.

Love does not require perfection, merely progress. Love has the power to change anything, but only when its power is properly utilized. Love understands everything from a greater perspective, and the more you shift into that perspective in your life, the more you are living in Love. As you near the end of another year, take the time to recognize the joy, gratitude, compassion and Love in your life. If you cannot recognize it, then make a commitment to yourself to draw it, and the awareness of it, into your life. All Love comes from Self-love first. Bring your intention of Love into the new year, and watch it create peace in your life.

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Accepting and Receiving

You are beginning to attract new information, messages, opportunities and even resources into your life. Some of these may not have been quite how you expected them to be. And, because of this you are finding that you are in the midst of releasing any unhealed beliefs, related to your capacity to receive unconditionally.

Living in this new energy is about understanding, and accepting, your own capacity to manifest. This also means understanding how the energy locked inside of you from past lives can influence how you recognize and utilize this innate ability to create. The creation process is more than just bringing your thoughts into fruition; it is also about learning to accept that assistance can come from anywhere.

It is not very often that you get to be privy to how someone came about something in their life and why they are choosing to share it with / give it to you. In order to be at one with the financial flow, you have to be willing to receive unconditionally. Receiving unconditionally means that you do not feel guilty for these times you accept something from others, you just accept it without question.

Even something like manifesting a windfall of money can reveal to you the ways in which you think about how you can receive. Some individuals fear having too much money, because in many past life situations, that money made them a target. Still others find that money and resources cause them to feel like they have an obligation to share it.

You are never under any obligation to do anything; instead you have choices. Try to rid the word obligation from your vocabulary altogether. It is a word based on fear and guilt. When you receive something, you do not have to share it with anyone, unless you choose to do so. This is a very common misconception, because there is a societal conditioning that one must share if they are in a position to do so.

You do not need to share anything you do not wish to share, that includes emotions, resources and energy. You are always in control of what you choose to do. Some choices may be easier then others, but they are still your choices to make. You create your life every day, by the choices you make.

If you are giving your power away to a person, situation or energy by saying that those things are what drive your decisions, then you are not taking ownership of your power to create. Every moment you give your energy away to something else, is a moment you are taking energy away from creating the life you dream of. That dream is only limited by how you feel about yourself.

For, if you do not feel worthy of receiving anything, or if you feel that life is unfair, then you are saying that you do not expect anything more than disappointment. However, if you choose to believe in hope, work through your life lessons and are able to take one small step forward each day, then there is nothing that can limit what you can create in your life.

In order to receive unconditionally, you need to release your expectations. A quick affirmation you can say to stir up any energy related to illusions of the receiving process is: “I expect the best without having any expectations at all.” This affirmation requires you to let go of what YOU think is the best, and allow the highest good to take place. It is about trust, faith and most of all, not trying to place your personal perception on all that can possibly be accomplished.

By understanding all of the ways in which your perceptions can flavor how your manifestation process works, you are able to increase the effectiveness of the Law of Attraction ten-fold.

When you try to do something without understanding why it is important, it still works, but it looses the fullness of its power. To be able to receive all that is coming to you, you have to understand what pieces of energy inside of you were attracting undesirable outcomes and situations. For, the more of the yuck that you can release, the more positive energy you have to manifest your desires.

Whatever is coming to you in your life, be it financial assistance, a new relationship, a new place to live, or a feeling of purpose and contentment; know that it is here to assist you on the next steps of your life’s journey.

You are powerful, beautiful and more capable then you give yourself credit for. Believe in yourself, release any need to expect how something will arrive in your life and know you are worthy. Once you can do that, you will be amazed at how the shift in your energy has created a shift in all that surrounds you.

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