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:  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.  **

Past Life Patterns Listing

Since 2007, Karen Downing has assisted clients in moving beyond the influence of their past lives. As a result of this work, Karen has seen 16 distinctive emotional patterns emerge, based on past life experiences.

Every person alive today lives over 85% of their life under the influence of the specific patterns they lived again and again.  Discover how each pattern influences you in your life today.

By understanding that what was, no longer has to be, you can find yourself in a true place of emotional freedom. Most of us are highly influenced by 3 to 5 of the past life patterns. Please read on below to learn more about each of the 16 past life patterns.

When you are ready to learn more about the Past Life Patterns you hold (and how to transform them), take the Past Life Quiz.

Past Life Patterns Listing

The Outcast past life pattern

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The Ruler past life pattern

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The Savior past life pattern

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The Victim past life pattern

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The Infidel past life pattern

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The Warrior past life pattern

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The Utilizer past life pattern

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The Monk past life pattern

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The Merchant past life pattern

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The Servant past life pattern

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The Unwell past life pattern

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The Agent past life pattern

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The Prophet past life pattern

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The Scoundrel past life pattern

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The Doll past life pattern

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The Creative past life pattern

Read more about the Creative

Take the Past Life Quiz to find out more about the past life patterns influencing your life today, and discover how you can use your past life talents to make a positive impact in your life today.

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.