This week, while doing some research for my next book, I came across an interesting list of characteristics for self-actualization from Abraham Maslow, founder of humanistic psychology. (You can read the full list and more info about his work here).
Beloved ones, there is a flame that burns inside of you. It is the center of your being. It is the power of your heart. It is your part of the explosion that Creation is. It is dynamic, irresistible and catapults you into the most exquisite experience of all that life is.
On Sunday, March 27th through the 31st I have the privilege of leading a very special retreat with Louise Hay, a beloved teacher and writer who has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. This retreat will be held at Miraval Resort and Spa and is based, in part, on a book that Louise and I have been working on for the last few months c
Our human experience is one full of extraordinary opportunities, both on a personal and collective level. What lies before us in the unfolding of each present moment is the ultimate gift of understanding of who we are from the deepest recesses of our being and our purpose for being here at this time.
I’ve just finished the “I Can Do It” conference here in Toronto and, before I go to bed, I wanted to share some of my notes with you from an extraordinary documentary that was shown at lunch today. The movie was called, Doors Opening, and it’s the story of the work Louise Hay did with men who were suffering with AIDS in the mid eighties. During a time when most people literally shunned these men, Louise welcomed them into her home and her heart, and taught them how to heal. The film is a moving example of the power of love – both self love and the selfless love of a woman committed to being of service. Here are several things Louise suggests we do in order to love ourselves more:
Being friends with your spouse, with your children, with those you dearly love, truly does begin with being friends with yourself. The process for others is the same as the process is for me. It is, as I said, a three-part process...Forgiveness, Acceptance, Celebration. Once I had found a way to forgive myself (God showed me the way by showing me the way that God forgives me), I then simply needed to move into a place of acceptance of myself; of who I was and how I was.
Self-Love - what does that mean to you? Is that something that creates a good feeling? Does it perhaps create a sense of shyness or embarrassment? For some it may just make you feel uncomfortable. You come into this life with the complete and utter knowing that you are complete. You are divine. It is a given. It has been the lessons you've learned and beliefs you've accepted since that time that has pushed you outside of this belief. On your quest to re-align within yourself you must open to acceptance of who you are.
We talked in this space last week about one of the most important things in life: being friends. So yes, be friends with your spouse. Be friends with your children. Be friends with your relatives. Be friends with your neighbors and your fellow workers and your acquaintances. And yes, even be friends with your enemies. And most of all...be friends with yourself! Let's see how...
I've just arrived home from Omega where I taught a Mother's Day weekend retreat about developing the qualities and habits of an extraordinary mother. We had a terrific group of women and this week I'd like to share ten pieces of wisdom from our time together. Here we go...
My dear friends, we love you so very much. Self loves, dear ones, is not selfish. True self love comes from a heart that is grateful to God for making this beautiful soul you call "you." True self loves comes from an appreciation that you were created unique, beautiful, and precious. True self love is a recognition that there is no one else on earth exactly like you, just as there are never two roses exactly the same.
This channel from the Goddess came to us the week before Valentine's Day and to me opened up the door for self-love. Anytime you read this channel, you will find your heart center overflowing with love. The Goddess took us first of all to the New Earth. It's so similar to home, yet has a finer, lighter vibration. The foundation of the energy is based in love. Therefore, the more you allow love within yourself or to flow through you, the more you have to share with others.
There is a tendency to project the source of truth onto another. This often happens in our relationship with the teacher and it acts as a barrier to true awakening. One Thursday evening, at one of my teaching sessions in Corte Madera, Laura raised her hand to speak. She is an earnest young woman who had recently attended one of my five-day residential retreats.
Well, it's the time of year when I usually share a few holiday self-care reminders to support you in taking good care of yourself over the next few weeks so you enter the New Year feeling good about yourself.