Releasing has been a recurring theme for me lately and has reminded me of the immense importance and power of letting go in order to write, live and lead consciously, creatively and authentically.
It’s certainly a process I know from the inside out as it surfaced as a major priority for me when I left the publishing world to forge my own path many years ago.
Serene and Free
I clearly remember finding an inspiring image of a woman wearing a dark red dress leaning forwards on the railings of a balcony with her arms outstretched looking serene and free.
I loved that photo.
It represented the freedom from fears and old patterns that felt suffocating to me, and I longed to feel the way I imagined she felt.
At the time, it was the complete opposite of what I actually felt!
One particular pattern I needed to release was the tendency to put everyone else’s needs before my own; then never get to mine.
I also felt a heavy weight of responsibility for everything which eventually became an overwhelming burden, particularly during the last year of my role as a managing director and publisher.
In fact, feeling responsible for 60+ staff and hundreds of authors as well as for the success of every single book almost burned me out to extinction.
The turning point came in the form of an accident resulting in a head injury which was deeply traumatic yet also served the purpose of waking me up to that fact that it was time for change.
The Alchemy of Life
From then on everything shifted and I chose to engage willingly with the deep transformation that was already underway.
As I committed myself wholeheartedly to working consciously and creatively with the alchemy of life, I started to notice opportunities for change.
The first time I heard the phrase “service not sacrifice”, for example, was a real “aha” moment as I realized immediately that I’d been stuck in the latter.
Now I was absolutely ready to explore a new way of being that included my health and happiness alongside being of service to others.
More Than an Intellectual Exercise
I also realized that releasing limiting patterns of thought and behaviour was so much more than an intellectual exercise.
I needed to clear the stuck energy from every level – including my body – and was astonished to discover just how deep trauma and conditioned patterns actually go.
Along the way, I also learnt to ask for help when I needed it instead of feeling I “should” be able to handle everything myself.
Tools and Techniques
The tools and techniques I used to dissolve the layers that were blocking me from living in integrity with my soul are the same ones I teach as the foundation for a conscious approach to writing, living and leadership.
- meditation, breathing and energy practices
- conscious movement like yoga and walking
- spending as much time as possible in nature
- writing in a journal to clear your internal space
- nurturing your creative soul with inspiration of all kinds
Today I am honoured to have the opportunity to share my insights and experience, and to guide and support others who are on their own version of the transformational journey of living and working in alignment who they truly are.
The Most Significant Realization
The most significant realization I’ve had is this…
… when I take full responsibility for who I am being in each and every moment, and take skilful action to bring myself back into alignment when I notice conditioned patterns playing out, my whole experience of life changes.
This responsibility involves knowing the “non-negotiables” in my life – such as the tools and techniques above – and maintaining these foundational priorities through conscious choices each and every day.
As Anais Nin expressed so beautifully, “The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Are you ready to blossom?