Saturday, 29 April 2017

May 2017 - Unfurling


In this Issue: 
Reflections: Unfurling
Mayd Day Magic Coaching - special offer
Events: Glastonbury, Cornwall, and Global Magic Carpet Ride. Including a video interview.
Inspirational links


Reflections: Unfurling

As I begin writing this, sitting in my garden, the forecasters are predicting a big drop in temperature later today, with winds from the arctic, maybe even frost at night. I am surrounded by blossom - and I worry about the fruit crop, wondering if the frost will damage the future crop this autumn.

Letting go of that thought, I return to the subject I chose for this 'Reflections' piece several days ago - 'Unfurling'. How interesting. The trees and the flowers don't know the weather forecast. They continue to unfurl their beautiful petals. If they are damaged, the tree doesn't spend time or energy on regrets. It simply regathers, regroups, regrows - whether this year, or next. A set back maybe, but it will survive.



Does the unfurling of your talents, your work, your business feel like this? For me, with Dare to Blossom, I keep on growing, developing. Tentatively opening up ideas, like unfurling petals. Sometimes these ideas thrive and develop and bear fruit. Sometimes they wither and die. In between some simply flower and do not produce as big a crop as I might hope. If I didn't keep on - keep on 'showing up' as the phrase goes - then nothing would happen at all.

With this sort of work - for me maybe you too, we are offering our services, our skills, our experiences, ourselves. This feels to me very personal, very exposed, very vulnerable. And I am continually learning that when I still dare to go ahead and share, from that place, that vulnerable spot, the very edge - that is where and when the connections happen. There we link with each other heart to heart, help support each other in the unfurling.


For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- if any phrase or word resonates with you from this piece, choose to flow write or meditate on those words
- what emerges for you?
- what is unfurling?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?


May Day Magic Coaching - special offer
May 1st - May Day - is a very special time here. In Padstow the annual celebration begins the evening before with the 'night singing' heralding the arrival of May Day, when the 'Osses come out to dance in the streets. Serenaded by the band of accordions and drums and the singers with the Teaser leading, each celebrates the festival of abundance, fertility and fecundity that is spring and summer.

If you search on YouTube you will find dozens of clips of people's videos, here is the local page where you will find information and videos. I particularly like this one of the childrens' 'Osses.

To celebrate, I would like to offer you a little piece of your own May Day Magic - two thirty minute life coaching sessions on Zoom video-conferencing, at the price of £50.  To book your place, contact me before the end of 1st May.


Forthcoming Events

Regular readers will know that this time of year, the time of blossoming into spring is when I focus on events. And so there are three coming up in May. For those of you who are wondering what attending a workshop might bring for you, I am planning a series of short video interviews. Here is the first with Gail (just over 7 minutes wathcing time)  - hop over to my channel on YouTube for a look - and do come back here and carry on reading.

Unleash Your Power Within Workshops in Glastonbury and Cornwall




Saturday 6th May in Glastonbury - this is of course very soon, and there is a 'bring a friend' special offer, so you can come together and share a magical day for the price of one ticket. Contact me as soon as possible to secure your place. For you as loyal readers I would be delighted to welcome you, even without a friend, for the same price (£32.50 instead of £65) for the day, 10-4 at the Goddess House.

Saturday 13th May - Cornwall: Purpose - Reaching Upwards.

Vist '
Workshops and Events' for full details and to book.

The full programme continues in Cornwall with three more half-day events:
8 July Passion: opening to the sun
9 September Power: ripening
18 November Progress: harvesting

Global Online Magic Carpet Ride: Unfurl Your Power Within
For those of you who are not in reach of the workshops this new interactive programme begins on Monday 22nd May. for five weeks ending on Friday 23rd June. It will include weekly group calls (which will be recorded in case you can't be there in person), a private Facebook group (though you can take part without joining that if you prefer), and resources for you to keep. Full details here.

There is an Early Bird price of £79 (a saving of £20) until midnight on 30 April - but for readers of this newsletter I will leave it open longer. If you find it has been removed from the website, contact me direct to find out if it is still available for you.

Dare to Blossom at Home workshops can be booked at any time: if you are in Cornwall or west Devon and are interested in exploring the option to host a group of friends in your own home, have a look at the website here and contact me so we can arrange a chat to discuss what you would like.

Inspirational Links

This month my new contacts have included Linda Grayson, who works under the theme "Spirit and the Life Beyond" and Kerry Louise of Kerry Louise Psychic Guidance. I haven't experienced the services of these two people, but I can say that this sort of work has helped me greatly at various times in my life so if you see something that calls to you, as I must have done then, maybe follow your intuition and explore further? The person who helped me immensely, starting twelve years ago almost to the day I am writing this, is Debbie Clayton of Angels of Light.


As always, please feel free to comment with your thoughts and comments. 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sample Point of Focus Report.



During the week beginning 10 April 2017, I drew up this report, in the same way as we will be doing during the “Global Online Magic Carpet Ride: Unfurl your power within”, which opens on 22 May.

For this process, a card is drawn on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – and those of us in the online circle will be bringing those cards – the word, the colour, the questions – into our daily lives and letting them work their magic. This can take many forms – insights, inspiration, whispers of your intuition, your inner wisdom.

The cards used are the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards. During the circle I will then do, as I am now – pull together some resources and my own thoughts into this document. When the circle is ‘live’ I will be able to incorporate some of the interactions we will have shared within the group that week.

If you choose to subscribe to the Point of Focus membership service, you will receive a monthly Report like this. The process will be slightly different: I will set aside a time for you: I will tune in and focus and see which three cards appear from the pack – seemingly a random process, but as I am sure you will have experienced – one that can offer great gifts. At the first level of membership you will receive email support if you wish to discuss.

Or, you can choose to take up a thirty or sixty minute one to one call, with a recording so you can refer back later to the wisdom that arises for you.

So, dear ones, on to the words that emerged this week.





For each card, ask yourself:
What is my first response? To the word? To the colour? And, what else is there? And, what else?

And then – what do Power and Joy combined offer you? Purple and deep pink?

And then – add Serenity, soft blue. What does that word, that colour offer in addition?

I encourage you to take time over this, to pause here and record your first impressions in your journal before continuing to read. No one else can tell you about your own inner wisdom, you can trust your own responses. Practicing this process, gives you the confidence to trust more and delve more deeply for yourself.

I do not offer interpretations, I do offer to walk with you as a companion  - as in the title of the book I somewhat reluctantly published to accompany the cards. The principle is for you to access your own deep, authentic source of wisdom and your power within, not for me or anyone else to tell you what to think.

So – some further thoughts and questions – in no particular order. I have found the process can be a circle in itself, or maybe a spiral. Circling from one card to another, one colour to the next. And back, in multiple combinations and thought streams.

As well as journaling, and flow-writing about the words and colours, you may like to collage, paint, doodle with coloured pens. Collet words or photos. Walk in nature, dance, choose music to accompany your words.

For this week:

Power: It is so interesting, and supremely appropriate, that this word came out for us. The theme of all my explorations this year, for myself and with others, has been just this: Power. How do we unleash it, unfurl it, stand true in our own power within? Was your first reaction to reject this word? Many of us associate power with domination, control, fear, misuse, harm to others, violence.

No wonder we feel we don’t want this thing – power. In conversations, over and over, often with women, and with men too – this has come up. We need another word for the way we want to be powerful. Full of power. Power that will support ourselves and others in love; power that will ‘em-power’ rather than ‘dis-empower’ others. Power that will be used for good in the world; to bring joy, laughter, progress, good things.

Often, we deal with this by adding a descriptive word: soft power, gentle power, tranquil power, loving power. Coherent power was one I found for myself in combination with other personal development work I am doing. Meaning to integrate all the parts of myself, to pull together and provide that strong base for me to stand firm in my power.

I have a whole essay I am feeling inspired to write about this…..it may, or may not make its way into this Report – one that is growing longer by the minute.

Purple – the colour, what are the associations for you? Again, it is historically linked with power – imperial, regal. Personally, I connect it with healing and it is the colour I see in deep meditation and when practising reiki, whether for myself or others.

Joy: Ah, quite a contrast? Maybe ‘joyful power’ is something that chimes for you? What brings you joy? What does the deep pink say to you? Connections with your heart? So often we deny ourselves joy, the chance to ‘en-joy’ ourselves. Do we feel we don’t deserve it? Do we feel guilty? As if we are not allowed to feel joy?

Remember how babies and small children react to the world. Before they learn to be fearful it is mostly with joy and true awe at the wonder of what is around them. When do you allow yourself to feel this way? Maybe watching a glorious stupendously beautiful sunset or sunrise? The majesty – and power – of watching a stormy sea? Anytime that our response is ‘wow’ we are often tapping into that childlike joy and awe at the gifts of the natural world.

Can you allow yourself to feel joyful for no reason? To be ‘unreasonably’ happy? What activities help you do this? Playing with your children, walking in nature, dancing round the living room to a favourite song?

Serenity: Our final card is like a deep breath. That moment when you may realise that you have been holding your body tight, in tension. When you remember to take a huge, great inward breath that reaches right down to your toes and out to your fingertips, refreshing every cell in your body as it goes. Maybe you stretch upwards too, and then that delicious deep out breath, taking the stress and tightness of your muscles with it, releasing. 

I encourage you to do this, now, several times. And then return to the card – the word, the colour. What does it say to you now, what do you see? I feel, rather than see, an internal source, a point I can return to, and draw on – where my natural state of being is serene. Like a calm blue summer sea, deep and soothing. A place where I can rest, and breath, and then take that feeling with me, back into my day.

Here we are, at the end of this Report. What have you gained? What are your insights? For this sample – and for any other whether in the Global Magic Carpet Ride circle or the individual Point of Focus membership – please feel free to comment, ask questions.


Thursday, 30 March 2017

April 2017 - Coherence and Integration

 


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In this Issue: 
Reflections: Coherence and Integration
Announcement: Point of Focus Membership
Events: workshops in Cornwall and Glastonbury, and the Global Magic Carpet Ride
Inspirational links: the Stoneprint Press


Reflections: Coherence and Integration

Coherence: the situation when the parts of something fit together in a natural or reasonable way
Integration: the process of combining two or more things into one
(definitions from the Cambridge Dictionary on-line)


I began writing this piece a few days ago, sitting in my garden, as a flow-writing exercise. I love to write outdoors, away from the computer, and this year - with a cold damp spring, this was the first time.The first three months of 2017, the first quarter, are coming to an end. Is it spring where you are? Or autumn? Or maybe you are in the tropics where your seasons are ore about wet and dry?

The two words in the title of my reflections this month - coherence and integration - have proved central to me this year. If you are a regular reader, you will know I recently developed a deeper way of using the Rediscovery Cards, through the 'Power Flower' symbolism. The explorations people have already made using this, in combination with the cards, has been proving a source of even greater insights, focus and clarity.

I am beginning to see how all the many parts of my work are, this year, coming together. Becoming integrated as parts of a whole. On my afternoon in the garden I paused here, and wrote:

"Closing my eyes to enjoy the warm sun on my face. Listening to the birds, I hear: seagulls, crows, a wood pigeon, a buzzard calling as she soars high overhead. And the smaller birds: blackbird, thrush, robin, blue-tits, sparrows - and others too, whose calls I cannot recognise without seeing the birds who are singing."




Alongside the growth and new life of spring, the jigsaw of all the methods, tools, techniques I use, are - this year - slotting together, naturally becoming a coherent whole.

Those of you who have taken part in the Magic Carpet Workshops already know how these ways of working, that I have been fine-tuning over a number of years, come together in those gatherings. At the recent workshop here in Cornwall we used the Rediscovery Cards in our introductions; we flow-wrote about one of my greetings cards - a randomly assigned photograph or piece of art. We talked, shared, witnessed, cried, laughed. We each went on a magic carpet ride journey in a guided visualisation following (or not) the words I was given to speak in that moment, for that particular group of people, on that one day.

People also made a gift for themselves to take away, simply the result of playing with coloured pens, stickers, feathers, glue, and the natural 'paper' from the sheaths of the new shoots of the bamboo that grows in my garden. At the close of the morning, we stood in a circle, holding hands as I gave thanks for what each person had brought to the workshop; the gifts each had contributed - at that moment I truly felt the magic as my work for the day was done. The magic of connection, of real conversations heart to heart, of the links that require no words.

For me, the integration is also the alchemy of all my past experience - coming together and transforming from 'good' or 'bad' to simple being - being a part of who I am today.


"Thank you Mary for gently leading and guiding us in wonderful, inspirational, empowering, enjoyable morning. Like all those who have mastered their crafts you made it flow seemingly effortlessly but have put in hard work to make it so.I really do feel full of a peaceful calm energy. Much to reflect upon. I'm going to start on your books now. New beginnings, new hope, new growth, new future." (one of the participants wrote this before I had even reached home afterwards).

Together, we explore, share, discuss, and experience openings and breakthroughs.

For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- what will you choose to bring into coherence and to integrate this month?
- what emerges for you?
- are there any barriers? What are they? How can you remove, or navigate around them
- what gifts can you find in this process?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?

 
Announcement: Point of Focus Membership

For some time now, people have asked about how to stay involved with Dare to Blossom when they are not at a place when they wish to take up regular coaching sessions every week or every fortnight. And in a way that feels more active, and more personal than simply subscribing to a newsletter - though I hope you continue to enjoy this as well.

So, after a long process of deliberation, here is an offering for you.The Point of Focus Membership with three levels - and you can choose to stay with one or move between them as things change in your life and circumstances.




In the process of deliberation, I went through all sorts of complexities of names and pricing structures. In the end I came back to the underlying principle of a point of focus - using the simplicity of the Rediscovery Cards and Dare to Blossom coaching as a means to achieving clarity and progress.

And so, in the end, I chose simple titles and simple prices:

Level One - Your monthly Point of Focus Personal Cards Report: £10 per month

Each month you will receive a personalised pdf file with three Rediscovery Cards that I have drawn from the pack especially for you. There will be questions, suggestions and resources. Plus email support for you if you wish to discuss anything.
Level Two: Point of Focus Personal Cards Report plus 30 minutes one-to-one coaching: £40 per month
Your personal pdf file as above, and a chance to explore and deepen in a conversation, and to draw some more cards if you wish. A recording will be provided for you to revisit and truly hear yourself speaking your own inner wisdom. 
Level Three: Point of Focus Personal Cards Report plus 60 minutes one-to-one coaching: £80 per month
Your personal pdf file as above, and a chance to explore and deepen in a longer conversation with the luxury of a full hour together, and with the recording to return to as well. Level Three membership will also offer you discounts on other offerings through the year. 


So will you choose to make a commitment to yourself? To your own journey of rediscovering your true self: the voice that sings inside; the child who dances as if no one is watching; the woman who loves and laughs and rejoices in being alive - at any stage of her life. Will you?
Please take up the offer of a complimentary conversation with me if you have any questions at all, or you would just like to talk and find out more about me and how I can help you dare to blossom. This is a subscription which means you can sit back and know that your regular Report will arrive each month without you needing to do anything, and you will receive a link to book your monthly one-to-one with me. Each will provide you with a place to touch in with yourself and 
Please rest assured that you can change to a different level or cancel your regular payment at any time. Click here to read more on the website and to subscribe to membership, or contact me here.
Forthcoming Events

Workshops:



Saturday 6th May - Glastonbury - Early Bird Special is about to end on 31st March - book here, or contact me for an instalment option.
Saturday 13th May - Cornwall

Visit the website for full details

Global Online Magic Carpet Ride: Unfurl Your Power Within



For those of you who are not in reach of the workshops this new interactive programme begins on Monday 22nd May. for five weeks ending on Friday 23rd June. It will include weekly group calls (which will be recorded in case you can't be there in person), a private Facebook group (though you can take part without joining that if you prefer), and resources for you to keep.

The full programme will be available very soon. In the meantime there is a free group 'Question and Answer' call on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30 pm (BST) There will be no obligation or pressure to sign up for the group, simply a chance to to chat and share some time together with a group of like-minded people., and to try out the Zoom.us video-conferencing platform if you are not familiar with that, in preparation for the later calls if you do decide to join us.

To book your place on the Q&A call, email me via this link so I can send you the invitation to connect on the day. The call will last around 60 minutes. It will be recorded so if you would like to listen in even if you can't make it on the day - do make sure you register. You may notice I have used the word 'unfurl' instead of 'unleash' - I will explain more on the call, and when the full programme is published on the website, along with the pricing.


Inspirational Links

This month I am sharing the website of the Stoneprint Press in New Zealand. I discovered their work - books and some beautiful Wisdom Cards at the end of last year.

Here is the introduction from the site by Barry Brailsford:
"In my 
Stoneprint books I share the histories and ancient lore of the Pacific peoples and my recent research. Placing the latest scientific studies alongside ancestral wisdom creates exciting pathways into the future."

I am very fortunate to have received a pack of the cards for Christmas (on a special request to my family there - thank you) - and they are magical with wonderful artwork. I have read one of the books that I managed to obtain from the public library here in the UK,
"In Search of the Southern Serpent", co-authored by Hamish Miller, who lived here in Cornwall for many years.

As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments. 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the website - while current stocks last they will be at the same price they have been since 2012 - which will need to change with the new packaging and print run.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

March 2017 - Life Shifts


In this Issue: 
Reflections: Life Shifts
Events: Dare to Blossom Workshops
Inspirational links


Reflections: Life Shifts

This newsletter is coming to you early this time, as I am part of a blog tour to celebrate the publication of a new collaborative book with Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck. This is the second in their series of 365 Books where I have been a contributing author.

The title of the new book is 365 Life Shifts, and I have two pieces of writing included this time. Both are about pivotal events in my life. Alongside these are another 363 chapters from numerous other writers, all sharing from their hearts with the intention to help others. So, this piece is of course to play my part in spreading the word about our joint project with contributors from all around the world. (You may spot me in the collage below, if you click anywhere on the photo it will take you to my Amazon page to order, and do come back and read some more.)

The title offers me an intriguing topic for my regular 'reflections' piece........ see more below.




So - where will this prompt of 'life shifts' take me? The sub-title is 'Pivotal moments that changed everything'.. We all have those in our lives. Sometimes it is clear that a big change is happening - when we experience redundancy, illness, bereavement, divorce, childbirth, or maybe simply a change of where we live (though that is not necessarily simple in my experience).

Musing today, on a wet misty afternoon in Cornwall, there are thoughts arising - as if from the mist, the fog, of obscured awareness. Something about life shifting around me even as I sit here. My heart is beating, my lungs are doing what they do, my body is functioning to digest my food and provide me with energy. In each moment, each second, changes are happening. Can you see the magnolia petal drifting down from the tree above in this photo? It is an interim moment, between being part of the flower and landing on the ground, to gradually fade and become compost.



If the flower had awareness, I wonder if it would be surprised? For me, I am reminded of the moment when the fog clears and something big is revealed that was not even hinted at a few moments before. This often happens when we are visiting the North Devon coast. Lundy Island is clearly visible on most days, on others the low cloud or sea mist obscures it entirely. 




I am curious - why has my mind taken me to this thought from the starting point of 'life shifts'? The clearing of the mental 'fog' in my life often happens in an instant: that may be a moment of insight. Or it may be a literal, physical shock, such as we experience when a near-miss happens when driving. A sudden appreciation of the fragile nature of our physical existence and how precious it is, each moment.

Part of my learning to sit with 'being' as well as 'doing' out in the world, has been that awareness of the fleeting nature of each day, each hour, each minute. To value that as best I can; and to forgive myself when my very normal human imperfection has me forgetting. To appreciate those pivotal, wake-up call moments.


For you, in your meditation or journal writing:
- what life shifting moments come to mind for you? You may choose to flow write or meditate on one of these.
- what emerges for you?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?


To purchase a copy of  "365 Life Shifts" for yourself, click here
I ordered my copy this morning and look forward to reading the stories we have all shared there. Many of the authors offer bonus gifts, once you have your order number (from Amazon or any other bookseller) you simply need to visit the main website for the book and follow the instructions there to access them. I have not made a general offer this time - however as a reader of this newsletter or on my blog page, I would love to offer you an extended consultation, (30 minutes rather than the usual 20 minutes) - a chance to talk and to experience the Rediscovery Coaching process for yourself. Simply contact me to book a video-conference call.


Events: Dare to Blossom Workshops

There is a full programme of Magic Carpet Ride Workshops planned for the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre throughout 2017 in Cornwall, plus the special one day event in Glastonbury on 6th May. Just visit the Workshops and Events Page.



Inspirational links

Since I began writing this newsletter the launch of 365 Life Shifts has taken place, with the book becoming a number one best seller on Amazon in a number of categories and countries. The way that Jodi and Dan bring everyone together in a community to collaborate on their books and to share in promotion is inspirational. They have such a heart-centred way of doing this which feels so wonderful. If you would like to be involved in future books you can connect with them here on Facebook and on their website  You will find much to inspire you.

As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments. 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

February 2017 - Harmony and Coherence

Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter

In this Issue: 
Reflections: harmony and coherence
Coaching packages
Events
Inspirational links


Reflections: harmony and coherence

Sitting here to write to you, there are a multitude of thoughts swirling around. So many recent conversations - with people for whom I am acting as coach, and others with people coaching me - have brought so much richness. In truth in any conversation the sharing of ideas, intuition, wisdom is a two way exchange.

Themes are emerging for me this year of pulling threads together, of bringing all my work into harmony, creating a coherent whole out of what has seemed for some time to be scattered. Artwork, photography, writing, coaching, working with people through the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards, speaking to groups in person, live on air or through recordings, running workshops.

Last month I wrote about unleashing the power within: that thought has been settling, percolating and evolving. The workshop programme here in Cornwall throughout this year has been part of this (more on this below), as will be a new on-line magic carpet ride circle.

Recently I have seen the phrase 'deep dive' mentioned several times in different contexts, by various people. It is becoming more and more central to the way I see my work emerging into a new phase of harmony and coherence. The people who came forward to help me as testers for the Dare to Blossom Power Flower process have been part of this: it has proved an extraordinary and magical experience for me, and I think for them too. Drawing the cards as part of coaching has always brought this quality - and will still be the preferred way of working for many situations. The simplicity and direct connection has proved invaluable over and over with different people.


When people do wish to take that deep dive into their own inner wisdom, to access their intuition and guidance even more powerfully - the process of unfurling the petals of their flower has brought extra richness and potential. I am still collecting feedback from these calls as people benefit from a period of settling and reflection first. I will include some of the early responses below for you. Thank you so much to each of you.

Speaking yesterday with someone who told me they are learning to free-dive, and how he had to learn not only about breathing but also 'equalising' the pressure in his ears, sparked some more thoughts for me. I start each coaching session, and each workshop, with a short exercise to connect with our breath and to centre at a point of equilibrium in our bodies, before we set off on our journey of discovery through our conversation and interaction with the cards. A preparation for deep diving indeed.

 
Looking for an image to illustrate 'diving deep', I was thinking of a deep blue sea, perhaps like this one taken from the cliffs near Trevone. Beautiful, sunny, the rocks clearly visible through the clear water.



Then I looked up from my screen and saw beside me the print of the photograph of koi carp in a pool that I took last autumn. The surface so smooth that the reflections of the trees in the water can cause a double-take - are the fish in the water or the sky? That was my first reaction back then, intriguing me and providing a fruitful avenue for my own journalling and meditation. It prompted thoughts about reality and obscured meanings; truth and false promises; direction and dead-ends.



I also chose it as the image to accompany the 'Review, Reflect, Re-Vision' workshops at the end of 2016 and it has sparked insights for others too.

Looking again now, I see new meaning in this image for me. What does lie below that misty, mirrored surface? What is there awaiting discovery, rediscovery? Do I dare to dip in, dive in even, to find out? Like many people I speak to, maybe you too are feeling a longing to draw back from the fast-moving world and connect strongly, truly with your inner wisdom - with harmony and coherence? I know I am.


For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- if any phrase or word resonates with you from this piece, choose to flow write or meditate on those words
- what emerges for you?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?


Coaching packages for 2017

Below you will see details of the the coaching offer based on the Dare to Blossom Power Flower, if you would like to see the Rediscovery Coaching package as well just pop over to the website page here.

Unleash your power within: you already know your purpose in life - at least most of the time. You have read the books, attended the workshops, been around this spiral a few times. Why not deepen the process by exploring using the Dare to Blossom Power Flower process.

Here is how it works: a one-hour deep-dive into your personal Power Flower. Together we draw a card for each petal, working in any order you wish, allowing each to unfurl gradually and naturally. At the end, if you so wish, I will take you on a guided visualisation with your Power Flower and the words on your cards woven into your magic carpet.

Following on from this, you will experience further deepening of the process through five thirty minute sessions, one for each petal, then ending in the centre. Each session takes place on the video-conferencing platform Zoom, and will be recorded for you to relisten and rediscover more as often as you wish. You will also receive photos of the cards and your Power Flower if you do not have your own pack of Rediscovery Cards, plus email support between our conversations.

And, remember, if we have not spoken before, you may like to take up your complimentary consultation to help you decide if this is right for you.

Comments from testers: some people have known me for a long time, others I have connected with just recently; some are in the UK, others in the USA.

"It was a very liberating experience, which I enjoyed immensely."

"The really cool part is that you can continue to work with these cards. I laid down to rest and they showed themselves to me with more information. This system is very neutral and can work with any belief system."

"I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dare to Blossom. My first session with Mary Lunnen using the Rediscovery Cards with the "Flower Power" was eye opening. It was so helpful to me to think about the aspects of life represented on the flower in relation to one of the cards. It helped me to see that I need to do some work on finding clarity of purpose in my life. I have ordered her Rediscovery Cards and will continue to work with Mary. The work I did with Mary was truly a rediscovery. I highly recommend her as a life coach."

"I love the simplicity of the Power Flower and being visually-oriented, it gave me something to actually work with, rather than trying to grasp a few words ... it definitely helped to have a few days to let things settle and allow the meanings of the cards on each petal to unfold in their own time."

Forthcoming Events

Full details are on the 'Workshops and Events' page.

Cornwall at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre: Unleash your Power Within five workshop programme.

Each workshop will run from 10 am - 1pm, all are Saturdays. Each is a standalone event, and at the same time if you return to all or any of the others, it will build on the insights you have found before. Cost: £25 per workshop.

18 March Peace: strong roots; For more details and to book (open now) click here.
A starting point for our exploration of the Dare to Blossom Power Flower, this first workshop will begin in the centre, with Peace. Peace, grounding, growing strong roots on which to build. Using the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards, flow-writing, guided magic carpet ride visualisations, along with sharing, laughter and quiet moments - you will find this workshop transformational as a stand-alone event and a strong grounding for further work together.

13 May Purpose: reaching upwards
8 July Passion: opening to the sun
9 September Power: ripening
18 November Progress: harvesting

Glastonbury at the Goddess House: Unleash your Power Within

Saturday 6 May, 10 - 4. Cost: Early Bird price until 31st March : £55.00, then £65.00

Join me at the Goddess House in Glastonbury, in the fresh days of May. We will journey together using the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to take us on a magic carpet ride to rediscover our inner wisdom and unleash the power within each of us. A power - not to control others - a power to shine from within. To find our inner purpose, passion, purpose and peace - and through these to decide how to progress next in our lives.

The methods I work with can be described as practical and ethereal, with an impish humour and the serene atmosphere of talking with an old friend.

Full details here.

Dare to Blossom at Home workshops can be booked at any time: if you are in Cornwall or west Devon and are interested in exploring the option to host a group of friends in your own home, have a look at the website here and contact me so we can arrange a chat to discuss what you would like.

Inspirational Links

I have so many friends writing amazing inspirational blogs that I have decided to feature one of them here each month:

This month the featured blog is from inspirational coach, goddess guide
Amy Palko - who has set herself a challenge to blog every day in 2017. As well as her magic way with words, she creates amazing photographs

As always, please feel free to comment below with your thoughts and comments. 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary


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