Welcome to the Dare to Blossom Newsletter
In this Issue:
Notices: last chance to
join me at the ECL14 Conference
Notices: last chance to join me at the
Regular readers will
know that I attend this event every year. The date will be almost upon us when
you read this: the conference takes place at Eastwood Park in
the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside on Saturday 8 November and Sunday 9
November. You can attend for one or both days or take up the option as I
do of arriving on Friday evening, giving me the luxury of settling in gently,
and meeting with friends old and new over dinner.
As always there is a fascinating line-up of speakers running workshops
including some dear friends of mine. For the programme and to find out if there
are any places left, or simply to enjoy reading and following the links have a
look at the Conference website.
An interesting word,
'Power'. It is one of the cards in the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Pack with a
strong purple background. When I drew it out recently in my morning meditation,
it arrived at an 'interesting' time for me.
So many things have
been happening, some have shaken me, others have made me stop and think. Since
I drew this card, the word 'Power' has been coming up in many readings and
references - or I've been noticing it in any case. Either way, it has become
more and more significant.
A few weeks ago, setting off early in the morning, the sunrise was so stunning
I just had to stop and take photos. They were done very quickly and then I
spent a moment simply basking in the glory of the light. I'll share this here
even though the quality is not too good. The sky really did have shades of
purple and bright pink, as well as the golden glow of the rising sun.
Natural power at the
most basic and essential level. Without the power of our Sun no life would
exist on the Earth. Each of us living here is linked to that power: the natural
processes that make life possible, giving us air to breathe, food to eat. We
humans talk about 'harnessing' power. We are also realising how often that
power has been misused.
We each have personal power, how we choose to use that is up to each person. A
responsibility and a joy. I am pausing here, uncertain. This piece is writing
itself onto the page - where is it taking me? That is up to me surely? My
responsibility, my joy, in my power to choose whether to share these words;
whether to delete or edit; whether I have the courage to stand in my own power.
Personal power: just using the word 'power' about myself raises interesting
reactions, feelings. A little scary, or maybe very scary in fact. So many
associations with a simple five letter word. When I refer to a dictionary there
are many meanings listed. The first is the sense of having 'power over'
something or someone. As a collaborative person I've always preferred the idea
of 'power with', of sharing, cooperating, working together.
The second definition is simply 'Strength'. A little easier for me, though even
then I am not used to feeling strong. However, I know that I am - I have been
able to survive all sorts of things during my life, physical and emotional, and
not only survive but thrive too. In reality those things, although sometimes
hard, have given me strength, enabled me to build up the 'muscles' to grow into
my own power. In terms of improving physical strength the body has to have some
thing to work 'against': a weight or an action such as to lift feet from the
ground, to move forward. So, emotional power, spiritual power - maybe these too
need an opposing force to strengthen them?
Is this another way of saying that the meaning of life may be to learn? To
learn how to use each experience to increase our strength, our power for good?
A shiver has just gone down my spine as I realise that the music I am playing
has just asked me, literally just this moment: 'What will it take for you to
claim your power, now?' The strong woman's voice in the song gave me quite a
start. The track is 'Isis' from 'Sacred Alchemy' by
I will leave you with that thought: 'What will it take for you to claim
your power?' In the words from my own website - Live a life you love. Start today.
Start here! (if not now, when?)
If you would like to explore for yourself how the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery
Coaching Process and the Cards can help you rediscover your own power, please
do contact me to arrange a
time for a free twenty minute consultation.
This month I decided to explore some examples of people who have joined
together in various organisations to use their power for good in the world.
I recently attended a talk at the Eden Project, by Sir
Robin Hanbury-Tenison of Survival International launching
an exhibition of photos of tribal people. The pictures are displayed amongst
the rainforest vegetation of their native areas in the Rainforest Biome.
Speaking at the event was a tribal spokesman Nixiwaka Yawanawa. I
was moved by his talk and especially by the tribal chant he sang to us. Even
though I did not understand the literal meaning of the words, they had power
and communicated feeling.
At the end Sir Tim Smit of the Eden Project challenged us: the white, western,
comfortable audience, to take action, to do something. I have been
reading the Survival International website - and the very least I can do is
make a donation to support their work. Nixiwaka also asked us to write letters,
write to people who have influence over what is happening to his people, and
those of other tribes. For them, for ourselves and for the world.
Two other organisations I personally support are:
Kiva 'Loans that
change lives' and Shelterbox
Finally, something to make you smile - an illustration of the power of now - I
hope the cartoon will still be there when you click on the link.
As always, please feel free
to comment below with your thoughts and comments.
If you would like to own a
set of 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
Until next time,