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The act of creation

  • Posted on October 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I love being creative.  I love the feeling of creating something that wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for my thoughts and energy to bring it into being.

I also love giving to others.  I love the feeling of brightening another person’s day through my actions.

And so I’m feeling great just now!

I have just finished creating a birthday present for a dear family member, which I believe will be well received.  In fact I think it will bring a little squeal of delight when it is opened.  And if that sort of reaction is received, I think my cup of happiness might overflow!!!

 

Create - because it feels good!

Create – because it feels good!

So I am feeling very blessed right now.  Infinite Love and Gratitude!!!

I am feeling blessed for the skills that I have accumulated in my life to allow me to create this gift.

I am feeling grateful to the service providers who will complete the final step of the creation process, and turn my ideas, that are still in digital form, into a physical gift to be given.

I am feeling incredibly thankful for the opportunity to enjoy a ‘catch up’ week, where I took time in lieu away from my work, which has allowed me to do a big spring clean.  With the freeing up of my time I have been able to sort, organise and spruce up my physical space, which has allowed my mind to relax and get into this creative mode.  It feels gooooood.     🙂

 

I am reminded of one my favourite quotes:

“The point of life is not to get anywhere—it is to notice that you are, and have always been, already there. You are always and forever in the moment of pure creation. The point of life therefore is to create—who and what you are, and then to experience that.”  ~  Neale Donald Walsch

And so in this moment I am choosing to create…  these words, this blog, as an expression and reminder of the love that I experience running through my body when I am using my time, skills and energy with the intent of creating something that will bring joy to another.

So my question to you is, what will you create today?

 

Inspire

  • Posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

I was asked to write a speech for an “Inspire Luncheon” this week, and I thought it might be nice to share it with the wider community. Enjoy!

We are blessed to have some interesting speakers keen to inspire us throughout this afternoon, and as this is the “Inspire Luncheon”, I thought we could begin by pondering the word “Inspire”.

I looked up Google’s primary definition of the verb “Inspire”, which explained it is to “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.”

And shortly thereafter I was inspired to do just that, to do something creative, in particular to present you with a short list of possible sources of inspiration, by working through the letters of the word INSPIRE itself.

  • I is for Innovation, the creation of something new. It is when we are using the fullness of our skills and creativity that we feel truly alive. It is in our desire to make the world a better place, to improve upon what we already have, that can fill us with the energy to take action.
  • N is for Nuances, the observing of things intently, to the point where we notice fine details that had eluded us before. For example you might contemplate the thought that each person in this room is attending the same event, hearing the same words and yet we each experience it from a unique perspective, even if the next person is only a few centimetres away from you, the angle from which they perceive the room is still slightly different.
  • S is for Suspending Judgement. When we pass judgement on something we are enforcing our views of the past onto that which we see in our present. When we judge something we expect it to stay the same, or be used the same as it always has been. Suspending Judgement allows us to see things from a new perspective and frees us up to repurpose or reinvisage new possibilities.
  • P is for Presence, as in the present moment. It is the opening of our heart and mind and allowing our awareness to expand to take in the many wonders that are around us continuously.
  • I is just that, I as in the ‘Me’ that is choosing to be inspired. It is a taking of responsibility to take action. It is the belief in our personal power to make change. It is the recognition that I am the creator of my life and I have the ability to invent new possibilities.
  • R is for Review, for in reviewing existing things and questioning if there is a better way, often new ideas come forth. As Isaac Newton famously said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.
  • E is for Exploration, visiting new places, meeting new people, learning new techniques, having new experiences. All of these are opportunities for inspiration to step in.

So now I will pass over to our next speaker, but before I do I would like to leave you with the thought that the word Inspire is in essence a verb. It is an action word. Some synonyms are stimulate, motivate, encourage and energize. All of these are action focused. They are about taking our ideas and implementing them. Not just thinking about and analyzing things, but actually taking steps to make manifest our unique creations. It reminds us how good it feels to be in that space of creation, to be putting our talents and skills on the line and making a difference.

So my advice is that if you are ever in a situation where you are looking for inspiration, simply take action, in any direction, in any way, and the momentum you generate will carry you forward to adventures and creations far beyond your current imaginings.

Thankyou.

The Present

  • Posted on August 5, 2014 at 10:13 am

Last weekend I played soccer, and after the game our opposition hosted us for drinks and nibblies. It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport, cool air but no wind, the sun popping in and out of the clouds, and a nice green grass pitch that was neither too hard nor too muddy. It was perfect. A gift. A present.

And yet, I wondered, did all my team allow themselves to receive that gift? Or did they allow their focus on the outcome diminish the gift of the experience?
Sure, we lost 3-1 despite having played really well. This can be one of the frustrations of soccer that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect the domination of play.

Over pizza and cake, I got chatting with some of the girls from our opposition and one of the topics we got onto was the realisation of how fortunate we are to be able to play this sport. When I sit back to think about the multitude of things that need to be in alignment to allow events like this to occur, there is no other way to feel than truly blessed.

My gratitude thoughts went something like this:
– I am physically healthy and capable of running around and playing this game
– My family are physically healthy and supportive which allows me the time to enjoy recreation endeavours
– There are enough other girls happy to also play to make both a team and an opposition
– As a girl I am free in this country to make choices, one of which is to enjoy sport
– I have the means to physically transport myself to the ground where the game is played
– The city I live in provides wonderful outdoor spaces for us to enjoy for recreation
– What an awesome day to be outside, to be alive!

And then my thoughts returned to a book gifted to my husband by a friend, which I would like to share with you:

This book reminded me to stop looking to the future for the gift of life, and remember to notice all the wonders that are in my life right now.

The best part about having the physical book, is the reminder of its message simply by seeing the book on the shelf, or on my desk. Once read, the story stays with you and the message can be received just by a glance at the books cover.

Because that is all we really need. Just a prompt. A reminder to be present. To return to gratefulness in this very moment.

The mere fact that you are reading this article implies that you have access to elecricity, and a computer. I will assume you are probably inside a building in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. There is probably food in your belly, clothes on your back, and you have learnt how to read.

All of these things are gifts. They are presents in the present moment. You are abundantly blessed, and so am I. Infinite Love & Gratitude.

Just what is, a Lightworker?

  • Posted on June 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Introducing myself to a new martial arts student, I mentioned that I am a lightworker. This is a common term amongst many of my friends, but I was reminded that it is not yet a universal term when I was asked “What is a Lightworker?”.

So I thought it would be interesting to note down what my thoughts are, in terms of a definition…

Firstly, let me share what Google returned through an online search:

  • Lightworker – The New Age (also referred to as the New Age movement, New Age spirituality, and Cosmic Humanism) is a decentralized Western social and spiritual movement that seeks “Universal Truth” and the attainment of the highest individual human potential. … en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightworker
  • Lightworker – A person driven and motivated to do work which makes the world a better place, improves peoples’ lives, and/or elevates people to a higher level of consciousness en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lightworker
  • Lightworkers – are those who seek the truth on their spiritual journey toward Enlightenment. They feel the urge to heal others and a deep need to resolve the world’s problems . They very often feel compelled to write, teach, or counsel others; and know without a doubt that they are here for a higher purpose. … www.amorillum.com/page3.htm

And now to my thoughts:
I see a lightworker as someone who consciously chooses to bring greater love, peace and happiness to people’s lives.

A lightworker is someone who develops themselves deliberately, knowing that any improvement they make in their own life will most often times help others.

A lightworker is compassionate and non-judgemental, leads by example, and realises that all people are doing the best they know how, with the knowledge they have, at any point in time.

Many lightworkers have studied ways of helping and healing others, and it is their great joy to share their knowledge in assisting others to better their lives.

These are the ideals I do my best to live up to.
I, too, am still learning, and don’t always achieve it. But I am very clear about they type of person that I choose to be, and use this framework to assess options and make choices in alignment with these ideals whenever I can.

Are you a lightworker too? Many, many people do a number of these things naturally, and add huge amounts of light and love to our world. We are blessed to have these people in our lives, and give thanks for their presence and uplifting natures. If this is your nature, I invite you to also make it a conscious decision, set an intention for your life and join the many of us who are empowering ourselves and others in making our world a better place.

I would love to hear what you think, or if you have any extra ideas on the characteristics that define a lightworker. Please leave me a comment!
With infinite love & gratitude,
Amanda

I Choose Love

  • Posted on June 7, 2011 at 5:19 am

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What we focus upon expands… I choose love –> what are you choosing?

Dancing in the leaves

  • Posted on June 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

A couple of days ago my daughter’s class were given the opportunity to jump and play in a pile of leaves that the groundsmen at their school had raked up for them. How truly blessed they are!

I love the sounds of autumn leaves; the crunch under foot, the crinkly, swishy sound they make when you walk through them. I love the vibrant colours, and throwing them up in the air and watching them rain down again. I love watching the sun filter through the trees, and on a windy day, seeing the shower of leaves as they are released from the branches above. The epitomy is to catch one that has been newly released from the tree, before it has floated to the ground.

Now I also want to tell you that our girls got thoroughly filthy in the process of this leaf larricking. And so I started to wonder; how many of us miss the joy of life, for fear of experiencing a little dirt? A couple of the girls were concerned about getting their clothes dirty and so played on the edges of the pile. Their experience was more of an observatory nature. Some of the girls waited for another girl to go first, to lead the way, and then followed their example; figuring that if it was OK for her, then it must be OK for me.

And then there were the girls who were in the thick of it. These were the girls who came out with dirt in their hair and leaves in their pockets. Twigs stuck to their socks, and a soaring smile on their face. Their laughter was contagious and their joy evident in the sparkle in their eyes. In this experience, they held nothing back, and soaked up every bit of joy available.

Watching them, I felt inspired!

Of course every person is perfect as they already are, and the way they express themselves differently is what makes life interesting. But in this example, I resolved that I wanted to be one of the dirty kids, one who is willing to put up with a bit of dirt or discomfort to enjoy the full experience. I know that the dirt can be washed off, the discomfort will fade, and the memories of moments such as these will be cherished forever.

So which part of the pile do you choose to play in???

 

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