I have had some technical challenges with the podcast. Our new platform launches in February, and things will be much improved. In the meantime, I will do live broadcasts and then edit the shows and make them available here on the blog. I have deleted Episode 30 from the Blog Talk Radio site and it is now on this site, above.
My next episode is called The Return of the Light, Part Two. I'll be discussing how to translate your vision for the coming year into manifestation and action based on consultation with your Higher Self, Spirit Guides, whoever you consult and however you access the information.
I'll be broadcasting at 8:00 PM Pacific/10:00 PM Central time on Sunday, January 6. Here's the link: http://tobtr.com/11140347
In the meantime, here are a few thoughts about using the dark half of the year to work on transforming our minds to help us transform our lives and our world in the light half of the year.
The Inner Critic
If there were one thing I could change right now with the wave of a wand or the snap of my fingers, it would be to habitually silence my inner critic with factual, heart felt and true statements about my own strengths, capabilities, and the good that I have done.
I don't know about you, but my inner critic has a name and a face, and it is insistent and sneaky. Just when I think I have it corralled it finds the hole in the fence, comes around, and bites with a memory, that causes a pang of some kind, dimming the joy of the moment. I don't know about yours, but my inner critic has a face and a name and is highly skilled at reminding me all about my weaknesses, failures, acts of omission and the things for which I feel guilt and remorse.
But I'm making progress.
Here's a preview of what I'll be talking about in the next show:
The key to rebutting the judgment of the inner critic is to mobilize the inner coach. We all have both, but the critic tends to grab the air time unless we take control of the process.
Our inner critic has so many years of practice, many of which we spent unaware that we had a choice about whether to take it seriously.
I must stop for a moment and say that guilt and fear have a function in our lives. "Healthy" guilt is the result of having hurt or done damage to someone else, and is easily resolved with an apology and making amends. Fear is a very adaptive response to a genuine threat.
The problem arises when we continue to guilt ourselves about things long past about which we can do nothing, and when we avoid new adventures for fear of failure, disapproval, damaged self-esteem, or some other kind of loss.
In Part One of The Return to the Light (above) I talk about how to do a productive assessment of the past year, or longer, and use that information as the starting point for moving forward. Then, it's time to create your vision for the next year,or for your life path. The next step is to go inward and ask Spirit for guidance about five things:
- How I can grow in the way I relate to the Divine?
- What thoughts, beliefs, and knowledge must I release, or acquire, to make progress on my journey?
- What emotional and shadow issues we must I resolve to make progress?
- What practical matters must I address?
- What can I do to increase my commitment and will to make the necessary changes?
These questions link to the elements - Spirit, Air, Water, Earth, and Fire, respectively. They are the questions for a spread I call the "Divination Star" in Reclaiming Your Sacred Path. In Part One, I use myself as an example, sharing the guidance I got when I did the reading for myself for 2019.
Now, having created a vision, a self-assessment, and asked for and received guidance, our inner critics are armed with more opportunities to derail us if we let them.
Time to mobilize the inner coach. And for each element, here is the inner truth:
Spirit - I am an autonomous Spiritual being with every right and responsibility to choose my own path to growth. I am loved, free, alive, and growing toward what I was born to be.
Air - I know my strengths and leverage them to make a difference. I see my needs for learning and development and address them for growth. I focus on what has value.
Water - I feel for my best decision first, and honor my heart and my values. I make my authentic choice, honoring the good of all, with harm toward none.
Earth - I walk my Spiritual path with practical awareness. I have a frontal lobe for a reason. I manage my physical health and build resilience by continuously choosing better options and address my tendencies for physical or emotional addictive behavior.
Fire - I recognize that fear results from my thinking, and I face it. I develop the courage to act despite the fear when I know it is the right answer. I develop the will and commitment to change by refusing not to change because of fear.
It's imperative to find and develop the voice of your inner coach. Because the critic is more than happy to play its favorite songs - - "Who do you think you are?" "You never follow through on things you promise to do" "You've been talking about changing that for the past five years."
The answers are above.
And with the help of our coach, we can commit to start working on the next question - What seeds will you sow by the Equinox so that you can celebrate their flourishing at Beltane?
What will you manifest in 2019?