DreamNewYear

Hello beautiful soul,

How is 2016 for you so far, lovely one?

Sweet and gentle or is Life taking you on a wild ride? I have to admit that it’s been an interesting mix of both for me. I feel as if there are two currents flowing through me at the same time. One is gentle, blissful and soft. And the other one is full of firey, intense and powerful energy. I am learning to navigate both and to find the balance so I can stay focused on where I am heading without being consumed by the flames.

I’ve been feeling into this post for a few weeks now and I am super happy to share some of my favourite ways to dream a new year into being. As an intuitive I always feel challenged to find the right balance between getting clear on my goals, mapping them out in my calendar and being in the flow and listening to my inner guidance. Maybe you feel this way too?

Last week I had the immense pleasure to interview my dear friend and super successful entrepreneur Leonie Dawson and I asked her this question.

She said that when the intuitive/divine downloads come she takes the time to sit down and receive them. They have always helped her make big, important leaps forward in her business so she always pays attention. Then she sits down to map out each step and makes sure she stays on track. In order to keep growing herself and her business she has a support team (healer Hiro Boga, kinesiologist Kerry Rowett and yours truly for the Intuitive Readings).

You can watch the full interview here – it’s so worth your time!

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I think that for many intuitives it’s easier to receive the guidance than it is to set practical, down to earth goals and stick to them. Fot me it’s been a challenge to embrace both aspects as I tend to either be completely filled with the guidance and bliss out OR plan and then push to make it all happen (type A personality, hello!).

So this post is a mix of my favourite tools and ways to dream my new year into being and I hope it inspires you. As usual I hope you use what resonates and find your own ways of working and being that sing to your heart. Your gifts are so needed. Find a way to move through the resistance and shine your beautiful light.

My favourite tools

Leonie Dawson’s Workbooks, Diary Planner, Wall Calendar and To Do List

I’ve been using Leonie’s workbooks since 2011 and absolutely LOVE them. They are both very practical/strategic AND creative/intuitive. You can find my review of last year’s workbooks here (video). I start by doing the closing ceremony and go through the past year (not always fun but SO important and powerful).

When the past year feels complete I start filling out my new year’s goals, wishes and dreams. Some years I’ve finished at the end of January and other years many months later. What matters is that you do this at your own pace and embrace your own rhythm and timing.

I listen to my inner voice when I do this work but if when the resistance comes up I work through it.

Don’t let the resistance be a reason to stop and go into hiding.

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When I have filled out my workbooks I start mapping out my year and fill my diary planner with goals for each month and tasks to do so I reach these goals. This is a great way to see if the dreams that are in my head are actually possible when it comes to the time/energy balance. I check my planner regularly (at least once a week) and re-ajust when needed.

I use my wall calendar to map out my bigger goals like creation and launch of new services (like the Sacred Soul Sister Circle) and events (No Limits! Live Event in Brussels on March 4-6).

This big calendar really helps me to see my whole year and I quickly notice if I’m trying to do too much at the same time (hrm…). It’s also a great way to make sure I have enough support to move through the busier times in my business with more ease and flow (instead of suddenly feeling overwhelmed and having to push through).

Some of my favourite things in Leonie’s bundle is the word of year and the 100 things to do. This year my word came to me with a whisper: RECEIVE. I realized that I have created the beautiful foundation for my sacred business and it’s now time to receive the gifts that are being given to me. I tend to give a lot and sometimes need to slow down and allow myself to receive.

Every year I create a painting with my word and keep it in my living room/work space so I remember the message. If you haven’t chosen a word for this year yet, my dear friend Jackie Stewart created this beautiful guided meditation here. It’s a free gift and you are in for a treat. Jackie has the most amazing voice!

Danielle Laporte’s The Desire Map

Most of my friends love the Desire Map and I have been inspired by them to get clear on how I want to feel when I set goals and map out my dreams. However, I didn’t actually get the book until a couple of months ago. I love it so much and have been going through it with my husband. It’s helped us to get super clear on what we long for (and what isn’t working) in each area of our lives. It’s fascinating how the same words keep coming up for both of us.

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One of my core desired feelings is FREE. It’s like a red thread going through my whole life and maybe it will be there forever. I’m also exploring more subtle and softer feelings like SPACIOUS.

My favourite combo is to get clear on how I want to feel and then plan my year with this in mind. It’s so much more powerful – and motivating – to connect in with how I want to feel every day instead fo chasing that elusive Big Dream that may happen one day.

My favourite rituals

I’m such a big fan of rituals and ceremonies! I love connecting deeper and tapping into the powerful energy network that surrounds us all.

Release The Old Year & Invite The New Year

One of my favourite rituals is to gather with my soul sisters in a sacred place in nature. We take the time to connect with the land, drum, sing, dance and do anything we feel guided to do. We all write down what we are letting go of from the past year on a piece of paper and read it out loud. Then we burn the piece of paper and feel how we are releasing what we are ready to let go of.

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After this we say what gifts the last year brought us and show gratitude for all the blessings. We also say what we long for in the new year. When this feels complete we all turn around and stand hand in hand in our circle. It’s now time to connect with the elements, our support team and each other. When we feel ready we let go of each others hands and take one step forward.

This is such a simple yet very powerful ritual. When you are present and show up fully, surrounded by people you love, it feels amazing. You can do this ritual even if the new year has already started. It’s never too late to clear out and release the past so you can embrace the now.

Make A Dreamboard

This is one of the ideas suggested in Leonie’s workbooks and I’ve been creating dreambords for 5 years now. It’s such a powerful – and fun – way to get out of our heads and into our hearts. When you ask Spirit to guide you to find the right images and words for your dreamboard you tap into something much vaster than yourself. Let your intuition guide you, have fun and see where this journey takes you!

Create A Daily Practice

This is probably the most important and powerful ritual for me. I’ve created a daily practice that I do every.single.day. Sometimes it takes me 5 minutes and at other times I do it for hours. Although it’s amazing to do big, elaborate rituals I find that my daily ones help me stay on track and keep my energy clear and sparkly. The more I grow – and my business expands – the more important it is to take exquisite care of ourselves.

When you have a daily practice that supports you and helps you stay connected to Source you will spend less time feeling overwhelmed and lost. Find something that works for you and commit to it.

My daily practice is to release, ground myself and create loving boundaries (I created a guided meditation here so you can do this too!). Sometimes I do this while I take my shower and visualize the water clearing my body, mind, soul and then filling me up with golden light. Others times I stand barefoot in my garden and connect with Mother Earth and All That Is.

The next step is to set an intention for my day. I get clear on where I wish to direct my energy and how I want to feel. If I feel guided I also connect with my Spirit Guides (you can learn how to do this here) and ask them what I need to hear or transmit that day. Voilà! I’m ready to greet my day and embrace whatever comes up. I regularly check in to make sure I’m relaxed, focused and in alignment.

Tune In To The Energy Of The New Year

It’s so exciting to tune in to the energy of each new year and there are many ways you can do this. If you are an intuitive/healer/channel just use the way you normally connect with Spirit and ask what the new year is here to teach you. Connect with the energy of this year and ask what you can do to embrace it. What are the big lessons, challenges and gifts that the new year bring you?

I’m loving this year so far and the energy is SO loving, soft and yet very powerful and focused. I feel in complete alignment with who I am and my Life’s Path. It’s such a blissful place to be and I feel like I can fully receive the blessings. On the outside nothing major has happened but on the inside I feel whole, loved and incredibly supported.

I’ve been offering Intuitive Readings for many years now and love supporting others to tap into the energy of the new year. If you wish to receive loving support and guidance find out more and book your space here.

My favourite support to stay on track

A Mastermind/Sacred Business Circle

No matter how great or on track you feel right now, having your own business and/or being on a spiritual path can be lonely and at times very challenging. My number one support are my two masterminds/sacred circles. Being surrounded by creative, highly intuitive wise women inspires me to expand into my own highest potential.

Many of us are so used to supporting others but don’t allow ourselves to receive this kind of powerful and loving support for us. If this is you, I invite you to get in touch with what you truly need and ask for it. Reach out to the right people and when they say yes – allow yourself to receive their love.

This year I have created the Sacred Soul Sister Circle  for women who are ready to embrace this level of support but don’t feel like creating it. You are so welcome to join us here. There are also many online support groups and one of my favourites is Leonie’s Shining Biz + Life Academy.

If you don’t want to invest in support, just create your own mastermind. Reach out to people you feel would be a great fit, get together and set a structure and house rules that work for you. Tweak as you go. That’s how I started my first mastermind a few years ago and it was so awesome. I’ve been refining the structure and energy over time and now know exactly what I need to create the most powerful and loving space and community.

Energy Work

Most of my amazing clients come to me because they need support to stay focused and aligned on their path in their lives and/or businesses so I know how important this is. Although I’ve got lots of tools and techniques that I use for myself I also love receiving support from my incredibly gifted soul sisters.

My go to wise women for energy work are Lara Waldman (she is gentle, graceful and offers very deep healing), Lysa Black (super powerful and she knows exactly how to access the deep wounds so they can heal), Ruby Toad (I always get my yearly Oracle Card Reading from her and she’s down to earth and awesome) Rebecca Kane (great kinesiologist and all around wise woman), Belinda Pate-MacDonald (such a gifted healer, channel and her connection to the earth is amazing) and Jackie Stewart (shamanic wild woman, essence practitioner and so great at holding space for all the emotions to flow).

There are so many amazing energy workers out there so let yourself be guided. Trust in your own inner voice and only receive support from someone who feels right to you. It’s so important to connect with practitioners who resonate with you on a soul level and that you feel safe and comfortable with.

Exquisite Self Care

The better I take care of myself the more I can enjoy life and business. It all starts on the inside. After years of not taking great care of my body I now get regular massages, go to yoga, sweat in the sauna, take long walks in the woods and take more time off to rest than ever before in my life. It’s so worth it!

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Self care is what you long for. It can be anything from lying in bed for hours and reading a great book to going for a run. Working (even if you love what you do) is not self care so if you have a hard time finding something you enjoy I invite you to explore this more. Connect with your body and ask it what I needs. Listen. And act on the guidance you receive.

Trust that your body knows exactly what it needs. When you pay attention and allow yourself to receive what you truly long for, you will receive more guidance and it will flow.

Time Off To Play

I can get so stuck in my head and completely immersed in my to do list. That’s why play time is so important! Step away from your computer, forget your cell phone and go outside. Take a day/week/month off and have fun. Explore a part of the woods you’ve never been to, go on a road trip with your soul sisters, go to a great concert with your man or go to the movies in the middle of the day.

What did you enjoy doing as a child? What brings you joy? What new thing would be fun to try?

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I  love going to creative dance workshops, paint, take the train and hike up my favourite mountains. If you think you don’t have time to play and have fun you definitely have to do it :). I often resist stepping away from my work (because I love it so much!) but my best ideas and divine downloads come to me when I’m doing something else.

I hope you enjoyed this post and would love to know what resonated the most with you. And please share your favourite ways to dream your new year into being.

Let’s create more magic together!

Sending you waves of love and laughter from a rainy south of France,

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PS: If you get your workbook and/or planner from Leonie Dawson by today, January 25 you may be one of the 3 winners of a 30 min Intuitive Reading with moi.

PS 2: I’m a super happy affiliate of everything Leonie Dawson creates. This means that every time you buy something through my links I receive thank you money. I’m only affiliated with people and products I absolutely love.

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