08/26/15 2:08pm

The Power of Your Core Beliefs

Alchemy of Core BeliefsThe Power of Your Core Beliefs
by Starcat

All of us have those areas of our lives where we just can’t seem to quite figure out what to do, how to make things work. There are those of us who have a terrific family life and love what we do, but we can’t seem to make enough money to pay the bills. Or maybe we’ve got the prosperity thing all figured out, but can’t find the romantic relationship with a soulmate that we’re longing for. Perhaps we have an awesome job and a great partner, but chronic illness plagues us.

Chances are you know what your own trouble areas are. But do you know why the same challenges keep cropping up, time after time?

It’s most likely due to a hidden core belief. Core beliefs are often invisible, hidden deep within your psyche. They could be something you learned from your parents or other family members, or maybe from influential teachers, or just from the culture around you as you grew up. They might be something that once helped you get out of a tough situation, but even though things are different now, you still hold tightly to them on some level.

Some of your core beliefs serve you well, and you see their influence in the areas of life that come easily to you. But other core beliefs lurk there beneath the surface, sabotaging your success. These are the ones that need to be updated.

You might have tried lots of different things to get yourself back on track. Changing the way you think about your challenges is certainly a great start. Upgrading the way you feel about them is even better. But if you haven’t gone deep within to find out what your core beliefs on the subject are or to examine where they came from and why you believed them to begin with, then they’ll still crop up again and again.

Bringing your core beliefs to light, and then gently but firmly updating them, will create an amazing transformation in your life.

Let me use a recent experience of my own as an example. BlackLion and I created our course (then a self-study kit) on core beliefs several years ago, where we examined and worked to deliberately change our own personal beliefs. As we did the work, we developed tools to use and to share, ones that aid this deep inner transformation. Yet there are always more layers to uncover.

In June, we took the course along with our students, in order to experience it with them, and also to update and re-examine our own core beliefs.

One of the areas where I was able to go deeper than ever before is with my beliefs around money. This is an area where I’ve had ongoing challenges, and I’d previously uncovered the mixed messages about money that I’d received while growing up. But this time, I found another layer. My beliefs about money tied in with old patterns of worrying about what others think of me.

I grew up as a shy and sensitive child, and during my school years, all I wanted was to fit in, to be accepted. As an adult, I’ve gradually released my need for others’ approval of who I am. Except, apparently, where it was tied into these old money beliefs.

The previously-hidden belief that I uncovered was “I have to justify my money status to other people.”

From the notebook I kept during the course in June:

“It’s not good to be seen as too poor, or too rich, or frivolous with money. I need to be approved of, to be seen as worthy of what I have. There is virtue in poverty and struggle, in not being part of the mainstream economy. I have to be seen as ‘working hard’ in order to deserve to have and spend money. If I’m seen as too poor or needy, people will judge me as lazy and stupid. If I’m seen as too free with my money, people will think I’m greedy and part of the problem of society. Wow, this is a total no-win situation I’ve put myself in!”

Some of these old beliefs were from childhood and the Puritan work ethic that is prevalent here in New England, while others came from the hippie subculture I became part of during college. This belief, taken as a whole, was a paradox, setting me up to fail.

I’ve used the tools from the Alchemy of Core Beliefs course to release this old belief, and the changes in my life have been amazing. I’m no longer so stressed and worried about money, about each bill or purchase. Now that I’m not anxious about money, there is more of it. Our family income has improved. I got an unexpected bonus from my part-time job. I’ve even been able to invest in some business coaching, which will help me contribute more to the family budget each month while doing the work I love.

Your core beliefs have a powerful effect on your everyday life. You can work hard to change your external circumstances, but until you pair that with the inner work that will help to change them, you can often be left spinning your wheels.

Think about the recurring challenges in your own life. Are you ready to change them once and for all?

Click here to reserve your spot for The Alchemy of Core Beliefs online course, starting on September 1st. Spaces are limited so act now!

Don’t delay, change your life today!

07/29/15 3:30pm

Stride and Shine

Shine!Stride and Shine
by BlackLion

Do you ever feel like there is something more to life? Have you felt the urge to escape the rat-race and find a way to shine your beautiful light? Does the thought of changing your current way of life seem daunting, overwhelming, or uncertain? We’ve all been there (or are still there), yet there is an out. Yay!

The other day I had been working at my computer for a few hours in a row and dusk was beginning to appear. I decided to go for a walk. As I started to get the kinks out of my shoulders and legs, I had the urge to just walk for walking’s sake. I began to focus on my breathing and let every footfall be as perfect as it could be.

Sure, my back gave some protest briefly, and one calf was a little tight, yet I did the best I could. Then, it became something different. Instead of going for a walk, I was going for a stride. My body began to become one with the rhythm of the steps and I simply was moving forward without concern about the diminishing protests of my stiff body. I was striding with confidence forward into the night, complete in the moment.

As a metaphor, it became clear that as I became one with the stride, I was totally in tune with the present moment, my point of power. Whether you are physically striding, or feeling confident in what you are doing in the moment, your uniqueness shines through. By focusing on being present, no matter the task or project, you’ll find your own personal point of power in the now.

To get back to where you are right now, how can you find this point of power, especially with all the possible distractions and responsibilities you are experiencing in your life? Breathe. Acknowledge that you may have trepidations, restrictions, or kinks in the neck yet these are simply what they are and not a condemnation or recrimination on what is important to you. They are signposts pointing you toward where you want to go (or maybe where you ought not to go).

Attuning to your spiritual self through mindfulness meditations, walking meditations, or simply focusing on your breath will allow you to escape the usual ego-driven self-doubt and worrisome thoughts. Be bold and follow your intuition, even if it may feel uncomfortable to start, because you know that what truly inspires you is way more important than the doldrums of a “normal” life.

Stride confidently forward into the bright shine of your spiritual gifts. If you do not share your unique gifts, no one will ever know what they have been missing! Bless us with your insights and spiritual genius, making the world a brighter place. You can do it!

07/15/15 5:55pm

How Do You Shine Your Bright Light?

How Do You Shine Your Bright Light?
by Starcat

So often in life we stay on the defensive. We hold to our routines, telling ourselves that we just want to be left alone. We avoid shining our brightest light, instead hiding it under a bucket. Or is it a bushel? A bushel of what, precisely? A bushel basket? It’s a confusing metaphor.

But I digress.

When you stop and think about the reason you came here, the reason your soul’s essence wanted to be born into this life, though, hiding doesn’t make any sense.

You are a uniquely creative and beautiful individual. You came into this world with talents to nurture, inspirations to follow, and desires to fulfill. As you grew, you learned more about the world, and discovered more and more things to get excited about.

Sure, life on the Earth plane can be hard, and sometimes you get worn down by life’s daily challenges and major crises. You may feel damaged by some of the experiences you’ve had, and scared to put yourself out there again.

But you still feel that spark deep within, that part of you that has some sacred work to do here. What is it? What excites you and helps you to shine your light into this world?

Maybe you’re not sure. Perhaps you’ve lost sight of what makes you shine, in the daily round of work and household tasks and parenting and social media and news. Our time here is short, though, and precious. Why wouldn’t you want to spend it doing the things that light you up, that help you to serve others with your passionate joys?

One way to help uncover the things that help you to shine is to think about what you most loved to do as a kid. How is your childhood passion for books or doll clothes or painting or softball or singing or horses or dance embedded in your adult self? Are there ways you can recapture the thrill of enjoying your playful passions?

It’s also useful to look at the various aspects of your life and see where beams of light might be shining through. When you discover these sparks, you can encourage them to grow.

Your work. What do you do for a living? Why did you choose this job or career in the first place? Remember when you were first drawn to this type of work. What appealed to you about it? Did it allow you to tap into your natural talents, or did you want to challenge yourself to learn something that felt exciting? Think about the aspects of your work that make you light up. Jot down a few ideas.

Your relationships. Who are the people you absolutely love to spend time with? It might be your family members, partner, or friends. Think about the folks who make you laugh, and get silly, and feel loved. The ones who accept you just as you are. We often choose friends who mirror our own qualities back to us. Think about your most delightful friends. Why are you drawn to them? What do you love about them? How do they help you to shine?

Your hobbies. What do you do in your spare time? Yeah, I know, perhaps leisure time is merely a dream. But what would you do if you had some? It might be photography, helping kids learn to read, or painting snowman figurines. What do you love about it? What is on your mental list of things you’d love to learn someday, when you have time? Why?

Your home. Look around your home, and think about what you most love about it. Maybe you have a secret yearning toward interior design, and love the way you’ve arranged the textures and colors. Perhaps you enjoy feeling cozy and comfortable, with all your things nearby. What are your favorite items? Why? How would you update your home if you had infinite time and money?

Your pets. Often our pets are the ones in our lives who most easily give and receive unconditional love. How do you treat your beloved cat or dog? What do you do together? Why do you feel so happy in their presence?

Your media. Each of us chooses what we decide to allow in via our phones, TVs, and computers. Think about the shows you watch, books and magazines you read, music you listen to, blogs and YouTubers you follow. What do your media choices say about your soul’s yearnings? What do you most look forward to, and how does it inspire you?

Your self-care. Many of us are lacking in this department. But when you have the opportunity to delve into self-care, what do you choose? Getting a massage, spending the day at the beach, or treating yourself to some new clothing? Are naps appealing to you, or would you rather go for a brisk walk? Think about the ways you would choose to nurture yourself, if given the time and resources.

All of your answers are clues to what helps you to shine your brightest light into the world. They lead to your deepest callings and biggest desires.

Now that you’ve uncovered some things that help you feel shiny, follow the leads. Pursue them like a spiritual detective. Compile a list of ideas for when you need a boost of energy or inspiration. Dedicate yourself to a new goal. Make a bucket list and get started with checking off items.

You came here for a reason, or many reasons. In order to lead a life full of meaning and purpose, let those reasons shine through. You don’t need to hide. Actually, the world needs your brightest light. You can inspire others to shine boldly, too, by being a role model. Shine on!

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06/19/15 11:19am

Inspiration as a Source of Completeness

Spring lilac inspirationInspiration as a Source of Completeness
by BlackLion

Are you truly living a fulfilling life? Are the dreams of your past coming to manifest now? Are you still dreaming of that elusive future bliss?

Living life is an ongoing process of discovery, challenges and often resistance. Change is a constant in this universe and when you feel stuck, life feels like a drag. Yet there are ways to let go of that stick in the mud and allow yourself to flow freely toward your dreams.

When you listen within and allow your own natural guiding spirit to offer its love and support, you are in for a treat. This joyful energy wants you to feel good and succeed. If you are hearing a voice other than that of love and kindness, it’s just your ego playing tricks on you – you know, the one holding for dear life onto that stick?

Inspiration comes from releasing that nagging voice and allowing that soft voice to come forward. You are constantly showered with love from your spirit self, and you can truly become a complete being by heeding its sage advice. The dreams you want to achieve, the ones based on your best interest as a whole being, are waiting for you right now to allow them into your life.

Can you think of a better way of living than to follow your bliss and enjoy the adventures that lead you there?

You are a natural creator and you are constantly offering, in your attitude and intentions, that which will rendezvous with your life. Each step on your journey could be a burden, or, when you are aligned with your spiritual inspiration, a joyful dance to a better and better life.

Why not let go of the stick and flow down the stream of joyful and loving inspiration?

Trust is the name of the game. By communing with your inner guidance through meditation, yoga or a walk in nature, you will come to trust your spirit and its loving gifts. Once you feel that alignment, inspired actions will arise within you and take you where you’ve always wanted to go, and probably in ways you had never thought possible. Let go, and let inspiration make you whole again!

05/22/15 12:04pm

Unearthing Your Hidden Beliefs

A Taste of Alchemy

Our new 4-week course, The Alchemy of Core Beliefs: Unearthing Your Hidden Framework, starts June 1st!

Unearthing Your Hidden Beliefs
by Starcat

Look outside at the beauty of Nature all around you. Peer out the window, or step outside for a few deep breaths. Go ahead, do it, I’ll wait.

Can you see the amazing growth that’s happening everywhere? It’s especially evident in the springtime, when grass and flowers and leaves all burst forth in a delightful show. At our place, more flowers are opening nearly every day!

But growth is happening constantly, everywhere – and that includes in you. Not just your cells replenishing themselves constantly, though that’s an amazing ongoing dance. I’m talking about the personal expansion that happens as your spirit learns and grows through being involved in your unique daily life.

Personal growth is a main passion of ours here at Feline Dreamers, as you can probably tell! Between the two of us, BlackLion and I can often be found meditating, reading, studying, writing, doing yoga, and chatting about spirituality. We enjoy journal writing, listening to the Abraham-Hicks Vortex guided meditations, reading books by Mike Dooley, Eckhart Tolle, or Danielle LaPorte, creating inspiring quotes, and sharing our dreams and their potential meanings with one another. Focusing on your connection to the Divine, and taking time to regularly practice gratitude or meditation or whatever floats your boat, is the best way to ramp up your spiritual growth.

So, if growth is an ongoing process, and spiritual practice is the way to encourage it, what about those recurring challenges? Do you get those, or is it just me?

It seems like each of us has a particular area of life (or maybe two or three) where we just seem to struggle. You might have trouble finding a romantic partner, or keep having to move when you’d rather be settled in one place, or have ongoing body image issues. You might feel like you’ve got your problem area all solved, and then another aspect of it is revealed. Yikes!

One of the reasons certain things can keep coming back around is that you’ve absorbed a belief, usually during childhood or young adulthood, that no longer resonates with your way of being. Core beliefs run deep, and can lie hidden in plain sight. Or they can be buried deep underground.

Sometimes your growth in one or more areas can be stunted, all due to a belief that no longer serves you. You don’t even think about it consciously, but it’s still down there in your psyche, composing some crucial part of the foundation of your belief structure, lurking below to drag you back into your old patterns again.

Over the past several years, we’ve been working with our core beliefs, developing tools to excavate them, polish up the ones that we wish to keep, and tear down the ones that keep us stuck. We’d like to share these tools with you.

BlackLion and I have developed a 4-week online course, The Alchemy of Core Beliefs: Unearthing Your Hidden Framework. It begins on Monday, June 1st. Won’t you join us?

Unearthing your core beliefs is a hugely rewarding process. The course will include daily emails and guided meditations, exercises you can do to explore your own depths, and group support via a secret Facebook group. Over the course of the month, you’ll learn valuable techniques that will help you renovate your core beliefs and lift you out of your stuck places.

Before you know it, your spiritual growth will be flourishing like the gardens all around us.