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Hello friends,
It is such a joy to feel the energy of spring arriving and to witness nature bursting into life. I find this time of year so reassuring, as nature just knows what to do and there is nothing that I need do but to breathe it in and enjoy. Whether it is a blade of grass, a flower or a butterfly emerging, it is all perfectly timed. The energy within the DNA of each living thing is hardwired to create itself and all the collective components collaborate in perfect harmony to bring its uniqueness to the world.
This still blows me away and I am constantly in awe of this universal truth again and again.
I think we all need to be inspired and I also think that we all need to know there is something within us that knows exactly what to do too. But, if your anything like me I forget this and I get this knee jerk reaction to take over and be in control. In short, I forget that there is a power greater than me in charge. However, when I do remember, I feel such relief – I let go, I trust and I surrender. Life then flows and I feel so natural and free.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this point, but what has helped me the most is my commitment to plugging in on a daily basis to the energy that creates worlds – that same energy that is within the blade of grass, the flower and the butterfly.
I have no doubt that you remember to plug in your phone, your laptop or your kettle as a matter or great importance everyday. Goodness me – where would you be without them!! So why is it that we forget to do the same for ourselves and do the only thing that really works and plug into our own Source and receive the energy, wisdom and guidance that will support us to thrive?

Here are some of the common traits we humans seem to have:
1) Busyness
2) Laziness
3) I know betterness
4) I don’t have enough timeness
5) I’m worthless
6) Tomorrow, next week, next month ness
7) Who cares ness
8) Fill in your own ……ness

You get the picture right, but this really is a sign of insanity. It’s like plugging in the vacuum cleaner without switching it on – you go round the whole house cleaning away but unfortunately not one speck of dust if lifted or removed and in actually fact you have now used all your own energy on a fruitless task and you wonder why everything just looks the same!

It all needs to work together – you, the plug, the switch and the intention — BINGO!

It’s so funny really and yet as a human species we get into a rut of sameness without questioning what we are doing until it’s too late – until we get burn out, illness, stress, relationship breakdown, heartache or some other wake up call.
Slow down folks – slow down and take a look at your life. Do a spring clean and get rid of the old, sparkle the things you love, dust the smudgy windows of your soul and open up the curtains of your tired heart and let the light in.

Get authentic and do an inventory or what is working and what is not. Be curious and committed to finding new ways of being in the world and finding practises that soothe your soul. No one else can do it for you but trust there is always someone out there who can support you on your journey and be willing to ask for help from those you trust.

My commitment for this year, was to start doing more of what I love and more of what aligns me to joy, love and expansion. This has included daily meditation with the lessons of A Course In Miracles, joining an online Course in Miracles support group, learning salsa, being more radically honest and authentic in my relationships and listening to my heart in ALL areas of my life.
It’s been amazing, if at times challenging but I have to say the level of grace and growth that is emerging is truly incredible.

So my invitation to you dear friend, is to ask yourself, how you could live an even more authentic life? What would serve you or keep you plugged in?

One way I could Live a more authentic life is……. ?

I love the simplicity of the quote from Robert Holden and for me his teachings and talks are always so inspiring and authentic. I went up to see him recently in London – he was talking at the Miracle network with his wife Hollie and together they presented an evening entitled ‘Easter for Mystics’. It was wonderful to be amongst such open and enquiring people and I loved the analogy they used around Easter as we enquired into how we crucify ourselves! Then what is it we need to do to rise again and be reborn? Such radical honesty is so rare, but for me it was so beautiful to behold and to also to be witnessed in this way.

I love to uncover the parts of me that have been hiding in the dark and give them permission to shine – and indeed give myself permission to shine. As I do this, so I can be of more benefit to those I work with and coach, along with my family, friends and anyone I encounter.

As mentioned earlier, we really don’t need to do this all on our own. I used to find it hard to ask for help in certain areas of my life and in actual fact, I used to assume if I did needed help that people would somehow read my mind and and know exactly what to do! Yet another sign of insanity along with thinking I need to do it all on my own. Robert describes this as dysfunctional independence in this inspiring and funny talk on youtube. It’s a long talk but I would highly recommend you listen to it all, as it is groundbreaking and insightful in so many ways!

In summary, the more we are true to ourselves and present in our own lives – the more aligned we are to the Universe and those other mighty companions who we walk hand in hand with on the path.

This level of awareness is really informing my life, my work, my play and my spirit. I am working with more and more people who are awakening and wanting another way too and I feel so touched when clients are so committed to change. I am particularly finding that the six week programme that I offer Flowering of the Heart is of immense benefit for those wishing to shine the light on their journey and go to another level of acceptance, joy, abundance and peace. If you are curious or ready for this kind of change too, then do check out all the details on my website page or feel free to get in touch for a an informal chat.

There are also some exciting events coming up very soon and I would love to see you!

And finally I want to say THANK YOU.
Thank you for being you, thank you for life, thank you for love, thank you for friends, thank you for family, thank you for abundance everywhere, thank you for my heart, thank you to spirit for showing me the way and thank you for the music! This inspiring song from Karen Drucker sums it up so well – enjoy!

Have a wonderful Easter and I look forward to meeting you in person, at an event, in the ether somewhere – but always in the heart.
With Love
Ann-Marie x x x