The truth shall shake you free…

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Awakening to the truth,
The dreamer inside
lives the dance.
Hoping…
Wishing…
Wanting…
The love of the Self
will always be,
As the art of grace
rekindles the fire.

For a very long time, I felt like something was missing from my life. No matter how many workshops I went to or how much exploring I did of the Self, I could not shake this feeling off that seemed to plague my very existence. I was left with the sense that everyone else around me was doing much better than me and seemed so much more together than I was. It is something that really comes up within me now and again to this day and affects everything I do and how I interact with others. Although I know this is not my truth, it doesn’t always stop it from coming up in my life even in moments where I feel immense joy and appreciation.

I was very fortunate to be amongst some amazing women over the weekend and being able to share with them and dance in the sacredness of the feminine helped to remind me that it is absolutely ok to show up as I am. However I was feeling and whoever I was being in that moment was enough and will always be enough. It’s amazing to me that no matter how much I have learnt over the course of my journey, how easy it is to forget. That is the thing about being on such a path, there is no end. It is a process for sure. It takes us to places that if we are courageous enough to enter, the unknown will speak to us and move us higher and higher. There is a strength there. There is a powerful vulnerability that is revealed.

I have come to realise that I do not need to be fixed or be in a certain place or reach a certain goal to move forward. To be born as human beings is such a miracle in itself and when I think of that, it makes me wonder ‘how can this not be enough’. We are all growing and moving together. Sometimes in different ways since we are all unique with different blueprints of what we came here to do (or rather be). Nevertheless, it is always good to remember that to move forward, the key to it all is to simply be ourselves. We hold that key in our hearts, and we can open up to let that love expand and enrich our lives in every way and with every person we meet.

To love is to give.

Much blessings,
Lisa

Reflections from Kilimanjaro…


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View from Barafu Hut 

Last Sunday marks a very special anniversary in which I turned the impossible into possible and reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain. I am feeling the energy from the climb as I look back at a challenging but beautiful journey on the mountain. On some level, I still don’t think my mind has fully registered the scale of what I did and I’m not sure if it ever will but I wanted to take a moment to celebrate this achievement. Sometimes in life I think it’s good to take a moment and breathe it all in (no pun intended) and see the light and beauty that is always around us.

There was a time I couldn’t have even comprehended the thought of doing this. It has been a big lesson for me in realising that dreams can come true and life can be better than you could have imagined it to be. It was a huge deal to commit to this climb after just overcoming a serious illness that took over my life for six years. During that time doctors told me there was no hope for a cure and I knew the moment I healed myself from this, I wanted to do something big. I could feel it inside my body calling me near. Little did I know that it would call me to the top of Africa.

What I experienced on the seven day trek turned out to be very representative of my life and what I endured and overcame. The climb forced me to reach into parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. It taught me that there are so many possibilities to life if we remain open and pure to our intentions. It taught me that beauty is in the overcoming and in that overcoming you can access more of who you are and who you have always been.

Faith will take you everywhere….

Despite having support all around me which included a friend that climbed the mountain with me, I still doubted myself constantly. I found the trek a struggle from day one. I was already tired before beginning and started feeling the effects of the altitude early on in the trek. My friend and I decided that we would focus on getting to each camp every day. We would acknowledge our success in reaching each one and this helped quite a lot.

Even so, I think the summit must have been at the back of my mind somewhere. It wasn’t until arriving at Barafu Hut (camp 5) that something shifted for me. The picture I have shared above is the moment I felt this shift. I took the photo with my phone as I sat on a big rock outside our tent in deep contemplation. This was in the early evening right before we were to begin our ascent to the summit (at midnight). The view of the clouds was so phenomenal and I wanted to take it in. I wanted to feel into the experience and soulfully connect.

As I did this a wave of love and appreciation came over me through all of the experiences that brought me to this point. I thought to myself that if I could heal myself from my illness, then I could do this. I finally found the inner strength I needed for the first time in the entire trek. I saw myself on the summit and I kept this image with me during the 7 hour walk towards it.

I wanted to leave you with a poem I wrote during my time of deep contemplation at Barafu Hut. With the spectacular view of the clouds all around me, it inspired my soul to write this and I am so happy to share this moment with you. Here it is:

High, high above the sky
White blankets of hope
Bring hearts to heaven
As Mother Earth smiles
In deepness of faith

High, high above the sky
My strength is found
As I feel my journey
With the grace of love
A divine being that will always be

High, high above the sky
The sun is shining
Lighting my path
As every step
Breathes new possibilities to life

High, high above the sky
Freedom is alive
Kissed in passions
For I am that I am
And I am me

Kili 108 - day 6The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
on 9th August 2014

In love and light,
Lisa

 

 

 

The courage of being human…

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Let the light of you heart shine through,

Let it radiate into your thoughts and actions,

Let it show you who you are.

In the beginning there was nothing. Then it turned into something. The facets of life fills into motion and turns. Which way? Day or night? Light or dark? Right or wrong? These are all but an illusion of duality inside the matrix, yet polar opposites is what makes it possible to see. In the difference, the joy of overcoming, the hope of humanity and the wisdom of experience brings healing to each person.

We all want to experience bliss. We all want to feel good. We want things to be smooth sailing and easy to some extent. It is a natural part of being human. It is that desire to be all that we can be and feel into that too. Of course, sometimes things don’t always work out as we hope and we may face circumstances beyond our control. What then? How can we make things better? How can we change the course of our lives?

I believe it takes courage to be alive and live. It takes courage to love and to share. It takes courage to put yourself out there and connect. The fact that we decided to be born at this time in history, in a world that is dominated by fear, now that to me is the ultimate courage of the greatest kind.

We all have a part to play and even if we don’t know that part… by simply showing up for ourselves in our daily lives is where the miracle of each moment lies. It’s where life can reveal to us what needs to be revealed. We can remember the beauty. We can remember to breathe.

Your life matters so be kind to yourself. Love yourself where you are now. Do what makes your soul dance even if only for a moment. Take time to enjoy the little things. Value each experience as an opportunity to grow and be more of who you are. You are important. You are a blessing. You are Courage.

Love and light,
Lisa