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Surprise Gifts from Universe

I have decided to engage a little experiment with the Universe this month.  I am asking it to open up the field of possibility and shower me with gifts, and I am expecting that, just as I might know with strong certainty that a light switch will give me light, the Universe will open up to what I need and desire.

My experiment in inspired by E Squared by Pam Grout.

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It is an easy, enjoyable, fascinating read!

Surprise Gifts from the Universe: Everyday a Party!

I set up my blog post so that I could easily just slip this portion in at the end of the day, sharing what some of my discovered gifts were.  Here is what I witnessed…..

  1. Thoughtfulness: I woke up this morning to my honey cooking me breakfast.  He made sure to make mine without gluten.  Lucky girl, me!
  2. Connections:  Today, a friend I met in a chat group years and years ago, Jordan, shared on her blog, Creating My Soul Power, how I have inspired her through sharing my creative journey here.  Interestingly enough, her creativity inspired me enough that I recently shared her story on my Creativity Booster Pack Mini E-course.  (More about that in a bit.)  I love how our gifts trickle through life touching people….often with us never knowing it.  But my Gift from the Universe is that today I got see that my gifts touched another… whose story I hope will touch you.
  3. Gratitude: Out of the blue, I got a sweet “thank you” from a dear friend who shared her heart with me and offered her gratitude for me in her life.
  4. Confirmation:  For the last bend in the journey that was my day, some friends I really wanted to hang out with invited my hubby and I over to visit.  It was late, but we decided to go.  Once we got there we threw around some ideas of what we might do…. some art cards maybe (nah, not tonight), just chat and catch up (sounds good)…. and then, hubby suggested a movie (everyone was in!) We looked through their collection and came across The Last Mimsy.  YES!  I said…. strongly pulled to that one.  I want to watch that…. forgetting that I had seen it when it first came out.  As the movie’s story unfolded, I realized that a big theme was to listen to the messages we get from the Universe.  Wow!  Another gift.  The Universe wanted ME to know that inviting it to share Its big gifts with me was exactly the path I was supposed to follow.

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Don’t forget to visit Blogtoberfest 2013‘s page!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

Surprise Birthday Gifts

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While on my road trip up the middle of  America and back again, I had a birthday.  I had thought perhaps that I would make a bit to-do about it….because that is how I usually do birthdays on my blog, but instead I was busy getting my car fixed.  I made the best of it though….donuts and all!!

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 I had been staying with my cousin Lori on a communal far just outside of Oklahoma City.  On the morning of my birthday, she took me to a donut shop and ambushed me with Happy Birthday at the top of her lungs…solo.  I was mortified and delighted all in the same breath…which I am sure is the exact reaction she was hoping for!  (This little bird was my car mascot for the trip.  Great listener, by the way!)

Birthday Donut

My birthday passed rather quietly after that.  I usually like to spend some time looking back and visioning the year to come, but my attention was on the trouble I was getting fixed on my car and the 4 hour drive to at night to my next destination, Springfield, MO.

Back to the Gifts

The work GIFT is one of my words for 2013.  It serves as a theme that I can focus on for self-exploration.  This last week, I have been working on understanding some of the more difficult areas of my life.  Why now?  Well, life has a way of doing a bit of Spring cleaning from time to time.  Now is my time.  Difficulites…..We all have them, the things we always come back to or that pop up multiple times over the course of our life.  It might be self-esteem, an old story about ourselves we hold onto, a fear we just can’t kick.

The difficult areas I am working on are about limitations that I have perceived in my life.  Some of them are physical limitations, others emotional….sometimes they are relational and even mental.   Some are stories about myself that were told to me when I was very young that I continued to believe.  Some stories about about what it means to be a woman in this society or to grow older as a woman.  Some are of my own invention, some circumstantial.

Over the last week or so, I have been challenging the limitations.  I think having driven to the other side of the country on my own has given me a new perspective on life. (Seriously, some days I am shocked that I did that. And never once since I got back have I regretted it!)  My new perspective isn’t just on life as it is, but I am looking back over my life and attempting to re-story-ing it.

I am specifically looking for aspects of my story that were overlooked before.  One of my mentors, Dr. Rose Knippa, has been visiting with me about how life is always in balance or moving back into balance…..and how we often don’t see it as such.  So I have been going back to look for how life was balanced when I didn’t see it as such.

For example, I discovered this week that one of the most difficult and painful parts of my life, losing my mom when I was 21, significantly shaped who I am today.  I have felt the limitations of it for a long time, and sometimes I could glimpse that good things came from it.  But this week I am more fully tapping into the many gifts my mom’s early death has brought to me and how I use those gifts with my clients.  Her death sent me looking for answers about pain management which sent me to massage school.  It sent me to study counseling and shapes my coaching practice.  It helps me to understand first hand the stages of grief, the process of dying, and the family dynamics that can shift as a result.  Her death was the catalyst for my shift towards visual art and has been the subject of most of my art journaling over the years.  More than anything, it has taught me that death isn’t the end. Even when someone dies, there is an alive-ness to what was between you and them that can grow.  You might call it cultivated memory or a spiritual relationship.  Whatever it is, it has been essential to the peace I am finding with her passing as I grow older.

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I just don’t know who I would be had I not had this extreme event to weave into my being.  For most of my life, I would not have even imagined that I might say I am grateful for her passing.  I would prefer that she be alive and happy, right here beside me. AND. I am grateful for the gifts that came from her death.  This week more than any in my life, I can see what those gifts are.

Later this week….

I want to share with you how I am moving from disgruntled about the difficulties in life to grateful.  In the meantime, I invite you to begin looking for the gifts you might have tucked away in your life that could make the hard times the most valuable times in you life.

Til then….keep creating!

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Plant a Kiss, Too!

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In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work,18 bloggers set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!

Today all of us are posting about that experience.  

Plant a Kiss Blog Hop Party

This was my second Plant a Kiss celebration.  Last year I met with a few local creatives to make a labyrinth on the beach for others to find. It was one of the highlights of 2012 for me.  This year, I wanted my kiss to keep the same spirit of celebration but knew I would be celebrating on the coat tails of a long journey that took me up the middle of the U.S. and back again over three weeks.  I made self-care a priority for the day, but balanced that with a deep desire to share myself with others in a meaningful way. Since GIFT is my word for the year, I wanted my Kiss to be about giving.

The target for sharing my kiss this year was on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean in Guinea, West Africa.  If you have looked around on my website, you may have discovered The Benkadi Project page I have dedicated to work being done in the capital city of Conakry and in rural villages there.  I didn’t pick the Benkadi Project out of a book or by running my finger across a map to choose a place. I chose it because I met a man, Fodé Cameron, and a woman, Helen Bond, last Summer who are doing beautiful work there and I wanted to somehow be part of what they were doing.

Helen Bond

On my trip to Wisconsin, I stayed with her….Helen Bond.  As luck would have it, my travels took me to her area on a day when she was hosting an event to help build biosand filter units for families through her non-profit, The Benkadi Project.  The event featured West African drumming and provided education about the work they were doing.  The Benkadi Project was planting major kisses that night by being one shy of reaching their financial goal to build 50 units.  The water treatment will serve 50 families of 10 people for 10 years.  That is 1,825,000 days of clean drinking water.  I adored getting to be part of that!

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For Plant a Kiss Day, I celebrated the good will I got to be part of and sent well wishes in the form of a meditation to Helen and the team she will be taking to Guinea later this week.  As part of my celebration, I lit a candle and spent some time playing a drum that was made by Fodé.  I also spent the day drinking water mindfully, being grateful for the easy with which it arrives to me anytime I need it and for the fact that it is safe and satisfying.

This year’s Plant a Kiss was very simple, but I think that is the beauty of giving.  It can be just a thought, a wish, a prayer or can be traveling across an ocean to make a difference.  It is amazing the feeling of love it can bring to your heart when it is based in genuine caring.  I think that is probably why it is called Plant a KISS.

If you found your way to this page or have been hopping along visiting others who are part of the Plant a Kiss party, I would like to encourage you to thing of some way you can Plant a Kiss, too.  Close your eyes right now and invite a simple act of giving to come into your heart.  Let your mind work out an easy way to implement that, then join us!  Let’s make the world a bit love laden today.

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If you would like to know more about The Benkadi Project, you can….

Get the Details of the Water Initiative

Follow Benkadi Project on Facebook

Become a Supporter

Read a Past Newsletter

Visit Plant a Kiss 2013 where you can find links to all of the participating bloggers and hop around to see how each woman was uniquely inspired to celebrate Plant a Kiss Day.

Special thanks to Sherry Richert Belul of Simply Celebrate for inviting me to be part of this event, I have felt blessed by it!

Rachel_Payne

Spirit of Giving with Lucid Waking Radio

I had a great time sharing my story about the Spirit of Giving last night with Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking Radio.  A few months ago I had an epiphany about what giving meant to me.  I would love to share it with you in more detail. WHY?  Because giving in this way has brought me more joy than I have felt my entire life….ever.  And if my experience and what I have learned could bring some higher level of joy to you, that would be an even bigger gift.

Speaking of gifts, I make a special offer on the call that I would love to share with you. 

By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover….

  • the dynamics of giving
  • how to avoid giving burn out
  • when not to give
  • how to expand the gifts you have available
  • how giving leads to getting

Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving  journey and has blessed me by sharing her own.  That kind of sharing is really at the heart of the Spirit of Giving.

 

 

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