Igniting passion begins with reconnecting with our authentic selves, the deepest essence of who we are—and loving and honoring ourselves to the fullest extent possible. It’s the foundation on which strong, passionate relationships are built, and it forms the platform from which we summon the clarity and courage to bring forth our gifts for our people.
“Honoring You” is the perfect place to begin our journey toward a passionate, purposeful life. Through exercises and discussion, we’ll learn tools for nourishing our emotions and bodies with loving thoughts and behaviors.
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We’ll explore three pivotal aspects in our development: self-love, self-awakening, and self-empowerment.
1. SELF-LOVE is embracing who we are, light and shadows both. Is it time to question the assumption so prevalent in our culture that we’re broken and need fixing? That we’re not OK just as we are, but we need to add or change something to become whole?
This event will offer a radical way to look at the situation as it really is—and help you begin to occupy that truth. Consciously choose to step into who you are, not who someone else wants or expects you to be. We will redirect the spotlight onto ourselves and take a loving but honest look at what we find there. Are you the current star of your universe? If not, it’s time to redirect the camera lens. It takes awareness and then the courage to embrace that wild, authentic self.
Loving yourself is different from being egocentric, arrogant, or conceited. It means taking care of yourself, taking responsibility for the way your life is going, respecting yourself, and knowing yourself intimately. It’s a precursor to loving another person in a deep, fulfilling way. Once your self-love is strong, love towards another flows out automatically.
2. SELF-AWAKENING is waking up to your true potential and purpose. Once you’ve begun to honor and embrace yourself—your unique brand of "wild sacredness"—you can take time to listen to the voice in the background of your life, calling for your attention. It may only be a small voice at this time, but it wants you to really listen to what it’s saying. It knows what your gifts are, and wants you to begin sharing them!
Are you ready to move out of your comfort zone and step consciously toward what you want and deserve? To honor what’s working in your life and what isn’t, and to honor yourself by doing those things that let you shine? That make you light up? Self-awakening includes the discovery that you have a choice to act from who you are, to achieve what you want. It’s nothing less than your destiny calling…
3. SELF-EMPOWERMENT is recognizing that you have something unique to contribute and having the strength, clarity, and commitment to stand up and give those gifts to yourself and to your people. It’s seeing your mission become actualized, incarnated, moving from your own awareness outward to your relationships and your community. As we begin to step out, often we discover that what we fear most is not our weakness but our strength.
"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, divinely aware."
OUR GREATEST FEAR
by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.