Posts Tagged ‘spiritual’

047 How to Change Your Unconscious Story with Pam England

We all know what it feels like when a plan doesn’t go as expected. Perhaps you’ve had a goal in mind and you did everything right to achieve it. You planned, prepared, and became convinced that you would, and deserved to, reach your goal. And then, to your shock, the outcome is not what you had anticipated. You don’t reach your goal, and suddenly your world is turned upside down. This experience can be so very difficult because it leads you to question what you thought was true, and can even cause you to question your understanding of your own identity. If I followed the rules and did everything right and I still did not reach my goal, then are the rules flawed? According to Birthing From Within author Pam England, we can find peace from this self-destructive way of thinking by examining where we learned these ‘rules,’ and by recognizing that the journey has just as much to teach us as the supposed outcome.

Pam England is the author of Birthing from Within, a world-renowned book that provides a holistic approach to childbirth by examining it not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Pam lives, works, and paints in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She teaches workshops and speaks at conferences all over the world, on topics such as preventing and healing birth trauma, cesarean birth, storytelling, visualizations and hypnosis, and many other aspects of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In addition to working on a number of manuscripts (including ones on prenatal nutrition, birth trauma, and cesarean birth), she teaches childbirth classes and does Birth Story sessions in Albuquerque, NM. In this episode, Pam and I chat about how her birth experience led her to reexamine the way we approach birth preparation, how we can look at big ordeals in our lives as transformational, and what steps we can take to change our unconscious stories about ourselves.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • How you can use Pam’s tips for self-discovery to view all of your experiences, even the disappointing ones, as a means for growth
  • How to question some of the stories you’ve grown up with to be more flexible and forgiving with yourself
  • What you can do to prepare yourself for a new position or role in your life, such as a new job or motherhood

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More About Pam

Pam experienced her ‘shaking of reality’ moment at the birth of her son. As a birth educator and midwife, she was shocked, disappointed, and utterly confused when her planned home birth ended up in an emergency c-section. How could she, the authority on avoiding hospital intervention, have ended up in the surgery room on the day of her son’s birth? As she lay on the operating table, “all of [her] belief systems fell apart.” In her shock, a question popped into her head; “what is it that I need to know as a mother to give birth that I didn’t know as a midwife?”

After the birth of her son, Pam began to question the stories we have been told about birth. She has come to understand that “birth is a right of passage,” no matter what kind of birth an individual experiences. Since childbirth is something that cannot truly be planned, it is inevitable that during the birth some side of yourself will come out that you did not know was there. Pam saw that as an educator, she “needed to help women, not with education about the medical model or breastfeeding, but with their beliefs: what do they believe about themselves.”

Only when we change our unconscious insecurities and expectations about ourselves can we grow in our experiences, and not be met with disappointment and self-loathing.

 

We need to prepare women for the role they’re about to take on//We need to question the ‘stories’ we learned as children. At the time, interpreted them as truth. Now as adults, can see that they don’t hold power.
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Pam England’s Birthing From Within

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018 Trusting Your Inner Voice with Julia Cameron

Many of us yearn for a creative outlet, but we just don’t know where to start. Perhaps we’ve tried drawing classes or attempted to journal but it just won’t stick. Or we will have an idea for a creative project and won’t get around to doing it. You’re not alone. Even world-renowned artist and bestselling author Julia Cameron experiencing this distress, and today she shares some of her secrets to accessing creativity and coming into your authentic self!

Julia is author of bestsellers The Artist’s Way, Finding Water, The Vein of GoldWalking in this World and The Right to Write, which are taught in universities, churches, human potential centers and even in tiny clusters deep in the jungles of Panama. Julia also has extensive film and theater credits, which include such diverse work as Miami Vice and the prize-winning romantic comedy God’s Will, which she both wrote and directed. She is recognized as the founder of a new human potential movement that has enabled millions to realize their creative dreams. Today I speak with Julia about her creative process, listening to your inner voice, and achieving what you want through perseverance, discipline and authenticity.

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What You’ll Discover in This Episode

  • Three actions you can take every day to start accessing your inner creative self
  • How to schedule creative time into your day, even with children
  • Tips to help you overcome a creative ‘hump’ and begin using creative thought, in your daily life, hobbies or business

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More About Julia

Julia’s passion for creative expression began at a young age. When she attended college at Georgetown University, she felt called to write poetry and sought to be an English Major. In the 1960’s a literary career was not a traditional path for women, and Julia was met with barriers and discouragement again and again. When she wasn’t allowed to study English at the College of Arts and Sciences she started a women’s lib chapter at Georgetown. This movement ultimately led to Julia, along with seven other women, to be the first female graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1970.

This perseverance has been both a conscious and unconscious theme throughout Julia’s life and career. There have been many obstacles Julia has had to overcome throughout her career as a woman writer and artist, but she admits that the discipline is something innate within her; she can’t help it. She also can’t help from writing; she finds that she is irritable and on edge when she is not in the midst of a creative project.

I caught Julia at one of those ‘difficult places’ when she isn’t quite sure what the next project will be. While it is not a comfortable state, it is a crucial time in Julia’s creative process. When she has no projects on the forefront she dedicates herself to ‘prayer through writing.’ She writes to her muse seeking out help, in the form of her ritual morning journal writing, or morning pages, and listens to see what that response is. Julia finds that she is often resistant to whatever it is that comes up. She will allow herself procrastinate on acting, dwelling in anxiety for a few more days before doing what she knows she must and listening to her inner voice, an experience I think we can all relate to.

Julia’s most recent projects include a play and the completion of her newest book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity at Midlife and Beyond, co-written with Emma Lively. This book introduces a fourth creative ritual into those described in previous books (morning pages, artist’s date, and weekly walk), that of memoir writing. While aimed at an audience in the retirement stage of life, the tools Julia describes can be used at any age.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Perseverance.

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Start writing morning pages.

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Julia Cameron’s Website

A List of Julia’s Books

A List of Emma Lively’s Books

Julia Cameron’s New Book, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Creativity at Midlife and Beyond

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011: Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth with Leisa Peterson

Mindfulness to Achieve Financial and Spiritual Wealth

As entrepreneurs we all inevitably have financial gain in the forefront of ours minds. Money is a major player in our decisions and choices as we move our businesses forward, whether we’d like to admit it or not. But as we move toward financial goals, many of us find our sense of spiritual wellbeing to be sacrificed. Isn’t it a contradiction to seek out material success when we also want to follow the spiritual advice that emphasizes a simplistic, non-materialistic lifestyle? Or is it possible to have them both?

 

Today I speak with Mindful Wealth Coach Leisa Peterson about just that. Leisa is self-made millionaire, a mom, wife, transformational business coach, educator and retreat facilitator. In her business WealthClinic, she specializes in coaching entrepreneurs who are ready to take their profits to a new level while at the same time creating greater joy, fulfillment, and inner prosperity for themselves. Leisa blogs about money and mindfulness for the Huffington Post, has a top-chart podcast on iTunes and is currently writing a book called Breaking Free of Scarcity Mindset: How to overcome not enough to create a business of plenty.
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What You’ll Discover in This Episode:

  • Why it is that when we pursue our passion we don’t necessarily make money, and how to work around this
  • Suggestions for financial steps to take to lead to a successful business
  • How you can be mindful in spending and handling money
  • How you can both have financial success and spiritual abundance

 

  More About Leisa

Leisa achieved a goal that many of us dream of: she was a self-made millionaire by her mid-thirties. She has always been a go-getter, never content to wait around for success to come to her. However, when she reached her financial goals there was no sigh of relief or sense of celebration. Instead, all she felt was a need to hold onto her money and a fear of losing it. This experience revealed to her that part of her motivation to attain wealth came from a desire to find self-worth. It was then that Leisa realized that she needed to change her mindset, focus on her relationship with herself, and make a career change.   Prior to starting WealthClinic, Leisa worked in finance for twenty-two years. Following a family tragedy in 1999 she turned toward spiritual guidance through meditation and mindfulness. As her spiritual practice deepened, she began to look at the way that we as a society interact with money in so many negative ways. We hoard it, we make dumb decisions with it, and we sacrifice our joy and relationships for it. As she reflected on her own relationships around money, she began to see that if mindfulness could be applied to our feelings around money, then perhaps we could shed those negative impulses and pursue our financial goals in a healthy, mindful way.

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Today Leisa works from her heart and uses her intuition to make genuine connections with her clients. She works with established and new entrepreneurs alike, and helps them to align their personal beliefs with their financial goals to get more out of their lives and businesses. Leisa comes from the perspective that we can’t just fix one part of our lives, we need to seek out balance in every area in order to have fulfillment. She works with her clients to find their strengths, weaknesses, and make a plan to bring them all into alignment.

 

Leisa’s personal journey includes a deep relationship with self, something she realized she needed to develop if she were to help others. Self-acceptance is a huge part of the self-work that Leisa has undergone, and she emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance to her clients in her consulting work. Without self-acceptance we are constantly in a state of self-doubt and life with a scarcity mentality: fearful that we will lose what we have instead of enjoying our lives. When we live mindfully and with self-acceptance, Leisa explains, we can find wealth in every facet of our lives.

 

Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:

Noticing when I’m in resistance to something.

What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?

Empathy

What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?

Practice self-love and acceptance.

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WealthClinic.com
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