Starting Over

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By the time you get to be my age, 56, you usually have more than one time in your life where this statement is true.  I have had many times, and once again, at this very moment, the statement is true and very present for me.

KNOW that if it is for you, too, it does not mean you have failed in your life.  It means you are interesting.  It means that you are willing to take risks to follow your dreams.  It means you are stronger than you think.  It means you have probably had more varied experiences than many others.  It means you are living life with determination, not resignation.

It means you are willing to open your heart and be vulnerable, time and time again.  Although this may be very scary, it is the only way deep, true love can show up.

That love may be in the form of a new (or former) life partner, a new job, a new lifestyle, a new child, a new home, or whatever/whomever needs to come in to help you grow on your journey even further.

Sometimes the past is hard so you will have more empathy for others.  Sometimes it is hard because one hasn’t paid attention to the signs that it is time to move on.  Sometimes it is hard simply because it is.

Yet you CAN always begin again, no matter what your age or circumstance.  I am living proof of that… and I promise you, if I can do it, you can, too.

To YOUR new beginnings, with open-hearted love, Kathy ♥♥♥

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)

Natural Selection

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In an ongoing effort to simplify my life, I have a big project underway at home cleaning out files, old photos, etc.  Came across this one from Bangkok, Thailand, in the 1980’s.  A total stranger walked up to me, draped this python around my neck, and offered to take my picture.  Ummmm… OK…

I had never held a snake before.  For some reason I expected it to be slimy.  It wasn’t.  It actually felt amazing.

As a child, I had a reoccurring snake nightmare that would play every few months in my sleep.  It started when my parents were getting divorced.  It went on for years.  Made me very, very afraid of snakes.

Yet for some reason halfway around the world I suddenly agreed to face my fear with a 10′ python.  

Thanks to my All-Things-Work-With-Nature mentor Stacey Sophia Robyn, I now KNOW to look up the meaning of an animal totem whenever it appears in one’s life, so here is Snake:

Wisdom, Healing, and Initiation

“This is a powerful totem.  It is the symbol of transformation and healing. The Snake is wisdom expressed through healing. The Snake is the symbol of eternity. Your intuition will sharpen and be more accurate.

Snake energy is the energy of wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly and without resistance. It is the knowledge that all things are equal in creation.

It also signals a transition in your life. New opportunities and/or changes. Snake is fire medicine, the medicine of transmutation. On a material level, it is vitality; on an emotional level, it is ambition and dreams; on a mental level, it is intellect and power; on a spiritual level (the highest level), it is wisdom, understanding, and wholeness.

Snake magic is heavy magic. Become the Magician and transmute the energy and accept the power of the fire.”

(http://www.linsdomain.com/totems-sn-2-sz.htm)

What I KNOW now, but didn’t understand back then, is that the snake in my dream was trying to tell me to accept my parent’s divorce and not resist all the fiery/scary moves, emotions, and changes it brought about.

The snake in Thailand showed up to teach me to step into my power in relationships and follow my intuition more, but I didn’t have the information then, so it took many more years to do so.

Animals, birds, reptile, insects… their appearances are not as random as you might think.  When a creature appears to you, either in person or in a dream, take a moment to check out its totem meaning and see if there is a lesson there for you.

It could save you a lot of time and anguish!  It may also help you move forward instead of staying stuck in a place that is not necessarily for your highest good.

Sounds woo-woo, yes… yet that is only because much of humanity is rather far removed from Nature and all its gifts these days.  When you start truly reconnecting with the earth, its waters, and all its creatures, well, amazing things start happy-ning.

What are YOU afraid of?  What creature crossed YOUR path today?  Embrace its message, release the fear, and say thank you.

Happy Natural Empowerment!  ♥♥♥ Kathy

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)

Changes and New Beginnings

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A beautiful card arrived in my mailbox today from someone very, very special.  With so many of my clients and friends going through BIG TRANSITIONS, I want to share its simple, perfect wisdom about changes and new beginnings…

“It isn’t always easy to make changes, but there’s no better advice than this: just do your best.  Make sure you stay strong enough to move ahead, because there are some wonderful rewards waiting for you.

It won’t all make sense right away, but I promise you: over the course of time, answers will come, decisions will prove to be the right ones, and the path will be easier to see.  

Here are some things you can do that will help to see you through…

You can have hope.  Because it works wonders for those who have it.  You can be optimistic.  Because people who expect things to turn out for the best often set the stage to receive a beautiful result.

You can put things in perspective.  Because some things are important, and others are definitely not.

You can remember that beyond the clouds, the sun is still shining.  You can meet each challenge and give it all you’ve got.

You can count your blessings.  You can be inspired to climb your ladders and have some nice, long talks with your wishing stars.  You can be strong and patient.  You can be gentle and wise.

And you can believe in happy endings.  Because you are the author of the story of your life.”  – Douglas Pagels

KNOW I wish YOU love, joy, abundance, serenity, health, prosperity, and peace in the next chapter of YOUR life. 

Happy authoring!  Kathy ♥♥♥

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)

 

P.L.A.N. – Planting Love, Acting Now

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                (“Tree of Love” by Stacey Sophia Robyn)

P.L.A.N. – “Planting Love, Acting Now.”

The Goddess of Gratitude and Co-Creatress of “Blooming Humans,” Stacey Sophia Robyn, (www.bloominghumans.com), said that to me on the phone recently, and I loved it.

What are your current plans? What are you acting upon now to bring what you love to bloom?

As you KNOW, in Nature, not all seeds planted sprout right away. Some stay dormant for days, weeks, months, years, or even decades.

The point is to plant your seeds anyway, with love, and let what is meant to sprout do so in its proper time.

Not sure about your plans?

B-R-E-A-T-H-E into your heart, and feel what shows up for you. Your heart knows your true direction, not your ego-mind. Your heart is your true compass, your true guide… and when you open your heart to possibility, prepare to be amazed.

Then, begin taking steps to bring your dreams into reality. For example, if you want to write a book, jot down inspirations as they appear, and place them in a folder. Over time, you will have all the words for your book that you need.

We live in a fast-food, fast-paced, I-want-it-NOW world… yet Nature doesn’t work that way.

Have a plan. Each loving step you take towards your goal gets you that much closer. Only do what you can do each day, and not one thing more. Be patient with yourself. KNOW it will happen.

Happy PLAN-ting!  Love to you… Kathy ♥♥♥

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)

Accept The Good Stuff

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You KNOW, life can just as quickly hit you with good things as it can with bad ones… and we have just as much right to be joyful as we do to be sad. Why do so many of us readily accept the difficulties in life, yet have such a hard time accepting the good we experience?

Embrace every joy that shows up! It is your birthright to be happy, to be abundant, to be healthy, to be free, to be loved. Would you look at a newborn child and tell it that it should only accept the difficulties in his or her life, and always question the wondrous miracles that will appear?

Of course not… yet we often do this for ourselves. Kind of silly, huh?!

Here’s a secret – the more you accept and are grateful for the good stuff, then even more good stuff can show up. Focus on THAT.

To all the GOOD in your life… ♥♥♥

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)

Enjoy Uncertainty

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On a Deepak Chopra roll lately.  Came across this quote of his in a Big Paper Clean Out project I am doing:  

“Uncertainty is the fertile ground of pure creativity and freedom.  Uncertainty means stepping into the unknown in every moment of existence.  

The unknown is the field of all possibilities, ever fresh, ever new, always open to the creation of new manifestations.  

Without uncertainty and the unknown, life is just the stale repetition of outworn memories.  You become the victim of the past, and your tormentor today is your self left over from yesterday.  

When you experience uncertainty, you are on the right path – so don’t give up.”  

Holy wow… perfect timing.  KNOW that if you, too, are feeling any uncertainty, embrace it with loving arms… and don’t give up.  

With love and light to your creative, brilliant, brave, free, manifesting self! 

Kathy ♥♥♥

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Kathy Ozzard Chism, B.A., LMT
Holistic Wellness Educator for Mind, Body, and Spirit
www.kathychism.com

(To schedule a private healing and wellness coaching session with Kathy, either in person or by phone, please contact her at: kathy@kathychism.com)