Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Reinventing Self

A client of mine wanted to reinvent herself. I gave her some homework to start her process, and wanted to share the same assignment with you in case you are also in the mood to do a "self makeover."

To reinvent yourself, what I found work best is if you start from listening within to your soul's guidance. That guidance can appear in many ways:
  • Dreams
    Two helpful articles: Dreams that Help Us Make Important Decisions (by Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph. D.) and Dreaming the Secret Wishes of the Soul (by Robert Moss)
  • Signs
    Set the intention that you will receive guidance from the Universe about your reinvention project. Then, as you go about your day, begin to pay attention to the words that catch your eye (billboards, signs on trucks, bumper stickers, t-shirt logos, posters, etc.) and whatever catches your ear (words or songs you hear on the radio, conversations with others, etc.). Notice, too, what makes you feel joyous as you involve all your five senses in the world. Make a record of all these words, signs, and observations. Do this for a week and be playful about it.
  • Journal
    Write down on a page: "At the end of my life, when I look back, I feel very proud and glad that I am/ I have/ I did:"
  • Meditate
    Ask your soul to show you what you need to know about reinventing yourself, and what actions, if any, you can take now to support you in that direction.
When you have a clarity or insight about what or who you'd like to reinvent yourself to be, write one page called, "The reasons I want to reinvent myself." List all the reasons that make you feel happy when you think about your new self. This list will serve as a reminder of the compelling and powerful inspirations which have invited you to move to a new direction. Refer back to this list every now and then to re-inspire yourself. When doubts or fears arise, use your healing tools (breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, EFT, TAT, Reiki, Psych-K, etc.) to help you heal and move past the resistance to change.

Be appreciative of your clarity and honor yourself for having the courage to answer your soul's invitation to grow. If you find yourself feeling regretful or self-critical that you are not "that person" yet, be gentle with yourself and notice how self-forgiving may very well be an integral part of the self-reinvention project.    
Love requires no practice.
Love is.
One cannot practice is-ness.
One can, however,
practice the decision to love.

~ Emmanuel
(from "Emmanuel's  Book: A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos")