Over the past few months I have started to notice a shift in my behavior and mindset. My defensive, aggressive nature has started to lift and I am beginning to embrace my nurturing, peaceful side. I have been provided many opportunities to focus my energy on caregiving; tending to plants, helping other women and learning from Clarissa the cat.
This may sound silly, but I have learned many lessons from animals and nature. These earthly blessings are also forms of my higher power; I believe we receive messages through other living things. I have learned to open my mind and heart in order to receive these messages from the universe through spending time near the water, caring for Clarissa, and bringing my wilting plants back to life. These simple, yet meaningful activities have also helped me to have the ability to have compassion for others, resulting in being able to lend a hand to other women who have gone through the same struggles as I have.
After a very full and happy day, I drew a Goddess Card last night to guide me in my “next step.” I am currently in a career transition and have developed an amazing community here in the Boston area, but I still have wonders about where my path may lead.
Clarissa may have picked up on my energy, because she jumped right in to assist. I focused my intention on my next move; where do I direct my energy? While my life is very positive and whole, I knew there was something I was lacking or needed to embrace.
Then, I drew Hathor.
Hathor: “Allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others.”
Message from Hathor: “You have a maternal side to you that naturally cares for those in need, yet this must be balanced with receptivity or the flow is blocked. Receiving is the essence of feminine energy, and it means allowing yourself to receive with grace and gratitude. If you feel guilty when asking others for help, or if you feel bad about receiving gifts, then you block your feminine energy. Your receptivity is must as natural as your nurturing, giving energy. Receptivity allows you to better hear the voices of the angels. When you receive, you have more resources to give to others. Begin by noticing the hundreds of gifts you receive each day, whether it is seeing beauty in nature, witnessing a touching human moment, or being hugged by a loved one. Simply say “Thank you” for each gift, and know that they are filling up your store house, keeping the Divine flow going strong.”
The Divine flow! Just last night I spoke with a friend (who is a therapist and mindfulness teacher) about feminine energy and having the ability to receive. Accepting love and receiving positive energy used to be such a struggle for me. She mentioned the “divine shift” of 2012, which was my first time hearing of this! I got goosebumps once I dug into my own research on this shift.
In a world full of ego, power struggles and greed, I was amazed and inspired- perhaps this is what I am experiencing! While I used to block love, help or nurturing as a defense mechanism from getting hurt or being abandoned, today I am beginning to live in faith, not fear, and allowing others into my life. Each lesson, animal, day spent in nature or person who reaches out to me is a blessing (and a sign) that I do need to embrace my feminine side in order to love, and receive that same love in return.
Learning to live in peace, not pride, creates such a bigger world for ourselves. It is easy to get tied up in power, money and ego, but by allowing that feminine energy to flow, you can step out of the darkness and into a loving, content life.
This morning I am grateful- and I look forward to the gifts the rest of the day brings.