Sunday, 1 February 2015

True Self Knowledge

All true knowledge is self-knowledge.

How you act, react, feel and function.

How you think, decide, plan and relate.

Your wants, desires, disappointments, and automatic responses.

They each make up a kaliedescope of the who that is you.

And there is no other like you. You are the totality of an individual of remarkable existence and potential.

One of the things I like to do in my work is to help you to unearth what is the trueness of you. 

I have found that as soon as people begin to befriend themselves, it makes a difference, in their self-perception, and with those around them.

It has an enormous impact on them when they discover, and validate parts of themselves, that they have not yet consciously embraced. An identity that is enhanced, and advanced with self-knowledge.

I help you to come home to yourself.

A tool I sometimes use to help do this is the MBTI, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Used extensively for decades by qualified practitioners worldwide.

And while no tool is foolproof in identifying the complexities of you, it has helped me show people the beauty of some of their natural elements, and to normalise those as part of the way they operate.

MBTI focuses on personality, personal preferences innately, as a basis for self-acceptance and self-knowledge. The benefits from which people can operate more wholeheartedly with themselves and others. It's the soulful work of defining the personality in which your soul is operating.

As a qualified MBTI practitioner I  have used it privately in sessions when clients desire it, in workshops for building co-operative, fulfilling and more vibrant teams, as well as for the beginnings of understanding couple differences, and families.

This year I am offering workshops for groups and organisations interested in learning more about who they are, and who their colleagues are, as a way of better understanding themselves and those that work close by. Building awareness, co-operation and a greater appreciation of the nuances of everyone in the group creates an easier flow when people know you, and you know them, more innately and appreciatively.

And for change and improvement in group dynamics to take place in any organisation, it requires the inner power of self-knowledge, inspection and reflection to enhance co-operation and empathy with self and others. It refines the people aspects of the skills set of members of  a team or group.

My colleague Josephine Luna from Helping to Restore Balance and I are joining forces again this year to run MBTI sessions as part of the Loving Work series. Details of the sessions are in the flyer below.

If you are a leader who wishes to get the best from your team, I urge you to consider the benefits it offers as a wonderful opportunity to validate and enhance everyone's contribution to a group, and how the group can operate more brilliantly as a team.

Josephine and I love working together, and have done so on numerous projects over many years. We have had great fun, and success running workshops and helping organisations build more self-awareness and related benefits. We look forward to working with you in relationship too.

Please contact josephine@restorebalance.com.au for further details.

 
 
Loving Work is a registered therapeutic service trademark as part of the Loving Psyche suite of services. http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Services/Service-Offerings/loving-work.html
 
And may you always find a way home to your true self individually and collectively.
 
Much love
 
 
SaraSwati Shakti
 
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Blazing Sun


I want to exist from my own force, like the sun, which gives light and does not suck light ~ said Carl Jung, in The Red Book.

And here it is, in a Heart Art mandala I drew last night. Titled Blazing Sun.



An invitation for all to blaze their light in a shining world.

Jung's words were so important to me during my years of transformation.

To bear witness that there is deliverance. And that dark nights have an end.

That it takes time, and work, and perseverance. Care and attention. So the soul can blaze again.

Because the soul yearns to blaze. In joy and serenity, and wholeness.

Making the dark conscious, moving in reflection. In a process of transcendence.

And a shining world.


SaraSwati Shakti

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If you need help with a renewed light in the world I can assist you to find ways to help your soul blaze. Connect with me here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Contact/index.html





Monday, 26 January 2015

Nature Springs

In a long hot Summer, the rain returns again. A temporary measure to soften things. Creating the benefits of heat, with gentleness.

The freshening that it brings.

The cycles of life moving, around the wheel. As Nature Springs, into wisely nurturing, in cycles, the way she has always been.

Trusting her flow, to let us know, the pace and gifts she brings. As we are listening. To the abundance that life, from her heart, springs.

The lusciousness it brings.

Allowing Suppleness as strength. Softening brittleness, and creating an ability to flow, with how she glows. The feminine in action. Wisdom of creation, emotion, and devotion.

So many people complain, about the rain. That it gets in the way, of their planned day. Yet, standing back, and looking at the bigger picture, it is critical to sustaining a balanced way. And in recognising this, rather than seeing it as an impediment, it remains a critical life element, sustaining healthy loving luscious days.

As droplets of life, blend with sunlight. Creating a different form of play. Releasing to that energy as it creates.

Where can you create some gentleness in your day? The stillness to sit with the lusciousness of the day? The tuning in to the falling of the rain? The suppleness it brings in going about your day?


Rain

Suppleness Sustains

Life brings Life

Life lives Life

A Luscious Life


Consider it, again.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo: © 2014 SaraSwati Shakti 'Lush' mandala, from a selection of Heart Art, a registered therapeutic service trademark. See http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Products/index.html, & http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Services/Service-Offerings/heart-art.html

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Dreams. And Landscapes.

The ultimate faithfulness of life is the faithfulness of landscape. Landscape is always there...Your body is made out of clay, so your body is actually a miniature landscape that has got up from under the earth and is now walking on the normal landscape. If you go out for several hours into a place that is wild, your mind begins to slow down, down, down. What is happening is that the clay of your body is retrieving its own sense of sisterhood with the great clay of the landscape.

I love these words from the marvellous writings of John O'Donohue. They came to me after a walk in a new neighbourhood last week. An early walk. In a new landscape. Of slow, slow, quietude. Breaking the clay of the day.

As the sun was rising I climbed a hill. My body was struggling at that early hour in the morning, resisting, the incline. Yet it was also insisting, that I reach the top. Nicely, Slowly, Surely. Honouring the pace that I could embrace. And, as I did, the breeze came up. Lifting me to where the vista opened up.

Stunning me. With a valley, in it's iridescent beauty. Gasping, in gratitude, for the scenery unfolding. The landscape of my body that had been carrying me, released itself to the amazing scene. Breathtakingly serene. Wonderfully green, with an early mist, newly fresh and clean.

And on reflection, it reminded me of the hills we climb, in faithfulness, in attempting new enterprise, developing new relationships, and pastimes. And listening to our body's wisdom. It's own landscape of attention, intention, and insistence. Towards a wondrous brilliance.

Pacing the landscape of small hills, graceful thrills, and beauty, of the soulful journey. Moving through temporary difficulty. Honouring, with a grace, and rewarding positivity. Remaining pliable. Persevering, and gaining traction, for a renewed pace of loving action.

Developing. Dreams. And new landscapes.

Dreams. And Landscapes.

We each have them...a healthful body, a finer mind, more genuine companionships, happier families, travelling broadly, working kindly, creating beauty, healing calamity...they are numerous, and of personal value and importance. A landscape that perfectly reflects your own wishful orientation. Beyond limitation.

Keeping an eye on that landscape, staying refreshed by its presentation. Taking action, steadily, and thoughtfully. Shifting the clay.

May you continue gracefully, and faithfully, on your soulful travels. Enjoying your inner and outer landscape. One that is breathtakingly brilliant. And a truly remarkable place.

If you would like some help with your dreams and landscapes my diary has new openings in 2015. Please contact me via my website here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Contact/index.html

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo: A Landscape Scene, original artwork by SaraSwati Shakti © 2014.

Note: John O'Donohue was the author of Anam Cara and the repeated immortal words in it: 'Come home to yourself'. Anam Cara was the subject of a previous Loving Psyche blog in 2013 titled Anam Cara Family, which you can read here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Blog/index.php?id=5716603032541595480.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Tracks of Our Hearts

A friend is leaving for London, UK her origin
We took one final walk. Along our meandering seaside parkland
One final talk. As memories unfolded
Where tracks of our hearts were moulded
Hers and mine, a beautiful design


We met on a Harbour circuit. Some years ago
One of those magical moments. Of recognition. Of soul
As we set our hearts on purpose bold
Meeting regularly to renew our weary energy:

Dips in the sea, Meals at Manly
Project planning, Lives expanding

Meditating on Rocks, resting
Headlands as the backdrop, Breathtaking.

Sydney to Hobart, with a view from her hearth
Christmas meals, and topics of heart

Books and poetry, eternal and momentary
Ideas to share, worlds exploring

Kindled by the light of being.

Our paths entwined, now set apart. Each a new chapter about to start.

The seasons we spent are true and dear. As she now moves across the great big sea.

Goodbye, Good luck. A new adventure's come up.

We'll share the same moon, sun and stars. And transmit across the many miles.

Connected eternally, by the seasons on Sydney Harbour, now captured permanently in my mind's eye mandala.

With love and appreciation for friendships of deepening developing sensations. And lives well lived in loving connections.

SaraSwati Shakti

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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Mandela Inspired Mandala

On the last day of 2014, I met a quote that spoke to me. By Nelson Mandela. From 1994, twenty years earlier, in the Long Walk of Freedom. And it said...

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to have a rest, to steal a view of the glorious view that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.

And Mandela inspired my Heart Art mandala yesterday.



And while it's interpretation is very real to me personally, both his words, and the details of the mandala image, I know it has relevance to many. It became an inspirational mandala'verse on my facebook site www.facebook.com/lovingpsyche yesterday.

So many of you have travelled journeys that have been difficult, and devastating, in the way that they have affected you. Realisations that have been confronting. Realities that have been challenging.

And you have come through.

And having cleared the muddied elements, internal remnants, and external debris, you have hopefully taken a rest to count all that has been blessed in the completing and finishing off of the past few years, finding a new freedom in your authenticity.

And as I linger a little longer before going back to my soulful work in my own unique way, I hope you all get a chance to determine what way that will continue to be for you.

It doesn't end until it ends. And there is much to do for our big world ahead, and the people in it. May we all use our freedom responsibly. Beautifying ourselves and our surroundings, honouring our earth and humanity, and creating an increasing divinity in everything we meet.

Think of the butterfly effect. Every thought, every act, visible and invisible, has an impact.

Make a list of what that will be for you in 2015. The 5 most important things, one in each, for your health, wealth, happiness, family, and community. And the key qualities that will guide your activity. Keep an eye on it throughout the year. Adjust it if need be as the year proceeds. And may it guide your freedom abundantly.

Much love in this wonderful new year.

SaraSwati Shakti


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Great Love Held Dear


December.

The last month, of another year.

The year of the bolting horse, is at it's rear.

The schools have finished, cleared and cleaned.

Our homes are ready for Christmas cheer.

Another annual calendar, 2014, is ready to recede.

Endings. And beginnings. Learnings, livings, misgivings. Now shelved and cleared. 2015 is near.

And counting the blessings, refurbishings, and necessary introspectives. All held dear.

Watching the world spinning. And participating. Where personal meaning intervenes. Visible and invisible acts of kindness, spreading, their purpose, clear.

Riding the waves of essential life practices. And important indulgences. Keeping the fires burning, with choices turning.

Focussing on families, and friendships, and new people to greet. A clearer sense of self and the chemistry of others. A truer meet.

And balancing the balls of daily chores, pleasures, and passions. Personally fulfilling. A life force fully living.

What a year it has been!

Necessary Indulgences that 2014 did bring.

And as you stand solid, grounded, expanding. Notice how well you have done this year. And the peaceful stillness that brings within. And may that be the foundation from which to bring the new year in.

Great Love Held Dear.

SaraSwati Shakti

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