When a Breakthrough Feels Like a Breakdown ~BIG Shifts Happen

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The BIG Shifts interview I did this week with my longtime friend and colleague Adela Rubio is now available for replay on BIG Shifts. I love talking transformation and the many gifts wound around those times of intense change that we all go through. Adela and I have both been through many game changing experiences, and have been inspired to craft much of the work we do in the world around this topic. So, this was one juicy, high-energy conversation.

In the interview, you will hear about one of the major big shifts I went through that peaked during the period from mid-2001 to the end of 2002. It started when I moved to Hawaii, a dream come true, and ended when my guy lost his job and we ended up back in California. Those eighteen months were some of the highest and lowest periods of my life. There were some amazing gifts that came out of that time, most of them not about what I gained but what I no longer needed to carry. Although, at the time it often felt a lot like a breakdown, it was actually a huge breakthrough. Even twelve years later, I am discovering more about what that powerful time was all about, not just for myself, but for all of us.

I share a couple of tips for navigating your own big shifts with ease and grace. Check out the interview and let me know if you found it helpful.

If you’d like to join the BIG Shifts Program, this 30 Day Program started on October 8th, so is already under way, but community access means you will still be able to see everything that has happened. Membership is free of charge and you will receive lots of great tips on navigating your own BIG Shifts and hearing from others on the Transformation Team who have so much good stuff to share.

Shift easy and (as I tell those in my hoop classes) don’t forget to breathe,
Jodi

P.S. Adela mentioned that I teach hoop dance, several times in the interview but we never got around to talking about it. My other site is called Goddess Hoop Dance. My journey to the hoop was another of my BIG Shifts. I’ll write more about that another day.


Getting Shifty With It

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This is a quote from my chat with Adela Rubio for the 30 Day BIG Shifts program. You can find the page with notes from our talk here. The chat will be available for you to hear at 1:00 PM PDT/4:00 PM EDT.

Currently, Mercury is retrograde and we just had an energetic whopper of an eclipse with this week’s Aries Full Moon on October 8th. In this on-going climate of global change, this is an excellent time for releasing anything that no longer serves the greater vision of your life. Whether we are aware of it or not. Whether we embrace change or run from it, nothing is as it was, even a year ago. To gracefully move through these kinds of changes is to become masters of letting go and shifting our perspective. As we stop and take a deeper look at the big shifts that happen in our lives, we see the hidden benefit, unrealized blessing and benevolent boost that allows us to break free of the patterns of the past so we can go where our hearts would take us, given half a chance.

One of the things I discussed with Adela was my struggle with being what Elaine Aron called a Highly Sensitive Person, in her book by that name. It took a long time to realize that my empathy and clairsentience was my ticket to deeper realms of experiencing life below the surface and understanding, first of all, that we are all energetically connected and secondly, what made other people tick, so I could assist them in navigating their own inner worlds of mystery, wisdom and wonder. Once I began to really use my empathy as a guide, it helped me know where to go, exactly the right person to speak with, when to leave, who to say yes to and when to say no. The more I embrace my empathy and allow it to inform me, the easier it is to know and let go. Our spiritual gifts and talents are here to serve not only those around us but to show us beyond a shadow of a doubt, what works for us and will move us most swiftly to the people and places that are perfect for where we are in our lives now.

I hope that if you are in the midst of big life changes you look into this wonderful program Adela is facilitating. She’s put together a powerful Transformation Team, each of whom has lots of experience to share and insightful offerings and tools for surfing times of change with ease and Grace.

The more shifty you get with adapting to change, the more easily you’ll flow and know.

Big Love to you in your BIG Shifts,
Jodi


BIG Shifts – 30 Days to Smoother Sailing

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My friend, Adela Rubio, just started a new 30 Day BIG Shifts program that promises to be a game changer for anyone who joins. I’m on the Transformation Team and so excited to share my interview, in which we talk about one of my personal BIG shifts that included what at first looked like a dream come true, moving to the beach in Hawaii and quickly became one of the most transformational times of my life. The interview will be broadcast tomorrow, and I’m excited to share it with all of you.

To learn more and sign up for the program go to the BIG Shifts.

May all of your BIG Shifts be graceful.


Mercury Rx – The Trickster Sheds New Light on Old Illusions

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Mercury went retrograde, for the third time this year, on Saturday, October 4th. This means that between now and October 26th, we will do well to approach our lives in terms of re’s. You can open the dictionary to the page where you first find a word beginning with the letters r-e, and find good instruction for how to best navigate this time. Reap, reconsider, reconstruct, recreate, redeem, redefine, redistribute, refinance, refine, regenerate, and so on.

What you don’t hear as much about is the fact that this is a beautiful time for reconnecting with people, places and things that once seemed lost to us. Memories resurface; old friends reappear; long-forgotten journal entries are read through new eyes that reveal deeper insight into the real meaning beneath the thoughts that made their way to the page, so long ago. Time also takes on a different quality. Nothing is as straight-forward as it once seemed. We begin to realize that time is not linear, at all. Rather it circles and cycles around and through us. We never do something once, we act it out with different people, in different situations, at different ages, until we know the subject matter of our lives inside and out.

If we play our proverbial cards right, Mercury’s retrograde phase can be a magical and enchanting time of seeing behind the curtain, to what the wizard that is our subconscious has really been up to. If we are willing to look we can see far beyond what things appeared to be, at first glance, on our rush through these busy, hustle bustle days that make up our lives. In order to see clearly, we must step back, shift our perspective and open not only our eyes, but our mind. This is how insights come. This is how we become wiser. This is how we evolve, moving from merely going through the motions of surviving to stepping into a place of mastery; in which we can thrive.

The spiritual path is not about gaining and obtaining. It is about releasing and relinquishing those things we once used to define us. Becoming spiritually enlightened requires letting go of who we thought we were so we can be more of who we really are.

 


Mercury’s Retro Phase ~Recognize, Release and Reclaim

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Anyone who’s done any creative undertaking, knows there is a time for getting all of the ideas on the page (or canvas). Once we’ve done that, it’s time  to step back and see what works and what doesn’t. Which elements are perfect for that project or piece and what doesn’t fit. Often, the parts that seemed like our most brilliant thinking while in creative flow don’t add anything to the finished product. Instead, as more of the picture has unfolded, they may take us off course.

Life is like that, too. We go full steam ahead picking up something here and something else over there. As perfect as these people, places and things may be, at the time, few of them will make the cut for the long haul. Most will break down or break apart or break our heart, sooner or later. Sometimes this happens so subtly we hardly notice until we stop and take stock.

That’s why Mercury’s retrograde cycle really can be a godsend. If we learn to use those three weeks appropriately, it can serves us in getting current and eliminating a lot of undue stress. Here are some practical ways to engage this energy:

Recognize  It is human nature to become oblivious to what is in our environment. After a while, anything that’s there starts to look normal and we stop noticing it. If you take a conscious look around your home (imagining seeing my home through the eyes of a guest who is visiting for the first time, usually puts me on full alert and noticing all kinds of things I would otherwise overlook) and make note of the unfinished projects; broken objects; ill-fitting, unflattering, stained, or otherwise damaged clothing that you haven’t been wearing, with fresh eyes, you’ll start to see a theme called ‘things that I didn’t feel like dealing with’.  Also known as energy drains. We’ve all got them.

Or maybe you are pretty good about staying organized and up to date with the physical stuff but your cyber stuff is choking off your creative flow. It could be an overflowing inbox; email from subscriptions to sources that are no longer of interest; documents that need to be organized in files; and then there are all those digital pictures that languish on the computer, unchecked, rather than being printed, forwarded, posted and organized into albums.

Or your ‘clutter’ may be of the emotional variety. People that drain your energy with their incessant drama, too much exposure to media negativity or situations that you can’t resolve, no matter what you do.

Release  Let it go! The world and the way we live in it, is changing at an unprecedented rate. As it turns out, the object of life is not about being the one who collects the most stuff. It is about letting go of everything we thought we were supposed to be and coming back to the purity of who we are; spiritual beings, living physical lives.

Reclaim  Now decide which of these things are worth the time it will take to finish, fix or free up closet space or room on your hard drive. If you start with the things you know just ‘aren’t you’ anymore and clear those out of your space, you’ll be amazed at what a relief that alone can be, to the psyche. Any unfinished business is held, not only in our homes or computers, but in our minds, as well. Reclaim your space and sanity by releasing the things of the past that hold no value in your life today.

If you need more insight into what’s good about Mercury Retrograde, here are a few words to inspire your journey.

Relinquish, restore, reconsider, review, realign, recapitulate, re-establish, renew, revise, recreation, rewrite, render, rest, reunite, restitution, relish, recreate,  relax, and revisit.

Remember, rest reaps real recreation. :-)

I’d love to hear from you as we progress through this cycle and apply some of these tools. Also, if you receive any insights on how this Mercury Retrograde is working for you. It works, if you work it.

Love, Jodi

  

 


Sun Shining in Aries

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Welcome springtime! The Sun enters Aries this morning. Ecstasy, one of my favorite Maxfield Parrish paintings, has hung in my home for twenty years. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a steep and exhausting climb up a mountain of self discovery and spiritual awakening. Ecstasy evoked hope during those dark days and pointed to the only outcome I was willing to entertain. And then one day spring returned…

A few years ago I wrote this piece that seems just right for today.

My tracks are faint now, fading with the sands of time. As I step into this new phase the path shifts direction. The long trek up the mountain well worth every challenging step.

From here, I can see forever. From here, I can easily fly. From here, I can be seen and heard. I’m strong enough now and ready. My journey has taught me to release the heavy baggage. I don’t need it anymore. I learned to look gravity in the eye and defy it rather than allowing it to define me.

I’m free now to delight in life and make some fresh tracks. Or take to the sky and fly.

©2009 Jodi Lilly

Wishing you every delight of the season as winter gives way to spring and sparks wonderful new beginnings on your path.

With Big Love,
Jodi


Pisces ~Letting Go and Finding Flow

In-Depth Hoop Retreat Sunrise Meditation by Cadencia Photography

In-Depth Hoop Retreat Sunrise Meditation by Cadencia Photography

The Sun entered Pisces a few days ago. The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. This is the sign of the ocean, high creativity, imagination, spirituality and dreams. Things are morphy in the territory Pisces oversees. This is the last sign of the astrological year and the final month of winter, when old forms are ‘laid to rest’ so something new can be born with the spring. As we open our hearts and let go of what has been, our bodies recycle the rich, ripe compost of past experiences and transform our lives.

This picture was taken by Cadence of Cadencia Photography on the final morning of the hoop dance retreat I attended in Hawaii, in January. Twenty-seven women had just spent a week hooping, doing yoga, sharing meals, most of us sleeping under the same roof, and finally, doing a guided sunrise meditation on the last morning. We had shared so much it was hard to imagine this life-changing retreat ending. I watched the sun come into view, then closed my eyes and took a deep breath of ocean-fueled air. As I let it out salty tears began to flow. Waves of gratitude, joy, love and great sadness that it was over rose and fell. I looked around to see that I was not the only one.

And then I heard the voice in my head answering my unspoken protest. “Only through letting go can you know what this time was really about and reap the bounty of benefits it has seeded in your experience. To hold on is to lose all of that.” This retreat felt magical because the people, activities and elements came together and interacted in a dynamic dance. Everyone has had those times of heightened energy and joyful interaction that inevitably come to an end. If we can shift gears, afterward and allow ourselves a period of rest and recovery the process of integration will take place.

In this past month since the retreat ended I craved sleep, spent time in quiet contemplation and shied away from too much activity that would take me out of myself. During this time, I recovered precious pieces of myself that I had long ago abandoned. The retreat sparked an unexpected awakening and re-membering of my life.

Tomorrow is the Pisces New Moon. Time for fresh starts and new creative projects. Just don’t be surprised if things change as you go along. Pisces is all about dancing with the Divine and going with the flow. Where it will take you, nobody knows. As the old song says, ‘The best things happen when you’re dancing…’ Enjoy!

With an ocean of Love,
Jodi


The Rainbow Bridge Chiron

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The beveled edges of our glass table tops create prisms so the sun shining through living room window ignites rainbows that make their graceful way across floors and walls and doors.

Like a lot of people, I’ve had a thing about rainbows for as long as I can remember. The magic and promise they hold lifts my spirits, even on the dreariest of days. While living in Hawaii a few years ago, rainbow sightings became a daily occurrence and after a while the day just didn’t seem complete until I’d made that rainbow connection.

In astrology, Chiron is called the Rainbow Bridge between Saturn, the purveyor of conventional wisdom, practical, traditional methods and down to earth discipline, and Uranus, the instigator of cutting-edge ideas, future-focused insights and quantum leaps of consciousness. Chiron bridges the conscious and the super-conscious mind allowing us to use what we know to expand into something beyond that which was previously possible. Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer. Everyone has some area of their life in which a pattern was initiated very early on, that left them feeling vulnerable and insecure. At age 50/51, Chiron circles back to its natal position in our birth chart, the Chiron Return, and those old wounds are revisited. At this point, we are able to see and understand the nature of our affliction/vulnerabilty/insecurity and realize its gifts that allowed us to function as a personal rainbow bridge of hope and understanding for others struggling with similar challenges.

Aquarius, co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus which Chiron bridges, is the sign of revolution and technology. One example of something that occurred during the time Chiron moved through Aquarius (2006-2011) was the iPhone’s release to the mass market, which revolutionized the way Western culture functions and communicates. Since 2011, Chiron has been traveling through Pisces, opening us to greater spiritual knowing, unveiling long-held secrets that challenge our belief systems, shining a light on our addictive habits and dissolving the boundaries that keep us separate. Currently, Chiron in Pisces is in a beautiful relationship to both Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, creating an environment in which to release any illusions around the ‘need to control’, heal our psychic wounds of the past and find a way to nurture our disheartened spirits through unconditional Love. I am seeing and feeling the mantra We Are One, more and more the past few years. As the song says, We are the world, We are the children, We are the ones to make a better day…

Rainbows speak directly to our soul with a cosmic thumbs up and as a divine reminder that there is a way to the other side of whatever challenge we are experiencing, the storm is over, anything is possible and all truly is well.


Mercury’s Gone Retrograde and So Have I

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This picture was taken by a friend at a Friday night hoop jam at a retreat in Hawaii. I had just gotten into a good hoop flow as she was snapping a few shots. Suddenly, the hoop launched from my hand and flew across the floor! It happens. All the time. Pretty much any time we pick up the hoop we hoopers know that sooner or later it will either fall or be flung from our hand, just about the time we felt like we were getting somewhere.

Life is the same way, sometimes. You roll along feeling like you know what you are doing and where you are going and then seemingly out of the blue your brain plays a little trick on you and the thing you were so sure you’d done correctly; exactly the way you’d done it before, doesn’t work. I did an astrology chart for a friend about the time Mercury went retrograde and as we started talking, realized the chart was incorrect. I was able to quickly pull up a correct version from an online resource, so all was not lost. As it turned out though, we hadn’t really needed the chart. Whereas in the past this whole thing would have mortified me, today, I trust that there is a reason and do my best to honor what is happening. Later, a little concerned that my software program had malfunctioned, I realized that the only malfunction was created by my not having entered her information into my astrology software exactly right, which is why it rendered the wrong chart…

This particular Mercury retrograde phase has demonstrated in my experience in some interesting ways. Yesterday I was to meet a friend for a quick errand, squeezing it in between other commitments. I input the address into my GPS just to be sure I didn’t waste any time. I ended up about three miles away from our meeting place. “You have arrived at your destination!” announced the lady in my phone… No, I haven’t. A quick call to my friend revealed that I had left the word Plaza out of the GPS search… I got where I needed to be but with less time than we’d hoped for. Next, I rushed home for a Skype call and got a phone call saying she couldn’t get Skype to work. We fiddled with it for fifteen minutes until finally, SUCCESS! We were off and running.

On the other hand, I set up an online account, I’ve been meaning to create for a while now, that allows me to share pictures with friends and family easily and privately; found some important papers I’d misplaced; retrieved a case containing some very expensive headphones, that had absentmindedly been put into the waste basket and buried by papers; and I made some upgrades to my websites.

When glitchy things happen we are being shown that:
1. We have an opportunity to do things differently
2. We’re not paying close enough attention to what we are doing
3. We’re moving faster than is wise right now

Mercury’s retrograde phase is the time to pick up loose ends that we dropped at some earlier time, reconnect with people from our past, clean up our files and records (just in time for filing income tax returns) and rest. As we slow down it is so much easier to see what matters to us and what we are ready to release from our lives. This is not the time to start something brand new but it might be perfect for reconstituting something that had value for us in the past and would bring joy to our life today if we pick it up and dust it off.

Mercury’s current retrograde cycle began on February 6 and will end of February 28th. You can make the most of this time by redoing, reconsidering, refining, recycling, reviewing, reuniting, remembering, revealing, reconstructing, redirecting, recapitulating, restoring, refinancing, replacing and recreating. If you play your cosmic cards right, by the end of the month your life could be running smooth and shining like a new penny.

Love,
Jodi