Diving Lessons

Golden Sunrise – Big Island Hawaii ~Photo by Jodi Lilly

Diving Lessons

Dive deep into the darkness
Beyond the dark
To the light
Where everything
You see
Is clear
And clean
And bright

Here you find your Self
Waiting
Unscathed and serene
Flawless
Unique
And brilliant
At peace with what has been

Ready to claim the life
You couldn’t imagine
Or dream
‘Til you moved through
The sacred darkness
To the place
Where awareness gleams

©2003 Jodi Lilly


Body of Wisdom – Her Story

Hawaiian Sunrise - Photo by Ashley Jones

Hawaiian Sunrise – Photo by Ashley Jones

Her Story

Body of wonder
Body of Love
Body of magic
Sourced from above

Body of pleasure
Of sensual delight
Body of Grace
Moved by inner sight

Body of stories
Held deep in the bones
Body of mysteries
As yet, unknown

Body of memories
From eons past
Body of Wisdom
Healing, at last

 

 

© 2015 Jodi Lilly


Body Wise, Is Anybody In There?

Sunrise prayer of thanksgiving for the promise of a new day on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Ashley Jones

Sunrise inspired deep appreciation for Life, Body and the beauty of the Big Island of Hawai’i   Photo by Ashley Jones

 

The ancients knew the body was key. Far more than merely a vehicle for traveling from birth to death, the body contained keen senses. They relied on its appetites and desires to guide them, awaken them and enlighten them to greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. Instinct and intellect were designed to work together to foster creative exploration. The body held access to both the mysteries of the inner realms and the sensory delights of the natural world.

We have come a long way since then. For countless generations, we have been systematically taught that the body is not to be trusted, that it is weak or even evil, that it is something we must overcome or deny, lest it lead us somewhere we ought not be. Somewhere along the line, we lost touch with the brilliance of our bodies and their tremendous ability to feel and heal and offer us a life in which we can be fully alive. Instead, we have learned to shut ourselves down. We are uncomfortable with our emotions. We don’t know how we feel, much of the time. We wear shoes that pinch and clothes that someone told us are fashionable. We eat food that is unnatural. We dedicate ourselves to climbing a ladder. To making it. We sacrifice our sanity to ‘make it’. And when we get sick we blame our body for having failed us…

The body was born of Love. It thrives on care and comfort. It needs to be challenged and rewarded. When we stop long enough to hear what our bodies have to tell us, we hear a very different story than the one we’ve been told.

I grew up in a family in which my mom, and both grandmothers were perpetually, considerably overweight. It seemed to me that they and my aunties were constantly fighting a losing (gaining) battle with the scale. As a teenager, I made a clear decision that I would not follow in those well-trodden footsteps. Instead, I played out my own version, with eating disorders and self-loathing for anything less than what I perceived as bodily perfection. I spent a lot of my life at war with my body. Through it all, my body kept me honest. As long as I was acting out, I couldn’t fool myself into believing I was really okay.

It took me decades to work through the generations of body shame I inherited, witnessed and perpetuated. As I awoke from the nightmare of what had happened and why, I began my journey back into a healthy relationship with my body. We grow stronger through Love. Learning to Love oneself, wholeheartedly opens the floodgates to deep levels of healing. As we heal, our bodies grow stronger and more vibrant. We begin to be able to trust ourselves and our appetites and desires to lead us to a more fulfilling life. We start to be able to hear the inner voice of intuition that can guide us swiftly in the direction that is most rewarding. Healing happens as we turn toward ourselves.

Though we have been conditioned to believe otherwise, our bodies truly are our temples.  When we stop and drop into the sacred silence within, we hear our heartbeat. As we cultivate a connection with our heart and learn its ways, it tells us what we need to know and where we should go. The ancients were right. The body holds the keys to the kingdom. The body is the bridge that connects our consciousness to all the other realms. As we find our way back inside, our Presence switches our circuitry back on and we begin to feel more alive.

Time spent in nature, movement practices that feel restorative and enlivening, quiet time of meditation, reflection and prayer and time spent with beloved animal friends, all help us to ground ourselves and create a loving relationship with the miraculous gift that is our bodies.

If we want our lives to change for the better, we go within. If we want more Love in our lives, we go within. If we want to be healthier and happier, we go within. We have to go inside if we want to thrive.

Love,

Jodi

P.S. I would love to hear about your challenges or experiences with coming back home to your body. Especially as women, we have a lot of conditioning to shed and messages to delete from both conscious and unconscious mind. This is a conversation so many of us have had and the more light we shed on the subject the more we can all rise in Love.


Rainbow Goddess Moon and Entertaining What’s Possible

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

I’m still thinking about last week’s full moon in the sign of Venus-ruled Taurus. When I uploaded my full moon pictures, I saw that this one had a rainbow around the top of the moon. After years of taking pictures of the moon, I have never before seen this! It was as if Venus, just a handful of degrees from the Sun in Scorpio, at the time, was projecting her creative flair to help the moon reflect even more brilliance in her fullness.

We have been through such an intense time of change, in the past few months, especially. So many people I know are undergoing major life-changes. Some of these people have chosen their changes, others definitely did not. Regardless of what prompted the change, having skillful means for navigating life’s transitions can make all the difference. I love the quote I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that says, “Life isn’t happening to you. It’s happening for you.” That simple change in perspective opens us to new possibilities. And while we may not have a choice about exactly what has happened, we have a choice about how we will act in response.

I have been through a lot of life-changing times; we all have. One of the things that helps me the most is the gift of hindsight. Being able to look back at situations that felt like ‘the end of the world’ at the time, turned out to be simply, ‘the end of the world as I knew it’. And each of those transitional times opened my heart and life in ways that allowed me to take actions that I would never have considered, back when I was comfortable and my life was predictable.

My Sun (ego/heart of the self) and Mercury (communication/intellect) are in the Mutable Air sign of Gemini. However, my Ascendant, Venus, Moon, Pluto, and Saturn are all in Fixed signs. So while my heart and mind are all for changing things, keeping them fresh, and entertaining all kinds of creative possibilities, (especially mentally!) my body, sensibilities, emotions and sense of responsibility are wired for predictability and stability, at all costs. So, while I can easily counsel others on the value of making wise choices about the crossroads before them, I know what it is to come up against a lot of internal resistance to taking action until the parts of myself that have concerns are addressed.

We all have obstacles and legitimate concerns about how to move forward when staying put is no longer an option. As we look back at other turning points, we see that we did make it through. Things did work out. Oftentimes, in ways we could never have foreseen and better than we could have imagined. One of the best tools I have discovered for navigating life’s ups and downs is to take a few moments when relaxed, to close my eyes and imagine the situation about which I am concerned and really feel the internal resistance I am experiencing around this topic. When the feelings are strong, I imagine myself melting all of that resistance and let my body release it, as well. Then I flip the situation and see it in a way that feels ideal, to me. Dwelling for a little while in that heightened state of awareness and allowing it to seep into my being, helps to open the creative floodgates for new possibilities to actually occur.

If the moon can have a rainbow, so can you. Keep looking up. You just never know what you might see.

Love,

Jodi


Taurus Full Moon

Fancy under the Taurus Full Moon

Fancy under the Taurus Full Moon

The moon reached its fullness yesterday, in Taurus, sign of self-esteem, sensuality and earthy beauty. This is far from the best picture I’ve taken of a full moon, but it was the best of the moon and Fancy, perched on the fence.

The moon is exalted in Taurus, the sign ruled by the Goddess planet, Venus, which is all about the body and our direct, felt experiences in life and the creatures with whom we share this lovely planet.

Taurus is about what matters to us and plays a large part in what materializes in our lives. To what are you paying your time and attention? These are huge clues about what we value. If our values and the things we support are not aligned, we end up with a disconnect between what we love and what shows up for us. The more aligned vision and values are, the more we experience the beauty and grace life has to offer.

As we move into the moon’s waning period, taking stock of what no longer serves us, in preparation for the next cycle of our lives, helps keep us in flow, in these times of accelerated change.

Love,

Jodi


Scorpio – Living the Mystery

Capricorn Full Moon over Santa Barbara - July 2014 Photo by Jodi Lilly

Capricorn Full Moon over Santa Barbara – July 2014 Photo by Jodi Lilly

Moonlight beams down

Softening hard edges

And clean lines

Mystery rules the night

 

The sky

Alive

With its own brand of light

Offers solace

In which to release

The harsher realities of the day

 

Gazing out over the ocean

The full moon

A jewel among the stars

Invites reflection

Offers comfort

At a time when I feel so alone

 

Why am I here?

I ask

Why is this so hard?

What happened

To all those dreams

That once drew me forth?

 

Like art

On an enchanted canvas

Stars twinkle in reply

I see my questions

Are small matters

In the big scheme of things

 

The answers lie

In this moment

In witnessing the magnificence

In holding this holy moment

Communion with the sky

In not only eyes and mind

But Heart and Soul

 

Life is a mystery

Living the mystery

With open Heart and Mind

Offers magic

Unseen

When we think

We already know

 

October 31, 2006

(C) Jodi Lilly – All rights reserved


Scorpio ~Setting Suns and Rebirth From the Ashes

 

Puerto Vallarta Sunset (c) Jodi Lilly

Puerto Vallarta Sunset (c) Jodi Lilly

I took this picture last week, while on vacation in Mexico. Watching the sun set over the Pacific reminded me of the early years of Light In Motion, when I was living at the beach, in Hawaii. So much was seeded for me during that time, when I had hours to walk on that all but deserted stretch of soft, white sand that went miles further than I ever got. There was time to dream and meditate and envision what might be possible. Enough time to begin putting my own ‘light’ into motion and begin offering services that not only spoke to my soul but allowed my soul an opening through which to speak to others.

The Sun is in Scorpio now, the sign of sex, death and rebirth. Transformation is the keyword for those with Scorpio strong in their natal chart. These natives will experience the deeper mysteries in profound and life-changing ways. And like the Phoenix, will rise, again and again, from the ashes to recreate themselves, based on the depth of understanding they have gathered, to start anew.

Beginnings are fragile things. It would be many, many years before I would understand some of the visions and guidance that I received during that unparalleled time that changed everything. There have been many fits and starts and changing of direction, since then. Now I realized that it has all been a necessary part of the journey, in order to be of greater benefit to those seeking guidance on the important transitions in their lives.

While the Sun is in Scorpio, we are all more attuned to the deeper mysteries. The lines between the seen and unseen world soften and offer access to more than we could otherwise see or know. The subconscious mind is more active, revealing long-held secrets. As the days grow shorter there is more time for dreaming and entertaining ideas of what might be possible if we changed it and made it the way we’d always hoped it could be. During this time, we have the opportunity to release much that has bound our minds to the past and free ourselves to live more fully in the present.

In so many ways, the work I do is about assisting others in making the changes that help keep them in a state of balanced flow in these swiftly changing times. May all of your transitions be smooth.

Love,

Jodi


One Size Never Fit All

 

Reclining Goddess - Kalani Retreat Center - Hawaii (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

Reclining Goddess – Kalani Retreat Center – Hawaii (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

This is not a ‘one size fits all’ world. Human beings are wired to be unique. The better we know ourselves, the more we realize that what works for others does not and will not ever work for us. You are here to express something specific by way of your Presence and Creative Self Expression. All the wisdom tools in the world are no replacement for self awareness and conscious interaction with your environment.

As the famous quote from Goethe says, As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Trust is an inside job. It develops over time and comes from life experience and awareness. The better we know ourselves, the more easily we can find our way.

I was rewriting the About page of this site, today, again… Why is it so difficult to say what I do in my work with clients? Maybe because each session truly is unique. I show up never really knowing what we will be covering or where it will take us. I have learned to do this over many years. I used to have a pretty heavy and specific agenda for how a reading was supposed to look and sound. People are more complicated than that, though. Some need a lot of information. Some just need to be seen and heard. Others are undergoing a challenging life transition and are looking for tools to help them get through it.

When I show up with my heart open and willing to assist in the way that is of greatest service to the client, amazing things can happen. We have space in which to explore the most valuable direction to go in our time together. Breakthroughs occur; sometimes breakdowns happen, that open the emotional floodgates to reveal answers they could not see before.

I have had some excellent readings in my time, from gifted psychics and healers. The ones that served me best went at the speed and intensity I was ready for and offered information I could use. It took me a long time to get to the point where I had the experience and information I needed, to trust myself. And it was well worth everything it took to get here.

Developing a relationship with the inner self opens the doors to a much richer and rewarding life. Trust begins to occur, organically, once we establish that connection.

Love, always,

Jodi


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