People Always Asked Her…

People Always Asked

Those of us who aren’t interested in traveling the well-trodden trails of the masses are often seen as a mystery to those who do. Anyone looking to upgrade and reform their life from the inside out knows that the way is seldom clear. In fact, in most cases, one is certain of nothing but the ground on which she is standing in any given moment. Such is the journey of one who knows there is more to life than what meets the eye. Those of us with fiery spirits and rebel hearts bristle at the thought of dying with our inner magic untapped, knowing we are capable of so much more. Our purpose is to rise to that which shines brightest within us and become masters of our lives.

Some of us are here to be living examples, expressing our true potential as humans. In so doing, others see what is possible for them, as well. We may not know the details of how it will happen or the exact destination, but we have heard the call and trust that we are well on our way to living the extraordinary life we came to claim.


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.


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


Intuition is a Spiritual Faculty

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“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
Standing on the bare ground
my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space
all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing;
I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me;
I am part or parcel of God.
The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental;
to be brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant,
is then a trifle and a disturbance.
I am the lover uncontained and immortal beauty.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson