What a magical weekend at the castle in Banff !!!
So when I was laid off from my corporate job in oil and gas in January, the first thing I did was sign up as exhibitor for The New Earth Expo. To try my lens perception and passion of my 6 year part time business as a Calgary Photographer. The second thing I did was find a retreat to design my life and answer the nudge of my soul. The goal is to see where those steps take me on my journey.
We don’t always know how things will turn out.
Just getting back last weekend from The Great Life Redesign retreat with compassionate Gemma Stone has been an amazing experience for me. A planning your life by design, setting goals and letting go of what you no longer need. In order to make room for more great stuff to show up, like peace and freedom. Not only did I experience meeting beautiful like souls, and a safe place to design my life.
As I started my path walk, these geese couple made an entrance with splashes and grandeur.
I will remember all the gold glitter and magical things that happened when you come from a place of love in your heart.
Just some of the memorable happenings I can share with you. Soul nurturing music that led me to doodle draw the beautiful words through art in my journal. The soft kind words of those around me with noticeable soul essences of beauty expressed everywhere all weekend. And fantastic food and snacks and creative fun to express. Yes that’s me!
On a break, a special moment happened for me after I stepped outside on the stairs to get some fresh air, and as I was going back in, the sound of a feather dropping caught my attention to look back, it was a feather trying for my attention, as I picked it up, I knew its meaning. Even though this sort of feather dropping isn’t new to me, I knew it. Thank you- there are miracles in everyday, you just have to be present in the moment so you don’t miss them.
With self created themes of intentions for me were, embrace trust, listen, expand in love, action, align with true self, connection, and self love.
A Little poem inspiration during my alone time in my journal:
Let yourself be held by Faiths cradle;
Let your heart wonder with guided delight;
Soothe those inklings by following your soul in the day or night.
showing up | I see friends shaking hands | heart bursting | soul thirsting | saying I love you | you can say I’m growing | what a wonderful world | saying I love you!
Then as I was leaving the castle I wanted to end my trip with nature and a river walk for some contemplation and hard press the joyous moments there. When I first arrived to the river with the sun on my face, I starting pondering my beautiful weekend and gratefulness for taking time out to have a date with my soul (as Gemma calls it) and reconnecting. And right away a geese couple were flying in from the north to land in tandem with their unique squawks and splashes before me, I enjoyed first off. The river walk was starting to have meaning already.
As I wasn’t ready to think about the days ahead, or going back to the city and was mindful to stay in this moment of beauty before me, with the mountains, warm air and colorful water present. I was feeling the sun which I love to do and spent some time walking and stopping along the path here and there. It was nearing the end of my walk where the truly touching moments would unfold. I decided to sit on a bench and the idea of expressing my desire to have a soul 2 soul heart 2 heart with a certain someone. I found myself talking to this soul only through my hearts intention. I often do this when I’m not able to talk to someone or write them a letter. So the words from my heart started to flow. I found myself apologizing and in knowing that our spirit leads us first, our emotions follow then our head gets it. I felt an apology was necessary as my soul was speaking its truth which I thought odd, cause I never really thought I needed to do.
So without getting into the details of my heart 2 heart with this other soul conversation lead through pure intention. I had a paper tag left over from the retreat clear and free to write on. I jotted down the summary of the conversation, then my glasses fell on the ground, and as I went to pick them up, my shell earning fell on the ground and broke. So not thinking much about it, I finished up the poem summary, and took a relaxing breath. As I started to leave I saw three boys heading my way. I watched them set a bunch of flowers with daises, purple and green accents on the bench beside them. And the darted back on the path towards me. They started to say to me, you can have them, someone just gave them to us. I hesitated and said, ok, as I walked towards the flowers, I was really thinking now. I only took 1/3rd of the bunch thinking someone else could enjoy them too. Then as I’m walking saying to myself this is very syncronistic. How is was happening within 5 minutes of my heart 2 heart and thinking this to be the confirmation or acceptance of my intentional conversation, being heard or acknowledged?
As I kept walking I started looking for something to tie the bunch of flowers, then I immediately found a beige shoe lace and tied the bunch together.
What a wonderful way to end my special weekend of miracles and designing a life I’ll treasure forever.
I know the soul’s intelligence is so deeper than we know. It has been my experience to practice this with those I wish to get things right with / rectified. In Hawaiian culture the process is called – The Huna Process of Ho’oponopono, I have heard about it various times in my life and again during my trip to Hawaii. I do practice this forgiving, I’m sorry prayer so very freeing. I put my own twist on the concept by having the intention to speak with someone’s soul via seeking forgiveness, apologizing or having heart 2 heart conversations. After all we are infinite. We are more than our physical shell. I honour my soul by listening to anything that makes sense to it, to try. We are only limited by ourselves and limited by what we choose to think and value.
Miracles are possible for everyone, as long as we are willing to be grateful and present to notice the beauty in life, coming from a place of love anything is possible.
Be Love ♥