How Being Foolish Can Awaken Beauty

By Kimberly Schneider | April 1, 2014

Happy April Fool’s Day!

I never imagined when I was younger that this day would become a holiday favorite of mine, but it has, because my idea of what it means to be a fool has transformed.

The very young and the wise both seem foolish, because they shun convention in favor of following the whispers of their souls.

Those whispers may lead them into risky, or even dangerous places.

The innocent behave foolishly because they don’t know any better.

The wise behave foolishly because they understand that safety and control are illusions, and that the path of the fool is the path that awakens beauty.

The first time I visited Ireland, I realized I’d lost touch with my inner Fool.

Grief, heartache, and my desire for predictability and control had gradually eroded my senses and my heart.

I’d lost the ability to experience Beauty.  I’d gone to sleep.

Thank Heaven, the elemental and raw nature of western Ireland shook me from my numb slumber.

I awoke again to the joy and pain and exquisite beauty in my life.

I started writing poetry again.

I laughed, and I cried.  A lot.

I felt raw, and vulnerable and a little bit afraid—but exhilarated too.

I remembered that I was alive.  I remembered how to breathe.

That experience was so potent and powerful for me that I’ve returned to Ireland three more times since then, inviting other spiritual adventurers with me, and we’re going again this summer.

Seven people, including two who’ve made the trip with me before, are meeting my family and me in western Ireland in July for a weeklong Irish Immersion experience.

We have room for two or three more people.

Would you like to join us?

If you are:

~in transition, or longing to make a change

~looking for perspective

~wanting to step outside of normalcy

~seeking something sacred inside yourself that you can carry home with you

Then maybe this experience is a good fit for you.

The deadline for registering is May 1, or whenever the last few spots are filled (the cottages I have reserved will fit 2 or 3 more people, depending on whether rooms are shared).

Details are all at my website—watch the video and then scroll down on the page for more info.

www.KimberlySchneider.com/trips 

May you awaken to the Beauty in your life.

And may you always remember the joys of being foolish.

 

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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A St. Pat’s Blessing, Irish Music and a Slide Show

By Kimberly Schneider | March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

 

Whether or not you have any connection to the

Irish-ness so many people around the world celebrate

today, I invite you to step into the wisdom of one of

St. Patrick’s greatest insights: that the Otherworld

is all around us and that the Divine pulses in and through

every particle of your being.

 

I was fortunate to dip into that reality in a spectacular

way earlier this month, when I participated

in the Celtic Soul Experience with Irish brothers and singers

Owen and Moley O’Suilleabhain 

and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

I’m still integrating the wonder and joy of those days

so I decided that the best way to share a bit of the magic

with you would be to create a short slide show of

photos from the weekend, set to one of Owen and Moley’s songs.  If

you’d like to get a taste of our time together,

you can watch that right here (it takes a few moments to load):

http://www.smilebox.com/playBlog/4e4441774d6a67794e6a4d3d0d0a&blogview=true

(Photos by Linda Behrens and Liz Schneider photography)

I hope you enjoy it! If you want to read about Owen and Moley, or hear more of their music, their website is: 

http://owenandmoley.com/

 

The Celtic Soul Experience was part of the

Together in Faith Series created by the

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  You

can see what else the Sisters are offering this

year at:

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/

 

Finally, here’s an adapted

version of St. Patrick’s prayer for you, which I sometimes

say with my morning meditation and prayers:

 

Christ* before me, Christ behind me, Christ under my feet…

Christ within me, Christ over me, let all around me be Christ…

Christ in every thought, word and deed…

Christ in every wave and every particle….

Christ in every heartbeat and breath. 

Christ be in the space between me and everyone I encounter today.

Christ on the lips of those who speak of me, the

minds of those who think of me, the hearts of those

who feel about me. Christ in my blood and bone,

Christ in every cell and wave and particle and in

the space around me. Christ guide me, inspire

me, protect me and encourage me, Christ be with me,

today and always, in all ways.

 

(*Note: use whatever word you like to represent the aspect of

Divinity you wish to invoke with this prayer).

 

I invite you to create a similar prayer for yourself

to remind you that the Divine is with you always,

in all ways…in fact, YOU are a spark of Divinity.

You are an expression of Essence.

 

You are a manifestation of the All that Is.

 

May the wonder of that knowingness

rise up inside you today

and fill your heart with love

and laughter.

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic:

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Do You Have this sort of Patience?

By Kimberly Schneider | March 5, 2014

Patience isn’t a strong point for many of us.

It’s hard to be patient when you’re waiting for something exciting, like a party, or a reunion with a loved one.

And when you feel sad, or anxious, or troubled in any way, it is also hard to be patient while you wait for easier times.

The funny thing is though, that if we don’t choose to cultivate patience, we just might miss the really great moments: those joyful ones we’ve been anticipating, and even those that come in the midst of great trauma or ordinary days—those gifts of Grace that somehow reach our weary souls like the sun suddenly breaking through the grey of a cloud-covered sky.

So I’m working on that patience thing.

Because really, patience is about having the courage to show up for this moment now, whatever it is bringing.  It’s about welcoming all things, and choosing to trust that there’s a blessing in the midst of it.  

And when you do that on a regular basis, here’s what happens:

problems get solved without your intervention

* you see what you couldn’t see before

* you begin to trust life, as you recognize the miracles that have been happening around you all along

Practicing patience, practicing Presence, is an art.

You will never have “made it;” it’s not something you figure out how to do perfectly, or every time (well, at least, I haven’t figured out how to do that).

But if you set an intention to practice the art of Presence, and keep choosing that intention again and again and again, you’ll experience your life.  You’ll be here.  You will be participating in the magic.

And that’s worth being here for.

I’ll leave you with a little passage I wrote about practicing Presence—I was inspired by a Lao Tzu poem, so I adapted it for a speech I recently gave about “The 6 Ps of Presence” at a corporate meeting:

Do you have the patience to pause

until your mind settles and the next step is clear? 

Can you remain unmoving

until the right action arises on its own? 

The Artist is not attached to the answer.

Living the questions,

the Artist is Present,

and can welcome all things. 

Adapted from Lao-Tzu by Kimberly Schneider, 2014

May you have the Presence to relish the art that shows up as this life of yours!

And if you want to join me in stepping into Presence, and Renewal, and Transformation and Joy, I hope you’ll come to the Celtic Soul Experience this weekend! Irish singing/songwriting brothers Owen and Moley O’Suilleabhainand I will be offering a Renewal Retreat inspired by Celtic Spirituality this Saturday, March 8th, in St. Louis.  All seekers/paths/traditions welcome! And on Friday night, March 7th, the lads will be opening the weekend with a smashing concert that also includes St. Louis favorites Stickley and Canan.  You can get your tickets right now at:

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/

I hope to see you there!

Blessings,

 

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic: http://www.TheManifestationMaven.com

 

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A Blessing to Renew Your Spirit (spring WILL come!)

By Kimberly Schneider | February 23, 2014

It’s been a long, cold winter!

So when February arrived, and with it, the beginning of Imbolc (the Celtic season of spring and renewal), I wanted to do something to tap into the energy still well-hidden beneath the snow, ice and bitter winds we’ve had the past several weeks.

Inspired by the I AM songs of ancient Ireland, I wrote a praise poem to connect with the promise of this season.

I’d like to share it with you now, with a wish that it will awaken your own spirit to the sense of hope and renewal held deep within the heart of spring:

Imbolc

I am the poet’s inspiration

I am the fire in the head

I am the time of wish and wanting

I am the longing to be fed.

 

I am the first step on the journey

I am the threading of the loom

I am the healing power of Brigid

I am the quickening in the womb.

 

I am the promise in the crescent 

I am the crocus on the snow

I am the smile after grieving

I am the song that soothes the soul.

 

I am the magic of transformation

I am the trickle from the thaw

I am joyful expectation

I am wonder, hope and awe.

©2014 Kimberly V. Schneider

The birds are finally singing again here in St. Louis, the days are getting longer and the ground is starting to thaw.

I’m sending some warmer breezes and birdsong your way!

And if you’d like to deepen into this season of wonder, hope and awe, I hope you will join me and the fantastically brilliant Irish singing/songwriting brothers Owen and Moley O’Suilleabhain for one day retreat on March 8th!

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/

Owen and Moley live in NYC now and are becoming very well known, not only for the Celtic wisdom they embody, but also for the way they transmit joy through their music! The brothers count Steven Spielberg, Russell Crowe and David Whyteamong their collaborators and fans, and I’m so honored to be creating this retreat with them.  It will be an intimate day of poetry, music and experiential exercises designed to renew your spirit and transform your life! Please consider coming to the concert the night before as well; if you come to both events you can get specially-priced tickets.

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/

Hope to see you there, and please spread the word to anyone you know who might be blessed by the retreat or the concert. I’m delighted to be sharing the magic of Owen and Moley with my part of the world.

Blessings,

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles.

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The John O’Donohue, David Whyte, Owen and Moley Connection

By Kimberly Schneider | February 11, 2014

Hello friends!

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day!

My own heart is full today as I prepare to share a guest post about the globalization of Celtic Wisdom from Irish singer/songwriter Owen O’Suilleabhain, who will be visiting St. Louis in just a few weeks with his brother Moley for a concert and a Celtic Spirituality retreat (which I’ll be facilitating with them).

Owen sent along a lovely letter he wrote to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who are sponsoring the Celtic Soul Experience with Owen, Moley and me, offering a little of their history and heritage, not only through their illustrious parents but also through their friendship and mentorship with John Donaghue (or O’Donohue, as we knew him in the states), and David Whyte.

I’m deeply honored to be collaborating with Owen and Moley and so, so happy to be sharing their special magic with my hometown of St. Louis.  I think you’ll enjoy Owen’s perspective on our U.S. interest in the Irish Celtic tradition:

February 11th, 2014

New York,

Dear Sisters, and the community of St. Joseph of Carondelet St Louis,

On Friday and Saturday, the 7th and 8th of March, my brother and I will be visiting you in the great gateway city of St. Louis. For us, this is a real return to the journey that our mother Nóirín Ní Riain, and our father Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin started 30 years ago.

Along with the great poet, philosopher and mystic John O Donaghue, our parents were part of a great rediscovery and redemption of the Irish Celtic tradition. Many times in Ireland’s history has this lineage been called upon, but during the time of John, this ancient Celtic wisdom met with that contemporary energy of Globalization, and something very special happened.

This was the time of the New-Age, the first time we spoke of World Music or the Global Village, and within this dizzying context perhaps the intimacy of local wisdom was amplified in a very curious way.

The work of the poet David Whyte has also been pivotal, especially within the context of the United States, and how the culture of the corporation is having to sit down and have a real adult conversation with itself, and with the globe it finds itself Globalizing.

Now, for the past two years, my brother and I have been retracing the steps of our parents, of John O Donaghue, and of David Whyte, and we have been singing the songs of our heritage, telling the stories that have been passed down to us, but also, just as importantly, reimagining and reinventing our self-expression in a way that it totally authentic for us and for the audience.

We know that there is a story greater than ourselves at play here; a story that we all share together that will only really become apparent in clear light of hindsight.

Till then, let’s share together in the moment and celebrate and rejoice together on these very special days in beautiful St Louis. 

Owen Ó Súilleabhain

***

I do so hope you get to experience Owen and Moley in person someday, whether it is here in St. Louis on March 7th and 8th http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/, or nearer your own home, or at a David Whyte program.  Their music, and their joy-infused spirits, will open your heart.

Deep peace to you!

Kimberly

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How to Know if Your Heart Is Celtic

By Kimberly Schneider | February 6, 2014

     Valentine’s Day is next week. In my house, along with expressions of affection for our loved ones, Feb. 14th also means we’ve just celebrated Imbolc, and St. Patrick’s Day is coming.

You may not have known that February 1st marks the beginning of spring (Imbolc) in the Celtic calendar and perhaps you don’t yearn to head to an Irish pub for traditional music when March 17th arrives.  But even if that’s true, and even if you don’t have a drop of Irish, Scottish or Welsh blood, you might have a Celtic heart.

How do you know your heart is Celtic? Here are a few clues:

~You are capable of wonder.

~You encounter the sacred in the rituals of everyday life.

~You’re connected to people who’ve passed on.

~Beauty can move you to tears.

~The sky, the sea, the animals and the trees sometimesspeak to you.

~You know that words have power.

~Your soul is hungry for LIFE.

~You believe anything is possible (or at least, you want to believe it).

If any of these statements describe you (or you wish that they did), you might want to explore the spirituality of the Celts.

Celtic tribes made their way across a huge expanse of the Eurasian continent at different points in history. “The Celts,” as we now call them, were not one distinct people, but many different groups loosely connected through shared traditions and perspectives.  And we can’t state with certainty what spirituality meant to the Celts, since their sacred teachings were not recorded in writing.  Only clues remain.  In mythology and archaeology, and in the stories, music, poems and traditions still found in rural Ireland, we can catch glimpses of who they were, and what they believed.

But we don’t need, nor should we try, to replicate history.  The problems and opportunities of today’s world require more of us than imitations.  They ask us to be here, now.  Present and aware, with our sense of wonder reawakened to hear the whisperings of the Divine.  Open to possibilities.  Receptive to the song on the wind, the message in the sky, the wisdom of our ancestors inspiring our modern Celtic hearts.

Close your eyes.

Feel how your heart beat echoes the heart of the earth.

Open yourself to receive the love that’s waiting for you in every breath.  It’s been here all along.

Have a Celtic heart then, have you?

If you do, I hope you’ll join us for a Celtic Spirituality Retreat in Ireland in July, www.KimberlySchneider.com/trips, and/or the Celtic Soul Experience Retreat I’m facilitating with Irish singing/songwriting brothers Owen and Moley O’Suilleabhain in St. Louis March 8th! Owen and Moley are also putting on a not-to-be missed concert featuring a mix ofIrish folk songs, sacred music and their fresh and inspirational pop tunes.  If you want to attend both the retreat and concert, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who are sponsoring the programs, are offering a discount.  Get all the details at

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/

Wishing you all the love available to you on Valentine’s Day and always.

Kimberly

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles.

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How to Change Everything, Right Now

By Kimberly Schneider | January 23, 2014

Most people who engage me for Life and Business Alchemy coaching, attend my programs, or read my books are looking to make some sort of change.

You might believe that change is hard, and that it takes a long time.

And I suppose that’s true–if you follow the common wisdom about how to create change (you know: set goals; take action toward those goals; work hard; no pain, no gain…yada yada)

But if you want to experience transformational change right now, then the common wisdom is wrong.

In order to bring about transformational change, you need uncommon wisdom.

The uncommon wisdom I’m talking about is not new.

In fact, it’s been around for ages.

It’s just that hardly anyone actually applies it.

Mystics, shamans, radical rabbis, medicine women, monks, druids and priestesses have been saying it forever:

Change your consciousness; change your life. 

But how do you DO that?

Ah, here’s where we see the importance of asking the right question.

Because, by focusing on doing, we’re back to the well-worn path of common wisdom.

Uncomming wisdom tells us that DO-ing is far less important than the BE-ingness out of which the doing arises.

In other words, you must first connect with your Source, the Essence of All that Is, the Divine Wisdom that lives in you, and BE that, just for a moment.

When you re-member who you are in this way, you realize that all the external things you thought you needed to change (including how much money you make, the state of your relationships, your habits, your career, how much you weigh…you get the idea now, right?) are irrelevant.

Because all of those things are only manifestations of your inner state of being.

And who you are in any given moment changes everything. 

So here’s an example of the sorts of questions that transform consciousness:

Who do I want to BE?

And what would THAT PERSON do, right now? 

Far out, huh?

You don’t have to take my word for this.

Just play around with it and watch what happens.

And if you are going to DO anything today, do whatever you need to do that allows your natural state of wonder and receptivity to emerge.

And then, from that state of wonder and receptivity, follow wherever you’re led.

It’s magic.

For me, on this frigid winter day, that means dancing around my family room to Talking Heads, Johnny Cash and Modern English (how do the words “Burning Down the House” “Ring of Fire” or “Melt with You” sound right now, if you’re digging out from that Polar Vortex?)

May the fire of your creative spirit lead you into the life you love!

And if you have any interest in playing around with these ideas in company with me and a couple of hilarious, joy-filled, ultra-talented Irish singing/songwriting brothers, come to our Celtic Spirituality Retreat on March 8th! 

We’ll have a transformational day of wonder together. If you want to make a weekend out of it, the night before the retreat you can come to the sure-to-be-brilliant concert featuring the lads I mentioned (Owen and Moley O’Suilleabhain). The location where the retreat and the concert are being held (the gorgeous Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet) even has some accommodations available, if you’re coming in from out of town.  Find out all the details here:

http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/march-7-8-celtic-soul-experience-2/

Hope to see you there!

Love and Blessings,

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles. http://www.TheManifestationMaven.com 

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Epiphanies and 3 Ways to Work Together

By Kimberly Schneider | January 6, 2014

Happy Epiphany!

Do you remember the song “The 12 Days of Christmas?” Well, it’s the 12th day of Christmas today.

Whether or not you celebrate the Christmas season, I think Epiphany is pretty cool.

It’s the celebration of “wise men,” three great mystics/scientists/seers/scholars of the ancient world, coming together from across the globe in a shared recognition of something remarkable: the birth of a new consciousness.

One wonderful aspect of Epiphany, for me, is the reminder that deep spiritual truths transcend cultures and religions.  Deep truths unite us; they call us together and expand our awareness.  And that’s certainly worth celebrating!

So Happy Epiphany to all of us.

And if you’re looking to experience epiphanies–new and expanded awarenesses–in your own life this year, I’d love to support you in that process.

If you’re so inclined, here are a few ways we can connect in 2014:

1) Alchemical Coaching.   Alchemy is the ancient wisdom of taking what’s already there, holding it in a particular state of consciousness, and transforming it into something utterly new and magnificent.  Sound magical and fun? It is.  So whether you’re looking to

a. shift your consciousness in a personal situation;

b. take your business in a more expansive direction; or

c.  bring the “6 Ps of Presence” into your professional communication,

call me to set up a brief, complimentary phone session and we’ll explore how we might work together.  I have decades of experience as a licensed professional counselor and business coach, understanding drawn from teaching college and grad. students at Wash U., and countless weird and surprisingly effective tools to bring to the mix.  Let’s see what we could create together.                                                314-275-8188.

2) Come with us to Ireland this summer! My family and I are going to support another group of spiritual adventurers through aweek-long Irish Immersion experience July 12-19, and there are still a few spaces left in the cottages we’ve reserved looking out over Galway Bay.  Want to join us? Find out more at http://www.KimberlySchneider.com/trips 

3) Transformational Keynote Speeches and Workshops Custom-Designed for Your Group.  Request a program for your group of any size on a vast range of topics including:

--Navigating through Precarious Times with Grace and Ease

–Dissolving Unconscious Limiting Beliefs

–Displaying the 6 Ps of Presence in Your Presentations

–Crafting Compelling Narratives for Your Life and Business

–Poetry as a Spiritual Practice 

–If Everything I Need Is Right Here, Why Can’t I See It? 

Programs draw upon: the teachings in my book  Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles; my CD Terrible Beauty: Poetry and Reflections for Precarious Times; material created for my graduate and undergraduate courses at Washington University and more.

If any of these options intrigue you, just email me at support@kimberlyschneider.com or call 314-275-8188 and we’ll talk.  I look forward to exploring together in this bright and beautiful new year!

May the Feast of the Epiphany support you in seeing the magic already awake in your life,

Love,

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles

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What’s More Powerful than a Resolution?

By Kimberly Schneider | December 30, 2013

Happy (almost) New Year!

 

I know it’s fashionable to declare resolutions in late December/early January.  However, I find myself decidedly in the “no resolution” camp this year.

 

Here’s why: in my experience, most resolutions are planted in a soil of self-rejection.

 

The resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, make more money, take the next big career leap, be a better ________ (partner, parent, friend, child, sibling, person) often arise out of an assumption that there’s something wrong with who we are.

 

Now, I’m not saying that change is bad.  Of course not.  I’m in the personal development field, after all.

 

But working with coaching and counseling clients (and with my own material) for decades has taught me that all healing begins with trusting whatever is happening right now, no matter how frustrating or painful.

 

It begins with believing that you are exactly where you need to be.

 

And that everything you need is right here.

 

So, when we consider how transformational change happens, what I know is that there is a profound difference in attempting a change that is founded in self-loathing, and allowing a change that unfolds out of compassionate self-awareness and self-honesty.

 

And compassionate self-awareness and self-honesty isn’t something you can resolve to “do.”  It’s a state of being you have to choose over and over again (even in the times when you catch yourself being soooo NOT compassionate, with yourself and others).

 

So if you want to have the best chance of creating a new year aligned with your soul’s deepest desires, filled with moments of sparkling joy, magic, and peace even in the midst of challenges, forget about resolving.

 

Instead, just pray for the pause.

 

The pause that allows you, in any given moment, to choose something other than your habitual patterning.  The pause that allows you to see, really see, the beauty in your own life.

 

The Pause

Pray for the pause.

 

Hope that when

the tender moment

shows itself:

 

solid as a

hand in yours,

 

fleeting as

a backward glance,

 

you’ll notice it.

 

You’ll step into

the opening,

 

breathe the primacy

of now,

 

letting go

for just a blink

of a thousand

possibilities

 

while you stand

in one truth:

 

the head

resting on your shoulder,

 

the colors

of that sky,

 

a silky sweetness

that lingers on your tongue.

 

The One Song

is singing

infinite gifts

into being just for you.

 

To unwrap any one of them

you only need

to pause

and be the miracle that you are.

 

It takes one

to know one.

 

©2013, Kimberly V. Schneider

 

My wish for you in 2014 is that you fall in love with your own true self.

 

You are glorious, after all!

 

Happy New Year.

P.S. If you want more of my poems, please take a look at my spoken word CD called Terrible Beauty: Poetry and Reflections for Precarious Times.  You can listen to a sample track at:

http://www.kimberlyschneider.com/go/terrible-beauty/

 

Kimberly

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The Manifestation Maven

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Request Kimberly’s free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll also receive the introduction and sample chapter of her book, Everything You Need Is Right Here: Five Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles http://www.TheManifestationMaven.com

Manifesting Miracles in Times of Massive Changes

By Kimberly Schneider | December 21, 2013

Happy Winter Solstice!

It’s the shortest day of the year, and also a time to pause reflect on what my be born out of uncertainty.

The rate of change we’re living through would have been unimaginable a few decades ago, and it’s hard to take in even now, as we’re experiencing it. We really have very little idea what the world will look like in a decade or two (or maybe even next year).

Old ways of being, doing, living are falling away.  Weather patterns are shifting. Structures and roles are disintegrating, and this sort of disintegration may reflected in your personal life as well: relationships, careers, finances, home and health are in disarray for many, many people.

Chaotic change can feel frightening and overwhelming.  And it’s important to remember that big shifts hold the potential for creative, expansive possibilities we can barely fathom.  Precarious times are ripe for magic and miracles.

When you’re in the middle of a precarious time, though, it can be hard to believe in the miraculous. Great uncertainty can make you feel wholly inadequate to the task, even the task of believing.

So what can you do when the person you’ve been isn’t up for navigating through a new reality?

You hold a space for conceiving someone new, someone who has the wisdom you need to respond to situations you can’t anticipate.

You surrender to uncertainty.

You trust that by releasing what you’ve known, you’ll be given the grace you require.

I wrote a poem about that last year, and I offer it to you again now (below) in hopes that it inspires you during these extraordinary times, to hold a space for the person you came here to be.

I believe in your Essential Self.

And I’m praying for you and all beings during this time of transformation.

***

The Wisdom of Mary

Say yes to

the Beckoner: that Terrible

Angel whose summons seems

to ask that you turn your back

on everything proper

and sensical

and right.

Convention can take you only where

humanity has been before,

and what good is that

to a Cosmos crying out

for something utterly

new?

Conceiving divinity calls for

nothing less

than absolute

surrender to

uncertainty.

After all, what deity

ever sprung from known

or predictable

soil?

Be quiet now.

Rest in the waiting.

Let infinity spark

and stir

and stretch into

your vast

unknown.

Be willing to be the one

who fits in nowhere

who is unwelcome

whose treasure is unrecognized

by everyone but your Self.

And when the time comes

(however untimely)

let go

again

of everything you’ve known.

Be a portal to the possible:

a vessel through which

new realities

may

be born.

©2012, Kimberly V. Schneider

Happy winter holy days.

And if you’d like additional support during these times of great change, please take a look at my new spoken word CD: Terrible Beauty: Poetry and Reflections for Precarious Times.  You can listen to a sample track and read about it at:  www.kimberlyschneider.com/go/terrible-beauty/

Blessings, kimberly

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