“Freedom is a gift you give yourself when you release fear and spread your wings” – https://www.suziecheel.com/
I love this quote by Suzie Cheel!
What do you need to do to move toward freedom or in other words what do you need to let go of, in order to fly free? …
It could be letting go of deep-seated beliefs such as:
- In order to be loved and valued I need to perform and achieve
- If I give to myself, I am selfish.
- If I go really big with my business and am successful, I won’t have time for myself or to spend with people I care about.
It could be behaviors that are no longer serving you such as:
- At networking events or in social situations when meeting someone new, leading with what you know and what you’ve done so that people know you’re smart and accomplished, instead of leading with genuine interest in and questions about the person you’re interacting with.
- When speaking with someone at home or work, instead of focusing on them and being present, rather thinking of the next thing on your “to-do” list.
- Reacting negatively when changes happen or are imposed on you instead of thinking “what am I meant to learn from this experience”?
I recently completed a six-week “Soul Painting” course with Kimberly Leslie – https://www.kimberlyleslie.com/– an artist, healer and intuitive. I was interested in learning how to paint with acrylics, plus I was intrigued by the opportunity to be guided and supported in a small group to “create a painting in a sacred space that invite(d) my soul to share itself with me.”
The process was fun; I got to connect with my inner child and to finger paint. I was amazed at the energy in everyone’s painting, and was intrigued by the process and what I learned about myself through it. At the final class, the completion class, Kimberly guided us to ask our paintings what else they needed. At one point I put mine up against the wall, sat in front of it and asked what more was I meant to learn from it. Tears began to stream down my face and I asked what the emotion was about. I got the strong message that I didn’t need to perform and achieve in order to be loved and valued, instead by being myself I am valued and loved. It was a powerful moment.
There are a number of transformational techniques I’ve found useful for myself and my clients, that enable us to let go of beliefs and behaviors that are no longer serving us and move closer to flying free. In addition to the course I mentioned, they include:
- Spending regular time in nature
- Doing mindfulness walking meditations
- Journalling in the morning first thing or just before going to bed
- When faced with a challenging experience or change that is imposed on you, spending time “going inside” and asking “what am I meant to learn from this experience?”
- Participating in a group program or workshop where you are supported by an experienced facilitator and coach/mentor and learn how to turn your fears and doubts around change into living with more aliveness, creativity and joy such as:
If you’d like to learn more about how to “Let Go and Fly Free”, I’d love to have you join me and a small group of like-minded women in a beautiful natural environment for a one-day workshop Embrace the Art of Change: From Fear to Freedom on April 27th in Victoria. If you live up Island, or in such places as the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan or Washington state, if this speaks to you, I encourage you to join us and and spend several days in beautiful Victoria!
inspiring and exciting work you are doing. thanks for sharing
Hello Joanna, Thanks for your thoughtful remarks. I’m happy that you found the post inspiring. 🙂
Thank you! Wonderful reminders about how to set ourselves free!
Hi Catherine, Happy you found the post useful. I appreciate your feedback.
What an inspiring post! I love the creative arts and have utilized them a lot in my therapeutic work. We can be truly be free when we let go of the outcome of the art and be in the process. Thanks Pam for sharing your experience. xx
Hi Lisa, Yes, isn’t art and connecting with our creative sides therapeutic! So true that “when we let of the outcome of the art and focus on the process” it is liberating. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Warm Hugs, Pam
I love Suzie’s quote and the focus on freedom in this article! I was just telling my husband that I feel motivated to liberate things and responsibilities in my life to have more freedom. I have been grieving the illness and then the death of my stepdad for the past few months and am especially needing a release of the existential angst that it has triggered. Thank you for your thoughtful blog and self-nurturing reminders.
Hi Kelley, So sorry to hear about your stepdad. My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m happy that you found my post useful. Warm Hugs, Pam
Love Love Love this post, Pamela! Your tips are phenomenal! Thank you!
Hello Krystal, Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I’m happy you found the post helpful 🙂
Love the techniques you posted and wish I was in your area to join with like minded women. Wishing you well with that
Hi Heather Maria, Happy that you found the techniques useful. Thanks for your warm words. I wish you were able to participate as well.
LOVE LOVE LOVE – connecting with your inner child is such an amazing experience!!!
Hi Tarah, Happy you enjoyed the post. Indeed, connecting with your inner child is SOOoo fun! Warmly, Pam
I love this and am so glad that you are walking your talk by engaging in facilitated workshops. I value and learn from any time that I can get doing creative projects on my own, or facilitated by others. Thank you for your thoughtful post.
Hello Meghan, Thanks for your kinds words and for sharing your experiences. I love facilitating workshops 🙂