I’m so honored to get to contribute to this project..Written by artist and designer Jessica Swift and creative career coach Michelle Ward, The Declaration of You was published in June 2013 by North Light Craft Books, a division of F+W Media. Find more info and order the book at http://thedeclarationofyou.com.
This is a little piece about trust.
Which feels like an interesting thing to be writing about at this moment of time. Of course. It seems shocking to me (and maybe to you) that just within the last 2 weeks, there is a force orchestrating huge events that is bigger than my fears.. teaching me more than I had planned to learn about “trust”. You’ll have to read to the bottom to see why I feel I can spout a bit about trust right now.
When it’s truly time to leave a specific season of your life, how do you trust yourself to know?
What does that look like, when one part of you wants to move forward but are tempted to run for shelter, back to the known and familiar.. even as it has begun to choke the life from you.
Trust has the substance to move us out of fear. When unsure, you can turn to your Intuitive body that holds all of your information.Your head may spin you over and over with it’s noisy chatter. So for me it’s always about getting out of my head and back into my body.. dropping down into that repository of guidance and knowing that never lies.
A belief in divine order helps..because there are times and events in life where we can’t always see clearly. This feels true especially now as the new energies around us speed up and intensify so much of what we are feeling, and urge us to move out of our old ways of seeing and doing. We’re being asked to step it up, to shake it up, to blossom into our new season of expression, and trust that it can be…beautiful.
To believe and trust that something is guiding us forward, wanting us to expand even while a part of us screams “Please, no..I’m not ready!” That following each breadcrumb and sign post is essential, and no longer avoidable when you want to live in congruence between your head, your heart and your beautiful divine identity that’s following a bigger plan.
In the next 3 weeks my life is going to shape-shift in ways that would have been unimaginable to me even a month ago. I promise this is said without fanfare or exaggeration. We are leaving a beloved house after 11 years. Leaving the state of Massachusetts where I’ve lived for (ahem) 56 years. Taking my first job working for anybody other than myself (part time) in 17 years… because the opportunity just showed up and was too perfect to stay no to- in a different state than the one we’re moving to. Sending my youngest son off to college and officially becoming an “empty-nester”. Leaving my friends of 40-plus years, family, everything that is familiar to me.. and downsizing by about 3000 square feet…all by September first. With my adventurous, loving husband and 2 dogs.
There were breadcrumbs. None represented the full picture.
I had to follow one to see the next one. And truly, I am grateful that I couldn’t see the whole unfolding of what was to be. I would have stopped it all right there and said “Absolutely not.. I can’t”.
And for anyone who knows me.. there has been plenty of kicking and screaming.. in the form of tears, phone calls, long Skype sessions with my friends, most of whom are highly intuitive and who I sometimes trust way more than myself when I am overwhelmed at making so many big uncharacteristic changes (did you read my list? It’s big.).
And yet. I truly know it’s all exactly in divine order. I could feel it as each piece showed up. It wasn’t a pure thing, there was still fear, doubt, sadness at times, grief at others…sleepless nights, moments of anxiety. Growing pains for sure. Change.. separation or anything that feels like loss.. are great-big- huge-deals for me and many of you. And still, it’s happening and I am making space for all of the feelings that want to have their say and making 8 million lists of what stays, goes, gets donated.
And I am grateful to have developed some capacity to wear it all loosely.. to separate from the drama as best as I can and return to what trust and knowing FEEL like in my body. It’s what it feels like, the sensation of it is the most valuable because this is not a cognitive thing.. trust. Sometimes putting my hand over my heart and letting that move me to draw in more breath, come more fully into an embodied place.. calm my nervous system, get out of my busy little head. And to connect to my favorite place of creative expression..what do I want this new place to feel like? What could it be like (versus the fears that are rearing up)?
Trust, like most really essential qualities, is a true inside job. Staying true to what you know, taking your needs and beliefs and values seriously. Letting your intuitive guidance (Intuitive Body) have some say when it’s time to move into a new season… whether adding or paring down. Trust your heart with great love and tenderness.
I want that for you.
With so much love,
PS.. And if you’re ready to leave a specific season of your life, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at Lisa at IntuitiveBody dot com (sorry, but those little online bots are smart!)
About: Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW is the founder of IntuitiveBody.com and a devoted Mentor, Intuitive, and Psycho-spiritual therapist for talented beautiful women who feel things deeply.Lisa loves helping women who are ready to leave a specific season of their life.
Using a unique medical-meets-mystical approach, Lisa’s expertise allows women to lose ALL kinds of weight. Known for a high success rate, her proprietary Intuitive Body approach creates simple, sacred solutions for women to live more beautifully in their bodies and relationships while learning to trust their intuitive wisdom.
Lisa wrote “Recovering Beauty”, a home-study retreat, as a love letter to empathic intuitive women struggling with weight loss and body acceptance. The Intuitive Body Blog was named “Top 50 Emotional Eating Blogs” in 2012. Lisa has been in practice for 25 years and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, 2 college-attending sons, and varying numbers of small terriers.