Have you ever stood in the pitch blackness of a cave? I remember visiting Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave as a child and experiencing a moment of terror mixed with awe when the park ranger shut off all the lights. I could no longer see my breath in front of me. I could not see my mother who stood just inches away from me. I remember being flooded with gratitude, even then, at what gifts sun, moon and stars were to our world above ground.
Without experiencing total darkness, my attention would not have been drawn to a deep appreciation for the light. In our lives, when we encounter times of darkness, we can choose to turn our attention toward the light – those more rewarding, positive and enriching traits – we desire to bring forth. Even by shifting our focus from our present experience to what we want to attract into our lives, change begins. We naturally begin to notice what it is we desire. Our hearts and minds and spirits begin to pivot so that we are in natural alignment to those qualities.
There are seven major life shifts that have allowed me to begin to create the life I desire. Interestingly, each of these shifts have opened up a pathway toward creating my business, and they are already allowing me to have a small part in changing the world even as I share them here as a gift to you. Today, I want to give you a top-level overview of these shifts, which I have built around my Seven Wonders of the Soul.
The seven “soul wonders” are Faith, Hope, Love, Healing, Growth, Passion and Beauty. I picture them as a spiral staircase, each of the seven built upon the preceding wonder. And these life shifts are keys to unlocking the fullness of each soul wonder. I have discovered that it is my responsibility in life to turn the key and open the door. In other words, each of us must begin where we are, then boldly reach for more, trusting all the while that when we ask it is given.
Here are the seven movements, or life shifts, you must make in order to tap into a life rich with wonder:
1. Shift from Doubt to Faith
a. From suspicion to trust
b. From reluctance to willingness
c. From defeat to resilience
2. Shift from Despair to Hope
a. From not enough to enough
b. From discouragement to encouragement
c. From misery to contentment
3. Shift from Fear to Love
a. From insecurity to safe sanctuary
b. From neglect to attention
c. From absence to presence
4. Shift from Sickness to Healing
a. From anxiety to peace
b. From shame to grace
c. From sorrow to joy
5. Shift from Stagnation to Growth
a. From contraction to expansion
b. From idleness to action
c. From disregard to awareness
6. Shift from Indifference to Passion
a. From confusion to clarity
b. From aimlessness to direction
c. From emptiness to fulfillment
7. Shift from Bland to Beauty
a. From closed to open
b. From dull to radiant
c. From lackluster to brilliance
I will be sharing more about each of these shifts on the “Your Life’s Course” blog and hope you will join me there! Remember, this is YOUR life and only you can create your life. You are where you are, but the question is where do you want to be? Start living from that. Start picturing it in the morning and just before you close your eyes. Live it and breathe it. Forgive, let go, release. Then open your heart and soul to experience the seven soul wonders of faith, hope, love, healing, growth, passion and beauty.
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Life Course Coaching – a Creative Revolutions company