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Birthday Special – Weighing Risks Against Feathers

This is by far my favourite day of the year. It’s my mum’s fault, growing up, she would always say to us “no one works on their birthday, nobody gets shouted at on their birthday.” So today in my family it’s not just a day celebrating 45 years of my being on this fast spinning rock we call planet Earth, it’s also my “get a free pass day.”

If you had a free pass what would you do?

If a risk was there to be taken would you take it?

I did an angelic visualisation with some of my students recently where we invited in Archangel Jeremiel and asked that he advise us on the issues and concerns we had within our lives, dilemmas if you like. He conjured up a set of golden scales and weighed each problem against a feather just as a soul might be weighed on entry into heaven.

What if we started weighing risks against feathers?

If the risk was worth taking we would know because it would weigh lighter than a feather, a 50/50 chance of success would balance perfectly and a guaranteed loss would weigh so heavy that the scales might buckle under the pressure.

A free pass of course doesn’t really work out in the world of men. Consequences are always in play and that’s why I hesitate to leap towards what has proven in the past to burn hotter than the 45 candles on my cake but I can say one thing, the buns have subsided, the scars are talismans I can use for protection and the risk I’ll be taking today is to wait with open arms, an open heart and an open mind… if God decides to deliver me the gift of a lifetime, birthday gift to top all but one (the fact that I’m here at all), then I’m ready meet it half way.

Today I’m the feather. Risking my heart again.

Principles 1, 2 & 7

More later… x

Ps. If you’re curious about the 7 Principles, they’re free to check out here on my site.

First Monday Challenge – When Not To Compromise

Along the path we often find ourselves, having completed a stage of the journey, reflecting on the lessons and blessings that came with it. We consolidate the ups and downs into wisdom by combining the new knowledge and the visceral experience, the memory of the pain and the pleasure into a metaphorical talisman of protection to remind us what pitfalls to avoid the next time around…

But this path is a tricky little sucker in that it disguises those same patterns with new faces, locations, situations and scenarios just to see if you are paying attention. The moment you complete the lesson, that’s when the test comes.

As its the first Monday of the last month of the year, no doubt you have had many lessons and many blessings since the year began, no doubt replete with many successes and many failures… the need for universal balance dictates that it should be so. So what of today’s challenge?

The universe is sending you an end of year test:

You’ve said goodbye to much, closed the door on some, closed the book on others… you’ve left the gate open for hopes and dreams but slammed your heart shut to potential pain… and here you are, another year gone. Some of you are celebrating an extraordinary year and others are sinking into despair and wondering why you’re here again…

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it is to recall all the times this year you were afraid to take a risk, afraid to step beyond you comfort zone. Don’t dwell there in victim mode asking “why me?” simply acknowledge you had a choice and thus empowering yourself to see a different choice when that opportunity arises again. Now, having done your retrospective risk assessment, look back at all the times you’ve compromised over the last year, all the times you caved in under either external pressure or internal habit or addiction… again, don’t dwell there, just acknowledge and accept that you had a choice in that moment however much it appeared otherwise and empower yourself to choose more wisely next time the opportunity arises.

Now then… The universe has decided that the lesson is complete. You will be tested this week, maybe even today… based on all you’ve learned, it’s your job to know when to take a risk or when not to compromise.

If you closed your heart to pain, you closed it to life and to love and to joy as well… when you shield your heart centre you will never be able to take a risk never learn to fly in an incredible leap of faith and you will constantly compromise on everything.

Isn’t it time your talisman was heart-shaped, open, trusting and full of wonder? Let love in.

Principle 3: I AM Human and Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted.

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Radical Departure

The door is open, but the window is closing… the window in which to make the change by stepping through the open door.

I know you feel it, that “better the devil you know” mantra undermining your sure footed progress in pursuit of a goal, dream or transformative leap of faith, and the pull of the ever cycling karmic wheel is holding your wrist and tugging you back from the threshold with fearful questions like “What if you fail?” “What if you fall?”

Being intuitive doesn’t mean you’re immune from the effects of the inner goblin always asking you if you’re about to make a mistake but just for the sake of an experiment today ask your inner goblin this little question: “how many times have we done it your way up until now?” See the thing about repeating patterns is that you lose count really quickly and the thing about your inner goblin is he or she always starts a sentence with “Ah, but…”

The opportunity ahead of you may be a completely radical departure from your usual way of moving through life but if the goblin is honest, which to be fair he/she is merely fearful not a liar, then you’ll both have to acknowledge that in terms of where you are, the old way wasn’t working…

Walking through that door, accepting that opportunity may mean leaving something familiar behind, but to truly live up to your potential you have to be prepared to reach further, higher with every step… to become more in each breath than you were when you last inhaled… and in order to inhale ‘now and next’ you must first exhale ‘then and done.’

From where you’re standing now it may look like a giant step, but from where you’ll be tomorrow it was merely the first baby step in an entirely new direction.

Principle 2: I AM Detached

More later… x