The Year of Being You

The year of Being YOU

I had a wonderful conversation with a friend yesterday and we talked about a process I have been doing for some time now.  I begin the new year with two days of tapping into my soul’s desires and writing a Strategic Vision and then making a Vision Board that reflects what I wrote about.  This is part of the process I did last year that lead to me creating an intention to go to be with the White Lions in South Africa, create a fundraising Blog and in April of last year I was there with the help, love and support of so many people. Instant manifestation once I was aligned with my heart’s desire.

And I woke this morning to realized that the vision board I use every day in my meditation is focused on not what I want to be doing in and with my one life, but what I want to be feeling and how I want to BE in my life.  So, I have decided to share this process with you and encourage you to use it and find it as part of how you manifest your dreams in 2012.   Those dreams are only going to become real and vibrant in your life  when each of us lives from the core of our own knowing and authentic self.  This process connects you to this essential nature of you and helps you create a new and more energized relationship to be-coming who you truly are.  Everything else you desire will follow your energy.

So here is the two step process.  Take time, turn off the phone, close the door and discover what your soul has been telling you all along.

Strategic Vision: 

Write without restriction or censoring, a vision for this year as if it is ALREADY TRUE.  Example:  I AM 125 pounds and fit.  I exercise each day and love my rebounder.  I have learned to cook amazing and delicious gourmet vegan meals and share it with friends….or I have seen a credit counselor and all my debts are paid and I have money left over to invest in a new internet business I am so excited to be doing….I am loved and have friends who travel with me…I am so happy  about the painting I am doing and I am sharing it by creating greeeting cards.  The key is be VERY specific and detailed.  The more details the better.  Instead of saying that you want to snorkel in the ocean, say what ocean, where you want to snorkel and what you want to feel like it when you see whatever you are desiring to see.

You get the idea.

Cover every area of your life: How do you feel spiritually, physically, relationally, economically?   Once you sit with the Vision, ask how it feels.  Read it several times and claim it even if there is a part of you that has no idea how to achieve the desires.  Every day spend 5 min. meditating on the board and FEEL what you would feel in every case.  How would you truly feel in your body if you were fit and healthy, how would your feel if you had abundant money, love, or creative free time?  Do this every day.

Vision Board:

We all know about a vision board, but the trick is to USE IT.  You will create a visual representation that you have to walk by every time you go to the kitchen or the bathroom and you take in the energy of the board deep into your subconscious.  This board is very powerful if you pay attention to it.  So, when you create it make it rich and vibrant and if you want nothing more in life than to live in the Taj Mahal then make it a big picture on your board.  And by all means put some amazing music on and have fun and get glue and glitter all over you.

Get magazines, travel guides, books of poetry you are willing to copy and cut up, colored pens, anything that you can find images and words to match your Strategic Vision.  Your own design and method will just reveal itself.  And please do not use just poster board, but get a board that is a thin press board and is sturdy and can be moved from room to room or hung if you wish.

The most important thing about this process is to make it a sacred exploration of you, your desires and the images that move you.  Take lots of time and realize with every word you write and picture you put on the Board you are creating your reality.  YOU are creating your reality.

So please, if you have thoughts or questions write me and by all means please share your vision with me and with as many people as you can.

Happy Creating…Happy Being.

The Year of Living Fearlessly

 2012.  This is an auspicious year.   For as long as recorded history has been speaking of it….2012 is the year we turn around.  The whole planet in a Universe of planets.

What does that mean?

Without delving into the historical literature about prophecy, or the Bible about its revelations or the Mayan Calendar which ends in November of this year, we can all feel that something is different in our world.  We feel it in our body, in our souls restlessness, in the headlines of the newspaper, in the climate, the medical revelations, in animal behavior, in the crumbling of some of our most sacred institutions and the disclosure that the governments here to protect us are doing just the opposite.  Disillusionment has set into the groundwater of who we imagined we were as a species, as an individual on this planet, and we are all asking questions that are revolutionary.

And doesn’t’ revolution simply mean a re-evolution or a turning around?  We are poised on re-evolution and this is the year that we will see a leap forward in human kinds evolution of soul, heart and body.  This re-evolution is in fact what it will take to keep humans living on this planet and living here in harmony, not in conflict, pain and suffering.

We can just be on for the ride of our lives and hang on by our fingernails, hoping to survive the earthquakes of change that are mounting or we can move into the flow of this unprecedented change.  We can resolve to bring forward in our lives all the awareness we can muster, all the faith that we can contain, all the courage we have an unlimited supply of, all the surrender and willingness it will take and we can do the changing necessary by our own hand.   Then this will be the most exhilarating ride of our lifetime.

And now we face a NEW year and we traditionally take inventory of our lives and make what we call Re-solutions.  Hmmm.   I am thinking that I will not make my new year’s resolutions but will intend to make my next year a year of re-evolution.

Resolve is what has been behind all those resolutions of the past, those RE-Solutions that we apply to the New Year when we have not yet achieved what we resolved to do the year before.  I have so many times, re-upped my commitment to loose weight, eat better, love more and save money.  I have reinstated my exercise regime and most of the time do a good job by the time the end of the year rolls around but always fall short of my ideal in some way.  So, then I have the GRACE of the new year to reestablish my commitment.  2012 needs something different than this level of commitment.

What if, just what if, we used this auspicious year to move to a new level of awareness and self-commitment?  What if we took the Lakota Death Teaching and applied it to 2012?  What if you asked yourself today, “If this year is the last year I have on Earth with those I love, how will I spend this year?  What will I do differently?  What is of true value in this world and what am I willing to do about it?”

When we drop the illusion that time is stretching out forever in front of us and adopt the awareness that time is an illusion, then we would all behave differently, every time the sun comes up and the sun sets, wouldn’t we?

AND there is one timeless truth.  There is one vibrational frequency that is never altered and is limitless, miraculous and transformative.  Love.  Love is the only elemental, energetic, cross-cultural, cross, specie wealth there is that does not die, change or destroy. Can we say this about anything else?  Is oil, gold, silver, diamonds or land eternal?   Have we harnessed this energy called LOVE as a planet or a person?

This year needs to be different for all of us!  Time does not stretch out in front of us endlessly.  Our resolve needs to be filled with the concept of evolving our most authentic self into a full expression of what it is to be living on this planet now, with the people we live with, with the circumstances we have created.  Nothing short of a willingness to fully evolve our un-evolved selves will do for this year of 2012.

What will that take?  It will take everything you are willing to give up and let go of in order to make space for everything you are.  This cannot be a year of simple solutions to clean the garage or learn to recycle.  These are all daily commitments that are important, but not what 2012 is entirely calling you to do.

This is a year to ask yourself;

“What am I not doing in my life that I need to do today?

What am I not saying that I need to say now?

Who and what do I love that I do not fully love, including my precious self?

What does the world need from me?

What gifts and talents do I have to offer that I am squandering?

What makes me deliriously happy that I need to do right away?

What is my soul’s purpose on this planet?”

These are the only questions worth asking as we move into our re-evolution, our re-solutions worth and these are the perfect questions to enter a year that proves to rearrange our vibrational frequency, throw open the door to hearts that have been closed, take down the negative influences that keep our blue planet crippled with fear and this is the year that we will each, in our own way, realize on a cellular level that we are not alone in this world.  This is the year that Love moves to the front of our lives in ways that we have yet to imagine.

So, my resolve for personal evolution this year is this:

To speak truthfully and honestly in every moment with every person I have the privilege of knowing,

To do the things I have been afraid to do,

To love with abandon and be fearless,

To create the things in my life that truly makes me happy.

This photo of an amazing new crop circle is the Phoenix.  A message?  Yes.  From whom?   It does not matter.  We simply must see and pay attention to how exquisite the beauty of this work of art is, that it is here for a reason and that in any moment I can take the image and ask myself “who is the Phoenix to me?”

That is what 2012 is about.  Rising up in the fullness of who we are from the ashes of the past and from the ashes of our own fear.   This is a new year of rebirth.  May our resolutions and resolve reflect our courage to birth a self that has just been waiting to see the light of day.  If not this year, When?

Happy New Year,

Happy new you.

Happy beginning of a new era.

Blessings, Maya


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History of New Years Eve

“Today is New Year’s Eve, in which the old year is ushered out, and the new one welcomed in, with parties, socializing, and alcohol — often champagne. In the United States, we have a tradition of dropping, or raising, a large object exactly at midnight. The custom of dropping a ball arose out of the time signals given to ships at harbor starting in 1859. A large ball was dropped exactly at one p.m. every day (noon in the United States), so sailors could check their ship chronometers.
The Times Square celebration dates back to 1904, when The New York Times opened its headquarters on Longacre Square. The newspaper convinced the city to rename the area “Times Square,” and they hosted a big party, complete with fireworks, on New Year’s Eve. Two hundred thousand people attended, but the paper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, wanted the next celebration to be even splashier. In 1907, the paper’s head electrician constructed a giant lighted ball that was lowered from the building’s flagpole. The first Times Square Ball was made of wood and iron, weighed 700 pounds, and was lit by a hundred 25-watt bulbs. Now, it’s made of Waterford crystal, weighs almost six tons, and is lit by more than 32,000 LED lights. The party in Times Square is attended by up to a million people every year.
Other cities have developed their own ball-dropping traditions. Atlanta, Georgia, drops a giant peach. Eastport, Maine, drops a sardine. Ocean City, Maryland, drops a beach ball, and Mobile, Alabama, drops a 600-pound electric Moon Pie. In Tempe, Arizona, a giant tortilla chip descends into a massive bowl of salsa. Brasstown, North Carolina, drops a Plexiglas pyramid containing a live possum; and Key West, Florida, drops an enormous ruby slipper with a drag queen inside it.
In Scotland, New Year’s Eve marks the first day of Hogmanay, a name derived from an Old French word for a gift given at the New Year. There’s a tradition at Hogmanay known as “first-footing”: If the first person to cross your threshold after midnight is a dark-haired man, you will have good luck in the coming year. Other customs vary by region within Scotland, but most involve singing and whiskey. Craig Ferguson said Hogmanay “is a time when people who can inspire awe in the Irish for the amount of alcohol that they drink decide to ramp it up a notch.”