For the New Year….don’t take ‘it’ with you. January 4th, 2016 by Cherie Ray

She Let Go {A Poem by Saffire Rose}

letitgoShe let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go. She didn’t ask anyone for advice.  She didn’t read a book on how to let go.  She didn’t search the scriptures.  She just let go.  She let go of all of the memories that held her back.  She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right. She didn’t promise to let go.  She didn’t journal about it.  She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.  She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.  She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.  She just let go. She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.  She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.  She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.  She didn’t call the prayer line.  She didn’t utter one word.  She just let go. No one was around when it happened.  There was no applause or congratulations.  No one thanked her or praised her.  No one noticed a thing.  Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go. There was no effort.  There was no struggle.  It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.  It was what it was, and it is just that. In the space of letting go, she let it all be.  A small smile came over her face.  A light breeze blew through her.  And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

2016-Kurt Vonnegut and a Big Bang Beginning! December 30th, 2015 by Cherie Ray

kurt2016 is here!  How did that happen?  I’ve been conducting a very unscientific survey with people from ages 7 to 97 years of age.  Asking if 2015 seemed to pass super quickly.  The answer has been YES from every person asked.

With the welcoming in of a new year, how do you want to spend 2016?   I invite you to engage with life at the most natural level.  By creating.  Creating brings NEW into your world.  It brings surprises and gifts that you didn’t know you possessed.   It’s an invitation to dance with potential and possibility with nothing to loose!

This wonderful video, Make Your Soul Grow, “A letter from Kurt Vonnegut to Xavier High School, read by Ian McKellen” says it all!

http://letterslive.com/letter/make-your-soul-grow/

Enjoy!

Wishing you a glorious and soul-filled 2016!

Cherie

You weren’t here when you were there….. July 27th, 2015 by Cherie Ray

rearDo you spend too much time looking in your rear view mirror?  The rear view mirror I’m referring to is not the one in your car, but the one that lives in your head.  It’s very common, during coaching conversations, to hear clients speak of doubts or regrets they carry about their lives.  There are certain hot-topics they repeatedly review, and they continuously analyze the actions they took or decisions they made.  This usually occurs when they’re in a low mood.  Most of the time, they have regrets or doubts about the way they acted during these times.  Did they do the right thing? Could they have done it differently?  Why didn’t I show up differently than I did?  Did I make a big mistake? 

Just typing these words gives me a real feel for how busy our minds can get about things that are long since passed.  Whew!  No wonder why we feel fatigued!

Here’s the good news.  Let yourself off the hook, now, for how you showed up, then.  The truth of the matter is, you did the best you could possibly do with the information and state-of-mind that you had at that moment.  And it couldn’t have been any different.  WHY?  Because it happened the way it happened.  If it were meant to be different, it would have been different.  The suffering comes when we see yesterday’s news with today’s eyes.  Somehow, with today’s eyes, it seems so clear how we should have been and what we should have done.  Guess what?  Human beings are continuously growing and evolving.  It’s our life experiences that support this evolution.  At any moment, we have the opportunity to have a shift in consciousness and see possibilities that we didn’t see before.  We can’t do anything to make the shift happen.  It’s part of the intelligent system behind life that works on our behalf.  What we can do is let ourselves off the hook for being human and relax.  It’s the best we can possibly do for ourselves.

It’s Feeling Not a Thing May 24th, 2015 by Cherie Ray

redshoesIt’s a feeling not a thing.  The great job, the loving partner, the sanctuary home, like-minded friends, red-soled shoes, sassy car, the robust bank balance, the newest gadget, the paradise vacation, you can name it but these aren’t it.  In our culture, it’s suggested that things will bring us the experience we most seek in life.  The lovely goodies do bring a buzz and momentary joy but does it last? 

If you’ll look beneath your wish list and ask yourself, “what do I believe this will bring me?” that’s where the gold nugget exists.  If it’s the sassy car, maybe you think it will show the world that you’re successful.  Maybe the great job suggests you really are smart.  Maybe the loving partner proves you are worthy and loveable.  Maybe the abundant bank balance will help you feel secure.  This all makes sense when you believe your experience is a direct result of what’s going on outside of you.

While it makes sense from what we’ve been taught, it’s not true.  Bummer, huh?  The good news is, your most desired experiences are generated from inside you the bestrather than from outside of you.  While all of the goodies of life are fun and enjoyable, the distinction is to know your most desired experiences are not dependent on whether your wish-list of goodies appear in your life or not.  Those desired experiences are available to you now, right where you are.  They live in your current state-of-mind.  You have many experiences to choose from.  Which one do you want to take off the shelf today and take for a test drive?

Let me know what you choose?  I’d love to hear from you!

The Last to Board the Soul Train February 4th, 2015 by Cherie Ray

Hello Creatives,

Are you in the midst of a transition or longing to take a leap of faith?  Oftentimes, our inspirations are first met with ‘resistance thinking’ pushing back.  This thinking offers up all the reasons why stepping forward is a scary event; suggesting imaginary booga-booga consequences if you move in your inspired direction.

Recently I heard Robert Holden say these words, “The ego is never ready to do the Soul’s work.”  When I heard him say this, it resonated with me.

A few weeks later, as I was taking a walk, I received an insight that tweeked what I’d originally heard.  It showed up like this,

“The ego is never ready to follow the Soul’s lead.”  This felt like a dead-ringer for where I was at the moment.  This wisdom continues to hang-out with me.

If you’re playing with a decision to move on an inspiration, consider this insight.  I believe a helpful consideration in moving forward is realizing, the ego may be the last part of you to board the train.

Let me know what you think……

Smiles,

Cherie

 

I would love to hear from you about your inspirations and moving with them!

Inviting New to YOU! January 22nd, 2015 by Cherie Ray

ensembleHello Creatives,

 Good morning!  All week I’ve been drawn to invite you to play more with your innate creativity.  When I’m drawn to do something, I follow that inclination because I know; it’s the lead I want to follow. 

 Innate Creativity is the energy that animates your being-ness.  All of that sounds pretty woo-woo but what I want to make very clear, is you’re naturally creative and that’s the way we’re built.  The only thing that separates you from this flow are thoughts to the contrary.

 What I’m drawn to invite you to do, is to commit to two things through the end of February.  First, I just want you to notice how often you say NO to yourself.  When ideas or inspirations come up, notice if you receive them with open arms or default to why it’s not possible for you. 

Secondly, I invite you to commit to creating something new every day.  It doesn’t matter what you create.  You may create a new ensemble from what you already have in your closet, you may create a sandwich, you may create a drawing, a luncheon event with someone new, etc.  Who knows?  Create anything from beginning to end once a day.sandwich

Why commit to creating something new each day?  To become very familiar with how easy it is.  Opening the gates and being more receptive to this current of innate creativity will bring you aliveness, new ideas, and a wonderful sense of play.  What have you got to lose?

Warmest wishes,

Cherie

Happy New Year! January 1st, 2015 by Cherie Ray

??????????????????????????????It’s here!  Another year has come and gone and we are on the verge of launching 2015?

In welcoming a new year, you have an opportunity to review your seating arrangement in the world, to check-in on your orientation. What direction are you facing?

 Recently, I heard Sue Monk Kidd, the author of one of my favorite books, The Secret Life of Bees, say that, what you perceive to be true will be your experience in life. This woke something up in me as I was making a list of requests and intentions and prayers for my new year.

I was sitting in the garden with my yellow legal pad and favorite pen and here’s my list of what I choose to orient my life to in 2015:

  • LOVE  – How can I see, live, give, experience it in a bigger way?
  • Adventure – How can I experience adventure like never before.
  • Openness – How can I stay fresh-minded…to know nothing for sure.
  • Letting my heart lead (even when my mind is sure it knows what’s the best direction).

The next step?  Let it go.  Letting my perceptions go about how and what this will look like in my life lets the Truth in.  I also made the request to see my perceptions of fear, sooner rather than later.  Fear is a part of life but it’s not permanent and doesn’t need to be taken so seriously.

The invitation to orient your life to what matters most to you is always available. If your mind pulls you in the direction of fear or limitation, I invite you to let LOVE weigh heavier on the needle of your compass for 2015. Where there’s LOVE, there’s magic, mystery and a large dose of compassion.  I invite you to take a few minutes to refresh your list of what you want to see in life from where you’re sitting. If your list warms and opens your heart to possibility, I feel you’re looking in the direction of LOVE.

Thank you very much for sharing your lives with me. I look forward to seeing you live your dreams in 2015!

Moving through moods. We all have’em. April 1st, 2014 by Cherie Ray

Dear Friends.

In many coaching sessions, clients are questioning what happened or what they did to cause someone to over react. At times like these, take a breath and connect to the truth that their reaction is not about you. Let them own their own reaction by not assuming you did something wrong or that there’s something wrong with you.

In the Human Beings Owner’s Manual that we never received, it informs us that everyone comes in and out of periods of secure thinking and insecure thinking (moods). When we bump into someone who is in a low mood, reactions happen. The same situation can occur when someone is feeling very secure and a completely different reaction will appear. A client recently transcribed a portion of our conversation. Hopefully, this will offer further explanation:

“Every human being has insecure thoughts and will see them as real, and will feel them as if they are occurring. Our emotional states will reflect the feeling and our behavior will follow.”

“We can become aware of our own insecure thoughts and realize that the feelings, which are based on those thoughts, are 100% temporary! We can chose not believe our insecure thoughts and instead unhook from anything that is not occurring in this present moment.”

“The people that are around us carry their own bag of thoughts which they perceive as real. But we must reach the point in our own evolution where we choose not to be concerned with the mental wranglings of others.”

When we realize that everyone is moving through their own thinking, we can connect with more compassion for ourselves and for others. When we hold compassion and understanding, we are in direct connection to possibilities not seen before.  P.S.  Give yourself permission to not make decisions when you are in a low mood.  The good mood will arrive soon and that’s when you want to make decisions.

Relax, spring is arriving and every moment is full of pure potential.

Smiles,

Cherie

Extract the Love and Toss the Rest February 23rd, 2014 by Cherie Ray

On February 14th we all celebrated the holiday of love, Valentine’s Day.  Today, I invite you to sweeten the taste of your experience.

HiResYou ask, “How can it get any sweeter?”  By relieving yourself of anything that is not love from your history.  The past is fertile ground where we store old thoughts, resentments, hurts, thoughts of how it should have been, how they should have been, or how you should have been.

When you’re open to seeing things differently, you’re not letting anyone off the hook.  You’re letting yourself off the hook.  You’re allowing yourself to clear the static that separates you from living fully and passionately.

You say, “Ok, sure, right, but how?” Make a conscious shift by moving no more than 1 degree from your current position.  This means shifting just a little and orienting your position of the situation in a new direction.  What if all it took was to be willing to see it in a new way or choosing to look for the love that was there.  When you are willing and open, you receive a shift in consciousness.  This shift in consciousness is all it takes to experience life in a new way.  When a shift in consciousness occurs, you receive insights.  Insights come to you, you don’t need to go find them.  Here’s a hint, insights come from a clear mind, not by grinding on thoughts.  So, take a break, do something that clears your mind, i.e. a walk, sit in nature, yardwork, clean the refrigerator, watch a movie, etc.  Relax and allow your mind to get clear.

With willingness and a clear mind, insights will come.  Before you know it, you will be living with more connection to everything you love.  You will see things differently.  Differently, could be seeing all of the past from Universal Truth instead of only your personal truth.  Universal Truth is LOVE.

Here’s to living the feeling of LOVE everyday!

 

Fun Rituals to Celebrate the New Year! December 30th, 2013 by Cherie Ray

Dear Friends,

Are you looking for a few rituals to ring in the New Year that offer no hangovers or drunk-dialing?  Here are three, I highly recommend.

Part 1

On New Year’s Eve, take time to look back over the year and make a list of major events, gathering into your heart all the gifts you’ll take away from those experiences.

-Then, make a list of those things you are ready to release so you can start the year with a clean slate, making ample room for vibrant creative energy to live in you for the whole year.

-When you have your list of things you wish to release, you can either place those beliefs and emotions in a glass of water and pour it onto the Earth or write those thoughts on paper and burn them. Whichever method you choose, ask the Great Creator to fill you with abundant energy and great wisdom for the coming year.

Part 2

On New Year’s day relax and nurture yourself and then on Jan 2nd, spend time in meditation, writing a list of things you desire to bring to fruition in 2014.

Part 3-Back to the Future

On January 3rd, imagine that today is the last day of December, 2014. You’re preparing for the New Year, and are looking back on all the extraordinary things that happened in your life during 2014.

On a piece of paper, begin “remembering” the best things that happened to you and for you in 2014. Do you remember the thrill you felt as you took your first drive in that new car? Wasn’t it amazing when you got the call about the new career opportunity! Wasn’t that trip to unbelievable!   Wasn’t it incredible when you created a new program that generated $20,000 in increased sales for the 1st quarter of 2014? Remember the time when I decided to take more time for myself and there were no consequences? Wasn’t it great when I felt safe even when things around me felt shakey? Wasn’t it amazing that I felt compassion for myself even when I did something I wish I hadn’t?

Let me know what you think about these ideas. I wish you a wonderful New Year filled with more peace and joy then you could ever imagine.

Smiles,

Cherie