I am You and You are Me

Before when I got knocked down,

I would rise back up, swinging.

Again when I got knocked back down,

I would rise back up-With my fists up

In front of my face, scowling…

And now, I rise back up with a deep knowing

With the message deeply in my bones

Reverberating in every fibre of my being-

That this will pass just as the other moments do.

I rest in the awe of resilience in me-

That I will not stop rising back up to my feet

From being figuratively flat on my back-

I will not stop rising back up to my feet

Until I take my last breath

I will not stop feeling the hope run through me,

The grace waiting for an opening…

I am not alone, although there are no people around me

I am rising and falling, hitting the ground

Although it doesn’t have to be a battle…

It is simply life… and all that is left

Is to be the best I can be in that moment.

And do the best I can do in that moment.

The rest can get stuffed!

There is no perfection,

No constant level of consciousness to strive for,

No expectation to be more than what I am

In this I rest, In this may you also rest.

For I am you, and you are me…

 

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Finding Inspiration in Everything

Part of the path is honouring your sovereignty, respecting and loving yourself. This is key to also finding inspiration whilst on the path to aide with impetus and staying true to Self. Knowing that there is no wrong decision or wrong path, by opening up and being experimental and curious, we have in our hands the means to obtains inspiration from everything that comes into our consciousness.

Even what could be perceived as negative experiences in our lives carry with us a chance to be tested. A chance to inquire deeply within. A chance to rise when something knocks the wind from out of us. Whatever it is, however we perceive it, if we keep our attention on lessons, on feeling for truth, on curiosity and exploration, then we can enter any given situation without the heaviness of a story, or shifting our focus to what we don’t have instead of being inspired.

I remember a sparring partner of mine in Karate almost loved being out maneuvered by myself or another opponent. I could never understand why. Until he explained that every time he was put on his butt he learnt very quickly what not to do. Each failure in a move, taught him and inspired him to go a different way. It created more adaptability in his approach. This was a very mature approach to sparring, and greatly excelled his skills and abilities. Now, some fifteen years after this conversation I had with my sparring partner, I am now applying this to life. No matter the knock downs, learn from them. Learn to take away what lessons there are without beating up on yourself. Stay open and humble to receive this information- even if it hurts the ego. Stay open. Learn. Apply. Learn. Be adaptable. Learn. Open. Learn. This builds the inner fire inside which burns for learning, for hope, for trusting the path beyond the human ego restraints. It burns away doubt and outside energy residue that lies within your system. This is not easy, but it is a path.  By doing this we can create a beautiful way to enhance our healthy self esteem. No matter what outsiders say, we can feel the alignment. No matter the knock down faced,  we can stay true to our soul path, and maybe, if we are lucky, we may even stumble upon our soul purpose and get out there and create from this place- making a difference in the world.

All my love,
Elise

Enough is Enough

It breaks me. It makes me sink to my knees perplexed at how we have managed to end up here. In this place where it is a rarity to collectively feel relaxed, happy and content. Where we don’t say the words, ‘It’s just the way it is. What do you do?’ Do? DO?

I’m not buying it any longer. Stay on your lounge eating potato chips while the world around you slowly dies. Stay glued to the TV while you numb yourself from thoughts about the stresses of the days work. Stay looking at the next holiday so you can escape this madness for a while- maybe you can pay it off? Maybe you’ll get a nasty credit card bill that only adds to your stress when you return. Return. RETURN!

Return, that’s it. If you stay glued to this cycle then you won’t know what else life can offer…. and there IS SO MUCH MORE. But it takes guts. It takes change. It takes not fucking throwing your life away on sedentary, numbing, melancholic things or practices. It takes challenging yourself to learn new things. It takes doing things just for yourself to enjoy. It takes stopping those thoughts of ‘I can’t, I have no time.’ What have you done? To have no time to live? What has happened to you? When did you stop fucking loving yourself??? Leading by example of how interesting and limitless life can be? Did you ever watch your parents or an adult having no time as a kid? Did it look like fun? Did it look like a good use of energy? Time to break free of this outdated pattern structure within us. Don’t worry, your family will still exist and love you. It’s time to consciously look at why we do the things we do, and take our sovereign power back.

I’m not writing this to get you to feel shame. I’m writing this to shake you up, shake you a little to let some of the truth seep in. You are in charge of your life. Not your kids, not your husband, not your job…. YOU. Take responsibility for this and make the change. You know WHAT needs to happen inside. YOU know what YOU uniquely love. Come back to YOU. Even if it’s rising 30 minutes before the house hold to do something just for you- yoga, a work out, meditation, drawing, writing… whatever it is. Give yourself the time. Like a long lost friend coming to town to see you- you’d create time for them, right? Well, do it for YOU! Daily! What do YOU NEED? You’re bloody well worth it. And your relationships will thrive the more you thrive.

It’s time to give back to Self. It’s time to create space. It’s time to stop looking outwards and start to make the changes to come back into our own power. For when we shift our internal world, the world around us shifts too. And you become a beacon of light, living by example of the fact it can be done. Change can happen and it’s worth it, even if it’s an internal shift. Pass on the torch. Be the change. I’m with you.

With love
Elise

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The Warrior in This World

Do you dare to be different? Are you dissatisfied with how the world is run today? I want to introduce the Warrior archetype and how it’s needed in our world today in the cleanest, clearest, open, and compassionate way. It’s screaming to me to share this post here. This energy has literally saved my life on many occasions, and it rips my heart open to feel into the screwed up way it is being represented in the world, and has been in the past. It’s time to own this Warrior within ourselves. The ripple effect is massive…. And it’s a beautiful way to reduce the fear in the world once this all becomes conscious.

It’s not an easy path, but a beautiful one. It’s not for everyone, but a few. It’s a path of authenticity, It’s following a knowing, It’s having to either stand up and confront something even within self, or to sit and stay in the energy of it. It’s feeling the uncomfortable and being in it, open to what it is that needs to be learned. It’s staying for the sake of discovering truth, or leaving for the same. It’s discovering the highest good for all and doing what is necessary. It’s being on alert for ultimate truth that shows up daily, hourly, every minute, every second. What is the ultimate TRUTH?? Give me something to sink my teeth into…. GGRRR!!

If you find yourself being a non- conformist of societal norms, then a type of Warrior you are. What I am focused on is the Warrior for the unjust, the suppression of others, the sexual distortions and the greed in the world. I do work on myself in the Mars energy with love and compassion in my heart for this to be changed. My prayer is that Mars energy is consciously accessed with those who are heart aligned. My plea to you is to clear the way you are in this energy, and receiving the energy- and Rewilding does that so well, so that change may be made within our lives, and in the world. 
Thought: What is it that you could work with in Mars energy to purify in your world? What are you called to start to change within?

This path has ripped me apart. My brain had it all worked out- easy, the warrior’s path. Cool. Honesty. Honour. Pain. Good, bring it. But, I didn’t realise the level of surrender, the depths of despair, the constant requirement to check into the inner clear rod running within, the humbleness of the light that constantly brings me to my knees, the requirement to soften…. deepen, soften, and deepen….To weep in the agony, to feel ALL and act from a place of deep reverence and compassion. This, now this is the path of the warrior, and the heart of a Warrior is tested time and time again. And it needs to, for “with great power comes great responsibility…” Voltaire. Change is needed from the heart. We can start with our own lives. But there’s always a catch to this work…. It requires it ALL. Everything of you…

To have the courage to open the heart and love- only to have it broken many times over. But, it opens, once again. To have the courage to trust continually. To have courage to be seen vulnerable. To have the courage to live in truth, no matter the difficulty of that. To have the courage to see All of yourself and feel it, know it, and live it.

The difference between the Warrior and the Soldier is great. The Warrior chooses her battles. Selects and crafts direction. Then serves self and other humbly, knowingly. With freedom of choice. The soldier is told where to move and how.

Now, I’ve had this need to get into Mars energy for some time. To understand it. To feel where it is represented in society. It f**king breaks my heart how distorted it is, and how there’s nothing discussed to represent the purity of this gorgeous energy in the world. Because it is there!!!!!!

Archetype- MARS: God of War, ‘Doing’, Conquering, Change, focus, discipline, drive, confidence, assertiveness, power… 
Distortions: Separation, Greed, Sexual Exploitation, Manipulation, Senseless War, Death, Overwhelming Power, Keeping Structures in Place for Control and Manipulation.
Pure Form: Doing, Change, Raw Power, Honor, Loyalty, Compassion, heart aligned….
In the pure form arose the Shaolin monks, “Merely the material manifestation of an inner state. This unlikely fusion of a quiet spirituality with a daring physicality has driven the mythic power of the monks” (PBS.ORG). Those who can and could fight when necessary were warriors, however never lost connection to their heart and soul. Meditations daily and rigorously, fighting drills performed, pacts made to only enter combat when necessary. Oh, this is divine. How often have we asked ourselves, “Is it necessary to say this to my friend?” We choose our own battles…..

I LOVE that The Shaolin monks existed during a time of upheaval. When Power over other lands, lust, and conquering existed. This was set up as apart against this. Heart aligned. In honorable service. Interestingly enough, The Shaolin as well as the Knights Templars (European knights in service to the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Jerusalum)), shared an equal fate as far as the Emeror/ King went from using them in service and being an aid, to them turning on them as a powerful enemy to the Kingdom. The Knights Templar served until it was abolished, and the Shaolin warriors aligned themselves with the Rebels and continue to exist (in small numbers) today. I just love all of this…. There’s nothing more yummy then Mars energy humbled, heart aligned and in service of the greater good. Un-contaminated. Un-corruptible, it is a dangerous force for change. Taking a vow of integrity in the power that flows… As I type this I see in my minds eye an image of a warrior on one knee….

Now, I’m not saying to get into martial arts (unless you want to), I’m saying, we can apply this to our lives. This Warrior way is heart aligned, truth aligned, and fearless. This power of Mars has the ability to change so much about our own life, and the lives of others. It has the ability to change the way the world is in suffering now. Not through fighting the fights and banging heads with those in power, but via consciously working with, and applying the energy into our daily lives when called to. Imagine an empowered woman being a role model, living in truth, aligned with the purity of this energy and delivering/ or living from the heart in this energy which promotes change. Oh, sweet change….

I’m in! Who’s with me?

Written by Elise Heyward
Art by Tomasz Namielski

The Transmutation of the Shadows Within

What a gift it is to be aware of our shadows, our parts of Self we feel we need to hide or suppress….

The call is here. Seek the answer within.
Do it with vigilance.
Do it with integrity.
Do it for yourself…..
This takes so much courage to see those areas of yourself you mightn’t want to see. We all have them.

This is not for the light of heart. To be able to change a ‘fault’, or a ‘shadow’ aspect of Self that you do not like into a gift or deep wisdom is powerful. But you will metaphorically bleed…

It goes directly into the area most people wish to avoid.
It goes directly into the deep wounds.
It goes deeply into the constraints we feel upon us- whether we know where they come from or not.
It asks the Warrior part within to walk directly into the shadow- only this time with no Armour. This time with nothing but openness, curiosity and a willingness for transformation to take place- however that looks….

What is the deal? Let’s look at finally being able to accept all aspects of us. Those bits we might fear to even look at within Self. That old adage we should choose ‘love’ over fear is so on the money it’s not funny. The ultimate courage requires us to love so openly that we risk our heart being broken by people, by situations, and life events…. The breaking of the heart happens so that we return to rawness, to our essential nature. To a sweet humbleness…. To truly feel in a world of ‘numbing out’. To be able to become sensitive enough to be in union with the divine, but still walk the line of balance with being a warrior for ourselves- ultimately being vigilant in upholding our integrity, our healthy boundaries, our balanced ego, our soul connection- staying vigilant with our center at all times- knowing what feels amazingly aligned and what doesn’t.

There’s a new world being birthed. What is needed is people prepared to dive deeply and courageously into their truths; The wounding we were born with, those we collect in life- and work with them! Turn them over… What’s underneath this shadow work? Treasure. Pure treasure…. Your key to knowing yourself. Your key to being a powerful person living in authenticity. Your key for stepping out of victimization, numbing out, blame, disconnect, and playing small….. Your vivacious life awaits.
Do you have the courage?

It’s time….

Art by Pat Erickson
Written by Elise Heyward

Mars Energy- A Time to Reclaim

There’s no denying blame on this energy for many atrocities in the world. And rightly so….

The feminine wisdom has all but been wiped out- now there’s a resurgence.

But, where does that leave the Mars energy within both Men and Women?


There’s another aspect of Mars that is golden. That is pure. That lies beneath our intentions that can change our perspective of the world. Mars is a fire energy- potent, powerful and sometimes an aggressive force. But, there is a way to work with this energy- to embody it, to work with it with focus, with clarity and to actually do some shit in the world. Anyone drawn to working with Mars energy on a regular basis IS working the ancestral line. There’s so much buried pain, trauma, shame and dis-empowerment lying in this particular thread of shakti or energy in the world, and therefore deeply within our psyches. There’s just so much fear and disconnect. Working with ‘love and light’ isn’t gonna cut the mustard!

It’s time to walk into this. It’s time to open to this energy. It’s time to no longer lie underneath him and be conquered, victimized and quiet….

No. Now is the time to show him (this thread of energy within) gently with an open heart the connection he so longs for…the purity he desires and burns to attain- no longer through conquests, but via putting the sword to himself in a metaphoric way. To use his sword or arrow of white/ golden light with vigilance to penetrate himself/ herself to clean all of those areas within Self that are not in balance or rhythm of connection, empowerment of Self and Other, of rights, of freedom, of love and not fear- holding integrity above all. In service of the divine, of God.

For too long this energy has been buried beneath horrible instances generation after generation of constant misuse of power, greed, divisions within society, manipulation, and callous disregard for human life and the feminine. So much conscious work needs to be done…..

Mars energy is waking up, is becoming clean, is asking- ‘How can I help?- Give me a mission’, instead of saying, ‘Get in your place and give me what I want’…

It’s time we give our deeply buried Mars energy a job to do.

It’s time we dust off his Armour- blow love into the heart space, and whisper gently that which we desire to make manifest in our life and in the world…. Open heart, open mind, and an unstoppable drive to make shit happen….
What would you ask your Mars to do?

Art by Daniel Holeman
Written by Elise Heyward

To The Battling Warrior

I Bow to You….

To the warrior with built up walls and thick skin

I bow to you

To the warrior reluctant to love, encased with Armour

I bow to you

To the Warrior who is restless and aimless

I bow to you

To the warrior who needs to be rigid- for now

I bow to you

To the warrior who is frustrated and fed up

I bow to you

For the Warrior who cannot fight anymore

I love you….

There is a divine timing to this unraveling….
No shame or judgement
Around whatever is needed now.
Just a beautiful knowing
That it’s all as it should be….
Let this be a message
For any tired warrior out there-
Get back up, and take this as your sign
Keep going... Gently pick yourself up...
Your life is waiting for you...

I bow to you.


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