On Day 1 of the Blogalong, I was “Arguing with Proust,” a French author who lived quite a long time ago (1871 – 1922) and apparently responsible for this rather innocuous, but to my mind extremely outdated, quote featured on a contemporary thank you card. After purchasing the card for a friend, I started thinking about the quote and it really annoyed me. (Isn’t annoyance grrrrr8 inspiration for an energetic blog rant!).
Today, however, when I was cruising through my “Quotes useful for Nature Wisdom Journey” folder looking for inspiration for a blog less subjective than a number of my preceding posts, I found this delightfully relevant quote from Marcel Proust himself:
“The real voyage lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”
~ Marcel Proust
I can get behind this quote! It speaks of a voyage—a journey of discovery, and of how to get to the desired destination—which is a new way of seeing (or, I might add, thinking). With new ways of perceiving, we find treasures hidden in unexpected places. We also notice things that need changing, after tolerating them for such a long time (my clutter comes to mind). My coach has helped me find—and transform–subconscious beliefs that really hadn’t served me well for a very long time (or perhaps ever!), and I am excited by the prospect of helping others in that way.
To go on a journey to new inner landscapes can be as exciting as a voyage of exploration in the physical world. We can access our subconscious mind via hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming techniques (NLP). Or we can go on shamanic journeys to access intuitive knowing in wonderfully playful ways. I call my shamanic world Shamalandia, and each journey is interesting, amazing, playful, insightful in its own unique way.
Another technique to invoke inspiration and find answers and content is to invoke our Muse to access our creativity for art or writing. I have found that if I write my question for my Muse, then switch the pen to my non-dominant hand I can “download” Her answer. It often seems that my Muse and my shamanic Guides tell me things I already know, but their choice of what to say is helpful, and they often surprise me, especially if I use divination cards before going into trance.
Do you have a Muse? Do you know her name? Have you made a portrait or image of her? How do you invoke her? (If you haven’t become conscious of, or created, your Muse, would you be interested in doing so?)
Do you travel the shamanic realms with your Guides? Would you be interested in learning how?
Have you worked on transforming your outdated subconscious beliefs? Would you be interested in doing so with a guide who is further along that path and eager to extend a helping hand?
As you can see, with today’s questions I am seeking expressions of interest in the programs and courses I am currently developing. ARTbundance coaching is already available (sign up while it’s still offered by “spirit-guided donation!), and I will take an NLP intensive in the Fall to deepen my coaching skills.
By whatever means you choose, “Goddess speed” on your personal journey! May you find “new eyes” to discover the magic of your inner realms, where your inner wisdom awaits.
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