Are You Floating or on Solid Ground?

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Sometimes it feels like my head is spinning with ideas and cloudy, but not the stormy clouds, the pretty ones that look like cotton candy and I’m sure would taste sweet if it was possible to taste them…okay I’m getting off track here.

Do you ever feel like you’ve got a lot of thoughts up there, but you’re enjoying them almost too much?  Do you ever feel like you’d rather stay up there with your ideas and thoughts instead of bringing them to form, to life, on solid ground?

Me too.

There are times I wish I had more clarity or even completion with my projects and ideas.  

And then there are times I really just enjoy swimming in them and the unknown.

What I catch onto again and again and notice is when I’m all up in my head and not taking the next baby step or leap, and how it’s almost always the perfect moment to actually DO SOMETHING or release the idea or project, and let off the gas.

The problem with staying up in the wishful thinking clouds about what I want to be up to in the world is this:  I’m actually hiding.

Hiding from the very next step because I’m afraid of what it might look like or not look like when it’s all wrapped up in an imaginary bow I’ve created in my mind.

To quote Marianne Williamson: “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

The part that I see myself and my clients sometimes get tripped up on is the idea of being powerful.  It can look frightening if you think that it’s You that’s doing the dance, playing the violin, writing the line, hitting the ball, standing up, speaking up, helping to heal the patient, directing the film, and so on…

But what if the light and power is moving through you at lightning fast speed, and all of the time?

So many of my “firsts” and seemingly difficult or beautiful experiences come to mind now.

The feeling of moving into my first apartment all on my own, meeting my now husband 20 years ago and moving my whole life to another state with him, finding the courage as a ten year old child to speak up to an adult who made a racist slur, writing and hitting publish on my first book…

Saying YES to countless opportunities that didn’t really make sense at the time, but looking back now, they were all just perfect for that moment in time.

What experiences have you had where you unexpectedly came through a difficult or challenging situation at work or with your partner or kids?  

What are your firsts?  

Where were You in that moment?
How much did it feel like you had to charge through it?
How much did it feel like a wave of knowing, and much deeper than your best efforts?

When you feel so strongly connected to that life force that it almost felt like it took over and

YOU KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO.

What if that force is with you and available – not just in moments of crisis, challenges or change, but actually, all of the time?

What would your project at work, your position on the board or your morning as a mother of young children look like if you allowed yourself to release “what you think” more of the time and spent more time in the knowing that this life force is always there, coaxing and pointing you to do the very next thing.  

How would you move about your day?
Where would you go?
Who would you connect with?

Who knows...until you do.  All in the unfolding of this beautiful life.

Where we are continuously floating about – who knows where – who knows next – and at the same time, always on solid ground.

Love and light,
Molly


Soak It Up

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In the early morning hours I felt the urge to write this, having no idea what it is that I would write.

It’s in the quiet moments that we usually know exactly what we want and feelings surge in while we’re all tucked in.

When we’re awake and moving about our day it seems that life is happening to us

All of the people we meet
All of the events we encounter
All of the ‘doing’ getting done

When it’s quiet we seem to be in a state of ‘being’ rather than doing

Is it possible to ‘just be’ and at the same time get on with the doing of life?

This is what I’ve been experimenting with and experiencing lately.

There are two things that stick out to me now like red wine on a white cloth.

The first is that life is happening through me, not to me. My experience of the circumstances and events are simply my experience of them. It's so obvious when two people can share what looks like the same moment, and have two completely different experiences of it.

The second is that is I don’t have much to do at all with the result. I'm just showing up, noticing, and engaging with the moment at hand.

It seems as though in the moments when I completely give myself over to it – life takes over and works in mysterious and beautiful and unusual ways.

It’s when we try to meddle in and take charge and control that things start to feel off and we can even feel like we’re losing something.

Because we are losing something.

In the moments of clenching control, we are losing touch with divine timing, synchronicity and miracles simply because we end up missing them.

We lose touch with ourselves. We can’t see through our clouded thinking simply because, well, it’s cloudy.

It’s when we give ourselves over completely to the moment at hand and yes - even sometimes live in the I Don’t Know that the light comes through. Fresh ideas are brought forth into the mind’s eye or an old friend calls with the perfect solution.

Seemingly “perfect” solutions that are just right for whatever you were caught up about unravel you like string.

And you’re left with the beautiful feeling once again.

The feeling of deep peace, a coming home to yourself, over and over and over again.

Soak it up. Bask in all the beauty. Live Now.

Love,
Molly

P.S. Get my free audio "Getting unstuck" here: https://www.mollydowns.com/audio

What Are You Afraid Of?

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What are you afraid (really) of?

It’s when we step into the moments of who we really are and allow life to move through us when fear seems to creep in the door….

Where am I headed?
What will it look like?
Why me?
Why not me?

All of the ‘what if’s’ and questions begin swirling around until you can’t even see straight.

What do you really want…

Before you add all of the precursors and double meanings to your pure, unfiltered desire?

Before you judge it to death
Before it loses its fresh taste

Lacking luster until you can barely see it anymore until - - poof - - it’s gone.

I ask you now – what do you (really) want?  

What do you see for yourself?
What new idea is brewing?

Where do you want to travel?
What do you want to see and explore?

What new possibilities are hiding right there, under the surface?

You are here to LIVE FULLY as an expression of life.

Be here with me now, and at the very least, just for this second, let yourself

DREAM

And go with that dream, wherever it takes you.

Just take the very next teeny, tiny step or huge leap into the fullness and aliveness of all that is

within You.

Love,

Molly

 

Just Because.

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Today I want to touch on a recent conversation I had with a client and what I’m personally exploring and seeing as fresh and new in my life.

And that’s the premise of what it means to experience a well-lived life and why we do what we do.  

Do you think you need certain conditions in order to be happy?
Do you think people need to do what you think they should?
Do you think you need to have a certain amount of comfort in order to feel good?

The key phrase here is “you think.”

To paraphrase Sydney Banks, “if we are truly living in the experience of our thinking” ALL of the time, (without exceptions) then what’s the point in exploring that which looks like a preference or comfortable or beautiful or oh so...just right?

Simply put, we ultimately do things just because it looks right, or we want to, or it just makes sense in the moment.

And the more frosting we put on the cake, or idea, or whatever we’re up to, the more reasons we have, the more excuses we make up, the more we get caught up in the why or the how or the what if’s….and on and on...

Until we lose touch with the basis of the all-knowing fact of of ‘why we take the next step’ or ‘why we do anything’ is

(to quote a genius singer and songwriter, Perry Farrell):  

Just because.

So go do your thing NOW and bring it to the world.
Take the next step into the unknown.
Dip your toes in and actually get soaked up in the light of…

Imagination, Enthusiasm, Joy, Love, Curiosity, and Wonder

Just because.

Go make your cake – and enjoy the sweet taste of the frosting.

Love,
Molly