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Rise Up! Newsletter

June 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"We spend our lives trying to be ‘somebody’ only to find it is a trap that prevents us from becoming the SOMEBODY we were destined to be."

~Ram Dass

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Message From Bobbie:

To be the SOMEBODY of our destiny, our inner truth and outer life must be aligned. They must actively balance each other until we are whole.

In a perfect world, no one else would define us; we would define ourselves. We would be clear about the expression of our true self, we would go in the direction of our dreams without being influenced by anyone else’s opinion of who they think we should be. But “perfect” doesn’t exist, at least not easily, often or consistently.

More commonly, the SOMEBODY definition is determined by everyone else: society, culture, history and the family systems we were born into. A false self develops that we struggle against, ignore and eventually agree with until one day, if we’re lucky, an inner calling can no longer be denied. We wake up determined and willing to fight for the definition of self that turns us into our own SOMEBODY.

Featured Journal Entry:

The Identity Trap

“I was the rebel kid: number three of five, smack dab in the middle of two sets of talented siblings,” said Denise, one of the youngest Rise Up! workshop attendees. “My elders were scholar athletes, and my younger siblings were great at math and science. All of them were highly competitive, popular and special. There was no space to be just me. So I turned ‘no-space’ into ‘spaced-out’ and stayed that way for a long time.”

She said that now, she is ready to find herself. “But I’m not sure there’s anything to find,” she says. “I know I am not my sisters and brothers. And I’m tired of being the lost kid stuck in the middle. When I read that this workshop was about transformation, I wasn’t sure there was enough ME to transform. But then I read the Rise Up quote: ‘How I Define Myself Defines my Entire Reality.’ I knew I had to come, but I was worried what I’d find out about my real identity.

To Define Oneself by one’s own inner calling and personal truth demands as much letting go of what doesn’t define us as adding what does. We first have to find all the labels that others have given us and we’ve accepted about ourselves. We begin to see we have been caught in a web that may be familiar and even supportive, but is a system not of our own choosing.

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Featured Exercise:

The web exercise is one of my favorites. Try it out! (remember that the brain actually works better when cues, clues and lessons are visual!)

  1. Make a web: Draw it, make it with a string and glue, take a picture of a spider web, or get one online. Make sure it is large enough to attach pictures to it.
  2. Find pictures. These can be personal photos, cutouts from magazines or from the internet. All should be pictures that define you either as you define yourself or others define you: “mom,” “sister,” “friend,” “co-worker,” “teacher,” “CEO,” ”healer,” “mystic,” “wife,” etc. It doesn’t matter how many pictures you choose and NO JUDGMENT (yet) on whether they are accurate.

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her “Rise Up!” movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie’s ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...



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