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Rise Up! Newsletter

March 2014

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Whether you tend a garden or not, you are the gardener of your own being, the seed of your own destiny."

~The Findhorn Community

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Message From Bobbie:

2014: The Rise Up! commitment for myself and our community is to make this the year we discover and follow our True Inner Voice. What Gandhi called “the stilll small voice within” calls us to our deep essence; defines our personal possibility, our True Self, and can help lead us to our Life Purpose.

In February, we learned that SELF-LOVE, often elusive and ignored can be discovered and nurtured. LOVE is a powerful tool to uncover that inner CALL that leads to Life Purpose. The entire world benefits when our Life Purpose, driven by love and our inner call, is shared with the world.

In March, we will learn to become the “gardeners of our own being.” March is a time of opportunity. Winds of early spring blow away winter debris and bring the first hint of new life. Each seed is waiting to burst alive to create a new season. The inner voice is the “seed” of our essence. The essence, our inner call to possibility, lies within each seed of life within us.

Seeds grow best in well-dug soil. Digging deep we allow the dirt space, so that water, light, and nurturing can reach the precious new life promised. Possibility is freed when we dig up the soil of past. This month, dig and prepare the soil of our personal landscape; the one that releases our personal destiny seeds, and helps us choose our Life Purpose.

Featured Journal Entry:

Digging the Destiny Garden

Nan is a courageous woman who believes in self-transformation. Born into poverty and facing the challenges of a violent family, she eventually found her way into the Native American traditions of her beloved grandmother. Those beliefs led her to a spiritual life based in service to her community, and mutual friends recommended a Rise Up! session as her life stabilized. She told our group that she wanted to challenge herself to reach higher professional and economic goals. As the primary breadwinner of a large family without middle class resources, she needed support and new skills. Nan is an inspiring addition to my own life and to our Rise Up! group.

“‘Inner voice?’” Nan said during our session. “Yes, I understand that. A ‘true calling?’ That’s consistent with my Native traditions. I was ‘called’ to sobriety and to return to the spiritual practices of my people. That inner voice was my guide to take responsibility for members of my family who had died young of addiction and violence and for the children they left behind.”

“But, digging into the dirt of the past?” she continued. “Turning over the ‘inner soil’ to plant new seeds? I was afraid that would be too painful.

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Featured Exercise:

  1. Methods of digging into what we call “the past” or our “subconscious” are varied. What works for me is a lifelong investigation of a combination of many processes; I found that there are many paths to deep understanding. If they are courageous paths, devoted to clarity and truth, each path will have many thoughts in common.
  2. The best methods require us to be observant of ourselves and to (eventually) NOT blame ourselves or others. Even if at first our anger and grief are directed toward those who hurt us, a righteous path refuses victimization. BLAME comes up for us in inquiry but if it inhibits our understanding of others’ suffering or causes us NOT to take responsibility for our adult lives, it is steering us in a dangerous direction. Do not dismiss your own emotional, physical or spiritual suffering, and do not allow it to be your only reality. New seeds can’t grow if we are holding on too tightly to the old ones!

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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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