Courage and the Cowardly Lion

December 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Heart Centered Living, New Posts


The Wizard of Oz Truly Was a Fraud


In “The Wizard of Oz” the Lion character is filled with fear and has accepted the label of “coward.”  He sets off down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and the others to find his courage.

Of course, he’s looking for Courage in the wrong place – outside of himself.  Courage resides within us and is available in unlimited quantities if you seek it within.  No amount of medals, as given by the Wizard of Oz to the lion, can possibly provide us with Courage.

In his 1994 Inaugural Speech, Nelson Mandela spoke about fear and courage in these now-famous words:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?”
Actually, who are you “not” to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking  so that others won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own Light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,  our presence automatically liberates others.

So I en-courage you to be the Light.  Be the change you want to see.  Go deep inside and connect with the Courage that lives in your own Heart.  The Courage is who you really are!

If you are choosing to have more Courage in your life, begin by answering these questions. 

  1. If I had tremendous courage, what changes would I make in my life?
  2. Would the changes I listed help me fulfill my soul’s purpose for this lifetime?
  3. Would the changes I listed have effects for the next 50 years and beyond?
  4. If not, what is holding me back from making a change that would have that effect?
  5. What are 3 situations in which I have already acted courageously.
  6. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the MOST courage, how much more courage would it take than I have demonstrated in the past to achieve the changes my Soul is asking me to make?
  7. Could I find or create this much more courage if I knew how important it is to my life purpose?  (To answer this, you don’t need to know how you might build the courage just yet.  You just need to know that it is possible to do so!)
  8. What would make it possible for me to find or create this much Courage inside myself?
  9. Who are some of the people who inspire me by their expressions of Courage?
  10. What is the first step I could take today to would help me connect with more of my inner Courage?

If this process has intrigued you or given you some insights, please comment on this blog.

If you would like some assistance in connecting withyour own inner Courage, please email me at or call me at 860-651-5771.


Tapping Into Your Inner Knowledge

December 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Age of Ascension

When I was growing up, I was taught by both my parents and other “authorities” to distrust my inner knowings and experiences.  Did that happen to you, too?  And do you remember some of the things you knew that you were taught to distrust?

  • I knew that, if there is a God, s/he is loving and not hateful, cruel, or vengeful.
  • I knew that there is life on other planets.
  • I knew that I could communicate with animals, or at least feel what they were feeling emotionally.
  • I knew what I didn’t like.
  • I knew what I did like.
  • I knew that if I didn’t please my parents and did, instead, what I wanted to do or what I felt was right when it disagreed with their perspective, the consequences would be dire.

How can we retrieve our own sense of knowing what is best for us?

For me, it took a very long time and a lot of encouragement and courage to break away from the conditioning and programming that I had received.  The energies were much denser then and this kind of thing was very hard work.  I succeeeded because I was very unhappy and very determined.

Today, so many people are discovering that the “answers” they have been given about how to live their lives and what is important in their lives are no longer working.  Society and the economy and relationships are changing and as we feel tossed about on the ocean of consciousness, it is time to ask the questions,

What should I do? 
How can I feel free and expansive while still feeling safe?
How can I protect myself and my family?
How can I experience Love in all areas of my life?
What is the next step for me in my life path?
How can I find the higher purpose in all this?

Seeking answers, you can talk to lots of people – friends, family, psychics, various professionals and specialists – and you can read lots of books and blogs.  But really, what good are everyone else’s answers going to be for you?  Maybe those answers are the best answers for the person giving them, but how do you know if they are the best answers for you?

The bottom line is this: 


No one else knows what is for your highest good except YOU. 

The answers are not “out there.”  For one things, “out there” is really just a reflection of your inner world.  Perhaps you can get signals that appear to be “out there” as a means of guiding you, and sometimes those signals do come through other people, but those signals are really coming from “in there” inside you.

How can you learn to strengthen and enhance the signals you are receiving?  How can you learn to notice them more and interpret them correctly?


Each day, while commuting, or when you get into bed at night, or if you sit down to meditate, as some folks do, make the following requests:

  1. Ask your higher self or “I AM Presence” to be more fully integrated into your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual bodies (your 4-body system).
  2. Ask to be fully aligned with your Soul’s purpose for this day and for this lifetime.
  3. Ask to be given clear, neon-sign, you-can’t-miss-them signals to guide you through the day.
  4. Make a commitment to yourself to
    1. Notice the signals
    2. Write down all the signals you notice
    3. Follow through with the signals

If you do this every day for at least 2 weeks, I believe you will find significant changes in your ability to receive signals.  You will also find that there are more and more signals coming in.  You will, in fact, be getting the answers that you seek.


How do you learn any new skill, like shooting an arrow accurately?  You shoot an arrow and it misses the target.  You shoot another arrow, and it still misses the target, but it’s closer this time.  Maybe the next 3 arrows also miss and the 4th arrow hits the edge of the target.  By the 8th arrow, you are actually hitting the target 75% of the time.  By the 20th arrow you even had one bulls-eye.

All of life is a learning experience.  Your Higher Self, your I AM Presence, cannot guide you if you are standing still.  You have to take some steps in some direction.  If the steps you take are not in the direction you are being guided towards, you will get more signals to help you back “on track.”  If you are taking steps in the direction you are meant to go, you will get confirmations, which are signals that tell you that you are on track.

Sometimes confirmations and redirections come in the form of emotions.  You agree to do something, but you immediately feel horrible about it.  Or you agree to do something and you feel elated.  NOTICE these signals, and then follow through with them.  If you are distrusting them, you can ask, in either case, for additional confirmation.  But don’t keep asking over and over, as that will cause great confusion for you.

At some point you have to take a leap of faith. 


I left the world of computers without really knowing what I would do to support myself.  I kept getting the message that I had to leave or I would die, literally, as that world was making me very ill and it was not my true path any longer.  I had to learn to trust myself.  I had to learn that when I was aligned with my higher purpose everything would fall into place.  I had to learn to get out of my own way – get rid of limiting beliefs and ALLOW the energies of my life to flow and align.

Do you have the courage to trust your Self?  Now may be the time to find out, as the energies are supporting this as never before.