Do you have a longing in your soul of something you’d like to do in your life, but you haven’t yet?
What tugs at your heart to create, waiting to be born into this world?
All of us have dreams of what we’d like to create or achieve. They give us hope and joy on our journey through life. But how can we manifest these dreams?
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Think about what dream is still living hidden in your soul today. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smaller or a bigger one. What calls to you that you’d love to realize in this lifetime?
You are unique as an individual in this world. Only you can realize the dream that tugs at your soul to be created in the world. Only you can share with the world this gift.
But how do you turn this dream into a reality? Especially if it might seem overwhelming or impractical or too far to stretch.
First know that it is possible! It truly is! Just one step at a time.
Here are six tips to help you make your dream a reality:
1. Identify one dream you’d like to realize.
The first step to take is to identify what that one dream is right now in your life. Imagine it coming into being and picture it clearly in your mind.
2. Trust in divine support.
Reach out to your spirit guides and ask for support in manifesting this dream. Trust that you’ll get the help you need. People in your life may criticize your idea or think it’s impossible, don’t let this stop you. Remember that all the greatest inventors in the world had similar critics. Just keep moving forward!
3. Research and gather helpful information.
Take a little time to research how you might manifest your dream in the world. These days, there are many resources available easily. What do you need to learn to turn your dream into reality? Talk to other people, read books, listen to podcasts, or go to the library. Deepen your understanding of how to move forward.
4. Make a model of it.
Once you have an idea of how to manifest your dream. Create a model of it. Yes, a physical model of your vision! (Below is photo of a model I created to show the landscape and location of two new buildings I am creating at the Good&Sharp Studios, a spiritual center I am building with my husband.) You can go to the local craft store to get some supplies or just walk outside and find some items from nature like sticks, stones, pinecones and leaves. Be creative! Bring your dream to life in a miniature form.
5. Create a plan and take action.
Now, create a plan on how you’ll turn your dream into reality. What steps do you need to take? Set goals with deadlines, one step at a time. Then get started! Don’t procrastinate. One small step in your plan is better than no steps at all!
Life gets busy and obstacles may arise. Don’t let them get in your way. Commit to realizing your dream, one step at a time. And eventually those small steps will lead to making your dream a reality.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Whenever you need a little inspiration, go look at the model of your dream. Imagine it coming into reality and keep moving forward. You’ll soon discover your own power and courage to make your dreams come true in the world. And I’ll be cheering you on!
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The “Queen of the Flowers,” the majestic rose, is perhaps the most beloved flower worldwide. It’s been used for its fragrance and healing properties since ancient times.
The rose is a plant that is strongly rooted in the earth. It has a form in a pattern of 5 like the star that we often see atop the Christmas tree at this time of year. This is a symbol of the star that once led the wise men to the Christ child, as the story is told. Now, as the Star of Humanity, it leads us on our journeys on earth to become all that we can become.
Hidden within the rose is the same pattern of 5 that we see in a five-pointed star, in the leaves and petals of the blossom in a wild or a cultivated rose. You can find it easiest by simply turning a rose over to look at where the stem is connected to the blossom. There you’ll see the pattern in the calyx.
During the holiday season, placing fresh roses on the Christmas tree or in a vase on a table will allow the scent of this lovely, fragrant flower to drift throughout your home, reminding us of our eternal spiritual nature that leads us, like a star, to what is important in the world.
Since ancient times, the rose has been used for health and healing. In her time, St. Hildegard spoke about the cooling and healing properties of the rose, as well as its ability to uplift one’s mood.
Rose is cold, and this coldness… is useful. In the morning, … pluck a rose petal and place it on your eyes. It draws out the humor and makes them clear. One with small ulcers on his body should place rose petals over them. This pulls the mucus from them. One who is inclined to wrath should take rose and less sage and pulverize them. The sage lessens the wrath, and the rose makes him happy. Rose, and half as much sage, may be cooked with fresh, melted lard, in water, and an ointment made from this. The place where a person is troubled by a cramp or paralysis should be rubbed with it, and he will be better. Rose is also good to add to potions, unguents, and all medications. If even a little rose is added, they are so much better, because of the good virtues of the rose.
-An excerpt from Hildegard von Bingen’s Physica: The Complete English Translation of her Classic Work on Health and Healing, by Priscilla Throop (1998)
Today we know that the rose has many therapeutic compounds that are supportive. They can relieve stress and anxiety, help with depression, detoxify the blood, bring regenerative health to the skin, and boost the immune system, just to name a few!
With its anti-inflammatory properties, rose can be infused in water to sooth the skin. It can reduce the redness of irritation, tighten pores and tone the skin while it hydrates and moisturizes. You can easily make rosewater at home.
Rosewater Spritzer for Skin Health
Take the petals of a fresh rose and simmer in about 1 ½ cups of filtered water in a pan for 15-20 minutes. Let the mixture cool. Strain and pour into a spritzer. Store in the refrigerator.
To lift your mood, promote calm and relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety, make rose petal tea to sip. Infuse rose petals, about 1-2 teaspoons, in boiling water and allow to brew for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
You can also add a little honey to your rose tea and use it to sooth a sore throat.
Don’t have any roses handy this holiday season? Rosewater, rose petals, rosehips and rose essential oil can easily be found for purchase.
Rose Essential Oil
Rose essential oil is one of my favorite ones to put in my diffuser or in a bath. The exquisite fragrance floats through the air bringing a sense of calm, happiness, and peace to my home.
This Christmas season, let the beauty of the rose fill your home, bringing a sense of fulfillment, joy, and peace this year!
Not far from my house, there are tall evergreen trees strung with Christmas lights that shine in the darkness of the night, greeting me each evening after the sun sets behind the mountains.
It’s such a glorious sight to see these magnificent trees with their great strength and height tower over the neighborhood like sentries standing guard through the darkness of night in the winter season, radiating their joyful greeting of light to all who pass by.
As I see their lights come on each evening, I remember St. Hildegard’s vision of a tower that brings us both strength and warm light.
In her book, Scivias, she shares,
“Imagine a large round tower….It has three windows near its top, and from these three windows such a bright light pours out that even the cone-shaped roof of the tower can be seen more clearly in the light. The three windows are decorated around their outside with beautiful emeralds. The tower is located straight behind you, similar to the way a tower is placed in the wall of a city. You cannot be destroyed in any way because of its strength.”
When I see the green lights twinkle on the tops of the trees in the darkness, I picture them as those beautiful green emeralds that St. Hildegard saw in her vision.
Emeralds are such a stunning gemstone, with their deep healing, green color, for the holiday season. They connect to the heart and radiate compassion, love, and a healthy life force. It’s a stone that’ll promote balance in all areas in your life – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Something that all of us can benefit from as we journey through the holiday season!
Are you searching for strength this holiday season? Longing to find time for reflection and renewal before the new year?
I’d like to invite you to join me this year in Bring Spirit to the Holidays during the upcoming 13 Sacred Nights of Dec. 24th – January 6th. Whether it’s your first time or you’re returning to join again, all are welcome! You’ll be joining a spiritual community that will explore words of wisdom from St. Hildegard, like those shared above, that will bring nourishment to our souls.
As we come together in this sacred experience through the 13 Sacred Nights,
Starting on the 24th of December through the 6th of January, I’ll invite you to work with one meditation inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen per day. As you do this, you’ll also pay special attention to your dreams and write down what you remember each day. You’ll notice if there are any connections between your dreams and the questions asked in the meditations.
Find out more about the spiritual community coming together for “Bring Spirit to the Holidays: 13 Sacred Night Challenge” here. Sign up here.
Winter is upon us, the coldest season of the year. All around us life slows down and turns inward. It’s a natural time for rest, reflection, stillness, and peace. What a blessing to focus on this during the season of winter, particularly the upcoming sacred nights!
During this dark time of year, when the daylight is shorter and the nighttime longer, many people often shift into a state of gloom and sadness. Do you too?
You can learn to embrace this dark time of year through awakening to your dreams during the long winter nights.
As you begin to move inward in quiet and stillness during the cold of winter, becoming aware of and remembering your dreams supports you on your life’s journey in the world, particularly for the coming year. You’ll discover answers to questions you have, find support in following your passion, and realize the next steps in a difficult situation.
Are you someone who remembers your dreams well when you awake?
Or do you wake up and not even realize that you’ve been dreaming at night? There seems to be nothing to remember at all!
To help you remember your dreams during this sacred time (or any time during the year!), follow these 3 simple steps. Then you’ll be on your way to unlocking the hidden treasures from the darkness of the night this winter.
1. Create a sacred space and time. To help you recall your dreams, it’s important to create an intention for this before bed. Maybe light a candle or sit silently with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Set an intention to remember the dreams that are important for your life’s journey and spiritual growth.
2. Keep a journal near your bedside. Dreams often dissolve very quickly as soon as you wake up! So, writing them down as soon as you awaken helps you to remember. Then you can read your journal entry later when you are more awake to discover any deeper meaning or message.
3. Awake slowly, keeping your eyes closed. Early in the morning, as you first awaken, keep your eyes closed while you’re still lying relaxed in bed. Put your attention on your dreams, trying to remember any details. Review the main parts of any dream you remember. Attend to the mood and feelings that arose. Picture the location, weather, colors, or any other details that come to mind. Think back to the intention that you set the previous evening.
Through these 3 simple steps, may you discover the rich treasures of your dreams during this winter season!
I’d love to have you join me this year for our journey together through the Sacred Nights this season. Inspired by St. Hildegard of Bingen, I am offering my annual program: Bring Spirit To The Holidays where I provide you with 13 meditations and a journal for this special time of the year, the 24th of Dec through the 6th of Jan. You’ll have an opportunity to dive into the wisdom of your dreams during this sacred time. Discover more at Bring Spirit to the Holidays.
I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.