June 2009 Monthly Visions: Follow the Path of your Soul wherever it may Lead you
I am always just as surprised as anyone reading these words to find out what is to come. Whenever I write, be it my monthly visions, books, articles, course content or soul sessions I have no idea what is going to come out onto the page until I start writing, and even then it feels more like I’m a Personal Assistant taking dictation, transcribing words as they flow through me from some source higher than me.
I write as I live my life, in complete trust that this higher source (that I believe is a combination of my higher self, my guides and the Creator/Universe) is guiding me and looking out for me. All I need to do is listen to my inner self when it nudges me “Write the Monthly Visions now”, “Book that plane ticket”, “Send that email”. I faithfully show up or take the required action, usually not knowing what the outcome will be, but knowing for sure that if I take one step at a time, as guided moment by moment, I will be following the path being guided by my Soul, and that’s good enough for me. Of course that doesn’t mean that I’m without the regular human emotions wondering what’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen, but over time, and as the Universe shows up for me time and again, doubt and fear has pretty much given way to curiosity and amazement.
Usually the ‘reward’ of following the guidance of one’s Soul is an unexpected one. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a ‘Sorry but I have to pass on this occasion’ from editors, agents and publishers I’ve submitted work to over the years. Hundreds. It happens all the time to all writers, and to anyone in the creative industry. It happens all the time to all of us, whatever line of work or life situation we’re in. I believe in happy endings, and I absolutely believe we are here to create our dream life at this monumental time in humanity’s evolution. Yet I’ve also learned in my life that the road to happiness is usually filled with many twists and turns. These little bumps and detours are not there to discourage us. They are there for some beautiful reason often only seen in hindsight. Strengthening your resolve, instilling you with courage to keep going, understanding things from a higher perspective, making you stand strong and true to yourself in the face of people who don’t agree with you, developing humility, trust and appreciation for divine timing, all these reasons and more are disguised as delays and denials.
In these ‘Law of Attraction’ and ‘The Secret’ times, we are receiving a double sided coin. On the one hand more people now know we can be, do and have anything. On the other hand, if that which we want to be, do and have doesn’t appear in our lives pretty quickly we are easily disillusioned. I know there are many who doubt the ‘Law of Attraction’ message or worse, doubt the guidance coming from their own Soul. “Why would my Soul guide me to follow my passion, when all I’m receiving is failure?” “I’ve always felt I have a soulmate. Well where is he?”
My life journey has taught me that a successful outcome isn’t always about receiving a yes that you really want when you really want it, or having a door open that you only dreamed of in exactly the way you dreamed it (although it feels wonderful when these things happen), it is about the stuff that happens inside you when the yes doesn’t come (yet), or when the doors don’t open (yet). That is often the true test of our nature. In the face of hard times, closed doors and outcomes that look drastically different to what we were hoping for, how will we respond? Who we choose to be in those moments, tells us a lot about who we are choosing to be in general.
Having spent a lot of time in the US and surrounding countries over the past year I’ve seen and heard about a lot of people who, having lost their jobs, homes and livelihoods, have emerged out the other side with a greater connection to their emotional relationships, a better understanding of their priorities in life, a desire to live more simply and richly, often taking on new careers that may pay less but are much more fulfilling and much less stressful. Others are having the experience of finally daring to step up into their power, opening up to more success and abundance, appreciating it all the more so for having been through a lot to get there.
I don’t think these coming times are about hardship, I think they are here to fully shake us all into a greater appreciation for what we have, a greater trust in the mysterious way life works, a greater connection to the guidance of our Soul, and a greater allowance for letting go of how we think life should be, to let in the life that could be. For some that means developing greater humility. For others it means allowing more freedom, fun, joy and ease into your life. For some it means learning to live with less material objects, taking more time to turn inward. For others it means letting in more material comforts, and allowing yourself to be great. It is a time of balancing the scales, not so that we’re all the same, but so that we all can finally be wholly the fullness of who we really are. It’s time to pick up the scattered pieces of the parts of ourselves we have denied, and draw them back in.
This is a majorly powerful and profound process, and it ranges from feeling positively blissful to downright frustrating. The Universe and your own Soul is always guiding you and supporting you through this process, even when it doesn’t feel like it. Especially when it doesn’t feel like it! I remember a few years ago when I got back to Sydney after living in London. I was restless and wanted to go back to London. So, I filled in an application to do a Master’s degree over there and got into the program. Yet, when the time came to start booking my ticket, I felt the biggest ‘No’ inside me. I knew I couldn’t go yet for some strange reason. I postponed by 6 months. The time came, and again, it was like a wall was in front of me saying ‘No, you can’t go, not now.’ I was going out of my mind. Nothing was happening for me in Sydney and here I was with an invitation to study this fabulous program in London. If I postponed again that’s it, they couldn’t keep the position for me a third time. Yet my Soul was being very persistent. “No, not now”. It wasn’t coming from fear, it was just a very quiet, yet strong knowing that I was to stay in Sydney for the time being.
I declared, “Well if you want me to stay here you better show me some good reasons why I’m staying!” Things started moving slowly but surely. A short television presenting course came to my attention, so I did that. Then my guides told me it was time to start seeing clients again for in person sessions from a particular place, Namaste in Sydney. To you this might seem like normal advice for someone like me. But I have to admit, I had until that point exerted a lot of time and effort trying to push away my sessions work. When I left school I wanted to be a journalist. I wanted to change the world. If not a journalist, I wanted to work with the United Nations or something like that. What actually happened was I ended up working in the hotel industry in sales, marketing & pr until my mid-20’s, and then working in that same capacity with my sister who had developed her inspirational Mesha products. Whenever life felt a bit too ‘comfort zone’ I’d sell my car and go travel – Europe, India, Egypt, Mexico, the US, I just followed the guidance of my soul even if others thought I was crazy to keep leaving ‘safe and secure’ work.
At some point after I’d returned from India my sister Jelena and I developed Wakimbo, one of the first websites to offer journaling tips and exercises and a brand of specialised handmade journals created by Jel. I was using my life to write empowering and helpful information, and while I don’t remember earning much money during this time, it was very fulfilling. During the whole decade that was my 20’s I was often found giving random readings in the offices of my jobs, during travels and whenever someone asked. I even worked on and off at various healing centres and holistic festivals, always because of the soul nudges urging me to do it. Even though it came easily to me, and I genuinely felt humbled and fulfilled by every session I did because of the profound information that always came through, I never considered this my ‘real work’ of course because I wanted to be a writer or social activist of some kind. I felt I wasn’t using my brain to its full potential, and am someone who craves mental stimulation.
So it was exciting when I decided to go to university at age 29 and start a Communications degree. In the start of my 2nd year something didn’t feel right. I suspended my degree and discovered later that year that my mum had cancer. Because I had suspended my studies I was able to spend those precious 3 months back home caring for her with my 2 sisters. In those 3 months from diagnosis to her passing, I went through a crash course in embodying ‘everything happens for a reason’. I got back in touch with my physical human self having lived much of life in the intellectual and spiritual realms, and decided to suspend my degree for another year while I developed a chakra course and started a radio show. After that I went back to complete my degree but it seemed that the Universe always was one step ahead of me. My Soul said it was time to spend more time in Europe which had always felt very home-like to me (due to my Serbian background), not later, but right now, so I managed to get approved for an exchange program allowing me to complete my degree in London where I was able to do more media production and world-change subjects. I loved it!
I started working with the World Future Council over there and, funnily enough through our Wakimbo website, got invited to speak at the World Peace Congress. I was in my element. I had to return to Sydney for a visit, but knew I’d be back in London asap. Entry into the Masters degree confirmed it and would assure me a Visa for another year or two. You can imagine my complete confusion at suddenly being told by ‘they’ who have been my lifelong guides that it was in fact time to stay in Sydney and start giving sessions on a more full time basis. What the?!?
So I did, at first thinking this was just a temporary measure until whatever communications glitch that had obviously occurred in the higher realms was sorted out. They also told me to start offering email sessions, which I thought was completely crazy. “How am I going to tune into people I’m not seeing or even hearing on the phone?” Well, the email sessions flowed with my continued amazement. A couple of months into my work at Namaste I was driving to a meeting when I got the message “The person you are having a meeting with knows your soulmate”. Well this was unexpected. My soulmate, whoever he was, was an adventurer. A traveller. Surely I wouldn’t find him in my home city of Sydney?! By the end of the meeting we’d discovered we had a mutual friend - Christian, whom I was friends with about 13-14 years before, and dated briefly when I was about 20. He was living about 10 minutes from me in Sydney, and yes is a great traveller and adventurer as I’m sure you’ve gathered by our stories in these monthly updates. Yep, life and the guides work in mysterious ways.
Cut to 2008 and I am completely immersed in my life in Sydney. Work is going great. I am loving seeing clients, and writing articles. Christian and I are happy there surrounded by many super fabulous family and friends. My first book is about to come out. We’re planning to go to the US in the Northern Hemisphere summer. I feel I can breathe a sigh of relief – so this is happiness! My guides show me their next hand. Apparently we’re going to be gone longer than I think – 15 months longer to be exact. Where the money is going to come from I don’t know, but off we go into the unknown, telling our friends and family ‘See you in 15 months’.
On 23 June 2009 we will celebrate 1 year away and what a year it has been including everything from flying LA to Chile with a one way ticket and about $200 left in our bank account based on seeing a big BELIEVE sign on a roof, to manifesting a free car to use for a few months right when our rental died on us. I have no doubt in my mind that we will keep going for the entire 15 months. After that who knows? I’ve certainly learned that ‘God laughs when you’re busy making plans’. We will continue to follow the guidance of our Souls.
So what is the moral of this very long Monthly Visions story? I guess it’s to keep following that voice inside you, even when it makes no logical sense, even when you have no idea where you’re going or how you’re going to get there. When it diverts you in a direction other than the one you ‘planned’ on taking, consider that this unexpected direction is taking you exactly where you planned to go, albeit with very different scenery. I have to laugh because the one thing I always resisted – my ability to tune in to energy and download messages from Spirit and Higher Selves for my clients – has been the thing that has opened the door to all the things I’ve ever wanted to do. When I was little I said I’d be a teacher and write a book, and I have thanks to allowing myself to follow my Soul. As for the ambitions I had when I left school, I have become a journalist of sorts, and I am helping to change the world, and I am being a social activist, yet doing all those things in a way that is unique and right for who I really am inside, in a way that is so much more suited to who I really am than the route I thought I was going to take. Whenever my inner voice has said leave everything and go travel, I did. When it’s advised me to suspend a course or delay it, I have. I have done nothing how one ‘should’ do it, I have jumped into the abyss of the unknown time and time again, and my life path and career has been far from an orderly, neat, straight line. This nomadic, higgledy piggledy twisty turny life I’ve had has taken me to the life of my dreams, doing work I love while travelling with the one I love. My life experiences have been better than a PhD, teaching me more than I can express.
The Universe created a ‘Dana role’ especially for me, and it has a “Your name........role” especially for you. Believe in the ability of the ‘Great Mystery’ to do their job to help you fulfil this role. Your job is only to listen, trust and follow the journey life is wanting to take you on.
With Many blessings,
(c) Dana Mrkich 2009
Dana Mrkich is a spiritual intuitive, inspirational writer, radio host, author of A New Chapter (Zeus Publications), and creator/teacher of online course Your New Chapter. She offers Soul Sessions via email, phone and Skype to clients all around the world, containing the guidance and healing insights you most need at this time as you step further into your true self and new reality. Subscribe to Dana's Monthly Newsletter Visioning the Dream Awake for Monthly Visions, articles, interviews, courses and more or please visit: www.danamrkich.com
Awsome post. But here's what caught my eye, "I don’t think these coming times are about hardship, I think they are here to fully shake us all into a greater appreciation for what we have, a greater trust in the mysterious way life works, a greater connection to the guidance of our Soul, and a greater allowance for letting go of how we think life should be, to let in the life that could be." This is what I believe is really happening to us. If you look around and see people in worse shape than you, it should not only be acknowledge, but if you are fortunate and can lend a helping hand, that would be even better. It's time to really buckle down and become in tune with "Source", for it is neccessary in order to fulfil the great things we were destined to do on this wonderful planet!ReplyDelete
I love what you've written, showing all the twists and turns in your life in a positive way.ReplyDelete
Looking at my life up to now, and at where I stand and what my next move might be, I really do feel that now is a time to follow my intuition as the only reliable compass. The old "planning" way is one that relies on life unfolding according to rules and expectations that no longer hold true. This is a new landscape we are moving into and the old signposts aren't coming with us.
So, I'm letting my heart decide, it's taking some getting used to, but looking back on turbulent times in the past, I have to conclude that everything is always for the best because I'm here, able to write a comment to a wonderful article by an inspiring person. Life's a blast, enjoy the ride.