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Beyond the four walls constructed to keep us warm at night lies our connection to the Oneness of All That Is.

My true home has always been the one that exists within, as does yours.

With the internal knowing that this is true – that a divine spirit flows freely through each and every one of us and through the entire universe – I surrender to the guidance that has always been available to me... to you... to us.

I surrender to the intentions of that spirit, of Soul.

For these intentions continually lead me Home.
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In 2017, I set out on a journey to create a life of freedom through truth, faith, and purpose. I began to be, know, and live as love.

In 2018, I set the intention to dance with the flow of clarity, calmness, and creativity, and I ended up awakening the true freedom from within – I opened up to align with my true home.
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With the rebirth of the new year, I intend to live from this Home of my Soul.

For I Remember the truth.
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Beautiful reader, Remember that you are whole.

Remember that I am whole.

Remember that you are free.

Remember that I am free.

And we are one.
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Surrender to the truth, and simply Be.

Welcome Home.

-Casey

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Heavenly Christmas Morning

8:35am

I’m sitting at this old wooden writing desk on Christmas morning; snow is gently falling outside the window next to me. As it lands on its fluffy bed, I feel comforted; I feel at peace.

This place, my parents’ little slice of heaven in the country, seems to do that for me. It brings a sense of clarity to my entire experience as a human – it reveals my true nature.

All that can be heard is the crackling of the fire in the background, my dog Ace sighing as he decides to go back to sleep, and the faint sounds of my mom rustling in the bathroom as she gets ready for the day.

As I sip my coffee and write, the rest of the members of our family begin to stir, happy and full from our late-night celebrations last night.

My dad tells me a story about a photographer who lives on forty acres of land and makes his living off of photographing the wildlife that journeys across the acreage.

I am thankful – for this day, for them, for you.

On this day, I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with life and love.

Until next time,

Casey

I’m Not Setting Goals This Year

6:17pm

I’ve decided not to set goals for 2019… well, not exactly anyways.

Establishing goals for the new year can be exciting, motivating, and a great way to create clarity around the action steps an individual needs to take in order to fulfill a dream or objective. But when they are set too precisely, they can be restrictive. The headstrong nature of many goals can hold us back from bending with the waves of life and stepping into our fullest creative potential along the journey. This can actually limit what we do, reveal, and become if we’re unwilling to deviate from the path when our gut instincts tell us to.

As someone who once identified as A-Type, I learned early on that we don’t always have to be in a constant state of elevation and prosper. There’s a fine line between always becoming closer to that which we are meant to be (doing our best to align with our soul and fulfill our purpose throughout this beautiful life) and participating in an addiction of achievement and acquisition that feeds the ego. With that in mind, setting goals does not always leave a lot of room to listen to one’s Self; sometimes they don’t leave enough space for freedom.

Aligned action is essential, but strict planning way in advance is not always helpful or completed in love. There needs to be room for fluidity and truth, with internal knowings leading the way beside the dedication.

So what is it that I will be embracing on January 1st? Intention led by word and embodiment. In the past couple of years, I have found that setting intentions with this essence of expansion has allowed me to flourish in both being and doing. Setting intentions propels me to align with the truth and align with my soul.

And I suppose, in a way, taking aligned action ignited by my intuition is my goal for this new year.

-Casey

I Get To

9:19pm

In the evenings this week, I have been ecstatically returning home with high expectations of what I can accomplish. Feed the fur fam, walk the dogs, clean the house, run errands, edit and post a piece for The Sask Press, work on the upcoming workshop for my writing business, answer e-mails and messages, connect with my loved ones, craft a newsletter or Instagram post, catch up with laundry, pack before the weekend, wrap Christmas gifts (side note: those of you who receive cards or presents from me through the mail already know that they may arrive anywhere between December 1st and Jan. 15th – time is an illusion anyways), dance around, and last but not least – write this short blog.

Now, the way I listed those few things might have given you the impression that they are stressing me out or overwhelming me… but here’s the truth: They are not. I definitely don’t always cram every minute of my days with things to do, but this week I have, and I feel freaking blessed to be able to have such a beautiful life where I get to freely be me – freely live without worry or fear, freely express emotion and joy, freely return to our home each evening.

You know what else is cool? Getting to deal with psychopath patients through the health care system.

Now, I understand that statement might sound a tad dramatic; that’s because it was, but I wasn’t entirely exaggerating there. I am learning to appreciate my encounters with patients who demonstrated narcissistic, sociopathic, and other instabilities because it allows me to fully appreciate the beautiful life and experiences that I GET TO have because I am healthy. I get to experience emotion in a dynamic way. I GET TO empathically care for and connect with others. I GET TO be me, and oh how beautiful a gift that is.

I might not be a pharmacist forever, but I will always be able to look back and have gratitude for the gifts the profession has given me. For that – and for everything – I am grateful.

-Casey

Coming Home

Good morning, Beautiful Souls

This morning I sit after a gorgeous meditation practice that reminded me exactly of that which I am, a gentle twenty minutes that brought me home. It is within this time that I revealed completely the beautiful child that I am – the love that I am.

As I sit and write, a shred of ego desires to creep in to cover the vulnerability of my words, to veil the innermost of my being. It longs for me to restructure my sentences, to follow the rules. My inner child knows not to follow such rules this morning. In fact, the moment she knew the rules came so naturally to her was the same moment she decided not to follow them… not entirely anyways.

My hope for you this morning is that you allow yourself to reconnect with her – your inner one.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Let her be. Let her play. Take her hand, and let things be done her way. See that she is all that you truly are. For she is home.

-Casey

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Is Your Dog Smarter Than You?

6:59pm

My brain was as foggy as the thick veil in front of the moon tonight.

The dogs decided they better take me for a walk, with the weather above zero not something I’d want to miss. They were right – I did enjoy the fresh air and appreciated how the breeze gently brought a rose to my cheeks.

As we trotted on, I kept thinking that perhaps we should just turn around and go home, but they seemed to know better. They kept pulling; it annoyed me, but finally I surrendered. Apparently that was the point… because as soon as I released my expectations for this walk – for this day – to go a certain way, it then began to be what it was meant to be.

Upon my full surrender, the dogs relinquished control, and we calmly sauntered back home together. Acey kept looking up at me with a big smile, satisfied with what he had taught me. I chuckled to myself as I imagined his doggo thoughts, “Silly Mom. Life’s simple, really.”

-Casey

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Are You Brave Enough?

5:22 pm

This past October, I attended a conference called Pays to Be Brave in San Diego. At first glance, I underrated the event named as “brave,” deeming it too simple, too surface level. As it turns out, my ego misled me. The event was anything but too simple.

In a way, I’ve always underestimated the power held within the word “brave” in the same way that I’ve underestimated the power held within me. You see, the name “Casey” is derived from an Irish surname descending from “cathasaigh,” meaning brave and vigilant. I’ve read that it’s furthered referred to as “brave in battle.”

I find it interesting that, as I look back at my life thus far, I see that being brave in battle is exactly what I have been. I bring truth, when it is most difficult. I bring light to where there is darkness. I bring courage to the fear.

I think we all need to see ourselves as the intentional creations that we are, knowing that the power that lies within us – the essence that created us – is waiting to be explored, to be revealed.

When we begin to love one another and truly see one another, we can embrace the steadfast internal knowing that we are all representations of the truth. There is a divine spirit that flows through every one of us – the energy of that which created us.

I challenge you to look at others as the pure love that they are at the core of their humanness – at the innermost of their imperfection. And perhaps even more challenging is this: Are you brave enough to know yourself as the truth – the love – that you are?

For I know you can. I feel you can. I hope you know the freedom within that.

-Casey

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Put Down the Numbing Agents, and Walk Through the Fear

There’s a big difference between choosing to enjoy a gloriously delicious meal while celebrating with your friends and choosing only processed foods while sitting on the couch night after night in attempts to numb the pain you are experiencing. One is an experience of love and the other is an experience of pain, of fear. While both may seem to be bring pleasure to your life, they’re not the same. The later will relieve pain, yes, but only temporarily. You can only bury whatever it is you’re running from in Doritos for so long, and then there comes a point where you have to rise up, make the decision that you are worthy, take action that helps to heal whatever situation or deep-seeded trauma you are dealing with, and take steps in the direction of welcoming love in.

The same concept applies to an addiction to your cell phone, alcohol, other drugs, and anything used to numb the reality you have created or to avoid facing what requires healing.

Let’s all call ourselves out. Let’s put down the numbing agents – whether it be the mindless Instagram scrolling we do while taking a cab ride, the bag of chips we demolish after a day at work that knocked the crap out of us… the booze, the cigarettes, the weed, whatever you do from a place of lack and complacency instead of from a conscious place of love, excitement, and growth.

Practise separating yourself from your drug of choice, even just a little bit, and it will be worth it. When it seems difficult, do not give up. Don’t rob yourself of experiencing the beauty of the world simply by not giving yourself the opportunity to look at life’s experiences through clear eyes.

Give yourself moments of agency. Set yourself free. Draw the line for yourself; learn to understand how much exposure to these agents is crossing the line. Be faithful to this line. When you cross it, let it go. You are growing stronger and closer to the intentions of your soul every day.

If it takes professional intervention, seek help. Do not fear help; embrace it. Success is often best achieved through therapy, coaching, medical assistance, or other forms of support. This does not make you weak; it often does just the opposite – it empowers you.

Find an outlet and release that allows you to work through your stress, your thoughts, and emotions in a healthy way. Maybe you express yourself through making music, maybe it’s running, maybe it’s dancing, maybe it’s painting or colouring, maybe it’s lifting weights, or maybe it’s writing. Just do that thing or those things and start working through whatever it is you are trying to numb, whatever you’re so afraid of that makes you need to incessantly stare at your phone. And if it’s just boredom, find a project that fills your heart and ignites a creative fire within you.

In her book Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown describes the importance of facing our emotions instead of attempting to drown them in addiction:

Pain will subside only when we acknowledge it and care for it. Addressing it with love and compassion would take only a minuscule percentage of the energy it takes to fight it, but approaching pain head-on is terrifying... . But what we know now is that when we deny our emotion, it owns us. When we own our emotion, we can rebuild and find our way through the pain.

Give yourself more credit. Don’t pretend you don’t know the difference between participating in something for enjoyment versus doing something to numb emotion or to fill a void. You know which is which; sure, sometimes you get lost, but when you truly listen to yourself, you hear the truth.

-Casey

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Why You Need to Start Welcoming Life's Lessons

11:01 pm

Tonight I’m tired, and it’s crossed my mind that I should just choose something from my journal to post this evening. But as I search through my daily writing log, it proves to be too difficult to choose something. I realize that perhaps the only thing left to do is to write something right now.

There are hundreds (if not thousands) of pages of written words I could pull from, which leads me to the question: What must I say that I haven’t already said? “Hmmm,” I think. The word reverberates through me. Then silence. Stillness. No words yet. It is in these still moments that I realize silence whispers quite loudly.

Hmmm.

The fatigue has set it. The house is clean, yes, but at what cost? After work today, my body was telling me to slow down – to take the evening off. Over the past several weeks, I have led with a firey energy; I have been doing a lot while being a lot. It felt like a beautiful ebb and flow of energies, a “balance.” Man, I really hate that word. “Balance.” It sends shivers down my spine. Overused and undervalued.

Anyways, let’s get back on topic here. I know I didn’t give myself the rest I needed. I overdid it. But I think there’s been a lesson in that, really. This year, I’ve travelled a lot. It feels like I’m unpacking my suitcase every week or two. What’s been really cool about pushing the limits of my body though, is that I’ve become more fluid somehow. I’ve learned to go with the flow and not expect or desire perfection when it comes to a schedule. (And I am not afraid to say that a part of me loves to have a schedule… most of the time.) I’ll just take this moment to share the fact that I made an itinerary for our family trip to Disney World when I was a kid. That definitely wasn’t the last trip itinerary I made, but I certainly prefer to be fully the moment and have fun.

My tired, yet hopefully still a tad bit meaningful, point here is that life gives you exactly the lessons you need. Life propels you to become more of that which you truly are; life loves you. It wants you to be the truth…to be your truth.

Good night, friends.

-Casey

7 Ways You Can Release Resistance & Align With the Intentions of Your Soul

Resistance can present itself in many forms: self-limiting beliefs, judgement of yourself and others, refusing opportunities, believing you are unworthy, or uncomfortability as you create more beauty, more love, and more joy in your life.

1) Firstly, be willing to let go of your fears. Be willing to dive deep to discover what restrictive untruths, assumptions, and ego-based stories have been holding you back. Courageously take on healing these falsities, and gently let them go as you choose a path of light and love. The beliefs you hold that tell you that you are not worthy, not intelligent, not good, not enough, and not love are false. These beliefs may have stemmed from something someone told you when you were young or how you were made to feel in elementary school or at your first job or as a kid or whatever. You no longer belong to these self-limiting beliefs, and they never belonged to you. They do not serve you. They do not serve others. They keep you from fulfilling the purpose that was placed on your soul, from stepping into your best destiny, and from serving the world.

2) Next, release victim mentality. Throw guilt, shame, and resentment out the window with it. Be willing to realize that you hold the power to create your life of freedom. You are co-creating your life with the universe. Choose to fuel your thoughts, your words, and your decisions with purpose, action, and love. Let go of the fear that another individual or circumstance holds power over you. Let it pass through you – say hello to it, acknowledge it, and then move forward with a presence of trust instead.

3) Take back the control that your ego has demanded. Your ego is beautiful and purposeful, but it does not run the show. Once we are able to see that there may be a difference between our personalities (who we are being in the world/who we are presenting ourselves to be) and who we truly are (our truest essence), then we can allow ourselves to step more fully into our truths and realign with the intentions of our souls. We can begin to merge our ego with our true being. As you practise releasing this particular resistance to alignment, your comeback rate from inauthentic living to peacefulness and flow shortens in a miraculous way.

4) Choose to be your truth in every moment by allowing yourself to feel and letting the energy of each experience flow freely through you. It will take time and daily dedication to grow into that which you are meant to be. As hard as it may be, begin practising detachment from the encounters you tend to block and keep within you. Storing resentments only makes it more difficult for you to let them go in the future. Be willing to heal straightaway. Be willing to forgive yourself and others always.

5) Let go of your death grip on judgment: release the judgements of yourself, of others, and, heck, even release the judgements you make of your judgements. Let it all flow. Observe your thought patterns, and make a commitment to change – to become truer. Many of us feel resistant to change – it requires us to be still and allow our souls to lead the way. It also forces us to let go of previously-formed definitions, ways of thinking, old action patterns, and sometimes even people who are no longer in alignment with us.

6) Shift your perspective to understand that people who strive to hurt other people are already hurting, and their ill intent directed towards others also ends up hurting themselves. It’s a cycle. They were hurting before they lashed out at you, and they are hurting even more after they do it. Set yourself free from this cycle by demonstrating compassion, empathy, and love always.

7) When someone is hurting you, demonstrate self-respect and dedication to the truth. Do your best, and respect yourself enough to make room to observe the situation before responding. You do not have to jump on a whim because someone else demands this of you. Show compassion, and bring light, even if it is towards someone completely outside of the situation. Sometimes we don’t get a chance to bring light to the person who is attempting to belittle, embarrass, harass, abuse, or neglect someone else, but remember that we are all part of the same Oneness.

Bringing light in times of darkness attracts more light. When you show up in all your true glory, you can change your world and the world around you. You are the light, beautiful reader. Know this. Believe this. Feel this. There is light within everyone.

Chasing Red Skies

7:58am

“Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in the morning, sailor's warning,” he said, looking over at her with a particularly endearing grin. She returned the warmth with a gentle smile; she was intrigued.

The beauty of the sky on these brisk December mornings hadn't gone unnoticed. The red the day before nearly took her breath away; as she drove up to the highway, she paused for a second longer than usual simply to soak it all in. She breathed in deeply, adoring All that Mother Earth had to say.

It was within such moments that the truth seemed to find its way to the surface - crystal clear, gently enlightening those intended to know it.

She continued on her journey, now with the sense of support and understanding that with each dawn, the red would continue to come… and he truth would be everlasting.

Casey


Driveway Epiphanies

7:14 pm

So it turns out I’m addicted to shovelling the snow from the driveway; it’s where all my best epiphanies come through. I’m not sure if it’s the cold air or the physical labour, but the clarity seems to come with the rose on my cheeks.

On a brisk evening a couple weeks ago, I realized that perhaps I was a writer with a bit of a vulnerability aversion. It’s not so much that I didn’t value the truth; in fact, I felt deeply aligned with the gifts of freedom that come with the truth. What I didn’t realize, though, was that I was wrapping my truths in free gift wrap instead of premium paper… and maybe that was the responsible, economical thing to do, but it wasn’t allowing them to soar freely or find anyone who would benefit from receiving them.

Every time I heard what others were going through, my entire being felt how deeply blessed I was. Once in a blue moon, that made feel the energy of the lowest vibration: guilt. I remember feeling like an ugly duckling in middle school, and then before I knew it I was twenty years old, and I felt so beautiful that it made my head spin. For that, I felt guilty. I wanted to feel beautiful, but not too beautiful.

I remember dampening my enthusiasm for nerdy things in high school. I had a deep love of books – one that far outweighed my desire to have a boyfriend. I had a love for learning, for growing, for becoming all that I could be, but that didn’t really align with the status quo… so I underplayed it. I felt confident, intelligent, and independent, but I didn’t want to flaunt it. This created a weird cycle of shame and insecurity. I felt like I was too shy and simultaneously too much. I felt such tremendous blessings within me, and I thought that if I let all that shine through, then someone else might begin to feel less than because of me – like they were not enough just as they were.

The truth of it is this: I’ve always known that everyone is enough, just as I have always known that I am whole and perfectly imperfect the way I am. You know, I think life is meant to teach us that we have always been exactly what we’re yearning to be. When we forget all the forgetting, the truth is revealed. We are love. I am love. There’s nothing to prove, nothing to achieve; yet, there’s everything to do, everything to continually become. And you know what? That sounds perfect to me.

Casey

Would You Embrace Spiritual Integrity?

This morning I feel vibrant. Knowing that I have given myself permission to post daily content has set me free in a new way. I suppose I have done this before (well, kind of), where I’ve posted daily blogs without editing them in great detail beforehand. And so it will be what it will be.

I feel the nerves in my belly well up in an excited way. I can only assume it is similar to what a speaker experiences before they step on stage in front of a grand audience or even an intimate one (as many do to perform their TED Talks). It doesn’t seem to matter whether one or many read my work; it excites me.

So here’s the thing: I’m now calling those nerves I breathe through “excitement.” I predicted that by renaming these butterflies it would allow me to tap into my flow state even further. I can feel I am in flow. I am clear. I am calm. I am wide awake on this Tuesday morning, but there seems to be a tad bit of negotiation occurring between my heart and my head. My heart yearns to be set free – to take the wheel as I always allow it to… but my mind wants in the game. I suppose they can be coworkers today.

Now that we’ve settled that, we’ll move on to the real issue at hand: let’s write.

Deep breath.

I’ve gone through a freeing and beautiful spiritual practice this morning. By reconnecting to myself and anchoring myself in my faith, I am able to flow through the day, feeling one with All That Is. It’s quite the feeling, you know.

Although life is never “perfect” (There’s no such thing anyways, is there?), I do call it just that. Perhaps life does not appear seamless or “easy”, but it does unfold in a synchronistic way – in a way that is perfect for the moment and for the bigger picture – if we let it.

My perspective is that we are all here to co-create these bountiful, harmonious lives of freedom. When we get to a place where we can allow our souls – our intuition and most inner beings – to lead the way, we experience clarity and certainty in a whole new way.

I have come to know that when one realigns themselves with the intentions of their soul, they propel themselves to make choices in all areas of their life from a place of spiritual integrity. Decisions are made naturally, aligned action is taken, and life flows.

So then it’s simple…right? Well, it certainly can be if one lets it be.

There’s also the pesky, yet quiet, little aspect of healing generational wounds, embracing all that you are and all that those before you were, while freeing yourself from carrying on old patterns set in your childhood or even set by your ancestors.

These are things that might sound intimidating or perhaps farfetched, but the point to it all is really simple: within you lies a beautiful connection to this universe – to your faith or whatever you have named it – and you hold the power to connect to it All. The question really becomes: will you?

Casey

Let Your Words Speak Only Truth - A Message From An Ex Sorry-Oholic

I used to say “sorry” like the word was going out of style. I used it so often that it was as if I could only use it for one more day.

I apologized for my physical presence; for speaking my truth; for bringing my ideas to the table; and for being too powerful, too intelligent, and too kind.

It seemed as though I was apologizing for existing.

Some people seemed to draw it out of me more than others – as if the word meant nothing at all.

But it did.

What it signified was that I wasn’t fully respecting who or what I was.

But now I do… in every moment.

I’ve always known what I am. I am love. I am a Child of God – a Child of the Universe. I was created in the most divine image. I am powerful beyond measure. I am truth. I am wisdom. I am grace.

And so are you.

I am enough. We are enough. You are enough.

So let’s start a new trend this Christmas season; let’s forgo using “sorry” and replace it with empowering, beautiful words that align with our truths.

Let’s say “thank you.” Let’s say “hope.” Let’s say “love.”

Let’s enable our words to hold strength, integrity, and dignity.

In the end, I suppose I was right – “sorry” was going out of style. Frivolously allowing the word to leave my lips had a limited shelf life. When I use it now, you better believe it holds meaning.

Casey