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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

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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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.

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