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From Nelson Mandela’s 1994 Inaugural Speech

“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 frightens us most. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people 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 all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech  

How to Apply Sophia Moments in Everyday Life Part III

There are three movements to sophia moments: stating an intention or need attuning or filtering your inner and outer world for guidance and direction focusing into the moment to determine what meaning it has for you and your life in this time and place In today’s blog entry, I will expand on the movement of focusing into the moment. Focusing into the Moment When the moments occur or upon reflection after they occur, do the following: begin by focusing in the torso region of your body where our feelings reside and can be more readily accessed; be still and quiet inside; ask inwardly “What is the meaning in all of this?” listen deeply for the meaning in this time and place for you. When the insight comes it may present with these qualities: an easement of tension, clarity, overall sense of rightness, calmness, a resurgence of energy and an opening up to something new.

How to Apply Sophia Moments in Everyday Life Part II

There are three movements to sophia moments: stating an intention or need attuning or filtering your inner and outer world for guidance and direction focusing into the moment to determine what meaning it has for you and your life in this time and place In today’s blog entry, I will expand on the movement of attunement. Attunement When we state an intention, not only does it focus our consciousness but a phenomenon occurs whereby our inner and outer world aligns with this deeply held intention. Attunement means: being grounded in reality and centered in yourself; being completely present, in the here and now; having all of your senses attuned to the immediate environment around you; and having all your thinking and mental abilities available to you in the present time and place. Attunement provides a filter from the many messages coming at us from both our inner and outer world. We sometimes miss the moments when they occur but the good news is that we may catch them later. Dream and daily scan journals are an excellent way to discover or rediscover these moments in retrospect. Children innately possess this skill of attunement. Given we were all children at one time, we can relearn this skill, just as we can relearn how to ride a bike. It comes back to us with practice.

How to Apply Sophia Moments in Everyday Life

There are three movements to sophia moments: stating an intention or need attuning or filtering your inner and outer world for guidance and direction focusing into the moment to determine what meaning it has for you and your life in this time and place. In today’s blog entry, I will expand on the first movement of intention. The second and third movements will be covered in upcoming blog entries.  Stating an Intention or Need From my experience, the most powerful thing that brings about positive change and begins the healing process is stating a deeply held intention or need. This intention or need may be about a personal issue or career decision, for example. This intention is more likely to manifest if it promotes your higher good especially in service to others; and you are committed to and believe in it from the depths of your being. It’s important to focus on what you need and not so much on how it will manifest. Remember, the packaging it arrives in may not be what you expected. When we state a deeply held intention or need, it shifts and focuses our consciousness.

Sophia Moment Exercise

Think about something that has your focus right now. Perhaps you are struggling with a personal or career issue. Now look into the rear-view mirror of your life. Where were you with this situation 24 hours ago, six months ago, one year ago, five years ago, or even 10 years ago. Identify all the sophia moments that culminated from these time periods up today (whether you chose to act on them or not).

Healer Archetype

People who are attuned to the healer archetype have the ability to heal others of physical, emotional or spiritual pain. What TV show or movie portrays a character who exemplifies the healer archetype?

Sophia Moments: They Appear in our Inner and Outer World

The qualities and characteristics of Sophia moments include: timing, way opening/way closing and they appear in our inner and outer world. In this blog entry, I will address how sophia moments occur in our inner and outer world. Sophia moments occur in our inner world, for example, through our dreams and in our outer world through circumstances, situations and events that happen to us. They can appear in so many creative ways or “packaging” that you may not have imagined they would appear. It is important to note that we do miss some of them. It is important to pay particular attention to unlikely ones or particularly potent ones. Here is an example of this type of moment from my book: Finding Blue Beach Glass. This story is about my Dad. It was 1981. I had received word that my Dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. We were living in Edmonton, Alberta, which was about 3000 miles away from home. I didn’t know a lot about the disease, for very little was known about it at that time. “The only accurate diagnosis is upon death when a biopsy is done on the brain. Dad is not going to get better; his condition will only worsen,” my Mother said. I felt so alone and sad. I was devastated as I fell asleep that night beside my husband. I was awakened (or was I still asleep) by a presence in my room. It was a man who knelt beside my bed and gently held my hand. “Everything is going to be alright,” he said softly. There was so much love and compassion emanating from his being. I didn’t feel frightened anymore. I experienced this feeling of peace and a sense that I was going to be alright and so I drifted back to sleep. So….did that moment come from my inner or outer world?

Sophia Moments: Way Opening/Way Closing Quality

The qualities and characteristics of Sophia moments include: timing, way opening/way closing and they appear in our inner and outer world. In this blog entry, I will address the way opening/way closing quality.  In Parker Palmer’s book, “Listening for The Voice of Vocation”, he speaks of his personal experience of way opening/way closing that he has learned through his Quaker faith tradition. In his book, he talks about a time in his life where he was feeling disillusioned and losing patience waiting for a way to open up and illuminate the pathway about where he must go next to continue with his work. A way was not opening for him and middle age was approaching at warp speed! He sought counsel from a wise older Quaker women who indicated from her lived experience, she had gained more insight, guidance and direction from way closing than from way opening. And so, it is from my experience of Sophia moments. More has been revealed to me from the doors that have been closed, than those that have opened. I have learned that I must stop banging relentlessly on the doors that have clearly slammed shut in my face in this time and place, and instead, turnaround, put my back to these closed doors and peruse the horizon in front of me to see what possibilities may be there. The guidance and direction from Sophia moments can  be gained from “both ways”.

Who is Sophia?

Sophia is a metaphor for the higher center within us that promotes our higher good. She is the source of wisdom from within. She is that part of us that opens us up to the universal and transformational experiences in our inner and outer world.

Sophia Moment – Timing Quality

The qualities and characteristics of Sophia moments include: timing, way opening/way closing and they originate in our inner and outer world. In this blog entry, I will address the timing quality. The Greeks had two definitions for time. “Chronos” time or chronological time is time as we typically define it in our culture. This is time that is scheduled, managed, organized and programmed into our “to do” lists and blackberries. “Kairos time”, the other Greek definition of time, is more fitting for Sophia moments. It has its own natural rhythm or beat and cannot be controlled, managed or structured. “Kairos time” occurs in its own time. It beats to its own drum. It is what I think John Lennon meant when he said, “Life is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans.” Going back to my story about my Dad: I felt so alone and sad. I was devastated as I fell asleep that night beside my husband. I was awakened (or was I still asleep) by a presence in my room. It was a man who knelt beside my bed and gently held my hand. “Everything is going to be alright,” he said softly. I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams that the guidance I was seeking under such distress, would have appeared in the manner in which it occurred. Similarly, these moments can happen to you at anytime and potentially in a way that you had not anticipated.

What Are Sophia Moments?

Sophia moments is the unexpected discovery of fortunate circumstances and events that occur when we need them the most. Here is an example of a Sophia Moment from my book: It was 1981. I had received word that my Dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. We were living in Edmonton, Alberta, which was about 3000 miles away from home. I didn’t know a lot about the disease, for very little was known about it at that time. “The only accurate diagnosis is upon death when a biopsy is done on the brain. Dad is not going to get better; his condition will only worsen,” my Mother said. I felt so alone and sad. I was devastated as I fell asleep that night beside my husband. I was awakened (or was I still asleep) by a presence in my room. It was a man who knelt beside my bed and gently held my hand. “Everything is going to be alright,” he said softly. There was so much love and compassion emanating from his being. I didn’t feel frightened anymore. I experienced this feeling of peace and a sense that I was going to be alright and so I drifted back to sleep.    

Origin of the Book’s Title

One of my favorite beach activities is scavenging for beach glass. Beach glass is created when broken shards of glass become smooth, frosted, and precious, transformed by the gentle lapping of water and the persistent rubbing of sand. Typically, I find brown, white, and sometimes green beach glass but rarely blue. Blue glass is a rare find indeed! For me, finding blue beach glass is like discovering the extraordinary in the everyday joys and difficulties of life. Similar to the broken glass, we have rough, sharp edges that are longing to be soothed and transformed by the daily tumbling and wearing of our ordinary lives. Scavenging for blue beach glass is an ordinary beach activity that anyone can do. We just need to know where and how to find the blue glass. Similarly, we all have the ability to find those extraordinary moments that occur in the everyday joys and difficulties of life that can enrich and motivate our lives. Those extraordinary moments, I affectionately refer to in my book as Sophia moments.

Archetypes

Archetypes can be compared to a seed. There is already a pattern encoded at an individual level that knows it will eventually turn into a tomato plant or petunia. Human beings are attuned to 1, 2 or 3 archetypes. How archetypes manifest at the individual level varies from person to person. For example, the healer archetype is my predominant archetype and has manifested in me as a counsellor and therapist. For others, it may germinate as a doctor, nurse or psychiatrist. Evidence of an archetype active in our lives can be traced back throughout our life span. Its footprints are there if we look for them as it is activated in situations, life roles, and relationships. When our archetype is active in our lives, we feel more alive, grounded, centered, and empowered. In Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential, Carolyn Myss comprehensively described many of the common archetypes that exist in our collective consciousness. I have selected 12 of the most common vocational archetypes taken from her book and identified below: Advocate (Attorney, Defender, Legislator, Lobbyist, Environmentalist) Artist (Artisan, Craftsperson, Sculptor, Weaver, Writer) Athlete (Olympian) Companion (Friend, Sidekick, Right Arm, Consort) Engineer (Architect, Builder, Schemer) Healer (Wounded Healer, Intuitive Healer, Caregiver, Nurse,  Therapist, Analyst, Counsellor) Mediator (Ambassador, Diplomat, Go-Between) Networker (Messenger, Herald, Courier, Jornalist, Communicator) Pioneer (Explorer, Settler, Pilgrim, Innovator) Priest (Priestess, Minister, Rabbi, Evangelist) Teacher (Instructor — see also Mentor) Visionary (Dreamer, Prophet, Seer — see also Guide, Alchemist)

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