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Expansion and Growth

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much :). Thank you for being patient. More regular posts to come! Lots of projects marinating, with new endeavors taking root, and moving ahead. When I set my own intentions, one area of focus was to expand my business and offerings. In my next blog post, I will elaborate more on what’s brewing on my end. Stay tuned!

Contemplating my own expansion emerged a new intention theme of Expansion and Growth. This theme was inspired by, and created for the Business Intention and Goals’ Group (BIGG) I facilitate.   imagesExpansion is…opening UP to possibilities. Opening TO possibilities. Possibilities lead to expansion; not just for your business, but for yourself on a personal spiritual development level.

What does expansion mean to you personally? On a business/ career front? Or applied to other areas? Here’s what comes to mind for me. Maybe some will resonate with you.

Opening up to possibilities

Tapping into your full potential

Stepping up/ Stepping out

Spreading wings

Expanding beyond the horse blinders

Surrendering to the unknown, but also to the excitement of what’s to come

More options for what’s possible

Casting a wider net

Reaching more people

Having a greater impact

Serving more

More visibility

Being seen/ heard

Dreams fulfilled

Living without limits

Freedom to explore more of yourself

Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of expansion includes: economic expansion, and expansion of the universe.

Dictionary.com’s definition: expansion occurs “usually due to heating” – for our purposes, we could think in terms of “passion” or “fire under our asses” and “what are you cooking up?” or “what are you fired up to do?”

Expansion Synonyms – grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means “spreading out.”

When you think of things that are expansive, what comes to mind? For me, it’s nature; the sky, water, trees, and spaciousness; space (outer space), the horizon, and consciousness.

EXPANSION also means risk; being willing to risk more, being more vulnerable to fully embody who you are, and who you are becoming. Being willing to explore more of you, more skills/talents, and open up to new experiences and opportunities – as you are ready and willing to do so.

When you’re expanding you are…

Stretching beyond where you were before

Out of comfort zone, stretching and expanding your comfort zone

Out of box (self-placed)

Moving through obstacles, blocks, fears, hurdles, limits – beyond what is possible – dreaming in an expansive way.

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There are lots of catalysts and tools for expansion and growth. Mind Maps are one way of showing potential possibilities. Read my previous blog post on Mind Maps:  https://intentiongroups.com/2015/07/01/mind-mapping-intentions/

When you are in this expansive and growth mindset, share out loud or write down your excitement for the ways in which you desire to expand personally, professionally, and spiritually. Let your imagination and possibilities extend beyond your comfort zone, current reality, and perceived limits. This is a helpful tool to feel energized and embody the feelings you desire to create from bringing in an element of fun, and excitement for what’s to come. Approaching your intentions from an expansion and growth launching zone is empowering and helpful to broaden your perspective.

Exercise #1: Verbally share outloud to yourself, or to a trusted friend/partner, or write down your responses

My business is…

My dreams are expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined…

Growth is apparent by what I am experiencing…I love how…It is remarkable how…

I am attracting perfect clients…

My financial health is flourishing, and increasing…

My intention surrounding this area is growing, and positively expanding in these ways…

Exercise #2: What are a few ways you can expand your business and/or yourself from a personal development or personal improvement, and wellness approach? Where can you step your toe into the greater pond of possibilities? Where can you go deeper, broader, and bigger?

Are you allowing yourself, and your business to expand beyond its current borders? If so, are you experiencing growing pains from stretching yourself? Many of us have “stretch marks” from these growing pains :). Is there an area where you feel timid, uneasy, hesitant, fearful, or stuck? Observe, spend some time working through the belief, or feeling that may be limiting you, and steer through with ease, honesty, and gentleness.

Use where you imagine yourself going as your North Star, your compass, and allow it to navigate and direct your way to expansion that serves you, your purpose and a fulfilling life!images-1

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Labyrinths: The Path to Intention

If you’re like many kindred spirits I know, your life’s path is probably not a direct bee line from point A to point B much of the time. Surprises abound, and unforeseen opportunities arise for your growth, learning, and personal development sculpting. Life’s path may be full of twists and turns, curves,  and curve balls, and it may be quite winding, confusing, and tedious at times. Thankfully, life is also peppered with joy, laser focused moments of clarity, gracious gifts, sprinkled with understanding, ease, flow and harmony!

Cross cultural symbols throughout the ages reflect and mirror such a colorfully pebbled path in fascinating ways across diverse mediums and formats. Labyrinths have been found throughout the world across cultures and regions. Using labyrinths to connect the intention process, and the magically unfolding path life presents, creates a beautiful and metaphorically abundant theme for the intention groups. This theme leads to profound conversations of self discovery.

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“The labyrinth doesn’t ask: Are you going the right way or the wrong way? The labyrinth asks, “Are you going?”

What is a Labyrinth?

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“A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.”

“A labyrinth is an ancient, sacred, archetypal pattern that has been found throughout the world in many forms and sizes. Labyrinths have a single path to and from the centre. Labyrinths are one of the few archetypal patterns that we can physically interact with.  Labyrinths are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as tools for meditation and healing. The process of walking the labyrinth helps many people become more centered and balanced.

Labyrinths are different from mazes. Labyrinths are unicursal, which means that they have one well-defined path that leads us into the center and back out again. There are no dead ends or paths that divide. A maze on the other hand is a puzzle to be solved: a left brain task that requires an active mind, logic, analytical skills, and problem solving abilities. A labyrinth is a right brain task involving intuition imagery and creativity.  With a labyrinth there is only one choice: the choice to enter or not.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

From the book: The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

“Unlike mazes, which force choices and can create fear and confusion, labyrinths are designed to “embrace” and guide individuals through a calming, meditative walk on a single circular path.”

In my intention groups, I discuss the different purposes of labyrinths, and the assorted types that are accessible and available, from finger labyrinths, indoor and outdoor labyrinths, as well as digital and virtual ones. We shared how there are labyrinths represented in nature from tree rings to finger prints, even unexplained crop circles. Here’s a link for a printable finger labyrinth, and other resources on where to find local labyrinths: https://labyrinthsociety.org/download-a-labyrinth

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What’s the connection between intention and labyrinths? Everything. It’s both a metaphor for our lives, and a literal representation for how we choose to walk into, and walk through our intentions, and life. Before one embarks on a path of intention, or the process of setting intentions, you pause to reflect on your focus of desire both in general, and specifically for each intention or vision. So before stepping into, and onto a labyrinth path, it is common to set an intention for your experience for traveling the labyrinth. It is also recommended to bring in your specific intention/s and create awareness, focus, and attention on them.

There are multiple layers here to explore for intentions:

  • You can set an intention for your labyrinth walk before your way in. It can even be a feeling you would like to embody.
  • Set an intention for insight to be revealed during your labyrinth walk related to your intentions and dreams, or in general.
  • Focus on an intention in progress, and hold what you are manifesting.
  • Allow for insight, so you can provide an opening for inspiration. As inspiration reveals itself, consider where you can take an inspired action step towards your intentions or goals? Surrender and allow for new perspectives, and insights to emerge.
  • Allow for the space for what’s coming up around your intention/s, and in general? Check in with yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Walking a labyrinth is a helpful spiritual practice for embracing sacred space, and connecting with your higher self, Soul, and heart.

Consider the walls of the labyrinth, your life, and your intentions. Where do you find yourself putting up walls, creating blockades, and adding chaos, where there are walkways, hallways, and a clear, direct path to travel? Have you halted yourself, and procrastinated movement, and taking steps towards your intentions and dreams?

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“Power of the first step, of a project – usually sets in motion a surprising dynamic where doors open, kindred spirits align and the universe has been waiting for this step.” First step is magic of the beginning.

I loved how one writer from the Labyrinth Ireland website mentioned why people walk the labyrinth: “For balance; to centre themselves; to increase their awareness; to connect to their higher selves; to balance their chakras, for grounding, and to bring peace. It is usually helpful to have an intention before you walk the labyrinth.  Your intention can be looking for an answer to a question, or just seeking a way to find balance or improvement in some area of your life. The experience of walking the labyrinth is different for everyone, and different each time you walk one.

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.  Do whatever feels right for you.  Many people divide the walk into three parts, or the three ‘R’s: Releasing, Receiving, and Returning.  On the walk in focus on releasing whatever is on your mind: your tensions and worries or whatever is occupying your thoughts.  When you reach the centre rest and allow whatever thoughts or answers come to you.  On the walk out focus on returning to your everyday life with the wisdom that you have received.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

There are three main phases of a labyrinth walk: Entering in, the walk, exiting out

When you first walk in, is there any resistance present? While you are walking through, do you wish it was another way? Are you distracted or disconnected? Do you experience any self-doubt or limits? Are you rushing the outcome, and anxious for the center or the end? Do you wish it was different? If so, how? Where can you make a connection, or comparison in how you show up as you approach your intentions, your life, and common situations, etc.?

“Labyrinth is a symbol of the turnaround, a change of heart. Twists and turns of a path, and a complete turnaround in the center. On the path to find your center, twists, and turns, like our lives take.”

The Walk

Look for the active metaphors, and insights that come through as you meander through the labyrinth. Observe how you walk through the labyrinth: quickly, slowly, with concentration on your body, your feet, your heart, and your breath, no concentration at all, or a mixture. Tap into, and engage your senses. What do you notice? What do you hear, smell, feel, touch, taste, and sense?

The Center

Discover the labyrinth center.  Discover your center. What gifts of insight does the center have to offer? So you reach the center. You achieve your intention; you materialize what you are looking for, and what you originally set out for. Are you content? Are you satisfied? Are you looking for more, better, – different? Are you let down? Are you disappointed? Were you hoping it would be something else? Do you feel grounded? Centered? Are you at peace? How do you feel? After reaching the center, pause a moment in the center, and receive.

“Those who travel along too quickly often hurry past the center without noticing it.”

“The path to the center is never straight, but always clear.”

“You ask: What, then is the center? Everything.”

With an uncanny parallel to our process with intentions, embrace the symbolism, and any metaphors that drift through your journey. As you embark on this path, as you enter through, you change, shift and grow. Consciousness expands, perspectives changes, and awareness is heightened.

“The end of one path is simply the start of a new one.”

“After awhile I know neither how far I have to go, nor how far I’ve gone. I begin to concentrate on the path, not the destination.”

Exiting Out

Begin heading back out, and begin the releasing process. What’s coming up for you? It’s time to go and release, release expectations, and embark on a new journey.

When we get “there” or attract whatever it is we desire into our lives, it’s, “Oh, I manifested what I want, and in the same breath, perhaps you ask, “Is this really what I want? What do I want from this new point,” like in the intention arch. As you leave, and as you exit the labyrinth, you bring new insight, new info, and a refreshed viewpoint; a new perspective. Possibly you recognize some fears or other issues that were not present when you started initially. These are a few suggestions, exploratory questions, and intention approaches to ask yourself when walking a labyrinth. I’m hopeful you will discover your own labyrinth meanings, and find deep connections to your intentions, dreams and life as you apply your emerging wisdom. Labyrinths have infinite potential for application, and integration into  our individual life’s path. However you traverse your intentions, consider the perspectives and insights that labyrinths offer on your intentional path. May you be open to the wisdom of the labyrinth on your path of transformation. May the gifts and gems of knowing enhance the manifestation of your dreams!

“The labyrinth invites us to discover the beauty of the whole in all the confusion, imperfection and painfulness of life. It invites us to set out on the path with serenity and resolve. It invites us to strike out for the center and to find our way home.”

Gorgeous image by www.judytempleton.com titled, “Labyrinth – Inner Journey” that beautifully captures the essence of labyrinths and the mystical inner path.

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Recommended Books:

41BZ-6qur6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_  Labyrinths – Walking Toward the Center by Gernot Candolini

41j3HQlYdiL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_  The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

Release or focus on the intention?

A question arose whether one should release the intention or focus on it constantly for it to manifest. There is no concrete or rigid answer or any shoulds. Both approaches are effective, and beneficial. There are other methods to consider as well. You can approach your intentions either way, and experiment with what works best for you and your style. You may find combining both releasing, and putting your focused attention on your intentions to be helpful, or depending on your intention, you may have a preference.

After setting your intention, one method is to let go, and release your intention into the ethers, and universe, and allow it to materialize and magnetize towards you. Write it, speak it, share it, and know, feel and sense it is done and complete. Surrender, sit back and wait –without entering the doubt zone.

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Some prefer to focus on their desired intentions throughout the day, weekly, and dedicate time and space each day to zoom in, and put dedicated attention on their intentions. You could do visualizations, free write, mantras, affirmations, or frequently bring positive mindfulness to your intentions in a ritualistic way. The Law of Attraction demonstrates that what you focus on shows up in your life. “Energy flows where attention goes.” What is top of consciousness, and part of what’s on your mind is often what you will notice and attract in your life.

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Both paths offer value, but ultimately releasing your intention, and letting go is part of the intention process. We can ask, and have laser focus for what we want. Our job is also to get out of the way, and let the universe, your guides, your Source connection, and higher self assist in the process. Allowing whatever you intend to enter your life is also a large part of the journey.