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CAN PIVOTAL MOMENTS CHANGE LIVES?

Can pivotal moments change lives? In an instant can you turn from despair to hope?

For me the answer is YES definitely! Like so many people 2016 was a very tough year! Hanging on by the fingertips emotionally, I felt challenged on so many levels. To the point where I had no energy to continue writing my second book. Each day seemed a challenge. While I believed I had healed pretty well from a traumatic past, I discovered I had to dig even deeper to make peace with past memories that had been triggered by certain events early in 2016. The natural world enabled me to touch the inner silence and acknowledge that any resistance on my part to unresolved pain would only hold me back.

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When the opportunity presented itself to share in the journey of 365 Life Shifts  I said YES!  While still feeling emotionally depleted I realised I had been offered a lifeboat in turbulent seas. Passionate about sharing the beauty and wonder of this world I knew my story offered hope to others. Hope to me is the sunshine of the soul. Supported lovingly by Facebook friends, writers Jodi Chapman and Dan Teck, I was excited and blessed to share my story of a pivotal moment that changed my thought-form enabling me to heal and thrive.

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A little of my story : Finding myself a widow at 47 years old, I felt empty and broken. Mirrors taunted me with that emptiness until I found the courage to take responsibility for my own pain. In that painful and precious moment of truly facing myself, hope swelled in my heart, hope of living fully and reconnecting with my true nature. Yes it did take time to heal, however once I made the decision to take responsibility for my own pain many teachers and guides crossed my path. My totem Crow, whom I write about in my book Triumph of Joy, reminded me to see the past as a teacher; the present as the place of creativity; and the future as a place of inspiration.

Rather than feeling overwhelmed and disappointed that I had achieved very little in 2016, I had February 21 st  2017 to look forward too! Today I share this sacred place with other wonderful contributors as we cross continents and share stories heart to heart to bring hope and inspiration to a world in need of hope and tenderness.

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KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH

You know change is on the horizon yet you haven’t connected with the energy of new beginnings. Is knowing enough to help you transition emotionally?   cropped-cropped-img_8293.jpg

“It’s Time” … flashed a neon sign in my mind! Yes I knew it was time, had known for years; yet in the knowing lay an emptiness. Knowing was not enough. Even when the knowing sang in every cell of my being, pulsating through my essence like a shooting star in the cosmos – knowing was not enough to facilitate change for me.

While my mind remained neutral to the tantalising promise of change, of new beginnings, my spirit hovered between two worlds. Was I ready to leave my comfortable, much loved city home? A home that overflowed with more abundance than I could have imagined. IMG_2197

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In so many respects I was prepared to embrace the new- the knowing understood the truth of my readiness. Had I not experienced much change in my life already, moved homes and cities more often than most ? Importantly did I not now honour and appreciate myself for who I was, leaving myself free to enjoy life’s bounty ? Yes was the answer to both questions.photo-2-beautifil-reflections.jpg

Still I was torn. The adventurer in me longed to fill my life with endless experiences and embrace the unknown. Yet I knew in my heart I had not felt the tingle of change. Do you know that feeling? A tingeling, a shift in conciousness, an anticipation that runs through the body. That is what I was waiting to experience. Until then I cannot embrace fully the idea of new beginnings that would trigger a life away from the City I love to live in a Regional Ocean City. The ocean has been calling me and I had been on the verge of moving to a place I love when my life situation changed. It became clear to me I was now called in the opposite direction.

 If Life had taught me anything it was to trust my instincts above all else.Patiently I wait until the knowing and the feeling embrace each in the dance of change. Then I will know its time ! My cells will rejoice in the dance of change.

Until that time I focus on gratitude for each day and live fully in the present moment.

Blessing Pauline

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HONOUR YOUR TEARS

 Are you aware of the power your tears hold to heal and cleanse your Heart and Soul?

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Do you honour your tears ? When I wrote my autobiography I spoke of razor blade tears, tears cried in pain and sadness. Now mostly my tears are those of joy at the beauty and wonder of life. Have you thought about the importance of tears ? Do you find  tears come easily or do your hold onto your tears? Last week I came across this lovely Bird of Paradise Flower with what appeared to be a tear running down a stained face. Never had I seen such a wonder. As I  have always associated the bird of paradise flower with the seahorse I stopped to contemplate this tender sight and wondered about its significance to me. I have always associated the bird of paradise with the seahorse  because it was so upright and proud like the tiny seahorse. In mythology the seahorse is associated with  Patience, Protection, High-Perception and Contentment.

Never in nature had I seen such a tear as the one on this Bird of Paradise Flower. When I thought about the significance of tears in our lives, I was reminded that just before my mother parted this earth a single silver tear rolled down her pale cheek. As I held my mother’s hand I was aware how beautiful she looked and was unaware that she had no pulse until I saw that beautiful tear on her check ~ in that moment I knew. My mothers passing was such a gift. Having only experienced death only as a traumatic and  heart-wrenching experience, my mother’s dignified death showed my self and my family the unspoken beauty in dying.

Death came to the one I love; lifting her on high 

To a rainbow bridge of light, beyond all fear.

Death came to the one I love; in a tender loving way 

Guiding her amongst the stars where Angels love to play.

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There was a time I was afraid of my tears because I felt my endless tears would empty me of life,  yet I came to understand that our tears cleanse our soul. I love sharing this beautiful Native American saying…

                              “The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears” ..images ~Rainbow

How often do we see tears as a weakness? One of the happiest memories I have of my father was in Singapore. My mother worked for the red cross and we were attending a concert put on by special needs children. As I sat next to my father he was so touched by the beauty of the children, tears were streaming down his face. My father was not ashamed of his tears and I loved him even more for that.

WITHIN TEARS FIND HIDDEN LAUGHTER
 SEEK TREASURES AMID RUINS, SINCERE ONE 

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The Health Benefit of Tears 

 

 

 

 

Blessing to you Pauline

CELEBRATING WHO YOU ARE

 Do you honour yourself and your gifts ?

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For many of us, self judgement blocks us from our true essence. Often we compare ourselves to others and then feel we fall short. Finding the true reason for self judgement enables us to free ourselves from often long established patterns. It was during my healing journey I finally faced up to feeling less than…  Growing up with a father who had a brilliant memory left me feeling I wasn’t too bright. At school rote learning was valued highly and a creative mind less so. With a very creative mind and a strong sense of adventure I thrived on an outdoor life.

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It was not until I focused on “healing “after years of supporting my mentally ill husband that I found the courage to look in the mirror . As a carer I had lost contact with who I was, my mirror reflected that emptiness. To heal I focused on letting go of self judgement as I leant to honour myself. During this time I read Socrates words “ Wisest is he who know he knows not. ” The impact of those words was immediate as I realised I didn’t need to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the world ! Once the door was open to discover my gifts I never looked back. It was time to honour my creative mind. My lessons  I recognised came through  personal experience, storytelling and feelings. Once I acknowledged my personal truth I embraced my creative mind that travels like the speed of light at times ! Accepting  and honouring my strengths freed me to soar like Eagle  above the self limitation I had imposed on myself.

May you soar like  Eagle  Blessing Pauline

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Recent Review of Triumph of Joy ~  S. Myers on November 8, 2016
This memoir is written from the depths of anguish as the author struggles to reclaim her passion for life and her sense of self after personal tragedy. The journey is victorious and joy ultimately prevails; we are right there with Pauline Robinson every step of the way. She is a lovely writer, with a keen talent for describing the spiritual gifts that nature brings to those that grieve. Anyone familiar with the wreckage that PTSD inflicts on those who have served and their families, will want to read this and share it. “Triumph of Joy” provides a path through a terrible storm.
Coming soon… the 3rd book in the #No 1 Best Seller 365 Series   365 Life Shifts  
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HEALING THROUGH WORDS

            Do you have a poet or visionary whose words inspires and uplift you ? 

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May you recognise in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul.
May you realise that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for you own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique, that
you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.
John O’ Donohue

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Healing though words may come about by both writing and reading. Often the words of another can give us insight into our hearts longing, while writing freely can release us from the prison of our mind. Sometimes the words we write ourselves can surprise us and open up a new dialogue within our mind.Seeing our personal truth in words can free us to tread a path we may have  otherwise feared to tread.

Writing  Triumph of Joy  opened my heart and soul to healing in a way I could not have imagined. Writing gave me the courage to face even the most fearful aspects of my past and introduced me to a magical world of infinite possibilities that await an open heart.

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THE ADVENTURE OF LIFE.

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The adventure of life is to Learn.

The purpose of life is to Grow.

The challenge of life is to Overcome.

The essense of life is to Care.

The opportunity of life is to Serve.

The secret of life is to Dare.

The spice of life is to Befriend.

The beauty of life is to Give.

The joy of life is to Love.

~ William Arthur Ward.

 

 

 

 

A BIRD NAMED PENGUIN BLOOM

At times the natural world invites us to connect deeply with a living creature who can support us on life’s journey ! Penguin the Magpie is such a creature.

 

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The story of Penguin the Magpie captured my heart on Instagram immediately because of my love of birds and because the bird trible come to me when I was in need of healing.

This wonderful book tells a beautiful story about an injured baby magpie who fell out of its nest and was rescued by a loving family.”Penguin” the magpie survived to became an important part of the Bloom’s life and in turn rescued a family in need of hope. Initially  I followed Penguin’s story through the brilliant photos of Cameron Bloom on Instagram. Like so many I loved seeing Penguin with the family. When this wonderful story became a book I knew immediately I had to buy a copy. It was a privilege to read such a wonderfully written, heartfelt story,  with images that dance instantly into the heart and mind.

The natural world is a wonderful teacher if we take the time to listen. When I was in depair and struggling to write my book Triumph of Joy, a Pelican came to me as I stood high on a cliff face overlooking the ocean. The Pelican circled above me time and time again. Each time the Pelican circled closer to me I clapped in delight ! On this final flight I thanked Pelican for the joy and majesty of his flight. So close was he on his final flight, I could have touched him. It was then the Pelican looked me directly in the eye. In that precious moment the Pelican and I were one. Enchanted by our connection I knew instantly the Pelican was to be the totem for my healing journey. Pelican is seen to represent ~ Rising above life’s trials. It is not the trial in life that is significant; but how we rise above that trial that really matters.

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Each time I was ready to give up writing or felt weighted down with self doubt, a Pelican would appear regardless of where I was at the time.The cover of my book is in honour of my beautiful friend who supported me on my healing journey.

I encouage you to read Penguin Bloom a forever story of family love, hope and joy.

 

 

The Treasure Within

 

 

         Everyone On Earth Has a Treasure That Awaits Him. ~ Paulo Coelho.

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How do you feel about this quote?  Do you believe you have a gift within you that you would love to nurture and possibly share with the world? Can you feel the power of that gift. What is the difference between believing and knowing? Not only do I believe these words to be true, but I know them to be true for myself because I have embraced my fear of both writing and public speaking. Overcoming those fears has enabled me to grow in more ways than I could ever have imagined. In my experience believing is a question of trusting; of accepting, of having faith, whereas knowing is experiencing and being cognisant with the treasure within.

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It is often when we are taken to the depths of despair that we discover a wellspring of understanding about who we are. That understanding may come from simply knowing ourselves more fully. It may begin with hope ! When we are without hope we are not in alignment with our inner treasure. Our understanding may also come from knowing what we don’t want in our life. When we define what no longer serves us, we become more sensitive to life experiences and can adjust our attitude to ways that serves the self  in a positive way.

Little by little as we let go of self judgment and become more aware of others, that    inner treasure begins to pulsate as the living promise we really are.

What is the work in your heart?

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How many times have you heard the words “Don’t give up on your Dreams!”Sometimes those words resonate and inspire you, yet at other times they feel hollow and unattainable. Initially the energy and intent to achieve your dreams, even without obvious results, comes easily and naturally. You continue day after day, often for long periods of time maintaining your belief and enthusiasm. Then one day you experience a lull in energy and enthusiasm. It becomes a challenge to inspire yourself to continue, especially if you are working for yourself. Sometimes in these empty moments a spark remains to warm your dream, yet at other times maybe due to circumstances out of your control, this dream becomes no more than a dull ache in your heart.

During a time of when the spark was fading on my dreams, something special occurred.

A blue triangle Butterfly landed on my arm as I stood overlooking Fig-Tree Bay near my home. Excited to be visited by one of nature’s creatures I focused on the butterfly’s silent beauty. To my delight the Blue Triangle butterfly stayed on my arm when I returned home. As I focused on my visitor I realized it was the same butterfly on the cover of my first book Triumph of Joy. To my delight the butterfly continued to sit on my arm for several hours as I worked on my computer. While the butterfly sat silent and unmoving I felt a stirring within, an excitement I had not experienced for quite a while ~ I wanted to write again!

    My heart sang as and I offered up gratitude to the beautiful butterfly.