Message for 2016
It’s hard to look ahead to the coming year without looking back over the previous twelve months as this gives us a reference point and a sense of context. 2015 has unquestionably been a challenging and difficult year for a great many souls as we have felt wave after wave crashing in on the shoreline of our souls. There have been moments of isolation, moments of revelation, moments of despondency and moments of joy. There have been a great many more other moments as well, each one giving us a unique experience and perspective.
Although I rarely mention my own journey, it seems apt now. Personally, 2015 was a year of gazing deeply into the mirror of my soul, both literally and metaphorically, as I confronted the truth of the reflection gazing back at me. I felt translucent at times as though I was both here and not here at the same time. I had days when my world had no foundations and I felt myself falling into oblivion as my solar plexus somersaulted and my soul grieved deeply for the disconnection I felt so acutely and so exquisitely within. I had other days when I felt able to discern each and every individual atom within me resonating and vibrating in tune with the universal orchestra, feeling creative and full of passion and energy. Admittedly I’m not alone feeling this way as it seems to be a common theme amongst a great many of us.
It’s been a complicated and complex time as the oscillation has been extreme, reaching deeply into the very core of our souls, ripping up the fabric of our being and leaving us feeling naked and bare as facades were washed away revealing an intense rawness as the truth started to tentatively reach out into the sunlight like a daffodil on a crisp, spring day. The truth has been hard to face as it feels sharper and clearer than ever before; it’s as though we’ve cleared a layer of mist away from our eyes and everything is closer and more real as a result.
Anaïs Nin once wrote: ‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom’. These words beautifully describe the process of 2015 as it encapsulates the essence of the opening bud of our souls as we broke open and blossomed. Blossoming is surely the theme for 2016 as intuitively we sense our souls expanding as we breathe deeply into life, allowing life to breathe deeply into us. There are no clear cut instructions or a newly emerging rulebook to follow in order to take the next steps in our evolution as it is a natural process; just like the bud blossoming, our souls burst open into the light. There is no ‘do’, just allowing. Resistance is understandable as we step into unknowable terrain, but change is inevitable and resistance only makes the process harder. This isn’t the same as giving up, it’s about courage and vulnerability as we face the truth and choose to move closer to it.
Of course this sounds very poetic and the reality has been somewhat more edgy than this, however we seem ready now to allow the process of blossoming to continue as we become one with this moment and step more consciously into life. As our connection grows and deepens, our senses enrich the experience as every moment becomes brighter and clearer; we hear the birdsong, see the sunsets, feel the rain on our skin and wholeheartedly breathe into life as we journey though life one step, and one day, at a time…
I wish you a bright, happy, healthy and joyful year ahead.
Your year ahead looks set to be a year of self-discovery and re-invention as you embark on a new chapter of your life. Whilst forward is your usual default setting, more recently you have spent some time looking backwards over the path you’ve walked and the decisions you’ve made. As a result, you’ve gained a deeper understanding of your true motivations as you’ve realised just how much of your essence you give to others in order to try to be the person you feel you ought to be. Although it’s important not to dwell on past choices and decisions, it is important to learn and evolve from them. 2016 is therefore your year to face the mirror of your soul in order to take an honest and wholehearted look at your reflection in order to reconnect to the truth of all that you are. Trying to be the person others want you to be makes for a challenging existence as no two people want the same of you.
So, rather than scattering your essence through time and space in an attempt to be everything to everyone, your focus over the coming year shifts within as you begin to truly contemplate what it means to be everything to yourself. This isn’t a selfish act but it is a necessary one as being true to you is the key to happiness, wholeness and well-being, and when you feel balanced, you are then able to consciously and willingly give to others without self-sacrificing in the process. There is an undeniable air of excitement and anticipation gaining momentum for you over the coming year as you embrace a more conscious and more fulfilling life…
2016 looks set to be a year of innovation, invention and creativity as the winds of change continue to gather momentum inspiring you to take some big, bold steps towards the realisation of your dreams. You have long been something of a practical realist in life although recently you have shifted into ‘dreamer’ mode as the gap between where you are and where you want to be has felt decidedly capacious and big; as a result, you have found yourself contemplating the bigger picture and universal whole far more than you’re used to. However, having said this, perhaps you have always been a dreamer, it’s just that you’ve denied and resisted it in order to keep on keeping on? Only you can answer that question but there is a powerful surge of creativity rising up from within you as you start to explore beyond the self-created boundaries of your limitless and expansive soul.
In some ways, having such an inspirational and imaginative year may feel slightly frustrating as you do like having some ‘meat on the bone’ when it comes to clarity, direction and choices. Although you like the idea of freedom and expansion, they take you out of your comfort zone and into that gap between where you are and where you want to be. On the surface, this would therefore appear to be an amazing opportunity to stride forwards but you have grown used to the distraction of having things to do, people to see and places to go, always being busy but never really making the headway you want when it comes to your dreams. Sometimes it’s easier to be busy as taking a chance in unknown terrain feels inherently risky but you seem ready now to take a chance on your dreams and expand deeper into your limitless self…
Being you is rarely a simple or straightforward matter; being you involves experiencing a multitude of thoughts, ideas and emotions, on a multitude of levels, often all at the same time. Thinking, contemplating and philosophising comes very naturally to you but your head is so busy it can be hard for you to find any quiet time to go within, to breathe deeply and to be at one with your true nature. You have spent much of your life getting to know your true nature but just how well do you really know yourself? Have you got to the depths of your being or have you merely scratched the surface? Have you discovered all of your quirks and nuances or have you covered them over with a bright shiny bow? These are big questions for you to contemplate over the coming year as you are nearing a point of breakthrough. Gazing into the mirror of the soul takes strength, but actually seeing and hearing the truth of what resides there takes great courage.
2016 looks set to be a year of insight and wisdom as you strip back layers to your soul in order to reveal a stronger, more assertive and more balanced you. Knowing yourself is the key to being yourself, loving yourself and honouring yourself as none of these can flow until you truly know your depths. Of course, digging deeply is not all sweet and rosy as soul gazing can bring up a plethora of emotions which could prove challenging, yet, you seem more than ready now to lean into these emotions as they lean into you allowing a growing sense of freedom to emerge as you set yourself free and start loving your complexities, quirks and imperfections wholeheartedly as integral and wonderful components of your true essence…
The unforgettable Forrest Gump once said ‘Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get’. It feels like an extremely apt quote for you as there is a sense of both surprise and delight on many layers of your life over the coming year; a sense of tingles of anticipation alongside the lure of chocolaty indulgence unless of course you’re unlucky enough to pick a coffee crème or some other chocolate that everyone hates (the one’s that usually sit in the box going white with age). You are quite an intuitive soul and before you even open the box, you know there will be a few chocolates you’d rather avoid. At the same time, you are also quite a cautious soul so you are presented with a dilemma: play Russian roulette and hope you get your favourite or keep the box closed in case you pick something distasteful. That’s without even thinking about the calorie content of the box…
So, this seemingly whimsical quote is showing you your complexity as you wrestle with different pathways to follow in life. At heart you are definitely a Russian roulette player, taking a chance on the unknown and allowing your creativity to lead the way. However, your head likes to contemplate every statistical possibility and the chances of picking a duff chocolate are quite high. 2016 presents you with a third and fourth choice: to look at the selection card tucked in the back of the box that you’ve strangely never thought to pick up or, more courageously, to make some chocolates of your own. A fifth option would be to give up chocolate completely but that would be unthinkable wouldn’t it?! Chocolate analogies aside, the coming year looks set to shift the balance of power back into your hands…
Gazing back over the past year, you would be forgiven for feeling a little giddy at the somewhat rapid pace of change and evolution that’s occurred in your life. Whilst much of this evolution is on an inner level, there are threads of change that have woven their way into most aspects of your life. There were moments when you wanted nothing more than a chance to rest and reflect on the shifts you were experiencing and there were also moments when you whooped in delight as you rode the crests of the waves as they came rolling in, one after another, after another. It would seem prudent to suggest you don’t rest too heavily on your laurels though as 2016 looks set to be a year of continuing evolution (and even revolution) as you begin to master the art of surfing and begin to enjoy the thrill of the ride; in short, you are no longer being carried along by the currents like a piece of driftwood, you are conscious and awake, feeling connected to every ebb and flow that occurs.
Life is, by its very nature, full of uncertainty, a fact that frequently frustrates you, but by accepting the unknowable nature of your existence, you have reached a point of breakthrough when it comes to living more consciously and wholeheartedly in the present moment. As a result, you are letting go of old beliefs and ideals that no longer serve a positive role in your life and you are sorting the wheat from the chaff when it comes to givers and takers. It seems you are now on a fast-track pathway to evolved and enlightened living, and with each new wave comes a stronger sense of self and a more powerful awareness of joy…
As you continue to warm your fingers and toes on the heat of the fire within your soul, there is a sense of well-being and contentment rising up from the depths of your being. Of course, life isn’t perfect, but has it ever been? Indeed, is a perfect life actually possible or achievable? Who decides what perfection is? It seems that despite the inner glow radiantly shining from your soul, your mind is still determined to seek out answers and clarity, even to questions that don’t, as yet, have answers. In fact, with you being you, there are answers you are seeking to questions you haven’t even asked yet! Your probing and enquiring mind is a gift as it makes you innovative, creative and wise, yet there are times when thinking can cloud the simplicity of the moment, taking you away from being at one with the warm fires within as you wrestle to think about why things are the way they are, what happens next and so on.
2016 looks set to be a year of calming your mind in order to allow your more intuitive side to surface and blossom. Whilst your mind is a powerful tool that inspires you to expand and grow, sometimes it’s important to step beyond the realm of the mind in order to centre yourself in your soul. This may initially feel slightly uncomfortable as it’s unfamiliar, but the more you trust and let go in this space, the more at home you will feel enabling you to feel a true and genuine sense of contentment from the fire within. At the same time, from this space of relative inner quiet, a new pathway looks set to emerge inspiring you to capture your creativity and channel it in a brand new way…
You have never really considered yourself to be a ‘glass half full’ or ‘glass half empty’ kind of person; you see the glass as both half full and half empty at the same time. Your tendency to see the bigger picture can bring a great sense of balance to your life but it can also end up confusing you as you strive to see all sides to all situations. Whilst you do see the glass of life as half full and half empty, you also the recycling potential of the glass as well as contemplating learning how to blow glass in order to make your own. At the same time, you also see beyond the concept of a glass completely as you look to the contents of the glass and wonder what resides in the seemingly ‘empty’ space. You certainly are thorough when it comes to your philosophies in life!
Your vision is a great gift as it enables you to see beyond your current situation towards the vast plethora of pathways and avenues ahead as well as a strong awareness of both the past and the present at the same time. Your wisdom is beyond your years, indeed, it is beyond comprehension, but it needs to be handled with care as it’s all too easy to get drawn into over-thinking and over-analysing as you ponder the meaning of life and the meaning of your own existence. 2016 looks set to bring you an opportunity to embrace your wisdom, humour and creativity more wholeheartedly as you explore some new dimensions of your seemingly infinite mind. Life is never as easy as ‘black or white’ as there are infinite possibilities and outcomes. As a result, expect the unexpected, believe in yourself and allow your phenomenal wisdom to lead the way…
2016 looks set to be a year of magic, mystery and wonder for you as you broaden your horizons and expand your consciousness. These are mighty words and they sound amazing but what do they actually mean? Expand your consciousness? What horizons? Magic? As a creative soul, you know the power of words and the energy they carry so intuitively you sense the wisdom in the opening sentence as it speaks to your soul. However, there is a part of you somewhat flustered and fed up with nebulousness, spiritual awakenings and energetic contemplations as you want something more concrete to grab hold of in order to move your life from here to there. Yet, where exactly is there? You know that here is where you are now and you intuitively know you are ready to embrace change, but until you have a clearer sense of ‘there’ how can you make the journey? Are you trying to run before you can walk?
Life always brings new pathways to explore and you have rarely truly thought through the full consequences and possibilities of the avenues you have taken as you have trusted your intuition and allowed it to lead the way. So why is this different? Why shouldn’t you simply trust your intuition and go with the flow? Well, this is a possibility but it’s you that’s seeking out something more concrete, no one else! The magic, mystery and wonder wrapped into the coming year are all a part of a powerful shift that’s occurring deep within you, inspiring you to capture the true essence of the expansive nature of your existence. Intuitively you know the ‘concrete’ is actually a willingness to step wholeheartedly into the power of the moment as you allow your consciousness to expand and your horizons to come to you…
There is little else that invokes such a powerful sense of freedom and space within you as watching a bird soaring high above you, gliding across the sky. You feel a deep sense of kin with the bird as you are a free-spirit at heart and you thrive on travelling lightly through life. It therefore seems fitting that the bird is a powerful metaphor for you over the coming year as flying free looks set to be an important mantra for you as, despite your free-spirited soul, there is a sense you have become tangled up in the knots of life as you have taken on increasing roles of responsibility and challenged yourself to learning more and expanding your mind. Whilst it’s true that standing still in one place would be unquestionably tedious and onerous for you, there is a chance that pushing yourself to grab hold of every opportunity and possibility that rises up in your consciousness could be taxing even your limits. Carrying too much on any level can weigh you down and add weight to your soul. As a result, the little bird that wants to fly free has a great deal of baggage to check in but no way of stowing it without remaining grounded.
Lightening the load may sound like an easy goal but you are wise enough to know that letting go and cutting ties can be challenging and even painful. Yet, your longing to be the free-spirit once again is strong and you seem ready to de-clutter your life in order to live more simply and more richly. Have faith in yourself, trust your instincts and allow your little bird to fly free as you carefully select your true priorities and have the courage to let the rest go…
Happiness. There’s a word for you for 2016! In truth, there’s not much more to add to your reading and although you love succinct and direct statements, even you would struggle to know what to do with a single word. Or would you? Does happiness need any clarification? Surely happiness is just the business of being happy? Isn’t happiness joy and contentment? Isn’t happiness what happens when everything’s good in life and you’re feeling tickety-boo? Well, yes, but not exactly. Happiness isn’t quite the default setting that pops up when ‘everything’s good’; what does that even mean? When everything’s ‘fixed’? When there are no challenges to overcome? Is it actually possible to reach such a stage, after all, life is changing constantly with new challenges emerging with each passing day? So, is happiness a state of being that’s not possible to achieve because you’ll never get to the point of everything being good as that point perpetually moves? Wow. All that from one word. Happiness is a word often flipped about without due care or consideration. Everyone wants to be happy but without a clear definition of what happiness actually means how is it possible to achieve it? So many questions…
2016 looks set to be a year for you to grasp the true meaning of happiness, not as a state of being to strive for, but as a state of being to embrace in the here and now. Life is full of up’s and down’s: always has been, always will be. Perhaps happiness is more a state of mind and being in a place of balance in your life? At the end of the day, only you can shape your own definition of happiness, but own it, become it and live it…
2016 looks set to intensify your connection to the spiralling galaxies and dancing comets in the great sky above, it also looks set to intensify your connection to your own depths and to the intricate workings of your mind. You are an expansive soul with an expansive outlook on the world, and you love nothing more than gazing into the vast sky above and feeling a sense of relatedness to the infinite space that resides there. The nebulous nebula and trillions of stars intrigue and inspire you to step beyond your boundaries in order to blaze a trial into unknowable terrain. You thrive on the kaleidoscope of the cosmos that dances within your soul as it inspires you to live life to the full and to embrace your true essence. Of course, there is a risk of becoming lost in the maze of metaphors which so beautifully describe your essence as it can be hard for you to know where you end and everything begins.
Whilst you intuitively know there are no clear endings, in order to gain a stronger sense of self and a clearer sense of direction, it seems important to at least try to achieve some semblance of containment otherwise you may end up feeling lost. Although you know you can never truly be lost, your head is nudging you to buy a GPS or map to give yourself the best possible chance for the best possible year ahead. Your heart may feel happy to gaze into the starry depths, trusting all will be well, but your head wants some peace of mind! Your year ahead looks set to be full of revelation and discovery, opportunity and adventure as your dance with the stars warms your heart and soul…
As the cycle of life continues and you step into another new year, there is a slight sense of trepidation as to what may, or may not, lie ahead. Although you do not spend long pondering such things, you are keen to make 2016 a brighter and more inspirational year than 2015. It’s not that 2015 was particularly dark or un-inspirational but you are always keen to build on your experiences, fine-tuning them and ironing out the creases. You seem quite devoted to moving forwards and never standing still, however, deep within your soul is a longing for some stillness, peace and tranquillity. This longing is more than a whisper but you’ve not heard it, or is it the case that you’ve been ignoring it? You can stand with your fingers in your ears going ‘la la la’ loudly in an attempt not to hear this longing, but it’s there: big, bold and getting louder. Yet, it seems important to ask yourself why you’re so keen not to acknowledge this longing.
Is the idea of stillness so abhorrent you must resist it at all costs or are you worried that the stillness will wash away the distractions you’ve been busying yourself with leaving you with the cold light of day? What is it about the stillness that concerns you? Why is the stillness ‘cold light of day’ rather than the blissful, heart-warming truth? Sometimes it is hard to face the stillness as the truth of your life resides there and shining a light on this can be a wake up call, reminding you of all of those things (dreams and plans) you have put on the shelf for a rainy day. However, this is your moment to re-ignite the fire within, to fan flames of those dreams and to boldly go where you have never gone before…