Know Thyself, Live in Harmony

Know Thyself, Live in Harmony

Everyone loves the feeling that comes from being respected.  When we feel respected by ourselves and others, we feel more full.  When we feel this abundance, we then have enough overflow to give more to ourselves and to others.

Giving, receiving, and mutual respect in relationships feel good.  These things grow from understanding our needs and the needs of those around us. If we go often to the still place inside, we can get answers to questions we ask ourselves and our higher power about our feelings.  In doing so, we will be more aware of our needs as well as things that we need to work through to avoid projecting them onto others.

Harmony rises when we know ourselves enough to ask for what we need in each moment.  When we approach others with a need that has been discovered after an honest assessment of our emotional state, we won’t be as shy to ask for it to be met.  As well, if we are communicating with another who knows themselves well, they will usually be more understanding in their response to our request.

Respect will feel plentiful through the honesty that was given, and hearts will continue to open, adding to the love, peace, and harmony that we desire. ❤


It’s Here!

My new “book baby” has officially been born!

Holding Space- A Guide to Supporting Others While Remembering to

Take Care of Yourself First


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New Book About to Drop- Any Minute Now!

New Book About to Drop- Any Minute Now!


Sneak peek of my new book cover.

Waiting on the final edit reviews/corrections of the final proof and then off we go!

Until then, here’s a little teaser…

“No matter what our story, above all else we all desire to love and be loved.  I believe that if we heal the wounds within ourselves first, and then within our partnerships, families, and communities, this is how we will eventually bring about the global peace and harmony that we wish to see.  This is true transformation from the inside out, not merely change from the outside in.  When we can do this within ourselves, our intimate relationships will be healthier.  When our intimate relationships are healthier, our families will be healthier.  When our families are healthier, our communities will be healthier, and so on.  It is of the utmost importance to first heal ourselves, then our relationships, our families, our communities, our world, and our universe.  If we attempt to change the world without this foundational healing, and attempt to re-build on a wounded separateness consciousness, we are again building our houses on sand.”   Amanda Dobra Hope-  from: Holding Space- A Guide to Supporting Others While Remembering to Take Care of Yourself First

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How to Acknowledge What Is, While Also Focusing on How You Would Like it to Be.

How to Acknowledge What Is, While Also Focusing on How You Would Like it to Be.


It is necessary to acknowledge and deal with on some level, everything that crosses our path in order to move forward toward more of what we wish to experience.  Although we must have acceptance of every situation or thing that exists in our current reality, we get to decide how much of our focus it gets, and how it will shape our lives.  By determining where we want to live in our minds and hearts, just as we decide where we’d like to live in the physical world, we can then respond to the issue from a more neutral state, rather than letting it toss us around by allowing it to gain power over us.  We can create more of what we would like to experience, rather than what we would not.

We choose the reality we create.  If things are showing up that we do not wish to experience, we must accept that for some reason that is where we are right now, either personally or globally.  Once we have accepted this, then we can choose to look for the gifts and teachings we have gained from having been there.  All the while, we can keep our focus on our dreams and desires until our outer reality changes to catch up with the new reality we have planted and watered with our attention and focus.

It is true that sometimes we need to change our environment in order to grow. But sometimes, we need to grow in order to be able to change our environment.

The fastest path from here to where we’d like to be, is to accept reality as it is, in its entirety- but to place our attention on where we wish to live, in our hearts, bodies, and on our earthly domain.





Here’s another inspired writing…


Be willing to see it and feel it bursting out of you.

Fall into it as you would a refreshing pool on a hot summer day.

Joy will catch you, just as the water in the pool, and is waiting to fill you with its magic.  You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Be willing to allow yourself to experience joy.

Ecstatic joy with no holding back.

Exuberant, overwhelming joy, in its purest and deepest form.

Allow it to catch you as you fall back into its splendor- and know yourself as worthy of the abundant excitement you will feel as it soaks into your entire being- mind, body, and spirit.

Know and allow joy- As much as you have known and allowed yourself to feel and re-feel the effects of pain, loss, grief, abuse, and regret.

Let joy be the elixir that washes your soul clean of those past hurts.

Renewal is at hand.

If you only decide to allow joy.

How Do You Trust, When You’ve Been Hurt Before?

How Do You Trust, When You’ve Been Hurt Before?

Let’s take a look at trust for a moment.

It’s great to have it.  It fact, it is a large part of what makes the world go’ round. We need to be able to trust others in order to create a healthy, harmonious, and joyful life for ourselves, as we must co-create with others in order to thrive and survive. Yet there are some people or situations that you shouldn’t trust.

How can you know the difference?

If you become still for a moment and tune into yourself, you will find that your intuition and gut feelings from your higher level self (not the self of your personality or earthly concerns) can assist you.  From this point of stillness and introspection, you can distinguish between what is actually true in the present moment, from what truth you may assign to the present moment based on fear from old wounds and traumas, before you make decisions.  Once you have done this, you will know that you are choosing from the highest truth of the situation, rather than based on your earthly self’s desire to protect you from something that carries a familiarity to a previous person or situation that caused you harm.

If you trust no one, your heart will remain closed and locked, and you will not find yourself open and flowing to all of the possible opportunities and experiences in your life.  For that reason, in order to live a rich and full life, it is important to uncover and apply loving kindness to your past traumas and wounds.  In healing those wounds, you will then find yourself able to approach the world with a healthy discernment and be more open to your life’s experiences.  We do not tend to engage with those people and experiences that we do not trust. Therefore, in order to fully engage in your life and allow everything that is beneficial for you to come in, you must readjust your filter, and allow your energy to continue to flow.

Trust yourself enough to heal.  You can (and will) do this.


How to Get “In the Flow” of Your Life

How to Get “In the Flow” of Your Life

You can quickly and easily get into the flow of your life by stopping for a minute to remember that everything you need, you already have inside of you.  You are a part of the infinite, and not separate.  Therefore, everything that is infinitely possible (not just logically or physically calculated to be possible), is possible through you. You just may need to take a few more steps, have a few more experiences, meet a few new people, or open a few new doors.  Your mind, body, and soul are always connected to the divine.  All you need to do is to remember that, truly believe it- and open to the flow.