I saw this cartoon and thought, at this juncture in my life this resonates with me in so many ways. Life can sometimes feel like a giant maze. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get a bird’s eye view and find the paths of least resistance? I think we are given tools to do this. I remember hearing a comparison of the valley and the mountain. Our ego is the one down in the valley trying to navigate through life. It uses its experiences, beliefs and emotions to make its way. But, it can only see what’s there just in front of it. Our Higher Self is the one up on top of the mountain with a perfect view of the valley. It's happy to help us navigate, we just have to ask and then listen. If we don’t feel that we can hear our Higher Self, we can ask the help of our Angels and Guides. Then, we have to trust. The ego can really hold us back if we allow it to. Each day I try more and more to be open to that inner knowing, to that gentle tug, to that ‘voice’ belonging to the part of me that has a better view of where I am and how to get me to where I’d like to be. Though, I'll admit, sometimes the kid in me wouldn’t mind a trampoline ;)
Have a beautiful day - Adrienne :)
California is full of flowers, all kinds of gorgeous plants and blooms. At first glance they look pretty, but if you get close-up that’s where the real magic is. They have such beautiful, intricate patterns. There is so much more to them than what you might see unless you take a closer look. I saw some lovely purple flowers, but when I looked closer I was captivated by their beauty.
How often do we go through life just seeing things from our peripheral vision? What beauty would we find if we took a minute to get closer and really take a look? This is such a lovely way to draw us into the present moment. Sometimes you can find some really neat syncronicities. I thought it was so cool that the flower the butterfly is on top of has patterns of butterflies in it.
Do stop and smell the roses, but also stop and take a closer look, you never know what you’ll find! I snapped this photo in Australia and didn’t realize what was inside until later that day when I zoomed in on the photo:
My challenge to you is to stop and really take a look at three different things today. Notice the texture, color and patterns that you see. Take a moment to really enjoy the beauty that surrounds us – that of a flower, a painting, a ladybug or the fabric of the shirt you’re wearing. Here’s to really taking a look and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us that we otherwise may not notice. - Adrienne :)
During my stay in CA, I’ve been fortunate to make it over to the beach a few times. There are a lot of cool life lessons if you really take a look around.
A glimpse of the Universe:
Did you know that there are more stars in the Universe than grains of sand on a beach? In fact, there are multiple stars for every grain of sand. If you pick up a handful of sand and look at the grains – it will really get you thinking. Click here for an interesting article from NPR.
Take a closer look:
It’s easy to take sand for granted as you walk over it – though it does get your attention if it’s hot. If you look at sand close-up it’s beautiful and amazing. Take a closer look at what's around you, things you may take for granted may surprise you. Click here to see more photos of magnified sand.
There is beauty everywhere:
Just like life, the sea is full of beautiful surprises – that sometimes wash up on shore: jelly fish, sea shells, sea kelp, sand dollars and perhaps a beached whale reminding us of the process of life and death.
While the species do feed on each other, you never see warfare – no wars between the sharks and the seals or the fish and pelicans. while certain species do defend their territory or their food, you don’t see them annihilating each other.
The waves never cease. Sometimes they come crashing in, other times as a gentle ripple. Life carries on. Sometimes life hits like a giant wave, or pulls us under and puts us through the “washing machine” – it’s up to us how we react. Do we fight the waves? Do we just give up? Do we swim them to shore? Do we swim further out away from the waves and ask for help to be brought back in? We always have a choice.
I love the ocean. I love the feel of my feet in the sand as the waves wash over them. I love spotting dolphins, seals and whales. I love the patterns of the sand constantly being changed by the sea. I admire the beautiful shells that wash ashore. There is definitely a sense of peace, yet power, at the ocean. I’ll leave you with this meme:
- Adrienne :)
I saw an ad recently that said create products that solve people’s problems. This ad bothered me on multiple levels and really got me thinking. I know what they’re trying to say, but I don’t appreciate how it’s worded as it’s misleading. Have any of you ever come across a product or modality that completely solved your problems? I’ve always found that it takes a combination of modalities, tools and factors to resolve issues.
This day and age, it seems to come down to (A) how we’d like reality to be vs. (B) reality:
A. Solve my problems for me.
B. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could wave a magic wand and say you’re healed! Your money issues are over! I have tried many, many modalities and have yet to find that – probably because it doesn’t exist. Whether you like it or not, YOU have to do the work. There are many tools, modalities and people who can assist you and support you along the way, but you’re the one who is ultimately responsible to take the steps and work through your problems. Problems, issues, etc. are there to teach us. It’s best to learn from them before they have to become major in order to get our attention.
A. Fix me now!
B. In this world of instant gratification, people also expect others to fix their problems right this minute. Work for it? May take some time? Who has the time or desire for that? This is the mentality a lot of people tend to carry. At best, they will find temporary band-aids for their issues. Most often, our problems come with a lot of baggage from way back. If you’ve carried a subconscious belief for 30+ years, is it realistic to expect it to change Voila! Just like that!? Even when I assist someone in clearing a subconscious belief, they still have to put in the work of cementing the new belief for a good 3 weeks or so after the session.
I hate to burst anyone’s bubbles, but there is no cure-all. It’s scary how people advertise as such. BEWARE. As wonderful as it would be to have everything resolved for us 1-2-3, we have our problems for a reason. Though, I am all for resolving them as soon as possible in as gentle a way as possible. If you do find a modality or tool that you’re interested in, take what resonates. My favorite books are the ones that preface with: take what feels right to you, question, do not take everything I say at face value.
While "products that solve people’s problems" probably sells much better than "products that assist people in solving their problems," the second option is more truthful and realistic. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, money and energy when you look for something that will assist you in stepping into your own power rather than the magic cure-all. That’s just my take. I’d love to hear what you think about it. Feel free to comment below or email me. – Adrienne :)
July 4th is a day for celebrating our freedom, our independence. My beloved grandpa was a 4th Division Marine in WWII. He would never talk about the war, but if it did come up, he would get teary-eyed and would say, "War really is Hell." For my grandpa, swearing consisted of 'shoot,' 'dang' and 'oh boy.' Even as he was in a lot of pain he'd say, "Oh boy." The hospital nurses LOVED him. He was polite to everyone. He embodied a gentle, loving Soul with a wit and humor to be envied. He NEVER gave up. At 92 years old he was still very independent. In recent years, he would tell me that he could still think with the brain of a young man, but his body was wearing out and that was frustrating. When we met with the specialist team at the hospital about his hospice options, he piped in - "Have you tried everything?" In his mind, there had to be some pill he could take that would allow him to go back home to his wife of 67 years. I know I half-thought he'd do the impossible and figure out a way to pull out of this "mess" too. Unfortunately, his heart was too tired and he transitioned over last Thursday night.
That evening, I had left my mom at the hospital and had just arrived back to the house and made myself some dinner when I kept feeling pulled to go find and look at pictures of him. I thought that was kind of strange. Then, just a few minutes later, the call came from my mom that he had passed. It turns out my mom and I both got our wishes - he passed peacefully and he crossed over immediately. On the way back to the hospital with my grandma, I could feel his presence in the car. When we arrived next to his body, I 'saw' him standing next to her with his hand on her shoulder. The next day, I could feel him everywhere - as if he permeated all of my cells. This was new for me as I usually sense spirits in a more condensed form. While the human/ego part of me cries when I see where he'd normally be sitting or we share a dessert I know he'd love, the Soul part of me just smiles. While the human/ego part of me longs to hear him say "Hey Gal" just once more, I know if I get quiet and open my heart, I can feel his love there. While I'm sad that we won't have anymore birthday celebrations together (we share the same birth date), I'm so grateful for the last few years we did share. Though there won't be any more Earth memories to create, I know he's around and will be there when I need him.
As we celebrate our Independence Day - thanks, in large part, to people like my grandpa - I know he is celebrating a different kind of freedom. He is celebrating with the Angels and those he loved who went before him. This July 4th, I will reflect with gratitude on the freedoms that I have and I will hug the ones I love. During this day of BBQs and fireworks, I suggest you take a moment to really soak it all in and BE grateful. I'd say rest in peace Grandpa, but I know better ;) - Love, with all my heart, Adrienne :)
Hello! I'm Adrienne Almamour, an empathic intuitive conduit. I assist people by detecting and clearing their subconscious emotional energy blockages. This blog is a commentary and reflection of life from an intuitive standpoint which also incorporates ways that allow us to be from our heart.