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Powerful and Wise Living Begins Here

As we have moved into a dynamic energy with the Lion’s Gate portal on 8/8/21, what happens next? Some may say, recognize you are a powerful creator and now manifest your creation. Others may also say, hang on because another retrograde will begin soon and there will be much disruption.

So how do you live in these powerful and disruptive days? Determine to be a master, be the creator of both your daily experience and your life. If that seems daunting, then begin here: simplicity, ease, release, play, lower your expectations, laugh, let go. These are attributes of a child. Possibly you have heard, don’t be so childish. I chuckle at that thought, why?  Because that is the way to live soberly and thus restrictively in your life. Why not be as a child? Be carefree, not careless. Be playful, not so serious all the time. Be joyful in your creation and when it falls apart, go on the next thing.

The beginning of powerful and wise living is not found in control, but in undisturbable simplicity. Who exhibits this more than a child? The key to power is not strength, but meekness. Meekness can be understood by this concept: power under control. So here is the truth of the matter, be as a child with the knowing you are a powerful creator. Recognize that in doing nothing, you can do all things. This thought is a mastery position, because it contains all the axioms necessary for a peaceful and contented life. Isn’t that the ultimate goal?

Here are some wisdom words from the Tao to encourage you and help establish the development of your meekness. Be playful and at the same time seek wisdom daily, for powerful living exists here.

Find the anchor of the universe within yourself!

From the Tao, Lesson 37

The subtle essence of the universe is always unoccupied, yet it leaves nothing undone.

If the people of the world were wise enough to plant the root of their lives deep within the Subtle Origin, then the worldly affairs of life would coherently follow their own natural course, and harmony would abound of its own accord.

When confusion takes place in one’s surroundings, it can be dissolved with the power of undisturbable Simplicity.

When life is ruled by undisturbable Simplicity, desire and passion naturally fall away and reveal people’s true, original nature.

Then the peaceful order of the universe prevails and unity manifests again of its own accord.

Tzu, Lao. The Complete Works of Lao Tzu: Tao Teh Ching and Hua Hu Ching . SevenStar Communications. Kindle Edition.

My friends, life does not have to be so complicated or chaotic. It is your choice of how you want to experience your life. Develop wisdom practices that will provide strength during the storm and comfort in daily life. Believe me, this works! Love, Julia

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names: mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She loves her life in Western North Carolina.   




5 Savvy Ways to Invite More Simplicity into Your Life

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By Liz Smith | The Connected Life

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~Lao Tzu

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I am fortunate to have married a man who shares my love of taking the simple road. Simplicity for us is not about how much stuff we do or don’t own, it is a motivating force (core value) that underpins the decisions we make in life together. When I reflect on the choices that have led us to a simpler life, I can see that our love for the uncomplicated, echoes across almost every part of our life together.

Today I’m sharing some of the choices we have made that support our intention to invite more balance and harmony into our lives. I don’t believe there is anyone right approach and the information shared below is a snapshot of what works in our family. Simplicity has never been the bright shiny goal we move towards, certainly not for my husband anyway. We are joy seekers, we do what makes us happy and try our best to avoid choices that complicate this.

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1) One debt, no cards, less paper shuffling – Finances are kept simple. We don’t do credit cards, investments or car loans. This equates to manageable mortgage debt, less stress and less paper shuffling. Less paper shuffling makes me so happy. If you are at the debt end of the spectrum and want to be free, I’ve heard great things about Dave Ramsey and his no-nonsense approach to getting yourself out of debt. You can get started by checking out his free show.

2) Minimal commitments – I don’t commit to activities that I know will stretch me beyond what feels right. My commitments change as my situation does. I know that when my youngest boy is at school full-time, I will have more opportunities to say yes to volunteer with the school. For now, I keep my schedule simple and I don’t expend energy feeling guilty about what I can’t do right now.

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3) Minimal possessions – A little over two years ago and with Courtney Carver as my inspiration, I de-cluttered every space in our home. I removed knick-knacks and vases, clothing, books, toys, dinnerware and so much more. My intention was to own only the things that I loved and had a purpose. As I worked through the process, I began to see the complicated stories in the things I held on to, due to guilt and shame. The habit of letting go was quickly replaced for one of discernment with every new purchase being done so, with intention and clear purpose.

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The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

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By Joshua Becker | Becoming Minimalist

“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” —Thomas Kempis

Simplicity brings balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, “Where else in my life can I remove distraction and simply focus on the essential?”

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Based on our personal journey, our conversations, and our observations, here is a list of the 10 most important things to simplify in your life today to begin living a more balanced, joyful lifestyle:

1. Your Possessions – Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. If you will invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it. For more inspiration, consider Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life.

2. Your Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.

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3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of goals you are intentionally striving for in your life to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important ones. When you finish one, add another from your list.

4. Your Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

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5. Your Debt – If a debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.

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