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About sandypowers

Life Coach since 1998

THERE IS HOPE

 

What a magnificent time we live in. As much hate, corruption, hurtful & judgmental behavior social media vomits there is HOPE.

I witness daily human beings making a difference dedicated to living life from their heart. Their journey is not easy. Despite the flood of negativity they are not fooled.

They easily spot the crazed beast with its many disguises that tries wrapping its ugly tentacles around them sucking them down deep into a vortex of confusion, hopelessness, and hate.

These spiritual warriors see beyond the fear and are changing the world by training their minds to be led via their heart. They know, because of the inner work they’ve done, they were born to help end suffering. As their awareness has heightened, their ability to risk stepping into uncharted territories has grown.

Compassion, empathy, acceptance of others, love, new ideas to heal the planet, are taking root all over the world and in places you’d least expect it. Heart-led actions for healing are occurring every day.

If you’ve been discouraged don’t be. We have the capacity to step out of dark thoughts and into the light, every one of us.

Today be a cycle breaker, start the inner work it takes. Be a spiritual warrior and walk your values proudly. Be a model of well being to others. Be a change maker for the good.

How? Offer a kind word, a gentle smile, recognize how hard the clerk in the store, the waitress or wait person, the maid, your co-worker, colleague, works and tell them how much you appreciate them. Start small and watch your kindness grow becoming a habit. You are changing your community for the better.

But always beware of the crazed beast of negativity. If you recognize its presence tear off its tentacles. Its greatest talent is to try and squeeze out hope and twist our mind into a million anxious depressing thoughts.

Let’s join with those who see beyond fear and become determined to be a flashlight for our Creator.

Good is happening. The more good you see the more good you will see. 

SHINE FORTH

 

SHINE FORTH
Our first breath was a gift from God. Imagine the power of that Divine Love able to awaken us into this world. That Love is in us and always has been. For years we walked around not realizing it’s even there or the purpose and power of its presence.

We have within us a Love that far surpasses our emotional love. Many times we don’t know it’s there because we’re caught up in the pains of the past or situations where we feel powerless. But it’s there, we’re still breathing, it will always be a part of us.

The spiritual journey is about remembering and discovering this powerful gift given at birth by the One who makes this earth shake.

To develop the awareness of this Love is a worthy cause. Via that awareness we become a beacon of light for God. The more inner work we do to clean up our emotional house and gather self-care resources the brighter the Light shines forth.

What a blessing it is to serve self and others in this capacity. So simple yet so hard. It takes work, we’re human, but it’s always there ready for our embrace. Know matter how it feels in the moment no one can take this gift from us. This Love is beyond feelings.

Today allow yourself to be the sunrise in someone’s darkened world. Love. Shine forth.

Sandy Powers, Life Coach

NEGATIVES SERVE TOO
A spiritual practice is not about eliminating every perceived negative, but about recovery from the emotions they cause by tapping into the heart where the Sacred dwells. It’s about how quick we come back into balance after falling hard into the pit of helplessness.

Dedication to my practice is ongoing. When things are going good is when my best work is done. When I’m not under the weight of a negative I am able to develop and anchor in a multitude of self-care resources that I can lean on when things hit the fan.

Life is life. We are human. We are the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are hit with pain and suffering by things outside of us and we are also the cause pain and suffering to self and others. If we can step back and quit judging our behavior and hammering in how awful we are there’s an opportunity to turn an awful situation into a healing experience. No one is perfect, no one can escape negative emotions, so lighten up, recognize you’re human, and get on with it.

The not so fun emotions are not bad guys. They are only parts of us screaming for attention. The longer we ignore their voices the louder they scream. When we listen beyond the obvious reason for the flare up we’ll find there is more to the story. It is never just about what’s happened, inevitably it’s linked to some ugly experience we wanted to forget from the past.

Remember triggers abound. There is no escape, but we can minimize our triggers by paying attention to our emotions, our feelings, and get to work and heal.

Why, is the quintessential question that becomes our personal Sherlock Holmes. Why? Why? Why? Why keeps us digging within. When triggered I constantly remind myself there’s more to the story, keep going and usually without fail I find some past hurt that carries a like energy. When I get to the bottom of it, it’s liberating.

Spiritual work, is about listening, finding the calm within, and figuring out how to access it. When we do our lives are filled with more peace and joy. With more peace and joy, we win, those around us win, our community wins, and so does the world.

Life is good even the negatives.
Sandy Powers, Life Coach

 

COME BACK TO THE HEART

Come back to your own heart. The place where the Holy waits for your embrace.

Get quiet and listen.

It’s not the loud voice, but the Still Small voice of the Sacred that holds the key to truth.

No one outside of you has your answers, no one.

Listen with respect, gather information, research, study, but always go back to the heart, It knows.

It takes courage to act on what you know in your heart. It is a muscle to be developed.

Don’t beat yourself up if it’s too scary too make the changes you seek immediately, just keep coming back to where true truth resides, in You, one day you will. The Holy loves you right where you are.

Everything is in Divine Order.

– Sandy Powers, Life Coach

HEALING PRESENCE

The healing presence of love, is the only meaningful gift we can give when someone is emotionally suffering. 

Being with, just being, having the ability to sit in the uncomfortable silence when there are no words, shifts the environment for a brief period. It opens the gateway to the heart where the feeling of being utterly alone is briefly lifted, there is a wordless understanding that someone hears their pain, and with that act of peaceful presence a momentary breather is given on some level within. 

We will never truly know the impact of our compassionate heart, but we’ve all felt it when someone was just there for us, not trying to fix, but just with us, just present, sitting with, as we suffer. Yes, love is the most powerful gift we can give. 

Love is my religion. Love.

-Sandy Powers, Life Coach

LIVE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS

In our younger years our view of self was determined by what others taught us and thought of us. We bought into it because we knew no better. What society deemed beautiful, worthy, and of value we believed was the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Little did we know there was a greater resource of truth inside of us. That when we start to question the validity of what others say, do, and act and begin to look within we discover a whole other way of looking at life.

Stepping away from how you were told to live life and what is right, at first, is confusing. But when we continue to dive deeper separating our belief system from others and tap into our own beliefs that make sense to us a sense of freedom is encountered.

Finding beliefs that help you live a kinder, more joyful, and peaceful life is worth the effort. Stepping away from your original worldview, which for all of us was defined by those outside of us, at times will feel disloyal, but continue the journey.

Study, ask questions, and step outside your comfort zone. Explore on your own and you will find there are many ways to living a fulfilled life. Find one or two that help you grow into a more authentic you.

When you first quit living life from the way others think you should you’ll get resistance. People will try to pull you back into their view of the world. It’s just the way it is, it’s human nature. Feelings of rejection, doubt and fear will tag team, but keep going, find your way.

Be a trailblazer. Live from your heart and not by others standards or opinions on what and how you should live.

Find a path that’s right for you, a path that brings more joy and peace, a path that radiates your loving self, a path that makes your confidence and self worth soar.

We are each a unique expression of life. It’s okay to be different, to not think the same way as what you first thought was the right way.

Grow.
Educate.
Deep sea dive into your heart.
Find your way.

We need your beautiful unique expression of love and compassion in this world.

-Sandy Powers, Life Coach

PHASES IN LIFE

We go through different phases in our lives. There are ups and downs and all arounds. We carry sadness or anger or joy, or excitement, or… the list is endless, each is carried for a period of time. The emotion camps out in our being and after a while when it has done what it has meant to do it shape shifts into something else.

What could negative emotions be meant to do?
What could positive emotions be meant to do?
What is it we need to become aware of?

Reveal to me what I cannot see is my prayer. I know I will repeat the same cycle of emotion over and over again, being triggered in the same way, with the same energy coming at me, until my lenses clear, and my Spiritual self knows I’ve heard what it has been trying to share.

Everything is energy. Everything. As human beings we have been given the gift to shift the energy and use it in ways that serve us and others instead of draining us or dragging us down. But we can’t change and become energy shape shifters until we become mega energy managers, becoming aware of where we spend our energy.

No matter what you’re going through it’s ok.
It’s ok.
It’s ok.
Be with it.

Everything is in Divine order. Everything.

Over time we really start to get it, we’ve become master sleuths, finding the gifts of positive and negative experiences. We’ve invested in the best flashlights, invested in incredible magnifying glasses, and are willing to go wherever the emotion takes us. Often it takes us deep into the darkness. That’s ok, a master sleuth has it’s tools. We almost always uncover long ago buried debris. We examine what is found with the powerful tools in our toolbox. We’re members of the sleuth organization and utilize various members to help us discover meaning and understanding that sets us free and brings more peace and joy.

Discovery, clarity, getting it, is cause for celebration. Feel the joy. Feel the crazy wonderful joy. Stay with it. Don’t minimize the discoveries. Wash your body, mind, and soul, with what you’ve found, breath it in and breath it out. This is what awakening is all about.

Listen. Love. Laughter.
Listen with intention.
Love whatever you discover.
Laugh as you celebrate freedom.

Breathe your thoughts in, bring them home to the heart, the place where they can rest and just be for awhile. Breathe it in and breathe it out. Call them home. Breath them in, feel them making their way back into you, into the place where the only peace can be found.

You are your own safe space.
You are a magnificent energy of love.
You are more than enough to handle any situation.

Celebrate the joys. Celebrating is just as important as the listening and love. Stay with it. Re-energize yourself. You are worth it.

  • Sandy Powers, Life Coach

WE ARE NOT A MISTAKE

We were born on purpose.

We are not a mistake.

We have our own song to sing.

It doesn’t matter if there is a zillion others doing the same thing, your version, your expression, is uniquely yours and it is needed. There is no one in the entire world like you. Listen to others with respect. Take what fits and let the rest blow with the wind. What fits contemplate and reflect on it, then get quiet and listen to your own heart. Your unique expression will eat at you until it can be heard. Be brave. Find the courage. Go for it. Some will ridicule, some will shout words to cheer you on, who cares, keep going, reach deep inside, find your voice, your song, and sing it.

-Sandy Powers, Life Coach

BRUISED EGO

What can’t I see? What behaviors need to be looked at?

What bad habits still run amuck in my life?

When I experience someone else’s bad behavior I wonder if Life is trying to show me something about my behavior. I’m a bit shocked when I realize it is, my ego argues with me, no way, we’re not like that. No way, no how, was I like that person. After the shock, and I’m calmer, I take some deep breaths into my heart, the place where the calm wisdom self resides. I’m immediately humbled. My heart rewinds the tape of my life showing me snapshots of recent experiences and there is always one if not more examples of how I treated someone in exactly the same hurtful rude way I was treated.

I can be so self-righteous at times. Well I’m more spiritual aren’t I? I’ve healed more than they have, haven’t I? I’m not as rude, or hurtful… am I? Yes at times you are Sandy. We’ve been trying to show you that and this time finally you get it. Bravo!

We always have stuff to work on, it’s life. We are perfectly flawed human beings. And that’s okay, in fact it more than ok, it’s the way it is.

I’d much rather find, admit, and correct behavior that hurts others then never have a chance to correct my rude behaviors. I don’t want to be rude.

Now can I control how others perceive healthy boundaries? No. Can I control anything about someone else? No. But what I can do is continue deep sea diving into my own stuff and cleaning up as much as I can, that’s all any of us can do.

Life is good, even with ego pinches now and then.

  • Sandy Powers, Life Coach

Lean Into What Hurts

Lean into what hurts.

Find at least one person who will just listen, no fixing, no special words, just listen and care.

When we experience someone caring it creates a safe space for the light of our heart to be revealed.

What a blessing when who we are sharing our hearts with offers a caring smile, or looks at us with gentle eyes, and by their actions we know judgement is no where to be found.

This type of listening brings peace and hope, that everything will work out. We may not know how, but our heart assures us with a feeling of peace. We know, if only for a moment, it will be ok.

That is the power of kindness, of compassion, of love.

It doesn’t take any special talents, every person has the capacity to listen and to care for another human being.

We need each other to build a caring and compassionate community.

Never doubt the impact of your caring heart.