A new year is a wake-up call infused with a sweet invitation from destiny to take the next step up. Ideally, we should have the habit of examining our lives weekly, asking the questions: What works, what doesn’t, why, and what is needed? But most of us are not as diligent.
The New Year will flash a sign of “Stop and Think” in front of our eyes and whisper: “The clock of time keeps ticking away silently; you will not be here, in this version of yourself, forever. It is time to take stock of your life and yourself.”
I invite you to take a minute and list your victories, personal and professional, a few great moments, and some great insights/revelations that you collected this year. These are the gems you received from the passing year.
Now, going for the next level of growth ask yourself: “What area of my life is clearly out of balance and needs more attention right now?”
- Is it your family?
- Your creative projects?
- Your health?
- Your spiritual evolution?
- Your emotional freedom?
- Your finances?
Write down your answer on a sheet of paper. This is the item highest on your priority list. The one you are most passionate about. The second question to ask yourself is: “How committed am I to creating a new level of possibilities in this area?” If your commitment is wavering, the third question is: “Why, what’s standing in the way?”
Here are the two important elements to create results.
One: strong emotional commitment is the key to manifestation. Actualized desires spring from our inner being. “As within, so without”: if you want love, you need to be love. If you want health, you need to envision health, etc.
Two: to achieve growth and balance in the area of your life that you chose, you need to nurture your whole being. All aspects of our lives are closely connected. Your state of being is the soil in which all dreams grow and blossom, and you are the gardener. Make sure you provide a fertile soil for your inner being if you want your dreams and wishes to come true.
Our inner being expresses itself through seven channels. I call these channels The Seven Gates of Power®. When all seven channels are open unblocked, expressive, and energized, and when they work together in harmony, you are whole, powerful, and expressive. You then enter into a state of being that supports the manifestation of your visions and desires.
Imagine yourself as a flower with seven petals. All petals have to be nourished and open for the flower to fully express its beauty. In the same way, all of your Gates need to be nourished, cleared and energized in order for your inner light to shine.
The Seven Gates of our being are:
- The Gate of The Body (also includes all physical structures of life, home, care and finances)
- The Gate of Emotions
- The Gate of Dialogue (relationships with yourself and others)
- The Gate of Creative Expression (adventure, playful and creative projects)
- The Gate of Life Path (your life’s purpose and direction)
- The Gate of Silence (prayer and meditation)
- The Gate of Knowledge (learning)
If you neglect any one of these Gates, you compromise your inner balance. All the Gates are connected and work together in synergy.
Here are some tips for creating wholeness in preparation for the New Year:
- Take an honest look at each one of the Gates and ask yourself what you need to strengthen and cultivate in this area of your life.
- Match the area of life you chose as a priority with the right Gate.
- Make three clear commitments relating to each Gate. For example, the Gate of the Body: How do you intend to strengthen your body in this coming year? Nutrition? Exercise? Rest? Grooming? Or, the Gate of Emotion: How can you create greater emotional freedom and connect with feelings you are avoiding? Express your feelings more, better, differently? Learn to understand or accept certain emotions?
Once you finish going through this process and you have made three commitments under each Gate, you are ready to chart your plan for renewal and empowerment.
I suggest that you create a colorful chart with seven columns and three commitments under each column. Now that you are clear about your commitments, it is time for practice. You will need to consult your chart on a daily basis to create small steps leading to the accomplishment of your commitments.
If you are making a bold move out of your comfort zone, and I hope you do, be prepared to encounter fears, self doubts, and resistance. This is the natural process of growing. There are always breakdowns, small and large, before breakthroughs. Keep working consistently through these.
This is a sacred labor of self-love; the rewards of your efforts will deepen your understanding of yourself and your ability to nurture and empower that self. It is your creative gift to yourself for the New Year.
I wish you a year of health, joy, and renewal.