I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the Astonishing Light of your own Being! - Hafiz
Last Friday I held my very first Gutsy Gathering. Despite shocking weather conditions, heavy rain, flooding and road closures, 22 kindred spirits joined me to learn about Creative Fire and The Desire Map.
When I decided to create my workshop experience, Compassion was top of the list because it is my empathic and highly sensitive nature that connects me to every being I meet. I talked about how being sensitive and a 'feeling' person can be 'too much' for many, and how I've learned to embrace it as my superpower. Compassion is what I feel when people share their stories vulnerably. Compassion is how I feel when someone stumbles by manages to overcome their challenges. Is Compassion your superpower too?
Gutsy Gatherings are connective experiences created specifically to cultivate relationships with kindred spirits. I saw this and more on Friday. I led the group to close their eyes, call in their intention and listen to my reading of The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and Danielle LaPorte's audio of Open Wide to What You Want.
We talked about feelings, how we feel and want to feel, accepting all parts of ourselves, that everyone is a teacher and that words of inspiration & motivation are just as much for the teacher as they are for the reader or listener, being vulnerable anyway, about feelings of failure but to keep going anyway, about seeking and trying out different creative hobbies, making ugly art, many canvases incomplete, but to always keep going anyway.
When I looked around the room as everyone closed their eyes to listen to music or a reading, I was in awe of everyone. I felt for everyone. How they showed up, how some came along even though they didn't know what they would get from the experience, how some had an inkling and wanted to know more or some who deeply felt and have read what I share and felt compelled to attend. I was stunned and humbled when they shared something of themselves, bravely and courageously in a room filled with new friends.
My favourite part of the evening was when I explained the power of I AM statements and led everyone to get creative with coloured pens and markers and write their own powerful I AM statements in the form of Gutsy Mantra cards. This followed with exchanging their mantra cards with other people in the room. Ah, Connection! When we exchange the cards, which hold the messages we want to tell ourselves, we discover how similar we all are. We realise that we also struggle with the same things. I love the discussion when a few people spoke about the story behind why they wrote their chosen I AM mantras.
Compassion is feeling for other people in a way that raises the vibration of all humanity. Connecting and having the ability to feel someone's tears or experiences and to send love. You don't have to know someone well or to even see someone in person to feel compassion. Compassion has no limits and I hope for a world where we all act more compassionately towards one another. Compassion and love are true powers. Not greed, war, hate or wealth.
Courage is the willingness to allow soul desire to grow larger than any fear that arises.
I closed with a beautiful track by Tahlee Rouillon "You Already Fly On Wings of Light" and Danielle's Decide to Rise.
A perfect place to start and finish this post is with gratitude. I am thankful for my darling friends Jessie and Debbie who helped me to set up and pack down. I love you both dearly. Thank you. I am thankful for my husband Ryan. I call him The Man With The Questions. It was his "Why Don't You?" that got this workshop and gatherings off the ground. I am thankful for my firecracker daughter who emulates what I do & writes her own Gutsy mantras, so I know I am doing a good job - even though we clash and I often think I am a shit mother. I am thankful for everything that I felt and heard on Friday night. I am thankful for everything that I felt all weekend. I was like a sloth all weekend actually, as the adrenalin wore off, I wanted to simple Be. I trusted the Universe, I trusted myself in ways I never have before and now I don't feel worried about not being enough, or not being capable of holding space for people, or not getting my message across, because I did it. I overcame my silly little fear about public speaking. I was myself, I showed up exactly as I am, I held space so my attendees could share themselves, I was clear in my message and I had faith. Not all of the emotion has released just yet. This post is written with tears welling up in my eyes from sheer joy. I came to this realisation on the weekend and finally felt my power in the core of my being, something that was lost for a long time:
I am not afraid...I was born to do this.
Note: The beautiful flower mandala painting in the photos is by the very talented artist Marieke from Dream Into Being. She runs Art Imagery Workshops here in Brisbane.
I'm one of the first official Desire Map Facilitators in Australia and I've brought to life Gutsy Gatherings! The first Creative Fire + Desire Mapping Workshop will take place in Brisbane 21-22 March 2015. Gutsy Gatherings are in person and virtual workshops and social events where you can learn to ignite your Creative Fire, identify your core desired feelings via The Desire Map and connect with kindred spirits.
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Hello, I'm Sharyn: Gutsy Girl Chieftess, Founder of of Gutsy Girl and Gutsy Girls Will Rule The World. I am the Creatrix of Sacred Circle Leadership Training and Gutsy Mantras.
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