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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Price of Invulnerability


"You cannot selectively numb emotions.  When we numb the dark emotions, when we numb vulnerability and fear and shame of not being good enough, we by default numb joy."  Dr. Brené Brown


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There is such beauty in opening/sharing/showing our Real, our vulnerabilities...I see more and more clearly how embracing the whole of our imperfect selves/others is what opens us to what's most important.  I see more and more clearly how the point isn't to be "good" or "better" but to be Love....thank you, Brené, for affirming this.





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I want to do something fun & different today!  My lovely friend, Jodi Chapman, has been drawing "angel cards" for her readers for several months now & it's been so much fun it's inspired me to do something similar.  A while ago I created what I call "Truth Cards," little phrases/affirmations/questions that can be used as messages/guides.  



I would love to draw one for you!  If you leave a comment (any comment or just a word or two indicating that you'd like me to draw one for you---just "yes" is enough!), I will get really quiet & centered & pull a card just for you.  (Which I will share with you in the comment section.)

I use these whenever I feel I could use a little extra guidance (in a fun & light way!).   Last night I pulled out a card that said, "Trust your open heart," and it was just what I needed to hear.  

Wanna play with me?


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    1. Big smiles...thank you for playing, Deb!

      Okay, I just took some really deep breaths, got super quiet inside, surrounded myself with your beautiful energy, Deb, and this (below)is what I drew (and, oh, how truer than true it is).

      * YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY ENOUGH *

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    2. This brings happy tears to my eyes. Thank you.

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  2. I would so love that. I am in need of some guidance ...

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    1. Dear Bonnie...

      The card I just drew for you is this...

      * YOU ARE NEVER ALONE *

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  3. Oh yay! I would love to play. Thank you, sweet friend. XO

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    1. Jodi! I'm giddy!

      Okay, here it is...

      * ASK YOURSELF: WHAT CAN I GIVE TODAY? *

      P.S: I just got the nudge to say this: remember to not exclude yourself when you consider what this means!

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    2. Thank you! This is just perfect for today. (Especially with the P.S.) Big hug and lots of love to you!

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    3. Big hugs back to you, my friend. You are a beauty.

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  4. yes, count me in too! Thanks Julia!

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    1. Okay, here it is, Andrea...

      * I TRUST MY INNER VOICE. I AM STRONG, WISE AND POWERFUL *

      Thank you for playing, dear person.

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    2. Thank you Julia! It's exactly what I needed.

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    3. So happy to hear it was what you needed, Andrea. Sending you love.

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    1. Okay, Mitch! Here's what I drew...

      * WHAT WOULD YOU DO/CREATE TODAY IF THERE WERE NO SHOULDS? *

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  6. I'd love to play. Wondering what it is I need to hear today...

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    1. ButterflyChica...here it is!

      * WHAT WOULD YOU DO/CREATE TODAY IF THERE WERE NO RULES? *

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  7. Yes, please! Thank you for the reading :)

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    1. Smiles. Here it is, Joanna...

      * I AM FREE IN THIS MOMENT *

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    1. Precious Jill--your card...

      * WHEN I FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN GIVE (RATHER THAN WHAT I'M NOT GETTING), I FEEL INSTANT RELIEF *

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    2. Good reminder. Thanks, Julia.

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    3. Glad it was a good reminder, precious Jill. Love to you. xo

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  9. Yes that would be lovely! Thank you!

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    1. Hello Anonymous! Here's your card...

      *KNOW YOU CAN *

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    2. Thank you so much! Perfect! Didn't mean to be
      Anonymous...

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    3. You're so welcome, Yvonne. Glad it was perfect.

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    1. Hello, Anonymous #2! Here it is...

      * LOVE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER *

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  11. Hi Wordy Phoenix! (I love that name!) Here's yours...

    * YOU CAN HANDLE WHATEVER HAPPENS *

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  12. Yes dear old friend and soul! I'm ready for some guidance.

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  13. Karen! What a sweet, sweet surprise for my evening! I love that you are here. I miss you. Okay, 2 cards flew out at me, here they are...

    * KNOW YOU CAN *
    * LIFE WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE FOR ME *

    So much love to you, beautiful one.

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    1. Hello Anonymous! Here's your card...

      * THE ANSWERS ARE IN THE SILENCE *

      Thanks for playing!

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  15. I love this idea. Yes, please. xo

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    1. I love YOU, J! Here you are, sweet thing...

      * BEAUTY IS ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE. WHEN I LOOK FOR IT, I ALWAYS FIND IT *

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  16. you are so generous, julia... thank you. vicki :)

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  17. Hello Vicki! Okay, this one jumped out of the basket right at me...

    * WHEN I FOCUS ON WHAT I HAVE AND NOT WHAT I DON'T HAVE, I FEEL GRATEFUL AND BLESSED *

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    1. Beautiful Awakenings--2 cards just fell into my hand, here they are....

      *YOU CAN TRY SOMETHING NEW *

      * EVERYTHING AROUND ME JUST IS. IT'S ME WHO TURNS THINGS TO HEAVEN OR HELL. AND IN ANY MOMENT, WITH A SIMPLE SHIFT OF FOCUS, I CAN CHOOSE WHERE I WILL GO *

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    1. Marcie! Here you go...

      * WHEN I SPEAK THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, I HELP OTHERS SPEAK THEIRS *

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    2. Love it! Will definitely be keeping these words in mind...Thank-you!

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    1. Here it is, Merlin...

      * YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY ENOUGH *

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  21. With an abundance of gratitude... Yes, please!

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    1. Here's yours, Jennifer...

      * SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE *

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  22. Julia, I love these thoughts by Dr. Brene, and you -- when we numb negative feelings, we also numb joy. How painful this can be at times. Not to zone out, not to escape that which pains, but to be present, to invite God into it, knowing that there is life here, too. To be love -- yes! Bless you, friend.

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    1. Yes, Ashley--this is so NOT easy but I find it's where the richness is. I'm continually amazed at the beauty that happens when I show up fully, with all of me, when I sit with my humanness rather than trying to run screaming away, when I am open to seeing/being shown the gifts in all of it. This life can be so painful sometimes but, oh...the beauty & love that is here. I'd like now to bow to ALL of it. And to you, beautiful one. Thank you for leaving your words here, I appreciate you so much.

      And now, for your truth card (it literary just fell into my lap...

      * THE POINT OF POWER IS ALWAYS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT *



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What are you thinking/feeling? I'd really love to know...

♥ Julia