* Living My Vision

When I was training to become a life coach we did a lot of self discovery and exploration, in preparation for working with our clients. Part of the program was to create a vision for ourselves. At that time I was an intercultural trainer – working with people from different cultures to help them adjust to living and working in a new country. I was drawn to coaching to work with individuals through their transition and help them understand and accept differences, and thrive in a new environment.

the pathThe road towards my vision has had some gentle bends and highs and lows, yet my vision remains true to who I am and whatever I do. It is my life’s calling.

“My vision is for a world where we understand one another, accept differences and are at peace. And it begins within ourselves.”

It was true 12 years ago and even more so today!

My journey has taken me from exploring the differences in countries and cultural groups around the world, to understanding how we communicate and empathize  in relationship with each other,  to learning about our inner thinking, filters and struggles within each of us …. and to a sense of coming home to the beautiful connectedness of us all.

My outer path is now one with the inner path. This is where I am meant to be.

Isn’t that what our life purpose is really about …. finding our path and coming home to ourselves.

We can only do this when we pause to connect with our inner being. When we find our Middle Ground.

This is what I want for you.

What is your vision for the world and your part in it?

* Inspiration – What the World Needs

What the world needs quote

“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman

What’s alive in you to bring to the world?……

* The Road to Freedom

This is not a post advocating Scottish Nationalism …. Its about inner freedom.  Perhaps something even more elusive!


I’ve read that when our inner nature is truly free, we find within ourselves a wealth of treasure: love, joy and peace of mind. We aren’t thrown off by the highs and lows of life, or the stock market! We find freedom in our middle ground.

Albert Einstein explains it so clearly:

einstein“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison.”

Einstein was raised by secular Jewish parents and described himself as agnostic. He believed in the connectivity of the universe and a higher consciousness but not in a personal god.

What he is expressing comes from science, yet resonates with the teachings of Jesus, Buddha and other faiths.

We are all on our path up the same mountain towards enlightenment where we find freedom, peace and a sense of oneness …  What really matters is finding the path that feels right for each of us, being open to what unfolds and not judging the ways of others.

Namaste x

* Which Way is Your Horse Heading?

I love this question! Especially when faced with making a difficult decision. It can help in your career direction and life direction. It can help when you find yourself procrastinating over the best choice to make.

Its also helpful when you have committed to doing something … and then it doesn’t feel quite right.

In my experience, when we feel an internal struggle, there are one of two things going on.  Either its fear coming up … or its our inner wisdom trying to get our attention.

The first step is to consider what I might be afraid of…. What are the facts of the situation? Are their any old beliefs coming up that I might not be good enough, or that I might fail? As I think about this, is there a feeling of contraction or withdrawal… or not? Could there be an unpleasant experience from my past associated with this? Examining for previous wounds isn’t easy, but its helpful in getting clear.

Fear comes from our mind and our thoughts.  It comes from our ego and its job is to keep us safe.  Its very human!  And boy does it get in the way when we want to bring about change.

The next step is to explore our inner wisdom. What’s going on in our heart and soul.

This is where the horse comes in. jerry-koontz-horse-galloping-half-moon-bay-california

Imagine you are going through life with your true authentic self on a horse. It takes you to where your heart and soul want to be.

When you come across a difficult decision, or are procrastinating about making the right choice, ask yourself these questions – Which way is my horse heading? Am I trying to turn my horse around? What would happen if I follow my horse?

Then sit quietly. The answer comes from your inner being, rather than your mind. Listen for the answer to reveal itself. It may show itself as a feeling in your body or an image, rather than a thought.

I’ve asked this question at important times in my life. My horse wanted to be free to run in a controlling relationship. It wanted to graze at the side of a luscious path and nourish itself when I was in coach training. A few days ago I realized that my horse doesn’t want to turn back onto a well used path. It likes where its heading …. and I’m along for the ride!

Follow your horse and you follow your inner wisdom.

I’d love to hear what comes up for you. Val x