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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – THE POWER OF CORRECTLY NAMING WHAT IS HAPPENING

How you classify things in your mind dramatically, amazingly and sometimes terribly alters things for you. This weekend I had a chance to deeply experience how different feelings come up when the name, the description, of a situation is changed in the mind.
 Here’s how it went:
 
I was on a business trip and needed to send email. Someone offered to lend me their internet dongle, which I gladly accepted. I went on-line did my thing and then placed the dongle on the kitchen counter. But I think that the dongle dragon was on the prowl that day, because, the dongle simply vanished in the course of the house being tidied, and I wasn’t doing the tidying! Everyone searched high and low. The situation was a mystery. Then it became an issue. Tension prevailed, tightropes were suddenly up and we were all trapeze artists.  What got me going was I was going to have to buy a dongle that I would never see or use or benefit from, one that already been thrown out! Ur hum, some of my money patterns were, shall I say, active? …
 
Lesson: Highly charged spaces, events that really press buttons are always Soul talk. I was very aware of how my body felt during the process, and how certain response patterns were screaming to play out. But I hung in by my nails. I kept allowed them place in my inner experience, but did not act them out.( In my workshops I call this the silent orgasm. You might want to shout or scream or moan, but because your mother in law is in the room next door, you won’t, can’t and don’t.  The same applies for processing stuck feelings  They are personal to you, and for your own to experience and release.)
 
As is the way with Spirit, the shift arrives in unexpected ways.  Whereas I was planning to meditate to help myself through these difficulties, a more and surprisingly elegant solution flowed in on its own – as I sat down to update my income and expenses I spontaneously renamed the dongle ‘debt’ – from ‘’buy a dongle [I will never hold or use dammit!]’’ to ‘’dongle usage’’ . Something magical happened. My feelings of being extorted turned to inner laughter. My mind replayed the loan, saw me needing to do internet that day, so much so, that I would be totally willing to pay R600 for a 30 minute session. Ha!

I still have a residue of stuckness in my gut. Probably very much part of a larger pattern of feeling forced to pay  –  and I will take to my meditation. But my relationship with this experience is in another category now.  And that’s wonderful. 

Naming it is framing it. And framing it creates a container which will allow – or disallow – energies to flow. Flow gives life to your body, wings to your dreams and infuses your heart with Love – love with a big L.

PS. This blog will be uploaded with the new dongle I intend to buy for myself today!

(Within 24 hours I had been offered a dongle at a quarter of the usual cost…)

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT ATTRACTING MONEY

Say YES to everything running through you

Phew. As I journey with my own manifestation aspirations I keep coming up against one potent and sabotaging pattern in myself:  There is a part of me that wants money to give to others – even from my lack!  I not only  love giving, but feel compelled in some seemingly lovely way.  But this pattern is more than lovely and generousl. I see now it’s a way of saying a sneaky but nonetheless clear NO to personal abundance. The way forward? Simply acknowledge that this pattern is active. No resistance but acceptance. Using fix it energy only serves to keep unhelpful patterns firmly in place.

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – I LOVE MY LIFE!

Can’t tell you just how much I love my life, just how much I love LIFE! I love my house and everything about it – the river that flows past the estate, the community without walls, the trees changing into winter bareness, autumn wafting  in through my window, white eyes –  tiny birds – that drink from bright red bottle brush flowers outside my kitchen window.
I love my office. I makes me feel so blessed when I drive into the campus,  greet those who share the space, and let workshop participants, between exercises, drink-in the bush . I love my work. I love the road which winds along the river and up tree lined streets between home and office. I celebrate the amazingness that I, me, myself have been able to create a work-life which feeds and nourishes me – and connects me to God. I feel amazed that in my work God is centre-stage, that its not only expected to be that way, but that my references to The Divine Life Force are welcomed and allowed.
I write and am consumed with the therapy and marvel of words on paper. I am even more thrilled when people like reading them! I give talks and workshops and am awed at the stuff I am teaching, that I got it, that I can teach it with the full flow of my personality and essence.   I think of my children, my niece, my sisters, my friends and am swept away on a river of gratitude that these beautiful beings are in my life .
May your experience of your life be so.
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A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW CAT WORKS WITH HER SOUL TO BRING ABOUT UPLIFTED MANIFESTATION

On Tuesday I had a day from heaven! What made it fabulous beyond fabulous, was that it was set up to be a day from hell. Ok, not literally, thank goodness. But the set up was perfect for toil and trouble, snot and drama.
I recently moved into what I considered dream offices and training rooms. Within the space of a week however, the deal had turned upside down. The company who was moving out decided not to move out. Because the landlord couldn’t handle the situation emotionally, he turned the admin of the premises over to the tenant who had decided to stay. What followed was a very slick case of passive forced removal. First he refused to give me the office I had chosen and agreed, then he more than doubled the rent, and 10 days later booted me out!
When I received the very nasty email telling me to leave it felt like a dagger into my heart. It wasn’t a simple email. It was an energetic barb and affected me deeply. I loved the offices and my first response was pain. Then it turned to vindictive anger during which I wrote an stinging response to him and the landlord explaining my legal rights and viewpoint on ethics. Fortunately I decided to sleep on it before sending the mail. Guess what happened? My internet went down for nearly a week! Life stopped me from sending the mail and during that internet down time, the task of packing up physically allowed me to access a higher perspective AND find the offices that were really for me. This is how it went.
At some point in the drama I remembered the key truth I teach: anger, pain and stress close the heart. Since the heart is the manifesting organ, contemplating stinging emails was the worst thing I could do for myself, my future. The only person that would suffer would be me! As I took this in, another realisation dropped through the pipeline into my consciousness. Could it be that I was paying back karmic debt having operated that very way in business myself many years ago? As I packed up, both realisations settled into my cells, and I left with a heart open and a mind free. But let me tell you of the miracles that happened to help me pack up, and move on.
Firstly I had a significant dream after the rent was raised. In the dream I was in the office allocated to me. My office cupboard had been moved away from the door and two elderly yet fit men were inspecting the place. As I watched them in the dream I realised they were going to help me do up the place, in particular paint the walls white. The dream was so clear that when I woke up the next day I drew a picture and made notes. I felt very certain that I was being mystically helped with my office situation.
Secondly I never made plans to move. I simply woke up on the 1st, and tried to get hold of a truck. When I wasn’t successful I got into my little car and headed towards the office to start packing. On the way I stopped to take a call. When I pulled back into the road I took note that it had set me back time wise. But I thought ‘”I’m in the perfect time always””. Shortly after that  I noticed  a little white truck driving in front of me and started to wonder if this truck and driver operated their own business.
I said to myself  that if he continued on my route, I would jump out and approach him. And that’s exactly what happened. There and then, on the side of the road in the sparkling morning sun, I found the means to move at a cost I could afford – and within the hour. Then my sister said her gardener to help me carry furniture. The move went like clockwork and on the way back from dropping the gardener back at my sister’s house, I noticed a sign on a white walled property. ‘”conference space to rent (at great prices)”
Wow! That caught my interest. I travelled on. I started to go slower. That conference space was calling me. I travelled even slower.  Then suddenly I did a U turn and went back. You see, when riding the flow of life, it’s your feet that do the leading, not your head. And it happens in the present moment, not by mental plan. It’s a about responding to the desires that run unexpectedly through your consciousness like a gentle breeze playing on water. So  I drove into the office campus and stopped outside the conference centre that had first drawn me. Here, in spite of the many open places, couldn’t seem to find the right space to park and drove my car in crazy circles. Bizarre but true! So instead I continued down the road as it narrowed down and wove amongst the African bush.
My car found itself in front of a beautiful rambling thatch house, obviously occupied by businesses. Following my feet once again I simply went into the first door I saw. Glass and light and high reaching ceilings greeted me and I wandered into the offices shouting “”hello, hello””.  Not really knowing what I was doing there, I asked the first thing that came to mind “”do you by any chance have office space””.  And so it was I met the most delightful human being and found perfect offices, at the perfect price, and in a complex shared by others who aspired to uplifted business and higher conscious living.

This dear reader is the potential that life offers us all. To let go of the need to plan, attack or repress. To allow the Divine Life Force to take us to the place where we should be – not by a voice that speaks from the heavens, nor by downloading a plan into our minds, but simply by following our feet as directed by our heart. Then all things work together for our higher good, and life becomes a joyous expression, an easy process of simply riding the river!  Effortless effort. Stop Pushing. Start Riding.

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – STOP BEING SO SERIOUS….!

It’s easy to get over serious about spiritual matters but nothing could be farther from the truth. Having fun replenishes your energies and keeps them moving. And what are those energies but very Soul itself. If you want to keep aligned to your Soul, it’s absolutely essential to have fun.

I recently worked on a challenging project and towards the end, the delivery date, I noticed how locked on to the task I was, and how little enjoyment I was getting from doing it. Right then and there I decided ‘if I’m going to do this (which I definitely was) I going to enjoy it!’. That choice didn’t change what I was doing. It changed something a lot more important – my approach and my energies. And although I was still concerned about how it was going to pull together, I was more resolute I would enjoy it. What a difference that made!
So this week I urge you whether you are reconciling your bank statements from way back when, studying for an exam, doing cold calls or washing the dishes, decide, really really decide that if you’re doing it, you’re going to have fun while you are. Fun is a simple choice away! One that your Soul is longing you to take.

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – I WROTE A NOTE TO GOD AND MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER!

I wrote an magical little book in 2001. Ride the River. How I got to do that was out of the ordinary to say the least. Most authors gather information and then sit to write their words. My first books were much like that, but this one was different. All I did was connect to a concept. The rest came through me. This is how it happened.
On the 1st of January 2001 I wrote a note to God.  ‘Dear God, I am ready to unravel the mysteries of life. Teach me and I will teach others.’ This note wasn’t planned or even thought out. I was busying myself around the house when it simply arrived in my consciousness. I just said yes to the impulse, grabbed pen and paper and wrote it down. I still have that scribbled note in my papers, and looking back I see that this was a holy moment. We all have them. They take place when we align ourselves to our Soul. Sometimes that alignment happens by grace and other times by personal choice, however if we say a full yes to a holy moment it takes our lives to a new level in remarkable way, and that’s exactly what happened to me.
At the time I was living in Cape Town running a business in motivational training. By April of that year, the note long forgotten, I was getting ready to attend a friend’s wedding up country. Just before I left I ran a disciplinary process at the office. I found this extremely difficult and the incident left me upset, confused and drained. I left town with a clear awareness that some things needed to change and now was the time.
Fortuitously my short vacation gave me space to take stock of my life, in particular the amount of mental, emotional and physical energy I was putting in to keep my business going. I started asking myself, and God, why it was that I was always pushing myself way beyond what was healthy – working too hard, too long with not nearly enough rewards. I remember a moment of absolute clarity in my hotel room when I wrote on a piece of yellow post-it note  “no more push-push, I want to be in the flow.”  
No more push push! Gosh, how those words changed things. They became my mantra and without realising it they were God’s first answer to my New Year note. I had started to ‘unravel the mysteries of life’. I stopped pushing and started riding. What happened then was short of miraculous. All sorts of unexpected events started to occur and soon my entire life, my view of it was changed forever. The exact details are fascinating, and when I think back I always feel inspired. I want to share that true story, the hope and inspiration with you, so I continue the story in my next blog. In the meantime, please visit my facebook page and support me as I set out to create a new exciting energy around the book that unravelled those mysteries I spoke to God of.  RIDE THE RIVER – The definitive guide to aligning to your Soul, a river of Divine Energy, to achieve success.

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I AM ENCOURAGING YOU TO EXPAND YOUR SOUL

A lovely idea but how exactly do we do this?
One way is to make sure that we keep our thinking expansive. Listening to CD’s and DVD’s of spiritual teachers, reading new books and being part of discussion groups are an essential piece in this work. Through listening to new and insightful ideas, our bodies are given the opportunity to take in and metabolise ways to be more. When this happens we automatically use the knowledge to make deeper connections with our Soul.
When I lived in Findhorn I got to attend some sessions by a German teacher, Thomas Hubel. His work had a remarkable effect on me, primarily because there was no bullsh*t or pretence. He offered a pragmatic and grounded perspective that I could apply in my life. Have a listen to what he has to say http://thomashuebl.com/index.php?lang=en. And if you don’t like his work, find someone else, but don’t slip into spiritual apathy! Go out and expand your spiritual horizons.

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – THE BENEFITS OF SOUL BASED LIVING

THE BEST EVER BENEFIT OF CONNECTING WITH YOUR SOUL

Can you believe it? I have been exploring matters Soul for 8 years now and I have only just discovered the hugest benefit of all  – being in love with life. Not just loving life. Being IN LOVE with life, as in a chemical high – just the same as falling in love with a real live person. I am not kidding. When I contemplate the life force running in me, my heart opens in exactly the same way as it does when a new lover walks into the room! Chemicals start rushing and the next second I am in bliss. Nothing life does is wrong. Everything is right! When I meditate it happens. When I look at the blueness of the sky it happens. When I have a meeting with great person it happens. When I look at the brilliant colours of  a bougainvillaea it happens. My gosh. This is new. I’m IN LOVE with the very life force. I’m in love with God. Now let’s pray the honeymoon doesn’t end…….

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – ABOUT RETURNING TO SOUTH AFRICA

THE FABULOUSNESS OF SOUL URGES

I sat in a sea of people. Cutlery clinked, families and friends toasted each other, and good looking waiters placed exotic cocktails on tables. I looked past my friend, her face radiant with life, and watched the full moon rise over Cape Town’s turquoise sea. I was in unexpected bliss – in the very place I was 100% certain I NEVER wanted to come back to, never wanted to settle down in. Cape Town, let alone South Africa!

When I decided to return to South Africa everyone, especially me, was amazed, so resolved I’d been never to come back. When I said yes to the deep urge to return home, I had few plans, except I knew for certain I didn’t want to live in Cape Town. On June 13th I jetted into Johannesburg, lapping up every second of the sun, the amazing vibe and the brilliant openness of the people.

But the plans of humans are not the plans of Soul. Somebody called Jean de La Fontaine said that a person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it, and this exactly what happened to me! Try as I may to avoid Cape Town, within 7 weeks of arriving in South Africa a whole series of events had conspired to take me to that exact place! Instead of agony what did I find but joy – and ease! Within 7 days of arriving in Cape Town all the things I had not been able to organise in 7 weeks in Johannesburg had come together – a great office with fab people at the right price; a super room in a lovely home with the right person; a spiritual community which made my cells smile; a buzzy gym at a great price just round the corner – so much I cannot list it all.

But the best of all is the sacred appointments I have kept by coming here, meeting up again with old Souls, encountering Soul connections which run so deep with people who, surprise surprise had also just arrived from far off places!!!!! And where were they living? Just round the corner from me in this remote part of Cape Town! So I bathe in the bliss that comes about simply through being in Alignment – Human-Soul-Spirit. And alignment comes from saying YES to those inner urges that come from un-mind. I rejoice in experiencing how much potent organising intelligence is unconsciously active in me and the circumstances around me – potent enough to get me to say yes to the one thing I was sure was a NO!

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PERSONAL THOUGHTS – ABOUT SOUL

Original Sin

Sin is a word that has been greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted. It actually means ‘to miss the mark’ according to Eckhart Tolle author of the Power of Now. ‘As an archer who misses the target, so to sin means to miss the point of human existence.’ Is it possible however that my Soul can sin? Or is it my human persona that misses the mark in this way?

Since my own personal experience is that a deep connection with my Soul is a completely sublime experience I must say I think the latter applies. And each day as I experience the world of earning a living, navigating relationships etc  etc I am continually brought back to this key Soul principle : where there is flow there is Soul. Where there is constriction and tightness it is absent. Could it be that to shink from life and allow our thinking and being to become constricted is sinning? Wow! makes one think, not so?

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