#3 - A Circle of Radiance

I am blessed with dear, dear friends.  Throughout my life, I have been surrounded by amazing soul-connected people who warm me with their love, wisdom, laughter, and support.  I owe so much of my life to the many dear friends, teachers, and mentors who have been there to support the evolution of my life.

This morning I had breakfast with two dear women friends.  We meet together every few weeks for our "book club."  Our version of a book club anyway.  We read a personal growth book one chapter at a time.  We read a chapter and then meet to discuss how the wisdom of what we've read can support our lives.  It has become a delicious way for us to support one another.  We meet, we eat delicious food, we talk... and through that process we are healed, inspired, transformed, and loved.

I leave these breakfasts basking in radiance.  Their radiance. My radiance.  Our collective radiance.

I am recharged and ready for life anew.  

We have been doing these breakfasts regularly for about one year, and I can honestly tell you that this simple, regular connection has become a critical piece in my own recipe for living a happy, inspired, radiant life.

Without this connection with these three women, I feel my experience of radiance dwindle.  And when I come together in the loving circle of these fun, quirky, beautiful, human, radiant souls -- I feel I have found the nectar of life. It just heals me.

These women are part of the collection of about 20 individuals who make up my Circle of Radiance.  They are my collection of friends, mentors, healers, leaders, and guides that inspire the light in me.

Today in 100 Days of Radiance, I invite you to consider forming your own Circle of Radiance.


What is a Circle of Radiance?

A Circle of Radiance is a collection of people and guides who ignite the light in you.

For me, at any given time, my Circle of Radiance consists of... 

  • The two-to-four ladies I meet at bookclub

  • One or two self-development buddies

  • A few members of my family

  • A handful of other friends from my past and present

  • Two or three mentors, authors, or teachers I am studying or reading

  • A team of inner guides

All of these hold a different function and purpose. And all of these I will explain further below and over the next few days.

Over the next few days, I will support you in crafting your own Circle of Radiance.

To begin the process, we will cast a wide net to see all the many people who have lent their support or light to you in the past or present.  This will be a preliminary list of angels, as I call them, but not all of them will be in your Circle of Radiance.  

Over the next few days, you will find deeper clarity on which of your angels, plus anyone else, you might like to mindfully place in your Circle of Radiance.  After that, we will explore how best to utilize their presence in your life to bring forth the radiance in you.

This exercise will help you take the first step in locating within your heart the people who can best support you in helping you shine your light.  

I invite you to breathe into your heart as you contemplate this question... 

Who have been the angels of your life? 

Look at your life, past and present, and allow yourself to recall and remember the people who showed up, supported you, offered you love, or guided you to a better place? Who have been the friends, lovers, partners, teachers, leaders, mentors, and counselors who have made a difference in your life?  

Make a list of everyone that comes into your consciousness, even if some of the people bring up some resistance.  

Again, ask yourself...

Who have been the angels of your life?

Just honor and write down whomever comes into your awareness. Allow yourself everyone who has brought light, hope, strength, healing, wisdom, or direction to your life.  Who stood up for you? Who loved you? Who quietly cared for you? Who understood you?  Who told you the difficult truth? Who held your feet to the fire? Who made you laugh? Who held you when you cried? Who inspired you? Who made you feel important, special, beautiful?  

Just ask yourself...

Who have been the angels of your life?

Write down anyone else that comes into your consciousness.  And when you feel complete with the list, take your left hand, your feminine hand, and imagine filling it with the light of love from your heart.  Take your light-filled hand and send your love to the names written on the paper in front of you.  Read each name on your list aloud speak these words...

Thank you for your loving light.  

When you're ready, close your eyes breathe into your heart, and imagine all these people standing around you, shoulder to shoulder, in a loving circle that surrounds you.  Allow yourself to feel the love of these dear people.  Feel their loving light.  Breathe deeply and allow yourself to understand that these people have been here to support you.  They have delivered messages of wisdom, provided you with circumstances to birth your greatness, and surrounded you with the healing love you've needed to become the person you are today.    

Now just ask yourself...

What are the gifts these angels have planted in my heart?

Breathe deeply an allow yourself to see that each of these angels has passed along to you many gifts.  Write down each of those gifts sacred gifts.  See the gifts of their wisdom, kindness, protection, acceptance, healing, strength....

Breathe deeply and honor each of these gifts.  

Now allow yourself to see that each of these gifts were planted like seeds in your heart.  And with the love in your heart, these seeds have grown into a rich garden. Breathe deeply as you imagine each of these seeds growing and propagating into a beautiful, sacred garden.  

This garden represents you.

You are the sacred garden.  You are the beauty of the many seeds planted by all the angels in your life.  Take a moment to breathe in your beauty, breathe in your many gifts, and honor the angels who lovingly have helped you plant and nurture this garden.

Breathe deeply as you behold the radiant beauty of you.

Stay in this radiance for ten deep breaths, allowing that feeling of beauty, power, and radiance to expand.

And now allow yourself to once again connect with the faces of your angels, surrounding you.  Take a moment to thank and bless each of them.  

And when you feel complete, thank yourself for taking this time just for you. Take a few moments to breathe and allow the majesty of your radiance, your wisdom, and your light to surround you as you find your way back to your day.


#2 - The Key To Your Radiance

Some days, I awake and radiance is my natural way of being.

I'm gently aware of every sound around me, I notice every drop of sunlight, and all I see is love in the eyes of those around me.  It is as though I am riding on a wave of bliss, connection, energy...  There is a magical feeling of peace, ease, and gratitude all around.  It is as if angels sprinkled divine light all around.  Love naturally flows from my heart.  Listening to others feels like a date with destiny, and wisdom flows from my lips like water from a river.

On days like these, feeling radiant is effortless.  Nothing is needed to support this connection.

But what about the days when my first thought doesn't reflect the beauty of God's hand on life?

On these days (and for me, these are the majority of days), I require a little help.  A little inspiration.  A little beacon-ing of the light from within.

Today, I have asked a spirit guide, a woman I call the Giver of Light to come visit me at my seat of inner stillness.  I've asked her to come and help me create a list of the many ways, when I feel disconnected from divine radiance, that I may nurture that connection once again.

I invite you to journey within alongside me...

With your eyes open, take a moment to stand up with your feet shoulder-width apart.  Take a three deep cleansing breaths.  And speak out loud in a clear, strong voice, "My intention is to draw in divine light and love."  Breathe in this powerful intention.

Now you will surround yourself with light and love.  Take your hands and imagine that you are drawing love toward you from all around. Call love in from above toward your head.  Draw it in from the air toward your throat, chest, stomach, and pelvis.  Scoop up light and love from the energy beneath your feet, and bring that loving energy into your hips, thighs, calves and feet.  

Now take your loving, light-filled hands and place them gentle all over your body.  Place your hands anywhere your body feels tight or soar.  Place them anywhere that yearns for acceptance and love.  Place your healing hands anywhere your body longs to feel warmth and light. Breathe deeply and use this sacred time to give yourself the gift of loving light.

And now with your body covered with the light of your own love, gently guide your body to a seated position.  Take a few breaths, allow your eyes to close, and turn your awareness inside.  As you breathe, place your light-filled hands on your heart.  

With your hands on your heart, breath in seven deep breaths, allowing yourself to feel the light of your heart and your hands to expand in your being. With each breath, allow yourself to feel completely bathed in the light of love.  With each breath, allow yourself to surrender, deeper and deeper, inside.

And now imagine that you settling into a light-filled room, where everything in the room is sacred, healing, and touched with love.  Look around and feel the presence of this sacred space.  Notice the textures, the feelings, the temperature, the sounds of this magical place.

Notice any objects, images, or feelings that may be present.  Write down whatever you notice.

Take a moment to breathe in the majesty of this sacred space.  And on your next breath, imagine that you can see someone entering the room and walking to you through the light that surrounds you.  This is being is the keeper of your inner light.  Allow this being to approach you now. Take a moment to notice what this being looks like, what they are wearing, the way they move, and the expression on their face.  Take a moment to connect to the feeling in their eyes. 

Looking into the eyes of this light being, ask them...

Why have you come to me today? 

What is the wisdom you would like to offer me?

Breathe deeply as you write down whatever comes.

Again, look them in the eyes and ask them...

What can I do to nurture my connection to love and light this week?  Show me the many possible ways I could connect with light and love.

Breathe deeply as you allow yourself to listen and understand the many ways you can nurture your connection to love and light.  Write down whatever is there.

Take another deep, cleansing breath, and looking deeply into their eyes, feel the love they have in their heart for you.  Breathe in their love.  

And now feeling surrounded by the light of their love and wisdom, ask them...

What is the key to staying connected to my light?

What one thing, if focused on, will bring me greater connection to light in every moment of my life?

Trust whatever comes. Write it down.  And allow that wisdom to land.

And now, thank this light-filled being for coming to visit you today.  Thank them for sharing their loving light and giving you access to more love and light in moments of your life.

Breathe in the love and gratitude.

Now take a few moments to breathe and allow the majesty of your radiance, your wisdom, and your light to surround you as you find your way back to your day.


Here is what i discovered inside today...

My light-filled room was a room with very high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with long white translucent shears blowing gently from the wind, and  sunlight pouring in from all around.  I found myself seated on a large golden tuffet resting on a fine oriental rug made of golden strands of light in an intricate mandala-like pattern on the floor.  

The air was warm, but there a gentle breeze, so my body felt totally relaxed and nurtured.  There was the scent of a natural beeswax candle filling the air.  And I could hear the sound of sweet chimes in the distance.

I noticed feeling totally at peace and ease.

My light-filled being, (I call her my Giver of Life) walked through two large french doors, surrounded by light.  She is tall -- nearly seven-feet it would seem -- and has long golden hair and bright green eyes.  She wears a long white silk gown, with a slit up to to her knee, and the plunging neckline reveals a full bosom.  She moves with unhurried, sensuous long steps.

She told me the reason she has come to me today is to remind me of my beauty.  She says that when I succumb to the seduction and fascination with beauty in all things, I am seduced into seeing the light of everything around me.  She says I trivialize beauty.  I make it wrong.  She is here to tell me it needs to be my priority, despite any resistance I feel.

Here's what she says I might do to nurture my connection to light and love...

  •  Write my husband a juicy love letter
  • Dance to Sheryl Crow's, "You Make Me Feel Love" in the mirror naked
  • Wear cashmere every day and affirm hourly what a sensuous treat it is
  • Drink hot ginger tea with honey made from organic ginger and local raw honey
  • Pray for light of the Goddess to enter my heart
  • Listen to one of my many inspiring recordings on Audible
  • Close my eyes and imagine that I am resting in the hands of God 
  • Snuggle with my sweet Pearl (my six-year-old) and let the sound of her saying, "Ma-maaaaaaaa!" land over me like the flutter of angels wings
  • Move slowly -- be late if you must -- but move like you have all the time in the world
  • Simply breathe, in and out, ten times
  • Let go of your to-do list 
  • Dress like Jackie-O
  • Make a playlist of dance music for Pearl and me
  • Connect to gratitude with Pearl every day
  • Place a hand on my heart, a hand on my belly and ask my body, "What do you need, beautiful body?"
  • Have a bath of love every day
  • Look into a friend's eyes and hear what is in her heart
  • Share a forgotten wish I once had with a friend
  • Read erotic poetry
  • Smell the fragrance of fresh sheets after they have been washed
  • Slather my feet with cocoa butter
  • Get a long, decadent pedicure with an extended foot massage
  • Try a new kind of dancing
  • Plan an erotic adventure with my husband
  • Dream about the romantic escape we have planned to St. John next week and plan a few surprises for him...

And the key for me, she said... Write every day. Like your life depends on it. It is the juice of your light. 

Ahhhhhh..... Letting it all in....

I'd love to hear your inner voice of light. Please post your reflections below...


#1 - Hear The Voice Of Your Radiance

You are invited to take a journey inside...

Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe deeply into the depths of your heart, and let yourself connect with the stillness inside.

Imagine now that you can float down inside yourself to a wellspring of loving light.  A place where light bubbles up like water from a natural spring.  Take a moment to hear the sound of it.  Feel the warmth of it.  Even imagine what this wellspring of light smells like.  

Allow yourself to know that from this wellspring of light, you can connect to your power, radiance, sensuality, and joy.  From this wellspring, you are free to soften and become supple to life unfolding around you.  From this wellspring, you are in connection with the light of the universe and all Her wisdom.

Breathe that in.

Affirm for yourself that it is safe for you to be in connection with this light.  Breathe in knowing that this light will give you the energy, healing, and wisdom needed to open your life to greater levels of love and radiance.

And now, allow yourself to take a deep breath and step into this bubbling light-filled pool, this wellspring of light.  Allow yourself to feel what it feels like for your skin to be in direct loving contact with the healing waters of this light.  Allow those waters to penetrate to the depths of your body, your mind, and your being.

As you continue to breathe, allow yourself to bring this loving light energy into your heart.  With each breath in, allow the light to gently pour in.  With each breath out, allow that loving light energy to expand. Allow yourself to continue breathing in light for seven breaths allowing yourself to be filled fully with this delicious, sensuous, healing light.  

And now, with your heart glowing with light, take a breath and ask yourself:

What would be possible in my life if I felt this connection to light and love all the time?

Breathe deeply as you hear the wisdom flowing from withing.  Write down whatever comes.

And now ask yourself:

What can I do today to bring this light with me into my external world?

What is one simple action or practice I can impart today that will allow me to integrate this light into my life?

Now take a moment to breathe into your heart -- your powerfully radiant heart.  Let yourself feel gratitude for this incredibly wise part of you, and allow yourself to make the commitment to return to this wellspring of light on a regular basis.  

Now take a few moments to breathe and allow the majesty of your radiance, your wisdom, and your light to surround you as you find your way back to your day.