Being a human is not for the faint of heart. It's dense of beautiful and joy-filled and scary and all the things. Each of us hold every single possibility for the human experience within ourselves. It's unrealistic to think that we should be happy all the time. Where's the growth in that? Where's the stretching of our character? Fire, heat, drought, - they have a way of returning you to the purity of what is important and what really matters.
That’s what this episode is all about.
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Hi, I am Jaclyn Steele and welcome to self discovery. Howard Thurman so beautifully wrote, don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive, coming alive. That my friends, is what self discovery is all. Where that man Hello, and welcome to another episode of self discovery. This is a solo episode. It has been a few weeks, I think probably close to a month since I've done a solo episode, I've been feeling pretty sick. And so that's part of what this podcast episode is about. You hear my dog groaning in the background, well, what else is new, I'll do a little like surroundings description just because I love to feel like you are sitting with me wherever I am. Whether it's my office, or my living room, or hotel room, wherever it is that I am. I like feeling like we're just having a conversation, just me and you. And so I am sitting in my living room on a shag rug. Next to the coffee table with my laptop in front of me some doTERRA peppermint oil, just the bottle with the cap opens that I can take little sniffs as I need them. Peppermint Oil is energizing, it also helps with any kind of nausea. I have an Oracle card deck to crystals, a cup of water with lemon and cucumbers in it. And then my microphone, and my three dogs, of course. And that's where I'm at. That's what I'm doing. I am still in my PJs I was writing this morning, I meditated. I did a little online shopping. And now I'm here before I have a client meeting, recording this podcast and I'm excited to be able to connect with you I love doing these solo episodes because they just feel so intimate. Like, like I mentioned earlier, like a conversation between you and I. So today's topic is learning to trust in times of uncertainty. Before I dive in. I would love if you haven't already for you to subscribe to this podcast and leave a review. I read every single review. They mean so much to me. And they help with the algorithm. So the podcast will be seen by more people and hopefully heard by more people, if there are reviews in place. So please, if you would leave a review. Also, I've started something new, that has been so fun and so rewarding because it allows me to really cultivate one on one relationships with you guys outside of social media and outside of like, client teacher kind of relationships. And that is through text messaging, I have this text messaging service that I use. And my number is 480-531-6858 replays. I'll repeat that in a second. But essentially, I'm doing what are called sacred rebel affirmations. And several times a week, I send out an encouraging uplifting text that I'm just trusting will hit you at the perfect moment on the perfect day right when you need it. And the feedback that I'm getting is great, the response that I'm getting is great. And also, it opens up the opportunity for me to have a direct dialogue with you check in with you see how you're doing. You know, as I get older and things change and life morphs. I've always my mission has been for a long time to empower women and empower hearts minds surroundings, like a holistic sort of philosophy around empowerment. And that is very much still my mission. But in addition to that, I want to leave the world a better place. And when I found it, and for me, I feel like my calling is to do that individually to empower one person at a time as much as I can. And what I mean by empower is specifically to give you the tools you need to believe in yourself to accomplish your own purpose and your own mission in life. So that's a lot of the context around and reasoning behind this text messaging that I'm doing. Again, they're called sacred rebel affirmations and you can text me at four 805316858 and after you send that text, just write the word in there sacred s ACRE d and you will automatically be added to my sacred rebel affirmations list. I also have an email list that I'm revamping where I'm going to send out. I don't know if they'll be weekly, maybe a couple of months of uplifting emails and things along those lines. I just I feel like my job here is to empower and love people into empowering and loving themselves. So that being said, I look forward to hearing from you text me This is another segment of these are a few of my favorite things and my favorite things I mean companies. Yes, I am an affiliate for these companies. So I get a little kickback when you purchase from them and that allows me to continue to make this podcast and pay my bills. So today I want to introduce you to be k r and they are by far my favorite reusable water bottle company. 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The picture is of a beautiful desert landscape with water behind it and a crescent moon hanging over our head above a palm tree. To say that I needed this card is an understatement. The last month has been a struggle for me, physically, I've been ill. And I've acutely felt the disparity between what my mind wanted to do and what my body has been capable of. I'm sure a lot of you can relate to that. I have long had a densely rooted problem. And it is this my self worth is deeply tied to my ability to perform and achieve. This is problematic for many reasons, but especially when I am ill, it is particularly cruel, because even in a relaxed position, my mind is waging war. I have this narrative on repeat that I should be doing more that stronger, better, more mentally tough women would push through this and come out triumphant. And here I am laid out on the couch mindlessly scrolling through Netflix or Hulu or discovery plus just trying not to vomit. I have never been good at resting. not physically, not mentally. Even when I go to sleep at night, I have to consciously relax my neck and shoulders and arms. Their default position is tight and high and flexed. What I've been learning over the last month of being sick though is that rest, especially if it's real rest where my mind is waging war against itself is just as important as productivity. I started to learn this concept several years ago after a series of traumas. If you've read my ebook book, it's a free ebook. It's on my website, then you know, some of that trauma. And so I did some blog posts around that time, you can go back in time into 2019 and see that stuff if you want to dig deeper. But again, I started to learn this concept several years ago, after a series of traumas, I gave myself some time, and space and permission to not be doing doing doing. But after that period, I went back to my default programming, which is productivity, work, subconsciously creating chaos to distract myself and beating myself up for not being enough or doing enough or not being farther along at this point in my life. Many of you relate to that. I know you can. I know you can. learning the art of sustainable energetic living really is never been my forte. It's something that I have aspired to, but I've never mastered it. But what if my friends roll with me here for a minute? What if the drought the desert, this difficult time, this funk that we're in is an essential part of the coming harvest? What if the harvest would be impossible without the drought or the winter or however you want to describe this period of feeling uncertain of where you stand and feeling like an echo of who you know you really are. Going back to the Oracle card I pulled this morning, trust with the desert landscape and water behind it. The description reads, the desert seems parched, and devoid of life. Yet it is to the desert that spiritual sojourners go to gain messages from the Creator. Traditionally, the desert is a place of spiritual cleansing, renewal and profound healing visions. Just as desert terrains can feed our souls. They also nourish lands 1000s of miles away. For example, the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest, are a great distance from each other. One is a vast dry area of sand and scrub, while the other is moist and lush and green. And yet they are connected annually 1000s of tons of nutrient rich dust from the Sahara crosses continents in the upper atmosphere, and deposits vital phosphorus and other minerals to the Amazon, which means those exact nutrients. The sacred landscape of this card wants you to know, this is a powerful and important card to receive, even when things seem parched, or not fruitful. A deeper energy speaks of the power of your inner knowing. Meditate. trust those nudges from the universe. Your celestial advisors are close now. You are now open to receive some of the most important messages of your life, through your intuition. Your intuition is spot on. So trust it. And even if there are some areas of your life that seemed lackluster, know that other areas are being fertilized for a resplendent future, have faith and know that there is a higher purpose. I needed that card. Like I said in the beginning of this episode, it was perfect timing as all Oracle messages are. And you may be experiencing the desert right now. I get it. As I've said, I've been experiencing it too. I believe the hole deep in my bones, that there is a higher purpose to these times of drought. That whatever is happening within and around us right now is creating essential life lessons and nutrients for the next leg of our path on this earth. I find great comfort and peace in this knowing and trusting that the universe's plan is greater than my own. And on days where that is not enough. I practice acceptance, acceptance that I'm not running at full speed, that my smile is lowered across my face that my pajamas stay on a little longer than usual like they have this morning. But I don't see the path clearly. That that is okay. Because this time of uncertainty is an important part of getting me to my next level of understanding and consciousness and growth. Being a human is not for the faint of heart. It's dense and beautiful and joy filled and scary and all of the things each of us Hold every single possibility for the human experience within ourselves. So it's unrealistic to think that we should be happy all the time or one thing all the time. And where's the growth in that, where's the stretching of our character, buyer heat, drought, they have a way of returning you to the purity of what is important and what really matters. So it may be tough right now. But I know for certain, you are made of materials that can handle whatever is being thrown at you in this moment. You are resilient, you are capable, you are mentally tough. Think of all that you have already survived. This desert period is temporary. And like the card says, if there are some areas of your life that seemed lackluster, know that other areas are being fertilized for a resplendent future.