Archive for May, 2016

Depth & Facing the Shadow

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At times I feel frustrated with the depth I own in my life.

I wonder, can’t I just switch off this part of living? I’d like to be ignorant and numb to my depth for just a day. Skate along the surface and be able to focus on small talk, popular culture, or climbing the ladder like much of the rest of the population? It seems so much easier to live in that world. At least, it appears easier. And I have tried. Tried to shut off my emotions and depth in order to live on the surface.

This resulted in numbness and disconnection rather than ease and joy. I lost touch with my values and motivation. And I know I cannot reject that part of me (my truth and the depth of my heartspace) because while it can create a lot of pain, it also produces love and joy. Therefore, given the choice, I intentionally choose on a daily basis to live in depth and introspection rather than floating along the surface, numbed out and disconnected.

So I tune into my heartspace fully. I accept my depth as a gift.

The gift comes with pain and joy which at times are inseparable. I reach the plateau of a growth spurt and drop down again to face another shadow. Each time I drop down I notice my resiliency and strength has grown and it becomes easier. And when I rise up again to the next enlightened plateau I feel more at ease knowing I will drop again. The death and rebirthing process cycles, each time bringing more knowledge, contentment and balance in the uncertainty of the future. My depth is a welcome teacher and I know the ache of growth will result in the joy of knowing.

This pattern resonates with many of the women I work with. I find especially those in helping professions experience the constant death and rebirth cycle central to their spiritual and mind-body growth process. It is the work of all women, the feminine calling, to grow out of the mud like the lotus flower and move through the DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL*. When we arrive on the other side there is stability and wise mind knowing.

I invite you to journey with me to embrace your depth and feminine calling to rise from the mud as the lotus flower, to fully connect with your heartspace.

To the divine feminine depths within us all,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute phone consult with Kim for art therapy, talk therapy, or sensorimotor therapy or to work with a therapist who knows the shadow, light, and dark night of women in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

*Elkhart Tolle on the Dark Night of the Soul – https://www.eckharttolle.com/newsletter/october-2011

BRING IT ON

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This week seems to be a week of BRING IT ON.

I feel the energy internally and with friends and clients alike. Support is here, BRING IT ON!!!

Whatever your challenge is this week, I invite you to join in the collective support and energy to face this challenge. Maybe it is big, maybe little, maybe it will be easy, or maybe you will feel scared confronting this shadow.

No matter what the challenge is LET’S DO THIS.

Guided Imagery Support

Take a moment to tune into your supports, the souls, friends, family, ancestors, creatures, Mother Earth, nature, higher beings, or other supports and guides you may have. Perhaps a younger or older or higher version of yourself is present as well.

Imagine these spirits and guides and their supportive energy around you.

What color and consistency is the energy?

What does it feel like as it surrounds or merges with you?

How does your body change with this supportive energy?

Now begin to visual approaching your challenge in your mind with this supportive energy. Allow the scene to unfold.

How do you handle and cope with the challenge?

How can you successfully, maybe not perfectly, surmount this challenge?

Allow the visualization to continue and complete to your satisfaction, at your own pace.

When it is complete, send gratitude to all those that supported you in this journey.

Rest and savor your experience. Notice how you feel in your body. Give yourself gratitude.

To bringing it on,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute phone consult with Kim for art therapy, talk therapy, or sensoriotor therapy or to work with a therapist who knows badass women in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com