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The Intentional Peace Project

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After continual shock following the violence and fear mongering of politicians, I have decided to start a project. I hope that you will all join in with me in this challenge to spread peace.

My heart grows heavier each time I hear of violence and anger in this world. I then want to shut out the world, become more insular and defended. As the suffering escalates in our country, an instinct in me wants to become numb and turn away, ignore it, leave it up to those in power to fix.  It feels as if we are all asleep, some of us more than others, to the growing suffering of our planet. It is easy to ignore the gravity of fear-based politics and violence happening far from our homes. It is easy to think and do nothing about the growing environmental issues. Because of course, these problems are so big and we are but one individual. If feels as if we cannot make a difference as one.

I am proposing we all wake up from our slumber of inaction, turn peace from passive to active and intentional. I choose to stand in my power as a women who believes peace is intentional and active. Rather than a passive stance, I choose peace in my daily lives, in every moment. So can you. We can choose to be friendly and nice to our neighbors, assume that no matter the struggle, everyone is just doing the best that they can. We can choose to have empathy for, yet set kind and gentle boundaries when we encounter those living their lives and making decisions based in fear and anger. We can choose to spend the extra effort to be peaceful and spread our vision of peace. To encourage a culture of love and compassion as our national collective language and energetic.

I believe that action starts with one and can grow exponentially to become action of many. So, I plan to start practicing intentional peace daily for the next year. I will post once per day to share my intentional action towards peace. I don’t expect you to be able to devote a full year to posting your intentional actions towards peace, so share what you can. Maybe just 15 days of intentional peace.

Let’s create a ripple of intentional peace in our country. Let’s start today, July 18th, 2016. You can follow my intentional peace process as well as share your own via Instagram: @YOURSOULTHERAPY or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourSoulTherapy/

To ACTIVE AND INTENTIONAL PEACE,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute phone consult with Kim for art therapy, EMDR, talk therapy, or sensorimotor therapy or to work with a therapist who knows personally what it means to embody daily intentional peace and can guide you to peace in yourself in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

Energetic Boomerang

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Image by: Kimberly Ottinger

The energy you show up with each day will return to you.

Let go of attempts at controlling fear. Embrace fear. Fear and struggle are inevitable and essential to growth.

You are not alone, we are all afraid, all the way down to our DNA. We all are just trying to survive.

Know that you show up with the energy that will boomerang back to you.

Feel the vibrations of open, spacious energy in your soul with fear held compassionately in your heart.

Send your energy out to the earth – everyone and everything.

It may look different than you expect and you will know when it returns to you.

Be open and ready to receive.

Be grateful.

To ENERGETIC BOOMERANGS,

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 about ENERGETICS in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

YOUR PERSONAL EVOLUTION

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This week I decided to speak to the energetics present during the past month of May and this month of June. It seems May rushed in with a bang, the strong vibrations still reverberating at the start of this month of June. All around me and in my own life, people are in the tumults of big transitions. Everyone seems to be in the midst of upheaval. And everyone seems to be inching towards their truths. Each of us are in the midst of SHEDDING OUR SKIN to reach our next state of evolution, closer to our authentic selfs and CORE TRUTH.

Often when we tune into our intuition, our gut, we feel the pull towards our truths. In my own life and in many of those around me, the start of this month of June has brought about a direct line to our core truths and a need to follow our instinctual drive towards truth. This gravitational pull seems unshakable and the path to truth can be complicated, confusing, and difficult to navigate. Many souls are feeling the pain of taking necessary steps towards living authentically in their personal truth. That may mean relationship break-ups, marriage separations, and in some cases infidelity. Some are experiencing major career transitions and considering overhauling careers. Some are beginning investigations into long standing health issues, finally taking steps towards healthier living.

The one common thread in this energetic is the compounding feeling of isolation. As we move through these difficult, possibly painful yet fruitful times and necessary steps towards our truths, many of us are feeling alone, isolated in our pain. And while we may be feeling isolated or struggling to find support, we are not alone. This energy is resonating with a great many of us now, you are not alone. We are evolving together. 

If you find yourself being magnetized towards a path of action that just feels RIGHT, you are not alone. Follow your gut. Trust that you are on the path towards your truth. Soon you will shed this layer of life and step into your next higher self, the EVOLVED YOU.

To breaking free and tuning in to your CORE TRUTH,

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 what it takes to follow core truths and experience personal evolution in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

 

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

Materializing Intentions

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My mind is swirling with energy and ideas. I can feel the pull of planetary and cosmic energy that Amy Tatsumi spoke with me about earlier in the week. I show up in a mixed up state in meeting with Amy, describing the same confused yet inspired energy that my clients and those close to me show up with this week.

The beginnings of transformative energy – of the spring, of the planets, and of the collective unconscious. I struggle to pinpoint where this energy is headed, I do not have clarity. Inevitably, with that lack of clarity, my instinct is to grasp for certainty and rituals, anxiety. Yet, I am reminded by signs and those around me, of my trust in the path I that I am on and choose instead to surrender rather than grasp certainty. 

The energy in the universe, having both the possibility for destruction or creation, swirls around us all. I choose to revel in the open energy, the creative energy and the possibilities. I do not close my body and foresee negative futures. The power of my intentions, along with my faith, and the support of reverberating energy drives me forward to a place of peace, contentment, and abundance. My body smiles as I embrace my heart on my first jog of the springlike weather.

Like Elizabeth Gilbert describes in her book “Big Magic,” I catch creativity from others as some of my creative energy is passed on to others.

I own the concept for a time, embrace it, understand it on a deep level and then it moves on to a friend, client or colleague.

I am reminded today of the transformative energy of the seasons, new growth through intentions, and the power of intentions and meditation.

I am grateful for the moments of grace in which I experience this wild creative energy flowing through me.

As such, I feel the pull to share the possibility of setting intentions with you, inspired by a soul sister – Abby Kase. 

Consider a long term intention you have. Allow it to take shape from your creative center in the moment, whether is arises from you gut, heart, soul, or elsewhere. Let it materialize and take shape, perhaps not fully formed into words, in the form of an image, mantra, or abstract and felt sense. Allow it to be authentic and connected to the depth of your inner knowing. Meditate on it for a short time or a long time, imagining living as if the intention was already integrated into your life.

When you feel ready, represent the intention on paper in whatever manner you wish. Name it to the universe with words if you like, say it out loud if you can. In a safe space, maybe even in the moonlight, light the page and allow the ashes to be blown away in the wind.

To materializing your intentions,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute phone consult with Kim for art therapy, talk therapy, or sensoriotor therapy or to explore energy or intention materialization in Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

How to Grow Roots :: Meditation for Connection & Centering

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Today I invite you to explore what it feels like to grow roots.

This very simple imaginative exercise consistently provides
my clients and myself with powerful outcomes.

Why is there a need to root?

Do you feel like you become consumed by your worry or sadness?

Sometimes we become so lost in worry and grief that we lose sight of both the big picture and the joy in the present moment. Our focus tunnel vision on loss or possible future mistakes. While this mechanism is natural to our human brain (constantly working to prevent future mistakes or danger), it is also not productive to be consumed by the past or future, especially when doing so has no positive outcome.

Tuning into your body and the pulse of the universe can snap you quickly back to the present and out of time-wasting thought processes. It is no surprise that rooting also aligns your root chakra energy. This chakra relates to peace and stability as well as safety and security.

Try this quick exercise to explore how quickly you can recover a positive worry-free attitude focused in the present. 

Begin in a seated position on a chair or the floor, any leg and arm positioning that feels comfortable.

Take several deep breaths into your lower belly, allowing for a slightly longer exhale than inhale.

Notice how your body feels, what areas of your body are activated in conjunction with your worry or emotional state.

Now begin to align your spine, starting with the lowest vertebrae, stacking each vertebrae atop the lowest until your spine aligns through to the base of your skull.

Relax and breath into this position, releasing tension that may have come up.

Notice the base of your spine and your pelvic floor and imagine this as the base of your trunk.

Imagine your torso as a tree trunk, standing tall and comfortably on the earth.

Allow your tree trunk to slowly grow roots.

The roots grow deep into the earth, connecting you with each life form on the planet and centering you.

You notice the exchange of energy between the pulse of the planet, what does it feel like to connect with the purpose of the planet as a whole.

Take comfort in the cosmic energy vibrations from the heart of the planet, knowing you are never alone, always connected.

Take a sensation snapshot of this feeling in your body and heart.

Take this with you through your day, share some of this energy to others in who are in deficit of this energy today.

 

To rooting and reconnecting,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute phone consult with Kim for art therapy, talk therapy, or sensoriotor therapy or to explore chakras or meditation Washington, DC, email her at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

STEPPING OUT OF THE STORY

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I know my old story.

It is :: I AM BROKEN.

And even before that it is :: I AM NOT WORTHY.

The stigma of having been divorced, the first of my friends and in my age group to do so, often bites at my heals, begging for me to pick it up and ride the downward spiral of WHAT IFs and SHOULDS. 

What if I tried harder to make the relationship work?
What if I wasn’t tolerant enough of my husband’s behavior?
What if I had staged an intervention?

I should have been able to see it sooner and leave…I wasted so many years.

I should have known, as a therapist, what my husband’s issues and my issues were.

I should have been able to help myself.

I should be married with children now.

And then the WHYs come parading into my brain in an endless stream of existential confusion.

Why have I been given this life?
Why must I go through these trials?
Why can’t I have the family I dreamed of as a child?
Why do they teach us fairy tales as children if that is not the script of reality?
Why didn’t anyone see what was wrong and tell me to leave the relationship?
Why can’t I get it right?

How long have I held this belief of unworthiness? Where did it start? Why is it so hard to shake?

I get lost in the story and forget to breathe. I look at the clock and I see how much precious time I have wasted trying to figure out an answer to the uncertainty of life. The unsolvable.

Then I melt into the embrace of unknowing and uncertainty, gratitude towards my path, trusting that I am headed in the direction I am supposed to be going. The anxiety and groundlessness ends as I sink into my feet, allowing the energy to disperse throughout my limbs and trunk, loosening my grip physically and mentally. I take a few moments to notice the peace I am currently surrounded by, the smell, the image, the sounds. I send an energetic bow of thanks to the universe for giving me the journey I am on, appreciating the highs and lows, the experience as a whole.

To say it no longer hits me would be a lie. I can, with strong conviction, assert that it hits me much less often and for short increments of time before I identify it, kiss it, and say goodbye. I trust my path. Only with time and practice have I learned to tune into this power, my power, my own intuition drawn from my feminine divine energy. 

I invite you to tune into your feminine divine energy to step out of your story when you can. To end the cycle of rumination over the unsolvable and unknowable and instead to tune into and be grateful for what you have now.

To tuning into the Divine Feminine in you, me & us,

Kim Ottinger

To schedule a free 20 minute consultation for art therapy, talk therapy or sensorimotor psychotherapy to begin the process stepping out of the story, email kim@yoursoultherapy.com

Energy Warps

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Time is the only commodity at which I consistently grasp for. No matter how enlightened I am feeling, I still feel the nagging pull of precious time and the seconds passing before my eyes. As I fight for time to slow and bargain to fit in just a few more things before my heavy eyelids close involuntarily, I have yet to learn the secret to controlling time.

Today, I witnessed in full awareness as I entered a threshold and shortly after exited an energy warp where my soul was deeply met and felt in a psychospiritual way. No matter which lens I view this the words are not quite there to describe it.

Energy flew around in my mind and body as if unconstrained by my self-limiting structural beliefs or rigid goal focused thinking. Creativity bounced through my entire being and time did not hold me back. I made connections and conclusions on an intuitive and cognitive level at a speed exponentially faster than normal.  I have felt this before, though not with the same clarity or awareness as with this experience.

Curiously, I examined the trigger or source of this wonderful experience. Several precursors were in place: a weekend of learning and growing, self-care, and positive energy connections. I spent this past weekend learning a new way of working, in awe of the incredible experiences of the trainer and my cohort. Learning, growing, making new neural pathways. Additionally, I work hard to take care of my mind, body, and spirit.

And in the moment leading up to my energy warp, I was impacted, felt moved by and then resonated with the positive inertia of my client’s energy. She reveled in the progress she was making, and we celebrated her experience. We shared the savoring of her experience, enjoying the joy and exploring the new space it opened in her heart, her new free flowing energy.

The concoction of these three conditions consistently brought me into this state through the threshold into an energy warp, a period of soul enlightenment.

I invite you to walk with me and inviting this concoction into your own life. 

What is your experience of energy warps, spiritual states or similar experiences?

What precursors and conditions encourage this joyful and enlightening type of experience for you?

In exploring the expansive connected energy in you and me,

Kim Ottinger

Connect with me for a free 20 minute phone consultation for art therapy, psychotherapy, and/or sensorimotor psychotherapy by emailing me at kim@yoursoultherapy.com

ENERGY IS A CHOICE

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Newton’s third law of motion states with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Every ounce of our being is affected by energy, constantly being bombarded by external and internal forces. The flow of our surroundings and internal processes shape our daily experience. The vibration of the environment impacts our internal world and our internal world is the lens in which we view our lives.

That lens, the vibration at which we choose to resonate in any given moment, forms the perspective from which we view that moment. Do we resonate with the positive, intentionally bringing unconditional love to each experience or do we allow the negative to cloud our vision and corrupt our experiences.

This vibrational energy comes from your mind-body, ingrained patterns based on our history, played out all the way down to the cellular level. And the internal vibration at which we resonate, is emitted to the external – causing equal and opposite reactions. Do we give off a positive, vulnerable, brave, accepting energy to others, or do we present to others our distrust, surface level, fear, and negativity. What we radiate comes back to us, whether it be positive or negative energy.

One day, along my journey, it occurred to me, I am doing this to myself. No matter my history, I can still change my present.

I choose my reaction to each and every moment.

Just for today, what color, tune, and feeling will you radiate from your internal experience to the external world?

What energy will you present with?

Will your heart space give off your unconditional love and acceptance to those you come in contact with today?

How will your vibrational lens (all the way down to the cellular level of your body) color your experience today?

In shifting the flow,

Kimberly Ottinger  MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Associate Your Soul Therapy

If you would like to connect further about energy, changing your flow, or shifting your life and relationships, connect with Kim@yoursoultherapy.com