G R A C E. In some ways, this word – this symbol – is a shape-shifter, meaning different things to different people. But for me, Grace represents the essence of my higher self – that part of me that just knows, and serves as my inner compass. In many ways, a trust in the Grace is what allowed me to take the many leaps of faith that have led me to where I am today, running a company that I’m passionate about and creating a large scale event that is my dream. However, Grace wasn’t something that effortlessly showed up for me, it’s always within me (and all of us), but I’ve had to consciously call it forward.
And so that’s what I did. When I heard the call to make changes such as moving from Aspen to Los Angeles, joining the Spiritual Psychology Master’s program at the University of Santa Monica, starting Living Wholly, curating Attune, I had to be super intentional about asking Grace to support me with these huge changes. In so many ways Grace gave me the permission I needed to keep taking the next step. And even if we’re not taking drastic steps, Grace is still there, helping us find the courage we need to take the small steps that lead to big change. We can trust Grace; she’s our biggest advocate, teacher, and guide.
I’ve been thinking about “trust in Grace” a lot lately as I consider how I want to show up during these intense months leading up to Attune. I’m stretched on a daily basis and everything feels so full throttle. While it could be easy to get swept away by my triggers and neurosis, I’m stepping back to allow that amazing Grace to come in and work with me – be my co-creator – as I navigate this wild, wonderful and sometimes deeply challenging time. And speaking of the challenges… that’s when Grace really shines. She never fails to show up and support when it feels like everything is falling apart. She comes in and gives me my “why,” offering insight into the reasoning behind the obstacles I’m facing. She also, helps me remember that her essence is not something outside of myself, but something that’s always within me.
I think the deep knowing that Grace, God, the Divine, a higher power, or the term that you most relate to, is always within us is crucial. It’s not something that only an enlightened few possess, it’s within us ALL, we’re ALL channels for something greater. Personally, I believe that’s why we’re all here – to be vehicles for the Divine to come here and leave a positive impact and uplift in some way. When I remember that amazing Grace is always within me, I am able to show up more gracefully, even if I’m feeling anxious or confused. I’m working on having the consistent intention to embody Grace, because if she’s always there I might as well take advantage of her gifts.
And the gifts of Grace have been a total lifesaver during the crafting of Attune. Honestly, I had so many moments where I wanted to quit and just say the event would happen at an undetermined point in my future. But no, Grace would offer me her gifts of persistence and courage in those moments so I could move forward. To hear her, I had to do the work of meditating, asking for guidance, listening, and then taking the next step. Sometimes, I wasn’t sure if she’d respond, but she always did. She always told me to keep going. And sure, my mind still takes me on the panic-inducing ride of what-ifs, but Grace is always there to take me off the ride and move me through the powerful process of objectively hearing my fears, without allowing them to control my actions. Thank God for Grace, and Grace for God.
So yup, Grace is amazing, but what are the tangible steps I take to have an intimate relationship with her?
Aw Grace, the relationship is such a practice of leaning in. And that’s what I encourage us all to do, continue leaning into Grace during the day, even when we’re feeling triggered or life is seemingly going awry. We should of course feel the feelings these challenges are bringing up, but then choose to lean into Grace and really witness what that feels like. This leaning in is so much easier when we commit to something that will support that. For example, the practices I offered above. So wake up 30 minutes earlier and pray, sit in meditation and have a chat with Grace, chant mantras… do whatever it takes to get into your heart space where Grace lives - give yourself the gift of doing that. Call in the Grace – it will change your life.
with humility + reverence,
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