Stay Close To Yourself

by Carole Bourne


“Know which rituals move you closer and deeper to your true self”

In a recent journaling moment my pen kept writing stay close to yourself, stay close to yourself. The pull could be felt down in my belly. There was no escaping this message.

I was being guided (or screamed at) through the words on my page, to move closer and deeper to my true self, my authentic core, without hiding or getting lost amongst the endless distractions.

So now I’m sharing these wise words with you. I’m sensing many of you will resonate deeply with them.

Is the real you close, confident, wildly creative, and familiar – or foggy, far away, hiding, perhaps lost to a distant past or somewhere between?

Pause. Close your eyes.  Ask youself.

Am I close to myself?  The real me. My true self.  My authentic essence.

Can you sense her radiant presence?  Hear her voice of certainty.  Feel her confident skin. Tap deep into her well of creativity.

Whatever your answer (and it will vary day to day – it does for me – that’s life – and that’s okay) I feel the question, “What can I do now to move closer and deeper to the real me” is worthy of our precious attention and constant consideration if we are to live without the mask of becoming a vague, faint, blurred version of ourselves.

Lets move closer to our real selves, day by day, small ritual by small ritual.  It’s do-able.  With patience and thoughtful pausing.

What a beautiful thought my friends.

Stay close to yourself

Here’s my notes / insights / guidance that appeared on my page when journaling recently.  Of course they came from a higher place as I held the space with an empty page and willing pen. xox Carole

Journal. Give your soul a voice and higher realms a place to communicate.

Rest in silence. Digest life. Listen. Replenish.

Seek counsel with your oracle cards. Surrender to their message. Be with the card as long as its energy is “alive” for you.

Listen to the language of your body. Every sensation speaks. Ignore her and she’ll find a way to stop you.

Be with the wisdom and healing alchemy of nature.  Go for a walk. Get grounded. Take time to be with tree beings. Come back to your centre.

Hold rose quartz over your heart chakra. Listen. Your heart has needs too.

Breathe with a soft round belly – always a soft, soft round belly – and stay close to your feminine essence. Your shakti strength. Intuitive centre.

Keep releasing. Keep opening. Light a candle.  Gaze into the soft flickering flame.  Ignite your own inner guiding light.  See it expand with each satisfying inhalation. See the flame release that which no longer serves who you are today. Seek comfort and healing in the flame.

Hold your special stone. Be reminded of your own inner stillness. The place where guidance and wisdom reside. Your authentic home. A place where the mind doesn’t interfere.

Craft an altar.  It’s a portal, a reminder for deepening your connection. Be with her presence daily.

Drink from a beautiful tea cup. One should always have a exquisite tea cup. Notice its magnificence.  Feel extra special. It’s another pathway to your true self.

Recite an invocation of clearing.  “In the wisdom of my soul I invoke a cleansing and clearing spiral”. Ask the golden white cleansing spiral to remove debris and negativity from your aura.  See feel or hear it swirl and move efficiently around your body, through your energy fields and deep into your cells. Feel brighter and closer to yourself.

Seek natural light.  Move away from artificial lights and screens. Seek the peaceful glow of stars, moon and night sky.  Watch the clouds, day sky and horizon.  Gaze at a field. Rest weary eyes on the flicker of candle flames.

Bottom line. Know what brings you back to you from the world of busyness, distractions and technology.

Go forth and live a life that truly reflects who you are.  No more hiding.  No more disconnect.

Oh, one last thought.  An awesome question I’ve been asking myself in times of confusion or worry.

“What will the authenticate me have me do now?

 xox Carole  


~ Recent daily ritual ~  

Ignite your inner confidence.

Lengthen your spine. Lift your heart. Raise your head.

Align with your inner core strength and confident beautiful self.

Sit tall. Stand tall.  Feel bigger in the world. xox Carole    

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne March 23, 2015 at 4:41 am

just found you via Susannah’s April Love post – what a lovely blog. and this post resonated so deeply with me today. thank you carole. i look forward to spending more time here. blessings


Carole Bourne March 23, 2015 at 5:45 am

Welcome lovely Suzanne, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. Looking forward to connecting on April Love. xox Carole


gemma April 2, 2015 at 8:16 am

Stopped in here randomly from Susannah’s blog roll and LOVED what I read. Love your list for staying close to yourself. Thank you.


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