Today’s Awakening

Happy New Year to all!

How is your 2017 going so far?

Mine had a very bumpy take off, I must say.

But today is a good day. Today’s awakening is about the importance of self-love.

It is self-love that will give us the strength to pull ourselves out of our various dark holes and tangled stories.  Because, we are the ones who are abusing ourselves most of all when we allow ourselves to stay stuck in those small places.

It’s so obvious when we feel our bodies.  We make ourselves sick with the way we talk to ourselves or what we choose to believe at any given moment in time.  We twist up our insides with our unhealthy ways of interpreting reality – wearing the goggles of our past wounds as we look at the present moment.

Today I felt how critical it is that we protect our pure hearts from the ravenous tigers of self-doubt, blame and victimization that live within us!  Nobody else can protect this heart for me.  I must be the one to do it. To have the power to choose to  love myself and to protect myself from my own habits – that is true freedom.

That takes courage.  And courage is a sense.  I realized that this is why my teacher is always emphasizing the importance of strengthening and awakening the physical body – over and over again.  When we feel the life force in our body, our power is naturally rising up and we can make such choices without such an effort.

Once we sense this a few times, we start to develop a new habit.  A healthy habit. We’ re just generally so comfortable with our old familiar feelings of fear and doubt, anger and resentment, that we’re sometimes not quite sure how to feel any other way.  Self-love is the key to a new beginning.

Right now, with your warm hands, rub the center of your chest and tell yourself that you love yourself.  Feel the warm goodness spreading through you.  That is healing energy!  I give you permission to allow it to spread out to the tips of your fingers and toes.

It is our true value we must protect – not our ego.  Examine yourself closely – what are you protecting?

Let’s gather our strength to stand up each time we fall and love ourselves once more.  Let’s turn all of our obstacles into opportunities to love ourselves that much more deeply.

With this choice, I am now ascending into the sunny skies of 2017.


23 Thoughts.

  1. Hi Danielle. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and today’s post couldn’t have come at a better time. The start of 2017 has been a rocky one, and the subject of self-love has often been on my mind. It’s something that I’ve been struggling with for most of my life. Reading your post today, got me thinking that over the years I haven’t actually done much to improve the situation. Somehow it has always been easier to push through the difficult times instead of dealing with the underlying problems, only to discover that they tend to resurface time and again. Now seems to be the perfect time to start taking those steps towards a happier and stronger me. May the year 2017 be the start of a beautiful and undoubtedly challenging journey to self-love and empowerment.

    Thank you for your thought-provoking blog. Can’t wait to read your future posts. Hope your year will be sunny and full of positive awakenings.

    • Hello Leena ~ thank you for your comment. What a great goal for the year 2017!!!! I am sending you lots of bright energy for your journey!! I would love to hear how it’s going along the way 🙂

  2. I feel often that no matter how much love I see focused on me I always see the love focused elsewhere both in this time frame and previous. It’s never enough to know I’m loved now I always think I missed out on love previously. 😢

    • Hello Frances. It sounds like it might be a good idea for you to first identify that you have a strong habitual feeling of lacking love. That’s a habitual negative feeling that you have come to feel familiar with it. We all have those. That recognition will be the beginning of helping you to get some space from it and reclaim your power to choose love now. It takes some practice but it’s possible to retrain your habits. I wish you the best of luck and most of all I wish for you to feel the power to love yourself, here and now, despite anything or anybody else. Blessings~

  3. I believe that we each have in our core a deep “love” or “childhood” wound of some kind that can be a blockage to self love. Facing this wound and bringing it out of darkness is perhaps the preliminary step in the process of “self love” which you so beautifully describe. It is a life-long endeavor and challenge. Thank you for your encouragement and sharing of this most important awakening.


    • Yes, I agree with you Charlene. Healing your inner wounds gives you great power to love yourself for sure. The healing process allows you to awaken the sense of what it feels like to love yourself – which we very much need if we are going to make a new habit out of it. Thank you for your thoughts 🙂

  4. How very honored I am to have received this message from you “Live” yesterday… so powerful, so pure, so you! <3 <3 <3
    I appreciate how you've shared your awakening in your blog so beautifully where I and many others have the opportunity to absorb it thoroughly. My gratitude for all you are and all you share runs very deep.
    As you know, my habits of destructive self judgements have been very engrained but with your Self Mastery wisdom and loving guidance the past couple years I now see these sometimes platant yet often sneaky negative habits more clearly. More importantly I am now seeing my pure heart more clearly.
    I can feel my courage growing. I am moving into 2017 comitting to choose, step by step, to shift from protecting my wounds to protecting my pure heart.
    Today is a very beautiful new day.

    • Aw ~ thank you for you’re sharing Ginger Nim! It has made me truly happy to have this time together with you at the Ravenna Park center, and to see your transformation, bit by bit, over the last couple of years. I know that healing is taking place inside of you, your courage is growing, and especially since you returned from New Zealand, I know that you can feel you’re pure heart more clearly! Becoming a blossoming flower is a very beautiful thing 🙂 Let’s make 2017 a year of creative action!!!! Big Life Particle blessings to your new day!!!! And, as you know, I love you and appreciate you very much 🙂

  5. Seeing the other comments, I can honestly say that I find myself to be very similar to Ginger for example with the destructive feelings of self- judgement, self-doubt and well, self destruction, if you will with bad habits of negativity cropping up. It has been through your exemplary guidance that I have been able to find ways to take back my life. If I may share something … I was recently over the last three months put on a higher dosage of my medications to combat the growing anxiety I was feeling but I told my Neuropsychiatrist that if I ever felt that I was feeling drowsy, drugged and zombie-like, that I would ask for a lowered dosage. Well that happened. The 50 mgs higher dosage was TOO HIGH to the point that I couldn’t even answer the phone with a loud ringer and I didn’t hear anything unless people were pounding on my door. The higher dosage literally knocks me out ad I was not able to function to take care of myself and my cat and they couldn’t put me on 25 mgs lower because it would screw up the slow release. So now I will be going right back down to my prior dose and watching to see if the anxiety comes back. We hope it won’t but if it does, then we will have to discuss another option. I know you love me as we have formed a special relationship over the last year and a half. I truly feel like we were all meant to meet each other. It’s as though fate has brought us all together. My love for you all knows no bounds, my dearest friends and sisters-of choice. I thank you for all you do, sweet Danielle Nim. You have the most precious and purest heart I know as I stated before. You are very precious to me, as you all are. I find myself getting emotional and teary-eyed as I write this. THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!

    • Dear Taya,
      I have so much admiration for your inner fighting spirit! You refuae to give up and keep looking for the right way for you. I know the effects of medication, the changes in dose and the things it does to your emotions and being. It is comforting and terrifying at once. I hope you will find the dose that agrees with you. Combined with what you need and what you want. Sending you lots of hugs and love a cross the ocean. Love, Yvonne

    • Dear Danielle,
      Your thoughts about our own interpretation of reality struck me. I often feel as if the way I experience the world around me and the people in it, is a bit off. I analyze and think about situations so much, that I mistake my thoughts for reality and forget to just experience what happens. My “world of what-if” is vast and wide and it’s easy to get lost there. I think of it as my safe place, but in reality it is the place that hurts me the most. The possibilities of bad thibgs happening and the great expectations and big disappointments. To fly so high that reality is lost. I have to learn not to flee and hide in that place. And instead step out and feel.
      In the process of learning this. I sense that my get close to my core being more and more. And I learn to like myself more and more. Which is still hard. I tend to rely on other people liking me to be convinced that I am likeable and loveable. I wish to learn to see myself through the eyes of people who like me. Reading your blog and recognizing feelings and stories of your followers gives me a glimpse of that. X Yvonne

  6. I sometimes feel as though healing can only begin when we stop thinking. From early on, we are all taught to think, do, react, learn, process. Feelings aren’t even just…felt…anymore. They are processed, worked through. Maybe if we can just…be. Meditation? I just wish I could stop the freight train of thoughts inside my head for 5 minutes to allow me some peace. I can’t seem to love myself when I keep trying to change and get nowhere. I do believe the healing light exists in us all and I journey to find mine. Thank you Danielle for your inspiration and wisdom.

    • I understand Lorrie. For that I really recommend stimulating your body. If you stimulate your body stronger than your thoughts, then your mind will start to get quiet. Many times, even sitting down to meditate is so hard because the mind just never stops spinning. I like body tapping for stimulation and I use it in my classes too. If you want, you can try it out from some of my videos to see if you like it. You also are welcome to consider joining my online Self Mastery Class if you’re interested – it sounds like something that would be very helpful for you.

  7. Hi Danielle,
    I am out at sea, which is the only time I truly have time to sit and settle into reading you blog. I love how you started 2017 with the theme of Self Love. In recent years I have chosen to select a theme word that I work on incorporating throughout the entire upcoming year, rather than a new year’s resolution that I usually forget by March! 2013: Happiness 2014: Ubuntu 2015: Gratitude 2016: Forgiveness… and 2017: Love… with self-love being key.
    I have always wondered how one acquires self-love, which I personally tie into my self-esteem… one cannot be given self-love you have to acquire it… but how? I feel like since I was a kid I remember liking and being proud of who I was as a person; instinctually knowing I had the strength inside to get through whatever came my way. Granted like everyone I have gone through my feelings of insecurity, but I don’t ever remembering thinking “I hate my-self”… Regardless, I still have some soul searching and personal work to do on the subject…
    Anyway… back to love. One of the major things made evident to me during Finding True Self workshop was how much I was in my brain and not in touch with my heart. I feel like I have guarded my heart for so long, most likely as a subconscious coping mechanism to try and handle overcoming obstacles in my life … So part of Love for 2017 for me means to stop experiencing emotions with my brain and to start to truly feel with my heart, which is proving to be more difficult than I would have imagined, but I can already tell has and will be so rewarding. Thus, allowing me to love on a whole new level and to deepen and nurture relationships with friends who I deeply cherish and so much more… I think Lorrie said it brilliantly when she said “healing can only begin when we stop thinking”.
    Sorry for the long response, but thank you Danielle for yet another amazing thought provoking and soul searching post. I truly enjoy reading these out at sea.

    • Thank you so much for your sharing Steph! It’s so good to hear from you here and I’m really glad that you liked this post. I’m glad it resonated with your theme for this year! I think that you are headed in a good direction by choosing to enter your heart more. I believe that as you do that, you will find the answer to your question within you. You may find other things in there too 🙂 but, even the shadows of yourself are there to guide you closer to your truth and to give you the strength to love yourself even more completely.
      I hope you always remember that ~ wherever you are on this Earth! I am sending blessings and love your way. Good luck!!!

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