Signs of Faith are Everywhere

Signs of Faith are Everywhere

Signs of faith are everywhere and you must slow down to see them.  Just last week, I was in north Florida because my brother married his sweetheart on 12/13/14. It was an awesome wedding, only one week after my father passed away.  We had mourned our father leaving this earth and then embraced a wedding.  The wedding had been set up over a year ago and it turned out to be the happiest wedding I have ever experienced. I offered to pet sit my brother’s carrot-eating dog named Pugsley, while he was on his honeymoon. The weather was very comfortable and I took every opportunity to walk on Flagler beach, which is right below St Augustine, FL. I found myself asking for a “sign” on the beach one evening. I wanted to know that certain actions I was taking were the right ones for my personal, professional and spiritual growth. I soon walked upon five starfish, that had been swept up in the tide, in a matter of 30 minutes. Very few people find starfish like that on Flagler beach and I knew it was a sign that I am being supported. It was also clear to me that I am on the right career track for my life. I threw all of the starfish back but the one I knew was no longer alive and it was very dried out. It is my reminder that I am always being supported in my life and there are signs to prove it.

Often times I will find things that are out of the ordinary and I know they are signs. We are always supported and never truly by ourselves in this world. I remember walking into my closet and looking at the stack of sweaters in my closet on day. I began to think that I needed to donate some of them because I was not wearing them. All of a sudden, one of the sweaters drops to the floor. Of course I laughed! The sweaters were nicely stacked towards the back of a shelf and the sweater did not just fall to the floor because it was close to the edge of the shelf. Another sign! Like many people, I have been guilty of trying to explain everything and ignoring my own intuition. We all have intuition and it’s up to us to develop it and use it properly. It is highly beneficial in my coaching practice.
I remember constantly seeing a blue butterfly in the summer time that would always dance near me when I went outside. Butterflies are a sign about transformation and I knew I was in one hell of a transformation from my old self. My transformation has been mostly about “overcoming” and stepping into my spiritual gifts. My past no longer haunts me and I have become an “Overcomer” of my old stories. How did I “overcome” my old stories is a constant question I receive by those who want to overcome their own stories. I had to learn to trust my faith and that the “signs” I constantly see in my life are meant to assure me that I have all the support I need. As, I walked off the beach after seeing those five starfish that evening, I caught a glimpse of sparkling gold lights out of the corner of my eye. Yes–another amazing sign! We are all supported, loved, and never alone. We must trust our faith.

If you are ready to kick-start your 2015, be sure to ask for your complimentary 20 minute “break through” strategy session with me.  You can contact me at www.DawnMarieWestmoreland.com/contact  for your complimentary session.  You deserve it!

Are You Your Own Biggest Bully? Five Tips for “Overcoming”

We are always hearing about how others are bullied. This can happen at work, at home, or just about anywhere. It is a fact and it does exist in our society. However, I believe that often we can become our own worst enemy or bully. You may not even realize that you are your own worst bully. If you are sabotaging yourself by thinking small or living small, you may be your own worst enemy. I often get asked how did I overcome severe bullying and other tragic events in my life. I have dealt with bullying, sexual abuse, and domestic abuse, but it does not own me anymore. I was sick and tired, of being sick and tired and I learned how to overcome all of it.

The first tip I offer is to take 100% accountability in your life. You must rescue yourself and believe in yourself more than others believe in you. Complaining to others about how bad things are in your life does not solve the problem. You must learn how to “own “your story, not your story “own “you. Self-care is vital for you to empower yourself. That means eating right, exercising and filling your life with things that nurture your body and soul. This could be meditation, yoga, walking, reading or any activity that really nourishes you.
The second tip I’ll share with you is to take a look at all the negativity around you. Are you contributing to it? Are the people you surround yourself with positive and nurturing people? If you are around a lot of negativity, that will keep you stuck at the lowest level possible in your life. Think about your thoughts. Are they positive or negative? If they are negative, you will find that attracts other negative people and negative events in your life. This does not mean walking around with the permanent silly smile on your face, but really engaging in conversation and actions that propel you forward in a healthier life.
Third, many successful people get ahead by investing in themselves. For example, I hired a business coach to move ahead. My business coach has a business coach. Her business coach has a business coach and so on and so on. We all believe in ourselves and want to get ahead in a successful way. What can you be doing to invest in yourself at this time? Is it getting more education, training, hire a professional to help you move ahead in your life? Quality does not cost. It pays. Be sure to invest in yourself so you are moving in the right direction of your life.
Fourth, life is about choices. No one has a gun at our heads stating we must stay in a job we hate, to stay in an unhealthy relationship or put up with people treating us badly. Remember you can always consider other options that would be better for you. There are plenty of resources out there that can help anyone. If you stay in an unhealthy job or situation, it is your choice. We have no one to blame, but ourselves if we are not making wise choices for ourselves. Is it really worth your happiness and health to remain in a bad situation? We always have choices in our life. Be careful not to give away your personal power by depending too much on others all the time. There is a time and place for when we need help from others. Be wise and remember all the answers are truly within us. Everyone has an opinion, but only you know what is best for you.  Make the choice to “listen” to your own voice and thoughts.
Fifth, our thoughts form our belief system. Is your thoughts constructive and positive? Are they serving you well and moving you forward in your life? We get to choose our thoughts too. We can also change or shift our thoughts if they are not serving us well. If you find this hard to do, you may find that hypnosis or hypnotherapy or life coaching can help you to overcome bad habits, bad patterns or negativity in your life. Life coaching and hypnotherapy helped me to overcome many of the tragedies in my life. It can help you gain confidence, self-love, self-respect and break through all that is holding you back from moving fast forward, in a happier manner. We all truly deserve this in our life.
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“Break-Free” Agent Dawn Marie Westmoreland shares about “overcoming” your old stories and how to “own” them.

The more you can master the steps, the better you will feel about yourself, your energy levels will increase, and you will notice that you attract like-minded people in your life based on the energy you project. Always ask yourself, “what is the best thing I can be doing for myself at this time?” When you step into your own personal power, you realize that you are no longer bothered by your old story because you now are “owning” your story. Life looks a whole lot better too. Let’s release what does not serve us best and embrace 2015 with everything that serves us well and enhances our lives.

Step Into Your Personal Power

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Let’s face it!  Do you ever feel tired and out of energy?  Have you considered how your energy is leaking from you and leaving you empty?  Our minds are so powerful and our thoughts play a large role in how we view our world.   Our thoughts are the foundation to how we live and think.   Life is either good or bad according to our belief system.  We can control our thoughts and become a leader of our thoughts!  I encourage you to pay attention to your thoughts first thing in the morning.  If you keep them positive, your day will likely be more productive and cheerful.

How can you find more positivity in your life?

  • Change a negative thought to a positive thought
  • Surround your life with positive people and events
  • Do activities that make you happy
  • Cherish the simple pleasures in life–there are many out there
  • Be around people that make you feel good
  • Love yourself unconditionally–there is only one YOU!
  • Detach from negative people and events when possible

We can get so much support from positive people, but some people like drama and are energy vampires.   They enjoy the attention they receive being a victim or creating chaos.  We all know people who are like this. As a very sensitive person, who dislikes drama and chaos, I have to set boundaries with these kind of people. It’s not that they are bad.  I believe all people are good, but some are frightened and act out of fear.  These kind of people can “suck” out your energy in no time.   They want to tell you about all the drama in their life or they are continuously negative, which leaves you feeling fatigued and depleted.   While we all have our “bad” days, we need to keep things in prospective.  So what can you do to help yourself from getting “sucked in” by energy vampires and negative thoughts?

First, notice how you are feeling.  If you are feeling uncomfortable around a certain person, that is a sign that your energy is being compromised. This is a time to notice and take action!  Everyone deserves to be happy and respected.   If you are trying to grow personally or spiritually, you may want to evaluate the people you want in your life and environment.  While you may not have a choice in some matters, you can choose your companions and friends wisely.  You also have a choice in your thoughts.  If you catch yourself thinking negatively, imagine placing your negative thoughts in a helium balloon and releasing it so it can be removed from you.  Bring in positive and nurturing thoughts that support you.

Second, it takes courage to “cut-off” people who continue to barrage you with their drama and chaos.  I encourage supporting people who need an “ear” or emotional support.  We all need to take responsibility and be accountable for 100% of our lives.  So, when a person is not willing to be responsible and take appropriate actions for their life, they are willing to stay in a place that may not be beneficial to them.  I realize that we all “slip” sometimes–even I fall short sometimes and get “de-railed”.   I am far from perfect and I have gotten caught up in other people’s drama schemes by trying to help them, while they are not taking any responsibility for their own lives.   Rescuing people does not  help them if they are willing to stay a victim of their own life.

None of us know how long we will be on this earth and how life will unfold each day. However, we have a lot of power in having positive thoughts and friends.  I am sharing a wonderful story that reminds me I have a choice in my life–to be happy or to be unhappy.  I chose to being happy and be responsible for my life. Life is good.

Good Wolf Bad Wolf

A traditional Native American story describes a boy who was feeling angry and upset at an injustice, who goes to his old Grandfather for advice. The Grandfather tells the boy that he, too has felt these feelings of hate and anger. The Grandfather shares that he has also realized how these feelings have no effect on his enemy, but they do cause him great pain.

“It is as if I have two wolves living inside me,” says the Grandfather. “One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”

“But the other wolf,” Grandfather continues, “fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. The smallest thing will send him into a fury. He cannot think because his anger and rage are so great; however for all its fury, his anger changes nothing.

“Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

The boy looks into his Grandfather’s eyes and asks, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

His grandfather replies, “Whichever one I feed.”

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Don’t be a Prisoner of the Past

ForgiveHealing-Thyme-Services.pngHealing-Thyme-Services.pngI am constantly asked to give a healing session to someone in physical or mental pain. Nothing brings me greater joy than to give healing energy or hypnotherapy to someone in need.   As a young adult, I felt a strong calling to help people heal and feel better about themselves.  As a healing practitioner and hypnotherapist, I hear a lot of concerns about mental anguish and physical pain in clients.   I believe we stay ill or become ill because we are not letting go of our painful past and hurts.

Often I hear about traumatic events or people who have harmed others.  While this is very disheartening, we have to be able to forgive and live a life where we are happy and sharing our gifts to others.   Life is meant to be lived!  I learned to forgive so I could find inner peace.   There is no greater gift than inner peace and harmony. One thing I have noticed is that many clients and acquaintances who are suffering with health ailments are carrying baggage they should release.   The baggage is a painful past, perhaps someone has hurt them or they have experienced harm.  While I am not condoning bad behavior or mistreatment by others, I do advocate the health benefits of forgiving those who have hurt us.  Sometimes the person you may need to forgive is your own self.

Storing negative or toxic thoughts is harmful to our well-being.  Would you purposely want negativity to be stored in your body?  Holding on to grudges or feeling angry at someone can only create harm to our bodies.  Holding on to beliefs or thoughts that don’t serve you are called a non-serving belief.  What is a non-serving belief? It is a belief that you have “bought into” that may not be “serving” you or benefiting you. It may be holding you back from being successful or happy in your life.  Holding on to anger or being resentful about a past hurt can hold you back from being happy and healthy.  We all deserve to be happy.

Being upset at someone keeps us a prisoner of our thoughts.  Be a leader of your thoughts!  So, how did I start letting go of “non-serving” or toxic beliefs that were holding me back and keeping me unhappy? I got to the point where I was sick and tired of being “sick and tired”.   I no longer wanted to be a “victim” and I wanted to be empowered.  I began working on my own spiritual growth and personally chose hypnotherapy or hypnosis so I could begin to “break free” of the hurts in my past. I found great success in letting go of non-serving  beliefs and becoming a happier person.  It begins with forgiving our past and living our future.   People who forgive enjoy happier and healthier lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace the Healing Arts, not Pharmaceutical Medicine

Dawn smaller picture It’s almost scary how folks will settle for pharmaceutical medicine instead of embracing the healing arts, when they could be complimenting their health and well-being with hypnotherapy, reiki/energy healing, and horticulture therapy.  It has been proven that you can “break free” and live a healthier and happier life through these healing modalities.  It is always  important to seek medical care from a medical practitioner when needed.   I would never deter anyone from seeking professional medical care.   However hypnotherapy, reiki/energy healing, and horticulture therapy can provide many benefits for the mind, body, and spirit.

Hypnotherapy is an excellent way to alleviate stress, gain confidence, improve your immune system, heal faster, lose weight, and quit smoking. The human body is an amazing self-healing unit– hypnotherapy is able to tap into and stimulate one’s healing resources or break bad habits and effect positive transformations.

Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy medicine that balances the body, mentally,  physically, emotionally, and spiritually, enabling the body to do what it does best — heal itself.  Reiki assists in accelerating healing from injury, illness, promotes relaxation, stress reduction, strengthens the immune system, it can reduce or eliminate pain.

Horticultural therapy is the purposeful use of plants and gardens to promote individual mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual well-being.  The benefits of horticultural therapy include relaxation, physical activity, enjoyment, skill development, creative expression, social interaction, sensory stimulation, personal growth, a sense of productivity, self-satisfaction and a spiritual connection with life.

Some of my clients like to experience both reiki/energy healing and hypnotherapy.  This is a very relaxing experience for the client.  Relaxation is a very healing experience.  We live in the Age of Technology where we are constantly bombarded with media of different types.  Slowing down and experiencing the healing benefits of hypnotherapy, reiki/energy healing, and horticulture therapy is not a luxury, but rather a complimentary form of healing and well-being.  You deserve to be well and “break free.”  Then you can reach your highest potential.

It’s Thyme to Engage with Your Plants

Garden Path in Arden-2-largePlants are our friends and they offer us healing and a form of meditation while spending time gardening or in a garden setting.  Horticultural Therapy is based on the mental, physical, and emotional healing that is possible from regular interaction with a garden.  It is successfully used in a variety of situations and is useful in helping many types of people; especially the elderly and those with physical limitations.  Therapy in the garden is also beneficial to those who are recovering from physical illness or have mental health problems.

Gardening provides aerobic, isometric and  isotonic exercise.  This benefits the muscles and bones, along with the cardiovascular  and respiratory systems.  Gardening is a great way to get in shape or stay in shape.  It provides endurance, strength and flexibility, which can help to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

According to http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/gardening-health, “The restorative benefits of nature, some experts now believe, can lower blood pressure, boost immune function, and reduce stress. And to reap these benefits, you don’t have to live in a mansion with a gardener. All that’s required is a love of flowers and a willingness to plant a few herbs or even to hang a beautiful poster depicting nature on your wall”.

Physical exercise in the garden releases endorphins, which assist in alleviating stress.  Numerous studies have shown that being present in a garden can help with lowering blood pressure.  This is highly beneficial in the hectic life styles we live in today.  A garden provides the opportunity to be in touch with ourselves and to enjoy the smells, sights and vibrational energetics of the trees and flowers.  We owe it to ourselves to find nourishment and meditation by gardening or spending time in a garden.  Many people enjoy transformational healing at different levels, while gardening.  Gardens can provide a great place to relax, unwind, contemplate and rejuvenate.

Dawn Westmoreland is a retired Air Force veteran, degreed horticulturist, and certified plant professional.  She has designed landscapes for the Ramble (Asheville, NC) and other properties in the greater Asheville, NC area, worked at Biltmore Estates in the Floral department and at Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain, GA) as a Horticultural Educator, along with owning a landscape design/installation business in the Asheville, NC area.

It’s Thyme to Heal

Dawn pic for Newlife64Ever since I was a child, I have had a passionate distaste for injustice, especially when it came to mankind and animals.  As a child, I was an extreme introvert.  As I grew up and went into the Air Force, I found my voice and I also became an advocate for the less fortunate.   As a First Sergeant and an Air Force Recruiter, I was able to make a difference to the people I served.  I filled many roles as an advocate to help the less fortunate.  Perhaps I will never understand why  God wanted me to be an advocate.  I was painfully shy as a child and I thought I was destine to be that way for the rest of my life.

My 20 year career in the Air Force came with a few bumps and lessons.  While I was in the Air Force, I stood up to bullying and nepotism.  Anyone who has ever stood up against corporate America or the government knows that it may come with a high price.  It’s called retaliation and it can come in many different forms, even death threats.   I stood my ground and then dealt with hostility and retaliation for over a year, while serving in the Air Force.  One thing I learned while standing up to injustice was that my mother had more leverage and power than I did.  One letter to a two-star General and all of a sudden, I was transferred to sunny Florida as a remedy for the injustice I dealt with for over a year.   Years later, I look back and was glad for being an advocate for the Air Force’s Assignment system.  The program was now run by an ethical leader and special duty assignments were no longer managed on a bar room napkin.

As much as I love peace and order, I became an advocate again to stand up against bullying and nepotism in my present job.  Sometimes there is a high price for being a whistle blower.  I choose not to mention the details, but it came at a very high price to my health and well-being.  If I had to do it all over again–I would still stand up to injustice and face the price of being a whistle blower.  Why live a life full of lies and only exist? I have never been one to look for the “easy button”.   I have also never been able to look the other way, when I observe bullying, hostility, and injustice.  There are great leaders and humanitarians that I have always admired and wanted to emulate, such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa.  I value the sacrifices they gave to make life better for so many people.  I also want to make a positive difference in this world.

I have truly never been a victim, but a person who is experiencing life and the lessons that go along with it.   My energy is now put towards being a healer and letting go of my old way of life.  As my final days wind down in my full time job and I transition into being a full-time “Healer”, I give thanks for the lessons of my experiences.  The lessons have taught me courage, patience, and above all compassion.  I certainly have “slipped” more than a few times when I thought I was a victim of my circumstances.  I am not perfect.  Beliefs affect our well-being and how we view our lives.  That is why it is so important to be positive and have positive intentions for our lives.  Energy really does go where we put it!

I am looking ahead and counting my blessings.  I look forward to practicing Reiki/Energy Healing,  Hypnotherapy, and Horticulture therapy full time.  My passion is helping others reach their full potential.  I believe that everyone has the right to be healthy and receive healing.   I will continue to be an advocate for worthy causes, but my passion is being a “Healer”.  I embrace it fully and thank God for choosing me to be a “Healer”.  I am now ready for the next chapter of my life and to continue on my spiritual path.  When there is love for mankind, there is great “healing”.

Dawn Westmoreland is a retired Air Force veteran, certified Reiki/Energy practitioner and Hypnotherapist in the Asheville, NC area.  She resides with a cat named Smudge and a dog affectionately named Toby.