Thursday, June 13, 2013

Are You Afraid of Being Seen or Heard?

"The tree of life lives within each of us, helping us awaken to our true nature. Let us reach out with branches of compassion, connect with each other through our shared roots and hold space for all to grow and feel loved." 

 -Laural Virtues Wauters

A few days ago, I wrote a blog titled, An Unfolding Mystery, and shared images of a tree in a field of lavender that keeps appearing to me.  As I reflect on this image today, what strikes me is how visible this tree is. There it stands in an open field to be seen from miles around, painting the sky with it's branches and leaves. 

I imagine standing next to this tree and becoming imbued with the calming scent of lavender.  An unexpected twinge of discomfort arises and triggers a memory of a recurring dream I used to have in my teen years.  In this dream, I would have the ability to become invisible in order to escape a home invader or so I could explore a particular place without being seen.  Being invisible offered a sense of protection.  It felt safe.

While I was surprised by this sensation, I recognize that I am a work in progress just like everyone else.  I'm stepping out and venturing into something new.  Of course remnants of old fears and hidden beliefs will surface in order to be dealt with.  Now that I understand the root of this sensation, I can work at releasing old patterns that hinder me from moving forward with ease.  

I return to the open field of lavender.  My eyes are closed, feet firmly planted, arms outstretched.  I am ready to step out, but not care so much about who is watching.  I am clear about my intention.  It is to be a vessel of love and compassion.  

I affirm that I am divinely embraced and guided.  I accept the flow of my life and know that I am safe.  

If you find that you are hiding in fear of being seen or heard, here are five insights based on some of the messages shared in my new book, Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grown-ups (Balboa Press 2013).

Message 33: Let Go of What Others Say

You can't live your life based upon the thoughts and beliefs of others or what they might say.  How you live your life should matter most to you.  Stand firm in who you are.  Walk with deliberate confidence in the direction of your dreams and share your life in the manner that feels right for you.

Message 45: It's Okay to Be Different

We are unique beings with varying gifts.  True self-acceptance is about embracing everything that contributes to all that we are.  Know that you are a beautiful creation in your own right.  Be real and authentic to all that is good within you.

Message 18: Don't Be Afraid to Hear or Say "No"

"No" does not mean never in all cases. When it comes to our dreams, it can mean not now or not in this particular way.   When we don't get the response we first hoped for, it allows us to be more creative.  It helps us to look for other options or avenues.  It allows us to move in a direction that we would not have otherwise considered.

Message 46: Mistakes Are Often How We Learn

We often lose our amazing power to a world of what if's.  What if I fail?  What if I make a mistake?  We all make mistakes from time to time.  The key is to learn and grow from them.    

Message 17: Live Fearlessly

The truth is we all have our share of challenges that continue to mold and shape us. It's still important to explore all that life has to offer.  Reach out. If doors don't open easily, try other doors and keep moving in the direction of you inscribed dream--that which feeds your soul.  Trust the unknown and leave room for the unexpected to happen.

Love and blessings,

Kathleen O'Malley

Kathleen O'Malley, DC is passionate about transforming lives.  She is the author of Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grown-ups (Balboa Press, 2013) and Messages from Within (Balboa Press 2012)  Available on,Barnes and Nobles.comBalboa Press.comPeggy's Place in Grafton and O'Malley Health and Wellness Center, North Grafton.  


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