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Jane Redfern
Where we are and what we have in our lives is based upon the fears that we have allowed to control our lives.
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Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jane Redfern
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There are many forms of courage including physical courage that enables us to face danger and perform daring feats of strength. Moral courage is where we stand up for what we believe in, and, for many of us, including me, the most profound form of courage is the willingness to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jane Redfern
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I completed my first journal entry in my Red Book. Psychologist James Hillman believed that one of the greatest mysteries of human nature is the question of character and destiny. In his bestseller The Soul's Code, he proposed that our calling in life is inborn and that it's our mission... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Jane Redfern
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Your past does not define you. How you respond defines you. Too many people use their past to do nothing with their life. Life demands that we participate and take action but some people just say, “No I’m too injured.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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The squirrel’s cache of acorns lay buried and forgotten in the ground. It was a hard winter and Nature was cold and unreceptive to the little acorns. On the first day, it rained heavily and the acorns were soaked through. “Now,” said one of the acorns, “This is the ideal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. There are many given meanings to this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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We’ve all heard the story of Snow White. A young woman in an unconscious state waits for Prince Charming to come along and save her. He kisses her, she comes to life and she is saved by her hero. I’m sure there are many people who hope that their lives will turn out that way. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Research has shown that the traits you attribute to others are then attributed to you. The famous German novelist, Hermann Hesse, said, “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn’t a part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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I’m deliberately looking at other things now that I use or do as a habit – i.e. for cooking, clothing, gardening, as well as art, I’m asking myself, “Is there an alternative”. Sometimes opening our eyes to new possibilities can lead to something better. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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We don't develop resilience by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Imagination is lighter than a feather and faster than light because anyone can be anywhere at any time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Perhaps the more interesting question is not to ask if we can change, but if we can direct change. Can we consciously create a new version of ourselves? Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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It is such a wonderful thing to be born. It is just incredible how everything comes together to form a human. This shouldn’t be wasted. Everyone is needed; everyone has a role to play. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Some of our actions can be completely unconscious and yet be so easily seen and witnessed (and felt) by others. It’s a pattern that is very hard to break; the main challenge is to make ourselves aware that we are doing it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Art is like many other things, the more you do it, the more you practice, the better you get. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Don’t let someone else’s view destroy the way you feel about yourself. That doesn’t mean not to listen, but don’t just accept their view either. We all have a right to our own viewpoint and your perception of yourself is very important. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Crab mentality, also known as crabs in a basket mentality, is a way of thinking best described by the phrase "If I can't have it, neither can you". Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Listening carefully to someone is the best way to show that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. When you listen to someone, not just with your mind, but with every fibre of your being, it sends them the message: ”I value your opinion”. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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Symbols can play a powerful role in the process of healing and recovery. As humans, we have all had experiences of loss and trauma. We’ve experienced losing loved ones, maybe our health, or lost a much-needed job. It’s inevitable. Nothing in this world lasts forever. The problem is that we are never prepared when bad things happen and we struggle to process it. It certainly can’t be fixed by an hour-long therapy session or a weekend workshop. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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The story about the Little Match Girl is a familiar one. The story, at its core, describes what lack of nurture and lack of focus look like and what they lead to. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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When we need to ask a favour it’s very convenient to just send an email and wait for a response. It can save us the embarrassment of face-to-face pleading but we shouldn’t expect the same results. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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We all wear masks and often without realising it we sell ourselves by how we appear. Carl Jung called this mask the ‘persona’ and it is the ‘mask’ we show in society to please others. We need this mask because it helps us to function, but when we understand who we truly are, the persona becomes more pliable. Then we can be aware that we are wearing the mask, but at the same time, respect the boundaries and ways in which we all must act to function well in society and in different situations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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I was like a butterfly trapped in a spider’s web. It was a dark place and I felt death was imminent. But then someone said to me, “Jane, you are a free person, no one has the right to control you or trap you. You are free.” They were probably the most powerful words ever spoken to me. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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But whenever you set out to do something extraordinary, there comes a point where, like Erickson on the horse, you have to choose between trying to control everything – or letting go and getting carried away by something bigger and more powerful than yourself. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern
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I have an invisible friend. His name is Norman. His job is to help me do things I might struggle to do myself. For example, I’m in my car and driving into town. It’s busy and it could be difficult to park. But, I never have any problem getting a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at Jane Redfern