New moon

This is not a romantic post to clear things up, if someone might think “moon=romantic”. Nature’s beauty is in my eyes unique and very inspiring. I took this picture from my balcony two days ago in the early evening. Shortly after that the moon took on a yellowish colour and was much more beautiful to look at. I’d love to paint that some time soon.

We have this difficult time where the Corona (Covid-19) virus infected lots of people all over the world and public life has been slowed down in Europe since a couple of weeks ago. New moon is said to be the phase of introspection, of going inside and finding the light within, which then becomes a guiding light for yourself and for the outside world. As we go out less, we have the opportunity to rest, think about ourselves and about our personal priorities, about the relationship to our selves, to our family members and to our friends, about our profession and our social activities.

I hope that you will find out that all humans are connected – not just because this virus is spreading so fast, but because physical distance is not equivalent to emotional distance. Someone is only separated when his/hers heart is closed meaning that this person is not showing his/hers feelings and is not aknowledging the feelings of other persons. This is the time to become “unfrozen”.

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This phrase was with me for quite a long time. Ever since 2010, as I had approached freelancing and was asking myself if I need a brand or a company name, this inspiration came to me and I have finally found this way of manifesting it: as the name of our designs shop.

A soul connection is a special feeling that someone might feel towards another person. It is not the same as romantic love. Somehow it is “the next level”, that experience that you may call “true love”. Since Valentine’s Day is approaching, this is a nice alternative to the whole romantic stuff you see everywhere – no reds, no roses, no hearts but a rainbow in fancy colors. The same rainbow is present on the cover of the ebook and the blue and ocre tones were also used on several graphics like on the Twitter heading.

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Frozen – best animation movie

I have seen the movie again as a test, to check out if it still moves me like it did the first time I have seen it at the cinema. This time it touched me in a different way; it still is a major story in my opinion.

Copyright 2018 Dora Marii “Return to Innocence”

As Frozen 2 is running at cinemas everywhere, I used the opportunity to watch the first part on DVD – having seen it multiple times with my kids, this time I have chosen to watch the original version.

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It was some time in spring 2013 that I have watched it initially and it gave me hot and cold shivers on my back. The effect was so powerful that it led me to a life changing decision – having hidden for a long time some skills that I had like automatic writing and being able to read between the lines – so I have decided to stop hiding, the way that Elsa did, and open up. Coupled with the decision that is OK if only a few persons can accept me the way I am – cold is not bothering me anyway – it was like opening a door to further life experiences and the birth of “Soul Connections”.

The theme of “true love kiss” vs. “act of true love” was crucial. Stopping that ideal of romance that many more stories have propagated was so healing!

And of course, the Love that you feel in your heart is healing first of all – yourself. This movie has many parallel issues going on, it is worth writing a longer series about. The main message was so powerful than and it is now – is that of Love melting away the ice of Fear and Greed – and of Ice as a positive life protecting force. It is Elsa’s self defence Qi, if you want, her Element and she had to understand that it “came out” the second she needed protection. As she eventually understood and let go of fear, she was able to direct it.

We only become loveable if we show ourselves – then someone like Anna is able to come along and love us. So let go of hiding !

Magic of September

We are almost thru the month and I am feeling like ‘Dora, write something about September!” As a kid it was my favorite month because it ended the three month long summer vacation, which was back then quite boring, all my friends out of town, endless days … Another reason to love September is that in the morning you can see the moon – amazing! – even if the sun has already risen.

As a grown up, it is nice to see the trees going from green to orange, red and yellow and taste fresh grapes and plums. The summer heat is gone and you can enjoy the warmth of sun rays while taking a walk. After a season of physical activity you come to a more peaceful one, starting to turn your attention inward and collect the rewards of your inner work.

You may have had more intense experiences around the 15th of August, you may have taken a commitment to your own growth. Then comes September showing you areas where you can start 😉 especially around the full Moon. I love to call the September full moon ‘fools’ Moon’ because it happened a couple of times to reveal to me spots where I was being a fool. Like six years ago, being extremely introvert and letting my fantasy blur the reality of sensing the world around me.

Follow your own Soul!

This year I had the surprise realisation that I have been behaving the way a parent wanted/believed me to be. Sometimes kids pick that up from adults and because thes want to fit in, they adopt ways of behaving that they take for “OK”. As I was little I was the contamplating girl, making experiments like “What happens if I put my hand in front of a light source?” then reporting the things that I have noticed. Well, my parent did not say anything on such an occasion but seemed to think “she’s crazy”. So I suppose that I have started saying crazy stuff making friends laugh.

I had to let go of it, all the foolish jokes I used to make so that people thought that I am crazy 🤪 Acting ‘adult’ instead and showing people the way that I reason so that they can see, I am accountable. This crazy fool thing was a limiting image that people had of me and I guess it was a big reason for my loneliness – especially in a place where people are very busy and tend to judge too quick.

All in one, I keep feeling that my life is rounded and have found happiness, after some troubled years.

What about you? Which is your favorite month of the year?

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Windy Beach was not my Dream

As I look back to last summer I see once more the reason for one situation that occured back then: I wanted to sunbath but I did not communicate it the way that I should have. So I ended up on a windy beach, where I could not sunbath.

Being in a relationship is sometimes tough – you need to convince, first of all you need to be aware of what you want and what you expect. If not, you will get what your partner wants – and please don’t complain about it.

This situation – I had a summer dream, planned vacation with my partner but did not talk about my wish – made me ask myself, how important is to act, to put physical energy (talk, plan, make phone calls etc.) behind an idea, as a result of ‘having a dream’.

My summer dream

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Dreaming of the summer #sleepless in Cologne

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At least I wore my jacket on my summer holiday ! that worked.

Now I am looking forward for next summer – that will be great, I can tell you.

Recovering from hurt

You might follow our Facebook page and have seen this inspirational picture saying

Only fools keep old hurts

Forever in their hearts

(c) Dora Marii 2018

What is this supposed to mean? Can you relate to that?

Picture (C)

It sounds a little bit harsh, yet I have decided to keep it that way for the purpose of emphasizing the importance of letting go of old hurts. Now that is an exercise in happiness. Some people might have hurt you, on purpose or not. Reflecting and gathering experience in your social interactions, you can learn with Time that most hurts were not done on purpose. People do not mean to hurt you. When that happens, it might be a sign of them being extremly under stress, unhappy or wearing a burden that you are not necessarily aware of. Imagine that the next time you feel offended by some one’s behaviour.

If you are sure that some one had hurt you on purpose – ask yourself, why do you stick around? Is it necessary? This situation will repeat itself and you might not be able to change it in any way. Your way is just as important as anybody else’s. Affirm your position and make clear that you have felt hurt and watch the reaction of the involved person. Just keep in mind that you have to stand up for yourself and affirm how you want to be treated.

Next step is the letting go of the painful memory and healing your soul, just as you take care of your body if it were injured. You need a healthy body as well as a healthy soul in order to live your life, find and fulfill your life’s plan as well as reach any goals that you have set for yourself.

Is there anything that hurt you and that you still carry around with you? Let me know in the comments below.

What did you do last summer?

(C) Dora Marii August 2018

Last summer I went on a family holiday with my boyfriend and our kids. As you see in the picture above, we were at the seaside – it was somewhere in Holland (Zeeland).

This is a windy place and even if I had hoped to take sunbaths and improve my skin tan, it did not work that way because it was far too windy. You see, working indoors does not give you the best tanning. I usually get what they call “the programmer’s tan” or a variant of it. My legs are mostly white while my face, neck and arms get a decent bronze colour.

Even so, one must be a fool not to enjoy his holidays and so I had looked around and found some inspiration in this high grass.