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Reciprocity

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Reciprocation is defined as mutual giving and receiving. In any relationship, reciprocity plays a major role, either contributing to its success, or in the case of a lack of reciprocity, leading to the relationship’s dysfunction and demise. The universe operates best in divine flow and harmony, where give and take are equals.

Many people look for ‘free’ in a ‘give me’ state of mind, which is fine when they balance being the receiver with being the giver. On the other hand, many people who give all the time, without receiving, run the risk being out of harmony. You can receive in one area of life and give in another; but we should be careful not to abuse or deplete important relationships trying to serve others or self interests. The universe is not a tit for tat system.

You can never outgive God. You will always receive more than you give. That is the power of living in an expressive and inspiring universe: we get more out than we will ever put in. A mind focused only on receiving, or only on giving, is out of divine flow and will be challenged to fully prosper. Co-creating in divine flow requires a melodic interplay of letting go and taking in all at the same time.  When you truly surrender your cup will be full, your heart enriched, and you will have contributed to the enrichment in others.

If we wish to receive more, we must question where we are giving. If we wish to give more, we must ask where we are allowing the universe to provide. Are we taking with no intention of reciprocating? Are we giving with no awareness or allowance of the universe filling our cup through others? Let’s look at the relationships in our lives and ask if they are reciprocal. How could we benefit and accelerate the divine flow of these beautiful relationships by either giving or receiving more?

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

Power of Self-Expression

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My Ministry isn’t about self-improvement. It is about self-expression.  Ernest Holmes said “Be for something and against nothing.”  Our society spends a lot of time focused on what needs to be ‘fixed’ or ‘improved’, pointing out what is ‘wrong’.  When you view humankind in its Divine nature, as an extension and expression of its Creator, we find that inherently we are whole.  You are whole, there is nothing broken, no one needs to be fixed.  As spiritual beings in every moment, each one of us is forever evolving, forever unfolding.  Our spiritual evolution is God expressing through us, in us and as us.

Another term for God expressing through you is ‘self-expression.’  It is the God in you that triggers the desire to self-express, the desire to show your uniqueness.  We are creations with the natural drive and desire to create; it completes us.  This is how the Universe stays in balance, evolves, expands and raises in consciousness.  We seek inspiration, and then express how we are inspired, uniquely. Look to the world around you.   You are surrounded by creations creating. This channel for self-expression makes the good in your life a reality.  It provides a foundation of fulfillment because when you are expressing from your authentic self you are standing in your God-given power. Thriving in full self-expression is the purpose of our existence, for it sparks our evolution and develops our eternal soul.

Everyone has a direct connection to God; an intermediary is not a requirement.  I work as a guide.  I help people to flush out and discern the information they are receiving. However, only they will know what is true for them.  This work is about empowerment.  As a minster and mentor, I am a tutor for spiritual education. I collaborate with clients on opening to their good and expressing their personal truth.  There is not just one way to do this, as everyone is unique. What and how you express will evolve and change as you evolve and change, and as your relationship to the Universe evolves and changes. Conscious union with God, the Universe, Creator, Spirit, Source, our Highest-Self – whatever you wish to call it – is the key to living a full and purposeful life.  “Seek ye first the Kingdom” which lies within all, not just within some. It is within everyone, for we are One.  This thriving knows no religion, race, sexual orientation, education level, political party, etc. Clients and I consciously focus on co-creating with the Divine in them for their highest expression. Together we develop tools and action steps for them to build a solid personal foundation on which to operate.

At times personal growth may be uncomfortable. It just is. This discomfort can be laborious and challenging; however the more you lean in to the spaces which intimidate you, the easier action will become.  Labor leads to liberation and liberation leads to freedom.  As a result of this work, clients show up differently in every area of life.  This spark creates an atmosphere, a contagion that sparks self-expression in others. Think about it, who inspires you? When we seek to create and express ourselves, living from this inspiration sets off a chain reaction, just like the reaction that was triggered in you. We trigger God sparks in one another, and that is so cool. When we act on that trigger in creative expression we are in alignment with the Universe, with God.

Remember, no one can live life for us! Being inspired is wonderful, but it is wonderful as a means to call you to inspire through self-expression.  That is what keeps the chain going.  As we open to who we are inherently, and fall in love with our nature, our path becomes exciting and gives birth to clarity as we open to our divine connection. Self-expression is so simple yet so incredibly powerful.

Resonance will place you with the right support team for your personal self-expression. If this resonates for you, contact me. Have a consultation and see if session work is where you wish to invest in your spiritual education.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

Healing is a Personal Process

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As a healer/ minister I have been blessed to witness many different healing techniques, from many different cultures.  All have validity and purpose and just like paths to God, there are as many ways to heal as there are people in the world.  Anything spiritual is personal, therefore true healing is about personal resonance and personal belief.  What holds power for you?  What can you put your faith in?

In 2008 my father was diagnosed with cancer and it was somewhat advanced.  At the time I had already been exposed to many forms of holistic healing work as I had completed an apprenticeship, been ordained as a minister and was now offering healing services myself.  When my father’s diagnosis came in, I never felt the need to tell or even suggest to him what to do, think or believe.  As I aligned myself with Spirit, it was very clear to me that this was between him and God.  I knew my role was to support him by supporting whatever he had faith in.  My mother is a registered nurse, she and my father have faith in Western Medicine.  It is all God.  My father weighed his options, discovered what felt good to him and quickly had a surgical procedure.  We are nearing 7 years now and my father is still cancer free, and as sassy as ever.  Surgery was the best choice for him; it is where his faith and belief lay.

Just like in religion and politics, I see people allowing their differences in beliefs and opinions to divide them every day and in the most fragile of situations.  Remember, it is all God.  As Gandhi said, “God has no religion.”  God also has no political party preference and God does not favor western medicine over eastern medicine.  It is all God.  Our part is taking the responsibility to seek the Kingdom within, to align with our Highest Self and recognize what we have faith in.  What resonates for our personal healing?  An important part of healing in any situation be it health, relationship or career, is standing in your personal power.  Sometimes you will opt for the surgery or medication and sometimes you won’t, but no one can make that choice for you.  That is between you and your Creator.  Your job is to gather the information and go within for direction.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

That New Car Smell; Intuition Never Fails

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One day when I was about 27, my, then boyfriend wanted to go car shopping;  Lets “just look” he said, “For fun.”  As he lived with me and didn’t have a cent to his name, we shared a car, my car. At the time the suggestion was made I had a sick feeling in my stomach.  I hesitantly agreed and we proceeded to  visit a car lot.  On the lot ‘looking’ at rather expensive rigs my significant other was foaming at the mouth.  I personally didn’t have much interest,  as I wasn’t particularly into cars and have never been one of those people who cared much about looking ‘cool’ or being ‘in’.  Of course after about an hour of ‘just looking’ my boyfriend was test driving and I started to get nervous.  Before I knew it ‘we’ were in the finance office with my boyfriend more than happy to sign on the dotted line but there was a catch; his credit was so bad he couldn’t even be on the loan with a co-signer.  My credit was good and suddenly they wanted to put everything in my name.  The sales manager assured me we could “move everything into his name in a year, no problem.” (this was a bold faced lie).  All I really remember from that day was the pressure on all sides: my dishonest boyfriend, the dishonest sales man and the dishonest sales manager.  I said at least 3 times, “Let’s go home, I want to think about this first.”  And every reply was, “Oh no, you won’t need to do that we can get this worked out today.”  As though they were modern day heroes and I had a problem they were going to selflessly fix.

2 years later I had gotten rid of the boyfriend and voluntarily had the vehicle repossessed as I stood in bankruptcy court awaiting a decision about my naiveté.   You may think I’m going to tell you I was duped; well I was definitely lied to.  You might think I’m going to cry foul and say I was a victim of other people’s broken moral compass.  I was wronged!!!  Right?  But the truth is, I was responsible, because every step of the way, from the boyfriend moving in and needing help to pay his many obligations to the fated day at the car lot, never once was I truly fooled.  I didn’t know any of the specific details, which I found out later, however I didn’t need too, I knew something was wrong.  I wasn’t told, ‘Proceed with caution’ I was told, ‘Do not proceed!’ very clearly in the pit of my stomach.  I knew not to move forward on each step of the way, yet I allowed my intuition to be overridden by others’ selfish interests.   Plain and simple, I didn’t trust myself.

I’m not trying to say I have all the answers.   I, like everyone else, develop theories based on my experience and observation.  12 years later I can look back and see, I truly wasn’t let down by God or duped by anyone, all the information was there, I just didn’t listen.  I believe some call this, ‘denial.’ I didn’t trust myself and in my want to be looked after, I deferred to those that wanted to take advantage.  As miserable as that experience was it led to a lot of good.  10 years ago I became a spiritual minister and I also became a loan officer, and eventually a manger, for a credit union.  I put all of that so-called ‘bad’ experience to work educating others on making smart financial decisions and following their intuitive sense as to whether or not something is a fit for them .  Now as a Spiritual Mentor,  I coach people on listening to themselves and heeding the messages they are given.  Not to mention I am a ten times happier and more confident person.  I gleaned a lot from that humiliating experience and there is no point wasting energy by regretting it.

Life is messy at times and it operates on a trial and error system.  I believe all of these messy experiences are opportunities, to not only get to know ourselves, but also to mold ourselves.  I was a better person after I went through bankruptcy.   Would I recommend it?   No way!!  Did it have to happen?   Not at all, but it did.  The truth is I serve others better now that I have had that experience.  I also listen to myself and rely upon my internal compass.   That alone has made life so much more inspiring and enjoyable.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

 

Co-Creation at Its Best

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Co-Creation at Its Best

In continuing with the creative thread touched on in my last blog,  today I would like to look at the importance of co-creation.  Many clients, in their pursuit of living from their spiritual foundation, feel that surrender, or marrying their will to God’s, means surrendering all of their decision making power as well as surrendering all their desires, as though God has prescripted  each of our lives and is off stage delivering dialog to us line by line.  I wish to challenge this and plant the seed that co-creation with the Divine is what propels our creativity forward.  It wouldn’t be creative if we didn’t lift the brush to canvas and see what comes through us to paint.  In the co-creative process when we are inspired to paint, say a garden, then we give the divine a channel in which to come through, like tuning a radio.  If we become overly focused on ignoring what inspires us and waiting for Spirit to just plop a purpose in our lap, suppressing what bring us joy, we are missing an important step.   That is, Spirit creates through us by inspiring us.  What inspires us is the direction that we seek.   The point is it’s in the doing,  the acting upon  inspiration that we allow the creative force to be channeled through us, that we tune to its frequency.  Contrary to a procrastinator’s belief, you won’t get more information on how to proceed until you engage, until you act upon the initial inspiration or spark.  This is co-creation, “Spirit this makes me feel good, it makes me feel free.  I wish to have more of that feeling.”  So pursue that feeling and be open to Spirit leading you to an even better feeling in your pursuit.  Once you set that partnership in motion the possibilities are limitless.  Actually the possibilities were always limitless.  Once you actively engage with the Divinity within you, somehow an energy is activated that reveals the mass potentiality as possible.   In this process we begin to believe before we can see which gives the Divine a clear channel, frequency, to create our heart desire through us.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

“Follow Your Bliss;” The Power of Creativity

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“Follow your bliss.” When I was in my early 20’s a good friend, and somewhat of a father figure, used to remind me of this Joseph Campbell quote.  My friend is a painter and he and his wife have spent their lives passionately pursuing the art of painting.  At the time it seemed like a great idea, however reality seemed to be lurking around every corner.   At such a young age I didn’t understand how to marry passion and purpose with responsibility.  My creative passion was for spirituality, not religion per se, though I loved to study varied religious thought.   I was aware that spirituality was universal and completely inclusive and non-exclusionary.  I pursued my passion with varying fervor at different times of my life.  By my mid thirties I found that the road to hell just might be paved with good intentions, because I had spend a lot of time thinking about my passion and purpose and very little time pursuing it.  Again I felt being responsible was about ‘creating’ security: having a steady career, owning a home, walking the dog.  What I missed was that the urge to create is its own life force.  When you spend your life painting by number you never allow the true artist to emerge.  Painting by number is great if you want to keep things neat, tidy and looking right, but I soon realized that life would be far more enjoyable if I let myself paint with different colors outside of the lines.

Now as a spiritual minister and mentor,  I see very clearly within my life, the life of my clients and many others that we are creations who are made to create.  It does not matter who you are, where you are from, what religion you practice or do not practice, we are all unified in our need to self-express.  Self expression brings with it freedom unlike anything you could ever purchase with money.  It is its own power.  I have worked with many people who long to share who they are and what they have to give, because it is freeing to evolve, extend and share yourself through creation.  We think life is about getting what we want:  I want this job, I want this mate, I want to have children or have a book published.  It is really our desire to self-express and share what we are that drives us toward pursuit of possession or markers of arrival.  I used to think life was a series of arrivals as we linearly grow and develop; now I realize it is a culmination of blessed awarenesses as we continually evolve in all areas of life.  Our ever unfolding awareness led to new actions, this is what gives richness and purpose to our lives.   I believe, as many do, that we are all in essence one.  We are all extensions of an all encompassing energy that is known by many different names.  This Infinite Intelligence is expressing itself through each one of us now; as mothers, fathers, artists, accountants, farmers, business owners.  Ernest Holmes, a pioneer in New Thought, said, “The Infinite has no need other than the necessity to express  Itself.”  Ernest also said, “And so we say that the life that refuses to create stagnates and dies.” That is a little dramatic, however in my experience pretty accurate.   It is this spark within each of us which propels us to create through curiosity, passion and love.  Right now while writing this I feel at peace because I know it is mine to do, it is mine to share.  The thoughts I am communicating are not original however no one can communicate them as me, except me.  It is my particular interpretation of the Divine process that may flip the ‘spark’ switch in others.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com

 

Sexual Authenticity

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Sexual Authenticity is creating a genuine, loving connection.  By being present, holding an intention of becoming closer and allowing the experience to flow, we can suspend any expectation or agenda.

Being sexually authentic asks couples to be open, intimate and vulnerable.  In order to do this, we must feel safe.  What in your relationship does not make you feel safe?  Because in this safe, trust filled, space two people are able to unify and experience Oneness.  Which is what we all desire.

True intimacy is about letting go.  Letting go of fear, letting go of control.  Fears of being vulnerable and being seen as we genuinely are, cloud our ability to be present, and it mires our perception of our experience.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com