january 1, 2009: say hello to the new

"Starting Over" by Cathy Woo
"Starting Over" by Cathy Woo

Seattle-based artist Cathy Woo contacted me after I featured art by another artist of the same name — and, of course, I fell in love with her art! Visit this Cathy Woo’s studio (and learn more about the concept of Zen Dots) by clicking right here.

Say Hello To the New,
To opening doorways and glistening portals
To picking up a broad brush and painting a portrait of the ultimate You
To stepping into your place on the circle with courage and joy
And surrounding yourself with others who bravely choose to do the same.

Say Welcome Home to the parts you may have lost or forgotten along the way
To your deepest knowings: You know what you know!
Find your way to the places where you become heady with belonging
Where the sun and moon and soil speak to you by name
Where there is time and space to do and be everything absent the strain of achievement
Where the relationships that have hibernated in the deepest burrows of your heart
Emerge into the golden light of a beckoning Spring.

To the blank slate begging to be splashed with the hues and tones
Of your most vibrant dreams, say Howdy!
To the unfolding mystery, say Welcome,
To your inner yearnings – the ones that could never be quelled –  say Now!
To every tiny heart-tickling inkling that feels like Love
Say Yes! and Yes! and Yes! and Yes!

Say Goodbye to the old,
To tired stories that prevent you from diving into the Unknown as it calls your name
To people who pull you down and away from your true embodied power,
Who spew their pain and torment in the direction of the light yet refuse to look within
To rolling the stone up the mountain day after day
Only to wake up and do it all over again,
To that which simply does not work for you any longer
That sucks you of your inspiration and joy
That stands with arms folded over barely breathing chest
And keeps your every joy but inches beyond your reach,
Bid Adieu.

It matters not what has come before
Who you were five years ago, five months, five minutes
What you felt was true and real, what hollow promises you made
Or what reality you inhabited,
All is ready to fall away, to scatter and
Be carried off by a gently cleansing breeze
Do you not deserve this fresh and glorious beginning?
Are you not ready to greet the liberation of your aching spirit and soul?
All in favor…
Say Hello to the New.

14 thoughts

  1. The new is now the new now. Now is the only moment in existence.
    Now I am grateful to you Rachel for exuding and being newnowness.

    Re-emergence of the now new moment brings gratitude and thanx for words of wisdom, and inspiration. You are a bright light of goddess love–brand new, NOW and into eternity.

    AND you are loved.

    Alaya Love


  2. Thanks for a great fresh and encouraging start to 2009. I’ve been caught up in distractions and ready for some peace, focus and re-energizing.


  3. Indeed wonderful words to read today…thanks! Very much so. Happy 2009, dear! May it indeed bless us with wide-eyed newness and heart-opening moments.


  4. Thanks to all you gorgeous goddesses for your thoughtful comments. 2008 already seems so very very prehistoric, doesn’t it? Stay grounded, keep your heart open, trust in the astonishing efficiency of the Universe, and say Yes! to what lights you up. Keep visiting: Your support means the world to me.


  5. YIPPEE!!!! I am so excited! This year is going to be great for those of us who have moved so much stuff BEFORE the great changes that are now occurring on the planet.

    Now its time for others to rise to the occasion! And move any way they can!

    Best wishing and wishes,

    All Blonde…. formerly known as Liberty Girl..;)


  6. “Say Hello to the New” is exactly the message I need to hear. I too am going to print it out and post it as a reminder of how I want to live in 2009. Thanks for the wisdom expressed in your writing.


  7. RACHEL,Only you will understand this message. Having a long conversations with my mom today that extended past two seperate calls….i so needed to read this….thank you for somehow showing up in my life just when i need a big lift..love you sis,rebe


  8. Rachel,
    What wonderful inspiration on this first day of the new year. No matter what has come before, what matters is from now on. Not all that has happened in the past should be forgotten, but learned from and treasured. All that matters is what we do with what we have learned. I am not so much searching as discovering, an ongoing process. All my best on your new Boulder venture.


  9. Rachel,
    I shall print this out and post it in a most prominent place – at work and at home. It is beautiful and I feel it, I get it, I’m ready for it. Carpe diem and Happy New Year to you and yours.
    Sista by the Sea


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