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by Karen M. Winkelman Saturday, December 19, 2015

Candle in rhinestone candleholder with the words "What Lights You Up?""Don't ask yourself what the world needs;

Ask yourself what makes you come alive.

And then go and do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

                          ~ Harold Whitman




I saw this quote a couple of days ago and although I’ve seen and read it many times over the years, this time it hit me like a 2-by-4.

I felt compelled to keep going back and re-reading it.

Allowing the words to penetrate my skull.

To permeate my mind.

Filter through my body.

And touch my spirit.


What a potent question:

What makes you come alive?

What.   Makes.   You.   Come.   Alive.

Do That!


Oh my frigging Goddess. Did I get off track again?

Did I get caught up in the Healer’s need to heal the world and lose sight of my own true north?



And what about you?

Are you struggling to get by in your life and your business (especially all you healers and creatives and spiritual miracle workers out there)?


Are you doing a weird version of people pleasing that seems perfectly rational?


Are you spinning your wheels trying to figure out what the world needs,

what your clients need,

what your family needs,

what your spouse or partner needs,

what your friends and community need...

just so that you can supply that, be that, do that?


If you are trying to identify a need, a void, a desire, a want

and then leap in to fill it so you will feel useful,

good about yourself because you are making a difference,

and perhaps (fingers crossed) prosper doing so…

well, you have left an extremely important part out of the

abundant life equation.


What the heck do you want?

What lights you up?

What makes you happy?


What would make you excited to get out of bed each day,

delighted to engage with the world in whatever way sung to your Soul,

and energized to do your thing -  wield your magic - paint your colors on the canvas of the world?

That is the $64,000 question.


What do you really, really, really want?

What Lights You UP?


As the wise words of Mr. Whitman state:

"Ask yourself what makes you come alive.

And then go and do that.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."



Every person who comes alive – fully alive – and expressing their unique light encourages other people to do the same.

Wake up – shine your light – express your Soul in a way only you can.


So in the wonderful way the Universe works…

by you expressing you as truly as you can

is how you sprinkle healing on the world and others.


Butterfly, Hearts with words "You Expressing You is how you sprinkle healing on the world"The only person you can change is you.

The only person you can heal is you.

The only person you can be and thrive by being is YOU.

Go Be You! 

Go Do You!

Allow it to be imperfect.

Allow it to be a work in progress.

Trust that it will lead you back to you and then grow and morph in the most amazing and unexpected ways.

May you allow more of the real you out to play this month and every day from this day forward. You have permission to be you, glorious you.


with my love, blessings and gratitude,

Karen signature with 3 stars





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Posted by Karen M. Winkelman on Saturday, December 19, 2015 12:00 AM
Categories: Healing, Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Transformation
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