The American eclipse was big news last month. My topic this month is what it means to experience a personal eclipse.
A personal eclipse is a sudden change of direction, perhaps seemingly forced upon us or perhaps following an inner change of heart. The path we were on ‘gets eclipsed’ as a result.
In my experience, this feeling of something being eclipsed, while disorienting, is usually an indication that something in life needs to be reconsidered.
What you may not know about me is that 3 years ago I trained to be a wedding and funeral celebrant.
By chance, the first 2 funerals I conducted were for people of my own age. Thankfully, also by chance, so was the first wedding!
Of course, this made me think about my own life and what was important to me. And I realised, that while I enjoyed being a Celebrant and being of service to others in marking a rite of passage, I did not want to make such work into a full time occupation. It didn’t give me the same feeling of being ‘on purpose’ that I was lucky to experience when working as a coach and consultant earlier in my career.
I realised that I was making choices based on what made sense, given age and skills set. But, my deepest interests were hidden under limiting beliefs, such as ‘I’m too old’ or ‘it’s too late’ or ‘I haven’t got the resources’ for that type of business offering again.
Limiting thoughts and feelings are much easier to address once acknowledged. Since I’ve retrained as an Awakening Coach, and shifted the personal obstacles in the process, I feel ‘on purpose’ again.
For most people that feeling of being ‘on purpose’ makes a huge difference and is needed at every age and life stage.
If you have been experiencing a personal eclipse (which may be associated with the celestial one) ask yourself what might be needed for you to feel on purpose. And if you are in the middle of a life transition, as I was, it’s ok to consider a few options. But, please look carefully at your limiting points of view before deciding to believe them!
Cathy Rowan has spent her life researching different types of maps, which have guided her own personal journey and led to the crafting of a set of tools to help others to understand their own ‘geography of the soul.’
Using these maps as a foundation, she has developed a unique coaching programme, called True Significance, for clients who are in their 50’s and 60’s, undergoing transition, and asking ‘what’s next’?