Coming together as one world is a gift the World Cup gives us once every 4 years, but we can carry this unity forward even when the competition is over. Once again I am struck with how when the world comes together with intention how connection can prevail and relationships can grow. International sports events like the World Cup or the Olympics bring a real opportunity to plug in to and participate on an archetypal level.
Wedding season is upon us, so what better time to give a little marriage advice? My husband and I continue to choose marriage for over 40 years now, so it could be that I am an expert on the subject. 🙂 Please notice that I use the words ‘choose marriage’ because that may be the biggest piece of advice I can give. You may say, ‘Of course I am choosing!’ and I agree. And there are many levels of choice to be aware of when contemplating getting married. Culturally, one of the reasons we have an engagement before getting married is so we can take the time to decide what our reasons are for getting married. Remember that there is no right way to approach the life style of marriage. As a life coach, or relationships guide, I do what I can to have you be conscious of why you make the choices you do rather than dictate that one way is better than the other.
For me, Valentine’s Day is about reflecting on our intimate relationships and you can’t get any more intimate than being courageous enough to choose a life partner! So I thought I would re-post that essay I wrote with Dennis, When Love Beckons You, for your reading enjoyment.
Referred by colleagues in the healing arts, prospective clients often contact me without really knowing what an intuitive counselor can do for them. Struggling with health concerns, depression, anxiety, or detachment from their everyday lives, few of them realize that their symptoms may be a call for them to access the deep inner self. I have found that each individual is rich in symbolic language. Just as we collectively interpret a red light to mean, ‘Stop!’ any form of discomfort can be a sign from our spirit to cease regular activity. A headache or a panic attack may be an urgent message, just as important to one’s safety and wellbeing as a stop sign. What is the message? That’s to be determined.
By Kim Illig and Dennis Mead-Shikaly
Marriage is when a community comes together to witness, support and bless a couple who have made the intentional decision to spend the rest of their life together.
Marriage always has been a sacred institution cross culturally. More recently however, its social significance, structure, and meaning have undergone radical inquiry and change, particularly in our culture. Statistically, the sanctity of it is no longer held in as high regard. Some marry and find themselves unable or unwilling to stay when they realize the amount of work that it takes.