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Staying On Course As You Live Your Inspired Life


Bi-monthly communications offering ideas and how-to’s on living an inspired life, awakening creativity, transformational healing, Law of Attraction and deliberate creation, New Moon wishing, and other fun stuff!


Staying On Course As You Live Your Inspired Life



Exerpt from The Journey to Your Dream, by Gina Castellano



Every man needs to have something he follows that serves him as a lodestar… he who follows the beautiful and the good may feel himself strengthened by this saying. —The I Ching



The Lodestar                          



A lodestar is a star that is used as a reference point. Sailors stayed on course by following the lodestar – especially the North Star and Venus. The North Star is famous for holding nearly still in our sky while the entire northern sky moves around it. Venus is not only the second planet from the Sun, it is the brightest star in the sky, visible without a telescope and easily accessible for guidance. It is said that the bright star of Venus guided the Maji to Bethlehem. In mythology and astrology, Venus is the Goddess of Love and Beauty. She represents what we value and how and what we attract to ourselves.


Desire is Our Lodestar


The meaning of the word ‘desire’ from the Latin “of the stars” is a nautical term referring to sailors staying on course by following a star. One needs the star to steer one’s ship across the black sea at night.  The star is transcendent, permanent, reliable.  Lose the star, lose your desire, and you’re in trouble – aimless, adrift, depressed. Our desires for the life we want to live are our most reliable guiding stars!


Desire Summons Life Force


Discovering your own personal Lodestar is the kind of experience that can change your world. It’s like falling in love or becoming possessed by a creative passion. It generates an energy so compelling that it automatically holds your attention – like anticipating wonderful moments with your beloved. Is it a creative project, a relationship, a travel adventure? Discovering your Lodestar illuminates the path of your inspired life and sets in motion the continuing evolution of your desires.


Knowing What You Desire is the Key


Desires are not static thoughts, hopes or wishes that are separate from your life experience. The comparative experiences between what you want (your desire) and what you are living (life experience) helps you to continue to refine your desires. Viewed from this perspective, you might see how your experiences – even those that seemed random or negative up until now – have contributed positively to where you and who you have become.


Something to Consider


I invite you to take a moment to look back at two major life experiences that once seemed negative which you now can see have contributed positively to where you are in your life.





Free to Be Inspired

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I want to circle back for a moment to the last post about being free to be yourself. When we accept ourselves as is, we loosen the ties binding us to an image of who we should be. For example, a young woman who is proud of her polite and friendly demeanor became impatient and spoke rudely to a co-worker. She felt bad about it and even wondered if she was a bad person. In the past, she would have called a friend to describe the situation, hoping to justify her behavior. Or she would feel guilty and worry about how she could fix herself so it didn’t happen again. But this time, we were working together using a process to release the emotional impact of the incident and to replace it with positive affirmation to boost self-esteem. She tried affirming to herself, “I love myself, even when I’m ornery” and it was a revelation for her. She discovered she could feel good about herself even when she was not on her “best” behavior.  She apologized to her co-worker and truly let it go. When we can appreciate our sense of self as fluid and multifaceted, we can avoid getting stuck in a momentary judgement.

Attuning to Ourselves

A wonderful paradox occurs when we become comfortable with who we are: We also become ripe with possibilities for change and growth. As Abraham-Hicks describes it, as we affirm “I am where I am and that’s okay” we are also constantly transitioning to the next who/what/where to affirm once again.

When we accept ourselves we become attuned to ourselves and this encourages the voice of inspiration to guide us. The best way to do this is with exercises that allow us to create space for listening. Here’s a fun one from The Journey to Your Dream. (Click here to purchase this book). Start with the 99 Things to Be, Do and Have. I suggest 99 things because we all have a certain number of desires we can easily identify, such as enough money to pay the bills, cooperative coworkers, that pretty bedroom you saw in a home decorating magazine. Those are good desires, of course. Yet, when we go beyond those—keep expanding the boundaries of what we desire—we find the juice, the gold of our desires and inspiration ignites!

I like to experiment with how I make my list. Sometimes I list items as quickly as I can, without much conscious thought. Other times, I’m more deliberate by choosing areas of life and listing desires that pertain to each area. It’s fun to find your own way to work with this exercise.

When we accept ourselves unconditionally, we become attuned to our true selves therefore giving voice to our inspiration. In this way, we can discover and create the life we truly desire.

Nurturing Inspiration

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“If nature is never bound down, nor the voice of inspiration stifled, that is enough.”
—Margaret Fuller


This quote proposes an elegantly simple formula: The freedom to be yourself + free flowing inspiration = fulfillment. As an activist and barrier-breaking journalist in the early 1800’s, Fuller recognized that if everyone has opportunities to follow their heart, then inspired action will follow and the world is better for it. We can use this formula to enhance our own experiences.


Free to Be Yourself


Honestly, that phrase alone used to make me tense. Some well-meaning advisor could say, “Just be yourself” and I would shift from “being” myself to “judging” myself in an instant. That would lead to an internal audit with a long punch list of traits and habits that I need to fix to be better at being myself. Consequently, whatever I was trying to accomplish would be complicated by that state of mind and not nearly as much fun. To be fair, when someone tells you to be yourself they most likely mean, “Don’t worry. You have the skills and character to do the task at hand.” And that’s great advice. In fact, it is a reminder that what we really need to do is free our true nature. There’s nothing to be done to “be yourself.” You’re doing it already! You really can’t avoid it. Breathe a big sigh of relief and acknowledge that right now, whatever you’re doing, however you’re doing it, that is who you are, and the world is better for it.


I would love to hear from you about your own experiences and explorations of being yourself.


In our next post, we will explore what it means to follow the free flow of inspiration. In the meantime, you can set the flow of inspiration in motion by doing a few simple, fun and effective exercises from my guided journal, The Journey to Your Dream. I wrote this journal for the purpose of helping people live inspired lives. You may purchase the journal by clicking here or contacting me.


All the best, Gina

Recognizing Inspiration

When something speaks our truth, we have a physical response: a gasp, sudden tears, a rush of adrenaline, a desire to move. Emotionally, we may have a rush of excitement or an immediate sense of calm or sudden clarity.  Sometimes it feels like an awakening, seeing a task or an area of your life with fresh eyes. There is an obvious shift mentally and physically.


Inspiration can be identified by its inclination to show up in the most unlikely places. It’s the answer that can be triggered by virtually anything (a song lyric, a chance comment, ad copy, a dream, a flavor, a smell, a wrong turn) that seems to spring fully formed “out of nowhere,” yet feels like a perfect fit. While we can feel inspired by a variety of sources and circumstances, it will only impact our lives when we take action.


Using Inspiration to Enrich Your Life


Here is one of my favorite examples of inspiration in action.  During a discussion about Pixar films, one woman shared the most uplifting story about how Up changed her life. She had dreamt of travel but had never left her hometown. At thirty-seven, seeing that movie felt like a wake-up call and she decided that it was time to start living the life she wanted. Her husband refused to go with her so she made plans to travel alone. Within six months she was on her way to Barcelona. Within five years she was a world traveler with a new husband and friends who shared her sense of adventure. What a wonderful example of living an inspired life!


Millions watched Up. How many felt so moved by the story to change their lives? How many felt inspired to change by the story but suppressed the call to action? How many took a daring leap of faith like this young woman? All because of an animated movie made for kids!


Inspiration is a catalyst. The good news is it usually includes a very clear sense of what to do next. The tricky part is following through. In future posts we will explore ways to make the most of our inspiring moments and how to release limiting thoughts and behaviors. For today, let’s focus on the quickest way to allow a more inspired approach to life.


When you recognize an inspirational force, take some action, no matter how small. And make note of it on your calendar or in your journal. Then see what unfolds. Just study it like an amateur scientist. How did it make you feel? Did anything else pop up relevant to this subject? Is there another small step you could take? Can you imagine taking a big step? What would that look like? How would it feel?


It’s okay to ease into inspired living or to jump in with both feet. The right way is the way that brings you joy.


I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions! Please let us know what inspires you and how you recognize those moments that speak your truth.