God Wants To Meet You In The Unknown

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I’ve been battling a cold recently.

I had a dream last night where I couldn’t figure out what train to get on, whether to Azusa or Disneyland. I took the train the wrong way, I got off, then took the train the right way, and then got off to take another train. Then I just decided to go use the restroom which was in between both trains. A door opened up for me to go number one.

In another dream, I was trying to choose the right cup to drink water from because I was parched. But I didn’t like any of the cups. Some were too big and some were dirty. Then I was lying on the beach and I had no sunscreen on and my eye was parched.

When I woke up I felt like God wanted to meet me in the unknown.

The waiting and transition season often feels like a drag. It feels uncertain, unstable…you often can’t answer peoples’ questions like “what have you been up to?”

Your reply might be “just resting”.

But it’s not just resting, it’s meeting God in the unknown. 

The transition period often calls for us to be still and know that God is God. 

He wants to remind us of His character – that He is good, that He loves us, that He knows what He is doing, that He sometimes puts us in a season of rest so that we understand His character.

And that is why Resting is so hard for people of this world. RESTING means letting go and trusting that everything will work out. 

That is why most people cannot rest if they have dire circumstances in life, but we know that Jesus is working on our behalf (we live from a place of victory) and so even in dire circumstances our hearts can rest in a God who knows what HE is doing, who is trust worthy and who never LEAVES nor forsakes us. 

So it’s not really just about God answering your prayers or delivering a miracle….it’s manifesting all those things HE wants to give us from a place of knowing how much He loves us and cares for us. He wants us to live out of our God given identities.

He wants to bless us as fathers bless their children, from a pure heart of love.

Whenever I try to figure out or ask God “what should I do?” I now know that I want to DO without knowing who He is or who I am.

When we are trying to figure out what’s next, it is often because “in the waiting” we have become impatient and doubt creeps in. This doubt asks us “does God knows what He is doing? Is He a good God? Should I try to handle this situation now since it doesn’t seem like God is doing anything?”

In the transition period, God desires for us to KNOW His character and heart in a deeper and stronger way.  He wants us to know WHO He really is in every circumstance. He wants us to mature in our understanding of our position in Christ.

So many people want to have His material blessings without becoming people who walk with Him as friends. The true blessing is becoming a people who carry His presence and become blessings on this earth because of their intimacy with Jesus. 

God desires for us to KNOW who we are– people with spiritual inheritance and authority. A people who have a Father who loves them.

God desires for us to KNOW who HE is– A God who loves us unconditionally and HAS PLANS to prosper us and not to harm us.

The unknown season forces us to get to know WHO we are in Christ and WHO He is for US.

So don’t feel burdened or rushed to get to the next season, there are treasures of intimacy in the unknown and waiting season. Feed your soul and spirit with the love of God. Indulge in the love God has for you. Rest in knowing that His grace is enough for you.

“I need you to understand who you are and who I am for you before I open the doors to the next season. Not knowing who you are could cause you to open doors to people and opportunities that will hurt you more than help you. I need you to walk in the Christ given authority you were meant to walk in, you inheritance causes you to walk in true spiritual power”- says the Lord.

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Love Is What You Are.

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I wasn’t going to write but my back started itching and it started itching behind knees too. My body is very reactive when I try to block emotions or something I really need to or want to do. Sometimes it’s the “I don’t want to deal with it right now” in me that blocks creativity because creativity is, well confronting and emotional. But you never know what will come.

This morning I had a revelation:

“You will not be defined by your career, work, your friends, your parents, your history, your accolades, your accomplishments, your house, your car, your clothes, your makeup, your speech….you will be defined as love“. 

Love is what you are. 

When you are love, you don’t have to force yourself to serve to show love or be loved, you are love.

You do things out of love because you are pure and untainted love. Thus, you will also choose not to do things that you don’t love or that causes your heart to weep.

There is no guilt or shame, just love.

So then why do we struggle?

We struggle because we do not accept that God loves us unconditionally – because we have been taught by society and perhaps our parents that “love is earned“.

If you don’t clean your room, you won’t get to eat.

If you are not a good girl, mommy won’t give you stickers or toys.

There always seems to be a condition to love and love seems like a business transaction if you grew up that way. A trade, that is what love seems to be in our world. 

There must be a better way- unconditional love.

That seems impossible, not impossible if you accept unconditional love from God. If you continue to receive this love, your heart will expand and cause you to love in impossible ways. 

I have forgiven myself when all I wanted to do was continue punishing myself.

I have forgiven people that hurt and wounded me in deep ways.

These were impossible things to me, but God opened my heart.

He has continued to show me that His love is unconditional, unending, restful and beautiful. 

If we look at Jesus, He wasn’t defined by people. He wouldn’t even allow people to label Him or force Him to be something He wasn’t because it was not His time yet-  “Then Jesus, realizing that they were about to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” John 6:15.

He walked the earth as love. Knowing who He was, He didn’t need people to applaud Him or tell Him who He was, He knew who He was. He didn’t need people to like Him, in fact He was rejected by most and He continued to love even the haters.

That is radical love.

Love is what you are. 

You need not prove yourself, defend yourself, force yourself. You are love, that is what you are. 

In a world of self-promotion, don’t you think living as pure love will naturally attract the right people?

When we serve to be loved or to love, we are acting out of lack and a half empty cup. 

But when we know that we are love, we live out of abundance and an overflowing cup. 

“How I Left a Lifetime of Expectations to Pursue a Lifestyle that I Love”-Dream Interview Justine TF

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Dream Catcher Interview

This is a new segment on my blog about people who conquer all odds to live an unconventional life and dream that is unique to who they are. My first interviewee is Justine TF, a lifelong friend I’ve known for over 14 years.

Enjoy and please check out her work!

R- Tell us about who you are, your story and how you came to live your dreams? (How you quit dental school, etc…what was your process, what spurred on the idea).

J- My parents were both born and raised in Taiwan in the 1950’s in poverty and as adults moved to the U.S. to start a new life. Given that there were so many opportunities compared to anything they’d seen back home, it was paramount that I take advantage and study everything, get the best grades, go to the top schools, and secure a great future. They came from very little, and so their vision for us was to become ridiculously financially wealthy, but not without reason. Our stipulation was to do good for others in a respectable career, and so medicine was the most logical route.

I studied my ass off. As a kid, I rarely had free time. My mom was constantly shuffling us to extracurriculars and after school classes. In middle school, I took my first SAT class. In high school, I took a bunch of AP’s. I got into UCSD, one of the top science universities, and majored with honors in biochemistry. Clearly, and thankfully, I had the brains to do all of it, but whatever it was that was missing didn’t become apparent until I was already half way deep into a doctor of dental surgery program.

I remember the first time I felt a calling to be an artist was in high school. I was watching Heidi Klum’s Project Runway with my cousins and announced, “I want to do that. I want to just make stuff.” I didn’t know how significant that statement was then, but before that, I had always been a very creative child. Almost too creative. Notebooks and art supplies were my favorite presents as a kid, and I would immediately fill my notebooks with doodles, plans, and short stories. My parents were terrified of letting me explore creative avenues, and I remember having to hide my notebooks. Yes, I would get in trouble. And yes, I would get beat for “wasting my time”.

In college, I doodled in just about every notebook I had. Other people’s notebooks, too. I filled every inch of every wall in my apartment with my own art and even painted a mural. My creativity was really starting to overflow and I needed somewhere to channel it, so I started a shiny new Tumblr blog called “Doodles and Things” (which is probably someone else’s username/domain now). Tumblr was very new then. I posted my doodles and illustrations everyday and built a portfolio of thousands of images. From there, I was able to obtain some freelance work as an illustrator for music albums, a book cover, and local newspapers.

Keep in mind, I was still on my way to becoming a doctor. My view around making art for a living was so skewed by the way I was raised, that when people were throwing money my way for me to make art for them, I would see it as just a temporary favor. Never once did it occur to me that, “Hey, I never took an art class, but I’m still making art. I must be an artist.” Nope.

I remember very distinctly in an MCAT class once, I had just had enough of the bullshit. This was when I was still on my way to going to medical school before I diverted – not far enough – toward dental school instead. As the teacher droned on about test taking techniques, I took out a red pen and just started drawing all over my workbook. It was quite obnoxious, but it felt so good to just be free in the moment.

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Anyway, this is a loaded question. Where was I…?

Oh yeah, How I Quit Dental School:

I was depressed and felt out of place as all hell in dental school, but I pushed through because I believed what everyone else said – after the first year, which is heavily didactic, things should get better. It didn’t get better for me. In fact, when I got into the clinic, things got worse. Even though I had the hand skills to work in millimeters, I just couldn’t see myself working on another person’s tooth for the rest of my life. I needed a canvas. I wanted to paint walls.

It took a lot of guts to leave, for sure, but so many more nights of insomnia, feelings of hopelessness, and pure exhaustion from trying to convince myself to do something I didn’t want to do.

Thankfully, through working with my school counselor and amazing clinic professor (who are now both good friends of mine), I was able to systematically withdraw from my program without making a scene. Most people in my class who found out were surprised by my leaving. I didn’t tell anyone until after I left.

Leading up to that point, as I said, I was depressed as all hell. I had already been practicing yoga everyday, but my counselor recommended that I try meditation as well. One night, I was so tired of feeling so impotent as a dental student whose future was grim and set, that I simply imagined what it would be like to be something else, anything else. Immediately, the fog cleared within me and in that instant, I knew another life was possible. Such was the real opportunity my parents had given me.

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R- What were some of your challenges? How did people respond to you wanting to pursue your passions?

J- The biggest challenge was to not succumb to the pressure to stay. So many people were terrified for me. Many asked if I was sure I wasn’t going to regret it. But I had prepared myself for these naysayers. They weren’t not believing in me, they were just trying to look out for me. No one had the vision I had for myself the way that I had seen it in my own head. I mean, duh. It’s my life! I had to do what I had to do.

R- What keeps you going?

J- I’m committed to exploring this inner psychology that I have as a human being and communicating that with others through my artwork. Part of the reason that art is so powerful is that it represents things and ideas that words alone could never do justice. It’s an amorphous language all on its own. I think through the practice of yoga, where so much internally is explored, I’ve really discovered what I could do with art. It’s truly a special form of communication. What is communicated in my work is the recognition of internal human experiences that exist universally.

Similarly, with yoga, I’m committed to assisting others with the exploration of their own internal journey. I have learned so much through my own practice, and want for others to see for themselves!

R- What inspires you?

J- Nature for its insistent stride in the cycle of birth, growth, death, and re-birth again. Nature is such a great teacher.

R- Who has been supportive and encouraging in your walk?

J- Thankfully – my mom, my brother, and lots of friends and family. But my therapist is the real the MVP. Love you, Monica!

 

R- Love that artwork- trust the process- can you explain why you created that piece?

J- I made that on a whim, like most of my pieces are, because human experiences are equally fleeting. I was feeling antsy about not knowing what to make next, so I just sat down and let the words come to me. All I could think of that evening was to just trust the process, since I’ve learned from so many pieces before that the end products never turn out to be the way I imagine. And in fact, they almost always surprise me in a good way. So, I dipped my brush into ink and made my first stroke, which ended up being the top of the first T.

6R- What do you envision for 2016 or even the rest of your life?

J- For 2016, I’d like to really learn how to run a business. For the rest of my life, I’ll probably be making art! Hopefully write a book. Publish a coloring book.

R- And feel free to add anything you’d like to tell the readers about following their dreams!

J- If you have a dream, what’s the very next step you need to take to make it a reality? Figure it out and do it. Then repeat. That’s it! It really is that simple. We often see living our dreams as this giant mountain that we can never get to the top of, but while the grand view is daunting, all you can do right now is the next step anyway. So what’s the first next step? Figure out a way to do that and do it. Then ask yourself: What’s the next step?

 

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Hello friends! I’m sitting here in Florence, Italy and am heading to Barcelona tomorrow. In Europe, I have come up with many ideas that were inspired by the road. One of my inventions here was the lifestyle brand Smartspiritualsexy, inspired when I was walking on the streets in Paris. A few ideas came to my mind, I decided to continue teaching Yoga and Meditation for the months of January and February. In late March, I’ll be moving to West Hollywood, hola everyone!!! We’re introducing a speaker’s series and I’ll even throw a FREE EVENT to help inspire people who want to grow in their entrepreneur endeavors.

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The universe is moved by your meditation. 

1 hour of meditation is worth more than 7 hours of physical labor. 

What I mean by that is that your inner life and intentions form your reality. Your thoughts are things. What you are, you manifest. I’ve learned this from the past 3 years being self-employed. I had to let go and reprogram my mind to succeed. You see, growing up I was constantly sent the message that I wasn’t enough. I had low self-worth and didn’t feel like I deserved much in life, especially in my finance. Later on, I studied up on law of attraction and attended many conferences, such as Tony Robbin’s. I realized that my finance was heavily linked to what I thought I was worth. 

Are YOU ready to become who you really are? 

You see, our spirits are constantly battling with reality. Our spirit knows who we really are, but sometimes our reality does not match up to who we really are and we question our worth. If you are ready to become greater, better, more AT PEACE with yourself and manifest your dream life…..EASILY and GRACEFULLY, without any work on your part…simply by committing to one hour of yoga and meditation per week, you’ll start to see a shift in your consciousness and reality. 

You’ll see that your spirit will start to match with your reality. You’re meant for greatness.

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The Yoga and Meditation Course takes place in San Marino (Los Angeles) and begins January 10, 2014, every Saturday 7-8pm. Register now for only $89 per month (deal ends December 1, 2014). Invite your friends!

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Give The Gift of Inner Peace This Holiday

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Tired of giving clothes and kitchenware that your friends and family eventually return the day after Christmas? Tired of buying gift cards that have no meaning? You’re in luck, Smart Spiritual Sexy (my new Lifestyle company) is presenting Yoga and Meditation class: A Course to Complete Power and Peace in January, 2015! Give a month to your friends and family AND to yourself as well!

This is a great way to welcome in the new year and to RECENTER, REFOCUS and RENEW your mind and body.

This is NOT like your ordinary Yoga class- why?

Because each class is specifically planned and catered to our Yogis so that you can manifest your BEST LIFE NOW! ALL WITHOUT YOU running around like a chicken with his/her head cut off. Seriously, your best life is waiting for you….but some of us have soul ties, blockages that keep us from receiving every good in our lives. Will you join me to enter your BEST YEAR YET? 

We will: CUT negative and unhealthy soul ties, FORGIVE, LET GO with verbal meditations and affirmations, claim the GOOD that wants to come to us, and enter a spiritual and physical health and abundance you’ve never entered before! 

Are you ready to live your best life now?

Smart Spiritual Sexy presents Yoga & Meditation, a one hour course (Every Saturday 7-8pm) that will transform your life. Every week a different transformation will occur, whether on letting go and receiving happiness, wealth, peace, joy or overcoming inner barriers that block good things from coming to you. You will step out the studio with energy and peace to live your BEST LIFE NOW!

Who is this for?

1. Anyone who needs to relax, find energy or have a stressful life.

2. Anyone who is looking for purpose in life.

3. Anyone who is seeking to get physically fit and want to heal chronic illness/disease (many which may be based on thought life).

4. Anyone who wants to connect with like-minded individuals who is seeking “something more” in life.

5. Anyone who has dreams and goals they want to achieve.

Remember, 1 hour of meditation and inner healing/cleansing can welcome in MORE than working 40 hours a week will do for you. 

Any questions, please feel free to email us at rebekkalien@gmail.com

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Strength Is Letting Go

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Strength is letting go,

surrendering to the promises which holds you in air, in gravity, floating throughout space

Your letting go is a gift to the universe, you allow everything to conspire FOR you.

It’s already done, it’s a done deal.

Let you body surrender, let the striving cease, let your mind feel ease, let you heart subside in complete love.

Though you don’t feel that you deserve it, but your faith is delving deeper into your soul and you know somehow, somehow, and no earthly persons knows, how it’s going to happen, but you sink deeper.

You hold on when the thread, the rope untangles, faster than you can hold onto, suddenly the rope is completely gone and you fall back, slowly, at first, faster and faster, into the abyss of self-consciousness, of perhaps Wholiness. 

You feel your heart explode and light escaping everything that is you, and suddenly the light within you is the very thing that lifts you higher. The light is like a gravity lifter, it defies gravity and somehow 

and finally flying, but it’s not you flying, it’s the light within and all you’re doing is really just floating, expanding, going where you need to but completely engulfed in love. 

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I’m not here to teach you how to succeed.

I’m here to teach you about forgiving those who have hurt you, letting go of the past, accepting what is so that you can move forward, without hindrances, so that yes…you can succeed and be happy in life. However, without confronting the shit in your heart, and being real with your ego, you’ll never be happy because an ego self is selfish, not filled with love. 

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4 Things You Must Do As An Entrepreneur

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Come join us for this coming Thursday’s Yoga and Meditation class- 7-8pm 

1. Write down what your PRIORITIES are-

If your priorities is to grow your business and learn as much as you can about your business, going to VEGAS may not be what is in your budget or even time and energy. If your priorities is to develop strategies in your business, then hanging out with friends who just want to have fun all the time is not on your TO DO list. If you are trying to create a new business or website, maybe you have marketing expenses, you’ll have to skip the weddings and birthday parties. Obviously, there are times that going to those events are advantageous, but you learn to cut out “niceties” – things that you do because you feel bad or because you “should” versus you “want to”.

2. Shrug your shoulder and back to most of the world-

Most of the world only cares about the external world. Most people only care about what people think. You turn your head and look the other way. As an entrepreneur you must seek time alone to reflect and learn, go deeper so you can grow in an exponential and personal way. You must go against the grain in many areas in your life. There are things that people will just not understand, but you do not have to try to fit into their thinking.

3. Do It Now-

You must act quickly on your ideas. The more you have something on your mind, the more it’s the universe’s way of telling you “DO IT”. I could have waited and “thought about” all the things I wanted to do – this is what most people do. They think about traveling, they think about creating their own business, they think about falling in love, they think about moving….while people were thinking, I hopped onto planes and backpacked to Ecuador, Australia, Brazil, Asia, I tried so many businesses that your head would spin if you had to do it yourself. While people were thinking, I tried different jobs, everything from marketing to business development, I moved 3 times. I designed Halloween costumes, became a columnist for a newspaper, became a Leasing manager (minus the desk), tutored mandarin, taught cello and piano, became a Real Estate agent, developed a coaching course, created my own Yoga and Meditation class…and do I still long to be tied to a desk? Do I long for stability, no. The instability of entrepreneurship outweighs the stability of clinging onto a job I hate. Because my life is unstable, I can take commercial acting classes on sunday nights and attend my cousin’s performance at the W Hotel on a random weeknight. Because my life is unstable, I can schedule my own yoga classes. Because life is unstable, I can book a flight to Israel and ride camels if I wanted to. 

4. Don’t be FOMO- 

Don’t have the fear of missing out. This is especially for people like me – who are extroverted and love people pleasing, NO, just say no. You do not have to attend every single networking and social event!!! People ask me LEFT AND RIGHT to attend their events. I pick and choose carefully, do network but be selective. Listen to that inner voice, there is only 1 of you. I have gotten most of my leads, clients, opportunities from networking.

Come join us for this coming Thursday’s Yoga and Meditation class- 7-8pm 

922 E Huntington Drive San Marino

Above you will see some of the pictures of the Yoga and Meditation class I teach each Thursday. This class begun with my own passion of fitness and seeking deeper in times of entrepreneurial stress. I realized that everyone is looking for a place to be, to sit still and to find their core.