What is your ONE Thing…
The gift not yet given,
and its ache of hidden yearnings?
What longs to be expressed,
What you fear to reveal
for so many reasons?
What is this ONE thing,
the voicing of which makes ALL the difference?
What is the ONE thing,
the being-witnessed-for-which ignites new neural pathways
and opens up undiscovered fields in your heart?
What is your ONE thing,
that, expressed in words, shatters the wall of glass you’ve been simmering under?
Yes, marinating under that glass for lifetimes.
What is that ONE thing,
for you, when taken into the public sphere,
shifts the cosmos on its axis?
What is the ONE thing you dare not release into the world?
Its fragility, its beauty, its preciousness living so close to your bones for so long that to expose it risks exposing everything. Everything!
What is your ONE thing
(indeed it is your greatest gift, invisible still)
hiding its brilliance where you dare not look?
For under the wound
in the most painful place
where you will never, ever go (you vowed it)
what if your ONE thing resides there?
What if you look there
only to discover your light
shining all this time –
white hot fiery cascades on a scale immeasurable
illuminating a shadowy storeroom
its door sealed by the accretions of time and metavows of protections.
This ONE thing
the awakening to,
the saying of which,
renders all else null.
The void beckons and black holes are star nurseries
Embracing darkness as womb of creation.
Your ONE thing invites you home here.
What is your ONE thing,
the knowing of which
will set you free?
copyright (C) Bobbye Middendorf
9 August 2012
Greetings and Happy Spring!
It’s no joke that the big-vision shifts you want to make, the inner transformation you’ve been working on so diligently, are really the key to OUTER transformations as well. In fact, YOUR inner shifts are at the heart of shifting paradigms, making a difference, and creating a world that works for all.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve been refining the art, craft, and science of collaboration in partnership with the True Purpose Institute.
>If you are hungry for creative passion, for conscious business,
for synergies and synchronicities that make for bigger wins for everyone,
>if you thirst for a like-hearted community,
>then there’s a circle that yearns for your presence to create a greater whole.
It’s safe to step into a place where you can be nourished, where you can find help to support you on your journey.
The following invitation is a gift of shared wisdom and community from The True Purpose Institute, my community partner and collaborator. I’ve learned much and have had a chance to contribute to the change-the-paradigm work that is so called for these days.
There’s a no-cost monthly call this Wed. (4-3-13)
If you are intrigued, this is a hugely valuable series of free calls. (Plus, signing up gives you access to past and future programs.) Here’s the invitation letter, below. If you know of anyone else who is being called to help shape the new paradigm world that is emerging, it would be great for you to share this invitation…You — and they — can sign up at the linklisted below.http://Tinyurl.com/
There is no cost to attend, and it’s an important connection for those who are called to make a difference in the world.
When we shape our pure intent to shift how things
are done in the world, it can push our buttons –
bringing up fears, limiting beliefs, and other issues
that make it a challenge to get our greatest work out there
into the world.
the lid on the magnitude of your mission? Join me and my
collaborators at the True Purpose Institute in our monthly
Gathering to find out!
(Hint: Look in the mirror if you are wondering...)
Fears come up frequently when you take on the task of
transforming yourself — and with it, of transforming our
society and world. Fears are the natural self-defenses of a
healthy ego. Spiritual practice may reduce the power of fears,
but there is no substitute for working directly with them.
Like everything inherent in the old paradigm,
fears contain wisdom and gifts that are necessary
to create the new. Ignoring or overriding them can lead to
self-sabotage. Only when your ego perceives that its
safety and self-interest are best served by manifesting
your purpose are you free to have the impact you are
meant to have.
Absent the safety of this sense of “permission,” you may
find it difficult or impossible to communicate with your
trusted source (God, High Self, guides, Source, All-that-Is)
and discern the fine details of all aspects of your purpose. Even
armed with a detailed plan and great clarity of purpose, you may
find yourself resistant to taking bold action. Once attained,
this state of permission has a short half-life; as you up your
game and move forward, new fears and resistance are inevitable.
You must know how to regain permission when you have lost it,
over and over again.
Our next Gathering will be this Wednesday, April 3rd, at noon
Pacific Daylight Time.
My friend, mentor, and founder of the True Purpose Institute,
Tim Kelley, will be the guest expert this time! He will
be presenting the latest developments in how to deal with the
fears and limiting beliefs that keep you from doing your part as
a global change agent. Continually maintaining permission from
and alignment with the ego is a key factor in earning a living
making the change you’re meant to make.
(Tim has upgraded his ego permissions regularly
and tells great stories!)
You won’t want to miss our next call for the opportunity to
learn from Tim and your fellow Gathering participants –
all those who are bringing great work into the world.
In our April Gathering you will discover:
* How to identify and uncover the sometimes subtle fears that
hold you back
* Effective methods for gaining and keeping permission to
accomplish your great work
* A tribe of change-makers who are willing to support each other
in stepping into their highest self while honoring the gifts and
wisdom of our fears
To get the most out of your participation in the Gathering:
* If you haven’t yet, register for this and future Gathering
* Invite a friend to join the community so that we can
support as many change agents as possible:
(Please copy and paste if it’s not a live link.)
Here are the details to join our call:
WHAT: The Gathering: A change agent community call
WHEN: Wednesday April 3rd
12-1:30 pm PDT, 3-4:30 pm EDT
2-3:30 pm Colombia
10-11:30 pm Israel summer time
7-8:30 pm GMT (not adjusted for Daylight Saving Time)
6-7:30 am (Thursday) Sydney
You’ll receive dialing information when you register:
Sharing the path of purpose with you,
P.S. Join our discussion on the community site and learn more
about April’s topic:
(copy and paste both lines if the link splits…)
P.P.S. I am planning to be on the Gathering call. It would be
great to hear your voice and feel your energy and commitment
to make a difference in changing things up — and
co-creating a world that works for all. You can sign up for this
no-cost call and gain access to the past learnings, at:
Earlier this week, in the throes of the negative nastiness and polarities now at play on our national stage, I felt called to create a message to hold a different perspective. As you have a chance, I’d love it if you feel called to watch, like, and share it. http://youtu.be/9bumpiUg_8o
Love and Light,
Poet of Pure Potentiality
P.S. It’s your choice to
explore how YOUR Divine Light
does make a difference so you
can shine brighter!
I’d love it if you feel called
to like and share.
Thrive in 2012 & Beyond:
Join me and help
Co-Create the NEW Story
Reserve the date:
Saturday, October 27, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jean Marie Ryan Center: Misericordia Campus
6300 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Experience a day of connection, reflection and co-creation…
Support a positive approach to the powerful leaps in consciousness
unfolding in 2012 — and as we prepare for 2013.
Together in community, we explore three major shifts –
three changes that make the new paradigm possible:
- individuality to interdependence
- competition to cooperation
- separation to reverence
Step into your NEW role as an integral player in these
delicious possibilities that are emerging!
Enjoy heartfelt community, deepening meditations, inspiring speakers, exhibitors offering uplifting goods and services, and live music.
Just imagine yourself at the end of an empowering day filled with thoughtful presenters and panelists. Dip into and taste the gifts of the day — palpable, even in our listing of events:
THE SECOND COMING OF CONSCIOUSNESS: A Cause for Celebrating Oneness
The keynote will be presented by Emanuel Kuntzelman, founder Center for Cultural Interchange/Greenheart, and a lifelong seeker and advocate for cultural understanding, environmental awareness and world peace.
COOPERATION: Creating our Emerging Future
Presented by Noreen Kelly, Communication Consultant, Coach and Trust Strategist.
REVERENCE: The Pulse of the New Story
Presented by Francis Rothluebber, Author, Spiritual Director and Founder of New Momentum for Human Unity.
Janelle Brittain, Speaker, Trainer, Executive Coach, Consultant and Author
Chris Buhrman, Vice President, creative director, Cramer-Krasselt and Film Director, City of the Dawn
Jean Carter-Hill, Cofounder and Executive Director, Imagine Englewood IF …
MEDITATION: Offered by Jennifer Kim, Director, The Peace School.
LIVE MUSIC: Presented by Jennie Landfield, Musician, Composer and Producer.
$115 by 10/23 ~ $130 by 10/27
$35 student discount available
Lunch included ~ Plenty of FREE parking
TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Online: New Momentum for Human Unity
Contact: Dexanne Card at 773-259-2565 or [email protected]
PRESENTED BY: New Momentum for Human Unity
STRENGTHEN CONNECTION ~ DEEPEN AWARENESS ~ CO-CREATE THE NEW STORY
I am honored to be among a beautiful gathering of media sponsors for this event. I will be there on Saturday. Please be sure to say hello!
Keep shining your light,
Poet of Pure Potentiality
If you feel something awakening and stirring
within you, it may be the Great Turning, a
global awakening, a spark of change longing
to ignite in your heart. In essence, you may
be feeling a call to something bigger, a call to
action in this changing world.
> What might that look like?
> Is this what you are called to explore?
> Are you a change agent? Or a change maker?
One of my mentors, Tim Kelley, founder of
The True Purpose™ Institute, offers some
guidelines and reflections so you can determine
if you’re a change agent. And if you are, what on
earth can you do about it?!
Catch Tim’s message on video at the link below:
(Copy and paste this into your browser if it’s
not a live link!)
It’s informative and short. Please have a look!
If you sign up at the link below, there will be future
videos and calls, going into much greater detail about
how you can become a powerful and successful
instrument of change.
If you’d like to continue with this
exploration of purposeful change — and also
to be eligible to participate in the complimentary
7-Day Purpose Challenge (starting on 7-28!)
you will need to register to receive the
You can do that here:
In future videos, you’ll hear from other
successful change agents who are living
their purpose. Watch for them!
P.S. I encourage you to explore possibilities
and feed your curiosity about global change in
this safe, private educational series, especially
if your inner call doesn’t make rational sense
right now. And to get all the info, including
your invitation to the seven-day purpose challenge,
P.P.S. As I mentioned, there is no cost to participate
in any of these activities. The True Purpose™
Institute and I support each other’s efforts to
make a living as we work to change the world;
if you were to buy something from the True Purpose™
Institute later, I may receive a referral fee.
P.P.P.S. Why all this? Why now? What is
I’ve been a member of the True Purpose™ community
since 2009. For the past year, I’ve been
collaborating more intensively — co-creating
strategy, executing plans, writing/revising
copy on marketing teams, contributing to social networking
engagement, and supporting the True Purpose™ Institute
in launching programs and courses. Oh, yes,
and growing my own capabilities
as leader and messenger for global change.
The work I’ve been doing within this community
has been life-altering — giving me the fortitude,
courage, and support personally to come out of
the closet and shine as the brightest and highest
expression of myself.
And THAT’s how we each do our
part in this global change project!
I hope that, if this calls to you, you
will come explore the territory with me!
Go here to join in:
It is safe
To be seen with
Eyes of Soul
To be heard within the
echoing chambers of the Heart
Illumined by a believing mirror
Reflecting the depths and heights
of your brilliance (truly)
Listening to bring forth
Your deep truths
Experience your magnificence
contained in an embrace
of Divine Light.
10 July 2012
Summer (Author) Camp Preview!
Can you sense it? The tastes of summer
coming alive, the smells, the yearning to
step fully into yourself as Conscious Creator
…and yet your hesitancy to reveal the
sweet and juicy heart of your message and to
become visible around what is at your core.
As you are planning your upcoming week,
I don’t want you to miss out on this special
Summer Camp preview opportunity for creators –
especially if you are a writer, author, messenger.
Summer brings out those creator-longings,
and the times urgently call us to reflect on–
and then dive into — ideas and projects
from the heart. There’s a spaciousness that
summer allows and invites — for you to go
after what you care about most and feel
called to share with the world.
In fact, I know that many of you have been
thinking about taking that big leap to start
(or finish) a book and feeling increasing
urgency to make your mark with your work.
(And if you know my story, you realize
I am on a similar path, even as I guide
others to do this!)
Now, with some time to breathe, maybe your
excitement about deciding to “go for it”
may be accompanied by some anxiety and
a few (or several) questions:
. Is it really the right time to publish?
. Can I truly be successful with my
message and book?
. Where do I begin?
. Can I believe the stories and advice I
hear on what works — and what doesn’t?
From inside the publishing industry, things
are shape-shifting at warp speed, much like
all the other changes we are facing.
Then there’s all the hype, conflicting advice,
and the pressure to “publish, publish publish!”
All this can make it confusing and difficult
to find the best path for YOUR message and book
in today’s noisy and competitive market.
And, without that clarity, it’s easy to waste
creative energy, time, and money only to realize
that you might be following a path that doesn’t
align with your timing, budget and goals.
If you’re thinking about writing, publishing, and
figuring out the best next steps for your ideas,
message and work, I invite you to take advantage
of a fantastic no-cost call from my colleagues
and friends, Janet Goldstein and Elizabeth Marshall.
Clear your calendar for
Wednesday, June 27 at 3:00 pm EDT on
the “5 New Rules for the Right Time to Publish.”
Janet and Elizabeth are the real deal, with years of
experience in traditional and self-publishing worlds,
and they understand how to help “real people” like us
to develop and share their work with the widest
I’ve been a fan of Janet and Elizabeth for several years.
I have already booked this call onto my calendar!
Publishing is just moving too fast for any one person
to stay on top of all the details. I attended
Elizabeth’s and Janet’s very first Book Breakthrough
when it was a single day, live in Dallas. So I highly
recommend their work.
On this all-new content-rich call,
you will discover how to:
• Find your “right thing” to publish
and promote right now
• Pick the RIGHT MODEL for your book or project –
and why the “start from scratch” approach
doesn’t work today
• Leverage the Big 3 Ingredients that you need to
successfully develop and launch your book or message
• Uncover your real WHY for publishing –
and how the answer makes every step of the
process more successful and more fun
On the call, they’ll include examples of current clients
and they’ll sprinkle in stories from their work with
bestselling authors you know and love, including
David Allen, Harriet Lerner, Barbara Kingsolver,
Howard Behar, Michael Port, Seth Godin, Keith
Ferrazzi, and Carol Roth.
Don’t put off your publishing dreams a moment longer.
Register today for The 5 New Rules –
a content-rich, no-cost call
with Janet and Elizabeth:
June 27 at 3:00 pm EDT (12:00 pm PDT).
No-cost Preview call sign-up:
You’ll be glad you did! I look forward to joining
you on the call.
Love, Light & Laughter,
P.S. This call is a preview of what Janet and
Elizabeth will be teaching as part of their
Book Breakthrough Virtual Master Class this summer.
(Yes, it’s summer camp for authors affordably available
right from the comfort of your own home!)
Based on their incredibly successful live event,
this 4-week online program is an affordable way to
help you break through with your idea, book and
business — and sooner than you ever thought possible!
P.P.S. I so believe in the value of their
work that I’m committed to spreading the word.
Using my links means I receive
a referral fee — only if you decide to purchase.
What will YOU make of this remarkable summer?
Ask yourself if it’s time for your own Summer
Camp. If you are a Conscious Creator, this is
YOUR time. Replenishment and creative play are
key to your health, wealth, and personal growth.
Take time to look into one or more of these
supportive communities/classes. You’ll play with like-
hearted others and build your impetus and
momentum with the wealth of information,
inspiration, and guidance to move along
the Dreams of Your Heart’s Desires!
Lots of rich and delicious opportunities to
create your future — starting THIS weekend!
It’s no secret that time seems to be moving at
warp speed and everything is changing almost
before it’s born.
That said, you’ll discover a
spacious creativity available when you step
into the Kairos time of the Conscious Creator…
The eternal present remains uncluttered and
focused, a place where you can step into
your fertile phase of BEE-ing!
1. Saturday June 23:
Bring Your Inner Vision — Out!
Virtual Vision Boarding with Sherry Murry
This event is the first of several fantastic outlets
for energizing your vision, purpose, projects, and
conscious connections over this summer 2012!
Get started here with my friend Sherry Murry’s
virtual workshop to sharpen up your Vision for the
rest of 2012 by creating your very own tailor-made
Summer 2012 Vision Board.
(Tell Sherry that Bobbye sent you!
It’s a soul-replenishing process from the
Songstress of Soul!)
2. Sunday June 24:
Live and in person in Chicagoland!
Gathering Chicago’s Change Agents:
Cultural Creatives Unite at
This is an event for you if you’ve always felt
like you never quite fit in. You may be on a
path of Change Agent, Thought Leader, or Messenger.
Even if you don’t call yourself that (yet),
Paul Ray gave us a name: Cultural Creatives.
On Sunday, Adam Shames of Kreativity Network
updates the community with the latest
research based on his interview with Paul Ray.
Most important of all: It’s a
gathering of the Cultural Creative Tribe on 6-24.
(and you can connect with me live if you are able to
come out for it.) I’ll be scribing our community
town-hall findings, discoveries, and conclusions
on the flip chart.
If one-people-one-planet resonates for you,
we would love you to join us. Details:
3. Monday June 25 at 5pm Eastern Time is the LAST
DAY and MOMENT for you to sign up
for Web Site Camp — where you get the hands-on
know-how to bypass a webmaster and go live with your
Just Imagine how you feel.. fall is in the air,
the kids are back at school…
and you are confidently posting new content and
programs and updates on your OWN WordPress website !
What a relief!
How long have you been waiting?
Wait no longer!
If this is the summer that — no matter what –
your website goes live — then my colleague and
mentor Christina Hills is the best person to hold
your hand and show you the inner workings for
your own D-I-Y WordPress website.
Get comfortable with the basics.
You’ll soon fearlessly go under the hood,
see the Dashboard as a friend, and you’ll
get your web site up — finally!
Imagine building your website with WordPress–
and loving the process! It IS possible. Christina
helped me with my WordPress website.
And this short course is a great value.
Christina’s Summer Program covers the fundamentals
of WordPress for non-techie people who want
to build a website without a webmaster.
It happens live for 4 weeks, but then all
the materials stay online
for you to go through at your own pace.
If you sign up for Websitecamp through
my affiliate link,
…then email me a copy of your receipt,
we’ll get you and your site onto
my schedule for a complimentary
“Inspire Your Message” copy review
(a $197 value) once the construction
4. Talk to me!
Leave a comment below (or send me an email
or use the contact form) and tell me how these events
land with you. Are you up for a summer
of letting your creative juices flow?
Let me know what’s up in your life, work,
and heart. How are you faring in refining
and polishing your message, regularly
sharing your great content, and connecting
with your perfect people for
building your tribe? Is it smooth sailing –
or have you hit some potholes?
How may I be of service to you in your
busy life and business? (Sometimes a
believing mirror can help you see things
that are invisible to you.)
5…Watch for more news, events, and
inspired connections coming soon.
(Save the dates: July 23-August 16 for
a juicy new Write Synergies Circle gathering!)
Happy Summer 2012!
May this dark of the moon
be the seed-starter for the
Dreams of Your Heart’s Desire.
And keep on shining your light — in words!
Love, Light & Laughter,
And be sure to check out the
new 2012 Summer Solstice poem at
I’m just an email/phone call/Skype
session away if you’d love a dose of
creative support and inspiration for
In the Garden –
Summer Solstice 2012
The longest day fades imperceptibly
drop by drop
Delineated by air conditioner fans,
wild cry of kestrel, hovering midair
Unexpected voice in urban landscape
What is rare, wild, beautiful
Not like crow’s testy commentary
Getting the balance back
personal polarities attended to
nutrition for spirit
daily practices that infuse the soul.
Olmsted-the-elder’s layers of green on green
live here under our canopy
safe and leafy havens for fireflies of early summer
beginning their nightly morse code
winking messages of light into
twilight’s tribal rising
Mother Earth gathers skirts of green
plump swaths and celebrations of newly minted leaves
emerging fully into ponderous and lush maturity
MidSummer sings her solstice reflection
in wading pool
brilliant mirror for sky, elm, candle flame
I crane my neck to catch
the final glimmers of sun-soaked leaves
at the top of ailanthus-tree-of-heaven
scooping a breeze onto the page
Blessing the kingdoms of
air and mineral,
flora and fauna,
visible and invisible,
fire and water.
Polarities in name only
That pole is just the Axis Mundi
whirling our seeming reality on a stick
spinning so fast our eyes
catch the merest glimpse
of fictional characters
hiding under hollyhock leaves
Summer’s verdant blossoming
sweet and heavy
gardenia’s flower perfumes the dusk
in currents hot and cold
across a makeshift desk in Shangri-la
Trees shed dead branches
ice melts in the tea mug
and I await the mellowed and belated darkness
Light leaching from holly and boxwoods first
then from the yellow-y green quince foliage
Dappled illumination shimmers at the bottom of the pool
Reflecting human ingenuity to light the night
And brightly colored strands bedizen a
Who are we kidding?
Celebrating the cycles of Mother Earth
rarely gets a second thought
much less holds a place in (some) human hearts
And so I close the book,
hope warring with despair
A fragment of the light remains
Night’s full closure not yet fully descended.
20 June 2012