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times isn’t enough to sustain our relationship in the long-run. Our lives sometimes go in completely different directions, or we may no longer share the same level of consciousness.

What makes things even more confusing is when the people around you refuse to see the “new” you. When you change, you upset their vision of you and sometimes even themselves. As you gain the courage to be more of who you are, you’re implicitly a challenge to their world order. In some cases, it makes it harder for them to close their eyes to what they might not want to face in their lives. Like Kathy’s mother and friend, you may be unfairly teased and ridiculed or even get the cold shoulder, none of which is very fun!

friends, loved ones, and all the other people in our community nurture us, help us grow, and teach us to love. When we don’t feel nourished by a relationship, it becomes a drain in our lives. The more time we spend in draining relationships, the more we lose touch with our authentic- ity; we disconnect from our intuitive guidance and the light dims on our highest path.

It’s been said that you’re the aver- age of the five people you spend the most time with. Though we’re all individuals, to a certain extent the people who we choose to sur- round ourselves with also define our lives. No matter how positive you are, choosing to surround yourself with draining relationships will eventually bring you down. On the other hand, making the choice to connect with positive people will inspire and empower you on your path.

eel nourished by a s a drain in our lives. The n draining relationships, h with our authenticity; r intuitive guidance and our highest path.”

So, what do you do when you’ve realized that you’ve outgrown a relationship? As hard as it is to accept, it may be time to move on so you can find the friendships and community that nourish you now.

Supportive relationships are an in- trinsic part of a meaningful life. Our

Exercises: 1

Get Clear on Relationships that Drain You

Are there any relationships in your life that are draining you? Is there anyone you don’t feel good around or free to be yourself with? Al- low you intuition to give you the answer.

Is it time to move on from this rela- tionship? If so, how can you do so in a conscious way? While it might be tempting to just disappear or avoid the person, this doesn’t allow for real healing. When you say goodbye with grace, you honor what you did have at one point and you open yourself to connecting with more supportive people.

If it isn’t time to say goodbye, what step can you take to set boundar- ies? Perhaps it’s time to have a heart to heart and be clear on what you will and will not tolerate.


Build a More Supportive Community

Who would you like to spend more time around? Make a list of all the qualities you’d like in the people you hang out with.

Where might you meet these people? Perhaps you already have an acquaintance who you’d like to spend more time with? Make a com- mitment to reach out to one new person this week!

Colette Baron-Reid is the international best-selling Hay House author of ‘The Map’, ‘Messages From Spirit’ and ‘Remembering The Future’ and the oracle card decks ‘The Wisdom of Avalon’ and ‘Wisdom of the Hidden Realms’. She’s also an internationally acclaimed intuitive counselor and psychic medium with a client base spanning 29 countries. Colette has toured the US and Canada over the last few years presenting to well over 150,000 people with crowds of up to 5000 on personal growth, consciousness, intuition, and spiritual phenomena. She has facilitated hundreds of her popular seminars and workshops worldwide on developing intuition and the art of creating a meaningful life with empowered authenticity, and purpose.


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