Ask Astrid Fridays ~ The Rabbit’s Corner: The Struggle Isn’t You


As this is Astrid’s last message for 2018, I was curious what she would want to share. She’s been extra playful and cuddly these days, which has added another layer to our together-time, and it also speaks to some of what her message is that she wants to leave you with.

And what might that be?

Astrid says, “The end to struggle.”

We’ve been immersed in year-end closure here, went deep with watching all four parts of the new Watership Down rabbit movie, along with prepping for new whimsical ventures in 2019 together – this to include our new book, art, and rabbit Faery fun. Our little Wonderland Faery realm has become a true Otherworld for creative manifesting, as we threaded together a Rabbit Hole of delight we feel enriched in every day. We’ve also been examining the reality we want to live and leave behind.

There’s been a lot of creative work and anchoring this last year to set up and define our intentions, and although this New Year, for us, will continue to be one of vision, setting priorities, and determination, it will also be one of breakthroughs and embodied beliefs. This, Astrid shares, to be done with joy, ease, and peace – with the knowing that we can trust our essence to guide us in flow and fun through the next leg of the journey.

If we find ourselves struggling, where can we be curious about ways in which we might be holding on to old patterns and realities, lower ideals, or stringent and limited attachments?

Astrid says, “The struggle is a detour to who you really are. The struggle is a way to stay small. The struggle is a way to keep you away from what you believe you don’t deserve. The struggle keeps illusion as an interference to seeing the possibilities and beauty available. The struggle isn’t you.”

For most of the first part of my life I struggled on many levels. I was constantly inflicting inner torment upon myself with voices of knowing battling voices of fear, pain, confusion, and conflicting patterns that weren’t even mine in many cases.

And this kept me from being me and being able to expand further. It was like being tethered to a post and always hitting the end that snapped me back.

That is, until I realized the post didn’t truly exist except for believing it did.

Astrid has been through her own struggles and in seeing her come to this place of surrender and no longer feeling the need to fight, she is finding the love and joy her essence exudes, feeling right at home.

And so are we both experiencing this, which is creating greater peace daily.

“There is always another way,” she says, “and while we feel things serve us, truly they serve our patterned beliefs – not our hearts. Love is not a struggle. Creative energy simply flows. When we relax into these spaces, spend more time nurturing and cultivating the love in our hearts, we find greater comfort in things we never thought we could. We open ourselves to different opportunities, see new perspectives, and realize there are a multitude of ways to experience what we want, rather than believe it can only be in one form.”

“And what about those old realities and lower ideals so many of us struggle to hold on to?” I ask her.

“Like the unlimited dimensional experiences you can’t see, but still exist, why is it that you feel there to be only one reality? You struggle to hold on because you are so close to letting go. It is that last piece that will change everything. The release and fall into your grace. You fight to stay small because being more means greater empowerment and awareness. It’s been easier to let others and even beliefs power over you then to truly live without constraints. Hope, love, imagination…these things no one controls, but you. They are the keys to a new reality no one can take away. They live where struggle does not exist. When you go there, you know what I mean. If you can learn to stay there, you will know what is possible,” Astrid says.

We have both been embracing this experience where struggle need not be anymore and gently breathing deeper into our hearts to help it move through.

This has brought Astrid to a place of exuberant and loving expression as her norm now, without need to struggle and fight within, as a way of preserving it only for special moments. We have both learned to trust who we each really are and that life is meant to be a joyful, creative, and wondrous experience.

The other things may exist and they may knock on our door to try to tether us back, but they will meet with surprise when they find there is no knot on the other end. We’ll see the rope and when the knocking thinks it has us, we will let go of the other end and watch them disappear.

Let this be a year we all let go of the struggle and fight.

Let this be a year to create a new reality.

For me and Astrid it is a storybook year we are weaving together, piece by piece, heart to heart.

We both wish you all a wondrous New Year – a year of greater creativity, transformation, fertile and abundant potential, and alignment for the collective with it being a 3 year in numerology.

Astrid will be back next year on January 4th, 2019.

About Tania Marie's Blog

Creating life as a work of art with a magick rabbit by my side. I remember my song. Do you? Artist, Author and Reiki Master Teacher with over 25 years' experience in creative healing arts and metaphysical studies. Tania inspires people globally to return to natural harmony, draw forth imagination to manifest dreams, embody creative empowerment, and live more magickally and abundantly from their most natural frequency – in essence, Tania helps you to remember your song.

Posted on December 28, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. There’s lots of interesting things for me to take from you here and use in the year ahead. I too struggle and fight with many things. Some of this things I can let go of I hope.
    I hope to catch up with you soon, have a great new year Tania πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for the pearls of wisdom Tania (and Astrid). Maybe I’ve been holding unto confusion as my smallness. I would love to join you two in creating a year of love and flow. To a year of joy and flow.

  3. “You fight to stay small because being more means greater empowerment and awareness.” Jamie often talks about the endless incentives and enticements by society and by peers or family, to “stay small.” I would add that there’s a degree of fear of taking on the responsibility that real freedom entails, as well as the fear of stepping into our own power, because of the exposure or attention that comes with it. This also reminds me of a story I read about an animal, probably a horse or a dog, being tied to a post for long that it became accustomed to the limited movement the rope permitted. But when the rope eventually came untied from the post, the animal remained within the same circumference of space afforded by that rope, never realizing it could walk away entirely from the post that once held it fast.

    • Always love your reflections! Definitely agree about responsibility. Astrid shared about it in this post: https://taniamarieartist.wordpress.com/2018/12/14/ask-astrid-fridays-the-rabbits-corner-you-can-run-but-you-cant-hide/ “Astrids shares that responsibility can play a part in this process we seem to be learning in exercising our gifts and powers. But she and I both agree that responsibility can can carry its own weight that isn’t always tempered with love, but analyzed and dissected by ego. So in fact it, too, can lead us astray of going bigger, as it tries to work out every angle to satisfy another excuse not to shine forth.” I’ve started seeing that the word responsibility carries a weight and perhaps a different perspective or word might help us in replacing that. Maybe rather than we have a responsibility…we have a privilege? Something more to an enticing effect rather than heaviness. Anyway thank you for sharing that story! Very interesting and synchronous! I hadn’t heard it. Another wonderful demonstration of this.

      • You’re right, “responsibility” does carry a weight. I don’t recall where I read this, but someone once wrote, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Still heavy! But it implies many gifts and privileges, and the expectation to use them to shine, rather than hide one’s light. “The Parable of the Talents” is another way of saying the same thing. πŸ™‚

      • lol! yes, that is also a heavy saying…i’ve heard it as well. seems we always have a way of making things sound intimidating. i like the way you said it about gifts and privileges to shine πŸ™‚

  4. Hoppy New Year to you, Astrid and your family. ❀ As always your posts are exactly what I needed to hear.

    "Struggle" and "responsibility" are heavy words, and it does put a weight that is unneeded on our shoulders. It's also easy to get into a habit or a rut, and good to re-evaluate things. I heard a good saying once, "Do not bring into the new year things that can stay in the old year", and it seems very on-point.

    Wishing you all a wonderful, magickal New Year full of joy, love, laughter, flow ❀

    • Astrid is one in tune bunny πŸ˜‰ i’m glad the shares are timely and supportive. ❀ i like that saying you shared too. feel good to me.

      thank you so much for your beautiful wishes!! we wish you a most wondrous and flowing year in every way possible ❀ big hugs and love

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