by Mandi bugatti
My lungs were burning in a way I had never felt before. Beads of sweat stuck to my skin like maple syrup on a pancake. I was grinning from ear to ear as I gasped for air, and shakily raised my phone for the picturesque shot. I was halfway up the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs. Not only was it my first time at altitude, I chose the Holy Grail of cardio for my first hike. It’s a mile to the top with 2,000 ft change in elevation. My body said “bring it,” and that was how I began Katherine’s 30 days of Actualization Series back in July.
The week before I was home in Dallas, Texas with the urge to FLY. I quit my job in April knowing, trusting it was time to let it go. I was changing a mile a minute, but my savings was getting low. After 2 months, I was thinking I need a job now! Maybe I get a job, and then move?
Then, I got the hit to go on this crazy adventure my friend lovingly calls my vision quest: start driving and go wherever my body wanted to go, and do what it wanted to do, for an undetermined period of time. I was scared! What if I run out of money?! What if I get kidnapped while traveling solo?! What if (insert all the reasons)..?! I made friends with my fear, and 2 days later it was me and the open road, not knowing where my body would take me next.
So what does this have to do with actualization? I had been asking to move from Dallas for like 5 years, but was never able to make it happen! I was frustrated and impatient, but totally willing to follow the energy. Vision quest was my next step, and it coincided with Katherine’s class like a perfect storm. I let go of control as I leapt from platforms while ziplining in Colorado. I engaged with the elementals in the Sequoia National Forest. I destroyed definitions and didn’t know who I was at the Grand Canyon. I shifted into “being” the move I was asking for among the vortexes of Sedona-all topics from the series.
I played for 8 days and came back different. I continued listening to the daily calls, shifting, morphing, asking questions. I let the tears flow and relished the giggle fits as the energies and awareness washed over me. Some of the audios made me straight up pass out, and I would wake up with drool on my pillow as it ended. Those I put on repeat. Maybe I move to Sedona?
After the series ended, Austin, TX whispered in my ear. I wanted to judge it as not ideal because it’s not by the ocean. However, I learned from my trip’s flow that it’s the NEXT place not THE place, and of course it never shows up how you think it will. A week later I found myself in Austin with ease. Woohoo, actualized!! A month later (tomorrow at the time of this writing) I start my new job in a field that is more play than work, in a part of Austin that makes my body sing. Woohoo, actualized!!
Would you like to play with the tools for actualizing your reality? I am so excited for Katherine’s next creation: The Activate Now Series, and this is my official invitation to you. This series will be 6 sessions via Zoom, and you can ask your questions directly. What if the key to actualizing wasn’t what you thought? The magic starts with your yes, and the series begins October 10th.
Click here for more info and to register.
As for the Manitou Incline, I haven’t made it to the top…yet!