On Friday in the "Karen's World" part of my weekly eZine, I entered into some new territory, sharing about my personal life and the big man-attraction thing that's been going on for me. I must admit, it was the first time I ever asked someone to read something before I sent it, as I was a bit concerned that some people might not think it appropriate (even though it's in a very different section of the newsletter). My colleague enthusiastically said "go for it", and with some trepidation I hit send and off it went... to several thousand people - eek!
As it happened, not only did I get many great responses, I got less "unsubscribes" than the average week [there is always some drop off every week, it's normal, and we try not to take it personally : )] plus I got some really great stories which their authors have kindly given me permission to reprint.
So... over the next few days, starting today, I am running a series of "Hot On Raw" entries that you won't want to miss!
For right now, just to fill those of you in on what I wrote on Friday, here it is reprinted so you can come up to speed. And for those of you who did read it, skip to the end where you can read what's happened since!
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I rarely talk about my personal life in public, but now and again I make the exception if it serves a purpose. This week I have to share what's going on because a) it's timely and in keeping with this week's theme and b) it's so pronounced it has been a very sizable chunk of "Karen's World" this past 7 days.
I'm not sure if it's something in the air, something in me, or something else, but my goodness. Five dates in one week (- yes, five different people). Is this what's known as Raw Power?!
Seriously though, I have coached many women over the years around this "thing" that happens when we go more raw as females. I think men are probably more used to dealing with such primal concerns (!), but us women... we get the glow, we have the energy, lose the weight and suddenly - attention - big time. I wrote a pretty lengthy article about this a year ago (read it here, it's definitely a great one to read if this issue resonates with you) and here I am again having to go through my own rite of passage around love, chemistry and relationships all over again. Why? Well, I guess I asked for it. The questions I asked will remain private, but essentially what I've manifested is the opportunity to get clear in this aspect of my life.
I have to say that although I haven't spent a lot of time talking about my physical transformation on raw food, it has been pretty amazing and I really do feel as if I am getting younger every day. I wrote a few weeks ago how recently I got asked for ID (this is for under 18 in the UK) even though this year I will be twice that age... well, it doesn't stop there, as people regularly guess me at age 20-25 in the gym and I get asked for dates by complete strangers, I've even been chased down the street once and followed in a car twice! Of course on one level it is flattering but on another it's also downright unsettling as well - who writes the rules for this new territory?
So, is this raw-related? I think so. There is definitely something in my energy field that is alive and attractive and different to many and unconsciously I'm sure that actually says more than my physical transformation, although that no doubt helps... But it's a whole new ball game, especially when we give ourselves permission to dress the way we want (as per my post a couple of weeks ago) to reflect the way we feel.
Have you had this experience yourself? I know many of you have... But the point is, for a lot of women, myself included, unless we know how to handle these kinds of situations it can be pretty overwhelming to say the least - that is until we are clear on what we want and then can set the boundaries. So that's where I'm at right now. Trying to find what I'm looking for and the Universe has sent me lots of opportunities to find out! I'd love to hear your "raw girl" experiences... I've never seen this talked about before and I'd love to get some kind of ball rolling... It's definitely a great advert for the diet anyway! Answers on an email.
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So the above was written last Friday day time, and that night I went out on date #5. It was lovely, and I had attracted a very loving, giving, sweet guy, who became fairly keen before the night was out : )
We have seen each other since and I asked him what it was about me that he warmed to? He paused for thought and said, "I don't know... you're just lovely... it's your aura".
Now as far as I know this guy is not as cosmically-inclined as me but he hit the nail on the head... I can even feel it myself; this understanding of how everything is so connected just gets stronger every day. And I know from moment to moment what I am "putting out" depending on what is going on inside me.
Pre-raw I wouldn't have had this awareness. Being raw everything is so much clearer; we can read others much more easily but also ourselves. We know when we feel "off" and can understand why quickly and change path/ tack. Sure, this all takes time to master, but once you've got, you've got it!
2) Next event: At the railway station on Sunday I managed to get followed again! Young handsome man working on the barriers, but there was something in his aura that told me not to respond!!
3) Got three Valentines cards... and one arrived only yesterday - a reader : ) Thanks!
4) Have had three presents in 10 days from one of my five dates. We are "just friends" now but he certainly gave it his best shot!
5) The guy at Tesco that has a crush on me has started emailing me again... He found me on MySpace.
I think I had better stop there and hand over to the first reader who responded, and what a story she has... whew...