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The Main Theme for August 2018 is “Creative Pragmatism”

August is a complex month supporting you to think outside the box. We have an opportunity for new creative insights, help from unexpected sources, and a new determination to step forward and show up with choices that are mature and practical. Your experience this month will be much more positive if you keep your eyes on your own goals, stay in your own lane, and don’t get distracted by the accidents and drama you may see around you on the side of the road.

Right timing is also something to consciously allow this month. Impatience will end up slowing you down as it gets you out of the flow. Patience, on the other hand, will support the trust that everything will work out as it should and in the right time. Worry and anxiety about the future will only take you out of the present and you may end up missing something wonderful that is right in front of you. Practice being present and mindful, and be disciplined about any tendency towards worry and anxiety as it is never helpful and will only get in the way of receiving new insights and creative ideas.

The questions to ask yourself over and over again this month are, “Is it creative enough, or is it the same old way of thinking?” “Is it practical and grounded?” “Am I staying in my own lane, or am I getting sucked into a drama that is not mine?” “Am I keeping good boundaries?”

As you approach your life with creative pragmatism, you may need to cut something loose that has been holding you back. Attachments to patterns that keep you small and hold you hostage to old ways of thinking as well as outdated perceptions about what is possible will only get in the way of you moving forward. If you find yourself saying “I can’t possibly do that”, question this belief. Practice saying “I could do that”. This gives you the choice and the possibility of something new instead of shutting the door before you give yourself the chance to see what is on the other side.


Look at current business, projects and partnerships with a pragmatic eye and evaluate for creative change, improvement, expansion and revision. It is a good month to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions and ideas that download as insights where none existed before. You may find yourself saying, “Why did we not think of that before? It makes so much sense!”

Timing is everything and this is the area where right timing will support ease and effortless action while impatience, resistance to change or attachment to outdated systems may cause confusion, difficulty and imbalance. It is a good time to take a practical risk. It is also a good time to implement changes in structures and support systems as well as to revisit original motivation behind projects and revise if necessary. Don’t be afraid to cut something loose that is just simply not working.