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The 9 Year Growth Cycles (Part 1)
The 9 Year Growth Cycles (Part 2)

When you flow with the natural cycles of growth, you feel lighter and more at peace.

When forcing against them, it feels like hugging a cactus or walking on porcupines. Expecting your career or business to yield fruit on day one is like forcing a toddler to write a PhD dissertation. It's rather cruel, if you think about it, such insane amount of pressure on a little seed. If you feel constantly exhausted, you're likely fighting the cycle you're in, which means you're fighting Life itself... and that's a huge energy drain.

Read on to learn about cycles 1 to 4.



Year 1 - Seeding

It's the best season to...

  • Take action to plant meaningful and fulfilling seeds for the next 9-Year cycle.
  • Summon the courage to leave your comfort zone and re-invent yourself.
  • Put you and your dreams first (1 is the number of the individual), even if critics label you "selfish", which you are not.
  • Channel and use the surge of energy wisely, so it doesn’t stagnate or build up nervous tension in the mind or body.
  • Bathe in the feeling of vitality, inspiration, worthiness and even invincibility.
  • Follow your deepest yearnings for independence, originality, and freedom.

Remember: new beginnings aren’t meant to be a struggle, but a continuous unfolding of Life's mystery, alchemy, and grace.


Year 2 - Sprouting

It's the best season to...

  • Slow down to reflect on your truest needs, desires (if not, Life may do it for you...).
  • Enjoy the peaceful nature of this season (smooth sailing ahead!).
  • Trust that seeds are rooting strong footholds, even though this season could feel like you're watching paint dry.
  • Practice patience, perseverance and gratitude as projects progress slowly, but surely, below the surface.
  • Forge new relationships that are reciprocal and nourishing (platonic and/or romantic).
  • Join and invest in new communities who will support the fruition in Year 8.

Remember: patience is not a punishment, but an opportunity to refine your inner-knowing and flow with Life


Year 3 - Breakthrough

It's the best season to...

  • Inhale a breath of fresh air and reap progress sewn in Year 1 and 2.
  • Burst out and express the depth and beauty of your soul (voice, creativity, thoughts, emotions) personally and/or professionally, the world is your oyster!
  • Make time to be social, add variety and novelty to your new/existing relationships.
  • As things speed up, pay attention to wanting to do too much, scattering your energy across too many projects and burning yourself out (before you’ve had a
    chance to grow a solid tree trunk).
  • Use this season as a creative springboard to actualize your ideas no matter how “out there”, for the joy and spontaneity of it.
  • Let go of guilt and prioritize joy, deeper meaning and long-term fulfillment (joy is not selfish).

Remember: bank as much of this season's magic and simplicity as you can to see you through Year 4.


Year 4 - Determination

It's the best season to...

  • Dig deep within to set a solid foundation for big goals / dreams (“The taller the skyscraper, the deeper the foundation.”).
  • Take a break from flurry of social activities and get down to work, focus!
  • Streamline, tidy, organize and even automate earthly details (eg. finances, living situation, busyness tracker, etc.).
  • Accept that Year 4 can be turbulent and challenging (maybe even isolating) but that you can still navigate it with grace.
  • Persevere and focus on all meaningful goals / dreams previously planted, with as much joy from Year 3 as possible (this is not the season to float aimlessly).
  • Be practical, not daydream your limited resources away based on blind optimism.

Remember: this season is a necessary step (no oak tree got mighty by skipping this cycle) to strengthen your spirit.


9-Year Growth Cycle Quiz

Take the quiz and download the full guidebook to find out at which stage you're at so you can flow with not against your natural season!

TAKE QUIZ + Download GUidebook


With infinite grace,

xo, Ella

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Author • Ellany Lea is a success coach, master freedompreneur, and modern mystic. She writes about collecting the 4 types of knowing as a pathway to total freedom.