Breakthroughing Through Limiting Beliefs

by Sheila Finkelstein on March 3, 2011

Today’s issue of Picture to Ponder is a breakthrough and a first for me and this ezine. For six years, my policy has been to only feature my photography and, on occasion, black and white photographs done years ago by my beloved Sam. The one exception, that I can recall, was sharing a photo by a young boy, son of a friend and subscriber, as part of a fuller story for the day.

Today, I am moved to share a few photographs by Irina Wardas who was a participant in the last Through and From The Lens telecourse. Not only am I captivated by the photographs she produced, I am humbled by her summary of what she got out of four weeks in the course. She went from never having photos that she wanted to share and not knowing her new camera to now publishing her own work on her site and on Facebook

I share Irina here with you today for both the beauty of her photographs and for the lesson of which I was reminded. We can listen to our own limiting thoughts, or we can stand in the power of what’s revealed to us by others in their reflections of us! Today’s Self-Reflecting Queries address this

Yellow flower photo by Irina Wardas taken while participating in Through and From The Lens telecourse

Dandelion puff photo by Irina Wardas taken while participating in Through and From The Lens telecourse

pine needle  photo by Irina Wardas taken while participating in Through and From The Lens telecourse

Photographs by Irina Wardas, CHHC

Through and From The Lens as See By Irina –
“I registered for the Through and From The Lens Telecourse having basic knowledge about photography and Flickr and no knowledge of my new camera. Though I had a Flickr account, I never used it. I did not have photographs to show.

Within one week in the course I started feeling my transformation. Our instructor Sheila Finkelstein opened my eyes and woke up my senses as well as taught me everything I needed to know in order to start taking decent pictures, share them and enjoy the process.

Thanks to the Through and From The Lens Telecourse, I discovered a new world around me and learned how to be a part of it. I also learned how to take a good picture with color, composition, content, and concept as well as how to use Flickr as a community for sharing pictures, having fun and making friends.

The most important is that I found a new way of relaxation – photography – something we all need in order to lower our blood pressure, have a healthy heart and feel balanced and grounded.

As a certified holistic health and nutrition counselor, I am very happy with Through and From The Lens Telecourse, because it gave me new ideas for business projects.

I highly recommend Through and From The Lens Telecourse with Sheila Finkelstein to everyone who wants:

  • to find new stress relief techniques for yourself and your clients;
  • to discover new possibilities and learn new things by getting out of your comfort zone;
  • to boost self-confidence and belief in yourself;
  • to get more energy as well as a sense of accomplishment for business or pleasure;
  • to find new ways of sharing and marketing your business;
  • as a coach, to get new ideas for journaling, writing, creating;
  • and I mentioned before, just to learn new things, have lots of fun and make new friends.”

Irina Wardas, CHHC, founder of and host of radio show for midlife women “Feel and Look Fabulous with Irina”

The fact that all of these photos are macro shots is simply a demonstration of Irina’s finding her “voice”, or particular way of expressing herself, in what she sees and the way she “shoots.”

The above do not reflect a particular assignment other than responding to what you, as an individual, SEE, both visually and viscerally. Photo explorations are opportunities to learn more about yourself and that with which you connect.

Self-Reflecting Queries
When I first read the email Irina sent to me, the following went “clunk” in my consciousness. “Wow. What a reminder.”

“Do I listen to my own limiting thoughts, or do I stand in the power of what’s revealed to me by others in their reflections of me?”

This relates to the oftentimes statements I make to myself (and close friends), “I really need to be more technically competent, have and use more ‘knowledge’, to be leading these courses.” And, I’ll continue with other distracting thoughts, totally negating the power of what I do.

How dare I disregard the importance of inspiring people to be open and seeing new things in their worlds, as well as making discoveries about themselves, expanding their own self-beliefs.

So to whom are you “listening” today? the internal voices that perhaps are holding you back, or the more empowering ones?

Is there is an area in your life or your business where you are not “hearing” the favorable, strengthening voices? If so, I invite you to query a few people in your life. Ask them what they see as your strengths.

Then ask yourself:
“Am I ‘ripping anyone off’ by not standing in and operating out of my strengths?

If the answer is “yes”, I invite you to take whatever action, or actions, needed to remedy this. Live into the empowering reflections others have shared with you.

As always, have fun, and please share in the comments below what comes up for you.

Remember also to check out the new page for the Through and From The Lens course. See how the course might support you. Read what it includes as well as what others, in addition to Irina, have said about the course. Some of my story is there also.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Morgine March 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

THANKS for your WONDERFUL reminders. I was in this very class and mesmerized by her photos. At first, I thought she was a professional! I too have realized I have been “ripping people off” by not owning my own brilliance and gifts and sharing them with others! We are each so Unique! I am a slow learner :-). Friends would sometimes share they loved a certain photograph I had taken and I would assume it was because they were “my friend.” Then I took a one on one with a professional photographer. He actually spent almost half an hour trying to connect with someone at Hallmark to see if they still bought photos, because he said many of mine could be used on cards! Here was someone who did not KNOW me! I felt so humbled and opened in so many ways!

Today I have learned to LOVE myself and my own art, regardless if anyone else does. Uniqueness and Diversity are around us in every person we see, every aspect of nature, every flower, tree, leaf, blade of grass, animals, and on and on. Every moment is a one of a kind, never to be repeated. We need to CELEBRATE ourselves and each other more and more! Humans are the only thing which attempts to make exact replicates of things!

Thank you Sheila for reminding us all to SHARE our Brilliance in a way that makes our OWN HEARTS SING for joy, because we are doing what we came here to do!! BE an original, not conform to anyone Else’s ideas of perfection, or what is art, or anything else! Let’s GO!! I for one am READY!


Sheila Finkelstein March 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Thank you, Morgine, for your acknowledgment, your brilliance, and for affirming my message and adding to it. You have been a great contribution to my life, in the classes you’ve done with me, your always support, acknowledgment and being one of the ones who often reflects me greater than I am seeing myself in so many moments and beyond.


Deborah Lee March 3, 2011 at 11:55 am

Great post, Sheila! It really hit the mark with me today. Thanks for inspiring me to continue to attempt to inspire others – even if I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time!!


Sheila Finkelstein March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Once again, thank you for commenting, Debii. You always enrich my life when you do. Your last comment brought a smile to my face. As I’m writing now, I’m remembering a coaching tip in a call yesterday with Michael Neill – – at the end of the February “Create the Impossible in 30 Days”. He said if we do not know the answers to questions, remember that the answers come from the unknown!


Paula D'Andrea March 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Brilliant, Vibrant Life!! Thank you for the view 🙂


Sheila Finkelstein March 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thank You, Paula, for visiting and acknowledging.


Misa March 4, 2011 at 10:23 am


Irina’s photos are wonderful! I’m so glad you suggested I stop by here. Quite the eye!


Sheila Finkelstein March 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for accepting my invitation to drop by, Misa. And, thanks for the comments. I absolutely agree with your comments on Irna’s “eye” and photographs.


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