I don’t know about you, but for me, this year’s winter solstice was intense. Not only was the end of the world chatter abound, but I found it hard to concentrate and get anything extremely mental done.

At first this was annoying. I had plans, tasks, to do lists, but when I stepped back and allowed whatever was happening to happen, I found myself relaxing, sticking my nose hard agains the Metro North train window and staring at the beautiful nature of the Hudson Valley as I sped home from my cousin’s house, crying for no reason at all.

When I got home and got quiet, easing into my meditation, nature spoke to me. Yes, I speak to nature. I don’t mention it often here, but all us “weirdos” need to come out some time. And this seems to be mine.

What I felt as I connected was tension and love at the same time. The planet is going through major transitions. And we, being deeply connected to it, whether aware of it or not, feel it too.

We are experiencing the quaking of our mother as she shifts and turns to align with the new energy flowing quickly in, and from what I heard, we need only to hold on and allow, aligning with this benevolent energy even when it may seem to be ripping our hearts (and potentially circumstances of our work and life) apart.

I kept hearing: “Be with me.”

Like all beings, wanting to be seen – really seen and understood – is nature’s want as well. It is alive, completely generous and has a spirit of its own. It wants to be part of our lives; it wants us to connect.

And even as the hows of our individual connection may vary, that we connect is essential.

There are many of us who work between worlds

We have linear-apearing jobs or businesses that seem to do straight-forward things. But HOW we take care of those tasks is often born in the subconscious, in the abstract, in the right-side of the brain, so to speak.

We get accurate messages and hunches we can’t explain the roots of, feel tension when something is “just not right” and may often have trouble opening up, coming out and expressing these talents and gifts lest the world reject us for being strange.

These fears are not unfounded.

If a doctor were to tell you that many of his – accurate – diagnoses were done with the accompaniment of their intuition, psychic vision or the like, he may lose his job, be laughed out of his practice or ridiculed. There are, of course, more and more medical practitioners who use these gifts successfully, but we still have a major disparity between the traditional institutions of science and the more mystical institutions of the softer sciences that many more are discovering within themselves right now.

These kinds of soft skills were not appreciated or understood for a very long time. More seriously, people simply feared them because their traditions and religions taught them to.

Having any set of these intuitive abilities was often a recipe for getting oneself killed, so people stayed quiet.

And where we can’t disregard our sordid human past in this realm, we can choose to move beyond it and accept those gifts within ourselves.

This may be difficult at first, but I find that the more we share, the more we accept these things within ourselves, the more we can use these talents to infuse our powerful, left-brained skills – so hard-earned in the institutions of education and work – to help the world align, balance and provide sustenance to us all.

We have powerful, natural gifts lying dormant within us waiting to be tapped and expressed.

Many of us are already hybrids.

Many of us have had years of experience surviving in the old-world paradigms of rote education and drone-like office places while beginning to acquaint ourselves with the new, mystical side of life.

And this side of life allows us to connect to nature, one another and to our particular gifts and abilities.

We are the next generation of leaders, healers and parents

We are the ones who are responsible for teaching our children in a way conducive to planetary sustainability and our world’s survival.

So do they not deserve us to be straight about who we are?

Many of you know that I have worked with sustainable development for many years and have helped sustainable businesses take off. This has been my inspiration and drive my entire life. So when I began to discover my particular flavor of weird, I noticed that the planet and its survival were all over it.

Part of my life’s work is to preserve what we have inherited.

Gosh that felt good to say. 🙂

So what is your inspiration and drive?

What do you want to create in the world?

What is your legacy, gift and ability that can help us all?

With love,


  • Beautiful post Kat.

    Yes, it is time for us ‘healers’ to come out of the woodwork…

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Thank you. The “wood” and “work”. Well chosen words. 🙂

  • Kat

    I adore this post! I feel it in my bones, thank you thank you. And thank you for the gift of our conversation the other day. It shook some things loose (as I imagine is your gift!)

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Thank you Laura. I loved our conversation, which made me think: “I have these amazing one on one conversations about this stuff with people. There are more that ‘get it’ than we initially think!”

      Which contributed to this being written. Thank you.

  • Beautiful. “Many of us live between worlds…” It’s true and poignant as we, the bravest of souls, chose to be here during the transition. It’s not easy being deeply connected to the divine *and* being human ; ) My inspiration comes from fully embodying my soul’s intentions. It takes guts to step out into the world as one of those “weirdos” but it has simply become too painful *not* to be who I came here to be. I am a lightworker, healer and guide. This is what my soul knows. This is why I’m here 🙂

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Exactly. Thank you for being here and for contributing to the world. That’s all we can do; the rest takes care of itself when we show up…and stop hiding.

      Thank you.

    • Randi,

      It took a not-so-fun job for me to break through. I still remember the pain when I told my hubby and the soul-mate “my soul is dying here”. That was my last real “job” and I have not been dragged back by the well-intentioned individuals yet over all these years. 🙂

      Why take a job when you are made to do something yourself?

      Happy holidays and good luck nurturing your soul! 🙂


  • Kat

    You made me chuckle when you said: “but all us “weirdos” need to come out some time. And this seems to be mine.”

    I am so thrilled you have! I’ve been going through an unfolding of sorts as well. Still keeping some things under wraps but I know that will change SOON!

    I really resonated with the message of “be with me”. This year has been themed with opening the INSIDE door. All feels like something powerful is stirring about.

    Any who nature literally speaks to me too. Its glorious isn’t it?


    • Kat Tepelyan

      Lol. Yes. This is just the beginning. More and more “weirdos” means we become the norm. And I’m not at all surprised by that because it is normal.

      Your pic tells me you connect with nature happily.


  • Kat! I’m a hybrid, yay!!!
    You’re so right in what you say. It’s all around us (and in us), yet many people still don’t dare to say it out loud. Especially in the corporate world!
    So let’s be their leaders. Hybrid is the new black!

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Ha! Hybrid IS the new black! So well put!

  • “sticking my nose hard agains the Metro North train window and staring at the beautiful nature of the Hudson Valley as I sped home from my cousin’s house, crying for no reason at all.”

    that’s it: childlike wonder reaching past the man-made barriers, realizing with delight and tears that She is still here.

    it’s all of it now. full authenticity. isn’t life grand?

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Xo Kate. 🙂 you always get me.

  • I resonate with every word of your post. I like the concept of next generation of leader and I am vibrant about bringing more sustainability on planet earth. My angle and passion is to explore the ego and break free our limiting patterns of behaviors. My “how” is by writing books, fun cartoons to illustrate our human pitfalls. I’m also a consultant, exec. coach.
    I still would like to schedule half an hour with you, when your schedule is open. Happy new year!

    • Kat Tepelyan

      Go Carole!
      Thank you for sharing. I really like what you’re up to, and speak we will! I’ll follow up when my schedule is more flexible after next week.

  • Bravo! follow your bliss and intuition and everything else will fall in place.
    Thank you for embracing your weirdness, hopefully 2013 will get us closer to making it mainstream and helping others embrace their special talents.

    • Kat Tepelyan


  • Kat,

    The word “weird” in the title caught my attention. As one that’s roamed the fields of science (biology Ph.D, almost), business (formerly practiced as a CPA) and photography (currently), I am sure one weird child that my parents have. 🙂 I remember being a child, I overheard parents said how they don’t understand me. Well, there it is, it’s that inherited “gift” that hadn’t been “discovered” by the “normal” eyes/minds.

    Today, I inhale and exhale my weirdness and express that in my photography. Just the other day, in my client presentation meeting, I explained to my client why I loved certain images of her. And you know what, she bought into my weirdness and handsomely compensated me for that! 🙂

    Thank you for the post and I’m sure it’s liberating for the ones that are still on the fence and not sure whether to embrace or to deny.

    Heck, as I believe, we are all born as unique identities, why try to “fit in” and be a mediocre? Embrace who you are and let your true self shine through.

    Happy holidays,


    • Kat Tepelyan

      That’s lovely, Jean.

      Thank you for sharing.

      My parents just widen their eyes and get quiet when I tell them about my stuff. They love us and try to understand us as best they can.

      Keep being “weird” and awesome!

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