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GRATITUDE MEDITATION FOR TRANSFORMATION

AkashicrecordconsultDid you know that true gratitude is not an attitude, but a state of consciousness?  That’s what my teachers in the Oneness Phenomenon are saying.  Gratitude for external things like a pay raise or a gift is only fleeting; You may feel grateful in that moment, or even for the entire day…but if someone triggers you or something happens that doesn’t go your way, isn’t it easy to lose that gratitude?  Doesn’t that happen all the time?

On the other hand, real gratitude that comes from deep within, and is not dependent on what is happening in our life, is a state of awareness that we want to embody.  This is the type of gratitude that transforms each of us, and this troubled world we live in.

We’re in a world of tremendous disconnection from our Source, from each other, and from the Earth.  We’re lost and we desperately need to find the way home.  The Oneness Phenomenon path is not the only way to get home, for there are many, many paths to awakening.  However, it’s one that it powerful, easy to access, and definitely transformational.  All these reasons are why I practice Deeksha, teach Deeksha initiation, wrote a book on it, and am continually learning from the teachings.

Oneness University in India, which I’ve written about extensively in my book The Oneness Blessing, has been undergoing some changes in the past year.  The famous avatars who are most known regarding the spreading of the Oneness Phenomenon, Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan, have turned over the running of Oneness University to their son Krishna ji and his wife, Preetha ji.  Krishna ji, at age 11, was the first person who was able to transmit the energy of the Oneness Deeksha to another person, as the Phenomenon worked directly with him at a very young age. Now Krishna ji is grown and married to a wise, spiritually empowered woman, Preetha ji, and they have a child.

Preetha ji started a center called One World Academy in India some years ago.  She is known in her own right all around the world.  Her recent TEDx talk on how to end stress, unhappiness, and anxiety can be heard HERE. Now, Preetha ji and Krishna ji have merged Oneness University with One World Academy, calling it O&O Academy.  The anchor of the Oneness Phenomenon continues to be the Oneness Temple in India, for it is an incredible, metaphysical portal that sits on one of the most powerful grid lines on the planet, according to my teachers. I’ve personally experienced its transcendent energy and urge anyone who can go to India, to go there and experience it yourself. 

O&O Academy is celebrating what Sri Bhagavan named some years ago, as “Gratitude Day” on November 14.  In fact, they are recognizing a “Season of Gratitude” from Nov. 14-23.  Of course the 23rd is our Thanksgiving Day here in the States, so it perfectly fits in this time period.

Today, I’m sharing with you a beautiful meditation created by Preeth ji, which is designed to help move us into a state of true gratitude.  I challenge you to join me in practicing this short meditation daily from Nov. 14-23.  In fact, you may want to continue with it much longer – especially if you are a seeker of permanent consciousness transformation. 

True gratitude is a powerful catalyst for experiencing a love of life.  Gratitude ushers in great inner peace, a deep awareness of interconnection, and a state of Oneness consciousness. Preetha ji and Krishna ji want to start a tidal wave of gratitude all over the world!  Let’s contribute to that!

Will you be part of a global shift?  Do we not need it acutely now?  Please join me in meditating with Preethaji’s Gratitude Meditation – find this meditation HERE  on YouTube.

Please let me know how you like the meditation and its message, and if your internal state begins to change. Perhaps Thanksgiving will be more meaningful than it’s ever been this year – despite what is going on all around us in the world.  That is my hope and faith in our ability to shift the future of our beautiful planet and its abundant expressions of the One.  

 

Why the Goofy Hearts?

Valentine's DayDid you ever put your heart “out there” and get what feels like a big, empty, no-response from the universe?  I mean, a big, invalidating, nothing.  That’s happened to me in my dating life, in my creative efforts, in friendships at times, and in my career.  When we take the risk of opening ourselves, to be seen, and to be vulnerable, we risk feeling hurt when the offerings of our open heart are not appreciated or returned.  When this happens, our inner defense patterns and heart walls can get thicker. This process can start in childhood, when our inner-kid’s natural joy, exuberance, and loving nature got stomped on, perhaps by stressed-out, dysfunctional, or shut-down parents, bullying kids, or by the educational system itself. We learn to keep our guard up, to be like our peers, and to behave as parents, teachers, and other authority figures expect.

In dating, if we open up to another person, and they don’t match that emotional availability, there is a tendency for us to retreat to a place of isolation, resignation, or hopelessness. We take another person’s non-interest way too personally most of the time.  Truth is, it always has nothing to do with us.  But our vulnerable heart is like a friendly puppy – it just wants to love and be loved – and our ego-mind is like a soldier – it’s job is to preserve and protect us from harm.  Thus, heart and mind become bogged down waging a battle of inner-conflict, with an unconscious strategy operating to prevent future pain.

Staying in our comfort zones usually brings little gain.  To risk vulnerability and risk failing, is also to invite in huge success and greater happiness.  To be blunt, you usually have to take risks to achieve greater fulfillment and success (whatever success means to you).  Keeping our lives risk-free and playing it safe only serves to keep that status-quo predictability going….and for many of us self-growth warriors, the status quo is not where our spirit likes to hang out.  The spirit is always trying to move forward – to greater expansion.  For our true essence is a part of the universe, and as science has shown, we live in an ever-expanding universe.  The way of the Universal Spirit is one of constant change and expansion.  That expansive drive and ever-changing nature lives within our heart.

As you’ve been reading here, my friend and colleague Sue De Santo and I are giving a course called “Dating, Sexuality & Empowerment.” See all the details HERE.  It’s designed to help women break through those heart-protecting patterns and step more fully into their authentic, radiant, self-empowerment. When we break through the mental control that’s trying to preserve our safety with old, self-protecting patterns, our inner light comes pouring through. 

Having inner freedom endows us with an attractive force of love and joy that beams out to the world. We begin to flow with that ever-expanding universe within and without us….life brings to our door exactly what we need to keep circulating that joy and love of our spirit.  We attract the right people (including life partners), opportunities, and conditions to better serve the world and circulate our gifts, talents, and unique contributions.  

To promote this course, Sue and I made a video to put on facebook and youtube.  That’s what practitioners like us do to market our services.  Just part of the job.  But don’t think that it is ever easy for people like us to wear our hearts on our sleeves when we write blogs, when we promote our courses, sessions, and all the offerings we do.  Most of us who do this have had zero training in marketing – though we’ve had lots of training in the services we offer, but still this type of work seems to require continual self-promotion to spread the word.  That self-promotion is risky.  Speaking for myself, my particular shamanic and holistic coaching offerings are not mainstream, to say the least.  The older and wiser I get about the value of my contributions, however, the more I’m willing to be authentic, vulnerable, and open about what I do — in a world that is generally hugely resistant to change, complementary healing techniques, and vulnerability. 

So Sue and I made this video. Please check it out HERE and see the goofy hearts in it. At first we accidentally put a hearts filter on the video, chuckled about it, and then kept it on, with an intent to attract attention and lighten up this topic we’re teaching. To my surprise, it’s been received with kind of a glaringly silent, non-response on facebook.

I’m used to putting up simple photos of trees and getting a bunch of “likes” or “loves”…but I’m getting very little response with this video. The silence is deafening, as they say.  Perhaps some people are offended, don’t get it, or whatever.  But to me, it’s pretty darn goofy and a bit awkward to watch, and I thought I’d at least get a laughing emoji out of someone. However, I’m not taking it personally.  In fact, I’m laughing at myself each time I view it and see my own awkwardness and those goofy hearts. It’s my coyote medicine, for sure. Coyote brings me the gift of finding humor in my own silly antics.

Actually, coyote medicine aside, this course touches a powerful topic with very timely resonance to the awakening of the Divine Feminine now.  I’m absolutely in awe of the fantastic rise of women’s sense of spiritual empowerment now and I’ve always been eager to contribute to that awakening. From women suffragettes to feminists, to the path of the spiritual warriors among us, including the “me too’s”, this is deeply exciting and hopeful phenomenon to observe.

One thing I’ve learned along the way is to carry a certain “lightness of being” as a valued tool on the spiritual path.  If you can find a little loving humor about this mysterious drama of being human, it’s a very healthy thing.  And we know the power of levity at Halloween time, when we dress up to laugh at scary ghosts (the omnipresent reality of death), threatening pirates, ominous witches, and the super-heroes who fight the evils of crime, etc.  Or when we try to dress up like a 1940’s movie star, like I did in 2009.  I loved having fun with a bit of that Hollywood glam, probably because I needed to let that glam shadow side of me out to shine!  

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If you can laugh at yourself, and at the self-protective patterns devised by the ego, then you are not identified with that ego.  You are not your mind!  You are not that hurt, scared child who wasn’t seen, wasn’t appreciated, or somehow needed to be “controlled” by stressed out authority figures. To find humor in what is awful, sad, and downright life-invalidating, is to be free of those darker inner forces that keep us feeling frustrated, stuck, and less than miraculous. To be free inwardly is to experience the true bliss that is our essence, no matter how others treat us.  No matter whether they like our videos or not!

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  teachers always teach what they need to learn for themselves…and they usually get their lessons especially when they are preparing for a course. Being a good teacher, healer, coach, or therapist is to be a constant student of life and love. A good teacher is a model for that which they teach. I hope I can do that — I want to inspire you to live ever-expandingly beyond the status quo of your comfort zones in order to be a thriving, joyful human being.  We are not our fears, our resignation, our need to please, or our self-protection.  We are love and Light, eternally.

Looking for love?

photodune-6777212-paradigm-shift--xsAre you wondering why I am presenting a dating, sexuality and empowerment workshop now? The reason isn’t just the “me too” movement…though the timing with that is quite resonant. Having had my own, personal share of inappropriate, offensive, and abusive male harassment, like so many other women, I’ve had to claim my empowerment in a big way after years of suppression, inner conflict, and silence.

I had to wake up first, and realize that I had a voice and a right to boundaries, and that I needed to take a stand on behalf of my inner outrage and that of others who have suffered. In fact, I had to publicly call out a certain teacher I had many years ago, and when I did, about 25 other women came forward with stories of similar inappropriate experiences with him. But the details of that segment of my life is content for a future blog perhaps.

Right now, I want you to know that awakening extends into every corner of our lives, especially in relationships and in self-love. It’s never too late to emerge from the conditioned patterns we were taught by society…or the beliefs about relationships and sexuality, solidified in our childhood and repeating endlessly in later years. It’s those false, limiting beliefs and the subtle, but damaging conditioning that stifles our joy, and keeps us chasing after happiness in the form of external relationships. The truth is, relationships are really an inside job.  Yup, it truly is all about you! Since you can’t change others, the good news is that you can shift your own life, from the inside out.

Through years of dating, sexuality, and relationship turmoil, I learned the hard way that until my sense of worth, inner-knowing, and self-acceptance shifted, I would keep attracting the same type of unfulfilling relationships into my life. All my dating and relationship experiences have revolved around the dance of intimacy and lack there of.  What I took to be the “unavailability” of the other person, was really my own unavailability to myself, due to the cloudy perceptions that entangled my mind. These other people have mirrored to me, my own mental, emotional, and energetic barriers to love.

So as you can tell, this subject matter is close to my heart — and I’m hoping that it will also be calling some of you single women out there too.  I’m collaborating with a very experienced therapist and relationship coach, Sue De Santo, to facilitate both an in-person workshop here in Chicago, and a virtual class series (for out-of-towners and staying cozy-at-home in-towners). This exciting workshop partners energy work with energy psychology to loosen the grip of limiting patterns in order to expand your consciousness around relationships, dating, and sexuality — and change your life.  Do the inner work now and then let 2018 usher in that which your heart desires!

Here are the details and please spread the word if this post finds you happily partnered or married…or if you’re a man (this workshop is for women)….

                 DATING, SEXUALITY & EMPOWERMENT; Sexy is an inside job

         In-person workshop Sunday, Nov. 12, 1:00-3:30pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640  Fee: $49

AND/OR….

         Virtual, 4-Part Class Series (by teleconference) on Thursdays., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21.   Fee:  $219  *If you miss a class, you’ll have a recording of it.

****TAKE ONE OR BOTH CLASS OPTIONS!  EARLY REGISTRATION FOR ENTIRE PACKAGE (In-person and virtual series) – only $219 (plus a free gift) until Nov. 10, and then $249 after Nov. 10.

These classes are for you if:

  • You are a single woman, any sexual orientation welcome
  • You want the empowerment, freedom, and support to create what you need in a loving, committed relationship.
  • You want to break through old patterns using powerful energy tools and processes, including meditation, guided imagery, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
  • You want to ignite and energetically attract authentic love from within.

Topics for the Virtual 4-Part Class Series are:

  • Week 1 — The magnetic pull of unavailability and how to break through
  • Week 2 — How the kid in you sabotages romance
  • Week 3 — Learning to receive pleasure
  • Week 4 –- Flirting from the inside out

Facilitators:  Paula Rosenfeld, Shamanic practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, and author, www.fromtheheartcenter.com.

Sue De Santo, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker and Relationship Coach. www.suedesanto.com. 

FOR REGISTRATION and MORE INFO, CONTACT PAULA at 773-791-8425  or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

 

 

DATING ROLLBACK!

FreeMeditationLogo    What if you could turn back the clock in your dating and relationship life – in order to be free of the years of disappointments, heartbreaks, projections and fears?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have had the wisdom in your younger years that you’re acquiring now in your current awakening self?  Maybe you’ve heard the advice about “letting go” and being “open,” but are you able to practice these things? Or is a part of you shut down or disillusioned about dating and the desire for a fulfilling relationship?

I don’t know if it’s possible to recapture our innocence, but I strongly believe we can regain our trust. How powerful to be able to trust yourself, and to know that some kind of power greater than yourself has your back – and is moving you towards your good, if only you’d allow that!

Would you like to be able to offer another person your authentic vulnerability, trust, natural sexiness, and commitment—the authentic you that existed before you started protecting your heart and disregarding the higher wisdom of your spirit?  What a gift it is to stand in your own truth – to feel empowered, self-confident, and deeply attractive in your openness to love! How freeing would it be to let go of needing a relationship to feel whole? Wouldn’t it be a relief to stop stressing about relationships and simply relax into energetically drawing the perfect relationship to you, in the right time and place?

The problem with having traumatic dating and relationship experiences in the past, is that our egos develop compensating behavior to protect us from possible future harm.  Our perceptions become colored by past hurts.  We hang on to the hurts and armor our hearts to feel safe.  We come up with excuses (too busy, too tired, too stressed) to open up to new encounters and unknown experiences.  We fall into ruts of overthinking and subtle avoidance.  We’d rather just deal with the devil we know…for without venturing outside our comfort zone, we may just attract the same old type of relationship with a different face, but a frustrating familiarity.

You can break through this self-sabotage. Dating and sexuality is an inside job;  If you are a single woman and are looking for group support to break through your internal barriers to love – then I have some upcoming classes for you!  (Men and committed women, sorry!  There will be other forthcoming classes for you in the future…)

I will be teaching an experiential in-person workshop, along with a virtual course series, with my collaborator in empowerment, Sue DeSanto, LCSW, a Clinical Social Worker and Relationship Coach. We are going to be using energy tools to actually shift your vibration and bring you back to center…to rollback patterns so you can truly ignite love from within.  You can take the in-person workshop if you’re in the Chicagoland area or just take the virtual course if you’re outside the area.  I especially encourage you to sign up for both, if possible!

What’s included in these classes:

Meditation, guided imagery, holistic coaching, Deeksha, essential oils, and the powerful tool of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also called Tapping).  Together, Sue and I have over 44 years of experience.  Add that to the power of working in a group on shared goals!  Group support exponentially affects positive outcomes.  Nothing moves mountains like feeling supported, and Sue and I will be joyfully bringing our experience and spiritual gifts to support your transformation.

So if you want to start the new year empowered, sexy, and clear from the inside out, then please join us.  There is a big early-registration discount of $30, and a free gift, if you sign up for the entire package – the in-person workshop plus the 4-week virtual series.  Here is a summary of the class events and pricing, along with the registration links:

Dating, Sexuality & Empowerment; Sexy is an inside job

In-person Workshop, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1:00 – 3:30pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL.

4-Part Virtual Course via teleconference:  Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21

Pricing:

In-person workshop alone: $49

Virtual series alone:  $219

Whole Package (In-person plus Virtual Series):  $249 or….

Early-bird Registration by Monday, Nov.10:  $219 for entire package, including the in-person and 4-part  virtual course, plus a free gift!

 

One day workshop registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dating-sexuality-empowerment-sexy-is-an-inside-job-tickets-39029102095?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

 

4-Part Virtual Series registration link and package option with early registration discount:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dating-sexuality-empowerment-sexy-is-an-inside-job-in-person-workshop-plus-virtual-4-week-course-tickets-39026311749?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

 

****NOTE:  IF YOU CAN’T ATTEND ANY OF THE 4 VIRTUAL CLASSES, NO WORRIES – YOU WILL BE GIVEN A RECORDING.

If you have any questions about the offerings or about registration, please contact me at

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com  or  call 773-791-8425

and click HERE for more workshop details and facilitator bios!

 

 

 

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Mad Scientist unleashed

Image: Soul of a womanIn the past eleven months of working on a certificate program in integrative nutrition, I’ve learned something crazy about myself; I’ve now totally unleashed the ‘mad scientist’ within!  I guess she used to be somewhat closeted. Now she’s ridiculously passionate, unabashedly spiritual, loud, and apparently unstoppable in her efforts to get to the root cause of problems and to create change… and now she has many more powerful tools for the health of body, mind, and spirit in her toolbox.

I’ve got one more month of studies until I graduate, and I’m almost obsessed with challenging the status quo of health in America. Frankly, we are a nation surprisingly asleep to the notion of taking control of one’s own, precious body.  After all, we love control in this day and age!  But we’ve lost control of our bodies and, perhaps, haven’t even noticed; it’s all so second nature.  How were we so blinded by the cheap bling of processed foods and sugary drinks? When did we get so busy that we lost our connection to plants, our kitchens and the whole foods of Mother Earth? When did moving our bodies give way to screen gazing, overwork, and fatigue? And why do we wonder why the American soul is gasping under the weight of a major health care crisis?  WE ARE ASLEEP!

In the 24 years of my shamanic healing practice, I have been a warrior for your soul.  I’ve gone to battle with all manner of blocked energies, intrusive beings from other dimensions, lost soul parts, past lives, and that over-arching demon, Stuckness.  And as a Oneness Blessing Giver and Oneness Trainer, I’ve offered my humble services to Spirit to help catalyze your awakening and your heart’s declutching from the mind.  Spirit has kept me focused on the soul, for that’s the breath of life underneath this whole theater of humanity.  I love this spiritual calling and will never stop offering it to others.

Yet, Spirit has spoken to me and sparked in me a bold urge to also fight for the holistic health of this earthly vehicle for the soul…this incredibly brilliant mass of cellular structures which is the Body. Yes, this life is not “it”; our soul is eternal.  But while we are here, what matters most is the QUALITY of this earthly life.  And without a highly functioning body, the quality of one’s life can truly stink.  An unhealthy body creates pain, narrows your life, dims your mind and spirit, sometimes limits your contribution, and can keep you from being your highest self. It’s as plain as that.

For example, without the brain getting proper nutrition, blood flow, and oxygen, and the body getting regular exercise and sleep, you might be ultimately facing dementia or Alzheimers.  Is this how you want to go out? The brain can start deteriorating after age 30! Your memory can start giving you problems after age 50!  I mention this as one who sometimes can’t remember a certain word or someone’s name.  Better believe, I’m now taking steps to support my brain’s health!  Experts say the brain can be as healthy at 90 as it was at 29, if you give it what it needs.

And your gut, if it isn’t lucky enough to avoid gmo’s, processed and sugar-laden food and drinks, viruses like Epstein Barr, yeast, parasites, emotional trauma, and stress, it can fall into a state of dysbiosis – that’s an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy intestinal bacteria.  It’s as common to Americans as rain, and it can lead to bloating, gas, gerd, pain, cognitive dysfunction, and many diseases like Hashimotos, Parkinsons, M.S,, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. The gut is 70% of your immune system. How many Americans are aware of this?

These are just two common examples of what the American lifestyle has created.  But the great news is that you can take control of your health and change these sabotaging conditions.  It takes awareness, intentionality, determination, perseverance, and, very importantly, accountability.  It helps when someone holds us to our word, if we can’t hold our self to our own word  — which happens because the mind walks a slippery slope when it comes to long-held habits.  The mind sinks into resistance and sometimes languishes in denial.

For this kind of change in the body’s status quo, one often needs quite a bit of support.  Sad to say, we are also a nation lacking in a lot of emotional support.  Friends and family who could support us are often too busy maneuvering to be ahead of the competition, and to be ahead of Time.  Busy, busy, busy, is what we are.  And with what?  Distractions?  Over-commitment? How often do you feel heard, like someone was really present to what you were saying?

If you made it this far down in my writing, I thank you!  There’s something in you that’s awake or awakening to the need for change.  Perhaps you struggle with procrastination, though you know what you need to do.  You’re human…no judgement. What matters is self-awareness, and taking action as necessary.

Here’s an offer you might want to consider:  You don’t have to do this alone.  You could have a personal, very spiritual, ‘mad scientist’ in your corner to get to the root of things and help you to create the life of your dreams. Nothing feels better than achieving a goal!  I would love to be a help to you, navigating a path that will be unique to you, gently holding you accountable, and always supporting you emotionally.  Because I know that change like this isn’t easy.

I have, and have had, my own struggles with health.  I’ve given up sugar, caffeine, gluten, and dairy to heal this gut of mine. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer several years ago, and pulled out all the stops I knew at the time to heal the imbalances (using prayer, nutrition, emotional and spiritual support, and western medicine) — and was lucky enough that ultimately, when the doc removed my organs, he found no cancer!  That’s right, he actually reversed the original diagnosis of cancer in the medical records!

Was it a miracle? Absolutely yes!!!  But I also worked all the tools I had available at that time. I have even more tools and knowledge now. And now you know why I’ve become a holistic health coach on top of being a spiritual healer. Nothing like a diagnosis of cancer to impassion one.

So if you want a mad, crazy-determined, spiritual scientist to help you, I have a suggestion:

I’m currently running a holistic health coaching special.  I have one more month left of my year-long training. For the month of October, I am offering a truly low, low, low rate for a package of six months of coaching.  Why six months?  Because experts have figured out that people need six months to create lasting lifestyle change. You have to address the root of what’s out of balance. This is why diets and new year’s resolutions generally fail. People try to make radical changes but relapse to old, ingrained habits. What’s needed is holistic change from the inside out – not just in food or exercise, but in relationships, spirituality, career, and general physical activity. Holistic coaching can truly help transform your life.

With this current special, for only $150 a month, you get two (2) one-hour sessions of coaching per each of the six months, plus email support in between as needed. If you pay the six months in full, upfront, I’ll take off another $100.

After I graduate, the price for the package will be going up. The single sessions of life coaching that I have been offering, typically cost $125 an hour….so at the special price of $75 an hour, this is a tremendous value and investment in manifesting your highest potential for body, mind, and spirit.  Please contact me with any questions!  In fact, I’ll give you a free health consultation (no obligation) to get a taste of what I can offer!  So contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or call 773-791-8425.  Act now so you can sign up in October and get the discounted rate!

With Love and Blessings!

Paula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want Self-love and A Free Gift?

IMG_2516It’s been far too long since I wrote here, and I regret that fact. Summer’s almost gone! But I haven’t forgotten about you! It’s just that, in addition to my regular shamanic healing and  reading offerings, I’ve been extra busy studying for a certificate in integrative nutrition health coaching. Like many of us, any personal challenges this year are playing out amidst a backdrop of governmental, national, nature, and global violence crisis which seem relentlessly emotionally triggering, and downright hard to digest.  At times, it’s brought some people (including me!) to the brink of despair and coping ability. Our first chakra safety issues have been rocked to the core. We’ve needed to dig deep into our resources for faith, hope, connection, safety, beauty, and love.

Since last November, when I began this fantastic, year-long training program in Integrative Nutrition, I’ve needed lots of focus, not only on my studies, but on scrutinizing just about every area of my life.  The content of what I’m learning is all about the primary things that nourish us…and food is actually secondary nourishment. The fundamental things that most nourish us include relationships, physical activity, spirituality, and career.

When that primary sphere of nourishment is out of balance and lacking, the body’s physical health is challenged. How can you digest well when the stress of living seems so high? How can your body perform optimally when it’s not wholly nourished?  As a coach, my job is to support growth on all levels — and balance, inner peace, and fulfillment in all these lifestyle areas, including nutrition.

It doesn’t matter where you start to re-nourish in this paradigm, for all roads lead to healing of body, mind, and spirit…and that is the crux of holistic healing.  My own path has had a major focus on spirituality, but my Divine has led me to double-down with a  laser-focus on issues of the body  – because without the body, there is no vehicle for spiritual growth.  In these times when life seems so out of control, having dominion over what is actually most fundamental to our earthly existence (our body), is absolutely crucial!  Our precious body, which gives physical life to our eternal spirit, is under our loving dominion. Are you loving with your body? With responsibility for this body, there is choice.  And it is in our lifestyle choices that we truly honor our authentic, sacred self.

Since young adulthood, I’ve personally struggled with persistent, mysterious digestive issues and food sensitivities. In the past, western medicine hasn’t had good answers for what has troubled me. The study of nutrition and physical health, however, has been an evolving science. Now, many new findings are coming to light, particularly in the arena of digestion and nutrition.  I’m having amazing success with some of my own health difficulties, and I’m eager to share my experience, strength, and hope with you!

Even with the highest spiritual consciousness, optimum health is challenged immensely by many external factors:  the changing environment,  the stressful overload of information today, the unavailability of healthy, unprocessed food, a surplus of additives, toxins, random viruses, and, to a small degree, our genetics.  We’re up against a lot of challenges, but knowledge is power.  What we don’t know, or choose not to deal with, will surely affect the quality and quantity of our lifespan. For me, the quality of a life is the most crucial part of all.  I want to live as healthy, pain-free, and non-medicated a life as possible…how about you?

Given all these external factors, what a “pre-loaded” work of art these beautiful bodies of ours are!  In these times, perhaps more than ever, our bodies and lifestyles require radical self-care and consciousness to thrive.  This takes courage, education, perseverance, and, I truly believe, lots of accountability and emotional support.  To change diet and lifestyle in transformational ways that yield lasting results, is no small feat. It requires a change in consciousness and a powerful commitment to persevere.

As a consciousness warrior, I’ve been working for many years in the trenches with Spirit on behalf of the collective good, and I hope to go out that way when this lifetime ends – always a warrior. As you know, these are extraordinarily challenging times, these awakening times, and it takes guts to be alive now.  The dark energies within and without are not going down without resistance to all the fantastic Light.  It is becoming more and more apparent that we need greater physical health, too, to hold this precious, higher vibration of awakening.  We need optimum nutrition, sleep, and exercise for this new, empowered wiring of our nervous systems and organs.

So, expect to hear a lot more about my new endeavors in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I’d like to offer you a gift to celebrate what I’m calling my new “You Have Guts” holistic health coaching program:

man with a heart in hands on a white backgroundWould you like to have a completely free, no-strings-attached, one-hour health consultation by phone?  I’d love to support your own love for your body and your life!  We will discuss your health goals, and you might receive some new insights and inspiration!   Just drop me an email if you’re interested – paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or call me at 773-791-8425.

New Oneness Circle in Chicago, launching July 18

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This much-asked-for city circle is launching on Tuesday, July 18, from 7:30-8:45pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., Second floor, Chicago, IL 60640.  It will meet once a month, on the third Tuesday of every month.  Thanks to the generosity of the lovely Moving Life Studio in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, where we will meet, this circle is free, with love offerings welcome (money collected will go to Moving Life Studio, in gratitude and support for their hosting).  The circle will be led by Paula Rosenfeld and Betty Giannopoulos.  We will share the powerful, new Golden Orb meditation and there will also be a chanting meditation, both guided meditations, to raise the kundalini, awaken and clear the chakras, and deepen your personal connection to what is sacred to you, . No experience with meditation or the Oneness Phenomenon is necessary!  The Oneness Phenomenon is non-denominational and experiential by nature. If you are in the Chicago area, we hope you will join us for this beautiful community experience!

A PRAYER FOR DATING & EARTH DAY

GardenThere’s one prayer that I have highly recommended for years, and used in service of creating my own life’s work, but in one certain area of my life, I haven’t employed it. I’ve been afraid to truly let go enough to pray in this particular arena, in this particular way. That arena is romance, and my fear is that if I truly surrender, I won’t get what I want.  It’s not my preference to be single, and I’ve tried persistently to change the situation as best I can.  As I see it now, even though I’ve prayed for manifestation of a partner in the many various ways that I’ve been taught to pray, it hasn’t worked for a reason. I’ve probably tried to solve the problem from the level of mind that it was created by. As Einstein has pointed out, this just doesn’t work.  In my heart, I know there’s one way of prayer that I haven’t been ready to do.

I’ve certainly had my share of extremely significant and precious relationships; each one lasted until they were finished. Not a unique story for many of us. Yet, I found myself, recently, throwing my hands up in the air, and sighing the proverbial, “I give up”. I was at a new level of despair, frustration and, ultimately, surrender – exactly what was needed, evidently, for my Divine to deliver a big, wake-up message.

Spirit’s breakthrough message came to me via a couple of coffee dates that ironically validated the extraordinary power of intention to manifest what we think we want. But what we manifest may not always be what we really need. The dates left me dazzled by Spirit’s notorious sense of humor, and I eventually saw a big flaw in the prayer technique I’ve been using in my search for a significant other.

For example, I’ve wanted to meet a potential loved one who adores animals just as much as I do. Recently, I was requesting of my Divine that this ideal person have a dog or two, since my landlord doesn’t permit dogs. (I’d imagined enjoying them vicariously, so to speak). I’ve been longing to have a significant relationship with some pets! Sure enough, I met someone with two dogs….and six cats too, bless her heart. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to remind Spirit that I have a low-level cat allergy. My own two beloved cats (now deceased) were fairly manageable for my allergy – but six cats would send me over the edge into asthma.

Dating wake-up call #2: Because I have a few food sensitivities, I can be a bit of a challenge (in some people’s eyes) to dine with. But I am so “over” having to justify certain food avoidances to people. So I’ve been asking my Divine for someone who understands and respects healthy, mindful eating. Who did I attract, you’re wondering? I called in a date with a woman with massive food allergies, (which I have deep, deep compassion for), but her severe allergies include both cats and dogs. Darn, I had forgotten to tell Spirit that my ideal partner, though loving dogs, would not be allergic to them, even allergic to non-allergenic dogs!

Trying to stay on top of all my particular specifications and expectations is exhausting. I can’t think of every single angle, polish my prayers, visualize, and expect my Divine not to have a great laugh at my expense! Here is the big “a-ha” that came a few weeks ago: I’ve got this particular idea of who I think will make me happy, and what I think will make me happy… and I’m expecting Spirit to be like a corporate head hunter who will fill the slot with exactly what I believe I want.

It’s like I have a job opening, and I want my Divine to fill it pronto with someone who has all the right qualifications. Like it’s all about me and my wants … What’s wrong with this picture?

What I see is that I have it all backwards. I need to dwell on what I have to offer, not what I want to get. I suspect things would work much better if I follow my own prayer advice and truly surrender. It’s the “truly” that is really hard.

The prayer goes something like this, and you can direct it to whatever Higher Power is sacred to you personally: “Use me. You know my desires, passions, skills and talents, dear Spirit…Let me please be a channel of your love. In service, Spirit, let me be joyful. Let me add to the world’s good. How, and with whom this might manifest is up to you, dear Spirit, so I let go of the reigns and trust in your wisdom and guidance.”

How this will show up in my dating life, remains to be seen. I’ll keep you posted! I do know that Spirit holds a vision for me, and everyone else, which is truly good and life-supportive. It’s a much higher perspective than my own.

And how does this prayer relate to Earth Day? With eyes wide open in an increasingly transparent world, we all are seeing the masses of politicians and world leaders who, in their humanity, have been severely limited by the consciousness they hold. The world’s a mess due to consciousness that has been conditioned by centuries of fear. The structures that we have taken for granted are crumbling in the wake of rising global awareness and dissension. Ugliness and cruelty also abound rampantly, seemingly hopelessly mired and motivated in fear.

We watch now as our beautiful Earth is being destroyed by this pressure cooker called life in 2017, co-created by all of us. Humans have used, manipulated, and transgressed the natural world to serve our own needs. We have forced our will. All the years of mindless taking from Earth is destroying her. Many of us have seen these times coming for years, but have been unable to influence the consciousness of “those” in control of how money is spent to create this lifestyle we share on Earth. We watch in horror. Some of us march with anger or hope.

As in the state of surrender needed for dating help, perhaps you might join me in humbly praying to Spirit today for help for the world. My Divine has me  writing blog posts, contacting politicians, protesting, setting an example, going back to school to become an integrative nutrition coach, and of course recycling. I am doing these things, but want to do so much more. I want to experience more than give glaring looks at littered sidewalks, shake my head at unhealthy fast food joints, and walk past grocery stores filled with packaged, processed, sugar-laden saboteurs, waiting to destroy someone’s health and happiness. I want to educate, wake-up others, and transform this life-denigrating mess we’ve created.

I hereby pray, and please join me if you feel so moved, to declare: I humbly offer my love, talents, skills, and passion to make this existence better for my own life, the life of our beautiful Earth, all her wondrous creatures, and the generations to come who might never know a glorious late April day like this one (at the rate we’re going), with flowers and trees a’blooming, water coming from faucets, air that is still fairly breathable, and, thank you Spirit, organically, humanely raised food options in the store … because organic farmers get it. Immense thanks to all those who get the value of life, of all things natural, of love, peace, and beauty… and are living in their truth and not in fear.

What is your prayer today? Can you let go and trust Spirit to use your talents, passion, and actions to give to the world what it needs for transformation? If you feel frustrated, confused, fearful, or blocked, please consider taking a step toward faith and action. I urge you to strengthen your bond with the personal Divine of your heart, whatever that looks like for you – so that you can be led to serve, to give, to be a sharer of Light who transforms this chaos and destruction going on now.

If you are feeling that you can’t really “turn it over” to a Divine that you don’t trust, have I got a recommendation for you! There will be another big Oneness event happening on July 1 and 2, in Chicagoland and other parts of the country. It will be a rare chance to strengthen your bond with your personal Divine by leaps and bounds. It will help you connect, expand, brighten your Light, listen within, take action, and create change with your very own awakening consciousness. The event is called The Phenomenon and the Gift. The teachings are live-streamed from Oneness University in India with highly enlightened teachers. Please check out the Chicago event HERE.

If you want to see other locations in the country and world for this incredibly powerful event, look HERE

For the Chicago event, the deadline for the early registration discount is April 30, so don’t delay. There are even payment plans options available for this event!

Wishing you all a day of awe and gratitude for the Earth… and the courage to trust, to let go, and also to take action where you are Divinely guided.

 

Spring has sprouted!

Image: Happy sunHappy Spring! Life is all about cycles, and we’re now officially into a cycle of re-birth and renewal. Spring brings hope with it. I think many of us are struggling with that precious commodity, hope, in these difficult times. Thank goodness nature is getting ready to re-invigorate us with blossoms, color, and sunny warmth! We need it.

I was born close to the spring equinox so my birthday, which was a few days ago, always signifies something hopeful to me… a fresh opportunity to grow wiser, happier, and healthier. It turns out that I stumbled into a brand new endeavor last year that’s really shaking up my life with new focus and excitement, and it’s coming into full bloom very soon.

It certainly wasn’t on my radar to go back to school at my advancing age, though I know I’m apparently a life-long learner and late-bloomer. But I was guided to enroll last fall in a certificate program with an extraordinary school named the Institute of Integrative Nutrition®, or IIN® for short. Perhaps you’ve heard of it – it was the first of it’s kind about 25 years ago and it’s globally recognized for it’s unique integrative approach to training coaches of holistic and healthy lifestyle.

I’m nearly half-way through the year-long program and what I’ve learned so far is really eye-opening. Soon I’ll be letting you all know more about the support I’ll be offering for the holistic health of body, mind and spirit. This is just a teeny preview because I absolutely can’t wait to start this new type of coaching!

I’ve always been considered a “health-nut,” in the eyes of some family members and friends. Part of that was a natural resonance with the seeds of the mass consciousness slowly awakening to ancient practices of yoga, spirituality, and whole health back in the sixties and seventies, when I was coming into adulthood.

I know now that this type of holistic consciousness is radically in need of awakening in America. In fact, it’s dangerously in need of awakening in a big way! We have become a fast-food nation, overweight and under-nourished by the things that matter most in life: relationships, physical activity, spirituality, meaningful work, and unprocessed, non-pesticide-ridden, whole food. Our health care system is questionable. The value placed on disease prevention is minimal. Our health and food options are influenced by marketability, convenience, big business, and government. It’s time we took back our power over our own lifestyle.  Without good physical health, it truly is challenging to be happy, peaceful, and fulfilled.

I’m thrilled that I’ll be bringing forward a new evolution of a fundamental passion of mine: holistic health coaching that supports you in taking ownership of a healthy lifestyle on all levels. I’ve been working for over 23 years as a channel for energetic healing and reconnection to Spirit. Now I’ve been guided to help you stand in, and for, the health of your lifestyle; Because your beautiful, sacred spirit needs supportive practices and a healthy body temple to really shine brightly in its mission here on Earth. 

It takes a strong intention, perseverance and a lot of clarity, nowadays, to dig for the physical causes of disease and work through the maze of theories, treatments, and countless methods of finding balance within and without. In my shamanic work, we can find the spiritual cause of a disease or imbalance – but when it reaches the physical level of manifestation, one needs to address it physically, too. What I see, very sadly, is a lot of people on medication to control symptoms, not really addressing the cause of the symptoms which might require changes in lifestyle, career, or relationships. Symptom-control is profitable for Big Pharma, but not for you in the long-run.

Because of lack of information or deeply conditioned habits, it sometimes requires support to craft a lifestyle or make changes that prevent illness from evolving. The hectic pace and chaos of life now work against us. Many of us are struggling just to keep our heads above water – to get enough sleep, enough relaxation, enough exercise, love, healthy food, etc…. I hope to be that coach who supports people in listening to their own inner guidance and taking charge of their lifestyle, diet, spirituality, and exercise choices. I’d like to see everyone living long, radiant lives on all levels of body, mind, and spirit – and in a way that is wholly unique and pleasing to them.

In case you have considered learning health coaching as a career, or if, perhaps, you are just interested in revitalizing your own health and lifestyle choices, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition® is holding a conference this coming weekend and is offering a free livestream. It will be broadcast Saturday, March 25, from 10am – 3pm Eastern Time and Sunday, March 26, from 10am – 12pm Eastern Time. They are having some great speakers, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Joshua Rosenthal (founder of the school), and others. It will give you a taste of the focus, the teachers, and the philosophy of this type of coaching.  To register for this free conference, click:  bit.ly/2mPPluE.

If you have any questions or would like to know the speaker’s schedule for the conference, just drop me a note at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.  Meanwhile, more to come about my new coaching offerings. And no worries, I have no plans to stop offering all the other work I do and love….this will be one more tool for embracing the experience of being fully alive.

 

 

 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR SHAMANIC JOURNEY GROUP

Beautiful dove in a blue sky symbol of faithNEW CLASS SERIES:  EXPLORING THE SACRED BLESSINGS OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL

Via CONFERENCE CALL: WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 22 – APRIL 19, 2017

From 7:30-9:30pm Central time for first and final classes; 7:30-9 for three middle classesOnly $156 for the series.

In this telephonic, 5-week class, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the mystical, indigenous Medicine Wheel with a small group of fellow shamanic journeyers. No experience is necessary! You’ll learn shamanic journeying (an indigenous form of meditation and direct revelation) and meet a Spiritual Guide for healing, guidance, and insights. You’ll also learn traditional shamanic drumming patterns (hand drum or rattle not required) to clear energies and meditate with the Spirits of the 7 Medicine Wheel Directions.

Each Direction of the Medicine Wheel represents different aspects of life and consciousness. Together, the group will move through a cycle of rebirth of consciousness and deepening connection to All That Is. You’ll be able to see areas in your life where there might be “stuckness”  or karma, and to ask for spiritual help in releasing them, so you can move forward into greater joy, lightness, self-love, prosperity, healing and wisdom. You’ll deepen your connection to Spirit and your authentic Self, so that you may move with Grace and ease in the flow of life.

Personal empowerment is catalyzed, quickened, and magnified by journeying and processing together as a group. With Spring coming, this is a beautiful and powerful time of the year to clear yourself and to usher in a brand new magical and meaningful cycle of new growth and opportunity!

Register nowgroup almost filled – at:

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

or call 773-791-8425