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CREATE – register!

Hi friends,

I highly recommend this course, zooming live from India, on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 5:30pm-8:30pm Central Time. It’s only $25 and promises to pack a lot of energy for clearing, clarify, and manifesting abundance in all areas of your life! See flyer below and register by Friday, November 20. Why am I urging you to consider this course? Because it totally supports the healing work I offer my clients and I trust its power! While shamanic healing brings you into present time so that you can move forward, we all can benefit from more support in creating for ourselves the joyful, abundant life we’d love!

The Golden Age Movement Presents…

A new, 3-hour, online program Streamed Live from India – this is an incredible opportunity to CREATE abundance in your life!

It will be taught live via teleconferencing from India simultaneously to over 40 cities in the US and Canada.

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020 Time: 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. CST

Place: on zoom in the privacy of your own home

Cost: Only $25.00 you must pre-register on or before Friday, Nov 20th!

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-incredible-online-course-to-create-abundancein-your-life-tickets-128524561423?aff=efbneb

questions: email Paula Rosenfeld at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or call 773-791-8425

About this Event: CREATE is a power packed experience of self-discovery and bringing our inner and outer perceptions into coherence. We are all incredible creators. However, we generally create in an unconscious manner, producing haphazard or undesirable results. Often, we fail to achieve the desires of our hearts because of programs and conditioning.

In this course, we will experience:

• Deeper awareness of how our emotions are affecting our ability to CREATE

• Shifts in consciousness

• Energy clearing & balancing

• Gifts and Miracles In this course, ancient sacred practices, powerful teachings, and meditations led by an awakened teacher prepare us for a powerful transmission of light so we can CREATE abundance in all areas of our lives. 

Contact me if you have any questions!

Love and Light,

Paula

My virtual office is open – come on in!

CREATE!

Ah, autumnal flowers! After a really gorgeous summer of hot weather, bright, lush foliage, abundant birds, and coyotes roaming the streets where I live, the wild days of this crazy, masked summer are gone. We in the midwest are at the very tale-end of nature’s exquisite seasonal transition into sun-lit golds, rusts and muted greens. Masses of leaves are piled up under the increasingly naked trees once again. When I experience this reminder of the cycle of life and death, there comes, every year, a mix of deep gratitude, spurts of great sadness, and ultimately, surrender into the stillness of winter’s long, slow, icy pause.

For me, this particular autumn had a spell of bigger-than-usual dread to it. In these midwestern parts, where the rate of covid is scarily high as I write this, the disease invited in a fear of greater isolation and imagined loneliness, too, as I pictured myself contracted by frigid temps, alone, and at home. I had many really happy, long sunny days in nature this summer, and safe, outdoor socializing which was lovely, but those days and opportunities are gone. I had to face the loss and face my fear of isolation, because there is no way around loss and fear but to face them. 

But after looking at fear in its face, I soon realized that for me, winter could actually turn out to be a rich, productive time. I could work on my writing, finish my new website (which will be reborn soon), launch some new classes, perfect my baking and soup making, file away my stacks of papers needing organizing, and maybe even get my taxes done by February! Those would be worthy goals, indeed. The prospect of getting this stuff done, of hanging in and probably even discovering unexpected, unimagined joy that the Universe has in mind for me – all this actually began to feel like something to look forward to. 

We’ve all been through so much this year. I deeply hope that all of us can harvest the courage that has come from traveling a really hard journey in 2020, a journey that’s not over yet. I hope we can utilize this courage to create a vision for ourselves – as our highest Self- and keep stepping more fully into that vision, in the times ahead. 

Have you begun to consider what you might want to create in 2021? Who are you becoming in this next phase of pandemic life and political strife? We’ve been forever changed by the intense events this year, and, in a sense, we have a fresh start; a fresh start because pre-pandemic consciousness is going up in flames like all the horrifying wildfires. We’re burning off a lot of unawareness. We’re waking up because we have to — we’re getting the proverbial bucket of water dumped on us and a long, slow whack on the head to boot. Of course some are still asleep and seem to be refusing to awaken. That’s a choice, or perhaps karma — though no doubt both. 

Who do YOU want to be now that you’re awakening? If you are reading this, you are awakening and growing by leaps and bounds into awareness. What stance do you want to take? What meaning do you desire for your life? What do you want to create?

Being aware of who we authentically are is priceless. Knowing our desires, goals, and values can point us toward greater success in manifesting our soul’s intentions for this lifetime. The things that limit us include hanging on to past hurts and conditioning, ingratitude, inner conflict, lack of self-acceptance, lack of self-love, and other forms of self-sabotage. Often we need help to discard the baggage, to reconnect to our authenticity, and to have the courage to persevere on our path to reclaiming our innate wholeness and spiritual empowerment.

Shamanic healing can help with this journey. The work I do is all about assisting you in reconnecting with the parts of yourself that got lost in the traumas of being a human in earth-school. This is a challenging planet, and the road to happiness, lifetime after lifetime, has been fraught with pain and suffering.  At this time on our planet, however, the opportunity to transform the collective consciousness is immense. Each step you take to embrace your authenticity, your darkest fears, and even the stubborn, stuck places – is a step toward claiming inner freedom, not only for yourself, but for all beings on earth. Inner freedom and inner peace IS spiritual  empowerment. Spiritual empowerment is TO BE OUR HIGHEST SELF.  This is the treasure for which we long. 

I’d also like to invite you to take a class that I think you’ll love — a class taught by my beloved Oneness teachers and live-streamed from India.  The class is called CREATE and the purpose is to help us to create abundance in all areas of our life.  I believe the class will knock our socks off in only 3 hours and help supply useful tools, along with profound energy transfers of Deeksha, to usher in the manifestations of our soul’s desires.

CREATE premiers Sunday, November 22, live-streamed, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Central Daylight Time.  The price is an amazingly low $25.  

Check this out and note that you must pre-register on or before Friday, Nov 20th 

For more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-incredible-online-course-to-create-abundancein-your-life-tickets-128524561423?aff=efbneb 

FOR QUESTIONS: email Paula Rosenfeld at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or call or text 773-791-8425.

Blessings on your creations!

Paula

My virtual office is open – come on in!

Journey Into Happiness


At Ekam in 2014 – the Oneness Temple in India

Can you relate to a day like the one I had today? There were  lots of texts and emails, lots of hold time on the phone, scheduling changes, time eaten up by technology challenges, triggering political news, irritated people, and, as Bob Dylan wrote in his famous song by the same title, there was “no time to think.” I’d add to that fabulous song and say that there never seems to be enough time to breathe deeply and re-center. This craziness can be the norm on the days when we are fully engaged with life – and the fullness of life is having its way with our overwhelmed selves! 


Lately, for me, life seems to moving at breakneck speed, with so many demands on patience, focus, and adaptability. Other days, time seems to be torturously and slowly dragging me through endless hills and valleys of strife and struggle. 


The answer I’ve learned is to go with the flow, and to use my tools very wisely:  I come back, over and over, to meditation, breathing, praying, chanting and ultimately, focusing within to reconnect with that which is my own personal rock — my own personal lifeline to what is sacred and sustaining in this unprecedented time.


Here are some opportunities to go deep within to raise your own vibration and reconnect with your beautiful, sacred essence:


OCTOBER 26, 9;30AM – 6PM;  JOURNEY INTO HAPPINESS.
  Broadcast on zoom from one of my favorite enlightened teachers in India. This one-day course is a personal retreat. It’s a chance to clear hurts, become aware of self-sabotaging beliefs and patterns, open the heart to greater love, and to receive uplifting, awakening Deeksha (a high vibrational energy transmission) from Ekam in India.  This event will help the mind to calm and the heart to receive more love, give more love, and contribute to shifting the suffering of this world. As each of us awakens, so will our world raise in vibration. This day-long course is only $49, but worth its weight in gold, seriously! Click here for more information and to register.


And a new, free weekly offering on zoom Is an opportunity to experience the power of Deesha:
SUNDAY COMMUNITY CALLS on Sunday mornings at 10am Central Time. 
Each week is a beautiful opportunity to have an immersion experience of connection and receive Smarana Deeksha from an EKAM faculty member from India. Ekam is the Oneness Temple in India, where I studied in 2013 and 2014.
These new weekly calls are open to all, so invite your loved ones to join you.   SEE YOU THERE! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88528922342     Passcode 833570 (you may need to copy and paste the zoom meeting number 88528922342 and passcode 833570 in. Make sure you have the latest version of zoom downloaded.).

Even in these turbulent times, inner peace is possible. In fact, it’s an absolute necessity! Reach out if you need some guidance or support! Contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

Much love,

Paula

4 days left for special pricing!

Are you in full bloom yet?

If your soul is calling you, whispering in your ear that it’s time to really blossom, consider that everything you need for happiness and fulfillment is within your heart. The challenge, however, when we’ve experienced pain, trauma, loss, and fear, is that we might feel stuck or shut down. We might feel overwhelmed, or that we can’t grow beyond the same old patterns, or the same old self-sabotaging fears and negativity. We might doubt our worth – feeling not good enough. We might find that our heart feels closed to receiving or giving love. We may feel the emptiness of addiction, and the loneliness of disconnection.

These states can be symptoms of soul loss. In shamanic terms, when people have been hurt or traumatized, a part of their soul, their consciousness, disconnects to survive the pain. When this happens, we can go numb and unconscious. We can have difficulty feeling our feelings, especially feeling the innately natural state of joy. The traumas of childhood and past lives can keep us feeling stuck. unable to fully integrate the painful or confusing circumstances of the past so we can move forward with the flow of life.

In order to integrate the difficult experiences, we need a higher vibration – a Higher Power – to intercede and reconnect us to these fragmented parts of our self, so that our soul can blossom with it’s radiant, natural Light. What we need might be a shamanic soul retrieval of disconnected consciousness, and extraction of the blocking energy of unprocessed hurt. A shamanic practitioner is a channel for higher energies to shift the stuck energy and restore adults, children, and animals to greater inner peace, health, joy, and spiritual empowerment.

I’ve been doing this shamanic soul retrieval and extraction work for over 26 years. It is truly miraculous. Each session is unique to the receiver, In these sessions, people are brought more consciously into present time, with more clarity and more heart opening. Heavy loads of the past are lifted. Relationships change, self-awareness increases, abundance flows more fully, and best of all, people become more centered in their heart and more fully embodied.

The heart is where it’s at, my friends. It’s the magic portal to real happiness, no matter what is happening in the external world. And we know how much negativity is drenching our collective consciousness. Working on expressing the beauty, compassion, kindness, creativity, and wisdom of your heart is the biggest gift you can give to the world. Empowering yourself to be happy will benefit all of us.

So for 4 more days, I’m offering $30 off a two-hour soul retrieval and extraction session. That brings the cost to $210. If you purchase by the end of this month, you can have your session in September. So let’s improve this troubled world, one precious soul at a time. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might benefit. Reach out if you’d like to discuss whether this type of session may be a fit for you. 773-791-8425 or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

With deep gratitude for the spiritual warrior that you are!

Love, Paula

The ruby slippers and 20% off

The famous poet T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem, The Waste Land, that “April is the cruelest month,” but this year, I’d have to say in the United States, it was March. Even though Covid-19 was raging in China in January, it seems we didn’t grasp the enormity of the pandemic until March, when we were forcefully shoved through an unknown portal which massively changed life — probably forever.  A curtain was pulled back, and we’ve been given an experience similar, perhaps, to what Dorothy encountered in the Wizard of Oz when she got a look at the real wizard, and realized he wasn’t the one who could get her back to Kansas.

Maybe we thought there were adults in charge who might actually keep things running more or less as they always ran. We thought if we played the game of life right, we might somehow predictably ride the train into a ripe old age.  But instead, we’re uncomfortably awakening to the fact that the power to feel safe and happy is not “out there”; it’s actually something we’ve had all along. We’re needing to learn this the hard way, by necessity. We’re being invited to find happiness within ourselves while the virus and chaos rage on.

Please don’t get me wrong, a paycheck and toilet paper are very, very fine things to have now. Scoring some t.p. now, or having a job, is a bit like winning the lottery. But, in fact, we might just have the power within to survive the loss of either.  I will call that power “Grace”.  It’s a spiritual thing, a gift of our Higher Self, and I think many of us now are seeing and feeling immense gratitude for the good we do have in our lives now.  Seeing our good, naming it, and being thankful for it, despite what’s happening externally, is the most important thing we can do now.  It calls in the Grace! Gratitude brings us more to be grateful for; this is spiritual law.

Just as Dorothy discovered that the Wizard wasn’t great at all, we see that the “adults in charge” are seemingly floundering and as vulnerable as we apparently seem to be. But when it comes to staying sane, grounded, safe and hopeful during these difficult times, the truth is that we must, AND WE CAN, find the power to go back home – to a sense of safety and joy.  We have to click our ruby slippers, like Dorothy did, and return to our inner sanctuary, where we find peace, guidance, creativity, joy and safety in the present moment.

The truth is that life has always been unpredictable.  We just were pretty much asleep to the full extent of that unpredictability. But on this almost incomprehensible scale, we’ve been awakened. I feel called to point you back to your spiritual empowerment. There are so many tools and so much Grace available to us, especially in this time of anxiety, fear and loss.  There is wisdom, connection, joy, humor and lots of love. There are people around to catch you – to virtually hug you when no touch is available. Don’t isolate, don’t despair. Instead, contemplate on the gifts of this time and please commit to keeping your spirits high. 

It’s crucial to do everything possible to keep your vibration high. Meditating daily, thinking positively, moving your body, and opening your heart are all very good practices to focus on now. Maintaining a high vibration is so important to your health.

Do stay safe and don’t entertain fearful thoughts. It’s such a powerful time to work on your inner world, and the fruits of that inner work will manifest externally in the days to come. We will emerge stronger and better from this time. Be the peace now that we want to collectively create — that we have long been hoping to manifest.  

My shamanic sessions and Akashic Record readings are powerful tools to use to heal trauma and deeply guide you into inner wholeness and rebirth. I am offering 20% off these sessions in the month of April. Please contact me if you’d like a complimentary consultation to discuss how these modalities could help you at this time.

For emotional and spiritual support, and consciousness expansion, I also recommend the following:   

1.  MONTHLY LIVE YOUTUBE FULL MOON MEDITATIONS

Every month, please join Indian teacher and enlightened being, Tejasaji, for a powerful live Full Moon Meditation during the Full Moon in India.

All are welcome. Subscribe to the link:

http://bit.ly/GoldenAgeMovement   (Same link to use monthly.)

This month, we will be meditating on Wednesday, April 8. Select a session below which is best for your time zone and just go to the link above. Feel free to meditate both times:  

Wed., April 8th –

1.) 5:30 am PT

6:30 am MT

7:30 am CT

8:30 am ET

Wed. April 8 –

2.) 8:30am PT 

9:30am MT

10:30am CT

11:30 am ET

2.  Also, for your daily meditations to calm anxiety, learn to meditate, lift your vibration and much more, I’m recommending two really wonderful apps: 

* Insight Timer.  It has 40,000 free meditations!

* Breathing Room.  This app includes a number of powerful, free meditations as well as a fee for other meditations, and there is a 7-day free trial. 

3. Lastly, there is another virtual, one-day, intensive, JOURNEY INTO HAPPINESS, that’s being live-streamed from India on Sunday, April 26, from 9:30am to 7pm.  You can find info and  registration for it by Kristin Panek of Flowering Heart Center.  Sit in your home and be transformed! Please check out the details and register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-journey-into-happiness-tickets-101236557268?aff=efbneb

Please note there is a discount for those who are repeating the course. I can’t stress enough how much this course has helped so many people, myself included, to clear old hurts, to love, and to feel joy and peace –no matter what is going on in the world.

Wishing you all the very, very best.  Stay healthy and stay home if your work allows it.  Praying for the health and well-being for you, your family, and our planetary community. Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of help!

Love,

Paula

FULL MOON SALE!

The Great Compassionate Light

As we move speedily toward the darkest day of the year — the winter solstice, December 21 — with Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa following shortly, emotions tend to run high. Moods can run quite dark too, with the dimming daylight. Often, people feel depressed at this time of year. Of course, there’s the additional stress of holidays and all the political upheaval going on. But there’s an opportunity to bring in some major Light, calmness, and peace into your life.  How?  One way is by hanging out with the full moon.  The full moon is Thursday, Dec. 12, and its beautiful shining light is a call to our soul to awaken.

*** I’m offering a rare sale of Akashic Record Readings.  For 4 days only, between now and Saturday evening, Dec. 14, you can purchase a one-hour, telephonic or skype, Akashic Record Reading for only $108.  Normally, I charge $140, so it’s a really great discount and my full moon gift to you!  Contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com to purchase a reading. Or call me at 773-791-8425. Remember, the sale is only through Saturday! ****

An Akashic Record Reading is a profound way to shed Light on your most troubling issues, such as:  How to make more money, how to find, recover from, or keep love, how to improve health challenges, how to deal with loved ones, how to move through stuckness, and what is your purpose in this lifetime. The more specific the questions, the better, and nothing is too small to ask.  These are just examples of some of the many issues that are discussed in Akashic Record Readings.

The Akashic Record is a vibrational record of your soul and includes not only this lifetime, but prior ones too.  In a reading, I work with very high-vibrational spirit guides to offer the highest perspective and guidance on life issues.  You ask the questions, and the response that comes through can be remarkably insightful, loving, calming and healing.

If you purchas a reading with this sale, you must pay for it now, but the reading can take place anytime through February 28, 2020.  This can also be given as a gift to someone you think might benefit. I will create a gift certificate. We can all use guidance, healing, and help now and then. Sometimes we need a catalyst for changes we desire to make. An Akashic Record Reading can offer all that.

Now, back to the FULL MOON; When did you last let your gaze linger under the full moon’s spell?  The full moon speaks to that part of us which sleeps in the midst of our busy, frenetic lifestyle. It’s speaks to our inner poet, inner dreamer, inner artist, inner wise one — that silent, knowing witness to this crazy game of life. It reminds us that there is something more…something beyond what we take to be ordinary reality.

My teachers in India have been broadcasting full moon meditations once a month on YouTube, and I’d like to share this opportunity with you.  It’s free and can be a powerful experience. There will be a short, high vibrational talk by an enlightened monk, and then perhaps a viewing of the moon in India, and/or prep to view your own local full moon later in the evening.  This month, you may have to get up early to catch the meditation, depending on your location.  Check out the times and links below. There are two separate timings, and it will be a great, high energy and soulful way to start your day:

🌕 Full Moon Meditations 🌕

Two timings, both on Thursday, December  12th:

(1) 4:30 am PT

5:30 am MT

6:30 am CT

7:30 am ET

(2) 7:30am PT

8:30am MT

9:30am CT

10:30 am ET

For the first meditation:

https://youtu.be/zW8gply4RRQ

For the second meditation:

https://youtu.be/t4znzG1Wv5w

Everybody can participate in this very powerful Full Moon meditation on YouTube. Enjoy it!

Wishing for you lots of Light and love,

Paula

What if air were the enemy?

If air is the enemy?

First, please know that this photo of me in the face mask is admittedly intended to get your attention. Since I have an extreme sensitivity to mildew, mold and dust, and the very wet spring and muggy summer in Chicago has spores replicating like crazy, I’ve acquired some mask protection from an allergic onslaught. It happens in a few areas I frequent, like the basement. The good news is that I’m moving in ten days to a new home. Plus the season will change soon and symptoms will abate – allergy suffers can relate, I’m sure.

But what if there were no escape from environmental hazards? What if our air, water, and food no longer nourished our health and well-being? What if the very basics of living became our enemies?

The mask is a handy prop as I write on this rainy afternoon, but the world situation is real and very serious; I’ve been trying to think of a way to illuminate the extreme need for global awakening and motivate some action. Many of us in the consciousness raising movement have been trying, for decades now, to motivate folks to work on their own growth in order to change the world. Global transformation must start within each of us. We have to awaken to greater self-awareness and contribution, in whatever ways we are guided. For each, contribution comes in many forms – including opening your heart to those your presence affects.

Personal growth requires some effort, self-discipline, and even risk, at times. But it’s easy for people to slip into apathy and ennui, to mournfully argue that it’s really all they can do to just basically survive in the chaotic times we’re experiencing. They throw up their hands and ask, “What can I do? The problems are so huge.”

But let’s look within and perhaps get a little more honest.  Externally, there’s the ever present, easy lure of delicious foods, all kinds of entertainment, drinking, drugs, internet, shopping…all those easy escapes that promote passivity regarding the reality we face. Yes, you might get a quick rush from “shopping therapy” or a delicious dessert, but the thrill ends and soon you’re looking for another thrill. Call them cravings, escapes, or call them addictions – they are a roundtrip ticket to inaction.

The words “longing for our heart’s desires” is thrown around lots, including numerous mentions by myself in the history of this blog. But at a certain point, and some of us are already there, what we are going to be longing for is not love, money, rest, or even fulfilling oneself – it’s going to be getting clean air to breath, food that isn’t toxically manufactured, drinking water that isn’t polluted, the sight of a bee or some other endangered species (expected to be going exctinct), a feeling of belonging in your own country, undefiled nature, and, in general, your health & life, as we once knew it. It’s all over the news: global warming, the dangers of electric and magnetic fields (EMF’s), food additives, water contamination, toxic chemicals, nuclear experimentation and threats, the epidemic of cancer, etc. Then we’re also truly at risk of domination by those who thrive on power, greed, and control – those led by ego, not heart. There’s a battle between forces of light and darkness.

This morning as I meditated on a beautiful vision of the world awakening to love and connection, I basked in bliss while also sobbing for the crisis we face; These times are a mind-blowing paradox. The opportunity to experience profound connection to the Universal Divine has never been more available. Awakening is happening all over the world. In spiritual circles, miracles are becoming as common as the sun daily rising. But it’s a reality born from desperate times. To witness the dissolution of life itself is terrifyingly sad. It’s a gift of knowing death more intimately, even as we become more intimately connected with the ecstasy of the present moment.

What can YOU do? What can I do? Here are some suggestions:

1.  Become informed about what’s really going on; Don’t stick your head in the sand. And please vote, when the opportunity arises.

2.  Meditate daily. For real. No excuses. A great app to start you out is the “Insight Timer” with thousands of free guided meditations. There’s also simple breath-watching. Just sit and focus on your breathing. Even doing it for 3 minutes, or better yet 7 minutes daily, makes a difference.

3.  Find your tribe: There are so many low-cost ways to connect with other spiritually attuned people. Check out meditation groups, non-denominational or denominational churches (wherever you’re drawn), 12-step groups, Oneness Phenomenon circles (personal plug), online communities…there are so many free or low-cost offerings! Call me if you need help finding some people you can relate to.  It’s extremely important to overcome any isolation you might be experiencing.

4.  Get connected to your inner Sacred Self and work on a bond with that.  Whether you call it God, the Universe, Spirit, the Divine, Higher Self, Nature….just work on that bond. A deep bond with what is most sacred to you is the miracle you’ve been waiting for. With that bond, a bond of friendship and devotion, you will be guided to what you need, and what you need will be guided to you. You’ll be personally guided as to how you can contribute to the greater good. Opportunities will arise. You’ll help your family – in fact, you’ll be amazed how good things might get. Get in the flow!

5.  Get help if you feel stuck:  There are a plethora of various types of healers, teachers and courses available.  One such course that is now currently being live-streamed once a month from my own teachers in India is called Journey Into Awakening.  It’s a one-day intensive, given in about 50 cities across North America. This month’s specific class, on August 23, is being called “Retreat Into Happiness” and the emphasis will be on awakening to WEALTH. In the Chicago/midwest area, we’re meeting in Wheaton, IL on August 23.  Check out more info and register here: 

https://www.floweringheartcenter.org/journey-into-awakening  The last day for the early-bird discount is Aug. 20, so don’t delay registering.

If you are outside the area, see a list of other cities where this event is taking place on Aug. 23 and consider registering:

https://www.journeyintoawakening.events/

Last month, I was blown away by the shift that came from attending this one-day intensive. I know that time, money, and effort are required to attend, but the benefits are huge. I walked away with profound quieting of mental chatter, a stronger desire, along with creative ideas, to focus on serving others more fully, happiness for no external reasons, and many more of those amazing, instantaneous daily miracles. I’ve felt that every need I have been experiencing has been answered and satisfied quickly. Some people have stepped forward, unexpectedly offering moving help, for instance. Also, unexpected money came to me, intense physical pain (from all the packing!) has disappeared quickly twice, and in general, I’ve felt such a close bond with my beloved Divine, that my heart feels like bursting at times, with love.  And just to top it off, family relationships are warm, supportive, and connected. How good this all feels!

Are you motivated yet? If you want to discuss anything with me, just contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, and we can connect about your own spiritual journey and how you can be a creator of change.

Many blessings!

On Mothering

In the 25 years of doing shamanic healing, I’ve worked with a great many people who needed to find peace within the relationship with their mother. Whether a mother is alive or deceased, biological mother or adoptive, and whether the child is young or grown-up, the mother-child relationship is a sacred, often complicated quest. I think of it as a long, pivotal journey that impacts most of the other relationships in your life—including your relationship with yourself and your Divine. This is the far-reaching and powerful nature of the mother relationship for all of us children.

For many of my clients, whether or not they have been close to their mother or have felt wounded in childhood by her, the relationship with mother is an issue we generally tackle. People seek help who have had mothers who were insensitive, narcissistic, alcoholic, abusive, neglectful, dependent, abandoning, over-worked, absent, suffocating, loving but exhausted, loving but abused themselves by their husbands, loving but themselves victims of sexual molestation, loving but unconscious, and so many other types of mothers.

I’ve never kept a tally, but I can say that most people I’ve worked with have felt in childhood either a recognized or unrecognized yearning for a closer bond, or have struggled with a need to recover from emotional trauma relating to their mother; or both. Furthermore, even if they were, or were not close, and their mother has passed away, there can be layers of deep, deep grief that need to be honored and integrated. Sometimes we lose soul parts when our mother passes away; sometimes mothers take parts of our soul, and usually energy cords and unhealed connections to mothers limit our happiness and fulfillment, as well.

Did you know that babies in the womb are actually affected by their mother’s emotions?  We’re all born into this unique potential for incredible love, connection, and trust with another human being, our mother, or we take on the potential for lack of attachment, lack of self-respect, feeling unloved, and so sadly, feeling unworthy of love.  Is it a role of the dice or fate that determines the impact our mother has on our lives? 

I believe we choose our mothers prior to incarnation. We choose our lessons, challenges, and opportunities for soul growth.  But when it comes to making peace with whatever motherly patterns we have grappled with from childhood, or even from past lives, the path of acceptance of our mother is really the place we want to land eventually.  With acceptance, our consciousness raises. With acceptance, our heart opens. With acceptance, we move into peace. With peace there is even the ability to love the unlovable, not only in our mothers, but very importantly, in ourselves.

When we talk about love, we talk about a power that imbues the living with life. To love is to be free of the past, to be in the flow of goodness, and to resonate with a vibration so much bigger than the traumas, childhood perceptions, and stories about our mothers that so often we cling to, well-past the onset of adulthood.

As a mother myself, I’ve been blessed by my daughter’s sacred role as my teacher.  Because of her, I’ve wised up and grown up, mainly because she taught me that real love brings up everything that isn’t love. As I raised her, and as I relate with her now, she is my sacred mirror.  I see my own patterns and conditioning. I watch her as she slowly matures into her own adulthood, and see that no matter how I might trigger her, no matter how she may judge me for my unconscious personality patterns, nothing can really change how much I love her.  And hopefully she feels that way about me. I see that same amazing power of love between me and my mother, despite the years of differences, judgments, and distance at times.

I think this Mother’s Day holiday, as mixed as it may be for people depending on their relationships with their mothers or their children, is a great day to take stock of what needs to be honored, what needs to be healed, what old stories need to be seen, and what still needs mothering within one’s self.  Ultimately, we will all benefit by becoming our own gorgeous, all-powerful Divine Mother; She who lives within our precious heart.  In June, we’ll talk about connecting with our inner Divine Father, for he shall have his day too!

To all who are practicing mothering or being mothered, I wish you the blessings of this Mother’s Day. Not the cheery, Hallmark version, but the hot, molten mother-love that rocks this planet and keeps the stars twinkling in the night sky; the Divine Mother known by all her many goddess names in all cultures and spiritual traditions, all over the world.

Honor the Mother Goddess in you, as well as the earth-bound, possibly un-awakened human goddess who you gave birth to you.  Perhaps you’ll see in her the genetic seeds of Gaia, our sacred Mother Earth.  Perhaps you’ll find her potential in Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction and rebirth, or Hathor, the Egyptian mother goddess of the sky, or Lilith, the Middle Eastern goddess of abundance, or Selene, the ancient Greek goddess of the moon. Look within today, and perhaps you’ll see sacred Mother Mary, or the compassionate Amma, the Hugging Saint, or the beautiful Avatar/Divine Mother Sri Amma, of the Golden Age Movement.

If you’re a mother to another being (doggie mom, kitty mom), mentor, generous donor, volunteer, loving friend, doting grandma, healer, or teacher, know that you embody the power of love, in all its many motherly forms. Happy Mother’s Day! The Divine Mother in me honors the Divine Mother in you.

25th anniversary and my own “Me Too” reflections

Over 32 years ago, I was a young realtor looking for a meaningful way to express my deep desire to raise the consciousness of humanity.  Every part of me passionately felt that as a world culture, we were in the midst of a vast, spiritual drought. We were hugely disconnected from nature, each other, and what was sacred.  There was no part of me, however, that consciously knew  how to specifically contribute to changing the world. In fact, I felt lost and overwhelmed by the enormity of the world’s circumstances and was struggling to fit in to the material world.

My real estate work did not feel fulfilling, and my biological clock was ticking at that time. In my mid-thirties, I got married and had a baby. In becoming a mother, I felt tremendous joy and purpose, but there was still something within, urging me to contribute to raising the consciousness of humanity. I didn’t know what to do with that desire, but Spirit clearly did.

A series of very painful circumstances resulted in the dissolution of my marriage. I became a single mother with a very young child. I could no longer keep a realtor’s chaotic, on-call 24/7, schedule with a small child who needed my consistent availability. I didn’t know what to do and prayed hard for answers about how to make money in a fulfilling and mutually beneficial way for my daughter, myself, and humanity.

One day, the answer came very unexpectedly when I ran into a friend who was starting a massage therapy business. I had dabbled a bit in learning to give massage (had taken a few classes just for fun), and my friend suggested I take formal training to learn to be a massage therapist. I contemplated that and decided it was a good idea because I’d have control of my schedule in a way that could support my daughter’s needs. Besides, I had no idea of what else to do!

From that point on, my career unfolded, naturally, in line with my passion to help others grow in happiness and consciousness. I studied Thai massage and became a massage therapist. I loved it! It opened me to a whole new world as a healer. 25 years ago, I officially named my private practice, “From The Heart Center.”  I also learned many other forms of energy work, including shamanic healing. Heeding a strong inner pull, I studied with various shamans and was able to share the powerful ancient art of shamanic healing with my clients.

Years later, another significant shift took place. After discovering the Oneness Blessing (also called Oneness Deeksha), and traveling to India to study with the founders of it, the opportunity to write a book about the Oneness Blessing fell in my lap. A publisher wanted a book about it; I said “yes” to another long-held dream, to write. I am so incredibly grateful to Spirit and to the publisher for that opportunity to contribute, and for overcoming my fears in order to do it!

In retrospect, I see how my Divine guided me through every step to the work I love and the contribution to raising humanity’s consciousness that I longed to make. I was also naturally led to become a certified holistic health coach, and embraced the joy of helping people sync their their lifestyle and health goals with their spiritual values.

The spiritual path is filled with so much synchronicity and unexpected blessings. Not much in my life has been pre-planned. Sometimes guidance has come as a closed door that forced me to seek out another door to open. I’ve had my share of slammed doors and scary moments, but walking through those open doors have only required taking one baby step after another — in order to arrive at a purpose I never could have planned.  It all starts with a very passionate intention and, clearly, Divine grace. If you reflect on your own life, I’m sure you’ll recall the many synchronicities and miracles that have led you to be who you are now. There is so much for each of us to be grateful for!

To be sure, like so many of you, I’ve had many significant challenges along the way. I’ll continue to write about these in future blogs, in hopes that my experiences shed light on your own. But given the current timeliness, I want to briefly mention my own experiences with sexual violations. I’ve had three “Me Too” moments in earlier years of my career, in which I experienced inappropriate sexual behavior from men, and confronted the perpetrators. In two out of these three cases, when I reported my experiences to some people in pertinent “authority” roles, to my surprise, in each case, over 25 other women came forward and corroborated similar experiences with these men.  I won’t go into details here, but the perpetrators involved suffered big repercussions for their actions. There is great benefit to calling out the truth. I hope that inspires you to share your own voice with the world.

I know these traumatic “Me Too” experiences have made me stronger, more courageous about voicing my truth, and have also enabled me to better assist others in doing the deep work of healing trauma. I am particularly passionate about working with survivors of sexual trauma. I would say that the vast majority of my female clients have had sexual trauma, as well as many men, of course.  Additionally, in working with past lives as well as current lives, it’s clear that we all have numerous kinds of trauma locked in our DNA and energy fields. Trauma can be subtle or very obvious; either way, the affect on our lives can be hugely influential. The shamanic soul retrieval and extraction work I do addresses all kinds of trauma, in order to restore our authentic, empowered wholeness. It helps us to achieve greater clarity, contribution, and love.

I know that there is a beautiful, eternal place of peace, hope, creativity, and love within each of us, that none of these traumatic, earth-bound experiences can destroy. It’s a connection to that sacred place within, an innate, intimate connection, that will bring heaven to earth someday.  All the work I do with clients strengthens that connection. It’s in that connection to our Higher Self that guidance, healing, and miracles occur. It’s very important that we all find this place of safety, joy, wholeness, authenticity and inner peace…and go there daily as much as possible. Ideally, we all will come to live there. There, in conscious awareness of our authentic Self, is the profound power of being present to the “what is” of life. That awareness brings us true inner freedom, greater connection, spiritual growth, and blesses all.

The darkness of the separation of humanity from Source has radically manifested in the external world now. The spiritual blight of lower vibrational consciousness persists, but it’s present right along side with the growing global tide of profound awakening. We can’t help but perceive the gravity of physical reality now, even if we wish it weren’t so, and it’s time to accept and confront the darkness in order to open ourselves to greater Light. We are each being called in individual ways to evolve. As always, it’s an inside job first. Each person’s consciousness, actions, and way of being in the world matters and affects thousands of others, now and in future generations.

As bleak as today’s self-destructive situations seem, there is a tidal wave of being “woke” in the mainstream. We are breaking through deeply entrenched unconsciousness. It takes courage and perseverance. We can’t go back to sleep, though some are clearly trying like heck to maintain the status quo, or even worse.

Being awake to the greater role we play in the transformation of the world requires inner work first, along with grace. We must recognize our hurts and wounds, and take steps to heal them. We must take action where our inner voice guides us, and we must call in help from whatever higher Source is sacred and meaningful to each of us.

I’ve been offering my services, from my heart to yours, for over 25 years, to support you in your quest for healing trauma, taking action, and connecting with whatever Sacred Source you’re called to. A shaman is an intercessor between humans and Spirit; The work I do is always to connect you with what is uniquely sacred to you and support you in moving forward to wherever you’re being called. There is no better time to grow in consciousness and joy. If you’d like to have a complimentary conversation with me to discuss how my services might help you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or 773-791-8425.

Thank you for being open, for being pulled into awakening awareness, and for spreading the word that that help is available to transform your own life first…and then the world! No matter what is going on in our country and the world, please know that you are being drawn to a state of greater joy, aliveness, and inner peace. Have faith, expect miracles, and remember to take it one step at a time!

Third Tuesday Oneness Deeksha Circle

Come to our beautiful Chicago location at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago (east side of Ravenswood tracks).   We meet for meditation and the Oneness Deeksha, from 7:30-9pm, on the Third Tuesday of each month!  The upcoming circle is on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, from 7:30-9:00pm.

Feel the support of community as we raise our vibration and ground ourselves in the powerful, healing vibration of the heart!  All are welcome, no experience necessary.

You’ll be guided to experience different meditations, and then you will receive an energy transmission known as Deeksha (also called Oneness Blessing), which supports a shift in the functioning of the brain, as seen in long-time meditators. The fight-or-flight area of the brain is subdued, and the frontal lobe (the area of unity and peace) is activated.  Experience how profoundly clear you feel when that constant inner chatter quiets. peace and joy emerge, and the heart begins to flower. Our true nature is bliss, and Deeksha supports a return to our authentic nature.

No charge  – love donations gratefully accepted.