From meditation

Happiness

We just found out that the October 26 Journey Into Happiness course will be the final time this previously monthly course will be offered — so I want to suggest one more time that you register for it.  I can’t say enough about how valuable this course has been in my life and the lives of so many others. I urge you to sign up.. It’s only $49 for an entire day – so inexpensive for the potentially transformational benefits it brings to you. For more information on logistics and to register, click here


I’ve personally experienced many major changes from this course! I feel much more in the flow of love, abundance, clarity, and improved health. It seems that the Universe responds breathtakingly quickly to my needs. Even though there is fear, anger and political discord around us daily, the connection to what is sacred, stabilizing, and loving to me, personally, is unwavering.  I call these signs of being happy and I want you to feel this way too! For me, happiness exists in a state of present-moment self-awareness and self-love, and the experience of living with purpose, heart-open connection, and gratitude for both the good and difficult things that life has delivered and keeps delivering….this is inner peace.

The Journey Into Happiness course teaches us about the nature of the ego-mind, and supports us in clearing the deeply ingrained neural pathways of the mind — habitual pathways which keep us locked up in a self-created jail of blame, hurt, and suffering.

Without seeing the nature of the ego-mind itself, and experiencing that we are not our mind, we may have a difficult time feeling like we are fully alive. We might feel stuck in feelings of frustration, confusion, or numbness. We may be locked into a false idea of life, based on old hurts, limiting patterns, fear, judgment, and all the stories of who we think we are; all created by the ego. 

The mind is a story-teller, but the stories are illusions.  If this sounds too abstract for you, just think about the last time you went to a movie and got completely absorbed into the plot and the movie characters who came to life.  This is how the ego operates, as a very clever story-teller.  We think our stories are the truth. Unfortunately, the stories about ourself and our world usually create suffering in our lives, rather than happiness.

What does happiness mean to you? If you find yourself thinking,”I’ll be happy when ______ ” (fill in the blank)., know that this kind of illusionary thinking traps us in unhappiness. For part of the nature of the mind is to be always craving something else, something more, and believing that something will finally make us happy.  But happiness is an inside job.  It can’t be attained simply by acquiring an external thing.  We must cultivate an experience of living in the present moment, or we will be caught up in the story, not awake to the living essence of life. 

We all can easily fall into our illusionary worlds because of the mind’s nature. We have a human mind that is programmed like a computer. We are unconscious of the programs. Like hamsters on treadmills, our programming has us chasing after our idea of what we think we need to feel happy.  Whether you think you need to lose weight, get a spouse, or make more money, those desires, as legitimate and valuable as they are in themselves, will not bring you any lasting happiness when you’ve achieved them. Like I said, the mind always wants more. Please do seek to fulfill your dreams and goals, but please also take a hard look at the nature of your own mind and conditioned beliefs, so you can step outside of the self-sabotage!

When you observe your mind at work, noticing the constant chatter of judgmental comments, assumptions, and inner self-abuse, you will be able to see that inside your head is a self-generating negativity machine.  Unfortunately, without the awareness of this inner chatterbox’s power to shape our reality, we are dominated and sabotaged by it.  We identify with our thoughts, thinking that the defense mechanisms we’ve spent a life time cultivating, actually serve our well-being.  They don’t.  Generally, they keep us from love, connection, creativity, and abundance. 

When we become aware of the ego-mind, with all its techniques and strategies for protection from pain,  we penetrate its powerful smokescreen. Voila, behind all that smoke is one’s true nature – the essence of spirit and essence of all life.  Behind the smokescreen lies a sacred higher intelligence that sees, loves, and is the energy of every living thing.  This sacred intelligence is in you, as you, imbuing your self-awareness with abundant life and peace. 

I invite you to experience your true nature and shift those unconscious false beliefs and self-sabotaging patterns that hinder your inner peace. This course will help you. Take this course and for one special day, take a deep dive into the Universe’s mystical, as well as practical, very loving embrace. PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 23.  Register here: If you have any questions about the course, or are wondering if you might benefit from it, please reach out by phone or email to me at: 773-791-8425 or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.  

Love and Light!

Paula

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

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

Death, Strength & a 20% off SALE

Perhaps if you’re like me, some days you are waking up in denial and other days you are waking up with low-level uneasiness, anxiety, or abject fear. Any of these would be normal now.  I’ve been waking up often with thoughts of “another day in captivity…another day in this weird new world.” Mainly I’m aware that anxiety has been haunting my dreams. So I follow my morning routine for comfort – I go meditate (which quiets the mind and brings me back to joy), and have my lovely green tea and the homemade paleo muffins I make for myself.  To be totally honest, I think it’s the promise of the muffins that helps me most to start the day.

All around us are numbers: Numbers of cases, numbers of deaths. Has death ever been such a daily companion for most of us?  We’ve read about pandemics in other years and other lands. We’ve heard of massacres, tsunamis, and other tragedies.  We’ve had many deaths of friends and loved ones, including those struck by H.I.V. when that broke open, or so prevalently in recent decades, by cancer. But those deaths seemed far away or few between, compared to the possibility that, on a global scale, a huge number of us may currently meet death via Covid19 sooner than we ever imagined…or that we may get that call about someone we love who has a fever and dry cough or was exposed to the virus. Now, death is on our minds a lot.

Death had entered my life in a prominent way in the autumn of 2019, even before Covid19 hit the U.S.  My father became very ill, in October, with heart failure. I thought we would lose him at least three separate occasions during that time. The family fought along with him, when he was in and out of the hospital almost every other week, through every new procedure and attempt to help his heart, lungs, kidney, and digestion rally. We fought with him when he spent two weeks in the hospital, four weeks in a nursing home, and none of it forestalled death much. I’m very sad to say that on March 27, last week, my precious, irreplaceable, father died. Ultimately, at age 92, his body just gave out. His time on earth abruptly ended and he passed away at home, spared of further suffering, and spared of exposure to Covid19, thank goodness. 

I had been acutely grieving the potential loss of my father since October, but when he made his transition, I knew it was time to write about death. I know that death is not an easy, topic. It’s not what people are generally offering on the internet now. Those uplifting, virtual talks, meditations, and gatherings are extremely important. We all need to find our way to strength, connection, and hope as much as possible.  But I’m inviting you to also find more ease with death now. I believe it is crucial to the future existence of humanity.   

As we befriend our mortality, there are gifts one can never reap while in denial of death’s immense presence; We feel the incredible blessing of life and the need to cherish each one of our days alive. We start to see the pure miracle of each living being and we feel their hearts in our heart. We connect with the glorious wonder and healing of nature, and we humbly awaken to our place in the Universe. We stop taking life for granted.

If ever there was a time to turn inward, to experience life with much more awareness and gratitude, and to explore our true Self, this is it.  Our true Self is our Immortal Self, which shines brightly within this garment we call the physical body. Our Immortal Self knows death because the Self exists in both death and life. That is what real wholeness is. This life we are experiencing is the manifestation of the Oneness of All That Is, and that All includes death.

Our old ways of living are, in fact, dying or dead. We are suddenly in a daily state of loss, — loss of touch and companionship if you live alone, loss of enjoyment and entertainment, like parties, sporting events, movie theaters, and concerts. Children have lost school. We’ve lost whole lifestyles. And as I’ve discovered, there is no satisfying opportunity to have a funeral or memorial service, at a time when we truly need to honor our loved ones who have passed – and we crave the hugs of those who could comfort us, even more than usual.

However, to live fully and to experience our losses with awareness and compassion, we need to walk hand and hand with death. We have to accept that this is the current “what is” of life. Awakening into the complexity, richness and paradox of life, we have to see that there could be no Yin in life without the Yang. There could be no light without the darkness. There is huge darkness now, but there is also huge Light.  To really know both intimately, we have to look within first. We have to see fear in action in the mind. We have to grieve, and to heal our loss and trauma. We have to retrieve those parts of ourselves that got lost in the process of growing older. We have to come back to joy. Otherwise, what we will experience “out there” is a horror show where the monster Fear is the victor. Let us all choose rebirth instead. Take the opportunity now to reconnect with your Inner Light for strength, hope, healing and most of all, to flourish in the future that is now being reorganized.

Know that the course of humanity has been changed. The path we were on has been redirected.  Where does one find strength and safety amidst all this loss and change? You won’t find it in a pile of toilet paper rolls or numerous bottles of rubbing alcohol, or disinfectant wipes.  I’m not saying those aren’t important, because they are. I’m just saying that your strength and safety lies within.

My work is to help you navigate the Deep, Vast Within. It’s my true passion and pleasure to help you explore your spiritual connection, your losses and trauma, and to help you find your strength and ability to flourish in this time of challenge and change.  We need a global rise in vibration, a surge of spiritual empowerment like never seen before.  I offer my services, with all my heart, as your guide and conduit to Spirit, on the journey of awakening to inner peace, no matter what is happening externally. This time is a powerful doorway to tremendous transformation. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to come out of slumber, out of habitual patterns, out of self-limiting conditioning — and make the absolute most of this extraordinary experience called living.

And now for the sale part!  If you’re still reading this, thank you, and I invite you to leap into vaster freedom, even while you are at home. Don’t isolate. Don’t shut down. I invite you into intimate connection with the love of Spirit that you may never have known you needed so much, before now.  Because we all need that now and always have.  My virtual services of shamanic soul retrieval & extraction and Akashic Record reading are 20% off for the month of April.  I’ve been working virtually for 27 years – using phone or skype. Distance is no obstacle to energy work and transformation.  

If you’d like to discuss how my services may be a fit for you, please contact me to set up a complimentary phone call, or if you are ready to make an appointment, please email me at:  paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

Stay home, stay healthy, and let’s get connected!

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

Where Is The Stuckness In You?

As I write this, during the evening of January 24, our federal government is still stuck in a big, ugly quagmire of polarization. It was a disappointing day when the votes were tallied, and a bill wasn’t passed that would end the shutdown. We’re witnessing a massive battle among those with power, our elected representatives, who are currently representing huge political divides among the American people.  But there is one fact I haven’t seen mentioned on mainstream media about this polarization. As a spiritually-driven American, and I do believe I’m in the minority, to me there is a proverbial elephant in the room — and I don’t mean a Republican!

What’s not being talked about it that spiritually speaking, since we are One, there is clearly a huge polarization within each of us. That’s right, spiritual speaking, we are, in fact, one being:  one mind, one heart, one consciousness, One.  This is where theory and reality, spirituality and science, in fact, come together and agree.  We are particles of energy in one big sea of energy.  Without going into the details of quantum physics, let me just say what the enlightened ones know:  There really is no separation between you and me in consciousness. The thoughts in your mind are the same thoughts that parade through mine.

The polarization we are seeing “out there” reflects the polarization within. The spiritual law is, “as within, so without, and as without, so within.”  Much of the time, we forget this.  We so often paint ourselves as the good one, and those other folks are the bad ones.  Even in our intimate relationships, we often need to be right, and thus making our beloveds wrong. Take a look within and think about a hurt you might be harboring about someone or something from the past.  Who was the right one? Who was the victim? Who was unfair? That’s the stuff that hurt is made of!

Who are we Americans? We are a conglomeration of our beliefs, conditioned responses, educational (or non-educational) inheritances, ancestral traditions, and all the other influences on the many personalities we “One” wear. What we each believe is based on all sorts of almost seemingly random influences. If we can’t understand why these political parties can’t find common ground with each other, ask yourself why you can’t always agree within yourself about what to eat, where to go, what to say, and so forth. Or take a look at the inner conflict we have about our partners, parents, co-workers, our self, our self-worth. If we sit down to contemplate or meditate, when we can find a moment of quiet, we can look inside and see, clear as day, a lot of very polarized dissent happening right within our minds, constantly.

When we become courageously self-aware, we see with greater and greater clarity the constant inner conflict we all suffer from.  We see that there is a war between good and bad, right and wrong, dominance and submission, control and surrender within our mind. It’s like the backdrop of our life, though. We are so used to it that we don’t even notice how conflicted we are, and how much stress we generate within ourselves. No wonder we love yoga classes, soothing music, meditation, wine, drugs,and all things that temporarily calm and quiet the mind.  it’s such a relief when the mind stops its inner contentiousness and just gets peaceful.  This is why we need enlightenment.

So here’s my suggestion of how we can each do our spiritual part in ending the government shutdown (aside from the physical world action you are called to do, like signing petitions, marching, etc.):  Turn within and see your own inner conflict.  It may be a bit shocking, but see it with all the courage you can muster.  Just accept whatever you see, because we all have the same stuff going on within.  This is the human condition. And ask your Higher Power, whatever is sacred to you, whether you call it Higher Self, Source, Spirit, the Universe, God–whatever fits for you–ask this sacred power to swoop in and help you heal the parts within yourself that are polarized. Ask to please help you to experience a paradigm shift that might free you from all this inner conflict.

We want to transcend the plane of polarized beliefs, as within and so without. From a higher perspective, we can shift into a consciousness that goes beyond right and wrong, and into the zone of common goodness.  It’s that zone where healing for this country, and this world, lies.  It’s a different consciousness, and we need a Higher Power to lift us into it. We need a miracle. Will you join me in asking for a miracle within and without? We need to get unstuck.

 

Love Over Fear!

I awoke this morning with a humungous knot in my chest, right at my heart chakra. I’ve been noticing this knot on and off for several days and believed it was related to bad posture – slumping, particularly while at the computer. My chiropractor just worked on that area, at the mid-back. Though the gentle chiropractic cracking loosened it, the tightness kept returning, affecting my shoulders and neck as well.

Sure, you can call it a muscle spasm, but the body doesn’t lie. What, I wondered, is this body trying so hard to communicate? What’s putting my poor heart into a tizzy? Things have been actually going quite miraculously in my life lately, yet here is this intrusion of pain knocking at the door of awareness.

Feeling so frustrated with this persistent pattern, I had a good talk with my Divine during morning meditation. “What is this thing, so stubbornly stuck in me?” I asked. The response from my Divine was surprising, yet not surprising. “This knot is fear, and it’s fear held by the collective consciousness.”

If you read this blog, you know I’m pretty passionate about doing inner, spiritual work. I’ve been looking, lately, at the many guises of fear that are generated by ego, and how it tends to play out in relationships and life. Working on this mind-based fear is a powerful daily practice. If you look, you’ll see we all share the universal desire to control others and control life. Since life has always been uncontrollable, the need for self-observation in this area is essential and ongoing. Fear is an emotion that can be useful (e.g., watch out, a bear is coming!), but these days, as a collective, we’re way too stressed and dangerously stuck in “flight or fight” mode. It’s not healthy, and we all know it.

This message from my Divine pointed my focus to “collective fear.” It dawned on me that the collective is currently having yet another big freak-out, relating this weekend to the budget-based government shut-down; which comes after a week of vicious stock market decline and ongoing international turmoil…all of which comes at holiday time, when many folks are already very emotional and re-experiencing childhood wounds relating to their families. Then there is also the frenzy of holiday shopping. Sigh.

Of course, I get it now. Fear is in the air. We’re sucking it up like crazy. Forget about the so-called glow of the holiday season. If I pick up my phone to check the news feed, as I did this morning, I’m doomed; I’m breathing in the collective energy of fear. Collective fear is sky-high now and without an awareness of that, many of us empaths are apt to take it on unconsciously, as I did. We empaths connect easily to others and to the collective. Spiritually speaking, this is a good thing, except when it’s not.

Do you know what is “yours” (relating to your own, personal list of troubles and worries), and what belongs to the collective consciousness? Because we are energetically and fundamentally One, we have one collective consciousness. This idea that we’re separate is really a conditioned concept, reinforced by the egoic mind. Ponder it: Energetically, where do you end and “I” begin? There is no real separation, though the mind is always looking out to protect its separateness.

But as I said, the body doesn’t lie, and it will tell you what’s going on within, if you listen. Much of the time, the root of the body’s problems lies in fear. Ask yourself if the fear you’re perhaps feeling, or that pain manifesting somewhere in your body, is related to anything in particular going on in your life. If so, face that fear or pain. Breathe into it and allow yourself to feel and process it. There may be sadness arising too. As we face our fears, sadness, and pain, we see they’re so often linked to possible future, doom and gloom, or still stuck in the suffering of the past.

Meditation practice teaches us that, in this moment right here, as you sit with your fear, or any emotion, you’ll become aware that it is a wave of energy that can pass through you as you stay with it; Emotions are a natural response to experiencing life, and are meant to pass through the physical body. And if your fear does not seem to relate to the issues in your own life, ponder the possibility that the fear is coming from the collective and you’re unconsciously experiencing it because we are One.

If this is true for you, try to actively process the collective fear arising by becoming aware of it. Here’s one method you can try, both for collective fear or any emotion arising within:

1. First sit, eyes closed and slow down your breathing, taking nice slow, deep inhales, and longer slow, deep exhales. Watch your breathing for several minutes, focusing on its in and out flow.

2. Become aware of the emotion of anxiety, fear, sadness, or pain that is energetically residing in the body. See where it’s located and what it “looks” like to you. It may have a color and a shape. Or it may be a strong sensation.

3. Then call in whatever is sacred to you. For you, it may be called Spirit, the Universe, God, Divine, Higher Self, and so forth. This is your personal Inner Divine. Ask it to be with you and help you move through the fear or pain. You can visualize your Divine as a bright Light, if that resonates with you, right in the center of your chest. Let the Light be with you as you fully experience the emotion.

4. Imagine this bright Light spreading out into all parts of your physical body.Keep breathing. Breathe into whatever arises. You may experience the Light dissolving the emotions or sensations, or perhaps they’re just suddenly gone..

5. Continue to visualize this Light going beyond the boundaries of your body, filling the room and then beyond your home, as far as you’d like it to go. Perhaps encircling the globe or out into the Universe.

6. When you’re ready, open your eyes, coming back to normal awareness.

Repeat as necessary, with whatever strong emotion, pain, or “charge” that is arising for you. The gift of transforming your emotions and pain through awareness, visualization and breathing is inner peace. Inner peace heals. It heals our inner state, it gives us clarity, and it contributes peace to the collective consciousness.

I want to remind you of what science has shown: Our reality arises from what we focus on. When we focus on our fears or the collective fears, we manifest fear. But when we focus on the Light, we manifest Light. When we reside in peace, we manifest peace. Your choice.

Hoping you focus at this time on Light, goodness, and your personal inner Divine. This is not to say we must flee from the news. In fact, it’s very important to be aware of what’s going on and respond to it as we’re personally guided to respond. But we must not identify with it to the extent that we forget we are Light and we are love. We are powerful, infinite beings. We are meant to be gods. Our minds can harm us or can be used in service to the heart’s infinite wisdom, compassion, and peace.

Choose peace, over and over. Take it on as a practice. Please join me at this holiday time in remembering who you truly are. Love is stronger than fear. Light overcomes the darkness. Please stay focused on the Light and let us all shift together this collective nightmare of darkness and fear, first in our internal worlds, in our own homes, and then in the world! May peace bring joy and joy hold you in its loving arms. Wishing for all an amazing new year, filled with miracles, wisdom, compassion and love!

 

 

 

Shamanic Extraction: Clear & Shine

Have you, perhaps. been feeling out of sorts, out of balance, anxious, irritable, foggy, or depressed by the challenges of life these days?  Many of us are facing big challenges with health, relationships, healing the past, and/or finances. Because we are all one, we are all experiencing everything, on some level. We’re also collectively grieving the many tragedies of others, which we are very aware of through the media.

It may seem as if the dark side of life is much more visible than it’s ever been before. It seems everywhere, affecting every aspect of life, including health, relationships, nature, and sense of safety. Perhaps the darkness has always been here, to this degree, but because our awareness is increasing with deeper levels of collective awakening, we can’t go back to sleep now. There are points in the awakening process that can seem like long, dark tunnels (I’ve been there often)…but there is also, both at the end of the proverbial tunnel, and always right in front of us, an awareness of that beautiful Light shining brighter than ever. It’s the Light that we want to focus on now!

Where are you at this moment in time? Are you living in Light, struggling with darkness, or somewhere in the middle, and pretty up and down? Well, dear one, you have a choice. The choice is a moment to moment thing, and it might take a renewed commitment on your part to stay high vibrational. Given the chance, our chattering, defensive, and judgmental minds will high-jack the best of spiritual intentions, so let this serve as a reminder: Take a stand to shine your Light and keep seeking more Light!

My clients have been asking me lately, “what can I do to stay energetically clear of all this negativity? What protection is there from intrusive energies and entities?”  Those are very important questions to take seriously now.

Negativity (denser vibrational energy) is bombarding us fairly constantly. We’re exposed to lower-vibrational conditions because of pollution, food toxins, household toxins, news media coverage, political savagery, traffic congestion, hostile family members or co-workers, and, most especially, our own internalized negative messages from childhood or ancestral DNA inheritances!

Based on my 25 years of shamanic experience, I’d have to say that we’re also affected by other-dimensional entities and earth-bound energy cords with others, such as deceased loved ones, or ex-lovers, and, of course, our own disconnected soul parts, which affect our conscious wholeness and awareness of the Oneness. When soul loss occurs, then misplaced, denser energies can move in and they usually do take up residency — affecting well-being in a big way.

Where does this lower-vibrational, misplaced energy go when it moves in? If we are on the receiving or the giving end of it, it often exists trapped within our tissues, organs, and our etheric energy field. This affects body, mind, emotions, and Spirit. The energy we project outward, affects us internally, because we are energetically One. You know this to be true when, for example, you say some unkind words to another, or you are in conflict with a loved one – don’t you feel bad inside, even if you think you are “right”?  We can’t hurt others without hurting ourselves. We can’t harm others by our words, thoughts or actions, without doing harm to ourselves.

“Energy hygiene” is radically important now to keep your physical and spiritual life at a high vibration of health. It’s impossible for one person to suffer, without affecting the multitude. Likewise, a positive shift in one person, positively affects others. A clearing of self-defeating blockages or life-sucking attachments helps clear the collective consciousness. And when we shine our inner Light, the world not only notices our glow, but the vibration of our Light actually lifts others. It is said that one awakened person can affect 100,000 others. Think of the tremendous impact just on your own circle of family and friends when you are clear-headed, open-hearted, and loving!

I often remind my clients that their job is to do the basics:  to tune inward with regularity, take responsibility for your own “stuff,” meditate daily, eat well, sleep well, exercise, have fun, express your creativity, and together we can work on clearing and reclaiming blocked or energetically challenged parts of ourselves that keep us from shining. I encourage you to tune into your own energy field, and observe what’s going on. If you feel like you may have some negativity going on, and need a clearing, I’m offering a new, stand-alone tune-up session – a Shamanic Extraction tune-up, which lasts about 75 minutes and costs $150 when done by phone, or $155 in person.

This session goes deeper than the regular aura clearing sessions I have been offering, which are also quite affective with rebalancing the aura and chakras. However, with a Shamanic Extraction tune-up, I’m calling on my shamanic healing guides to go deeper, to clear karmic energy blockages (from past lives), other-dimensional blockages (entity attachments and intrusions), as well as the present-time aura blockages (usually based on “undigested” emotions) that might be affecting your health, energy level, mood, motivation or thinking. With this Shamanic Extraction session, I go through the same ceremony I use to do the soul retrieval work, calling in the Spirit Guides of the Seven Directions, an indigenous practice. When we call in Spirit, we invite in synchronicities, clarity, and miracles; I see miracles in every session, which is why I love this work. This work comes through me, and it is not “me” who does it.

Just to be clear, typically, the soul retrieval sessions regularly offered, include shamanic extraction, as well as longer discussion time, both before and after the journey, and sometimes, a longer journey time. The soul retrieval & extraction session, combining the two practices, lasts two hours and costs $230 by phone/skype or $240 in person.  Please note that a soul retrieval is NOT part of this 75-minute Shamanic Extraction clearing session.

The reason I’m offering this 75-minute Shamanic Extraction clearing, as a stand-alone session, is that my Spirit Guides told me to do it :-)).  I generally try really hard to listen to them! Also, you might notice that if time or money is a constraint, or if you don’t need a soul retrieval at this particular time, then the Shamanic Extraction clearing might be perfect to get back in balance.

The Shamanic Extraction is done via phone/skype or in person in the Chicago area. As always, if you are unsure which type of session would serve you best, please reach out to me and we can talk about the various options. I know this can be confusing, but I’m always reachable either by email at Paula@FromTheHeartCenter.com or at 773-791-8425.

The important thing, now, is to take a stand for living in the Light, not the darkness. With living in Light, there is an experience of joy and expansion. You feel lighter. You look alive and vibrant. Your relationships are more loving, collaborative, and connected.  When living in darkness, there is suffering, a sense of separateness, and disconnection from whatever is sacred to you…in other words, living in a state of lack. When you find that your thoughts have run amok and are bringing you down, into a state of lack and limitation, please remind yourself that it’s time to clear and shine –and know that you can!

 

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!

Intimacy Starts Within

 

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
― Lao Tzu

Texting, tweeting, emails, sound bites; we now live in a world in which communication has been reduced to short, quasi-efficient snippets.  Perhaps the use of these things began as a way to stay better connected, but as we all know, that type of connection is very shallow.  It’s good for the basics of getting a communication task done, like announcing that you’re running late.  It’s not good for communicating anything that approaches intimacy.  Our ability to truly connect with each other is slipping away…

Deep Interpersonal communication is becoming a lost art, and, in my opinion, we need to urgently look at the source of that situation –for it is having dire effects on our culture; Our culture does not value or teach authenticity and, thus, people are losing their humanity. It seems to be getting harder and harder to see empathy and compassion in politics and government policies.  We see rampant, senseless crime instead.  We see inhumane treatment of animals, people, and the earth. In fact, we are being systematically programmed to be inauthentic and in denial of our deep disconnection.  We worry about our appearance, our money, our acquisitions, but not our hearts.

My fear is that the daily practice of communing within — with yourself and with whatever is sacred to you (like God, Spirit, the Higher Self) — will disappear like the dinosaurs. Meditation is a beautiful practice of self-intimacy, as is shamanic journeying (a form of meditation).  But one complaint I hear over and over is, “I don’t have time to meditate.”  This indicates that meditation is not valued or prioritized.  I honestly don’t know why it is so hard for us to value sitting still with ourselves.

In addition to entering into a really miraculous flow of one’s life, there are magical, mystical, subtle, and majestic terrains within, waiting to be explored and revealed when we practice daily meditation.  The nuance of subtle feeling states, the whisper of that famous “quiet voice within”, the thrill of synchronicities, ease of connections, unexpected opportunities, radical insights, extraordinary states of bliss…all this inner life is ours by birthright.  But if we don’t claim that territory, it will languish like fertile lands that go unfarmed, leaving us hungry for that which feeds the soul.  In short, we will become an automated, soul-less species.

What delivers us to soulful living, is simply to turn our gaze inward.  That requires pausing from the frenzy of life today.  It requires intention, breathing, and the spirit of an explorer – brave, open, curious, persevering in our quest to know ourselves and to be surprised in fact, by the rich abundance of the present moment.

Without connecting within, we can’t truly connect with others; we can’t share our tender vulnerability, our hungry hearts, or our loving compassion.  We can’t enjoy the comfort, adventure, and thrill of deepening relationships without intimacy.

Start a meditation practice, please, and stick with it!  Even five minutes a day, first thing in the morning, makes a difference.  Seek out what is personally sacred to you – it is a living presence within.  Connect with that – what a profound way to anchor your day and, in fact,  help humanity to step into its greatest potential!

If you need coaching or instruction in establishing a meditation or shamanic journeying practice, I can help you with that.  And if you are in the Chicago area, I’ll be leading a shamanic journey circle on Sunday, May 6, 1:30-4:30pm, in which you can connect intimately with your own spirit, in a loving ceremony of like-minded community.  For more information on that event, check it out here.