From Peace

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.

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!

Taking Refuge

While I don’t identify myself as a Buddhist, I resonate strongly with many of its concepts and practices. Its brilliant clarity about the fundamental practice of “taking refuge” really struck me the other evening, while present at a rare talk in Evanston, IL, by Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. In truth, it made me realize once again that all the great spiritual paths lead us to the same one home…a place within: a refuge of safety, peace, truth, and joy. 

Rinpoche opened her talk with a reference to the grave state of the world today. It was personally daunting to hear an esteemed Tibetan Buddhist lama make reference to this global crisis occurring now. Somehow, some escapist part of me may have hoped she’d call this global catastrophe an illusion. But of course, the world is very real. Our eager little community that night, overly packed into a warm, small room, was waiting hungrily, as birdies in a nest might wait, for their mother to feed them.

The theme of Rinpoche’s talk was primarily on the significance of having compassion, and fed us, she did. She described the path, pointed us in the direction, and invited us to let our hearts crack open in compassion; for cultivating compassion is one of the greatest gifts, purpose and essential challenges of practicing Buddhism. However, in order to attain the selfless state of compassion, one must ceaselessly do much inner work. And one must take refuge within, in order to reach compassion.

As Rinpoche spoke in that beautifully anointed shrine room at Heartwood Center, filled with delicate Tibetan sacred objects, luscious flowers and elegant pictures of deities, I was moved by the simplicity of her words. She is an extraordinary, master teacher; Her deceptively matter-of-fact explanations stripped away the illusive smoke screen of the human mind. Yes, the world is real, but our minds flap and flounder in illusions. We suffer terribly because of these chattering, conflicted minds of ours, which live in the past and the future, but rarely in the present moment.

Rinpoche said that a key to finding peace within is to see things as they truly are, and to see each other in our sameness. Seeing the sameness is essential to experiencing compassion. Sadly, we humans get stuck so often in seeing differences. Humans struggle with fear of what is different, but also fear of what is like us – what mirrors the sameness in us that we so desperately want to reject.

We’re plagued with many conflicting emotions that tear us apart. We are a hot mess of reactivity, judgement, and self-involvement, or as Rinpoche said, “self-cherishing.”  In trendier terms, we’re self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Self-cherishing, Rinpoche said, constricts us. It narrows our views. It strangles our creative capacity. The mind becomes rigid and linear.  Most importantly, our true identity becomes masked. But underneath all that mental infrastructure – or inner jail, as I see it – there is a sacred Mind that exists in its true nature. Rinpoche’s words are underlined in my scrawling notes: Refuge is surrender to one’s true nature, to the Self (capital S), to who we truly are. For it is in our true Self, that we achieve compassion and peace.

Do you know who you truly are? You’re not your job or career. You’re not your role as a mother, father, sister, brother, niece, or aunt. You’re not your body. You’re not your troubled, reactive, fearful mind either.

When you uncover the true Self, what you experience is joy and peace. Despite what is going on around you. Despite the desperate state of human affairs. Within each of us, there is a place of refuge in the true Self. It’s a place of safety, freedom, creativity, and infinite connection to what is uniquely sacred to each of us. Take refuge, people. As we each find our true Self within, we will become a mighty force of good in the world. We can make that inner journey – it’s not as far as you think.

You may need a little help. Many of us are available to help. You might want to find your community – we find Self when in sacred community too. There is a way, but it’s an inside job, so do the inner work. Find your refuge for the sake of all. We need your compassion. We need your innate joy. We need to see the Light in your eyes, and to feel alive, safe, seen. When you take refuge, you bless us all. Look underneath all those thoughts. Look outside of time. It’s there, as close as your breath. Take refuge in your true Self.

Burn Off Your Karma: Barriers to Love Class & Oneness Circle

 

journeycircleandmeditation2018 has swooped in like the splendid eagle. Many folks are talking about how different the energy feels this new year. It’s as if Spirit is loudly whispering in our collective ears, “grow, grow!” Can you feel the spiritual support of these challenging times building?  Yes, the external world is as troubled as last year….maybe more so…but internally, the fires of spiritual evolution are raging.  I say, stoke the fire! Let it burn off your karma, your stuckness, your confusion, and your fear!

How’s your love life doing in this first month of the new year?  How are those resolutions going? Perhaps you’re losing steam or even hitting the proverbial brick wall, despite your best intentions.  Well, here’s some “wind under your wings” that you can use to create lofty momentum for your heart-felt intentions to manifest in 2018…

For women who are single or in dating relationships, please join us for a workshop that helps break through the depressing loop of repetitious patterns and blockages in creating the love you want and need in your life. Check out “Overcoming Internal Barriers to Love” workshop on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 2pm-4:30pm in Chicago. Be prepared to ignite your innate capacity for romantic manifestation!

For men and women who want to clear out a bunch of inner conflict, raise their bliss capacity, and feel the peace and joy of Oneness, our monthly Oneness Deeksha Circle is meeting again this Tuesday night from 7:30pm -9pm in Chicago.

And for those who want to get serious about creating lasting lifestyle and spiritual changes in order to get healthier, more energetically balanced, more abundant, vibrant, and focused, please consider exploring private holistic health coaching and shamanic sessions.

I have 24 years of experience being a channel for my client’s spiritual wholeness and healing using the phenomenal, ancient methods of soul retrieval and extraction to address trauma and feeling stuck. Pair that with my other various tools for increasing relational happiness, and how to do your work in the world with passion and purpose.  Just contact me for a free consultation about how my soul retrieval work, readings, and/or holistic health coaching could assist you in igniting a phenomenal year of transformation.

The time is here and the stars are aligned.  Tuesday is a new moon….why wait? Take action now!  You won’t regret it, for there’s a ton of spiritual power now, supporting you to take the right kind of action that brings you closer to manifesting your heart’s desires.

 

 

 

A SCHOLARSHIP OFFER TO INSPIRE ACTION

schedulingyoursessionjpgHAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!  It seems like many of us are hugely relieved that 2017 has finished – I know that I am!  It was a year of trauma and anxiety. And whether you were personally touched by hurricanes, flooding, violence, earthquakes, fires, governmental decisions, “me too”, or not, many are grappling with great amounts of stress now, because we ARE one.

Stress can inspire us to make huge transformations, if we allow it to be our teacher. Our world needs transformation like crazy. But how?  Are you asking yourself, “what can I do?”. Folks tell me they don’t know what to do, or how to begin.

The answer is always “begin with yourself”.  Start with changing what you can change in your own life.  The impact of your own life and consciousness will ripple outward and effect the welfare and consciousness of all. It really does. Start with your spirit and your body, so that body and Spirit align. It’s that alignment that allows the Higher Self to really be empowered to create change.

I have a number of amazing, beloved clients who have been working on their spiritual growth with me for many years.  At some point, it always becomes time to bring the body into the higher vibration that matches the beautiful Spirit. We are here to bring heaven to earth…to infuse the material plane with the light of consciousness. And we must do that through our physical bodies.

Our bodies are so magnificent, so built for endurance and survival, that if we honor them, our bodies can deal with the great vibrations of anxiety and stress floating around now. The body does not lie, and it speaks pretty clearly – you just have to listen. The body responds to high quality food, exercise, nutrition, connection, and sleep with amazing capacity for self-healing and empowerment.

I’d like to challenge you to make this a year of honoring your body, so you can bring it into vibration with your soul. That’s where your essential power lies.

How did the holidays and your body do?  How’s your energy level, your sleep, your mood, your stress?  How are your relationships, your work, your finances?If you’d like to make changes in your lifestyle, abundance, and spirit, I’m passionate about helping people do that. I want to strengthen your voice, your creativity, your love life, your inner peace, and your emotional and physical vitality.

Change requires action;  I think this has got to be a year of action for all of us.  I’d like to offer my support with the many energetic tools for profound spiritual change and lifestyle change that I have acquired.

For me, I am not happy unless I am contributing to change.  That’s just how I’m made. So I’m going to make you an offer that’s a win/win for both of us:

For the people who are committed to impacting the quality of their life by making wise choices, are open to support, are willing to take persistent, progressive baby steps toward achieving their goals, and sign up for a 6-month holistic health coaching program, using phone or skype, I’m going to offer a scholarship of $75 off the cost of the program, whether you pay in full upfront (with the usual $100 discount), or pay monthly. And that means if you pay upfront, you will get a total of $175 off the cost of the program! 

This special offer expires January 9, 2018, so don’t delay! Take action now! Contact me and we’ll set up a phone call to explore your options.

Here’s what a holistic health coaching client who just completed my 6-month coaching program had to say last week:

I met Paula a few years ago at a meditation circle. We would see each other here and there but I did not really know her. At one particular circle earlier this year as we were going around the circle introducing ourselves, Paula mentioned something to the effect that she was among other things a healer and a wellness coach . Something inside of me told me that I was ready for this and that Paula was the person to help me , I am so grateful and happy that I listened .
We started working together, initially on healthy eating habits and choices but also began to go into reasons why I was making these choices. The details are what they are but the path that I am currently on is a gift I could not have envisioned . 
When I started working with Paula on wellness and touching on areas of my life that were difficult to objectively assess, Paula was a safe haven, a caring person who guided me , prodded me and helped me begin to examine and address issues that were deep . 
She was able to help me see things about myself that were not easy to look at. Self-improvement is hard but when someone like Paula is there by your side gently pushing you to explore areas of your life that need work, it makes it easier to move forward. 
I spent 6 months working with Paula and we met every other week (by phone) and I SO looked forward to each session. I have made some changes in my life that were very positive and necessary, I am not finished by any means, but the tools that Paula has given me to move forward is one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received.”
I hope you give yourself the gift of self-empowerment in 2018. Please contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or 773-791-8425, if you’d like to set up a complimentary consultation to explore your challenges and the possibilities for creating change in your life…and the world.
And one more action-oriented opportunity for women who are looking for love or in dating relationships:  Have I got a workshop for you!  I’m collaborating with Sue De Santo, a dating coach, to lead a workshop in Chicago called:  Overcoming Internal Barriers to Love, on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 2pm-4:30pm.  
This workshop is for you if you are a woman wanting to let go of the “wounding” of past relationships and feel renewed confidence. We’ll help you identify blocks, fears and stories about the past, and step fully into 2018 to truly “ignite” and attract the kind of love you want.  We’ll be using powerful quantum tools like EFT (Tapping) and Guided Meditation to catalyze change.  For more info and registration, read HERE

 

 

GRATITUDE MEDITATION FOR TRANSFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SAVE THE DATES: Are you relationship-ready for 2018?

FreeMeditationLogoCalling all single women – I’ve got an amazing class coming up to help you shift into a new dating paradigm for 2018. The class is called “Dating, Sexuality & Empowerment”; Since being sexy is an inside job, we’ve got some powerful energy-medicine modalities to transform your dating and romantic experiences from the inside-out!

I’m collaborating in teaching this class with a talented friend of mine who is a psychotherapist and dating coach.  We are going to assist you to shake out your self-limiting dating patterns, release blocked sexual/creative energy and awaken your aura-glow with some magical processes like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and guided meditation – and much more!

There are two parts to the class, which can be attended separately or together for a double whammy:  First, there is an in-person workshop on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 1:00-3:30pm in Chicago….followed by a 4-part VIRTUAL class series, via teleconference, running on Thursday evenings, November 30 – December 21.

I’ll give you all the juicy details in a few days, so stay tuned and mark your calendars now!

Meanwhile, just a reminder that my special pricing on holistic health coaching is being offered only until November 21, when I graduate with a new certificate in Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching.  After that, the pricing will be going up.  So take advantage of a low coaching rate of only $66.67 per session (for two coaching sessions a month) when you pay in full for a six-month program to transform the way you live and eat.

I’ve noticed that some people are confused about what my holistic health coaching offers, so let me please explain: My holistic coaching offers you support, accountability, information, and my deep, intuitive skills to help you realize your goals.  Goals might be for relationships, spirituality, career, physical activity, how you eat, and anything else concerning you.  We will work together to balance the wholeness of your life!

Our focus may vary from session to session, depending on what concerns and challenges are popping up. This kind of coaching is extremely unique to each individual.  It’s not about self-discipline or denial. It’s about inspiration, natural motivation, and clarity.  The change comes gently over time, due to supportive, insightful discussion,  goal setting, and some spiritual guidance and support. As your life comes into greater balance, your goals begin to be fulfilled.  By strengthening certain aspects of your life – for instance, your social life, or your home environment, or your finances, you might naturally begin moving toward balance in other areas; for example, you work on healing a relationship and find your weight might drop, or your food cravings stop. Your digestive symptoms may improve.  These are examples of the change possible. Various problems stem from physical, mental, and spiritual causes – and we work together on all the levels.

Holistic coaching is a wonderful way to follow up your soul retrievals and Akashic/clairvoyant readings.  I work with my clients to weave together spiritual growth, human dreams and desires, and physical health.  Body, Mind, and Spirit are completely, utterly connected – each aspect powerfully impacting the other two.  Spiritual healing (particularly soul retrieval) plus holistic health coaching brings Body/Mind/Spirit into much greater unity, flow, authenticity, and vitality. Imagine feeling truly empowered:  Waking up each day with inner peace, purpose, connection, creativity, and high energy!

Despite the disasters, despite the politics, despite the uncertainty of these very challenging times – our birthright is eternal peace within, connection to a power greater than ourselves, sweet joy in the moment and intimacy with ourselves and with others.  I can support you with shamanic tools and holistic coaching to ground your life in that sweet spot, so preciously and uniquely your own.