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4 days left for special pricing!

Are you in full bloom yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

With deep gratitude for the spiritual warrior that you are!

Love, Paula

Soul Retrieval – Special Pricing for August

Photo by Laura Hamm

If your inner light is feeling dimmed by all the chaos, my virtual office is open for business, so come on in!

I haven’t seen some of you for quite a while. Maybe you’ve been tucking in your aura as we all try to stay healthy, and recoup, re-organize, and gather up resources as we look towards fall. Well, I want to remind you of the tremendous resource that shamanic soul retrieval and extraction healing offers us.

Each session of Shamanic Soul Retrieval and Extraction is a unique and precious gem, highly personal to each client. I have been doing this work for over 26 years, and I’m still blown away by the unexpected and synchronistic, perfect unfoldment of each client’s session. As a practitioner, I often am prepared for the work prior to my client’s appointment, sometimes undergoing energetic clearing and ‘downloading” to prep me for the unique healing each person will receive. During the two-hour shamanic session, I become the vessel for transmission of sacred soul energies and wisdom, and extraction of misplaced and blocked energies.

Just to convey the spiritual power of this work, I’d like to share a recent example, with my client’s permission, of the kind of miracles, shifts and synchronicities people experience after these sessions.  Last week, I had a session with a woman (I’ll call her Sue, in order to protect her privacy) who excitedly reported to me that something amazing had occurred right after our previous shamanic session. Sue had already had two sessions with me, and we were beginning our third. One of the several challenges and themes we’ve been working on has been Sue’s desire to have a much closer connection to Spirit.  Along with that, Sue has also been looking for a new job, enthusiastically putting out her resume, but without a new position materializing. 

Sue told me that she was driving in her car sometime after our last session, listening to the radio and was feeling very upset and discouraged by the lack of any job offers materializing. As she was driving, feeling filled with frustration and doubt, a song popped into her mind by the band Alabama Shakes, and the song is called “Hold On.” She was thinking of the lyrics “hold on” when, suddenly, her I-Pass transponder flew off her car’s windshield, in such a trajectory that it hit the radio selection dial, and changed the radio station to another station. At that particular moment, that newly switched on radio station was playing the song “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes!

Isn’t that a beautiful message from Spirit to Sue, reminding her of its powerful Presence, and assuring her to “hold on”?  Just contemplate how much the Divine is with us, available for comfort, and always nudging us on to our greater good — often despite appearances otherwise. As in Sue’s situation, and particularly with all the national and global uncertainty, we need faith in Divine order, while at the same time taking action. What I think is especially beautiful in Sue’s case, is that Sue has been hoping for more spiritual connection, and the response from her Divine knocked her socks off with its powerful message. Needless to say, she is feeling much closer to what is sacred to her, and more confident that there is a plan for her highest good, which will become apparent.

Why do people need soul retrievals? What does it mean to lose parts of our soul? When we go through times of turbulence, fear, and difficulties, we may forget our sacred connection to our true identity, our essence – our soul. In order to survive the various traumas, which include loss, fear, accidents, abuse, illness, surgeries, shame, and addiction, a part of our conscious awareness disconnects. We may feel numb in order to emotionally survive. It is this actual energetic disconnection to our consciousness awareness, that is called soul loss. For thousands of years, in cultures all over the world, people have gone to shamanic healers seeking reconnection to their consciousness, their soul.

Soul loss happens as a survival mechanism, but when we are no longer experiencing the trauma, our awareness stays “stuck” in the past. This is what soul loss feels like, and this condition of feeling stuck can show up as not being able to achieve some of our goals, desires, and connection to self and others. We may be stuck in anger, sadness, isolation, or fear. Disconnected, we may feel we are not living up to our potential. We may feel inner conflict and judgment for ourselves and others.

If you feel any of these conditions, please reach out, for there is every reason to know you can feel centered, creative, loving, faith-filled, contributing, and persevering at this time, especially at this time; Life truly is asking us to step into our highest selves.

I strongly believe that everyone needs this work, for their childhood, adult, as well as past lives trauma. Additionally, we are all experiencing trauma, fairly daily now, and we will probably continue to experience challenges to body, mind and spirit for months to come. In an effort to help people rebalance, to release fear, and to flourish amidst this chaotic uncertainty, I’m encouraging you to deeply partner with Spirit as you navigate this new world. Shamanic soul retrieval and extraction can really help bring you back to your innate spiritual connection and empowerment.

Because of the pandemic, I’m offering $30 off one virtual, two-hour soul retrieval and extraction session purchased during the month of August. This reduces the price to $210 for the session.  We will do the session using your choice of zoom, telephone, or skype. 

Whether we call our sacred essence Source, Spirit, the Divine, God, our Higher Self, our Soul, the Universe, Nature – it is unique and perfect in its timing and character for each one of us. We are never alone, for this Higher Power is always within and around us. It is manifesting as us. It is our essence, and we are One. But to know this truth, we need to experience it, and to communicate with its Presence. When we can feel it in our heart and recognize the grace that is with us always, then we can feel peace instead of inner conflict and fear. We feel empowered. We feel self-love and we embody love, sharing it with others.

This pandemic is a wake-up call to us earthlings to rise up in consciousness and birth a new world, both individually and collectively. I’m here to help and I encourage you to contact me if you’d like to know more about how shamanic healing can assist in transformation. If you’re ready to book a soul retrieval and extraction session, please email or call now.

With Love and Light,

Paula

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

773-791-8425

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Naked Faces, Illegal Hugs & last call for 20% off sale

I took this selfie last summer, when I was experimenting with wearing a face mask due to a troublesome allergy reaction. How eerily prophetic that less than a year later, we are all wearing face masks.

I have come to take a lot for granted. I believe we’re all waking up to that fact. I’ve taken safety for granted. I’ve taken healthy air for granted. And I’m realizing that I’ve taken faces for granted. Beautiful, bare faces — but no longer! Faces reveal so much about us. We are actually quite vulnerable when people see our faces, and I don’t mean just vulnerable to the virus. And how about eyes?  How fascinating and expressive eyes are when they are peeking over masks! Have you noticed?

There’s another thing that many folks take for granted; Some of us single-living folks are not being touched much these days. Typically, we get hugs, handshakes, and so many other pats or platonic touches in our daily life. But now those precious connections are paused. We don’t even accidentally bump into anyone. We’re not being massaged, or routinely getting chiropractic treatments either, unless it’s really essential.  We’re not getting our hair washed, cut and fluffed. Touch-hunger is a real thing, and the body registers lack of touch on physical, spiritual, and psychological levels.

My sister, who lives abroad, told me last week that her young grand-kids finally came over to visit their beloved granny. In their country, there have been very strict rules about traveling outside the immediate home area. But they’d all been missing each other something awful.  So they donned their masks, and as the country’s rules relaxed a bit, they decided to try to safely visit outside. However, in the end, neither my sister nor the kids could resist hugging each other. At least they kept their masks on. “Illegal” it may have been, and hopefully not too risky since they’d all been practicing sheltering-at-home, but the joy felt from it was immeasurable. 

Being touched is a crucial need for humans. It soothes anxiety and helps our nervous, digestive, and immune systems. Going without being touched has some big drawbacks. I had to ask myself, as I contemplated my own situation of living alone, what can help mitigate this really fundamental need of humans to feel connection through touch?

I did a little internet searching and found an interesting article in Time Magazine on ways to try to compensate for the lack of skin contact now, in light of Covid-19: 

https://time.com/5817453/coronavirus-human-touch/

The article describes how online video chatting, virtual dance parties and online group yoga or exercise classes can aid connection and stimulate hormones being released that are similar to the hormonal stimulation of touch. It’s so valuable to connect with others at this unprecedented time, and thank goodness for online access to other humans.

This is also an incredibly great time to connect deeply, not only with others, but also with your own soul. It’s important to feel compassion for ourselves and for what we’re going through. Don’t isolate from others, and also don’t turn away from the life of your soul. The soul hungers too. The soul cultivates courage. The nourishment we’re seeking now for courage can’t come from cookies, chocolate, alcohol or drugs that might be tempting as we try to escape the current reality. That escapism is human, and let’s be realistic, probably necessary at times, but ultimately, it’s only a temporary band-aid. It can’t be a steady, pandemic diet because it won’t nourish the courage we all need.

It’s such a blessing to connect spiritually with whatever is sacred to you – whether you call it Spirit, the Universe, God, Higher Power, Higher Self…whatever that is to you. So meditate, chant, pray…do whatever you’re called to do spiritually. Especially sweet is to connect with others who are on a spiritual path, which truly feeds that connection and courage hunger in a deeply nourishing way.

Shamanic soul retrieval and extraction, and Akashic Record readings are deeply personal journeys into your soul and what is sacred to you. These sessions bring you back to joy and wholeness, and connect you to your inner guidance, faith – and courage. Only your inner guidance can really inform you of what is healthy for you….and what isn’t. Only your personal guidance can give you the “a-ha’s” that open up perspectives, purpose, and broaden your world. My work is to be a channel of the sacred energies that have all our backs, twenty-four hours a day. I know that as rough as these times are, there is good that is already coming from it, and more on the way if we continue to grow as spiritual beings.

One last reminder: I am offering 20% off my shamanic soul retrieval and extraction sessions and 20% off Akashic Record readings in this month of April.  One week left to schedule an appointment, so don’t delay if you’re looking for more connection, courage, fulfillment and joy! Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss if my services might be helpful for you now. If you book an appointment in the coming week, we can set it up for May.

Be safe, be healthy,

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

What if air were the enemy?

If air is the enemy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.journeyintoawakening.events/

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

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

Many blessings!

On Mothering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!