From Resistance

Claim The Power Within!

AkashicrecordconsultWhat a wake-up call for many people who were hoping that the presidential election would turn out differently. Many of us want change, no argument there – but everyone has concepts about how that change ought to take place. As it turns out, the saying, “expect the unexpected” has never seemed truer.

I have to believe that what is going on now, in the aftermath of the election, will turn out to be for the higher good of all, in one way or another, even if it is expressing as grief, depression, anxiety, and fear for many folks right now. Yet, what I know is that the President of this country, like each of us, is a channel for Spirit to move through….and Spirit moves very unpredictably, quite often. Like the Hindu Goddess Kali, Spirit sometimes heals by way of destruction in order to create change. So don’t doubt that somehow, in some way, Spirit has a plan in operation. Often we only see the value of an orchestration of events in hindsight. It’s too soon to fully grasp now, but let’s have faith that more will be revealed.

In my own life, Kali energy has taken away much of the identity I formed from societal conditioning. I understand now that those unconscious beliefs that have shaped me needed to be recognized first, and then released, in order for a more authentic expression of the Higher Self to emerge. The process has been very challenging at times. Some spiritual paths consider this process a death of the ego. It has expressed for me as disillusionment, loss, and grief at various times.

Many people are in despair and disillusionment now. My heart breaks for the younger generation, including my millennial daughter and the young, vulnerable television watchers, whose trust and faith in equality, respect, and justice has been thoroughly rattled in this election campaign.

Herein hides the gift amidst the disillusionment and chaos following this election: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Let’s not let unkindness, accusations, mistakes, and lack of respect break us. To the best of your ability, please keep looking within to claim the gold treasure that ever renews us with hope, strength, perseverance, and faith. This is the real victory; to find that eternally creative, resource-rich spark of consciousness that survives in each of us, in every generation, in every disappointment, every travesty, and every slaughter of what is just and loving. The victory lies in finding the sacred, eternal spark within, and claiming it as your own.

When each of us discovers, for herself or himself, who we really are outside of the ego’s parade of power and the mind’s fear of the unknown, what we shall have is collective spiritual power. This power can never be destroyed. The win is that we are being challenged to stand in our individual and collective spiritual power that comes from finding our way home to center. We find our way home to inner peace, balance, and acceptance. Action will emerge, in the right time and in a perfect way.

Sometimes we just don’t know what we have until we lose it. Many of us, en masse, have just seen what we’ve lost. We’ve had to be collectively awakened from unconsciousness and the stuckness of patterns of reactivity. This time in history is our wake-up time.

So please work on you…find your inner Light and shine it so that others may know the way. Many others need to awaken. Sometimes it takes that proverbial thump on the head to get through. Consider yourself trumped and thumped.

Moving forward, try this:

  1. When you react with fear, negativity, and anger, first just observe your reaction. You may notice as you practice observation how automatic is your typical response to events you don’t like – to the “what is.”
  1. Notice also, that there’s a story rumbling around in your mind when you react to the “what is.” The story usually involves blaming someone or some thing for whatever unpleasant is going on within your self.
  1. Breath and observe your story. Yes, your mind has made up a story – an interpretation – of what’s going on. Invite yourself to remember that you are not your story. It’s not necessarily a true story. It’s probably based on some old wound you’re still stuck in. Who are you if you let go of the story? You are that witness self who observes the story. You are That. I am That. We are That which is a living, creative consciousness – free, eternal, fully alive in the present moment. Claim That! This is your authentic self, your Higher Self. This is your spiritual birthright of creative, energetic power.
  1. Open to your Higher Self. Identify with the Higher Self, rather than the victim of your story. Allow this energy of Higher Self to radiate through you. You can make this your practice, and you will be the channel through which Spirit expresses its brilliance in this world.

Let what is not real fall away — for it will. This is a time to allow the power of Spirit to work through you – to be the most open channel for Spirit that you can be. This is a process. This is the spiritual path, and be gentle with yourself as you make your way.

It’s really about accepting the “what is” now. Yes, there’s that spiritual directive again. We can’t create change until we first accept the “what is, ” as opposed to resisting it. The “what is” takes many, many forms, and it’s so often the form of the unexpected. It may not look like what you’ve wanted. It may break your heart. It may bust your illusions. Let them break wide open, and just put one foot in front of the other. Keep looking within to anchor in your guiding Light. And Chop wood, carry water… ancient wisdom sounds like a perfect place to land right now.

Boo! Halloween Channeling

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Are you frightened my darling? On top of it being Halloween, a time when the veils between dimensions are most thin, the world seems to be spinning out of control. Along with rampant Cubs frenzy, my neighborhood is littered with skulls arising from still green lawns, bed-sheet ghosts floating above RIP gravestones, and other charmingly deathly décor. But none of these things are as scary to me as my desk stacked high with unfiled papers, reams of never-to-be read emails piling up in my mailbox, dishes in the sink, and the constant ding of texts claiming residence on my cell phone.

I know the speedy intensity of these times is both alarming to some and to others, incredibly exciting and stimulating. There seems to be a regular state of chaos flowing through torrents of unexpected events happening quite regularly most days: Airplane disasters, news-breaking crimes, record-setting storms, relentless Wiki-leaks and cyber-attacks, car, phone and toy recalls, and other endlessly alarming global events. There are also incredible stories of miraculous healings, poignant tales of inspiration and hope, scientific discoveries, and breakthroughs in medicine. There are also so many of us now talking about peace and Oneness, which is thrilling!

Through the media, we hear it all. Are you overwhelmed? Do you find the “unexpected” nerve-wracking or does it excite or energize you? I confess I’ve been in the overwhelmed camp lately.

I’ve been watching the World Series on television. I don’t usually watch t.v. much, but as a Chicagoan, I’ve been feeling anxious for days for the Cubs, and glued to the television each game night…and I’m not typically a sports fan! Still, I’ve been choosing to watch the games, rather than attend to the slew of other things in my home that need doing. There is something incredibly addictive and distracting about the anxiety-inducing World Series and the general chaos going on in the background (called LIFE). Even with an impressive meditation routine (if I must say so myself), and an equally diligent exercise and healthy-eating regimen, I am feeling both hyped up and tired at the same time.

This is coming along with the tsunami of presidential and political campaigns and upcoming election day – so nerve-wracking. Observing the constant tension in myself and those in my sphere fills me with compassion for humanity’s vulnerability; for the speed and quantity of stimulation is so ramped up that many of us seem over-run by it. Lateness, snappish driving reactions, missed appointments, forgotten tasks, menopausal moments, little mistakes, drinking too much, eating too much, not sleeping enough…feeling tired; This is what I observe in people around me.

Are we supposed to be getting used to this intensity as the new normal? Is there really no going back to feeling calm, well-rested, organized, and innocently optimistic?

The other day, I was discussing with someone whether the upcoming winter might be colder than normal, as has been predicted. The woman said, you can look to a horse’s winter coat as a sign – a thicker coat means a colder winter ahead. Evidently, horses are able to  instinctively grow more hair. That’s how connected these beautiful creatures are. We are animals; I wondered what my body might subtly be communicating or if I could even hear or see its message amidst the loud clatter of society’s group mind nowadays.

What I know with certainty is that my body is craving orange vegetables; for I had a dream about sweet potatoes the other night and butternut squash the next! That was bizarre and exciting to me because it’s an easy message to decipher: eat more sweet potatoes and squash, which I’ve been doing with pleasure. Either that or the Great Pumpkin has invaded my dream life!

Unfortunately my body is actually communicating very audibly, now that I think about it, when I’m around too many people and too much traffic – which is most of the time. It’s grumbling irritably, “I can’t stand all the noise! I want to be alone!” This particularly high sensitivity lately, despite the usually balancing routines and patterns, alarms me, for being a hermit doesn’t fit my image of living in Oneness. So I asked one of my Spirit Guides, the Cosmic one, for some higher guidance. This is my Guide’s response and I’d like to share it in the event that it might speak to you as well:

“Get real and come down from the clouds. This is your world now. Put one foot in front of the other and slug through this soup of stimulation. It’s a great way to discern what, and who, is yours. You will bounce off what is not meant to be yours – whether people or things – and by letting go of your previous self-image, you’ll end up with a new you, at least the authentic ‘you’ of this moment. Yes, life is speedy now and you can’t keep up with all the change. But open up to it anyway. You’ve lost control of your email and you’ve lost control of your time – in fact, perhaps you’ve lost your very mind. Good for you!

It’s time to go with the flow and don’t judge it. Relax into the roller-coaster ride because, yes, there is no going back. It’s time to let go. All you truly have right now is this unique moment, so enjoy it to the fullest. See your fear of unpredictability. See what falls away. Go easy on yourself. Your life can’t be perfectly organized and efficient if you say you want to live fully. Enjoy your anxiety, your imperfections, and the miracles too – watch it all with humor and appreciation. Don’t resist the flow of life. Oh yes, and breath deeply.”

So it’s that again – breath deeply. Why do I forget that so often? I tend to hold my breath when anxious. Thank you Cosmic Guide; I needed the reminder. We’re all having a human experience … and this is what being human is like now. It’s intense, exciting, scary, and often unpredictable. It’s especially miraculous too!

So pardon me Cleveland, but ‘hey Chicago, what do you say, Cubs are gonna win today!” I’m a sports fan and I didn’t even know it. If that can change, what other miraculous possibilities does the future hold, I wonder! Hello Great Pumpkin, bring it!

 

Oracle Cards & Referral Gift!

OracleClassFlyerimageDo you ever struggle with what direction to take or which choice to make? I know I do! In fact, it happened today. I wanted desperately to make a big decision between two courses of action to take, and started to “over-think” my options.  I felt urgency and anxiety. I needed to listen to my intuition, but my mind was tangled by doubts and uncertainty. Help! I needed a quick, direct line to clear Higher Guidance. So I got out my favorite oracle card deck (it’s called Energy Oracle Cards by Sandra Anne Taylor).

How does anyone manage to trust the cards, you might wonder. The answer is to build up the inner trust muscle, by practicing. Just like any muscle, “use it or lose it,” as is said! It builds faith to learn over and over that we’re being guided by a very powerful inner GPS every day. But we must remember to let the guidance flow; Over-thinking is a big hindrance. It helps to ask for Spirit’s help on a regular basis. Humbling, right?

In this case today, I kept doggedly pulling cards, trying to figure out which choice might have a better outcome. Both choices had similarly good outcomes and this only increased my frustration. A little voice within told me to sleep on it. I decided to draw one more card, in hopes I could make my choice before bed, and be done with it. My, how willful the mind can be!

The card drawn was “Patience”.  I quote, “relax and let go of the single-minded desperation that’s been driving you. Don’t try to force your will on only one option…you are blocking many other potential solutions from coming your way…the universe has more options than you may be aware of.”

How awesome a response from Spirit is this? Spirit reads me like a book, and knows what my anxious mind can’t! I feel immense gratitude for this incredible love that the Divine has for each one of us. So, if you feel like oracle cards are calling your name, and if you live in the Chicago area, come join our class on Wed., October 26, to play with oracle cards, and tune into the Higher Guidance that is available to all. For more details, click HERE.  Early registration discount ends Oct. 17, so don’t delay contacting me if you want to sign up or have questions – paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or 773-791-8425.

One more thing – I’m running a little “something special”to help spread the word about the healing work I do, and to show you my deep gratitude for your wonderful referrals: Through now and Thanksgiving, if you refer a new client to me who has a session, you’ll get 10% off any of one of my services for yourself, and that includes buying a gift certificate for someone. So please spread the good word to someone who may not know of energy healing options

Many blessings,

Paula

Fairy Tales Can Come True…

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“….it can happen to you, If you’re young at heart”. Remember the song that Frank Sinatra and Walt Disney made so famous? If you aren’t familiar with it or would like a boost of innocence, wisdom, and sweet hope, have a listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlz3EuuhWo

The song is a classic because it speaks to the hunger in so many of us to recapture our innocent joy and the fulfillment of our youthful passion and dreams. Even if your childhood was challenging, as so many childhoods are, perhaps you can remember certain times or activities that brought you great joy and a sense of autonomy — or a connection to something bigger than your family.

For me, getting on my bicycle seems to instantly conjure a powerful memory of joyfully riding my bike alone, at about age 10, to my piano lessons at the home of Mrs. Bonebreak (yes, it was really her name!). She was my piano teacher who lived about 6 or 7 blocks away in our subdivision. I know it wasn’t far, but I guess part of the thrill was feeling a little like a grown-up, out on a mission after school, without parental supervision or my younger sister tagging along.

Perhaps part of the joy was also about my dreams of creating music. In the beginning, I think I had fantasies of being a great piano player someday. Unfortunately, my first big recital, in front of maybe a hundred or more people, was nerve-wrackingly overwhelming and, in fact traumatizing, causing me to toss my dreams of future piano playing. I am not going to blame my parents for letting me quit – been there, done that. And I really wasn’t all that talented, to be honest. Nevertheless, live music can move me now to blissful tears of joy.

But I digress; the point I’m trying to make is that when we are young, we have innocent hope, and we have dreams. As we age, “life” happens to our heart-felt dreams, and they begin to calcify. Perhaps we settle for less than what we had been hoping for. Perhaps loss, disappointment, self-judgment, and resignation creep in, along with hectic schedules, grown-up responsibilities, diminishing physical vitality and just plain not as much fun…need I say more? Can you relate a bit?

As our fun shrinks, so can our gratitude and even our hope. This will surely make you feel and look old. I’m often reminded of that saying that goes something like this: It’s easy to be grateful when you’re sitting down to a feast; but the challenge (and mastery) is to be grateful when you’re starving. How do you hang on to gratitude and youthful hope when the external world isn’t giving you what you are wanting?

The key is to remember to return to feeling “young at heart” by refreshing your spirit when feeling overwhelmed by all the grown-up stuff – the constant bills, the heavy schedules, the inevitable communication problems, the inevitable losses, lack of sleep, disappointment, and more. Feeling young is to be curious, to be open to the new, to take risks, to play, and to be vulnerable. Without vulnerability and some risk-taking, nothing new can come in; you’re only replaying the same old patterns, beliefs, and habits. Life gets small if you lose fun, courage, and hope – please don’t let that happen. Find what puts a “song” in your heart. Here are 7 things I do regularly to keep my heart feeling young:

  1. I have a daily meditation practice to turn inward; it’s a time for only my authentic, inner experience – not attending to the needs of others or the perceived pressures of life. This is refreshment from the Source! Drinking in the sweet juiciness of the present moment, there’s nothing to do but just BE. The more I drink, the sweeter I realize it is. I also feel blessed that I can give myself Deeksha to quickly connect with this sacred space.
  1. If I’m so unhappy that I can’t conjure up the will to meditate, I play some of my favorite music to lift me out of dullness or funk. If it moves me to dance or sway a bit, I’ve struck gold!
  1. I get outside and move the body. One of my big joys is simply taking a walk in a natural setting. Walking can be great meditation, as can any athletic movement – swimming, biking, running. Yoga is great. All kinds of movement get me out of my head and into my body. Bodies are made to move and we can help shift stagnant energy in our auric energy field by moving.
  1. I feel my emotions as fully and as much as possible. I let myself cry, laugh heartily, love, or feel absolutely despondent. Humans are meant to feel; this, too, shifts stuck energy in our field.
  1. I create; Creativity is our very nature. For me, it’s writing. For someone else, it might be anything from sculpting, to cooking, gardening, or re-organizing the garage. I recommend doing what makes you lose track of time!
  1. I call or hang out with loved ones and friends when I’m feeling hopeless or low. Even though it might be your inclination, I don’t recommend isolating yourself when you feel unlovable. Humans need humans, or perhaps an adoring pet, to remind you that you’re not alone in this world.
  1. I give away my time, talent, and treasures. You’ve got to give it away to have it! When you feel depleted, that’s the time to help someone, somehow. Like it’s said, it’s easy to be grateful at a feast, but when you’re hungry, this is the time to rally – even if you have to fake it ‘till you make it, if necessary. Give!

And here’s a really powerful secret: Give away what you want to receive. It really works. Perhaps you won’t receive what you’re hoping for, on your timetable, and perhaps you’ll not receive it from the source you give to, but do give with faith, as if you have a limitless supply; for in fact you do. The universe is constantly flowing energy, so get in the flow of life to stay young at heart…your fairy tales might just come true!

If you are looking for support (and some magical fun)  in sparking your creativity or igniting your dreams, please consider joining an upcoming six-week, telephonic and shamanic, Career & Creativity Empowerment Group. You’ll meet and work with your own, personal Spiritual Guide to dispel the inner obstacles and roadblocks to empowered success. We’ll be doing shamanic journeying each week and you’ll receive Deeksha to put wings under your feet. This group begins Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 7:30-9pm Central time. Check it out here. Please let me know if you have questions or want to register — email me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com. Only a couple of spots left!

 

New Telephonic Career & Creativity Empowerment Group

journeycircleandmeditationIf you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”  — Henry David Thoreau.

 

Back by popular demand! Another new telephonic and shamanic Career & Creativity Empowerment Group starts on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 7:30-9pm CDT for six weeks.  This group uses shamanic journeying to gain deep, personal insight, healing, inspiration and support for career and creativity breakthroughs.

Each weekly session provides guided group experiences and teachings to explore resistance, limiting beliefs, obstacles, mind games, conditioning, and other sabotaging patterns that hinder success. Discussions and sharing of goals provide gentle group accountability, inspiration, feedback, spiritual support, clarity, and the power of group intention when fear and resistance arise – all from the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your own home!  Fee is $159. If you need to miss a session, a recording will be provided. Group size is limited to 5 people – register now!

For all the details, click here!

For questions and registration, contact: paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

FEEDBACK from some previous shamanic tele-class participants:

“I LOVED the tele-class format. One reason I loved it was because of convenience (no commute, doing the class in my own home… and not having to drive 30 minutes home, etc.). I also found I felt very deeply connected with the other participants, so I didn’t long for an opportunity to meet in person. Also, with the shamanic journeys, I felt much more comfortable letting go, releasing, and being with whatever showed up because I didn’t have an “audience” and because I was in my own safe space. I actually think I would have a really hard time journeying in person with a group of people (or at least a much harder time). “                                                                                                                                 -S.G., Chicago area

“I think the class exceeded my expectations. As I’m coming to learn, when I explore my spirituality I often get different outcomes than I expected. Not only did I grow spiritually, I learned so much more about myself and my truth than I anticipated. Most of what I learned was a surprise but in retrospect I can see why I’m being guided this way.”                                                                                                -J.S., Minnesota

“I am so thankful that I was able to participate in this special class. I feel like I have established a foundation for daily meditation and have become more self aware of my self-limiting beliefs.  Class was also a great reminder that I am not alone in this physical journey.  I am grateful for the seeds that have been planted and I am excited for the continued growth ahead!”

I.M., Chicago area

Hmm…what should I do?

OracleClassFlyerimageEver struggle with what direction to take or what choice to make in your day-to-day life? I know that I sure do from time to time!

Sometimes when we want clear guidance desperately, the hardest thing is not to have mental interference in intuiting what’s best for us. We don’t want to be listening just to the mind at times like this…we want to be listening to our heart too.  Heart wisdom is the best kind of wisdom there is. The heart knows what it knows. The heart doesn’t waver in its knowing, but the mind loves to step in and present all the options.

The mind can take you on a looping journey through the ins and outs, the pros and cons….the safest route, the most predictable result, the answer that will preserve your dignity, pride, self-righteousness, and the protection of your vulnerability till death do you and your ego part!

The mind is a fantastic tool, don’t get me wrong…but when the mind serves the ego instead of the heart, then the higher wisdom you seek can be blocked.

At times like this, I tune inward. I sit with my question. I feel into it. I listen to my body. I play with a little muscle testing.  If I want a quick and easy way to connect in to a much greater and more complex network of wisdom than my ego/mind can afford, I’ll also pull an oracle card, or several cards.

I have a number of different oracle decks, including the traditional tarot deck, the Runes,  and the shamanic medicine cards, among others. I love them all. Each deck offers a slightly different perspective, but all of them offer a much more global, wiser, and universal, birds-eye view of life on this planet as a spiritual being having a human experience.

Being lifted above the minutia of mental details can be a real gift of sanity. Even if I’m resisting the message of a card that I picked, I usually sense its rightness. If that happens, I remind myself that it’s okay to feel resistance…and that practicing “staying with” one’s resistance is an extremely worthy spiritual endeavor as well. In fact, it’s a powerful doorway to actually moving into effortless action.

To “stay with” is to just “see.”  Just see your resistance and where your mind takes you at times like that…see the stories the ego weaves of injustice done to you.  See the emotions that arise and stay with those emotions. Eventually, one can move through resistance if the desire is there.  Not everyone wants to move through it, though, and that, too, is okay.

If you’re in the Chicago area, and would like a powerful evening of playing with oracle cards and tapping into inner wisdom, please join us on Wed., August 10, from 6:30-9:30pm in Deerfield, IL. I’m teaching this class with my friend and colleague Savita Jachim. The fee is $54 if you register by August 5, so don’t delay! It will be fun and give you some great tools to use next time it’s 2am and you can’t sleep because you’re mulling over a choice. Click here for the flyer with all the info!

One other little reminder – if you need some guidance and can’t get clear on your own, I’m always available to give you an Akashic Record or clairvoyant reading! A little bit of help can go a long way.

Many blessings,

Paula

 

Fly little bird!

journeycircleandmeditationIt’s time to shine your beautiful inner Light in a bigger way!  Join a Career Empowerment Group to work with your personal career spirit guide, and meet career goals with grace and soulful support. Meets by phone for 6 weeks, once a week for an hour! Led by Paula Rosenfeld, using guided shamanic meditations and shamanic journeys for goal-setting, releasing limited beliefs, and manifestation. You’ll receive energy transmissions to put wings under your feet, coaching to spot sabotaging mind games and group support to empower your intentions!

Fee: $159; starts week of May 9. Small groups – meeting day & time determined by each group’s consensus.  To register: email paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or phone Paula at 773-791-8425. ACT NOW! Special gift if you register by May 3. Contact Paula for details!

Soul Retrieval Sale/When is a cat just a bag?

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I was taking a walk yesterday, and about halfway down the block, I spotted what appeared to be a cat stretching and rolling around on the sidewalk. I eagerly advanced toward it, excited, because I’ve been missing my two dear kitties that passed away last year.

As I got closer, I began to wonder if this really were a cat. It occurred to me that it might be a bag flopping around in the wind. My curiosity peaked; I wanted it to be a cat. Very closer to it, I ultimately saw that it was only a plastic bag stuck somehow on the sidewalk, batted about by the wind.

Laughing at myself, I realized this is a great metaphor for the power of perception to color our reality. The way we approach anyone or anything in our life is colored by the desire to see what we either want to see or what we predict based on past experiences. Our perception, or mis-perception, powerfully shapes our reality. Both quantum science and spirituality attest to this fact.

I’ve written often in this blog about the rise in self-awareness that comes through awakening. Due to many things, the “collective consciousness” is going through some massive shifting now. The “collective unconsciousness” is apparently awakening to all sorts of injustices, for instance, which have been going on throughout the world. The collective consciousness is increasingly informed by more self-awareness — and why? One reason is that internet, social media, television, and print media are contributing toward widespread information about humanity and this planet. We see everyday the good, the bad, and the extremely ugly snapshots, for instance, of the capacity of humans for expressing violence as well as love.

Another contributing factor is the large number of people who are engaging in psychotherapy, meditation, energy healing, yoga, and other means to actively cultivate self-awareness. We are collectively realizing that what we don’t know (the unconscious patterns that sabotage relationships, health, and inner peace) actually threaten our well-being and the well-being of others. Because we are all connected, our struggles impact the lives of those who love and care about us, and whom we are charged with taking care of (our children, clients, customers, etc.) The perceptions we bring to our day-to-day lives affect how we treat others and how we are treated.

How many of us are, at this moment, churning within about how someone has mistreated us? Who’s ego is not, in varying degrees, caught up in the perception of societal blame for today’s problems or even our own blame of our parents for our problems today? We bring those childhood wounds/perceptions to each relationship we engage in as adults. Plus, we bring our karmic (including past-life) wounds to present-life relationships. Our lives are an utterly confusing portrait of our churning, inner consciousness or unconsciousness.

If you are feeling baffled and buffeted by repetitious patterns in your life, you are not alone. To sort through all our perceptions and misperceptions is an enormous task of awakening. Rising self-awareness is a process that gradually reveals when something is a “cat” or simply a “bag.” With each new insight, each tiny revelation or huge revelation, there is a gift of inner freedom awaiting each of us.

Inner freedom gifts us with clarity to “see” life as it is – to accept life on life’s terms, not resist it because of our own willful, wishful thinking or past wounding. Inner freedom gifts us with emotional flexibility, emotional intelligence, emotional connection, inner joy (a natural state not dependent on the immediate people or circumstances of our lives), and very importantly, the ability to serve the world better—endowing us with more empathy, right-action, forgiveness, love, and consciousness for the world.

We can have better relationships. We can move beyond the voice of the bloated ego-mind that is always striving to “get what’s mine.” We can move beyond that inner-two year old who is perpetually in a tantrum, still wounded by the unfortunate failings of our parents and still searching for the love they thought they should have received. With self-awareness, we see our inner-two year old in action, instead of projecting it on our loved ones. We see our own anger just might be colored by very old, unprocessed anger from childhood – perhaps not entirely the fault of our loved one’s perceived imperfections.

On the awakening path, I’m continually shown skewed perceptions in myself that I wish weren’t there. It’s very humbling. Frankly, the collective ego-mind sure needs humbling. But skewed perceptions are there and the world is what it is. There are skewed perceptions active in others (for instance, certain political figures) that I see, which I’d rather weren’t there – but that’s just where that person, and the collective, is in consciousness. What I can personally do is to stand in the tiny bit of clarity I do have, knowing that as I grow in awareness and clarity, others are likely to be positively affected too.

Here’s a personal stand I put before you today: my job is to do the work I do; I need to do it for my own joy and satisfaction. Plus, I believe deeply that the work helps others. Since you all have your own perceptions to sort through — a humongous task, indeed — my work is to support you in shifting what’s showing up in your lives and to be a channel for a rise in consciousness. The shamanic soul retrieval work I do can assist beautifully in those areas. With soul loss comes consciousness loss – it’s a survival mechanism that helps us endure the unendurable. Soul loss happens due to emotional loss, trauma, accidents, illness, divorce, various emotional/physical deprivations, abuse, karma, addiction, and more. With soul retrieval comes a rise in consciousness.

I’m offering a financial discount today to those who want assistance but feel they can’t afford a soul retrieval – or to those who just love a sale! I offer my broadest, most comprehensive of sessions, a soul retrieval, at a discounted price of $108, for a limited time.

 I am offering a 2-hour shamanic soul retrieval, done by phone or skype, for $108. Just mention this blog post when you contact me. It must be scheduled and pre-paid (credit card okay) by April 11….and you can receive the session between your date of booking and May 13. After April 11, the price returns to its normal $185. Such a deal!

Contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Wishing you inner freedom and self-awareness! And don’t forget, if you are interested in attending the upcoming The Phenomenon And The Gift course in the Chicago area on May 20-22, the deadline for the early-bird registration rate expires April 15.  For more info and registration for this inspiring event that initiates you to give Golden Orb Deeksha, click HERE

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May I give you a gift?

Happy Solstice – and I have a gift for you in honor of the return of the Light!

If you’re reading this on Tuesday, December 22 or later, you survived the shortest day and the longest night of the year on December 21, which is recognized as the Winter Solstice. Tonight, I’m feeling just a tad bit en-Lightened as I witness the clock measuring the turning point of Darkness into Light. Hooray, we’re headed back into Light! If I seem a bit giddy, my apologies, but it’s truly because darkness has been such a relentless foe in 2015. For me, it felt like Darkness chased me in the proverbial desert for 40 years. I know some people say it’s good to “befriend” the Darkness, but I believe in politely declining its invitations to linger…and then armed with as much spiritual power that might be harnessed, getting the heck out of its life-sucking clutch.

It’s been a “dark” year for so many, even at the height of summer’s glorious sun. The darkness of the Solstice metaphorically represents the inner darkness as well as the absence of daylight, and many people, myself included, have been struggling with particularly “dark” aspects of the inner realms in 2015. This darkness has fear at its root. The outer world always reflects the collective inner world, and our chaotic, fearful planet continues to reflect an over-growth of spiritual darkness in all the murders, wars, poverty, plundering, and conflict happening now. Yet, we persevere in our desire for  peace and joy, and I’d like to commend the courage, resilience, and strength that constant perseverance takes.

Must we all go into the desert of despair at times? It’s hard to avoid. But as dark as it might get, and as devoid of hope as it might feel, it’s  important to keep rediscovering the Light as it returns over and over again. Actually, we all have many light switches available – at all times – to turn on the Light…the trick is to remember we have the power to flip the switch whenever we need to do that. That power lies within each of us.

We can turn on the Light ourselves through daily meditation practice – and I can’t recommend that enough. Just sitting with our feelings can help them move through. Just observing the mind in action frees us from the mind’s grip – breaks up identification with it. But when we feel overwhelmed or stuck,  we might turn to others who share other sources of Light, including: energy work, readings, healing modalities…in fact, there are so many beautiful, energy-based systems available now to shift fear into love, and stress into peace. Also, just sitting with a friend or in a group, and letting yourself feel safe and seen can be lifesaving.

If you resist these helpful practices, ask yourself if your resistance and suffering is serving your best interests. The answer is always going to be that resistance only drags you and those around you deeper into darkness. Please find the courage to dare to change. Do everything in your power to move toward the Light. The world’s future depends on it – truly.  Even picking yourself off the sofa and taking a walk, or calling a friend is a good step.

If you think you can’t meditate, let me highly recommend a fabulous free phone App called “Insight Timer.” There are currently over 800 recorded, guided meditations available on this App. It’s like a playground for spiritual warriors. Just pick whatever meditation calls to you and let yourself be guided to some inner peace. It’s such a beautifully easy way to allow change to take  you over.

I won’t kid you — we all know that it can sometimes feel like a like a moment to moment, life or death struggle when we are really depressed, or sad, or anxious…And I don’t want to minimize the suffering that we go through, but in addition to all these tools that can flip the Light switch, one of the best places to fall into is the warm, heart-hug of gratitude.

I’ve been in times of fear and hopelessness, when all paths “out” have looked like dead-ends; but then one little baby step toward Light can shift the heaviness. One little step in the direction of gratitude…just speaking words of gratitude can elevate and reveal new opportunities, changes in perception, and unexpected acts of grace. Even if you don’t feel grateful, just saying the words, “I am grateful for …” have a mighty power to ease your mind out of the garbage. Gratitude is a veritable lifeline to inner equilibrium and to the self-love from which sanity is reborn. Gratitude softens the pain. It reminds us that we have, indeed, been blessed before by the universe, even if we’re feeling down now….and plants the seeds of hope that we can feel blessed again.  And we will be!

Even if you don’t love yourself, I’m going to tell you that you are loved by this thing called Life. In celebration of life and the return of Light, I would like to give you a holiday gift. Please accept this little token of my love and appreciation for all of you who read these writings, who have the courage to seek freedom from suffering:

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I’m going to share some Light for the next 10 days, through December 31 – I’ll be sending group intentional Oneness Deeksha twice a day, morning and evening, to anyone who sends me their name. You won’t be able to see me do it, but you might just feel the Grace giving you a warm hug as we move into 2016. (If you want to know more about Deeksha, please read about The Oneness Blessing here.

Plus, I’d like to offer a 10% discount on all my illuminating Akashic and Clairvoyant Readings if paid for in the next 10 days (through Dec. 31) Sessions can be scheduled for January if paid in December. With the discount, the price is $108 by phone or $117 in person. Shine the light of insight on such Reading topics as: relationships, health, life purpose, prosperity, and direction. If you’re feeling confused, blocked or hopeless in any of these areas, a reading can help shift the energy!

May 2016 be a year of inner Light for you….may the world shine brighter because of your soul’s natural radiance!

Peace and love,

Paula

 

 

 

Time To Come Home & Sept. Offerings

Image: Happy sunWell here we are at the height of summer, heat and all, receiving a rare, intense treat – a Blue, Full Moon – and I’m hoping you’re fully experiencing the yin and the yang of it all. Remember long, hot summer nights when you were a kid? Perhaps if you’re like me, and you played hard outside until the sun had set and the mosquitoes were torturous. Perhaps your mom or dad called you in, and in you went; reluctantly, loudly complaining. But once you brought your sweaty little self inside, you gratefully gave in to that delicious tiredness that comes from fully experiencing the heightened delights of summer!

That little kid in us is still alive, you know. She or he still feels exquisite joy, great excitement, terrifying fear, pain, and deep sadness at times. Kids feel intensely and somehow many of us have done our best for years to subdue that natural intensity. Guess what? Much of it is trapped within, snuffing down the pleasure as well as the pain. When we go “inside” – that is, internally – we can heal and release it.

It’s time to come home to our authentic essence – to that inner kid, and to the comfort and peace of what is eternal and essentially within. As a world community, we’re exhausted from the frantic “doingness” that’s gone on for centuries—building, conquering, consuming, fighting, searching, and struggling in general. We’ve spent years pursuing pleasure, security, knowledge, and success. We’ve been looking externally for all these things – and now, on a global scale, it’s time to come home to our internal world to truly manifest the happiness we desire.

Most of us come home kicking and screaming on some level. We call that “resistance.” We want what we think we want….yes, the ego likes to have it’s own way. Think of a four year old’s tantrum who can’t have ice cream when she wants it; for that’s how the ego/mind often responds to life. The ego kicks up a lot of noise, confusion, conflict, and suffering. What’s on the other side of all that drama is simply peace, acceptance, and joy, our natural, internal birthright.

Even as we’re immersed in the incredible beauty and power of the natural world at this time of year, the wise, Inner Self knows that as autumn comes delicately approaching, we’ll be gently slowing down to reap the harvest of all this summer’s intensity. As long as a summer day and night is, that’s how inevitable is the time to look ahead to taking a breath and harvesting the abundant wisdom of this year.

So in that spirit of opportunity for growth, peace, and expansion, here are a couple of upcoming events to harvest the inner gold that awaits our attention. If you’re in the Chicago area or would like to visit, think about attending these special offerings in September:

journeycircleandmeditationSHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE, Sat., Sept. 19th, 1-7pm in gorgeous Downers Grove, IL. We’ll be doing shamanic ceremony, drumming, and journeying (both indoors and outdoors) to connect with inner guidance and healing. The theme of this event will be moving through inner conflict and conditioning to find the Oneness Within; particularly focusing on balancing the feminine and masculine within each of us.   I’ll be leading it with Frank Panek on the sacred land and center he and his wife Kristin own – the land has significant Native American energy and their center is home to a powerful Oneness Sacred Chambers. There’s an early bird discount if you register by Sept. 1: $90 per person. If you come in from out of town, there are hotels nearby. See more info here or contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

Image: Soul of a womanONENESS AWAKENING COURSE, Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30pm – 10pm and Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:30am -8pm in Deerfield, IL. BECOME A ONENESS BLESSING GIVER! What would your life be if you moved into fully living, enhancing all aspects of your life – health, wealth, relationships, purpose, talents and abilities? Come join us for that opportunity to come fully alive to your essence, and to transform your consciousness, release emotional triggers in the body, and become initiated to give the gift of Oneness Deeksha to yourself and others. There’s an early bird discount if you register by August 15 – $210. I’ll be leading this with two other Certified Oneness Trainers, Savita-Laura Jachim and Andrea Loxley. Space is limited so register now by contacting Savita at laurasavita@icloud.com . See more info here or contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

FreeMeditationLogoMEDITATION & ONENESS DEEKSHA FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH A CANCER DIAGNOSIS, 1st & 3rd Monday nights of each month from Sept. 21 – Dec. 21, 2015, 7-8:30pm, in Evanston, IL. A diagnosis of cancer can bring with it both unique stress and also a powerful opportunity for personal growth, This special drop-in group offers a safe place for renewal with relaxation, inner peace, clarity, and transformation through various types of meditation and receiving the Oneness Blessing (Deeksha). FREE! Sponsored by the Heartwood Foundation WCP. No experience necessary – open to women and men living with or recovering from cancer. I’ll be leading it with Liz Brumfield, MD, Holistic Psychiatrist. For more information, look here and please contact paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

Radio interviews now available for listening
Radio interviews now available for listening

By the way, I posted two new radio interviews I did recently about my new book, The Oneness Blessing, which I’m happy to say, has been getting great reviews! (check out what readers say on amazon.com).

To hear a fun interview on the show Paranormal Underground on June 25, click here. To hear my interview by award-winning author Debbbi Dachinger on her show Dare To Dream, listen here. In this interview I also talked about the shamanic healing work I do.

Happy growing in the summer sunshine! Wishing for all inner transformation and external abundance, joy, and fulfillment!

Blessings,

Paula