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Shamanic Extraction: Clear & Shine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25th anniversary and my own “Me Too” reflections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn to Fly!

I’ve got a legendary Lennon/McCartney song rolling around in my brain tonight, and it won’t let me simmer down until I share it with you now! Check out the cover version of “Blackbird” by master guitarist Milos Karadaglic HEREor the Alicia Keys version HERE, or a version by Paul McCartney himself, HERE.

I can’t seem to get enough of this song! There are so many great lines in it, like “you were only waiting for this moment to be free.”

Maybe it’s spring fever or the full moon, but the energy of freedom has it’s grip on me as I sit at my computer. I can’t help but feel that this is it – it’s definitely our moment to be free.  The flight into the Light may never have been this available, or this needed.  We have the tools to face down our fears and illusions, transmute them, and fly through this dark night of the soul.

So let’s take our “broken wings and learn to fly.” I don’t think I have any words more inspiring to pull out of my hat at the moment, than directing you to have a listen to “Blackbird.”   Sometimes a brilliant song steps into our collective heart and takes us somewhere that words alone can’t.

There is so much more to see and to be – do you feel that? There’s so much more than our egos will let us perceive. Hoping for you that you find your inspiration to be free and take action wherever you’re guided to go, and whatever you’re guided to do.

If you’re in the Chicago area next Sunday afternoon, I’m leading a shamanic journey circle, with the theme “Playing In The Light,” to help us fly together.  We’ll meditate, drum, rattle, meet our Spirit Guides, and soar off the grid in shamanic journeys.  No experience is necessary. Hope you can join us. This is the last call to register, so don’t delay.  Check out the journey circle details HERE and contact me to register at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

 

Intimacy Starts Within

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Shamanic Journey Circle: May 6, Chicago!

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE; PLAYING IN THE LIGHT

SUNDAY, MAY 6, from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

Shamanic journeying is ancient, ecstatic form of ritual and meditation, practiced for thousands of years in tribal communities all over the world.  It provides direct communication and connection with Source. It requires only letting go and allowing Spirit to commune with you, via visions, words, colors, and/or insights. Come to this joyful experience to meet your personal Spirit Guides, to experience synchronicities, healing, gratitude, and bliss. No experience is necessary – just a willingness to spend sacred time with your spiritual essence.

Do you long to feel closer to Spirit? Do you wonder why you’re here or what you can do to live more powerfully in your purpose?  Do you need clarity about your health, your work, your relationships, or your focus?  Come to this circle and get your guidance and healing directly from Spirit.  The power of the group intention and energy amplifies the experience for all!

***There will be a special addition to the traditional format: Chakra Clearing and Oneness Deeksha, prior to journeying,  to raise your vibration and supercharge the shamanic journeys we will take!      

Facilitated by Paula Rosenfeld, Shamanic Practitioner, Clairvoyant Reader, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Oneness Trainer, and author of The Oneness Blessing.  Paula has practiced the ancient, healing art of shamanic soul retrieval & extraction for people and animals for over 24 years.  www.fromtheheartcenter.com

Cost:  $65   

(Please note that If you want to pay by credit or debit card, you must register by May 1, and you’ll be sent a paypal email invoice, to be paid in advance.  Otherwise, cash only is accepted at the door.)

To Register Contact Paula Rosenfeld, 773-791-8425 or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, no later than MAY 3 if paying at the door.

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I just saw the Oscar-nominated film “Ladybird” and it brought me right back to my own teen years, and the teen years of my daughter.  What I loved about the film was that it held the frequently awkward space of intimacy, both within the self and with others, in a beautifully sacred way.  For the buried teen within us, it resurrects and celebrates that uniquely joyous, sometimes painful, hormonally chaotic and precious time of emerging individuality and loss of innocence.  It reminds us of what it feels like to play without knowing the rules; to feel your way through this huge thing that is life.

That teen in me seems to be saying hello lately, even as older age, on paper or by wrinkles, might project an image of wisdom.  I moved two weeks ago, and that particular event turned my life rather upside down. It was a happy, positive move, but it still created an upheaval and thrust me into unknown territory. I’ve felt kind of like an awkward teenager again, just like the heroine of Ladybird. Considering the past year’s political climate, the chaotic weather patterns, and the rollercoaster stock market this month, you might also find yourself feeling, as I do, just a little out of control.

When I was unpacking, I unearthed an old bumper sticker I had stashed away a while ago.  The bumper sticker says, “Let Go, Let Goddess.”  That’s been my mantra since I gratefully (and with perfect synchronicity) found it again!  Letting go and allowing a higher power (whatever that is for you) to carry you through difficult, unknown times is a lifesaver; it can return you to the thrill of living fully. It can make you feel like a teen again – alive – and experiencing your life unfolding with all the tumble of emotions that humans get to have.  As challenging as having emotions can be, I still wouldn’t trade them for numbness.

We all have within us a brilliant force of life and creativity that can’t be squashed.  Like the teen in Ladybird, it can take us into some very uncomfortable emotional places and also to the heights of bliss.  Learning to trust it and let it take the reins, in order to recreate your life, is the essence of walking a spiritual path.  As a teen, that authentic force can move mightily; but as adults, we might need to unlearn a lot of conditioning and release the resistance to change that we acquire as we age — in order to unleash that force’s life-imbuing power.

All the healing work I offer is given with the spirit of supporting you in peeling back the suffocating layers, in order to reclaim your authentic self. Over and over, the repressed divine self will call to you – in your dreams or fantasies, and in real-life opportunities. In order to return to feeling fully alive, we need to listen to that inner voice. We need to let go of the past and risk being present to the whirlwind of the here and now. We need to release the old patterns that prohibit us from taking on life as an unknown adventure, as it was in our earlier years. Finding that sacred, risk-taking hero or heroine within can be downright thrilling.

I love shamanic journeying and guided meditations because they are often a grand adventure.  Just like life, you’ll never know what you’ll find if you just let go and be present within the shamanic journey or meditation. Shamanic journeying and meditation can reveal guidance you’d never dreamed of, and insights that have been beyond your reach.

For the single women reading this, I want to draw your attention to a new virtual course (via conference call) that I’m offering called “Relationship Readiness.  As you may know, I just collaborated with Sue De Santo, Clinical Social Worker and Relationship Coach, to offer an in-person workshop in Chicago.  Now we are continuing our collaboration with this virtual, 4-part class series, so those outside of Chicago can experience it – or those in my area can take it from the comfort of their homes.  I’ll be leading two sessions that are completely shamanic journeying and guided meditation.  It has the potential to change your relationship history from the inside out – to free up that teen in you to attract the kind of relationship you’ve always wanted.  If you are interested, please read more details about it here.  And if you have to miss any of the classes, a recording will be available. Contact me for questions and registration.  Early-bird price of $219 ends on Feb. 14.

 

 

Why the Goofy Hearts?

Valentine's DayDid you ever put your heart “out there” and get what feels like a big, empty, no-response from the universe?  I mean, a big, invalidating, nothing.  That’s happened to me in my dating life, in my creative efforts, in friendships at times, and in my career.  When we take the risk of opening ourselves, to be seen, and to be vulnerable, we risk feeling hurt when the offerings of our open heart are not appreciated or returned.  When this happens, our inner defense patterns and heart walls can get thicker. This process can start in childhood, when our inner-kid’s natural joy, exuberance, and loving nature got stomped on, perhaps by stressed-out, dysfunctional, or shut-down parents, bullying kids, or by the educational system itself. We learn to keep our guard up, to be like our peers, and to behave as parents, teachers, and other authority figures expect.

In dating, if we open up to another person, and they don’t match that emotional availability, there is a tendency for us to retreat to a place of isolation, resignation, or hopelessness. We take another person’s non-interest way too personally most of the time.  Truth is, it always has nothing to do with us.  But our vulnerable heart is like a friendly puppy – it just wants to love and be loved – and our ego-mind is like a soldier – it’s job is to preserve and protect us from harm.  Thus, heart and mind become bogged down waging a battle of inner-conflict, with an unconscious strategy operating to prevent future pain.

Staying in our comfort zones usually brings little gain.  To risk vulnerability and risk failing, is also to invite in huge success and greater happiness.  To be blunt, you usually have to take risks to achieve greater fulfillment and success (whatever success means to you).  Keeping our lives risk-free and playing it safe only serves to keep that status-quo predictability going….and for many of us self-growth warriors, the status quo is not where our spirit likes to hang out.  The spirit is always trying to move forward – to greater expansion.  For our true essence is a part of the universe, and as science has shown, we live in an ever-expanding universe.  The way of the Universal Spirit is one of constant change and expansion.  That expansive drive and ever-changing nature lives within our heart.

As you’ve been reading here, my friend and colleague Sue De Santo and I are giving a course called “Dating, Sexuality & Empowerment.” See all the details HERE.  It’s designed to help women break through those heart-protecting patterns and step more fully into their authentic, radiant, self-empowerment. When we break through the mental control that’s trying to preserve our safety with old, self-protecting patterns, our inner light comes pouring through. 

Having inner freedom endows us with an attractive force of love and joy that beams out to the world. We begin to flow with that ever-expanding universe within and without us….life brings to our door exactly what we need to keep circulating that joy and love of our spirit.  We attract the right people (including life partners), opportunities, and conditions to better serve the world and circulate our gifts, talents, and unique contributions.  

To promote this course, Sue and I made a video to put on facebook and youtube.  That’s what practitioners like us do to market our services.  Just part of the job.  But don’t think that it is ever easy for people like us to wear our hearts on our sleeves when we write blogs, when we promote our courses, sessions, and all the offerings we do.  Most of us who do this have had zero training in marketing – though we’ve had lots of training in the services we offer, but still this type of work seems to require continual self-promotion to spread the word.  That self-promotion is risky.  Speaking for myself, my particular shamanic and holistic coaching offerings are not mainstream, to say the least.  The older and wiser I get about the value of my contributions, however, the more I’m willing to be authentic, vulnerable, and open about what I do — in a world that is generally hugely resistant to change, complementary healing techniques, and vulnerability. 

So Sue and I made this video. Please check it out HERE and see the goofy hearts in it. At first we accidentally put a hearts filter on the video, chuckled about it, and then kept it on, with an intent to attract attention and lighten up this topic we’re teaching. To my surprise, it’s been received with kind of a glaringly silent, non-response on facebook.

I’m used to putting up simple photos of trees and getting a bunch of “likes” or “loves”…but I’m getting very little response with this video. The silence is deafening, as they say.  Perhaps some people are offended, don’t get it, or whatever.  But to me, it’s pretty darn goofy and a bit awkward to watch, and I thought I’d at least get a laughing emoji out of someone. However, I’m not taking it personally.  In fact, I’m laughing at myself each time I view it and see my own awkwardness and those goofy hearts. It’s my coyote medicine, for sure. Coyote brings me the gift of finding humor in my own silly antics.

Actually, coyote medicine aside, this course touches a powerful topic with very timely resonance to the awakening of the Divine Feminine now.  I’m absolutely in awe of the fantastic rise of women’s sense of spiritual empowerment now and I’ve always been eager to contribute to that awakening. From women suffragettes to feminists, to the path of the spiritual warriors among us, including the “me too’s”, this is deeply exciting and hopeful phenomenon to observe.

One thing I’ve learned along the way is to carry a certain “lightness of being” as a valued tool on the spiritual path.  If you can find a little loving humor about this mysterious drama of being human, it’s a very healthy thing.  And we know the power of levity at Halloween time, when we dress up to laugh at scary ghosts (the omnipresent reality of death), threatening pirates, ominous witches, and the super-heroes who fight the evils of crime, etc.  Or when we try to dress up like a 1940’s movie star, like I did in 2009.  I loved having fun with a bit of that Hollywood glam, probably because I needed to let that glam shadow side of me out to shine!  

Halloween2009

 

If you can laugh at yourself, and at the self-protective patterns devised by the ego, then you are not identified with that ego.  You are not your mind!  You are not that hurt, scared child who wasn’t seen, wasn’t appreciated, or somehow needed to be “controlled” by stressed out authority figures. To find humor in what is awful, sad, and downright life-invalidating, is to be free of those darker inner forces that keep us feeling frustrated, stuck, and less than miraculous. To be free inwardly is to experience the true bliss that is our essence, no matter how others treat us.  No matter whether they like our videos or not!

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  teachers always teach what they need to learn for themselves…and they usually get their lessons especially when they are preparing for a course. Being a good teacher, healer, coach, or therapist is to be a constant student of life and love. A good teacher is a model for that which they teach. I hope I can do that — I want to inspire you to live ever-expandingly beyond the status quo of your comfort zones in order to be a thriving, joyful human being.  We are not our fears, our resignation, our need to please, or our self-protection.  We are love and Light, eternally.

Mad Scientist unleashed

Image: Soul of a womanIn the past eleven months of working on a certificate program in integrative nutrition, I’ve learned something crazy about myself; I’ve now totally unleashed the ‘mad scientist’ within!  I guess she used to be somewhat closeted. Now she’s ridiculously passionate, unabashedly spiritual, loud, and apparently unstoppable in her efforts to get to the root cause of problems and to create change… and now she has many more powerful tools for the health of body, mind, and spirit in her toolbox.

I’ve got one more month of studies until I graduate, and I’m almost obsessed with challenging the status quo of health in America. Frankly, we are a nation surprisingly asleep to the notion of taking control of one’s own, precious body.  After all, we love control in this day and age!  But we’ve lost control of our bodies and, perhaps, haven’t even noticed; it’s all so second nature.  How were we so blinded by the cheap bling of processed foods and sugary drinks? When did we get so busy that we lost our connection to plants, our kitchens and the whole foods of Mother Earth? When did moving our bodies give way to screen gazing, overwork, and fatigue? And why do we wonder why the American soul is gasping under the weight of a major health care crisis?  WE ARE ASLEEP!

In the 24 years of my shamanic healing practice, I have been a warrior for your soul.  I’ve gone to battle with all manner of blocked energies, intrusive beings from other dimensions, lost soul parts, past lives, and that over-arching demon, Stuckness.  And as a Oneness Blessing Giver and Oneness Trainer, I’ve offered my humble services to Spirit to help catalyze your awakening and your heart’s declutching from the mind.  Spirit has kept me focused on the soul, for that’s the breath of life underneath this whole theater of humanity.  I love this spiritual calling and will never stop offering it to others.

Yet, Spirit has spoken to me and sparked in me a bold urge to also fight for the holistic health of this earthly vehicle for the soul…this incredibly brilliant mass of cellular structures which is the Body. Yes, this life is not “it”; our soul is eternal.  But while we are here, what matters most is the QUALITY of this earthly life.  And without a highly functioning body, the quality of one’s life can truly stink.  An unhealthy body creates pain, narrows your life, dims your mind and spirit, sometimes limits your contribution, and can keep you from being your highest self. It’s as plain as that.

For example, without the brain getting proper nutrition, blood flow, and oxygen, and the body getting regular exercise and sleep, you might be ultimately facing dementia or Alzheimers.  Is this how you want to go out? The brain can start deteriorating after age 30! Your memory can start giving you problems after age 50!  I mention this as one who sometimes can’t remember a certain word or someone’s name.  Better believe, I’m now taking steps to support my brain’s health!  Experts say the brain can be as healthy at 90 as it was at 29, if you give it what it needs.

And your gut, if it isn’t lucky enough to avoid gmo’s, processed and sugar-laden food and drinks, viruses like Epstein Barr, yeast, parasites, emotional trauma, and stress, it can fall into a state of dysbiosis – that’s an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy intestinal bacteria.  It’s as common to Americans as rain, and it can lead to bloating, gas, gerd, pain, cognitive dysfunction, and many diseases like Hashimotos, Parkinsons, M.S,, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. The gut is 70% of your immune system. How many Americans are aware of this?

These are just two common examples of what the American lifestyle has created.  But the great news is that you can take control of your health and change these sabotaging conditions.  It takes awareness, intentionality, determination, perseverance, and, very importantly, accountability.  It helps when someone holds us to our word, if we can’t hold our self to our own word  — which happens because the mind walks a slippery slope when it comes to long-held habits.  The mind sinks into resistance and sometimes languishes in denial.

For this kind of change in the body’s status quo, one often needs quite a bit of support.  Sad to say, we are also a nation lacking in a lot of emotional support.  Friends and family who could support us are often too busy maneuvering to be ahead of the competition, and to be ahead of Time.  Busy, busy, busy, is what we are.  And with what?  Distractions?  Over-commitment? How often do you feel heard, like someone was really present to what you were saying?

If you made it this far down in my writing, I thank you!  There’s something in you that’s awake or awakening to the need for change.  Perhaps you struggle with procrastination, though you know what you need to do.  You’re human…no judgement. What matters is self-awareness, and taking action as necessary.

Here’s an offer you might want to consider:  You don’t have to do this alone.  You could have a personal, very spiritual, ‘mad scientist’ in your corner to get to the root of things and help you to create the life of your dreams. Nothing feels better than achieving a goal!  I would love to be a help to you, navigating a path that will be unique to you, gently holding you accountable, and always supporting you emotionally.  Because I know that change like this isn’t easy.

I have, and have had, my own struggles with health.  I’ve given up sugar, caffeine, gluten, and dairy to heal this gut of mine. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer several years ago, and pulled out all the stops I knew at the time to heal the imbalances (using prayer, nutrition, emotional and spiritual support, and western medicine) — and was lucky enough that ultimately, when the doc removed my organs, he found no cancer!  That’s right, he actually reversed the original diagnosis of cancer in the medical records!

Was it a miracle? Absolutely yes!!!  But I also worked all the tools I had available at that time. I have even more tools and knowledge now. And now you know why I’ve become a holistic health coach on top of being a spiritual healer. Nothing like a diagnosis of cancer to impassion one.

So if you want a mad, crazy-determined, spiritual scientist to help you, I have a suggestion:

I’m currently running a holistic health coaching special.  I have one more month left of my year-long training. For the month of October, I am offering a truly low, low, low rate for a package of six months of coaching.  Why six months?  Because experts have figured out that people need six months to create lasting lifestyle change. You have to address the root of what’s out of balance. This is why diets and new year’s resolutions generally fail. People try to make radical changes but relapse to old, ingrained habits. What’s needed is holistic change from the inside out – not just in food or exercise, but in relationships, spirituality, career, and general physical activity. Holistic coaching can truly help transform your life.

With this current special, for only $150 a month, you get two (2) one-hour sessions of coaching per each of the six months, plus email support in between as needed. If you pay the six months in full, upfront, I’ll take off another $100.

After I graduate, the price for the package will be going up. The single sessions of life coaching that I have been offering, typically cost $125 an hour….so at the special price of $75 an hour, this is a tremendous value and investment in manifesting your highest potential for body, mind, and spirit.  Please contact me with any questions!  In fact, I’ll give you a free health consultation (no obligation) to get a taste of what I can offer!  So contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or call 773-791-8425.  Act now so you can sign up in October and get the discounted rate!

With Love and Blessings!

Paula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want Self-love and A Free Gift?

IMG_2516It’s been far too long since I wrote here, and I regret that fact. Summer’s almost gone! But I haven’t forgotten about you! It’s just that, in addition to my regular shamanic healing and  reading offerings, I’ve been extra busy studying for a certificate in integrative nutrition health coaching. Like many of us, any personal challenges this year are playing out amidst a backdrop of governmental, national, nature, and global violence crisis which seem relentlessly emotionally triggering, and downright hard to digest.  At times, it’s brought some people (including me!) to the brink of despair and coping ability. Our first chakra safety issues have been rocked to the core. We’ve needed to dig deep into our resources for faith, hope, connection, safety, beauty, and love.

Since last November, when I began this fantastic, year-long training program in Integrative Nutrition, I’ve needed lots of focus, not only on my studies, but on scrutinizing just about every area of my life.  The content of what I’m learning is all about the primary things that nourish us…and food is actually secondary nourishment. The fundamental things that most nourish us include relationships, physical activity, spirituality, and career.

When that primary sphere of nourishment is out of balance and lacking, the body’s physical health is challenged. How can you digest well when the stress of living seems so high? How can your body perform optimally when it’s not wholly nourished?  As a coach, my job is to support growth on all levels — and balance, inner peace, and fulfillment in all these lifestyle areas, including nutrition.

It doesn’t matter where you start to re-nourish in this paradigm, for all roads lead to healing of body, mind, and spirit…and that is the crux of holistic healing.  My own path has had a major focus on spirituality, but my Divine has led me to double-down with a  laser-focus on issues of the body  – because without the body, there is no vehicle for spiritual growth.  In these times when life seems so out of control, having dominion over what is actually most fundamental to our earthly existence (our body), is absolutely crucial!  Our precious body, which gives physical life to our eternal spirit, is under our loving dominion. Are you loving with your body? With responsibility for this body, there is choice.  And it is in our lifestyle choices that we truly honor our authentic, sacred self.

Since young adulthood, I’ve personally struggled with persistent, mysterious digestive issues and food sensitivities. In the past, western medicine hasn’t had good answers for what has troubled me. The study of nutrition and physical health, however, has been an evolving science. Now, many new findings are coming to light, particularly in the arena of digestion and nutrition.  I’m having amazing success with some of my own health difficulties, and I’m eager to share my experience, strength, and hope with you!

Even with the highest spiritual consciousness, optimum health is challenged immensely by many external factors:  the changing environment,  the stressful overload of information today, the unavailability of healthy, unprocessed food, a surplus of additives, toxins, random viruses, and, to a small degree, our genetics.  We’re up against a lot of challenges, but knowledge is power.  What we don’t know, or choose not to deal with, will surely affect the quality and quantity of our lifespan. For me, the quality of a life is the most crucial part of all.  I want to live as healthy, pain-free, and non-medicated a life as possible…how about you?

Given all these external factors, what a “pre-loaded” work of art these beautiful bodies of ours are!  In these times, perhaps more than ever, our bodies and lifestyles require radical self-care and consciousness to thrive.  This takes courage, education, perseverance, and, I truly believe, lots of accountability and emotional support.  To change diet and lifestyle in transformational ways that yield lasting results, is no small feat. It requires a change in consciousness and a powerful commitment to persevere.

As a consciousness warrior, I’ve been working for many years in the trenches with Spirit on behalf of the collective good, and I hope to go out that way when this lifetime ends – always a warrior. As you know, these are extraordinarily challenging times, these awakening times, and it takes guts to be alive now.  The dark energies within and without are not going down without resistance to all the fantastic Light.  It is becoming more and more apparent that we need greater physical health, too, to hold this precious, higher vibration of awakening.  We need optimum nutrition, sleep, and exercise for this new, empowered wiring of our nervous systems and organs.

So, expect to hear a lot more about my new endeavors in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I’d like to offer you a gift to celebrate what I’m calling my new “You Have Guts” holistic health coaching program:

man with a heart in hands on a white backgroundWould you like to have a completely free, no-strings-attached, one-hour health consultation by phone?  I’d love to support your own love for your body and your life!  We will discuss your health goals, and you might receive some new insights and inspiration!   Just drop me an email if you’re interested – paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or call me at 773-791-8425.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR SHAMANIC JOURNEY GROUP

Beautiful dove in a blue sky symbol of faithNEW CLASS SERIES:  EXPLORING THE SACRED BLESSINGS OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL

Via CONFERENCE CALL: WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 22 – APRIL 19, 2017

From 7:30-9:30pm Central time for first and final classes; 7:30-9 for three middle classesOnly $156 for the series.

In this telephonic, 5-week class, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the mystical, indigenous Medicine Wheel with a small group of fellow shamanic journeyers. No experience is necessary! You’ll learn shamanic journeying (an indigenous form of meditation and direct revelation) and meet a Spiritual Guide for healing, guidance, and insights. You’ll also learn traditional shamanic drumming patterns (hand drum or rattle not required) to clear energies and meditate with the Spirits of the 7 Medicine Wheel Directions.

Each Direction of the Medicine Wheel represents different aspects of life and consciousness. Together, the group will move through a cycle of rebirth of consciousness and deepening connection to All That Is. You’ll be able to see areas in your life where there might be “stuckness”  or karma, and to ask for spiritual help in releasing them, so you can move forward into greater joy, lightness, self-love, prosperity, healing and wisdom. You’ll deepen your connection to Spirit and your authentic Self, so that you may move with Grace and ease in the flow of life.

Personal empowerment is catalyzed, quickened, and magnified by journeying and processing together as a group. With Spring coming, this is a beautiful and powerful time of the year to clear yourself and to usher in a brand new magical and meaningful cycle of new growth and opportunity!

Register nowgroup almost filled – at:

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

or call 773-791-8425