From Spirit

Shamanic Healing for Animals

Mr. Ozzie

One thing that the pandemic has wondrously catalyzed, has been a great amount of pet adoption. So many dogs have been adopted, that it’s not easy to find a dog now.  I’ve heard there are still more cats than dogs needing homes, however. When facing long hours of solitude and sheltering at home, people have been reaching for comfort, companionship, and unconditional love from endearing, furry beings who give these things so generously to their humans. 

It’s been five years since I lost the last of the beloved pets of my lifetime. We called him Mr. Ozzie, whose regal photo you see above. He was a tiny Persian with a huge heart. My furry companions have primarily been cats, though early on, I had one irreplaceable dog, named Poolie, who I loved so much, and he loved me so much, that through him, I first came to know how extraordinarily deep a soul connection one can have with an animal. Losing him brings up tears still, and it was about 31 years ago that he passed away.

My animals have shown me that love can be pretty simple, when it comes down to it.  We open our hearts to each other, we take care of each other with complete devotion, and the love flows abundantly. My animals did take care of many of my needs, without me even knowing those needs were present; that’s how good they were at making themselves available for snuggling, receiving pleasure, and comforting me with their furry little bodies when I was feeling down.  I used to say to my daughter, when she was young, that our beloved Mr. Ozzie “gave” by “receiving”.  It was true.  He received petting with such loud, purring joy that his joy radiated back to us, blessing us abundantly with happiness.

In the rush of life, I often took that generosity of spirit in our animals for granted.  Yet, underneath all the vet bills and worry over health challenges in their senior years, there was not one part of me that would have denied my furry babies anything they needed to be healthy and live as long as possible. I did everything I could to give them good lives, and, in return, I received back unconditional love, a hundred fold.

It’s when you lose a pet that you realize just how quiet a home can be. Sure, there’s much less responsibility, but one also realizes that animals can offer us relationship lessons and gifts, just as powerfully as human relationships can.

Like human relationships, our animal companions are mirrors to us.  They reflect our loving and not-so-loving tendencies.  They mirror back when we aren’t attentive, sensitive, appropriately directive, or kind.  Every time I see a dog owner jerk the leash hard or yell at their dogs, I cringe mightily inside – just as I cringe when I see people treating each other with a lack of sensitivity. As in human relationships, an animal relationship invites each of us to look inward and take responsibility for the way our choices and treatment of others affects them. 

What I’ve come to know through doing shamanic soul retrieval and extraction sessions with furry and feathered beings for over 26 years of my practice, is that they are playful, sensitive, complex, wise, intuitive, intelligent, loyal, open-hearted, forgiving, and clearly capable of unconditional love – much more than humans in many cases. 

I’ve worked with cats, dogs, horses, pigs, rabbits, domesticated birds, and even a magnificent peacock who belongs to one of my clients with a farm. Each and every one of these beings showed me their personalities, loving nature, and unique struggles and challenges.  Their challenges can be emotional, physical, spiritual, as well as mentally conditioned and deeply affected by trauma–both in this lifetime and in past lives.

Being a shamanic practitioner is sacred, blessed work, but not very emotionally easy. Sometimes, and particularly with animals, I just sit and cry as I witness the abuse, neglect, pain and all kinds of emotional trauma that pets can endure. Their suffering is real and their souls are beautiful, strong, and sometimes need a lot of help to heal from the traumas they go through. 

I am wondering, when this pandemic ends, if many animals will be experiencing separation anxiety when their people go back to working outside the home. Many shelter animals who were adopted may be experiencing anxiety, depression, and physical problems from past trauma right now. Furthermore, our pets absorb our own emotions, and our pandemic-induced anxiety and depression can be affecting them too. 

So if you have pets that are struggling, or know of other pets who are struggling in some way, kindly consider for your furry friend, or suggest to others, shamanic healing for animal companions. Shamanic healing works amazingly well and quicker than with humans.  Perhaps because, in many cases, these creatures live in their hearts, not in their heads. They don’t obsess about the world’s problems, though they do have problems with abandonment, anxiety, other animals in the home, health issues, loud noises, traffic, and more. Primarily, they just want to play, eat, sleep, and most of all, love and be loved. The shamanic work can be a powerful aid to moving forward into greater happiness and health, which our beloved pets so greatly deserve.

By the way, in case you were wondering, I am looking for a dog to adopt.  Why a dog over a cat? I don’t know, exactly; It’s just time. He or she should be small enough to snuggle up in my lap. I know that when we find each other, we will be a perfect fit. If you hear of any doggie needing a new home, please let me know! 

Love and blessings,

Paula (with Poulie, back in the day!)

CREATE!

Ah, autumnal flowers! After a really gorgeous summer of hot weather, bright, lush foliage, abundant birds, and coyotes roaming the streets where I live, the wild days of this crazy, masked summer are gone. We in the midwest are at the very tale-end of nature’s exquisite seasonal transition into sun-lit golds, rusts and muted greens. Masses of leaves are piled up under the increasingly naked trees once again. When I experience this reminder of the cycle of life and death, there comes, every year, a mix of deep gratitude, spurts of great sadness, and ultimately, surrender into the stillness of winter’s long, slow, icy pause.

For me, this particular autumn had a spell of bigger-than-usual dread to it. In these midwestern parts, where the rate of covid is scarily high as I write this, the disease invited in a fear of greater isolation and imagined loneliness, too, as I pictured myself contracted by frigid temps, alone, and at home. I had many really happy, long sunny days in nature this summer, and safe, outdoor socializing which was lovely, but those days and opportunities are gone. I had to face the loss and face my fear of isolation, because there is no way around loss and fear but to face them. 

But after looking at fear in its face, I soon realized that for me, winter could actually turn out to be a rich, productive time. I could work on my writing, finish my new website (which will be reborn soon), launch some new classes, perfect my baking and soup making, file away my stacks of papers needing organizing, and maybe even get my taxes done by February! Those would be worthy goals, indeed. The prospect of getting this stuff done, of hanging in and probably even discovering unexpected, unimagined joy that the Universe has in mind for me – all this actually began to feel like something to look forward to. 

We’ve all been through so much this year. I deeply hope that all of us can harvest the courage that has come from traveling a really hard journey in 2020, a journey that’s not over yet. I hope we can utilize this courage to create a vision for ourselves – as our highest Self- and keep stepping more fully into that vision, in the times ahead. 

Have you begun to consider what you might want to create in 2021? Who are you becoming in this next phase of pandemic life and political strife? We’ve been forever changed by the intense events this year, and, in a sense, we have a fresh start; a fresh start because pre-pandemic consciousness is going up in flames like all the horrifying wildfires. We’re burning off a lot of unawareness. We’re waking up because we have to — we’re getting the proverbial bucket of water dumped on us and a long, slow whack on the head to boot. Of course some are still asleep and seem to be refusing to awaken. That’s a choice, or perhaps karma — though no doubt both. 

Who do YOU want to be now that you’re awakening? If you are reading this, you are awakening and growing by leaps and bounds into awareness. What stance do you want to take? What meaning do you desire for your life? What do you want to create?

Being aware of who we authentically are is priceless. Knowing our desires, goals, and values can point us toward greater success in manifesting our soul’s intentions for this lifetime. The things that limit us include hanging on to past hurts and conditioning, ingratitude, inner conflict, lack of self-acceptance, lack of self-love, and other forms of self-sabotage. Often we need help to discard the baggage, to reconnect to our authenticity, and to have the courage to persevere on our path to reclaiming our innate wholeness and spiritual empowerment.

Shamanic healing can help with this journey. The work I do is all about assisting you in reconnecting with the parts of yourself that got lost in the traumas of being a human in earth-school. This is a challenging planet, and the road to happiness, lifetime after lifetime, has been fraught with pain and suffering.  At this time on our planet, however, the opportunity to transform the collective consciousness is immense. Each step you take to embrace your authenticity, your darkest fears, and even the stubborn, stuck places – is a step toward claiming inner freedom, not only for yourself, but for all beings on earth. Inner freedom and inner peace IS spiritual  empowerment. Spiritual empowerment is TO BE OUR HIGHEST SELF.  This is the treasure for which we long. 

I’d also like to invite you to take a class that I think you’ll love — a class taught by my beloved Oneness teachers and live-streamed from India.  The class is called CREATE and the purpose is to help us to create abundance in all areas of our life.  I believe the class will knock our socks off in only 3 hours and help supply useful tools, along with profound energy transfers of Deeksha, to usher in the manifestations of our soul’s desires.

CREATE premiers Sunday, November 22, live-streamed, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Central Daylight Time.  The price is an amazingly low $25.  

Check this out and note that you must pre-register on or before Friday, Nov 20th 

For more info and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-incredible-online-course-to-create-abundancein-your-life-tickets-128524561423?aff=efbneb 

FOR QUESTIONS: email Paula Rosenfeld at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com, or call or text 773-791-8425.

Blessings on your creations!

Paula

My virtual office is open – come on in!

Happiness

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love and Light!

Paula

4 days left for special pricing!

Are you in full bloom yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

With deep gratitude for the spiritual warrior that you are!

Love, Paula

Soul Retrieval – Special Pricing for August

Photo by Laura Hamm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With Love and Light,

Paula

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

773-791-8425

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be safe, be healthy,

Paula

Death, Strength & a 20% off SALE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

Paula

FULL MOON SALE!

The Great Compassionate Light

As we move speedily toward the darkest day of the year — the winter solstice, December 21 — with Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa following shortly, emotions tend to run high. Moods can run quite dark too, with the dimming daylight. Often, people feel depressed at this time of year. Of course, there’s the additional stress of holidays and all the political upheaval going on. But there’s an opportunity to bring in some major Light, calmness, and peace into your life.  How?  One way is by hanging out with the full moon.  The full moon is Thursday, Dec. 12, and its beautiful shining light is a call to our soul to awaken.

*** I’m offering a rare sale of Akashic Record Readings.  For 4 days only, between now and Saturday evening, Dec. 14, you can purchase a one-hour, telephonic or skype, Akashic Record Reading for only $108.  Normally, I charge $140, so it’s a really great discount and my full moon gift to you!  Contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com to purchase a reading. Or call me at 773-791-8425. Remember, the sale is only through Saturday! ****

An Akashic Record Reading is a profound way to shed Light on your most troubling issues, such as:  How to make more money, how to find, recover from, or keep love, how to improve health challenges, how to deal with loved ones, how to move through stuckness, and what is your purpose in this lifetime. The more specific the questions, the better, and nothing is too small to ask.  These are just examples of some of the many issues that are discussed in Akashic Record Readings.

The Akashic Record is a vibrational record of your soul and includes not only this lifetime, but prior ones too.  In a reading, I work with very high-vibrational spirit guides to offer the highest perspective and guidance on life issues.  You ask the questions, and the response that comes through can be remarkably insightful, loving, calming and healing.

If you purchas a reading with this sale, you must pay for it now, but the reading can take place anytime through February 28, 2020.  This can also be given as a gift to someone you think might benefit. I will create a gift certificate. We can all use guidance, healing, and help now and then. Sometimes we need a catalyst for changes we desire to make. An Akashic Record Reading can offer all that.

Now, back to the FULL MOON; When did you last let your gaze linger under the full moon’s spell?  The full moon speaks to that part of us which sleeps in the midst of our busy, frenetic lifestyle. It’s speaks to our inner poet, inner dreamer, inner artist, inner wise one — that silent, knowing witness to this crazy game of life. It reminds us that there is something more…something beyond what we take to be ordinary reality.

My teachers in India have been broadcasting full moon meditations once a month on YouTube, and I’d like to share this opportunity with you.  It’s free and can be a powerful experience. There will be a short, high vibrational talk by an enlightened monk, and then perhaps a viewing of the moon in India, and/or prep to view your own local full moon later in the evening.  This month, you may have to get up early to catch the meditation, depending on your location.  Check out the times and links below. There are two separate timings, and it will be a great, high energy and soulful way to start your day:

🌕 Full Moon Meditations 🌕

Two timings, both on Thursday, December  12th:

(1) 4:30 am PT

5:30 am MT

6:30 am CT

7:30 am ET

(2) 7:30am PT

8:30am MT

9:30am CT

10:30 am ET

For the first meditation:

https://youtu.be/zW8gply4RRQ

For the second meditation:

https://youtu.be/t4znzG1Wv5w

Everybody can participate in this very powerful Full Moon meditation on YouTube. Enjoy it!

Wishing for you lots of Light and love,

Paula

On Mothering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where Is The Stuckness In You?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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