From The Mind

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!  

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only a few more days to register for Oneness Awakening!

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Oneness Awakening Course, Feb. 11 & 12, at Infinity Foundation, Highland Park, IL.

The Oneness Awakening Course is filled with meditation, chanting, energy clearing, and deep processes to heal many challenges in your life.  It also initiates you to give the Oneness Deeksha to others, as well as to yourself. The blessing of this energy transmission is beyond words…to be able to shift someone’s spirit in under a minute – to relieve their suffering – is an immense gift to give.  Each Deeksha we give to others, is given to us as well, raising the energy field of the collective to a higher vibration. For current hands-on Deeksha Givers who want to repeat the course, please contact me for special information. To read more about the Oneness Awakening Course and to register, click here.

Many of you, like me, have volunteered on a soul level to be part of the global awakening of the heart. Just living on this planet now, with eyes wide open, is a raw and challenging experience. Thank you for all that you are doing and being. I urge you to be fiercely in favor of the awakening of consciousness. I urge you to live it, to walk your talk and use every tool you can to heal your own relationships and trauma.  The world needs us all to awaken to even greater levels of consciousness.

Most importantly, I urge you to live from the inside out: to make your heart your home base, to live your inner Essence and inner truth, and take action whenever and wherever you are spiritually guided.   As one of my favorite poets, Rumi, wrote, “Don’t go back to sleep!”

Love and Blessings,

Paula

 

New video about Oneness Awakening Course

photodune-6777212-paradigm-shift--xsCan you feel the shift we’re in? It’s dazzling at times and may also feel terrifying, depressing, or chaotic…and maybe all at the same time!

How to be? What to do? How to connect and anchor in these shifting times? If these questions are on your mind, please consider attending the upcoming Oneness Awakening Course at Infinity Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12 in Highland Park, IL (a suburb of Chicago). Out of town? Fly, drive, bus, or train it in – it will be a powerful boost of energy, insight, and growth for your awakening journey.  You’ll have the opportunity to go very deep in connecting with whatever is sacred to you (whether you call it Spirit, the Universe, Source, God, etc) – which is what makes it possible to hear clear guidance and manifest your heart’s desires. The course includes experiential, healing processes to break through areas of blockage in all relationships, as well as in financial, health, and career challenges. Plus, you will be initiated to give the very powerful energy transmission that is sweeping the globe – the Oneness Deeksha (also known as the Oneness Blessing).  Deeksha is known to quickly catalyze a lifting of vibration, an expansion of consciousness, an opening of the heart, an increase in self-awareness, and a quieting of the chattering mind.  You’ll be able to give Deeksha to yourself, loved ones. children, pets, and everyone your life touches! It can be given hands-on or by intention – you don’t need to be physically present with anyone to give it.

My co-facilitator of the course, Savita Laura Jachim, and I were interviewed on the Inner Quest Cable television show this week about Oneness, Awakening, and the Oneness Awakening Course.  Savita demonstrates how Deeksha is given in this video. You can watch the taped interview here

Click here to see the course flyer.

Don’t delay! register now with Infinity Foudation here.

Any questions? Send me an email: paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

Claim The Power Within!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving forward, try this:

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

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

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

Boo! Halloween Channeling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Oracle Cards & Referral Gift!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many blessings,

Paula

Fairy Tales Can Come True…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Telephonic Career & Creativity Empowerment Group

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

 

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

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

For all the details, click here!

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

FEEDBACK from some previous shamanic tele-class participants:

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

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

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

I.M., Chicago area

Hmm…what should I do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many blessings,

Paula