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A PRAYER FOR DATING & EARTH DAY

GardenThere’s one prayer that I have highly recommended for years, and used in service of creating my own life’s work, but in one certain area of my life, I haven’t employed it. I’ve been afraid to truly let go enough to pray in this particular arena, in this particular way. That arena is romance, and my fear is that if I truly surrender, I won’t get what I want.  It’s not my preference to be single, and I’ve tried persistently to change the situation as best I can.  As I see it now, even though I’ve prayed for manifestation of a partner in the many various ways that I’ve been taught to pray, it hasn’t worked for a reason. I’ve probably tried to solve the problem from the level of mind that it was created by. As Einstein has pointed out, this just doesn’t work.  In my heart, I know there’s one way of prayer that I haven’t been ready to do.

I’ve certainly had my share of extremely significant and precious relationships; each one lasted until they were finished. Not a unique story for many of us. Yet, I found myself, recently, throwing my hands up in the air, and sighing the proverbial, “I give up”. I was at a new level of despair, frustration and, ultimately, surrender – exactly what was needed, evidently, for my Divine to deliver a big, wake-up message.

Spirit’s breakthrough message came to me via a couple of coffee dates that ironically validated the extraordinary power of intention to manifest what we think we want. But what we manifest may not always be what we really need. The dates left me dazzled by Spirit’s notorious sense of humor, and I eventually saw a big flaw in the prayer technique I’ve been using in my search for a significant other.

For example, I’ve wanted to meet a potential loved one who adores animals just as much as I do. Recently, I was requesting of my Divine that this ideal person have a dog or two, since my landlord doesn’t permit dogs. (I’d imagined enjoying them vicariously, so to speak). I’ve been longing to have a significant relationship with some pets! Sure enough, I met someone with two dogs….and six cats too, bless her heart. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to remind Spirit that I have a low-level cat allergy. My own two beloved cats (now deceased) were fairly manageable for my allergy – but six cats would send me over the edge into asthma.

Dating wake-up call #2: Because I have a few food sensitivities, I can be a bit of a challenge (in some people’s eyes) to dine with. But I am so “over” having to justify certain food avoidances to people. So I’ve been asking my Divine for someone who understands and respects healthy, mindful eating. Who did I attract, you’re wondering? I called in a date with a woman with massive food allergies, (which I have deep, deep compassion for), but her severe allergies include both cats and dogs. Darn, I had forgotten to tell Spirit that my ideal partner, though loving dogs, would not be allergic to them, even allergic to non-allergenic dogs!

Trying to stay on top of all my particular specifications and expectations is exhausting. I can’t think of every single angle, polish my prayers, visualize, and expect my Divine not to have a great laugh at my expense! Here is the big “a-ha” that came a few weeks ago: I’ve got this particular idea of who I think will make me happy, and what I think will make me happy… and I’m expecting Spirit to be like a corporate head hunter who will fill the slot with exactly what I believe I want.

It’s like I have a job opening, and I want my Divine to fill it pronto with someone who has all the right qualifications. Like it’s all about me and my wants … What’s wrong with this picture?

What I see is that I have it all backwards. I need to dwell on what I have to offer, not what I want to get. I suspect things would work much better if I follow my own prayer advice and truly surrender. It’s the “truly” that is really hard.

The prayer goes something like this, and you can direct it to whatever Higher Power is sacred to you personally: “Use me. You know my desires, passions, skills and talents, dear Spirit…Let me please be a channel of your love. In service, Spirit, let me be joyful. Let me add to the world’s good. How, and with whom this might manifest is up to you, dear Spirit, so I let go of the reigns and trust in your wisdom and guidance.”

How this will show up in my dating life, remains to be seen. I’ll keep you posted! I do know that Spirit holds a vision for me, and everyone else, which is truly good and life-supportive. It’s a much higher perspective than my own.

And how does this prayer relate to Earth Day? With eyes wide open in an increasingly transparent world, we all are seeing the masses of politicians and world leaders who, in their humanity, have been severely limited by the consciousness they hold. The world’s a mess due to consciousness that has been conditioned by centuries of fear. The structures that we have taken for granted are crumbling in the wake of rising global awareness and dissension. Ugliness and cruelty also abound rampantly, seemingly hopelessly mired and motivated in fear.

We watch now as our beautiful Earth is being destroyed by this pressure cooker called life in 2017, co-created by all of us. Humans have used, manipulated, and transgressed the natural world to serve our own needs. We have forced our will. All the years of mindless taking from Earth is destroying her. Many of us have seen these times coming for years, but have been unable to influence the consciousness of “those” in control of how money is spent to create this lifestyle we share on Earth. We watch in horror. Some of us march with anger or hope.

As in the state of surrender needed for dating help, perhaps you might join me in humbly praying to Spirit today for help for the world. My Divine has me  writing blog posts, contacting politicians, protesting, setting an example, going back to school to become an integrative nutrition coach, and of course recycling. I am doing these things, but want to do so much more. I want to experience more than give glaring looks at littered sidewalks, shake my head at unhealthy fast food joints, and walk past grocery stores filled with packaged, processed, sugar-laden saboteurs, waiting to destroy someone’s health and happiness. I want to educate, wake-up others, and transform this life-denigrating mess we’ve created.

I hereby pray, and please join me if you feel so moved, to declare: I humbly offer my love, talents, skills, and passion to make this existence better for my own life, the life of our beautiful Earth, all her wondrous creatures, and the generations to come who might never know a glorious late April day like this one (at the rate we’re going), with flowers and trees a’blooming, water coming from faucets, air that is still fairly breathable, and, thank you Spirit, organically, humanely raised food options in the store … because organic farmers get it. Immense thanks to all those who get the value of life, of all things natural, of love, peace, and beauty… and are living in their truth and not in fear.

What is your prayer today? Can you let go and trust Spirit to use your talents, passion, and actions to give to the world what it needs for transformation? If you feel frustrated, confused, fearful, or blocked, please consider taking a step toward faith and action. I urge you to strengthen your bond with the personal Divine of your heart, whatever that looks like for you – so that you can be led to serve, to give, to be a sharer of Light who transforms this chaos and destruction going on now.

If you are feeling that you can’t really “turn it over” to a Divine that you don’t trust, have I got a recommendation for you! There will be another big Oneness event happening on July 1 and 2, in Chicagoland and other parts of the country. It will be a rare chance to strengthen your bond with your personal Divine by leaps and bounds. It will help you connect, expand, brighten your Light, listen within, take action, and create change with your very own awakening consciousness. The event is called The Phenomenon and the Gift. The teachings are live-streamed from Oneness University in India with highly enlightened teachers. Please check out the Chicago event HERE.

If you want to see other locations in the country and world for this incredibly powerful event, look HERE

For the Chicago event, the deadline for the early registration discount is April 30, so don’t delay. There are even payment plans options available for this event!

Wishing you all a day of awe and gratitude for the Earth… and the courage to trust, to let go, and also to take action where you are Divinely guided.

 

New Medicine Wheel Shamanic Journey -Telephonic Class

journeycircleandmeditation5-week Shamanic Telephonic Course – Exploring the Sacred Blessings of the Medicine Wheel; Wednesdays, March 22-April 19, 2017.

The term “Medicine Wheel” was used by certain indigenous tribes to honor and experience sacred rituals connected to states of consciousness, Spirit Guides, and cycles of life of an individual and community. This 5-week series will focus on the sacred “medicine” of life and consciousness, as honored by the shamanic Medicine Wheel. We will connect with our Spiritual Guides to receive guidance and healing for the gifts of each direction on the Medicine Wheel. We’ll use indigenous teachings I learned from one of my wonderful teachers, Michael Drake – a wise and talented teacher of Cherokee descent, who also studied in the Mongolian Shamanic tradition. Michael Drake is author of numerous books and many recordings. See his website: http://shamanicdrumming.com/

In addition to shamanic journeying, an ancient form of meditation offering direct connection to Spirit, each class also includes meditation with drumming patterns of each of the 7 Directions on the Medicine Wheel, as well as drumming patterns to clear energy and call in beneficial energy, as taught by Michael Drake. You’ll work with your personal Spiritual Guide for direct and personal guidance and healing in each class. Personal empowerment is catalyzed and magnified by journeying and processing together as a group! Remember, the external world reflects your internal state. The collective external world is reflecting a struggle with the process of awakening now…What a great time for each of us to clear, empower, and expand our consciousness, not just for our own happiness and destiny, but for the enlightenment of the global collective! As is said, “Be the change you want to see!”

Topics explored and experienced shamanically over the 5 consecutive weeks:

Week 1: Connection with your Spiritual Guides in the shamanic journey; Calling in the Directions, Energy Clearing: and the Shamanic “geography” of consciousness (2 hour class)

Week 2: Medicine of the East: Illumination, new beginnings & Joy (90-minute class)

Week 3: Medicine of the South: Trust, Humor, Witnessing (90-minute class)

Week 4: Medicine of the West: Introspection, Unconditional Love & Prosperity (90-minute class)

Week 5: Medicine of the North: Wisdom, Liberation & Prayer, Healing and Gratitude (2 hour class)

Class size is limited to 5 participants, in order to create a safe, sacred space for sharing and group connection. Each class will be conducted via conference call. If you need to miss a class, a recording will be made available.

Cost of the 5-week series is: $156. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. Optional, but not necessary, is to have a drum or shaker of some kind for the class. If you want to make an inexpensive shaker, you can fill a plastic Easter egg with rice or corn and tape it closed. It makes a great rattle!

THE SERIES Meets Wednesdays, March 22 – April 19, 2017, FROM 7:30-9:30 PM CENTRAL TIME FOR THE FIRST AND LAST CLASSES, AND 7:30-9PM CENTRAL TIME FOR THE THREE MIDDLE CLASSES. Payment is due in full prior to the first class. Credit card payment is accepted.

FOR QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATION, CONTACT: PAULA ROSENFELD, paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or 773-791-8425.  FreeMeditationLogo

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

FREE SHAMANIC JOURNEY CALL & OTHER FUN ADVENTURES

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Begin with joining a FREE conference call to go on a shamanic journey!  Wednesday, January 11, from 7:30-8:30pm, CST.  No experience necessary –  take a shamanic journey and meet your personal Spirit Guide. It’s easy, relaxing, and powerful too. Got any burning questions? Ask your own Guide! Spirit is always waiting for our willingness to ask for help! Why do you think you have to do this challenging thing called Life all alone?  We weren’t built to run on self-will….we are meant to let go and let Spirit embrace us in the flow of life. Does a flower force itself to grow? Does the earth read books on how to orbit the sun? We’ve forgotten that everything we need for happiness lies within. To register for this free shamanic inward journey, contact Paula Rosenfeld at: paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.     journeycircleandmeditation

And if you like shamanic journeying with a love-filled group, from the comfort of your own home on these cold, winter nights….then I’m hoping you’ll consider joining a 4-week telephonic shamanic group to really create a lasting resolution for 2017.  Read on please:

LET GO OF SELF-WILL & FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR LIFE!  

4-WEEK, telephonic shamanic journey group starting Tuesday, January 17 – Feb. 7, 2017,  7:00pm-8:30pm CST, from the comfort of your home. $108 for the 4-class series.

2017 is launching — full of unknown potential, challenges, and tremendous opportunity!  If you’re going to follow-through on any resolutions, may I recommend one in particular:  Letting go and letting Spirit take the reigns. Whether you want to manifest a fulfilling and prosperous career, to call-in a significant other, to begin a new path, or to heal your body…it all starts by connecting with your Divine Within and ripples outward. Ignite and amplify vibrant self-love now  – that is, connect with that love and guidance that the Universe has for you – and you’ll attract the fulfillment that your heart is yearning for!

Once a week, for 4 weeks, we’ll gather together via conference call to work with a personal shamanic Spiritual Guide to catalyze the joy, excitement, energy, creativity, and inspiration of your soul. Each of the sessions will include a talk, meditation, shamanic journeying, and group sharing. No experience necessary. Class objectives:

  • Deepen your unique connection to Spirit, build your trust, and clarify your own inner guidance and visions. Shamanic journeying to unseen realms can be a thrilling path of direct, personal revelation – never boring, and so often filled with surprises, synchronicity, wisdom, and intimate communion with your Source.
  • Move through fear to break through unconscious upper-limits. Spirit’s got your back! It’s time now to be your authentic self! The world needs that from each of us who hold a vision of peace, safety, fulfillment, abundance, and love for all…Spirit put that vision in place, so let’s allow Spirit to creatively do the guidance and support we crave.
  • Bask in the energy of meditation, gratitude, and miracles to create an irresistible field of love and attraction that brings your desires into form.
  • Be boldly adventurous and cozy at the same time, with uplifting group connection, spiritual guidance, and support for a profound inward journey.
  • Create the ‘fully-alive’ life you want and be powerfully in love with the life you have. This isn’t a dress rehearsal…those who are willing are waking up to an inner calling that’s intensely unique and beautifully perfect…a calling that serves the world.  “Don’t go back to sleep”, as the poet Rumi says.

To register, contact Paula Rosenfeld, shamanic healer, Certified Oneness Trainer, intuitive coach, and author of The Oneness Blessing. Paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or 773-791-8425.  Limit of 5 people per group….Register now!  If you need to miss a class, a recording will be supplied.

And then to keep the momentum going and bring your vibration to a really big crescendo, please consider taking the Oneness Awakening Course that I am co-teaching at Infinity Foundation on February 11 and 12 in Highland Park, IL.  This experiential course initiates you to become a Oneness Deeksha Giver, helps heal your relationships, takes you deep into the teachings and the consciousness-expanding experiences of the Oneness Phenomenon. CEU’s are offered for therapists and psychologists. I can tell you it will accelerate your already quickening journey of awakening!  For more info and to register, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

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.

Still time to register- new shamanic tele-class

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There’s still time to register for an exciting new telephonic class called “Set Yourself Free” – based on Paula Rosenfeld’s transformative book, The Oneness Blessing; How Deeksha Can Help You Become Your Authentic Self, Heal Your Relationships, and Transform the World…

This is a 6-week telephonic course that includes teachings and experiential shamanic processes to break through blockages, beliefs, past life and ancestral trauma that may be sabotaging relationships, happiness and fulfillment.

You’ll learn how to take a shamanic journey to deepen your connection to whatever is sacred to you….some call it Spirit, the Divine, Higher Self, Source, or God. Whatever it means to you, we all are One with it and within it. Working with a uniquely personal Spiritual Guide gives you the opportunity to develop a vital, empowering relationship with your soul. It gives you the gift of direct revelation of guidance and healing. It’s a gift that truly changes your life in very powerful ways!

Course requirement: Purchase of Paula Rosenfeld’s transformative book, The Oneness Blessing (available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or in stores either in paperback or kindle). This book was approved by Oneness University Guides and blessed by Sri Bhagavan of the Oneness Phenomenon. Taught by the author, book chapters will be assigned each week, with experiential shamanic processes during each class.

Each 75-minute class, 6 week series includes:

*A shamanic journey every week to explore in a very personal, experiential way, the meaning and impact of the Oneness Phenomenon teachings about your relationships, the role of your ancestors, career/purpose, financial abundance, health, and miracles.
*Coaching, discussion, group support

The small class size – limited to 5 people – will provide personal support for your process of increasing self-awareness, which gives rise to the freedom to grow, heal, and transform your life.
Special gift: Transmissions of Golden Orb Deeksha between classes!

The class starts Wednesday, June 15, from 7:30pm -8:45pm Central time and runs through Wed., July 20. Course Fee: $159.
If you need to miss a session, a recording of that session will be provided.
Credit cards accepted. Fee must be pre-paid at time of registration.

Facilitated by shamanic healer, author, teacher, Certified Coach, Certified Oneness Trainer and clairvoyant, Paula Rosenfeld

To register for this class, email paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or call 773- 791-8425.

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Spirit is calling you, so take the risk to become all you’ve dreamed of being. Set an intention, put forth a little effort, and the Universe will carry you on the wings of Grace.

Blessings,

Paula

2016 Prediction: Radical Release

Image: PeacockI opened the Akashic Record for my blog, in search of inspiration for the new year. The Records say this is the year to be free – radically free from the prison of inner conditioning! Break through all the walls which have kept you from joy, for it’s only the constructs of the mind that imprison the magnificently irrepressible Imagination, where true inner freedom lives.

What do you want for your life? What do you want in that secret heart of yours, that beautiful heart that loves to play with joy? Hand in hand, your heart and joy will spin off adventures of Imagination with money, sex, food, love, ease, comfort, wonderful weather, and magnificent strangers who suddenly appear bearing all manner of Grace. Let loose, and with childlike abandon, the heart will joyfully unleash an unedited torrent of creative potential.

Allow this to be the year where Imagination is set free and honored in your life as the most extraordinary guest imaginable. Open the door and let this treasure enter; give it an honored place at the table and feed it the most delightfully tasty nourishment. Then let go. Please, let go of judgment, limitations, concern for practicality, for everything….because your limiting mind only knows how to imprison, and that’s what stops us from dreaming our lives into being as limitless as they could be.

It is your Imagination that knows how to truly live big. There is one place where your divine inheritance is pure freedom, and that place is where Imagination dwells. That place may be called Divine Mind or it may be called Heart or Creativity or Abundance or Spirit…no matter what you call it, it is limitless. If you permit it to have it’s way, Imagination has secrets to share, and it wants to share them loudly.

Most of the time we only let Imagination speak in hushed whispers, and then try to control its subversive wildness. “No way,” we say…or, “Who me? That will never happen.” And why? Because, as Einstein so well knew, the same mind that creates our limitations can never see beyond them. For it is the Imagination, not your small little monkey mind, that truly has the power to break through the chains of limitation. Imagination is mighty and perhaps even quite shocking at times. Sometimes, our dreams really scare us because we are so concerned with how we could possibly create them. Our fear and self-judgment kill the sparks of Imagination before they have a chance to really catch fire.

So we “politely” dream our dreams and love to call them “intentions” at this time of year. We all want a fresh start, but why is it that intentions often fail? One glaring problem is that the word “intentions” has become so goal-oriented that it can be joy-sucking and, thus, limiting. “Intention” can take the wild beast of abundance and beat in down to the ground, tie it up, and put it in a box with a pretty ribbon and bow. Example:

My New Years Intentions (she earnestly writes):

  1. Lose 5 pounds.
  2. Make more money.
  3. Stop procrastinating and feel more motivated.
  4. Give more free talks to generate business.
  5. Go to networking events.

Yes, these are all terrific goals, but when you want some real breakthroughs, you’ve got to make a juicy power-move: Start to truly live  (in your private imagination) in the sweetness of experiencing your goals as if they are already manifested, and then let go of figuring out the grueling effort of making them happen.

Example of revised (and now juicy) intention list:

  1. Be so sexy and toned that I can hardly contain my own radiant sexiness, especially with gray hair and the magnetic presence that comes with age.
  2. Feel worry-free and relish the trips, dinners out, music, and great medical care that I can afford with the abundant money I gratefully receive for sharing my natural gifts and talents.
  3. Burn in my red-hot desire to write a book, bring order to my desk, and have a sparkling kitchen floor.
  4. Feel so blatantly passionate about the work I do that I absolutely crave creating opportunities to share with people about it. I’m in love with letting my Divine talk through me!
  5. Simply allow the universe to bring the right people into my life – and joyfully show up for new opportunities to create more abundance and love in my life through meeting other people.

What are your dreams? Release the inner “no” that says you can’t have them or can only have “appropriate” or specific versions of them. Release the haunting voices that say you don’t deserve the vastness of your Imagination. Just play and believe that we live in a loving universe that wants to move you toward joy and inner freedom. Dream the joy big – feel the joy through imagination- and then let go, knowing that it’s being handled for you with Grace, in the right time and in the perfect way. Your doubt is what stops you, so right here, right now, take that doubt and toss it in a deep, dark well. Give it to the Earth to transmute. Leave behind the conditioning that limits, and embrace the creative impulse to dream life into being. This impulse is in your DNA. You are creativity itself.

This little piece of hopefully-inspirational writing came from the Akashic Record just for you, my dear reader, but would you like an Akashic Record Reading or Clairvoyant Reading even more specific to unleashing your own uniquely personal dreams and desires? Could you use a little help releasing the grid-irons of unconscious repression that dampen your imagination and insight? Do you want to know that brilliant Self of yours that dreams the dream of life?

If so, there are only 2 days left to take advantage of a little new year’s special I’m offering:

Purchase an hour-long Akashic Record or Clairvoyant Reading by December 31, and receive 10% off.  The Reading can take place in January or February, but must be purchased now. That’s $108 instead of the regular price of $120 for a phone/skype Reading. If interested, contact me at:

paula@fromtheheartcenter.com to make an appointment or for more info.

Here’s to radical release and the inner freedom to create a joyful, abundant life in 2016! Starting with yourself, please join me in dreaming a new world that’s living outside the box and within the heart!

 

May I give you a gift?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Happy sun

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

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

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

Peace and love,

Paula

 

 

 

Who do I love?

Who do I love…when I’m talking about loving myself?

There’s a lot said about self-love. We’ve been told that it’s important. Self-love is the ticket out of shame, guilt, depression and hopelessness. But the more self-aware we become, the more craziness we’re aware of in ourselves…and the more challenging self-love seems. When we become aware of the nastiness of some of our thoughts, it may feel hard to imagine embracing that. But is this the “self” we need to learn to love?

With self-awareness, we see that our minds are constantly judging our selves and others. A banter of fear-mongering self-talk is in the background of our inner worlds most of the time.   Is any of this inner dialogue familiar to you:

Why did ya do that, you idiot?

You’ve got to be kidding – you look really fat in those!

Jeesh, I’ll never be good enough to do what he did….

A meditation practice helps one to become aware of the constant mental evaluating that goes on. The mind excels at defining our separateness from others and rating our own existence, over and over again. It’s a babbling, inner stream of unconsciousness that takes us out of truly experiencing the present moment.

But we are not the mind. A meditation practice helps clarify that fact. In the gap between thoughts, there is a silent presence that witnesses the thoughts. This witness is consciousness itself. It is who we are in our essence. It is universal, eternal, and in that essence, we are One. In that eternity within, there is unconditional acceptance, peace, generosity, joy, curiosity, wisdom, creativity, safety, comfort, security…all the qualities of genuine love.

Loving yourself unconditionally comes automatically when we stop identifying with the ramblings of the mind. Love, in fact, is the nature of our essence – therefore, when we identify and connect with our authentic essence, there is only lovability to experience. There is only lovability in that gap between thoughts.

Be with a baby if you need to understand why we are, in our essence, naturally lovable and love itself. A newborn baby lives in the moment, expressing itself authentically before its soul is entrapped by societal conditioning.

bright picture of adorable baby boy over white

Many things can help release us from the prison of our inner chatter – meditation, music, creating art, dancing, basking in nature, Oneness Deeksha and other forms of energy transmission and energy medicine. Our consciousness is kind of like teeth that need to be brushed everyday….without brushing, the gook of over-thinking builds up, clouding clarity,dampening joy, and keeping us from experiencing the naturally buoyant bliss and peace of our true nature.

To love oneself is to see that it is our human nature to have crazy-talking mental chattering. To love oneself is to intimately know the eternal self…that Higher Self which is our divine, ever-present essence. Loving one’s self is really about making a shift from identifying with the chatterer within, to connecting with the powerful, sacred, inner witness who sees without judgment. The witness –ever-present and palpably conscious — sees, accepts, and continues to see with love. All the love we need is already within. The effort to love oneself is really a shift in awareness.

If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I’d like you to consider attending a workshop I’m facilitating with my colleague Savita Laura Jachim on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 9:30am – 3pm. Join us for a beautiful day of meditation – a medley of different meditation forms – to help you get close and intimate with the sacred, inner witness. It will be a day to luxuriate in true self-love, being present with the essence of love itself. Click here for more information and to register. The early bird pricing of $108 ends on November 7, so don’t delay.