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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:

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

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

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

Peace and love,

Paula

 

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Powerful Oneness Festival Worldwide event in Chicago this coming weekend!

OnenessImageHere I am at the beautiful Oneness Temple in India but you don’t have to go to India to experience the powerful Temple energy, Oneness Guides, and Sri Bhagavan in a rare, upcoming event in Chicago!

This coming Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bodhi Spiritual Center at 2746 N. Magnolia St., Chicago, IL 60614, there will be a transformational opportunity to experience LIVE PROCESSES AND TEACHING WITH GUIDES FROM THE ONENESS TEMPLE from 3:30-9pm via LiveStream. There is an optional segment from 9pm – Midnight that includes a potluck dinner, Chakra Dhyana Meditation, and amazingly, a LIVE VIDEO DARSHAN WITH SRI BHAGAVAN! 

DO NOT MISS THIS!

YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE AT:

www.ofwchicago.eventbrite.com            tickets $35

Radio Interviews about the Oneness Blessing!

Radio interviews now available for listening

I’m having a wonderful time being interviewed about Deeksha and my new book The Oneness Blessing. If you are curious and want to learn more about the Oneness Blessing phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe, I’m now posting these recordings on my website. Click here to listen to some of the interviews I did in the month of May.  Scroll down toward the bottom part of the page that pops up. More media to come!

 

New Year’s Resolution: Giving Up Resistance

I did a radical thing yesterday; I cancelled my cable television and Tivo service. I needed to do something to dramatically shake up the entrenched viewing habits I’d acquired while writing a book these past six months.

If you know me, you probably heard that I’ve been purposely living a pretty cave-like existence in order to meet a publisher’s strict deadline. I worked long hours, over many months, refraining from much socializing and consciously limiting distractions. I got into a work routine that typically allowed relaxing only late at night with just a few friends: primarily Oprah, the Channel 7 news teams, and the wildly entertaining cast of Dancing With The Stars. Thanks to Tivo, I was never at the mercy of prime-time television schedules, but I’d begun to forget what real, interactive fun feels like. I got lonely at times, but I also realized I can be quite solitary and be just fine…for a while.

Like most things in life, timing is always perfect, though not always comfortable. Thankfully, the book is terrific (as you’ll find out when you read it) and it will be heading toward the publisher’s office in just a few days. I’m almost feeling free again and can’t wait to get out of my apartment and spend time relaxing with real live people! My constantly hovering cats and I really got to know each other too well, if you can imagine what I mean!

I’ve come to the end of one adventure and the beginning of a whole new phase — right along with a brand new year. 2014 was a year of intense change and transformation for many of us. There’s so much global change going on now. We know that transformation is not necessarily easy or comfortable. It’s human to try to escape at times; most of us also try to fully experience the “what is” of the moment as best we can. But for many of us, we’re in a constant state of low-level resistance and denial of the unpleasant aspects of what’s going on. We’re really not experiencing the “what is” very much at all and much more like unconscious resistance “machines.”

When an experience or phase of life is completed, can you feel satisfied with the ending of what was and fully let it go? Or do you resist endings too? Many of us struggle with that. Do you hang on to the past, re-living it in your mind or secretly hoping for a different outcome? All of these mental acrobatics prevent us humans from simply being with “what is.” If we just let go of our resistance to reality, we can much more comfortably embrace the exciting unknown of what is now. When we stop resisting, we’re in the flow, which is a natural state of joy, lightness, and inner freedom.

I’m finding that as I’m going through transformational experiences, it’s helpful to consciously intend to open to change. Change can feel downright scary. Releasing habits, friendships, jobs, or old ways of being can cause ripples of fear and resistance to change. The only solution is to face our fear head-on. That fear lives deep within each of us, among many other buried emotions, though they’re all often held unconsciously.

If you look within, you’ll see feelings such as fear, anger, sadness, and frustration living in your body as muscular tightness and pain, shallow breathing, inner conflict, headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, judgment, depression, apathy, or the desire to distract or numb oneself with substances or activities (just as I did with television watching for a while.) All of the things we do may temporarily help us cope with the uncomfortable feelings….until they just don’t work anymore. We can run from fully experiencing our feelings, but we can’t hide forever.

The question is, can we consciously and courageously let buried feelings express and move through us? Yes! When we feel our feelings fully, they energetically move, lift, and leave us light and unburdened. With the release of energy blockages due to stuffed feelings, comes clarity. We come to see that change is the absolute, fundamental nature of all life and ultimately, resistance is not only futile, but quite destructive to health and happiness.

Experiencing the emotions brought on by change can free us. We can observe our life and choose a new direction when we’re ready (or at least a little willing) to let go of what was. We can experience fear and move through it. We are not our fear.

Who are we then? After or during a period of intense change, it pays to stop and just entertain that question for a while. It’s good to pause, and allow the essential you to breathe in the stillness; to let go of resistance and thus allow life to flow through you. Don’t try to force an answer or slap on a pretty bow. Just be with what’s there. Become aware of resistance. You might find that layers of unpleasant feelings have been stuffed down, needing to be experienced and released.

We don’t need a big “dark night of the soul” to feel the fear of not being sure of who we are anymore, where we’re going, or what our purpose is, – unsettled feelings are so often lurking just below the surface of consciousness in times of heightened change, even good change. We can just hang out with our evolving beingness (as in meditation) and we’ll experience all the “gook”we try hard not to see. Looking inward, breathing deeply, experiencing what’s there and relaxing into it … that’s all we need do to keep ourselves flowing.

It’s natural to possibly feel frightened and perhaps overwhelmed at times with the vulnerability of the undefined, unpredictable, and basically empty/full nature of the Self. That vulnerability is probably why the mind resists feeling so much. That’s why our egos have us trying so hard to be perfect and to feel in control. That’s a good reason to meditate or get some coaching, healing, or help – to move through the machinations of the fearful, controlling, distorting mind that prevents inner peace.

I was in an uneasy place these past few weeks, as the writing of the book was winding down. Like a baby in the womb, the book had grown within my care, and then suddenly passed through me, fully birthed, and leaving this body to the essential stillness that was there all along. I evidently felt an unconscious loss and tried to avoid feeling that for a while….I’m human. But running from feelings never works (how well I know that!) and I asked my Divine for help when I became aware that something was off kilter.

Besides the guidance to shut down t.v., I was Divinely reminded of a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver that movingly speaks to letting go, to self-acceptance, to knowing our natural connection to all life – and to allowing life to live through us, as it always does. The poem is called “Wild Geese” and begins like this:

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

You might want to “google” the whole poem; I find it a gentle, healing experience to read it. Like much beloved art, poetry speaks to my heart, reminding me of what I already know. I love that phrase she uses, “let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” It’s a gorgeous message to simply allow your primal, instinctual and authentic Self to just shine. It knows what to do. It knows what it loves and needs. It connects you to all life; it allows life to live through you. There’s nothing to figure out with the mind. In fact, we can’t figure out this mysterious thing called life. We are simply one with it and can experience it through the primal senses. We can trust that everything is perfectly moving us toward love and goodness...we can relax, let go, and allow something greater than our minds run the show. So will you join me in giving up resistance for 2015?

I wish for you a sense of safety, love and goodness, no matter what is expressing in your life right now. May you know you don’t have to be perfect to be loved. May your holidays and every day of the year be filled with the blessings of grace. May your consciousness transform your life. May you allow life to flow through you as love.