This much-asked-for city circle is launching on Tuesday, July 18, from 7:30-8:45pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., Second floor, Chicago, IL 60640. It will meet once a month, on the third Tuesday of every month. Thanks to the generosity of the lovely Moving Life Studio in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, where we will meet, this circle is free, with love offerings welcome (money collected will go to Moving Life Studio, in gratitude and support for their hosting). The circle will be led by Paula Rosenfeld and Betty Giannopoulos. We will share the powerful, new Golden Orb meditation and there will also be a chanting meditation, both guided meditations, to raise the kundalini, awaken and clear the chakras, and deepen your personal connection to what is sacred to you, . No experience with meditation or the Oneness Phenomenon is necessary! The Oneness Phenomenon is non-denominational and experiential by nature. If you are in the Chicago area, we hope you will join us for this beautiful community experience!
Don’t forget that my offer of an energy-clearing session at 40% off ends this Friday, June 16. Spend 1/2 hour – or one hour – with me over the phone, getting all the layers of your aura and chakras quickly cleared and re-balanced. You’ll likely feel lighter, centered, relaxed, clearer, more energetic, and more present.
Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase and book an appointment by June 16 for an energy clearing session at 40% off, to be done over the phone. You’ll have until June 29 to actually receive the session. Good as a gift certificate too!
Half-hour energy clearing will be only $45 (a savings of $30) or
One-hour energy clearing will be only $75 (a savings of $50)
As an extra gift, I’d like to offer you a Oneness Deeksha at the end of the session, if you’d like a beautiful transmission of sacred energy.
So re-balance your inner compass and find true home again! Contact me to make arrangements at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773)-791-8425.
Hi, are you already galloping toward summertime? I know I am! Here in Chicago we’ve been enjoying weather bliss this week, with lots of sun and nature a’bloom. Hope you had a good Memorial Day weekend. Now is a perfect time to honor your own inner-soldier.
It feels to some of us that 2017 has been one long battle to maintain inner peace and harmony in a world gone pretty darn crazy and unstable. Violence, politics, chaos, the environment…hot issues that steal our sense of safety, grounding, connection, and peace.
I’m offering you a chance to quickly reconnect with the “home” within – that place where you can always find refuge, comfort, and connection. Your Inner Essence at “home” is steady. It is not combative. It knows only one truth, and whether you call that truth Love, Peace, God, Spirit, Higher Self, or Consciousness, its nature is bliss, peace, and higher intelligence. Connecting back to “home” is reconnecting with the beautiful flow of life – of miracles and joy, your birthright.
Connection to our inner “home” can get lost in the shuffle of distractions, stress, other people’s energies, confusion, and collective fear. Even thinking too much, and certain foods and environmental toxins can affect our energy field! We can become unable, or forget how to find our inner balance and peace. To do that, we need to clear out the energy of blocked and stagnant energies in our field, often caused by not fully processing our feelings or taking on the feelings of others. The energy of unprocessed feelings and thoughts clog up our aura and chakras, and can lead to disease, pain, emotional triggers, lack of sleep, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and more. Like a dirty house that needs cleaning, the solution to finding harmony, clarity, and order again is cleaning. That messiness doesn’t walk away on its own!
So how about an offer you just can’t resist? Spend 1/2 hour – or one hour with me over the phone, getting all the layers of your aura and chakras quickly cleared out. You’ll feel lighter, clearer, more energetic, and more present. I’m throwing a sale: Purchase and book by June 16 an energy clearing session done over the phone (that must be used by June 30) at 40% off the regular price. Good as a gift certificate too!
Half-hour energy clearing will be only $45 (a savings of $30) or
One-hour energy clearing will be only $75 (a savings of $50)
As an extra gift, I’d like to offer you a Oneness Deeksha at the end of the session, if you’d like a beautiful transmission of sacred energy.
So start getting your summer glow on now. Contact me to make arrangements at email@example.com or call (773)-791-8425.
One last thing, a gentle reminder that the Chicago Phenomenon & Gift weekend is coming here July 1 and 2. There’s still time to register, but the discount rate for the hotel ends June 9…so don’t delay. You can register for the weekend and get details on the hotel and pricing HERE.
There’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.
Happy Spring! Life is all about cycles, and we’re now officially into a cycle of re-birth and renewal. Spring brings hope with it. I think many of us are struggling with that precious commodity, hope, in these difficult times. Thank goodness nature is getting ready to re-invigorate us with blossoms, color, and sunny warmth! We need it.
I was born close to the spring equinox so my birthday, which was a few days ago, always signifies something hopeful to me… a fresh opportunity to grow wiser, happier, and healthier. It turns out that I stumbled into a brand new endeavor last year that’s really shaking up my life with new focus and excitement, and it’s coming into full bloom very soon.
It certainly wasn’t on my radar to go back to school at my advancing age, though I know I’m apparently a life-long learner and late-bloomer. But I was guided to enroll last fall in a certificate program with an extraordinary school named the Institute of Integrative Nutrition®, or IIN® for short. Perhaps you’ve heard of it – it was the first of it’s kind about 25 years ago and it’s globally recognized for it’s unique integrative approach to training coaches of holistic and healthy lifestyle.
I’m nearly half-way through the year-long program and what I’ve learned so far is really eye-opening. Soon I’ll be letting you all know more about the support I’ll be offering for the holistic health of body, mind and spirit. This is just a teeny preview because I absolutely can’t wait to start this new type of coaching!
I’ve always been considered a “health-nut,” in the eyes of some family members and friends. Part of that was a natural resonance with the seeds of the mass consciousness slowly awakening to ancient practices of yoga, spirituality, and whole health back in the sixties and seventies, when I was coming into adulthood.
I know now that this type of holistic consciousness is radically in need of awakening in America. In fact, it’s dangerously in need of awakening in a big way! We have become a fast-food nation, overweight and under-nourished by the things that matter most in life: relationships, physical activity, spirituality, meaningful work, and unprocessed, non-pesticide-ridden, whole food. Our health care system is questionable. The value placed on disease prevention is minimal. Our health and food options are influenced by marketability, convenience, big business, and government. It’s time we took back our power over our own lifestyle. Without good physical health, it truly is challenging to be happy, peaceful, and fulfilled.
I’m thrilled that I’ll be bringing forward a new evolution of a fundamental passion of mine: holistic health coaching that supports you in taking ownership of a healthy lifestyle on all levels. I’ve been working for over 23 years as a channel for energetic healing and reconnection to Spirit. Now I’ve been guided to help you stand in, and for, the health of your lifestyle; Because your beautiful, sacred spirit needs supportive practices and a healthy body temple to really shine brightly in its mission here on Earth.
It takes a strong intention, perseverance and a lot of clarity, nowadays, to dig for the physical causes of disease and work through the maze of theories, treatments, and countless methods of finding balance within and without. In my shamanic work, we can find the spiritual cause of a disease or imbalance – but when it reaches the physical level of manifestation, one needs to address it physically, too. What I see, very sadly, is a lot of people on medication to control symptoms, not really addressing the cause of the symptoms which might require changes in lifestyle, career, or relationships. Symptom-control is profitable for Big Pharma, but not for you in the long-run.
Because of lack of information or deeply conditioned habits, it sometimes requires support to craft a lifestyle or make changes that prevent illness from evolving. The hectic pace and chaos of life now work against us. Many of us are struggling just to keep our heads above water – to get enough sleep, enough relaxation, enough exercise, love, healthy food, etc…. I hope to be that coach who supports people in listening to their own inner guidance and taking charge of their lifestyle, diet, spirituality, and exercise choices. I’d like to see everyone living long, radiant lives on all levels of body, mind, and spirit – and in a way that is wholly unique and pleasing to them.
In case you have considered learning health coaching as a career, or if, perhaps, you are just interested in revitalizing your own health and lifestyle choices, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition® is holding a conference this coming weekend and is offering a free livestream. It will be broadcast Saturday, March 25, from 10am – 3pm Eastern Time and Sunday, March 26, from 10am – 12pm Eastern Time. They are having some great speakers, including Dr. Andrew Weil, Joshua Rosenthal (founder of the school), and others. It will give you a taste of the focus, the teachers, and the philosophy of this type of coaching. To register for this free conference, click: bit.ly/2mPPluE.
If you have any questions or would like to know the speaker’s schedule for the conference, just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, more to come about my new coaching offerings. And no worries, I have no plans to stop offering all the other work I do and love….this will be one more tool for embracing the experience of being fully alive.
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, email@example.com or 773-791-8425.
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,
FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR LIFE!
4-WEEK, telephonic shamanic journey group starting Tues., January 17, 7:00pm-8:30pm CST, from the comfort of your home. $108 for the 4-class series.
2017 is launching — full of unknown potential and tremendous opportunity! Whether you want to manifest a fulfilling & prosperous career, to call-in a significant other, to begin a new path, or to heal your body…it all starts within and ripples outward. Ignite and amplify vibrant self-love now and attract that newness which 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 and clarify your own inner guidance and visions. Shamanic journeying to unseen realms can be a thrilling path of direct revelation – never boring, and so often filled with surprises, synchronicity and sacred communion with Source.
- Move through fear to break through upper-limits. It’s time now to be who you really want to be! The world needs that from each of us who hold a vision of peace, safety, fulfillment, abundance, and love for all.
- Bask in the energy of guided visualizations, gratitude, and miracles to create an irresistible field of attraction that brings your desires into form.
- Be boldly adventurous and cozy at the same time, with uplifting group connection and support for a profound inward journey.
- Create the life you want or be powerfully in love with the life you have!
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!
Hello beautiful ones and very lovely and sacred holidays to all! Whatever you are celebrating at this special time of year, I wish for you, and for all of us, the lightness of inner peace. When each of us, no matter what our circumstances, find our way back to the Center Within, there will be the peace on earth that our hearts long to manifest.
I needn’t remind you of what a challenging year it’s been. Many of us are feeling it in our bones, muscles, and organs. Some major illusions have been ripped away, perhaps leaving us confused or frightened. For many, the concept of “safety” has altered dramatically. Many feel restless, anxious, angry, and perhaps very eager to heed the call to action clanging in our hearts. We may not know with clarity what we are being called to do – but we are on alert that change is happening now and full of potential opportunity. As the mystical poet Rumi wrote: “You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep!”
What do you want? If you aren’t asleep, you may be truly understanding how poignantly fleeting this particular physical lifetime is. But where to go and how to go, day-by-day, with this understanding? Here are some suggestions/reminders of what to bring into the brand new year:
- Bring your intention to keep going within! Find the inner freedom of peace within every day. You need to make the Center Within your home base. All good flows from there! Establishing a daily meditation or self-reflection time is important. Take your relationships there for inner council. Take your work in the world there for advice and blessings. Take your health problems there for healing. Listen within, then act externally as directed.
- Ask your Higher Self (or whatever you consider a higher Source) to show you both your shortcomings and your talents. Ask for the humility to see yourself with clarity. Edge up close to the darker places where you could have done better or given more. Just see this stuff. See it with non-judgement and open curiosity, as if you were looking at a painting; for you are a work of art, and a work of art in progress.
- Accept these dis-owned parts of yourself with compassion; for compassion is the gift of acceptance. Open your heart to these misguided, fearful, imperfectly perfect parts of yourself. See if you can muster some radical self-acceptance. As you open your heart to yourself, grace comes in the form of forgiveness. With self-forgiveness comes the ability to start anew, each and every day – to let go of the past and release your inner burdens of guilt, shame, and self-rejection! With forgiveness comes new energy, new choices, and the lightness of inner peace.
- Love, love, love this beautiful and horrifying world that’s evolved from the collective unconsciousness. Accept all the people in your life who, if they could have done better, would have done better…for given the unconsciousness and programing that we’ve all inherited, we go through life in various stages of being asleep. Accepting people’s limitations does not mean approval of them. It just means that you aren’t resisting the idea or the fact of them. They exist. What you do with your acceptance is your choice. Acceptance is freedom!
- Know that you aren’t alone. There is a Higher Power for good working within each of us and in the world. There are invisible forces of Light urging us all to grow and evolve. The Light shines through other people, in the natural world, in literature, art, music, all forms of creativity and science … Seek the Light to renew your spirit.
- Be the consciousness you want to see in the world. Baby step by baby step, make daily decisions to push beyond your fear, self-sabotage, and the inability to give yourself over to love and growth and peace. Be a warrior for living life fully and courageously in the face of heartbreak, violence, and death.
- Be grateful. Fill your consciousness with gratitude rather than negativity. Seek the higher perspective always. Keep your eye on the good and let that steer your flight. Affirm the good daily. Let the vibration of goodness lift your spirits, for the energy of gratitude does that. Sometimes we need some help feeling gratitude – reach out for help when you need it. Others can help lift your energy and spirit. We need each other for that!
So fly high, little dove. As you are making plans or resolutions for the new year, please know that I am here to help in whatever way I can. If you are interested in becoming a Oneness Deeksha Giver and/or going deeper- and higher – in clearing and manifesting the life you want, considering taking the weekend Oneness Awakening Course that my colleague Savita Jachim and I are teaching at Infinity Foundation in the Chicago area on Feb. 11 and 12. You can check out a short video we made about the course and register here: This course offers CEU’s for therapists, by the way.
Love to all and wishes for an amazing and truly empowering 2017!
What 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:
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.