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Intimacy Starts Within

 

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
― Lao Tzu

Texting, tweeting, emails, sound bites; we now live in a world in which communication has been reduced to short, quasi-efficient snippets.  Perhaps the use of these things began as a way to stay better connected, but as we all know, that type of connection is very shallow.  It’s good for the basics of getting a communication task done, like announcing that you’re running late.  It’s not good for communicating anything that approaches intimacy.  Our ability to truly connect with each other is slipping away…

Deep Interpersonal communication is becoming a lost art, and, in my opinion, we need to urgently look at the source of that situation –for it is having dire effects on our culture; Our culture does not value or teach authenticity and, thus, people are losing their humanity. It seems to be getting harder and harder to see empathy and compassion in politics and government policies.  We see rampant, senseless crime instead.  We see inhumane treatment of animals, people, and the earth. In fact, we are being systematically programmed to be inauthentic and in denial of our deep disconnection.  We worry about our appearance, our money, our acquisitions, but not our hearts.

My fear is that the daily practice of communing within — with yourself and with whatever is sacred to you (like God, Spirit, the Higher Self) — will disappear like the dinosaurs. Meditation is a beautiful practice of self-intimacy, as is shamanic journeying (a form of meditation).  But one complaint I hear over and over is, “I don’t have time to meditate.”  This indicates that meditation is not valued or prioritized.  I honestly don’t know why it is so hard for us to value sitting still with ourselves.

In addition to entering into a really miraculous flow of one’s life, there are magical, mystical, subtle, and majestic terrains within, waiting to be explored and revealed when we practice daily meditation.  The nuance of subtle feeling states, the whisper of that famous “quiet voice within”, the thrill of synchronicities, ease of connections, unexpected opportunities, radical insights, extraordinary states of bliss…all this inner life is ours by birthright.  But if we don’t claim that territory, it will languish like fertile lands that go unfarmed, leaving us hungry for that which feeds the soul.  In short, we will become an automated, soul-less species.

What delivers us to soulful living, is simply to turn our gaze inward.  That requires pausing from the frenzy of life today.  It requires intention, breathing, and the spirit of an explorer – brave, open, curious, persevering in our quest to know ourselves and to be surprised in fact, by the rich abundance of the present moment.

Without connecting within, we can’t truly connect with others; we can’t share our tender vulnerability, our hungry hearts, or our loving compassion.  We can’t enjoy the comfort, adventure, and thrill of deepening relationships without intimacy.

Start a meditation practice, please, and stick with it!  Even five minutes a day, first thing in the morning, makes a difference.  Seek out what is personally sacred to you – it is a living presence within.  Connect with that – what a profound way to anchor your day and, in fact,  help humanity to step into its greatest potential!

If you need coaching or instruction in establishing a meditation or shamanic journeying practice, I can help you with that.  And if you are in the Chicago area, I’ll be leading a shamanic journey circle on Sunday, May 6, 1:30-4:30pm, in which you can connect intimately with your own spirit, in a loving ceremony of like-minded community.  For more information on that event, check it out here.

 

 

Shamanic Journey Circle: May 6, Chicago!

SHAMANIC JOURNEY CIRCLE; PLAYING IN THE LIGHT

SUNDAY, MAY 6, from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL

Shamanic journeying is ancient, ecstatic form of ritual and meditation, practiced for thousands of years in tribal communities all over the world.  It provides direct communication and connection with Source. It requires only letting go and allowing Spirit to commune with you, via visions, words, colors, and/or insights. Come to this joyful experience to meet your personal Spirit Guides, to experience synchronicities, healing, gratitude, and bliss. No experience is necessary – just a willingness to spend sacred time with your spiritual essence.

Do you long to feel closer to Spirit? Do you wonder why you’re here or what you can do to live more powerfully in your purpose?  Do you need clarity about your health, your work, your relationships, or your focus?  Come to this circle and get your guidance and healing directly from Spirit.  The power of the group intention and energy amplifies the experience for all!

***There will be a special addition to the traditional format: Chakra Clearing and Oneness Deeksha, prior to journeying,  to raise your vibration and supercharge the shamanic journeys we will take!      

Facilitated by Paula Rosenfeld, Shamanic Practitioner, Clairvoyant Reader, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Oneness Trainer, and author of The Oneness Blessing.  Paula has practiced the ancient, healing art of shamanic soul retrieval & extraction for people and animals for over 24 years.  www.fromtheheartcenter.com

Cost:  $65   

(Please note that If you want to pay by credit or debit card, you must register by May 1, and you’ll be sent a paypal email invoice, to be paid in advance.  Otherwise, cash only is accepted at the door.)

To Register Contact Paula Rosenfeld, 773-791-8425 or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, no later than MAY 3 if paying at the door.

Birthday Madness & $65 off

Image: PeacockI’m going to borrow a term from the NCAA Basketball Championship:  It’s March Madness time!  I have no idea why the NCAA came up with that term, “March Madness,” but for me, it fits my current state of affairs. My birthday is coming up in several days and this year I’m turning 65 – and this momentous turning point has me hyperventilating on the brink of giddy “madness.”  How is this possible? My age implies I’m old, but I sure don’t feel that way! Plus, my dear daughter turns 30 on the same day – she was born on my birthday, which was quite a present! But how can my sweet baby be turning 30?!!!

All the platitudes about wisdom, and that time is an illusion, and the sweet compliment my hairdresser gave me yesterday (“you look about 52), God bless him, isn’t really helping me ease into my “old” age.  I know, on paper, that I “should” move into it gracefully, humbly welcoming Medicare and the senior discount at the movie theater. Actually, I am very grateful for these things! But I’ve got a few days left until the big day, and I am going to kick up my heels and go a little nuts.  I’m going to enter this new phase with all the rebelliousness I can muster.  In the words of the great poet Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

Thank you, Dylan Thomas! I love your words, even though the Light does not die; we may turn away from the Light, but it’s with us until it’s time to move on from Earth world.  Dylan Thomas is reminding us to truly live fully, to relish this immense thing called life and courageously take it on with great gusto and spirit!  In the time I have left here, my intention is to live with passion, great health, joy, faith, and the rebellious spirit I was born with. And so I shall…

Wanna go a little “mad” with me? In honor of my 65th birthday, I’m offering $65 off my holistic health coaching package, if you pay in full, up front, for 6 months of coaching –to lay claim to your mojo!

Think about it…What do you want for “your one precious life”? (Those powerful words are from another great poet, Mary Oliver.) Health, love, adventure, passion, purpose, contribution, sexiness, money, great love? These are the things that holistic health coaching can help you find balance with.  It’s about truly living fully –living with awareness of the eternal spirit that you are, and living with the freedom to let go of the past and embrace the present. Living fully includes taking on all the ups and downs with grace, guidance, courage, perseverance, and celebrating those delicious victories that make our spirits dance with pleasure.

A holistic health coach helps you stay on target, supports you in overcoming the slumps, illusions, and excuses. My coaching leans on the spirit of your eternal Essence, as the compass and fulcrum of your life. I help you to trust your gut, find your own unique path, and live your life to the very fullest, with health, fulfillment, and awareness.

We all have an eternal Spirit, and we all have been given a body to house it. The body is a wonder, a miracle, and a gift. If you need help balancing the gifts of this Earth-life with the mission of your Spirit, holistic coaching may be for you. I invite you to have a complimentary consultation to discuss a coaching program.  If you decide to embark on that journey between now and March 31, you will receive $65 off…and celebrate life with me!  Call me now to explore how my services might help you claim all that life offers:  773-791-8425, or paula@fromtheheartcenter.com

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

I just saw the Oscar-nominated film “Ladybird” and it brought me right back to my own teen years, and the teen years of my daughter.  What I loved about the film was that it held the frequently awkward space of intimacy, both within the self and with others, in a beautifully sacred way.  For the buried teen within us, it resurrects and celebrates that uniquely joyous, sometimes painful, hormonally chaotic and precious time of emerging individuality and loss of innocence.  It reminds us of what it feels like to play without knowing the rules; to feel your way through this huge thing that is life.

That teen in me seems to be saying hello lately, even as older age, on paper or by wrinkles, might project an image of wisdom.  I moved two weeks ago, and that particular event turned my life rather upside down. It was a happy, positive move, but it still created an upheaval and thrust me into unknown territory. I’ve felt kind of like an awkward teenager again, just like the heroine of Ladybird. Considering the past year’s political climate, the chaotic weather patterns, and the rollercoaster stock market this month, you might also find yourself feeling, as I do, just a little out of control.

When I was unpacking, I unearthed an old bumper sticker I had stashed away a while ago.  The bumper sticker says, “Let Go, Let Goddess.”  That’s been my mantra since I gratefully (and with perfect synchronicity) found it again!  Letting go and allowing a higher power (whatever that is for you) to carry you through difficult, unknown times is a lifesaver; it can return you to the thrill of living fully. It can make you feel like a teen again – alive – and experiencing your life unfolding with all the tumble of emotions that humans get to have.  As challenging as having emotions can be, I still wouldn’t trade them for numbness.

We all have within us a brilliant force of life and creativity that can’t be squashed.  Like the teen in Ladybird, it can take us into some very uncomfortable emotional places and also to the heights of bliss.  Learning to trust it and let it take the reins, in order to recreate your life, is the essence of walking a spiritual path.  As a teen, that authentic force can move mightily; but as adults, we might need to unlearn a lot of conditioning and release the resistance to change that we acquire as we age — in order to unleash that force’s life-imbuing power.

All the healing work I offer is given with the spirit of supporting you in peeling back the suffocating layers, in order to reclaim your authentic self. Over and over, the repressed divine self will call to you – in your dreams or fantasies, and in real-life opportunities. In order to return to feeling fully alive, we need to listen to that inner voice. We need to let go of the past and risk being present to the whirlwind of the here and now. We need to release the old patterns that prohibit us from taking on life as an unknown adventure, as it was in our earlier years. Finding that sacred, risk-taking hero or heroine within can be downright thrilling.

I love shamanic journeying and guided meditations because they are often a grand adventure.  Just like life, you’ll never know what you’ll find if you just let go and be present within the shamanic journey or meditation. Shamanic journeying and meditation can reveal guidance you’d never dreamed of, and insights that have been beyond your reach.

For the single women reading this, I want to draw your attention to a new virtual course (via conference call) that I’m offering called “Relationship Readiness.  As you may know, I just collaborated with Sue De Santo, Clinical Social Worker and Relationship Coach, to offer an in-person workshop in Chicago.  Now we are continuing our collaboration with this virtual, 4-part class series, so those outside of Chicago can experience it – or those in my area can take it from the comfort of their homes.  I’ll be leading two sessions that are completely shamanic journeying and guided meditation.  It has the potential to change your relationship history from the inside out – to free up that teen in you to attract the kind of relationship you’ve always wanted.  If you are interested, please read more details about it here.  And if you have to miss any of the classes, a recording will be available. Contact me for questions and registration.  Early-bird price of $219 ends on Feb. 14.

 

 

New Shamanic Virtual Series!

New Shamanic Journeying Virtual Workshop – 4 Week Series “Relationship Readiness”

And Reminder to Register for in-person “Overcoming Internal Barriers to Love”

 

Hey ladies, I’m collaborating with Sue De Santo, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker and Relationship Coach in order to help women break through barriers to having empowered romantic relationships. Over the 4 weeks, I’ll be leading two sessions of shamanic journeying to enlist Spirit’s aid in solving the challenges of dating.

We are offering both an in-person workshop here in Chicago, called “Overcoming Internal Barriers to Love” (click here), and a 4-week virtual series, called Relationship Readiness; From the Inside Out” (click here).

The in-person session will take place this Sunday, Feb. 4, 2:00pm-4:30pm at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood, 2nd floor, Chicago 60640.  There’s only a few spots left, so don’t delay, and sign up now if you want to attend. The follow-up 4-week virtual series will run on Mondays, 7:00 pm -8:30pm, beginning weekly on Feb. 26. Registration is now open!  Cost is $219 for Early Bird registration by Feb. 14.  After that, the price goes up to $249.  Both classes can be taken either separately or together!

For questions and to register for either or both classes, please contact me at: Paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or call 773-791-8425.

A SCHOLARSHIP OFFER TO INSPIRE ACTION

schedulingyoursessionjpgHAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!  It seems like many of us are hugely relieved that 2017 has finished – I know that I am!  It was a year of trauma and anxiety. And whether you were personally touched by hurricanes, flooding, violence, earthquakes, fires, governmental decisions, “me too”, or not, many are grappling with great amounts of stress now, because we ARE one.

Stress can inspire us to make huge transformations, if we allow it to be our teacher. Our world needs transformation like crazy. But how?  Are you asking yourself, “what can I do?”. Folks tell me they don’t know what to do, or how to begin.

The answer is always “begin with yourself”.  Start with changing what you can change in your own life.  The impact of your own life and consciousness will ripple outward and effect the welfare and consciousness of all. It really does. Start with your spirit and your body, so that body and Spirit align. It’s that alignment that allows the Higher Self to really be empowered to create change.

I have a number of amazing, beloved clients who have been working on their spiritual growth with me for many years.  At some point, it always becomes time to bring the body into the higher vibration that matches the beautiful Spirit. We are here to bring heaven to earth…to infuse the material plane with the light of consciousness. And we must do that through our physical bodies.

Our bodies are so magnificent, so built for endurance and survival, that if we honor them, our bodies can deal with the great vibrations of anxiety and stress floating around now. The body does not lie, and it speaks pretty clearly – you just have to listen. The body responds to high quality food, exercise, nutrition, connection, and sleep with amazing capacity for self-healing and empowerment.

I’d like to challenge you to make this a year of honoring your body, so you can bring it into vibration with your soul. That’s where your essential power lies.

How did the holidays and your body do?  How’s your energy level, your sleep, your mood, your stress?  How are your relationships, your work, your finances?If you’d like to make changes in your lifestyle, abundance, and spirit, I’m passionate about helping people do that. I want to strengthen your voice, your creativity, your love life, your inner peace, and your emotional and physical vitality.

Change requires action;  I think this has got to be a year of action for all of us.  I’d like to offer my support with the many energetic tools for profound spiritual change and lifestyle change that I have acquired.

For me, I am not happy unless I am contributing to change.  That’s just how I’m made. So I’m going to make you an offer that’s a win/win for both of us:

For the people who are committed to impacting the quality of their life by making wise choices, are open to support, are willing to take persistent, progressive baby steps toward achieving their goals, and sign up for a 6-month holistic health coaching program, using phone or skype, I’m going to offer a scholarship of $75 off the cost of the program, whether you pay in full upfront (with the usual $100 discount), or pay monthly. And that means if you pay upfront, you will get a total of $175 off the cost of the program! 

This special offer expires January 9, 2018, so don’t delay! Take action now! Contact me and we’ll set up a phone call to explore your options.

Here’s what a holistic health coaching client who just completed my 6-month coaching program had to say last week:

I met Paula a few years ago at a meditation circle. We would see each other here and there but I did not really know her. At one particular circle earlier this year as we were going around the circle introducing ourselves, Paula mentioned something to the effect that she was among other things a healer and a wellness coach . Something inside of me told me that I was ready for this and that Paula was the person to help me , I am so grateful and happy that I listened .
We started working together, initially on healthy eating habits and choices but also began to go into reasons why I was making these choices. The details are what they are but the path that I am currently on is a gift I could not have envisioned . 
When I started working with Paula on wellness and touching on areas of my life that were difficult to objectively assess, Paula was a safe haven, a caring person who guided me , prodded me and helped me begin to examine and address issues that were deep . 
She was able to help me see things about myself that were not easy to look at. Self-improvement is hard but when someone like Paula is there by your side gently pushing you to explore areas of your life that need work, it makes it easier to move forward. 
I spent 6 months working with Paula and we met every other week (by phone) and I SO looked forward to each session. I have made some changes in my life that were very positive and necessary, I am not finished by any means, but the tools that Paula has given me to move forward is one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received.”
I hope you give yourself the gift of self-empowerment in 2018. Please contact me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com or 773-791-8425, if you’d like to set up a complimentary consultation to explore your challenges and the possibilities for creating change in your life…and the world.
And one more action-oriented opportunity for women who are looking for love or in dating relationships:  Have I got a workshop for you!  I’m collaborating with Sue De Santo, a dating coach, to lead a workshop in Chicago called:  Overcoming Internal Barriers to Love, on Sunday, Feb. 4, from 2pm-4:30pm.  
This workshop is for you if you are a woman wanting to let go of the “wounding” of past relationships and feel renewed confidence. We’ll help you identify blocks, fears and stories about the past, and step fully into 2018 to truly “ignite” and attract the kind of love you want.  We’ll be using powerful quantum tools like EFT (Tapping) and Guided Meditation to catalyze change.  For more info and registration, read HERE

 

 

Upcoming Local Events, Chicago Area

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If you are local to the Chicagoland area, please join me in two upcoming events:

Come to the HEARTWOOD CENTER in Evanston, IL. for a holistic Holiday Healthcare Fair on Sat. December 9, 10am-3pm.  1818 Dempster St., Evanston.  Rejuvenate with complimentary massage, Oneness Deeksha, health consultations, reiki, acupuncture, tai chi, and more! There will be music, desserts, and an opportunity to shop for gifts and bid in a fabulous auction for various holistic services, including an Akashic Record Reading by yours truly. See www.heartwoodcenter.com

Mark your calendars for the next ONENESS DEEKSHA CIRCLE in Chicago, Tuesday, Dec. 19. Come to our new Chicago location at Moving Life Studio, 5115 N. Ravenswood Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago. Ravenswood is on the east side of the train tracks.  We meet for meditation and the Oneness Deeksha, from 7:30-9pm, on the Third Tuesday of each month! Feel the support of community as we raise our vibration and ground ourselves in the powerful, healing vibration of the heart!  All are welcome, no experience necessary. Come meditate with us and receive Oneness Deeksha. No fee – donations welcome.

Hope to see you soon!

Retrograde Akashic Sale: 3 DAYS ONLY

AkashicrecordconsultCan you feel it? The planet Mercury is going retrograde again, starting Sunday, Dec. 3, and on the same day as a full moon!  I’m not an astrologer, but it sounds like a bit of a wild ride ahead, and I’m feeling the energy already today. Rather wonky! Aside from communication and transportation challenges, Mercury Retrograde periods are known to be very good for looking back at the past, for insights, to contemplate your lessons, and perhaps work on your life or any other things that need tidying up. So, it came to me that it’s the perfect time to throw an Akashic Record Consultation sale!

Maybe you’ve been bombarded, like myself, by showers of emails that are advertising sales going on at this time of year. It’s only Dec. 1, and I’m already feeling like enough is enough.  Literally, I own enough stuff!

But if I can grab your attention, just for a moment, would you be willing to hear more about my sale, because I promise that this one is not about buying “stuff” – it’s about gaining insights, healing, and shifting your energy, by looking deep into the record of your soul.

I’ve been working in the Akashic Recordwith clients for two decades.  The information that comes through me from the Records, is always full of surprises, insights, healing, and comfort, in that the craziness of our lives often actually makes sense. The Records have illustrated, time after time, that our soul is eternal and that we travel in soul groups, rotating roles and relationships in different lifetimes. We travel with our beloveds who are sometimes our parents, children, siblings, wives, husbands, etc. in past lives, for the sake of the soul’s evolution.  Or are they concurrent lives?  Perhaps it’s semantics, because time is said to be an illusion. In any case, relationships in other dimensions of consciousness can be explored through an Akashic Record Consultation!

And speaking of other dimensions, ever wonder if your soul came from outer space thousands of years ago, or if it could possibly be one of your first lifetimes here on earth (why didn’t I get the rule book?) Well, a consultation about your soul may give you some insight on that 🙂

In an Akashic Record Consultation, you will bring all of your questions to the appointment.  I will open your Akashic Record and you’ll ask the questions for an hour. It is an opportunity to ask about the nature and healing of your relationships, your work, your health issues, your money and creativity concerns, your soul’s purpose, origins, and anything else on your mind.

Akashic Readings can be about you, or about your business or project.  Yes, we can open up the Records of your business or project.  Everything that “is” exists dimensionally in consciousness, and those dimensions are conscious, living, evolving energy…and energy can be read.  The Akashic Record is a vibrational record of your soul and all its doings.  It is best not to use The Akashic Record for making predictions, for there is free will in the Record, so your future can change.  However, it can be used to explore, in depth, potential paths or outcomes.  For example, you could ask “If I were to accept this job, what might the results be?”

Or, for example, if you want a relationship and no relationship is appearing, it’s best to ask something like, “What do I need to do or be or know, in order to have the relationship I’m longing for?”

Or if you want more money, or your creativity feels stuck, ask, “What needs to happen to increase my financial (or creative) flow?”  Or, “What is the root of this big problem around money (health, fear, sadness, loss, addiction, etc.) and how can I shift the pattern?”  Actually, in my experience, opening your Akashic Records causes a shift…bringing consciousness to something, changes it.

These are just examples of the many areas for which you can seek guidance and illumination of in the Akashic Records.

Now, about this sale:  AKASHIC RECORD CONSULTATIONS ARE 15% OFF ONLY if purchased from me between NOW and THE FULL MOON this SUNDAY (ends 11:59pm Central Time on Sunday, Dec. 3)….and that’s a great deal!  The appointment can take place over the phone, skype, or in person.  The regular price for a one-hour Akashic Record Consultation is $130 virtually, or $140 in person in my office in Evanston, IL., so the SALE PRICE makes it $110.50 via phone or skype, or $119.00 for in-person. 

So take advantage of this prime Retrograde time to email me between now and Sunday, request and pay for a reading now, by Sunday, and book an appointment for some time in the month of December.  Yes, you can give an Akashic Record Reading as a holiday gift certificate too, and that certificate will be good through March!   Credit cards accepted. Don’t delay!

Email me at paula@fromtheheartcenter.com.

 

 

GRATITUDE MEDITATION FOR TRANSFORMATION

AkashicrecordconsultDid you know that true gratitude is not an attitude, but a state of consciousness?  That’s what my teachers in the Oneness Phenomenon are saying.  Gratitude for external things like a pay raise or a gift is only fleeting; You may feel grateful in that moment, or even for the entire day…but if someone triggers you or something happens that doesn’t go your way, isn’t it easy to lose that gratitude?  Doesn’t that happen all the time?

On the other hand, real gratitude that comes from deep within, and is not dependent on what is happening in our life, is a state of awareness that we want to embody.  This is the type of gratitude that transforms each of us, and this troubled world we live in.

We’re in a world of tremendous disconnection from our Source, from each other, and from the Earth.  We’re lost and we desperately need to find the way home.  The Oneness Phenomenon path is not the only way to get home, for there are many, many paths to awakening.  However, it’s one that it powerful, easy to access, and definitely transformational.  All these reasons are why I practice Deeksha, teach Deeksha initiation, wrote a book on it, and am continually learning from the teachings.

Oneness University in India, which I’ve written about extensively in my book The Oneness Blessing, has been undergoing some changes in the past year.  The famous avatars who are most known regarding the spreading of the Oneness Phenomenon, Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan, have turned over the running of Oneness University to their son Krishna ji and his wife, Preetha ji.  Krishna ji, at age 11, was the first person who was able to transmit the energy of the Oneness Deeksha to another person, as the Phenomenon worked directly with him at a very young age. Now Krishna ji is grown and married to a wise, spiritually empowered woman, Preetha ji, and they have a child.

Preetha ji started a center called One World Academy in India some years ago.  She is known in her own right all around the world.  Her recent TEDx talk on how to end stress, unhappiness, and anxiety can be heard HERE. Now, Preetha ji and Krishna ji have merged Oneness University with One World Academy, calling it O&O Academy.  The anchor of the Oneness Phenomenon continues to be the Oneness Temple in India, for it is an incredible, metaphysical portal that sits on one of the most powerful grid lines on the planet, according to my teachers. I’ve personally experienced its transcendent energy and urge anyone who can go to India, to go there and experience it yourself. 

O&O Academy is celebrating what Sri Bhagavan named some years ago, as “Gratitude Day” on November 14.  In fact, they are recognizing a “Season of Gratitude” from Nov. 14-23.  Of course the 23rd is our Thanksgiving Day here in the States, so it perfectly fits in this time period.

Today, I’m sharing with you a beautiful meditation created by Preeth ji, which is designed to help move us into a state of true gratitude.  I challenge you to join me in practicing this short meditation daily from Nov. 14-23.  In fact, you may want to continue with it much longer – especially if you are a seeker of permanent consciousness transformation. 

True gratitude is a powerful catalyst for experiencing a love of life.  Gratitude ushers in great inner peace, a deep awareness of interconnection, and a state of Oneness consciousness. Preetha ji and Krishna ji want to start a tidal wave of gratitude all over the world!  Let’s contribute to that!

Will you be part of a global shift?  Do we not need it acutely now?  Please join me in meditating with Preethaji’s Gratitude Meditation – find this meditation HERE  on YouTube.

Please let me know how you like the meditation and its message, and if your internal state begins to change. Perhaps Thanksgiving will be more meaningful than it’s ever been this year – despite what is going on all around us in the world.  That is my hope and faith in our ability to shift the future of our beautiful planet and its abundant expressions of the One.  

 

Why the Goofy Hearts?

Valentine's DayDid you ever put your heart “out there” and get what feels like a big, empty, no-response from the universe?  I mean, a big, invalidating, nothing.  That’s happened to me in my dating life, in my creative efforts, in friendships at times, and in my career.  When we take the risk of opening ourselves, to be seen, and to be vulnerable, we risk feeling hurt when the offerings of our open heart are not appreciated or returned.  When this happens, our inner defense patterns and heart walls can get thicker. This process can start in childhood, when our inner-kid’s natural joy, exuberance, and loving nature got stomped on, perhaps by stressed-out, dysfunctional, or shut-down parents, bullying kids, or by the educational system itself. We learn to keep our guard up, to be like our peers, and to behave as parents, teachers, and other authority figures expect.

In dating, if we open up to another person, and they don’t match that emotional availability, there is a tendency for us to retreat to a place of isolation, resignation, or hopelessness. We take another person’s non-interest way too personally most of the time.  Truth is, it always has nothing to do with us.  But our vulnerable heart is like a friendly puppy – it just wants to love and be loved – and our ego-mind is like a soldier – it’s job is to preserve and protect us from harm.  Thus, heart and mind become bogged down waging a battle of inner-conflict, with an unconscious strategy operating to prevent future pain.

Staying in our comfort zones usually brings little gain.  To risk vulnerability and risk failing, is also to invite in huge success and greater happiness.  To be blunt, you usually have to take risks to achieve greater fulfillment and success (whatever success means to you).  Keeping our lives risk-free and playing it safe only serves to keep that status-quo predictability going….and for many of us self-growth warriors, the status quo is not where our spirit likes to hang out.  The spirit is always trying to move forward – to greater expansion.  For our true essence is a part of the universe, and as science has shown, we live in an ever-expanding universe.  The way of the Universal Spirit is one of constant change and expansion.  That expansive drive and ever-changing nature lives within our heart.

As you’ve been reading here, my friend and colleague Sue De Santo and I are giving a course called “Dating, Sexuality & Empowerment.” See all the details HERE.  It’s designed to help women break through those heart-protecting patterns and step more fully into their authentic, radiant, self-empowerment. When we break through the mental control that’s trying to preserve our safety with old, self-protecting patterns, our inner light comes pouring through. 

Having inner freedom endows us with an attractive force of love and joy that beams out to the world. We begin to flow with that ever-expanding universe within and without us….life brings to our door exactly what we need to keep circulating that joy and love of our spirit.  We attract the right people (including life partners), opportunities, and conditions to better serve the world and circulate our gifts, talents, and unique contributions.  

To promote this course, Sue and I made a video to put on facebook and youtube.  That’s what practitioners like us do to market our services.  Just part of the job.  But don’t think that it is ever easy for people like us to wear our hearts on our sleeves when we write blogs, when we promote our courses, sessions, and all the offerings we do.  Most of us who do this have had zero training in marketing – though we’ve had lots of training in the services we offer, but still this type of work seems to require continual self-promotion to spread the word.  That self-promotion is risky.  Speaking for myself, my particular shamanic and holistic coaching offerings are not mainstream, to say the least.  The older and wiser I get about the value of my contributions, however, the more I’m willing to be authentic, vulnerable, and open about what I do — in a world that is generally hugely resistant to change, complementary healing techniques, and vulnerability. 

So Sue and I made this video. Please check it out HERE and see the goofy hearts in it. At first we accidentally put a hearts filter on the video, chuckled about it, and then kept it on, with an intent to attract attention and lighten up this topic we’re teaching. To my surprise, it’s been received with kind of a glaringly silent, non-response on facebook.

I’m used to putting up simple photos of trees and getting a bunch of “likes” or “loves”…but I’m getting very little response with this video. The silence is deafening, as they say.  Perhaps some people are offended, don’t get it, or whatever.  But to me, it’s pretty darn goofy and a bit awkward to watch, and I thought I’d at least get a laughing emoji out of someone. However, I’m not taking it personally.  In fact, I’m laughing at myself each time I view it and see my own awkwardness and those goofy hearts. It’s my coyote medicine, for sure. Coyote brings me the gift of finding humor in my own silly antics.

Actually, coyote medicine aside, this course touches a powerful topic with very timely resonance to the awakening of the Divine Feminine now.  I’m absolutely in awe of the fantastic rise of women’s sense of spiritual empowerment now and I’ve always been eager to contribute to that awakening. From women suffragettes to feminists, to the path of the spiritual warriors among us, including the “me too’s”, this is deeply exciting and hopeful phenomenon to observe.

One thing I’ve learned along the way is to carry a certain “lightness of being” as a valued tool on the spiritual path.  If you can find a little loving humor about this mysterious drama of being human, it’s a very healthy thing.  And we know the power of levity at Halloween time, when we dress up to laugh at scary ghosts (the omnipresent reality of death), threatening pirates, ominous witches, and the super-heroes who fight the evils of crime, etc.  Or when we try to dress up like a 1940’s movie star, like I did in 2009.  I loved having fun with a bit of that Hollywood glam, probably because I needed to let that glam shadow side of me out to shine!  

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If you can laugh at yourself, and at the self-protective patterns devised by the ego, then you are not identified with that ego.  You are not your mind!  You are not that hurt, scared child who wasn’t seen, wasn’t appreciated, or somehow needed to be “controlled” by stressed out authority figures. To find humor in what is awful, sad, and downright life-invalidating, is to be free of those darker inner forces that keep us feeling frustrated, stuck, and less than miraculous. To be free inwardly is to experience the true bliss that is our essence, no matter how others treat us.  No matter whether they like our videos or not!

I’ll let you in on a little secret:  teachers always teach what they need to learn for themselves…and they usually get their lessons especially when they are preparing for a course. Being a good teacher, healer, coach, or therapist is to be a constant student of life and love. A good teacher is a model for that which they teach. I hope I can do that — I want to inspire you to live ever-expandingly beyond the status quo of your comfort zones in order to be a thriving, joyful human being.  We are not our fears, our resignation, our need to please, or our self-protection.  We are love and Light, eternally.