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Impact of the Eclipse

In the United States of America this week, we experienced a phenomenon, an event of the century. We had a full solar eclipse that crossed the entire country. The last one like this was 99 years ago, think about that! Starting off the coast of Oregon and traversing the continent all the way to South Carolina and into the Atlantic Ocean.

There have been many things written and contemplated about this event and how it is impacting us on many levels. I was impacted personally and spiritually in profound ways that are yet unfolding.

 

My husband and I went out onto our lake in our kayaks with a small box – our hand-made viewer, with an expectation and an openness to experience whatever came. There was an energy, a feeling of anticipation. Like in the movies when something big is about to happen, you can feel it coming. It was like that.

It was a cloudy day, hot and humid day, but we had high hopes that the clouds would clear and they did. We talked about what this might be; how it might impact us and we spent time simply in the silence receiving the energies of love and light.

The event was amazing, our little handmade viewer was ok. We were gifted official viewing glasses by some boaters who saw us drifting close to them. That was so amazing. What we noticed during the fullness of the event was not that it got dark where we were, and not that the animal sounds changed, but that it was significantly cooler. It likely dropped 10 degrees for about 30 minutes or so. That was crazy. And yes, the temperature was back up before we left the lake!

Afterwards, in the day and following days, I was thinking about the impact and I noticed a few things I want to address.

First, the entire country was looking up at the same time.  The collective was looking up at the same time. Looking up is a technique that I use often with my clients.

When we get bogged down in something, when we get tunnel vision about an issue or problem or even when our mind gets loopy, one very quick and effective technique is to look up. To shift your focus from small to large; look to the sky and gain a new perspective; look up to see new possibilities; to free your mind; to expand your awareness. This impacts us mentally, but it also impacts the physical body. So often when we are stressed our physical bodies are folded into themselves; we are hunched over our keyboards, shoulders in our ears and rounded. Our posture is bad and our breathing strained.

The simple act of looking up causes a stretching of the entire body from your neck to your chest and shoulders. It opens the airways and the throat chakra, which is about the power of voice and speaking your truth. Look up now and feel the stretch all the way down your back. Open your shoulders and chest and lean into it. Become aware of the lengthening of your torso, which gives relief to all the belly organs and beyond.

On a mental level, when we raise our sight from the problem, we are more apt to discover a solution. When we interrupt the mental looping, there is room for new ideas to enter.

Spiritually, when we look up, we connect to that which is greater than us; call it God, Creation, Source, the Universe; or call it the Sky or the sun, or moon or stars. Whatever it is, when we make connection to something grand outside of ourselves, we are lifted into new awareness and new consciousness. If we consciously make this connection we can be lifted to new vibrations, frequencies and even dimensions.

The fact that so many Americans were looking up on this moment in time, is significant! Looking away from all the problems, the whining, the complaining, the issues of our country at something so much greater than us, the solar eclipse, is truly impactful, even if most of them don’t have any awareness of it.

Could our country use a little lifting up right about now? Of course, and collectively we looked together.

A second, yet similar realization I had was that we had a collective Shared Experience. Think about times of great trauma, tragic events and how we come together as a people in love and support. 9-11 comes to mind. This week, we came together in a shared experience of looking up, of this natural, cosmic event. We have a shared consciousness around it. We joined with neighbors and strangers sharing our awe and wonder, sharing our glasses and our experiences. Can you feel how profound this is – even if we didn’t notice it at the time? We were consciously connected across the planet, and indeed across the globe.

Our hearts and minds were together on this moment. Collectively when we share an experience, we are more aware of our bonds, of our connection.

In an article I wrote,  “Musings about the Eclipse” –  I explored ideas about the Sun and Moon, and the portal that was being created by the feminine covering the masculine here, and about the eclipse being a cleansing breath.

To me, the experience was a portal to a new possibility, a new dimension of consciousness. When I was in Brazil last May, I entered a new dimension, I had the literal, visceral experience of living in a different dimension for a couple of weeks. This felt like a portal available to anyone and everyone who was aligned with a new possibility; who is aligned with a new world; one of love, light, joy and peace for all people. It sounds like new-age mumbo jumbo, but I’ve experienced it as real. More real in fact than the reality we live in daily. (I’m taking a group to Brazil in May, info here)

I was basking in these vibrations, enjoying a moment of peace and exploration of all the photos people were sharing when I came across this video by Nasa.  The opening sentence was “the viewing of the eclipse was out of this world”. They meant literally, it was a recording of the entire event across our country from satellite. Watch it here:

The eclipse as a satellite saw it

This brought me to another layer of processing. It was totally cool, much larger than I realized and profound to witness from above. What impacted me in this video, however was the darkness. It felt like a sci-fi film where the darkness had form, albeit vaporous and amorphous form, it moved across the earth, darkening everything as it traversed the continent.

It was similar to the opening lines of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Sort of.  It was like this deep, dark, emptiness hovering over our country, spreading, moving. It was like it had a life of its own. I had a couple of thoughts – one it was gathering all the darkness of humanity into its arms and in its wake, was more light; a lightness of spirit; of humanity. Watch it again and notice how the light returns and even gets apparently brighter as the darkness passes.

Or, maybe it is representing the darkness that is seeping through our country in deeply disturbing ways. Even so, the light will return, and become even brighter. It takes all of us to do so.

The video disturbed me in ways that I’m not sure I can even put words on. Even as I speak about the Moon, the feminine, as dark, it is deep and creative; the womb of creation; the depths of soil that allow a seed to sprout. (Read my article, here.)

What I know to be true is this:

Something happened this week that was cosmic and profound. We can allow ourselves to be positively impacted by this event or we can go right back to sleep and continue our ways.

My hope, my call, my commitment is to support all who are ready and willing to continue to Awaken, to use the energies available this week and beyond to catapult an awakening of spirit, to connect to that which is greater than us and to come into alignment with more love, more light.

Our world needs us now. Our country needs us now. We are being supported by On High, by the heavens and the earth; by the sun and the moon and so much more to awaken into a greater awareness of who we are and who we are here to be.

We are spiritual beings, awakening to a greater truth that we are One, that life can be richer, juicier and more fulfilling that perhaps it has been. We are here to discover and bring forth our deepest Essence and that will be profound.

Imagine a world where everyone knew their value, their worth; where there was only love and light; where all know our Oneness with each other and the planet.

Imagine a day of awakening when the moon blocks out the sun for a moment in time, opening portals to the rise of the Divine Feminine; that of love, compassion, kindness; nurturing, nourishing and connection. Deep connection to all that is and infinite possibilities.

Imagine that day. Oh, it just happened. Now what are you going to do with it?

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Unity of Houston

Hi Everyone,

What an amazing, incredibly, blessed time I had last weekend in Houston, speaking for my friend and colleague, Rev. Howard Casear at Unity of Houston.  

I wanted to share my experience with you, so here’s the video recording.

I’d love to hear your response to it! Please also feel free to share and like!

 

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Get Quiet

Life is busy, we know it.

But do not forget or forego your quiet time. For it is in the quiet of your soul that you are fed, nourishing and inspired.

The tendency in today’s world to work too hard, to run too fast and to try to jam too many things into a simple day.

Let go. Let it be. Take time for yourself. Take time, like the Native Americans say for your soul to catch up with your body. Relax.

Build into your day time for silence. Not just quiet on the outer, but enough time for your mind to slow its spin, for your heart to let down its guard and for your Being to find relief.

This is the most crucial think you can do for yourself and for humanity. For you cannot listen deeply when you are focused on the chaos. You cannot be divinely guided when you don’t get your mind out of the way. You cannot be in Love when you are filled with stress and worry.

Take time to breathe. Right now. Set the alarm on your phone or better yet, install an app with a mind bell chime to draw your attention each hour back to yourself. Take even 68 seconds to breath into your body, to look outside your projects and to bask in the glory of who you are and this amazing beautiful planet you live on.

A natural outcome of quiet time is greater wisdom, deeper clarity and the feeling of gratitude and appreciation. Take a few more seconds to bask here in this energy. This is what is important on the planet. Everything else, all action that stems from this place of quiet, gratitude and connection is going to be much more effective than anything coming from the frenetic, chaotic, busy-ness of the outer world.

Give yourself this gift today.

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Sunday Sabbath

Sunday Sabbath – in the beginning when creation created the earth; the sun and the moon and the stars; the land and the seas; the plants and animals and humans; in the beginning when it was all created there was time for rest. Rest and reflection. This is called the Sabbath. It wasn’t so much that God was worn out and tired like we get at the end of the week, but it was more like:

Ahhh, look, at the beauty. Look at the miracles; Enjoy this moment for it is Good.

Sunday (or whatever day you choose) Sabbath is vital to our spirits and souls as much as our bodies. How many of us run too hard, work too long, push too fast? How many of us really take the time for stillness?

I know even me, this morning as I was sitting, instead of simply sitting, I got on Facebook and started scrolling. While that is fun and sometimes entertaining and certainly mind-less activity at times; it is not Sabbath.

Sabbath for me is quiet, it is sitting still for time. It is easy conversation, going with the flow. It is paying attention to that which is greater than me. The sun, the moon, the trees, the waters. It is noticing the birds and squirrels and chipmunks. It is watching at wonder at the hummingbirds and butterflies. It is basking in the glory of the beauty of the moment.

Even if life happens to be hard at the moment, or even if it is showing up exquisitely, sitting in Sabbath allows the time and space for the body to relax, the soul to catch up and the Spirit to simply Be. It can be like putting your mind in a time-out. No thinking today. Some light daydreaming perhaps, but no figuring it out, no struggle in thought.

Lay it down for today and look around at something you don’t normally notice. I’m not talking about the dust on the window sill, or the dirt on the floor. Look outside, look within. Look for the beauty of Spirit.

It’s Sunday Sabbath time – what will you do to nurture your Spirit, Soul, Body and give your mind a rest today?

 

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Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

Beloved, today we speak to you of laughter. Laughter is the best medicine. Laughter lightens the load, changes the frequency. The video of your friend’s baby is perfect to bring laughter. Share the light today. Share the laughter. There is much heaviness in the world. It suffocates the very life force from your being. Laugher opens the pathways, laughter instills inspiration. Inspiration is inspired. From the place of laughter, from the place of lightness, from the place of inspire-ed action there is room from Spirit to move. There is room for the very light to move and shift and play.

Can you feel the power of laughter? It jolts the seriously right out of the way, it softens the hardest places. Not laughter towards anyone or anything, but laughter in the pure innocence of a child. Laughter at the way the shadows move across the yard. Laughter at the way the clouds are forming and laughter certainly at yourself.

Laugher is not mean sarcasm, but lightness of spirit. Find a video of a child laughing. Create a video of a child laughing. Make music with your laugher today. Can you feel, already how you are opening to new possibilities? Can you lean into the expansion that happens when two or more join together in laughter?

Make it a laughing meditation type of day> Make it a laughing type of day. Make it laughter infused life you are living. Turn on laughter yoga. Turn on laughing babies. Turn on your own deep inner laughter and let it rip. Let it flow. Let it take you totally away from the mind and into the moment.

Remember a time when you laughed so hard you almost peed your pants. Laugh like that. Laugh like there is no tomorrow.

Why does laughter work? It moves you away from worry and stress; it cleanses the pallet of your mind and frees the binds that chain it. Or is it the chains that bind it? Laugher, deep belly laughter causes a release of cortisol, the stress chemical; releases a boost of endorphins, creating oxytocin; all the feel-good hormones in your body are stimulated and the mind is quieted. If that is not enough, it also changes your neurology for a moment, it gets you out of your head and into your body and that’s always good. It opens the heart and massages the deep inner organs that in turn stimulate better digestion, better functioning of the colon, liver, spleen, and more!

Laughter brings you into connection with those you are laughing with. It dissolves barriers of communication; wipes away the illusion of differences and creates a bond of mutuality, of kinship, of shared experience.

I want to share a video I did a few months ago about Laughter. Check it out and comment below. I’d love to hear your response to it.

 

In the video I read the poem, Laughter  from the book, I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky.

Laughter

What is Laughter? What is Laughter?
It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!

It is the sun poking it sweet head out
From behind a cloud
You have been carrying too long.
Veiling your eyes and heart.

It is Light breaking ground for a great Structure
That is your Real body— called truth.

It is happiness applauding itself and then taking flight
To embrace everyone and everything in this world.

Laughter is the polestar
Held in the sky by our Beloved
Who eternally says,
“Yes, dear ones, come this way,
Come this way toward Me and Love!

Come with your tender mouths moving
And your beautiful tongues conducting songs
And with your movements– your magic movements
of hands and feet and glands and cells– Dancing!

Know that to God’s Eye,

All movement is a Wondrous Language,
And Music–such exquisite, wild Music!”

O what is laughter Hafiz?
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our hearts?

It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!

Will you join me in laughter? Will you find a way to laugh today? Then spread the word!

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A Fight for Life – Oh I mean for Tomatoes!

Seriously!!! These squirrels or chipmunks or whoever is stealing my tomatoes… STOP!

I’m struggling to be kind and compassionate. I’ve been stolen from. My privacy has been violated. My dreams stolen. My plans ruined.

A few days ago there were 7-8 tomatoes, one just about ready to pick. It was perfect, no blemishes, very red, I could almost taste the juices of it. One more day, I said to myself and it will be ready.

One more day later – it’s gone. Lock, stock and barrel as they say – no signs of it anywhere. Jeez… I’m beyond disappointed. We were going to have BLT’s for dinner. I was ready, my mouth was watering… My husband was going to be sooo happy! Then – bam, it’s gone.

It’s not right!

The next day – two more totally green tomatoes have disappered. I really don’t want to share. I really am living in lack and limitation and “It’s MINE”.

 

Then this morning, there is one tomato left and this one on the railing of the deck.

Seriously? What are you doing??? Taunting me?

I thought we were safe, up on the deck, away from the ground. I thought there would be respect for private property. I guess I was wrong.

I think I’m needing some of my own advice – about Falling Into Ease.  Maybe I’ll go listen to one of my Facebook LIVEs.  Want to join me there?

 

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I Speak to you of Freedom

Today, we celebrate our national Independence Day, July 4th, 2017.

Yesterday I had a beautiful day, kayaking with a friend on our lake and then watching Independence Day, the movie at a Dive-In Movie on our beach. (scroll down for a few pictures.) It’s a great film, a classic. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check it out.

This morning I awoke and began my daily practice of meditation and writing. As I asked the question: What is mine to share today, this message flowed through me.

I want to share it, in its entirety because I found it to be profound and rings true.

“I speak to you of Freedom. On this day, you celebrate Freedom in your country of America. Freedom is misunderstood in most of humanity. Many people believe freedom to be the freedom to do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it but Freedom is greater than that.

Freedom is the soul’s expression free from the ego’s interpretation.

Freedom comes with a paradoxical truth. The only way to be truly Free is to recognize and embrace your Oneness. In letting go of separation, the very separation that many expect free to be, in letting go of separation, Oneness is discovered; Oneness is cultivated. Oneness is discovered and revealed. For the Truth is that you were never separate from the whole, you were never separate from Creation or God or each other, you just simply think you are. When Oneness is found, integrated and realized, you will realize that you are Free.

Free from other’s thoughts, from other’s beliefs. You will have released the pattern of “I think that you think I should be thinking XYZ, and so I do.  I act in manners that either cause people to like me more or to avoid criticism.” When you fully realize Oneness, all that goes away and you are left with a simple, pure, Beingness.

Being is what you are here for. The Being is pure potentiated Love.

Freedom comes when you eliminate the need and desire for Freedom. Freedom comes not in fighting another’s thoughts, but in embracing your own. Freedom comes not in separating yourself from the field, but in embracing the fullness of humanity’s expression. Freedom comes when you no longer react to another’s words, actions or beingness. But rather simply love him / love her in their fullness of being even as they don’t recognize it yet either.

Freedom is not found in warring, but in love. Freedom is not found in fighting, but in surrendering. There is nothing that can disturb the calm peace of my soul. That is freedom. Love who you love, become friends with others who are unlike you. Become curious about how the minds and hearts of others beat. Not in judgment, but in curiosity, in expansive Love, in oneness.

Right now, fall into the depths of your own heart, fall deeper yet and find the point of Oneness. It is deep within your spiritual heart, like an umbilical cord to a fetus, this is your point of Freedom and connection; this is your point of abundance, light and love. This is the point of answers to all your questions – or rather this is the point of no questions.

You are loved beyond measure. You are safe in your Being and you are here to be Light in the world of darkness. Go and Be. Blessed be.

(Message received from Raphael. 7.4.17)

Can you feel the power in the message of Love, of Oneness? Release judgment, release fear, release all need to control any outcomes other than your own reactions and responses. Choose LOVE, Choose LIGHT, Choose FREEDOM.

Let freedom reign! Celebrate the freedom that we have in our country to think and feel and be. Celebrate the Freedom we have in our SOUL to discover and cherish and bask in true FREEDOM!

Here’s a few celebration pictures…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiritual Facilitation – what is it???

What do I do, anyway???  What is Spiritual Facilitation?

I guide and facilitate a spiritual process of awakening, of release of life-long patterns and the crushing of invisible glass ceilings. It’s like discovering a covered bridge.  I guide people from boredom to passion and purpose; from despair to hope; from stuck to free.  Through the journey of my own awakening, and in my 17-year career as a minister, I’ve been with people in their darkest moments and the greatest joys. There is nothing that can shake me, nothing in you that can scare me away. I’ve seen it all. I offer a safe space to witness you, to offer a light to shine, to illuminate the pathway from where you find yourself today to where you’d love to be – living the life of your dreams.

My book, Falling Into Ease has received rave reviews and is a doorway, not only to Ease in your life, but also to connection, Oneness, and your soul’s highest desire.

I’ve been blessed recently to spend time and work with a few people who are mired in their experiences, ones that could be called dark, or hard, or scary. Challenges that have despair woven into them.

You do not need to despair or spiral into the depths of darkness alone!

I’m able to offer a sacred space to witness your pain and despair (or gnawing irritation or frustration – or any of the entire gamut of emotions), provide a hand up as together we create a pathway from where you are stuck to where you want to be.

Initially there is a breathing space created and from there relief and clarity. As we quickly, gently and easily unravel the oppressing and suffocating energies – the debilitating thought patterns and beliefs are dismantled, again creating space to breathe and therefore see with greater clarity. This work is sacred and profound.

My clients often report a sense of well-being, a release of heavy energy and a surprising lightness in their bodies and their life. Recently, a client said, after only a single session, he was much more prosperous and successful, after we discovered and dismantled a hidden belief and reason to not be successful past a certain level.

If you’d like support – I’m here. Completely tailored to you, confidential, non-judgmental, supportive and loving. Schedule a call here.

 

Since it’s my birthday week – I’m even offering a special!  Since most of my programs are 3-6 months and longer, I thought I’d make it easy and accessible to you, who want a taste, a shorter time to see transformation.

 

My “56 Birthday Special” – I’m turning 56 on Tuesday, and so through the end of this week only – I’m offering a 5-week special at only $56/week!  Click Here for the details!

 

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Prayer Poem

Spirit – Entities of Light,
I bow to you in gratitude;
l humble myself with appreciation and openness.
Let me be the light of the world,
guide me in the release and
dissolving of patterns in me
that allow me to more fully be You,
be the light,
be the presence of Love in the Universe.
Guide me in serving the world,
guide me in being in energetic flow
of abundance, health and
deeply fulfilling relationships.
Use me, Fill me, Empty me and
through me bless the world.
Thank you!
I am you and you are me.
I am the Light of the World.
I am grateful, I am gratitude embodied.

And so it is.

 

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Argue for Your Limitations and You Will Be Right

Argue for your limitations and you will be right.

I found myself arguing with Spirit this morning. I had stumbled upon another layer of belief structure in which I’ve been operating. It appeared to me as something that was being called to be dismantled and dissolved because it was in fact, holding me back from my greatest truth and expression.

I’m deep immersed in a 40-day spiritual healing protocol and one aspect of it is, frequent realizations of a belief I’ve held, a judgement I’m attached to or other false evidence appearing real. Some have been great releases with huge emotional impact. Others have gently slipped away almost without notice.

But this one today, caught me by surprise. It flummoxed me, flabbergasted me that it took concentrated effort to let it go. That appears to be an oxymoron. Effort to let go. Yep. In fact, spoken in that simple term, you might relate.

This belief that jumped into my awareness, as I unpacked it and began the process of unraveling it all the way to its inception and origination, confused me. I argued for it. I struggled to understand that I had understood it wrong. I was thrown off by the need to let it go. Yet, I was being called and asked to let it go so that something better, more Truth filled could replace it.

And so I let go of my need to figure it out. I relinquished my need to know what would replace it and how exactly it would work in my life. I surrendered into Spirit once again. It was as if I took a free fall  choosing to continue my journey and trust; and was caught in a beautiful place of peace. My shoulders relaxed, a smile came to my face and I took a deep breath in and out again. I fell into a complete sense of well-being.

Oh, that was easy! Only once it was. I, once more, am transformed by the renewing of my mind, by the release of old belief patterns that no longer serve me. I have no clue what might replace the belief I released, perhaps nothing at all. I have no need, (at least today) to figure it out, Instead, I bask in expansion, I soar in freedom and I bow in gratitude for this journey I’m on, for this life I live.

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