Jul 072015
 

Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food--The Ultimate DietThis book, Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food–The Ultimate Diet by Louise Hay and Ahlea Khadro has a lot of meat to it! Or for you vegetarians/vegans, a lot of fiber. ;-)

I was delightfully surprised at the wealth of information which I’d not heard or read before. It’s very up-to-date and includes a broad range of ideas.

As someone with a chronic issue going on, I found it especially helpful. It’s in no way superficial, but offers information and philosophical approaches to in-depth practices that can truly turn things around.

As with all Louise Hay books, it includes quite subtle — yet powerful — suggestions for you to apply. Examples are being aware of — and turning around when necessary — your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions, especially regarding yourself. (Thus the title, Loving Yourself to Great Health.)

It includes quite a bit about diet (one way to love yourself), including leading edge research and findings.

It steps very thoroughly through our bodily processes and I learned a lot about our physiology, even though I’m already quite knowledgeable about it. This was and is a very valuable aspect of this book to which I’m sure I’ll refer again and again.

And yet … As much information as this book offers, one of its most invaluable gifts is that it includes methods and exercises for you to tune into your own body to learn what it has to say to you in particular, thus guiding you to customize your very own healing journey.

About half the book is dedicated to recipes and lists of various foods’ qualities. What I like about this is that it’s a great cross-section of different kinds of foods that might be hard to find elsewhere under one cover.

If you’re considering buying this book, but are afraid it might be a bit “Micky Mouse”, be assured it is not! I can’t imagine anyone reading it who won’t get something valuable out of it.

Many thanks to Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro, and Heather Dane. It’s quite the impressive collaboration!

Recommended!

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

 

Jun 252014
 

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.The process and concepts set forth in this book, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph. D., can be life-changing.

I’m really excited about practicing the simple suggestions over time and experiencing their benefits.

Contrary to some reviews, I didn’t find it technical at all, much less overly-technical. It’s interesting and easy to read, with a nice balance of breadth and depth.

I also consider Dr. Hawkins a valid and impressive authority on this topic; not always easy to find or distinguish in these days of wildly proliferating “experts”.

He begins the book by explaining the mechanism of letting go. Since it involves emotions, he then follows by going into depth with each of the emotions he has already delineated in his previous books (most notably the fascinating Power vs. Force).

I don’t think he’d have had to include them in this book, but for those who don’t already have his other(s), or even just for reference, it’s helpful to have it all in one place. Plus, here his discussions of the emotions are more focused on the letting go process.

Along with his descriptions of the emotions and how their “hierarchy” comes into play, he gives great examples which help clarify and elucidate the letting go mechanism.

And if you’re like me, you’ll find that reading about the more difficult emotions will trigger in you some recollections and/or sensitivity to your own experiences with it, making it clear that it’s still lurking around.

And by this point, you know what to do next.

In fact, while reading one of the first few chapters, I allowed myself to go with what I was feeling at the time (i.e. using his letting go process), and although it didn’t even seem like a huge “cleansing”, I was astonished to find that the next day I felt remarkably better; lighter, happier, more prone to laughing, etc. I wasn’t even looking for a change, it just was impossible to not notice! It had to have been the process, proving to me that if it could have that effect even when done half-a**ed, imagine what might be in store if I actually do it more thoroughly and deliberately.

Wow.

So, as I said, I’m quite excited to have this book.

My only complaint is that he doesn’t go into the mechanism of letting go in as clear a way as I expected and would have liked. Since this is something you want to get in the habit of practicing regularly, it would be nice to have one part of the book to refer to easily.

Within his chapter “The Mechanism of Letting Go”, there are really only 3 pages that tell you how to do it. And even then, it’s really only a few paragraphs of that. And it’s not written as steps of a process, but rather just a few instructions (two, actually) without a lot of detail.

But maybe that’s enough. Sometimes the most simple things hold more truth, depth, and power than those that are complex. (And who would really do it consistently if it was too involved, anyway? Not me!)

But I find that as you read the rest of the book, some of the details become more clear, although I found some of the details a little contradictory to his simple description of the process. I can only conclude that perhaps you have to learn the subtleties on your own as you practice, i.e. how it works best for you.

So although it’s not written with the process described thoroughly and concisely in one place, it seems that the book ultimately gives you what you need.

Again, I feel lucky that this book crossed my path, and feel it’s potentially very powerful.

Definitely recommended.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

May 232014
 

Holy Shift!: 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles by Robert HoldenI love this book (Holy Shift!, edited by Robert Holden). I’m pretty stingy with stars but this one gets all 5, meaning it’s a book I expect to treasure and use always, and which I highly recommend.

This isn’t a book you read; it’s a book you use. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and here are my impressions.

First, the basis of this book is the radical and profound A Course in Miracles. Although it could be used independently, like the author I recommend you study the Course as well. However, if you’ve ever approached the Course itself, you know it can be daunting to say the least, and I wouldn’t rule out this book even if you’ve ruled out the Course.

Personally, I want to add a note that although I’d studied the Course on and off for decades, it never made any sense to me until I read Gary Renard’s The Disappearance of the Universe, at which point I finally “got it”. Where reading the Course used to be a strain, I now eagerly devour every word. So it goes without saying that I strongly recommend Gary’s book as well.

There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach.” That’s quite a statement.

~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (quoting the Course in the Introduction)

This book consists of 365 daily meditations from the Course. Each one is titled with a month and day so you can easily access a new idea daily with no need to keep track. The Course itself is way too comprehensive to keep in your head at any given time, so it’s really nice to have some of the more outstanding passages to touch in with each day.

The quotes Robert’s chosen are excellent. They’re fairly short and very profound. (He has studied the Course for over 20 years and was obviously very thoughtful about his selections.)

He also lays them out nicely. Rather than in chunky paragraphs, they are printed more as a poem which works beautifully and lends itself to reading them more slowly and meditatively like, well, a poem!

Each one credits its exact location in the Course in case you want to see its context, although he’s chosen passages that stand on their own very well. I really like that Robert didn’t add his own commentary. The Course is so powerful and profound that there’s no need, and I appreciate his allowing it to remain pure.

I didn’t even read the introduction until today but that is impressive as well. He describes the Course exceptionally well, and includes some of its more pertinent points. I expect I will reread that from time to time.

The Course is a love letter written from your soul to your ego. In this love letter you are asked to let go of your separate self-image, made of pain and fear, in order to experience your wholeness again.

~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (from the Introduction)

I also appreciate the actual, physical book itself. I’m lucky to have the hardcopy which measures about 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ x 1 1/2″), which is a really nice size for daily use, and it just feels really good! It’s beautiful, too — pure white under the dust cover (except for text on the spine, of course). I think it deserves an attached ribbon to mark the current day, but I’ll be okay using a bookmark. ;-)

I think I could go on about how much I love and value this book but the real point to make is that it speaks for itself … wonderfully!

The Course describes a miracle as something you experience when you are willing to shift your perception from a psychology of fear to a psychology of love.

~ Robert Holden, Holy Shift! (from the Introduction)

The message this book contains truly is holy, and if you give it chance, and enjoy the process, I have no doubt it can also deliver its shift.

Very highly recommended.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Patti

Apr 072014
 

How often do you experience yourself anew, completely free of a past and a future?

If you’re like me, then probably not enough!

But it’s possible to do it quickly and easily. And you’ll come away with a new sense of freedom and possibility.

This Very Moment

Even though the now is eternal, everlasting, with no beginning or end, as perceptive human beings we perceive the eternal now as a “moment”.

Well, what if this moment — this very moment … right now — held everything in complete wholeness, with no need for a past or a future?

“The moment is not in time and not in space. Go into the moment, and that’s where you can meet God, meet the One.” ~ Ram Dass

And what if your existence and all you’re experiencing in this moment were completely independent of your past or future?

In a future post, I’ll elaborate on how that is, indeed, the case. You’ll see how your existence in any given moment is separated in an important sense from your existence in the previous or next moment (as you perceive it).

The independence of this one moment is one aspect of the broader idea of being in the now, and is an element of the “state of magic and miracles” which is accessed as part of a Holographic Emergence™ session.

As you let your thoughts drop away, you’ll notice that without mind, what we experience as time drops away as well.

The Freedom of the Moment

What if this moment itself, and your experience of yourself, is not determined or limited by the previous moment at all?

What if it also does not determine or limit you in any particular next moment?

In other words, what if continuity of things and processes in our 3-D world is just an assumption we make, and then continue to empower and manifest because of our belief in it?

Imagine the possibilities if we weren’t hemmed in by past or future!

Imagine if we were all new, now! (And now … and now!)

3 Steps to Being in the Moment

Right now, you can experience yourself as new; as independent of any past or future.

Here’s an exercise you can do that’s very freeing. (There’s also a 5-minute guided audio version of it that you can listen to or download here: Moment Exercise.)

It can help you begin to be aware of (and then break out of) some of your unconscious assumptions about what must be.

1. Close your eyes.

2. Experience yourself right here, right now, and that’s it. You are not involved in an activity, experiencing a certain mood, in a certain place or anything. You’re just here, right now, and only this instant exists. Can you get that sense?

3. Realize that no particular “next moment” is inevitable. There is nothing else attached to here and now.

Notice, too, how conditions or even situations can not exist in this moment because by definition they both require continuity.

Can you feel the freedom and possibility in that?

‘Til next time!

Patti

Mar 202014
 

Power Words: Igniting Your Life with Lightning ForceI really liked this book. It’s made me so much more aware of my language, not only of the words I speak but also the words that appear in my self-talk (i.e. thoughts).

“Any word you use invokes the exact energy of that word from a very responsive world around you.”

~ Sharon Anne Klingler, Power Words

I’d have never imagined someone could write such a long book about simple words. But here you have it. At 236 pages (plus word lists) it’s not long because it’s full of fluff, it’s because there are so many ways to categorize and use words to take full advantage of their inherent power.

There are lots of exercises included. They provide you with experiential proof that each word has an actual, physical energy. Some words are negative and some are positive, and they carry their own, unique energy whether you’re using them consciously or not.

This book helps you make much more conscious decisions about your thoughts and words and since we use words almost constantly, can have a huge impact on your life and how you perceive it.

Everyday words create your daily reality—both for good and bad. In this sense, every word you use is a power word because each carries its own creative power.

~ Sharon Anne Klingler, Power Words

Word or Use Categories

A few of the categories I’m now much more aware of since reading this book are:

  • Words that trigger action, including commands, declarations, and proclamations
    These are extremely useful, and she gives you great ideas for using them for many different purposes — more than you would ever think of on your own, I guarantee it.
  • Words that uplift

Topics

Some of what she covers includes:

  • Breaking habits of negative thinking/speaking
  • Substitutes for swearing that turn your words into blessings which can effectively turn the blasted … er, blessed … situation around. (See how different those two words feel?)
  • Prayers and invocations, including healing prayers
    I don’t think this exactly fit the topic of this book — it could be it’s own useful little book — but it’s done well.
  • A few words to watch out for that most of us say all the time; yikes!
  • Lots of foreign words and phrases that pack a punch

A Bonus for Intuitives

A rather amazing section is where she shows you how to make decisions using word energy. It reminded me of techniques I learned when I studied with an amazing and well-known psychic (even deputized for her valuable work with a large city police force) to tap deeply and effectively into our intuition.

Within just this one section is almost a book in itself, so if you’re interested in tapping into your subconscious wisdom, this very thorough and detailed chapter alone is worth your time and money. (It wasn’t until after I finished reading and read “About the Author” at the end, that I saw she is one of the world’s leading intuitives. So you’re getting this from an expert.)

Highly Recommended!

In conclusion, this book raised my awareness of my habitual thinking/speaking and gave me excellent ideas for making improvements. With the many exercises and great real-life examples, it was engaging and fun to read. I’m also sure I’ll refer to it in the future for various purposes.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

Until next time!

Patti

Jan 132014
 

Love Your EnemiesI was going through a period where I was working through some anger toward someone who’s repeatedly frustrated me with her power games.

I was eager to read Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzberg & Tenzin Robert Thurman to see how effectively I could apply its lessons.

Well … In the end, I was a little disappointed but I still think this book has a lot to offer.

Anger

First, I didn’t expect it to be quite so focused on blatant anger, but it is.

If you have issues with “anger management” and letting it fly when you’d rather not, then this would be a great book for you.

It touches on some of the more complex and subtle forms of anger such as feeling victimized, jealous, frustrated, resentful, etc. but its focus is on anger as an emotional outburst.

I have to admit, this may have been my own misunderstanding about what it was about. The subtitle is “How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier”, after all! Still, the description led me to believe it would have a more broad application.

I already knew that in my case, I needed relief more from my own thoughts and emotions than from the person with whom I’d been interacting!

Outer vs. Inner

The book begins by addressing outer conditions and our surface experience of them, and works its way more and more inward to those parts of our being that we’re not as aware of.

For the first half, I thought I didn’t like it because so much of the outer that I/we are aware of was not so new or revealing.

But the second half gets much deeper and is more what I was after.

Rather than looking at another person as the “enemy”, it helps you examine your own patterns of thought that result in your suffering through these types of experiences.

Thoughts vs. Exercises

Throughout the book there are many insightful statements that will be great for review. They offer new ways of looking at the situation(s) that can help you see from a new perspective.

But to get at the deeper more ingrained patterns, it takes more of an ongoing practice. Fortunately, this book offers many exercises and suggested practices; some presented as you go but most in the appendix.

And even though one exercise may take up just one page, if really practiced it can be very powerful! I know this from experience since one of Sharon’s exercises is a meditation similar to those she offers (along with co-author Joseph Goldstein) in her Insight Meditation Kit. The kit is not only potentially life-changing, but it’s so classy and beautiful that I’ve purchased it not only for myself but also as gifts. It includes a 240 page book plus 2 guided meditation CDs and a set of cards.

Two Voices

Love Your Enemies is written as an interesting collaboration in that each of the two writers maintains their own voice. On any given topic, first you hear from one, then the other. I actually liked this as they both approach things quite differently and this gives more ideas and options to consider.

Recommended … for Some

Just like most books, this one can be great for some and not so useful for others.

If you struggle with anger issues, AND are willing to apply some focused energy, then I think this could be a very valuable book.

If you want pointers as to how to love your enemy in general (or even to counteract different or more subtle issues than anger per se), OR if you don’t want to take the time to apply their suggestions, then this book is probably not for you.

Note: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

‘Til next time: Happy reading, and happy life!

Patti

Dec 082013
 

Photo by: meddygarnetIf you’re living a truly conscious life, then you naturally have great respect for animals.

And you probably also feel great pain at how they are often treated by humans.

Sometimes it’s even disheartening that so little progress is made so slowly.

But there’s good news.

As part of the human race, the more we contribute to raising human consciousness — with respect to animals but also in general — the treatment of animals by humans is bound to improve as well.

This is because raising consciousness is a way to work more closely with cause rather than with effect, or symptoms.

Raising Awareness

Right now, the way animals are treated is abysmal and this article won’t detail the atrocities. If you aren’t aware of them, but would like to be, the film EARTHLINGS is an excellent place to start. It’s about practices that are typical yet — with good reason — are always hidden from view. But be forewarned, it’s a moving film which may literally traumatize you, like it did me. (You can check out some reviews here. They are compelling.)

Another source of excellent information is the PETA website (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). If you yourself are ever interested in living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, they have lots of helpful information, free kits to help you make changes, lots of recipes, and leads to really great resources.

Veganism, and Cruelty-Free Living

If you do look into going vegan, you’ll find out that it’s not always just about diet (i.e. not eating animals and/or animal products).

It’s more about a “cruelty-free” way of life.

A cruelty-free lifestyle involves not eating or using any type of animal product, especially when the animals were mistreated during processing.

Many of us don’t think about it but this means not supporting industries that promote the fancy leather car seats (or furniture), leather shoes or jackets, animal hide accessories, down clothing or bedding, fancy or beautiful feathers, fur, boar bristles, wool products (including lanolin), and even silk. Some vegans even shy away from using honey unless it’s from a natural and organic source.

Humane Options

It’s startling how many of our household products, from toiletries to cleaning supplies, are tested on animals. Even some of the companies that claim not to test on animals sometimes contract out to a third party who does. Most of these testing practices are cruel. And of course, some of our medicines/drugs (such as Premarin) are derived from animals who are treated horrifically.

There are often times when animals, insects, etc. encroach on us and we have to draw the line somewhere. Again, there are many humane options available now, and thankfully most are available to all of us via the internet.

It may take more time to research and use these methods, but a conscious, kind person will make the effort.

As you read these stories you will see that whenever I was properly humble and willing to let something besides a human be my instructor, these various four-legged, six-legged, and no-legged fellows shared priceless wisdom with me. They taught me that perfect understanding and perfect co-operation between the human and all other forms of life is unfailing whenever the human really does his required part.

~ Foreword to Kinship with All Life, by J. Allen Boone, 1954

So there are many ways we can all play an active role in our own lives to honor animals as sentient beings.

Doing so not only benefits them but it benefits us as well.

A conscious person always benefits from living in integrity, and conscious integrity allows for nothing short of respect for all sentient beings. (Including our fellow humans, by the way!)

And if you get nothing else from this post, get this:

As part of the human race,
raising your own consciousness will necessarily
help raise the consciousness of human-kind in general,
with countless positive side-effects.

And it’s a most rewarding type of activism!

How You Can Make a Difference

Consider adding just one additional practice to your lifestyle that is respectful of animals or will help raise human consciousness with regard to them.

And really, it’s not always even about “adding” a practice as it is merely “substituting”.

And note that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! This is an important thing to remember. So many don’t do anything because they know they are not willing or able to “give it all up”. But that’s not necessary! Perhaps you could be vegetarian one day per week. Or be vegetarian instead of vegan.

Anything at all that you are willing to do is a step forward.

Here are some ideas (most from this article) and resources:

In closing, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes about these magnificent beings (also quoted in the film EARTHLINGS):

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. … We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

~ Henry Beston

Thank-you in advance, from all Earthlings!

Patti


Great Holiday Gift Idea!

If you’re an animal-lover, and have friends or family who are animal-lovers, consider this:

Animal-Kind International (AKI) is an excellent non-profit, where 100% of your donation goes to their cause; NOT to overhead, NOT to promotion, but directly toward animal welfare.

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If you make a donation in your gift recipient’s name, AKI will send them a holiday card letting them know and showing the animal you/they helped! Isn’t this a great gift? I think so! (You can see their latest newsletter for more details about this. And don’t you just love Squiffy?)

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On their site, they show many of the individual animals they are in the process of helping. You can make a general donation or sponsor a particular animal.

Guapa, before and after

Guapa, before and after, courtesy Animal-Kind International

They do such good work, I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out.

And even if this gift-giving idea doesn’t ring your chimes, keep them in mind when you feel it in your heart to make a donation to help animals.   (Subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on Facebook, and/or read their wonderful blog written by Karen, AKI’s founder!)

Thank-you! And Happy Holidays to you and “yours”!

Oct 242013
 

Lotus openingAs you expand your conscious awareness, your intuitive faculties expand right along with it. It can’t be helped.

Everyone is intuitive to some degree.

We have so much information available to us all the time, but we just forget to pay attention.

Today we’ll discuss a few more ideas to help increase your awareness, and thus your intuition.

First, intuition is defined as:

  • Immediate cognition. The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  • The act or faculty of knowing or sensing without the use of rational processes.
  • The power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.

Notice how the definitions explicitly eliminate rational thought from the equation.

When we can be purely aware, without interference of the rational process either to figure out what something means or to rationalize why it can’t possibly mean what it feels like it means, our intuition flows freely.

And if you combine that with becoming more deliberately aware, your intuition goes through the roof – literally!

3 Tips to Increase Your Intuition

Here are some ways you can deliberately increase your awareness and thus your intuition.

1. Be Aware Both Deeply and Broadly.

a. Focusing provides the depth.

If you want to get an impression of something in particular you would rest your attention easily on that thing (or person or situation) and see what you notice. Stay open to anything. You can ask yourself pointed questions about it.

In other words, probe.

Allow your attention to go more deeply than your normal senses might take you.

b. Opening provides the breadth.

To do this you can intentionally expand your awareness to the peripheries and beyond.

For example, as it relates to sight, let your eyes rest on the wall (or area) in front of you and see what you might notice literally in your peripheral vision. (Remember Eagle Eyes?)

Here again, notice what you are physically seeing but also let yourself see with your mind’s eye. Do some areas seem “dark”? Especially lively? Icky? Attractive? Are any calling for your attention in some way? Notice all these things.

While practicing both of these, have confidence in your experience and above all, don’t judge it. Just notice it for now.

These perceptions are packed with information and making them conscious will help allow them to reveal themselves purely.

2. Open to Surprises

This can be practiced while you’re deliberately doing intuitive work, or even as you go about your day. (It helps to set it as an intention.)

Especially notice those quick little thoughts — and especially non sequiturs — that flit across your mind. They are often a message, and quite an obvious one.

3. Notice What You Notice!

This one can be powerful.

There is usually a good reason for you to notice one thing over another. It’s not always so apparent at the time, but if you make a note of these things, it’s not uncommon to later realize that it was relevant to something going on in your life. If you can catch the relevance at the time, all the better. (Remember my story about the ravens? Like that!)

So these are a few simple ideas for easily expanding your awareness.

They can greatly enhance your intuitive awareness by opening new channels in your habitual modes of experiencing.

If you play around with these ideas and activities enough, you will likely notice some interesting and applicable things right away.

Do any or all of these tips call to you? Then play around with it/them.

And enjoy!

Patti

Oct 092013
 

Interconnected OneLife has much more richness and depth to it when you can live it consciously. And a highly  rewarding and straightforward way of being conscious is to recognize the interconnectivity of everything.

At the same time, even  saying “every-thing”  implies that there are separate things — and of course, there are, in this dualistic dimension.

Interconnectivity & Oneness

But a better way to approach this idea is  to recognize that  everything is not just connected, it’s all one.

At that level, there isn’t even a thing and a no-thing, it’s all just one. One whole thing.

So it’s great if you can recognize at least the interconnectivity of everything, and better yet: the oneness.

And this means living in a holistic manner.

Knowing vs. Believing

It also helps to keep in mind that this doesn’t mean just thinking it’s likely so.

It means re-cognizing it, or “knowing it again”.

When you tap into the feeling and/or knowingness of this reality, of oneness, you can’t help but be more consciously aware.

Your antennae are on the lookout for connections.

And then, as you actively look for connections and interrelationships, you’ll notice that you have greater access to your own intuitive wisdom.

It means that those birds up there are not separate from what’s going on with your upcoming party. Hunh?

A Lesson from the Ravens

A few years ago, I had invited a group of people for a dinner party.

I was providing all the food and had been preparing for days. 7 people had RSVP’d, and I had planned accordingly.

But that morning, I was sitting in our outdoor jacuzzi, and suddenly there was a ruckus overhead. As I looked up, I saw 4 ravens flying right overhead.

Something about them seemed significant. Suddenly, I just “knew” what it was.

“Only 4 will be coming for dinner!” I gasped. Intellectually, I found it hard to believe — but I trusted that intuitive message.

And sure enough. 3 of the 7 people were no-shows. Didn’t even call!

So yes, those birds, and me, and the party, and the future, were all connected. Were all one.

Of course, holistic applies in other areas as well, or rather — framing that in a holistic way, where there are no “other areas”.

It applies everywhere to everything.

So, the whole supports being whole!

Holistic Health and Well-Being

We especially see this idea applied to health. And no accident, since both words, health and holistic (which has a related form, “wholistic”) come from the same root: whole.

It behooves us, when encountering any kind of health puzzle, to expand our vision from the part(s) to the whole. Open to what is going on in the entire system (i.e. body, emotions, environment, etc.) and often, just this opening reveals all kinds of ideas about how to make corrections and adjustments.

(I’ve got a great example I’ve been applying recently with what could have been a very serious health condition — but one story is enough for one post. I’ll just say that to my delight, I’ve confirmed that working with it holistically has turned it around 180°!)

Today:

Recognize, i.e. know again, the wholeness that is inherent in all … or rather, in the one. Allow (or even request) that knowing to reflect back to you whenever it’s helpful; whenever seeing the “whole” picture will benefit you.

You might even look for ways to apply this idea, for example: health conditions, situations that are occurring in your life, etc.

NOTE: I wasn’t even looking, but I just went for a short walk and couldn’t help but notice the ravens are super active today! I think they’re trying to say hello, and/or it’s the universe reconfirming today’s idea of its holistic nature. Anyway, so that you can be a part of it, I did a quick little one-minute video of some of their activity around here today. It will also give you a little taste of New Mexico. Enjoy!

So please take a look at how wholeness and/or oneness shows up in your life – and notice how that idea can be useful to you. :-)

Until next time!

Namasté.

Patti

Sep 252013
 

FocusSo, recently we talked about Eagle Eyes and expanding our attention out past what we might normally notice.

If you took part in the 30 Day Conscious Living Challenge at OM Times, you may remember that on day 2 of my challenge “The ABC’s of Actively Being Conscious”, we talked about what you can think of as:

Two axes of awareness,
vertical and horizontal,
or depth and breadth.

Conscious means that you are aware of and responding to your surroundings. In other words, awake! We all know the meaning of the word “awake”, including that it’s sometimes used to mean spiritually awake, or self-aware.

Over the next 29 days you’ll experience various aspects and levels of consciousness, awareness, and being awake.

You can think of these literally as dimensions of consciousness; as two axes that we’ll be playing with. There’s the horizontal, or breadth; and the vertical, or height and depth.

That means that on horizontal days you’ll expand your consciousness or awareness into what you perceive as the world, and on vertical days you’ll “raise” your consciousness or experience it more deeply by being self-aware in various ways.

Well, Eagle Eyes increases your breadth, and focus is definitely one of the better tools for increasing your depth.

Now here’s something kind of funny, which happens to also be a great example of focus. In considering what to say about focus, I was aware of all the practices that are available to help improve our skills in focusing — meditation being one of the most powerful of all, by the way.

I also became aware of a lot of ways to apply focus in order to actively be conscious.

And as I suddenly felt overwhelmed with so much to tell you, I had to laugh.

In my head, I was expanding my options, not focusing on one!

Expansion is wonderful, but without the ability to also focus,
we end up with a sort of spiritual ADD, right?

We find ourselves bouncing around all over the place without settling long enough to really experience something fully.

So let’s focus on just one way of focusing. ;-)

Focus “Inside”

This exercise is especially useful when you become overwhelmed.

It’s what I did–what I applied–after realizing I was expanding out into all the possible topics related to focus and I wanted to reel myself in.

1. Close your eyes. Do what you can to minimize the “outer world” from getting your attention.

2. Drop into your heart space. (Read my 3-step how-to, or use my 3-minute guided audio.)

3. As you experience this still, quiet place, know that this is you. You are the “I” of the storm, the vortex of the wild, swirling energy that is our wondrous world.

“This is the beginning of your natural state of felt oneness with Being, which is usually obscured by the mind. With practice, the sense of stillness and peace will deepen. In fact, there is no end to its depth. You will also feel a subtle emanation of joy arising from deep within: the joy of Being.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now.

At this point, if you’re trying to decide among many options, you can ask yourself:

What is my most authentic activity?

What will express best who I am and feel good in the process?

You’ll notice the dance between your head and heart as your answer bubbles up. And as that dance continues, you’ll get clarity and focus regarding your next one thing.

The Synergy of Expansion and Focus

Just like in the act of breathing, we benefit from the rhythm of expansion and contraction, or expansion and focus.

Both are important and necessary.

1. Notice how, at some times, you expand, and at others, you focus in.

2. Also notice, as in our specific application/exercise above, how sometimes your attention is “out there” in the world (scanning that horizontal axis), and at others it’s “in here” (on the vertical), deepening your experience of the immortal you.

3. And finally, notice how one or the other might serve you best in any given situation, and that you can now make a more conscious choice as to which one to apply.

Can you see the value in being aware of these two dimensions? How each has its value in making us more conscious?

Here’s to our breadth and our depth!

Patti

Sep 122013
 

Communing with GaiaAs I sit to write this today, a fresh breeze is blowing gently through the window. The wind chimes tinkle softly and I hear a songbird singing outside. The sun warms the soil and the air, feeding the plants with its light, and the little lizards poke out of their hiding spots and scramble across the warm, red earth.

Aren’t we just incredibly blessed to live on this beautiful planet?

Today, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a conscious connection with the being that is this place; with Mother Earth, also known as Gaia.

It’s not hard to do and it’s surprisingly satisfying. All it really requires is your taking a moment to consciously connect with her.

Let me tell you about an experience of communion that’s been unforgettable.

One day, I found myself emotionally distraught over something.

I’m fortunate to live in the high desert, surrounded by gorgeous red rock mesas. So I went outdoors, where all around the base of the mesa which looms above our home are various sizes of rocks — from tiny pebbles to giant boulders.

I lay face-down on a boulder that was beckoning me and essentially did the steps I outline below.

I was almost shocked how accessible the actual LIFE of the place, of Gaia, was.

I felt her actual presence loving me, supporting me, healing me into an awareness of my wholeness.

Even that so-called inanimate rock was alive and loving me.

I just cried and cried – out of relief … love … connection … amazement.

It was cleansing, grounding,  and revitalizing.

It was remarkable.

First, Notice the Gifts

If you have access to nature, or even just to outdoors, that can help. But even if not, and even if you’re in the middle of a city, you can still do this easily.

It’s not a mental thing but you can prepare by noticing how everything around you has been a gift from her.

If you’re outdoors, it’s obvious.

If you’re indoors, notice that everything there is a gift of the earth as well. Take your furniture, for example. It’s made from wood from her living trees, upholstery from her living cotton plants, or if it’s synthetic it’s produced using oil that’s made from ancient living beings.

It’s hard not to feel grateful and appreciate how all of it is simply given to us by her.

Next, Take These Few Simple Steps

In that spirit of appreciation:

1. Close your eyes.
2. Imagine the sphere we think of as Earth.
3. Feel her support underneath you.
4. Feel her embracing you. Loving you.
5. Love and appreciate her as well.
6. Feel the exchange of love and appreciation.
7. Hold that connection for awhile.
8. Notice whether there are any messages communicated either direction.
9. Gently thank her for the connection.

Now, don’t just read this and think it’s too simple to prompt a meaningful experience!

You have to try it!

I think you’ll be amazed at how the presence of this magnificent earth can nourish and heal you, body and soul. :-)

Patti

Aug 282013
 

Eagle EyesYears ago, I was introduced to the “eye-opening” concept of seeing with Eagle Eyes to expand your perception.

You see differently, and you see more.

This leads to enhanced creativity and intuition, among other benefits.

And although this concept is related to sight, it can really encompass all your senses, including your 6th sense.

Here’s the idea.

Latent Inhibition

In his book Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Dean Radin discusses the idea of latent inhibition. It’s an unconscious brain process that degrades our ability to pay attention to stimuli that have had no consequences in the past.

In other words, we automatically ignore things that are not critical to the task at hand. It’s what enables us to focus without becoming distracted and overwhelmed with all the millions of pieces of information in our perceptual field at any given time.

Healthy people tend to have high latent inhibition, since the more our sensory awareness is suppressed by what the brain considers irrelevant, the more we remain stable and focused.

Openness & Creativity

However, low latent inhibition is associated with the personality trait “openness to experience”, which in turn is associated with divergent thinking and creativity.

Tests done on Harvard graduate students showed that those with high creativity had significantly lower latent inhibition scores than those who were categorized as low creativity.

This underscores the idea that highly creative people have greater access to more of what the world presents.

Expanded Perception

So creativity requires “perceiving outside the box”. This is different than “thinking outside the box”, unless you experience thinking as perceiving a new thought. In my experience, thinking is often directed and active whereas perceiving is receptive. But in a creative state I notice that my thinking goes back and forth between being active and actually receiving ideas.

Creative ideas often come in a flash, and long ago I realize that they are much akin to intuition. In fact they’re so similar that being in a creative or intuitive state is almost — if not exactly — the same thing.

From this perspective, we can better understand why creative people report more psychic experiences. … Most people who believe in psychic phenomena are not ignorant or mentally deficient. They just see farther into the depths of the world than other people do.

~ Dean Radin, Entangled Minds

How to Enhance Your Creativity

Can you choose to lower your latent inhibition and thus expand your levels of perception and creativity?

My experience is definitely yes.

The more I do it, the more information I have conscious access to. My intuition is constantly getting more active and reliable, and I get so many creative ideas I can’t hardly keep up with them.

And all it takes is intention and practice.

And this is where the idea of Eagle Eyes comes in.

Eagle Eyes

Eagles fly high above ground. They have a bird’s eye view. And even though they may be looking at one particular area, they’re ever alert to anything at all that might move or otherwise catch their attention.

A super easy and fun way to practice expanding your perception is this:

1. Choose an object in your vicinity.

2. Look at it. Now soften your vision so you’re gently gazing at it.

3. Notice, while leaving your eyes there, all the other phenomena in your peripheral vision.

4. Allow your attention to focus on them even as your eyes remain gently focused on the initial object.

You can do this with all your senses. While holding mainly on one particular item (sound, sensation, etc.) allow your attention to roam, noticing even more with that same sense.

Another way to practice expanding your perception is this:

When you have a free moment, simply ask yourself

“What am I not noticing?”

If you want more direction than that, then use all your senses, inner and outer, to

a. first check your environment

b. then your body

c. then emotions

d. then thoughts

e. then vibrations.

You’ll be amazed at how many things suddenly come into your awareness!

Some will be things that could be obvious to anyone but some will be very subtle things that you may wonder if you’re really even perceiving as opposed to just imagining.

Trust that you are.

And if you practice these exercises regularly, you’ll start to do this naturally, and you’ll notice that you’ve become more creative and intuitive, sometimes startlingly so.

Here’s to your expansion!

Patti

Aug 132013
 

A little friend in our yard last fall …

Certainly you’re aware that lots of people have bumper stickers stating what they brake for, such as:

“I brake for wildlife”

or (here in the Southwest)

“I brake for tarantulas”.

Just think. The way we all race around, going from here to there, if people didn’t brake for these things, their existence would be drastically reduced, right?

So it’s wonderful that people brake for those things!

In a similar way, our willingness to brake break for creativity will help it thrive, too!

The Creative State

Do you ever notice how, when you wake up in the morning, you’re in a super intuitive and creative space? That’s when a lot of exciting ideas come flooding in. You’re inspired.

This also happens when you’re relaxed and not in “thinking mode”, e.g. taking a walk, relaxing in a warm bath, driving long deserted stretches, etc.

In those cases, you’re not actively thinking … You’re more or less receiving. Your antennae are out there tuning into ideas that weren’t within your scope until then.

You’re connecting with that field of all possibilities … with your Source.

Touching in periodically with that space of no-mind puts you in that same state.

And that’s where your power, creativity, and intuitive wisdom reside.

Today we’re going to open to that space intentionally. And as you practice this one simple activity, both your creativity and intuition will get stronger and will grow day by day.

Today: Break for Creativity

Whenever you think of it, take a moment to break from what you are doing and simply be here now.

When you do this, let go of actively thinking and use all your senses. Look around and see what’s going on in your environment. Hear the birds singing? Feel the breeze on your arm? Notice any scents? Do you have any tastes in your mouth?

Do a quick scan from head to toe: What does your body feel like physically? How are you feeling emotionally?

And now, without focusing on any particular thing, just allow your attention to wander.

Is there any thought that pops into this empty space you are creating? Or anything you seem to just know? Note all of these things.

Taking these mini-breaks gives your creativity a little space to breathe.

More often than not, this will in turn lead to great ideas, inspiration, and yes, even intuition about what you were doing that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.

As you do this periodically, you’ll benefit from these brief “re-groupings” and you’ll notice that a wonderful clarity remains with you go about your day.

There will be space between your thoughts for ideas and inspiration to enter your awareness.

Those ideas are coming from your essence, and opening to them keeps you on track to fulfill your deepest dreams.

Jul 182013
 

Do you believe? In something? In anything?

“Believe!” seems to be a popular maxim these days.

But let’s think about it a minute.

What is a belief?

It’s something that one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction.

Yes, firmly held.

There was a time when it was a commonly held belief that the world was flat. People felt they “knew” this. But was it true? We know now that it wasn’t, contrary to all evidence.

Is this computer screen you’re looking at solid? Not really. It’s composed of much more space than solid matter. In fact, it’s up for grabs whether anything solid actually even exists at all.

A lot of people don’t believe in psychic phenomena, or energy healing, even in the face of proof. So even if they experience it, they’ll write it off as something else. Do you see how they are limiting their experience of life? And limiting their options?

And we actively reinforce our beliefs.

It’s human nature to look for proof of what we already believe. How many politically active people do you know who read the columns of those on the other side of the fence, with an open mind? Typically, we read or listen to those whom we’re already in agreement with, to reinforce our “proof” that our point of view is correct.

Now, it’s apparent that some beliefs can be truly helpful. If they weren’t, we wouldn’t have such helpful results as are provided by the placebo effect, for example.

But a lot of beliefs are harmful. If you believe in something negative, you’ll continue to strengthen that reality’s likelihood of showing up in your life. You’ll see what you expect to see. This happens even with subconscious beliefs, such as “I’m not good enough”, or “I have bad genes”.

These beliefs become rigid patterns at our energetic levels and then they manifest difficulties.

But in either case, positive or negative, whenever you believe in something, you’re strengthening duality, not one-ness.

It’s like you’re drawing a circle around some part of what you perceive of as reality, and declaring that everything outside it is not true, or can’t exist. Ever.

By definition, belief is limiting.

And if we believe there’s no such thing as — for example — magic or miracles, we’re not as likely to experience them.

But wouldn’t you rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief?

Can you see the value in opening to new possibilities?

Today, let’s open our minds by playing with the concept of belief a bit. Let’s loosen its hold on us.

Things change. We change — if we allow it. Maybe something’s shown itself to seem true in the past, but what if we open to a new possibility?

What if we allow this moment to speak for itself, without any restrictions? And if we must believe, then let’s at least allow for some free play.

Loosen your grip on belief … or rather, its grip on you!

Today, see if you can catch yourself whenever you think or say or write “I believe …”.

Or notice if certain reactions or actions you take are based on a belief.

If you do spot a belief, be aware that at some level you are choosing that belief.

Is that belief helping you? Is it limiting you?

Are you still open to ideas that might not fit that belief?

If so, take a moment to see if you can loosen its hold on you.

Instead of “I believe …”, say to yourself:

  • “I choose to think …”
  • “It’s possible (or probable) that …” (and here, include the opposite as well; see if that makes sense)
  • “I choose to act as if … “
  • “I theorize that … “
  • “Right now, it seems to me that … “
  • “This isn’t serving me or anyone. Maybe it’s possible that …”

Any of these will help you be open in the moment.

You’ll often find that you don’t really see it to be true right then.

Loosening its hold or actually questioning it opens a space for a new possibility.

Best of all, you’ll be willing and able to see something new.

So, why not let your NOW be alive, to reveal what it will?

Why not open yourself to its gifts?

Patti

Jun 292013
 

Awareness + IntuitionOne of the main elements of being conscious is that of awareness. And it’s not any special or tricky kind of awareness. It’s simply awareness.

And here’s the best part: We obviously all have an ability to be aware, at least those of us who are conscious beings (and I assume you consider yourself a part of that group)!

In fact, we cannot help but be aware — of something!

By refining and expanding upon this one simple quality, your consciousness — and intuition, too — will grow exponentially. Yet if it goes unnoticed, you’ll manage, but without the benefit of an integral part of your inborn guidance system.

We can even go so far as to say that operating without a broadened awareness is a handicap that most people are living with.

If you begin to play with being aware, it will become blatantly obvious that there is a lot of information available to you all the time that normally you simply just don’t notice. Or if you notice it, you don’t pay it any mind.

We are often so focused on the task at hand — which usually involves thinking about something rather than participating in the moment — that there is not even a little crack for awareness of anything else to enter.

3 Steps to Expanded Awareness

Here are 3 simple steps you can do immediately that will help you expand your awareness.

1. Intend

Intention goes a long way. This is such a simple and easy action that it’s easy to overlook the power of it. But taking a moment to set an intention can make all the difference.

So, intend to be aware and intend to notice. This will help whatever’s relevant come to your attention even when your attention is on other things.

Hint: It sometimes helps to set your intention to notice something that serves a purpose. So, for example, you might say “I intend to notice anything that might be helpful to me today”, or “I intend to notice something that will delight me today”, etc.

You can repeat this periodically but even once is better than not at all.

2. Notice deliberately

Short practices expand your consciousness and strengthen your intuitive muscles, too.

Take time periodically to:

a. Notice that you are aware, and

b. Notice what you are aware of

This will be interesting in itself, but you’ll also find that you will now be more consciously aware even when you’re not doing this noticing intentionally.

This brings what you are already aware of at a subtle level into the foreground. When we don’t do this, the awareness remains at a subconscious level, where it can do things like make you feel uncomfortable but you don’t know why.

Some of these new awarenesses will be practical observations that you would otherwise miss but which you can now tend to. If your body is cramped, get up and move around or take a good stretch! Thirsty? Get a drink of water! Slightly upset? What’s going on?

3. Remain open to surprises.

The more aware you are, the more you begin to notice things that you’re not expecting at all.

Staying open to surprises will help you not simply see only what you would expect to, but also those new things that your mind would automatically dismiss.

Expect the unexpected! It helps you notice it, which is half the fun.

So these are but a few of the many exercises you can do to increase your awareness.

They’re intended to open some new channels in your habitual modes of experiencing.

You may not get any big a-ha‘s at first, but if you practice them enough, you’ll find your awareness and intuition opening up in exciting, new ways.

Here’s to your expansion!

Patti

What did you intend to notice? Did you? Any surprises? Or what’s YOUR favorite way of expanding your awareness? Do share!

Speaking of intuition …

One of my stories is included in Angela’s post today over at Powered By Intuition.

You can read it here: Intuition: Miraculous Stories of Following Intuition in Everyday Life

Jun 112013
 

Om - heart spaceIn our society, the rational mind rules. From the time we were children, we’ve been encouraged to “use our heads”, “be sensible”, and “think it through”.

This is fine except that it’s been at the exclusion of using our other more expansive faculties, such as intuition, gut feeling, or our holistic “sense” of a situation.

It’s much more wholesome and effective to use both.

But we’re not generally trained or even encouraged to access those more intuitive parts of ourselves. The part of our being that just knows. The part that sees the whole picture all at once.

When your awareness is centered in your heart area, you have much better access to that all-knowing part of yourself. You enter an open state of consciousness and your awareness expands.

The good news is that it’s actually quite simple to “drop down” from your head to your heart center. And here’s an easy way to do that.

3 Steps to Expanded Awareness

You can read and do it yourself, but I recommend this 3 minute audio that guides you through it.

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It helps in the beginning to do this with your eyes closed:

  1. Take a deep breath and as you do so, place your attention where your thoughts are (usually in the center of your head).
  2. Begin to exhale slowly and as you do so, drop your shoulders as you fully relax.
  3. Now as you finish exhaling, immediately drop one more level by moving your attention from your head down to your heart area.

Do you feel the difference? Feel how still and quiet it is? Then you’re “there”.

Gently hold your attention there awhile. There’s no need to try to get a sense of anything. In fact, it’s best to simply notice the stillness.

If you can’t tell a difference from your normal state of awareness, then repeat the steps again very slowly. Pay close attention to the subtle goings on “inside”.

Notice that even though you took certain steps, when you’re accessing this state, you’re not actually doing anything.

You’re being.

It’s that simple state of being that we’re after.

The more you do this, the more you’ll notice that your awareness is indeed expanded. It may feel at the time like nothing at all is happening, but believe me: This is where the *magic* lives!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Patti

Did you notice a difference or experience the silence? Can you put into words what it felt like to you?


Today’s post is a slight variation of the Day 6 exercise I created for the OM Times 30-Day Conscious Living Challenge:

The ABC’s of Actively Being Conscious: D is for Drop Down.

OM Times 30 Day Conscious Living Challenge - Spiritual Expert Patti Foy

The challenge participants have been pure delight (I look forward every day to checking in) :-D , and are contributing immensely to the challenge discussions with their great comments and feedback.

“There was stillness, peace and no thought; just a watchful awareness, though I was still aware observing.”

“I was in both places, but the feeling of being in the heart & being aware of the thoughts being processed elsewhere gave me a feeling of respite. A sigh of relief! It felt like I was leaving the city of ‘thoughts’ & moving away to the sub-suburbs or country side of the ‘heart center’.”

It’s not too late to join us! Come visit my ABC challenge forum — we’re having fun!

[So far we've done A for Awareness, B for Believe (Not!), C for Creativity, D for Drop Down, E for Eagle Eyes, F for Focus, G for Gaia, and H for Holistic. Today we do I for Intuition ... and you'll have to join us to discover the rest!]


May 232013
 

Wow. I have been on quite the writing frenzy lately. You wouldn’t know it from my blog … But you will be able to access all the “good stuff” that I’ve been preparing in just 9 short days.

It was an interesting experience. I had an intense schedule which is unusual for me.

Stress!

Partway in, I was fortunate to notice that I was not approaching my daily tasks with a sense of joy. I mean, I was excited about all I wanted to share but I fell behind almost immediately so there was an overlay of pressure, and because of that, the dreaded “S” word: Stress.

For some reason — I can only call it grace, with a bit of conditioning thrown in — one morning it dawned on me that I didn’t have to do it that way. That there was a much MUCH better way!

It was time to practice what I preach — and ironically, exactly what I was writing about!

A Conscious Approach

And so, I backed off.

I took some time to BE.

And BEing is so powerful! This only took a few minutes and I knew what I had to do, or rather “how” I wanted to do!

Each of us will have our favorite ways of being conscious about what we’re doing (or how we’re doing it), but here are the 3 things that helped me the most.

1. Ritual

This sounds so simple but made a huge difference. I did all my futzing, and when I was ready to sit down and focus for some period of time, I rang my chime. (You could just as easily light a candle, say a prayer, or anything else you feel called to do.)

It signaled that it was time to focus and be purposeful. It was a boundary of sorts, and I honored that.

Just as importantly, it sounds beautiful and I always love to ring it. That alone calls in nothing short of a sacred space that feels wonderful!

As I listened to its vibration fade away, I essentially set my intention to express what it was that wanted to be expressed through me.

2. Touch In

So what was it exactly, that wanted to be expressed through me?

I touched in with my essence and explored that question.

I always got an answer. Note that this is very different than thinking about it or figuring it out. It’s not a (predominantly) mental process.

There were often several options and they always felt good.

3. Play

This one was important!

And again, ironically, you almost have to let go of “importance” in order to play!

By this I mean a “lightspirited” approach. Allowing the energy to flow, and at the same time letting go of a need for any particular results.

When I had two (or more) ideas for the same concept, I would choose the one that felt the most fun.

This is not frivolous. To the contrary, we’re paying attention to the “voice” of the light and the life within us, indicating our best path. It will be the most rewarding and the most effective.

Pretty soon, I was in a rhythm, and an enjoyable rhythm at that.

It wasn’t long before I was not only caught up, but even ahead of schedule. I ended up submitting my 30 articles a day ahead of time, and in a relaxed, easy frame of mind. Yay!

Here’s to living consciously – the only way to be!

Patti

So, how do you turn it around? From stress, to joy? I’d love to hear!


And that project I was working on? It’s the OM Times 30 Day Conscious Living Challenge in which I’m delighted and *honored* to be one of the experts!

The challenge I’m hosting is The ABC’s of Actively Being Conscious. We have fun going through the alphabet, each day learning one more conscious living skill.

A very cool thing about this — besides that it’s FREE – is that it’s all interactive! I’ll be on hand to answer any questions and/or work with you on an individual basis as you proceed through the challenge. You can also interact with others doing the challenge as well as other Experts and people doing their challenges. (In fact, you can do as many challenges as you have time and energy for!)

Click on the image for more information and to sign up to be notified when all the goodies are accessible.

Thank you, and I hope to see you there! (Starts Saturday, June 1!)

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And There’s More!

In case you didn’t know about it, the Hay House World Summit is almost upon us as well – another fantastic online offering.

It’s free, but you’re also able to purchase the audios/videos to have forever!

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Mar 282013
 

The Open State is the answer to everything, IMHO.

I think it’s what my life here is all about.

I’m about to launch a series of posts on the Open State, starting next week.

Let me give you an idea of what it’s about so you’ll know if you want to check back in.

The Open State

First, what is the Open State?

Really, it’s BEing who or what we are, in essence. In the series, I’ll talk more about what I mean by this and how you can get there yourself.

Second, what’s the value in it?

In a nutshell, I think the answer is two-fold.

One, it’s a powerful foundation for manifesting. It’s the state that is fundamental to my Holographic Emergence™ practice which is about tweaking how things manifest. In a broader sense, it’s a way to live, or rather to BE, so that life on this plane manifests beautifully as you go.

I mention this first because so many of you are focused on how to manifest consciously. And so am I. But I see this as something we are here to “play” with. And having that attitude of play rather than need comes naturally right along with it.

Secondly, and most importantly, it allows you to enjoy life, no matter what. It’s somewhat akin to moksha, or the spiritual liberation that many of the Eastern masters speak of. So even when our life situation is not to our liking, we have a sense of the bigger picture and do not feel threatened in any way.

I’m an avid “student”** of Eckhart Tolle, and one of his quotes from The Power of Now that recently “appeared” in my life again is this:

The Joy Of Being

To alert you that you have allowed yourself to be taken over by psychological time, you can use a simple criterion. Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.

He goes on to explain:

If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to change what you are doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. “How” is always more important than “what.

In other words, are you living in the Open State?

I made the image at the top of this post to use as one of my desktop backgrounds, for when I want a reminder to check in. Feel free to download it (right-click on it and save image as …) and use it if you’d like.

So that’s a quick over-view and if you find it intriguing at all, I hope you’ll come back – and please let your friends know about the series, too!

More Joy, Ease, and Lightness

And speaking of joy, ease, and lightness: It’s spring here in New Mexico and the hummingbirds usually return around now. I just love their spirit and to me they represent such joy and lightness (even though they fight like the dickens sometimes) — the same way I would describe my own sense of BEing when I’m living in the Open State. I like to let them be harbingers of that for me.

So on that light note, I want to share this one-minute video with you. It makes me smile. :-) (And notice how one of them is sitting on my finger. I was thrilled!)

I hope you have a *wonder-ful* Easter.

May it be

a new beginning

where you emerge

as the joy, ease, and lightness

that you are!

** I put “student” in quotes because Tolle also says (again, in The Power of Now):

I am not teaching you. You are consciousness, and you are listening to yourself.

Yes!

Aren’t we amazing?!

Until next time … Lots of blessings,

Patti

Jan 152013
 

I was waiting for snow.

It felt important.

I’d been invited to participate in the Winter Harmony series that’s taking place at Inner Alignment Mandalas.

I wanted to do a video to show the beauty and peace of winter as I experience it here in the “Land of Enchantment” (New Mexico’s label).

I really wanted to share that!

So where was all that white fluffy stuff? Nowhere to be found!

I waited and waited. But alas. My snowy video was not to be, and I was disappointed.

(We did get snow later, though! And just in time for a few New Year’s day photos: Experience Your Beauty).

Resisting What Is

As I considered that, I got to thinking about all the times I’ve felt at odds — even in small ways — with what is.

Sometimes the feeling knocks me over the head with its intensity, but sometimes I barely even notice.

The odd thing is, the case where we don’t notice can actually be worse, because we don’t have that chance to work with it consciously.

The First Step to Getting Unstuck

Being aware of our resistance so we can work with it consciously is the first, most important step toward peace with what is.

When you can notice, you’re well on your way.

Fortunately, there are lots of signs life gives us when we are entering (or well into!) that state.

They come in many forms.

They can be obvious, in the form of mental, emotional, or physical turmoil.

Or they can be so subtle we barely notice. We can be so used to feeling these niggly little discomforts that we don’t even feel a difference. In this case, especially, self-awareness is the trick.

Signs You Are Probably Fighting What Is

Here are some signs that you might be fighting life.

Obvious Signs

Obvious indicators often have their own, built-in suffering.

Here are a few:

• Addictions — to anything! This can be to drugs, food, work, shopping, T.V., negative thinking, “distractions”, etc. Anything that serves as excessive escape. (And okay, some not so obvious, especially where denial is involved.)

Physical problems caused by upset: a knot in the gut, abdominal upset, aches and pains caused by stress, etc.

• You get angry or upset

• You catch yourself grumbling about something or someone

• You hear yourself whining (poor me!)

• You complain that others don’t do what they should, or life isn’t as it “should” be

• You simply want things to be different

Subtle Signs

This is where things can get tricky because unless you’re very aware, you won’t even notice the uneasiness that accompanies these.

This resistance is quite subtle and can show up as a slight inner discomfort or a subtle contraction (vs. expansion).

Here are some behaviors to watch for (especially relevant when they are subconscious or automatic):

• You people-please

• You’re insecure

• You’re a chameleon

• You get defensive

• You find yourself rationalizing or justifying, especially in your own head with yourself (okay, I admit it! How else would I know this?!)

• You’re stressed

• You’re rushing

• You’re anxious

• You’re afraid to state your needs or expectations

• You bend the truth

• You hide something

• Someone says something that “bothers” you (subconsciously) and you tighten up without noticing

• You’re resisting or avoiding something. Anything!

Pema Chödrön calls this resistance by its Tibetan name, shenpa, and discusses it at length in her inspiring talk “Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality” (which I highly recommend).

She offers tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, and shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and activate the wisdom and confidence that lies beneath it.

But noticing is the most important first step in addressing it. In fact, without this step, knowing what to do about it is worthless!

So, do practice noticing these signs along with me.

And if you do catch yourself, that’s the *magical* moment, that split-second, when you actually have a choice.

You can choose

to continue to

suffer with the resistance,

or you can

open to the spaciousness that you are,

and embrace what is,

in all its glory.

A Choice to Align — and Harmonize

The moment I came to terms with the idea that my snowy video was not to be, I began to open rather than contract.

New ideas began to flow in, and I have to say I’m very happy with what I finally submitted as part of the Winter Harmony series: 15 Ways to Awaken to the Gifts of Winter.

It’s soooo useful!

I daresay it’s even better than the video I first envisioned.

I explain why winter is special (from the perspective of Jyotish and natural cycles) and offer 15 ways to take advantage of its unique qualities.

Plus, there’s a free audio download included.

And all that because I stopped resisting. Pretty neat, huh?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon. :-)

Patti

 

 

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Jan 082013
 

Hello all you powerful creators!

What fantastic creations are emerging through YOU this year?

I’ve spent part of each day this past week asking myself that same question.

And I want to share a process I’ve been using that will help you access your own power to create what your soul wants to bring into the world.

Dreams and Practicalities

I’ve been so enjoying making my way through Leonie Dawson’s Create Your Incredible Year Workbook, Planner & Calendar. Just a dent so far, but a powerful one!

And the more I get into it, the more I love it.

She stimulates your dreaming muscles, yet has an enlivening way of lifting your spirits even while she leads you through the practical steps of planning. It’s a perfect combination. (And as a hugely successful and creative woman, she knows of what she speaks!)

Unlike a lot of planning tools, one of the things she does that I’ve already gotten so much out of is she guides you through a review of your past year before you jump into the next.

I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before, but it’s extremely wise to evaluate the things that didn’t work, and why. (Of course, you also get to appreciate the gifts and successes.)

I’ve gotten so much valuable insight already, I can’t begin to tell you.

It’s so invigorating!

Get and Stay Connected With Yourself

Another thing I’ve been doing on my own, just to make sure I’m clearly connected with my essence as I dream and plan, is I take regular, short (3-minutes or less) connection times with my own be-ing.

I started out using a timer but as I’ve gotten into the swing of it, am no longer needing that.

The advantage is that it opens you to the space where your inspirations reside.

Or rather, it keeps you open to it.

It also helps you get down to what’s really going on. And easily.

Do you ever notice how, when you wake up in the morning, you’re in a super intuitive & creative space?

If you’re like me, that’s when a lot of exciting ideas come flooding in.

This also happens when you’re relaxed and not in “thinking mode”, e.g. taking a walk, relaxing in the jacuzzi, driving long deserted stretches, etc.

Touching in periodically with that space of no-mind reconnects you with that same state.

It’s where our power and intuitive wisdom reside.

It’s so simple it’s almost silly to even outline it here, but I will anyway.

A 3-Step Connection Exercise

As you sit down to work, set a timer for once every 1/2 hour or so. When it goes off (and also once as you begin) take a moment to touch in like so:

1. Take a deep breath in and as you do so, place your attention at your 3rd-eye area (between your eyebrows).

2. Exhale slowly and as you do so, relax your whole body. You’ll notice your shoulders drop.

3. Now as you finish exhaling, immediately drop one more level by moving your attention from your 3rd-eye down to your heart area. You can envision a little elevator taking you from your head to your heart.

Do you feel the difference? How still and quiet it is? Then you’re connected.

Gently hold your attention there awhile.

There’s no need to try to get a sense of anything. In fact, it’s best to simply notice the stillness for awhile.

That’s it! As you do this periodically, you’ll benefit from these brief “re-groupings” and you’ll notice that a wonderful clarity remains with you as you work.

There will be space between your thoughts for ideas and inspiration to enter your awareness.

Those ideas are coming from your essence, and opening to them keeps you on track to fulfill your deepest dreams.

A Match Made in Heaven

A glimpse of the spirit within the pages.

What’s becoming more and more clear to me as I practice this, is that Leonie’s workbook is a tight match to my own spirit.

The further you progress, the closer you feel to your own heart and soul.

And it keeps you in such an optimistic and enthused space. No drudgery in this process, I promise!

If you want to get your own, you can! I highly recommend it. (Treat yourself!)

Just go to her Workbook page and check it out.

It’s a teeny-tiny investment for a BIG payoff.

The enjoyment you’ll get from using it is itself a huge gift you can give yourself.

And I just know that the world, too, will much appreciate the creations you will offer as a result. :-)

With encouragement and joy,
Patti

 

 

[BTW, I am an affiliate for Leonie's workbooks since I love her work so much. She puts her heart, soul, and wisdom into it and you always get way more than you expect.]