Jun 182014
 

Chakra CardsI’ve used a lot of oracle card decks and would rate Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards by Tori Hartman above average.

Oracles are helpful to reference when considering a question or issue, as they help trigger intuition and insights.

Some work better than others, and this is one of the better ones.

What I like the most is that for each card, there’s quite a bit of material, offering a good chance of hitting on what feels “just right” with regard to considering the issue from a different viewpoint, noticing something you hadn’t before, gaining more clarity, etc.

Individual Cards

For each card, there’s — of course — the card itself. Often something from the image will jump out at me. I like the illustrations by Gretchen Raisch-Baskin, and they have just the right amount of complexity.

Using the Guidebook

Within the guidebook, for each card, there is a title word, a quote, a legend (enjoyable!), an inspiration, a personal inquiry, key ideas, keywords, and a meditation.

That’s quite a lot of raw material to work and play with!

There’s also the card’s general category, or chakra, with interesting write-ups on each of those. Along with that is listed the chakra color and some implications of that.

You can also access what you already know about the colors and/or chakras, which for many of you is quite a bit of extra information since they are already pretty well-established in the main-stream.

The guidebook instructs you on using various spreads or layouts in case you aren’t familiar with them. And even if you are, Tori has put her own spin on them and her variations are fun to play with.

Packaging

The packaging is really nice but with a few tweaks it could be exceptional.

The main box easily pulls out of its jacket with a little ribbon.

Within the box is an indentation which holds the cards, and the guidbook sets nicely on top.

My only complaint is that the indentation is not fastened to the bottom of the box, so the bottom cards slide around and get stuck underneath it. This is remedied by using a rubber band around the deck, but I’m sure that’s not what was intended. ;-)

Summary

All-in-all, this is a fun deck to use, and because of its broad range, you’re likely to find something that rings true for you in any draw/reading, and which offers you just the guidance you need.

I recommend it.

Note: I received these cards for free for review purposes and this review reflects my honest evaluation.

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

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

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.]

May 012012
 

If you read my last post you know that I’m here to tell you all about a cutting-edge practice and  how you can apply it to create magic and miracles in your life.

But there’s so much to tell you that this morning I just didn’t know what to write about first.

So I took advantage of my training in this area and asked myself a powerful question.

It’s a question that’s powerful not just because it helps prompt new ideas (which it does, and is valuable in itself), but because in asking it you step into a slightly altered reality.

I asked myself:

What if … ?

What if I did know what to write about today?

The Power of “What if …”

The “What if …” question opens something that was previously closed.

It stretches something that previously was limited.

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Good questions don’t just stretch your mind, but the fabric of your reality. ~ Click to Tweet

It’s now an expanded reality with new probabilities.

This can play out in a few different ways.

The Creative Power of Imagination

The moment I asked myself the question, I automatically was imagining myself experiencing that new possibility.

And imagining it took me one step closer to it being a reality.

And then I forgot about it for awhile. :-)

But as I relaxed in the jacuzzi, ideas started popping in faster than I could even keep track of. By the time I got into the house, so many ideas came flooding in that after about 1/2 hour of frantic note taking, I had to just STOP. And choose.

It had a life of its own and took no further effort on my part; in fact, I wouldn’t have been able to stop it if I tried.

It’s like the idea that if I mention a pink monkey, can you not imagine a pink monkey? No!

So over the next half hour or so, it became reality.

I do know what to write about today!

You Often Get More Than You Expect

Not only did I get an answer to my question, but I got way more. And sometimes the effects can be far reaching.

  • I became enthused. Excited. Alive!
  • I got inspiration and ideas for about 5 more posts.
  • I made some fun discoveries while researching them.
  • I got ideas about how to best present the larger subject in future posts.
  • I’ve enjoyed my day immensely.
  • My upbeat energy was infectious to those in my life today.
  • If you take my suggestions, you’ll benefit too!

Asking Allows for Guidance

As I was outlining this post, I jotted down a few more “What if …” questions that I could apply in my life.

I asked:

What if my back was is perfectly healthy?

I happened to notice later that without even thinking about that question, I was preparing to try a different sitting position and location for writing today.

I had to pause and wonder if that idea came to me because I had fleetingly noted an open-ended question about my back being healthy. Maybe it was a suggestion from the part of me that knows better than my conscious mind what’s good for my back.

I think so.

This kind of thing happens a lot.

Instant Transformation Is Possible

Sometimes when you ask this question, no answers come to you, or at least not in a conscious way.

And that’s okay. The purpose isn’t to get answers, although it can be nice when you do.

The purpose is fulfilled simply by your asking the question. ~ Click to Tweet

During Holographic Emergence™ sessions, I’ve sometimes seen powerful, open-ended questions create an instant change in a condition or situation. I’ve experienced that myself, too.

Or they can create a noticeable shift in your perception of a situation, sometimes immediately and sometimes over time. (You’ll get some specific examples as we go deeper in future posts. You’ll also get some of the science behind it.)

What if you ask a question today that activates transformation in your life? ~ Click to Tweet

What if you knew what question that would be?

Your Turn to Ask “What if …”

What if you experiment with the “What if …” question?

If you open to the possibilities of even one thing, and even just a little, it’s a great start.

It can be like opening the floodgates.

You open your mind and step into a slightly different reality than before you asked the question.

5 suggestions for great results:

1. Ask something “positive”. It’s best to frame it as something you’d like, e.g. don’t ask “What if I fail (again)?” but rather “What if I’m outlandishly successful?”

• What if I’m already enlightened?
• What if I made a ton of money?

2. Ask followup questions if you’re inspired to. Use open-ended questions (i.e. not yes/no or with a specific answer.)

• What if I’m about to experience a wonderful change? How would that look?
• What if it’s something significant? What might it be?

3. Let your imagination go WiLd!

• What if everything I think I know is wrong?
• What if I can be instantly happy?
• What if my deceased pet isn’t really dead?

4. The sillier your questions, the better. Those can be the most powerful of all.

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. ~ Vincent van Gogh

• What if the question asked me?
• What if I lived like life was all questions and no answers?
• What if I could pop into my ideal reality instantly?
• What if this is my ideal reality?
• What’s the silliest question I could ask right now?

5. Watch what happens. Something will.

Notice what’s different. Something will be.

This is an important point because without it, the new reality can easily pass you by, leaving you exactly where you started.

• What if I don’t tell you what might happen?
• What if you get to discover it on your own?
• What if it’s pretty spectacular?

The more you notice and welcome the change, the more easily it will manifest. ~ Click to Tweet

Observable Results

So this morning I used just one “What if …” question, and was presented with some great gifts and a pretty good topic, don’t you think?

And OMG, I just realized: My back feels better right now than it has in weeks! This, even though I sat and wrote all day and I never made it to that new location and position. (Good thing I was handing out advice about making sure you notice what’s different or I might have missed it. ;-) ) I truly cannot explain why this is except that I asked “What if …?”

Still … The question sounds so simple and ordinary that you might not believe it has the power it does.

So why don’t you see for yourself?

  • What if you do this exercise?
  • What if you hit on some powerful questions? What might they be?
  • What if you get some unmistakable results?
  • What if you come back and share them with us?
  • Or … what if you shared some “What if …” questions here?

(And I’m asking these questions of me as much as I am of you, i.e. what if my readers …)

I’m ready to see what happens, are you?

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Feb 052012
 

“Get a clue!”, my guidance yelled at me the other day.

At first I thought it had to be my own, chiding voice that pipes in from time to time, but no. The wisdom of the guidance was unmistakable.

Besides that, the signs were obvious. They’d been showing up one after another for weeks, some of them for months.

Get a clue is right.

Apparently, I’d been barreling down a road that I shouldn’t have even been on. And some part of me just didn’t want to admit it.

But I can happily report that I listened. I’m beginning to stroll merrily along a path that is much more fitting with who I am.

Have you ever done that? Found yourself heading the wrong way but not wanting to acknowledge it? Forcing your guidance to have to pull out all the stops?

I want to share a little about the signs I saw along with a few morsels of wisdom from my guide that helped me redirect myself.

The Direction

If you’ve been following the past few months, you know that I’ve adjusted my blog topic and am changing my blogging style.

The soul searching that led to that was prompted in part by a problem I started having with my shoulder. (I could write  a whole series of posts on the details of how that related to my blog. For now, just trust me. It did.)

So this was all well and good, and I had plans for quite a few posts over this next month along with some more Jyotish Tutorial articles. I was looking forward to visiting some blogs I like to read regularly. I was also participating in the Blog with Videos Bootcamp, and getting ready for a trip I’ll be taking this week.

But as I jumped in and began implementing my plans, everything started going awry.

The Signs

Because my left shoulder was so problematic when I used my netbook, I’d started sitting at my desk to work on my desktop computer.

Well, now my other shoulder started acting up from that.

Worse yet, the chair at my desk feels good but it does a number on my back if I sit there too long. Wouldn’t you know, it got my back into such a state that I tweaked it last week and now it’s seriously injured.

Even as this was going on, I got a request by someone that I couldn’t refuse. It involved yet more work at the computer. But I committed anyway, thinking I could use my netbook, just in a different position.

I turned on my netbook and heard a horrible screeching and scraping noise that should never ever come out of a computer. Eeek! I turned it off immediately. (I did some Matrix Energetics on it. I tentatively turned it back on and it’s been fine ever since … but still!)

So, there were a number of issues preventing me from being on the computer more than just an hour or two per day.

On top of that, I somehow got myself into a disfunctional emotional state on a day when I had a lot of computer work to do, mainly writing my planned posts. I just could not bring myself to write.

I was so stressed. I had to write and be at the computer, but I couldn’t.

I just couldn’t.

What to do?

Channeled Guidance

In a state of desperation I decided to try channeling about it.

I got into a channeling state and blubbered to whatever guide would listen. In came a wonderful guide I have who is a master alchemist, and very loving besides.

He sort of lectured me (quite uncommon), and then did a healing session (on the order of a chakra cleanse) that left me trembling for about 20 min. afterward.

But it was just what I needed. I was calm and focused and at peace; and have been fine (and nicely functional) ever since.

Here are a few things he said:

You’ve got to break out of the rules. I’m going to tell you that you’ve got to watch for the “should”s. [Note: I'll get more into this with another post but I noticed a month or so back that my shoulder problems are partly about "shoulds". Should-er. Get it?!]

But part of the joy that you are moving toward with this vacation can only be found if you can not only move into it but unfold it and create it with the consciousness of joy.

And you cannot do that while you are vibrating with the consciousness of stress.

Do what is fun for you this week, period.

You are disfunctional because you have asked to open more to your subtle self. In order to do that you have got to quit living in your old patterns.

Part of your energy system is trying to communicate that to you with ideas such as this but also in other ways. Like not allowing you to do it anymore.

Do you see all the signs?

Get a clue!

Be responsible to your spirit, your fire. This is not what you are supposed to be doing. … You aren’t going to find your way if you’re spending your time stressing out — like you did last year — about your blog.

Surrender

It might sound obvious now but at the time, since I was approaching my blog differently, I didn’t see that in many ways I was still approaching blogging the same.

I didn’t dread it like I used to before my blog changes, but I still had too many expectations and just as much stress around it.

I decided to completely surrender to the circumstances.

Not only that, but to consider what they might be telling me. (For I don’t think circumstances are really “outside” of me. They’re me, having a conversation with myself.) It seemed the least I could do since they had to yell it at me just like my channeling guide had to.

For someone as tenacious as me, surrender was difficult. But it was a relief at the same time.

So I did what I had already committed to (because that’s what I do). I submitted a new Jyotish Tutorial article and met my commitments to the person I didn’t dare say no to.

I still felt I ought to post, even wanted to post, but saw that feeling a need to do it now while so many circumstances were against it was nothing more than a should.

I knew it was time to put my attention on other priorities such as healing my back so I can travel, and getting ready for my trip.

So I did that. I did what I enjoyed; and enjoyed what I did.

And I didn’t stress about anything.

The New Path

Over the past half week, I feel like a new person.

And even though I don’t know exactly where this renewed way of operating will take me, I’m somehow trusting that it will be good. And of course, if it’s not, I can always change course when the time is right. I can respond in the moment.

I did have one challenge yesterday. The husband of a good friend of mine who lives about an hour away is dying as we speak. He’s also a friend and I’m wanting to do whatever I can for them. But with my back condition, I haven’t been able to.

I’d accepted that but yesterday I got word that he was somewhat conscious and coherent.

I wanted so badly to drive down there and visit.

But even as I began to consider it, my back went into intense spasms! Even then, it took me a little while to see the connection and realize that again, my guidance was having to yell at me!

“Knock it off!”, it was saying.

Get a clue!

Today, I remain in surrender. I’m sitting in a comfortable position writing this post. And then I’ll go get my packing done for my trip. I’m fortunate to know how to do distance sessions with my dear friends who are in crisis — perhaps an even better help than being there in person.

And whatever doesn’t work out, just doesn’t work out; and what does, does.

I’m okay with it. It’s not up to me to control everything.

This morning I said a prayer I learned when I was in recovery:

God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.

Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I might better do Thy will.

I’m not pretending that I know best.

I’m just doing what I can to hear Divine guidance, and then to follow it without kicking and screaming for a change, so that it doesn’t have to scream at me!

And all the while, I get to live in curious anticipation of how it’s going to unfold.

What a much more enjoyable way to live!

P.S. As you might have guessed, I didn’t write the posts I intended to schedule for you during my trip. So! I may not be back here until I physically return in a few weeks. (Anyway, it seems this is long enough to last you til then. Oops!) Of course I’ll be checking in for comments, though, so I’d still love to hear from you!

How about you? Does your guidance ever have to scream at you? How do you understand “surrender”? Where are you with this right now?

Jan 092012
 

We all have questions, all the time. Some are more important than others.

Here’s a simple process you can play with to easily get answers to them, even the important ones. Maybe you won’t get answers all of the time, but you will some of the time, and sometimes they are so profound you can hardly believe they came to you so easily.

(And no, the process isn’t channeling, even though I’m about to open my story with  that.)

A Question Asked

Over the holidays, as part of my decision to stay in touch with my intuitive side as much as possible, I decided I would channel on a regular basis. (When I first learned to channel I did it every day for months. But that fell off as it got to where I didn’t “have” to do that anymore, and could always connect at will even with longer gaps in-between).

If you’ve ever channeled or even participated while someone else is channeling, you know that during the session you usually get into a slightly altered state. In this state, your questions suddenly become unimportant to you because you somehow know that all is well, or you at least get a different perspective on your life where you don’t feel as threatened or desperate, and you don’t feel a need for anything, including answers to your questions.

Sometimes, when I channel for myself, I simply forget my questions since I’m operating from a different part of my being than my rational.

So as I mulled over what questions I could ask that were relevant to my life (since those are the most powerful evokers of answers), one glaring question came to my attention.

It’s not really the point of this story but it was about betrayal, something that seems to be a pattern in my life. Betrayal (sometimes simply abandonment which is a form of betrayal) by best friends, by regular friends, by family members, by institutions, by the government, by the so-called justice system, etc. But big time, life-shaking betrayal. No matter how well I think I’ve processed through it, the pain of it periodically comes back to haunt me, sometimes at the most inconvenient or unexpected times. Well, I’d been grappling with it again over the holidays.

So I wrote it down on a sticky note:

Betrayal: How to process?

And I went about my holiday break, fully intending to ask that the next time I channeled.

An Answer Revealed

Well, I didn’t channel over the next few days but I noticed that there were some thoughts that would appear in my mind now and then, usually when I was doing rather mindless things. An idea was developing, seemingly on its own and out of the blue.

By about the 3rd day I realized that not only was it a complete model that was presenting itself to me, but that it was in response to my question!

As soon as I realized this, I also felt guided to write it down, too; just like I had my question. It seemed to be a part of the process of earthing it, and bringing it fully into my life. Sometimes when I do a similar thing, the idea clarifies itself as I write, but in this situation that wasn’t necessary. It was all there, clear as day, right from the start … all fresh, and alive, and very very relevant.

Note: I can’t wait to tell you what the idea/model was that revealed itself. It so totally answered my question, and then some. In fact, just assimilating the answer completely processed the betrayals for me. And I haven’t looked back. So far, it just isn’t an issue anymore. (Of course it’s only been a few weeks, but still. It feels significantly different.)

However, as part of my new leaf, I don’t want my posts to get too long, so what was revealed to me will have to wait until another day. (Are you familiar with the acronym TL;DR? Too long; didn’t read. Gotta love it as I never read super long posts, and I sure don’t expect you to!)

The point of this post is not what I found out, but that if you present your question to the Universe, to Source, to your Higher Self — who or whatever that part of you is that knows the answer that is most appropriate for you to hear at this timeyou’ll get an answer.

Get Answers With This Simple (Yet Powerful) Process

There are lots of ways to do it but I am especially enamoured by this one right now. :-)

Here it is:

1. Do you have a burning question right now? One that you really want an answer to? See if you can clarify what it is.

2. Write it down. This is optional but is helpful in the beginning. Just make sure you do something to explicitly ask it, though.

3. Pay attention. See what unfolds. The answer may be prompted by things in your environment (anything from normal, everyday activities to unusual “signs”), or it may simply be whispered to you in your mind or heart. It may come quickly or over the period of days or weeks.

4. Acknowledge the answer. Appreciate it. Apply it.

That’s it!

It’s deceptively simple. Don’t let that persuade you that it can’t do heavy lifting.

I used this process a few more times over my break and again got really great answers, and some very quickly. And the best thing about them is that they were more about teaching me to fish than feeding me one, you know? In other words, I was given a new way of seeing or thinking instead of just one answer to get me by until next time.

Pretty cool if you ask me.

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever tried this. Or if you’re willing to try it and report your results. Or maybe you have a better, easier way to get answers?

Jan 042012
 

Yes, there are new leaves right smack dab in the middle of winter. I know because I found one! Just as my holiday break began.

And I’m still in awe of the amount of energy a new leaf can bring with it.

It’s exhilarating!

What It Means to Me

I have felt for awhile that something was off.

My work days had become a struggle. I was trying to build a successful blog as part of my livelihood and not doing a good job at it.

I realized I didn’t like it. I hated it, in fact. It was consuming me and not in a good way.

And that’s because I was looking outside myself for the how-to’s. And not that there’s anything wrong with that (wink wink to other Seinfeld fans), but what I wasn’t doing very well was taking what I learned “out there” and making sure it resonated with my insides before applying it.

Some of it I knew didn’t resonate so I didn’t do it.

Some of it did resonate somewhat so I tweaked it a little to fit.

But most of it I just blundered ahead and sort of half-assed did it without even taking the time to really consider if or how it fit with my own system at all. (Yes, I’m talking energy system. All-encompassing.)

As a result, my heart wasn’t really in it, and it turned into a big, icky, dreadful obligation.

I’m not doing that anymore. I’m going to break all the rules now.

It’s time to do it my way.

I’m going to do the stuff that “doesn’t work”, and I don’t care about the results. I really don’t.

I care that I feel really alive while I’m writing this. And that’s got to count for something, right? Besides that it feels *perfectly* on target for me, maybe you (or someone who’s yet to find this blog) resonate with what will express through me naturally, without all the rules and guidelines, the do’s and the don’t's … right?

What It Means to You

That means this blog is going to be way different.

1. Intuitively Guided

First, my main, #1 commitment to myself is to stay tuned in this year. No longer am I just going to do that when it’s convenient and use rationality otherwise. I’m going to check in with my heart, my gut, my inner wisdom, my intuition (all of those mean the same thing to me) with everything. Everything!

And mostly, I’m going to do it where my business and blog are concerned.

Whenever I do this, all kinds of exciting things start to happen!

So that’s the first thing.

2. The Magic of a Multi-Dimensional You

Second, because I’ve been doing that over my break, I’ve gotten more clear on how to define my passion in one short tagline.

I live a multi-dimensional life. Full spectrum, both poles, of multiple axes, and everything in-between.

I love living like this and besides being fun and fascinating, there are tons of advantages to it.

So that’s the topic you’ll hear about on this blog. What that means, how I do it, and of course, what it might mean to you.

3. Vibrantly Relevant

I’m also going to be writing more from my heart than from my head, which was not the case in the past.

This is how I LOVE to write.

You’ll see that it’s more stream of consciousness, more alive, more spontaneous, and — something tells me — more relevant to all of us. (That remains to be seen, but I’m forging ahead anyway. Because I have to, plain and simple.)

Welcome

So, welcome to my new world. Our new world. I hope you’ll come visit often and participate with me.

I want to hear what you think, how you feel, and how you do this thing called life.

Starting with … Do you follow your heart when it contradicts your head? Do you have a good example? How did it turn out?

Thank you!

Sep 072011
 

Are you familiar with the basics of how to interpret a Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) birth chart but want to know more?

And would you like to learn from someone who’s been trained and certified by some of the best Vedic Astrologers in the world, and who has a proven track record?

You’re in luck!

I was invited by Pundit Mahesh Shastriji to write some Jyotish lessons for his website My Panchang.

As a result, I’m excited to announce a new tutorial series I’ll be presenting there.

And it’s offered to you completely free!

It’s designed for intermediate level students and each sub-series will focus on one life area.

Financial Jyotish

The first sub-series is about how to see financial indications of all kinds in an individual’s Jyotish chart.

You’ll learn:

  • What the financial indicators are in an individual’s chart
  • How to interpret and translate them into meaningful and useful information
  • How to spot both opportunities and challenges
  • How to take best advantage of both

And the first article is already posted.

It introduces the series and includes an outline of the lessons I intend to present, as well as what I don’t plan to cover.

On my site, I have a corresponding Jyotish Tutorials page which you can get to from my main menu. It’s for comments and questions (since My Panchang has no way for us to interact) and it will also link to each of my articles at My Panchang for your convenience.

So again,

This is where you find the lessons, and

This is where you can interact with me about them.

I hope that’s not too confusing but I wanted us to be able to have discussions and I think this will work well once you get the hang of it.

I’m still soliciting your input on which lessons I’ll cover so please look over the outline in the first article and let me know what you think here, pro or con.

And then I hope you’ll join us for some beneficial lessons and (I hope) enthusiastic discussion.

Note: Pandit Shastriji knew of me because I often visit My Panchang, and I had linked to it from my post about the importance of your Lunar Mansion. My Panchang is an excellent resource for everything related to Panchang (various calendars and their use), including Hindu holidays and festivals and on which dates those auspicious days fall in timezones around the world.

Please share this post with your friends who might be interested. (There’s a convenient set of sharing options right below this paragraph. You can tweet, like or share on facebook, or email.) Thank you, and namasté!

Aug 162011
 

Are you itching to be intuitive but that secret ON switch just keeps eluding you?

Let’s get to the bottom of this so your intuition can guide you like it’s meant to.

Our Senses

In order to survive as humans, we’ve developed very sophisticated senses.

We’ve needed them so we could keep our attention on what’s “out there” lest we be hurt by something or miss something helpful.

It’s natural for us to continually scan our environment, take it in, and decide what’s relevant.

Our Subtle Senses

Just like our 5 senses that everyone acknowledges, we’ve also developed other senses, and for similar reasons.

They’re much more subtle and we tend to experience what they perceive as being “in here”.

But make no mistake. You do have them. They’re natural. We see them at work in the animal kingdom all the time.

They’re sometimes called your “sixth” sense, or your “extra” sensory perception (ESP).

And they’re also known as “intuition”.

The word “intuition” has a root that means to “perceive directly without reasoning”. Do you ever do that? Of course you do!

And you couldn’t turn it off if you tried.

The BIG Secret About the Switch

So the biggest secret is that there is no switch.

You don’t need a switch.

Your intuition’s already ON, and you’re already intuitive!

I know, I tricked you with that headline. Sorry. But really, there must be some doubts lurking around in there, a part of you that sorta-kinda thinks maybe you’re missing something, or else you wouldn’t have been so eager to find out how to turn your intuition on.

Am I right?

If that’s the case, then stick with me. ;-)

I know, I know. Lots of you do acknowledge that you’re intuitive, and your curiosity got the best of you. Well, I’m still glad you’re here because I think you’ll like this next section a lot.

We’re Intuitive In Spite of Ourselves

Here’s a remarkable example of our intuition at play, even when we’re not paying it the least bit of attention.

Many years back, a long-distance friend and I played a weekly intuitive game.

Each of us would choose an image, place it in a silver frame, and focus on it. At the same time, we would email a photo of the framed image to the other, but the recipient wouldn’t look at the email right away.

During the week, we would see if we could sense intuitively what was in the other’s frame. We would jot notes or sketch images. When we were ready, we would look at the email of the image and see if we intuited it correctly. Simple.

The image I drew & tossed

One week, I decided to draw the image to put in my frame. I had a vague idea in my head and sat down and played with getting it on paper. In the end, I didn’t like it at all. So I crumpled it up and threw it away, and then I made something else and framed that instead.

While I was doing that, I wasn’t even thinking about what was in my friend’s frame. That wasn’t the point, after all.

Her email had arrived that morning but I still hadn’t looked at it.

I didn’t know until later what a remarkable thing just happened.

“Accidental” Intuition

It was days later when I finally looked in my email and I could not believe my eyes.

Her framed image was almost exactly like what I had originally drawn for my frame soon after she had emailed hers.

I dug through my wastebasket and found the crumpled drawing. Sure enough. Almost a spittin’ image! And I certainly was going for that same feeling of joy.

Framed image by my dear friend, Linda Rae. (Used with permission.)

This is a perfect illustration of us being intuitive even when we’re not trying to.

When I was drawing what I planned to send her, I wasn’t trying to intuit what she sent me yet. (And the fact that we were preparing to play an intuitive game is beside the point, too.)

I was, however, relaxed, in a slightly playful mood, and apparently receptive even without knowing it. (I’ve since noticed that the creative state is much akin to the intuitive state. And both involve alpha and sometimes theta brain waves.)

This fluid state left me naturally open to a mixture of the subtle senses of telepathy (reading her thoughts) and/or clairvoyance (seeing the image).

And by accident!

Or more to the point: Naturally and effortlessly. All on its own.

Just like with our more obvious senses, our subtle senses are continually scanning and receiving, whether we pay attention to that or not.

Claim Your Magic

So acknowledge that you’re intuitive. And if you still doubt it, there are stories like this everywhere. Allow them to convince you.

If things like this happen by accident, surely you can also tune-in intentionally.

Once you claim your natural subtle senses, it’s just a matter of strengthening and refining your skills. A wine-taster may have such a well-developed palate that s/he can describe all kinds of nuances that might escape you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t taste.

Same with your intuition.

Do you have some examples to share of “accidental” intuition?

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Jul 112011
 

Oracle decks can provide great insight and movement when you’re feeling stuck, or a revealing foray into any topic you choose if you just want to expand your awareness.

And two of my very favorite decks are available to use online for free.

They’re the two Osho decks and you can find them right here: The Osho Transformation Tarot and the Osho Zen Tarot.

The Zen and Transformation Tarots

The Zen Tarot is based on a traditional Tarot deck, i.e. 4 suits, the major arcana cards, etc., although it has its own suits and well, its own everything. :-D

But the Transformation Tarot is not a Tarot deck at all. (I think the word “Tarot” is commonly mis-used in place of “Oracle”.) It’s a collection of 60 cards with no hierarchy or groupings.

They’re both written by Osho and have a wise perspective and a depth to them that a lot of decks lack.

I discovered the Osho Transformation Tarot first and what I love about it is that each card not only has an “insight” but it has a parable that goes along with it. Together these two elements make for a great tool of self-discovery and I always come away with something useful.

I had seen the Osho Zen Tarot recommended by a lot of people for its beautiful artwork and I whole-heartedly agree. It’s breathtaking. It’s art that’s evocative as well, so when you look at a card, it calls up something from deep inside which is the whole point of these oracle cards, after all. They’re unusually beautiful and because of that, this one’s possibly my most favorite deck of all.

Exhaustion

Both decks come with substantial books that are valuable in their own right. They include instructions for using the decks for various purposes along with some unique and useful spreads to use.

Even when you use them online, you can choose from among several different easy to use spreads.

Short on time, or like to keep things simple? Just pull one card, I’m sure that will be plenty! (Did you do it? What did you get? I just got Exhaustion from the Osho Zen Tarot. A part of it says “Life isn’t a business to be managed, it’s a mystery to be lived.” Perfect.)

Never Worked With an Oracle Deck Before?

Eliza Fayle over at Silver & Grace just released her brand new e-guide Developing Our Intuitive Self: Tarot and Oracle Card User Guide. She let me have a sneak peak and I have to say, you just might want to run over there and snag one. (For under 5 bucks you can download a copy immediately.)

It’s beautifully designed and features the fascinating Faerie’s Oracle deck by illustrator Brian Froud. In her lively way, Eliza teaches you all you need to know to get started doing your own oracle card readings, and then some.

I especially liked her section “Asking the right type of question” where she elaborates on “The goal of using cards to develop your intuition is to problem solve, not receive yes or no answers.” She uses lots of real life examples so you really get a feel for how to work and play with the cards.

And if you are so brand new to this that you don’t have an oracle deck, you can use her book in conjunction with one of the online Osho decks I recommended.

Your Turn

Whether you’re a beginner or an old pro, using oracle decks can add a new dimension to your experiences. Oracle decks can fill a need all the way from help through a serious crisis to fun exercises that stretch your intuitive muscles.

[And just so you know, I'm not an affiliate for any of the products I mention in this post. I just want you to know about them.]

Do you have any favorite decks? I’d love to know what they are.

Or did you go to the Osho site and try a spread? Want to share your reading?

Did you like the decks and/or Eliza’s guide? Anything else?

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Jul 082011
 

I just did a quick and easy exercise that’s given me vital direction in an area where I’ve needed it, and I already feel a lot more enthusiastic and positive as I move forward.

I thought I’d pass this simple but powerful idea on to you.

Awhile back, I wrote about discovering the Deva of my blog. It was initially inspired by an audio interview with Hiro Boga.

Well, yesterday I was perusing her site again and came across an article that quickly got me back in touch with the essence of what I am doing here. (Thank you, Hiro!)

I rediscovered this important touchstone when she mentioned the qualities of her business (a theme in many of her posts, actually).

I’ll show you how I got direction, and then outline how you can too in 5 easy steps.

It should work with anything at all that you’re working on right now.

The Essential Qualities of Our Creations

I love the idea of considering what qualities my blog/business has, so I took a moment to jot down a few that are important to me with regard to Lightspirited Being:

Clear
Simple
Ease/Easy
Light
Spirited & Fun
Honest
Meaningful
Integrated (w/holistic, harmonious, connected)
Encouraging (including the heart element as in the root “coeur”)
Evolving (flexible, flowing, responsive, alive)

Ah yes, alive! (So funny because my very first post was “It’s Alive!” How did I stray so far?)

I also noticed that to best express or channel these qualities, I need to:

Trust
Give
Be a little gutsy

Okay, I think I can do that.

My list is a little long and over time I will pare it down so I can have a laser focus on just a handful of these qualities. But it’s a good start, and it’s useful already.

Doing this quick little exercise and then being open to the guidance that resulted from it confirmed something for me in a very obvious way.

And it’s something that feels kind of big.

Amazing for such a simple idea.

It’s Time to Express Those Qualities

It’s been recommended by people who know that I make sure each post is super useful. This is excellent advice that’s proven to help get a blog actually read.

But when I use that as a main intent, I find I get bogged down. My posts get really long. I don’t enjoy writing them as much as I could, then I belabor them, and as a result I don’t post as often as I’d like.

And in the meantime, all kinds of little things that I’m excited about and want to spontaneously share languish in the corners of my mind and never see the light of day.

I’d already been toying with the idea of writing a different type of post than I’ve been.

More alive. More in the moment. More spontaneous and vibrant with the life of whatever process I happen to be experiencing that day or week.

This exercise made it crystal clear that that’s exactly what I have to do.

And I think the usefulness will flow naturally from the fact that I’ll write about things that are relevant and useful to me… But I won’t know for sure ’til I try; until I let it unfold with my newly recovered qualities in mind.

Guided in an Obvious Direction

So! I’m going to try something new here on my blog.

Beginning with this post and for the next little while I’ll be sharing snippets of my life as it relates to the topic of this blog, i.e. intertwingling metaphysics, energy, and consciousness work with everyday life. So as I apply these things (whether experimental or productive), I’ll share that with you.

And I won’t be working on a typical post for hours anymore. (Agh, thank God!) So my posts may not be as polished as they could be, but there will be a little — or maybe a lot — more life to them, guaranteed.

I hope you’ll like this change as much as I already do! (I’m really enjoying writing this today!)

5 Easy Steps to Powerful Guidance

So now that I’ve demonstrated what this simple idea did for me, I highly recommend you do this exercise too.

1.  Choose one of your creations — a business, a blog, a project, a relationship, your family, etc. (I bet there’s already one calling to you — I’d start with that one. ;-) )

2.  Close your eyes and get in touch with the Deva of your creation if you want; I’m sure that would be helpful. If nothing else, just get quiet and tune into your-heart-your-self.

3.  Ask your Deva (or your-heart-your-self) what qualities s/he or you want to (note: want, not should) exercise and/or bring into the world via this creation. Which match your values? Which feel essential and integral to it?

4.  Listen. Feel. Let the answers flow and jot them down.

5.  Now consider them… Is this the quality you are expressing and magnifying? Or is it time for a slight change? Or a big one?

If you do this, I’d love to hear what you find. Any surprises? A new theme? Or are you a wonder-child and already consistently on track? If so, how-ever do you do it — really!?

Thanks for reading today. Namasté.

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Jun 102011
 

New Eyes & Points of Light

This is a message that I channeled for someone this past Easter.

Normally my channelings are quite personal and more about everyday, practical matters than about something so esoteric-sounding as the Christ energy.

But being Easter, Christ and the Resurrection happened to be the main topic of the day.

Still, I think you’ll find you can apply these ideas.

This information is from a special guide I know as Melchizedek.

It touches upon:

  • The Christ energy and our expression of that
  • Christ’s return as distributed points of light (that’s you)
  • You as a cell in the body of Christ
  • How the return is unfolding over time
  • Worship and devotion
  • Seeing things anew
  • You are rising as well

My intention — and what I ask for whenever I channel — is that it be helpful to the questioner at this point in time.

In this case, because it was so generalized and I was inspired to share it with you, I am trusting  that it might be helpful to you, too.

Many thanks to the questioner for his enthusiastic permission and encouragement.

By the way: I’m not claiming that this is absolute or universal truth. I’m just sharing an experience. These questions have been asked, answered, and shared freely and unconditionally — no expectations and no strings attached.

So just take what you want and leave the rest.

I hope you enjoy this. Namasté.

The Christ Energy

Q: Most of my life I’ve been looking at the Christ story and the Jesus story.

I wondered if you could make some comments about the truest nature of resurrection and what the point of practicing that in Jesus’ life was as a message to us?

A: The main message was that Christ needed to – in order to interact with people – needed to touch in as a human being and actually wanted to enjoy the experience of being human.

At the same time the message of the resurrection is that our bodies should not be a hindrance to anything – any expansion or any level of consciousness that we are able to recognize in ourselves.

Q: Quite a demonstration I’d say.

And then it gets me how Christ has manifested in human form, talked about love and peace and compassion and all these things. And as soon as he passes, mankind uses him as a justification for war, right and wrong, all of that.

Is that just human fallacy? Or how does that all come about? Why is the message so easily lost?

A: Christ would not have minded, for that is exactly the energy Christ came here to — even “came here” isn’t the right word — Christ made Itself known to help lift.

The fact that it gets activated is all a part of the process.

And you might do well to begin to recognize that besides that energy that was activated there was also the energy that does kind of “get” what Christ is about.

And that energy is also activated here on earth and it IS making itself known.

And rather than be bothered by the other you may do well to tap into the lighted ones who are going to — by their attraction — strengthen the Christ energy.

Christ’s Return

Q: So how true is the belief that Christ’s next return will be as warrior? Is that the continuum of dealing with the activation? Or what’s that all about?

A: A part of the Christ energy is warrior energy, and the way it will manifest is that those who resonate with that part of the Christ will use that energy of the Christ but not everyone will.

For the Christ energy will not be seen as a singular type of energy.

It is already all around you and manifesting in many different ways.

Through some it manifests as pure love, through some it manifests as the warrior, for some it manifests as the scholar. The Hindus did have great wisdom when they began to recognize the many different faces of God and that is in a sense what you will see, what you can see happening.

Q: People imagine that as appearing as 1) Jesus coming back, but 2) as just a single personality returning with that.

One of my teachers said it would be more a group formation, or maybe the truest group formation is all of mankind and it’s not so easily recognizable that that’s happening. I mean, how do you see that re-manifesting?

Christ as Distributed Points of Light

A: I do see it more like that. The group — group might be a little misleading because in many ways it’s not an organized group that is aware of all its other counterparts, but it truly will be a more distributed form this time, you even see it reflected in the technology.

And that again is not a coincidence. It’s the energy that is manifesting.

The way consciousness is manifesting on this earth at present is very distributed. Distributed points of light, essentially. Which all go to make the one Christ.

Q: Well, my teacher referred to it as the networks of light.

A: That’s a great way to put it; it’s quite different than the way it was manifested when Jesus walked the earth.

Q: Right. It seems to me, it’s almost a hindrance that so many people are looking for a singular personality that they worship and look to for savior-ship. It’s almost like that interferes with just seeing it more in the way you put it.

A: Again, the real power lies in the Christ consciousness and that’s where to put the focus.

And those who are still operating from mistaken ideas are not really a match to the power of the Christ consciousness. In other words, not such a hindrance as you might think.

A Cell in the Body of Christ

Q: Right, I understand.

So, as far as my role, I’m basically a cell in the body of Christ and can support the nature of that through what I’ve been given in terms of either energy, perspective, feelings, thoughts?

A: That’s a perfect analogy, for each cell in a body has its own mission, as do you.

And you are alive and vibrant with the Christ energy. And how you contribute is quite unique.

Worship and Devotion

Q: Tell me some things about the whole idea of worship. It seems to me that this whole thing of worshipping is sort of a man-made idea. Or, what is the real true essence of that as far as a relationship with Christ?

A: The true essence of worship could be better known as devotion, which is a heart energy. And it’s a connection from the heart center, and that really is a better way to think of it.

Q: So staying devoted to my conscious connection with the Christ energy and trying to live that as sincerely as I can, I guess.

A: Yes.

Q: Devotion’s a good word. So devotion’s kind of a sincere servitude?

A: Right, that’s a good way to put it. And a respect, and appreciation.

Q: Ya, and I guess that of course it’s not my job to make sure things manifest the way they should, I just play my part as the cell…

A: Oh that would be quite the burden!

Q: LOL, ya… ya.. ya…….

Unfolding Over Time

Q: I don’t know how sensitive you are to dates and time but clearly there’s some movement in this area certainly in my lifetime, and certainly in the area of activation in terms of what needs to be addressed. Jesus referred to it as birthing pains.

How long do you see things sort of continuing on until let’s say we sort of “get it”? I don’t know how else to put it.

[Me: Here I thought I got distracted but essentially there was no answer/info forthcoming. The questioner could feel that too, that there's just no answer to this.]

Q: That’s fine, I get that. It’s just a continuing unfoldment. It’s not a goal, it’s not a point in time.

[Me: Yes, if anything, that's what I was getting. That it's not going to all of a sudden be real obvious. In fact the vision I got was like all this greenery and people so the greenery kind of means a lushness and an aliveness, and people beginning to work more in communion with the earth, and just a respectful connection with Mother Earth. And it's gradual. It's incremental. And so that's what I got. And as far as when -- just now when I said "as far as when" the numbers I saw were like 100-200 years. It's longer than we might hope. It's a ways in the future when we're really living in harmony.]

Q: That kind of makes sense. It seems like it would take generations to become a more massively conscious effort. [Me: Yes, that's what I saw.] Ya, that makes sense. As a human sometimes it’s so easy to expect immediate certainty and the whole biblical proportions thing where people imagine things occurring in seconds instead of years.

Look With New Eyes

Q: Anyway, because of Easter, and resurrection… I assume after the resurrection, Jesus walked the earth just at a higher vibration. Is that why people maybe didn’t fully see him or recognize him?

A: Yes. Part of the idea is that, well, actually going back to what you said: “recognize” is a perfect word, for the idea is that in order to experience your higher self you need to be aware that it may not look like what you expect it to. So recognize is kind of a tricky thing.

Q: That’s interesting because I feel like I’ve spent most of my years of light-work trying to recognize my own higher, and I’ve gotten a little closer, feeling a little more unified — and you’ve actually helped me with that. But it still seems a little elusive. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m making it too mental.

A: Maybe it’s because it’s not what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong thing. That’s what I’m trying to say about Jesus. That people see what they’re expecting to see and this was different.

It’s to see without anticipating what it will look like. To look with new eyes.

Q: I feel like I’ve gotten into this little quandary where I’m trying too hard to surround myself… or sense… or feel connected to my own higher.

Do you have any comments that can help me in that area?

A: You can set the intention to connect with it and then see what’s there.

Connect with what’s there without it needing to be what you’re expecting.

Q: Ya, it’s tough sometimes.

A: Well, if you’re understanding me correctly it should be anything but tough, for whatever is there is there.

Q: Hmm, ya.

A: You don’t need to make a certain thing occur.

Q: Ya, that’s easy to get caught up in that. Okay, I’ll take a look at that, thanks.

If you have any last comments I’d appreciate it.

You Are Rising Right Now

A: The only final comment that I would make is that you also are rising at this time.

Allow it to happen. Don’t expect it to look a certain way. Just see what that means to you. Just do as you’ve been taught: think, let, experience, observe. And knock the little anticipation right out of there. And just see what’s happening, for you are rising right now.

It’s part of your intention and it’s your intention because it’s a part of what that cell’s mission is.

And so, embrace it on this Easter day, this day of rising, this day of resurrection.

Q: Thank-you and I love your messages. Whatever I’ve consciously assimilated at this point I will try to continue into this evening.

Your words are so simple, straight-forward, and just really powerful. They help me see a little clearer every time. Thank-you so much.

A: Thank-you, and you don’t need to try to do anything. Just relax. What’s meant to happen will just happen. Okay?

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Was this helpful to you? Interesting? Would you like more of this kind of thing? I’d love to know.

And remember, if you want to ask your own questions, you can always get a private channeling session.

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Mar 122011
 

Have you ever found yourself stuck or confused about how to move forward with a project, or feel like it’s lost its vitality altogether?

Then here’s a simple idea that can produce impressive results. I’m experiencing the benefits myself, and they’re pretty amazing!

I’ve been blogging for about 7 months and doing my best to bring what I have to offer to you, but have continued to flail around with one idea or another.

But someone recently reintroduced me to the soul of my blog, and that has made all the difference.

That someone was Hiro Boga, and I discovered her on the top of a red rock mesa in the high desert of New Mexico.

I was climbing around up there with my dog and my little digital audio player, listening to Danielle LaPorte interview Hiro about her new home study course called How to Rule Your World From The Inside Out: The Art Of Inner Leadership.

And when she talked about the Deva or soul of our business, it stopped me in my tracks.

Of course! I knew instantly that that was the element I’d been overlooking.

A New Beginning

Consciously connecting with the Deva of my blog (and business) has been a turning point. And as I continue to walk hand in hand with her, there’s a lot of movement and a lot of progress.

New ideas are popping in left and right. This is nothing new but for the first time these are ideas that I just know are right. They feel different. There’s an energy behind them and a definiteness to them. They are decisions almost more than they are ideas–answers to my questions–and they are wonderful and exciting! They shift the energy I’ve been putting into waffling into energy to move forward confidently.

I also finally know how to present the “face” of Lightspirited Being, and it’s only because we’ve finally met.  (You’ve already seen some of the changes and there are bigger ones on the way.)

I’m led to take steps that seem small but end up yielding substantial rewards.

Besides all that, support continues to turn up everywhere I look.

What Is a Deva

I was already somewhat familiar with Devas from my experience with the Perelandra gardening workbooks and from how I work with certain animals. And my ability to connect with them seems to be helped by knowing how to channel.

But in its simplest form, if you haven’t worked with Devas before, you can think of them as the soul of something. And if you’re in the process of bringing something new into the world (and who isn’t?) then it’s the soul of that.

You can also think of a Deva as the pattern in consciousness or in energetic form that is wanting to manifest into this physical world.

By participating in a particular project, you work in partnership with its Deva. Being conscious of this relationship is powerful.

In her interview, Hiro mentions that a Deva comes complete with all its connections. They already exist as part of its pattern. So as you work with the Deva, you’ll find that support begins to appear where you might least expect it.

How To Connect With a Deva

Here is a simple process for connecting with the Deva of your project.

It’s actually quite natural, and so seamless you may not recognize that you’ve actually made the connection. Typically it’s as soft as a whisper. If you sense the whisper of your Deva: trust it. Trusting it is the hardest part. ;-)

1) Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Relax.

2) Think of your project. Not a lot. Just enough to bring it to mind.

3) Know that it has a Deva, or it wouldn’t be manifesting.

4) Intend to connect with that Deva. Ask that Deva to make itself known to you.

5) “Listen”. Sense. See if you can get a feel for the actual essence or soul of this project. What you sense will likely be very subtle. It won’t knock you over the head, but if you still want more, it can help to recall what first touched you when you initially thought of doing your project.

6) Say hello. Indicate however you’d like that you want to join together to bring this project into the world.

That’s it! Don’t make it more difficult than it needs to be. The Deva wants to connect with you as well and will do its part to help. For you two are partners with the same goal.

Walking Hand in Hand

Every Deva has its own energy and you may even experience it as a personality. So how you relate with it over time will be dependent on that. Play with it!

Remember that you are helping this perfect, beautiful pattern come into being as form, and willingness to be of service to it rather than trying to wrangle it to serve you is the best approach. You’ll find, in the end, it’s the same thing.

But do remember to check in with it from time to time, whenever you think of it. This is what keeps the process fresh and alive.

Notice that once you’re working in partnership, change and movement seem to happen more quickly and enegetically than before.

Ask for guidance and express thanks for the movement that occurs because of your conscious agreement to work together. Whenever you’re at a decision point, ask what is trying to happen. What will further the project?

You will get an answer. Sometimes it will be in the form of knowing, or sometimes it will be a visible sign. But it will present itself to you one way or the other.

Side Note: This post is part of a contest (see below) and I intended for it to be entirely different. But as I sat down to write, I checked in with the Deva of Lightspirited Being and she said “Tell them about me.” That was not what I expected and it made me a little nervous, but I did it anyway. As you see, I’m beginning to trust her nudges.

Update: Yay! I won the contest! Many thanks to Alexis and Hiro for hosting it. As I said in reply to Hiro in the comment section:

However, I’m still a little nervous about the fact that this post is primarily about the Deva and NOT exclusively about what the contest rules required. …  Anyway, I’ve gone with the Deva’s recommendation and trust that whatever the outcome, all is well. :-)

I really think it’s important to not judge the outcome, but the fact that I won by listening to the Deva’s nudges even though my intellect didn’t see the logic of it is very validating of exactly what this post is about! Thank you, Deva!

In any case, I hope you enjoyed it and find it helpful.

Do you have experiences with Devas or working in a similar manner that you’d like to share? Was this process helpful?

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This post was prompted by Hiro Boga and Alexis Neely. How lucky was I to catch the tweet?

As part of their contest to win Hiro’s home study course How to Rule Your World, I’m to write a post about “Why you are ready to Rule Your World and what will be different for you when you do.”

I’m ready to rule my world because some inner change is needed in order for me to lead and influence on the outside like I envision. I feel compelled to step up to the plate and take my work to a new level, but my inner world includes a few gremlins that trip me up. I’d love to understand how to apply my sovereignty (as per Hiro) to make them my partners in growth instead of my saboteurs. I know doing the course would help me turn the corner, and I think the chapters on intention and dealing with resistance will be especially helpful.

What will be different is that I will contribute to the world with my unique gifts 100%. No more holding back. I will fully birth this offering and if I do it right, the world will be a better place because of it.

I’d be thrilled to win this generous prize and would love to work with Hiro. She’s already inspired and helped me and I’m convinced that she’s part of the support that the Deva is bringing in. She’s got a uniquely helpful blog and some audios that are a treat to listen to. If you don’t know of Hiro yet, then head on over there and check her out.

Feb 142011
 

This seems like an auspicious day to let our hearts loose. Don’t you think?

And who knows what that will look like … feel like …

(Probably pretty good!)

It’s time to play!

Check in with your heart and you’ll know I’m right.

At least that’s what my heart is saying to me.

Enough! of the control.

Enough! of the planning.

Enough! trying to do it “right”.

If I listen, my heart says to lighten up.

If I listen, I have a new direction. Inward. And outward.

Toward expression, expansion, and experimentation.

Based on my heart song.

Toward freedom … no, not toward it but reveling in the freedom that is already at hand.

Toward lila, Divine play. Creating freely, for the joy of it.

If not now, when?

I’m listening today. Are you?

Stop a moment.

Right now. Close your eyes. Listen to your heart. (Smile. That helps you hear it. :-D )

What is your heart saying? How can you let it sing today?

Will you?

Happy Valentine’s Day! I wish you a happy heart and joyous creating.

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Nov 132010
 

I’m sure you’ll agree that as we make our way through this journey called life, we inevitably run into bumps in the road. On occasion, we might even get hopelessly lost. When these things happen, being open to help even from the most unexpected sources can sometimes be the key to getting back on track.

Fifteen years ago, my husband and I walked away from high-stress software engineering careers in the San Francisco Bay Area, sold our home, packed up our belongings, and moved to a remote red rock canyon in the high desert of northern New Mexico. We needed to chill.

But right from the beginning, everything started going haywire. And I mean right from the beginning. As we got into our car in the driveway in California for the 2-day drive, the outside door handle of the driver’s door just pulled right off. Talk about an omen.

We didn’t notice at first but over the next month or so, more and more difficulties came up until it became painfully obvious that we were being buried in unresolvable issues. The movers lost some of our things and damaged others and would not reimburse us. The contractor building a bridge for us began to falsify his records and neglect his commitments. We were in escrow on our new property and everything was taking inordinately long and costing much more than had been indicated. The lady at the title company was apparently in cahoots with the seller’s realtor and we had to watch like hawks for bogus charges she occasionally put on our contract. And on and on.

One day, I saw a pattern: California smooth, New Mexico bumpy. When we lived in California, things went pretty well, and when there were difficulties they resolved fairly quickly. But here we were in New Mexico, with more stubborn issues in this short time than we had ever had in California over a 20-year period.

What was going on? Was it this place?

Well, as it turns out… it was.

Here’s how we confirmed it and where our help ultimately came from.

Someone With A Bird’s Eye View

Around that time I was talking with my brother about our ongoing issues here in New Mexico, and he told me he had gotten something called a Locational reading from a Vedic astrologer.

“A what from a what?” I asked, even as I thought “Oh, give me a break.” and rolled my eyes. The extent of my familiarity with astrology was reading sun signs in newspapers when I was a girl. Not helpful, and a little too woo-woo, even for me.

No, really, he assured me. He and his wife were considering a move and had gone to an astrologer who was able to use their charts and see how they matched certain locations. He said it was really helpful.

With nothing to lose, my husband and I made an appointment with this fellow. Let’s just see if he can tell what’s going on, we figured.

And as promised — but as we barely dared hope — the charts revealed to his trained eye a much bigger picture than we had from our perspective. He saw some significant underlying dynamics that were completely hidden from us. He could see how our unique patterns harmonized or clashed with those of this exact place.

The information we received was enlightening, to say the least. Not only was the astrologer able to point out what was going on, but he was able to give us some great guidance about how to work with the situation to make things go more smoothly as we moved forward, as well as information about timing.

I couldn’t believe it! This was really helpful! How did he do that?

Ultimately, I found it all so fascinating that I just had to look into it. Before I knew it, I was involved in a serious study of this complex art & science known as Jyotish (Vedic astrology.) Because I had been involved with Eastern spirituality for some time, I resonated perfectly with this form of Indian astrology and its integrated philosophies.

The very astrologer who did the reading for us became my main mentor & teacher and I soon became certified in this fascinating field.

It’s Not About Signs & Planets: It’s About YOU

Much to my chagrin, I had discovered that astrology wasn’t foolish after all — but I had been! On the contrary, it was powerful and comprehensive, practical and helpful, and even kind of fun! It really is enlivening learning what your chart reveals for you.

I am so glad I made it past my contempt prior to investigation and tried it out.

As I look back, I really don’t know how we would have been able to make sense of what was happening or know what to do without this amazing tool. In fact, if I’d known then what I know now, I’d have gotten a locational reading before buying property and moving.

And I didn’t have to know or care a thing about planets and signs and all that. I left it in the hands of my capable astrologer to use those things himself to reveal patterns in my life, which was all I really cared about. And to that end, it worked like a charm.

There’s a Place for Jyotish in Your Life

I love it when I get to watch people dancing through life, naturally confident of their direction, aware of all the nuances of what is influencing them, and unconcerned about what is developing. However, that’s pretty rare!

More often than not, we can all use a little insight and guidance. And Jyotish can provide that.

It really is like having a road-map of sorts. And haven’t we all learned it helps a heck of a lot to have a map?

Get Your Road-Map Here

On my Jyotish Articles page, you can find an article about what Jyotish can help you with. Not only can it address locations (oops, no pun intended) which was so helpful to my husband and me, but it can help with your career (including fulfillment and money), relationships, health, psychological tendencies, and last but not least, your spiritual nature.

Over the years since then, I’ve really enjoyed being able to offer this service and watch how it positively influences peoples’ lives. My clients are from all walks of life, and all find it valuable in their own way.

If you think this might be helpful to you or if you just want more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here — yes, still in this lovely red rock canyon… and making the best of it!

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Oct 242010
 

Do you ever wish you had a go-to place where you could get reliable insights or guidance on that issue that’s been chewing at you? Or maybe something not so critical that you’ve been chewing on?

Something quick that helps you move forward? And down a fruitful path instead of a dead-end or worse?

Well, you do!  There is an easy and convenient way to access all the relevant information surrounding your question or issue, and quickly get to the essence of it.

It’s called a “prasna” reading in Jyotish (Vedic astrology).

The moment you ask a question of a Jyotishi (like me), that question is born into the world, so a chart of that moment can be drawn up and interpreted for an answer. We don’t even need your birth data, but the answer is yours alone.

I have an article here that I wrote awhile back giving a few real examples of people benefiting from prasnas and how you can, too. I think it’s pretty informative and interesting if I say so myself.

And I didn’t mention it in the article, but there are 3 additional things that I incorporate into your prasna to give you more value that most Jyotishis don’t:

  1. Nimitta or Omens
    There’s an element of prasna called nimitta (meaning “omen”). That’s when the Jyotishi notices any “signs” that surround the asking of the question (and I like to watch throughout the process). This is incorporated into the answer.
  2. Intuition
    Another element that has become a much bigger part of my readings over the years is good old intuition. Often impressions just come to me. I used to puzzle over whether I’d somehow “seen” it in the chart without realizing it, but now I know that I am just so in tune during the analysis that I am receiving information intuitively. I always make a note of it and honestly can’t remember a time where I told the client and they didn’t heartily confirm it. In fact, usually it’s uniquely significant and relevant and helps them in a way that the astrology alone couldn’t have.
  3. Channeled messages especially for you at this time
    I’ve incorporated channeling into my practice in the last 4 years. It can be done alone (instead of a prasna) but is especially suited to being combined with prasna. Like the intuitive information that comes in while I’m looking at a chart, the channeled messages are excellent at bringing in complementary information. These are done separately from looking at the chart and in an open and receptive frame of mind.

So, I just wanted you to know about this cool feature of Jyotish. It’s one of those things I am so aware of that it’s not always in the front of my mind to mention. Still, much too useful to not announce it now and then.

It provides quick answers and guidance for whatever is on your mind. Hard to beat.

And did I mention it’s available here for a very affordable fee? ;-) If you want a go-to place, you’ve got it! And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to get there.

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Oct 082010
 

For the first time ever, I’d like to share this gentle yet effective 2-minute practice I’ve developed. You can use it whenever you’d like (I recommend first thing in the morning).

It will open you to inspiration in all its forms that you might better express what you alone are uniquely qualified to bring into the world.

It will also connect your body and conscious awareness to the more expanded self that you are, and all that that implies. (I used to say “I open [whatever] to receive [whatever]…”, but that insinuates it’s not already a part of me, which it is!) In practical terms, this means that it puts you more in tune with your intuition or your own inner guidance, and helps you notice things that you might not otherwise but that can be helpful — sometimes powerfully so — to you in your day to day life.

As I have, it’s gone through a lot of changes over the years and I’m sure we will go through many more. If you decide to try it out, do see how it resonates with you and do tweak it to fit you.

I suppose you could say it’s a prayer, but I experience it more as a full-body declaration, bordering on celebration! It can be quite enlivening if you really let yourself feel it, which I highly recommend you do.

Like me, you will probably find that as you open to all the various gifts, you can’t help but be aware of and appreciate them immediately. This alone is uplifting nevermind all the other good stuff!

It’s an exquisite way to begin any day.

Enjoy!

I Open

I open myself to the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my crown to receive
Divine Light and High Guidance.

I open my mind to be attentive and to notice
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my eyes to see the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my ears to hear the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my nose to smell the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my mouth to taste the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my throat to speak the messages of my soul,
the messages of my guides,
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my heart to feel the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my solar plexus and the rest of my body
to sense the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

I open my pelvic bowl to empower
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe

I open my arms to accept and embrace
the messages of my soul
and the gifts of the universe.

And I open my hands to give back to the world
using the gifts I am so graciously given.

And so it is. Thank you. Amen.

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Sep 292010
 

Do you want to have more access to your own inner guidance, your intuition, but have trouble finding the time? Well, I have good news: There IS no need to dedicate a chunk of your precious time!

I’m going to tell you about  a really handy tool for helping you do this today. Right now, in fact. It can make your intuitive voice a constant companion. It enables you to practice your intuitive awareness while you’re doing other things and the resulting clarity and guidance will help you do those other things even better!

And it couldn’t be more accessible. It’s a simple timer!

Now, I know this may sound a little nerdy, but I have benefited so much from using a timer that I don’t care! I use this tool often. It’s great for reminding me to check in with my intuition. (It’s also excellent for any kind of mindfulness practice.  And if you are wanting to be more intuitive, I highly recommend a mindfulness practice of some kind. They go hand-in-hand and make a beautiful couple!)

I use a regular kitchen timer attached to my waistband, or if I’m at my computer I use a digital timer that runs in the background. Use whatever kind of timer is most convenient for you.

Depending on what intuitive skill I am practicing, or what activities I’m involved in that day, I will set it to go off anywhere from every 10 min. to every hour. Use your own judgement.

Okay okay, you say, so what do I do with it already?

Well, the main thing is you use it to remind you to pause, just for a few minutes, and check in with what you might be sensing in the moment. You can make this as simple or complex as you want. But essentially:

1. When I decide on an interval and set my timer for the day, I also set an intention with an affirmation. For example,

When this goes off today, it will gently remind me that I am intuitive and constantly receiving impressions. I will easily slip into a space where those impressions and what they mean are all very apparent. My intuitive muscles are getting more awesome by the minute!

If there is something in particular that you are wanting to receive answers about, go ahead and make that a part of your intention. Often intuition works more easily when it has a compelling purpose.

2. So then, when the timer goes off, step out of what you are doing if possible. (I suggest that in the beginning you don’t do this while doing things that require undivided attention, such as driving, etc. Eventually, you will find that doing this actually helps you be more attentive, but for now, let’s just play it safe.) It might help to close your eyes.

3. Be aware of that stillness and that space that is always present sort of encompassing everything. Some people experience this as their heart space.

4. Move out of your thinking mind as much as you can. (And if you have a few extra minutes, you can use these remarkable tools to make sure you’re in an open intuitive space.)

5. Next, just open to anything at all that might be trying to get your attention. Ask if there is anything that it would be helpful for you to be aware of, then see if anything comes to you. It could be in the form of a thought, a physical sensation, a knowing, an inspired idea related to what you were doing or what you asked about in the beginning of the day.

If nothing comes, that’s okay! If something comes that you don’t know what to do with, that’s okay too! You’re exercising; it’s progress whether it looks like it or not.

6. The rest of the exercise is free-form. Here are some ideas; do all or some or none!

You can ask yourself any or all of the following questions, or make up your own either beforehand or in the moment. Note you are not asking your thinking/rational mind. Remember, you’re in your heart, so ask your heart:

• What thoughts or impressions have I had (or am I having) that might be intuitions?

• What is trying to happen (I love this question. Really useful!)

• What do I need to be aware of that I now have no awareness of?

• What new concept can I become aware of today that will help: enlighten? heal? [whatever]?

• How is [so-and-so] doing right now? (Useful if someone close to you is of concern, OR if you are just playing and can confirm later on.)

Glance over my post on awareness for more ways to exercise your intuition, and insert any of those practices here.

Check in with your various bodies: physical, emotional (and see if it’s coming from you or someone else), mental (even though you are not “IN” your head, you can still see it from where you are!) and spiritual. Just see what’s up and if it’s helpful at all. (I’ll do this right now as an example; here are my notes):

Physical: A need for a big sigh, indicating I’m not relaxed. Tense. Take a moment to shift around and roll my shoulders. That’s better.

Emotional: Not. Involved in mental activity. (That’s okay, makes sense!)

Mental: A little jumbled. Preceding part of this post is only outlined (at best!), still gathering and organizing thoughts.

Spiritual: Not sure what I even mean by this in this context, but it seems important to check in anyway. I notice that the question that pops into my mind is: What frequency am I operating on? Answer: A little heavy. Something tells me I would do well to take a moment and lift myself; that way this post will come from a more inspired (spirited) place. There are lots of ways to do this, and I’ll cover them in another post. For now, I will simply remind myself how lucky I am to be getting to write. And about this. I enjoy it, and remember that this is fun and I’ve chosen it. There, much lighter already!

7. And finally, play with this! See what YOU can come up with. Improvise however you want. Keep it fun and it will be surprisingly rewarding. You will very likely come away with some useful insights or guidance that would otherwise have escaped you.

Don’t worry if you don’t get a lot of impressions in the beginning, or if you aren’t able to connect them with anything meaningful. Maybe there’s nothing at all that seems significant right away but this exercise will invariably get the juices flowing. Frequent checking in is an important step toward it being second nature, or even first! ;-)

Eventually, you will find that the timer works like training wheels, or even brakes if that’s what’s called for. Pausing to “check in” becomes automatic, and even without the timer you will go for quite awhile as if you were using it when you don’t even need to. And if you’re like me, you might find you’re getting wobbly again after awhile, or racing headlong down the hill, and you want to use the training wheels (or brakes) again for a little while.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Now is the time to use your intuition! Go!

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