Jul 252014
 

All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and IntuitionI can’t believe I debated whether or not I’d find value in this book, All is Well, by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz.

If you have any question at all, or are on the fence: Get it! It is fantastic!

Part of the book description states: “For the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work”.

I think I’ve had my fill of scientific evidence, so I thought most of the book would not be helpful to me. These methods work, let’s move on! I’ve been using these ideas successfully for decades and don’t care to spend a lot of time reading material written for people who still can’t embrace a holistic idea of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual system.

But even though this book is very convincing, that’s not all this book is.

And in fact, the information that does show that “undeniable link” is fascinating; and more to the point, applicable.

Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz did an amazing job giving us exactly the kind of information that helps us connect the dots so that we can apply what she’s saying and easily expand upon it if need be.

It’s just the right amount of breadth and depth.

Because of that, I found a lot of insights as I read, even though I’m already familiar with the core ideas upon which this book is based.

Besides covering the interconnected nature of our amazing bodies and healing abilities (along with fascinating and useful biological/physiological details), it includes specific remedies such as herbs, supplements, pharmaceuticals, and supportive life style suggestions including various therapies and practices.

Along with that, it illustrates the value of heeding your own powerful intuition as you move through health challenges (and life in general, of course).

And last but not least is the abundance of affirmations that help whittle away at the stuck patterns near the root of it all. You know when you hit on the right one because you feel your energy shift immediately.

As always, I really wish it had an index (it doesn’t); I think it could double the usefulness of the book. There’s an affirmation table in the back organized alphabetically by “Problem” (similar to the tables in Louise Hay’s indispensable classic You Can Heal Your Life), but an index that includes some of the causes and remedies would be very helpful for cross reference.

But regardless, this is a great book, and I’m impressed.

Not only have I been able to apply some of the many helpful suggestions immediately, but I am grateful to have this book to refer to in the future.

I highly recommend this practical book to everyone!

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

In health and wholeness,

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 242013
 

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

Everyone is intuitive to some degree.

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

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

First, intuition is defined as:

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

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

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

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

3 Tips to Increase Your Intuition

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

1. Be Aware Both Deeply and Broadly.

a. Focusing provides the depth.

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

In other words, probe.

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

b. Opening provides the breadth.

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

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

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

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

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

2. Open to Surprises

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

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

3. Notice What You Notice!

This one can be powerful.

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

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

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

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

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

And enjoy!

Patti

Oct 092013
 

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

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

Interconnectivity & Oneness

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

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

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

And this means living in a holistic manner.

Knowing vs. Believing

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

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

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

Your antennae are on the lookout for connections.

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

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

A Lesson from the Ravens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It applies everywhere to everything.

So, the whole supports being whole!

Holistic Health and Well-Being

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

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

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

Today:

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

Namasté.

Patti

Aug 132013
 

A little friend in our yard last fall …

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

“I brake for wildlife”

or (here in the Southwest)

“I brake for tarantulas”.

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

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

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

The Creative State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today: Break for Creativity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 292013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Steps to Expanded Awareness

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

1. Intend

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

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

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

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

2. Notice deliberately

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

Take time periodically to:

a. Notice that you are aware, and

b. Notice what you are aware of

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

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

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

3. Remain open to surprises.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s to your expansion!

Patti

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

Speaking of intuition …

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

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

Jun 112013
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Steps to Expanded Awareness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’re being.

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

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

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Patti

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 242013
 

In Western society, the rational mind rules.

We’re encouraged to develop and honor it above all else, even to the exclusion of all else.

It’s too bad.

Being purely rational — even predominantly rational — limits us more than we know.

Open Mind & Open State

In my last post, I talked about the importance of having an open mind. And what I mean by this is not just being open to new, rational ideas.

It’s about opening your whole self, your larger “mind”, to the idea that you may not know it all; you may never know it all!

And it’s helpful to open to the possibility that there is more than we can ever know or understand.

What happens then is you allow some other parts of you to operate along with (or sometimes instead of) your rational mind.

It’s a more holistic, aware, intuitive, and in short, expanded way of being. (And so fun!)

This is an especially important foundation to build on if you want to be able to take advantage of the Open State that is critical to Emergence, allowing the magic that is you to unfold into your life.

As I’ve said before, if you believe there’s no such thing as magic, you’re not as likely to experience it.

Entering the Open State is easiest if you can expand your mind, or let go of your thoughts altogether (especially your thoughts of disbelief).

But in the meantime, you don’t have to be perfect.

Just make a start.

Open the door just a little.

An Enlivening Dance

The Open State and an open mind work together (or play together).

It’s like a dance, where each interacts with and enlivens the other.

Expanding and strengthening each is an iterative process.

I know this to be true as I am doing the dance, and have been for a long time!

If you’re willing to do this, you’ll find that rather than build new beliefs, your mind will be fluid and open to whatever shows up in the moment.

Your perceptions will be spontaneous and dynamic. (Much more about what this means and how you can do it too in the upcoming Open State series.)

Beyond Thoughts and Beliefs

During our last Activation, we did a quick and easy process together.

Afterward, I got a question that made the idea of this dance quite apparent.

It was about the questioner’s thoughts, and her beliefs — that rational mind, again! — and how they help or hurt the process.

Audio Q & A (& A & A … ;-) )

I wanted to share the question and answer with you.

After the call, a few more ideas came to me and I’ve added those also. (So those of you on the call and with the recording have not heard all of this yet.)

(For some context it might help you to first listen to the Opening + Emergence audio found in my post Open to the Possibilities and Emerge!)

Beliefs Question and Answers (Audio – 10 min.)
Listen below, or right-click here to download.

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Enjoy!

Note: In my answer, I recommend a book called The Field by Lynne McTaggart. It’s a great way to help open your mind, and is a fun read, besides. You can always find it and other books I recommend in my store.

I’ll be recommending more books that are specifically on this topic shortly.

In the meantime, if you want to know more about Emergence, sign up for my newsletter. As a free gift you’ll get the Emergence Primer plus a Tune-Up Session audio that you can use over and over.

Or check out the posts listed in my side-bar for an ordered introduction to this new and exciting way of being and manifesting.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Patti

Sep 072012
 

The art and science of consciousness technology.Whether you approach life with the right or left brain, as an intuitive or rationalist, this art and science of Emergence (a Consciousness Technology) can be both fascinating and helpful!

Art and Science

I remember making a choice in high school: Art or Science? Which direction to pursue?

I was very creative and a good artist, but I loved and excelled at math and science. Granted there are vocations that blend the two, but from where I sat at a tiny parochial school in a small town in the Midwest, I didn’t know that. I felt compelled to choose.

I ended up choosing a career as a software engineer, where I used logic all the time and got to work with some really smart people. It was a good choice for me since it was lucrative and I was able to raise my son (as a single mother) in the expensive San Francisco Bay Area quite comfortably. Of course there was a lot of creativity involved but my work was still primarily left-brained and logical.

Altered States of Consciousness

At the same time, I was interested in what’s often called “spiritual growth” as well. I learned my first meditation technique when I was 18 and studied many different disciplines, philosophies, gurus, teachers, methods, practices, etc. I continued to delve into all sorts of consciousness studies.

Admittedly, I also loved drugs, especially hallucinogens. I didn’t do LSD often like some people I knew, but I did it enough to find out that there are “worlds out there” that we can’t even imagine. Not necessarily the same as reaching altered states without the aid of substances, but not necessarily different in some important respects, either.

I also had a near death experience where I got a glimpse into yet another awesome world.

To this day I’m convinced that anyone who pooh-poohs the idea that there is much more to us and our world than meets the eye, then they are simply closed-minded and although they think we are foolish, they are only limiting themselves.

A Conscious Pragmatist

As a single mom (now grandma) and an engineer (now retired), I’ve always been inclined to deal with things sensibly and realistically. Not wholly but primarily left-brained.

I was always very pragmatic. I had to be.

But that didn’t mean that accessing and taking advantage of whatever these “other worlds” offered me contradicted that. In fact, doing so would be smart. So why not?

Why not a marriage of art and science?

Why not appreciate what our right-brain — and indeed, anything else we have access to — has to offer as well as the left?!

So although I’ve found that for me, drugs are not the answer (for various reasons), I am still wholly involved in raising and expanding my consciousness in natural ways. The difference is that now I approach it more experientially rather than theoretically, and suddenly it’s becoming clear in a way it never has before. Simple and powerful, it’s one of the most satisfying and meaningful areas of my life.

I’m also more than happy to take advantage of the naturally resulting expanded awareness and heightened intuition in order to access practical information and guidance that helps in everyday life. This delights me as I’ve always known intuition exists, and seeing how easy it is to access now is icing on the cake.

A Powerful Combination

When I first learned Matrix Energetics 6 years ago, I had no idea it was related to consciousness per se. And even after taking several seminars, it was only my own putting pieces together and adapting it to my life and my understandings that I began to see that consciousness is, indeed, an integral part of the technology. (At least the way I practice it through what I call Emergence.)

That’s why I like using the term Consciousness Technology (CT) rather than some of the other terms I’ve heard used. (This technology is popping up in various forms but is in such a new stage of life that it doesn’t have a well-known name yet.)

Sometimes it’s referred to in quantum physics or quantum mechanics terms, such as quantum or holographic, or it incorporates terms such as the Zero Point Field (or Matrix, or Energetics ;-) ) or related concepts. This is how it was presented to me, and I’ve done my share of research and reading from that perspective too. This is great when you come at it from the scientific angle.

But I continue to verify for myself that in a simpler and more experiential approach, it’s essentially based on consciousness.

And yet, the outcome is ultimately practical and useful.

The whole point of Emergence is to enhance our lives in meaningful ways, including — but not limited to — those primarily related to consciousness itself (such as attaining inner peace).

But what’s my point?

Emergence for Everyone

You, too, can come at this practice from any or all directions, such as consciousness, science, or even pure pragmatism.

So you may already be interested in developing an expanded or higher consciousness. You may have been interested in consciousness for some time and have an understanding of and experience with various modes of consciousness.

Or like me, maybe you’re a product of the (in)famous 60′s and have had expansive experiences a la Timothy Leary with LSD and other hallucinogens. Maybe you simply like playing around with altered states.

Or you’ve studied various “New Age” means of manifesting … or are familiar with the power of manipulating energy … or  already appreciate the “healing arts“.

Or maybe you are simply interested in being able to get useful results in the material world. Perhaps you’re an  engineer or white-collar/blue-collar worker who puts a lot of weight on what you perceive through your senses. You’re a cut-and-dried pragmatist who merely appreciates the power of intention and hard work.

Or you value science and like my physicist friend, you are fascinated and intrigued by this practical application of  quantum principles.

No matter.

Whichever direction you approach Emergence from, you’ll find value in what it offers.

No beliefs or talents are necessary in order to benefit from it. (In fact, strong beliefs can be a disadvantage.)

And if you want to actually practice it, there are no parts of it that are hard to learn, no matter what your background. And even though consciousness is an essential part of this technology, you don’t have to be a guru or master in order to begin to see results right away.

So if you are even wondering if Emergence is for you, then the answer is a resounding yes.

Yes!

You can benefit. And if you want to do it, that’s possible too.

The fact that you are intrigued is a good sign that you ought to stick around. (Get my posts via RSS feedreader or RSS email or sign up for my newsletter!) If you want to join the growing number of fans of this fascinating

Art and Science of Transformation

then I welcome you!

Patti

 

 

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Jul 282012
 

Believing that something can heal, or even that it might be possible, is often one of the first steps to healing it.

But sometimes, try as we might, really believing it can heal is hard, if not impossible.

Here’s a really fun way around that.

It’s a new way to apply my Emergence process that I stumbled upon a few months ago, and the best part is that it works like a charm — and even for serious issues.

A Desperate Need to Heal

I’d been having serious problems with my left shoulder for about 5 months.

It had gotten progressively more rigid, to the point where it was almost unusable. Simple but important tasks like getting dressed and fixing my hair were actually challenging. Worse, there were a lot of other activities I wanted or even needed to do that were simply impossible.

I’d gone to myofacial release therapy for awhile, but after several months of regular (and painful) treatments, I still could only get my arm about parallel with the ground, maybe slightly higher. The therapists were certain I needed a lot more visits.

I’d also been going to my “magic” chiropractor (plus plus). He’s an amazing holistic healer but even he was certain I’d developed calcium deposits and would never get my shoulder moving again without surgery.

So I was at a point where nothing was improving it anymore.

I decided to regroup and tune-in to my own intuition.

I got a strong sense that it was time I use my own proven “tools” on myself. Duh.

So I discontinued the expensive myofacial release, and decided my next chiropractic treatment would be my last.

Because my Holographic Emergence™ sessions are a combination of most of my skills (and certainly of the ones I most enjoy using), I decided to start there.

The Magic Mirror Tool Revealed

So I did an Emergence session which ended up including some channeling, and during it I got the message to do some mirror work.

I wasn’t sure what that meant exactly but once I was in front of the mirror I realized: If I lift my right arm (which I could do perfectly), the mirror image makes it look as though I’m lifting my left arm.

So in other words, I was able to see my “left” arm working perfectly!

It was an odd little mind-shift but I was able to momentarily “trick” myself into perceiving it that way, and even believe it to some extent.

This was pretty cool! It was super easy and it made me feel better somehow, so I repeated that simple little mind trick a few times over a few week period.

In addition, I did a few regular Emergence sessions at the mirror, using my reflection as a surrogate for me, as if I were doing them on that person in the mirror. (Surrogates are something you’ll learn more about in future articles.)

Long story short, it all worked!!

I am absolutely thrilled to say that I have recovered use of my left arm 100%. Yay!

You Can Heal Yourself

So I firmly believe that this is something you can apply when you’re having an issue with any of your “paired structures”, i.e. those symmetrical pairs of matching body parts like shoulders, hips, arms, eyes, etc.

All you have to do is this:

  1. Decide to open to the possibility that pretending can be useful, effective, and powerful.
  2. Get in front of a mirror where you can see both matching body parts.
  3. Get into “the state.
  4. Take a moment to do that little mind-shift that I described and operate your matching body part so you “see” your compromised body part work perfectly.
  5. Repeat this every now and then. Don’t stress out about it, just do it when you’re called to.

And that’s it!

Don’t dismiss the possibility that you will notice an improvement immediately.

I noticed increased range of motion that very first day.

And as time goes on, you want to watch for anything different. Anything at all.

As I tell people after a Holographic Emergence™ session, consciously acknowledge whatever new developments you notice. It may be that something that seems unrelated comes up, such as a friend recommending a new treatment, or you see something on T.V. that might be helpful, or you get a new idea about it.

None of this actually is unrelated of course. It’s all part of the holistic way that Emergence works.

And by the way, since everything’s interrelated, trying this out doesn’t mean you don’t do other things that common sense (or your doctor) suggests. Do continue with whatever you’re already doing, or if you feel you need more, do that! I continued doing my shoulder exercises (though honestly, not as regularly), treating my trigger points, taking certain supplements, being diligent about my posture, etc.

It all works together, naturally. That’s the beauty of it.

Disclaimer: Holographic Emergence™ and the information received during sessions does not replace medical treatment or diagnosis. I am not a medical practitioner and I do not diagnose, treat, prescribe, or offer medical advice. Contact your medical care-giver for all health concerns.

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Jun 062012
 

“Are you ready to jump in and begin the most exciting journey of your life?”

These are the words Angela Artemis uses in the first chapter of her new book The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of.

And if your answer is yes, then read on, because I’m going to tell you why I think Angela’s book is a perfect first step on that journey.

Here’s my review of The Intuition Principle.

First, The Intuition Principle is a hugely impressive book.

I’ve grown accustomed to the way Angela writes on her blog, and her book did not disappoint. Some people write fluffy, superficial pieces. Not Angela. Her blog is full of posts that you can sink your teeth into. A few minutes with Angela is like an hour with someone else.

The same goes for her book.

It is substantial.

No wonder she’s so quickly become a best selling author!

(I’ve got so many of Angela’s well-chosen words to choose from — besides an impressive clairvoyant, she’s a talented writer — that I’ll sometimes let her speak for herself. Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from the book.)

The Field of Consciousness

Much of what Angela elaborates on in her book is related to what this blog is about: Connecting with a vast field of information and possibility and learning to apply it toward living a life that’s full of joy.

In Angela’s words:

The source of our intuition is the field of consciousness, or what I refer to as Greater Intelligence. … All that it takes to reconnect to this vast storehouse of knowledge is our intention and desire. It’s always there just waiting for us to invite it to work with us.

This last sentence is much like what I said in my last post about “The Field”: that it’s always there.

It’s up to us to interact with it and to accept its gifts.

This book helps us do that.

The Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

Here’s why I love this book and why I added it to my list (I’m building a list of favorites for you to refer to): It’s about being integrated with your authentic self.

The Intuition Principle is about getting in touch with who you are authentically by listening to your intuition. It’s not so much a book about developing intuition as it is living an intuitively inspired life. …

It’s about living your best life, feeling joy, and feeling fabulous!

~ Angela chatting with Suzie Cheel about The Intuition Principle

And again, from the book:

The Intuition Principle is the concept that within you exists an innate technology, your intuition, capable of both guiding you to and attracting to you the life and happiness you’ve always dreamed of.

“Guiding you to” and “Attracting to you”.

That means it works both directions.

So this book shows you how to best interact with your life situation and how to draw to you (or create) more satisfying life circumstances.

Intuition as a Means, Not the Main Goal

What I found is that this book actually does guide you into using your intuition but in a different way than I’ve seen in most books on the subject (and I’ve seen/read/used a lot of them)!

I think you’ll find that as you go through it, your intuition will increase easily and naturally as she shows you how to use it to investigate and ultimately discover your authentic self and its ideal relationship with the world.

She takes you on a guided journey toward the meaningful goal of discovering your spirit (and all that implies in practical term), and teaches you to use intuition as your main tool.

It’s a beautiful blend of the two subjects: discovering your authentic self and using your intuition.

So although Angela states that intuition includes psychic ability, this book is primarily about getting to know ourselves more deeply rather than about extending our psychic skills. Even as a professional intuitive, I love it and plan to go back through it more thoroughly as an intensive.

The Importance of Intuition

This is not to under-state the role given to intuition and developing it in this book. (It is, after all, the title!)

I love Angela’s bold statements about it:

You will never live your authenticity until you partner with your intuition.

and further along:

Intuition is the only way to connect to your authentic self and your true calling, your reason for being here at this time.

A Peek Inside the Book

Here are a few notes I jotted down as I read the book. (Note: This isn’t comprehensive nor even necessarily in order. Just some of my favorite things about it that I wanted to mention.)

First, I’ve seen and held the paperback edition. It’s beautiful, and it feels so good! For me, that’s always a good sign and a reliable indicator of a book’s value to me.

But paperback or kindle edition, it’s obviously a gift from the heart.

Angela’s bright spirit shines through right from the beginning as she starts you off with a “pop quiz” about if and how you use your intuition. It’s a fun way to calibrate and compare once you’ve gone through the book so you can see how much progress you’ve made.

And in Angela’s no-nonsense way, she has you making progress from day one.

The bulk of the book is various ways to apply intuition to look within and get to know yourself, or in Angela’s words: “To find your passion, purpose, and authenticity.”

She gets you motivated with a list of the benefits of using your intuition in this way, and talks about how “her life changed dramatically for the better afterward when she started relying on it.”

Exercises are sprinkled throughout the book. By the end of chapter 2 she already has you effectively looking within with questions designed to help you begin to get in touch with your intuition. And these are useful questions — questions I’m sure you want the answers to. (Those are the best kind of questions for prompting intuition.)

She talks about the different ways of receiving information, and how to find out which is your primary mode or vehicle.

She gives you the main tools for developing your intuition. And notice how effective these would all be in getting to know yourself!

1. Meditation

She teaches you here how to do it in a simple and easy way, along with how to integrate it into your life.

2. Guided Meditation

She includes quite a lot of powerful guided meditations, including

  • Meet the “you” that you were meant to be in the life you were meant to live
  • Remember your mission and see your blueprint

If you like guided meditations I highly recommend you purchase her guided meditation system. (I’d do it now — the price is going up any day now.) She’s got the most beautiful voice and the meditations themselves offer so many gifts, e.g. relaxation, insight, expanded awareness, etc. Plus, there are some amazing bonuses!

3. Journaling

This is another major tool, IMHO.

4. Dreams

Easy, practical ways to apply them.

5. Muscle testing and how to do it

Super! I still find this challenging – grrr. I’m going to really use this section. ;-)

6. Meeting and working with your spirit guides

A major topic in itself, and you can even download a recording of one of these exercises.

7. Mind Maps

You draw a map of your purpose and lessons – literally – as she guides you through creating a mind map (& includes related bonus materials that you can download from her site).

Incorporating the Tools

Angela is nothing if not practical. So she then gives you “Twenty-five fun and easy ways to incorporate intuitive exercises into your daily life”.

And then, a super helpful chapter is about how to troubleshoot blocks to intuition. She elaborates on 19 of them (!) and gives you ways to work through them.

If you get this book, you have no excuse not to be benefiting from your intuition on an ongoing basis, and I’m not kidding!

Wrapping Up

At the end she pulls it all together for you.

She discusses this “age of intuition”, and even includes a chapter on how doing this kind of work helps heal the planet.

And she includes a nice glossary of terms, and even an index, gasp! Those are so often missing but an index helps make it a useful reference as the years go by.

As Angela says in closing:

The intuitive personality is an evolved personality.

Do you want to evolve? Then get this book!

Note: Angela is offering you all the free bonus materials whether you get the book or not — and one of them is a free chapter! If you’re still not sure about the book, grab the bonuses and see if they speak to your soul. :-)

Comments? Questions? Please share your two bits!

Angela

Angela Artemis, an intuition coach, is on a mission to teach readers around the world to “speak intuition” so that they unlock all the brilliant potential that resides within and start successfully living the life of their dreams now – not later. She blogs at www.PoweredbyIntuition.com and is an Amazon best-selling author. Her newest book is, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life you Dream Of,” Readers are welcomed to download free bonus material here.

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Angela has generously donated a free PDF copy of her marvelous book to one “lucky” winner of a random drawing. That can be you!

To enter:

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2) Leave a comment using the term “free copy” and tell me a) how you shared this post and b) why you want to read the book.

[This contest has expired. We have a winner: Congratulations, Saralee! Thanks to everyone who entered, and many blessings to you all.]

And speaking of intuition and our authentic selves, hop on over to Facets of Joy where the fabulous Joy Holland asks — and several of us answer: “When one has set the intent to query and listen, how does one differentiate between an authentic, intuitive voice and any other voice that is heard? How does one know it is ‘truth’, not just ‘wishful thinking’?”. There are some excellent tips there — and do add yours to the pot!

May 242012
 

In my last post I talked about what Consciousness Technology is and what I see as its main element, along with some of the things it can be used for.

But just like with other subtle things, its concepts are so impossible to really put into words that sometimes you get a better idea of it if you know what it is not.

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
~ Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

So let’s go ahead and flip it around for a more complete picture.

What Consciousness Technology Is Not

Of course, it’s not a lot of things, but here’s a list of some of the things you might wonder about.

It’s not energy work.

By the time something is “energy”, it’s already becoming something. It’s further along on that continuum toward material than pure consciousness is.

consciousness -> energy -> manifestation

Even though energy is very subtle, it’s more dense than that extremely subtle field of nothing — and everything … that field of pure potential that we’re concerned with.

It’s not “running energy”.

Moving or “running” energy is part of some holistic energy work modalities such as Reiki or Pranic Healing. Techniques that direct energy to different aspects of the “energy anatomy” such as meridians, chakras, your aura, your emotional body, your physical body, etc. are not what this is about.

It’s not doing something … or doing anything.

There are lots of modalities out there that are very subtle but require some type of activity, steps, or techniques. Again, not Consciousness Technology.

With Consciousness Technology, you truly are a door, not a doer.

It’s not mental or emotional processes such as visualization, Law of Attraction, etc.

Once you start visualizing and intending, you’re unavoidably limiting it, for it has no bounds nor defined form to take.

It’s not anything that takes time.

In fact, even before I do a session, I often recognize that it is already “done”. Often, clients report changes beginning to occur as soon as we’ve scheduled one.

So why schedule time for a session? I used to wonder that too. But for one thing, my Holographic Emergence™ sessions include a little more than just Consciousness Technology. And a lot of people who practice Consciousness Technologies often combine them with other modalities.

The point here is that Consciousness Technologies can have instantaneous results.

It’s not a technique.

No elaborate (or even simple) set of steps is required.

It’s something that’s always available to you and everyone.

Even though I can present ideas and offer steps, in the end they are only pointers to help guide you to discover the “technology” of consciousness for yourself.

Once you’ve discovered it, you interact with it however you see fit.

I could go on and on here so just know this:

It’s not anything that isn’t simply about just holding that space of pure potential where anything is possible. That space of magic and miracles.

But Wait!

It’s not excluding, either.

Now that I’ve told you what it’s not, in a way you can’t exclude those things because Consciousness Technology is inseparable from consciousness which is all-inclusive.

It includes all of life because everything is consciousness.

In this world before words, there is only the real — undivided, ungraspable, already present. ~ Byron Katie, A Thousand Names for Joy

What I’m saying sounds a little like a paradox but it’s not, really.

It’s just that conceptually, the essence of Consciousness Technology is predominantly about accessing pure consciousness, unmanifest.

And it’s important to approach it purely like that, for that is the foundation of how and why it works.

But we are also living in the world of manifestation, where there is duality. There is this, not that.

So it helps to get an idea of what it’s not.

But in practice, we exclude nothing. If something that I listed above “presents itself” as useful, we use it, it’s that simple.

So for example, if you’re doing a Consciousness Technology session and are guided to do Reiki, you just do it! My Holographic Emergence™ sessions often include intuitive impressions that I get due to my being in such an open, receptive state. And although people find them interesting and even helpful, they aren’t a necessary part of Consciousness Technology either.

The way I think of it and the reason it can be helpful for you to allow those things is that it is the potential beginning to manifest through you — of its own accord.

So … I hope I’ve helped clarify a bit more what this crazy new thing called Consciousness Technology is.

If it’s outside the box and a little — or a lot — unbelievable, then chances are, that’s it!

See you next time, when you’ll hear how to access “The Field“.

Questions? Comments? Anything? Are you totally confused?

Feb 272012
 

Do you ever get really strong hunches or intuitions, only to find out they’re “wrong”?

Or impressions that were so clear or extraordinary that you’re perplexed as to how you could have possibly made them up?

Well, there is a way to put those “wrong” impressions to good use, and if you’re smart (and I know you are), you’ll do it.

A Simple But Important Lesson

In the late ’70′s I took some psychic classes from the renowned psychic Kathlyn Rhea. Kay was so good she was often hired by the San Jose police department (in the San Francisco Bay Area) to help solve crimes and find missing people. In fact, she was officially deputized in two CA counties for her significant contributions.

She offered classes in her home in the Cupertino foothills and I was lucky enough to live close by and be able to attend. Needless to say, I learned a lot.

She taught us many things, much of which I still use to this day.

One of the most important things she taught was also one of the simplest.

It’s the idea that when you get impressions, you get them from somewhere.

You Got It From Somewhere

This may not seem important until you start applying it regularly.

Say you use your intuition to ask a verifiable question, but find out that what you “got” wasn’t the correct answer.

Well, it’s important to know that your impressions were still likely valid.

You didn’t make them up, and you’re not “wrong” just because they don’t match the answer to the question.

In other words, just because it isn’t the answer to a particular question doesn’t mean it isn’t so!

If I didn’t remind myself of this simple fact, I’d often miss useful information.

So rather than just dismiss it as wrong, it’s often helpful to take some time to see if the information might apply somewhere else, especially to important and current situations in your life.

It doesn’t always, or maybe it does but just not somewhere you think to look. Or maybe you won’t know where it applies until later.

But it’s always worth taking a look, because sometimes it’s obvious and relevant.

Investigate Where You Got It

Often Kay would invite her advanced students to work on cases with her.

One time, several of us saw something that looked like a blanket with a Native-American pattern. Even though Kay didn’t know what we were seeing, the next time she met with the officers involved in the case she questioned what it might have been.

It turned out that at the scene of the crime, the officers used a Native-American patterned rug to cover the body.

We weren’t asking what the body was covered with, but the information was still there and we were getting it. I’ve always remembered this as a perfect example of looking beyond the question to see where the impressions are coming from.

And that’s why, when I do intuitive exercises, I always try to stretch beyond the bounds of the question and see how else impressions might be applied to the situation.

For example, when we did an Animal Communication exercise on this site, a lot of you got specific impressions that didn’t answer the exact question but were still valid intuitive impressions. (Here’s the answer page with detailed feedback from me. The question was “What does Ollie get after dinner?”. There are lots of examples of what I’m referring to, but if you’re short on time, jump down to Angela’s section for a really good example.)

Another good example happened just last week, again with an intuitive exercise on this site. I asked if you could use your intuition to find my camera. (And one person DID find it, with so much specificity that I was utterly amazed!)

But just like with the Native-American patterned rug in my first example, several people –  while not finding the camerawere all picking up on a similar thing: a bed.

[By the way, that's another time to pay close attention: a) When several people are getting the same "incorrect" impression, or b) if you get a similar impression repeatedly.]

You can find all the impressions here, but just to show you what a match the impressions about beds (and sheds) were, here’s some additional feedback to one in particular.

Kara (a skilled intuitive who writes the delightful blog Conduit of Joy!), said:

Here’s my 2 cents…”felt” it in looking at your diagram as it is oriented in your diagram, in the most northwest corner of your house, whatever room is there. “Heard” bedsprings squeaking, so I’m thinking its under a bed, and also “heard” the sliding of the box across the floor, so I’m guessing it is. “Felt” the camera in the box under the bed, surrounded in white wrappings (tissue paper? white cloth?). “Smelled” dust motes, so I’m guessing it is a room that is not used much, like a guest room or storage room. “Tasted” iron, which I believe are the old bed springs (on an antique kind of bed – white wrought iron?). I believe the box was pushed far back under the bed almost against the wall.

First, the northwest corner of the house just so happens to be the bedroom. The bed-springs she heard are significant because at the time, the bed we were using didn’t have springs but we were in the process of moving it out and a new one in — well, an old one from the shed that we hadn’t used in awhile — that does have box-springs. Not only that, but it’s a very springy mattress, I’ve since noticed! Under the bed is a box. It’s empty except for white tissue paper. She smelled dust and that could easily be the shed where the bed was or under the old bed, which had gathered a layer of dust. (We live in the desert and it’s very dusty here. How’s that for an excuse. ;-) ) And she mentioned a storage room, perhaps relating at some level to the storage shed. The metal, antique bed she mentioned is interesting. We’re not using it but the bed we brought in from the shed has an antique brass head and foot!

Now, none of this had anything whatsoever to do with the camera. But as she tuned in, I’m certain Kara tapped into something that was much more important than the camera. The reason we’re moving beds around is because the old one was bothering my back and that’s a big deal. It affects my life and that of everyone close to me at a very basic level when my back is injured. Plus, I had already found the camera, and had moved on to the bed as an area of focus.

Julie was also picking up on this idea, even seeing the tools that were stored near the mattress in the shed.

Maybe they were just seeing all the activity. Or maybe it was guidance. There are ways to tell the difference but this is enough for one post. :-)

So. All put together, the impressions of Kara, Julie, and Beth are encouraging me to believe that perhaps we’ve hit on the right mattress, finally! (It’s actually a wonderful, high-end McRoskey mattress, and was only stored because we used to have it in the guest room. I don’t know why we didn’t think to use it for ourselves instead of buying a new mattress a year ago.) In any case, I’m going to consider it a “yes” vote and expect the best for now. Thanks to one and all!

Stay Open to the Possibilities

So the point is that if you ask about one thing and keep getting information about something else: pay attention!

It just may be something even more important that’s trying to get your attention.

The impressions will sneak in whenever and however they get their chance.

Remember: Staying open minded is what often alerts you to situations you’re not even thinking to ask about, such as the well-being of loved ones in your life, upcoming events you ought to be aware of, or factors in decisions you’re making at the time.

So next time you think you’re wrong, think again! You just may be getting information that’s quite important, and if taken as valid, can make a positive difference in your life.

Feb 242012
 

A week ago I offered you a free reading if you could use your intuition to find my lost camera.

Thanks everyone for your impressions!

Even some of you who didn’t find the camera were definitely picking up on things going on around our home — especially those of you who spoke of beds and sheds. There were some matches that I found fascinating and I’ll share the details with you in an upcoming post.

But now … Drum-roll please!

Congratulations go to Debbie Jensen-Grubb for zeroing in on my camera so exactly that it took my breath away!

This is fun! …sort of like hide and seek. After sitting with it for a moment with the picture of the camera in my mind I thought it might be on a top shelf in a closet. I also asked my pendulum who suggested that it might be the office closet. Let me know! Thanks for the brain exercise this morning. :-)

And that’s exactly where it was: On the top shelf of my office closet!

So Debbie got her free reading for finding the camera, and she kindly agreed to do a podcast with me about how she did it.

Inner Voices and Magic Pendulums

Here’s the podcast for you to listen to if you want to hear how Debbie approached and successfully met this challenge.

It’s about 13 min. total.

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And I’m so glad she shared because I learned a few new things about pendulums.

I especially love her sense of lightness and fun as she approached this, which I’m convinced played a big role in her finding it. In my experience, this, combined with the fact that she trusted what she got is pivotal.

Also: note that Debbie is not a professional intuitive! She says she “tries to listen to her inner voice”, and in many ways, that’s all it takes.

This is a great example of the fact that we all have intuition and we can all use it successfully!

Yoga Nidra

The first 9 min. of the podcast is about how Debbie found the camera.

And then there was a nice surprise!

I got to learn a few more new things about the profound effects of yoga nidra!

I had asked Debbie what she did for a living and she talked a bit about her career as a yoga teacher.

She’s created 2 yoga nidra CDs so of course I asked her to explain what yoga nidra is.

“Nidra” is the Sanskrit word for sleep, and in short, yoga nidra is a specific type of guided meditation where just 1 hour of it equals about 4 hours of sleep. (I’m there! I’ve ordered one and can’t wait ’til it arrives!)

If you ever feel sleep deprived or even just want to dive into your “golden egg” (Debbie explains on the podcast what this is), you might want to check them out.

You can find Debbie at TheYogaTeacher.net and her yoga nidra CDs are available at her shop there: Essential Relaxation and Yoga Nidra Cat Naps.

Debbie specializes in gentle, therapeutic yoga and in a few weeks will also offer her new DVD called Gentle Yoga for Strengthening. (UPDATE: It’s available now, just click on the link!)

Thanks again to Debbie and all who participated! I’ll have to do this again sometime. ;-)

(And stay tuned for the related post where I’ll discuss some of your other impressions.)

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Feb 212012
 

So often I find some time to visit a few of my favorite blogs, and I come away astounded at how exactly their topics match with what I’m experiencing or what I needed to hear.

Integration

This time, the theme was our own integration with ourselves, within and without.

Integration has been my focus lately and as a critical part of multidimensional living, it’s essential to living a truly empowered life.

Often I want to share the posts and my resultant thoughts with you, but by the time I find the time to do it, they’re old and stale. (That means they’re a few days old, LOL! Things move too fast for me here in the blogosphere!)

But this time, I’m going to share them anyway.

It’s a perfect example of integration, after all.

Here I’m integrating my personal activity of visiting some of my favorite blogs, of being inspired, of sharing my thoughts (along with some awesome blogs), and ultimately with writing about the topic of my blog, i.e. taking advantage of and integrating all our dimensions to be our whole, awesome selves!

These are bloggers whom I love to read.

Do yourself a favor and check out these posts (and the blogs, too, while you’re at it).

Walk With Me …

Just before visiting these blogs this past Sunday, I had just done some Matrix Energetics (ME) during a holographic Emergence Session on myself. I sometimes meander into a somewhat stuck space lately, and my intention with the session was to get a little movement and clarity going.

I think that’s why I was prompted to visit these blogs. These posts definitely gave me a nudge and I found myself all inspired-like. :-)

Stop #1: A Clear Sign

I went to Julie’s always thought-provoking blog A Clear Sign and came upon her recent post The End of an Era.

I thought it was funny and perfect that she references super-heroes and Richard Bartlett, the founder of ME, often plays around with super-heroes.

I was clearly right where I was supposed to be!

And wow wow WOW.

Her post is very much about surrender, and she talks about crying “Uncle”. Just the other day I uttered that same word, literally, for similar reasons! I’ve been writing about and living in surrender for almost a month now.

She also uses the phrase that we are “falling into ourselves”. I love that. What a great way to put it. It’s like we can no longer live NOT as wholly integrated beings.

Anything not “of us” must fall away.

Stop #2: Powered by Intuition

Next I popped over to my friend (oh, I’m so honored to be able to say that) Angela’s always substantial blog Powered by Intuition.

Again, the topic of her recent post was related to living in integrity with ourselves, and sometimes switching careers mid-stream if that’s what it takes to do that. (It’s also about using our intuition to know whether that’s what it takes.)

I feel I’ve always been guided by my intuition, even when working predominantly with my analytical abilities. I walked away from a 15+ yr. long career as an engineer (software development) and although I loved it, it was time for a change.

Now, I’m examining again what it is I’m doing. Which direction to go. More of a fine-tuning than a major change of direction, but it’s still a very relevant and interesting article!

Stop #3: Intuitive Journal

Then I found myself at Laura’s Intuitive Journal, reading a great article about our purpose. Such a popular and important topic! I found her perspecive on it quite refreshing and a great reminder to me.

I suppose my Matrix Energetics (ME) session was still on my mind because her post reminded me that Richard (Bartlett, founder of ME) often would say that the less we do, the more powerful our sessions are.

That we are doors, not do-ers. I often remind myself of that especially before a ME session.

Stop #4: Danielle La Porte

And all of this reminded me, then, of a recent post by someone whose self-expression I love so much she almost makes me giddy.

It’s by Danielle La Porte and is a post about her recent sitename change. Again, very much about an integrated life.

In it, she quotes an email by Amy Oscar. I’m so glad she shared the content with us. It’s great and I bet you’d love it too.

The whole post reminded me of the powerful quote by Marianne Williamson in her book A Return to Love which I’ll post here for you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond all measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves: “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Stop #5: Amy Oscar

And that took me to Amy’s site; one I’ve visited often.

I didn’t have time to get into her articles this time, but I love her new-ish header! She/it says:

You are already intuitive, already connected to the source of light and love that animates all things. You don’t need more training, more study, more stuff. No more penance. Nothing to fix. No points to earn.You are here. You have always been here. Here. Now. This. Let it in.

Back Home Again

So, to come full circle on the topic of integration, Amy’s header is a perfect reminder that we are all that we want to be already.

All we have to do is acknowledge that. Honor it. BE it.

The tricky part (in my experience) is letting what is NOT us fall away.

Here’s to you — your whole, integrated self. :-)

Namasté.

http://amyoscar.com/
Feb 172012
 

Calling all intuitives! (That’s you!)

I know that a lot of you are accomplished intuitives.

I also know from when we did some intuitive exercises on this blog that even if you think you’re not intuitive, you are! Every single person sensed some details correctly that you couldn’t have known without using your sixth-sense.

And I need your help!

I’ve looked all over for my camera and can’t find it anywhere.

I want to use one of the filters I packed with it.

If you can help me find it,

I’ll give you a free intuitive reading!

Details

The Camera
It’s an SLR (non-digital), Pentax ME Super with a set of filters and a telephoto lens. Also packed with it are some accessories (including a flash), plus a small automatic Pentax (non-digital), and cases for both cameras. I boxed them up a few years ago to sell and haven’t seen them since.

The Packaging
As I recall, they’re all packed in a smallish box, about the size of a shoe-box; maybe a little bigger. I’m not sure of the shape.

The Environment
Here’s the layout of our two buildings. It could be in the house or the storage shed.

The Reward
If you leave me any tip at all that leads to my finding the camera, I’ll announce it here (or in the comments) and contact you for a free reading. It will be 1/2 hour intuitive reading, and we can either do it interactively or you can send me a few questions and I’ll send you an audio response.

Timing
As soon as your “clues” start coming in, I’ll start checking them out. Please give me as many impressions as you like until I let you know here that it’s found.

Tips for Novices

There are so many ways to get at information like this that my main suggestion is to get creative and do it in any way that occurs to you.

Here are a few ideas to help spark your own imagination.

First, believe in beginner’s luck. It definitely applies here!

Next, set your intention to find this camera, and open to get an answer.

You can use your imaginative skills to cycle through all your senses and see what you might get if you were the camera and sensing your location.

You can use your hands over a diagram of the 2 buildings to see if you feel anything anywhere. Or look at it with your mind’s eye and see if any areas catch your attention.

If you’re good with kinesiology or a pendulum, you can ask yes/no questions about where it is. Or use a pendulum over the diagram to see what that tells you.

You can use your audio sense to see if any words come to you.

You can imagine me finding it and see if I’m reaching up, down, moving things off the top of it, reaching into something, etc. Am I in a small, enclosed space like a closet, or in an open space like the storage shed?

You can browse this site for more tips, I’ve written quite a few articles about this. Here are a few I especially like:

The Indispensable Ingredient That Will Make You Psychic

The Secret to Finding Your Intuitive ON Switch

And oh my gosh, there are a zillion more ways. Just go for it. Play with it. Have fun! You have nothing to lose.

Hey, Lady, Why Can’t You Find It?

Well, maybe I can. I haven’t really applied myself to it fully except to physically look around for awhile. Frankly, I thought this might be a lot more fun than my trying to find it all by my lonesome. :-)

Thanks for any help you can provide, you talented intuitive, you! I appreciate it!

Now, let the search begin!

Note: When you leave your impressions, it might be fun and educational if you say how you got the information. I know that can take more time, though, so that’s optional.

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Just after scheduling this post for tomorrow morning, I decided to take a few moments and tune in. After a short search, I stopped and tuned in again. And guess what?

I found it!

I went right to it as though I knew exactly where it was all along.

But I still think it will be fun for you to find it too!

I’m putting it back where it was and I’ll hold the idea of where it was/is in my mind for a few days.

If you can give me some valid and specific impressions about where that is, you can still win a free reading!

AND, if you’d like, we can also do a short podcast interview to be posted on this site about how, exactly, you did it.

I’ll announce the location and the winner (if there is one) next week.

Sound good?

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Update: It’s a week later and most submissions are in. Someone did win a free reading!

I wrote a follow-up post announcing where the camera was and who found it. The winner agreed to do a podcast which is included in the post so if you want to hear how she found it, check it out, it’s interesting!

As far as my finding it, I did know at some level where it was since I had put it there. It hadn’t gotten moved without my knowledge. But taking a moment to be quiet and tune in (like I mentioned above) helped anyway, as did writing down the question “Where is my SLR?”.

The reason I had trouble finding it was I had combined two Pictonary games into one box and packed the camera into the empty one. Both boxes were stored right there in the corner on the top shelf of my office closet and after all these years, I forgot that they weren’t both Pictonary games!

Thanks if you played! Cheers.

Jan 162012
 

Today I did a free session for one the the winners of the Solstice drawing I held at the end of December.

She had her choice of a Channeling, a Holographic Emergence Session, or a Jyotish Prasna reading.

She chose a non-interactive channeling. That’s where she sends her questions to me, I record the session of me connecting with her guide(s) to ask the questions and channel the answers, and then I email her the audio.

Always before doing a session with or for a client, I take a few minutes to prepare.

Sometimes I go through a more elaborate ritual of sorts, but today was just whatever came up in the moment.

During the process I got the idea to share today’s few-minute preparation with you … So here it is.

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A few things you’ll hear in this 4-minute audio are:
- Turning on my intuitive “radio”
- Confirmation that things were shifting
- Doing Matrix Energetics, specifically a 2-point
- Setting my intention for the session
- Receiving guidance about an additional intention for this session
- Confirmation that I was ready to go

I also prepare the environment and do an invocation but that’s done in the beginning of the actual channeling session. This is just an example of a pre-session preparation of myself to line up my energy system for the process.

Enjoy.

And of course, as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

P.S. If you missed the drawing, why don’t you sign up for my newsletter, get my posts in your feed reader, follow me on twitter, or like LsB on facebook? That way, you’ll always know about my specials and periodic giveaways.

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 012011
 

If you have pets, you appreciate the value in being able to understand what’s going on with them.

And given the comments and emails I got after my recent animal communication post, it seems a lot of you wish you could hear what they’re saying to you.

Well I’ve got news for you: You can!

It’s a natural ability, and all it takes is a little coaching and for you to begin to experiment with it.

So I thought I’d give you a few pointers about how to receive messages and let you try your hand at it right now.

A Practice Session with Ollie

Our sweet yellow lab, Ollie, has agreed to talk with you today. (He’s not talked with strangers like this before and thinks it might be interesting.)

Believe it or not, it’s easier to get unbiased impressions of an animal you don’t know personally than one you do, so this is a good way to start out.

I’m going to give you one question to ask him; one that we can verify which is important when you’re learning.

You can leave your impressions in the comments (or email them to me if you prefer).

If you get any additional impressions, even if you don’t know how to interpret them, leave those too.

I’ll reply to each comment (or email) with individualized feedback on your impressions, much like I did for the example online practice sessions I showed you here.

So you’re essentially getting a free lab class. (Agh! Excuse the pun.)

[Note: My replies are on a special feedback page so you won't inadvertently see the answer to the question before you do the exercise. Do NOT go to that page until after you've done your session and commented with your impressions. The link to it is toward the bottom of this post.]

Ready to have some fun? Good! Let’s get to it!

A Step-by-Step Animal Communication Session

Go somewhere you won’t be disturbed. You might want to have something to jot down some notes with, or have an audio recorder handy.

1. Calm yourself. Use any technique you normally use. This doesn’t have to be extreme; just so you can focus calmly.

Ollie

2. Look at his photo. Look him in the eye and softly examine him — but not with your intellect; with your heart. You’ll likely get a few impressions right off the bat. Make a note of them.

3. Say hi. See if you can feel a connection.

4. See if he feels available to talk for a minute. Just like a person, if an animal is intently involved in something, he won’t be too communicative.

If yes, proceed. If no, try later.

5. Ask if he’ll talk to you.

If yes, proceed. If no, try later.

6. Ask the question.

Here’s the question for Ollie:

What do you get immediately after dinner every night?

If you want to make sure you’re getting through to him, you can ask with an image. Picture him just finishing whatever’s in his dog bowl (in the kitchen) and then looking at me.

You can prompt for details too if you’d like, e.g. Do you like it? How do you feel when you get it?

7. Pay attention to everything.

You probably already know that your first impression is important. Always note it. Often, that’s all you need.

If you don’t get an impression or if you get one that’s weak or “iffy”, you can specifically ask him to give you sensual information (e.g. What does it look like? What does it smell like? If it’s an activity, what do you see or how does your body feel?)

You can also probe for other details (e.g. Is it a thing? Something he plays with? Does he eat it? Is it an activity? Is it a job?)

And a simple yet effective technique that’s a good foundation for any intuitive work is to run through your senses one by one and see what you get.

a. Sound

You may “hear” a word or phrase describing the object or activity. This is common with animal communication.

Or you may hear him getting the thing or hear what someone in the vicinity would hear.

b. Sight

Watch for any visual impressions. You may sense a shape, a color, or maybe some thing(s) you recognize. You may see what he does once he gets the object or activity.

If you see something that’s unique to you, then it’s likely that it’s symbolic, so see if you can get a feel for what it might mean. If it’s something common or something new to you, then it’s probably a literal answer.

c. Smell or Taste

Physically breath in and see if there’s a scent in your “mind’s nose”.

Move your tongue around in your mouth while still in touch with him and see if any tastes come to mind.

Sometimes, you really will smell or taste things. It will seem like you’re experiencing it with your normal sense (vs. 6th-sense).

d. Touch

The best way to do this is ask him to relay how it feels to him. If an object, how does it feel in his mouth right after he takes it, or in his paws or near him afterward? If it’s an activity, what does it feel like as he does it?

You can also just see if you get a sense of how it would feel to you. If an object, imagine it in your hands. Soft? Fuzzy? Hard? If an activity, what does it feel like? A breeze? Is it wet?

It helps to run through questions like this, especially if you’re new.

Accept the impressions you get and make a note of all of them.

8. Now say thank-you and goodbye … and then disconnect. You can do this by seeing the connection between you as something visual, and then just watch it come apart as you both go your own way.

You’ve done it! So, how did it go for you? What answer(s) did you get?

Whenever you do this kind of thing, it’s helpful to tell someone what you got. It acts as an acknowledgement to your subconscious that you pay attention and value your subtle senses.

If nothing else, make a written note of the session for yourself. Keeping an “intuition journal” can be helpful for you to begin to see proof in black and white that you are indeed intuitive.

In this case, of course, give us the scoop!

So now, leave your impressions and notes about your conversation with Ollie today. I’m eager to hear what you got and to give you feedback. After you leave your comments below, you can go to this special feedback page for the answer and a little while later for your individualized feedback.

And if you like this kind of thing, we can do more in the future. Be sure to let me know.

Thanks for playing! (And Ollie says Woof! ;-) )

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I almost forgot to say that I now offer animal communication services, and the low introductory rate is still in effect for a little while longer.

Thanks to Lindsay at The Daily Awe (and her sweet dog, Chester), who helped me experiment with how to structure the sessions. She wrote an article about the experience today. Do your session with Ollie, then go check it out!

And while I’m at it, thanks to Angela at Powered by Intuition too for suggesting a practice session here. I’ve modified her idea a bit but still: thanks, Angela! And go check out her blog too, she writes super-useful articles!

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