When traveling out west a few weeks ago, I was blessed to see some of the most breathtaking places on planet earth. Their beauty was beyond compare and the magic within that beauty gave me an attunement of sorts… maybe better described as an “awareness expansion”. Before my adventure, I was told by my guides that this was to be the third in a series of natural awareness expansions I was to experience over the summer (to recap: #1 was the totality of the Great Eclipse and #2 was the chaotic pressures of Hurricane Irma) and so I went in with an open heart, ready to embrace the Spirit of life on yet another new level.
Slack-jawed at every turn, what struck me the most about the region is one very specific similarity between the various natural wonders that I witnessed… As solid, deep and expansive as they were, each one was carved carefully and meticulously by the flow of water. Flash floods are responsible for the satin smooth walls of Antelope Canyon. Rivers and springs etched the graceful lines that dance across the mountains of Zion National Park. And one single river has patiently woven its way through the desert landscape to carve out what we now call the Grand Canyon.
Water, being the source of all life as we know it, literally poured through these places for eons to create some of the most magical and unique energies on earth. Each place has its own persona, its own geological makeup and its own metaphysical fingerprint. The orange walls of Antelope Canyon are receptive and sensual. The mountains of Zion are commanding and still. And as for the Grand Canyon, few can tear themselves away from the balance of energies that blow in its winds. Both active and passive, safe and dangerous… its essence is that of the wisest spirit guide imaginable, leaving its pilgrims humbled and elevated all in the same moment.
And just as life-giving water carved out the wonders of the western U.S, lifeforce flows and carves out stories and personas for each and every other sacred place on earth. A perfect balance of life’s elements creates every natural and amazing thing we can behold with our senses.
With that in mind… did you know that YOU TOO ARE A SACRED SPACE, carved out by the same forces on an energetic level?
Your life is a canyon that has been carved by the flow of spirit moving through it. Experience by experience, you too have been receiving attunements that have continually taken you to the next level of understanding. Sometimes these “awareness expansions” take so long that you may fail to notice that you are indeed different than you once were. But if you look carefully you can see that your thoughts run a little deeper than they once did, much like the rivers that sink into stone to form new landscapes over time. With each genuine wish for inner peace to replace your suffering, lifeforce flows and creates opportunities for you to let the transformation in.
Yet, it’s only when you come to know your true self as a channel of life (instead of a controller or victim of it) that you can experience yourself as the mighty canyon that you are, capable of being still, receptive, beautiful, strong and balanced in any given moment.
Take a minute now to reflect on the last time you received an “awareness expansion”. What events and people have passed through your life to leave you deeper and wiser because of their presence? Remember, as much as the power of life-force can be renewing, it can also be destructive. Maybe the events and people that come to mind signify a challenging phase that is currently carving more depth and wisdom into your awareness. I get it, believe me. And I know it takes stamina and a whole lot of patience to sit and allow the new landscape to form within you.
I also know beyond a doubt that it’s worth the wait.
If this is the case for you, here’s a thought that might help… Think of the last big wish you put out there to Life/ God/ Source/ Spirit. Did you want more confidence? More wisdom? More love? Perhaps more freedom? Think of anything (non-material) that you have really been wanting to be fortified with lately. Then think of the challenge you wrestle with (past or present). Place your hand on your heart. Take a DEEEEEEEEP breath. Ask your intuition… “How has this challenge been a lesson to grant me my wish?”
You may be surprised at the answer.
I’m holding the space for you to hear it, take it in and allow it to form new wonderous passages within you!
Keep me posted and leave a comment below.
In Peace, Love and Wisdom always,
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On Monday October 2nd, you may have awoken to the news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas. And as you continued to process the stress brought on by the natural disasters that have ravaged the earth this summer, your heart broke open even wider to hear the news of yet another disaster… this time, man-made. The shooter seems to have taken his motive to the grave, leaving senselessness in his wake. Just like a hurricane, destroying lives and dissolving in a matter of hours, this event opened the door to countless interpretations about why things bad things happen to good people.
Arguments will rage on and you may want to find someone to blame. Fear about what’s around the corner will prevail. You may feel helpless to do anything to change things. You may also feel like there is little good left in the world.
I want to help turn that around for you, right this very moment.
You see, while you were taking in the tragic images and sounds on the television, I found myself in an odd situation. I was in lockdown in the basement level of a Las Vegas hotel, across the street from the concert venue. We waited patiently for 7 hours for reliable news about what was happening outside (as it changed minute by minute). Some sat in silence and some talked among themselves, coming to terms with the moment. We checked our phones, called loved ones and tried to sleep. It was not until I saw the same news coverage as you did, the next morning – when I began to feel traumatized too.
Before that moment, I knew that I had not experienced nearly the same thing as the concert goers I walked passed at 5:00am on the way back to my hotel. Their ghostly faces revealed pain that would take some serious time to heal and release. For me, I merely had to sit still until the coast was clear. I was protected for some reason. I was there for some reason. I took it as a message to stand more strongly in my purpose on this planet to elevate peace, love and wisdom over the rage, fear and hubris that keeps humanity disconnected from its true essence.
When I see the truth of that, I feel empowered to hold a space of deep peace for those who face tragedy head-on. I feel empowered to send light, donate resources and amplify the possibility of healing for them and anyone else going through chaos right now. But when I subject myself to repeatedly watching the horrors of what occurred, I lose all resourcefulness. I then become a victim who needs healing, not a healer who can send healing.
Whether you were hundreds of feet away or thousands of miles away, you also have a choice about how you will respond to the challenging realities that are upon us.
I’m not saying don’t pay attention to what is occurring in our world today. It’s important to know and be informed, and to process your emotions about it all. What I AM saying is that it does no good to traumatize yourself by watching the images over and over or by sinking into the belief that, because of angry and disconnected souls like the Las Vegas shooter, there is no good left in the world.
You know why? Because YOU are that good. You could not see darkness for what it is otherwise. When you say there is no good left, you dis-empower yourself as an agent of change, love and light. And we need you now more than ever.
So now, try unplugging from the TV and social media as much as possible. Go for walks. Take deep breaths. Talk with those who uplift you. Uplift someone else. Listen to the wind as it whispers us in new directions. All is well, and where it is not, you can help make it so – but only by knowing that you have light to share and don’t need the world to change before you can share it.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
To all who are affected (directly and indirectly) by shootings, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, war and any other challenge at this time…
I send Peace, Love and Wisdom always,
In case you didn’t get a chance to read it, my last post was about how to follow intuition through the storms of life. Not only does this help us find peace in the presence of fear, it also helps us act peacefully and powerfully in the face of doubt and uncertainty.
There were moments when Hurricane Irma rattled my fears, mostly before she did her crazy dance over Central Florida. The news spoke of possible widespread destruction and loss of life. In contrast, my inner guidance told me that while it would be messy, we would clean up and rebuild quickly. So, instead of trying to control outcomes by worrying and envisioning the worst, I took a deep breath and leaned into the experience. This week I’ve been so grateful for how fast things are getting back to “normal” and cleaned up around town. I am also feeling very…. humble.
As I practice gratitude for still having power and minimal damage to my community, residents of the Florida Keys are coming to terms with the total destruction of their homes and towns. An earthquake-rattled Mexico experienced yet another major quake less than two weeks later. Wildfires still burn across the western U.S. and Hurricane Maria is decimating even more island communities as I write this. Battles are still being fought in war-torn nations and countless tragedies we don’t even hear about are happening every minute of every day throughout our world.
As grateful as I feel for my current reality, I have been walking with a sense of humility that comes only in times of great turmoil, challenge and loss. These things could visit any of us, at any time. Life has a way of revealing our wisdom to us through the way we deal with a shape-shifting reality; whether that be traumatic loss of a loved one, home or even a way of life. The idealist in me wishes that such struggles would never come to any of us. Yet I have seen many such stormy moments myself and know that without them, I would never have learned a critical lesson that would connect my conscious mind more deeply to the power of my spirit.
That lesson is about allowing a deep sense of humility to reign over any illusion of control we have about life. This illusion of control comes in many forms. It can be overt, like a tyrant attempting to control others. It can also show itself as the part of us that feels entitled to our comforts, demanding anything that will numb us to the pain that comes with being present to our own grief. Another way it can show up is by urging us to play small and act as if we “don’t know” what we know within – because we think its easier for other people to interact with unconscious patterns than it is to be present with someone who is aware of their intuitive truth.
Thing is… Humility allows life to be as it is so that spiritual energy can flood in to heal and restore that which has been wounded. When you allow your conscious mind to become humbled by your own spiritual power, whether that be a strong intuition, connection to the spirit world, energetic healing ability or even just holding the frequency of light to balance the darkness and chaos of the world… it is then when you are truly present and truly powerful. Clever tricks of the mind are nice. Strength of the body is helpful. The comfort of wealth is a blessing. But without strength of the spirit, true power will always escape us.
Find your spirit, and you find yourself.
In what ways has your spiritual power been escaping you lately?
Have you been feeling scattered and out of sync?
Struggling with indecision or energetic blocks?
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In Peace, Wisdom and Love,
As I write this, I’m taking inventory of can goods and water supply. I’m making plans and creating contingencies for all the possible scenarios to come this week. I’m checking the national hurricane center’s website carefully to get the straight facts about the next few days. Irma is coming and no matter where she wobbles, we’re going to have an interesting time here in Florida.
Being a native, I’ve been through my share of hurricanes. Some, I obliviously slept through. Others, I shook through in a panic as tornadoes took down the neighborhood. Regardless, no matter how I responded to the storms, the storms were what they were. I was the one who added the emotional component depending on how much faith I was willing to have that I could handle what was to come and how much I could trust my own intuition to alert me to what was most important in any given moment.
Thing is… I can say the same thing for the physical, emotional and mental storms I have seen. There’s a perilous quality to anything that threatens the status quo. Whether we are afraid of losing our comfort, our homes, our health, those we love or even our very lives… fear is the thing that causes the most damage internally when we are faced with the trials of being a human on this earth. Our primal mind takes over when threatened, keeping us kicking and screaming through situations that are already inherently stressful enough. It could be grief, heartbreak, stress, or a great big monster of a storm. Anything that threatens life as we know it has the potential to sweep us away and drain our power as beings of light in this crazy world. But did you know that, if you want to, you can improve your experience of reality with just
ONE CHOICE in the midst of what is happening in physical reality?
Here’s my 3 step method of intuitive self-inquiry that helps me find the center of my still, small inner voice whenever my worry or thoughts scatter debris through my energy. Take a few deep breaths, place your hand over your heart and close your eyes while you ponder each question and confront a few key parts of yourself directly.
STEP 1: Notice the energy of FEAR and how it rises up in you.
Do you panic and shut down into a sense of powerlessness and despair?
Do you become competitive and hoard, needing to come out on top at all costs?
Do you suffer from worst case scenario syndrome, allowing awful visions to haunt your present moment?
Once your know how FEAR primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the fear and say to it, “Thank you for wanting to keep me safe and comfortable, but you’re leaving me powerless. Maybe there’s a better way?”
STEP 2: Notice the energy of NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT and how it rises up in you.
Do you want to know exactly how everything’s going to play out before you can be at peace?
Do you judge or compare yourself to other people’s way of handling crisis and fears?
Do you make decisions and then question or overthink them to the point of craziness?
Once your know how NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the NEGATIVE OR LIMITING THOUGHT and say, “Thank you for wanting to help me understand this situation and stay on top of things, but you’re stressing me out. Maybe there’s a better way?
STEP 3: Notice how the voice of your SPIRIT (aka: your INTUITION) rises up in you.
When you ask your spirit and higher guidance to give you messages, do you receive visions?
Do you hear phrases or sense the answer in natural elements like the wind or totem animals?
Do you just feel like you KNOW the answer, deep in your core?
Once your know how your INTUITION primarily communicates itself to your conscious mind and behavior, honor the INTUITION and say, “What do I need to know right now for the highest and best benefit of myself and all concerned in this situation?”
Get very still and very present to the answer that comes to you.
Once you hear it, CHOOSE to trust it. Let it EMPOWER your clarity and peace of mind and TAKE ACTION on it as needed. Allow it to paint an improved reality for you in the midst of adversity.
If you’re doing ok with all this fear and overthinking stuff and just want to know how to be of help in such situations, follow the same steps to maintain your place as the calm in the eye of the storm. When emotions run high and others are not as open to the possibility of inner peace despite all obstacles, you may find great purpose in being the steadfast structure under which they can find refuge. No matter what storms we face, when we face them together instead of in competition we have a chance at not only surviving, but THRIVING because of what we can learn as spiritual beings living these human lives.
Whether you are in Irma’s path, facing wildfires, concerned about family and friends affected by Mexico’s earthquake, or dealing with any other scary situation right now… hold on to your inner knowing that you will do your highest and best no matter what comes. Your intuition is a valuable life tool that can help, and challenge is a great teacher to those who wish to walk through life enriched by its mysteries.
I’ll be holding the light of great possibility even if Irma tries to put it out this weekend.
Won’t you join me?
All things change according to the light shed upon them.
Peace, Wisdom and Love,
This month, I’ll be going on a special trip to watch "The Great American Eclipse" and as I imagine what it will be like I can’t help but see a powerful metaphor for the way intuition operates in our lives. Just as the sun illuminates our physical space, intuition illuminates our spiritual space. Likewise, there are times when we lose contact with that light. Sometimes it's for days, weeks or years, But most of the time it happens only for moments, serving as a re-set button to help us reach deeper within so we can see more clearly and know what to focus on next.
This flow of spirit, whether it be trying to guide our steps through mental decisions or heal our bodies on an energetic level, operates in an identical manner to the cycles of nature. There is a time to plant seeds, a time to nourish them with patience, a time to harvest and a time to rest. Once that cycle is complete, it’s time to turn the ground and continue the process. This never stops, as we are never done becoming. When we are aligned with this natural flow, we can allow life to fall into place as we watch and receive its abundance with patience and presence.
When we overthink, live in fear and fail to take action on inner guidance, however - it’s hard to experience that cycle in action. Sometimes it can feel like our guidance has abandoned us, or we are somehow “off our path”, when really we are just experiencing a dark night (or even just a foggy day) of the soul. These are the times that test our faith in the higher guidance that knows best. And they are extremely important. It is in these moments where we choose to give up and go back into unconscious cycles or we choose to seek our true divine connection from the confusing space of darkness. They can break us down or fortify us, depending on the power of our own intention.
In contrast to an entire cycle of night or day, a total solar eclipse lasts only 2-3 minutes. It is indeed a false night that cuts through the clarity of day to remind us that while darkness and confusion can be unexpected, they do not have to last very long. As curious as I am to see this natural wonder, I am also pleased at the insight this fact brings. While dark nights of the soul are heavy phases of life, often brought on by major changes, an eclipse of the soul is just a blip on the radar… a quick chaos to help re-orient us to what is important. This is the type of disconnect we experience more often and, when we pay attention, it can teach us to weather the extended darkness when it comes. It may, in fact, also have the power to lessen the blow.
My wish is that you do not allow any sort of illusion to eclipse what you know to be true within. Honor your inner being as it experiences this fascinating life through the vessel of your human body. Trust in the guidance you receive and take chances, even if it feels like you are wandering in the dark. We are never alone and the sun is always shining somewhere.
Take time this month to go within and allow guidance for the next more active phase to fall into place. You may feel like you are paddling upstream if you try to get too much done without reflection. Such are the cycles of nature. May you work with them and not against them to stay in harmony and love your life!
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A few weeks ago I was feeling caught up in busy-ness, and although I love my work, it had been too long since I took a whole day off to relax in nature.
I considered this a red flag for my personal well-being, as I've discovered that while I don't need much to access joy and happiness in life, time in nature is at the top of that short list. Without it, I can start to feel overwhelmed by technology and traffic and all of the other very human things most of us deal with each day.
To answer the call into the wild, my love and I decided that we would take a day off mid-week and head to the beach. And although I still thought about my to-do list that morning, I set it all aside and packed up for a day of fun and sun.
When we arrived, we set up the umbrella and immediately reclined to enjoy the wind and the waves. Once I finally sat up again I felt like I had taken a sedative. The sound of the ocean had relaxed me so deeply that I had not a care in the world. The soft sand at my back had grounded me so fully that all the energy left my mind and melted into the earth.
This was just what the (spirit) doctor ordered, and if I had not listened I would not have those recent moments to cherish…napping in the sun, floating in the waves and walking the coast at sunset, hand-in-hand with my loving partner (who I had asked for years ago on that very same beach, by the way). Not to mention, once I got back into the swing of things I was more relaxed, clear headed and more attuned to my intuition.
Taking this day to relax and enjoy simple pleasures reminded me of a quote from the legendary eighties movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off...
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."
When this line was uttered, Ferris the naughty teenager could have been a wise old Buddha as far as I’m concerned. Our presence is EVERYTHING. Noticing moments is EVERYTHING. Because the past is gone and we are creating our future with the way we are present in the current moment. When our own presence escapes us, whether it be due to negative emotion or too many visions packed into too little time, it is important to restore our conscious awareness in any way possible.
Time in nature is one of my favorite ways to get there.
And what about you?
What is your pathway to presence?
Do you like to read or write uplifting words? Maybe your kids or grand-kids, or even pets, bring that sparkle back into your eye. Perhaps creative projects, deep conversations and laughter do it. Then again, maybe spiritual practice is your favorite medicine…
Whatever it is, it is good to honor it as a vital part of your well-being. If you have an “emergency procedure” to help re-align you to your spirit when you start to feel a little funky, you will have an easier time staying connected to it in the long run. Don't forget to explore all the things that help you find your center. Take action on them and connect more deeply with your spirit every chance you get!
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For now, go ahead and declare your own holiday!
Request that day off work if you have to, and put it on your calendar. As I always say, if you don’t speak up for your spirit, who will? I doubt we’ll get a spiritual re-centering day put on the national holiday list any time soon, so why not create one for yourself?
Better yet, comment below and tell me you did it so I can cheer you on!
(If you read my post about my younger days as a nap-time revolutionary (posted here), you know I am an advocate for a certain amount of healthy rebellion).
Remember to take care of your Spirit and it will take care of you.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
In Peace, Wisdom and (Self)Love,
It’s my birthday and all I want is… World Peace. OK...GO :o)
Wait, you mean it’s not that easy? Right… I guess I have been known to be an incurable idealist. Well, if you can’t order it on Amazon, maybe there’s another way… (I am a very determined birthday girl after all…)
I remember when I first became aware of my desire for true peace as a teenager. Though I know now that I had been on a spiritual journey all along, this was one of the first times I peeked behind the curtain to see what was going on beyond the everyday world of things.
A friend introduced me to the classic book “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. It was a conglomeration of interesting thoughts, musings, poetry, quotes and pictures, and I LOVED it. Thing is, I had NO idea what any of it meant. But the vibration of the book spoke to me, and I knew it wouldn’t unless there was something important for me to learn from it. I said out loud many times that I had no idea what it was about but I certainly wanted to. About 15 years after I was introduced to it, I read it again and smiled, realizing that the understanding I asked for had finally come.
As a result of my conscious intent, life had brought me experiences through which to grow and understand presence in a way I might not have otherwise. I had become present as a spiritual being having a human experience, and not the other way around.. and I had realized that while the bright shiny objects of material life can be amplifiers of joy, they were never designed to be the source of it.
I also learned that all transformation begins with the desire to experience it and then "stepping through the flames" to allow the old self to fall away, as Ram Dass states in his awesome book.
Sometimes we transmit that desire to our lives by our conscious asking. But other times, we ask at a more subtle level by acknowledging patterns of confusion, “stuckness” or negativity and then focusing on what it takes to change them. That focus takes as little as just one thought towards finding our clarity and peacefulness and following through on the guidance that comes. It's as easy as saying, “I don’t know exactly how to get there yet… but I certainly want to!”, and watch the way appear before your very eyes.
I don’t usually make a big deal about my birthday… BUT… this year I'm asking you for just one thing. I'd like for you to take just one moment now to feel into your life and BE HERE NOW with it in a few quick steps...
1. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold your hand to your heart and see if you can find the one thing you struggle with understanding most right now.
2. Invite clarity to come in and bring you peace. Life will have no choice but to bring it to you from this moment forth.
3. Allow it in and enjoy the journey back towards your true presence.
I have a theory you see… and that is, peaceful individuals create a peaceful world. So if we work together, maybe my birthday wish will come true after all!
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In the meantime, enjoy the dance of life, take time to breathe and make sure to be patient with yourself and with life. We live it one breath at a time and we experience it one thought at a time. Break free of your struggles by committing each moment to breathing in clarity and releasing that which brings you suffering. You are precious and deep peace is your birthright should you choose to accept it, moment by moment.
For now, I wish you the highest and best experience of life no matter what!
Time for me to go blow out the candles… talk to you again soon :o)
In Peace, Wisdom and Presence,
Can you believe it’s already mid-summer?
When I was little, summer meant a break from school and the set structures I usually adhered to. I could play all day without a care. I was an only child and loved the days when I could lose myself in imagination for hours on end. If I wanted to be a mermaid in the pool all day, I could. Make random stuff? Check. Watch my favorite movie 5 times in a row? No problem. Shoot, I was the boss of my life in the summertime!
That time to myself also revealed a doorway to realms beyond the physical, as I communed with nature spirits and called the wind by playing little tunes on my recorder flute (to my delight, it worked every time!). I maintain to this day that this was some of my earliest training as a spirit worker-to-be...
When I’d get back to school in the Fall, however, I was promptly re-tamed by the “authorities”...
I remember in one of my earliest school years, I liked to instigate revolutions at nap time. Face down on our mats, I’d look to the other kids and say, “I’m not sleepy, are you? Why should we take naps if we’re not sleepy?”. I’d get up and run around (probably looking for the pool) only to land in the principal’s office with a note home to mom.
I guess wrist slaps like this one kept me relatively quiet (and sleepy) for a couple of decades, as I learned to live under the radar and play it safe. But once I rediscovered my intuitive voice as an adult, I realized that not much has changed since my days of nap-time rebellion.
While I honor the importance of staying grounded and doing what it takes to support our physical lives as citizens of a society, I am still driven to remind you that there is a great and awakened presence inside you that wants the highest and best for you at all times. It wants you to explore every angle of your precious life and take chances on what inspires you so that you don’t pass on from this life not having done so.
(And the last thing it wants you to do is to play sleepy just so you can conform to someone else’s nap time.)
Close your eyes now, and recall a carefree memory from childhood.
What was your version of “being a mermaid”? Did you have a little rebel within you too? How did it manifest in your life? Do you still let these parts out to play or have you forgotten how?
When we revisit the imagination and fortitude of our childhood selves, we have the chance to realize that we are so much more magical than we give ourselves credit for. Still, many of us shut off our intuitive motivations, visions and spiritual doorways as adults because we are told we are just making it all up and there is no practical use for them. Then, as confusion and stress increases with age, we wonder what went wrong and why we feel so stuck.
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In the meantime, for those in the U.S., have a happy and safe Independence Day!
Remember, true independence lives far beyond any category that divides us. It lives deep at your core as your true self, and if you get really quiet (maybe before and/or after the fireworks…) you might hear it whisper a special request to add more fun and freedom to your world.
May you always trust that loving inner voice.
(And may you always make time to "be a mermaid" in whatever ways work for you)
I look forward to connecting with you soon!
In Peace, Wisdom and Love,
Don’t you hate it when you feel the inner tug of a warning signal, go through with the action and find out why the warning was there in the first place?
Although it doesn’t happen as often as it used to, there are still times when I ignore life’s warning signals. For instance, the other day I was taking my usual meditative walk around the block. I was clearing my head and enjoying the cool air as the sun went down. So often I have epiphanies on these walks and this day was no different, except that it was to come from a totally unexpected source.
Many of you know I am a nature lover, especially of birds. So who would be surprised when I found myself in awe of a very alert owl perched overhead as I walked down the sidewalk. I THOUGHT “Hey! It’s my lucky day!”, even though my intuition told me something was… um, different about this particular creature. He was gorgeous and sitting so close to the trail. And he seemed so focused on me, yet eerily so… (and that, my friends… was the warning by the way).
My INTUITION said, turn back woman – this won’t turn out well.
Once again I THOUGHT, “I’ve heard owls in nesting season can be funny about territory, but maybe if I just walk by gently enough he’ll stay put”.
Yeah, that was a big NOPE. As I walked a few feet ahead as briskly as possible, I saw another owl on the ground in front of me, (probably his lucky lady) and before I could even register I was in trouble… BAM!! I receive a swift kick to the head, owl style. My INSTINCT was triggered at that point and I ran faster than I realized I could, all the way home.
I am giggling about this now, and feeling fortunate to have come away from such an incident without any lasting trauma, but at the time I was terrified, and sad! I am a friend to nature, after all – how could this happen to me and WHAT COULD IT MEAN?
After a couple of days of processing time, I realize the meaning is quite simple, yet multi layered at the same time.
Of course number 3 is my favorite part, and the part I will keep sacred in my memory. I am also now more fortified than ever to not play dumb or small when it comes to what I teach, even in the smallest and seemingly harmless situations.
Has something like this happened to you as a result of ignoring your intuition? (Okay, I bet a very small amount of you have been kicked by wild animals)
But in other areas of life… how about that relationship that just didn’t feel right and went on for too long? Or that job you feel stuck in even though your spirit has left the building? What patterns of drama, sadness and anxiety are you dealing with right now that could use an infusion of intuitive wisdom?
My mission is not to just offer it to you, it is to help you find it and mine it from within yourself. Take it from me, having come from a life of disconnection to just a random ignorance attack here and there… every investment of time, focus and energy you can make to find your clarity is worth its weight in diamonds when it helps you transform your life into one of presence and wisdom.
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May your month be filled with discovery and positive transformation.
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In Peace, Wisdom and Love,
As spiritual awareness grows, we start to ask a lot of questions of the unknown. And if we’re not asking questions we’re downloading answers and/or healing in the form of revelations and spiritual experiences. What’s more, these experiences can feel like a constant dialog that overlays the other more mundane (yet still busy) aspects of physical reality. While the rewards of the path are great, all of this can lead to an overwhelm that is hard to manage. The presence of sensitivity indicates our own presence to the world within and the world around us at the same time, and wow, can that be a challenging state to manage in a fast-paced world that does not often understand it. We have to make time, and honor it in our own way. The path of wisdom requires us to step aside from the crowd and learn how to take care of the special needs created by it.
Recently my students and I were sharing about experiencing a heightened sensitivity throughout our lives that seemed to create special needs within us. While not everyone that is aware of their spiritual path would consider themselves highly sensitive, once subtle energy comes more into focus for any given person, a relative softening occurs that can lead to a need to upgrade energetic boundaries while keeping one’s feet firmly on the ground at the same time. These new needs come from the fact that one is truly sensing more, and overwhelm can set in when we start to become aware of overlapping stimuli on several levels of reality at once. It can feel as if one’s consciousness becomes a balloon, very easily knocked about and carried away with the wind. In the meantime, the personal self (or ego) struggles with the sense of chaos and hypersensitivity it can create.
Westernized culture often does not honor this sensitivity. On the contrary, it is usually seen as “weak” or “strange”. A non-honored sensitive will often hear things like “You’re too sensitive”, “You read into things too much”, and “just get over it / do it / stop overthinking it”, etc. while they feel as if they may be crazy or damaged in some way. An outgoing, take-control approach is honored over a more delicate nature, and even false bravado is seen as a strength over the genuine gifts of insight and truth that a sensitive soul can offer the world. While this is changing, it is changing slowly. It will take those of who identify as spiritually sensitive to stand in their natural power to bring balance to the current paradigm. Time to stop hiding away, my sensitive friends. There is wisdom in the ability to see and sense beyond the veil of everyday understanding.
The good news is, we can also learn from the take-charge, just-do-it folks too, but to know ourselves as powerful beings rather than weak or breakable, first we must learn what our needs are. Once we can take care of ourselves and speak up for what is necessary we can feel empowered to engage with the world as it is. This means taking time to unplug, meditate, visit nature, connect with inner guidance and with source. It means honoring dreams and visions and stating our insights even if it seems unconventional at the time (and not taking insensitive feedback personally). Social psychology is catching up to the reasons why some of us are sensitive and some of us aren’t. There is a divine balance in all things. I invite you now to fill your cup, take care of yourself and become fully present in this world.
I know you’d probably rather hide away in a monastery or a mountaintop, (believe me, I would too!) but that’s just not where we are called to be at this time in earth’s history. And if you are lucky enough to be tucked away from the hustle of the city anyway, I hope you will make your presence known through your art, music, writings, thoughts, inventions, research (and whatever else you are wired to contribute) because, as teacher Caroline Myss says, “We are called to be mystics outside the monastery… columns of light in our communities”. I agree with this statement whole-heartedly, and stand as a support and wisdom coach for anyone who feels called to walk the path consciously and creatively in their own lives.
For more info on some studies that have been done on the trait of being highly sensitive Click Here to learn about “The Highly Sensitive Person” with Elaine Aaron, and Click Here to learn about “The Quiet Revolution” with Susan Cain.
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In Peace Wisdom and Love,