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4 Spiritual Lessons for Finding a Path Through Loneliness

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As human beings we are all vulnerable to loneliness, especially during periods of grief. We want to feel safe, protected, and not alone, yet a sense of loneliness is quite easy for us to access. We may feel alone in our bodies, in our homes, or alone in the world. So how do we find our way through loneliness?

In my work as a teacher and spirit translator, I came to realize that in order to move through my own loneliness, I had to acquire a deep understanding of the pain that other people go through. It might seem as though connecting with other people’s pain would intensify my own, but on the contrary, it helped me to release my loneliness. Through physical and emotional pain, I was able to understand the suffering of others, and that profound empathy tied us together. It granted me the safety and protection that I wanted. If you feel this way, you are not alone!

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Optimizing Our Experience

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Everything is moving us to optimize our experience in being a human being. 

Optimizing our experience means you have to get in touch with what you need to figure out inside of you, getting in touch with what resonates with you and with what no longer resonates with you. For example, you don’t have to accept every invitation and go to everything everybody else is doing when you already know it’s not going to be in harmony with you, and you know it’s not aligned with who you really are. You know on a soul level that you are wasting time. For every moment, come into the acceptance of the moment. Our ancestors knew full well how to navigate our reality. 

We’ve complicated self-care and it doesn’t have to be complicated. You basically need to sweat, you need to hydrate, and you need to move to whatever degree you can. You need to provide yourself the fuel and support yourself in strengthening your foundation. There’s freedom in this. 

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What Would Your Soul Do?

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Do you ever feel out of alignment and confused and then you start hearing a loud voice in your head saying: “What am I doing?” “I can’t keep living like this” or “Something’s got to change”?  When you’re asking these questions, it’s usually a big clue that your soul is trying to get your attention.

I call these moments: Soul Cry Outs. Your soul is yelling out to you: “Hey! I’m here! I can help!” That’s what’s great about your inner guidance. It sends up signals to both your psychic and physical senses.

When you need a wake-up call, your soul stops at nothing to get it to you. You may even meet a stranger who will somehow give you the message. Your inner guidance can bring up a thought, an action, or even manifest a situation in your outside life to get you to stop and think about what’s happening in front of you.

It’s easy to get caught up in our day-to-day routine and we have a tendency to focus only on our physical world and the issues in front of us - and forget about our spiritual self and its needs.  We pull away from the Source that infuses our soul, which only exacerbates our feelings of being tired, drained or confused. But now more than ever it’s important to force ourselves to check in and reconnect with our soul for its power, wisdom and guidance. 

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Sacred Warrior: ENERGY IS KEY

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Change your energy and your life will change. It’s a simple truth


The easiest way to measure your beliefs in the power of this truth is to notice if you are feeling disconnected or drained rather than energized or impassioned about your life.

The flow of life cannot reach you if you are blocked with layers and layers of protection.Or if your attitude is of a fixed position. Or if you are unwilling to start waking up so new energy can flow through you.

As long as you believe you are the producer of your own energy, you will often be tired and weary and feel there is never enough. You do, of course, play a significant role in creating and maintaining your own energy by getting proper rest and nutrition. However, you are not the producer of your own vibrant energy any more than you had to think about breathing today before you took your first breath.
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Having the Courage to Express Our Vulnerability

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Sometimes what we're missing is the courage to express our vulnerability. We're unwilling to be vulnerable. Sometimes we’re hell bent on powering through things, needing to prove things, or needing to assert certain things in certain situations. At some point we have to embrace vulnerability, especially as empathic sensitive beings. This can be scary because you've put yourself out there before and you've articulated your fears and concerns only to be shut down or not be embraced or not be heard. And so I get that vulnerability is really hard. However, I've discovered that it's the only way to truly make it.  


The more you begin to embrace vulnerability, the more your energy, frequency and your gifts expand. This takes being willing to be honest about how you're doing it. Be willing to be honest about what you're going through. The more you can be honest about what you're dealing with and what you're going through, the less of an issue it is.

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Sacred Warrior: PRESENCE

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Ernest Holmes was a Sacred Warrior. He spoke what he believed, and the world benefited immensely.

While attending a well-known garden in California and viewing and experiencing all the beauty around him, he came upon a struggling little plant. Ernest went up to the grounds keeper and said, “Hi, I am Ernest Holmes, where are the people in charge?”

The young man looked somewhat puzzled as he pointed to the offices on the second floor of a large building. Ernest instructed him to get the individuals in management to come and see him. In a few minutes, a few men came walking towards Ernest in their suits and ties and Ernest said, “Hi, I am Dr. Ernest Holmes and I would like to know what you are doing about this little plant?” The men looked somewhat baffled, but suddenly located a water hose and some fertilizer and began to take care of the little plant.

When the efforts were completed and the men had left, Ernest went over to the little plant and knelt down. He said, “I told you I would take care of you, didn’t I?”

The power of life is everywhere and in everything like plants and all living creatures. Ernest knew the intelligence of life is all around us, and as a Sacred Warrior he changed people and circumstances at depth. A Sacred Warrior is called to service in day-to-day life. More often than not the Sacred Warrior is willing to speak what very few are willing to say.

The Sacred Warrior possesses a willingness to honor the deep connection to the Divine, while at the same time no longer driven by an energy or desire to fit in with what is the norm or maintain the status quo.

This article is an excerpt from my new book: Being A Difference Maker: A Guide For Living Life Out Loud. 

Loving Life,

 
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Pivoting out of the Personal and into the Universal

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There are different aspects of the divine. There’s the manifest aspect, which is light, and it’s this reality. Everything in this manifest material world is the form of God. Once you begin to accept the form, you then access the formless nature of God, which is the void and it’s pure potential, pure space. 

In India, these two manifest forms of guides are categorized as Shiva and Shakti Shiva. The alpha, the masculine, is the formless Shakti. The creator. The omega is the form. When you have both together, you have the infinite. Everything outside of us, all of these deep esoteric truths and teachings, correspond to everything inside of us. 

Liberation is no longer offering any aspect of yourself. The more you are in a loving, inclusive relationship with yourself, the more the masculine and feminine aspects of who you are merge, and you become infinite.

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Stillness of the Heart and Soul

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The nonstop noise of the external world often keeps us from experiencing the quiet at the core of our being. There, a timeless eternal presence without sound or language awaits us, a connection to something greater than our individual, seemingly short lives. Outer distractions, both audio and visual, continuously surround us from our TVs, laptops, and cell phones and prevent a deeper relationship to all of life. Traffic sounds, machinery, and loud voices in nonstop conversation interrupt our peace of mind, even if we don’t consciously recognize the dissonance. Yet, something within each of us does know something is amiss and longs for an absence of sound within which we can feel calmer, more centered. How do we get there?

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Live in Peace, Not in Pieces, Free Guide from My friend, the Holy Woman

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If you’re anything like me, the last fifteen months on planet earth have been challenging, at times nerve shattering, and stressful to the max.

I’ve been craving peace.

Something that has really made a difference in returning me to a state of peace and contentment is a guide written by my friend, Sadhviji, who has spent the last 25 years in India as a holy woman studying the Vedas in English and Hindi.

She went from working on a Ph.D. on psychology at Stanford to running one of the largest ashrams in Rishikesh for the past twenty-five years, and she serves hundreds of thousands of devotees around the world as one of todays’ pre-eminent spiritual teachers.

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Our Inner Worlds

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"Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming." 
—Alice Walker

I've Been Thinking...


“Happy inner Independence day, Maria!” my friend Tom said to me last Sunday.

Hmm, I thought to myself. Now that’s different. The concept definitely got me thinking, though. It got me thinking about my inner freedom, and my struggle to find it and feel it.

Over the years, I’ve learned that so much of what we are seeking from the outside world is actually an inside job. Freedom, peace, joy, kindness, recognition, worth, and love are just a few examples. 

This revelation came to me later in life since I did not grow up with this message. Quite the contrary, in fact. From the earliest age, it was drilled into me that my purpose was to better the outside world. Plain and simple. “That’s why you’re here,” I was told, “and that’s that!"

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Sacred Warrior: Living Truth

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The sky is not the limit; it is just the beginning of the Sacred Warrior path.
We start in the East with the strength of a mountain below and an aerial view of the endless sky. From here, we step into the now of the present moment. We see further and with greater distance to gain a clearer perspective of our lives. We understand the mission is greater than our egos. When we think of Sacred Warriors, we think of those who can communicate with presence and power—Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. Fearless spirits who have shone light on the darkest places. Strong believers grounded in Truth who changed the world through the kindness of their actions.
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The Ten Cardinal Signs Of A Healthy Spiritual Practice

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New Age thinking, spirituality, crystals, Law of Attraction, psychics and more, are seemingly at an all-time high in popularity. This has created an amazing platform for new thoughts and dialogue about the potential of the human experience. It has also created a pulpit for fear-based misinformation to be shared. If you have ever felt confused about metaphysical beliefs and practices, keep reading. This blog shares ten cardinal signs of a healthy spiritual practice that can enhance your daily life.

What is Spirituality?

Spirituality can be viewed and experienced in countless ways, but the common denominator is recognizing a feeling or belief that there is something greater than oneself. This experience brings with it an understanding of connection with the cosmic world or universe.

My understanding of spirituality is experiencing life as a continuous expansion of awareness. This expansion occurs when living and creating with an open heart and mind. This mindset welcomes the connection to source and all that is. It holds the potential for love, compassion, joy and inspiration.

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Maintaining Energy

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Throughout the years, I personally have learned how important it is to be loving to myself by maintaining my own energy so as not to absorb the energy around me. I’m talking about the energy of the living, as well as the deceased. As sensitive beings we have a tendency to absorb the energies around us, and we take on the negative energy unknowingly when we are experiencing fear in some way. If we choose to, maintaining and protecting your own energy and vibration is very important. Many people live in a world where they absorb the negative thoughts and feelings of both living and deceased ener­gies. At times, this energy can feel overwhelming and scary; therefore, people start to live in fear of the Spirit world.

I tend to use words “protect” and “maintain” interchangeably. The word protection is per­ceived as the safeguarding of somebody or something – the act of preventing somebody or something from being harmed or damaged; or the state of being kept safe. However, when I use the word protection, I mean it in a sense of maintaining your own energy, being mindful of your energy and how you absorb or take on the energy of others around you. Protection means to witness rather than absorb. Be an observer of energy, of Spirit … not an absorber of it.

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How Spiritual Practices Can Help with Anxiety and Depression for Elderly

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It is common for elderly people to experience depression and anxiety. This can happen due to a mix of factors, like changes in the brain that come with aging, less social interaction and more isolation. Some elders may also feel anxious about their future or have feelings of guilt or regret from things they have done in the past or due to a past trauma. It can be hard to shake those feelings and move on which is why it is so important for seniors to stay connected with the spiritual aspects of their lives. Though there are various professional help available along with facilities like nursing homes or memory care to cure these mental health problems, some spiritual practices can be of additional help to keep them under control. This blog post will outline how elders can deal with these types of emotions better through spiritual practices. 

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Losing Someone You Love

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“Yesterday a child came out to wander…”
—Joni Mitchell, “Circle Game”

Last month, a friend I’ve known most of my life passed away after a recurrence of cancer. It was not entirely unexpected, but it happened suddenly and was deeply shocking. I thought she would always be there—an unspoken assumption many of us probably have about close friends or family. We never imagine that they won’t be in our lives. Yet she was gone. And even the most profound spiritual beliefs about life after death cannot entirely prevent the initial heart pain of losing someone you love.

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How to Access Your Soul’s Wisdom

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In the last Soul Inspirations article, I mentioned how you can find any answers you’re seeking by looking within to your soul. This week, I want to give you a meditation you can try to help you access this inner-wisdom anytime:

Find a safe, quiet and comfortable spot where you can sit with your feet planted firmly on the floor. Close your eyes and relax. Take a few deep breaths through your nose, exhaling slowly out of your mouth.

Now, bring your awareness to the bottom of your feet. Let your breath assist you in transferring this relaxing energy up through the bottom of your feet. Slowly work your way up to your calves, your thighs, your abdomen and your chest, directing this energy into these areas.

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Calling An Angel

Calling an angel An Excerpt from From Spirit Translator: Seven Truths for Creating Well-Being and Connecting with Spirit

I  have received several messages from spirit during my life that were, at the time, “too unbelievable” for the logical mind, as spirit described earlier. It’s clear to me now that I needed tangible proof to penetrate through the walls I had put up around me, mostly in an attempt to protect myself from my own psychic sensitivities. One of the most memorable displays of spirit giving me a sign happened during the time I lived in Los Angeles in my twenties.

I had a good friend at the time named Tawny who invited me to lunch one day. We met downtown, and before our salads had even arrived at the table she told me that she thought she saw an angel and had to talk about it.

“I’ve been reading about angels. Did you know that they’re able to come to us in human form? They can help us when we need it, but we have to ask for their help,” Tawny stated matter-of-factly.

To be honest, I thought this was far-fetched, but I listened. She went on to tell me how she had been in a crowded elevator, at her workplace, with a man who had the face of an angel. The mysterious man smiled at her, and she felt warm in a way that she had not felt before. This was proof to her that there was truth to what she had read. Tawny wasn’t the most spiritual person I knew, so I was particularly intrigued. Frankly, I think I was a little jealous. Why had I not seen angels? As I was driving home from work that day, I said out loud, “Show me an angel. I want to see an angel appear.”

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Copyright

© From Spirit Translator: Seven Truths for Creating Well-Being and Connecting with Spirit by Diana Cole. Copyright © 2020 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.

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What Role Does Science Play In Our Lives?

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Science simply means that a condition proves itself. Our lives prove to us each day that we are working within laws and principles,and the more we become in tune with these truths, the greater the magic expresses in our lives. The law of attraction is always working and is always proving itself to the mind of the beholder.

There are no accidents and no coincidences in our lives. Life doesn’t just “happen” unless we have agreed to make it so. A loving person lives in a loving world,a thankful person lives in a thankful world,an angry person lives in an angry world and a victim always experiences reasons to be sorry.
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You Are a Vortex

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Most people are familiar with the word vortex in relation to energy centers at Sedona, Arizona, associated with various points in the physical landscape there, such as Cathedral Rock. These are believed to be places where powerful spiritual connections can take place. Other well-known energy spots, or sacred sites, are at Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Haleakala Crater, the Great Pyramid, and the ancient Maya cities of Tulum and Tikal, as well as the underwater Atlantis Road near Bimini.

Not all vortexes are famous though. You may live close to one or more, as I do (I believe nearby Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a sacred energy vortex). Vortexes can take many forms and spark a variety of experiences, physical and nonphysical. At Mt. Auburn (and other places like Machu Picchu and Tikal), I have felt connected to something greater than my physical body, beyond time and space. Each sacred site I have visited unfolds into an interdimensional journey; the very quality of the light is extraordinary, heavenly. And this is how I have come to perceive vortexes: places where an intense flow of energy back and forth links the two dimensions of Heaven and Earth.

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Harvesting Your Future

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What seeds do you want to plant now?  You need to start telling the truth and to start having your  life be a reflection of where you are now. What’s your story? Because if your life is a reflection of where you are now and how you are now, then ultimately your future harvest is going to be a reflection of your consciousness. Do you see how it works? 

Your future harvest is going to be a reflection of your consciousness now, and this is where personal responsibility and accountability become important because there’s absolutely nothing that you can do about where you were 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago. You made those choices, you can’t go back and re-choose them. You needed to choose them. It’s a part of the unfolding of the divine world for your life. 

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