Open Hearts and Open Arms

There is a lot of discussion these days about the rights of individuals within a society. So many people are upset about one thing or another—masks, vaccines, voting rights, human rights, economic inequality. Beliefs can divide as well as unite. At times it becomes “self” vs. “others,” “me” vs. “them”; some people start to believe in conspiracies. There is often fear in these conflicts—fear of difference, fear of the world beyond the self. When people are frightened, they close doors and claim their “sovereignty.” Or they fall into the trap of hating others, and this is how wars begin. If people opened their hearts and arms, we could live in a world where everyone has both freedom and rights (without infringing on others’ rights).

Is this possible? How do we respond to the anger and fear arising now? Perhaps we could begin by focusing on empathy and kindness. These basic human values are sometimes forgotten along the way. What do we want, as a people, as a planet? Peace on Earth? As long as we are trying to convince someone else that our way is “right,” we will never live in a peaceful world. Nothing is just one thing. And no one person can stand alone and survive without the support of a caring community. You and I may not agree on anything, but can we accept that and expand into something greater, like the willingness to allow difference? Universal peace begins in each of our lives, in each of our hearts.

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Make Your Money Work For You

If you’re familiar with my work, you’ll know that I’m incredibly passionate about teaching the energy of money. Money, like everything quantum, is energy and the reason why we end up in cycles of debt or realize our finances aren’t aligned with who we are or who we want to be, is because we’re failing to cultivate a relationship with our money. We might fear losing it, saving it or spending it and this only creates more of what we’ve been getting. The idea is to make your money work for you! 


How do you do that? There are many methods including looking at passive income potential and how to make cash flow to you in a way that feels energetically abundant and completely aligned on a heart, soul and mind level. I’m going to share a few ideas and practices you can implement starting today. 

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The success you seek. It is a both/and.

Success is an expression of the unfoldment of your true nature. 

Sustainable success is the embodiment of the Essential Self landing on earth and rising as fulfillment.

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Traveling Again

After almost two years at home, I was overwhelmed just ordering the Uber to the airport. I needed to reclaim that in-between space while traveling as home. Once Christopher dropped me off, I was back in the stream. But as soon as I got to the counter, I was delayed and would miss my connection. My mind began to spin with logistics. Could I still get to Denver tonight? Would I have to go tomorrow? Should I just rebook now? The delay threw me off.

I was rebooked through Minneapolis. It all worked out, though I didn’t arrive in Denver till after midnight. In texting my wife, Susan, I almost wrote, “Something went wrong.” But I stopped myself, caught by an earlier flight deplaning. Dozens of passengers scurried out of the arrival gate, like bees scattering from a hive, buzzing about, intently focused on the countless choices suddenly before them.

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5 Tips for Ensuring Your Pet Has a Clean and Nutritious Diet

Your pet is more than a mere companion. They’re family. As such, they deserve the most nourishing meals you can provide. The right food can go far in giving your best friend a long and active life.

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Keep Your Door Open

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”
Tori Amos


I've Been Thinking...

A friend said to me the other day, “You know, Maria, some people are deeply committed to their unhappiness. They don’t want to change, and there is nothing you can do about it. It is what it is.”

Wow, I thought to myself. Is that really true? Are there people out there who choose to be unhappy? People who have resigned themselves to believing that joy and happiness are out of reach for them?

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Discover the True Purpose of Any Wall

How many of you know that, on any given day, you will be standing before a wall? Every single day, to one degree or another, a person runs into something like this: “God, I don’t want that,” “I wish I wasn’t feeling this way,” “Why are they doing those things?” “Oh my God, I’ve put on 5 pounds,” “Oh no, look at the economy”… any one of a thousand different ways in which, in any given moment, there you are blindly walking through life, and suddenly you’re standing before a wall. And what is the actual wall you’re in front of? The wall is always one thing: “What I don’t want.” This means that the walls we continue to run into are a creation of our own resistance to what life brings.

There is something in this consciousness that goes before you, not to make the crooked places straight, but to build walls. And the reason it builds walls isn’t for you. It builds walls so that you can stand in front of them, and by hating the wall, strengthen the unconscious nature that’s producing it so that your energy doesn’t ascend; it descends. Your energy isn’t released; it’s put into bondage.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Make Us More Human?

The whole thrust of the field of artificial intelligence (AI) is to make machines interact with us more like humans. In practical terms this involves building a computer or robotic device that can take over a human task and do it just as well or better. But how often do we ask the opposite question: Can AI make us more human?

This is an endlessly fascinating question once you go into it. The reason a machine isn’t human is that it has no interior life—it has no experience at all, while a person’s inner life is the source of everything human. Everything going on “in here” is overwhelming. We constantly think, feel, perceive, worry, dream, wish, remember, create, on and on. At this point, even the most optimistic AI proponent cannot foresee a computer or robot that does any of these things, so how can it make us more human?

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How to Handle a Problem When You Can’t Seem to Find a Solution

“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – Dalai Lama XIV



What if you feel you’re facing a problem that you can’t fix? If your issue seems absolutely insurmountable, I want you to know that you’re not alone. 

We’ve all lived through uncertainty and situations that were outside our control. There have been dark points in every person’s life.

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Painting For Peace

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he thought really captured peace, and so he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy, white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But, they were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.

But upon closer inspection, you could see behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. And nestled in the bush sat a mother bird on a nest. There, in the midst of a storm and the rush of angry water, a mother bird had built her nest and sat upon it.. in perfect peace.

This was the picture that won the prize because the King realized that . . .Peace is not the absence of conflict, not the absence of storms, not the absence of rough waters, but calm and serenity right in the midst of it.

How Financial Well-being Leads to Good Mental Health


So how can you start to create a greater sense of financial well-being? In this article, I’m going to share some tips and tricks on how to start the journey right now.


It’s Not About How Much Money You Have


When I talk about financial well-being, I don’t mean creating as much money as possible. Whilst it might seem that having a huge sum of money in the bank will fix your mental health, if your relationship with money and inner sense of well-being hasn’t been addressed, the same financial patterns will play out, regardless of how much money you have. 

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: For Your Birthday


I wanted to reach for you, to say with urgency—
Don’t go. Don’t ever go. But it was only after
lunch, early on. So I watched you go. I’ve come
to understand that in that simple moment, I felt
the whole of our life together. On that corner,
it felt like a thumb pressing on the center of my
heart. It stopped my breathing for a second and
in that pause, I knew I had to see you again.

Through the years, I’ve felt my heart indent
that way a handful of times: carrying popcorn
into a theatre and hearing you laugh, seeing
you work wet clay in the yard as yellow leaves
fall, watching you watch the moon above the
winter trees, coming home to see you drip
water from your finger into the mouth a
broken bird. What kind of story is this?
I know you better than anyone and yet
something in you makes me want to
hold you and ask, who are you now?


A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or trusted loved one, sit with them and ask them, “Who are you now?”

This is from my book of poems in progress, Elsewhere.

Choosing our Intent is the Essence of Our Free Will

We are beings of free will. We can choose to allow our ego wounded self to guide us, or we can choose to allow our higher guidance to guide us. An important aspect of the spiritual path is the path of healing the wounded self, so that we are able to release our ego will to our higher will.

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How To Improve Your Karma

Although the word karma has firmly entered common speech, its importance and value is rarely understood. The Sanskrit word karma simply means “action,” but the word implies actions that have consequences. In itself that’s not a foreign concept—in fact, saying that actions have consequences expresses an everyday idea. But the Indian concept of karma is much more subtle and profound. The doctrine of karma includes the following implications:

  • Every action leads to a result, however unpredictable.
  • These results are calculated by a kind of cosmic computer that balances everything in Nature.
  • The consequences of your actions are not randomly good or bad—they are organized in an evolutionary way to move your forward.
  • “Good” karma actually means evolutionary karma. “Bad” karma is the opposite—it suspends or delays your forward motion or growth.
  • Karma exists to preserve the memory of the past so that nothing is lost.
  • No karma is random

If you put these ideas together, they form a doctrine that goes far beyond “everything happens for a reason.” The reason is evolution. This in fact is why the doctrine of karma originated, so reveal that despite the ups and downs of everyday life and the random reactions we have to everything that happens to us, there is a larger karmic pattern.

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Finding Purpose Outside of Work

Life purpose is often misunderstood as some huge task and undertaking to which we must dedicate all our time, our lives, and ultimately our careers.  When we divorce the idea that our purpose has to be aligned with our “work” we avail ourselves to the myriad of micro-moments in which we can live out our purpose and find regular fulfillment.

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Life Without Hope May Be Our Best Chance For Peace

Are you, like John Mayer sings, “waiting on the world to change?” Or are you trying, as Gandhi advised, to “be the change that you wish to see in the world?” Maybe, like too many of us, you’re humming that old Dusty Springfield song, “just wishing and hoping and thinking and praying. Planning and dreaming.”This makes me wonder: is the opposite of hope really despair? Or is it participation? Maybe life without hope is a life without waiting and may be our best chance for peace. I know it’s counter intuitive, but here’s why.
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Life In Flow Is The Antithesis of Control

What is it you still need to control? Real world examples include being afraid for your children so you control parenting, or some of you might have old financial narratives so you’ve been controlling in the area of money. Others have been controlling in relationships because you are afraid of being hurt.

We’ve been shown over and over again that we don’t have any control and never, in fact, had any control. So how do we continue exerting some level of control within our own beings when everything in our life is just doing whatever it’s doing? The answer is because you are afraid. 

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Mindful Lifestyle Changes to Attract Money and Get Rid of Debt

When we want to attract money into our lives and eliminate debt, it all begins with looking at how we can implement more mindful lifestyle changes. Everything is energy - this has been proven by quantum scientists and money is no different. Whilst strategy will get you so far, you have to dig deep into the subconscious to understand why you operate in the way you do around money. The attraction of money isn’t about just accumulating more of it. If you do that but neglect to address your beliefs and behaviors, the same financial patterns and the creation of debt will keep playing out no matter how much money you have coming in!
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The Human Vehicle: Nuts, Bolts, and, Oh Yes, … a Driver

Classical Physics, founded by Isaac Newton, was one of the most important contributions in the early days of the Scientific Revolution. Physics is the science that defines the mechanisms of how the Universe works. A fundamental principle in Newton’s version of physics is that the Universe is divided into two realms: Matter and Energy. While physical matter can affect matter, and invisible energy can affect energy, there are virtually no interactions wherein the energy and matter realms can affect one another. The difference between the two realms was so distinct that the study of physical matter was specifically identified as “physics,” a field of science, while studies on the invisible energy forces were deemed “metaphysics” and relegated to religious and spiritual “science.”

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Mark Nepo's Weekly Reflection: Under the Quest

Can you drink from the Lake of Being
you came from before you were named?

For peace lives there.
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