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What Is Our Reality?

There is a wonderful quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Many people label their experiences as good and bad, and these labels define their realities. Oftentimes they say,“This is just the way I am. This is my reality.” People may get very comfortable with and accept what they have been told, or state that what is is all there will ever be in their lives.

Reality with a capital R is the absolute truth of God. Reality with a small r is that which we have labeled our truth. We are fortunate when the Reality of God and our reality go hand in hand. We can always change our reality if we are willing to draw from God’s greater truth.

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Walk Out of the World of Little “I’s”

When you look at a flower in springtime, standing there with its beautiful petals and leaves, can you understand that flower is not the life alone that you see coming out of the ground? That flower belongs to a much greater life than the individual expression that you behold and say, “Isn’t that beautiful?” You could never experience the radiance of the flower or utter those words if it were not for the fact that the life of that creation itself belongs to a body, a universe of life from out of which that one flower comes. 

But we don't see the bigger life behind the little one. We only see the little life… which incidentally is why people fear death, because they only see the little life. They know nothing of the bigger life from out of which the little life has come.

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If Cardinals Appear, Your Loved Ones in Heaven Are Near!

We’re all looking for signs from our loved ones who passed, aren’t we? We just need a little reassurance, hope or maybe even some personal relief that they’re in a better place and doing well. As a medium, I can assure everyone that our loved ones on the Other-Side really are okay and they’re already looking out for us. But sometimes we need a specific message for validation.

Please remember this: Your loved ones on the Other-Side send you messages all the time—all you have to do is to be open to receive them. They use all kinds of signs or symbols that can come through in any shape or form.

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Find the Holy in Your Daily

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, a day I really looked forward to as a child. When I was growing up, I loved the end of each Palm Sunday church service because it meant I would receive a palm. I would spend the rest of that day trying to turn it into something it wasn’t.

Those of us with creative minds enjoy turning a blank canvas into something new. I’ve always had an active imagination, and I’ve always loved looking ahead, imagining what could be, and then working towards making that dream a reality. Sometimes it’s as small as trying to turn a palm into a crucifix, or a garden into a meditative space, or a cluttered room into a streamlined and peaceful oasis. Other times it’s a grander goal. Regardless of the size of one’s dreams, I believe everyone’s mind is capable of imagining what can be. I believe everyone can envision something to make our world better than it is today.

Today, we are constantly inundated with advice urging us to be more, do more, and accomplish more, as if we aren’t enough already. So, we bend ourselves trying to become someone who others will admire. We try to mold ourselves into people we think will be loved. We try to keep up. I think we do this because we don’t believe in our own divinity. We do it because society leads us to believe that we are not enough on our own.

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Are You Awake?

First, you must realize you are asleep, then you are awake.
Then you must die, so you can be born.
You can not be born until you die and you can not die until you wake.
Jungian psychology


I have always enjoyed the story of a multitude of people with Buddha wanting to know how he was so illumined and how he was such a healer and how he could change the vibration of darkness into light. As everyone was awaiting for the lengthy, complicated answer, he replied,” I am awake.”

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Without a Label

A good friend of mine recently told me that she loves my writing but doesn’t necessarily relate to the God references. She said she believes in something but doesn’t really have a label for it. She’s not alone. So many of us (myself included) have felt exactly the same at one time or another in our lives. And truthfully we don’t need a label–often language misses the point entirely. Some people and traditions prefer to leave the idea of a creator-being unnamed. Many Native Americans use the words “the Great Mystery.” Makes complete sense to me. I wasn’t raised in a religion, and I used to be put off by the groups who would go around house to house proselytizing about God. That word remained a negative trigger for me right up into adulthood, when I began my own spiritual exploration.

My first attempt at explaining how I thought of spirit at the time was the word “meaning.” I believed there was meaning in the universe because I could feel it in my heart. That’s as far as it went for a while. Eventually, I came to see that the word or description didn’t matter as much as the experience itself. I lost most of my objections to words and labels like God or Divinity. Still, I try to be low key about using them when I write because I know many people are uncomfortable about naming something that is in essence nameless. And it’s unnecessary. The deeper I dive into my soul, the more words fall away entirely. I experience a beingness or oneness that defies description.

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Mindfulness: Is Your Inner Baby Monitor On?

Before I had my first child, I was a very sound sleeper. The phone could ring without waking me up. However, from the moment I came home from the hospital with my first son, that changed. I now heard every little whimper from the bassinet that was next to our bed. My mothering instincts had seemingly automatically clicked on, and I became totally tuned into my baby's feelings and needs.

On the inner level, it was a completely different story. Since my feelings and needs were unimportant to my parents, I had learned to make my own feelings and needs unimportant to me as well. I had learned to tune them out and instead be very tuned into others’ feelings and needs.
 

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Powered And Fueled By Love

What you are is the love we all need. Love is the truth of who you are. 

Life is a question of attention. When we finally allow ourselves to be who we are, we are able to accept the blessing of our life . . . the beauty that is our life. 

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4 New Ideas for Your Spiritual Practice

Spiritual practice can take many forms.  Often, when people think about spiritual practices the first things that come to mind are mediation or prayer.  Indeed, these are very valuable practices.  However, if you’re looking for some ideas for adding variety to your own practice you might want to consider some of these options.

Shinrin-yoku
This is the Japanese practice of “forest bathing” and can be as simple to practice as going for a walk in the woods.  To get the full benefits of this practice, take your time and use all your senses.  As Dr. Qing Li points out in his book titled Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness, “Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge.  By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world.”  


Forest bathing is an excellent way to bring more mindfulness into your daily life as you slow down and truly observe the natural surroundings.  In addition to improving mindfulness, forest bathing is also good for your health.


 Dr. Qing Li has found that forest bathing can “boost the immune system, increase energy, decrease anxiety, depression, and anger and recuse stress and bring about a state of relaxation.”

Labyrinth Walk
While forest bathing requires nothing more than getting out in nature, a labyrinth walk can only be done if you have access to a labyrinth.  Fortunately, labyrinths are becoming more common and are easy to find thanks to the work of Dr. Lauren Artress.  Her Labyrinth locator website (https://labyrinthlocator.com) can be used to find labyrinths in the United States.  A quick check of my state found 83 labyrinths so it is likely that there is a labyrinth near you. 


As Dr. Artress puts it in her book Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, the labyrinth has “reemerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and as a powerful tool for transformation.”  The path of the labyrinth provides a guide for the practitioner to follow.  The labyrinth is not a maze, rather it is a unicursal path with one way in and one way out.  Walking the path allows for deep spiritual contemplation and renewal.  

Smudging
The labyrinth walk is a good example of a ritual with structured steps, literally a specific singular path to follow.  As Sasha Sagan writes in her book For creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World, there is “something deeply reassuring about performing the specific steps” of a ritual.  It can also be deeply meaningful and reassuring to perform rituals at specific times of the year.  Smudging with sage offers a good way to add an element of spiritual ritual to specific points in time.  


Burning sage can be part of a ritual celebration of the seasons.  Many people practice smudging on the solstices and equinoxes.  Smudging could also be practiced to welcome each new month, the new year, or the new moon.


Like forest bathing, there may also be health benefits to burning sage which include reducing stress, improving the quality of your sleep, and boosting your cognition.  It may also help purify the air in your home and reduce allergens (https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-burning-sage#release-negativity).

Silence
The practice of silence is usually connected with monks or nuns who take a vow of silence for an extended period.  But, the practice can be beneficial when used intermittently and for shorter periods.  Anne LeClaire writes about her own experience of making each Monday a day of silence and the benefits of this practice in her book Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence.  

Silence is a perfect addition to any spiritual practice including the ones listed above.  Forest bathing in silence can heighten your mindfulness and allow you to experience nature with a whole new depth that can be missed when you are talking.  Many people walk a labyrinth in silence as well to fully connect with the spiritual journey.  While often accompanied by a chant or prayer, smudging can also be done in mindful silence.  

Each of these practices offers unique benefits and it is possible to combine them or use them in conjunction with other practices you already follow.  They can be rewarding additions to your practice as well as provide you with possible health benefits.  

A Letter from Your Soul

It’s me, your Soul. Remember me? We used to talk a lot, but I haven’t heard much from you. With all that you’ve been going through lately, I feel like you’re pulling away from me.

Times are tough now, believe me I know. I’ve been with you all your life. We’ve been through a lot together. I know what makes you the happiest and I also know what pushes your buttons and pushes you away from your goals and dreams.

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How To Trust The Universe Using Meditation!

Life is inherently full of ups and downs. Good times and hard ones. Things that go our way and others that don’t.

The desire to have certainty and to feel a sense of control is a natural human response to stress, challenges, and the unknown. But living a Spirit-led life means developing a relationship of trust with your higher power. And, inherent in a relationship of trust, is releasing control and surrendering to the flow of life. 

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Why Meditate?

Meditation is essential to students of spirituality. To be still and know is one of our greatest assets in everyday life.

Whether experiencing meditation while sitting with soft music, or walking in meditation near water or at the beach, we are connecting to nature and to ourselves in these moments.

Meditation further develops our ability to see inwardly and to remain peaceful inside, regardless of outside circumstances. We draw from the wisdom that nothing can really happen to us, unless we allow it to happen through us.

Meditation is an amazing practice which clears the way for the “divine knowing” within all people. It creates a sacred space somewhere between what has happened and what is happening, allowing faith to reassure the spirit within. “All is well,” sings my soul.

Kriya Yoga as a Spiritual Path

Religion can be defined as a set of belief systems. The belief usually concerns one or more powers that guide the path of people throughout existence, explain how the world itself came into being, and lay out the proper "way" of living.

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Expressing The Totality Of Your Light And Love

There comes a point in everyone’s life where their reason for being begins to make complete sense. Up until that moment it just feels confusing, and for the most part, you just don’t want to be here. But we are now at a point in human history where we are ending an age and beginning a new one. 

And in the ending of that age, we have to remember that it is our role to advocate on behalf of every single human being on the planet. We are a global family. Every morning during our Call to Calm Meditation, we have people from every corner of the globe; different races, different religions, different sexual orientations, different political beliefs. In spite of all of our conditioned and programmed differences, we continue to be unified at the level of the heart and celebrate the freedom that we have discovered within ourselves. 

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Does Parenting Crimp Your Spiritual Development?

Over my years of working as a psychic and coaching other in spiritual matters, the challenge of raising children and having time and energy for a vibrant spiritual practice has come up often. It is not uncommon, when a person has a shift in their inner world, they suddenly want to jump 100 percent into the metaphysical world.

Occasionally seekers wonder how to continue the constant caring for children while honoring their spiritual path.

The frustration of not being able to commit to your new channeling ability or tarot reading skills, is not often brought up in children play groups. If anyone reading this has experienced frustration and guilt because you have very little time for your metaphysical practices you are not alone.

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One Breath At A Time

Are you breathing?

The Practice:
One breath at a time.

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The Living, Breathing Record of Your Unconscious

The Last part of us to shift is the body. In India, when all of the different practices were created, they were created to work on us in different ways. And the reason for that is they understood that we exist at different rates of vibration. Emotions exist at a different rate of vibration, thought exists at a different rate of vibration, and the body exists in a different vibration. 

It’s time we address the body. Your body is like a hard drive. What is it recording? It’s recording the residual memory of you – who you used to be, how you used to be, emotions from the past. Your body is a living, breathing record of your unconscious. This is why in mystery schools and ancient transformative processes, there was always a physical component to one’s development. Because at some point, there has to be a cellular rotation and as a result, a vibrational rotation within one’s being

Imagine for a moment if the body is the hard drive, then the identity is what is continuing to hold the pain, the trauma, the suffering, the separation in place. Whatever is happening in your body is because of who you are at the level of your identity. 

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Soul Presence

The world is changing so fast we can hardly keep track of it. Reports on what is or isn’t happening clash with one another on a daily basis, both in the media and among those we know. “Reality” as a perceivable, agreed-upon entity no longer exists, if it ever did (the emperor’s clothes have disappeared). Time as we knew it has also ceased to exist. So how do we navigate this seemingly chaotic and uncertain path before us? One clue is that it is no longer a place for human identities (names, family roles, job descriptions). What lies ahead is completely unknown and can only be approached as a spiritual mystery and soul adventure.

We are moving ever more rapidly into the time of Soul Presence. It’s been a long time coming. And I don’t just mean since the flower children of the 60s called out the Age of Aquarius. I mean millennia. Thousands and thousands of years in the making, with incarnation after incarnation of spiritual seekers and masters moving forward and shining an ever-brighter light. Today we have finally reached the era of collective enlightenment. No more gurus, priests, leaders, or authorities of any kind. It is dawning on each of us that we carry the wisdom and light inside us. God is within, not sitting on a distant throne issuing orders. God and soul are one. We living beings on a living planet are One.

When we awaken fully to that oneness, our separate identities and polarized world views will dissolve. Our souls will emerge in full presence and meet with loving-kindness and compassion, instead of the competitiveness and self-centeredness that formed our old personalities. The harshness of ego gives way to the softness of soul. Fear of survival and the illusion of control are replaced with trust in a perfectly designed divine unfolding. That is why so much is falling away and there is no longer truth or time. We have no idea what is ahead, but more and more we can see a light shining, from within us and from the Earth herself. “We are stardust; we are golden,” Joni Mitchell wrote so many years ago. And the flowering garden of light in our future is being born from that golden stardust that makes up our souls.

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Be A Beacon of Hope

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
—Desmond Tutu

I've Been Thinking...

It was dark when I woke up. I made my coffee in silence, then sat down to do my morning meditation. I’ve come to notice that it’s in these early hours when it’s still that I can feel the most. I'm able to make sense of life for a bit when it’s quiet. The stillness allows me to just be.

As soon as I closed my eyes the other morning, the tears started to flow. They came slowly at first, then picked up steam. Within moments, I felt overcome. 

I felt overcome with the heaviness of what is happening an ocean away. Overcome by the heartbreak, the sadness, and the brutality of what we have been witnessing. Every image has pierced my heart. Every story has brought me to silence. Watching women my age and older walk for miles in the freezing cold, holding their purses, falling and getting back up, and charging ahead as they fight back tears. Watching children hold their parents’ hands with looks of confusion, fear, and sadness on their faces. Watching men put their hands up to train windows as they say goodbye to their families leaving, while they stay home and fight to defend their country. Watching loved ones cradle those who lost their lives—weeping and wailing with emotion.

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The Power of Ruby Red Slippers and Prayer

First, I was very clear about the outcome I was desiring.

Second, I bought a pair of dark red patent leather shoes that I named my ruby red slippers and I wore them as a reminder that I had as much or more power than he did.

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