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Repairing our Hearts – Healing with the RAIN of Compassion

Living in a fear-based society fuels the trance of separation and unworthiness. This talk explores how we can bring an engaged compassionate presence to the suffering of this trance—in our inner work, and more broadly, in healing our culture (from the 2020 IMCW 7-day Silent New Year Retreat).

I must have been incredibly simple or drunk or insane to sneak in to my own house and steal money, to climb over the fence and take my own vegetables.  But no more.  I’ve gotten free of that ignorant fist that was pinching and twisting my secret self.

The universe and the light of the stars come through me.  I am the crescent moon put up over the gate to the festival.

Rumi
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Exploring the Vibrational Energetic Forecast for Every Dazzling Month of 2021

Celebrating the New Year is always one of my favorite holidays, this year was no exception. The past 365 days held the opportunity for us to view our world in contrast to what we knew before. We gained new perceptions about life.  Some of us lost loved ones. We also discovered what is needed to be balanced and well. People shared their personal idea of freedom, and they fought for it.  I wonder if collectively we are ready, for a change in the Vibrational Energy forecast.

The energy of 2020 helped dismantle blocks and patterns that humanity has been clinging onto. You may wonder what is the vibrational forecast of 2021?

In our next year together, we have the ability to create an abundant Mecca, both individually and collectively.  We are being provided with inspiration and increased vitality.  The caveat to this is; choose wisely.  Have positive intentions when creating your world.  This increased energy level can cause reckless behavior.  When creating, allow love to be your guiding force.

Welcome the new vibrations as they help you find your tribe or community.  You may be surprised at how easy this is accomplished.

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We Are Moved By Grace

There is an absolute perfection and precision to your life. Your life has a purpose and you are loved. You are basically being moved by grace. And this is why there is nothing to resist or to worry about or to be afraid of because life and grace is moving you. There is an incredible destiny unfolding for each and everyone of you. 

The chance meeting you had with a human being, a moment of connection you shared with somebody, something that you read, something that you heard, something inspired you and that something was grace. There is a life waiting for you. If you are in the pause, just know that that pause is preparation. 

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The One New Year's Resolution I Hope You Make...And Keep

One of the most important aspects of Inner Bonding is opening to a compassionate intention to learn. I think a lot about love and compassion. Compassion is often more than people think it is.

Compassion does include the standard definition: the ability to feel empathy with another or others who are suffering, to be moved by the suffering and to want to help alleviate it.

 

But compassion is so much more…

It’s my experience that like love, we don’t generate it within ourselves; we open to it. Compassion, like love, peace, joy, grace and true wisdom, are gifts of spirit that we experience when we are open to learning about loving ourselves and others. These gifts are what the universe is. Compassion is a bright, light, loving energy that deeply connects you with yourself, others, animals and the planet.

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What Are The Cardinal Signs And What Do They Have In Common?

Two years ago we purchased a sweet home, that needed a little work.  After the closing; my husband flew down to meet with the contractor and create a plan for the small remodel.  I stayed in Alaska with the kids.  I felt very lucky and confident,  everything would be taken care of,  nothing would be forgotten.  My husband is a cardinal sign.  He is dependable, loves a challenge, takes control and gets things done.

If you are not familiar with astrology modalities, you may wonder, what is a cardinal sign?

Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn all fall into the category of cardinal signs,  also known as reacting signs and initiator signs.   This astrological group wants to win, push forward and start new projects.  Do you know anyone like this?

Here are some traits we love in these dynamic individuals.

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Your Home Is With You Always - For It Is the Light of Your Inner Sanctuary

Home…

It is a powerful word, a word which, for me, simultaneously evokes a vision of material structure and a feeling of inner sanctuary. 

These months of the pandemic have been challenging for many. And I am well aware of the emotional weight resulting from loss and fear. Here in our own Humanity’s Team work environment, there have been several stories of illness and death related to the coronavirus.

My heart is open and full of compassion and love for all those affected and struggling.

I also can’t help but notice with these many months of sequester and seclusion, that life seems to have provided a material answer to a collective yearning for home in a spiritual sense.

What is this call to go home, to be home, and to feel at home?

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Out of The Darkness, Into the Light

Our reality has been constructed to distract you from what you have to pay attention to in order to be free.

Right now, your entire reality is distracting you from what you have to pay attention to in order to be free. And what you have to pay attention to in order to be free resides within you. At some point, it is everybody’s eventual destiny to wake up to this truth. It is everybody’s eventual destiny to stop looking outside of themselves, and instead, begin to explore the vast inner reality that dwells within. 

It takes courage to shine the light of your awareness on yourself. It takes courage, commitment, and it takes consistency. Every now and again you’ll bump into someone who has explored the depths of themselves, and not just experienced the infinite light, love and potential that resides inside, but also uncovered everything that’s in the way of humanity. People like you, authentically living there.

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Do You Remember?

“God isn’t an attainment.
It’s a memory.”
—Panache Desai

When we yearn for God, we think we have to do or become something in order to find that connection, but that just isn’t true. God, or Spirit, was in the infinite energy that held your essence before you were born and in the emergence of your individual expression in this world. Spirit has never left you because there is no part of you that is not Spirit. No part of the universe is Godless. When you realize that completely, the arbitrary boundaries created to define human existence disappear, and you are at home in a Presence beyond time and space. You remember.

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Achieving Heart-Brain Coherence Will Literally Change Your Life

What words come to mind when you think about 2020? 

We recently asked this question in one of our private groups and they shared words like chaos, anger, separation, fear, anxiety, uncertainty…

Was this how your year felt?

As we move deeper into the holiday season and nearer the end of the year, it’s important to focus on how you want your new year to look.

What words come to mind when you dream of your perfect 2021?

Peace, Love, Happiness, Health, Joy, Unity, Success, Abundance…

There is a way you can have all of that.

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You Are A Gift

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us." —Marcel Proust

I've Been Thinking...

Can you believe that Christmas is this week?! Can you believe that New Year’s is around the corner? I’m amazed that we’ve reached the end of this year. 

As I think about this week and this year, as well as the new year ahead, I can’t help but be in awe of everything. I can’t help but be humbled. I can’t help but be grateful that I am here. 

So many heroes got us to this week. So many people stepped out of their comfort zones to save others, to feed others, and to help others this year. It’s been truly breathtaking. And yet, I know so many who were with us this time last year are no longer here. I know there is so much grief and so much loss. I’m so sorry if you find yourself feeling this kind of desolation and grief. I’m sorry that COVID has taken so many lives and so many livelihoods. 

COVID has felt like a level 5 tornado. It has wreaked havoc and caused so much destruction—physical, mental, financial, and spiritual destruction. It has ripped up families, relationships, and careers to the point where I think we are all now standing in some kind of rubble. As I write that line, my eyes well with tears. I can feel my heart cracking. I can feel it beating, but I can feel its cracks too.

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Back to Basics

What’s fundamental?

The Practice:
Back to Basics.

Why?

In middle school, I thought it would be cool to play a musical instrument and picked the clarinet. My wise parents rented one rather than buying it, and I started practicing. (In the garage because it sounded pretty screechy.) After a week or two of doing scales, I got bored and picked my way through a couple easy songs. But after a few more weeks, I couldn’t go further because I hadn’t laid a foundation with scales and similar exercises – so I quit in frustration. To this day, I regret never learning to play a musical instrument.

I and others tend to skip over the fundamentals for a variety of reasons, including impatience, laziness, or a kind of arrogance that thinks we can sort of get away with not paying our dues. There’s also the subtle impact of our media, which showcases celebrities who seem to spring out of thin air – though actually it took years for them to become an overnight success.

But when we don’t take care of the fundamentals, the foundation is shaky for whatever we’ve built: a relationship, a career, personal well-being, spiritual practice – or playing the clarinet. Perhaps we can get away with this for awhile, but there’s usually a background cost in uneasiness, waiting for a day of reckoning, perhaps with the sense of being an imposter. And eventually, when a real challenge comes, the building shakes and maybe topples.

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Connecting To Harmony

What you are trying to attain isn’t outside of you. You can only ever experience that which is already authentically present within you. We’ve overly complicated everything. You’re here to be you and that means no longer resisting any aspect of you, no longer rejecting yourself, no longer denying yourself, no longer punishing yourself. You see, the key to your transformation is self acceptance and self love. 

At some point in addition to restoration of safety, we have to get to a place where we are able to be in our human experience and to realize that being human is the most divine thing of all. We have to lay a foundation of peace and harmony. And on top of that foundation, we can then begin to build a platform of self love and self acceptance. 

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Develop Spiritual Immunity to Holiday Stress

The holidays should be a time of joy. Yet they can often be filled with extra work, stress and exhaustion. 

This year brings about an entirely new level of stress. Many families are separated. Others are trying to fill the void of a loss. 

2020 has been a year of turbulent relationships, conflicting news, uncertainty and change that no one was prepared to deal with.

In addition, the days are getting shorter and we’re faced with less sun and more hours of darkness...

It’s enough to make anyone want to curl up in a ball and hibernate.

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Harness Your Spiritual Gifts and Unleash Your Personal Power in Life and Business

I was so pleased to recently be featured on the iSoulify podcast, Strong Women, Strong Stories.

iSoulify was founded in 2018 by friends Dena Betti and Colleen Gianatiempo. Dena and Colleen first met through volunteer work at their daughter’s elementary school in Martinez, California and have come together through iSoulify to deepen their connection and impact on those seeking to connect with their soul and embark on a wonderful world of creation.

As part of their project, 365 Days of Inspiration, I joined Dena and Colleen to discuss “Harness Your Spiritual Gifts and Unleash Your Personal Power in Life and Business

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Where True Spirituality Begins

Many people still view difficult times as a spiritual challenge. The numbers are less than in the distant past, when catastrophes, tragedies, setbacks, and failures were seen in religious terms. An Old Testament plague was a sign of God’s wrath, but in modern secular society medical science gives a different explanation, based on research data and the rise of the scientific worldview.

And yet millions of people would find in the COVID-19 pandemic a test of faith and perhaps even a test for whether God is paying attention to human suffering. I’d like to offer a different viewpoint—difficult times can motivate you to place a higher value on your spiritual life. Out of confusion and conflict there is an inner journey to be made. This has been true for centuries, and modern times don’t erase the possibility.

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Open Your Heart and Share Your Light with the World

For many, this is the Season of Light, a time of joy and celebration, a season for appreciation and giving.

For my family, Christmas can’t come soon enough and we’ve already begun sitting together in the evenings, taking turns choosing our favorite holiday songs to sing. I especially love “Silent Night.”

One of my teammates celebrated Diwali with her family the middle of last month, and another is beginning to prepare for the eight days of Chanukkah, her family’s traditional festival of lights.

Another member of our team is a student and teacher of A Course in Miracles which says, “Each of us is the light of the world, and by joining our minds in this light we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as one.” (ACIM, T-6.II.13:5)

Looking at light more secularly, in just a few short weeks, the days here in my part of the world will grow longer, giving us more daylight to enjoy nature walks and other daytime activities.

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5 Buddhist Practices and Concepts to Utilize In Uncertain Times

There is an immense amount of suffering on the planet that comes from neglect for the present moment. Why do we neglect the present moment? As the ancient stoic Seneca said, “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” The idea here is that we suffer because, instead of noticing the myriad of gifts available to us in the present moment, we blast ourselves with the prospect of some wrong that could come upon us. And though the above quote is from a stoic philosopher, it’s an appropriate foothold to transition into the power of Buddhist practices in the face of uncertain times (Stoicism and Buddhism hold similarities in both philosophy and practice after all).

We are all currently coping with a global pandemic, and it can be helpful to study what Buddhists have used through the ages to transforms and carry themselves through unstable moments in history such as war, loss, and so on.

Study these 5 components of Buddhism. Put them to practice and you’ll experience a notable shift in your being.

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Does Your Past Life Story Impact Your Life Today?

Years ago,  I found myself in a situation that involved two gunshot victims.  One person lived, one person died.  I think about this often, not because the horror of it, but because it carries a much deeper meaning to me.  Sitting in the dark, next to the woman who had been shot, I felt connected to long ago in an unidentifiable place.

Hours later it hit me, I wondered if a karmic debt had been paid.

I believe the whole crazy shooting incident satisfied many karmic debts and lessons, not just mine.  This brings up the question, how much of our life is connected to the past ?

It is also interesting, for as long as I can  remember, I have had a very strong dislike of guns.  I can’t be around them.  Even as a very young child, I was aware that guns were associated with something that didn’t feel good.  Was this awareness from a past life; or did I just feel the pain connected with guns?

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Your Soul Is The Boss

Ponder this; maybe your soul’s the boss. This part of you, this love, this essential self, whatever you want to call it, is in charge and you are on your soul’s journey. Why? Because your soul is the boss. 

Your ego now and again, likes to take credit for doing things. But, guess what! Your ego only likes to take credit for the fun stuff. It’s like the parent who only takes pride in your accomplishments but doesn’t want to look at the full spectrum of the parenting experience. 

That’s the ego. 

It’s time to support you in living soulfully. Who you are really, is an infinite being. At your very essence you’re infinite. That means that nothing can be added to you and nothing can be taken away from you. It also means you are living on an infinitely evolving spiral staircase. 

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Letting Go Of Limitations

You’re so much more than all of the labels that have been spoken over you. Every label that you identify with inherently comes with its own set of limitations. Identification is the root cause of why we suffer. We take that label of being a ‘good spouse’, being a ‘good parent’, being a ‘good business owner’ and because we are identifying with this piece of programming or conditioning around it and what that means, we’re forever falling short. 

At some point we remember on our journey of waking up, loving and accepting ourselves, that we are just pure consciousness. That we’re literally an infinite presence, here for a limited time, expressing and experiencing uniquely. 

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