When you feel relaxed, peaceful and joyous, you are feeling connected to Spirit.
When you feel stressed, fearful, angry, you are feeling separate.
Feeling good is connected.
Feeling pain is separate.
If you find yourself in negative emotional states or thought loops, use the breath to bring you home: close your eyes, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth ten times, until you relax again.
In through the nose.
Out through the mouth.
Try it now, and watch as that swoony, expanded, relaxed state comes over you.
It feels good, doesn’t it? It’s really quite hard to even remember what you felt so miserable about? Even on the breath, you have been transported to a new dimensional reality, a new realignment of yourself, a connection to Spirit that takes you to a new realm and a new reality.
Stay there, breathing, until the relaxation and peace of Spirit is clear to you once again.
The breath is always a true bridge to Spirit—you can always use it to enter a connected state.
Any place, any time… the breath will always take you there.
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Some people approach well-being through the body, with nutrition, exercise and health practices.
Other people approach well-being through experiences: travel and adventure.
Others approach well-being through the heart: deep intimate connection.
Still others find well-being via the soul: in prayer, meditation, creativity.
Still others avoid well-being altogether: they participate in all kinds of “bad” habits, “bad” practices, addictions and so forth.
And… all of these are okay.
Whatever path you’re doing right now, is exactly as it should be.
You learn soul lessons from having discipline and being “good.”
You learn soul lessons from having no discipline and being “bad.”
You learn soul lesson from being asleep, and not knowing you’re asleep.
You learn soul lessons from being awake, and knowing that you'll wake up more.
Everyone is seem wired a little differently as to how they best experience well-being: body, experiences, heart, soul. Pay attention to what makes you happy, what makes you feel the most free, what makes you smile.
That’s where you’ll find the particular spiritual habits that help you feel best.
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There are many ways to live; there is no one “good” way or “bad” way.
Even in a spiritually focused life, there may be many twists and turns where some parts of a life are unsuccessful or disappointing, difficult or just plain rotten.
When we look from soul perspective, we see that we’re on the path of soul growth—we’ve already had many lifetimes to work on our soul lessons, and we’ll have many future lifetimes to continue our understanding.
When we work from this infinite perspective, it takes the pressure off “doing it perfectly” this time around.
We don’t have it all figured out.
It’s a process over time, and as souls, we have all the time we need.
If you’re stressing about your own progress, or stressing about the progress of the world (which is certainly moving through some difficult soul lessons), take a deep breath.
Trust that all is as it should be.
Everything: people and worlds, move toward expansion.
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Spirituality is the practice of seeking God/One/All/Divine/Universe/Source in all things.
It is the recognition that we are more than our minds, bodies and to-do lists; we are expanding infinite souls in an expanding infinite Universe.
To be a spiritual person, to focus on spirituality as a life’s path, is to begin to live from your soul’s perspective.
There aren’t any rules.
There aren’t any practices.
It’s you and your soul, figuring it out together.
It's you and collective soul, figuring it out together.
You can be spiritual within any religion, or you can opt out of religion and create a practice of your own. There are many paths to spirituality, but only one mountain to climb.
We each must walk our own path.
No matter how long it takes—everything leads to the Divine.
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It’s easy to get distracted by a whole lot of things that don’t matter; when we attach to a trance of distraction, scarcity, numbness.
Yet when we do connect in to the Universe, it’s as dazzling as a lightening bolt or a wave of light.
Spiritual knowing is instantaneous. There is no lag time or delay in knowing. One minute we are a sleep, and the next, in a flash, we are awake and aware.
In this moment, we recognize our true selves, we understand what is really important, we open in love and connection.
Physically, in meditation, spiritual opening can feel like your mind space goes from grey and tamped down in misery, to a great lifting off in dazzling white.
Physically, in nature, spiritual opening can feel like your mind space is all chatter and drama, and then suddenly everything gets beautifully still, and you realize you are absolutely aware.
There are other ways spiritual opening can happen, but there is always a sense of being one way, in misery. And then suddenly the great opening, the great relief, the great lifting off.
If you are feeling disconnected, the best thing to do is let go of all distractions: all ways of being too busy, all ways of numbing out, all of the various addictions we all have in modern life.
Go into stillness, and ask the Universe to remind you who you really are.
Separation is a myth—there is no time we are not One.
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When people talk about energy being “blocked,” they mean energy is not flowing.
We think of energy as physical, energetic or emotional.
But they are all the same.
For humans, the body is a physical container of all our emotional experiences, including past wounds and unresolved feelings.
Thus, when we feel blocked, what we are often feeling is emotional blocking.
We are shut down, numbed out, repressed, not allowing ourselves to feel what we feel.
When we allow ourselves to open to what is—to really feel our feelings—this allows us to release that energy; it allows this energy to flow. Both emotionally, and in the physical container.
When we feel blocked—when we feel locked down by our feelings—it is simply a call to feel more.
When the body can release emotional energy, other body systems also become unblocked. Everything’s connected!
It can be scary to feel more. One of the ways this can be looked at is through the view of The Four Passages of the Heart.
The first passage is through pain. This is the place we are in when we feel blocked.
We feel fear, anxiety, stress. We feel that we can’t manage the pain. But of course, the heart can hold everything.
The second passage is compassion: for others and for oneself. Once you have made it from pain to compassion, you have done the hardest part.
The third passage is connection, understanding Oneness. And the four opening is love.
Of course. It’s always love.
If you are feeling blocked or shut down or numbed out, take a look at your Heart of Pain. If you allow yourself to feel more, you will open into the next passage.
Only scary to think about.
Very healing to do.
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What is a soul awakening?
One way to think of it is this: if you experienced a state of expansion in last month's solar eclipse, you've had a soul awakening recently.
Basically, a soul awakening is a state of awareness in which we expand beyond our previous level of consciousness. Whenever this happens—and it happens many times in a lifetime—it is an extraordinarily beautiful experience.
When our awareness opens, everything becomes a miracle: we find it easy to be grateful for every little thing. we experience a bliss state, we’re peaceful and joyous, we’re having fun, and we laugh a lot!
When we’re in a state of soul awakening, guidance from the Universe is clear and direct, and life seems to flow effortlessly.
Here's the thing to remember: soul awakening is an ongoing process. We don’t just awaken once in a lifetime, and that's it! We experience many states of soul awakening as we walk the path of soul growth.
When was the last time you had an awakening? Was it years ago, or was it just a few days—or even minutes—ago. We are always in the process of expansion.
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After my near death experience in 2000, everything changed.
In that moment I knew God, in a way I never had before. And in that moment, my whole life crumbed in front of me, like one of those action movies where the road falls away even as the hero is running on it.
Everything changed. Everything fell away. I began to search and seek. I started going to spiritual workshops and events. I began to try out all kinds of things I’d never done before.
At first it was scary. Nobody in my then circle of soccer moms was going to ecstatic dance, for example. Nobody in my then Catholic community was going to The Esalen Institute. It was weird to be different, outside, ostracized even.
And then, as I found my way, it was exhilarating—there was a feeling of finally finding my tribe, a sense of coming home. What a gift those ecstatic dance and meditation and kirtan and intuitive communities gave me at that time in my life! It was some of the greatest support I have known.
If you need a tribe during a personal shift, it’s available to you.
If you need support during a transformation, it’s here.
The Universe always arranges it so that you will find the people you need.
One of the reasons I'm coming out of hermitage in the Oregon woods to take part in the Beyond Words Cruise this February, is to be in community with you. I remember what is was like to be supported by community. And I know that’s what is going to happen at this event.
If you are going through transition or transformation, if you are feeling stuck or need spiritual support—consider being part of spiritual community.
The cruise is just one way.
A retreat is another.
An event is another.
A gathering is another.
However you find community—the tribe that support you during transformation—doesn’t matter.
Just make space for it.
The Universe will lead you there.
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When we need healing, we sometimes thing there's something wrong with our soul.
However, that's not the case.
Our soul is perfect, infinite, Divine.
What causes our suffering is not that there is something intrinsically wrong with our core.
Instead, it is always our thoughts, our opinions.. all the stuff that makes up personality.
That's where the problem is.
That's what requires an attitude adjustment.
So, how do we do this?
A starting point is to just step back and breathe.
Stop trying to figure it out or fix it.
Stop distracting yourself.
Stop participating in thought drama.
Instead, step back.
Get some retreat, rest and respite.
Have some fun, laughter, nature—any or all of these will create the shift.
When we stop thought drama and do something else, the soul has a chance to integrate all our worrisome emotions, and return to a state of calm—the natural state, in which the soul leads, and the ego is secondary.
When we provide intentional space for rest and relaxation, as well as the healing qualities of nature and fun, we make exponential leaps in our soul growth.
Don't think too much about it. Just try it: letting go, taking a break, having some fun. And see where that leads you.
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A while back I posted Part One of my adventures with spirit animals. Today is Part Two.
On my last bike ride, I was unexpectedly gifted with a sighting of three young raccoons. I was still giddy with the thrill of it, when something else happened.
The Universe was not done with surprises for the day.
If you are person who lives near Nature, you already know: Nature is very much around us. It is not just that we live in these homes or apartments, and we have these fences or boundaries, and Nature doesn’t come in and interact with us.
Nature is here! Animals are everywhere!
Animals, insects, flora, trees, the wind and weather!
Nature is with us always!
Thus, after seeing the three raccoons, I continued on my bike ride. And sure enough, there it was on the next curve: my second sighting of a spirit animal in the course of 10 minutes: a young deer, blocking the path.
Deer is my totem animal, so I certainly paid attention!
Some of the questions I ask when visited by a totem animal are:
• Is it strong or weak?
• Young or old?
• What other physical conditions?
• What is it doing?
• What was I thinking about when I saw it?
• What question was I working on when I saw it?
• What came into my mind when I saw it?
I slowed my bike to a standstill and instantly noticed another woman across from me. So there I am, 20 feet from the deer on one side, the woman 20 feet on the other side, and the deer in the middle of the path.
And all of us froze.
The woman and I both went into some kind of reverie for the deer, because we both know: it was a holy moment, a message from the Universe, a sacred sighting.
Normally a deer this close, even a deer familiar with humans, would have turned and leapt away in that flashing, bounding way that deer do.
But this deer just watched us watching it, and then it started chewing grass on the side of the path.
It was fully conscious of us.
It was fully aware of us.
And it was not afraid.
What a beautiful message to receive, in these woods on this bike path, in witness by another human being!
Fully conscious. No fear.
And after a very, very long while, the mood shifted. The moment was complete. You can feel this, if you pay attention: the vibration just changes, and there it is.
Very slowly, I began towheel my bike past the deer until it slowly, casually turned and began to ramble through the brush.
The woman raised her hand as I passed.
We had witnessed this moment together.
What animals in Nature do you notice? What are they telling you? Go outside today, and see what happens.
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Miracles are real.
Except, they're not particularly miraculous.
They're just how the Universe works.
When we begin to trust in the Universe, we discover that convergences—miracle moments in which time, space, consciousness and grace all come together—are happening all time, in every moment.
When we let ourselves believe in miracles, we start to pay attention to all the magic and power that is always around us.
At first, when we start paying attention, it seems like miracles are happening more often!
But soon we come to the understanding: miracles are always happening. It’s how the Universe works.
If you have lost your faith a little bit or a lot, take a step back from all those Misbeliefs. All that worry and angst in your head is not real. The Universe is moving in Divine Flow, just as it always has, forever.
Take a moment, take a breath, and just start noticing every little thing around you. When you pay attention, without expecting things to be one way or another way, you start to notice the synchcronicities and convergences, and you start to see the patterns, and you start to see the miracles.
And once you start to notice them, you will see that miracles—all the ways the Universe is in direct support of us—are happening all the time.
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Some people meditate 2 hours a day, and some never meditate.
Some people drink green smoothies, and some don't.
Some have a yoga practice, and others don't.
Does it matter?
The answer is no.. and yes.
It doesn't matter what you do as your specific spiritual practice.
There is no right way or wrong way.
Do this or do that, do something or nothing.
The Universe doesn't care.
All the Universe wants is for you to do is to connect in—to experience direct connection with All That Is, in whatever way works for you.
When we connect with ourselves at the soul level, we are healed, released, comforted—we have the sense of coming home. It is here that we find the peace we’ve been searching for.
For example, if you spend your whole life drinking soda pop, you drink a lot but you are never quenching your thirst. What you really desire is a glass of pure water. When we try to connect spiritually with worldly things, or busyness, or distractions, it’s the same: we can’t ever quench our thirst.
Yet when we connect with the Divine, we understand that we have finally found what we’ve been seeking.
Don't worry about doing it right, or doing it the way everyone else is doing it.
Just connect with All That Is. Do it whatever way works for you.
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Daily Divine: October Forecast 2017: What will you do with lucky Jupiter in Scorpio...for a whole year?
This month Jupiter transits into Scorpio for a FULL YEAR—until November 2018!
This is big news!
This is big energy!
And it's all good!
Jupiter is a lucky planet that activates wherever it lands. Scorpio is all about money, sex, power, the inner world, death and rebirth—it's a very intense sign. Thus when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, we begin to see everything intensified in all things Scorpio.
Remember, death in spiritual terms usually means death of the old ways, not actual death. You can expect active shaking off of the old cobwebs as Scorpio asks you to get serious about what you're trying to create in your life.
Scorpio is also a fixed sign. This means it is firm and stubborn and does not take no for an answer.
So, what do you want to do with lucky Jupiter in Scorpio for A WHOLE YEAR? I'd suggest you ask the Universe to help you get clear on:
• Intensity and focus - what are you REALLY meant to do in your life?
• Passion and purpose - what are you REALLY meant to put your energy toward?
• Inner work - do you REALLY know who you are?
• Psychic awakening - do you know how to use your intuition as spiritual practice?
Jupiter in Scorpio is a rare, year-long window of opportunity. October is a great month to commit to what you're on this planet to do—and then do it.
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When we have passion for something, such as our life’s calling, our life’s work, the expansion of ourselves—the Universe supports us!
Our life becomes enjoyable, meaningful, FUN!
When we follow our soul's calling, we are gifted continually with miracles of synchronicity, Divine guidance, and Flow that lead us to our highest possibility.
The thing to remember, if you want to live an enjoyable, meaningful, FUN and passionate life, is this: it’s always, always, ALWAYS about answering your soul’s calling.
When we listen to the small voice—the mind/ego/personality—we get tripped up with fear, anxiety, shame or whatever negative feeling comes up. The small voice leads us to worrying that we aren’t good enough to live our dreams, or that we can’t do it for some reason.
But when we view the situation from soul perspective, we realize that these fears are unfounded!
The key to a passionate life is to let go of the small voice, and listen to your soul. It will always lead you where you really want to go
If you're not sure what your soul's calling is—ask the Universe for guidance.
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It's common to feel edgy, angry, anxious in this world.
Some days—especially these days— it feels like nothing is going our way, and everything is a challenge.
Yet inner peace by its definition isn’t based on outer events. It’s a way of looking of things, a way of perception. And most importantly: it is a way of understanding our true nature as infinite beings.
The core of it is this:
• We can begin to create inner peace by connecting to the Universe more often.
• We can begin to create inner peace by understanding that we are souls.
We can do this is many ways: meditation, prayer, stillness, nature. But the key remains the same: The more often we connect to this beautiful state, frequency or vibration, the more attuned we get to this level of consciousness or understanding. The more infused we are with this frequency, the more we live there all the time.
In other words: we experience peace, so we see things more peacefully, so we experience more peace, and so on.
What we pay attention to expands… this is the same with spiritual practice.
It’s a beautiful snowball effect of peace bringing more peace, and more peace becoming your reality.
Which is of course, a very fulfilling way to live.
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We are doing it again... sunset redux.
In which we try to watch every single sunset of summer.
It's September now, and it's almost over... just a few opportunities left.
We did this in 2014, as you may remember in The 60 sunsets of summer.
We did it in 205, and in 2016. And this year, it is the same: bliss, bliss and more bliss, as the sun sinks down in the west and calls it another day.
Yes, there has been astounding stress this summer: heat and fire, hurricanes and floods, so much suffering for so many.
And yet, the sheer beauty of it...
In all of this suffering, how can there also be so much bliss?
There is the sun, first high in the sky over the river.
There is the blaze of color and saturation and glow.
There is the sun sliding down till it hangs over the rim of the horizon.
And then there is the drop: as the orb slides beneath the earth.
A few moments later: the Fahrenheit drops, and night begins its night call: birds, crickets, frogs enter chorus.
Last night, the Universe did all over again, perfectly: As the sun dropped, we were listening to Wah! sing "Shiva", and at the moment Wah@ sand "Shiva," the wind picked up and a breeze sang though the trees.
So much bliss! I was completely gone.
To watch the sunset every night is a spiritual practice.
It is a call to meditation, to connection, and to the repeated, insistent cognizance of our place as a human on the earth, and our place as a soul in the Universe.
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We often think that creativity is a magical gift that only a few people have.
That some people are born writers, or artists, or musicians, or dancers.
Either you've "got it" or you don't.
In truth, creativity is simply an aspect of awareness.
It's about learning how to open the "tube" in which Divine information flows.
It's about getting out of our own way, and learning to let that flow happen.
Another way to look at it: getting creative ideas isn't about "forcing" or "trying" or "working. It's about receiving them.
The same way that we receive images and information in meditation, or we receive the whispers of the Universe when we are out and about in our day—this is how creativity happens, too.
What I find is that when we gather information from the Universe, we are always informed at the deepest level. For example, if you are writing a novel, whatever creative ideas arrive to you, always have to do with your soul's journey too—it's not just about the characters or plot. If you are painting a painting, what you express is always what your soul is working out—it's not just about what finds its way to the canvas.
For whatever reason, fall and winter are some of the very best seasons to do creative work. There is something about being done with summer, and being ready to go internal, to wander around and see what the Universe is placing in our path, as clues and answers to our creative process.
If you've never been a "creative type" why not?
If you're a "creative type" who isn't being creative, why is this?
If you need an infusion of inspiration, what happens when you let the Muse that is is the Universe, guide you?
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Sometimes it seems we follow our schedules religiously—except when it comes to our spiritual life.
Now, some of you have very active spiritual practices, and you understand why it’s important to create time and space for retreats, workshops and events that expand you. Yes! This is the way to do it!
But for many folks—and I know this because I hear this directly from you—you're so busy with your life, spiritual practice seems to take a back seat.
Maybe we can grab a couple of minutes in the morning to journal, or a few minutes to meditate before bed. Maybe we multi-task by listening to spiritual podcasts while we’re at the gym. Or we squeeze our Divine connection into yoga class during the week, or at a Sunday spiritual service.
It's hard to understand until you're there... but..once you start making your spiritual life your priority, your to-do list is going to shrink.
You won’t be squeezing spirituality in anymore.
Skimping on the Divine won't be enough.
You’ll want to make it your priority.
And when you make it your priority, all the busyness, all the doingness—will start to drop away. You just won't be interested any more.
Once you start connecting in with the Divine—really experiencing two-way communication with the Universe—then the stuff that doesn’t really matter, won’t matter to you.
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To be spiritually connected means that we are able to have direct connection with the Universe—a two-way communication that provides all the support we could ever need.
No guru, no teacher, no middle man required.
As souls, we are able to communicate directly with the Universe, and the Universe responds to us—it answers back!
There is a particular language that the Universe speaks, and this is a spiritual language we can learn. Once you understand this language, you have a spiritual connection that will support you forever.
How do you learn the language? It's very easy. Pretty much any of the super-affordable DailyOM courses I offer will start you on the path of learning that you need to know.
The key is to start. Intuition is much more than just having a "feeling" or instinct. It is a language that you can learn very fully—a language that lets you receive information from the Universe in all ways, at all times, every single second..
it is a beautiful life, when we let the Universe lead—when we learn how to receive, interpret and follow the Divine guidance that is always available to us.
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So much unhappiness is caused by things we can't control.
We can't control weather extremes like hurricanes.
We can't control natural disasters like fires and floods.
We can't control political systems or world events.
We can't even control other people..
What we can be in charge of is ourselves.
That's it. Just us. And often, this simple realization that we can be in charge of ourselves—not the weather, not the world, not even our family member or friends— is enormously freeing.
This means it's all on you: to punish yourself, fight with yourself, create all kinds of drama, distraction and disarray for yourself. Or to love yourself, fully and completely, exactly as you are.
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Nothing' s every going to be perfect.
That's not what we're here for.
We're just here to show up, participate, and love everything.
This includes ourselves.
Radical self acceptance leads to radical acceptance of everything, which leads to profound and lasting joy. Of this, you are in charge.
Over the next 8 weeks, we'll do the inner work together
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Step 3: Do the inner work, and watch the outer change.
A lot of you are experiencing anxiety and fear as you face extreme weather in the U.S: floods and hurricanes in the south and east, the forest fires covering so much of the west. Many other devastating problems, other places in the world.
So many of you who are sensitives and empaths feel all of this so deeply.
In the past, you might have wanted to leave, to hide away, to pull away from the rest of humanity to reground and regroup your own sense of self.
But there isn't any escape, is there?
We can no longer "go" anywhere or get away, as we might have decades or year or even a month ago, to escape weather or to escape each other. Now, when we see a victim of Harvey, we realize even if we were not in that flood, our Oneness shows us what this person suffered. When we see the blankets of smoky air filling our forests in the west, our Oneness shows us we are all affected.
We are feeling what each other feels.
Understanding this is the first step toward having a new spiritual view of the situation.
There is no place to go.
There is no way to hide.
We are in this together.
We are not separate, and trying to get separate is no longer a solution.
Separation: hiding out, finding your quiet space, was the solution of the past.
It was the sure bet for sensitives, introverts to regroup.
But now, we're invited to simply show up with full recognition of our Oneness.
This is a new phase for humanity.
If you're feeling unmoored, stressed, freaked out, If you're feeling like getting separate isn't working any more. If you're unsure, if you sense that things are building and you don't know where they're building too... well, you're right.
It isn't about politics or weather, although these are reflections of our collective inner change. It's about the newness of Oneness,
A new understanding in the human collective.
Difficult and uncomfortable now.
Once we get used to it, a true evolution.
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This month, we are experiencing the releasing of the world as we knew it.
We are wading through the floods.
We are burning through the fires.
Everything seems to be in chaos.
It is the final push comes to shove.
If you experienced a spiritual "aha" during the 2017 Solar Eclipse, you know this: right now, we are being reborn.
At this time, some are waking up as individual souls. And if you have done that work already?
Then you are waking to the reality of our Oneness.
The clear understanding that we are not separate from each other.
Not separate from the Divine. Not separate from anything.
What to know for September
Anything you released already is gone.
Anything you didn't release, the Universe is releasing for you now.
There isn't any way to to stop this: the cycle of death and rebirth continues over and over again in all aspects of energy and the Universe.
Relax. Get out of the way. Let it happen.
Our only job is to TRUST, and to recognize ourselves as part and parcel of the collective soul that is the Universe.
Yes, it seems scary and chaotic.
But we don't have to fear, fret, worry, despair.
The Universe has things well in hand.
For September, allow yourself to be reborn with grace.
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It has been heartbreaking to watch those in Texas struggling with the trauma of Hurricane Harvey and the displacement of extreme flooding.
Other parts of the U.S. are also suffering right now too—for example, there's a 300,000 acre wildfire burning in Oregon today. Other parts of the world are also suffering from natural disasters and extreme weather right now too.
It's about climate change, of course. But it is also about Gaia, our earth, reflecting our collective soul.
We are not many separate souls. We are One soul.
This doesn't just apply to human souls, either.
Are sentient beings (living and non-living) are part of the collective soul of Gaia.
Humans, animals, plants, minerals, weather systems.
Whatever we think, whatever stress we feel, whatever crushing situations we are under as humans, are all reflected in our group thought, which shapes the energy of our collective soul.
Do you recall how sometimes a person you know, will reflect your shadow right back to you?
Right now, many of our political leaders are reflecting our shadow.
And right now, Gaia is also reflecting our shadow..
Gaia is not separate from us, we are not separate from Gaia. Gaia is a collective consciousness that we are part of. What we feel, Gaia feels and vice versus.
Extreme weather is not punishment for our "sins." It is true, we have not been good stewards of the earth, and we're finally starting to figure that out. But there is no punishment here. Instead, Gaia is simply reflecting to us, and we are reflecting to Gaia, the extreme shadows we are working through, as collective soul.
It's not always stress, trauma, pain.
The weather is not bad every day.
Please remember this, as extreme weather plays out at the end of summer. Sometimes, in fact many times, this world and its weather give us the most beautiful, gorgeous, profound, life-changing experiences we will ever have.
The good, the bad, the all of it: this is what we are, and this is what we create as One with each other and with Gaia.
Be at peace. Send peace to all. Understand there is no separation from each other or from the earth.
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The 2017 Solar Eclipse is over.
The media storm has died down.
Even I'm going to stop talking about it.
But first, I want to ask you one thing: Do you feel the changes yet?
If you engaged with this astonished planetary event with intention or a Ritual—whetheryou could see it or not—if you asked the Universe to release whatever needed to be released, and called in whatever need to be called in...
If you did this, you will now notice that these changes have begun.
For example, if you asked to be released from a sticky relationship, you will now notice that the Universe has released you from that relationship.
You may have clear signs that the conflict is over.
You may have clear signs that the relationship has ended.
This may feel strange or uncomfortable.
So often we get habitual about negative things in our life.
When the habit—even if it’s negative— is gone, we might feel strange.
We might even miss it!
Remember: if you have asked to be released from someone or something, you are now released. This void will fill over time, but right now, today… it can feel strange.
Similarly, if you called something in, this has arrived to you already. You aren’t waiting for it: it’s here now.
For example, if you called in abundance, you may notice suddenly that money is coming in out of nowhere, or other signs of abundance are happening. This is your new reality now! Whether it’s abundance, or health, or whatever you asked for… it’s here!
Step into the new reality.
Accept the gift.
The Solar Eclipse was a portal, and you stepped through it.
You are changed, and your life has changed around you.
If you can't tell what’s changed yet, look again.
It’s there for the noticing.
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Some of you have shared your experiences during the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Read them and add your comments here.
My own experience was this: I woke up early on eclipse day, with barely contained energy. Because I live in Salem, Oregon, I was in the path of the totality—a 100% view of the event!
Around 9 am Pacific, I went outside. The moon had started its transit, and the day was darkening. Dogs started barking at a neighboring farm, and coyotes began to yip and howl in the distance..
Time passed, and the shadows deepened. By now, if you looked up at the sun with solar glasses, you could see the moon passing in front of the sun. The sun was tantalizing—warm fiery orange and red, and it was tempting to look at it without the glasses—almost as if drawn to it.
It was getting dark. Dr. Steve, who is a master drummer, began to drum, and my son and I joined in. The weather changed—the wind picked up, the trees rustled. I know it got colder, but I don't recall experiencing that. We drummed facing the sun, and as we drummed I caught glimpses of past lives—shimmering memories of other eclipses in other lifetimes. Aztec was what I experienced.
Excitement and energy built. The sun became an orange red crescent. Our phones started beeping with local safety alerts: “Don’t look at the sun!” “Wear your solar glasses!” “No fire or fireworks!” These might have seemed intrusive, but they weren't—they gave a sense of community, a reminder of the hundreds of thousands who had come to be here to witness this planetary event.
The eclipse was nearly upon us, and I felt very strange. This strangeness built and built until a few minutes before totality, I received a massive download of information. It all arrived into my head in one swift, complete moment—a particular new packet of information that was inserted into my brain all at once. I received it without question or doubt—this new understanding is beyond what I could have imagined, and I am very grateful. (I will share it with you later, after I have processed it.)
When totality happened, we took off our glasses. If you couldn't see it, here is what it looked like: the black circle of the moon, and blazing from behind it, a streaming halo of pure white Light.
The eye of God. That’s what I thought.
I cried out Oh my God.
Some of you have written than you cried, sobbed, felt deeply emotional, or completely overwhelmed at this moment. I felt that too.
For myself, all of my intentions which I had so carefully meditated upon in the days before the event, flew out of my head. There was only this astonishing event, and becoming a part of everything.
Around us, in the farms nearby, there arose a tremendous swelling shout as everyone cheered. All of us for miles around, cheering together as the moon danced with the sun.
Eye of God.
Blazing Light in a pitch black sky.
Witnessing it together.
Everything reversed itself very fast after that: a moment after the eclipse hit zenith, the moon moved again—the white light disappeared and the sun became a crescent of fiery orange, this time on the other side.
We put our glasses back on.
We were quiet.
Things were so strange.
In those moments, it felt as if everything had suddenly reversed itself or gone backwards. Darkness lifted. Oddly, we saw streaming fields of light, moving across the air. It is hard to explain this: it’s as if we could the energy traveling in the air, in great sheets of energy.
The shadows from the maples and firs formed unusual crescent shapes on the ground. Roosters crowed their second wakeup call of the morning, and birds began their early morning trills again.
And that was it.
We didn’t watch the rest of it: the passing of the moon to the other side. We went inside. We felt overwhelmed by the power of all that Light all at once, the white blaze of Holy. We were adrenalized for many hours after. I'm still feeling it today.
Millions of people connected for this event,and it is clear: we are One.
We always have been One.
At long last, we are beginning to feel it.
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