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.
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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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Depending on where you live and what time you are reading this, the solar eclipse is ON today, Monday, August 21, 2017.
Last night, I was front row at the Pink Floyd (tribute band!) Dark Side of the Moon concert-in-the-park in Monmouth Oregon, population 7,000.
And today, at 10:17 am Pacific, I will be standing in the middle of our drivewaywith Dr. Steve and my son, with a perfect view to witness the eclipse.
Around us, the neighbors will be at their vantage points; thousands of campers have set up a city of tents in fields and farms.. Nearby, a local vintner has hundreds of campers at his winery. In our main town, Salem, Oregon, folks have camped at public parks,, and are now gazing skyward.
Everybody’s got their solar eclipse glasses on, purchased months in advance, before our city population increased by 125,000 people for the event, and all the glasses sold out.
At 10:17 am PACIFIC, I'm going to do my Solar Eclipse Ritual.
don’t know what will happen.
I’m giddy with it.
This solar eclipse happens in LEO: If you have planets in Leo, you'll likely feel the effects strongly.
The solar eclipse happens because the moon, reflective of Divine Feminine, our spiritual nature, our intuition, holder of our emotions, will move directly in front of the sun, reflective of Divine Masculine, our active nature, our rationality, and leader of our actions.
For just a few moments, as the world looks on:
• The Divine Feminine will block the Divine Masculine.
• Emotion will block action.
• Intuition will block rationality.
• The inner will block the outer.
The Solar Eclipse is an event as spiritually significant as the December 2012 solstice, which marked the end of the Mayan calendar.
Be present. Be with others.
Notice how you feel during this time.
We are witnessing, as collective soul.
Notice how you feel afterwards.
P.S. Leave a comment in the forum about your Solar Eclipse experience today! What did you do? What happened for you? Did you do a ritual? What else?
The Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 will be one of the biggest vibrational shifts in many of our lifetimes. It is an invitation to consciousness—for you, for me, for the U.S. and for the world.
The gist of it is this: the eclipse is a portal.
If we do nothing, nothing changes—we won't move through the portal.
But if we choose to enter the portal—if we hold intention, and if we communicate with the Universe—we can move through the portal, and move into another dimension of our self—our self at a higher level. If you choose to work with the energy of the Solar Eclipse wisely, you can accelerate your own expansion.
Do you remember Winter Solstice 2012? The end of the Mayan calendar? The Shift? Many of you experienced accelerated expansion during this event. This is als0 what will happen at the Solar Eclipse.
Even if you aren't in the path of totality for the eclipse, the event will still affect you—it will affect all of us. This next shift will happen—we can use this energy to better ourselves, and to help the world, if we choose.
7 Steps to Your Ritual for the 2017 Solar Eclipse
1. Plan ahead. Figure out the timing of the eclipse in your area or closest to your area, and plan to have an hour available for your ritual and meditation at that time.
Check the map at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps
2. Create a list of 10 things you don't want to bring into the portal with you. These could be relationships, activities, habits, ideas—whatever it is you want to fully and finally release from your life.
3. Create a list of 10 things you want to move into. Whatever is important to you: life's calling, life's path, relationships, spiritual opening, healing, whatever your heart longs for. These should be thing that represent your spiritual expansion.
4. Take the eclipse seriously. Be in a meditative state during the path of totality in your area. As you meditate, focus on your list of 10 things you are releasing, and on your list of 10 things you are moving into.
5. Say a prayer for the world. Connect with collective soul. Wish all souls Light. Wish all souls healing. We are part of each other, and we are ready for peace.
6. Use sage, fire, water, drumming, singing bowls, other ritual practices if you want. Be safe.
e) Listen and watch for how the Universe communicates back at this time: notice weather shifts, animal totems, messages, visions.
7. Spend time quietly after the event is over. Pray, meditate, be still Notice how you feel, notice what feels different. Be grateful. Thank the Universe.
P.S. Please wear your eye protection—the damage to your cornea is real if you look at the sun.
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What happens when you intentionally decide, like Henry Thoreau, to go into the woods? Or the mountains? Or the desert? Or the beach?
When you just decide to take some space, get outside of your current situation, get outside of your head?
When you decide to let to of the drama and the deadlines and the demands that we call life… And instead, you decide to be with yourself for a while, in order to discover who you really are?
In tribal societies, many cultures have an initiation or walkabout or vision quest, where a person goes alone in to the wilderness for a period of time, in order to attract guidance from the Universe. Often this person is moving from youth into adulthood; it’s a rite of passage.
But a vision quest doesn’t have to be only for youth.
We can receive visions, signs and guidance anytime we choose to break routine; anytime we show up with the intention of receiving.
If you put off taking retreat, if you never slow down, if you never stop and listen… you’re going to miss some astounding advice from the Universe.
The Universe is whispering to you right now.
Take some time, take some space—and let yourself listen.
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Where I live here in Oregon, it’s haying season.
That means fields once wavy with sun-bleached grasses are now shorn down to stubble. The tractors are baling morning till night, binding hay into stacks or rolls..
We've been talking lately about the cycle of nines: the concept that we're now in a "one" year, once again passing through the same lessons we began in the "one" cycle that started in 2008.
We are surely in a planetary cycle, with the path of totality revealing the solar eclipse—a rare event for collective soul.
And we, at least in the northern hemisphere, are also in a cycle of summer.
It's s summer now, so we're making hay.
But after that, there’s nothing to do for a while.
We'll be at pause, rest, wait.
You see around here, the harvest comes in stages. First there's hops, then berries, now hay, then apples and veggies and corn, and finally pumpkins and grapes.
The hay is in.
Nothing else is ready yet.
There’s no harvest today.
Nothing to do but wait.
These cycles of the growing—planting, growth, harvest, rest—have been part of our human DNA for a very long time.
When we follow these cycles, instead of resisting them, our whole life gets easier.
When the garden has been planted, you don’t plant it again.
You simply water it, maybe weed it.
But you don’t over attend.
The same goes for now.
Whatever you planted in the spring, in terms of goals or plans or ideas or dreams?
Let it go for now.
The Universe has things well in hand.
It’s not the harvest yet.
What we're called to do now is pause.
To rest in the shade with cool glass of something and enjoy this moment of Now.
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Soul lessons repeat until we finally learn them.
This is true for each of us as individual souls, and for collective soul.
Which is why is it is so interesting to look back into the past, compare it to the present, and notice the future we are creating.
In truth, all time is NOW. Yet we can use the illusion of time to understand the patterns that we are repeating, in this now.
At the beginning of 2017, we talked about the nine-year cycle. How this year, we're in the same starting place we were in 2008. You can refresh your memory on that forecast here.
What is important to know, as we are just slightly over the halfway mark in 2017, is that your soul lessons are calling you.
Look back again, to what you were doing in August of 2008. And there will be the answer, to what you are experiencing now: the same pattern, the same movement, the same shift, the same soul lesson.
• What happened in love?
• What happened in family?
• What happened in work?
• What happened in health?
• What happened in abundance?
• What happened in awakening?
• What else happened?
I would love to hear your comments about how the nine-year cycle is running in your life.
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Here in my small town, we’re lucky to have some visionary community leaders. People who get how important it is for small towns to come together for fun.
Lately, I’ve been going to Concerts in the Park on Wednesday nights. Thursdays is movie night, in which a family-friendly flick is projected onto a screen—the side of a large white truck. And on Fridays, there’s another concert.
Everybody shows up, even in 110-degree heat. Everybody brings everything: lawn chairs, blankets, picnic hampers. Since this is hops and vineyards country, you can buy beer or wine, if you’re so inclined.
And so it was a few nights ago that I saw Sol Seed, a terrific reggae band from Eugene, Oregon. The week before was a Billy Idol tribute. Next up is a Pink Floyd tribute playing Dark Side of the Moon—the night before the eclipse.
Whoo hoo! Go community!
To see your neighbors dancing in the park. To see folks handing out free H20 bottles because it’s so darn hot. To see the lead singer suddenly stop in the middle of the set, and point above us ”hey everybody, look at the moon,” while we en masse look up at the moon, which is waxing gibbous in the still-blue sky, and is a beautiful sight to behold on that hot August night.
Community. It’s alive and well.
Collective soul is doing fine.
Pay attention to the reality around you.
We are connecting more every day.
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I am in the path of totality.
By this, I mean that on August 21, 2017, the solar eclipse will be fully visible from my hometown of Salem, Oregon.
On that morning, I will be standing at the top of my driveway with my solar glasses on, watching it all go down. And I won't be alone.. One million people are arriving to the state of Oregon for the eclipse event. This is stunning, there are only four million people in the state!
Salem, one of the prime viewing spots, is preparing for the deluge. Traffic is expected to snarl on the highways. Businesses are closing for the day. Garbage services are saying they won’t be able to deal with the trash.. Emergency services are gearing up. And everyone I know has already bought their special eclipse glasses, sold at every store counter in town.
I know not everyone is in the path of totality. However, the solar eclipse will shift us all, energetically and spiritually.
The last solar eclipse visible in the 50 states was in 1979. What were you doing then? There are always patterns when things return, and it is good to remember how you once were.
The bigger news is this: if you take time to mark the eclipse with ritual or ceremony or noticing, you will be expanded into collective soul.
Do you remember the end of 2012, which marked the end of the Mayan calendar? Collective energy focused on a spiritual event, and the shift in awareness was palpable.
Do you recall how you feel when you celebrate any solstice, new moon or full moon, and you realize that other people on the planet are doing the same thing? This is also spiritual connection.
It's a wonderful idea to treat August's solar eclipse with reverence and respect. It is not just a moment when the sun and moon align in a particular way. It is a moment when we are all going to be connecting in awe and wonder, together.
This is going to break down the veil of separation, in a new and powerful way.
Change is here.
Don’t be confused by the media.
Notice how you have been feeling lately.
Notice how your spirituality seems to be expanding.
This is what’s really happening.
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Lately when head out, I’ve noticed that people are talking to me.
Not just sometimes. All the time.
And it’s not that just they’re talking to me, which is usual when you're out and about.
It's that they’re talking to me in a NEW way.
And I’m wondering if this is happening for you too? For example:
• While walking in the small college town nearby, a woman makes a beeline toward me and starts talking to me like she knows me. She isn't just friendly or chatty. She's talking to me like she KNOWS me—personally, closely.
• Getting gas, the attendant starts talking to me like we're family members.
• A woman decades younger than me, whom I don’t know, calls me sweetie four times in a conversation. Not in an annoying way. With deep familiarity and affection..
• A woman crosses the street to me and starts asking me how I'm doing and how my day is going—and I’m quite sure I’ve never seen her before.
All of these interactions are replete with more connection than I used to experience, even a year ago.
This is interesting to me, because I head out in the world in a pretty open state.
But this… well, this is MORE.
Something has shifted: either I have changed—which I know I have, or they have changed—which I am guessing they have. Or perhaps we have all changed, together.
What it feels like to me, is that there is more soul connection in the air.
The collective SHADOW being brought to our attention by politics and the media has allowed us to take a long, hard look at who we really are.
It’s becoming more clear, to more people—even people who never realized it before—that separation is a myth.
Separation is a myth.
We’re One soul, in it together.
And we are starting to connect.
Are you experiencing it too?
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Have you ever felt stuck, or do you feel stuck now?
You know: STUCK.
That numbing state, where you know you're unhappy, but you don't know which way to turn, which path to take, what to do next?
And the more you try to figure it out logically, or even with spiritual tools such as meditation and direct connection with your guides, the more confused you get?
Even the synchronicities around you don't make sense: they're happening, you can see them. But they don't tally up. You can't figure them out.
One of the biggest thing you learn about living a guided life... a life in which you let the Universe lead instead of trying to push the river... is that stuckness is okay, chaos is okay, not knowing is okay.
These aren't our favorite places to be, but they are a part of the cycle of change and growth that we each embark upon every month, day.. .sometimes several times a day!
You can look at the process of change in three stages:
• Stuckness, in which you are moving against the Universe
• Gap or Chaos, in which you are in free-fall, you don't know what to do
• Flow, in which you're moving effortlessly in synch with the Universe once again
At the beginning of your spiritual understanding, most of spend a heck of a lot of time in Stuckness: we stay in there because we are in fear, in pain, distracted, numbed out.
It takes a lot of courage to stop hanging onto the cliff with your fingernails and just let go... trusting that net is going to show up, even if you can't see it yet.
But after you've done the process a few times... wow!
Your spiritual understanding increases, you begin to TRUST the Universe, and you begin to learn how to quickly, even instantaneously do the process: Stuck to Gap to Flow.
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I often ride my bike at an 800-acre wildlife preserve near where we live. I ride a lot—four times a week if I can. And each time something different happens.
I'm often trance because of all the green: it’s chlorophyll high out here, all these trees and bushes and grasses soaking in light.
My brain stops thinking.
My soul starts soaring.
And every time I’m on that bike, in that mind space, hurtling through green and light and breeze, I am met by something the Universe would like me to understand.
On yesterday’s ride, two very special things happen (I’ll mention one today).
I’d reached one of my very favorite parts of the ride, a long downhill stretch that lets you cry out “whoo hoo” as you sail down, wind in your face and speed at your back.
And as I started flying down the hill, three raccoons scooted across the path in front of me.
They were small, healthy, young adults. They moved fast and furtively: first one scampered across and then motioned the others to follow.
They scurried across like scouts, and then the first one saw me, commandeered the others into the brush, and froze in place—sentinel at post.
Three young raccoons, crossing my path in the middle of 800 acres.
The chance of this is not coincidental.
The Universe doesn’t do random.
Whenever I receive an animal sign like this—when nature shows up out of the blue—I always relate it to totem animals. But don't use a spirit animal dictionary.
Instead, I relate it to the emotion I am feeling, or the memory I am remembering, or what I am thinking about at the time.
In this case, I thought of three. I saw the three raccoons, and I thought of my children, three young adults, all away this summer, going about their lives all over the world.
The message from the Universe was clear: all is well.
Everyone is safely crossing the road.
No problem. No worry. All is well.
A very good message, for a mama riding her bike in the woods on a hot summer day.
Maybe you’ve seen some animal totems lately? Maybe some animals have been sending you messages? Remember: the Universe doesn’t do random. If something shows up, it is a gift—a sign for you to ponder.
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We often talk about flow in a casual way, as something that means moving forward in an effortless way.
We might say we are "going with the flow" or in a state of "creative flow" or "in the flow" or "flowing with it" about a project or activity.
Yet in spiritual terms, Flow has a very specific meaning. . In a nutshell, the definition is:
"Flow is a spiritual state in which we are aligned with the Universe."
So often in our lives, we try to push our path forward from ego/mind/personality. We might be really smart, or have great ideas, or a great ability to work really hard, or we have cracked the code of how to manifest, and we've gotten very good at creating what we think we want.
Yet none of those states of forced forward momentum are what Flow is about.
Flow is even not about when things are easy and effortless, although those are characteristics of Flow. That's because Flow is not about being led by ego/mind/personality. Instead, it's about letting the Universe lead.
Flow is all about allowing ourselves to:
• Follow signs and synchronicities in complete trust
• Follow signs and synchronicites as our way of being
• Get out of our own way and let the Universe inform us
• Continually heed the still, small voice that is the Universe guiding us
• Fight back ego and drop into a state of humility
• Let go of the misbeliefs and illusions of society
• Move forward in a state of wonder and awe
To live in Flow is what happens when we surrender to Divine guidance, and begin to live from this understanding.
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A peak experience is a moment in when you become exquisitely attuned to the miracle of Now.
It's common to have a sudden experience of Nowness when you are in new surroundings or doing new and unfamiliar things: the newness creates a heightened perception of your reality.
However, having a peak experience does not require newness, adventure or even adrenaline.
Rather, peak experiences are often simple and serendipitous, happening when you least expect them. They are experiences of pure presence, and they may be short, such as a few seconds, or long such as many hours or even days.
In peak experiences you enter a portal that takes you to the bliss state—one of the most expanded vibrational states. And you experience this state fully in your environment: fully grounded in the real world, yet at the same time embodied, eyes wide open, all senses operating.
Some of the names: kundalini opening, bliss, nirvana, and so forth imply that there is something you must do to create this state.
But most peak experience happen on their own, without you even trying.
It is a matter of moving aside your distractions, letting go of your identity, and simply being in what is.
Thus, there is no place you need to travel to, no drug you need to take, no adventure you need to sign up for, no practice you need to be doing to have a peak experience.
You simply need to show up to your real life, right as it is this moment, and be in it fully, with all your perception.
To drink a cup of coffee can be a peak experience.
To walk without knowing where you’re going can be a peak experience.
To get up early with the sun can be a peak experience.
o take a shower can be a peak experience.
In this way, you see that peak experiences are ordinary moments, perceived at in an extraordinary way.
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Most of us our Householders: people walking the spiritual path while deeply immersed in work and family.
We work jobs of all kinds.
We take care of children, partners, parents.
We take care of extended family.
We take care of others in the community around us.
Some of us are healer and teachers, helping in one way.
Others are practical helpers, helping in other ways.
It’s all valid, and all valued.
And even though we have our hands full with this entire helping and supporting and lifting up of those we love, we want to do more.
We want to help the world, but we don’t know how.
Here is one suggestion from The 33 Lessons in my book Writing the Divine:
“The true hero quests within.There is no dragon to slay. There is no war to win. There is not mountain to climb. There is only the landscape of what is within, which is you in the Universe. Which is you as one of the now of the Now. Which is also you, as an earth being, with an earth heart, Surrounding and infinitely connecting to all living beings. Thus, the hero’s quest is for no chalice, no sword, no banner. The hero’s quest in this time is for connection; it is for compassion, it is for love. This is the task of this world you are in now.“—The 33 Lessons
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When I channeled The 33 Lessons in my first book Writing the Divine, there were some things that didn’t make sense to me back then.
But over time, I’ve come to understand the Lessons in the light of what we are facing now as global community, and what we are emerging into as collective soul.
For example, one of the Lessons states:
“Jesus said turn the other cheek, and by this he meant not to receive more pain, but instead to turn away fully, to refrain from participating, to allow no more of this dark force. By this he meant to shun the experience.
Other great beings have brought this message. These great messengers and teachers all chose the path of nonviolence, the path of love, the path of turning the other cheek—not to receive more, but to show that they do not participate in these acts of violence, anger, the hot steaming energy that prevails so much in your world.” —The 33 Lessons
This is the great question we face today as souls, and that we have faced many times, in many lifetimes.
If you are hooking in to darkness—if you are playing attention to drama and crazy and rage, you are invited to instead to turn the other cheek.
Recall: what we give attention expands.
Thus, what if we were to not clamor against darkness in our own rage and fear? But instead, to shun darkness? To not feed it? To turn the other cheek—away from darkness, and toward Light?
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