Have you ever felt the Departed are sending you sign?
On our recent trip to Cuba, we received a very direct signal indeed!
We were sitting on the veranda in the dark, waiting for dinner, and my son-in-law was sharing about his mother. She'd passed when he was very young, and he talked about all the things she'd accomplished and how she'd meant to him and his family.
As he talked, the wind picked up and within a few minutes we were in the midst of a storm.
And then suddenly, all at once, his mother just arrived into the space.
Her presence was fully known.
There was a great flash of light.
The power surged.
Everything went dark.
And the sense of her, right there with us, was as clear as anything.
If you've ever experienced this kind of spirit visitation, as I know so many of you have, you know how powerful it can be.
After a few stunned moments, we went inside and ate dinner by battery-powered lanterns.
Many Departed find it easy to communicate this way—they can easily flicker lights, knock walls, move objects, turn on a TV, play a song on the radio—and when they want to make sure that they are heard, they can even cause the power to go out.
When we are holding the memory of a loved one, this communication happens all the time.
P.S. Learn how to communicate with the Departed in my course How To Contact Family & Friends Who Have Crossed Over.
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While traveling last month, month, we had a chance to visit my son-in-law's art studio in the heart of Havana.
He's been a painter most of his life—one of those people who answered his soul's calling at a young age.
The advantages of answering your destiny early are many: you get to master your craft, you get to complete the work you're here to do, you get to go deeper in your understanding.
But what if, like so many of us, you don't know what you want to do?
Or maybe you used to know, but now you're older—in midlife and beyond, and suddenly you're not sure of where your soul is calling you now?
In The 33 Lessons, one of the lessons is "You are what you do." In other words, if you are actively painting you are a painter, if you are actively writing you are a writer, if you are actively gardening you are a gardener, and so on.
It's as simple as not quite knowing what the next thing is, and then to begin doing it anyway.
As souls, sometimes we're clear we're on our path. Sometimes we're lost.
Yet the path is always there, whether it's what you expected or not.
Sometimes the best idea is to start with what's in front of you.
Chances are good, that is your right first step.
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One of the things I did in Cuba was visit Ernest Hemingway's home.
I've long been fascinated by the expat writers of the 1920s: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, Dos Passos, Cummings, and I was thrilled to visit "Finca Vigia", which means lookout house.
It's a true compound: acres of gated privacy and palm trees, a large house, servants' quarters, lookout tower, outbuildings, patios, a swimming pool, even a fishing boat in dry storage.
As we were on a private tour, I got a chance to tune into the energy of Hemingway's spirit—it's a practice I know many of you also do, when you are in places where famous people have lived.
Most of his energy was condensed in his writing room—Hemingway wrote at a standing desk while standing on an animal skin, so as to be imubed with the animal's power. He drank while he wrote, and when he could not write anymore, he rested on a bed with a dark blue coverlet.
As I tuned into the energy of his objects and his spirit, my first sense was of his dominant personality, which did not surprise me. Under that was need for compulsive organization, a kind of obsession of doing things "the right way." Under that, a sense of being lost—this was something he did not want to show. And under that, the despair of never feeling understood.
This is what I received, my own impression outside of all the many anecdotes about him.
I felt compassion for his suffering, and wished him healing in his next life—I imagine he's reincarnated already, and is here among us.
Hemingway was one of the most acclaimed writers of his time—world-renowned for his adventures, a personality bigger than life. And yet a person working on his soul growth.
As we all are.
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Many of you who are empaths and sensitives, don't love traveling.
The changes to routine and surroundings can be very jarring.
Traveling tends to put us in a world of chaos.
It can be overwhelming and unravelling.
And yet, it's exactly that kind of chaos that also opens us up.
Recently, I visited my daughter and her husband in Cuba, and experienced the shifting and opening that came from new experiences.
We stayed four stories (eight flights) up in the heart of Havana, in a crumbling old building that looked over the entire town.
All day, the streets were loud with life and chatter. The woman in the rooftop next to us washed jeans and tee shirts and hung them to dry. A man lowered the laundry up and down with a rope and pulley. Street hawkers called out their wares. On another rooftop, a man spent hours barbequing—even though much of his patio was charred to black.
All night, the streets were louder—filled with shouting and laughter as people headed back from their nightly stroll on Le Malecon, the seawall that borders downtown.
The city never slept, save for a few hours before dawn, when all went still— the Amrit Vela, when the veil is thinnest between the worlds.
I sat up in bed and meditated in the quiet, until the sun rose in the east, and a new day began.
I was not in a place I understood.
Yet I was still a soul, as are we all.
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It's tricky to just sit with the new year.
Around now, you might be feeling a bit blah or uncertain now that the holidays are over—a bit confused about what's next, or where you should put your attention, or what to focus on.
When we feel like this, we tend to want to slap on some New Year's resolutions.
We get all revved up, and vow to lose this weight.
We get all goal-oriented, and vow stop this habit.
But this approach has always felt unreal to me.
We're still souls, no matter what the scale says.
We're still souls, no matter what our habits are.
It's really about integrating our whole selves, rather than shaming parts of us.
What I like to do around this time of year—instead of resoultions—is to take another pass through The 33 Lessons.
All beautifully recorded so you can listen on any device, and then ponder or contemplate or muse in meditation or by writing in your journal.
I've done this virtual retreat every January for years now, and I find it's a great way to get myself back on track and regroup my spiritual self. No resolutions required.
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