Most of us are familiar with that that feeling of "pay attention" when something big is about to shift.
It's pretty easy to know when the Universe is sending big signs our way: there's a sense of energy or importance that it's pretty hard to miss.
And most of us understand that when we AREN'T paying attention, when our lives are so full of distraction and drama that we couldn't see a sign if it bopped us on the head... well then, the Universe will often bop us on the head!
Near death experiences, accidents, illness, divorce, relationship end, getting fired or laid off—all of these are BIG ways the Universe lets us know that when we aren't listening... the signs will get very loud and clear indeed.
But what if we choose to listen?
The Universe is continually communicating with us, in every little thing.
Every little thing.
And when you start to pay exquisite attention to everything, all the time... it becomes incredibly simple to speak the language of the Universe. To understand how to read every little thing, for continued direction and guidance on your path.
• Signs are literal signs: words and signs and passages from a book you opened at random, the billboard on the highway, the email that jumped into your inbox, the movie you saw... anything that uses language or images to communicate symbolically.
• Synchroncities are convergences of time, space and being: odd and unexpected and energized event or happening that shifts your direction and help you pay attention.
• Strands are multiple, repeated signs and synchronicities over time that move you on a new, different and often life-changing path.
If you'd like to learn more about how to pay attention, I'd suggest these affordable DailyOM courses:
How to Hear What the Univerese is Saying
Become a Spiritual Psychic in 28 Days
Moving from Stuck to Flow
You might already self-identify as a psychic, intuitive, empath, sensitive... a seeker on the path of awakening, who uses the tools of spiritual intuition.
Maybe you're learned to speak the language of the Universe so fluently, ALL of these names might fit you!
Name doesn't matter. What's important is this:
Spiritual intuition is a practice you can LEARN.
It's like having an affinity for drawing, or music... you start with a natural ability, and then as you practice and learn, you get better and better, until your skill level is very high.
Browse this website, and you'll find a complete library of resources for studying intuition as a spiritual practice: written teachings, audio recordings, video, self-study courses offered on a sliding scale, and small group training.
As you begin, you'll find yourself changing and growing in unexpected ways.
Here 7 keys for walking the path of spiritual intuition:
1. Commit to soul growth as your highest path, your deepest desire.
2. Let go of everything you think should happen.
3. Slow down, so you can actually hear the Universe.
4. Understand that this work will bring up all of your "stuff".
5. Trust that guides, angels, saints and Holy Ones are real.
6. Accept that they will help you in ways you might have trouble believing. .
6. Trust the Universe/God/Divine/One/All.
7. Make room for miracles and surprises!
Where to start?
Connecting with the guides, of course!
There are parts of this life that are so painful, we wonder how we’ll get through them.
A great loss.
The death of someone we love.
At first we’re in shock: we’re knocked out for the count, the pain is so intense.
And then, as we get up from the ground, we realize the hard work has just begun.
Moving through grief and loss is a personal process, and it takes as long as it takes. The old adage of “it takes a year” to get through a big loss just isn’t true. It often takes much, much longer. Decades, or many decades.
Sometimes, a big loss can change the trajectory of our entire lives.
It can be hard to resist armoring up when we’re in these situations: putting layer and layer of armor on our hearts, so we can numb out, so we don’t have to feel. We bind our hearts tightly shut, so nothing can get in and hurt us again.
Heartbreak… it’s real. It’s when your heart cracks open from the force of so much pain.
And what happens then is what we all know to be true: instead of more pain, this release, this cracking, this breaking, creates a hole, a crack, a gap.
This is where the Light can come in.
If your heart has been broken recently or long ago, recall this: the Light is coming in, even now, as you feel and heal. The Light is pouring in.
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When you count your blessings... actually count them... you will be astounded by at the miracle of this life.
Even with sadness.
Even with fear.
Even with pain.
Even if you aren't where you want to be.
Even if you haven't figured it all out yet.
And so, begin with me...
1. I am grateful for...
2. I am thankful for...
3. I am thankful for...
4. I am thankful for...
5. I also thankful for..
6. Oh wait, I almost forgot...
7. Wow, I need to include...
8. It's really incredible that...
9. Even though it's kind of a pain I'm still glad for...
10. I'm learning so much from...
11. Over the years I've come to be thankful for...
12. And let's just see how far you can get.
If you feel like it, put your Thanks lists in the Comments below.
P.S. Watch the Gnomies World THANKSGIVING SPECIAL now! A creation of Dr. Steve Koc, with a little vocal help from me and family and friends.
Long ago, it was common for kids to start school early and get skipped up grades.
Nowadays, it’s considered better for kids to start school later, so they have more time to mature.
But back then, kids were on the fast track to grow up.
Which is why I found myself at age four staring at the doors marked Boys or Girls, trying to figure out what the beads meant.
It was kindergarten, it wasn’t brain surgery: you put the beads around you neck, you go into the bathroom that corresponded to your gender (in those days, there was no question), you do your business and come out.
The doors didn’t lock, because we were in kindergarten. The beads were the sign: occupied or vacant.
It all sounds kind of funny and antiquated.
But for me, the worry of not being able to remember how the beads worked, or what if I flushed them down the toilet, or what if someone forgot about the beads and walked in on me… well, it was too much for my four-year-old self to handle.
So all that year I didn’t go to the bathroom at school.
Instead, I walked home at lunchtime and went there.
Did I? Did I really do that?
Yes, and if you were raised in that era, you did too. You walked home by yourself, and you rode on bikes with no helmets and in station wagons with no seat belts and you played outside with no supervision from morning till dinner.
That’s what we all did.
We grew up fast, because that’s how things were then.
But nowadays… it can be good to take your time. Waiting in patience and compassion for yourself, until you’re really to do something, can be a very kind way to live.
If there is something you’re facing and you’re not quite ready, you don’t have to grit your teeth and force yourself. You can wait, if you want.
Sometimes this is a great choice.
I recently ran across a woman, Christina, who I’d known decades ago, when she was married to Jim.
Now, she is married to Chuck.
It’s a common story, isn’t it? People get married young, and then by the time they figure out who they really are, they realize that the partnership that worked (or didn’t work) for their younger self, can’t continue as the partnership for the older self.
They outgrow the first relationship.
The karma is complete, or can’t be completed.
They can’t grow, if they stay.
Neither can the other person.
Lot of us have been there.
Yet what I found most interesting in this case, is that Chuck seemed so unlikely a partner for Christina.
She was deeply liberal, a rabble rouser, an activist.
He was deeply traditional, a toe-the-liner, a community builder.
She dressed in sports gear. He wore suits.
She was tiny and feisty. He was large and relaxed.
She was agnostic. He was Catholic.
At first glance, it seemed like they wouldn’t have anything in common.
That’s when I realized: what we see on the outside of a relationship has nothing to do with what’s on the inside.
A true partnership between two people is all about the Souls of those involved involved.
In that way, all of the outside elements: the affiliations, the styles, the ideologies, even the personality characteristics don’t matter.
When we get older, we start to know who we are on a Soul level. This makes it easier to overlook all the outer trappings of another Soul.
The Soul agreement is recognized, beyond all else.
You've probably noticed it too: there are a lot of people out shopping.
The season is about to roll forward with all of its mind-numbing consumerism, and it's a good time to reflect on what's really important to you.
It's not that shopping is directly related to what's going on in the U.S.: threat of sexism, racism, genderism grabbing hold again, after so many strides.
Except: shopping is distraction. Holiday preparations can be a distraction.
If you are finding the world depressing and trying to fix that by going where they're playing Christmas songs and the merchandise is merry and bright...
Don't be distracted.
Pay attention to what's going on.
There is serious work to be done, folks.
At a soul level, at a human level, in the way in which you spend your time and place your attention.
It is so easy to be lulled into group thought.
Instead, connect with the Divine.
If you don't know how, try any of my courses (or someone else's courses) and learn how.
Instead of Black Friday this year, plan on creating your own Light Friday.
Your spiritual practice is crucial right now.
Begin it, restart it, commit to it, practice it.
Don't get distracted.
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I've always enjoyed watching silly comedies: lighthearted fun that makes me smile, laugh, giggle and relax....
There is something so healing about the sheer relief of laughter.
It's been proven to be extraordinary medicine.
And in these recent stressful times, even though they continue to be serious times... there is also a place for laughter.
Not as a way of replacing the serious considerations we must now make.
Not as a way of replacing the re-dedication to spiritual practice that many of you are now doing.
But as a reminder: life is a miracle. There is always Light. Our hearts can always be opened.
To this end, I invite you to watch Gnomies World, the award-winning animated film.
The movie was created by my husband, Dr. Steve Koc, and you'll find my voice in it (see if you can guess which characters I am!) as well as the voices of some of my children.
This movie has been a surprise to all of us: what started as a personal project, has ended up catching the eye of Beyond Words (The Secret, What the Bleep???) and this esteemed publisher is now distributing the film world wide.
Enough back story. It's time to laugh!
Watch the FREE trailer here!
Watch FREE clips here!
Download the FREE theme song here!
You've probably heard this zen wisdom:
"Meditate for an hour a day, unless you are too busy.
In that case, meditate for two hours."
I'd like to suggest you apply this to your own life... not in terms of time-on-the-cushion, but in terms of intention.
In other words:
"Connect with the Universe each day, unless you are too stressed.
In that case, connect with the Universe in every moment."
In the practice of spiritual intuition, we don't focus on the length of time spent in meditation. That is a very valid practice, but in spiritual intuition we seek to receive Divine guidance in every moment, from every Source.
We seek to learn the language of the Universe, so we are always and continually guided.
Thus, understanding can happen very quickly. It may not take an hour: it may take ten minutes, or five or even occur instantaneously.
To do this, we use a continual process of:
• Entering in to work with our Guides, receive visions, messages, knowing and all the ways the Universe communicates with us from within
•Expanding out to receive synchronicities, events, messages and all the ways the Universe communicates with us from without
If you are stressed over the election as many of us are, then I invite you... now more than ever... to attend to your spiritual practice.
• Recommit to your spiritual study
• Connect daily, or many times a day, with your Guides & Angels
• Reconnect with your spiritual support groups
• Be aware, open, transparent and expanded
• Use Light to stay out of darkness and fear
• Learn the language of the Universe, and let it guide you
Now more than ever...
P,S. Don't wait! Signups are going quickly for Spiritual Psychic Level One this January.
All things are working the same way they used to work.
1. Divine guidance is as available to you as it always was. Your Guides & Angels are still here, and they are waiting to here from you TODAY. Make a direct connection with them now.
2. Signs and synchronicities are still available to you as markers and signals that the Universe is leading you. Pay attention, notice everything, and follow where the Universe leads you.
3. Clearing, releasing, healing, letting go of group thought, letting go of attachments, letting go of distractions... all of these are active parts of soul growth. This is what you are called to do.
4. The empath's gift: super sensitivity to everything, is overwhelming right now. Remember: you have a gift! Sense it all, feel it all, and then don't carry the pain. Let it be transmuted into Light.
5. What is dark requires clearing. The Universe has just shown a great big Divine flashlight on all the dark corners, all the nooks and crannies that represent the underbelly of America. We are meant to look at all this darkness, and clear it together.
6. Your soul lesson is releasing fear. Your soul lesson is not to hide out, but to stand up for what is incorrect: racism, sexism, genderism... and saying "no, that is not right" kindly, compassionately and over and over again.
7. Every person can become enlighented in a matter of second. Blast Light at everyone you meet. Once you were asleep, and no one could get to you either. Help every person around you wake up: gently, with kindness, with love.
8. Light lifts dark. Your job, now as it has always been, is to lift others up with your presence.
P.S. There's still time to join in Entering Stillness: A Winter's Retreat. A great way to support your practice and find support during this unsettling time.
The stress of the U.S. election was overwhelming.
Many of us felt fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, uncertainty, anger, hope as we waited for the outcomes.
We have seen a lot of ugliness these last months.
We've seen the ugly rearing head of all those who want to stay stuck in darkness.
This is nothing new for human civilization.
Yet we've also seen enormous strides: racial equality, gender equality, a new compassionate acceptance for all peoples, that we've never seen in the history of the U.S.
America is a very young country.
The changes that we see now in the world, are here because we are evolving.
We are growing, and it is very rocky.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the stress of politics, please take a moment to center yourself, breathe, and please remember:
God is not going anywhere.
The Light can't be taken away.
If you have a spiritual practice, today is the day to rely on your practice.
You're a soul.
There is no end, ever.
Close your eyes, breathe and connect into that which you are: infinite soul, made of stardust, here for eternity.
Politics have been with us since civilization began.
According to The 33 Lessons (from the book Writing the Divine) politics is just another version of cult, group thought, no matter which side you're on.
You're going to continue on long after this election is over.
No matter what happens.
No matter who wins.
Either way: you're infinite soul.
The idea is to resist group thought.
The idea is to hold on to the clear, infinite Light of God/One/All/Divine/Universe.
Your ego/personality may be intrigued or tempted or confused by cult, the election, politics.
But your soul? It knows that none of this is important.
We continue growing toward Light. No matter what happens. No matter who wins. It is what we are here to do.
Turn your attention away from all the swirling darkness of group thought, and tend to your own soul.
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Let's everybody take a deep breath. You're infinite soul.
We are in this together, and we are all growing.
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Sometimes when we are spinning out with thoughts of this and that and the other thing, we just spin out of control until we wear ourselves out.
But other times, we retain enough presence of mind to remember that we can stop all this thought looping, by simply returning to Now.
And yet, how do we get to Now, with all this chaos setting up shop in our brain?
Many people like the practice of breathing, deep slow breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, as an immediate way to shift attention, and to shift the hormonal balance in the body.
This works for many. But for me, the last thing I can remember to do is breathe, when I’m in a stressful situation and holding my breath!
Other people like tapping, such as used with EFT. This works for lots of people, but it’s not something I use much.
For me, and for others who have worked in the intuitive, empathic, sensitive, mystic and clairvoyant realm, one of the things that works the most is simply to shift attention to something else.
To practice noticing, something different.
For example, if I am having a stressfull situation, and I sense those thoughts looping into panic or anger or wherever they’re going, I will remember I need to get to Now.
And to get to Now, I will use something small: an object in front of me, an aspect of nature.
For example, I might suddenly focus on the small orange clock on my desk, and simply being the practice of noticing this clock. I wll look at it in full detail: the way the little black hands move slowly and the second hand more quickly, the smooth finish of the orange paint on metal, the chubby alarm button on the top. I’ll just take in this little clock, with all the memories and emotions and feelings and energy and
I use the clock as a bridge.
I turn my attention fully to the clock.
I begin a practice of noticing.
And in this attention, I find myself in Now.
It doesn’t matter what you use as the bridge to Now: a leaf fluttering in the breeze, a stick on the road, an ant making its way across a pile of direct, the woven pattern of your sweater, the many colors in your own hair.
Bring your attention fully to this one thing, as if nothing in the world mattered more.
And you will, as you enter the beauty and grace of Now, that your thought looping has stopped.
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Sometimes I’ll get an email from someone I’ve met somewhere out in the world: in a workshop, at a lecture, at an event.
And they’ll write “do you remember me?” and give some details about who they are and where we met.
I’m the person who knits hats.
I work with bees.
I live in Rome.
I helped you turn your microphone on.
I met you on the train to Portland.
And so forth.
The thing is… most often, I do remember that person, absolutely and completely.
I may not be able to pull a name out of a hat, I may not recall every detail of what we talked about that day …. but the person his or herself? The Soul self of that particular person?
This is easy to remember.
You probably find this is your experience too: there are certain people, who when you meet them, just stand out for you.
There’s a kind of recognition, a resonance, a magnetic attraction, a familiarity, a knowing.
When you meet these people, who might be all kinds of people of all ages, races, cultures, nationalities, genders, backgrounds… all the ways we tend to separate ourselves from ourselves…. You just know them.
This is because of three things.
First, we’re all One. Of course we know everyone, we are everyone!
Second, many of us are in soul collectives or soul circles that operate in the same vibrational field… healers, empaths, intuitives, artists and so forth are one example of a soul collective of sensitives, for example.
Third, many of us have had multiple past lives together, over and over doing the same puzzle of How Am I to Live in This Life, and over and over giving each other the exact puzzle piece they need at this moment.
When you meet someone you recognize, rejoice! It is beautiful to go through life meeting old friends.
When you meet someone you don’t know, be open. Everyone we meet is set on our path by a loving Universe
And when you meet someone that stands out for you, be grateful. You have found yet another kindred soul, yet another person who holds out a piece of the puzzle for you, and you for them.
If you’ve been reading Daily Divine for a while, you might be starting to chafe under all this advice to do nothing.
To do no thing.
Um… yeah…so… what am I supposed to do?
Does this mean just sit around?
What about my life’s calling?
What about my life’s work?
So, here’s the thing: you want to detox yourself from busy-ness, from the distraction of overscheduling.
In other words, you want to clear out all the non-essentials.
And then, with all this time you have created, you want to do what is most important to you.
Not to your mother, your partner, your friend.
For many of you, this is simply meditation, more spiritual practice. This direct and intimate connection with the Divine is the most important place you want to put your energies.
For others of you, you want to create: write, paint, do music, do art, take photos. All of this is a way of existing in the bliss of creative Flow.
For others of you, you want to wander: to see the world from soul perspective.
For others, you want to be in partnership: to enjoy the Divine intimacy of being deeply in love.
For others, you want to help: the world, humanity, animals, nature, all of it.
This living from your passion? It takes time.
You’re going to need to let go of all the stuff that doesn’t matter.
So you have time to do what does.
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