A few days back, I wrote about the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Some of you reminded me that there was also a comet blazing through the sky during this planetary event. Thank you!
During the time of new moons, full moons, and most certainly during eclipses, I like to work with the energy of the Universe to set intention for myself, and for all of the world.
To do this, I usually do a ritual.
Thus, about an hour before the eclipse was to take place (in the afternoon where we live), I found myself in our backyard in the forest, burning an enormous box of my journals.
(Don’t worry... these journals are no loss to anyone. They are simply my way of scribbling notes. They are a scratch pad for ideas that form the writing that comes later.)
But it is good to let the past go. To release the person we are no longer, so we can become the person we are now called to be.
Thus, I started to burn these journals in our fire pit, and it took a while.
It was smoky, and it was actually fairly difficult to get all those journals to burn: starting with a few, then adding more, stirring them with a long stick, and all the while praying, praying, praying.
I ask for peace. I ask for peace for the world.
I ask for awakening. I ask for awakening for the world.
I ask of freedom from all suffering. I ask for this for the world.
I ask for clear sense of purpose. I ask for all souls to know their path.
I release all my past, I am thankful for all joys, and I step into NOW. I ask for this awakening for collective soul.
And at one point, I said to the Universe "I'd love a sign during this ritual. That would be so amazing.” Then right away I changed my mind and said, "I don’t really need a sign. I am so grateful. Nevermind."
And then I got back to the task of releasing my past self.
Asking, praying, taking, stirring, burning. About an hour passed. Near the end, I heard my husband's car rumble down the hill. He was here to join me for the eclipse. He added his own intentions to the fire, and we talked and prayed as the fire burned.
I threw the last few journals on the fire.
In that same moment, it started to lightly rain.
"It's the eclipse now,” said my husband, checking his watch. He reached over to give me a hug, and because of this, he turned, and because of this, I turned, and because we both turned, we shifted direction and because of this we saw it: a huge, wildly vibrant rainbow shining right above us through the trees.
I could not believe.
I could not fathom it.
"It's my sign" I cried out, and my heart burst with love.
The rainbow shown and shown and my heart pounded in joy.
We stared in awe and hugged and shouted and stared in awe some more. .
I started laughing. That funny Universe!I asked for a sign, and then said I didn't need one because there are miracles every day, and then I forgot about my request, and then the Universe answered it anyway.
In perfect timing, as always:
In the moment of the last journal burning, the full releasing of the past, in the exact moment of the eclipse, the exact moment of the gateway into the new consciousness... the rainbow appeared.
And then just a minute later, it disappeared.
It simply blew away before our eyes. It had only been there for that one moment. If we had not turned together in that exact timing, we would have missed it.
This is how Universe is with us ALWAYS. Always a miracle, always guiding, always pure love and joy.
And what did this sign mean?
In my heart of hearts, in my deepest direct knowing, this was the answer. "Everything is okay. Everything is as it should be. All your heart longs for, for you and for the world, is already in motion. Love is everywhere."
My dear friends... I wish you signs and miracles and your own hearts bursting open in love.
The Universe is with us, in all moments.
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If you follow the skies at all, you know that today, February 10 2017, is a Full Moon in Leo, and also a lunar eclipse in Leo.
Many have been calling this the gateway to the year, the real start of 2017, the real beginning of awakening.
All I know is this: in the midst of a world reality that appears to be crumbling right in front of us, what is happen on the the inside is bigger than anything we have seen yet.
Collective soul is waking up.
Not just a handful, as it was in the past. Not just a small group, as it has been for so very long. But... any, many, many souls, all waking up, as they look at the world order and realize: that's not what I want. That doesn't make sense. I don't choose this.
You can feel it.
I know you can, because in my small groups, on the radio show, talking to folks, reading the beautiful teachings of conscious websites like Madisyn Taylor's teachings on DailyOM... we are all feeling it.
The power and LIGHT of being joined together as collective soul in search of Oneness.
Last night, I had the miraculous view of the nearly full moon in Leo. First fully clouded, and hidden from view. And then suddenly the clouds blew away, and we: all of us at an intersection in the tiny little town of Independence, Oregon, looked up at that suddenly revealed full moon and we had a moment: the moon blazing LIGHT for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30...
A beautiful glimpse at a miracle, until the clouds covered it again.
It took a while for traffic to get sorted out after that sight. We were a people stunned: in cars, on the sidewalk, all of us seeing it together.
This Lunar Eclipse today shows us our power as ONE. It reveals to us the magic when possess we realize we ALSO exist in etheric dimension, and this is where we create everything.
Today: get out under the moon. Make some wishes. Create some intentions. Pray with your whole heart open, in compassion and love for All.
Look up at the moon and be reminded: the LIGHT is on.
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When we have just finished working through a soul lesson, the Universe will often show up with a series of “tests” to make sure we’re really, really done.
For example, if you’ve had difficulty saying “no” to people in the past, but now you’re pretty sure you’ve mastered this lesson… well, right around the time you’re feeling confident, the Universe is going to jump in and send you several people in quick succession that you will have to say “no” to.
“Why are all these people showing up that I have to say “no" to all of a sudden?” you'll wonder.
It will seem so odd, so coincidental, so not random: these people streaming in from all over, all of who require “no” from you.
If you’ve truly mastered this lesson, you’ll be able to say “no” in detached way, and this will be the end of the matter.
If you’re still shaky, if you haven’t quite mastered the lesson, you will find yourself having trouble, agonizing over your decision, maybe saying “yes” by mistake… and the Universe will be clear that you need a bit more work on this particular lesson.
We are tested and tested until we can test out.
If you notice a lot of “repeats” in your life, pay attention. The Universe is testing you to see what soul lessons you’ve mastered, and which ones you’re still working on.
Certainly, no failure.
We’re all in this together, each of us doing the best we can.
After years of warning my kids “don’t smoke pot,” I find myself driving my daughter to school each day past one of the biggest pot grows in the city.
I don’t have much to say about whether I think marijuana should or shouldn’t be legal in Oregon. The reality is, it’s legal now.
Change has come.
Canna businesses have sprung up overnight. There are greenhouses in the rural areas. And in urban areas? Cannibas cafes and dispensaries are as ubiquitous as coffee shops.
Pot is now legal in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Maine, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and Washington DC. More states are following suit.
The politics of the day (and today especially) lead us to believe that we are going backwards.
Yet when we start to pay attention to what is really happening, instead of what we're fed by the media, a different reality emerges.
Used to be, women couldn't vote... until one day they could.
Used to be, people of color couldn't sit on a bus... until one day they could.
Used to be, same sex marriages weren't allowed... until one day they were.
Used to be, pot wasn't legal...until one day it was.
These are just a few of the "used to be's" we've seen change.
It's true:,some political factions are trying to stop change right now.
But from a soul perspective, we are always evolving toward Oneness.
Even on days it doesn't seem that way, it's just what souls do.
Many of you have followed traditional Law of Attraction systems, with a variety of results.
As an energetic system, Law of Attraction is correct: this is how the Universe works.
But when we don't understand the very subtle nature of the process, it's easy to use it incorrectly:
• We manifest from our thoughts, instead of our heart.
• We manifest from lower vibration, for what we think we "deserve."
• We manifest from lower vibration, for what we think we "should" have.
• We manifest from ego, without Divine guidance.
This style of manifesting will work for you, but it can't give you what you really want.
That's because aside from all our material wants and "should" haves, what we really, really want is not material or physical at all. It's not even goal or ambition based.
What we really want is connection, consciouness and love—a sense that we are living our lives to the fullest in every moment.
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Many of you have written that you have received animals signs.
I've found that animal communication happens in three ways:
• As telepathy with an animal. You have direct understanding between the animal and you.
• As animal totem: the animal you see has a symbolic meaning, such as a frog meaning vulnerability or an owl meaning clairvoyance, or your see your spirit animal.
• As animal sign. You see an animal right at the exact moment when you are thinking about a particular person or situation. The animal (it could be any animal) shows up and helps you pay attention to your thoughts
All of these are ways the Universe communicates with us using animals. And sometimes, the Universe is pretty insistent!
Becuase I live close to nature, I see more animals that I might if I lived in an urban area. Still, nothing could have prepared me for the three very clear animal contats in the last three days.
Recently, I disobeyed a sign that said "Road Closed" and found myself biking along the Willamette River, where an American Bald Eagle flew directly above, his head and tail flashing white.
The very next day, I was out for a walk along the same river, but several miles upshore, when there was a commotion to my right, and I looked up and there was an American Bald Eagle (Same one? Different?) circling above me.
And on the third day, I was at home and just stepped outside for no reason at all. And suddenly I heard a loud squawking and there was an American Bald Eagle, 40 feet from the house, passing in front of me.
Three days. Three eagles.
The Universe was trying to tell me something.
For me, eagles always are a sign from my father, who passed 16 years ago. He's been in my thoughts lately, as the New Year begins. These eagle sightings, three in three days, helped me connect to his spirit. I don't know yet what he is trying to tell me, but I know he is there.
If you've had animal signs lately, think about what they mean. Are they direct telepathy, are they sybmolic, totem or spirit animals, or are they meant to bring your attention to something in your life.
Nothing is random.
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P.S.S. Day four: a young deer by the fence. Day five: a hummingbird (in winter?!), a very large woodpecker by the window, and at least ten blue jays. Nature speaks!
By now most of you have come to recognize me as a connoisseur of the small, simple pleasures.
No rowdy, raucous adventures for me.
It’s very likely you’re NOT going to read about my bungee jumping exploits, or my climbs up Mt. Everest, or how I survived the Baja.
Small and simple is plenty for a person like me.
And from what I hear from so many of you sensitives, empaths and introverts, the small and simple pleasures are indeed, what many of us enjoy the most.
So it was with a frisson of thrill that on a recent winter's bike ride at Minto Brown, an 800-acre wildlife reserve near my home, that I pushed past the cautionary sign “High Water. Road Closed” and biked on.
Of course the Universe is always sending us signs.
But from experience, I knew that this was not one of them.
The "High Water" sign goes up like clockwork every fall, when the river along the park starts to rise. And it's true: there are days when the lower paths will be submerged in several feet of water. But other days, instead of a submerged path, you'll come across nothing more than a big puddle just an inch or two deep—certainly, something a person on a bike can handle.
Today especially... that puddle was two inches, three tops!
Everything was going great as I coasted through nice and easy, until suddenly those three inches turned out to be 12, and my frisson of thrill turned to panic and of course the bike slid and I plunged my left foot down deep in the, and then my right foot followed and within seconds I was mired to my knees.
I wasn’t upset. In fact… I was exhilarated. Something about that surprising muddy moment woke me up. I took it all in: the pale sky, the fields, my squelching shoes.
“Now it’s getting interesting,” I shouted, as we pressed on through more puddles toward the river.
When we reached the bend, I finally understood the reason we'd snuck past the sign in the first place: a gigantic American Bald Eagle, so close we could see the white of his head and his tail, swooping in the air currents above.
Glorious. Even in very muddy shoes.
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Some of you know I read surfer magazines.
I love them, because they’re all about the hero’s quest: the surfer as seeker, traveling all over the world in search of the perfect wave; the surfer’s experience with the wave itself, and the immense humility that every surfer reach at some point in his or her life: the understanding that there is no room for ego, because the ocean in charge.
All creatures of the sea.
And this most curious phenomenon of all, the phenomenon of schooling fish, which is when all the fish swim together one way, and then suddenly begin to swimming together another way, all at once.
All at once.
Over and over again.
Perfectly attuned to each other.
Acting as One.
Psychic Migration is a name of a popular surf movie, and I guess that sums it up. It’s what happens when we all move together, because we are all in tune with each other.
“Hey, guy… let’s go this way”.
“Right with you, guys”.
“Here I come!”
The thing is, we’re always in tune with each other. As humans, as animals, as beings on this planet, as Souls in the Universe.
There’s no time we’re not deeply affecting each other, following each other, leading each other, being a part of each other’s lives, feeling each other’s feelings, living life on multidimensions, past and present and future all the same big ocean of Now.
We’re always in psychic migration.
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Some of you read of the sad demise of our little dog Elton last year.
For the past year, we have been searching for that right soul to join our family.
It takes time to grieve, and it takes time to be ready to add a new addition.
And, it takes time to find the right soul.
At first, I just didn't do anything: I wasn't ready. Then, a few months ago, I started getting signs from the Universe that it was time look for a new dog.
I am open to signs, synchroniciites and strands, and I try very hard to pay attention, when this information arrives.
Thus, I dutifully visited our local animal shelter, weekend after weekend. There were lots of lovely dogs... but not the soul that I was looking for.
Finally, after one particularly heartbreaking day last week, in which we'd visited many dogs and found not one that was correct for us.... I gave up.
As we drove away from the Humane Society, I said outloud in the car "I give up!"
"I've been looking for a dog, as instructed, for months now, Universe!" I continued with my frustrated rant. "I give up, I surrender!"
And then finally, with absolute passion and power, out of sheer confusion because I knew I was being directed, but I was unable to find the answer, I said "If you want me to have a dog, you're going to have to find it and deliver it to me. I am not going to lift another finger. And if you don't want me to have a dog, I surrender to that, too."
Not out of lack of willingness to serve, mind you! But sheerly out of frustration. when we receive clear guidance to do something, such as look for a dog, and then we do look for a dog, and nothing happens... it can get very confusing.
I'm sure you've been there too.
We follow guidance, and yet we are confused: what we seek doesn't happen, or materialize, or we go on many dead ends.
When this happens, it is time to let go, and completely surredner to the Universe. To let go of all attempts to control, or force, or make happen. To stop pursuing, and stop pushing. To let go of all attachment—even to the understanding that we are being guided.
And... the result?
Two days later, a woman from my husband's wellness center said she knew of a friend's friend who was trying to rehome her Lhasa Apso.
You know, the little sturdy Tibetan dogs that once were the companion animals to Buddhist monks? You know, the Buddist monestaries that I continue to see in my dreams and visions, as a place I knew well, as a place I once lived in past lives or ancestral lives long ago?
So... that dog... Abby Das, arrived to our home yesterday. She was delivered to the door. I did nothing. No thing. I just surrendered, and trusted, and the Universe took care of everything.
When you're working to manifest, and it's not working... step back. Let go.
The Universe has everything well in hand.
Even when you're frustrated, or confused, or simply can't understand where you're being led... just relax, trust, stop pushing, and all things will happen as they are destined for your Highest Possibility.
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Do you remember phone boxes? The tiny little building set in the middle of nowhere, that would allow you to make a phone call for a dime, then a quarter...
If you do, you might have had the eerie experience of walking by a phone box, and the phone was ringing. It rang and rang and rang, even though nobody was there to pick it up.
You might have been tempted to answer the call—but you were embarrassed, or unsure, or what if the call was something you didn't want to hear?
Often we don't answer a call from the Universe the same way.
We can hear it ringing and ringing! It's driving us nuts, the call is so loud and clear!
But we're afraid.
Or we're unsure.
Or we don't know how our lives will change, if we dare to answer the call.
Or we're sure our lives will change, and this terrifies us.
Here's the thing: the Universe is always moving us toward our Highest Possibility. Toward more expansion, more opening, more soul growth. That's just how the Universe works.
So you can stop fearing change.
Instead, think of change as expansion.
The Universe continually calls us to grow.
If you've been hearing a call for a while... I invite you to answer it today. Simply say: "I hear you" to the Universe. Simply say "I hear, I accept, I'm willing, I surrender."
And then see what happens.
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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.
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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.
Today, we continue with our last note (for now) from Simeon, a student in Intuition University’s small group training, currently living in the forests of Italy.
The most amazing thing is how the Divine responds to my needs and makes me feel that what I desire is made available to me. It is a most consoling, encouraging and assuring experience. It fills me with joy and gratitude and encourages me in my quest for higher goals.
Last Friday, I was in a church where they sang a song I know but whose verses are not available not even in the internet. I heard them sing a verse and I approached someone for the verse and got only a promise. Something in me said to me that it might be likely they will sing it on Sunday but another voice said to me that it is very unlikely they will because it is not a song they sing often. As a matter of fact, I have heard them sing it only twice in five months. On Sunday, two days later, I was in the church and was recording the celebration and behold they sang that song again while I was recording; the second time in three days. I could not believe myself.
The day before that, on Saturday, I was to go to our usual Saturday meeting together with three other fellows. Since I have always been the one driving them at my own expense, I had wanted to ask one of them on Friday, the newly arrived, if he would drive us so I could save some fuel as I was running very short of cash. At a point, I remembered your advice that I should stop fearing and so I decided to say nothing to anyone and to drive them. On Saturday morning as I was still terminating my preparations for the meeting, one of them came up to my room to say that they were ready and were waiting for me. I got up, picked the key to my car and went to meet them only to find out that the fellow I was going to ask if he would drive was already in his car with the other two fellows waiting for me to join them.
These are a few episodes, Sara, but they have increased and strengthened my hope and desire to walk the path of the Saint 100% in the near future. If the Divine accomplishes that for me, as I strongly hope it will, I will be living the joy of heaven here on earth.”
What Simeon is experiencing, on his spiritual path, is an understanding of how the Divine works in big ways and also in the smallest ways: the synchronicities and strands that arrive to us always, at every moment, even when we forget to pay attention.
It is a gift of consciousness, of Nowness, to see the amazing way the Universe is in our lives, in every moment.
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Everything that is around us holds meaning for our lives: everything we see, hear, experience, even if it doesn’t make sense or seem important at the time.
In fact, it would be fair to say that nothing, in this Universe that seeks continually to create energetic balance as a principle of its Oneness, is random.
At one time, the tree that fell in the forest was felt in small vibrations, by those living in the forest, or those thinking about the forest. Nowadays, the tree that falls in the forest is likely filmed and put on YouTube within the hour.
We’re not more interconnected than we used to be; we’re just more aware of this connection—as if we’re being presented a new understanding of Oneness.
I've been thinking lately about Oneness, interconnectivity and how social media and the internet have been game changers these last decades.The thing is, it's almost impossible to get out of the game.
Sure, the connectivity was all there before—we just couldn't see it, hear it…we weren't cognizant of our connection. But now, the game's on 24/7, in ways we sometimes can't get clear of, even when we unplug, turn off, disengage.
For some of us, when we begin to use social media (which is basically connection via the energy,) we may start to intuit or have a flash or hit of knowing or recognizing information or details about each person we come in contact with. So that every single Twitter feed arrives with a full picture or sense of the person who’s sending it.
This isn’t always pleasant or desired.
It's similar to what happens when you head into a crowd. If you stop and take in the energy of the crowd, if you open to the connection—then all of the information about everyone just floods in.
Again, it’s not always pleasant or desired.
The difference is, we used to have this sensation in public, whenever we sought connection. But now, social media has become a template or a trainer to allow us to recognize the bigger connection—to everyone, all things, all time, all events, to everything—that's always been there.
It can't be turned off, because it's what we are.
There is discomfort, as we all move to this realization.
There's also a lot of excitement, as we understand that we are changing.
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The other day, I received an enormous package in the mail.
It was constructed with the impermeability of a fortress: extra-thick cardboard on the outside, and inside: layers and layers of double-dense foam.
We’re not talking the cheap stuff: those puffy pink popcorns that get all over everything, or those wadded up sheets of eco-friendly kraft paper.
This was serious foam: waffled and waving and shock-absorbent as can be, like somebody had packed a memory-foam mattress right inside.
And oh… inside!
For at the center of all this foam was a gift that made me gasp as I maneuvered it out: two gorgeous original pieces of art, beautifully framed.
A gift from my oldest daughter’s boyfriend.
His original art.
Art of his own making.
I put them on the mantle immediately, and what I noticed right away was this: they right in.
They like they’ve been here all the time.
They fit with the same vibe as everything else.
They fit like they’re part of the family.
This gift of art that you make yourself, whether you are a great artist or a beginner, whether you have a lot of talent or none, is a gift that carries the energetic signature of the creator.
This is why it is so magical.
Each brush or pencil stroke, every line or curve or shading, is something that the artist brings into the world: a personal vision of what the Divine provides to the artist as conduit, receiver, channel for the Universe.
If you create art for a particular person, this Universal energy is imbued in your art: you are contemplating the person as you create it. For the hours that it takes you to create your art, you are holding that person’s soul in your very hands.
If you select art for a particular person, you are also considering them from soul perspective: holding them softly in your awareness, trying to discern which piece will best reveal your Universal connection.
Go make some art today, and give it to someone you adore.
It is a gift that connects hearts, every time it is viewed.
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I was taking calls on the radio show a while back, and a man called in who I hadn’t spoken to in decades.
He’d long faded from my memory, as had most of the events and people from that distant time.
You see, we crossed paths in 1992.
This man wandered into the ad agency I worked at those decades ago, seeking help with materials for his new hypnosis business.
As we talked about his project, he invited me to try hypnosis for myself.
I must admit, I was resistant. At that time, I didn’t have any vocabulary for things like meditation, hypnosis, guided journeying… I’d never heard of any that.
Back then, I thought hypnosis was something that happened when you stared at a swinging timepiece and then started doing the chicken dance up on stage in front of hundreds of people.
But eventually, I agree. This man and I worked together for many months, session after session in which I entered deep trance, and experienced all the realms I know now:
I went to Akashic Records.
I went to the Book of Knowledge.
I went into past lives
I saw old memories and events.
Back then, this guy was brand new: I'd hazard that he didn’t really know what he was doing yet.
I certainly had no idea, that the places I was going, were real, or important or that I would return to the over and over and over again.
Somehow, way back in 1992, I was already visiting the realms and etheric that I work in now.
It is amazing, to look back at the chance encounter with this man, and see how the Universe places things in our path, well before we are cognizant of what our path will be.
A full eight years before my NDE in 2000, the Universe was already ramping things up so that I would be ready for what was ahead.
All because of some random guy, walking in off the street.
It's interesting. To recall the people we knew in the past, and to realize that there are no random encounters, all of these are Divine convergences, set in place to help us open as souls.
When we are doing intuitive work, we talk about the idea of deep knowing, or knowing in the “gut.” For most of you, this is the dominant intuitive skill that you possess: you simply “feel” how things are. You are empathic, and you know by deep knowing.
But, there is another kind of knowing that is different than deep knowing, even though the names are similar.
This is direct knowing.
You might think of it like this: deep knowing is how we are able to see, hear, or feel a truth, or a part of truth about a particular person, place, thing, situation, or relationship.
Direct knowing, is when we experience spiritual truths directly.
For example, in deep knowing, you might pick up a person’s wounds, past trauma, and emotions immediately and without background or familiarity: you see an unknown person at the grocery store, and you just “know” everything about this person.
In direct knowing, you might be walking in the woods or meditating or just doing nothing, and suddenly your entire being dissolves and you know yourself as That.
There is no story, no symbol, no emotion. You just exist as a spiritual truth.
We use deep knowing all the time. Direct knowing, is something that might come to us a few times in a lifetime, if we are lucky.
Think about the difference: between the more homey way of deep knowing, and the bigger, fully expanded, holy way of direct knowing.
They’re both wonderful. They both complement each other. And they are both yours, when you start to open, relax, and pay attention.
We think that celebrities are the lucky ones, that they have all the perks and fame and glory.
But in reality, celebrities hold a great deal of energy for the soul collective, as archetypes and as projections for group thought.
For example, when you view someone like Kim Kardashian, you can see that she is playing some kind of archetype for society: the whore/Madonna/mother. Other women have held this space, many times before her.
At the time of this writing, Kim Kardashian is preparing to give birth to her second child, and tens of millions of people are “following” her every move. That is an incredible amount of group thought to handle.
In decades past, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana also held space as archetype: the boy would wouldn’t grow up, the princess with the loving heart. They also received group thought; millions of people thought about them every day.
I don’t know about you, but I find the idea of millions of people thinking about me pretty difficult; the soul intrustion, the energy intrusion, the continual receiving of other people’s thoughts and needs and pain.
And this... love them or hate them, there is great service that celebrities do for the collective. They hold our emotion, they hold our need, they hold our projection.
They hold this in service, whether they know this or not.
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One of the things that’s happened with global society, is that our design sensibilities have gotten all swirled around and mixed up with each other.
Whereas it used to be, that each region or part of the world would have a particular look and style, nowadays it’s common to have fashion or décor or design that borrows heavily from all kinds of ancient tradition, ethnic tradition. We live now in world with many influences.
You might have a Buddha statue, and Nordic pattern plates, and a basket from Africa, and a vintage sign from the American 50s, all in your living room.
It’s all mixed up together.
Or in your closet you might find an American jean jacket and Japanese slippers and fisherman pants from Thailand and boots from England and beads from Bali, all mixed in as part of your wardrobe.
World influences, becoming part of your everyday. Ancient symbols and patterns and even color combinations, becoming part of the global consciousness.
We didn’t use to see design like this; we were really separate, regionalized before.
It’s just another way we’re merging, becoming One.
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Years ago I went to a training session, and we did a lot of interesting exercises. One of them, and you may have done this yourself, was about being outside of a circle, and then stepping into the circle.
The idea was that you were outside of a possibility, and experience, a way of being, and then with full intention and commitment, you would step into the circle.
It seems really simple.
But what happened was not simple at all; it was pretty astounding to be on the outside of the perimeter, and then to step all in: in full commitment, fully engaged, into the circle.
The circle could be anything you want: a goal, a plan, an experience.
You get to choose.
And then, when you’re ready, you get to commit, simply by moving from the place of being outside of that reality, to the place of being in that reality.
All manifestation works this way, really. We hold our intention, and then we step into it, “as if.” And over time “as if,” becomes “as.”
Maybe there’s something you want to go all in with in your life.
You can just step into now, and let that reality begin.
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For the past few months, I’ve been waking up every night around 2:30 or 3:30 or 4 am, and I’m unable to get back to sleep.
This is very unusual for me, as most of my life I’ve slept like the proverbial rock.
At first this waking in the middle of the night was very disturbing to me; I was afraid in the dark, and I would like in bed tossing and turning.
One night, I decide to simply get up, and meditate and write, and use this time in the way our ancestors did: it was common in generations past to have a first sleep, and then wake up for several hours to read, write, meditate, visit friends, and then go back to be for a second sleep.
To my amazement, I found that this time in the dark, quiet of night has become one of my favorite times of day. It is the time of the Amrit Vela, the time of the sacred veil between the worlds becoming thin, so it is easiest for us to access Divine guidance in prayer and meditation. For me, it is the perfect time for Sahadana, my personal spiritual practice, where I can write and meditate in the beautiful stillness of the night.
In this experience I have become detached from the old idea, that it is important to sleep all night, or to get a “good night’s sleep.” I understand that I get all the sleep I need, and that it doesn’t have to happen a certain way.
It’s very freeing, to get up this early. It is new to me, to experience this time of day, when much of the world is dreaming, quiet, resting.
I’m glad I’m not sleeping through it.
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I sometimes get stuck in the trap of believing what everyone believes, or thinking what everything one thinks, even though in my heart I know it’s wrong.
The other day I needed to drive my son to the airport for his flight, after a long holiday weekend.
Everyone knows the traffic is going to be terrible on a Sunday after a holiday, and parking will be difficult, and the airport security lines will be long, right?
Except, none of that was true.
The weather was perfect, and the traffic was simple; many times I found myself in those pockets of space where even on a crowded freeway like I-5, there wasn’t another car even near us for long stretches.
We found a parking space right next to the airport overpass, within seconds.
The lines were so minimal at security, we had time to wander around and look at the shops for fun.
I have the feeling, that if I had allowed myself to be in the expectation of group thought, my experience would have been very different: stressed, angry, tired.
But because we just went with the idea of being; of just showing up to the experience, whatever it was, with a sense of full involvement, it was easy.
What everyone else thinks usually leads you astray.
What you desire and hope for and want, even if it’s something as simple as an easy trip to the airport, is what almost always happens.
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Manifesting our reality, mean doing what we want to do later, now.
It’s as simple as that.
If you want to paint full time and quit your day job, the most important thing you can do is find time to paint every day, and expand the amount of time you are painting.
If you want to write full time and quit your day job, the most important thing you can do is find time to write every day, and expand the amount of time you are writing.
If you want to lose weight and inhabit a fit, youthful body, the most important thing you can do now is find time to shift your nutrition and your exercise, and to expand the amount of time you are in healthy lifestyle.
If you put your intention and your action into something, the Universe will see that that is where your energy is going, and that’s what will happen.
Do what you want to do later, now.
And the Universe will anchor or attach that reality to you, and that’s what will happen.
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We’re all given the same amount of time in a day. But you might notice that some people have a knack for inhabiting their time, in a way that creates really interesting experiences.
For example, one person might get up at the last alarm, go to work, come home and spend the evening watching TV.
Another person, with the exact same job, might get up early to meditate, stop by a class or community event or go for a run or visit a friend or work on art after work.
The person who is having more interesting experiences, not just now and then, but daily, is actually the person who is enjoying his or her life more.
You might not be able to quit your day job; you might also not be able to slack on family responsibilities after work. But somewhere in there, are some precious hours that you can call your own, to do what interests you, what you feel passionate about, that will carry you forward to the next day in joy.
And you know: the more you live as if, the more the Universe moves to shift your life to that reality permanently.
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