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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How to welcome synchronicity – the rhythm of the cosmos – into your life

Sometimes things go exactly right. You might call it luck, or good karma, or coincidence. You could thank your guardian angel, the spirit of your ancestors, your patron saint, or lucky stars.

We all have our own anecdotal stories of synchronicity appearing in our lives. When we look at these amazing events on their own they are hard to understand, but often we can see an underlying pattern of small and large nudges we get from chance and luck and fate that we paid attention to. If we become conscious of what is happening around us we’ll see such gifts everywhere, and realize that synchronicity is always beckoning to us.

But first, we must trust that there is an energy in the universe that exists, and that "it" has a plan to use us to benefit our world. That trust has to be a deep trust. We must understand our spirituality from the perspective that our contribution expresses and manifests the purpose, the meaning, and the significance of our lives. It is our legacy of love. We must also understand that the answer to the question, "what IS my purpose?" lies not just in our intellect but in our heart.

Second, we must be prepared to notice when this energy gives us help, and be alert to the many ways it can operate. If we’re unaware of its methods we may stop noticing how it comes into our lives. If we’re ignorant we can’t work with what arrives in terms of opportunity. Plenty of people are waiting for their ‘big break’ but it is a waste of time. The big break only ever happens because there were a lot of little breaks first, ones that someone worked at with plenty of energy and trust.

Third, we must expect to be used by this synchronous energy in ways that seem to be counter-logical. The universe has a plan for our lives and we must learn to trust it and do our part. So we have to let go of ego expectations and rewards. There will be rewards, but they probably won’t be what we imagine. They’ll be better.

Deepak Chopra describes a tradition in the Vedanta where they say that you experience synchronicity when you have Ritam Bara PragyanRitam is the word for rhythm, order of the universe; Bara means ‘full of’; Pragyan means ‘mind’. So Ritam Bara Pragyan means he whose mind, or she whose mind is filled with the rhythm of the cosmos. So when the elements and forces in you and the elements and forces in the cosmos are totally aligned, then in that expression, in that field of almost choiceless awareness, a little subtle intention orchestrates its own fulfillment. That little subtle intention, in that field where the elements and forces are aligned, summon forth the "possibility waves" to cohere together, to collapse into space time events that are synchronized so that the outcome is determined.

Getting into this place – the space of synchronicity – is not as simple as wishing for something and then expecting it to appear. It involves aligning with the energies of the cosmos and seizing our opportunities to grow into compassion. After all it is the compassionate universe that is at the heart of synchronicity.

Seeing our own anger, for example, can lead us to think again about whether anger is even necessary. Usually it isn’t. Thinking in this way will inevitably cause us to have compassion for others’ anger. Noticing our own longing can make us more open and generous to those who are in the grip of greed and desire. Witnessing how we dislike others can lead us back to love, and to loving those who are stuck in the place of hatred. We forgive them, and at the same time we forgive ourselves. Then we can let go of those negative feelings.

Getting free of all these ego-demands is all we need to do if we are to welcome synchronicity fully into our lives. My gift is my ability to assist awakening people to access the wisdom of their compassionate essence which resides in the heart. Source has given you an awareness, a consciousness within your heart which is your own source of inner wisdom, a knowing when synchronicity is beckoning to you.

This consciousness is not like your intellect. It is not constantly thinking, planning, remembering, imagining, and so forth. It is more of a feeling, an awareness, a state of being connected to everything in the universe. When you get aligned with it and stay with it, and trust it you'll be able to use it.

You can call it luck, or good karma, or coincidence.

I call it the miracle that is our life on Earth.

May you be blessed!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Headline News

I've decided I am going to choose my own headlines from now on. 

Although I always wake up happy and excited to greet the day, by the time I have scanned the headlines of the morning news, read my emails, and returned a few telephone calls I realize I have  already become negatively affected by the sufferings of the day. Flooding. Fires. War. Recession. Lost Dogs. Sick Children. Insensitive Jerks. Arrogant Bullies.  With just a bit of exposure I can quickly feel tired and drained –  both physically, mentally, and emotionally – even after a good night's sleep. 

We all have a certain amount of chi, or life force energy, that is ours by nature of our karma, our spiritual practices and life habits including diet, exercise and environment. But that life force can get used up pretty quickly if we allow our emotional responses to dictate its stewardship. As an empath, when I get caught up in the drama and illusions of the world stage it is very easy for me to end up without the energy I need to work and play.

We all tend to see the world through the emotion we happen to be feeling. If you are exposed to the feelings of sad, or angry there is a good chance that the world will seem that way to you. Everyone has unhealed emotional wounds that open and weep when the world touches them. And this disease spreads when left untreated.

The cure? Forgiveness.

We really can heal all emotional wounds by forgiveness... of ourselves, our parents, family, friends, our systems and nations, and everyone who has wronged us. When you have forgiven you'll no longer have any emotional reaction to like-persons or to events which trigger the emotions that feed it. Forgive but don't forget, wisdom is learned only by experience.

But the moment anything happens in my life that is challenging to my balance, or generating an emotional response in which I am losing power, moving into fear, I pause and ask, “What did I do to create this opportunity to grow. What is the lesson here. What do I need"?

Knowing that fear is "my needs announced" usually, when I ask that question, the answer comes pretty quickly and easily.  I run down my fears, doubts, concerns... identify my victimization, my open wound, and recenter in forgiveness and gratitude for the lesson. This recharges me. Instantly.

I have learned that I am a co-creative force in the universe, and that when I get clear about what I actively create, I experience harmony and peace. It all comes down to perception. Am I looking at life from the viewpoint of empowerment or victimization? If I see myself as a victim of circumstances, I have decided that someone or something else has the power, and I am helpless.

When I stand in a space of confidence and assuredness, I see everything as an opportunity to learn and expand.

I am willing to take responsibility for my life and stop looking outside of myself for reassurance that everything will be all right. I absolutely knows that I am in charge of my experience, and therefore I can choose to be all right no matter what is happening around me.

I take a deep look at my beliefs around being powerless in the moment and I realize that is a lie. I can always choose to live from a place of deep peace and profound joy.

"I release anything that does not serve my higher good. I focus on what is working in my life. As I do, I draw even more good things into my life."

It's a choice. Spread the news.

May you be blessed!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Installed and Running

Tech Support: Yes Ma'am... how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart ma'am?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running ma'am?

Customer: Let's see, I have Past/Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past/Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory, but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of it's own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ma'am?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - program not run on external components." What should I do?

Tech Support: Don't worry ma'am. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Can you pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey!!! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: I promise to do just that. By the way, what's your name?

Tech Support: Just call me the Divine Cardiologist, also known as the Great Physician, or, just "I AM." Most people feel all they need is an annual checkup to stay heart-healthy; but, the manufacturer (ME) suggests a daily maintenance schedule for maximum Love efficiency.

Thank you for sharing this! (author unknown)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Create a space to be reborn and renewed every day — a place to find rest

I love to create quiet, inspiring spaces for rituals like meditation or yoga —  places where I feel more connected to what's meaningful in my life. I find inspiration in places where I can connect to oneness, and places that give me energy. Nature best inspires me and helps me get into the ritual of meditation, yoga, prayer, and sacred practice. But I have several indoor spaces as well.

I think that creating our own sacred space lets us express our very human need for ongoing spiritual nourishment. Everyone can benefit from creating places where they intentionally choose what surrounds them. Your sacred space might contain a single object such as a time-worn chair at the end of a boat dock, a garden sculpture or a dish garden that you deliberately place in a special location. It may be an entire room arranged with plantings, lighting, furniture, objects and sounds that have special meaning for you and tangibly connect you with the sacred or spiritual side of yourself.

I sometimes hike to a secret grove where I keep a few natural, magikal elements. I sit within a medicine wheel on my beach every morning surrounded by crystals. In my meditation room where I do healing work I use chimes, drums, rattles, there are piles of beautifully woven cushions, heady incense. Sacred is my office where I am surrounded with photos of my children, their trinkets and treasures, technology, itunes. But perhaps my most sacred space is my kayak, where the only sound I need to connect with my essence is the rhythmic dip of my paddle, the wind and the waves keeping me mindful of constant change...

If "God is in the details," as the saying goes, the places you live and work can make your spirituality more a part of your everyday life. And that can go a long way toward helping you feel more centered, grounded and happy. Your definition of what's sacred is as individual as a fingerprint. Yet unlike a fingerprint, your personal ideas and expression of what is sacred can evolve and change over time. Mine do. My needs also shift. I love to start fresh, begin again. By rearranging what is on the outside I rearrange my inner wold in the process, every time!

I invite you to create a sacred space today. Start by defining what "sacred" or "spiritual" means to you and what you want from your sacred space. Before you begin, think about what you're seeking and decide how you want to use it. Do you want to:

• Create a private sanctuary for meditation and prayer, healing, or simply for quiet reflection?
• Designate a shared space for connecting with others, or for ritual or ceremony?
• Co-create a family altar that continually evolves with spontaneous contributions from each of you?

Creating a sacred space can be something you do once in your lifetime or every day, alone or with loved ones. I love to make new spaces to consecrate a new journey, or transform existing ideas, to celebrate an important decision or change, and to be more present and conscious in any aspect of my life.

You can create a special place for simple reflection, traditional meditation, or creativity. It all starts with a desire to make something beautiful, and meaningful. Again and again.

May you be blessed!

Friday, June 17, 2011

An Unforgettable Dinner Party

I am planning a party for a small group of friends, and I need a  plan. My friends expect that I will create something unique, something with lasting impact...

... BECAUSE it's going to be another Pay It Forward Party. It was a fabulous Dinner Party, Yes it was!

In a few courses, and the course of a few hours, we'll together create a life-changing event for ourselves and others. I just need to think of the framework...

This year I'm thinking about a community garden at the Assisted Living Facility, outside the Alzheimers Unit. And I'm thinking bees, worms, seeds, soil, hours of volunteering to turn the soil, pick up trucks full of loam and chicken wire, and a buffet for the hungry gardeners... So maybe I'll do a brunch sweet and savory, not dinner. Crepes, Blueberry Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Strawberries dipped in Chocolate...

My friends are prepared to give, and I believe my community is too. I need to make some calls... I'm going to ask for some donations. I think I know who'll give us the loam, and the plants... the folding tables for the buffet...

Last summer, when my eight dinner guests arrived, each of the four couples received $50 and instructions written on leaves of a centerpiece cleverly designed as a giving tree. The money was to help others... in the spirit of fun! I won the money in a rubber duck-over-the-waterfall-race, my number fell first.

So, while eating an exquisite dinner overlooking the lake, we gave thanx for our blessings and discussed ways to "spend" the money. At the end of our meal, we all headed out to town with the sole purpose of having some fun, spreading some joy. It's a flat trail, an easy mile walk down abandoned railroad tracks which have been converted into a bike and hiking trail. We were not out of breath due to exertion, yet there was not much talking. Wheels were spinning... we were almost running... in our hearts and minds.

Once we got to town we scattered. One filled up motorist’s gas tank, one took takeout Chinese to the volunteers at our little fire station, we dropped a load of quarters off at the laundrymat. We gave out $10 bills outside the market, on the sidewalk, and bought snacks for kids at the hot dog stand at Little League Field.  I know that some of my dear friends contributed more of their own money but before the night was over my friends had given more than money. The arborist had made arrangements to look at someone's rotten tree hanging over their roof, I volunteered to do an art project at the Town's summer program for kids, and my dear friend with the pick up truck agreed to pick up a free sofa for a young couple who just needed a way to get it to their first apartment.

We felt so good. It was such a gift for us to be able to go around and play Santa thanx to a rubber duck who bobbed along in a straight line. I think we are probably genetically wired to do good and care for others, the traits of generosity, kindness and compassion are certainly necessary for procreation and group survival. But in the modern world we sometimes miss out on the joy of giving...

We felt good as we connected with people amazed at their good fortune. But the best part of the evening was the walk home, we were laughing, screaming, hooting and hollering in anticipation "of the next time", even before we fully savored the experience and felt the deeper feelings that accompanied the evening. In the rush of good feelings, during that brisk walk, a tradition was born..

So tonite, I am planning this years event. Just remembering the joy, a burst of creativity bubbled up.

It will be an unforgettable sandwich.

May you be inspired!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How to prepare powdered bentonite clay

You'll look and feel wonderful after only a few minutes of treatment with our Pure Calcium Bentonite Clay. Our Tachyon-optimized Calcium Bentonite Clay contains more than 70 trace minerals. When hydrated, it generates and maintains a very strong electromagnetic field, which allows it to attract and hold unwanted non-nutritive substances such as pesticides and other toxins so that they can be eliminated from the body. Use as a face mask or a full body treatment!

A single facial application will take only 1 tsp of clay and about 4 tsp of pure water. To make an effective beauty mask at home, first wash your face using warm water to open the pores. Next, apply a thin paste of Pascalite and leave on for about 10 minutes or until completely dry. Rinse off with warm water, then close pores with a cold water rinse. After your face is dry apply thin film of olive oil to lock in moisture. Voila! You look years younger!

Preparing powdered bentonite is not difficult, but may require some patience if you are mixing up a large amount for a full body treatment or for a "girls-night-out spa party". On average, the amount of water required to properly hydrate bentonite will be from four to five times the amount of clay, by volume. For every one cup of bentonite, at least four cups of water will be required to fully hydrate the clay to produce a magma that can be considered colloidal.

While there is not one single method to prepare clay, our experience suggests the following method:

1. Add the powdered clay to the container, layering it not more than three inches thick. If one is making more clay, add about 4 times the water to the container at this point, then add another "layer" of powdered clay, again, not more than three inches deep. This process can be repeated.

2. If the layering method is not used, then once the powdered clay is in the container, the water is then added.

3. It takes time for the clay to hydrate. If one finds that the powdered clay is not adsorbing water, then one may gently create small holes from the top to the bottom of the container, which will allow the water to penetrate to the bottom of the container.

4. Mixing the clay is not recommended and you should apply caution when handling powdered clay: avoid breathing in the fine powder. If necessary, one can "turn" the clay by taking the clay that is on the bottom of the container and moving it to the top.

The end product should be a gel substance without clumping. The more one interferes in the process, the greater the chance of clumping. When placed in a container, one should be able to feel a "bounce" to the clay, by holding the container in one hand and tapping it with the other.

If the clay is not hydrated enough, it is easy to add small amounts of water. We recommend creating medium sized holes ( if a large container is used to make the clay ) that penetrate to the bottom of the container, and slowly adding water so that the water fills from the bottom of the container up. No mixing is required. Simply allow the clay to set and expand. And enjoy!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Exploring the Shadows of Compasssion


My attention was turned to the concept of compassion. Webster’s dictionary defines compassion as, "Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it; pity." 

Hmmm... that didn't "feel" quite right to me. So I sat with it for a moment...

OK, compassion is an emotion: a feeling in motion, therefore it is a tool for moving forward. But as all tools, it can be used in a positive or negative manner. Yes, fire can cook soup for your loved ones or burn your enemy's house down.

It really bothered me that Webster uses the term pity when defining compassion, because Webster defines pity as, "a feeling of sorrow that inclines one to help or to show mercy." Well, yes, mercy is often a motive for rescuing another from pain. And we have been taught that mercy is good. Yet, from a higher perspective, pity and mercy are seen as terms that define someone who is a victim, not a perfect soul...

I could feel Aha moment about to root.

I have come to feel that pity is an active form of judgment with the suffering of another being judged as "bad." So with this in mind, can it be that compassion has become also a tool of judgment, twisted in its teaching and application to add to our collective suffering?  Have we been bamboozled by believing we were helping?  Moment sprouting, reaching for light...

I am reminded of a quote, "Don't let the hand that holds you hold you down."

It won't if we understand compassion as a deep awareness of the suffering of another without the need to relieve it, feeling total appreciation for its value; a state of non-judgment.

This is tricky, really tricky I know, because we have to stretch our minds to embrace another point of view that is quite foreign to us The thought that someone’s suffering can have a value is not normal thinking in our world.  But, it is the kind of thinking we have been taught that God does. “God is compassionate, God is unconditionally loving.” We hear those words, and believe them, and yet do not comprehend how to reach those states of consciousness. But, how do we get to the level of unconditional love and compassion?

The blossom: We must move into the realm of non-judgment, leaving pity behind.

To become truly compassionate we must suspend all judgment of the actions, or conditions, of another. We must be aware of those actions, how painful they are and at the same time realize that they have a value and that value pertains to the role they play in facilitating our spiritual growth as souls.  It has been said by many teachers that we are souls having a physical experience. We are souls who have come to earth to partake of the greatest opportunity for soul growth.

Why is it a great opportunity? Because Earth is a "free will zone" meaning that there are no limits on creative expression of light and dark. It has also been said that we are creator gods and goddesses and therefore we create our own realities. So if we are souls that are also creator gods/goddesses, and we are incarnate on earth to create in order to learn and grow from what we create, I think that we find those lessons most often in the shadows, in the creations which include both light and dark.

It’s true that our dark creations are the ones that cause us pain. I don’t think anyone will dispute that. But, as we who have evolved a bit know, we learn the most from our painful experiences. And in fact, it is out of the shadows that we grow: not from our light manifestations but into them. Our light manifestations are the rewards we create for ourselves for creating, experiencing and learning from the dark days.

When we pity someone we state by our action that what they are experiencing is bad and therefore negative. As souls and creator gods/goddesses, there is no right or wrong, just expressions of polarity and all of those expressions have value. We need to remain non-judgmental, allowing all expressions of creation to just be...  non-judgmental, allowing and unconditionally loving as manifestations of the Divine.

So, dare to explore the depths of our creation. Do not hide or run from what we have created. No matter how dark, ugly, disgusting and painful that creation is, we must realize that not only are we responsible for it because it is part of All That Is, and we find must value in it as a learning opportunity. We must bless the depths and say, "thank you."

I have found that many Lightworkers are either not aware that they need to do this or are unwilling to do it. They believe that by not looking at the dark, not researching and investigating the "official story" being given, that they are doing the right thing... in other words, they are not adding fuel to the fire by responding in anger or feeling the need for restitution. On one hand they are correct, but what they are missing is that they are not doing anything to counterbalance the event. 

I have had many conversations with well-intentioned Lightworkers, informing me that they are staying centered in the love no matter what and therefore, are not acknowledging the dark thinking... and that if they don’t acknowledge the bad and the ugly, it will go away. I can tell you if it did, I would be the first in line to do it. But you know me, if it's rotten and it stinks, I'm going to poke it with a stick until I learn my lesson!

Yes, my friends, my first step is to know the extent of the actions of the dark, however they manifest.  It’s not fun and, in fact, it can very painful.  Some of what I have discovered and uncovered turns my stomach and hurts my feelings but I would rather have these things happen than to be na├»ve.  Knowledge is power. When we know what we are up against, we can do something about it. We are empowered. We have choice.

Once we know the extent of the dark, we can then move to the next step: transmutation. This is where our higher dimensional creator tools come into play.  We cannot transmute the pain, anger, revulsion and disgust into compassion unless we have a tool that enables us to see their value. We did not choose to be here on earth at this time without a tool that would enable us to successfully complete the mission!

As creator gods/goddesses we take this tool and transmute the energies of our dark creation. We go right ahead and feel and express the anger, revulsion, etc., and move them up through our lower charkas, through our heart and into our high heart where they are transmuted.  Once there, we hold them in our high heart while we look for their value, we move into gratitude for the teachings they provide. At the same time we release them with appreciation along with those who played the roles to trigger those feelings in us. At that point, we feel compassion and we are compassionate. We are also now doing what we really came to earth to do!

As Lightworkers we understand that we must now create an alternate reality to the previous one. We must create a reality that not only counterbalances the dark but also takes us to the next level in our learning.  So, we invest time in transmuting all the dark energies from our current creation, using every drop of darkness to use as fuel that we transmute to energize our new reality, and our next steps.  We step out of the shadow and use the tool of true compassion to move our world to an even higher state of consciousness. Unconditional Love.

May you be blessed!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Playing with Light? I LOVE Photons!

According to Willkipedia, a photon is an elementary particle, the quantum of the electromagnetic interaction and the basic unit of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation. It is also the force carrier for the electromagnetic force. Because the photon has no rest mass; this allows for interactions at long distances...

So naturally, I'd be starry-eyed from the get-go...

But the Photon$ I'm talking about are the free little currency packets of ka-ching-real-cash spendable tidbits on the cool selling venue, yardsellr. You'll get $10 worth just for signing up and if you are like me, with a gazillion seller friends, you'll get $5 more each time a facebook friend joins.  Photon$ can be thought of as reward points for yardsellr members. If you go on a treasure hunt on Yardsellr, you can win Photon$ just by commenting on listings and buying things on yardsellr.com. Yes, you get more when you buy stuff!!! And you can earn up to a million per day LOL!

So, last week when I logged onto yardsellr I discovered this pile of Photon$ I never knew I had.  I spent about $200 in FREE Photon$ and I only paid about $20 in buyer fees called the yardsellr slice (sellers don't pay listing fees) but shipping was free on everything so that was the deal of the century...

There's no minimum purchase or percentage you must use, so if you've got the Photon$ to spend... you don't have to add any cash except the (10%+-) buyer slice.  You do need to use paypal or a major credit card to shop on yardsellr. Photon$ really is a great promotion, and I'm sure it won't last forever...

but there are some really great sellers there and some very cool goodies...


If you've got Photon$ to spend, and love Oshun Spirit products and services, just make your wish list from either http://www.oshunspirit.net or http://www.oshunspirit.com  (or combine goodies from both sites) send it to me, and I'll make you a custom listing on yardsellr. Yardsellr pays me with cash, but it's all free for you! And FREE is good!

Seller friends, are you selling on yardsellr? Feel free to drop your user name here in the comments and some links to your goodies. What cool things have you picked up with your Photon$?