A Smile in My Heart: Enjoying the Journey of Now

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Reaching My Long-Awaited Goal

 

I recently reached a milestone.

 

For years, I’ve craved solitude. I’ve wanted to live alone.

 

This wanting has taken a few years to manifest from heart’s desire into physical reality. First, I’ve had a lot of financial blockages I’ve had to clear. Second, dealing with the psychological after-effects of a devastating illness (that almost killed me) has been a rather slow and complicated process. My task has been to heal layers and layers of trauma.

 

It hasn’t been easy. The self-healing work I’ve undergone has been, at times, quite rough and tumultuous. There were months when I felt stuck and frustrated, feeling like I’d never reach my goal.

 

But … now … I’ve finally reached my goal! I live alone!

 

About a month ago, I moved into a charming, cozy little apartment, on the banks of my favorite river on the planet, the mighty Maumee, the largest river to feed into the Great Lakes.

 

As I sip my tea and type to you this morning, I take a look around me. No roommate. No partner for support. Just me.

 

Just me.

 

This milestone is a deeply spiritual one. I’ve known, deep inside, the importance of this step to the “story of Anya.”

 

Living alone gives me the space and time I need for inner reflection. It gives me more silence. Less distractions. More time to meditate. More time to chant and pray. More space to discover the subtle truths of my nature.

 

This is a glorious time for learning.

 

 

Dissatisfaction with Success

 

A few nights ago, as I was washing the dishes, I found myself asking the question: “What’s next?” My mind was visualizing a chain of thoughts: selling all my belongings, hitting the road, getting on a plane, visiting ashrams, or maybe going to visit a loved one in England. My heart started pounding with excitement and anticipation.

 

But … wait a minute!! All the boxes haven’t even been unpacked yet—and my mind is already planning the next thing!!??

 

I’ve finally reached my long-awaited goal—and already I’m dissatisfied??!!

 

Instead of savoring and celebrating this milestone in my life, my mind is already a chaotic jumble of “what ifs” and “what next” questions. My mind wants to know what is ahead of this step.

 

Sigh.

 

This, my friends, is a prime example of the endless suffering of the monkey mind. Once one desire is attained, another one pops up in its place. Once one wish is granted, twelve more begin formulating.

 

In addition to over-planning, the mind loves to second-guess and doubt.

 

In the past few days, I’ve observed my monkey mind doubting whether living alone is “emotionally healthy” and wondering if perhaps I’ve wanted to live alone as a form of spiritual bypassing.

 

As I’m walking, a thought comes: “I wonder if I’ll ever get married again?” As I’m eating, a thought comes: “What if you get old and sick and no one is there to take care of you?” As I’m doing yoga, a thought comes: “You are selfish because you haven’t had children.” As I’m bathing, a thought comes: “You’re living a greedy life; you should really be living a life of service in an ashram or monastery.”

 

These questions and doubts are mind-made ghosts. They are fear-based.

 

When I sit in the clear light of peace and presence, after a meditation or during a Reiki session, I am one hundred percent sure that I have made the right choice to live alone—that this step is, in fact, a crucial part of my destiny.

 

 

 

From Planning to Patience

 

My spiritual awakening began while I was in graduate school. At the time, I was a classic Type A personality: a total overachiever, planner, competitive control-freak. My mind and my logical reasoning abilities were the crown jewel of my existence. I prided myself on my ability to strategize and get what I wanted from other people.

 

Indeed, back then I had every step of my life mapped out, with an array of contingency plans and alternate routes for “just in case.” I was the queen of planning, the queen of analysis … and, also, the queen of constant  stress.

 

Now, fast forward ten years. What is my life like today?

 

Living life now is much more from the heart than from the head. I feel into the moments of life rather than analyze them rationally. I use my intuition as my guide to discover what’s right for me.

 

The experience of watching my mind rush ahead into the future during these past few days has been a humbling experience. The overly-intellectual tendency to plan and always be looking ahead is obviously still very much alive within me.

 

And, yet, it’s been so important not to judge myself. I’ve been giving myself compassion for having these thoughts. I’ve been having patience with myself for wanting to plan.

 

 

Returning to Gratitude

 

I do not want to be angry at my mind—for my mind is simply doing what it’s been designed to do! Indeed, the mind is a brilliant machine whose purpose is to calculate risk and weigh options.

 

What I want for my life is to forgive my mind and enjoy the journey. To truly be here now. I want to commune with God here in this apartment, savoring each lesson that this chapter in my life offers. I want to dive deeply into the stillness and peace of this space—my own private little meditation cave—and discover the quiet truths herein.

 

Whatever step I take next is simply not important. Maybe I’ll get married again; maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll join an ashram; maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll have children; maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ve live alone for the rest of my life; maybe I won’t.

 

The next step doesn’t matter. In fact, on a certain level, the steps after this one do not even exist! Past, present, and future are limited concepts of the limited human brain. On an ultimate level, on the spiritual level, all that is real is the timelessness that I sense now as I type these words to you. I am in the flow. I have no worries, no questions about my future. All that exists are the click of these keys, and the chirp of robins outside my window.

 

I am peaceful; I am happy; I am alone and loving it.

 

Indeed, gratitude fills my being. I have this new wonderful space, this new beautiful home.

 

I have a smile in my heart.

What Should I Do After a Reiki Session? 7 Tips for Aftercare

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So, you’ve just experienced your first Reiki healing session. Awesome! It’s so wonderful that you’ve chosen to prioritize your wellbeing. I’m so happy for you!

 

In truth, the session is just the beginning of the healing process. The session begins a very deep healing journey that takes days, weeks, months, or even years to fully integrate.

 

With that in mind, here are 7 empowering self-care tips you can implement after your session has concluded. By following these tips, you will get more benefit from your session.

 

Please note: I am not a medical doctor; I am not a licensed medical practitioner or psychologist. This article does not constitute professional medical or psychological advice. I am simply sharing my personal opinion, based upon my years of serving as a minister and Reiki master.

 

1. Drink lots of water

 

If you heed only one of these tips, I hope it’s this one. It’s the most important.

 

Simply put, a Reiki session is an energetic upgrade. The more upgraded your system is, the more water it will require to optimally function.

 

Now that you’ve had a Reiki session, your body will require more water. For the next few days, pay attention to how much water you’re drinking, and aim to double the amount of water you normally drink.

 

If you normally drink soda or caffeinated drinks, now would be a great time to begin to wean yourself away from these beverages, as they have major negative effects upon the body. There are so many other options. You can buy cold-pressed veggie juice. Sparkly (sugar-free) water is a great substitute for soda. Herbal tea is delicious and nourishing. If you love the taste of coffee (like me), you will love Teeccino.

 

2. Rest

 

After your Reiki session, it’s important to slow down.

 

If possible, schedule your Reiki session at a time where you’ll have the rest of the day off to relax or sleep. It’s important not to push yourself too hard after the session, because your body will probably want to rest. (This is true in 99% of the cases I’ve seen… although, I have seen, once in a great while, a client who leaves a session totally fired up, bursting with fire and energy and only needs two hours of sleep that night. As in all things, this advice is simply a guideline, not a strict rule.)

 

Also, I highly recommend that you switch off your phone for the rest of the day and disconnect from technology, as this will help your nervous system to decompress and relax. (Don’t worry—everyone is busy with their own lives … they’ll be just fine if you’re unreachable for a little while.)

 

The first few days after a Reiki session are crucial, as your immune system is being strengthened and your body is finding balance. So, be kind to yourself. Be slow. Be gentle. Get lots of rest.

 

3. Let your emotions flow

 

A Reiki session can often trigger deep emotional healing. This experience may feel pleasant or feel not-so-pleasant while it’s happening. Many of my clients have reported feeling unusually happy, giddy, spacey, anxious, fearful, angry, furious, sad, or depressed after a session. No matter whether the emotions are seemingly “positive” or “negative”, it’s important that you simply allow them to be exactly as they are, without judgment.

 

When you freely allow yourself to feel (without repressing the emotions and without judging any emotions as good or bad), then you allow healing at a very deep level. Most of us have been taught by society to stifle certain emotions. To repress and stifle emotions is very damaging in the long-run. Men have been especially wounded in this regard, as, in many cultures, they have been taught not to cry.

 

After your Reiki session, if you feel like you want to cry… then that is the very best thing that you can do! Please cry! If you feel like beating up a pillow with rage, then do so. Let it all out! If you feel like laughing—then please do! (Interestingly, I once worked with a woman who laughed hysterically during our whole Reiki session! When I asked her if she was okay, she said, “Wow, I haven’t laughed like this in years! I so need this!”)

 

The important thing to keep in mind is that if you have any intense mood swings after the session, this is your system’s natural way of finding balance.

 

If the mood swings seem dark or scary, please do not get angry or frustrated with yourself for having these feelings. In fact, the best thing you can do at this time is to give yourself a hug and say “I love you” to all the parts of you—including the shadowy, scary parts. Those parts are part of you, too. Just as a mother loves her child when he is being “naughty,” so too can we learn to love ourselves all the time, unconditionally.

 

 

4. Be patient and observant

 

Sometimes the results from a Reiki session are not immediately apparent. It may take a few weeks or even a few months before you can really perceive all that has shifted.

 

It’s important not to get lost in impatience, doubt, or self-criticism. Healing happens on its own schedule. The only steps we can take are to follow these aftercare tips, and be patient.

 

Remember to be as kind to yourself as possible. Don’t worry if the desired changes don’t immediately show up in your reality … they will, sooner or later.

 

5. Do your research and ask questions

 

After a session, you may suddenly find that you have a million questions about how Reiki works, particularly if you’ve had an intense session.

 

There’s nothing wrong with satisfying the mind’s natural desire for learning! There are plenty of amazing Reiki books, blogs, and videos out there. I particularly love teachings by Diane Stein, Frans Stiene, and Shalandra Abbey. You can also read all the Reiki posts here on this blog.

 

If you have any concerns or questions after your session, find out if your healer offers follow-up phone calls, texts, or supportive emails. Sometimes these will be included in the session cost, or sometimes you may have to pay a bit extra.

 

6. Embrace detoxification symptoms

 

 When you receive an energy healing, your body shifts to a higher frequency. When this happens, a detoxification process is often triggered.

 

This detox process is sometimes also known as a “healing crisis.”

 

Basically, what this means is that your body is now shedding old toxins that are not resonant with the new higher frequency.

 

If a detox process happens to you, please, my friend, have no fear! This is actually a very positive sign to your overall healing journey.

 

When you are detoxing, you may experience a runny nose, sneezing, soreness, headaches, joint or muscular pain, fatigue, acne, rashes, extra mucus, or even fever and diarrhea. This is simply your body cleansing itself of the old toxins. All the old patterns and energy are simply coming to the surface to be released.

 

Be patient as the detox occurs. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water and also fresh raw vegetable juice. (If you don’t have your own juicer, you can buy cold-pressed juices at your local grocery store.) Drinking lots of healthy fluids will help flush the toxins from your body and speed up the cleansing process.

 

During this crucial detox time, it’s a good idea to eat organic whole grains and high-quality protein such as pine nuts, walnuts, and avocados. And you can support your immune system with high-quality vitamin C.

 

Symptoms can range from mild to severe. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days and are severe, make an appointment with your nearest holistic health care provider so they can recommend further strategies to help expedite your detox process and also double-check that yes, this is indeed a detox process (and not something else).

 

It’s important to note that if you try to numb your symptoms (such as using pain killers like Tylenol or over-the-counter cold medicine), then you will actually stall, negate, or totally reverse the healing process. It may be challenging to deal with the symptoms, yes, but your body knows what it is doing … and pain/discomfort is often a necessary part of the healing journey. Stick with it! Soon, you will feel better than you ever have before!

 

Typically, a detoxification process lasts no longer than 21 days.

 

If you are suffering from a chronic illness, you may want to invest in weekly Reiki sessions. When I began my healing journey about 7 years ago, I received a healing session at least once a week for a few months. This was necessary to jumpstart my process of detoxification, which for me was quite intense—including rashes, acne, fatigue, and nausea. After a few months, I made the commitment to become a Reiki practitioner myself, so that I could stop relying solely on other practitioners and give myself healing treatments every day.

 

7. Embrace the changes

 

My clients repeatedly report that they feel “different” after a Reiki session.

 

When you receive a healing, your intuition is heightened and your normal stress-response is calmed.

 

After your first Reiki session, you might have different needs and wants than normal. For example, you might realize that you need 12 hours of sleep the night after a Reiki session, or you might find that you suddenly are craving green beans with an intense passion!

 

Another example of a sudden shift is having a new repulsion against things you normally enjoy. One of the most common effects after a session is being unable to enjoy alcohol, meats, or processed foods.

 

Many of my clients report suddenly having an urge to spend more time in peaceful quiet spaces or out in nature. Or they suddenly have the intuition to learn yoga or do more exercise.

 

The important thing is to listen to yourself and give yourself permission to find out what feels good for you.

 

Enjoy the journey, my friend!

Finding Peace Behind the Thoughts

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“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there, buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” —Deepak Chopra

 

What does it mean to feel peace?

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Peace is defined as the state of tranquility or quiet within a community, such as freedom from civil disturbance.

Peace has also been defined as freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions.

 

I see the first definition as something external, something we cannot directly control. The second definition, however, is internal, that which we can control.

 

By working on yourself inwardly, you will inevitably produce results externally and those results can inspire others towards change. This is where it all starts. By looking inside first and then leading by example.

 

We can’t control our external experiences; we can’t control what other people do. But we can control our reactions to them.

 

We can be a leader for peace. We can lead by example.

 

By finding peace within ourselves, we show others the way.

 

If every person made it a priority to find a little bit more peace in their lives each day, the world would be a much different place. Instead of spreading fear, we would all be spreading love.

 

My friend and fellow yoga colleague, Erin, wrote a wonderful article about arming our future generations with the gift of peace in an effort to derail the mass shooting epidemic in schools. She thinks bringing yoga and meditation into schools will solve this problem. I think this is a brilliant idea and perhaps a way that awakening is supposed to spread.

 

Finding peace and serenity amongst your busy life can seem impossible, but all you have to do is be still. Find a comfortable seat and just be still. To protect the mind from wandering thoughts you can use a mantra or a hand mudra.


In meditation, you can connect with the peaceful space behind the thoughts … because you are the thinker and not the thought.


How do we know this? We know this because each of us is able to observe our own thoughts. In that way, there is a subject/object relationship.

 

You cannot be your thoughts because you are the one observing them.

 

The book, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, explains this concept very well. He teaches how you are essentially stuck in your head with a roommate—a roommate that never leaves and often gives you bad advice!

 

According to Singer, most of the time we are listening to this roommate inside our head, reacting to their every word. However, he reminds us that we don’t have to react to this voice.

 

It is so liberating and empowering to observe thoughts and just let them be. Not reacting in any way gives you more awareness.

 

To find the peaceful space behind the thoughts, we must practice meditation.

 

When we sit down to meditate, we might be confronted with our monkey mind … but fear not, because if you notice your monkey mind, you are already gaining a sense of peace.

 

The act of observation ceases the fluctuations of the mind and brings us that much closer to our true self. I like to use the mantra “let go” in my meditations. As I inhale, I mentally say “let” and as I exhale, I mentally say “go”.

 

My wish for this world is that everyone learns how to access the peace within. It is simply buried behind the thoughts.

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When you find this place, please share it with others.

 

Let us paint the world with peace!

 

Michelle

Michelle Ostermyer is fascinated by introspection. She chooses to explore her life through yoga and meditation practices. Her life purpose is to teach others what she learns. Check out her website at www.belleyogi.com

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11 Ways to Raise Your Frequency

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A high frequency is a state of being where life feels fun, happy, carefree, creative, peaceful, and joyful. Life just seems to flow.

 

Striving to attain a high frequency state is not selfish. It is, in fact, good for the whole planet. When we are enjoying a high frequency state, we are feeling a sense of unity, a sense of oneness—thus, we are not only feeling loving towards ourselves, but we are also filled with love and compassion for everyone else, too.

 

Ever notice how happy people tend to be generous with others? That’s because people with overflowing, happy hearts have so much to share. When even one person is able to reach a high frequency, everyone around them benefits.

 

My friends, here is a list of 11 ways you can quickly raise yourself into a higher frequency in your day-to-day life.

 

I can personally attest to the amazing power of all these practices, as they have radically helped me shift my own consciousness from that of a depressed, nervous, traumatized person to someone who radiates peace and joy, and who now coaches others how to do the same.

 

  1. Eat high vibrational foods.

 

This is so important—and delicious! High vibe foods include raw fruits/veggies, nuts, seeds, healthy fats such as avocados and coconut oil, and gluten-free whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa. Whenever possible, eat organic and eat local.

 

These types of foods I just mentioned have a higher ratio of life force energy. These foods help us to feel physically good, and also to spiritually awaken.

 

  1. “Just for today, do not worry.”

 

This is one of the core Reiki principles. Every day when we wake up, we can remind ourselves that, just for today, we will not waste any of our precious life force energy in the act of worrying. There’s no sense in stressing about tomorrow, because tomorrow doesn’t exist right now! Rather, what exists right now is our chance to enjoy the adventure of life. So why waste it stressing?

 

  1. Enjoy the signs and synchronicities of life.

 

When we notice a repeating pattern of numbers or when we cross paths with a certain animal over and over, we can stop and ask ourselves: What is the deeper meaning here? What is the Universe trying to tell me? What is the special message?

 

  1. Meditate every day.

 

Meditation is just as important to our wellbeing as brushing our teeth or exercising. When we meditate, we tap into our infinite nature of being. We begin to touch that mystical I AM presence. We slowly lose our (false) sense of separateness, and, as our mind calms, we develop an unshakable inner peace.

 

  1. Be intentional about the media you consume and the messages to which you are exposed.

 

As children, we are exposed to dense networks of conditioning. This conditioning keeps us (temporarily) trapped in old-paradigm patterns of fear and control. Schools, governments, television, mainstream music…all of these are tools for lower frequency beliefs to confuse us and cause us to forget who we truly are.

 

The lower frequency beliefs would have us believe that we are not worthy unless we have a fancy car or have “achieved” certain things, such as a having a “successful” career, a huge house, marriage, and children. Question these beliefs.

 

You are infinite consciousness! You are immortal Spirit! You are a soul, temporarily residing in human form!

 

Instead of consuming the old-paradigm media, instead seek out nourishing media such as books written by meditation teachers or music composed by mystics and yogis. As you decide which books to read, what music to listen to, and what films to watch… ask yourself: What seems to be the intention of this author or artist? Does this media intend to uplift my Spirit? Does this media help me to feel my intrinsic worth as a human being?  Does this media make me feel happy or peaceful? Does this media help me remember who I truly am—or does this media simply serve to numb or distract me?

 

Intend to surround yourself with only positive messages of love that will uplift your frequency.

 

  1. Periodically unplug from screens.

 

When we are constantly attached to social media, our phones, and email…we are attuning ourselves to a ridiculously fast-paced rhythm of life that is not conducive to a high frequency.

 

When my clients come and see me complaining of stress, I recommend a very powerful (and sometimes seemingly quite scary!) plan of action … I recommend that they take one day per week for a “screen-free day.”

 

A screen-free day is where you chill out, slow down the pace, and detox from screens. Why? By doing so, your nervous system relaxes and your frequency rises.

On these special screen-free days, I recommend you spend a lot of time out in nature and doing things that are nourishing for your body and soul, such as exercising, cleaning your home, cooking delicious healthy foods, or spending time with loved ones.

 

  1. “Just for today, do not anger.”

 

This is another one of the core Reiki principles. This principle reminds us to avoid taking out our anger on other people. Of course, as human beings, anger will sometimes naturally arise within ourselves. That is OK—but the question is: Can we not let it overcome us and cause us to lash out?

 

When you feel yourself getting triggered into anger, take a few moments and simply focus your attention on your breath. Step away from the person or situation that is triggering you, and take a walk outside or simply go into another room. Focus your attention on the physical sensations of breathing, and allow yourself to calm down. Simply observe the feeling of anger rising and then falling away.

 

  1. Spend time communing with plants and animals.

 

The natural world is a veritable feast of high vibrational enjoyment! Being around plants and animals raises our frequency because these lovely creatures give us permission to let go of all of our stressful human mind-worries. Nature allows us to be peaceful, playful, and totally in-the-moment.

 

Whenever possible, surround yourself with the beauty of the natural world. Being in nature is such a simple yet potent medicine. I always tell my clients: “A barefoot walk in the park is the best antidepressant you will ever take!”

 

  1. Move your body!

 

The most important thing is to choose physical activity that feels fun for you. Too many people drag themselves to the gym in a kind of grim “I should” attitude.

 

I personally love to dance. I do it as often as I can. Dancing allows my inner child to come out and play—and my waistline is slimming down as a nice side effect! When we move our bodies, we allow stagnant energies to be released, thus resulting in a higher vibrational state.

 

  1. Interact in public spaces with a sense of service.

 

If you are a highly sensitive person, you probably sometimes dread going to energetically dense/chaotic public spaces such as grocery stores, doctors’ offices, banks, bars, malls, or crowded sports events. Indeed, places where lots of people congregate tend to feel overwhelming or upsetting for those of us who are sensitive.


You do not, however, need to be at the mercy of these unpleasant sensations! You can rise above. It’s all about shifting your mindset.

When you are required to enter a public space, view it with a sense of service. If you know how to do energy work, send waves of healing energy into the room and send silent blessings to each person you see. Or you can visualize a soothing bubble of golden light around yourself—a bubble that expands outwards to protect you, and also radiates outward to uplift those who are present around you.

 

When you visit public spaces, instead of feeling fear, you can use this opportunity to serve your fellow humans. You can understand that your very presence is a gift. No one else may consciously appreciate it—but that’s OK. You don’t need praise. Being able to rise above the negativity and feel a high frequency amidst the chaos is reward enough!

 

 

  1. Look into the mirror every day and say to yourself: “I love you.”

 

When you talk to yourself the way you would talk to your best friend, you are raising your frequency. You are finding the Beloved within.
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Our First Hug

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He is my friend’s lover.

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Over coffee dates and over phone calls, she praises him as if he were a god. With a squeal and a radiant, teenage grin, she says to me, over and over again: He is the most fascinating, sexy, amazing man I’ve ever known!
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My dear friend is happy. And I am happy that she is happy.

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She says, I hope you’ll love him, too. 
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She tells me he is a quiet man. A man who selects friends and lovers carefully, with no great rush.
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And she always talks about his hugs. His amazing, mind-blowing hugs. She playfully warns me that, were I ever to have the pleasure of his embrace, all time would stop. I would pull back from his arms only to discover that five hours had passed and I had missed my bus. 
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The season is spring.

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He is wearing a dusty jean jacket from some long-ago decade. Simple wire, round glasses adorn his bearded face. To me, in this moment, he looks exactly like John Lennon. This is comforting.
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It is early in the evening, around seven o’clock. We are at a sacred sexuality workshop. All our friends are deliciously naked, mingling around the snack table, nibbling on chocolates and carrots. Giggling and flirting and silliness everywhere.
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My friend’s lover and I have been standing by the coffeepot: serene silence shared between sips. As he takes a step towards me, unfurling his arms in the universal gesture of let’s-hug-now, something inside me trembles. Time already seems strange. I make some sort of stupid joke, stalling. My heart is pounding. It feels like my words are some defense—but for what? I suddenly feel young, like a child.
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I’ve heard about your hugs, I say. Should I be nervous?
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No, he replies. A kind smile. Gentle, merry eyes.
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We embrace.
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I sigh. I melt. Something new is now here.

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We stand here … minutes or hours, I’m not sure … the din and chaos of happy friends all around us. We are floating. We are floating in a sea of love and touch: no boat, no anchor, no map or plan. There is just this.

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Only this.
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Always.
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So…How Does Reiki (Energy Healing) Really Work?

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I’ve had a lot of questions lately about how Reiki (energy healing) really works.

 

In this post, I’m going to give you the answers you’ve been looking for.

 

Okay, here we go …

 

The Japanese word “Reiki” means “universal life force energy.” This is a similar concept to “prana” in the system of yoga and “chi” in the practice of Tai Chi. In fact, all ancient cultures around the world have this concept.

 

Simply put, Reiki is the stuff of life. It is our basic building block of existence.

 

Each one of us is composed of energy. This is what we fundamentally are. Our science textbooks when we were kid may have said that we are made of atoms, of particles, of matter—however, my friends, I’m sorry to tell you that that was sorely outdated info!

 

Energy. We are made of energy.

 

And what is energy, you ask? Energy is vibrating waves of light.

 

It may appear that our bodies are perfectly solid—however, this is just an optical illusion!

 

The latest studies in quantum physics have shown that our eyes interpret objects and people as solid forms simply because that is the easiest way for us human beings to be able to function in our daily lives. (Wouldn’t it be a bit chaotic and annoying if our friends and our furniture were always swirling and moving about?!)

 

In reality, over 99% of your body (and everything else!) is empty space!

 

When our eyes “see” something, they are actually filtering out most of what is actually there, and simply showing us a more easily-digestible, easily-understandable picture.

 

Maybe you’ve heard of psychics who can see auras or mediums who can communicate with deceased loved ones in other realms? How do they do this, you ask? Well, they can do this simply because these people have trained themselves (or they have been born with a special gift) to see the quantum reality. They can see things that are hidden to most people. They see energy.

 

A Reiki healer is also someone who can perceive the deepest quantum, energetic reality. They’ve been specially trained to sense into the energetic reality of the human body, mind, emotions—everything.

 

During an energy healing session, the practitioner collects the Reiki energy from all around them and channels it into you for the purposes of your upliftment and healing.

 

Sound supernatural? Not really. They are performing a service that, in truth, anyone can learn how to do.

 

Doing Reiki is not a rare magic power. We all have the capability to learn this skill. It is a totally natural process.

 

Indeed, we all have the ability to channel energy for healing purposes. Even young children can do it. It’s simply that our society has trained us to believe otherwise. Learning Reiki or another form of energy healing is simply a process of de-conditioning yourself from what society has taught you.

 

On a spiritual level, an energy healer is someone who is helping you to remember why you came onto the planet, why you are here in this body and in this life. They are reassuring comforters and way-showers. They tell you what the politicians don’t know and what your parents probably didn’t teach you. They help reveal to you the awesome, mystical secrets.

 

In truth, who you really are at the quantum level is not a personality nor a body, but rather a timeless, immortal spirit. You are waves of beautiful, pulsating energy. You are Divinity itself.

 

Through contact with a Reiki healer, your whole system is upgraded. Just like it’s beneficial to periodically upgrade your computer software, the same is true for us humans, too. We need periodic upgrades in order to reach higher states of health, wisdom, and wellbeing.

 

Indeed, when we receive a Reiki healing session, we are receiving a beneficial adjustment at the deepest level of who we are.

 

Usually, people are initially drawn to Reiki because they are suffering a problem, whether emotional or physical. And yet, once they experience a Reiki session, they begin to ask deeper questions about life. They begin their long-awaited spiritual adventure.

 

Indeed, a healing crisis is often the beginning of a very beautiful adventure.

 

Though illness may initially appear “bad,” in truth it is beautiful because it often triggers an earnest search beyond the surface-level of reality, beyond what appears to be true … this is the path to enlightenment.

 

Dear friend, welcome to Reiki! Welcome to your healing journey! May you be blessed!

A New Vision of Work for the New Earth (Part 2)

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Today we will dismantle the second major myth about work. (Please see Part 1 to learn about the first myth.)

Myth #2: Resources are scarce, so it is necessary to compete.

 

The myth of competition has been so embedded into our consciousness that we might not even notice it. It’s been drilled into us since we were little kids. Remember in your school textbooks, the stories about Darwin and evolution? Ideas about how “nature” is a harsh and brutal survival of the fittest?

 

Did you ever think about who wrote those textbooks?

 

The people who wrote those textbooks, the people who promote the myth of competition is propagated by those who are not yet spiritually awake. These are ignorant people, clouded by deep misperceptions about how life really works.

 

The myth of competition and survival of the fittest serves the wealthy elite—but it certainly doesn’t serve you or me.

 

Simply put, the myth of competition serves to excuse bad behavior by those who would like to mentally justify their actions of greed.

 

If we believe that the Earth has scarce resources, then we will, naturally, feel justified in fighting over them and not playing together as a team. We will allow hierarchy. We will not cooperate. We will turn against our brothers and sisters, mistakenly seeing our fellow humans as enemies rather than as family.

 

The myth of scarcity creates fear, which leads us to work at jobs we don’t like. 

 

Here are some of the common fear-based ideas we have, that stem from this outdated myth, that keep us trapped in passionless jobs:

 

  • It’s better to have a job I don’t like than it is to be homeless
  • It’s better to have a job I don’t like than it is to or to be a burden to my family or to “the system”
  • It’s OK that I don’t like my job because I’m lucky to have a job at all—so many other people are unemployed…so I shouldn’t complain
  • My boss is a real jerk, but hey, I’m grateful that he hasn’t laid me off yet
  • I’m not happy here, but at least I have health insurance and a retirement package
  • I’m not happy here with this salaried job, but at least I get a vacation every year
  • I have to stay in this job because I have to make my mortgage payment and car payment
  • If I quit this job, someone else will take it
  • If I start my own business, I won’t have any security and what if things don’t work out? At least with this job, I have a safe, steady paycheck
  • There’s too much competition out there to start my own business. Where will my clients come from? Who would really want what I have to offer? It’s all just too risky.
  • I have invested so many years into this career. To walk away now would mean failure.
  • I want to get to the top, even if it means I sacrifice some happiness every day. The stress is worth it in order to achieve my dreams.

 

 As awakening coach Isabella A. Greene says, we humans are waking up to “a new paradigm of purpose and sharing our gifts.”

 

Indeed, humanity is evolving to understand that we are in this together. Truly, there is no such thing as competition—there are only our brothers and sisters. We can take each other’s hands, and walk this exciting path of work—together.

 

As we wake up, as we find our true selves on our spiritual path, we realize that we are stronger than the 1% elite, because our powers are the powers of love and sharing. We have the power of the entire Universe behind us!

 

As we share, we infinitely multiply the resources that exist. We see that resources are not scarce when they are shared sustainably and equally. For example, programs like regenerative agriculture show us that the concept of abundance is not just a silly new-age pipe dream, but an actual concrete reality that can be manifested.

 

Currently, the world economy produces enough food to feed every single person on the planet. If this is so, then why the heck are people still starving? Why are women, children, indigenous peoples and minorities struggling to make ends meet? The answer to this vexing question is simple: Humanity as a whole is still running the old programs of scarcity and competition. These programs keep us enslaved: sad, desperate, and in poverty.

 

In this New Earth paradigm we are co-creating, we share light (knowledge) with others, and then they share it with others … and then they share it with others … and so on and so on …

 

We are so powerful! The process of awakening has begun, and it cannot be stopped!

 

If we consciously change our ideas about work, the consequences will have a ripple effect that will, quite literally, change everything in humanity.

 

As the old systems fall apart, we can, finally, begin to free ourselves from the mentality of competition and see our brothers and sisters as allies. We are in this together. Each of us has a unique contribution to share: a contribution that will leap us out of bed every morning—excited to share, learn, grow, and discover, together.

A New Vision of Work for the New Earth (Part 1)

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What is “work”?

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If you’ve found this blog, chances are, you’ve been asking yourself this question a lot lately.

 

Well, you’re in good company! Welcome to the deep question zone. These days, so many of us are asking deep, profound questions about what it means to live with purpose and passion.

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As we wake up to the joy of living, as we awaken to our true identity in this time that many of us call “The New Earth,” we realize there are some old ideas about work that we no longer wish to support. We realize that it would be in our benefit to release these old ideas and adopt new, more empowering beliefs in their place.

 

It is indeed time for a radical restructuring of belief about work!

 

In this post, I’ll debunk one of the major myths about work from the old paradigm. (In my next post, I’ll debunk the second major myth. Stay tuned!)

 

These myths are fear-driven and energetically keep us stuck in patterns that do not allow for us to live our lives to the most beautiful fullest.

 

Once these myths are cleared from our minds, we can begin to truly plan for our beautiful future—for what truly excites us!

 

 

Myth #1: Work is hard.

 

Did your parents ever tell you that work is hard? I bet they did. For most of us, our parents, grandparents, teachers (and pretty much everybody else!) told us, over and over and over again, that work is hard, that work sucks.

 

The idea that work sucks is so prevalent in our global human society. However, we are beginning to question it. We are beginning to break free.

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As we question it, we ask ourselves: Whom does this myth really serve?

 

Well … this myth serves certain people, but it certainly doesn’t serve you or me!

 

To put it simply, the myth that work is hard serves a wealthy elite: the tiny sliver of population (“the 1%”) who control the financial systems and wish to keep you enslaved in subsistence/survival living.

 

If we believe the myth that work is hard, then we will sheepishly slave away, plugging away at work we dislike, for crappy pay—while their pockets grow ever-fuller.

 

This myth keeps us trapped.

 

If we believe that work is hard, then our standards for how employers treat us is going to be low.

 

If we believe that work is hard, then we won’t ask ourselves if we truly enjoy the work. We will just do it, like a robot, because … well, we gotta earn a paycheck, right?

 

Wrong!

 

In truth, work is meant to be a beautiful, life-giving, nourishing experience! Work is meant to be serve others in their awakening and healing process, as well as serve ourselves, serve our own curiosities and passions and learning goals.

 

In the New Earth paradigm, the giving and the receiving are One. There is equal joy in both.

 

I remember the first time I ever got paid for giving a Reiki healing session. I remember the woman handing me the cash. I stared at it for a long time, in nervousness and disbelief. I thought: “Wow, I’m actually getting paid to do this???”

 

At that time, I actually felt quite a bit of guilt for accepting money for doing something that was easy and that I actually enjoyed. Back then (this was about 7 years ago), there was that old programming deep within me that said, “Hey, work is supposed to suck. You are only supposed to get money for doing things that you dislike.”

 

It’s taken me a few years of intentional self-work and deprogramming to unravel the myth that work is hard. I’m currently in the final stages of learning this lesson.

 

I realize that not only do I wish to receive money for doing what I love—but that doing so is a requirement for the kind of life I want to create! I want my life to be a testament to others for how life can be in the New Earth paradigm. I want my life to be an inspiration.

 

In this new age, we are coming to see work as an expression of one’s unique soul signature. We each have particular inclinations, passions, and areas of interest that we incarnated to Earth to explore. Work is a major aspect of a human lifetime.

 

As we wake up out of the fear-driven old paradigm, we gather the courage within ourselves to take leaps of faith. We start our own business. Or we join an intentional community. Or we buy a cabin out in the woods and go off-the-grid.

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Whatever we choose, we do it courageously, knowing that life is meant to be joyful and that the work we do is meant to feed not just our belly but our soul.

 

Indeed, rather than being overly difficult, work is meant to be a fun, flowing, uplifting experience. A way to invest our life force for the betterment of all.

 

When we are exploring our own unique passions through work, everyone benefits—because the quality of service, then, is naturally going to be higher when it is performed by those who love doing it.

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Yes, of course, there’s still going to be routine, “mundane” tasks that need to get done. We’ve got to wash the dishes, chop the firewood, and clean the toilets. Fine. We can certainly work out fair, sustainable ways to share that labor. Of course! But the key is that, in the New Earth paradigm, a majority of what we’re doing on a daily basis is suited to our own unique soul. We are living out our dreams.

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In the old paradigm, work is shit, and we are all expected to cram ourselves into uncomfortable little boxes in exchange for some dollars so that we can pay some bills. We drag ourselves from Monday through Friday and then fall into an exhausted heap on Saturday. Why? Is this really living? Is this really what we really came here to do?

 

In the new paradigm you and I are currently building, more and more of us are rising up and saying NO to the myths of the old system. We understand that what we offer to the world in exchange for monetary (and other types) of abundance are, truly, works of art.

 

Through our awareness and joy, we become a channel for the Divine, and birth our own unique manifestations into the world. In this way, work is never drudgery, but always an ecstatic adventure into the sacred unknown.

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Welcome to the future my friends!

Being the Vibration of Love

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As Reiki practitioners, we tune into a particular vibration. We use our bodies like antennae, and we bring into ourselves a certain specific frequency: love.

 

When we tune into the vibration of love, we do this for the wellbeing of not just ourselves and our clients, but also for all beings.

 

In Buddhism, there is the notion of the Bodhisattva: the being who chooses to incarnate into a body with a mission to heal suffering. Bodhisattvas carry out their missions through their tremendous capacity to love everyone, unconditionally.

 

As Reiki practitioners, we have the very same mission. We are bearers of unconditional, boundless love.

 

 

INCREASING OUR CAPACITY FOR LOVE

 

Many of us are just beginning our journeys of service. And some of us have been serving love for a long, long time. However, even those of us who have been practicing Reiki for decades still sometimes deal with flare-ups of anger, sadness, and other lower-vibrational emotions.

 

As healers, how do we increase our capacity to love? How do we raise our vibration?

 

We increase our capacity to love through our intention. What the mind decides, the body manifests.

 

We set the intention to love every single day. We wake up and we say something like: “Yes, Love is the vibration I wish to embody, in every action, every word, and every thought.”

 

Every day, we as Reiki practitioners take action that is in alignment with the vibration of boundless, unconditional love. We are Present for others. We smile at strangers on the street. We help those who are in a crisis. When we are offering our professional healing services, we offer a sliding scale or donation sessions to those who are in need.

 

Every day, we model what real love looks like. We show others what is possible. We rebel against the cultural norms of the mainstream world. We share. We question. And, we intentionally choose not to follow the rules and regulations of a corrupt matrix, including those of a government to which we are not aligned.

 

Most importantly, we increase our capacity for love by choosing to bring the love frequency into our own bodies through daily self-healing sessions. We self-heal and self-heal and self-heal until we are so thoroughly familiar with the vibration of love that it simply becomes who we are.

 

In the beginning of our Reiki journey, it may be that the feeling of love may be limited to just during meditation or during healing sessions, or to during those beautiful moments when we feel love for our family or close friends … however, as time passes, and as our practice deepens, the frequency of love becomes so saturated into our systems that love is simply who we are.

 

DOING VERSUS BEING

 

In the wonderful book The Inner Heart of Reiki by Frans Stiene, he reminds us that Mikao Usui’s deepest teachings are not really about doing hands-on healings, but rather about “being Reiki.”

 

Imagine you are walking down a busy shopping street.
Can you walk up to each and every person,
place your hands on them and do hands-on healing?
Of course not, we would be in big trouble.
But we can “Be Reiki.”
We can walk in that state of mind of our innate great bright light,
and all the people, animals, trees, you name it, who come into contact
with our innate great bright light
can take from this light whatever they need (page 181).

 

Frans is so right. When we dedicate our lives to awakening with Reiki, awakening with the light, we are affecting the vibratory field of everyone around us. And, not only that, but we also create a ripple effect that shifts everything in existence. We affect the whole planet and the whole Universe too when we raise our vibration.

 

As Reiki practitioners, we are gridworkers as well, meaning that we anchor in the higher frequencies of love on this planet, in specific locations that need it. We bring love into our own bodies, and that radiates outward, for the wellbeing of all.

 

And, yes, this process takes time! It takes patience. We may be currently working on healing heavy traumas from our childhood or we may be living under extremely difficult circumstances. There are many challenges that we face when we decide to incarnate  onto this planet. Difficulty is part of the game of Earth. Through difficulty, we learn the lessons we need to learn in order to help others.

 

RISING ABOVE THE FEAR

 

Daily life on this planet can be tough sometimes. As highly sensitive beings, there are many other competing frequencies besides love that we often feel inside our bodies. For me, for example, when I am in a room of sad or anxious people, my skin will literally start to hurt!

 

Our government propagates these competing frequencies, as well as our media, schools, and even our well-meaning families. These frequencies can be called many things, but their basic message is fear.

 

When we dedicate our lives to the mission of awakening ourselves and helping others awaken, however, we have the power to rise above that fear. We intentionally tune into the opposite of fear, which is love.

 

Love is the blessed balm of all disease.

 

It is the surest, fastest way to heal any wound.

 

This is the vibration of Reiki.

 

This is the vibration you carry.

 

 

How To Transcend Your Comfort Zone

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♥ Please see my Youtube video for more about how to transcend your comfort zone ♥

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Comfort zones. We all have them.

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Having a comfort zone is part of being a human being. It’s natural. It’s normal.

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A comfort zone may last a few weeks or a few years. It may be subtle or it may be glaringly obvious.

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What is a comfort zone? Simply put, a comfort zone is a plateau of evolution. A place where we feel stuck. Things feel heavy, slow, boring, tedious, lifeless, blaaaaaaa….

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Somewhere, deep within our bones, we somehow know there is more … but what is it? How do we reach for it when we don’t even know what it is? Or, if we do know what it is … how do we experience what we want if we’ve never experienced it before? What do we do? How do we transcend?
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A comfort zone might be an addiction. An unhealthy eating habit. A pattern of procrastination. A suffocating relationship that no longer brings growth. A job that holds no joy, that grimly “pays the bills.”
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So, my dear friends, I ask you: What’s your comfort zone?
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SPREADING OUR WINGS
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As we begin to consider how we will transcend our comfort zone, let us consider a lesser-known definition of the word transcend.
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To transcend means “to become independent of.”
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What does it mean to be independent? Well, to become independent of something, we become free. We spread our wings and we fly away, up up up into the beautiful sky. We go into the unknown.
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If you are reading this article, then, chances are, you are ready. You are ready to transcend and find your freedom.
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In my work as a life coach and healer, I have found that transcendence tends to occur in two major steps. Both steps are equally important to the process.
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BECOMING FREE IN 2 STEPS

Step One: Ask the Divine for Help.

 

It takes humility to recognize that we, as human beings, do not have complete control. One of the reasons why AA programs are so effective is because they begin with the basic premise that in order to transcend alcoholism, we must first ask God (or a higher power) for help.
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This is so powerful.
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Indeed, change does not happen without Divine intervention, aiding our efforts.

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Make no mistake: every time something miraculous happens to someone, every time some great change or good fortune occurs, there is Divine assistance at play.

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Our egos might want to resist this timeless wisdom, but if we can momentarily detach ourselves from ego and simply feel with our hearts, the truth becomes clear.

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It does take humility to admit we need help. This is not always easy. Nevertheless, once we can tap into that open space of humility, we open ourselves as a channel for the Divine to work miracles in our lives: to bring us the right people, resources, information, and energy that we need in order to transcend our comfort zone.

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My dear friends, I encourage you to not skip ahead to the next step before asking for help! Most people skip ahead to step two without fully feeling step one.

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Indeed, step one is absolutely vital!

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If we want to change, but do not humbly ask for assistance from the Divine, then the action that we take is often unfocused, ineffective, frustrating, or it may take incredibly large amounts of sheer willpower that may eventually drain us. We may even eventually quit, because we are burdened and exhausted by the heavy weight that comes with falsely believing that we are in 100% in control.
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Step Two: Take Inspired Action

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Yes, my friend, you do have a huge part to play in your evolution. You must take action in order for change to happen. You can’t simply stay in your pajamas all day, begging God for a miracle.
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However, the action you take must be first inspired by the Divine.

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What does this mean?
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Well, acting from a place of inspiration means becoming more and more in tune with our intuition. We must cultivate intuition in order to know which action is right action and which ideas are just coming from ego and are a drain on our precious energy.

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How do we cultivate greater levels of intuition, you ask?

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The answer is simple: We engage in spiritual practice. We meditate. We do yoga. We read spiritual books. We participate in spiritual community. We turn off the TV and we get out into Nature. We turn off our phones and breathe. We pay attention to the foods (fuel) we are putting into our precious bodies. We slow down. We be.

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As we devote more time in our daily lives to spiritual practice, our ability to tap into our intuition increases. We begin to hear what the Divine wants from us. We begin to feel the flow.
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Through Divinely-guided intuition, we clearly know the precise action to take that is most efficient on our path of transcendence, out of the comfort zone.

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By combining powerful action (step 2) with humble recognition of the Divine powers that assist us (step 1), we become free. We move into a future that is more abundant with light and joy. We shed our heavy past burdens.

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In truth, being stuck is an illusion.

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In truth, there is no stuck.

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The Universe wants us to evolve.

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The Universe wants us to grow.

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But don’t just take my word for it … test it out, and see for yourself!