2014-08-07-awesomenessYou are awesome. Innately, wholly and totally, you are an amazing human being. In fact, there is no one on this planet just like you. You have gifts to give to your friends, family, community and the world that no one else can give and you have a special perspective that no one else holds. You are uniquely and completely awesome.

Yet, you forget this divine fact every day.

You may choose thoughts, words and actions that don’t adequately shine your brightest light. You may beat up on yourself and/or others for perceived “wrongs.” You may forget how awesome you are and get pulled into a not-good-feeling drama.

But that’s okay, because in any moment you can choose a new thought, word or action. You can walk away from a not-good-feeling drama and into a new energy that does feel good to you — just like that. Imagine: out of a drama and into a hot bath with candles, sea salts and a glass of champagne with Sade crooning in the background.

You see, you get to choose. You don’t get to choose it all (that wouldn’t be fun anyway, and besides the Universe loves to surprise and delight us with more awesome-ness!), but you do get to choose how you feel, how you react and how you frame what is occurring in your life.

And because you get to choose, you have a huge range of options for how to get yourself back into awesome.

Try this out:

Step 1: Not feeling awesome? It isn’t like you have to avoid feeling your not-good-feelings, but there is a way you can feel it and let it go so you can be back in awesome-ville sooner rather than later. Identify what you are feeling and let the wisdom of your body guide you. Easy peesy, super great method for doing so here.

Step 2: Ask for love and light to be sent to you. You can ask out loud to your Higher Power, text a close friend, or post on one (or all) of your social media accounts for love and light. Be sure to stay out of the story of the not-awesome feelings. Engaging in a conversation about the drama (big or small) only keeps the drama activated which means you’re just bound to feel more of the ish. Avoid that icky pattern by simply requesting love and light and watching as you are transformed through positive support from those around you.

Step 3: Go do something fun. Distract yourself. Dance, go for a walk, create a painting, listen to your favorite, feel-good tunes. Get off the subject of aggravation and not-good-feeling feelings and focus instead on a subject that you have ease and flow around. Watch a funny video clip — there’s a reason why ridiculous animal videos do so well on YouTube — they are funny and we need to lighten up and laugh! If it’s genuinely fun and uplifting for you — do it. Note: Eating a box of cookies is not having fun. But eating one really yummy cookie is — so find your balance and honor what feels fun to you in body-mind-spirit.

And then, somewhere between enjoying one delicious snicker doodle and shaking it to Iggy Azalea, you’ll remember that you are absolutely, positively, awesome.

Once the return to awesome occurs, you are then realigned with giving the gifts only you can give and having the most stellar life experience that you are meant to have.

And that’s pretty awesome.

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I used to think money was bad. I had been told by religion, New Age spirituality, society and my family that being rich was a “bad” thing, part of the “ego” and the opposite of spiritual.

But as it so turns out, being rich isn’t bad at all. In fact, I’ve discovered that true spiritual alignment means living one’s soul’s purpose and when you’re truly living your soul’s purpose you are rich — like cash money rich. And if you’re not living a rich life, you aren’t quite up to speed with the fullness of who-you-really-are.

Because who-you-really-are lives in wealth and abundance in the fullest sense, every single day.

I’m here to tell you that it is absolutely your natural state of being to live rich and I’m going to give you 3 tips to help you connect to your own ability to do so, right this very minute.

I’ve learned this not only in my only journey with money — from living in poverty to now living in wealth and abundance, but also what I’ve watched as my clients have done the same, and all by following these tips:

1. Money is energy and energy is everything. All of the great masters knew this — Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, Florence Shovel Shinn, including modern day masters — Michael Jordan, Oprah, Wayne Dyer — just to name a few. To become rich, you must acknowledge this above truth and begin to shift your perception of money. Understand that in order to attract rich living, you must begin to work with your own energy field and learn to work with the laws of the Universe as they pertain to every aspect of life, including money. This alone will radically transform your life.

2. Connect to what rich living looks like for you. Through doing my own personal soul alignment work, I became crystal clear about what rich living looks like for me. And yes it involves celebrating, champagne and first-class travel along with writing spiritual romance novels, facilitating transformative soul alignment sessions and being truly, madly, deeply in love with my life. Do this simple exercise to get more connected to what rich living truly means for you:

1) Choose a song that makes you feel fantastic. It should be upbeat so that it fills your body-mind-Spirit with possibility. Right now for me it’s “Happy” by Pharrell, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, “I’m on Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons and the “Good Life” by One Republic.
2) Tap Cortices.
3) Sit somewhere comfortable. Turn on your song of choice, close your eyes.
4) Take 4-7 deep belly breaths, with the focused intention of connecting to rich living for yourself.
5) Call forth images of you living your richest life. Let the music carry you and notice what images pop in.
6) Then, write down in a notebook/journal what images came forth. Which ones surprised you, which ones felt like fear creeping in that you want to release, etc. Investigate it all.

3. Be intentional. Now that you know living rich is all about energy and you have a clearer vision of what rich living looks like to you, you’re ready to set some intentions that you’ll take action on. The only way to get to where you want to be is by setting clear intentions and taking inspired action towards them. Write out a list of 5-10 intentions for living rich — use the experiences from the above exercise to support this. Be specific. How much money would you like to make? What other rich experiences are you calling forth? It can be as simple as receiving a spa treatment, with the intention of having 1-2 a month or upgrading to first-class for your next flight. Notice what feels most in alignment for you and begin to make those aspects a part of your current reality in some form or another. This is especially powerful if done on the New Moon when the energy is ripe for creating.

Implement the above 3 tips today and watch as your experience of wealth and living rich shifts into a higher frequency.

We all deserve to live a truly rich life. But it’s up to us to allow it to happen. Will you?

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The news of George Clooney’s recent engagement to Amal Alamuddin seemed to ripple into the far corners of the Western world shocking everyone, including myself. I mean, could it really be true? Could the ultimate bachelor suddenly have decided that “forever love” was now in fact for him?

It seems as though it is true.

But hold on, because I’m about to shock you further. You see, I am quite certain that Clooney’s recent engagement is not just about Clooney. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion that it has meaning for every single one of us in the Western world. So stick with me here, this theory might not be as crazy as you think.

Below is my take on why George Clooney’s engagement is a win for all of us:

1. Clooney represents the archetypal energy of what it means to be masculine in our culture. Think about it: Clooney represents what those in our culture consider the standard when it comes to being masculine. He’s cool, calm and collected — seemingly under all circumstances, good-looking, charming, sexy, confident, un-tie-down-able, ambivalent about commitment, intelligent, rich, always in control and dates much younger women. Over time, his grey hair and wrinkleshave actually made him sexier. When it comes to an icon of what it means to be a man — Clooney rules in our culture. And he has been revered as not only the sexiest man but also the sexiest life-long single man. That’s a huge message to men and women everywhere. Clooney’s choice to shift out of forever-bachelorhood into a committed, long-term marriage is a signal to all of us about the turning tide of the role of the masculine in our culture. That’s how powerful Clooney’s energy is. Expect more “single-forever” men to follow suit and go Clooney on us! Win!

2. Clooney’s choice of a successful, yet feminine woman is a sign of a huge cultural shift in the masculine and feminine coming together. Let’s face it: Clooney can have any woman he desires. The tiniest, shiniest lady on the planet if he so chooses. Instead, he chose a woman who is a human rights lawyer, who has a successful career that supports the bettering of the world and who is also a very beautiful, feminine woman. When a masculine archetype chooses an equally powerful divine feminine to be his partner, it creates a more solid and stable partnership that has a ripple effect throughout our culture. Two powerful people with a focus on creating a better world can have far more impact than just one. It also serves as an inspiration for more of us to come together with equally powerful partners to support the enhancement and betterment of our world. Success, for everyone!

3. Single and partnered folks everywhere need to celebrate — committed partnership is the new single. Up until now, Clooney’s freedom as an eternally single man was esteemed both by him personally and in the media. What he and many have discovered is that the greatest freedom occurs through and from deep loving. The only way to truly be free is to open our hearts to another in total vulnerability and love. Everyone from Jesus to Paulo Coelho has been telling us this for centuries. Yet still, an immature part of our culture hung on to a fantasy that being unattached in heart meant greater play and freedom. When one of our main masculine archetypes who loved to proclaim his power as a single man now chooses greater and deeper loving and commitment — watch for the rest of the Western world to follow. Married people can relax into a greater commitment with their partners while single people can open their hearts to allow true commitment in. Everyone wins!

Our cultural icons are our cultural icons because they have important messages to reflect back to us. Think of them as our modern-day royalty. They show us what we believe and where we’re at, good, bad or otherwise, and they give us an opportunity to shift into a higher frequency of alignment with who we really are. George Clooney is simply one example of this. Having made such a name for himself as a forever bachelor, his choice for marriage can have a wonderful, positive impact on all of us.

So go out there and pull a Clooney. Propose to that man/woman you love, spend more time in heart-centered connection with your partner, allow yourself to see the gifts that truly loving another brings. Relationships are our most important containers for spiritual growth. Looks like even Clooney knows this now.

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I grew up a “girly girl” in rural Oregon. This was not considered cool at all. I was told to be tough, stop feeling so much and that the key to my happiness, ultimately, was to be so independent I didn’t need a man. I remember, as a teenager and in my early 20s, even hearing that I needed to “find a man who loved me more than I loved him.”

As a deeply feminine woman, these were almost impossible pills to swallow. I felt things, deeply. I loved luxury and didn’t want to get dirty and toughen up. I valued being independent, but hated the thought that my options were to either let my relationship define me (from my grandmother’s generation) or be so tough I only attracted a man who followed me around like a lost puppy (the wounded feminine from my mother’s generation).

Through following my connection to my soul and higher consciousness, I was guided to this knowing and this deep appreciation within me. (I love that a man speaks so clearly what has been in my heart since I was born into this life):

While it is obviously healthy for every man and woman to learn to become whole and independent, it is self-destructive for a woman to try to lessen the import of relationship in her life. If she has a feminine sexual essence, the desire for the flow of love is at her core, no matter how dedicated she is to her career or other activities. Without a deep and loving intimacy – with a partner or with the divine – she hurts. It will never work for her to try to quell the pain by absorbing herself in her career, her art or her friends. If she has a feminine essence, she must honor herself by owning her deep desire for the flow of love in her heart… Our culture has become so anti-feminine that many women are trying to deny their feminine core desires and adopt the masculine way of dedication to mission. By denying their feminine essence, such women are predisposing themselves to emptiness of heart, depression and bodily symptoms of disease. — David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man

Being the tough, independent woman (love you, Beyoncé, but that song is now in the old paradigm canon) doesn’t actually work. Read more about my experience in my most recent HuffPost piece here. It makes us sick and tired and it forces us to deny our core truth — we love to love. We love to love our family, our pets, our plants, Mother Earth, our friends, our homes, our bodies and our intimate partner.

In fact, if we have a core feminine essence and we aren’t doing this, we aren’t experiencing the fullness of our being, in this body, at this time.

We are currently in a mid-paradigm shift, evolving from our grandmother’s dependence on their men to survive and away from the 50-50 or overly independent, feminine girl power which yielded a lot of disease, disharmony and not much sex for anyone and into an empowered feminine/empowered masculine paradigm that allows each individual — regardless of gender — to embrace their primary sexual essence (masculine or feminine) and lead from there.

So, now that we know that tough girls finish last — how can we live at the top in our core feminine expression?

• We let ourselves love.
• We let ourselves love with the fullness of our hearts.
• We notice where we hold back, we notice where we guard and we open our hearts further into loving.
• We speak our love, we share our love, we do not resent or recoil when the recipients of our love are not as open to receiving as we desire (whether this is a stranger on the street or the man/woman in our bed). We see them as a reminder of where we are guarded and we step into loving them ever further.
• We use our divine feminine powers to conjure, attract and connect in the energetic realms knowing our work from our soul space has more power than any work from our mental space.
• We bathe in luxury and love.
• We adorn ourselves in self-care (massages, hair care, nails, energy alignment, flying first-class, luxurious sheets and goods — essentially anything and everything that makes us feel like a queen), and we allow our hearts to open further and wider in order to love from the beauty of our divine feminine essence.

Now, I’m not going to lie, this can be terrifying for those of us who were told time and again that we needed to be tougher. But this is the role for those of us who feel called to live from our divine feminine essence. Ladies, you know who you are, and if you’ve read this far, you are most likely called to this path.

Life is giving me more and more opportunities to practice this — in intimate partnership and in my everyday life. No more powering through, no more withdrawing or isolating. Our divine feminine demands more from us, and honestly, so do the people in our lives. They need us in our loving, feminine expression; they need us no longer making excuses about why we need to be “independent” and instead, stepping into loving interdependence.

Try it out this week and see what happens! Report back on what you discover. And remember, you are not alone. We are in this together, soul sisters!

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I was born a woman. But, I had no clue about what it meant to truly be a woman. Instead, I learned from the well-meaning women in my life that being a woman meant:

• Sucking it up and working hard because the man in your life wasn’t going to be around to help.
• Either crying on the floor in a corner of self-defeat or being so tough nothing could affect you.
• Being available for sex whenever your man wanted it. And then hating and resenting him for it, and telling your girlfriends all about it.

None of this was on purpose of course. No one taught my mother or her mother or her mother before her how to be a woman. They had been generations upon generations focused solely on survival. They were merely trying to keep food on the table, a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs. They didn’t know that there was a deeper calling within them, a part of them that could manifest all of the above with greater ease than slogging through it.

The women featured on television or in the movies were of no help to me either. Stepford housewives with no interest in sex, hot, sexy messes or tough cookie man-eaters — were all I had to choose from. I took a look at all of that nonsense and figured it was safer to be a masculinized woman than it was to be truly feminine. It seemed like those women just got beat to shreds.

So instead, I beat myself to shreds. I worked incredibly hard, I choked back my tears, I pretended I didn’t care. I talked trash about men and women unlike me because that was what I had seen growing up and all that I knew to do. And I did all of this until my body, 7 years ago, had enough and gifted me with a large cystic tumor on my left ovary.

For those that know holistic medicine, you know that the left side represents the feminine. And that ovaries represent a woman’s connection to her sexuality and sensuality (among other things). Talk about a message from my body and a call to action to connect to my feminine.

Fortunately, I was too exhausted to argue and it was then that I began the journey of reclaiming my divine feminine self — a self I did not know and had never seen demonstrated but knew I had to find buried deep within myself.

So, when I read Bryan Reeves recent article “No One Ever Taught Me How to be a Man,” and after years immersing myself in my own reclamation of my feminine and then sharing with other women what I learned, I realized that:

No one had ever taught me how to be a woman. Seeing that men also faced this same conundrum and call to reclaim their sacred masculine inspired me.

What would the world look like if each of us went within and reclaimed our core essence of either masculine or feminine?
What would happen if we nurtured that divinity within our self and brought it to our relationship with ourselves, with friends and with our romantic partner?

Can you imagine the possibilities?!

And while what being a woman (or for Bryan’s readers what being a man) looks like is different for every one — one thing is the same — you can only know this truth through deep connection with who you really are. By going within and asking the big questions, the questions that can inevitably lead you to a reclaiming of the woman that you are deep within.

If you feel called to reclaim your core, divine feminine essence, below are some simple steps you can take right now, today to begin or deepen this journey to know Her.

• Ask to know Her. It’s simple. Say it out loud — in your car, walking down the street, when you get out of bed in the morning. Ask to be connected to that core divinely feminine part of you. Ask to feel Her aliveness within you.

• Move out of action and into attraction. The feminine knows how to call forth and attract all that she desires (from her deep connection to who-she-really-is) into her life experience.

• Meditate. Meditate silently or guided. It doesn’t matter. Connect to your divine feminine energy by placing both of your hands on your pelvis as you meditate. See a glowing red orange ball of light that gets bigger and brighter with every inhale.

• Be soft in your movement. Drop the hard core workouts for those that bring you into your body in the soft, deeply feminine way that only a woman can. Dance, stretch, walk, play, have sex. Feel yourself in your body fully during these movements.

• Cook a meal. Not because you have to but because you want to create something. Try a new recipe; play with what you’re making.

• Work less. Block out time in your schedule to rest, connect with those you love, be in nature and nurture your body.

• Let go of taking in media — television, movies, Internet — that promote masculinized or helpless female archetypes. Release any consumption of violence. Choose media that showcases empowered divine feminine women with sacred masculine men. (And please post these movies or shows in the comments below so we can all benefit from watching them.)

• Talk to your body. Place one hand on your heart and one on your pelvis. Breathe into both, ask your body what it wants you to know about your feminine self. Listen until a thought, a knowing or a sensation arises in your body. Breathe deep and let the messages come in.

So, no one taught me how to be a woman and if you’re reading this article, maybe no one taught you either. But we can teach one another, we can teach ourselves through the wisdom that lies in our body and we can transform the way women are in this world — and therefore transform the world.

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The car in front of me was — in my opinion — not moving fast enough. I was in a hurry and was running dangerously close to being late for my class. I could not believe that the Toyota Camry in front of me thought that 20 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone was acceptable at 8:30 a.m. on a Monday. The anger within me mounted as I contemplated laying on my horn to let the driver in front of me know exactly what I thought of his poor driving skills. But then suddenly, it hit me.

I wasn’t angry about a driver going “too slow.”

I was just plain angry.

And this driving scenario was simply an opportunity for that anger within me to rise to the surface.

Ever had this experience? Ever witnessed yourself having a strong emotional reaction to something that some deeper part of you knew was totally out of proportion to the situation? The truth is no emotion surfaces from something outside of us — it can only come up if it is already within us. People, places and situations don’t make us feel anything; we choose to feel through our perceptions and through our conditioned filters.

Many of us were never taught how to let ourselves feel our feelings or that repressing our feelings over time would create physical, emotional and mental disease, injuries, and accidents. We were never taught that emotions need healthy release because if they don’t, they will have to find other, often painful — or unhealthy like my minor case of road rage — ways to be expressed. Unexpressed emotions over time will eat away at your body’s connective tissue, disable your immune system’s proper functioning and will leave your body-mind susceptible to a variety of mishaps.

However, lashing out at everyone and everything is not a healthy way to release these repressed emotions either. When we react in this emotionally unhealthy fashion, we not only re-toxify our body-mind-spirit, we also toxify our environment and those around us with what Don Miguel Ruiz calls in his bestselling book The Four Agreements “our emotional poison.”

Sadly, you may have experienced this from someone around you at various points in your life. You may also take in others emotional poison through what you read on Facebook, other social media sites and blogs. We’ve all seen the “pardon the vent” posts with people using social media as yet another vehicle to lash out. But whether it’s at another driver or a social media post, venting our feelings is not the same as feeling our feelings and allowing them to release from our body in a healthy way that does not re-toxify ourselves or toxify the people around us.

So what do you do when you know you’ve got emotions that need release and you want to release them in a healthy good-for-you-and-good-for-everyone-else manner? Below is a focus and release process that you can use to release emotions healthily — even if you don’t know exactly what emotions you’re feeling. In fact, this is an exceptional practice that you can use on a daily basis to care for your health.

• Sit in a meditative position with your eyes closed. Make sure you’re somewhere you will not be disturbed.
• Tap Cortices, taking deep breaths as you tap, with a focused intention on connecting to any emotions that want to be released in that moment.
• Take 4-7 deep inhales through your nose, exhale through your mouth and as you do scan your body with your focus. Which area has the most tension?
• Breathe into the area of tension that catches your attention, placing your hand there to increase your focus.
• Silently ask the tension in your body what it wants to tell you. Take a few more deep inhales through the nose, exhales through the mouth and listen for the response. You may hear it or experience tears or waves of anger rising within you. Whatever happens, be present with the emotion and let it move through your body. Use your breath to move the emotions through until you feel the tension in that area of your body release.
• Sit quietly and scan your body again, if there is another area of tension or pain that has your attention, go to that area and repeat the process.
• Once you are complete with the process, tap Cortices again with the intention of grounding your body and centering yourself,

You will notice that these feelings often don’t have to be felt for long, they just need our attention and focus and then they can release.

Use this practice daily and watch as you feel lighter, your body’s health improves and you feel happier (and as an extra bonus no one has to read another “vent” post from you ever again). You deserve to feel, and you deserve to feel good — make this practice one of your go-to tools and experience more emotional freedom in your day-to-day life!

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This post is my invitation to you to intentionally contribute to allowing the world to be what it really is more of the time – Love. Knowing that what you give and put out into the world, you receive 1000-fold.

Love is truly available to each of us every day all day – if we are willing to notice it and take inspired action from it.

In fact, love exists right now in this very moment, inside your beating heart, inside the deep pools of your eyes. You don’t even have to think about it because love is already inside of you, waiting for you to discover it.

Marianne Williamson said: “The world is a holographic universe, with every piece containing the whole. An enchanted love, an awakened love, between two people is a blessing on the entire world.”

I believe enchanted, awakened love can exist between two human beings, human and animal, human and plant and so much more. We truly are a piece of the whole as Marianne describes and our expression of love can radically change the world. Since everything is energy – every action we take ripples out and has a profound impact on the whole world.

Below are some love actions you can take right now to do your part in contributing to the enchanted, awakened love fest that everyone deserves to experience. Try one activity listed below (or one of your own) every day this week and then consider extending it to the end of the month. Trust me, once you start, you won’t want to stop. You’re about to get even more hooked on love. Here we go:

• Write “I love you” on a Post-it note and strategically place it somewhere it will be found. This can be around your home, office or at a grocery store. You can also write a bunch of these with various love-inspired messages and leave them in random locations.

• Make a video on your iPhone, computer or camcorder telling someone you know how much they mean to you or what a positive impact they have had on your life. Then, post it on YouTube and send them the link. Bonus if it’s your boss or someone you haven’t connected with in a long time.

• Give a stranger a hug. Ask if it’s okay first (that is the loving thing to do). When they ask “why” tell them it’s in honor of Love Month.

• Put on your brightest red lipstick (yes, guys, you too) and kiss the mirror at home, at your office or randomly on a mirror somewhere you feel inspired. Extra props if you write “Love you! Xo” in red lipstick.

• Read a lovely love poem to your Beloved or your best friend or your favorite person in the world. Or the homeless man on the corner. I vote for Pablo Neruda and reading to a stranger.

• When at a coffee shop, restaurant, patisserie, etc. give the cashier an extra $5/10/20 to go towards whatever the next person orders. Say it’s because you want them to know they are loved.

• Stop and pet the first dog or cat that crosses your path. Tell him/her “I love you.”

• Go to the nearest mirror, make eye contact with yourself and say, “I love you _____ (insert your name here).” Repeat it until you feel the message of love in your body and your eyes well with tears.

• Write a love letter to your Beloved or someone you have been admiring for quite some time. Tell them how their presence in the world makes you feel. Mail it — even if you live in the same house.

• Write a letter “To Whomever May Find This” telling that person how amazing and special they are to this world. Fold it up and leave it on a café table or in a bathroom stall.

• If you see someone who looks sad or unhappy, close your eyes and see them surrounded in pink light. Imagine you are sending love from your heart to bless them.

• Stop and talk to a homeless person. If you choose to give them anything, do it with love and bless them.

• Sit down with a small child and ask them what love is. Be sure to record their answer or take notes. It’s going to be a good one.

• Go out and hug a tree. Kiss the tree too. Tell it how much you appreciate it and how much you love it. Bonus if, you touch every plant/bush and say “I love you” as well.

The list above should get you started and I’m sure it has already inspired countless other ideas for your own personal love fest. Let us know what actions you took in the comments below and how it felt to give love so unconditionally, so consistently.

Oh, and if I haven’t already mentioned it — I sure do love you.

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The ritual below takes about an hour and will not only shift the possibilities of your 2014 to a new vibrational frequency but it will also allow you to connect with your soul on a deeper level and thus radiate a vibrational light that will summon what you desire to you.

Not a bad way to start the year, eh?

You can do this on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s day or anytime in the month of January. To optimize this experience, meditate for 20 minutes prior (silent or guided).

You’ll also need the following supplies:

  • Sage and a lighter or matches.
  • Journal/notebook, and pen/pencil.
  • Envelope.
  • White clothes
  • Watch my Cortices tapping video if you are not already familiar with it.
  • A quiet, undisturbed and comfy space.
  • Access to a kitchen or bathroom sink.

Once you’ve got these items in place, you are ready to begin this magical and uplifting ritual:

  • Wear all white clothing. Nothing extravagant is needed, simple white clothing will do. This sets the intention of purity of heart, mind and soul.
  • Sage the room that you’re doing the ritual in with a sage stick (any type of sage is fine).
  • Tap Cortices with the intention of connecting to Higher Consciousness –whatever that looks like for you: God, Universe, Goddess, etc. – as well as clearing your mind of any clutter.
  • Next, sit down in a comfortable, cozy spot – on your favorite rug, your couch, a comfy chair. Take 3-5 nice deep breaths; breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth, allowing any emotional and body tension to relax.
  • Place your hand on wherever in your body you still feel tension. Breathe into that place. Ask it what it would like to leave behind from 2013. Listen and notice any thoughts that seem to “pop” in or feelings or “knowings” that occur. Once that area has gone quiet, take out your journal and write down a summary of what it would like to let go of. Feel free to add any other items that come up for you. Give yourself a lot of time here if necessary. Then, on a totally new page, write “Highlights of 2013”. Write down all of the experiences that were high points for you during the year.
  • Once you feel complete with the letting go & highlights list, take it with you and go to your kitchen or bathroom sink. You can either drowned the lists in water or burn it – whatever your preference. Leave the remains in the sink and move on to the next step.
  • Sage the area where you were sitting and sage over the top of your head, down your body and underneath both feet.
  • Tap Cortices again, this time with the focus of clearing any and all tension from your body and mind.
  • Go and sit in your comfortable space.
  • Take out your notebook or journal.  Write at the top: “What I now call forth into my life experience for 2014”. Write whatever comes to you – no censoring – go as big and yummy as you want. Play, have fun with it. Don’t sit and “think” about it. If your mind gets involved with judging what you’ve written or scoffing at it, stop and tap Cortices again. This time with the intention of removing all limiting conditioning about what is possible for you in 2014. Take a few more deep breaths – in through the nose, out through the mouth – and return to your list.
  • Give yourself as much time as you need for this.
  • Once you feel complete with the list, place it in an envelope. Title the envelope “2014” and put it in a safe, hidden place (for some reason I prefer my panty drawer or under my mattress for this – go with whatever works best for you). Then next year at the beginning of 2015, you’ll read this list and then burn it before beginning this ritual again.
  • Sage your space again and if time permits, go take a 3-cup sea salt bath for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will cleanse your energy field and serves as a re-set to the rest of your day, evening or night. Throw away the remains of the list you drowned or burned, bag it up and take it out with the trash the next day or before your bath.
  • Tap Cortices one final time with the intention of allowing all that your soul desires to come to fruition.

Enjoy this process and remember – you are a powerful creator. You have the ability to summon forth that which your soul desires. Let 2014 be the year that you embrace this truth and let your soul lead the way to your highest unfolding.

Feel free to share your experience with this ritual in the comments below or reach out to me personally to share your experience.

Happy 2014! xo

 

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I just sat on my couch and cried.

And despite my previous relationship of self-pity and victimhood with crying, these were not those kind of tears. They were actually tears of joy.

Tears of complete and utter joy streaming down my face as I said over and over again, “Thank you.” Chills coursing up and down my body as I heard my words repeated back to me, “Thank you.”

It was a love celebration, a gratitude party held between me and me.

Sounding a bit too woo-woo for you?

If so, don’t despair — there are millions of articles you can read about politics, business and things going wrong. But you won’t find any of that here. Right here, right now, we’re going to get our truth on.

We’re going to talk about what really matters in this world — knowing who you really are and living from that place. Knowing your truth above and beyond what the media says, what your family says, what your friends say, or even what I say, for that matter.

I certainly know this story well. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness by parents who were barely adults, my entire life up until age 24 (when divine intervention allowed me to leave the JWs) was spent being told and believing that someone else out there knew my truth.

And for the past 11 years I’ve been on a journey to know who I really am above all of the opinions, noise and drama out there so that I can do what I am here to do — radiate this truth as a reminder to as many as Divine Will allows.

This led me to sitting on my couch, tears streaming down my face, reciting over and over again, “Thank you” as I felt energy moving all around me. Is this resonating with you? Giving you chills as you read it? If so, check out the five tried-and-true methods below for rockin your life living your truth like never before:

• Meditate every single day for a minimum of 20 minutes. Silent, guided, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there — doesn’t matter. Just do it. There’s no wrong way, have the intention to meditate and you are meditating.

• Engage in a daily spiritual practice to accompany this. Prayer, candles, rituals — again, doesn’t matter — only that it resonates with you. I go more in-depth into non-denominational spiritual practice creation here if you feel so guided to check it out.

• Feel your feelings. When something in your life happens and you feel anger, grief, rage, sadness rise up within you you’ve got to feel it. Don’t dismiss it, don’t push it away and don’t stuff it down with food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, Internet, TV, etc. Be with the feeling. Find where it is in your body. Breathe into it. Ask it what it wants to share with you. Let the emotions move through you. They won’t last forever and they need release. This brings us to…

• Clear, release and balance your body-mind-spirit on a consistent basis. BodyTalk is the only healing modality I’ve ever found to do this and is recommended by one of the leading scientists in the world, Bruce Lipton. Again, find your practitioner(s) and your way to do this on a monthly to twice-monthly basis.

• Daily gratitude. Even if you don’t wanna. Even if you really are pissed that so-and-so didn’t do what you wanted him/her to do. Find the gratitude in every freakin’ moment of your life. Because you’re here and that alone is cause for rejoicing.

Only you know, deep inside of you, the path and the way that is best for you. When you do the above, you will have such clear and consistent access to your truth you’ll never need to ask anyone else what to do or where to go next. You’ll hear your voice and your truth above all of the hype, the media, your friends and family.

Before you know it your life will be better than anything you could have ever imagined. And you’ll be right there with me — whether in the U.S. or across the globe — sitting wherever you like to sit with tears of joy streaming down your face as we both mouth the words “thank you.”

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It was a beautiful and bright Saturday afternoon. My closest friend and I sat outside sipping the last of the summer’s rosé as we took in the sights at the outdoor wine bar we were nestled in. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, she said it. She said the words almost no one (certainly no writer) wants to hear, let alone from someone they love and respect.

“I don’t like your book.”

The book she was referring to is my second novel in The Quest series (currently, the first has been optioned as a feature-length film), Following Bliss. And because I love my friend dearly and know that she meant no real harm, her criticism wasn’t a barricade to our friendship, but it did spark something within me that needed to be addressed. Through my investigation, I uncovered five insights that reconnected me with who I really am, even amidst criticism, and it’s my intention they do the same for you. I found that we can let criticism inspire, not deflate us. Here’s why:

1) Just because it’s “true” to one person doesn’t it make it helpful or accurate. A critic usually thinks they are sharing their criticism from a place of “helping” — either you or in the larger scheme of things, the world. But the truth is, it’s merely their opinion. It may be true for them, but they are one person with one opinion. Their truth is most certainly not your truth, nor does it have to be. If there are many critics who seem to be knocking down your door with their “help” move on to insight number two…

2) Not everyone will “get” you. Everything we experience in life comes in through our numerous conditioned filters. It’s why 10 people can see a car accident and all 10 have a different version of what happened. Or why we can view a work of art and have our whole world opened up while others may despise it. We all see life through the lens we have been conditioned and raised with either through religious beliefs, cultural guidelines or significant life experiences. The hippocampus, part of the brain’s limbic system, records what occurs throughout our life as fact. Then it works with the rest of the brain to create stories and meaning for whatever has occurred. How we see the world depends entirely on our conditioned filters and that’s different for everyone.

3) It actually doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. “I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I chewed on my friend’s words, allowed them to sink in and even though it hurt, I couldn’t let her thoughts deter me. In fact, I realized that even if I was the worst writer in the world, there’s nothing that can stop me from writing. While I had agonized over the guidance I received to write fiction, I now know that it is an important part of my path. Besides, I’m writing because I can’t not write it. Because the story flows through me and my inner guidance screams at me to complete it and share with others. Because when I pass on from this life, I will be so proud of myself for doing what I came here to do, even if people anywhere or everywhere think that it sucks. And isn’t that what we’re all going for — loving our lives no matter what, experiencing the fullness of doing what we love?

4) Someone loves you. For every naysayer there are 10, 100, 1,000-plus who will love the work you are putting out into the world. Recently, I met a working an artist who has a very unique style of art. He was sharing with me that people often have incredibly strong reactions to his art, many with criticism. But, he also has carved out a niche that allows him to sell hundreds of paintings to those who not only “get” but absolutely adore his work. As he reminded me, his job is to honor the gift that comes through him and let the Universe take care of the rest. So, while my friend strongly disliked my latest novel, I’ve also received countless emails from readers who have felt inspired and even moved to tears from it. Bottom line: it’s all relative and your people will “get” and love you for whatever it is you are moved to share with the world.

5) It’s all happening for you. Ultimately, every experience in life happens so that we can become more of who we really are. Even when people show up with negativity and criticism, it’s showing us a part of ourselves that needs attention. My friend was mirroring back to me my own shadow, my own self-doubt. Our exchange forced me to look at the areas where I was being critical of myself. So, instead of getting caught up in blaming her for being an unsupportive friend, I realized that I needed to become more of a champion for my writing and to release the self-doubt that she was clearly mirroring back to me. And that’s when I called up my favorite BodyTalk practitioner to release my own internal criticism and step into my own self-cheerleading.

Instead of letting criticism sideline us, we all have an opportunity to let criticism inspire us. Criticism can allow us to get even more clear about our gifts, talents and what we want to share with others. It can allow us to heal aspects of our own inner critic and release us into the knowing that doing what we are guided to do is all that matters. It can set us free from people-pleasing so that we can be fully aligned with our soul’s purpose. As I work on novel number three in The Quest series, I feel ever more determined to shine my light through each page, knowing that the message will reach those that it is meant to and that most importantly of all in this journey of life; I’m having a whole lot of fun along the way.

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