How Roland Rolls
by Jim Carrey
JIM CARREY’S NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKENCHANTS, ENTERTAINS … INSPIRES!
“Through the loving attention of parents, children gain self-worth.Through the innocence of children, parents rediscover the wonders of life.”Jim Carrey
LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning actor/artist Jim Carrey is breaking new ground, for himself and his audience. The winner of two Golden Globe awards — Best Actor for Man on the Moon and The Truman Show – he was also nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe for his critically acclaimed performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey will self-publish his first children’s book, How Roland Rolls (Some Kind of Garden Media, 2013) on September 24th. An enhanced e-book will be released at the same time, along with a four-song EP. They’re available wherever books and e-books are sold, as well as the How Roland Rolls website, www.howrolandrolls.com. The EP is also available through iTunes. All the major booksellers are enthusiastically embracing the book.
According to Carrey, “It’s a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave — he’s the whole big, wide ocean! It shows humanity’s interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.”
There’s a personal story behind the book …
“When I was a child,” Carrey shares, “my parents were smokers and I had a deep fear that they would pass … and then what would happen to me? I think that’s a common fear for children – the fear of loss. It’s an early existential crisis, if you will. But when we realize that beneath the surface of things – the activities of our lives — we are all connected, all one energy, that fear of loss gets softened. At times, it disappears entirely. At least that’s been true for me.” How did Roland the Wave emerge as a character for Carrey? “Years ago,” he recalls, “when I first arrived in Los Angeles, I spent a lot of time on the beach in Malibu, watching the waves. I started to think of them as people, all moving in the same direction, and contemplated about where they go once they hit the beach and lose their form. Each wave travels all around the world. The first drop of water ever is still here now! That’s pretty profound stuff. I found that fascinating and comforting, and thought children could find that same comfort.”
As a parent, and now a grandparent, Carrey reflects on the time he spent reading to his daughter, Jane. “I believe the closest we get to heaven in this world is when we get completely involved in something we love. One of those moments is when we read to our children. It’s total freedom from self, from our worries and problems. We always feel terrific afterwards, and so do the kids. For them, it’s an experience of focused, enveloping love.”
Carrey believes that “everything we do that’s hurtful stems from a feeling of not being worthwhile, not feeling loved. Parents help their children feel worthwhile by being completely involved, spending moments together that are only about them. Through the loving attention of parents, children gain self-worth. Through the innocence of children, parents rediscover the wonders of life.”
Why write a story for children? “First,” Carrey notes, “I’ve always been drawn to work geared for children. That’s what attracted me to the Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Story is important to all of us. It’s how we order life the way we’d like it to be. Stories stimulate faith and hope.
“Through stories we make our children feel secure, and that good conquers evil. All the characters in a story are parts of ourselves, of course, so through stories we gain self-knowledge. We are inspired to embody heroic archetypes. We learn how to not let worries ruin our lives — how to make that brave move into the unknown, then find that we’re usually pleasantly surprised by the outcome.”
Just like Roland, Carrey had big dreams and goals as a child. At a very young age, he wrote poetry and even tried to get his poetry books published. “I learned pretty quickly that, in the publishing business, there was virtually no market for poetry written by an eight-year old. But, hey, I kept ‘rollin’!
“I’m just telling a story,” says Jim. “Kids don’t get credit for their deeper thoughts, beyond simple play … for their efforts to figure out life. I hope Roland will help guide them along their way.”
Carrey has appeared in 33 feature length films, is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood and known for his humanitarian efforts. For more information on How Roland Rolls, and to order the book, visit www.howrolandrolls.com.
The energetic Keys to Indigo Kids
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1
by Maureen Dawn Healy
“Indigos are all already aware they are different.”—Nancy Tappe
Indigos are “highly sensitive with a warrior personality,” explained Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, in the documentary The Indigo Evolution. I wholeheartedly agree. Indigo kids are unique in the fact that they hold two opposing qualities simultaneously: high sensitivity and fierceness. So they are extremely sensitive like the “highly sensitive children,” as defined by Elaine Aron in her book, The Highly Sensitive Child, but what differentiates them is their personality. I prefer to use the concept of “the indigo personality” to capture their shared characteristics, such as:
- Are highly creative.
- Are extremely energetic.
- Are gifted in certain areas (for example, mathematical genius, poor reading skills).
- Have a need for fairness.
- Prize honesty (almost above all else).
- Feel equal to authority.
- Hate rules.
- Refuse to do certain things.
- Want special treatment.
- Are strong-willed.
- Waver between grandiosity and low self-esteem.
- May be prone to depression.
- Have high sensitivity (sounds, smells, touch, sights).
- Have sharpened intuition.
- Don’t respond to authoritative parenting.
- Have built-in BS detector (immediately know dishonesty).
- Tend to leave things incomplete.
- Cannot be rushed.
- May have fetish (for example, only wants to wear princess dresses).
- Like playing alone (unless with other indigos).
- Get “hooked” on things and can’t let go.
- Are independent at times, clingy at other times.
- Seek meaningful friendships.
Understanding the core characteristics of the indigo personality is very empowering. You no longer feel alone. Having worked with thousands of indigos, I can say that these attributes animate themselves differently in children but the indigo short summary is this:
- High sensitivity.
- Giftedness (in one area).
- Incredible creativity.
- Strong energy of defiance.
- Inner motivation.
- Intuitive intelligence (very high!).
When I was told early on that I beat to my own drummer I took it in stride. Now, I realize that I was merely beating to an indigo drum—which is unique, unusual to the mainstream, and deeply powerful as a force for change. Indigos see, feel, and experience life differently than their more mainstream counterparts. They tend to have an unusually high level of creativity, sensitivity, giftedness, and angry energy to channel.
This angry or warrior energy that defines many indigos isn’t a bad thing. It is the energy that breaks down broken systems (think: public school systems) and creates better ways of doing things. Of course, the challenge is to raise indigo kids to use their incredibly sensitive, highly responsive, and fierce energy as force for good.
Parenting indigos, especially if you aren’t “indigo-like,” can be a real challenge. Over the years, I have had countless clients come to me because one parent was indigo-ish and the other thought his or her child was just given to them by Martians. They just didn’t get it. Usually it started out like: “What is going on with my child? She’s as sweet as pie one moment, and then next it’s a full-blown tantrum.”
So I usually had parents detail the itty-bitty things of their parent-child interaction, and I served as the bridge to translate from indigo to adult. Then, they’d have an “a-ha” and say, “Oh my—that’s what was going on.” As soon as you know the energetic triggers of indigos you can stop bumping into them unknowingly and experiencing such upset all around.
One of my first Los Angeles child clients was a 5-year-old named Jamal. His mom, Lisa, contacted me because she discovered Jamal was actually highly sensitive. One instance stood out for her.
Jamal was attending a private kindergarten in Los Angeles, and he was the only African American in his grade. One school project was to bring in a baby photo and post it on the wall, where all the kids got to guess “who’s who.” Jamal knew this wasn’t going to work out for him. Jamal is very observant and aware of life, including his ethnicity, and that this was an unfair game. He told his teachers. Mrs. Smith, his main teacher, said she would work on making it fair. So she printed out famous baby photos of African Americans and decided to add them to the game. On the day of this game, all Jamal’s peers picked him out first and he got really upset. Jamal began crying and left the classroom, refusing to return. He said, “Mom, tell everyone it’s not fair and that’s why I am so upset.”
Jamal was clear from the beginning he disliked this game, felt unheard, and had a sense that it wasn’t going to work for him. His teacher, from her “older perspective,” couldn’t really understand how to create an effective solution. Ultimately, Jamal got triggered by the unfairness of this situation and couldn’t contain his emotions. Indigos as a whole cannot ignore their emotions but must learn effective outlets for them. Jamal fits the indigo profile to a “T,” with his high sensitivity, strong emotions, and warrior energy standing up for what he saw as an injustice. He refused to go back into that classroom and Lisa picked him up.
Unique to Indigos
Unique to indigos are their mindset and nuanced way of being in the world. Some of these characteristics are minor, and, well, others—they are big ones. I am going to share some of them here, and we’ll continue to unwrap them throughout the chapters. I begin with the one that impacted Jamal: Indigos cannot ignore their emotions.
Indigos cannot suppress their feelings. Other generations and types of children can easily ignore someone’s comments, push down their hurt feelings, and learn how to move throughout the world without feeling a thing. This isn’t possible for an indigo (exception: if they are medicated). Indigo kids are divinely designed to feel their feelings and let them out. This is where most parents struggle the most. They are unsure of what emotionally is occurring with their children and especially in the early years when crying seems to be an everyday occurrence.
Indigos will always let you know how they feel. They may cry, scream, and talk back to you until they learn better ways of channeling their energy—but one thing is for sure: Your indigo child isn’t burying his or her emotions. One other thing that Jamal highlights for me is this: Indigos primary intelligence is intuitive.
Indigos trust themselves. They know when something is right and will stand up for what they believe in time and time again. It’s this indigo energy that will change many of our broken systems of government, education, and healthcare, for example, into something better. It’s not to say that indigos aren’t highly intelligent in the traditional sense, but they do follow their intuitive urges primarily.
Intuitive intelligence is information gained through insight. It is that “feeling” to turn right and then you bump into your best friend. Indigos have a sharpened sense of intuition and reliance upon it. Actually, everyone is intuitive when they are born, but indigos aren’t able to easily “shut it off” the way many other people can. It is their primary mode of information gathering and what they trust the most.
Jamal was governed by his intuitive intelligence when he walked out of his classroom. He trusted his inner knowingness. It was this inner wisdom coupled with his need for honesty that upset him so much. Said simply:Indigos need integrity.
Indigo kids have a built in dishonesty detector. They know if someone isn’t honest and cannot bear it. It doesn’t matter if the “dishonest party” is their principal or parents; it just simply goes against the grain of who they are. So they stand their ground and “call out” whoever is being dishonest—like what Jamal did regarding that game.
Collectively indigos have come to shift the consciousness on the planet from dishonesty to honesty. They are Truth teachers. Sometimes this means challenging authorities and doing things differently. Jamal just couldn’t pretend the game was okay and “fit in” with the other children he needed to stand up for Truth.
One sunny afternoon in December, I got a call from a distressed dad. Glenn said to me, “I just realized my son, Sam, is a highly sensitive boy. I read your article on Psychology Today, and he fits the profile to a T. He also has been bullied in school and is hurt beyond words. Sam’s upset not only by his bully, but all his supposed ‘friends’ that stood by and did nothing. He refuses to return to school and has made the scariest statement to us. Sam said, ‘I will kill myself if you take me back to that school,’ and that’s why I am calling you. What do I do?”
Sam’s story isn’t a unique one. Over the years, I have gotten countless calls from parents whose children have mentioned suicide. I take every call seriously. With that said, I calmed Glenn down to realize his son was safe and we needed to keep him safe. That was priority number one, as well as getting him proper assistance with his incredibly deep emotions and learning new skills for how to handle them.
Glenn was quiet and realized that his son was safe. I supported his and his wife, Meg’s, decision to take Sam out of school. He never fit into his new school and had been struggling socially from the very start. Academically, Sam is actually quite gifted, scoring at a 12th-grade reading level in fifth grade and slightly below grade level in mathematics. This giftedness in one area and deficiency in another is also common among indigos; they are patterned for a unique purpose that isn’t represented by traditional schooling systems.
It was fortunate that Glenn and Meg could take Sam out of his school and provide him a personalized educational program. Obviously, this isn’t what every family could do, but there are always answers; sometimes we just need to get really creative to surface them. Then I also helped Sam personally as Meg and Sam came to visit me for a three-day intensive program where I taught Sam to:
- Manage his emotions.
- Think differently.
- Speak respectfully.
- Connect healthfully with others.
- Make “smart” choices.
One more compliant that Glenn and Meg had was that Sam sassed them. Indigos have no problem standing up for themselves, speaking their Truth, and letting their emotions out. As I mentioned earlier: Indigos must express their emotions. One of our big roles as parents and guides to indigos is to help them express their emotions (energy in motion) in ways that are skillful versus damaging.
Over the following few months, I continued to provide support to Sam on Skype as he learned how to manage his high sensitivity better. I also helped Meg and Glenn see Sam’s perspective on a number of common indigo challenges, such as: Why does my son play alone most of the time? Do we force him to play baseball? Is a gifted program good for him; he already walks around like royalty? Do we just let him refuse to do certain things? Are we enabling him? Punishment doesn’t seem to work; what is going on?
CREATING YOUR PERSONAL ALTAR
By Sonia Choquette
To genuinely tune in to your Spirit and feel its guiding force, it’s important to make it a central part of your life—something you want to turn to automatically without pause or hesitation. One way to help you achieve this is by creating a personal altar in your home and sitting quietly in front of it every day for a few minutes (preferably during peaceful moments in the morning).
There is no right or wrong way to set up an altar—just follow your intuition. What you create should reflect your deepest, most genuine Self. An altar is meant to be a visual reminder for you to go within through prayer, meditation, contemplation, song, or intuitive listening. Set up your altar as a place where you can anchor your attention inward, detach from the outer world for a moment, and instead tune in to the subtle forces of love and guidance arising in your heart. Your altar serves as a place that helps center your awareness on your inner voice and the guiding flow of love and support flowing from Divine Source to your Higher Self and on to you.
An altar is far more than a beautiful “thing” to look at. It is an active doorway to your beautiful guiding Spirit in many profound ways. Sitting at your altar trains your conscious and subconscious mind to let go of familiar mental patterns (which have habitually controlled you) and tune you in to the subtler, more loving, au- thentic frequency of Spirit. When you sit in prayer or meditation in front of your altar, you’re teaching your mind to relax and surrender to the higher power of the Spirit within.
Altars also serve as energetic portals, or openings, to the realm of Spirit. When you enter the sacred energy surrounding an active altar, the veil between the worlds thins and the heavens open up. If you consistently hold the intention of connecting with your Spirit as you sit at your altar, you’ll be “spirited away” into a beautiful higher realm. At first, the shift may be so subtle that you hardly notice the changes through your senses, but with repeated visits, your perception of this heightened vibrational frequency will become stronger. And no matter what you may be thinking about when approaching your altar, your mind will quickly be- come calm, quiet, and clear as you settle before it; and your heart will open as your vibration shifts to one of pure loving-kindness.
With daily practice, you’ll actually feel yourself entering this sacred opening to the spirit realm the moment you approach your altar; it feels very similar to what you might experience when you approach an altar in a church, temple, or other holy place. If you haven’t felt this or don’t think you’re energetically sensitive enough to feel it, be patient. Sitting for a few minutes each day in the energy of your personal altar will heighten your awareness, and you’ll start to feel this higher vibration. Also, the more you sit in prayer or meditation before your personal altar, the more the energy itself builds.
The shift in vibration around your altar is strengthened by regular, intentional acts of meditation, prayer, song, chant, and contemplation. If there’s no holy inner work going on, the vibration of Spirit won’t be present and the portal won’t open. It will simply be something pretty to look at, but it won’t possess Divinelife force. Therefore, I encourage you to create your altar with holy intention, reverence, and enthusiasm.
Where to Place Your Altar
Making room in your home for an altar might not seem like the easiest thing to do, especially if you live in tight quarters, but with a little creativity, it’s not difficult. Ideally, you may want to set up your altar in a room that’s not used every day, such as a spare bedroom or dining room, or simply clear a small area in any room. A personal altar doesn’t require a lot of space—that’s not the point. It can be one square foot in size and still open up a tremendous portal if it was created by your heartfelt devotion, love, and intention to connect to your Spirit. I know one woman who shared a two-bedroom apartment with six people, so space was at a premium. She created a small altar on a Kleenex tissue, and no one touched it. If the Spirit is willing, the way is made easy.
My personal altar is in my bedroom. I set it up on a small table in front of the window, and it’s one of the first things I see every morning. I love it and always start my day there. It emotes a powerful healing force, enabling me to become grounded and centered on what is important. As I sit at my altar I feel God’s love surrounding me. My husband, Patrick, created his own altar in his office on a tall, slim stand. His altar is very different from mine and reflects who he is, which is exactly what it should do. So know that you can certainly have more than one altar in your home. Each family member can set up his or her own unique space—and I believe that everyone should! It’s an easy and meaningful way to create a private, sacred portal between you and your Divine Spirit.
What to Place on Your Altar
What you put on your altar is of great importance, as each item must speak directly to a significant part of your inner being and Spirit. Choose whatever energetically resonates with you and touches your heart. For a lot of people, this may mean including a picture of a spiritual figure, such as Mother Mary, Jesus, an Ascended Master Teacher, the Buddha, Krishna, Vishnu, Kali, or the Dalai Lama. Select images or things that really move you in some inner way—those that you feel hold meaning for you at this time. From time to time you may want to change what is on your altar— replacing old items with new ones as your outward life and inner landscape change. The key to creating a powerful altar is feeling. So in addition to using images of holy or inspirational figures, also include photos of the people you love, such as your family, friends, and even your pets.
You may also feel inspired to place images and totems from nature, such as seashells, stones, animal bones, or feathers on your altar, as these may carry meaning for your Spirit. You might be drawn to placing beautiful living things on your altar, such as fresh-cut flowers, fresh herbs and spices, or a bowl of clean water that’s changed daily to symbolize the holy waters of our loving Mother-Father God, the Source of All Life. Your options are limitless. Be creative, use your imagination, tune in to your intuition, and know that anything goes, as long as it holds meaning for you.
Another way to enhance your altar and make it an ever more powerful one is by adding some natural crystals, especially quartz. Often dismissed by energetically insensitive people as “silly New Age trinkets,” crystals are, in fact, extremely powerful living energy tools that can cut negative cords, remove unhealthy energetic attachments, clear energy fields, and amplify your personal intentions. They’re essential in many fields today, including technology and medicine; valued for their power and precision; and work with subtle realms of energy in profound ways as well.
Other wonderful objects to place on your altar are bird feathers, which also seem to somehow suddenly find their way to you once you decide to procure one. Feathers are universal symbols of Spirit and represent the Divine Self in flight. All living things, particularly birds, sense when you’re in the process of transforma-tion or elevating your personal vibration as you return to personal power and will show support by offering up their feathers. So pay attention as you move through the day, and don’t be surprised if a feather finds you.
Bells, chimes, and rattles are other powerful tools to place on your altar, as they serve to call out to the Divine for guidance and support. Sacred hand drums are also potent tools for connecting with your Spirit and can be placed near your altar for use in connecting with your guiding light. Using these items actually calls your powerful Spirit forward, which is why they’ve been incorporated into almost all spiritual ceremonies throughout the ages.
Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned author, storyteller, vibrational healer, and six-sensory spiritual teacher in international demand for her guidance, wisdom, and capacity to heal the soul. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple … among other books; as well as numerous audio programs and card decks and published in over 30 countries. Sonia was educated at the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. She resides with her family in Chicago. www.soniachoquette.com
The preceding excerpt is adapted from the new book Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You To Fulfillment and Flow by Sonia Choquette. Published by Hay House ©2013 (Available Sept. 9, 2013) and available at all bookstores or online at: www.hayhouse.com.
By Henry Seltzer
The Astrology of November features an eclipse plus Mercury, Venus, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mercury of course is in full-on retrograde as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on Sunday the 10th and only escaping its retrograde shadow on the 27th. Most of the month will therefore represent a time of missed connections and mechanical breakdown, where you might have to do the thing three times to get it right. This is an excellent opportunity to turn inward, to journal, and to experience your authentic self.
The Uranus-Pluto square is very much with us as well, being exact on November 1st in an extremely volatile configuration that includes retrograde Mercury in conjunction with the Sun, so that we are at one peak of the entire retrograde period. Both the Sun in its forming eclipse and Mercury are in close aspect with Chiron, Pluto and Uranus, with Mars is opposite Chiron and trine Pluto. The implication is that we will start off the month of November with a bang not a whimper… or perhaps with both at once.
The Solar Eclipse and New Moon taking place on Sunday, November 3rd, is kind of a big deal, with this same configuration highlighted by the eclipse degree which is in turn in close conjunction with Saturn as well. Meanwhile Mercury has slipped a couple more degrees backward and is conjunct the nodal axis. Since the energy of an eclipse lasts longer, for as much as six months, we are in for a very intense end-of-year period. It is quite significant to note that the Uranus-Pluto square, coming up for yet another exact hit in the spring, on April 21st, is triggered by the November 25th Last Quarter Moon and the December 2nd New Moon, as well as by the chart for the New Year. A tough early going for 2014 is definitely presaged, and this puts quite an interesting spin on the next dates for economic policy show-down on Capitol Hill, which are January 15th and February 7th. It is also increasingly obvious that major changes in political realities in this country and for the world in general are vitally necessary for the health of the planet and for ourselves.
It is interesting to note that Neptune is also highlighted in recent lunations, and comes up again as Mercury stations on the 10th in exact trine to Neptune, and with the Last Quarter Moon of the week of Thanksgiving, taking place on November 25th. Neptune in its own sign of Pisces represents a necessary turning to the spiritual side; this is an otherworldly dimension of higher reality that is also a confusing side as far as business as usual is concerned.
Alongside the collective changes that we can all see coming down, there are personal ones that are perhaps even more urgent, and that we can witness in the development of in our own individual lives. These, too, peak over this intense season between the ending of one climactic year and the early going of the next. Uranus and Pluto have a total of seven exact hits of their square, with the after-effects lasting until very nearly the end of the decade. These next two, counting the current month of November and April, 2014, are the fourth and fifth, and in some ways the most intense of the lot of them. We are all caught up in the fires of transformation, exploring the places in our lives where we are stuck in some dysfunctional way. And these stuck places, while they must indeed eventually yield in favor of our continued spiritual evolution, do not yield gracefully.
Only consciousness provides a way forward, so that we owe it to ourselves to be as aware as possible, as consistently as possible, for the sake of our children’s children, and for ourselves.
ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a wild month for you, Aries. Everything in your life has turned topsy-turvy, and yet with a secret purpose; a special form of enlightenment that involves concrete action toward inner goals rather than outer. Your approach to the world of business and career is in deep transformation, that is true, but the secret to what might be called winning is that you deeply tune in to every nuance of what your soul is trying to tell you. This does not necessarily lead to success in the eyes of the world, but it is the key to unlocking your own sense of inner happiness, which in turn will lead you through to where you really need to go. What follows is that you will eventually get everything that you truly want.
TAURUS (April 20-May 19). Your world is still transforming, Taurus, and you along with it. The pace of change even accelerates as the year winds down, and you find yourself going all out for understanding. Partnership with significant persons in your life is more important than ever this month, as you reexamine its foundations with yourself. You are puzzling over both where your life is currently leading you and also what has engendered the pain of the separation you may feel, as you move forward into your more authentic self. When you examine your own hidden motivations you discover the true gold of your circumstance, involving relationship with important others in a new way, and an unfolding sense of new levels of self-acceptance. The reward is ultimately in the journey, and in the realizations that it brings.
GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is a strange and wonderful monthly cycle for you, Gemini. The meditative period of the Mercury retrograde is quite special, and for your sign in particular. You have entered into a thoughtful period of time and when the end of the month rolls around, could find that you know yourself just a bit better as a result of your recent musings. There is a focus on soul-purpose that is as remarkable as it is productive of fresh insights. You have an unusually high degree of service-orientation now as well, so that, along with the prayer of St. Francis, you might be willing to state: “Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love.”
CANCER (June 21-July 20) All your systems are go, Cancer, as you continue forging ahead to the inside. With the impetus of the Mercury retrograde in your sector of self-expression, the creativity that you unleash will naturally be more of an internal affair. Your inner perspective informs and underlies all that you see and do. Meditation and journaling opportunities are recommended. You are transforming mightily in your self-concept and in the way that you see yourself going forward into a new world, in terms of career, for yourself personally, and as this relates to more global considerations. Your evolving partnership dynamic is also a potent focus for you now. Fears may still come up but with a philosophically viable approach they decline in their importance, and in their former power to derail you from your soul intention.
LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a powerful month of realizations, Leo, and also in some ways a confusing time as well. You are being pulled to the inside, in a form of meditative trance or dream, and it is difficult for you to imagine how to react or if any conceivable reaction is appropriate. A multiplicity of realities keeps swimming into your view, as though you were suspended above a deep-sea garden with many and varied fishes and alternately immersed. The picture that emerges when you reflect might simply be too vast to accommodate with your logical mind; and yet, still you try. Exhilaration, trepidation and transformation are all part of the mix, as well as release from fears in favor of basic movement forward, one foot ahead of the other, into a brand new universe of your own contrivance.
VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This month is another that will test your soul, Virgo, but in a good way. As you navigate the inner fires of these powerful days you have the opportunity to burn off all that is not truly serving you. Your exploration of your own hidden places continues. The dramatic transformation of your creative output over this year has been productive of new insights, and now these very realizations take you into new directions. With Mercury in retrograde motion over the first ten days of this month, everything is stop and go. A contemplative stance takes you further along the path of your spiritual evolution than a strictly outer orientation. The fun comes from discovering what treasure you will be able bring with you as you rise back up to the surface.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an amazing month for you, Libra, a continuation of the series of deep changes that you have been encountering all year long. As you head toward year’s end, the cosmic tugs on your consciousness become if anything more extreme. This is transformation from the very base of your being outward, and it involves a new mandate for others in your life as well as for yourself. Family and home will never be the same. Thoughtful reflection provides more profound seeing for issues such as material versus spiritual reward. You are, through it all, making your move to the inside, there to discover both pain and joy. The pain can be the stimulus for process. Others provide inspiration but in the end, you have got to be the one to light your own fire.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a season of deep work, Scorpio, but the rewards are correspondingly weighted. Some painful places inside yourself are being exposed to the light of a more conscious understanding. It helps to remember that any difficulties that you may encounter along the way are there for the surmounting of them. You are engaged in a tremendous learning curve, based on forging better communications with others around you, leading you into new mental and emotional territory. There are concepts that you are ready to abandon, making room for the new. Your very self-definition is a moving target now, a kaleidoscope of wonder. You are also finding inspiration in ordinary day-to-day routines which, when you look at it right, become suddenly charged with meaning. In the simplest of things, you might find intimations of life purpose.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another in a series of intense monthly cycles for you, Sagittarius. The good news is that you are in many ways more ready for it that you were even a few short months ago. It has been a trying year, and as it comes to the end, perhaps even more so, but the silver lining is in increased self-knowledge applying to the deeper layers of your being, and in a better understanding of others as well as yourself. Many areas of your life are currently affected, including your creative self-expression, which is sizzling and transformatively oriented, but the most significant progress is happening on the inside. Your dreams could be quite active now, and definitely worth writing down. Inner and outer are but two sides of the same coin and the one informs the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a magical month for you, Capricorn, in some ways the culmination of a transformative year of change. With the New Moon and Solar Eclipse taking place in your sector of goals and societal involvement, you are networking like mad and placing your bets on a more positive future than has been the recent past. This involves partnership with others, and a re-orientation of values, family life, and even your concept of personal identity. With Mercury retrograding through this same sector you could be massively re-thinking how your operate in the world and where you are heading, so that it pays to wait until at least the second half of November before making any drastic moves. Still you can plan, and dream, intending to refine your vision still further toward month’s end.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a season of change for you Aquarius, as you take on the world around you in an entirely new way. You have been mulling over your approach to outer world performance since Mercury turned to retrograde motion in your sector of career and professional life, over the final ten days of October. You are finding that spiritual goals eclipse material ones in allowing you to arrive at an internal accord within yourself. Equally present are questions about finance and how to gather your resources to prepare for achievement in a way that does not violate your principles. Communication with others around you is one key to the puzzle, and is productive of a series of unexpected revelations over the course of this month that will help to see you through.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is an amazing month for you, Pisces, full of what could be construed as trials, and yet, when you look beyond the difficulties, replete with progress of an unusual kind. A powerful eclipse early in November takes place in your higher mind sector, leading to starting new conclusions of an interior variety. You are in any case looking within, in a symbolic chime to the retrograde of Mercury through this same sector. Old habitual patterns that you are more than ready to move beyond could also arise for the healing. While painful places within you are revealed, a startling series of epiphanies opens inner doorways in a way that more than compensates. In spite of all appearances to the contrary, the world is what you make of it.
Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at www.astrograph.com.
We are living in an unprecedented time of change, a new epoch with a new consciousness. We have reached Zero Point in our personal and collective consciousness and are now in a phase of accelerated conscious evolution and manifestation of personal and collective vision. As the current political, economic, and social systems begin to collapse, people are instinctively and intuitively reevaluating their lives and asking what has real meaning and value and what brings them true peace and happiness. Humanity is now poised to establish a unified, co-creative new world that reflects the evolved consciousness of awakened hearts and minds, of collaboration, and of peace.
Presenting a guide for these auspicious times, Nicolya Christi offers psychological and spiritual tools to accelerate conscious and global evolution and initiate a New Consciousness for the post-December 21st, 2012, epoch. She gives an in-depth overview of religion and spirituality, both the old paradigm and the evolving new one, and explains how all trauma results from “empathic disconnection,” which hinders our spiritual growth. She provides spiritual practices to manifest a meaningful connection between Self and God/Source/Creator as well as psychological exercises to heal and integrate the shadow self and dissolve psychological wounds. She offers the first fully written account of the First Nations Peoples’ oral wisdom teachings on the 7 Dark, 7 Light, and 7 Rainbow Arrows for evolving consciousness. She also writes in depth about the evolution of relationship and aspiring to a higher love and sexuality.
Detailing several maps and models for conscious and global evolution, this handbook inspires each of us toward a consciously evolving spirituality and a true and authentic relationship with God/Source/Creator.
Making a Shift in Consciousness
By Sonia Choquette
Thankfully, these days more and more people are committed to living a spiritually empowered, authentically grounded, intuitively guided, positive, and peaceful life. We’re generally becoming much more willing to accept the idea that we are spiritual beings who create our own reality and aren’t simply victims of circumstance, as evidenced by a huge surge of interest in such things as quantum physics and mind-body medicine. We’re more willing to explore and discuss our rich inner lives and our ever-expanding intuitive experiences. And yet, in spite of these encouraging signs, we’re still suffering with, and causing some of, the worst personal and worldwide violence and earthly destruction that humankind has ever known.
Incidents of suicide and drug addiction have spiraled out of control, for example. The environment is under siege. Our relationships with each other (and among nations) are blasting apart, sometimes tragically with guns and weapons. So even though the idea of spiritual awakening and personal empowerment sounds appealing and even possible, the actual shift in consciousness most of us need to make in order to go from victim of circumstance to Divine co-creator has yet to occur for most of us. We all must take a big step forward—if not an actual leap—to jump-start the transformation that everyone speaks of and desires . . . and the world so desperately needs. Our inner peace contributes to the world’s peace.
A life where we believe that we aren’t making a meaningful contribution feels like a life wasted. People in this state tend to find negative ways to distract themselves and deaden the emptiness they experience. Whether this leads to destructive behaviors or emotions, frequent accidents or illnesses, career stalls or chronic unemployment, or outbursts of rage or social withdrawal, soon the problem becomes other peoples’ problem as well. All paths are interwoven—we are connected to one another, and one person’s misery eventually affects everyone else. Therefore, not only is tuning in to our inner guidance an essential personal need, it’s also a profoundly important familial and social need.
Listening to the voice of your intuition—instead of the voice of your fears and other peoples’ wishes and instructions—will bring about, over time, a deep-seated, unwavering sense of profound integrity, creative inspiration, and grounded soul purpose. Tuning in to and following your intuition relaxes your mind, puts your body at ease, and opens your heart because you eliminate inner conflict as you become more at one with your Spirit, your true Self. Following your Spirit brings about an inner sense of peace, eliminates distraction, and helps you be more open. With such a big load off your shoulders, you can begin to fine-tune your awareness and expand your creativity, gaining a more graceful, fulfilling, and productive rhythm in your life. With your Spirit firmly at the helm, you flow with the deepest, most authentic truth of your being and experience each day as God designed and intended you to experience it: perfect, beautiful, connected, and filled with joy. Because you’re aligned with your true Self, you feel less and less compelled to seek approval or self-worth in how others view you. You stop feeling out of sync with yourself, and that’s a huge relief.
In following your intuition and trusting your Spirit, not only do you feel uplifted, but you also uplift everyone you come in contact with. Because we are sentient beings and are affected by one another’s energy, others will sense your genuine ease and consequently relax more in your company. Many of the typical challenges you might expect, such as experiencing others as overly cautious or suspicious, will seem to suddenly ease, replaced with more heart-to-heart, creative, trusting, and positive connections. Guided by your intuition, your Spirit opens your eyes to new perspectives, reveals new opportunities, and showers you with synchronistic moments that bring a sense of certain magic into your life. Even those people who have been habitually difficult to deal with, such as set-in-their-ways family members or hardened bosses, won’t trouble you as much, as your intuition also often brings with it more objectivity, deeper insight, and better understanding of others. You become more compassionate, recognizing others’ negative behavior as a symptom of having lost touch with their inner voice, their Spirit, so it’s easier not to take their unpleasant or obnoxious behavior personally. In fact, often those who are not in the habit of being easygoing will change their behavior when in your company because your personal vibration is generally so positive they can’t help but start to entrain with it. With your Spirit guiding, you will feel lighter and clearer, and your world will brighten up. You will start to really love yourself and your life, and that’s the best reward of all.
Honoring our inner voice and allowing our Spirit to lead is the inevitable choice we must all eventually make if we hope to live together in peace. Choosing otherwise keeps us battling our own fears and battling others. This choice hurts us, each other, and our planet. Those who refuse for whatever reason to surrender to their intuition, their heart, and their Spirit will continue to suffer, to struggle, and to miss out on the joys of life. Like a battery running out of power, unless we stop fighting and start trusting our Spirit for guidance, our limited ego energy will dwindle and die. I feel confident that sooner rather than later we will all come to realize the limitations of the ego, and accept the power that lies within our Spirit because that is the purpose of our soul’s journey on Earth.
Reaching for this book on a shelf or having it fall into your hands in some other way is a strong indication that, on a deep level, you’re ready to start living in greater alignment with your authentic Self. Maybe this is your first step toward that end. Maybe you’ve already taken steps along the path toward living your life this way. No matter what got you to this page, deciding to allow your intuition to lead the way will soon have you leaving fear behind and enjoying the bounty and joy that come with living in flow.
Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned author, storyteller, vibrational healer, and six-sensory spiritual teacher in international demand for her guidance, wisdom, and capacity to heal the soul. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Answer Is Simple … among other books; as well as numerous audio programs and card decks and published in over 30 countries. Sonia was educated at the University of Denver and the Sorbonne in Paris, and holds a Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. She resides with her family in Chicago. www.soniachoquette.com
Ending the War with Your Body:
An Interview with Blossom Benedict
by Corinne L. Casazza
How many of us have waged war on our bodies? In an endless circle of trying to eat right, end illness and just feel better in general, we’ve tried everything, listened to the advice of countless doctors and experts and still ended up frustrated. What if we listened to the inherent wisdom of our bodies instead? Blossom Benedict did just that and it allowed her to heal. She now teaches others how to listen to, understand and follow the clear signals our bodies are sending us. Her upcoming book, Ending the War with Your Body is due out next year.
Blossom was no stranger to illness. She had a digestive disorder, a thyroid condition, and several knee surgeries by the age of 16. A singer whose vocal cords had been ruined by disease, she felt “like my body had let me down and was sick of going to yet another specialist only to find they couldn’t solve it either. I saw everyone, plus made all the lifestyle changes: juicing, cleanses, meditation, diets, even gazing at the sun… Nothing worked!”
Learning to Listen
In searching for answers, Blossom tried conventional and alternative therapies. She only came to rely on her body’s wisdom as a last resort. Introduced to a set of tools that included questions, she became curious, wondering, “What if my body knows what it requires? What if it’s the only one that knows what it requires?”
Blossom had no idea how to listen to her body. “These questions were the first time I was introduced to the concept that your body actually has consciousness. From there I began the journey to learn how to have a conversation with my body. How to listen to it. It’s been remarkable.” Her symptoms disappeared once she gained her body’s wisdom.
Blossom recommends people begin by having a conversation with their body. “Acknowledge that your body has consciousness. I started asking things like, ‘Body do you want to eat this?’ In the beginning I couldn’t hear the answers. The more I asked, the more information I got.”
It took her a few months to stop judging and instead keep asking her body what it required and what it wanted her to know. She found her body had been giving her very clear, loud messages, but she hadn’t been listening.
Blossom asked her body what it would like to eat, to wear, and even who it wanted to have sex with! She said, “We think that we wear clothes, but our body is the one who actually wears the clothes and feels them on our skin and looks good in them. Our body has the perspective on all these things.”
She recommends learning muscle testing to hear the answers your body is giving you. It’s also important not to fixate on the answer. “If you’re not getting information, ask another question. The question itself is magic. Just by asking, you are creating space in the universe for something to show up that’s different than what you had concluded.”
One of her favorite questions is “Who does this belong to?” It was the first question she was introduced to and it really shifted things for her. “I didn’t realize I was picking up people’s judgments about food. I’d ask, ‘is this mine?’ If it wasn’t, I’d just return it to sender.”
Another powerful way to receive information from your body is to start noticing your judgments. “The more judgments you can let go of, the more information you’ll get, and the more awareness you’ll have.”
A judgment is anything that has a point of view attached to it. Blossom realized she was judging her food constantly and it was limiting her ability to understand what would work for her. “Every time I had a judgment, I’d say to myself, ‘that’s an interesting point of view.’ I love that phrase because it got me out of thinking that judgment was real or true. I could see that was just one way of looking at it.”
Go with Gratitude
Be grateful for your body. “Gratitude and judgment cannot exist in the same space. Gratitude is magical. Begin with anything you can be grateful for, like feeling the wind or the rain on your skin. Focus on this rather than on what’s not working.”
The practice of gratitude enables you to find more and more to be grateful for. “The more gratitude you have, the less judgment you’ll have and the more you can create what you truly desire.”
For More Information
To learn more about Blossom’s tools to connect with the wisdom of your body, visit her web site at: EndingTheWarWithYourBody.com. Here you’ll find a free 90 minute webinar.
Blossom Benedict is an international speaker, facilitator and transformation coach who has facilitated workshops in 12 different countries and touched thousands of lives with her dynamic presentation of life-changing tools to end the war with your body. She has a regular radio show called Lightness of Change on the Puja Network.
Corinne L. Casazza is a freelance writer based in Boston. Her latest novel Walk Like an Egyptian is available at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book.
How to Awaken the Zentrepreneur in You
4 Steps to Manifest Fearlessness and Peak Productivity in your Work and Relationships
by John J. Murphy
Whatever it is we do, whether we run a household, our own business, or work for a company, there is a “zentrepreneur” within us all- a soul seeking release and a creative idea seeking expression and manifestation. This is the heart and soul of our being – our human being! It is our innate desire to grow, to explore, and to be creative. Zentrepreneurs know this as nirvana, here and now, heaven on earth. We know that we are meant to be free and flow fearlessly. We came to this earth to express ourselves, to interact with one another, to learn, and to make this world a better place. Yet many souls have become trapped – imprisoned by fear and doubt and insecurity. Rather than embrace change and uncertainty with poise and confidence, the timid allow it to hold them back. Indeed, we can be our own enemy. We can get in our own way. The secret to getting past this fear is in tapping our inner zentreprenuer and applying four fundamental steps to inspiration and success – the ring of peace.
The first step to freedom is “Let Be.” Zentrepreneurs know that we cannot change what already exists. We have to accept it – like it or not. We have to learn from it. Why? Because it already is. It happened. This includes people, problems, circumstances, weather, long lines, slow computers, traffic, difficult bosses, and painful losses. There is no value in complaining about it or getting upset. There is no undoing it. There is no wisdom in letting it bring us down. Stress only makes things worse. The Law of Attraction delivers to us manifestations that match our emotional vibration. Complaining, stressing and being anxious only call more into our lives to complain and stress about. How wise is that?
The sage zentrepreneur within us offers us an alternative – the capacity to transcend these emotional temptations. We just have to recognize them when we see them and avoid the trap. Rather than becoming anxious and fearful, we can choose to think differently. We can learn to see what “is” as simply a blessing in disguise, a lesson to be learned. For example, the people who challenge us or annoy us most might be among our greatest teachers. They give us an opportunity to learn patience, wisdom and spiritual presence.
The second step in the Ring of Peace is “Let Go.” Rather than resist what is, we accept it, feel it, examine it, learn from it, and then let it go. Resistance only makes that which we are resisting stronger. Why strengthen the enemy? Push back invites push back. Force meets force. Try dancing with the problem instead. Embrace it and then let it go. Admit there is a problem and then release it. Denial will get you nowhere. Rationalization and defensiveness obstruct flow and attach you to the problem. Learn to let it go. There are many proven techniques to assist with this, including EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Meditation, TRE (Trauma and Tension Release Exercises), yoga, tai chi, and healing sounds. Identify and choose a practice that resonates with you – and then practice it! The only obstacle to releasing fears, phobias and limiting beliefs is you!
When we accept what is and learn to let go any emotional distress drawing destructive drama into our lives, we experience step three: “Let See.” This step involves a shift in our perception. We see the world very differently. The people who used to annoy us now appear differently. We feel compassion for them. We recognize their suffering or ignorance. We forgive them “for they know not what they do.” We offer a helping hand. We reach out from a higher place – a higher frequency and vibration – knowing that this is really the only way we can be of any true assistance. Misery may love company, but zentrepreneurs know that this match in frequencies does not solve problems. It compounds them. The only way to really help someone in pain is to help them change the channel and see things differently.
The fourth step in the Ring of Peace often results in experiencing a sense of awe and wonder. When we let be, let go, let see and experience ”Let Flow,” it is as if we are living a dream come true. We are “in the zone” as some athletes like to put it. We experience a sense of fearlessness, timelessness and peak productivity. We make ourselves available to a much higher frequency of spiritual energy and we channel this into our work and relationships. We literally light up the room. People feel our presence. They are inspired by our energy – or zenergy! In return, we reap what we sow. By giving unto others, we are given more to give. We become an instrument of peace, a fountain of love, a beacon of light. By emptying our bowl, we receive more. We channel spiritual wisdom, sacred joy and emotional intelligence. This powerful inner peace then reveals itself to the rest of the world as “good ideas” resulting in positive changes. We make the world a better place. Have you awakened the zentrepreneur in you?
About John J. Murphy
A mystic of management and sensei of strategy, John J. Murphy has focused on teaching his corporate clients conscious business practices while improving their bottom lines for the past 30 years (GE, BMW, Target, Kraft, the CIA and currently ADP, to name a few). Murphy has drawn on his diverse experiences as a corporate director, Notre Dame Quarterback, spiritual mystic and management coach to author 15 books, including Sage Leadership and Beyond Doubt. He continues to counsel corporate America, yet with the upcoming release of his latest book, Zentrepreneur(Career Press, Set.23, 2013), he has taken to the streets as a national speaker at expos and seminars across the country to coach the zentrepreneur in all of us. For more information: www.venturemanagementconsultants.com
by Reagan McGuire
“Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with which destiny have ordained that you shall live.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
My passenger sat stoically, a traditional Navajo woman she spoke little, if any, English. The lines and valleys etched into her dark red face confessed to a long life spent outdoors in the harsh Arizona sun. The only emotion she showed was smiling at me through broken teeth.
One could tell silence was a major and welcome part of her life. As we traveled along the brightly colored sandstone formations that blanket the Navajo and Hopi Reservation, I had time to do something I rarely had time to do while driving in town… reflect.
It came to me I have constantly changing views of Arizona from many perspectives as I move about the state. There is no joy greater to me than driving around an area called the Painted Desert. It is in this ancient place; in that timeless land abundant in tradition and solitude, I feel most at peace and at home. The Dineh, which means ‘The People’, have become friends and family and over the years I have grown to respect their life and their ways.
Many of the lessons I have learned come from a direct view of the world taken from simple observations of how my native friends relate to the world around them. Such as; the rain was falling softly from above one fine spring day as I arrived at my friend Lonnie’s Hogan located out in the Navajo Lands. Lonnie’s greeted me by looking upward and declaring that “Father Sky was making love to Mother Earth.” This refreshing way to see how water nourishes the land has changed how I see rain.
I am blessed to have a ten year old adopted Navajo granddaughter. I will call her Angel, because, if there are angels, she is one. There isn’t a direct translation of the word ‘angel’ from English to the Navajo language. They would probably be called “dyin bl naala’a”, meaning messenger of the holy people.
When she was five years old my little Angel climbed up into my lap and stole my heart. Through the years as I have watched her grow she, like my son Jesse, has taught me how to love unconditionally. I held her when she was sad, held her when she was glad, and wiped the tears from her eyes when the other children teased her too much.
Being vulnerable was something my heart understood and through that window I came to see that an underlying proposition I clung to, was wrong. Love was possible for a spirit broken by life’s twists and turns. To fully realize love we must have the courage to be imperfect. I could sense through these encounters, I was shifting into another phase of life, a place unknown but not frightening.
Angel’s unspoken message to me has been to see the world as fresh and new in every moment. Her natural Zen nature, something to be envied by the most practiced Monks, is always perfectly in the moment, no matter what that instant brings. Never bothered by yesterday’s business or tomorrow’s worries, it appears as though Angel simply arrives at any space in time, not deciding it in advance.
Reflecting on the beauty that surrounded me as I drove the Navajo woman to Chinle, her very presence in my car itself echoing Thomas Carlyle’s quote, “A silence as deep as eternity…” I wondered if when my granddaughter got older she would dress in the traditional Navajo clothing my passenger was wearing. Would she stay on the reservation as an adult?
Learning the Navajo language at her school in Kayenta has Angel very excited. She was very determined, with all the ten year old enthusiasm she could muster, to teach me every Navajo word she had learned, over the phone, the last time we talked. Would learning her Native language bind her to her people in ways that compelled her to live on these lands? I wondered if it was right for me to even be weighing these issues but I am compelled by love to ponder my Angel’s fate.
The shack on the hill where I dropped the old Navajo woman off on that bumpy dirt road demanded years of maintenance to make it whole. Metal heaps of once functional transportation littered the property setting up the arbitrary boundaries of her domain. A large Crow on the fence spoke loudly its displeasure at being disturbed. Skinny dogs, chickens and goats moved aimlessly about, not really concerned if we were there or not. I wondered if the old woman noticed. I wondered if she cared.
Poverty, woven deep into the very fabric of her life for so many years, reigned supreme in this land. Many times this story has been told from lonely hilltops and valleys where dreams and visions drift away like fallen leaves in the wind. Where a people’s hopes have died and wither on the tree. Maybe accepting it for what it was brought certain serenity to it all. Maybe I am the impoverished one and this Native woman has obtained riches I will never come to know.
Over the years as we held hands and collected bugs, lay in the dirt watching clouds pass by and built boats to float on streams, if the rains came. Angel’s sense of wonder at the sheer beauty and complexity of life has constantly made my heart smile. Tragically not all has been well. Angel’s 33 year old mother and 24 year old aunt died in a car wreck two years ago.
I do not see Angel often since the accident; her father took her deep into the reservation. I miss her but she needs to be with her people. That little Navajo girl has opened my eyes to seeing the world in a new way and forever will testify to the power of trying to capture that innocence we have lost. I have learned the meaning of life is not spelled out in words. Life is about being alive in this world in each and every moment for that is all we have or ever will have. That means beauty is in the experiencing. It is in this present moment l sense Angel’s little hand in mine. I miss her so.
On the long drive home to Flagstaff from Chinle it also struck me that I have unlearned so many things over my years of living here. When I first traveled the Navajo Nation, I looked at the landscape as a bleak barren land, thinking I would go mad seeing the same view every day. Through Angel’s youthful eyes I learned what the Greeks knew thousands of years ago, you never step in the same river twice. Now every time I looked out at Mother Earth I see her in a different way.
The sky is our father, the earth is our mother and all life is sacred. It can be no other way. It pleases me to think I am finally growing up enough to see with the eyes of a child.
The Energy-Emotion Matrix
Dr. Synthia Andrews
Today more than ever before there is an awakening to subtle energy, the vital force that flows within and around us creating the ambiance of life. The increased prevalence of Yoga, Tai Chi, Reiki and other energy-based systems are rousing learners’ energy senses. As individuals begin feeling the flows in their body and noticing the energy interactions among people many are inspired to consciously participate in the dance of subtle energy to create meaningful, life-affirming change. What people may not realize however, is that the key to understanding energy lies with our emotions.
In addition to providing the rhythm, context and meaning to life, emotions deliver messages from our surroundings and generate the energy needed to respond. They convey the essence of being alive, informing our perceptions and enabling our goals. Without emotions there is small satisfaction in our successes and minimal learning in our failures; yet most of us spend a considerable amount of time and energy trying to avoid and control our feelings. We strive to escape or suppress anger, fear, sadness and shame while valuing happiness, excitement, satisfaction and joy. This is natural: the first group consists of emotions that are uncomfortable, the second energizing and uplifting. We confuse comfortable and uncomfortable with value, labeling some emotions good and others bad. But what if there is function in our emotions that goes beyond comfort?
Emotions translate subtle energy information coming to us from our environment and transmit our response back into the world. They form our gut instincts and intuition. Consider this scenario:
Sarah is walking down the street to meet a friend. She stops to answer her cell phone and becomes engrossed in conversation, oblivious to the people around her. Suddenly, for no reason, Sarah’s hair stands on end and she becomes overwhelmed with anxiety. Whirling around, she looks directly into the eyes of a man who is clearly following her. A bolt of energy electrifies her arms and legs. Immediately she feels angry. Energy pathways in her body open to send vital force to her boundary, the outer border of the energetic space around her. She is instantly filled with physical strength and ready to respond.
What happened? From an energy perspective, the danger to Sarah is conveyed on a carrier wave and received by the energy structures in her body. The information is converted into emotion which arrives with such magnitude it pulls her attention from her phone call. Before the information reaches the emotional processing center in her brain, Sarah is already reacting as the energy signal informs her intuition and triggers a chemical cascade that tightens muscles and focuses her awareness. Her emotion informs her perceptions about her level of safety and transmits her response while providing energy for immediate action.
Dissecting this process further, we see three distinct emotions that interact with Sarah to provide for her safety. First, she feels anxiety which lets her know that something is out of place. When she swirls around she is confronted with the source of the incongruity: someone is threatening her. The immediate burst of fear prepares her system for fight or flight and the subsequent anger provides protection and resolve. Each of these emotions is uncomfortable to feel and is often labeled as negative, yet each plays an essential role in keeping Sarah safe.
Every emotion we experience provides a message and also channels our energy toward specific results. Here are a few examples:
- Despair- The function of desperation is to jump-start creative thinking. It tells us that old ways of doing things can’t work: there are no more resources and no further answers on this path. Energetically, desperation releases our fixed attention, freeing our energy fibers to reach for new ground.
- Guilt- The reverse of anger, guilt tells us when we have over-stepped another’s boundary, obstructed someone or caused an injustice. Guilt lets us know that our boundary has hardened and that we need to establish fair exchange with others.
- Contentment- The message here is that we are enough just the way we are, and that life is enough just the way it is. It may not be our idea of perfect, yet none the less, it is. Contentment is a purring vibration that harmonizes the cells of our body. The vibration of contentment opens our energy structures and invites flow through our entire system.
The benefits of our emotion are lost when emotions continue past their usefulness. For example, an uncomfortable emotion such as fear keeps us safe unless it persists after the threat is gone. This can happen when we don’t process the information or discharge the energy. Unprocessed emotion is suppressed under the surface, erupting at unexpected moments to make us afraid of things that are not threats. Fear prepares us for action. When we don’t discharge the energy, muscles tighten to hold it in which sets the stage for chronic muscular pain.
The main reason we suppress our emotions is because we have been trained to second guess our instincts. We have been trained to rely on rational thinking and to distrust what we feel. However, the reasoning part of the brain, the pre-frontal cortex, receives information from the emotional centers of the brain and integrates it with other types of intellect. (1) In other words, intelligent response includes emotional information. Research shows that emotional intelligence is more important than IQ in career success and fostering happiness in relationships. (2)
Do you remember being a kid and knowing from how you felt that a parent was angry with you, but being told you were “wrong”; that “nothing was the matter”? Denials of this nature send a two-fold message. First, they dissuade us from trusting our senses as we try to come to terms with a contradiction between what we sense vs. what we are told. A person who is always second guessing his or her instincts is unable to act with conviction or access personal power.
Second, the denial of our true feelings implies that emotions are somehow bad and that we should deny what we feel. We are trained to believe that the mind is good and emotions are bad; that emotions take us away from logic and will lead us into the addictions of pleasure over the virtues of hard work. Fear, anger and shame, we are told, trap us in limitation. Many religions teach that emotions are tricksters, seducing aspirants away from faith. Emotions have even been described as parasites, as though one of the attributes in the magnificence of life is non-functional. The message is clear: emotions should be suppressed and overcome in favor of either logic and rationality or blind faith.
Opposition between mind and emotion is an illusion: the two are meant to work together, each augmenting the other’s unique contribution. To return to our innate ability to utilize emotional information requires that we pay attention to the body. As demonstrated with Sarah, neuroscientists have found that emotions are often felt in the body before they are received in the brain. (3) Being in touch with how we feel puts us into direct contact with the flows of subtle energy around us.
To access emotions is the key that opens the door to higher consciousness, helping us to understand our selves and the world better. Emotions do this by being a direct link to subtle energy and the information that directs our inner convictions. Emotions are the language of subtle energy; the body’s translation of frequency. Through emotions, energy interactions are brought into direct awareness.
When we become proficient using the emotional language of energy, we receive the information that emotions hold, direct the force they entrain and then are able to release them. We no longer harbor feelings that hurt or cause injury and no longer allow them to dictate our actions and behaviors. We choose to step into our personal power and take command of our emotional terrain so that our actions become conscious, creative, potent and fulfilling. We become the master creators of our life.
About the Author:
A naturopathic physician, energy practitioner and teacher, Dr. Synthia Andrews lays out a guide to the emotions in her newest book, The Path of Emotions: Transform Emotions Into Energy to Achieve Your Greatest Potential.
Andrews is author of The Path of Energy: Awaken your Personal Power and Expand Your Consciousness, and she is the co-author of:
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 2012
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Akashic Record
- Acupressure & Reflexology for Dummies