Saturday, March 08, 2014

Give-Aways and Peak Experiences

A few days ago, I interviewed a dear friend and colleague, Chris Davis, as a Woman of Power and Spirit. You’ll be hearing her story soon.

During the interview, she reminded me that I introduced her to the concept of “give- away” in spiritual practice some years ago. Give-away has a way of stimulating the spiritual journey.

When you know it is time for you to share your gifts with the world in a new and more deeply meaningful way, you begin with your giveaway.

For example, before I was taught how to pour a sweat lodge, I was asked what I would be giving away. Before I was introduced to my husband and began our sacred work together, I knew there was something I needed to give away. Before I began offering spiritual counseling, I had something I needed to give away. Before I did my first vision quest, I had to make my give-away.

The give-away can be a physical offering, or the release of a belief or attachment, and most often, it is both. Throughout my life I have given away almost all of my possessions more than once. I’ve given away my partnership with my beloved, my home, job, sums of money, and I’ve given away addictive substances like sugar.

With each give-away, I was letting go of attachments to certain beliefs and fears in order to develop a greater trust in the Divine. In some cases, what I gave away came right back to me—like my beloved husband.

Because I love my husband so much, he would be the hardest person to lose. He is the one I tend to cling to. More than once, I have been called to give-away an attachment to him. In the practice of give-away, I release him to his greater good, supporting him in what is best for him, all the while knowing the Divine will take care of me with or without him next to me.

This doesn't mean we got divorced and remarried. It doesn't mean I left him or told him I was giving him up. It means, in prayer, I gave up all my attachments about how our lives had to be so that his greater good could be served. I gave my fears to the Divine and stood naked before the Divine, humbled and ready to be of service; ready to accept whatever was right and best—to be with him, not to be with him, to be with him in a new way.

You see, if we don’t do it consciously and willingly, it happens painfully. What we cling to gets ripped away from us. And we suffer in physical and/or emotional pain.

What we are clinging to is most often what is getting in the way of our healing or spiritual rebirth. We are asking and praying for something new and wonderful to
happen in our lives, but we aren't willing to let go of unconstructive habits, fears, limiting beliefs, or to make the changes that would allow us to fly.

Our prayers get answered in the form of a painful loss, unless we meet our fears consciously and give-away whatever might be limiting us. What we are most afraid of losing is exactly what we will lose, unless we give it to the Divine consciously. After all, what we cling to belongs to the Divine anyway. So when we make our give-away we are saying, “I am willing to let my ego step back, open to Divine wisdom, face my fears, and experience the brilliance of Divine love unencumbered.

When the give-away is sincere, the blessings are abundant.

Give-away is on my mind these days, as I help a quester prepare to do her vision quest at SpiritQuest this August. I know that the depth of her spiritual opening is directly related to the significance of her give-away.

And that will be true for everyone that comes to quest. Each person will be asked to give-away some attachment that no longer serves. As the attachment releases, the person’s spiritual gifts open in the most beautiful ways—through mystical moments—the peak experiences we pray for.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Opening to Intuition

Find a quiet space. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Breathe gently into yourself until your mind and body quiet down. Become aware of your heart and breathe. Just breathe until your mind and body become still.

With every exhale, give away your worries and concerns. With every inhale, breathe in the sweetness of life. Allow yourself to pause in between each exhale and inhale. Become aware of the space between your breaths. In the pauses, the rests between, you find the centered stillness that allows intuitive wisdom to become known. Allow the pauses to expand little by little. The stillness will become more present. In the stillness, intuitive awareness exists. This is the place to go when you seek to find guidance. Let your guidance arise out of the stillness.

Breathe deeply, exhaling through your mouth. Wiggle your fingers and toes. Gently open your eyes. Live in you intuition.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Power of Your Compassion

I’m delighted to share with you that my new book, Sacred Feminine Awakening: The Emergence of
Compassion became a best-seller on Wednesday.

Thank you for your prayers, purchases and love! If you bought the book, I know you are going to discover some insights that help you experience the depths of your own compassion and its transformative power in your life.

If you have not picked up your copy yet, you can still do so. While it is available in Kindle format only on Amazon at the moment, many readers have Apps that will allow you to read a Kindle book.

Plus, after you purchase go back to the web page and register for your gifts. Along with the free gifts, you’ll receive a PDF version that you can read. So there is something for everyone!

The power of compassion may be one of the most underestimated energies in the history of humanity. It is the energy that heals, mends, and renews us. It is, shall we say, the fountain of youth—reviving our spirits and reminding us of our true potential!

Join me in discovering how to tap into your compassion at will and discover its life-giving power, with this timely book.

Holding you in my heart and songs,

Saturday, January 04, 2014

What’ in Spiritual Fashion for 2014?

This is one of my most widely read, yearly pieces. I hope it helps you discover a sense of joy and focus for being a trend-setter this year!

1. 2014 is the year for inner strength.

You can’t fake inner strength by trying to look invincible. 
Inner strength has less to do with your outer demeanor and more about how much you trust in what’s real, and that all boils down to Divine love. You just can’t strap on inner strength. You’ll be in perfect style if you are honest, sincere, and kind.

Yes, kindness comes from strength. Strength is not showy or flashy. Don’t let the movies you watch fool you. Throw that “tough stuff” out of your inner closet. You don’t need to brandish an iron will to be strong, and you certainly don’t need to be envisioning yourself in a pair of military fatigues.

To be kind in the midst of cruelty takes more strength than a razor-sharp response, a show of power, or a cold shoulder. Kindness with clear boundaries is the way to make your spiritual fashion statement this year.

Here’s a little tip for engaging inner strength without attracting a whole bunch of new challenges. If you pray for inner strength, you are probably going to be tested. So instead, you might consider intending to have the courage, energy and wisdom to meet the opportunities that come your way. 

This approach is a lot more fun. You’ll feel and look more rested, vibrant and attractive when focused on the opportunities. And this is look that never goes out of fashion.

2. Remember to listen to your inner urges. They’ll be guiding you to listen more, be less inclined to tell people their business, and remain in compassion. See if you can question the problems you see without ever assigning blame. 

3. Be present to situations without blaming. Blaming just makes you look and feel terrible. But if you can be present to the challenges and weaknesses you see, while remaining in compassion… you’ll be the shining ray of beautiful light amidst the chaos.

You will stand out in a crowd wearing your compassionate heart right there on your sleeve.

4. Create a comfortable travel statement for yourself. Travel could get interesting this year, so before you hop in the car or bus, or board a train or plane, get yourself ready to be comfortable, by setting your positive intentions for safe and enjoyable travel. The go with the flow. There is nothing more appealing or more beautiful than a cheerful disposition in the midst of chaos.

Let your inner strength radiate from your kindness and caring, and you’ll be setting the trend for a fabulous 2014!