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love_book-1152x864Books are food for the mind and they nourish our spirit.  Reading is an immersive activity that expands our creativity, kindles our imagination, and fills us with a sense of wonder and delight.  My own awakening and personal transformation has been greatly accelerated by the fantastic books that I have had the pleasure of reading throughout these last few years.  I have learned so much about life, myself, the world around me, the nature of existence, hidden histories, what’s really going on behind the scenes, and much, much more!   The good news is that there is more empowering, informative, consciousness-expanding reading material available than ever, with many titles now in digital format that can be read instantly.  Let’s make the most of this opportunity and continue to expand our minds with books that greatly enhance our learning and awareness!

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“Knowledge is sacred and the choice to be informed or merely entertained in today’s world is a very revealing test of the times.  Expanding your mind to penetrate the deeper meanings of life is not only liberating, it is crucial to your well-being, for knowledge is power, and how you use your power inevitably determines the course of your personal and collective life.” — Barbara Marciniak

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Are you looking for a book that will transform you and the way you see the world?  Are you looking for knowledge that will expand your perspective and remove the veils of ignorance that have plagued mankind for so long?  Or perhaps just another great read to pass the time?  Look no further than this list!

The goal here is the create a comprehensive, user-generated list of profound, life-changing books to share as a valuable resource for all to enjoy.

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What books have had the most powerful effect on you in your life?  What books led you to greater understandings about yourself and about life?

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Please submit the Title/Author of your favorite books that have contributed to your awakening process in the comments below.  We will then add the books to the list here.

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The right books always come to us at the right time.  Trust your instincts when it comes to selecting the next book for yourself.  All of them are game-changers….just pick the one that feels right for you!

We genuinely thank all the authors, editors, publishers, and all of the wonderful beings who helped make these books a reality!  You are all such a blessing.

With Love and Gratitude,
Eliot

P.S. For a powerful list of movie recommendations, please see the CE List: Movies with Truth or Consciousness

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<< My Top 3 Recommendations >>

A-New-Earth-CoverA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle — this book taught me about the ego and helped me see how it was operating in my own life, highlighting how I was sabotaging myself by fueling self-destructive behaviors and limiting patterns of thinking.  This is the first book that taught me the power of presence and self-awareness , understanding that the most powerful moment we have is always here and now.  Tolle possesses amazing clarity and simplicity in his words that are both highly enjoyable and filled with practical wisdom.

 

 

pathcoverPath of Empowerment: Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos by Barbara Marciniak — an incredible treasure trove of empowering and revealing insights and information about life, multidimensional existence, energy/frequency, beliefs, sexuality, healing, and our role during these pivotal times of collective transformation.  Channeled by genuine Pleiadian Beings, this is one of the best books I have ever read.  You will not be disappointed.  Filled with so many powerful, direct quotes that can be re-read over and over again.

 

 

conversations-with-godConversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book One) by Neale Donald Walsch — Imagine having a direct conversation with God about the most puzzling questions about existence — about love and faith, life and death, good and evil.  The answers in this book are simple, easily understood, and nothing less than profound.  I highly recommend this series of books for anyone with an open mind and a sincere desire to seek truth.

 

 

(virtually all of these books are available in Used condition for very low prices)

**** Personal Development / Body-Mind-Spirit / Nature of Existence ****

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery by Don Miguel & Don Jose Ruiz

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

(Books by Neale Donald Walsch)

Conversations with God Book One: An Uncommon Dialogue

Conversations with God Book Two: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage, and Love

Conversations with God Book Three: Embracing the Love of the Universe

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

 

**** Law of Attraction / Manifestation ****

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 

**** New Message / Greater Community / Allies of Humanity ****

(Books by Marshall Vian Summers)

Steps to Knowledge: The New Message Book of Spiritual Practice (eBook or Kindle)

Greater Community Spirituality: The New Message Book of Theology

Life in the Universe: A New Message Book of Revelation (Kindle version)

Wisdom from the Greater Community: Volumes 1 and 2

The Great Waves of Change: The New Message Book of Prophecy

Allies of Humanity Book 1: An Urgent Message About the Extraterrestrial Presence in the World

Allies of Humanity Book 2: Human Unity, Freedom, and the Hidden Reality of Contact (Kindle version)

Allies of Humanity Book 3: A Message to Earth

(All books available at New Knowledge Library)

**** Extraterrestrial / Ascended Master / Channeling ****

<< The Sirian Revelations Trilogy by Patricia Cori >>

The Cosmos of Soul: A Wake-Up Call for Humanity

Atlantis Rising: The Struggle of Darkness and Light

No More Secrets, No More Lies: A Handbook to Starseed Awakening

Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians by Barbara Marciniak

Path of Empowerment: Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos by Barbara Marciniak

Robes: A Book of Coming Changes by Penny Kelly

We The Arcturians: A True Experience by Dr. Norma Milanovich

The Light Shall Set You Free by Dr. Norma Milanovich

A Dweller on Two Planets by Phylos

 

**** Past Lives / Reincarnation ****

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton, Ph. D.

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton, Ph. D.

 

**** Iconic /  Symbolic / Prophetic Fiction ****

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

**** Sexuality ****

The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know by Mantak Chia, Douglas Abrams

The Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Sexual Secrets Every Woman Should Know by Mantak Chia, Rachel Carlton Abrams

 

**** Healing: Emotional, Energy, Sound, etc ****

Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics by Jonathan Goldman

Chakra Frequencies: Tantra of Sound by Jonathan Goldman

Your Hands Can Heal You: Pranic Healing Energy Remedies to Boost Vitality and Speed Recovery from Common Health Problems by Master Stephen Co

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

 

**** Conspiracy / New World Order / Hidden History / UFO ****

The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it) by David Icke

Trance: Formation of America by Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips — The first documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O’Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation. Tracing her path from child pornography and recruitment into the program to serving as a top-level intelligence agent and White House sex slave, TRANCE Formation of America is a definitive eye-witness account of government corruption that implicates some of the most prominent figures in U.S. politics. (e-book available via WikiSpooks)

The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave by Cisco Wheeler and Fritz Springmeier — PDF version here

The 12th Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin

(Books by Jim Marrs)

Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids

The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies that Threaten to Take Over America

Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us

PSI Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program

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We will update the list in rounds, every few weeks or so.  If it gets too long, we may not be able to add more submissions.

Still, keep those recommendations coming — this is becoming a great resource to share some of the most powerful inspirational material on Earth!

****READER SUBMISSIONS****

**** Personal Development / Self-Transformation / Body-Mind-Spirit / ****

The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman

The Light: A Book of Wisdom by Keidi Keitang featuring Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marci Shimoff, Janet Attwood, John Perkins, Will Arntz, Julie Chimes, and more!

Reader comment: This recently released book has 22 specially written chapters on the theme of how to awaken to the inner Light. Included are original insights, excercises and stories from the great luminaries of today.  It is one of those books you can read over and over and always find something new,uplifting and thought-provoking.. All net profit is being donated to a group of charities working mainly with children or principles to make this world a better place.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav

The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended by Ainslie MacLeod

The Transformation: Healing Your Past Lives to Realize Your Soul’s Potential by Ainslie MacLeod

Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born by Robert Schwartz

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

**** Metaphysics / Consciousness / Spirituality / Philosophy / Psychology****

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life: Volumes 1 and 2 by Drunvalo Melchizedek

My Big TOE: The Complete Trilogy by Thomas Campbell
Reader comment:For the left brained scientific types, the physics of consciousness explained in detail.

The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts

This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience by Alan Watts

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Equation: Yes After Yesterday by James Tarantin

(Books by Robert Anton Wilson)

Prometheus Rising

The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan

Principia Discordia — The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst

**** Investigations / Alternative Research / Conspiracy / New World Order / Hidden History / UFO ****

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Reader comment: Gatto talks about his experience as a teacher in New York and argues that, instead of educating the population, state school does no such thing and instead indoctrinates us into a society of obedience.

The Terra Papers: The Hidden History of Planet Earth (An excellent summary) by Robert Morning Sky

Underground Alien Bases: Flying Saucers Come From Inside The Earth! by Commander X

The Secret of Atlantis by Otto Muck

**** Meditation / Mastery / Great Ones/ Holy Scriptures ****

A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace

Autobiography of a Yogi (Re-print of 1946 First Edition) by Paramahansa Yogananda (free on Kindle as of 4/10/13)

Encounter the Enlightened: Conversations with the Master by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss by Sadhguru Vasudev and Cheryl Simone

Falling Into Grace and True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness by Adyashanti

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing (Book One of the Enlightenment Trilogy) by Jed McKenna

World Beyond World by Woo Myung

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao Tzu

The I Ching or Book of Changes translated by Richard Wilhelm

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello

Awakening: Conversations with the Masters by Anthony de Mello

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

**** Magick / Occult / Mysticism / Psychedelic ****
Initiation Into Hermetics by Franz Bardon
Reader comment: for all that want to master not only their own microcosmos…

Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman

The Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

**** Extraterrestrial / Ascended Master / Channeling ****

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul by Jane Roberts

The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know by Jane Roberts / Seth

The Oversoul Seven Trilogy by Jane Roberts / Seth

Reader comment: No list of awakening seems complete without the 20+ book series of the channeled Seth material by Jane Roberts, written between 1963 and 1986. They discuss physics and other branches of science and the role of consciousness – all in the most down to earth, entertaining, and comprehensive manner. If you’re looking to read just one, Seth Speaks would be where to start. Every one is startlingly real and revelatory.

The Joseph Communications: Your Life After Death by Michael G. Reccia

(Books by Kryon / Lee Carroll)

The End Times: New Information for Personal Peace (Kryon Book 1)

Don’t Think Like A Human: Channeled Answers to Basic Questions (Kryon Book 2)

The Twelve Layers of DNA (Kryon Book 12)

**** Inspirational /  Iconic / Symbolic Fiction ****

The Enlightened Gardener by Sydney Banks

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

**** Past Lives /  Reincarnation ****

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss

Only Love Is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited by Brian Weiss

**** Health /  Healing ****

Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light by Barbara Wren

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz

Red Moon Passage: The Power and Wisdom of Menopause by Bonnie J. Horrigan
Reader comment: Full of insights and new ways of thinking for women going through the menopause – so helpful in understanding the process and coming at it from new and positive angles.

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Let’s keep adding to this list!  Thank you for your suggestions and contributions!

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New Moon In Aries: Taking Bold Action

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We are having a New Moon in Aries during the later hours of April 11th in the Americas and on the 12th everywhere else in the world. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th.

Aries season began at the Equinox (on March 20th globally this year) as it always does, as per the framework of the Tropical Zodiac. Being the first of twelve signs, and initiator of a transitional season, it begins the Astrological New Year. However with this New Moon actually occurring in Aries as well, it will crank up the energies of this sign even more so in comparison to the previous weeks that were part of a lunar cycle initiated by a New Moon in Pisces.

Aries is the domain of self, independence, and individual needs. As a Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars, it is assertive, courageous, direct, pioneering, and leading. It is initiating, quick, bold, energetic, and warrior-like. Negatively, this energy can be inconsiderate, selfish,  hot tempered, combative, restless, impatient, aggressive, and overly competitive. Aries lacks thoroughness due to its quick forward energy.

New Moon Conjunct Mercury & Venus In Aries

This New Moon is close to both Mercury and Venus. This can reflect a period in which our social interactions and engagement with others can be more lively. Both Mercury and Aries have a busy moving type of energy and we may feel more active, physically and/or mentally, as a result.

The conjunction of both of these planets with this New Moon also means it is tied into cycles that each of those planets have with the Sun. Venus recently joined the Sun in the last week of March and it is now travelling ahead of it in zodiacal position.

In recent weeks this has been a time in which we experienced shifts, developments, endings, beginnings, or more clarity around Venus areas of friends, love, social dynamics, values, worth, or financial matters in some cases. This New Moon and the weeks following can continue this process, especially when it comes to beginnings or newer ways of expressing ourselves in these areas.

Mercury is now approaching the Sun as they will make their conjunction on April 18th/19th. At that time we may experience developments, which may be significant, connected to what has transpired during its previous retrograde in February and how things have unfolded since then. From there, these things may develop further with a better perception, or circumstances may indicate lack of sufficiency, not what was anticipated, or that something needs to change.

Planets In Aries Square Pluto & Sextile Mars Trine Jupiter

This New Moon, along with Venus and Mercury, are in a square with Pluto and sextile with Mars and Jupiter. Pluto combined with Aries and Mars energy can reflect a period of intensity. However, it can also play out as issues around power, control, manipulation, jealousy, insubordination, or subversion.  It can also be revealing, psychological, compulsive, transforming, and purging.

The sextile with Mars in Gemini adds to the lively, assertive, instinctual, and energetic expressions of Aries. The Aries’ planets sextile to Jupiter, which is also trine Mars, can be good for applying ourselves in a way that is expansive, optimistic, educational, philosophical, explorative, freedom seeking, or centered around beliefs. New doors may open up and it can even be lucky for some people.

Uranus square Saturn (mentioned here in a previous article) is still in the backdrop as it will be throughout the year. Although it’s not in one of its strong periods, themes of ‘freedom/rebellion/revolution being at odds restrictions/limitations/traditions are still playing out. This may get activated in different ways by this new lunar cycle and the Aries energy that has already been present over the previous weeks following the Astrological New Year.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

How would you like to grow and expand and what do you need to change to get there? In what areas do you need to be more bold or courageous? What have your relationships shown you in recent weeks? What is important for your individuality? What are your personal needs? What do you stand for and should you be fighting for it? Do you need to be a leader in any aspects of your life? Are there any new things that you want to explore?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 2:31am Universal Time on April 12th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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A Symbiosis of Humans & Technology – Changing The Conversation

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Have you ever noticed that discussions about transhumanism tend to focus on technology more than humanism? The journey to reaching our highest potential as a species is usually focused externally on the technology rather than internally on our conscious evolution. This is probably because people assume that conscious evolution is more about spirituality whereas technology is more having to do with the things humans create. The two paths are interdependent so we need more conversations between experts in each of these fields. It will only be through a recognition of the symbiotic nature between humans, their technology, and the environment that we will avert self-destruction.

trans·hu·man·ism (n.) 1. A belief that humans should strive to transcend the physical limitations of the mind and body by technological means. 2. A movement of people who espouse such a belief.

Standing at a Crossroads: The influence that technology has on society and culture is called, technodeterminism. Most of us carry mini supercomputers in our pockets called smartphones. These devices act as external brains which seamlessly integrate into most aspects of our life. Most of us are completely dependent on them for travel, work, communication, entertainment, and beyond. Take a moment to consider the future implications of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine-learning, mass surveillance, automation, genome editing, nanotechnology, and their potential influences on society, culture, and our environment.

When I think about these things, I can’t help but ask:

Why aren’t people like the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil conversing more with people like Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, and Steve Mann?

Ancient Futures: It will become increasingly imperative for our most advanced technologies to be informed by the natural ethos of indigenous people blended with the emotional-intelligence of our enlightened spiritual masters. We must remember that the first humans who captured fire to light their cave, stay warm on a cold night, or cook their food were using technology. Anthropologists proudly call us humans “tool-makers” as one of the attributes that make us distinct from most species.

Paradigm Shift: Conscious evolution will require a concerted effort to communicate across silos and disciplines. Cooperation and collaboration towards collective goals will need to take the place of competition for personal gain. What are we hoping to accomplish, and at what cost? We are a risk-taking species and that drives us to exceed all our limitations. Let’s make these be calculated risks because with our technology also comes a great responsibility.

Start Within: Even our most sophisticated technology does not possess the complexities of organic systems. Computers and machines can do many things for us but they will never be able to feel for us. The realm of emotion is central and unique to our human experience yet it is only now starting to be recognized as a valuable form of intelligence.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.” -Andrew Coleman A Dictionary of Psychology

Research in multiple fields of study shows that curiosity, creativity, taking initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy are skills that will redefine traditional beliefs about intelligence. The ability to accommodate new information requires a certain level of mental flexibility, humility, and ultimately character. It is through our ability to feel and process our emotions that our higher intelligence flourishes.

SuperHumans: Any sports fan knows that there are individuals who possess superhuman gifts. Think of popular sports stars like Michael Jordan, or any of the various extreme sports heroes who somehow manage the seemingly impossible. We also have the various musical or art prodigies who express the skills of a master before the age of 10. We have seen humans walk on red-hot coals with bare feet, walk a tightrope between skyscrapers, and exhibit mind-boggling feats of mental-focus, and will-power. Did you know that Wim Hof ran a half marathon barefoot on ice and snow, with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 34 seconds? Humans are capable of amazing things when they channel discipline, practice, creative brilliance, fearlessness and focus. We have barely scratched the surface of what is possible!

Global Meditation: This simple practice of quieting the mind, and bringing presence to one’s breathing has a long list of documented benefits that include enhanced neural connections, deep feelings of connection and well-being, as well as a strengthened immune system. When we compound this focused intention to include tens of thousands of people all over the world, we begin to literally shift planetary magnetic resonance. The science does not lie, we are potent electrical beings with the ability to focus consciousness and create beyond our wildest imaginations.

Everything technology offers is a reflection of the technology that we, as humans are. Learning to laugh at ourselves a little while delving into our emotions and to make room for possibilities beyond our currently held beliefs is essential for this journey. In order for us to create technology that is aligned with all of life and our planet, we must first become aligned with ourselves and each other. Global meditation is where we practice together!

We can no longer claim that a technology is advanced if it is destroying our skies and rivers or perpetuating harmful practices like war and domination. These are examples of misguided technologies. Our DNA has been informed by countless generations of evolution. It is time that we focus our consciousness towards the natural wisdom kept by indigenous people, while embracing the presence of enlightened spiritual masters. This will allow us to infuse our science and highest technological advancements with ecological and emotional intelligence for the benefit of all life.

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A Proven Technique To Neutralize Draining Emotional Reactions

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  • The Facts:

    We'll explore a simple scientifically proven technique to help neutralize emotional reactions that often drain our energy and reduce our ability to think clearly and make effective decisions.

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    How often do you check in to how you're are feeling? Do you feel you are able to self regulate your emotions easily?

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Do you notice that you sometimes feel tired or fatigued but are not sure why? Maybe you can have a restful sleep and still wake up having a sense that your energy is not quite there? Maybe you notice yourself being reactive, having a short fuse and feeling unclear about what decisions to make? Maybe you say things to friends, family or people online that you later regret or didn’t truly mean. Much of this can have a lot to do with how we’re feeling emotionally on a regular basis. Emotions that are happening just a touch outside our conscious awareness.

Let’s just do a very quick check in to see what I mean. If you stop a take a moment right now to ask “how am I feeling?” What do you notice? Are you feeling good? Energized? Do you have a background tension? Are you a bit stressed? Annoyed? Are you relaxed and calm? Are you perhaps relaxed yet feeling blah? When we do these check ins we bring awareness to how we might be feeling. This is something we typically don’t do that often and thus are simply not consciously aware of how we feel. If we were a bit more consciously aware of how we felt, we’d have a greater understanding of what we could do to feel better as we know where we’re at.

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This is important because one of the greatest unrecognized sources of prolonged stress, fatigue and physical wear and tear on our bodies comes from living our day to day lives in a state where we consciously or subconsciously experience what we might call ‘draining emotions.’ These are emotions like worry, fear, anger, resentment, or sadness etc.

For each of us, we’re likely going to experience these emotions at some point in life, and this is normal. Typically when we experience these emotions, we’re getting an insight into ourselves. Since what triggers these emotions can often be subjective, we can learn something about our current self by paying attention to these emotions. For example, someone might cut us off while we’re driving on the freeway. On one hand, one person might react aggressively and become very angry, while another might simply see it as a mistake on the part of the other driver and move on with their day.

Why some of us react and others don’t typically comes down the the story we’re telling ourselves about why that person cut you off. Perhaps they take it personally, perhaps they see it as an attack in some way – who knows? You. Only you know, and you can get closer to knowing what that is so you don’t harbour that draining emotion for the rest of the day, and even remove the trigger to begin with so you don’t necessarily have to go down that angry road every time something small like this happens.

I want to be clear here, we’re not looking to avoid emotions or never experience them, we’re looking to gain awareness around why they come, and ultimately have the choice over what gets us bothered and what might be better to simply let go. There is a difference between momentarily feeling an emotion like this, and letting it become a ‘background state’ of being that slowly begins to shape our attitude towards unhealthy and draining tendencies.

We can likely go on all day about where we should ‘honor’ some emotions in some situations or stand up for ourselves in others – I’ll let you decide that within yourself for each situation, but what the focus here in this piece is to simply look at how we can neutralize an emotional experience so we can stop it from draining all our energy and gain greater clarity on why it might be happening.

The exercise below is geared towards improving our self awareness around situations and how we feel, so we can learn to self-regulate emotions at anytime, as well as turn off triggers that might not really be the greatest to have to begin with.

Remember, we’re going to stick with a situation where we are cut off in traffic, but you can use these steps for anything. Maybe you realize you are fearful about a situation. Maybe you notice ongoing worry about something that’s happening or may happen – whatever it may be, the steps can be applied.

A Quick 3 Minute Exercise

We’ll go through the steps, this might seem long at first but it’s actually very short once you get the hang of it. This method is based on decades of scientific researching involving the heart and the benefits of creating coherence through good heart rate variability. You can learn more about that here under the section “Coherence & Optimal Function.”

1. The first step is becoming aware of the fact you’re having the emotional experience. What we’re doing here is by reading this we’re setting up a bit of an increased self awareness in our minds that can help us remember to check in when we next have an emotional reaction to something. Perhaps the car cuts us off while driving, and we react, but then shortly after we remember that we want to have a closer look at that emotional reaction and perhaps choose a different response instead of going down an energy draining rabbit hole. So the first thing we want to do is become aware that the experience is happening.

2. The next step is accepting the experience that’s happening. What this means is, if the person in front of us cuts us off while driving and we get angry and realize we’re angry, bring to your awareness that this is OK. We’re not looking to create a judgement about what happened or what we’re experiencing, instead we simply want to see it for what it is, an experience that happened and we’re now aware of and sitting as an observer of it. What this does is it empowers us to be able to look a little more closely at what we’re feeling and why. After we become aware, take note of the emotion you’re experiencing and name it. Is it anger? Is it worry? Is it fear?

As a small kicker to this, just imagine that the intention here is to turn down the intensity of the emotion so we can go in a take a look at what’s going on in the same way that a firefighter will spray water onto a burning house to stop the fire and cool it enough to go in and assess what the source of that fire was.

3. Next we’re going to take a moment and place our hand or a couple fingers over the areas of our chest, around where your heart is, and use the placement of your hand as something to focus on. With your eyes open, take some comfortable yet slightly deeper breaths. Feel your breath moving in and out of the area of your heart (where you hand is). To do this, don’t worry too much about how perfect the breathing is or whether it’s exactly going in and our of your heart area, just sit with a gentle focus that your breath is moving in and out of the area of your heart. Our goal here is to bring awareness to the physical heart and begin to influence its rhythms ever so slightly. Breath into your heart for about 30 seconds.

4. Next we want to continue our heart focused breathing while also imagining the feeling of calm or ease enter into our bodies. Spend the next 2 minutes or so breathing in the feeling of calm or ease into your heart with comfortable breaths. Notice the calm and ease come over your mind and body. What this stage does is it shows us that we have the ability to produce our own emotional regulation by creating a physiological state that is more synchronized and favorable for introspection and clarity.

After step 4 you should feel a lot more neutral in your feeling, but it may be possible you’re still annoyed or upset about the situation, this is great and in many ways the point of the exercise. Remember the firefighter analogy.

If it’s a really small situation, this awareness might already help us choose to simply let it go. If it’s a larger situation, this exercise helps us reduce the intensity so we can gain a bit more clarity about what’s going on and stop us from simply circling the experience over and over again in our minds, potentially increasing our anger and draining our energy.

Now as a final step, you can take a moment to just assess, what is the story you have been telling yourself about the situation? What might be a more effective way to approach or think about the situation? In the case of getting cut off in the car, was it really personal? If so, how do you know? If it was a mistake, is anger helping you or just providing an undesirable experience? If you had the freedom, would you choose anger at the other driver or to just let it go and maintain better health?

The point here is that with awareness we get clearer on who we are and how we function. This inevitably gives us a choice in how we choose to react.

For more information on this and to build a bit of a deeper practice, you can check out a short course I produced in our members area called CETV. The course is called Improving Daily Self Awareness, Presence & Connection. 

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