If you are acutely aware of your built-in instinct to be happy and grow, chances are that you have already identified things in your life that you would love to improve. Perhaps it might be the quality of your relationships, your sense of community, or fulfilment at work, or maybe you hope to have less stress or a sense of greater mobility, abundance, and ease.
In the deeply transformational work I do with clients as an intuitive life strategist, what I have come to know is that these desires really push you to take inventory of your situation — the state of your emotions, energy levels, finances, schedule, well-being, and health.
And in taking this inventory and coming into an updated view of the level at which you have been functioning, if you are not happy with what you are seeing, it is completely natural for you to feel like you need to take charge — to take back control over your life.
For example, you might feel moved to start attending a mindfulness, meditation, or yoga class as a way of helping yourself become more centred, relaxed, and in-tune with your body, thoughts around self-growth, and soul-level needs. Or you might feel like you need to look at your finances to see what other opportunities for re-training, travel, and recreation your current budget will enable you to afford.
Another thing you might do is look closely at your schedule and see where you have perhaps been frittering away your time towards no definite end. Facebook, the internet, and television are good examples of devices that, in today’s technology driven world, many people use as ways to clear their minds or otherwise relax and ‘zone out.’
Taking a longer term look at your schedule, say over the next 3 to 12 months, also allows you to identify windows of time that you can devote exclusively to tuning into your wisdom and self-care, say through retreats or long weekend getaways with those you consider to be your tribe.
These are all very common DIY remedies that I see my clients embark on once they have gotten to a place where they have become so dissatisfied or disillusioned with functioning at a diminished capacity that every cell in their bodies becomes infused with the impulse for serious life-change.
If you too have for some time been committed to taking steps such as these, huge kudos to you!
They are so important and necessary because they are all ways of putting your relationship with yourself first, in order that you can be of any meaningful service to others in each of your other roles.
Honouring your needs in these ways — ways that feel more aligned with who you fundamentally know yourself to be — is nothing less than you taking the first steps on your journey of transformation and change.
And it does sometimes happen that you stumble into the very person, modality, or experience that acts as a catalyst to mobilise you further along from that inner place of determination and commitment to change.
But what if you’ve already been carving out this sacred time for yourself for a while and you feel that, rather than living an authentic life filled with validation and love, you are seeking refuge from a life that, if you are really honest, still doesn’t actually honour and celebrate YOU?
This happens so much more frequently than you think!
It can be quite demoralising to know that you’ve been trying so earnestly to do everything within your power to change your situation, and despite your best intentions, there isn’t much in your external life that has actually changed.
Sadly, I encounter so many people in precisely this situation who feel unsure of themselves, de-motivated, disempowered, and to a certain degree, defeated and stuck.
What is always tremendously interesting however, is that if I sit with folks like these and we look deeply together at their thinking and innermost fears, almost always, we uncover that that person is actually at a place where their limiting beliefs have been kicking in, oftentimes in a very highly sophisticated way. The reason for this is because as a human being, you were born with an inborn instinct to survive. The idea of stepping into unknown territory can trigger either a reaction of excitement or one of fear.
If you have been doing all the ‘right’ things to improve your happiness levels, enjoyment, and fulfilment of life but haven’t been able to get things in your outer world to change, there is a very strong possibility that there is a limiting system of beliefs in your psyche at work.
Why would this be?
The answer is that you are ready to step into a whole new level of possibilities for yourself, and without being able to put your finger on it, you have likely been at this place for a very long time.
In some ways, you have already been aware that stepping into this new level will require you to completely close the door on the outdated relationships and various situations in your life.
In this new place there is little sense of control of the type you get when you consciously decide you are going to go to mediation or yoga class, or mark out protected time for your self-care. In this new place there is little familiarity because you have finally said NO to all the things that haven’t been honouring the REAL you, and YES to having much more of who you really ARE. Once you’ve done this, to begin with, you will find yourself on new terrain with your self-trust and trust in the universal intelligence built into all things as your unfailing guides.
It is vitally important to realise as you feel deeply into this new place that it is perfectly natural to feel fearful. Your inborn needs are just that — they are your NEEDS. They are not negotiable and they will never expire. You are being called to leave behind all of the old things that no longer serve you but which, up to this point, because of their predictability, have kept you feeling relatively safe.
And even more curious about being at this place of huge potential for life-change is that the fear you experience causes a kind of spiritual amnesia that dulls your memory and deep understanding of how capable you truly are.
It is however a universal truth that trusting yourself and your soul-level need to be happy and to thrive is actually the ONLY way that your life can change.
It isn’t uncommon for you to struggle against the internal tide that is trying to turn deep within you in order that you can maintain the illusion of ‘knowing what you are doing,’ feeling or being seen to be ‘taking charge’ or ‘in control.’
And from this place of deep inner resistance and fear, you latch rigidly on to what seem to be perfectly legitimate justifications that you should continue doing whatever it is you’ve already been doing.
This can sound like any one or all of the following:
- I can’t afford it right now.
- I don’t have the time.
- It would be best for me to revisit this opportunity next year.
- My kids are too little.
- My parents, partner, or spouse wouldn’t approve.
- After x or y happens, it will be a much better time.
- I feel like I need to see what I’ve got, on my own.
- I will come up against too much resistance, judgement, and even rejection if I do.
The thing is, no one has ever created big, meaningful life-changes by doing what they’ve always done.
If any of these justifications sound familiar, consider that you would be doing yourself perhaps the biggest service EVER by being 100% honest and transparent right now and asking yourself the following 8 questions:
- What is my biggest challenge in moving forward and creating my ideal life?
- What am I afraid of, and why?
- Why am I so invested in this story I’ve been telling myself?
- What would be possible for me if I were to let it go?
- Am I READY to let it go?
- Am I READY to make a sacred commitment to myself to do whatever it takes to be happy and to thrive — no matter what?
- What is one thing that I’ve been avoiding doing or saying that will help me cement this sacred promise to myself and commitment to my permanent healing and self-growth?
- I commit to taking this action (enter a date within the next 5 days).
Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question
- The Facts:
Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.
- Reflect On:
What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?
The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.
The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.
If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.
You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.
One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.
Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?
There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.
It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.
More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.
A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”
It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.
Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.
I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”
Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.
The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.
Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”
- The Facts:
Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.
- Reflect On:
This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?
About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.
In my article about this statement I stated:
Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.
Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.
As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.
Williamson Admits She Was Unaware
Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:
“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,
I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.
I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.
Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.
It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.
In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.
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I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.
Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…
Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals
We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.
This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.
Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.
Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.
Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.
Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars
This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.
Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.
However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.
At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.
Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct
This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.
Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.
Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.
Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs
At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.
This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.
After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon, it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.
As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.
Things To Consider During This Period
How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?
What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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