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The Truth Behind Why 2016 Kicked Everyone’s Ass

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You see it all over the place and it’s only a matter of time before it’s trending on social media en mass: “F*ck you 2016,” “I can’t wait to be done with 2016,” “F*ck 2016,” etc. It’s likely you’ve seen this already, but if you haven’t, I’m sure you will soon.

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If the prevalence of these phrases show us one thing it’s that 2016 was a challenging year for a lot of people! Personally, I can relate to this as I found 2016 kept throwing curveball after curveball at me. Many people around me experienced similar stuff as we all seemed to be pushed into looking at life differently.

What interests me most within this whole trend of calling out 2016 is the fact that it shows how we tend to respond to things that happen to us in life: we feel victim to it. This is not only a counterproductive mindset to have, but it also ensures that we repeat the same situation and event over and over again. I’ll explain as we go.

You are the reason your 2016 sucked; it’s a paradigm shift that will challenge us, but it’s the truth.

And So It Began

By about October I began seeing people posting GIFs and memes around the internet that helped people illustrate the ‘shit storm’ 2016 had been for them thus far. Watching a GIF of Chris Farley falling uncontrollably down a hill not only made me laugh but I could relate. 2016 had been a challenge!

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Now, certainly any year can be tough for us: losing a job, multiple deaths in the family, or perhaps a challenging break up, but this year hit A LOT of people all at once; but, that in itself should be something that makes you think.

Collective Consciousness

In 2012, we released a film called The Collective Evolution 3: The Shift. That film explored a global shift in consciousness taking place that affects all of us in a number of ways. We explored the cosmic side, the scientific side, the ancient history side, and what many teachers are saying about this time. We concluded one thing after traveling for 30 days and working on this film for 2 years: we are living in one of the most fascinating and evolutionary times in history.

This is a big part of why everyone is getting their ‘ass kicked’ (so to speak) in 2016. This year has been a reflection of what humanity needs to go through and experience to begin seeing our world in a different light. To be frank, I believe we’re going to destroy ourselves if we don’t. This isn’t just about fear, but simply about realizing what life is trying to tell us: It’s time for a wake up call, to evolve our consciousness. And, on the bright side, it’s a lot more simple than we think.

P.S. I highly recommend watching the film to get a better idea of the bigger picture here.

How To Not Let Life Kick Your Ass So Much

First off, this is all a matter of perception. How you choose to judge a scenario is entirely up to you and your own mindset. You can see something as crappy or as an opportunity, the choice is yours.

Reality #1

Sometimes in life, we needed to get our asses kicked. There is no two ways about it. When we get into a state where we are living life day to day without ever thinking about what we truly want, what excited us and doing the things our soul is calling for us to be doing, life starts to get stagnant.

Suddenly, that push to get you moving NEEDS to come as something crazy, bad, challenging or scary because when that happens, we stop and think. We reflect. Why does it take something like that to get us to stop and reflect? Because we primarily live our lives unconsciously day to day, which is precisely what we have to change.

Reality #2

Let’s look at the responses to 2016 more deeply for a second. As people rant and swear and get upset at what 2016 ‘did to them,’ there is a certain energy put forth. People feel victimized. Not only that, but you get the sense that we look at the event, judge it and then move on and back to our everyday lives. But wait! What about the kick in the ass we JUST got? Shouldn’t we be asking why we reacted that way in the first place? What can I take from this experience? Why was I involved in this experience?

Now if you’re a person who believes life just happens and there is no reason for anything, this might not resonate with you and that’s OK, but even if you believe that, there is still so much more you can learn from many key experiences in your life.

What if we took the approach that what happened to you was happening to you for a reason, or maybe if you don’t want to get so cliché, you could say, “Whatever happens to you, there’s something that you can learn, there’s something that you can take from it.” Turn within and ask yourself certain questions that will not only pull you out of the victim state, but also enable you to take action and stop this stuff from happening in the future. Below there are some key questions to ask yourself next time you are in a ‘shitty’ situation.

Reality #3

You know what I mean about patterns, the ones we keep repeating… I’ve seen it happen thousands of times whether in my own life or in the lives of others. When you avoid the lessons that life keeps bringing to you over and over again you continually create that circumstance over and over, whether it’s a repeat relationship, being challenged by business partners, having a family member react towards you negatively, etc. There’s often something that we keep repeating and life is giving us that opportunity for a reason.

These experiences give us an opportunity to help understand what is really going on in our reality and how we can choose to flow more smoothly through what we’re experiencing and ultimately create change. To ride the wave as opposed to fighting against the current. It’s a massive shift in the way we perceive things, yes, and at first it might seem like we are letting life beat us down and win, but we’re truly not. We’re taking the higher road and ending the suffering.

The Key Questions

Next time you are in a situation and you can’t believe it’s happening, feel like shit about it, or that you think is someone else’s fault, ask yourself these questions. Trust me, it will end your negative pattern, victim feeling and put you on a path to change your situation and heal emotionally.

1. What emotions am I feeling as a result of this situation? (Just write them out or say them aloud, don’t think too much, FEEL.)

2. Do I find myself saying “When people do that it pisses me off” or some other pet peeve, pattern you keep seeing happen or belief you are running about how things should be?

3. Are you judging the situation under your own filter? Remove the judgement of it and the emotional trigger and then re-think about the situation.

4. If I remain humble, can I see my role in this? What am I causing or doing to contribute to it?

5.  Why am I involved in this situation? I’m not here by accident, so what is this trying to show me about MYSELF?

These 5 questions are an incredibly powerful tool to help get to the bottom of not only the reason for your responses to certain situations that cause you suffering, but also help you break free and be more empowered without life needing to throw it at you again.

The more you practice this, the more things WILL NOT trigger you in the same way. Instead of being on an emotional roller coaster and getting mad every 5 seconds, you will have freedom from your emotions. This will allow you to experience them without getting lost in them.

Imagine a world where humanity deals with everyday circumstances in this way. It would create so much more peace on this planet, so much more growth, and so much more understanding. We would  shift, evolve and change quickly as a collective and minimize suffering greatly.

So! As we go into 2017, remember this, and don’t create 2017 in the same way you created 2016. It’s up to us.

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Are You A ‘Self-Help’ Junkie Dying For REAL CHANGE?!

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The coaching industry is for the most part, unregulated. Anyone can decide they want to be a coach without having the skills, experience, self-awareness and depth of understanding of the complexities of the human condition, which are essential.

  • Reflect On:

    If you are considering or already working with a coach it is important firstly, that you are crystal clear on the primary role and responsibility you possess over your wellbeing.  And secondly, that you do due diligence on any coach you hire.

As someone who’s been working closely with clients for the past 16 years in a personal growth capacity and who, in that time has been working on myself and my own growth as well, my life has changed more than I could ever have imagined was possible.  I have been through many growth experiences that have seen me move countries twice, become a wife and a mother and now, I enjoy a beautiful existence in a small countryside town where I run my boutique-style business on Mallorca, off the coast of Spain.

My experience on both sides of the coaching and personal development industry however is what I want to highlight because it uniquely qualifies me to point out more than a few things.  I want to speak to, in my experience, the many folks who have been blindsided and gotten caught up in searching for their next ‘fix’, be it through coaches or coaching programs ‘designed’ to address your most dire life/relationship/money/health problems and needs.

As they refer to it in the industry, your ‘pain’.

The thing is, I have come to believe that many of the promises made by some of the players in the self-improvement industry, are built (most times unconsciously) upon inherent untruths and assumptions about who YOU, the consumer ARE.

I don’t only believe this for you.  I know it to be true because I, along with many of my colleagues and clients have been burned too.

I have have had to find another way.  I have had to find my own way.

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There are a significant number of coaches and coaching programs out there that simply FAIL to adequately acknowledge your inner resources, wisdom, resilience and strength, what you deserve, have the potential to create AND to bring these to the fore.

If your Facebook experience is anything like mine, these are the tentacles that reach out, flailing at you, trying to grab your attention every time you scroll down your feed.

It is both my observation and personal experience that as much as the industry is filled with practitioners who are conscious, in integrity and awake, it is also full of practitioners who, driven by their own fear, lack an overwhelming desire for a profitable bottom line, are unaware of the covert ‘personal development’ business building techniques they have been taught to bring unsuspecting, often vulnerable clients in.

Without calling any names, you can think here of some of the high-visiblity players in the industry.  Consider the fanfare and energy around their launches, the tone of their copy, the well-oiled funnels, landing pages and up-selling strategies they use to bring large numbers of clients in.  We are confronted by this kind of marketing everyday.  It would be interesting to know exactly what percentage of their students/clients feel, by the end of these programs, that the promises made had been fulfilled.  It is a number that we will never know, but what I do know is this…

Those who find themselves disappointed in their results and by extension, their coaches and themselves, THESE are the clients that tend to make the rounds because they feel forlorn, hopeless and lost.  These are the ‘personal development junkies’ who are searching for their next FIX.

If this is YOU, I invite you to stop whatever it is you’ve been desperately throwing your energy, attention, hopes and dreams at and take this truth in:

No matter what shiny new modality, course, coach, coaching program or product promises to change your life, here is what 9 times out of 10, they won’t say…or if they do, they have no idea how to hold the space needed for it to root itself into your muscle memory and bones…

More than anything, it takes confidence and self-belief as well as deep connection and communication with YOURSELF to create what you most desire and need.

In other words, if you haven’t been actively acknowledging this truth, theres a good chance that you’ve been unwittingly been buying into the untruth for the solution to all your problems, your ability to call in your needs and heart’s desires lies outside of yourself, in someone else’s hands.

What can you do to change this subversive belief?

You can DECIDE once and for all that you are no longer going to let yourself be distracted by the plethora of ‘mindset’ modalities and teachers clamouring for your attention out there.  That is not to say that there isn’t value in investing in mentorship and support, but the point here is this:

In your life, YOU call the shots.  

The answers to your problems all lie within you and can only be unearthed firstly by cultivating a solid relationship with yourself so that YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

YOU get to take full ownership for your growth and decide, based on your wisdom, what support you most need.  

You too can and are meant to find YOUR OWN WAY.

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Your Vagina Is More Beautiful Than You Think

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This featured image was the selection of the filmmakers themselves.

In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Filmmaker Layla Martin was inspired to capture the gap that can sometimes exist between how a woman sees her body, and the way her lover views it.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you deal with self-consciousness if it arises in your life? Can we all relate to feelings of self-consciousness and self-judgement?

It was 11 years ago and I was in a big documentary phase. I had watched hundreds of documentaries in a single year as I had come to realize the world around me was not quite what it seemed, and I was thirsty for knowledge.

After hours of UFO/ET docs, docs exploring the true history of our world and governments, and even health docs, I one day landed upon a documentary called ‘The Perfect Vagina.’ Quite honestly, my initial thought was, “what the heck is this?!” So I read the description: “Lisa Rogers investigates vaginal cosmetic surgery and why more and more women consider this surgical procedure.”

Wait, cosmetic surgery for what? I was 20 years old at the time and had not heard of people doing cosmetic surgery on their vagina. So I decided to watch the film.

The further I got into the film, the more I learned how many women, like men can be about their own bits, can be quite self-conscious about the look of their vagina. Sure, I was no stranger to the fact that everyone is slightly self-conscious about their parts, but how deep things can sometimes go, and the specifics that were focused on were all a bit of a surprise.

To make the story short, the documentary chronicles the journey of one woman who decides to have her labia minora ‘trimmed down.’ As you might imagine, it was an incredibly painful process following the procedure, and the subject was not all that jazzed about her choice in the end.

Where do these ideas about how our parts look come from? What stories do we tell ourselves about why we need to change them? How often do people actually make fun of our parts? These were all things I thought about. Sure, you see it in pop culture, men or women talking about specific positive details they want in the bits of their partners, but I never really saw this all that much in ‘real life.’

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As I entered into more relationships in my life, I began to really realize that each of us may view our own private part in a very specific manner, while our partner often sees it in a very different and unique way. What we’re self-conscious about, they don’t see or actually love. And ultimately, connection, not our bits, were the core of what produced the greatest experiences involving those bits. (This is super family friendly as you notice lol)

This is partly why I was so interested to see the result of a video I came across just this morning, even though it had been out for some time. The video was done by Layla Martin as she was inspired to capture the difference that can sometimes exist between how a woman sees her body and the way her lover/partner views it.

Women were invited into a photography studio to have their vaginas photographed, they then viewed their own vaginas up close, and then watched in secret as their partner was shown the picture.

How did each react? Check out the video below, but be sure to read the important reflections I wrote below the video as well.

*Note: The feature image used for this piece was originally used and chosen by the filmmakers themselves.

We All Experience Hardship

To say that our world is experiencing polarity at the moment is an understatement. Things are VERY extreme right now. Whether it’s specific activist groups or political groups, everyone wants to be the biggest victim and pretend no one else can possibly know how they feel- and therefore should have no opinion.

This shows us how unwilling we are to face ourselves and how much we struggle with practicing true empathy.

Men, women, children – of any ethnicity or social class, experience feelings of doubt, fear, self-consciousness, worry, guilt, etc. You name it, in some way, others experience it. While it can be juicy to want to figure out who suffers the most, who the biggest victim is, this doesn’t really lead us anywhere productive as looking at things in this manner is from an extreme place, creating more extremity on the other side.

I bring this up in the context of this video simply because I know from direct experience of living in society on this planet, regardless of what extreme activists might suggest, that both men and women deal with self-consciousness issues about their private parts (and many other things) and it comes from many places. But ultimately, only WE, individually, can move beyond it. I mention this, because this understanding applies to all things we go through as humans, and it’s only within true empathy that we will be able to assist one another past our challenges.

In doing the work that we do here at CE, we are very careful to avoid creating divides or encouraging groups of people to feel victimized, simply because we know where that leads. Instead, we cut the BS and get to the core of why we suffer as humans and what we can do about it. We challenge us all, from all aspects of life, to view the challenges we face not through the light of looking at how others ruin things for us or make us feel sad, but instead how we can be solid within ourselves. As this is the only way we have true power individually and collectively.

A quick reflection I thought was worth sharing as we all can relate to what it feels like to struggle with aspects of self-consciousness and self-judgement.

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Can Sacred Geometry Help Evolve Your Consciousness?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Sacred Geometry patterns are found etched into many aspects of life, nature and the universe. It is an incredibly fascinating study that reveals the immense beauty and patterns that exist within the perfection of our world.

  • Reflect On:

    Have you explored the nature of sacred geometry? Can understanding it more deeply shift your perspective of our world and life?

What patterns do you see in your own life, or in the world that have symmetry and balance? Which ones are asymmetrical and out of balance? Noticing patterns helps us build on them if they are healthy, or break them if they are not healthy. The flux between asymmetry and symmetry is the process of growth and evolution. Sacred geometry gives us a beautiful reflection to contemplate as we navigate life’s challenges seeking balance and harmony.

Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.
– Galileo

What is Sacred Geometry?

Sacred geometry involves sacred universal patterns used in the design of everything in our reality, most often seen in architecture, art, and nature. The basic belief is that geometry and mathematical ratios, harmonics and proportion are also found in music, light, cosmology. It is the invisible patterns that animate our physical world much as spiritual traditions believe that the soul animates the body.

Shapes, patterns, and visual compositions have the capacity to seduce our eyes while captivating our imagination. Whether from masterful works of art or in nature, this entrancement can be so emotionally moving and awe-inspiring that people naturally associate it with transcendence, the super-natural, or spiritual. Beneath these patterns are relationships that can be measured, numbered, replicated, and defined. This mathematical yet esoteric realm of inquiry and observation known as sacred geometry will enlighten and mystify you while inviting you to change the way you look at the world.

Spiral geometry in nature.

History of Sacred Geometry

The earliest cultures including Christians, Hindus, Greeks and Egyptians recognised the existence of different patterns or geometric shapes that repeated throughout nature. They also worked out that there was a correlation or connection between the various elements found in the earth and the heavens. These sacred geometric patterns were mirrored by earth and sky and ancient cultures believed these patterns existed in all parts of the universe. Modern science has proven these sacred geometric patterns are the very molecular shapes that form the basis of all life in this universe.

Is it Really Sacred?

The subject is vast and though it is spiritually inspiring for many, there are plenty of mathematicians who disdain the notion of correlating geometric formulas to mysticism. For this reason I will not attempt to ascribe meaning to these patterns, or connect them with specific spiritual traditions in this short, introductory blog. The mere observation and recognition of these visual relationships in nature, along with their powerful influence on art, architecture, and music are more than enough to leave you filled with wonder!

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The influence of sacred geometry can be observed in the architecture of this mosque.

I was never good at math as a student though geometry was fun because it involved drawing shapes using graph paper, protractor, and compass. This idea of numbers being represented in visual form, or through music is a very special example of how abstractions (numbers, formulas) can be mirrored in the physical world. In this way, math is an interesting science that flirts in the space between physical and non-physical.

The space between physical and non-physical is usually reserved for art or spirituality. This is why it is interesting to find math formulas spanning the divide. It is also one of the reasons why this geometry is considered “sacred”. If you are interested in getting specific about the numbers and formulas, there is a great website called Math is Fun. Understanding more about the different shapes of Sacred Geometry and how they were used in ancient cultures can teach you how to harness their power.

The Golden Ratio.

The Golden Ratio

Also known as Phi, the Golden Mean, or the Golden Section, the Golden Ratio was revered as the mathematical law or representation of beauty by the Greeks. It is the numerical representation of infinity and an unreachable approximation. This begs one to contemplate the possibility of a transcendent number. From the Golden Rectangle comes the Fibonacci Spiral which is seen in flowers, snail shells, pinecones, and other parts of nature. The Golden Rectangle and Fibonacci Spiral are used in the crafting of musical instruments like cellos, violins, and the tones of musical scales are created using these same mathematical formulas. These formulas have been used in design and architecture going back at least 4,000 years and are seen in historic buildings like the Greek Parthenon.

The Flower of Life.

The Flower of Life

Another very powerful symbol that is found all over the world dating back over 6,000 years and up to 10,000 years is the Flower of Life. This symbol is made of evenly-spaced, overlapping circles with six fold symmetry like a hexagon and looks like a flower, hence the name. It can be found in Egypt at the Temple of Osiris; the Forbidden City of China, synagogues in Galilee, Israel; in temples across India; in la Mezquita, Spain; Turkey, Japan and elsewhere. Leonardo da Vinci spent much time playing with and contemplating the Flower of Life’s form and used its mathematical properties in his art. Just by gazing at the symbol, or trying to count the circles will play tricks on your mind, and there is no wonder that people from ancient times to now are enamored with the Flower of Life.

The Seed of Life.

Within the Flower is the Seed

The Seed of Life is a symbol found within the Flower of Life, as well as many other symbols of great significance including Metatrons Cube. These shapes called polygons are defined by having sides of equal length. This includes the cube, tetrahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron, octahedron and they represent what Plato called the 5 platonic solids. These are visible within the flower of life when straight lines are drawn to connect the center of various circles within it. It is amazing to see all of this symmetry unfold in one succinct pattern which is created by math. Since many traditions believe that circles and curves represent the feminine, while corners and straight lines represent the masculine, this symbol also shows a divine balance of both.

Spirituality and Sacred Geometry

Higher frequencies of energy and awareness are transmitted through sacred geometry. Sacred geometry reveals that there are mathematical, or abstract patterns beneath everything that we see in the physical world. How might this relate to our own personal journey of integrating science and spirituality? Our internal beliefs create patterns that slowly ripple outward from us and manifest into real world experiences. The invisible informs the visible. Sacred geometry is a visualization and metaphor of the connectedness of all life, the interface between abstraction and physical reality. When we change the mathematical formulas, the relationships, we also change physical form. This is the teaching of many mystics.

The flux between asymmetry and symmetry is the process of growth and evolution. Just like a symphony or a film that uses tension to build for a great climax and resolve, we humans are always moving through this constant state of flux. Spend some time looking at these symmetrical patterns, as a means to strengthen your resonance with symmetry and balance. Maybe even attempt to plot-out and draw some of these patterns in your spare time, or color them in with markers… There is a reason that spiritual traditions have used these mathematical patterns for centuries, and by bringing them into your life you will be well on your way to a more balanced and happy life!

Check out all the examples where sacred geometry is found in nature.

H/T: UpliftConnect

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