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The following is a chapter from my book ‘Parables For The New Conversation.’ One chapter will be published every Sunday for 36 weeks here on Collective Evolution. (I would recommend you start with Chapter 1 if you haven’t already read it.) I hope my words are a source of enjoyment and inspiration for you, the reader. If perchance you would like to purchase a signed paperback copy of the book, you can do so on my production company website Pandora’s Box Office.

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From the back cover: “Imagine a conversation that centers around possibility—the possibility that we can be more accepting of our own judgments, that we can find unity through our diversity, that we can shed the light of our love on the things we fear most. Imagine a conversation where our greatest polarities are coming together, a meeting place of East and West, of spirituality and materialism, of religion and science, where the stage is being set for a collective leap in consciousness more magnificent than any we have known in our history.

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Now imagine that this conversation honors your uniqueness and frees you to speak from your heart, helping you to navigate your way more deliberately along your distinct path. Imagine that this conversation puts you squarely into the seat of creator—of your fortunes, your relationships, your life—thereby putting the fulfillment of your deepest personal desires well within your grasp.

‘Parables for the New Conversation’ is a spellbinding odyssey through metaphor and prose, personal sagas and historic events, where together author and reader explore the proposal that at its most profound level, life is about learning to consciously manifest the experiences we desire–and thus having fun. The conversation touches on many diverse themes but always circles back to who we are and how our purposes are intertwined, for it is only when we see that our personal desires are perfectly aligned with the destiny of humanity as a whole that we will give ourselves full permission to enjoy the most exquisite experiences life has to offer.”

10. The Farmer

The farmer was busy turning the soil over in his fields on the island of Allandon when the fisherman arrived and called to him.

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“This is the only way I can meet with you, my friend. You are forever toiling in your fields.”

“Have I a choice?” said the weary farmer, stopping to lean on his rusty old hoe. “The crops grow taller while I stoop, ever smaller. This is my life. No, this is life, hard as the soil that is not turned in its time.”

“Well said, but—if I may ask—what if life really wasn’t as hard as you say?”

“Bah! Life is desperately hard, a momentous struggle. Everyone knows that from experience.”

“Of course,” said the fisherman, nodding. “But just for fun, what if it wasn’t?”

“Well,” he said, “then I’d be able to do what I wanted, instead of this.”

“And what would that be?”

The farmer stretched his back a little and thought for a moment. And as he thought, the grimness slowly evaporated from his face. “Do you remember when we were young, how I would gather scraps of metal and wood from the garbage and try to make something useful?”

“Yes, you used to sit for hours on your front porch, with all your father’s tools.”

“No plans, no instructions, just the desire to invent something. Right from my imagination! Oh, to have the time again to indulge in that amusement.”

“Yes, perhaps you could invent some farm tools that could dig the ground by themselves.”

“Don’t get my hopes up!” laughed the farmer, flinging dirt at the fisherman with his hoe. And the two men laughed as they had not in a long time.

“But enough of this folly,” said the farmer, shaking off his hoe. “There is soil to be turned.”

“Is that all that needs to be turned?”

The farmer looked away, and bent back towards the ground. “If there is something else, it will have to wait,”

“Very well,” said the fisherman, “I will leave you to your greater folly.”

Whenever mythology guru Joseph Campbell was asked by one of his students what they should do for a living, he would answer in this simple way: “Follow your bliss”. Campbell believed that bliss is our inner guide to what we are meant to do in our lives. In bliss we feel centered within ourselves and effortlessly connected with our surroundings. Campbell gleaned this not only from his own life but also from his study of ancient civilizations. Many traditional cultures fostered the idea that a person’s work gave them a sense of belonging, and when each person found the work role that suited them it made the collective stronger. Members of these societies were encouraged to pursue the type of work they had a penchant for, since that would best allow them to feel their work was valuable to the society at large.

Today, we live in a different dynamic. We’re generally not out to help one another find our place—it’s every man and woman for themselves. In our fragmented society work is largely viewed as a necessary evil, a means to an end. Work is a matter of personal utility, and while we have more variety than ever before in terms of what we can do, there is also a greater danger that we will get lost in work that is meaningless and unfulfilling for us. Our society tends to encourage people to take on a job solely based on what will bring them the most money.

Choosing an occupation based on its earning potential obviously does not guarantee that the work itself fulfills our deeper needs. And so many of us today have to operate from the premise that fulfillment is to be found outside of work, after the five o’clock whistle, on the weekends or during our two-week vacation. Our work life is not our ‘real’ life, and so we are often not really interested in the task at hand. It’s like we’re doing time, dreaming of the day when we will no longer have to punch the clock. It’s no wonder many of us react by gritting our teeth and really pushing ourselves, grinding harder and harder. We hope to save enough money to eventually feel some sense of freedom, and if possible an early retirement.

Yet would we even worry about retirement if we were doing what we loved? Hardly. There would be nothing better to retire to. Our work would already be satisfying our deeper needs in the present, in the now. Joseph Campbell was a man whose life exemplified this. Whenever he spoke about the myths, legends, and parables of the world’s great spiritual traditions, he was the picture of bliss: smiling, eyes dancing, and lips savoring all his recollections about gods and heroes and what their adventures meant. It is no wonder that he continued to learn, to speak and to write about his passion up until the day he died. It is also no wonder he became the world’s foremost authority on myth and legend, for when a person has found their bliss they usually become very good at what they do. The only thing he would have wanted for his students was that they could experience the rapture and the ecstasy inherent in the pursuit of their own unique passion.

Note that well. One person’s passion is not necessarily another’s. Our passion is as unique as we are. When someone claims to know what will give us bliss, we need not pay attention. Deep down we all know what we love to do. And we also know when we’re not doing what we love. Campbell said, “There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam, that knows when you’re off the beam, and if you’re off the beam to earn money, then you’ve lost your life.” When we’re in it just for the money, it shows—in our worries and complaints, our lack of energy, our health problems.

Still, knowing this usually isn’t enough to make us change course. If someone asked us why we are spending a good portion of our waking life doing something we don’t love, we often respond as the farmer does: “Have I a choice?” We have our reasons for believing we are stuck, trapped in a situation we don’t like. Perhaps we have accrued all our experience and accreditation in one particular field and don’t feel qualified to do anything else. Perhaps we have risen to a position of some status and believe it’s too late to leave it and start at the bottom somewhere else. Or the most persuasive reason of all—we have a spouse and children to support, a large mortgage to pay off, and future security to build for. In other words, we are working without fulfillment for the benefit of others.

In the end, any reason will do if it satisfies us. But it doesn’t mean that we have no choice. Remember that reason is the tool of the Ego Self, and if we let reasons dictate the decision to move away from our center, away from our deepest desires and passion and bliss, then the choice we have really made at a deep level is to be guided by the voice of our Ego Self, which is grounded in fear. From here we maintain that we have to stay with what we are familiar with, gain security through external means, and take no chances. We argue that finding our ideal work is not for everyone, and it is really a matter of luck anyway, being at the right place at the right time, perhaps knowing the right people. Our underlying belief is that life is a constant struggle to survive, certainly not the ‘daring adventure’ that Helen Keller talks about. And so we choose to live in fear. I am not saying this is right or wrong. It just is. After all, most of us have fear. It’s reasonable to be afraid. At the same time we do have choice. It is up to each one of us to assess our fear, to look inside ourselves and evaluate how real it actually is, and decide if it should have so much power over the way we navigate our lives.

When we aspire to live from the Dao Self, on the other hand, we are making the choice to ‘stay on the beam’. This is our center, connected to the source of our experience of bliss, our feeling of rightness, our sense of belonging. In our work, as in any of our human activities, this is the feeling that makes up happy doing what we are doing, happy to be alive, in the flow. When we are coming from our Dao Self we are impervious to fear. That’s right—we do not experience fear. Fear can only emanate from the domain of the Ego Self. When we are fully in tune with our Dao Self we feel free and are ready to take on the unknown.

But short of being a great spiritual master, it is rare to be completely aligned with the Dao Self. Most of us only get glimpses at the pure sensation of complete fearlessness. The act of pursuing our bliss tends to be fraught with fear, doubt, and uncertainty. The trick is to feel and acknowledge the fear but not to act out of fear. That is the meaning of courage, and searching for our true work, our calling in life, is one of the greatest opportunities for us to be courageous. Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes at a time when women were discouraged from aspiring to anything. Only the courage to follow her passion saw her through. And as she was dying of cancer as a byproduct of her work discovering and isolating radium and polonium, she said, “But what of that? Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

The source of our bliss does not go away. No matter how jaded we may get, it’s always waiting for us in case we are ready to search for it. Even extreme pessimism only removes it from our field of vision temporarily. Our bliss cannot be destroyed. It is our life force, it is what drives us, it is why we are alive. Once we come to know what it is, even if we only have a faint inkling of it, following it to where it leads is the real adventure of life. Even just inching closer is a thrill. After all, we never really arrive.

Many of us may feel that it’s too late, that we have been on the wrong path for too long. This is nonsense. Where we are is simply where we are. In a larger sense it is impossible not to be on the path towards our bliss; our fulfillment just depends on how long we choose to keep getting in our own way. Our Dao Self is speaking to us all the time, pointing us in the right direction. We need only listen. But its voice is soft, and we have to be very still to hear it. It is usually drowned out by the loud and rambling voice of our Ego Self, which brings us only fearful and discouraging thoughts—so-called ‘reasonable’ thoughts. The more we are able to submerge below the surface of these thoughts and into our Dao Self, the more we will see and hear the hints that are being dropped, the clues that are being laid, the signs that are pointing us forward on our path to fulfillment.

In my first year of university in 1980 a book at the bottom of my Liberal Arts College syllabus by Friedrich Nietzsche was my big clue. While I had never read any of his works, I remember that just seeing the title Thus Spoke Zarathustra set off intuitive sparks. That’s the best way I can describe it. For some reason, I sensed that there was something very important for me in this book, that I would really like it. I realize now, this was the quiet voice of my Dao Self speaking to me.

When I finally got to read it at the end of the semester, I was enraptured by the way Nietzsche’s message was conveyed through dramatic characters. The entire book was a parable about life. Over the remaining years of my academic studies I would reference this book in my philosophy essays whenever I had the opportunity. Eventually my Master’s thesis centered around Zarathustra. A few times I asked my thesis advisor if I could use my own metaphors and parables to get my thesis across in the way Nietzsche does. Her final words on the subject still ring in my ears: “This is an academic paper. Write it academically. When you’re finished and you get your degree you can go off and write whatever you want, in any style you choose.”

I remember that same spark of excitement going through me when she said it—the idea that I would be free to use my creativity. But it was not long before I put that excitement aside. When I graduated from university the only thing I could see in front of me was a big world that made me feel afraid. I was in debt and I needed to get a job and make some money. So I put aside thoughts of writing a book and focused on earning a living. Somehow, no matter what I did, I didn’t feel like I fit in. I see now that my restlessness, my lack of motivation, my difficulties concentrating all were clues that I was not where I wanted to be. Working as a computer programmer I would sometimes sneak in some work time to write a play for a local theatre group. As a Dramatic Arts administrator I envied the actors and directors who had the opportunity to express themselves creatively. As an English professor in Korea, I would take every opportunity to switch the conversation in the class over to philosophy and spirituality, even though most of the students didn’t understand English well enough to grasp what I was saying. And when they did, many were simply not interested. When a usually timid student boldly stood up one day and told me I should get back to the text book, it really hit me—what was I doing here? Why wasn’t I making my living speaking to people who were interested in the very things I was passionate about? Is that so impossible?

No, it’s not. But in my case, there was a lot of fear and self-doubt to overcome. There was a lot of discomfort and uncertainty to endure. But now that I am writing this book and I am having more regular conversations on this subject with people, I am finally starting to feel at home. My winding career path now seems like a sleepwalking episode that I have gradually woken up from. It took me twenty years, but I am finally following the off-handed advice of my thesis advisor.

 I believe it is never too late for any of us. When you look back upon your life, can you not remember moments when your inner voice produced those ‘scarcely noticeable impulses’, as Ivan Ilych called them, to point you in the direction of your vital life? Perhaps all we need is a conversation with a kindred soul who will listen to us recount our story, and help us trace the pattern in our life events that has led us to where we are now, a pattern that holds a clue as to where we are to go next. For if we had someone who could hear us and gently push us to go deeper, where that inner voice resides, we may indeed come to believe that ‘we are gifted at something and that thing must be attained.’

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Rationality & Seriousness

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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on July 23rd/24th. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 23rd throughout most of the world and on the night of the 24th in the time zones East of Japan. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 9th/10th.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

This is a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may 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 Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

Leo season began 36 hours before the Full Moon and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, social issues, groups, teams, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. This energy is unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, scientific, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Conjunct Saturn, & Square Uranus

This Full Moon is in a quincunx with Venus which has recently entered Virgo. Our feelings, emotions, needs, or domestic lives may be at odds with friendships, values, finances, pleasure, or matters of love. It can be hard to integrate these areas but being flexible and making adjustments can be the solution.

The Full Moon is moving towards Saturn in the same sign. This can reflect a serious energy and we may be faced with limitations, restrictions, delays, or obstacles. We or others may be emotionally distant, pessimistic, or reserved. However, this can be good for some sort of effort that requires discipline, structure, and orderliness. After the Full Moon period, some of these energies will be strong again on August 1st/2nd.

Following the conjunction with Saturn, the Moon forms a square aspect with the disruptive Uranus in Taurus. This is activating the square between Saturn and Uranus that is happening throughout the year which I’ve covered in previous articles. Themes around ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’, ‘elder versus youth’, ‘progressiveness versus tradition’ and so forth.

Jupiter Going Back Into Aquarius

Jupiter entered its home sign of Pisces in mid-May for a short stint as it is returning back into Aquarius on July 28th/29th. The planet of expansion, freedom, beliefs, perspective, education, is unrestrained in Pisces and gets to express itself more ideally in this sign. We have seen examples of this as many jurisdictions loosened up covid related restrictions during this period.

With it going back into Aquarius, a traditionally Saturn ruled sign with Saturn currently present there, Jupiter will be more inhibited until late December when it re-enters Pisces again. It’s possible that during this 5 month period may experience more restrictive measures return or new ones implemented. We may also experience this in different ways in our personal lives such as not being able to expand the way we’d like to. However, this might not be noticeable immediately.

The combination of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius (which began last December) can be good for building towards something or planting seeds pertaining to some sort of technological integration, social networking, collective or social pursuits, activism, new scientific approaches to things, and innovation.

Venus Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Jupiter

Venus will be in a square with the Lunar Nodes which will be strong from July 28th-30th. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to friendships, love, values, or financial matters. We may need to complete something and address what is holding us back  to help us move on and take a step forward in an evolutionary way when it comes to these areas of life. Venus is in Virgo so therefore discernment, details, practicality, health, organization, or efficiency may be key.

At this time Mars will be switching from Leo to Virgo while in an opposition to Jupiter. We may begin to feel the need to apply ourselves in a way that is more productive, sustainable, healthy, and clean. However, we can overextend ourselves and take on more than we can handle. This can also play out as conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, or judgements.

Mercury’s Superior Conjunction

Mercury will be in its Superior Conjunction on August 1st/2nd which is in an important phase of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. From this point onward we may have a better perception around certain things that were seeded or occurred in the previous two months which may also help our momentum forward. .

Circumstances and developments that happen at this time can help us gain more clarity or facilitate necessary realizations to help us make the right decisions and appropriate mental focus. During this conjunction, the Sun and Mercury will be opposing Saturn which can play out as hindrances or the need to be pragmatic as part of this process.

Things To Consider

How can you balance or integrate your personal passions with the needs of the collective? How can you resolve any conflicts between leadership and a team or group? Are you experiencing any challenges or conflict between your heart and intellect? What areas of your life do you need to be more orderly, structured, disciplined, or take more seriously? Is there anything that you need to separate from? How can you apply yourself in a more noble way?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak of this Full Moon is at 2:37am Universal Time on July 24th, night of the 23rd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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How To Embrace New Ideas & Envision A Better World

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In this video I explore how to look in our minds and bodies for resistance towards new solutions and ideas. If we are to create a more thriving world, what has to happen within us? How do we use new and emerging solutions in a pure form, without applying the old dominance or capitalistic stories to them?

It can, very understandably, be hard to imagine something different than what we’re doing now. Especially when we consider we don’t know HOW things would change or what will happen to the current life we’ve built.

What if real global solutions involve shifting our long term plans? How do we gain a sense of comfort and stability in challenges we seek to solve at their core?

Every time I’ve been faced with some pretty big changes I had to make in my life, if I ever sensed resistance in myself, I had to find it in my body as well as navigate it in my mind.  I explain more in the video below.

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Raising Our Vibration Through Compassion & Unconditional Love

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An internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization, the Institute of HeartMath dedicates itself to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology, and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with that of their minds at home, school, work, and play.

It’s becoming clearer to many of us that working together with kindness, compassion and acceptance are the missing pieces for resetting humanity’s fast and furious trajectory into separation and division. It’s also becoming obvious that we cannot create solutions from the same consciousness level that’s creating the problems. Raising our consciousness vibration for drawing peaceful solutions is an undertaking that calls for kindness, forgiveness and an inclusive love that respects our differences.

A large portion of their research has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world. For example, when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart beats out the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body, it can yield significant data for researchers.

HeartMath has discovered that  emotional information is actually coded and modulated into these fields. By learning to shift our emotions, we are changing the information coded into the magnetic fields that are radiated by the heart, and that can impact those around us. We are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself.

This is very important work, as it shows how the heart plays an important role far beyond what is commonly known. For instance, did you know that your heart emits electromagnetic fields that change according to your emotions, or that the human heart has a magnetic field that can be measured up to several feet away from the human body? Did you know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body, and that you can boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions? Did you know that negative emotions can create nervous system chaos, and that positive emotions do the complete opposite? Did you know that the heart has a system of neurons that have both short term and long term memory, and that their signals sent to the brain can affect our emotional experiences? Did you know that in fetal development, the heart forms and starts beating before the brain is developed? Did you know that a mother’s brainwaves can synchronize to her baby’s heartbeats? Did you know that the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa?

All of these facts, published research papers, and more can be accessed at heartmath.org.

I recently came across an article published by HeartMath titled “Raising Our Vibration Through Compassion & Unconditional Love” written by Sara Childre, Pres. of HeartMath Institute and Doc Childre, HeartMath Founder. I thought I would post it below for those who are interested.

Vibrations

HeartMath and many systems use the term vibration in reference to the quality of thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes that are generated and influenced by our beliefs, memories, choices, environmental stimuli and more. For example, you often hear people say, “I had to leave that office, the vibes were so low it was draining my energy, or, “I felt a lift from being in her positive vibration.”

The vibration of our moods, attitudes, thoughts and feelings can rise and fall throughout the day, based on our actions and reactions to others, ourselves, or to life’s issues. The vibes we emanate to others and to the environment vary, based on our resilience for balancing our mind, emotions and disposition – especially in today’s dynamic emotional climate.

Lower-level vibrations can occur at every turn in connection with frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness, judgment, comparisons and much more. These emotions are part of being human, but it is within our power to shift out of these debilitating feelings into higher vibrational attitudes and perceptions.

An easy way to maintain a higher vibration is to interweave the qualities of our heart in our connections and interactions. These heart qualities include love, care, compassion, kindness, appreciation, forgiveness, and more. Anyone who experiences these qualities knows their power to lift our feelings into a kinder and more stress-free outlook.

Raising Others’ Vibrations

For evidence that the heartfelt intentions of one individual can raise the heart vibration of others, HeartMath cites studies it has conducted. You may be familiar with the study in which a dog’s incoherent heart rhythms became coherently aligned with a boy’s heart rhythms as he radiated intentional love and care to his dog. Go to Josh and Mable to read more.

Science tells us that human beings and all creatures radiate an electromagnetic field produced by the heartbeat. Our feelings broadcast like radio waves through this field. When you are in the presence of a group of friends, family or others, everyone’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes are intermingling in your immediate area — which HeartMath calls the field environment.

Another study, with 40 participants, explored the effects of being in a coherent field environment. The participants were divided into 10 groups of four people who were seated around a table. They were all connected to equipment that simultaneously measured their level of heart rhythm coherence. Three of the participants had been previously trained in the Heart Lock-In technique and were instructed to get into a coherent state at random times unknown by the fourth untrained person. Overall, as the coherent vibration of the three HeartMath-trained participants increased, the untrained person’s coherence level also measurably increased from being in that more coherent field environment.

Poised in Higher Vibrations

When poised in our higher vibration, we experience many benefits. Decisions and solutions flow more easily due to increased access to our heart’s intuitive wisdom; our discernment becomes more inclusive and our choices become clearer and more effective; it gets much easier to deflect frustration, anxiety, impatience and other chronic stress producers that strain our critical thinking and reasoning.

Most all of us feel more self-secure when in our higher vibrational composure, yet it can be harder to maintain in the midst of challenges and ramped up stress. We can learn to lift our vibration to meet challenges by adding heart qualities of conscious care, kindness, gratitude or compassion in our interactions. As these qualities of love move through our system, it lifts our attitudes automatically for the highest way to deal with the situation at hand.

Unconditional love and compassion are among the highest vibrations of love and are not subject to preconditions, limitations, or requirements of others. They serve the greater interest and benefit of all sentient beings and the environment in which they exist. Many people are realizing that unconditional love and compassion are from our higher consciousness potentials with the capacity for healing and attracting solutions for social transformation.

Uncountable numbers of people have experienced the benefits of compassion and more individuals are resonating with this powerful expression of love in these times of robust change. Practicing compassion is something we can do that benefits all, yet it takes heartfelt commitment to anchor this responsibility to the whole of which we are a part.

Summary of Benefits From Raising Our Vibration Levels

  • Increased care and kindness flow more automatically in our connections.
  • We are more clear-minded and self-secure in our choices and actions.
  • Our mind and emotions interact more harmoniously to suit our needs.
  • We deflect common stress triggers – frustration, impatience, intolerance, etc.
  • We are much more resilient and resistant to fears and self-doubt.
  • Our heart’s deeper care is not overridden by our disruptive mind and emotions.
  • The lift in our attitude wards off anxiety, excessive worries and overwhelm.
  • We tend to lift others and the environment when our vibration is up.
  • We are less judgmental and intolerant with others and ourselves, which prevents mega stress accumulation.
  • Lifting our vibration amplifies our intuitive heart feelings for better choices and outcomes.

Simple Exercises to Raise Your Vibration

(Adapted from exercises in the Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart book.)

How to replace lower vibrational feelings, such as sadness, anger, insecurity, anxiety, self-judgment, rejection, etc.

1. Exercise: Find a quiet place where, for a few minutes, you can breathe easily, imagining with each breath that your mind, emotions and body are becoming still inside. In this stillness, desire the uplifting feeling you would like to have, and as you breathe, imagine breathing this new feeling into your being for a while. Imagine you are creating it with your breath.

2. Another Exercise: When feeling low, just sit quietly and imagine radiating love, compassion and stillness into your mental and emotional nature. Self-care is often allowing ourselves to have a low moment without compounding it with self-criticism. When our light is dim, it helps to give ourselves the feeling of compassionate heart warmth that we would give a child or a pet that is infirm. Even if it doesn’t stop the pain, we know it can help energetically. If we feel awkward while trying this, it helps to ask ourselves, “What’s the difference in nurturing ourselves with compassionate intention than taking the vitamins and health foods we consume for self-care?” Or, “Why do we teach kids to put their hand over a hurt area and radiate sunshine from their heart to help it feel better?” We do this because it’s a natural expression of self-compassion, with benefits to their mental, emotional and physical nature.

You can soon feel a difference when doing these exercises, unless extremely challenged. If it doesn’t work the first time, be patient and simply try again later. Being genuine makes a difference. This activates your heart energy. Practicing for a few days in a row strengthens your capacity to reset unwanted feelings and lower vibrations.

Simple exercises such as these can do more to lift your vibration than you may think. Make it fun to consciously reset your vibration throughout the day and watch your spirit lift and the stress accumulation diminish.

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