Posted on 7 April 2013
There are times in my life in which I had very little money, and yet, paying my bills felt easy and my quality of life felt high. Like when I was newly married at 21. My then husband got a job as a truck driver for $9 an hour, I was finishing my degrees at the university, and we were living in student housing on campus. Somehow we paid my tuition, bought groceries, gas, and Christmas presents, and never came up short. We didn’t think that we were poor, so we weren’t. Then there was the year in college in which I worked three part time jobs, and at the end of the semester, I had a big credit card bill and no money in my bank accounts. I scratched my head wondering where all my money went. I still couldn’t tell you, except in hindsight, I know that I felt all semester like I was broke, and thus… I was.
If you presume lack and scarcity, you will find overwhelming evidence to support your belief. If you presume that you’ll always have more than enough, you’ll experience that as well. You know this. I’m just reminding you.
I invite you to train your mind to look for abundance, because I want abundance to be your experience. I invite you to activate the vibration of appreciation as a daily habit, because I know that what you appreciate will make itself even more present in your life. I invite you to let go and relax, declutter your mind and your home, and circulate your time, money and resources, because I know that as you do so, so much more can flow to you.
This shift in consciousness, this shift in HABIT, is an important one as we evolve on the planet. It’s how we’re going to find create a world in which all of our needs are met. It’s possible. And it’s necessary.
My group program, 21 Days of More Than Enough, is a habit shifting challenge that begins this Wednesday, April 10. Each day, we’ll meet on the phone (or by recording), raise our vibration together, meditate and open up to the Universal Flow of More Than Enough to be the truth of our experience. This class is experiential and powerful! And, I’m offering it for the investment price of $97, which is less than a single one on one coaching session with me, because I WANT you to grow in consciousness and in the experience of abundance. Join me!
More details and a link to register are HERE. How you do you know if this program is for you? You feel it in your heart! Or your gut! It’s a knowing! Answer it with a yes!
Posted on 28 March 2013
Earlier this month I got to pet mama and baby gray whales in Baja, Mexico. Can you imagine? Mama whales pushed their babies towards our little fishing boats for us to pet them. WHAT? I know! There I was like a little girl, hanging over the edge of the boat, patting the heads of these whales, feeling the baleen in a mama whale’s mouth, getting soaked by whale spray, and absolutely delighting in the beauty of Life. It’s an experience I highly recommend!
Life is amazing! Unexpected possibilities exist for each of us when we lift our heads and see beyond even seemingly reasonable limitations. I wasn’t the first to pet gray whales, yet someone was. Someone opened the door for an unlikely experience of Oneness and Love between two mammal species. And, I for one, am grateful!
Earlier this week I celebrated my first passover with my girlfriend Davina and 7 other friends. We moved through the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt together, and reflected on the many ways we have already allowed ourselves to transcend limitations and experiences of slavery, in a choice to be free. It’s a story of faith, trust and miracles — wrapped up in a tradition of remembering. It’s a tradition I’m happy to continue to observe, knowing that each year it will be relevant.
The experience of being free and liberated is a continual work of consciousness. I am only limited by what I perceive to be limitation. I have learned this lesson repeatedly in my life, and even as I grow in awareness, I find more areas in which I can either choose to stay stuck and bound, or I can make the empowered choice of freedom by trusting in abundance, possibility or expansion that I may not yet see.
Take a quick inventory with me: Do you have any areas in your life you’d like to experience more freedom? Do you feel like a slave to your job? Your bills? Your responsibilities? Your relationships?
Now feel for a new possibility: If you could let go of the feeling of being bound, even just a little, what might you create instead?
You ARE creating your life. And whether you’re creating from a feeling of limitation or possibility, YOU are the point of attraction. Consider the possibility that you can walk out of any situation that feels like a prison. You can create something new.
If you’d like support with that, you know I’m here! I’ve got two Manifesting Masterminds starting up this month, I’m launching a second round of 21 Days of More Than Enough, and of course, I’m always available for a powerful conversation of freedom if you’d like to schedule a one-on-one coaching session.
No matter what you’re up to, make it big! This is a friendly Universe, an abundant Universe, a loving Universe. You are more supported that you know.
Posted on 12 February 2013
Happy Valentine’s Week, Sweet One!
Many of us had experiences at a young age in which we shut down part of our hearts. We may have been open and then experienced rejection or censorship. To protect ourselves, we may have closed off, built walls, and dimmed our love-light.
Sound familiar? Do you feel the repercussions of those old protective walls? Do you feel how they limit your expression and your growth?
Tune in and notice. LOVE is now calling you – to heal those old wounds, shed old misconceptions about what Love says and does, and create anew from the purest vibration of Love that you are.
You are here to BE Love, EXPRESS Love, CREATE with Love, RECEIVE Love. And honestly, what could be more important?
Love’s been speaking to me lately! Whispering in my ear that it’s time to let go of ‘niceness’ as a substitute or false front for Love. Love is not simply nice.
The voice of Love is the voice of Truth. Sometimes Love is fierce. Always it’s creative. Love doesn’t exhaust itself or run out. It renews me. Replenishes and re-energizes even as it circulates.
When I remember this, I stand in an even greater strength and confidence. I feel myself bigger in the world, aligned, and attractive — totally magnetic to my heart’s desires.
Here’s an example: I know that my biggest job as coach and teacher is to love those who work with me. When I’m ready for more clients, I’ve learned to sit and feel them coming. I love ‘em up before they even arrive and next thing I know, new people are scheduling consultations and hiring me. Try it — it works every time!
Allow Love free reign in your life and your career will take off! Got a conflict in your life? An energy draining relationship? A situation that you just can’t figure out? Turn it over to Love and watch it transform. Ask, What would LOVE do? Listen and know.
I invite you to set aside an hour on Valentine’s Day to activate LOVE even more in your life on a FREE CALL with me — Thursday at 2pm PST. We’ll bust some love-myths, amp up our self-love and let go of guilt, shame and fear together. This Love Activation Call is sponsored by Earth School and hosted by Julie Zipper. Access the recording of this call HERE!
Also, consider diving in to this month’s class — a 30 Day Transformational Love Make-Over. Look closely — there’s a 2 for 1 bonus! That a Valentine’s Day gift you can share with a friend!
Posted on 10 February 2013
One of my clients right now is committed to asking questions of her heart instead of listening to the fear in her head. Another client is anchored in a powerful intention to be in joy at his work, despite how crazy it might get. A new client last month left her first session with a powerful heart-choice to look for what’s right in her life, instead of what’s wrong.
Each is choosing a more conscious route in creating their life. They’re taking responsibility with small simple actions that keep them awake and aware.
What’s the simplest change YOU can make to allow the biggest most positive shift of your energy? What’s the smallest action you can take to put yourself in the most receptive space to the flow of Life itself?
Answers to those questions are powerful and easy. Call it self-care! Or spiritual practice! Or energy-shifting techniques! Supporting your consciousness does not have to be hard.
If I start my day with a good green drink, I set my body up for a healthy, energized day. If I pause to meditate for 10 minutes (or even 5!), I’m less reactive and certainly more clear in head. If I take a quick walk around the block between clients, appreciating the trees and the sky, I am more present and attentive when I get back on the phone for the next client. If I smile and make eye contact while I do my errands, I am attractive to good service and friendly interactions.
These are small examples of powerful choices. And they’re examples of ways in which I support myself in staying awake, responsible, and consciously creative in my life.
When you’re in a low or negative space, I know very well that it can feel like swimming upstream to live from your highest intentions — and yet, the simplest practices can help you align your awareness with the Divine flow of your life. The flow is always there. Harmony and perfection is always there. Your attention and awareness of it is what wavers.
So, my friends, notice what activities and practices help you to feel in the flow. And do more of those things. Notice what shifts your energy to the positive, and do more of that. Notice what makes you laugh and let more of that into your life.
Kick the energy draining habits. Add in energy building ones.
Posted on 1 January 2013
This year, may you be even more kind to yourself. May you judge yourself less, and celebrate yourself more. May you love yourself no matter your mood, forgive yourself quickly for any perceived mistakes, and treat yourself kindly, with the generosity of spirit with which you’d love your most beloved friend.
May you play more and express joy and delight as freely as a child. May you lighten up, laugh often, dance, and sing songs… just because. May you doodle on the edges of your serious affairs, see life through innocent eyes, and let your imagination run wild in the direction of a future that is bright and abundant for all.
May you connect deeply within. May you turn inward daily to hear your Heart. May you enjoy the silence and stillness of meditation, and communion with the Divine in prayer. May you sense your connection to the All, feel yourself in the unified field of Oneness, and remember that you are never separate or alone.
May you connect daily with the world around you. May you look your brothers and sisters in the eye, see the good in all people, and say I love you many times a day. May you honor the Earth, be awed by the beauty and abundance of nature, and hear the messages of the animal and plant kingdoms. May you be generous. May you be kind.
May you be less of a consumer and more of a co-creator. May you circulate your money in ways that enrich your life and support the world you want to live in. May you appreciate the abundance that is always available to you, and experience yourself as prosperous and fulfilled.
May you be receptive to the good that is seeking you. May you stop trying so hard, let go of the thinking that it’s all on you, and be more attuned to the synchronicities that abound each day. May you listen more and think less. May you hear your heart’s guidance and trust your own knowing. May you stay in the flow.
May you honor your body as the temple of your Spirit. May you nourish yourself with kind words, breathe deeply, and stretch daily. May you be discerning of what you feed your body and your mind, see your own beauty, and move through your world with confidence and grace.
May you daily let go of what no longer serves you. May you grow in the direction of your highest intentions. May you speak only truth and always, always act in the highest integrity.
May you stay awake longer, and ever be more Who you came here to be.
Posted on 5 December 2012
When I was a teenager I subscribed on my own to Newsweek, paying for it with my allowance money. I’d read the weekly news magazine cover to cover. I loved Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Connie Chung and 60 Minutes. My world was insular. Our family home was at the end of a dirt road; we rarely saw our neighbors. I had attended the same Christian school since kindergarten. And I was growing up in the middle of one of the most remote states – Alaska. And, yet in spite of (or maybe because of) those factors, I wanted to know what was going on in the world I lived in. I wanted to be informed.
Politics inspired me. I knew the names and faces of the key political global figures of the 80’s. I knew the issues. I had opinions. When I went to college I declared my major as political science with a minor in history and I soaked in what I learned like a sponge. In my history classes, I quickly gained a greater context for the issues of the day. I understood Vietnam, Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Lib – not just the facts, the background! I questioned and I hungered to know more. Why had my parents protested the Equal Right’s Amendment? How could the courts have taken so long to come to a decision like Brown vs. The Board? And seriously, did Christian schools really take off because white folks in the south didn’t want their children to go to integrated schools? My vision kept widening. And I got cynical.
I eventually changed my major.
In more recent years, I’ve let go of the cynicism. I’m informed enough to know when I’m being lied to by big business. I know who owns the media. And, I know that I have to look beyond what I’m shown to get to Truth. The facts are often disputable. Logic can reason us into big messes, far from basic human dignity, compassion and respect. And, so many cross-currents of profit interests can mask the impacts of our basic choices.
I know that. And, so I anchor myself in the simplest, clearest Truths that I know: Everyone deserves respect and opportunity. We are all inter-connected. There is more than enough for everyone. Mother Earth is a living organism. We are each co-creating our experience of life. Creativity is always seeking to emerge. Peace is always possible. Love is always the answer.
When I remember these basic Truths, I am more discerning, and less bothered by that which doesn’t jive. Today my newsfeed on Facebook is filled with inspiring posts and news items. I cultivate this positivity – continually looking for information sources that elevate and uplift me. I listen to innovative scientists, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers, sharing about their projects and passions in TED talks. I troll bookstores and libraries for the most recent positive publications, watch documentaries by filmmakers on a mission, and am continually tapping into articles, videos and tweets that update me with positive news, innovative perspectives and visionary mindsets. I cultivate positivity, not to live behind the shelter of rose-colored glasses! Instead I want to contribute to that which is emerging as an even better version of our world with my attention and intention.
Even within this cultivation of positive information, I am still a witness of injustice and tragedy. I don’t turn a blind eye to such news. I simply choose to hear of it from the voices of those who are innovating solution, taking passionate action to restore dignity and justice, and reporting with compassion.
As a global citizen, this is my duty. This is what I was longing for as a teenager – to be in touch with and connected to the greater picture of what is happening in my world — for real! It’s not to argue with the negative or engage in dialogue of old paradigm. No, that does nothing for me, nor does it create solution.
As a conscious and awake witness, my responsibility is to hold space for new possibilities. And what I see today is that something good is happening on the planet now. It’s coming from conscious entrepreneurs, passionate youth, grassroots organizations and community dialogue. Evidence of this shift emerges every day, and I answer it with my yes and contribute to it with my own attention. I vote every day with my dollar. I create even more positive dialogue through my work and classes. And I hold the vision for the world I want to live in.
Ghandi preached “Be the Change!” and modeled compassion through circumstances that weren’t. Martin Luther King, Jr., dreamed the dream and shared it with conviction. And so, so simply, they changed the world. This is our mission, and I take it on.
Has the news been getting you down? Turn to some passionate and positive documentaries like Half the Sky, Thrive, I AM, or Food Inc. Sit at the feet of some conscious entrepreneurs like Blake Mycoskie or Peter Diamandis. Be awed by activists who keep it positive like Jessica Jackley or Bryan Stevenson. Get a new positive vision of the future by reading Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think or Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
Posted on 12 November 2012
I once waited in line over an hour to speak to a teacher after a workshop. I was so very grateful for all I’d learned from him, for how it had changed my life, for the deep integrity from which he taught and the love and faith he’d expressed in me throughout the program, I waited in that long line without hesitation. When it was finally my turn, I gave him a hug and simply said “thank you.” I realized only in that moment that I didn’t have any more elaborate words to express my deep appreciation for how he’d impacted me. He received my hug and gratitude, said “you’re welcome,” and probably said a a few other kind words. What I remember is that I walked away judging my own lack of eloquence. My simple “thank you” didn’t seem like enough to convey my spirit’s deep appreciation.
I’ve often wished I could come up with the right words — ones that don’t sound cheesy or sappy or cliché — to express my gratitude to the people in my life who have impacted me. I know saying thank you is an appropriate and important part of the circulation of energy. Yet, I’ve come to realize that my human angst about finding the right words somehow misses the point.
Looking back, I know that I waited in that long line to thank my teacher because it was important for my own spirit. It was my way to honor and celebrate what I had received from his teaching, to anchor it in, and to allow it to grow. It was important for me to linger instead of rushing off, to reflect and appreciate all that I’d received. Doing so was a gift to my teacher, and just as important, it was a gift to myself.
Simply and powerfully, the more I cultivate the practice of gratitude, the more I realize it as a feeling state that benefits ME as much as other things I do for my well-being. Pausing to feel appreciation for the line up of events of my day feels as good or better than that super-nutritious green smoothie I like to make for myself in the morning. Remembering a loved one and appreciating all the ways they’ve brightened my life boosts my energy like a walk around the block. Journaling a long list of the things I am grateful for having enjoyed in the last month charges me up as if I’d had a session with my favorite energy healer.
Gratitude is a vibratory state accessible even in the darkest mood. I may not be able to will myself out of deep melancholy, yet even in a low space, I can look around and notice SOMETHING I am grateful for. Perhaps it’s the crooked beauty of the tree trunk outside my bedroom window. Or the way my cat purrs when I pet her. Or the smell of my coffee brewing. Observing something pleasurable with my senses is an act of appreciation that anchors me in the moment of now, and rarely, if ever, do low moods exist in the now.
And, even beyond the simplest observations of what I am enjoying, when I look out and about, and appreciate what IS – what is there in my life that supports me, enlivens me, excites me – I grow the vibration of it in my experience.
This is the other simple law that makes gratitude so important: what I give attention to always expands in my life. Of course, it only makes sense that I give more attention to the things I want more of. What I appreciate grows. My gratitude creates the condition, the openness, for more of what I appreciate to manifest in my life.
This is the power of gratitude. This is the choice I make when I pause and appreciate. It’s immediate gift is a greater feeling of aliveness, a lift off of negativity and cynicism, an interactive engagement that cancels out feelings of separation and loneliness. It’s long term gift is more of the same — more to receive and more to appreciate.
And that is worthy investment in my own experience of life. Simply and powerfully, I am grateful.
This month at Earth School, we’ve launched a month-long challenge called #GratitudeGoneViral! We’re challenging our community to raise their vibration by expressing, sharing and showing gratitude all month long. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you can post and tweet your gratitudes, and if you do, please feel free to use our hashtag – #gratitudegoneviral!
Posted on 22 October 2012
I don’t THINK ahead very much any more. I do FEEL ahead and if there’s an answer that rings clear within me, I’ll make a plan. Otherwise, I don’t.
I’m committed to listening to something deeper than my analytical brain. I listen to my body. I feel for the inner expansion. I’m good at recognizing when it’s there.
Call it intuition. Or just a knowing. I know what I know when I need to know it.
Sometimes the knowing comes with a perfect synchronicity and line up of events that shout out an unmistakable YES. Like when I got a Facebook invite to attend a day trip to Ojai right after I’d been talking about how I want to get out of the city and do more day-trip exploring. I RSVPed YES immediately and my yes was still solid a week later. True to my knowing, it was all I’d asked for – fun exploration, soul-nurturing views, inspiring conversation and new friendships.
Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes I don’t know my answer until the time arrives that I need to know.
Still, I’ve learned not to say “I don’t know” so often. Because it’s not true. I actually do know – if I listen. I just may not know the answer YET.
The feeling of a yes is like an open doorway or a green light. When I listen and follow that guidance, I’m honoring myself, my energy levels, my body, and my spirit. The body is designed to give guidance, and it does. It’s guidance is clear, if I’m listening, and if I’m allowing my body to feel what it’s feeling. Stimulants, downers, uppers, sugar highs, and aspirin can all detour the body’s guidance – for a while, at least. The body will speak one way or another, however.
Years ago a wise woman in my life, hearing me complain about being sick, pointed out that being sick slowed me down. “You must need that rest,” she said, “and if you listen to your body when it tells you that, you can enjoy down-time without getting sick.”
That insight gave me the permission to say NO. Even if the mind says otherwise, I know to say “no, thank you” when the thought of doing something makes me feel tired or tense.
Ultimately, I say YES to that which enlivens me, supports my growth, and feels loving and peaceful. I say YES to the inner green light of expansion. With that YES as my true north, my “no, thank you” is easy and clear, and if it’s not, you may just hear a “maybe.” I’ll tell you when I know.
Posted on 2 October 2012
I didn’t used to have many friends. I knew people. I had friends I’d grown up with. I knew people at work. Yet, the list of people who really knew ME, was less than a handful and consisted of family and my brother’s girlfriend.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like people. I just didn’t know how to be open and how to connect beyond the surface. Or at least, so it seemed.
You know what it feels like to pretend that everything’s okay even when it’s not? That pretending takes its toll over time. It turns life into an acting gig.
In many ways, I was raised to play that pretend game. Not purposefully, of course, more as a side lesson of politeness. Pretending was also a choice I’d made over time – a coping mechanism that covered for a lack of knowing how to express or articulate what I really felt. I truly did not KNOW how to express what wasn’t polite. Instead, I might show impatience or aggravation through by my body language. I might move away, fold my arms across my chest, and tighten my jaw. I might clam up and not talk. More often, I’d nod and smile and move away as soon as I could. The extremely uncomfortable and not-polite feelings of anger, disgust, outrage – those might come out in a general crankiness to my family members behind closed doors at home, or through a pressure headache, a stiff neck, exhaustion and a tendency to catch every bug or virus that was going around. A weak immune system, in my experience, can correlate quite accurately to a low level of personal power.
As a person who didn’t express what was true, unless it was comfortable and polite, having close friends was not a possibility. Who can truly be friends with a smiling façade?
When I was 27, I left my husband. I was so tired of pretending that, on New Year’s Day, I resolved that by year’s end, I would be living a life that was honest. I would no longer be making polite excuses for our lack of connection or for his absence. I would no longer be saying I was fine when I wasn’t. I would be living a life that was truthful.
As I made that resolution, I honestly thought that it would take me a whole year to escape the pretense and live the truth. I was wrong. That resolution was powerful and three weeks after making it, I’d moved out. I confessed an attraction for someone else, I’d confessed my deep unhappiness, and I took action. I was amazed at my own ability to articulate a truth that had been swirling unvoiced in my consciousness for years – the truth that I didn’t want the life I had created, that I wasn’t happy and that as scared as I was, I was willing to give up a polite and respectable reputation for authenticity. And in my expression of this truth, the world did not end! I did not shatter, I did not disappear, and I did not immediately regret that I’d opened my mouth. Instead, I felt powerful and energized and the world quickly rearranged to match me and to meet my new needs.
Yes, it sounds simple, and it many ways it was. Truth is simple.
Still, the number of friends I shared this with, I could count on half a hand. I made it through that spring, and I found myself pregnant. I traveled to another state to have an abortion. I didn’t tell anyone except my brother and his girlfriend. I was miserable and alone, and yet, growing deeply in a TRUTHFUL self-reliance. And that was new.
When I was at least being truthful with myself, when I was acting on that truth and living from it, without shame or self-apology, THEN, I could be open with others. I didn’t need their approval. I did enjoy their company, their reflections, their engagement in my life. Within just a few months, I was no longer hiding and in fact had embraced a level of transparency and truth-speaking that was beyond anything I had ever experienced.
That’s when I became a person with friends. The deep friendships that I have easily created since then are long-lasting, nourishing and always, always, always based in the truth. No more fake façade of politeness. No more pretending.
True connection only happens this way, and it begins first from within. As my own friend, I honor my truth. I live from it. And so I can honor your truth, connect with you deeply, and love you through anything.
Is there an area in your life in which you are not allowing yourself to speak what is true?
Where might you have a pattern of pretending?
Feel into the space of your truth and honor it. Write it down. Whisper it to yourself. And when you’re ready, speak it aloud. Yes, Truth might rock your world, yet, it will always set you free.
Posted on 3 September 2012
We can be in ‘survival mode.’ That’s a pretty scary place to be. Most of the planet is there right now, even in the developed world where our quality of life is quite high. It’s not a true place — it’s a perceived place that expands into competition, greed, stress, and anxiety.
We can be in the space of ‘enough-ness.’ It’s a contented space of all needs met. Many are there some of the time — resting in an inner peace and trust that all is well. It’s a space of ease that recognizes truth beyond appearance and that inspires cooperation, generosity, and relaxation.
We can also be in a space of ‘more than enough all the time.’ It’s a powerful space of flourishing and thriving. It’s a space of positive attraction and overflow. It’s an evolution of consciousness and a greater recognition of what is always true and available — ever-renewing energy, creativity and abundance.
That place of ‘more than enough’ — that’s where I invite you to be, and where I invite you to reside as your new normal. Because the truth is, there IS more than enough on this planet and in this Universe. There’s more than enough for me and there’s more than enough for you, and the more we recognize and receive that truth, the more it can reveal in our experience.
That’s the space I am committed to living my life from, knowing that as I allow myself to thrive and receive the ever flowing abundance of the Universe as my experience, I create a new attraction point that ripples out into the world around me. As a global family, we are ripe for a shift out of scarcity and lack. All those world problems we’re facing — hunger, poverty, environmental devastation, corporate greed and government corruption — those problems will dissolve in the consciousness of ‘more than enough all the time.’ As Einstein knew, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So, let’s usher in a new consciousness together.
On September 15th, I’m launching a challenge — 21 Days of More Than Enough! It’s a habit changing challenge, a guided journey designed to launch you into a greater experience of abundance and attractiveness. Sound like the natural next step for your life? You CAN make that shift in consciousness! It’s time!
Details HERE! Say YES to thriving. It’s time!