There is a delightful little tale of two monks on a long journey through the countryside. These were monks who had taken a vow of celibacy and were to never be in the company of women, especially alone.
As they walked they chatted and quoted their holy texts to each other. They filled each other’s ears and souls with the tenets of their faith. As they approached the river, they came upon a young woman who was traveling alone. She could not swim and was terrified of crossing the river alone. The first monk walked past her, ignoring her plight and he plunged into the water and began to make his way across. The second monk, however, picked her up and carried her across, using his strength to assist her in her plight.
On the far side of the river he carefully placed her back on her feet on dry land and she thanked him and continued on her journey waving to the monks as she walked downriver.
The two monks continued their journey, turning to walk upriver and thus they walked all day long. By the end of the day, the first monk, cheeks red as the sunset with suppressed anger, turned to his companion.
“Brother,” he said, “you violated our vows by touching that woman and carrying her across the river. How could you have done that! I am so angry with you!”
The second monk look at his traveling companion and friend and answered him softly, saying, “Oh my dear Brother. I left that woman long ago down by the side of the river but you, my friend, have carried her with you all day.”
I love this story because it reminds us that we need to release our burdens, our old emotions, our old beliefs, our old prejudices, our outgrown thoughts, and our rigid grasp on what we believe to be the only way to think/live/be.
How many of us are bogged down like the first monk with a tenacious grasp on something that is outmoded, or outdated? Beliefs that separate us from kindness and compassion? Thoughts that constrict our growth and our ability to connect with all of humanity?
How many of us are living in our own self constructed jail cells?
I had an awakening years ago in which I realized that the cell of my own thoughts turned out to be unlocked. There I was, scared, angry, totally turned inward with my thoughts and restricting beliefs. But after this awakening I realized that the door to my jail cell, although closed, was not locked, and that I had the ability to leave it at any time. I just had to wake up, release my hold on how I thought others should be, lay down my burden, and walk out the door.
Ever since that turning point, my life has lightened up and has become so expanded and miraculous. Joy keeps filling me. The miracles keep happening. And I have never ever missed one moment in that self inflicted jail cell.
I hope you have enjoyed the tale of the two monks and that perhaps it will get you thinking about your own jail cell and how you might change your environment. Change can be scary and challenging and hard, but it is so worth freeing your self and your soul.
Lay down your burdens and be free. Blessings to you, dear friend.
“Even a rock moves on.” ~Anthony Liccione
Returning to school after summer can be stressful on both parents and children. Turn to the colors of the rainbow for support during these times of stress and challenges. Did you know that the color yellow helps people study and retain information better? Or that gold helps people value themselves more?
Each color can help with specific issues. Contact me or check out my shop for sprays to get more information.
“For Peace of Mind, resign as general manager of the Universe.” ~ Unknown
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers creative, fun, unique ways to use color in your life.
Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self-development, feng shui, and tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference.
With summer coming to a close, I felt it would be a good time to send you some quotes that I’ve seen recently that I’d like to share. Perhaps some will uplift, or enlighten, or support, or inspire, or comfort…..These are all sent to you from my heart to yours. May all your days bring you joy…..
“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of beginnings. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” ~13th Century theologian Meister Eckhart
“The Universe is always speaking to us….sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” ~Nancy Thayer
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the STEP!” ~Unknown
“If you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet, how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~Fred Rogers
“I have decided to stick to love….Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Yesterday I was so clever I was going to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.” ~Rumi
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” ~Rumi
“Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens to a love like that: it lights up the whole sky.” ~Hafez
“The universe is not outside of you. Look inside of yourself: Everything you want, you already are.” ~Rumi
“There’s a destructive power in unforgiveness and unforgiveness controls you in a negative way. It’s time to let it all go! You become strong when you genuinely forgive. You become empowered when you genuinely forgive. You gain back your inner peace when you genuinely forgive. You release stress, bitterness and anger when you genuinely forgive. But most importantly, you’re able to live your best life when you genuinely forgive. Give yourself permission to live life free of toxic thoughts, feelings, and energy. Forgive!” ~Stephanie Lahart
And finally, a quote you’ve undoubtedly heard many times and often attributed to Nelson Mandela but he was only quoting Marianne Williamson from her book, Return to Love:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’.
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
And here is a blog post that might appeal to some of you who are empaths. It is from Lisa Erikson who is a wonderful healer. This article contains great tips for you!
All Natural Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
We are fortunate to have a guest blogger this month, Stephanie James*A night of good sleep is necessary for everyone. Sleep has been proven to have significant impacts on one’s health and relationships.
In one study, it was established that children who sleep for a short time have 89% chances of becoming obese with the percentage being at 55 in adults. Poor sleep quality and duration has also been linked to higher chances of suffering a stroke, slipping into depression, among other health risk factors.
Resting well during the night has numerous benefits among them, improved concentration, increased productivity, and better interactions.
Sleep is a beautiful thing, and if you feel you are not getting enough of it, then there are several things you can do. Here are the top five tips for good night sleep.
Drink herbal tea.
Teas that contain herbs like lavender, peppermint, and chamomile help prepare your mind to sleep. These teas provide calming effects that are important for your mind and body to wind down. Avoid any beverage that contains caffeine as that will only give you the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Take A Warm Bath.
A warm bath refreshes you up and makes you feel more relaxed, which is what you need to sleep. According to medical experts, the rise in temperature during a bath and the consequent drop in temperature as you get to bed will send you into a deep sleep within a few minutes.
Use Essential Oils.
Certain essential oils have been scientifically proven to aid sleep. Find out which ones work well for you. Essentials oils include lavender, roman chamomile, and frankincense. You can blend some of them for customized aromas and effects. Essential oils are great alternatives to sleeping pills. They are known to help reduce anxiety and emotional stress, which is quite often the culprit of sleep loss. Some essential oils also promote drowsiness, which enables you to fall asleep.
Change Your Mattress and Sheets.
The quality of your mattress and sheets can affect the quality of your sleep. If your mattress and sheets have served you for several years, then it could be time you changed them. They have probably grown old and uncomfortable. An old mattress will eventually cause you back pains, shoulder pains, and even a stiff neck. Studies have also pointed out that new beddings enhance the quality of sleep.
Stick to Using Your Bed for Sleep Only.
Your mind is a very powerful organ, and you need to feed it with the correct information. Do not get used to watching TV, eating, working, or doing any other serious activities from the comfort of your bed. Condition your mind to sleep when you get to bed. If you cannot fall asleep, wake up and do something that will soothe you to sleep like a little meditation or reading a story.
Sometimes, falling asleep can still be a challenge even after trying several tips. But it’s important to make sleep a priority in order to reach your life’s potential. Sleepless nights can be an indication of an underlying medical condition.
So, if you think you’re unable to sleep after trying a few of these natural methods for relaxation, reach out to a medical professional for a routine specific to your body’s needs.
* Stephanie James is freelance writer, world traveler, and wellness enthusiast. As someone who spends more time in a plane than in a car, she has mastered the art of sleep & comfort from any time zone! In addition to covering topics on sleep health and wellness, you can also find her stories on fitness, travel, and healthy living. Connect with Stephanie or find more of her published work on Twitter: @sjaywrites13
It has happened as I age that I have begun a life review so to speak. Memories of people, places, occasions, events, keep appearing to me more and more as time goes on. Some are not very pleasant, others are a delight and I string those out as long as possible!
I have wondered why, as we get older, we as humans tend to do this. I have asked others my age and they are experiencing similar things. So I asked the Akashic Records* recently what these memories are for and it seems that they are indeed a type of life review. I get to revisit old friends and long gone family members in these memories. I get to do a “Mulligan in my mind” for old memories that are not so pleasant. I get to reframe those unpleasant experiences into something else entirely, taking with me the lesson that I learned from that experience.
That might sound weird to those of you who are younger, or even those who are of my generation but tend to push memories away. I have found, though, that when I have memories whether pleasant or unpleasant, they almost always coincide with a current challenge, or a current yearning for something.
Here is an example: I was recently thinking of our parents and how I wished I had been more present to them in my young adult years. Granted, we were swamped with just getting by financially, we had three little boys, my husband was gone on business at least half the time, we had one car which he had to use for work, and life was just hard. I didn’t even have time to think of my own life let alone what to do for our own parents much less the dear old Grandfather of my husband’s who lived nearby.
I was feeling pretty lousy about how I could have done more for all of our family elders, whom we both loved dearly, but who by necessity didn’t get a lot of our time. So in my Akashic meditation on this, I did a Mulligan, and gave them all the time and attention I wish I had done back in the day. In addition, I gave our children all the time in the world, and brought my traveling salesman husband into the picture of family unity. I wove a beautiful tapestry of love and kindness and thoughtfulness and joy with my mind. I asked God to bless this renewed memory and to send all that love to each member of our family.
This is the power of our time in the Akashic Records: healing the past. We can’t go back and relive those experiences, but we can heal them through the Grace of God and the Light of the Records.
If you are yearning to heal something in your past, I can help you access your own Records and help create healing and peace for you. In honor of the Fourth of July which celebrates the Independence of our beloved country, I am offering a special on a new type of reading I am doing that will help bring you independence from something in your past you would like to understand and reframe.
Independence Readings will range from 45-60 minutes and require that you be in an open state of mind. Bring your questions and we will seek healing for your experience that you would like healed.
Regular investment for a reading is $125 for the hour, but in the month of July, Independence Readings will be $99 for 45 minutes and $108 for 60 minutes.
Appointments booked through email (email@example.com) or phone 231-633-5433. Payment by check. If using a paypal account or credit card a $3.75 handling fee will be added.
* The Akashic Records are known in the Bible and other Sacred Texts as “The Book of Life” or the “Book of Knowledge”. They contain the story of our souls from their inception to the present moment and hold the frequencies of the possibilities of our futures. They are incredibly powerful and very gentle and loving. Each time you enter the Hall of Records your vibration is raised so healing happens in every reading.
“Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony
The colors of Independence relate directly to your specific challenge. If you are interested in finding out what the color or colors are that will best support you in your current challenge, send me an email to inquire, or go to this link and read about each color and what it can do for you.
“The American Dream is Independence and being able to create that dream for yourself.” – Marsha Blackburn
For those of you interested in how to manage the effects of EMF’s (Electro Magnetic Frequencies), please click here.
This has happened to me before and maybe you won’t believe it, but I had the newsletter all written and ready to put into Mail Chimp by last night. It was #4 on my to do list today. But when I opened the file this afternoon, it was gone. I had a few quotes left but the main message was gone. Disappeared. Vanished.
I know enough about this mysterious world to know that that means God did not mean for that to be my message this month. It’s funny because as I was walking this morning I was thinking about it and it felt off to me. I was considering rewriting the whole piece today anyway on a different subject. What that subject would be eluded me and still does so let’s see what comes out as I type away here.
Today happens to be Father’s Day. I grew up in an era in which, at least at my house, my Mom was in charge of the children and my Dad was in charge of going to work every day. It was the era of TV sitcoms like “Father Knows Best”, “Ozzie and Harriet”, “Leave It To Beaver”. Fathers were seen as all knowing and wise and capable of solving any problem. Women were seen as stay at home Moms always dressed in pearls and heels and prepared to handle any emergency with ease and grace. I never questioned any of it and to my little self, it was an orderly world.
Thankfully, Dads today are allowed to participate in child rearing and the impossible stereotypes of the perfect Mother and Father are long gone. But I disagree with the modern notion that in today’s world a child does not need both parents. There seems to be a plethora of single parent homes and it is so sad to see kids trying to prosper in a world where one parent is more or less absent. As a society, we’ve swung too far the other way and I’m hoping we will soon again realize a child needs not only a village, a child needs both the Maternal and the Paternal energies around them.
I am thrilled to see our own sons as they negotiate these new waters. Our generation was that in between one where we began to move into more involvement of the father with the children. Now our sons are amazing Dads, totally involved in the development of their children, which enriches both the Dads and the kids. And it supports the Mom who should never have had to carry the burdens of child care all alone.
So sharing the parenting is a great gift to all involved. On this, Father’s Day 2019, I tip my hat to all the Dads out there who show up, who participate, who support, nurture and love their offspring. And to the Moms who are right there with him providing a nest in which children can thrive. And guys, if you see a child out there who needs a Dad’s influence, take a chance and try to help that child. If you don’t see anyone in your life who needs one, think about becoming a mentor through one of the many organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters where you can make a big difference in the life of a child.
It is my wish that all children who are missing this experience be healed from the woundings and the missing pieces of life. I see so much of this in the work that I do, and send each of these precious beings energy and love from the Divine.
Happy Father’s Day to all men out there because chances are, even if you have not officially been a Dad, you have been a mentor to someone, a leader, a nurturer of someone other than yourself. Each one of us can change the world by helping and nurturing kids (and others!) along the way, even when or especially when they are not our own flesh and blood.
The colors of father love are blue and green. The color of unconditional love is pink. To support the father in your life, find out which challenge is his most worrisome, then provide him with the color that relates to that challenge. Click here to read about each color and what it is used for.
I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.
Happy Father’s Day. Until next month….. Namaste….xo
We have recently felt rather bombarded with life. So many deaths, so much disappointment, so many challenges. It just goes on and on.
These hard hitting situations make it hard to stay positive and to stay focused on the blessings and miracles all around us in spite of it all. We have managed so far to stay in in a place of gratitude, but it is not without effort. And it is doubly hard when illness occurs, when one is fighting just to move through that sort of challenge. All of these things sure do bring humility to the fore, especially as we age.
Regardless, these are the times we all seem to be living through. I thoroughly believe we are going through something on a higher level than just our own lives, and that higher level affects our personal experiences. I believe we are going through a cleansing of sorts, and definitely a battle between light and dark forces.
It is easy to loose our focus, or even our hearts during challenges that most of us are going through. I for one find I have to constantly move from my brain back down into my heart where I can remain centered and focused.
Living too much up in my head leads me to places that don’t support me and I spend endless hours circling around in that gray matter. But when I take that longest journey, from the brain back into my heart, I find myself relax, I find I can feel supported, I find my center and balance.
How do you find your way back to your heart? Do you use your breath, meditation, prayer, or simply a shift in your intention? Do you find it, like I do, to be “the longest journey”?
It is becoming easier to negotiate this journey and thankfully we none of us need any baggage for it, no updated passport needed, no boarding pass…..we can simply drop down into it.
My wish for you on this beautiful May morning is that this longest journey become a short one for you, and that you find ways to remain in your heart so that life remains joy-filled, peace-filled, and very manageable! Blessings on your journey!
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
The color of miracle to me is Purple. Purple is all about transmutation, changing from one state into another. It is also the color of meditation and being in your spiritual body. The color of the breath is blue. Breath can help us move into the present moment from a mind that is so busy talking to us that it is disruptive. Try these color sprays to bring you to the place you seek. Email me for help in choosing just the right one for your personal situation. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
I saw this the other day and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Follow the link and then scroll to the bottom of the page where there is a very profound, simple video. The article is great too so don’t skip it! Enjoy!
I am wondering as I write this at the end of the first week in April if you all feel as I do that time is just going too quickly? I always try to have my newsletter prepared for the new month ahead of schedule but some months, like this one, come too quickly and I find myself behind the 8 ball. Life doesn’t seem to be letting up its intense push towards the future making it harder and harder to stay present and enjoy the moments.
For example, this morning, I was called to a neighbor’s house for a little assistance and after that was done, they asked me to sit a while. My head was telling me to head home to finish the soup I had on the stove, to prepare for a long planned for afternoon and evening with another neighbor, and to take our little dog out for a necessary walk. But something clicked in my head saying, “Stay. Visit. Enjoy this moment.”
So I sat and visited with them for about 15-20 minutes and was very present to the situation. I loved being with them, listening to their tales, telling my own, sharing family news on both sides. It was so relaxing and enjoyable.
Had I not been disciplined enough to shut out those voices saying “You should be doing blah blah blah” or “You won’t be ready on time so get going” and other SHOULDS, I would have completely missed the magic of being with these wonderful people. It would be like finding an oasis and then not being able to drink the water.
And then the most amazing thing happened. I got home, finished the soup, dished it up for lunch and then the phone rang and due to illness, the rest of the day’s plans were cancelled, just like that! Wow, I could have completely missed the magic of the morning AND missed the afternoon’s plans too!
So what did I learn? To keep trying to stay present, to live in the moment, while still being responsible to the clock and obligations. Little snippets of time make up the whole day don’t they. I intend to try to enjoy those little snippets for they make life so much richer, so much more enjoyable, than rushing around from one event to another and enjoying nothing while thinking of the next, the next, the next.
Cooking has become a good practice of that for me. I used to resent having to make meals until I made a brain reversal. Now I look at it as a chance to nurture us both with good quality foods that will truly nourish us on all levels. It takes time, so I am using the time to explore my thoughts, to listen to books on tape, to sing, to think about ideas, or sometimes just to day dream. I’m finding that I am enjoying this time with myself more and more, and enjoying the process of creativity through cooking. I look for recipes that support our eating plans, and love that part of it. I love finding a new recipe that will stretch my abilities, but not our budget. It’s another adventure of sorts. And amazingly, I seem to always have the time I need to do this. I’m not sure if time expands when I am in the present moment or if enjoying these little snippets just makes it so enjoyable that it seems as if I have all the time in the world.
All I know is, I’m enjoying life a whole lot more than when I raced around like a crazy person too busy for this, too busy for that. Not that I don’t revert to that cra-cra lady now and again! But I do love that I have also found the magic of living in the present and allowing myself to surrender into it.
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”
My colleague and fellow color teacher, Alijandra Claire, has a new class about to begin. I highly recommend her classes. She teaches color in a very unique way and on a higher consciousness level than most color classes. Here is the information below on her latest offering:
New Rainbow Mystic Arts with Alijandra
Tuesdays April 9, 23, 2019 4:30—7:00pm PST
Bringing the subtle chakras into use from not opened or mostly dormant to open and empowered
Developing the higher senses (the clairs) to catch up to the minimum upper 4th and 5th dimensional and further up to the multidimensional levels
New ways of doing the Basics
Finding the mystical in your so-called “unneeded” glands: the tonsils, adenoids and appendix. Note: they can be accessed even if they are physically removed.
Using new rays and flames in the Mystical Rainbow Arts
Venusian-based Etheric Healing to repair the body (physical and subtle)
Earlybird $49 due before or by April 7. $59 after.. Will be recorded as always, and put on an mp3 for each sign up. Online through Skype. After signup, make sure that we have your Skype contact name.
Here is the link to signup for the earlybird by April 7:
A whole issue devoted to color! With March being the month of International Color Therapy Month, you will find in this issue an interview with the founder of CTM, Eleyne-Mari Sharp, and snippets from other color practitioners and ambassadors. Enjoy the events and all the offerings for this years CTM!
Q&A WITH ELEYNE-MARI SHARP
Q1: March has become the one month every year when color lovers like me get a bit giddy. But Color Therapy Month must be a lot of work to organize. What on earth made you decide to create this worldwide celebration?
A1:I know it’s a cliche, but Color Therapy Month is truly a labor of love. Ever since I launched the Aura House School of Color and Light in 2003—and then Color Healing Radio in 2009— my personal mission has been to help people find their light and joy through color. Color Therapy Month is a natural extension of that mission and I look forward to it, like Christmas.
Q2: When you created Color Therapy Month in 2011, what was your specific vision?
A2: I wanted to create an event that increased public awareness about the benefits of color healing and encouraged support for color therapists and others who work with color.
Q3: That’s a nice vision. But why a month instead of a day? And why March?
A3: Good questions. Initially, I did think of planning a one-day event, then I did some research and discovered there is a National Occupational Therapy Month and a National Physical Therapy Month. So I thought, why not a National Color Therapy Month? It quickly became an international celebration—and I didn’t want the name to sound like a mouthful—so it was shortened to Color Therapy Month.
I wanted to choose a month that was not overpopulated with holidays. When many of us here in this country think of March, we think of St. Paddy’s Day, leprechauns, shamrocks, and rainbows. Because of its rainbow association, March seemed ideal.
Q4: When did you first become interested in Color Therapy?
A4: Color first became my muse when I was a professional writer in my thirties and suffering from an unusual case of writer’s block. I walked into a metaphysical gift shop here in Rhode Island and discovered Aura-Soma, the holistic color system developed by Vicky Wall, a surgical chiropodist before she lost her eyesight. I had a life-changing Aura-Soma color reading that day, which awakened a ravenous interest in all things color therapy!
Q5: The Color Therapy Month celebration truly is global. In addition to online activities, which countries are hosting colorful events this year?
A5: There are so many and you’ll find them listed on the Calendar at colortherapymonth.com. This year the countries represented are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States. As always, I remain grateful for the efforts of the Color Ambassadors and all the color experts who generously share their knowledge about the benefits of color healing.
Q6: Will you be hosting any Color Therapy Month events yourself?
A6: Definitely! Besides the online Color Pep Rally on March 1, I will be conducting a “Rainbow Crystal Journaling” teleseminar on March 14 and a “Color Ascension” teleseminar about the color Pink on March 24.
Q7: I’ve read the Sparkle: Color Therapy Month Opportunities Guideand I’m guessing that it answers nearly every question one might have about Color Therapy Month. Can anyone participate in this celebration?
A7: Yes, and I’m glad you mentioned the free opportunities guide because it gives ideas for virtually every profession. For instance, a florist could create special Color Therapy Month theme bouquets. Jewelers might display their merchandise according to their color healing properties. Broadcasters could interview a color expert for their podcasts or television shows. There are many possibilities.
Q8: But what if you’ve read the guide and you still can’t decide on an event for your business? Or you just want to celebrate Color in a more private way?
A8: It is for that exact reason that I am gifting my “Color for Peace Meditation” script to anyone who wants to celebrate Color Therapy Month in a very special way. The meditation was first broadcast on Color Healing Radio in September 2015, in celebration of the International Day of Peace. You can download it from the website.
Q9: How can we support Color Therapy Month?
A9: Oh, I do love that question! People may support our efforts by planning a color-related event and helping us spread the word about Color Therapy Month. There are free graphics available on our website at colortherapymonth.com, as well as free social media promotional posts, and we have promotional products like t-shirts and totebags, too. We also have a Patreon account for donations.
Q10: Speaking of social media, there are two special Color Therapy Month hashtags people should remember to use: #colortherapymonth and #thankhueday. Thank Hue Day?
A10: Yes, it’s the final day of Color Therapy Month—March 31—and an opportunity to show gratitude for all the pretty colors of the world. So post your color selfies with pride. Color heals—pass it on!
For a full list of the events and offerings for Color Therapy Month click here.
So, a funny thing happened on the way to my newsletter this month. It totally disappeared. Twice. And if you think this excuse is akin to “the dog ate my homework”, you are mistaken! I admit, my technological skills are quite basic. I see it clearly in my documents but there is no accessing it. Go figure. So this is version #3.
My first reaction of course is “what did I do wrong?”. That’s right…..blame it on myself. Why not? I mean “I am not worthy” was my mantra for so many years of my life. Why on earth have I wasted so many years and opportunities wallowing in this self deprecation?
Maybe you don’t relate to this sort of reaction and were raised to love your self. My dear Grandmother, who lived with us, was quick to say “Don’t get above yourself” meaning don’t think too much of yourself. That was drilled into us so much that none of us kids came out of childhood thinking we could do much in the world. Or that we were even allowed to speak in the world.
I have a very vivid memory of one particular evening when I was around 8. My sister and I shared a room, and a double bed, and we loved to read. I was reading my first book on mythology about the time that identity souvenirs were all the rage. You know, keychains, notepads, doo-dads with your name on them. There was never a Diantha among them of course. So I usually settled for Diana. Imagine my thrill of discovery to see there in this book the name “Diana”, the Roman goddess of the hunt! I was so excited that the name was there that I was jumping on the bed exclaiming “I am a goddess! I am a goddess!”. My Grandmother, who in actuality was a delightful and wonderful being, albeit very religious, grabbed my arm and pulled me unceremoniously off that bed saying that I was being very sacrilegious, and disrespectful of God. Oh boy, that stifled completely any feeling of pride or identity that I had for myself as I was also quite religious and at the time yearned to be a nun, although I was not Catholic. I had plans to convert when I was old enough and live my life in a convent. Preferably as a cloistered nun.
Mercy. Anyway, at that point in my life I realized I was a nothing. So I clammed up and lived my life as a no-thing for a long time. Eventually my spirit took over and overcompensated but that is another story. Suffice it to say, I came out of my self-imposed cocoon and began to live life with enthusiasm.
Which all brings me to what I want to say to you in this month of love: love yourself unconditionally. There are so many affirmations around this concept and yet not loving ourselves creates so many problems for us. Many of the homeless we work with suffer from a bruised sense of self. Many of the clients I work with as well. But many have also climbed out of that darkness and are thriving in the light of their own beings.
There is an admonition in the Book of Matthew instructing us to not hide our “light” (our true selves, our talents, our gifts) under a bushel. The poet John Chuchman makes that the main focus in his poetry. And I tell you from my own experience, let your light shine. Without your light, the world is a darker place and at this time in evolution we NEED all lights to shine brightly.
So this month, make it your focus to light up your lights and shine them as brightly as you can. You are loved. You are lovable. You are needed. You, my friend, ARE the LIGHT!
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
“I encourage you to remember that you are, indeed, as the stars. You glow with the same intensity. The answers that you seek outside of yourself may very well be found within the cosmic intelligence inside you. Go ahead; show the world what you are made of! Sparkle, shine, light the way, and brightly blaze as you are meant to do.”
The colors of love could be any color depending on how you use them but we mostly think of red, green, pink and magenta as the colors for Valentine’s Day. I recommend PINK for unifying group energies and to create an atmosphere of unconditional love in a space. RED for passionate love. GREEN for infusing heart energy into an environment. MAGENTA is love of beauty and can be used to infuse “love from above”. It is also excellent to use if you grew up lacking enough Mother love. http://www.lifepotentials.net/shop/
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. “
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Until next month….. Namaste….xo
Here is a subject we never stop talking about. Do we have enough of it? Have we lost it? Where did it go? It hangs heavy. It has disappeared. It is not cooperating. And on and on…..
One of my favorite songs about time is Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce. “If I could save time in a bottle…” he croons. Those lyrics have always fascinated me. Imagine being able to save time in ANYTHING or in any way! Alas, Jim Croce knew not when he penned this beautiful song that his time was so short. A tragedy affecting many.
He goes on to say,
“But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do once you find them.”
Ever feel that way? Time is elusive. We can’t save it up, or eliminate it or rule it. It just goes on its merry way, doing its own thing, with or without us.
Curious about songs and time, I searched how many songs had TIME in the title. The longest list I found with a brief search was 146. One of my favorites besides the one above is the one from Casablanca: As Time Goes By. Or how about Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time. Time to Say Goodbye. Twilight Time. Time Won’t Let Me. The Last Time…… and on and on. These songs take us THROUGH time. We remember our lives by reviewing them through the lens of all this wonderful music.
But have any of us really mastered time? No. Not really. Time is too elusive and undefinable. It is like trying to hold water in the palm of your hand. It has its own energy and life. So imagine time AS energy. Imagine that each day has its own ruling energy that infuses each moment of each day with an overriding energy. Imagine that instead of time we pay attention to the energy of the day rather than the ticking of a clock and what our digital readouts or clocks say. Imagine how different our lives might become.
Obviously we can’t throw away the Gregorian concept of time that we now operate by because we live in this world. But imagine being able to know and understand the energy of each day and being able to honor that energy by incorporating it into how we live each day. It is a way of being conscious of time in a whole different way.
Enter Pia Orleane and Cullen Baird Smith. These two individuals have been guided by a group of good souls from the Pleiades known as Laarkmaa who have made a connection to help us move through the upcoming changes in the world and yes, in time. Most of us understand that time is not linear but rather spirals through energetic patterns.
Pia and Cullen have graciously agreed to share with you the concept of time that has been shared with them and how we can use these energies to make our lives smoother, more productive, and how we can negotiate the upcoming world changes more easily.
Many thanks to Pia and Cullen for the following article, and for bringing us these messages of clarity, wisdom and hope to the world at this time. Enjoy!
A REVELATORY, NEW CALENDAR FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING
by Pia Orleane, Ph.D. & Cullen Baird Smith
Our interstellar friends from the Pleiadians have long helped humanity to evolve beyond the illusions of our third dimensional world. One of our greatest illusions is the illusion of Time. The Pleiadians gave The Mayan Calendar to the Maya over 5,000 years ago to help humankind understand how to measure our days through energy, rather than time. Yet as the Mayan culture fell out of favor and other cultures took over, we began to use clocks and the Gregorian calendar to schedule our lives. Now Laarkmaa, another Pleiadian group, has given us a revelatory, new calendar that measures each day by its energy so that we can better learn how to navigate our lives with ease and flow.
The new Pleiadian-Earth Energy Calendar is based on two different types of energy that cycle daily–cosmic energy, called Universal energy, and Earth Energy. Each of us is made up of a combination of a Universal energy and an Earth energy, giving us our personality and our soul direction. Likewise, each day holds a “personality” combination that gives a direction and a flavor to the day, if we choose to make our decisions in harmony with the presenting energies.
There are thirteen types of Universal energy, each of which holds truth throughout the cosmos. You can get an idea of what each energy is focused upon simply from the name of the energy. You can also see how the energies spiral in a way that they build upon each other, even though no one Universal energy is better or higher than another. It takes all of them to complete a cycle of evolution. The last one listed, Completing, is the energy that helps us to integrate all that we learn before we begin on another spiral of incoming Universal energies. We get a chance to start over or climb to the next level every thirteen days. The Universal energies are:
There are twenty Earth energies, giving us directions on how to proceed every day, as well as defining particular personality characteristics of each person we meet. When we are aware of and better understand these twenty energies, we can see the gifts other people have to offer, even if we hold a different view or have a different gift. Likewise, the twenty Earth energies help us to see what actions are best suited for every day, if we choose to pay attention. Like the Universal energies, there is no hierarchy in the twenty Earth energies. We need all of these pieces to have a whole puzzle. Learning about all the twenty Earth energies is a simple way to learn the language of harmony; while each energy has its own personality (just like people), these various energies combine to create a beautiful whole. The twenty Earth energies are:
Perhaps you can see yourself in one of these descriptions, or maybe you can see how certain days are more suitable for certain types of activities. The new calendar guides us in how to do this, with each energy listed, defined, and superimposed on the Gregorian calendar to which we are accustomed. With practice, we can navigate our lives (both days and people) more easily by understanding the energetic gifts each has to offer. Every one of our days holds a specific type of Universal and Earth Energy. Every single person also holds a specific type of Universal and Earth energy in her or his makeup, guiding and directing her or him on the path of evolution. When we better understand what each energy is asking of us, we have more flow and balance in our lives, and we also achieve more harmony in our relationships.
Being able to track and notice the Universal and Earth energies each day helps us to decide how to choose our own experiences. For example, if we would like to take a trip, it is advisable to use the Universal energy of 6 (which represents movement and flow) to travel, while we may not find as much ease if we choose to travel on a day that has the Universal energy of 4 (which represents foundation and stability.) In deciding upon our trip, we would also want to look at the Earth energies. A day of Listening energy calls for stillness and quiet, which would not be the best choice for a trip. But a day of Exploring Earth energy is just right!
The new Pleiadian calendar also helps us to prepare for challenges and to use periods of challenge as opportunities for growth. We call these challenging periods Shadow Cycles, for they reflect the areas of our lives that remain in the shadows of outdated beliefs or dysfunctional behaviors. These are the places where we may feel “stuck” or see old emotions rising to the surface after we thought we were finished with something. Most people think of these simply as a series of “bad hair days” or unlucky periods, but they are actually great opportunities for us to see and do things differently!
To bring more light into these periods, we need to work to change old reactive patterns and check what we believe to be true. Maybe there is another way to see a problem. These periods happen to us individually about every sixty days. Being able to know when they will occur keeps us from being caught unaware and gives us time to consciously attend to whatever is arising during a personal Shadow Cycle.
Each year also has a period of challenge that is present for the common experience of humanity, called a Collective Shadow Cycle, giving us a shared opportunity to change things that cause conflict or disharmony in our world. To attend to this collectively, we need to be more accepting of the beliefs of others–not necessarily an easy thing to do for a world that is so divided by opposite beliefs! During these times we may feel more tension in our lives, and it is our job, now that we know about this, to center ourselves and become even more peaceful within. Becoming aware of these times and beginning to see them as opportunities helps us to make individual changes that can then reflect into our collective consciousness. In 2019 the Collective Shadow Cycle will begin on the tenth of April and last until the 29th of April. A second Collective Shadow Cycle will begin on the 26th of December and last into 2020.
Why do we need this new Pleiadian-Earth Energy calendar? Because our cultures are bound by conflict, competition, poverty, and war. We do not live in cooperation, with harmony, abundance, and peace. We may wish it were otherwise, but in over 5,000 years our species has not been able to obtain this. Perhaps if we learn to read each energy and to honor what it asks of us, we can create a more beautiful and harmonious world. In order to do that, we need to begin to live in meaningful ways that naturally flow from and include the universal and Earth cycles of energy that drive life.
Calendars capture a culture’s underlying patterns, rhythms, and beliefs, fusing meaning into daily life. We need to redesign the myths that define humanity, writing ourselves into these myths as cocreators who potently work with energy, rather than passively relying upon clocks and the Gregorian calendar that keep us locked into the prison of time’s illusion. Only when we change our own beliefs can we affect the world outside of us. However, when we begin to change, the world around us changes also. To live each day in conscious awareness of the energy that is present, to greet each person with the conscious awareness that they carry a special energy, invites opportunities for us to step into a world that is ruled by harmony, peace, and love. We want this, and you probably do, too. We invite you to investigate the new calendar system of living your life, and we wish you a very wonderful 2019!
Pia Orleane, Ph.D. & Cullen Baird Smith are co-creators (with the assistance of the Pleiadian group Laarkmaa) of the revolutionary new Pleiadian-Earth Energy Calendar. This calendar accompanies the third book in the Laarkmaa series: Pleiadian-Earth Energy Astrology- Charting the Spirals of Consciousness. Pia and Cullen are also co-authors of Conversations With Laarkmaa–A Pleiadian view of the New Reality; and Remembering Who We Are–Laarkmaa’s Guidance on Healing the Human Condition.
Former practicing psychologist and author of the Nautilus Gold award winning book Sacred Retreat–Using Natural Cycles to Recharge Your Life, Pia is a respected Intuitive, Astrologer, and Alternative Health Consultant.
For more information on Pia and Cullen’s books or to book a personal session with Laarkmaa, see: www.laarkmaa.com.
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Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Thank of how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it is at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
Here we are again, in the month of December, awaiting the magic of Christmas and other December holidays. In the spirit of giving, I am going to share with you some of my favorite quotes, photos and web links. I am also sending you a link to a meditation series you might enjoy by my dear friend and colleague, Ellen Epstein. I’ve been doing her meditations since April and my life is so much more centered and relaxed. I highly encourage you to give it a try. There is no cost to this and yet it is a priceless practice.
My hope is that this newsletter inspire you and encourage you in spite of all that is happening all around us. Remember to breathe, to love, to forgive, to care for others and yourself. May God’s blessings abound in all of your lives.
I loved this photo article on “perfect bodies” through history. As a person who has never been content with the body I was given, this hit home for me. Bullseye!
And this article about the craziness in women’s clothing sizes:
This first group of quotes is by Rumi, one of my favorite sources of quotes:
“The wound is the place where light enters you.”
“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
” If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of time.”
“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want you already are.”
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because It shows me the stars.”
“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” ~ Og Mandino
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Buddha
“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Abraham Lincoln
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Robin Sharma
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightengale
” We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
“Whover is careless with the truth in small matters canot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein
“Without the test there is no testimony.” Charlene from The Source
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” ― Marianne Williamson
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.” ― Marianne Williamson
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ― Marianne Williamson
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou
“Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
“Our greatest human freedom is that, despite whatever our physical situation is in life, WE ARE ALWAYS FREE TO CHOOSE OUR THOUGHTS!” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ― William W. Purkey
“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde
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nteresting, informative, amusing or inspiring videos and web pages. Many of these have come from you, my loyal readers. Thank you!
The origin of St. Nicholas: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ Today, December 6, is the feast day of St. Nicholas! I love that he acted anonymously, giving gifts to the needy and executing his acts of love and redemption, seeking nothing in exchange. We could all learn from this man.