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Energy Healing 101

 “The whole universe appears as a dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns…

Thus we are not separated parts of a whole. We are a Whole.”

~Barbara Ann Brennan

Along with your vascular, nervous, and skeletal systems, you also have an energetic system that is, like all energy, invisible to the naked eye. Your energetic system, or subtle body is like a holographic overlay on your physical body and is made up of power centers (chakras), energetic fields (auras), and conduits (nadis). Information about your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual states live within your subtle body.

Energy healing works in this realm. It is a general term for many modalities that remove blocks and energetic cords attached to others, grounds your energetic system to Earth energy, connects to light energy, repairs any energy leaks within the auric field or chakra system, and disconnects from any energy that is not your own.

If you are wondering why any of this matters, it is blocks within the energetic system that manifest as illness in the physical body.

Evidence of energy healing practices dating back 1000s of years is found in cultures throughout the world. The ancient Egyptians practiced Sekhem. a form of energy … Read the rest


Duality: Can Authenticity and Career Co-exist?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
~Brian Buffini

Some people are lucky, they know their life’s calling early on–or so it appears on this side of the not so green grass. From an early age, I’ve had multiple callings, loud sirens usually leading me in opposite directions. After decades of practice, I learned to keep my vocations (or voices) separate, neat, and tidy in their respective “boxes”. Or so I thought.

two headed coinThe current duo at odds has been the real estate broker and the Kundalini yoga teacher. The Realtor and yoga teacher have strong opinions about one another, some not so pleasant. Kundalini is not a gym class kind of yoga experience. It is a spiritually based practice (of course all yoga is, just not always taught that way). The Realtor fears her clients won’t take her seriously if they see her Kundalini side, especially decked out in white clothing, chanting, sitting on a sheep skin, and sporting a white turban. Fine (I think), keep this pair in their separate boxes. 

Recently starting at a new real estate office, the owner suggested that I attend the company’s annual convention in … Read the rest


Planning Your Summer? How About Your LIFE?

“Live Your Life on Purpose.”

Summertime is here!

Believe it or not, the beginning of summer is the time of year, bar none, when we do most of our long-term planning, even though that detailed planning is for only a month or two in advance.

We start by identifying the emotion-driven goals we want to experience, strategize how to accomplish them, and then get into action so our summer objectives become our reality.

It’s a great formula that has us as the powerful catalyst for what we want.

Now how about your life and all the different aspects of it?

woman on road w suitcaseAre you planning with all the fervor that you plan your summertime activities; looking at possibilities, contemplating details, covering bases, and designing your plan of action? When you do, life opens up and you really do get more of what you want. Give it a try.

Where are you going?

Acknowledge your heart’s desire, that dream you’ve tucked away or something you would do if you really gave yourself permission. You will be better able to understand what is calling you forward and what happiness and success look like to you.

How will you get there?

What are your … Read the rest


20 Ways to Create More Happiness

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
~ Omar Khayyam

If you have days where happiness eludes you, here’s a few tips from your comrades on the planet that may help shift your mindset for the day. It’s the simple things in life that tend to bring the most pleasure. Try one or more today!

  1. Assume positive intent of others
  2. First thing in the morning, be grateful for all the blessings in your life
  3. Get more sleep
  4. Share the best thing that happened during the day with your partner/family first thing when you get home at the end of the day
  5. Random acts of kindness — randomly pay for someone’s drive-thru order behind you
  6. Think of something you use everyday, make sure it is the best quality you can afford, and take the time to really and care for it
  7. Walk at least 30 minutes a day
  8. Stop comparing yourself to others
  9. Remove advertising from your life
  10. Get a pet
  11. Smile at yourself in the mirror, smile at others – especially strangers
  12. Give more and expect less
  13. Help the people around you
  14. Spend time outside and breath fresh air deeply
  15. Give yourself and others permission to change
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My Favorite Question

“You are capable of so much more than we usually dare to imagine”
~Sharon Salzberg

The sign on the blackboard said, “When you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always got!” I saw that many years ago and it resonates to this very day.

I love the inherent invitation and wisdom of that statement – that the power of change lies in our willingness to use the brain to create a road map to the future rather than merely serve as a record of the past.

It doesn’t matter the situation, history, story, complaint or pattern we are experiencing. With 40% of our brain housing our creativity center, focused on delivering answers to queries and crafting ideas and visualizations, the powerful question that sparks that solution seeking region and grows us beyond our discomfort is always the same.

What are you going to do about that?

Seems like a simple question, however its invitations and implications are huge. Why? Because we are always proving to ourselves who we’ve always been or we’re demonstrating who we are growing into. And, this question clearly asks us to reach for our options and aspirations instead of … Read the rest


The Soul of Travel

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

~Miriam Beard

There’s no limit to the amount of passion we can experience. For instance, one of my greatest passions is fulfilling my purpose. And my purpose involves enhancing my consciousness, expanding my awareness, and creating greater density in my energy field. Travel certainly supports those aspects of my greater purpose. Yet, it can only really do that if the experiences and knowledge learned are integrated into my authentic being.

waiting for streetcarMany times we travel and are simply observers. We witness the sights, endure the change in our routine, and perhaps enjoy the rest from our work. But, have we actually been changed by the experience? Are we significantly altered in our consciousness or existence?

Think about a trip you have taken, and consider whether the experience actually made a change in who you are as a soul and as a personality. Did you learn something that you are now applying? (Even if that is something simple like greater tolerance or patience.) Has the experience changed you in ways other than simply having stories and photos to … Read the rest


Stand Tall— It’s Good for You

You can tell a lot by someone’s body language.”
~Harvey Wolter

The way humans’ express victory or celebration is universal: we throw our arms up to the sky; we leap into the air; pump our fist or do a happy dance. Body language can tell us a lot about other states of mind, too. If someone is curled into themselves, head in hands, slumped—it doesn’t take an intuitive to see the person is sad, depressed, feeling powerless.

According to Harvard social psychologist Amy Cuddy, this physical expression of a mental state can also work in the other direction. Cuddy’s research has established that simply adopting a posture can induce a predictable emotional state; our bodies can change our thoughts and feelings. Standing tall, with your arms raised in victory, causes a spike in important hormones that make you feel more powerful and comfortable. Adopting a powerful posture for even 2 minutes can begin to re-wire your brain; fake it ‘til you make it turns out to have scientific justification.

amy cuddyAs Ms. Cuddy points out, this is a great way to prepare for a stressful situation—like a job interview, or a speech— where you want to feel confident and in … Read the rest


Be a Part of the Solution

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
~Martin Luther King Jr.

When you hear the term “Human Trafficking” do you think,
‘this is a third world problem’?

Think again.

This is a global issue. In the United States the top 20 cities are: Houston, El Paso, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Las Vegas, New York, Long Island, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle and Tampa.

avg age of entryWhat these numbers are telling us that this is our problem in our own back yard.

If you find this hard to believe just Google it. There are many stories about parents dealing with the horror of having their teenage child being caught up in a reality that might be difficult for us to imagine.  Just last year the FBI made history* by arresting over 150 people and rescuing 149 children coast to coast.

Here’s the bad news: Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business. And, we are all participating in it. It’s been extremely difficult not to. From our clothes to our home decor to our phones to our jewelry to the coffee we drink in the morning, we have all become a part … Read the rest


Duality: Can Authenticity and Career Co-exist?

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
~Brian Buffini

Some people are lucky, they know their life’s calling early on–or so it appears on this side of the not so green grass. From an early age, I’ve had multiple callings, loud sirens usually leading me in opposite directions. After decades of practice, I learned to keep my vocations (or voices) separate, neat, and tidy in their respective “boxes”. Or so I thought.

coin w 2 headsThe current duo at odds has been the real estate broker and the Kundalini yoga teacher. The Realtor and yoga teacher have strong opinions about one another, some not so pleasant. Kundalini is not a gym class kind of yoga experience. It is a spiritually based practice (of course all yoga is, just not always taught that way). The Realtor fears her clients won’t take her seriously if they see her Kundalini side, especially decked out in white clothing, chanting, sitting on a sheep skin, and sporting a white turban. Fine (I think), keep this pair in their separate boxes. 

Recently starting at a new real estate office, the owner suggested that I attend the company’s annual convention in … Read the rest


How Stress Affects Your Brain

TEDEd hits another homerun with this short, visually appealing video on the impact of chronic stress on the brain. Once you understand how stress affects your physical body, the decision to implement one or both of the antidotes described at the end of the video become a no-brainer.

From TEDEd: Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

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Inspiration … Found in an Unlikely Place!

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

~Robert Fritz

I’ve been spending the last eight weeks on the opposite side of the country basking in the Florida sunshine rather than rusting in the Seattle rain at home. It’s glorious. It’s also amazing how quickly a new external environment can spark a very fresh internal query and conversation. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this; years ago I left Chicago to move to Hawaii where everything in those new surroundings also proved to be the catalyst of rapid change and positive growth.

footprints on the beachAs I wander the beach I find myself again taking a curious look at myself to honestly evaluate how I got to where I am now, and then put my stake in the ground for something more that leads to even higher levels of happiness and fulfillment. Just like on the beaches in Hawaii, I am again finding inspiration, this time on the Gulf of Mexico.

In order to find inspiration, we have to hustle for self-awareness asking courageous questions to understand the status quo and stories we … Read the rest


Accessing the Power of Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
~Willie Nelson

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

grateful handsThat’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. … Read the rest


The Discomfort and Rewards of Change

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,
move with it, and join the dance.”
~Alan Watts

“I want to run away as fast as I can.”

“I want to hide under the covers for forever.”

“I want to go back to my old relationship….it wasn’t that bad.”

If you have ever had these thoughts, then you know just how uncomfortable real change can be.

We all say we want to change. And we believe it. We want to have more. More money, more fulfillment, more fun, more weight loss and more time to do the things that we really want to do.

But when we finally go for the changes that it will actually take to have a different life than the one we are currently living, we suddenly realize that true change is tough. It requires amongst other things, the ability to tolerate sitting with discomfort long enough for the change to occur. Despite what the motivational speakers tout, real change does not mostly happen in an instant or a day or two.

Real change usually takes time.

if you want somthingAt first, as you sit in the unknown and the discomfort of … Read the rest


10 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Build This New Morning Habit

RECIPE

  • Fill your favorite mug with warm (not hot) water
  • Squeeze juice from half of a fresh lemon (organic if possible) into the water
  • Feel it warm your body as it travels to your stomach and beyond

I am one of those oddballs; I don’t drink coffee. I don’t even like the smell of it. But sometimes I start my day with my own version of a caffeine. My morning kick comes in the form of a silver can with a black and red label. And it isn’t good for you in any way, shape or form. And I know from experience that the first thing that goes into my mouth in the morning will impact many of my food/beverage choices for the remainder of the day.
It’s a habit I’m challenging.

Replacing my morning caffeine kick with warm, lemon water is the new habit I am building. I love the way it tastes and I love the way it feels as it travels down my throat and into my belly, warming the pathway as it goes. Putting something warm and refreshing in my stomach first thing in the morning – now that’s good habit!

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Heal Your Energy and Get Unstuck

“To heal from the inside out is the key. “
~ Wynonna Judd

It took me a long time to try energy healing. And in hindsight I would call it the first tool I reached for on my healing journey. Although I had spent years in introspection, countless hours walking, practiced my own version of home-based yoga and read book after book on personal growth, the time came to admit it; I was stuck.

No longer could I function in state of what I pretended was “the blues.” I had to admit to myself that I was likely suffering from depression that was impacting my relationships and my family. I didn’t see a happy ending to the trajectory I was on. This was not the life I wanted to be living. And it was time to own it and do something about it. I knew I need support.

And so I tiptoed to the edge of the metaphorical, transformational pond, stuck my toes gingerly into the water and watched the ripple emerge. I had a professional relationship with someone I knew was an energy healer and began to connect with her on a personal level. We talked about energy healing … Read the rest


Luminary for Emergence: News For the Soul

listen feel your wayCreating Space for Creativity and Intuition

Honoring oneself through self-care can create space for creativity or intuition to come through freely in an otherwise stressful cluttered world. In the February Luminary for Emergence radio show on News for the Soul, Suzanne Ragan Lentz explores how deep self-care accesses intuition.

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Energy Healing 101

 “The whole universe appears as a dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns…
Thus we are not separated parts of a whole. We are a Whole.”

~Barbara Ann Brennan

Along with your vascular, nervous, and skeletal systems, you also have an energetic system that is, like all energy, invisible to the naked eye. Your energetic system, or subtle body is like a holographic overlay on your physical body and is made up of power centers (chakras), energetic fields (auras), and conduits (nadis). Information about your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual states live within your subtle body.

Energy healing works in this realm. It is a general term for many modalities that remove blocks and energetic cords attached to others, grounds your energetic system to Earth energy, connects to light energy, repairs any energy leaks within the auric field or chakra system, and disconnects from any energy that is not your own.

If you are wondering why any of this matters, it is blocks within the energetic system that manifest as illness in the physical body.

Evidence of energy healing practices dating back 1000s of years is found in cultures throughout the world. The ancient Egyptians practiced Sekhem. a form of energy … Read the rest


Coming Back to Center: 5 Helpful Steps

“In the very center of your being, life begins in silence and in joy.”
~Debasish Mridha

cen·ter: ˈsen(t)er: a point, pivot, axis, etc., around which anything rotates or revolves

The Holidays have come and gone and the New Year has begun. For many of us that means coming back to center and to ourselves. So how exactly does one get back to center? My first response is slowly and gently. If you have ever noticed pushing does not help. And rushing as if you’re life is an emergency also does not work.

in the center of your beingSo what does work? This will probably not sound sexy but slow, small repeatable steps actually get us to our goal in the most reliable manner with our beings intact. If you’re anything like me, this will probably feel counter-intuitive. I often like to move ahead quickly with noticeable gains.

The problem with this is that it’s not sustainable over the long haul. It’s okay for short-term gains but if what your interested in is in long-term goals that won’t stress out your entire being then small, doable baby steps is what you want to do every day from your center point.

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Create Your Day Anew!

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Create Your Day Anew

An 8 minute meditation that will fit into any busy schedule and put you in the right frame of mind to get your day running smoothly! The introduction audio is short and you’ll only need to listen to it once. Then, listen to the meditation every morning and you’ll begin to notice the difference in your day. Really!


“Breakthrough the Challenge of Change”

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Jackie Foskett

Hypnotherapist and Author

Ready to break through the challenges of change? Engage in an amazing process that will show you how you how changing your mind can change your life!

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