Let me try to explain what teaching this weekend’s grief-shifting workshop at Kripalu Center was like. It’s impossible to put into words everything we went through together and where we ended up. But let me try to take you on this journey:
Friday night 30+ strangers with enormous grief sat in a circle in a room. One by one each person shared their story of loss. We heard stories of police officers knocking at the door to tell a mom and dad that their 23-year-old angel daughter had died in a car accident. We heard that same story from the parents of her angel boyfriend who died with her.
We heard too many stories of parents finding their sons dead from an overdose. We listened to the painful grieving of wives whose husbands of 30+ years died in their arms after suffering the ravages of cancer – or sudden massive heart attacks.
We heard from wives and siblings of those who chose to take their own lives because their suffering was too heavy to carry another day.
After sharing stories around the circle our room was wrapped in Love – divine love – as we honored the deep connection of knowing that all humans share the journey of loss and that grief is our greatest spiritual teacher. It wakes us up like no other teacher can.
Everyone acknowledged that their lives have already been transformed by the presence of the extraordinary showing up in ways that the rational world does not embrace. We shared these stories of visits and dreams. We asked for the healing presence of our loved ones during the weekend to help us heal. We went to bed. Exhausted.
I was awakened that night by a twenty something boy with a huge curly Afro and intense blue eyes hovering over me intensely saying: You have to tell mom that the human experience is only a small part of the journey. You have to tell them this!
I saw other faces of twenty something kids floating past but they all seemed okay with allowing this one boy to give the message to me. And he did. He was quite intense. I said ok. I got it. Don¹t scare me. And they let me sleep.
Early the next morning I shared my dream and described the boy. One mom jumped up and down with joy and shared the picture of her son. He was the boy who woke me up. She said he was famous for his wild Afro and would never cut his hair and that he was very intense in a way that sometimes put others off. I said, “Oh yeah. That was him.”
Others shared their dreams and visits from the night.
We meditated to quiet the mind and open the heart. We shared guilt stories and tore them into the trash in honor of acknowledging soul agreements and soul lessons and the awareness that we do not and can not control the soul choices of others.
We acknowledged that the best we can do here is live in alignment with our highest self and become sources of divine love wherever we go. Guilt is an illusion of control created by the ego. It serves no one. It blocks divine love.
We denied guilt the power of knocking us off center and keeping us from living up to our divine potential. We released it. We affirmed the power of Love.
We cried some more. We named our pitiful selves and our brilliant selves and we denied sadness and depression any power to knock us off center and keep us from being sources of divine love as our departed would want us to be. We did the break your heart wide open meditation technique to release the pain.
I explained how all of us are capable of connecting to the other side for healing and guidance when we go into the silence and quiet the mind. We picked up pens and paper. I guided them through a meditation to quiet the mind and open the heart. I told them to picture a happy memory of being with their departed. To see it, feel it, smell it and get inside of the love of that memory.
I guided them to write quickly as they asked their departed these questions: Why did you leave me? What am I supposed to be learning from this? How am I doing with my grief? What should I do with my life now? They wrote and they wrote.
We went around the circle sharing the words we¹d received from our loved ones. Every single person in that room knew in their bones that they had heard from their departed who gave them loving but honest answers.
We laughed and cried by the poignancy and power of what had been written and shared. These departed messages were quite clear that their moms and dads could be doing a lot better to move on and get their lives together.
One mom was told quite adamantly to get out of the house and get over it; to start reconnecting with life. Another was told to quit the job she’d long hated and start a business. And on and on went the messages. All told in the exact wording of their departed.
We went to lunch and filled the dining hall with laughter and tears. After lunch we explored our unique soul missions and soul agreements and ways to create meaning and purpose in our lives and work moving forward. We shared what our departed would want to see us doing with our lives and what the gift of loss had taught us.
We met up in the cafe where I gave little mini readings to everyone to help them understand their soul missions and soul agreements. I was profoundly struck by the four-way agreements between the four parents whose two children had died in the same car accident. We felt the presence of their divine loving souls around us as we talked.
The next morning we met up in the cafe where our shared laughter and joy almost got us kicked out for rowdiness. Then we went to class where we meditated to quiet the mind and wrote and shared our baby steps for moving forward. Everyone promised to go into the silence once a day for healing and alignment with their inner divinity and highest selves.
We denied grief the power to knock us off center and we affirmed that we are all sources of divine love for ourselves and others.
Our shared laughter and love in that room was so powerful that no one wanted to leave when it was over. We looked like a different group of people from the ones who’d began the journey on Friday night.
I’m home now. Still floating in the love and joy of our divine connections. Truth be told it’s hard to be home. I miss them. I miss their voices, their stories, their laughter. I miss the profoundly deep love and joy we shared – something so rich and poignant that being back in the everyday world seems a bit… well … Ordinary.
And maybe I don’t do so well with ordinary. I’d rather dance in the extraordinary- as we did all weekend.
And that’s my truth. And so it is. Namaste.
After working with thousands of clients seeking career change here’s what I know to be true: Career reinvention is an inside job; no matter how grim your situation appears on the outside – nothing changes for the better until you do the inside work.
You may believe that your boss or your meaningless job tasks or your dwindling income are the reasons you need a career change. But I am 100% sure that these unhappiness nudges are acting in your favor to get you to reevaluate your inner self; your mode of operation; and ESPECIALLY the way you see your outer world.
Chances are good that you chose that meaningless job for security; also known as benefits and a paycheck. Or you chose it because it made use of your schooling and past job experiences. It “made sense” at the time. None of those reasons are in alignment with your extraordinary inner power and the great work you came here to do.
It’s time for courageous change and that starts within. Your inner self (your god-ness within) has a great plan for you. (But fear is keeping you from seeing it.) You’re in the midst of a spiritual crisis whether you know it or not. You’re only believing what you can see. This external world is tricking you with its fear-based illusions. It’s disempowering you.
Have you ever known something was true without seeing any evidence of it in the outer world; knew it in your gut so powerfully that you didn’t doubt it – long before you had visible proof?
Look back at your life and examine how you’ve made important decisions. Have you ever acted on your gut feeling and things opened up for you in a way you could never have imagined?
Being in a spiritual crisis means that you’ve forgotten you’re a powerful divine being who came here on purpose – fully equipped to overcome all obstacles on your path. You’re not listening to your highest self. You’ve forgotten the God-ness within.
You came here to create meaningful work, abundance and happiness using your unique gifts. You agreed to this. The outside circumstances that stop you in your tracks are not nearly as powerful as your inner extraordinary essence. You need a refocus: An inside reinvention. The rest will follow. New career ideas and opportunities will fall into place once you root out the fear and negativity that’s blinding you.
Your daily inner reinvention assignment:
- Go into the silence using whatever meditation practice works best for you. Quiet your fear based thinking and get back in touch with your higher self; the part of you that always knows the answers and sees your next step. This is your God-ness within and YES you have this inside of you! You’ve blocked it and instead chosen to listen to your fear-based ego thinking. While you’re in the silence and your heart is wide open – ask your God-ness within to show you a picture of an extraordinary future with meaningful work, success and true happiness. Hold on to that vision. Write it down. Dream about it.
- Now let’s clear out the mental trash that’s been making you sick. This is easily done with a powerful metaphysical tool called “denials.” Here’s an example: I deny fear any power over me; I deny self-doubt any power to impede my forward movement towards success and meaningful work. (Write yours and repeat them throughout your day.)
- Let’s replace the mental trash with clarifying light. This is done with affirmations. Example: I am powerful and unstoppable when I align with my God-ness within; astonishing new career opportunities are already heading my way. (Write yours and repeat them immediately after you say your denials).
- Contemplate your inner divine power and ask yourself whether you’ve been using it to create worry and unhappiness or to create exciting new ideas and opportunities. You’ve been using your power one way or the other – whether you realize it or not.
If you hate your boss or your co-workers – terrible energy is seeping out of you and poisoning everything around you. You’ve become toxic and shut down your higher self. No new ideas or divine opportunities can break through that cloud of negativity. You’ve misused your inner power.
When you quiet your fear mind; visualize an extraordinary future of meaningful work; deny fear any power over you; and affirm your inner divine power – you align with the unstoppable god-ness within. Magic juice flows. Miracles reveal them-selves, doors open and brilliant ideas inspire you to take action. You’re now using your innate power for good.
- Whenever a divine idea pops into your head (like calling a friend to talk about job leads or taking a class or speaking to your boss from a solution-based perspective) just do it! Say yes to all divine ideas!
After doing the 5 steps above, you’ll feel empowered and renewed from the inside out. You’ll see the world differently. Opportunities and ideas will flourish. Just say yes to your divine inner power! This inner shift opens the door for a chain of extraordinary events that will take your life and career beyond your wildest dreams. Your Divine Reinvention is already unfolding…
The year 2018 digits down to an 11/2 year for all of us collectively. Here’s how to make the best of this year’s world energy and move forward gracefully: This is a year for connecting deeply with others. You won’t feel so all alone as new partnerships form in your life and in the world around you.
It’s a slower, sweeter year; one in which we nurture what we’ve already started rather than pushing hard to launch something new.
Success hinges on opening our hearts, trusting our collective heightened intuition, and saying yes to collaboration. It’s important to be receptive.
We will all soften the forceful energy we thrived on last year. And we all might feel highly sensitive; but don’t let this get in the way. Your solution is to become the source of love for others–even when you’re feeling wounded.
2018 is also a highly charged year of personal illumination and intellectual achievement. We’ll be inspired to heal our relationships and accomplish our most inspired work.
Our collective intuition, inspiration, and artistic creativity are magnified and so is our sensitivity. Daily meditation or prayer will strengthen us and reinforce our connection to the divininity within each of us.
Choose to spend time with highly evolved, conscious people who inspire you to create. Small talk and meaningless social engagements will feel especially draining in 2018 because of our heightened sensitivity.
Dig in to the raw, real you and share it as authentically as you can. This is the message of 2018 and we can all thrive within this inspired, intuitive highly-charged year.
This could be our best year yet for developing spiritual, intuitive, and artistic gifts to change our world for the better.
2017 was a rough year for many people and as we launch into 2018 let’s clear out old frustrations and disappointments; and affirm and intuit our greatest path of success, health, happiness, wisdom and personal power for 2018.
I’ll share a number of effective tools including denials, affirmations, meditations, visualizations, intuition, numerology, understanding highest use of personal power, writing our new stories and outlining steps for moving forward.
Let’s shift ourselves and each other into highest good and divine illumination in 2018. We all deserve a reset. Let’s do this! Join us Saturday Feb 3, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm MST.This is a webinar so you can join us from anywhere in the world!