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What are the Vedas Anyway?

The Veda was the most precious gift for which the West had ever been indebted to the East.
Voltaire

When the sacred teachings of ancient India reached the West in the 17th century, a new path of wisdom opened for those who were ready (and waiting). Wise beings have always known that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Scholars in Europe began translating Sanskrit, the language of the ancient Hindu scriptures called the Vedas.

Considered the world’s oldest literature, the Vedas are a collection of hymns, poems, and writings, passed down orally for many generations before being recorded in writing between about 1500 to 1000 BCE (predating even the story of Moses).

Ancient Sanskrit Vedas Script

They contain the spiritual wisdom of ancient India. Even the supreme religious skeptic, French philosopher Voltaire, was awed by the power and the beauty of these teachings.

The Sanskrit word veda means knowledge or revelation. Like the Bible, the authorship of these sacred texts is believed to be divinely inspired. The sages who recorded the Vedas had lived the teachings and used the sacred wisdom to awaken their own connections to the Divine, the created world, and their fellow beings.

Among those Western thinkers who rejoiced in the newly available wisdom was American Transcendental philosopher, Henry David Thoreau.

He said, “Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of the sectarianism. It is of ages, climes, and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When I am at it, I feel that I am under the spangled heavens of a summer night”.

Thoreau not only understood the power of the Vedas with his mind, he saw and felt it.

Ancient Sanskrit Vedas Script

That truly describes the experience this ancient wisdom can produce. The Vedas contain universal truths that can help you understand and experience your connection to the Divine through study and practice.

Sacred study reveals the practice, and practice helps you implement the powerful spiritual truths that can transform your life.

Ancient Sanskrit Vedas Script

So where can you begin? Fast-forward with me through the century and a half since Thoreau’s time and discover the wisdom tradition of ancient India for yourself.

Whether you are interested in learning how to heal yourself and others; to advance on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels; to find your purpose in the world; or to attract more peace, joy, and abundance into your life, this powerful wisdom tradition from India holds the key to inner work that can change your life.

Are you the student who is ready? By deciding to cross the bridge to your highest spiritual potential you will learn to discover and activate the gifts you came here to give including:

  1. The power to face your fear. What stops you from living the life of your dreams? Learn to step beyond the pain and trauma of the past. As a divinely-connected spiritual being, you are here to exercise love for yourself and the world.
  1. The courage to open your heart. How does your energy feel? Is it trapped and stagnant? In awakening your heart-felt connection to Source, you set yourself free to accept, forgive, extend, and embrace the life you are here to live.
Ancient Sanskrit Vedas Script
  1. The presence to live in the moment. Are you here now? Are you living with present moment awareness and awakened intention? Imagine the good you can do in the world with a sense of the Divine creative power within you right now.
  2. The faith to accept your life purpose. Do you define yourself as weak or strong? With your focus on all that lies ahead of you and all that you can accomplish with your divinely-inspired energy, see yourself as a powerful and creative giver.
  3. The love to feel connected. Are you in touch with Spirit and living in the knowledge of that unbreakable connection? When Thoreau experienced an “unknown and unearthly light” while reading the Vedas, he was feeling the joy of possibility. Your greatest dreams are possible with the Divine connectivity you are now called to awaken.

The ancient Vedic texts contained a collection of Sutras — phrases which one could only describe as transformational; borderline magical. These Sutras are the basis for an upcoming course that will teach you the skill of connecting to Ascended Masters and Spiritual Guides beyond this realm. If this is a skillset that you are interested in learning, click here to learn more >>>

Reaching Tough Goals

TEN TRIED & TRUE STEPS TO REACHING YOUR TOUGHEST GOALS

Reaching Tough Goals

Today, I want to share with you ten tried-and-true steps to reaching your most far out and toughest goals. I know you have future goals. I’ve certainly had more than my share of what seemed to other people to be daunting, pie-in-the-sky goals, like deciding I was going to be a lawyer when there weren’t any women lawyers at the time, or climbing Mount Everest, or having New York Times bestselling books, or my most recent goal, forming my own band. When we reach our goals, there is absolutely no better feeling of achievement to be had. I want you to have that same feeling of awesome self-satisfaction when you reach a long sought-for goal. And because I’ve had repeated successes orchestrating my own future, I want to give you the roadmap that has worked for me, and for many others.

Reaching Tough Goals

STEP ONE

The first step is to acknowledge whether you are Comfort Zone Prone. If you are, you will need to convince yourself that your life will only change when you become more committed to your goals than you are to your comfort zone. That’s step one for so many people.

It’s all about becoming more comfortable with, well, discomfort. For you, that may mean anxiety: perhaps sweaty palms, a racing heart, and the feeling you might die at any moment. That’s how I used to feel if I thought I was, God forbid, going to have to speak in public. And you may know how much I love public speaking so I sure made that goal happen! Or you may experience discomfort as a series of internal voices (frequently not your own) that raise all kinds of red flags. They say things like, “I don’t even know where to begin to get from where I am right now to where I want to be, and I don’t know anyone who can guide me,” or “You have a ridiculously high opinion of yourself. What gives you the idea anyone will be interested in what you want to achieve or plan to offer to the world?” Or even, “Changing the world — or even one other precious life — is a tall order. What makes you think you can do it? And what will make others think you can do it well enough for you to gain followers, fans, or paying clients?”

You know those voices. The naysayers, internal and external. They can all conspire to convince you to stay in your comfort zone, to stay in your own lane, to get your head out of the clouds and your feet back on solid ground.

Here’s how to wean yourself out of your Comfort Zone and silence the negative voices in your head and life.

Change up your routine regularly. Try something new as often as you can. Go to a new theatre or church or 12-step group. Read a book by an unknown author on a new topic. Visit exotic restaurants online or in person and try new foods. Listen to new music. Call someone you barely know.

Be selfish how you spend your time. The biggest obstacle I’ve learned to reaching your personal goals is your family. You’ve probably been taught that you should be spending a sizable amount of your time doing stuff with them and feel guilty when you don’t. That is not the way to reach your goals; all your doing then is wasting time to make other people happy that you stay small and unsuccessful, so they don’t feel threatened. You absolutely must dedicate the bulk of your time to your goals, whether you’re trying to excel at tennis or master the keyboard or write a book – goal achievement takes a ton of time and you’ve got to be selfishly dedicated to make it happen.

Reaching Tough Goals

Sign up for personal and public challenges on a frequent basis: maybe a 5K run or walk, a karaoke night at a bar, or learn an unfamiliar dance step, musical instrument, language, or sport. I had to crash-learn French when I went to France the first time with my French husband and knew not one word of French.

Reaching Tough Goals

Watch consciousness-and-confidence-boosting shows, like my live show with live band, that confirm that you can be the ultimate creator of your destiny.

Taking these steps will, over time, quiet your amygdala, the part of your brain that sends out alarming red alerts so you can silence the naysayers inside your mind, until they realize they aren’t welcome or having success immobilizing you anymore. Here’s what some of the best thinkers have had to say about the importance of becoming less Comfort Zone-prone:

As C. Joybell said, “I have realized that it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am the most! That’s why I enjoy taking myself out of my own comfort zone and hurling myself out into the unknown. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that I am able to see that I’m like a comet hitting a new atmosphere: suddenly I illuminate magnificently and fire dusts begin to fall off me! I discover a smile I didn’t know I had, I uncover a feeling that I didn’t know existed in me… I see myself. I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m more like a comet because I’m just going to keep on coming back!”

STEP TWO

The second step to reaching your farthest goal is to decide/intend/commit to changing the trajectory of your life. This may be even more daunting than stepping outside your comfort zone in the ways I just mentioned because it puts you squarely in the driver’s seat, firmly in charge of what will happen to you, and in which order.

No long-term goal can be achieved quickly. You can’t simply pole vault your way to the future you want. You have to take the steps, or at least the escalator. I am just one of many possible escalators. By this, I mean I can make the process to reaching your goals more straightforward and a little easier to get where you’re going, but you have to commit to stepping on and taking the ride to the top. For example, I have a course called Level IV in my LifeForce Energy Program where I guarantee I will personally lift you out of your comfort zone. But every one of my students has to be willing to go out on a limb because, after all, that’s where the fruit is!

Reaching Tough Goals

So, for example, if you want to move to another country or another city where you’ll be a total stranger for a while, or if you need to triage your existing friendships to determine which of them are going to encourage and support you and which are going to try to stymie your forward progress, or if you decide you have to jettison the career you have because you know that ladder is leaning against the wrong wall as far as where you want to be five years from now, you must commit to taking the steps to achieve those goals. As soon as you make your goal a commitment, an intention, and not just a “nice to have” daydream, your life will begin to change in the direction you want.

Reaching Tough Goals

STEP THREE

For Step three, before you commit to the changes, identify WHY you want to make them. Ponder them so intensely that you can see, hear, feel, smell, and even taste what your life will be life when you have achieved the goal you will be setting for yourself. When you can put that on tap to draw on at will, you will always have the encouragement and impetus you need to keep going. Your WHY will serve as your motivator.

Simon Sinek, the author of Start with Why, said, “If you want to feel an undying passion for your work, if you want to feel you are contributing to something bigger than yourself, you need to know and focus on your WHY.”

STEP FOUR

The 4th step is to define the exact changes that you want to make. Whether that’s starting a business, moving to a new place, changing your career, traveling, growing your self-confidence, or sticking to a morning routine that will carry you slowly but surely to what you want to achieve, this is when the voices in your head will get louder and more insistent. But by now you will have mastered the skill of minimizing the damage they can do because your WHY will claim dominance and your past experiences of having stepped faithfully outside your comfort zone will reassure you that, in FDR’s famous words, you have nothing to fear but fear itself. Your cherished goal is NOT stupid, unrealistic, or doomed to failure. You know that’s all nonsense, coming from the acronym F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real. You are entirely capable of getting where you want to go next. As Madonna famously said, “No matter who you are, what you do, or where you’ve come from, you can always become a better version of yourself.” Dreaming big is the ticket to your success. So, shoot for the stars.

Reaching Tough Goals

“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul,” William Ernest Henley wrote at the end of his Victorian era poem, Invictus. And so are we all. We just have to name it and claim it to release its power to revolutionize our lives. I invite you to do that right now if you haven’t already.

Reaching Tough Goals

STEP FIVE

The 5th step is to identify the things that may be holding you back. Are you aware of any habits, persistent limiting thoughts, or people that threaten to derail your plans?

Here are several examples of what I’m talking about. Do you tend to procrastinate? Are you addicted to unhealthy, unhelpful food, social media, or any other useless time-consuming pursuits? Do you spend hours every day mindlessly playing games on your electronic devices, or, my personal guilty pleasure, watching Netflix? List whichever roadblocks currently steal precious hours from your waking moments and commit to doing them no more than an hour a day, so you can free up your time and your energy to focus on the future you want.

STEP SIX

The 6th step is to choose your Daily One Thing. Because changing your life is a process, very unlike flipping a light switch to get an immediate result, it’s important to keep in mind that you can’t get where you’re going by focusing on too many aspects of the change process. So, focus on a singular significant change agent at a time, like moving to a new location or changing jobs, or reducing the amount of time you spend in fruitless activity. Pick a keystone habit that needs changing, the one habit that will positively support and influence the subsequent One Thing that you will add to the mix as the days pass to eventually achieve your most cherished goals. I clearly remember cutting way back on my beloved time outside to become a New York Times bestselling writer – the fact was, I just had to put the time in, indoors, at my desk, writing, in order to make that happen. Yard by yard, life is hard. Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. On the other hand, don’t over commit, or you’ll risk exhausting yourself and giving up.

Reaching Tough Goals

One great keystone habit for you, if you aren’t already doing it, is to establish a non-negotiable exercise routine. In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg writes (I’m paraphrasing here) that typically, people who exercise regularly and start eating better become more productive. They smoke and drink less, do fewer recreational drugs, and show more patience. They use their credit cards less and feel less stressed. And each of these positive changes carries the person toward their ultimate personal and professional goals.

Two other keystone habits that I can wholeheartedly suggest, if you aren’t doing them already, are practicing gratitude and journaling. You can even combine these two keystone habits by writing a gratitude journal.

S.M.A.R.T. goals

STEP SEVEN

The 7th step is to create a S.M.A.R.T. goal. By this, I mean create a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

Your specific goal should have a set finish line, so you know when you’ve achieved it. That’s what practitioners of the SMART Method mean by Measurable. It should also be a goal that is realistic, given the time you’ve established to achieve it. It should be relevant, something that will enhance and further the ultimate change and goal that you want to make in your life, and it should have a deadline to make sure you keep actively working toward its achievement.

STEP EIGHT

Step 8 is Prepare for Static, Storms, and Stress-Inducing Situations.

There will be challenges ahead. Nothing truly worthwhile is ever free of hiccups. Look for ways to anticipate and mitigate against them. For example, you might want to join an online community of like-minded people who are pursuing or already enjoying the achievement of the same goal you’re heading for. If you decide to change your eating habits, eliminate from your fridge and pantry the foods most likely to sabotage your efforts to succeed and replaced them with foods that will help you reach your goal.

Reaching Tough Goals

The idea here is to create ways to ride out the challenges that will present themselves along the way until the clarity of your thoughts and your focus can return to taking the next practical step, and the one after that.

Remember, as Margaret Thatcher (former UK Prime Minister) said, “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

Reaching Tough Goals

STEP NINE

Step 9 is invite the Yaysayers in your life into your tribe. Choose supportive people to talk to – people that say “yay” when they hear your goal. As soon as anyone in your tribe suggests that you might want to choose a more realistic goal, send them packing. Chances are, they’re afraid of how the achievement of your goals could alter your relationship with them, or they are jealous. Either way, time to quit that relationship.

As Joyce Rachelle advised, “You don’t have to live happily ever after with every single person in your life to live happily ever after. Some unfortunate endings are necessary.”

Some friends and family prefer the weaker, sadder version of you. Once they see that you are stronger, richer, doing well, happier, and useful, these people feel threatened.

So, yes, you may have to change your family and close friends here and there to get the tribe you need, one that will cheer and clap and offer you sustenance along the way and then shriek with delight as you cross the finish line. The people you spend significant time with are an absolute key to the achievement of your goals.

STEP TEN

The last step is Go the Distance. As co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has said (and I’m paraphrasing here again) most people overestimate what they can do in one year and under-estimate what they can do in ten years. So, take the long view whenever you establish long-term goals.

To do this, simply focus on the process as it unfolds before you day by day and step by achievable step. Develop the muscles and the stamina that will carry you to the Mount Everest of your goals. It is the training, preparation and actual climbing that gets you where you want to go.

Reaching Tough Goals

So, there you have it: my well-researched, firmly adopted, and personal tried-and-true ten-step plan to reaching the summit of your goals. It isn’t easy, and it’s most likely outside your comfort zone much of the way, or you’d have reached your goals already, but it’s what I do, and what you can do to push aside everything that stands between you and what you want to achieve. As a member of my tribe, I am confident that you can do it. And I will be among the first to heartily applaud when you succeed, so keep me posted along your journey!

If you’d like to join a community of “yaysayers,” a group of people that will support and encourage you on your path towards achievement, consider joining our Level I course. It gives you the foundations for healing, so that you can go forward towards your goals without the extra burden, and gives you access to our Soul Family (a group of like-minded healers, seekers, and achievers). You can do so by clicking here >>

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Mystic Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich, one of England’s Most Important Mystics

Mystic Julian of Norwich

Today, I continue my series introducing you to some very special mystics that can be a great source of guidance for us. In the first part, I introduced you to Meister Eckhart. And today, I want to introduce you to Julian of Norwich.

Julian, a woman, was born in 1343 and died in 1416. Her writings are the earliest surviving works by a woman (not counting Anonymous!). They are also the only surviving English language works by a female religious recluse.

Mystic Julian of Norwich

At age 30, Julian became so seriously ill that she believed she was on her deathbed. It was then that she received a series of visions of the Passion of Christ. Recovering from her illness, she wrote two versions of her experiences, the first of them almost immediately. The longer version, known as the Long Text, was written later. Julian lived in permanent seclusion in her cell at St Julian’s Church, Norwich.

Julian was a well-known spiritual authority within her community, where she also served as an adviser. Living in her cell, she played an important part in her community, devoting herself to a life of prayer to complement the clergy in their primary function as protectors of souls. During her confirmation ceremony, psalms from the Office of the Dead were sung for Julian (as if it were her funeral), and then she  was led to her cell door and into the room beyond. The door was then sealed, so she remained in her cell for the rest of her life.

Julian of Norwich is recognized as one of England’s most important mystics.

Despite living in tumultuous times, Julian’s theology was optimistic and spoke about God’s benevolence and love. According to Julian, God is our mother and our father. 

Among my favorite quotes of Julian of Norwich are these:

“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

“He said not ‘Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased’; but he said, ‘Thou shalt not be overcome.”

Mystic Julian of Norwich

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”

Would you like to connect to this mystic (and others) for direct guidance and wisdom? It’s possible. These Ascended Masters are standing by, ready and willing to help you. You just have to learn how to open the communication channel. And that is exactly what I will be teaching you how to do during a free video event on July 14th at 5:30 PM PDT/ 8:30 PM EDT. Space is limited, so be sure to register now by clicking here >>

Spirit Guidance & Sacred Sutras

Meister Eckhart: Meet this Key Mystic

Spirit Guidance & Sacred Sutras

There are times that you might be seeking some additional guidance in your personal, professional, and spiritual life. Maybe you are feeling anxious about a decision, big or small, that needs to be made. What if I told you that you had a source to life-changing wisdom readily available to you? By learning to connect with Ascended Masters, you can receive the direct guidance, love, support and healing you are seeking. The roles of the many different Masters may be varied, but they have all acquired vast knowledge, mastered the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of their lives and now, want to serve as your spiritual guide, healer, and teacher.

Spirit Guidance & Sacred Sutras

A key mystic and Ascended Master to consider is German theologian and philosopher Meister Eckhart, who was born around 1260 and died about 1328. He was born in what is now central Germany while it was still a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Although he fell into disfavor after he died, in the 19th century there was renewed attention to him and his sermons. He gained a status as a great mystic and has attracted enormous interest from scholars interested in medieval scholastic and philosophical histories.

The central theme of Eckhart’s talks is the presence of God in the individual soul, and the dignity of the soul of the just man. He rarely spoke about anything else. Here is his own summary of his central message: “When I preach, I usually … say that a man should be empty of self and all things; and secondly, that he should be reconstructed in the simple good that God is; and thirdly, that he should consider the great aristocracy which God has set up in the soul, (so that) man may wonderfully attain to God; and fourthly, of the purity of the divine nature.” What he’s saying is that when we initiate to higher levels of consciousness, we reach God consciousness, where we are all one.

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Spirit Guidance & Sacred Sutras

Carl Jung

Eckhart was one of the most influential 13th-century thinkers of his day, and he was widely read through the later Middle Ages. Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung summed up his view of Eckhart this way: “The world-embracing spirit of Meister Eckhart knew … the primordial mystical experience of India as well as of the Gnostics and was itself the finest flower on the tree of the ‘Free Spirit’ that flourished at the beginning of the eleventh century. Well might the writings of this Master be buried for six hundred years, for ‘his time was not yet come.’ Only in the nineteenth century did he find a public at all capable of appreciating the grandeur of his mind. 

Would you like to connect to this mystic (and others) for direct guidance and wisdom? It’s possible. These Ascended Masters are standing by, ready and willing to help you. You just have to learn how to open the communication channel. And that is one of the things I will be teaching you how to do during a free video event on Thursday, July 14th at 5:30 PM PT/ 8:30 PM ET. Space is limited, so be sure to register now by clicking here >>