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Goals vs Intentions

Clients often ask me for guidance on how to reach their goals – to find a relationship, have a child, buy a house, get a certain job, etc..

While it's natural to set personal goals, I've found that setting an intention will often achieve a result that's better than the original goal. The result of setting an intention is often more spiritually aligned.

What's the difference between a goal and an intention?

A goal is a clearly defined, measurable achievement:

  • I want to place in the top 5 in the marathon.

  • I want to buy a house in this specific neighborhood.

  • I want to lose 10 pounds.

  • I want to have 10,000 followers on social media.

An intention aligns you to your spiritual energy and can be hard to quantify:

  • I want to feel more connected to people

  • I want to be healthier

  • I want to be open to new business opportunities

  • I want to be more vulnerable

A goal propels you towards an accomplishment or an achievement. Failure to achieve your goal often leads to unhappiness. Reaching your goal might make those around you envious.

An intention taps into your heart and soul and moves you towards a deeper experience, like, you want to be happy so you can be more optimistic and positive about life.

To find your intention, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Focus on something that matters to you. Bring this image into your heart charka. Continue breathing and grounding your intention through your heart. Doing this exercise will help you discover your true motivation and get clarity about what matters most. Is it about getting that 10,000th follower on Instagram or is it about creating an online community where people connect and share ideas and inspirations?

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Don’t Get Down – Get Grounded!

It’s easy to look around at what’s happening in the world and feel a sense of hopelessness - that things are never going to change.

 Destructive situations are constantly unfolding that can trigger angry, negative feelings.

 You might feel depressed when you see how humans are treating one another, animals and the environment.

 Rather than spiral downwards, how do you stay compassionate and centered so that you can take action and create positive change in the world?

 One of the best ways to do this is by staying grounded during these difficult times.

 Grounding is the act of spiritually connecting yourself to the planet and releasing negative thoughts, emotions and energy.

 One of the easiest and fastest ways to ground is through breath.  Take a few nice deep breaths and notice yourself come back into your body and begin to relax and slow down.

 If you have a bit longer, here is a wonderful grounding technique that I use daily. 

 When you are grounded, you see things more clearly and have access to more energy. You might be inspired to help someone, speak up for someone or take action around a specific situation.

 As you continue your grounding practice, you will notice that you feel more connected to other people. You will find other like-minded souls who are interested in what you are doing.

 The act of grounding enables you to connect to your spirit and the power of Universal energy. Your positive actions will touch and inspire others and have a ripple effect. When enough ripples come together they create a wave.

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What are Chakras?

Chakras are subtle energy centers found in the body that communicate energetic information between your body and your soul. 

There are seven major chakras in your body. Each chakra has a different vibrational quality and function to keep you aligned and healthy.

Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy throughout the body. When a chakra is balanced you feel happy and harmonious. When a chakra is blocked or imbalanced it will affect your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

An Introduction to The Chakra System

First chakra (Root Chakra). Color Red. Location: Base of your spine.

The first chakra relates to life and survival in the physical world, including where you live, where you work and how you navigate day-to-day life.
The first chakra facilitates grounding and stability. Grounding acts as an anchor for the body and helps you deal with stress and problems in a calm and balanced way. Grounding also protects your body from being overwhelmed by the higher frequencies in the upper chakras.
 
Second Chakra (Sacral Chakra). Color Orange. Location: Belly button.

The second chakra relates to your feelings, sexual energy and emotions. By tapping into and not blocking your emotions, you allow a more harmonious flow of energy to move throughout your body. 

Third Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra). Color Yellow. Location: Solar Plexus.

The third chakra is in the solar plexus and relates to your personal power and how you run your energy. It deals with issues of willpower, purpose and action. 

Fourth Chakra (Heart Chakra). Color green. Location: Chest.

The fourth chakra relates to love, compassion, self-acceptance and relationships.  The heart chakra is your spiritual center and is the gateway between the lower (body) chakras and the higher (spirit) chakras.

Fifth Chakra (Throat Chakra). Color bright blue. Location: Throat. 

The fifth chakra relates to creativity, communication and the ability to speak your truth. It allows you to become aware of your inner voice so you always know what is best for you.

Sixth Chakra (Third Eye Chakra). Color indigo. Location: Center of your head.

The sixth chakra is the link between your inner world and your outer world. The sixth chakra is also known as the third eye, a subtle energy center that deals with psychic abilities, intuition and wisdom. 

Seventh Chakra (Crown Chakra). Color Violet. Location: Top of your head. 

The crown chakra connects you to your spiritual energy. This chakra is associated with knowledge, understanding, awareness and your relationship to the divine.  It allows you to be at one with the Universe and experience the interconnectedness of life.

The more you know about your chakras, the more you can stay connected to your life force energy! When your chakras are clear and unblocked, your energy will flow more smoothly and you will notice more energy and vibrancy in your life. You will start to feel more empowered, calm and peaceful in any situation and at any time.

Check back next time - the focus will be on how to clear and re-balance your chakras.

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You, Me and NDE

Last week, I shared some of my personal experiences with death. This week, I thought it would be helpful to expand on that and talk about consciousness in terms of how it transcends death.

Currently, Western medical and scientific thinking describes consciousness as something that takes place in the brain. In other words, everything that makes you "you" can be found in some part of the brain.

Patients who are declared brain dead-when there is absolutely no activity in the brain-often report Near Death Experiences (NDEs). These experiences fly in the face of the brain-as-consciousness model.

So far, hundreds of NDEs have been reported and nearly all patients describe the same scenarios. These include floating outside of their bodies, watching events in the room and traveling through tunnels of white light. The clinically dead person can describe everything that was happening between the doctors and nurses once they are resuscitated.

Skeptics say that this has to do with electrochemical reactions in the brain causing hallucinations as it is shutting down. Clearly, this fails to account for all of the things that happen. It's worth noting, these individuals have no brain activity for extended periods of time while they are having these experiences.

Skeptics are refusing to accept that there is a non-physical component to consciousness. Some call it spark of life, spirit, soul, metaphysical consciousness, etc... Whatever you call it, it is the thing that connects you to the Universe, and continues on even when the brain is not functioning.

Based on my own work, I have found that all living things have a soul. This soul consists of the chakras, the aura and the metaphysical consciousness. The metaphysical consciousness is the companion to the brain and provides the awareness during death and NDEs.

We will explore these concepts more in upcoming blogs, particularly what happens to the soul when you die.

I would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave comments with your own thoughts and beliefs.

Love from Beyond

What's the one thing that every person on the planet has in common? Death!!

One of life's biggest questions is: What happens when you die?

When I was a child, I would ponder this question endlessly. It didn't make sense to me that a person would just decompose in the ground for eternity. I had a strong sense that a piece of us left the physical body and continued on, but I wasn't old enough to understand exactly what that piece was.

Then, I had a personal experience with death. When I was 14 years old my Dad died. A few weeks after he died, he would come and visit me. My Mom, three brothers and I were still in the process of grieving him and adjusting to our lives without him. I would sense his presence in a specific corner of my room. He seemed exactly as he was before he died. I would talk with him about my concerns and update him on the rest of the family - like he didn't already know ☺

I have spoken to many other people who had similar experiences. Some reported physical phenomena such as lights and radios being turned on and off, objects being moved around and even a phone call!

Others, like me, reported sensing a presence, hearing a voice, visually seeing the deceased, or smelling their favorite perfume. Almost everyone commented on how comforting it was!

For me, these experiences validate that a piece of us does exist after we die.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts, where I share with you some thoughts on reincarnation, universal consciousness, and one of my favorites, past lives!