Literally, the Most Beautiful Sounding Word on the Planet Happens to Be In English: LOVE

As a linguist speaking several foreign languages I’m captivated by language and the sounds each language produces as much as I enjoy studying the etymology of words (the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning). There is one word that I believe is the most beautiful word of all words on the planet not just for what it means but also for its actual sound on the tongue and in voice. Though I have searched around the world’s languages for a rival for this word, I cannot find one. I may be prejudiced but the word I am talking about is LOVE. Read the rest of the story here…

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Take It From Nature: How the Example of the Forest Fire Is a Metaphor for Our Rising From the Ashes After a Tumultuous Period of Life

Sometimes we go through highly emotional, stressful drama-filled, even chaotic, periods in our lives. While we’re in it we keep almost fighting to keep our wits about us, fighting to keep our heads above water so to speak. We tap dance as hard and as fast as we can in order to do right, gain approval, and be successful, whatever it is that we believe we are seeking. And we also may wonder how can we survive all this and how can we get happy. I have always noticed that nature has the solutions all laid out for us. All we have to do is observe it in action. Read the rest of the story here…

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Saying You're Woke Doesn't Mean You Are: The True Meaning of Wokeness

Woke. It’s a word so lavishly used these days that even the media uses it to describe certain people. Lots of people consider themselves woke, but let me tell you this. We are all far from it. Take a deliberate spiritual journey and I’ll show you woke – or the lack of it even when it’s your pursuit. In fact, the more you travel the path, the more you know how unwoke you still are. Most people have no idea of what it truly means to be awake. Read the rest of the story here…

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Breaking Molds That Don't Serve Us: Let's Get Started

We are here to break molds or behavior patterns that don’t serve us. There are all kinds of molds on this planet that we are trained to fit into since birth. On a personal level, they become our limiting habits. On a mass level they are more like controlling systems we participate in: education, government, laws, religion, money, work. We may not realize just how regimented our lives are living in these molds and systems.

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Why Our Wallets Must No Longer Be the Ruler of Our Lives

Some things are more important than money, an economy booming like it hasn’t in many years, huge tax breaks for big business and the wealthy, and a flourishing stock market. To some this statement is true and they live by it. For others, this statement is very secondary. It sounds nice but it has no base of reality in their lives. Read the rest of the story here…

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All of Nature Is Here for a Purpose and When It Is Explored by Us Humans, Nature Gifts Us

My chapel—a place I like to go to pray—is nature. Though I pray, meditate and contemplate in all sorts of ways both inside my home and outside of it, the constant is my altar—the within of myself. Wherever I go, there is my chapel. And mostly, my chapel is outdoors. I’ve had some of the most wonderful experiences there. Read the rest of this story here.

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How Do You Know You're a Starseed?

With scores of websites offering information about starseeds it’s easy to find bullet list after bullet list outlining qualities and characteristics of a starseed. I’ve even seen lists entitled ‘symptoms’ of being a starseed as if it were some sort of sickness or certainly great challenge to endure. And while being a starseed at this or any other time is a great challenge, making lists like these are a disempowering form of labeling which the whole world does so well already. Read the rest of the story…

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The Starseed Mission

As starseeds we come to this planet and live the lives of human beings. We take on karma we don’t have to but choose to because it’s part of incarnating into the Earth third dimensional program. We take on karma also because we want to be in service to others. In a nutshell, that’s it—we are service-to-others beings. We give of ourselves to assist the planet to move to higher velocities and dimensions. Read the rest of the story…

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Self-Esteem and Confidence Aren't Necessary for Living Life Full Out, But Knowing Self Is

Most people tend to think that self-esteem and self-confidence are relatively necessary in order to live life full out. Do you? We believe these are imparted to us by our parents or at least by our teachers as if it’s a gift someone else gives to us as we start out in life on this planet. The thing is, I feel we have our understanding of self-esteem and confidence all wrong. Read the rest of the story…

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Eating Animal Flesh While Wanting to Save the Planet Just Doesn’t Line Up For Me

I was talking to a young friend about the state of our world the other night as she got very pensive and almost downright sad. Dejectedly she said she just wanted the planet to be healed and for climate change to be reversed. Then she left to go to the local Burger King for a Whopper. I’m sorry but eating animal flesh and animal products while wanting to save the planet from impending troubles does not exactly line up for me. Here’s why.

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Ring Your Bell... Forget Your Perfect Offering

This is the time of all possibility—this first week of the new year. It's always the time for all possibility but the masses are pushing energy of anticipation, creation, excitement, and yearning for the new and uncreated to this first week of the year so it can be a little more potent than usual. And with the new moon coming up this Saturday, the time of the month when we once again have a blank slate and energies are ripe for creation, energetically speaking this can be a powerful time for manifesting. Read the rest of the story here…

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Trapped By Your Beliefs?

A false reality system has been programmed into us since birth. Neither you nor I were allowed to form our own beliefs since early childhood. We were told what to do, what to like, what not to like, and what to believe. Almost everyone perpetuates the system without questioning it. This is a system so deep rooted, so well in place that enormous masses of people can be controlled by it. If you ever feel like you’re running on a hamster wheel, where your life all to often does not even feel like your own, it’s all because of this false reality system programming. Read the rest of the story here.

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Forget "Norms." How About Seeking What's Just and for the Good of All?

Sameness keeps us comfortable but do we grow and evolve and live rewarding exciting lives in sameness? Is sameness actually a square, a box we choose to remain in for comfort’s sake? Comfort to a point is good, for sure. But living inside the comfortable square all the time literally boxes us in and keeps us from exploring what could be.

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What I Call the Eckhart Tolle Moment: Accessing the Pure Here and Now Moment Through Getting Present to OurSelves

Sometimes the introduction of a book is equally as powerful as the content of the book itself. Eckhart Tolle’s introduction in his book The Power of Now is one of those for me. I love when the author tells the story of how the book came to be because it’s vulnerable and allows us to connect with the author in a real and deeply spiritual way. The first time I read this introduction, I was wowed. Tolle had experienced the very thing I sought. Still, I realized I would have to find my own way to it since we are all unique and have written our own indigenous path.

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How to Prevent Energy Vampirism

On November 7, 2018, the day after the mid-term election, President Trump held a press conference. He came to the podium very sombre and made a number of equally sombre statements and then the whole conference largely devolved. Accusations and hostility colored the entire event and he demonstrated in living color a behavior we’re extremely wise to be aware of and prevent—energy vampirism.

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Our Leader Demonstrates What We Must Change Within Ourselves

Am I pointing out the obvious or can it really be that lots of people truly don’t see that when our president labels a black female reporter as stupid or racist or calls something fake news he’s really just pointing the finger at himself? Understanding that we almost always point out in another what is true in ourselves–the mirror reflection– is one of the first things we learn on the spiritual path. I know it doesn’t take formal learning to figure this out especially when we have such a loud and animated figure like the president demonstrating this to us every day many times a day. And this may be his true role—to make inauthenticity and dishonesty so unmistakably perceptible that we consciously choose to live the very opposite. Certainly, our world has been rife with dishonesty, cheating, lies, greed, hate, envy, pridefulness and just plain sloppiness. Maybe it’s time we come face to face with the ugly parts of our character that we deep down truly desire to transform.

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Don’t Try to Make Me Take On Your Beliefs: How Mandating or Shaming Others to Adopt A Belief System They Don’t Feel Is Destructive to Our Societal and Spiritual Fabric

Whoopi Goldberg says it all the time on ABC’s The View. We are all free to adopt whatever beliefs we choose. If you don’t believe in or like what the person next to you is doing, then don’t do it yourself. Just don’t try to mandate how your neighbor should believe. Just go on and live your best life and stop trying to force feed your belief system into other people. You can offer what you believe to be true or right but it needs to stop at the offering. If your neighbor chooses not to accept your gift, then let it go.

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