We Are Being Upgraded & Recalibrated ~ Can You Feel It?

We Are Being Upgraded & Recalibrated ~ Can You Feel It?

One of my elder teachers says that our beautiful planet Earth is one of many celestial beings in the universe. Earth is on her own life path, just as we all are. The events occurring on our Mother Earth right now, are not only part of our human journey, but part of Earth's journey too, part of her soul's evolution. These events are one aspect of a larger whole that is encompassed by the larger universe and multi-verse. We are not the only place where the action is happening!

As we recognize that our Earth is one being in a larger celestial family, it's important to notice that we are not alone. Earth herself is not alone. She has parents, aunties and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers, out there in the universe, guiding and helping her, my elder teacher says. She is also instructed by a vast higher intelligence that permeates all of creation. This higher intelligence is an integral part of each living being (you, me, alligators, pandas, ants, trees, ferns, rivers, mountains, Earth, Saturn, Sun, etc...), providing us with inner guidance, a sense of knowing from one's heart, and ancient understandings of all that we perceive. 

This higher intelligence is also being broadcast throughout the universe in a truly celestial version of the internet, for all beings to receive & utilize. It comes in the form of sunlight, starlight, and pulsing energetics traversing the vast distances of the cosmos.

Our Earth is constantly receiving instructions and information to support & guide her on her evolutionary path.

And so are we.

In recent months, we have received numerous cosmic upgrades from this higher intelligence. That's one of the reasons why everything feels so incredibly intense right now. We are being upgraded with new celestial technology, within our DNA and throughout our entire bodies.

Ascension guide Sandra Walter says: "As Gaia’s magnetics shift, our own magnetics are adjusting. This is a function of the Ascension process; migrating realities to new, purified systems where the Higher Self can express right through the physical. It can make you feel like you are simultaneously coming apart and unifying with your Higher levels at once. Both are occurring." (See Sandra's full article here.)

As a result of these shifts, there are changes you might notice within yourself, especially if you are naturally sensitive to energetics: 

  • Increased intuitive abilities 
  • Enhanced awareness of synchronicities and magical occurrences
  • Increased levels of gratitude
  • Sensations that it is urgent to change or do something different
  • Feeling especially emotional 
  • Increased need for self-care and improved health regimens
  • Feeling the highest highs & the lowest lows
  • Tiredness, a need for more sleep

Also driving forward this massive energetic shift is the fact that we will have 5 eclipses in 2018, instead of the usual 4 per year. 2019 will also have 5 eclipses, and 2020 will have 6! We are living in times of dramatic evolutionary shifts, and we are being guided by the larger intelligence of the cosmos. Eclipses rock our world and bring us face to face with both intense light and intense shadow. During the upcoming July-August eclipse season with eclipses occurring on July 13, July 27, and August 11, we are called to release all that is old and no longer serving the collective good, and to create ways of being and living that are entirely new, strengthening & revitalizing our connection to the creative force of LIFE.

Those of us living at this catalyzing time are being called to bring forth a new reality based on love, compassion, and community. This new way of being and living will be so powerful it can rise above & overcome the violence and separation that humanity has experienced over the past 500 years or more.

The horrific events in the United States with children being torn from their parents' arms at the U.S./Mexico border, is a part of this soul evolution that we are experiencing. Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters, says: "This deep sickness is not new. To me it is the mother wound exposed in its raw agony. The child crying out for mother in a world of humans more or less completely separated from the true mother that births and breathes us all our whole lives long. We are almost all broken from our Mother ~ severed from the experience of a belonging so complete that we could never shred our ecosystems and consume our world to the threat of our own lives and that of all species. The normalisation of ecological dominance is an expression of this fracturing. The caging of children is another."

Despite the difficult news we now hear daily, this is not a time to despair. It is a time to heal ourselves so that we can be ready to take action.

It is a time to allow our highest self to come forth in support of LIFE, LIGHT, and LOVE. As I mentioned before, we are experiencing both the highest highs and the lowest lows, within ourselves as well as in the external world. It can be difficult to sit with these feelings of paradox; it can be overwhelming. 

It is SO important to know that at the same time as we see tragedy occurring, we are each being upgraded and given supercharged abilities to change & to heal, to tap into the higher intelligence that is always available to us, to reject the old paradigm, and to create a massive restructuring of our world so these tragedies will be stopped in their tracks. 

The power to do this is within us. 

The power to do this is within the Earth. 

The power to do this is within YOU.

The power to do this is already here. We only need to acknowledge the INFINITELY MORE that we are capable of.

I encourage you to set aside 10 to 15 minutes, today or tomorrow, to sit quietly in solitude, and FEEL your new capabilities rising up within you. You are receiving, through cosmic upgrades, enhanced abilities to access your intuition, to connect with your spirit guides, to receive downloads of information that will help you discern the greater truth, and the courage to break apart the false illusions of fear and separation. 

Really feel how the new energies are flowing into you & helping you to evolve on all levels.

Sandra Walter says: "Our new skills are quite limitless when we get our lower mind out of the way." 

Above all, take heart and be kind to yourself. If it feels too intense, try to give yourself more time for self-care or sleep, so you can integrate the upgrades and allow deep healing to occur. You do not need to TRY to heal. Simply accept that you are engaged in a powerful process that is much larger than yourself, and give yourself space & compassion. 

Your body is already attuned to the Earth and Cosmos, to the powerful force of LIFE regenerating continuously, here on Earth and throughout the galaxies. Your body and your soul know what to do. Your role is simply to allow them to evolve & receive the new energies coming in.

Know that, while things may seem cataclysmic, this is not the end. It is a stunning new beginning. We are entering into a time in which we can truly CHOOSE a completely new & different way of being and living in the world. 

We must choose powerfully what we will create next!

Allowing the healing to occur within you is the first & most important thing you can do.

But if you are feeling restless and inclined to take action, then choose to do something that you have never done before. Getting outside of your comfort zone & intentionally choosing a completely new way of BEING is the ideal way to create the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible, as Charles Eisenstein says. Do something that your heart has been longing to do. Take action that feels aligned with your soul's deepest knowings.

The world needs you. We need your highest self, and all of your gifts & talents, to be fully activated & brought forth as we move deeper into this time of Radical Change. 

Be bold and fearless. Trust yourself. Trust the guidance that you receive. Everything you need is already within you. Your limitless skills are growing in power. Trust in this larger process at work right now, and know that you are here to assist.  

Know that you are alive at this momentous time to help bring in the new energetics which will enable us to deconstruct the old, crumbling systems of patriarchy and build a completely new world based on life, light, and love.  

There is magic inside you. Allow it to bubble forth. Your highest self is ready to come forward. Relax into this process, with trust and confidence that all is happening in perfect divine timing, for the greatest good for all beings. 

This is the way forward. 

Here we go!

Medicine for Challenging Times

Medicine for Challenging Times

So many people today are going through truly challenging times. 

Are you one of them? 

Whether you are experiencing:

  • Concerns about our environment and political situation 
  • Seeing friends or loved ones go through obstacles & challenges 
  • Stuck in a situation that you don't know how to change 
  • Money worries
  • Health problems of yourself or a loved one
  • The loss of someone dear to you 
  • Feeling depressed or hopeless 
  • Feeling fearful & anxious 
  • Wishing you could make a difference but not having the clarity you need to take action ...

I have something to share with you that will help. 

Whenever we are going through difficult times, it is absolutely necessary to take in other perspectives that can help us to see our situation more clearly.

It's especially helpful to listen to the wisdom of elders, teachers, healers and thought leaders who have been through similar challenges before, and who can offer sound advice to guide you. 

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The truth is that we live in a time of rapid evolution, more rapid than at any other known time in human history. Sweeping changes are occurring daily, both in our inner / personal / spiritual lives, as well as in the external realities of society, economics, education, politics, environment, and so on. All of this can be unsettling, to say the least. 

But while things feel extremely difficult right now, we know in our hearts that there is always a higher reason for the things we are going through. We are being guided through these times by powers much more ancient & intelligent than ourselves! But it can be easy to lose trust in this truth, and so we need to remind ourselves frequently that: 

A different way ~ A different perspective ~ A different mode of operating is not only possible, but also readily available to us at every moment.

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If you KNOW that you need a new perspective right now, so that you can ...

  • Take positive action instead of staying stuck
  • See the bigger picture and understand the messages wanting to come through for you from Source and Spirit at this time
  • Think more clearly about your situation
  • See a brighter outlook and shift yourself into a vibrant, positive energy
  • Stay strong so you can give support to others in your life who really need you 
  • Recharge, refill, and rejuvenate your own energy levels
  • Access your intuitive knowing
  • Increase your self-confidence AND your confidence in the universe
  • Reconnect with your spirit guides and support systems that are alwaysthere to guide and protect you (even when they seem far away) 
  • Take your next step forward toward a brighter future ...

Then I invite you to listen to a specially selected set of 17 presentations and interviews. When you purchase, you'll gain immediate access to the full set!

Immerse yourself in deep wisdom from a diverse & brilliant group of experts

who have been through challenging times themselves, and who are ready to share with you how to rise above the obstacles in your life. They will guide you to take decisive positive action (even when it feels nearly impossible to do so!).

As you experience these exclusive interviews, you will learn from 17 thought leaders, teachers, shamans, healers, and scientists who will give you: 

  • A HUGE boost in self-confidence and knowing that you are on the right path
  • Reassurance that you truly are divinely guided and things are all happening for a larger reason
  • A new perspective to help you rise above your most difficult challenges and struggles
  • Strength and courage to act on behalf of life, light, and love
  • Action steps that will guide you to break free from stuckness and paralysis
  • Wisdom from teachers who have been there before and who can offer practical guidance to help you transcend difficulties
  • Insights and breakthroughs in understanding 
  • Restored hope & joy, no matter what is troubling you
  • And so much more to guide you on your path
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Here is another important TRUTH: When you take the time, especially when things are tough, to relax and do something good for yourself ... To make space for solitude and deep reflection ... To listen to the words of a wise teacher or two ... 

Something very important happens.

You get reconnected with your bigger WHY, your own unique & meaningful journey in life, and your reason for doing all that you do (even when what's happening now is NOT something that you chose!). 

You gain an understanding of the higher reasons for all that is happening in YOUR life right now.

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Taking this time & space for yourself, to immerse yourself in new, different, and inspiring perspectives, is so important ...

because it will help you to get back on track, reconnect with your own confidence & your trust in the universe, and get you the clarity that you need to take your next positive step forward.

So sit back and relax, and tune into this very special interview set. I am basically giving this away, because I know so many people deeply need this information right now! 

For only USD $59, you will receive permanent access to the following 17 life-changing interviews:

Simone Wright: Returning Home, Becoming the All

Listen to intuitive & visionary Simone Wright speak about a time when her life had completely fallen apart, and how she reclaimed her strength & confidence.

Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe): How to Live Every Day In Loyalty to Thriving Life 

Diné elder Woman Stands Shining shares her stunning perspective on facing the difficulties of our times and how to powerfully rise above what disheartens us about today's world. 

Marina Jacobi: The Quantum Structure of Who We Are

If you need a true paradigm shift, look no further! Marina carries wisdom given to her by star beings who want us to know that a completely different way of living & being is possible, and very much within our reach ~ It all begins with living from the heart. 

Marie Mbouni: Awakening the Creator Within

Marie's beautiful presentation includes a guided shamanic journey with sound healing, as well as profound wisdom on how to heal from the inside out, connecting both masculine and feminine within you.

Yamile Yemoonyah: How to Consciously Communicate with Your Spirit Guides

If you feel disconnected from your guides & protectors, then this is a must-see as Yamile gently shares how to connect (or re-connect) with those ones who are always here to support and help you, especially when you need them the most. 

Kedar Brown: Awakening the Indigenous: The Re-Wilding of Human Nature

Prepare to go on a visionary journey into a different place & time, and when you surface from these waters, you will have an entirely new perspective on your life and why we are here. Enjoy this adventure into the imaginal realms and indigenous ways of knowing!

Brooke Medicine Eagle: Whole & Holy Truth ~ White Buffalo Woman's Way

Step out of the old, patriarchal, frustrating reality that we are taught is the only way ... And into a new, expansive space full of possibilities and connections to a higher intelligence. Brooke offers such eye-opening wisdom, not to be missed. 

Claude Poncelet: Moving Beyond Anthropocentrism

As both a shaman and a physicist, Claude Poncelet is in a very unique position to guide us on a journey out of human-centered thinking and into the magical possibilities that are truly available to us. This is such an inspiring talk.

Veronica Goodchild: The Alchemical Nigredo as a Portal to Awakening

Veronica shares how descending into the darkest times provides us with a key opportunity to awaken, to change, and to evolve into the highest version of oneself. Prepare to be moved & inspired on many levels!

Jocelyn Mercado: Accessing the Mystery

Learn powerful ways to tap into the imaginal realm for answers, insights, and guidance. In this interview I share practical ways to bring sparkling magic, synchronicity, and new opportunities into your everyday life. 

Ilarion Merculieff: Why Indigenous Wisdom and the Feminine Consciousness are Needed NOW

You'll be enthralled as you listen to Ilarion's accounts of his childhood, being brought up in a fully intact traditional indigenous community on the Pribilof Islands off the coast of Alaska. If you need an infusion of how we are meant to live, and a reminder about the power of women & the feminine principle to bring us back to that true & pristine way of life, look no further. You do not want to miss this interview.

Tayria Ward, Ph.D.: Daily Rituals to Attune to Mother Earth's Heartbeat

When we practice personal rituals, we gain access to a completely different way of knowing. Reconnect with your heart, soul, and the Earth as you listen to Tayria's deep wisdom and personal sharing about her own journey.

John Perkins: Creating a Life Economy

Learn how we have the power to exit the existing Death Economy and create a new, vibrant Life Economy in which success is measured by the amount of joy, compassion, and reciprocal generosity that we can bring forth. A true paradigm shift for today's world!

Woman Stands Shining (Pat McCabe): Retelling the Old Story to Create the New

Yes, you get to hear TWO interviews with Pat McCabe! :) because this information is so important for all to hear. Pat shares how to hold & respond to the instructions from ancient times which each of us embody deep within; and why it's important to know we are living in a time when we are developing a deep hunger for LIFE once again. 

Tanishka: The Power of Love to Change the World

Be inspired and uplifted by Tanishka's beautiful sharing about practical ways to restore balance, both in our own lives and in the collective, as well as how to tap into your intuition, our innate, mysterious, feminine guidance system. 

Clare DuBois: Re-Wilding Woman, Restoring Earth

TreeSisters founder Clare Dubois makes the ground move beneath our feet with her uplifting and emotional sharing about the power of women to change & renew our world. 

Peter Smith: Life Between Lives

If you're having any doubts about reincarnation and the larger meaning of why we are each here, you simply must see this interview! Learn about the incredible studies (and Peter Smith's first-hand experiences) of past lives and life between lives, in which we each make soul contracts with one another for the highest good and learning of all. 

Dr. John Ryan: Remembering Your Truest Nature

Dr. John shares paradigm-shifting information about how we are moving from a lower to a higher level of consciousness at this time, and how we can work with this energy for a smoother transition.

Once you purchase, you'll receive immediate access to all 17 interviews.

The truth is that you are not alone ... And there is a larger reason for everything that is happening to all of us, both individually and collectively right now. 

I know these 17 interviews will be so helpful for you to regain your calm center and your positive outlook, so you can skillfully & joyfully navigate these intense times.

 

Sending you love and bright blessings,

 

Jocelyn Mercado

Sacred Planet

Dare to Be Radically Different

Dare to Be Radically Different

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Can you feel it rising up within you?

The desire to break free. To live the fullest life. To rise above what you’ve experienced so far in this lifetime. To become more than what you've been told is possible for you.

 

 

We have been repressed, suppressed, put down, put into boxes.

We have been told that we need to put on a pretty face to the world, and hide what we are really feeling. 

We’ve been told that when our bodies feel something, we can take medications to not feel it anymore.

These are all examples of how we hide our true selves.


And within the TRUTH of ourselves, lies our extraordinary power.


Just as animals know ahead of time when an earthquake is going to happen or a tsunami is coming ...

We too have extra sensory perception.

We have our gut feelings and our emotions to guide us. These are programmed to help us survive and to make tough decisions on the spot.

We have the ability to connect with our Mother Earth, and gain information and instructions from her.

We have the ability to connect with the ancient and infinite intelligence of the cosmos.

 
 
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We have the ability to receive tremendous abundance.

Abundance, for example, in the form of sunlight, which is showered down upon us in infinite measure every single day. We receive the sunlight not only through our skin, but also through the plants we eat, because they have absorbed the sunlight (as well as moonlight and starlight) through photosynthesis, and they so generously give us a way to take the fiery life force of these cosmic intelligences into our bodies.

 

We receive abundance in the form of oxygen. With every breath, we take into our bodies the life-support system of oxygen. Oxygen knows how to fuel the cells of every living animal; and that intelligence is circulated throughout our entire bloodstream and to all of our cells every minute, every second of every day.

All of these aspects of the world around us contain immeasurable intelligence. We are part of all of these, and they are inside of us, informing us at every moment. 

We are receiving these cosmic downloads of information continuously.

We are also given the gift of intuition, and deep ancestral knowing, to help us make decisions and to tell right from wrong without ever consulting the rules of the modern world.

We have all of this within us already, working to support us, working to help us be happy and free and prosperous.

 
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So why do we doubt ourselves?

Why do we think that we are not good enough, not smart enough, not special enough?

Why do we deny our feelings and intuition? Why do we forget our dreams and downplay our visions for how our future could be? Why do we listen to what other people or modern culture are telling us to do?

No more!


No longer can we submit to staying trapped within the walls of what society deems appropriate for our minds, our hearts, our spirits. 

It is time to break free from ALL of that.


We are alive at this time to shift our entire world out of those old paradigms, and into an entirely new way of being, doing, and living.

We are here today, to be rebels.

We are here today, to be revolutionaries.

We are here today, to make a commitment to stand together, to break free from all of the limitations, from all of the restrictions, from all of the rules that have been falsely created, and falsely imposed upon us.

 
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Keep in mind, that so many of these restrictions to keep our emotions in, to fit in with the crowd, have been created over thousands and thousands of years by a patriarchy that needed to have its subjects submit to its authority in order to stay in charge, in order to stay in power.

 
 

Where does that leave us with our power?

It leaves us without power -- if we subscribe to those rules and norms.

But you don't have to follow anyone else's rules.

The most important thing you can possibly do in your life is to listen to your own dreams, your own intuitive knowing, your own emotions, your own vision, your own crazy ideas that no one else seems to understand.

Those dreams and knowings and visions are the higher forms of intelligence trying to reach you, trying to help you break down the walls that have kept you trapped so far in your life, that have kept you locked in to certain ways of being and doing.

So when you want to do something that doesn’t fit within the norms -- within the prescribed rules & regulations of our modern / mainstream society -- I say, do it.

As long as it is done in service to goodness and truth ... Do it now! Do it immediately!

If you want to dance like a crazy person in your car one day, while you’re stuck in traffic, do it.

If you want to start a business doing something that you love but no one in your family will understand ... What are you going to do? Give up your dreams? Or show your true self, reveal your true power, and see what possibilities might unfold?

You'll be surprised at how things can shift & change when you open up to the TRUTH inside you.


You'll be shocked at how obstacles can move right out of the way, when you set a clear intention to really LISTEN and RESPOND to what your heart is trying to tell you.


 
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Let’s take a stand together to not submit to those outdated rules anymore.

And let’s let the wisdom within our bodies, and the wisdom that flows through our bodies from the sources of intelligence that are far older, and vaster, and more all-encompassing than us, to influence us.

Let’s not shut it down anymore.

This is my invitation to you.

This may be hard at first. 

I understand, I really do.

I’ve been in this line of inquiry for some time. 

I've had family members say terrible things about the work I'm doing now.

But I've realized that there is something much bigger at stake.


What your heart & your intuition are calling out to you to do ...

It's for a reason much bigger than yourself.

It's to re-align you with your soul's purpose. So that you can go out and make the unique, deeply-needed difference in the world that ONLY YOU can do.


It may be a big difference, or a small one. It doesn't matter.

It may be calling you to heal yourself. That is SO IMPORTANT at this time as we are each being called to up-level our energetic frequency to contribute to the collective for a brighter future.

It may be about becoming a world-traveling thought leader who changes thousands of people's lives every day. That's important too!

It may be anywhere in between. The size and scope do not matter.

 
 
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What matters is that you are finding ways to tune into the NEW paths that want to open up for you.

This may arrive to you through emotions, or visions that feel unsettling, or a deep knowing that something in your life is wrong. It may arrive through pain in certain areas of your body, or through money problems, or through illness.

 

However it arrives, your task is simple: To listen. To tune in and find out what message this higher intelligence is trying to tell you.


We have so much bottled up within us that is trying to tell us something ...

That is trying to give us critical information ...

That is trying to help us break free.


When you feel something in your body, I invite you to honor it. When you feel an emotion that you've suppressed, when you have a dream that you can't forget, when you realize that a certain relationship is just not working anymore ...

It is not a mistake. It is not something that you should ignore and hope it will go away.

You are being asked to respond in some way.

For example, if your neck hurts frequently, you might tune into that feeling of discomfort and ask what it would like you to know. Ask what it is trying to tell you. Maybe you just need to adjust the angle of your computer monitor that you stare at all day. Perhaps you've been under a lot of stress lately and need to focus on self-care. Maybe a yoga class would help your neck feel better.

All you have to do is ask, and trust that the answer is within you.

So this is my invitation to you today. LISTEN to your body. LISTEN to your emotions, your dreams, your intuitive knowing. TAKE ACTION on what you learn. If you need self-care, try a hot bath before bed. If you need yoga, go to a yoga class! If you need to reduce stress, try a new meditation practice or try speaking your worries to a friend (or pet!) who really cares.

I hope you'll give this a try.

The first thing you take action on, will be the first golden thread that you've chosen to follow.

And maybe when you're practicing that self-care or enjoying that yoga class, another idea will come to you. Another golden thread to guide you. Keep following those golden threads.

 
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You'll be amazed where they will lead you.

Once you have opened the door to really feeling what's going on in your body, in your emotions, in your dreams and your daydreams ... 


You'll be amazed how it will will open up portals to new opportunities and possibilities that you never imagined.

New ways of being / doing / perceiving will keep tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you ... To do new things you've never done before ... Things that will help you heal on many different levels.


It will lead you in the direction of whatever is perfectly right for you.

Set your intentions to be very open to whatever that might be.

Let’s feel our emotions, and express them.

Let’s feel our bodies, and allow them to do what they need to do.


Let’s be revolutionary.

Let’s not fit into the mold anymore.

Let’s honor our "crazy" ideas, and go out and take some sort of "crazy" action.


We are on a certain trajectory right now as human beings. A trajectory which is clearly not leading us to a good place. And we got here by following all of those rules and regulations and trying to "fit in" and "have a good job" and do what everyone else is doing.

Clearly, that model is NOT working any longer.

If you are reading this, then YOU are being powerfully called to change. To get outside of your comfort zone. To shake things up a bit in your life.

You are becoming aware that there are rapid changes coming through to us, from those sources of higher / cosmic / divine intelligence. Things are shifting tremendously. Mother Earth is entering into our hearts, changing our minds, and changing our ideas about what we really want out of life.

Can you feel it, rising up within you?

 
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I know every one of you reading this is feeling the Earth and Cosmos speaking to you, on some level.

So let’s open up to their vast & ancient wisdom.

Let’s do something radically different.

 
 

Let’s consciously change our trajectory.

Let’s listen to what the Earth is telling us.

Let’s listen to what our bodies are saying, and our emotions, and our visions, and our craziest ideas. Let’s listen to them.

Let’s share them with somebody that we really, really trust.

And let’s take action, to allow them to grow and expand into something really, really new and different.


We have the ability, as human beings, to birth something entirely new and different than what we have known until now.

But the only way to do that is to allow ourselves to experience things that are completely new and different than what we’ve ever known.


So I invite you to welcome something completely new & different into your life, in whatever way might come forward for you.

Have fun with it!

Let it be joyful and playful.

And dare to do something different than you have ever done before.

 

 

Are You Ready to Embrace Radical Change?

Are You Ready to Embrace Radical Change?

Are you at a time in your life when you are being pulled by forces greater than yourself into something completely different than what you had planned or expected?

I ask you this because this is exactly how I feel every single day!

We live in a time in which the old ways of doing things are no longer working.

And this is happening to us on multiple levels, both internally and externally.

Internally, or within your own self / body / heart / mind, it feels like everything is moving faster and faster. We are being asked to look at our shadows, our fears, our self-doubt ... And to find ways to heal or transcend old wounds & traumas. So many people I know are facing the death of loved ones (those loved ones being both people and pets), and are searching to find how to continue living with the grief and sadness of that loss. With sun flares and catalyzing astrological events happening nearly every day, we are being called by a cosmic intelligence to uplevel our sense of spirituality, our sense of interconnectedness with Earth and Life, and to continue developing clarity around our soul's mission.

External to ourselves, the systems in place for managing politics, economics, education, and environment are crumbling. The people who used to be our leaders are no longer trustworthy. The future of money is being called into question as options like bitcoin and other alternative currencies emerge into the marketplace. More and more children are coming into the world with heightened sensitivities, leading the way in an entirely new form of spiritual emergence, and the school systems do not know how to meet their needs effectively. Strange and unsettling weather patterns and climactic events over the past year have left communities rocked and trying to rebuild. 

These are just a few examples of the massive shift that is happening in & around all of us at this time! Radical change is all-pervasive … We are immersed in it … We are learning to navigate it in ways we would never have imagined two or three years ago.

All of this is happening for a reason. 

Those of us who are alive right now, are living at a time of radical and pervasive change. This feels, on the one hand, destabilizing and unsettling. Yet on the other hand we find ourselves often filled with a deep-seated hope, a knowing that this is truly a time of tremendous opportunity.

Because not only are we here to witness the destruction of the old ways of living, to release and UNLEARN all that no longer serves the highest good ...

We are also here to co-create with divine intelligence, to build the new world that WANTS to be created through us.

We are experiencing very strongly now, so many aspects of life that were not available to most people during the past few hundred years. These aspects include: Our intuitive & empathic gifts which are opening up to guide us; Powerful ancient practices that we are now vividly REMEMBERING and coming back into alignment with; And the reviving of a deep & sacred connection to Mother Earth. All of this comes along with a realization of the profound interconnectedness of oneself with tree, with star, with bird, with mountain, with jaguar, and with all other miraculous life forms. 

The majority of people in previous generations (the past 500 years or so – all of our recent ancestors) did not have access to these mysterious ways of KNOWING that are showing up so rapidly for us right now.

This is a huge gift, and we are being called to evolve with increasing speed -- each of us as individuals, and the vast collective of humanity.

So if you are feeling an unsuppressable urge to make significant changes in your life ... to quit your old job & leave behind the safe feeling of financial security so that you can do what you love ... to leave the dishes unwashed in the sink and instead create an elaborate plan to start a movement or activate your soul's mission ... to finally say NO to a relationship that constantly leaves you feeling exhausted and less-than ... to take your children out of school and begin homeschooling them ... to stage a protest against something unfair or immoral that you see happening in the world ... or to spend more time tapping into the unseen realms & strengthening your visioning & intuitive abilities ...

OR

If you are being forced against your will to make significant changes because of unexpected health issues, an emotional crisis, the death of a loved one, the loss of a once-reliable income source, the reappearance of old traumas, or the realization that you are desperately unhappy in your current situation ...

Here are three things to remember:

(1) Know that you are not alone. We are living in intense times, and so many people all around the world are going through crisis, upheaval, or a significant shift in their lives right now.

(2) Know that there are no mistakes in the universe. Every single thing that happens to us and through us is divinely orchestrated to lead us on a path toward our highest self. (Even when it seems that this could not possibly be true!)

(2) Trust that this is temporary. Remember the old adage: "This, too, shall pass." We can easily get caught up in feeling as if it will be this way forever ... But the truth is, everything is temporary, and when we can settle into this knowing, we will be better able to make aligned decisions to shift our life in the direction we want to go.

Some of you may be experiencing these rapid changes as magical, with new possibilities opening up at every turn. Others may experience it as frightening, hopeless, or unsettling.

But the bigger question is ... How can you work with this (possibly uncomfortable) situation and use it to propel your own development & learning process?

Whenever we are called or compelled to make radical changes in our lives, it's because we are being asked to EVOLVE RAPIDLY. 

And this is not meant to be easy!

It may seem as if what we need to do, or what is being asked of us, is impossible or too far outside the logical / rational framework in which we are accustomed to living.

We may be concerned that friends and family will not understand or support this new direction that our life is taking.

We may feel overwhelmed by large amounts of new information coming through, and find ourselves unable to get clarity on how best to take action.

If these words resonate with your heart and soul ...

If you are being called right now to make RADICAL CHANGE in your own life ...

If you feel that what is being asked of you seems impossible ...

If you want to bring forth the BOLD and FEARLESS aspects within yourself ...

If you are being called toward a new & important mission in your life ...

Then I want to talk with you!

I am opening up a select number of complementary Navigating Radical Change Breakthrough Sessions. You are invited to schedule 1:1 time with me to work through the catalyzing shifts that are occurring in your life. I'm offering these free consultations because I can feel so strongly the tremendous shifts that are underway in our world at this time, and I know it is affecting MANY of you out there. Know that I am here for you, and my mission is to help as many people as possible break free from what has held you back in the past.

During our 60-minute 1:1 call, I will listen to your story, to gain an understanding of how Radical Change is surfacing in your life, and then I will offer you guidance and an intuitive reading to help you move forward with a new perspective and deeper understanding of your higher purpose, to guide you powerfully on your path. I have guided many clients through major life changes and the shifting of paradigms in their understanding of their purpose and mission. I would love to provide that same support to you!

Each and every one of us needs community. We need our stories to be witnessed and understood by another, and we need to feel held in a space of love and respect for where we have been and for what we are going through. This is the type of space that I will provide for you in our Navigating Radical Change conversation.

I invite you to schedule a Navigating Radical Change Breakthrough Session today, and I hope to have the amazing opportunity to speak with you soon.

Mercury Retrograde in Aries

Mercury Retrograde in Aries

With Mercury in retrograde from March 22nd until April 15th, we might expect technology to act up and communications to go awry.

However, astrologer Aeolian Heart speaks about a very different way to approach Mercury in retrograde.

She says: 

"Mercury retrogrades do NOT cause breakdowns in travel and telecommunications. But these periods do allow subconscious fears surrounding your fragile state of dependency on technology to emerge.

Since Aries is a sign that fights fiercely for independence, use the spirit of this Mercury retrograde to carve some space between you and the status quo, creating neural pathways that use the natural flexibility and plasticity of your mind!

The ultimate act of rebellion against the modern world’s flood of non-stop noise is to just be alone with your own thoughts! Think of this Mercury Retrograde in Aries as a yet another golden opportunity to remember yourself."

Here is Aeolian Heart's full article. Enjoy!!

On March 22nd, 2018 Mercury will commence his first retrograde journey of the year, projecting mental clarity and focus into the underworld of memory and mystery. 

I wonder to myself 

Could life ever be sane again? 

As the great symbol of human intellect, Mercury retrograde periods enhance the flexibility and dynamic flow of information. In his time in the Underworld, Mercury wants you to think about more than jargon, data, and currency. 

During these times, he whispers an evocation of the Chaos that preceded all form: a vision of your origins in the Protogenoi.

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Mercury stations retrograde in the cardinal fire sign of Aries only a couple days after the equinox. A new season has arrived and this retrograde will begin to percolate the warring spirit that conquest and victory demands. Under these conditions, some of your repressed drives towards aggression will rise to the surface for examination.

Mercury’s retrograde period will last three weeks, from March 22nd to April 15th. In the sign of AriesMercury is gifted with an effusion of independence and raw brilliance that may erupt in passionate speech, bold visions and heated debates.

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The only downside is that many words will erupt from the subconscious, totally unpolished and unpracticed. This can seem quite brash and charming in some scenarios, while totally uncouth in others. Watch out for fatal Freudian slips.

The Leeds side-streets that you slip down 

I wonder to myself 

Despite the rumors that Mercury retrogrades are horrible times for communication, in Aries you can hold a torch high and light an important message on fire for the whole world to see! The benefit is that you can make a big impression at this time, making your independent thoughts and opinions seem quite influential and attractive.

Let the quality of time matter much more than the apparent speed of development. Meditate on metamorphosis, finding that you are both the light and darkness; the emptiness and the form. 

Enjoy this Mercury Retrograde for what it is: a passionate dance with the primal forces of creation!

If nothing else, Mercury retrogrades teach you that time is subject to dilation, meaning that the experience of time speeds up or slows down relative to your observation.

The strange warble of Mercury retrogrades can be quite inspiring for anyone who loves allowing music to shift your mood. This is a chance to distill the present time through memory, letting a new richness of color emerge from your life story. 

You will be called to reflect upon your history with asserting independent thoughts and actions! Thus, a rebellious streak will likely emerge, one that chafes at many of the expectations and standards that continually burden you.

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It was a spirit of rebellion that inspired the song Panic, written and recorded by The Smiths in 1988. 

Because the music that they constantly play 

It says nothing to me about my life

The legend of the song is that is was written after the band members heard news about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, followed immediately by a radio DJ putting on Wham!’s “I’m Your Man”. 

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This jarring juxtaposition of media messages is all too familiar to the modern world. Who has not witnessed an announcement of rape, murder, violence, or disaster succeeded by a lively commercial break? Who has not cringed at the lack of humanity in the news?

The Smiths observed that radio pop music, something meant to bring people together, had become dehumanizing and devoid of meaning.

To feel disenchanted by music is to be abandoned by the gods, robbed of the power of magic itself. So, in true Arian fashion, ‘Panic on the streets of London’, champions the cause of the individual standing up against the indolence and cruelty of mainstream culture. 

Burn down the disco 

Hang the blessed DJ 

Just like a radio DJ chooses the songs you will hear, propagandists choose what beliefs you will adopt. If other people’s thoughts, sayings, slogans, and opinions have had full reign over your mind for too long, now is the time to feel indignant and free yourself.

On April 1st, Mercury will find his closest position to the Earth as he merges with the Sun upon the same degree of Aries. This phenomenon is termed Mercury’s inferior conjunction and it marks a moment for Mercurial energies to be refreshed, reset, and reborn. 

Ask yourself at this time, “What do I really think?” 

“What song do I really want to hear?”

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Full of the desire to break free, an eruption of anger may arise fueled by the fires of Aries. Since Mercury retrogrades offer pause for reflection, you can learn a lot about your relationship to anger. 

With a wide angle lens on the past, you may untangle many knots of unconscious repression. Anger is not inherently wrong. But anger does not make your righteous either. Consider what Aristotle once said: 

“Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy.”

To work with Arian energies is to learn to handle the heat of anger and use that energy wisely. With the ruler of AriesMars, currently transiting his sign of exaltation in Capricorn, much progress can be made.

So you run down 

To the safety of the town

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But the emotion that destroys more joy and vitality than anger is fear

Many readers of astrology love to fear Mercury retrograde periods. Truthfully, there is nothing to fear except that these periods ask you to face the shadow of your society’s great technological progress, where the human soul has been lost in an echo chamber.

Burn down the disco 

Hang the blessed DJ 

Because the music that they constantly play

It says nothing to me about my life

No matter what society may seem to demand, you can not always be thrusting forward in a maniacal rush, lest you lose the gifts of self-reflection and remembrance. You must learn to gracefully shift as Mercury shifts directions, so that you never become too tone-deaf to discern the lack of humanity in media messages.

Mercury retrogrades do NOT cause breakdowns in travel and telecommunications. But these periods do allow subconscious fears surrounding your fragile state of dependency on technology to emerge.

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Since Aries is a sign that fights fiercely for independence, use the spirit of this Mercury retrograde to carve some space between you and the status quo, creating neural pathways that use the natural flexibility and plasticity of your mind! 

Let this Mercury retrograde become a time to free yourself from the robotic behaviors of repetitive motion. Stop checking your phone constantly. Take notes by hand. Read a book letting imagination play. And go for a walk, letting your mind and body wander freely.

I wonder to myself 

Could life ever be sane again?

The ultimate act of rebellion against the modern world’s flood of non-stop noise is to just be alone with your own thoughts!

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Think of this Mercury Retrograde in Aries as a yet another golden opportunity to remember yourself. 

In case you have lost touch with the power of remembrance, consider that the opposite of re-member is dis-member. Therefore, to remember yourself is to embody the mythical story of Isis, who resurrected Osiris from the dead by re-membering his dismembered body parts.

Hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ 

To remember yourself is to search for lost parts and pieces, putting them all back together for resurrection.

With Mercury traveling through the underworld, the realm of memory, seek out lost parts of yourself by asking:

What music do I really want to hear? What was my mind like before it was dismembered by mass media?

Hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ

Quench the thirst that you have for the future by drinking deeply from the wells of memory and stand up for your right to think for yourself and question authority.

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And if you have the rare gift of being able to use art and humor to respond to the evil in the world, then you have a power much louder than bombs.

 

This article was originally written and published by Aeolian Heart. Click here to read the original version and to learn more about Aeolian Heart Astrology.

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

As the tenderest pale green leaves unfurl

Open to your power woman, you are the heart of it

As the tips of the trees turn pink, then red, then blossom into fullest abundance

Stand with pride woman, for your soul is one with it

 

As the icy, dark days give way to light, warmth, and gently awakening life

And the fertile soil springs forth with miracles;

As the birds return to sing outside our windows each morning, heralding all the signs of rebirth and renewal,

 

Woman, you hold the power

For giving life

For healing the darkness

For lifting us up with your song

For inspiring us to greater creativity with your dance

 

New life begins in your womb.

Just as Mother Earth incubates all the life-forms,

And provides fertile ground for the Spring awakening,

You birth the more brilliant future that our eyes long to see.

 

You embody the miracle of the spring equinox.

 

Earth, Mother, Wise Woman, Girl-Child, Pachamama

Your heart is at the center

Of this incredible resurrection:

The return of the vital life-force

After a long, harsh winter.

 

You are infinite

You are our brightest tomorrow

Show us the way

Embrace your role as our greatest inspiration;

Stand with pride

With a glint of laughter in your eye

For you know the secrets

You have seen the future

And it is all more beautiful

Than our human minds can fully comprehend.

 

Woman, show us the way.

The Magic We Once Knew

The Magic We Once Knew

It is said that long ago, human lives were full of magic. We could perceive it all around us. It was in everything we saw. It inspired our songs and our legends. The land around us was alive and every part of it contained the palpable legends and living history of that place. Magic sparkled forth from the people themselves: The rippling beauty of a baby's first laugh; the miracle of new life through birth; the otherworldly wisdom sought from revered elders. Almost like a drifting in and out of consciousness, humans were always only a blink away from the magic world, the dream world.

As time went on, people became focused on other things that were less real than the magic: money, power, ownership of things, dominance over other people and other forms of life, utilizing the Earth's resources to increase wealth. Our reality is our perception, and so these things became dominant in our lives and we slowly forgot about our magic.

We began to deny the existence of the fairies; we drowned out the voices of our ancestors; we stopped conversing with the swaying trees. We filled our lives with to-do lists and worries that there might not be enough to go around. Money came to dominate us. And ever so slowly, without anyone really noticing that it happened, the scarcity became our new reality. We lost our ability to perceive the magic that is inherent in all creation; we lost the boundless abundance of the magical Earth.

Now the only way that most people hear of magic is in old songs and stories, and we think these are just make-believe tales, fiction, nothing more. Now, we have forgotten how to pass the magic along to the new generations; the children grow up more indoors than out-of-doors; we no longer hear the voices of the stones and the trees; we barely remember how to use the magic in plants and herbs to heal ourselves.

But the magic is still all around us, even when we cannot perceive it, just as the stars are still burning brightly even when it is daytime. There are clues to the magic everywhere, if we would just look for them.

Written by Jocelyn Mercado, based on ancient teachings from the indigenous peoples of North America, South America, and Australia

Rediscovering What We Knew Long Ago

Science seeks to explain the world in mechanical terms, based on the general assumption that we can take things apart (or view them at a smaller/closer level) to figure them out. When viewed through the lens of the scientific method, plants, animals, atoms, and gravity follow certain natural laws.

Over the centuries we have tended to embrace science over and above the innate knowledge that comes from deep within our hearts and bodies. In modern culture, our belief in the wisdom of intuition, dreams, intentions, and energy has diminished, replaced by mathematical proofs and research papers. Of course, great advances in science and technology have improved our lives in countless ways, but our over-reliance on quantitative ways of knowing has created imbalance.

But more recent discoveries in science reveal in breathtaking fashion that this mechanistic view of the world is becoming outdated. The new theories favor surprisingly holistic models based on unseen forces such as vibrations and energy, which ancient and indigenous wisdom have always held to be true.

1. We are surrounded by invisible magical forces.

Scientists are learning that something called dark matter is what holds the universe together. It is the scaffolding of the galaxies. It slows cosmic expansion, keeping us and everything from hurtling off into nothingness. It was first postulated in the 1930’s, and has since been confirmed as new studies indicate that galaxies would never have been able to form in the first place if dark matter hadn’t been there to hold them all together. But because dark matter interacts so weakly, or not at all, with other matter and even with light, we can’t see it or measure it. We don’t yet know what it’s made of or even where it’s located.

Dark energy, first named in 1998, is even more mysterious. It has been called “a general label for what we do not know about the large-scale properties of our universe.” It is believed to be the force that is accelerating the rate at which the cosmos expands. Dark energy is such a mystery that “explaining it may require something new: a quantum theory of space and gravitation.”

A recent National Geographic article states that “What we can see is only a tiny fraction of what exists.” Additionally, “Scientists are confronted by the embarrassing fact that they don’t know just how much energy, dark or otherwise, space contains.” This leads me to wonder … just how much is there that is missing from our science textbooks because it’s beyond what we as humans, in our limited physical bodies, can readily perceive? It’s beyond the perception of the instruments that we designed with our limited knowledge of the universe.

2. We are all one.

Every single living and non-living thing on the planet is made of stardust. The atoms in all of our bodies, as well as in the trees, rivers, rocks, animals, and the planet Earth, were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. When those stars grew old and exploded, their material was expelled into space, and a portion of that spun into the Earth, creating the billions of living and non-living forms that are so familiar to us today.

The indigenous worldview is based in the belief that everything has a name and a spirit: Trees, rivers, the Earth, lightning, insects, rocks, animals, flowers … everything. Each living and non-living being has a personality and its own energy that it lends to the health and wholeness of the planet. When we harm one of these beings, we are all harmed, because we are all interconnected. When we as humans do the work to consciously cultivate a relationship with everything, reaching out with strong personal intention toward all aspects of life and nature, we transformationally enhance our ability to connect with the fullness of life, heal ourselves, and achieve our greatest potential.

3. Intuition and extrasensory perception are real, they are available to all of us, and they can reveal a deeper, more meaningful life.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. It is dedicated to exploring the idea that “reality is more complex, subtle, and mysterious than conventional science leads us to believe.” IONS studies apply scientific rigor to phenomena that do not fit conventional scientific models, including the “potentials and power of consciousness” and the “realization of our human potential.” They are on the leading edge in providing science-based training programs and tools to assist people in shifting consciousness and awareness toward a new vision of reality.

In the book First Intelligence, Simone Wright recounts her experiences as an intuitive who assists the police and aids in criminal investigations by connecting with the unseen world. She has had immense success in finding missing children, locating criminals in hiding, and providing precisely accurate physical descriptions of crimes including the sequence of events, the weapons used, the appearance of victims and shooters, getaway vehicles involved, and so on. She now trains others on how to access their intuition, and she asserts that “Anyone can do it. We are born to do it. Everyone can develop their natural skills to use in life.”

Furthermore, we use this ability every day without knowing it. We have déjà vu. We experience synchronicity. We think of a person and then they call. Our dreams give us access to an alternate reality. We see a beautiful sunset or hike to the top of a mountain and feel a deep peace within. When we come up with a new solution to a difficult problem, or come up with a new invention, or create a work of art, where does the idea come from? It comes from nowhere. It comes from another place, a place of flow and interconnection, that we are only beginning to understand.

Indigenous cultures are actively engaged with the unseen world through shamanic journeying, connecting with spirit animals, dreaming, and opening up to communicate with nature including trees, rocks, animals, plants, the moon, sun, and stars. Some cultures, such as the Sng’oi people of Malaysia, believe that the unseen or dream world is reality and the waking world is an illusion. Who is to say for sure that they are wrong? Perception is reality. When we open our lives up to perceiving more than meets the eye, we make a connection with a richer, more incredible world than we ever knew possible.

4. People and all creation are composed of energy and vibration.

Superstring theory states that, as we go to smaller and smaller levels of matter, the smallest elements are not particles of matter, but instead they are vibrations of extremely small strings of energy.

The vibrations that make up our universe range from the microscopic to the infinitely huge. Electrons and protons, we now know, are not fixed objects in space but rather vibrating energy. The wavelengths of the colors we see are vibrations. Our heartbeat, the annual migration of birds, the tides, the orbits of planets around their stars, and even the expansion and contraction of the universe … all are vibrations on an increasingly larger scale.

Indigenous wisdom has held since the beginning of time that we are all made of vibrational energy, and that the strength and quality of our energy determines our health, success, and power in the world. When someone becomes ill in an indigenous community, the shaman first seeks to cure them by healing the mind of the person. When a person’s perceptions or thoughts have negative energy, it will affect their entire body. We need to pay closer attention to our vibrational energy every day, cultivating positive thoughts and positive actions, and over the long term this will help us to increase our health and feeling of well-being far more than any medication.

How Can We Find the Magic Again?

Charles Eisenstein said: “A miracle is something that is not possible from the old story, but is possible from the new story.” New scientific discoveries are giving us a point of entry to a new reality, a new way of perceiving the universe, that may be more incredible than we can possibly imagine, given our species’ current world concept.

Let us open our minds to new possibilities, new perspectives that might seem far-fetched. Everything was impossible before it was done for the first time. So we should try to see life in a new way, and expect greatness. Expect miracles. Expect for the known to be unknown, and for the unknown to lead us to a new and brighter existence.

Remembering the Deer Mother of Winter Solstice

Remembering the Deer Mother of Winter Solstice

Written by Danielle Prohom Olson & originally published on Gather Victoria

Doe, A Deer, A Female Reindeer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

"Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” ~ Hungarian Christmas Folk Song

Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

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Today it is her beloved image that adorns Christmas cards and Yule decorations – not Rudolph. Because unlike the male reindeer who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the larger and stronger doe, who retains her antlers. And it is she who leads the herds in winter.

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So this season, when we gather by the fire to tell children bedtime stories of Santa and his flying reindeer – why not tell the story of the ancient Deer Mother of old? It was she who once flew through winter’s longest darkest night with the life-giving light of the sun in her horns.

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Ever since the early Neolithic, when the earth was much colder and reindeer more widespread, the female reindeer was venerated by northern people. She was the “life-giving mother”, the leader of the herds upon which they depended for survival, and they followed the reindeer migrations for milk, food, clothing and shelter.

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And from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, across the land bridge of the Bering Strait, she was a revered spiritual figure associated with fertility, motherhood, regeneration and the rebirth of the sun (the theme of winter solstice). 

 Top right to left: Siberian Deer Tattoo 2nd century BCE., Shamanic Headdress found in Düsseldorf Burial, Scythian Deer figurine, Mesolithic Burial of two women in France, Scythian Rod, Iron Age

Top right to left: Siberian Deer Tattoo 2nd century BCE., Shamanic Headdress found in Düsseldorf Burial, Scythian Deer figurine, Mesolithic Burial of two women in France, Scythian Rod, Iron Age

Her antlers adorned shrines and altars, were buried in ceremonial graves, and were worn as shamanic headdresses. Her image was etched in standing stones, woven into ceremonial cloth and clothing, cast in jewelry, painted on drums, and tattooed onto skin.

  Deer Stones  Image Source Wikipedia. Upper Left Image: Pen and Ink Sketch of Mongolian Deer Stone by Penny Sinclair, Scottish Narratives.

Deer Stones Image Source Wikipedia. Upper Left Image: Pen and Ink Sketch of Mongolian Deer Stone by Penny Sinclair, Scottish Narratives.

The reindeer was often shown leaping or flying through the air with neck outstretched and legs flung out fore and aft. Her antlers were frequently depicted as the tree of life, carrying birds, the sun, moon and stars. And across the northern world, it was the Deer Mother who took flight from the dark of the old year to bring light and life to the new.

 Sami Reindeer Woman, source  Arctic Photo

Sami Reindeer Woman, source Arctic Photo

For the Sami, the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, Beaivi is the name for the Sun Goddess associated with motherhood, the fertility of plants and the reindeer. At Winter solstice, warm butter (a symbol of the sun) was smeared on doorposts as a sacrifice to Beaivi so that she could gain strength and fly higher and higher into the sky. Beivve was often shown accompanied by her daughter in an enclosure of reindeer antlers and together they returned green and fertility to the land.

 Sami Reindeer Woman, source  Arctic Photo

Sami Reindeer Woman, source Arctic Photo

Many winter goddesses in northern legends were associated with solstice. They took to the skies led by a bevy of flying animals. One tells of the return of Saule, the Lithuanian and Latvian goddess of the sun. She flew across the heavens in a sleigh pulled by horned reindeer and threw pebbles of amber (symbolizing the sun) into chimneys.

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Mary B. Kelly’s book Goddess Embroideries Of Eastern Europe explores images of the horned deer mother in the sacred textiles of women. The image of the mother goddess Rohanitsa is often shown with antlers and gives birth to deer as well as children. For her feast day in late December (most likely solstice) white iced cookies shaped like deer were given as presents or good luck tokens, and red and white embroidery depicting her image were displayed.

 Ceremonial Embroidery of Rohanitsa, Image Source from Mary B. Kelly

Ceremonial Embroidery of Rohanitsa, Image Source from Mary B. Kelly

In Siberian legends the reindeer took flight each winter after ingesting the hallucinogenic Amanita Muscaria mushroom, the archetypal red toadstool with white spots. Shamans would join them on a vision quest, by taking the mushrooms themselves. Climbing the tree of life in her horns, they would take flight like a bird into the upper realms. Other folktales tell how shamans, dressed in red suits with white spots, would collect the mushrooms and then deliver them through chimneys as gifts on the winter solstice. Talk about a wild night.

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While many historical explorations of the pagan origins of Christmas observe the link between Santa’s garb and the red and white amanita mushroom ingesting shaman, few mention that is was the female shamans who originally wore red and white costumes trimmed with fur, horned headdresses or felt red hats! The ceremonial clothing worn by medicine women healers of Siberia and Lapland, was green and white with a red peaked hat, curled toed boots, reindeer mittens, fur lining and trim. Sound familiar?

 Horned Kichko, ancient russian shaman females sacred hat.

Horned Kichko, ancient russian shaman females sacred hat.

Considering that most of the shamans in this region were originally women, it is likely that their traditional wear is the true source for Santa’s costume.  And it is also very likely that they were the first to take shamanic flight with the reindeer on winter’s darkest night.

And while these women are largely forgotten today, the Deer Mother still lives in our Christmas cards, seasonal decorations and tales of Santa’s flying reindeer. And while we may not recognize her, I believe some deep, old part of ourselves still remembers the original “Mother Christmas” who brought light and new life to the world.

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So this solstice take a moment to remember the forgotten winter goddesses of old and their magical reindeer. Look out from your warm cozy home into the cold of the darkening eve. And on the sacred night when the sun is reborn, look for the Deer Mother flying across starry skies, carrying the tree of life in her horns.

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POSTSCRIPT

(By Danielle Prosom Olson) This postscript is in response to the many comments and requests I’ve received for the sources of the above post. Many have never heard of the Deer Mother or her female shaman -which is no surprize. Today the internet is awash with articles examining the pagan origins of Christmas but what is consistently overlooked is the idea that there may have been a feminine source for yule traditions.

For example, a plethora of “alternative” articles observe the link between Santa’s red and white garb and the Siberian shaman, and consistently refer to this shaman as “him”. Little mention is made that this ceremonial clothing was worn by the earliest shamans in the northern regions who were -and still are – female. In fact the leader of the Mongolian Reindeer People, according to this source,  is a 96-year-old shaman known as Tsuyan.

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And when it comes to the deer, well there is much talk of the stag, but little mention of what was once an important spiritual figure to our northern ancestors – the Deer Mother. Much historical scholarship has assumed that many horned images found in archaic relics, ritual objects and artwork were male. But considering the evidence for a reindeer mother goddess cult dating from the prehistoric, many scholars now suggest that some of these images may be in fact, female reindeer.

That early female shaman wore horned headdresses and antlers is also well documented. In Miranda Green’s book Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art she states, “animal symbolism associated with goddesses reachs it apogee with horned female images, usually adorned with antlers.” 

 Lead Plaque of Horned God (or Goddess?) found in Chesters, Northumberland. Miranda Green. 

Lead Plaque of Horned God (or Goddess?) found in Chesters, Northumberland. Miranda Green. 

Green makes the point that while the antlered god Cernunnos is well known in eastern Gaul (and is revered in many pagan circles today) there were also feminine counterparts found in at many sites such as Clermont-Ferrand  (Puy de Dome) and at Besancon (Doubs).

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Esther Jacobson compiled the deer iconography of the early nomads of South Siberia and northern Central Asia. Her book The Deer Goddess Of Ancient Siberia: A Study In The Ecology Of Belief traces the image of the deer from rock carvings, paintings, and monolithic stelae from the Neolithic period down through the early Iron Age.  And her study demonstrates that this deer goddess “religion “revolved around female “wise woman” and the Deer Mother herself. 

  Reindeer Stones  or Stele. Image source Wikipedia.

Reindeer Stones or Stele. Image source Wikipedia.

The deer goddess was known across northern Europe. From The Deer-Cult and the Deer-Goddess Cult of the Ancient Caledonians  by J.G. McKay “There are an immense number of traditions, references, notices of customs, and various minor matters, which show conclusively that there formerly existed in the Highlands of Scotland two cults, probably pre-Celtic, a deer-cult and a deer-goddess cult. The latter cult was administered by women only…”

 Antlered female shaman (believed to be Nishan from NE Asia)

Antlered female shaman (believed to be Nishan from NE Asia)

The book The Golden Deer of Eurasia published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a wonderful visual exploration of the sacred significance of the deer and reindeer in the shamanic traditions – which “was understood as essentially female” and associated with the tree of life, fertility, motherhood  birth and the rebirth of the sun (the theme of winter solstice!)

According to this lovely article “Reindeer and the Sun are very common association in Siberian shamanism. Tattoos on buried shaman women also contain deer tattoos, featuring antlers embellished with small birds’ heads, and since the goddess cultures of female shaman is most associated with deer, serpent and birds, it is right that these deer stones were the sacred ritual grounds of women. This reindeer-sun-bird imagery can symbolize the female shaman’s soul transformation from human to deer, from earth of the middle world to higher gates of the middle world and even the lower world.”

 Mesolithic female shaman of Bad Dürrenberg, 7000-6500 bce, with reconstructed regalia from animal bones, horns, teeth, and shells. From a wonderful color-illustrated pdf of “Archaeological Finds from Germany”

Mesolithic female shaman of Bad Dürrenberg, 7000-6500 bce, with reconstructed regalia from animal bones, horns, teeth, and shells. From a wonderful color-illustrated pdf of “Archaeological Finds from Germany”

This fascinating article describes the ancient traditional clothing worn by “Medicine Women Healers” in Siberia and what once known as Lapland. “The red peaked, felted hats and curled-toe boots and warm mittens of reindeer-hide complete, what I believe to be, the feminine origins of perhaps the first of a very long line of Santa Claus replications. Their long lineage of connection with the induction of spiritual journeys through the drum, their relationship of healing with “Reindeer-Magic” and their ability to create potions and salves which could incite ecstatic visions or “Shamanic Journeys,” give us a deeper look at the Solstice and contemporary Christmas symbol. These priestesses-of-the-antlered-ones who flew through the night to gather blessings and healing and then distributed these gifts to their tribe members must surely be considered as proto-typical Fore-Mothers of Santa.”

So based on these sources (and I could go on!) it seems quite certain that there once an ancient deer mother goddess associated with the sun at winter solstice. It also seems likely that female shamans took to shamanic flight with the Deer Mother on this sacred night.

Today some of our most cherished Christmas iconography features antlered “stags”. Why does this image still speak so strongly to us? Could it be that they evoke an ancient memory? Are we remembering the long forgotten mother of winter solstice? I like to think so. 

P.S. And if you want another way to share the story of the Deer Mother – CLICK HERE to see a little video about her!

This article was written by Danielle Prohom Olson & originally published on Gather Victoria

These Are Profoundly Sacred Times ~ We Are Being Called to Evolve Rapidly

These Are Profoundly Sacred Times ~ We Are Being Called to Evolve Rapidly

In the Northern Hemisphere, we are approaching the Winter Solstice & entering into the darkest days of the year. Here in Maryland where I live, the very first snowflakes of the winter are just starting to fall outside my window as I write.

These are profoundly sacred times.

We are being called to evolve rapidly ~ whether we asked for it or not!

Many people who I’ve spoken to recently have shared that they feel like a completely different person now than they did a year ago, or even 6 months ago.

Do you feel the same?

We are being tested and upgraded, dissolved and then reformed, taken apart and put back together in completely new and (at times) unfamiliar ways. Many people are feeling that the total solar eclipse which occurred on August 21st was a big turning point, a time when significant rapid changes were set into motion, within each of us as well as in the collective of humanity.

I have to agree.

The messages coming through to me now feel rough around the edges, at times dark and frightening, at times filled with the brightest light and unconditional love. There is no gray area here!

My dreams have become mysterious and unfamiliar. When I pick up a book to read, or when I sink into a meditative state, I keep seeing the same messages: All hearts beating as one ~ All life is sacred ~ We must change now ~ Seek silence and listen closely ~ Do not be afraid ~ Step fully into the shadow ~ Heal wounds from the past ~ Heal what your ancestors could not face ~ Raise the vibration of the planet ~ Now is the time.

Where there used to be gentleness and patience from my spirit guides, now there is a certain forcefulness, a pressing urgency.

Mother Earth is speaking to us, and speaking through us.

Paul Hawkins, in his eye-opening book Blessed Unrest, says that Earth is a living organism, just like you or me, just like a tree, just like a bird or a tiger. All living organisms possess immune systems which are biologically designed to protect them.

Earth is being threatened on a massive level by oil drilling, deforestation, fossil fuel emissions, and much more.

As a living organism, Hawkins says, Earth has the capacity to send out protective vehicles, like the white blood cells in our bodies.

Hawkins proposes that we, the human beings who have awakened our consciousness and are willing to take action to create tremendous change in the world, we are Earth’s white blood cells.

We are becoming activists and environmentalists; we are healing one another and healing the land; we are performing sacred rituals and ceremonies to raise & re-enliven the vibration of all of life; we are emissaries of the new consciousness, speaking our truth and sharing our light; we are collectively birthing forth a new future for Earth.

And I believe that we (humans) are most certainly not the only while blood cells acting on behalf of Earth for her protection.

I make this statement in particular, because something very curious has happened to me.

I have recently (actually, quite suddenly, immediately following the total solar eclipse in August) developed a severe allergy to beef and pork.

The farming of livestock (primarily cows and pigs) is one of the greatest threats to our planet, for multiple reasons, and is also a source of incomparable suffering for hundreds of thousands of animals every single year.

If humans were to stop consuming beef and pork, it would make a significant difference in a positive direction as related to reducing climate change.

So upon further research, it turns out that I am not the only one who has recently developed an allergy to beef and pork. The allergy (called Alpha-gal Allergy) is caused by a tick bite, and is rapidly spreading through North America, Europe, and Australia. The allergy causes a terrible reaction when someone eats beef or pork: Full body hives & itching, severe stomach pains, and even the possibility of anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

How does this allergy happen? From what I understand, when a human is bitten by a tick, certain sugars enter the human bloodstream, which produce an antibody in that person, against sugars that are carried by 4-legged mammals (cows, pork, sheep, etc). So after the tick bite, the person will experience a severe allergic reaction whenever they eat beef, pork, lamb, etc. This does not happen with all ticks - Only specific types, such as the Lone Star tick.

So I ask you this: What if a significant portion of the world’s population could no longer eat beef or pork (without becoming severely ill each time)? What would be the global consequences of such an epidemic?

It seems to me that this would be quite favorable for Earth.

And how very interesting that the Alpha-gal Allergy is most prevalent in the Southeastern United States, where people probably eat the highest quantities of red meat versus other locations.

And so the ticks, lowly & hateful creatures (as I always thought before) that they appear to be, have in this case become the white blood cells fighting in favor of Earth. These ticks are changing the physical makeup of human beings so that we are physically unable to continue eating red meat.

I also ask you this: What comes next? What other white blood cell activity will Mother Earth send out?

This question feels a bit scary, admittedly, and yet at the same time, fills me with tremendous hope.

More and more people are waking up and taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, to plant trees, to speak out in favor of our planet’s health. And at the same time, certain biological forces are swinging powerfully into action to protect our Great Mother. And I’m certain that more will be on the way.

So you may want to practice being a vegetarian or a pescatarian now … In preparation for that beef and pork allergy which just might be coming your way!

I must say, I didn’t eat a lot of beef and pork before, but I feel so much healthier now that I have had no choice but to cut them completely out of my diet!! (And yes, I have been checked for Lyme, which came back negative ~ Because I know so many of you lovely and caring people will want to ask.)

So my suggestion to you is to keep your eyes open, and stay connected to your truth as we enter into these dark days of winter. Know that you are evolving rapidly right now, and this is not an easy process. The changes will be very different & individual for each and every one of us. Be patient with yourself.

It is natural for us to need more sleep and to have lower energy when the days are short and the nights are long. Be sure to listen to your body and take time out for rest and rejuvenation.

If you are experiencing health issues, or difficult times, know that you are not alone. Many, many people are experiencing strange & intense occurrences in their lives right now. It is all part of this massive evolutionary process that we are navigating. Trust that there is a higher reason for all of it; trust that you are part of a larger collective, and that all of our experiences have great meaning and are part of a larger plan.

Listen to your dreams, especially on these longest nights near the Winter Solstice ...

Here is something important that you can do to deepen into your evolution and understand the important messages that are being sent to you by the incredible intelligence of the universe: Tune in to your dreams.

Willemijn Maas, creator of Elemental Life, has created a beautiful Dream Recording Workbook for the 12 Nights of Yule. She is giving these workbooks away for free until December 21st. You can CLICK HERE to claim yours, and begin opening up to the mysterious messages from the Dreamtime.

Willemijn says:

"The 12 Sacred Nights of Yule are known for the insights we can receive about the coming year through our dreams.

Last year, I wrote down a dream for these 12 consecutive nights. They correspond to the months of the year, and I read them back recently.

It’s almost eerie to see that my unconscious mind already knew what was going to happen, sometimes in great detail, sometimes through a general theme. It was a year of many changes that I couldn’t have predicted with my conscious rational mind. And it was all in my dreams already...

That’s why I created this workbook. To make people aware that they also have this power and inner knowledge that they can access during the 12 Nights of Yule. And to find some peace and quiet during the frantic days around Christmas."

Traditionally, the period following Midwinter, also called Yuletide, was a sacred time. The 12 nights of Yule, starting with the Night preceding Yule were a time of contemplation, and divination, often sitting by the fire, staring into the flames of the Yule log burning (the modern Christmas tree).

In our modern life, we have almost completely lost the connection to this sacred time. Paying attention to your inner world is helpful in navigating decisions and finding peace and quiet, especially during the holiday season.

When we honor the dark, it’s possible to receive insights from our unconscious mind. This can be in the form of visions, dreams or insights. Dreams occurring during these dark 12 nights have divinatory powers and hold powerful messages about the coming year, in which the 12 nights of Yule are connected to the months of the year. You'll want to keep track of these dreams for future reference.

You can CLICK HERE to download your own (free!) copy of the Dream Recording Workbook for the 12 Nights of Yule.

Enjoy!

Clare Dubois - Reinstating the Feminine to Reclaim Wholeness

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Clare Dubois - Reinstating the Feminine to Reclaim Wholeness

I have exciting news for you today!

I am going to be releasing several interviews from the Balancing Sacred Masculine & Sacred Feminine 3-Day Event which was held in June 2017. These interviews have never before been viewed outside of the actual event. We created all of these interviews live and in real time, with audience Q&A afterwards.

The speakers were simply amazing, and the response from the audience was beyond anything I anticipated. So I know you'll enjoy these! I'll post a new interview every 2 or 3 days from now until the end of November.

The first interview I want to share with you is the one which received the strongest response of all. Watch or listen as Clare Dubois takes you on a rollercoaster inner journey of exploring the Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine within you. I served as her guinea pig, and at times I was left utterly speechless. This was a profound experience and I welcome you to try it out for yourself!

Here is Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters, in "Reinstating the Feminine to Reclaim Wholeness - An Embodied Journey Into Your Own Self-Discovery."

 

 

Or listen to the audio:

 

If you love what you experienced here, I welcome you to CLICK HERE and check out Clare's awesome mission of planting one billion trees per year to reforest our planet. If you register on this page, you will have the chance to hear Clare interview a number of incredibly inspiring speakers including Joanna Macy and Barbara Marx Hubbard in a 7-week interview series.

Enjoy!

Love and blessings, Jocelyn Mercado

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The Journey

The Journey

I have traveled to the imaginal realms and back …

I have seen the sky kissing the Earth with sheets of rain …

I have walked beneath a thin crescent moon and offered tobacco to the land in heartfelt gratitude for miracles …

I have poured out my tears to receive messages from my ancestors who passed long ago.

I have spoken with mountains and forests …

I have infused a stone with my joy …

I have learned of my origins from a sparkling dream …

I have been carried along on ice-cold river currents into the welcoming arms of a hot spring.

And now, I have returned home.

I hold my sweet daughter, almost four years old.

Tomorrow she will begin preschool.

But for now, she is my baby, asleep in my arms, her heart beating steadily against mine.

I remember when she was two years old, just learning to talk.

“Do you remember,” she would say,

“When I was your mommy and you were my baby?”

“Yes,” I would say, smiling softly, “Tell me more about that.”

She is deeply connected to birds.

She watches them when we’re outside

And tells me what the birds are doing, and why they land in certain trees.

“I think Lily used to be a bird,” I said earlier this evening.

“Yes! I did!” she exclaimed. “And I am still a bird now.”

She held a Birds of the Mid-Atlantic field guide in her hands.

“Tell me,” I asked her, “What kind of bird are you now?”

She flipped through the book.

She stopped on the page with a light-gray dove.

“I am this bird,” she said.

Once, when she was less than 6 months old, I was holding her while she slept.

I fell asleep too,

And my dream merged with hers.

She was dreaming of the purest bliss.

I have never felt such peace and brightness and love.

I awoke with a start,

And wanted to go back into that precious dream.

I looked at her little face and knew then

Why babies smile while they sleep.

All of these are the miracles that I know.

Our world is so alive.

Every element is talking to us

At every moment.

When we can each fully embody this truth,

We will never feel alone again.

We will not need power, or money …

We will not need drugs, or alcohol.

We will live in profound connection

To all that is.

This is what the ancient people knew.

This is our birthright

As children of the Earth and Cosmos.

Long ago, our Mother (the Earth) and Father (the Sky)

Made love like rain kissing the mountains,

And life sprung forth,

Joyous and blissful,

Ever-changing, ever-evolving,

Each element and every living being perfectly designed to bring its special gifts.

This is, even today, our natural & innate state of being.

We can feel this way again.

We can remember.

We need only

To hold a young child while they are sleeping …

To jump into icy cold river currents …

To speak with a mountain or a stone …

To sleep beneath the vastness of the Milky Way …

To stand awestruck in the mounting winds while a thunderstorm rolls in …

To give unconditional love to a friend.

It is not far away,

This new (ancient) way of living.

It is right in front of you.

You can reach out and touch it. It is available to you, always …

Have faith, have trust, and seek it … Find it …

Make a point to spend more time each day connecting with it ...

And live the rest of your life in the way you have always dreamed.

 

By Jocelyn Mercado

 

P.S. I love this image of the rain falling on the mountains:

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Tune In to Life Itself

Tune In to Life Itself

We inhabit a living world

Of dreams waiting to be manifested

Continually on the brink of becoming reality

 

The possibilities sparkle all around us

 

Look at the trees ... If left alone to multiply, they stretch to infinity

Enlivening the entire Earth

Gifting us the oxygen we need to survive and thrive

Funneling nutrients through the soil to benefit trees and other creatures

Providing a habitat for countless plants and animals

 

Look at the endless blue sky

It encompasses us

It opens up for us

It brings us sunlight, or rain, or cleansing wind: Whatever we need most: All those blessings that the sun and our atmosphere can shower down upon us

 

Think of the animals

All over the planet

Growing, evolving, adapting, changing the surface of the Earth with their activities, 

Brightening our spirits just by existing

Think of how many different species

Exist across the globe

So many incredibly varied life forms

Millions that we have not even discovered yet

Each living in their own special way

Upon the same Earth as us

 

Consider our human brains:

Incredible computers that can process anything,

Receive divine inspiration,

Create new ideas never heard of before,

And come up with the technology and architecture to build something never seen before.

We are programmed to cradle and comfort a tiny baby

With the same ease that we communicate wirelessly

Or navigate outer space

Or paint a masterpiece

 

Think of the universe, stretching to infinity in all directions

And the wonders it holds!:

Planets of every size and description,

Comets and stardust and asteroids and moons

And exploding stars that are right now creating the matter that might make up our ancestors far in the future

Just as the explosions of billions of years ago created the elements that form our bodies today.

 

There are no limits to what we can do.

 

The universe and the vast expanses of sky and the happy proliferation of trees speak to this truth, if we would only listen.

 

Tune in to your intuition:

It feels like freedom.

 

Tune into the creative possibilities that you are capable of:

It feels like eternity.

 

Tune in to life itself:

It feels like magic.

 

It IS magic.

 

And all of this is within us

Within every cell of our bodies;

All of this is available at our fingertips.

 

Nothing is impossible.

 

We just need

To break free

From all expectations and perceived limits

And then we will soar

Higher than we ever dreamed

Connected to all that is

And living our truest, deepest, most potential-filled

LIFE.

 

By Jocelyn Mercado