Blocks That Matter

Earlier this week, I was working with a crystal (Picasso Jasper), in preparation for a workshop. The properties of this particular crystal were stimulating creativity, dissolving blockages to our creativity, and helping to move beyond excuses! What has really stuck in my mind was the awareness… That we only create blockages for the things we really care about or that “matter” to us! Isn’t that profound? On one level I know this so well. On another, it makes it so clear that each day the things we spend our time and energy on, are the things that we manifest! You see we all have ideas, dreams, desires, hopes, visions, images, and thoughts for our possible futures. However it is the ones we continually revisit or where we invest our thoughts and emotions, that we are creating. If you have a thought.., (You see a cute puppy, and you think… Wouldn’t it be fun to be surrounded by puppies all the time!?!) and then the thought is gone. You may have planted a seed, however that does not mean anything will ever grow from this. However, if you have such a strong connection to animals and can’t see or imagine yourself doing anything other than caring for and being surrounded by them… That is a different scenario altogether! Then you begin to see animal related opportunities all around you. Your behavior around them has other people take notice. Caring for and interacting with them becomes a part of your conversations. Others who are drawn to animals take notice and start to share their own stories and connections with people and...

SBNR

Over the past couple of months, and then again this week, I have read articles about two varying sides of a debate. The subject is people who define themselves as “spiritual, but not religious”, or SBNR for short!. To simplify it… It goes something like this: People who are religious, believe that people who claim to be spiritual, but who don’t belong to a particular religion, lack the fortitude and discipline it requires to follow the tenants, expectations and guidelines of religion. As a result they lack the guidance and structure to have a strong moral fiber… and as a result, can be easily thrown off course and succumb to earthly temptations! They end up doing bad things because they don’t have the structure of religious teachings behind them. On the other side of this debate about SBNR people are the atheists who believe that people develop their moral fabric through family, community and education. They believe the decisions made between right and wrong or good and evil are part of each individuals character. They have a notion that the person who describes themselves as SNBR, is an atheist who is afraid of social disapproval or is someone who wants the “theoretical benefits of faith, including hope of eternal life, without the obligations of actually practicing a religion”. There was even a recent study out of England that theorized that “People who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder.” ( Michael King, a professor at University College London). WOW! Once again, I find myself in the middle of...

It’s All About the Reframe

Oh my goodness… What an interesting and introspective week! It has been all about “the reframe”! You see, sometimes we (okay “I”) get caught up in the circumstances of our life. We start linking events, promises, people, situations, desires, challenges and all kinds of stuff together and we start sending messages to ourselves and building a story. Sometimes it is a great story and it is perfectly aligned with what we want to create in our life (at least for awhile). Other times… Not so much! The problem is once we start telling ourselves these stories… They become real. We know they are real because we have already assembled all the evidence and proof! If you’re anything like me, then you also have this keen ability to associate this new story to old ones you have told in the past… And suddenly you not only have a current perspective.., you also have confirmed, you have a pattern! Maybe these pattern are a good thing, when they have a positive impact. Something like… “Things always work out perfectly when I put my mind to it” or “Wow, it is easy for me to attract exactly what I need!”. What happens when the message we are giving ourselves, doesn’t feel positive? “See… It is hard to stay focused, I never create what I want.” Or “this has always been a weak area for me, there is nothing I can do to change it,”. Or one of my favorites… “Everything I have done was wasted… I am back to square one!”. When we are telling ourselves these stories, it can be challenging...

Emotional Additives

There are certain areas of our life that many of us spend a great deal of time and energy focusing on! Some of these we ace, and some allude us. From what I have experienced and witnessed, it seems that each of us has strengths and weaknesses in all of these areas. BUT, there is usually one that is our greatest challenge. The one that we seem to visit over and over, hoping to eventually shift or change this area of focus to a strength, that once and for all, we will prevail! Or, if not a strength… At least not a constant pain in the butt! This is where I am at this week. Once again, visiting an old nemesis.., with grand ideas on how to conquer, eliminate, minimize or banish this on-going adversary. To finally claim VICTORY! Only… I am finding it hard to muster the enthusiasm for another battle, when it seems I have been down this road so many times before! I have been down this road so often it bores me to tears! I’m so bored with the stories of this journey, that I can’t even muster enough emotion to be enraged about it! One of my dear friends pointed out that I always approach my area of challenge with my mind. I apply logic, reason, analysis, and plan exactly how I am going to deal with my latest attempt to master this evasive goal. She also pointed out, that this is why I am able to do so well at shifting my experience with this area of focus… at least for a little...

Insight

Every year when the Tucson Gem Show rolls into town… Life changes for just a few weeks. There is something about this unique gathering of people and crystals from all over the world that can not be easily duplicated! Vendors in tents, hotel rooms, warehouses and dirt parking lots. Each one, carving a unique life, out of the mineral kingdom. As a rock hound, I can honestly say there is nothing like it. At the same time, I realize that it is a microcosm or hologram of many other social, cultural, workplace, community and family systems that are part of our everyday existence. There is a full range of participants, pecking order, leaders, followers, inner-circle and those operating on the fringe! When I look at it this way… I look at how I fit in… and more importantly, how much the need to “fit-in” changes as time goes by!   Isn’t this true for our day-to-day lives as well? Certainly as I get older, I find that fitting in to situations, groups or communities is much less important to me, than it was in the past. There have been many times when I tried (and sometimes succeeded) to assimilate or fit into particular groups or dynamics that I perceived to be desirable! I had decided these groups were better, or more popular, influential, had status or hipness or something that I thought was important. Conforming to what I thought their requirements were.   Today… It feels like any of these situations or groups are fine… I just don’t feel compelled to change something about myself in order to fit...

Run Wild

Several people sent me supportive notes, based on my musings about being bored. The general theme was enjoy it… these are the times that represent our periods of rest. I get that, and I believe it. This week has been about inspiration! I have all of these new ideas floating around. My imagination is being tugged at! It is being asked to come out and play! And at the same time, there are so many new ideas or thoughts, it is almost a question of where to begin! Perhaps this is how dreaming, envisioning, and visualizing seed the future. Not as concrete, defined steps and plans… but the essence of possibility. As we dance and play with these possible futures, we are subconsciously applying color, depth, texture and dimension to our dreams. The Universe begins to conspire with us and we begin to align the resources, support and circumstance we need to construct these dreams. Many times we are not even aware we are crafting our future! There in lies the challenge! At least for me, I often try to take these possibilities and attempt to figure them out, using my mind. I move to intellect and knowledge with the idea of bringing these dreams into the physical world. And usually this move from imagination to “figuring out”, happens way to quickly. Inspiration and imagination need time to simmer and steep. This process of simmering allows them to grow and expand! It helps to move possibilities into the realm of probability. Which of course is frightening to the ego/mind! We start to send ourselves messages about how challenging this...

Just Bored

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what an amazing month we had in December. For a business like ours, that means there were lots of sales because there were a lot of folks visiting the center. The last few weeks, has been like going through withdrawal! Where is everyone? I notice I find myself easily bored; which in the past I have interpreted as a “bad” thing. However, I have been paying attention to energetically what all of this means to/for me. It makes me more aware of the natural cycle of things. We all go through these ups and downs. We have times when we are busy and everything is rushed. We also experience times when we can catch our breath, and things seem to come to us with a sense of, “in their own time”. We are operating at break-neck speed, only to slow down for the impending curve, or for a needed pit-stop. These are the cycles of our lives. They mirror the cycles of nature. So, by paying attention to this natural cycle, I get to experience my own relationship to the slow-down that is part of this particular ebb. Personally, I realize there is an aspect of me that is used to activating fear, whenever things slow down. As if, now that it is slow it will always be slow. Think of it this way… Rose-colored glasses on up days, gray-colored glasses on down days. It doesn’t mater which of these two lenses you are wearing… When they are on, the whole world is filtered through them! So what happens if you don’t...

Flowing with Ease

Today is the last day of a seven day colonic cleanse! During this week, it has been a detox & fiber drink or supplements every hour and a half. No food. Then colon hydrotherapy once a day! And nothing was as I expected! I assumed that no food meant hunger. I also assumed that I would feel weaker. I guess that means I was prepared to struggle. It just didn’t happen! Now mind you, there were four of us doing this cleanse and one of us only made it three days. So, I am not saying that the everyone has the same experience. So it makes you wonder, what makes the difference? The analytical mind would look at all the factors, gender, weight, fitness level, age, occupation, education, location, family structure, etc. And from this create projected outcomes. However in this case… all logic or analytical pre-assessment would have failed! So what is the difference? I think it is Energetics! Maybe I should say our personal Energetics. We are influenced by our physical health, emotional fluency, mental dexterity and our spiritual connection. For some of us, when we find the balance between these energy centers…  “We are connected to our personal power, our personal flow”! Isn’t that what our spiritual journeys are all about? Finding this balance… In the here and now! It seems to me that if they are out of alignment, we don’t operate at our best. If we are in pain, physically or emotionally we are constricted or limited in our abilities. When we are mentally stressed or overloaded, overwhelmed… we are distracted or unclear. When...

Higher Guidance

I had an interesting conversation yesterday, that continues to stick with me. It was with someone I had just met for the first time. It focused around a question that is actually quite common for me, at least since being at Storm Wisdom. Her question was “how to trust her internal guidance or be able to distinguish higher guidance from her own thoughts?” I should probably clarify to anyone who asks these kinds of questions, that my belief is that our spiritual journey is ALWAYS about connecting with our own personal guidance. Instead of looking outside of ourselves for answers, for those on a spiritual quest, we are learning to connect with the subtle messages that are most aligned with our personal and unique SELF. At the same time, for the majority of us, our ability to connect with, hear and trust this internal guidance is complicated by our own life experiences, education, beliefs, judgements, worries, attitude and/or values. There are many tools, skills, techniques, modalities and methods for connecting with our true selves.., and the options for connecting to this higher guidance, are also very diverse. We don’t necessarily see, feel or experience this in the same manner as others. So, especially when we are first starting out, it is easy to feel alone or overwhelmed. As if there is so much to comprehend and incorporate. However, this overwhelm is actually one of the ways that our minds keep us in limbo. We over-think what all of this means, and make it complicated. The truth is it is simple. By bringing our attention to the present moment, allowing...

Details and Specifics

Fito and I are back from our New Years get-away, seeing family and friends in Mexico! We had a great time and are looking forward to going back, when we can spend more time! Of course with the amount of food we ate… If I am going to be there longer, next time I will be wearing pants with an adjustable waist! I have to admit, I am still writing 2012 on most documents and 2013 seems a bit foreign! One of the immediate tasks at hand when I returned was trying to close up the year-end books and settling the accounting for last year. I am thrilled to say we had an amazing year.., and in particular, an amazing month of December! Each year since we opened our doors, we have seen double-digit growth (14 – 17%). 2012 is more likely to be just over 20%!!! Isn’t that exciting (in a break-down all the fun your having into a statistical sort of way!). I am sharing this with you because I realized something else this week. While working with a business mentor earlier in the year, she had me do a one-page business plan. It sounds easy right? One page. However it took about 6 weeks, because there were all these exercises to do, to narrow down and focus. Well… Almost all of the goals I had on my plan were reached! And even though I have half-heartedly paid attention to them… It really speaks to me of the power of intention! I feel like I am pretty good with setting intentions. However I am surrounded by people...

Infinite Possibilities – by Victoria Barna

Happy Holidays! Here it is the eve of a New Year and Charles has taken a few days off. He asked me to contribute to Storm Wisdom’s Newsletter this week and will be back in time for next week’s issue. I’m sure he will have lots to share with you. Where to begin? 2012 has carried the powerful vibration of change, transformation and freedom which has given each one of us the opportunity to see how we respond to these often frantic yet exciting energies. In addition to holiday preparation and celebrations we’ve passed 12/12/12 and 12/21/12; powerful vibrational frequencies and portals. Has your life felt more chaotic and out of control; or flowed like the river around obstacles; or a little of both this year? Are you ready for something new? What does the vibrational energy of 2013 bring? It carries a more peaceful, loving, balanced, and harmonious vibration. It is a vibration that supports birth and rebirth. In other words, what have you “let go” of in 2012 and what are you ready to create or re-create in 2013? This is a time that fully supports listening to and opening your heart more. Trust the answers you find deep within; the whispers from your heart. It’s time to awaken, discover, and create your heart’s desire. Are you beginning to feel the shift? I am and many of my clients are too. There is a general feeling of optimism—something great is just around the corner and waiting to arrive! I feel like anything is possible and life is full of infinite possibilities right now. Amazing isn’t it when...

The Numerology of December 2012

This has been an amazing month for numerological date combinations! (12/01/2012, 12/12/12, 12/21/12). There of course have been tons of predictions of doom and gloom surrounding these dates, based on faulty interpretations of one of the Mayan calendars. And, there have been plenty of speculation about these dates ushering in a new world order, view or advancement. Actually, Dr Carl Calleman’s research and interpretation of the Mayan calendar… Is much more aligned with the concept of a new age of awareness and awakening… Because to him, the Mayan calendar that has been the focus of so much attention, was not about time per say. It was about the evolution of consciousness. I heard Dr Calleman speak a few years ago, right here in Phoenix. What stood out for me at the time, was how he described that the shift we were, are and will experience, based on his study of the calendar of consciousness, was that feminine energies were coming into balance with masculine energies. Personally, I had been sensing the same thing. So, in many ways, I considered his lecture a form of confirmation for what I was already feeling! But how do these numerology significant events, tie into the energetic shifts we are experiencing? Do they play a role in moving us forward to a new world that is more loving and peaceful than we have known? These are things I have been thinking about AND trying to feel my way through. Here are my thoughts: I believe these dates are important to view as a threshold. If we are to truly move from a world that...

Magic Time

Take a deep breath, hold it for a moment, then let it out. Focus on your breathing for a minute or two, allowing each breath to go deeper into your belly. Allow each breath to leave your body completely. By bringing your attention to your breathing, you bring yourself into the moment. Allow all the other thoughts and emotions to slip away or take a back seat to your breathing. A simple exercise. A common way to begin a meditation. A quick way to de-stress. Like so many of the skills and techniques that are available to us; this one is simple. You don’t need a special place, equipment, sound, people, event, etc., just choosing at any time to reconnect with yourself. It is so easy – we sometimes forget it works! Now imagine that you choose to add a special place to this practice of focused breathing. Your favorite chair, in front of a collection of meaningful keepsakes that remind you of your personal adventures or areas of study and knowledge. Perhaps you choose a room or space that is filled with colors that are soothing, stimulating or fun. Add sounds or music that encourage you to let go of daily obligations, tasks, or duties. Each one of these adds a new level of dimension to the gift of stillness that you are giving yourself. By choosing the environment, objects, sounds, art, color and furniture that support you, while you connect with yourself~you activate and engage your imagination. You bring your focus to your internal world! You are also engaging the power of intention! The practice of intentionally...

Going Off-Road

I’ve traveled a well-worn path for most of my life, yet ended up in a place that I could have never imagined! All along this journey, that lead me to where I am today, I felt sure that the choices I made, would ensure a particular outcome. Perhaps in some way they have… However, not in the ways that I had envisioned. Instead, the crossroads I had passed through most of my life, became too compelling. I veered off course. Surprise! Once I found myself choosing an alternate direction, I realized, I still have company! I meet a lot of travelers who are navigating new terrain and many others who find themselves standing at the crossroads, contemplating which way to go! It goes something like this… You look back at the path you’ve been on and see where the choices you made, things you studied, tests you’ve taken (passed and failed), and people you’ve encountered, have lead you towards your inevitable future. The map you have been following, promises a particular destination or outcome. For a long time… It felt right. It felt destined! But… Things change. You change. Now you are at a crossroad. An intersection, where the sign-posts ahead are aligned with the trusty map you’ve been following. Your mind says “stay on track, destiny straight ahead”! However, you are distracted by the lure of what is possible when you look to the left (or even the right). It doesn’t make sense.., everything you have been working your way towards is in front of you.., and the map of your future promises a predictable arrival at your...

The Joys of Synchronicity

It has been an amazing week of connecting with friends and building community. It has been one of those times where I really notice how connected we are to one another. This past week we hosted “Bashar” in Phoenix, for the second time. Each time he comes, our dear friend Kirby also comes, as he is the one who connected us with Bashar in the first place. Then, our good friends Michael and Laurelle, who own “Peace Place” (and several other crystal and healing centers) in Sedona, joined us for the Bashar event and then introduced us to their friend Don, a miner from Arkansas…, who also has known Kirby for years! So, as you can see, these connections keep revealing themselves. It makes me think about the synchronicities that are such a part of our lives. The chance encounters or the door that open at just the right time. Maybe you are thinking of something that you want to learn more about, and suddenly someone hands you an article or flyer that is on that subject. There are many ways to see and experience synchronicity! While listening to Bashar yesterday, he reminded us that these unusual events are not just moments of wonder. They are part of our way of knowing, we are on the right track. These magical moments are like sign posts that pop-up to let us know we are following our highest level of excitement! He also reminded us that the more aware we are of these kinds of signs… the more we will experience them! Our connection to people and community are oftentimes synchronistic...

One Bite at a Time

The meaning of “Life” keeps changing… and in many ways, as it gets simpler, it becomes more complex! How is that for starting a conversation? All of us are personally contemplating some version of “why am I here…” or “what is my purpose”. While we are trying to lock into what feels right for us, everyone around us is doing the same thing! We interact and share our thoughts and observations… And this creates more information to include in our personal search for our truth. Then, if you are anything like me, in the stillness before you start your day, or in the fleeting moments before you descend into sleep, you get a sense of how close you are to knowing your answer! When we are young, we move through life grabbing at the bounty that life offers us. We choose experiences, just because we can. Youth has this amazing ability to experience a lifetime as being forever… It is one of the joys of being young. What we don’t realize at the time is all of our explorations and experimentations are seeding our attitudes and beliefs about who we are and what we have come here to do. Then, something happens. We gather and collect experiences for years, until we have completely covered ourselves in possibility. We are so covered in fact, that many of us don’t know ourselves anymore at all! Mainly because we have also developed the skills and traits of being a chameleon! We can fit in almost anywhere… And our ability to blend in to any group or situation, oftentimes has us compartmentalize our...

A Council of Seven

Last week I had a couple of visitors at Storm Wisdom, who had a unique offer/request. I have known them for awhile, as they are one of the vendors we buy Selenite from. As a matter of fact, the large piece that is in the back near our Crystal Healing room, which is there for folks to stand on when they want to clear their energy field, is from them. They had been in the Phoenix area doing ceremonial work with a medicine wheel. A major part of this medicine wheel work was focused on healing the planet. This couple (from Crystalline Phoenix) brought with them a large piece of “Coral Selenite”, which the group worked with during some of the ceremonies. As the weekend came to a close, they were trying to decide what was next for this 200lbs piece of Coral Selenite… And several of the participants got insights or intuitive hits… That this amazing crystal wanted to be at Storm Wisdom! So there they were, offering to leave this unique piece, at our Center! And although, I was feeling like it was a generous offer… I also was wondering “where would I put a 200lbs crystal (that is not for sale) in the center?” After talking with them for a bit, I asked them to show it to me… As that would help me to know if it was going to work or not. Well… As soon as I touched it my hands began to vibrate. It felt like my cells and DNA were being rearranged in my hands and it was clear it was going...

Mind Games

Here is a news flash… I have a propensity to over-think! I am comfortable having 20 or 30 different thoughts occupying my mind in any given moment. And because I have had marginal success navigating many situations, while being internally distracted by random thoughts~I have developed, as part of my identity.., that I am a thinker! Trust me, it goes way beyond thinker! Organizer, dissector, analyzer, sorter, weigh-er, measure-er! The list goes on! These are all “good” things most of the time. This way of navigating life has served me AND I am pretty sure it is not going to change anytime soon, because, it is part of who I am, so I like it. It is comfortable! However… (isn’t there always a “however”!?!) this doesn’t mean I don’t want to make a few adjustments! The other night in the monthly “Magic of Crystals” workshop, we were playing with Kambaba Stone. The discussion lead to how easy it is for most of us to connect with our Higher Selfs when we are in nature. There is something about hiking a trail, or being in or near the ocean, river or lake, resting under a tree or wherever your favorite spot happens to be~that brings us into contact with the messages from our heart. And for me, it is these messages from the heart, that our Souls… our Higher Self use to communicates to us (or at least one of the ways they use!). Our discussion, as it frequently does, lead to conversations about the shifting energies on the planet. About Oneness versus duality. And in the middle of this...

Acceptance – by Victoria Barna

This has been an interesting and busy week for me. There have been moments filled with pure joy and there have been moments where I’ve asked myself, “What’s up with that?” How has your week been? It’s a pleasure to sit here quietly this morning and bring my awareness into my heart. I take a few deep breaths and allow my thoughts to become quiet. I look back on last week and I find myself searching for patterns or themes that have appeared for me, clients, class participants and others. What I notice is a common theme that has come up for many of us. I love how we mirror to one another what’s going on in our lives in each and every moment. Many of my interactions in a variety of settings this past week have been experiences where judgments have been made about oneself or others. When I peel back the layers of this multi-layered onion I’ve discovered that many of us, including me, sometimes have difficulty accepting ourselves and each other. Acceptance is a big deal. Wanting to be accepted by others is important. Accepting where we are and who we are in each moment can feel challenging. Accepting others where they are in each moment can feel more challenging. Accepting and trusting our own intuitive guidance often feels impossible. How do I navigate these sometimes murky waters? Moving from judgment to acceptance, for me, has been an evolving journey. How about you? Here are five tips that I use as reminders. Feel free to use the ones that resonate with you and “let go” of...

Know Yourself Better

When what you write about, is what has been going on for the previous week~what happens when you’ve been sick as a dog!?! The truth of it is, there has been amazing learning in this week too! Let me be clear: Pain and illness IS NOT my idea of the best way to evolve your consciousness or expand your awareness. However, if you are going through something physical in the body… Let it inform you! I can’t tell you how many times I silently whispered to myself… “Don’t resist the pain, follow it, be with it”. When your dealing with a stomach virus… You get to follow it many places. I would love to say that I learned a lot from this process or it really changed the outcome of the amount of pain… But that would be crap! It did keep me present and I also discovered where I had some weaknesses in my Spiritual armor! On the night of my birthday, we had a gathering of friends here… Most who never saw me because I was in bed, bloated, moaning and wishing that I could either throw up or expell something from my body… As it had been over 48 hours and I needed the relief! Fortunately, several angels/medical professionals (Katka, Courtni and Greg – Thank You!!) were there to check me out and start pointing me in the direction of healing. The first few days I did not sleep because of pain… The next couple were due to having to go to the bathroom every 45 minutes… Even though I hadn’t eaten! Flash forward to the...

Dancing with Life

Usually when I sit down to write my weekly newsletter, there has been a theme or series of experiences that dictates the subject. I am aware of what I will write about ahead of time. This writing is how I process, release, deepen or expand on the events that are vying for my attention. Today however, I am a blank! What I realize is that this has been a time of stillness. A time for contemplation. I guess I have had a few conversations with people about the odd feeling of “waiting” that has been so present. I sometimes feel like this is a time to be still, as something new is coming towards me! This is ssssoooooo different from how I have experienced this in the past. In the past, I was always in pursuit of the new or next thing. Once I had a sense that something was shifting or changing, I immediately started trying to figure it out. I would decide what I thought the change or shift was… And then I would strategically maneuver things in my life to attempt to influence and control the outcome. Because of course… I knew best what would be “right” for me! Oh the arrogance of the ego! Today… I still don’t know or understand what is coming my way. I can make stuff up.., but the truth is I am clueless. So instead of “getting out in front of it” and trying to manipulate or force it to be a certain way~I am simply letting it be revealed! Staying present, and dare I say, when I feel the...

Turn Up the Light

It seems like one of the most predictable things that is happening these days is how quickly time is passing by! The acceleration is palpable, along with awareness of all the shifts and changes that are happening in our day-to-day lives. For me, this has also triggered a number of thoughts about how to deal with “negative” energy! It seems the more we connect with our intuitive senses and rely on our awareness of the energies of a person, place, group or thing… The more we become aware of the shadow side of ourselves and others. Occasionally, we walk in to a place, and we can’t get comfortable, or even more specifically, we can’t wait to get out of the space, because it feels dark or heavy, or perhaps just plain funky. As a result, it is easy to start paying attention to what we call negative energies. We work to clear theses energies, release them, or perhaps, resist them taking over! Either way, it seems that we are spending more time managing the negative energies that surround us! I think it is time to stop turning our power over to negative (dark, shadow, or whatever description you want to use!) energies. Negative Energy; It truly is the other side of a coin… There will always be negative energies… There will always be dark, constricting emotions, thoughts, people, places and things. However, when we focus on them, fight them, or try to manage them… We actually create MORE negative energies! Remember, thoughts become our reality, what we resist, persists.., etc. Instead, let’s think of ways to infuse more positivity...

Working On My Day Off

I must admit, part of me that was groaning this morning. It is Sunday, usually my day off and I LOVE my days off! However, it seems that everyone who works with me is off this week! That means I am working on my day off (and the day I write my Newsletter!)! Today is our monthly Marketplace… so the entire place is filled with artists, vendors, practitioners and more! So it is kind of hard not to get caught up in the energy of people connecting with each other, sharing their gifts and talents and of course the support! It is a beautiful reminder of why I created this business in the first place! My first thoughts when I was inspired to create a small business was about creating a space for learning, connecting with like-minded people and a place for community to gather! Well today, I get to experience the vision of this happening right before my eyes! These are rapidly changing times. For those who are drawn to a more holistic way of living—integrating mind, body and spirit, it really helps to be surrounded by supportive friends who understand what you’re going through. It is a lot more fun too Add to that a small infusion of gratitude for being surrounded by so many cool people and a Mystical Marketplace to make my day fly by! So while this day started out with slouched shoulders… I can happily report that it has been invigorating! I hope you are surrounded by kindred spirits and your day is filled with gratitude and...

Untying the Knots

What is the significance of getting knots in your stomach? How does it help and how does it serve you? In several different books I have read that these kind of experiences are our unresolved emotional situations from childhood, looking to be reframed, released or integrated into our current adult life circumstances. On one level, I completely “get it”! On another… It seems like when something is happening in our lives that triggers this kind of physical, visceral reaction in our bodies… It can be a little hard to “detach” from the offending event, to bring to the surface anything that might be unresolved! Like I want to add MORE, to an already intense discomfort! BUT… This is exactly what I did this week. I got new information about a situation in my life that I am dealing with. In order for it to turn out the way I want it to, I have to justify, defend and negotiate around other things I have set-up or created… without compromising them. My stomach was a net of knots! However, I stopped in the middle of my fretting… And decided to look at what old triggers were in this for me. What were the other circumstances in my life where I had the same sensations or physical constrictions. What was there for me to learn from this? It was hard, because I had to take the focus on the current situation, which my mind really wanted to play with… And sit with the discomfort. You know what??? I know this discomfort well. I have this physical experience of knots in the...

We Are Family

This week has been crazy at home. Our niece is turning 15 and was having her Quinceanera to acknowledge the milestone. If you are not familiar with this sort of event… I suppose it is like a “Sweet 16” celebration. It is a big deal! Dresses, flowers, dance hall, music, ceremonies, and much more. Like a wedding, many family and friends from Phoenix, San Diego, Tucson, Nogales, and various hometowns in Mexico were here for the event. That is where it becomes interesting! I am reminded pretty regularly, that my husband’s culture is very different than mine. I would say that at least a few times a month, I witness something that for the life of me, wonder how the decision/choice was made! The most consistent of these is a complete lack of awareness of time! At our house we call it MST (aka: Mexican Standard Time!). Yet, for Fito… He takes it all in-stride! I want to jump in and fix, control, manipulate, change, destroy, alter, put my foot down, etc, etc… Understand? I want it to be different… I want it to align with MY way of doing things! I guess I am writing this, because, like any situation, there are two sides to every coin! I have also witnessed amazing, resilient love, care and compassion. I see family dynamics that allow for the characters that we all are, to shine through. I have seen examples of sharing, support and co-creation that simply blow me away. There is laughter and silliness at every function or gathering. Everyone is enjoying one another, except when they are not. They...

Threshold of Change

Wow, talk about shedding the old ways of doing things! It feels to me as if everything is up for grabs these days! I know I am doing things to intentionally make some changes… but, the amount of “stuff” that is falling away, seems unrelated. Yet at the same time, when I step back from it, it seems like they are all dominos. Falling in unison! As time passes and I stay focused on what I am creating in my life, it is hard to miss all the amazing results. At the same time… with every awareness of what is new… There is also an awareness of the old. It is odd to be in a situation and know you are making a new choice. I find my self thinking… “in the past, I would have done <fill-in-the-blank>”. It’s a little odd! (At least for me!). I am doing something different…. It feels right… And I am aware that it is not what I would have done before…. WHAT? AND, There is another part of this. I am becoming more aware of what triggers or hooks me! I can see patterns and the architecture of situations, events, or experiences that are emotionally charged for me. Now this doesn’t mean I am not having the emotional reaction… It simply means… I am aware that I am about to boil over, get into a fighting stance or, some other emotional projection. While it is happening! I believe we are in the midst of a dramatic energetic shift here on planet Earth. I believe we are awakening to our true nature.. Our...

Trust as a Lubricant

It seems that one of the themes that has been coming up lately is “trusting what you know”. Personally I have had several of these experiences… and I am really working to get on board with this concept. For several months, I have been feeling like everything was really lining up, and falling into place. I had this sense that several of the key goals I had been working towards were close to being achieved. All I can really say about this… Is that I had a sense, or feeling or knowing that I was on track. THEN… I started to look for proof that this knowing or sense was correct! I wanted validation. I wanted confirmation from a source outside of myself. So I started to gather “data” (in my case, reports, paperwork, charts… etc…). However, the proof or confirmation was not lining up! It did not match what I was feeling in my heart. So… Per usual, I gave the situation over to my mind! And while I have a sharp mind… It has a built in “worry” mode that gets activated quite easily! Some might call it a trigger switch… For me it, oftentimes seems like I use worry or fear as the lubricant for the many gears that are turning in my mind. As if by applying a glob of worry, it will allow the cogs and wheels to turn faster and smoother. Then I will magically get to the confirmation, proof or answers I need. We’ll in this recent case, it took a long time (a couple of months) to find the physical proof...

Trying to Find the Present

Have you ever have one of those days when every thought running through your head is a mind-trip? The concepts and ideas are so philosophical that you realize that if you were to try and follow any of them, you might go down the rabbit hole and never find your way back? Okay… I’m there! I am simultaneously dancing with the future and the past.., while trying to figure out how to stay in the moment. I believe that the exploration and development of our spiritual SELF, is for the most part, about learning to live in the moment. To be present. As simple as this sounds, we have these very human tendencies to look to the past for answers, justification, proof, confirmation, etc., or plan, fret, conspire, anticipate or worry about the future! There is true self-mastery for those who have created present-moment living for themselves. I find that as simple as it is… It is one of my greatest challenges! This week one of the juxtapositions I am encountering is that many of the practices, techniques, classes, workshops, books or whatever we are using to connect and live more from this elusive NOW moment… Seem to force the past and future into your awareness! WTH? So here I am following a new routine that supports more present moment living… That simultaneously has me loosing sleep, thinking about random experiences from yesterday to my early childhood! I am not even sure how these memories are connected to one another or if they are!! Then when I pull myself back to the present, I slip easily past it and...

Great Gulps!

Something happened for me when we celebrated Storm Wisdom’s 3 year anniversary. It is as if I was realizing for the first time, I had “actually” created something. This triggered an internal review process, to figure out if I had created what I wanted.., if it was what I had dreamed of.., and were we on course, moving toward our most optimum future? So, I began an external process (with the help of a passionate Mentor) to look at the business of Storm Wisdom. Now… I find myself in conversations about the new objectives, planning and documentation that seem right for where we are and where we are going. The steps to take this business to the next level… And I realize half-way through these conversations, that it energetically sounds like I am complaining! That is not my intention. YET, there is a huge “gulp” in my throat… I’m aware that some of what I am up to feels brand new for me, and I have little experience with it. Then it hits me… these gulps informs us, that we are doing important work. We are stepping outside the box. It is when we acknowledge the gulp and keep moving forward, that we stretch, learn and grow. Now in my case, if I stay with the mind-chatter of all that has to be done, I can create it as overwhelming. OR… I can choose to recognize that most gulps I have ever experienced, were a huge opportunity for growth. Yes, I may make mistakes, I might not get it right the first time, etc. However, I will learn, I...

Lifting the Curtain

Every once in awhile, I hear myself saying “It feels so close, it is like it is on the other side of a curtain”. And, by the way, I am trying to figure out where the opening is so I can get to the elusive other side! So now I am here again, feeling like significant change and growth is only a curtain away! However, this time I am much more aware that I am the one creating the change AND the barrier (read curtain) to reaching it! Our purpose, passions, interests and desires drive us onward. While at the same time fear, resistance, apathy, procrastination, and confusion can easily keep us standing still.., treading water so to speak. Sometimes it seems as if I lack the experience to do ANYTHING new in my life! These thoughts come from the small voice inside my head. This voice keeps me locked in place, using any and all limited thinking or beliefs. Fear of the unknown, resistance to changing what is comfortable, or stagnant with indecision! I know these thoughts so well. Yet there is this other voice. This other calling, that comes from a different part of our anatomy… Be it the Heart or the Soul, it comes from deep within us and it has a persistence that maybe delayed or denied for a short time, but, that draws us forward. Perhaps as a dream or vision of how something in our life could be. This voice knows who we are and who we are becoming. It is our calling, it is our purpose. We know it is there on...

Middle of the Unknown

Here I go, jumping into a dialog about something and I don’t even know where it is going! Yet, it seems like the perfect time to talk about old energy versus new energy! You see, I have had a couple of experiences recently where I felt like the lecture, conversation, book/article or class was good, but at the same time irrelevant. Almost as if I would have appreciated it five or ten years ago. So, no harm-no foul, but also hard to imagine giving it much credence or the desire to deepen or expand. I’ve heard myself say: “It was fine, it just felt like old energy.” Even as I write this, words like boredom or apathy come to mind. At the same time, when we experience the same thing, multiple times within a short period of time, it is probably a good idea to pay attention. As a lesson, cannot be far away. So… What is this lesson? As soon as we try to define what our lessons are, our minds take over and distort the process. Most of us are only truly aware of our lessons when we can look at them in the rear view mirror… or hindsight, as they say! It seems to me that there are people, books, programs or concepts that stand the test of time. There are others that have a finite place in our evolution, and are simply stepping stones to the next portion of our journey. Yet even as I write this I think of some of the religions that seemed to haven had time on their side, but whose...

Haul Water, Chop Wood

This has been one of those weeks where it seems that everything on my to-do list is a mundane task! Where is the excitement, where is the fun? Data-entry, paperwork, balancing budgets, clearing inventory and making adjustments… my eyes are tired and my lower back aches from sitting in front of a computer screen for most of the week. And then I remember that all of these mundane tasks are part of a foundation that supports the many aspects of a business and life that I love! I get to socialize, connect with and support people everyday, because there is a physical location, with all kinds of cool events, products and services available… that people want and they “show up”! For all of us, especially the small business owner or independent service provider, we do what we do because we love it AND there are mundane or time consuming tasks that go along with having and living our purpose.   Guess what? There are riches in “them thar’ hills”! I found that as I allowed my resistance to fall to doing (what I decided were), those menial tasks, I started to see more of what “could be”. Perhaps it was a deeper understanding of how things looked, or what impact one thing had on another. In one case it was the awareness of how much has really transpired since opening our doors. There were many ah-ha moments generated by allowing myself to be present with these mundane tasks. Intimacy. I created a new level of intimacy with my own business and with my life (which sometimes are inseparable). Which...

Autopilot Overload

These days I find that I have a hunger or desire for things to be practical and simple. I find this is true in all areas of my life. So, with my thoughts swirling around this concept, I have to ask myself~Why? One thing that comes to mind right away is that it feels like everything is shifting and changing so rapidly…, I don’t have the time or energy to explore things that are complicated or that require a huge time commitment. Relationships or tasks that require major maintenance or upkeep are put off. Events or jobs that require redo after redo or that don’t come together with ease, are put on the back burner (to probably never be looked at again). Not because they are large or complex, but because they don’t flow… or there is no ease to them. The other thing that I notice is that this desire for simplicity is not all good! Trust me, parts of it I think are perfectly aligned with where my life is currently. On the other hand, it feels like many times, this idea of simple and practical (or ease and flow), is really the search for immediate gratification or least amount of effort. Are you getting the lazy quality that is implied? This is a mixed bag of thoughts and emotions!! The reality is, there’s a reason for staying focused on what flows, what is simple or what is practical. It helps us to know we are on course. Yet, when we stop checking-in and discerning what is right for us in any given moment, it is easy...

Permission Slips

Most weeks when I sit down to write this newsletter, I am already aware of the themes that have been going on around me. I have an idea of what I want to explore. However, something unusual happened this week that has kind of shifted my experience. So it feels like the themes that I might have explored prior to attending the Bashar event yesterday, are simply part of an old reality, that no longer matter. So why write about them!?! Instead… let me say that I have heard or known of Bashar for sometime now~several years. There are things about Bashar that don’t resonate for me… Or has he would say, I have not given myself the “permission slip” to believe. (ET, spaceships, contact, etc…) While I don’t doubt the existence or probability of these phenomenons~they are not areas of exploration that draw focus or hold my attention. BUT… The information, processes and techniques Bashar shared are some of the most potent and powerful I have ever heard. Including the idea that how we truly shift and create our most optimum future is by keeping it simple! Our world, while complex is not complicated It has never been more clear, that as we choose in each moment, we are crafting, creating and shifting our future and what we will manifest. Not by some complicated series of steps, circumstances or proving… But by staying present to what is right and aligned with/for us. When we are willing to strip away the attitudes, beliefs and limitations (that we have picked-up along the way…) that no longer fit with who we...

Trusting What I Know

It seems to me that one of the joys of life is being a student of life. Approaching a new situation, relationship or opportunity with an open mind and seeing what can be learned. To see how, whatever is encountered, fits in with what is already known or has been experienced or gleaned from the past. Updating the database of life, simply by staying open to what is presented. At the same time, we must learn to trust what we know and respond or act based on the lessons we have already completed. I have found myself looking for solutions or answers to new questions, without checking in to see if I already know or have a solution from previous experiences. It is as if I am starting from scratch and don’t trust what is already inside of me. The funny thing is, that this usually applies to the situations that affect me personally. If I am in conversation with someone else and they have asked for guidance or insight, my mind and imagination quickly assembles similar situations, metaphors, and highlights from previous lessons learned. My intuition kicks in and emotions start to fill in the blanks with plus or minuses! All of life’s experiences are right at hand, and I am engaged, offering possible perspectives, options and clarity. Now… If I am the one who is encountering or confronting a challenge that feels new… Instead trusting what I already know, I have a tendency to go looking for a new solution! This is not a bad thing necessarily. Except when I refuse to look at simple solutions that...

Intuitive Senses, Your Navigation Tools

We are coming to the halfway point of this magical year of 2012 (I know… How crazy fast is that!) and more than ever it feels like this is the time to start really focusing on our intuitive senses and allow them to influence and guide our lives. I don’t buy into any of the doom-and-gloom predictions that are sensationalized in the media and in some belief systems. Yet, I do believe our consciousness (awareness) is expanding and shifting. I am confident we have been moving towards this shift for the past 20 years or so… And will probably take another 20 to be able to look back in hind sight and see how critical and important this transitional time has been. With that in mind… the easiest way for me to think about what is really shifting and changing, is to think of it in terms of energies. Specifically masculine and feminine energies. I believe what is shifting in our consciousness is the awareness that without balancing the driving, doing, conquering, dominating and winning energies of the distorted masculine, with spacious, cooperative, sharing, reflective and “being” energies of the feminine, we risk greater wars, annihilation of our natural resources, separation from each other and the Divine. Your intuitive senses are your portal and access points to the feminine energies that are trying to find internal balance with the masculine energies of your five physical senses. It does not matter if you are man or woman, because this is the energetic shift on the planet, your physical body is trying to find it’s own unique balance with these energies...

Thank You!

Gratitude, Amazement, Wonder, Pride, Awe, Joy, Inspired, Humbled… These are the feelings and thoughts I am soaking in after our magical day of celebration! I have never felt more supported or honored than I do this morning. What a day… What a party. There is something about Storm Wisdom turning three years old that was already triggering an(other) internal shift for me. An awareness that many visions and dreams have already manifested before my very eyes. Yet also being aware that I’ve been holding my breath, fingers-crossed, and praying that the dream I am investing most of my time and energy into… is sustainable, thriving, growing… AND doing what I set out to do… Creating community, where we learn and grow with each other through conversations, sharing and experiencing each other. Yesterday that was evident in powerful and palpable ways. It is an amazing feeling to be loved, witnessed, and celebrated so thoroughly that you feel like a sponge, that is satiated with so much water, that it is almost impossible to hold your form. I love being that sponge. There are many of you reading this that were not able to be physically present… Please know I felt you here too! That is one of the many cool things about being an Energy-centric business!!! You get to feel people sending you amazing vibes from any distance! For the hundreds of people that joined us yesterday… I am so glad you were here to help anchor in the tangible memories that keep playing over and over in my mind! You made my day perfect in every way. How glorious...

Simplicity is Knocking

Simplify has been the theme of my life for the past couple of weeks. Wanna know something…? It’s contagious! I don’t feel like I went searching for simplicity~it just approached me and whispered my name. To give you an example, I will talk about my home office. For many years it was organized and efficient (even in it’s complexity). But for the past few years, it has been a dead-zone in my home. Both Fito and I make piles of “stuff” and pretend we know where everything is. Even the chaise lounge became a foundation for odd piles that didn’t quite match the stacks that were on the desk. And the stacks on the desk were starting to collapse into each other anyway. As a result of needing to gather a bunch of documents and information… I finally jumped in and tackled the mess. 6 full garbage bags of shredded crap, two days of sorting, filing and tossing… I have my office back. And, I also have a new awareness. Like so many people, my life has shifted dramatically over the past five years. I use to make good money, I had investments, I had “plans”. All of that has changed. What hadn’t changed was my acceptance of these shifts. A lot of what was shredded was bank statements from old accounts that are no longer used or needed. Properties, investments, dreams and visions that have moved on or whose life force energies died years ago. I have been holding on to a way of life or living that no longer matches the circumstances of my life! Mind you…...

A Gift from Teenagers

This has been a fun week… and a week of reflection. My sister Mary Jane and her daughters Jayme and Victoria have been here visiting from Maine. We had a great opportunity to get caught up and create some new memories. I also love seeing my own life anew, by seeing it through the eyes of someone who is experiencing it for the first time (or in a long while). However the real reflection for me was experiencing the beauty of youth and all of the challenges that go with it. It is interesting to see the choices that set up our attitudes and beliefs and how firmly they become ingrained in our journey. Yet as 17 and 15 year old girls/young women… They are so immeshed in learning, navigating, claiming and becoming who they are, that the opportunity to slow it down and understand the long term implications of their words and actions, appears almost impossible. They want to rush to adulthood as if once they get there, none of life’s current challenges will be there. They are beautiful, and yet use words to describe themselves that have the potential to haunt and pressure them for years~until they finally set them down. They set limitations for themselves that right now protect them from standing out, that allow them to “fit-in” or even worse, to be invisible. AND they are funny, smart, creative, and resourceful. They have a strong sense of what works for them and what doesn’t. They are finding their voice and their identities as they accelerate up the on-ramp to the highway of life. I found...

Riding the Waves

Why am I always surprised by the ebb and flow of life? It has always been this way (and it always will)… yet, it can catch me off guard. It seems like each one of us has a pace, speed or level of flow that we are most comfortable with, and as a result, look for the people, places and things where we will experience this the most consistently. So what happens when you like to boogie-board or body-surf and there are 10′ swells? Or perhaps you search out the big waves for the pure adrenaline of catching and riding the edge of the white-caps… only to find yourself with a pristine calm. Some of us like to relax, others are active, and then there are those among us who want to be on the go! These are all valid options (with everything in between), and regardless of which of these options we prefer, the other also will be part of our experience. Nature is created and designed this way! It is not a mistake, and there is no flaw. The ebb and flow of life is good. So why does it surprise me? I am soundly a middle-of-the-road kinda guy! I like things to be moving, but I don’t want to much chaos. I also don’t want it to be too slow, for fear of boredom. Even as I acknowledge this, I realize there is a part of me trying to control the flow of events, circumstances, money, relationships, work, and okay – EVERYTHING in my life. Once again, it is time to remind myself that everything happens...

Tears of Joy

This has been a week of personal celebration and joy. The interesting part of this is how it ties into the musings of a few weeks ago about… The Past. I don’t want to bore you with a long story of all that has been going on… But, let me say this; when I started this business, I had a dream and a vision… I just didn’t have any experience! One thing that I learned pretty quickly, is that I should have had a professional negotiate the terms of our lease. That is the past I have been confronting. Throughout the “re-negotiation” process, I have been all over the map, from stressed out and hopeless… to turning it over to the Universe and assuming that “what will be, will be” and trusting that everything happens for a reason. I really have been feeling like for several months, as if I had succeeded in attaining this karmic-balance state… And that I would be fine with whatever the results were. Bullshit! I have been scared, nervous, hopeful, anxious, fearful, confident, scared, nervous, hopeful… (you get the picture). Well we have come to resolution… And the results are as good as I could have hoped, envisioned or prayed for. And it wasn’t until the moment of realization and success that I could allow myself to take a deep breath. All of the energy it took to appear (notice performance here!) as if I was handling this all so well… Finally collapsed. The breath that been that had been held in as if it was some sort of life-saving reserve, was released with...

Woo-Woo Goes Mainstream

This week I am noticing an interesting trend. Now mind you, this has probably been going on for a long time, it is just me noticing it, that is new. Woo-woo is going mainstream! For a long time, alternative perspectives, unique gifts, extra-sensory perceptions were considered either way out there or to woo-woo for the average Joe/Josie on the street. Not so much any more. Now, it is not uncommon for someone to walk into a room with a handful of people and to be able to sense (and know) what the “mood” is in the room. I talk to people regularly who indicate that they are now aware that the depression or anger they feel is “not theirs”. They are experiencing the emotions of co-workers, family members or even clients. Another common shift is people recognizing that if they visualize and set intentions for what they want to create in their life… They actually do. The responsibility for crafting and creating a more spiritual journey has become personal. You see it in the media and entertainment as well. Shows that feature someone with intuitive abilities that are portrayed as an everyday person, with a normal life, whose abilities are not suspect.  AND more important… Many enlightened people are now moving into positions within corporations, non-profits, and even politics. They are mainstreaming the language and opening dialogs where it is okay to slow down the rapid fire activity of the mind, and blend it with the introspection of the heart. To listen to the internal voice of intuition and guidance. Now this is something to celebrate! How about you…...

Am I an Atheist?

Bare with me as I sort through an internal inquiry that I find myself going through lately. I wonder if I am an Atheist. Here is the source of my inquiry… In many of the conversations I have with people, especially those who follow religious teachings, they speak of God as larger, yet more powerful being… One whose image we are created in. God is personified – specifically as a human being (two arms, two legs, walking upright). In many of these conversations, there is an implied city, place, or gated community where when we finally meet or reconnect with God, we will live for eternity. Neither of these (personified or final destination) feels right for me. In much of what I read, see, or hear, there are rules and/or requirements that God has relayed to us that we should follow, otherwise we will not measure up to the threshold requirement that allows us access to be by his (always male) side. It is implied that without his clear guidance about what is right or wrong, we would not have the clear authority or ability to know or understand the difference between good and evil. I am also challenged by that notion. My goal is to keep these musings short, so I won’t continue listing all the things that don’t fit or resonate for me. AND, I want to be clear that I love that each of us gets to choose the belief system that DOES works for us. However, If I can’t relate to God in the ways mentioned above… And an Atheist is someone who does not...

Off the Deep End

I believe that the biggest shift in the natural evolution of consciousness, is feminine energies coming into BALANCE with masculine energies. For centuries, masculine energies were necessary and important for our awakening and evolution. As a species we needed to understand how to protect ourselves, survive and even thrive in a world where even the four basic elements (air, water, fire & earth) held sway over our very existence. So, we honored and valued masculine energies such as action, building, aggression, competition, hunting, thinking and doing. We honored them for so long that we distorted them. Feminine energies have always been present too~creating, allowing, gathering, nurturing, feeling and being. They just have not been perceived as being AS valuable in the scheme of evolving. As a result, feminine energies have also been distorted… By being minimalized or under valued. I don’t mean to imply that they have not both been important in our evolving journey… It just seems to me they have been out of balance. AND just as importantly, gender has played a role. We all have within us, both of these critical energies. However, men generally, typically, or on-average have put their focus on doing, winning and conquering. Out-smarting the next guy. While women have usually been the ones who nurtured, inspired, empathized, supported and allowed. And I know better than anyone… That these are stereotypes and DO NOT apply to all men and women.However… My whole reason for writing about this, is because right now it feels like women are under attack in this country. And it is personally hard for me to watch. As I...

The Past As An Ally

The past is active and trying to assist us with the present, helping us to shift the future. I am sure this is happening all the time, however right now there seems to be heightened activity for many of us. I have had a number of conversations with friends and clients about the number of people or circumstances from their past, that are now reappearing. The same is true for me. It is one thing when it happens once in awhile… But 3 or 4 times back-to-back and it is time to pay attention. One that stands out for me was an online request from a manager who use to work for me back in 1994/1995. He was asking for a referral for a job that he is pursuing. My very first thought was…”Wells Fargo does not give referrals” (because that was their policy when I worked there). There was an energy connected with this reaction. All of a sudden, I felt very rigid, very proper, professional… and to be truthful, a little self-righteous. I understand why a company has these policies, this is not about them being wrong. This is about how I energetically enforced some of their policies. It is one of the ways I maintained the illusion of control! This was an invitation from the past, to catch up with and bring myself current. It allows me to recognize and set down an old set of operating beliefs, that I was not even aware were still active. I get to choose, where I am today, what feels right for me now. I believe, these visits from...

Looking Toward A Positive Future

Sometimes I wonder how the life I am living and the one that is projected through television, radio and print media can coexist simultaneously. Everyday I am surrounded by loving, caring people who, like me, are moving towards and trying to create a world that is more loving and caring too. Yet much of what we see and hear is so hate-filled, violent, scary, isolating or filled with scarcity. Not from each other, but from the media. One theme that seems to be coming up a lot, is the idea that we have to get all this negative crap out, so that we can see that is just that… Crap! Only then can we let it go. However for me, sometimes it seems so daunting. Really? I have to wade though this much crap to find peace and happiness? Then it dawns on me~it is all a state of mind. I don’t actually need to “deal” with anything that is not aligned with a brighter future. I simply have to recognize it for what it is, and then live my beautiful life… I realize I must do this without becoming complacent or weary. It is clear that each step that is taken with intention… moves me towards a more bountiful, inclusive, positive future. Along the way, all of the messages, indicators or signs of doom, dread or isolation are opportunities to shift and align the energies around me to become positive and life affirming. Last night we had friends over for drinks. The topic of living in Arizona, came up. It is always fascinating to me that I live...

Catching Up

This week has been about old friends and new friends. In both cases, catching up has been the theme. Of course with old friends, you assume that this would be part of reconnecting. A fun surprise is when you meet someone new, and you have that same sense of knowing each other from before… and that you are now getting caught up on each other’s life. My friend Mary, who is visiting from L.A., has been an important part of my life for 30 years. She is the type of friend who when we get together, it can be annoying for others who are around us, because we have so many shared, seemingly random experiences that bring out the foolishness in us… And no one else gets the vague reference or WHY it is so hilarious! (quoting lines from “The Princess Bride”???). At the same time, this is one of those relationships that continue to grow and mature together. We certainly have fond memories from years ago, however, we are still creating new ones too. We bring each other up-to-date, and then begin to play in the present. Then there are new friends like Carolyn Ford and her partner Ron, who just brought the Ancient Crystal Skull “Einstein” to Storm Wisdom for the first time. We have talked on the phone, had a couple of brief group encounters… And then, in this first visit, both have the sensation that we have known each others for years. People use the expression “kindred spirits” a lot to describe this sensation of meeting someone anew, and yet already knowing them at the...

Tilt-A-Whirl

Wow… Who knew how easy it would be, to be thrown off balance. I feel like I have lost touch with everything, that a few weeks ago was a pressing priority. Now I am having a hard time remembering what those things were or if they even existed! Not to make light of this in any way, but my mother, Ruthie, ended up in the hospital for a few days. Things did not look or sound good. As a result, there was the scramble that ensues trying to coordinate things with family, friends, work, doctors, etc. The “what-if” scenarios started stacking on top of each other, and stuff that before, didn’t exist… all of a sudden were the only things that mattered. Mom is fine and she is home now. I, on the other hand, am trying to remember what it is I am suppose to do, now that the sense of crisis is over. I know these things change us~but how? Is it really that I could have forgotten what I am suppose to do next… Or is it that those things that I was giving so much importance to before… Never were!?! All I know is the last few days feel disorienting… I feel off balance. Perhaps it is suppose to be this way. Perhaps every once in a while we need to be reminded “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (and it is all small stuff)” (title of Richard Carlson’s book). I am really good with the occasional cleaning house, making changes or switching focus. Maybe I need to start planning these events more… Cause when the...

In Good Company

I love this time of the year, because it is Gem Show time in Arizona. It starts at the beginning of January in Quartzsite… Then by February the biggest Gem and Mineral show in the world takes place in Tucson! For a diehard Rock Hound… This is pure fun! 18,000 vendor all over the city… With everything from tiny fragments of ore to gigantic specimens of museum quality gems and minerals. There are fossils, Tibetan bowls, geodes, weavings, art sculptures, jewelry, crystal skulls and much, much more! What I have noticed for myself this year, is that what I am drawn to and what I am searching for, has more to do with the clients of Storm Wisdom and less about what I am personally searching for. One reason of course that I have a huge personal collection (like any rock hound) of crystals and stones. But the other reason is, after three years of doing this as a business… The voice of clients are in my head! I see the things they are drawn to, and hear about the things they are searching for… And probably even more sense the things they will be drawn to! I use to approach the journey to connecting with crystals in much the same way my own personal journey unfolded. None of the early pieces I collected were done for spiritual, metaphysical or energetic purposes. I was drawn to them for their beauty and aesthetics. It was only by surrounding myself with them that I began to experience them as tools and allies to help me connect with my personal journey. I...

Finding Center

If everything happens for a reason, and part of our journey is learning to love people exactly where they are~then this week I am feeling inexperienced and challenged! There are a lot of AMAZING things happening AND at the same time, a couple of things have knocked me off center. For the most part the people or things that feel threatening are not actually happening yet. Instead I am projecting or possibly anticipating problems arising. I know better… I am really trying to shift my perspective. Yet I find that my fear about them runs deep. I feel the part of me that wants to run and hide, pretend that they don’t exist. Even as I type these words, I recognize that I am giving my power away to a possible future that may never arise. I am sure I will figure out how to put this all into a prospective that supports a more optimal future, but in the mean time I wonder how and why!! You see, what is up for me right now, is feeling susceptible to being judged or ridiculed for my personal beliefs and values. It is the feeling of being surrounded by people who only see one path for all of us to travel! And, for someone like me, who walks a unique path (and loves it!) it feels very limiting. It also triggers old memories of “needing” to defend or justify myself, my position or my perspective. These are all old energies that feel like they have been long buried, now being uncovered for another look! In many ways, we all confront...

All Bets Are Off

Ever since I decided to create Storm Wisdom, I have been paying attention to three things that appear to be part of my personal journey–resonance, discernment and choice. These are interconnected in many ways. What has me a bit confused in the moment is how the situations, circumstances and even people that trigger my awareness of them, seems to have changed! I recognize that I have been particularly guarded about what happens at Storm Wisdom and even who or what we are associated with. Like trying to guide your child toward behaviors or friends who you think are aligned with their best interest! That doesn’t mean I comprehend all the different workshops, modalities, services or training that happen here… It means I try to pay attention to the resonance of what is proposed or of the person presenting their idea, service or even product. I then discern whether it is timely, aligned, or a fit. Then make a choice yea or ney. Now… This all is up in the air again… What used to feel questionable, may not seem so far-fetched. What used to be a “no”, has shifted to “maybe” and some “yeses” have too! The strange partis I realize I got comfortable with the “yes” and “no” of the past few years. They became comfortable and felt like clear boundaries for me. So what has changed (besides the energy on the planet!)? Why now? Is it that everything is the opposite or am I being challenged to keep an open mind! Perhaps this is how I get to feel and experience “duality” slipping away. The need to...

Subtle Energies & 2012

For the past several years I have been speaking and teaching about “subtle energy” and the expanding role it plays in our lives. Developing a relationship with these energies, that are all around us, are one of the reasons that I continue to encourage working with crystals as tools for transformation. So, why then, should I be surprised that the transition to 2012 seems to have ushered in a whole new level of awareness of these subtle energies!?! Let me explain my perspective around this. Most of us are aware that we have energetic bodies that surround our physical body. (Etheric Bodies, Energy Bodies, Auras, etc). The system that I relate to and that I use to teach about crystals includes four Energy Bodies – Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and the not so subtle Physical. These are all part of the field of energies that surrounds each one of us. they each play a role in assisting us in navigating our day-to-day lives. They hold the map of our journey and what we have allowed to matter. It is the combination of the journey and the weight (feelings and thoughts) we give our experiences along the way that make each one of us unique. In the past we have relied heavily on our 5 physical senses to navigate the terrain of our journey. We value what we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. These familiar senses are the tools that we use to determine what will get our attention… What we will pursue or what we will resist or avoid. We use them to decide what matters to us. In...

Checking-In with SELF

I am on a roll right now… I can feel the movement towards something new, something that wants to be known, seen, felt and/or expressed. I have not figured all of this out yet, however, I can tell you it has to do with knowing myself better. Part of this started last week when I was feeling like I was straddling optimism and fear. A big part of me wanted to pull in old stories from the past that could keep me company with familiar thoughts and emotions. At the same time, there wasn’t enough of a connection with the past to find any comfort. I realized then, and even wrote about needing to connect with my heart (and my gut) to feel what was right for me in that moment. It is this checking in with self that has stayed with me all week. As I have pondered and mulled this over, I realize that now, more than ever, it is critical to make sure we are current with our own personal desires and dreams. The way I see it, so many people’s lives have been turned upside down in the past few years, that even if I were not one of them (and I am!), I know so many who have, it is obvious that this chaos and the confusion it creates, affects EVERYONE! Whether there was a personal job loss or foreclosure, or dramatic reduction of income or savings… there is so much of this across the globe that we can’t help but feel the turmoil. This turmoil has caused a lot of us to reevaluate...

Bright Lights and Alligators

My stomach is in knots!! I am waffling between a positive outlook and dread. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and an alligator infested pit that blocks my way. How can these things co-exist simultaneously? More importantly, where is my ability and authority to choose the one that truly serves me… (The one without the carnivorous reptiles!!) For many of us, this is a time of great energetic shifts. A move towards Oneness, unity, and a more global, planet friendly perspective. Away from separation and duality and the world view of domination which thrives on fear, greed, and manipulation. So why should I be surprised, that energetically, I am experiencing both the up and down sides of a situation! Don’t we all experience these planetary shifts and changes in our own physical being – first? There is another aspect of this too… I realize that part of me wants to envision a future of Oneness, that doesn’t have all the trappings of being human! No pesky constricting emotions such as fear, anxiety, boredom, etc… Just the “good” ones. Which of course brings me back to our current world view (and my own too) of duality. Where we have this incredible desire and need to classify things as good/bad, right/wrong, positive/negative. What will it actually be like when the energy of duality is replaced with Oneness. We will still have thoughts and emotions. We will still desire some things while not enjoying others. So how will it be different? How will I deal with conflicting situations or events that come at me at the same time?...

The Energy of the New Year

As you can see from the SALE notice below, we are making some major changes and shifts here at Storm Wisdom. There is something about the end of a year that really makes you stop and take notice (or inventory) of what supports you or what holds you back! This is as true in our personal lives and it is in our career or business.” More and more I relate to this from the perspective of “energy”. Sandy Sue Rector and Luckie Bosselman, our Feng Shui experts constantly remind me that moving out any thing that feels stuck, frees the “Chi” so that it flows! Right now, it seems like this is happening in every aspect of my life. Most important for me, is the awareness that this energetic shift is happening internally. Things that in the past would have bothered me, I now experience simply as old stories. I have more space for the people in my life to have their own perspectives or reactions, without the need to rescue, save… or even more importantly change them. All this shifting, changing and letting go, promotes an internal review. What feels right now? Is there something new that wants to come in or something old that wants to leave? Am I holding on to something that is attached to an old dream that is no longer alive? These inquires and more help to bring us up-to-date with ourselves. And, I believe this next year will be about creating stronger connections with SELF. Healthy boundaries, living from our desires. connecting to others through a stronger knowing of ourselves. Regardless of...

Duty-Free

There is something amazing happening right now. It seems to me that it is “in the air”. A change that is inviting us to connect with ourselves on a deeper level and to know our own truth. For me, this means a deeper, more intimate look at responsibility. In the past I have had a tendency to lump responsibility in with duty and obligation. This means there has been a heaviness associated with responsibility. Like somehow, I have no choice about many of the situations I find myself in… Almost like I am required to participate. The old “you made your bed, now lay in it”… or “that is what friends do”. However, there is a new awareness of the power of responsibility that is all around me. It is as if everywhere I turn, I am reminded that when I take responsibility for my own life, I am more powerful. When I drop the filter of looking at responsibility as something I have to do, and embrace what I want and get to do… I am connected to my personal desire. I feel more energetically aligned with the path I am walking. The other thing it does is free me from finding others who will “share my load”! I hate to say it, but when responsibility carries the weight of duty or obligation… I am constantly looking for someone who can take some of it on for me. I look for others to share the burden! (I know… Yuck”). When I look at what I am creating in my life and own my responsibility for it… I see...

GPS – God Providing Signs

It seems like over the past couple of weeks, I have encountered powerful examples of how to live a more awakened spiritual life. AND… I have also seen some pretty hokey crap, that makes me cringe. For the people, books, videos or experiences that have inspired me, I find a new sense of alignment and commitment to the journey I am on. For the ones that feel contrived or ask that I suspend belief in the physical world, I find myself getting annoyed. A couple of them made me really stop and ask myself… “Is this what people/strangers think I am promoting or advocating”?When I slow this all down, I realize, it is these juxtapositions that help me to clearly understand what is “right” for me. Because, when something doesn’t resonate or even make sense to me, I don’t need to give it any weight or attention… I simply need to let it go. For the things that feel right… they become part of my awareness. They begin to influence how I navigate day-to-day life. A little change here, a little shift there. Herein lies the value of this jumble of seemingly mixed messages. Embrace what works, release the rest! You see, it can be easy to get caught up in defending a perspective or trying to deflect what is not aligned. Yet, all those efforts really yield, is me directing my energies towards something that is of no use to me. I am spending time and resources on something that, in the long run, was simply there as a signpost that said “Wrong Way” How much time are...

Consistency Loves Company

I find that I am amazing at creating things in my life—whenever I focus on something. I have manifested all kinds of great things. One at a time. Okay, maybe two or three at a time. However, today I’d like to manifest some consistency in my life! I know, for those who have been following my musings for awhile, you will be able to sense the theme. Before I started writing this… it felt all “new”. However, as I see the words appear on the page, I realize, I could probably go back and pull the newsletter that I wrote about “spinning plates”!!! Oh well, this is what is up for me, so in the spirit of staying with what is real – here goes.   I have set up a pattern in my life that goes something like this. I feel bad about something (my health)… I think of all the reasons staying healthy is so challenging (it takes so much time)… I get tired of not feeling healthy (pants are all uncomfortable unless they s t r e t c h)… Set an intention to get healthy (change eating and exercise programs)… Get results (who knew I would get a new wardrobe just by losing weight). Realize I have not been paying attention to another aspect of life (making money)… Think of all the reasons making money is so challenging (it takes so much time)… get tired of not feeling abundant (sleepless nights about bills)… Set an intention to create more abundance (review finances and obligations, prioritize and focus)… forget about staying healthy and focus on making...

Hey… I know You!

I have been submerged in creating new products and services for the past couple of months, and can say that it has been fun and totally amazing at times! Part of the “amazing” part is when my mind wanders and wonders…”how did I even get here?”   For anyone who has known me for any length of time, they will tell you that working with crystals or owning a Spiritual Well-Being Center – were not an obvious part of my journey! How did I go from Corporate America to Storm Wisdom? It truly baffles the mind. Unless you are comfortable with the concept that we come here with a divine plan. Something that we want to accomplish during our tenure of being physical. Mind you, it is my personal belief that there are many options, ways or paths to fulfilling our plan. However sometimes, the options that are most aligned can be a bit of a surprise.   It is not being an entrepreneur that is the surprise… (Although, I must admit, owning a small business was never much of a fantasy for me). The surprise comes in the form of the tools (crystals) that lead me to this adventure. Who could have imagined that some one who is so logical or analytical and in their thinking, would relate to crystals as a way to navigate life??? The concept of working with crystals seems so esoteric or woo-woo. Neither which screams technology manager to me!! However… What I realize is, by following the call towards something that seems so different than what I had planned… I am in good...

Focus on the Good Stuff

I realize I have a pattern that is both a blessing and a curse. The pattern goes like this: I have something great in my life, I want to keep it. I keep an eye out for anything that is or could go wrong. I attempt to fix, solve or prevent anything I perceive as bad! Sounds like a good thing right?     There are good things about being proactive and caring for the people, places and things in our lives. By addressing problems or issues when they are small, sometimes we prevents them from becoming large. There is also a nurturing quality to this pattern. I suppose it is what most parents go through as they watch life lessons unfold in front of their children. Finding the balance between allowing them to learn and keeping them from harm.   My challenge is often finding and staying in balance. I tend to be so focused on the problem or what might go wrong (risk management background!), that it can be easy to forget the good stuff! Getting wrapped up in how I could have done “it” better, or how it would have turned out if I had made “this” choice instead. I tend to give these evaluations or assessments more weight. As a result, I start to look at and relate to situations and relationships from the perspective of the problems.   What about the “good stuff”? I noticed this week that when I get into problem solving mode, the things that are working well, the strengths and the beauty of a relationship or situation are put to...

Crossroads

How many crossroads do we encounter in Life? Are we suppose to count them, or do we just accept them as a natural part of any journey? When we set out on an adventure, many times we think we will travel the highways and byways of Life with the companions who are with us at the start. Only to find that when we reach a crossroads, we turn left and they go straight ahead!   Sometimes it seems like we are the only one who turns left. We are on our journey by ourselves. At least for a little while. Then out of nowhere, someone who also thought going left would be the ideal road for them is keeping us company. We discover that we have new travel companions! Yeah!   Then we come to another crossroads!   Sometimes I have found that when I get to these intersections, that someone who took a different turn then I did, is all of a sudden right beside me again! Could I have stayed side by side with them in the past? Will we travel the rest of the way together or will we each be drawn in a different direction at the next fork in the road?   I am beginning to realize that when I am willing to take a journey, that initially feels like I am alone, I am crafting my own unique experience. When I surrender the comfort of what is known and I am willing to step into the unknown, I find my personal truth, what is right for me. It is also in these times...

Celebrate Your Life

I am writing this newsletter from the conference center at the Desert Ridge Marriott, here in Phoenix, where for the weekend, we have had a vendor table at the “Celebrate Your Life” Conference and Expo. I would love to tell you that I have learned a ton of new information from the world class speakers, authors and Inspiring leaders that are here! BUT… I haven’t!   Instead, I have learned from all the participants, volunteers and hosts! There are so many amazing beings here taking in the energy offered by this unique gathering. Everyone has been open, willing and anxious to share conversations, perspectives and the experiences that are enriching their weekend. Several have said, it is the one time a year where they are completely surrounded by like minded Souls. They smile, shake hands and engage in lively conversations that are like bubbles of Hope, rising into the desert skies! They are my teachers this weekend!   I love that simply by gathering, we learn from one another! Even when I am not sitting in a lecture or keynote address, I get the gist… the highlights… the impact this conference is having on people. It is in the air!   At the same time, it is hard work to be here, on your feet all day. I have a new found respect for those who do this frequently. It has been an amazing weekend experience. The satisfaction I feel in my heart… overwhelms the aches in my feet!   Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello! And HUGE gratitude to the rest of the Storm Wisdom...

Occupy the World

I can’t help thinking about the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread across the globe. They are in the news constantly, mostly when there is violence or injuries against a particular gathering of protestors.   This movement feels like one of the most visible signs of something many of us have felt coming for a long time. Something that needs, wants and has to change for the sake of the planet and for all of us, whether we are willing to see that or not.   As I contemplate this, I realize that the biggest reason this is such an important stance for these people to make, is because they are primarily the young people in this country. They are dissatisfied with the energies of greed and waste. They want to shift the energies that direct so much of the wealth and resources (power) to the few and penalize the majority. They want change.   What they are doing feels chaotic and a bit unfocused. On the one hand, you could say this hurts their cause. It minimizes their impact. On the other, if this really is one of the seeds of long term change… maybe that is the way it is suppose to be. Many seeds when first planted and going through their germination and early growth stages are unrecognizable as the future garden or crop they will eventually become.   I think it is okay, that they don’t have a clear direction or focus yet. I think it is okay for them to simply be angry and hurt by the way corporations, governments and the brokers...

Are We Having Fun Yet?

When I first started to really focus on my personal and spiritual growth, my life seemed to go through a lot up of upheaval. I was feeling emotions that I had successfully avoided for most of my life. The things that I thought were so important to my happiness started to lose their allure. And, many of the relationships in my life started to shift and some even drifted away. At the time, I am not sure I would have called it FUN.   But in hind-sight, I realize that is exactly what it was!   As kids we think of fun as a stimulant that comes from an external adventure, new toy or something that makes us laugh from the bottom of our bellies. As adults, many times the things that bring the most enjoyment or fun, are more personal and intimate. That does not mean a good roller-coaster ride isn’t fun. It means that a lasting sense of the energies of fun, come from our internal awareness of what feeds our mind, body and spirit.   When I think about spirituality now and what it means to me… It is the ability to experience whatever is going on in any given moment and to respond in a way that is real and authentic to my own personal guidance~my own internal (higher) guidance. And living life from this place is fun! It is filled with surprises, synchronicity, and deep connection to others. The kind of connection you can only achieve if you are willing to be yourself at all times. It makes the exploration of SELF, self-propelling. Adventures...

Getting Focused

It seems as though everything today is in a state of flux! So many of the conversations we participate in each day revolve around taking a new direction or letting go of something that no longer seems to fit! There is this feeling of being on the verge of something new, something different. At the same time, my personal experience is that I can’t lock in what on what is next! Mainly because, it is still in transition versus time to normalize the shift. On one level I get how this is how we are suppose to live our lives… The journey, not the destination. On the other, these are transformational times. It feels more and more as if are at the precipice of major energetic shifts. As exciting as this feels, it also feels awkward~it feels uncomfortable. We are stepping into the unknown and creating a new way of being. Because of all this flux… I have decided to ask for your help. Victoria Barna and I would like to host a Focus Group on the topic of “What’s Next for Storm Wisdom”. The idea is to evaluate what our role is going forward… Or even if we have a role. We will look at all aspects of the products and services we offer and see if there is a change that wants or needs to occur. We are looking for 18 participants who are willing to share their thoughts and perspectives on what the future of Storm Wisdom could look like! If you are a client, vendor, teacher, practitioner, artist or friend of Storm Wisdom and would...

Teacher Appreciation

Have you ever heard something for the second or third time, yet it felt like it was all new information? That has been my experience for most of the weekend. As you know from previous newsletters, this past weekend Kirby Seid from Ancient Technologies was presenting at Storm Wisdom. He is pioneering how to use Light, Color and Sound~the technologies of today and blending them with the ancient properties of Crystals. Once again I was blown away by the experiences he and his friends (1 from the Exploratorium in SF and the other a developer at Apple… His so called garage-band of explorers!) have created with the “Light Labyrinth” and the “Holotope”. Both experiences are like portals to new parts of the brain! Kirby also shared his personal theories, experiences, ideas and concepts. The driving forces behind these passions and projects. Because he has been an important ally since starting this business, I have heard and conversed with him many times on these subjects. However each time, it feels like I am learning something new. This time, my experience came with a new recognition. It is not that I am hearing something new or for the first time. It is that I am receiving the information at a deeper level! Deeper level of the conscious mind… Deeper in the sub-conscious?? Maybe both… However I had this sensation of it penetrating deep inside my brain! It is as though I have been circling around this sort of energetic information for a long time… And then magically a doorway opens that leads deeper into the mystery of life! It isn’t even...

Uniqueness Leads to Oneness

Recently I have been seeing images of jigsaw puzzle pieces in my dreams and in my meditations. At first, I took this to mean that there was something in my life that needed to be solved. Upon deeper reflection, instead I think it is more about being unique, being our own piece of the puzzle! As I slow the analogy or metaphor down and really sit with it… I realize that we are being asked to look at our physical world, to sense it’s texture and how real it feels. From there, regardless of what we perceive (whether we label it good or bad), to go inside and determine for ourselves what it is we want to create, what we value. As we move into higher states of awareness, it is up to each of us to find our own unique expression and to bring forth the energies of joy, peace, fun, love, harmony, or any other expansive emotions and thoughts that brighten our personal “Light” for others to see. This does not mean a different job or career. It does not mean that any of the circumstances of our lives need or will change at all. It is simply each one of us being our own unique piece to the puzzle. Think about it. We live in a time where we are saturated with media and images that insist that there are particular ways to look, dress, groom, embellish, or adorn ourselves to indicate success or status. Which soft drink or beverage makes us cool or hip. The car we should drive or zip-code we should live in....

When Change Comes Easily

My life has changed for the better! I have never been more content or felt more aligned than I do right now. It almost seems as though this happened over night! I even find myself asking, “could it be this easy?”. Then I realize that when I hold this perspective, it diminishes all of the intentional choices I have made to create the life of my dreams.   Mind you, for the most part, my life has always been wonderful. Great family, friends, work, home, health and husband. Yet, it always seemed as though I could not get them in balance with each other. If my work life was going great, my friendships suffered. If my health was my focus, my career was lacking… etc. I made up this story in my mind that I “couldn’t do it all”. I was resigned to the idea that it was impossible to find balance… Because something had to be on the back-burner.   I get how “it is too hard to have it all” was one of my stories. It was one of the things that I would think or say to keep me playing safe or even harder to say, playing small. It was a way to “tread water”. I also recognize that I was looking for the evidence of my happiness or success, from the people, places and things that surrounded me.   What has shifted recently is that I am no longer looking outside of myself, for validation of the beauty of my life. I am where I am suppose to be and I am the one who...

Awakening

I have come to an amazing awareness about “Awakening”. For me, Awakening happens over an extended period of time. Let me explain. For the past 8 or 9 years that I have been intentionally navigating my Spiritual journey, I encounter people who talk about “an Awakening” or “the Awakening”. In my mind, I have taken that to mean there is an event that occurs. All of a sudden, one day a light-switch goes on and I awaken from the dark and now I see the world in a whole new light. I want to be clear, no one described it to me this way… It is me, trying to put the concept of Awakening into simple perspective. So, I have had “awakened” envy! Wondering when and if I would find my personal light-switch. It is just like me to want to turn my Spiritual Awakening into an event. This way I can be in pursuit of it… I can plan how to master it… I can set a few goals and milestones and then check them off a list (with a red pen!). “Ahhh, DONE!” This of course means that I have been slightly oblivious to the important aspect of Awakening – the journey! While I am trying to figure out how I can get to this elusive stage of awakened… I am potentially missing the moment. I am outside of myself looking for the answers, somewhere in the future. I wish I could tell you this realization means that I now have a clue! I don’t – what I am aware of is that these are the same...

Don’t Go, Where it Doesn’t Flow

This is my new motto!!! The interesting thing is that the last time I decided this would be my new motto, I was in the middle of an awkward or painful situation that I didn’t want to repeat. Then I forgot this was my new motto and proceeded to bang my head against another wall or began the slow, arduous climb up a metaphorical mountain! Not so this time! Suddenly, I realize that all those other times I claimed this approach and then forgot it, have actually begun to sink in! I am living my life in a different way! There are many times recently where I have been watching a scenario unfold in front of me, and I think to myself – “Man, that would have really p!s5ed me off in the past” or “Wow, in the past I would have really needed to try and control THAT!” These observations and this new awareness is liberating on so many levels. “Control” is such an illusion! Yet for those of us who have attempted to master it as a way to navigate our lives – It ain’t that clear!! It feels real… especially when it appears like you are in “full control”. (queue loud ominous laughter here!). For someone like me, who has spent so many years trying to be perceived in a certain way or wanting to shift or change someone else, so that they were more aligned with MY vision, beliefs or what I value… Letting go and going with the flow represents a HUGE relief! I also realize that setting down control and allowing things to...

The Dance

The Dance Life these days is feeling like a dance and I am the dancer. It is a piece I have been training for all my life and I am singular in my focus. I want the people in my life, who represent the audience, to like me and appreciate my talent. I want them to enjoy and/or be moved by my particular interpretation of this dance. Just as important to me, I want to enjoy the dance, especially since I have chosen the stage, the props, the lighting, the music, costumes and style of dance. Let’s face it… This is my show, this is my dance. There are several reasons this analogy stands out for me at this time. The first is I am more and more aware of how many of the choices for this dance (or my life) are for someone else… No one has asked me to perform a particular dance, although there are many who have shared their thoughts or ideas about what they felt would be ideal. Some completely from the perspective of how much they love and adore me and wish only the best. To the critics or naysayers who somehow manage to also be part of the audience I have gathered. Either way, when it comes right down to it, I realize that regardless of what anyone else in my life may have wanted to see me perform~it has always been up to me to make the final choice. If I chose a piece that somehow fulfilled someone else’s dream, instead of my own… That is still MY choice. Even when...

Going With the Flow

For the past couple of weeks expressions of “going with the flow” have been all around me! I keep hearing or reading phrases or expressions of this theme wherever I turn. The first time or two I thought “nice reminder”. Now it has occurred so frequently that I wonder if the Universe isn’t trying to grab me by the shoulders and shake it into me! (in the most loving, free will, boy you are slow to catch on sorta-way!) One of my favorite perspectives comes from the book “Ask and It Is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks, that was a gift from a friend. In the book, they shared the concept that the natural flow of energy in/from the Universe is well-being, abundance and ease and that anything that we experience as struggle, challenge, obstacles or difficulties is because “we” are fighting this natural flow. My friend Keith lead a meditation that really illustrated the same thing. In his guided visualization he had us move into the river of life and simply lift our feet and allow the current to gently move us where we want to go. I was in a workshop yesterday where the leaders used the analogy of fertile soil that is just waiting for us to plant our seeds (thoughts and desires)… and that the Universe is so loving that it gives us exactly what we ask for. Including when we plant seeds of fear or doubt. I think of myself as someone who is navigating life with a positive perspective and I am good at creating and manifesting. At the same time… I...

Red Rover, Red Rover

When I was a kid, I loved the game “Red Rover, Red Rover”…. (send so-and-so right over!). I have been getting this image in my mind all week. The big difference is I see myself in the line that is making the request–versus, when I was playing as a child, waiting and wanting to be the one making the mad dash across the line trying to “break through” the opposing team. The image that comes to me now is one of camaraderie, strength and momentum. That like-minded people are hooking arms and holding hands, creating a powerful wall of determination and support. We are creating a sense of Oneness. It is not about the individual, it is about connection. Even as I write this, I think about the thrill of being the “one”. The one who is summoned or called to the opposite side to see if they can break the line. It seemed so tantalizing, because, for those times when it was my turn… It was all about me! My will, determination, speed, ability to analyze where the weakest link might be. My ability to size up the competition! Even as a kid… I was determined to be “the winner”. Right now, this week, in this moment… I feel the strength and support of being aligned with those around me who are also creating Magic. AND… Instead of calling someone over as a way to test or challenge them, it feels like an invitation to be a part of something larger. Something that, as a result of the collective intention, has a strength and desire that is impenetrable....

Flash from the Past

It seems that lately, I am being asked to look back on my past. It is as if the Universe is conspiring to have me encounter people and situations that remind me of this journey I have been on! The first couple of times it was nostalgic and easy to brush off. Then, as these reminders continued, I was forced to consider why they were seemingly all being presented simultaneously. Mind you… I have led a blessed life. I have gotten to experience many amazing people, places and things. There is nothing I would change about my past. Yet, my past has changed me. It has shaped and influenced who I am. AND it is clear there are very few things from my past that would have indicate that where, what and who I am now would be part of this journey! As I think about all these reminders as a collective… I see two things. The first is that it is important to honor the magic and mystery of life. How many times have you turned down a corridor, expecting to find something/someone~however, you find something completely different (better?)? The second is that it is time for ME to own the updated me. I am not better or worse… just different. When I look at these differences, I realize if I don’t own these shifts or changes in my life, there is a disconnect between the past and the present. When I identify myself with a past that no longer fits, it is like trying to put on a pair of jeans from my disco days (YES… There...

Break Pedal or Throttle?

I would LOVE to know how the next few months, heck even year are going to turn out!!! I find I am incredibly excited by so many things that are happening to me and the people around me. If only I had a crystal ball that could predict the future!!! I know, I know, Crystal Ball… I got! It is the kind that predicts the future that I am missing! I know amazing things are happening for me and many around me. This makes me think that this is an ideal time for all of us to let our imaginations soar, dream, fantasize and envision all kinds of possibilities YET … Don’t get attached to any of them!!! I like setting goals with realistic milestones, action items and deliverables. I like getting my head in the game and “figuring” it all out. How much time something will take, how it should look, feel or function when it is done… Basically control the crap out of it, and minimize any risk or unwanted surprises! That is what I have always done! So, this idea of not knowing where all this leads and allowing it to unfold, in the most expansive way it can, is ALL NEW for me. However… Over and over I remind myself that if I insist on being in charge… I limit what the Universe can do for me. If something has to look a certain way for me to feel like it worked out… What happens to all the options that I would or could have never thought of? What if the things I am fretting...

Time is on My Side

Let me just state what may be obvious! I never know where these rants/releases are going when they first start. I unusually just get a word or two that pop in my head~and I’m off and running! This week I have had conversations with several people who had “spontaneous awakenings”! They were going about their day to day lives, when in a matter of moments or maybe a few days… realized that they had been opened or connected to a part of the morphegenic field that gave them new clarity or insights into the purpose and gifts of their lives and in most cases… how this new information could assist others! They experienced a rapid awakening! Okay… Let me confess right here and now… I have “spontaneous” envy! Damn… It seems like for me, I have to go to the school of life everyday! I study, I take tests, I have homework! Sometimes I pass with flying colors. I’ve also failed several lessons multiple times and even when I have finally “passed” – was more relieved to be moving on than I ever was about understanding how the darn lesson was going to serve me! My awakening and awareness has taken YEARS! However… Even in the few minutes that it has taken me to write these lines I realize this slower approach has been perfect for me! In fact, perhaps my greatest lesson in all of this, is the need to develop a better relationship with “Time”. I am an immediate-gratification kinda-guy! I don’t like to wait… I want immediate manifestation of what is going on in my mind....

What’s “Right” for Me?

How do you know what is really right for you in any given moment? I am not talking about the things you are already familiar with… I mean the things that are presented that are new. For me, a person or situation will present them/itself and I am not sure if it is aligned with what I am trying to create or not. On the surface it seems right or on paper it looks good. However, many times there is this little unsettled feeling that is also there. A question mark that is quietly hanging around trying to get my attention. I remind myself that how something resonates with me is important… I also know how important it is to be discerning. On the other hand, it seems like I really question whether or not I am just being judgmental OR that it is unfair not to give someone or something a chance. I go round and round in my mind, until I finally give in and just settle on a yes or no. The truth is I have not used my personal power. Instead, I just abdicated my preference. Usually so that someone else will have or get their needs met. Invariably, the Universe brings these situations back to me in a way that it is clear that I always knew what the outcome would be. That little unsettled feeling was a nugget of opportunity to know my preference and what would work for me, that I dismissed or talked myself out of. Only to have it come to fruition. I would REALLY like to be more honoring...

All Aspects of Self

I am beginning to recognize a pattern and as a result, wanting to shift it. It goes something like this. I realize there is something I want to do, create or learn~I recognize that I don’t have the background, knowledge or skill. I freeze. I then start to make things up about how difficult, expensive, challenging and/or time-consuming it will be. I drop the idea (at least for awhile). Now mind you, this is not everything – I jump into new things all the time. Yet at the same time, there are those things that I know I am moving towards, that in the moment, I refuse to look at. Even as I write these words, I can feel this energetic shift, where the adolescent aspect of me wants someone else to figure this all out and make it easy for me. I don’t want to have to study or practice or heaven forbid, try this new thing and fall flat on my face, with all the cool kids watching! (btw… You’re one of the cool kids!) It seems so odd to look at this pattern and realize the energy it holds for me. I thrive on learning and creating new things! How can both of these be true at the same time??? I guess this is where “risk and reward” comes into play! The more visible the project or potential for exposure… The greater the fear of failure. Ahhh shucks! Now that this pattern is beginning to emerge more clearly I am going to have to confront it! Isn’t that the way our life-lessons work! The good news...

Gathering

I found out last night, that today, we would be hosting a brunch at our home for about 30 people… Mostly relatives and extended family. One of Fito’s aunts/uncles is visiting from Mexico and the family was gathering to celebrate and commune. If I am truthful my first reaction was “Really? On my day off?”. However, I got over myself and the truth is there is usually a hearty sense of joy and connection whenever family gathers. Yes, there can be minor dramas to navigate, but the laughter and reconnections are worth it. Something else also happens for me. The normal routine is broken. The patterns and habits that fill my days are interrupted. It is as though I am looking through a new pair of glasses. I get to see some of the things in my life that I take for granted. The truth is love is all around us. Whether it is the offering of food or drink, the handshakes or hugs, the stories or the jokes~they are all expressions of someones love for us, for family and/or for our day-to-day lives. It is easy to get caught up in “work”, especially when you love what you do. For me, I am reminded that it is home and family that provides the foundation that I stand on, even when it is far from my thoughts. Today is also Father’s Day… Another important day for reflection and gratitude (Happy Father’s Day Dad!). I hope whatever gatherings you have or will participate in this week were filled with lots of Joy and Connection AND that all the important Fathers/Padres...

Personal Awareness

While enjoying a spectacular meal at a dinner party last night, I also got to be a part of some juicy conversations. Some were about serious topics, others were goofy or just plain fun. Either way, several times throughout the evening I thought about how life is about the choices we make and the responsibility we take. There is a “cause and effect” to everything. It seems that most of our lives is spent paying attention to the choices and actions that bring us peace, joy or fun and creating more of those or trying to figure out what the heck happened to turn a piece of our world upside down and trying to avoid that! (and everything in between) For a short while the conversation turned to the home invasion, Fito, mom and I endured about four years ago. It was an intense, frightening, and surreal experience. It is not something I would like to claim I chose~however in hind-sight, I can also see the choices that we made that created the possibility for something like that to happen. Something else is also visible in hind-sight: how we responded and who we were during this traumatic experience was one of the reasons that we were not physically injured or killed. Revisiting the memories of this event, with it safely in the past, made me grateful for the personal and spiritual growth work I have done in my life. It helped me appreciate the choices I have made and the responsibility I take for creating my life. Life is not just about the pursuit of creating and having magical...

Evolution

If you follow us on Facebook (please follow us on Facebook!!!), you already know that I posted pictures of a new wall of shelving that was installed in the center earlier this week. I can’t even tell you how happy-making this is for me! I am a bit of a fanatic for design, color and functionality. I am not trained in these disciplines by any stretch of the imagination~however there is some gene that was triggered at birth that makes a toothsome space appealing and easily recognizable to me. Mom (Ruthie) would tell you I must have been adopted! (of course she says that whenever I embarrass her too!). I write about this because this week I am profoundly aware of how places and things evolve just like we do! I have always loved being at Storm Wisdom… I just love it more now. It is a beautiful center, but more than that, it is evolving. It is becoming even more of what it was imagined/envisioned to be. A place of magic, beauty and love. It is not just shelving that has shifted. The people who work here have too. We have found our connection to each other and more importantly to the space. We have been in the process of birthing something new for just over two years. Guess what? We have created something amazing AND what a joy it is to witness and acknowledge it’s evolution! How about you? What are you creating, shifting and changing? Take the time to witness and enjoy your contribution to the world of evolution! Not only will it be rewarding and...

Being a Source of Light

Whenever I send out an e-mail, below my signature there is a quote that says “I am a campfire that welcomes you home to the Source”. This is the life purpose statement that came to me while I was going through Life Coach training at the “Coaches Training Institute” in Northern California about 6 years ago. It has been on my mind lately as I try to determine where I am going and what I am up to. You see when you run a business that is dedicated to supporting and encouraging people on their personal journeys, it is easy to assume there are things to do and places to go! The truth is there are a great number of us who are being invited to be the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” for those around us who are struggling with the chaos and confusion that has come with the shifting energies on the planet. However this week it has really hit home that a source of light does some of its best work when it is constant, with minimal movement. Be it a streetlight, a lighthouse or even a campfire. It gives those in the darkness a place to home in on or set a course towards. Sometimes, for those who feel called to be a light for others~being still and being yourself are the only things they ask of you. This week… I am loving my role as “a campfire that welcomes you home to the...

Time for Change

Every once in a while we come to a choice point about our own beliefs. Something that we assumed was “the right thing to do”, all of a sudden is questioned. I believe it is in these moments that we have the opportunity to make quantum shifts in our lives. However in these times of awareness, we also have the opportunity to put our own inquiry on hold, or tuck it away for another day. I think one of the reasons that I personally put them aside for awhile, is because I don’t actually know what or how to be, once I have sat the old belief down. I have no experience walking around in this body with the new belief. What changes? What do I lose? Let me give you an example. I have always been politically active. I vote as often against politicians who represent policies or philosophies that I oppose, as I do for the politicians who I feel best represent my values and priorities. I sign petitions for the things I want and the ones I don’t want. I invest money in organizations that represent the causes that are close to my heart. I am a fighter when it comes to getting what I want. NOW… I am not sure any of this actually serves the greater good. Mind you this is just one example, however, it is showing up in many areas of my life. If I am focused on fighting poverty… Do I give more energy to poverty itself? If I am fighting against a war instead of working for peace, do I...

Boundaries

One of the themes that emerged in the Thursday night “Magic of Crystals” workshop was about boundaries. I find this to be a fascinating area of contemplation, as getting to a place in our lives where we have healthy boundaries is not always easy. It seems like one of the biggest hurdles is letting go of old beliefs, attitudes and judgements. The way this came up in our discussion was around people who are caregivers. Mind you, many caregivers come by their desire and qualities for caregiving naturally. Yet, there are also many who are put in this role by unexpected or familiar circumstances. Culturally and socially this is something that is recognized and valued by the consensus. However, what happens when it energetically moves into expectation or obligation? The same is true of many other situations in our lives. Family, friends, spouses/partners, jobs, organizations, church and social groups, political affiliations and more. We are changing. What we desired or valued 10 years ago may have no resonance for us today. That means there are people, places and things that no longer fit in our lives and new ones that do. Yet how many of us are holding on to ways of being, because it makes others more comfortable? How many of us have not taken the time to update our own beliefs and attitudes…and are not honoring our own updated boundaries? Many of us are not use to putting ourselves first. It is easier to take care of our own needs, after our spouse, children, parents, friend, co-worker, boss and (the list goes on) – first. It is...

It’s all in my head!

Lately I have been invited to look at how my mind affects the outcome of my day. This is of course, not the first time I have been on this track. I am familiar with it, and it feels well traveled. So why am I here again? I tell friends and clients all the time: “you can’t believe everything happens for a reason, only when it is convenient.”. Along the same line, I also believe I am responsible for the circumstances of my life. So, how is it that I get caught up in a mind-spiral for several days on end, and not even be aware of it? In the most recent circumstances, I decide I want to create something new~I am ready for a change. I start to visualize it in my mind and begin identifying the steps it will take to create this new dream. I begin to feel the essence of what this shift or change will mean. I heighten my desire for the outcome and I am on my way! Who knows how it happens, but even as I feel the rightness and realness of this new dream, I introduce “what if”. “What if this person says no” or “what if it costs more than I thought” or “what if…”. So all the while I am feeding my dream, I am also polluting it! By the time I realize I have had my mind on a “what-if-hamster-maze”, I have already exhausted my mind and created knots in my stomach. It is as if I won’t allow myself to dream with out analyzing all possible outcomes...

Letting go of “How” (again!)

I am up to things. Change wants and needs to occur. Sometimes I can see or sense what needs to happen with clarity. Other times, the solutions seem murky. Seeing or sensing what wants to happen and knowing how to go about creating the change are two different things. Which is another reminder that one of my biggest lessons over the past ten years or so is ‘letting go of the How.’. So, why am I surprised that I am visiting this lesson again? Here is what I have noticed this week. As soon as the destination or solution is clear for me~I immediately start moving in that direction. AND I instantaneously have decided the course I am on and how long it will take me to get there. Then, as I am navigating my new course, I find there is a giant ravine that makes this course impossible! But wait!!! I have already decided how I am going to get to my desired goal. So, instead of looking for alternatives or letting go of ‘how’~I dig in. I spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to get across the darn ravine. It isn’t until I have lost all patience and am ready to give up that I notice there is a metaphoric ‘hot air balloon’ behind me! I am stubborn. I value independence. I am spoiled enough to want things my way. I am also naive enough to be surprised, when the more simple, or elegant, or practical, or magical way presents itself. Usually AFTER I have given up all hope (yes, with...

Releasing

Okay, let me start by saying, I asked for this!!! I didn’t know I was asking for it, however, I did none the less. You see a week ago I had a ‘Cranial Sacral’ session with Joyce who is fairly new to the Phoenix area. I don’t have a lot of experience with this modality, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a ton of releasing of old chemicals from my body. Primarily anesthesia and gas from old surgeries and dental visits. Let me be clear, this is not something that I would have been able to name myself… It was the practitioner who identified what was happening. On the other hand, it was me who could barely keep my eyes open even when being asked to, as all of this old energy was moving out of my body! Flash forward a couple of days and Stacey, a Massage Therapist (LMT) who is a regular client at Storm Wisdom, gave me a deep tissue massage. I love a good massage… I just have not had one that brought up so much pain before. At first I wondered if I would be able to take it, as it seemed like she would find a spot where there was pent-up soreness and then work on it till I wanted to whimper like a child… Then the pain would be gone. Only for her to fin d another spot a few minutes later. Places that were holding stress in my body, in layers that I didn’t realize existed. It was a workout that triggered releasing a lot of...

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