The Divine Spark Within Each of Us: Brotherhood for a Better Tomorrow

Here we sit, blinded by our own superficiality to the fate that awaits us, if we continue down this path. I have had many eye-opening intuitive experiences that have shown me that the path we are on, leads nowhere but misery. Not just for some but for the entire human race. Our only hope is to recognize the divine spark within us and to embrace each and every living person as equal with an understanding that they hold that same spark within them. And as each tiny little spark unites in brotherhood, letting go of their fear and their hatred (which is just a manifestation of fear) we are left with the ever burning flame of God, the Universe, Our Father…and whatever else you prefer to label it.


Don’t you see? We are all of us God. We each make up a small piece of God and therefore, just as Christ, we have amazing capabilities and all it takes is a change of focus. When you start to walk the spiritual path you will find that one thing is constant.

Change.

But without change there cannot be growth and I am finding more and more that discomfort…the fear, anger, frustration…we experience when we face change and choose to grow is not where it ends. It is only where our life begins. The more we challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone, to face our fears and overcome them, the more powerful we become because when this faith based relationship is built, we are only rewarded and therefore we strive again for that same reward continuously. As we grow closer to the divine, the more divine we become and when we recognize and acknowledge our own divinity, we recognize and acknowledge the divinity of every living creature.

When we take this path, we are slowly pushed and challenged to improve the way we communicate and interact with the world around us. I’m not just talking relationships, though they are definitely affected, I am saying the whole world. We don’t walk past that trash in the street, we have a harder time pretending problems don’t exist and we strive harder to change them where they do. We are no longer fighting and pushing and challenging for ourselves, we are doing these things because there is no other choice. We are choosing these things because we long for that total reconnection, that orgasmic cosmic enlightenment and we will not stop until we feel it. Until we see and understand our power.

But unfortunately, we have distorted our definition of power and have been made to believe that power is money and influence and to be in power, one must be harsh, and firm and unyielding. We need to recognize that our power lies not in these things, but in our own divinity and in recognizing and nourishing the divinity in each of us and coming together as constructors of a new future, a new beginning.

If we cannot do this only one fate awaits us and it is the same fate that has been predicted in Biblical texts, and by historians and by spiritual intuitives but the thing we need to realize is that the only Hell in existence is the one we create for ourselves and the only devil responsible is the devil inside of ourselves. When we overcome our ego we begin to gain control of our abilities, senses and our life in ways never even imagined.

You are perfect. All of those things that you compare to that “ideal” human being, are an assortment of rubbish from the media, false and negative ego programming and experience. Stop and see that just as you are, you are perfect. You must be! You are God!

Embrace your divinity and really start living. Embrace the divine in others, even when it’s challenging, because our only hope is to come together and leave the past behind us. It’s only now that matters. What choice are you making right now? If we cannot embrace the perfection of this brotherhood we share, we cannot survive.

Now, if you read this and cringe because what I say contradicts your current belief system, ask yourself “why?” Ask yourself why and be honest with yourself. If it is just not that simple, reach out and pray, meditate, journal and ask for help! Reach out and ask and then just wait. Be open minded and wait for a sign and you will get it, guaranteed.
Just remember, your power cannot be defined by money, fear and influence. Your power lies within. Good luck on your journey and know, from the depths of my heart that I love you and even if you don’t, I recognize the divine within you.

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A Heaven on Earth: Letting Go of Our Fear

We currently face a controlled media, political corruption, fear and denial. It’s time to accept what is happening to the world and accept our responsibility in it. It may be too late to change the coming months and years and the potential catastrophes that await us but it is not too late to make a change and potentially save what we have left of this Earth. We are here for a reason. It’s our fault. No man made invention is going to save us now, now it’s up to the Divine. But take heart, we are all part of the Divine and therefore, our actions DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Over this last week so much has hit home with me. Puzzle pieces are falling into place. Have you ever had a moment when everything pours into you, from outside? Well, all the pain, disease, hate and love, the pleading cries of the Earth below us, the sweeping realization that everything we take for granted, and our GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL, are at risk of complete and utter annihilation; and this hit me with the force of a freight train the other day. It’s rare that I’m given these windows, but they always come when most needed and I couldn’t even begin to explain to you the depth of this realization. Trust me, I tried. I tried to write this blog post four times, I thought of how to construct sentences that would encapsulate this experience. I’ve accepted that perhaps that is impossible, but I’m not done trying.

I cannot live like this anymore. I cannot be a part of an existence that supports the brainwashing of the people. I cannot be a part of an uncaring system. Life is not black and white. We are not black and white. There is middle ground and it’s being ignored.

I’ve been dealing with this internal struggle for some time. This feeling of knowing why these events are happening, where we are going as a human race, and knowing what we need to reach a new level of existence to  move past this negative way of living and yet nobody listens. The way we have set up government there is no way to make change happen in a quick way, it takes years and years of bureaucratic bullshit and still, you are lucky to make a small change. That is, if your initial idea even slightly resembles what it did when you set out on your quest. We don’t have years. We need change NOW.

Mike Reynolds of Earthship Biotechture feels the same way and that’s what inspired him to design and create sustainable housing, built from recycled materials and with very little impact to the environment. But he’s had a struggle getting the richest, most developed nations (ex. US) to allow such growth. If we are living this way, who’s gonna pay the utility companies? Who’s gonna pay the contractors and build the roads and how is this going to profit our nation? When Mike Reynolds was at this standstill himself, the first Tsunami hit Thailand and he and his crew headed over to help. They found that in places like these, people were open to suggestions, governments wanted rapid solutions and change happened…QUICKLY! As horrible as these circumstances are and have been, maybe that’s all that will help us to really accept change is happening and move with it rather than fight it and be in denial of it. (The Garbage Warrior is an amazing film about Earthships and Mike Reynolds, watch it free by clicking the link- for more on Earthships click here to read an archived post full of information).

As a psychic I’ve seen what I believe to be glimpses into the future of this Nation and the World, and though I’m still working some of these things out, I can tell you we are just seeing the beginning with the recent and horrible tornadoes in Joplin and the Tsunami in Japan. More is coming and it’s nothing like we’ve ever seen.  I can tell you that I definitely feel that there will be a large earthquake in California this year and it will worse than we’ve ever seen. Hurricane season won’t be pretty either. In fact, I know it will be far worse than anything we’ve seen to date.

Please, PLEASE read this article for information on the Hopi Prophecies as I intuitively sense the truth in them and feel guided to this information.  No matter what your personal and spiritual beliefs are, I URGE you to read it and take this quote from the article as reassurance:

The Hopi Elder went on to explain that it makes no difference whether your spirituality falls in line with an organized philosophy or religion, or if it is something that you have come up with and practice on your own. “Practice your spirituality, whatever it may be, like you have never practiced it before.” And realize that your consciousness affects the outcome. Your consciousness effects everything. Realize that your thoughts, words and actions of today contribute to what the world will be like tomorrow.” Plus, some baffling environmental facts are included in this article that I guarantee you haven’t heard from mainstream media.

Our first goal, despite all of this, should be to let go of FEAR. Fear cripples us, it blinds us, it makes us incapable of acting confidently and we need to banish it. It’s the hardest thing anyone can ever ask of you and you are being asked to do it. You are being asked to trust you will be okay, without any proof whatsoever. You are asked to demonstrate faith, in whatever you believe, to the utmost extent.  What good does denial of circumstances doing you?

I urge you to EDUCATE yourself. You aren’t going to find this stuff on the evening news, you aren’t going to find it in your large, corporation run magazines and newspapers. Use the internet first of all, it’s one tool that makes this lesser known information available to everyone, by everyone. AM talk radio is another great place to start for “off the grid” information. The article mentioned above has some great resources, including websites, books and more that are worth starting with!

You may be inclined to feel angry once you see the information being kept from us, but this is a dead end street. Let it go. It is horrible that this conspiracy is possible and happening, but it what good is focusing on it going to do? Focus instead on your spiritual aspirations and let yourself be lead to each necessary step to achieving a higher consciousness.

Again taking from the article mentioned above, “There you have it. Four easy steps to surviving the earth changes and all the prophecies. Keep your eyes open. Let go of fear. Learn all you can. Live your spirituality. It all sounds pretty simple. It almost sounds like it could even be fun. And that’s a very important point to keep in mind. Fun.

True spirituality is fun. Very big fun. Joy is probably a better word; bliss perhaps even better. If your spiritual path is not leading you on a path of joy, I would suggest that it’s perhaps time to start shopping around. I have come to the understanding (and it has taken a lot of sorrow to get here) that experiencing joy is the most spiritual thing that one can do in the course of their day. Joy is infectious. It changes and charges the very air that you walk through. It lightens the hearts of those around you. And in these troubled times I can think of no better healing energy to saturate the Earth with. Joy! Why not take a few moments during each day just to pause and think of something that makes you very happy? Try it. You’ll like it. It might even become a habit.” (http://www.spiritual-endeavors.org/basic/hopi-elders.htm)

Our priorities are askew. It’s time to turn to a simpler way of living. As I watched The Garbage Warrior about Mike Reynolds and I saw the life he was creating for himself and others in his community and all over the world, I couldn’t help but think how this life seemed to be the Eden spoken of in the Bible. A life where each is considered, cared for and everything is provided if you only believe. The problem is that we want mansions like the one we saw on MTV Cribs and we want designer handbags like Paris Hilton but why are these things valuable? Only because we give them value. A name is a name is a name. Even a brand name. We are being told what’s cool and we are believing it! We are making these brainwashing people and corporations rich! Stop listening. Start realigning your priorities and let go of old beliefs so new, and more accurate beliefs can form!

Live simply, love completely and let go of your fear! Let us make this place a Heaven on Earth!

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The Future of Green Living: Earthships!

So, around a year ago I was pregnant, puking up my toenails, buried in my couch and looking for distractions. Hello internet and hello Stumbleupon! (Read more about Stumbleupon here – trust me, the toolbar is worth the download, you won’t regret it!)

After much random internet browsing my interest was thoroughly peaked by an article about a man called “Can Dan,” or Dan Phillips, who was busy helping people create low-impact, green homes out of recycled materials. People, these homes are so uniquely beautiful and his message falls in that same category. Check out the video below and see for yourself:

After this article, I couldn’t get it off my mind! For days I didn’t want to throw anything away! ‘I bet I could use it for something…’ I’d think. Now my garage is filled with glass bottles (big and small), coffee cans, soda cans and more. Don’t you envy my husband?

I had this hunger within me that could not be satisfied! Every internet moment I could squeeze out of my day was spent researching green living, building with recycled materials and living off the grid. I couldn’t get enough. And my poor, poor Facebook friends were bombarded with shared links! I force-fed them these links in utter fascination! Why!? Why aren’t we all living like this!? By the end of this post, you might ask yourself the same question!

During my research I came across straw bail homes, shacks, newer homes with “green” supporting add-on’s but my imagination was most awakened by…(drum roll please)…Earthships.

I know, it sounds crazy, futuristic and “outer edge-ish,” and it is! In a good way! On their website, Earthship Biotecture says “An Earthship is a radically sustainable home made of recycled materials.” Radical is right! Earthships, created by architect  Michael Reynolds, are perfect for any type of climate, are incredibly resistant to natural disasters and are extremely self sustainable! But how? And why?!

The foundation of an ES is built using old recycled tires (sometimes people will pay you to take them off their hands!) which are packed full of dirt until they literally become large, heavy and virtually unmovable bricks! They are stacked to create the outside walls of the structure and the base. For walls and such inside the home, aluminum cans are paved into the structure as bricks as well! The wood, stone and glass features in the home are often recycled materials; in fact take a look at how glass bottles are used for beautiful accents and as small windows!

Earthships stay warm during the cold months because the rubber tires collect warmth from the sun and when the temperature outside drops below the temperature of the tires, the warmth of the tires is emitted into the structure. Plus, every ES I’ve come across have multiple custom fireplaces! They also stay cool during the summer because of the actual soil used to pack the tires. Also, because of the sturdy structure, they are earthquake, hurricane, natural disaster resistant!

Earthships have large windows facing the sun which allow for the individual to grow food year round in the home itself. I’ve seen everything from herbs, to vegetables and even fruit trees growing indoors!

They are equip with solar panels on the roof and occasionally, given the unique climate considerations, are also powered by wind. Rain water is collected, stored, filtered and recycled within the structure and used for showering, watering indoor plants, for toilets and irrigating outdoor plants. Even used toilet water is recycled by being cleansed and filtered again and distributed to outdoor plants!

The best part about these homes? They are totally customizable and possible to build for a couple hundred grand or millions of dollars! There are even a few communities of Earthships found in Arizona, New Mexico and overseas in areas of poverty!

So, again, why aren’t we all living in one of these amazing structures? You can bet one day I will be!

It’s not like I’m obsessed and have been collecting these photos for the past year or anything….heh heh. Right?


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Chakra Balancing and Energy Healing — What does it all mean!?

I am excited to say, I have made the decision to begin offering “Chakra Readings” as an available service! While my spiritual journey started with intuitive awakening and then moved to confidence building by beginning to offer oracle card readings, I am feeling deeply moved to challenge myself and continue to grow. I certainly don’t mean to toot my own horn, however I feel I left the previous phase of my development with great success and now I am being strongly guided to energy healing. But what does this mean?

To understand what “energy healing” or a “Chakra Reading” entails, a little foundational information is needed, but I promise not to bore you with too many details!

Much research has been done over the last forty to fifty years which suggest that, as the oldest Eastern civilizations have been saying forever, an energy body might exist in connection with our physical body. I’m already convinced and so don’t feel the need to get into too many studies as proof, but if you are interested, explore this further by typing it into Google and you will come across quite a bit of information on the topic!

According to my studies over the years we have many chakras, some in body and some out, but the primary focus of a Chakra Reading are the main 7 shown above. Each of these energy centers or “wheels of light” run up the spine starting with the Root Chakra at the base and continuing to the Crown Chakra at the top of the head.

Take note of how each Chakra also has a color associated with it. The base or root chakra is red, a deep color of a lower, slower and deeper vibration but as you move up the spine, the colors grow to higher and faster frequencies on an energetic scale. Each chakra has a purpose ranging from emotional balance to intuitive opening, to connection to the divine and linking us to the energy available through this connection. But sometimes we hold energy in the wrong places and often, this causes us physical discomfort and pain. Other times, it may cause illness.

A Chakra Reading entails laying hands on these points, healing and balancing them but many times issues which hold you back, or may be causing these pains/illnesses, pop up intuitively which can act as a guidepost to better functioning of the chakra points, and better function of the body in the physical world.

A Chakra Reading is as much a healing as it is a Reading. In fact, it would be easy to interchange the words “healing” and “reading” for, if there is an exchange of energy, it is a healing, and both of these things involve an exchange of energy.

So why get a Chakra Reading? Because it may…

-Help you understand the unconscious blocks holding you back from success

-Help alleviate, or even cure, physical problems by locating their emotional roots

-Help you to let go of issues which are not serving you or are not in your best interest

-Help you to re-energize and balance these chakra centers, leading to clearer focus and intuitive growth

-Even help you relax!

So, I think the question is why NOT get a chakra reading? Especially because, for a limited time, I’m offering a session for only $40! 

Also, don’t forget to review the “About My Services” tab at the top of this page to learn about packages, classes and more over the next few weeks!

Thanks for reading! Blessings!

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The Crazy Life of Plants: Crazy Stuff You Probably Haven’t Heard Before!

So, time to let my crazy out to play a little. I love plants. When I was a child, sitting in a tree, or by one, was a favorite pass time. Have you ever seen a grown woman cry when her cat knocked over her beautiful Jade plant and killed it? Yeah, that was me. And it wasn’t the first time it has been known to happen, and it’s probably not the last either. I talk to my plants. I hug the tree outside my front door. I do energy healing on struggling plants around me, whether they are mine or not.

The quality of plants in one’s home can be quite telling from a psychic perspective. If they are not thriving, it could signify a negative home environment. Close observation and yes, communication, with the plants can normally clue you into the problem.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve come across some amazing research that’s been happening for ages but that I’ve never heard about! I even relayed some of this information to my Mother, an avid gardener, farmer’s market advocate and greenhouse owner, and even she was unfamiliar with this information! This amazes me, because evidence from these studies suggest that plants have a consciousness and may not be so different from animals that roam this Earth.

If we look at the work of Cleve Backster, an American scientist, we find that plants can pick up on perceived and actual events around them. Wanting to see how long it took for water to travel from a philodendron’s roots to it’s leaves, Backster attached a lie detector to the plant hoping that it would measure the differences in electrical resistance. Upon doing this experiment, Backster was surprised to find: “the tracing began to show a pattern typical of the response you get when you subject a human to emotional stimulation of short duration.”

But that’s not all…Backster , now led by curiosity, decided to measure other plant reactions and had thoughts of burning a leaf. The mere thought, with no matches, fire or utensils to do this, caused a sizable reaction in the data collected by the lie detector. Backster was baffled, and still, somehow, I’ve never heard of this man, or his studies into the plant world.

But, even that’s not all! A documentary, made in 1979, called “Secret Life of Plants,” is full of interesting studies like this one! Be prepared to take a trip back to that colorful period of life on Earth 😉 but a wonderful documentary, really! If you are interested, view it free on many online websites like this one: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-secret-life-of-plants/ or on Netflix instant play!

In this film, they show a Japanese woman who learned to communicate with a cactus to the point of teaching it to recite the alphabet and even to count to 20, when hooked up to proper equipment!

Other amazing accounts in history include those of an American plant breeder, Mr. Burbank, in 1849 who explained that by simply talking to his plants and creating a safe and loving environment, he was literally able to encourage a desert cactus to drop it’s thorns. “You have nothing to fear,” he comforted the plant. “You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.”

“By developing a deep communion with the plant kingdom, Mr. Burbank entered into their world to improve upon common flowers, fruits and vegetables and thus eliminate their undesirable characteristics. With ease, he created new varieties of plums, berries, lilies, roses, apples, peaches, quinces, nectarines, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, asparagus and numerous other plants. His name itself, Burbank, has become a verb listed in the dictionary that connotes improvement through selective breeding, as in the crossing or grafting of plants. The Burbank Gardens are preserved to this day in Santa Rosa, California.” (The Essential Flower Essence Handbook” by Lila Devi available free online here: http://www.spirit-in-nature.com/free-online-essences-book/Free_Online_Essences_Handbook.php )

We’ve all heard, I’m sure, that plants respond to music and love and often thrive in emotionally nurturing environments. Many studies support this as well, but did you know the energies of specific plants can be used to cure our own emotional issues, and even those of our pets? Eventually, I will be expanding my business to include “Bach Flower Essences” which are defined as: “dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the 1930s. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.”

On a deeper level, the energetic vibration of the flower, or plant itself, can be used to change the vibration within a living person or animal. Here are a few remedies as an example:

Crab Apple

“This is the remedy of cleansing. For those who feel as if they have something not quite clean about themselves. Often it is something of apparently little importance: in others there may be more serious disease which is almost disregarded compared to the one thing on which they concentrate. In both types they are anxious to be free from the one particular thing which is greatest in their minds and which seems so essential to them that it should be cured. They become despondent if treatment fails. Being a cleanser, this remedy purifies wounds if the patient has reason to believe that some poison has entered which must be drawn out.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Elm

“Those who are doing good work, are following the calling of their life and who hope to do something of importance, and this often for the benefit of humanity. At times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Heather

“Those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter who it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Willow

“For those who have suffered adversity or misfortune and find these difficult to accept, without complaint or resentment, as they judge life much by the success which it brings. They feel that they have not deserved so great a trial that it was unjust, and they become embittered. They often take less interest and are less active in those things of life which they had previously enjoyed.” – Dr. Edward Bach

Strange, I know, but so interesting! And they have been used with great success in the past! In fact, you might be able to find Bach Flower Remedies in your local health food or supplement store!

More to come, I’m sure, on my love of plants! But, in the meantime, check out my Mom’s blog all about plants and gardening: http://bentsbeergarden.blogspot.com/

Peace!

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The Importance of Creativity

I’ve always found creativity to be a deeply important to the individual and the collective, though, sadly, it’s significance goes quite unacknowledged in society today. Think about it, in Kindergarten it’s tolerated. We paint and play and exercise our imaginations. And then, “more important” things take priority: our math, science, reading, writing…

Mind you, I’m not trying to make the point that these topics are not important, but rather that creativity (and the continued growth of it) should be our equal focus!

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a wonderful video with my husband and it stuck with us both. We’ve shared it numerous times with professors, friends, family, and Facebook. In this video a man named Sir Ken Robinson, a truly talented public speaker, talks on just this subject and makes the point that “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.”

Are we too late to make the necessary changes and save humanity? Why, we are never too late! And so, to do my part in spreading this message, once again I share this inspiring video (though I’m sure it won’t be the last time)! Prepare yourself to be delighted, this man is a joy to listen to and before you know it you will be sharing it with your loved ones too! 🙂

I love the point he makes about how, prior to Industrialism, we had no public education system, and so, when it was built, it was that approach that motivated educators and gave them their focus. Hence the left brain emphasis in the existing system. And so we hear, don’t do art, you’ll never be an artist; don’t do dance, you’ll never make a living that way. What if our divine gifts don’t fit in the boxes we have created as “acceptable?” What if they can’t be so easily labeled? Should we not have a choice, to express our souls in the way that is most natural to ourselves? YES!

Lindsay Swan - The Dragon Came By and I Got On

This brings me to my personal path…as a kid I was always drawn to the creative. I loved to draw, paint, create! I loved choir and music class. I adored drama class. I was told I excelled in these things. But, those around me who loved me, and had my best interest in mind, kindly told me to pursue something else for financial security and do these things, as a hobby on the side.

My heart ached when I was told this. I had such a drive, a passionate, tenacious urge to pursue these things. I knew, that given my fervor, there was nothing I couldn’t do! Wasn’t that the conflicting message I always got? “The American Dream,” you can do anything you set your mind to, and “reach for the stars!?” But, these passions took a temporary back seat whilst I found myself and the confidence to say, I can do whatever I set my sites on!

And here I am, pursuing my dreams. But lately…a childlike urge has risen again within me and I am feeling strongly guided to pursue my own artistic vision. Someone may even be considering changing their college major… 😉

I still exercise my creativity daily! I write poetry, paint, draw, build and design. Lately my

Christina Williams - Self Portrait

doodles have a common thread…energy. In class I will find myself doodling my instructor, or a fellow classmate as I listen to the lecture. Before I know it, without this focus, I find myself drawing from a psychic perspective. Sometimes this means a Guide for this person steps forward and I doodle their image too, or I find myself including their aura in the art work, or the energy I see around them. This has inspired me to pursue this on a larger scale and for my own interests.

Then, I did some research…since May 2008 a new art movement has been founded by five artists across the globe. It is called the Energy Art Movement! I was floored to find that there were others, being intuitively guided into the same form of art, as I was!

That’s the thing…intuition flourishes in a creative environment, but the Ego, king of the left brain, makes this intuitive development difficult when we become to focused on the analytical.

Hiroyuki Saito - Beyond the Phoenix Wings

Artwork from this movement is what has been displayed throughout this post! I hope you enjoyed it! This new movement that inspires me to pursue my own artistic endeavors and I hope it sparks some inspiration in you as well! Don’t be surprised to see my name on a list of members on http://www.energyartmovement.org/ in the near future! Visit this website for more beautiful artwork in this movement!

Giorgio Vaselli - Enlightenment

Also, for more information on Sir Ken Robinson, visit his website  http://sirkenrobinson.com!

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A Tribute to the Multi-Faceted and Glorious Rob Brezsny

I wanted to take a minute to salute one of my living and most beloved guides, Rob Brezsny. He is a jewel of humanity with his loving and playful take on the world around us (physical and unseen). He has opened me up to a part of myself that I didn’t realize I was so disconnected from, my inner child. Plus he always, ALWAYS manages to brighten my mood when I am losing hope in all of mankind.

If it weren’t for him and his writings in The Televisionary Oracle, I may never have connected with my playful guide “Hawthorn,” and so, this is also for him and his perception-altering presence in my life!

The following are some of my favorite quotes by Rob Brezsny, many from his amazing book, PRONOIA Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. Get more information on Rob and his wonderful books and astrology here: http://www.freewillastrology.com – You won’t regret it!

“Traditionally, the Seven Deadly Sins — actions most likely to wound the soul — are pride, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, sloth, and covetousness.

But we have formulated a fresh set of soul-­harmers, the Four Foolish Virtues. They are as follows: (1) being analytical to such extremes that you repress your intuition; (2) sacrificing your pleasure through a compulsive attachment to duty; (3) tolerating excessive stress because you assume it helps you accomplish more; (4) being so knowledgeable that you neglect to be curious.

Are you victimized by any of these Four Foolish Virtues? If so, what are you going to do about it?”

“Only you can prevent the genocide of the imagination.”

“Go to a mirror and play with your face until you create the Fabulous Smirk. Not the Arrogant Smirk or the Vengeful Smirk or the Hateful, Whiny, Passive-Aggressive Smirk. Rather, express the Smirk that Passeth All Understanding. The Wise, Charitable, Forbearing Smirk. The Uber-Smirk that says, “I’ve figured out what everyone’s hiding, and I love them anyway.”

“Imagine that the whole world belongs to you.  The birch trees in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are yours, and so are the cirrus clouds in the western sky at dusk and the black sand on the beaches of Hawaii’s big island.  You own everything, my dear sovereign – the paintings in all the museums of the world, as well as the internet and the wild horses and the roads.

Please take good care of it all, OK?  Be an enlightened monarch who treats your domain with reverent responsibility.  And make sure you also enjoy the full measure of fun that comes with such mastery.  Glide through life as if all of creation is yearning to honor and entertain you.”

“In its wild state, the truth is fluid, slippery, vagrant, scrambled, promiscuous, kaleidoscopic, and beautiful.”

“Dumb suffering is the kind of suffering you’re compulsively drawn back to over and over again out of habit. It’s familiar, and thus perversely comfortable. Smart suffering is the kind of pain that surprises you with valuable teachings and inspires you to see the world with new eyes.

While stupid suffering is often born of fear, wise suffering is typically stirred up by love. The dumb, unproductive stuff comes from allowing yourself to be controlled by your early conditioning and from doing things that are out of harmony with your essence. The smart, useful variety arises out of an intention to approach life as an interesting work of art and uncanny game that’s worthy of your curiosity.”

And lastly, because this one really hit home for me, given the topic of my previous blog post:

“Refuse to dehumanize anyone, even those who dehumanize you.”

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