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Spirit Junkie was the first book I read when spirit guided me to the astounding coaching work of Gabrielle Bernstein. You can read more about my blessed journey to my intuitive coaching work with angels by reading my blog most My Journey To Angels. Gabby became a mentor of mine and her book “Spirit Junkie” quite literally transformed me.
When I read the book, I could relate so much to her story. Although the details of our lives were very different, we had both overcome adversity in our lives to be guided toward inquisitive coaching work, Gabby’s teachings are inspired by a metaphysical spiritual text called A course In Miracles. Spirit Junkie is her personal autobiography detailing her journey as both a teacher and a student of the course.
One of Gabby’s many gifts lies in her ability to take the often heady text of A Course In Miracles and demystify it’s core concepts making them more accessible to a younger generation (The very reason I was guided to her work and resonated so deeply with how she communicated course principles). Spirit Junkie was my first exposure to A Course In Miracles and it was enough for me to know from a profound place inside that the course was an integral part of my path.
I too consider myself both a student and a teacher of A course In Miracles. Let me delve briefly in to some fundamental A Course In Miracles concepts At the core of the course is the key concept of the split mind. We all have an ego. The part of our mind that is the fear voice. The part of our minds that believes we are separate from spirit, God, source, spirit whatever you want to call the energy of spiritual truth. When we are tuning into the ego (the voice of fear) it is often unconscious because no one would willingly choose fear if they knew there was a better way. That fear voice unknowingly causes us to turn away from the voice of truth which is love, self love, spirit, forgiveness and faith. The ego’s tiny mad idea , and we as Gabby calls it causes our ego mind to create false projections of our reality, and we carry those projections with us and replay them over and over again in our belief systems about ourselves,, our relationships with other people, and even our perceptions of past events and situations. It isn’t that the voice of spirit aka love isn’t always within us, it’s that the voice of fear (ego) blocks the truth that love is already there.
Through the process of forgiveness we bring the voice of fear into the light and remove blocks to the awareness of loves presence. Sounds pretty deep right? It is. But it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. It’s the ego part of our mind that makes things complicated. Because once we shed light on fear it has no power over us any longer and love illumines every area of our life. I can’t even begin to describe how much this book has been trans formative in my life and helped me release crazy crap that was holding me hostage. I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you disagree with some of the material, you are bound to glean insight from it.
Avocado’s – The Good Fat
On my personal journey toward spiritual work on myself, I was guided by spirit to change my diet a lot. This was and still is a process for me. But I know that I am being guided to eat foods that are healthy for me, and let go of things in my diet that were not serving me.(Cafine and gluten were big ones for me). I've been a vegetarian since 2008 but now I am eating an organic menu and I'm transitioning to a more Vegan diet as I am guided. Even though I considered myself a vegetarian for several years. I really didn't eat enough vegetables, and they certainly were not chemical free organically grown vegetables. Now, I've significantly increased my fresh organic vegetable intake daily.
Avocado's have become a staple good healthy food for me. Aside from the olive, avocado's are the second highest fruit source of monounsaturated fatty acids, Avocado's are used in Chinese Medicine and are known for lung and intestinal health. Nourishes and cleanses the blood. Excellent for organ health and treats ulcers. Contrary to belief that avocado's are "fatty" the fats in avocado actually boost healthy metabolism and even reduce overeating. Avocados contain 3 times more potassium than banana's. Avacodo's are a high source of iron and copper as well as phosphorous and magnesium. They are low in sodium as well as sugar and starch. They are full of folic acid , vitimin A, Vitimin B complexes vitimin C & E. Avacado's are proven to:
- Cleanse thr blood and regulate blood pressure
- Protect eyesight
- Improve Cholesterol levels
- Moisturize and prevent dhydration
- Increases he ability to absorb phytonutrients
- Bossts the immune system
- Prevent Morning Sickness
- Prevent prostate cancer
Learning To Say “No” With Love
For most of my life I believed saying no to someone was selfish, that somehow by saying no I wasn’t being spiritual or in the act of saying no I was giving up the chance to be of service to someone or something. This in turn lead to feelings of guilt, an endless spiral of blaming myself or feeling bad for something I’d perceived I’d done “wrong,” I worried endlessly that saying “no” somehow made me a bad person. Especially if energetically I felt that the other person expected or needed me to say yes. Then, I felt had no choice but to swallow my feelings and agree to what was being asked of me:
1) Because deep down I love helping people, it is so important to me to be of service to others.
2) Because I just couldn’t bear the thought of hurting or disappointing anyone – even people I didn’t know.
3) Because I was afraid to set boundaries. I wanted people to like and approve of me
I had heard people speak about “owning your power” constructively, but I think I was too polite and soft – too much of a people-pleaser
to understand the difference between stepping into assertive power with kindness versus being afraid of becoming hard, mean, bitter and abusive of my personal power when using it with other people.
In the last year, I have been on a deeply personal journey learning to accept myself for who I am, learning to embrace my psychic and intuitive gifts as part of my life purpose and my true calling. Each is a process including learning to be comfortable saying “no” to certain people or situations. I am learning that sometimes saying no is the most loving thing to be done. I’ve learned that I am not serving with pure intention and love if I say I will do something,, but deep down feel uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling is my intuition speaking up and telling me something doesn’t feel right.
Sometimes saying “no” is an act of self-care, and your intuition will tell you the difference between whether it is time to walk away from a situation completely versus whether it is simply time for you to stay the course, face your fear step out of your comfort zone. If you take the time to sit and stillness and get in touch with your genuine feelings, the answer will come to you. I recently had an opportunity where I needed to say no. It wasn’t an easy decision because I haven’t said no to many things personally or professionally. This particular situation gave me the unmistakable message I needed to walk away. My personal energy was depleted, I didn’t feel positive about the project in question, I wasn’t being treated with respect, and ultimately the clients highest good wasn’t being served the way things stood. Saying no in this case was an act of love, done in the best interest of all with kindness and compassion.
My Journey To Angels
As a child, I knew I was intuitive, but I chose to turn away from it. I wanted to fit in, and I was desperate for approval. I wanted to be liked and to belong. I always had a deep sense of spirituality. Without question, I have always believed in God, source, energy love and angels, but I found that talking about any of these subjects at any depth was intimidating for people and I felt I was labeled as “odd.” I already had enough that made me different (or so I perceived), I chose the path of fear. It’s Ironic really, I wanted to experience love so much that I was willing to go anywhere outside myself to get it. The funny thing is – love must exist within first. Nothing “out there” ie: other people, status, recognition. promotion, relationships or other things outside can “fill up” what we feel may be lacking in our lives.
This brings me to my connection with angels. I’ve already mentioned that I chose to turn away from my intuitive abilities. After several years of looking outside myself in virtually every area of my life – I was deeply lost, depressed and disconnected from spirit. I had reached an all time low in terms of how I felt about myself. My higher self knew that my destiny was to be of service to comfort and uplift, teach , speak, and consult but I was so desolate I couldn’t con-sieve of how I would find my calling. All I knew at the time was that I was determined to heal the parts of mt life that had brought me to such a breaking point. I had been “diagnosed” with a form of anxiety disorder, and at the time felt that everything I knew to be true in my life was crumbling around me. I knew in that moment that this current reality I was living was not my truth. I remember sitting on my couch filled with so much emotional pain that my body ached. I didn’t know it then, but my extreme sensitivity to energies had caused my to carry other people’s pain and suffering as well as my own. With tears blurring my vision I began to ask heaven for help. My intuition was screaming at me that there had to be a better way than this. My higher self was right – there was. Today, every value I once held has shifted. I now know the value that coping with extreme anxiety has taught me, and that I can shift my own perception of anything with the help of the angels, spirit, and the inner voice of love we all share. Spirit intervened for me and I was guided to take to the internet. I was guided literally to Gabrielle Bernstein’s website and she has become one of my greatest spiritual teachers and mentors. Just a side note about being guided – I had absolutely no idea where the guidance was taking me. I just knew it felt 100% right for me. That’s the way guidance works for all of us. We all have an inner voice that speaks truth, and we have an intuitive knowing when we follow the path that is meant for us. When I was lead to Gabby’s work, I knew I was home. I began a daily meditation practice even though I had never really meditated before.I changed my diet, began taking yoga I knew the key to my health and happiness was change. With meditation. and exposure to the uplifting spiritual teachings of Gabrielle Bernstein, Abraham Hicks, Marianne Williamson and Louis Hay I have been set on a life long process of creating genuine inner peace and happiness in my life. After two months of learning to listen to the voice of my guidance, studying the incredible work of Gabrielle Bernstein and A Course In Miracles; and continuing with my meditation process, one day I was listening to Gabrielle’s weekly radio show Spirit Junkie on Hay House Radio featuring an angel communicator. I instantly resonated with the gentleman being interviewed on the show, and my intuition was once again loudly speaking to me to continue investigating the connection I have felt with angels since childhood. Anytime I was investigating anything involving angels and spiritual teaching, I felt alive and incredibly calm and peaceful. The more I learned, the more I felt that my life purpose. I booked a session for myself with that same angel communicator from the radio show. During the session, I received confirmation of my natural intuitive ability, my connection to angels and that my life purpose involved spiritual counseling and using my gifts to support, uplift. motivate and serve others. I was vigilant in my meditation practice and spiritual learning. I asked the angels to continue guiding me along my path.
I asked for miracles, and the more I asked, the more they materialized. With the help of the angels I was blessed to receive certified Holistic Angel Coach™ training with Monick Halm & Nina Jasmine from Life Alchemy School. My life as a result of this training and other influences Spirit and the angels have infused as blessings have completely transformed me from the inside out. I am now using my intuitive gifts and natural talents as a leader speaker and teacher, and equally a student to help others progress in their lives. This is my life purpose, my calling, and a genuine blessing I will always be thankful for.
The Power Of Affirmations
Self help literature and medical science alike have been linking mind, body and spirit together for decades. I believe every human on the planet would benefit from allowing affirmations into their daily life.
Carol Bernette was once quoted as saying: “Only I can change my life, no one else can do it for me.”
This is such a powerful statement I needed to be a darkly place, before I was willing to allow affirmative prayers and affirmative statements into .my daily spiritual practice. Not that I never used affirmations, mind you, but I wasn’t consistent about it by any stretch. Many times, I would say the words, but energetically underneath the phrases, I really didn’t believe what I was saying. Therefore, I was resisting the love and the true essence behind the words. Furthermore, if my affirmations were not achieving the results I wanted in the time frame I had predetermined in my mind; I would use that as evidence that things were not working, and I would proceed to beat myself up over it. This is all an ego trip, and I can fall into it even today if I am not vigilant in creating my thoughts. Yes, you read right, I said creating my thoughts. When I talk to others about how they are doing with their affirmation work, I’m comforted in the knowledge that as humans we all struggle with the idea that we have the power to create out thoughts, that we are not simply passive participants in our lives. This can be a hard concept to grasp, especially when you consider that we all are equally capable of creating situations that we clearly do not want, yet on an unconscious level and we live with these circumstances because they stem from a base belief we have carried since childhood or picked elsewhere up along the way. We all want to believe we would never create an unwanted desire, unconscious or not.
Once we are able to accept that we create our experiences (this is a moment to moment acceptance, not just an hourly or a daily one – then we become truly empowered. I’ve been a “fix” personality most of my life. My intuition and my sensitivity (when I I choose not to stand in my power, but rather latch on to the idea that something “out there” perceived by my ego mind has power over me – caused me to take on the fear, pain and suffering of others without even being aware I was taking it on. Several years before I began my coaching practice, I would have told you I felt completely alone in how I felt. Now however, I know that many others share the same feelings a had. I’ve also been giving the blessing of knowing that every experience I have ever had, every emotion I have ever felt can now support someone who is feeling something similar as we are all one. I spoke before of being a “fixer” my sensitivity made me acutely aware of energies, emotions and feelings even if I didn’t fully comprehend what I was picking up on. This also gave me an intense desire to take away pain and suffering, to fight to solve “problems” even to my own detriment. This placed me in a position to understand what it means to have an obsessive desire to please. This tension filled energy is all about control. It’s about going out and getting fixing and solving. It’s a trap so many of us can unknowingly fall into. In our desire to get, have, achieve and make things happen, we hold on so tight we stand in direct opposition to what we want.
The key to using affirmations is gentle willingness. I have found it helpful to use the word willing in my affirmations, especially if whatever it is I am holding the intention to create something I might feel is slightly out of my reach. Willingness creates belief. In other words, even if you don’t fully believe, but you have the will to believe coupled with trust in spirit to do the work for you, and the patience to wait for divine timing. That is enough. This is the gentle love the beloved has for each and every one of us. Gentle willingness allows me to relax a lot more, and has really taken the pressure off my personal spiritual practice. Here are some affirmations that have created shifts for me. I share them with the intention that they assist you to create shifts for you as well. I want to preface that using affirmations does not mean simply “Be positive” even in the most horrendous of situations. This is a common misconception, and once that I didn’t understand when I began inviting spirit into my life. No human being should expect themselves to make sunshine and rainbows out of something that feels like it sucks. Likewise, being negative about everything isn’t authentic either. The true essence in inner work is the individual process of being willing and receptive to uncovering the underlying lesson and the love within any situation.
I am willing to receive the lessen and the love in Name specific situation. It is done. Sometimes when people begin affirmation work being specific about a desire they have feels too unbelievable for them. If someone is wanting to create more financial abundance but to start a specific figure feels too intimidating in these situations, I have found it best to go much more general/ I am open to new and creative possibilities for abundance thank you. I am worthy of receiving abundance in all ways. And so it is. Try it and remember to be gentle with yourself
Oil pulling is a simple practice that has made a big difference in my health. I am writing this blog with the intention of sharing my experience of the benefits of this practice, as opposed to "selling" the benefits to the reader. I leave it up to you to explore.for yourself. I will say, however, that I would recommend oil pulling to anyone. Oil pulling is safe, simple and cost effective. I use 1-2 spoons of organic sesame seed oil a day. One of the most immediate positive changes that occurred for me, was vast improvement in my dental health.
As a pre-teen I had braces and a retainer for a few years. Ever since then I've had highly sensitive gums to the point where they were often red and inflamed. Before oil pulling, I would rinse with salt water (when I remembered) and it would alleviate the issue to a degree, but I found my gum issues would often come back.
After two weeks of oil pulling constantly for 15-20 minutes a day, my gums were pink and healthy. This in and of itself was enough to convince me to adopt this practice and make it a daily health choice for my lifestyle. Dental health is not the only benefit to oil pulling, from my own experience it has killed bacteria that was causing soars to appear in my gums, it has helped with head aches, teeth whitening, and detox of my entire body.
Research and medical scenes have proven that oil pulling has a plethora of health benefits including: bronchitis, tooth aches and pains, soars,, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. nerve diseases, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness.
What is Oil Pulling?
- On an empty stomach take one tablespoon of oil in your mouth without swallowing it.
- Move the oil slowly around the mouth, swish, suck and pull the oil between the teeth without swallowing for 15-20 minutes
- Swishing activates enzymes and these enzymes draw toxins out of the blood.
- This is why it is so important not to swallow the oil. as it is now contaminated with toxins and bacteria
- As the process continues the oil thins and loses colour from saliva.
- Thoroughly rinse your mouth with water and rinse the sink as they will both be full of toxins
Every person is different as we all have different things going on in our bodies, so if you intend to try oil pulling for yourself I encourage you to give ample time and daily exposure to the process before expecting results
Unconditional Love From Pets
If you are an animal person who has always had a special spiritual connection with animals, then you probably know the innocent and unconditional love experienced by having a pet. Animals have souls like people do. Just like every other relationship in our life, pets are divinely assigned gifts from God to help us progress spiritually and experience unconditional love.
Animals pick up on our energies, and their purpose is to love unconditionally, and to absorb negative energies.
They offer us comfort and companionship that is pure. The bond of love that exists between pets and their owners is eternal and exists beyond time and space. This is why from a spiritual perspective, when the body leaves this plane of the physical world and the soul enters non-physical, our pets loving energy remains connected to us while we remain in our physical bodies, and even beyond that when we enter non-physical. Animals teach us about our capacity to love and offer unconditional comfort and protection. The only thing they want in return is love. Have you ever spent time observing your pet? A wonderful thing about animals which provides a great lesson for humans is that their focus is always on the present moment. They only know the here and now. With the exception of situations of serious animal abuse, animals have no use for thoughts of the past, nor do they dwell in worry of future events. Animals are perfect embodiments of what it means to just “be” in the moment. They live in a constant state of presence.
I often refer to my little 3lb Yorkshire Terrier as an angel in my life. I truly believe she is. Even before I got her I knew I wanted a very small Yorkie. It took about a year to manifest this desire everything from her name to the material means for her care was brought to me out of desire, to have her, the strength of my faith I would have a dog, my unwavering focus on what I wanted, and the strength of my belief that I was worthy of achieving my desire. Ever since, my little Emily has been a constant source of joy, love and comfort. She is a blessing I will always be thankful for
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