28 Oct Do You Want to Feel Protected from Others’ Pain? Meet What Calls for Kind Attention with Curiosity and Love

Do you find yourself feeling pulled in unhelpful ways into the dramas and heavy energies of others? Or do they seem to evoke feelings of dis-ease, sadness, anger, fear, a trembling in your body, or even a sense of leaving your body? Do you have questions about how to protect your energy or set energetic boundaries with others? I hear such concerns frequently from clients and students.  It is no wonder: our world is filled with a great deal of confusion and chaos.  Individuals and whole cultures carry unhealed wounds from millennia of violence and abuse.  Many of us live daily with chronic stress and worry.  Many struggle just to survive. Many of us come from families which have lacked a basic understanding about how to navigate interpersonal relationships in healthy and balanced ways.  Some of us have been the target of various forms of abuse, whether verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and/or spiritual. As a healer and spiritual teacher, I know that whenever I find myself triggered into heavy, uncomfortable states by another's words, actions or even unexpressed feelings, it often means there is something inside of me which needs attention. I also know it is time to be kind--to myself first of all.  When pain arises, I seek to step into the deep sea of compassionate insight into what ails me. In doing so, I then can understand what ails another and seek to help or to step back with lightness and love.  This ability is particularly relevant as we enter the holiday season and engage more intensively with family and friends.
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28 Aug Make No Enemies: Only Love

I live in Charlottesville, VA.  On Saturday, August 12, the date of the white supremacist rally here, I was in South Dakota visiting my stepsister and supporting the sacred Lakota Sundance ceremonies.  On that afternoon, a friend in Chicago texted me and asked if I was aware of events unfolding violence in my hometown.  I looked at the newspaper on my Android. What I saw shocked me. I was filled with grief, anger, and confusion.  As so many of us were and still are. Nevertheless, over the following two weeks, I took my time to provide a response to ensure that I was not speaking out of despair, anger or hatred. Oh, yes, I have felt these emotions upon contemplating the beliefs and actions of the individuals who gathered in Charlottesville to promulgate hatred and division and the ideologies of white supremacism. I have been shaken, much as I was shaken on 9/11 as I watched the Twin Towers falling live on television.  During the week I was in South Dakota, as I cooked and conversed with new friends, both Native and white, I also heard many hard stories of injustice and violence, particularly against the Water Protectors of Standing Rock.  My heart was already aching when events in my hometown went down. So it was that I watched myself navigating through the chaos of three airports on my way  home, and feeling suspicious and afraid whenever my eyes fell on a red-faced white man. Could he be a white supremacist? Oh, yes, I thought to myself: this is how enemies begin to be made in our hearts and minds.  Harm is done by a few individuals and the seeds of fear begin to be sown and the roots of stereotypes begin to grow. Here I see in myself the same causes and conditions which perpetuate cycles of violence and hatred. I know better.  I know how how the mind can trick me.  Stereoptypes are always incorrect.  I also know that hatred does not help. It only adds fuel to the fire.  Fear leaves us vulnerable. Anger eats away at our basic human birthright to happiness. Despair is paralyzing. All of it kills peace, caring, hope, optimism, and love.  And when these eternally positive qualities are suppressed, the mind of domination of one over the other all too easily takes over. And, yet, like most of us, my heart is broken.  And like most of us, I want all of this to finally, finally bring to an end the destructive power of hatred.  To using violence as the first response to conflict. To ending the idea that power over is necessary to ensure safety and security. To finding a way to create a world of caring, kindness and love. So, where do we go from here? How am I working with my own anger and fear? How am I dismantling this inner movement towards enemy-making?
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25 Jul The 4 Sacred Keynotes of an Inspired and Courageous Life: Transform Violence into Love

Have you always dreamed of living in a world that is kind, caring and compassionate? Are you watching the violence, hatred, injustice, environmental destruction, and unkindness of all kinds to targeted groups of the human family with fear, uncertainty, sadness, and even anger? Have you heard great spiritual...

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15 Feb The Continuity of Consciousness; the Continuity of Lives

When I was a child, I knew I had lived in other bodies, in other lifetimes.  It was as if this knowledge came with me out of the womb. It was a remembering--a felt sense.  When I was 11 years old, I read the now famous Seth Material channeled and recently published by Jane Roberts. In it, Seth spoke about the multidimensional nature of reality and the fact that we live in many probable lifetimes and many probable selves. He also spoke about how our experience of a linear time is an illusion and that time is, in fact, holographic: everything is happening at once. So it is that our greater consciousness is one continuous stream of experience. Within that great stream we choose to incarnate in many bodies, many lifetimes, and even to experience more than one probable destiny line of our self. In this worldview, there would be more than one probable Rachel living out a number of possible expressions of myself within a similar space-time continuum. I was excited by what Seth said because as a young girl, I knew it was true
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02 Feb 6 Sacred Rules of Spiritual Engagement in Dangerous Times: How to Walk our Talk

In the past two weeks, all of us in the United States and even around the world have been feeling the impact of our new president’s executive orders, particularly the ban on Muslims from 7 countries.  I myself have felt the collective chaos, fear, anger, and confusion ripple through my energy body, just as I did on 9/11 after I watched an airplane fly into the second Twin Tower and heard reports throughout the day of the crashes into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. In the view of Mother Earth mysticism and shamanic energy medicine, we are connected through a web of light from the personal outward to our family, to any larger communities with which we are affiliated through gender, ancestry, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or membership, and from there out to the collective of the nation, as a whole. We are also through this web connected to the world, writ large.  This is why those of us who may be tuned into these subtler layers of our physical existence may feel so deeply at the very core of bodies the tearing of the fabric of our nation. It is a stunning truth and perhaps overwhelming to even contemplate. This is not an abstract, intellectual fact nor a merely political and economic reality, it is also deeply spiritual. One does not have to be involved in new spiritual movements or alternative forms of spirituality to understand this view.  Martin Luther King, Jr. put it this way, based on his readings of the teachings of Jesus: “In a real sense, all life is interrelated in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
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