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July 2014–Wisdom Tips To Empower the Month

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

empowering wisdom tipsThe Theme for July 2014 is “THE UNFOLDING”–read on for July’s empowering wisdom tips!

This month has the potential to be beautifully inspiring, where we observe how our life is unfolding without any additional effort, and we witness how our choices and changes are influencing what is manifesting for us. Even if you feel that recent changes in your life are not due to your conscious choices, choose the changes anyway. and follow the unfolding, choosing every moment to be present and accepting. This is the position of power.

Right timing is another big theme this month and there will be many lessons around trusting right timing as a means to effortless action.

The image is that of a flower bud unfolding its petals in the right time for it’s blooming. When it gets enough sun, water and nutrients and it has had the time to grow and mature, then the flower will naturally open. If you force the petals open before the time is right, you will ruin the flowering. (There is a great meditation on the monthly support Mp3)

Working through your attachments and expectations will also be another lesson this month. If you have expectations and attachments that cannot accommodate right timing, you may deal with disappointments and stress yourself unnecessarily. This is a huge lesson in trust. You need to trust that the choices and changes that have occurred in your life and the intentions you set for yourself that have come from the heart will unfold for you in the best way possible. You just have to get your false personality and ego that does not trust the process out of the way. If you consciously choose everything that happens to you in your life, that position of power will feed whatever intentions you set with enough chi to cause them to unfold and manifest in the best way possible.  (You might consider making a list of the wisdom tips you put to practice).

Following the unfolding instead of micromanaging and trying to control, is key to allowing synchronicity and right timing. You know how good it feels and how awed you are when everything just falls into place in a way that you could never have planned yourself but happens to be perfect. This is the feeling you should put behind all of your choices and intentions, intending them to manifest and unfold in the most perfect way possible for you. And then get yourself out of the way and stop obsessing. It is important to understand that obsession is a limiting factor in allowing things to flow and unfold. Obsession is putting limitations on the potential of how your choice can manifest. So follow the unfolding and be in wonder at the intelligence of spirit. Remember spirit is you and you are spirit so really you are always in the drivers seat whether it feels like it or not.

How do you follow the Unfolding?

You observe and pay attention to what is happening around you and in your life. You pay attention to what and who is showing up and even if it does not make any rational sense to you, you follow your heart and what it tells you. You see all situations as potential for movement and power.  (This is a wisdom tip often overlooked.) You make constant choices to be present and accepting and you claim a certain right to things working out just the way they should.   (Jose’s Mp3 on the 4 steps to manifesting is a good reminder of this process)

Recently I had a water heater go out in my home resulting in a messy situation. Instead of falling into a negative attitude about the inconvenience, cost, water damage, time etc., I chose to see that I chose the timing to be right. I happened to be home, my handyman friend happened to be available (on a Saturday evening), and as I chose to get into the flow of what needed to be done, it all happened with ease and grace. The water heater was old and ready to go. I chose the right timing and all I had to do was to follow the unfolding without resistance. It really did turn out better than I could have ever expected and got a clean closet out of it too.

Resistance, denial, impatience, martyrdom, anger, blame, doubt, judgment (self and others), stubbornness, and despair, are all part of the minefield of reactions that will put you into a negative spiral and cut you off from the potential positive outcome. You will have a harder time following the thread of the unfolding and you will feel out of sync with right timing. Whenever you feel that the universe is conspiring against you, turn that attitude around to claiming the situation as your own choice.

The exciting thing this month is to be able to observe and witness your intentions and choices take shape and form. Many of you have been patiently feeding a focus of what it is that you want in life. You have been choosing and praying and working on your ability to receive. If your intentions are of the heart, and you are able to trust in right timing, you will witness their unfolding and follow what is showing up. It is a great month for manifesting and energies are aligned for manifesting in a way they have not been for a long time.

The key will be in how much you allow yourself to have and receive. (We help with this on out monthly support Mp3)

This is called “Havingness”. How much can you have? What are you worth? If spirit were to shower you with an unimaginable gift, could you receive it, own it, claim it, and welcome it? How much more can you receive? In energy, love, abundance, wisdom, talent?

This is a big part of staying present and observing what is unfolding as well as choosing and claiming it. Even if you are experiencing something that is showing up for you that you would consider negative, challenging, painful or intense, the way you experience it as a powerful energy will make the difference between whether it ends up empowering you or disempowering you. Fully experiencing what spirit is putting in front of you will increase your havingness whether you see it as negative or positive. Practice applying wisdoms tips in your day-to-day life and notice how different you feel.

What if what is Unfolding is something you don’t want and it is perhaps due to a choice you made that was not of spirit, or the heart, or you made it for someone else? Stay neutral, don’t judge, and make another choice. In a way this month will show you what your choices are bringing you in their unfolding. You could say you get to observe and experience the consequences of your choices. The more neutral you can stay in your observation, the faster you can choose something different if you don’t like what is unfolding. Always follow your intuition, choose from the heart and don’t be attached to the outcome.

Use humor as a lubricant as you follow the thread of unfolding, and always be inspired by the beauty and perfection of spirit as it unfolds your life before you.

How the month shows up
YOU PERSONALLY

This is a great month to self observe with neutrality and humor. It is a time to be in complete acceptance and to practice training the mind to relinquish control. There will be many lessons that will teach you instantly about what works and what does not. You can either be amused or in despair. Remember there is never a “stupid” choice, just one that perhaps does not serve you as well as another choice would have. This of course becomes clear in the unfolding.

Because this is such an outwardly manifesting month where you can really see the results of your intentions, the lessons come fast and furious. Don’t get stuck on the “could have, should have, would have” reflections of the past. Instead set a new intention and be proactive with your discipline, focus and prayers. And then sit back and observe what is unfolding.

Personally this could be a great month for breakthroughs where you experience your ability to manifest in a co creative way with spirit. An expanded sense of self is also possible as the month carries with it an opportunity for higher centered experiences.
RELATIONSHIPS

Don’t try and second-guess relationships. This month they may be confusing and take twists and turns and what unfolds around relationships in your life may make no rational sense. You will need to trust that the reactions and movement in relationships has a purpose and order and the mind may not be able to process what that is for some time.

Remember not to take anything personally as others are busy in their own reactions which can sometimes turn into projections. We always recommend being around people who are on the same page and who can teach you something and who have your best interests at heart. Make sure you surround yourself with others that are doing their work and are able to bring laughter, beauty, love and wisdom tips into your life.

This is a good month to complete karmic agreements, practice forgiveness and move on from any situation or experience that still triggers feelings of blame, rejection, anger or emotional pain. Let it go and move on.
ENVIRONMENT

The lesson this month is to be in your environment without resistance or wishing it was different. Whatever is unfolding in your life, accept it, welcome it, choose it, and then take the proper action to either change how you are engaged with it or surrender to enjoying the power of what is available to you. For example, if you are caught in a storm, rather than judge your timing, or lack or preparation, or focusing on your discomfort, acknowledge the power available and make a choice to be present with it. Then you can take right action with neutrality and find shelter or do whatever you feel you need to.

If your personal environment is unfolding with unexpected challenging situations, deal with them with humor and an attitude of using everything as a bid for power. On the other hand if your environment is unfolding for you in a really good way, be present with that experience and pay attention to your ability to have.
HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

This is an excellent month to reset your intentions and commitments for greater physical health and then watch how that unfolds for you. If you are a person who has struggled with finding resources, answers, or your own disciplines for greater health and well being, pay attention to what is unfolding and you may be surprised at the synchronicity of the right thing showing up at the right time.

Whenever you set an intention for something like physical health or losing weight or changing your addictive habits, make sure you discipline the mental chatter that tries to convince you that “it won’t work this time either”. This is where trust in spirit comes in as well as trust in your intentions of the heart. Make sure you want better health because you want it and not just to please another. Watch for tests from your false personality that tries to seduce you away from what you know is right for you.
BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECT

This is a great month to watch projects and new ideas and inspiring changes take hold and unfold and manifest. Those of you who have worked really hard at refining what you want and practicing setting your intentions in the right way will be rewarded as you witness the unfolding of your dreams. Collaboration is a big theme in business and other ventures. Invest in something that is truly meaningful to you and you will not go wrong. It is a good month for expanding your ability to have and receive, so taking a risk in something that is chosen from the heart and that you believe in will likely have positive results.

There is an opportunity for great abundance and prosperity this month if you can have it and receive it. It is a good time to work on any scarcity consciousness you may still carry from your imprinting, ancestors or personal experiences. If you are carrying a scarcity mentality, it will become obvious to you in what you see unfolding in your life. Don’t despair, accept it as part of who you are and then harness the power to make a different choice that will change it. Do this without judgment, regret, blame or attachment.   Remember the power of applying wisdom tips in your daily life. ( The Mp3’s suggested earlier are a good support)

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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom. Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You. Their website is http://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her FULL commentary and about power days of the month + more wisdom tips!

How To Make Powerful Choices In June 2014 Commentary

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The Theme for June 2014 is CHOICE.


There were many other phrases and words that came to describe the month such as “commitment”, “just do it already”, “go for it”, “step forward”, “decide”, “responsibility”, “overcome fear”, “be proactive”, “get off the couch”, “get over yourself” etc., but I chose CHOICE because it really does cover all aspects of what this time frame is about and what it can teach us.

Claiming your CHOICE in something is the shortcut to eradicating any vestige of Martyrdom or being the Victim of circumstance. This is not an easy month but it can be a really good one in what it teaches you. This month will require a commitment to a daily practice of CHOOSING how to be proactive in your life.

It is time to move from being passive and letting life happen to you, to having a more active role in asserting your intentions and deciding what it is that you want. Those of you that are used to letting others make your choices for you (you know who you are) need to step up, get over your fear of failure or rejection, and decide for yourself what it is that you want for a change. This is empowering and the influences of the month will only support this process for you. (helpful Mp3 is Jose’s 4 steps to manifesting)

It is also a time to work on accepting the choices others make without feeling victimized by them. When someone makes a choice that permanently changes your life such as a relationship leaving you, a loved one passing, a job ending, or any decision that affects you in a challenging way, you can either get stuck in feeling extremely victimized or you can be in acceptance of that choice and choose to use it as a bid for power in the next part of your life. Every challenge that is brought on by a choice that is not yours can turn into a choice that is yours. The choice is to accept it and use it as an opportunity for a bid for power. This does not mean you have to like it. It just means you accept it and allow it to empower you instead of dis-empowering you.

Here are some examples of CHOICES this month.

If you are impatient and stuck behind a very slow line or vehicle or person, you can choose to accept it and to slow down yourself. You can choose to see it as an opportunity to enjoy a slower pace. You can choose to have enough time for everything and you can choose to be happy instead of irritated.

If you are self deprecating or have low self esteem issues, it is important that you work on being proactive and take a more active role in putting forth what you want. Practice making choices that are yours and voicing your desires. If you are stuck in indecision about something out of fear, you need to make a choice. It will free the energy and empower you. The choice can be a small baby step. The first baby step is followed by another, until the steps get bigger and more confident.

If you have martyrdom and are often feeling victimized by life, then you can begin to take responsibility by eradicating all blame and choosing to see your situation as a bid for power instead of someone else’s fault.

If you are a stubborn person and tend to block the flow by resisting what others choose, try being in acceptance around their choices and seeing that you always have a choice too. Instead of resisting their choice, focus on your own choices.

Remember that there are many choices out there that you cannot change. What you can change is your relationship to those choices. You can accept them, you can learn from them, you can decide to be empowered instead of devastated by them. You can choose to have a good day no matter what happens. You can choose to see spirit in everything. You can choose to be in love with life. You can choose joy instead of fear. You can choose to forgive instead of holding others hostage for your misery. You can choose NOT to suffer.

This is a month of movement. Shifting out of the sluggish integrative and assimilative influence of May, there is a sense of just wanting to “go for it already”. The body wants to move, and there may be a tendency towards impatience. You may feel almost an urgency to make certain decisions or choices and some of you may have great clarity about what those choices are and some of you may not be clear at all except for the sense that something has to shift and a choice has to be made. Often you have to work energetically first to clear a path for clarity to show up. (we help with this on our monthly support Mp3)

It is important to put the mind in its place as well. As we know in our hearts, the mind does not always have all the information that it wants to have before making a choice. This month there will be many lessons and opportunities to trust the clarity of the heart and the emotions before knowing intellectually what choices are right. Choices that are made from the heart don’t always make intellectual sense but they are more authentic.

So the lessons of the month are that you ALWAYS have a CHOICE. There is not such thing as not having any choice. Even when it feels like you don’t, you can always start with the choice to accept, then a choice to use the opportunity to empower yourself. Bottom line is that it is YOUR choice.

How the month shows up:

YOU PERSONALLY

There is tremendous opportunity for personal growth this month. You can move forward in your life in ways that you have not done before by making choices in areas that need them. If you have been sitting on the fence about something or waiting for right timing or taking a passive role in what is happening around you, this is your time for stepping forward into CHOICE. This will mean different things to different people. Some of you will experience a freedom in simply choosing to be accepting of situations you cannot change. Some of you will be making more concrete choices such as changing location or job or relationship. Others will need to work on changing your attitudes and choosing joy and inspiration rather than misery. If you tend towards being victimized in life, this is perhaps the biggest opportunity you have for making a choice to change that.

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are a sticky area because all of them are influenced by choices. The work here this month is to accept the choices you have made with regards to all of your relationships and also to accept all the choices that have been made by others. Practice making choices that are right for you, and practice choosing forgiveness and neutrality whenever you can.

Especially challenging this month will be to accept the choices of others in your life that you cannot change. It is important to also accept that everything that happens to someone else, no matter how it looks to you, is ultimately their CHOICE. So take responsibility for your life and see everything that has happened as your CHOICE on some level. This is empowering and will always put you in the driver’s seat of being proactive in your life instead of a passive observer.

ENVIRONMENT

Interacting with your environment this month can be enlightening and powerful. We recommend that you CHOOSE to be accepting of however your natural environment chooses to show up. If it is a sunny day, you are choosing a sunny day. If it is windy, you choose wind. If it is raining, you choose the rain. You accept whatever is.

In your personal environment, you accept your past choices and if you need to, you make new ones, changing your personal environment by upgrading something or even moving location. Beauty is very important this month and we would recommend that you always actively choose beauty every day. In making that choice you will become aware of anything that is NOT beauty and be inspired to change it by making a different choice.

Look for more movement this month in both the natural environment as well as in your own personal environment.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

Choices here will require commitment. Perhaps you have put off being proactive in this area. Perhaps you have been waiting for right timing. Perhaps you have been confused about what the next step for you is in managing your health and your physical body. Perhaps you have listened to too many “experts” and have given some of your power away in being responsible for your own health.

Whatever your situation is, this month will support a reboot on your health provided you can be accepting of what is current and see it as a choice. The next step is to be proactive and to make a committed choice around your health and physical well-being. Don’t leave it to someone else. You can receive support but ultimately your health is your responsibility. If you have felt victimized around your health, this is the month to turn that around by eradicating blame and taking full responsibility. Make a choice every day to experience as much well-being as you can. Remember that many baby steps will eventually get you to the top of the mountain.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

The influence of the month supports “just do it already”. If you have been waffling around a choice out of fear, this is the month to “go for it”. As long as it is in alignment with where your heart wants to go and not just an intellectual rationalization of what you think you ought to do, you can’t really fail. If it doesn’t work out, you can always make another choice. Always see your experiences as opportunities to grow, to be empowered and to experience life.

It is time to “get off the couch” and stop talking about what your intentions are and to actually take action in the direction of manifesting them. The month supports the first steps in creating what you want. But you first have to make a committed choice, which means no back door.

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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You. Their website is http://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her FULL commentary + learn more about power days of the month + more wisdom tips!

March 2014—A Time for Commitments, Not for “Wait and See”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

commitments and warrior waysThis is a month of putting yourself 100% behind your choices and commitments.

The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You. Visit their website to get the complete monthly forecast that includes power days of the month is http://www.thepowerpath.com


March 2014 is about setting new rules, weeding out what doesn’t work, being disciplined about what it takes to manifest your intentions, and doing your work.

It is about taking all of the grand dreams and goals and grounding them into a practical “to do” list that you follow even when you don’t feel like it.

This month you will see what you are made of and you will be inspired by your ability to persevere and take action. How you handle this month will set you up for managing any challenges that may come your way in the future. There will be opportunities to handle more power and to be resolved in your choices and commitments. It will be critical to anchor your commitments in your heart and to be clear from that perspective about what you are willing to get behind and what you are not willing to put any more energy into.

In the aftermath of the RELEASE theme of February, there is a lot of emotional, psychological and energetic debris floating around that has nowhere to go. All of this debris needs to either be cleaned up and disposed of, or integrated in a way that serves a new direction and new dreams. Practicality has its benefits this month as well as paying attention to the details and keeping track of your discipline.

(You can get help with this on our monthly support Mp3)

Take the grand vision and pull it back so you can see what you can fully commit to in the moment and make a practical action plan full of attainable baby steps:

If you want to lose weight, what can you commit to every day that is part of your discipline?

If you want to get into shape what are your daily commitments to help you in that goal?

If you want to succeed in a new business, what are the attainable steps you can commit to every day?

If you want a better living situation what can you do now every day to move towards manifesting that?

There is “waiting for and allowing right timing”, and then there is such a thing as showing the universe that you are ready for that right timing to show up. It is called commitment. When you have commitment, there is no back door, there is no turning back and there is no ambivalence or condition under which you will proceed or not proceed.  Until you are committed there is always a chance to change your mind.

Some of you are masters at keeping everything just in that place of “not quite there”. This is due to the fear of being trapped or the fear of failing once committed. What is actually true is that there is great freedom once you commit to something. Commitment allows you to release the ambivalence and resistance that takes so much emotional and psychological energy, and it gives the universe something to work with. Commitments are rewarded, ambivalence is not.

There is a part of commitment that supports the cycle of completion. Once you have released your energy behind something you have committed to, it is on a trajectory towards a goal. You need to give this energy a chance to land where it is destined. If you keep yanking it back, you will end up with many incomplete actions and lots of loose ends.

It will also be crucial to stay out of depression, lethargy and denial this month. This is a time for action, not for “wait and see”. We’ve been waiting long enough and now it is the time to commit to what you really want, from your heart, not your mind. So what are you waiting for? The mind is the trap that will try and sabotage your actions. Listen instead to what your heart says you should be committed to.

(You can get help with this on our monthly support Mp3)

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

This month you will face your fears, face your resistance, face your procrastination and face your doubts. You will struggle and argue with your mind about why you can’t or shouldn’t. It is the mind that will try and drive you into despair while the heart cheers you on. There is great personal growth and evolution possible this month as you get to know yourself even better.

It will require guts and trust for some of your commitments but you will never know how the universe will support them unless you go for it, make your committed choices and close all the back doors. This month is perfect for really doing what you said you wanted to do. Make an action plan for your commitments and be disciplined about it. This is the month to show up and to do your work even when you don’t feel like it. If you do, you will be rewarded.

RELATIONSHIPS

This is a big area. What relationships are you committed to keeping and nurturing and what relationships are you not interested in putting any more energy into? One commitment that would benefit all is the commitment to improve your relationship with yourself and to be committed to improving the relationships you are already committed to. If these relationships need more time, commit more time. If they need more support, commit more support. If you commit, you give them what they need. This of course includes the relationship with yourself.

This month we may see some relationships being dissolved because the commitment is not there and some relationships coming up for review. This is also a good month to revisit working with energy leaks especially with regards to relationships. When you commit to something, you should expect to get out what you put in. It should end up being satisfying and fulfilling in some way.

ENVIRONMENT

Commitment here is with regards to your personal environment and especially for those dreams of living somewhere else or changing the work or home environment for something better and more suitable. The back door here is always, “ I will change when… or if…..” .

When you have words like “when, if, and some day”, they do not communicate a true commitment. If you are truly committed to changing your environment, there is always an action plan that can be put into place that will ground your dream and give you a daily discipline to work from. Remember that a million baby steps will take you up the mountain to the top.

The greater environment can also teach us a great deal about commitment. All you have to do is observe any natural phenomena to see that an act of nature is 100% committed. When a raindrop is released from the cloud, it does not change its mind midstream and go back. We should all learn from nature in this way.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

The body is still reeling from the releases of February and some of you are working through really old and deep patterns. It always takes the body some time to catch up to energetic shifts and changes.  If you are one of these people, honor the process and commit to doing whatever it takes to support the change that your body has made a sacrifice for.

This month is supported by the masculine; the third chakra, and lessons around your will, stamina and resolve. Challenges around digestion, the adrenals, the diaphragm and the lymph may be up. Increase your circulation through getting enough exercise. If you feel sluggish both physically and energetically, take action, any action, through movement and it will help.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

This is a powerful month for projects and any business endeavor that requires a commitment. It has been a tricky time for investments and to figure out what project is worth committing to and what project is not. Partnerships have also come with their challenges as people are changing and growing and evolving sometimes beyond what they originally committed to.

It’s OK to change your mind and to dissolve a partnership or bail on a project as long as the end is honored and the commitment to dissolve it is final. What that means is taking care of any feelings of regret, failure, disappointment and anything else that may keep the energy hooked. It is important to commit to being irrevocable in the dissolving as well as to neutralize any lingering attitudes that are negative or feel unresolved.

Even if you start something new with the same partners, it is important to completely end what was before.

Committing fully to a project or any endeavor is where you will really see results this month.

The universe will certainly reward you by delivering something tangible your way that will acknowledge your commitments.


The Power of Forgiveness To Boost Your Happiness and Energy Quickly

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

forgiveness of self and othersThe act of forgiveness is a strategy to become neutral, to reset the game, to start fresh.

Forgiveness is a decision, an intention to get out of guilt, to clear all the debt and baggage that keeps us stuck in self-destructive patterns.

Forgiveness does not mean that you condone the bad behavior nor does it mean that you accept that the insult be repeated. Forgiveness merely takes the charge off and neutralizes it so it does not drain your energy anymore.  (Click on link at the end of this post for a free online course on forgiveness).

From a shamanic perspective, forgiveness is a frequency, not the emotion that accompanies the act of forgiveness.  When we forgive, we can feel an incredibly sense of relief or cry tears of happiness, but the emotion is not the forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice we make.

The act of forgiveness raises our frequency, our energy. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal!

Take a moment to recall an experience where someone insulted you.  Chances are that whenever you think of that situation you feel bad.  This is what shamans refer to as an “energy leak” because disturbing emotions drain our energy.  If our energy leaks continue, we only harm ourselves.  We need sufficient energy in order to be healthy, happy and to manifest!

When you recall such an experience that makes you feel bad, ask yourself, “Do I want to continue to give that person the power to control me and deplete my energy?”  At any moment, you can choose to forgive and free yourself of burdens that rob you of happiness and freedom!

Imagine how you will feel when you no longer allow that person to drain your energy.   Think of the relief you will experience when you finally experience forgiveness.  You eliminate a huge energy leak that keeps you stuck.

The purpose of life is to gain experiences, make choices, learn from choices and acquire wisdom and understanding. Forgiveness is a self empowering technique—a healing process that enables us to repair damage to our energy bodies. This includes the damage and energy drain that comes from mental complexes, heavy emotions and attachments.

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful tools we have to raise our frequency and spiritually evolve.

I invite you to watch a free 4 part video series on forgiveness.  You’ll hear amazing forgiveness stories that will positively lift your heart!



January 2014 Wisdom + Empowerment Tips–Get Ready! Get Set!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The theme for January 2014 is GET READY, GET SET….

This month starts out with a rare New Moon on January 1, the first of two new moons this month. January 2014 is a month of getting all your ducks in a row in preparation for the times to come. It is a good beginning to the year of the Warrior (see trends 2014 for more info/ link here). The Warrior energy bursts forth as a desire for organization, “to do” lists, and focus. There is great satisfaction in clearing, cleaning, setting new intentions and getting things back on track.

The visual is that of a track star at the start line getting ready for the race. The athlete is mentally prepared, physically prepared and hopefully emotionally prepared as well. They are as ready as they can be after training and preparing for months, which may have included losing weight, revising their diet, and making their physical preparation a priority in their lives. They would have been incredibly disciplined about focusing on their goals. And now they are just waiting for the gun to go off giving them a signal to go and give it their full throttle.

The waiting and anticipation at the start when you are totally ready can be challenge. It is a pregnant moment that is waiting for action. This is what we may experience this month and patience will be required in those pregnant moments when everything seems set up and ready to go and still there is a delay or a hesitation before the energy is released.

The tension created by the hesitation can cause irritation and impatience and even doubt as you may question the validity or the rightness of what you are doing or intending to do. Be patient and keep clearing and organizing the mundane aspects of your life. This is a month where focusing on your foundation is essential. Look at what you may be procrastinating and get caught up.

The inspiration of what could be is pulling our focus forward, but the tasks that have been piling up are holding us back. Do not resist, just get organized and get to work. It is a great month for “to do lists” that can be rewritten daily as tasks are crossed off.

Are you prepared? Are you ready? If you were to leave this planet today, are all your affairs in order?

The opportunity this month is to get things done and to become more organized than you have ever been.

There is also a great opportunity to finally eliminate old projects, clutter and energy that have weighed you down. You have a chance to establish a new set of priorities and rules and intentions for yourself as well as to create some new healthy habits that should include raising the quality of your life.

Your daily question to yourself should be, “Am I ready for anything?”
Your daily mantra, “I am ready for anything!”

The challenge this month is in not allowing impatience, despair, judgment, irritation, grumpiness and overwhelm get to you. If you feel overwhelmed, take baby steps. If you feel despairing, focus on prayer, beauty and gratitude. If you feel irritated and impatient, remind yourself to be patient and to trust the timing of the universe, as it is usually perfect. Be accepting rather than judgmental, and focus on the mundane tasks. Eliminate energy leaks and choose to be around a higher frequency of energy and inspiration.

How the month shows up:

YOU PERSONALLY

This month you may face the challenge of personal disappointments, or you may be inspired by your accomplishments and how much you manage to get done. Disappointment comes when there is attachment to how and when things manifest. Take some time at the beginning of the month to reevaluate your priorities and eliminate anything that does not help you be as prepared for anything as you could be.

The question is, “What are you preparing for?” This is an unknown as to how the future will manifest, but the preparation is always for something new and better to come into our lives, a new paradigm, a new perception, a new frequency. We do not yet know how it will manifest, but if we are encumbered by all of our excess baggage (physical, emotional and psychological) we will certainly not be able to take advantage of it.

The main thing this month is not to get discouraged by the enormity and the complexity of what no longer serves us. Just begin to focus on eliminating slowly and getting ready in baby steps, putting one foot in front of the other and never losing sight of your goals.

RELATIONSHIPS

This is a great month to gather your support, your true support. If a relationship does not support you in some way, you may need to reevaluate it. There is also an opportunity to work on allowing yourself to receive more support through relationships than you have ever allowed yourself to do in the past.

In this warrior year, certain aspects of relationships will be important: loyalty, teamwork, cooperation, and satisfaction in accomplishing tasks and completing projects collectively. This month also requires you taking some personal time, giving you the freedom to focus on your tasks in your own time. It is important also to feel that you have the freedom to make your own choices about what works for you and what does not. This could affect some of your relationships especially partnerships where goals may be slightly different. Be flexible and accepting and give others the freedom to express what they need to without taking anything personally.

ENVIRONMENT

You can get your own environment ready for anything by upgrading where you can and making the necessary changes. Some upgrades may be small and insignificant and some may be large and based on big decisions. Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.  Eliminate clutter as much as possible.

In terms of the greater environment and what is not in your immediate control, be ready and prepared for anything to occur. This has been a theme for some time now. Being flexible and unattached to plans and goals, as affected by the environment, is critical to being ready for anything.

If the outside temperature should suddenly be extreme either high or low, are you prepared?

If a natural phenomenon should occur making travel impossible or cutting off all communication, are you prepared?

This is not just physical preparation but mental, emotional and psychological as well. Examine your belief systems and your comfort level around change. Contemplate what you take for granted and ponder how it may be if it were radically different. Even just imagining a very different experience can prepare you somewhat should there ever be a dramatic change affecting your whole life.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

For most of us, this is definitely an area that can use some better preparation, focus and discipline. You have a great opportunity for shifting your beliefs and anchoring some new intentions about how you want to feel in terms of your physical well-being. The intention has to come first (see the monthly support Mp3/link here) followed by your goals and disciplined resolutions. Your well-being is as much about your attitude around what is possible as it is about your actions.

Take advantage of the New Year with its new energy and be inspired about changing how you perceive what is possible. Do not listen to the little voice that says you can’t. Allow the voice that says, “Yes, you can” to be heard above all others.

Physical challenges this month could be around stiff joints, digestion and energy levels.

Some days you may be rearing to go and other days you may feel like staying in bed. With less energy, go slower; with more, take on a bigger task. Be patient, be disciplined, and be focused. Don’t set goals you cannot achieve. Be grateful for what you do have and for how your body supports you.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

This is a month to refine and rework current projects and to shuffle or restructure partnerships and other aspects of your business. This is not necessarily the greatest month for any expansion or the launching of a large new project. However this is a perfect time for anything that needs completion or clean up. Tie up any loose ends whether around communication, finances, or decisions that have to be made.
This is a good time for any business to set goals for the next year. Last years accomplishments should be honored and any new goals should consider what should not be carried over that no longer serves. The question should be asked, “Is this business ready for anything? Are we flexible? What are we attached to? What are our greater intentions and goals?”

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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You. Their website is http://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her FULL commentary for January 2014 + learn more about the power days of the month to help you make the most of the month!

Why Its Powerful To Celebrate Goals You Achieved & Those You Did Not!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

As the year comes  to a close, many of us take time to reflect back on the year… on the goals and dreams we set for ourselves.

This time of reflection can feel good and…. for some, it can also feel not so good …as in ”I should have accomplished more”  or… “Where did the year go (sigh)?”

As we reflect on the year, it’s easy to focus on goals that we did not achieve rather than those we did achieve.  That’s because the mind tends to process much more readily what did not work out rather than process what manifested.

Way too often, we miss seeing the bigger picture, with all its magnificence, when we just focus on the goal itself.

The bigger picture reveals itself when we take time to reflect on the personal lessons we learned as we moved towards a goal. It’s not only about achieving heart-felt goals but also experiencing personal growth along the way.

Why Its Powerful To Celebrate Goals You Achieved & Those You Did Not!

By celebrating and honoring goals you achieved & those you did not achieve, you empower yourself. “One goalregardless if you achieved it or not …can yield many hidden treasures.”– @shamanic wisdom

Review the year with gratitude, compassion, self-love and a desire to learn your deepest, personal lessons.  This will help you discover those hidden gifts.

Let’s say you had a specific goal to be in a serious relationship, but it hasn’t yet happened.  It’s still important to celebrate the accomplishments you did have around that goal. Did you learn to love yourself more?  To have more compassion? To be a better listener?  The personal growth you achieved as a result of setting that goal will help prepare you for realizing your dream–in this example a happy, intimate relationship.

Without a doubt, our triumphs and perceived failures ALL help us grow personally, professionally and spiritually.

Each life lesson that we grasp and appreciate benefits all facets of our lives—our emotional well being, health, relationships …and spirituality.

Here are 2 steps you can take to find hidden treasures as you review the year.

  1. Ask powerful questions.
  2. Journal about the insights you get from asking power questions.

If you don’t journal, I highly recommend you start journaling in the new year.

Journaling is a powerful method of getting to know yourself at a deeper level.

A few power questions you can ask yourself:

“What things happened in my life this year that left a mark—that had a significant impact on my life?”

“What did that event_____ teach me?”  “How did I grow emotionally, spiritually, intellectually because of it?”  ”What successes did I have surrounding my goal?”

“How did that event affect my relationships, my finances, my health and overall well being?”

And…

“What am I most thankful for in my relationships, finances, health…?”

It’s helpful to break down the questions into specific areas of your life because it helps trigger memories and insights.

When you take time to go within and ask powerful questions, you get the lessons you need to learn.

Personally, I like to also dedicate a few pages at the front of my journal to summarize important things that happened each month. I write about important insights I had, important people I met, and breakthroughs I had in various areas of my life.  Sometimes I have just a handful of bullet points for a month, and other times I can fill up a page with bullet points.

I like to do monthly summaries because I get to step back and see the whole year at a glance. It helps to remind me of important things that happened for me in the year.  Each month, for me, has a theme.

So as the year comes to a close, take time to honor yourself and your personal achievements on all levels!  This will help you start the year out strong—with a Warrior’s Spirit!


A Few Insights to Share About 2014!

And now I want to share a few quotes from Lena Stevens, who many of you know because of the monthly commentaries that I post on my blog.

“The New Moon is Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 4:14 Mountain Standard Time.

We start 2014 off with a powerful New Moon that is perfect for anchoring your intentions and setting goals for the next year. This is a super moon that harnesses the Warrior year with a good blast of focus and the inspiration to make a healthy “to do” list.

We recommend setting some boundaries around with whom and where you spend your time during this New Year and New Moon time. Don’t waste it on trying to please others or getting embroiled in something that does not serve you. Instead use this opportunity to launch your year in the best way possible. January is about getting all your ducks in a row and being in readiness for whatever is coming down the pike.

If you feel scattered and chaotic and don’t really know what to do with yourself, clean something out like your refrigerator or your closet or some preciously neglected part of your home or office space.

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a good time to clear and make space for something new. Be inspired by all the possibilities this year will bring! Inspire yourself with beauty and find joy in the simple things that you love and enjoy! Be in gratitude!…”

I wish you deep happiness, wisdom, prosperity and inner peace in the new year!

Mary

P.S.  Be sure to watch out for the upcoming January commentary that I’ll be posting on the blog.  You’ll find some excellent help on the mp3 audios that Lena offers for just a few dollars!

December 2013–A Time For Adjusting and Creating Optimism for New Year

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013




creating optimismThe theme for December 2013 is Adjustment and Realigning your life in a way that works better for you—a powerful time to make changes and build optimism for the new year.

It is about modifying, correcting, removing, adding, clarifying, accommodating, altering, revising and rectifying anything that needs adjustment based on YOUR TRUTH. It is about making small alterations and fine-tuning your intentions and action plans and paying attention to what is working and what is not. It is about moving everything into a better fit.

Truth is a key word and one that will be following us into the New Year. It is not so much the intellectual calculation of the mind as it is the intuitive truth of the heart. There is nothing like a bit of mental chaos and confusion (also an aspect of this month) to refocus us on our hearts and find the real truth of what needs fine tuning and adjusting at this time.

For some of you it will be in the area of where you spend your time, with whom, and on what. For others it will be focused more on the internal process of defining who you are and who you are not. There will be many opportunities to make little choices, some of them spontaneous decisions in the moment that end up revising your plans. There is also the opportunity to redefine and adjust longer-range intentions and dreams based on what you have digested from recent events and choices you have made. Some of you are still reeling from the re-sets going back a couple of months. It is important to allow for a time of real assimilation and integration especially of major changes. The adjustment and revision focus this month can serve to support this process.

So what may need ADJUSTMENT?

  • What you believe you can have
  • What you believe you are worth
  • What you believe about others, what supports you, the world as a positive or negative place
  • Your attitudes of skepticism, judgment, negativity, cynicism
  • Fears, security and trust issues
  • Bids for power, are they too small and limited, or too big and unattainable?
  • How you show up in your relationships
  • How good (or not) you feel about yourself
  • Your disciplines around practices, health and well-being
  • Your attachments to the way things ought to be and how people ought to behave
  • Your attachments to old dreams
  • Your attachments to new dreams
  • Your attachments to stuff that really needs to go

The main thing to embrace about working with the energy of December is that it is OK and even necessary to revise, adjust and modify anything that does not feel right or that has been decided upon for the wrong reasons. This is your chance to access your truth and to have the courage to correct, alter and put things right.  In the end, your inner work will help you have more optimism for the new year.

December is always a bit of a transition month. New influences coming for 2014 are now sliding in over the existing ones we have been working with and learning from this year. The winter solstice is a powerful time to regroup and shift from the past to the future, embracing the change that the natural cycle of the seasons so well supports.

One of the main adjustments to be made as we navigate into 2014 is towards more positivity and optimism for the future. This will become increasingly important in holding the container for influences and events of the coming year in a way that can be the most supportive. So now is a good time to start this process.

OPPORTUNITIES THIS MONTH:

  • To discover the real truth where needed and make adjustments based on that truth
  • To connect more deeply with your intuition that will be guiding the discovery of that truth
  • To assimilate, integrate and digest the wisdom, choices, changes and upgrades of the past few months.
  • To continue healing your past through embracing and accepting and adjusting your life according to your emotional truth.
  • To realign yourself with spirit and set yourself on the right track moving forward

CHALLENGES AND THINGS TO WATCH FOR:

Note: to get help with the challenges, we recommend our monthly support Mp3 (link here) (One of the rewards of inner work  is to create more optimism for the future).

  • Self-Deprecation and Martyrdom
  • Attachments to obsessions, worries, the past, your suffering, drama, and the fixing or what you cannot fix
  • Getting lost in the chaos and confusion of your mind clouding the truth of your heart
  • Procrastination of what you know you need to do
  • Irritability towards yourself and others when things are NOT in alignment
  • Distractions that keep you from your healthy practices
  • Feeling unsupported and overwhelmed by the enormity of the task
  • How the month shows up:

YOU PERSONALLY

This is a great month to put you first. There is liberation in giving yourself permission to be at the head of the line but there may also be challenges and discomfort in facing some of the truths that come up. Deep healing of old emotional issues and elimination of negative imprinting is also on the to do list this month giving you an opportunity for accelerated personal growth.

The best advice is to pay attention, put one foot in front of the other and just notice with neutrality what spirit is showing you and how you are creating the lessons that you need. If you are paying attention, what needs adjusting will become obvious. However, if you are allowing yourself to be greatly distracted by drama and the machinations of the false personality (the “challenges” list) you may be derailed by chaos and confusion and spend most of your time irritable and depressed. It’s up to YOU..

So keep your eye on your goal of inner truth and ask spirit to guide you when you need it. (this MP3 can help you build optimism for the new year (link here)

RELATIONSHIPS

It is truth time in relationships. The adjustments based on deeper truth will be in the areas of time, commitment, compatibility, giving and receiving, eliminating or adding, altering the nature of, cutting off or bringing closer.

The main relationship to focus on this month is your relationship with yourself. Bringing your relationship with self into better alignment with spirit and allowing for adjustments in what you say yes or no to will set you up well for this next year where we will have a focus on relationships.

You always need to begin with relationship with self. This includes giving your self more time with the things and people and experiences that you hold as a priority. This is a good month to reevaluate some of those priorities and remedy anything that is out of the order that you want.

ENVIRONMENT

This month we focus on the personal environment and what you need to do if anything about making adjustments. What is important to you? What do you not have enough of? Beauty? Healthy support? Companionship? Community? Is there too much chaos? Too much stuff?

How good are you at adjustment and attachment when the greater environment, as in climate, weather and energies beyond your control, appears uncooperative or challenging forcing you to make changes in your plans?

How can you adjust your environment to be a better fit with your essence self and to support you in your truth? Maybe you need better boundaries, maybe more space, maybe privacy, and maybe partnership. It will be different for everyone. But if you can work on adjusting your personal environment and your relationship with the greater environment you will come into more harmony and balance.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

Focus on telling the truth about your relationship with your body, your health and your well-being. Forgive yourself and become neutral about any issues that still hold a charge. Make adjustments to your routines and how you support your body and your health.

Watch for flu, colds, congestion, fatigue, digestive problems and aches in the joints. Most of this will be due to the process of assimilation and the integration of lessons as well as the elimination of old emotional baggage. Remember that the body has to process in its own way what you are revising and modifying in your life. So pay attention to the body and its needs and try to support it through its points of challenge this month. (Remember your body needs to be strong and energized to help you maintain optimism for the new year. )

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

Beware of letting chaos and confusion take over. In a project, when there is no clarity and you feel on the brink of spiraling down into negative thoughts and behaviors, step back and take a break. Reset yourself using on of your many tools and practices. And then re enter the scene.

This is not a good month to force anything that is not flowing easily but it is a good month to make adjustments that very clearly need to be made. Be practical about your finances but at the same time take a risk into an expansion if your inner truth gives you a green light. Miracles can happen in the abundance arena as long as everything else in your life is in balance and alignment with spirit.

In preparation for 2014 become aware of the truth of what you need to eliminate as a poverty consciousness and an old program of limitation and small thinking. There is no need to leap into anything that will trigger your security needs and bring into fear of survival. But there is a need to adjust the way you perceive what is possible.  (Expanding your perception is key to creating optimism for the new year).

In forging new partnerships or bringing anyone into a container for project or business make sure they are on the same page. Otherwise you may be held back.

May this month bring you many gifts to lift your spirit and much optimism for the new year!

NOTE:  The Monthly support Mp3 this month can be listened to more than once and even once a day if desired. It has several very useful processes to help you stay on track and make the most of what is available this month. December’s Mp3 will include working with ways you can get to the truth of something confusing as well as helping you in your fine-tuning process. (link here)

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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You. Their website ishttp://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her FULL commentary & learn more about the power days of the month to help you make the most of the month and build optimism for new year!



October 2013–Time To Dissolve Old Patterns

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The theme for October is RESET, which involves letting go of old patterns to attract the new and better.

There are two faces to this month’s theme. The first one is the deconstruction, dissolving, taking offline, shutting down, turning off, letting go of old patterns, letting down, and allowing things to fall apart.

The second is the re-booting, turning on, flipping the switch, restarting, reconstructing, solidifying, bringing online, resetting and refocus.

When the Internet goes down you often have to turn everything off, wait a bit and then turn it back on and reset. The same is true for a computer. When it does not function properly, it helps to quit out of the open programs and then shut it down and restart.

Individually and collectively we are carrying enormous energetic clutter and our psyches are attempting to manage and keep track of all the patterns and paradigms of our lives. We are energetically exhausted by the task. This month there is an opportunity to shut down and reboot the system, clearing out the old files and resetting the energy field in a new way and into a new paradigm.

How do you know it is time to take yourself offline and reset?

You may feel overwhelmed and scattered and have difficulty keeping track of things. You may find yourself in a dreamy unfocused state or tending towards a sense of depression and lethargy. You may find it is difficult to get enthusiastic or excited over anything. You could be disorganized and feel you have way too much on your plate, and you probably do. And you will most likely feel deeply fatigued in a way that just a good night of sleep will not quickly fix.

How do you take yourself offline?

Stop what you are doing and give yourself a break. Surrender to the void where nothing is happening. Let go of all hyper-vigilant tendencies. Put it all down. All of this takes trust that the greater container of your world will not fall apart if you give yourself a break. What will happen is that old patterns and habits will have a chance to dissolve and then be able to reset and reboot in a new way and a new configuration. (Helpful support on the Mp3)

For the mind this can be an uncomfortable state, the state of not knowing and the state of not being able to track and focus as it is used to doing. You may find yourself feeling the chaos of the void rather than the peace that “nothing happening” can bring. For some of you it will be important to engage the moving center and take a walk, do some yoga or move the body in some way. Some will truly have to stop and just sit and look out the window with a quiet mind and do nothing. For others it will be occupying the mind with a movie or a good book.

It is important that you allow and support necessary change. There is a death/rebirth quality to the month that demands a deeper commitment to change and resetting the patterns in your life. If you brush this one off, spirit will do it for you. Illness, accident or incapacitation of some kind could find its way into your life forcing you to stop doing business as usual. So get with the program in a proactive way so you can manage your own offline time. Take inventory and observe what is not working anymore so you can decide what needs to dissolve and change in your life. Then allow spirit to be in control of your life so you can reset yourself in greater harmony and balance.

The opportunity this month is to truly reset your life into a higher energetic frequency that will end up giving you much more of the experience you crave. But first you must take yourself offline and shut the computer down so you can clean out all the old files and upgrade the system.

What does the RESET look like?

It will be something new and different in your life. It could make itself obvious in your physical world or it may simply be a huge attitude adjustment where you see the world very differently and that in itself changes everything for you.

You can help this process along by choosing and honoring anything new in your life and by not judging how it may be showing up.
The challenge you face is your own fear and resistance to letting go, letting down, surrender and release. The void can be a scary place that feels like giving up. Remind yourself often that the void is actually the place from which all creativity and possibilities come.

How the month shows up:

YOU PERSONALLY

It’s a great month for personal growth and letting go of old patterns for”coming into your own”. Sometimes it is necessary to take a break from yourself in order to reset into a different experience of who you are. An important focus this month will be to take an inventory of all the beliefs and attitudes you have about yourself; what you are capable of, what talents you have, where you are convinced you are flawed, how you think others view or judge you, your limitations, your self-deceptions and anything else that makes up who you are and how you project yourself in the world.

You may be uncomfortable at times but it is important that you give yourself the space to be offline and unavailable for “business as usual”. You need to allow change to happen on a deeply foundational level and trusting the process, which may feel like losing control or falling apart. Seek containers that will support you in an energetic way, as much of what is occurring this month is an energetic change.

RELATIONSHIPS

Some of the deep change and reset this month will be around how you relate to everything in your life. There is an opportunity to experience a profound difference in your relationships not only to others, but also to yourself and all the physical extensions that you use in your daily environment. If you take advantage of this shift in frequency, it will allow you to relate to everything you are connected with in a much more conscious way. The end result will be that you will be in a better position to see spirit more easily in everyone and everything. This will make life much richer in all of your experiences.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

Energy levels, the adrenals and the nervous system are all impacted by the theme this month. To every physical aspect there is an energetic counterpart and there has never been a better time than now to work on the energetic part, as it will end up influencing and changing the physical. Watch for fluctuating energy levels and sleep patterns. Be sensitive to your own signals for needing a break and going offline.

This is an excellent month to dissolve your old patterns by making changes that affect your physical body.  Change your diet, go on a fast, adopt a new exercise routine, clean out your closet and get some new clothes or anything else that promotes a reset and a change.  It is also a great time to change the way you do things on the outside to reflect a change in your attitudes and beliefs on the inside!

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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You.  Their website is http://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her full commentary + learn more about power days of the month and letting go of old patterns that keep you stuck.


September-Tips to Improve Your Life by Taking More Responsibility

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

This month for September 2013 is all about the study of responsibility and how by taking responsibility you can experience greater happiness and inner peace.

It is time to truly embrace what is your own responsibility.  It is time to be a grown up and to take full responsibility for your own life and the world you live in. It is also time to disconnect from the burdens that are not yours to carry. This month you will be able to examine this area and to make some powerful decisions about what is or is not your responsibility.

Many of us have imprinting that relates to our self worth and how it is connected to how we serve others by taking on their burdens. Imagine the freedom you will feel when you let those burdens go back to their rightful owners. This does not mean becoming cold and hard and uncaring. It simply means disconnecting from what you cannot accomplish anyway and sealing up the energy leak of feeling responsible for the burdens of others. (there is help with this on the monthly support MP3 link here)

This is probably the most difficult area of clarity and confusion because of certain karmic agreements and choices that manifest as commitments. For example when you choose to bring a child into the world, it comes with a certain responsibility to provide a container for that child to mature into adulthood to the best of your ability. After that, it is important to relinquish the responsibility over to the adult child to make their own choices in life and deal with their own consequences and karma and relationships and actions. Trying to protect others from themselves interferes with their growth process and only prolongs the inevitable.

Caring for another human being such as an aging parent or a child or a disabled person is a certain choice sometimes decided upon prior to the lifetime. But the responsibility is usually limited to that of providing physical support and not of carrying the burden of their karma on your back. There is an energetic difference.

Neutrality around other peoples’ issues that are not your responsibility but that you happen to be around, is extremely important. You can provide a supportive container but you cannot dictate the outcome of their process. By the same token, your process is your responsibility and no one else can do your growth or your process for you. The issue then of responsibility is a 2 way street of allowing others to take responsibility for their lives and you take responsibility for yours.

This month you will need to be aware of Martyrdom and Impatience as well as Self Deprecation as obstacles that surface when ego attachments are threatened. Keep reminding yourself that you created everything in your life and it is your responsibility to accept it or to change it. This does not mean you can’t ask for help. Just don’t blame anyone else for your predicament and don’t expect anyone else to make it better.

Here are a few guidelines that will help you in examining this huge area of taking responsibuility for your life.  We suggest you examine each one and see where you are with your responsibilities both necessary and unnecessary.

What you ARE responsible for:

Your own health and healing.
No one can heal you but they can help you heal. And your health is your responsibility. You always have the power to choose whom you listen to and how you support your health. This month you may be tested in this area and get some lessons around being responsible for your own health.

Your choices and decisions.
No one can make or force you to choose or decide something you don’t want to. If you feel pressured by another person’s agenda to make a certain choice, examine their motivation and then make your own choice which may or may not be the same one.

Your agreements or commitments to do something.
You are responsible for following through with what you agreed to do. If you can’t, then take responsibility for delegating  appropriately. This is especially true in projects and partnerships.

Your relationships.
Whatever you get yourself into is yours to deal with, to nurture, to experience, to complete, and to initiate. This month relationships will be tested as many relationships suffer from projections and expectations about providing something that should be the responsibility of each individual.

Your personal environment.
Beauty, clutter, orderliness, ambience, etc. is all your responsibility. Ask for and get help if you need to. What happens in the greater environment is also your responsibility in the collective sense. Just an awareness of this is an important step in taking responsibility for the planet and it evolution.

Your karma.
No one else will do it for you. This is a good month to examine your personal karma and where your responsibility begins and ends. Sometimes it is difficult to know when karma is complete and when a burden can be released. The key is neutrality. When you can become neutral, you can release it.

Your body.
This is an area where people give their power away. You have the final say and the choices are yours of how you want to take responsibility for your body. You can get help and guidance but in the end it is your body and no one else’s. Be responsible

Your ego.
This is a good one. No counselor or psychologist will fix you. They will only offer guidance of how you can work more positively with your ego. There is a lot of personal growth possible this month in the area of responsibility. Denial about addictions and ego driven behaviors may finally be acknowledged in the act of taking responsibility. The task is yours alone.

Your experiences.
Your experiences are yours. No one else will ever experience the world as you do. Honor and appreciate that about yourself and take responsibility for how you experience life. If you experience it through suffering or hardship, you may want to take responsibility for changing that experience to one of joy and satisfaction.

Your happiness.
Your happiness is not dependent on how others love or treat you. It is your responsibility to be happy from within. Don’t expect your partner, your children, your boss, your family, your community or anyone else to make you happy. Only you can make you happy. Find a way to really embody this responsibility to yourself.

Your projects.
You can collaborate and get support, but if it is your project, you are responsible for the people you bring in, holding the vision and the details, and delegating tasks appropriately when needed.

Cleaning up your own messes.
If you messed up, clean it up without judgment. Forgive, apologize and move on. Don’t hold on to blame, guilt or shame. They are energy leaks.

Correcting your mistakes.
Take responsibility. Repair when you can, learn from what did not work, and move on.

Personal endings and completions.
When you know something is finished, don’t wait for someone else to point it out. Take responsibility and empower your completion by ending it well.

Personal beginnings.
Don’t just end up in a situation by default. Take responsibility and really choose the beginning of something like a project, a job, a place to live, a relationship, or a process. This is a good month to begin new things. It is also a good month to end old things. Sometimes you need to end something before you start something new.

Personal growth and change.
If you know something needs to change, don’t wait for change to come to you. Take responsibility and take action and be proactive with your change. This is especially true for those of you in job or relationship situations where you are afraid to make the change you know is necessary. Don’t be afraid to be the first one to take the action you both know is inevitable. It will only empower you in the end and is the responsible thing to do.

Your Intentions and dreams.
These should be yours and not someone else’s. Take responsibility for dreaming your own dreams and setting your own intentions for you and not for someone else.

Your prosperity and abundance.
This is a potential area of lots of blame and martyrdom which disempowers you. Your abundance is up to you. Your prosperity will follow. Take responsibility.

Your own behavior and reactions
If something is up, it is yours to deal with. Watch projections and accept the responsibility that your reactions are not based on someone else’s actions but on something within you that needs attention.

What you are NOT Responsible for:

Another’s healing and health.
You can only hold the container and provide the tools.

Another person’s choices or decisions.
These include family members and your children when they become adults. Refrain from needing to be right and trying to protect another from choices you would not make for yourself. Don’t give advice unless you are asked.

Another’s happiness or fulfillment in life.
This is especially true in relationships. Your partner’s happiness is NOT your responsibility.

Other peoples’ karma.
If you take responsibility for this you will be excessively burdened. Let people handle their own karma and don’t interfere. It is not responsible.

Fixing another’s mistakes, messes or ego driven actions.
This is a form of enabling and does not give the other person any power to learn from their actions and to be responsible for the consequences.

Another’s experience as being positive or negative.
Everyone experiences life differently. You cannot dictate or be responsible for how someone chooses to hold their experience. Even if you do not understand it, don’t argue with it. It is not your responsibility.

The outcome of another’s process, growth or change.
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink (the saying goes). What others do with the tools you offer, the advice you give (when asked of course) and the help available is their responsibility. Don’t be disappointed at the outcome or it becomes an energy leak.

Other peoples’ relationships.
What they choose to get into or out of is their responsibility. If they ask your advice you can give it, but don’t interfere with the outcome of their decisions.

What another does with useful information and advice.
Don’t get attached or disappointed or self important or judgmental. Be neutral.

Another’s prosperity and abundance.
This can be a messy one if you see yourself as responsible. Be wary of taking any action in this area out of guilt, and make sure to examine your motivations and conditions.

Other people’s agreements and commitments.
Let them be fully responsible.

Another’s experience of love, being loved or not being loved.
You can’t fix this one. It is not your responsibility.


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The author of this commentary, Lena Stevens, is the co-founder of an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and wisdom.  Lena Stevens has co-authored books with Jose Stevens, Ph.D., such as Secrets of Shamanism:Tapping the Spirit Power Within You.  Lena and Jose’s website is http://www.thepowerpath.com

Click here to read her full commentary and to learn more about the benefits of taking responsibiity!

Nature Retreat–Rainforest of Panama!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

nature retreat in Panama rainforestI am thrilled to have the opportunity to invite you to a nature retreat intensive in a nurturing and breathtaking tropical setting that I will be offering together with my partner, Shane Sullivan.

Join us December 5-10th 2013 for The Power Of Inner Vision Spiritual Retreat. It will positively nourish your spirit, renew your mind and re-energize your entire being!

This will be a nature spiritual retreat to empower yourself, connect with your sacred self and gain personal freedom to live with greater inner peace and happiness. It offers you a blessed break from your everyday reality and will help you feel reinvigorated to create the life you want.  Click here to learn more.

This retreat intensive is an inner pilgrimage for illumination as well as a time to recharge by the rainforests of Panama.

This nature retreat will be held in El Valle De Anton, a charming town high in the mountains of Panama, on the floor of the largest inhabited volcano crater in the world.  spiritual retreat

Once a crater lake, this quiet village became home to Indians from the surrounding mountains who have been here for thousands of years.  Some of the richest volcanic soil in the world remains on the valley floor. El Valle’s cool 2,000 foot elevation makes it a coveted retreat in Panama.  Natural attractions near El Valle include waterfalls, exotic plant and animal life, beautiful hiking trails and a group of small thermal pools of mineralized water.

We will limit enrollment to a small group.

If you’d like to attend this nature spiritual retreat, I suggest you reserve your place soon.

Click here to watch a minute video on the retreat.

To the adventures of life!

Mary Rivas

Author, The Warrior Spirit -How To Use Hidden Mind Powers
and Ancient Wisdom To Create Wealth and Much More!
Creator of The Journey