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Are you ready For Focus & Boundaries in August 2014?

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

How to FocusAre you ready For Focus & Boundaries in August 2014?

This is a fiery and active month, demanding that you put your mojo out there to be seen and heard, to be focused and disciplined, and to get things done. It is not a month to be ambivalent, wishy washy, submissive, powerless and lethargic. There is an aggressive quality that comes with the territory of all this masculine energy that will need to be tempered through your own focus and disciplined work with boundaries.

If you are not clear about what you want and always take a submissive position to others, someone else’s strong focus will take over and you may find yourself swept up in something that is not yours. If you find this happening, don’t fight it, judge it or resist it. Simply cut yourself off from it and let it go. The aggressive quality of the month can result in fights, especially around being “right”, and we could even see a rise in domestic violence, as some of the aggression will surely manifest physically.

Because the month has a strong masculine and physical component, it’s a great month to actually manifest something physically from your own creativity and focus. If you truly work with FOCUS and BOUNDARIES, you will see results. It is also a good month to clear out any old patterning you may carry in your third chakra around masculine energy, aggression, safety, being seen, being powerful, being clear in your intentions and confident in your ability to manifest.

A lot of the work this month will be around the third chakra and using the energy of the sun to project your creativity in ways that are seen more powerfully in the world. This will be tricky for those of you used to always hiding behind others, giving your power away, allowing others to make your decisions for you, or always doubting yourself. There is tremendous growth potential in this area but it may be rough on relationships, sleep patterns, digestion and balancing your physical energy. Regular exercise where you push yourself a bit will be useful this month as a way to handle the charge.

(There is help with the third chakra on our monthly support Mp3)

How do you work with focus?

For those of you who have trouble with focus (which is probably most of you) practice every day for just a few minutes tuning out everything but one idea, one object, one sound. This is harder than it seems and you will get to observe how much distraction you actually deal with all the time. We are a multitasking culture that gets rewarded for being able to manage many balls in the air at the same time. There is a time and a place for such talent, but this month the work is about strengthening the opposite skill, FOCUS. Focus is like a muscle that needs to be toned and strengthened so that when you need it, you know it will deliver for you.

If you have clarity about something you wish to create or manifest, focus every day on that intention and observe the distractions that threaten to take you from that one focus. This is where the BOUNDARIES come in. Focus and boundaries go hand in hand because your boundaries around your time and space will protect your focus. Your boundaries will keep the distractions out while building a strong container for your own focus. The more you work with this the less you have the possibility of some one else’s focus absorbing you into their drama.

FOCUS is like putting a spotlight on something. BOUNDARIES are there to insure that what is not under the spotlight does not interfere. Some of you have better boundaries in general than others. We would even say that some of you have boundaries that are too strong and are there out of a fear of being seen or being intimate with others. Boundaries that are too rigid will not be useful, as they tend to strengthen the hiding or withdrawing part of you rather than the protection of how you shine in the world.

So it is important to examine your boundaries and observe them to see if they are non-existent, too weak, just right, too strong etc. It is also a good idea to revisit the origin of certain boundaries to make sure the motivation behind them is still appropriate. For example if you have a mistrust of others based on an old fear of being ripped off, you may have a boundary that keeps you from ever collaborating with others and asking for support when you need it.

Having good boundaries will teach you when to say no and when to say yes. It is also important to honor other people’s boundaries and not to take their “no’s” personally.

(There is help with boundaries on our monthly support Mp3)

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

August has the potential be a fabulous month for you to breakthrough and heal your doubts, inhibitions, self-deprecation and general inability to take action. It could be an uncomfortable month physically and energetically for some of you that are not used to running great amounts of energy. It is really important to be disciplined around the work especially regarding the third chakra. Your relationship with the masculine will also come up this month for review.

What is your relationship to and with the masculine? With the males in your life? With your own masculine energy? Do you fear it? Do you disregard it as unimportant? Do you mistrust it? Do you judge it?

The masculine as its greater archetype is generous, protective, focused, productive, clear, sincere, loyal and steadfast. The masculine takes the creativity of the feminine and turns it into something solid. There is much work to do with embracing the masculine and allowing it to function fully. This is the month where we have that kind of support. Solar energy from the sun embodies the masculine, as the sun is an archetype of the patriarchal force. So work with the sun and make friends with the masculine.

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships will be challenged this month as they find new balance with boundaries and focus, and work with tempering the aggressive quality of the influences. In learning about the appropriate use of “no” and “yes”, your boundaries will be tested. How far are you willing to compromise and when is it enough?

Rather than trying to force current relationships to fit a new picture of what you want, focus instead on bringing that new relationship picture into your personal experience. Then allow the relationships in your life to either adjust to that new picture or not. Focus on how you want to feel in your relationships and work with the energy of how you wish to be seen.

It will be important not to take things personally as well as to give ample space for relationships to “work things out” in their own time. Be careful not to judge too quickly or make assumptions. It is not always what it seems to be.

ENVIRONMENT

Because of the fiery aspect of the month we could see some volcanic activity as well as increased fires in some areas of the world. This is also a symbolism of your own internal environment where you could experience your own volcanic activity and energy of heat. There is an explosive quality to the month that could end up in more violent storms, and other weather phenomena. Remember that the external environment always reflects what is happening on the inside.

There is a lot of discussion these days about big changes in the environment and how difficult it is to make accurate predictions. Embrace the change and accept quirky weather patterns as a permanent positive expression of change on the planet instead of as something temporary.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

We mentioned already that some of you might have issues around digestion, the third chakra and sleep. We also suggest moving the body and increasing your physical activity level to train the body to handle more energy. This is not a month to sit around and do nothing. If you insist on being a couch potato you will become a very irritated and anxious couch potato. Say “no” to the resistance to physical activity and get off your ______ and move.

You may have to work with some boundaries around protecting a time schedule around a new routine of self-care. This may also take more focus and discipline than you are used to, but the rewards will be high.

August is also a month where physical movement may be expressed through the actual moving of location or job. This could be sudden. If it happens, trust that it is right and go for it.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

Change, expansion, productivity, restructuring with ease, clarity of new intentions, and great movement are all possible this month in business and around partnerships and projects. This is a month to be a bit ruthless around your boundaries. If something is not working out, cut it off. If you have a problem employee that you have bent over backwards trying to help, this would be the month to help them to move on. If you have been looking and searching for right work, this would be the month to refine your intentions of what you truly want and then to use a bit of aggression to move towards what you want through FOCUS and setting BOUNDARIES against your distractions.

If you have been procrastinating something like your taxes or resume or filing, or any physical organization of your environment that is supposed to support your business, work or finances, take some time this month to organize, clear, throw away old stuff, connect and communicate with partners. Put some good new energy into your projects.

This is a really great month for manifesting as long as you know what you want, focus on it with clarity, and set some good boundaries around your own discipline to do what it takes.

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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 about how to focus!

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!

Using the Energy of Intensity In April 2014 To Overcome Fears and More

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Overcome fearsThis is an amazing month with incredible power available to overcome fears and much more!

It is intense and robust both in its lessons and challenges, and in its tremendous opportunity for growth, expansion and empowerment.

As always, where you end up will be entirely up to you.

There will be battles this month, the battle between your essence and your personality, and the battle between your attachment to your suffering and your desire and intention to move beyond the petty drama in your life. What will win is dependent on which voice you are listening to and where you are putting your energy.

This is a great month to revisit your energy leaks, overcome fears, and step into more personal power than you have ever experienced before.

The INTENSITY of the times is like turning the dimmer switch up from 100 watts to 1000 watts of light. It is being able to absorb more sunlight and a higher frequency of energy than before. This intensity can be exhilarating and incredibly inspiring, or it can crash down on top of you like a brick wall, burying you in your own denial, fear and resistance.

Most of you know exactly what you need to do and what you need to change. You just have not taken the time to DO IT. Whatever situation you are in will be intensified this month. The positive aspect of this is that it will force you to take action where you need to because there will be no alternative. On the other hand if you have been doing your work, things could be intensely good and you may find incredible opportunities opening up for you at every turn. Trust them and go for it.

This is a pressurized time. The pressure from within is to finally deal with your fears and with your negativity, resistance, and addiction to suffering. This time is calling us to step up to the plate and really put into action everything we have studied, downloaded and learned in the past few years. If not now, when?

Your essence is pressuring you from the inside to move beyond your petty personality, to overcome fears that weaken you and to become the powerful being that you are.

Then there is pressure from the outside, in the form of situations and circumstances that you create in order to accomplish this task of allowing your essence to lead. The outside pressure may look negative, not fair, unreasonable and beyond your ability. However it is all part of the grand plan you have for yourself and your own growth and evolution. The task this month is to come to equilibrium of outside and inside pressure and to come to terms with what is being asked of you by spirit and what you are asking of yourself. The equilibrium is achieved by recognizing that what is being asked of you is somehow related to an original intention of yours. When you ask for something, be careful as you now have the full ear of spirit and spirit will deliver. So watch what you are asking for and make sure it is what you want.

Here is a story to illustrate:

A client was shocked and went into martyrdom around a financial matter where they were turned down (due to a comedy of errors) for an extension on a loan. This put them in a situation where they had to pay off a rather large loan and did not know how they were going to have the means to do it.  That was definitely pressure from the outside causing intense stress. After looking deeper into the situation, it became clear to them that there was an original strong intention to work on getting themselves out of debt. This intention was showing up as a pressure from the inside and creating the opportunity as a pressure from the outside to pay off the debt. With an acknowledgement of the process and a deep trust in spirit that this was the right thing at the right time, magically the funds and support appeared enabling them to pay off the loan. It was the process of surrender, neutrality and understanding that created the equilibrium they needed. Needless to say, even though it was difficult to clear the debt and overcome fears, the freedom experienced was very powerful.

This is a story that illustrates the need at this time for a committed trust in spirit and a committed trust that whatever is showing up is the right thing because somewhere along the way, you created it from an intention and something that you asked for. The focus and intention should be channeled in the direction of intense success, magic and positive alignment rather than a fear of failure. There is an opportunity this month to confront your deepest fears and to see every challenge as an opportunity to receive exactly what you asked for. In this way you step into more power and a greater alignment with your true essence goals.

Intensity can be positively supportive and magical, or it can be challenging, confrontational and negatively aggressive. We will see both expressions this month. Look for world events that will harness the intensity for activities that are out of the collective sense of integrity. And look for real miracles to happen as others put forth a real commitment towards change and positive evolution.  Your intentions have incredible power to help you overcome fears.

This is a huge opportunity for a bid for power. Everyone has something that they feel is unattainable. Something they have worked towards for a long time. For some it is about relationship, for some about health, for some about work or finances, for some about personal well-being. Whatever your dream is, this is the month to put it forth and take advantage of the intensity and high voltage and use them as a fuel to empower these intentions.  Make a committment to overcome your fears once and for all and be free of them.

We have 2 eclipses this month (on the full and new moons), that bookend and pressurize an astrological time frame that is highly significant for our times. This is it everyone. The time we have been anticipating, waiting for, bracing against, worried about and trying to second-guess what it will bring. This is the time when we all get to walk our talk and show the universe what we are made of, what we believe and what we stand for. We created this time and this opportunity. Now we have to take advantage of it. We have to face it and not hide with our heads in the sand.  This is your opportunity to overcome fears and build your inner strength.  We must become more powerful in our own lives and embrace the intensity as power and as the energy that will move us forward into a new paradigm, a new frequency and a new set of beliefs and patterns.

Yes we are going into unknown territory for our ego personalities. And yes, we will have to give up our addiction to drama, suffering, and the “poor me” and “ain’t it hard” mentality. The rewards are incredible. We have no idea.

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

The best advice is to take responsibility for anything and everything that is showing up and to practice becoming neutral as you navigate intense experiences that may feel unpleasant. You can turn anything around if you surrender it to spirit and empower it from within and from your heart. It is such an important time to not take things personally as others may behave badly in their projections and fear reactions. Practice compassion but stay aligned to your own truth.

This is a great month for personal growth and the expansion of your intuition and ability to perceive as well as increasing your sensitivity to the spirit world and your guides and allies. Remember you will get help to overcome fears when you connect with your essence.  The veil between the astral plane and the physical plane thins out this month providing an opportunity to discover on a deeper level how you are being supported by spirit.

Personal growth may be intense this month and lessons may be full of stress and tension.  Connecting with your essence will help you overcome fears.  Balance, grounding and alignment is crucial for moving yourself steadily along the path. (This month’s support Mp3 is helpful)

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships will be more intense this month with the possibility of going into conflict and trying to work out differences through power struggles and drama. On the other hand there will also be an opportunity to bring more inspiration and a higher centered alignment into relationships allowing for more essence contact and more heart connection than ever before. Which way they go will be determined by the nature of the relationship. It will be easier to let go of the ones that don’t work, as it will be blatantly obvious what needs to happen.

It is a good time frame this month to complete Karmas in a forgiving and neutral way and to tie up any loose ends in relationships that feel incomplete. The worst thing you can do this month in terms of managing relationships is to be in denial about something that needs to change. So be courageous and be in your truth. Intensity can be very positive or it can cause a lot of negative drama. You choose.

ENVIRONMENT

Intense weather will mirror what is happening on the inside and on the outside. The weather will be unpredictable as well and can change overnight. Instead of resisting, be delighted. Practice receiving great amounts of chi from the weather.

Your personal environment will need some cleaning up. Whether it is your home or your work, something will need to be infused with a bit more inspiration. Look around at what you no longer see because it has become habitual. “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone”…pay attention to the details of your environment. Re-own the things that matter to you and get rid of the ones that don’t. Lighten your load. It will free you.

If you have things that happen that are intense or cause an intense situation, see if you can turn it around to be empowering, inspiring and totally awesome.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

This can be a hard month for the physical body. Remember that everything is intensified and magnified. Discipline yourself to spend more time intensifying the health and well being of your body than the lack of energy and anything that is wrong or negative. The body needs to catch up to what is happening on an energetic level and is having a hard time. It can go into resistance when it is not honored and taken care of.

Be patient with the body, give it what it needs but at the same time inspire it to use the new energies and frequencies that are available.

The body is designed to move. Many cultures have become way too sedentary and that does not serve the body. The body wants to move. It is your vehicle, the only one you have. Talk to it this month, especially when times are intense. Take it for a walk, a run, a dance, a bike ride. Feed it good food and give it some love.  As you overcome fears, your body will benefit too.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

A good time for expansion, trying something new, thinking outside the box, being creative, innovative, and not afraid of change. When one thing dissolves it leaves a door open for something new. There will be radical choices and decisions made this month in business and economy, some of it global with far reaching effects. This is a month for a bit of risk taking and bids for power. This is a month to revisit the dreams of your heart and ask yourself “why not?” It is a time to break away and follow your heart even though all rationality points to it being a bad idea or impractical. It is the time to be intense and to be radical and work with the energy to make big changes where they are needed.

We may be surprised both by unexpected cooperation as well as unnecessary conflict and crisis. Look to your own life and do what you know you need to do. Integrity and personal truth will become important factors in realigning onto the right path as you overcome fears and grow your inner wisdom.

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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 Febuary 2014 + learn more about power days of the month and tips to overcome fears and grow your inner power.

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.


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!

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!



February 2013–A Time of Unpredictability

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

personal growth monthly tipsThe theme for February is UNPREDICTABLE, with tremendous opportunities for personal growth.

You will need to be very very flexible and very present to navigate the energy this month, as it will have a tendency to be squirrelly, shifty and emotional, bringing unexpected experiences, reactions, changes and opportunities.

You will need to let go of your need to know, your need for control, your need to be right, your need to hold on to the past, any old dreams you had for the future, all of your disappointments, grudges and limited small thinking.

You will need to hand it all over to spirit because you will not be able to “think it through”. Forgiveness and letting go of expectations and being very present with what is showing up in your life are crucial practices this month and will help you navigate through the minefield of the unpredictable and unexpected.

You will need to have compassion for yourself and others especially when the unexpected happens and either you or someone you know is thrown into crisis.

Just when you think you have it figured out, something will happen that will turn your plans around. Remember this month to remind yourself that when one door closes another will open. This month requires a great deal of trust in a larger picture and order especially when life looks chaotic beyond understanding. Expect the unexpected and don’t try and predict anything. This will help you tremendously on your personal growth path.

The image is that of walking on shaky ground that is not only saturated by water but also going through a series of mini earthquakes. If you don’t wish to be swallowed up in the quicksand of shifting mud, you will need to be light on your feet, to keep things moving, and be totally present so you can read the signs and step accordingly. No time to think, just feel and move.

The emotional center kicks in later this month making things interesting as some of what is unpredicted and unexpected will be fueled by the emotional center and there may be emotional reactions and actions that will surprise everyone. We are still clearing emotional residue and just about anything can set off an emotional reaction especially one that is unpredictable. Beware of your expectations of others and be willing to be very flexible around promises, commitments and changes in plans. The best strategy is to simply allow the emotional fluidity to be present (you don’t really have a choice) and to refrain from trying to dissect it intellectually to figure out what it all means. Let the emotional energy take you to a higher center where the understanding comes from a different place.

Everyone is navigating new territory and no one should be predicting their own actions or reactions. Especially towards the middle of the month you will be challenged with new emotional territory that is actually designed to move you into the higher emotional center and an experience of something different than what you have been used to.

The opportunity you have this month is to experience a complete shift in your limited belief system about what is possible, from how you create your reality to how much abundance or love or health you can have for yourself. This year’s role of the king teaches you about mastery and taking charge of your life in ways you never could have imagined before. We almost need an upside down time or complete unpredictability to trick the mind into letting go of the old patterns and structures that have run the show for so long.

The gift of this time now is a re-imprinting of what is considered “normal” and a slow retraining of the subconscious to trust more in the spontaneity of spirit. The goal is to become comfortable with the unexpected and to stretch a little into new territory.  Breaking through self-imposed boundaries will supercharge your personal growth.

The best way to work with the theme of Unpredictability is to always leave some room for change and spontaneity, to eliminate certain expectations and to be trusting and flexible. It truly can be a wonderful time if you just give into it. No need to be right, to be in control, or to be disappointed when things don’t work out the way you thought they should or would.

This month has been well set up coming off the transition theme of January. Look at where you have ended up right now. This is exactly where you need to be so don’t resist. Pay attention to what is showing up for you and use that as the guidance for where your next step lies. If it does not feel good and expansive, you have work to do. It’s not about them and what they decide or do. It is about you and your process so take responsibility for that. This is a tough month for those who are stubborn or tend to feel victimized. Be flexible and don’t blame.

Opportunities for personal growth:

Fantastic breakthroughs in how you experience reality

Deep and deeper clearing of old beliefs and emotional patterns

More trust bringing freedom from the need to control

Expansion of creativity

Wonderful surprises that take you into new and delightful directions

The experience of miracles and magic

Challenges:

The quicksand of Stubbornness and Martyrdom and Self Deprecation

Shaky mental health due to not managing Unpredictability and the unexpected well

Inflexibility causing breakage where bending and flexibility was a better choice

How the month shows up:

FINANCE, PROJECTS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS

This is a fantastic month to work on your prosperity and abundance and to erase your limiting beliefs about how things will always be based on how they have always been in the past. It is not so much forcing the old beliefs out as it is opening yourself up to new possibilities that you could never predict. We are trained to be goal oriented and focused. But if you have a concrete goal, it is always based on old information.

So leave room for something new and unexpected and wonderful to come in to your business life. Accept a new position or a project you never thought you could do and see what happens. Use the lubricating aspect of the emotional energy later in the month to move out the old limiting beliefs of what you thought possible and to move in a new frequency of abundance you never thought possible.

The above is an excerpt from Lena’s monthly forecast.

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.

Click here to access the FULL February 2013 forecast and to read about relationships, more tips to empower your personal growth.


December 2012–Moving Out Of An Old Paradigm and Into A New One

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

The theme for December 2012 is FORGIVENESS.

The image to work with this month is one of moving from one house to another. You have relinquished the old one and are on a deadline to move, as there is a new person moving in. You have to get all of your things out. As you pack you uncover all those things you forgot you had (or you wish you did not have) from the backs of drawers and closets and from the basement and the garage and other areas well hidden from your everyday life. You are astounded by the amount of accumulation over the years (most of you anyway).

As you go through it, memories and emotions come to the surface as you make choices as to what gets moved and what gets passed on, thrown or given away. After all the moving van is only so big and the new house is different, more efficient and you don’t want to clutter it up with unimportant or old stuff that is connected to some past dream or reality. For example if you lived in a snowy area and you are moving to the tropics you would likely eliminate most of your cold weather gear and equipment.

This is a time when you would feel slightly nostalgic, everything would be disorganized and no matter how well you packed you would still be living out of boxes for awhile. You would make sure you had the very essentials for living while you were unpacking: the minimum of clothing, furniture and kitchenware. You would rely on your friends and community to help with this transition and you would be somewhat excited but anxious at the same time especially if where you were moving was an entirely new landscape to you.

Moving is always stressful and it is challenging to keep grounded. These are the times. We are moving out of an old paradigm and into a new one. As we face the unknown there is excitement, there is anxiety and there is resistance and a desire to have something around that is familiar. There is also a feeling of being overwhelmed by the immense task of sorting, choosing, packing and moving. Timing and support are everything. And then the question during the shaky first months: Did we do the right thing? Did we make the right move?

So where does Forgiveness fit in?

I had a dream the other night where I went to my house but my house was a multi story old rickety thing with falling down front steps and a huge pile of renovation debris behind the front door so you had to enter through the back door. As I was going through the house I noticed how much furniture there was. Random chairs and beds everywhere and staircases that were barely navigable. So much clutter I could barely move or think.

We were to go somewhere the following day and I was expecting a house sitter who showed up a day early and brought all of their animals and the whole family and then some friends too to add to the clutter.

As I pondered the dream the next morning, I saw clearly that this was a symbol of the immense burden the collective carries at this time of karmic clutter. We truly do not know what to do with all the karmic clutter we have accumulated during this cycle we are just completing now.

The ONLY solution is to FORGIVE it. Therefore the theme of Forgiveness is not to be taken lightly this month, but to be worked with on a daily basis beginning with you personally. Using the metaphor of moving, as you observe your judgments come up about the clutter in your life whether energetic, karmic or physical, forgive yourself.

We carry such debt, most of it a collective karmic debt. It is a huge burden and time is running out. You can help the collective by forgiving yourself and then forgiving all others that “owe you”. Do you want to be left behind at the counter waiting for your change when a tidal wave is about to sweep in or do you forgive what is owed and get yourself to higher ground?

What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is an energy that neutralizes the charge attached to a person or an event releasing you and the person or event from the debt that is allegedly owed.

Forgiveness does not mean you condone the karma or make it OK to repeat. It merely takes the charge off and neutralizes it, so it does not matter in your life anymore. You can become neutral about it and therefore can let your attachment around it go. So work with the energy of Forgiveness rather than the emotion of it. This is not emotional. It is a complete letting go like breathing a sigh of relief or releasing the body in death.

This is a difficult thing for some of you, especially if you are a control freak or have Martyrdom or are intellectually centered with an emotional trap. Some of you hold on to things way too long. You know who you are.

We are currently a global society built on debt and operating from debt. Debt holds a lot of energy and blocks evolution and progress. There is as much of a sense of ones owing a debt, as there is a sense of being owed. Both need to be forgiven. What if it were all forgiven? The more you can forgive your own debt both ways, the bigger the influence of the ripple effect on the collective. This is imperative work if we are to navigate the upcoming change in a way that gets us to a new vibration.

We have a lot of work to do. How many of us are sitting in Martyrdom or Self-deprecation berating ourselves for the choices we did or did not make, and feeling resentful at those that “done us wrong”. We are waiting for the debts to be paid or bracing ourselves for the debt we feel we owe and have no clue as to how to pay it back. Before December 21, see how much you can forgive, as this is the only way to be clear of the burden that keeps you energetically tied to the past. It is time to move on, especially for those of you that have self-deprecation about not being good enough or suffer from self-loathing about the things you have done to your body, to yourself and to others. This is the time to forgive all.

On the other side are the potential for tremendous insight and a powerful invitation to step into a new vibration that allows a greater understanding of how to manifest and how to work with the quantum field. You should be greatly inspired with the possibilities and begin to get your energy back with every forgiveness you manage to negotiate well.

December 21: The Winter Solstice is exact at 4:11AM Mountain Standard Time. We do not need to tell you that this is a very important time and day to honor in some way. The energy is about honoring and forgiving the structure that has held life together up until this point. Move yourself into a place of trust that a new structure has been organizing itself in the quantum field through a collective intention of having a better world.

The above is an excerpt from Lena’s monthly forecast.

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.

Click here to access the full forecast and learn about specific power days of December 2012.


November Forecast 2011

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

This is the time to renew your commitments, your intentions and your priorities. It is the month to refresh your environment, to refinish and brighten what has dulled, to rekindle important friendships, to recharge relationships, to bring more chi into the body and to re-determine your goals and the path to reach them.

November is a more masculine month with plenty of energy available for moving forward. We have had times supporting movement previously this year. The difference now is that everything has shifted, giving you more access to the quantum field and to what is possible. You need to acknowledge this difference and expand your awareness to accommodate it.

The image is of being in a small pond where you know your limits and your limitations, the edges and the boundaries. The pond has become too small however you are used to navigating within it. The enclosure of the pond has been removed and we find ourselves in a vast ocean not being able to use the sight and feel of the enclosure for navigation. What is necessary now is to trust the inner navigation, your inner radar. This inner radar is your own intuition and sense of self, sense of what is right and sense of where your path lies. Your inner radar is your own heart.

Deeper dimensions of experience are now available to us where we are not limited to experiencing just the physical plane. When you look at a tree you will begin to see not just the physical form of the tree, but rather a multidimensional experience of the tree, its spirit, its communication, its soul. The same goes for people around you. You will begin to experience them as multidimensional beings with loads of history. The downside of this expansion is the tendency for overload and the possibility of losing ones tether to the agreed upon collective experience of the physical world. You will probably witness what appears to be mental breakdown and psychic meltdown among many who are not able to differentiate and separate the physical from the astral very well. They need much compassion and help at this time.

Then there are those that are not conscious enough yet to notice any difference. We have said before that this time frame will begin to create a huge gap between how one person experiences life as opposed to another person. One person’s reality will definitely be way different than another’s depending on their level of consciousness. These times require a great allowing and acceptance of others to be just where they are and acknowledging that the experience of life will be as varied as each individual.

It is important that you keep a good handle on reality during these times but with a conscious allowing of a gradual expansion into the broader experience available. This can be done with intention and we advise taking some time every day to meditate and open your senses. This is a good practice also when you are in nature or in a place of clearer energy. It is not advised when you are in a crowd. If you feel you are on overload you may need to practice pulling your energy field in and putting some protection up. Recommended audio for working with the themes of the month link: Energy Management: Protection & Appropriate Exchange.

The masculine quality of the month provides an opportunity for great clarity especially if you use your intuition with it. Anytime you feel confused you are probably trying to sort things out based on something other than what simply feels right to you. Beware of too many cooks in the kitchen when you are in the process of an important decision. Remember that others view things through the lens of their own experience and what ends up being right for you may not always make sense to them. It is always a good idea to run things by someone you trust but the final decision will have to be yours alone.

In this time you all should be renewing your commitment to taking responsibility for your own lives. No one is going to fix it, make it better, get you out of debt, improve your health, give you a better job, remove your addictions and co-dependencies, or make anything stop except you, yourself. This is the time of growing up. It is your life. Stop whining and complaining and renew your commitment to yourself to create the kind of life that you want. Not what someone else thinks you should be doing, but what you want. Renew your intentions and honor that this is a time of renewal when anything becomes possible. Dream big.

Now comes the hard part; dealing with the distractions that threaten to derail you at every turn.

There is the story of the monk and the temple of a thousand demons. A group of monks were to go through their final test, getting through the temple of a thousand demons. One by one the monks entered the first door and after screams and intense noises coming from inside the temple not one of them emerged from the door on the other side. Finally the last monk asked the elder priest for any advice that would help him get through. “Just keep your eye on the door on the other side. Never take your eyes off the door”, the elder answered. The young monk entered and after a time of the same loud intense noises and screams, he came tumbling out the door on the other side. When asked how he had done it when so many others had failed, he said “I just kept my eye on the door, never took it off”.

The door on the other side represents your goals and intentions. The temple of a thousand demons is life itself. The distractions are your reactions and any behavior that is not of spirit. Feed any energy at all into a small drama and it will very quickly become a big one. Any reaction at all that is not completely neutral will have a charge to it and throw you off center. You will notice that all behaviors not of spirit are initiated by some reaction that is not neutral. Practice neutrality. It is absolutely the best thing you can do and always puts you in a position of power. So renew your priorities based on your inner rudder and your heart and then keep your eye on your goals, on the door on the other side of the temple of a thousand demons.

The theme of Boundaries is a big one this month. As energetic limitations are lifted it is important to renew and reset your own boundaries. In the exploration of the expanded access to the quantum field, you may run across some people with no boundaries at all and others that try to impose on yours or impose their boundaries on you. Everything and everyone is pushing this way and that in an attempt to reset some kind of order. It is up to you to reset and renew your own boundaries according to your priorities and goals. The human experience has been based on reaction and pushing up against something. When you are in the ocean there is nothing to push up against until a boundary is created. The new container has to be created from within and many people are not used to the responsibility of the task. It will be very interesting to observe in the next year or so, what becomes manifest.

Sometimes renewal demands the death of something. The theme of death/rebirth is also active this month. As you go through your life and decide what needs renewal, there may be aspects that you can no longer tolerate or accommodate. Open your eyes and see things realistically. Allow death when it is called for by purposefully eliminating what is past. Especially use death to eliminate old dramas that still have you tethered. Remember that if it does not feel good and if you cannot be neutral about it, it is not of spirit.

Click here to access the full monthly commentary packed with tips to help you strengthen your relationships, health and more.   Print out the full forecast and reference it throughout the month. (The above is an excerpt from the commentary).

The author of the monthly forecast, Lena Stevens, is an author and 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 and The Power Path: The Shaman’s Way To Success in Business and Life.



New Audio Helps You Relieve Stress and Achieve Goals Faster

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Los Angeles, CA – October 18, 2011 – WarriorSpiritAudio.com (“WSA”) has released a self help audio that does far more than help people relieve stress and achieve deeply desired goals.  Its ultimate purpose is to help people connect with their inner power and strengthen the faith in the power of themselves.  Entitled ‘The Warrior Spirit—How To Use Hidden Mind Powers and Ancient Wisdom To Create Wealth and More’ it helps people feel more optimistic and relaxed.

The Warrior Spirit audio gives step-by-step help to achieve personal goals with greater ease using higher mind states and shamanic wisdom.  If the mind is filled to capacity with non-stop mind chatter, you make it difficult to create the results you want in your life.  Stress prevents you from having insights, creative ideas and confidence that can help you achieve your goals; it weakens your ability to solve issues that trigger anxiety and stress,” says Mary Rivas, founder of WSA.

The audio and companion e-book are ideal for today’s environment where people experience a lot of anxiety over stressful events such as losing their jobs and homes.  Latest statistics indicate that 75% of people experience stress regularly; more than half say they find stress debilitating and want to relieve stress.  Stress is a key contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease.

The Warrior Spirit is different from common self-help books; it empowers people at a deeper level.  It teaches people how to connect with a higher force and increase their personal power to relieve stress and overcome challenges in daily life.

Visit http://warriorspiritaudio.com to watch a video that shares wisdom and reveals how people can tap into their mind powers to relieve stress as well as change their lives for the better.  Also, visitors can download a sample chapter of the audiobook and companion e-book.

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About Warrior Spirit Audio

WarriorSpiritAudio was formed by Mary Rivas to help people use hidden mind powers and ancient wisdom to make life transforming changes.  It offers resources to enable people to achieve inspired goals with greater ease.  Visit www.warriorspiritaudio.com and sign up to receive stress management techniques, tips and more.  Mary is an author and consultant.  She has a psychology degree and has learned from shamans for over ten years.

Contact Mary at services@unlimitedinnerpower.com for additional press information or at (310) 598-7966.