Jump into ACTION!

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A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.      -Bo Bennett

 

Forward Motion

 

Whenever you’re standing at the precipice of a decision, you can take hours, days, even weeks & months, to go for it.  I’m going to share with you a way you can KNOW if something is right for you.

 

Tune into your body.  It has a wisdom we can only begin to fathom.  There’s the brain, of course.  It over-analyzes almost everything.  The conscious, thinking mind can spin a million different possibilities, & literally get your head to spinning.  SO, the best thing to so about THAT part of your body is to get things down on paper.

 

If you’re trying to decide on something big… do what man has done through the ages:  write out the pro’s & con’s.  It really works!  It’s like a weight scale.  You list pro’s on one side & con’s on the other, & then see which one “stacks up”.

 

Once you have accomplished this, it may be time to meditate.  Active meditation.  That means you sit with your list, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, & just kind of “phase out” for awhile… just letting your mind drift.  You may find yourself drifting off into a bit of a nap at the same time, but that is actually A-Ok!!  When we are in that sleepy in-between state, that is when our conscious (over-analytical) right-brained mind gets a chance to take a break.  That’s when the “good stuff” is allowed to come through, from the subconscious.  So after about 10-15 minutes of this, take a few moments to WRITE.  Write anything!  Just write, write, write.  You’d be surprised what comes out of your brain when you allow it to relax.  Some of humankind’s greatest inventions & scientific discoveries have come as a direct result of this method.

 

Next, let’s move on to the heart.  This will certainly take you out of the over-thinking mind.  The way to tune into your heart is to literally put a hand (or both hands) over your heart.  That will activate the bio-electrical energy… sort of like “tuning in” to those heart frequencies.  Ask yourself the question:  “What does my HEART tell me to do in this situation/about this decision?”  And listen… really listen.

 

And lastly, did you know your belly has a brain, too?  It’s called the ENS:  enteric nervous system.  You can tune into this as well.  Just put a hand on your belly, just above the naval… that is truly tuning into your “gut instinct”.  Ask yourself:  “What does my gut tell me about this?”

 

Our body LOVES to communicate with us.  The billions of cells in our bodies all have a consciousness of their own.  It’s like our body is an entire universe, & all the cells are individual, sentient beings.  Our mind is the “God” that directs things.  But each & every part of the body is working as a team for our greatest good.

 

The point?  The body wants to pitch in & help.  All we need do is ASK.

 

Then LISTEN.

 

Try it!  You just might get the answers you’re looking for.

 

And then once you do… don’t hesitate!!!  TAKE ACTION!  With confidence.

 

“Audentes fortuna iuvat”, “Fortes fortuna adiuvat”, “Fortuna audaces iuvat” and “Fortes fortuna juvat”.

 

Fortune favours the bold, Fortune favours the brave, Fortune helps the brave, and Fortune favours the strong.

 

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Till next time,

Shakti  ♥

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A Cheap Bottle of Wine

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and Other Visions….

Sometimes when I meditate I receive a vision of what “life” is like.  It’s just my subconscious mind giving me what I love:  visuals.

I wanted to share a couple of them.  Once I saw a big knot being untied.  It reminded me that that’s kind of what humanity is going through right now.  Are you noticing it?  It’s as if we’ve been bound for centuries by old, stuck belief systems.  And now we are beginning to loosen the knot.  Humanity is waking up, in a manner of speaking; beginning to realize the power we have within each of us to make a difference, to make change happen.

We see it everywhere.  The Occupy Movement, the acceptance of LGBT rights, also how many, many government & banking officials are coming to justice for all the fraud perpetuated on humankind for so long, etc.  It gives me hope.  🙂

Another visual I received in meditation was of an ocean view.  I was being led through a jungle that suddenly opened up to an ocean view.  Then the ocean became countless oceans… hard to explain.  Each ocean was a different color, all so beautiful & vivid beyond imagination.  I was looking at all the levels & layers of “oceans”, & I remember noticing how unbelievably beautiful each one was, even the brown one!  And I realized that these oceans represented the level of growth & awareness of every individual on the planet.  We’re all at different levels, each our own unique color, on our own journey… but ALL equally as beautiful.  No matter where we’re at.  All equal, all the same.  Because… we are ONE.

My most recent vision was of a bottle of wine, with a twist top.  Life on Earth for a long time has been like having a nice bottle of wine sitting on the shelf that we are saving for a special occasion.  We know something good & wonderful is inside, but we’re not sure when the right time to open & celebrate is.  We know when the wine is open, good times will flow.  Celebration, relaxation, etc.

In my visual, the twist top was in the process of being opened.  It was very… twisty.  😉

I understood that this meant that the times we are in RIGHT NOW are the times of action, even uncomfortable action if necessary.  But the actions & the changes are long overdue, & now is the time to get twisty… to get uncomfortable.  Do the work: like meditation & energy clearing, like diet change & exercise, cleaning & clearing up the clutter in our lives.

Why?  Because the good times are coming!  Soon, the twisting time will be over, the hard work will be finished, & we can just kick back & relax… just enjoy… just BE.

So HANG IN THERE.  😀

Love ya!

Shakti 

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My Gurus

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An Homage to the Great Ones

We all have authors, teachers & leaders we look up to.  They are generally the ones who got us started on our journeys of growth & enlightenment.  I just wanted to take a few minutes today & share who has helped me most so far on my own journey.

It all began during my Christian walk.  There are a few authors who really impacted me. One of which is John Maxwell.  He may be one of the best-known self-development promoters in the Christian faith.  One of my favorite books of his is, Failing Forward.  Good stuff!  Here’s a great quote from him:

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

Norman Vincent Peale also had a great impact on me in those early, formative years.  His book, The Power of Positive Thinking, really got me on the right track!  Check out something he has said:

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

Next I came across the book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.  That one has been talked about by Oprah, & has been a “game changer” for many a soul embarking on the journey of expanded consciousness.  I just love what she says here:

“There is a truth deep down inside of you that has been waiting for you to discover it, & that truth is this:  You deserve all good things life has to offer.”

Shortly after The Secret, I began devouring anything & everything written by the wonderful Dr. Wayne Dyer.  You may have seen him on television.  He’s been on PBS for years.  My all-time favorite book by him is, The Power of Intention.  Here’s a quote by my beloved guru, Dr. Dyer:

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“Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”

I have long been a big fan of the channeled group of entities calling themselves Abraham.  They speak through a darling woman by the name of Esther Hicks.  Just hop on YouTube & watch an Abraham-Hicks presentation, & I’m pretty sure you’ll fall in love too!  Such uplifting dialogue & encouragement!!!  My favorite book by this combo is, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, Living the Art of Allowing.  Here’s a fave quote by Abraham:

“To stand in your now, looking forward with deliberate intent and anticipation of what is to come, is infinitely more satisfying than to stand in your now, looking back, retracing your steps as to how you got where you are.”

These are just a few off the top of my head.  Do you notice a theme running here, in the titles of these great books?  Power, Forward, Positive, Art …  I write “Shakti’s Mind Medicine” because that is precisely how I “cured” myself of mental illness years ago.  I accomplished this by putting all this positive thinking in the place of the downward, negative spiral of lies that I had been buying into.  Positive affirmations, such as:

“I love myself, I trust myself, I will be myself”,

as well as reading forward-moving, enlightening books & quotes, has literally changed my life.  I encourage you to spend some time each week (if not each day) with your nose in a good read.  🙂

Much Love & Light!!!

Shakti

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UFO Fun!!

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My Guru: Dolores Cannon

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I had an interesting weekend!

I had the pleasure of attending the Ozark UFO Conference over the weekend.  What a blast!  I met Dolores Cannon, who now runs the conference, at last year’s… which was my first.  This particular conference has been going on for over 25 years.  Last year, when I saw Dolores speak, I immediately fell in love with this “everyday Grandma”, who is actually NOTHING like she appears to be!

Dolores has been working with “abductees”, & people with ET encounters, for 25 years.  She uses her own special method of hypnosis, called QHHT

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to take her clients into a very deep state of relaxation, where the conscious mind is allowed to “get out of the way”, & the REAL story of what happened is revealed, by the subconscious.

If you’d like to see her in action, speaking on The New Earth, watch this:

Dolores Video on New Earth

If you’d like to see Dolores’ blog, visit this site:

http://www.blog.dolorescannon.com/uncategorized/aliens-crop-circles/

One of the things I find most fascinating about UFO research is the connection to our evolution as a species on this planet.  There is, many believe, a direct correlation between what’s going on “out there”, and what is happening on our own planet Earth, in the way of the rising of the consciousness level of humans.

Now, what do I mean by the rising of consciousness?  As we begin to open our minds, expanding them a little at a time (because our mind is like a muscle & must be gently stretched & worked out, slowly & surely, so that it may grow without “blowing”, like we can blow out a muscle), so that we can grasp bigger and bigger concepts about the Universe we live in.

For instance, Dolores has actually discovered a way to talk to “God”, although “he” has many, many names.  Basically what she is accessing is a level of consciousness, of knowledge, that is part of the collective human knowledge, & is stored in the Akashic realm.  Have you ever heard of the Book of Life?  It’s in the Bible.  Or the Zero Point Field?  It’s in quantum physics.  It’s all the same thing.  There is an ethereal layer of consciousness, a vast collection of knowledge, that hangs out & can be accessed by anyone.  The “voices” that talk to Dolores (& other QHHT practitioners such as myself) via the clients that are DEEP under hypnosis, is none other than the voice of the collective consciousness.  Dolores has settled on the term:  the Subconscious.  Or asshe likes to call them: “They”.

I just think it’s really great that we are finally beginning to make the connections between science & theology.  And UFO science (UFOlogy) is a part of all of that.  I heard the term exotheology  at the conference this weekend, & I believe it perfectly depicts the merger.  Exo:  meaning outside of ourselves, our world (extra-terrestrial), and theology:  meaning the study of the nature of God.  It is this blending that will finally take humanity where it needs to be:        ONE ♥

Bright Blessings to all!!!

Love,

Shakti

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The Animals They Speak to Us!

Have ya’ll seen this one?? About to go re-visit Eureka Springs, AR. And that is what made me think of this blog… & this amazingly beautiful Luna Moth!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Animal Totems

     Today I’d like to talk to you about animal totem messages.   Did you know the animal kingdom is ripe & ready & willing to speak to us??  We need only pay attention.  Listen.  Open up to their interactions.

The FIRST thing you need to know about animal totems is that in order to receive messages from our animal friends, one must be OUT IN THE WORLD where animals are!!!  This is a call to return to nature.  We have been so fascinated with technology these past few decades, that we have lost touch with the natural world.  Animals are out there!  So get on outdoors and join ’em!

I want to share with you the four general types of animal totems.  (An animal totem is an occurrence of a creature of the natural world showing up in a special way in your life path…

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Praying Creates Miracles!

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The Power of Affirmations

My buddy recently purchased a book from her Center for Spiritual Living‘s bookstore.  It has changed our lives!!  What is this magical book?

Prayer Partners: How Praying with Someone Can Multiply Your Blessings,

by August Gold & Joel Fotinos.

It is SOOOO much more than about praying.  It’s not even “praying” like you normally think “praying” is!  It’s more like a commitment of accountability.

In the book, they warn that partaking in this type of exercise will change you life.  Well it certainly has!  Already, & in a big way.  Both my friend, Jess, & I wanted to cultivate the habit of waking early every day.  For various reasons.  We are both self-employed massage therapists, & it can be very easy to have a nice, lazy start to the day.  We both desired more discipline in our lives as far as making the most out of our days.   What better way to do that, then to get up early, right?   So we committed to 7 a.m. daily phone calls (that’s how the “program” works).  And it really has made a huge difference.  They say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit.  It really does work.  The commitment through this “program” is for 90 days.  Within the first few weeks, I was already beginning to wake up before my alarm.  In fact, after the first month, Jess & I were having so many amazing things happening in our lives, we decided to “up it” to 6 a.m.!!!!

I am still consistently rising before my alarm goes off, even now that we have moved it to one hour earlier.  I never ever would have guessed I was capable of this in my “previous life” as a late-sleeper.  🙂

Anyway, how the system works is, you each pick one thing to pray for each other for the 90-day commitment.  You have a quick phone conversation every morning, & at the end, say the prayers (affirmations, really) for yourselves & for each other.  That’s it!  And then you “hold the high ground” for each other all the day long, every day.

The authors of the book say that the morning commitment alone is a life-changer, & it sure is!!  It’s that whole accountability thing.  And THEN an unexpected bonus has already occurred for both Jess & myself that we weren’t even expecting:  we both noticed we were sure “winning” a lot in life all of a sudden.  Winning raffles & drawings, receiving free coffee drinks & classes… the list goes on.  It’s like the Universe is saying to us:  “YES!!  We love what you’re doing here!  Keep it up!  In fact, here’s some bonus happiness for you just to show you how proud we are of you.”

It has been a real treat, & we are only about 1/3 of the way through the process!  The next question will be:  Do we ever stop?!?  If it’s this awesome, let’s keep going!  We have found ourselves, now that we’re a few weeks in, already revising our prayers.  It seems like the first set has already been instilled into our lives.  And so now we have both moved on to the next item on our “checklists”.

SO exciting!

You should try it, too.  And be ready for MIRACLES.  ♥♥♥

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The ART of “Flowing”

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How to Live the “Art of FLOWING”

The other morning I was sitting on a bench by a pond, just basking in the sun and breathing in the moment…and I began observing the ducks swimming by.  They moved with such grace and effortlessness.  At least that’s how it appears on the surface.  We know that their little webbed feet are working double-time underneath the surface of the water, but we don’t see that.  Reflecting upon this made me understand the correlation to Living the Art of Flowing that has been one of the greatest life lessons for me these recent years.

It has come up again and again, and so I know it is of supreme significance in these radically changing times to practice and perfect this Art.  We too can remain calm and serene…all tranquil on the surface, even though day to day life can be quite hectic much of the time.  And so, let us dive into the Art of Flowing, embracing its teachings in order to apply it to the depths of our busy lives so that we may also glide effortlessly along…no stress, no worries…just flowing.

My friend, Sarah, and I have been on a grand adventure together this year, learning all about letting go and living in the flow.  It has been very enlightening and exciting every step of the way.  We have shared many moments of fear, doubt, insecurity, etc.  But also many MORE occasions of true magic, joy, peace, bliss, and not the least of all...laughter.  All this occurred as we learned to take that leap of faith and allow flow and synchronicity to become Supreme Ruler of our lives.  It takes S.O.A.P. to do this:

  • S – Surrender
  • O – Openness
  • A – Allowing
  • P – Practice

Surrender old “stuck” beliefs that no longer serve you.  Here’s a technique:  Imagine someone has blown a whole sink-full of dish-washing bubbles all over you.  You want to gather them up off your body and make a big pile of them to blow back onto that person, in fun retaliation.  So just as you would scoop those handfuls of bubbles, in your mind, you are scooping all limiting beliefs that keep you from living in your highest form.  Make a “ball” of these gathered energies/thought-forms.  Thank them for serving their purpose in your growth.  Then imagine blowing them away into infinity!  That is surrender.

Next you will want to open to new possibilities.  It is very simple.  It is all about intention.  Just set the intention to be open to new concepts, new ideas, new paradigms.  You will be very pleasantly surprised what will begin flowing toward YOU just by sending this out.  It’s kind of like putting a classified ad up for something you are looking to buy.  But instead, you are advertising to the Universe that you are open and willing to experience new things to replace the old that you have just released.  How exciting!

OH, hey, here’s our “magic word”, allowing.  In this step of the SOAP formula you are now allowing all that good stuff to come pouring into your life.  Offer no resistance.  At least try not to.  This may take some practice.  Those old patterns can be hard to overcome.  But again, it’s all about your mental projection, your intention, to allow new thought patterns and new ways of looking at life to seep in.  Gradually you will get there, and you will never want to look back.

Then you practice your new arrivals.  Let’s say you live a very full life, with a jam-packed schedule.  The “old” you would stress out BIG-TIME anytime anything came along to mess up your tight scheduling.  You realize this behavior does not serve you, as the stress is causing ulcers in your stomach.  You have gathered and thanked all the thought patterns around this and bid them a fond farewell.  You have opened to a new way of living, with much more flexibility.  You now begin to allow interruptions to occur without throwing you off balance…you simply look for the bright side, and you adapt.  Now you continue to practice this new way of living, until eventually it is ingrained and old habits are replaced by less-stress lifestyle.

By utilizing this formula Sarah and I did it!  We learned how to master the Art of Flowing.  However, there is never really an actual “arriving” at this place, as it is an ever-evolving, continuing and emerging practice to Live the Art of Flowing.  And we still hit a few bumps along the way that test us.  But, trust me, it just gets easier and easier, and more and more magical and fun as we go along!

Stay tuned for much more on Living the Art of Flowing…

Till next time,

Shakti

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The Most Important Thing to Know…

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I wanted to be sure….

There was something in my last post that I wanted to be sure everyone got….  It’s been on my mind a lot, and has had quite an impact on my life.

I said that I had recently learned an important lesson.  It was about how Life is not about GETTING.  It is about GIVING.  This comes from the book, Say “Yes” to Love, by Yael & Doug Powell.  I have shifted the entire premise of all my relationships to this principle, and it has changed me!  In the best way possible.

Let me reiterate.  If you are focused on getting, you will experience the LACK of what you want, what you expect.  There will be disappointment, to say the very least!

But if you make a big shift in your thought process, & in your heart as well… and simply focus on giving love, it will change you.  I guarantee it!  Now  you have missing no thing (nothing), because you have released expectations.  And guess what… a miracle happens!  Your relationships blossom and flourish as a result; and you wind up–simply by default, due to the Universal Principle of the Law of Attraction–GETTING more love back than you ever imagined!!

Now ain’t that just somethin’!?!

 

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Transparent ME

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 Time for MY STORY

Let’s see…. to make a long story (NOT) short……  hmmmmm…. much to tell.  I hope you hang with me.  🙂

I’m writing this story today in the hope that I may be able to help even one of you, who may be stuck in a land of mental imparity.  What I mean by that is:  mental “illness” is a state of being.  But does NOT have to be your “forever story”!

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive) a number of years back.  What a DARK period of my life!!  I wouldn’t wish it on my most dastardly enemy….  I “bought into” the diagnosis, went on the meds, & lived a nightmare for several years.

Let’s take a look at that period of my “being” bipolar, then we’ll step back & see what led up to that point in my life.  So, after the diagnosis, I began to see a psychiatrist.  He would meet with me on a regular basis and we’d talk for awhile, he’d adjust my medication, and I would leave his office every time feeling crazier than when I went in.   Hm.  It was not made clear to me by this Dr. that therapy for a mood disorder was twofold:  medication AND psychotherapy, or counseling.  I thought he was my “counselor”, but OH NO…. ’twas not the case!  As a result, I ended up just medicating myself & not really getting the help I needed.  The meds really messed with me (as any of you on mood-stabilizing drugs can probably attest to), and had me in one big, hot mess!  In an attempt to make this long story short(er)… I went in and out of mental health facilities on a couple of occasions, was extremely suicidal, got to the point where I literally could not FORCE myself to get out of bed, and also ended up losing custody of 2 of my children.

Surprised???  Those of you who know me as the bubbly, happy, “self-help guru” of today would probably never have guessed that was a part of my past, huh?  That’s why I’m here!  To give a testimony… to bust the myth of mental illness.  I call it the “mental illness trap”.  And I truly believe with all my heart that is what it is.  It is a dark, murky, disgusting mire that drags you down & keeps you there, like quicksand.  If you lose yourself completely in it… you are truly lost for good.  But I’m here today to tell you it definitely does NOT have to be that way!  There IS a way out!  I know because I found it.   🙂

So let’s take a look at how I arrived at bipolar-land.  Most of my entire life I have been what some people love to call “flighty”.  Forever, exhaustingly, changing jobs, homes, boyfriends (& yes… several husbands), churches, etc.  No “stick-to-it-iveness” whatsoever!  This obviously has caused much drama and stress in my life, and especially in the lives of those whom I love dearly.  (INSERT:  a thousand, billion thanks & kudos to my sister, Julie, for always being there for me to pick up the pieces… bless her beautiful heart!!!)  All of this led me to question, like ALL the time:  “What is WRONG with me?!?!?!??????”  Therefore, I eventually did search out a “real reason” for my being the way I am… and the long road of looking for answers led me to bipolar disorder.

NOW.  I want to share how I got OUT of that ugly trap.  I literally “quit” bipolar disorder, cold turkey.    !!!!  I will never, ever forget the day… (what was it again??)… oh yeah!!  August 6, 2005.  Or was it August 5, 2006…….    😉   ANYWAY.  I just woke up one day, sick to death of my “no life” life, and decided it was time to change.  Had to be done.  Not necessarily for me, at that time, but for my kiddos.  I still had little Sarah to look after, and the hopes of getting the other 2 back one day.   Just like with any other thing people quit cold turkey, you have to, as my friend says, “get pissed off enough about it to say ‘enough’s enough’!!!”   (That’s a lotta “enough”s!)   😀

What I actually did that morning was [*gasp!!*]… take personal responsibility.   :O   Some of you may be saying, “What’s that?”   And if so… Ima slap you in the face!  Ok, just kidding.  But seriously, I realized I had been using my “disorder” as a scapegoat, to avoid taking that personal responsibility.  I was blaming anyone and everyone else for the mess I had made of my life!  It was time to bite the bullet, so to speak, and admit I was the one & only cause… and then to do something about it.

As with any “hole” you create in your life, by quitting something or whatever creates it… you need to FILL it with something else.  That’s the ONLY way to get passed the hell, and get through to the other side.  So I filled myself with self-help reading material.  Thank goodness!  The BEST thing I learned, and what I believe was the crucial piece that moved me forward in the healing process, was………………..  drumroll, plz……………….. Positive Affirmations!!

You are what you think.  And as Mike Dooley, from The Secret, always says,  “Thoughts become things… so choose the good ones.”  That’s why I chose at the very beginning to call my articles “Shakti’s  Mind Medicine… everything I write about pertains to the way we think.  It’s Oh-So crucial!!!!!  I cannot stress it enough!!!  And trust me, I’m STILL learning, day by day, because I forget sometimes too.

The affirmations I used back then were along the lines of:

“I love myself.  I trust myself.  I will be myself.”

“I am restoring my inner radiance so I may light the way for others.”

“I am a child of God.  I am worthy of ALL GOOD.”          etc.

Nowadays, as the “new, bipolar-free me”… I say things like:

“At my core is a deep well of calm.”

“I am in the center of my power.  No attachments.  No resistance.  No urgency.  No agenda.  No fear.  No expectations.”

“Whatever I need to know is revealed to me, and Everything I need comes to me in Divine, right order.”

Whooooowee!  I knew this was gonna be a long one!  If you’re still here with me…. thank you   🙂   The last thing I want to add, because trust me, I could go ON and ON and ON…….  is something I learned just recently.  Looking back at my life, I realize my real problem was always just this:  I have always had this nagging sense of dissatisfaction.  About life.  About everything!  As if there was always “something missing”….. if I could JUST find that One Missing Piece….!!!!   And guess what??  I have finally learned that life is not about GETTING.  If you’re not focused on getting, you’re not missing anything!!!   So.  What do we focus on?  GIVING.  And what is the number one, most important thing we can GIVE?

LOVE

& I love you all very much.   🙂

Thanks for “listening”.

Till next time….

Shakti

***Medical disclaimer:   This article is, of course, only my thoughts & opinions, and never intended to be medical advice.  I do not advocate quitting mood-stabilizing meds, or meds of any kind, without the help & advice of a professional.  I DO, however, want you to know you CAN live a med-free life!!!  Trust in yourself, trust in the Source of ALL, your own Higher Power.  And know that I am always here if you want more information or have any questions.  bahasherri@yahoo.com

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The Animals They Speak to Us!

This beauty visited us in Eureka Springs, AR

Animal Totems

     Today I’d like to talk to you about animal totem messages.   Did you know the animal kingdom is ripe & ready & willing to speak to us??  We need only pay attention.  Listen.  Open up to their interactions.

The FIRST thing you need to know about animal totems is that in order to receive messages from our animal friends, one must be OUT IN THE WORLD where animals are!!!  This is a call to return to nature.  We have been so fascinated with technology these past few decades, that we have lost touch with the natural world.  Animals are out there!  So get on outdoors and join ’em!

I want to share with you the four general types of animal totems.  (An animal totem is an occurrence of a creature of the natural world showing up in a special way in your life path to give you a message of some sort or other.)

  • Life Totem
  • Journey Totem
  • Message Totem
  • Shadow Totem

I shall describe each totem & give you examples from my own journey.

The Life Totem is the animal that could be called your “power animal”.  Let me tell you how I discovered my power animal… I have been obsessed with dolphins my whole life!!  Hee hee!  But truthfully, I have always loved them so.  They  make me think of true freedom, the one thing I value most in this life.  And actually one time I did a meditation included in the book, Healing Ancient Wounds, by author John Barnes.  It was specifically designed to aid the reader in  determining their power animal.  It was a beautiful meditation, and was not much of a surprise to find my power animal to be the dolphin.  HIGHLY recommend that book!

The Journey Totem shows up for a period of time in your life to help you through a journey of some sort (hence the name).  The prime example in my life was the great blue heron.  For about two straight years, and those being quite recent, this magnificent bird was showing itself in the most incredible, unbelievable ways to me.  Even my kids and boyfriend couldn’t believe where and when this Journey Totem of mine was appearing!  The message to me was loud and clear:   patience!  I heeded the lesson well, and am ever so thankful to my spirit brother, the great blue heron.

A Message Totem is, again quite obvious, an animal that has a specific (usually one-time) message for you.  They make an extraordinary or unusual appearance in your path that lets you know…”Hey!  That was crazy!  There was something special about that animal appearing to me.”  I have had so many amazing Message Totem appearances I wouldn’t even know where to begin.  But a recent one that stands out is when I was in the depths of despair (can’t even remember why now, ha!) and was feeling extremely low about myself and about life in general.  I was entertaining some pretty dark thoughts…. when an extraordinary thing happened.  I was sitting by a creek, and a young doe appeared behind me and to the right …quite close!!  Closer than a creature of that kind would ever knowingly come to a human in the wild.  When I looked up the message of the deer, it (of course) made perfect sense to me:   be kind and gentle with yourself.   VERY apropos…..!

The Shadow Totem is one that makes us uncomfortable.  It is an animal that appears to us with a message that usually pertains to a hard lesson in life.  I believe my journey totem, the great blue heron, was also at times my shadow totem.  I was really struggling with patience for a very long time.  It was a very difficult thing to learn to just trust and let go and be patient, but a lesson I am sooooo thankful to have overcome–finally!

So if you believe an animal is trying to tell you something… more than likely it is!!!  This is all I do when I feel I am getting a message from the animal kingdom:  I GOOGLE it!!!!  Hee heee!  Say a bat flies right by my head one evening… (this happened to me, though in broad daylight!!), so then I went home & googled “bat animal totem message”, and found out this exquisite creature was reminding me that I was entering a time of rebirth.  Again, spot-on!

I hope you enjoy your journey alongside the animal kingdom!  Mama Gaia’s creatures are so special and so in tune… they have GREAT GREAT wisdom to share with us… all we need do is listen.

Bright Blessings!!!

Shakti

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