When I reflect on the past year, I realize the many lessons that came my way. One of which has been the stark awareness of my unconscious tendency to think that things are a certain way. The way I want and expect them to be. In many areas of my life, I have been jolted and awakened to other realities and truths. Truths that I would have liked to deny and dismiss.
Maybe this is what upheaval and change is all about. Its perfect ability to make us uncomfortable enough to move out of the illusionary current of complacency and assumption.
Maybe we are meant to be always on our toes. Taking in all of what routinely passes our way with fresh vision. Seeing and feeling beyond the brains tendency to blur reality like a bowl of oatmeal, into a bland blend of consistency.
This morning as I walked in the darkness just before sunrise, I asked myself, my deeper, wise self, where do I go from here? What little piece of something is my soul yearning that I acknowledge and give more life and breath to?
My soul must have been waiting for this invitation as it immediately answered.
“Live a little higher. Camp out in an enlightened perspective. Seek the clarity that comes when you let go of your stubborn desire to replace what has been lost and corral past unfulfilled wants and needs into you life. In a nutshell, up your vibration, girl. And take some others along in the process.
Of course, the soul rarely, if ever, gives a satisfying logical step by step on these things. We are left to muddle along on the lookout for the little openings where we feel more alive and our lungs expand, our bodies relax and stretch and we feel that essential intangible something that is waiting.
In this coming year, my plan is to live a little higher. Shorten the span between heaven and my everyday routines and awareness. This is where the magic happens. Along with it comes all kinds of good stuff, health, harmony, abundance and fulfilling connections.
I hope you join me on this journey. By session, class, book or in spirit. I would love the company.
We are being led. There is a presence moving through our heart, mind and soul that guides and directs us. Meaningful coincidences or synchronisities, open us to new insights and help us to understand ourselves and what is happening around us in new ways. Synchronicity is intuition expressed in the outer world.
Synchronisities are no accident. The universe has carefully orchestrated the seemingly impossible convergences of things, people, events and conditions. It does not matter how great or small the coincidence may be. We immediately recognize when we intersect with the cosmic. Although others may not always be able to feel and see it, when we are touched by the transcendent, we know it. The heart smiles, the mind opens and like an olympian gymnast, the soul joyously flips and leaps.
Synchronisities provide us with a glimpse into a reality that we have forgotten. They speak to the authentic self that is comfortable and at home in the realm of cosmic truth. Yet, despite the powerful affect that a synchronicity can have on us, we all too soon attempt to dumb it down by rationalization. We want to creep back into the logical and rational, as if the cosmic doors had not flung open. The thinking mind wants to take charge and explain away the magic and unexplainable, Don’t let it. Live with the mystery and allow it to flow through the mind, body and spirit like a healing balm. Synchronisities invite us to experience life through the cosmic portal of connection and oneness. Soak in the deep rays of the universal life force current and allow it to promote and support aspects of self that we may not always have the courage to know. Here are some suggestions that can help to increase the flow of synchronisities.
Simple, but true, when we ask for synchronisities, we experience them. As we let go of our expectations of how and when they occur, they naturally flow into our life in surprising ways. Just make the intent and allow the universe to manifest it.
How ever big, small or insignificant they may seem to be, the effect that a synchronicity has on our heart and soul is what matter. When we notice synchronisities and embrace for them, they multiply.
Imagine synchronisities as a form or communication with the universe. We don’t always notice when divine presence is answering and responding to our needs and requests. Synchronisities let us know that we are known and heard. They are a calling card informing us that we are being watched over and that we are in the flow of our soul’s current.
Synchronisities alert us to possibilities and open us to higher wisdom and love. Noticing and acting on them strengthens our soul energy and guides us into the positive. Even though life can at times, be challenging, synchronisities remind us that unexpected good fortune can come to us to in surprising ways.
Live with the awareness that a wonderful personally crafted surprise is on its way. Say, thank you, blow a big kiss and dance with the cosmic flow of the all that is. The positive and abundant energy of universal divine joy and creativity is available, wherever we are and in whatever we are doing.
Your intuition is an integral aspect of your core self. Along the journey of uncovering and claiming your authentic self, your intuition will increase. To varying degrees you may experience some of the common characteristics of intuitively sensitive people. These include, feeling other’s emotions as your own, knowing what others are thinking and having spontaneous insight into other’s health, issues and problems.
Here are a few other shared intuitive tendencies.
Feel and See Spirit Presence
Do you ever see orbs, a glow of energy around another or streaks of light? Do you ever feel that you are not alone? Have you ever felt a touch on your shoulder or hand, a warm embrace or waves of coolness or warmth? These are often signs that you are in the presence of a loving spirit. Trust your intuition. If you feel as if a family member, angel or spirit presence is with you offering love and support, try not to get caught up in doubt and questioning yourself. Feel the presence and listen and tune into any messages your may receive.
Have Premonitions of Personal and Global Events
Have you ever known when something was going to happen? Can you look at another and know their character? Have you ever felt feelings of fear, stress or grief and a day or so later a natural disaster or large scale tragedy has occurred?
Intuitively sensitive people are precognitive. You may not always know what, when and where an event will take place, but you may feel and know that something is off or is going to happen. Quite often, the emergence of sudden and intense emotions, only make sense several days later when a positive or tragic event takes place.
Oftentimes your intuition will first surface through your dreams. Because dreams are usually metaphoric and symbolic in nature, it is not always clear which dreams contain intuitive insight. If you suspect that you are having dreams that foretell future events or provide you with previously unknown information about others or events, write them down. Keep a journal of your dreams and be alert to events and experiences that confirm a dream’s content.
Heightened Awareness with all Five Senses.
Bright lights, noise, smells and even tactical sensations can be irritating and over stimulating. For instance: Artificial lighting might give you a headache. While others might enjoy the scent of a fragrance or perfume, you may feel overwhelmed and lightheaded or dizzy from it. You become anxious at the sound constant or loud noise. You need periods of silence and quiet to relax and unwind. You prefer wearing all cotton or other natural fibers. Polyester and other man-made fiber clothing can cause you to itch, scratch or break out.
Sensitive to Others Needs
You know when others are in pain, sad, depressed, struggling and what will help them. You are often drawn to those who are in need and have the knack of saying exactly what they need to hear. You are caring, warmhearted and sensitive to the needs of others. Oftentimes you would rather suffer than see those around you in pain.
Feel tired, Exhausted and May Have Trouble Sleeping
Sometimes it all becomes too much. You may feel overwhelmed by this chaotic, overstimulating and demanding world, but you do not always know how to take care of yourself. When you should be resting and recharging during sleep, you may instead be restless and toss and turn. If you are an open intuitive receptacle, other’s thoughts and feelings, may pour in while you sleep. In an effort to shut out the demands of others and decrease your sensitivity to your environment, you may try to shut down and cut yourself off from your innate sensitivities. Unfortunately, this may only increase your feelings of exhaustion and inner stress.
Have Spiritual Depth
You may not be religious or follow a particular spiritual path, yet you have a sense of knowing and connection to a greater force of love and wisdom. While others may discuss and theorize about the existence of a God or spiritual force, you may not want to join in. Your sense of spirituality is lived and experienced. You are likely to notice opportunities to act in kind and loving ways to others. You give more than you ask for and expect from others. In your heart and soul you know that your life has purpose. You may not always know what it is, but you know that you are here to be of service to others and the world.
If you are intuitively sensitive it is important to acknowledge, accept and learn how to use this innate gift for your highest good. Instead of being intuitively bombarded by the energy of others and the environment, you can instead, personally benefit and be a light of insight and service to others.
From the book: Discover Your Authentic Self, Take A Look
By Paige Johnson, photo Pixabay
The percentage of physically active US citizens reached an all-time low in 2014. According to the Physical Activity Council’s report, 83 million out of 292 million Americans over 6 years of age are living a sedentary lifestyle. It is very important for you to exercise at least for 30 minutes every day. Lack of physical activity has been linked to the development of high blood pressure and coronary heart diseases. It can even lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Considering the busy lives that we lead nowadays, it can be difficult to allocate some time for exercises. If you do not have time to go to the gym or even exercise at home, here are a few simple ways to be physically active in your daily life.
- Take up gardening as a hobby
Though it may not sound like it, gardening is a wholesome and simple way to increase your physical activity. Whether you are raking leaves, pulling weeds, or mowing the lawn, you will be exercising a number of your muscle groups. Just do it once and you will realize that gardening can actually be physically tiring! An added bonus of using this tactic is that it gets you out of your home and lets you enjoy some fresh air.
- Take a walk after dinner
Are you feeling bloated after that sumptuous heavy dinner? Well, decide to go for a walk with your family. Not only does it help in digesting the food, it can also count as a physical activity. Even though walking is a simple and easy task, it has been known to improve your overall health. Research has also shown that walking can reduce your feelings of anger and hostility, and enhance your mood. What’s more, walking with your family after dinner also gives you more time to spend with them.
- Choose stairs over elevators whenever possible
Whether you want to go upstairs or downstairs, use stairs whenever you can. Climbing stairs is a form of exercise that you can incorporate very easily in your daily life. If you cannot climb the four floors of your office or residence, climb the first two and then take the elevator. Doing this daily ensures that you are keeping yourself physically activity, which in turn means that you are consciously taking care of your health.
- Include home cleaning in your to-do list
Instead of hiring help to clean your home regularly, do it yourself. Plan your days off work in a way that you have enough time to enjoy with your family, and do some cleaning. Though it is difficult to believe that cleaning is a good workout, it is. The amount of stretching, walking, and lifting that you will do when you are cleaning your home will take care of your recommended daily 30 minutes of physical activity.
- Utilize an active form of transportation
When you are travelling to your work, use an active form of transportation such as walking or biking instead of driving. Even though these modes of transport may take longer to reach your destination, they are more economical. Walking or biking to and from work will also ensure that you are physically active.
- Take advantage of a fitness tracker
There are a number of fitness trackers in the market today that measure the steps that you take daily. This is a perfect way to motivate yourself as well as to keep a track of your physical activity. Set the goal of walking at least 10,000 steps every day.
Use these six ways to increase your physical activity and you will not have to worry about the harmful effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
Paige Johnson considers herself to be a fitness nerd. She is dedicated to providing information on living a lifestyle that’s healthy for both our bodies and our planet.
Things fall apart. No matter how hard we try, not everything goes the way we hoped and planned. Even when we know that disaster is looming, we cannot always prevent it. People disappoint us and do things that we do not like. We may be comfortable, feel safe and secure in the day to day ups and downs that come our way and still a surprising and unexpected event can occur and turn everything upside down. Sometimes it is not a personal problem or issue of our own that causes us distress. A friend, partner, family member, co-worker, neighbor or your community or nation, confronts a misfortunate or challenge. Yet, we find ourselves as stressed and worried as if this problem was our own. Not being able to control or effectively change a situation for another can generate feelings of powerless.
Try not to blame yourself or others or become bitter when things fall apart. This is a part of life that we will never escape. No matter what you do, how safe you play it and how intelligent and competent you are, you will at one time or another experience unexpected change. Problems get solved, but only temporarily. Other or similar ones will crop up.
When misfortune knocks on our door and rattles us to the core, there may be little left of the life that we have known. Loss of a job, a devastating health condition, divorce, financial bankruptcy or the death of a loved one, not only changes our circumstances, they can also change the way we perceive ourselves. If we recoil in fear, we feel defensive and at the mercy of a cruel fate. However, if we make space in our lives to accommodate the inevitable, we can gain a sense of mastery and strength from our challenges.
When change comes your way, you can close down in fear or you can feel the depths of your emotions and allow them to soften you. Your safety and serenity does not come about by avoiding and controlling the flow of life. Instead, you can discover calmness in the midst of the storm by accepting what is happening and embracing your feelings.
Be in present time. When you find yourself, stressing and troubled by problems and challenges, breathe and acknowledge the good that is present and be open to perceiving what is happening with a new awareness and perspective. Don’t let your concerns for the future and pain from the past, cause you to imagine the worst. Take it one step at a time, being ever mindful that challenges call forward hidden, but potent aspects of your authentic self. Even though problems may initially seem overwhelming, you can discover a strength and compassion that you did not know you had. Distressing turn of events are often a calling card from your authentic self letting you know that you are capable of so much more than you may think.
From the book, Discover Your Authentic Self
When my intuition, that little voice that doesn’t listen to the nonsense of my mind and fears, speaks to me I try and listen. I can no longer hide from its voice and pretend that I have a better plan. I cannot disregard the deeper knowing of my soul. If only it didn’t guide me into my fears and the kind of growth that I don’t always feel ready for.
Guided by my intuition, I have left my comfy home that I have lived in for over thirty years. The place where I raised my children and became the me, that I am. I worked in my home, wrote my books, nurtured others and my self. The first day I walked in the house many years ago, I felt a grandmotherly presence who let me know that this was home, my safe shelter. I knew it and felt it. The house itself was literally falling apart. The roof was so bad you could see the sky. The house did not have any heat or air conditioning and the one bathroom was mostly rotting wood. My husband and I had little money so we did most of the repair and renovation work ourselves. Later when more money came in, we hired others and built an addition. My husband left me and the house over sixteen years ago. I stayed safe in her walls and continued on.
A few years ago, I felt the house telling me that it was getting time to go. The kids had long gone and I was there alone. It started to feel big and empty and I knew that she (the house), was done with me. I feel a pull to stay, but like any nest we eventually outgrow it and as wonderful as it is, we have to go. Intuitively, I knew it was time, my heart and soul told me so. But my mind, my human self, wanted to hold on tight and continue to live and work in this nurturing space.
But I know better. Intuition is my life and I have learned to truly listen. I left the house about a week ago and moved to a lovely home across from a lake. I don’t know what life now holds for me. Everything has changed. I know it is useless to worry about the future and what is to come. There is a plan, of this I am sure. However not all the plans for my life have been easy and without challenge. I have my fingers crossed that I can go forward in kindness and gentleness.
I so much want the house that I have left, to be a blessing for someone else. As I go through the process of selling her. I want to let others know that she has a beautiful heart and soul. The layout might be lousy and there is still much work to be done, but she is kind and will take care of whoever makes their home here.
To those of you who came to my home for readings and sessions, my new door is open to you. I am a few miles south, yet you can enjoy the quiet and the lake and maybe discover something new yourself.
I recently gave a talk on how to raise your vibration and spiritualize the physical body. It includes a medical intuition meditation exercise.
Here is the link