So just what is our soul and why is it so important to feel connected with it?
By definition the soul is: the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life. It's the spiritual principle embodied in human beings or the universe.
It's the 'pilot light'; the spark that is our essence. It's our Higher Self. It's our Source Energy.
Today's world is moving so fast! Our days start to blend together in one long 'To Do' list. Things can be so frenetic that we spend very little time getting in touch with who we are. We seem to spend less and less time on the things we are passionate about and that give us purpose, if we even know what they are?
Connecting to our soul empowers us! It fills us with divine unconditional love and a sense of purpose. Embracing this essence helps us live a more joyful, conscious, mindful and meaningful life. I love that aligning with this amazing energy also activates healing and that this support is ALWAYS available to us. Does it get any better than that?!
Connecting with our soul isn't difficult, and the rewards are immeasurable.
The Zen Lane
(excerpted from 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul)
"Meditation isn’t always about being in a totally quiet, controlled environment or sitting in the lotus position. Sometimes it’s about listening to your inner voice, expressing your love and gratitude, and connecting to the divine within you. One of the places I can slip into alpha and really connect to my soul is…in the car! Yep, you read that right: in the car.
A number of years ago, I faced a very long daily commute in heavy traffic. Rush-hour-encompassed horn blowing, hand flailing, and hollered complaints at my fellow drivers. Prying my fingers off the steering wheel had become a daily habit!
Once I realized how much time (and energy) was being frittered away while on the road, however, I made a conscious decision to move into the “Zen Lane.” I began using my commuting time to center myself and do my “I AM” affirmations. I talked to the Divine and shared my thankfulness. I smiled. If someone cut in front of me, I wished them a safe journey. Delays? No problem – more time to get my thankfulness on!
It’s been years since I made these changes, and they still have an amazing impact not only on my own life but also on the lives of my passengers. Last week, my daughter and I pulled up to a drive-thru line behind an open Jeep with several very young children in the front and back seats. In the past, my first reaction would have been to start a rant about bad parenting and children being protected and safe. Instead, I got very quiet, and after a moment my daughter turned to me and said, “I’m sending positive energy to that Jeep to protect them on their journey”…exactly what I had been doing!
These days, instead of grumbling about traffic or a rush-hour commute, I always cherish my time in the Zen Lane. How amazing is it that something that I once dreaded has become one of the best parts of my day!"
Betcha this wasn't one of the first things that popped into your head when I mentioned connecting with your soul! This is just one of the many heartfelt contributions in this book. I can't wait for you to read them all!
Whether you’re already BFF's with your soul and are looking for fun ways to deepen the connection, or you're feeling adrift and are looking for ways to re-connect, this book makes it super easy to align with your soul and the universe.
To learn more about the book or order your copy today - click on the image below (check out the Free Gifts being offered for a limited time!)
This special book is filled with such positive, loving energy, and I know that it’s going to be so healing for so many. The contributing authors all came together to share how we connect with our own souls with the hopes that it will help you connect with yours as well.
We're celebrating the launch of 365 Ways to Connect to Your Soul with a Blog Tour!
Each day starting on November 17th and going through the end of the year, our book will be featured on at least one site where you’ll be able to read interviews from the authors, see excerpts from the book, listen to podcasts, win prizes, and more!
I'd love for you to check out these amazing contributors who are blogging tomorrow (November 20th)!
Mary Jane Allen – http://manifestyourlifedream.com
Keyra Conlinn – http://www.keyraconlinn.com
Mimi Quick – http://www.mimiquick.com
Annalene Hart – http://www.mydivineenchantedlife.wordpress.com
Mariet Hammann – http://www.llifc.com
Supporting You on Your Journey,
I've know Emmanuel Dagher for a few moons now and I simply love his energy! He has a monthly Energy Forecast that is always so illuminating and inspiring. September's forecast really spoke to me and it's my pleasure to share it with all of you.
In the beginning, when we were first birthed into physical existence, we had complete awareness of our Divine and eternal Sovereign Selves. We understood that we were One with all of Life, and that we were physical embodiments of Source/God Energy, the all-encompassing Energy that is the Center of all Universes.
We understood that this Energy that lived and breathed through us was not confined to any one specific gender, color, or other trait that may limit Itself in any way, but was rather fully able to recognize Itself as all of us, and all of Life.
When we had this full awareness of who and what we really were in our physical existence, peace reigned, love flourished, and unity prevailed.
Everything flowed and co-existed perfectly. Aging did not exist, as our body temples remained youthful, vibrant, and light . . . pristine and whole.
Along the way, the mind slowly began to forget its Divine nature, as if a veil had been placed upon it. These veils included things such as doubt, worry, fear, stress, belief in lack, and anything else that reinforced the idea of separation.
These veils began simply as a result of the mind believing itself to be of a world that only existed in the material realm, forgetting that it was actually meant to be eternal and free. At the foundation of the forgetful period was simply a lack of trust in the Universe, so that self-protection became the guiding force. A long period of forgetfulness ensued.
Throughout this forgetful period, beings of light would continually materialize into physical form as teachers and sages who would plant seeds of Higher Consciousness for humanity. Though outwardly much of the wisdom these beings shared would be misrepresented through the ages, the seeds of Divine Remembrance were nevertheless planted in humanity’s consciousness, to be activated in due time.
Then something wondrous began to happen. In the twentieth century, the seeds that had once been planted in the consciousness of humanity began to activate themselves. People from all around the world simultaneously began to receive higher guidance. New technologies and achievements began to move us forward as a civilization, at speeds we had not known for millennia.
As humanity began to awaken, the collective ego/mind of humanity began to also act out relentlessly, because it felt as though its livelihood was at stake. It began to do anything and everything it could think of, through whatever means possible, to remain in the comfort of the illusion of separation it had grown accustomed to.
So when we see chaos in the world, that is a clear confirmation that the collective ego/mind is holding on for dear life, because it knows a big breakthrough is on the very near horizon.
The Missing Piece
I share all of this to say that what took place in mid to late August 2015, as a result of the global efforts of millions anchoring the Light—during an event that is synchronized yearly with the dates of the Divine Harmonic Convergence that took place in 1987—forever secured a new age of Unity, Love, and Equality for all.
Here’s how it happened:
From August 15 - 20, 2015, a conscious (and for some, unconscious) decree was made by millions around the world, and a series of light activations were made that affirmed that whatever it would take for humanity to receive the breakthrough necessary to shift humanity into higher ways of being, that it occur immediately.
Through the power of millions gathered intuitively, making the same decree, a massive activation occurred. The breakthrough was this:
Instead of trying to “get rid” of the ego/mind as many teachings, religions, and structures had us convinced we needed to do, what if we simply embraced it?
What if we could understand that the ego/mind is just doing the best it can to keep itself/us safe?
What if we could love the ego/mind and thank it for trying to protect us in this way?
What if we no longer needed to judge it, or to be hard on it when it tries to show up a certain way for us?
Well my amazing friend, that is the breakthrough that occurred. I am excited to say that through the efforts of millions on Earth, and of course our amazing celestial families in the ethers aligned with Pure Love/Source, for the FIRST time since the moment when the mind began forgetting our true Divine Nature (we’re talking millions of years ago), the mind has been freed once and for all.
It has been freed from taking comfort in the doom and gloom scenarios, and has been opened to receiving the highest wisdom, gifts, insights, and blessings that our Spirit desires us to experience.
If you would like to reinforce this sacred breakthrough, simply affirm out loud to yourself and to the Universe:
“Dear mind, I love and accept you wholeheartedly from this second on. I am so sorry for being so hard on you, and making you think I was trying to get rid of you. You play such an important role in the Universe, and you no longer need to fear losing your identity in any way. I now promise to be here for you. To love, nourish, and guide you always, and to unite you with our Spirit. You and our Spirit were once best friends, and our Spirit is waiting with open arms to embrace you once again. You are free, I Am free. You are free, We are free. And so it is!”
With any healing or activation, there is usually an integration period that follows. If you find yourself feeling a bit more emotional, or more in your mind than usual, or if you are still in patterns that reinforce fear or separation, just know that these are not you anymore.
They are simply the mind’s way of processing and assimilating the new breakthroughs we have co-created in our consciousness, and in the consciousness of humanity.
We will also continue to see a great deal of things come to the surface over the next few months, to be released out of our collective psyche.
The key here is to remain steadfast in knowing that it’s all happening because so much light has and will continue to anchor itself in the world, moving us into a beautiful direction of higher consciousness.
Depending on where each person is in their level of consciousness, everyone will integrate in the perfect way for them, in their own time.
Being gentle with ourselves, and also honoring the journey of others, wherever they are now (even if it’s not where we “think” they should be), will greatly help to accelerate the mind-healing breakthroughs we have brought into our reality.
The job is done. It has been sealed, and fully activated.
Another thing we can do at this time to quickly integrate the mind-healing breakthrough is to ask questions like the following:
Who am I outside of fear, lack, and separation?
Who am I when I choose to embrace my ego/mind as an extension of my Spirit Self?
Who am I when I am free to love and be all of me?
Who am I when I let go of the need to judge?
Who am I when I fully know and trust that my Spirit is keeping me safe always?
Who am I when I remember my Divinity?
Once all of these changes sink in fully, the breakthroughs that took place this August will be looked back upon for many years to come as a major turning point in humanity’s shift into higher consciousness.
If you haven’t already felt the difference, you will soon.
With humbled grace, until next time –Miraculously yours,
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Is This You?
My life has been a mad dash for several weeks. One of my four daughters went into labor 10 days early and I literally threw some things in a suitcase and hit the road.
I’d like to introduce you to the newest edition to our amazing family – Connor Andrew
A few days after the new arrival it was time to catch up on work and all of the things I had set on the back burner as I ran out the door. I felt a rush of frustration and overwhelm. So much to do. And then it hit me….we rush though our days. Our minds are filled with the things we need to do – we should do – what we’re missing. How often do we stop to appreciate the place we are right now?
Not the journey….but focusing on where we are right now – at his particular moment. Our emotional state, where we are physically – what phase of life we’re in?
Pause for a moment, right now, to notice where you are.
What do you see? What about the sounds, the smells, the feelings your body is feeling, the people around you? What are you thinking? What are you worried about, joyful about? What is stopping you from appreciating this moment?
Find something to be grateful about where you are – in this very moment. Are you with someone you love, enjoy that. If you’re doing something that makes the world a better place, be happy about that. If you’re in someplace beautiful, be thankful for that.
What if you’re not in a good place? This is something to appreciate as well. Experience your emotions. See that you are hurting. See that you wish things to be different. How does that feel in your body? Realize that it is temporary…a part of life. Not good or bad, just happening.
You are alive, and life is a wondrous thing. As I write this – all of the frustration and upset has faded away. There is nothing more important than this moment. I am smiling in appreciation. I am laughing in delight. I’m reminded to embrace ALL that life offers. It is my hope...that you are too!
Supporting you on your journey,
I am thrilled to share a guest post this week from my Amazing friend Ashton Aiden - I know you're going to love it!
At a point in my life, I became quite annoyed with some of the pseudo-spiritual, new-age, and self-help culture that I would run into anywhere I went to pursue my own path. More than anything else, it was the popular little phrases, the stereotypical little “life teachings” that seemed to be handed out to anyone and everyone, BY anyone and everyone, so freely.
It took me some time to accept this was just a part of life, but in learning to accept my own frustrations, I also realized something more:
Some of these stereotypical teachings, the ones that get thrown around like $1 bills at strip clubs, are not just annoying. They can be dangerous.
I’ll share a story to explain this further.
I once had a very bright, very talented, ambitious, and arrogant friend. He was a young man, early twenties. He had a decent job, good family, good living conditions, and was in a happy relationship with a very good woman. I’m not sure if he realized it, but from an outside perspective I could see that many people envied the life he lived and the things he had.
This man was very dedicated to bettering himself, and gave most of the credit for the good things in his life to this dedication. He was quite blessed for it, and did a lot of good with it as well. And yet, he was never quite fully satisfied with what he had. He was constantly pushing for more. He wanted to be wealthy and successful, he wanted to change the world, and he wanted to be fully enlightened.
Though his life looked great to many people, even exceptional, and he seemed quite happy, he wanted more. And he was hell-bound on achieving his goals and dreams.
His relationship with his girlfriend was really something. They almost never fought. They were always out doing fun things, going on trips together. She never lost patience with him (even when his arrogant self-help and new-age stereotypes would start to fly out), she was constantly complimenting him, building him up, and doing nice things for him. Anyone could tell she genuinely loved and cared for him. It was a relationship that some people only dream of.
And he loved her too, very much. Yet, an idea had begun to form in his mind…One that bred dissatisfaction.
I’m not sure where this idea came from. It could have been a book, it could have been a couple books, maybe even a workshop or an inspirational speech, maybe even a facebook meme with a quote on it. It was probably a combination of all these. The idea goes something like this:
“If someone in your life is holding you back from accomplishing your dreams, keep your distance.”
In fact, I’m pretty sure I just saw a meme the other day on Facebook, with a picture of something pretty, like flowers or a sunset that said “Surround yourself only with those who aid you in achieving your dreams.”
You see this man had decided that he had to do something that broke his heart. He had to end his relationship. As much as he didn’t want to, as much as he knew how much it would hurt, he was not willing to sacrifice his goals, his dreams, his spiritual path.
So one morning he woke up early, sweating and with shaky hands. He looked at her asleep in bed, adored her one last time, and with a heavy heart made arrangements for how he was going to handle the situation. A few hours later he woke her up and broke the news to her. He couldn’t do it anymore. He had to move on and fully pursue his dreams.
He watched as the words crushed her, and as she grabbed her things and stormed out the door, shocked, hurt, betrayed. She had done so much for him. They had been happy. She’d thought they really had a chance, and in one moment, abruptly, it was over. That night he spent alone, his heart ripped to pieces. He felt a pain that we all know, the pain of losing someone you deeply love. And yet, he felt he had done what he had to do. As much as it hurt, he believed he was doing what had to be done. That was his only comfort.
And he did do well for himself afterwards. Just a few years later he was excelling at his career. His income was rising, he was making great headway on his goals. From all outward appearances, he was definitely doing well.
But one day I was catching up with him, having a beer, and I caught a glance of his eyes, just for a quick second as he was staring off into space, thinking to himself. I saw a heaviness about him; a pain and a weariness that I had never noticed before. He noticed that I’d seen it, and the twinkle I was used to seeing returned. He smiled at me with an understanding look, took a deep breath and a swig of his drink. And then he said something that I’ve never forgotten:
“You know Ashton, for all the seeming success I’ve had in the past few months, with my job, my goals, my spiritual practices even… I’m no happier today than I was 2 years ago. In fact, I’m less than I’ve ever been in my life. I threw away happiness without even knowing that I had it in the first place. I’ve been such a damn fool.”
You see my friend had made one of the most fatal mistakes someone could make on the path of self-development, and I could see in his eyes that he knew it. He had gotten so caught up in chasing his goals, so determined to achieve what he wanted to achieve, that he had forgotten the reason why he was working to achieve them in the first place. The ultimate goal is never about the thing, the situation, or the achievement. The only reason we chase our goals and dreams is because we believe they will make us happy.
My friend had learned the hard way that accomplishing goals, bettering ourselves, striving to achieve are all for naught if the end goal isn’t happiness.
Now let’s return to the specific quote that I brought up. I want to make it clear that I am not necessarily disagreeing with its overall message.
Let’s take the quote “surround yourself only with people who aid you in achieving your dreams.”
Sounds quite right doesn’t it? There’s definitely something in there that’s worth absorbing.
But let’s get down to real, imperfect, human, nitty-gritty reality here. It’s not always that simple. When people internalize messages and ideas like this, and spout them off like they’re the Ten Commandments they run into a serious risk of losing sight of the forest for the trees. People aren’t all either one or the other. In the game of black and white, people are always shades of grey. Always.
Yes there are people that we absolutely should cut out of our life, no doubt. There are also people that love us, support us, forgive us, and accept us no matter what we do. Like your mom maybe. Or your best friend. Or, if you’re really lucky, your lover.
But most people out there are just as incapable of unconditionally supporting someone as…………
…..you maybe? Most people?
There are the people in our lives who are unconditionally loyal, but drink a little too much. There are people who will show up for us at the drop of the dime in our time of need, but think that our opinions on politics and nutrition are just, plain, weird. And there are people who don’t understand your goals and dreams at all, but are there at the end of the day for you to rub your back, tell you they love you, and take care of you in whatever way they know how. And you probably fall into one of those categories with most people in your life that you are close to as well.
So what is the missing ingredient here? What is the trick to understanding how far to take all this nice, neat, hyped up cliché new age jargon and apply it to our lives in a way that works for us?
Your heart knows what happiness is. Your heart knows what the difference between success and idealization is. Your heart knows when you are being smothered, and when you are free, even if your mind can’t tell the difference.
I used one specific thought for this article to prove a point. But this applies to ALL of the information out there. All the self-improvement books. All the popular and successful teachers. All of the inspirational quotes and memes.
We must realize that we are always the authority, and what always matters most is what the heart advises us to do. So my advice, and my warning to anyone on this path of self-actualization is this: Don’t you DARE decide that someone else knows better than you. Don’t you dare substitute an ideal for the reality of your life, your humanness, your individual situation. Listen to your heart and avoid dogma like the plague. Because there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all teaching. And there is no quote or advice out there that can be applied to everything in your complex and very personal life.
I’ll leave you with a very applicable quote from Walt Whitman:
“You shall no longer take things at second or third hand…nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the specters in books (or videos, speeches, or quotes). You shall not look through my eyes either, not take things from me. You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.”
I wish you true success and the discernment to be happy and at peace,
Ashton Aiden is a certified life coach, a brainwave entrainment geek, a lover of dogs, and a passionate advocate of the human potential. He spends most of his time working through his website, brainwavelove.com, to educate the public on the powerful benefits of brainwave entrainment technology. When not doing this, he enjoys coaching people on the art of manifestation, providing spiritual commentary, and exploring the outdoors in his home state with his dog, Biff, and his girlfriend Dechen. He can be reached at email@example.com, or on facebook.com/brainwavelove
It was a typical Florida winter day - drizzling rain - just enough to make the roads slick -when my car began to hydroplane and went into a spin! I didn't panic...
I kept hearing a voice in my head saying, "Go with it".
So I steered into the skid and smoothly escaped a serious accident. If you've ever had this experience then you know the only way to gain control is to go with the skid.
Later in the day as I was telling a friend about the skid I realized that it was a very accurate analogy for life - especially during times of increased stress. (Anybody thinking "I'm stressed" raise your hand!)
When we encounter unexpected change, surprise, stress or difficulty we often react with resistance, dismay, anger and frustration. It feels like we have somehow 'lost control' of our lives. I know I have felt this way several times in the last few weeks and it took my car going into a skid to remind me that when we move with the flow - we take back control of the direction of our lives.
Below are a few tips to help YOU go with the flow:
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” - Lao-Tzu
TIP #1: Get Perspective - This always helps me. I get upset over something happening — my car breaks down, my microwave explodes — and then I take a deep breath, and take a step back. You know how you’re watching a movie and the camera zooms away and you can see much more of the world on the screen then you could before? How it goes from closeup to a larger, panoramic view of things? That’s what happens in my mind’s eye.I call this the long lens. I start to zoom away, until I’m pretty far away from things. Then whatever happened doesn’t seem so important. A week from now, a year from now, this little incident won’t matter a single whit. No one will care, not even you. So why get upset about it? Just let it go...
TIP #2: Baby Steps, Baby steps - Don’t try to become a Zen Master overnight. Don’t bite off huge chunks — just bite off something small at first. So make your first attempts to go with the flow small ones. This is where I bring the lens back in and narrow it to one situation. I call this the short lens. Focus on breathing. Then try to get perspective after you breathe. And you might try the easier situations first — if your work problems are easier to accept than your frustrations with your kids, for example, start with work.
TIP #3: We Can't Control Others - Ah, one of the biggest challenges. We get frustrated with other people, because they don’t act the way we want them to act. Maybe it’s our kids, maybe it’s our spouse or significant other, maybe it’s our coworker or boss, maybe it’s our mom or best friend. But we have to realize that they are acting according to their personality, according to what they feel is right, and they are not going to do what we want all of the time. And we have to accept that. Accept that we can’t control them, accept them for who they are, accept the things they do. It’s not easy... it takes practice. You can do it!
The world is beautiful, just as it is. Life is not something static, but a flow of change, never staying the same, always getting messier and more chaotic, always beautiful. There is beauty in everything around us, if we look at it as already perfect.
As always..., be gentle with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up because of what you feel or don’t feel… or about what is happening in your life. Embrace it all and know these experiences could very well be the key to releasing blocks and moving into a more balanced state!
I'd love to hear from you so please leave a comment below or give me a shout through the Contact page!
Supporting you on your journey,
The terms Spiritual Awakening and Spiritual Enlightenment have and are used in many ways to describe a wide range of experiences from the most complex to the vaguely simple. From the narrow construct of the dissolution of ego and "separate self" to the theory that we are all "awakened" but not all of us have recognized this fact; it can be difficult to pin down a definitive definition.
I think a good starting point might be to differentiate between "awakening" and "enlightenment". For me, enlightenment infers a constant state, whereas awakening is an action. It would be reasonable then to recognize that each person's individual spiritual journey can be a combination of both. If consciousness is the same awareness in each of us than we all have the same potential to reach enlightenment.
We have the Divine in every cell of our DNA and when we begin to animate the Divine within us....when we manifest our reality from the inside....when we actualize our power and begin to remember the unspeakable joy of unconditional Love - we truly experience a spiritual journey. The journey, the "awakening" is different for each and every one of us. It can be a gradual process, a string of small "awakenings" or a sudden shift.
The tools we use are also different. My Truth is not the same as anyone else's Truth. What resonates with me may not resonate with you. It is my life purpose to provide guidance and tools to help you discover, define and embrace your own Truth. So you can expand your connection to the Divine and live the life of your dreams!