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Be Reborn into a Life of Possibility – 20 Inspiring Quotes

Posted 18 Apr 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Change Your Life, Quotes, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual self growth

Easter, Renewal, Rebirth

Easter is a celebration of rebirth and all the fresh possibilities that come with new life.

I thought it a fitting time to share these inspiring quotes with you about letting die what must die and being reborn into a new awareness that the part of you that is connected to the ALL never dies. In fact this part of you is greater than any circumstances you face in life and through this power anything is possible.

Believe in the power that is greater than you are to work through you and for your good.

“The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.” –Deepak Chopra

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”–Buddha

“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” –Joseph Campbell

“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” –Ernest Holmes

“I have always been delighted by the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” –J.B. Priestley

“Why stay we on the earth except to grow?” –Robert Browning

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. –Romans 12:2

 “We must let go of the life we had planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” –Joseph Campbell

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” W. E. B. DuBois

“I believe that when you stop renewing and are no longer open to change and the possibilities that continually unfold, you stop being alive and are just getting through the years. Transformation doesn’t happen unless you’re willing: It’s your choice.” —Oprah

“Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.” –S.D. Gordon

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” –Anatole France

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”–Robert Flatt

“The Universal Mind contains all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things. To it all things are possible.” –Ernest Holmes

“To live fully is to let go and die with each passing moment, and to be reborn in each passing new one.” –Jack Kornfield

“It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” –Voltaire

“Each one of us is an outlet for God and and inlet to God.” –Ernest Holmes

“He takes men out of time and makes them feel eternity.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Without an understanding of myth or religion, without an understanding of the relationship between destruction and creation, death and rebirth, the individual suffers the mysteries of life as meaningless mayhem alone.” –Marion Woodman

May your life be blessed with continued renewal and growth.

Which of these quotes holds the most meaning for you? Why?

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The Role of Intuition in the Phases of Spiritual Awakening

Posted 12 Apr 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Developing Intuition, Life Purpose, Spiritual Growth

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We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; We are spiritual beings having a human experience. –Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 – 1955)

Everyone wants to live a bigger, better more fulfilling and meaningful life. And you can when you learn to listen and follow your intuition.

The role of intuition

Your intuition is guidance that comes directly from your higher self or as some prefer to call it the Soul. Your intuition speaks to you constantly whether you hear it or not. It is always trying to move you in the direction of your highest good by pushing you toward growth so that you can live the bigger life you dream of. When you are stuck in an unhappy point in your life, it’s because you’re not heeding the call from your intuition to grow from one phase of awakening to the next.

Finding your purpose

You came to this life with the instructions for what you are here to do inside of you. It is your job to discover those instructions and the meaning of your life so that you live the life you were meant for. Your intuition holds the key to discovering this purpose within you. On this journey of discovery led by your intuition you eventually come to realize that you are a spiritual being having an experience of being human and living in a body.

The more you allow your intuition to guide you the more your consciousness expands and the more empowered you will be to create the life you dream of.  This is why it’s important to understand the four levels of spiritual awakening and how intuition is the springboard from one level to the next.

The 4 levels of spiritual awakening.

1. Phase one: Asleep

In the first phase you live life from a victim perspective. Things happen in your life and you think, “Why does this always happen to me?” You blame others and your circumstances for the things that happen to you. You share your victim story over and over. Your life revolves around being “poor me.” You have no clue that you are capable of changing how you think. Your thoughts are in control of you instead of you being in control of your thoughts.

You receive sympathy from listeners for what you’ve been through and that perpetuates living life as a victim. It doesn’t occur to you to look for the meaning behind what has happened or how your thinking or behavior might have played a part in creating the upset in your life. You are not in touch with your intuition but every once in a while you feel a stirring inside and the thought occurs to you that there must be something more.

2. Phase two: Just waking-up

In phase two you begin waking up. You now hear your intuition more often. Coincidences occur with regularity and you begin to see how you are part of something bigger. You discover that you can choose your thoughts and don’t have to let your them take your life hostage. By managing what you focus upon you learn that you can create things in your life. Now you begin to see that you have more control over life than you were previously aware of in phase one.

You use your mind to get the mate you desire, car you want, the job you want, the house you want, etc.

And for a time you feel like a master of the universe until something happens that sinks you to your knees. Now you are being tested.

Do you revert back to phase one and react like a victim or do you make another leap in consciousness and grow? This is a critical point. Many vacillate here, going back and forth between phase one and two for their entire lives.

Getting past phase two is where lots of people get stuck.

To go beyond phase two you must grow in consciousness to accept that you are the captain of your ship. You need to know and believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that your life is the visible out-picturing of your choices and beliefs up to that point. You must make the leap in consciousness to realize that you choose by your thinking, everything in your life both good and bad. You must begin to listen to those intuitive whispers from the soul and allow them to guide you in order to grow.

3.  Phase three: Awake

In phase three you become permanently aware that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Your intuition has led you to discover your purpose. Your intuition is loud and clear and you’ve gained  great faith in this powerful voice to always be there to guide you.

You know that there is more to life than you can see with the eye and that there is a purpose and meaning for your life. You live with the joy of knowing that you are a creator!

You feel empowered that you can do and be and have anything. You see life as a force working for you not against you. While you still encounter problems, no matter what happens there is an unshakeable confidence and peace inside that carries you over difficulties. You never feel alone because your connection to guidance through your intuition is now so strong.

When you do experience challenges, they are far fewer and resolved much more quickly.  And you are now more capable of dealing with problems without being emotionally entrapped by the circumstances. You now recognize your innate power and live from a place of making awakened choices.

The fears that held you back in the past are gone. A continuous joy bubbles up from within you and you want to share this joy with others. You love your life. You feel a strong desire to be of service and to help lift others from where they are to where you are.

4. Phase four: Fully awakened

In this highest phase you don’t just know intellectually that you are a spiritual being, you are the embodiment of it. You see all things as possible. Your intuition is a seamless part of your being from which you receive one inspired idea after another. You live from a state of enlightened awareness of the oneness and interconnectedness of life. You are at peace and nothing disturbs this peace. You exude love and your mere presence is healing to others.

This state may be one that you have had brief moments of though and having had one taste you will want to experience it again. If you are lucky enough to reach this state and stay there you are highly evolved.

This is probably not where you are in consciousness and it is certainly not where I am either. But if you can’t get past phase two there’s little chance of ever reaching phase four anyway. The critical element in not getting stuck in an endless loop between phase one and phase two is to listen to your intuition so that you grow into phase three where you are creating your life by design and not by default.

Have you ever been caught in the loop between phase one and two? Are you ready to listen to your intuition, evolve to a higher state of spiritual awakening and live a life of significance?

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How To Break Through the Wall of Your Comfort Zone

Posted 05 Apr 2014support — by Angela Artemis
Category Change Your Life, Follow your dreams

Break through the wall of your comfort zone.Beyond the edge of your comfort zone is where you will find your greatness!

Is there a goal you’ve been struggling to achieve or a life change you long to make?

Have you tried and tried and yet nothing seems to change?

Are you so frustrated that you’re ready to give up because nothing is working?

Wait! Don’t walk away from your dreams yet. I have good news for you.

Hitting the invisible wall

The reason nothing has changed or seems to to work is because you’ve hit an invisible wall. The invisible wall is the place you reach when you come to edge of your comfort zone. So, don’t feel bad or as if you weren’t meant to achieve your goal. What is happening to you is normal and natural. You just need a bit of guidance.

Deconstructing the wall

The invisible wall at the edge of your comfort zone is what stops you from taking the big steps you need to take to bring your greatest dreams into being. Everyone including me has a comfort zone.

Your comfort zone is the place where you achieve things easily. Goals feel scalable because you’ve done similar things and accomplished them easily. You whip up and finish projects without a second thought because the process is familiar to you.

But when you reach the edge of your comfort zone and go to do something completely new you freeze. The smooth reaction that would normally take you to the next step doesn’t come naturally like you expect it to. Instead you feel confused and overwhelmed, flooded with doubt, anxiety and fear. Does this sound familiar?

Every time you attempt to take the new step the fears of not knowing exactly what to do or how it will turn out stop you. You feel like a deer caught in the headlights and panic and retreat. The more you “try” the more firmly you embed the fear and anxiety of taking the next step.

Overtime this reaction contributes to making the wall even more impenetrable. Your fearful reaction and retreat become a self-defeating behavior that holds you back. You internalize the belief that you “can’t do it” and feel deflated as your confidence level decreases. The more you repeat this process the bigger the wall becomes until you have talked yourself into believing that this goal you dreamed about was never meant for you anyway and you give up.

The trap of Try, Fear, Retreat

If you don’t know how to break the cycle, Try, Fear, Repeat will become an endless loop in your life. This behavior will burn such a deep neural pathway into your brain that it will become an unconscious behavior pattern. When a set of reactions is this ingrained within us the pattern takes over with lightening speed before we can consciously think about doing anything differently.

Here’s an example: Can you recall a time, perhaps many, when you drove somewhere and then later realized you had no memory of actually doing the driving? You realize that you drove there on “auto-pilot.” This is exactly what happens to us when we repeat a certain set of behaviors over and over; they become an auto responsive pattern. The pattern is so deeply imbedded that it bypasses your conscious awareness.

In the case of trying to go past the edge of your comfort zone, each time you try and feel the old fears kicking in and retreat you reinforce this self-defeating pattern. And the worst part is that you end up feeling like a failure.

The good news!

Hitting this wall is normal and happens to most people. There is nothing wrong with you. There is a way to breakthrough the wall of your comfort zone. And success awaits you on the other side.

You can break the cycle of Try, Fear, Retreat with this 5 step system:

1. Write it out. List the exact steps you need to take. This is an important part of breaking through the wall of your comfort zone so don’t skip it. You need to create an outline so that you will be familiar with the next step and not freeze with fear. After you have the list chunk it down into daily actions so that it isn’t overwhelming to you. Read over your list and be completely familiar with it. If you want more information on this I wrote extensively about this process in, The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of.”

2. Deflate your fears. The best way to let all the air out of your fear is to ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen here?” followed by, “So how can I prepare so that this doesn’t happen?”

For example say you want to quit your job and pursue your writing but you’re scared to give up your steady salary. Ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” You respond with, “I’ll go broke, lose my house and end up homeless.”

Then ask yourself, “How can I prepare so that this doesn’t happen?” In response you say, “I’m going to save up the amount of money I’ll need to pay my mortgage for one year before I quit. I will give myself eight months to get my writing career started. If after eight months I don’t see things working out I will start looking for a job.” When fear paralyzes you go back to this step.

You get the picture. You’re answers will be different but the outcome will be the same. You will nip your fear in the bud before it can paralyze you into not taking action on your dream.

3. Visualize. Use your imagination to create a vivid 5 minute movie at least twice a day. I suggest once in the morning and before going to bed. See yourself living out your goal in every detail. What you’re doing is rehearsing and slowly erasing the negative pattern you previously embedded. Burn this positive outcome into your brain so that it creates a deep neural pathway and a new pattern of success!

4. Push yourself. Repeat this mantra, “I can and I am!” with conviction. Focus on one step on your outline and take action every day. No great thing was ever created without effort, overcoming fear and pushing through barriers. Just do it! Each time you take a step toward your goal you are taking a brick out of the wall at the edge of your comfort zone and you’re building your confidence.

5. Get support. It’s okay to ask for help. When you get support be it through a mentor, friend or with a coach you increase the likelihood of your success. Working with a someone who believes in you to achieve your goals will significantly increase your chances of attaining it over those who try to go it alone. (If you have a burning desire to get where you want to go contact me for complimentary session to discuss your vision.)

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5 Steps to Forgive & Let Go to Achieve Your Dreams

Posted 29 Mar 2014content — by Angela Artemis
Category Change your thinking, Follow your dreams, Spiritual Growth, Success

How to forgive and let goAllow yourself to forgive and let go if you want to be achieve your dreams and success.

Do you want to be successful in your relationships, health, career and financially? Do you have a vision of your ideal life that you dream of living? I hope so.

If you don’t have a vision that inspires and motivates you to take action please contact me (here).

If you are still holding resentment and grudges against people for things that occurred in the past you will find it much more difficult to achieve the success you dream of.

How unresolved issues hurt you

Suppose you are still angry and resentful about what happened to your life after you went through a nasty divorce. Every time you think of your spouse you feel upset and anger boils up from within. Just the mere mention of his/her name instigates this reaction. And, the mere thought of running into them makes you feel as if you were punched in the gut.

Carrying around this unresolved anger and resentment weighs heavily on you. It’s always there in the back of your mind and makes you feel down every time it comes to mind. Not forgiving blocks the flow of your life energy and suppresses joy and that keeps you from living fully.

This caustic reaction affects you emotionally and physically. Countless studies have shown that negative emotions release a slew of toxic chemical reactions within your body. Over time holding onto anger and resentment will impact your health.

Here’s a quote to put it in perspective:

“In fact, not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (1999)

When you think about it this quote makes a lot of sense. When we hold resentment and anger toward someone or some situation we feel justified because of  “how bad it was.” We erroneously believe that this anger and resentment actually punishes the other party but it’s actually doing nothing to them and everything (in a negative way) to you.

Why not forgiving blocks you from achieving your dreams

You may be thinking, “My situation is not forgivable. What happened to me is so bad that if Angela heard my story she would agree with me that [insert your story] cannot be forgiven!”

If you’re thinking this I want to wake you up to the real issue about holding resentment and not forgiving. Forgiving is not about condoning what happened. For example, stealing is wrong but what good does it do you to hold onto the anger and resentment toward the thief? To forgive you need to accept what has happened and think, “It is what it is,” so you can let go and move on. You need to release the emotional charge that is keeping you bound to the event and stuck in the past.

Your energy cannot circulate

When you don’t move on a huge portion of your energy is sucked out of you to keep this anger and resentment alive each day. This is energy you could put toward making your life the joyous one you dream of. Not forgiving becomes a large hungry mass inside that continuously sucks life energy and blocks you from moving forward in your life. It keeps you stuck in the past and holds you hostage to it whether you realize it or not. It locks you into a victim mentality where your sad story defines and thereby shapes your life and what manifests because of it.

Every thought you think and emotion you consistently feel contributes to a pattern through which your life is created. Over time these repetitive thoughts and emotions coalesce into the situations in your life. The signal you broadcast when you don’t forgive is, “Hey world this is what I want so please send me more things to be angry about and resent, okay? Thanks!” That’s not really what you want, is it?

To forgive is to free yourself

If you have goals and dreams for your life you owe it to yourself to examine who and what you may need to forgive in your life. If you don’t forgive you will end up going in circles instead of making progress toward what  you say you want. On the one hand you will dream of living this big great life and on the other you will cancel it out by holding onto and feeding this dark mass of resentment.

Think of it this way what do you want more: To live the life you dream of or to hold onto that anger and resentment that you erroneously believe is punishing the person/situation?

I believe if you really think about this you’ll want to forgive and move on to create the life you dream of.

How to forgive & let go in 5 steps

Years ago my spiritual mentor gave me a powerful mantra: I forgive. I forgive. I forgive everyone including myself.

I changed it to: I forgive. I forgive. I forgive everyone including “insert name of person you want to forgive” and myself.

1. Go within. Close your eyes and take in three deep breaths to relax.

2. Picture the person. In your mind’s eye see the person you want to forgive.

3. Use the mantra. Silently repeat the mantra over and over while seeing them smile and nod their head in agreement with you to show they have received and accepted your forgiveness.

Spend at least 5 minutes sending out your forgiveness to them. It’s okay if at first you really don’t feel the forgiveness. As you practice this over time you will begin to feel the difference.

4. Release the person. After 5 minutes see them wave to you and then begin to walk away and as they do become smaller and smaller and finally disappear. Walking away and disappearing represents you releasing them from the energetic hold your mind has had upon keeping this anger and resentment alive within you.

5. Commit to this process. Repeat this several times during the day. I recommend at least twice; once upon arising and once again before you go to sleep. Forgiving someone takes time. It’s not going to happen overnight. You must commit to practicing forgiving and keep doing it until you realize that thinking about the person/situation no longer brings up the negative reaction.

When I did this it took me about six months until one day I suddenly realized I could think about the person and not have that negative reaction. It was so liberating! My life changed for the better. (Actually the moment I consciously began doing the forgiveness work my life began to get better.) When I was truly free my life took off and my life changed dramatically. Now I can think of this person and not feel anything other than that I wish them well. This is the point you want to get to.

What has not forgiving cost you – in lost time – in lost joy? Be honest with yourself. Can you see how not forgiving punishes you and not the other person? Tell us about it in the comments.

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8 Ways to Heal Pain and Release Your Incredible Power (and a quiz!)

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How emotional pain imprisons you

Pain springs from many sources. Most common is a loss of some type such as the loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of job and income, loss of your health, loss of sense of self and the loss of a way of life you previously had such as through divorce. The source of the emotional pain may be different but the results are the same; imprisonment by your pain.

Pain holds you hostage. When you’ve been wounded deeply the result is trauma and standing still with your life for fear of being open and vulnerable to more pain. Pain keeps us frozen in place for years unless it’s addressed. Is your emotional pain paralyzing you?

Measure your pain.. Take the quiz:

1. Have you suffered incredible loss such as the losing someone close to you, lost a job/career, income, financial stability, your health, gone through a divorce?

2. Do you long to change your life but feel afraid of stepping into the  unknown?

3. Do you yearn for a greater, bigger more fulfilling life?

4. Do you feel confused about your direction?

5. Are you overwhelmed because you’re working harder than ever before?

6. Does your indecisiveness lead you to contemplate giving up at times?

7. Are you uncomfortable opening up and asking for help?

8. If you were to review your life over the last few years would you notice not much has changed?

If you said yes to two or more of these questions your emotional pain is holding you back from achieving your goals and living a life you love.

How pain paralyzed me

After the economic melt down in 2008 my income declined dramatically. The following year it declined again and every year after that. I went from spending without a care to living in lock-down mode not buying a thing I didn’t have to. I sold my home to conserve my resources. If I had stayed in my house I would have burned through a retirement account it had taken me twenty plus years to acquire.

The industry I was in was decimated by the financial crisis. I frantically applied for jobs in other industries only to be turned down. No one would hire me because I had no experience outside of this one area.

I didn’t know what to do with myself to rebuild my income. I remained in the industry I knew just to stay afloat and changed employers a few times hoping things would get better. By the time I was making some money again I had lost interest in my career and it became a huge chore to do it again day in and day out. But I so feared not having an income that I remained stuck by refusing to walk away from my job for the “security” it gave me. Then one day I woke up and knew I just couldn’t do it anymore.

Release your emotional pain

I realized I had allowed my pain to imprison me in a life I didn’t love. My fear of loss of income kept me working full time. Every other spare minute was spent writing and publishing and having private sessions with clients. Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to make it through some days. I had too much to do, too many obligations and responsibilities, too little time and no support.

The moment I comprehended what my emotional pain was doing to me I had a mental shift and opened to the possibility of reaching out for help. I saw that “staying afloat” was not the same as living. I allowed myself to begin dreaming again and I remembered that I had big dreams.

Empower yourself

Connecting to my pain and seeing how much it was costing me to “stay afloat” in order to avoid the fear of the unknown empowered me and turned on the “lightbulb above my head.”

“Your wound is the place where light enters you.” –Rumi

I realized that my fears about the loss of money had kept me stuck at a certain level for far too long. I committed right then to do things differently from that moment on. I felt my enthusiasm for life returning. The next day I woke up excited about the prospect of changing my life.

The more enthused I became about playing full out and going after what I wanted the more wonderful opportunities came to me. By not being afraid any longer I had released a flood of power that had been frozen inside of me. This wave moved me forward smoothly, easily and most effortlessly.

Realizing how your emotional pain has been holding you hostage can inspire an epiphany and empower you to move forward just as easily too. You just need to know the system to be released from your pain and have those prison gates open.

The simple 8 step method for releasing the power trapped beneath your pain:

1. Acknowledge the pain. Sometimes the pain is too great. You don’t want to look at it because looking at it opens the wounds again. The problem is that cramming a painful memory way down is not a solution. The pain is frozen mass inside that blocks the circulation of life energy. Bringing it up to the surface of your awareness where you can heal is what releases the power to move forward in your life.

2. Forgive. Forgive yourself and anyone else whom you believe may have contributed to the situation. For example, I was angry about what happened in my industry and about how my my lucrative career had been taken away. To find who or what to forgive look to what you’re angry about. Forgiveness frees you from dragging this painful burden around with you. It gives you permission to live again!

3. Be grateful. Find the good in everything. There is always a silver lining no matter how things appear. For example, now I see that had my industry not imploded I would not have had the opportunity to grow and change. I wouldn’t have developed the desire to have my own business either. It’s actually been a great lesson. Where you can you be grateful and find the good in your own situation?

4. Focus on what you want. The more attention you give to the things you don’t like or want in your life the more of your awareness they consume. Start thinking about what you do want instead. Allow yourself to dream and dream big! When a situation or condition arises that you would rather not have in  your life ask yourself what you would like instead? Play that scenario over in your mind rather than the one you dislike.

5. Claim your good! Staying afloat is not living and it is certainly not claiming the good the Universe has in store for you. When we allow our pain to paralyze us we live each day just to get through it. This fearful attitude keeps our good at bay. You are here to live up to your highest potential and to have, be and do whatever you desire but you have to claim your good. To claim your good believe you deserve to live a better life.

6. Tame your fears. I love this quote from Mark Twain: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” The truth is that most of what we fear never happens. Fear is imaginary and keeps us from jumping fully into our lives. Make a vow to stop worrying and listening to your fears.

7. Listen to your intuition – it knows the way. Your intuition is that voice inside that keeps nudging you to be more, to live up to your potential and go after what you want. If you follow your intuition you will not fail to bring forth the exciting life you dream of. You stop listening to your intuition when you allow your fear to be the predominant voice you listen to. You wouldn’t have this voice inside pulling you toward accomplishing certain things if you already didn’t possess the capability and power to achieve them.

8. Get support. There’s a mystique especially in Western culture that upholds the lone individual as a hero and role model. It’s not the reality. Everyone needs support. Everyone needs community. Everyone needs to learn from more successful people. Find a mentor, hire a coach or join a mastermind. The truth is if you could have done it alone you would have done it already, right?

What power would you release if you dealt with your pain? What has holding onto your pain really cost you? Join the conversation. Leave a comment.

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5 Tips to Make Your Dreams a Reality

Posted 15 Mar 2014blog — by Angela Artemis
Category Change Your Life, Change your thinking, Intuition, Self-empowerment

Overcome fear and succeed!Do you know the steps to making your dream a reality in your life?

Moving from a life you feel stuck  and unhappy in to a life you love requires that you follow a system. You need a set of steps to shift your thinking from your old way of being to becoming a brand new person who can live this great dream you have inside.

Recently I wrote about 9 ways to recognize that your life is stuck and maybe you are stuck too. Being stuck is nothing to be ashamed of. We aren’t taught how to take a dream and make it into a reality.

Living a dream doesn’t have to be reserved for the lucky few.

Just because you weren’t taught how to take a great dream and pull it down from the land of possibility where it lives in your imagination into reality doesn’t mean that a solution doesn’t exist. There is a system to making your dreams a reality. The steps are tried and true and repeatable. You just need this recipe.

You already know that all the answers exist within. In fact, you have probably received the solution many times but you haven’t been receptive to it. Your intuition is always broadcasting to you. It’s the technology by which your Soul speaks to you. But when you’re stuck in a certain way of thinking your babbling monkey mind drowns out the whispers of your intuition and you don’t hear the solution that is being broadcast to you over and over.

Change your thinking

With your current inner programming you aren’t capable of seeing the solutions that are being broadcast to you. The answer is to change the way you are programmed and then you not only receive the answers but they appear as open doors for you to walk through in your life.

Changing your inner programming allows a curtain in your mind to go up and let’s you see all the solutions you’ve been searching for right there before you. Until you upgrade your thinking you will not see past the curtain.

Learning to be receptive to the solutions being broadcast to you is exactly what I wrote about in, “The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of.”  The book is a recipe, a step by step method, which if followed changes you from the inside out and removes the curtain. Doing that allows you to “pull” your dreams right into your reality.

Being stuck

When I was stuck in a career that wasn’t me everyday I said a prayer, “Please God show me the way. Show me the path to free myself of this drudgery to live a life where I can truly express who I am meant to be.” I kept hoping the perfect job would appear.

The thing was my intuition had been broadcasting the answer to me for a long time but I was not ready to be receptive to it. The answer was not getting a different job. It was to go back to school, reinvent myself and transform my life.

I kept saying this prayer hoping that someone would offer me the perfect job. Whenever the thought crossed my mind about going back to school I glossed over it because it was too scary. How could I quit my job, I thought? How would I survive without a paycheck?

I didn’t know there was an actual system for transformation to follow that would allow me rise above my fears and bring my dreams into reality so I stayed stuck. I was going about it all wrong and wasting years of my life until I discovered the method purely by accident.

A breakthrough

You know those few brave souls who’ve had the courage to jump from the edge of their old lives and lived to tell the tale of how making that leap brought their dreams into being? That was it! Until I said, “To hell with my fear,” and took this leap of faith nothing changed in my life.

The solution to living your dream is to start with the end result in mind and make that leap of faith no matter how scared you are. Focusing on the “how” is your fear talking and is what keeps you stuck.

Can you see how simple it is? Yet for many the breakthrough never occurs.

So stop focusing on all the “yukky” details and to start feeding the “yay!” of  your dream of instead! Once you make a decision and take action all the details will fall into place.

Here are 5 tips for making your dream into a reality:

1. Get specific. Take out your journal and spend a morning writing out what your dream life looks like. Describe this life and everything in it so that if someone else read it they would be able to see it with crystal clarity too. Do not leave out any detail no matter how small you think it is. Block out this time and do not let anyone interrupt you. The process of writing it out in great detail will help you open up the space within for internal changes needed to organize your consciousness around this great new life you dream of.

1. Reprogram your thinking. Start with baby steps such as creating a masterful affirmation that inspires and motivates you. Here’s an example of what I used when I went back to school. “I am now so happy and grateful that I am a highly successful full time honors student majoring in writing, living comfortably and loving every minute of my college experience.”

2. Visualize your great goal. You’ve got to see it in your mind’s eye and feel that it is real deep down inside. Make time each day to close your eyes and actually live within this dream. You’ve got to allow yourself to get so revved up that your body releases the same chemicals it would release if you were really experiencing this great life you dream of.

3. Take action. Start right now! Think of what you can do right now, this minute, to move you toward your dream. It can be as simple as searching the Internet for the solution or picking up the phone and calling someone you met whom you think could point you in the right direction. But whatever you do don’t want another day.

4. Commit to make your dream a reality by a specific date. Take out the calendar and circle this date. When you have the end in mind you can then plan out the steps you need to take each and every day to get there. You must know where you are going and when you will arrive in order to create what you dream of. You want to live your dream now not, “whenever” right?

5. Live from your vision. This is the most important step. Constantly focus on the YAY not the YUK. What’s the YUK? It’s worrying about how it’s all going to get done.

Live and breath your vision every waking moment. Allow your vision to lift you up over the conditions of your life. When you are living from your vision you are living from possibility and have an expansive view of the landscape before you. From this high vantage point you don’t get stuck in small minded thinking that keeps most people reliving their same old lives day in and day out.

Are you ready to focus on the YAY to feed your dream what it needs to bring it into reality?

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How to Know if Your Life is Stuck

Posted 06 Mar 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Change your thinking, Create your reality, Spiritual Growth

Get unstuck!9 Ways to Know if Your Life is Stuck

Have you ever asked yourself this question, “How did I get here?” I used to ask it a lot when I was stuck in long boring meetings.

There are really only two reactions to this question; one is positive and the other – not so much.

You either respond by saying, “I know how I got here and I’m lovin’ my life!”

Or you say, “Holy *@#*! How the hell did I get here? This is not how I thought my life would turn out. Help!”

Sadly the second response is quite common. It shows that you are not only dissatisfied with your life but stuck too. But that’s okay. Acknowledging being stuck and your discontent is the first step to getting your life back on track.

Your life can turn around because, it is never too late to change and get on the path you were meant to follow.

Have you ever read a newspaper story about a person in their eighties achieving something they dreamed of for example, finally getting their college degree? Don’t you find it inspiring? I do.

My “stuck” story

For years I wanted to go back to college and finish my degree but I didn’t believe it was doable. I was unhappy in my job. It was supposed to be just a job to make some money while I finished my degree at night but it grew into a major career and consumed my life instead. That’s my answer to, “How did I get here?” and how I became stuck.

Sound familiar? Has whatever you’re doing now consumed your life too?

As the years went by I didn’t think it was possible to make a living any other way. I felt trapped. Beliefs such as thinking I would be too old when I graduated or that I couldn’t survive without benefits and a steady paycheck prevented me from quitting my job and moving forward with my dream.

Why the disconnect keeps you stuck

I had been studying spiritual principles and devouring books on how to change your mind in order to change your life for quite some time but still, my fears held me back and kept me stuck. I suffered from a disconnect between what I knew intellectually and what I believed. This disconnect was why I was stuck; paralyzed by fear and unable to move forward.

This went on for years until I found my mentor, an internationally known spiritual teacher, and began following her teachings.

Back then coaching didn’t exist, unless you were an athlete. Today everyone knows coaches work with you to help shift your thinking in order to make big changes in your life and achieve success. If a shift in your thinking occurred at all it was only after years of trying to do it on your own or through a lucky “coincidence” such as how I stumbled upon the teachings of my mentor.

After finding her I became part of a local chapter that met weekly for group meditation and to watch grainy VHS videos of my mentor’s talks. Being in the group vibration and watching her recorded lectures slowly began to affect my psyche. And after four years I finally woke up!

A shift in my thinking took hold and I quit my  job and went back to school. And I survived. In fact, I did better than just survive. I thrived. It was the happiest time of my life. When I let go everything fell into place. I received multiple awards and a scholarship to graduate school. I met the right people who supported me and pointed me in the right direction. I experienced true freedom and the joy of expressing who I was meant to be for the first time in my life.

The “I know that” syndrome

It just goes to show what we can accomplish when we shift from our negative belief patterns and adopt the right beliefs. And as I learned, the secret to having a mental shift that changes the trajectory of your life was having a mentor. It wasn’t that I didn’t “know” many of the things that I learned from my mentor’s teachings, it was that I was stuck in that pattern of saying, “I already know that,” instead of actually internalizing the belief and doing it. You can see just how stubborn I was as it took me four years to “get it!” But, it doesn’t have to take that long and it won’t if you let someone help you and take action.

Turn your life around now – not later

A personal coach is someone who can not only show you that there are better, easier, faster ways to achieve your goals but who will guide and push you to take action. Learning from someone will help you reach your goal in a fraction of the time it takes to do it on you own. A coach has the training, experience and tools to share with you that will release frozen belief patterns in your mind that are holding you a prisoner in your own life.

The truth is that once you change how you think the world you experience changes.

I didn’t want to believe that I needed anyone to help me accomplish my goals. I thought that was a personal failing but I was so wrong. To need a teacher to show you the way isn’t wrong it’s necessary for your growth otherwise you remain stuck. It’s actually smarter to know you need help then to talk yourself into thinking you don’t.

When I finally took that leap of faith I learned just how much I loved the feeling of “leaping” too. I leaped and my life took off like an eagle soaring above everyone else who was stuck in their old lives.

We teach best what we most need to learn

I’m so thankful to my mentor for giving me the keys that unlocked my mind from the prison I’d put myself in. Having done this myself I understand how scary it is to think about giving up security to go after something as intangible as a dream. And, it doesn’t matter whether your dream is to go back to school, be a dog trainer, start a business or that all you know is that your present life is not what you want; it’s all the same. Your current dissatisfaction is your soul sending you a message loud and clear that you are not on the right path in your life. Your soul uses your intuition and feelings such as longing and discontent to communicate this to you.

And boy do I know that call from the soul all too well. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been on the wrong path more than a few times and gotten stuck all over again when I reverted to old behaviors and fears so don’t think you’re the only one. I so needed to teach what I most needed to learn that I wrote a best selling book, “The Intuition Principle,” about finding your true path and creating a life you love simply because the steps were burned into my brain after so many failed attempts!

9 signs that your life is stuck

  1. You have no enthusiasm for your life.
  2. You keep waiting for everything to be perfect (have the money, or the time) before you take the plunge!
  3. You’re frustrated, dissatisfied and tired of your life.
  4. You want to do something but feel overwhelmed, confused and don’t know where to start.
  5. You’re afraid of starting over so you do nothing.
  6. You’ve tried to make it happen on your own and haven’t been able to.
  7. You have a dream but it seems impossible to achieve.
  8. You don’t have a clue what your dream life is but do know you just can’t go on living the life you have now.
  9. You don’t want to get up in the morning and face another day of “the same.”

If you’re response to “How did I get here?” is filled with regret, discontent with your current life and a longing to do something more you owe it to yourself to address your dissatisfaction before more of your life goes by otherwise you’ll remain stuck.

When I thought I was “too old” to go back to school because when I would graduate I’d be 38, the idea that shifted my thinking was the realization that, “I’m going to be 38 anyway so the longer I wait the more of my life I am wasting.”

What you will learn when you take your own leap of faith is that not only can you fly but the truth is that you were meant to fly!

Which of the 9 ways of being stuck do you resonate to? Where does your thinking need to shift the most? What will you do to get unstuck?

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Health Benefits of Yoga

Posted 01 Mar 2014 — by Angela Artemis
Category Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Yoga

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by Bradley Taylor

In recent years, yoga has become a well-known, highly publicised recreational health activity. However, if you remain baffled by the advantages of the tree, cobra and downward facing dog, here are but a few of the invaluable health benefits that you can achieve through practising yoga.

Stress Relief

Although contorting yourself into a series of shapes and positions may not seem like the ultimate stress reliever, yoga is used as a fundamental meditation tool by many to relieve the stresses of daily life. Stress instigates a physical response in your body, increasing tension in your muscles, which in turn causes stiffness and aches. However, this physical response can be combated through yoga exercises. Yoga has become one of the primary physical therapies for relieving stress. This is because yoga techniques focus on honing your concentration and heightening your control of your body. These practises relax the tension within your muscles, slow your heart rate and calm your breathing patterns. As a result, you experience a lower blood pressure as well as an overall feeling of calm and serenity.

Lower Blood Sugar

Yoga can be instrumental in helping people who suffer from diabetes. Yoga lowers blood sugar levels as well as LDL cholesterol which is detrimental to your health. Instead it boosts HDL cholesterol which is good for your health, as well as lowering your cortisol and adrenaline levels. This provides a multitude of health benefits. Regular practitioners of yoga have reported an improved sensitivity to the effects of insulin as well as weight loss. Most significantly, lowering your blood sugar levels through yoga can reduce diabetic health risks such as heart attacks, kidney failure and blindness.

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Combats Depression

Studies have shown that consistent yoga practise improves depression by significantly increasing serotonin levels. Serotonin aids regular sleep patterns, a common issue for sufferers of depression. Additionally, yoga decreases the levels of monoamine oxidase, an enzyme which breaks down neurotransmitters as well as cortisol levels, both of which are major contributors to depression. Studies undertaken at the University of Wisconsin showed that the left prefrontal cortex showed heightened activity in mediators, a finding that has been correlated with greater levels of happiness and better immune function. More dramatic left-sided activation was found in dedicated, long term practitioners of yoga.

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Bone and Joint Strength

Regular practise of yoga builds strength in your muscles, aiding significantly against conditions such as arthritis and back pain. Moreover, whilst you are developing muscular strength you also increase your flexibility, because each time you practise yoga, you are exercising the full range of motion of your joints. This provides continued sustenance to joint cartilage, improving your overall joint and muscle capabilities. Furthermore, practising weight bearing yoga exercises heightens your bone density and prevents the onset of illnesses such as osteoporosis, which result in sufferers having to receive continuous medical therapy and treatment. The full range of exercises within yoga enables vital components of your body to receive valuable nutrients, such as the shock absorbers in your spinal disks. Therefore, yoga is one of the few practices which engages and benefits all of the muscular and joint areas within your body. As a result, it provides you with an overall feeling of spiritual relaxation, as well as solidifying your overall physical health

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This article was produced by Bradley Taylor, a freelance writer from England. Bradley is a motoring enthusiast who loves writing about cars and everything automotive but he is versatile and also writes across a variety of other topics. You can stay connected with him on Google+ and Twitter.

 

 

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How to Find Your Calling in the Midst of Chaos

Posted 23 Feb 2014support — by Angela Artemis
Category Follow your dreams, Intuition, Life Purpose

Life in Chaos

Does your life feel chaotic?

Are you unsure of your direction and how to get back on track? You can find your true calling in the midst of chaos if you know where to look.

Sometimes the only way you wake up to what you are being called to do is when your life breaks down in chaos. Chaos eventually clears the way for change and the new growth that follows. It’s a sign that you are on the edge of a break through toward a new life so don’t give up!

A former colleague called to tell me that his life was in melt down. He recently changed careers to go into insurance sales. His call to me was to ask for introductions to some of my contacts that might be able to help him get a stable job with a salary.

Of course I picked up the phone right away. When you have to pay your rent – you have to pay your rent. As I began dialing someone I knew who might help I couldn’t help but think about how his panic could have been avoided.

The root of the chaos

Like most sales jobs he was lured by notion of flexible hours and the promise of earning big bucks.

While my friend had given his all to this new career it still wasn’t paying the bills. He was tired of hanging on in the hopes that it would turn around. Extending his time in the insurance industry to give it one more month to take off exhausted his savings and now he was going to have to borrow money to pay the rent. Plus, he felt like a failure for having to get a job.

Getting a job doesn’t mean he’s a failure in fact it might have been the answer all along. He just hadn’t been listening to his intuition, and now because he had ignored it for so long he was being forced to act swiftly. The truth is that he had wanted to throw in the towel months earlier but his embarrassment about giving up and the lure of that one big commission kept him hanging on.

His calling was in plain sight

My colleague had a long history in sales. He’d held sales positions in several different industries but none were the money makers he hoped for. Instead of finding something he loved to do he just kept trading one commissioned sales job for another.

What my friend loves about sales is the freedom to make his own schedule. He’s a people person and enjoys helping people plan their financial futures. Being a financial professional and advising clients makes him feel good. He found out he likes being “the expert!” He also thrives on networking and meeting new people and in fact is really, really good at this. People always like him right away. He was born to be in sales….the trouble is that deep down he isn’t comfortable being on commission only. He really longs for a stable income.

What if your true calling leads you to a JOB?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a job and working for someone else. This friend was feeling like a failure for having to get a job. What I saw when I went over his work history was a long list of marketable skills and licenses that could be applied to a wonderful job in a financial institution where he would earn a base salary plus commission. He would be able to come and go to visit clients, and that would give him the more flexible schedule he craved. I had no doubt that he would excel in this position.

How we sabotage our success

This friend believed that to give up and get a nine to five job was to fail yet he also had a belief that to be a 100 percent commissioned sales person was to “not have a stable income.” No wonder none of the previous sales jobs had yielded big money. How could he of succeeded when his beliefs were in direct opposition to one another? The result of these conflicting beliefs led to the chaos he how found himself in. Had he come to this realization much earlier he might not have gone through his savings. He obviously wasn’t listening to his his discontent and his longing for security.

What is the message of the chaos in your life?

Is it possible that you’re sabotaging yourself like my friend?

Maybe your dreams are on the opposite end of the spectrum? Do promotions elude you because deep down inside what you really want is to leave your job to be an entrepreneur or an artist or a writer? Do you yearn to free yourself from the corporate model of trading your time for money? Do you desire a quieter life with less stress. Wherever you find inner turmoil and chaos is where you’ll find the answer to your calling. You only have to look and listen.

Listen to your inner voice – the voice of your intuition

What are you most unhappy about? This is your discontent speaking. It is a facet of your intuition. Your intuition speaks through your feelings. Unhappiness is a feeling worth examining. My friend was never happy being on commission only. In truth it scared him.

What do you long for? Your longings are also part of how your intuition communicates with you. A repeated pull toward something means that there is a part of you that wants this. It’s your calling and you are being called/pulled toward it. My friend had a longing to be viewed as an expert and a financial professional but in a salaried position.

How to find  your calling in the midst of your chaos:

1. Get clear on your values in regard to your calling. Once you identify your values the rest of this exercise will be much easier. What do you value most? Creative expression? Freedom? Financial security? Status? Contribution? Being of service? Recognition? These are just a few examples. Make your own list of your top three values and rank them in order of importance. For example my friend values financial security, status and being of service.

2. Find the repeating themes. What theme underlies the current chaotic situation? It’s likely to be on that you’ve encountered before. For example, my friend always took sales positions but never made enough money. For him the lack of financial abundance was a repeating theme because he didn’t believe commission based jobs would result in a stable income. This is his belief so that is what he experienced.

3. Pay attention to your discontent. What are you unhappy about. What do you complain about most? This is a big clue to what needs changing in your life. If you don’t know ask a friend who knows you well what they see as the source of your greatest discontent. For my friend who was on a commission only track it was the lack of a stable income.

4. What do you long for? There is something in you that longs for expression. What is it? For my friend it is his passion and need to be seen as an expert financial adviser. This is the key to your calling. If you think about it you will find that it has been there all along.

5. Give yourself permission to change course. Just because you set out on one direction earlier in your life doesn’t mean that you have to stick to it until you die. You can change direction. My friend never wanted a nine to five job. He believed that to take one was to give up but when he allowed himself to think about it he saw that it was actually the right answer for him.

Are you searching for your calling? Perhaps it’s right in front of you too? What do your longings and discontent tell you?

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Lucid Dreaming: A Bridge to Other Realities

Posted 16 Feb 2014content — by Angela Artemis
Category Dream Recall, Dreams, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual self growth

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming: A Bridge to Other Realities

by Adam Palmer

In this article, Adam Palmer challenges you to take your dreaming practise further. Beyond the initial fun and excitement lucid dreaming is something far more profound.

The difference between a “lucid” dream and a regular dream is simply in our level of awareness. Within a lucid dream, we know that we are dreaming, and are free to fly through walls, practise new hobbies and meet new people.

As a regular lucid dreamer and OBE practitioner, I will say that a clear and vivid lucid dream is one of the most powerful and transformative experiences that a person can have. You don’t need to believe me, or take anyone’s word on their experiences – everyone can lucid dream, and you can verify and experience this directly. All too often however, I find people getting stuck in the early and even advanced stages of dreaming, with the idea that slaying dragons, throwing fire balls and flying through friends’ houses is all that lucid dreaming has to offer.

 Acquire the tools you need for lucid dreaming

Building the tools within your skillset through playing out different scenarios, exploring the dream world, practicing different induction techniques and finding out what works best for you provides a very solid foundation.  It’s absolutely essential though that you don’t get stuck trying to perfect induction techniques or analysing and debating terminology and experiences. The phrase, “can’t see the wood for the trees,” comes to mind.

I prefer to consider the dreaming world as a launch pad to other realities. My experience has led me to the understanding that we exist in a multidimensional universe. As sentient beings, we are able to adjust our “receivers” to tune in and out of different frequencies. As we have been born into this reality, our “receivers” are strongly fixed on the world in which we live. Our living and breathing bodies anchor us to this reality.

Our receivers phase out all through the day such as when we day dream, relax, experience hypnosis and trance, and so on. Our nightly sleep is our mandatory “phase out” as we spend time existing in another reality. This period is essential for our bodies and minds, as our cells rapidly regenerate and we wake up refreshed. Moreover, sleep and dream are both physically essential; with even a night or two without sleep, our reaction times slow, and we become measurably physically ill. Now, people don’t get permanently lost in day dreams, or in sleep. As I said, owing to our existence in this reality, our being is anchored to this frequency of waking reality. We are able to shift our receivers or to coin Castaneda’s phase, our “assemblage point.”

 Everyone zones in and out during the day

Although we take comfort in believing in a fixed and predictable reality, we zone in and out throughout the day, sometimes ever so slightly in a vague day dream, and sometimes slightly more as in trance or meditation work. For the average person not engaging in any reflective, trance or meditative practices, the farthest that we zone out each day is in our dreams, and they are often vague and unmemorable.

There is a wealth of information on lucid dreaming and associated techniques already online. My preferred practices are all day awareness, mantra induction, dream journaling, visualization and regular reality checking. I throw those terms out to allow you to research each in more detail should you so desire.

Once we are able to consciously induce regular lucid dreams, stabilize the environment and become deeply aware, we have access to a deeper range of experiences. The dream world itself is naturally very fluid and unstable, and just as easily as we are able to wake ourselves up from a dream, we can equally phase out much further. Robert Monroe, Frank Kepple and William Buhlman are amongst the great dream and out of body explorers that describe such journeys.

Lucid Dreaming is referenced by many cultures throughout history 

Such techniques are referenced across almost every culture and tradition from Kabbalah to Shamanism, from Tibetan Dream Yoga to Astral Projection and the Occult. If you have a genuine desire and interest, I recommend studying a wide range of material on the subject, and gaining a strong perspective on the various teachings. I have personally focussed my interests in both Tibetan Dream Yoga and Castaneda’s shamanic teachings.

I have arrived at the conclusion that each tradition is pointing at the same experiences and realities, just from a different cultural perspective. They are different models with which to experience the same reality. Where Castaneda talks of the ‘second attention’, Tibetan Dream Yoga speaks of Bardos. Frank Kepple and Robert Monroe talk instead of ‘focus levels’.

Steps & practices to induce lucid dreaming

In each tradition, there are a set of steps and practises to develop. Castaneda’s teachings talk of isolating and following a “scout”. A scout is an energy form present in the dream world.

In Castaneda’s reality, once a dreamer is able to focus on their hands and maintain stability and awareness, the next step is noticing anything or anyone that is particularly suspicious or out of place within the dream environment. The presence may be very subtle and this is the reason that such dream practice, awareness and stability is required. Once the presence is located, the dreamer should follow it to other realities, of course under strict instruction.

The tradition also extends to a range of ancillary practices such as recapitulation and the use of “power plants”; strong hallucinogenics.

Tibetan Dream Yoga on the other hand speaks of experiences with Dakinis – higher beings. It focuses on visualizations of letters and symbols, and chakra work during the dream.

The dream reality is a powerful development tool, which allows us the experience of untold realities. Whichever tradition you dive in to, make sure you pick one that resounds with you, for it will yield the most pleasant journey for you.

These advanced practises allow us to develop intuition, awareness, knowledge, and ultimately awaken to the deeper nature of reality.

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Adam Palmer teaches lucid dreaming as a path to awakening at Astral Zen. I’ve been consciously practising lucid dreaming and exploring the out of body state for over 10 years now. Now I want to help others share the experience. Connect to him on Twitter at @TheAstralZen 

 

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