Why is love all there is? Have you ever thought about this?
In January of 1998 I had a profound spiritually transformative experience. In the middle of the night I was awakened by an aunt who had made her transition three weeks earlier. She came to tell me to, “love more.” And, during her visit I was enveloped in the most indescribable love I have ever felt. It was far beyond human love. The only word that might possibly describe it is celestial. I was so high from this love I don’t think my feet touched the ground for a week. Years later, from my research I learned that it can take up 20 years to process and integrate a spiritually transformative experience, and here it was happening to me right on cue.
In 2018, I began to focus on this topic of “love being all there is” when it occurred to me that the depression I had been experiencing wasn’t so much a depression, as it was homesickness. I longed to feel that amazing “celestial” love again. Where had it gone? Why couldn’t I feel it again?
One morning I was meditating when I had a flash of insight about this phrase. It came to me that “love is all there is” because at our core we are drops of eternal divine intelligence, or God having a human experience through each of us. This loving intelligence animates life and is the eternal force that leaves when the body expires. It loves us as self, as we are all one and the same in essence. And, it is ALL there is because without it there could be no-thing.
As part of our human experience we forget who we really are. The emotional problems of life in a physical body blot out the awareness of this love. But, when we make our transition out of the physical world we are freed from this build-up of emotions and we experience the truth again, and that amazing love again. This is why many spiritually transformative experiences have an element of unity consciousness or divine love to them. In that blissful moment we are freed from the layer of “forgetfulness” to experience that love really is all there is.
We can manage the “emotional build-up” and strengthen our connection to divine love every day if we practice meditation. Having a daily practice of meditation allows us to get quiet and see where the “build-up” is, so we know what part of our lives need attention. We may never have the blow-out high of a spiritually transformative experience, but at least we know the truth that we are all headed home, and when we get there we will bask in the full force of that amazing love that cannot be described.
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Does the world feel upside down to you these days?
There’s so much fear and unrest since the inauguration of the new US president. One day the world was ‘normal’ and then the next day it wasn’t. This atmosphere is producing a lot of stress and anxiety because we don’t know what’s going to happen next and we don’t know how to deal with it.
The chaotic events of recent days have affected me too even though I’ve tried my best to stay neutral and centered. One minute I’m okay and then the next I feel myself pulled down into the negative emotions of fear, anxiety and despair about the future of our world. I know I’m not the only one that this is happening to which is I why I decided to address this.
We must keep try to keep our emotions in check
It’s vital that we rise above the lower levels of fear, anger, and resentment where these emotions can cause us to “react” rather than act consciously. When people react they say and do things they might not have done otherwise. All this ‘reacting’ causes other people to ‘react’ against them and that creates more negativity and an environment of anger and unrest. Keeping our emotions in check ensures we don’t become ensnared in all the drama.
Keeping our vibrations in the higher emotions allows us to remain in more neutral state where we can ‘choose how to act’ rather than ‘reacting out of fear or anger’ to our circumstances. In these tumultuous times our emotions are being assaulted by all that’s going on around us. The fears about our safety and security triggers the reptilian brain keeping us in a perpetual state of fight or flight.
To rise out of the continuous cycle of being triggered and having those shock waves of fear flood through your mind and body you must try to shield your self by turning inward and re-balancing your emotions. Re-balancing is bringing your emotions back to center after they’ve been jolted to one end of the spectrum or another. The fear and anxiety cause a wild swinging of emotions from one extreme to the other that make you feel out of control and off balance and lead to feeling disempowered.
When you feel disempowered you may also feel hopeless and helpless like a victim of circumstances beyond your control. The more disempowered you feel the more entrenched you become in this vicious cycle of wildly swinging emotions. And the less likely you are to take steps to reclaim your power and your life.
Why intuition and raising your vibration matter now more than ever.
What we need now more than ever is for people to be conscious, compassionate and empathetic. When people feel compassionate and empathetic they’re less likely to ‘react’ in ways that might hurt others. The way to stay above the fray and in the higher emotions of compassion and empathy is by connecting more frequently and more deeply to our intuition.
The more connected you are to your intuition the higher your vibration will be. Tuning into your intuition requires that you go within and listen to the “small still voice” rather than the din screaming for your attention on the outside. Going within, quieting the mind and listening has been proven in studies to increase compassion. There are studies that show how a certain part of the brain corresponding to compassion and empathy “lights up” during meditation. If you’re intent is to be a clear channel in order to receive guidance quieting the mind is a must. The more you practice the more your compassion center is awakened and nothing could be more important in the world right now than compassion and empathy.
Developing and fostering your intuition allows you to feel what other people are feeling. That means you feel their pain and suffering as if you were ONE because we are ONE. We are one living breathing organism. Our apparent separateness is an illusion. The life force energy that keeps my heart beating in my physical body isn’t separate from the life force energy in your body. The truth is we are not our bodies. We are that life force energy. The life force energy is known as Chi, Spirit, Greater Intelligence and God and other names. And we are all part of one energetic web of life in an around and through our planet and most likely beyond it.
Intuition is the technology through which we connect to this web of life. Getting still and listening to the stirring of our intuition is how we are guided toward the light of higher emotions that nurture and protect us. This is a time in history when we need more connection, kindness, compassion, and empathy then ever before.
Feel more love & be more loving toward one another
To climb out of the lower emotions and stay in the higher emotions we need to increase the amount of love we feel within us. There is no way to feel loving and angry or fearful at the same time. So we need to choose to feel loving and make that our intention.
Focus on others
One of the best ways to lift ourselves from the negative lower emotions is to focus on others. When we focus on helping other people we are automatically taken out of the lower emotions. We stop dwelling on our own fears and our heart center opens just a bit wider when we are doing for others.
We can focus on others by helping the people in our lives who need our help. We can also volunteer to help others through the many organizations that rely on volunteers to bring much needed services and goods to people. We can start groups or join groups dedicated to projects that do good works. We can also pray for others. There’s a myriad of ways we can focus on others and begin to take the focus off our own fears to feel empowered again.
It matters that we stay in the higher emotions more than ever now because we aren’t victims. We can feel empowered and there is hope for our world. There is always hope as long as we remain conscious and non-reactive. We can come together as a group and lift our vibration together and then use that higher energy to send love around the world to lift the vibration of the planet. Our collective intention can make a difference.
You’re invited to a raise your vibration group meditation
I’d like to invite you to participate in a group meditation to raise your vibration and the collective vibration to increase compassion and empathy in all the people of the world. If you’d like to do something to impact the world in a positive way and help yourself deal with what’s going on please join us. This group meditation to help you feel at peace and help the world be more peaceful.
I’ve joined my local ‘Indivisible’ group and we are planning on visiting our state representative’s office and participating in some upcoming events. But in the meantime I feel called to facilitate this meditation so that we impact things on the spiritual level as well.
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The Luck Frequency and Why Giving Always Comes Back
I won something! If you read my article “Prosperity and The Luck Frequency” I wrote that I never win anything of great value…..well, I’m here to say that’s no longer true. I won a free marketing course from Market Like a Nerd founder, Amanda Goldman-Petrie. It made my day and so I’m grateful.
Feeling into the Frequency of Luck
After being prompted to write the article by a PBI reader’s question, I decided to see what would happen if I focused intently on “feeling like a winner.” I felt into the vibe of being a winner and let it sink in. I visualized myself celebrating something and being very excited about it. I added this step to my daily meditation with no expectation in mind, which means I was not attached to any particular outcome (hint – non-attachment is very important). Each and every day I allowed myself to really feel the frequency of luck and I was pleasantly surprised to win this wonderful and useful prize.
Giving is a major part of the equation
You must feel into the luck frequency with complete non-attachment and you must also give to others with no expectations or attachment to “receiving” in return as well. Everything we perceive from physical objects to thoughts and emotions is pure energy at its core and has its own unique vibrational frequency. When you give you’re circulating energy that vibrates high on the scale of human consciousness. The more you emit this frequency and are of service to others the more enriched your life will become. When I say “enriched” I don’t mean to limit it to money, although it can be. To live a rich life is to have an abundance of love, happiness, joy, good relationships and good health – not just money.
Raise your vibration by giving without expecting anything in return
When you give unconditionally you feel good. When you feel good because you’ve helped someone that automatically brings your emotions up on the scale of consciousness. Dr. David Hawkins, creator of the scale of consciousness demarcates the vibration 200 which corresponds to Courage, as the level we must rise to in order to cross the line from the negative emotions to the positive ones. Giving falls in the vibratory rate of 350. The more predominantly your emotions stay in the positive state above 200, the more your life changes for the better because remember, like always attracts like. This is the reason why “giving” always comes back in some form when you remain predominantly in the higher emotions.
Gratitude is another important component of the Luck Frequency. During my meditation I not only visualized myself being excited and celebrating something I also felt grateful and “blessed” to have received so I visualized myself sharing the blessing by giving to others. I visualized someone being happy and surprised by something I’d given them. When we receive we must share the blessing by feeling grateful and then doing something good for others. You must allow the blessing to move and circulate from you to someone else.
Dissecting the Frequency of Luck
Luck appears to have three very distinct components.
1. Feeling like a winner. Feel the joy of winning and believe and expect that good will come to you.
2. Giving to others with no expectation of getting anything in return. Give for the joy of giving. Give because you love to.
3. Being grateful for all you have and experience in your life. Feel the joy of being blessed and be grateful. Be thankful and celebrate.
It doesn’t matter what order you feel these emotional components. All that matters is that you feel them together in the present. Did you notice that Joy is the common element that ties the Luck Frequency together? According to Dr. Hawkins Joy has a vibration of 540. If you can tap into feeling joyous frequently you will automatically be in the frequency of luck and love where you can share your blessings with others.
Try focusing on the component emotions of Luck Frequency and see what happens to you. Share your comments with us. Let’s have a conversation.
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What does raising your vibration do?
First, I want to thank J.B., the Powered by Intuition community member who submitted his question on this fascinating topic. If you have a question you’d like me to answer subscribe to PBI here so you can send it to me.
What does Raising Your Vibration Mean?
To raise your vibration is to overcome your negative emotions. The emotions of Courage, Acceptance, Tolerance, Love, and Joy are higher on the emotional scale as opposed to Anger, Revenge, Violence, Hate, Resentment, Judgement, Criticism, Apathy, Depression, Guilt, Fear, and Anxiety. When you’re free of those heavy dark emotions your “vibration” naturally rises to the lighter positive emotions. When your dominant emotions are at the higher levels you’re not held back by your fears and live up to your potential.
Why do we call it “vibrations?”
You are “alive” because of the electromagnetic impulses that cause your heart to beat, lungs to pump and brain to process information. The energy being emitted from your body can be mapped out by attaching electrodes to your head or chest. When you are in a state of distress the rhythm of these electromagnetic impulses goes from steady to erratic. And if you’ve died those rhythms are “flatlined.”
Your emotional state affects the rhythm of these electromagnetic pulsations or frequencies. Dr. David R. Hawkins, author of “Power Vs. Force” mapped out the human emotions from the lowest to the highest using muscle testing. His work shows that when we feel “low” or “down and out” or in a “dark place” the energy we emit from those corresponding down and dark emotions is also moving or “vibrating” more slowly.
Why Raise Your Vibration?
Raising your vibration to the higher positive emotions energizes you. You feel more alive, happier and joyful and you actually are more alive because you’re healthier. You have more life force energy running through your body than someone who is depressed, or angry all the time. Dwelling in the negative emotional states is a precursor to many diseases.
When your general emotional state is positive you’re enthusiastic about life and there’s a “lightness” about you. You’re aware of your purpose and more easily live it. You have more confidence and faith in yourself and deal with any challenges that arise more effectively. You feel more in control of your life and positive about your future and in general your life is pretty good. You attract positive people and fortunate circumstances into to your life because “like attracts like.” People genuinely like and want to be around you.
Have you ever noticed that no matter how hard you try you cannot be around someone who stays in those dark negative emotions for too long a period? It’s hard to spend too much time around people who see themselves as victims all the time with every excuse as to why “they can’t,” complainers, angry people who blame others for everything, judgmental people and critical people. It’s too draining. After a while you just want to avoid them not just because it’s unpleasant or depressing but because their low energy state siphons off some of your life energy.
When you’re around a person who thinks like a victim or feels helpless or hopeless it’s a cry for help whether they’re aware of it or not. Their neediness leeches energy from you and you sense it. This is not to say we shouldn’t be compassionate and help others, it’s just to illustrate why you feel drained after spending time around someone in one of these states.
Raise your Vibration
To raise your vibration commit to becoming aware of your thoughts and emotions and have a daily practice of clearing the negative ones. The goal is to begin to expand awareness of your thoughts and emotions so that you can nip these trips down to the lower depths in the bud. This way you’ll spend less time in the darker emotions before you bounce back up. After a while if you’re serious and diligent about your practice, you may only spend a few moments in anger, self-pity or depression (to name a few), before the higher emotions kick back in
How to Raise Your Vibration in 5 Steps
Step 1: Discipline your self to become aware of your thoughts and feelings. This is a must. Your thoughts and feelings can be trained but only if you take the time to become aware of them first. Create the intention to do this. Keep a journal and write about the the darker and emotions you had during the day. To “snap out of it” in the moment each time you catch yourself going down the rabbit hole tell your self to “STOP!.
Step 2: De-stress and decompress. Meditate daily to release built up pressure so you can return to a calm centered state. Any form of meditation that slows the mental chatter works. Meditation helps you become aware of your thoughts and emotions.
Step 3: Retrain your thoughts and emotions. As you become aware of the negative thinking patterns and corresponding emotions that are pulling you down make a list of them. Go through each one and apply logic and reason to deflate and refute each one.
It’s the relentless intrusive thoughts that push people down into the depths of the lower emotions. And for the most part what those intrusive thoughts peddle is untrue! That’s why you’ve got to take back control of your mind by deflating those inner negative voices with logic. When you deflate the inner demons you will see things more realistically and your perception will shift. A Course In Miracles defines a miracle as a shift in perception because when you see things differently – things change.
Step 4: Release judgement and blaming. When you stop judging others you will no longer attract critical people who judge you. When you stop blaming and making excuses you begin taking responsibility for everything in your life. That’s a huge step up on the emotional scale. As your awareness of your thoughts and emotions grows you’re able to corral them back up to the higher levels before they can drag you down. Your thoughts and feelings are no longer “unconscious” where they can make you react on autopilot.
Step 5: Forgive yourself and everyone. It takes a lot of energy to hold onto resentments, anger and blame. When you don’t forgive it’s because somehow you think that withholding forgiveness is punishing the other person but the truth is it’s hurting you not them. It’s keeping you frozen in the lower emotions and in unhappiness.
One of the biggest obstacles to forgiving is pride. If you hear yourself thinking “How dare SHE or HE!” That is your pride keeping you stuck because of your need to be right. When you forgive your emotional state will rise to the higher levels and you’ll feel happy again.
Which of the negative emotions has been most problematic for you? Can you see how it’s suppressing your happiness? Are you ready to commit to the daily practice of raising your vibration?
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The Intuitively Inspired Life & the Hero’s Journey
Do You feel Called?
A week ago I spent the weekend with Oprah, that is me and about 2000 other people who attended her “The Life You Want Weekend” event in Newark, New Jersey.
The topic of living the life you want and following your life’s purpose is extremely relevant for me. I left two major careers to follow my bliss; I hope to get it right this time. As you can see, I’m passionate about exploring, writing and sharing this especially as it relates to intuition so I was really excited to attend the The Life You Want Weekend.
Oprah spoke for two hours about her own journey to discover and live her purpose. Her life story is and has always been inspiring and she is a moving speaker. I’m a long time fan so it was no surprise that I was transfixed and, judging from the silence in the stadium so were my fellow attendees.
The second day she presented a line up of great speakers from Mark Nepo, Elizabeth Gilbert and Rob Bell to Iyanla Vanzant to further explore the topic of living your purpose and living the life you want. Each of them were inspiring in their own way.
Light bulb moment
I had a major ‘aha’ when Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about Joseph Campbell‘s life work studying mythology and the universality of the “hero’s journey” which he wrote about in, “The Hero with A Thousand Faces.”
The myth of the hero’s journey pervades every culture
In countless stories throughout the ages mythical ordinary people follow the plot line of transformation to overcome fear, challenges, obstacles, and slay monsters to emerge as the hero.
The myth of the hero’s journey lives on because of all the everyday people, like you and me, who continue to embark on this journey.
To live this journey is to be transformed from the ordinary to extraordinary. It isn’t something you can assimilate intellectually. It has to be experienced and it is the only way to truly reach your peak potential.
My “aha” moment took place when I realized that the “intuitively inspired life” is living the hero’s journey. I wrote about living an intuitively inspired life in, The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of.
Living an intuitively inspired life is:
When you feel that pull inside that you were meant for something greater and allow your intuition to guide you toward it. Following it you will be led on a journey to places you never dreamed of, you will meet with incredible people and opportunities that you never dreamed of and in the end what you will discover is your authentic self, your true greatness and your life purpose.
Face your fears and leave the land of your comfort zone, no matter the cost.
Answer “the call” to be more, to live a bigger life, to fulfill your potential and greatness by being the hero in your own life and by doing what everyone else secretly wishes to do.
You will return from this journey a changed person and….
You will become a person who now dwells in the land of possibility
You will become a person who says “I can do it and I will do it.”
You will become a person who says, “Why not me?”
You will become a person who leads rather than follows.
And, you will become the fearless hero in your own life story.
So let me ask you, “Do you feel called?” How long will you wait to answer the call?
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A reader asks, “How do we forgive forever?”
I always assumed that once you forgave it was forever.
As I thought about this I recalled all the forgiveness work I had to do regarding a previous relationship.
It took a long, long time of repeatedly focusing on forgiving to “forgive forever.”
But after I had forgiven I could easily think of this person and wish them well whereas before, I couldn’t. Until I finally forgave every thought I had of the person brought up the anger and pain again. I worked on this continually though for nearly two years until I was free.
And that perhaps is the answer…
Unless the act we are forgiving only superficially wounded us, it’s going to take time to clear your heart of the negative emotions you’re hanging onto to get to being able to “forgive forever.”
Forgiveness has to be a daily effort.
One of the ways to clear your heart and forgive is to use a mantra such as the one from Ho’oponopono which is “an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.” (Wikipedia).
The mantra is:
I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.
Another powerful mantra that I have used is from Sahaja Yoga:
I forgive. I forgive everyone including myself.
You also have to want to forgive forever.
Some people say they do but really, deep down they enjoy being the victim and telling their story over and over. They’ve become emotionally addicted to the attention and sympathy they get when they tell their stories. If you hang onto to your story you’ll never forgive forever.
Another part of the forgiveness puzzle lies in actually “accepting” what has happened.
When you can’t accept what has happened what you’re really saying is that you cannot accept that your life has been changed forever. You are forcibly holding onto the past and what has been and deep down you’re probably not able to forgive yourself.
When someone does this it’s usually their way of not acknowledging fear and other toxic emotions such as guilt, humiliation, shame and embarrassment about how their lives have changed. The answer is to forgive yourself and then work on self-love and love for all of life in general.
Living with abuse
If the situation is ongoing – that’s entirely different. We all have free will and choice in our lives. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean putting up with abuse of any kind. Leave and end the relationship then begin working on forgiving.
It’s not going to be possible to forgive if you have a new fresh wound to heal each day. You’re not meant to be a martyr.
If you can’t leave – use the mantras and release the toxic emotions daily until you can leave.
The Scale of Consciousness
Holding onto anger and not forgiving someone ultimately hurts you not the person you’re angry with.
I had the privilege of seeing Dr. David R Hawkins demonstrate his “scale of consciousness” using muscle testing in 2007 while at an I Can Do It conference. The muscle testing clearly showed how what we feel and think affects the body. His work and many others since show that toxic emotions weaken the body and will eventually lead to illness.
Lower level emotions emit the lowest vibrations and hanging onto them does equate to “drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
Hawkins created a scale of consciousness based on these emotions. (Check it out here.)
True forgiveness is being at peace. You’ll know when you have forgiven forever when you’re able to think about what happened and no longer have your emotions provoked.
You can forgive forever in fact, I recommend it. Let go, forgive, forget and move on.
Are you still holding onto anger? What is it costing you to not forgive?