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Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Creating More Blessings

Creating More Blessings

It’s interesting to note that it is possible to expand your blessings by altering the flow of your mind. When you learn to focus on universal connection, the direction of life often changes.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Imagine blessings as a gentle, soft wind. If you stand in the wind, it lifts your hair, brings warmth, and makes delightful sounds. Imagine this as an energy, which you can feel and touch. It is moving gently through your life, and you receive its loveliness. (In general, people tend anticipate or feel anxiety about future. In this case, you are simply receiving.)
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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

‘A United Kingdom’ showcases the power of love

“A United Kingdom” (2016 production, 2017 release). Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo, Vusi Kunene, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Anastasia Hille, Arnold Oceng, Charlotte Hope, Theo Landey, Abena Ayvior, Jack Lowden, Madison Manowe. Director: Amma Asante. Screenplay: Guy Hibbert. Web site. Trailer.

The power of love is undeniable. In fact, when employed skillfully, it can work wonders, not only in interpersonal relationships, but also in circumstances that have wider ramifications, some of which may be unforeseen at the outset. That’s the surprising and amazing outcome for a romance once considered taboo, one even with international implications, as depicted in the new historical love story, “A United Kingdom.”

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Love & Happiness | 0 comments

The Sexiest Thing Ever

The Sexiest Thing Ever

This month, the Sklar Center live event is LIBIDO.  Along with tasting healthy, sexy chocolate, we are going to have a fun, informative time.  Of course, LIBIDO is a topic that can cause some discomfort and a little anxiety.  Or maybe you feel like that part of your life is dead and gone forever.  I have news for you–there are ways to resurrect it.

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Caregivers & Legacy, Contributing Expert, Designated Daughter, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Things to Come’ extols the joys of liberation

‘Things to Come’ extols the joys of liberation

“Things to Come” (“L’avenir”) (2016). Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Elise Lhomeau, Daniel Dray-Rabotnik, Guy-Patrick Sainderichen, Yves Heck, Rachel Arditi. Director: Mia Hansen-Løve. Screenplay: Mia Hansen-Løve. Web site. Trailer.

Having it made is something we all crave, right? The prospects of all of our material, vocational and emotional needs being met probably has tremendous appeal for most of us. But what happens when what we thought we wanted becomes a trap that keeps us from exploring other options? We may come to feel stifled, restricted and unfulfilled. But what do we do about it? Those are the questions raised in the thought-provoking new French melodrama, “Things to Come” (“L’avenir”).

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Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

The Musical Spell for LOVE

The Musical Spell for LOVE

Music creates feelings.  I think at Valentine’s Day the question is, “Can music create love?” Feelings, such as love and the energy of music are more connected than we ever imagined! Both energies have waves, which combine in close proximity.

Recall how the sound track of a movie makes you feel. The sound-waves play your “feelings,” as if your body is a harp. Music triggers your feelings, hence music can indeed enhance love.

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

The Best Christmas Recipe

The Best Christmas Recipe

Secrets of Christmas Past

Must buy the perfect present… What to have for Christmas dinner… Get those Christmas cookies baked. When are we trimming the tree? Clean the house… Who will I be with this Christmas? YIKES – I CANNOT HANDLE THIS: ( … Stress! Stress! Stress!

These familiar feelings of dread make a sharp contrast with the true significance of Christmas – Peace on Earth, Goodwill, Joy and Love; Celebration! So how do we reconcile the hustle and bustle and Christmas EXHAUSTION – with the deep feelings of peace and love that we all want?

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Loving’ depicts its namesake’s undeniable power

‘Loving’ depicts its namesake’s undeniable power

“Loving” (2016). Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Will Dalton, Winter-Lee Holland, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Marton Csokas, Bill Camp, David Jensen, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass, Sharon Blackwood, Andrene Ward-Hammond, Jennifer Joyner, Jevin Crochrell, Jordan Williams Jr., Georgia Crawford, Brenan Young, Dalyn M. Cleckley, Quinn McPherson. Director: Jeff Nichols. Screenplay: Jeff Nichols. Web site. Trailer.

Who we fall in love with is no one’s business but our own. However, it wasn’t always that way. As recently as the 1960s, interracial marriage was illegal in a number of states. But, in the end, laws weren’t enough to separate those whose love destined them to be together. One couple’s precedent-setting fight to assert this fundamental right provides the basis for the touching new historical drama, “Loving.”

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Flowers’ celebrates empathy, kindness

‘Flowers’ celebrates empathy, kindness

“Flowers” (“Loreak”) (2014 production, 2015 release). Cast: Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Aizpuru, Josean Bengoetxea, Egoitz Lasa, Ane Gabarain, José Ramón Soroiz, Jox Berasategui, Mikel Laskurain, Aitor Odriozola, Unax Odriozola. Directors: Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. Screenplay: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. Web site. Trailer.

In a world filled with coldness and cynicism, acts of unsolicited kindness have, unfortunately, come to be seen by many as anomalous gestures, deeds almost to be viewed with suspicion. It’s truly sad that we’ve reached such a point, one where we question the sincere altruism of others, convinced that there must be an agenda behind those actions. But need it be that way? That’s one of the key questions posed in the meditative Spanish drama, “Flowers” (“Loreak”), now available on video on demand.

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 2 comments

When the World is Changing

When the World is Changing

When the whole world is changing, it’s helpful to remember how change can become the vehicle for your “right” destination.  Everyone desires change, but it’s easy to encounter resistance during the process. Almost everyone experiences stress (resistance) when listening to the soul because it means living life in an entirely, different way.

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Working with the Heart Space 

Working with the Heart Space 

The colors of light symbolize specific qualities of energy, and pink light represents love. By sending light, we can transmute and alter many situations, and pink light is highly effective. The mystery of the heart space is represented by a rose in Hermetic studies. In introductory exercises,  lessons focus on imagining a perfect rose in the area of the heart. By focusing on the rose, it’s possible to understand the beauty of the heart space and its emanation of pink light when united with the universe.

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘I Smile Back’ charts the struggle to hold on to one’s life

‘I Smile Back’ charts the struggle to hold on to one’s life

“I Smile Back” (2015). Cast: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner, Shayne Coleman, Thomas Sadoski, Mia Barron, Sean Reda, Terry Kinney, Oona Laurence, Chris Sarandon. Director: Adam Salky. Screenplay: Paige Dylan and Amy Koppelman. Web site. Trailer.

Having it all should be enough for happiness and contentment, right? But what if it’s not? What if it masks an underlying emptiness driven by inexplicable feelings of unrelenting sadness, past regrets and compulsive behaviors aimed at paving over that pain? That’s the struggle faced by an upscale housewife whose life is slipping away from her in the gripping drama, “I Smile Back,” now available on DVD and video on demand.

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Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Marguerite’ wrestles with passion, truth and denial

‘Marguerite’ wrestles with passion, truth and denial

“Marguerite” (2015 production, 2016 release). Cast: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mponga, Sylvain Dieuaide, Aubert Fenoy, Sophia Leboutte, Théo Cholbi, Astrid Whettnall, Vincent Schmitt, Boris Hybner. Director: Xavier Giannoli. Screenplay: Xavier Giannoli and Marcia Romano. Web site. Trailer.

It would be great if we could all realize our most cherished dreams, wouldn’t it? In many ways that’s entirely possible. But, in others, it can be a pipe dream, a frustrating exercise in wishful thinking – unless, of course, we figure out how to miraculously beat the odds. Those determined souls don’t know the meaning of failure or unrealistic expectations, as seen in the quirky new French comedy, “Marguerite.”

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ celebrates starting over

‘Hello, My Name is Doris’ celebrates starting over

“Hello, My Name is Doris” (2016). Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Peter Gallagher, Beth Behrs, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Elizabeth Reaser, Isabella Acres, Caroline Aaron, Natasha Lyonne, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Wisecky, Rich Sommer, Don Stark, Kyle Mooney. Director: Michael Showalter. Screenplay: Laura Terruso and Michael Showalter. Short Film Source Material: Laura Terruso, “Doris & the Intern.” Web site. Trailer.

For those who feel life has passed them by, the onset of one’s golden years can be demoralizing. It’s easy to embrace regrets, feeling as though there’s no hope for the future. But need it be so? Can we realistically start over late in the game? Those are some of the questions put to an aging eccentric spinster in the quirky new independent comedy-drama, “Hello, My Name is Doris.”

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Enlightenment, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

The Magic of Rain Dances

The Magic of Rain Dances

All over the globe for thousands of years, ancient people performed rain dances. With no successes this practice would die out. Apparently it worked. I was curious – what is it about the rain dance, the singing and dancing that helps it to rain? Music was a tool that was used in ancient times for many practical purposes, such as making rain for drinking and crops. We have long forgotten the practical value of sound and music.

With my detective coat on and magnifying glasses in hand I went on a venture to discover how does a rain dance work?

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Smart Women Tips | 0 comments

Bullying

Bullying

As I helped my daughter pack for choir camp, I noticed she didn’t seem very excited to go. Her underwhelming enthusiasm didn’t make sense. Choir has always been her place to shine. She worked hard to earn a spot in the audition-only group and she had always looked forward to the annual trip with her fellow singers.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Grandma’ provides an exercise in self-discovery

‘Grandma’ provides an exercise in self-discovery

Grandma“Grandma” (2015). Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Sam Elliott, Elizabeth Peña, Laverne Cox, Nat Wolff, John Cho, Meg Crosbie, Frank Cullison, Colleen Camp. Director: Paul Weitz. Screenplay: Paul Weitz. Web site. Trailer.

How well do we know ourselves? As anyone who has ventured off on a spiritual quest or undergone therapy can attest, this can be a remarkable process, full of surprises, revelations, joys and heartache. It often emerges out of the unlikeliest of scenarios, too, as evidenced in the touching new comedy-drama, “Grandma.”

Writer-lecturer Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) has experienced more than her share of upheavals of late. With the passing of her soul mate, Violet, 18 months ago, Elle found herself saddled with an inconsolable sense of loss ‒ and a mountain of medical bills. Needless to say, these circumstances weighed quite heavily on her. But, as difficult as these trials were, little does she know that there are even more to come.

Drawing upon her vast reserves of resilience and determination, Elle vowed not to let these setbacks keep her from living her life. She actively took steps to move on, such as marshalling all of her assets to pay off her debts and seeking companionship with a new (albeit significantly younger) partner, Olivia (Judy Greer). However, these measures ultimately proved only marginally successful. Eliminating the pile of outstanding medical bills left Elle debt-free but virtually penniless, and her four-month relationship with Olivia quickly collapsed under the weight of her unresolved grief. Sadly, despite these seemingly hopeful, well-intentioned efforts, Elle now finds herself broke and alone.

But, just when Elle thinks matters can’t get any worse, her 16-year-old granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), shows up on her doorstep in need of cash. When Elle asks her what the money is for, Sage confesses that she needs it for an abortion. Once the initial shock wears off, Elle agrees to help her as soon as she receives a check that’s due her. But Sage insists she can’t wait; she says she needs the funds in time for her medical appointment – later that same day. And so, with that setup, this unlikely duo takes off in search of $630 before sunset. They embark on an extraordinary journey filled with laughter, tears, quarreling, secrets and more swearing than one would hear in a bar full of sailors.

In the course of their fundraising odyssey, Elle and Sage cross paths with an array of characters from their respective pasts and presents, including the father of Sage’s child (Nat Wolff), a longtime friend and tattoo artist (Laverne Cox), a snarly café owner (Elizabeth Peña) and an old flame from Elle’s flirtation with heterosexuality (Sam Elliott). There’s also a contentious encounter with Elle’s daughter and Sage’s mother, Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), a high-powered, overcaffeinated corporate type with a knack for intimidating everyone she meets. It’s a day full of ups and downs. But Elle is determined to find a way to help her granddaughter, and anyone who gets in her way had better watch out, as an unsuspecting barista (John Cho) discovers for himself.

However, even though the focus of this outing is to get help for Sage, as the day’s events unfold, it gradually becomes apparent that this undertaking is as much about Elle as it is about her granddaughter. Specifically, circumstances nudge Elle into addressing the many unresolved issues in her life, both from her past and her present. And, to that end, Elle is forced into coming to terms with herself, getting in touch with who she really is and why she acts as she does. It turns out to quite an eventful day, one that has the potential to change lives for all concerned.

Through this exercise in self-confrontation, Elle comes face to face with her true nature, one based on the beliefs she holds about herself and her life, the very building blocks of her existence and the foundation of the conscious creation process that brings it into being. The elements of her surrounding reality reflect those beliefs, providing her with a mirror of her own intents. And, as a result, Elle gets to see her inner self projected outwardly into physical form through the people she meets and the events that transpire.

For example, on numerous occasions, viewers witness Elle’s self-acknowledged fiercely protective nature, a quality that readily springs forth when needed, such as in her dealings with Cam, the irresponsible father of Sage’s child. She’s also supremely generous, as becomes apparent in reminiscences with Deathy, her tattoo artist friend. Elle clearly takes pride in these traits, attributes that illuminate the strength of her character.

By the same token, audiences also get to see Elle’s self-absorbed side, another quality of which she’s keenly aware but that she frequently tries to deny or casually disregard. On the one hand, she unapologetically embraces this aspect of her nature, but, on the other, she attempts to bury it under layers of denial or flip dismissiveness. In both cases, however, this characteristic often carries heavy consequences and tends to rub people the wrong way, as Olivia and Karl can clearly attest. And, once Elle starts to become aware of this, she must ask herself whether she wants to continue such behavior. Indeed, does she really want to be known as a selfish, self-avowed, self-created pariah?

Then there’s Elle’s troubled relationship with Judy, an association almost exclusively based on conflict. They rarely see one another, and Elle even hesitates contacting her now. This separation has emerged mainly because she abhors her daughter’s overbearing personality. But, then, given Elle’s behavior, is it any wonder where Judy gets it from? It should come as no surprise that Judy’s demeanor is another reflection of Elle’s internal beliefs. Judy thus acts as a mirror, showing Elle an aspect of her true nature that she’d probably rather ignore but that she’ll have to address if she ever hopes for things to be different between them.

Taken collectively, these incidents provide Elle with a powerful exercise in self-discovery. It forces her to examine, address and understand why her life has unfolded – and continues to unfold – as it has. Does she want more of the same going forward? Or do these circumstances provide her with the catalytic spark she needs to turn her life in a new direction? Given that she’s intentionally drawn these conditions into her life, it would seem that she’s looking to make a change (or to at least probe its viability). What she does with this opportunity, however, depends on the beliefs she holds – and implements – as she moves into her own future. It’s quite a revelatory experience. (And here all this time she merely thought she was helping Sage.)

“Grandma” is easily one of the year’s best releases thus far, a flat-out winner that never fails to entertain in both its comedic and dramatic aspects. Tomlin gives a virtuoso performance that is already earning her much-deserved awards buzz. But Tomlin is not alone when it comes to fine acting; she’s supported by an excellent cast of cohorts, especially Harden, Elliott and Garner. None of this would happen, however, were it not for the film’s solid script, which, despite a few contrivances, is strong from start to finish.

It’s also refreshing to see a movie that depicts the lives of same-sex couples with the sort of easy, matter-of-fact attitude on display here. Elle’s relationships with Violet and Olivia are taken as readily accepted givens, with no particularly special attention paid to their existence, as evidenced in the breezy, no-nonsense comments Sage and Judy make about them. One can only hope this is the start of a trend that other film narratives won’t hesitate to adopt.

If nothing else, “Grandma” effectively illustrates how helping others ultimately enables us to help ourselves. What begins as the provision of assistance for a young woman in trouble gradually evolves into an aging spirit taking stock of her life and what she wants for the future. It’s an example we can all draw from, both in our dealings with others – and with ourselves.

Copyright © 2015, by Brent Marchant. All rights reserved.

BrentMarchantGolden2A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the author of Get the Picture?!: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies (ISBN 978-1505570166, 2014) and Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction (ISBN 978-1495976643, 2014), both of which provide reader-friendly looks at how the practice of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) is illustrated through film. He’s currently working on several additional publishing projects as well.

Brent maintains an ongoing blog about metaphysical cinema and other self-empowerment topics on his web site (www.BrentMarchant.com). He is also Featured Contributor, Arts & Entertainment, for VividLife magazine (www.VividLife.me) and a regular contributor to New Consciousness Review magazine and radio (www.ncreview.com). His additional writing credits include submissions to Library JournalBeliefNetNew Age News and Master Heart Magazine. He’s a frequent guest on various Internet and broadcast radio shows, as well as a regular presenter at conscious creation conferences. Brent holds a B.A. in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and resides in Chicago.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

How Sacred Geometry Can Create Strong Energetic Boundaries and Activate your Light Body

How Sacred Geometry Can Create Strong Energetic Boundaries and Activate your Light Body

flower of lifeThis is the final segment in this series which has examined the issue of feeling highly sensitive or empathic to other people and their emotions, or to chaotic noisy or low energy environments that can leave you feeling zapped. I wanted to introduce you to some of the advanced technologies that I use and teach that have had profound impacts on my ability to hold my “space” at a much higher level, and not get drained or zapped by what is going on around me.

For many years I was intrigued by the concept of sacred geometry yet turned off by the scholarly tomes I found on the topic that defeated me before I could even begin to read them. Gratefully I found a mentor, Jim Self of Mastering Alchemy, who introduced this ancient wisdom in a practical experiential way.

In a nutshell, Sacred Geometry is the blueprint of Creation and the genesis of all form. It is an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of Creation organizes itself. On every scale, every natural pattern of growth or movement conforms inevitably to one or more geometric shapes.

The strands of our DNA, the cornea of our eye, snowflakes, pine cones, flower petals, diamond crystals, the branching of trees, a nautilus shell, the star we spin around, the galaxy we spiral within, the air we breathe, and all life forms as we know them emerge out of timeless geometric codes.

The ancients knew that these patterns were codes symbolic of our own inner realm and that the experience of sacred geometry was essential to the education of the soul. Viewing and contemplating these forms can allow us to gaze directly at the face of deep wisdom and glimpse the inner workings of The Universal Mind.

More practically, we can build and activate these sacred forms such as the octahedron and star tetrahedron to create a protective field around ourselves that strengthens our ability to hold higher states of consciousness more easily. Like adding extra antennae to the Divine, you can hold achieve and hold higher vibrations more easily.

There are incredible spiritual, healing and energy management benefits of sacred geometry for both people and animals. I have even constructed the geometries over my property to keep my house and garden at a higher vibration.

When I taught this energy technique in one of my Quantum Creating retreats, my sister achieved her first experience of true Bliss when we activated the octahedron. A client in California had immediate relief from a life-time of back pain. When I offer this geometric activation to animals to support their health and stability, most of them accept and immediately feel more ease.

Not the least of the benefits is to be able to maintain healthy energetic boundaries and a more stable personal energy field that supports you in holding your own space more strongly and not being impacted by other people and chaotic environments.

In short, you create a sacred environment or “containment field of Light” or “Light- Body” to live in. Your Light-Body is a grid work of light and sacred geometric shapes that bring together your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being. This body radiates light energy and electromagnetically links your multi-dimensional self with the infinite universe, allowing your body to be less dense and freer to express itself, so you can manifest your unique talents and soul purpose.

Who wouldn’t want to live in that dream house?

Though they are a bit more of an advanced energy technology which I teach more fully in my live courses, once you learn how to construct and activate sacred geometries, they can assist highly sensitive and spiritual people on every level to balance and clear emotions, achieve high states of awareness and bliss, and feel stable and strong in their body no matter what is going on around you.

While it takes some effort and consistent practice, if you apply all of these techniques, it is possible for a highly sensitive or empathic person to remain totally open and aware, without shutting down, and also to live in the world much more comfortably.

You may even discover the hidden benefits of this special gift of sensitivity to totally outweigh the challenges along the way, as I have, and many of my clients can attest.  It is hard to describe the exquisite pleasure and awe of being able to feel the pain in another being’s heart, know what is troubling their mind, and bring so much peace and ease as you speak directly to their Soul.

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

The secret to dealing with being highly sensitive or empathic and feeling flooded with other people’s energies and emotions is to learn how to manage your personal energy and your energy field or aura.

The next two articles are the final segments in this series which has examined the issue of feeling highly sensitive to other people and their emotions (empath), or even to chaotic, noisy or low energy environments that can leave you feeling drained or overwhelmed.

We discussed energy techniques in Part III of this series to help you not to take on or absorb other people’s energy. Two of the techniques can be combined to more powerfully assist you to hold your space no matter what is going on around you.

In order to really master the technique of “calling in your energy field” you can add the Rose tool to demarcate the edge of your bio-field. The bio-field, or aura, is the subtle energy that both permeates and surrounds the physical body.

Advanced Practice: Calling in your Field Using the Rose Technique

This exercise is best perfected with a partner. First practice being aware of where your auric field ends by having someone stand a good distance away from you. If you have a large field you may need to go outdoors even to make sure they are outside the edge of your personal energy field. It helps if they are also a bit sensitive to energy.

First it is good to ground your energy using your grounding cord (see Part III) so you can be more centered and aware of your body. Bring your attention out of your mind and become aware of how you feel in your body.

Then “soft focus” your eyes on the floor in front of you rather than looking at the person’s face directly. This keeps you focused on the field rather than any thoughts more specifically coming from your partner.

Have them walk slowly toward you, and notice when you start to feel a tad uncomfortable. If you feel or notice no sensations they may still be in your field and will need to step even further away from you. It may feel strong like an invasion of your space, or mild like a subtle pressure or pushing or even tingling sensation. That is most likely the edge of your field.

You can have the person step back and forth over that area to feel more certainty. Your partner may also notice the edge of your field when they enter it in a similar way, sensing a pushing or thicker more resistant wall of energy.

Now you have identified the edge of your personal energy field, or in other words, where you end and someone else begins. Place the image of a rose with a long stem, at the edge of your field as a visual marker or focus point. Have your partner step back a bit and start moving slowly toward you, but this time every step they take, adjust your field closer to you by moving your rose which represent the edge of your field midway between you and them.

I am happy to report that I was able to walk around a NY Expo with 12,000 attendees, and consistently keep my energy field so tight around me for two whole days that I was not affected by the seriously chaotic jam-packed environment.  I was able to manage my nerves of presenting an important proposal, and stay in a wonderful relaxed, connected centered space the entire trip.  This was a personal miracle for me!

The purpose here is to contract your energy field tighter around your body, so that another person’s energy is not flowing through your field. This does take practice. It is best to become adept at pulling in your field when it doesn’t count, rather than waiting till you are at a huge conference or store and feeling bombarded.

Next: How Sacred Geometry Can Create Strong Energetic Boundaries and Activate your Light Body

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Healthy Living/Healthy Body, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

How You Can Claim Your Super-Power and Use Your Sensitivity to Great Advantage at Work, in Relationships, or as a Healer or Coach

How You Can Claim Your Super-Power and Use Your Sensitivity to Great Advantage at Work, in Relationships, or as a Healer or Coach

Beautiful woman in superhero costume over gray backgroundIf you are plagued by feeling like you are overly sensitive, or an empath and emotionally affected by other people, you may really want to review the previous articles in this series  We examined the topic of super-sensitivity, or Highly Sensitive Person as it is now called, that can leave you feeling unusually drained, overwhelmed, as if you are a lightning rod for everyone else’s emotions.

We covered several great energy tools to clear your personal energy field, and also several targeted intentions and even Soul Agreements to consciously reset your healthy energy boundaries, so you are not “taking on other peoples’ stuff.”

Now that you have some great techniques to more easily manage your energy and your super sensitivity, it is time to fully claim your Super-Power. For truly, heightened sensitivity is the hallmark of greater awareness and higher consciousness.

So the first thing I want you to do is to become aware of how you think about yourself. Do you complain that you are cursed being so sensitive? It may be a good time to restate this idea and begin to unwrap the precious gift that is awaiting you. I wouldn’t be the healer and teacher I am today if I didn’t learn to unpack and cultivate these intuitive qualities of the empath or sensitive.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive in the Workplace

In the workplace, your super-sensitivity can be a very valuable asset. This gift allows you to know/sense/feel what other people are thinking or feeling without being told. They may not even realize yet what they are experiencing!

So with your boss, co-workers, or clients, when you pick up something energetically you can address this directly or indirectly to help them feel safer and let them know that you understand their unique feelings or perspective.

When making presentations or sales, you can more fluidly handle objections that have not even been raised; and anticipate reactions as you may actually feel the energy shift before they even acknowledge it mentally or articulate verbally.

Being highly sensitive and feeling allows you to tailor your talks and presentations more to each audience, as you can more precisely gauge their unspoken reactions and address it more specifically.

I am very aware that when I speak to different groups, I am able to sense who is taking it in, and who may be a bit challenged or need more time or a different approach. I watch in awe sometimes as even my language or examples can be totally unique as I attune to a particular group.

In decision-making, your sensitivity can serve you really well as you begin to navigate how you feel when something is aligned with you or not. You have a much better navigation system as a result, and can avoid costly mistakes and time wasted going down a path that is not in your or your business’ best interests.

Many successful business leaders have channeled their sensitivity and “follow their gut” in hiring, market trends, who to partner with, and decision-making.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive in Relationships

In relationships, your sensitivity and intuition allows you to be more skillful at sorting out what is yours and also what is not yours. This allows you to speak more clearly about what you feel is going on under the surface, both for you and others, which can totally break open a pattern that perhaps was never seen or understood with that depth of clarity before. Your increased empathy can make someone else feel uniquely seen and understood.

When you use the Rose tool to make separations, and realize that what you are feeling may not be yours, it is easier to be more detached and therefore not so reactive. Many arguments have been dissipated in this way, and have led to major personal breakthroughs and much happier relationships.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive with Animals

When you are with animals, your high sensitivity will allow you to feel with more clarity what is going on with them. While it takes some practice to listen on a telepathic level, being sensitive to energy and emotion will give you a heads up when something is brewing with your beloved animals well before there are more obvious symptoms. This gives you the opportunity to begin addressing any upsets or imbalances before they progress into illness or behavior problems.

Benefits of Being Highly Sensitive as a Healer

This is where it really gets fun. As a healer, you are already being asked to support the client or friend you are working with so the door is much more open for a deeper exploration of any sensations, emotions or thought-forms that you are picking up.

It is important to note that you may need to ask permission to share these types of insights if you normally have not, and I have found everyone is open once I explain it. I say something like this: “Sometimes when I am doing energy work I may get impressions or sensations or other types of information. Would it be okay if I share those with you?”

I also refrain from the trap of being “right” in my interpretations and always trying to figure it all out first before I share my subtle impressions or sensations.  I just share it the way I receive it, and do my best to describe it.  Then I may add what I feel it may mean, but I also allow the recipient some room to decode it and extract their own interpretations.

In conclusion, there are endless applications for fully utilizing your “sensitivity” and transform it into a super-power that will bring you much more clarity, connection and enjoyment of your higher consciousness.

Now that you are no longer feeling burdened by being so sensitive, or feeling like you are doing something really wrong, how can you now more fully embrace your gifts of super-sensitivity and claim your super-powers? Sometimes just reframing something from a problem to a possibility–or even a special gift–can be life-altering.

Next:  Advanced Techniques to Manage your Energy Field So You are not Running Everyone’s Energy Through your Own Body

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Enlightenment, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Soul Agreements: How to Up-level Your Sacred Contracts So You Can Better Manage Your Super-Sensitivity and Empathic Nature

Soul Agreements: How to Up-level Your Sacred Contracts So You Can Better Manage Your Super-Sensitivity and Empathic Nature

heart earthIn the last article you received several ways to more successfully manage your energy so you don’t take on other people’s “stuff” e.g. negative thoughts and emotions that can make you feel drained and confused.

Another crucial element in managing your sensitivity to other people’s energies, thoughts and emotions may need to be addressed. You may not be aware of it, but everyone comes into this life with certain “soul agreements” or beliefs, that relate to your purpose and passion. For me, it has always been a clear theme to “help” people, first as a legal aid lawyer, then family and youth counselor, AIDS hospice work and eventually as an intuitive energy healer with a passion for helping animals.

Though I was very passionate about each of these roles, I often felt overwhelmed with the extent of suffering I witnessed and felt there was never enough of me to go around. I really hit the wall right before four hurricanes hit Florida in 2004. I tore my rotator cuff, and putting up shutters was excruciating. Then it became totally frozen and I could barely move my arm.

You know it is really bad when several chiropractors even recommended surgery! I did not feel ripping it open was the way to heal, and I decided I needed to go much deeper into energy healing. I sought out a lot of help from different healers, and it has healed completely.

One of the wonderful insights that came out of that challenging time that I had no awareness of was that I had a “soul agreement” to “heal Mother Earth and feel all of her changes, and heal anyone I come across, including animals.”

This explained a ton about my work with the animals, crystals and my deep connection to nature. During the hurricanes I kept saying that “it feels like they are happening inside me.” I was a wreck…imagine how small one person is and how huge the planet is. What was I thinking??

While this agreement was very specific to me and my role, often with all good intentions we create very broad sweeping intentions or agreements like this one and then wonder why we are feeling so overwhelmed. This is why it may be very helpful to refine your big why or “soul contracts.”

If you don’t have a clue what they are, look at your life. What is super important to you? What them runs through everything you are drawn to? But even if you don’t have the specific clarity, you can work more generically to up level your agreements.

Set new clear general intentions

The rationale here is that your original beliefs or intentions may have been too broad or without healthy boundaries, making it difficult or even impossible to accomplish them effectively.

  1. Declare: “I only work with energies that are for my Highest Good”.

This simple yet strong intention will help anyone who deals with people and their problems or illnesses so you don’t unconsciously feel that you need to “share” anything or run the energy through your body in order to help.

  1. Declare: “I learn through my wisdom and knowing.”

Was it necessary for me to feel four hurricanes in great detail? While my intuitive feeling helped me know they were coming so we could prepare, I really wasn’t any good to anyone immobilized in agony.

This new intention has helped many empathic intuitives like me shift into learning more directly without having to “experience” everything. Now my “feeling gift” is only there to support my knowing; once I acknowledge it consciously, the feeling of others, animals or the environment dissipates.

How to Refine Your Soul Agreement or Contract

While you can’t really change a core soul contract, you can refine and up level how you accomplish it so you can expand your impact. Since everyone’s may be slightly unique to them, the best way I can explain it is to give you the example of how I accomplished this.

For instance, my core agreement is to be a catalyst for transformation and healing. Yet the dramatic hurricane experience showed me that I had made it way too broad, and without any healthy boundaries for my own physicality. I was not very efficient or effective if I was constantly feeling everything and getting drained. And I was not teaching anyone “to fish” if I went to Wal-Mart and gave my healing energy away to everyone and they never even asked, and certainly would not know how to empower themselves if I continued in that way.

So I installed a new more refined SOUL AGREEMENT: “I continue to teach and heal more effectively and efficiently so I can serve more people (and animals) that truly want and value what I have to offer.” So many aspects shifted and wonderful opportunities appeared in my practice it is too numerous to mention; yet I can tell you to get ready to have your mission and purpose super-sized in surprising and amazing ways!

Next: How You Can Claim Your Super-Power and Use Your Sensitivity to Great Advantage at Work, in Relationships, and as a Healer or Coach

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Inspirational Audio & Video, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘In My Dreams’ assesses matters of perspective

‘In My Dreams’ assesses matters of perspective

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“I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015). Cast: Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Martin Starr, Malin Akerman, Mark Adair-Rios, Max Gail. Director: Brett Haley. Screenplay: Marc Basch and Brett Haley. Web site. Trailer.

Are you happy with your life? Does it bring you the satisfaction and fulfillment you seek? Or does it fall below expectations? If it comes up short, why do you think that’s so? Answers to these thorny questions may be elusive, but, when they reveal themselves, they may be full of surprises, especially when it comes to identifying who’s responsible for the nature of one’s existence. It’s an unlikely subject for exploration in a romantic comedy-drama, but that’s just what happens in the new heartfelt release, “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) knows a lot about love and loss. Having been widowed 20 years earlier, when her adoring husband was tragically killed in a plane crash, the spry 70-something now spends most of her days on her own, living alone in a small but comfortable home. She has a close circle of card-playing friends who live in a nearby retirement community (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place), and she periodically receives visits from her daughter, Kath (Malin Akerman). But the fear of being hurt again is so strong that she rarely ventures outside her limited daily routine. It’s all very controlled and very safe but also very lonely.

Carol seems resigned to her fate (albeit with an often-forced cheerful resolve). Her friends try to involve her more in life, encouraging her to partake in activities like speed dating and going on group vacations. She appreciates their intentions, and sometimes she even follows their suggestions. For the most part, though, she’s content being a hermit. However, when more losses occur – most notably the passing of her faithful dog, Hazel – she finds she can’t hide from life’s disappointments forever.

Quite unexpectedly, Carol receives several significant nudges encouraging her to become re-engaged with life. First, she develops a chummy drinking buddy relationship with her youthful new pool man, Lloyd (Martin Starr), an aspiring musician in search of himself who feels a nearly constant sense of disappointment when things don’t work out in his career. Having been in the music business herself at one point, Carol identifies with his circumstances. But, more importantly, she feels for Lloyd, believing him to be far too young to be so woefully hopeless. She periodically joins him for drinks and karaoke sessions to prop up his spirits, opportunities for her to hear what he’s got – and through which she can show off what she can still do.

An even bigger surprise comes when she meets Bill Young (Sam Elliott), a handsome, sexy, wealthy retiree who lives in the same community as her bridge partners. The attraction and chemistry between the two is palpable and nearly instantaneous, but Carol shows some hesitation, fearing how she might react if things don’t work out. But, despite such reluctance, she also realizes that she’s still in the world of the living and that, if she wants the remainder of her time to be worthwhile, she had better become involved in it. The question she must ask herself, though, “Is that the right decision?”

Carol’s experience offers an excellent examination of matters of perspective. How does (or should) she respond to the circumstances that present themselves? Is disappointment something that gives us justification to retreat into solitude? Or is it something that’s part and parcel of life that we must learn to live with? Rolling with the punches might not be easy for many of us, but is it proper to let despair define our outlook on our existence? That is what Carol must come to decide.

Working through such circumstances could be considerably easier if we realize that our reactions are based on our beliefs, which, according to conscious creation theory, dictate the nature of the reality we experience. If Carol were to believe, based on what she’s gone through, that life inherently sucks, then she’ll get an existence in line with such thinking. However, if she were to believe that happiness and satisfaction are indeed possible, then it’s just as likely her reality will embody those qualities instead.

Under circumstances like these, it’s also important to understand how those conditions arise in the first place. Like all of us, Carol’s reality is based on her beliefs, which are faithfully reflected in the world around her. That scenario may not always be pleasant, but it does provide her with a valuable opportunity for a significant life lesson associated with the foregoing principles. If she has created those conditions, then there must have been some part of her who wanted to gain that experience, no matter how difficult it is at times.

Realizing that is relevant for two reasons. First, it provides us a better understanding of how physical reality works. It’s inherently filled with highs and lows, and the sooner we come to accept that, the more we’ll be able to glean from the experience. Naïvely embracing viewpoints that life is all positive or all negative doesn’t give us a true picture of how this form of existence operates. We can’t appreciate the sunshine, for example, without also experiencing the rain. The same applies across all of life’s events, and the sooner we understand and accept this, the better off we’ll be to make the most of this expression of reality.

Second, this realization introduces us to the concept of living in the moment. As conscious creation advocate Jane Roberts contended in her writings, the only point in time over which we have any direct control is the present. The past is behind us, and the future is yet to arrive (and could take myriad unforeseen forms). Yet many of us mistakenly try to take up residence in those other time frames, allowing them to skew our perspectives. We may be able to shape the direction in which our life heads, but that will ultimately be based on the beliefs we hold about it, many of which could be influenced by our past. Consequently, if we were to find our prevailing beliefs stuck in the malaise of disappointing circumstances that we experienced previously, it’s not unrealistic to think that we might continue to draw upon them in our present to characterize the future that lies ahead. Is that something we really want to do? As Roberts often observed, the point of power is in the present, so we had better make best use of that principle if we want to realize an existence that’s in line with our wishes.

If Carol wants to make the most of her life, such awareness is crucial. She’s spent much of the past two decades trapped by beliefs that life is typified by loss. First there was giving up her music career, then there was the death of her husband and then the passing of Hazel. But what of the friendship of her card partners? Her loving daughter? Her new drinking buddy? Her health and vitality? And, now, Bill (a name, ironically enough, shared by her deceased husband)? Those elements of her life surely can’t be characterized as “losses,” but do Carol’s beliefs allow her to fully appreciate those manifestations? She’s certainly got something to think about – as do we when it comes to assessing our own circumstances. The lesson may be coming to her rather well on into her life, but, as they say, better late than never.

“I’ll See You in My Dreams” is an emotional, heart-tugging comedy-drama that drives home its points well, even if it does so in an overly talky manner at times. Some well-considered tweaks in the writing and editing would have helped a lot in this regard. To its credit, the film makes effective use of comic relief, showing us the lighter moments we can enjoy in life (provided we allow ourselves to see them that way). The picture also features terrific performances across the board, especially Danner, who is already being looked on as a possible awards season contender. She has a terrific chemistry with the remainder of the ensemble, who turn in some of their best work here as well.

Owning our existence is something we all must do if we’re to understand how the reality we experience arises in our lives. That may not always be easy, but, when we embrace a perspective on life that accurately reflects its true nature, we give ourselves an opportunity to live it to the fullest. Should we do that, we’ll realize a richness of experience that we may have never thought possible, something that’s especially important when our days are waning. But, whether we learn the lesson early or later on in life, what matters most is that we get it, to make all those dreams come true.

Copyright © 2015, by Brent Marchant. All rights reserved.

BrentMarchantGolden2A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the author of Get the Picture?!: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies (ISBN 978-1505570166, 2014) and Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction (ISBN 978-1495976643, 2014), both of which provide reader-friendly looks at how the practice of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) is illustrated through film. He’s currently working on several additional publishing projects as well.

Brent maintains an ongoing blog about metaphysical cinema and other self-empowerment topics on his web site (www.BrentMarchant.com). He is also Featured Contributor, Arts & Entertainment, for VividLife magazine (www.VividLife.me) and a regular contributor to New Consciousness Review magazine and radio (www.ncreview.com). His additional writing credits include submissions to Library JournalBeliefNetNew Age News and Master Heart Magazine. He’s a frequent guest on various Internet and broadcast radio shows, as well as a regular presenter at conscious creation conferences. Brent holds a B.A. in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and resides in Chicago.

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

‘Madding Crowd’ celebrates choice, independence, discernment

‘Madding Crowd’ celebrates choice, independence, discernment

“Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015). Cast: Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden. Director: Thomas Vinterberg. Screenplay: David Nicholls. Book: Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd. Web site. Trailer.

Many of us are favorably impressed by those savvy individuals who exude confidence and have a knack for self-assuredness. Their independent spirits make them objects of emulation. Indeed, who wouldn’t want to be like them? Regrettably, a good many of us look upon them in intimidation or envy, wishing we could follow their leads (and frequently believing that we can’t). But looking to their experiences is exactly what we should do if we ever hope to change our own circumstances. One particularly inspiring example is more than amply set by the Victorian heroine in the classic Thomas Hardy novel, “Far from the Madding Crowd,” recently released in a beautiful new cinematic adaptation.

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Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, right), mistress of a large though somewhat-rundown farm, seeks to reverse the manor’s fortunes with the aid of her trusted confidante, Liddy (Jessica Barden, left), in the latest cinematic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic Victorian novel, “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Anyone who thinks they can “tame” Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) is in for a rude awakening. Even though the independent, self-confident, charismatic young woman’s approach to life is rather uncommon for 19th Century England, she makes it perfectly clear that she will do as she will, no matter what others may say or think (especially men). She particularly enjoys challenges, and, when she inherits a sizable though somewhat-rundown farm from her uncle, she gets her chance to prove to everyone just what she can do. As the mistress of her estate, she vows to reverse the farm’s fortunes – and to expand upon those she’s already amassed.

But, even with that said, there are those who would like to see Bathsheba bend to their charms (if not their wills). Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a kindly, albeit socially awkward neighboring farmer who comes to work on Miss Everdene’s manor, would welcome the opportunity to make Bathsheba his wife. However, Mr. Oak is not without competition in this pursuit. William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), the reserved, middle-aged owner of a prosperous neighboring estate, also seeks Miss Everdene’s hand, though he mostly winds up frustrated, quietly pining for her from afar. And then there is Sgt. Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome but somewhat reckless young soldier who believes he was jilted by his fiancée, Fanny Robbin (Juno Temple), who, because of a miscommunication, accidently left him standing at the altar; he now seeks a new path in life and believes he’s found it through a seemingly chance encounter with Miss Everdene.

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Estate owner Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, left) routinely seeks the advice of farmhand and would-be suitor Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts, right) in director Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Bathsheba is quite taken with all the attention, and, to some degree, she seems to relish the flattery. She’s also quietly pleased to have so many courtship choices available to her. But then there’s the matter of preserving her independence, which she values tremendously. She often wonders what would happen to that if she were to take a husband. Would marrying be worth it? Would she have to subvert her natural tendencies and sacrifice her freedom simply because she’s become someone’s wife? What should she do?

As Bathsheba attempts to sort out her options, she seeks the advice of others, most notably her trusted confidante, Liddy (Jessica Barden). But, ironically enough, she also finds herself increasingly consulting Mr. Oak, whom she discreetly comes to regard as much a friend as a potential spouse. At the same time, Gabriel grows more at ease in his dealings with Bathsheba, which allows him to become more comfortable in freely speaking his mind, letting her know what he really thinks, whether in matters of farm management or in those of the heart.

Mr. Oak’s candor occasionally strikes a nerve with Bathsheba, causing her to become uncharacteristically defensive, revealing a hitherto unseen vulnerability. And, when she informs him that her romantic inclinations are veering in other directions, their relationship turns decidedly tense, even confrontational. But, to her credit, Miss Everdene also recognizes the sincerity of Gabriel’s advice, prompting her to carefully consider it when making decisions and taking action (sometimes in the moment but at other times in hindsight), all of which carry profound implications for her future. What will she do?

Thankfully, Bathsheba has a strong sense of self. She has a firm handle on what she believes about herself, which stands her in good stead when it comes to exercising her conscious creation skills, the means by which she manifests the reality she experiences. Indeed, knowing oneself in this way is crucial for mastering one’s personal power, which is essential for creating an existence sufficiently in line with one’s hopes, wishes and dreams.

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Estate owner William Boldwood (Michael Sheen, right) warily courts the favor of the owner of a neighboring manor, Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, left), in “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Knowing ourselves also means knowing that we have the power of choice at our disposal at any given time. Bathsheba unreservedly exercises that power, too, as evidenced by the arrays of options she routinely draws into her reality. For instance, she has three would-be suitors vying for her hand, and she could easily choose any of them – or none of them – depending on what she believes ultimately best suits her. We should all be so fortunate to possess such prescience (especially given how many of us fail to recognize these fundamental capabilities in the first place).

However, even with an awareness of the foregoing, we may also allow our beliefs to become inflexible, perhaps even dogmatic. This could easily interfere with our sense of discernment in evaluating the possibilities available to us. That can even happen to someone as self-aware as Bathsheba, who is so invested in her sense of independence that it might blind her to some of her options. She thus runs the risk of summarily ruling out opportunities that involve interaction with others that may well work to her benefit. In circumstances like this, knowing when to distinguish one’s beliefs from one’s dogma is critical in finding one’s destiny.

Fortunately, Bathsheba has the good sense to seek counsel when the need arises. She might not always like what she hears, but she at least allows herself to be open to the advice. Whether she acts upon such guidance – by incorporating it into her existing beliefs – is another matter, however, and one that’s obviously up to her. But, as an adept conscious creator, she’s well aware that, to achieve the results she wants – those that further her sense of personal well-being – she must assess all of the intellectual and intuitive input available to her to formulate suitable beliefs with that goal in mind.

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Sgt. Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge, right), a young soldier who believes he was jilted by his fiancée, seeks a new start in life by wooing the fair Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan, left) during a chance encounter in the latest cinematic remake of the classic Thomas Hardy novel, “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

For someone as headstrong as Bathsheba, some might view her reliance on such “outside” advice as a weakness, a deficiency in her capability to make her own decisions. But, as anyone who truly leads a life as a self-actualized conscious creator knows, being able to admit that we do not have all the answers, and leaving ourselves open to all available information to make astute decisions, is actually a sign of personal strength. The capability to honestly acknowledge the strength (and extent) of our self-awareness ultimately allows us to more effectively pursue our sense of personal happiness and satisfaction. If you need proof, just ask Bathsheba.

Even though Bathsheba’s experience may have been quite rare in Victorian England, it resonates strongly with an ever-growing number of contemporary women. Miss Everdene set a bold example in her day that, thankfully, has carried forward to today. Many now embrace the beliefs she employed in creating her existence as a matter of course. And, to that end, their experiences have become more the rule than the exception, aptly demonstrating the power of beliefs and just how effective they can be in changing the world.

This latest adaptation of “Far from the Madding Crowd” (having previously been made as a theatrical release in 1967, a silent film in 1915 and a made-for-TV movie in 1998) is a sumptuously beautiful production. The picture features excellent period piece production values, fine acting, a grand, swirling soundtrack, and exquisite cinematography (though, admittedly, there is some peculiar camera work in several sequences). The story is generally faithful to the source material, with only minor variations that do not substantially alter the original narrative. All in all, this release is yet another fine offering from director Thomas Vinterberg, who consistently proves himself time and again to be one of today’s most skilled (and underrated) filmmakers.

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Fanny Robbin (Juno Temple), the fiancée of a handsome young soldier, meets an unexpected fate on her way to the altar in “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Even though awards season is still months away, it’s not too early to start looking at contenders for possible consideration, and “Far from the Madding Crowd” presents multiple possibilities in that regard, particularly in the technical categories. However, its performances are also worthy of note, especially Mulligan, who easily gives one of the best female lead portrayals so far this year, and Sheen, whose subtle depiction of the lovelorn Mr. Boldwood is full of nuance and emotional power. Here’s hoping these performances are not forgotten when the nominating ballots are mailed out.

In William Shakespeare’s classic opus Hamlet, wise old Polonius counsels “To thine own self be true.” That is undoubtedly astute advice, and it’s particularly relevant when we engage our conscious creation skills. By keenly scrutinizing our sense of self, judiciously exercising our power of choice and robustly employing our discernment skills, we have an opportunity to manifest an existence that brings us the satisfaction and contentment we so earnestly desire. This film beautifully illustrates how such conditions arise, showing us the way to live lives that place us in circumstances that foster and nurture our personal growth and well-being – and that take us far from the madding crowd.

Copyright © 2015, by Brent Marchant. All rights reserved.

 

BrentMarchantGolden2A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the author of Get the Picture?!: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies (ISBN 978-1505570166, 2014) and Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction (ISBN 978-1495976643, 2014), both of which provide reader-friendly looks at how the practice of conscious creation (also known as the law of attraction) is illustrated through film. He’s currently working on several additional publishing projects as well.

Brent maintains an ongoing blog about metaphysical cinema and other self-empowerment topics on his web site (www.BrentMarchant.com). He is also Featured Contributor, Arts & Entertainment, for VividLife magazine (www.VividLife.me) and a regular contributor to New Consciousness Review magazine and radio (www.ncreview.com). His additional writing credits include submissions to Library JournalBeliefNetNew Age News and Master Heart Magazine. He’s a frequent guest on various Internet and broadcast radio shows, as well as a regular presenter at conscious creation conferences. Brent holds a B.A. in magazine journalism and history from Syracuse University and resides in Chicago.

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Enlightenment, Love & Happiness | 0 comments

The Power of Story

The Power of Story

pages of a book curved into a heart shapeSeveral months back, in a full-out quest to pare down my belongings and simplify my life, I decided to sell several pieces of furniture on Craig’s List. In preparation, I did a quick review of other ads on this rather austere website and discovered that most of them include only basic information such as size, age, finish and price. So, the first few ads I created followed suit. Never mind that I’m a marketing consultant and business storyteller who knows full well the old adage, “Facts tell, stories sell”. As I was writing my first round of ads, I somehow failed to apply that bit of wisdom and then wondered why my ads generated very little interest.

A few weeks ago I was inspired to try another approach. My flash of inspiration came during a storytelling class taught by transformational storyteller extraordinaire and CEO of Get Storied and Story University, Michael Margolis. In this class, Michael introduced us to a literary and anthropological experiment titled, “Significant Objects”. (www.significantobjects.com) Devised by Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn, the experiment’s purpose was to demonstrate the effect narrative has on any given object’s subjective value.

“Stories are such a powerful driver of emotional value that their effect on any given object’s subjective value can actually be measured objectively.” Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker,

Here’s how their experiment worked: First, a bunch of inexpensive objects were purchased from thrift stores and garage sales. Then, each object was paired with a writer who was tasked with creating a fictional story about the item. All objects were posted for sale with their accompanying story on ebay. In the end, $128.74 worth of thrift-store junk sold for $3,612.51 in auction.

This idea intrigued me to no end. I decided to conduct my own little experiment with one of my Craig’s List ads that had been generating little interest.

 

The original ad read simply:

Two matching Mid-century Modern dressers for sale.

Each measures 26″ wide x 44″ tall.

$150 OBO for two

 

In the two months it had been on Craig’s List, it had generated two emails of interest from potential buyers. One person came to see the dressers, then declined. Another wanted only one of them, but never returned my email.

Instead of crafting a fictional story as the writers involved with “Significant Objects” had, my new ad included the true story of the dressers’ journey. Here it is:

When my parents became pregnant with me back in the 60s, they decided it was time to move from their tiny starter home to a larger home that would allow their boys and girls to be in two separate bedrooms with plenty of room in the backyard to romp.

Their new home was everything my parents dreamed of: two floors, a large kitchen, two baths, three bedrooms and a large living room for the family to gather. To them it appeared palatial in comparison to their first home. In reality, it was only 1500 square feet.

Shortly after I arrived, my mom found these two matching dressers in a shop that sold furniture made in Finland. Even though they were made of unfinished wood and simple in construction, they were rather pricey for her budget. But my Mom loved their clean lines and the fact that there were two of them, so she splurged.

She painted them both in a soft cream color and set them up in the bedroom my big sister and I shared. In time these two dressers held the treasures of youth. Clothes, for sure, but also jewelry and dolls and diaries and dreams.

When my sister and I were teens, Mom replaced them with a complete Early American bedroom set. But those matching dressers – she just couldn’t let them go. So each was given a new a purpose in our home. One went to the garage to hold picnic supplies and backyard games and the other went to the utility room to hold hats and scarves and mittens. For 50 years they were part of our family’s household.

Today they are looking for a new family – one who will appreciate their clean, Mid-century Modern lines and be willing to dress them up a bit with a new coat of paint and some interesting drawer knobs, perhaps.

 

Made in Finland.

26″ wide x 44″ tall.

$150 OBO for two

 

I posted the revised ad late Friday night fully intending to edit it down over the weekend. But, the next morning when I opened my laptop, this message was waiting for me:

Hi,

I was wondering if your dressers are still available? They look perfect for my two little girls!

Thank you,

Melissa

 

This young Mom was thrilled to learn that the dressers were still available. We arranged a time to meet later that day. She said she didn’t want to risk the possibility of anyone else buying them.

Between her initial email and our meeting, two other people responded to the ad then asked me to contact them if the sale fell through.

If the quick and favorable response I received to my revised ad wasn’t enough to convince me of the power of story, what happened as we were loading the dressers into her van was. Standing at the back door, Melissa introduced me to her two pre-school daughters who were in back-facing car seats. “This is Miss Colleen,” she said to them. “She and her sister had these dressers when they were little girls and now they’re passing them onto you two.”

As she shut the van’s back door she turned to me with a smile and said, “I’m going to print your Craig’s List ad so my girls always remember the story behind their dressers.”

In that moment I saw first-hand that stories – no matter how or where they show up – have immense power to establish connection, provide meaning, and create significance.

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Colleen Kilpatrick is a Marketing and Trade Show Consultant and Business Storyteller with a proven track record assisting thousands of businesses in well over 100 different industries get better results with their marketing efforts. An Instructor for the last 15 years, Colleen is known for her ability to turn complex marketing and personal development concepts into simple, step-by-step solutions that can be understood and implemented with ease. A heart-based entrepreneur, Colleen provides fellow business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives with the ideas, resources and encouragement they need to effectively share their best gifts with the world. You can find her online at www.colleenkilpatrick.com. Follow her on twitter @colleenkilp or on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/colleenkilpatrick

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Contributing Expert, Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit, Mindset | 0 comments

Dive into Your Asking and Find Your YES

Dive into Your Asking and Find Your YES

Yes choiceThe times they are a- changing.  There is definitely more energy and awareness available now than ever before; and more ease in accessing the expanded consciousness states that used to only grace those who dedicated their life in search of spiritual teachings.  Yet there is also more contrast, so when we are NOT experiencing that unified, harmonious, contented state it is much more apparent and painful.

In my previous article on “Spiritual Separation Anxiety” I spoke of the universal desire of humanity to find a solution to the pain of feeling separate from source. Once recognized, we journey to transcend the individual ego to create a sense of connectedness, leading to the consequent striving for the ultimate spiritual experience of union or merge with the divine.  At my Divine Human retreat, not one but many participants claimed this experience of union with God, or Source, which is highly unusual.

No doubt, the new energy attunements I am being gifted are extremely powerful in assisting the experience of this divine merge.  Yet I am acutely aware that it is not something I am giving anyone; rather it is as if I am holding the door open for others to more easily walk through.  I am observing very clearly now what it takes to walk through this door to greater enlightenment.

What is required in each case is your unequivocal “YES”.  Sounds too simple, right?

“Yes, I reclaim my direct connection with Source.”  Simple yet not at all easy.  This “Yes” instantly makes your ego squirm big time.  It is not that your fears or unworthiness are completely removed or healed first; but your YES must bust through those layers and be stronger and clearer than the “I don’t know how my life will be” or the fear of change or letting go of things (thoughts, people, situations) that don’t serve you.

“Ask and you shall receive.”  Really??

Over the years I recall thinking this is too simple, as I was asking for many things that I didn’t receive.  There must be a catch.  Then I started thinking that it must be ME; that I wasn’t ready, or it wasn’t in my highest good, or maybe just not deserving enough.

During my Divine Human retreat, I noticed how many times I invited everyone to consciously commit to receiving the love, the light, and the blessings they said they wanted to experience.  Because the truth is there is often a big “NO” or an “I don’t know” right under the surface of our asking.

It comes in the form of uncertainty, doubt and fear.  “How will this affect me?  What will change? Who will I be?  Will I be ‘normal’?  Will I be able to perform my duties, or just want to space out?  Will I be able to stay in my marriage/job/town?  Will the change fit into my life?  Will people like me or make fun of me?” The ego mind hates change and would rather stay stuck in the known pain and discomfort rather than step into the unknown.  Shocking but true.

When I was offered to write the foreword for the book “Journey to Joy”, I asked that my words be a direct transmission of joy to all who read it.  And a wondrous thing happened; my beloved Jesus (Yeshua) appeared before me and I could see and touch his face; something that I have desperately desired for a very long time.  And it got even better — He stepped forward and merged into my body!  Blissful hardly captures what has ensued.  My YES was crystal clear.

But 25 years ago I had a similar opportunity –I began channeling Divine Beings and it freaked out my now ex-husband.  He asked me to “give it up” –and thinking I owed it to save the marriage, foolishly I did.  While I never lost my intuitive connection, the feeling of total merge was gone.  Now nothing and nobody would be worth compromising my direct connection to the divine.

Yeshua said now I was ready to offer the full “Anointing’ of Christ Consciousness. As a teacher dedicated to empowerment, for me the proof that I had this ability is in the pudding (that is YOU!). Yet when I began offering this new attunement, I could sense at times that recipients’ “yes” was not totally clear.  I noticed that was TRULY the only thing that blocked others from receiving this incredible gift of Higher Love. For them to fully receive what they said they wanted, they had to go deeper into their being and find the YES, even in spite of some very big fears.

Once this “yes” occurred, the power of their choice allowed the direct divine connection and energetic downloads.  It was that simple.  Many participants said they felt union with God, and whether they held Hindu, atheist, or shamanic beliefs did not matter. Whether they had meditated and performed spiritual practices for years or not was of no real consequence.

Find your YES.  It contains awesome and instantaneous grace, power and divine alignment.

Dive into your asking.  Feel a full body sensation of where it resonates and where you hesitate.  Go into the hesitation, and recommit with this new awareness, this present time choice.  You do not have to let go of all fear and unworthiness, but you do need to consciously commit 100% — in spite of it.

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

 

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Enlightenment, Get Inspired, Love & Happiness, Mind, Body & Spirit | 0 comments

Enlightened Self-Interest v. Selfish:  Which one are you?

Enlightened Self-Interest v. Selfish: Which one are you?

20074993_sAn emerging concept among spiritual thought leaders as a cornerstone of the evolving new consciousness is “divine or enlightened self-interest”.  It is a great term to describe what I have been feeling for some time.  Yet it is not new.  Twenty five years ago, my first spiritual teacher was often given the suggestion (criticism actually) that the thousands of seekers gathering to learn meditation should be mobilized for more service projects. As a recovering “save the world” legal aid attorney, this seemed a compelling argument to me.

I was chatting with my soul-brother from the crystal bowl shop  about how our sense of service is shifting from a focus on selfless service (aka “tending to and fixing everyone else”) to focusing on our own growth and happiness (aka “fixing your own house first”).

While the guru had already established awesome service projects, she always responded the same:  “Do your own inner work; that is the highest service.” She continued: “it is relatively easy to focus on what everyone else needs.  Yet it takes the greatest courage to “Know the Self”.  Go within.  It takes a true warrior to do battle with the ego, and become Enlightened.  Then, your very essence will uplift all humanity.”

Many people believe self-interest is what gets in the way of enlightenment. We should, instead, live a life of selfless service.  But when this is not fully understood, the ego mind is still involved and it can lead to a constant state of depletion and “never enough.”  Who is that actually serving?  It reminds me of a famous D.C. homeless activist I really admired who became so depressed he committed suicide.  That woke me up.

Enlightened self-interest is becoming present and aware of what really energizes, motivates and inspires you.  Following your divine self-interest therefore aligns you with who you really are.  When you come into the present moment with your enlightened self-interest, you are in the flow.  It propels you forward in such a way that allows you to contribute your piece of the puzzle in this divine play of consciousness.  You then are truly are able to offer your authentic contribution to the world, which in turn inevitably leads to abundance, joy, and true fulfillment.

During the holidays it is easy to become pulled in a million directions with the needs and “shoulds” of others.  If you were to fully come into the present and ask yourself what is it that you truly want to do that will inspire and uplift you, what would you do differently this holiday season?   How would you nurture and tend to yourself and your soul?

I challenge you to include yourself–mind, body and spirit– in this path of divine self-interest this year.  You may be amazed at how much you are actually “giving”.

What a different world it would be if we all could make sure that our deepest desires for true connection, loving conversation, quiet reflection, and playful abandon, were no longer considered selfish.  If total exhaustion and depletion were no longer worn as a badge of the righteous and holy, but were seen as the misguided reality that it is.  If we could recognize that this type of self-sacrifice, of risking our health and happiness to please others was not a gift to anyone.

How would our life shift if we knew that when we are stable, healthy, balanced and joyful, when our giving and receiving is in balance, then the cup of creativity and grace and love runneth over.

 

Kumari MullinInternationally recognized intuitive coach and energy healer, visionary spiritual leader and animal mystic, Kumari currently hosts “How to Heal Anything LIVE” an internet TV program and formerly “Co-Creation Activations”, a global broadcast on World Puja Network. She is the co-author of the best-selling books “Empowering Transformations for Women” and penned the Forward in “Journey to Joy”, critically acclaimed CDs “Connecting with All Life” and “Awaken your Soul” and numerous articles on healing, manifesting and intuitive development.One internationally recognized spiritual mentor exclaimed “Kumari’s purpose is to Teach the Teachers Mastery”; her Meditation Master described her extraordinary healing abilities as a “Golden Gift”. Kumari lives in a world where communicating directly with Spirit realms, animals and all of nature is the norm. Kumari facilitates teleseminars, playshops and retreats to empower reconnection with our natural healing, intuitive and manifesting abilities.

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