Energy 101

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeThis is what I have been talking about on my personal Facebook page. If you resonate with this, friend me. I think the more people on the mission to promote heart-centeredness, kindness and consideration, the better.

From my personal page:

“Yesterday I posted about ALS and the fact that my dad died of ALS when I was 13 y/o. I also mentioned that I was pretty disappointed with the negativity targeted at the ‪#‎ALSicebucketchallenge‬ ‪#‎icebucketchallenge‬ aimed at raising money for a cure for ALS. Just to be clear, I LOVE sarcasm – I’m Australian – but there is a muddy line between what is funny and what is plain thoughtless. In this situation I truly don’t think it’s funny. In my opinion it reinforces the feeling of shame I grew up with and essentially feels like being told to “shut up” and not talk about the uncomfortable stuff.

When I was a child watching my dad’s body deteriorating at a rapid rate, going from an active guy, great tennis player!!, great dad who was always wanting to take us out and about, to a 35 year old using a walking stick, and soon after a guy in his late 30’s who was wheelchair bound, and housebound. What I also began to notice was that there were friends that we used to see that we just didn’t see any more.

My dad was ashamed about his condition. I felt ashamed at times; I was a confused 9/ 10 / 11 year old, embarrassed to talk about my dad and why he was in a wheelchair. Some of our friends found it difficult to know how to deal with seeing him deteriorate from this active thirty-something to a guy in a wheelchair attached to oxygen tanks who was finding it more and more difficult to talk and be understood.

The disappearance of these family friends felt like shunning. We all felt the ever-present weight of shame. Like Anthony Carbajal talks about in his viral You Tube video about the ice bucket challenge – which was awesome by the way. He rocked those pink shorts!!! – he says, talking about ALS is kind of a downer. I sooo relate. Maybe that is why we just didn’t hear from some friends anymore.

When people are complaining about the #icebucketchallenge it reminds me of this feeling of shame and shunning. I don’t think that the ALS community deserves that. Like Anthony Carbajal has said, this is the first time that the ALS community has been truly seen!! Do you really want him and other members of the ALS community to go away so that you don’t have to feel uncomfortable?

PS> As a family when my dad was ill and after he died we were very, very fortunate to have a LOT of amazing friends who did support us. In this post I just wanted to point out that shunning and shame is such a huge issue with ALS sufferers, family and friends. We can all do with working on being more thoughtful, mindful and heart-centered, IMO!”

Share in the comments here, and on FB. SERIOUSLY, there is way too much negativity and insensitivity being targeted at this cause. It is okay for the heart-centered folks to get feisty and defend the need for more kindness, love and consideration in our culture!!!

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The Victim Story

The Victim Story“The stories you tell over & over, shape you & your world in profound ways.
If you’re living a story that brings you pain, pay attention to your words—be aware of the ways in which you tell & re-tell this story.

Then, stop telling it. Craft a different story.

If you feel victimized, choose a story about your creative power. If you feel abandoned or lonely, choose a story of love & belonging. If you are resentful, choose a story of release & liberation.

Take back your power to shape the stories that shape you.” – Hiro Boga

Inner stories are one of the strongest influences on how we feel on a daily basis and one of the things that only discipline can really transform. That and noticing the feeling in the body when we do shift our stories to a higher vibration story!

The Victim Story


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Crystal Mojo: Labradorite

PropertiesCrystal Mojo: Labradorite

- Deflects unwanted energy from the aura and prevents energy leakage.
- Awakens magical powers amplifying mental and intuitive skills.
- It pierces the veil between our conscious world and our inner world providing more access to other realms
- Activates inner seeing allowing you to connect and see past, present and future events.
- It helps to integrate the energy of duality, aligning us with the interconnectedness of life.
- Assists you in uncovering unconscious beliefs that perpetuate negative emotional states.
- It is a stone to meditate with regarding mystery illnesses, giving you access to more information on the foundational causes of the mystery illness.
- It disconnects your from any tendency to try to control others, reorienting you to your inner world, connecting you with your guides.

Labradorite is a stone that I have used during and after client sessions for a long time, as a stone to clear my energy field between clients, helping me disconnect from my current clients energy, clear the energy field, and reconnect deeply with my inner world, my guides and inner seeing as I transition to seeing the next client. I’m a big fan of labradorite. And, it is very pretty!!! Crystal Mojo: Labradorite


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3 Heart Writing Exercises to Strengthen Your Seedling Dream

3 Heart Writing Exercises to Strengthen Your Seedling Dream1. Try your ideas and visions out on people you trust, who you are already aligned with your vision. This will help you grow confidence, and then gradually you can expand the number of people you share your seedling with, as the sprout gets stronger. Write a list exploring who is in alignment. Tune into the heart, and allow “unexpected” names to surface.

2. Practice heart meditation and the practice of self honesty to clarify what your vision is and to hash out the details.

3. Connecting to your guides: connecting to the heart center and allowing heart energy to flow will bring the aid of your spirit guides and other guides to assist with nurturing your seedling dream. Using meditation or journaling, listen the inner murmurings of the heart to your inner knowing. Notice fear, but allow yourself to stay present and connected to the heart space to help it gently shift.

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Modern Zen

Heart Writing Retreat on Whidbey Island

Heart Writing Retreat on Whidbey IslandJoin us for a day of sacred space to continue to develop your heart writing practice.

We will spend structured time in meditation guided by Andrea Rae to gain a greater connection to the heart space and deepen your connection to true self. This will be followed by time to write and journal using either the exercises provided, or stream of consciousness journaling. Andrea will be offering instruction on what heart writing is, and ways to customize it and make it your own spiritual practice.

Click here for more information and to register!

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