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Today is special. Will you feel it?

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Every day is special, of course, but today in particular, because the planets are lined up in a very rare and powerful formation that, in turn, gives us a rare and powerful opportunity to set intentions and manifest peace.

You don’t have to buy into the astrological implications of this phenomena in order to take advantage of it. All you need is relaxed awareness.

Personally, I don’t know much about astrology. I identify with my sun sign, and when I have a crush on someone I like to match up our zodiac compatibility, but I don’t take any of it too seriously. I’m just beginning to learn about sacred geometry, and while the idea of an energetic portal is appealing, when I hear the term “stargate,” I think of a 90’s sci-fi movie I never watched.

However, I’m passionate about self-care and growth and inner peace (which inevitably leads to outer peace), and I’ll pursue any pathway that moves me forward. Especially if it’s endorsed by people I trust and respect, as is the case with today’s occurrence.

Right this moment (if you’re reading before 4 p.m. EST on 7/29/13), two overlapping planetary triads are forming a six-pointed star, or sextile. According to astrologer Amy Bird, “sextiles are like open doors or gateways, showing us what opportunities lie beyond and what skills are available to us if we are to step through them.”

If you’re curious to learn more about which planets are aligned and what the significance of the open portal is, I encourage you to pop over to this post, which was compiled by someone who knows way more about these topics than I do.

But mostly I encourage you to take a moment—right now, if you can—to pause. Breathe slowly until you catch a glimmer of inner quiet. In that space, consider what your heart wants for yourself and for the world. And know that you have the power to create it.

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Br(e)aking back to basics

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This is what July (and beyond) looks like for me.

I told myself I would take off the month of July. Ever since January I’ve been goinggoinggoing, and I am ready to be still. Or, if not actually ready, at least aware that it’s time.

In the last five months I’ve taken an 8-week grammar course, a 6-week yoga course, a 10-week writing course, 5 weeks of guitar lessons, and 4 weeks of Wholly Shift, all of which required additional time commitments outside of class. I’ve also traveled to Chicago, the Catskills (twice), Texas, Los Angeles, and Massachusetts. All along I’ve maintained friendships, somewhere in there I turned 30, and every now and then I’ve tried to date. I’ve also worked a full-time job.

I’ve also gotten tired.

All of the learning and traveling has been totally by choice, and all of it worthwhile and mostly enjoyable. But as summer set in, a line from Dirty Dancing started to echo in my head: “She needs a break.”

And now it’s July, and I’m trying to rest. I celebrated the 4th and the long weekend that followed on a retreat with my writing group, which was certainly restful, aside from the part where I spent many hours typing thousands of words and battling the discomfort that accompanied them.

(I know, I know. My job is to show up at the page and produce, not to judge the process or the output. It’s hard for me.)

So, a week into July, I’ve still been seeking stillness. Lucky for me, a new chapter of Wholly Shift started yesterday, and last night’s session was rocket fuel for my rejuvenation.

With the guidance of universal intelligence (via Laura Hames Franklin), I released worry and doubt and gave myself permission to see things I’ve never seen before. Then in a state of meditation I summoned a vision for my future. Then I put it on paper.

What showed up were open hands, clear of eczema (a lifelong struggle that has recently resurfaced), holding infinite wealth and radiance. What came to me were words: my palms are pure and powerful. Self-acceptance. No judgement. Trusting abundance.

Receiving innate wisdom is rewarding in itself, but my delight elevated when Laura asked a super practical question. What are three tangible things I can do every day to get closer to my vision?

I wasn’t sure what might directly bring about infinite wealth and radiance, but I had a few ideas about releasing chronic inflammation, doubt, and judgment. And boy, were they basic.

Today I am avoiding refined sugar, dairy, and gluten. I will meditate for nine minutes, and I will drink three big bottles of water.

Simple, simple, simple, if not always easy. All three actions are doable, nourishing, and satisfying. Exactly what I need to help me slow down, to take a break, to breathe deeply. To rest.

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My water bottle is my new BFF. Bottoms up!

 

Shifting through the mud

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Mud is dirty, icky, and gleefully squishy.

“I give myself permission to walk through the mud.”

That was the first of (approximately) one trillion insights offered to me during tonight’s Wholly Shift session, and it immediately resonated.

I would rather not get dirty. I take pride in keeping clean. However, dirty is part of the deal when I choose to grow and transform (or simply stay alive), and so instead of avoiding the mud, I might as well walk through it.

Sure, mud is messy, but I’ll get to a river or shower soon enough, or it’ll dry up and dust away. However it happens, the dirty never stays.

The clean doesn’t either, of course, which was another lesson the universe wanted to teach tonight. Just like washing our hair—the cycle of fresh and clean, to greasy limp, to wet and clean again—life is a flow. I might as well go with it.

And I don’t have to flow alone. Mud walking is slow going–it’s slippery, and requires awareness and careful attention. (Not unlike walking through snow.) Sometimes it’s yuck, yuck, yuck.

But it’s also affirming. Because when you’re walking in mud, you KNOW it. There’s no mistaking the terrain for smooth sidewalks or grassy meadows. Every squishy step is invigorating in its own way–there’s no doubting you are dirty and ALIVE.

Some people think mud is bad, and that’s okay. I don’t have to hang out with them, and I don’t have to feel bad either. Because I’m dynamically supported, I can holler, “Hey! I’m in the mud!” and be assured I’m in good company.

“When you’re in the mud, you can be experiencing the mud, and at the same time you can experience yourself being with yourself in the mud.”

That’s something Laura said near the end of our session, and it sums up one of the many ways I’m shifting. I can trust that it’s okay to get dirty, but with compassion, I don’t have to get stuck.

Wholly Shift!

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Laura Hames Franklin knows what’s UP.

Of all the impressive people who impacted my life last weekend at Nathalie Lussier’s Off the Charts event, the person who rocked my world the most was Laura Hames Franklin.

I’ve been learning about about personal growth and healing for years, and I’ve gotten excited about many methods and modalities. I feel fortunate to be alive at a time where there are so many different techniques and approaches to feeling better and connecting with universal truth and guidance.

But when I encountered Laura’s work, I felt electrified like never before. Like someone had finally presented me with the ANSWER, in all caps.

And the coolest part about that ANSWER? It’s been inside me all along.

It’s not a novel concept to me, the idea that the wisdom is within. Intellectually, I’ve known it a long time, and to a good extent I’ve also felt it emotionally and physically. Processes like Inner Bonding, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and especially yoga, to list a few examples, have helped me get in touch with my body and spirit simultaneously.

Yet nothing has been as simple as what Laura taught me on Saturday–how to balance the left and right brain with some astonishingly easy and effective tapping. And nothing has felt as instantly transformative as what she guided me through on Sunday, and then again on Monday and Saturday when I attended her free webinars.

Basically, Laura teaches that every atom in the universe is connected (science shows this), and that we humans have the ability to tune in to universal intelligence if we’re so inclined. And that when we let our bodies feel and function as they’re meant to, possibilities vastly expand.

Laura’s exceptional scientific and anatomical knowledge combined with her well honed intuition enable her to help others access the wisdom that always exists in what she calls our “innernet.”

One way she does this is through an online experience she calls Wholly Shift. The program, eight real-time sessions over the course of four weeks, is called Wholly Shift because, well, it shifts you, wholly.

I have already been so immediately affected and inspired by what I’ve learned from Laura that I took the plunge and applied for a scholarship to attend the next Wholly Shift program, which starts tomorrow.

It wasn’t easy for me to ask for the scholarship. In fact, yesterday morning I decided not to. I was a bit intimidated by the requirements–I’d never, ever made or edited a video before, much less one of myself asking for aid, and certainly not one to post online for the world to see.

Also, though I was dismayed to notice it, I wasn’t quite sure I had the “willingness to boldly share this information with [my] community,” which was something she was specifically looking for.

The thing about Laura’s work is that it’s not for everyone, and while I KNOW it is for ME, I worried that I’d seem wacko or “out there” if I enthusiastically promoted her to my community at large, which surely includes people who aren’t ready for or interested in what she offers.

But you know what? Her work is AMAZING. And I want to be a part of it. And, because I somehow surpassed my doubts and fears, and somehow managed to create, post, and promote the heck out of my application, I gave myself the best chance possible to get what I want. That feels good no matter what—but then, tonight I found out that I WON!

And you know what else? One of my mom’s friends saw my video and was inspired to check out Laura’s work. That couldn’t have happened if I’d let my insecurities rule. So, yeah, I’m super psyched to start Wholly Shift tomorrow—and I intend to keep on sharing.