Happy New Year, miracle workers!
I’m psyched to crack open a new year. Now is the perfect time to take action toward manifesting sparkling new ideas and goals.That’s why I chose to launch my new book, May Cause Miracles, on New Year’s day. Most of us have made New Year’s resolutions in the past—but it’s time to take the whole “new year, new you” idea to a radical new level.
It’s one thing to think about how we want to change our lives, but it’s another thing entirely to make the commitment to creating truly miraculous change. The awesome thing about May Cause Miracles is that it’s a 40-day journey with structure and support. I guide you throughout each subtle shift, so you can add them up to really work some miracles. Learn more about the book in today’s vlog:
And if you want to amp up your practice, sign up for my May Cause Miracles live course. It starts this January and you can attend live in NYC or anywhere via live stream! This group workshop goes chapter by chapter so you don’t miss a thing. Get the scoop on the course and sign up!
How does one handle the news that 26 people were shot in an elementary school, 20 of whom were small children? Managing our feelings in situations like this can be confusing and overwhelming. How do we find any power when we’re powerless? How do we go on with our day-to-day lives when such a tragedy is unfolding so close to home? How do we act normally without fear of going to the movies or the mall or dropping off our kids at school?
There is no right or wrong way to feel when it comes to tragedy. But there are tools that can greatly guide you through your emotions and help you find power in a powerless situation. I’ve outlined three steps for you to begin practicing now. It’s important that our nation come together and open up to new ways of heightening our consciousness. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and deeply emotional about the shooting in Newtown, begin using the tools in this video immediately.
Last week I shared how I was able to get off coffee through my strong desire and willingness to change. I then invited you to share what you were ready to change in 2013. This video will help you take your willingness to the next level. Creating long-lasting change is easy — when you genuinely want it. So before you start making lofty resolutions that you know you won’t keep, why don’t you prepare to do it right this year? Use my three steps to set yourself up to win and make your resolutions stick.
Want more support in your journey of new perceptions? Heck yeah! Join me for my FREE course: How to Create What You Want in 2013. Pre-order my new book, May Cause Miracles, and you’ll immediately get the video from session one and the login for tonight’s second session!
Hey Spirit Junkies! Today I have a radical vlog for you! Many folks have been asking me to share more Kundalini meditations. Well, you’re in luck! The theme for this video is the Kundalini Sutra for the Aquarian Age: There is a Way Through Every Block. To help you embody this message, I teach the Kundalini meditation called ego eradicator. This meditation busts through the ego’s littleness and opens you up to your inner awesomeness and faithful intuition. As A Course in Miracles says, “Peace without faith cannot be attained.” Therefore, we must use our prayer and meditation to heighten our faith so we can truly enjoy a state of peace. Get your ego eradicator on! Watch now…
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This Sunday I’ll be featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. Mastin Kipp and Marie Forleo accompanied me for a segment on next-generation thought leaders. Sitting next to Oprah for this hour-long interview, I was able to understand the magnitude of her mission. Learn more about my experience in today’s video and the blog below.
Last Monday I got a frantic call from my mother. She breathlessly told me, “There’s someone on your Facebook fan page writing nasty things about you! But don’t worry, honey, I responded and set her straight.” I laughed and said, “Thanks for sticking up for me, Mom, but that’s not how I handle negativity on the Internet.” I went on to explain that as a spiritual student and teacher I must practice what I preach. By bringing my spiritual practice to these situations I intuitively know how to handle haters on the Internet. I helped my mother understand that engaging in the negativity only invests in the negativity. Rather than defend myself and fight back, I’ve learned to see these encounters as divine spiritual assignments. Through compassion, defenselessness and forgiveness, I’ve come to see how mindfully dealing with Internet haters can only strengthen my spiritual faith.
As the Universe would have it, that wouldn’t be my only conversation about Internet haters that week. The following day I was in Chicago, shooting a segment of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. What was one of Oprah’s first questions to my panel? She asked how we handle haters on the Internet! My immediate responses was, “Forgive and delete.” I explained how I use forgiveness and several other spiritual principles to shine light on the darkness of the Internet.
If you’re anything like my mother, it’s time to put down the boxing gloves and use my three spiritual tools for handling haters online.
Step 1: It’s Not About You
When people attack us on the Internet, many of us immediately assume that the attack has merit and means there’s something wrong with us. I choose to have a different perspective—I like to have compassion for these folks. Let’s face it: A happy person won’t waste their time posting negativity on positive people’s pages. Therefore, we must have a tremendous amount of compassion for these people. Anyone who wastes their time and energy spreading negativity clearly needs more light in their life. Begin your practice by saying a prayer for the person. Simply say, “I pray for you to release your negativity and see love instead. I pray for you to be happy.” This prayer will immediately reconnect you to a sense of compassion and help you let go of your anger.
Step 2: “In My Defenselessness My Safety Lies”
As a student and a teacher of the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles, I’ve come to learn that “insistence means investment.” When we invest in the illusions of others by defending ourselves or fighting back, we only invest deeper into the craziness. Engaging in negativity creates more of it. Therefore, instead of fighting back or becoming defensive, I remind myself of the Course’s message, “In my defenselessness my safety lies.” Choosing to release defensiveness helps us steer far away from creating more drama. Fighting back is like yelling at a barking dog. There’s no good outcome. Instead, practice defenselessness and witness how much energy and time you save avoiding more drama.
Step 3: Forgive and Delete
The final step is the clutch move. As I said to Oprah, we must forgive and delete. Oprah was pretty psyched to learn that we can actually manage our social media fans. Though we don’t have full control over what people say, we can block nasty people and hide hateful comments. But rather than block and hide with an energy of resentment, let’s forgive first. Forgiveness helps us detach from the negative energy cord that can live even through the Twittersphere or the Facebook universe. Energy is in everything. If we don’t clean up our energy through forgiveness, we’ll continue to carry negativity. In the case of handling haters on the Internet, it’s imperative that you practice the F word and forgive.
Steps one and two will prime for forgiveness. Compassion will reconnect you to a sense of oneness and defenselessness, which will help you put down the boxing gloves and settle into a new perspective. The final step is to let go fully and forgive. In this step you’ll use prayer once again. Simply say, “I pray to forgive you and release you.” Then feel free to block the user or hide the comment. If you have the power to clear the feed, let that become part of your practice. There’s no reason to let negative comments linger. Simply forgive and delete.
Practice Positive Posting
These three steps will help you navigate negative comments on the Internet, but what’s most important is to practice raising the positive energy around you. Where there is darkness we need to bring more light. Therefore, join me in 30 Days of Positive Posting. Commit to refrain completely from negative posts and only share positivity. Post your favorite quotes, retweet inspiring nuggets of wisdom, Instagram enlightening photos, and pin beautiful pictures that make you smile. Our greatest response to negative posts is a positive one. If we all join together to share more positivity and love on the Internet, the energy of love will heighten. And when love spreads, there’s less space for negativity. Join us on November 18 for Super Soul Sunday and keep us posted on how your 30 days of positive posting shifts your energy and your life.
Last Thursday was my thirty-third birthday. I spent the day navigating the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, feeling extremely overwhelmed, sad and frightened for our future. I was concerned for our climate, our people and our capacity to traverse the energy of these stormy times.
Rather than let the negativity take over, I chose to surrender my discomfort to spirit. I said a prayer: Spirit, thank you for guiding me through this discomfort. Then I sat down to meditate. In my meditation I heard the voice of spirit speak through me. I heard the call from the Kundalini Master, Yogi Bhajan. His message was clear: “It’s time to get to work in a whole new way. You must deepen your spiritual connection so you can navigate the energy of these times.”
I heard Yogi Bhajan reinforce his Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age:
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
To me this means that we must find oneness in all. At this time there’s no room for separation. We are all in it together.
2. There is a way through every block.
I believe that a miracle mindset is required now. We must commit to our faith in love in order to find a way through every block.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
This is not a time for playing small. My experience has been that when I say yes to my inner calling all anxiety melts away. We must get in the habit of saying yes.
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
Everyone is experiencing discomfort in some way or another. Through compassion we can experience more oneness and accept that we all suffer. Having compassion for others offers compassion back to us.
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
I believe this Sutra reinforces the importance of a daily Sadhana (spiritual practice). Through meditation, yoga and prayer we can access the deepest part of our truth. That truth will be our greatest guide.
I came out of my meditation prepared to use the Five Sutras as my roadmap. Heightening my spiritual practice was my birthday gift to myself: rather than practice these principles when they felt convenient or top-of-mind, I made the commitment to practice all the time.
Later that day I received more guidance through a “happy birthday” email from my mentor, Marianne Williamson. She asked how I was doing with the storm. I responded that I felt very overwhelmed. She replied, “My advice to you would be to get your hands dirty.” I heard her loud and clear. Marianne was right: the best way to work through my discomfort was to be of service to those in need. I got to work.
I merged my spiritual practice with hands-on service and began to feel much better.
If you feel overwhelmed by the energy of this disaster, take these tools into your own life:
Pray for guidance and pay attention to the messages you receive. Make a daily commitment to practice the 5 Sutras by choosing to see oneness in all, let all blocks be cleared, get to work, be compassionate and deepen your meditation practice. Then get your hands dirty.
Practice these principles and you’ll intuitively know how to handle the discomfort of tragedy. The way you handle it might be different from the way I have. Perhaps you’ve been seriously affected by the storm; perhaps you’re miles away, but keep thinking about it. It doesn’t matter: These steps are necessary for finding our power in powerless situations. Our inner power is essential at this time.
I’ve learned that the world only wants one thing from us: our authentic truth. Throughout my life, the more ME I’ve become, the more powerful I am. Today’s vlog speaks to the power of sharing your authenticity with the world. My message today is to BE MORE REAL, and honor the truth in all.
I speak and write often about my love for Marianne Williamson, who has been offering up incredible wisdom and guidance for decades. One of the qualities I most respect and admire in Marianne is her passionate commitment to spiritual activism. Not only is she changing the world, she’s awakening us to the power of service, too.
I was fortunate to speak with Marianne recently about her activist work, and it’s my hope that her words inspire you to explore how you can be of service. Check out our conversation.
At what point in your career as a spiritual leader did you commit to speaking up about social and political change? What prompted you to do it?>>
In my first book, A RETURN TO LOVE, I wrote about things in the outer world that need to change – how we need to ameliorate deep poverty, heal the earth, end war. For me it isn’t about politics per se: it’s about our willingness to address human suffering. Starting PROJECT ANGEL FOOD, a meals-on-wheels program for homebound people with AIDS in Los Angeles, was action within the non-profit sector. Starting the Department of Peace campaign was action within the political sector. But what’s the difference, really? Such categories are just human constructs. The point is to act compassionately and address suffering, wherever and however we can. I’ve never seen service as separate from my spiritual practice or my spiritual teaching.
In your book The Healing of America you write about “holistic politics.” Can you explain what this means to our readers?>>
When we began to embrace the holistic paradigm in healing, an entire world of integrative medicine opened up. We no longer looked to Western allopathic medicine as the be all and end all of medical healing. Trying to suppress or eradicate symptoms on the physical level can be extremely important, but there’s more to healing than that; dealing with psychological, emotional and spiritual issues involved in treating sickness is equally important. Those issues are causal elements in what creates a sickness to begin with, and dealing with them has a proven beneficial affect on the immune system. Is your doctor important, if you’re sick? Yes; but so is your therapist, your spiritual counselor and so forth. That’s why we call it an “integrative” approach to healing.
What is happening in politics today is a similar process to what happened in the medical world a few decades ago: we’re realizing that there’s more to healing than just addressing symptoms. Our primary paradigm when it comes to dealing with political and social dis-ease is allopathic: pass a law, lock someone up, engage in warfare. And the state of the world today makes it clear that such allopathic measures have not exactly brought peace to all.
The US incarcerates more of its people than any nation in the world, or any nation in history. Our military budget is almost twice that of all other nations of the world combined. At 23.1 per cent, our child poverty rate is second among the 35 developed nations of the world only to Romania! And 17,000 children on earth die of starvation every single day. There’s a lot more to those statistics than a simple “To Do” list can fix. We need to understand and dismantle the psychological, emotional and spiritual dysfunctions that led to such things. I was at a conference where someone mentioned a psychological study being done on those living in deep poverty (remember: a billion people in this world live on $1.25 and less a day). I think the psychological study that needs to be done is on the psyche of a relatively prosperous Western civilization that allows such conditions to exist! Make no mistake: such horrors didn’t just come out of nowhere, and the fact that they still exist is the product of pathological complacency and fear.
Why do you feel it’s so important for spiritually minded women to run for office?>>
Two things. First, I think that people on a spiritual path – personal growth, recovery, whatever – are the last people who should be sitting out the great social and political contests of our day. Why? Because they’re adepts at change; they know that the mechanics of the heart and mind are the drivers of true transformation. Now if you know what makes one person’s life change, then you know what makes a nation change – because a nation is simply a large group of individuals. We keep trying to change the world by simply moving around the furniture. We can see that this isn’t working, and people in the consciousness movement have some clues as to why.
Secondly, about women… On the federal level, 16.8 of our Congresspeople are women. On the State level, it’s 23.6 per cent. Do you think our legislative priorities would be what they are today, were those legislative bodies anywhere near gender equal? Would the “war on women” exist as it does now? Would child poverty – or poverty, period – be given so little attention? I like to think not. If more women wielded political power in America – real, electoral power – then we could seriously help turn this ship of state around before it hits the proverbial iceberg. But we can’t wield that power until we claim it internally. And that’s where we are now….working our way toward truly claiming our power.
In essence, we need a new bottom line. We need to shift from an economic organizing principle for human civilization, to a humanitarian organizing principle. Making money more important than your own children is a pathological way for an individual to run their affairs, and it’s a pathological way for a society to run its affairs. The children of today are the workers, creators and potential capitalists of tomorrow anyway; taking care of them today is the best way to take care of our economy long-term. Perhaps if more women joined the conversation, we would begin to speak real truth to power. Who else is going to mention that the economic emperor has no clothes?
Can you speak to the emotional and psychological issues that keep women from expressing our full power?>>
Often in life, our external circumstances change before we’re ready to truly embody the change. We often lag behind, emotionally and psychologically. While Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton just assumed that once women got the vote we would start participating on all levels of government, they didn’t foresee how difficult it would be for women to quite figure out how to do that.
And there are a lot of understandable reasons too, not the least of which – today more than ever – is that the entire political system is contrary to everything a feminine heart stands for. It lacks tenderness. It lacks poetry. It doesn’t nurture. It doesn’t love. And without those things, a woman’s soul is bereft.
Yet look where that leaves us, if we simply shudder and look away. Talk about being coopted by a patriarchal system; it means we will have gone from men telling us condescendingly to not bother our pretty little heads about these things, to not bothering our pretty little heads without even being told not to! What a travesty of everything that the suffragettes, who worked so hard and suffered so much on our behalf, stood for.
So our task is to transform the field; to create a new conversation, our own conversation, out of which we can speak our truth, our way. This will be an act of magnificent social artistry, and it’s possible now. I feel something in the air.
I had the privilege watching Leymah Gebowee speak live. Leymah shared her story of how she led a women’s peace movement, which ended the second Liberian civil war in 2003. After sharing her story she looked at the audience of American women and asked us what we were doing. With great concern for our country she called us out and empowered us to take action. I’ve heard you reference the women of Liberia. You’ve said, “If they can do it, what are we doing?” Can you speak to what we can learn from our Liberian sisters?>>
That we should be ashamed of ourselves? I mean that sincerely. Healthy shame, but shame nonetheless. We’ve really got to get going.
On November 10–12, 2012 in L.A., you’re hosting an incredible event called Sister
Giant. Tell us what your intention is for this event.>>
My hope and intention is that Sister Giant will be an incubator for the emergence of that new field of political possibility, entailing a new conversation about America and a serious sense of sisterhood. It will go over everything from psychological and emotional issues, to a spiritual perspective on politics, to actually training women how to run. I want to be a cheerleader for women who have never even considered running for office or being involved in a campaign, but who in the quietness of their hearts might think, “Why not me?”
Martin Luther King, Jr. said that the desegregation of the American South was the political externalization of the goal of the Civil Rights movement, but that the ultimate goal was the establishment of the beloved community. He said it was time to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of human civilization. He wasn’t called a New Age nutcase or considered an intellectual lightweight for saying such things, and neither should we. I don’t think making love the new bottom line is naïve; I believe that thinking we can survive the next hundred years doing anything less, is naïve. And I also believe that at this point, I’m not the only one willing say so.
When love is our guiding light, we can break through barriers to be of loving service to the world. Gaining the courage and confidence to stand up for what you believe in is not always easy, but it’s fully within your reach. How can you infuse your work with the spirit of service and activism?
Join the conversation at Sister Giant 2012 www.sistergiant.com
Do you obsess about the small stuff? It’s far too often that I catch myself flipping out about something insignificant. Yet these mini meltdowns deplete my energy and screw up my flow. (I’ve even made myself sick over small issues that are out of my control.) Through my Spirit Junkie practice, I’ve learned how to quickly work through my mini dramas so I can focus on what really matters. In this video, I offer spiritual tools for letting go of littleness and centering back into your power.