Be the change….be the love

“Be the change you wish to see in this world.” What did Mahatma Ghandi mean when he said this now famous statement? He likely understood the clear principle that life — this life of relativity, of the time-space continuum, of breathing in (inspiration) & breathing out (expiration) — is change.  He may have recognized to flow with the river of life offers ease, while to go up the other way offers hardship & struggle.  Perhaps Ghandi understood the fastest way to manifest something in this world is to fully embody it.

“Love calls — everywhere and always. We’re sky bound. Are you coming?” ~Rumi

“Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?” What Rumi experiences is that, like change, love is ever present, continuously occurring & everywhere. The opportunity for us is embodying that love in every word, act, & deed, beginning with ourselves, our partners, our families, our heart people, our communities, our enemies, the strangers on the bus, our neighbors.

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” ~Rumi

Much love,

Jodi

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Inelia Benz: Interview with an Alien

This is an extraordinarily ordinary woman with a singular mission:  to raise the vibration on this planet.  There is much inspiration to experience from this video & the main thing I implore you do is look inside your self, converse with your Higher Self or God or the Universe, & be curious about what role you are meant to play in this world.  What contribution are you meant to offer to the planet?

We all are blessed with extraordinary gifts.  There is tremendous power within each one of us.  The low vibration of fear stops many of us though.  What are you afraid of?  Fear of being alone?  Fear of being mocked?  Fear of rejection?  Fear of financial ruin?  Fear of abandonment?  When we fully process & sit with our fear, we are able to raise the overall average of our vibrational level significantly.  Inelia offers an exercise on her website http://ascension101.com/en/ascension-tools/33-ascension-tools/105-fear-processing-exercise.html to process the fear.  Then we can step into our full power with all the tools available to us as sentient beings & begin living the dream of peace, creativity & full self-expression here & now.

Much love,

Jodi

Community – A gift

Community Tree

My yoga instructor Jamie shared with us the definition of community @ our Sunday bhakti yoga. COM comes from the Latin root that means ‘together’ or ‘with’. MUNOS is the Latin root that means ‘gift’, so the word community stands for a gift of coming together or the gift of being with others and it got me thinking about what communities I am in and I’m curious about what communities you are in?

I feel so blessed to be among a number of different beautiful communities. My dear family is one gift of community. I have the amazing gift of a beautiful yoga community. I am part of a meditation satsang (the Sanskrit word meaning the company of the highest truth) that is such a gift and I have created a collage community, bringing the gift of creativity into my home. My heart people serve as the strong backbone to my little Seattle community and I have my coaching community. Even Facebook has created an interesting global community.

The beauty & magic of community is when a community comes together, each individual brings his or her other communities with them, increasing the cohesiveness & fortitude of that community. As Thomas from my satsang puts it, ‘It all comes back to love.’

Much love,
Jodi

Awakening Transformed: How I transformed waking up in the morning

What has you get excited to wake up in the morning?  Many of us think about the alarm clock going off in the morning and cringe.  I was one of those people & yet, in Groundhog Day style, I would hear my alarm clock go off again…& again…& again because I was a chronic snoozer.  I would sometimes snooze my alarm clock for a full hour or reset my alarm clock for as late as I possibly could or just plain sleep through or ignore my alarm clock.

As I am speaking in past tense, what altered my way of waking up to the world?  I began with the baby step of recording my dreams before I even left my  bed in the morning.  As soon as the alarm clock went off (& sometimes before or without an alarm clock), I would begin to awaken & be witness to my dreams.  I felt so connected to recording those dreams & not wanting them to dissipate in the full sharp rationality of stepping out of bed (What do I need to do today?  What will I eat for dinner?  Who is on my calendar?), I felt motivated to record my dreams in that precious space of half-awakening.

I added non-dominant journaling to my dream recordings.  (I wrote about this in a previous blog post:  https://possibilitiesunlimited.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/focus_grasshopper/ ).  That brought in some conscious & intuitive creation of my day.  What are my priorities for the day?  What is most important to me today?  What would I like to complete today?  What values are being reflected in my chosen plans for today?

My intention for some time has been to have a morning meditation.  That felt like the next natural baby step in my morning routine.  I began with a very brief meditation, following the dream recordings & the non-dominant journaling, brief as in 5 minutes.  It gradually extended to 10 & now 15 minutes.  It seems to expand & contract, depending on how long the other items take & what I feel into that day.

The final item I’ve added is a pulling of cards.  I have a number of different card decks, a Power deck, a Goddess deck, a Self-Care deck, in addition to traditional tarot decks.  I think of 3 items in my day, usually me, today & the evening thing I am doing (whether it be connecting with one of my heart people or going out on a date with a new person), & pull one card for each part of my day.  I have chosen to pull the cards either before or after journaling & definitely before meditation.  (I may add yoga to this mix – & I just realized that I have a yoga card deck, so I could pull a card & do that yoga pose.  YES!)

It amazes me that after 3 decades of not being excited to wake up in the morning, of being a chronic alarm clock snoozer, of burying myself under the covers begging the universe for just 5 more minutes of precious sleep, with these little baby steps of dream recording, non-dominant handwriting, pulling cards & meditation (that can take less than 1/2 hour), I have transformed my morning awakening.

Please comment on this blog with questions, comments & sharing of your own personal experiences of morning routines.

Much love, Jodi

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Empathic Healing

Impressions by Jodi Hyde

Connecting with Deep Wisdom

This past glorious sunny Seattle fall Saturday in Volunteer Park, I had a conversation with Jeff Baker, an empathic healer, and curious as a cat, I  began exploring this medium of healing.  While there was no wikipedia definition for empathic healer, there was one on about.com:

“Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity. 

Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others.”  (http://healing.about.com/cs/empathic/a/uc_empathtraits.htm)

While our conversation flowed like a river, 3 themes emerged:

  1. There is a depthless Source from which infinite love, infinite power, and infinite Wisdom can be accessed by you to heal yourself.
  2. Anyone and everyone can access this Source by tapping into the oneness, the deep energetic connections, that exist between all human beings, animals, plants, and inanimate matter.
  3. Living in the eternal state of WOW and being in a state of deep gratitude of the goodness that does exist in your life only serves to attract more of that goodness to you.

As a transformational life coach, my focus is on the energetic healing of the soul, and yet, as all things are deeply connected, mind-body-spirit, my clients have reported to me a physical increase in energy, a decrease in pain, and a sense of flow and ease in their body following our sessions.  There is something profoundly empowering about healing that happens on any level, as what heals the mind, heals the body and the spirit, and what heals the spirit, heals the mind and the body, and what heals the body, heals the mind and the spirit.

Much love, Jodi

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What’s Jodi Reading Now #3

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue

On this auspicious last day of September with the sun shining strongly, feeling more like summer than fully fall, I share with you an auspicious book, Conversations with God:  An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch.  While the book came out in the mid-90’s, it has taken me these 15 years to move past the title with its Judeo-Christian implications to experience the universal truths herein contained.

What I am reminded of throughout the book is 1) the deep interconnectedness of all there is & 2) the triune nature of experience.

First things first, the deep interconnectedness of all there is: The Three Musketeers had it right in stating, “All for one & one for all”.  Gestalt & many others took it one step further in stating, “All are one & one are all”.  Christian, Sufi, Buddhist & all other mystics have had a clear, direct experiential understanding of this throughout the ages.  From this perspective, war & murder are violence against one’s own brothers & sisters, against one’s mothers & teachers, against friends & beloved, & ultimately, against oneself.  From the hana perspective, I am you & you are me:  ‘the other’ disappears & love & infinite compassion remain.  From the one perspective, on an energetic level, God is all & we are God with a boundless capacity to create our experience in this dimension on this thing we call earth.

That said, we exist within a human experience with all the beauty & drudgery that is life, with the full spectrum of emotions & experiences that accompany being human.  While love IS what IS in the realm of the absolute, the array of feelings, thoughts & experiences (one categorization of the triune) available to us in the realm of the relative is more vast than this galaxy & deeper than any of our oceans.  Feelings alone include love, yes, & joy & fear & sorrow & peace & hope & despair & anger & compassion &….&….  Another way to describe the triune is body, mind & spirit.  The mind thinks the thoughts.  The body experiences the experiences.  The spirit feels the feelings.  This, points out Walsch, correlates to God the Father, Jesus the Son & the Holy Spirit.  Ken Wilbur in his integral theory speaks of “I”, “we” & “it” or art, morals & science or self, culture, nature or the Beautiful, the Good, & the True.  Also, in Conversations, the triune is described as “what is”, “what is not” & “the space in between”.  With relativity, comes choice.  With choice, comes freedom.  With freedom, comes infinite possibilities.

Embrace yourself.  Be wherever you are, unless you choose to be someplace else.  Be whomever you are, unless you choose another way of being.  Be in your reality, unless you choose to create a new reality.  Whatever you choose will be perfect.  There are no mistakes.  You are magnificent, remarkable & splendid.  You are love.

Below are 2 passages from Conversations on love & the triune nature of creation.  Enjoy!

On Love

All human actions are motivated at their deepest level by one of two emotions – fear or love.  In truth, there are only two emotions – only two words in the language of the soul.  These are the opposite ends of the great polarity which I created when I produced the universe, and your world, as you know it today.

These are the two points – the Alpha and the Omega – which all the system you call “relativity” to be.  Without these two points, without these two ideas about things, no other idea could exist.

Every human thought, and every human action, is based in either love or fear.  There is no other motivation, and all other ideas are but derivatives of these two.  They are simply different versions – different twists on the same theme.

Think on this deeply and you will see that it is true.  This is what I have called the Sponsoring Thought.  It is either a thought of love or fear.  This is the thought behind the thought behind the thought.  It is the first thought.  It is prime force.  It is the raw energy that drives the engine of human experience…..

. . .And so it is that in the moment you pledge your highest love, you greet your greatest fear.

For the first thing you worry about after saying “I love you” is whether you’ll hear it back.  And if you hear it back, then you begin immediately to worry that the love you have just found, you will lose.  And so all action becomes a reaction – defense against loss – even as you seek to defend yourself aginst the loss of God.

Yet if you knew Who You Are – that you are the most magnificent, the most remarkable, the most splendid being God has ever created – you would never fear.  For who could reject such wondrous magnificence?  Not even God could find fault in such a being.

On Creation

The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation….

The process of creation starts with thought – an idea, conception, visualization.  Everything you see was once someone’s idea.  Nothing exists in your world that did not first exist as pure thought.

This is true of the universe as well.

Thought is the first level of creation.

Next comes the word.  Everything you say is a thought expressed.  It is creative and sends forth creative energy into the universe.  Words are more dynamic (thus, some might say more creative) than thought, because words are a different level of vibration from thought.  They disrupt (change, alter, affect) the universe with greater impact.

Words are the second level of creation.

Next comes action.

Actions are words moving.  Words are thoughts expressed.  Thoughts are ideas formed.  Ideas are energies come together.  Energies are forces released.  Forces are elements existent.  Elements are particles of God, portions of All, the stuff of everything.

So, be love & go create!

Much love, Jodi