My Animal My Self: A Breakthrough Way to Understand How You and Your Animal Reflect Each Other ~ Marta Williams

In this groundbreaking book, animal communicator Marta Williams brings into focus an unexamined dynamic in our relationships with our animals: the idea that our animals are often our mirrors. Deeply and inextricably connected to us on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels, they can pick up and reflect back to us the issues and events of our lives. Through stories, exercises, and an extensive questionnaire, you will gain unique insight into the healing and teaching roles of your companion animals, both past and current, and the profound gifts they offer.

Marta Williams is a biologist and animal communicator who travels worldwide to teach people how to communicate intuitively with animals and nature. She offers tutoring, teleclasses, and consultations for animals and their people by phone, Skype, and email. Williams lives in Northern California.

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My Animal, My Self by Marta Williams

Biologist and animal communicator Marta Williams talks about her new book MY ANIMAL, MY SELF and explains how our pets reflect our own behavior back to us in this short interview. From cats that refuse to use the litter box to overly aggressive dogs, she offers an interesting vantage point to view our animals’s behaviorial issues.

The Psychic Way: Fine-Tuning Your Intuition by Barbara Ford-Hammond

Awakening and using intuitive abilities no longer causes eyebrows to rise. Women, in particular, are seeking information on how-to wake up their inner expert. Their interests range from chakra balancing to cosmic-ordering, future life progression to self-hypnosis with plenty in-between This book has all the techniques that Barbara demonstrates and teaches during her retreats and workshops. These were developed as a fun way to meld the esoteric with the corporate. Barbara shows how to understand your mind using hypnotic meditative techniques that lead naturally to expansion of self-awareness. Inner abilities are switched on in a fun easy manner. The Psychic Way is everything you need to know about being super-intuitive plus how to use the knowledge for pleasure or to ensure success in business.
Barbara is a holistic therapist and muse. She has been running a private hypnotherapy and training school for twenty years.

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The Psychic Way ~ Fine-tuning Your Intuition Barbara Ford-Hammond

Opening to the Infinite by Stephan A. Schwartz

In this edited excerpt from his forthcoming book, renowned researcher and author Stephan Schwartz discusses the subtle and transformative impacts of “remote viewing” and accessing nonlocal mind.

Three of the most mysterious things a person can experience are spiritual ecstasy, the ah–ha! moment of creative genius, and a verifiable “non-local awareness” event—what is often called a psychic event. Let me propose what I think a growing body of interdisciplinary research and a millennia of ethno-history both suggest: These three enigmatic occurrences are, in fact, different manifestations of the same process, sometimes seen as spiritual, sometimes as brilliance, and sometimes as merely strange. Each is modulated by the intent of the practitioner and the context in which the experience is placed.

A transcendentalist, for example, seeks spiritual experience and has one appropriate to their personal psychology. A scientist seeks, and sometimes discovers, a fundamental insight into how the world works. A person practicing a psychic discipline such as remote viewing seeks to describe a person, place, or event from which they are separated by reason of time or space. They get sense impressions and have a sense of knowingness just as if they were physically present. Sometimes these experiences come unbidden—and you yourself have probably had one at some point in your life.

Stephan Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz is the Senior Samueli Fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing of the Samueli Institute, and a Research Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research.

He is the columnist for the journal Explore, and editor of the daily web publication in both of which covers trends that are affecting the future. He also writes regularly for The Huffington Post. Previously he was the founder and Research Director of the Mobius laboratory, and Director of Research of the Rhine Research Center, Senior Fellow of The Philosophical Research Society, Special Assistant for Research and Analaysis to the Chief of Naval Operations, and an editorial staff member of National Geographic.

For 40 years he has been studying the nature of consciousness, particularly that aspect independent of space and time. Schwartz is part of the small group that founded modern Remote Viewing research, and is the principal researcher studying the use of Remote Viewing in archaeology. Using Remote Viewing he discovered Cleopatra’s Palace, Marc Antony’s Timonium, ruins of the Lighthouse of Pharos, and sunken ships along the California coast, and in the Bahamas.

He also uses remote viewing to examine the future. Since 1978, he has been getting people to remote view the year 2050, and out of that has come a complex trend analysis. His submarine experiment, Deep Quest, using Remote Viewing helped determine that nonlocal perception is not an electromagnetic phenomenon. Other areas of experimental study include research into creativity, meditation, and Therapeutic Intent/Healing. He is the author of 50 technical papers and reports. In addition to his experimental studies he has written numerous magazine articles for Smithsonian, OMNI, American History, American Heritage, The Washington Post, The New York Times, as well as other magazines and newspapers. He has produced and written a number of television documentaries, and has written four books: The Secret Vaults of Time, The Alexandria Project, Mind Rover and his latest, Opening to the Infinite.

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A Still, Small Voice: A Psychic’s Guide to Awakening Intuition ~ Echo Bodine

In A Still, Small Voice, famed psychic Echo Bodine turns to a subject she knows deeply and is passionate about: intuition. Using humorous anecdotes and a positive, readable style, this sequel to Echoes of the Soul explores what intuition is, where it’s located, what it sounds like, and how to cultivate it.

The author, who comes from a family of psychics, exposes the various internalized voices that can mask one’s intuition. These include the voices of parents, grandparents, peers, therapists, significant others, religious figures, and society, along with emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, and despair. The book challenges the cliche that psychic abilities and intuition are the same, or that they are evil. One chapter is devoted to the many practical benefits that come from listening to intuition; another looks at the “faith-building times” in life and how to cope with others’ negative reactions to setting off on the spiritual path.

By the author of Echoes of the Soul (25,000 copies sold).
The spiritual and practical benefits of tapping — and trusting — one’s intuition.

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Trust the Voice Within

An invitation from Echo Bodine to pass the word about developing a relationship to your intuition and trusting the guidance it provides.

Shakti Gawain on Living a Conscious Life

New World Library cofounder and bestselling author Shakti Gawain talks about New World Library’s 35-years in the publishing business, the 25th Anniversary Edition of LIVING IN THE LIGHT, and her personal adventures on the path of consciousness.

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The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness By Penney Peirce

A renowned intuitive and visionary shows you how to know what you need to know just when you need to know it.

Intuition is not a rare gift that only a gifted few possess but an innate human capacity that can be enhanced and developed. Synthesizing insights from psychology, East- West philosophy, religion, metaphysics, and business, this hands-on workbook in the tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, can teach anyone to achieve a heightened state of perceptual vitality and integrate it into daily life.

Intuition, writes Penney Peirce, is “not the opposite of logic,” but rather “a comprehensive way of knowing life that includes both left-brain analytical thinking and right-brain communication states.” On a practical level, intuition enables us to learn faster and make quicker, more inspired decisions. On a deeper level, it “is a powerful tool that can heal the painful split we all feel between our earthly, mundane selves and our divine, eternal selves.” Widely praised in its earlier editions, this new edition of The Intuitive Way, with a Foreword by Carol Adrienne, will introduce Penney Peirce’s pioneering work to a whole new readership.
Penney Peirce is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of intuition development. A coach and advisor to business leaders, psychologists, and spiritual seekers of all stripes, she has been affiliated with The Center for Applied Intuition, The Institute for the Study of Conscious Evolution, and The Arlington Institute. She is the author of Frequency and The Intuitive Way.

Separation of Two Worlds (Penney Pearce: ‘Intuitive Way’ ‘Frequency Wave’)

Edited and 30% speed increase of wonderful interview from Sept. 2011 on Red Ice Creations Radio (Henrik Palmgren : ) with Penney Pearce, author, lecturer, healer..

Penney discusses some of her relevant and fascinating views on the energetic changes in this time (2011) as well as intuitive impressions of what may come after. I think it’s a brilliant discussion and i wanted to share it with others… So here you go ! Enjoy and be well.. Aloha.

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Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest ~ Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Saracen Chivalry explores the space between Arthurian romance and the ethics and spirituality of Sufism. Framed as a medieval treatise penned by a fabled African queen, the book articulates a vision of life centered on the virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance, and generosity, illustrating these virtues with scriptural verses, prophetic sayings, sage maxims, and traditional legends and lore.

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Queen Belacane is dying. As a last act, she inscribes a book of counsels, or prince’s mirror, to guide her newborn son on his life’s path. The Queen’s counsels illuminate the way of futuwwa, a tradition of mystical chivalry traced to the Prophet Abraham. If the Prince would unite the chivalries of Christendom and Islam and attain the Cup Mixed with Camphor, he must fulfill the pillars of his faith, and uphold the universal virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance, and generosity.

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Biography Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, is an Anglo-Indian scholar and contemplative leader. He is president of the Sufi Order International and founder of Suluk Academy and Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. He lives with his wife and two children in rural upstate New York.

Interview with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

An interview with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan from the October 2008 Sufi Conference held on Asilomar Conference grounds.

Awakening the Brain :The Neuropsychology of Grace ~ Dr. Charlotte Tomaino

Dr. Charlotte Tomaino began her exploration into the realm where spiritual meets physical at a young age when she decided to become a Catholic nun. After three years of silence in spiritual formation, Dr. Tomaino became increasingly aware of the incredible impact our beliefs can have on the human experience.

Eager to explore this idea from a scientific perspective, Tomaino chose to pursue a PhD in neuropsychology from the City University of New York. She went on to receive training in diagnosis and treatment of brain function at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and spent an additional year training in and integrated treatment in cognitive rehabilitation at Temple Medical Center in New Haven, Ct.

Today, Dr. Tomaino has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a neuropsychologist and has garnered national media attention in TIME magazine and the New York Times for her groundbreaking treatment methods accessing the power of neuroplasticity. Her clinical case studies offer compelling evidence that the thoughts we choose to focus on can have a profound effect on our brain structure.

Drawing from her experiences as both a doctor and a former nun, Dr. Tomaino is able to uniquely address the profound power of belief and spirituality on the brain. Through her private practice she has helped hundreds of patients recover from brain injuries, giving her remarkable insight into human potential.

As a full-time clinician in White Plains, New York, Dr. Tomaino helps patients develop practical solutions for the loss of brain function from injuries in falls, strokes, aneurisms, and other traumatic incidents. Training the brains of those who have suffered injuries has given her remarkable insight into what is possible for people whose brains are intact and ready for expansion. She wrote Awakening the Brain to make her applied neuroscience methods and techniques used in treatment available to all.
Dr. Charlotte Tomaino “Awakening the Brain”

Dr. Charlotte Tomaino, gives you a sneak peek of her upcoming book “Awakening the Brain.”

Human potential cannot be quantified. The more we learn about the brain, the more hidden promise we unearth.

What if you could harness the full spectrum of your abilities by engaging your brain in such a way to expand your awareness and broaden your skill sets? Through simple exercises and insights, you can increase your capacity to learn and fundamentally change the way your brain functions.

In Awakening the Brain, Dr. Charlotte A. Tomaino reveals how the way you think and what you believe can actually awaken your brain and expand your consciousness. You’ll learn how to:

• read your Brain-Body Compass to make positive choices;

• alleviate stress to keep your brain in its optimal arousal state;

• focus your mind to guide your thoughts and emotions;

• connect with the inherent strength of your intuition; and

• engage the full power of your thoughts and beliefs.

Awakening the Brain: The Neuropsychology of Grace

Neuropsychologist & former nun Dr. Charlotte Tomaino explores the relationship between the brain & spirituality.

Awakening the Brain

The Art of Intuition Cultivating Your Inner Wisdom ~ Sophy Burnham

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Book of Angels, a wise and inspiring guide to strengthening one’s intuitive abilities.

Are you intuitive? Do you trust your intuitions? In The Art of Intuition, Sophy Burnham contends that we all have hunches and sudden insights and that we need only awaken to our inborn abilities in order to develop our inner wisdom.

In this fascinating book, Burnham tells the stories of individuals who have “seen without seeing” to illustrate the workings of what she calls our “intuitive hearts.” Exploring such topics as how loved ones are able to communicate with one another telepathically to skeptics who deny their power to see into the future, this book represents an important spiritual thinker’s take on a subject that is vital to us all. According to Burnham, intuition is always right, and when you receive messages from Spirit-be it in the form of a subtle impression or a thunderous bolt from the blue-you must always, always follow the call.

Sophy Burnham is the author of twelve books, eight plays, and numerous essays, articles, profiles, and pieces of investigative journalism. Her books have appeared on the New York Times, Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, and she has appeared on such esteemed television shows as Oprah, Larry King Live, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Burnham currently divides her time between Washington, D.C. and Taos, New Mexico.
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Sophy Burnham, author of the millions-selling A BOOK OF ANGELS and now THE ART OF INTUITION, discusses why intuition is so important in our lives and how we can hone our intuition. (Part 1 of 3)
Tarcher Talks – Sophy Burnham on Angels

Sophy Burnham, author of the millions-selling A BOOK OF ANGELS and now THE ART OF INTUITION, offers her perspective on angels and why they’re still relevant today

Emissary of Love The Psychic Children Speak to the World ~James Twyman

James Twyman travels around the world singing his songs of peace and harmony to people of all races, cultures, and beliefs. Inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi, he has been to every war-torn country in the world, often at great personal risk. But this is the story of a different kind of journey.

One night, while giving a talk in a private home in San Francisco, Twyman met a ten-year-old boy. When the boy touched Twyman’s finger, suddenly Twyman could bend spoons with the power of his mind, could read thoughts, and could transmit images to others. Yet, later, no one who had been in the room could remember seeing the child!

The boy had said his name was Marco, and that other special children like him could be found in a monastery in the mountains of Bulgaria. Without knowing who or where they were, or how he would find them, Jimmy Twyman began an extraordinary journey to find Marco and the psychic children. In the process, he learned that the children had a message for all the world-and learned, too, that he was the one to deliver that message.

This is that message.

“The Indigo Evolution” is a documentary that attempts to answer the question – Are these ‘Indigos’ only the fanciful notions of a few individuals embracing new-age, metaphysical beliefs, or is there real evidence that they truly do exist? Most importantly, why are they here and how can we help them achieve their goal of creating a world based upon the laws of compassion and peace? Interviews with some of the most profound children on the planet today combined with discussions with authorities in the fields of medicine, psychology, education, philosophy, and religion will provide information for the viewer to draw their own conclusions to these questions.

‘The Indigo Evolution‘ is a documentary about the shifting human, evolving beyond the five sensory perceptions into a multi-sensory being of light ! The term Indigo refers to the Indigo color Aura seen around certain individuals who exhibit certain enhanced abilities well beyond their age and learning. Commonly labeled as suffering from some kind of deficit (ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia …) these children clearly have more of something most of us fail to recognize. Their non conformance to authority and the social conditioning sometimes earns them the label of being problem children.

Indigo Evolution, a feature-length documentary by James Twyman, was released Jan. 28, 2006 in more than 350 churches and wellness and spiritual centers around the world. The attendance far exceeded expectations, demonstrating how interest in understanding the “Indigo phenomenon” has grown. Indigo Evolution illuminates the lives of children who are referred to as “Indigos.” The movie describes them as creative, eccentric and independent. Impatient with the status quo, these children possess a high degree of integrity and intuition. Many are both intelligent and gifted, often in the areas of art and technology, and some are said to bring healing gifts.

According to Indigo Evolution, Indigos often sound very wise for their age; however, they are very sensitive physically, emotionally and spiritually, and not always comfortable in their own bodies. They easily experience sensory overload to lights, smells, sounds, touching and toxins, and need help in becoming grounded. Many Indigos have attention and social problems in school and may frequently correct the teacher. While their behaviors vary, their philosophy of life is consistent; they have a high level of social consciousness and desire to make the world a better place. They are here to bring the Dawn of the Golden Age!

Hopi Elders reveal ancient prophecies:
After the premiere test screening of “The Indigo Evolution”, the Hopi nation contacted James Twyman, and told him that they were willing to reveal their ancient and guarded secrets about the children of the planet in this movie. The new section containing interviews with Hopi elders about their ancient prophesies and how they relate to the Indigos was added to the documentary. Their message was astounding, and has now become the central theme for the entire film. The Hopi elders shared that it is not too late to reverse the tide of earth cleansing, but only if we come together, and the children have a critical role to play.

About the Filmmakers:
James Twyman (Producer / Director) is a singer/songwriter and the author of “Emissary of Love-The Psychic Children Speak” and “Messages from Thomas: Raising Psychic Children.” James wrote and was the Executive Producer for the movie INDIGO which premiered in January 2005.

Stephen Simon (Executive Producer) has produced such films as “Somewhere in Time” and “What Dreams May Come” and is the author of “The Force is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives.”

Kent Romney – (Co-Producer / Co-Director) This is Kent’s first feature documentary as a Director and Producer. In recent years, traveling to distant lands and cultures of our world, he worked on production teams that created film and television projects shown on The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, ABC Primetime and other broadcast networks. As a filmmaker, he creates video and film projects reflecting his interests in adventure travel, social topics, cultural issues and spiritual growth.

Doreen Virtue – (Associate Producer) holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in counseling psychology, is the author of more than 20 books about angels, chakras, Crystal Children, Indigo Children, health and diet, and other mind-body-spirit issues. She is recognized as an expert in the area of Indigo Children and her books on the subject include “The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children” and “The Crystal Children.”

Butterflies Are Free to Fly: A New and Radical Approach to Spiritual Evolution by Stephen Davis

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When Nicolaus Copernicus discovered the Earth wasn’t the center of the Universe, everything changed. When Frederick Miescher discovered DNA, everything changed again. When quantum physicists discovered our physical universe isn’t real, that it’s a hologram – everything … wait! Nothing changed – yet. Now “Butterflies Are Free To Fly” offers a new and radical approach to spiritual evolution.

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Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood (with Mick Fleetwood), and the Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods.


THE SPIRIT WHISPERER – Chronicles of a Medium ~ John Holland

In John Holland’s past books, he explained how he came to terms with, and learned to accept and embrace, his spiritual gifts as a psychic medium, and how “readers” can develop their own intuitive psychic abilities.

In this new book, John picks up the fascinating story of his personal journey of growth and development as one of the most respected practicing mediums today. This work chronicles his past ten years of experience and includes some enlightening and heartfelt real-life case studies.

He candidly discusses readings with clients, including those who’ve had their own After Death Communications (ADCs)—from the outrageous to the profound. John also explains the signs and symbols that our loved ones continually try to send us. One of his most popular sayings is: “Those on the Other Side want to talk to you—as much as you want to talk to them!”

John divulges for the first time some of the extraordinary paranormal occurrences he’s witnessed throughout his career, and provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a “Psychic Time Machine” for several television shows, as well as growing up as a psychic child. He’ll also help parents who have a psychic child themselves.

The Spirit Whisperer is a book you’ll want to read over and over, as many of the stories will touch your heart as well as your soul.

John Holland, the author of Born Knowing, Psychic Navigator, 101 Ways to Jump-Start Your Intuition, Power of the Soul, and The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck, is an internationally renowned psychic medium who’s been lecturing, demonstrating, and reading for private clients for almost two decades.

He has devoted his life to spirit and one of continued personal development, and receives his greatest rewards when he’s able to bring peace, comfort, healing, and closure by helping people connect to the Other Side.

John’s signature workshops that teach us to look within for answers have become a popular trademark with audiences throughout North America, Australia, and Europe. He has been featured on The History Channel’s Psychic History, Unsolved Mysteries, Extra, and the A&E special Mediums: We See Dead People. He also has a popular weekly call-in radio show, “Spirit Connections,” on®

The Spirit Whisperer by John Holland

Chronicles of a Medium – Theres a special language that transcends time and space—a language thats not constrained by the limitations of just words—but one that consists of signs, symbols, energy, and thought. A language that can only be heard when one truly listens. Its the language of The Spirit Whisperer.

Navigating an Uncertain Future: Guidance for the Unpredictable Road Ahead ~ Alan Seale

It seems that with each passing year, the pace of change is quickening, and there are no signs that it is going to slow down any time soon. Along with rapid change comes unpredictability, and often volatility at every level of society—family, community, business, and government.

2012 is not likely to be any different. Numerologically, 2012 is a “5” year. In a 9-year cycle, it is the “middle” year. Archetypally, the number 5 represents unexpected change, uncertainty, and re-balancing of energies. So in case things haven’t been uncertain enough for you in our world, just hang on—chances are, it’s about to get more intense! So my inquiry is, since it could be a year of unexpected change anyway, what unexpected shift in the mass consciousness and collective action might be possible if we focused our energy and attention?

We can choose to struggle against the uncertainty or to take it as an invitation to discovery, new learning, and growth. We have no guidebook for today and tomorrow because the world has never been where we are now. So how do we navigate our unpredictable future? How do we prepare when we don’t know what we are preparing for? How do we ensure that we will be ok? In this article, I outline nine skills, approaches, and perspectives that could serve us well in navigating our uncertain future.

First, we can look at life as energy and learn more about how life works from an energy point of view. Everything is energy and that energy is always in motion. Life is energy in motion. Relationships are energy in motion. Family, society, business, and government are all about relationships and how the energy is flowing in those relationships. And in order for relationships to be healthy and productive, there cannot be winners and losers. Everyone, on at least some level, has got to win. The energy must be flowing in such a way that serves everyone. Therefore, we must be aware of how our choices, decisions, and actions are impacting others and look for the choices that move everyone forward.

Secondly, we can be willing to let things get messy for awhile. Although some might fear that things have to get worse before they can get better, a bigger-picture view usually helps us understand that the “getting worse” is just a necessary breakdown or unraveling that must happen before a new pattern or creation can form. Therefore, the messiness is actually serving a purpose. There is huge momentum in the evolutionary flow. We are on our way from where we have been to where we are going. If we fight against that flow and try to maintain control and keep things orderly, the ride is going to be even rougher than if we just trust that the messy period is a natural part of the evolutionary process.

Which takes us to number three. In uncertain times it is important to be able to perceive potential before it fully emerges, and then to follow that potential and let it show us the way forward. Focusing on solving problems slows us down and puts us out of sync with the rapid pace of evolution and change. A problem is not something to be solved; it is a message to be listened to and a potential partner with which to co-create. Problems are just symptoms that something is not working. And when something is not working, that is because something else now wants to happen. What may have worked at one time is no longer working because the situation or circumstance has evolved.

Culture and society are evolving at ever increasing rates. If we try to “keep up,” we are doomed to failure because we’re working too hard at trying to figure out how to keep up. However, if we choose to ride the wave and let the powerful flow of rapid evolution carry us and show us the way forward, we discover an enormous energy that can sweep us to the next place. Synergy and synchronicity kick in when we follow “what wants to happen.” Miracles start to become the norm. The problems then seem to disappear, become irrelevant, or solve themselves.

When things are moving fast, our focus must be on what wants to happen and where the wave of evolution is taking us next, not on fixing problems that belong to an old paradigm that no longer serves. Focusing on fixing problems keeps us stuck.

Let me make a point of clarification here. I fully acknowledge that we have crises in our world. And when a crisis occurs, we must, of course, respond in the short term to take care of immediate needs. When people need food and shelter, we must take care of that immediate need. However, as quickly as possible, our bigger focus must be on “what wants to happen here? What is this situation trying to show us? What must be our next big step forward?” One part of our awareness may need to be on taking care of the short-term needs, but some part of us must also be focusing on the bigger picture and what wants to happen.

A fifth skill for navigating uncertain terrain is the ability to step beyond judgments of right or wrong, good or bad. Again, everything that happens has a message—it is trying to tell us something. When we get caught up in labeling something good or bad, right or wrong, we can miss the message that the circumstance is trying to convey. If we step beyond the judgment into a place of listening, observing, and intuiting, there is always a message. The sooner we can hear and respond to the message, the more things will start to flow.

All of this is not to say that just following the energy and paying attention to the message will make everything easy and fine. Sometimes the message feels like it actually just makes things more complicated. Or doing what the message is asking may seem impossible. Our challenge here is to accept not having the answers. All we can do is listen, observe, intuit, and take one step at a time while following the potential as best we can.

The sixth skill that can serve us in uncertain times is knowing how to be both visionary and strategist. The unpredictable road ahead challenges us to live in the intersection between being and doing, between intuition and intellect. In Transformational Presence work, we talk about the vertical and horizontal orientations of awareness (see my latest book, Create A World That Works, chapter 4). Most of us default to one orientation or another. In these volatile times, we need to be equally at home in both.

A seventh helpful skill is knowing when to act and when to press pause. The Hermetic Principle of Gender says that the creative process must always have both masculine and feminine energies. This means that inspiration and creativity must be met with strategy and action. Yet it also tells us that there are times for moving full-speed ahead and other times for pausing, reflecting, and intuiting the next steps. A related principle, the Principle of Gestation, tells us that all things come in their own time. The cake will not be baked until all of the chemical reactions have occurred in the oven. In an evolutionary flow, things take as long as they take, and some things are out of our hands. (For more on the Hermetic Principles, see Create A World That Works, chapter 11.)

Which leads us to the eighth skill: the ability to access greater wisdom. It is one thing to have a lot of knowledge; it is quite another thing to have the wisdom of how to use that knowledge. Or even to know when to admit that our knowledge is based on an old paradigm and therefore we really don’t know anything about where we are now! The invitation in those moments is to trust that there is a new paradigm emerging that requires new knowledge and skill sets, and that our job now is to learn fast.

Wisdom also brings clarity about what is yours to do and what is not yours to do. This is a really important awareness skill in times of uncertainty. You may be tempted to try to take care of everything. You can’t. Use clear discernment to know where you should actually be focusing your energy, and then give it all you’ve got.

Wisdom is not something we learn; it’s something we grow in to. However, we can certainly invite it in! Just the recognition that knowledge isn’t enough and that there is a bigger awareness to tap is already a start. On the unpredictable road ahead, there will not always be time to learn all there is to learn or to carefully craft a plan. When things are moving fast, intuition and inner wisdom, along with the wisdom and support of those we trust, may be all we have. It is important to cultivate that wisdom when things are calm so that it is there to serve us when we are paddling hard in the #10 rapids.

Finally, the ninth skill is presence. If your aim is not just to survive the road ahead, but to truly make a difference in your world, then it is important to develop a personal presence that is inherently transformational. Transformational Presence is a result of living in the partnership between intuition and intellect, soul and ego, being and doing. Transformational Presence is an embodiment of all that I’ve written about here and more. It is about showing up to life in such a way that creates the optimal conditions for transformation to occur. Transformational Presence means closing the gap between what you know and how you live. It means being in touch with a deep and profound inner wisdom and letting that wisdom guide you.

Navigating life is an art. What kind of artist you are becomes evident in uncertain times when all you have to fall back on is your craft and skill in artful living. Know and respect your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Take good care of yourself, because, when things are moving fast, you are the only one who can. And take advantage of the quiet times to continue growing yourself.

2012 will likely bring more uncertainty and challenges on all levels. However, we also can influence how the year unfolds by our thoughts, attitudes, intentions, and actions. As 2011 draws to a close and you prepare for the dawning of a new year, I invite you to spend some time listening to what the evolutionary flow is asking of you in the coming year. What is the vision you feel called to give energy to? What unexpected change could actually serve a greater good? How can you support that unexpected change? Just because something doesn’t appear to be possible today does not mean that it will not be possible tomorrow. Everything is changing quickly. And these unexpected times call us each to step into great wisdom and to learn how life works in a new era.

Listening to that evolutionary flow and partnering with it can take courage. It might mean challenging the conventional wisdom of the day and standing for new perspectives and approaches. Heading into 2012, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from poet and activist Audre Lord:

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Who might you be in these uncertain times if you forgot to be afraid? What might you accomplish if you used all of your strength and skills on manifesting a vision that serves a greater good?

Much has been written about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012. It doesn’t mean that the world ends in 2012. It means that up until now, in a sense, our story had been written. From 2012 on it’s up to us to write our story. The page is blank. What story will we as a collective write? What is the story that you choose to give energy to? And what is yours to do in order to manifest that story?

Whatever that is, live it now. The world can’t afford for you to wait any longer

The Noetic Change Model — Living a Life of Meaning by Lee Lipsenthal

We all have experience of a noetic nature: things we know to be true even without external “proof.” We often refer to these “knowings” as intuitions or synchronicities, yet they are common. Sometimes, for many of us, in workshops, retreats, or deep meditations, these events can be large and even shake us up.

Science is just beginning to understand the nature of such spiritual moments. There are two areas of the brain, the right angular gyrus and posterior right temporal region, that when triggered electrically gives us spiritual experiences: out of body adventures, the sense of something bigger than ourselves. It can also be triggered or stimulated by drugs, meditation, prayer, shamanic journeying, guided imagery, or sleep.

But what is the “meaning” of these events? We may never know, but the Noetic Sciences Change Model developed at IONS suggests a way of finding purpose from these events. Instead of asking “What doe this mean?” or “Am I being given a message?” ask yourself, “How does this inform my life and how can I bring this out to the world in a way that has meaning?” After all, our actions are what matters in the world.

There are traps in bringing our experience, our meaning, our action, to the world; such effort can swallow us up, distract us, or even diminish our power. We can believe we are special and act as if special was real, likening ourselves to a guru or wise one; this is the trap of ego. We can get so engrossed in our experience that we want to study, read, and learn anything that can be known about it; this is the trap of intellect. We can seduce ourselves into believing that it’s all about “me” and forget to bring our actions into a spirit of service. We can forget that there are many paths, and that we have only been shown one, and that our path may not be for others.

Or…we can sit and practice, go deeper and ask ourselves, How does this noetic moment inform my life and my ability to serve others in a way that they wish to be served? How can I live it fully? It’s a choice.

Living Fully

Living fully is having an ongoing transcendent experience.

It is not studying and analyzing the experience.
It is not wanting more of the experience.
It is not buying the right clothing to remind you of the experience.
It is not telling the world that you are the experience.

It is being within the experience.
It is asking “How does this experience inform my life?”
It is asking “How does this experience help me to serve others?”
It is doing the work of love without being seen.

Dr. Lipsenthal was a member of the IONS Board of Directors and Founder & CEO of Finding Balance in a Medical Life. He was also the Medical Advisor for HeartMath, LLC and received numerous awards in the Academic and Medical field.

8 Ways to Activate Your Intuition ~ Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Intuition can be defined as understanding or knowing without a conscious and immediate route to thought or reason. Some may categorize it as mystical, while others may describe it as a response to unconscious cues or previous learning.

However, intuition can be a tricky subject. I have dealt with many clients who confuse delusions or illusive tendencies with intuition. This could be misguiding to them, creating anxiety and confusion. The reason for this is that while intuition is something we all have and can access, it needs activation.

Becoming too much of a logical mind without using your intuition can be unproductive, but the same is also true with being too intuitive and not logical. Some of the greatest discoveries, inventions and creations of our times have been done by experts who were open to their intuitive side and responded to their hunches in a productive way.

In order for you to activate your intuitive tendencies, you may find the following useful:

1.Learn To Become Objective
The more objective you become, the clearer your path to accessing your intuition. Being objective means being less biased in the way you approach life and its challenges.

To do that you need to move above the situation and look at it without being emotionally blinded by it.

You need to look for an uncensored truth of the situation before making a judgment. In other words, you need to be willing to move beyond the tip of the iceberg.

2. Increase Your Knowledge And Experience

The more experience and knowledge you have in a specific subject, the more reliable your intuition will become.

For example, someone who has had more experiences with children seems to be better at intuitively knowing how to deal with them in certain situations.

This is not to say that there are any guarantees, and that one with experience and knowledge is always right, because we all have our self serving biases, but the chances of it being more reliable increases with knowledge and expertise.

3. Activate Your Logical Side

When your mind is functional, you can take in your intuitive information and hunches, and do an evaluation to test its accuracy.

Finding that bridge between the two, and helping them work together brings you closer to your fully functioning self.

Intuition is an access to the innate wisdom and knowledge, but logic is needed to filter this knowledge in a practical and useful way.

If we have all the knowledge in the world without knowing how to make it applicable, we are missing half of the equation. Even worse, the other half may become useless, confusing and even chaotic.

4. Learn To Be Centered

Being centered is nothing more than feeling in peace. I have written extensively about this subject and what it means to feel peace within, which is an ultimate form of happiness.

It is a form of happiness that has all the benefits, but not as much of a cost.

To be centered, you have to learn to go through the necessary behavioral, cognitive and emotional modification to let go of any heavy baggage that you are carrying — and releasing and modifying what does not work.

Connecting to your internal knowing and intuition is easier when you don’t have heavy baggage blocking your way.

When you have more drama than you can handle, your intuition becomes hazy.

5. Self Monitor And Self Reflect

Whether you do this through meditation, prayer or quiet times, it is important to self monitor and check for your intuitive accuracies. Look for patterns and evaluate the feelings and situations attached to them.

See what part of your intuition has been reliable in the past and what has been misleading, and then try to make shifts and adjustments.

For example, if you think you’re intuitive, but your intuitive hunches have mostly been wrong in the past, do a self check in to see what that is.

Do you get overly emotional in situations? Do you overreact? Are you impulsive when something does not go your way? Do you constantly feel drained by drama?

These are some of the questions that may be useful.

6. Learn To Become More Empathetic

Some researchers report that empathy is in our genes, we just need to let it unleash. By becoming more empathetic, unconditionally, we give ourselves the ability to connect.

The more we connect to others, the easier it gets for us to get in touch with our intuitive side.

An empathetic person is able to walk out of her zone and get into something that may be foreign to her, to understand it and to acknowledge the other’s experience as accurate for that person.

Someone who is empathetic learns to give attention and a feeling of significance to the other.

An empathetic person is not only aware of what is in the present, but also the past experiences and how it affects the present.

7. Don’t Let Arrogance Make You Ignorant

There is an old saying, the more you know, the more you know how much you don’t know. The smartest of people who know relatively a lot, have these “wow” moments of realizing how much more there is to learn.

Therefore, don’t let your ego manipulate you into believing that the small little part of this life you see is all there is to it.

Be open to the fact that what humans know, while it is admirable, is but a few drops in the ocean. Therefore, don’t close mindedly deny something just because you can’t see it.

Being reasonably skeptical, but at the same time knowingly convinced, that there is more to life can help you channel through your intuition.

8. Keep in mind that like any other skill, becoming more intuitive takes time and practice.

While some may have a more innate natural tendency toward it, we all are capable of becoming more intuitive and we all need practice to become good at it.

When you learn to find a bridge between your intuition and your logic, you feel more like your complete self and you become more productive, and you get this feeling that things just become easier for you.

At the end, as always, aim for it, enjoy the process and don’t forget to have a little faith.

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