We’re the Winds of Change

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My last post focused on being different. Today, let’s explore what it means to be the Winds of Change. Wind comes in lots of varieties and change doesn’t have to be big or difficult.

No one can deny we’re living in a time of great change – it is literally in the stars as we leave the Piscean Age and enter into the Aquarian Age. Those who are comfortable in the status quo are digging in their heels. Bless them; they have an important job to do. Because it is so needed, lots of us are incarnating at this time to facilitate change. Bless us; we’re not always understood or appreciated. Together, the changers and the status quo folks orchestrate a dance, which hopefully retains what works, as it shifts and transforms what doesn’t.

If you suspect that you are one of the changers, breathe. Change doesn’t have to be big or difficult. You have not signed up for something that needs to overwhelm you or requires sacrifices you really don’t want to make. Let’s talk about winds.

Winds, like those that came with Harvey in Texas or Irma along the Atlantic Coast, are not everyday winds. These kinds of fierce winds are devastating, yet relatively rare. No one is asking you to leave a path of destruction in your wake.

Imagine a gentle wind cooling you on a hot summer’s day. Consider the welcome winds that cleared our smoky air here in Washington State. Our air was toxic and now it is breathable. Those same winds could have encouraged more fires, yet we needed them to improve our air quality. Imagine the wind that fills the sails, taking your boat across the lake on a sunny day. You get my point? Winds come in many varieties.

So what kind of wind do you bring to the world?

Let me ask you a different question: In what way(s) do you serve the world that also brings you great joy? This relates, I promise. We’re all given gifts and talents to serve the world. By design, those gifts and talents will bring us great joy (so that we can do them with ease, grace and for the long haul, if needed.)

If you’re someone who thinks differently, expresses yourself uniquely, has special needs – if you’re a square peg in a world of round holes – you’re probably a changer. Find the things that fill your sails, then set your course. The water is good!

“Sometimes we are lucky enough to know our lives have been changed, to discard the old and embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me on that summer’s day when my eyes were opened to the sea.” – Jacques Yves-Cousteau

Too often we believe we have to do something big or outrageous in order to make any difference. The truth is that whatever you do makes a difference – most directly in your own life. Each action ripples out into the world. Why not dream your dreams and make them manifest. If it fills your sails and brings you joy, the world will be better off.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!” – Mark Twain

Years ago I visited the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. I was thrilled to find a labyrinth and walked it. When I came out, I brought this song with me.

This song from the  labyrinth was my first teaching in how powerful it is when we find the gifts that bring us joy and offer them to the world. It’s a life changer – for you and the world. Imagine how different our world would be if only 1% of us started doing what truly brings us joy. It can be scary, but quickly it becomes incredibly juicy and fulfilling. It is the magic elixir of life and brings us incredible joy. Doesn’t it make just plain good sense to enter this dance?

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.” ~ Grace Hopper

All of us have our oceans to sail. We will encounter winds that take us to our intended destinations; winds that seem to be at cross purposes; even no wind at all. Our dreams and intentions – our joys, gifts and talents – are the oars, the sails and the rudder. We must use them. And when we find and live our path and purpose, we inspire others. Simply by example, we become the wind that fills their sails – or perhaps the wind beneath their wings.

What I’m saying folks is to acknowledge you are the winds of change, but don’t focus on how the world needs to change. It’s unlikely that you can see clearly enough to know what the whole world needs. I prefer to trust that the Universe brought me and my gifts to this time and place for a reason. I don’t need to know that reason. I simply need to commit to using well the gifts I’ve been given in service to the world. And here’s a vital point: not only is it OK to enjoy what you’re doing, joy is the sign that you’re offering your gifts in the right way at the right time.

As psychics, intuitives, empaths and sensitives, we must be willing to step into our joys and dreams and risk offering them to the world. This is everyone’s work, of course. But for us carrying these unique sacred gifts, it is vital. There’s a reason so many of us are incarnating at this time. We’re greatly needed. There’s a reason we’re different.

“We can’t solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Head shotSmall, everyday actions that bring us joy (even when they’re challenging) – these are the most effective winds of change. Just begin.

Blessings to each of you, Lena.

I started a Facebook group to support psychics, intuitives, empaths and sensitives. If you are interested in being a part of P.I.E.S. visit the Facebook page and ask to join. On the page you will find four intro videos, group discussions and resources. 

If you learn best by story, you might benefit more by reading my novels, which feature everyday people finding and living their sacred gifts and offering them in service to the world. Find my books.

 

Calling the Beloveds

Certain places on the land speak to me. I don’t mean that they touch a place deep within me that brings a sense of connection (although this is also true); I mean it literally speaks to me. Sometimes I have to pull over so that I can concentrate on what it is the land wishes to share. You see I’m a path walker and a wayshower.

In the last several years, as the world faces great change and is in need of new ways of operating, I have been inundated with information. My job is to discern how best to share the information.

Earlier this year I traveled in Southern California. Heading east from Tehachapi the voices started. When Tonantzin began to speak to me, I pulled over and opened my heart and ears. That particular message was personal and her presence stayed with me for the rest of that journey. As I traveled back along the same route, I hoped for another conversation with her. I felt her presence, but she had no other words for me.

However, as I approached Tehachapi again, the hills began to cry. “Where are the beloveds?” they asked in a voice both sad and hungry. I immediately pulled off the road with the intention of singing to help ease their pain. I grounded myself, connected to the land and sang their pain.

After a few moments, I felt their stunned silence. This was followed by hushed whispers about a beloved. I heard both excitement and doubt in their whispers. I kept singing until I heard one voice. “Welcome Beloved.” I realized the voice was speaking to me.

“What is a beloved?” I asked.

A beloved, they told me, is one who actively engages with nature – someone who listens, hears and offers something of themselves, often in healing. Long ago, many beloveds talked with us, worked with us, loved us. Now, there are so few.

I asked them about the Faeries and was told that yes, they are beloveds. The Fey however are diminishing as natural places diminish. Humans used to work with them and together they offered healing where it was needed on the land. Mostly, however, they simply engaged deeply in nature’s beauty. Seeing and appreciating beauty is an act of healing; it’s preventative medicine that helps keep all in balance. Sharing in the beauty of nature also offers this medicine to humans and Fey. This exchange of beauty is a way of loving self and those around you – plants, animals, stones, water, ….

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Yakima River, near where I live.

I flashed back to my trip in NW Ohio several years earlier where an Elm tree taught me RiverSong. In RiverSong you listen to the innate song of a river (or a tree, person, community) and sing its song back to it. This act strengthens the river’s song and brings it healing. As the river’s song grows in strength and no longer needs you, something wonderful happens. You begin hearing your own innate song. The river invites you to sing your song in harmony with the river song. This exchange is phenomenally healing and ecstatic.

I began singing the hills of Tehachapi again. Their song grew stronger and when they no longer needed my voice, I found my own innate song. Together we sang, healing each other and calling to other beloveds.

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are also a beloved. Trust yourself. Spend more time with nature – not passively, but as an act of healing. Notice the beauty, take it in. Speak it, sing it- and in the song, I hope you find your innate song – so I can sing it back to you.

I usually like to at least refer to the science of the esoteric work I do. I could talk about vibrational resonances, but somehow it feels like some of the magic will disappear. Don’t think about it, simply enter the beauty and joy as you commune. It will be lovely. These mutually beneficial exchanges just make plain good sense.

If you want to explore this work more, join my email list; my Facebook page; or you can learn about these practices in “Choices for Joy” – or if you prefer learning via story, try “In the Arms of the Spiral“.

Head shotBlessings Beloveds

~ Lena

Of Course We’re Different!

I’ve recently started a new Facebook page dedicated to Psychics, Intuitives, Empaths and Sensitives – P.I.E.S. for short. Why? Because working with folks with these sacred gifts is a very big part of my work, a part I’m rather passionate about.

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that I am a P.I.E.S member. I treasure my inherited gifts. Yet, when I was younger I didn’t realize I carried them; I just felt different, awkwardly so.

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Studying anthropology in college opened me to possibilities as to why I was different. Reading about cross-cultural and particularly indigenous peoples had me questioning our culture rather than my gifts. Maybe I was different for a reason?

Maybe, just maybe, I needed to explore those gifts so that I could understand them. And then, perhaps it was part of my work to teach my culture what the h@#$ to do with me.

Among the Dgara people, they believe that if a child is born into their community, the child is coming to bring them gifts that are needed by the community. This concept became a life raft in the ocean of my uncertainty. It struck a chord of truth; it touched my inner knowing. I found hope and a new joy in the facing life ahead.

Mostly, I found a powerful way to re-frame my experiences. I was no longer a freak, who needed to hide her true nature. Suddenly, I was a pioneer, a Wayshower, a catalyst for change. This has been my work for the last 3+ decades; I have explored, developed and learned to share my gifts.

Ironically, I have discovered that this is the essence of everyone’s life: to explore, develop and learn to share their gifts. In my journey to embrace and celebrate my unique and different gifts, I found that I am the same as everyone else.

I have learned to re-frame my own experience of being different. It is my gifts that are unique – underneath it all I am the same as everyone else. Just like everyone else’s, my gifts are needed by the community.

What is different about me? The community is not always comfortable with the gifts I carry. This is an opportunity for education. I’ve found wonderful information for what and who I am through the sciences via folks like Dr. Gregg Braden, Dr. Lissa Rankin and Dr. Brené Brown. They’ve helped me find ways to speak about what I do in ways that a culture immersed in science and technology can understand. Deep gratitude to you all!

Comfort comes with knowledge and familiarity. My journey has been a relatively lonely one. Wayshowers often face this challenge. But for other P.I.E.S. it doesn’t have to be their personal story. The Internet offers us an opportunity to connect and learn from each other’s experiences; it gives us a format to understand and celebrate our gifts. It’s a magic that just makes plain good sense. Head shot

I’d love your thoughts and comments. How goes your journey to explore, develop and learn to share your gifts, whatever they are? Let’s celebrate each other. ~ Lena

If you are interested in being a part of P.I.E.S. visit the Facebook page and ask to join. On the page you will find four intro videos, group discussions and resources. Group members receive some free content from my writing as well as discounts on upcoming classes and events, which is a nice bonus. However, our focus is creating community to encourage and support each other with positive feedback, resources and inspiration.

 

Don’t Beta Your Life on It.

Human physiology is fascinating. We’re discovering new aspects of our unique potentials every day. Of course, if you remember from an earlier post – quantum mechanics teaches us that what we look for, we will find.

I have recently been looking for information to understand how the work I do as a psychic, intuitive and empath affect my physical health. I’ve suspected that I’m spending too much time in certain brainwave patterns.

Years ago, in a training with Tom Brown Jr. I discovered ways to quickly and easily move from a Beta state of awareness to an Alpha state. Tom shared information from boifeedback studies and cultural comparisons between Westerners and indigenous peoples. I already knew that indigenous people are more tuned into the world around them – including deep connection to plants, animals, ancestors, spirits of the land and dream work. Because I was opening to my gifts, I was particularly interested in this.

Indigenous people spend 90% of their time in the Alpha state of awareness, where as Westerners spend 90% of their time in Beta. Beta is a higher frequency brainwave – a place, we were told, where we cannot learn new information, we cannot heal, our creativity is very limited and our ability to sense the paranormal is greatly inhibited.

The alpha state of awareness is slower. When we are in this state our ability to learn and heal is highest; our physical performance in increased (athletes call this “the zone”); and our ability to perceive the paranormal is greatly increased. When we are out in nature, we tend to move into an alpha state of awareness. This explains why we usually feel so much better afterwards.

With the amount of caffeine and sugar we consume, the constant stimulation from electronic media, and our tendency to live indoors in front of our computers – the Western lifestyle is a recipe for living in Beta. Beta does help us process and stay task focused. The cost however, of living primarily in Beta is extremely high stress and anxiety. Sound familiar. Deep relaxing breaths, walks in nature and wide angle vision will help us move into Alpha quickly.

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There are other states of awareness – Theta, Delta and Gamma. (Find more detail about the science of brainwaves.) Since Tom’s workshop I’ve discovered that we are never in just one state of awareness; the various brainwaves don’t just stop, but at any one time, one brainwave is primary.

Over the years, I have ventured more and more into Theta and Delta states, which are much slower – and physical performance is decreased. I have been favoring the spiritual body and my physical body is showing the strain. As I’ve walked more and more between the worlds, I’ve been walking less and less out in the world. I can feel quite sluggish at times and have turned to caffeine and sugar when I need to function. My experience is that although that works short term, it also sends my body into an odd spiral of inconsistent sleep patterns.

My conclusion: honor all states of awareness. I’ve demonized Beta, because it closes off access to my gifts as a psychic, intuitive, empath – and to my work as a spiritual healer. But balance in all things makes plain good sense. I will allow myself to have the joy of an iced coffee on a hot day, or a really lovely piece of dark chocolate on occasion. But I will not use them to jump me into Beta. Nature – and with dancing with all levels of awareness – will be my magical elixirs.