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.

Struggling, and then WOW!

Most of us have probably been there. We’re stuck in the middle of trying to figure things out. It’s an impasse. I can’t do this until that happens – and that can’t happen until this does. It’s a chicken or egg conundrum – frustrating at best. But then, …

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You hear a comment from someone at a coffee shop; you read a book or see a movie; a friend looks at you as if you’re quite dense and points to an obvious solution; the stars shift; or perhaps, you have a dream. Suddenly, the answer lands in your lap and you do a happy dance.

Yesterday, I did my happy dance.  You see, I’ve been trying to figure out how to meet the needs of my clients and continue my commitment to writing. When I’m writing and when I’m with clients, I’m in my happy place. There’s a little more to it however – there’s the carving out time and space for each, as well as the business end of marketing. (I’m almost 60 and social media is a sharp learning curve.) These could be three full time jobs. I’ve done that it the past, but have committed to having a life – a personal life playing cards, having tea with friends, cooking, gardening, walking the land.

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How did I get to my happy dance? I’m going to give most of the credit for my WOW to Eclipse energies. As promised, they have cleared away several blocks and cleared a path for my next stage of evolution. The theme? It doesn’t have to be hard.

I took a deep breath and made a commitment to step out of resistance and open to the generosity of our abundant universe.

Step 1 – School myself on social media and stop doing a bird shot approach, hoping something will land. I decided to start small and pull some science into it in order to give me a sense of control. I wanted to be able to measure results. I’m most familiar with Facebook, so that where I began. Turns out all the time and effort I was making to create regular, content-rich posts was counter productive. 8 seconds is the average attention span to engage someone. Part of me is appalled by that statistic, but mostly I felt an incredible sense of relief. I’d been trying to create a several course meal, when folks were looking for a quick snack. Photos, intriguing questions and Facebook Live – with links to more in depth content for those who want more. It just makes plain good sense. There’s more to learn, but I’ve got a good start and am seeing results. You can find my Facebook page here – I hope you “Like” it. You can find me live on Tuesdays at Two (PST) starting in September.

Step 2 – Find a creative way to see clients in many locations across the state. I’ve moved around a bit in the last couple years for work and family. I have clients in Pierce, Snohomish, King, Kittitas and Yakima counties. I do phone sessions, but sometimes clients just want to see you face to face. It’s not practical to have offices in 5 counties, so I’ve been meeting a few clients at their homes – which is a lot of travel. Recently, I met clients in the Everett area for a session, but they asked if we could meet at a coffee shop. I agreed, hoping it wouldn’t be odd or too challenging. It was lovely! I experienced the same joy and magic that I usually do when I’m working with clients and their guides. Bonus: the coffee was fantastic, AND the incident served as inspiration!

No longer in resistance around social media, I was in the flow. That flow of creativity wound its way into the question of how to see clients without burdening myself with lots of office locations.

I got serious – with colored pens, paper and focused attention – I was determined to find answers. I was at it for a couple hours when something happened. These words floated in front of me: Cafe Coaching. Seriously, I was mind mapping like a mad woman and the words floated down. I brushed them away like an annoying fly. A few minutes later, they floated in on a breeze – Cafe Coaching.  I let them float by and worked on connecting ideas from the papers in front of me. Cafe Coaching – there it was again. Finally, I wrote it down on the mind map.

Huh? Cafe Coaching – that’s an interesting idea. Now that it had landed, I saw its brilliance. Go once a month (maybe more) to my favorite cafe or coffee or tea house and work with clients for a few hours. Not only does this put me in front of clients, I also get to be in my favorite places where I so often write. The change of scenery and the people always inspire something. I’m still working out the details. Follow what happens with this and other interesting events via my newsletter.

The alchemy of the Eclipse energies, incidental experiences, asking the guides for assistance and dreams have converged into a wonderfully juicy and inspiring time. I feel alive in ways I haven’t for a long time. First, I had to step out of resistance. Now, I’m pretty sure nothing can stop me. I’m steering my canoe down my river and having a great time.

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The above photos are from a SoulCollage session I did several weeks ago. I like to think they were clues – and a message that I just had to catch up with myself. Allowing flow in one little area creates such joy and magic!  May it be yours. ~ Lena

Never A Better Time for Story

Have you ever wanted a time when you were the one creating reality? Did you ever want to tell your story, your way – to be exactly who you wanted to be?

Have you ever said, “if it was up to me, I’d…”?

This is it folks. The time is now; it is ripe, like never before in history, for your intentions and input. The universe is literally waiting for what stories will be carried. The Piscean Age is ending and the Aquarian Age begins. We’re at a delicious crossroad and the ballgame is up for grabs. Continue reading

Past Life Intrigue

When I first started doing bodywork – massage in those early years – I would never have guessed that I’d be working with past life issues and the intrigue they can bring. It first happened when a client on my table started talking about her relationship with her mother. As we continued working, she started talking about memories from the Amazon  and Europe during the Renaissance. As she talked, I noticed her facial features seemed to morph.

The body stores memories, you see. Often, when I’m working on someone memories of childhood, past loves, traumas, … will suddenly pop into their heads. They’re almost always high emotion events. While I’m working on the physical tissues, the memories they hold are accessed.

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Dandelion & Other Gifts of Magic

Yesterday I posted about dandelions. Today I was cleaning out my email box and came across an old email from my friend Mellissae Lucia. She knows of my love of dandelions and when her friend posted about them, she forwarded it to me.

I am now forwarding it on – as a follow up to my last post, and, to introduce you to one of my favorite poets, Wendy Mulhern. She has such a wonderful way of crafting verse. I particularly enjoy when she allows the earth to speak through her. Continue reading

Suffer the Dandelions

It’s quite difficult for me to use suffer and dandelions in the same phrase. I did it for you, dear reader – particularly if you are a lover of endless green lawns. I know how you must struggle to keep the wily dandelion at bay.

I am a great lover of dandelions. When I was a young girl, I wove them into chains to make crowns. Admittedly, the crowns were sticky and not particularly sweet smelling. But when you love something, you put up with such things. I’d tell a dandelion in full fluff of my deepest desires and then blow the seeds into the wind, trusting the dandelion to carry my wishes out into the world and back to me again. Continue reading