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JUST BECAUSE YOU PRACTICE YOGA DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE NOT AN A**HOLE

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you.

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THE PATTERN OF LIFE

Desires that burn deep lead you to drink of the nectar of the vine.

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THE CITY THAT SLEEPS NO MORE

Times are changing it seemed like yesterday; I walked these streets ready to share my knowledge with the Big Apple.

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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE...

I once knew a woman in Italy. This woman had everything you can imagine in the material world. She had a yacht, a castle and homes all over the world with many people to serve her. A friend asked me to help her.

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SOMETHING HAS GOT TO GIVE

What are you waiting on to get your life in high gear and make things happen? You have all you need right now, and still you're waiting on someone or something to give you permission to be great, to just go out there and shine that amazing light of yours.

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THE PATH NOT TAKEN

What is the music of your life? Is filled with highs and lows, is it a one note, or is it a classical symphony-rock band-house music extravaganza? Do you always take the same road to work and have the same reaction when dealing with people? Do you feel like you're living in the movie "Ground Hog Day" and can't seem to get out?

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CONTEMPLATE THIS

What are you waiting for, to be who you are in your truest nature? Where there are no restrictions or limitations that are placed on you. There is no measure that you cannot exceed if you are to honor yourself in your life and decide to live.

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MEN VS WOMEN?

Every human being that lives on this planet is the combination of both feminine and masculine energies. These two polarities are there to support one another, allowing each individual to have an experience of their emotions and their mind, creating an equilibrium within their being so that the mind becomes a direct energy, and the emotions become the understanding of the effect of this energy. These energies come together to bring awareness, understanding, and purposeful duty to loving and creating a world in a structure that supports one another; however in our current world, feminine energy has been misrepresented as a threat to humanity.

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I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO HURT ME

When we give of ourselves to the point where we lose who we are, we then think we are the victims of someone's need for control. We begin to act in a way that makes us vulnerable and confused about how we have even gotten into this mess in the first place. We are more than our set circumstances. To bring clarity to the matter (because we are so concerned about getting hurt), our focus alone becomes a self fulling prophecy. When in fact, we are the ones creating pain for ourselves and then seeing other's people as the reason for it all.

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EMBRACE IT ALL...

Life is more than circumstances and events. So much more than any of those things. Life is an unbreakable chain of lessons, some which are greater than others. We can't cast away any aspect of our life lessons simply because it was too painful and in our mind, we wish some things had never happened. Well it did, and you needed it, too, for your development of the souls' grace and power.

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A VISION...

When men and women first saw the land, with its valleys and rich earth, running rivers and majestic mountains... the great call went out to the Earth, a vow to always protect this holy and sacred gift given so freely to us all. The Earth responded in kind that it would give more if we are great stewards of the soil.

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WHAT I DO TO YOU I DO TO ME

When we embrace another soul we embrace ourselves.When we help another soul we are helping ourselves.When we accept another soul we are accepting ourselves.

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HARNESS THE LIGHT

The light is always flowing in us and circulating through our entire being. When we are aware of it, we can harness its power for our creative ideas and ventures of the soul.

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LOVE SO SWEET

There is no distance that can keep me from loving you. There is no wall I wouldn't climb,There is no thought or belief that would make me turn away from you. There are no words that could be spoken that would stop me from loving you. I couldn't be silenced and if I'm subjected to pain and suffering, I will still keep loving you.

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EMOTIONAL CONFRONTATION

The emotional body is vast and deep and holds many feelings and discovery of hidden treasure and for some, it may look intimidating and even scary. Sure that many people feel overwhelmed at the sheer power of it all. The breathtaking moments of experiencing its enormous energy.

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LUCKY STAR

Out on the limb to discover the right path. Taking leaps forward to become the faith from fear. We live at the dawn that shines on us.

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EVERYTHING IS NOW

Decide today that this is the moment of change its happening NOW. The dance is NOW the song is NOW. Our eyes are open NOW our heart is ready NOW. The path is clear NOW.

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THOU SHALL NOT HOARD

Think of the moment when we allow the waters to flow within us. The natural occurrence of nature is to give on to itself. There is a balance a system of giving away and receiving.

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IGNITE WE STAND

Inside all of us is a fire that burns the truth with fervor past all human lies that we are presented with daily. Even if we have given in to these untruths about life, and our fire dies down there is still hope.

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SOMETHING WONDERFUL

When we open up without any expectation something wonderful and beautiful happens. We begin to take in the world as never before we see the light so much more brighter and people for who they really are.

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I LIVE TO SERVE

The act of serving goes beyond our human self for when we are present in it; we bend ourselves to a greater spirit inside us. The ancient people called this the walk of the blind one.

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RAVENS CAW

The raven takes us to the edge of ourselves to welcome a time that will bring the rain to cleanse us. No fear will live in us the day our face becomes clear. We have to live. Let love set you free. Transforming our lies into truths for they will set us apart.

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THE FIRE WITHIN

Live in the purpose of knowing our heart belongs to the divine within us the keeper of the all burning flame or the sweet child who smiles in the center of our being. When we sit and focus in our heart. The fire of love and wisdom and power begin to engulf us with majesty and great power.

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ENERGY TRANSFER

All things have a rhythm. All the universe is one frequency after another. Some in lower tones and others in higher. The octave raises based on the purity of sound.

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THE HAND YOU ARE DEALT

Live in the moment of being alive when all that is present is seen and touched. Where we are fully aware of the choices, we make and how we affect others. We need to live with responsible action.

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A NEW DAY A NEW HORIZON

The time has come for the reinvention of ourselves to allow our innate divine qualities to be present in our everyday journey with others. We are not spiritual because it's a now trend that makes us feel like we are more than those who are not. Then we are missing the main point.

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SOAKING IN THE GREEN

Allow the sweet dew and nectar from the vine overflow into your cup. Drink in the joy of the birth of daffodils and lily. Crossing fields bright in color.The fragrant essence upon the wind.

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THE POWER OF THREE

Allow the sweet dew and nectar from the vine overflow into your cup. Drink in the joy of the birth of daffodils and lily. Crossing fields bright in color. The fragrant essence upon the wind. Awakening with new eyes and spirit.

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A CHILD'S MIND UNDONE

The limiting mental constructs that people cling to so dearly, which cause so much pain and sadness, are largely a result of what happened to them as a child.

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ANGER BANISHMENT

How long are you going to hold on to your anger? How long are you going to keep it festering inside of you, this fire, this inferno of poison and venom? How long can you keep acid in your stomach, in your veins, in your blood and in your mind before it begins to eat away at the very core of you?

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FIGHT, FLIGHT OR CHANGE?

Transformation is upon us and for many, this is bringing up the most primal of issues: survival. In the past few weeks alone I've listened to nearly a dozen personal stories from friends and clients who've lost someone close.

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WORDS MAY BREAK YOUR BONES (NOT STICKS AND STONES)

Words mold your reality: they have the power to act as a bridge between the nonphysical and physical, and can not be taken lightly. Through the power of words, we can claim to be anything and anyone, and, oftentimes, our outward projection is a self we’ve created to believe in. This self, however, is not our truth. The evidence in our truth is more easily seen in our treatment of others, ourselves and of life on this planet.

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BACK DOORS TO THE SOURCE

People today, exponentially, appear to be looking for a way to connect to Source through spiritually. However, not building a healthy foundation, in a balanced and responsible way, can lead to unforeseen complications.

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THE 2012 APOCALYPSE IS NOT IN SIGHT, AN AWAKENING IS

Do you remember the Y2K scare that took place as we changed millennium to 2000? Well I do. I also remember how many stories people were telling about what would happen.

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THE ALCHEMY OF THE SOUL

“Our souls are an accumulation of the many lives we lived and subsequently reincarnated as aspects of our personality. The future self of those lives existing at this time holds the patterns of our past beliefs.

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7 KEYS FOR EQUILIBRIUM

In life, there is so much energy coming at us daily that we can find ourselves wrapped up in the mire of living without even realizing how all of this affects us on a core level. Overtime, being confronted with so much external static can cause anxiety and stress as well as all kinds of spiritual and physical disturbances.

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EXPAND YOUR VIEW POINT

When we live from our hearts, we don't look at the world from a place of fear over our fellow men and women. We see our world as safe because we believe in a Source that has our best interest at heart. We understand that there are two ways to live.

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW: FINDING GUIDANCE

In this day and age, we need more then a long, ongoing antidote that takes years of peeling layers of emotions to get to the core (otherwise known as traditional therapy). For this “antidote”, once you think you are there, you go right back to the top of your problems.

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SUBTRATION RETRACTION

One of the obstacles that blocks our spiritual growth is our inability to see the opportunities that the universe continuously sends us. Most of the time we are afraid to experience what is necessary to get to the core of who we are.

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

When we were children, our parents waited with anticipation for us to murmur those words that would make them feel validated for their wonderful creation.

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SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL

Do you allow the world to dictate your perception or do you think outside of the box? It's time to do things differently than what we've been told. What happened to the geniuses, masterminds, inventors, and leaders -- where are all the Renaissance men and women?

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UP WITH LOVE

Are you open to love? If you saw it coming your way, would you know? Could you point love out in a crowd or would you pass right by it without even noticing?

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KARMA OH KARMA

I’m sure that you’ve often heard someone say, “Careful, you don’t want bad karma.” It’s a word that gets tossed around like crazy in the spiritual communities, social circles and even over dinner. Yet many have a complete misconception of the word’s true meaning.

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GROUNDED LIFE; LET'S GO MANIFEST

Today’s article was written by such an extraordinary soul; Shaman Durek! He will help you to clarify what you really want to manifest vs what you don’t really need to attract. Resist the temptation to gather things and start with why you need those things.

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I REFLECT YOU

We are all connected by a powerful energy and force that never gives up, never quits, and constantly flows to every person and thing on this planet. We are heading into a time of awareness where we begin to see reflections of ourselves found in one another. This is happening so that we have a broader understanding of ourselves, so that we can look into the mirror.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: HEALING SOUNDS

First off, not all meditation requires that you sit with your back straight. The yogis would kill me if they read that, but I just have to let it be known. Spirit does not care how you meditate or what position you are in—all that matters is that you have fun and connect.

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IN GOD WE TRUST

What are we doing? Do we not see all of things that are happening within nature? The spirit world is trying to show us so many things. My elders taught me that the earth is our greatest teacher, and by experiencing the signs it gives, we can understand what's happening within us on a deeper lever.

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BED OF ROSES

Why is it so difficult for people to be honest with themselves? It's a challenge for many, especially when we live in a world where you are told what to do, who to be and how to act. You start to wonder if you're a carbon copy of somebody else, rather than yourself. So many people go through the same routine day after day and night after night. Does it ever get boring or do our minds learn how to block out the mere fact that life has become methodical?

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: SEXUAL CONNECTION

Sex, sex, sex. Yes, I said it. Why is that word so taboo when it’s something we all love to do? Except for those who have taken a vow of celibacy, of course—been there, done that. Sex is all around us and is a major focus.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: LIVE, LET, LOVE

In the spiritual sense, the heart represents a symbol of love on our planet. When you see a picture of a heart, you associate it with love, relationships, commitment—the image may even remind you of someone or give you a sense of longing or loneliness in that split second. Your heart is a place of love—that’s a fact. Yet for some, it’s a place of discord and pain. All the time, we hear people talk about their broken hearts. Newsflash, lovers! The heart cannot break. The ego, however, most certainly can.

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HAPPY NEW NOW

What truly inspires you? I'm not talking about something that you want or need to have. In life, most people create an agenda that supports their idea of security. Yet if we live this way, we actually rob ourselves of the whole experience of life. The idea of setting your intentions to be stuck in a circle that continues year after year with the same results is like a being hamster, running on a wheel inside its cage.

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SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION

In today's world, it seems that most spiritual teachers focus their work on people who already understand or have a basic knowledge of what they are talking about. Why are there so many spiritual leaders out there working to affect change on the planet, yet keeping it so far removed from the masses?

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: DO YOU HAVE A BAND-AID?

We put so much emphasis on trying to make ourselves feel better, doing whatever we think will make the pain go away. There are tons of self-help books, DVDs and programs trying to show us many ways to cover up our wounds with Band-Aids—as if that really fixes the problem.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: I BELIEVE IN ME

Believing in yourself is not easy. It’s hard to believe in yourself, let alone others, with all the judgments, standards and expectations we hold ourselves up to. It’s as if we’re always trying to put ourselves in a box.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: MOTIVATE TO MEDITATE

Meditation is more important than just sitting in a quiet place and being still. It’s about connecting and being in the moment, right here on planet Earth. Many people resist meditation because they think it’s boring and a waste of time, and that working and going out and partying are more important!

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: PEOPLE, PLEASE

Why do some people choose to lock themselves into a life of unhappy service just to make others like them or to avoid that dreaded word—conflict? I, myself, love healthy conflict. It helps me and those dear to me grow. The truth behind the conflict is that those involved are experiencing resistance on the conversation or issue.

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GET OUT OF THE DRIVER'S SEAT

We are at a time where we must hold ourselves accountable, as well as the people around us, if we are ever going to survive the future. We cannot just sit back and avoid taking action in life. We have a duty to love our planet and the people living on it back into the light.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: YOUR PANTS ARE ON FIRE

To live in our core power, we must seek truth in ourselves and others—meaning we must be honest all the time. The little white lie easily becomes the big, bad, ugly one. Just when you think you have gotten away with it by brushing it off or hiding it in what I call a “ninja-attack” joke, that lie finds its way back to look you dead in the eye. At some point, you must choose to live in truth or continue sending out lies.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: DON'T BE A HATER

Welcome back, spiritual warriors of truth. I’m glad you’re sharing this journey of spiritual development with me and absorbing new ideas for everyday living. The very fact that you read this article every other week is monumental. It means that some aspect of yourself, big or small, wants to grow and reach new, enlightened levels of power. You rock!

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I OWE YOU NOTHING!

A friend of mine recently called to ask me to come visit her in the hospital. After tuning in, I realized that I didn't want to. Even though a voice in my head said, "Do this or you're a bad person," I stood by my decision. I instead offered to create a sacred healing space upon her return by bringing her healthy food, shamanically clearing her space, and creating what I call a "Medicine Circle."

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: WASTED ENERGY

Here is an interesting fact—did you know that your mind dictates the way you perceive the world? So if your mind and emotions are neither mature nor evolved, then you will act and see things in superficial, immature ways. How do you know if you’re evolving? Easy—your way of life will be one of love, service and mindfulness. You will be conscious of how your choices affect others in your day-to-day dealings.

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MIND YOUR EGO

What is fear? Some say that fear is false evidence appearing real. I've heard this so many times and I think it's crap, though it sounds good when you say it. All fear stems from a voice, a thought that uses your past experiences to paralyze you and make you act a certain way to keep you from moving forward. But this voice is nothing more than your conscious mind and ego resisting change.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: MONSTERS UNDER THE BED

As you continue to build your spiritual tool belt, there are some things I want you to be aware of as you go through the process. Everything you’ve experienced thus far in your life was set up to help you to grow—even the most uncomfortable situations and painful, unpleasant experiences.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: CHAKRAS ARE SPINNING

Let’s talk about the basics of chakras today. Everything in your body is comprised of four main elements: earth, air, water and fire. Fire is your energy—it’s what your body creates to burn as fuel so you can launch your life into action. Water is the element found in the liquids of your body that carries waste out. You breathe air to bring life to your organs. Earth is found in your bones and muscles.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: AURA AWARENESS

I like to think of an aura as an outline of what you do, think and experience in your life, both internally and externally. I’m not going to completely break down the aura just yet—this lesson is more about how to see one. It will take practice and patience, so like I said, be easy on yourself. First, hold your hand in front of you and look at it.

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HOCUS POCUS

Since I've lived in Los Angeles, I've experienced a lot of interesting things. Yet nothing has caught my attention more than the number of people who claim to be spiritual healers, psychics, and yes, gypsy palm readers--with neon lights offering a palm reading that leads to you find out you have a curse--that, of course, you must pay to heal.

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SPIRITUALITY AND MUMBO JUMBO

Just the other day, I was telling my friend, Jessica, how it must really suck to live on this planet and not have a connection to Source. As she agreed, we looked at each other-- as our eyes connected, there was a deeper meaning we both felt inside--the kind that goes beyond words. The feeling inside was intense and sad and happy all at the same time.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: BLISS OUT

There is so much going on in the world right now—it all seems a little crazy. The more you work on expanding your spiritual skills, the easier it is to navigate your way out of the storm, or at least master its weather. To truly follow a spiritual path requires you to be centered in your truth and core and to regularly connect to Source. The problem most people face on this journey is the change required to open up to new thoughts and ideas that lift you out of the muck and into the seat of joy, and yes, pleasure.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: BOND TO YOUR BOUNDARIES

An important practice that will help us achieve harmony in our universe is setting and understanding boundaries. Sometimes we so badly want others to like us that we say “yes” whenever we’re asked for a favor or asked to do something, even though our core selves do not want to.

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SPIRITUALITY AND BLAH BLAH

What's it going to take to remove the blah blah of circumstance from one's life? It's not so easy when we are continually taught to live away from our truth. While playing a game of "Do you like me and am I good enough," we constantly battle with the idea that Source watches everything we do, every single day. It's sad, really, to know that your core of your being is love and everything else is blah blah.

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SPIRITUALITY AND PROSPERITY

What is going on? So many people are coming to me with money problems that I decided to communicate with spirit about it. Do you believe that everything in life that is material comes from Source? Source is not Santa Claus waiting on your prayers and reports of good duties to reward you with a bag full of goodies. I'm sorry if you were taught that nonsense.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: TRUST IN FEELINGS

Let’s continue building your sixth sense. When we navigate the spiritual realm, we must always be aware of how we are progressing and how our emotional body is relating to the inner changes that occur on deeper levels of consciousness. We spend a lot of our life just thinking.

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SPIRITUALITY AND BOBBLEHEADS

Why do so many people think that reading a book or taking a class makes one spiritual? As a Shaman, I say it is not so. However, there are so many people who would disagree.

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SPIRITUALITY AND THE RED CARPET

The modern day superhero is a celebrity that walks the red carpet and is seen in magazines and films worldwide. How did these once normal folks get their super powers? Through the many people who are more focused on what's bigger and brighter instead of looking in the mirror and seeing the leader standing before them. What's the big deal with the red carpet anyway?

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SPIRITUALITY IN THE CITY OF ANGELES

When you think of Los Angeles, it's easy to think of fake, opportunistic people. Everywhere you look, you see plastic Barbies filled with silicone, starving actors and excessive bling. The idea of following a spiritual path in such a place seems outrageous and downright insane.

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GROUNDED GUIDANCE: CLEARING THE CORDS

We all came from source, and source is perfect, so that makes us all fabulous. While you arrived in perfect form, on some level, your family believed in a distorted truth—a misconception one of your ancestors did not clear or bring into balance and then passed down to you.

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