Archive for the Spiritual Teachings Category

There are natural gifts, and there are SKILLS you learn to develop and use your gifts — are you training?

When a healer friend invited me to a psychic party earlier this summer I said, “Yes! Sounds like a lot of fun!”  And it did. The funny thing is, being a professional psychic myself, I don’t usually attend things like this. I don’t consult psychics because I […]

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How to tell the difference between your spirit guides and your conscience

Chatting with another healer recently, I listened as she told an all too common story of burning out of a high-stress healing job as an addiction counselor. It was about politics. It was about management that required drama to showcase their own mental lack of health. It […]

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Adventures in watching the logical mind deal with pain

Was sitting up in bed this morning, listening to birdsong and enjoying the cool (ok, COLD — this is Wisconsin) breeze drifting in the windows…. ahhh…. when my cute little monkey mind noticed that my back hurt. Very slightly. In one spot. The pain had started in January […]

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Inquiry: Is suffering truly optional?

‎”Pain is a part of life, but suffering is optional,” said the guest speaker at church a few Sundays ago now, a Zen Buddhist spiritual teacher. Though I’ve heard it a zillion times, I love this saying. It reminds me that it is not life itself that is […]

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Peace through a simple spiritual practice

About 14 years ago, I enthusiastically started what may be an unusual spiritual practice, one that seems very simple yet has challenged me and fascinated me ever since. This practice also has brought tremendous relief and inner peace as it has helped me see the world as […]

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A secret about clutter: this morning’s meditation insight

My friend is putting together a class on clearing clutter, and this perennial struggle has been top of my mind.  Then this morning, my meditation gave me an unexpected insight into the piles and disorganization we call clutter. As I sat in meditation enjoying an unusually deep […]

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You are so lovable… right?

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a romantic partner or not, let’s ponder and honor all the things that are so lovable about you! (Get ready for a long article.) Nah, scratch that. The details don’t matter. Here’s the truth of it: You are simply loveable. You […]

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My ego? Or your healing?

Last weekend someone asked to come see me for some healing. They said, “How about Monday?” I gulped. Between clients and especially on weekends, the massage therapy table in my office can become like a kitchen counter — a magnet for stuff that’s “between locations.” This time, I […]

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Was Jesus talking about artistic angst in the Gospel of Thomas saying #70? (Article 2 of 2)

Continuing from last week, we are exploring an often misquoted saying from the Gospel of Thomas, which erroneously is quoted like this: INACCURATE: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you […]

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Was Jesus talking about artistic angst in the Gospel of Thomas saying #70? (Article 1 of 2)

A few months ago, I went looking for that quote from the Gospel of Thomas — the one that artists, writers, and healers love — the one that says something like: if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will just kiiiiiiiill you. Oh yeah. In the […]

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Welcoming Aries: The Spark of Daring

“I come forth and from the plane of mind I rule.” I’ve just returned from facilitating another Radiant Life Retreat in Ojai, California. We dove deep and broke through to new, rich ground. What moved me deeply was the moment each woman chose to bust through into […]

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Is it a sign? What does flying tea mean?

Just went to the cabinet to get out some tea. When I opened it, one box jumped out at me and kerplunked on the counter. Kombucha. Detoxing tea. (What do you think? Anything meaningful there?) “It means I’m supposed to have that kind of tea!” exclaimed one corner […]

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Welcoming Pisces: The Beauty of the Heart’s Ache

My yoga teacher, Sofia Diaz, recently described the difference between intensity and pain in our daily practice. She said intensity was like a low hum in the body, stretching us to our limits and asking us to let go into something greater than ourselves. Pain is sharp […]

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Is power about influencing and dominating?

What is power? How would you define it? Recently I read this definition: “Though power most often refers to the ability to influence people (Guerrero, DeVito & Hecht, 1999, p. 314), power is also related to dominance and status (Guerrero, DeVito & Hecht, 1999, p. 315)…” Hunh? […]

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After a fight, who needs to forgive whom?

When you have a fight or other painful event in a relationship, how do you get back on track? Many folks would say forgiveness. I agree — that is a great place to start! However, I’m going to step out on a limb here so you can […]

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Why it’s OK to want to change, but not do anything about it… yet

Is there some area of your life where you know you need to make a change, but you just… haven’t… done it yet? Maybe you’ve been intending to lose that extra 10 pounds, start a newsletter for your business, finish your book, or do that scrapbook. I […]

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Shot through the heart: is it too late?

It is the worst feeling in the world when you unintentionally cause someone else pain. You wish you could rewind, unsay, and erase, erase, erase. It is like lightning striking your relationship, too. It hurts both sides. I’m at a loss to understand or amend what happened […]

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Welcoming Aquarius: Summoning Your Allies

Friends! The Sun moves into Aquarius today at 8:10 am pacific time. We leave the silence of Capricorn to rally our passionate troupes. Here’s the big question: Who do you want to be playing with this year? With whom do you feel most alive? Who inspires you, […]

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Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is NOT insane, its…

Just who was it that said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”? According to wikiquote, this quip is most often misattributed to: • Benjamin Franklin (perhaps because he was insane for flying a metallicized kite in a lightning storm), • Albert […]

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Did Einstein invent the Law of Attraction?

Enjoying facebook yesterday, I found this poster. If you can’t see the visual, it says: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. […]

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