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How Music Can Change Your Life… Even if it Wasn’t Your Intent

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How often have you heard someone say: “Wow… that song really moves me!”… or “That piece is so stirring…!” Well, there’s a reason for that: there’s an emotional connection… a bridge… which inexorably links our physical selves in this earthly world to our souls in the spiritual world. It’s one of the very few absolutes we can count on. And unless you’re sociopathic or a psychopath.. it’s inescapable. In other words, being touched in some way by any/all music that you hear makes an impact to some extent that’s unavoidable. One’s auditory connection to the physical world instantly translates any music you hear into emotional “triggers” that migrate immediately to the cerebellum and hippocampus (part of the brain’s limbic system) regions in the central and medial temporal lobe of the brain where neurons process the synapses into sensation… what we call “emotional feelings”.

The impact of these emotional feelings varies for myriad reasons of course, a few being one’s personality, likes/dislikes, environmental situations and so on. But there is no discussion that can argue against this impact and how this transferance moves our spiritual intent to new highs… or lows depending on the music. I said spiritual intent because the reality is that your emotions drive your spirit whether you want that or not.

And you CAN function with intent both physically and emotionally… and you should. Otherwise, as you no doubt have commented to yourself at times about some people you have seen, your life becomes aimless, your actions shiftless and without direction. Seems lately like there’s so many more people like that these days, young and old: without direction, without intent. I’m certain that if used correctly, music could help them.

The fascinating study of how truly impactful and enriching music is to humanity has in recent years become an entire and separate discipline of collegiate study: music therapy. Just visit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles or any hospital with major emphasis in children’s medicine and you will see music therapy being applied just as readily as pharmacological remedies. The point here is that the biological effect AND the spiritual effect BOTH need to be applied in many cases to aid in full and comprehensive treatment if a young patient is to be returned to full health. And I mean FULL health, which includes spiritual nourishment in equal amounts as medication. Music can and does provide emotional uplifting which raises the spirit in injured or diseased patients and obviously now, it is done with the intent that the process will manifest very positive results. It’s been proven. It works. Continue reading

7 Steps to Dealing with Extreme Emotions

Do you ever feel like your emotions are so intense, you’d just rather not experience them?

These may be toxic emotions, like anger, jealousy, or guilt. But they may be neutral or even positive, but the intensity of the feeling is almost too much to bear.

While fielding questions in the heart of NYC’s Union Square for The Chopra Well series, SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS, Deepak was approached by Kersten with the predicament: “How do I deal with extreme emotions?” In the past, Kersten said, she has tried to avoid her emotions. Now when she experiences them, they “come in great force.”

This seems to be a conundrum in our culture. Americans especially love getting emotional over their favorite football teams and the latest controversies of political campaigns. But in our personal lives, who wants to be the one laughing the loudest at the movie theater or saying “I love you” first to a sweetheart? Balance is a virtue; moderation is key.

In response to Kersten’s dilemma, Deepak shares a 7-step process to release emotional toxins. It may come as surprise to many, though, that the process focuses on experiencing emotions fully and then releasing those that get in the way. The steps originally featured in Deepak’s book, The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, and follow as such:

1.     Take responsibility for your present emotion.
2.     Feel it in your body.
3.     Label your feeling.
4.     Express what you feel.
5.     Share what you feel with someone you trust.
6.     Release the toxic feeling through a ritual.
7.     Celebrate the release and move on.

As you work through the steps, imagine that you are metabolizing the emotion. Your body, mind, and soul need to process feelings, just as you process food or toxins, so that they don’t make you ill. Don’t shy away from the experience, as raw as it might get.

First, take responsibility for what your body and mind are experiencing. Feelings occur within you, though they may be triggered by external stimuli. There are always alternate ways of responding. Deepak emphasizes that we have the power to feel and respond exactly as we wish.

Feel the emotion in your body. Close your eyes and meditate on the feeling. You may experience sensations in certain parts of your body – tension, tingling, aching. Notice the feeling without any attachment to it.

Label the feeling; identify it. The Boogie Man isn’t so scary if you learn his name is Albert. Give the feeling a name. Irritation? Fear? Anticipation? Once you label it, you already have the upper hand.

Express what you feel by saying it out loud and writing it down on a piece of paper. It can help to frame from first person, second person, and third person. This may help you understand it from a slightly new perspective.

Share the feeling with someone you trust – a loved one or friend. This will help you verbalize the progress you are making in dealing with the emotion.

Release the toxic feeling by performing a ritual. Deepak tells Kersten that this may entail burning the piece of paper on which you wrote your feelings, throwing it to the wind, singing, dancing, or doing yoga. This symbolically releases you from the experience.

Celebrate the process and get on with your life. Allow yourself to be free of the emotion and recognize the hard work you did to overcome it. Then go have some fun! You deserved it.

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Further resources:

For an even more in-depth outline of the seven steps, check out this article by Deepak Chopra.

What Are The Seven Principles of Manifesting Your Desires? Ask Deepak!

How Does Forgiveness Heal? Ask Deepak?

Memories and Emotions: All in the Mind or the Brain?

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Seven Ways to Release Anger Out of Your Body

Originally published July 2012

Deepak Chopra: What is Our True Identity?

At some point in our lives, we all ask ourselves, “Who am I, really?”

In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak Chopra examines this question by looking at what constitutes mental reality and how that reality affects our sense of identity. Does mental reality boil down to thoughts, feelings, perceptions, memories, and sensations? Is the observer of perception free of perception?

So – who are you, really? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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What is Your “Unlived Life?” It’s Time to Start Living Whole-Heartedly

like a record...The happiest people I know have something in common: they are whole-hearted in how they engage in their lives…whole-hearted in relating with others, in work, in meditation, and in play. They have a capacity to give themselves thoroughly to the present moment.

Yet for many, it’s challenging to engage with this quality of presence. Take this personal ad for example. It says:

Free to a good home, beautiful 6-month old male kitten, orange and caramel tabby, playful, friendly, very affectionate, ideal for family with kids. OR handsome 32-year old husband, personable, funny, good job, but doesn’t like cats. He or the cat goes. Call Jennifer and decide which one you’d like.

How often do we find that in our relationships, rather than loving presence, we have an agenda for someone to change, to be different? How often do we find that our insecurities prevent us from being spontaneous, or whole-heartedly engaged with friends? You might think of one important relationship and ask yourself: “What is between me and feeling fully present when I’m with this person?” Notice the fears creeping in about falling short, the urge to get your needs met, the sense of “not enough time,” the wanting for your experience together to unfold a certain way! This same conditioning plays out in all aspects of living, and it is well grounded in our evolutionary wiring. We need to manage things, to feel in control. We try to avoid disappointments, to prevent things from going wrong.

While we have this strong conditioning, if it runs our life, we miss out. Carl Jung said, “Nothing has a stronger influence, psychologically, on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived life of the parents.” Unlived life happens in the moments when we’re not whole-hearted, the moments when we’re busy scrambling to get somewhere else, or holding back to avoid what might be painful. Unlived life is the relationships where we really don’t allow ourselves to be intimate with each other, the emotion that we don’t let ourselves acknowledge. Unlived life is that passion we didn’t follow, the adventures we didn’t let ourselves go on. Unlived life, while it happens in an attempt to avoid suffering, actually leads to suffering.

What I’ve noticed in myself, and when I talk with others, is that in order to be completely whole-hearted, there is a need for giving up of control. By letting go of our usual ways of holding back and protecting ourselves, we free ourselves to express our full aliveness, creativity, and love.

If we experiment with this letting go of control—if we engage wholeheartedly with each other and in our activities—our sense of being enlarges. More and more we discover the innate curiosity and care that leads to giving ourselves fully to this moment, and then this one, and again…this one. Rather than racing to the finish line, we choose, with all our heart, to be here for our life.

Adapted from my book Radical Acceptance (2003)

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Cultivating Joy That Lasts Longer Than Chocolate

2413036973_184907341d_bHappiness is eating a delicious chocolate bar. It’s a physical pleasure that lasts a very short time. What if you could find something akin to happiness, only deeper and longer lasting? Kind of like a permanent orgasm? Would you want some? Joy dives deeper and lasts longer. It’s a spiritual experience that comes from within. Joy is like an amped-up shade of happiness that doesn’t depend so much on senses or outer experiences. Bliss is the ultimate harvest of spiritual life. It’s an experience that transcends the physical and according to wisdom traditions, it is our true nature. If you want to find that path through the shades of happiness and joy to bliss, how do you get there?

One way to begin is to experience joy is through cultivating your inner sacred space. I call this place the secret garden. It’s a good place to plant seeds that can be cultivated and grow into a harvest of bliss. Some essential tools that help to dig deep and tend the inner garden include the hard work of self-inquiry, a regular meditation practice, a dedication to pay attention to and act on the guidance of your inner gardener – that higher, wiser part of you that is Divine – and a yearning to get rid of inner junk and pests that stand in the way. This junk is often old stuff from the past, including attitudes and habits that may have served us well at one time, but now just get in the way and hold us back. It’s time to let go of these and grow into the new life that’s waiting. One of my favorite ways to cultivate bliss in my secret garden is through consciously choosing guiding values.

Values are like seeds. They may include peace, kindness, generosity, joy, determination, patience, and more. When we choose the seeds we want to grow more of in our life, we can begin to cultivate them both inside during meditation and also through actions in our daily lives. Will the seeds you plant today lead to joy?

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12 sex and intimacy tips from Deepak Chopra

Dear Friends,
As part of the release of my new digital E-Book and App, “Kama Sutra & The Seven Spiritual Laws of Love,” (see below for an exclusive peak at the first chapter of the book), this Valentine’s Day I would like to once again share the following insights on Sex and Spirituality:

1. Sexual energy is the primal and creative energy of the universe. All things that are alive come from sexual energy. In animals and other life forms, sexual energy expresses itself as biological creativity. In humans, sexual energy can be creative at all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. In any situation, where we feel attraction, arousal, awakening, alertness, passion, interest, inspiration, excitement, creativity, enthusiasm, in each of these situations, sexual energy is at work. Whenever we feel these states of awareness, we must put our attention on the energy that we are experiencing, nourishing it with our attention, experiencing it with joy and keeping it alive in our awareness.

2. Sexual desire is sacred and chaste. The suppression of sexual energy is false, ugly and unchaste.

3. During sexual union, there is union between flesh and spirit.

4. Bliss, carefreeness and playfulness are the essence of sex.

5. To improve your sexual experiences, get rid of your expectations.

Expectations are primarily in three areas: 1) Performance, exemplified in the question, “How am I doing?” 2) Feeling, exemplified in the question, “How am I feeling?” 3) Security, exemplified in the question, “Do you love me?”

6. In sex, as in all areas of life, resistance is born of fear. All resistance is mental. It implies judgment against what is being felt. Sex becomes a problem when it gets mixed with hidden emotions such as shame, guilt and anger.

7. Sexual intimacy is the road to the taste or experience of true freedom, because it is the one area of life in which we can become completely uninhibited and free.

8. Sexual fulfillment occurs when the experience comes from playfulness instead of need. Frequently people bring their conflicts and needs into the sexual experience. When sex is used to fulfill needs, it leads to addiction. When sex comes from playfulness, the result is ecstasy.

9. All problems related to sex, neurosis, deviancy, sexual misbehavior, violence, abuse, can be traced to resistance, to suppression and repression, not to the sexual urges themselves. If we are allowed to discover our urges, desires and emotions, without outside inhibition, they won’t go to extremes. Extremism, in any form, is a reaction to repression, inhibition and suppression. Aggression and violence are the shadow energies of fear and impotence.

10. Sex is a means of escaping our little self or ego. It is many peoples’ only experience of meditation.

11. Meaningful sex has to be value based. Values are personal. Each situation that has sexual energy in it, involves the whole human being and their entire value system. My values may be different from yours, and I have no right to be the moral judge of anyone’s values. It is important, however, to have core values, and respect them. Without values, we become spiritually bankrupt. Sexual experience will never cause problems and will always be joyful, if lovers share the same values.

12. True intimacy is union between flesh and flesh, between subtle body and subtle body, between soul and soul. Sexual energy is sacred energy. When we have restored the sexual experience to the realm of the sacred, our world will be chaste and divine, holy and healed.

Love,

Deepak

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The Benefits of Tears

Something extraordinary happened at Candlestick Park in San Francisco two Saturdays ago, January 14th.  Sure it was an amazing ending to an NFL playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints (which the Niners won in dramatic fashion, making all of us fans here in the Bay Area very happy); but the monumental win wasn’t was made it so remarkable to me.

As Vernon Davis, the tight end for the Niners who caught the game-winning touchdown, came running off the field, tears were streaming down his face.  He came to the sidelines and was embraced by his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, in a huge bear hug.  Coach Harbaugh hugged him for quite a while and spoke into his ear in what I can only imagine was an expression of authentic appreciation and celebration.  It was a beautiful and moving moment that transcended football and even sports – it was about courageous triumph, raw human emotion, and vulnerable self expression. (Click here to see the video).

Of course, I loved it – not just because I’m a huge sports fan and like to see my hometown teams win (especially after many years of not winning, in the Niners’ case), but because it highlighted something very important…the power of tears!  I also loved it because you don’t usually see a big, strong football player like Vernon Davis break down and cry in the arms of his coach in front of 70,000 fans in the stadium and millions of people watching on TV.  But he did, and it was a powerful scene and an important reminder of what it means to be human.

One of the many things tears can do is remind us of our humanness, our vulnerability, our connection to one another, and to things much bigger than the specific circumstances we are facing.  We cry for different reasons and based on different emotions.  Sometimes we shed tears of pain, sorrow, loss, sadness, anger, frustration, or grief.  Other times, tears show up because of love, joy, inspiration, hope, or kindness.  Regardless of the underlying emotions and even when the reason for our tears is painful, crying often makes us feel better and is one of the most authentic expressions of emotion we experience as human beings.  Current research shows that 88.8% of people feel better after crying, with only 8.4% feeling worse.

However, many of us have a great deal of fear, resistance, and judgment about tears – both ours and those of other people.  While this tends to vary based on our age, culture, gender, and the environment in which we find ourselves, I’m amazed at how often crying is seen in such a negative way in our culture, even today.

I’m someone who loves to cry myself, although as a man I was trained early in my life, like most of the men I know, that “boys don’t cry.”  Based on this and a variety of other factors, I sometimes find it challenging to access and express my own tears.  Although when they do show up and I let them flow, they often flow passionately (I scared the guy sitting next to me on an airplane a few months ago when I was sobbing intensely while watching the wonderful movie The Help).

As I look back at some of the most important, pivotal, and transformational moments of my life, both ones I considered to be “good” and ones I considered to be “bad” at the time, tears were a part of just about all of those experiences.

How do you feel about shedding tears yourself?  Is it easy for you to cry?  Is it hard?  Are you comfortable crying in front of others?  Do you judge yourself or others for doing so?  I think it’s interesting and important for us to ask ourselves these questions and notice our relationship to tears.

While I’m not advocating that we go around crying all the time just for the sake of it.  Excessive crying can sometimes point to a more serious underlying emotional issue and/or can be done as a way to manipulate others.  I’m not talking about that either.  I’m talking about our ability to express our emotions in a real and vulnerable way, some of the time resulting in the shedding of our tears.  What if we embraced crying a bit more and let go of our negative connotations about doing so?  As Charles Dickens beautifully said, “We need never be ashamed of our tears.”

Even though we may resist, fear, and avoid crying – at work, with friends or family, with members of the opposite sex, with our children, or with anyone else, we worry it wouldn’t be “appropriate” to cry in front of, there are some real positive benefits to shedding tears.  Such as:

1) Crying is good for our physical and emotional health-Medical research now suggests that tears could actually be a way of flushing negative chemicals out of the body and doing us a world of good physically. In addition to removing toxic substances from our body, crying can also have the psychological benefit of lifting our mood and helping us to deal with painful situations.

2) Shedding tears reduces stress – Crying is thought to help reduce stress, which can have a damaging effect on our health and has been linked to a number of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and obesity. According to a study by Dr. William H. Frey II, a biochemist at the St Paul-Ramsey Medical Center in Minnesota, crying can help to wash chemicals linked to stress out of our body, one of the reasons we feel much better after a good cry.

3) When we cry we open up, let down our guard, and connect with others in a more real and vulnerable way-Many times in my own personal life and with many of the clients I’ve worked with over the years (both individuals and groups), I’ve seen tears dramatically shift a person’s perspective, change the dynamic of an argument, and bring people together in a genuine way. Tears have a way of breaking down emotional walls and mental barriers we put up within ourselves and towards others. Crying tends to be some kind of human equalizer, because no matter the circumstance, situation, or stress we may face, our tears have a way of shifting and altering things in a beautiful, vulnerable, and humbling way.

There’s nothing wrong with our tears, even if we get a little embarrassed, uncomfortable, or even pained when they show up. As we allow them to flow through us, we not only release toxins from our body, stress from our system, and thoughts from our mind – we tap into one of the most basic and unifying experiences of being human. Crying is powerful and important – let’s have the courage to do it with pride and support each other in the healthy expression of our tears.

How often or easily are you moved to tears?  How do you feel about crying?  What can you do to empower your relationship with the tears of others and yourself? Share your thoughts, ideas, insights, actions, and more on my blog here.

To listen to this week’s audio podcast, including additional thoughts, ideas, and tips, click here.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / der bobbel

Did Our Human Emotions Evolve To Manipulate Others Into Cooperation?

When we feel angry or grateful towards another person, is it moreso because we actually want to get something from that other person? 

An interesting theory spotted on New Scientist: our emotions may have evolved to become tools of manipulation to get from others what we want for ourselves, whether it is cooperation, respect, or a higher status in society.

Yes, even gratitude can be a lubricant for manipulation under this new psychological framework.

Consider the following example cited in the article: 

For instance, you might feel angry towards a friend who broke a dinner date to watch a TV programme, but not at one who did so to take his child to the hospital. Tooby points out that the harm to you is the same in each case, but the first friend’s behaviour indicates his low regard for your interests – triggering anger – while the second friend’s does not.

How fascinating. The article goes on: 

As another example, an unpublished study by Tooby’s colleague Julian Lim found that 296 student volunteers were more willing to cooperate with an unseen partner when that partner had forgone a profit to give them money. This gratitude was absent when the partner gave them the same amount of money not as a favour but to avoid paying a penalty, Lim reported last month at a meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society in Eugene, Oregon.

All this suggests that anger and gratitude – and perhaps other emotions, too – may be tools for turning up a partner’s mental cooperation control dial, says Tooby’s colleague Aaron Sell. You get angry not when someone hurts you, but when their actions betray a setting of their cooperation dial that is lower than you expect, and your anger is both a threat to turn down your own dial and an inducement to them to turn theirs up. You show gratitude not when someone benefits you, but when their dial is set higher than you expect, and this signals that you plan to turn yours up in response.

On a similar vein, the article cites past psychological research that shows that strong men and attractive women tend to have a higher sense of entitlement than most people, and those with a higher sense of entitlement tend to be more anger-prone. Not too surprising there. Does this explain why so many Hollywood celebrities are high-maintenance divas? 

Certainly, seeing everyone’s emotions as a manipulative bargaining chip for personal gain makes for a rather bleak world view. But taking this theory into consideration can make for some interesting introspection exercises in your own life and possibly raise your own self-awareness for greater growth.

The next time you are angry or annoyed at another person, you can ask yourself: am I angry because I have unrealistic standards of conduct for the other person? Is the other person even aware of said standards? What would happen to my anger if I let go of these imaginary standards? 

On the flipside of the coin, if somebody is angry at you, maybe the theory will help you not take it so personally. You can simply tell yourself: it’s cool, I just unknowingly acted in a way that signified that my cooperation dial was lower than theirs. 

And most importantly: if you are acting in a certain way because you want something another person (love, respect, status, confidence), what is it exactly that you want? And how can you empower yourself by giving that intangible thing to yourself instead?

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / charlatrone

 

Who Wants to Feel and Express More Love? 3 Powerful Tips for Those Who’ve “Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

Love isn’t a concept.  It isn’t a story or a belief.  It isn’t just a feeling either.  Love is a remembering.  It is a remembering of our true authentic nature…our wholeness. 

When we’re really experiencing love we’re not "trying".  We’re not pushing or pulling or struggling to be anything different, and we’re not attempting to change anyone else into someone different either! 

We feel love when we accept who we are, where we’re at, and who others are and where they’re at, without a story or agenda.  But what if we’re not satisfied with who we’ve been being or where we’re at, or with where someone else we’re in relationship is at?  What if we’re not feeling the love?  What if we’ve been thinking that things need to be different before we can feel the love?

Here are 3 tips for feeling and expressing more love no matter what the circumstances: 

1.  First find where you’re NOT feeling the love in your body/mind

Locate the actual physical region of your body, the place where when you touch it you feel sad, anxious, hopeless, etc.  If you’re not feeling love, then there’s going to be a physical location where your body has anchored a more uncomfortable feeling.  It might your chest, solar plexus or belly for example.  Acknowledge that area to yourself by lying on your back or sitting in a chair and searching with your hands to find the place that feels the most "icky".  Hold both hands over the area and while breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth tune into the area under your hands.  Take a moment to become aware, to really be present with the feeling.

 2.  Notice the range of motion, the energy flow and your depth of breathing

When you’re not feeling love you’re not in your natural state of being.  So, you’ve got to discover where you’ve disconnected or diminished your authentic depth, range and flow of movement, energy and breath.  As you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth in that same area of your body, notice where your breath energy and movement are synergistic and fluid and notice where they’re not.  Notice how your body moves in the area under your hands.  Notice the energy flow in that area.  Is it restricted?  Is it uncomfortable.  Take a moment to acknowledge the kinesthetic feeling of the area.

 3.  Accept yourself where you’re at

Once you’ve become aware of and acknowledged the region of your body associated with not feeling the love, then all you’ve got to do is accept it as it is, in other words accept that that’s where you’re at.  You might hold the area (it is often the symptomatic, painful, irritated area that you’ve been trying to "get rid of") and say out loud, "Right here it feels like nothing works." or "Right here I feel hopeless" or "Right here I feel like this is never going to end".  This acceptance of what you’re feeling, while touching the area and tuning into the somatic or physical sensations gives feedback to your brain that allows you to integrate that part of you back into the whole.

This integration is essentially a remembering that the part was never separate in the first place.  It just wasn’t getting your attention and acknowledgement…or acceptance.  Ultimately there are no unlovable parts of us, just parts that we haven’t been accepting because we’ve got an agenda to change them.

The more authentic and accepting we are of those parts of ourselves that we’ve been avoiding or disconnected from, the more love we can feel for ourselves and therefore the more love we can express in the world.

Dr. John

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Creative Numerology – Week beginning December 24

 CREATIVE NUMEROLOGY by Christine DeLorey

IN 2010, WEEKLY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED EACH FRIDAY
(THIS IS THE LAST THURSDAY UPDATE)

 
MONTHLY UPDATES WILL BE POSTED ON THE 1st OF EACH MONTH
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Your personal number for 2009 (you keep this number for the whole year) is obtained by adding 2009 to your month and day of birth. For example, if you were born on May 31, add 5 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 0 + 9 = 20. Keep adding until you reach a single digit. 2 + 0 = 2. In this example, your number for 2009 would be 2. This applies to both your Monthly and Weekly Forecasts. (NOTE: This is the last week that you will use 2009 to calculate your yearly cycle).

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To read about your YEARLY CYCLE for 2010, your DESTINY PATH number, your CHALLENGE Number, how to turn these weekly forecasts into DAILY FORECASTS, and how to order your own PERSONAL PROFILE, go to the main Creative Numerology website.

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1: Take the pressure off yourself. Consider all others as equals. Feel your focus shift from all things pertaining to you to the needs and circumstances of others. The merging of the masculine 1 and feminine 2 energies is affecting everyone, and it is now reminding you, personally, that you are just 1 person. 1 individual. 1 soul among SO many others. This cycle can help you to clarify your position so that you can finally  r-e-l-a-x…

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: How positive your situation becomes depends on how willing you are to accept your reality for what it is and, of course, some of it is totally unacceptable from a long-term standpoint. Changes must be made if you are to feel a greater sense of satisfaction or security. The urge to criticize or see only the negatives of the situation may be strong, but there is also hope and optimism on the horizon which must be recognized and accepted, too. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 1 TO THE 2 YEAR.

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2: You are feeling emotional, but not over-emotional; sensitive, but notover-sensitive. You are able to give without stretching yourself too thin. And, if you have learned anything from recent experiences, you are no longer taking anything too personally. When faith connects with reality – not illusion – it’s power is awesome. Watch out for those illusions though. Life is full of them, and they can be very convincing. Do not be easily fooled.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: Relate one thing to another and try to find a common thread. Accurate understanding is needed. You can now learn something new and valuable as you conclude an uncomfortable issue that need not be carried with you into the new year. That doesn’t mean you will no longer feel its impact. It means that the pressure of denying its impact need no longer hurt you and others and, oh, what a relief that will be! ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 2 TO THE 3 YEAR.

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3: There is an exciting tone to this cycle, as if you are on some kind of ‘mission’. But remember that your goal is your goal, and your responsibility. Others have their own aspirations, views, and experience of life. Judge no one. Not even yourself. Ongoing conflict is counterproductive. Friendly cooperation and acceptance are needed. You have much to be optimistic about. A certain idea is no longer ‘before its time’.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: Diversity is the theme. Look for a common thread between matters of love, friendship, freedom, independence, security, past mistakes, future plans, duty, work, fairness, and global events. Put your priorities in the right order. Stay alert. You cannot proceed intelligently if you don’t know what needs to be done or changed. You do not have to discard a goal but, from now on, it must be dealt with at a more realistic pace.ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 3 TO THE 4 YEAR.

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4: No one is immune to the uncertainty of humanity’s evolving journey into Free Will. Concerns about what the new year may bring are realistic and healthy. Accept the fact that the healing of your emotions, spirit, body, heart, and soul is ongoing – the work of a lifetime. No matter what is happening, raise your expectations and allow a new vision to form.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: A promising situation is developing but other sources of struggle must still be worked through. Patience and cooperation will help you better understand the unusual ideas that are swirling around in your head. Your intuition is right on target so, when the insight comes, believe it! And believe those very wise words of Albert Einstein: “We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same level of thinking that created them.ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 4 TO THE 5 YEAR.

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5: Being open and friendly in a world so lacking in openness and friendliness can feel painful. So, keep certain details to yourself for now. Then you will be able to enjoy the insight that this cycle offers. You have every reason to feel gratified. The mistakes you made along the way no longer matter, but what they taught you can now be used to your advantage.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: Give credit where it is due, and compassion where it is needed. Accept the fact that you are in thistogether. If you want a successful outcome, and if you want this ‘team’ to operate in a mutually beneficial way, you must take the emotional pressure off each other by accepting that you do not owe each other anything. You are separate and unique individuals with different energies, needs, histories, and points of view. Real friendship feels so good because it is a form of LOVE. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 5 TO THE 6 YEAR.

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6: Families and groups are made up of individuals. The more you try to control things, the more complex life becomes. You are meant to be healing the situation, not controlling it, so let go of unrealistic expectations of others, or release yourself from their expectations. Know the difference between the feeling of ‘belonging’ and the belief that we ‘belong’ to each other. We do not own love. Love needs to be freely felt, shared, given, and received.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: Accept the fact that you are tired and you really do need to rest. It’s only guilt telling you that you cannot. From a relaxed frame of mind, you will be better able to tap into this cycle’s power of words, correct information, and, most importantly, the power of your own intuition. If you are too tired to take in the facts, a situation could arise that will make rest impossible. Remove yourself from the fray, and choose to do what is best for you. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 6 TO THE 7 YEAR.

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7: There is still something you’re doing, or intend to do, that is holding you back. It is something you run to every time you want to avoid change or challenge. Admit to a reality that you’ve been denying. Admitting something means letting it IN. Excessive pride is a form of fear that cannot accept the truth. This needs to be acknowledged now. Let the truth IN – along with some truly exciting ideas which can expand your imagination and horizons.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: This cycle emphasizes freedom, responsibility, and your power to reinvent yourself when you feel the need to do so. Taking a responsible route does not mean that you have to stop enjoying life. In fact, much enjoyment can be found in testing your resourcefulness and finding ways to solve both new and old problems. But do be prepared to take a more centered approach – and that means staying away from anything ‘extreme’.ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 7 TO THE 8 YEAR.

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8: Try to balance your own needs with the needs of others. This cycle gives you the time, space, and insight in which to analyze what you’ve already got – in terms of assets, connections, talent, and resources. What you have achieved so far is only one step in a much greater plan. So, while you’re waiting for more understanding to come in, relax, breathe easy, and make yourself at home!

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: There is a sudden, unexpected, out-of-the-blue and possibly accident-prone combination of energies at work in this cycle. An added emphasis on the body, suggests that extra care should be taken on the physical plane. Slow things down, physically and mentally and be aware of everything that is going on around you. From now on, you will benefit from a much deeper understanding of cause and effect.  ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 8 TO THE 9 YEAR.

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9: Your present reality is your only doorway to the future, and that sense of urgency you’re feeling is probably a desire to conclude something and finally put it behind you. Only you can know if this is the right time to do so. What seems unacceptable now may change into something more loving or useful next year, so do not act or speak impulsively. Be honest about your needs and desires, and wish yourself – and others – only the best.

EXTRA DAILY FORECAST FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: With an emphasis on relationship and privacy, this cycle offers a deeper understanding of, and an opportunity to develop, one of the most precious energies you will ever possess –compassion – otherwise known as warm-heartedness or kindness. If you cannot feel compassion, it is only because criticism and judgment have become mere habits. Break them – and wallow in the healing power of LOVE.  ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, YOU WILL MOVE FROM THE 9 TO THE 1 YEAR.

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