For many months I’ve been on an international speaking circuit teaching lessons from my new book, Miracles Now. In each of my talks, my primary message is to Be the Light. In today’s blog I share one of the lectures from this tour when I taught at the Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley. Surrounded by mountains, I offer lessons from my own spiritual path and guidance on how to step into the light. Continue reading
First off, before the meal begins visualize how you want the meal to go. Try to see yourself picking the healthier options, chewing mindfully and remembering to put down your fork. Use that as a meditation before you go down to dinner. Be present and mindful during your dinner – have more conversations! This is a family affair so use the time to talk to your loved ones about what you’re thankful for and what is going on in their lives. If you become involved in the meal you have less time to over eat.
In this vlog I share my thoughts on how we can play BIG in our lives starting NOW. We can no longer dance around the perimeter of the person we want to be, we must dive in deeply and completely. Watch now.
Think about the person you want to be. What kinds of things does s/he like to do? How would s/he react in a given situation? Are you ready to dive into the spirit of this version of your self and start living fully?
I have a weekly radio show on Hay House radio every Wednesday. The show before mine is hosted by one of my favorite authors, Dr. Christiane Northrup, so I often listen to the last fifteen minutes of her program. Even as a passive listener of Dr. Northrup’s show I always pick up some kind of incredible wisdom and advice. On one show a caller complained that her mother loved to rant about how miserable she was. The caller went on to say, “my mother hates life and doesn’t believe in happiness.”
When I heard this comment I perked up with curiosity wondering how she would answer. As usual, Dr. Northrup’s response was spot on and when I applied it in my own life it greatly helped me handle negative people. In this video I share her tip and offer you the opportunity test-drive this exercise in your own relationships. Practice this tool and let me know how it goes by posting a comment below. I expect miracles!
Everyday I wake up and count my blessings. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and most importantly, I am breathing. This month there was additional energy swirling around me and Go Inspire Go (GIG).
As many of you know, Go Inspire Go embarked on our 50/50 crowd funding journey 36 days ago. We’re on a quest to uncover 50 everyday heroes in 50 states. We are about 85% of the way to our $25,000 goal with just 4 days to go!
Over a year ago, my board members Marcia and Connie planted the seed about crowd-funding and waited for me to say ‘GO’. We chose Indiegogo for our 50/50 campaign.
With more than 40+ volunteers on this campaign, I confidently assumed, “we got this.” Connie, our campaign cheerleader organized and managed us with spreadsheets galore. We were ready!
Pre-planning meetings included: generating buzz with social media, examining case studies, e-mail outreach to schools, artists nonprofit organizations, design elements which included a handful of technical/design friends who helped with the title animation and logo for our video. And of course, many iterations of our campaign video. This took more than 100 hours to produce.
No one could predict what happened after we launched… One of our volunteer’s grandmother passed away. She rushed to Los Angeles to plan the funeral. Another volunteer spontaneously collapsed in the bathroom, slamming her face into a metal shelf as she became unconscious and another volunteer had two surgeries followed by her apartment flooding.
What was going on?!
You know that saying, all things come in 3’s. Not true. I got a call from my cousin in Michigan, who told me her mom passed way from lung cancer. Coincidentally, I got another a call from a close childhood friend, who told me her mom (whom I consider family) was battling the late stage of lung cancer too. Whaaat? I. Need. Time. To. Process… I had a campaign to run, videos to shoot and blogs push out. Throw into the mix six classes to teach and grading.
You know the saying, “challenges are here to teach you something?” Even though I always try to look for the silver lining, I’ve spent all month wondering what this was supposed to teach me. Just a glimmer, please?
Today, I got it.
For me, the GIG campaign goal was to raise awareness, consciousness and inspire action. It ended up being much more – this has been a spiritual journey. If you look at my gratitude journal, you’ll see that a constant theme or mantra is “I feel supported.”
This platform allowed my team and me to create and organize a movement and to encourage everyone I care for to use their power, in any way, to help make their community a better place. As long as I have the support of my team and viewers like you I can continue supporting the community heroes we feature. I’ve been working tirelessly with a team of 60-80 volunteers for the past 4 years on pieces of the puzzle: production of videos and blogs, design elements, and searching for ways to make this a sustainable long lasting, impactful vessel that serves people like you.
But this is why we do what we do: People like Michael Fullam, a 50/50 donor who recently reached out to tell me that GIG has helped him feel hopeful in a time of hopelessness – this on the heels of his mother’s recent death. People like Ron Holt, a GIG hero, who is on a crusade to inspire equality around the world through his unique research about the biology of sexuality and his message of authenticity. People have reached out to Ron telling him they’re glad to have come across the video and hear his message because it saved their lives. Another viewer came out to Ron and for the first time came to terms and accepted with an authentic self.
A viewer wrote to Ron:
My name is (removed) I am a young gay male (17), I have not been at any of your conferences, but I did see your video on youtube, and would like to personally thank you! I wish someone like you came and told me that being gay is okay alot sooner then I found out. I told my mother I was gay at 15 and I have been living alone since then working full time all because I was gay something so small can really change the way people view you! So thank you very much for helping and educating other on this problem of gay hate I really do appreciate it!
And people like YOU, who email, comment and share our content.
This is just the tip of the impact we’ve created. I could have never imaged when I started this little idea in 2009. Our videos and blogs show the world that YOU can make a difference both big and small. We just want you to GO … get inspired … and GO do it! There’s nothing more gratifying than being able to give someone the gift of awareness of their own power and ability to give back. Simply put JOY. Every minute we have in the day is a opportunity for us to share our gift of joy.
It seemed that every time a barrier was presented to us, there was an invisible ladder, a rope, a helping hand. Just like miracles, we don’t always see them, but I know we feel them – if we are present (and focus on our breath).
Miracles during this 50/50 journey:
1. We are more than 85% away from our goal. We have 4 days left. Please donate and share like crazy!
2. More people have joined our campaign, we started with about 10 and now we have 40+ volunteers
3. Wize Commerce will donate $5,000 to our campaign and are developing a Corporate Challenge from local companies to donate and inspire volunteerism amongst their team
4. Pollination Project will give our first hero featured a $1,000 seed grant
5. Despite all that has happened to our team, we are still breathing
For those of you who have donated, reached out to your network to share our message and all the social media followers that have liked us, we wish there was a ‘LOVE’ button for you all.
And to my amazing team, THANK YOU for all the hard work and love and for pushing me to be a better person and leader!
P.S. Want to learn more about our journey leading up to this 50/50 campaign? Check out our special 50/50 blog posts!
You can either live your life as though nothing is a miracle or as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein
Most of us spend our days waiting for a future that is not here yet. We hunger for the moment when all of our external desires will come to fruition so that our “perfect life” can begin. Day after day, we strive for more better and different, looking at what is lacking instead of what is working. We complain about the inconveniences of everyday life, whether it be our bodies, our bank accounts, our government, our families, our partners or lack of one, and on and on. Seeing through a distorted lens that says “It shouldn’t be this way,” we have forgotten that we are a bit blind, overcome by the trance of the modern age.
But this week myself, many of my coaches and other community members had the profound privilege to spend half an hour listening to a miracle:
Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a Holocaust survivor and one of the courageous stars in The Shadow Effect movie. She literally lifted us out of the circumstances of our lives into the holy vibration where miracles exist. All she had to do was share the lens through which she views the world, not like some new age optimist but as a survivor of one of the worst atrocities that any human has endured. During that ordeal, Edie chose to stay focused on the miracle of each moment and to take control of the only thing that she had — her mind.
Edie stood where most people have feared to go. More often than not, the fear that we have controls our minds. We fear that we will fail, that we will be wrong or that our dreams won’t be a reality. And our fear wins out over the miracle of faith. We focus on our flaws, our weaknesses, and the one person who has broken our heart rather than forge tirelessly into the next moment with gusto and strength. We all have this capability — we are born with it. We have the ability to fight and see through the broken illusions of the past. We all have the power to stand for the miracle of this moment, knowing that we are born again and again and again every time we do.
Edie has proven this to us. She is one of people I admire most in the world because despite the horrific violation of her youth, she believes in the miracle of her life. She heroically stands for freedom, for forgiveness, for taking all of what happens in life and making it something pure, beautiful and holy. She has gotten the greatest revenge on Hitler and that is by the success of her own life.
On this Valentine’s Day weekend, give those around you the greatest piece of chocolate that they will ever taste — a moment with you when you are living in the miracle. And most importantly, give yourselves the greatest Valentine that you could ever receive — a moment when you see through the triumphant eyes of pure, unadulterated glory, when you see yourself and your life as it is right now, as the miracle that it is.
Your Valentine’s Love Ritual
(1) Make a list of 100 miracles that you have experienced in the last 12 months. Remember, even your breath is a miracle.
(2) Read the list over and over again each day. It will lift you out of the pain of the past and into the glorious present that is now.
(3) If you’re with a loved one, write down 20 things you love about them and read it to them.
(4) Have a weekend that rocks, whether you are alone or with someone you love! Celebrate the miracle that you are. Don’t buy into any other voice. Just tap into Edie’s consciousness and wrap yourself in the love that you deserve.
Originally published in 2010
|Photo: Toan Lam, Journal by: Caroline Harper|
I’ve never really made New Year’s resolutions. But last year, I resolved to do one thing that changed me (from the inside out) every day of 2012.
I finally got around to keeping a journal — why did I wait so long?!
It’s not just one of these woo woo journals for the sake of saying you keep a journal. Instead of a sole gratitude journal, I started an evidence/gratitude journal — inspired by two people, one of whom I know, another who I will know or at least meet one day: Devyn Rush and Oprah Winfrey.
I’ve always been a fan of Oprah and have always kept her crusade to inspire folks to keep a gratitude journal in the back of my mind. It sat on the back burner until December 19th of 2011 — that’s when I finally lit the flame.
An inferno of miracles ensued.
I always thought, why keep a journal? I am present now, enjoying the now already. Well, what I realized is that this is where the magic happens — when you actually put them down on paper, effervescence happens… your thoughts manifest into something tangible, something real.
My friend Devyn Rush, a former American Idol contestant who is also a national spokesperson for U.G.L.Y., a bully prevention organization, told me about this journal, “Building the Best You.” If you get the privilege to know Devyn, you will walk away feeling reenergized by her infectious positive energy. At her behest, I decided to finally put pen to paper and took the penning plunge promise. My goal was to write in it everyday — I knew this would be a big feat for me because I get bored easily — but I’m proud to say I did it. Woo hoo. And whoa! Wee. Wow.
This viscerally changed me from the inside out.
What’s the difference between a gratitude journal and an evidence journal? The evidence part is when you log what you did for the day — then the gratitude part is when you write down things that unfolded that you’re grateful for.
Everyday I wrote down what I did that day, then at least five things that I was grateful for. The Building the Best You journal is a two year journal, each page is split in half. The left fold is year one, the right fold, year two.
I remember Oprah saying, “Some days I’d be grateful for seeing a squirrel in the park.” And boy wasn’t that the truth. She’s right, it doesn’t matter how simple something seemed or the lack of things you felt grateful for, it’s the fact that you’ve put this gratitude exercise into practice. And like a muscle that is put into action, I’ve become more aware and conscious of the beauty surrounding my life everyday. My favorite author, Eckhart Tolle, calls this “awareness.”
No matter how bad my day was, I found myself grateful for the lessons that came in different ways, shapes and forms. I started searching for things that I was grateful for during my days: a phone call from a loved one, discovering yet another street-corner style hero to feature in my nonprofit, Go Inspire Go, or a walk with a friend along the pier. It became habit.
I randomly flipped through my journal a couple of nights ago and was happy to see that I was grateful for “being present” and “my breath” and feeling connected to something bigger than myself were constant themes. What a big accomplishment.
Among the highlights of things I’ve logged:
1. Being more present than ever before: to nature, people and my spirit — not the “ego” or “thinking thing” rather, what Tolle calls “the watcher” — my inner compass.
2. Connections to people. I felt like the Universe sent me personal and professional connections that continue to help me grow as a person as well as progress within my nonprofit, Go Inspire Go.
3. Realization that when you become present and surrender to the ebb and flow of life, you are open to receiving more. Gratitude begets more goodness (and things to be grateful for).
What I’ve realized is that the miracles have always been there; I just became aware that they were happening — which in turn created and ignited more miracles. That’s the law of attraction at work. Ever notice how when you start the day by saying, “This is going to be a bad or stressful day” — the universe delivers a “Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?” What about those days when you say, “It’s going to be a great day!”
As a kid, I always woke up thinking, “What will I learn today? Who will I meet? What will happen?” Now I go to sleep logging the days happenings, building awareness and counting my blessings. In a sense, keeping this journal brought back the child within and has taught me to unlearn certain things we’ve learned as adults and to go back to that innocent, creative, awe-filled child’s lens we all had when we were discovering the world as children.
I’m glad I finally took action to count the miracles and enjoy them fully — I’ve evolved physically, mentally and spiritually thanks to the simple five-minute exercise of keeping an evidence/gratitude journal.
Are you aware of the miracles showing up in your life everyday? Write them down and witness them multiply.
My favorite author Eckhart Tolle says that the universe conspires to help us all. “But if the shutters are closed the sunlight can not come in.”
Cheers to a new year of counting your blessings and logging the light that comes through your window.
Happy New Year — Happy New You.
I think the video below can speak for itself in a lot of ways.
I’ve watched it a few times and am constantly amazed by the overwhelming peace that surrounds me for the full five minutes of the clip. There is something untouchable and indescribable about what happens in this video as the baby gets its first bath. Even in writing this, I am still looking for the words to say it.
I first thought about the miracle of life. We live in a world that so easily forgets how amazing it is just to be alive and how very precious this life of ours is. It’s short. It’s unpredictable. It’s a miracle, really.
We’ve all been there—just as small as the baby in this video—but why do we stray so far away from the magic and wonder captured here?
This is one simple moment caught on camera that brings me back to square one—minus the clutter and stress of the day. Every gentle action floods me with peace and convinces me that life is about so much more than “just getting by.” It is important to slow down and stop every once in awhile to stand in awe of this fact: We are alive, and we have the ability to rediscover life as the miracle it has always been.
I would love to hear what kind of reactions you have from watching this video. Does it make you think about the miracle of life? Are there other precious moments in your life that remind you of this one? Does it call you to look at things in your own life a bit differently? Share below!
The most powerful prayer and affirmation is not to decree what you want.
Sometimes what you want is actually not what you REALLY want but what you think you want based on who you think you currently are. And who you are is always evolving and expanding.
The most powerful prayer is simply to SURRENDER. To give up what you think your goal and vision should look like, to give up your attachments to the form, and to open yourself to the highest good unfolding for all concerned.
When you surrender what you think should be, you open to a higher flow of GRACE. You tap into the Infinite itself, and IT knows exactly how to bring about the most authentic fulfillment of your dreams and destiny.
The mind is limited. Your personality is limited. In any given moment you can only see part of the picture. Surrender moves you beyond the mind, and into a stream of magic, synchronicity, and miracles.
Then you will be carried on the wings of Grace towards your perfect destiny. It may not look like what you thought, but know that what the universe has in store for you is often much bigger than your mind can ever imagine or conceive.
Surrender does not mean giving up in the typical sense. However. it does mean giving UP the limited view point of what and how you thought things should be so that things can expand into the Divine VASTNESS of what they are truly meant to be for your highest good.
It requires a deep trust in Life. You can either trust your mind, which constantly sells you all sorts of B.S. all day long. Or you can trust the Infinite Intelligence that is not only living and breathing you right now, but synchronizing all of life itself.
So when things don’t work out how you wanted them to, rather than collapse into despair, trust that the the Universe has something bigger, better, and brighter in store for you than what you originally thought.
That is the time to get curious to see what is about to happen. And watch the magic of the Universe unfold.
Sometimes we get afraid or overwhelmed as we think about HOW to bring our goal into reality. It can trigger fear, questioning, doubt.
The illusion is that YOU need to manifest your vision. Inherent in your authentic dream is already the seeds for it’s fulfillment. Your role is not to struggle or force anything. Your role is to simply GET YOURSELF OUT OF THE WAY so that the Universe can flow through you and manifest itself as your vision in your life.
Then things are effortless, since it’s not really you DOING it.
You are then in the flow, simply showing up, participating 100% and witnessing the miraculousness of the Universe at work in your life.
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P.P.S. Feel free to leave a comment below about what in particular in your life you are willing to surrender to.
What if there was a living prophet somewhere on the planet?
Someone who could verifiably heal cancer with the touch of his hands?
Someone who could harness primal, potent earth energy and put it to good, clean, nonsexual use?
You may have heard of João Teixeira de Faria, a 68-year-old man living in a remote corner of Brazil.
For over 50 years, this man known to many as John of God has been performing miraculous cures.
We’re talkin Biblical stuff… like malignant tumors disappearing from someone’s body, blind people seeing again, the lame suddenly walking.
He has been reported as the most powerful healer to grace the earth in the last 2,000 years, the past few of which have been in the mainstream American media spotlight.
None other than Oprah (see pic with John of God) and Dr. Mehmet Oz have taken notice.
As reported in O Magazine:
Dr Oz examined hours of film footage from John of God’s healings…
“…he looked at scans and biopsy reports, and there were results he couldn’t explain—the shrinkage of an aggressive cancer, for instance.
“Said Dr. Oz, ‘If we can understand what role [John of God] is playing in reversing illness, we should be doing that here.'”
How Does He Do It?
Legendary physicist Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”
That is the essence of John of God’s process.
He aligns with what is referred to as a “current” whereby approximately 400 people sit and meditate intensely creating a fire hose-like energy…
…and then John of God harnesses this current and goes to work.
As Dr. Oz said, “I think the next big frontier is unlocking the doors to energy medicine. It dramatically broadens our vista of opportunities to heal. The challenge we have is that energy is not as easily quantified as the surgeon’s scalpel.”
Over the past few days, I, like so many others have been tearing through the great new American escapist tale Wild.
It’s the story of a down and out woman, Cheryl Strayed, with no one to turn to and nowhere to go…
…so she heads for the woods and hikes the Pacific Crest Trail…alone.
As Strayed so eloquently suggests, getting back in touch with the wildnerness reminds us:
We can turn machines on and off from remote distances.
We can dominate wild beasts.
We can manipulate life at the sub-atomic level.
But there is a Force over which we have zero control.
This Force unleashes giant waves, incinerates people with lightning quickness, and winds and whips frothing clouds of destruction…
Here’s the question:
Do you, do I… take any time to acknowledge, align with, or harness this Force? Seriously?
We have to do it by asking Questions, Listening, Breathing… getting outside, going for a walk, an escape, a hike.
In other words, stop spazzing on your iPhone and get reconnected with life.
Native American author Luther Standing Bear wrote, “Out of the Indian approach to existence there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing love for nature… enriching faith in a Supreme Power.”
For Cryin’ Out Loud…Use the Force!
Even if you have your suspicions about this John of God, there’s something to be said for beckoning, capturing, and harnessing The Force.
While you might not be doing or receiving “energy surgeries” anytime soon…
…consider making a little time in the morning when you wake up and a little time at night before you go to sleep…to feel something stirring in your soul…
…something that in ways feels like great resistance (a headwind), and in other ways like great inspiration (a tailwind).
As Frank Zappa said in one of my all-time favorite quotes: “In the fight between you and the universe, back the universe!”