Archive for March, 2010

Moving Stories and Tips

You asked, and I’m delivering. Every time I move, I receive so many emails and longing comments during sessions from people who “would love to move” like I do, who “would love to just pick up and go,” and “would love to inject a little more adventure” into their lives.

I’m writing another ebook on these very topics! It will cover everything from moving on a shoestring budget to synchronously finding that perfect spot to utilizing all your resources in all dimensions to make things as easy and fluid as possible. After all, The Lazy Raw Foodist is also a Lazy Mover.

And a Lazy Author! I intend to share all of my own tips, but I’d also love to include some others’ stories of Divinely inspired and managed moves, as well as some of the more mundane matters like packing tips and finding the right realtor in case you want to buy instead of rent. If you’d like to contribute, please email me at brunoleaf (at) yahoo.com to give me a sketch of what you’d like to offer. All chosen contributors will receive a link to your website and a promotional tag line, along with an acknowledgement and repeat contact information in the beginning. There will also be an affiliate program through ClickBank.com if you want to recommend this resource on your own site.

I tend to move fast — in relocations as well as ebooks. I penned The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide in three weeks from start to finish, so contact me soon if you’re interested. I don’t know that it will be THAT fast, but the instant manifestation seems to be continuing.

Many Blessings!
Laura

New Moon Intentions

We’ve got a New Moon in Pisces as of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, depending on your time zone. You don’t need to be an astrology buff or even believe in astrology in order to benefit from lunar cycles. Because of the moon’s effects on large bodies of water and water in general (our bodies are about 80% water), we all feel some kind of tug. Scientific research at University of Miami has even shown that murder rates rose and fell with lunar cycles, peaking at the Full and New Moons, declining during the quarter phases. The terms “lunatic” and “lunacy” really do stem from marked human behavioral changes related to the moon, so if you’re feeling particularly weepy, adrift, meditative, and/or creative right now, join the crowd!

A New Moon in Pisces places people in a more spiritual frame of mind and heart and encourages the wrapping up of karma, old ties, discernment about facts or illusions, and gives us all a chance to hone our intentions for a rebirthing process. As the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces does away with traditional boundaries, picks up on others’ emotions and intentions, and brings the long-resisted to the surface for final reckoning. Ruled by Pluto, the forgotten and late-discovered stepchild of our solar system, Pisces helps us tune into those parts of ourselves that have remained hidden or repressed. Does it feel comfortable? Uh-uh. And believe me, I’m hearing this reflected in coaching and intuitive sessions! But in order for the new to arrive, we must clean out our closets to make room for what we really want. If you’ve got skeletons rattling around in there, or dust bunnies, or anything you’ve been nudged to discard, now’s a great time to do that. Take advantage of the natural flow and support of the energies to carry you through those final, weepy tasks.

And while you’re at it, allow yourself to dream. Pisces encourages dreams and visions of all sorts. With the doing away of boundaries, those dreams and visions also have a better chance of manifesting their way into three-dimensional reality. To help get you started, I’ll share some of my own intentions, along with a few photos of recent artwork. Yes, I’m on my third BlackBerry Storm since moving here, and this one appears to take reasonably normal photos!

1 ) Work in closer collaboration with the angels. I’ve worked with them consciously since at least 1994, but recently I’ve felt their presence in a bigger, more tangible way. The above painting appeared in about twenty minutes yesterday and pictures Archangel Michael with his fiery sword of Truth. On my jaunt to the Art Institute last week, I opened a book that had the quote from Goethe and I just couldn’t get it out of my head, so onto the canvas it went: “For what I possess seems far away and what has disappeared proves real.” The top includes Runes spelling out “Trust.” The image just came to me and demanded I stop doing everything else and sit down to paint it.

me with my nephew Owen

2 ) Spend more time with family. Now that I’m within an hour’s train ride of my brother and a short flight to my parents and sister’s family, I really do intend to spend more time with my family, especially my little nephews. The above photo was taken on my visit home in January. My nephew Owen and I share a telepathic connection. For years, whenever I’d call my sister, Owen would have just mentioned my name or said someone reminded him of me. My move to Chicago has already strengthened this intention, as I had dinner with my brother last night and now talk with my sister every day. In fact, Erica feels like she vicariously found my apartment with me because we spent that synchronous morning back and forth on our cell phones and she spoke to me right after I felt led to this perfect spot.

Antahkarana Stardust

3 ) Explore more Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis is the verbal representation of visual representation, or the visual representation of verbal representation. Synchronously, I wrote my Masters Thesis on this topic while studying right here in Hyde Park at the University of Chicago in 1995-96. Amazing how things cycle around! I have always had an interest in Ekphrasis and wrote several English and Art History papers on this topic, primarily related to photography as a motif in literature. I’m now enjoying the flip side: taking words and symbols like Runes and embedding them into artwork. I’m not sure where it will lead, but something about the process appeals to me, so I’ll run with it for awhile.

Mandala Curio

4 ) Paint more doors! The above photo is of a curio cabinet I painted a few weeks ago, but I’ll count it as a mini set of doors. 🙂 Sometime soon I’ll make my way back up to Evanston where a vintage door awaits my brush. I can’t wait to create another portal from a discarded entrance. In my opinion, those are the best kind — forgotten doorways often lead to dreams come true.

5 ) Continue to rest and rejuvenate myself, finding balance in this new climate, new energy and new life. I’m still experimenting with percentages of raw vs. cooked food, types of exercise, and structuring my work day. I may have a new ebook in me, and I would love to start practicing yoga again, now that my body feels a little more grounded. For years, I felt so lightly tethered to my body that yoga “didn’t work” for me anymore. If I raised my vibration even a little bit with exercise I flew off into the ethers. I had hoped that a move back to the Midwest might settle things a bit, and it seems to be so far. Time will tell, as it always does, with all things. I keep drawing the Rune for “Patience.” Hmmm … I wonder what that’s all about? 😉

Anyway, Happy New Moon in Pisces! May your dreams and intentions come to fruition in their own perfect ways and timing.

Alchemy, Energy and Electronics

Reiki students often ask me about this phenomenon, and I’ve been blowing out a lot of things lately, so I thought I’d post on it. Why is it that people who do spiritual work or who channel a lot of spiritual energy have trouble with electronics? Watches break, fly off the wrist, or stop working; laptops fry; lights flicker; and/or phones disconnect. What’s up with that?

Well, the short answer is that everything is made of energy, including us, so when our energy fields expand, become disrupted, or imbalanced, we can inadvertantly send extra energy currents to things like computers, cars and streetlamps. Although it can happen any time to anyone, it seems to occur most often when someone activates or enhances a new aspect of his or her energy field. For example, Reiki students frequently report that streetlights turn on or off when they walk underneath them. It doesn’t happen forever, but seems to last as long as it takes for them to integrate the attunement that opens the energy channels in their hands and crown chakra.

In my own life, I know my laptops tend to die immediately before I publish a new book or receive some kind of major “download” of information. This happened when I moved to Santa Fe in October 2002 and when I started teaching Reiki on my own without Stephen in 2006. Then, on a different laptop it happened with my first ebook in 2008, and then again when I published If I Only Had a Brain Injury in paperback. In that case, I ended up getting a free new Motherboard from HP because my laptop had apparently been recalled. It just happened to short out right at the moment of publication both times.

When I released The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide, the same, resurrected laptop caught a trojan and died again, only to be re-resurrected by a computer guru. When I went to Mendocino last September, my laptop finally died for good (at least for me) the night before I discovered the Runes and language coding. I felt grateful in that case because I sensed that the laptop took the hit for me, instead of another brain injury or some other sort of mind warp that often accompanies a major shift in perspective.

I knew that I would never get that laptop working for me again. It was like my old laptop represented my old brain, and that brain was gone for good. No longer compatible with that Pavilion. So I replaced it. I did save it, though, feeling it might possibly work for someone else. Sure enough, I met someone in Evanston who needed a laptop and in the same hour I went through a major healing of some old things with my sister last week, that person managed to turn on my laptop for the first time in six months.

Since moving to Chicago, I’ve been blowing out a lot of things again. It seems like every week my energy expands, and the electronics around me are struggling a bit. So far so good on my new laptop. I have been very, very careful with it! But I’ve gone through two modems and a router from Comcast, plus three unexplained switch-off’s of my phone service, and two replacements of my BlackBerry Storm, just in the past three weeks. I will say this: Comcast and Verizon have been wonderful! I am now on very friendly terms with everyone in the Verizon store downtown, which just happens to be situated next to a great art supply store.

Isn’t all of this annoying and why can’t I control my energy??? Yes, I suppose some people would find it annoying. Maybe I should. But I don’t. I just know it means my energy’s expanding and that good things are on the way. That’s what always happens. Plus, I enjoy my trips downtown. Today, for example, I got an intuitive hit to go downtown, but I resisted, thinking I should stay home and blog and that I had no real reason for going downtown. Within moments, my BlackBerry completely died again. OK, I thought, I’ll go fix it tomorrow, but then I noticed I had no home phone service either. The double whammy always gets me to a Verizon store!

I ended up having a lovely day. I got off near the Art Institute and felt a little nudge that it was free on Tuesdays. That thought got me into the door. Well, it USED to be free on Tuesdays way back when, but the bookstore is always free, so I headed in there to explore. Museums tend to overwhelm me anyway. The bookstore was more my speed. While there, I found some great inspiration for a few new paintings and a super sale priced book on Alchemy and Mysticism. Feeling complete on that leg of the journey, I headed to Verizon where I received yet another free BlackBerry Storm, plus instructions on how to text message and how to take non-upside-down photos (I hope!) with my new BB. Then I found some great sale canvases and paints at the art supply store. Annoying? Not really. I’ve learned to embrace my failing electronics as nudges to focus my energy somewhere else.

Back to the other question: can’t I control it? And can others? That one’s a little trickier. In theory, yes, we can control our energy. The problem is that when it’s expanding or opening in new ways, we may not yet know how. Personally, I prefer to let the unfolding take place in as natural and unobstructed a manner as possible. I used to try to keep my energy folded in upon itself, but I found that only made the short circuiting worse, and it would take much longer to complete the process. I’ve noticed similar things with other people. If they resist or get frustrated with electronic mayhem, then it only increases their energy. Anger/frustration amps up your frenetic, uncontrolled energy!

If at all possible, I recommend people take a break from whatever’s going haywire. You may be trying to tell yourself you need seclusion (i.e. no phone communication or fewer emails), or perhaps a walk in nature. Rest assured, your new levels of energy will eventually rebalance themselves. And if not, there’s a message in that as well. Maybe you’re not meant to work a computer oriented job. Maybe your watch keeps breaking because you’ve become a slave to linear time. When energetic blips persist beyond a short transition, they usually portend a more permanent shift in the works. I know it’s hard to imagine in this world of iPods, iPhones, BlackBerries, tweetdecks and Droids, but there really is life beyond electronics. Embracing that life will help you to transmute your excess energy into something worthwhile.

As my friend Toni says, “use your power for good.” And I would add, “use it or lose it.” When you start blowing out electronics, recognize that as a sign of shift and enhancement. Then claim what’s yours and make the most of it!

Many blessings

Schizandra Series Update and Instant Manifestation

“Remember, my friend, you must go down the road to know, it is as above as so below.”

Now that we’re approaching Spring 2010, many people have begun to inquire about Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar, Book 2 in the Schizandra Series. True, I had planned to finish it around this time, and no, my divorce and move to Chicago are not the reasons for the delay. I actually think writing Book 2 may have catalyzed these changes, rather than the other way around.

In September, artist Tania Marie and I went on a quest to Mendocino, feeling that we would find something there to help our creative endeavors. What we discovered were some ancient teachings on Runes and language coding through number, color, symbols, and association. I had intuitively used some of this in Schizandra and the Gates of Mu, but I began consciously coding Book 2, and it was moving along quickly with lots of subconscious stirrings. It felt mysterious, fast paced and fun. In short, I liked it, even upon first draft.

Then … I ran into a strange “problem.” I’m not sure if it was the Runes or synchronicity or what, but I began to notice that whatever I wrote about started to manifest instantly in my life. If I introduced a character with a certain birthday, for example, someone would immediately appear in my life with the same birthday. Cool, right? Sure, with birthdays it was cool, but fiction thrives on conflict. In order to keep a story moving, an author really needs to give his or her characters the worst case scenarios. I found that whatever conflicts I introduced in the story, no matter how bizarre, began to weave their way into my own life. At first I started attracting clients with those issues, but then the conflicts began exponentially manifesting in my personal experiences. People with the same names, birthdays, and challenges as my characters started appearing and interacting with me in the same ways as in the novel. Situations that I thought stretched the imagination in fiction began to appear as everyday occurrences in my “real” life. They would be slightly different, but recognizable as a reflection of whatever scenes I happened to be working on.

Those of you who’ve read Book 1 know that some strange events occur. Well, Book 2 is even stranger, and my life suddenly grew even more surreal than usual. Fiction and “reality” began to blend in ways I did not particularly enjoy. Whatever I created on the page started to become my life, and I don’t like conflict. I much prefer fun, calm, wholeness, and a sense of total connection to the Divine. Throw in some chocolate and I’m good to go. 😉

Fall 2009 did not feel good, despite copious amounts of raw cacao! I am incredibly grateful for all of the shifts and transmutations, but whoa Nellie! I needed to tighten my imagination’s reins a bit.

So … I decided to take a break from fiction and started painting instead. The same instant manifestation occurs with my painting; however, I paint from my heart and I paint whatever I love, so I find this process much more fulfilling and sustainable. If I can find a way to separate my creative efforts on the page from the creations in my life, I will complete Schizandra and the Peruvian Jaguar. I’ve worked so hard to reintegrate parts of myself that I’m not sure separation is on the agenda, but I’m open to the possibility. In the meantime, I find my art continues to deepen and offers a lot of joy and positive transformation both internally and externally. I have always been a big “manifestor,” but the intensity and speed of those manifestations with my creative projects have stunned me. I’ve spoken with other authors, even spiritually oriented ones and they agree that fiction is hard work, but I haven’t heard of anyone experiencing QUITE this same problem with their characters and conflicts bleeding into real life. I’m sure it does happen to some people; I just decided I didn’t like it happening to me. 🙂

Artwork, though? Loving it! I promise to post some of my more recent projects soon. I keep taking upside down photos with my BlackBerry, and my computer won’t let me reorient them. LOL, no matter which way I turn my BlackBerry, the photos come in upside down! Several people have pointed out the appropriateness of this as I feel like The Hanged Man from the Tarot, suspended upside down, pondering the Runes until I “get” them, hop down and fully claim their knowledge. I haven’t hopped down yet, though, and likely won’t until sometime in June if my lease and other synchronicities are any indication. Hopefully, I’ll get those photos up sooner than that, though!

In the meantime, yes, I am still offering coaching, intuitive, medical intuitive and Reiki sessions and classes. My extra meditative state these days seems to enhance the insights, so do feel free to contact me. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with and helping people, finding it a mutual blessing.

Namaste.

Liberation Fund Update

Well, I did get the MEGA Ball number correct for 3/5/2010. LOL! It wasn’t the jackpot, but I won $2. It was a 32, the number that corresponds to “Liberation,” as described in Schizandra and the Gates of Mu. Oddly enough, three of the five winning numbers were ones I played a week ago. See what I mean? Teasers! I’ve got another ticket for tonight.

The Liberation Fund

Living in the Land of Synchronicity, as I so often do, I’ve decided to listen to my daily horoscope from Astrocenter.com, which reads:

Your horoscope for March 5, 2010 If you’re drawn to group activities connected to your spirituality, Laura, this is the day to explore them, as spiritual insights related to group meditations or workshops could well come your way today. Some of them may be a bit nebulous, and others could be totally strange and unexpected, but nonetheless you should write your ideas down or otherwise memorialize them. They could shed light on new revelations that could come later.

For several months now I have been working on a quiet but massive manifestation project, which I have affectionately named, “The Liberation Fund.” It began as a lark. LOL, as a Gemini, most of my big ideas do tend to begin that way! I was talking with a client who decided she needed a certain amount of cash in order to feel comfortable taking a leap of faith. In the session, I asked her to imagine what would happen if she already HAD the money.

She couldn’t imagine where it could possibly come from, so for the sake of imagination, I said, “Well, let’s just say it came from me. Let’s just say that somehow, someway I managed to manifest it for you.” She laughed, but because she’s seen me manifest some pretty big things, she could imagine this scenario much more easily than manifesting the money in any other way. We went on with the exercise and she found that she has quite the exciting life intended for herself and others — as she really only needs the cash flow to leverage her into a position of serving others.

After I got off the phone with her, I started daydreaming about how much fun it would be to gift her that windfall of money. Then I started pondering ALL the people I know and love, some clients, some friends, some family members, others just people I admire from afar. As a life coach and intuitive, I have the advantage of receiving people’s expressed wishes as well as the unexpressed “hits” about what resources it would take to manifest their dreams. A surprisingly large number of people I know have worked through nearly all remaining resistance to service and full life path expression, except for having cash on hand to activate those dreams and responsibilities. Loving everyone and wanting to see them succeed, expand and bliss out, my daydream grew from one client to a list of about forty-five charismatic people for whom opening the door would change not only their world, but our entire world.

Big dreams with huge, inconceivably big ripple effects.

And so … I started asking. Or, as Shawn Blackwolf likes to say, “assking” … with fluidic pressure and release. Intensifying those requests, adding pressure, allowing the steam to build, and then releasing it. I really did not intend to announce this little project to the world. Until now, only a handful of people have known of my “crazy” little daydream, but I’m quite serious about it. If I’ve told you I’ve been praying for you, I’m not talking idle prayer. I have been working hard!

Part of the reason I felt led to Hyde Park was because my energy feels much stronger there. Something amplifies it in that particular part of Chicago, and I have spent much time meditating, praying, wandering and wondering by the Lake, in my apartment with my portal doors, and around the community. I’ve also gone to two John of God healing events with his assistant Caterina, as well as a Full Moon sweat lodge last weekend. Some of this has been for my own healing, but I’ve been directing MOST of my energy to the healing of others as well as planetary and cosmic healing. I figure if I’m praying anyway, I might as well pray big.

I’ve also been playing the lottery. I know this sounds strange, but hey, it’s me. I’ve come to accept the fact that I’m (a little) strange. 😉 I had a series of numbers I was playing and I’d come close, except rarely on the date or game I actually played. Still, there’d be enough overlap that I’d keep playing if I felt nudged. And I often did. Little winks from the universe saying, “You’re onto something, Laura. Keep it up.” The other day, though, I said to myself, God and my guides, “You know? I’m getting tired of playing the lottery. This is almost embarrassing. I need some kind of sign if you want me to buy another ticket because really, I’m starting to feel too silly about all of this.”

I did my day of Wandering and Wondering and had a really odd day, synchronicity upon crazy synchronicity. While walking, I saw two lottery tickets lying on the ground, right after seeing all these abundance signs (angel numbers, intuitions, synchronicities about winning unexpectedly, other very personal signs of certain wishes coming true — wishes currently held up only by a lack of funds). I walked by the discarded tickets and got a hit to turn around and pick them up, so I did. All were random quickpicks from March 1. I checked at the store to see if they were winners: no, but having been led to the lottery counter, I bought a Powerball ticket.

Here’s the weird thing: I checked the winning number the following day, and one of those old tickets I found had 3 of the 5 winning numbers from March 3 (3/3/2001, which is a 333 date, a sign of the Ascended Masters). The same ticket was off by only one digit on another number. I checked the other discarded ticket and it listed two quickpicks, random spreads of numbers, but they were almost identical. I combined the repeated numbers of those four random spreads, and three of the numbers overlapped three times and two overlapped twice. Pretty strange, right?

So … I changed my numbers and bought a ticket for tonight. I had contemplated sharing this crazy little Liberation Fund idea in a newsletter and then thought better of it. Why make an announcement about such an odd and private project? If it came to fruition, I would share the story, but why expose myself ahead of time? It is, after all, a bit embarrassing to admit publicly a belief that one may very well win the lottery. Almost as embarrassing as my admission in my interview in Passion Magazine that I believed in Santa Claus until I was fourteen years old! (My younger brother tried to burst my bubble. I say tried because part of me still believes in Good Saint Nicholas. When you hop dimensions as often as I do, hey, some beliefs come along for the ride.) Anyway, I wasn’t going to say anything, but the question was on my mind this morning whether to share the Liberation Fund intention with others. Then my horoscope came through:

March 5, 2010: If you’re drawn to group activities connected to your spirituality, Laura, this is the day to explore them, as spiritual insights related to group meditations or workshops could well come your way today. Some of them may be a bit nebulous, and others could be totally strange and unexpected, but nonetheless you should write your ideas down or otherwise memorialize them. They could shed light on new revelations that could come later.

So there you have it. I’ve written them down and memorialized them. I heard from Ray of Sedona that this is a wonderful weekend for making a wish come true because Jupiter and Mercury align, creating a cosmic union perfect for taking unmanifest wishes and giving them form in the material world. In mythology, Mercury does Jupiter’s dirty work, taking care of all the tiresome, tedious or unpleasant details required to create and maintain order in the universe. Though a trickster, Mercury also rules communication and has a free pass into and out of the underworld. Jupiter marks expansion, and Jupiter also just aligned last weekend with the Sun. Mercury can take Jupiter’s ideas and complete all required details to make it so.

What does all of this mean in laymen’s terms? Dream big. Make your wishes heard. Knock and it shall be opened. That’s always true, but the current alignment acts like WD40 on a squeaky hinge. Instead of creaking open, that door you’ve been knocking on may very well fly open. Prepare yourself to walk on through.

And wish me luck, please. Somehow, someway, I really would love to see that Liberation Fund start flowing. Cuz some of you have got some really, really amazing projects and intentions in the works! Many, many blessings. 🙂

There is a Way

Thanks to Ray of Sedona for this:

There Is a Way

The intellect says: “The six directions are limits: there is no way out.”
Love says: “There is a way. I have traveled it thousands of times.”
The intellect saw a market and started to haggle;
Love saw thousands of markets beyond that market.

–Rumi