Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Journey’

New Release: Second Chakra Healing Journal

After the positive feedback from people working with “Lyme Journal: A Guided Recovery Workbook,” I am pleased to announce another guided journal offering: Second Chakra Healing Journal, also available on Amazon. UPDATE on 10/30/19: Wow, thank you! After yesterday’s launch, this is the #1 New Release in Prostate Health and trending high in fertility, too.

This is a guided journal and workbook for anyone challenged by: menopause, sexuality, bladder function, Chronic UTI’s, Interstitial Cystitis, fertility, miscarriage, estrogen-progesterone-testosterone balance, blocked creativity, anger, generational healing, sexual abuse, prostate cancer, ovarian or uterine cancer, bladder cancer, kidney disease, intimacy issues, lack of passion, and/or feeling disconnected from Divine creative flow. Continue reading

Book Review ~ Hidden Experience, by Mike Clelland

“Hidden Experience: collected writings from ten years of blogging 2009-2019,” by Mike Clelland, shares “the strange challenges of otherworldly contact, where confronting the darkest unknowns can ultimately lead to transformation.” The supposed theme of this book is a question about UFO abduction, but really, the question could be any huge, foundation-shattering and life-altering realization triggered by dreams, confusing events, and truly uncanny coincidences.

As the posts and years go by, Mike wrestles with existential crises, clinical depression, and deep inner healing. We follow the development of close soul friendships, as well as the loss of friends through death. We see how Mike’s public grappling with personal trauma and the Big Questions opens doors for others to share their stories, too. And we see how some relationships break rather than expand into larger implications. These are universal human experiences on the path of self discovery — told in an intimate, vulnerable way, often in real time.

Full disclosure: I know Mike Clelland, because he spent years interviewing me for a chapter in his “Stories from the Messengers” book and more recently for “The Unseen” podcast. Although I know Mike and consider his work a sacred path, I do not follow his blog. I check in once in awhile, but for me much of this material was new. It doesn’t read in chronological blog order. Rather, he thematically collates the posts and includes comments and updates from across the years. He also shares his own 2019 take on earlier experiences, revealing how the meanings of synchronicities, relationships and mysterious events can unfold and change across time.

The time looping and spiral journey nature of this book also models a process for embracing the “little things” that connect us to the Great Mystery, and to each other. By sharing so many of his own specific memories, details, timestamps, and experiences, Mike taps into the universal. Though true, the book kind of reads like an epistolary novel. My favorite parts are the hypnosis transcripts, his eulogies, and especially the passages about his friendship with the late Mac Tonnies. A tension between mind and heart runs throughout, yet despite the struggle, his heart keeps shining.

The Introduction begins with Joseph Campbell’s quote: “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” In the Conclusion, Mike says, “Recently, someone asked me how my life has changed because of these experiences. I thought for a moment and said, ‘I now live in a magical universe.’ I meant that, I see reality as something much richer and more mysterious than I could have ever conceived.” The final page of the book echoes a vivid dream of Mike’s from 2012, posted on his 50th birthday. In all bold letters, it says: “Follow your heart.”

“Hidden Experience” is about the spiritual journey and continuing to find the courage to walk it — one step or quantum leap at a time. Highly recommended!

Divine Doorway 19: The Sun

After nearly a month of painting, yesterday, I finished the latest portal “door,” this one on canvas but with a window-like quality.

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Divine Doorway Number 19: The Sun, by Laura Bruno

 

I modeled this extremely coded portal after the traditional Sun card in the Tarot, with some important shifts, which I’ll explain below.

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Rider-Waite-Smith version of The Sun card

When I just checked the list of Divine Doorways and Porta Portals to see what number I’ve reached, I noticed the synchronicity: the Sun card is number 19 in the Tarot, and this Sun portal is my 19th portal in this series. I didn’t plan that. As so often happens with these portals, it just worked out that way. I had forgotten that I painted a portal based on the Sun before, Divine Doorway Number 10: Hopi/Jewel in the Lotus. This 19th door was more traditional and personal to me, whereas the first Sun was a commissioned piece, designed and coded to manifest that patron’s hopes and dreams. Continue reading

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City Getaway

In honor of both of our birthdays, plus my 21-year TBI anniversary between them, David and I took a long weekend getaway to Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City, Michigan. We visited Traverse City last October, but we’d never been to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Friday graced us with perfect hiking weather — sunny and mid-upper 50’s. The wind made it difficult to take clear photographs, but we managed to capture some of our time there.

The path to Empire Bluff felt like Faerie, and everyone leaving the bluff flashed big smiles and expanded hearts. For my part, I couldn’t stop smiling the moment we entered the green:

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White Trillium blankets the woods of Sleeping Bear Dunes at this time of year …

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… and any clearings offer stunning views, shown here through David’s eyes: Continue reading

Synchronicity, Answered Prayer and Dream Journals

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I wasn’t sure when to post this last round of products to release in early 2019, but today seemed appropriate. MLK lived his faith and inspired others to dream a better world into being.

I know so many people who live amazing, synchronous lives, yet who struggle to maintain their faith when the going gets tough. That’s normal. Sometimes life throws an unexpected health crisis, business upheaval, or high profile misunderstanding. Sometimes life’s challenges seem too overwhelming or impossible for one person to navigate. In sessions, I ask people to remember other times when against all odds, a miracle stepped in to save the day. I ask them to notice the little “signs” or “sync winks” that whisper, “You’re not alone.” “Divine timing is in effect.” “A bigger picture’s got your back.”

For years, I’ve wished something like the next few products existed: a place to record jaw dropping synchronicities, answered prayers, and tiny moments of faith that proved themselves life changing and true. Many people keep journals, but they jumble everything together. That’s fine; however, when people face challenges or crises of faith, it helps to have a personal reference book of divine intervention, “lucky” breaks and ongoing guidance. I find that the more incredible the support, the more likely people begin to doubt their memory over time: Continue reading

My Spiritual Disciplines, Leaders and Mentors

Among the many FAQ’s during sessions and emails, some variation of the following comes through a lot: “If you don’t mind me asking, what are your spiritual disciplines, and who do you consider to be your spiritual leaders or mentors?” I live a deeply spiritual life, but I tend to keep my beliefs and practices quite private. More and more people keep inquiring, though, including this morning. I decided to write a somewhat lengthy response and will share that here, in case more people wonder what informs my work and life. I’m not one to post everything online, but this will give a general overview of some behind the scenes attitudes and inclinations. 🙂

My spiritual disciplines morph with the seasons and have shifted across the years. I used to meditate and/or chant for hours per day, but for the past six years, my primary spiritual practice has been gardening. In late 2012, Continue reading

Stress, Overwhelment, Anxiety…Spirituality Isn’t An Immunity Pass, But Does Seed You With The Alchemy Of Awareness To Shift It

Some excellent tools and personal sharing from sweet Tania Marie! I’ve been hearing from so many people these days — people who’ve done a lot of inner work and therefore wonder why they still feel stress. As Tania shares, “Spirituality isn’t an immunity pass,” but becoming aware of various tools, triggers and processes will greatly ease those times of stress. Tools and “crutches” may not be permanent fixes; as you heal and grow, you’ll find you don’t need them anymore. But sometimes a little extra help and support makes all the difference! Think of having a broken ankle — crutches do help in the appropriate time frame, allowing you to move on to the strengthening and freely running phase again. This seems like a message many can use right now, for comfort and encouragement. No, you’re not crazy. No, you’re not alone. Yes, sometimes even “spiritual” people feel the zaps of stress … but you can support and strengthen the ways you deal with stress so that it becomes more of a blip or catalyst than a paralyzing “fact of life.”

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A couple of days ago on Facebook I shared a post about “overwhelment” and the personal messages that later came in to me, said to me that this is a topic that really hit home for people. So I decided to repost it here and to expound upon it to support everyone that is currently experiencing this or has felt it at some point, as I know we all have. 😉

To begin with, I am actually quite well-versed in stress. Stress, nervous anxiety, overwhelment, feelings of pressure….all of that was my expertise not only in experiencing, but in being quite well-adapted in repressing it so that no one knew. That can actually be even worse, as you don’t get it out like others do and it can reek havoc on your health and well-being, little by little internally attacking yourself to a slow, soul death, not to mention can…

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