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Empathic Expectations and How to Let Them Go

How To Know If You Are An Empath. em·path noun — a person with the ...This week I wanted to write about a topic near and dear to my heart; empathy. It goes without saying that feelings of empathy are what connect the hearts of humanity and are the ties that bind us all throughout the cosmos and across all of time and space. It is what allows us to literally step into the shoes of another and experience their perspective, their view, and even sometimes their thoughts, energy, and feelings as intensely and as vividly as they do themselves.

Most of us are born with an innate sense of empathy and if we see someone or something in pain, we get a tingle in our gut that makes us want to reach out and console or help them. We feel deep down that connection I mentioned earlier, even if we cannot on the surface of our consciousness fully understand why or where these feelings are coming from.

In today’s society, sadly many of us are unaware of the magnificent details of this connection and most are certainly not taught about it in school or from our parents. But some of us, those we call Emotional or Intuitive Empaths, are born with such capabilities that they without effort absorb and pick up on the energies, thoughts, and feelings of those around them and therefore are forced to explore this extra-sensory avenue of our physical capabilities. I, to my blessing and also to my demise, am one of these people.

I haven’t shared this truth about myself with many people as I was growing up as even at the age of 3 I knew I was different and felt like an outcast. I knew things adults around me didn’t and frankly, I found out the hard way that most adults do not appreciate being corrected, especially by a child. I got kicked out of Sunday school for asking too many questions about God that couldn’t be answered and often was asked to leave classrooms for the same reason.

I just couldn’t turn off this endless sense of curiosity and wonderment in my brain about the world around me, and with the constant bombardment of emotions, feelings, thoughts, and energy that was not merely of my own creation, but of those around me, I was always stimulated, energetically triggered, pushed and pulled emotionally and for a kid not knowing what the hell is happening, it can be quite confusing.

Universities even studied my abilities as a child, but for me personally, it was up to me to find out the answers about who I was, what these gifts were, why they were endowed to me, and what purpose they served for me on my path in life. For many years I hated them and just wanted them to go away. I hid them from my friends and just played the role of the friend who always gave good advice and was a good listener. The friend who always knew what you were feeling. I guess I got pretty good at wearing my masks because I became so embedded in my own disguise that in my 20‘s I had no idea who I was and tried to find myself in drugs, alcohol, meaningless sex and unhealthy relationships that only left me feeling used and abused…and rightly so. Being An Empath... — Ashley Boyd

Today, at age 41 I have no regrets and many goals and dreams ahead of me, but I was recently reminded of just how fragile the heart truly is and just how much more growing I have to do. I had thought I knew the scope of my gifts, but I finally know now that I am here to use them for the greater good, not to hide them away in shame. And I feel I’m finally ready to do that. You see when you live for others for your entire life, even the idea of self-love feels foreign to you. It is something that comes riddled with guilt and shame because you are just not used to putting yourself first.

However, I know in my heart of hearts that I must come out of this dark night of the soul rising high with the sun and with pride and remembrance of who I chose to not only be but BECOME in this lifetime. If that can inspire just one person to also have the courage to live their truth and not be afraid of who they are, I will have used my gifts in the way they were intended.

For the majority of my life, I’ve built walls to protect myself and to take care of others. But I realize now and I share this insight with not only other Empaths out there but anyone who feels like they always put themselves out there, just to have their heartbroken over and over again; that we must first LIVE for ourselves so we can LEARN to LOVE for ourselves. Then and only then will we stop breaking our own hearts, and be able to authentically show up in the space that the Universe has carved out just for us. For we are all sparks of divine light, but we must be willing to turn our focus inward because this light resides within our own hearts and can only be seen once we fully embrace our own soul, our own spirit for the perfect imperfection; the sliver of magnificence that it is.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Mindful Mastery and the “Groovy” Teachings of Samskara

Ancient Hinduism — SAMSKARA .We all know grooves are formed by repeatedly going over something in the same place time after time after time. Whether it’s a groove on a road from common traffic, a riverbed from the push of pressing waters, or what I’ll be focusing on here, neural pathways in our brains.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the term “Samskara”, which comes from two Sanskrit word roots that mean “to flow together”. Basically, Samskara is symbolic representations of the neurological grooves that form over time the more and more that you choose to do something. And every time you choose to do something, whether you are aware of it or not, it becomes more difficult not to choose that thing the next time you are faced with the choice. Good for working towards positive goals, bad for addictions, right? BINGO.

This is technically how it all works. Intention and follow-through are half the equation when faced with personal change and so many of us let some mere negative self-talk steer us away from even starting, that we never even know how far we could get or how good we might feel afterward. But do we even have a choice? After which point do the grooves become so deep, so embedded that they truly do affect our free will? Perhaps this is why some of us never take the first step, to begin with. But that is a whole other article in and of itself we’ll save for a later time…

I know one of my biggest issues when it comes to not getting things done is that I never start. And in making THAT choice over and over I have come to find out that I’ve mastered the art of procrastination. This has resulted in many hours of self-reflection and shadow work to raise my self-esteem and regain my own trust that I won’t make promises that I don’t plan on following through on like I’ve done so many times before. And it took simply learning that something was controlling me for my stubborn ass to say, “Oh hell no!” and start learning how to smooth out these not so positive grooves I have going on.

It all comes down to the choices you make, and when you are aware of Samskaras, you can give yourself the power to actually overcome them and make it work for you in your favor. The simple yet seemingly near-impossible task is to simply stop choosing. Get to a point of neutrality about or around whatever it is that has this control or power over you. It’s not so much about reacting to your emotions as it is acknowledging them, accepting them, and allowing them to freely flow by as they were meant to do. It is only when we grasp and pull and hang onto our emotions do they cause us pain, confusion, etc. Why 'Samskara' – Samskara Digital Marketing

If you are trying to master an art or talent, then this is obviously a good thing when deep grooves have been formed. This is proof of hard work, dedication, and practice and these are the types of grooves you most likely want to keep around. Use this simple observation and a new way of looking at it to approach the so-called “bad” grooves. This helps the ego to let go and to stop judging. If you have been trying to quit smoking for 20 years to no avail, then that is a perfect example of a really deep “groove” or Samskara that has formed within the brain and has now manifested as a “bad habit”.

There has to be a deeper, more important groove formed to encompass your attention and dedication away from continuing to contribute to the “smoking groove” and this usually comes in the form of a life-threatening health scare from your doctor, an ultimatum from your spouse or just a strong inner will to finally change. All are equally effective and aid us in attaining the neutrality that we need to have towards the “bad” groove.

When we are born, we are for the most part a clean slate. We come into the world with our Soul essence of who’ve we’ve been along with our blueprint of what we have planned to accomplish while we’ve incarnated here on Earth this time around. However, we risk influencing both our very own Souls and our soul plans the second we make a choice; and being a human being, we are inevitably faced with choices seemingly almost every other moment of our conscious and perhaps even unconscious lives.

So, in my humble opinion, one would be wise to take a few moments to work on re-training the mind and figure out where you are forming your grooves and to see if they are best serving you in your life. If not, perhaps look into creating new grooves, or maybe do like what’s her name who went and got an old one back. LOL Hey, whatever works for you! 🙂

If you are interested in learning more about Samskara and just want to read a bad-ass book that will seriously help you out in many ways if you’re looking to grow mentally, spiritually and emotionally, I highly recommend Deepak Chopra’s, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life.

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Right in the Feels: The Modus Operandi of Emotional Magnetism

If anyone knows procrastination, self-sabotage, and making excuses it would be me. But what reflecting on each of these things on an intended regular basis has taught me, is the insight into exactly why I delay things, why I put myself down and why I distract myself from focusing on what I need to in order to make my dreams a reality.

And I wanted to write about these things this week because it seems like we all tend to think about this stuff and do a bit of self-reflecting here and there, but then when we’re no longer feeling the jazz of the moment anymore, it’s almost as if the insight fizzles and we find ourselves right back in the same unmotivated, un-moving, space of confusion as to why nothing is different, nothing is better and although we see the days on the calendar go by, nothing has changed. Well, at least it feels that way sometimes, doesn’t it? So, what gives?

Well for one, it’s because we are living life from a perspective of “being pulled” towards something rather than us being the ones who are pushing outwards on life itself! In order to keep things IN-motion, WE have to BE the power source that is moving things into our lives forward! Instead, we tend to have a “sit back and wait for it” mentality.

But we are not necessarily taught this fact. At least not in the most emotionally empowering way. Sure we are taught, usually quite vaguely or based on the status quo, that we have to earn a living and that nothing comes for free; money doesn’t grow on trees (actually it does, it’s PAPER!), but you get my point…We are not taught that in order to get what we want in life AND feel good about ourselves and have healthy relationships with others is to realize that the hard work lies WITHIN first and foremost. If you skip that, then you seriously should prepare for everything else to be a huge pain in the ass LOL. Welcome to Earth! 😉

All kidding aside, what I really mean here is this…Everything we tend to learn in this world is ASS BACKWARDS!

For example…

To have a healthy level of self-esteem, we gotta love ourselves first and foremost and know that the opinions of others do not define who we are, but rather actually give us more clues into who they are. And yet, we are often taught to feel like the opinions of others are the most important and if you stop and notice, when they are unfavorable opinions, it can be quite damaging to our hearts and feelings, because we have developed expectations of the outside world to determine our emotional state for the most part. Instead of being taught the reality that our emotional state determines that which we experience in the outside world!

Peter McWilliams Quote: “Emotion is energy in motion.” (9 ...This all comes back to magnetism and energy and recognizing that our emotions are a system of energy that is constantly in motion. E-motion…Energy-in-motion. I will never forget the first time I heard someone explain emotions in that way. They know nothing else but to MOVE as this is their essence, what they do, what they are meant to do, and their modus operandi. If emotions are stuck, they become stagnant energy blocks and will literally manifest as sickness and or issues in your life to get your attention in a more significant way than the emotion itself.

Emotions are awesome and none is better or worse than the other. Each simply has its job to do and has a certain aspect of healing that it points out for you. Emotions are not us, they are not meant to be taken on as who we are because they are not, they are FEELINGS, and they are FLEETING. They are meant to flow in and out of our existence like rain…but if we grab and hold, they will fester under our attempt to control them.

And the ego’s best trick? Convincing you that those feelings you have the most often, that mood you usually carry around are actually YOU. As if you, I’m talking about Self with a capital S, could ever be contained within one emotion. You are multi-faceted. And the fact you can feel ALL emotions should tell you that you are NOT just one in particular. If you are convinced you are emotion, then you have at least identified where to start your journey of healing…

And here is where crossing that good ‘ol invisible bridge comes into play. We get so used to our emotions telling us how to feel, that when we are made aware of the fact they are not us, are not in control of us or our mood and that they are just indicators to our environment, that we almost don’t want to reclaim our power. Why? Because it places an enormous amount of responsibility back into your consciousness. Now that you know, you cannot un-know and you know it! LOL.

We always have a choice as to how to react to our emotions; no matter how strong or intimidating and in your face, the emotion might be…And I realize that for many, this article might trigger a reaction to actually do the complete opposite of what I’m suggesting right now and let this truth piss you off. But that’s okay because the things that piss us off..are usually the same things that set us free…

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Forgiveness: The Universal Understanding We All Need to Take Up

Forgiveness - the miracle medicine | VirginWhile I’ve always been the type of person that can go from sugar to shit-storm if I feel my safety is threatened, I’ve never been able to hold a grudge for very long or ever really able to get into the whole revenge thing if someone does me wrong. This tends to hold water whether that wrong is simply being told a disappointing lie or even if it’s a huge, out of nowhere “screw you”.

For my entire life, instead of scheming ways to make people pay for the harm they’ve caused, I instead was more interested in the reasons why they had caused the harm in the first place. The yearning to understand this has always overpowered the need to get even and any advice to get back at them never appealed to me, nor did harboring any long-term bad will or feelings towards the person.

So, what is it that allows me or anyone else like me to turn my inner spark into a raging fire only when it’s a matter of physical survival? And why do most of us put ourselves in this same bucket; forcing life to shake us to the core before we even consider making real change in our lives whether it be via our perceptions, beliefs, thoughts, words, actions, or all of the above.

I’ve come to realize that it’s because we have simply forgotten who we are; all of us. And perhaps that’s the whole point of being here. In my heart of hearts, I honestly feel we are all here to help one another, no matter how “good” or “bad” of a person the world might consider us to be. And I’ve always had this strange ability it seems to be able to see the full spectrum of both polarities in people. So, whenever someone I care about does that hurt me or to betray me, while I, of course, feel the pain, I am also just as able to not let it take away from the good, loving, positive parts of the friendship or relationship, especially if it was mostly this way…

You see, as humans, we all know we make mistakes. Some of us even take a few more times than others to learn our lessons, but the point is we ALL mess up at times, we all over-react, we all lay slave to our emotions, we all let untrue thoughts haunt us and take away our self-worth, and we all judge and judge one another.

But what I figured out is the less I judge and the more I show forgiveness the more I am able to love myself. It sounds ironic and completely ass-backward and sometimes I can’t even make sense of it myself, because this path I’ve chosen for myself has been quite a painful one. Living in the world this way allows me to love deeper than most, but also get hurt just as deep. It comes with a price…

Looking in at my life, especially if you are close to me, you might ask why such a nice person allows others to treat her so poorly, or why such a gal with huge dreams doesn’t put more energy into herself over those she cares about, and again I’ve asked myself these things for years. No, I have literally tormented myself with these exact two questions for almost my entire life, and it wasn’t until recently that I finally asked, “WHY? and WHO is this for???”

You see if I’ve learned anything in my 41 years on Earth is that my purpose is to see the light in others they are blind to and lead them to it, so they are able to see the path they need to walk to turn it on and shine brightly in the world…and for so many years, I had people asking why I couldn’t do it for myself and I felt horrible for it, like I was never good enough or where I needed to be. The DO Lectures - Forgiveness Isn't About The Other Person

But as I surrender to life, and flow with what comes through my heart, I’m learning more about what I truly love and what my gifts are giving back to me. I had just never allowed myself to be open to it because I always looked at from such a limited perspective. But if you can learn to zoom out, to remember that everything has a purpose and that if someone you cared about did genuinely just make a mistake and cares enough as well to ask for it; then forgiveness is definitely warranted.

Forgiveness; whether or not you are forgiving something big or small or give second or third chances, or even forgiving someone you still never want to see again, it is always for YOU. It is about maintaining YOUR inner peace. Because that is the space you always want to give and receive from for it to be authentic; that is where love blooms, grows, and comes crying home to at times just to held and told everything is OK.

There is always a higher purpose to things and that nothing really exists but LOVE. Everything, no matter how painful it can get, is here for our growth, our experience, our sharing, or remembering who we are. It’s all for us to find our way home, to help one another, and especially to be there for those who refuse to even open their eyes to look around. And this I am convinced, is my life path, my purpose albeit a freaking painful one. From the outside I know it looks like I am fated to be a forever doormat or that I believe I deserve no better, but what I’ve come to realize is that on some level, this is what I’m here to do. I’m here to help the blind see, the abused heal, the angry cry, and the lost remember.

And perhaps the greatest thing to remember here is that forgiveness is for GIVING and something we should all TAKE up! 😉

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Gift of Gratitude & Loving With No Regrets

Beautiful pet cat memorial print Rainbow Bridge Gift | EtsyThis week I wanted to write about something near and dear to my heart…gratitude. So many times we find ourselves taking things for granted, and while I don’t believe it’s intentional, life always has a way to remind us to appreciate everything we have, and to never assume something you care about is trivial.

It’s sounds cliche, but as the saying goes, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” Unfortunately, I experience a heart-breaking reminder of this just two days ago when I had to say good-bye to one of my furbabies, Obi. 

I rescued Obi from a shelter in Chicago in 2015. It was immediately following my separation from my first husband, and after seeing Obi, I felt like the recent hole in my heart had a chance of being refilled.

I always said that Obi chose me that day, not the other way around. As I walked past the various cats (wanting to take them ALL home), Obi caught my attention because he was the only one with his little nose sticking out of the cage, and also the only one who welcomed me with a “meow” as I approached.

I stuck my finger in his cage and he immediately put his head down and butted the cage door as to say, “YOU human, I choose YOU.” It took 0.0003 seconds for me to fall completely in love with this little furball and although I already had my 15 lb. orange tabby, Lukas at home, I didn’t think twice to adopt him. Obi was going on 4 at the time, and I was blessed to have another 5 wonderful years with him.

A few months later I underwent surgery and that cat did not leave my side the entire two weeks of my recovery. He seemed to have a sense of when I was in pain and would always do his famous head-butt when he was attempting to not only get some pettings but also to let me know he could feel what I was feeling. And soon enough, that interchange of energy was mutual.

Later that same year, Lukas and Obi make the 2,000-plus miles trip from Chicago to Phoenix when I decided to relocate and get a fresh start. Immediately they loved their new environment as now they could lay outside in the warm sun any time of year. And that quickly became Obi all-time favorite spot. You never know you have a cat . . . | Rainbow Bridge | Pet grief ...

In Jan of this year, my husband and I were blessed to discover that were are expecting. We couldn’t be more excited and since finding out I always made a point to talk to my cats and let them know there would soon be a new addition to our small family. Lukas didn’t seem to care much, but Obi would sit there and listen to me intently talk about my son’s anticipated arrival later this year in September. 

Unfortunately in all the excitement and joy of planning for Aleric to join us in the world, Obi had somewhere along the way caught a pretty bad respiratory infection and while there were no immediate symptoms, he started to slowly lose weight and the luster in his normally shiny silver coat. He was still eating and drinking as well as snuggling like normal, but I could just feel something going on with him. A few weeks ago I noticed him sleep and taking really hard breaths. My vet said to keep an eye on him but as long as he’s eating and drinking that it should pass.

But it didn’t pass and on the 18th he began to hide in various areas of the house and was just not himself. I heard that cats will often do that when they know they’re going to pass over the rainbow bridge, so I called the vet immediately. We ended up taking him to an Emergency Vet and to our dismay and utter shock, they told us there was nothing they could do and that the humane thing would be to put him down.

The thought of my little friend struggling for breath broke my heart into a million piece and I knew it was the right thing to do…I had to let him go. As I write this with tears in my eyes and memories in my heart, I am still plagued with the regret I wish I could’ve done more, or seen how bad it was earlier on. Thinking that there must be something I could’ve done to save him.

The look in his gentle eyes as he passed on is something I will never forget. As I told my lil friend how much I loved him and thanked him for choosing me as his human, he looked at me in a way that has forever touched my soul and my heart. I could literally feel him saying thank you and that he loved me too.

I know it takes a certain audience to really understand the kind of effect losing a pet can have on a person, but especially since being pregnant, I realize that Obi WAS my kid. And the more I think about it, my pain is not only valid but reminds me of the fact that animals can often touch us in ways that not even another person can.

And as he left his physical body, Obi gave me a gift I will forever cherish, a sense of gratitude and a vital reminder that all we ever have is this moment and to never, ever waste even one on things that bring you down. His gentle soul will always be a part of me and I somehow even feel more confident as a soon-to-mother.

Obi was truly an angel in my life and I can only hope that everyone in the world gets to feel as loved as I did while being his human. The joy he brought to my heart is something that can never be replaced. So let this be a celebration of life when the rest of the world seems hellbent on destruction. I honor Obi for the teacher he was and for reminding me of the student I will always be – one who knows that there is never an end to our learning and growing.

To all of those out there who may be in mourning over a family member, friend, or in my case a beloved pet, I just want you to know to never stop loving as much as you can in this life…because all this ends. And there is nothing perhaps more painful than love unexpressed.

 

In remembrance of my dear friend, Obi: 8-28-11 to 6-18-20

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Spiritual Self-Care 101: Setting Up a Sacred Space

Whether you have a daily spiritual practice or not, it’s always a great idea to set up an area within your home that is quite special to you and that not only encourages peace and calmness, but allows you to literally enter a sacred space within that touches on your Divine creative force. This place should be quiet, comfortable, free of electronics and allow you to connect to Source in whatever way works best for you.

For some people this is prayer while for others it is through meditation. An yet for some it is through personal expression such as art, i.e. painting or playing a musical instrument. Whatever invokes a feeling of magnificent connectedness and greatness that leaves us feeling alive and fulfilled is what we might be wise to put energy and focus into as often as possible. For when we can do what we love, we become love, and then…we remember we were love all along and live AS love itself.

Ideally the space you choose can contain items that are significant to your practice and what you intend to manifest such as vision boards, crystals, photos, affirmations, etc. or if the space is where you will paint for instance, then of course it would contain all of your panting supplies such as brushes and paints.

The key focus here is to pay attention to how the space feels. We not only want it to work best for functionality if it will be a working creative space, but also to invoke a sense of inspiration and encouragement so you are in a positive note while you jam out on that jazz sax!

A space used solely for meditation will perhaps be much simpler. All one needs here is a comfortable, quiet place to sit and be still. Ideally you will have a meditation stool or pillows you can sit on, but whatever works for you to keep your back as straight as possible, but allowing you to sit in comfort for extended periods of time. Sitting with our backs straight allow for energy to flow precisely where it needs to go and also assists us with doing our meditation breathing exercises properly.

I actually have a few meditation spaces in my home, one outdoors and one indoors, but both are adorned with quartz, rose quartz and amethyst crystals. My outdoor space has two large pink Himalaya salt candles, plants and cacti, and a comfy mini futon that faces the gorgeous morning Arizona sunrise every day. My indoor space has Buddha statues, rocks I’ve collected from Sedona vortexes, notes with positive messages and affirmations, incense and candles a mini CD player so I can jam my favorite binaural beat meditation music while connecting to the Divine. 🙂

I’ve come to learn that what matters most about your sacred space is that it speak to you, and you may even come to find that you multi-task in this space in that you may not only meditate, but also write, draw, make music, etc. Whatever you are into, what is important is that it works for YOU and is a space that you are most comfortable in. I like to visualize it to be something like a proverbial bird’s nest – haha

Having your own space is vital to inner peace and creative expression of each and every one of us as an individual. Many parents can try this as a fun project with their children and will find that the giving of a space all their own to a child will ultimately result in an appreciation expressed in a happy, creative kid who feels they can always go be exactly who they want to be in their sacred space. This will give them confidence and strength to bring all of who they are out into the world.

If it sounds like too much work right now to create this kind of space in our outside of your home or you are feeling like you simply don’t have the time; well then you’d be the type of person that needs a space like this the most….honestly and sincerely. So, I’d suggest starting very small and begin by creating a sacred space within your own mind.

What I mean is, for even 5 minutes a day, take the time for positive self-talk and focus on your own wants, dreams and desires in life. Tell yourself something you like about yourself and something you are looking forward to. Speak of things you are grateful for in life; the focus is to invoke a sense of love and connectedness, to yourself and everything.

Once we can master the art of spiritual self-care and are actively creating a sacred space within, we will ultimately see the benefit of having one in our everyday lives. Have a space like this all our own is like a little reflective sanctuary where we can bounce back our ideas, our gifts, our dreams, and if we’re committed, what we plan to give back to world by showing up more fully as our most authentic selves.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Conscious Awareness and Human Experience – How to Know the Difference

Is Conscious Awareness a part of your marketing? | Social HubSiteWe all know how easy it is to get caught up in the moment, but what about staying calm in the moment? Why’s that so much more difficult to not just master, but simply pull off here and there when you really need it? Well, for starters it is because most of us are not taught the actual truth of who we really are as children. And it’s this “not knowing” that is the root cause of all fears and anxiety we experience in life. As they always say, once you face fears, they dissipate…

We are taught as children that we are merely this skin and these bones and these thoughts in our minds and perhaps even that when we die that we literally “end”. But science and spirituality are finally beginning to play nice, and when we allow their principles to work together, they now show us that like the energy we are, we never truly end, we merely transform.

No matter what we’re taught; chances are good that most of our parents were not aware of the Truth that we are this pure energy of conscious awareness; that we are ALL the awareness that is actually moving this skin and these bones and these thoughts. We are what is inside or rather behind these going’s on in our physicality and mental worlds. Yet we are not OF them. We are the Force.

I recently watched a video presented by the awesome Deepak Chopra and he explained where human consciousness resides in such a way that even if you are new to the topic, you can easily grasp the understanding. He explained it so beautifully, it was actually his words that inspired me to write about this very topic this week. He states that human experience comes and goes, while conscious awareness is unending; infinite…it is YOU.

Experiences, that is, everything occurring outside of yourself in our perceptual reality is the stuff that we think “happens to us”. And while we consider our experiences to be that which shape and mold us throughout our lives, if we zoom out a bit and see the entire picture (pun totally intended), we see that it is our perceptions of those experiences that have in fact done the shaping. How we’ve reacted and responded to life is ultimately what determined what life threw at us next. Well, isn’t that curious? 🙂

This brings up a vital reminder of how important it is to be directing your life rather than simply reacting to it. When we live on auto-pilot, sure life will continue to just “happen” and experiences will come and go, but we will not have consciously played a pro-active role in determining the shape our lives take; and I’m sorry, but that’s a huge waste of your gifts, talents, and abilities.

When the great sages, monks, and gurus speak of “going within”, this is why they repeat themselves into an eternal meditation with these words…because it’s literally the greatest advice you can offer another human being. It’s like opening the floodgates of Creational wisdom, pointing the way and letting them carve their own path; which one must always do to obtain that wisdom meant only for them.

When we go within and turn our awareness upon ourselves, a funny thing happens. You begin to tune into what I can only call the Divine Silence which is ever-present and eternal. It is here where you can find that inner peace the Zen Masters alike find Oneness within, by going through this Silence; and ultimately becoming this Silence, only to realize they were this Silence all along. Expand your conscious awareness - A message from Neptha El Ra ...

Which brings me back to Deepak and how he explained perhaps the simplest way I’ve ever heard to help someone detach from an emotionally heated reaction to an experience and to disown any baggage from it that is weighing you down. He asks you to imagine that experiences are fleeting, linear, they come and they go; they are temporary and reside in 3-D space-time reality. Consciousness, however, is infinite, eternal, timeless, unbound, no beginning, and no end and does not reside in time-space.

Therefore, he suggested that to help you stop responding to things so emotionally or from being so attached to things, you can start to make little changes like this…

Instead of saying, “I’m hungry…” say “I’m aware of the sensation of hunger…”

Instead of thinking, “This is really scary…” think “I’m aware of this fear…”

This will help you stay in your awareness, in the present moment (which is your power), without attachment to the experience itself! This gives you so much more freedom in how you choose to (or not to) respond/react to experiences in life. This can help you go from living on auto-pilot to being the conscious creator being you were meant to be!

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Elementary E-Motions: The Double-Life of Photons as Particles & Waves

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a Quantum Physics-based article. Like so many others lately, it seems I’ve been riding the proverbial wave of our current and now certainly obvious shift in human consciousness. With COVID acting as an invisible monster portrayed by the mainstream media as hiding in every nook and cranny of our existence, as we allow our physical selves to be controllably re-positioned into a 6-foot radial space, our spiritual selves have had to compensate for the lack of connection so many of us are now undergoing.

It’s always been amazing to me the effect that television, the news, and media, in general, have on people. Without a second thought, I’ve seen relatives, teachers, and friends (and am guilty of it myself) react to what was being fed to us with immediate emotional acceptance. What I began to notice as I got older was that there never to seem to be any “good” news on TV and that the energy behind sharing wins, moments of true connection or humanity, or a simple positive message to start the day, was fleeting while negatively charged news was the talk of the town.

Why it is that we are always more affected or moved in some way, whether beneficial or not to our own perspective or personal values, by stories of defeat, discord, and intense horrible accidents or weather events? Living in a dualistic dimension, this has always perplexed me as the odds of something being perceived as good is equally as likely to affect someone as something being perceived as bad. And yet, we almost seem to, albeit unconsciously, depend on our motivations coming from a nihilistic point of view rather than optimistic or even of realism.

As the saying goes, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…” and I think it’s safe to safe that you can never actually lose what you never knew you had to begin with. With this, comes the understanding that things in our lives and the level upon which they affect us on really any level at all, strives from the personal value we place upon it. We can have a million-dollar Bentley parked in our garage and never drive it. While at the same time we could have a favorite book we read to our child and feel like the wealthiest person on Earth. It all depends on you and where you choose to place your perceptions of what true success, wealth, and value mean to you.

And this brings us to the “Field of Potential” that exists all around us. It offers us infinite potential, possibilities, and ideas. It is only when a decision is made, a new state of energy is shaped into our reality. On a molecular level, this is literally when the wave collapses. With each choice we make we are taking a wave of potential and collapsing it into a particle so that it may manifest into the physical world.

Basic understanding of Quantum Physics allots to one the knowledge that there are two states of existence in the Quantum world and that is either a wave OR a particle. A wave can be considered an idea floating around in your head, or even the “focused time” dedicated to pulling that idea into your awareness. It does not change form until the idea enters your consciousness or you choose one idea over another. The state of this energy contained in a thoughtform literally shifts from a state of potential to a state of being.

What is so fascinating about particles of light in particular (photons), is that they can exist in BOTH states simultaneously. Photons exist in a Quantum State of wave/particle sharing the same space and time as existing and yet not quite manifest. This is the basis of quantum computers as well. Standard computer platforms running binary code execute commands using various states of “off” and “on” translated into 1’s and 0’s. Quantum computers, however, work on the same principle as photons and can “run” in a state of “off” and “on” simultaneously. This is why they are beyond fast at processing information and are also priced well beyond the scope of the average person’s budget.

The state of “dualistic unity” speaks volumes to our own human potential as it breaks down the restricting barriers of what we tend to label as “good” or “bad”. Photons literally prove that we can embrace, connect with, and learn from ANY state of potential and ultimately will manifest most efficiently with the energy we most relate to. Again, it’s almost an innate resonance to that which is taboo or forbidden, and the mere energy feeding that label is what most often draws people to it.

Those who have felt or lived “repressed” will of course be magnetized towards what ultimately feels freeing. At that point, the conscious decision is not made of a personal need or desire per se but is rather based on the energy that the collective has fed into it. In other words, would the terms “naughty” or “rebel” even exist if there was no pretense that identifying with one or the other implies a defiance of the status quo?

What we can learn from the amazing double-life of a photon is that our thoughts and actions need not define us, but we must inevitably act with the knowledge that it may work to define us in the eyes of others. Yet in the end, what determines your personal level of potential with pulling from either side of the “good vs bad” spectrum, is the value we apply to the energy itself.

Some of us will choose to swim our entire lives in the waves of potential but never leaving the shallows, and always having “good” ideas that we never act upon. Others may brave deeper waters and higher waves, taking risks that in this terrain, sometimes the waves collapse us. Either way, within the Field of Potential, remains our will to freely choose or not choose, ride the wave into a planned collapse or let it crash us back to the shore.

The depths of the choice, the speed of the shift, and the consequential effects each will lay upon us is determined ultimately by our own perceptions. We can accept the physical world of duality we’re all born into and feel that we must always side with one thing or another, or we can brave the deeper waters of our collective consciousness and dare to embrace the totality of opposing forces. Thus, opening the gates to our own destiny by “creating the creation” of manifested milestones and “destroying the destruction” of any invisible societal restraints.

Don’t just BE the light, be the force behind the spark that gives birth to the light. 

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Stories of Self: How to Pull Power From a Painful Past

How to Get Over a Painful PastI realized something not too long ago and that was that it is so great to have dreams and aspirations. They give you hope, something to look forward to, and to plan. Dreams can help you align your gifts and talents with those things you absolutely love to do the most so that you can bring to fruition a living that you never have to consider to be “a job”. To me, THAT is the definition of success.

With this realization, I also took in the understanding that you can’t always keep your dreams “out there” in front of you. You must bring them in close, into your heart, into your reality and beliefs, and most importantly you must welcome them into your NOW.

When we keep dreams as a proverbial carrot dangling in front of us, sure they may keep us moving, or they may just keep us daydreaming and growing ever resentful of those around us that took steps we haven’t yet. There’s a certain safety in always having our dreams out in the distance. It’s comforting to know we always have that goal to strive for and deep down it might terrify people to actually reach the horizon and achieve that goal, because then what do we do? Actually enjoy our lives? 🙂

This is where the anxiety stems from…straying from the present moment into a future of uncertainty or one that you have convinced yourself is full of impending doom or failure. Sadly, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy if we do not become aware of it.

Just as our perceptions of what the future holds are subconsciously tied to the faith we have in ourselves to make the choices needed to get us there, we need to consider how our perceptions of our past can act to limit or alter just how many steps we take or even attempt to take towards ever creating that future we dream of.

I often say that the stories we tell ourselves cause us the most suffering. It is not usually situations that are necessarily good or bad per se, but the stories we tell ourselves about them and the judgment we create in our minds. When we convince ourselves those things just ARE this way or that, not only are we limiting ourselves to having to now navigate within the constraints of a small box, but we are also putting ourselves in the equivalent position of getting into a car with no steering wheel.

We may not stop to consider how damaging or hindering our own thoughts about things, people, and events from our past can affect not only our present lives but our future as well. If we hold onto guilt, regret, anger, or shame for things we did or didn’t do; things others said or didn’t say, it is us that keep ourselves locked in a prison in our own minds. And oftentimes, if we just simply revisit these events we have tortured ourselves with for so long, we may see them in a completely different light. Motivational Wallpaper on Future: If you focus too much on the ...

Can we KNOW for sure that the way we perceived the events actually did happen the way we keep replaying them in our heads after all these years? Did the person really mean it the way we took it? Hanging onto these perceptions and stories; this is where depression can come from that feed our insecurities and fill our minds with the “what-if’s” and “I should have done this or said that”. Our past is meant to be our teacher and while the lessons are often painful they are what add to your integrity and strength.

There are so many factors that allow us to justify our hanging onto things from our past like we are doing something to get back at the other person. Or that it’s benefiting us in some way not to let it go and move on. But what we don’t often realize is that forgiveness is never about the other person. Forgiveness is so YOU can have peace; it has nothing to do with them. And letting go and moving on doesn’t mean you are a sucker or had one done over on you. It means you simply respect and love yourself enough to cherish your own peace of mind. You are confident that you deserve to be happy and that nothing anyone has ever done or said to you is ever worth losing your smile.

This is not to suggest that we all become unemotional robots; not in the least. To experience the full spectrum of emotion is human and is, in my opinion, a beautiful thing (yes even the sad or “negative” emotions). What I am saying is that all emotions serve their purpose and that is ALL they are there to do. To serve their purpose and be let go of. If we sit with emotions too long, they begin to consume us.

Happiness is NOT an emotion; it is a state of BEING. It cannot exist anywhere but inside you and cannot be found in another person or in future time, yet that is where most are conditioned to look for it. Joy IS an emotion and like all others is fleeting and temporary and the trick is to learn to ride the wave of emotion that comes with life. Happiness isn’t some destination in the future that we need to strive to get to. It is a state of being that we either choose for ourselves or we don’t and regardless of what is ever going on, we always have that choice – no one can take that away from us.

Healing Our Past | Awakening JourneyIf we are always thinking that happiness comes from or is taken away by others, guess where it will always be? Just out of reach. No wonder so many of us are so guarded, untrusting, or on edge! Yet, once we realize that happiness is there within us at all times, smoldering like embers in those unique gifts we haven’t yet gotten the courage to share with the world, we no longer see the world as a place we need to compare, compete or conquer.

I say the key to unlocking our self-inflicted prison is merely self-love. Once you learn to love yourself, the door appears. Once you get the courage to approach the door with the intention to explore what lies on the other side, you will then be anointed with the key. The funny thing is, the key was within your own heart the whole time.

We ARE our greatest dream. And the greatest day of your life will be the day you find out.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Duality of Order: A Perspective on Forced Control vs Chosen Organization

You Love Collaboration. Do You Think It's a Substitute for ...The word “order” can often mean different things to different people. That meaning can also shift or be influenced, I am completely convinced, by how much “in control” one feels over themselves and their own life. That feeling in and of itself can also shift with our moods, and when things appear to just “happen to us” in life.

It is my understanding that the first 7 years of our lives are the most influential. During that time, our growing brains are literally sponges to the body of information around us. We may not fully grasp the concept of how our perceptions of the world may be completely different from another’s, but somehow I remember innately knowing that so many adults functioned in a state of fear and victimhood.

It did not take me long to lose the delusion that adults knew everything there was to know and that I was completely safe in the presence of adults, especially my family and teachers. With having come flying out the womb with a list of questions, I’ve never had a problem with voicing my opinion or asking questions to better understand things. It’s like something was left in me unsettled, like a wobbly chair, and I couldn’t regain a sense of inner peace or balance until I had received information that quashed my curiosities.

When I began asking questions that seemed to make adults very uncomfortable or even angry, I, unfortunately, began to understand that adults really are just “big kids” and that no matter HOW old you are, we are all doing the best we can from what we know. What I didn’t realize until much, much later in life was that ultimately, the level of our own ignorance is a personal choice.

After a certain point in life, you are forced to take responsibility for your choices, actions, and words and also the responsibility of dealing with the consequences of those choices, actions, and words. If we do not learn this vital trick to maintain balance in our lives, we miss out on a major life lesson that for me personally has acted as the foundation upon which I now build my closest personal relationships.

I remember being 14 and being told to clean up my room and thinking “why? I like my things everywhere and why are adults so stuck on complaining over such small things?” It wasn’t until I had to be the one to tell myself to clean up that I began to understand that it was never so much an intention to ruin joy or fun, but rather a request for a demonstration of what self-organization skills you have learned.

Being 41 and going on 23 weeks pregnant, I am constantly thinking about how I will reflect on this new life I am responsible for. I mean how do you teach “what works” if you’re still learning that yourself? I’ve since embraced the fact that I will never know it all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t offer guidance on those things I do know.

At one time in my teens, a closet full of dirty/clean clothes existing as a huge ball on the floor was empowering; a show of rebellion against the tyranny of parental demands LOL But now I actually honor and require organization in my home, my mind and ultimately in my life. It’s not that I sold out, but rather learn a new perspective that only certain experiences in life can offer.

Nowadays, I cringe if things are out of place or there’s clutter because the energy I get now is not empowering at all. In fact, it’s disruptive to my thought process and actually makes me feel disempowered. It’s not OCD or that I’m some control freak who will lose her shit if there’s a dish in the sink LOL It’s more like when things are clean and “orderly” and when I created that order, I get the same sense of personal power that I did by rebelling against the same thing as a teenager.

It’s really funny when you know that, and think about the many pointless arguments between people who merely have different perspectives on some things. When you step back and open up to accepting that in a third-dimensional world allows for an almost endless way to see or view something and just because you see a different side, doesn’t mean my side doesn’t exist or that your side is somehow wrong.

I am obsessed with the Laws of Nature and have always been fascinated by the Fibonacci Sequence and how math is literally the language of Nature. We all know math is in itself an order of numbers that cannot be broken. It maintains and expresses this constant in every corner of nature. You can disturb this order, but Nature ultimately will return to balance; there is no other way.

This understanding allows me to see that “control” is not always a bad thing. It’s the mixture of ill intentions and self-absorbed ego that makes it negative or an unpleasant experience. But control doesn’t need to feel negative. When expressed within a mutual understanding of all moving parts involved, it shifts from something that makes the individual feel less than to something that now shows the individual that it is a valid part of the whole and that when it the individual uses free will to take a position to maintain the order, then it becomes chosen organization.

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This is how small armies blessed with a hell of a lot of communication, respect, and heart can overpower the largest artillery if those act from a place of fear, a need to overpower and control, and ultimately create a vibe where the sense of communion or chosen organization is lost to a personal agenda. Basically, one respects all parts in being vital components for the success of the whole, while the other is merely using the majority of the parts merely to serve one or a select few of the other parts.

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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A Brief Exploration of Human Desire

What is it that you desire? – The Freedom KeysWhen we consider the many facets of desire, we can see just how complex they can be and how they also can act as a driving force behind the actions we take or do not take, in our lives towards that which we want most. Why we desire things can vary from person to person and some of us might only consider our desires to be those naughty things we’d perhaps like to try in the bedroom someday. But desires go way beyond the bedroom and if truly pursued can seriously change your life in some majorly positive ways.

Now, it’s important to understand the difference between desire and infatuation. Infatuation is simply entertaining that part of us that thinks we are not good enough and so we project our insecurity onto someone else whom we’ve convinced ourselves is the epitome of all we’d like ourselves to be. When we are following that kind of energy, it’s coming directly from the ego, not from heart or Spirit and can often leave us feeling even more insecure as we form beliefs we must always be comparing ourselves to others, or living up to some proverbial expectation of perfection we’ve created in our minds.

Desire, TRUE desire comes from the lower chakras and you can feel pulling from deep in your Soul when you get that “gut” feeling that something was definitely meant for you. When you love doing something so much it just brings you immeasurable joy when you connect to in a loving, creative space. Desire, while it resonates with yearning and longing, is an outward expression of being open to connecting. It is not reaching from a place of need but from a place of curious anticipation for the raw experience.

When we are following our desires for the first time, it can be quite exciting! If we’ve lived a mostly reserved life where we always quieted that voice wanting us to take certain chances and risks when it came to love, work, etc. then the first time is something you will always remember. And yes I totally meant for that to sound cliché lol because it seriously can be as exciting as your “first time”. Your adrenaline is rushing through your veins; you’re in an almost altered state of bliss where time stops and nothing else exists but the moment…

Desires come from the various structures of life (love, finances, spiritual growth, health, etc.) and can look quite different depending on their area of origin. I think it’s safe to say that most of us would like to think that we are giving all areas the equal attention it deserves, but where our lives feel “out of balance” can give us the most clues as to where in our lives we are NOT following our desires. What is your deepest desire?

You might think it’s impossible to have harmony in each area of your life simultaneously, however, once you begin to act on your desires, which some people may even call “following your dreams” in certain circumstances, you will begin to see how the Universe actually strives to be in balance, and since you are a sliver of the Universe itself, your life is not excluded from this divine infinite intention.

The key is surrendering to the call of your heart. Tuning in to the call is a matter of learning how you receive information. Some people feel warmth or cold, some hear actual words or frequencies, while others see colors or visions in their minds. It’s all a matter of being willing to ASK, and then perhaps the most difficult part; stepping back and letting go of “the how”.

Instead simply trusting that you will get your answer, however, you MUST be clear when you are asking questions as there are no such things as cosmic innuendos or subtleties. You must be as clear and concise as possible and you will receive just as clear and concise answers. From where? The answers you seek always come from within you; it’s just a matter of how you connect with your Higher Self that determines how they are then communicated to your waking consciousness and even your Sub-conscious mind.

“Inspire Desire!” 🙂

Acting on these feelings, words, visions that you receive will only allow your connection to gain strength and this will ultimately allow you to trust yourself in a way that gives you the confidence to shine and share your gifts with the world. You may even be inspired to teach or coach others to do the same because it just feels so good to live authentically!

 

tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Hold on to Let Go: The Perfect Personal Paradox

Forty-one years ago, I came cruising down the cosmic highway of incarnation in Phoenix, Arizona and was birthed into this world. I imagine before this lifetime, in my ethereal form, I was super stoked to embark on my next adventure, and knowing myself I had most likely stocked my spiritual stockpile with as many consciousness cliff-notes that I could to best prepare me on my journey.

I picture myself in the Great Hall of Records mapping out my next blueprint filled with a good deal of beautiful moments will that take my breath away, mixed in with some heart-wrenching pain I might not be sure I can handle; and some moments of laughter, confusion, solitude, anxiety to top it off. The scope of experience containing all the ingredients that I felt were best suited to help my growth, expand me out, and bring me even closer to love…to Source.

So, there I was…ready to go…”Let’s do this!” I can even envision doing some soul stretches in the Astrals, just before I shoot down the rabbit hole of incarnation; destination: Planet Earth. All is well, I’m floating, and it’s warm now. I am aware of new sensations again, the one thing that 3-D can offer that no other place in the Universe can…sensory perception in a material world. I start to focus more and more on these “feelings” and my surroundings…”Wait…what was I doing here again?”

And then BAM! …the proverbial “pop of amnesia” that we all experience at birth which forces us to forget who we truly are. It blinds us to our full magnificence and pulls a veil over our newborn eyes. All clear details of the goals and the plans we had made beforehand fade away and we find ourselves literally helpless; now contained to this tiny fragile container that requires constant care and attention. And our vast expanse of consciousness is now so limited and we literally lose our sense of Self.

Welcome to life as a human BE-ing.

For the next 7 years or so, we will pretty much act as sponges soaking up the world around us. What we are told by our environment and the people around us about ourselves, we will subconsciously record and believe for the rest of our lives. And this fact is the underlying cause for most of our “issues” in life; most of what causes us discomfort or unhappiness with ourselves, others, or our lives in general.

And this is often why it is so hard to identify the root cause of these issues because it stems from beliefs we did not initially agree to abide by. We simply recorded it as factual truth, during a growth phase where our physiology can do nothing but take in information about the world around us. And it is scientifically proven that we really do not have a choice at that young of an age. If we are told we are unworthy at 4 years old, we will subconsciously believe it when we are 50, unless we have previously identified it as not being our own belief and have addressed and corrected the issue. However, unless we work extensively with a therapist, or even have the insight to take that route, we may lack the awareness that this has ever even happened to us, nor understand that it still can have such an impact in our lives so many years later.

How Can Letting Go Make Us Stronger? | Psychology TodayThis simple fact is one of the most empowering things a person can learn about themselves if they are facing continuous struggles in one or more areas of their life and simply cannot seem to find the solution. Why? Because when we have the awareness of an existing belief that doesn’t actually belong to us, we are free to LET IT GO.

Unless we have super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents…then most likely there is a chain of insecurities, beliefs, false-realities (the stories we tell ourselves), perhaps even prejudices that have been passed down from generation to generation. And until the chain is broken, until awareness is raised to a level where there is no more instilling of non-serving beliefs into the next generation (either consciously or subconsciously), then this cycle continues. But the power to question where our beliefs truly come from is within each and every one of us and I find that the more I question my own beliefs, the stronger I become in knowing where the line is actually drawn; between beliefs, I’ve formed from the own depth of my heart and those that stem from old recycled beliefs from others.

This has helped me tremendously in my own personal growth and is something I often recommend to my Reiki clients. If you have taken a serious look at a reoccurring issue and have really sat with it, giving yourself time to think it through to find an applicable solution, and yet still nothing comes, then chances are that it stems from a foreign belief. And either way, once we identify the source, we give ourselves the freedom to no longer suffer from its unrelenting grip.

Certain beliefs might lead us to hold so tightly to things that we push them away. In the energy of a need to control, others can feel repelled, not attracted. There is a great lesson here of the difference between coming from fear .vs coming from love in situations like that when dealing with a significant other, child, friend, or even money or that new job you want. If we come at things with an unforgiving Kung-Fu grip, the Universe responds to your fear of losing it or not getting it, and most likely you will lose it or not get what you want. You must come from a place of love, from appreciation as if you already have what you want and are not separate from it. Then, you emanate the vibration that will call it into your reality with ease and grace.

“When you believe something is hard, the Universe demonstrates the difficulty. When you believe something is easy, the Universe demonstrates the ease.” – Abraham-Hicks

In just the past few months, I’ve had a tremendous amount of insight into my life, my path, and my own light. I’ve let go of SO much and with that have opened doors within myself where Self-Love has literally FLOODED my insides! This has caused a domino effect over the past few weeks where I’ve taken inner leaps and bounds that normally would’ve scared the crap out of me. But I finally jumped and what I landed on was a big fat pile of empowered freedom!

Let’s circle back and see how this how relates to our “proverbial amnesia pop“, upon our incarnation. One must consider that with all that planning our soul bodies do beforehand, it is not all in vain. It remains within us, hidden deep inside and comes out in waves through our creativity, intuition, talents, and insight. But what is the reason we forget at all? Why go through all that trouble of making a game plan if we all must go in blind and “wing it”?

I think the answer to life itself lies in that question. I have always felt in my heart, that we forget ONLY so we can live each day with a chance to remember who we are. Each day truly is another chance to awaken your greatness, to outgrow and shed these illusions; these beliefs attached to you since childhood. But it is only the brave; those willing to stop looking outside of themselves and instead turn inward that will ever catch a glimpse of their full magnificence (that which sparks our cosmic memory)…because that is the only place it resides. At least, that is where we must see it first before we can ever see it in our outer world.

I’ve always understood the concept of “letting go of what no longer serves us”, but when you actually begin to apply it in your own life, magical things begin to happen. It causes a ripple effect in your actions where one is fed from another. You conquer one mountain and the adrenaline rush flows onto the next area of your life. Another part where fear lingers and you know you are again onto something else that needs to be looked at and healed. And when you actually SEE what needs to be let go of, and face that fear of stepping out of your comfort zone, you also see it is just a fear of being left feeling empty inside.

But the perfect paradox is that when you finally do let go, keys turn, doors swing wide open and suddenly the Universe’s “abundance hose” you had all twisted up unwinds itself and begins to flow as it was meant to. You regain a connection to your true Self and all it knows and always knew before “the pop”. You begin to remember who you really are and why you are here. You once again know your magnificence and you are fulfilled.

 

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Tamara Rant is a writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Dream-time Healing With Holographic Kinetics

Aboriginal Dreamtime: The Rainbow Serpent | WilderUtopia.comWith all the chaos going on in the world lately, I’ve been trying to stay in a high vibration and watch less “news” and more videos on healing, relaxation, and meditation. Being almost 20 weeks pregnant at 41, I realize the importance of staying grounded and in a positive frame of mind, regardless of what is going on in the outside world. I’ve recently been watching videos about Holographic Kinetics, which is the amazing science behind Dreamtime Healing. Dreamtime Healing is an Australian aborigine healing technique based on the understanding of man’s internally-created realities and the clearing of inter-dimensional interference from parallel universes from human bodies. (Source: https://www.holographickinetics.com/ )

Steve Richards is the man behind Holographic Kinetics, and I just can’t seem to get enough of his YouTube videos lately. If any of you are familiar with his work, then you have heard him explain that the world we live in is a hologram fractal and we are a participating part of that world unfolding and expanding like fractals, just as much as our surrounding universe appears to be.

To add to the fact that we are multi-dimensional beings and live in a dualistic reality, he speaks that we actually live in two worlds simultaneously; one internal and one external and they are both interacting with one another at all times, each has the ability to manipulate the other if allowed to do so. Our SPIRIT can be thought of as energy moving from our internal to the external world. It is our higher self, our true voice, our inner guide, our intuition. Our SOUL moves energy from the external world to our internal, bringing the outside noise in from our parents, teachers, TV, friends, etc. who mold and shape our views and beliefs of who we think we should be and what we feel is okay or not okay…if we allow them to.

That is the beauty of being born a free-will entity; there is always a choice and that is what Steve talks about in great detail. To make the best choices in our lives, we must come from a neutral, centered place within…from zero-point. For this is moving energy from our SPIRIT within, out into the world. It’s using creative force and is empowering. When we move on energy that has been corrupted by the external world, we must filter it first, so to speak, to ensure certain beliefs and feelings are actually our own; it’s not that uncommon we make choices for ourselves based solely on the opinions of others, or that we are too scared of what others will think if we make the real choice we want to make.

The awareness and understanding of this facet of reality alone can change the world. We’ve all heard the spiritual mantra, “ Go Within”, and this most certainly would be what the greats of our past were referring to, however, the way Steve is able to explain this relationship between the various parts of your very existence and what makes you, YOU is so easy to follow and down to Earth, that if it were taught to our children in school, I believe that there would be such a decline in the amount of self-conscious, fearful children that feel they cannot be themselves or can’t relate to others. When kids can feel secure and confident in who they are and don’t feel ashamed to express themselves, then there’s less of a need for competition and “cliques” and the meaningless separation they create. Overall, kids would just be nicer to one another! And what do nicer kids have a much greater chance of growing into? Nice adults! 🙂

I highly recommend checking out more information on Holographic Kinetics here as it goes waaaaay down the rabbit hole and is quite the ride for the willing quantum traveler! Be ready to read about the three dimensions of time, healing inter-dimensional traumas, the difference between the Laws of Man and the Lore of the Universe, etc.

 

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Tamara Rant is a writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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Jedi Mind Tricks 101: Using the Force as a Manifestation Tool

According to Wikipedia – The Force is a binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power. It is the supernatural flow of energy originated from the concept of Prana or qi/chi/ki; “the all-pervading vital energy of the universe”.

If we understand The Force to be the energy that provides life within us all and connects us all within and to the Universe itself, then it would serve us well to see it for the amazing tool that it is. One would be wise to take the time to learn how to use it proficiently as understanding the Force is key to consciously communicating clearly to the Universe what kind of life we’d like to live.

Consider the Force to be our cosmic loudspeaker or radio and whatever station we choose to broadcast out, the Universe will echo back in physical manifestations in your life accordingly; under the illusion sometimes that you had nothing to do with it at all (unless you are aware of this awesome symbiosis taking place of course). This is how most of us fall under the guise of thinking we have no control over what happens in our lives and is what I imagine to be a driving cause for the continued survival of Deterministic beliefs.

It matters not, though if you are aware this is what is happening, but the Universe always has and always will be…your life canvas; manifest delivery system…and shows up merely as replies and answers to calls you have made. If they were drunken calls made at 3 am, well you know how that goes. 🙂 We might see the results in the morning and wonder where we are, how we got there, and why we are broke and feel like we got hit by a truck? But if we call fully conscious and aware of what we are doing, which is simply setting intentions, building energetic foundations on which you are welcoming a certain resonance to come into your life, then we begin to see just how our lives can shift in big ways.

People often get caught up in emotions, but they are simply way-showers. It serves us best to not get too attached to them. And to also not try to avoid certain ones simply because they are unpleasant. What we resist persists and if we bury certain emotions over and over, they soon start to cause distress and discord and disharmony in the body; which are setting the stage for the manifestation of? Yep, you guessed it…dis-ease. Emotions point the way as guideposts to areas of our lives that require tending to either because they cause us undue stress, pain, and disturbance and therefore need to be looked at, accepted, love, integrated and hopefully learned from so that it can be fully healed and no longer cause disruption in our lives.

Or on the flip side, things that instill a sense of connection to life (anything that gives you that “woohoo” feeling or makes you say “holy crap, I feel alive!!!”) is an indication you need to keep doing these things…because they are literally feeding your soul…replenishing your spirit…refueling your Prana or Force. All in balance/moderation, of course, we all know the phrase “too much of a good thing”. The way I see it, whatever helps to keep you centered (which is being neutral love) does incorporate and integrate both positive and negative emotions. It is only our human condition which teaches us to avoid pain and sadness. But these both can be some of our greatest forms of release, reflection, and growth. When we relinquish our judgments on our emotions, we allow ourselves to let them flow freely through us as intended and not to sit within us, stagnant.

Keeping your energy level at optimum levels is vital to being a Conscious Creator. When you are a natural-born-giver (like myself), you tend to give of your own life force to others. This happens usually unbeknownst to you, and especially with those you care about.  It can literally leave you feeling drained and horrible even though your conscious mind will always tell you that you just did something nice or were a good friend, etc. Being empathic, it took me years to understand why helping others was such an ingrained calling but didn’t always feel good to me. I often felt selfish for even expecting it to feel good as I thought to give is giving; you don’t get anything from it.

But what a lesson has come from just letting that load of nonsense go! To serve others from a fully conscious heart space, where I no longer give from my own energetic reserves (which always came with a subconscious expectation of a thank you or a returned favor someday) is the most freedom I have ever felt in my life. Now when I give, it comes from a completely different place; a place that is constantly free-flowing and tapped into the love of Source. A place that does not know lack or going without, so there is no fear, and no expectations, from myself or from others. Whereas before I would even judge myself after being depleted…did I give enough? Could I have done more?

Now it flows from me without even having time to think if it’s enough. I think less and feel more in my giving and this has done wonders for my relationships all around; with others and especially with me when it comes to manifesting. It all ties together in where my perception lies about how I feel about myself and I notice the more I choose to love and accept myself (as perfectly imperfect, flaws and all), the more easily I am able to allow positive things and awesome opportunities to flow into my life. Because on a subconscious level, my perception has shifted from unworthy to worthy and this stems simply put from originally feeling disconnected to Source, the Universe, and others.

When you can clearly see the connection within all things and you see how beautifully and delicately you and your life weave into this enormous cosmic web, you can rest a little easier, feel a little safer, and have a lot more trust in yourself and your world. Because you begin to take on the awareness that it is you who is creating it, and simply with that awareness comes such a rush of empowerment that I can only describe as literally dancing with The Force itself. Or perhaps even surrendering to the flow of All that Is.

It has taken me over 30 years to even muster the courage for me to say that when it comes to knowing how to manifest great things in my life, I “kinda get it” now. I am still a constantly evolving work in progress, and I love doing daily little life experiments to see simply how my own reaction and my own perceptions of these so-called things “happening to me” can alter the outcomes of these said events. And every single time I consciously choose to look at the issue at hand in a brighter light and change my perspective from victim mode to student mode (what can I learn from this?), the situation itself seems to lose steam; lose power in its ability to instill fear and panic within me.

The dust seems to settle that much faster and therefore I can also see a clearer next move much faster as well. This is BEYOND empowering, and something I have just caught onto I’d say within the last few years…and have only recently really begun to sink my teeth into, to see just how deep this manifestation rabbit hole really goes.

For years and years, I was under the subconscious impression that life had to be difficult, if you didn’t work hard you didn’t deserve anything (life does not just provide) and that if you ever put yourself or your needs first, you were selfish and that was unacceptable. But after years of being in relationships that always felt one-sided and left me utterly exhausted and drained, I realized something.

I realized that things never went “my way” because I was always so fixated on specifics, had so many tight expectations; from myself and everyone else in my life, and if either one lets me down I tended to retreat and/or withdraw. I had an underlying expectation of struggle and therefore always found myself struggling…in all areas of my life including relationships, jobs, etc.

However a simple shift, a single seed planted in my subconscious mind that I love myself enough to create the life I want…has literally put everything in motion. As soon as I consciously began to treat myself better (quit smoking, eat healthier, do daily yoga and meditation, and surround myself with people who are also empowered rather than “complainers” or “Debbie Downers”), my entire life began to shift in huge ways. New opportunities opened up that would never have shown up prior because I never thought they were even possible due to my lack of confidence. Jedi proverb | Yoda quotes, Star wars quotes

By using The Force, I instead chose to wake up each day with a smile (as annoying as that might sound lol), and no matter how shitty of a day I could’ve been having, I was viciously aware of my perceptions and reactions to things and was constantly on my own ass to see things through different eyes; in a more productive, positive, “what can you do FOR me” way. It’s not an easy feat by any means, especially if you are used to be reactive rather than proactive. You must retrain your subconscious to let go of the reigns in these vital times and let your conscious mind take the lead.

By consciously choosing reactions, we are taking full responsibility for ourselves in the hugest way possible. We can no longer blame others for “offending” us, because we have taken on the awareness that their words really did nothing to harm us, it was our perception that caused the pain…and our reaction simply shows us now there’s something there that needs to be healed. Once it no longer causes a reaction, then the work is done. Many great minds have said we have so much to learn from that which annoys or pisses us off and I couldn’t agree more.

So, to sign off here I’m going to go full Star Wars nerd on you and recommend a little Jedi mind trick I use on myself that helps with developing your Conscious Creator skills. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or a victim to your thoughts or reactions, simply stop within the moment, breath deep to connect, and remember that you are NOT your thoughts, but the observer behind them. You are NOT your emotions, but the Consciousness that gives them light and meaning. You are NOT a victim, you are a sliver of Source no less than the vast and great cosmos. So, don’t just sit back and admire the stars, love yourself enough to know you are one, and then BE one. Shine on. <3

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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In the Outer World of Chaos Remains an Inner World of Peace

According to Wikipedia, Chaos Theory is defined as “the field of study in mathematics that studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions – a response popularly referred to as the butterfly effect.” In other words, Chaos Theory refers to how meaningful and profound even the most seemingly insignificant things are and teaches us that nothing is trivial.

It may not look like it, especially in the wake of the recent events in the world including the fact it has literally shut down, along with the expected MSM fear campaigns and otherwordly, and distractions in the form of manufactured illness, but the world is an amazing and beautiful place. The only thing going on here is as a species we are not aligned with peace; which believe it or not is our natural state of being as it is for all living things in nature, including Mother Earth herself.

So, what does Chaos Theory have to do with world peace? Well, for starters it is now elementary science that everything is energy and that like energy attracts like energy. There is also an enormous amount of research and evidence available showing the benefits of meditation to bring relaxation to ourselves in times of stress and anxiety. And lastly, with the wave of higher consciousness, we are ALL being called to look within ourselves and heal our innermost shadows. And as the numbers rise in those of us doing this soul work, so also raises the level of peace in our collective consciousness overall.

Chaos Theory or “the butterfly effect” is also what is making it appear as if there is NO hope for humanity at this time. Everywhere we look we see famine, war, suffering, and meaningless cruelty. But if we pan wide…if we just zoom out from our limited perspectives stemming from indoctrinated fear and try to catch a glimpse from a global or even universal view if we so dare, we just might see that great healing is occurring on this planet. Assemblyman David DiPietro: Fear-Monger | WNYmedia Network ...

Just as in our own lives when all seems to be going to shit and we are so close to giving up does the greatest growth happen. It is only when we dig deep and get down to the roots that we can ever really see what is holding us back from progression, and as the Earth is a sentient being just as you and I are, she also heals in much the same way.

It could be said that nations and cultures are the planets various personas and as she works out the unhealed parts of herself as we each do every day of our lives, we bear witness to her growth in the form of the sometimes barbaric, collective acts of humans in the form of greed, war, genocide, etc. We are more deeply a part of the Earth than we ever learn in school, and yet our ancestors knew this and lived it. They cherish her, respected her and lived in harmony with her. But as humans do, we develop shadows with free will; we begin to believe the illusion of separation and thus begin the fall of man. There have been many cycles of this throughout our history.

Steve Mariboli once said, “The universe is so well balanced that the mere fact that you have a problem also serves as a sign that there is a solution.” This quote is a great reflection upon Chaos Theory, which would support the notion that no matter how chaotic things appear to get, that it is simply a reflection of how stable they can be as well…as all things must return to balance; to zero-point. Nature knows nothing else, just harmony and is always falling back to the center. It is only when it runs into some sort of interference do discordances occur. It could be said that many of man’s poor choices have definitely contributed to much of the “discord” we see in nature all around the world today.

So, how do we achieve the unachievable? How does humanity finally stop bickering and killing one another mindlessly over religion, oil, money, politics, and power? The answer always has been and remains a simple one. KNOW PEACE AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE.

Be the Order in the Chaos — Guru SinghThe only way the world will ever know peace is when every person takes ownership of their shadows and does the work to heal and integrate them. This involves not forming your personal beliefs solely based on mainstream media propaganda and world “health officials” with alternative agendas to serve. The path that leads a person to be at peace within them is ultimately the path that will also bring peace to the entire world…because it has to start with one…with each of us. It can’t be each of us looking around, waiting for someone else to make a move. There is nothing “out there”….and if you continue to believe there is, you will always see a world up in arms in chaos. But if you close your eyes for a moment…breathe, and step out onto the invisible bridge of everything inside you that you fear, hate, ignore, etc….then your life and our world will never again be the same. It will be…peaceful. And more importantly, it will be your OWN.

ONE LOVE TO YOU ALL. <3

 

Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.

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This article was originally created and published by Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Tamara Rant and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.