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How to “Unwrite” Your Family’s Unhealthy Belief Patterns and Create a More Joyful Life

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By Jim Tolles | Spiritual Awakening Process

At some point, you have to reckon with your behavioral patterns and beliefs from childhood. For most people, that means dealing with their family issues.

In many respects, people are dealing with family issues from day one of their spiritual journeys. That is because if you were raised in a family situation, then you created a whole lot of invisible and unconscious beliefs by following what your family was doing. If you didn’t have a family growing up, you still absorbed a lot of ideas and copied a lot of patterns from the people around you at the time. Any way you look at it, you’re going to end up doing a lot of spiritual work on the stuff that happened and got learned when you were young because all of that forms your mental and emotional foundation. That foundation dictated to you most of what you thought was possible to do or be, and the levels of your life all got built off it. Now, it’s time to take down the “family house.”

The History of Family

While I haven’t done much research on the history of families, a couple of things do seem to be fairly evident. One of which is that family was central to survival. This is especially true when we’re less than 5 years old and can’t do anything for us. It’s extremely likely that we would die if we did not rely on our families to feed us, protect us, clean us up, and so much more. This is a fundamental human truth.

However, in centuries past where there weren’t social safety nets–and for many societies in modern-day as well– the family was the social safety net. There was no unemployment, food stamps, welfare, or anything else to help out. Trying to survive on one’s own in many civilizations and climates was extremely difficult. Having more people around to gather resources, protect you from warring factions, care for you if you got sick, and other additional tasks were extremely important supports to your survival. Being that our survival is one of the driving forces inside of us, relying on family became an unsaid and deeply accepted belief for most people around the world.

Once again, I haven’t researched this, but I encourage you to do so if you need to check into it. As I often say, I don’t have your truth for you, and it is important to be engaged with your growth process. However, I think that what I am saying makes a lot of sense. To get started inquiring about family, I encourage you to ask yourself, “Why do you need family?” See where your inquiry takes you.

Your Family History Unveiled

There’s a lot that goes on in early childhood, and a lot of it isn’t mentally remembered by most people. However, it is emotionally remembered, physically remembered, and energetically remembered. That’s why for many of you going deep into old pain and issues, you may not really have any memories to go on. You’re just working with the upset of your baby self when you weren’t taken care of for a half-hour on the day, or if you endured long periods of neglect, then there may be a great deal of pain and discomfort arising with no general thoughts. In this way, your healing work addresses things you don’t remember and helps you resolve old pains that have probably influenced you in more ways than you can imagine.

For some of you, I may be getting ahead of this work. The first step is a willingness to unmask the family karma inside yourself. Doing so will invariably challenge a lot of your beliefs about your family members. It is very natural to accept the stories that our parents tell us about ourselves, themselves, and the world. While the teenage years and early twenties bring about an individuation process, there are limits to that process. A lot of the deeper core beliefs stay intact. A son may affiliate with the Republican party in the U.S. while his father is affiliated with the Democrats, but they both may still cling to a core belief system around right-and-wrong. Thus, that foundation dictates how the son can believe. A lot of the possibilities for understanding life are eliminated by that underlying belief system and unveiling that is part of a critical process of moving towards greater freedom.

That’s just one small item in a huge list of family behaviors and beliefs to unveil if you want to truly be free and to know yourself.

Opening the Pandora’s Box of Family Issues

Once you start opening the box of family issues, it’s very difficult to close it again. I am sure that some do, but the freer you become, the more you look inside that box. You typically find that you don’t want anything inhibiting your freedom. So you look again and again, and you will very likely find more and more ugliness.

While things like abuse, alcohol addiction, and more are often discovered in the box of family issues, many of the things like the right-and-wrong belief system are much more insidious than they seem at first glance. A lot of that has to do with social norms. In a society that likes to believe in life in very black-and-white terms, a right-and-wrong belief system seems like common sense. It is, however, only one way to view the world, and such a belief system tends to be extremely limited because so much of what happens in life does not really correspond to such a simplistic viewpoint. Is a tsunami that kills lots of people wrong? Not really. It’s a painful event for all those affected”, but it isn’t being done maliciously by the Earth. Is helping someone take out their garbage right? I suppose it is a helpful thing, but sometimes, people also need to do things on their own. Helping can sometimes inhibit someone’s growth. The complexity of human life makes belief systems like that inherited from the family extremely problematic.

And the number of family beliefs and issues goes very beyond that example. There are beliefs about how to interact and what is okay to say and not okay to say. There are beliefs about how to eat. So many people don’t know how to take care of their bodies because they inherit such poor beliefs and patterns about eating. There are family patterns and beliefs around exercise, jobs, dating, marriage, children, using utensils, choosing clothing, voting, travel, driving, fighting, entertainment, and everything else you can think of. This is a really big box, and as you go, you may be amazed at how little you’ve consciously chosen your life. You basically have been just doing what you’ve been told to do from the time you were very little right into adulthood.

Unwriting the Family Code

I am using the term unwriting here because creating new beliefs and patterns tends to happen in response to the old ones. For instance, if your family is very negative, there is a tendency to write a new pattern that says you’ll always be positive. Now you have two sides in your head–one ego self says something critical, and another ego-self now says you should be positive inside. This inner war can become truly exhausting.

Thus, we learn to turn towards the family beliefs inside us to break them apart first. We learn to listen to them and look at them without reacting. Non-reaction is one of the most critical aspects of unwriting. There can be such a strong reaction to do what the belief says we should do or to do something opposing it, and that energy keeps the belief intact. If you do the opposite of the belief, you’ve already validated and energized the belief’s very existence. Because your action is a reaction, your choices and viewpoint on life are inherently limited.

For example, you love working with your hands, but your family only values being astrophysicists. You become more and more reactive to doing anything mental, not just astrophysics related. So you reject college and other schoolwork. However, that reaction limits your ability to develop your mind. So you don’t go to college because you want to work on cars, and perhaps you may enjoy running an auto body company. But going to college to get a business degree might actually assist you in what you love. Do you see how a reaction can ultimately stymie our growth or create new problems?

Thus, this individual needs to go within to find peace with this issue of mental understanding. The more s/he becomes at peace with that part of her/him, then s/he can make a conscious choice of what is needed to further her/his passion.

Family Friction as You Grow

It is a rare family that truly appreciates self-development and change. Most families really seem to be predicated on doing what is familiar because–as I’ve mentioned many times on this blog before–what is familiar is considered to be safe. Anything new can be considered a threat. And that sense of threat is deeply intertwined with the need for survival from centuries of social conditioning. Thus, your changes may receive quite a bit of resistance.

Thus, while some of you may have moments of your family appreciating healthy changes that you make, once your inner work takes you beyond what they can understand, you are likely to receive varying levels of resistance. The truly open-hearted family is one that can grow with you, and they can learn from your triumphs. However, most of the rest will not follow you or create their own beliefs based on what they were taught to believe. If they see your change as a direct threat to them, then they are more likely to plan an intervention and try to get you to see a psychologist. If they see your change as unsettling but not immediately threatening, they may leave you alone while still hoping that you’ll go back to the old family behavior patterns and your old role–whatever that was. If they see it as helpful in some way, you may get some encouragement, but as I said, this typically only happens if they can understand something within the framework of their belief system.

Many of you who awaken often spend a lot of time on your own to figure out your issues. It is really helpful to go into issues on one’s own without other people rocking the boat. But that’s not always possible. Sometimes, people awaken and have their families taking care of them. This leads to a lot of family friction at times, but that can also lead to deeper break-thru. Because you are at the epicenter of where a lot of things went wrong, you can find those tensions and issues inside you extremely quickly. In this way, the family is one of the gold mines of the spiritual path. However, this is likely to be extremely uncomfortable for all parties, and if you have an abusive family, I highly recommend finding a new living situation. Enduring emotional or physical abuse is not helpful in healing, and it can cause more new trauma.

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What Children Learn from Water Play

Kids love to play with water whether indoors or outdoors. Fueled with curiosity, they usually find expressive ways to have fun with water.

There is a lot that can be learned from the environment, and water play should be encouraged in warm weather. Very little emphasis is placed on this form of activity due to the perceived mess that is associated with it. Careful planning, as well as the use of special equipment, water tables, will ensure that the mess is reduced to the barest minimum.

Kids tend to spend less time outdoors due to technological advances which have led to the creation of several indoor options. Water play can be a productive activity as children get to have fun while learning a lot from the free, naturally occurring element. It allows them to develop cognitive skills which will be beneficial later in life.

Here are some of the key benefits of water play that will help foster learning and mental development in children:

1) Improves Physical Skills

Children can learn to control their hands based on what their eyes see while taking part in water play. While undertaking certain physical activities like stirring, pouring, squeezing, and squirting, they develop fine and gross motor skills which will improve their overall physical performance.

Regardless of the age of your child, there is a lot that they can learn about temperatures and textures as they handle different objects. This will come in handy while performing educational activities as they master how to paint and write correctly.

2) Develops Social skills

Water play can have different effects on kids as they exhibit multiple character traits. It can be a relaxing experience as they relieve tension by expressing emotion through various actions like pounding, pouring, and scrubbing. They also improve team skills through sharing of equipment, assisting each other with certain accessories, and taking turns while performing most activities.

The experience from water play can be applied when making friends at school or other public places like recreational parks.

3) Mathematics and Creative Development

Water play makes it possible for children to examine certain phenomena closely for a better understanding of the way they work. It provides a practical approach to learning mathematics and scientific concepts.

Kids can observe the way paper or plastic behave in water and figure out from their imagination why they float and sink sometimes. By making certain important discoveries, they sharpen their problem-solving skills which can be applied in other fields of learning.

Children can also learn basic measurements in mathematics through water play. They get to identify full, half-filled, or empty containers as well as the volume or capacity of each one. You can also teach them how to count different objects in the water. This will encourage them to sample new ideas and develop solutions for certain real-life problems.

4) Language Development

Children can learn new words during water play as they interact with one another, their educators and even pets (who love water)! According to the pet experts at Totally Goldens, pets have the ability to improve child development significantly, improving verbal skills and teaching confidence and responsibility:

“It’s definitely worth getting your dog involved in your child’s water play. Animals can help socialize children and improve their verbal skills – particularly only children –  who will talk to their pets like they would a human. If you don’t have a water table or water play equipment, try encouraging your child to undertake simple tasks such as filling the pet’s water and food bowls. This will teach responsibility and care, as well as basic mathematical skills.”

It’s worth having conversations with your child at strategic moments during water play to help teach them new vocabulary like flow, sieve, drain, stream, moist, evaporate, and depth, among others.

Adult supervision is necessary during water play even with the use of kids water tables. The use of bottles, cups, and buckets, as well as other plastic toys, will help to spice things up. After each session, the kids may go ahead to draw and paint certain objects from their experiences for effective learning.




Harvard Study Shows The Dangers Of Early School Enrollment

By Kerry McDonald | Waking Times

Every parent knows the difference a year makes in the development and maturity of a young child. A one-year-old is barely walking while a two-year-old gleefully sprints away from you. A four-year-old is always moving, always imagining, always asking why, while a five-year-old may start to sit and listen for longer stretches.

Children haven’t changed, but our expectations of their behavior have. In just one generation, children are going to school at younger and younger ages, and are spending more time in school than ever before. They are increasingly required to learn academic content at an early age that may be well above their developmental capability.

In 1998, 31 percent of teachers expected children to learn to read in kindergarten. In 2010, 80 percent of teachers expected this. Now, children are expected to read in kindergarten and to become proficient readers soon after, despite research showing that pushing early literacy can do more harm than good.

In their report Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Loseeducation professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige and her colleagues warn about the hazards of early reading instruction. They write,

When children have educational experiences that are not geared to their developmental level or in tune with their learning needs and cultures, it can cause them great harm, including feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and confusion.

Hate The Player, Love the Game

Instead of recognizing that schooling is the problem, we blame the kids. Today, children who are not reading by a contrived endpoint are regularly labeled with a reading delay and prescribed various interventions to help them catch up to the pack. In school, all must be the same. If they are not listening to the teacher, and are spending too much time daydreaming or squirming in their seats, young children often earn an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) label and, with striking frequency, are administered potent psychotropic medications.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 11 percent of children ages four to seventeen have been diagnosed with ADHD, and that number increased 42 percent from 2003-2004 to 2011-2012, with a majority of those diagnosed placed on medication. Perhaps more troubling, one-third of these diagnoses occur in children under age six.

Children who start school as the youngest in their grade have a greater likelihood of getting an ADHD diagnosis than older children in their grade.

It should be no surprise that as we place young children in artificial learning environments, separated from their family for long lengths of time, and expect them to comply with a standardized, test-driven curriculum, it will be too much for many of them.

New findings by Harvard Medical School researchers confirm that it’s not the children who are failing, it’s the schools we place them in too early. These researchers discovered that children who start school as among the youngest in their grade have a much greater likelihood of getting an ADHD diagnosis than older children in their grade. In fact, for the U.S. states studied with a September 1st enrollment cut-off date, children born in August were 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than their older peers.

The study’s lead researcher at Harvard, Timothy Layton, concludes: “Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being overdiagnosed and overtreated for ADHD because they happen to be relatively immature compared to their older classmates in the early years of elementary school.”

Parents don’t need Harvard researchers to tell them that a child who just turned five is quite different developmentally from a child who is about to turn six. Instead, parents need to be empowered to challenge government schooling motives and mandates, and to opt-out.

As universal government preschool programs gain traction, delaying schooling or opting out entirely can be increasingly difficult for parents. Iowa, for example, recently lowered its compulsory schooling age to four-year-olds enrolled in a government preschool program.

As New York City expands its universal pre-K program to all of the city’s three-year-olds, will compulsory schooling laws for preschoolers follow? On Monday, the New York City Department of Education issued a white paper detailing a “birth-to-five system of early care and education,” granting more power to government officials to direct early childhood learning and development.

As schooling becomes more rigid and consumes more of childhood, it is causing increasing harm to children. Many of them are unable to meet unrealistic academic and behavioral expectations at such a young age, and they are being labeled with and medicated for delays and disorders that often only exist within a schooled context. Parents should push back against this alarming trend by holding onto their kids longer or opting out of forced schooling altogether.

About the Author

Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom (Chicago Review Press, 2019). Kerry has a B.A. in economics from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed. in education policy from Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and four children. Follow her on Twitter @kerry_edu.

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Why Are Dutch Kids the Happiest In the World?

CC BY 2.0 Thijs Knaap – Dutch children play unsupervised outside.

By Katherine Martinko | Treehugger

The secret lies with Dutch parents, whose approach is radically different from that of American parents.

In 2013, Unicef released a ‘report card’ that assessed children’s wellbeing in 29 of the world’s richest countries. It concluded that Dutch children are the happiest of all, based on five categories: material wellbeing, health and safety, education, behaviors and risks, housing and environment.

The Netherlands scored highest in both behaviors and risks and education, and its excellent scores in the other categories put it firmly in the leading position, followed by four Scandinavian countries. (The United States was at the bottom, worse than Greece but better than Lithuania.) Even Dutch children vouched for their own happiness, with 95 percent “reporting a high level of life satisfaction.”

There is nothing more wonderful than thinking of children who are joyful about their own existence. That’s precisely how it should be. Childhood is a time for making memories, pushing boundaries, having great fun. What’s tragic is that Dutch children’s innate happiness stands in such contrast to many children in North America, who seemed to be plagued by chronic unhappiness.

Kids may be similar the world over, but their parents are not. The way in which a child is raised has everything to do with how a child turns out, particularly when it comes to happiness. It seems the rest of the world (are you listening, USA?) could learn a thing or two from the Netherlands. After all, isn’t happiness what every parent ultimately wants for their child?

So what’s different?

Two mothers, one American and one British, both married to Dutchmen and raising families in Amsterdam, have weighed in on the conversation. In an article for The Telegraph, Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison, describe what defines a typical Dutch childhood and why it’s so successful.

Dutch parents don’t stress out about school.

There is little pressure to meet goals, and education isn’t even structured until age 6, when a child has been in school for three years. If a kid is slow to read, no one worries; he or she will catch up eventually. The environment is friendlier overall, since the competitive element just isn’t there. The Unicef study found:

“Dutch children are among the least likely to feel pressured by schoolwork and scored highly in terms of finding their classmates friendly and helpful.”

Dutch parents are happy, which means their kids are happy.

Dutch parents don’t try to be perfect. They accept the fact that they’ll make plenty of mistakes while parenting. Culturally, there are many more fathers who take an active role in parenting, which takes pressure off mothers. Acosta and Hutchison write:

“The Dutch work on average 29 hours a week, dedicate at least one day a week to spending time with their children, and pencil in time for themselves, too. You won’t find a Dutch mother expressing guilt about the amount of time she spends with her children – she will make a point of finding time for herself outside motherhood and work.”

These parents are also authoritative. They tell their kids what to do; they do not ask them. “The idea is to not give the child a choice of options but to give clear directions.” This approach eliminates many of the battles of wills that occur in American households multiple times days. While Dutch kids’ opinions are heard and respected, the kids still know who’s boss.

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The Simplest Way to Find Your Purpose

What does it mean to have a purpose in life? I guess the better question is, what does it mean to you? And do you have yours?

Personally, I feel that to have a purpose in your life is simply to have come to the realization that by following your joy and living in joy IS living purposefully; because if you think about it, whenever anyone does anything they enjoy doing, they are ALL IN. They are doing, being, and living…with PURPOSE.

And this is the key! Purpose in and of itself is not something we ever need to find or discover, but rather simply acknowledge is ever-present and unfolding through our own creative expressions. Unfortunately, this is not something we are taught in school and many of let go of our instinct to follow our joy at a very young age. We simply stop creating from that place of authenticity and rather let the outer world begin to mold us instead. And while that not entirely a bad thing, we as humans need a serious wake-up call in how we are living and dying because in this day and age the terms are becoming synonymous.

Now, I’m not talking about Mom letting you stick your finger in a light socket and hurt yourself just because you think it might be “fun” at the moment. What I mean is, if you are coloring and really into it, you are living purposefully as a creative child…in joy. And whenever possible, it is a parent’s responsibility to let children be joyous. So, I’m offering an example of a situation when it might be okay to let a child keep coloring into his “bath time” if you can see how happy and engaged he may be…the bath can wait a bit longer, can it not?

When we snap children abruptly out of their joy, we teach them immediately to become people-pleasers. They learn that their joy is not very important and may even end up adults who feel bad about feeling good (sound familiar to anyone?). Now, there is, of course, good measure in teaching social skills to encourage sharing, kindness, and compassion, however, it is vital to never sever a child’s connection to their knowledge of how important it is to follow their joy. This is perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from them.

If you ask someone if they’re happy, do you notice how many people will actually pause before they answer? Sadly, most people have NO idea what makes them happy, they just know that “happiness” is something they are supposed to want. As if it is some dreamy ideal that will always just be out of arm’s reach and if they just work hard enough and put their own joy aside long enough…it will be “earned”.

NO.

It doesn’t work that way. We do not “earn” happiness or joy! But we sure do spend a ton of time keeping it from ourselves and convincing ourselves how undeserving we are of it; all the while telling ourselves it’s exactly what we are “working towards”. It’s the perfect paradox to keep us in victim/savior mode and the cogs of dissonance turning. Why oh why do we do this to ourselves?

Happiness is a not a concept or tangible object. It is a choice, a state of mind; of being. It is not something we put on someone we love to do for us, fueled by expectations and wrapped in conditions that must be adhered to. Happiness is ours. It always has been and always will be. It is only when we give it up to another, do we surrender to the false belief that we no longer have the power or the choice to be happy, but now must earn it from outside sources.

Looking at the state of our society today, you can see how this has played out with so many people taking depression and anxiety medication, bullying, eating disorders, etc. It’s like no one knows who they are, only who they were told to be, and are so emotionally off-balance because they feel they are failing at life for not fitting a mold that was never meant for them to begin with.

It is usually when we have run out of resources, excuses, or both that we finally surrender to the fact that the only way out of our suffering is through it. The second we choose to ALLOW joy into our space, our consciousness, our life, it WILL come. And once it does, the fears your face will always dissipate by simply doing so, thus igniting the flood of creative expression which flows and reconnects you to your purpose.

Some of us can spend an entire lifetime trying to find out what we are even doing here. And sadly, some of us may never find out because we get caught up in the search. But it doesn’t have to be that way…for any of us. Because to find your purpose really is as simple as following your joy. When you are doing what you love, you are literally creating a portal that creates a space that acts as a beacon for others to do the same.

Like the saying goes, if you want love…be love…and to have love remember you are love. And to see change…we must first be the change we wish to see…XOXO

 

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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ET Contact Researcher Mary Rodwell Shares Some Astounding Stories – What’s REALLY Happening On & Off Planet!

ET/UFO researcher Mary Rodwell is quite simply blazing a trail for the ages. Not that she’s alone in her pursuit, but hers is certainly one of tenacity, of authenticity, AND of revelation.

After working with numerous individuals globally, many of them young children who have revealed their reality as what the mainstream would call “inconceivable”  – from Mary’s perspective, these New Humans (as she refers to them) are here to usher in the new normal, and guide us toward the true soul aspect of ourselves and our planet.

The proof (as they say) is in the pudding. And Mary has gathered so much evidence to show that we ARE living among a New Human. Perhaps you are one yourself. Nevertheless, they are here. They are wayshowers. But if we’re not paying attention to what they’re trying so desperately to show us, where we’ll we end up?

Listen to some of the amazing stories Mary has to share – and despite your temptation to toss the otherwise unimaginable, if you open your mind, your heart and your soul, maybe JUST maybe you’ll be awakened to the New Human that’s in our midst right now!

 

Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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Redefining Beautiful [Be-You-To-Full] – How Being Yourself is the Surest Path to Fulfillment

From a very young age, we are often told “no” to the things we want. And depending on the circumstances, that’s fine and dandy as long as the delivery method is appropriate and properly explained to a mind that cannot possibly yet comprehend why their wants are not those deemed worthy enough to be fulfilled.

When we are children, we are unfiltered, raw, pure consciousness and in my humble opinion, a hell of a lot smarter than we end up later on in life when it comes to being authentic. If we are sad we let it out and wait even if we are in the middle of a church sermon or aisle 9 in the grocery store. If we are mad we stomp our feet or yell until someone listens dammit! If we are confused or want to know something we are not afraid to ask why…a million times.

In other words, we are not afraid to BE ourselves, to BE true to our wants and desires and to EXPRESS our needs. However, while it’s our parents’ jobs to keep us alive, safe and healthy, it too often comes along with the deal that children must also take along whatever unresolved baggage the parent has carried throughout their life, and this can manifest in numerous ways.

Regardless of how it can be a painful experience to take on energy that isn’t yours and ultimately to not understand why or what it is. It can be even more difficult if you have parents who are not conscious about this and thus react negatively when the child doesn’t accept this baggage as their own.

I think as we grow up, we stop seeing through the eyes we promised ourselves we would never lose sight of. We can all take a moment and think back to the freedom of youth and the care-free, albeit confusing torment of adolescence and unknown coming changes. We can also think back to how fun it was to sneak out to go see your crush, or to not have to worry about paying bills! How about all those promises to “never end up like them!!!” (Your parents!)

And yet here we are…I don’t have kids personally, but I have so many friends who jokingly say their kids’ behavior is some kind of “payback” for how they acted LOL. Like karma in utero just waiting to come for ya when it grows up! And while I believe in karma to a degree, I think this is absolutely absurd, and that if anything, your children are teachers and reflections of your own innocence lost.

Too often this triggers resentment in people, however, if we can shift perspective it can be used as an amazing catalyst for positive change and growth. If we can remember that our kids are seriously pure awesomeness (just as we are, and were before we piled on all the other stuff), then it becomes easier to see them as teachers rather than just little versions of yourself set out to annoy the living shit out of you.

See…children remind us that our own needs are just as important as anyone else’s. It just that we learn to believe they are not and begin to repress them and even worse we often pile on other false beliefs about ourselves such as we are not good enough or we must do certain things or be a certain way to even be accepted, liked, loved, or acknowledged at all. And it’s this nonsense that keeps us all separated and divided under our masks and ultimately that is usually who we introduce ourselves as, fall in love with initially in others, and miss once we really get to know people.

Therefore it’s not only vital to know who you are but to also love who you are enough to show up authentically to the world. That way there are no surprises in your relationships. People won’t be resentful to find out you are someone other than you came off to be initially and you won’t be resentful for people not accepting “the real you” once it comes out…and it always will.

So, let’s teach our children well and while that may mean different things to different people, I think we can all agree that feelings accepted and loved for who we are, regardless of what we like, want, need, have done or said, excelled or failed at, is the greatest feeling in the world and when we as humans stay tapped into that, into our TRUE beauty, we will inevitably see the world as such. And this type of vision allows us the freedom to enjoy who we are and to know we are whole as we are…full and fulfilled and need not seek validation in others.

So remember, you are beauty…you are full…you are beautiful.

 

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 4 Questions To Find Your Life’s Purpose

There’s often a myth that your life purpose is something that you need to figure out and find up front. That unless you are crystal clear you can’t live it.

But what if you didn’t need to know everything about your life’s purpose in order to begin?

Often when we focus so much on trying to figure out all the details of our life purpose, we can end up waiting and holding back our gifts.

If you want to live your purpose, then stop waiting.

Simply begin by going in the direction that moves you most deeply. Take a step. When you take a step, each step will reveal to you the next step.

You don’t need to know the entire map of where you are going to get to where you are meant to be.

You may not be able to see all the steps on the journey from where you are today. It’s OK.

But you do need to start.

Trust that you will be guided every step of the way.

So if you aren’t sure which direction to go in or what your life’s purpose is, begin by asking yourself these 4 questions:

  1. What does my life experience reveal and point to? Look at your life experience. Every single event and relationship has contributed to who you are. It has uniquely shaped who you are, how you see life, and what you are good at.
  2. What am I naturally good at? What comes easily to me? What feels like second nature? This can give you a clue as to what your innate gifts are to give the world.
  3. What group of people do I resonate with, have compassion for, or feel connected to? Perhaps you feel a connection with the homeless, single mothers, or the mentally challenged. This may be a clue as to who you are meant to serve.
  4. What problem are you gifted at solving? Based on your experiences what problems are you uniquely qualified to solve? Being successful requires that you add value to people’s lives. You add value when you solve a problem or challenge that someone is going through.

When you don’t give your gifts, the entire world misses out on your unique expression.

What if Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Oprah didn’t give their gifts?

There are people around the world waiting for you. There are people around the world who need to hear your message in the way only you can share it.

So live your purpose to the best of your ability based on who you are and where you are in life right now. As you grow, how your purpose expresses will also evolve.

What if this very moment is the very purpose of your life?!

Live it!

Love.Now

Kute

Kute BlacksonKute Blackson is an utterly unique visionary in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom. Acclaimed worldwide for his life changing, one of a kind, transformational experiences, he is considered one of the leading voices in the fields of transformation and spirituality. Kute is an inspiring modern day spiritual teacher and a bold voice for a new generation. ar. Check out his debut Bestselling book, You.Are.The.One. 

 




Elon Musk Explains Why Traditional Schooling is Useless Today

By John Vibes | Truth Theory

In a recent interview, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk explained why traditional schooling is essentially useless. Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity. He is also the founder of SpaceX and a co-founder of PayPal.

In the interview Musk said that, “I think a lot of things that people learn probably there’s no point in learning them because that they never use them in the future because kids just in school kinda puzzled as to why they’re there.”

Musk has revealed in the past that his own experience in public school was horrible, riddled with both bullying and lessons that were neither valuable nor interesting.

Musk doesn’t even care if his employees have college degrees. He told Auto Bild in 2014 that an applicant’s formal education is not a priority for him.

“There’s no need even to have a college degree, or even high school really. If someone graduates from a good university that may be an indication that they are capable of great things but that is not necessarily the case,” Musk said.

Musk has been gotten into a few interesting Twitter exchanges on this topic also. Last year, Musk responded to a Tweet that said “You can’t succeed in life without a degree. That’s why you need schooling if you want to go to Harvard.”

“That’s not true. Don’t confuse schooling with education. I didn’t go to Harvard but the people that work for me did,” Musk said in response.

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Question Your Beliefs: The Easiest Way to Keep it Simple

Related imageI remember even as a young child thinking how weird it was that the majority of our lives are sort of mapped out for us already. Every time I would hear adults speaking about life in general, something always felt “off”, like these weren’t genuinely their own beliefs or ideas, but rather something that felt generic or even recycled.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was right in the sense that many of us just do what is expected of us, or what our parents and teachers have instilled as being the normal stages of life; including our school years, our college years, and the years to follow we spend finding our perfect match, having babies and finding a “good” job which we are taught translates into how much it pays over whether or not we actually enjoy doing it.

I’m not suggesting we don’t educate children, not even close, but I’m very much asking all readers to consider what success really means to them on an individual level. I come to find that most people I ask just want a simple, happy life. And I always tell them, well find what makes you feel most alive and do your very best to build your life around that! No matter how strange or away from the norm it may be.

You see, it is my firm belief, even without ever having children of my own, that kids have so much more to teach us than we ever could them. Sure, it’s our responsibility to be the soil and create a positive environment for children to grow, to guide children away from harm and show them what kindness, compassion, and sharing are all about, but it’s also our responsibility to not keep pulling up what sprouts simply because it’s not the flower that we expected to bloom.

As the gardener of the initial path that children will walk, it’s best to simply sow the seeds and let nature do the rest. As the saying goes…

“Nature never hurries, and yet all is accomplished…”

When we drop the expectations of society that were laid upon us and instead focus on what brings the child joy, confidence and a sense of purpose first and foremost, we allow what will ultimately be the most gorgeous unfolding of a spirit that is not forced to carry the weight of the world, and also the baggage of their parents, well into their adulthood where they not only have no clue where these damaging beliefs came from, but most will not recognize how to overcome them.

But for those who do…and I do include myself here, we have never lost touch with that gut feeling as a child when adults told us what our futures would be like, i.e. college, marriage, work, work, and more F*&%$ing work, that it was malarkey and was only ONE path of an infinite amount WE can choose to walk!

And this, my friends, has been the key to mastering any chaos that appears in my life. Because that simple acknowledgment as a child has allowed me to question every belief I have or have ever had and this arms me with a sense of objectivity when I am about to choose what my next step is.

Allowing oneself to step back and observe rather than play into what is “happening” around you, is really the easiest way to keep it simple…in all areas of your life. This way of choosing to focus on issues allows you to also see the light at the end of the tunnel or rather the opportunity lying within the obstacle itself.

My way of looking at my life wasn’t always like this and I still struggle from time to time to “keep it simple”. However, after choosing over and over again to look for the blessing in every curse, I’ve come to master a way of honestly not losing my shit. Whereas even a few years ago something that would drive me up a wall, make me burst out in tears, or wrack my mind with guilt now has little to no effect on me. Because I know that every ounce of pain in there to point the way and once we embrace the fact it’s time to look at something new, the simplicity that naturally flows and guides the Universe, shows up in your life as less stress and more smiles.

When life gets “crappy” like it sometimes does, it’s in your best interest to not let your attitude (and your focus, of course) to start to stink as well. At the end of the day, the easiest way to keep it simple is to simply keep the passion for your purpose, do no harm, and absolutely…take no shit. 🙂

 

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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Louise Hay: How to Love and Heal Your Inner Child

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Article By Louise Hay

It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is a little child within who needs love and acceptance. If you’re a woman, no matter how self-reliant you are, you have a little girl who’s very tender and needs help. If you’re a man, no matter how macho you are, you still have a little boy inside who craves warmth and affection.

As children, when something went wrong, we tended to believe that there was something wrong with us. Children develop the idea that if they could only do it right, then parents and caregivers would love them, and they wouldn’t punish them. In time, the child believes, There is something wrong with me. I’m not good enough. As we grow older, we carry these false beliefs with us. We learn to reject ourselves.

There is a parent inside each of us, as well as a child. And most of the time, the parent scolds the child—almost nonstop! If we listen to our inner dialogue, we can hear the scolding. We can hear the parent tell the child what it is doing wrong or how it is not good enough. We need to allow our parent to become more nurturing to our child.

Heal The Hurts Of The Past

I have found that working with the inner child is most valuable in helping to heal the hurts of the past. At this point in our lives—right now—we need to begin to make ourselves whole and accept every part of who we are. We need to communicate with our inner child and let it know that we accept the part that did all the stupid things, the part that was funny looking, the part that was scared, the part that was very foolish and silly—every single part of ourselves.

Love Heals

Love is the greatest healing power I know. Love can heal even the deepest and most painful memories because love brings the light of understanding to the dark corners of our mind. No matter how painful our early childhood was, loving our inner child now will help us to heal it. In the privacy of our own minds we can make new choices and think new thoughts. Thoughts of forgiveness and love for our inner child will open pathways, and the Universe will support us in our efforts.

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The Philosophy Of The All-Father – Going Meta With Fatherhood

By Gary Z McGee | Waking Times

“He who cannot howl, will not find his pack.” ~Charles Simic

In a world bloated with inert, impotent and domesticated father’s, the All-father stands head-and-shoulders above. He is a masculine Gaia-force. He is Shiva animated by Shakti. He’s not a boyfriend. He’s not a tamed poodle at the feet of Codependence. He’s a liberated wolf aware of how everything is connected to everything else through interdependence. He’s a self-overcoming, provident man, free to live with purpose, on purpose, despite outdated cultural platitudes and parochial values regarding what fatherhood “should” be.

If, as Goethe said, “there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings,” then a mother (and perhaps a typical father) gives the child roots, whereas an All-father gives the child wings.

Above all, an All-father is painfully authentic, uncomfortably vulnerable and full of tough love. He has reconditioned the culturally conditioned ideal that a father must be domesticated, invulnerable, and full of violence to be a “good father.” He all at once nixes the outdated notion that “father” and “provider” are automatically synonymous.

He redefines the values of fatherhood for himself, openminded and imaginative, transforming such cliché misnomers as “breadwinner” and “wage-earner” into giver and protector. He is a shield, a guide, and a gift-giver, not a cog in a clockwork, a monkey in a machine, or a slave in a sweatshop. He is Hunter and Gatherer, Lover and Warrior (self-defense). As Aubrey Marcus said, “A wild man is a protector. A father. A warrior for all that is good… He is a force. He is a cause for an effect. He is a mission.” So it goes also for the All-father.

Cosmic fatherhood first, biological fatherhood second:

“For thousands hacking at the branches there is one striking the root.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Hold your cognitive dissonance in check for a second and here me out. Just because biological fatherhood comes second for an All-father, doesn’t make it less. It just makes it secondary. After all, biological fatherhood is still chief among all other things except cosmic fatherhood.

Cosmic fatherhood first, biological fatherhood second is a “Force of Nature first, person second” philosophy applied to fatherhood. Biological fatherhood is subsumed by cosmic fatherhood, just as personage is subsumed by being a Force of Nature.

Best of all, focusing on being a cosmic father first and a biological father second prevents an All-father from falling into cultural traps or being tripped up by outdated psychological hang-ups regarding fatherhood. He is free to think big-picture, using “Over Eyes” to see how everything is connected. He is free to be creative, open and vulnerable regarding fatherhood, rather than lackluster, rigid, and invulnerable. He is free to use his powers for the protection and teaching of the whole. In short: he is free to be a shamanic father to his children.

Most of all, he is free to be imperfect, understanding that true authenticity requires honesty regarding one’s faults and foibles. The All-father allows himself to be a gloriously inglorious, perfectly imperfect, independently interdependent father. He just tries his best and teaches his best and lets the chips fall where they may. As Sue Atkins said, “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”  The All-father is as real as it gets.

Student first, teacher second:

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.” ~Khalil Gibran

The All-father teaches that we are all students just as we are all teachers; life is what we teach, and life is what we learn.

As a student first, he learns from his children. He’s open to what they have to teach him. In this way he steps into a deeper and fuller fatherhood, embodied by a strength that is not cut off from empathy and softness, but is rooted in body-centered becoming. He is not armored and invulnerable against what his children are teaching him, rather he is highly sensitive and alive to the balance and deep connection building between them.

The All-father teaches through Nature (moderation/cooperation) first, and Pain (discipline/self-improvement) second. He teaches resilience through eco-conscious awareness, building upon what Mother Nature has to teach, deciphering her “language older than words” and then translating it for his children. In this way, he co-learns/teaches the Universal Laws which dictate the difference between what’s healthy and what’s not. Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin is a good primer for this.

The All-father helps his children use Pain as a guide, resolving issues of dissatisfaction, disconnection, and self-doubt by teaching them how to face their fears, their shame, and their unresolved wounds, thus bringing their head, heart, and guts (mind-body-soul) into full-blooded alignment. He teaches how to distinguish between anger and aggression through meditative martial arts, and between thought and feeling through mindfulness meditation and self-interrogation. He teaches the importance of neither rejecting nor succumbing to the “Dark Side” of power but reconciling and learning from it instead. He teaches how to bring the shadow out of the dark.

Most of all, he teaches his children courage and heroism and how to have the heart to persist regardless of fear. He teaches compassion and nonviolence, but he also teaches non-passivity and self-defense. He teaches his children how to be responsible with their own power. He teaches his sons how to go from overpowering to empowering others. He teaches his daughters how to teach men to respect her power as life-bringer.

Captain Fantastic and the bridge to the Übermensch (Overman):

“I teach you the Overman. Man is something that should be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?” ~Nietzsche

The All-father does not seek to condition young minds into fixed and outdated ways of viewing reality, instead he is intent upon teaching young minds how to recondition their own minds into perceiving reality in flexible and updated ways, piggybacking off the following Aristotelean wisdom: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” In short: he does not teach his children what to think but how to think.

He does not seek to raise last-generation men and women, he seeks to raise next-generation men and women. In this sense, he is willing to be a bridge to the Overman. Hoping that his children will become the Overhumans that will finally be able to cross over. If not, at least he has paved the way for them so that they may pave the way toward furthering the progressive evolution of the species.

The All-father teaches a yearning for greatness and a longing for vastness. He strategically plants seeds of heroism into the soft loam of youth in the hopes that they will grow into courage and resilience. But he understands that resilience will only get one so far, so he goes beyond teaching resilience and imparts methods of antifragility. As explained by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

The All-father wants to be surpassed by his children so that he and the human species, as a whole, may learn what they have to teach. As such, he does not cling to his mastery but proactively recycles his own mastery in order to be a healthy-minded example for his children. In this sense, he teaches how to stand on the shoulders of giants without getting stuck on any particular shoulder. He teaches self-interrogation and the ability to question to the nth degree.

At the end of the day, there are very few examples of All-fathers in our culture. The closest I’ve come across is the movie Captain Fantastic. Although this movie goes a little extreme with the off-grid sustainable lifestyle, it strikes at the heart of what it means to be a father rising above traditional and cultural fatherhood clichés.

Like the All-father, Captain Fantastic is set upon raising intelligent, eco-conscious, open-minded individuals who are confident and courageous enough to question things regardless of authority (even his own) in order to co-create with them alongside Truth, rather than attempting to pigeonhole Truth into some outdated ideal.

About the Author

Gary ‘Z’ McGeea former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

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Happy Mother’s Day! I Love You Mother – A Universal Mother Healing Message for Everyone

If you ask me what is Love?

I would say that Love is Mother.

Mother knows sacrifice.

Mother knows selflessness.

Mother knows unconditional.

Our mothers carried us in her womb for 9 months. We were formed out of her flesh and blood. So within us all, our mother is alive.

For many of us our mothers were far from perfect. Perhaps they were emotionally unavailable. Or were even abusive. Or just weren’t there.

It’s true. Things happened.

However, let’s remember that she gave us the greatest gift of all, life itself.

This is huge!

Your mother may not be a perfect human being. She too has fears, wounds, and insecurities just like you. Sometimes as children it’s easy forget.

Your mother is also on her own journey with her own lessons she needs to work through in this life time.

Remember, that your ultimate mother is Life itself. Life is the true source of your nourishment. Your mother was simply the vehicle in human form to bring you forward into this life. She is the vessel.

Take time to acknowledge and connect with the Great Mother. SHE will bless, nourish, and love you. You will find her alive inside your heart. You will find her everywhere if you are open.

Whether you are a man or woman. We are all mothers. Whether we have children or not.

Honor the mother within yourself. The part of yourself that is pure love, nurturing and compassionate. This is your inner mother.

On this Mother’s Day I invite you to mother yourself. Whether you have a child, or not, regardless of whether you are a man or a woman. Take a moment today and bring love and compassion to yourself as a mother would.

This Mother’s Day simply give your mother the gift of seeing who she really is regardless of how she might be.

Give her the gift of your love whether you see her physically or not.

Give her the gift of letting her know what you appreciate about her and how much she means to you.

So this Mother’s Day let’s tell our mothers and all mothers around the world:

  • Thank you for all you do each day that goes unseen and unappreciated.
  • Thank you for all the care and concern you have for me that I am not even aware of.
  • Thank you for all the encouragement you gave me when I was down.
  • Thank you for believing in me when no one did and not thinking I was crazy.
  • Thank you for forgiving me time and time again.
  • Thank you for giving me life. This was the greatest gift of all.
  • And, thank you Mother Earth for showering us with such unconditional love each day.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

Mother,  I love you.

Love.Now

Kute

P.S. Tell me what you most love about your mother?

Kute BlacksonKute Blackson is an utterly unique visionary in the world of human potential. Unlike those who promise to simply help people “get” what they want, Kute’s life work instead reveals to people what they have to give, by liberating who they are most truly and deeply. The focus: Freedom. Acclaimed worldwide for his life changing, one of a kind, transformational experiences, he is considered one of the leading voices in the fields of transformation and spirituality. Kute is an inspiring modern day spiritual teacher and a bold voice for a new generation. He leads transformational journeys to Bali (get more info here).  He also helps women overcome any and all obstacles to love with his “The Man Breakthrough Experience” , the Women’s Seminar.




Braving the Wave of Vulnerability: How Opening Up May Actually Not Bring You Down

I posted a video earlier on my personal Facebook page that speaks to being pretty damn vulnerable. I haven’t done a video in almost a year and I’ll say this one gets a little deep into some teary-eyed vulnerability. Instead of my usual need to first critique myself, cut and edit footage, etc. before posting…I just let it out and then I just put it out…for all to see.

In other words, I made a conscious choice to be vulnerable. And even though stuff like that can be scary as shit, and you will always have that part of you telling you why not to, why you can’t…once you do…something shifts. Sometimes turns on and a connection is made…or rather a reconnection to a really REAL part of yourself. And I’m happy to say that facing the fear of letting go is what has provided me the strongest sense of security I’ve felt in a long time…

I knew I had been ignoring that voice within for far too long pressing me to take a chance and show up more in my own life. To quit preaching not to judge, and start talking to and treating myself with more respect, honor, and appreciation. I think this is perhaps one of the most terrifying things for people to do. We don’t think twice before crossing oceans for our loved ones, but we will barely skip a puddle for our own peace of mind…until we have no choice.

Usually, the Universe will give you hints to things it’s trying to bring to the surface and get you to look at. If you’re reading this then you probably know this is how the Universe will always communicate with you, but only as long as you are listening, right? Well, that is at least what many of us believe.

The Universe will actually continue speaking to you at this disco I call life, whether you’re listening or not. But since you’re surrendering your rightful spot as the DJ, the same old song will keep playing over…and over…and over…and over again until you come back into the awareness of who you are, which requires remembering you even started playing a song in the first place. Regardless, consider the song playing to be your life and then perhaps many things may come into perspective for you as to why certain things never seem to change, get better, or just “keep happening” to you and why some things seem to be literally on repeat.

The Universe doesn’t care what you want, sorry. It only receives the energy signature you are broadcasting out, and therefore it can only respond accordingly in how it delivers back energy as the experiences in your life. Because this appears as things just happening to you, this makes it easy to place blame on others when things don’t go right, etc. But you really never lose your spot as DJ; you simply fall asleep on the job…you go from being conscious of your feelings, reactions, etc. to unconscious i.e. reactive. But regardless, it is YOU who’s energy, in every given moment, is setting the energy that pulls the next…You can go through this motion empowered, conscious, holding the reigns, director of the show…or you can tap out, switch off, lay down in the seat and put it on auto-pilot…

Many of us live in this mode for a good portion if not all of our lives because it feels safe; it is familiar and frankly ‘familiar’ is easy and comfortable and we like that same old story, don’t we? I don’t know about any of you, but I am fucking tired of telling THAT story.

For some of us, it often gets to the point where the Universe must finally take a proverbial 2×4 to our head in the form of “life shit” because let’s face it, we are too stubborn to change the negative patterns we’ve developed to cope with the confusion of not knowing how to properly deal with certain emotions. But as I’ve researched and committed to exploring these emotions and no longer running from then, I’m actually starting to learn how to build some beautiful shit with all those 2×4‘s!

What I’m coming to really love is proving to myself that the more steps I take on the invisible bridge of the unknown, the closer I get to know who I really am. And I think for all of us, this healing journey is something so very personal, that even if you don’t do it to connect with others at first, do it to connect with your own Soul because this in itself is a gift.

What we’re not often taught is the more we face what is uncomfortable, the more vulnerable we are willing to be, the less terrifying that actually IS because that is how you take away the power of fear and discomfort. In fact, it is the ONLY way. I often think of the quote, “The only way out is through”…

And I feel like while it was scary losing the light of the entrance of where I came in on this journey, taking a chance on myself to brave the dark has been the most empowering thing I’ve ever done in my life. It is beginning to feel less like something I must do, and beginning to feel like something I look forward to doing.

It’s the type of shift that leaves a permanent mark on your heart. It’s similar to how the energy changes when you can make a crying friend with tears in their eyes laugh at a stupid joke. That “pop” or release that even if you know not a drop about energy, feelings, psychology, awareness…it doesn’t matter. A simple shift in energy is all it takes to help you once again know the truth of who you are, which is pure consciousness; pure love.

Knowing we are love is what allows us also to be vulnerable and connect vulnerably with another…which is really just another way of saying you are willing to let the walls down or be open with someone. We may not consciously know that this has happened when we feel that pull to chill out and go apologize or reconnect, etc. but that is literally what just occurred. You got out of your own way and the truth was able to reach your heart.

We all guard most that which we want so dearly to give away…the love that resides so deeply in our hearts we have forgotten it is there. And that is what being vulnerable is all about. Helping ourselves and one another remember the truth. And we can all feel that, simply because we all ARE it. So keep braving that wave of emotions because any shift closer to your heart is a shift closer to your happiness.

 

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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Award Winning Documentary “Landfill Harmonic” Celebrates Earth Day in the Classroom

For Immediate Release

We are Honored to announce the award-winning documentary “Landfill Harmonic” curriculum program on Earth Day (April 22) 2018 as a way to promote better earth practices also to give a forward outlook to future generations.

If you want more information about this new curriculum or any questions please contact us at landfillharmonicmovie@gmail.com

The executive producers Alejandra Amarilla, Belle Murphy and Rodolfo Madero and the producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus who introduced the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura to the world via the award-winning documentary “Landfill Harmonic” are now working to bring the story into the classroom as a powerful learning tool for the next generation. This has been a long-term goal of the producers as they seek to expand the film’s impact and spread its message of hope and activism to educate a wider audience. They have partnered with Journeys in Film, a nonprofit educational publisher that has created a curriculum for other high-profile films like “He Named Me Malala,” to develop a curriculum program for grades 4-12. The program aligns with common core standards and is scheduled to launch on Earth Day (April 22) 2018. Schools would be able to inspire and be able to promote better earth practices and show their impact on the world as well as the impact on other countries. On this day, schools will be able to access the curriculum details and required licensing from the official www.landfillharmonicmovie.com website.

Alejandra Amarilla: “We’re thrilled to bring this documentary into the classrooms, and we’re honored that Journeys In Film has partnered with us. We hope that the film can inspire the kids around the world to work together and help improve the world for the next generation.”

“Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group of kids that live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story went viral, the orchestra was catapulted into the global spotlight and went on to navigate a new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. They’ve been featured on 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, Live with Kelly & Michael, NBC World News and other mainstream news outlets around the world. Even when a natural disaster devastated their town, the Orchestra was able to serve as a source of faith and optimism for the entire community. The film is a testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.

“The four pillars of New Roads School are reflected in all of the lessons of the Landfill Harmonic program: including social justice, environmental stewardship, and diversity. It includes History/Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects, which is amazing that one curriculum has so much learning.” –– Juana “Kika” Elias, New Roads School Spanish Coordinator

The film producers anticipate this curriculum program will bring purpose to future generations and motivate them to become more creative, resourceful, and aware of their impact on the environment.  They seek to drive them towards positive collective action that can help improve the livelihoods of communities worldwide. The Landfill Harmonicteam is currently exploring the possibility of enlisting corporate partners to help provide the curriculum free of charge to public schools throughout the U.S. that may not have the budget to acquire the educational licensing for the curriculum’s use. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please send a general inquiry to landfillharmonicmovie@gmail.com

Watch the trailer for Landfill Harmonic: