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Entries in acceptance (85)

Wednesday
May222019

12 keys to living more authentically

Many people are seeking authenticity and wonder why obstacles arise in this Path.  Watch what happens as it dawns that every apparent obstacle is actually a stepping stone to experiencing life from a point of wholeness.  Everything we do is like taking another step or leap into the loving arms of authentic being. Reflect on these 12 keys to living more authentically:

1. Tune into your internal messaging system

2. Sit with emotions (and hear their messages)

3. Take ownership for your feelings, thoughts and behaviours (rather than blaming others)

4. Keep your promises (live in integrity)

5. Do contemplative work (shadow work & inner child work)

6. Explore mindfulness techniques (i.e.varied approaches to meditation)

7. Explore dream symbols & images

8. Uncover interplay among identities

9. Know self is the only person you can help

(we can change our beliefs and behaviours, how we are perceiving, discover how authenticity feels and live from this vibrational point. We cannot force another person to do any of this.)

10. Develop wisdom (the result of life experience, intuition, discernment & deep inner listening)

11. Be open to forgive (allow yourself to experience the grief process: includes difficult feelings of anger, sorrow, anguish and dissapointment)

12. Know experiencing all emotions fully without judgement opens the heart to self-love  

Saturday
Apr202019

4 Steps to own disowned anger

During childhood, sometimes certain of our behaviours are judged as unacceptable.  As the result, we are conditioned to fear the consequences of re-enacting them.  Deep down, we develop core beliefs that certain natural responses are bad, wrong or dangerous, and we banish or repress emotions we judge in ourselves rather than allow them to flow. 

If tense muscles and recurrent discomfort in different parts of the body are familliar, there may be more to this than initially imagined.  As we grow more conscious and search through our feelings, it hits anything we attempt to hide or disown in our subconscious silently drives the dynamics of our present. Reflect on 4 steps to begin owning disowned anger:

1. Accept feeling anger is okay  

Some kids are taught anger and negative emotions are bad and to be avoided. We disown emotions as a defense mechanism to protect ourselves from harm or backlash.  Anger may be something we hide from or, it may be a healthy part. Anger is a very common disowned part and deserves attention like all emotions.

2. Recognize the implications

If we disown our anger (or another part of ourselves), it helps to know why we do this as well as the implications.  In the case of disowned anger,  we may also lack assertiveness.Our strength (healthy aggression) also gets disowned along with anger. We may feel unheard in areas of our lives, belittled, not taken seriously, may be perceived as passive, pleasing, self-effacing, or lacking in self-confidence and drive. 

3. Validate all emotions

As we validate all emotions, express them when we feel them, this helps accept anger or another part of us that has been disowned.  We make ourselves what we are.  When we love all parts of ourselves, we believe in ourselves and other people naturally believe in, hear and validate us.  Self-validation is a step to allowing ourselves to change, blossom and share more of our gifts with perfect timing.

4. Develop healthy ways to express intense energy

The more allow ourselves to express intense energy in healthy ways like tantrums, the more we speak our truth, stand up for ourselves in the moment, the more we stand in our power. This involves creating healthy boundaries. The ability to be firm, take risks, be grounded, allows us to feel more alive. As we express how we feel, our inner strength is activated.  Thus, anger rarely arises because we call on our healthy sense of power, forcefulness, and set limits to handle situations. It hits we can be strong and assertive without frightening or harming others.

Tuesday
Jan082019

10 Life-changing revelations 

This moment invites a new level of reflection.  During meditation, certain ah-ha moments arise within.  Ponder the implications of these 10 life-changing revelations;

1. Remembering who you are

Self-realisation is reaching that place where you know you are not your body, not the mind, not your emotions, not that which changes with time.  You are the Soul.  If you take away what you are aware of, you are still aware this is not there. Take away awareness and the light goes out.

2. Growing aware of the power of the psyche

The moment the psyche drops into the body is not necessarily as the result of traumatic events in childhood. This moment is so powerful, that it pulls our consciousness fully and instantaneously into the limiting experience. We forget who we are (infinite) because we are busy paying attention to the object of who we are instead of the source of consciousness.  The more intense the emotions, the more powerful an experience feels, the more distracting it is. When we drop into the body, consciousness is immediately distracted by senses, sounds.  Discomfort arises due to an imagined loss of self. However some beings do not drop into the body completely. They struggle with grounding in this world, staying linked to Source.

3. Creating the self concept

We define a world inside ourselves that supports our self concept. Our identity does not develop, but we create it to soften the blow, to distract ourselves from pain of perceived loss of Self.  We each pull the self concept around ourselves, like wool over the eyes, embellish it with the idea that it protects us from deeper pain.  Discomfort prompts each of us to grasp hold of labels and things to define us and enable us to feel more at ease with ideas of who we are in the environment we are living in. The lost Self attempts to redefine itself.  

4.   Changing self -definitions

Throughout our lives, we latch onto experiences to define us.  Ego is this masquerading self we pull over our consciousness.  We reflect on our curriculum vitae or accomplishments for instance, or label ourselves based on a series of changing relationships (i.e. friend, single, married, divorced, parent, widowed, etc).  We define ourselves by changing conditions and relationships to orient ourselves in an ever-changing reality that only exists in the mind.

5.  Feeling driven by fear 

Regardless of what we think we achieve, the false self is driven by fear of rejection, fear of being found out, fear of our self-created 'safe' realities falling apart. Deep down, we do not want life to pass us by and yet, any fear that arises within is pointing to the original fear of loss of Self that happened when we took a body. We subconsciously tell ourselves that as long as we can control things the way we define them, we can feel safer and supported.  Core panic unrecoginzed echoes attention is hijacked elsewhere than who we are.    

6. Distinguishing between core and facade

When someone dies or leaves our lives, grief often arises.  The majority of people are only ever dealing with emotion they feel related to the external world.  The real grief emerging is that which you feel about the illusion of separation you feel toward source consciousness, that which is never really lost, only forgotten.  As long as the predictable aspects of our realities continue, its like we have body guards and we feel secure, powerful, confident.  Our masks exist to protect us from the Truth of who we are.

7. Awakening to spirituality

Awakening to spirituality is about dealing with core Self rather than hiding from it.  We are no longer duped by or lost in the masquerade.   This is about working through the hurdles we create to get through the imagined fear, to deal with the fear of loss of who we are, so it ceases to occur.  It is about recognizing the game we buy into, recognizing the likes and dislikes we hold dear, the unconscious judgements we make about everything that attempt to control predictable outcomes.  On some level, when we feel insecure, we put loads of attention and effort into initatives to feel loved and accepted.  If we are living life to hide from Self, we never get anywhere.  Notice whenever something inside is not okay, that it attempts to feel okay by manipulating and exerting control over the external world. Growing aware that attempts to control are not working is the stepping stone to realizing what you are trying to hide from and compensate for.

8.  Finding True Being

We only ever truly emerge into this world when we stop being motivated by fear and are instead inspired by Love and compassion.  When our power and conditions arise from unconditional love (as opposed to conditional states like changing weather, finances, economy, rejection, ect), we are powerful beyond measure.

9. Recognizing everything is shiftable

Feelings are is shiftable. This has nothing to do with the external world. Stop looking outside to define yourself.  Instead, look inward to work with yourself.  Stop keeping yourself entertained, distracted so you think you are okay.  Work consciously with the part of you that is bothered by external changes.

10. Being okay with reality

This is not the false reality you have created and perpetuated much of our lives.  This is not about forcing conditions and people to be or do what we want.  This is about being okay with whatever is unfolding, working with it, accepting that it is for the best even if we do not yet grasp the bigger picture.  We do not access our magic if we do not surrender our desire to control and see the blessings in everything. Decide to notice what is bothering us in this moment.  Choose to relax amidst the discomfort.  Disengage. Stop complaining or resisting or taking things personally. Stop allowing external unfoldings to disturb us. Allow the distrubance to pass through.  Discomfort pass through as we leave it alone.  We let go of te parts of the world we were using to define us. We honour and respect the flow of everything. Consider 12 ways to reframe fear and failure and 5 Tips to own it.

Tuesday
Dec042018

5 questions to ask

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself:

1. Why resist or seek to get beyond a particular feeling?

2. Who is it that must / must not get angry or should not complain?

3. What is really happening as you suffer in silence?

4. When you take action to get somewhere {make progress) where are you headed? 

5. Which choices enable you to get to truly be happy?

Thursday
Jul262018

Interview with David Roth and Jon Christine

It may surprise you, but its not thoughts but beliefs that create our reality.  When we believe whole heartedly in ourselves, we shape our reality with confidence.  David Roth, Jon Christine and the vibe of embodhi love productions are a great example. David and Jon take time out from scouting movie locations to share this dialogue.

Please begin by sharing your unique vision.

This initiative invites our own Soul-searching and much more. 

What a beautiful way to invite each of us to uncover the authentic version of who we are. It feels courage is required to recall what we exist to do, let go of all that is incongruent with our Soul.

We can always learn from the paths of others and its also helpful to recall everything is a mirror. 

Love what I am hearing through you, that the universe shows us what blocks us as a gift.  The greatest gift we can each give ourselves is living who we came here to be.

So, what draws you and Jon (Jon Christine- right in photo) to filmmaking and all that the Embodhi Love project represents and is evolving toward?

We share the strong desire within to help others. That’s the intention behind everything we do. Helping others live in greater freedom through the power of story and film. We see a huge need for conscious entertainment. Stories that not only entertain and enlighten, but also help people live more joyful, fulfilling lives.

Indeed. Everyone is weaving and growing aware of the nature and power to change a personal story. As we come to realize all is interconnected, we are each guided to forge our own unique path to contribute to a process larger than ourselves.

Serving others is a key part of it. As we help others, we are simultaneously helping ourselves.

As you imply, popular media often perpetuates unconsciousness. Initiatives like yours contribute to individual and group awakening. Gaia also offers a collection of consciousness-expanding media that has a growing audience. This echoes a global shift in awareness.   How does this shape directions of Embodhi Love productions?

Our mission, you might say, is to invite viewers to awaken in part, through watching our feature films. We know life experience is part of why we exist. We feel sharing inspiring stories guides each of us to uncover or decode our true potential or destiny.

So, it feels as though you wish to invite viewers to live vicariously through a universal experience on film to draw them deeper into themselves. How inspiring! How wonderful to imagine everyone growing aware that whatever they admire in others is actually a dormant part of themselves they have not yet accepted, focused attention on or realized in their own unique way. 

This said, what is the core message that drives or guides your life?

That freedom is here and now. We are all here to create, connect and play. That is our purpose. We want everyone pursuing their passions and aligned in their own purpose, enjoying this magic carpet ride this is LIFE.

Christie Marie Sheldon also echoes this message. She says, "If you want to heal something in your life, go play!"  I also love the analogy of the dolphin playing its way through existence. How many people frolick their way along-day-to-day, moment-to-moment like that? Many people forget this is key to living a Soul-driven life.  Love is a very high vibration. Love what you do and everything feels like play.  

Yes. When you connect with the Soul and play though life, the idea of work does not come ito it.

What has kept you from fully accepting and living your Soul purpose?

Probably patience more than anything. It took many years to get to this point in our own evolutions. We took on jobs that left us unfulfilled to know what we didn’t want in life. We had to experience those valleys to learn and remind us what we really want. We both had to grow on countless levels to finally align with our purpose and have everything click like it now is. We also know that growth is continuous. We are constantly growing into new ways of being. The art of surrender and letting go seem to be the quickest way into finding your true joy in life.

Many people can relate to the journey you describe about the 'ups and downs' of life experience. We shift from being ego-driven to heart-centred and inspired. Your story echoes that choosing to experience all we create is part of what makes us human and also allows us to uncover the best versions of ourselves.

Your current film project feels exciting. How about offering a glimpse into the story. Why share?

We are currently raising funds for our feature film, Medicina. The story is about a woman who feels stuck and wants more out of life. She ends up on a journey that helps her to awaken into her purpose. The energy behind this story cannot be contained. We’re just stewards to this divine creation that is Medicina. It came through over the past 4 years. Medicina refers to that thing in life that gives you the greatest joy. It could be your yoga practice, cooking, playing an instrument, meditation, helping and connecting with others. The list is endless. That is your true medicine for the soul. Now it’s time to inspire everyone to find more passion and purpose in their lives. 

Exactly! Everyone has a source of joy, something that ignites an inner spark or endless energy.  Yet, not everyone is fully conscious of or willing to fearlessly express it until awakening fully. 

How do you choose film subjects? Do people propose ideas to you like scriptwriters pitch stories?

In full transparency, the stories just come through to us from within. For the past 4 years now, we meet once a week to discuss ideas for different stories we are working on. Whether we are meeting or writing on our own, the stories just pour through. We have a dozen projects lined up right behind this. Ideas for series and commercials as well. We’re in the process of expanding our team so that we can get all these inspiring ideas out into the world as soon as possible. People do pitch and submit to us. We welcome that anytime. What we’re doing isn’t about us. It’s about all of us.

Are you inspired by Jack Canfield and his Chicken Soup for the Soul series of inspirational stories?  How does what you do differ or, how is it similar? 

We are familiar with his work and appreciate how it has affected and uplifted so many people. What inspires us are the stories within those books. The people from those stories that went through what they did. What we do is much different from Jack Canfield. He’s an author who shares other peoples’ stories. We are storytellers, creating our own stories that get turned into feature films.

As you say, each inspirational storyteller has a unique approach to share a vision.  Its encouraging that you invite people to appreciate something universal in every story.  Anyone in particular act as a key mentor?

To be fully truthful, life itself is our teacher. We run across people of all ages every single day that inspire us. On the film side, anybody that creates films inspires us as well. The list is endless. We find perfection in the work of so many directors out there. 

What a huge revelation! Everyone and everything in our perception is the same core inspiration that draws love or messages of love and acceptance out of us.

How are you affected by meeting people who live in harmony with their Soul? 

It’s a big part of the journey, for sure. Having your tribe to always be there for you. Talk about big ideas with. Create new magic with. The energy is palpable when awakened people are in the same room. It instantly elevates the vibration and any fear or lower vibrational energy is no longer in the space. It’s just pure play and creation. When you align with others that are also doing soul driven work, it really feels like you have a ticket on the bliss train. Things just happen effortlessly.

Its common to assume good things only happen by coincidence. Yet awakening to who we are is about tuning into the energy you describe.  Its also about choosing to take responsibility for all we feel, emote, perceive and encounter. At first glance, this may seem scary and yet, it also very empowering. This is about accepting that we choose a story to create for ourselves and how to express or change it.

What advice can you offer people who have not yet grown conscious of a soulful path or destiny?

Keep pursuing what tugs on your heart. Take action towards it every single day. In time, the momentum will build and things will start happening effortlessly for you. Also, be present. When you are in the present moment, you can notice the signs that you should be following. You’ll see that life supports you and puts people and things in your path that will help you find your true purpose in life. It does really exist. Knowing now how life operates on this side, all we want is for everyone to experience this magic. Also know that you are here to create. Create anything you wish. Honor the pull within. That is your path. The things that truly light you up in life are the lanterns on your path that you should be pursuing.

Love that you highlight the power of honoring the pull within, and being mindful of what you describe as lanterns lighting up the path.  As you imply, dots exist and its up to us to join them.  Whil its natural to feel inspired by others, in some way, we each invite ourselves to be trail-blazers, to be and do what has never been done.

If you can leave our readers with some vision or insight, what would it be?

It’s said all the time but hey, it’s the truth. You can be, have or do anything you want in life.  Once you awaken to who you truly are, game on. It’s time to create, it’s time to play. It’s time to live the life you deep down within you know you should be living. The world needs you now more than ever. The days of playing small and hiding behind unfulfilling jobs are over. Spend more time in silence to receive the answers you are looking for. When they come, show up and go live your best life NOW.

Please share some specific experiences that transformed how you view yourself and the world.

Through a few different spiritual awakenings over the years in various plant medicine ceremonies, we have come to learn that we are all connected and we are all truly one family. Separation exists only in the mind. Every single one of us is truly limitless.

Share anything else you wish to add.

The Medicina Campaign is here: www.igg.me/at/medicinathemovie. If you have questions, you can email us at awaken@embodhiloveproductions.com. Connect with us anytime. We welcome your input and queries.

Thank you David and Jon, for sharing such a heart-felt message. Love that you invite everyone to see the universal messages in all they perceive and choose in life. Each of us benefits from growing aware of our own myths and self-created limitations.  We can also blossom to be better than the idealized versions of ourselves. We are each boundless sources of inspiration. You and your team offer an encouraging reminder that all is possible when one is soul-guided and listens to this.