Magical Moments in Latvia and Lithuania

Aloha, I’m back from my yearly trip to Lithuania and Latvia. I must admit my body is still not fully adjusted to Hawaii time, but I am getting there. And although it’s been a little sleep-challenging, I have really enjoyed being up before dawn and watching a new day slowly arrive. Europe was wonderful. I saw many familiar faces and met many new ones. I often talk about following the cosmic breadcrumbs and experiencing magic and miracles; this trip was full of them. But among the many magical moments I experienced, there are two I count as my favorites. read...

How You Can Learn to See the Unseen

Today I’m going to tell you the story of how I broke free from my past, unhappy life, learned how to be find and create true happiness in a single moment and how you can do the same thing. I remember, long ago and far away, but almost as if it were yesterday, the moment I realized I was missing something. And it was something big! I knew that my life was not the life I wanted. As far as I was concerned, it was broken. And I also knew that what I was doing wasn’t working, and it was never going to work unless I drastically changed what I was doing. read...

It’s Time to Get Serious About Happiness and Joy!

__WISTIA__572b39a8f1640 Aloha! Can you believe the first month of the new year has all but completely left the barn?! I was thinking about 2013 recently and all the potential and possibility that’s wound up tight inside these next 11 months—so much joy and positive energy and action just waiting to unfold. But of course, depending on the thoughts we choose and the actions we take, all manner of things can unfold; not just the “good” stuff. There are so many possible paths and so many possible choices leading from one path to another. And every day we’re asked again and again to make the best choice we can, usually in the “worst” possible moment. read...
Imagine Having a Magic Wand…

Imagine Having a Magic Wand…

… And creating whatever you want when you want You already do have that magic wand. I call it your filter system: your beliefs, agreements, assumptions and attitudes. Your filter system creates your experience of reality. When you change your filter system, you can profoundly change your life for the better. When I say change your life though, it’s easy to feel like that sounds too vague or even impossible. What do I mean by a better life? Obviously it’s different for everyone, and at the risk of sounding materialistic, I feel that creating the life of your dreams is not necessarily just about blissing out and never feeling pain again. read...

Guided Meditations and Visualization – Monthly Meditation Re-Opens

__WISTIA__572b39a91f90e Aloha! In this video I talk about how we can use altered states of consciousness to make real changes in our lives. Using the power of guided visualization, you alter the way you respond to events in your life by practicing in your mind beforehand. Guided meditations help us practice visualization and the better we get at visualization the more effective it is in helping us change our brains and, ultimately, our lives. I know you have probably heard it a million times by now that meditation is good for you, etc. Etc., and maybe you’ve wanted to learn how but thought it was too time-consuming, or difficult because you thought you couldn’t visualize. read...

New Meditation Program…Limited Invitation

__WISTIA__572b39a92c9ed Aloha, You may be familiar with my guided meditations and the fact that I include a short guided meditation in my free, bi-weekly podcast, Food for the Soul. What you may NOT know is that I get a lot of requests for more meditations than I have available on my site as well as for more specific types of meditations or longer ones that go deeper and address specific issues. So, based on your requests, I’ve created a brand new program that will give you exclusive access to new and better meditations. read...

If You Want to Go Far, Go With a Group…

For years I was a loner. I didn’t believe in depending on anyone or anything. I thought I could figure life out by myself and I spent many years trying to do just that. But at one point it dawned on me that every single unhappy day I stumbled through was almost identical to the previous one. And on that day I decided it was time to really change my life—to finally see if I could figure out if ending the pain and suffering was possible and how to do it. At first I read books on spirituality and applied myself sort of randomly to the task of finding joy and peace. I would spend a little time thinking about how great it would be to have a better life and I’d be excited about it for a while. But then my excitement would wane and I’d find myself back where I started: depressed and nowhere closer to my spiritual goals. Even though I felt I really wanted it, pursuing a spiritual life by myself was hard. In fact, it turned out to be impossible. I couldn’t stay focused and disciplined and it meant I didn’t make any real progress. My choice to go it alone didn’t work very well at all. Over time I did make some small progress and life started improving slowly as my spiritual journey became an important part of my life, but it was taking forever and that too was a reason for me to feel depressed about it all. The real turning point was the moment when one of my first teachers pointed...

Why is the Mentoring Process So Powerful?

__WISTIA__572b39a94115f In this video I talk about what a mentor is and what one isn’t. I discuss some of my own experience working with my past mentors and I hope I make clear just how powerful, supportive and life-changing mentorship can be. Questions and ideas explored in this video: read...

The Words

The Words Behind the Words When my mother was a young girl, she wanted to be a poet. Her teacher made fun of her poetry and my mom believed her. Based on her teacher’s opinion my mother gave up her dream. Each time I got my report card, my mother would be furious that I had once again flunked English. One day she gave me a thesaurus and I began to explore the meanings of words. Sometime later I was writing a story about a village and found the word ‘quaint.’ I can still remember the big red circle the teacher put around that word with her comment – great word! I don’t think I ever told my mother I loved words and she died before I began writing. Today I am a wordsmith – I love words and have found great freedom through my writing. I achieved that freedom by giving myself permission to change my definitions of words like responsibility and fault, love and intimacy (I now think of it as into me see), and by breaking all the unspoken agreements I had with my parents, my friends, and society as a...

Tis The Season

December 2003 The holiday season is upon us. A friend of mine told me last week a woman was trampled trying to get to the DVD sales table at Walmart. Over the years I’ve had many opinions about the holiday season. I’ve gone from looking forward to it all year as a child, ignoring it and hating it as a young adult, to looking at it as a time to reflect, share love, and see how far I’ve come in creating peace. Whenever I think of the holidays I always think of the phrase, “Peace on earth, goodwill to all, and to all a good night.” I like to think of the holidays as holy days. This is the time of year that the sun changes courses in the heavens. What if we set our intent to change the course of our thinking as well? I have had many discussions with people lately about peace and war. Of one thing I am sure, peace on earth is impossible if peace doesn’t live within each of us. Peace of mind and judgment can’t really...