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How to survive Mercury Retrograde- Intuitive Readings

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 CGI IMAGE: MERCURY Magnetoshere. The magnetic field of Mercury is too weak to protect it from the full force of the sun. It has a magnetic field, which means that part of its core is molten. The Solar Wind buffets Mercury�s thin atmosphere.  In the process, it puts on a spectacular light show. Sodium atoms give off the yellow light.
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Do you feel like you've been facing the Gap?

Mercury in Retrograde - Intuitive Reading Sale this weekend! 

Feel like you're a little lost and out of it? Not sure what's been going on in your life recently? Would you like your questions answered? 

Ask any question that's been bothering you, or receive new insights or understanding about a relationship in your life.

You can can choose to have a 30 minute reading and 15 minute integration to get your questions answered ($85)

or a 30 minute Tarot Card reading and 15 minute integration to help you gain immediate insight to the questions you are facing and direction on next steps ($85)

or You can choose a full 60 minute reading, with energy scan, limited belief block removal, energy clearing and integration ($110)

I've been receiving a lot of requests for intuitive readings the past week and a half.

With Mercury going into Retrograde in Gemini on May 18th (until JUNE 11th) a lot of us have been feeling like we're facing a gap of the unknown, the uncertain, and its down right uncomfortable! Maybe even painful and frightening. Beyond the usual communication snafus associated with Mercury Retrograde, there is great benefit in this period that makes space for us to reflect and revise our course. {read the full insight at Mystic Mamma}

The next 3 weeks astrologically and energetically speaking we have the opportunity to gain new perspective, new understanding, and new ways of approaching or exploring something.

This time will bring interesting insights through looking back or within about prior interactions, misunderstandings, or miscommunications, and why certain things worked out the way they did.

If you're curious and you think you might benefit from a little insight and answers right now, I've opened my calendar up this weekend to do intuitive readings (starting Friday)! Its a holiday weekend, and wouldn't if feel good to go into the weekend feeling a little bit lighter, a little bit more free?

Many of you have been reaching out with requests like: 

Mercury in retrograde Explore Deeply Intuitive Readings

"Can you tell me what the heck is going on with my significant other (or my ex)?"  and ...

"I'm feeling so confused, help me!"  and... 

"I just want to understand what I need to do"

If this sounds like you, I've opened up my calendar space this weekend, starting Friday afternoon, to do Intuitive Readings to help you answer your questions and clear the fog of confusion.

You can can choose to have a 30 minute reading and 15 minute integration to get your questions answered ($85)

or a 30 minute Tarot Card reading and 15 minute integration to help you gain immediate insight to the questions you are facing and direction on next steps ($85)

or You can choose a full 60 minute reading, with energy scan, limited belief block removal, energy clearing and integration ($110)

I'll only be offering these readings Friday-Tuesday as time and space allows, so grab your reading now!

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Learn the shortcut to happiness and enlightenment: Hint its as simple as brushing your teeth.

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Its difficult to achieve a state of happiness and well being, if we are continuously telling ourselves that "my life doesn't change", "change is difficult, takes forever, or is near impossible", and "this is as good as its gonna get for me". You must instill efforts to aspire and achieve an everyday practice, you can create from a higher vibration each and every day.  

A favorite zen saying of mine: "Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water." At one point along the journey I thought the saying meant that you will always have to "work hard and begrudgingly live out your days doing mundane tasks no matter how far you get". I thought that it meant that even after you "make it", life was gonna suck sometimes and be hard work.  So then why bother?!

Today the saying has a lighter greater more expansive meaning and I hope it serves you.... When you come awake in your life and you're doing all the self help things and reading all the books and listening to all the mantras and maybe even chanting a few of them on the sly, you're working to get to a state you've never been before... maybe it's happiness, maybe it's peace, maybe it's prosperity.... When you arrive you do all those things anyways, because they not only help you to maintain your state but they are the simplest joyous tasks of living, and Thank God there are some joyful regular things you can count on in life, right?! Once enlightenment is reached, or a state of happiness or contentment and prosperity is reached, we don't stop doing what we did to get ourselves there! We have regular and daily practices that maintain and heighten our state of being.  

When you wake up in the morning you don't get upset and angry that you have to brush your teeth.... AGAIN! Its maintenance, it feels good, every morning you brush your teeth and your mouth feels fresh and you're ready to talk to people with your clean teeth and fresh perspective and get up close and personal each and every day! This is awesome that "all it takes is brushing your teeth every morning" to prepare for all the great stuff you're doing in the world.  

When you get to the end of the clean underwear pile you don't curse God and all there is because you have to wash your underwear... AGAIN!!! Why God, why?!?! Why do you make me clean my underwear AGAIN!? Haven't I done this enough!!!? Didn't I just wash my underwear last week?!

No.  There are some shortcuts in life, like, I personally don't wear underwear every day... so the washing cycle can be prolonged... BUT! I do brush my teeth every day, and eat my spiritual food.  Some days I eat a lot, some days, I'm not hungry and I just want something to hold me over, and some days I feast on all the delicacies... but every day I eat my spiritual food and brush my teeth.

Explore Deeply's philosophy on wise living:

You know You best, and you know what’s best for you… the acting on the knowledge is the difficult part. :)

All it takes is brushing your teeth every morning to prepare for all the great stuff you're doing in the world. Who doesn't feel better with clean teeth and fresh undies?!?

Just saying.

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There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

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For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
— Alfred D Souza

We tend to think that there will be a point on the horizon that we will come to, that we will arrive at, and then and there we will have finally got it. But there is no such point. The only point you will ever have any power or control over is this moment right now. This moment. This.

We like to make ourselves jump through hoops before we allow ourselves any credit... we often put ourselves and our happiness off into the future.

My big thing, has always been that when I meet my soul mate and get married, then I will be truly happy and fulfilled.  But the truth is I have had many soul mates in my life. My relationships have gotten progressively healthier and more rewarding, but all of them have taught me something wonderful about myself.  For a long time in my life, I labored to be happy when I was living my life on purpose and making my living in integrity and alignment with who I am. I'm here now. I have arrived.

But life always has its challenges. I don't know why that is... I wish I could change it often times. Sometimes I see and feel so much suffering, I wish I could take it away and save a person from their own suffering. But I know this isn't what's best for us, in the long run taking away someone else's suffering will only create more suffering. We must learn to release our own suffering for ourselves. I know that there is only one person who can take your suffering away. That one person is You. 

It's best to understand and embrace this about life, from this place of acceptance, there will always be challenges there will always be opportunity for growth and change, there are always infinite possibilities and potentialities available to us in every moment.  When you start living from this awareness life opens for in ways you could never have imagined.

Explore Deeply's philosophy on being powerful:

Be master of moment.

This moment. This.

Life is what's going on right now. Are you happy now? If not now, then when? When you lose the ten pounds, when you have the sculpted arms and can fit into that dress again, when you get married, when you get divorced, when you lose the baby weight, when you have another baby, when you retire, when you get that promotion, when you change your career, when you break six figures, when you have that new car, when you buy that house, when you pay off your mortgage... maybe Friday, maybe next Fall, maybe this Summer, when you sober up, when you have that drink, when you quit smoking, when you finally get over her, when you finally get him to notice you.... 

If not now then when? When you die, when you feel better? When? 

Each challenge adds to the suspense, adds to the mystery of life, adds to the chaos, adds to the possibilities, adds to the romance, adds to the adventure, adds to the joy.

Here's to your infinite miraculous addition and expansion.


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That Was When Everything Changed

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When the clouds floated across the sky
passing by the sun,
which bestowed halos of light
around their edges,
showing me that if you move slowly, carefully,
it's possible to be near things that are capable
of inflicting pain

when the trees started their line dance,
swaying a little bit this way,
a little bit that way,
showing me that you can plant yourself in one place
and still move

when the blades of grass in the field
rose, stood, and bent as one
filling the air with a gentle, but persistent sound,
showing me that as a community
we have a voice

that's when the tracks clicked the other way
and I chose family
over money,
short-term happiness
over long-term work,
friends
over colleagues. 
I chose myself.

By Sophia Cannizzaro, Grade 9, West Glover, Vermont
Photo by Kevin Huang, Grade 11, Burlington, Vermont

http://cowbird.com/story/112186/That_Was_When_Everything_Changed/

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How to ensure failure and guarantee misery, 8 Ways to make sure you will never get to where you want to be

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Chloë Rain : Photographer : Talitha Bullock

(Please try not to smile when you read this advice.)

#1: Give up before you breakthrough or see results. Sometimes your breakthroughs will look and feel a lot like breakdowns. This is a great news! Have you ever exercised so hard you felt like you were going to throw up? Have you ever exercised for a long enough period of time to see and feel the results of your efforts in your body? If you feel like you're getting squeezed through the eye of a needle, or like your life has just gone through the human version of a trash compactor, good news! You've just been rid of all that was blocking you from your breakthrough! 

#2: Allow garbage in, get garbage results. You are what you eat, you are what you consume. What are you telling yourself? What kinds of thoughts do you allow to take up space in your daily routine? What are you nourishing your soul with these days? What kinds of  things are you feeding your mind? What are you doing to nourish your body? How much time do you spend making yourself wrong?

Tweet: Allow garbage in, create garbage within, spew garbage out. = Explore Deeply's philosophical equation for failure. #exploredeeply

   Explore Deeply's philosophical equation for failure:

Allow garbage in, create garbage within, spew garbage out.

#3: Don't take a bath.

#4: Don't sleep on it.

#5: Vow that you must figure it out yourself. Don't show your face or tell anyone about what's ailing you until you've solved the problem or recovered from the heartbreak all by yourself.

#6: Refuse to make time to receive help even when you've got a built in support system wanting to help you.

#7: Don't do anything you've ever done that has worked before, because you've "been there done that" and you must find an absolutely new way to solve every problem so that you can declare your genius, with proof.  (Sometimes doing the simple tried and true thing to make you feel better can instantly and dramatically shift the potential outcome of the situation.) I know you don't want to, but just give it a try.

#8: Be hard on yourself.  Beat yourself up like you would take a hammer to a puppy who just messed on the floor. Don't allow yourself any self compassion like you would tell your son who was shunned by his friends in kindergarten because he did something that wasn't normal to "suck it up, there must be something wrong with you!" "You should try harder to fit in and be like everyone else!" And how you would tell your daughter who just lost her allowance when she invested in a friends candy bar scheme that didn't pan out "You're so stupid. You're never going to have money again in your life!" "You must have attracted that loss into your life because you're not open to receiving!"

Sound at all familiar?   Here's what I recommend instead:

  1. Take giving up off your option list. Giving up just isn't an option any longer, you can't go back. You can't unlearn the things you know and undo the desires you've claimed. You can only always go forward. Trust there is a breakthrough and a miracle waiting for you on the other side of the breakdown.
  2. Pay attention to your focus and attention. What you focus on expands. Don't spend any time making yourself wrong for well anything. Not one second. Not one more second. 
  3. Take a bath, preferably, or at least a shower. You always feel different, if not better after taking a bath and letting the water seep in. Do you know how many clients tell me they had a brilliant breakthrough in the bathroom!??! Or came up with a money making idea while soaking in the tub?!  If you're stuck, go get your ass in the shower, right now. Seriously.
  4. Take naps. If you're stressed out, go to bed. If you're sad, sleep the day away. If you can't figure out the answer or the solution, sleep on it. Science has proven that "sleeping on it" actually helps our brains solve problems more quickly and our bodies heal faster.
  5. Ask for help, care, love, support, or just some company from someone you trust has always got your back, no matter what. Make sure its someone you trust with your tender heart, someone who thinks you're great. Do not isolate yourself in these times.
  6. Take time to tap your resources, telling yourself you do not have time to figure out a solution or you do not have time to make yourself feel better, will not make the problem go away. You will not feel better by shoving your emotions until a more convenient time.
  7. Try something that has worked for you before. Can you think of a time when you had a breakthrough? What were you doing just before it happened? What helped you to usher in that insight?  Maybe you just need to listen to a good song that always lifts your mood. You'll be surprised what even a tiny shift in emotion can do for your clarity.
  8. Learn self compassion. Build your self compassion muscle like you were training for the Iron Man and pulling 4 ton dump trucks for show. Flex your self compassion muscle all day long, like you were showing off your million dollar show pony.  Damn this self compassion looks good on me!  Try it now!
Tweet: Don't cheat yourself out of too much life because you're afraid you're gonna do it wrong, get hurt, or lose your allowance.  #exploredeeply

Bonus :  Learn not to take yourself too seriously.  Don't cheat yourself out of too much life experience because you're afraid you're gonna do it wrong, get hurt in the end, or lose your allowance. 

Right on the other side of the breakdown is the breakthrough. In the meantime, take a nap, eat your candy bar stash, while floating in the bath tub, listening to your favorite guilty pleasure song.  And call me in the morning!

With so much love!

The Human Experience Artist

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Smile, darlings!

Feeling the heartbreak and misery of failure is something I do not take lightly. Being a failure and being miserable, is something I will absolutely not stand for!

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