Solstice

Phoenix 2.0

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Passing into spirit for a time, for a timelessness,
to be lifted by wings and serenaded by spheres of angels,
to be en-flamed and renewed,
to be re-examined and en-souled.
Floating on starlight and emerging in godness at the seat of my ever burning desire,
I kneel, bowed in the awesome radiance of my power.
Now soaking in the sweet rays of love unconditional,
now hearing the sweet ring of truth flowing,
now claiming the sweet armour of my brilliance shining.
Now I rest. Here at the foot of my very BEing.

–Jaden Rose Phoenix

 

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Jaden Rose Phoenix is author of Beyond Human: Claiming the Power and Magic of Your Limitless Self. An internationally respected master teacher and alchemist, her workshops and lectures are prized for their simple, down-to-earth approach to exploring and harnessing the potential of consciousness.

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The Art of Creating Miracles

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When one of my very first clients shared with me that her shoulder pain of 15 years disappeared after our healing session, I was skeptical.

Then the parent of a child whom I helped reported that he was no longer bothered by allergies. I was confused.

Next, a client who had not been able to eat solid food told me that he was able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

And, after a number of similar reports, I just had to finally face it.

Miracles happen.

I don’t know how to explain how they happen.  That’s why the occurrences are considered miraculous.  But I can explain what I do to get access to the space where miracles can happen.

And that’s a crucial point. I’m not running around making miracles happen for people. Not at all. Instead, I seem to simply create the space for miracles to happen.  And they do on a fairly regular basis.

And sometimes they don’t. Or they don’t seem to. And I can’t explain to you why it happens that way. These things are far beyond my ability to intellectualize them. But it is more interesting how often miracles do happen.

Beyond the words, beyond the understanding, there is Grace.

How can you teach Grace? How can you learn Grace?

Explore the miraculous with me June 16-17, 2012 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Find out more here.

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Jaden Rose Phoenix is author of Beyond Human: Claiming the Power and Magic of Your Limitless Self. An internationally respected master teacher and alchemist, her workshops and lectures are prized for their simple, down-to-earth approach to exploring and harnessing the potential of consciousness.

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3 Steps to Becoming Powerful Overnight

A return stroke, cloud-to-ground lightning strike.

A return stroke, cloud-to-ground lightning strike. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read a recent article (here) that claimed men hate women because men feel powerless. Feelings of powerlessness create anger and men place that anger on something outside of them that they can blame.

Feelings of powerlessness, I thought, are not the purview of men.  Instead, I might suggest that it is a human condition. Everyone feels powerless, and for some, it’s not fleeting, but a daily encounter. People do deal with these feelings in different ways, and blaming others is high on the list. Have you blamed anyone today?

Others deal with these feelings by seeking control and power out in the world. Maybe they achieve powerful positions or they look for ways to control others who they deem “lower” than them. External power may be inversely proportional to how powerless the person feels inside.

Why would I think this? Because this was true of myself! When I was the most afraid of being out of control, of being powerless, that is when I was most desperate to control the world around me.

As I grew older, and into my sense of Self, I no longer felt I needed to control everything in life to feel safe. I stopped needing to be in control. For me, the more connected I was to my own Self, the safer I felt, and the less outward control was needed. This was true even when chaos was happening!  I was able to let go of the need to control life, which was so freeing, requiring much less energy! I can actually feel powerful without controlling anything!

So, how can we cultivate the sense of Self and safety so that we can feel powerful on the inside?

1) Don’t rely on others to keep you safe.  Your safety comes from how centered you are in yourself. Period.

2) If you’re feeling powerless, move first to connect with your center, the core of who you are. Some people refer to this as connecting with source, or their higher selves. Others say they are connecting with their heart. However you think of it, the result will be centering and grounding. The emotion is simply neutral.

3) From this neutral state of connection, you are your most powerful because you can clearly notice your alternative choice for reaction or movement in relation to any issue that is distressing you.

Notice how easy it is from this powerful place of connection to you limitless self to let go of blame, to see the larger picture, to realize that others around you are acting out of fear rather than a desire to make you feel powerless!

Practice and amplify this state as often as you can!

And teach it to your children, both the boys and the girls.

 

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Lupercalia and Passion

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Lupercalia was the original pagan festival that Valentine’s Day replaced –a festival of the she-wolf. The festival celebrated spring and fertility. Young men would strike women with goat-skin strips  to bring fertility and easy birth.

While Valentine’s Day is today a much gentler holiday, with kisses instead of blows, the commercialization and sentimentalization of love that surrounds much of our experiences of this holiday comes up just a little short of what we could be experiencing.

What we can retain from the earlier rites is the passion! Yes, passion! And not just lustful passion.

A celebration of fertility is a celebration of life, specifically the large powerful force of procreation.  A wolfish lust for living, the desire for propagation, is the life force itself being creative.

Individually, we may want children or not, but the life force within us desires creation–whether it creates by flesh or by idea or by changing reality itself, creation is a key energy of the spring festival of Lupercalia.

Our life force is compelled into creation, but we are also driven–when we listen closely to our deepest longing–to live fully, wildly, and freely!  Lupercalia is this celebration of wild freedom.

While modern Valentine’s Day can be a sweet way to connect with those we love, I plan to connect more deeply into the full and wild passion of life!

Connect deeply with Passion!  Join us on for a special activation–Passion Invigoration–February 13th at 6pm Pacific Time.  Read more or register here.

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Post 2012–The Aftermath

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Some of us have been preparing for 2012 for decades. Others of us for the last few years. We have wondered about our spiritual state, striving to make ourselves better people, worthy of transformation.

And now, here we are.

2012 in all its glory! Breathe! You made it!

There is rumor that the big cataclysmic shift won’t occur until December of 2012. But you do have a choice in the matter. You can diligently, madly, frantically, or even carefully prepare yourself further for the BIG SHIFT.

Or you can simply begin living life now. In authenticity. In compassion. In love. In wonderment. In joy. In curious playfulness.

You can include the best traditions from the past that have sustained and nurtured you. You can create new traditions that cement community and family. You can make each day a sacred celebration.

Your plans and resolutions need not be about success and materialism. They can be simple. I resolve to nurture relationships. I resolve one moment each morning to focus only on joy. I resolve to whisper gratitude to the wind each time I step out the door. Regardless. Regardless of the fight the night before. Regardless of the bills that are past due. Regardless of physical discomfort.

Resolve that the world no longer dictate your BE-ing. Instead simply BE. In authenticity. In compassion. In love. In wonderment. In joy. In curious playfulness.

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5 Reasons Why Fear Is Your Greatest Ally

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As children, we may have been afraid of a monster that lived in the closet. Or we may have looked up from something that had captured our attention at the mall to suddenly realize that our mother was nowhere in sight! In school we may have been fearful to read in front of the class or maybe we were afraid to stand up for ourselves when challenged by the school bully.

Our best coping device when we’re young is to simply avoid the situations that cause the fear. We turn the light on, cling to our mother’s hand as she pulls us past all the interesting items down the aisle, get sick on the day we’re supposed to share our science project, or avoid the playground.

But as an adult, we may suddenly recognize that we want to lead the group, if only we weren’t afraid of public speaking. Or we may want to go camping with our friends, if only being in the dark woods weren’t so unsettling.

As a self-proclaimed fearologist, I have spent a good deal of time examining fears and finding ways to transform them. We really don’t have to avoid the situations that make us uncomfortable.  We can develop other strategies for easily coping with all kinds of fears. Once we understand that fears are not things we need to be “afraid” of, we suddenly have all kinds of options for living our lives more fully in all the ways we wish. Your fears, in fact, can be your biggest allies. Here’s why:

  1. Fear shows you the edges of your boxes. Our typical reaction to fear is to turn the other way and run. As such, fears delineate our safe zone.  When I look at my life, I can see that I like to stay within the zones where there is no fear. This provides me with a box, a place where I can comfortably be and feel safe. But a lot of life and experience lies beyond that box of safety. If we want to fully experience life, we will want to push up against those fears.
  2. Fear can expose our false identities. Many people believe that there is a core identity that defines who they are. While that may be true, most of our identities are actually defined by our limitations rather than our essence. A fear of water might keep me from swimming in the ocean or lake while enjoying a vacation. I may even tell myself that it’s a preference. I really prefer to stay dry and clean, rather than wet and sandy. I may decide I am simply a land-lover. That’s who I am. I might as well accept it. I’ve listened as many clients tell me they are shy. That’s who they are. But when we look closer we can see that there isn’t an essence of being called “shy.” Instead, we are simply afraid of being seen. When we recognize that fears highlight our limitations, and do not define our identities, we begin to have some wiggle room for expanding our choices, moving beyond the edges of our boxes, and experiencing more freedom in our lives.
  3. Fear itself is simply an illusion.  Often we treat fear as a “thing.” We must defeat it, change it, overcome it. Fear, at most, may be a cascade of chemical responses in our body set loose by a mental thought or physical threat. But fear itself has no substance. We interpret the cascade of chemical responses as a thing. But there is nothing out there, beyond us, that can be called or labelled “fear.” Realizing that fear is not a thing out there that can hurt you is an excellent first step to being able to use it to your advantage. When you find yourself feeling fearful, simply explore the illusion. Picture fear in front of you. Perhaps it’s a monster, or a blob of dark, murky smoke. Move toward it. Let it surround you. Talk to it. Interact with it. You will notice quite quickly that fear itself is not some terrifying thing, but an illusion of smoke and mirrors. With this knowledge, you are well on your way to making an ally out of your fears.
  4. Fear always separates us from incredibly good things.  Once I realized that fear is an illusion and that it is simply showing me my limitations, I eagerly set off to move though my fears whenever they arose. The most surprising thing about this practice of consistently facing my fears was that I often found the biggest gifts that have enriched my life immeasurably have been found behind those fears.  Often that gift has been far beyond anything I could imagine or conceive of.  Imagine how enriched our lives became when fear no longer blocks our creativity, our love, our possibilities!
  5. Fear wants to be your ally, rather than your bully. That cascade of chemical responses in our body was originally designed to save your life! You want that to happen when you need to run for your life or jump out of the way of a charging bull. Fear has always been our ally in that way. But we later developed a sense that fear was something out there, terrorizing and bullying us. It became our nemesis. Something to defeat, or something to limit us, depending on our perspective. But it makes such a good ally! Now when I feel fear, I get curious! What’s this limitation? What gifts are hidden in this direction? I rely on my fear to guide me into my next expansion. And it has never yet let me down!

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Noticing Enlightenment

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Are we there yet?

It seems many of us are waiting for 2012 or something, anything, to happen that will magically transport us to a new world, a new way of being. I’ve had coffee house discussions where everyone is trying to figure out when the transition will occur, and what it might look like.

And it’s not just idle conversation. Visionaries have written about it. Prophecies have been passed down through generations. The New Age. Awakened Beings. Living Our Full Potential. Release from Fear. Recognition that We Are All One.

We have tried to prepare ourselves. This huge transition means the world as we know it will end!  Earthquakes and hurricanes. Or economic collapse. Or widespread crop failure. Or maybe all of the above.

We have practiced managing our fear when the going got tough in our personal lives. It was hard. We’ve been watching the economy plummet, and not recover.We’ve lost jobs, benefits, homes, and loved ones. We have no idea what the new world is supposed to look like.

We keep looking to the old ways to see evidence that things are improving. The stock market is up a few points–yay! The month had strong auto sales–yay! Oh no, the market dropped again. Oh no, the national debt is out of control.  We bounce back and forth as the winds change daily.

But once we let go of those external measures and turn to look to our inner strength, we begin to notice something peculiar.  The transition is occurring. And it is not heralded or marked by external events. It is instead a noticing. An vague awareness of doubleness.

An event happens that seems tragic. Our house forecloses. Our partner leaves us. A tornado destroys our town. But somehow, when we are looking internally, past what surface fear arises, we notice that something else is happening.

The story on the outside of doom, disaster, and despair is not matched on the inside. There is a calm awareness of peace. Regardless of the external.

And there we are. Noticing that we have what we need and want even though the outside story doesn’t seem to match. The gig, it seems, is up. It has happened. We have transitioned. We are the prophecy.

It happened. Regardless. (Grinch: “How could it be so? It came without ribbons!… it came without tags!… it came without packages, boxes, or bags! … Perhaps [enlightenment] doesn’t come from a store!”)

Quietly we changed. Almost unnoticed. Almost.

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