Happy Winter Solstice, Positive Lifers! In this extract from our Winter 2018/19 issue, acclaimed health and wellness coach Alison Canavan discusses some of the challenges of winter, and how we can learn how to thrive during the winters of life. Remember: the darkest hour comes before the dawn.
SOLD OUT Positive Life presents Positive Nights: A Special Evening to Raise Your Vibration with Teal Swan
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A very Special Positive Nights event!
Facebook Page | FRIDAY, November 11th, 7:30pm | Eur 20 | Location: The Powerscourt Theatre, Dublin 2.
We are honoured & excited to welcome Teal Swan to our Positive Nights stage!
Teal is an amazing soul that has managed to impart love and wisdom around the world for years! Our evening with her will have an intimate feeling. Starting with a conversation between Paul and Teal in which we will get to know a lot more about her and how we can bring out our most positive intentions. After a short break, we will have an interactive Q&A for you, the audience so we can collectively keep the positivity flowing. Afterwards we will have a special guided meditation to close the night.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your payment via Paypal directly to the same email address to book! Please book your place early as seating is limited.
In Teal’s own words
About Raising your vibration:
“If you are dedicated to raising your vibration, you can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought. However, never resist a negative thought; just accept that you are where you are, express it in a healthy way and move in the direction to feeling better emotionally.”
About Letting go and finding our hidden positivity:
“We all want to find the key to letting go. After all, this is one of the most important steps when it comes to any form of healing. But most of us get stuck when it comes to letting go because we are missing a puzzle piece relative to what we cannot let go of. That puzzle piece is the piece that ties it all together and it is in fact, the key to letting go. The missing puzzle piece is the hidden positive intention.
Every action that is ever taken and every belief that is ever held is taken and held for one reason and one reason only; because the person taking that action, or holding that belief, is convinced that it will enable them to feel better in some way. Another way of saying this is that we only ever engage in something that we think serves us positively in some way. But often this positive intention is buried so deep that we do not have conscious awareness of it. Our healing depends on us being brave enough to uncover and be honest with ourselves about those buried positive intentions. And our ability to live in an open, compassionate way towards others depends on our ability to recognise those buried positive intentions in them.”
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Miracles & Magic
Adopt a miraculous new perception.
By Stewart Pearce
Miracles occur when human discernment marries with divine reasoning. Miracles happen when we make intercession to the Source and the Angels, requesting that they intervene in our human predicament. Miracles are experienced when the magic of Divine Love is expressed, and in a trice, universal force flows, distorting the space-time continuum, providing a moment of accelerated Kairos – a fissure in time when the light of the miraculous pours through, creating magical opportunities for radical change.
Recently I was in New York, creating expansion for the Angels of Atlantis project, determining how the collective consciousness of the city could open further to these remarkable Light Beings. During this visit I was called to consult an extraordinary client, currently working for the United Nations.
Post consultation, the client invited me into the Chamber of the UN, to listen to a debate concerning Global Sustainability. The debate was intense, with notable eco-scientists, and environmentalists vociferously engaged in a nihilistic argument of how the earth is moving towards the edge of a precipice – to global destruction.
Suddenly, like a flash of super nova, a beautiful Pakistani woman rose, and in forthright tones spoke of the fact that nothing new was being introduced, and that this was not a time for rhetoric, but a time for Miracles. For ten minutes she spoke about the nature of miracles and magic, requesting that if we gave as much energy to our dreams, as to our fears, we would change Global consciousness.
This miracle radically defined, that a change of perception may revolutionise current opinion.
By Dee Wallace
This big light of mine, let it shine!
Being brilliance in this world is not possible if we have dimmed our light, because the light is who we are. And if all physical manifestation happens by lowering light into form through thought, we are the light, that chooses the thought, that creates light taking form. We are, ultimately, the light of the world. Through our focus and choice, we form the world of us, and that world is then pooled into the collective whole and affects the whole. Wow. Big responsibility.
Or big blessing. It all depends on your perspective and your choice about how you want to look at it. And even in this choice, we are forming the light that somehow affects our world, and ultimately the rest of the world too.
I like to think of the light that I am as being a blessing. Hmmmm. I am a blessing to this world. That thought certainly encourages my light to get a little bigger, a little brighter. It feels good and empowering to know we light up life, and, like a child encouraged with love to create his achievement, we want to expand and light up our lives even more.
I can feel when my light turns down because someone frightens me, hurts me, ridicules me, embarrasses me or somehow disrespects me in some way. I become smaller, I suppose to protect myself. I guard my heart and shrink, or close my heart in retaliation and anger. It doesn’t feel good. I can’t feel the love and the bliss and the high I feel when I live as the authentic light that I am; then I feel….big. In a good way; big and expansive and sure. Sure that I am secure and blossoming in this world. And that is the experience of my life that I choose. I surmise that the C word is the greatest factor in creating the brilliance of us. Choice. It really is all about choice. It is the greatest single action that creates the brilliance of us. The choice to choose, regardless of who or what affects us. Remember, the light is the very basis of creation itself. Without the light and focus and choice, creation doesn’t happen. So we might as well be the ones choosing what to focus the light on. Because it will be focused: if we don’t create ourselves, we become the created upon.
So why wouldn’t we automatically choose to do that? Because we have been taught to be small. Some people have called it humble. Being small certainly doesn’t threaten people, and we all know who gets the rewards: the meek. They told us so.
They were wrong. And we all know it. The brighter we shine the more grace of power we can be in this world. Let’s choose to turn up, shout out and send out the biggest, bawdiest, most brilliant light that we are. Let’s choose to shine our authentic selves so brightly that the darkness simply does not have a chance. Let’s love ourselves enough to be the light of the world. In joy. In grace. And in the power of the light.
Dee Wallace has worked as an author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years (E.T., Cujo, The Howling). Her book, Bright Light, tells that tale, and shares the spiritual lessons she has learned from a life in acting.
By Trevor Neilson
A little noticed piece of news emerged in the world of philanthropy in February. A dozen new billionaires signed onto the Buffett-Gates Giving Pledge. The Pledge, established in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, encourages the world’s wealthiest individuals to give at least half of their wealth to charity rather than passing it on to their children. With the addition of these signatories, 105 billionaires have now committed a total of $500 billion to philanthropy.
This news is important for a few key reasons. First, Gates and Buffett have done a great job of engaging people around the world to donate their wealth to charity. Most people never thought the Pledge would succeed given the entrenched tradition of passing wealth along to one’s children. Even in a country like the U.S. that prides itself upon equality of opportunity, inheritances have historically comprised about 20-50% of wealth accumulation – a tradition that stifles ambition and innovation. The fact that 105 billionaires have signed on, including the latest Pledgers who represent 8 different countries, is an encouraging indicator that the culture of wealth is shifting.
As we look to the future, we have reason to hope that this increased commitment to charitable giving will become the social norm. Imagine a society in which extreme giving is the new status symbol for the wealthy. The Pledge could evolve into a giving competition and eventually a Global Philanthropy Award on par with the Nobel Prize.
We’ve already seen the concept take shape through the X Prize, which promotes technological innovations for the benefit of humanity. This model of incentivizing philanthropy through competition and peer pressure has proven successful. If we can leverage it further, we stand to change the landscape of philanthropy worldwide.
Audio Interview with Louise L. Hay for Positive Life
Louise L. Hay is known as one of the founders of the self-help movement. Her first book, Heal Your Body, was published in 1976, before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body. Through Louise’s healing techniques and positive philosophy, millions have learned how to create more of what they want in their lives, including more wellness in their bodies, minds, and spirits.
Her next book, published in 1984 and titled, You Can Heal Your Life, reached the New York Times bestseller list, remaining there for 13 consecutive weeks. Twenty years later, due to her appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, You Can Heal Your Life was again on the New York Times bestseller list.
Louise now heads Hay House, a successful publishing company. Hay also continues to lecture around the world, recently returning from trips to Great Britain, Australia and Canada.
Read the interview with Louise L. Hay.
I am beautiful
I was invited to spend last Winter Solstice and New Year on the wonderful, warm island of St Croix in the Caribbean. Our host, Stephan, a family friend of many years, lives and works on St Croix. Stephan wakes each morning at 5am to take two hours from that time each day for his “inner life”, walking in the rainforest while embodying more deeply. He says: “The ‘I’ am of who I am, I am wonderful, I am delightful.” Before his work day begins, he walks these words he says into his being, to fully embody these words before his outer day commences. He was an inspiration and a joy to be with.
On the morning of Dec 21st, Stephan’s pet peacock woke me at sunrise with a honking, high-pitched cry. He had not done this in the previous mornings. I wondered if he knew that it was a special date. Arising to peacock cries, from the bedroom veranda I saw a bright, beautiful rainbow arching over the blue sea with the Virgin Islands in the background. It seemed auspicious to wake and welcome the New Birth of our planet with nature celebrating too.
In the following days, I felt myself stepping into a new time. I had, from a young age, chosen a path that had encompassed personal self-development, attended many education and spiritual activities, while also learning lessons from rich and sometimes cruel life experiences. However, I realised more deeply than before, that I now have a choice. I can choose what thoughts and feelings to entertain. I can live in a deep sense of knowing myself as wonderful, live in wonder and love, or operate from thoughts of inadequacy and fear.
I reflected on beauty, the path I choose over 25 years ago, as an aesthetician, tutoring in beauty therapy, anatomy massage and cosmetic chemistry, before embarking on teaching holistic beauty. As much as I know on natural health and beauty approaches, I felt a deepening of my desire to embody a more empowering sense of my own beauty, as a woman, now in my 5th decade.
These quotes struck a heartfelt cord in those days:
“By choosing your thoughts and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you will determine the effects that you will have upon others and the nature of the experiences of your life.” ~ Gary Zukaf
“We spent January 1st last year walking through our lives, room-by-room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman
I have a choice to show up daily, and, like Stephan, with: “I am beautiful. I am at One with Love and Life.” I hear it from my beloved of my loveliness, yet, to know it from within is the deeper journey, to live in that state of awareness no matter what else comes up for release and healing; to choose beauty in how I talk, think and feel.
When I am then with others in this place of wonder, I feel different and more present in my way of being and listening. Self-care and daily rituals would come from that deeper love rather than from a place of trying to shape up or measure up to outer standards that set up limiting comparisons.
I experienced how to dissolve thoughts of fear and criticism with awareness and breath, so as to daily step up to the full potential of who I am as a co-creator with the Love Intelligence that has birthed all on Earth and in the cosmos.
Choose to be beautiful, wonderful, filled with Life and Love this day and each day. I am/You are beautiful.
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“Choose to be beautiful, wonderful, filled with Life and Love this day and each day. I am/You are beautiful.”
What is it about Earthsong Camps that have people flocking back every year?
You know you’re nearly at the Earthsong field when you start to spot the road-signs saying “SLOW – Fairies Crossing.” That’s the bit when your heart throws off its chains and you begin to inhale properly again.
Earthsong Camps came into being in 2007, andthis year three separate camps will run between May and late July at venues in Tipperary and Clare. They were the dreamchild of renowned drum teacher and community musician John Bowker, with the aim of creating a magical healing space that offers an escape from life in the “system”. The camps offer a place of safety for people to come and be themselves – “a nature reserve for human beings,” as Bowker calls it.
What this looks like on the ground is a page from a kid’s storybook – a field with circles of tents, a forest, giant-sized dream-catchers swaying in the breeze, a café where the seats are bales of straw and at the centre of it all a grand Big Top which serves as the meeting place for all sorts of important events. A sign on the fence reads: “This field may contain nuts,” and for anyone who ever felt at odds with “normal” life, the place is like home.
All of the Earthsong Camps are strictly drug and alcohol free, which is a rarity even among eco-friendly festivals. No electronics are allowed on camp, and phones can only be used offsite. The idea is for everyone to “be here now” – to be properly available to connect with yourself and others and not to miss your own experience. Rather than a hardship, the rules are accepted more like a gift – a rare escape from the pull of the digital world. All music onsite is created by the campers – an empowering experience for anyone who has previously only connected with music as a passive listener.
The safety of this world without alcohol and drugs makes Earthsong an especially appealing place to bring children and teenagers. For little ones, their days at camp offer them something most have never experienced before – the freedom to explore nature, people, creativity and a model of human relationships that they may never see any other time. To see a man hug another man and hold him while he cries, to cook on an open fire, to sit in the middle while around them a bunch of unconnected grown-ups learn to sing a harmony so beautiful it would make an angel blush. After dinner, a human train travels around the camping circles to collect the little ones for their bedtime story, read by gentle and funny grown-ups with space in their hearts for other people’s kids. And it makes you happy-sad to see them skipping away and you ask yourself: “What could it be like, if life was like this all the time?”
For kids and teenagers growing up around the Earthsong ethos, you can sense the possibility that they will learn how to heal themselves regardless of what life brings their way. Over the years, John Bowker has done powerful work with teenagers and this is one of the strongest currents flowing through the Earthsong week. Teens have the possibility of camping in their own circle, and it is a sight to behold to see them devour the freedom and responsibility their independence brings. Dedicated teen-workers are there for guidance and support, and a full timetable of workshops are on offer in music, movement and the healing arts.
The workshops for all age groups are at the heart of the camp, and once the ticket price is paid, access to every class is free. There are numerous workshops on offer, including dance, drum, family constellations, astrology, creative writing, laughter yoga, conflict resolution and drama. The workshops range from raucous fun to deep personal development classes. Depending on what you bring with you (inside) when you get there, you will probably find the medicine you need.
This is part of the magic of Earthsong – that everyone’s experience is completely individual. For some people, it is a week of pure fun, and for others, a time of profound healing. Earthsong offers a massive opportunity for personal development work, with so many workshops available and the likelihood that you will meet a kind healer on your way to the compost loo, who is happy to offer you time and support. For many, this annual visit to a simple field in the countryside has become their yearly chance to recalibrate their lives – to remind themselves of who they really are and how they want their lives to be. There can be sadness for what has been lost, and then the celebration of discovering yourself again.
Behind it all, Bowker and a team of dedicated coordinators keep all the systems running smoothly, so it seems like this village in a field was always there. They come on weeks before and build it all – café, crèche, playground, cabaret, hot showers, sauna, and beautiful cosy venues to run workshops in. And when it is over, they restore the field to its pristine state, removing every last trace of the settlement that was there. Then the cows come in and graze the field again, until the next year.
And when you go home, when you step back through the wardrobe and they’ve hardly noticed you were gone. You might start to tell them a thing or two about it until you realise there’s no point, they won’t believe a word of it, unless you take them back next time and they see it for themselves.
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Ann Hill is a writer and alternative business coach. www.yourlifeswork.ie
I am excited. Yippee and woo-hoo! We are finally knowing what we know and knowing that we know; and when we know that, all answers are revealed. We are fine tuning the creation process and seeing where we have been missing the links, and where the focus has eluded us. We have all the answers, and now we are meeting the challenge of living the process. Yes, there is a learning curve. Yes, it can at times be a bit daunting and overwhelming; and we are doing it.
We are taking personal responsibility for the creation of Us!
We are also allowing ourselves to embrace the ease of it, now that we know we can do it, and have released the resistance to the creation process itself. We are realizing that the more we accept that we are it, and it is complete, the more we allow it to be the creation it is. So, I want to list the steps we know, so that there is a solid, black and white, written formula our brains can embrace for 2013.
STEP ONE: I must accept the responsibility that I create my own life.
STEP TWO: Part of that responsibility is knowing that I Am the God of Me that creates me and, therefore, my life. In other words, I have the free will to choose.
STEP THREE: I choose exactly what I want to create – the POSITIVE that I want to create.
STEP FOUR: I commit to the choice I choose. It is not an empty affirmation, a prayer that turns my responsibility over to another energy, or a hopeful wish that I might get what I want. It is a COMMITMENT to create it, by me, for me, in partnership with all energy.
STEP FIVE: When I commit, I then DIRECT my energy. I literally tell my energy what to do, what to create. It is a direction I consciously give myself, i.e. putting water in the freezer to make ice.
STEP SIX: I take action from the place of knowing IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CREATED IN THE SPIRITUAL/ENERGETIC REALMS. In other words, I have faith that I have ordered my meal, and the meal is delivered.
STEP SEVEN: I feeeeeeeeeeeeeel. I feel the joy and love of having this. Now I feeeeeeeeeel and experience my celebration at the creation that the God of Me has manifested. I feel love for myself as the creative entity and the majestic creator that I am. I choose to BE happiness and joy and love, because I know those are the emotional equivalents to creating. That is how creation happens: by feeling good. Feeling good makes us powerful. Loving ourselves divinely, which means unconditionally, is the beginning of conscious creation itself.
STEP EIGHT: I turn it over and allow all the energy of the world to deliver my creation in the most miraculous way possible. I ALLOW MYSELF TO RECEIVE, knowing that I am worthy and deserve all the blessings of my heart.
When we live each and every moment in these principles, and APPLY THEM, we live every moment as a conscious creator. We are freedom and joy and bliss and balance, because we know the God of Me is always creating the God of Me. And so it is.
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Dee Wallace has worked as an author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years (E.T., Cujo, The Howling). Her book, Bright Light, tells that tale, and shares the spiritual lessons she has learned from a life in acting that can increase your knowledge of how to be happy and your overall sense of well-being.
You are immortal. Your body is not.
” Happy Mind + Healthy Body = Wonderful Life.”
When you were born, a new perspective was created. A part of our formless self (pure awareness) squeezed itself into a new form (your body) in order to have another unique experience of the infinite variations of physical existence. Seeing the world from your unique perspective, you became identified with your body and circumstances, and this became the basis of your character.
The mechanism of separation allows for the experience of relationship, one of the main purposes of life as more than one incarnation. The other main purpose is creation. You were created and you can create, and you can create things that can create other things themselves. So, the ultimate purpose of life is 3-fold: Experience, Relationship and Creation. You are succeeding in this in every single moment.
Your body will last a lifetime, and then it will die and rest in peace. Your consciousness will return from whence it came and you will once again be fully aware of the truth of who you are. In the meantime, while you are your physical incarnation, the most fulfilment you can have is to fully express your unique self. To that end, it is a good idea to do more of what you love to do and are naturally gifted at, and to take care of your body the way you would a pet.
Pets need the right food and clean drinking water, plenty of exercise and fresh air, an appropriately stimulating and clean habitat, and (depending on the pet) a certain amount of company and cuddles. Is your body getting its RDA of cuddles? Do you live in a home that nourishes your body, mind and soul? How often do you exercise and spend time in nature? Do you drink plenty of fresh, clean water every day?
The foods you eat affect not only your body but also your mind. Emotions are chemicals that are released by certain thoughts – such as stressful thoughts releasing adrenaline and noradrenaline into your body’s chemistry as part of the “fight or flight” response. In the same way, different foods will break down in your body and activate different chemical reactions. Some of these are beneficial to the body and mind, and some are not. The wrong foods can cloud the mind, attract stressful thoughts and activate negative emotions. The right foods for your particular body will promote positive feelings, peaceful thoughts and clarity of mind. This will, in turn, affect your physical health. (Read more about Positive Food here.)
Another way the body can affect the mind is through exercise. Exercising the body releases endorphins, which are feel good chemicals. The flip side of this relationship can be found in the use of visualisation as part of athletic training. Athletes who visualise themselves performing their chosen sport to the best of their body’s ability have been shown to significantly improve in their actual performance.
A similar principle is applied in Laughter Yoga, where the body and mind are fooled into releasing happy chemicals by the gesticulations of smiling and laughing. It seems the body doesn’t know the difference between a real and a fake laugh or smile. Speaking of which, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “Laughter is the best medicine.” Well, I’d say Love is even better for the body and the mind. I recently read that cuddling relieves anxiety and depression, and strengthens the immune system; and I’d well believe it, especially knowing what I know about Oxytocin (the love hormone).
While the effect of your physical well-being on your mental health is strong, the effect of the mind on the body is even stronger. Physical health is a good foundation for a happy mind, but the cultivation of a clear mind can lead to the most amazing physical and transcendental experiences of life. Doing this, you can bring more of your god-self into your physical manifestation, and increase the beneficial effect you exert over the Law of Attraction.
Happy Mind + Healthy Body = Wonderful Life.
Patrick works as an Intuitive Energy Healer, Photographer and Magazine Editor. Pick up a copy of Positive Life Magazine, or subscribe here to have it delivered to your door four times a year for just €15.