Exquisite Annihilation of What We Are Not with Pamela Gerrand
Have you been feeling vulnerable, raw, sad, or maybe downright lost and depressed? Are you allowing yourself to really FEEL into this intense, deep place and welcome what’s arising? Our personal and planetary pain is pain—and it is pain with a purpose. It’s time we meet each other in the darkness and gather in the valley, with courage and compassion, as we midwife each other through this messy, dark birthing process. Relax and let go. Pamela Jane Gerrand says, “When we come to know who we are not, that’s when we learn who we are.”
Pamela Jane Gerrand is an ardent and acclaimed, internationally beloved singer/songwriter, poet and sound healer. Pamela kindles a powerful connection to the hearts of listeners with a voice that has been described as ‘angelic, powerful, and soulful’, and her music and lyrics as ‘uncommonly moving’. Pamela’s passion for personal and planetary healing is at the heart of her artistry and activism. She travels widely, and has performed at festivals and forums across Canada, the U.S., England, France, Sweden, Costa Rica, and India. A passionate advocate for peace and social justice, Pamela has written original songs and poems for many international initiatives, including the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington, D.C. and the March for our Lives. Pamela was a speaker at the Women Economic Forum in New Delhi, India in May 2017, where she was honoured with the ‘Iconic Woman Making a Difference in the World’ award.
Healing the Whole Self/Connecting with Source Energy with Lars Muhl
What motivates us? How do we create a balance between thoughts, words, and actions? How do we align ourselves in relation to our higher self and become the universal light beings we are meant to be? Lars Muhl will teach us how to shed ego, fear, and blame, and thereby open the gateway so that we may connect and work with source. We’ll focus on a spiritual practice created 2500 years ago by the Essene mystery school. Its purpose is to heal the whole self by connecting each individual with source energy.
Lars Muhl is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and healer. He is the founder and chairman of the humanitarian organization Hearts and Hands, and together with his wife Githa Ben-David, co-founder of the Gilalai Institute of Energy and Consciousness in Denmark. Lars has been listed as one of Watkins Books’ 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. His books have been translated into 16 languages and consistently feature in the bestseller lists of his native Denmark.
Everything is Here to Help You with Matt Kahn
A flat tire, painful break up, or loss of job… What if you knew with certainty that the biggest obstacles in your life occurred only to push you toward your soul’s true potential? The invitation is to shift your perspective out of the pitfalls of ego and into the perfection of our soul’s true potential. Spiritual Teacher Matt Kahn says this occurs through the process of opening our hearts. Instead of viewing life as a threat of loss or afraid of the changes coming your way, each and every perceivable enemy should be embraced as an ally of evolutionary benefit, and can only change you for the better.
Matt Kahn is the author of the best-selling book Whatever Arises, Love That. He is a spiritual teacher, and highly attuned empathic healer who has become a YouTube sensation with his healing and often humorous videos. His ten million True Divine Nature YouTube channel viewers are finding the support they seek to feel more loved, awakened, and opened to the greatest possibilities in life through the invitation to join the “Love Revolution That Begins with You.”
See his new book: Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution
Letting Love Lead with Korrine Holt
We invite you to rise above your challenges, live authentically from your heart, and to tap into the greatest part of yourself as you live your daily life. How? Take a journey of conscious emergence with author Korrine Holt. Her gift of weaving imagery, verse, and music will touch your heart. Attuning to love invites us to rise above our burdens and live authentically urgent to the longing of our pure hearts.
Korrine Holt is a creative messenger and guide for well-being, she draws upon her experiences as an artist, certified life coach, energy healer, and executive coach for leaders and teams. With clients ranging from CEO’s to inner-city, at-risk teens and college students, she helps people resolve hardships that drain their energy and smother their aspirations. Ultimately, she offers insights to call forth love to lead life, invoking vibrant health, relationships, creativity, and service. Korrine is the author of Poetic Ascension.
My Revolution Begins in the Body
By Eve Ensler
My revolution begins in the body
It isn’t waiting anymore
My revolution does not need approval or permission
It happens because it has to happen in each neighborhood, village, city or town
at gatherings of tribes, fellow students, women at the market, on the bus
It may be gradual and soft
It may be spontaneous and loud
It may be happening already
It may be found in your closet, your drawers, your gut, your legs, your multiplying cells
in the naked mouth of taut nipples and overflowing breasts
My revolution is swelling from the insatiable drumming between my legs
My revolution is willing to die for this
My revolution is ready to live big
My revolution is overthrowing the state
Of mind called patriarchy
My revolution will not be choreographed although it begins with a few familiar steps.
My revolution is not violent but it does not shy away from the dangerous edges where fierce displays of resistance tumble into something new
My revolution is in this body
In these hips atrophied by misogyny
In this jaw wired mute by hunger and atrocity
My revolution is
Connection not consumption
Passion not profit
Orgasm not ownership
My revolution is of the earth and will come from her
For her, because of her
It understands that every time we frack or drill
Or burn or violate the layers of her sacredness
we violate the soul of our future
My revolution is not ashamed to press my body down
On her mud floor in front
Banyan, Cypress, Pine, Kalyaan, Oak, Chestnut, Mulberry
Redwood, Sycamore trees
To bow shamelessly to shocking yellow birds and rose blue setting skies, heart exploding purple bouganvillea and aqua sea
My revolution gladly kisses the feet of mothers and nurses and servers and cleaners and nannies
And healers and all who are life and give life
My revolution is on its knees
On my knees to every holy thing
And to those who carry empire-made burdens in and on their heads and backs and
My revolution demands abandon
Expects the original
Relies on trouble makers, anarchists, poets, shamans, seers, sexual explorers
Tricksters, mystic travelers, tightrope walkers and those who go too far and feel
My revolution shows up unexpectedly
Its not naïve but believes in miracles
Cannot be categorized targeted branded
Or even located
Offers prophecy not prescription
Is determined by mystery and ecstatic joy
Is not centralized though we all know where we’re going
It happens in stages and all at once
It happens where you live and everywhere
It understands that divisions are diversions
It requires sitting still and staring deep into my eyes
Performed by Rosario Dawson, Directed and Edited by Deborah Anderson, Presented by V20 and One Billion Rising
Uniting in Love – Three Practices to Ignite Authentic Love
“All we need is love,” instructs John Lennon’s famous lyrics. The sentiment is incredibly moving today at this pivotal time in history. Love is a unifying force that can improve the quality of life on earth, ignite planetary healing, and create global oneness.
There are many definitions of love, but let’s discuss the universal, altruistic love that is shared by most faith-based organizations. Love is central to many religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions, as in the phrase, “God is Love.” Love is the ultimate grace and blessing where most do see eye to eye. This love is a divine link that can bind us together and potentially a redeeming force that can reconcile the hearts of humanity.
In the Bahá’í faith, love is the light that guides in the darkness, the living link that unites God with man, that force that assures the progress of every illumined soul. Bahá’í’s believe love reveals, with unfailing and limitless power, the mysteries latent in the universe.
The Dalai Lama said, “Love, compassion and tolerance are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” In Buddhism, love is unconditional and requires considerable self-acceptance. They believe this is quite different from “ordinary” love, which is usually about attachment and rarely occurs without self-interest. Instead, it refers to detachment and unselfish interest in the welfare of others.
In the Jewish tradition followers are encouraged to show mercy, love, and compassion to their brother and, as the Torah commands, love God “with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” In the Christian faith, there are numerous references from “love your enemies” to the greatest commandment: love one another. It is said, “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
Sufism explains the essence of God as love and the Sufi path is a path of love. Love is to see what is good and beautiful in everything. The aim is to be accepted as a lover by the Beloved God. Love encompasses the Islamic view of life as universal brotherhood that applies to all who hold faith.
Love can be considered an inter-faith, universal virtue. This magnificent and beautiful imperative is swelling and pulsing within the hearts of humanity. There is a collective awakening stirring within us and contributing to a global shift in consciousness. The conclusion? We are ONE. Therefore, love ONE another.
Listen to the beautifully crafted preamble of United Religions Initiative (URI): “We, people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.” URI has created Cooperation Circles all around the world, who are transcending religious and cultural divisions to create inclusive, on-the-ground solutions to critical issues facing their communities and regions — at the top of the list: peace-building, global advocacy, youth, women and the environment. Their preamble goes on to echo, “We unite…”
“We unite…” Join hearts uniting around the world. From, and through, this inclusive love, start with yourself. This love is a critical key to healing the planet. Self-acceptance and unconditional love for oneself is foundational. They say you cannot love God or others completely without loving yourself first. In loving yourself completely, you will activate a healing resonance greater than yourself and prepare the way for all other love. Rumi wrote, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Love yourself and you open the floodgates for universal, altruistic love to permeate every cell of your being and every corner of the universe. You pave the way to “Love your enemies.”
PRACTICE HEART COHERENCE: There’s a visceral yearning inside each of us to love. Take a few minutes everyday and focus on universal love with the intention of increasing your electromagnetic field of love. Breathe into your heart and allow it to expand… open… and guide you. Direct your attention to your heart and rest in the awareness of universal LOVE. Try this Quick Coherence Technique from HeartMath:
PRACTICE LOVING KINDNESS: Next, imagine sending love to your loved ones, neighbors, community, and expand this field of love to all beings on our planet. Include all races, religions, and those different from you. And, yes, include any “enemies” you may have. This powerful intention will assist you to embody universal love. And, there’s another benefit to this practice: all sacred wisdom and guidance comes from this place! You are strengthening your soul’s navigation system. Here’s a beautiful Loving Kindness Metta Meditation by Sharon Salzberg:
PRACTICE EXPRESSING YOUR DIVINITY: Imagine loving with so much exuberance and heart that it spills out from within. It’s easy when we think about someone we love, a baby, a pet, or the beauty we experience in nature, art, music, etc.. Developing this kind of practice starts by aligning with our soul’s expression. Attune to your own sense of divinity. Stabilize the essential self and learn to express from this place with every thought, word, and deed. When live life as an expression of your higher self, you begin moving at the speed of guidance and co-creating in the resonance of love.
“All we need is love!” This day, right here, right now, allow your heart to embrace this world with all its amazing beauty, diversity, and need. We are called to deeply love those who are different from ourselves. It’s time to break down the walls that divide us, love one another, and BE in the heart of God. Kahlil Gibran, writes:
When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
Come join in the co-creative path of love… I’ll meet you in the heart of God where we will unite and ignite loving peace on earth!
A World of Love,
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“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ Judaism
“A new commandment I give to you. That you love one another; even as I have loved you… By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“A man obtains a proper rule of action by looking on his neighbor as himself.” ~ Hinduism
“Full of love for all things in the world, practicing virtue in order to benefit others, this man alone is happy.” ~ Buddhism
“Seek to be in harmony with all your neighbors, live in amity with your brethren.”
“No one is a believer until he loves for his neighbor, and for his brother, what he loves for himself.” ~ Islam
Green Between Hearts ~ Three Lessons on Connecting with Others
My husband and I recently enjoyed a company trip to a beautiful Cancun resort. Upon arriving, we received bright green wristbands in our welcome packet. We were told to wear the wristbands at all times, especially to meals and group events to help identify ourselves as part of the group.
Early the next morning we went down for breakfast. As we proceeded down the long corridor to our ocean-side breakfast destination, I noticed a peculiar trend. People wearing green wristbands were smiling and greeting each other with a friendly recognition and, “Good Morning!” When there was no wristband, there was no greeting. The bearers of the band would literally walk by naked wrists, turn their heads the opposite direction and not even make eye contact. I watched throughout the day as complete strangers began conversation initiated by a green-wristband-association, while others wandered around in silence and avoidance. In the busy, populated beachfront resort, community was born with a color – a rubber bracelet – labeling and defining our connection. We were a group – a community. The public tag of “association” turned previous strangers into friends. Our trademark gave us an assurance that we had something in common and invited us to strike up a conversation. Courage from the rubber bracelet gave us a power to connect, share, converse, and exchange contact information.
Sadly, complete strangers riding the elevator, or lounging at the pool, would not be spoken to when there wasn’t the signal or invitation provided by the green wristband marking our newly formed conglomerate of familiarity. I watched as those with green bands initiated conversations in elevators but excluded those with no wristbands. The bearers of this green assembly walked past those without wristbands in the name of networking, community, and common purpose. The emerald bangle created an instant classification system garnering safety, comfort, recognition and community for those with the opportunity to adorn the trinket. But those without weren’t included. The friendly green-banded posse was an exclusive club.
The green wristbands inspired my own campaign. I decided that I would initiate conversation with those around me – green band or mostly not. The children made it easy. Talking to, smiling at, and playing with toddlers splashing at the pool was sure to lead to a new found friendship with their parents. We exchanged words, laughter, recommendations, ideas, and beautiful companionship. We talked about our lives – our homes, family, vocation, and the joys of our day. In every moment, regardless of location, skin color, nationality, language or green wristband, I made connections: the family from Mexico City on vacation with their friends and small children, the family from Brooklyn – where the relocated wife from Vietnam was missing her family back home, the family from Atlanta who shared their immigration story from Nigeria and exchanged entrepreneurial inspiration. For someone uncomfortable initiating small talk, I easily made some meaningful connections.
What were the lessons? What is the invitation? Connect with others!
Lesson 1: People want to connect. We crave connection and relationship. We want and need to belong. We are an interconnected, interdependent species that thrives in community. We tend to look for safe and familiar ways to create that connection. However, for many, that is not easy. Without the traditional markers of community association, we shy away from talking to strangers. In our fast-paced, high-tech digital world, high touch is a powerful prescription. Slow down, bring yourself into the present moment, and give it a try. Connect with those around you – in person. They likely long for personal connection as much as you do.
Lesson 2: You can always find something in common. You may look at others as strangers or simply people you just don’t know personally yet. Finding commonality is as simple as saying, “Hello.” To begin, just be who you are: reach out, shine your light, and smile. Make eye contact and speak with a simple greeting. Better yet, share an authentic expression of your experience. Look beneath the surface of things and connect with your essence. You are sure to find something you have in common. Maybe you overhear them using a beautiful name that you have an affinity for. Maybe you appreciate their conscious, gentle parenting style. Maybe you make eye contact by playing peek-a-boo with a toddler. Maybe you offer assistance, your service in opening a door, helping a stranger in need, or gifting something unique to the moment. It is likely that because you are in the same place at the same time, you will find something in common to build an association around, even if only temporary and transient in nature. And don’t stop with strangers. This is a great practice with your not-so-familiar friends and neighbors, the checker at your local grocery store, the waiter at your favorite restaurant, and the co-traveler on public transportation. Put down your excuses and artificial barriers and engage.
Lesson 3: Connection contributes to health, longevity, and a meaningful quality of life. Reaching outside of your comfort zone and entering the space of others, builds your psycho-social-spiritual muscles. It’s a practice that develops confidence, courage, compassion, and most importantly, unity. Finding the common humanity behind our differences is good for our individual and collective soul. Begin connecting with others as a routine spiritual practice. Your world will blossom with possibility, potential and greater well-being. The energy of creating new connections will attract more and life will begin flowing with ease and grace. Try it. Research shows that quality relationships and being in community increase your overall health, happiness, productivity, longevity and well-being. Its a win-win.
When I returned home from Cancun, I had a dream I started a green wristband campaign where I purchased thousands of wristbands and began giving them away to anyone who expressed an interest. I called it “Green Between Hearts.” Everyone organically began talking, making heart connections, sharing and building community. It was a beautiful dream. I’m holding that vision. Will you hold it with me? Let me know if you want a wristband, or two, or a hundred of them. I’ll get to work on it right away (smile).
A World of Love,
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Several times over the past few weeks, things have come up in different situations that have reminded me how important it is to SPEAK TRUTH WITH LOVE. I was on the phone with a client this morning and the topic came up again. There are several bible verses that speak to this. I “Googled” and discovered ninety-nine! Ninety-nine different verses that address the importance of “speaking truth with love.” In Ephesians it talks about unity and maturity. By speaking truth with love, we mature and grow into our wholeness and oneness as a humanity.
Why does it have to be so challenging for us to speak truth with love? I want to throw out another idea. Lets practice RECEIVING OTHERS’ TRUTH WITH LOVE. When we receive others without judgement, reaction, criticism or fear, it opens them to share more of their truth and more of their love. When they open it builds trust. They, in turn, will begin to receive our truth with love. Rumi said, “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I’ll meet you there.” Let’s all meet each other in that field and practice communicating truth with love.