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The Dangers of Playing It Safe – and How to Overcome the Fear of Self-Expression!

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July 2nd, 2018

By Nanice Ellis

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I’ll be the first to admit that self-expression can be scary, especially when survival instincts warn us to play it safe. Since it often feels easier to repress self-expression than risk judgment, humiliation, and even rejection, many of us conveniently hide behind masks.

However, there is an unseen price for suppressing our Real Selves and this price is paid with our precious lives, and, in fact, we might never know what we could have created if we fearlessly lived out-loud!

Rather than just “telling” you how to overcome the fear of self-expression and live as your Real Self, I’m going to share my personal story. This is how I personally faced my worst fears and came out the other side — and how you can too!

Like so many, my fear of self-expression began in childhood, and, in fact, early life experiences often set the stage for adult inhibition.

The Dark Side of Third Grade!
Honestly, I absolutely hated elementary school, and with no “A’s,” praise, or golden stars, I was just barely skimming by, and, to make matters worse, I was ridiculed by teachers and bullied by classmates.

However, when I was assigned the “favorite teacher” in third grade, I thought my fate had changed; tall, blonde, and beautiful, Ms. Horvath, looked like an angel and I instantly loved her! Unfortunately, I soon discovered that the feeling was not mutual!

One day, Ms. Horvath’s assistant graded essays for a creative writing assignment and hung the best ones on the wall, and to my surprise, my paper was displayed smack dab in the middle. For the first time in my young life, I felt proud and worthy, but, as fast as it came, it was taken away.

Just two days later, Ms. Horvath singled out my paper, and with her bright red magic marker, circled and corrected every mistake she could find, and then drawing attention to my terrible essay, she loudly scolded her assistant who marked it improperly.

Within minutes, my beautiful work of art was tainted with bright red scars, and, worst of all, Ms. Horvath left it hanging in full view, for all to see. Shamefully, amongst the best and brightest, my failure stood out as an atrocity, and, for weeks, my classmates took pleasure in my humiliation.

Later that year, Ms. Horvath assigned a special project where we each had to invent a game at home and then present it to the class.

Diligently working on my invention for weeks, I created a fun and unique game that involved moving pieces, lots of interesting details, written instructions, and a scoring system. Although I was really proud of my creation and excited to share it, the night before my presentation, I panicked!

You see, most of my classmates had already presented their inventions, and because my invention was radically different, I feared judgment, and, needless to say, I was terrified of humiliation once again. So, to protect myself from shame, I decided to leave my unique project safely at home. Instead, I quickly cut small pieces of colorful paper into strips and glued them together to create a long chain. Although it didn’t really do anything, it fulfilled the assignment requirements, and there would be minimal risk of judgment and ridicule.

However, while presenting my invention to the class the next day, Ms. Horvath went into a controlled rage. She declared, “This project shows absolutely no creativity, and since it’s completely worthless, it should be thrown away!”

Dripping with shame and wanting to disappear, I stood there helplessly as everyone laughed at me. Judging myself mercilessly, I thought about the awesome invention I left home, and how it was far superior to anything created by my classmates. “Why did I lack the courage to be bold and take a chance?” I said silently to myself.

No doubt, this childhood trauma left a deep scar, and, from that point on, I became even more introverted – because I was petrified of being seen, I hid my Real Self in a cocoon of disempowerment.

The Beauty of Hindsight
At such a young age, I could not comprehend why my adored teacher would hurt me in such a cruel way. However, as years turned into decades and experience transformed into wisdom, the “beauty of hindsight” has revealed a higher truth.

You see, years later, as a young adult, I was faced with an important choice where I could either play it safe and hide self-expression or take a chance and boldly express my Real Self. Although the fear of shame and humiliation begged me to play it safe, my mind flashed back to Ms. Horvath’s class….

Remembering how the “safe choice” ended in dreaded humiliation and a lifetime of lingering regret, I knew that I could no longer avoid my fears by playing it safe. Therefore, I thought, “Why not take a chance? After all, if the “safe choice” can result in the worst outcome, what’s to lose?”

So, after analyzing the past and carefully weighing all options, I was left with only one choice. Rather than inhibiting self-expression and abandoning myself once again, I chose to take a risk. Even though fear and anxiety still rose up to keep me down, I intentionally ignored the instinct to run and hide.

Instead, I made a commitment that no matter the outcome, I would not abandon myself, and this meant that even if I totally flopped and the result was failure, I would love myself no less.

In that moment of clarity and commitment, I broke free from the cocoon of disempowerment!

Since then, I have experienced a lifetime of authentic self-expression, and while some bold choices have ended poorly, many more have flowered into amazing opportunities. Nonetheless, whether I have reap the seeds of courage or end up licking my own wounds, at least I have no regrets for trying, and whether I emerge with battle scars or victory, I am no less empowered!

Re-interpreting the Past
Under careful examination, and through the eyes of non-biased observation, we can begin to see that without challenges to overcome, there’s no way to discover our intrinsic power, and, therefore, life is designed this way.

Although it’s often difficult to see at the time, every challenge and trauma presents extraordinary gifts, and these gifts are designed to support an extraordinary life. However, unlike natural gifts, these gifts are rarely in plain sight. Therefore, as curators of our own lives, it’s up to us to uncover and cultivate the gifts we were meant to reap through the challenges we faced.

So, as it turns out, by fulfilling the role my Higher Self asked her to play, Ms. Horvath was my angel after all!

However, although every traumatic experience is an opportunity for self-empowerment, if we don’t consciously choose the path of empowerment, the path of disempowerment is chosen by default – but, remember, it’s never too late to choose again!

Take a Chance On You!
There is a valuable pay-off for being your Real Self. Not only does it result in joy and fulfillment, and deeper connections, it’s immensely easier to be your Real Self than pretend to be someone you’re not.

Do you have any idea how much energy is wasted by repressing authenticity? In fact, the consequences of suppressing your Real Self often include hopelessness, purposelessness, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and even illness.

However, before you can overcome the fear of judgment and rejection, and express your Real Self, you might need to:

Challenge deeply ingrained beliefs.
Break traditions held by your family or culture.
Release the need for permission, approval, acceptance, validation, etc…
Own your unconditional worth (not contingent on outcomes).
Disregard disempowering opinions of others!
And, last but not least, whatever you do, don’t abandon yourself!

Do Not Abandon Yourself!
Despite how it might seem or feel, no one can ever hurt you as deeply as you hurt yourself. In fact, abandoning oneself is immeasurably worse than being rejected by the whole world.

Hindsight, the trauma that I experienced in Ms. Horvath’s class was not the result of her judgment or rejection or that of my classmates, but, rather, due to the fact that I judged and rejected myself. You see, by doing so, I abandoned myself.

In fact, whenever we subject ourselves to self-suppression and self-judgment, we inadvertently abandon our Real Selves — and this is the core-cause of all emotional wounds.

Therefore, before you can express your Real Self, you have to know that you are not going to abandon yourself at the first sign of failure. Regardless of circumstances or consequences, you must make the commitment to never impose judgment or shame upon yourself, and you must also release unrealistic ideals of perfection. Furthermore, do your very best to cultivate self-love and acceptance, and, most of all, support yourself as you’d want others to support you – and, especially, throughout periods of doubt and uncertainty.

Either you can play it safe and risk a lifetime of regret, or you can choose self-expression and be free!

For more on self abandonment, please read my article, The #1 Reason Emotional Trauma Doesn’t Heal – and How to Overcome It.

The Starring Role of Your Life!
Although we can never know the outcome of our choices, be assured that there’s always a hidden cost for playing it safe. By missing an opportunity, you’ve gained nothing in return, and who knows what you might have lost?

In fact, if you don’t choose yourself for the starring role of your life, no one else will!

Of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived or will ever live, there’s only one you, and, therefore, your only job is to be you. After all, if you’re not going to be you, then who will?

Yes, it can be scary to expose yourself to the world, and, yes, others will likely judge you, but, those same people will judge you any way. Since there is no way to avoid judgment, why not live the life you want to live? In fact, anything less is too big a price to pay, and, believe it or not, what other’s think about you is none of your business anyway!

So, whether you reap the seeds of courage or end up licking your own wounds, never regret trying, and whether you emerge with battle scars or victory, remember that your life is no less extraordinary!

With grace & gratitude,
Nanice

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Is There a White Elephant In Your Way? The Guidebook for Awakening and Self-Empowerment!
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Whether you are looking to reclaim your life, improve relationships, attract more abundance or you are ready to wake-up, “Is There a White Elephant in Your Way?” provides the revolutionary answers you have been seeking.

Your life is a Divine Gift, waiting to be lived fully! As this unique guidebook shows you exactly how to overcome the ego and live as your True Empowered Self, you will learn how to recognize and understand the unconscious dynamics that have run your life, and step by step, you will be able to overcome your own inner blocks and outer issues, so that, one day soon, life overflows with joy and fulfillment!

So… Is there a White Elephant in your way?

The answer is yes, if you ever…

Experience irrational fear or incessant worry
Sabotage your big dreams or undermine your dearest desires
Battle reoccurring issues in relationships, career, health or financial matters
Feel like you are not yourself but don’t know why
Get inspired but lack the motivation to follow through
Believe that your greatest potential is out of reach
Lack the energy to live your life the way you want to live it
Worry about what other people think (especially about you)
Beat yourself up with criticism but can’t seem to stop
Play small or hide your gifts despite the compelling drive to live your life to the fullest
Discover the hidden key to unlocking your greatest potential and the real secret to being limitless!

“Is There a White Elephant in Your Way?” is available here in Kindle and Paperback editions.

About the author:

Nanice Ellis

Nanice Ellis has been a professional Life Coach for over 20 years, successfully coaching women and men from all over the world. She is also an author, Theta Healer and Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner.

Helping people to make quantum jumps in their lives, Nanice’s very unique coaching style is often referred to as the “Nanice Effect”. By using powerful and proven manifestation techniques, Nanice coaches people to tap into the power of the Universe and live their dreams, bridging the gap from the imagination to the realization of that dream. She works with leaders, coaches, healers and anyone who wants to live life to the fullest. You can learn more about the coaching programs offered at: Coaching Programs with Nanice.

Nanice is the author of several books, including the inspirational “The Infinite Power of You!” and “Even Gandhi Got Hungry and Buddha Got Mad!”, and her latest book, “Is There a White Elephant in Your Way? The Guidebook for Awakening and Self Empowerment” She is also the host of radio show Chai with Nanice. Her books are available at Nanice.com/6/Books and right here on Amazon.

Connect with Nanice at Nanice.com.

Recommended articles by Nanice Ellis:

How To Help Others Spiritually Awaken
Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression
How to Heal Emotional Trauma
Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System
Escaping the Matrix of Depression – The Truth About Depression Shall Set You Free
Tired of Being a Negativity Sponge? 12 Ways to Prevent Energy Infiltration and Reclaim Your Energy
Is Ayahuasca Mother Nature’s ‘Red Pill’?
The 5 Stages of Awakening – Signposts and Pitfalls on the Path of Consciousness
Are You More Awake Than Your Family? 12 Ways to Heal Relationships When Your Family Is Still Asleep
Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!

We Are All Multidimensional Explorers

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By Raphael Awen

Every last one of us are multidimensional, meaning we exist on more than one plane. Most of us however are not aware of it, and those of us that are aware of it, are left in a place of wanting, even craving to open our awareness of these other states of being into our more normal waking consciousness.

We become more and more like true explorers, filled with curiosity and wonder. How did we arrive to even being aware on and of ANY level, let alone these unexplored levels? How can we open ourselves further and faster to what wonderworlds lie before us?

One piece I feel that answers these QUESTions is feeling how prone we are, and understandably so, to normalize phenomenal experiences. When you first learned to walk, it was celebrated and photographed. But when was the last time anyone or yourself took notice of this incredible ability of yours to walk? If you pause for a moment to contemplate how amazing it is that you can walk, that you are a physical being, who came from a single cell, all the way to possessing the ability to walk, an awe and wonder reopens that was closed off by this need we have to normalize wonder.

I guarantee you that when we all find the ability to teleport, we will after not too long, be kind of ho-hum about it. It’s just what we do. Your ability to walk is no less amazing than an ability to teleport, it’s just that one has become common to us and the other hasn’t.

It seems we need to do this normalizing of phenomena to be able to navigate the phenomena. We’d be like total stoners if we couldn’t. But being like a total stoner is an option we can retake to ourselves when we are ready to re-enter the awe and reverence of the thing that we normalized. Wanna get totally stoned?…just consider that other dimensional beings would consider it really cool if they could bump into walls, while we on the other hand we would consider it really cool if we could walk through walls. It’s all about what we’ve normalized and made familiar.

If this is true, then your ability to bump into a wall is really amazing stuff and no less amazing than the ability to walk through walls. It’s about our need on one hand to leave the realm of awe and wonder long enough to alchemize desire and curiosity to expand our dimensionality, and then to re-enter that world of total awe and wonder. This dimension is really cool, but what about all the others that I don’t begin to know? Moving from normalcy to the abnormal, from the familiar to the unfamiliar, seems to be the anti-gravitic device that allows us to travel to realms beyond the one we’ve been tethered to.

Boredom and ho-hum is what we use to anchor us to a given dimension. Awe and reverence is what we use to awaken us to attempting our first steps in new dimensions.

The universe is so inviting you and I out to PLAY. The universe is a total child at heart, and doesn’t begin to know where all this is heading, but so wants to find out. It wants to find out through you and me.

Raphael Awen is co-creator, teacher, and facilitator of the SoulFullHeart Way Of Life. Check out our programs: FREE, PREP and DEEP, for a new and profound going-on place in your spiritual and emotional journey at www.soulfullheartwayoflife.com/sessions.

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The Art of Self Loving for Spring

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by WINTER CLARK 7 MAY MOON AND PRACTICE, WRITING

Self love is an interesting concept. It’s something that we’re all aware of but how we approach it will look differently for each of us. When we hear the question, “do you love yourself?” we may be faced with a mix of emotions as we think about it and try to answer in a way that feels right.

This topic is coming up strongly for May because spring is in the air and bringing new beginnings with it. May is also bringing us fertility, creation, love and really juicy energy (I’m looking at you Beltane!) that opens us up to new possibilities of how we relate to ourselves.
We experienced a highly transformative winter that led us unapologetically into March and April, where we shrugged off layers to release that which no longer served us under the Scorpio full moon. The beautiful thing is, universal energies are always working to assist us in our growth process as we pursue the things we deeply desire – even if it doesn’t always feel like it.

Self love is about attending to your needs in the way of balancing actions. We can think of energy balancing between two polarities; for example masculine and feminine energy.
If masculine energy is out of balance, this will show up as aggression or forcefulness, overworking oneself, speaking to ourselves in a harsh manner and so on.
Masculine energy in balance is direct, assertive, driven and goal oriented.

Imbalanced feminine energy can show up as passivity, avoiding, withdrawing and not voicing one’s needs. It can also look like hiding things out of fear, having difficulty receiving or putting aside priorities to help others more than what is necessary. Balanced feminine energy is receptive, regenerative (balanced give and take), nurturing and intuitive.

There are many ways to bring balance back in. If you’re finding that it’s hard to call in what you want such as a passion project, a new idea or a fresh direction for your life, considering the energies at play can be really beneficial in bringing the process back into flow.

Here are some examples of bringing masculine energy into balance:

– Setting your alarm to take scheduled breaks from work, such as a walk around the office or even better, outside around the block. Get some water or tea to refresh your brain!
– Placing crystals in the areas you spend the most time in at work (like your desk) or at home in your work space such as selenite (to raise the vibration), rose quartz (to bring gentleness into the space), or amethyst (to stay connected to your higher self).
– Making a point to get outside at least once a day. If you can do that, try getting in a walk at least once a week. Mindful walking means going at a relaxed pace, noting the plants and animals around you to see the dance of nature that’s happening behind the scenes.

When we balance feminine energy, it can look like:

– Saying no when you really don’t want to, don’t need to or don’t have to say yes.
– Incorporating more movement into your daily routine (Spotify dance break!).
– Allowing others to assist you from time to time instead of trying to do it all yourself. This is really helpful for those who find it challenging to receive and are more comfortable in the role as a “giver.”

These are methods that anyone can use because we all have masculine and feminine energies within us. We all fall out of balance from time to time! So be kind, be gentle but above all, be patient with yourself in this season of love and renewal.

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Winter Clark

SOURCE & STONE
Winter was trained at an early age to work with energy on all levels; for healing the spirit through Source, manifesting dreams into reality, and consulting with Divine energy for guidance and assistance. Her work is shamanistic: divinely guided and uniquely attuned, she is focused on helping others building trust within.

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CHOOSE A WAY OF LIFE, NOT AN OCCUPATION

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A NEW PARADIGM, AWARENESS

APRIL 28, 2018 OPENHEARTED REBEL

By Jessie Klassen, Wake Up World

“Are you sure you just want to farm? Don’t you want to do something more with your life?” These were the questions posed to me in high school by my well-meaning teachers when I had declared that I was going to farm with my family after graduation. In their eyes, I was wasting my talents by staying on the farm I grew up on.

For generations, this has been a fostered attitude here in the country; you grow up, move to the city as soon as you can, get an education so that you can get a good paying job and you’ll be much happier than living out here in “the sticks.” There isn’t a whole lot of encouragement or support given to anyone with aspirations of staying. Sadly, this attitude for decades has meant the decimation of our small communities and reliance upon large, urban centres.

Not that there was anything wrong with those who did choose to move away and pursue their dreams elsewhere. Their talents and abilities are certainly cherished and needed in this world. I am just hoping that this is what they actually wanted, and that they weren’t left feeling empty, or somehow abandoned by the life and the land that they knew; because it seems that when our children are being guided into their careers, especially by the school system, it often comes down to “coulds” and “shoulds” rather than “wants” and “callings”.

With this trend of small-town families encouraging their children to go live a “better life elsewhere”, I can’t help but wonder if those people couldn’t see the treasures they had in front of them? And I wonder how many of these children did indeed feel happier in the city, or away from their homeland? Away from the land?

My own parents experienced the same questions from their teachers as I had from mine; “But you’re too smart to farm, you could be anything you want”, was what my mother was told. In other words, “Only idiots stay here and farm, go make something of yourself.” This comment implied the sentiment that so many have carried for so long; that you don’t have to be very smart to farm, so it is what you do if you aren’t capable of anything “greater”. This attitude diminishes the great skill and determination involved in farming, and the incredible value of farming to our community.

So, my parents did give a life in the city a try. It lasted about a year, and in that time they found themselves so miserable and longing for the farm that they moved home to the farm and never looked back. Needless to say, my mother’s impeccable book-keeping abilities, coupled with her and my father’s building and fixing skills, work ethic, love and knowledge of the natural world, and pioneering spirit, have all served them well as self-employed farmers. Fortunately, they both came from farming families who encouraged rather than discouraged them.

Farming requires all kinds of skills, talents, and abilities, most of which cannot be learned from a book. Something that I have noticed that sets many farmers apart from many others is the accuracy of their intuition. Farming is a spiritual practice that one must feel — and there is really no teacher like experience.

Choosing a Way of Life
My parents chose to farm for the exact reasons that I chose to farm; it allows a way of life that I wanted to have for both myself and my children.

I cringe when I hear people speak of their gruelling commutes to get to work every day. The stress of traffic and the time that they are losing out on their days must wear on their entire beings. I enjoy a short, winding, half-minute drive through the trees to reach my destination, and it is a pure joy at all times of the year to either drive, walk, or bike. And the only traffic I meet is another family member or else a chattering red squirrel.

Every day is “take your kids to work day”, and school is often skipped so that valuable lessons at home can be focused upon. The teachers in our small-town school have come to understand that the Klassen kids will never set any records for attendance (but quite possibly for non-attendance). I have come to realize that we are engaging in a sort of combination of public/home-schooling, and with their good marks in school, I feel we are enjoying the best of both worlds.

Country living provides fresh air for my family to breathe, clean water to drink, a chance to grow nutritious food or pick it from the wild, and a safe environment for my kids to run free, explore and connect with Nature while learning about themselves.

No two days on the farm are ever alike, as our chores are always shifting with the seasons. I get to keep company with the kindest of creatures, and my co-workers are also my furry, faithful companions who guard my yard (mostly chickens) from predators.

When I was 19 I went to work for a local seed dealer for a seasonal spring job. It lasted two months, and in this short time I learned the valuable lesson of how good I had it at home, working with those who love and care for me and would never take advantage of my work ethic. I also learned how much I missed the kind-hearted cattle and the land I grew up on, and I learned that they had missed me as well. I learned that I would always do whatever it takes to stay on this land and be my own boss, and treat my own children with the same kindness and respect that my parents had treated me.

I remember one such comment from my boss one day which really made me realize how soul-depleting it can be to work for someone who only looks at you with dollar value. I was shovelling grain, and it was a hot, dusty job. He laughed at me and said, “I bet you’re wishing now that you went off to college, hey?”

I didn’t reply. What was the point? How could I explain that I really didn’t mind shovelling my own grain, or the grain of my family, grown on our land, with others who appreciate me.

This seed dealer looked at everything and everyone as a business. There was no soul connection to the land or to others, and he was only happy if he knew he had gotten every ounce of work out of you that he could.

I was also fortunate to find a partner who enjoys this way of life as much as I do. But having said that, when we set our standards and know exactly what we want, we naturally attract those who feel the same, so it’s probably not just a matter of fortune. He loves living “out in the sticks” and understands that quality time spent together is often time spent working together. You learn to take what you can get! But when you love what you do, it seldom feels like work.

As a farmer, it is impossible to schedule holidays, and so one has to learn the art of flexibility and embracing opportunities as they arise.

While life in the country, especially on a farm, certainly has its challenges, I have found that the rewards far outweigh them. While we have to work in all kinds of weather, and have had days where we are literally covered in manure, there is great beauty in being in constant connection and rhythm with Nature. I feel the sun rise every day, in the summer months when it is strong, and in the winter when it is subtle. Every evening as I make supper, I can watch it sink into the landscape.

When I do go into our small town, which thankfully has survived recent trends and still has a school and other businesses, I am greeted with smiles and pleasant conversation. It only takes one trip to the city and an encounter with a surly salesperson who looks miserable in their occupation to appreciate the service of a small town.

At one time I used to wonder how my life would have turned out had I not stayed here in the country with my family. What if I would have “pursued” writing, in the more conventional sense? I’ve since come to know that I wouldn’t have had anything to write about. My words would have been empty. But my soul is fulfilled here, living upon the land that loves and takes care of me and my family, so I write about what I know about, and what I love — as a farmer, parent, and empath — and share the words that Nature wants to have heard.

Looking back, I can’t help but admire the young girl I used to be, who knew where she needed to be and what she wanted. I will always hold a great appreciation for my parents who supported and encouraged me to listen to my heart. Life certainly hasn’t always gone as planned, there have been bumps and detours along the way, but as with all things in life, there are no accidents and every choice got me here.

I am not sure if my own children will want to farm or stay in the country, as I know it isn’t for everyone, but I will certainly try to provide every opportunity that I can to help them if they choose to stay, or to come back one day, such as my parents provided for me. Perhaps they will need to leave and spread their wings. Perhaps they will find another place that calls to them and feels like home. Or maybe they will be called back to the land that loves them, seasoned with life lessons and experiences.

Whether my children choose to stay or not, may they choose a way of life that fulfills them, not simply a logical occupation that pays the bills; one that nourishes their soul, not depletes it; a way of life where they look forward to rising every day, living their passion and expressing the joy that lives within them; a life where they are truly sharing their gifts.

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In a society that has fallen into the traps of over-stimulation, distraction, and competition, and has come to equate happiness with money and success with a title, I feel it is time to refocus on the simple pleasures of life; healthy food, a safe, clean environment for our children to grow into who they are, and time to enjoy one another and see the magic in the world around us.

I feel it is time for a refocus on our small communities, because this is where this wholesome life can be lived. These small communities can be created within cities as well. They are simply groups of like-minded people who are all willing to co-create the world in which they want to live in. It is these communities that will encourage and allow our children to choose a way of life, not an occupation. Community gardens are a wonderful start for people to gather and share in the sacred act of growing nutritious food and showing love for the earth and the land that supports them. It is time that those of us in small communities stop sending our children, our most valuable resource, “out there for a better life” and start re-creating the life that we want right where we are. We don’t want to hold them back, but we can encourage them to stay or to return when they are ready. We can place our loving intent and energy into our communities, like a seed, and we will soon reap the bountiful harvest of fulfilled, contented people.

I hope that you have found this helpful! I would love to hear from you via my website www.jessieklassen.com. While there, feel free to sign up for my free weekly-ish newsletter where I share my lessons and experiences from living a life close to Nature.

Much love,
Jessie

The Sapling: An Inspiring Story From the Trees
By Jessie Klassen…

jessie-klassen-the-sapling-book-cover-350x456Learn how to communicate with Nature while enjoying fun activities and energy exercises that will encourage spiritual growth, self-confidence, and awareness in you and your child while developing a close relationship with Nature.

In “The Sapling”, author Jessie Klassen offers an inspiring story from the Trees for the children of Earth, with vivid, full colour Nature illustrations that will appeal to younger children and provide valuable Life lessons that will grow with your child — just like a Tree! Full colour demonstrations easily display dozens of activities and exercises for you and your child to enjoy.

“The Sapling” is the first book in Jessie’s Nature Child Children’s Book Series, committed to helping children grow into who they truly are meant to be through a close relationship with Nature. You can get your copy via www.jessieklassen.com, as well as Amazon and Indigo outlets worldwide.

A portion of proceeds are donated to the TreeSisters and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Recommended articles by Jessie Klassen:

5 Lessons on Parenting from the Animal Kingdom
An Empowering Energetic Healing Exercise for Children
12 Simple Steps for Guiding Our Children Into Their Highest Expressions
The Trees Are Speaking – The Heartbreak and Hope of Our Ancient Friends and Guardians
Honouring the Trailblazers
“Be a Tree” – A Grounding Exercise for Children
Discovering the Joy of Life in Our Daily Tasks
About the author:

Jessie KlassenJessie Klassen is a writer, farmer, and the mother of 3 sensitive children. She is also a Reiki Master and empath herself, who is committed to raising her children in an accepting and spiritually-connected environment, grounded in Nature. Jessie is inspired to “share the words that Nature wants to have heard”, and through her work, helps others connect with the magic of Nature and rediscover the magic of their own lives.

Jessie recently released her first children’s book, “The Sapling”. It is the story of a little sapling who with the help of a wise old tree, overcomes her fears of growing big and becomes the tree she is meant to be!

You can connect with Jessie at jessieklassen.com, follow her on Facebook, or contact Jessie via email here: Jessie Klassen

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up

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1. HEAVEN Has A Plan For You

You were brought into this world for a divine reason. You have been placed here on earth by Heaven to help others and to learn about your life’s purpose. Before you were even born, Heaven mapped out a plan for you that you are meant to fulfill. All the people you have met, the challenges you have faced, and the opportunity that has come has been selected for you to learn grow and experience life to the fullest.

2. You Are Never Alone

As you walk through life, know that you are never alone. Walking silently next to you are your Angels, Spirit Guide, and Loved ones that have passed on. They are your support team in Heaven, encouraging you to take the next step and to keep pushing forward no matter what. They believe in you, and will send you signs along the way to remind you that they are nearby. You can talk to them at any time and they will be there ready to listen. Do you feel their presence?

3. You are being shown a learning experience by Heaven.

Each challenge you are faced with is meant to be a learning experience designed for you to overcome, and to help you grow stronger. Know that Heaven would never let you take on something that you cannot handle. If Heaven leads you to it, Heaven will lead you through it. At the end of the day, it’s the struggles, challenges and life lessons that shape who we are, and teach us the most about life. Look at some of the challenges that you are being faced with. What can you do to grow and move past them? How can you change your life for the better? Heaven will often ‘test’ us by leading us through the same situation or challenge over and over and over again until we decide to change. Once you do, your whole life becomes so much easier, and positive energy and opportunity starts to flow in.

4. After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Heaven wants you to know that there is light even in the darkest of places. Nothing is ever permanent. Life is constant and ever changing. Even death is not permanent instead it is a transition that takes us to the paradise where our family awaits us. Know that no matter how challenging a situation might seem now, in the end, it will all make sense to you and is all part of your soul’s evolution. Take a moment to think about the past, and how the challenges of yesterday created a better tomorrow. That is Heavens reasoning, your eyes are being opened to the future so that you can grow, prosper, and be happy.

5. New opportunity awaits you.

There is enough room in the universe for everyone. Stay motivated and keep your eye on the future. Opportunity is all around you, and it is never too late to take control of your life or to pursue new opportunity. Think of each day as a gift that you have been given with new surprises to unlock. Heaven wants to remind you that whatever you put your mind to, you can accomplish. Thoughts are actually waves of energy that can manifest and attract what you are thinking of. That being said; keep your thoughts positive and your intuition set for the future. Let Heaven and the universe direct you to the steps to start your next chapter. It is unwritten and waiting for you!

6. You are growing spiritually

The more you learn, the more you grow. The more time you spend here on earth, the more you learn about yourself. You learn about your strengths that will help you and your weaknesses that you can improve upon for the better. Spirituality is about being the best person that you can be while getting back in touch with your soul. If you are feeling out of control or off balance, dig deep into your spirituality. You can use your faith as a crutch to lean on and spend time reconnecting with nature and the outdoors. Take a moment to open your door and look around. All the things you see the birds, the bees, the trees, the floors were placed here for you to enjoy and take advantage of. Heaven placed these things here to remind you of all the beauty life has to offer.

7. You are discovering a new support system.

As you move through life, you will meet new people who will help you along your life’s journey. Some will walk with you and help you, and others will be pulled to fulfill their own destiny. Keep walking forward and know that Heaven will provide to you the people who will help you. Sometimes people leave our life so that others can come in and lead us the rest of the way. Know in your heart that Heaven will provide you the best path to take. Listen to the advice of others and the guidance that they are giving you. The hardest thing is trying to do everything yourself, know that it’s okay to have a support system and let others in. Sometimes it’s when we let our guard down that everything just seems to get better.

8. You are stronger than you think you are.

If you have made it this far, you can make it the rest of the way! Sometimes life gets tough but its how you pick yourself up and carry on that is the real blessing. You have been given the strength that you need to move forward from any situation. No matter how hard or challenging a situation may seem, take a moment to remind yourself that you are strong. When life gets overwhelming go back to the drawing board and create a life’s plan. Make a promise to yourself that you will put yourself first and do whatever it takes to find happiness. In Heaven’s eyes you are the most important person in this world. When you feel you have come to a crossroad, ask Heaven and your Angels to lead you the rest of the way.

9. You have the power to manifest.

Heaven is listening to your thoughts, needs and desires. They want you to be happy, to achieve greatness, and find peace. The journey to happiness and success begins with a strong mindset and determination. When you make up your mind and put all your intention on something, Heaven and the Universe pays attention and will help you. Heaven will lead you to the steps to take but it’s up to you to go where you are being lead without fear. Each night before you go to bed, tell your Angels and the Universe what you want to achieve, or what you want in life. This is part of the ‘Law of Attraction’ and it will help your soul on the journey of fulfilling your dreams!

10. The future is much brighter than you think.

There is always something good that comes out of each day, even the days you may think are bad. Always choose to look for the silver lining. When you reach the other side, everything you have been through will all be explained, and you will see Heavens divine reason. Their message to you is never give up. Put your hand over your heart and feel your heart beating. The beating you feel is your life’s purpose and Heaven reassuring you that there is a reason you are alive. Live fearlessly through each day, and know that the future is BRIGHT! Forgive often, laugh loud and smile, that is the key to Happiness!

HOW RADICAL SELF EXPRESSION CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

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OCTOBER 24, 2017 OPENHEARTED REBEL

By Nanice Ellis, Wake Up World

Believe it or not, you are here on Earth for the sole purpose of Radical Self-Expression. So, instead of following the crowd and suppressing your True Self, you should be following your dreams, and doing what you really want to do!

Of course, some people fear that if we all do what we want, the world will be in chaos, but, since the world’s already in chaos, and actually nearing the point of extinction, what do we have to lose? But, enough with the doom and gloom, here’s why radical self-expression will change the course of history, and why it’s crucial for you to participate…

Universal Mind

Both advanced quantum physics and ancient spiritual knowledge agree that we are all made from the same One Energy Source, and this source of energy not only has consciousness, it is consciousness. Indeed, there is One Universal Mind that orchestrates every aspect of life. From the most complex galaxies down to the simplest one cell organisms, no detail is left undone.

Therefore, by virtue of being alive, we are all inter-connected by Universal Mind, and through a direct connection, Universal Mind has the ability to guide our lives harmoniously.

Nonetheless, free will allows us to ignore higher guidance and make our own choices. However, if we’re not listening to Universal Mind, in all likelihood, we’re entranced by “Social Mind.”

Unlike the omnipotent power of Universal Mind, “Social Mind” is built on a complex, yet fragile, grid of illusions. Made up of dogma, tradition, religion, culture, media, social standards, and a dynamic web of convoluted systems, the false power of “Social Mind” is fueled and sustained by everyone who participates. Indeed, every problem known to humankind, from poverty to violence, can be traced back to “Social Mind.”

Social Mind Radio

While living in a hypnotic trance, induced by “Social Mind,” most of us have been brainwashed into submission without even knowing it. Once entranced, it’s difficult not to follow societal norms, and, consequently, it becomes natural to repress self-expression in lieu of external rewards, and, as a result, most of our choices revolve around fitting in, being accepted, acquiring financial gains, improving worth, and avoiding fear and judgment.

Because the disempowering dynamics of “Social Mind” are based on competition, scarcity, and survival of the fittest, individual behaviors are all too often self-serving and not in support of the collective. Therefore, rather than expressing free-will, we mindlessly compete for material success, status, and power, and, as obsessive compulsive behaviors dictate self-sabotaging choices, a pandemic of greed spreads “social disease” worldwide. Consequently, there are no winners in a finite game of survival.

So, instead of tuning into the smooth vibes of Universal Mind, humanity’s “radio receivers” have been tuned to Chaos 101.9 – “Social Mind Radio.”

Needless to say, as long as we stay tuned, “Social Mind Radio” will keep playing the same old doom and gloom, and as long as we believe what we’re perceiving, we perpetuate pain and suffering – both on a personal and global scale. Therefore, instead of trying to eradicate the era of doom and gloom, let’s just change the station!

Fortunately, without humanity’s participation, “Social Mind” is unsustainable. Therefore, as humanity awakens from a deep spell of disempowerment, the structures created and sustained by “Social Mind” begin to crumble – making humanity ripe and ready for a New Dream that is based on planetary harmony and abundance for all.

Orchestrated by Universal Mind, the New Dream is broadcast through “Universal Mind Radio,” and since there are billions of potential receivers, if enough of us tune in and follow guidance accordingly, we will inevitably come into harmonic resonance.

The World is a Puzzle

Imagine the New Dream represented by a giant puzzle consisting of more than 7 billion pieces. Each representing one piece of the global puzzle, every human being has a specific role to play. However, knowing that many people would not fulfill their piece of the puzzle, many were given similar roles. Luckily, not everyone needs to do their part, and when a certain threshold is met, the New Dream will manifest for all to experience.

Since the threshold is yet to be met, your participation is greatly needed!

In order to participate, you must courageously free yourself from the dynamics of “Social Mind” and this means waking up from “social trance” and thinking for yourself. At first, others might judge you for breaking social tradition and standards, and you might even be considered “rogue.” However, by becoming an independent thinker, you will reconnect with Universal Mind.

Therefore, your mission, if you shall accept it, is to be you!

Mission Possible!

Your mission is fulfilled by fearlessly being who you really are, and, therefore, Radical Self-Expression is the key to success! So, what is Radical Self Expression?

Radical Self-Expression naturally unfolds as you “follow your dreams!” Your unique dreams inspire you to be who you want to be, do what you want to do, love who you want to love, and live the life you want to live. You see, quite brilliantly, the blueprint to complete your specific piece of the global puzzle is stored within your dreams, and by following your dreams and being your Real Self, your mission is seamlessly fulfilled.

Indoctrinated into a world where people mindlessly support themselves through work they don’t love, maybe your dreams were discouraged and even defined as a luxury you can’t afford. However, rather than being a luxury, following your dreams is now a necessity for world transformation, and, therefore, the one thing you can no longer avoid. Hence, this also means that self-expression is not selfish as once believed, but, rather, your mission on Earth.

Following your dreams is not a luxury, but, rather, a necessity for world transformation!

Love is the Guiding Force!

To ensure that you would follow your dreams, your dreams were programmed with love, or, rather, you were programmed with love for your dreams. Think about it; have you ever considered why you love to experience specific things and not others? Well, none of it is random. In fact, the love you have for certain things is both intentional and purposeful so that you will naturally gravitate toward your pre-chosen path.

Keep in mind that a dream can be anything you love to do, be or experience, and, therefore, you don’t have to invent a life changing thingamajig or solve the world’s environmental crisis. Big or small, the dreams you have for life are the dreams you volunteered to fulfill before you were even born, and the same dreams Universal Mind has for you.

Just as the love of a dream or desire gets your attention, love also inspires continued participation while providing energy for expression. Along the way, you may receive monetary gains, material incentives, recognition, and even special awards, yet, beyond all that, rest assured, love is the ultimate reward – and it was designed this way. By following your dreams, and doing what you love to do, not only do you fulfill your piece of the puzzle, you also align with your Best Possible Destiny.

No Time Like the Present!

In many cases, dreams don’t come with foresight, and the only thing we have “to go on” is the love and desire to do something, be someone, or go somewhere. In fact, the details of a dream may be vague until we consciously commit and take action, and, even then, we might only receive guidance as needed. Since it can be scary to take action without knowing the full plan, it’s common to wait for clarity, but, if clarity doesn’t come until you move forward, you could wait forever.

Therefore, if you want to fulfill your part in Humanity’s New Dream, you must act on inspiration, but, rather than a huge leap of faith, small yet consistent steps can make a substantial difference.

Radical Self Expression Can Save the World! (It’s the #1 Reason to Follow Your Dreams!)

So, instead of billions of fearful people following the diseased “Social Mind” into oblivion, imagine a billion people waking up, and through the guidance of Universal Mind, transforming the world! No doubt, when enough of us follow our dreams, and aren’t afraid of Radical Self-Expression, we will complete the global puzzle, and as the New Dream manifests on Earth, life as we know it, will never be the same again!

Since there’s no better time for Radical Self-Expression, wake-up and do what you love to do!

With love, grace & gratitude,
Nanice

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Is There a White Elephant In Your Way? The Guidebook for Awakening and Self-Empowerment!

The new book by Nanice Ellis!

nanice-ellis-is-there-a-white-elephant-in-your-way-guidebook-awakening-self-empowermentWhether you are looking to reclaim your life, improve relationships, attract more abundance or you are ready to wake-up, “Is There a White Elephant in Your Way?” provides the revolutionary answers you have been seeking.

Your life is a Divine Gift, waiting to be lived fully! As this unique guidebook shows you exactly how to overcome the ego and live as your True Empowered Self, you will learn how to recognize and understand the unconscious dynamics that have run your life, and step by step, you will be able to overcome your own inner blocks and outer issues, so that, one day soon, life overflows with joy and fulfillment!

So… Is there a White Elephant in your way?

The answer is yes, if you ever…

Experience irrational fear or incessant worry
Sabotage your big dreams or undermine your dearest desires
Battle reoccurring issues in relationships, career, health or financial matters
Feel like you are not yourself but don’t know why
Get inspired but lack the motivation to follow through
Believe that your greatest potential is out of reach
Lack the energy to live your life the way you want to live it
Worry about what other people think (especially about you)
Beat yourself up with criticism but can’t seem to stop
Play small or hide your gifts despite the compelling drive to live your life to the fullest
Discover the hidden key to unlocking your greatest potential and the real secret to being limitless!

“Is There a White Elephant in Your Way?” is available here in Kindle and Paperback editions.

Recommended articles by Nanice Ellis:

RECOVERING FROM RELIGIOUS REPRESSION – THE JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
RAISING AWAKE CHILDREN IN A BROKEN SCHOOL SYSTEM
ESCAPING THE MATRIX OF DEPRESSION – THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION SHALL SET YOU FREE
TIRED OF BEING A NEGATIVITY SPONGE? 12 WAYS TO PREVENT ENERGY INFILTRATION AND RECLAIM YOUR ENERGY
IS AYAHUASCA MOTHER NATURE’S ‘RED PILL’?
Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression
How To Help Others Spiritually Awaken
Are Higher Vibrations Making You Sick? Integrating the Energetic Shift
How to Heal Emotional Trauma
The 5 Stages of Awakening – Signposts and Pitfalls on the Path of Consciousness
Are You More Awake Than Your Family? 12 Ways to Heal Relationships When Your Family Is Still Asleep
Why You Should Forgive Your Parents… and How To Do It!
The Radical Parents’ Guide to Raising Teens: Sex, Drugs and Teens – Why Just Saying “No” Doesn’t Work
About the author:

Nanice EllisNanice Ellis has been a professional Life Coach for 20 years, successfully coaching women and men from all over the world. She is also an author, Theta Healer and Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner.

Helping people to make quantum jumps in their lives, Nanice’s very unique coaching style is often referred to as the “Nanice Effect”. By using powerful and proven manifestation techniques, Nanice coaches people to tap into the power of the Universe and live their dreams, bridging the gap from the imagination to the realization of that dream. She works with leaders, coaches, healers and anyone who wants to live life to the fullest. You can learn more about the coaching programs offered at: Coaching Programs with Nanice.

Nanice is the author of several books, including the inspirational “The Infinite Power of You!” and “Even Gandhi Got Hungry and Buddha Got Mad!”, and her latest book, “Is There a White Elephant in Your Way? The Guidebook for Awakening and Self Empowerment” She is also the host of radio show Chai with Nanice. Her books are available at Nanice.com/6/Books and right here on Amazon.

To connect with Nanice, visit Nanice.com.