Are You In Relationships Or Entanglements?

Are You In Relationships Or Entanglements?

September 27th, 2016

By Diana Rose Kottle

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Do you know the difference between being in a “relationship” with someone and being in an “entanglement” with them?

The idea of relating vs. entangling with others is something I struggled with personally for a long time. I also saw this phenomenon show up in my clients and realized how Universal it actually is. After over a decade of counseling and coaching clients, I’ve come to discover that most people think they are in “relationship” when in fact they are “entangled” and enmeshed with another. This is not romantically specific and happens across the board in all types of connections with other people.

Entanglements can get messy quickly and have a quality of need and a flavor of co-dependence to them. There is often a desire to change the other person. Other times they show up as completely merging in bliss with another, and result in a loss or collapse of self. You find yourself losing your own space and collapsing into what you are calling “The Relationship”. Entanglements often leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled and like something is ‘off’ internally.

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A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm

A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm

September 20th, 2016

By Stacy Vajta

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Ok let’s face it; there are some folks out there who are amazing manifestors and there are some who, well… not so much. Yet when you have a goal or a vision for your life that you can feel deep into your bones, figuring out how to make it happen is paramount.

There’s a ton of information out there that makes manifesting sound simple, like “Align your vibration to what you wish to create and you are good to go.” Yet, for anyone who has struggled to create change – big, up-leveling change – you know that alignment has many layers to it, and is not always easy to come by.

Over the last 30 years in my transformational coaching practice, I’ve watched a lot of people learn how to manifest change. And, I’ve studied the subject intensely; working through my own struggles with creating my work and a thriving life. Here’s what I’ve come to understand: when it comes to the “new energy paradigm”, it’s really important to recognize that working in this new paradigm is not about leaving the planet, leaving your body, or working in the energy ‘out there’ — just the opposite.

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Stop Fighting Life

Stop Fighting Life

September 20th, 2016

By Lissa Rankin, MD

Guest writer for Wake Up World

I have two friends who are trying to do beautiful things in the world. One is an ardent environmentalist who really passionately yearns to save the biosphere and protect the planet; the other is a social worker serving abused, abandoned, neglected, traumatized children in a community where many people are hooked on meth. Both carry so much pain in their deeply empathic hearts that their own bodies are suffering. I worry that these two are killing themselves with those broken open, bleeding, service-oriented hearts. Yet, I see in them a painful pattern that leads to unnecessary suffering, one I recognize because I’m still in the process of breaking this pattern myself. But it’s not easy. Breaking this kind of pattern is like trying to put an octopus to bed. The minute you get two arms tucked quietly under the covers, six more arms of the pattern sneak out! Continue Reading – Stop Fighting Life

Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak

Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak

September 19th, 2016

By Diana Rose Kottle

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Being an authentic voice of change can be what breaks through the collective illusions — especially when it’s hard to even speak above the deafening roar of unconsciousness, judgments, and social programming. Such authenticity has the power to dissolve the veils of separation, awaken those who are asleep, and remind those who may have forgotten what incredibly powerful, spiritual energetic beings of light, we all truly are.

Giving voice to the powerful divine messages that want to flow through each of us, in their own unique ways, can move mountains that seemed immovable; it can be the magical kiss that awakens Sleeping Beauty from her 100 year slumber; it can be a reminder of truth, rising above the scarlet poppy fields of unconsciousness, telling Dorothy that the power to leave OZ, to return home again and awaken, has always been inside of her.

There is so much magical potential when we trust our souls guidance and find the courage to bravely share our authentic-soul-truth. 

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Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change?

Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change?

September 19th, 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

You might be one of those with a strong sense to want to change your reality, and indeed the wider world. Yet we’re so often told of the need for “acceptance and surrender”. The two truths, the two impulses, seem to conflict. And how exactly does consciousness change our reality for the better? You may have strongly catalytic tendencies that cause you to witness injustice in the world and want to do something about it. So what’s happening with all these different energies? How do you balance what’s going on within, and maximise your creative impact in the world?

Acceptance and Surrender are Not Always the Same

Firstly it is important to realise that acceptance and surrender are not necessarily the same thing. True spiritual surrender is not acceptance of ‘anything goes’. This just builds another identity. Yet true surrender is not needing a particular outcome from the situation. The key word here is ‘particular’. Because it’s right for the soul to yearn for change — to me, that’s a key characteristic of the soul. But to want and need a particular outcome would only be ego.

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8 Signs You’ve Lost Touch with Your Intuition – and 10 Tips to Help You Reconnect

8 Signs You’ve Lost Touch with Your Intuition – and 10 Tips to Help You Reconnect

September 15th, 2016

By Lissa Rankin

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Honor Your Intuition. Here’s How…

There’s a lot of buzz about the benefits of tuning into your intuition. We know that intuition helps us make spiritually-aligned decisions, protects us from danger, acts as our inner doctor, gives us the heads-up when we are needed by our loved ones, and serves as the unseen world’s secret gateway to the human world, helping us live our best lives.

But how do you know if you’re tuned in or not? We all have the capacity to listen to our intuition, but sometimes we’re at the mercy of forces that block our ability to interpret our intuition clearly.

Here are eight signs that your intuition may be blocked, plus ten tips to help you tap into it.

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The Importance of Blending Surrender with Willpower on the Spiritual Path

The Importance of Blending Surrender with Willpower on the Spiritual Path

September 7th, 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

You’ll no doubt hear lots about the value and importance of surrender on the spiritual path — being able to accept the moment as it really is, without needing it to be a certain way. In other words, not needing a particular outcome.

So what about all the qualities of determination, courage and willpower? Do they fit in, and if so, how?

This exploration includes the first in series of new style Openhand Spiritual Philosophy videos…

True surrender is not simply “dropping the hot coals”

It is of course only the ego that continues to effort and struggle to get somewhere in life or to attain something. The ego being essentially, that unrealised aspect of the soul, which attaches to the physicality of life. So one of the most valuable steps we can take on the path, is that of surrender.

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The Problem With Romantic Love — and How the Ancient Greeks Can Help Solve Our Dilemma

The Problem With Romantic Love — and How the Ancient Greeks Can Help Solve Our Dilemma

September 6th, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Grown up, we hope for a re-creation of what it felt like to be ministered to and indulged [as infants and children]. In a secret corner of our mind, we picture a lover who will anticipate our needs, read our hearts, act selflessly and make everything better. It sounds ‘romantic’; yet it is a blueprint for disaster.” ~ Alain de Botton, “The Course of Love”

At first glance, it may appear that writer and philosopher Alain de Botton has an axe to grind regarding romantic love. He seems to believe it’s one of the more foolish ideals we human’s have come to expect — the soulmate, kindred hearts, forever loving the other with an all consuming passion. But before writing him off as embittered, cynical or possessing a supreme lack of imagination, consider the ancient Greek viewpoint on love — which encompasses over thirty different kinds, only one of which could be construed as vaguely romantic.

With a divorce rate hovering between 40-50 percent in the United States, is it time we embrace what the ancients knew long ago?

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Live Fully Now… But What Does That Actually Mean?

Live Fully Now… But What Does That Actually Mean?

31st August 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I recently found an interesting video of some Alan Watts philosophy. It offers a very powerful essay in living in the now; about how we’re so often programmed in society to look to goals and aspirations ahead of us; so much so, we don’t actually live in the moment, and what’s worse, we don’t fully engage with the moment. (Here’s a link to the video, which so accurately expresses the mainstream view about ‘living in the moment’.)

But I ask: Why is it that so many people actually do strive for some future aspiration? Is it all negative, or is there something positive about it too?

Let’s look at that.

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What You Don’t Know About Karma Can Harm You!

What You Don’t Know About Karma Can Harm You!

30th August 2016

By Nanice Ellis

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Have you ever changed your behavior, or made certain choices, because you were afraid of creating bad karma? If so, you are not alone — most of us have done this many times, and, if we are very spiritual or religious, this might even be a way of life.

I’ll confess, when my young kids were misbehaving, I would “threaten” them with karma – suggesting that their “bad behavior” would come back to bite them in the future. I must say that it worked, because the fear of some mysterious force made them think twice before they acted out. Although it may have been a helpful patenting strategy at the time, I knew as they got older I would have to correct this misleading misnomer, so by the time they were teenagers I told them the truth about karma — and now I want to share it with you, along with 3 effective steps release yourself from the karma loop.

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The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment

The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment

26th August 2016

By Steve Taylor, PhD

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Recently I met a woman called Sena, whose brother was killed 13 years ago. Tony, her brother, was working as a chef in the British army, when he was shot by one of the soldiers in his own unit. The soldier claimed it was an accident, that the gun had just gone off as he put it over his knees. He was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for manslaughter. The death was made even more tragic by the fact that Tony’s wife was pregnant with their first child.

Sena’s life was thrown into disarray. She had a psychological breakdown, couldn’t work or sleep, and was put on strong psychiatric drugs. She became timid, felt that she couldn’t face the outside world, and didn’t leave her house for months. It was made worse by the media attention which the incident caused. The investigation and trial lasted for more than two years, and as Sena told me. “We lived in a small town where nothing ever happened, so it was big news, and always featured in the local newspaper and on local television.”

Sena’s difficulties continued until six years ago, when she began to go through a process of healing, the main feature of which was forgiving the man who killed her brother. As she describes it:

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Standing Up For Your Beliefs Amid Widespread Disagreement Is What Changes Our World

Standing Up For Your Beliefs Amid Widespread Disagreement Is What Changes Our World

25th August 2016

By Josh Richardson

Guest writer for Wake Up World

A new University at Buffalo study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values — despite widespread dissent — can be a positive psychological experience. 

Going with the flow might appear easier than sticking up for yourself when confronted with near-unanimous disagreement. But as uncomfortable as it may be to walk as the lone dissenter, it not only reinforces core values, it also creates a ripple effect where others take notice.

Our happiness, and ultimately our lives, are defined by the choices we make. When we allow other people to tell us how to feel, they are making those choices for us, and we are giving away our truth. And yet, there can be a clear divergence between what people do and say and how they feel, according to Mark Seery, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology.

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