What If Consciousness Is Not What Drives The Human Mind?

meditation 12 10Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it’s that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us a feeling of ownership and control over the thoughts, emotions and experiences that we have every day.

Look Before You Leap! Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Look Before You Leap! Mercury Retrograde in SagittariusMercury stations retrograde in the final degree of Sagittarius, reminding us that sometimes it really is worth looking back before you leap. This retrograde passage of Mercury augurs a time for reflection on what inspires us to action, what gives our life meaning and how we can go about expressing those values in our every day.

Searching for Heart in a World of Reason

Searching for Heart in a World of Reason In our lives there are two great sources of information for perceiving and navigating the world available to us: the rational, analytical way of the mind, and the soulful felt sense of the heart. Of these two, the conscious mind completely dominates our modern...

Expanding Your Connection with Nature and the Cosmos

Expanding Your Connection with Nature and the CosmosYour body “knows” connection with nature when you hike, garden, watch the moon rise, or collect stones and shells. Your heart remembers your own and your children’s joy in climbing trees, swimming in creeks, catching polliwogs. Yet you’ve mostly forgotten how to sustain your relations with mountains and trees from day to day.

Why Do Our Brains Freak Us Out With Scary Dreams?

Why Do Our Brains Freak Us Out With Scary Dreams?Getting a fright from a dream is very normal. But our brains don’t have a secret plan to freak us out with nightmares. In the olden days, many people believed dreams were a window to another world.

Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking Lives

Dream Patterns: Revealing the Hidden Patterns of Our Waking LivesDreams are bizarre. Because of this, they’re inherently interesting. Dreams can teach us about the nature of consciousness, reveal to us personal and universal truths through symbolic language, and enable us to make lasting changes in our own lives. I have experienced all of these through my own dreams.

How We Inherit Masculine And Feminine Behaviors

How We Inherit Masculine And Feminine BehaviorsThe now infamous Google memo, written by engineer James Damore, has inflamed longstanding debates about the differences between women and men.

How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon Solar Eclipse!

How to Get the Best Out of a Black Moon!

A black moon is a particularly powerful new moon which augurs a significant new phase. We can use its energy to prepare for shifts in our inner and outer worlds so powerful they may change the very course of our life. Each black moon cycle lasts until the next black moon, two and a half to three years later...

Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth

Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal GrowthSomewhere in every meaningful dream is the potential for per­sonal growth. Your dreams give you clues about their meaning through the settings, characters, sym­bols, actions, reactions, and especially resolutions. The resolution of a dream is often...

Prophetic Dreams: A Crinkle In Time Giving Advance Warning?

Prophetic Dreams: A Crinkle In Time Giving Advance Warning?In the wake of disasters, multiple reports of prophetic dreams and oracles often surface. Immediately after the Titanic sank, dozens of people reported canceling their trip because of dreams that foretold of the sinking. It makes you wonder how many others had...

How Brain Connections Shape Memories

How Brain Connections Shape MemoriesReliving and sharing our personal past is part of what makes us human. It creates a sense of who we are, allows us to plan for the future and helps us form relationships.

The Answers Lie Within: Listen To Your Gut

The Answers Lie Within: Listen To Your GutThe body has its own language that is older and more primal than most of us realize. Our bodies speak to us with sen­sations, images, emotions, and an inner knowing that is beyond words. Have you ever had a niggling doubt that nags you for days...

The Solution Is Just A Stone's Throw Away

The Solution is Just a Stone's Throw AwaySome life situations generate feelings of helplessness or hopelessness and intellectual reasoning is not sufficient for figuring out what to do or what to change. Our patterns of behavior, thoughts and habits often unconsciously block new ideas and attitudes for fear of the unknown. In this case, other approaches are required.

Listen to Your Dreams and Initiate an Ongoing Dialogue With Them

Listen to Your Dreams and Initiate an Ongoing Dialogue With ThemThere is a healing instinct within you that can manifest in dreams. You'd be surprised at the straightforward health advice they give, either spontaneously or on request. Tips on food, preventive therapies, treatment options...

Giving Your Intuition a Seat at the Table

Giving Your Intuition a Seat at the TableWe have two inner voices. One voice comes from the rational brain - the temptress, the rebel who wants what she wants when she wants it, the voice that is governed by "shoulds." The other voice is that still quiet inner knowing, what is called our intuition.

Why We Are Driven to Search for the Truth

Why We Are Driven to Search for the TruthIt’s something we struggle to see more clearly, to realize day to day, to make more real in our lives. And that’s always messy business.

How To Ask Your Intuition the Right Kinds of Questions

Asking Your Intuition the Right Kinds of QuestionsPerhaps, like me, you feel like intuition happens to you rather than being able to use your intuition when you want to. There is a solution – a way to get your intuition to act and I call it Step 1 of the Intuition On Demand Technique...

People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World Differently

People With Creative Personalities Really Do See The World DifferentlyWhat is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not? The Conversation

Each Astrological Sign Has Its Difficulties

Each Astrological Sign Has Its DifficultiesWe all know people who show us the negative side of their Sun sign... every sign has its negative side. What is going on inside people when they display such negative behavior?

Is There Any Way To Stop Ad Creep?

Is There Any Way To Stop Ad Creep?Ethics lawyers and historians have argued that Donald Trump has blurred the line between his public office and private business interests in an unprecedented fashion. The Conversation

If You Misread Someone’s Face, Blame These Neurons

If You Misread Someone’s Face, Blame These NeuronsHave you ever thought someone was angry at you, but it turned out you were just misreading their facial expression? One specific region of the brain, called the amygdala, is involved in making these (sometimes inaccurate) judgments about ambiguous or intense emotions, according to new research.

How Industry Funding Makes People Doubt Research

How Industry Funding Makes People Doubt ResearchWhen people learn that an industry partner funded scientific research, they are more likely to report skepticism when it comes to the findings, regardless of the partner’s reputation or additional funding sources, a new study shows.

Mental Time Travel: To Dream Is to Build a Future

Mental Time Travel: To Dream Is to Build a FutureHaven’t you ever wished you could go back in time and tell your younger self what you know now? The following exercise lets you do the next best thing.

There Is Hope, Our World is Changing... Ask The Children

There Is Hope, Our World is Changing
I was invited to speak to a class of 4th graders at our local school about my work and life as an animal communicator. I loved sharing with this group of aware and sensitive children, most of whom had story after story about their close relationships with their animal friends.

How To Create a Powerful and Meaningful Life Using Trust

Learn to Trust Yourself: Create a Powerful and Meaningful LifeAnother big stumbling block along the path to shamanhood involves your ability to trust yourself and the process, even while undergoing experiences... [which] may not be pleasant, yet could be very necessary for your growth. Becoming your own shaman requires...

Your Mind Holds The Secret Code To Living A Worry-free Life

Your Mind Holds The Secret Code To Living A Worry-free LifeThe unconscious mind may be our most valuable asset. It is the ultimate solution generator and co-creator of million-dollar ideas, works of art and music, and spectacular architectural designs.

Let Your Dreams Guide the Way

Let Your Dreams Guide the WayIt has been so important to connect with my soul, to listen, and respond through the heart and the emerging feelings as I sought some genuine interaction with people and the world around me.

The Saturn Return Principle in the Cycles of Life

The Saturn Return Principle in the Cycles of LifeAt each Saturn Return, we experience the maximum pressure to conquer the weakness in ourselves that is blocking growth; we have the opportunity to pierce the resistance that is keeping us from breaking through into our greatest potential evolution.

Using Your Intuition Is Essential for Happiness

Why Using Our Intuition Is EssentialWe are in uncharted territory. There is nothing from past time periods relevant to what is going on today. We are evolving as a species and it behooves us to open our minds, look at life from a different perspective, and do this by operating from our intuition.

Here's Why Your Gut Instinct Is Probably Wrong At Work

Here's Why Your Gut Instinct Is Probably Wrong At WorkLet’s say you’re interviewing a new applicant for a job and you feel something is off. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you’re a bit uncomfortable with this person.

The Cosmic Coincidence: Who Sent the Ants?

The Cosmic Coincidence: Who Sent the Ants?Synchronicity, indicating “a meaningful coincidence,” is a term coined by psychologist Carl Jung after he conducted a psychotherapy session with a woman who reported she had had a dream of a golden scarab (beetle). At that very moment a rare, out of season,golden scarab flew into the room...

If God Spoke Through Your Mouth, What Would The Message Be?

Are You Actively Imagining and Creating Your Reality?If reality is like a dream, we must act in it without suffering from it, as we do in lucid dreams, knowing that the world is what we think it is. Our thoughts attract their equivalents. The truth is what is useful, not only for us but also for others.

5 Steps To Using Your Dreams To Find Answers

5 Steps To Using Your Dreams To Find AnswersI have always depended on dreams to provide me with clear answers about my direction in life, whether in love, my career, health, friendships, travels, and challenges. Whenever I am faced with an unknown or uncertain path...

How To Work with Dreams to Access Wisdom and Insights

How To Work with Dreams to Manifest Your New StoryIf you dream often, write down all your dreams and choose to work with the one you feel most intrigued or moved by. If you can only remember a few images, work with whatever you recall of the dream because it may contain valuable information for you.

Without a Paddle: The Importance of Listening to Inner Promptings

Without a Paddle: The Importance of Listening to Inner PromptingsYou just never know when that little inner prompting will come… and how important it is to listen to it when it comes. You might call it the inner voice, intuition, divine guidance, or anything else, but one thing is guaranteed: things will not go well if you ignore it! Our inner voice helps to...

The Basics of Interpretating Your Dreams

dreams 12 22Often we may wake up in the morning believing that we have not had any dreams. But it is more likely that we have not yet remembered the dreams we did indeed have.

How To Check If You're In An News Echo Chamber

fox news 12 19If you were surprised by the result of the Brexit vote in the UK or by the Trump victory in the US, you might live in an echo chamber – a self-reinforcing world of people who share the same opinions as you.

Astrocartography: Choosing Where to Live by the Stars

Astrocartography: Choosing Where to Live by the StarsAstrocartography is the study of localities which are best suited to you according to your birth chart and power of astrology in our lives, specifically in respect to choosing a city or country in which to live.

How Can We Transcend Our Natal Charts?

How Can We Transcend Our Natal Charts?An important principle of depth astrology is that we can transcend our charts. As we develop a center within ourselves, learn to trust our inner guidance, and become more attuned to universal energies, we are less at the mercy of the stresses indicated by our planetary positions.

Mars in Aquarius: We Are the Battleground!

Mars in Aquarius: We Are the Battleground!While Mars enters Uranian realms and Uranus travels through Mars-ruled Aries, these two powerhouse planets join forces to wake us up and keep us moving whether we like it or not! Mars in Aquarius demands that we act in the interests of the whole, not the individual self.

Dream Interpretations: Dreaming with the Moon

Dream Interpretations: Dreaming with the MoonThe astrological signs represent how energy moves, spirals, cycles, and changes. Each sign has unique characteristics. As the moon moves through the astrological signs each month, the dream energy takes on some of the characteristics of...

October 2016: Razor-Sharp Truth and Compassionate Grace

October 2016: Razor-Sharp Truth and Compassionate GraceThe second half of October is characterised by dynamic, forthright energy which requires careful handling. As always, it’s our choice how we use it. If we muster as much conscious awareness as possible we can draw upon this energy to power our intentions...

How To Connect To The Spirit Within

How To Connect To The Spirit WithinIn an age when so many feel disconnected from their own spirit, allies in the unseen realms are unthinkable. The very existence of the unseen is still under dispute by many. It is not something you can measure and define with your rulers and microscopes.

What Is Your True Nature? The Jewel Within

What Is Your True Nature?When we begin to explore the nature of the mind we will inevitably encounter the wild and uncontrollable aspects of our normal, some­what overcrowded, habitual mind. Only with guidance and skillful practice will we begin to recognize that the mind has an undercurrent of clarity and luminosity that is...

Life, Love, and a New Moon in Libra

Life, Love, and a New Moon in LibraWe may be beset with all kinds of desires, passions, certainties and non-negotiables at the moment. Ice cold clarity is in the air. We are seeing, perhaps for the first time, the truth of our lives, of the false selves we have worked so hard to sustain, and the real Self neglected in the wings.

When Spirit Talks To You About Your Life

Dreams: When Spirit Talks To You About Your Life"I was very moved by the Blue Star Kachina prophecy,” Lucina began, sitting self-consciously next to the stranger. “I wanted to share with you a dream I’ve been having for the past months, and maybe you can help me with it? It’s been haunting me and I just want to understand it better.”

A Sixth Sense? How We Can Tell That Eyes Are Watching Us

A Sixth Sense? How We Can Tell That Eyes Are Watching UsWe’ve all had that feeling that somebody is watching us – even if we’re not looking directly at their eyes. But how can we explain this phenomenon without resorting to pseudoscientific explanations like extrasensory perception (or a “sixth sense”)?

Understanding Your Dream Symbols

Understanding Your Dream SymbolsSome therapists will use "dream interpretation" to help a patient understand himself, but understanding will not cure symptoms. Our goal is to find blocked memories and to cry.

There's Something More Going On... Imagination is Infinite

There's Something More Going On... Imagination is InfiniteIn some ways, imagination has gotten kind of a bad rap, lumped in as a kind of fluffy mental activity somewhere on the order of daydreaming or fantasizing... When I refer to the imagination, I am referring to that center of creative consciousness which is the portal to all ideas, to every discovery and invention.

From Darkness Into Light: This Solar Eclipse is a Wake-Up Call

From Darkness Into Light: This Solar Eclipse is a Wake-Up CallThis solar eclipse highlights the adventure of living in the material world whilst embracing the unseen realms of energy and essence. This is the path of the everyday mystic who lives in communion with the divine whilst scrubbing the floor and fingernails, paying bills, earning a wage and putting out the rubbish. However we experience this eclipse at a personal level, the fundamental message will be the same...

How To Use Dreams As A Problem Solving Tool

How To Use Dreams As A Problem Solving ToolDreams are a direct conduit to the intuitive mind. You can use your dreams as problem-solving tools in the waking world -- but first you have to remember them and learn to decipher their sometimes confusing messages.

Our Sacred Duty to Choose Well: The Message of Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

Our Sacred DutyIf there are difficult conversations to be had, the next three weeks may just be the time to have them, even though Mercury retrograde is usually characterised as bad for communication. In fact, painting it as such is just a simplification of a far more complex landscape. So bear in mind that whatever you read about this particular passage of Mercury Retrograde...

Progress Is Ours as Mars Enters Sagittarius

Progress Is Ours as Mars Enters SagittariusMars's entry into Sagittarius indicates a shift to a lighter and more future-focused energy. One which carries with it inspiration and excitement: a vision of possibility that motivates us to soldier on. If you’ve been wading through emotional...

Aligning with Your Higher Self: The Cosmic Hot and Cold Game

Aligning with Your Higher Self: The Cosmic Hot and Cold GameRemember the hot and cold game you used to play as a kid? Someone would hide an object, such as a pen, and you would try to find it... I believe God—or the universe—is really playing the hot and cold game with each of us.

Heart-Centered Rebellion: Living in Intense Times

Heart-Centered Rebellion: Living in Intense TimesWe live in intense times: intensely unpredictable, intensely beautiful, intensely unsettling, intensely transformational. Both the best and the worst are rising to the surface, revealed in their fullness for all to behold. These are times of opportunity, when we can change the course of so much and...

Synchronicities: The Invisible World Becoming Visible

Synchronicities: The Invisible World Becoming VisibleThere is a message inside everything we experience, in tune with what we need to learn. We often deny it and misunderstand it, despite the message being clear. The most curious and magical is that the message is always positive...

Was Sigmund Freud Right About Dreams After All?

Was Sigmund Freud Right About Dreams After All? It is the most well known – and perhaps infamous – theory of dreams in the Western world. At the turn of last century, Sigmund Freud published his book, The Interpretation of Dreams, arguing that our dreams are nothing more than wishes that we are looking to fulfil in our waking lives.

Could We One Day Heal The Mind By Taking Control Of Our Dreams?

Could We One Day Heal The Mind By Taking Control Of Our Dreams?About 50 per cent of us will at some point in our lives experience “waking up” and being conscious while still in a dream – possibly, we may even be able to act with intention in it. Such “lucid dreams” are not only a vivid and memorable experience for the dreamer, they are also of huge interest to neuroscientists and psychologists.

Why Can't We Remember Our Early Childhood?

Why Can't We Remember Our Early Childhood?Most of us don’t have any memories from the first three to four years of our lives – in fact, we tend to remember very little of life before the age of seven.

The Many Voices from Within: The Ego vs. the Sage

The Many Voices from Within: The Ego vs. the SageHow can you distinguish the voice of the ego from that of the Sage? There are recurring themes, which tend to give the ego’s game away. Take a look at the list below, and note the...

The Cosmic Mass: Risking to Follow Inner Promptings

The Cosmic Mass: Risking to Follow Inner PromptingsJoyce and I have written before about the importance of listening to those sometimes subtle promptings that can change our lives. If it were up to our minds, we might never take these risks. If we want to follow the higher path of life, we need to not only listen but also act on these inner promptings.

What's The Difference Between The Various Blue Moons?

What's The Difference Between Blue Moons: Seasonal, Calendrical, or AstrologicalEvery now and then you’ll hear that a full moon is designated a blue moon and therefore of particular astrological significance. But you may also notice that different people designate different moons as blue, which can get rather confusing! In fact, there are three different types of blue moon.

Revolution Within and Without: Claiming Our Power to Take a Stand

Revolution Within and Without: Claiming Our Power to Take a StandAt a planetary level Eris conjunct Uranus will shake things up like never before. Revolution is in the air and we ain’t seen nothin’ yet! She is a warrior goddess for Mother Nature mobilised to protect her at any cost. Taking no prisoners she stands beside those who honour our great mother, confronting those who exploit her.

Sharing the True Self: Reflections on the New Moon

Sharing the True Self: Reflections on the New MoonThis New Moon augurs unexpected developments that may surprisingly ease progress despite conditions that indicate the opposite! Take nothing at face value right now. Remember, the universe is born of its own design... We simply cannot see the whole picture and much is destined to remain a mystery.

How Ability To Control Dreams May Unravel The Mystery Of Consciousness

 Sleep paralysis. My Dream, My Bad Dream, 1915. Fritz Schwimbeck/wikimediaWe spend around six years of our lives dreaming – that’s 2,190 days or 52,560 hours. Although we can be aware of the perceptions and emotions we experience in our dreams, we are not conscious in the same way as when we’re awake. This explains why we can’t recognise that we’re in a dream and often mistake these bizarre narratives for reality.

What One Sees Without Eyes

What One Sees Without EyesIn order to adapt to the world of the seeing, blind people are obliged to declare themselves unable to see — and, believe me, I know what I’m talking about, for that has happened to me even when I knew very well that it didn’t correspond to reality and was not true.

Love Down Under: Following Inner Voice For The Good of Others and Myself

Love Down Under: Following Inner Voice For The Good of Others and MyselfSome of the most challenging times in life can also turn out to be the most amazing opportunities. That has been my experience. We are given challenges to allow us to grow on our path to awareness, and we are also given opportunities to let others help us along the way.

Mysterious Magic When Mercury Goes Retrograde

Mysterious Magic When Mercury Goes RetrogradeIf life has been somewhat puzzling of late, throwing up questions and queries we’ve struggled to address satisfactorily, this passage of Mercury retrograde offers hope in the form of new information, opportunities thus far overlooked and some good old fashioned common sense to ground insights.

Dream Yoga: The Practice of Waking Up

Dream Yoga (flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3297822565)Many people say their lives are so busy that they don’t have time for meditation. Yet every living being must sleep. During sleep time, we don’t schedule meetings or have appoint­ments to keep. The time is ours, and is usually subject to the mindless, random chaos of our undisciplined minds.

Seeing Auras Is Normal

Seeing Auras Is NormalSeeing colors is considered normal for sighted people. Yet, to the visually challenged, ordinary colors do not exist. Those who are blind to the auric field also have a disability, for seeing auric colors is as normal as seeing colors through the eyes. We are all born to perceive subtle energies.

Knowing When We Don’t Know: New Moon in Aries

Knowing When We Don’t Know: New Moon in AriesWe may find ourselves strangely liberated by something which, to all intents and purposes, looked set to bind us. Things prove not to be as they seemed and a way through a particular challenge may make itself known. But for this to happen a new perspective is called for.

On Meeting the Intensity of the Lunar Eclipse with Gentleness

On Meeting the Intensity of the Lunar Eclipse with GentlenessThere is much to be seen and understood at this time. The floodgates holding back the unconscious are opened by this eclipse and we may feel overwhelmed by what comes pouring through. But remember, whatever it is, it is only ourselves. You and me in our fullness: good and bad, positive and negative...

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