Awakening Kundalini: An interview with Chrism

Each of us is intended to be a powerful, physical, intellectual, emotional and intuitive being, but what most of us don't realize is that our subtle energy system is not complete. Most of us are disconnected from the energetic flow that awakens us as whole beings, a transformative energy known as kundalini. Chrism (also known as Chris Mitchell), a teacher who helps people learn how to receive and live with this energy rising up from the base of the spine, says awakened kundalini permanently ... Read More


4 Ways Your Darkest Moment could be the Beginning of your Life Change

Crash. Bang. Reality. As I woke up, a dark misty haze was swirling around my mind. The moment that I recognized that I was in a hospital bed, the events of the past 24 hours came flooding through my mind. I had tried to take my own life. At the age of 26 years old, my marriage had ended, and along with it, the non-profit organization that I had worked so passionately to grow was pulled from under me. At that moment in time, living ceased to be an option. After a seven-year relationship, my ... Read More


Living in the iEra

An excerpt from the book, Be Nobody: Find Freedom in Being Everybody, by Lama Marut (Atria Books/Beyond Words) Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all. -- William Temple We're all desperately trying to be somebody. No one wants to be a loser, a small fry, a big zero, a washout, a nonentity. Nobody, it seems, wants to be just a nobody. We're ... Read More


Star Wisdom: New Energy for Self-Expression

July is highly charged as we exit the first chapter of 2014 and transition into a new energy. Jupiter enters Leo on the 16th, amping up our need for self-expression, joy, and personal freedom. And Mars finally ends his challenging seven-month tour of Libra and enters his home sign of Scorpio on the 25th. Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)...Scan through your mental photo album to a time in the past when you felt strong, confident and secure. What was going on at home back then? Can you think of one very ... Read More


Recipe: Lamb Burgers with Pistachio Pesto

This delicious combination of seasonings mutes the strong flavor of lamb and marries some vibrant flavors for a delicious burger. However, if you are in a hurry, simply brown the meat with the seasonings and serve with a generous side of vegetables. Lamb Burgers 1 1/2 pounds naturally-raised, ground lamb 1 tsp. cumin 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. allspice 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1/4 tsp. black pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped mint leaves 1/4 cup chopped parsley Pesto 1 clove garlic 1 ... Read More


From the Heart: Real Security

While passing through the Honolulu airport, I stopped for a moment to look at some items in a shop window. A female security guard approached me and struck up a casual conversation. She asked me where I was headed, and I told her I was on my way to Japan to teach some classes. "What do you teach?" she asked. "I help people get in touch with their passion and purpose and live authentically," I told her. She lit up. "Then give me some tips, would you?" I asked her what was going on in ... Read More


From the editor: Where do we go from here?

It's hard not to focus on what's taking place now -- with climate change turning normal summer storms into lotteries of destruction; with war, threats of terror, and wounded and dead servicemen and women continuing to dominate headlines, as they have since Sept. 11, 2001; with economic inequality growing as jobs are shipped overseas and corporations avoid paying taxes, leaving the general public to fend for itself in a nation with a crumbling infrastructure. And yet, in esoteric circles, the ... Read More


Spirited Kidz: Children & their Grandparents

Dear Nadine, I think it's important my spirited kids spend time with their grandparents. Thoughts? -- Irene, Coon Rapids If you're wondering what to do with your spirited kids this summer, send them to grandma/pa's and watch your kids (and your parents) bloom -- heart, mind and soul! According to the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau, grandparents represent one-third of the U.S. population, with 1.7 million newly minted grandparents added to the ranks each year. notes that ... Read More


Yoga for You: Cobra Pose

Heart openers are an incredible way to stretch the chest, shoulder and abdominal muscles. Cobra pose builds the foundation for other backbends by developing strength in the muscles of the back. When we are not actively present during heart openers, we can compromise the spine by crunching the vertebrae. Much like being present during heart openers on the yoga mat, in our day-to-day lives we must remain present while opening our hearts to others. This is the most effective way to develop deep, ... Read More

Phillis and Ole.

Spirit Leaves: Sometimes Our Dearest Teachers are Dogs

I live a relatively hermitic existence. As an empath, I seem to require lots of "down time." I have no pets, yet all of nature seems to command my love and compassion. Still, I sometimes long for animal friends in my life. This notion was affirmed upon my initiation into the realm of psychic pets. Two years ago, my foray into pet communication began when I met Phyllis Galde, proprietress of Galde Press, Inc. Phyllis and her team produce metaphysical books, a paranormal reporting magazine FATE ... Read More


Itineraries: A Temenos of Land and Sea

At 17, I left my family home, fearless as an immigrant journeying to a place of promise. My escape was enabled by the gift of a four-year, college scholarship. At the time, I wasn't fully conscious of why I was so eager to depart our small, coastal California town. Nearly forty years later, high in the Andes Mountains, my Q'ero guides advised me to return to my point of origin as the first step on a path of initiation. As we walked the ancient trails, I began to revisit my childhood to ask if ... Read More


Holly and Me — exactly as it was intended

Holly came into my life 15 years ago while I was still living in Hollywood, California. I rescued this 4-year-old cat from a girl who was throwing her out because she chose an apartment that didn't accept pets. At the time, I was going through a very rough breakup and my heart was smashed to pieces. Holly was exactly what I needed. Holly is the very first cat I've had as an indoor companion, and it took a few days for us to get to know one another and how things worked. We sat and painted ... Read More


Ghost Cat from JD

Many years ago I saw a fancy shopping bag or gift bag featuring a painting of a beautiful cat. It was a medium- to large-size bag, so the cat was life size and the color was realistic on every level. It was one of the most beautiful cats I have ever seen. I remember the painting was so captivating that I felt like the cat's presence and soul radiated from this image on this bag. I also thought it was strange that I connected with this image in such a powerful way. It was as if this painting ... Read More


An Elephant’s Love

I leaned in, gently touched my forehead to hers, and in a soft tone, said, "I love you Anusa." My heart poured forth a loving energy that radiated from my soul. Anusa responded with a low rumble and the vibration pulsed through me. I glanced over at Primal, a Mahout, who broke into a huge smile and replied, "She's happy!" I felt total elation! I've adored animals since I was a child growing up on a farm in North Dakota. The idea of befriending an elephant on the other side of the world was ... Read More

Merlyn sits on Yoda's gravestone.

Merlyn the Magical Cat: My Mystical Connection with a feline Queen

For years, it seemed that Merlyn was on the side. Although she was picked first, I connected deeply and immediately with her brother, Yoda. Yoda transitioned when we lived in the haunted house, less than a month before their 11th birthday. Merlyn and I kept vigil in the neighbor's backyard as he struggled, trying to remain in his body underneath the upturned row boat supported by sawhorses. At one point, Mer grabbed Yode by the scruff and tried to pull him out from under the boat. Unable to ... Read More