My First Facebook LIVE Chat… Amazing, Fulfilling, Enlightening…

As many of you know, last Wednesday (August 31) I held my first Facebook LIVE Chat.  It was a wonderful hour of engagement and sharing.  Most wonderful for me was the participation both during and after–being able to connect with local and far-flung friends in real time on the Chat and through comments after the Chat ended.  The response was more than I ever expected and still leaves me in awe.

After sharing some of my story for about 20 or 25 minutes, I took questions from my audience.  In this week’s blog, I would like to share with you one of those questions, and my response to it.

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Question: How does this approach (of using Embodied Awareness in our daily lives) differ from others – what makes it unique?

{BH} All right.  So one of the things I think is fascinating today is there is a lot of talk about mindfulness–Mindfulness is a method for awareness meditation.  The difference with embodied awareness is it is about the integration of our awareness into our bodies.  We use our bodies as receiving stations for guidance from inner resources as well as outer resources (receiving input through our senses).  This allows that creative source within us to synthesize all of the information.  Then, when we ask for and receive inner guidance we can receive insights on how to take our next step in a way that is in harmony with ourselves, with our environment, with other people and with that Great mystery, we call the Creator.

How do all of those things come together?

Embodied awareness in many ways is a bit of a different approach, it’s similar to what I talk about in my Spiritually Directed Therapy programs.  There are five steps in spiritually directed therapy—embodied awareness is the core:

The first step is to connect within, connect with yourself and your inner spiritual resources to gain guidance and wisdom.

Nextobserve and witness your experiences, your reactions, thoughts or interpretations of your experiences—that’s where mindfulness comes.

This is followed by deep listening—listening to ourselves and others with the ears of our heart, to listen with your whole body, heart and soul–and share your feelings with yourself and others.

Then we also engage our intuition and our creativity through embodied awareness.  We expand into our capacity to see, to hear, smell, taste, touch—as well as being aware of our gut responses on an energy level, our heart and emotional, telepathic transmissions.  We also get clairaudient signals, like our capacity to read intentions.  We open our inner eye through symbolic awareness, visions, dreams; and, this awakens spiritual discernment–the awareness of “how we really know what’s true”.  Our intuition, or intuitive awareness, puts it all together by perceiving the greater pattern. That’s why I think of ‘intuition’ as a pattern recognition ‘function’ that then ultimately brings us into full realization of who and what we truly are—spiritual beings, which is also known as Self-realization—So that’s what embodied awareness is about

The final step is to embody that Self awareness.  Ask your Self for guidance “what do you do now?” and commit to take action, to bring your gifts into the world.  So that’s what I would say is unique about this.

The Countdown is On!

Tomorrow, August  31st is the day I launch my Facebook LIVE Chat.

My Goal remains the same – to offer Everyone, Everywhere a means of learning more about that which I call Embodied Awareness.  My hope is for you to learn, or learn more, about my approach to Embodied Awareness – about how Embodied Awareness is the practice of coming to know yourself – how it is about integrating the wisdom that is transmitted to you via your senses, emotions, thoughts and expanded intuitive perceptions to fully awaken to your spiritual nature and feel fully alive in your body.


Through Facebook LIVE Chat, I will also answer your questions directly, provide guidance, and share in the ways that you can continue to explore Embodied Awareness.

As a reminder, this Chat is Free of Charge and being held on August 31, 2016 at 12:00 noon in Calgary (where I live) which is 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern. 

Please join me, and take some time to reflect and renew your bond with your essential nature and spiritual Self with me and others in our global community.

My First Facebook LIVE Chat

I love how mainstream ancient wisdom principles are becoming these days!  My online course is just one example of mysticism going mainstream. . .

Another is how even more conventional periodicals like the Farmers Almanac describes the benefits and challenges of a of Mercury Retrograde cycle, which starts August 30th to September 21. . . “Perhaps Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.”

As an astrologer and psychologist, I understand that Mercury reminds us to take time out for Self care. . . Go inward and practice ‘deep listening’ instead focusing on the constant chatter of our oh so busy-life-distractions.  This is the time to recharge your inner batteries by letting Lord Mercury guide you to communion with your inner source.  Personally, I have learned that the best thing to do during Mercury Retrograde period is reflect, review, meditate, and welcome the extraordinary coincidences that continue to greet you. (Yes, that includes those pesky unexpected delays and ‘plans gone awry’).

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That’s why I have decided to launch my very first Embodied Awareness Facebook LIVE Chat, on August 31, 2016 at 12:00 noon in Calgary (where I live) – 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern.

To join in, click here. There is no charge to attend.

My hope is that it will give you the opportunity to learn, or learn more, about my approach to Embodied Awareness, and how it is the practice of coming to know yourself and how it is about integrating the wisdom that is transmitted to you via your senses, emotions, thoughts and expanded intuitive perceptions.  It is the first of 11 Embodied Awareness Facebook LIVE Chats. I will be reviewing each of the Modules in my Online Course, and taking questions and answers.

Take time to reflect and renew your bond with your essential nature and spiritual Self with me and others in our global community—starting THIS MONTH!

I look forward to connecting with you.

Recognizing Spiritual By-pass and Coming to Know Your Shadow

“Many people mistake emotional feelings and personal reactions for intuitions. However, what someone wants to be true, or is afraid might be true, is not the same as ‘perceiving’ what is true. It can be confusing, because both emotional feelings and intuitive feelings are subjective experiences. Both reactive emotional patterns and intuitive perceptions are subtle feeling states. One of the most common mistakes is to assume that a psychological projection is an intuitive perception. A projection is based on seeing the world through the lens of your wishes, wants, fears or desires; and there is most often a strong attachment, bias or self-righteous value judgment that attends a projection.” (Module 6 Embodied Awareness Online)

It is very exciting for me to hear from people who are taking Introduction to Embodied Awareness Online and to read or hear them share their thoughts, feelings and insights.  One of the best things that I am discovering about offering online courses is that I have a chance to connect with people from all over the world, who are passionate about personal healing and spiritual growth.

Putri, who teaches psychology at a local university in Jakarta contacted me. In Indonesia, even though there is one official language and about 700 regional languages, many university class books, including psychology, are in English.

Putri not only reads and studies in English; she speaks and writes English quite well. I have not edited her comments; I am sure you will enjoy them, and I am hoping you will add a few of your own to this blog post!


Putri said, “Its an eyes opener for me regarding (how) as human we failed to differentiate which one is intuition and which one is emotions or cognitive. As for practice, I do self observation and self-talk many times during hardship. Embracing what the heart wanted to say, allowing the feeling to be acknowledge and expressed, are things I had done in the last two years. I prefer quite place like my room and I don’t want to be bothered with other things (household or works) when this process takes place.”

“Many times I cried my own in this process to allow such emotions to be heard and seen even when no one there in the room. I sometimes record my self-talk process. Afterwards I tried to listen again and observed what did I said, how I said it and what clue or hints can I get from it? Many times I understand better about this my emotions dynamics. Few times I can get the ‘aha” moments. And a lot of times I realized that emotions n thoughts wanted to heard, wanted to be appreciated and accepted. After this process done, everything became so quiet, so peaceful and so content. If there’s ‘aha’ insights it usually become my homework for next week to explore again.”

  • How do you differentiate emotional feelings and psychological projections from genuine intuitions from cognitions and subtle thoughts?
  • How do your emotions or thoughts act as signals?
  • Do you have an example of how and embodied intuitive awareness opens for you and leads you to spiritually directed guidance from the “Aha!” place of peace?

Embodied Parenting

Since launching my online course, I have received awe-inspiring feedback regarding not only the course but my website as well.

I recently had the pleasure to engage in a discussion around Family and Child Therapy, and more specifically, what I mean when I refer to having a child who is ‘highly sensitive’ or psychic—an ‘indigo’, ‘crystal’ or ‘rainbow’ child.

We all have needs; and attending to a child’s needs is part of the role of parenting.  Parenting calls for attention to Self-care and care of our family members.  The ability to recognize our child’s unique needs, listening to our child with our whole body and all twelve senses, and then extending care to children is the mark of an embodied approach to parenting.

The 12 senses of embodied awareness are: 1. smelling (nose), 2. Tasting (tongue), 3. Seeing (eyes), 4. Hearing (ears), 5. Touch (via skin), 6. Feeling (energy transmission – a ‘gut feeling’), 7. Transmission of emotions (via the heart), 8. Transmission of ideas (inner voice), 9. Clear seeing (inner eye), 10. Spiritual discernment, 11. Intuition, and 12. Realization. I discuss each sense in detail in Module 8 in my Online Course.

As for Caring for a Psychic Child: If your child is highly sensitive, she or he is very likely an Empath.  An Empath’s brain actually works differently than those who are not Empaths.

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Empathy is one of the 12 senses of embodied awareness.  It is also called telepathy or the transmission of emotion.

An Empath is a person who has an acute or highly developed sense of empathy.  Empathy is the capability to share feelings and understand another’s emotion and feelings and is often characterized as the ability to “put oneself into another’s shoes”.  For empaths, everything is alive and has a soul that they can feel—trees, rocks, clouds, the earth and all animals. Help your child develop a vocabulary of feelings.

An Indigo Child (or ‘indigo adult’) is generally high energy, intense, intelligent and independent.  Parapsychologist and psychic Nancy Ann Tappe who had the gift of seeing auras coined the name ‘indigo child’.  She suggests that indigo is the color of the aura for these souls, and that they first started being born in the 1970s or ’80s and they are known to have many psychic gifts (though I challenge those dates as there have been powerful, intelligent, independent psychics in every generation since the beginning of recorded history.)

Indigos are especially skilled at ‘reading’ the intentions of others . . . Transmission of ideas, as when reading an intention, is another of the 12 senses of embodied awareness.  Because of keenly being able to tell the difference between what someone says and what they truly mean, Indigos often are challenged by patience and impatience.  When young they may assume that everybody has the same sensitivities and awareness as they do.  It is often a rude awakening when they realize others do not always understand.  Help your indigo develop patience and compassion for self and others.

The contemporary lore on Crystal children is that they instinctively channel and emit healing energy.  Like a crystal, they often amplify energy.  This makes them acutely sensitive, and they often need solitude to rebalance.  It is important to teach them self-care practices at a very early age, as their ‘crystal’ nature enables them to pick up energy and perceive the aura colors from the people around them. It is also said that they are even more likely to become healers or ‘lightworkers’ than other psychic children are.  Expanding their sense of spiritual discernment will be especially important for these souls.

Finally, ‘Rainbow’ is a new ‘class’ of psychic child.  These children are thought to be otherworldly and are said to be here on earth to help us build bridges between worlds. Encourage your rainbow to be curious and communicative.

Embodied Parenting requires a healthy sense of boundaries, the ability to listen with their whole body (using all 12 senses), extend compassion and clarity in times of stress, and express their own natural playful, curious spirit in times of joy.  These skills help parents to be present, aware and committed to their own and their children’s personal growth and development within one’s role as a parent and caregiver.


Introduction to Embodied Awareness Online is Really happening!

My Online course has launched and already we have had our first two graduates! We are also receiving wonderful feedback  – from  Asia and Europe and  North America.


The first graduate went through the 10 module course in only one month! (though we recommend one module per week.) Our second graduate is a bookkeeper by trade, and a volunteer with a not for profit called AARF. She shared how she gets ‘goose bumps’ when she works with the modules and that the images that come to her in her dreams at night have become quite spectacular and meaningful.

A psychologist from Asia, who just started the program, shared one of her greatest insights with me after reading Module 3: Your Transcendent Heart-Brain and Energy Body, “Shocking findings to know that heart is also a gateway to our inner spiritual healing resources.”

I am so grateful to participants who have shared with us their learning curve and their technical challenges as we launched the course – including finding out that the multiple choice exam answers were rotating each time someone opened the program.  This led to not only wrong answers, but also impossible answers, like “both a) and b) in the ‘a’ position of the multiple choice exam!

Our Customer Service team and Technical Support team got to work on this right away . . . re-adjusting the settings, answering questions and concerns. .  . And we are looking into alternative online education platforms so we can make this course even better – more user-friendly and interactive – as we progress.

To those of you who are now engaged in Introduction to Embodied Awareness Online, I am grateful for your participation and feedback. For those of you, who are interested, please reach out. I am excited to share this experience and our (e)learnings with you.

Atlantis and Climate Change

We are having unseasonable weather again today . . . it feels like summer . . . I think what we are calling ‘climate change’ is a reflection of the larger changes that we are going through . . . the change into a new Era. The Age of Aquarius.

It is interesting how the early stages of this emerging age are so similar to the Astrological Age that is correlated to the sinking of Atlantis.  In Astrology, we count Astrological Ages based on the precession of the equinox along the ecliptic.  By that calculation, the Age of Atlantis is said to have lasted several thousand years, reaching technological heights during the Age of Virgo, and turning toward more self-centered and self-destructive use of technology and power during the Age of Leo, until it was subsumed by waves during the Age of Cancer about 10,000-11,000 years ago.

I remember seeing the movie Atlantis: The Lost Continent in the early 60’s when I was just a child.  These images left a big impression on me:

  • Cross-breeding between animals and humans
  • Crystal technologies and high-tech power sources
  • Misuse of power by an elite ruling class that brought about its downfall

Sound familiar?

That movie came out 56 years ago–long before we genetically engineered animals and food, quartz watches and silicon-based computers . . . Legend has it that the continent sank beneath the waves because of the misuse of social and political power using technology for self-serving purposes instead of serving the common good.

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The birth of a new era is fraught with labor pains.  We are in the middle of a BIG contraction right now . . . What matters most is how we respond to change as we transition . . . I remind myself today. . .

“The test of our time is to break through separation,both personal alienation and patriotic impulses that portray people from other nations as aliens, to use separation to initiate death and the rebirth of a new golden age. The universality of the next age is represented astrologically by the sign of Aquarius, which is ruled by the planet Uranus,symbol of unbridled creativity and unprecedented social change. Key concepts associated with Aquarius include friendship, community, dreams, innovation, creativity, individuality, originality, and humanitarianism. As a metaphor, the Age of Aquarius reflects the unique and original contributions of individuals who gather together in innovative societal groups or communities to creatively nurture humanitarian ideals.”

 Betrayal, Trust and Forgiveness

Sensing the Seasons, Sensing the Change

Last week we had summer weather (28 C. / 85 F)—our August weather. . . .This week it is rainy and overcast, like June weather.  Here in Calgary, where I live, the season of Spring has come unexpectedly early.

The neighbourhood rabbits who have brownish fur for a few months in the summer and fall, and white fur the rest of the year, are having to catch up to their current surroundings (brown and dry foliage as opposed to ground and bushes covered with white snow) by molting before their body is telling them it is time. And birds, as they have been called from their winter location early, are trying to nest in trees that have not managed to produce a full coverage of leaves.

This week I am happy for the Earth as it enjoys the moisture.  I know that nature functions better at this time of year with cooler temperatures and precipitation. And even though I love the warm sunny, cloudless days, I know that the soil, the rivers, the animals, the vegetation are all desperate for rain.

There have also been earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, plus floods in Texas and a wildfire in Canada (which usually arrive in late summer). So, what is Mother Earth telling us?

I keep coming back to legendary Atlantis, and Lemuria, and Mu before them.  According to my Aboriginal friends (and other ancient traditions), we are entering into the 5th cycle of humans on planet Earth.

Altantis and MU

Like Atlantis, and Lemuria, and Mu we too are living in legendary times. . . . So much to say about that . . . and I will be writing more about it in my next blog.

In the mean time, I am wondering what you know about Atlantis?


Taste and Tasting More

In pondering further on TASTE, I have recognized that this word comes up in my vocabulary on a regular basis–and in more ways than describing an impression on the tongue. I use TASTE to express feelings, thoughts and reactions.

For example, a few days ago I had an unpleasant encounter with a customer service representative that I described as leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

In observing current politics, I have thought more than a few times lately that some politicians have presented themselves in very poor taste.

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a wonderful woman, whose style and overall good taste was so pleasing to my senses that she has left a lasting impression.

Interestingly enough when I researched quotes and proverbs about TASTE, I discovered its recurrent use throughout history.  From Sir Winston Churchill, to Victor Hugo, to Edward Fitzgerald; each has added depth in expressing their opinion of good and bad TASTE.

Proverbs include multiple references to TASTE.  My current favorite is the following Chinese Proverb: “Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent, all must be tasted.”  Quite the metaphor for life…

How do you draw on the sense of TASTE in your life?

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I am continuing to prepare my  Introduction to Embodied Awareness online course . . . Last week I shared with you my fascination with smell.  It only makes sense then that I am enthralled with Taste as well.  I thought you might enjoy a snippet from the up-coming course . . .

“Does a particular experience leave a “bitter taste in your mouth” or was the experience especially “sweet”?

Sweet, salty, sour, bitter and savory all have their place in nourishing the body—and the soul.  Taste, like all the senses, moves from the most physical or dense to the most subtle and sublime, until it becomes a metaphor for our spiritual nature and soul-experiences.

Did you know the second chakra correlates with the sense of taste?  Smell and taste are both associated with nourishment in Hindu Tantric traditions.  Most gourmets will confirm how taste can transport you to other worlds and induce states of joy, bliss and satisfaction.  These delicious experiences correlate with the second chakra’s focus is on distinguishing creativity and pleasurable encounters from guilt, worry, emotional reactivity, manipulation and other negative events.

At the most subtle level, taste poses the question:

  • How do you find nourishment in the bitter, sweet, salty and sour experiences of life?
  • How are you taking time to savor the pleasures that life offers?”

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