I wrote this article on July 29, 2010. I thought it was worth a re-post. Enjoy this timeless throw-back about the universal law of reciprocity. -Charlene
There is tremendous power in giving. Great world leaders, high achievers and extremely successful business people have always been the greatest givers. Napoleon Hill said, “I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “One cannot sincerely help another without helping themselves.”
I am in constant awe of the Divine Universal Laws that play in the backgrounds of our lives. Even though these laws are always consistent, their beauty and magic continue to surprise me. The Law of Reciprocity is one such law.
When we give, we are opening a channel, creating a new energy that can be shared, forwarded, circulated and re-purposed over and over again. In giving, we are creating. And I believe our ultimate purpose for being is to create.
When I refer to giving, I’m not necessarily talking about money. I’m talking about giving of our time, attention, energy, assistance and kindness. All of these things are free and we have an unlimited supply of these things, so why not give them away? When you give, it is then that you receive and not sooner.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating giving to get, but I will say that getting is impossible without first giving… it is Universal Law. I am advocating giving to give for the sheer joy of it. In doing so, you’re creating positive energy on so many levels. On one level, your gift is helping the receiver, and on another level, you are raising your own vibration, which not only benefits you, but benefits everyone around you.
I’ve put this to the test. I love walking at my neighborhood park. There’s a running path around the perimeter of the park and it is usually populated with people morning, noon and night. I’m a friendly and outgoing person by nature and I smile at people as we cross paths. Not everybody smiles back, but most people do and when they do, I feel a surge of energy, and I am certain they do too. I would also venture to guess that they will have a smile to give to the next person they see.
Think about how good it feels when you receive something. Just yesterday I was shopping with my son for a cell phone memory card. While in the electronics department, we could not find one, so we asked one of the clerks. He couldn’t find what we were looking for, so he called over two other clerks. Together, these young men were determined to get us what we wanted. Their customer service was impeccable. Not only did my son walk away with a memory card in hand, but even more importantly, I walked away feeling loved and honored that these young men were passionate about serving us. They didn’t get a bonus or reward for their outstanding efforts, but I could feel their joy and sense of satisfaction in a job well done.
To live an excellent life, we must be excellent givers. Giving truly makes the world go round. Look for an opportunity to give today and notice how good it makes you feel to give freely. Please share your moments of giving and/or receiving kindness. Spread that goodness around.
Life is meant to be fun and joyous! When you are in a higher vibration, things come more easily to you. Your spirit comes alive, your mind opens up and your heart becomes receptive. When you are in a higher vibration, your psychic senses are fully activated and you become a clear channel to our giving Universe.
You are a sacred, energetic spiritual being having a human experience. You are here to express your divinity. Do everything you can to feel good. It is from this place of feeling good that you are your greatest creative expression, gift to yourself and to humanity.
This journey is all about tuning out from the noise of the world and tuning in to the beautiful sound of your inner voice – your spirit. It has much to tell you!
Try any of these things to raise your vibration and watch your spirit soar:
For the Mind & Spirit
- Meditation – sitting, walking, driving, folding laundry. There are hundreds of ways to meditate. The point is to be still, quiet the mind and pull your energy in.
- Affirmative prayer – connecting with Source (God) and behaving as if your request has already been answered. Because it has. Your job is to match the vibration of it to bring it into physical form.
- Mantras and affirmations – repeating words and phrases that reflect your desired outcome. “I am calm. I am peace. I see this situation with love. Prosperity is mine. Perfect health is mine.”
- Positive media – Abraham-Hicks Daily Quotes , HayHouse Radio, AgapeLive.com live and archived streaming, Mike Dooley’s Daily Notes from the Universe. Feed your mind well.
- Acts of kindness. Whatever you think is lacking in your life, do that for someone else. Reverse the flow of energy and activate the law of circulation.
- Listen to music you love!
- Appreciate what you have – observe the beauty and magnificence that is around you in nature, people, beauty, kindness… it’s all around you. Take a minute to notice it.
- Gratitude list – find the simplest thing to be grateful for and watch your list grow.
- Go on a gossip & complain fast – refrain from going down other people’s rabbit holes and be mindful of the words exiting your mouth. There is tremendous power in words.
- Turn off the TV and read something enlightened.
- Creative visualization – send angel hugs to family members, imagine the life of your dreams, hold a committee meeting. Imagination is your psychic gateway to manifesting everything. Open it.
- Have a short memory – be easy to forgive. This lets everyone off the hook, including yourself.
- Surround yourself with uplifting people.
For the Body
- Breathe – stop and breathe. Center yourself on your breath. Breathe before you speak. It is the fastest way to ground yourself.
- Chakra clearing – get one from a healer or give yourself one. Search YouTube for “chakra clearing guided meditation” for the many free videos.
- Eat high frequency, colorful foods, yellow, green and orange fruits & veggies. Watch your energy soar.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink lots of clean, filtered water and lemon water.
- Bless your food and water – Watch the late Masaru Emoto’s water experiments on YouTube.
- Move your body – walk, jump, stretch, hula-hoop, dance, ride your bike, play!
- Get some sun and soak up the rays – just a few minutes a day will do.
- Take a yoga class – yoga is a full body mindful meditation that has profound effects. Many communities offer free yoga. Check out YouTube for yoga instruction.
- Hug someone. Smile at strangers. Somebody has the start the conversation. Might as well be you!
- Move your stuff around your house – Feng Shui, organize, lighten your load, give stuff away.
- Take bath salts. Visit the beach. The negative ions of salt water are extremely healing.
- Walk barefoot outdoors. Ground yourself. Connect with your Mother.
- Pamper yourself. Sleep in. Be gentle with yourself.
What do you do to raise your vibration? Please share your tips below. Thank you for the inspiration!
Moving to Ojai at the beginning of the year was a very deliberate action on my part. Prior to the move, I craved change as the grit and noise of the city began to wear on me. I held a vision of peace, beauty, personal healing, simplicity and living my purpose, as I waited for the next adventure to show itself. In my practice, I also felt the desire to serve more people, while experiencing a more fluid schedule.
During a road trip the holiday season before last, I discovered Ojai. It spoke to my spirit calling me home. Exactly a year later, I moved there.
I decided to take my practice online, making my psychic sessions and classes mobile and global. I often do my phone sessions outdoors in wild, gorgeous settings. Being in nature heals and soothes my spirit, which strengthens my connection to Source energy and the information within.
When the presidential election happened and with the inspiration from Marianne’s Williamson’s movement, Sister Giant, my sense of service shifted even wider and I was drawn not only to serve my clients around the world, but to serve on a local level and be a healing source for issues that plague our very community. I needed to be a part of something bigger that would affect social change for the better. I put that desire out, and what came back is nothing short of miraculous.
You are a spiritual being having a human experience. What exactly does that mean? It means that you were born bipolar. Yes, you are bipolar by nature, meaning you are characterized by two opposing natures. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing. However, it is the root of many your problems. Let me explain…
Your life force or what I refer to as “spirit” is eternal. It never dies. Its nature is to express and expand itself into its most authentic version. It is your essence that is always connected to source energy, divine intelligence or God. This universal perfection goes by many names and every culture around the globe recognizes it.
This source energy is infinite wisdom. You possess it and can access it whenever you want. In fact, you are immersed in it – swimming in it, much like a fish swimming in a bowl of water and not realizing he’s wet. Infinite intelligence is everywhere. It is simply a thought away.
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” – Wayne Dyer
One of the basic tenets of living a psychic lifestyle is self-care. In order to receive messages or tune in to Spirit, we have to be clear channels. One way to keep our circuits clear is through the simple action of rest. Yes, rest. For some people, resting is hard work. Unplugging, especially during these electronically enhanced days, can be challenging. It’s apparent that our society has become obsessive about their personal electronic devices. The external world has become much more noisy by our own invitation.
Some of you know, I was raised Catholic. I’m not a practicing Catholic now, but I have to say I’m grateful for being raised with solid spiritual principles and practices. They can be good medicine for our ultimate well-being. That being said, the 4th Commandment is to observe the Sabbath. Now, it doesn’t matter which day (Saturday for Jews, Sunday for Christians, etc.) you observe, so long as you observe one!
What I mean by observing the Sabbath is to unplug from work, chores, phones and other “business” for one full day. It is said that God created the heavens and the earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. It’s necessary to nurture and honor our spirit and to rest and recharge our batteries – to enjoy life and celebrate the reasons why we work so hard in the first place.
I had to remind myself of this just yesterday. A couple of clients really wanted to see me and I made an exception to work on my day off – until I woke up Sunday morning and knew that I needed to honor my down time. I called them to explain and they were both very gracious about it, so I went about my day reading at the park overlooking the bluff, soaking up sun and fun vibes from the people around me. My day was leisurely, I had no agenda, no schedule and I only used my cell phone for a watch. That’s progress for this former Type A girl!
As a result, I’ve come full circle in my commitment to my down time… to observe a holy day of rest. It is mentally, physically and spiritually necessary for our health, success and well-being. It puts us in an energetic state of allowing and receiving. If you don’t already observe one day a week as your “do nothing” day, please do! It will make a profound difference in your life and the act of doing nothing will yield big rewards.
Much love and lots of blessings during your down-time!
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Cleanses and detoxes have become quite popular these days. Whether you are doing a juice cleanse, the master cleanse or a mono-diet cleanse, these can be great ways to rid the body of unwanted toxins and give the digestive system a much needed break. With all of the chemicals and pollutants we deal with in our modern society, a semi-annual physical cleanse is quite vital for sustaining good health.
Wait a minute. We forgot something!
However, good health is far from a physical concept. The mind, body, spirit connection is absolutely a tangible one. As we experience this world, day by day, we are not only accumulating physical toxins, but we pick up and store mental and emotional toxins as well. We began doing this at a very young age through our cultural, familial and religious upbringings. The concept of mental toxins may not be as popular of a subject, but I guarantee you that it is more detrimental to one’s overall health than most physical toxins.
In fact, 98% of all diseases stem from a mental/emotional origin.
These mental toxins may manifest in the form of stress, anxiety, anger, criticism, judgment, jealousy, sadness, depression, insecurity… The list goes on. Some of these psychic toxins are in our awareness while others may be stored so deep, we do not even realize they are present – all the while wreaking havoc on our bodies and affecting the quality of our lives. Either way, these toxic thoughts and emotions are barriers to good health and well-being. They need to be processed and released just as physical toxins do. Without a healthy mind and spirit, a healthy body is of little use.
Throat Chakra – Visuddha – Fifth Chakra
The throat chakra is the fifth chakra and it is the first of the higher or spiritual chakras. This chakra is located in the region of neck and shoulders and its color is blue.
The gift of this chakra is accepting your originality, expressing your authentic voice and speaking your truth with grace and creativity. As you practice personal expression, a knowing that there is only one you – a unique expression of Divine Intelligence – happens.
All of the chakras work in tandem, but the throat and solar plexus chakras work especially closely. As you feel strong and confident in your identity, your throat chakra expresses clarity. Conversely, if you feel disempowered, weak or stifled in your identity, your throat chakra will shut down. If your solar plexus is over-stimulated and the ego is running the show, your words can become loud, aggressive and judgmental.
You can always tell how your solar plexus is doing by the words that come out of your mouth and their tone – and vice versa.
In writing my course, Empowered Empath: 21 Days to Emotional Freedom, I’ve decide to construct it as a book, so that others may experience the magical effects of this course independently, without having to commit to taking my course.
This is an excerpt from the Introduction:
The first step in cultivating a peaceful and empowered life is to embrace your spiritual self. You are a spiritual being having a human experience. The late Wayne Dyer said, “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.”
The words “spirit” and “soul” are interchangeable in my vocabulary. Your spirit is your life force, whose energetic imprint is entirely unique to you and you alone. Just as your fingerprint is one of a kind, so is your spirit. Your body is a miraculous vehicle through which you get stuff done and experience life on this planet in this particular human incarnation. It temporarily houses your brilliant spirit that is part and parcel of Source Energy, Divine Intelligence, God… use whatever term works best for you.
What is the essence of your spirit? Energy. Everything is energy. Every unit of energy contains information that can be read, felt or sensed by people whose empathic abilities have not been shut down. I believe we are all equipped with empathy at birth, some more than others, much like athletic, artistic or musical tendencies, and it can most definitely be cultivated and nurtured or stymied and eradicated.
Since we are constantly swimming in an energetic field fraught with our own energy, the energy of other people, places and things, we become unaware, much like a fish that is always swimming in water and not realizing he’s wet. This is liberating news.