Evolution Made Easier

Zippy's tips & picks for a happier, healthier YOU!


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Happiness, Tama Kieves, hard hat hero, Rumi, behavior change, and dragons


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – Yep, that’s the way to do it!

happiness

 

 

# 2 – This takes a few minutes to read, but I think it’s well worth it and contains such nuggets as “you’re looking w/ the mind for answers of the heart,” and talks about the need to be care-filled, rather than careful, how we try to cobble together answers just to relieve the discomfort of not knowing, and how even pain has a purpose, message and an opportunity. Good one, Tama Kieves!

http://tamakieves.respond.ontraport.net/Mojo-Message-May-2016

 

 

#3 – A great story for you animal lovers out there…..

http://www.care2.com/causes/this-man-may-wear-a-hard-hat-but-he-sure-has-a-soft-spot-for-dogs.html

 

 

# 4 – I love this one from Rumi……

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone’s soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.

~ Rumi

 

 

# 5 – Check out this interesting post at Self-help Health about healing illness by changing your behavior…..

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/healing-illness-by-transforming-your-behavior/

 

 

# 6 – More lovely inspiration….

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Enjoy!

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Purpose, free health events, Meditation 2.0, life and death, perception


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – A good one from Eckhart Tolle…..

 

# 2 – Check out the latest post at Self-help Health for a number of free events, including Radical Beauty from Deepak Chopra and The Detox Project from Health Talks On-line…..

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/radical-beauty-m…upressure-points/

 

# 3 – And speaking of free events, you may want to sign up for this one being offered by Craig Hamilton, but you’ll need to hurry since it happens tomorrow…..

By now, you’ve probably tried meditation practice in the hope that it might bring you closer to the awakening you’ve sensed is possible.

But you’ve probably also noticed that although meditation can help us become calmer, more centered and less reactive, it rarely leads to the depth of spiritual awakening we’ve tasted in our most profound moments.

If that’s been your experience, too, I want to invite you to a free online seminar I’m offering to share a radical new approach to meditation that goes beyond the limitations of most meditation practices, and can even give us direct and consistent access to awakened consciousness:

Meditation 2.0 – The Miracle of Direct Awakening

In this 75-minute webinar, I’m going to share the surprising truth I’ve learned in three decades of meditation research–and the unexpected discovery that is revolutionizing the way I teach spiritual practice and awakening.

Indeed, the practice of “direct awakening” I’m going to be introducing is such a radical departure from the meditation most of us have been taught, that it’s really more accurate to think of it as an evolution of meditation. Which is why I’m calling it Meditation 2.0.

 

# 4 – Oh wow, very short, but lots to think about here….

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.” – William Blake

 

# 5 – I found this video on life and death so profound and evocative. FYI, you may need to have a hanky at the ready…..

 

Enjoy!
 
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Lynx, kindness, blessing, right place, and Abe


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – OMG, could this pic from I Love Nature be any sweeter?! I told a friend the adult reminded me of a cat version of Yoda or a cat crossed with a Native American medicine man…..the ears and part of the fur give the appearance of a buffalo headdress. 

 

 

# 2 – Great stimulation from a newsletter from Tama Kieves…..

“This month our miraculous focus from A Course in Miracles is “You Cannot But Be in the Right Place at the Right Time.”

We are in times of change, but not in times of chaos.
You may find yourself in transition. You feel as though you’re floundering or paralyzed because you can’t see what moves to make. Relax. Take a deep breath because you’re not in the middle of disarray but in the middle of perfection.

Just because your precious mind doesn’t see a plan, doesn’t mean there’s not a plan that will blow your mind. Oh, believe me, there is.

You can look at a grapefruit and your eyes won’t see the crystalline molecular structure or atoms whirring like bees. But your refusal of reality doesn’t change reality. You are loved and you have a way, even if you wail with confusion. Your way awaits you. It waits for you to learn what to pay attention to, and what to disregard.

A Course in Miracles teaches “Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time.” You are not lost. You are not abandoned. You can abandon yourself and feel abandoned. But you will always find your way– when you find your way back to listening to your knowing, your spirit and not the relentless noise of your conditioning.

You are where you need to be. You are who you need to be.Even when you have beliefs that destroy your joy.

In an Age of Information, it’s time to pay attention to the right information. Listen only to the marrow of your being. Your desires are decrees. Let go of every belief that doesn’t uplift, excite, or soothe you. This isn’t rationalization. This is dedication. You want to become only your true self. Everything else grows naturally and inevitably from this attended soil.”

 

# 3 – Yes!

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Girish

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” ~ Amelia Earhart
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# 4 – This works great as a continuation of the theme in Tip # 3. Love it!

“One of the greatest needs this planet has for healing is blessing.
It is under blessed. Under blessed reality is like empty calories.

A blessing enhances possibilities for good. Like an enzyme for
growth, like a catalyst in a chemical process, blessings serve to
help a living process surmount the barriers that obstruct it.”

~Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, from “Jewish With Feeling ”

# 5 – And from Abe…..

If your dominant intent is to feel joy while you are doing the work, your triad of intentions—freedom, growth and joy—will come quickly and easily into alignment. See your “career” as one of creating a joyful life experience. You are not a creator of things or a regurgitator of what someone else has created or a gatherer of stuff. You are a creator, and the subject of your creation is your joyful life experience. That is your mission. That is your quest. That is why you are here. — Abraham

Enjoy!
 
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Unexpected kindness, change, teachers, Derek Rydell, and Abe on religions


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – Love it!

 

# 2 – A good one from Rob Brezsny’s newsletter……

“We create ourselves by what we choose to notice.
Once this work of self-authorship has begun, we inhabit the world we’ve
created. We self-seal. We don’t notice anything except those things that
confirm what we already think about who we already are.

Meditative traditions refer to the observer self. When we succeed in
moving outside our normal processes of self-reference and can look upon
ourselves with self-awareness, then we have a chance at changing. We
break the seal. We notice something new.”– Margaret Wheatley

 

# 3 – Some stimulation from Derek Rydell…..

 

# 4 – More from Rob Brezsny’s newsletter….. this time an excerpt from his book Pronoia…….

Everyone’s my teacher. Everywhere I go, I’m a student. Everyone is in some way my informant, my revelator, my direction connection to the Divine Wow.

The animals, too: They are my confidants, my beloveds, my spirit guides.

And yes, the plants! My godparents, my role models, my advisers.

I vow to gleefully shut up and listen reverently on a regular basis.

Playful, mysterious intelligences surround me in every direction. I’m
available!

(Yes, to you, too, wind and sun and sky and mountain and rivers and oceans and rocks: I greet you daily as my family members, my agent provocateurs, my fellow celebrants.)

 

# 5 And Abe on religions…..

Every religion on the planet, and there are so many more than you are even aware of, has the potential of absolute thriving. But when you think that you must prove that you have the only one that is right—and you use your condemnation to push against the others—your condemnation separates you from your own Connection that, before your condemnation, you were finding in your own religion.

—Abraham

 

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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You ARE life, inspiring story, enlightenment x 2, and Abe on earn vs allow


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1- A reminder for Eckhart….

 

 

# 2 – Very inspiring!

For more on his story: http://www.theidealindian.com/srikanth-bolla-faced-rejections-all-his-life-because-of-being-blind-but-today-this-man-heads-a-rs-50-crore-company#.V6X1FCgrLIU

 

 

# 3 – Lovely image and text….

 

 

# 4 – More from Adyashanti on enlightenment…..Stimulating….

Do not think that enlightenment is going to make you special—it’s not. If you feel special in any way, then enlightenment has not occurred. I meet a lot of people who think they are enlightened and awake simply because they have had a very moving spiritual experience. They wear their enlightenment on their sleeve like a badge of honor. They sit among friends and talk about how awake they are while sipping coffee at a cafe.

The funny thing about enlightenment is that when it is authentic, there is no one to claim it. Enlightenment is very ordinary; it is nothing special. Rather than making you more special, it is going to make you less special. It plants you right in the center of a wonderful humility and innocence. Everyone else may or may not call you enlightened, but when you are enlightened the whole notion of enlightenment and someone who is enlightened is a big joke. I use the word enlightenment all the time—not to point you toward it but to point you beyond it. Do not get stuck in enlightenment.
-Adyashanti

 

 

# 5 – Check out the latest health news at Self-help Health, especially if you eat rice….

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/whats-in-your-rice/

 

 

# 6 – Interesting to think of how “achieve” and “earn” are action-oriented, future-oriented and driven by the mental body, whereas “allow,” at least in my overview of things, is BEing-oriented, heart-driven and takes place in the Now……..

We would like you to release the word “achieve” or “earn” from your vocabulary and from your understanding, altogether; and we would like you to replace those words with the word “allow”. You’re wanting to allow your Well-being, not achieve it. It’s not something that you need to earn. All you have to do is decide what it is you would like to experience, and then allow it in order to achieve it. It isn’t something you have to struggle for or try for. You are all worthy beings. You are deserving of this Well-being.—Abraham

 

Enjoy!

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Evolution Made Easier?


 

This is a strange, strained and interesting time on planet Earth. Lots going on that can seem challenging, scary, confusing,  and more, depending on where your attention is placed. Many are feeling great sadness about certain local and world events; some are experiencing volatility in work or personal relationships. Others are chafing against a sense being constrained and confined, yet are apprehensive and uncertain of how to break free.

In the last week or so I have come across several things that have not only helped me have a better understanding of why certain things are happening right now, but also given me some insight into how to make better use of the forces at play. I’ve included several of them in this post. Hopefully for many of you reading this, they will provide some useful “aha’s” and evolutionary support….. 

 

# 1 – This first item is from The Hathors by way of a newsletter from Tom Kenyon. It really helped give me a better overview of what’s happening energetically, and the re-potting analogy seemed to hit the nail on the head and perfectly explain why I’ve been feeling the way I have….

The Aetherium

Background

From our perspective the destabilization of your world, which we mentioned in our last planetary message, is accelerating at an ever-faster rate. This is producing immense stress upon your biological, mental and emotional realities.

What we wish to offer in this message is a practical tool to bring your body/mind complex into a greater state of coherency in the midst of the ever-increasing chaos around you.

The shock waves of change that many of you are experiencing can be likened to the re-potting of a plant that has become root-bound. For many of you, your psychological and biological roots to your current perceived reality are bound up. With some exceptions most humans are finding the current transition that the world is passing through most difficult to contend with.

Much of what you might have believed to be true is being revealed as lies. Many of the institutions you counted upon to protect you are increasingly being unveiled as insidious. Interpersonal relationships are strained due to the simple fact that so many of you are stressed by the complex changes around you, changes that you seemingly have no control over. This produces destructive patterns of response within your biology, meaning how your body is responding to the stressors around you, including your mental and emotional faculties.

Returning to our metaphor of the root-bound plant, all sentient beings have psychic roots that connect them to their perceived reality. When a plant becomes too root-bound it is unable to flourish. Yet the paradox here is that when you place a root-bound plant into a larger container, with more space to grow, the plant undergoes a period of shock and disorientation. It takes awhile for the plant to recognize that there is more space to spread out its roots. While our comment may seem implausible to some of you, you are actually in the midst of greater opportunities for accelerated growth due to the fact that the multi-dimensional space you are in is expanding, i.e. your pot is getting bigger. And yet your visceral experience may be that you are feeling more confined than ever.

Our position regarding this odd paradox is that human beings—with some exceptions—tend to be slow in recognizing new spaces for growth.  They get used to being root-bound and confined by their perceived reality. There is an innate laziness in human nature when it comes to the task of stepping into a new reality that is greater than has been perceived before. If you are one of the few humans who is bold in the face of new realities, we salute you. But for most humans, there is a deep reticence in allowing their own psychic roots to expand beyond perceived realities into new vistas.

One of the great challenges in this period of global transition is that your difficulties are not just mental and emotional, they are physical in nature as well. By this we mean your physiology and neurology are deeply challenged by the rapid changes in your perceived reality.

The Aetherium

The Aetherium is a sound tool for you to address these issues head-on. The sound codes that comprise this sound meditation come directly from the higher realms of light. They are emanations from the tenth, eleventh and twelfth dimensions of reality in a realm we call The Aethos. This vibratory field of light is self-aware as well as highly intelligent and resides in a state of consciousness you would call non-duality. For our purposes, we will simply address practical suggestions for how to use this unique sound pattern.

When you listen to The Aetherium you will hear a continuous drone-sound in the background. This is The Aethos sound meditation that we presented in 2012. Emerging from this sound field are complex descending sound codes that bring the comfort, nurturing and healing energies of The Aethos into the cells of your physical body. This is a downloading of light through the agency of sound into your physical body to assist you through this immense transition the world is passing through.

There are two means of listening to this sound meditation.

Passive Listening

There may be some days when you are so stressed, depleted and exhausted that you are unable to hold a mental focus. At these times simply listen to the sounds. When your mind wanders, simply bring your relaxed focus back to the music. There is nothing else to do in this form of listening.

Click here to learn more, listen to and/or download The Aetherium.

 

#2 – Here’s an upcoming event I’ve signed up for that I thought some of you may be interested in, as well. In my opinion you can’t go wrong bringing Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle together. And the title seems so apropos :-)…..

 

Beautiful Chaos

What If Your Suffering Is Actually Here to Serve You?

As human beings we have a tendency to rush to judgement and label world events and our life circumstances as “good” or “bad.”

We do it especially when we’re struggling to make sense of a tragedy or hardship – like getting fired, having our heart broken, or receiving a difficult diagnosis. Or, when we have to let go of the way we had hoped and dreamed something would be. We do it because we desperately want some control over things that would otherwise feel random.

But where does that leave us? Grasping to try and control the events happening all around us – especially the ones we have no say in – only leaves us feeling more frustrated and powerless.

In our increasingly chaotic world, even those already on the path to enlightenment may be struggling. After all, it’s difficult to experience joy, peace, and equanimity – let alone to have a sense of purpose and meaning – in a world full of mass shootings, ugly political battles, heart-breaking refugee crises, and senseless acts of terrorism. Or, when challenges hit even closer to home – like dealing with a difficult boss, struggling with a health issue, or discovering your relationship is on the rocks.

If it isn’t always easy for us to maintain our sense of peace, purpose, meaning, and joy when life is going smoothly . . . how do we gain access to them in our toughest, darkest moments?

World-renowned leader in mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, says the first step is to recognize that the angst we feel in our lives and the chaos we experience in the world is actually neither good or bad. Rather, it is an indication that our souls are trying to awaken from the confines of our egos. And right in the midst of our suffering, actually lies our prime opportunity for growth and spiritual evolution.

Transcending life’s challenges – or even its tragedies – isn’t something most of us know how to do. But it is something everyone can learn.

That’s why world-renowned expert in mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, and internationally recognized spiritual teacher and author of the #1 New York Times best-seller The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle, have teamed up to host Beautiful Chaos: How to Find Meaning in a Messy World, an all-new, world-premiere Chopra Center online event on Wednesday, August 3rd at three convenient times.

Join this exciting conversation as two of the great spiritual masters of our time, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, reveal the simple shifts everyone can take to find and sustain your sense of peace, power, and presence no matter the circumstances of your life . . . and maintain it even in a world filled with a seemingly never-ending news cycle of problems, disasters, pain, and suffering.

There’s absolutely no cost to register or participate. Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirming your spot has been reserved. Closer to the event, you’ll receive specific log-in details so you can participate from any computer, anywhere in the world.

Then, on Wednesday, August 3rd, Deepak and Eckhart will reveal:

  • The root cause of all suffering – and what it’s really here to teach us.
  • The #1 question to ask yourself when any suffering arises – and what to do to free yourself from it.
  • Tips you can use right now to experience peace – even in this intensely paradoxical time where acts of both unconsciousness and consciousness are on the rise.
  • How you can use modern technology to bring consciousness and connection into your life – instead of using it to create more disconnection and suffering.
  • Ways most of us unknowingly fail to align with the present moment – and how to change that dynamic to then change your life.
  • How to use your life with all its challenges and imperfections – as a powerful pathway to higher consciousness and spiritual growth.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join two world-renowned spiritual masters, Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle, for a world-premiere Chopra Center online event, as they reveal the simple, yet powerfully life-changing principles anyone can use to:

  • Remain nonjudgmental throughout the events in your life, whether they appear positive or negative and then notice as the positive events in your life multiply exponentially.
  • Understand the connection between your current reality and your higher purpose and use that connection to effortlessly bridge the gap between the two.
  • Instantly alleviate suffering of any kindwhile simultaneously using it as a catalyst for your unprecedented personal and spiritual growth.

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPACE NOW

 

# 3 – This is from Jeffrey Allen, who is known as “the healers’ healer.” I took a course he offers and thoroughly enjoyed it……

Friends – if you’re having relationship struggles – personally or professionally – please don’t take them seriously right now. It will pass, and you’ll be fine!
There’s a big wave of relationship tension going around. It’s not hitting everyone, but many people have been asking about this.
Whatever difficult emotions are up for you, just be grateful for the opportunity to experience them again. If you’re ready, give yourself permission to let this be the last time (or the next to last time if you need one more little dance with these emotions).
Then imagine you are blowing up like a big puffer fish – let yourself be totally full of this anger or sadness or resentment or guilt or blame or shame or whatever. See yourself all inflated with your emotions. Now … notice how funny you look!
Laugh at how serious you’ve been. You can do it! Take a deep breathe right now and laugh out loud! Do it!! If it helps, imagine me laughing at how funny you look. (I’m always happy to help!)
When you’re finished laughing, remember who you really are. Be yourself again. Remember your love & respect for your friend or partner or colleague. Forgive. Let it go. Smile. Make up. Enjoy.
# 4 – And here’s just a little about the aspect between Saturn and Neptune that is having such an impact energetically right now. This just hints at the energies and influence this “dynamic duo” bring to “the party.” If you want to know more, there’s all sorts of in-depth stuff  available on the internet about the far-reaching and deep-seated effects of this astrological combination……

Saturn Square Neptune 2015 – 2016

There will be an increase in the frequency and severity of disasters associated with oil, mines, drowning and extreme weather. Also suicide bombings, assassinations and massacres.
Society will struggle for liberation from tradition or authoritarian rule, which will include religious freedom and the rights of refugees and women.
The biggest struggle will be for the most basic of human rights as a result of subverted religious fundamentalism

# 5 – A short video from Abe that helps facilitate a valuable shift in perspective…..

 

 

# 6 And a great quote to keep in mind for these changing and challenging times. My mantra for the day/week/year (rest of my life?)…..

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Enjoy!

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Education, wise choice, pronoia, a happier brain, hydrogen peroxide, and Abe


 

TIPS FOR TODAY:

 

# 1 – Food for thought….

 

 

# 2 – An excerpt from Rob Brezsny’s newsletter, taken from his book Pronoia: The Antidote For Paranoia…..

EXPERIMENT: I invite you to act like a person who’s in love. Even if you’re not currently in the throes of passion for a special someone, simulate that state.

Everywhere you go, exude the charismatic blend of shell-shocked
contentment and blissful turmoil that comes over you when you’re
infatuated.

Let everyone you meet soak up the delicious wisdom you exude. Wield compassion like a performance artist who exults in carving up pessimism and cynicism.

Dispense free blessings and extra slack like a rich saint high on natural endorphins.

Without straining, direct your perceptions to discern the most noble and attractive qualities in each creature you encounter.

 

 

# 3 –  A good one from Caroline Myss……

 

 

# 4- This is a great little video about how gratitude and compassion make for a happier brain…..

 

 

# 5 – Check out this Self-help Health post for LOTS of health, household and beauty tips using hydrogen peroxide…..

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/hydrogen-peroxide-inexpensive-multi-purpose-health-household-and-beauty-aid/

 

 

# 6 – Oh, this is a good one! Got chills when I read it…….

When you talk about what you want and why you want it, there’s usually less resistance within you than when you talk about what you want and how you’re going to get it. When you pose questions you don’t have answers for, like how, where, when, who, it sets up a contradictory vibration that slows everything down.–Abraham

 

Enjoy!

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