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GVK explores deep spirituality

Christina Lundberg, Buddhist Film maker, and I explored the upside of a deep spiritual practice.  Because here is the fact of life~

It is our Divine birthright to Know and radiate our Higher Selves.

But, how do we move into that birthright? We move past self grasping.  We move out of the quest for self and into the Knowing of our Higher Self.  That, my friends, takes practice.  And for me, it is practice toward the goal of the Self that keeps me from losing my mind sometimes.

Learn about Christina’s incredible film, For the benefit of all beings, about Garchen Rinpoche and his powerful message

I lived half of my life thinking that everything that I saw with my eyes, felt with my emotions, and touched with my hands was all that there was for me to experience. Then I woke up. But, oh, that slumber was painful.  Because I think that I knew that there was something else ~ something bigger, more profound, more beautiful  ~ when I was little and I pushed it all down out to get away from the things that I could not explain.  That becomes the malady of our human~ness. We come here Knowing, then forget and sometimes never wake up. And that seems so silly to me! Why don’t we keep that remembering??? Sigh. I do not know. But, I do know that when I woke up out of that numbing pain, I was free.  And in that freedom of Spirit, I began to thrive instead of survive.

And that’s the goal right? To thrive. To share our unique light with this world. To become good shepherds to our Earth and to each other.  Because when we share our Light we receive more Light and so it goes, ad infinitum…

GVK moves through the pain with Chris Grosso

The topic of pain has been haunting me~do we need pain for deep spiritual development?  And if so, WHY? I thought that Chris Grosso, author of the Indie Spiritualist and the upcoming Everything Mind, was one of the best people to bang that around with. Why? Well, because like me, Chris has been to hell and came out on the other side pretty damn spiritually awake.

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Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of be present in every moment of life, even the painful ones. When we are present, we Know the gift of life. And with that gift, there is joy and pain. I have come to realize, is that avoiding pain only deepens it. Instead, I must be present in that pain. And in the experiencing and allowing of that pain, I can then m-o-v-e through it. I must understand it, where does it come from? Is it even mine?? Being an empath, I find at times that I am experiencing pain that has no origin in my life. I have to ask the questions and follow where they lead me. That is the process of moving through it.

In that fashion, I learn how to love all aspects of my life and that brings me closer to fellow beings. It gives me a deeper look at my own humanity. And that leads to deeper awakenings. And in that, I can then look around me with less judgment and less restriction. I can come into deeper Oneness with all that is around me. Oneness with All That Is. Ram Dass, Chris’s favorite spiritual leader, puts it like this~

“As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.”

With that, at least for now, I have my answer. The pain brings us closer to the compassion of another’s path. It opens us to humility and moves us deeper into Awareness. It makes it easier for judgment to fall away and see the Truth of our True Self…

GVK and Jack Canfield get there from here

 

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Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles ~ how to get from where you are to where you want to be  & Chicken Soup for the Soul,  is standing in the Light. He is no different than anybody else in the world, except that he takes the principles that he has discovered through life’s challenges and applies them. He creates his universe in a positive way.

How do we get there from here? The is an age-old question that seems to allude us, when in reality, getting there is a lot easier than you think!

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And sometimes I forget that Truth. The tools are available and they’re all around me, yet, I get wrapped up in the drama of whatever story I am involved in, thinking that it is my only reality. Forgetting is a human malady. And in order to remember that I am a Divine Being, I must center and calm myself. I must stop the chatter of my ego brain telling me “how it is” and come into the Knowing of how it can be. I do that by meditating, connecting to the Earth and receiving the council of others.

As I have moved through life, I have been shown how each event informs the next. I have seen how, through experiences, I can shift away from things that bring me sorrow and move into a place of honor and joy.  I have used the tools presented along the way to get there. Jack Canfield gives us a his remedy for getting there. Why not pick it up and begin your journey toward standing in the Light…


GVK floats through life

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There are two sayings

wear life like a loose garment & floating down the river of life

that do not come easily to me, and actually, they are something that I have to work at. What a paradox~to work on keeping loose. It takes consciousness and awareness because I get so invested in what’s happening around me that I forget that I am Divinely guided. And in the forgetting, I don’t tap into that eternal love and wisdom.  So instead, I find myself wearing life like a straitjacket and practically drowning as I bumble down the river of life!

I sat in that place of forgetting through my teen years.  Life was constantly tightening it’s hold & pulling me under until I began blotting it all out with drugs and alcohol. It was a time of slumber and sorrow, an experiment in “alone~ness”. In my 20’s I started to find my way back into remembering. It was a long journey for me. There were many illusions to break free from. There were many lies that my ego nurtured to keep me in a place of fear and pain.

Now that I sit in a place of Knowing, I only step into forgetfulness occasionally. But, oh, boy, but when I do, the waters of the river overtake me and I am in that straight jacket fighting for my life. Thankfully, I have a powerful support team in place who remind me of my tools~meditation, good friendships who provide wonderful sounding boards, my deep connection to the power of All That Is and the love that surrounds me.

From there, I can be responsible for my actions and for what my part in a particular drama of life is. Because, I have to be willing to look at myself and move into a higher vibration if I want to float with ease.  And while this does take work, I promise you that it leads to a life of ease and grace. You won’t find it so easy to put on that straightjacket anymore.  And then, my friends, we can slip into that rolling river and loosely, gently float down it. We move from surviving to thriving.

sending you love as you roll down the river of life

 Photo by Michael Hicks

GVK heals the heart

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What happens when we open our hearts? Well, when we open our hearts, all the things that we have kept inside come pouring out. And we find that a great many of those things have contributed to making us feel small, hurt and scared. We discover pain, sorrow, resentments and anger.

And then something miraculous happens. You make room. You make room to replace those lower vibrational feeling/experiences with the opposite. You make room for love and light, healing and rebalancing. And then you remember that you are Divine. You remember that you have a right to feel joy and prosperity, to live on a clean earth, to eat healthy food AND you have a right to prosper.

So, that is why I found Kate Bartolotta, author of Heart Medicine ~ write your story, heal your heart ~ simply profound. She guides us to write our story and heal our hearts.

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I have written down pieces of my story and performed them in solo shows ( Baby, Oh Baby & You CAN get there from here…). Some of it is damn funny and some of it is heartbreaking. I thought if I shared my story with people they would understand that no matter how deep into hell you’ve gone, you can Always find your way back into the light. Into Love. I know this because I am proof. I had no idea that I would actually be healing myself when I told the stories. But heal and transmute I did. So, take the tool that Kate shares with her book. Write your story and heal your heart. And then begin again with Love…

GVK knows the Divine Self with Marsha Mason

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Marsha Mason is the perfect example of being who you are, not being what you do! She has had many incarnations in this lifetime so far. She was a highly celebrated actress in Hollywood, then she was the owner of the Abiquiu Farm in New Mexico (where she learned about Biodynamic Farming), and now has the natural skincare product line ~ Resting In The River  Natural Products ~ from her work on that farm.

Marsha’s deep spiritual practice with Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi has brought her to knowing who she is on a Divine level

And that’s the goal isn’t it?  To know oneself through the eyes of the Divine. We desire to but be who we are and let that inform what we do. That was the hardest part for me!  And it was coming into a deep spiritual practice that showed me that above all, I am a spiritual being. There are different aspects of me that go into everything that I do, certainly.  And those things are pieces to the puzzle that is me.  I’ve had over 50 jobs in my life and in every single one of those jobs, I brought a different aspect of myself to the forefront. Even as a parent, I bring only aspects of myself forward.

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I can now say that I am at peace with who I am and happy to bring that to what I do. For it is only with the Divine that I am I fully100% who I Am…

GVK speaks up about the Divine Feminine

It is time for the Divine Feminine to be heard

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The Divine Feminine must come into balance and equalize the world. As this happens, more and more behaviors/comments that were once thought of as common place will shift.  And it is the words of the powerfully eloquent Cheyane Reisner that will change how the feminine is viewed! Cheyane is a senior at Skidmore College, and get ready world, because she is going to change it for the better!

The Silence That Screams

by Cheyane Reisner

I’m grateful for the young women who come up behind me, for the women who went before me and for my own generation who continue to embolden the Divine Feminine. I wonder what my life would’ve been like had I been able to speak my truth so profoundly at a younger age. My confusion and anger over how I was perceived as a young woman often left me feeling powerless and from that feeling, I could not find my voice in a way that could awaken those around me. Not so anymore.

Language is so important and carries it’s vibration out into the world in a profound way. If we are allowing others to treat us, whether it be the entire female sex, one of our sisters, or frankly, anyone in a belittling manner, we allow that energy to feed degradation throughout the planet.

When we empower the feminine voice here in the United States, we do so for our sisters throughout the world. So we must focus on elevating our thoughts and comments. It is time for us to move out of the stone age mentality that has kept the imbalance of feminine and masculine power so off kilter…

GVK gets into healthy relationships

Our lives are full on about relationship on every level

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And Adam Sheck, The Passion Doctor,  wants you to become more intimate, more honest and more real in your relationships. I do too!

From the relationship of a life partner to our relationship with our environment and the earth which we live on, we must learn to become intimate.

I learned to change the paradigm of the over and over and over again bad relationship after a huge wake up call. I started having anger blackouts. Only a few seconds here and there, but, it scared the crap out of me. I just couldn’t take it anymore and needed to change.

Everyone’s wake up call is different, but, after those little episodes, my threshold for emotional pain got super low. I decided that I was worth more than the “disapproving type” of person that I was allowing into my sacred circle. In fact, I realized that I was the sacred circle and I needed to surround myself with Divinity.

As we shed our fears and really begin to know ourselves from a Divine perspective, we learn to make healthier choices. Each choice that supports our Divine Self echoes out into the world and supports other Divine energy. That energy will move toward you and support your shift toward Health and Love…

20 minute free session with Adam Sheck when you mention that you heard him on GVK 

GVK wakes us up

Wake up, wake up, wake up! 

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Why? Because humanity has slumbered long enough. You have slumbered long enough. It has been eons now. We must understand that we are connected to everything, even down to the quietest, quietest thought. You are master creator, creating your universe and experiences. That is why you came and that is how the Divine sees It’s Self ~ through your creations.

Silent Awakening by Tina Malia

I did not know this fact for the longest time. I was in the dark.  All these terrible things happened to me and I carried them with me feeding them nurturing them and creating a universe where they were the only truth. But that was only one aspect of the story of what happened to me

Do you know the Native American story about the Black Wolf and the White Wolf? I like the story below because it acknowledges that we have those dark forces within ourselves but we also have the ability to guide and move with them and not let them overtake us.

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We have the ability to be in balance with the Light and the Dark, both inherent in our nature.

And that’s what waking up is about. It’s about not  letting the darkness take over. It is about knowing how you feel, speaking your truth in a way that brings about positive change and being who you are in a positive way. Transmuting your pain and opening to a path of abundance and joy. From there you can then affect the universe in a positive way ~ your universe, your world…

GVK gets into emotional eating


shutterstock_223243450-300x252Emotional eating ~ erg! Why do we do it? Wellllll, because we have emotions that we don’t have the tools to cope with! Even when I have all the tools, I sometimes just get
overwhelmed. Sheree Druskin and Caren Laboy of The Nutritious Moms have some great substitutes for us and really great ideas to help us move through the rough spots in life without sabbatoging ourselves with food that does not support us.

My kids are in their teen years and let me tell you, if I make it through this with my sanity in tact, I will consider myself blessed.  Not only is it painful to watch my kids maneuver around in the hormonal imbalances and emotional ups and downs, but, it brings my teen hood screaming to the surface! And these deep emotional things tend to propel me into emotional eating. The only way to move through it is with tools.  The tools help me heal myself and then become a positive mirror for them.

For a long time, those tools were all kinds of substances.

I thought that they would quell the  intensity of my feelings. They didn’t and so now I don’t. Then all of a sudden I realized that I was using food the same way that I used other things. Just trying to fill that empty hole in my soul. Sigh. The only way to fill that “hole” is with a spiritual practice. That can mean whatever you want it to mean, as long as it effects you in a positive nurturing way. Nature, self help groups, writing groups, 12 step groups, theology, yoga, empowerment seminars are just a few ways to follow a nurturing spiritual path and gathering healthy tools for life.

I walk a very deep spiritual path now ~ this path saved me from myself, from my own inner demons. There was no other answer for me, and that includes food as well.  Believe me, by the time I got to this understanding, I had tried Everything out there…xoK