Category: inspiration

GVK talks forgiveness with Julie Genovese

Talking with Julie Genovese, author of Nothing Short of Joy, is always a wonderful experience! I asked her to chat with GVK because she has an inspirational story of healing a personal relationship that I felt everyone could benefit from.

 To learn more about Julie Genovese follow the embedded links below ~

 www.nothingshortofjoy.com

http://www.nothingshortofjoy.com/cpr-for-the-creative-soul/

So often we hear these wonderful stories of people living amazing lives and moving past their pain, but, we never really hear How they do it.  And here, Julie gives us a “how to” which I found extraordinary!

When I was struggling with the pain of my teen experiences, I wondered if I would ever heal. I kept asking why things had happened the way that they did.  Why, and then poor me. Sigh. And then one day, I got angry. And boy, let me tell you, when that came out, it was like a monster.

Anger was the first way that I moved myself out of victimhood. But, I had to move on from that because underneath the anger was an immense sorrow.  And frankly, the sadness was more profound than the anger.  I once told a therapist that I was afraid to feel all the sadness in my heart because it might actually kill me. She assured me that it would not (thankfully she was right!).  Slowly, step by step I moved through a series of feelings that lead me to the f word ~ FEAR.  Transmuting fear was not something I did alone. I had Divine guidance and help all along the way because by this time, I was deep in my spiritual practice.

One of the things that I learned on my path of healing was to see my life from a different perspective.  What had I gained from all of this? How could I use what I felt to help others? I learned to lean on a Power greater than myself to help me reveal the Truth of my life. And I learned to not only share my truth, but to listen to others who also had Truth to share. Julie Genovese is one of those people. So listen with joy and relish a method of healing that she is sharing with us today…

GVK rides up the chakra river with Janet Conner

I was so blown away by the information that Janet Conner shared regarding chakras that I was speechless for most of this podcast! I was most moved by her experience with Swan and the 6th chakra.

Janet is the author of The Lotus and the Lily and Writing Down Your Soul.

In Native American lore, Swan, as a duckling, enters the Void and surrenders to Great Spirit’s vision. She trusts what she is shown and is thus transformed into a graceful elegant white bird.

When I entered my teen years I couldn’t have felt more like an ugly duckling if had tried. It wasn’t about what I looked like on the outside however, it was about how I felt on the inside. My parents thought I was weird and couldn’t find a common ground to communicate with me. Teachers found me frustrating. And there were factions of the student population that simply wanted me dead. I believe that was the first time that I entered the Void. I had to Know who I was at a time when knowing who you are is the biggest struggle of your life.

I did not experience the Void as gracefully as Swan did my first time in. I didn’t want to be different. I didn’t want to have strange dreams with spirits talking to me. I didn’t want to know what people were feeling before they did. I didn’t want to grieve the Earths torture. I didn’t want to have Big emotions and Big feelings. I just wanted to be normal. Sigh. Normal, I am not ~ and today I celebrate that. But, the remembering of who I Am took time, healing and love.

I have been shown many things during my excursions in the Void. But the thing that I take to my heart and have instituted into my life is to Trust that I matter. Trust that I am an integral part of this wonderful, heartbreaking, exciting, maddening and empowering adventure called Life. And that all the crazy, painful, strange, exciting experiences I have will be transmuted into healing through my storytelling. when I share my experiences through storytelling, I lead people to a healing. I am here to bridge the gap between human and spirit ~to lead people to remembering their Divinity…

to learn more about Janet Conner and her fabulous books follow the link below

www.janetconner.com

follow the links below to learn more about what we talked about ~

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss,  Chakras by Hirsh Johari, Miester Eckhart, Cynthia Bourgeault

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GVK puts our mind where our muscle is with Greg Crawford, author of The Brain Detox Diet

Everybody talks about a healthy, strong, toned body, but, what about our brains? In Greg Crawford’s book, The Brain Detox Diet, he addresses the very thing most people neglect when shifting into better physical health ~ your brain. He tackles the aspects of our thought process that keep us in stuck bad habits and negative thinking, which can lead to poor physical fitness. Greg is the owner of My Training Gym in Morristown, NJ and he knows fitness!

Fitness as a total soul concept is often overlooked. Our bodies are the houses for our souls. Therefore, our body is, indeed, a sacred temple. For so long, I did not understand this. I treated my body like a thing to do what I told it to do.  And I was always pretty lucky in that regard. I was a ballet dancer and gymnast until my mid twenties. Then I became a runner with weight training thrown in. I have exercised, in some form or another at least five days a week for most of my life. I thought I was doing all the right things to keep my body strong and healthy.

And then the day came that my body did not respond the way it always had, and frankly, I was a bit lost about it all. My body had changed with the birth of my two children and while I was still in good shape, I couldn’t sustain the same exercise regime. Not being able to do what I was accustomed to left me feeling very blue and I discovered a host of unhealthy thoughts had been living inside my brain just bursting to get out and take hold of me.  That was when I realized that my brain had as much power as my body and it was time to trim it down and tone it up!

I’ve had to reprogram my thinking. It was crazy what was whirling around in my head! One minute I heard that I was a loser because I couldn’t do as many sit ups as I used to and the next minute a voice would snidely talk to me about being too sexy for a mother. Geesh! All those negative messages that I received as a girl and into my adulthood needed to go! I had to learn to love my body and it’s new changes and stop judging myself. I realized that I had grown up with mixed messages about body image and I couldn’t run from the damage it had quietly caused me my whole life. I had already shifted so much of the negativity surrounding me, but, now it was time to detox my brain and shift what was hiding inside of me…

Follow the embedded links to learn more about ~

Greg Crawford 

My Training Gym

The Brain Detox Diet

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GVK tones and balances the full seven chakras

Ok GVKers! here it is ~ the 7 chakras. I promise you that toning all seven chakras regularly will improve your life on every level. Your connection to the Divine will deepen, your psychic abilities will expand and your sense of well being will broaden. Keep this podcast in your tool kit for balancing and shifting the energy in your life to a more positive and Knowing place.

 

Let’s recap ~
1st chakra color: red            element: earth ~     to have
2nd chakra color:orange     element: water ~    to feel
3rd chakra color: yellow     element: fire ~         to act
4th chakra color: green       element: air ~          to love
5th chakra color: sky blue  element: sound ~    to speak
6th chakra color: indigo     element: light ~       to see
7th chakra color: violet       element: thought ~ to know

When we are balanced, we can receive, with clarity, the Divine messages that surround us. Accessing our Divine Selves brings us into a place of Knowing and Knowing pushes out the fear. I hear so many conversations centered in fear and negativity ~ global warming, poverty, animal abuse, Earth abuse. Sigh. Believe me, I get it! I live on this Earth and I am well aware of the challenges we are facing as a human race. But, lets be honest, if I focus on that, then I seriously would not even get out of bed in the morning. I must remain focused on my Divine Self to institute positive change.

My kids will tell you that my favorite saying, and I Live by this, is ~ if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Period. It is truly that simple. Stay balanced and create positive change. Pick up the garbage you see on the ground, plant a tree, stop using pesticides on your lawn and garden, volunteer in your town, smile at people, learn something about a different culture (especially one that scares you). How to effect positive change is endless. Balance, tap in and vibrate it out to be the beacon of Light you came here to be…

Get to know your chakras better with this fantastic chakra workbook by Sonia Choquette
True Balance

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GVK gets an Indie Spiritualist experience with Chris Grosso


indiespiritualist-150x150Chris Grosso promotes his book as a “no bullshit exploration of spirituality”, and his honesty is hard core, which, frankly, we love at GVK. But, what he brought to our conversation this week, was a gentle mindfulness. Like Megan and I, Chris has been down the rabbit hole and experienced the darkness. And then, by the Grace of All That Is, he found his way into the Light. We talked about some of those “ah ha” moments that reawaked our Higher Self.

That “ah ha” conversation reminded me of a song by Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens ) ~

The Wind

To me, this songs sums up my experience with Awakening. I did swim upon the devils lake. In fact, there was a time when I thought that was my only choice. Divine inspiration or intervention weren’t for people like me. I had goals and dreams and ideas, but, I never seemed to quite get it right. I always seemed to make that one bad decision, trust that one wrong person, make that

It’s not like I was born with those feelings. My Mom always talked about how all of us (my sister and brothers) came out with our personalities in tact. She said that I was always happy, optimistic and excitedly looked at everything like a new adventure. But when my teens hit, I got hit by a storm of negativity that took hold of me. The brutal experiences of my teens left me with the feeling that I was all alone and that life was meant to be endured. Sigh. It was a dark and lonely time for me.

And then came my shift in perspective. An understanding that if I really had been alone, I would have most likely been killed by those negative forces. I retraced those dark times, as I plunged into my spiritual quest, and saw where I was guided, loved and held in Divine Light. Thus was and is my journey of seeing, of hearing and of Knowing. It is, as Chris Grosso so beautifully put it,  “the spirit continuing to awaken”…

to learn more about Chris Grosso and his book The Indie Spiritualist, follow the embedded link below ~
www.theindiespiritualist.com

We talked about:

A Course In Miracles

Thich Nhat Hanh

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GVK opens to the Divine with the 7th chakra

The seventh chakra is your connection to the Divine.  This chakra is a deep violet leading into white. It’s element is Thought.  But, funnily enough, you can’t think this chakra into opening.  The way into this magical and Divine world is by Being. This chakra, being the door to the Divine, does not become imbalanced.  It will either be open, partially open or closed.

When I was a teen and into my early 20’s, I did not believe in anything like a Higher Power.  Life seemed to kick me over and over and if there were such things as Angels and Guides, I certainly did not think that they were with me.  I thought that if there were such things, they were for the super religious people.  I felt very much on my own in terms of how to get through life.  My crown chakra was however not closed. I recieved information from the Divine all the time, but, did not realize what it was. But due to the fear that I was living in, my crown chakra was only partially open.

However, when I moved from my parents home, I began to experience things that could not be explained away. Premonitory dreams, people talking very clearly to me in my dreams, hunches that were always right and a very loud clear voice of guidance.  I then began to explore the psychic world which lead me on a spiritual journey. That journey lead to the healing and opening of my heart, which in turn,  fully opened my crown chakra.

As the heart opens, so does our awareness of the Divine. The Divine is Always with us. My experience is that when I reach out to the Divine, even just a tiny bit, Divinity runs to me full force with more love than I can possibly fathom…

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GVK hears the Angels with Emma Kupu Mitchell

Emma Kupu Mitchel was with us today on GVK and what a treat it was!  Emma shines her light by healing with the sound of bowls.  With the vibration of the bowls, she then tunes into the vibration of the Angels and receives messages.

I believe that we can all access the Divine realm and “hear” the Angels, the Ascended Masters and All That Is.  However, it does take learning to perceive in a different way.  It takes moving our focus away from the everyday desires, wishes, needs of our human life and open up to an expanded vision.

Expanding the senses and letting the ego part of our existence takes practice and commitment.  It takes a desire to view the world in a different way, in a Grander way.  And of course, it then means that we will be experiencing ourselves in a more profound way as well.  Knowing that you matter, that you make a difference when you shine your Light on this Earth is the way to the Divine.  It is a simple direct way of opening up to a bigger picture than what lays in front of you.

When I hear people say, “what can I do”, “what difference can one person make”, “what does it matter” ~ I am reminded of Mother Teresa, Muhatma Ghandi, Abraham Lincoln.  I also think of Emma Mitchell, who opens her heart to the guidance of Angels by the ringing of a bowl.  And with that opening, she shares that guidance with all of us who have yet to hear in the way that she does.  And that guidance gives us hope, encouragement, comfort and Love.  One person can do Anything!

To learn more about Emma Mitchell and to book an Angel reading or a healing session please follow the embedded links below

Emma is happy to offer a special 1hr for $100 ~ that’s a $44 saving! ~ for anyone who contacts her and mentions that they listened to the show!

Emma Kupu Mitchell website – http://healingforthehealerssoul.com/

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GVK looks into the future with the 6th chakra

The sixth chakra is a gateway into the future.  The color is a deep indigo blue and the element is light.  This chakra sits in the center of the brow, creating a triangle with the eyes. The sound associated with it is a soft o ~ ooooo. When spinning freely, this chakra opens awareness on a multidimensional level, fully immersing us in the bigger picture vision of life as a Soul.  It is also the gateway to Dreams.

Since I can remember, I have had vivid and profound dreams.  A reoccurring dream of mine that followed me into my college years was a cacophony of voices of all different pitches calling my name over and over and over.  I found it absolutely terrifying as a child, but, came to understand much later that the voices were souls reaching out to me.  I believe that they were reaching out in support, because the “dream” always came through when I was in deep despair and stress. 

The sixth chakra opens us to the future and then to possibility.  If we are sitting in a place of hopelessness, our sixth chakra is out of balance.  I recently read an article about a hard core, long time environmental activist, Paul Kingsnorth, giving up and falling into despair.  Sigh.  I found myself falling with him as I read the article, but, then said “WAIT!  I need a rebalancing of my third eye.”  Because clear vision helps us see beyond what the material world presents, it helps us see things in a Divine light.

Now, on my spiritual journey, I can almost always to see beyond what is presented to me in the physical world.  Being able to open to that kind of Vision helps me continue to do my part in making this world a more conscious and balanced place.  To keep my focus on what I Am doing, not on what I can’t do.  Some time ago, I spoke with an old colleague of mine.  His daughter was turning 10 and mine was just born.  I was remarking how wonderful it was to be a child today because of the awareness around parenting that our parents did not possess.  He freaked out at me exclaiming “Are you kidding?! It’s a horrible time to bring kids into the world. Everything is a mess, we are going to run out of water and the only thing our kids will inherit is pollution!”  Who do you think needed a 6th chakra balancing…

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GVK gets charged up with Zach Lichtmann, author of Dynamo

Zach Lichtmann brought a dynamic energy to GVK so it is no surprise that his first novel is called Dynamo. And he brings that dynamic force to living his dream.  Megan and I were totally inspired talking with Zach about how he found his way to becoming a published writer, and a damn good one at that.

I believe that living your dream and your passion is the key to a fulfilling, happy and productive life.  Once I found my passion for telling stories through acting I went at with my full being.  My parents were concerned.  How would I make a living? What if it never worked?  What kind of a job is acting?  They were not happy and wanted me to have a “backup” in case this thing didn’t work out. 

My dreams of “telling a story” through acting never waivered, but, it did go through a metamorphosis.  Having children shifted my passion for the life of a struggling actress.  Long hours and late nights with little pay meant not being with my children and that was not something that felt good in my heart.  I had been a struggling actress for close to 20 years.  I felt that the Universe was telling me something when I was asked to come to a 10 hour rehearsal for a 5 minute role of the sleeping nurse on stage.  That meant 12 hours away from my new born baby.  So, I stepped away from it all.  Had I been super successful, it may have played out differently.  But, I trust the Universe, even if it is showing me something that I don’t think I want. 

Soon after walking away, a play began to write itself in my head.  With the encouragement of my beautiful husband, Jeff, I wrote it down and invited 50 friends/family members to bear witness to my new direction in life.  I told them all before I began that I really didn’t know if this was going to be good and that I would let their reactions be my guide.  I received a standing ovation with not a dry eye in the house.  I had my answer.

And so began a new direction of the same passion.  GVK is yet another path of that same passion.  Who knows where it all leads, but, I will keep living my dream Knowing that All That Is rejoices when a soul shares it’s Light in it’s own unique way…

To share Zach Lichtmann’s Light and read his current book ~ please follow the links below

www.writehardest.com/home.html

Dynamo

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GVK speaks loud and clear with the 5th chakra

chakra fiveThe fifth chakra ~ The color is sky blue, the element is air ~ and it is my favorite!  And not only because I communicate for a living.  Leading others by spreading a high vibration with my words and thoughts, whether it be with performing or in my home environment is part of my souls purpose here on Earth.  

It took me a long time to find my way to a Soul Purpose that felt good to live in. And communicating a Higher Truth feels comfortable for me.  That communication is as much about what I send out as what I send in to myself. My teen years where hellish and I received messages on a regular basis of how I wasn’t good enough.  Like anything that is played over and over again, a groove became imprinted in my psyche that put me in a loop of that feeling.  Moving myself out seemed a task that couldn’t be accomplished and then my spiritual journey went into full force and I found my way.

And I believe that because I found my way, it was my Soul Purpose to help others find theirs.  I once told my Mom that the things that have happened to me, have happened for a reason ~ and that reason was to lead others out of the darkness.

The fifth chakra leads us out of the darkness with voice, sound, intention and purpose.  How are you putting forth your energy?  Do you give yourself loving thoughts and messages?  Remember, what you put into yourself is what you echo out into the world.  The more that we give ourselves love and tolerance, justice and peace, the more that vibration will spread outward and before you know it, we will be living As Above, So Below…

We talked about:

Louise Hay

Sonia Choquette ~ True Balance (workbook on chakras)

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