In the early 1990s I started my training as a Holistic Health Practitioner. It seemed like such an exciting field to be working in, and everywhere I went, practically, I could talk to people about one method of healing, or another, and gather an audience.

Mostly I did massage, followed closely by energy healing, and on occasion, I got to do hypnosis sessions, or flower essence consultations. I was having a blast.

Or was I?

I did love having my clients, because they were all such amazing people, and I loved how people thought that what I did was so cool.

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For many people, the idea of peace feels like a luxury, like it’s something you do after everything else is taken care of. You know, make life peaceful first, and then have some peace.

But peace is actually a process of getting through the chaotic times, because those chaotic times will always come and go. Being peaceful doesn’t stop them, being peaceful gives us the grace to handle them like a kindly person.

So peace doesn’t look like a monk sitting on a mountaintop, or a 19 year old doing yoga on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

Peace looks messy.

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I use the term non-judgment pretty frequently when I give talks, and if you’ve been on the spiritual path a while, you’ve heard other people say it, and may even have said it yourself.

But judgment is one of those words that can be confusing because sometimes it seems to make sense to judge something.

Judgment comes from one of two places; arrogance or understanding. It’s where the judgment comes from that makes a difference in whether or not we are expressing our divine nature.

For example, you may walk outside one morning and decide it’s very cold, and you need to grab a coat. You’ve just made a judgment about it being too cold for you to go out without a coat. So that sort of judgment makes sense; it comes from understanding that it’s too cold for you outside.

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The belief in a guardian spirit, or spirit guide, is an ancient one. Long ago, our own ancestors honored the spirits of their deceased loved ones, celebrating their accomplishments, and turning to them for guidance, wisdom, and support in times of trouble.

Though the concept of spirit guides has been around for a long time, it didn’t really start gaining popularity among the new age culture until the late 1980s, or early 1990s, and this was mostly due to the channeled teachings that had become so popular during that time period.

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Where I live in Southern California there is a fairly large population of psychics who take advantage of people in distress by telling them the reason for their problems is a curse that was placed upon them. They may go on to explain that their life was supposed to be beautiful and abundant, and, if they get the curse removed, they can still have that amazing life!

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The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer, happens every year around June 20, 21, or 22. It’s on this day that the light reaches its peak, and we have the longest day of the year.

Midsummer is the start of the summertime holidays, and typically we shift gears to slow down just a bit from the usual fast pace of work and school. It’s like everyone just takes a breath!

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I recently decided to go on Facebook, mostly because I’d sat down at my computer to do something else and got distracted (you know how that goes). As I glanced down my newsfeed, reading what all my friends were up to, I realized that in just a few hours time, there on Facebook, I’d been called the following:

~~ fucktard, a horrible mom, stupid, idiot, mentally challenged, neanderthal, loon, and dumbass.

Now first, let me explain that no one was literally calling me those names. What my well meaning friends were doing was simply sharing their opinions about things, but doing it in a way that was unkind (anyone who would vote for so and so is a dumbass, etc.). And, as I disagreed with their opinions, I would fall into that category, right? So I was a loon, a horrible mom, and well, you get the idea.

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I first heard the term Lightworker back in the 1990s when I started my training in holistic healing. I was taking a class on energy healing and mind body medicine, when I heard some of the other students using this term. I was fascinated with it because it seemed to describe someone who loved working with light and energy, and was deeply metaphysical.

When people think of a lightworker, they usually think of someone who is very metaphysical, and likely involved in holistic healing. But lightworkers come from all walks of life. What sets them apart is not what they do, but how they do it.

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When I was a teenager, I started keeping a diary, and in it I’d record what outfit I wore that day, the weather, and what happened with my friends at school. I’d share my feelings about love, school, and family issues, because it often felt like the only place I could safely share my feelings without fear of judgment.

Since then, the practice of journaling has grown in popularity, and is often used as a tool to track feelings and thoughts around certain issues, because it is a way to share your deepest feelings without fear of judgment. Its therapeutic benefits include discovering and releasing emotions, and beliefs that no longer serve you, as well as insights into certain behavior patterns and reactions to certain situations.

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“Whatever side of the fence you’re on, however and whatever informs you, we are all journeying together in the land between No Longer and Not Yet.” ~ Joan Borysenko

I remember being a teenager, and listening to my step-dad talk about how in the good ol’ days you could buy a home for $3,000, and for just pennies you could eat steak the size of your head every night for dinner. According to my step-dad, those were the best of times, and the world as he saw it in that moment would never measure up.

Now as an adult, and parent myself, I realize I tend to like what I’m used to, and for things not to change (too much), so life stays the same. Only it never does, and then I’ll go off daydreaming about good times gone by, when life felt easier, and softer.

Right now, this is where most of us find ourselves; in between a world that is no longer (but we wish it was) and a world that is still yet to be. It’s a chaotic space to be, and uncharted territory.

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