What is the Mission of Twin Flames?

This came in as an email question. The writer expressed noticing that twin flames were meeting all over the world and that she believed there was a grand plan happening.

Here are my thoughts:

I haven’t ever contemplated what you are noticing so I will just give you my first impression and personal experience after reading about it.

I only know of a hand full of twin flame relationships. My marriage seemed to be one at first, but apparently was not. I believe that true twin flames are an exact energetic match and have been together many times on and off planet. Every other relationship I am aware of – whether it be lovers, friends, employee and employer, etc. typically involves an energetic tug of war between the individuals and the other person represents a mirror for the individual. It is their opportunity to see what they believe subconsciously in order to make changes internally if they desire to cause changes in their outer reality.

Most NON twin-flame romantic relationships involve people seeking something outside themselves to fulfill their desire for happiness and wholeness. Of course wholeness must happen within the individual, so these relationships are less than optimal. We’ve all had them of course. They help us make decisions about what we do and don’t want in relationship.

Twin flames, on the other hand, play a different role with one another. The ones I know of involve people who have already healed most of their romantic relationship issues. They are people dedicated to their missions and their own spiritual unfoldment above all other things. They do not depend on the other to complete them. They are there as companions of heart and spirit. When one is going through a healing process, the other is always in a very clear, centered, peaceful place. One holds center while the other gets to wander way off center in order to heal. There is no judgment, only the loving allowance and support of the other. Having someone always there in loving support I believe allows for quantum shifts in consciousness. I believe it helps the person to step more fully into their true power and wisdom and recognize who they are and why they have come to this plane.

There is also a merging of consciousness and energy that continues even out of the bedroom. The two are truly one in many circumstances. How far this can go I have no idea.

Romantic love, savoring, honoring, and relishing the other continues to deepen over the years. Gratitude becomes a pervasive feeling. Perhaps if all twin flames can come to that place within themselves and then reverberate it out (where 2 or more are gathered) into their world, the energy of the planet will shift into one of more harmony, balance, gratitude, love, and joy.

Blessings,

Takara

What are you thoughts about this topic? We look forward to hearing from you.

 

1 comment:

Ellen said…

Was it me that asked that question?? My answer would be to ascend and help other’s ascend. They might well be (part of) the holy fires that will cleanse the earth (me i am sure dealing with a lot of serpent souls, although i have just found that must be what they are).

Supposedly you spiral out in blue, the colour of electricity when reunited with your twin, and back to were you came from, back to the source, to Love, to God.

It sure felt very special, beyond space and time. Meeting him. Perhaps the meeting of the twin flames here on earth make us remember the real.

I feel there is something “contagious” about the twins and that they can speed up ascension in others.

In the real we are not seperated from our twin. Jesus said: don’t you know that in the Kingdom of Heaven man and woman are One?? God created us as One.

Than there was the dream of the seperation, caused by the devil. We got seperated from our twins to acquired knowledge of Good and Evil: Judgement and we fell from grace/paradise. This is the karma we are dealing with still, the original sin. Remember we were bought free by the blood of Jesus Christ.

To wake up from this dream we have to leave judgement aside so Paradise can be regained. In the real we will wake up and realise we were never seperated from our twin flames.

Being completely without judgement is easier said than done. Leave your ego-self, your life and pick up your cross. And follow the path of Jesus.

With help of the Violet Flame and prayer to Jesus Christ I have managed to clear a lot of karma. I am sooo ready for grace. I just cannot wait for the three knocks!! Because when Christ consiousness sets in I will be the way i want to be effortlessly and i will have found my way home.

Love and Light

Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing

20 Years of Dolphin & Water Healing & How You Can Get Involved

 

It seems like only yesterday that I found myself suddenly awake in my wonderful home atop Palomar Mountain in Southern California … a beautiful sacred mountain just east of San Diego. It was 4 am precisely and there were words screaming to be written down about healing the water and connecting to dolphins and whales. It was 1998.

I knew how important it was to capture the words on paper whenever they “come in” that way … so I got out of bed, found my pad and pen, and began to write. What started as a few thoughts quickly flowed into a powerful, transformational healing meditation for all the water on the planet, as well as dolphins, whales, and all the people who participated.

Dolphin and whales had already had an extraordinary impact on my life.

Overwhelming stress from my job as an engineer and manager in pharmaceuticals manufacturing caused me to open up what seemed a Pandora’s box of unhealed emotional wounds … including suddenly remembering I’d been raped in my late teens and had completely surpressed the memory. After making a few visits to a psychotherapist to help deal with all that, I quickly turned to meditation and alternative healing for support. As soon as I learned to meditate, I surprisingly and delightfully began to see, sense, and feel myself surrounded by dolphins. Along with seeing and feeling them, I was being completely engulfed in a tsunami of transformational healing energy from these dolphin beings I later came to call dolphin-angels. From that moment forward, each time I closed my eyes to do a guided meditation, the dolphin-angels would show up along with their powerful healing energy.

This had been going on for a year or two when I was guided (had an inner absolute knowing) that I was to attend Stuart Wilde’s 8-Day Warriors in the Mist training in the mountains of New Mexico. Stuart had become my Metaphysical Mentor. I’d read all his books and listened to his various audios countless times. At the Mist training, I met a woman from the San Juan Islands off Washington State who was hoping to start a non-profit for dolphins and whales.

She shared with me the story of Lolita … a magnificent orca from the San Juans who had been captured 1970 somewhere between the ages of 4 and 6 (reports differ), separated from her mom and family, hauled out of the water in a sling, placed on a truck and transported to SeaAquarium Miami where she remains enslaved to this day. The story touched me on such a deep level I hardly have words.

Before long I’d left my job at the pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania and moved to the San Juans to live near Lolita’s family and co-found the non-profit for dolphins and whales with the woman mentioned previously. We traveled to Miami and I got to meet Lolita.

I had quite an encounter with her 20+ years ago when I went to visit. We were the first in line and ran up the entrance to stand next to her tank until it was time for her show to start. She came over to us and just stared. She never left, she never swam around. She ducked her head underwater a few times to get it wet and then came right back up to stare at us some more. Even the trainers noticed this odd behavior. The whole time she was performing, the trainers were pointing in our direction wondering who the heck we were and why she was behaving the way she was. She and I are deeply connected – truly like sisters – and I promised her that day that I would continue to share her story and to do whatever I could to help her become free and return to her family.

So being called upon to help the oceans and other dolphins and whales made total sense.

The “need” to get as many people involved as possible to do the meditation simultaneously at Equinox was something I knew I was being prompted to do. I contacted several people and organizations that promoted global events including Barbara Wolf who had a mailing list for people who did global meditations. When I shared with her about the meditation I’d “received,” she suggested I contact David J. Adams in Australia and she gave me his email address.

I find it deLightful how amazing events unfold, synchronicities occur, and wonderful people show up in your life when you follow inner guidance. Following the intuitive nudge to contact Barbara and then listening to her advice about contacting David has resulted in a 20-year (and still going) collaboration with this extraordinary man in Australia that to this day I’ve never met in person.

When I shared with him the meditation I’d received, he responded by sharing the one he had received 6 years prior (in 1992) called the Global Marine Meditation. As I read the words he had received, I was overwhelmed by how similar they were to the words I had “downloaded” from the Universe only a few days before. Here I was a female in North America getting information about water healing and a man across the globe in Australia had received almost identical words 6 years earlier. Discovering you are communicating with someone who is “tuned to” the same cosmic channel you are is a profound realization.

We immediately decided to “team up” and have been co-leading the meditations ever since.

Every year the frequencies rise and the energy coming through David and I and many others increases.

We invite you to join in for the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing and the Global Marine Meditation. As you read out loud or listen to the words, you will experience these vibrations on every level of your being. And you will add voice, intention, and healing energy to the focus of healing the waters of planet earth.

 

Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing

 

Bring your love, your joy, your intention, your desire to be of service and
Join this Equinox, March 20th for the
20th Annual Global Meditations for the water and the cetaceans!

Visit this link (http://www.dolphinempowerment.com/cetaceanmed.htm) for more information and to download an audio of the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing recorded in my voice encoded with healing energies for you to enjoy and utilize as you participate on that day or at any time with the meditations.

As David always says:
“Sending Oceans of Love and Love of the Oceans”

 

Thank you Jean-Luc Bozzoli for this extraordindary image which he donated for the 20th anniversary. His website is https://www.eyewithin.com/

Helping Children Thrive

Helping Children (and adults) Thrive, Be Healthy, and Smarter

Helping Children Thrive

 

It’s so important to create a healthy environment in which a child can thrive, be healthy, and smarter. The same is true of creating a healthy environment for yourself, your spouse and other loved ones, your co-workers, employees, and other people in your life.

I homeschooled my child all 12 years and am quite the advocate for health, safety, and education for women and children.

If you are not aware, research has now proven (and it makes logical sense) … spanking is harmful (sometimes severely) to a child’s development. You can view this article for more info. about how it negatively impacts IQ and other developmental factors.

Most people haven’t even really thought about the negative effects of spanking … they blindly do what was done to them back through antiquity. It takes a certain level of consciousness, of wisdom, and compassion to even consider questioning the norm.

Sadly, today’s education system and most religions teach people not to question anything. You are fed a bunch of “facts” and are expected to believe them as truth and regurgitate them back without question. Otherwise, you are reprimanded (in some cases beaten) or you get a bad grade. Either way, thinking for yourself, asking questions, questioning the logic and truth about the “facts” is considered blasphemy.

Based on this conditioning, most people don’t look at anything rationally. They lack the skills for critical thinking. Some of us have, thankfully, broken free and can think for ourselves. Having a degree in some form of science is very helpful. Experiencing a spiritual awakening and/or being a long-term meditator helps a person see everything from a new, wiser, higher, deeper perspective. What is obvious to those of us who are critical thinkers, is not even noticed or questioned by the masses.

To those people who have attained a certain level of consciousness as well as have empathy and compassion, it’s really obvious that to raise a healthy, happy, child with everything they need to be successful in the world (as they define success of course – not our definition as the parent), children (and adults) need to feel safe and to know that they are loved, honored, accepted, appreciated, and acknowledged for who they are as an individual. Quite a tall task … but definitely worth it.

One of the things I often discuss in my teachings is creating the “right” environment.

In the “right” environment, a person thrives. In the “wrong” environment, they can easily develop self-doubt, fear, depression, illness, etc. etc. A child needs to be planted (born into) and nurtured in the right environment.

 

Create the Right Environment for Children to Thrive

 

When someone is being constantly criticized, belittled, put down, made wrong … particularly with that being reinforced by the physical abuse of spanking or domestic violence … that is the extreme opposite of the “right” environment.

I believe in being the best you can be at everything you decide to do. Parenting is no exception to that.

Being a good parent doesn’t just mean doing whatever you learned from your own parents. And, as I’ve said before, this doesn’t just apply to parent-child relationships. This applies to all relationships.

It means realizing that each child is unique and the way to create the “right” environment may be different for each child. Some children (and employees) need to be allowed to do things their way. Give them the end goal and a tiny bit of instruction (and supervisory safety oversight depending on their age and experience with whatever they are doing) and some kids will be off creating, figuring things out, etc. etc. Others want (and need) clear step by step instruction and direction. I believe that has to do with where they fall in the D.I.S.C. scale. Some people see the big picture. Others all the minute details. Some are spontaneous. Others need a plan. Some are introverted. Others are extroverted. Some love to be very very social. Others need their alone time to think, inner reflect, imagine.

Not getting what they need actually causes them stress. For some, the stress can be quite severe.

Realizing that everyone isn’t just like you are and may have completely different needs than you do is the first step in being a great parent, a great partner, a great leader or boss.

To raise healthy happy children and/or to be a better boss, spouse, friend, my greatest advice is to become what I call the Noble C’s: calm, clear, confident, and Divinely connected. When you operate from that “place,” the insights and inspirations you receive directly, intuitively, guide you in ways that are remarkable. And they help you become a better parent, nudge you with things to show your children, say to your employee or spouse, do as you go about your day. Instead of guessing about the right course of action in each moment, you simply know. With that knowing comes much more ease, grace, and flow to everything.

Many blessings to healthy, happy families,

Bestselling author Debbie Takara Shelor signature

 

 

 

 

 

My latest ecourse to help you achieve those Noble C’s is now available. It’s called the Dancing Dolphin Way. Going through the teaching and the transformational meditational exercises helps you move beyond the past, heal the inner wounding that causes you to behave irrationally and immaturely in relationships, to jump to conclusions about why people say and do things and what those words and actions mean, to be more concerned with self and less conscientious than you could (or probably should) be about how your words and actions negatively impact others. There are so many ways in which becoming whole and healed improve your life. Being a better parent is just one.

 

Harmony for the Holidays

Harmony for the Holidays

I’ve never been to a holiday gathering with family or friends where there was anything but harmony for the holidays … ever … my entire life. I’m talking about never witnessing first hand a family gathering full of discord. It doesn’t matter if it was with immediate or extended family, the family of a boyfriend, fiance, or husband, or a gathering in my own home of friends who didn’t all know one another before the gathering … harmony and delight at being in one another’s presence has always been pervasive at these events.

It begins within.

And it begins with the parents. If the parents love, honor, accept, and appreciate themselves, they also love, honor, accept, and appreciate their own parents, their siblings, their children, etc.

Each child needs to be taught to love, honor, accept, and appreciate themselves and then to extend that to others as well.

The result of such loving and honoring is harmony within all the relationships.

I can’t even imagine doing life any other way.

Harmony for the Holidays

Does that mean I’ve never encountered disharmony?

Hardly!

I went from being highly popular and enjoying so many delightful friends in schools both in New Jersey and Texas … to being severely bullied, rejected, and having only a few friends in a small town in Virginia. High school was hell … there’s no other more pleasant way to put it. The bullying was so bad that for at least a year or more I came home and cried every single day. I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong, why I didn’t fit in, why people didn’t like me. I was in such foreign territory.

I’d also never been anywhere that people pretended to like you to your face and then talked badly about you behind your back. Being an empath, you can pick up on the incongruence immediately. You can literally “feel” when someone doesn’t like you. Trust me, it doesn’t feel good.

Once I was no longer in high school (being forced to be around people who didn’t like me and, therefore, whom I didn’t like in return) I began to thrive. I quickly developed a network of friends at work and at college. I began taking a leadership role in professional organizations and that has continued to this day. I am deeply deeply blessed to have so many friends.

But that didn’t happen by accident or because I’m more special than anyone else. It happened because I got very clear that I wanted a wonderful group of friends. You might have seen other articles where I talk about the affirmations I used to say about friendship. It goes something like this, “I want interesting, fun, uplifting friends all over the world who are making a positive difference.” And now, after many years of “receiving” teachings that have helped me formulate my own teachings, I would add: “We each love, honor, accept, and appreciate one another and are deLighted to be in one another’s presence and feel blessed to have each other in our lives.”

I highly recommend you do something similar when it comes to all your relationships … romance, friendships, business partnerships, with co-workers, committee members, and everything else you participate in. Intend harmony. Intend peace. Intend cooperation, admiration, appreciation, acknowledgement, friendship, and yes, even love (not the romantic kind, the Divine unconditional kind).

When people seek my advice about romance, I help them get crystal clear about what they are looking for in both a partner and in the relationship itself. I help them form a picture in their own mind and words to describe exactly what they are seeking. And I often suggest that they add something about it being a “mutual admiration society” where you each feel truly blessed to have the other in your life.  The best relationships involve partners who continue to feel that way over time. I’m not talking about living with rosy colored glasses, not seeing the truth or flaws in the other. I’m talking about seeing them even more clearly than most and loving, honoring, accepting, and appreciating them for exactly who they are … warts and all. Both partners have to feel that way though. Honesty and integrity are key.

But just like developing harmony around the table at the holidays, you have to love yourself first. You have to see your value, your gifts, your unique magnificent glorious self with all its fabulous talents and all its spectacular flaws and love yourself, appreciate yourself, be OK with yourself when you screw up, and delight in yourself when you succeed regardless. You aren’t perfect. You are human. It just comes with the territory.

The more you learn to love, honor, accept, and appreciate you, the easier it is to do the same for others … and the more often others offer the same to you.

Back to harmony at the holidays ….

You can intend a different outcome within your home, around the table, watching the game or whatever rituals your family follows when they gather. Before people arrive you can set your intention (not being attached to it going that way) for harmony, love, happiness, laughter, joy, and fun – or whatever joyful things you wish to experience for yourself and those you love enough to invite into your home.

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Fear screws it all up of course. If you are afraid that there will be disharmony … guess what will happen?

You already know the answer.

You get more of what you focus on … so you must divert your attention AWAY from the things you do not want and TOWARD the things you do.

  • Focus on peace and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • Focus on love and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • Focus on harmony and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • Focus on joy and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • Focus on compassion and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • Focus on deep, meaningful, conversations and feel it throughout your body and your home.
  • You get the idea … decide what you want to experience and imagine it real.
  • Tip – It is a lot easier to feel something if you close your eyes.

 

LOA Imagine it real

 

Bring In Harmony for the Holidays

Imagine a giant bubble of light surrounding the table where you will eat and calling in your Higher Self and Guides asking that the bubble of light be infused with love, joy, laughter, delight, companionship, harmony, peace, etc. etc.

See a similar bubble around your entire home and again ask your support team to infuse it with harmony, peace, joy, and love. Add the other words that have great meaning to you and that you wish to have in your home.

See a giant block of violet flame or light (like the purple image above only less dense) over a foot thick in front of your entire front door – or whatever door people enter. Everyone who enters will be cleansed of any icky sticky disharmonious, noxious, disempowering, or negative energy as they enter. It’s like taking a beautiful violet light bath. It brightens the mood and feels totally glorious.

Tip – you don’t have to wait for the holidays to do these things. You can do it anytime you desire.

I recommend you energetically clear and infuse your conscious intention into your home, your vehicle, and other places you frequently visit. And I suggest that you do it often. To learn extraordinarily effective clearing and infusing techniques (much more powerful than simple intention), take my online dowsing course or my new Dancing Dolphin Way of Healing and Enlightenment training once I get the sales page up.

Have a delightful day today and every day,

Takara

 

“Thanksgiving table” cc license by Jameson Fink,
Free Guided Meditation for Dolphins, Whales, and Water

Help Us Heal the Oceans with the Free Guided Meditation for Dolphins, Water, and More

Join us for the 19th annual Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing – a powerful free guided meditation to heal and raise the vibration of all the water on planet earth and that within your own body.

Friday, September 22, 2017, 8 p.m. wherever you are in the world

(Or live with Takara at 8 p.m. Eastern)

We will take some time to send love and harmony to all the earth elements – earth, air, fire, and water, as they all seem to be behaving quite violently. 

Many many years ago, I began spontaneously seeing, feeling, and experiencing the Divine presence of dolphins in my daily meditations.  It was a time in my life when I was in dire need of energetic and emotional support as I healed from a deep emotional trauma from the past. Their Divine presence supplied both and even more. The transformation I began to experience was nothing short of miraculous.

About twenty years ago, while in conversation with Dr. Marsha Greene of Ocean Mammal Institute, I learned about the horrors of LFAS (Low-Frequency Active Sonar) used by the U.S. military and the devastation it was causing to cetaceans and other marine life. Dolphins and whales were beaching themselves in various locations all over the globe with burst eardrums.

I was so deeply upset by this news, that I cried for days and pondered what we could do to help them.

The following year, in 1998, I woke up at 4 am one morning with the words to the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing.  This powerful meditation that provided healing and a rise in vibration for all the water on planet earth also provided a way to connect in with dolphins and whales, to communicate with them, to share insight about places in the ocean to avoid, and also a way to receive insight and wisdom from them as well.

My inner knowing was that it needed to be shared with as many people as possible and that it needed to be performed on the Fall Equinox.

I contacted Barbara Wolf, who maintained an email list about upcoming global meditations, and asked that she announce the meditation to her list. Barbara wrote me back encouraging me to contact David J. Adams in Australia about this. She did not indicate why.

I sent an email to David and during the conversation that ensued, I discovered that he had received a global guided meditation to heal the oceans back in 1992. The words for his meditation had been dictated to him by St. Germaine while in meditation. We decided to share with one another our meditations. The similarity was downright eerie and completely profound. Here David was on the opposite side of the world receiving an almost identical meditation to the one I received 6 years later.

We decided to hold them at the same time and have done so every Spring and Fall Equinox ever since. It is literally a wave that goes around the world as people join in at 8 p.m. wherever they are in the world. Just like the New Year celebration begins in New Zealand and Australia, these global water healing meditations do as well.

Every year more and more people join in and every year the energies brought in and experienced during the meditations have become stronger. As things become more and more chaotic on our planet, the need to come together to offer healing, harmony, balance, and peace is needed more than ever before.

I have spent over 20 years clearing, healing, growing and evolving into the “Chalice of Divine Frequencies” that I have become. Channels began calling me “Queen of the Dolphins” and “Chalice of Divine Frequencies” almost 2 decades ago. The dimensions I now access and the frequencies I am now able to hold are vastly improved since then. On a recent live global meditation call that I was asked to lead, one of the people on the call commented that my presence (energy) was superlative. It’s my job really to be able to hold and transmit these energies during group events such as the upcoming Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing. It’s what the dolphins “called” me to do so many years ago. I know that sounds like an egoic thing to say. It is not coming from that place. I share it so you know that if you are at all sensitive to energy, you are very likely to feel something as you participate in this beautiful free guided meditation.

It is not only a way to be of service to the planet but also to assist in your own personal spiritual journey and evolution.

 

 

For more information about the meditation, visit this link to visit my Dolphin Empowerment website.

Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

 

Travel & Experience Places & People Unlike Yourself to Appreciate Cultural Diversity

Every time you go somewhere new, you become a new person … with a new perspective, new experiences, and new insights. The more you travel and experience new things, the easier it becomes to appreciate cultural diversity, and to transform your life.

Tears started streaming down my face as I read the article and watched the video mentioned below about cultural diversity in the classroom.

Experiencing and appreciating cultural diversity is one of many reasons I love to travel. This is why I love moving to different locations, meeting new people and surrounding myself, enveloping myself, in the different energies of ethnicity, of belief, of tradition and history, of the colors and texture of diversity, in order to understand the beautiful tapestry of humanity and truly KNOW and become ONE with it.

Enjoying the Company of Others

As a young child, my father sometimes traveled with business, and on occasion, my mom and I would come along. We once spent a week in Birmingham, Alabama and every day when the housekeepers (all African American women) were finished cleaning the rooms, they sat in a circle of chairs at the end of our hall, told stories, and laughed. I begged my mom to let me join them. They said they didn’t mind. Every day I sat with them and listened to their stories and laughed too. I have no idea what they thought of the skinny little blonde girl from Texas.

As we studied history in school and I read about the atrocities inflicted on the Native Americans, the African Americans, the Chinese and so many of the other cultures by the white people, I would weep, not being able to understand how anyone could mistreat another.

A White Chic (chick) Living in a Non-White World

It was so odd at first to be living as a minority, a white woman in a sea of beautiful brown skin, dark eyes and hair, of the Native American, Spanish, and Mexican cultures of New Mexico. At 5’4″, I was actually rather tall for a female. It was there that I was so blessed …

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Pledge to Only See Dolphins and Whales in the Wild

Wild Dolphins and Whales For Me Thanks!

Pledge to Only See Wild Dolphins and Whales in their Natural Habitat

I can’t see a dolphin in a tank or a pen, even in a picture, without shedding a few tears. I have been shown again and again that their freedom represents our own freedom. I long so deeply for humanity to wake up and be free of their own limitations, fears, beliefs, judgments, expectations, mistreatment of others and themselves (their self-imposed net or tank).

We have a choice to break out of our mental and emotional prisons.

They do not have a choice to jump out of their tank – although recently some have jumped out of the tank and some have escaped the net. If they wanted to be there, I don’t think they would do either thing. If a dolphin would rather jump out and die on the sidewalk than be stuck in a tank, I think it’s obvious that that dolphin is not choosing captivity.


The reason I feel the way I feel about wild dolphins vs. captivity …

Have you ever lived near a pod? Like neighbors, two or three times a week you see them around town (various locations just off shore of the little island you live on). They are your neighbors. You know them all by name. You recognize their saddle patch and their dorsal fin. When you see them, you get very excited and wave, saying hello to whomever it is. They leave sometimes (migrate) and you miss them terribly.

As soon as anyone on the island sees the first one return, they call and tell someone who tells someone else and it continues basically until everyone on the island knows that our neighbors the orca family have returned. There is great rejoicing. It gets announced over the radio, talked about on FB and on the internet. Everyone there loves the whales. Most of them have boats and they go out to see them. You feel great joy at their return.

You get excited and send loving congratulations to them when you hear someone has returned with a new baby. They are your friends. They become like family. You have a resonance, rapport, and love for certain ones that is as deep and meaningful as the fondness I have for a few of my most precious friends.

When one of them dies, you feel a great sense of loss and you send condolences mentally and through prayer to the family. The orcas are matriarchal and never leave their mother their whole life. They remain with mom even after they give birth. So now the baby is also part of that family. Their life expectancy is similar to ours. So a 3-year-old is very much like a 3-year-old human child. A 6-year-old is very much like a 6-year-old human child. Now in physical maturity and ability to have offspring, those probably don’t apply. But you still consider them the same as human children.

Hearing Lolita’s story changed my life. I literally left a high-paying corporate job to move to the San Juans to start a non-profit to assist in her return. Watching her capture scene broke my heart. When I met her, I felt as if she was literally my sister – in the truest sense of the word. I long for her presence and I cry for her situation. I know her and I know her mother. I know her whole family. For me, hearing what happened to her, the horrors of how she was captured, I try to imagine what it must have been like for the whales. That’s what they call orcas in the Northwest. And yes, I do realize that’s me projecting human emotions onto sentient animals.

I own stills and video of her capture. I’ve heard the man speak who put her in the sling. He was never the same and is an adamant objector to captivity. As he tells is, they used boats and explosives to round them all up into a sea pen. They were under great distress. The captors separated Lolita out and got her away from her mother and family. They forced her into a sling and they removed her from the water to haul her away never to return. John Crowe, the 18-year-old diver who was hired to help, said as he maneuvered her into the sling that all the orcas were screaming and they even lined up together and screamed together. He said the sound was deafening. And then, as soon as Lolita was lifted out of the water, the screaming instantly stopped, there was a profound and haunting silence. He found it completely overwhelming. He still gets tears in his eyes all these years later when he tells the story.

Since they are like my best friends and neighbors, I liken it to a group of guys showing up at your neighbors house, setting off bombs, shooting bullets all over the place and then stealing the 6-year old daughter. Thinking about what it would have been like to have that trauma and have my 6-year old child stolen makes me weep.

I developed such a rapport with the orcas that I could literally feel when they were present. I would be on the east side of the island and suddenly “know” the orcas were nearby. I’d speed across the island to the west side, park quickly, and scamper to the top of a hill. As soon as I sat down, the first fin would break through the water. And then for the next 30 minutes I would watch the family go past.

They are my kin. I love them to the depth of me. And capturing them and putting them in a tank simply is unbearable from that perspective. Tanks and nets for dolphins are the same as slavery and prison for humans in my book. Thinking that just because a dolphin was born in captivity “so it’s O.K.” is like saying “this child was born into slavery, so the child is not really a slave.”

Really?

Hmmmmm

May you have a truly blessed day,

Takara

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Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Homeschool Parenting For Successful Open-Minded Kids

Homeschool Parenting for Successful Open-Minded Kids

Parenting isn’t easy. Homeschool parenting is even more of a challenge when the goal is to develop successful open-minded children and adults.

As a homeschool parent, I definitely take the “parent” thing much more seriously than some. I took the school’s responsibility completely out of the equation. It was both a terrifying and deeply humbling decision … Read more

How to Develop a Deep Nature Connection

How to Develop a Deep Nature Connection

People today have lost their nature connection. Instead of sitting on the earth, they now sit in a vehicle while stuck in traffic on the way to a building where they sit all day at a desk under artificial lights. 
I have never understood the mentality of abusing and mistreating others, animals, or the earth. Yet every day that goes on all over the globe. 
I cried for a week over the dead buffalo scene in … Dances with Wolves.
I believe strongly in the Golden Rule, “treat others the way you wish to be treated.” As I’ve stated many times, “others” for me include not just people, but animals, plants, the land itself. I’ve never been able to see color or species as a separator. I just see beautiful unique individuals all deserving of love and respect. Of course, I’ve had spontaneous past life memories of being native, African, and animal. Everyone on the planet seems to be “my people.”
I remember introducing my then in-laws to some of my native friends when I lived in Santa Fe. After spending time with them, my in-laws commented that they had never met anyone with the level of peace these people exhibited. They had that to say about me as well.
From my teaching (what I’ve received directly from Source through what I call Divine Revelation), we are here to develop and master 4 relationships. The relationship with:
1) self,
2) God (Creator, Great Spirit, the Divine Presence, etc.),
3) others (all others, not just other people), and
4) the earth.
Many people have lost all touch with the Earth and their nature connection. They also operate completely from their head and not their heart. It is a level of consciousness. Having a deep connection to the Divine requires that one develop a reverence for all of life, to develop a deep connection with nature and self, and come from a heart space rather than a purely intellectual one. It doesn’t mean you turn off your brain. It means you learn to get in tune with your feelings, your intuition, your connection with All That Is.
From that place, life flows differently. There is less chaos, confusion, and self-doubt and more love, grace, ease, and flow.
How to Develop a Deeper Connection to Nature:
  • hike (avoid places where there are lots of noisy people or motors disturbing the natural tranquility of nature),
  • sit on the earth or on a large bolder in silence and just feel and hear and see the beauty around you (even better if you sit on the earth inside a medicine wheel),
  • garden (organically of course), get your hands in the soil (no gloves) and feel the earth between your fingers,
  • go barefoot on the earth (never on ground that has been sprayed with pesticides and other harmful chemicals – never use toxic chemicals in your garden or anywhere else!),
  • place a bird feeder near a window and stop to watch the birds and other wildlife as often as possible,
  • kayak, canoe, raft, etc. (spend time on water without the distortion of motor noise),
  • anytime you see an animal, stop everything to watch it for awhile,
  • even indoors, listen to recorded nature sounds, fountains, or wind chimes,
  • begin to track the moon phases,
  • always make it a point to go out and gaze on the full moon,
  • spend a little time in the sun every day (never allow yourself to burn and avoid sunscreen if at all possible. That usually means you have to build up your time in the sun slowly day by day),
  • acknowledge the Spring and Fall Equinox, Summer and Winter Solstice (do something in nature – many people participate in drumming circles, sweat lodges, dancing, or sitting in silence in meditation, etc. on those days),
  • watch videos or documentaries that help you explore the various aspects of nature, and finally
  • join my Wild Dolphin Lovers group on Facebook to enjoy beautiful water, dolphin, and whale images, videos, and stories.
Connecting with nature is one of the 5 ways I recommend you develop personal mastery.
It's Time to Find Your Tribe of Like Minded Friends

Find Your Tribe, Like-Minded Friends, and Places Where You Belong

It's Time to Find Your Tribe of Like Minded Friends

“I’ll be offline for a few days … getting my Faerie on, hanging with zany brainiacs, enjoying the creative wizardry of cosplay and sci-fi/fantasy related gizmos and gadgets, seeing many dear friends and making some new ones.”

I posted those words on Facebook, which then led to the thought that created this article …

When I speak and have booths at New Age & holistic expos, I always look around at the other vendors and people walking the aisles and smile because I know, “these are my people” – meaning this is my tribe, people who are into similar things, and I enJOY being in their presence.

When I attend sci-fi fantasy cons, I also know that “these are my people” because I so completely fit in there too.

When I lead or attend women’s business networking meetings all dressed to impress I look around and know, “these are my people” because that is a place I completely understand and enJOY as well.

When I’m out in nature sitting next to a stream with birds flying overhead, squirrels, fox and other creatures milling about, and trees smiling down at me I know that “these are my people.”

And of course, when I’m at the beach and dolphins swim past, I always smile (often with a tear in my eye) feeling complete bliss knowing that “these are my people.”

The deeper your wisdom, the broader your interests, the more places you feel “at home” and like you belong there. Certain cities, states, and countries resonate with me more than others. Certain bends in a river, mountain peaks, and people speak to my soul as others simply cannot.

Never settle for friends or lovers who mistreat you, belittle or put you down, cause chaos, confusion, or self-doubt. If you don’t feel that anyone truly understands you, then you haven’t gone to the “right” places or done the “right” things ... yet.

Take a class, go to meetups, or travel to conventions. If things like that make you nervous, then invite someone else that you know to do it with you.

I’ll tell you a little secret, I’ve made more friends going alone than with others. I strike up conversations … it’s so easy. Sitting next to someone waiting for a lecture to start, I turn to them and say, “Where are you from?” And after that, I ask, “What do you do?” Is it so easy. Somewhere along the way I ask their name and if they have a business card. I always jot down notes about people on the back … to jog my memory.

Often when I’m attending a workshop and there is a lunch break, I look around the room for someone else there alone (who doesn’t seem creepy) and go over and ask if they would like to join me for lunch. Usually, they are highly surprised and deeply grateful. So we chat over lunch. I was at a 3-day retreat in San Francisco a few years ago and ate lunch with different people all 3 days. The restaurant at the hotel was not that big, so I didn’t just grab 1 person, I grabbed 3 to fill up a table for 4. So in the course of 3 days, I had great conversations with 9 new people and several others in the room. Some of them are still friends on Facebook and we’ve had some fairly deep conversations about things that matter – to me anyway.

Sometimes the universe throws you together. I was at Yogaville at a retreat with my dear friends Jonathan and Andi Goldman. Yogaville has lots of different lodging options. I sometimes go for the shared room. Wow have I met interesting people doing that. Anyway, the first year I went, the lady assigned to share a room with me was named Mary. We instantly “clicked” into friendship. She was attending the same workshop all weekend. We talked as we went back and forth from the room to the classroom. We hung out at lunch together. We’ve remained friends ever since.

My soul-family, what I call my “inner circle,” is scattered all over the world. I met each of them in some unique way and none of it was sitting on the couch watching television. O.K. that’s not exactly true, since one of them did actually show up at my house and become my dearest friend in the world. I’ll get to how that happened in a moment.

I’ve spent over 20 years meditating daily, dowsing, spending LOTS of time in nature, and doing other things that have helped me fine-tune my intuition. So I rarely just go to something. I am usually inspired from within to show up.

That’s not always the case, though. I was starting a business partnership with a friend a really long time ago and she insisted that I attend this business entrepreneur training in L.A. I met a lot of wonderful people there and several are still very dear friends. So that suggestion came from someone else. That’s not the only time a friend’s suggestion had me take a class or go to something where I met wonderful people.

Sometimes I go to things because I’m interested in a topic. Sometimes it’s because I felt “inspired” to go as I’ve mentioned. In the various places I’ve lived, many of the friendships I’ve developed were with other homeschool parents. Some of those I feel closest to were part of the homeschool co-op in Santa Fe that we created together. I still see them when I visit and talk to them on the phone, social media, and by email when I’m not there.

When I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering, I swore I’d never take another test as long as I live. So far, I’ve lived up to that promise. I have, however, taken many classes in many different things. A few include: taxes for entrepreneurs, image consulting (even advanced image consulting), interior design, public speaking, pottery (OMG how I love that), web design, design of experiments and advanced quality control (in my engineering days, I even taught this stuff), and more recently watercolor. I even had a $2,000 advanced course in Kaizen.

Because of my interest in energy healing and all things metaphysical, I’ve taken classes, done workshops, and attended retreats in everything from an 8-day spiritual (metaphysical) warrior training with Stuart Wilde in the mountains of New Mexico to numerology, Reiki, Chi Kung, TM, yoga, silent retreats, Feng Shui, numerous energy healing modalities, the Silva Method, the Alivening weekend (rebirthing), aromatherapy for holistic nurse practitioners, color healing, crystal healing, and LOTS and lots of shamanic training. There are many other topics.

Here’s the thing, though … I’m not a social butterfly. I’m not one of those people who simply must be out and about mingling with crowds to feel energized. Those people are called extroverts. I’m not one of them. I spend a great deal of time home alone in front of my computer. When I want to energize, I spend time in nature, read, or stream movies or tv.

My friend Misty is a social butterfly. She’s in many networking groups and has even started up her own. She never met a stranger and she meets new people all the time. Her smile is infectious and she is a joy to be around. I love going to things with Misty because she already knows practically everyone in the room.

What I do have a passion for is new input. I like meeting new people, going new places, and doing new things. I like exploring my world and I’m comfortable doing so.

I teach people how to consciously manifest the reality they desire. In fact, my Magnificent U Manifesting Mastermind ecourse about that is one of my absolute best. When I sat down to record the video, so much information “came through” that it’s MUCH more than a class on manifestation. Anyway, I’m clear about the things I want in life and dear friends is one of them.

I came up with an affirmation probably 20 years ago that said something like, “I have interesting, zany, uplifting, successful, fun friends all over the world who are making a positive difference.” If you met the cast of characters that I call friend, you would say I have been wildly successful in manifesting just that. They live in different countries, some are ultra wealthy while others barely scrape by financially. Some you would consider “earth mamas” and others wear suits and ties. From a helicopter repair guy who lives in New Zealand to several friends who take people to swim with wild dolphins for a living, I’m deeply blessed to know these magnificent people and have the great honor of being their friend.

It didn’t happen because I wished for it to happen. Yes, I got clear about what I wanted. But I also took action. I showed up. I spoke to a stranger. I went to a new place. I did a new thing. And at first, that was a bit uncomfortable. But the payoff is often so big that there is no way I would let fear get in the way.

If you want to be, have, or experience something you don’t already have … then, as I always say, “You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” You have to stretch, grow, and become more than you are today.

Much love,

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P.S. So how did I meet my friend Millie? Well … she was sitting in a chair having her hair cut one day and suddenly distinctly heard the words, “you need a shaman.” She the beautician if she knew how to find one. The hair stylist said she thought there was one in Nambe and she gave her our number. We used to have a spiritual retreat in Nambe, NM and did medicine wheel, sweat lodge, and other sacred ceremonies, workshops, drumming circles, and other events there. So Millie literally showed up at my door and we’ve been best friends ever since.

P.S.S. To get your copy of my ecourse on Manifesting, visit this link.

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