THURSDAY’S FULL MOON CHALLENGE: FACING YOUR SELF WORTH

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Our final full moon of 2019 rises on Thursday, Dec 12th. This last moon lands in the zodiac sign of Gemini. As the final full moon of both the autumn season and the year, this is a time to reflect. It is a time to ruminate over the last few months, the last year. For some of us, this may have been a year full of distress, loss and heartbreak. For others, this may have been a year of joys, heartfelt relationships and new beginnings. Into whichever category you fall, this full moon is a time to contemplate the year ahead. What did we enjoy about this year? What can we improve on? What do we wish for next year to look like to us?

As with all full moons, this one is helpful for releasing any energies that are no longer relevant to your growth at this time. For some of us this could mean that we burn the list of intentions that we had created during this most recent new moon. For others this could mean partaking in a banishing ritual to send the undesired energies away from us for good.

The final full moon in Gemini is a tricky one. Full moons often illuminate hidden aspects of our consciousness. Astrologically speaking, the sun represents our personality whereas the moon represents our hidden, subconscious feelings and tendencies. This full moon is no different. It will bring up aspects of our consciousness that we had buried deeply. It will bring our deepest insecurities to the forefront, creating a strong sense of vulnerability. This moon will relentlessly test our self- worth. The more we give into our insecurities, the farther away we get from a healthy and strong sense of self.

Because Gemini is most outwardly known as the ‘sign with two personalities’, those of us who are working through trust issues with others will be put to the test. For those of us with trust issues, our insecurities in romantic relationships, friendships or family relationships will be highly illuminated and could potentially make for a dramatic lunar period. We may catch ourselves, in mid conversation with those we trust, attempting to doubt the loved one with whom we are communicating. We may create scenarios in our heads that reinforce our insecurities and trust issues in relationships that are false; just so we can feed into the drama of our trust issues.

This lunar period will have us confronting the sides of ourselves that will likely make us feel uncomfortable. We will tend to focus on the areas of our life that we feel we have underachieved. If these self-defeating thoughts arise, let us be mindful that clinging to a belief system that suggests we “should” or shouldn’t” be doing something at the present time is harmful. Whereas we may have held these belief systems dear because they made sense at one time in our lives, it is time now to let it go. In fact, it is time now to let all belief systems go; particularly the outdated ones. This can lead to a long winded process of discernment- “what beliefs do I have that no longer serve me? Are these beliefs my own or have they come from an external source (such as parents, schooling, media, peer pressure)?”

Contrary to Gemini’s push to face our shadow sides, our sun sits in the jovial sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius’ place in thus planetary alignment can bring a welcome lighthearted energy to all of the self- work in which we are likely to engage. Sagittarius is social, charming, charismatic and fun! The sun’s place in Sagittarius also brings about a desire to engage in spiritual and philosophical conversations and activities. By drawing in and harnessing the Sagittarian energy, we may find the confidence and determination required to power through this period of self-examination.

In addition to the sun and moon’s opposing forces on our self confidence, we can also view the other planets that influence the feeling of lack of self worth. First we have Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Pluto resting in the sign of Capricorn, we will further be inclined to question our self-perception. Capricorn can feel very heavy and structured at times which can create an air of harsh self judgment. Pluto’s place in Capricorn will have us digging deep to uncover our deepest of insecurities and fears. Saturn’s comfortable place in Capricorn will feel like a disciplinary force, perhaps even oppressive.

Despite all of the situations we face that challenge our self worth, this Gemini moon is an opportunity to work through behaviour and thought patterns that need to be reconfigured or banished altogether. We may face this full moon with grace and dignity. After all, we know that all it takes to avoid feeding into our insecurities is to relentlessly love ourselves exactly for who we are. It takes telling ourselves that we are loved by us, by many and by The Creator. It takes the strength to laugh at our ego when it attaches to the negative thoughts in our heads. Because to laugh at them means that we recognize that they are just thoughts; that they can come and go without affecting us one way or another. Instead of dwelling on the negative, self-defeatist thoughts and feelings that wade through our minds, we can attach ourselves to the loving thoughts we think and words we speak.

This planetary alignment is heavily based on our sense of self. It is centered around our ego’s perception of reality. Be mindful that we are not our ego. We are free thinking, independent, Divine souls who have come here to make peace with the heaviness of our ego. We have come here to learn to love ourselves, even in the face of our own shadows. We must remember and take comfort in the fact that we are only given what we can handle! Any situation that challenges our self worth is sure to be one we can learn and grow from. We can handle it. We can confront it, battle it and rise above it. We are fierce warriors!

TOP 5 POWERFUL HEALING PLANTS FOR ANIMALS

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5 MIRACLE PLANTS AND THEIR HEALING POWERS

These days, a growing number of animal caregivers are thinking and acting more holistically. Many of us have realized that western medicine, although sometimes necessary, is not the only solution to many of our companion animals’ health concerns. We have realized that medicine can be quite harsh on their small and sensitive bodies. We have realized the value of alternative treatments. We have realized that there is more than one way to treat ailments that arise in our companion animals. For some of us, this means research, research, research!

Though western veterinary medicine is still prevalent and has its significant role in saving lives, it is highly unnecessary to fall back on in every little circumstance. Just like for humans, companion animals can develop chronic health issues. This often means a lot of pain and suffering for our animal friends unless we do something to stop it. Most companion animal caregiver would run straight to the vet and read a list of symptoms for the vet to assess and diagnose. What most caregivers fail to realize is that the appointment should stop THERE. In many cases of chronic health issues, western medical doctors will prescribe medicines and treatments that are harmful to the body. They will prescribe medicines that treat the symptoms as opposed to the root cause of the issues. Most of these medicines are highly inflammatory and highly priced. But is there an alternative? Yes. There is. The alternative is to seek holistic care. For that matter, it need not be one or the other- we need not choose at all. We can seek both western and eastern (holistic) medicines. One difference between the two being that instead of treating the animal’s symptoms as a western doctor would do, the holistic doctor will assess the symptoms and diagnose the root cause of the health issues. When we treat the root cause, the symptoms go away. However when we treat the symptoms alone, they will never fully go away because the root cause is still there. Essentially, your animal will be made to take medicines that relieve only the symptoms for the rest of her/his life; unless the root cause disappears on its own. When we treat the root cause, both it and the symptoms will disappear.

Though in some cases, holistic care can take linger than western medicine to take effect, the long term health of your companion animal will be much healthier. This is because, as mentioned earlier, western medicines can be highly inflammatory, can seriously harm the inner organs of the animal, can cause kidney failure, cancers, irritable bowel, IBS, heart problems, sweat gland problems, allergies, and more. By taking the time to administer holistic solutions to the very same chronic issues your animal is exhibiting, you will almost definitely avoid all of the above consequences. Here are five powerful plants that will treat the ROOT CAUSE of your animal’s health issues.

TURMERICTurmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory plant. Its medicinal compound, curcumin, is a very strong antioxidant as well as highly anti-inflammatory. . Turmeric is linked to improved brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases. Turmeric has also been linked to prevent some types of cancers because of its antioxidant properties. Turmeric, on its own, would be very difficult to achieve the desired amount of anti-inflammatory effects. This is why researching a curcumin supplement for your animal may be of benefit. The next time your vet suggests steroids as a form of anti-inflammatory treatment, (which actually end up inflaming your insides anyway after prolonged use as the side effects of them are often worse than the initial disease we wish to fight), discuss the idea of weaning off of the steroids and onto a healthier, safer anti-inflammatory option. Or, better yet, make an appointment with a holistic veterinarian and ask about turmeric.

DANDELIONDandelion is a bitter yet powerful plant. It is a front runner in anti-inflammation, aids in weight loss, reduces cancer risks and it boosts the immune system. Particularly for animals who have seasonal allergies, dandelion’s immune-boosting properties can help to regulate them. After all, allergies are just a symptom of a weak immune system. Thus, by boosting the immune system, we will be attacking the root cause of the health issue at hand.

MARSHMALLOW ROOTMarshmallow root has many magical benefits! By consuming it via capsule, tincture or tea form, we are allowing it to act as an enzyme that breaks down mucous in our respiratory tract. In humans, marshmallow root has been shown to relieve coughs, colds, bronchitis and other respiratory tract diseases. Safe for animals (with holistic veterinary approval), marshmallow root can help to alleviate similar symptoms. Secondly, marshmallow root has been noted to help skin rashes, eczema and dermatitis in humans. Used as an ointment and applied topically, this plant can help with skin rashes, itchy skin, dermatitis and various other skin irritations. Thirdly, marshmallow root aids in digestion. A natural diuretic and a reliever or constipation, marshmallow root can soothe irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract. Many companion animals suffer from chronic diarrhea or constipation. By soothing the lining of the stomach and intestines, your animal’s digestion is sure to flow more naturally! (Of course, before adding any powerful plant supplement to your animal’s diet , be sure to read your food labels to ensure that their stomach and digestion issues are not a result of nutrient-poor food).

MORINGARich in antioxidants, Moringa fights harmful free- radicals that run rampant through your animal’s body. What are free radicals? Find out here: ( https://soulsticespirit.com/2019/09/01/is-your-cat-or-dog-being-harmed-by-these-microscopic-threats/) . Moringa is a highly effective anti-inflammatory plant. High in protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium, this miracle plant is a nutritious addition to any animal’s diet. Especially in today’s world of cat and dog food malnutrition, adding Moringa to your animal’s dietary regimen can help to regulate nutrient supply in the blood and body for an overall healthier quality of life.

LICORICE ROOT Sweet to taste, licorice root has innumerable health benefits for animals. Licorice root is a detoxifier of the liver. The liver is the organ in the body that is responsible for processing toxins that come from food, water and the environment. When the body is made to digest too many toxins, sometimes there can be a build up in the liver and it needs an extra push to be cleansed out. Licorice root is just the plant to do it. Another important benefit of licorice root for animals is that it has the power to treat a full spectrum of stomach ailments. It can treat any ailment from a digestive upset to an ulcer to stomach cancer. Licorice root is another highly anti-inflammatory plant. It helps to relieve pain, itchy skin, inflammation of the inner organs and joints without compromising the immune system which any veterinary prescription steroid would.
In addition to ingestion of licorice root in tea or tincture form, using it in a topical ointment or salve can be used to treat psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and flea-bite allergies. Licorice root is unique in that it provides relief right away whereas many other holistic treatments can take days or weeks to take full effect. Thus, using licorice root immediately following an allergic reaction such as a bite or skin rash or stomach/liver toxin buildup can be a healthier option while waiting for the rest of the holistic remedies to take effect.
Please note: there are several contraindications between licorice root and some medicines. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before beginning administration of licorice root.

These are just five miraculously powerful healing plants of thousands. Finding a safer, longer-term focused, non-invasive treatment is always the better way for our beloved animal companions. As with all new ideas, it is highly recommended to further look into what these plants are, if they can help with ay condition your animal may be in and of course if they are safe for your animal (if your animal is on other medications). Talk to your local holistic vet about which of these powerful, magnificent plants are right for your best friend!

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TUESDAY’S NEW MOON: ALIGNING WITH ABUNDANCE

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ALIGNING WITH ABUNDANCE: TUESDAY’S NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS

Tuesday, November 26th births this year’s new moon in Sagittarius. New moons are always exciting celestial event s because they allow us to begin anew. Particularly because we experienced our last new moon in the darkness of Scorpio during Mercury’s retrograde, we are ready to return to the Light- and this new moon is just the right one with which to do it!

This new moon is an ideal time to manifest that abundance that has been eluding you. There is often a connotation regarding Sagittarius and abundance which makes this particular planetary alignment a wonderful opportunity to focus on abundance. Many people have misguided beliefs about abundance. Either they subconsciously feel that they are unworthy of abundance or the opposite; that they have a fear of success. Many people were brought up in families where there were belief systems that “life is hard. You have to work as hard as you possibly can to make every cent and then you cannot spend it! You must save, save, save…”. Whereas working hard is an important part of life, there is often a human misunderstanding that there is a finite resource for abundance in our lives. This is a belief system that has been instilled us that brings about fear and scarcity thinking. And nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, we are worthy of all of the abundance in the universe! We must learn to truly believe in our self-worth.

While the journey to self love can be a very lengthy and challenging process, we can begin to believe that we are worth of abundance by setting the intention during this new moon. By intending to be open to receiving the abundance we deserve, we are sending a message to the Universe that we believe that life is meant to be abundant and that we are worthy recipients. As with all new moons, this is the perfect time to set this intention. As the new moon waxes into a full moon, our intentions grow and flourish. It is important to note as well that some intentions we set can take more than one lunar cycle to come to fruition. Sometimes our intentions can take a lot of hard work. This intention for abundance is the perfect example. In order for us to receive the abundance we ask for, we must come into alignment with it. Coming into alignment with any intention takes a lot of intense work and self examination. In order for us to receive the abundance we ask for, we must take the time we need to truly believe that we are worth its reception.

On this occasion, both the sun and the moon are in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. . Sagittarius has a lot to offer. Because Sagittarius is often known for its boastful, jovial energies, this new moon is a wonderful time to gather with friends, to laugh and to rejoice. This lunar period calls for festivities and socialization. Because Mercury has recently resumed forward motion, we will likely feel an extra desire to connect with others. This is a wonderful time to live it up!

However, despite Sagittarius’ social nature, we must beware of overindulgence. Jupiter is the planet that rules Sagittarius. Jupiter has a very expansive nature which can be a catalyst for overindulgence. Whether we find ourselves at a family dinner, party or any other social festivity, we must take care to pay attention to how much food we eat or drinks we drink. On this double-Sagittarian occasion, we are prone to overdo just about every pleasurable activity there is to overdo. Remember that moderation is the key to peace. While it can be ok to have that extra drink or piece of cake once in a while, be sure to stay away from the whole bottle or the whole cake! Remember that every action we take has its consequences. If we wish to feel healthy tomorrow, avoid succumbing to temptation.

This new moon is the last new moon before our next solar eclipse on December 26th. This means that we have one month before both the sun and the moon align with Jupiter. This is a very fortuitous alignment that brings about an even stronger ability to manifest the abundance and joy that you deserve. Because we have one month between this new moon in Sagittarius and the new moon/solar eclipse in one month’s time, spending this month’s time on personal growth and self healing is the highest and best way to bring ourselves into alignment with the self-worth we need in order to receive the abundant gifts that the Universe has to offer.

Lastly, during this new moon, we also have Mars opposing Uranus. This can be quite a catastrophic alignment if we are not careful. Mars is the planet of war and Uranus is the planet of sudden change. The alignment of the two has the potential to bring about rash arguments, flaring tempers and bouts of rage. These disruptive forces can loom heavily in the air for many of us. However, our awareness of their potential can also help us to evade them. Becoming cognizant of their presence can help us to realize that at this time it is extra important to think before we react.

Though there is a chill in the air for most of us at this time of year, taking the time to go out and enjoy the fresh air is always an enjoyable way to experience the new moon. Expressing joy and gratitude for all that we have is the very best way to ensure that we are granted even more to be grateful for!

 

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PREVENT EARLY STAGE TERMINAL ILLNESS:

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PROLONGING YOUR ANIMAL COMPANION’S LIFE IS EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT!

As many would agree, knowledge is power. Most consumers truly wish to provide the best possible life for their animal friends. Many are unaware of how they may be presently harming their best friends; their animal companions. It is always crucial to obtain as much knowledge as possible before beginning a cat or dog food regimen. It is vital to avoid blindly trusting other people; even veterinarians without doing your own research. Even for the most knowledgeable, there are often many important details about optimal nutrition for our animals that fly under the radar. Below are five very common causes of early stage illness that can easily be avoided in companion animals.

1) OBESITY- By far, one of the leading reasons for early stage animal illness is obesity. Sadly, many North Americans are unaware of how obesity affects themselves and their animal companions. Obesity in animals can cause; arthritis, early stage heart failure, early stage kidney failure, early stage lethargy, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses associated with having to carry heavy weight around, among many, many others. The math is simple. Calories in, calories out. If you are feeding your animal friend more calories than he can burn in one day, he will gain weight. If you are feeding your animal adequate numbers of calories for how much exercise he gets, your animal should be a healthy weight. Selecting a food for your animal that has a list of primarily whole foods will aid her digestive system and contribute to overall optimal functionality of the body. This will help your animals maintain a healthy weight. And the strangest part is that most feel that good quality cat and dog food is expensive! Did you know that the highest quality food brands for cats and dogs are only middle of the road prices?

2) FEED NUTRITIOUS FOOD- Believe it or not, healthy cat and dog food need not break your bank. The healthiest (most nutritious) brands of food in North America are middle of the road in price. The high priced foods are reserved for “vet recommended foods” that are geared towards a specific outcome for you animal friend. Some of these “prescription diets” include; weight loss, hairball control, dental hygiene or urinary bladder health to name a few. There has been a law suit filed against the “big six” American dog and cat food companies for falsely using the word “prescription” as there is no such ingredient in the food that requires a prescription. To make matters far worse, in reading the ingredients listed on the labels of most of these foods, consumers will not find even one whole food in the product. For example, one of these companies lists the following two as FIRST INGREDIENTS: Pork by –product, wheat gluten, powdered cellulose, brewer’s yeast… and it goes on from there. These are not whole foods. They are big even food at all. They are by products and chemical preservatives. They can cause severe damage to our animals and can contribute to extremely poor health down the road. Because of the lack of nutrients in these foods, animals have been known to develop dandruff (excessively dry skin and coat), early stage kidney failure ( of course there is a “prescription diet” for that.. how convenient), certain types of cancers (from non- food items such as preservatives and GMO products), poor bowel health, IBS, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and the list goes on. The lesson here is to research food labels! Animals alike to people require whole foods for optimal wellness.

3) KEEP HYDRATED- Most dog and cat parents are completely unaware of how easily dogs and cats can become dehydrated. For one, most often water alone will not adequately hydrate a companion animal. Humans will constantly argue that “my dog/cat drinks so much water, how can s/he possibly be dehydrated?” Though water can adequately hydrate a human, the same is not necessarily true for an animal. This is particularly true for those animals who consume processed foods. Though the animal is aware that water can quench his thirst, the animal is likely not aware that the water is not being retained in the body. This water will often go right through the body and be outputted in the urine. This means that there is no moisture retention occurring in the body whatsoever. Ideally here, our goal is to have the animal’s body retain some moisture to promote healthy skin and coat, healthy eyeballs ( no red-eye) and in the longer run, urinary bladder and kidney health. On the subject of kibble (dry food) and kidney failure- I always pose the following question to clients- “what would happen to your body if you only consumed dehydrated food every day?” When considered, they often give the correct response: my organs would become dehydrated. Exactly. When a cat or dog eats mostly dry food every day it can be quite taxing on the organs, especially the kidneys. This is because in order for the body’s gastrointestinal system to process the dehydrated food, the GI system must draw moisture from all of the body’s organs. The kidneys take the brunt of this. As you may have guessed, after prolonged periods of time in this state, the kidneys will in fact shut down. And depending on other factors in the animals’ life such as genetics stress, a poor immune system etc, this kidney failure can happen at a very early age. Instead of buying into the “early stage kidney failure prescription diet” garbage, there are several ways to prevent any of this organ failure from happening. a) Add consistent supplementary Omega’s 3 & 6. Akin to the human body, the companion animal body requires a healthy amount of Omega fatty acids to retain moisture in the skin, coat, eyes and other vital organs. Healthy sources of Omega fatty acids for animals include; coconut oil, Wild Salmon oil, other fish oils, flax seed oil with DHA (DHA makes the flax seed into a complete protein. Without the DHA, the flax oil is considered an incomplete protein and will be of lesser value to the animal’s system) among others. It is important that before you add any new supplement to your animal’s dietary regimen, that you consult your holistic veterinarian or other holistic animal care professional. b) Ensure that your animal is consuming whole foods- For those who live with cats, domesticated cats should be living on a mostly wet food diet. This wet food should be of high quality (not high price!), and should be bought at your local cat/dog food store- NOT at a human grocery store. Cats in particular are genetically linked to their desert-dwelling ancestors. These wild cats did not drink water as they lived in the desert. Their digestive systems developed to retain moisture through the meats and blood found in the prey animals they consumed. This is why it is especially important for felines to eat mainly wet food. Their bodies only retain a very limited amount of water. Cats and dogs alike will derive a healthy amount of moisture from wet food. Be sure that this wet food is composed of whole food ingredients such as “deboned chicken or chicken, turkey, salmon, duck, etc.” and NOT “protein source by-product”.

4) ADEQUATE EXERCISE-  Just like humans, companion animals require adequate exercise. Benefits of exercise include; healthy weight, healthy musculature, proper circulation of blood and other fluids, arthritis prevention, self-confidence, self-worth/purpose, cardiovascular health among others. I have seen FAR too many clients who do not understand the significance of exercising their animals. Some are too lazy to walk their dogs, thinking that it’s not of primary importance. Some feel that because their dog has a big yard to play in, they get enough exercise. Did you know that walking your dog is not just about the physical exercise but also about mental exercise? The smells and sights to a dog on a walk can be educational and inspirational. When dog people do not regularly walk their dogs, without a doubt, the dogs will develop depression. They will also often develop a lack of purpose feeling. Dogs are highly intelligent creatures. If they are not being consistently mentally and physically stimulated through varied outdoor exercise, they suffer greatly. Their mental health will suffer which will contribute to a rapid decline of physical health. Please walk your dogs. If you are unable to do so, hire someone who can.

5) AGE/SPECIES APPROPRIATE DIETS- Few people are aware of the fact that there are different formulas of food for different age groups of animals. For example, there is a major difference between kitten food, adult cat food and senior cat food. The main difference is the volume of protein and fat in the food. Because kittens are growing, they need extra proteins and fats to healthily build muscle, skin and organ tissues. Adult cats need about 10%-12% protein content in a can of food to maintain a healthy metabolism, body and brain. However, once a cat reaches approx. 11 years of age, the level of protein that his body needs decreases. As the organs age, they are unable to process as much protein. If the aging cat consumes the volume of protein of an adult (2-10 yrs) for a prolonged period of time, it will take its toll on the kidneys. This often induces early stage kidney failure. Feeding species appropriate diets encourages optimal wellness. These diets are full of whole foods, often inclusive of raw food diets. Please be mindful that the raw food diet is not ideal for all animals. It is important not only to read ingredient lists but also to understand that the word “natural” on a food label does not mean that it is natural at all. In fact many processed foods claim that they are natural. This, by definition is untrue. Anything that is processed cannot be natural. This includes all brands of canned and dry food. This is not to say that all brands of canned and dry food are unhealthy for animals. It is up to you, the caregivers of your animals to thoroughly research proper nutrition for your cat and dog friends.

These are just five of the main causes of early stage illness in companion animals that can be easily avoided. Through careful observation of your own habits, avid research and a little bit of common sense, we may be able to prolong our animal’s good quality of life, our animal’s life overall- and our time with our beloved family member.

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TUESDAY’S FULL MOON: THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…

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FULL MOON IN TAURUS

Tuesday, November 12th 2019 marks this year’s full moon in Taurus. This full moon is a particularly wonderful opportunity to examine our long term goals. As with all full moons, this full moon brings with it the prospect of releasing energies (in whichever form they appear) that no longer serve our highest good.

In addition to Tuesday’s full Moon this week, we also have the privilege of witnessing Mercury’s transit. Mercury’s transit across the sun occurs when Mercury passes between our Earth and the sun and is visible to us. Be forewarned that looking directly at the sun either with bare eyes or through a telescope can cause blindness. If you wish to observe Mercury’s transit, be sure to wear appropriate eyewear. On it’s own, Mercury’s transit is an interesting astrological event. Because Mercury is representative of communication,  we may find that during his transit, our communicative abilities are enhanced. We may find it easier to communicate with others and with ourselves. That said, Mercury, the planet that stands for communication is in retrograde (more on this later in this article), we may find the desire to go within and seek communication with our inner child. We may find ourselves looking inside, seeking answers to questions that may have previously alluded us. We may even receive inner guidance and wisdom regarding that which we had previously been unable to find. 

Only one day after Mercury’s transit across the sun, we encounter this year’s full moon in Taurus. Because the sign of Taurus is an Earth sign, making the time to honour this full moon outdoors in nature is a must. In addition to our own process of connecting with Mother Earth, we will be expressing respect and gratitude to the Creator for gifting us such a beautiful planet. The essence of communication with Spirit and the creator is gratitude. By maintaining this elevated vibration, we will be able to find a clear mind with which to release that which no longer serves our highest good. This is to say that before we engage in any spiritual practice, it is a good idea to be mindful of where your energetic frequency may be. By working towards elevating your energetic frequency before engaging in any spiritual ritual, healing or any like activity, your guidance throughout will be clearer and more productive. Connecting with nature anytime is an integral aspect of grounding. However, connecting with nature during the Taurus full moon can bring a greater sense of peace; a greater realization and understanding of the oneness of all creation.

This full moon in Taurus gives us the power to see a longer term goal come to fruition. In addition to Taurus’ hard working, goal oriented nature we see Mars’ connection with Jupiter at this time. The connection between Mars and Jupiter ensures good fortune and success. For those who are in the middle of, or considering new and exciting projects, this is a wonderful time to put your plans into action.

The nature of the Taurus personality is loyalty. There is an emphasis during this lunar period on the home and family. Because the Taurus is so hard-working both in the “office” and at home, we may feel a struggle as to which one takes priority of our time. We may feel a tug-of-war regarding “want” versus “need”. We may become all-consumed by what the future holds and we may forget about the joys of being present in the moment; the joys of spending time with our families. We can easily lose focus on our families for the sake of working hard to make money for plans that may or may not happen in the future. Though our intentions are always good, it is vital to our health and the health and balance of our families to remember how precious each moment is. We may want to remind ourselves that there is so much value in what we have now. We may want to remind ourselves that spending too much time with our heads in the future takes away from all the goodness that is NOW.

The Sun still wades through the icy sign of Scorpio. For some, this can spell ungrounded. The Scorpion nature can feel very intense at times and has the capacity to throw us off centre. While ordinarily, we may feel as though the wind has been knocked out of us, during this lunar period we can rely heavily and gratefully on the grounding nature of the Taurus full moon. Because Taurus is an Earth sign, we can take comfort in its grounding nature to balance us from the extreme Scorpion energy.

In addition to the sun’s position in icy Scorpio, we are reminded of Mercury’s retrograde throughout this lunar period. During this time, we can be prepared for communication breakdown. (For more information on Mercury retrograde, read: https://soulsticespirit.com/2017/04/09/mercury-retrograde-what-does-it-mean/). While the Scorpion sun energy would have us wanting to be alone anyway, the Taurean need to be surrounding by friends and family could find this retrograde to be problematic. Though we have no control over where Mercury is at this time, we can prepare ourselves for missed communications, lost paperwork or emails and overall poor decisions. Perhaps if we are mentally prepared for this, its events will be lesser impactful on us.

The moral of the story is: avoid getting caught up in the minutia this week. Spending too much time and energy on planning the details of your future takes away from the beauty of the now. Stop and smell the roses. Know that when you are present in the moment, keeping an equananimous vibration, your future will be bright and successful. By being present and having faith that your long term goals will come to fruition, you are sending a message to Spirit and co-creating your future.

However you choose to spend this lunar period, remember to give thanks to Mother Earth, the creator and the loved ones you call family. Immersing yourself in the loves of all of these aspects of your life will bring great inner peace and harmony.

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IGNORING THIS COMMON SYMPTOM COULD SPELL DISASTER FOR YOUR ANIMAL

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THE DANGERS OF CHRONIC DIARRHEA

Much more commonly than you’d think, dogs and cats suffer from chronic diarrhea. Though the subject is somewhat uncomfortable and unpleasant to discuss, its implications can lead to the detriment of our animals’ health. There are a myriad of reasons why cats and dogs have chronic diarrhea. Diarrhea is just as uncomfortable for cats and dogs than it is for humans. Some of which require serious medical attention while others can be looked at closely and solved at home. As always, looking up solutions online can raise all kinds of new questions and many new and potentially unfounded fears.

Caring for a dog or cat with chronic diarrhea can be frightening, irritating and disconcerting. There are so many origins of digestive upsets that it can be overwhelming at times. There are several common reasons why your companion animal may have chronic diarrhea. Here are six of them along with commonly helpful treatments:

  1. MAJOR ILLNESS- the most harmful reason why your cat or dog has consistent diarrhea is that her/his body is responding to an inner body imbalance. Diarrhea is often a symptom of a major illness such as organ failure, severe dehydration, severe inflammation, cancer or other severe illnesses and should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. Once your veterinarian has ruled out a terminal or life-threatening illness, you can begin to look at other possibilities.
  2. STRESS- Believe it or not, stress is a main cause of chronic diarrhea in cats and dogs. Stress can come from dozens of sources. Particularly if an animal’s person (you) is going through a stressful time in your life, your animal is more than likely going to take on the stress as well. That’s because animals are like sponges and unconsciously take on all of the energies and stresses of their people and environments. (For more information on the companion animal response to energy, read ‘Animals & Energy’ by J Morgan Saifer- Animal Communicator & Medium). If an animal has recently moved homes or has recently experienced any changes in the home such as new family members or animals in the home, new residence or any other changes, this is often a cause of stress. Very importantly, loud music, loud, screaming children; especially ones who are unpredictable and are allowed to climb on them or pull their ears and tail and those children who are not appropriately taught respect and boundaries are a MAJOR cause of stress. These stress sources can cause anxiety within the animal which often exhibits itself through the bowels. To relieve this stress, allow your companion animal a quiet space where they are not disturbed so that they are able to relax, even for an hour or two. It may help to play meditation music while they rest so that they’re able to let go of their anxieties and stresses.
  3.  TOO MUCH FAT IN THE DIET- If you are feeding your companion animal a source of food that has too high of a fat content, the fat will run unprocessed through the body. The fat will be undigested and come out in the stool. Not only will your animal gain weight with high fatty foods, but the animal’s stool will become runny and highly uncomfortable for the animal. Too much fat is bad for the stool. However, this need not be confused with a diet rich in EFA’s (essential fatty acids). EFA’s are a very necessary aspect of an animal’s diet that promotes healthy absorption of water and nutrients. It is crucial to find the balance between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. As an example, kitten and puppy foods are much higher in fat than adult or senior food. This is because kittens and puppies are still growing and require enough fat to stay healthy as they grow. If you were to feed an adult cat or dog kitten or puppy food several days in a row, you would find that they would have diarrhea. It is important to study the breed, age and weight of your cats and dogs to determine what is an adequate percentage of fat in the food they are fed for them to have healthy bodies and digestive systems.
  4. TOO MUCH PROTEIN IN THE DIET- Much like the issues of too much fat in the diet causing diarrhea, so does a diet that is too rich in proteins. Kitten and puppy foods have higher protein content than do adult and senior formulas. This again is because kittens and puppies are growing- their bones, joints and tissues are still forming which means that they require a higher volume of protein in their diets. Additionally, adult cats require higher protein content in their diets than do adult dogs. If dogs were to eat cat food, they would almost always get diarrhea- this is largely due to the higher volume of protein. Many large breed dogs cannot digest high protein foods as they have very sensitive tummies. It is always important to research the breed, age and weight of your animal and feed protein accordingly.
  5. NUTRIENT POOR FOOD- Unfortunately in this day and age, many consumers fall prey to poor marketing schemes. Many people listen to their cat and dog food professionals without questioning and researching their own information, many people believe the ads they see in the media. Because of this consumer blindness, many healthy cats and dogs are fed nutrient poor food which, after time, renders them helplessly unhealthy. Just like humans, when animals do not absorb an adequate volume of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, it wreaks havoc on their digestive systems. Malnutrition is a very serious illness than can, through prolonged exposure, cause terminal illness and painful fatality. Symptoms of malnutrition are easily overlooked in companion animals as many become asymptomatic. This means that without a trained eye, symptoms of malnutrition may be invisible. One common symptom is chronic diarrhea. Without the appropriate nutrients required to promote healthy assimilation of food, food goes either improperly digested or undigested at all. When an inadequate volume of nutrients pass through the body and come our as loose stool, this is a telltale sign that the diets that we are feeding our companion animals are not right for their bodies. By researching food labels thoroughly, we can familiarize ourselves with exactly what ingredients our animal companions are eating.
  6. POOR BODILY ABSORPTION- Sometimes, even if we are feeding our animals healthy choices of foods, balanced diets and clean water sources, they can still have chronic diarrhea. It is more common than we might realize to find kittens and puppies who have been weaned from heir mamas too early. Generally, when cats and dogs are weaned from their mamas too early, their little digestive systems are unable to fully form while growing to adult in the healthiest of ways. When they are weaned too early, they generally do not receive enough nutrients from their mother’s milk to grow into healthy and strong adult cats and dogs. More often than not, this means that their gastrointestinal systems reject vital nutrients. We can very clearly note of their bodies are rejecting vital nutrients when our cat and dog companions have chronic diarrhea. In cases such as these, adding a simple source of probiotics is the best way to aid them in digesting vital nutrients from their healthy food sources. There are several healthy sources of probiotics for cats and dogs; some of which are found at healthy cat and dog food stores, some of which can even be found at human grocery stores. A few readily available sources of probiotics include; canned pumpkin, kelp, goat’s milk, acidophilus, among others. To find a probiotic that is best suited to your animal and proper feeding instructions seek guidance from your local holistic animal care practitioner or holistic veterinarian.

 

To reiterate, these are only six of many reasons why companion animals have chronic diarrhea. If your animal has diarrhea and you have tried the above ways to treat it, seek veterinary care immediately. Chronic diarrhea is often a symptom of severe dehydration which is leads to kidney failure. Prolonged chronic diarrhea can be extremely painful and often lead to organ failure. Paying attention your you companion animal’s bathroom habits can mean the difference between life, chronic illness or death. Remember to do your research before changing any food or eating habits as changing any dietary habits can be detrimental to your animal’s health

 

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TOMORROW’S NEW MOON: DO NOT BE ALARMED, THIS WILL ONLY HURT FOR A MINUTE

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TOMORROW’S NEW MOON IN SCORPIO

Near to the beginning of the sun’s entry into the sign of Scorpio, we find its new moon. The sun’s move from Libra into Scorpio occurred on Tuesday, October 22nd. Thus, within the first five days of the sun’s position in Scorpio, we are granted the opportunity to begin anew. As with all new moons, this is the potential origin for change. This new moon is a delightful time to pen our intentions so that the Universe has a better understanding of our deepest desires.

To create your list of intentions, all you will need is a pen and paper and several minutes to meditate on exactly what you wish to intend. What aspects of your life can be improved upon? What personal strengths do you wish to empower in order to achieve your highest personal goals?

Being that Scorpio is the sign most closely associated with sex, death and the mysteries of the occult, we have a vast opportunity to shift any aspect of our lives in which these subjects exist. Death, of course may not mean death in its literal form; but the end of a cycle or better yet- a deep period of transition between major life events. This is to say that though all new moons are perfectly timed occasions to create new beginnings, this new moon in Scorpio is particularly significant for creating changes in both interpersonal relationships as well as delving more deeply into our own individual magic. This new moon yields the potential visions of how we wish to shift our relationships with others as well as with ourselves from where they currently are to where we wish for them to be.

Because Scorpio is strongly associated with sexual desires, we must take extreme caution when considering the new beginnings we wish to see come to fruition. Mainly, when we create our intentions for this new moon it is imperative that we do not include other people within our intentions. During this lunar period, we may fall prey to lust. We may find that we desire to be close with someone so badly that we wish beyond all wishes to be with them. However, before we write anyone else’s name on our list of intentions, we must firmly remember that manifesting (intending) any wishes for anyone else will likely violate their free will. Taking such actions is bound to bring the business end of karma along to help us to remember the hard way that we are only responsible for ourselves. The acts of creating intentions out of lust and creating intentions having to do with others are both very low vibration activities and will bring back to us experiences and circumstances that reflect these low vibrations that we have put out into the Universe.

Scorpio is a water sign, as are Pisces and Cancer. However it is said that while Pisces and Cancer behold warmer, nurturing waters, Scorpio’s water is icy cold. When Scorpios are crossed, they tend to be very vindictive and begrudging. While not all of us are Scorpios, we must beware that this energy is afloat in the atmosphere during this lunar period. We must take care not to take the actions of others personally which we will be inclined to do during this time. We must remember once again that we are only responsible for our own actions and reactions. Should we feel mistreated by anyone during this lunar period, we can remind ourselves that the new moon in Scorpio is an especially emotionally sensitive time; this offending feeling will pass within 48 hours. In fact after that time it will feel as though we hadn’t been offended at all.

To add fuel to the fire, during the sun’s and moon’s positions in Scorpio, we also have Uranus opposing the moon. This is sure to create havoc in the lives of many. Uranus is the planet of sudden change. It is the planet that is known to “shake things up”. Given that Uranus opposes the moon in Scorpio, we can expect that our sexual relationships, personal stability, and balanced aspects of our lives to be shaken up. We can expect break ups and breakdowns. We may even feel as though our world has turned upside down. Though this may seem unfair and unruly, we may take comfort in knowing that the universe has “shaken you to awaken you”. By paying attention to what is being shaken up, we can ask ourselves if this is truly serving our highest good. Is this in alignment with our Divine purpose? We must remember the beauty in letting go of that which does not. The beauty is that life and its experiences are impermanent. We are gifted situations and circumstances on a temporary basis so that we may learn from them, enjoy them and then let them go. And how gently we choose to let them go is a reflection of our ego’s need for attachment. As Buddha said “attachment is the root of all suffering”. What we may take away from this is that when we feel that an area of our life has been shaken up, learning to detach from it will save us much suffering.

Though many of us may feel like our lives have been turned upside down, honouring this new moon is a wonderful way for us to find balance and harmony. By giving thanks to the experiences that challenge us for the lessons they teach us, we are keeping our vibrations high. By honouring all of the experiences that come our way, we are showing to the universe just how strong we are. And it is this strength that we can embody to inspire others. Whether we choose to perform a new moon ritual or whether we have alternative means of honouring this lunar period, let us always be grateful for how far we have come.

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7 THINGS HUMANS DO THAT ANNOY ANIMALS

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ARE YOU ANNOYING YOUR ANIMAL?

Our animal friends are part of our families. As such, they should be used to how we conduct our lives and everything we do in our homes right? Wrong! Here are seven of many ways that human behaviour annoys companion animals. Do you do any of these?

1)      Yelling– Animals are incredibly noise sensitive. Animals often cower and become extremely uncomfortable to the sound and energy of yelling. Animals are highly sensitive to energy. Often, yelling is accompanied by angry or other negative energies. This alone can make any animal feel irritated and unwelcome. Because of their audio sensory survival mechanism, the shape of their ear flaps and a heightened sense of full spectrum hearing, cats and dogs hear sounds at a magnified volume. Ask any animal, and they will tell you that silence is golden!

2)      Letting children climb on and pull ears/tail or teasing in any way– Parents often think that animals don’t mind and don’t take offense to small children dressing up animals, climbing on them and tugging their extremities (ears and tail). And what’s perhaps the most offensive about all of this is when the animal finally works up the courage to stand up for himself by lashing out, his people get scared and kick him out. ALWAYS put yourself in your animal’s position. Would you want children pulling your ears and tail, dragging you around and climbing all over you? As the companions of companion animals, it is our responsibility to understand our animals’ perspective and role in the home. Animals are not toys, dolls or novelties. They are gentle beings who should always be respected through a good understanding of boundaries from all household members.

3)      Barking or meowing at a dog or cat– Humans think they can get dogs and cats to communicate with them by barking and/or meowing at them. However, this is the work of the human ego. Dogs and cats think that this is ridiculous behaviour.

4)      Aggressive cuddles/greetings– Animals are very gentle beings by nature. It is important to recognize that they do not consider roughhousing to be endearing. Some dogs definitely like to play that way at the right time and place, however introverted dogs and almost ALL cats are not appreciative of aggressive petting or cuddling. They find it quite offensive and do not understand it. This is one main reason why they may hiss, scratch of bite. It is important to be mindful that cats are gentle beings and should be treated in a gentle way. After all, after being hissed at, bitten or scratched by a cat, many humans take offense. What most fail to realize is that they, themselves brought on this undesired feline reaction. 

5)      Staring– Just like humans, if you stare at an animal, it makes them very uncomfortable. If most could hear them, the animal would as “what are you staring at??” Not only do they become uncomfortable with human staring, but animals ESPECIALLY get annoyed when you stare at them while they are doing their bathroom business. Keep in mind how you might feel if someone was staring at you while you were on the toilet!

6)      Ignoring attempts to communicate– animals are fully conscious, sentient beings. They are always communicating with us through body language, behaviour and telepathy. If they feel like we are unable to understand their gentle cues, they may get frustrated and act out in a way that will definitely get out attention! Be mindful that our animal friends have endless messages to share. The more receptive and compassionate we become to this end, the better the communication will flow and the lesser our animals will be annoyed!

7)        Taking their pictures or video– Animals do not understand the concept of photography. Most animals are not aware of what your phone is. They see you designating much of your time and energy to the item in your hand, but it makes no logical sense to them, In most loving homes, companion animals see your phone as a distraction from playtime with them. On occasion, they may understand that you are shoving your cellular phone in their face or personal space, however they do not understand why. In many cases, animals become annoyed and frightened by cell phone cameras. Some animals may not mind having their pictures taken but most do. They will often be uncomfortable with having you record their adorable behavior. It is important to stop and consider if your animal friend would appreciate having a phone shoved in their face during certain moments. Or worse, having a private moment shared with the world on social media. As with all interactions with animals, it is IMPORTANT TO PUT YOURSELF IN THEIR POSITION before acting or reacting to them, That said, who can resist a photo shoot with the most adorable faces on the planet?

All of this can be avoided through the understanding and practice of empathy! By practicing kindness and getting to know what makes your animal companion comfortable or uncomfortable, you will be promoting a healthy home for your whole family. Your animals will feel calmer and more secure. They will be grateful that you have respected their boundaries and personal space. They will be grateful that you have found a healthy understanding of their consciousness and sensitivity.  Most importantly, your animal companions will love you that much more!

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TODAY’S FULL MOON: KEEP CALM, GROUND AND RELEASE!

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FULL MOON IN ARIES 2019

Today, Sunday October 13th gives rise to this year’s full moon in Aries. At 4:07pm  central time today, we will experience the waxing full of one of the most physically energetic signs of the 12. As with all full moons, this one is an excellent time to release old energies and belief patterns that no longer serve us. During any given full moon, the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. This means that the zodiac sigs of the sun and moon are in polar-opposite positions. Needless to say, this can easily cause a tug-of- war between us and the sign in which the sun sits and us and the sign in which the moon sits.

This month, the moon is situated in Aries while the sun is in Libra. The pull of Earth’s sensitive inhabitants will feel physically energetic. As Aries is a fire sign, this lunar period promises to be full of fiery surprises. In some cases, the tendency of fire signs is to be impassioned about one’s life, one’s love and one’s reason to live. This can be an inspirational energy for us, a time to channel our creativity into new projects with excitement. That said, the other side of the fiery Aries is the hot-headed, confrontational side. Regardless of what sign of the zodiac we were born into, during this 48 hour lunar period, we are all prone to the receiving end of the Aries fire.

Aries are often stubborn and unwilling to compromise. During this full moon, should we become conscious that we are behaving in such ways, it’s important that we stop ourselves before we get into situations that can come back to bite us later on. Aries are often ‘act before I think’ behaviourists. Knowing this ahead of this month’s full moon will allow us the space to stop and think before we react. We must remember that we cannot take back what we say. In order to maintain our own inner peace, it is always important to consider how our words will affect others.

In the Tarot, The Emperor card holds a picture of an empowered man sitting in a throne which has arm rests with ram’s heads on the front and on the upper corners of the throne. Because Aries is the sign of the ram, the Emperor in the Tarot represents the zodiac sign of Aries. The Emperor card heralds the number four. In numerology, the number four represents the desire to seek foundation, to seek grounding and to establish solid framework from which to build a life. The Emperor also reminds us that taking control of our lives is important in order to accomplish our hopes and dreams. However there is a fine balance between having control over our lives and being controlling or having issues with ‘needing’ to control the lives of others and micromanaging.
Pulling us in the other direction is the Sun’s placement in Libra. Contrary to the reactive nature of the Aries moon, the Libran Sun is far more reserved- at least initially. An air sign, Libras appear to be calm, cool and collected. They appear to be laid back and easy going. Approaching all situations from a balanced angle is the Libran method to finding peace in the situation. Their gift is their ability to see any situation from all angles and adjudicate it fairly and responsibly. Thus, should we find ourselves in a sudden desire to lash out at someone (as per the Aries way), we may call on the balanced energies of Libra to bring us to a pause before we do or say anything we may regret.

In the tarot, the Justice card is the number 6. On this card, there is a judge holding a scale which is balanced. The Justice card shows a judge holding scales. The scales that he is holding are balanced. Because it heralds the number six, we are reminded while the sun is in Libra of the unending path the soul takes to find balance. We are reminded to seek balance between the material and spiritual worlds. We are reminded of the ebbs and flows of karma; how our thoughts, actions, feelings and beliefs have consequences. We are reminded that our thoughts, actions, feelings and beliefs create the foundation; the roadmap for the rest of our lives as well as any lives to follow.

Despite that Aries and Libra are polar opposite zodiac signs they do have one common element. And that is their desire for the spotlight. Aries’ often-surfacing all consuming need to be right; fighting to the “death” to get their point across, is all too similar to the Libran desire to prove their point. However, whereas the loyal Aries will believe in their point 100%, the Libra will argue a point for the sake of the debate. Because these two potentially argumentative signs come together during the current full moon, we must always take heed of our triggers. By knowing the triggers that set us into a defensive whirlwind, ideally we will recognize them as they arise, thereby avoiding giving in to them.

An excellent way to honour this full moon is to partake in daily grounding meditations. Because the energies of the sun and moon at this time have the capacity to get the better of our reactionary selves, by performing a morning meditation to ground we can easily set the tone for the day. To ground, simply take a few very deep breaths, connect your foot chakras with Mother Earth, your Crown chakra with the Universal Life Force, draw the energies into your body as you inhale deeply and exhale slowly. As you do this, become aware of your heart centre. Allow yourself to resonate with the vibration of unconditional love. Once you have done so for several seconds, you will be ready to begin your day in a heart-centered way.

However we choose to honour this full moon, let us give thanks for all we have been gifted, all that we have learned and all of the joys to come.
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THE MIND TRAP: ARE YOU GUILTY OF THIS COMMON SELF- LIMITING BELIEF PATTERN?

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IDENTITY

Some time ago, I was challenged by Spirit to take a good hard look at my concept of “identity”. Initially I had some idea what I would find, but as I delved deeper into the existential idea, I became aware of just how much humankind is influenced by what we have adopted as our identity.

When we think about our identity, we often associate it with our given names, our jobs, our financial income, what we have or do not have and where we live. We may relate our identity to aspects of our childhood; how we grew up, what our parents may have put us through and what town we grew up in. We may relate our identity to a chronic illness; physical mental or otherwise. And we may even relate our identity to what we believe we look like relative to others. Further, perhaps on a deeper level, we can examine who we think we are by acknowledging our likes and dislikes. What are we passionate about? What moves us? What do we stand for? What do we stand against? What makes our skin crawl? The list of question goes on. And most of this list is compiled by external influences.

According to Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritualist faiths, all of what we have constructed within our minds to claim as “who we are” is simply a reflection of ego. When we observe the concept of “ego” we are referring to the term indicated in Hindu scriptures that opposes the term “self” which refers to the naked soul.  This soul is our true nature, free of Earthly desires and fears. The self is the immortal part of our experience that lives out each incarnation in any body it chooses in order to learn whatever experiences it needs to in order to fulfill its higher purpose.

Along with the self, the ego incarnates into the body. The ego exists for the purpose of teaching us how to make peace with it. Apart from the self, our ego forms attachments to the experiences we have had and integrated them as our identity. When we become invested in the experiences that we have had, we become very attached to them and how they have affected us. And we begin to dwell on them. We begin to allow these experiences to shape our personalities. They easily become who we believe we are. When we relive a story time after time in our minds, when we continue to rerun it over and over, we become so attached to it that we believe that this is who we are.

Often we will find ourselves using these experiences that we have had as excuses for ourselves. They become our belief systems as to why we “can’t”, “shouldn’t” or “are afraid”. These excuses and belief systems that we have wired into our minds become the blueprints that shape the rest of our lives- if we let them.

Our identity is often fuelled by our image. In our minds it has become very important to pay attention to what we look or seem like to other people. In some cases we can spend our lives trying to fit into a mold and making ourselves look or seem appealing in one way or another. We become attached to the idea that we need to look a certain way. We become attached to the idea that we have a specific role to play. We become attached to the idea that we are “strong”, we are “sick”, we “can’t afford” we are “depressed”, we are “the well-dressed man”, “hot girl”, “fat guy”- all of these images that we feel we can relate to become our identity.  Even chronic illness becomes our perceived identity. When we feed into these identities, they begin to run our lives. Instead of understanding that these circumstances are external and remaining detached, we integrate them into ourselves and they become who we are. And in doing so, we are missing the point. When we seek validation from external sources, we are only seeking to fill a void within ourselves that can only be truly filled with self love. This self love can only be attained by making the time to look at and work on the parts of ourselves that can be uncomfortable and dark. Though this can be highly unpleasant at times, the resulting self love brings with it a beautiful sense of peace and well being.

If we take a moment to examine who we are, free of our experiences and beliefs, we may come to a profound insight. Let’s use myself as an example: I am J Morgan Saifer. I am an Animal Communicator. These statements are valid, as they are my given name and my occupation. However they are just that- a name and an occupation. Let us understand that our occupation does not define who we are. Our occupation is a choice that we have made in order to fulfill certain Earthly needs. If we are fortunate, our occupation is one that we enjoy and can bring Light to others. However, no matter how spiritual a job is, it does not define our identity. In fact, years ago I was in the company of many new people at a party. And when asked the socially prevalent question “what do you do?” my answer was simply “I love”.  I stand by this statement.

When we remove the occupation (or any other external experience such as poverty, wealth, family trauma, etc) of the identity, we are left with: I am J Morgan Saifer. Upon examination of this statement, it is valid, as this is my given name and how I identify myself to others. However, when we look at what the given name represents, we can peel away its layers as well. Saifer is my family name, a lineage that has little to do with my “self” and everything to do with my ego. Because my body (DNA) belongs to a specific set of genetics, I was born with the identity of my mother’s and father’s genetics and all of their belief systems. This, as well as any other family lineage in the world has presented many blessings and challenges; all of which have been accrued due to previous generations of human experience.

Further, when we remove my name, we are left with the phrase “I am”. What am I? I am a female. I am 39. I am Caucasian. I am a healer. All of these adjectives and titles that we call ourselves are once again borne of identity. These are Earthly depictions of how we identify ourselves relative to others. These identifications have nothing to do with the self but for the challenges of making peace between it and the ego identity,

We are then left with “I ”. The name “I ” accounts for the Earthly belief that each of us is separate from the next. This separation occurs on Earth due to each individual’s concept of her own identity. But when we view this concept from a higher perspective, we will find that this separation is in the minds of the human ego. When we view this separation from a higher perspective we will see that when we become one with the self, there is in fact no separation at all; we are all one. We have all come from the same benevolent origin and continue to incarnate with ego life after life in order to find peace with it. And until we realize this, we are subject to this cycle of reincarnation.

And then we are left with nothing. When we are truly one with the self, all of the individual identity dissipates and we become reconnected with the benevolent source from which we came. And according to Buddhist, Hindu and Spiritualist beliefs, this is the nature of human existence, and the sum and parts of the meaning of life.

It is necessary to have awareness of with what we identify to survive in society. However the key is to be aware of these aspects of our ego and remain healthfully detached from them. By renouncing attachment to our experiences, we become further into alignment with our Divine life purpose. By living our lives in this way, we may find that our lives become more peaceful; for attachment is the root of all suffering.

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