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Who Should Be Allowed to Purchase Privately Owned Lands in National Parks?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 15th, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: America, Bryce Canyon National Park, civilization, construction, developers, Eco Travel, environment, government spending, homes, HOPE, housing developments, Kolob Canyon, Land and Water Conservation Fund, landowners, National Park Service, national parks, nature, offshore drilling royalties, oil companies, private lands, spirituality, subdivisions, travel, United States, wild lands, Wilderness Act, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Our national parks are our soul-restoring places; the spots we run to when we need to escape the constant clatter of civilization. They are where we go to see the last vestiges of wild America. And each of our national parks seems to have at least one iconic image that lives in our consciousness, whether we’ve actually seen it in person or not: landmarks such as El Capitan in Yosemite, the bubbling hot springs in Yellowstone, or the hoodoos in Bryce Canyon.

Now picture yourself standing on the rim of one of our national parks’ stunning canyons, looking out on nature’s beauty. You’re awed and inspired by the scene in front of you, until your eyes begin to register a structure that doesn’t seem to belong. Then you suddenly recognize what it is: a huge trophy home, with windows from floor to ceiling and a wraparound deck.

That could never happen, right? It could, and it almost did last month in one of our most treasured natural spaces.

Doreen Virtue on Speaking with Angels

Tina Van Leuven by Tina Van Leuven | November 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: angel cards, angel oracle cards, angels, Doreen Virtue, future, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, Heaven, interview, life, messages, mystic, planet, power of words, spirits, spirituality, vibrational frequency, vibrations, video review

Angel

I’ve been a big fan of angel oracle cards for many years, and my collection includes quite a few Doreen Virtue decks. I just love their artwork and their messages, and I’ve found them to be amazingly accurate. I have clients who choose a card at the end of our sessions together, and the card usually either beautifully summarizes our session or offers guidance in moving forward. When my friends and their children come to my home, they always ask to choose a card or two.

These days, oracle cards are often available as an app for smart devices; the convenience is wonderful, but I must say, I believe the physical cards hold a special value and power.

Because of my love for angel oracle cards, it was no surprise that I was drawn to watch an episode of Gaiam Inspirations featuring Doreen Virtue as the guest on GaiamTV.com. A delightful hour well spent!

Is Your Container Too Small? How to Live a BIG Life

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, anger, big life, blessings, challenge, change, constriction, create space, destiny, emotions, environment, exhaustion, expansion, feel, frustration, give thanks, growing, inner guide, journal, journaling, let go, listen, marriage, peace of mind, Relationships, shift, spiritual disconnection, spirituality, stress, stuck, transformation, work environments

Woman inside a Cardboard Box

In the last few weeks, I have had several clients and other acquaintances who have shared their discontent. Their challenges range from unsatisfying relationships to chaotic work environments to spiritual disconnection to complete exhaustion. As I listened to each person there was a similar question that kept running through my mind: “Is your container too small?”

Releasing Resistance

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 4th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, change, enlightenment, gifts, habits, healing, journal, life, meditate, meditation, postitive thinking, rejuvenate, resist, resistance, rest, shift, spirituality, thoughts, universe

Releasing Resistance

I took a lot of the summer off to rest and rejuvenate. It was a really powerful time for me and I used it to contemplate and reflect on many areas of my life. It is very interesting to me that when we slow down, the opportunity to witness our thoughts and behaviors amplifies.

One of the things that I noticed is that there are times when I will resist something or someone only to discover that the event or person is bringing me an amazing and unexpected gift. I paused and asked myself to explore the habit of resistance. It’s a habit I often see in my clients, so we work on dismantling the need to resist without reason. And then, here I am, watching the same behavior in myself. (We never really arrive, do we?!)

Be the Change — Share a Blessing

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | September 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: 2012, affirmation, be the change, community, consciousness, December 21, end of the world, Gandhi, Global Blessing Blog, harmony, love, Mayan calendar, peace, politics, rebirth, religion, shift, spirituality, words

GandhiGandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

That statement has been moving through my mind for the past several weeks as I read comments on social media and hear so many people feeling helpless and disillusioned. It’s clear to me that we are living in a time of extreme opposites. There are people doing extraordinary work to bring peace and consciousness to the planet, while at the same time there are also people committed to war and violence.

The real question for me is “How do I want to respond and live?” I believe that we are either part of the problem or we are part of the solution. I also believe that our words have power and that what we put out in the universe eventually returns to us in some form.

So instead of being upset about the state of the world, I have decided to do something, and I would like you to join me.

Four Steps to Finding the Sacred Self

Kaedrich Olsen by Kaedrich Olsen | August 2nd, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: abundance, alignment, Atman, Brahman, contemplation, contemplative introspection, contentment, ego, empowerment, Freud, goal setting, goals, Hindu, meditation, personal development, Personal Growth, positive change, purpose, sacred, sacredness, self, self expression, spiritual capital, spiritual development, spiritual freedom, spiritual investing, spiritual liberation, spiritual-journey, spirituality, success, wealth, will

What if I told you I could show you the value of your ego in your spiritual development? If I said that following your ego will help you to discover your own sacredness, would you believe me?

The ego has become misunderstood in recent years. Harkening back to the Freudian concept, the ego is the part of your mind that balances your desires with what is reasonably attainable. It is the part of your mind that can truly be called “the self.” It is within this self that the deepest and most important of the sacred mysteries wait.

Are You Addicted to Technology?

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Tech, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: addicted to technology, affirmation, cell phone, computer, digital, disconnect, healing, information age, Internet, log off, meditate, meditation retreat, online, personal development, Personal Growth, real life, reality, self help, soft addiction, spirituality, texting, universe

Addicted to Technology

I want to start this conversation by making the point that I am extremely grateful for the time in which I live. I love information and the many ways that we can access this information.

However, I do want to talk about a question that has been on my mind for some time: As a culture, are we addicted to technology?

Savoring Accomplishments

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | June 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accomplishments, affirmation, destiny, dreams, give thanks, gratitude, healing, intention, live in the moment, meditation, personal development, Personal Growth, savor, spirituality, successes, Transit of Venus, victories, vision, visualization

Savoring AccomplishmentsLast month, I spoke about the process of my expansion into a new arena of leadership and transformation as I hosted a teleseries for people around the world. Well, the Venus Transit event was June 5, 2012, and it was extraordinarily successful.

Powerful teachers gave their time and talents to support people in stepping through this once-in-a-lifetime portal to experience healing and growth. More than 7,800 people around the globe registered, and a powerful community was created. Participants accessed the call via the Internet and phone for three hours of intentional creation. I want to stop here and say that my team — Lisa Livingstone and Jean Hendry — brought skill, care and excellence to this process in powerful ways. We were all on a steep learning curve and still managed to find the humor and joy in the midst of many unanswered questions.

I am telling you all of this to let you know what happened next. The day after the call, we began to prepare for the Venus Transit University sessions that began on June 11th and continue through the beginning of July. As the conversations moved and tasks were undertaken, I had a thought: “Are you savoring the accomplishment?”

I had to pause and really take in what that meant.

Venus, Make My Wish Come True

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | May 25th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, astrological, astrology, astronomy, destiny, expand, expansion, expression, future, gratitude, growth, healing, journey, let go, letting go, manifestation, meditation, opportunities, opportunity, planetary event, planets, spirituality, synchronicity, teleseminar, transformation, Transit of Venus, universe, Venus Transit

Venus Transit

We often find ourselves “asking” for expansion. We ask for expansion into a more powerful way of living and being; expansion in our thinking; expansion in our abundance and affluence; expansion in our relationships. The interesting thing to me is that when we are in a space of desiring expansion, we don’t often consider the totality of what that means.

Leap and the Net Will Appear

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: affirmation, changes, choice, confidence, Cynthia James, decisions, faith, fear, Greg Louganis, HOPE, Indiana Jones, inspirational, leap of faith, life, love, risk, self confidence, self growth, self-awareness, spirituality, taking chances, trust

Taking chances

A few weeks ago I gave a talk entitled “Leap and the Net Will Appear.” I want to begin with the fact that “something in you is always calling you to dive into your greatness.” Once you do, you will discover that you have always been amazing, talented, unique, powerful, expansive, abundant and destined to live an incredible life. On some level, we always know this. The challenge is getting to a place where we leap no matter what we are currently experiencing. Here are three things to contemplate when it comes to hoping for a better life and taking chances.