A Message From the Trees
When I was a little girl I used to sit under the Pepper Tree in our backyard and sing the messages of the trees. I had no inhibitions of where the words came from. Just that they were there and they wanted to be sung.
I never lost that gift and in fact passed it on to my son. The only difference between then and now is that the trees are speaking louder.
Kudos to Peter who captured this moment and produced this timely video. Thank you! Together we speak on behalf of the trees.
The trees want to be heard! They're not much different than us and in fact have a common destiny. Their survival is our survival. We are one family
Please share and help us get the message out there to save the trees. Stay tuned for more "channeling the trees". We depend on each other to live.
You Can Have Whatever You Want
The phrase, “You can have whatever you want” is one that rolls off the tongue in an easy, rhythmic way. It’s often followed by the caveat “If you put your mind to it”. The first part would have us believe that simply wanting something will make it magically appear. The second part suggests in a subtle, charming way that we might have to put some effort into the endeavor. Based on my own experience I believe this to be true. You might think that the first thing to do is determine what it is you want. That’s important, yes and I think there is another question worth asking yourself; “What is the point of having whatever you want?” Is it simply about material possessions or is realizing your full potential as a human important to you?
If the latter is true then I suggest that rather than ask
“What do I want in life?”
try asking “Whom do I want to be in life?”
This question would also make a great replacement for another question that we are faced with from an early age. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Replacing the word What with Who transforms the whole concept from an external label to an internal state of being. Kids often say “I want to be an astronaut” or a “fireman”. I don’t think they care about the labels. They care about who they get to be, not the credential that gives them a title. I knew one kid when I was growing up who wanted to be a garbage man because, as he said, “they get to stay out all night.” That was back before political correctness made us sanitize the labels we use for people. Now we call them sanitation workers. I don’t know whatever happened to that kid but I think he was onto something. He didn’t care about the title/label or the fact that he would be picking up trash. For him it was about being out all night. As a kid the first thing I thought was wow, that sounds so free. Isn’t that what we all want, freedom along with happiness and fulfillment?
This is about “being” rather than “having.” Being an astronaut is not the cause of happiness or fulfillment, it’s the result of it. Fulfillment, happiness, self-expression all starts inside of us. This may sound abstract and counter-intuitive. After all, how could you be fulfilled if you haven’t done something or become something yet. You might say, “I want a nice place to live in the country, with a garden and a view of the mountains. How do I make that happen?” What are the practical steps I need to take to make it a reality? This is where imagination and commitment become your allies.
Have you ever met someone you were really attracted to and imagined what it would be like to share love with that person? The shift in your being is palpable. It can even be measured with biofeedback equipment. Yet nothing has actually happened yet. It’s all in the realm of possibility. Imagining what it’s like to be in love with this new, as yet unknown person creates the possibility that it will become reality. In that moment it doesn’t matter what roadblocks might get in the way of that possibility. The heart, mind, body, and soul join together in a commitment to make it happen. This commitment is the key to bringing possibility into reality. It’s the foundation for being who you want to be.
By W. Peter Collins
The Business of Being
When we see the words business and being in a phrase it usually goes like this: Being in Business. We all have a pretty good idea of what that involves; products, services, marketing, customers, clients, accounting, employees, long hours, stress, customer service, to name a few.
When it comes to the “Being” part though, other than being on time I don’t think we think about it much at all. It’s as if Being is part of a different realm entirely, i.e., being present, being in the moment, being in love (my personal favorite), being natural, being honest, being happy and fulfilled, being human. These are all wonderful things; ideals that we aspire to in our personal lives. We take workshops, go on retreats, and spend way too much on therapy in the quest to achieve these states of being. I find it fascinating that we don’t really put Business and Being together. Yes we put them in the phrase but not in our actions or ways of thinking, or ways of being for that matter? It’s like we’re paying lip service to Being. We put the word into the phrase and then ignore it. Why is that?
That’s the question that came up for me today when I had to make a phone call I didn’t really want to make. I should note here that I do have a business with services and clients etc. I pride myself on good customer service. That includes being straight with my clients, about what they can expect and when they can expect it. In a word, integrity.
Sometimes that means pushing myself when I’m tired or run down. That’s a choice that can appear to be good for business but is the price worth it? After all, being run down leads to being sick which leads to being NOT in business. I tried to fight this by continuing to work. I thought I could “will” myself through it but that was a fantasy. My productivity dropped and I saw myself spending time at work without getting anything done. My energy level continued to drop until my body took over and said, “That’s it, we’re taking a break.” I reluctantly went along with it (as if I really had a choice). By then it was clear I wasn’t coming through for my client. I was out of integrity and it weighed on me. I knew that I had to call or I would fall even further out of integrity.
What would I say? I asked myself. My mind did what it usually does. It started strategizing on all the things I could say that would buy some time without having to reveal what was going on. None of that felt right. I felt stuck until it occurred to me that I was afraid of revealing weakness. I was afraid of being vulnerable. Why? What was I afraid of? I looked and looked and couldn’t find anything. The fear was just there, like a bad habit, hanging around for no reason.
When I finally made the call I just started talking to my client, telling him the truth of the situation. I’ve been pushing myself for a while and I needed to rest and regenerate. I was surprised at how genuinely concerned he was. I could tell that he appreciated I was being straight with him. It wasn’t just about making the call. It was also that I wasn’t withholding or strategizing or talking without really saying anything. At that moment I felt my integrity return. I was surprised by this. I knew that integrity could be lost. I knew that it could be found too. What I didn’t realize is that sometimes it’s simply a matter of being real, being yourself. And that is what the Business of Being is all about.
W. Peter Collins, May 2021
What is a Lifeline Coach?
The benefits to working with a certified coach are many but I would say accountability is key. A coach is like a flashlight who will shine the light on anything that gets in the way of your goal and enable you to create a workable plan to achieve your life goals by addressing the 5Ds:
Now here is the reality. Many people are stuck. Like quicksand. It’s like every move you make instead of moving toward your dream, you're sinking and sinking and you just can’t get out of that quicksand. So many of you have massive talent and skill. Many of you are highly educated, and yet even though you're doing well you are not living your dream life. It’s like quicksand. If someone were to throw you that lifeline, would you grab it and allow it to guide you out safely and securely? Of course you would.
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The study of genes and heredity has come a long way since first discovered in 1865 by Gregor Mendel and furthered by C. H. Waddington in 1940 when he coined the term epigenetics. He saw changes that affect gene activity may result from external and environmental factors. Epi is rooted in the Greek word which means; upon, near to or in addition.This field picked up speed in 1970 all the way up to today with the study of why certain genes turn on and turn off. Current research has proven that behavior and lifestyle are the determining factors of whether or not a gene will be expressed.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle medicine has promoted this for thousands of years. It is true that as humans we must live in accordance with nature. Ayurveda is a life science with particular practices and routines for each unique body type. There are approximately 7.9 billion unique ways for an individual to be put together in body and mind. Wow!!!
I’ve been a Wellness Coach in Ayurveda and Yoga for over 20 years and have taught hundreds of people as well as traversing my own healing milestones. I see some people take quantum leaps toward a more peaceful way of life while others do not. These same struggles are inside me. “On the path, off the path, on the path, off the path”. Underneath this are the habits and limiting beliefs we hold. It isn’t always easy making the suggestions I make. People live in a whole world of considerations for why they Can’t make Changes: shame, pride & fear of being found out, are a few.
The basic premise of Epigenetics is simple; change the way you think, eat whole food, drink clean water, handle emotions with less reaction, be flexible, change behavior, get more aligned with natural rhythms. Create an environment in the body so health can exist.
This should be easy right? Ha! not at all. Look around you when I say ”natural”. There is nothing natural about the world we live in. I recently had an awakening moment. I saw piles and piles of “not natural”....houses, synthetics, plastics, chemicals, industrialized food. I felt generations of behaviors, attitudes, eating habits, addictions, deprivations. Invisible patterns and limiting beliefs, all working against us/me. The experience continues to be profound.
This led me to a new phase in my work as a Healing Artist and Wellness Coach. I found the key to influencing the Epigene, changing behavior and releasing the True Self back into flow with nature. Accredited in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) as a Certified Coach with the Global Academy of Excellence, these profound techniques are now at my fingertips. Time Line Therapy, Parts Integration and so much more. A real habit buster tool.
Created in 1970 by Richard Brander and John Grinder they found the connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. In just one session I was able to see how I picked up a limiting belief in childhood that became a core belief. I was set free in just 10 minutes. I would like to share this with you as it is a true miracle tool! I am offering a free discovery session to determine your unique body constitution, what is and isn’t working for you and what you would like to create for your future. Don’t wait to make the changes. Time moves too quickly. There is no better time to transform than Springtime.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach, an Accredited Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.