awarenessschool Photos & Videos

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Watching these permaculture experts, and walking our land with them taught me so much about what we see and do not see. Their level of understanding of nature and our environment was astounding. They could look at the state of things and know what had happened in the past. They saw infinite possibility and promise in places that seemed hopeless. They found resources that are sustainable and off-grid where one would not expect. It sounds like what we do for the human landscape here at Awareness School. We understood each other and the parallel of it all. Honored to work with Doug Bullock and Dave Boehnlein and Paul and Sean on this cohesive project. #permaculture #spiritualtransformations #awarenessschool #retreatcenter #sustainableliving #watercatchment #suntrap #islandlife #pnwlife #meditation #weareone #fourthway #thefuture

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Working to subdue EBV, and regulate my thyroid has been a recent goal since I read Medical Medium. It never quite resonated with me that the body attacks itself and creates an “autoimmune disease”. Reading all of his books has helped me know my intuition was right!! My body is not turning on me. Since then celery juice every morning and the gradual elimination of wheat, sugar, dairy, and corn have been game changers along with @medicalmedium recipes. Twice I have been in phases of collapsing in the afternoon from this virus as well as having hypo-thyroidism, random tingles in my back, among other things. This is the #medicalmediumapplechallenge and though I adore apples, they have been relegated to a very non-glamorous, run of the mill fruit for years. Now that I know what they can do to cleanse my liver, apples and all the apple dishes will become stars of the show. My goal: 3 a day. In deep gratitude for @medicalmedium and what all of this has done to turn around my health. The EBV symptoms are gone. Honey crisp is my all time favorite. Is anyone surprised? #medicalmediumapplechallenge #restoringhealth #awarenessschool #celeryjuice #letthyfoodbethymedicine #medicalmedium

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2 weeks ago

We each have our work to do regarding fear and what truly lies behind it. The daily small fears camouflage our deeper chief feature, the root cause that we are trying to unearth, see, and feel. These span the spectrum of inherent insecurities like not being enough, not being included, not being loved, not being accepted, and many more. 🐝 🐝 🐝 No matter which aspect it may be, we still must see it in a new way that sheds light on the illusion that it is. We then see how it influences our actions and leaves us devoid of true choice. We see how it colors our world and keeps us small, powerless, depressed and disconnected from one another, from nature, and from our own divinity. When we see in this way, we heal, we don’t bypass, and we make space for our wholeness to be remembered. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Our vision quest weekend revealed what we really fear. The new property offered so many ways to see it, from working on the land, to sitting in nature, to campfire discussions and of course our ever striving to uncover what is actually going on within us. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #fear #awarenessschool #visionquest #practicalwork #permaculture #nature #meditationretreat #bepresent #sanjuanislands

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3 weeks ago

We never know where the road may lead unless we trust, take a leap of faith and keep walking. 🐝 🐝 🐝 This has been a theme for me this year, for the Awareness School, the new property, taking on new employees, as well as some very hard personal decisions along the way. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Every time I jump, I inevitably say, “why didn’t I do it sooner?” Whether it was for expansion or for exerting a more solid boundary for myself, it feels so right when I do it and really it could have only come about at that very time and no sooner. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Sometimes things have to get worse or just really bad or strained or stuck to know. Without that, we don’t have clear signs. 🐝 🐝 🐝 This shot was taken one year ago in the Minoan ruins on Crete and I am walking an ancient road. 🐝 🐝 🐝 One that many have walked before me, and we share so many common experiences but we each must have our own walk with all the discomfort, struggle, pain or stagnation to realize our path. That feels lonely but we aren’t alone ever. We are all going through something. I could never imagine then where I am now in just one year. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #growth #personalgrowth #awarenessschool #abundance #struggle #growingpains #trust #faith #weareone #bepresent #crete #minoan #travel #teamwork #boundaries

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1 month ago

“Bearing the unpleasant manifestations of others is a core practice of The Work. It is an integral aspect of understanding acceptance and is part of our Karma yoga. Day to day living inevitably offers me many opportunities to practice with family members, friends and colleagues. • I have found that bearing the unpleasant manifestations of others releases me of their energy. • I don’t dwell in the negative. • I learn non reaction. • I gain empathy.” This quote from my book explains a basic practice that will take us all very far, but it doesn’t mean you have to stay around abusive treatment and try to be all Buddha-like. There is a time when removing yourself from an abusive relationship or toxic situation is absolutely appropriate. Spiritual pride can create a lots of unwanted things like emotional by-passing and it can also keep us in situations that really aren’t serving us. In other words, it is not always so holy to sit there and take it...turning the other cheek so to speak. Healthy self respect may require some serious boundaries and walking out. Are you in a situation you need to seriously evaluate? #boundaries #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #awarenessschool #spiritualbypassing #karmayoga #turntheothercheek #abuse #fourthway #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram

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I am enjoying island life fully and feel unworried about filling classes or programs. I am living in ultimate trust and feel no need to overwork. 🐝 🐝 I trust in a pervading resonance that people will recognize if they are seeking these practices. Convincing isn’t necessary because that means this isn’t for them. 🐝 🐝 Perhaps you have been following me or maybe you are simply stumbling upon this for a reason. 🐝 🐝 Here at the Awareness School, we work to find the truth within us. Our Essence surfaces when we sit with all the judgement, justification, and what we think should and shouldn’t be in order to feel the emotions being hidden by all that. 🐝 🐝 There are those who now know that we cannot bypass emotion. The problem is being able to actually feel. There is a reason we aren’t getting to the true feelings buried within us. They are guarded by False Personality and that is what we must first be able to see and observe within ourselves. Without that we patch up what we think is wrong from the same apparatus, including spiritual practices, “being positive” and even ranting along with many self soothing methods🐝 🐝 False personality is based in automatic “emotion” and habitual behavior. It is the pervading presence in our lives that draws its energy from external sources: outside approval, security, wealth, validation through degrees and programs and other forms of praise. It is spinning thought loops and fear of every ilk. It brings on rage. 🐝 🐝 If you want to learn to feel, you must have enough attention as well as tools to recognize what is keeping you from feeling the seed emotions. 🐝 🐝 Our local Seattle intro class starts Sep 13th for 8 Thursday’s. Sean, Steph @indigocorners , and myself will be teaching. If the Thursday is an issue, we will run an online global version starting mid October. DM me for any more info. 🐝 🐝 I will post a link in my profile. Here is the link here as well. 🐝 https://mollyknightforde.com/awareness-school-old/practical-awareness-course/ 🐝 #meditationclass #awarenessschool #practicalawareness #beherenow #falsepersonality #essence #authenticself #resonance #meditationcourse #seattlemeditation #fourthway

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from Be Present: Reflections On The Way: Living A Resonant Life: “Living a resonant life has everything to do with surrendering to a larger universal vibration. It can help us learn to let go of the control we exert over our lives. We discover a new mode of working consciously in the world. In addition, we experience harmony in all that we do. Miracles seem to come out of nowhere and life gets a lot more magical. “ 🐝 🐝 🐝 🌝 🌝 🌝 I thought this quote was indicative of the mood and process I am undergoing. The eclipse and full moon along with Mars alignment feels particularly strong. 🌝 🌝 I am feeling the magic even though it feels like tidal waves of emotion and landing in the place of accepting what is. Blessings on this full moon’s influence. #fullmoon #lunareclipse #bepresent #spiritualliving #resonance #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #awarenessschool #consciousness #miracles #beepresent #emotionalintelligence

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Nia Wilson Say her name and say it loudly. Those of us with white privilege need to recognize how the murder of a black woman is portrayed in the news. How under-circulated it is, how her killer is portrayed not as a thug but as mentally ill. I know it has already been said eloquently in posts by others, but I don’t want to stand by anymore and not say something. We as white people do not fear for our lives daily and do not realize what that feels like. #R.I.P. nia #blacklivesmatter #whiteprivilege #awareness #awarenessschool

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2 months ago

We got the first glamping tent raised on a platform and decided to have a sound bath and meditation right there to christen it. I snapped this before we all huddled in. It took effort but was well worth it. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Our next public meditation Retreat will be Labor Day Weekend on San Juan Island 8/31-9/3. We are doing a mini vision quest, morning and evening meditations, sound healing, learning permaculture principles and doing a couple hours of practical work on Sat and Sun. 🐝 🐝 🐝 We will have a link up shortly but in the meantime let me know of your interest. We have limited space. #awarenessschool #meditation #permaculture #presence #visionquest #natureretreat #meditationretreat #sanjuanislands

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The biggest part of deeper awareness and expanded consciousness is sharing life with a partner. We can separate ourselves away from relationship when seeking stillness and enlightenment. 🐝 🐝 🐝 To accept someone else fully we have to let go of what we wish could be, as well as holding some picture of a perfect relationship. We will be forever dissatisfied with a partner who cannot meet that expectation. 🐝 🐝 🐝 If we accept the person in front of us, we open the doorway to great intimacy and love. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #marriage #spiritualliving #sacredpartnership #teachingawareness #awarenessschool #mystic #consciousness #beepresent #bepresent

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Self-observation has been the most important yet the most difficult aspect of The Work to teach. It is an end goal, the gateway to freedom and the vehicle for having choice in our lives. The first step is developed attention. “ from Be Present: Reflections On The Way by Molly Knight Forde. Find the link in profile or on Amazon.com. #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #fourthway #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #spiritualliving #presence #meditation #transformation #mystic #consciousness

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Rockin’ the Carhartt’s. Tomorrow starts the first Awareness School weeklong retreat on our new property on San Juan Island. After that I fly solo in the woods for a while, recalibrating and getting a total nature immersion. 🐝 🐝 🐝 My glamping tent arrived in the mail today just in time and we are building a “permaculture style” outdoor kitchen this week. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Later this summer we consult with the Bullocks and their planning firm. This is actually happening. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Been working toward this moment for many years. 🐝 🐝 🐝 The Awareness School looks forward to hosting you. #meditation #spiritualliving #spiritualretreat #permaculture #sanjuanidlands #presence #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #backtonature #mysticism #shankara #consciousness #answersforthesefuckeduptimes

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The Awareness School registered trademark and cover of my book Be Present: Reflections On The Way. Perhaps you can judge a book by its cover. In deep gratitude to Vanessa Couto for her amazing artwork and graphic designer Jason Storey for the book layout. There are also pages with Vanessa’s mandalas. They are doing marvelous design projects including websites. Deep gratitude for this beautiful book with lots of 5 star reviews on Amazon. Your review is much appreciated. Link in profile or find the book on Amazon. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #awarenessschool #dailyread #essays #spiritualliving #meditation #fourthway #gurdjieff #jgbennett #presencepractice #selfobservation

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“We have been focused on directed effort and achieving and profit at the expense of our planet. We have learned to ignore our innate heart wisdom. Life has become a driven frenzy of uphill battle: something that creates overwhelm. It is impossible to keep up and it is making us sick. We recognize the pain of the situation in the arts, economics, environment, business, agriculture, and media. The more we shut out the strength of the feminine, the more angry, violent and isolated we become.” From Be Present: Reflections On The Way Available on Amazon or link in profile. #bepresentreflectionsontheway #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #spirituality #meditation #awarenessschool #presence #bepresent #divinefeminine

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3 months ago

“The older I get, the more I understand that it’s okay to live a life others don’t understand”

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First aha moment from my trip: WHOSE LOVE DID YOU CRAVE MORE YOUR MUM OR DAD AS A KID? Not who do you love more but really ponder on this question. Once you get this answer, next think about who did you have to be to get it? For me, I love both my parents dearly but I craved my dads love more as a kid. I came to realize that to get to his love I had to be an over achiever yet to be imperfect... with imperfection came attention. Who was yours?

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This Blessing Way Sound Bath was for @janettecasolary and her amazing photography studio. Boudoir is her specialty and the studio is set perfectly for light and atmosphere. You can see how she has captured the essence of my work here. • For this sound bath, there were trolleys and sirens accenting the light language and Balinese gamelon. Luckily it was in perfect harmony with the crystal singing bowls so I wove it into the “orchestral landscape”. • Blessings on her deep work with women in their element. #crystaltones #singingbowls #soundbaths #chakraalignment #musiciansofinstagram #healersofinstagram #mysticmessenger #shamanicsoundhealing #awarenessschool #bepresent #beepresent #topaz #abalone #smokeyquartz #gamelan #balinesegamelan

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REMINDER: • • • • There is an inexhaustible light within you. It is ever burning and true. • • • When you remember and connect with it, you cease to desire achievement and improvement, but instead harness your innate power. Fear disappears. • • • You know you are enough in every way. You can serve a purpose beyond your wildest dreams by knowing this place in you. You quit trying to control and make it happen. You learn to trust. • • • Find it without looking. Release and surrender. Trust that you are divinely supported in a way you never thought possible. • • • The light burns brightly and illuminates your way. #awarenessschool #beepresent #selfacceptance #selfremembering #trust #surrender #itsalreadythere

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💙A humble thank you to Irene and Alison at @seattlesoundtemple for hosting me in a private session to play and meet their Crystal Tones Alchemy singing bowl collection (complimentary with intent to purchase). As I fumbled about, they displayed such grace, patience and willingness to support my journey into sound healing. I was honored to be in the space and connect with such precious, powerful instruments. Although I couldn’t quite decide on who to take home—I mean look at the options ( !!! )—the seed was planted to continue with my study in the art with the intention to eventually offer as a service to others. As a vocalist and musician, I hope to begin to incorporate my past knowledge and apply to my current path as a healer. I honor those who have the courage to try something new and experiment. It is humbling to see how much I have to learn and to graciously accept the teachings of those who have come before me. I love the healing arts community here in Seattle and am deeply honored and grateful to be included in it. Deep bow. 🎼🎤💎 Additional gratitude to @michele.trump and @kopenlove for being my soul sisters and lending support and expertise on the path. 💛😘 #seattlesoundtemple #soundhealer #soundhealing #crystalalchemy #singingbowls #seattlehealers #healingarts

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“Our transformation does not arise from labeling something as a limiting belief or coming up with reasons for why we do what we do. Impressions that feed us are an objective snapshot of us as it is happening, not an analysis afterward. Once we gather many snapshots, we begin to understand what creates our negative emotion. We see how these emotions like anger, fear, frustration or jealousy are built on associations that are highly subjective and untrue. With impressions, we get a snapshot of how attached we are to illusion.” from Be Present: Reflections On The Way. Available on Amazon.com. See profile as well. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #negativeemotions #identification #attachment #anger #jealousy #fear #impressions #fourthway #awarenessschool #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent

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I have always been afraid of heights, but after confronting the fear head on over and over, it has become a slight flutter in my stomach and nothing more. Sometimes it’s walking a slippery slope where I know I have the choice not to go there. 🐝 🐝 🐝 I have come to know the many faces of fear and it all feels the same to me. If I avoid it, it grows. In fact, now I seek out the life thrills and take risks. 🐝 🐝 🐝 This doesn’t mean roller coasters, sky diving, and Ferris wheels. It is marching right into vulnerability and exposure on every level. The risk taking has the new definition of boldly doing what “it” doesn’t want to do. It’s speaking my truth. It’s saying no. It’s letting down my guard in ways I never thought possible. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Perhaps the only height I’ve truly been afraid of is my own freedom and the infinite possibility it provides. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #fear #authenticity #freedom #possibility #hope #transformation #fearofheights #awarenessschool #spiritualtransformation #boundaries #overcomingfears #vulnerability

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Walking my spiritual path in faith and hope has forever compelled me forward in spite of setbacks and struggle. In fact, it has been the setbacks and struggle that have brought me to this place. To find a living teaching that can transform not only ourselves but serve the purpose of reciprocal maintenance on the planet as realized humans goes well beyond self. 🐝 🐝 • We are here to learn our purpose as stewards of free will. The first step is seeing that we don’t actually have that and must develop it within ourselves through consciousness. That is the transformation that serves a deep collective need. 🐝 🐝 🐝 • We have purchased the Awareness School Property as a physical reference point and literal #Vortex for people to return to Self and remember the deep connection we have to nature in order to serve the greater purpose. 🐝 🐝 🐝 There is a clear and present need that requires our acts of Will in order to fulfill our destiny here on planet Earth. Our developed consciousness, through persistent awareness and continuous effort toward that will change the tide of chaos quickly. 🐝 🐝 🐝 We are working directly with sustainable living, permaculture, alternative energy, and primarily our development into whole people. 🐝 🐝 🐝 We welcome you. Summer retreat in profile. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #psychokinetic #meditation #presence #awarenessschool #permaculture #needsofanewagecommunity #fourthway #sufism #zenbuddhism #spiritualliving #sanjuanislands #pnwlife #lifepurpose #psychokineticcommunity #backtonature #natureretreat #sustainableliving #spiritualtransformation

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🏕🌱🧡🌅🐞🐌🕸🌲🦋A lifelong dream of mine is being realized, quite literally in fact. We are building a conscious farm and meditation school here in Washington state, from the ground up. This weekend was base camp and permaculture planning 101 with Fourth Way, Zen and Sufi mentors and land owners, @mollykforde & @fordesean. At The Awareness School, a hybrid school of these wisdom teachings, we hope to create and inspire a psychokinetic community of seekers. We aim to discover real meaning from our group efforts, both for the sake of the individual soul and as a service to the community and greater humanity, by the way of experiential understanding and celebration of unity and freedom. #ibelieve #awarenessschool #fourthway #freedomseeker #gratitude #meditationschool #psychokinetic #innerfreedom #consciousness #transformation #permiculture #consciousliving #sufism #zen

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4 months ago

Custom designs available by request. This one was a gift for my mentor @mollykforde and was inspired by The Awareness School’s new retreat property on San Juan Island, called “The Hive”. 🐝💫🎨⚡️🌱🐚🐞🕊🌷🌙🌸🌲🐿 #fourthway #awarenessschool #meditationart #meditationretreat #putabirdonit #customart #mandala #mandalaart #natureart #earthmedicine #yarnart #artasmedicine #coloredpencils #coloredpencilart #foundart #crystallove #crystalart #gemstoneart #crafting

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The meaning behind image is subjective and universal. 🐝 Connect it to a gesture and it has even more meaning. 🐝 This is a beautiful thank you card I received for my VIP women’s program. Between the image and gesture, I felt deeply appreciated. In humility, I don’t need the recognition, but my heart bursts when I know someone’s life has been changed by this work of presence and self-remembering. Helping someone swim to freedom from suffering is deeply gratifying. A gesture of gratitude opens hearts on both sides. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #thankyoucards #kindgesture #gratitude #actsoflove #womenscircle #wisdomteachings #circleoflight #awarenessschool #presence #thankful #selfremembering #shamanichealing #medicinewheel

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I went to my women's meditation retreat this last weekend, with an open heart but a screaming mind. Femininity is something I have always shied away from, and yet here we were! All kinds of different ages, backgrounds, interests, and perspectives, invested in working together on the same spiritual practices for many months. The uncomfortable feelings in the beginning of not knowing each other, lead to uncomfortable feelings of social interactions as our conversations became more specific to what's going on in our individual lives, which lead to uncomfortable feelings of looking at ourselves and why we react as we do. I've come on the other side of this retreat more comfortable with being a woman than I ever had before, and with that, being more comfortable with how I truly feel and what I truly think. It's still uncomfortable to be as honest with everyone else as I grew into the habit of being honest with them, but I cannot unsee the value of authentic expression. I set off this journey with the intention "to love my enemy, who is myself," and in this process discovered that fighting myself creates the conditions to be an enemy to my own sense of peace. But being an ally with myself creates the conditions to be at peace. Thank you Circle of Light women! You have all taught me so much, mahalo nui loa, e aloha e, Alysha Alohilani Photos by Stephanie Marie Parrish

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As we enter this new transitional phase of light consciousness, a phase in which our metamorphosis becomes much more apparent, I wanted to create the new look of my website and my message. It starts with not just amazing photography, but professional photography with an eye toward that message. For 3 years, I have wanted to work with Timothy Jane Graham. She captures the light of Being and the Being of light. She knows how to convey the story in pictures. 🐝 This is a quick snap my husband took during the shoot in the desert. The spirit warriors were with us. The angels of sound and the many assisting the herald of a new dawn made themselves known. We all felt the magic. 🐝 🐝 I can’t wait to share the new look, the new offerings and the retreats on San Juan Island coming down the pike. The Awareness School welcomes you to come experience living in the new frequency. Taste the future in the now. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #awarenessschool #higherconsciousness #lightconsciousness #metamorphosis #photography #branding #light #joshuatree #bepresent #beepresent #soundhealing #alchemycrystalsingingbowls #crystaltones #abalone #singingbowls

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“Our purpose in a nutshell is to learn to love. That comes down to every small choice we make in daily life all the way up to forgiving ourselves and others in a big way. We are meant to cocreate as stewards of God. When Love is bursting forth in us, the Source of all things is operating through us.” Beings Of Light an excerpt from my latest book Be Present: Reflections On The Way 🐝 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #forgiveness #love #purpose #awareness #awarenessschool

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Look what I spied in the esoteric bookstore. It stands out don’t you think? 🐝 🐝 🐝 So grateful to Vanessa Couto for her beautiful rendition of my logo which is now trademarked. 🐝 🐝 🐝 Be Present:Reflections On The Way is available on Amazon and will be distributed to more bookstores soon. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #presence #meditation #uniquemindfulnesstechniques #fourthway #awarenessschool #shortessays #beepresent

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“The fundamental can be seen as a grounding force from which we splinter off into fractals of higher consciousness, yet we are always always always part of that fundamental tone. All of us are part of the fundamental. When we are separated from the fundamental that unites us all, we are off kilter. We are not resonating as God. We might be higher than a kite on all kinds of things in the etheric realms with no connection to how we act and move in regular life. We might move along without really connecting with others. We may have huge insight and intuition from the spirit realms, but no way to help ourselves. These are some examples of being cut off from the fundamental resonance.” from Be Present: Reflections On The Way Get your copy of my book on Amazon. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #harmony #redonance #fundamentals #spirituslwork #awarenessschool #presence #highernature #intuition #connecting #reallife #answersforthesefuckeduptimes #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram

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To see a path where there was none is the beauty of stillness, presence and attention. If we key into the subtle and the unseen, suddenly something is revealed that we could not see before and yet it was always there. 🐝 What looks like a bunch of trees becomes a sacred room in the forest complete with doorways, paths and guidance from the plant kingdom, the crawlers, and the mighty trees. 🐝 🐝 The Awareness School property is a diamond in the rough. We are excited to host you this summer in camping conditions. The beginning of a beautiful thang. 🐝 Retreat details coming soon. But save your dates. July 14-21, 2018 🐝 🐝 🐝 #meditationretreat #outdoorliving #pnwlife #sanjuanislands #awarenessschool #thehive #retreatproperty #attention #stillness #higherconsciousness #awareness

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Energetic Coping Mechanisms. To study these will reveal how we often come away drained from an encounter with someone, how we can get totally lost in overwhelm, and what it is to leave our bodies. It is an unseen event to become aware of in ourselves and others, especially in light of boundaries. This week’s blog focuses on the right to be here and the corresponding energy pattern to look for. Find it at mollyknightforde.com under blogs. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #fragmentation #energy #outofbody #goingtopieces #awarenessschool #presence #sensation #selfobservation #copingmechanisms #fear #overwhelm #empath #hsp #boundary #energeticboundaries #energeticmanners

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“From a spiritual perspective every relationship we develop, from the most casual to the most intimate, serves the purpose of helping us become more conscious. Some relationships are necessarily painful because learning about ourselves and facing our own limitations are not things we tend to do with enthusiasm. We often need to be spiritually “set up” for such encounters. “ - C. Myss 🐝 🐝 🐝 #anatomyofthespirit #myss #healing #secondchakra #relationship #awarenessschool #presence #lawofattraction

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Above all, I have realized how multi faceted creativity is, and what it means for me. This whole month and a half that lent has been going on, I've been uninspired to create any quilled art. There was guilt and shame in not doing any, so I'd branch out into other mini projects or journal entries to try to get my creative flow going again. But after a few weeks, I saw how creative my posts were becoming. Metaphors flowed between my pictures and the words. At home and at work, I created solutions to problems. With friends I created memories and love. With myself I created values of honesty, dedication, and gentleness. Just because I'm not in the mood to make art doesn't mean I'm not creative! Creativity is a flow of decisions and actions. So I have decided to start my approach to quilling in my new light. The piece is a "self portrait" of a dense, black mandala with streams of swirly light breaking through! A reflection of how I feel. A reflection on my lent reflections. A reflection of who I am. I am a renewed artist and person! (Lent 40/40) Happy belated Easter friends, wishing you all a rebirth of spirit and joy.

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“Our mentally constructed sense of self is tainted by conditioning, so we really have no objectivity about who we are and why we do the things we do. 🐝 I know this sounds disconcerting, and no one likes to hear that they don’t realize what is going on inside of them. In fact, we don’t want to believe that. If it is true, almost everything we know ourselves to be is false. 🐝 To become truly Self-conscious leads to Self-remembering. The importance of this lies in our evolution as a species here on the planet. “ 🐝 from Be Present: Reflections On The Way by Molly Knight Forde. 🐝 Now sold on amazon.com. 🐝 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #conditioning #mentalanalysis #selfobservation #selfremembering #evolution #humanrace #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram

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Spiritual practice for my body: "I Love." The practice comes in as the constant work to remember this simple truth. It is through my body that I am able to even be here. It is through my body that I am able to see lovely things, to do what I love, to show my love to others, to feel others' love. My body is a miracle machine! I do not have to ask my organs to function, I do not have to ask my cuts to heal, I do not have to ask for another breath. It is given to me by the wonder that is my body. As I'm seeing more and more of the reasons behind my self consciousness of appearance, I see more and more how much I haven't been loving my body. It's easier to hide my body than take care of my body. It's easier to lay around in my body than work out my body. It's easier to be tense and protect my body than be relaxed and open with my body. It's easier to get upset if it seems someone likes looking at my body than to like looking at my own body. I am grateful I am healthy and able. I am grateful for the memories I have accumulated here. I may know my body as mine, but others know it as Alysha. There is a relationship I may have with this Alysha-body, and as with any relationship, it is a developing journey together. All day I can do much spiritual work simply in remembering BODY = I LOVE. (Lent 37/40)

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Spiritual practice for my heart: "I know." The practice is to constantly remember this simple truth. So often I am stuck in my back and forth considering of everything, that I ignore the steady feeling behind it all. That, is the steady knowing of my soul. When I feel wronged by a person or a scenario I justify withdrawing or acting out, even though in the center of my being, I know the right thing to do is be honest with how I'm feeling. When a video comes across my screen shows someone's heart, mine swells to recognize theirs, and together we can share in the beauty of what they're doing. When someone is singing their heart out, or when someone is being cold or warm hearted, it is the truest damn thing. I usually zigzag my way across situations, trying to navigate it safely by considering my next steps and what others may do, only to be blindsided by the things I didn't know. But when I am true to what I am feeling, and brave enough to be open to others about it, the way through the situation is revealed. There is a "knowing" we have when someone is unhappy. There is a "knowing" we have when someone is trying to steer the conversation to what they want. This quiet language of understanding is always correct, and I can do true and frequent spiritual work by remembering my HEART = I KNOW. (Lent 36/40)

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It's been nine days since I've posted for lent. The first three days, I was worrying about when a hidden thing in myself would be revealed, but the things that came up seemed to be repeats of what I already posted, so I shied away from it thinking it wasn't good enough. The next three days, I was ashamed of not posting when I so openly committed to posting everyday, so I withdrew even more, this time thinking I wasn't good enough. These last three days, I tried to force a post to happen. I took pictures and had intentions of what I wanted to talk about, but it's easier to not do something when I'm already not doing it, so I shrugged it off and distracted myself with the routines of the day. Three night ago, however, I had a dream that I was a ball of light following a thousand lines of triangles on the ground. They were indicating the direction of paths I could take, and I rolled down the tangled mess like a roller coaster. The more I went, the more ups and downs and dizzying circles I endured, and the more sick I became. Eventually, I rested at the bottom of a steep hill, hoping my queasiness would just STOP! After a long and uncomfortable time, I got back up and began to turn in place. The more I concentrated on my own movements rather than moving down the tangled path, the more force I generated. The triangles beneath me began to pull off the ground and circle around me, until I recognized that I looked like a sun. The triangular directions radiated out to the world, and I saw that could leave this roller coaster if I so choose to. It took me three days to realize that I can stop pursuing the things I think I need to. It took me three days to realize that withdrawing can be a time for renewal of strength. It took me three days to remember that by holding myself to a few simple, personal practices, I have the option to meet what happens instead of chasing what should be happening. It took me three days to remember what was hidden all along, the power of myself. (Lent 34/40)

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5 months ago

“To tune into how my energy meets another person’s energy requires me to be present and aware of my energy field while simultaneously noticing theirs. We are often so engrossed in our own drama that we miss the energetic cues. 🐝 Developing an energetic edge is not just for empaths and HSP’s. It’s for everyone who wants to understand more about the unseen communication between people.” 🐝 Catch my blog “Understanding Energetic Edge” at mollyknightforde.com under blogs. 🐝 #boundaries #energeticboundaries #seeingtheunseen #edge #empath #hsp #intuition #feltsense #awarenessschool #energeticedge #bepresent #beepresent #energeticmanners

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6 months ago

Over and over I find that as I put myself in a position of greater responsibility and heed the call, the Universe meets me. • I may not know exactly the plan in full detail, but I accept the mission and trust. I take risks that way. They are calculated risks because I depend on my experience, yet expand into unknown territory by accepting to take on the unknown. It is how I grow. • With faith and trust, My work with medicine wheels and shamanism has gifted me with more sight and assistance than I could have ever imagined. • I don’t wait for security ever. • When I listen to my “light council”, my heart, and my Being, I am gifted with true rewards. • In deep gratitude to the circles who have entrusted me this go around. • Here’s to the mystic journey! 🔮💜🔐🎆🎆⛩⛩🌈🌈⚗️⚗️🕉🕉 🐝 🐝 🐝 #shamansofinstagram #lightworker #starseed #medicinewheel #womenscircle #awarenessschool #soundhealing #crystalsound #bepresent #helpfromabove

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“Molly Knight Forde muses on life and consciousness from the perspective of the ‘Fourth Way’. She says: The Fourth Way has everything to do with maintaining presence as I go about life.’ This explains much of the charm of this collection of articles. They connect with real life rather than unreal ideals and are written with a modesty and freshness that is rare. Molly takes the reader along with her; does not preach, but shares the meaning she has discovered in her search and makes contact with as she writes. Dip into this book anywhere and one finds the sparkle of jewels of insight and compassion. There are no heavy explanations but the sense of a friendly conversation one is invited to be a part of.” — A.G.E. Blake, author of The Intelligent Enneagram 🐝 🐝 Your review of my book on Amazon is so appreciated. It is now second when you search “Be Present” in books 🐝 Be Present: Reflections On The Way by Molly Knight Forde sold in bookstores and on Amazon .com. 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #fourthway #fourthwayideas #mindfulness #presence #consciousness #spirituality #dailyspiritualpractice #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram

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6 months ago

I've been thinking in circles lately about so many things. Things I'm trying to do at work, my lack of motivation to make quilled art, my laziness in talking to the vast majority of my family, lol my family, my time management. Funny how a circle never ends, right? Sure I can remember to soften my muscles and feel my breath, but not all the time all day! It seems like I'm constantly holding all these thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Tonight, when sharing what's been going on with my meditation group, @mollykforde asked "you're telling me a lot about others, but what does this mean for you?" She reminded me that I'm like my old Buddha quilling: there may be a thousand things circling within and around me, but I only have to check in and work with my one self. (Lent 33/40) Also, here's the update photo on the ceramic mandala experiment! It fell apart, and we learned wonderful lessons.

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My friend just sent me a stand up set where a comedian talks about the world being flooded with gold digging whores. So he criticizes women that get a half of their husbands fortune and then criticizes the men that are “so stupid” to bite on that. Then my friend followed up with: “Is this truth?” This is what I answered: He is telling his opinion and it’s funny bc he is a comedian. There are a lot of labels ppl put on other ppl, yet how about looking inside of yourself and see what’s off there and make it better? So no one needs to fuck for money out of fear that they are incapable to support themselves or find love, connection or approval outside of their partnership or better yet pay for it bc they feel that’s all they have/want to offer. I think that’s what we gotta focus on- calling out the hypocrisy within ourselves... if u ask me about truth. My friend told me he dropped his phone bc he didn’t expect to get an essay on that. In this I see another lesson: Know who you ask and why you ask them so you don’t drop anything. 🙂 Self reflection is the key. And yes some people can tell me “You could’ve just laughed instead of being a dramatic smart ass” 🙂 You know what? I do in life what I love doing, THIS is my passion. I didn’t come to this world to fulfill someone’s expectations so as you. I came to this world to dig deeply into the subject of “why people are unhappy and how to make them happy”. This is my passion and I’m best at that. Criticizing or blaming people around is futile, why wouldn’t we go find someone who is already the way we want? The answer is: we need to be around ppl that are wrong... so that we can be right. That’s what we really want. People always get stuck in what they really want subconsciously. I invite you to awareness, my friends 🙌 Two questions: 1. What do you think about all this story? 2. What do you REALLY want?

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Didn't post yesterday because of the same shame of not having something "good enough" for lent. What I was doing all day was playing around with making a clay mandala on a mold, inspired by Brandon's ceramic studio excitement lol. I was surprised to find the process to be very similar to quilling, with the focus on making a bunch of little pieces, getting frustrated with what I've done, wanting to give up halfway through, procrastinating on completing the hard part, and finally connecting the mental-dots on how to actually finish it! The whole process was so similar in fact, that I realized I had a very set belief that I can't do 3D art! Clay represented my inability to create with anything besides 2D surfaces. But it turns out I can make whatever I want, however I want, and even if it's different than what I pictured, that's cool too. And there's my lent lesson for me in many forms: only I convince myself to that I can't do something, and it isn't "good enough" but yet it is often I who proves myself wrong. (Lent 32/40)

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“We are grateful to those who go to monasteries and mountaintops to do their solo work. This influences the planet, but God bless those who get down and dirty in a group situation to experience projection, unconscious privilege, victim identification, unchecked superiority and blame, with all the comparison, spiritual bypassing, self loathing and self pity sprinkled on top.” Check out this week’s blog entitled The Power of Group Work at mollyknightforde.com 🐝 🐝 🐝 #groupwork #spiritualgroups #awarenessschool #bepresent #transformation #projection #contribution #participation #comparison #unconsciousprivilege #meditation #spiritualschool

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“Everything in my life has been affected by the practice of stilling the mind. I have overcome incredible obstacles that have kept me from loving. I am much more quick to forgive myself and others. I can find myself able to choose not to speak when my greatest urge is to state my opinion about something. I can resist the urge to be right. I can listen much more easily when it has never been my natural tendency.” 🐝 from my latest book, 🐝 Be Present:Reflections On The Way 🐝available at Amazon.com 🐝408 pages 🐝 🐝 🐝 #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #stillnessofmind #zen #fourthway #mindfulness #spiritual #practicalawareness #forgiveness #listening #answersforthesefuckeduptimes

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