awarenessschool Photos & Videos

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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. โ€œ 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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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 Vanessaโ€™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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #awarenessschool #dailyread #essays #spiritualliving #meditation #fourthway #gurdjieff #jgbennett #presencepractice #selfobservation

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โ€œWe 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.โ€ 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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โ€œThe older I get, the more I understand that itโ€™s okay to live a life others donโ€™t understandโ€

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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. โ€ข 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 โ€œorchestral landscapeโ€. โ€ข 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: โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข There is an inexhaustible light within you. It is ever burning and true. โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข When you remember and connect with it, you cease to desire achievement and improvement, but instead harness your innate power. Fear disappears. โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข 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. โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข Find it without looking. Release and surrender. Trust that you are divinely supported in a way you never thought possible. โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข The light burns brightly and illuminates your way. #awarenessschool #beepresent #selfacceptance #selfremembering #trust #surrender #itsalreadythere

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๐Ÿ’™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 couldnโ€™t quite decide on who to take homeโ€”I mean look at the options ( !!! )โ€”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. ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ’Ž Additional gratitude to @michele.trump and @kopenlove for being my soul sisters and lending support and expertise on the path. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ˜˜ #seattlesoundtemple #soundhealer #soundhealing #crystalalchemy #singingbowls #seattlehealers #healingarts

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โ€œOur 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.โ€ from Be Present: Reflections On The Way. Available on Amazon.com. See profile as well. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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 itโ€™s walking a slippery slope where I know I have the choice not to go there. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ 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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ This doesnโ€™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 โ€œitโ€ doesnโ€™t want to do. Itโ€™s speaking my truth. Itโ€™s saying no. Itโ€™s letting down my guard in ways I never thought possible. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ Perhaps the only height Iโ€™ve truly been afraid of is my own freedom and the infinite possibility it provides. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ โ€ข We are here to learn our purpose as stewards of free will. The first step is seeing that we donโ€™t actually have that and must develop it within ourselves through consciousness. That is the transformation that serves a deep collective need. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ โ€ข 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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ 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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ We are working directly with sustainable living, permaculture, alternative energy, and primarily our development into whole people. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ We welcome you. Summer retreat in profile. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #psychokinetic #meditation #presence #awarenessschool #permaculture #needsofanewagecommunity #fourthway #sufism #zenbuddhism #spiritualliving #sanjuanislands #pnwlife #lifepurpose #psychokineticcommunity #backtonature #natureretreat #sustainableliving #spiritualtransformation

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๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿž๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ•ธ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ‹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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Custom designs available by request. This one was a gift for my mentor @mollykforde and was inspired by The Awareness Schoolโ€™s new retreat property on San Juan Island, called โ€œThe Hiveโ€. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŽจโšก๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿš๐Ÿž๐Ÿ•Š๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฟ #fourthway #awarenessschool #meditationart #meditationretreat #putabirdonit #customart #mandala #mandalaart #natureart #earthmedicine #yarnart #artasmedicine #coloredpencils #coloredpencilart #foundart #crystallove #crystalart #gemstoneart #crafting

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2 months ago

The meaning behind image is subjective and universal. ๐Ÿ Connect it to a gesture and it has even more meaning. ๐Ÿ This is a beautiful thank you card I received for my VIP womenโ€™s program. Between the image and gesture, I felt deeply appreciated. In humility, I donโ€™t need the recognition, but my heart bursts when I know someoneโ€™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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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. ๐Ÿ 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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ I canโ€™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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #awarenessschool #higherconsciousness #lightconsciousness #metamorphosis #photography #branding #light #joshuatree #bepresent #beepresent #soundhealing #alchemycrystalsingingbowls #crystaltones #abalone #singingbowls

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โ€œOur 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.โ€ Beings Of Light an excerpt from my latest book Be Present: Reflections On The Way ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #forgiveness #love #purpose #awareness #awarenessschool

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Look what I spied in the esoteric bookstore. It stands out donโ€™t you think? ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ So grateful to Vanessa Couto for her beautiful rendition of my logo which is now trademarked. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ Be Present:Reflections On The Way is available on Amazon and will be distributed to more bookstores soon. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #presence #meditation #uniquemindfulnesstechniques #fourthway #awarenessschool #shortessays #beepresent

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Ever since I quit eating sugar of all kinds, I have found that even things that arenโ€™t sweet taste sweet, like pasta. I taste the hidden sugar. Tomatoes taste sweet, peppers taste sweet. Hereโ€™s my treat: coconut milk, half a ripe banana, tahini, and deep dark cacao. ๐Ÿ Itโ€™s like a milkshake of yesteryear. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #nosugar #cleaneating #healthytreats #awareness #ebv #healing #nosugardiet #awarenessschool

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โ€œThe 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.โ€ from Be Present: Reflections On The Way Get your copy of my book on Amazon. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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. ๐Ÿ 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. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ 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. ๐Ÿ Retreat details coming soon. But save your dates. July 14-21, 2018 ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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 weekโ€™s blog focuses on the right to be here and the corresponding energy pattern to look for. Find it at mollyknightforde.com under blogs. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #fragmentation #energy #outofbody #goingtopieces #awarenessschool #presence #sensation #selfobservation #copingmechanisms #fear #overwhelm #empath #hsp #boundary #energeticboundaries #energeticmanners

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โ€œFrom 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 โ€œset upโ€ for such encounters. โ€œ - C. Myss ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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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Who's that looking back at me? It's me! It's me! With Easter recently passing, and the season of renewal is upon us, I finish my 40 lent posts today with two final hidden things. This first post is in my reflections. I had no idea what my commitment to lent was for, but a little voice inside insisted on finishing what I started. This little voice is a whisper on my breath, mostly ignored over the commotion of the daily life, or the noisy complaints and worries of my mind, or the insistent demands and feelings of my body. This whole lent project was to study what is normally hidden, and what I have found is myself. I am more than just a doer, I am a decider. I choose to pay attention to myself or others. I have a position in the world to uphold, a role in a story, and I can choose to be careless with my position, or be responsible. To be responsible is to respond with right action. I do not have to be afraid of making wrong choices, rather I can trust and commit myself to the breath of life inside that speaks rightly. On Easter, I reread a set of three poems I wrote years ago, and understood them in this new way. Poem 1: "Illusion maintained by body and name, and habits always kept the same. So work on the latter, to get through the clatter, for wasted time is the only shame." Poem 2: "We act as if the future's told, and the lives we plan will unfold. But we're doomed to fret, as long as we forget, that our aim is all we hold." Poem 3: "The brightness of our souls within, is never lost, it's only dimmed. For the thickets of mind, is not the only kind, of space that light can inhabit in." My life and light is radiated from that which gives me life - my breath! If I open my mind, quiet my heart, and calmly hold to proper principles, I can grow my ability to hear what that little voice has to say. And I can love her. (Lent 39/40)

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โ€œOur 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. ๐Ÿ I know this sounds disconcerting, and no one likes to hear that they donโ€™t realize what is going on inside of them. In fact, we donโ€™t want to believe that. If it is true, almost everything we know ourselves to be is false. ๐Ÿ To become truly Self-conscious leads to Self-remembering. The importance of this lies in our evolution as a species here on the planet. โ€œ ๐Ÿ from Be Present: Reflections On The Way by Molly Knight Forde. ๐Ÿ Now sold on amazon.com. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #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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Spiritual practice for my mind: "I don't know." The practice is in the constant work to remember this simple truth. So often I am convinced that what I'm thinking of is reality, and so so often I am ill informed. I may believe someone is being harsh with their words towards me, when really they are uncomfortable with the topic and are rushing to get away from it. I may believe I am helping another, when really they're in the middle of a process that I'm now interrupting. I may believe I'm being uplifting, when really a person's feeling like I'm not listening to what they need. I may believe someone is ignoring what I said, when really they didn't know how deeply I felt about my casual sounding sentence. There are so many factors to what's really happening with myself and others, I am stumbling into the world blind. Because I can perceive physical things around me and judge my interactions with them correctly, I am illusioned into believing all of my perceptions are true and valid. My problem-solving mind mechanism is so fucking certain of everything, most of all with what's going on with me, that I am CONVINCED that my perception of things is always right. But I do not know. When I practice opening my mind to what others see as true, and be modest in what I conclude, I can move peacefully through the world. Authenticity is in what I don't know. A good friend of ours said to us, "I've found that I can either stand on the edge of our bright fuzzy world, staring into the dark infinity and be lost in my thoughts about what it is, or I can turn around and look upon our bright fuzzy world and be joyous of what I find there, even if I don't get it." All day, I can do so much spiritual work just by remembering MIND = I DONT KNOW. (Lent 35/40)

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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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โ€œTo tune into how my energy meets another personโ€™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. ๐Ÿ Developing an energetic edge is not just for empaths and HSPโ€™s. Itโ€™s for everyone who wants to understand more about the unseen communication between people.โ€ ๐Ÿ Catch my blog โ€œUnderstanding Energetic Edgeโ€ at mollyknightforde.com under blogs. ๐Ÿ #boundaries #energeticboundaries #seeingtheunseen #edge #empath #hsp #intuition #feltsense #awarenessschool #energeticedge #bepresent #beepresent #energeticmanners

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Over and over I find that as I put myself in a position of greater responsibility and heed the call, the Universe meets me. โ€ข 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. โ€ข 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. โ€ข I donโ€™t wait for security ever. โ€ข When I listen to my โ€œlight councilโ€, my heart, and my Being, I am gifted with true rewards. โ€ข In deep gratitude to the circles who have entrusted me this go around. โ€ข Hereโ€™s to the mystic journey! ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ†โ›ฉโ›ฉ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆโš—๏ธโš—๏ธ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ•‰ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #shamansofinstagram #lightworker #starseed #medicinewheel #womenscircle #awarenessschool #soundhealing #crystalsound #bepresent #helpfromabove

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โ€œMolly Knight Forde muses on life and consciousness from the perspective of the โ€˜Fourth Wayโ€™. She says: The Fourth Way has everything to do with maintaining presence as I go about life.โ€™ 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.โ€ โ€” A.G.E. Blake, author of The Intelligent Enneagram ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ Your review of my book on Amazon is so appreciated. It is now second when you search โ€œBe Presentโ€ in books ๐Ÿ Be Present: Reflections On The Way by Molly Knight Forde sold in bookstores and on Amazon .com. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #fourthway #fourthwayideas #mindfulness #presence #consciousness #spirituality #dailyspiritualpractice #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram

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3 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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4 months ago

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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โ€œWe 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.โ€ Check out this weekโ€™s blog entitled The Power of Group Work at mollyknightforde.com ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #groupwork #spiritualgroups #awarenessschool #bepresent #transformation #projection #contribution #participation #comparison #unconsciousprivilege #meditation #spiritualschool

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โ€œEverything 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.โ€ ๐Ÿ from my latest book, ๐Ÿ Be Present:Reflections On The Way ๐Ÿavailable at Amazon.com ๐Ÿ408 pages ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #stillnessofmind #zen #fourthway #mindfulness #spiritual #practicalawareness #forgiveness #listening #answersforthesefuckeduptimes

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4 months ago

Many people know that I am constantly cloud watching, especially since it's part of my business slogan. When I talk about it to people, I usually comment on how every moment we look up the clouds will never be in that exact formation, with that exact nuances of weather, in that exact place ever again. An ode to this moment. But that is actually a well practiced speech, a successful way to navigate the conversation with people. There is so much more I do not say because of my need to feel safe in other people's opinions. My interest in clouds is multifaceted, and many of the associations and lessons I have while watching them feels like an out of place topic for normal life interactions. So I was thinking about this while being driven home, and it suddenly hit me how much thought I've put into why I can't share my true feelings on my cloud wonderment. If I put this much sincerity into reasons why I can't be real with people with a topic as simple as clouds, then what the fuck am I convinced of with all the other parts of my life? It's quite silly how seriously I take my own opinions; it's like I'm building up reasons to hide behind so I don't have to be open-heartedly true with people. And just like how clouds are the revealing and understandable proof of the sky's invisible movements, so too can watching the patterns of my thoughts show me more to what it is going on underneath. (Lent 31/40)

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4 months ago

My lent project has taken me to a variety of unexpected places. As of late, it's been teaching me that looking for something hidden to post about is crucially different from doing spiritual work for the sake of doing the work. By doing what I need to keep me present, the question of how to keep my lent commitment is answered simply by being more aware of what's happening. So that's what I spent my day working on: repeatedly remembering to relax my muscles, to feel the warmth of my breath, to soften my hard heart, and to bring a lightness to my dense and cloudy mind. All day I wondered when something would happen, but had faith that it would be revealed. Meanwhile, tomorrow is Brandon's birthday! So the family birthday dinners were kicked off tonight by his dad, who picked us up and already had a plan for where we'd go. We were surprised to be taken to a place right next to our new house, McMenamins! We had a super lovely waiter named Nathan, delicious food, wine, and beer, and the four of us switched off between jokes, stories, and questions. It is always wonderful to talk to them. Then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted an old friend! @youngchhaylee.music must've been thinking the same thing because the expression on his face looked exactly like what mine felt like. I excitedly shook Brandon to get his attention and we all quickly embraced. Chhaylee was very loving and super considerate that we were in the middle of having dinner. But we were able to chat again as we were leaving and exchange phone numbers. As I listened to them talking, it suddenly hit me how we were all only there through a series of unrelated decisions, schedules, and events, but yet coincidentally this moment has so much meaning. My lent project was originally meant to bring out what was hidden in myself, but I never realized how many unrecognized factors come into play for these things in life. These hidden components matter just as much as paying attention to my breath. It is all what is Happening, and I am a Witness. Thank you universe for this happy surprise, and for revealing just how much is hidden from my normal sense of perception. (Lent 29/40)

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The stages of transformation. Each is like stepping through a door. โ€œsome have to do with awareness and then down the road some have to do with consciousness in which every choice is permanently transforming our lives.โ€ Check out the blog at mollyknightforde.com

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Today I had a chance to talk with a fairly new friend about how approaching and working on the hard things in ourselves, offers spiritual healing. I strongly felt like she was someone who could come into the type of meditation group that I'm in. But as I was recommending it to her, I found myself trying to explain how she would have to approach it. I fumbled over how to express the type of mindset it requires, and how many people use the same words in meditation groups but it means different things to each of us. On and on I went, and then I realized that I was in a defensive position to make sure I explain what I'm part of in a good light. This was the clue that there is something I'm not seeing about me in this situation. In wasn't until I came to hang out with Brandon before meditation tonight that I caught a whiff of what it might be. Just like with my malachite crystal necklace, it's true value is what it means for me and my relationship with it. If I try to explain to all of you why it would do something for you, I would be focused on the ideas of crystals. Not the very real and very personal interactions I've had with it. I cannot assume to know what is best for others, I only know what is best for me. I now know that when this topic comes up with my new friend again, the truest thing I can do is talk about my own experiences. Not set up an expectation of what her experience may be. Thank you for the opportunity to see this in myself. I also got to release some of the defensive feelings I get around being part of a meditation group. Hidden feelings I didn't even know I had. (Lent 28/40)

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4 months ago

It may seem like I'm well worded, but it is not so. Did you know each of my lent posts takes me about 45 minutes to write out? A few of them took over an hour! I've had so much difficulty trying to communicate with people in the past, that I completely doubt my ability to do so. At my work, we've identified that if we need to do a one on one conversation with a kid, I have the patience to talk it all out with them. But if we need to communicate something quickly and clearly, someone else has to do it. Kids will literally go cross eyed when I try. In my posts, I write and reread and rewrite what I have to say until I'm certain that my grammar and word choices will make sense. However at work, I have to write lots of emails and talk to lots of people. Tonight I worked on an important email for my bosses and I originally thought it'd take me maybe two hours to complete. Five hours later, I'm still editing and reediting this damn email because I am certain that there's a clearer way to say what I need to say. Brandon casually asked if I found a lent post today, and I rambled away into my worries about getting this email done first! Thus, the clue that something inside of me was hiding. Was this slow process of trying to word things correctly an indicator of something more? It seemed so, after it took five hours to make a semi-long email, plus all my other memories of announcing my bad communication skills. I've accepted this to be part of myself, and the hidden thing is that it really isn't a permanent part of myself. I've always judged myself for not being able to speak or write as clearly as others, and I truly think that without recognizing that it is a skill I can work on. I didn't know how identified I was with being a horrible communicator! So here is a picture of my almost completed email, at the moment of this realization. My wide-eyed cat looks almost as confused as I felt, but I also feel wide-eyed with awe at how wide my search for what is hidden has taken me. (Lent 27/40)

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4 months ago

โ€œWhen we feel insecure about ourselves, it is very hard to celebrate the success of another. We criticize how they got there, question their motives, and simply wish that they would stay with us in misery. They force us to look at our own patterns. It may also exacerbate our feeling of inadequacy to the point that the only way to relieve it is to tear them down. Misery does love company.โ€ from Be Present: Reflections On The Way By Molly Knight Forde On sale now at Amazon anywhere on the planet. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #bepresentreflectionsontheway #bepresent #beepresent #awarenessschool #fourthway #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #notselfhelp #answersforthesefuckeduptimes #insecurity #comparisonitis #inadequacy #miserylovescompany #spititualpractices #mindfulness #prosperity

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4 months ago

On a whim, we decided to disc golf today and invited one of our best friends. Before this lent project, I had a lot of inner worries about if other players were waiting on us, or when I made an awful throw, or just my own inabilities to get this little colorful disc past one fucking tree! Today, I remembered repeatedly to relax my hips and legs, and to find my groove of throwing the disc with fluid shoulder-to-fingertip sensation. Plus, my companions @brandonthealchemist and @flip_aka_ando are people I feel the most comfortable with and we laugh easily and often. I realized that I would usually pay more attention to what I'm thinking about, rather than finding how I throw a disc well. And thus, the hidden source of my normal disc golf problems is myself! Thank you self, for showing myself myself. (Lent 26/40)

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4 months ago

Looking at red chard today as if she were my sister talking to me about the vibrancy and passion of life. It pulses through our veins, everyone of us. To remember this as we go along feels only right and very healing. To look at her beauty and perfection and big veins is to know I too am beautiful and perfect in my own way. Passion pulses through me as I put aside any self absorbed notion and simply celebrate life and all its glorious manifestations. Swiss chard is my teacher today. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #plantspeak #thesecretlifeofplants #being #awarenessschool #passion #nature #connection #selfremember #weareone #bepresent #beepresent

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4 months ago

Oh exciting day! Hubby @brandonthealchemist can start the journey of mastering ceramics! All day we were certain something would go wrong. Pottery wheel wouldn't be delivered today, the ceramic store not having what he needs, or a car accident on the way home? Surely something was going to happen. Meanwhile I am still focused on the rune advice to make sure I'm not looking for the outcome of something to post for lent, but to actually do my spiritual work that I need. So we were all thrown for a surprise just after that video of Brandon throwing his first piece in years, and it just sprawled out to be this weird bowl and he was going for a vase! All four of us are thoroughly enjoying the turn of events that it's the clay itself that offered something to go "wrong." He decided to keep it. To him it was the ceremonious beginning of his next creative chapter in life, to me it was the hidden beauty of something totally out of the blue. (Lent 25/40) I love you guys @kahleymae @flip_aka_ando

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Yesterday morning I pulled a Rune, and the advice from our rune book was asking me if I was lusting after outcomes, or am I focused on the task for its own sake. And what I carried with me all day was that yes I'm doing spiritual work for myself, but also yes I'm looking for that hidden thing to post for Lent. Posting has been my focus, not the work on myself. So the advice was to do the work for the work's sake, and I held that with me. Flash forward to many hours later, I'm at get together with high school friends. This group of people has been hanging out for a long time, in fact our 10 year high school reunion is coming up this summer! We were at our friends' new townhouse that they bought, and that same couple is getting married so a bunch of us were in the corners talking about bachelor and bachelorette parties. Some people are always at these parties, some were brand new, some were deep in personal conversations, and some were just getting to know each other. There was an interesting group dynamic that I typically would overthink, but with the rune advice stuck in my mind I focused only on who I was with and how I was feeling. I found a stark difference between what it was like when I've hung out with them before and what it was like last night. By focusing on doing the work for the works sake, I felt the most genuine with these friends than I ever had before. At some point, I looked at the clock and saw that it was 11:11, and my Lent Fear of not posting within the day came up. At this point I was at a good level of drunk and recognized that I could not give a lent post sincere attention. The thing that came up within me was the rune advice again, but this time I decided against posting before the day was over. I knew I have been doing the spiritual work I needed, and I didn't have to stress over the desired outcome of sticking to my original lent posting goals. The real goal was to be here now with whoever it was I was with, and that was a hidden self-expectation indeed. So here's the only picture I took that night, drunkenly missing my face lol. Cheers to good times and friends, and doing what is needed for its own sake. (Lent 24/40)

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My choice on how to participate in lent was to post something true about myself in an effort to study what I would normally hide. But what this evolved into was waiting for something to reveal itself every day. And each day, in some form or another, I realized there was something hidden about myself and leaned into it to learn more. So today I came home and realized there's nothing for me to post. I had a great day actually, even though it wasn't anything like I thought it would be, and I didn't get at least half of my things done. But I was comfy in my clothes, and I remembered to relax my usually tight back and shoulder muscles, I hung out with fun coworkers and kids all day, and I was speaking to the parents in the same transparent way I'm trying with friends and family and ended up really connecting with some of them. Thinking about this had me looking for something I missed, and funnily enough what was hidden from me is that I actually do have a spiritual practice. Just like my realization yesterday about how only focusing on fixing problems creates the illusion that's there's only problems, I've been only looking for hidden problems and predicaments in myself. It's like I'm not paying attention to what is going well in my day because that's how it was "supposed" to be. And there it is, the hidden thing. But alas posting online also offers a photo challenge, so here are some of my favorite entries from my two spirit journals (see Lent 2/40) that showcase my practical to everyday life spirituality I didn't even know I had. (Lent 23/40)

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I am hopeful today and stand with all my sisters as I speak my truth and show up. With that freedom comes proper boundary and big healing. I am rising. We are rising. We are honoring the power that has been so overlooked and so untapped. We have forgotten for so long, but no more. We are deeply remembering... deeply deeply. Celebrating. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #internationalwomensday #healing #womenrising #awakening #empowerment #emancipation #iwd #sisterhood #motherwounds #womenscircle #wisdomcircle #womensempowerment #awarenessschool #womensgroups #bepresent #beepresent

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4 months ago

I try to approach all parts of my day with the same mindset: am I truly present in what's happening, or am I thinking about what I think needs to happen? This is something that is practiced, forgotten, remembered, forgotten, and practiced, over and over, all day every day. It has been a major contributor to seeing and healing the hidden things in myself. I am not one to feel certain in what I know, because there is always more to understand and more ways to grow myself. As a lead and administrator at work, I try to include all others in my journey on transparency, fulfillment, and sense of joy. But today, one of my supervisors helped expose something I didn't see! For the past couple months, my team and I have been talking non-stop about how to fix work problems and get a good routine going with our kids. It seemed like there's always something we need to work on, and a lot of little things to remember on what we agreed to do. So today there was a tour of our after school location, and I was all nervous to make sure we'd make a good impression, but just like normal our 50+ kids were loud and crazy and messy. As I was in quiet angst about my inability to keep them calm, my coworkers were distributed among the kids playing games, making art, and reminding them of our rules. The tour ended. I checked in with my supervisor and she surprised me by saying how happy the woman was to see us interacting with the kids so well! All of the adults and children were clearly enjoying their time together, and my she thought that the changes we've been making are really paying off. This blew me away because I didn't realize I have been only talking about the problems we're having, and not celebrating what we're already great at! It offered relief to my perspective that I'm not doing a good enough job and that I can't lead us well. I shared what she said to my team and saw similar faces of relief and confirmation that we're good at our jobs. So here's a picture of my wise little self, strapped onto a crazy looking horse, in no control of what happens beside enjoying the ride. (Lent 22/40)

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Still reeling from enormous shift within myself, within my womenโ€™s groups and in the Tuesday night group. Shadows arise; become apparent and in that space, sparkles of truth bubble forth. People are working through triggers brought on by being in a group. Itโ€™s why The Awareness School does group. Itโ€™s easy to surround ourselves with like minded folks or resign ourselves to being a lone wolf. One thing I know for sure... Tolerance, love, connection and seeing other as thyself is the greatest sign of substantial transformation that ever was. No exceptions. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #projection #selfobservation #community #kinship #workonself #triggers #empathy #tolerance #diversity #awarenessschool #bepresent #beepresent.

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The hardest things to address is the conversations we hide from. Topics we stray away from in an effort to avoid making our loved ones upset, or more usually, ourselves. Brandon and I fell into such a conversation two weeks ago and it ended unresolved. Then a week later I brought up that it was still clearly between us so we tried again, but we could only repeat and clarify our own points. No solution could be found with the same perspectives. Then through chance, we had this last weekend apart. That's when I got into a good flow of being alone and was doing a lot of self reflection, care, and healing. When he came back home we were so happy to see each other that we rejoiced in our love and friendship. He had a wonderful weekend, and because we left each other on a unfinished note, it turned out we were both still resonating with trying to solve our problem. Today, he brought up the topic by sharing what had shifted with his perspective and announced his intention to being open and patient with the process, and I did the same. Before it seemed like we were looking for an exact answer to solve our predicament, but it wasn't actually the thing that helped close the conversation in a loving and practical way. It was the effort to be honest and open with each other that at least helped me sit with and move through my barriers. You're my best friend @brandonthealchemist , and I'm so grateful to have someone who has taught me the value of being dedicated and transparent long long before this lent project has pushed me to be authentic. (Lent 21/40)

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Did you know I wear glasses? No, the answer is no one sees me wearing glasses. Unless there's an issue with me wearing my contacts 24/7. Like last night, when it felt like grains of sand we're in my eyes and I thought, "hmm, maybe I should take these out." And here's the thing, I don't like my glasses for many reasons. I chose the frame that was suggested by an eye doctor, not in the style I actually wanted. Then it turned out that they ordered me kid size glasses, and I was adamant that they were only emergency glasses so I wouldn't care, and now when I wear them it's a bit tight. Then recently, when I went to get a new contact prescription I found out that my glasses' prescription didn't match up! But of course the last reason I don't like my glasses is I don't like how I look in them. Maybe now I can get a new pair that I actually like, and try them out in the same way I'm trying to play with my nails and sense of appearance. And you know, the right prescription so I don't get motion sickness. (Lent 19/40)

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The San Juans. They are the magical islands NW of Seattle and we have enjoyed many meaningful moments there with friends. The Awareness School is delighted to announce the acquisition of 15 acres on San Juan Island. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ This has been the dream of a lifetime ever since I participated in my first life changing retreat so long ago. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ We have been facilitating meditation retreats for 15 years with practical work as part of the program. It gives folks a way to practice presence to equip themselves for thriving out in regular life. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ That practical work serves a sacred purpose and now we will be doing it on our own land. This is in addition to meditation, The Movements, sound healing and more. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ The energy will collect there and all who visit will know. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ Blessings on the hive. Check out this weekโ€™s blog at mollyknightforde.com under blogs. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #meditationretreats #awarenessschool #sanjuans #retreatproperty #sacredland #retreats #presence #fourthway #permaculture #offthegrid #soundhealing #soundhealingmeditation #visionquest

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I was supposed to hang out with a couple of friends this evening, while my husband is out golfing all weekend with his work people. But as the day went on, I got into a good pace of taking care of myself and enjoying my time alone. But I also got into a good pace of feeling guilty for not wanting to hang out with anyone later! The whole day went by like this, back and forth emotions of thoroughly enjoying myself or dreading having to deal with this whole hangout situation. Finally, the sheer difference between my two mental states got to me, and I realized this hidden back and forth thing needs to be addressed. I held this problem, and the solution appeared to be just tell them the truth! Tell them that I'm enjoying my time alone and would like to deepen this experience, and tell them I truly want us to hang out, just not today. And you know what, they both responded that that's exactly what they would like to do as well! Lol! All of my emotional fretting was so unnecessary, I can't stop laughing at myself. It's okay to do what I want to do, it's okay to want to rejuvenate myself, it's okay to just talk to people about what's going on! So now, here I am after a long, lush bath, drinking my favorite juice, lighting my favorite candles, listening to my favorite music, surrounded by my favorite beautifully-decorated items, about to paint my nails my favorite color, and take a vitamin with my dinner because dammit my body needs its favorite things too! (Lent 18/40)

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โ€œWhen first introduced to these ideas, I found it more accessible to recognize how my attention was captured by being on the lookout for internal considering. (Putting everything in the context of me and how people see me). It showed me how identified I was with thought. It often felt like someone was not treating me right or owed me something, even respect.โ€ There is a lot in todayโ€™s random pick from my book Be Present: Reflections On The Way. If you want to know more about how to โ€œcookโ€ in your own negative emotion, how to see your own attachment, and how to actually learn about your suffering and how to deal with it , pick up a copy at Amazon. It may be the best $20 you have spent in a while. You can read it randomly or in order. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #innerconsidering #internalconsidering #externalconsidering #identification #selfobservation #negativeemotions #abidingwithnegativeemotion #bepresent #beepresent #bepresentreflectionsontheway #awarenessschool #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #fourthway

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4 months ago

You know when you walk down a street and the most you usually interact with a stranger is a small, tight-lipped smile and a nod of some sort? I've been watching my tendency to do this, and it truly feels the same as my tendency to hide myself. And you know when others give you praise and you immediately act to show them how it's not that praiseworthy? Yeap! That's the same thing. I know we're all sensitive to be being talked about, the sound of our names always catch our attention. But I have been guarding my name for a long, long while now. I literally chose to use my Hawaiian name on Facebook to avoid the average person being able find me! Plus only certain people know certain things about me, and a lot of them don't know each other, so even my name is multifaceted. But once upon a time, I didn't give a shit what other people thought of my name. I remember being pretty grumpy about not having a cool nickname! My family would called me 'Lysha instead of Alysha, which you know, isn't really that different. But I liked playing with my signature, and I really liked writing the letter A like a star. So I nicknamed myself "Aly-star," and now years and years later, my dad will randomly whip it out and I shake my head in an embarrassed fashion. Writing this lent project out on paper and this post online, I now know that still don't want to go by that nickname lol. I'm telling everyone about it too, which doesn't help, but by identifying that my pattern of hiding overlaps with how I approach my own name, I'm reminded that the power in myself IS myself. And it is known as Alysha. Fun fact: my adult, messy, cursive signature still starts with a star-like A (Lent 17/40)

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Full moon sound healing bath performed on my Singing Tones Crystal Alchemy bowls. One has smokey quartz and iron. One is topaz and gold. The other is abalone and crystal. This particular combination has a synergy like no other. I also used my Balinese gamelan for this ceremony last night to bring in the grounding metallic quality. The light language and song emerges from these bowls in such a magical way. A song for this moonโ€™s alchemical shift. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #wormmoon #soundbath #crystalsingingbowls #crystaltonesingingbowls #soundhealing #gamelan #lightlanguage #topaz #smokeycrystal #awarenessschool #mystic #healersofinstagram #soundmeditation

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On the journey of transformation and solid work on oneself, there comes a time when we realize how little choice we have had in life due to all of the frenetic association and unconscious patterns that influence us. That time comes only when we become aware of our โ€œsleepโ€. We start to wake up from the dream and can see the grip it has had over us. Over and over we wake up and see until something is formed in us. We learn to make micro choice from within to open the door to us and itโ€™s a go...an unbelievably fulfilling go. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ #awareness #awarenessschool #choice #wakingup #transformation #spiritualtransformation #awakening #workonself #doors #greenlight

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