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Does the past have a hold on you?

mystic mandrake, Rorschach test
Perhaps there’s something stuck in this tree that needs to be set free? I’m curious to know what you see. If you don’t mind sharing, tell us in the comments below.
Last Saturday I came across these this phenomenon while walking in the woods. It was as if the tree had actually grown around a real person. I showed the picture to several friends and everyone saw something different. Perhaps this tree is a kind of mystic mandrake or even Rorschach test that leads us, through creative play and exploration, to what needs loosening up. If you are wondering what’s keeping you stuck, spend a bit of time contemplating this tree. I think it helps us let go of the past by dissolving ideas that no longer serve us. How about you?

What’s happening in the world? (Think like a dentist)

molenaer-the-dentist-1629Watching the American elections unfold is a bit like going to the dentist. A harsh light gets shone on what’s rotten within us or needs healing, then, hopefully, the right tooth get extracted. From my vantage point across the ocean, this time round it seemed like the wrong tooth got extracted. But here’s a thought that might help make sense of this seeming tragedy. The current teeth are just placeholders for the future generation. What if we see ourselves at the beginning of the story instead of at the end of it? Perhaps what is really happening is the shedding of a great nation’s milk teeth?

When my son was a year and a half he cracked one of his front teeth. It looked perfectly normal for a number of years but then eventually it started to rot. A dentist in Switzerland insisted that it be kept as a placeholder for the teeth underneath but it looked terrible and was destroying his confidence. Fortunately I got a second opinion from a dentist I liked and respected while visiting family in SA. This dentist (who had even fixed elephant teeth!) said that both teeth now had abscesses under them and this could adversely affect the next generation of teeth. While they were placeholders for future teeth it was too risky to keep them and the teeth below would be far better off if these two were both removed even though the one looked healthy.

Or perhaps what I’m really looking at is simply a tricky little dentist’s mirror that I can’t yet look into?
How does this apply? Read more

Grounding – what does it mean and how to do it

Thursday, December 8, Markus Hirzig shared on why we need to ground ourselves now more than ever before and what we can do to clear the way to allow the light to anchor more fully through us, how to build a bigger base to embody higher consciousness and also how to bring more joy and manifesting capability into our lives.

A second Q&A took place on Jan 10th – access here
Join us for more practical grounding sessions with Markus in Earthuni starting June 15, 2017.
Find out more here

I’ve divided the first interview into a series of short clips each answering a specific question.
If you prefer to watch the full video scroll down to the bottom of this page.

How can grounding help you live your potential?

Why does the world seem so dangerous? What happens when we project fear

How can I become more embodied?

Why you need a relaxed supportive environment to shift to higher levels of consciousness?

Is it enough just to visualize yourself grounding? Or is more required?

Why is grounding more important now than before?

Why is it more difficult to ground in some countries or places?

Can negative feelings, like fear, serve us ?

Full replay
Audio version

Video Replay

What happened to me on this call?

I attempted to stay fully present to whatever was arising instead of going into my head as usual.
Result? The energy coming through was bigger than my current “flowerpot”
It was a perfect demonstration of exactly what Markus talks about at the beginning of the interview.

I’ve gained so much from working directly with Markus the last 6 months that I’ve invited him to join us in Earthuni for a 3 month guided journey, tailored to your specific needs. I really believe this is what we all need right now. Practical tools to embody and embrace our potential. It would be great if you could join me on this adventure. I can’t stress enough how important it is to awaken to one’s vitality, feel and let go of what may have been holding us back for eons and/or fine tune one’s subtle body …. there are so many layers to this and all are beneficial. It doesn’t really matter where you are on your own personal journey, you will find a supportive community and direct help to take the next step whatever that may be.
How to decide if this is for you? Read more about the coming course and join us here
I can honestly say that taking the step to work with Markus was the best decision I’ve made. If you would like to know more about my journey in 2016 here’s an informal conversation I had with a former student and colleague while visiting Melbourne. conversation with Ruth Gale. (log in to access)

The space between stories

radical-no-storyThere’s a story trying to write itself thru me, thru you, through all of us. I’ve been writing a lot to you my journal about this but not putting it out there into the world. Lots of half written unfinished stories, like our lives in a way… the joy is in the journey not in the completion.

Why unfinished?
An attempt to blow away the fog and numbness and look in the mirror. More clearly. More honestly. What am I trying to fix? What has popped up a lot this year is the America election. So I have a notebook full of half written stories about what to do. Some funny but unfinished. Unfinished each time I realize I’m trying to put lipstick on the mirror instead of onto my myself.
So what I’m doing to do is give myself a 40 day challenge and attempt to finish some or perhaps even all of them, and put them out into the world where they belong.
Why 40 days? There’s a countdown going on. Actually multiple countdowns. Some are of global significance, some cultural, religious, or seasonal….

For example?
… days to the final vote re who will be president of US.
(Why not dual vs duel? joint leadership or something like the Swiss System where there are a council of 7 who play musical chairs annually, rotating the hot seat and the load…)
Perhaps the most positive action we can take is practice “radical no story” from now til then to allow space/an open window for divine inspiration to come through. The space between stories is where there is no us vs them. The open window into new story is through no story. The solid ground each of us makes available.
Here’s some advice from Thomas Huebl: On being a mature Citizen of the world
And on us vs them

Other countdowns
…to next open Earthuni interview
replay available here Read more

Quit whining and get back to work!

A message to all healers, light workers, mindfulness teachers, artists, writers and creative types out there in the world right now:

I first saw this this quote in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on writing titled “Big Magic”. Gilbert told a wonderful story about how a young film maker had written to his hero, Werner Herzog, complaining about how difficult it was to be a film maker. Herzog wrote back a tough but energizing reply that included a call to action: quit whining and get back to work! I love this quote so much I have it up on my wall.
What to do about current world events? There’s work to be done and you know you were born for it. Spin your magic.
Watch this video: On being a mature citizen of the world
Read this post: Are you flying too high or too low?
Listen this interview: on grounding a higher consciousness – Interview with Markus Hirzig

Are you flying too high or too low? (Think like a pilot)

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-10-33-53Years ago, in my early 20s, I took flying classes and earned a PPL (private pilot’s licence).
(Why? No idea, probably so I could write this story.)

The first (and only) long flight I piloted was a cross country exam from a gravel air strip near Johannesburg to an airstrip on the coast just north of Durban. My task was to fly there. Another student was to fly back. The flying instructor was our passenger. En route was a range of mountains called the Drakensburg

(translated = Dragon mountains). We were flying a few thousand feet above the ground. It was perfect weather, hardly a cloud in the sky. The instructor recommended, just to be safe, to go up an additional thousand feet. I thought he was a silly old man (of about 40!), being totally over cautious. We were already a few thousand above the highest peaks.
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On grounding a higher consciousness – Interview with Markus Hirzig

Thursday, December 8, we’ll be talking to Markus Hirzig on why we need to ground ourselves now more than ever before and what we can do to clear the way to allow the light to anchor more fully through us, how to build a bigger base to embody higher consciousness and also how to bring more joy and manifesting capability into our lives.
Replay of this call will be in the Earthuni Free/Open Auditorium. You are welcome to join us and ask Markus questions during the live event.
Markus HirzigYou can also submit questions in the open auditorium before the call if you can’t make the live event. Or after, if you have follow up questions.
Who is Markus?
Markus Hirzig has been mentoring people for more than 30 years. He began as as a physiotherapist and for the last 20 years has been an osteopath, as well as a trainer and coach. He has been working closely with spiritual teacher Thomas Huebl for more than 10 years and is a senior mentor in Huebl’s community.

Learn more from Markus in Earthuni. Starting January 10, 2017 Find out more here