Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fork in the Road - Power of Choice

I could have never imagined the life I am living today when I got on that plane 17 years ago. I was following my heart all the way. I met the person who is now my ex-husband and I was head over heels in love with him. So big was my love that I went to get my passport and got my ticket to fly to the USA to meet him. My family thought I was crazy but I knew in my heart it was the right thing to do. As I read this, I know it sounds like a movie and at that time I believed it was. You can only imagined what my family thought when a year after I announced I was getting married to the man I had only spent two weeks with in person in a foreign land. Yes, you guessed it! I am the different one in my family. The one who when she believes something is possible, nothing will stop her until she reaches her goal. They placed bets that he would not show up for the wedding... they were all wrong! I still remember my dad´s face when he met him for the first time - the American boy with long hair, half blonde and half black. The wedding was simple and a few months later I found myself living in USA. 

The first few years were not easy. They were years full of hardship that made me humble. From an independent and self-sufficient woman, I was then a dependent woman on my husband. I did know know how to drive a car because I thought I did not need it when I lived in the big city of Buenos Aires. Having to ask to be dropped off or taken to certain places like a child was a motivator to keep growing, to keep pursuing. I was a professional in my country and in this land I was just an immigrant. I even took my husband´s name because it would sound American and I would blend in. I had to work hard for everything I have today. America is the land of opportunity. It is the land of dreams but those dreams are not free. Today, I have reclaimed my name and I am proud of being a Latina. Even though I look American with my natural blonde hair, the Latin blood runs through my veins. The passion and the drive to go for what I want is still there. 

A couple of years ago, one of my cousins asked me if I still believed in love now that I am divorced. He was there when I got married and witnessed my love story so his question was understandable. My response was YES. I believe in love and I believe that many times we are faced with a fork in the road. We are faced with a decision to make and our choice will have several ripple effects that will determine who you become. If you ask me today, I would still get on that plane as I did 17 years ago because even though it was a challenging experience, I still choose that experience. I would not be who I am today without it. I choose that love, the love that moved me to leave everything behind and come to USA with just two bags (one bag was full of books!). The love that saved me from unhealthy patterns and gave me the opportunity to build myself from scratch. The love that made me stronger. 

Today, as I see so many people posting 10 year challenges I realize so many things change in our lives with time. We face so many forks, we make so many choices. It is definitely not about looks or age, it´s about experience so can you identify those forks that were agents of change in your life? Would you do the same? If not, what would you do differently? There is always time for a new choice. You have that power.

Many blessings,

Carolina

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Ticking Bomb

The story begins over 20 years ago when the dentist in Argentina removed the braces and found out that one of my molars had developed a big cavity due to the braces support on that molar. At that time, I did not think much about this tooth but kept going. I was just 16 years old and did not want to think about dental issues anymore. Time continued to pass and I found myself being 22 and getting ready to travel to the USA for the first time. At this time, I remember my molar and the bad shape it was in. I went to the dentist and told him to remove the tooth as I was traveling to a different country and I did not want that ticking  bomb to explode while I was abroad. He asked me if it hurt and I said no so he said, just remove it when it hurts but not before.

Eight years after that, I found myself living in the USA and having an extreme pain on one of my teeth. It was not the old molar, it was a different tooth. I went to the dentist and it turned out to be that I needed a root canal. The pain was so bad that I would have done anything to make it stop so without thinking, I went and had the root canal. At that time, the dentist mentioned the molar and said that I should do a root canal on that one too to save the tooth. He was amazed that it did not hurt as I had like half a tooth there. I said ok and I moved on with my life.

Today, 9 years after that first root canal, I went and had the second root canal on the old molar. That molar that never hurt but was always a ticking bomb waiting to explode. The dentist told me they used different X-Rays 9 years ago and that he was happy I had come back and amazed it still did not hurt. I am about to turn 40 and with Saturn in Capricorn, I have to take care of my teeth, there is no looking the other way anymore. Yesterday, in my initial dental appointment, the dentist was quite surprised I knew exactly what was going on in my mouth. He said "you are pretty tuned in to your teeth". I smiled and I thought I´ve been working on fine tuning my intuition and my skills for the past five years so it would be funny to just be intuitive in one area of my life and not another so it makes sense I could feel my teeth and know it is time to pay a visit to the local dentist.

By now, you may be wondering why I am telling you this story. That is to say if you are still reading! The story of the molar is a story that shows how sometimes if something does not hurt, we keep it going even thought we know it is a ticking bomb. It is a story of knowing something is not healthy but because it is not toxic enough, we  don´t take care of it. Now, think about those things in your life that you know are not longer needed or are not really healthy for you but because they don´t hurt, you just do the same you have always done and not change it. What if you decide to change it today? How would your life be different? 

You may be in fear of taking action. You may think you are not brave enough to change your world, to rock that boat. All it takes is to decide to do it. To decide to take the first step. Sometimes we settle for less than we deserve because it does not hurt and we are afraid of change or go for something better. Don´t allow your ticking bomb to continue growing, don´t settle. Life is too short not to live it fully. No matter what your fear is, you have what it takes to conquer it. The Universe would not place a test if you don´t have the tools to pass it. Trust yourself, Trust the Universe. Trust the process.

All is well!

Many blessings,

Carolina


Monday, July 9, 2018

Solar Eclipse in Cancer - July 12-13

Hi Everyone,
July is here! Summer is here! And three Eclipses are coming between July and August. Are you ready to shift? Eclipses usually come in twos but this time, we have three in a row. The message is clear - major endings and beginnings are ahead. Eclipses give us the extra push we need to break patterns, to let go and to choose something different. We begin the Eclipse saga with a solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12. Then, we will have a Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 27. And finally we will end with a new Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 11. What is the story that these three events tell us? My guess is that it begins at home where we need to review what our core principles are and what needs to go. Aquarius then tells us to get out there, be out of our comfort zone and try something different so we can find our heart values - Leo. 
This coming Thursday, we will experience a partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer giving us an opportunity to review our values and our roots. What foundations are solid? What foundations do not serve you anymore? The Universe is saying that there may be certain traditions that are not nurturing anymore and they need to go. Since they are traditions, you may be attached to them and reluctant to let them go so this Eclipse gives you that extra strength to be able to cut those cords. It is essential that you trust your intuition during these times as intuition does not lie. The head may lie. The ego may try to confuse you but your intuition knows the truth because it knows vibration and vibration does not lie. Use this Eclipse to shed light on those hidden feelings that may have been repressed and find a positive way to channel that energy. You may be faced with your shadow or any dysfunctional pattern, and this is your time to address it. There is no need to fear your shadow as in that shadow resides part of your power. Try to spend some time in nature and ground. Go for a run. Express your feelings even if it is by writing a letter and burning it. Let it out and let it go. 
This is a powerful time for healing and releasing old patterns. Use it wisely.
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Monday, May 28, 2018

Full Moon in Sagittarius - May 29

Hi Everyone,
Are you ready for a Full Moon in Sagittarius tonight? Sagittarius is the sign of truth and freedom. It is also the sign that pushes us to expand our horizons and venture into new adventures. Like it´s symbol, we are always searching for the next target to hit and follow the arrow of our destiny. Full Moons are about completion. We are reaching the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. As we end the old cycle, we face our fears and look at our demons in the eyes and say "I am ready to move forward, I am fearless in the face of fear". 
During this Full Moon, we are invited to confront our fears and remember that our happiness does not depend on outside input but it is an inside job. In the past, I shared the formula E+R=O. This stands by Event + Reaction = Outcome. We have no control over the events in our lives but we do have control over our reactions and that will shape our outcomes. It is time that we choose a different reaction if we want to see a different picture. We can not continue doing the same thing and expecting a different result so now it´s time to act. It´s time to change and create a new vision based on how we react to those events we can not control. 
In order to change our reactions, we need to change our thinking, we need to change our priorities, we need to change our environment. Movement is essential because stagnant energy is not going to take you anywhere. Let go of the things that don´t serve you, declutter and leave those things that are essential and true to who you are. This is a time to seek new possibilities and we can only do that by changing ourselves. Remember it begins with you and then it transpires in the world. Every person counts. Choose a different tomorrow by choosing a different option today.
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Monday, May 14, 2018

New Moon in Taurus - Uranus in Taurus - May 15

Hi Everyone,
The world as you know it is about to change. Are you ready for the big shift? Uranus, the planet of change and transformation, is about to move from Aries to Taurus. During his stay in Aries, Uranus has initiated the transformation that is going to manifest during his stay in Taurus. Taurus is the sign that rules our basic needs such as security, money, love, and more. Uranus´transit in Taurus will reshape our needs and will open up the door for radical change. It will also help us connect with our bodies and with nature. Human beings have become very disconnected from the natural world and the time has come for us to wake up. If we continue living the way we do today, there will be no planet for our future generations. 
The crossing of Uranus from Aries to Taurus takes place on the same day we have a New Moon also in Taurus. New Moons are about planting the seeds and new beginnings so the question becomes, what are you going to plant? Are you ready to plant seeds of change or will fear make you try to push the river and stay the same? This is not a change you can avoid but you can go with the flow or you can go against it. It´s up to you. The Universe is giving you a chance to shift the way you see the world, change your way of connecting with your resources and open up to new ways of relating to others. Are you ready for this change? 
These are periods of high stress and anxiety so make sure that you take care of your own needs. Practice self-care. Meditate. Walk in nature and remember that even when the world seems to be falling apart, the Universe is dissolving what no longer serves us so we can build again. We need to destroy the stagnant structure in order to build a new one. Trust the process. You got this!
Many blessings,
Carolina
Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Friday, April 27, 2018

Full Moon in Scorpio - April 29

Hi Everyone,

April is almost gone but it is not done yet! We have been on a journey of transformation and letting go of the old to embrace the true self. The New Moon in Aries on April 15 helped us to begin the process of exploration and gathering clarity on those things that we need to release. Now, we are faced with a Full Moon in Scorpio on Sunday April 29. This Moon is not comfortable but Full Moons bring the energy of completion and what began a couple of weeks ago is ready to be released.

What areas in your life do you feel you are just surviving instead of being successful? What are the karmic patterns that keep you stuck in the hamster wheel of life? This Full Moon invites us to spend some time exploring where we are attached and what the patterns are. Are these patterns ours or have we carried them from our ancestors. Can we release them or what are we getting out of them to hold on to them?

This Full Moon is a period where people may be triggered easily so instead of reacting, I invite you to take a deep breath, think and then respond. If you act on impulse, you may hurt others or get in situations that could be avoided. Instead of using the triggers to ignite people, use the energy of this Full Moon to discover your hidden treasure and move yourself forward in your spiritual journey.

Many blessings,

Carolina


Rev. Carolina A. Amor

Saturday, April 14, 2018

New Moon in Aries - April 15

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe it´s April already? I am not sure about you, but I am feeling that time is going so fast is almost scary! How has Mercury retrograde in Aries been treating you? I hope he has been better to you that it´s been to me as I have had so many miscommunications it´s hard to keep track of. Luckily for all of us, our God of Communication and Transportation is turning direct tomorrow giving us a gentle push to move forward in all the areas we have been evaluating while it was retrograde. The time to act is now!

Besides Mercury turning direct tomorrow, we are also having a New Moon in Aries. New Moons are about planting seeds, visioning the things we want to create  and making room for that creation to take place. Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and as such, it is the spark that ignites all creation. The question becomes what do you wish to create now? Are you clear and what your dreams are? Sometimes our dreams are limited by our fears or limitations. This New Moon is saying push through your fears and allow yourself to imagine the best case scenario. My teacher Sonia Choquette has an exercise called digging for gold that lines up with the energies of this New Moon. The exercise invites you to write in your journal or in a a piece of paper the phrase "If I wasn´t afraid of ...., I would.... " Complete this phrase 10 times or 20 times if necessary but clear away your fears and see what your reality would be if you were not afraid. What does your imagination allow you to create? Remember, you cannot create what you cannot imagine. Use the power of this New Moon to ignite the fire of creation in your life, move pass your fears and allow yourself to live the best life you can live.

Many blessings,

Carolina

Rev. Carolina A. Amor