Thursday, June 29, 2017

Know your Spirit - Authenticity leads to Happiness

If I were to ask you who you are, what would be your response? How about if I asked you what you love? What do you do for fun? How´s your spirit? It may sound crazy but many people do not know how to answer these questions. We live in a society that celebrates followers and it does not like pioneers. A society that is not comfortable with different as it prefers when people follow the normal whatever that normal is. Many people get lost trying to fit a container that does not fit them. They may seek validation or just acceptance but in that act of seeking, they lose their authentic self and their spirit vacates their body as it can not stay where it has no place to be authentic. Other people may use responsibilities or workaholism as a escape from reality. Others just get sucked into social media and technology wishing for the life they would want to have but never having the strength to go for it as it would mean going against the norm. There are several ways to numb or quiet our Spirit from pushing us to live from our true self.  

The other day, I was reading The Happiness Project by Robert Holden and he mentioned that people usually believe that they will be happy if/when... and that happiness comes from an external source when actually happiness comes from within and no matter how many things you have, you will not find happiness outside yourself. He mentioned that happiness is also rooted in being able to be our true selves and he believes that if you know yourself and you are authentic, you will be happy as well. That happiness is not something we need to look for but that when we embrace our authentic self, happiness happens next. Happiness is the consequence of living from our Spirit.

The question becomes how can people be happy if they don´t know their Spirit. No wonder why people are always seeking happiness but never get there because when you seek for happiness outside, the happiness you get is very short lived. You may be happy for a day or two but then comes reality that you want another thing to fill that void. This is the void that is left when you do not live from your Spirit. You do not need to keep buying stuff, you just need to connect and get reacquainted with who you are. The true you, the one under the layers of conditioning. 

The other day, I was talking to one of my students, and she was mentioning how she always tried to fit in and was not able to because she is a medium and sees things. She mentioned that she never connected with any of her friends and felt quite lonely because she wanted to be normal but was not normal and feared people would think she was crazy. As I heard this story, I couldn´t help but feel that I´ve been down that road before but that in the end, it leaves you feeling empty and lonely. Today, I rather have one good friend with whom I can be myself than ten fake friends where I am always putting on a mask or adjusting to their needs to my expense. It took years for me to embrace who I am and not take into account what other people think about me. It´s not an easy road but it is a road that leads to happiness. 

If you want to know your Spirit, first you have to get grounded in your body and then you need to connect with your heart. Do the things you love and bring you joy. Have the courage to be you without masks. If people walk away, they were not meant to be in your life because not matter how much you may want them to be, if you have to become somebody else to be with them, it´s not worth it. My teacher and mentor, Sonia Choquette, taught me that in order to connect with my Spirit, I have to give it voice. Get a piece of paper and a pen. Set up a timer for 5 minutes and write straight beginning with the phrase My Spirit says... Then read what you wrote. Repeat this exercise as much as you need until you feel you know your Spirit.

Knowing your Spirit is the first step towards living in authenticity. 

Authenticity leads to true Happiness.

Stop looking outside and just get busy - Know your Spirit.

Many blessings,


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Walking in between the Worlds - living a charmed life

Do you trust your inner compass? Two weeks ago, I was preparing to travel to NYC for the first time in my life. Not only was I going to a city I´ve never been before but I was going by myself to attend an advanced mediumship class. The combination of all these factors made this trip a magical time.  I wondered whether the spirits will show up. What if I can´t connect at that time.... What if it does not work.... I also wondered about the city and how safe it was for me to be walking around by myself. Then I realized I come from a big city, Buenos Aires is not a tea party and you are trained to be aware of your surroundings. I thought I could do New York. Since I moved to the US 14 years ago, I always compared Buenos Aires to New York as San Francisco is a gentler city. I still remember when I came to San Francisco for the first time and people would say hi to me and I would look at them like... why are you talking to me? What do you want? and I would grab my purse closer to me. Life is a funny game of reversals. Now I found myself in NYC and I would be the smiling Californian one and people would look at me as I had looked at those San Francisco people the first time I came to this country. 

I landed in New Jersey, picked up my car and decided to go to the Liberty Statue Park. Little did I know it was so cold and there wouldn´t be a soul in this park by the time I arrived there. My only companion was a geese and we looked at each other as why are you here dude? Don´t you see the storm is coming? My intention was to see the Statue of Liberty as I landed. This day was my mom´s anniversary, she´s been gone from her physical form for 11 years now. I walked the desolated park feeling the spirits around and knowing the people that had walked the path before. Those who were looking for freedom. I know when I landed in this country I was looking for freedom, for opportunity, for a land of dreams. 

As I headed back to Pompton Lakes, I left the big city behind and head to the lakes, forest and countryside. I felt more comfortable with this vibration than then hectic city style. The monkey in my head would say.. you are too old for that! I checked in the hotel and decided to find a sushi place close to the hotel. If  you know me, you know there are two things I look for when I travel, one is sushi and the other one is food from Argentina. I arrived to the Sushi restaurant and I placed my order. Would you imagine that they did not sell any alcohol in this restaurant? When I said I´d like a glass of wine, the lady told me that I should get my wine from the liquor store next door. It took me a while to understand I had to go purchase the wine next door then come back. I did so and I laughed at myself thinking... note for self... bring our liquor in your bag if you want wine with  your meal in Pompton Lakes. 

The next day was my adventure day, I decided to drive to the city and explore. I had picked a park and drive station and I was set to go but before I left, I asked my guides and angels to make sure I was protected and I also let them know I was open for any suggestions they may have. I set up my phone with the directions and started driving. My GPS said I had 25 more minutes to go when I saw a park and ride sign. I took a deep breath and asked, should I park there? Then I got a yes so I took action. I got to the parking lot and found a space. Map in hand and trying to figure everything out, I faced the machine, put my credit card and got my ticket... well I got my parking ticket if it wasn´t for the angel behind me that told me the bus ticket came after the parking ticket. I got my tickets and took a picture of the station as well as got a schedule for the bus that would bring me back to my rental car. For one split second I allowed fear to take over and wondered what if I could not find my way back. It only lasted one second, then I found myself on the bus on my way to the big apple!

I arrived at the central bus station and as I got off the bus, I could feel the vibration of the people. Hectic, nervous, busy... all of the above. That was the moment I realized I am not a city girl anymore. I can deal with the city energy but I can not live there. As I pulled my map and my book I tried figure out where I was. I started walking and a girl hit my back and gave me $2 that she said I dropped. I said thank you and put them in my bag as I knew they were not mine but I was not going to argue with her. I had several destinations marked in my map that I wanted to see so I set off into my walking adventure. I started with the public library, then the Chrysler building, then the United Nations, then Saint Patrick´s cathedral where I left the $2 I got before and lit a candle to Saint Theresa. The magic continue all day long as I would just find the places on my map by chance. I almost got a lift to take me to Wall Street but decided to cancel it and take the subway, another adventure! I kept telling myself... I have phenomenal coping skills... my students would understand this saying for sure. Fear came and left and was back into feeling excited about this adventure. This trip was meant to be a guided trip, not because I had a tourist guide but I had the Angels on my side. I got to the subway and magically got to 9/11 memorial. The vibration of that place was too much as my tears started coming down. I had to get out of there.... kept walking trying to find Wall Street but ended up going up a different direction to reach the Brooklin bridge. I walked the bridge and felt great! I love bridges! My adventure was about 15 miles long and somehow I got back to my car even when feared I would not find it. I even made it to the event in the Church that night... I kept telling the universe... If I am meant to be there, make it happen... I follow. I made it!

The class was not piece of cake. I still remember the first reading practice when we did not even have a meditation or anything, just connect! Thank Goddess I was able to connect. This class really pushed me out of my comfort zone.  One of my friends asked me what I learned on the first day and I responded, I talked to dead people! I am not the usual friend for sure! 

After the first class, I decided to go try the Argentinean place. Little did I know this place was also a place where you had to bring your own wine! New Jersey was trying to keep me clean and sober for sure! The restaurant was nice but there were 5 waiters, all Latin men, and I seemed to be the center of attention. If you know me, you know I don´t like to be the center of attention but in here, I decided to play along and tap into their range of vibration. It was a fun experience as I could feel their anxiety and I made it a game. I may look like in my 20s but I am almost 40 so it was an interesting experience to say. Believe me when I say it was easy after trying to connect with Spirit cold turkey!

Day 2 of the class was as interesting as day 1! Definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone but also showed me the areas I need to work on so I was deeply grateful for all my guidance that brought me here. It was an amazing adventure and I allowed myself to be flexible and go with the flow. So much that when I tried to put gas on the rental car the gas station guy came running.... I guess you don´t pour your own gas in New Jersey. Besides, I think he noticed I could not figure out how to open the gas thing.... Not only did I look like I wanted to rob the gas station but it also looked like I had stolen the car I was driving as I did not know how to open the gas door. When I look back, all I can do is smile like the time I ate the gallop of butter off the pancake thinking it was whip cream because who on earth puts butter on a pancake... pre US days!

My trip taught me one thing for sure, I walk between the world and I trust Spirit because it never leaves me. Whether it is to show me the way on a subway or  push me away from trouble. They are always there, they have my back and they are ready for me to do my work as well.

Blessings,

Carolina Amor


Friday, March 31, 2017

Back in Planet Earth

Hello Earthlings! I´ve been wondering in outer space and I have decided to come back to Planet Earth because there is more to learn in this land. This land that has become wonderland as you don´t know what type of creature will come out next. A place where reality seems unreal and we seem to be living in a reality show that has a bitter taste and leave us wondering who will be voted out of the house next. Avoidance is one solution. Fighting is another. We have done both in the past. We have walked that road before, do we want to walk it again? Can we choose a different road? What does that road look like? We face a time of exploration, a time where we face our inner demons and we are triggered from every corner to react but reaction is not what is needed here. We need strategy, we need unity, we need collaboration. There are times where we don´t need to fight fire with fire and this is one of those times if we don´t want to have a global explosion. This is the time where we are asked to be like chess players and anticipate the moves. We are ask to see two or three steps ahead of our opponent because our opponent does not have long term vision. We are also reminded that we are all one so if we work on lifting our vibrations and working on our ourselves, our change will generate a global change because it creates a ripple effect.

I have mentioned this saying several times but I feel it deserves repeating once again. We have zero control over the events in our lives, but we have the control over how we choose to react to them. If  you change your reactions or your responses, you will change the outcome. There are several things we cannot change but we can choose to work around them or try to find a way to deal with them. This way of thinking is an invitation to not take the victimhood road and instead take responsibility for our creations and know that we always have a choice and that choice gives us power. The power to shape our reality because our responses shape our reality.

As we continue facing chaos, uncertainty and fear, it is up to us to go with the masses or to choose different. Choose today to not let the chaos and uncertainty rule  your life. Don´t let these situations take your power away and also don´t engage in low vibration behavior as anger and hate. Instead, choose to shift your vibration, focus on gratitude and all the positive things you have. Remember you always have a choice and if you want a different result, you will need to choose a different path because if you always choose what you always chose, you will always get what you always got. It´s as simple as that. We are called to find a different path, a new path. This is a path of self exploration and change, it´s a path that we have not walked before. Be gentle with yourself during this process and remember to take care of your own needs, because if you don´t do it, nobody will.

Change is the only constant and this is just the beginning.

Blessings,

Rev. Carolina Amor