by Suzanne Selvester
Going to Norway I had an open mind and no expectation because as a fan of Eckhart Tolle for many years, I wanted to avoid feeling disappointed if a life changing experience didn’t manifest.
Arriving at Oslo airport, I was immediately stuck by the familiarity because it felt very much like arriving at any English airport. The train ride of two hours to Oslofjord Convention Centre was uneventful as I sat sipping my coffee and enjoying the Norwegian countryside. It was here that the familiarity ended with most of the wooden houses similar to small barns and painted red. The countryside was very green and lush with miles and miles of trees making it feel very Scandinavian indeed.
When I arrived, I checked in, had dinner and took my seat for the first of Eckhart’s talks. I felt nervously excited at the prospect of seeing him in the flesh and as he emerged from the corner of the stage I was spellbound. There was no grand entrance, he quietly made his way to a chair in the centre of the stage and sat down. The large room which held about nine hundred people was deadly silent and he just sat and looked around, his blue eyes taking it all in. He was also completely silence for at least five minutes and then he began to speak and oh what a beautiful sound it was.
Being hearing impaired meant I had a front row seat, beside the centre walkway so I was sitting about ten feet from him and could feel his energy permeating towards me. He welcomed us in a quiet voice and commented on the stillness of the room which impressed him. He then talked about the essence of consciousness, how the present moment is all we ever have and even when we project our lives into the future, which most of us do, the event, situation, or whatever it is that we are focused on, will happen in the present moment at that time. He asked us to minimise our dependance on electronic devices for the weekend and to practice just ‘being’ as much as possible.
There were people from over sixty countries, some as far as America and China and all on their own personal journey. Many had suffered deep emotional pain that had woken them up and had travelled far and wide just to see him. As the weekend progressed and we listened to him for two hours twice a day, we all fell completely in love with him, with his message of consciousness, his humility, his compassion and surprisingly his humour. The idea of his fame amused him greatly.
He impressed upon us the importance of consciousness to counteract the current insanity we’re witnessing in the world. He thought those of us already awake responsible for being the light to others. He talked about suffering and how we suffer unnecessarily and only when we consciously decided that we don’t want to suffer will our suffering end. This is achieved through being aware of the present moment, having gratitude in our lives and of course love, in all it’s forms.
I was lucky enough to ask him a question. From nearly 900 people, only 7 or 8 were picked so I felt very blessed to be interacting with him. I was so nervous as I approached the mic because my legs were shaking but I pulled myself together and said hello to him. I explained how I’d recently discovered myself a control freak, a manipulating one who (in a covert way) could influence the result of certain situations in my life. I told him I’d always thought myself easy going so this realisation had come as a surprise to me.
I explained that surrender and allowing the universe to guide me in the future was something I was consciously doing, but my question to him was this:
‘How can I let go of control in the areas of my life that require my daily attention. Raising my children, interacting with friends and family, my ex husband, my work and so on?’
I wanted to know how to interact without being so bossy and impatient in certain situations, particularly with my kids. He thought the reference to raising children a very important one and immediately my ego swelled with my sense of importance. I felt like I’d been invited to the front of class to receive my gold star.
His answer was to find the middle part. Whilst control was important, particularly in raising children and their need for boundaries, even more important was the reason for that control. Was it for the good of the situation or was it because my ego needed to be right and to get it’s own way. He asked me to think on that the next time I found myself trying to control. He went on to talk about his own experience of being over protected as a child which wasn’t a good memory and impressed the importance of finding the middle ground not just in raising children but in all areas of our lives. We talked back and forth for a bit which felt so surreal because here I was having a conversation with Eckart Tolle and I was freaking out.
After about 10 minutes, I thanked him and sat down still reeling from the euphoria of the moment. Later that evening some of the audience approached me to say that they thought most of us were manipulating, control freaks at some point in our lives which made me smile.
All of his talks were amazing as were Kim Eng’s (his wife) who talked in the mornings but his penultimate talk on the Saturday evening was a crescendo of consciousness. The whole room was captivated by his presence and his energy. He answered more questions, he hugged people, offered compassion and incredible insight and he even made jokes, usually referring to the madness of presidents and kings.
This man is sixty seven years old and told us all categorical that if he had a choice, he would spend 90% of his time just ‘being.’ He thought the universe was smiling because he currently spent 90% of his time ‘doing,’ in order to help the rest of us spend time just ‘being’ and found the irony of this very funny, but he also recognised the importance of what he was doing for the future of humanity.
As I looked around the room I felt lucky to be spending time with a wonderful group of people, each one looking for something different from this experience. Some desperate for answers with their pain very visible to those around them and some happy to just enjoy the positive energy of Eckhart and the group. I was lucky enough to be in the latter category because having already experienced the desperation that comes in looking for answers from a spiritual teacher, I could enjoy this weekend more without that and I was extremely grateful.
During his last talk on Sunday morning, he thanked us, said goodbye and informed us that our career as spiritual seekers was over. We were now to spread the light of consciousness and we left the auditorium on a high with our new found sense of purpose.
Summing up I can honestly say that it truly was a magical experience, one I will never forget. Having been on my own journey for many years, I already feel aligned with the universe and free from the burden of my mind, well most of the time anyway, but I left Norway with more clarity, more peace and more certainty in my own desire to be a spiritual teacher through speaking, writing and life coaching so thank you for that Eckhart and thank you to the helpers and organisers with their warm welcome, their kindness and their enthusiasm to help make sure our experience was even more special.
To my Eckhart Tolle friends, I say this without reservation. If you can possibly attend one of his retreats in your lifetime, do it. Listening to this magnificent man is life changing and his message is profound yet simple. An evening with him or a retreat in the future will truly be worth every second of your time and money.
About the author:
Suzanne Selvester says she has been on an incredible journey of self realisation which has transformed her life completely and will soon be releasing a book which is an account of that. She is a professional speaker on the subject of self awareness and gives talks in London. Subjects usually are, ‘being the best version of you,’ and ‘happiness is not a goal.’ She spreads the light of consciousness and tries to offer whatever she does to the universe. “If it wants to use my writing or speaking for the greater good, it will,” she said. Originally from Ireland, she and her three sons live in London.
by Heather Roan Robbins
Notice a shift in the air, a change in the vibes this week as the Sun leaves domestic Cancer and enters expressive Leo on Saturdaywhile thoughtful Mercury leaves Leo and enters more serious corrective Virgo on Tuesday. For the last month, the stars brought our focus to our personal life, our family and nest, but now they encourage us to out there into the middle of the fray. It’s time to shine, receive, interact, think globally, attend art festivals, and soak up summer’s bounty.
This year we’re lucky enough to have two expressive new moons in Leo, one this weekend, just as the Sun enters Leo, and one creating a solar eclipse on August 21. This Sunday’s new Moon in Leo begins to stir the pot for this coming eclipse season; eclipses act like astrological acupuncture to unblock energy, so let’s notice what part of our life needs attention and fresh honesty, what needs to be released or rebuilt, and work with it throughout the coming month. And if we aren’t honest with our selves, the eclipses will be.
Even as we revel in high summer this week, autumn’s work begins to beckon after Mercury enters industrious, proactive, one might even say obsessive, Virgo on Tuesday. Let’s pay attention to those whispers and begin to get our act together for the fall. Mercury retrogrades Aug 14-Sept 6 so it will help to face this retrograde review cycle with plans made, contacts reached, and our fundamentals already organized.
But this weekend, let’s revel in summer’s sybaritic bounty. On Friday, while the Sun and Moon are both in domestic Cancer, nest and respect each other’s needs. Then get out and about as the Sun and Moon enter extroverted Leo on Saturday, and feel the energy build towards Sunday’s new moon. Monday brings a nervy mental brilliance as Mercury trines Uranus but some emotional distance as Venus opposes Saturn. People may be self-focused and have trouble empathizing, even if they’re unusually sharp. Anxiety and intelligence ratchet up midweek as both the Moon and Mercury enter analytical Virgo. The Moon softens at the end of the week as the Moon enters sociable Libra.
Friday, July 21: The Moon way in the domestic sign of Cancer, it furthers to connect with family, come home and re-center before diving into a new social world. Nest, redecorate, refinance, clean the house. Communities and people need to consider what actually makes them feel more secure. Unfinished family business or raw edges from recent irregular schedules now need healing. It helps to show friends and family we care with simple consideration and nurturing, comfort and kindness, help them feel important to us, rather than try to talk it out.
Sun trine Chiron 12:24 AM, Moon enters cancer 2:09 AM, Moon semi-square Mercury 6:30 PM.
Saturday, July 22: Defensive actions and mood swings complicate early morning, so it may further to sleep late, or keep expectations low. The Sun enters Leo mid-morning and encourages us to wander, take care of ourselves, and refill in the sunshine on a contemplative, inefficient day. Evening heats up; engage spontaneously and adjust to last-minute changes in plans
Moon trine Neptune 12:33 AM, Moon square Jupiter 3:33 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:49 AM, Sun enters Leo 9:15 AM.
Sunday, July 23: The Moon conjunct the Sun in Leo early this morning and then opposes Mars. On this new Moon, we need to return to our self and here what we need, what lights our fire what seeds our creative process and romantic heart. Though we may be tempted to throw a self-centered snit, we need to actively encourage that re-centering process in others. Take turns in the limelight, take turns making one another the center of the universe. Acts of boundless generosity flow naturally, once we identify a need.
Moon square Uranus 12:04 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:33 AM, Moon conjunct Sun 3:45 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:41 AM
Monday, July 24: Love and affection can feel tested, our inner adolescent may pout. It may frustrate us or cramp our style to be responsible today, but the results will be worth it as Venus opposes Saturn. Be good to one another because it’s the right thing to do, even if no one feels like it. Later, fresh, brilliant ideas can help us find a way around an impasse as Mercury trines Uranus.
Moon sextile Jupiter for 50 8 AM, Venus opposed Saturn 8:53 AM, Mercury trine Uranus 10:32 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron1:20 PM, Moon trine Saturn 2:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 3:25 PM.
Tuesday, July 25: Feel the energy shift towards more thoughtful, self-conscious, nervy, intelligent, and potentially anxious as both the Moon and Mercury enter Virgo. Tension may build in the big picture, but we don’t have to mirror it. If we’re kind to ourselves it’s easier to be kind to others; reassessment is needed, but do it with a compassionate heart. Details begin to fall into place; they’re not be perfect, but a good start.
Moon trine Uranus 1:57 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 3:21 AM, Moon enters Virgo 4:32 AM, Mercury enters Virgo 5:41 PM.
Wednesday, July 26: the energy is edgy and potentially brittle, our minds easily go to where we disagree as the Sun conjuncts Mars at 4° of Leo. Some long-simmering battles may now come to a head. We can easily pour our critical approach into improving situations, into improved health, into social critique and political justice instead of just getting cranky, but it has to be a decision. If we just look to our beloveds for our happiness, we will find them lacking, so let’s give this analytical energy a good place to go.
Moon opposed Neptune, Moon trine Pluto 11:27 AM Moon square Saturn 6:50 PM, Sun conjunct Mars 6:56 PM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 11:25 PM.
Thursday, July 27: Take a moment to smooth any ruffled feathers from yesterday’s intensity and use today’s sociable, social-justice oriented Libra Moon to reach out and reconnect. Help find diplomatic solutions to yesterday’s conundrums.
Moon square Venus 12:30 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 6:59 AM, Moon enters Libra 9:36 AM, Moon sex tiles Mars 6:31 PM, Moon sextile Sun 7:08 PM.
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by Leah Guy
What is said and how it is said is testimony to inner harmony. With minor nuance in tone, pace, or inflection, the voice reveals character and personality as well as mental and emotional health. An emotional imbalance will manifest in the throat or physical movement as weakness, restriction or unevenness. Hoarseness or a “frog” in the throat are signs of an internal emotional struggle.
Before language or advanced intellect humans conveyed information with sound and movement. Grunts and utterances delivered feelings and information from the mind and body. Over the centuries man has developed more sophisticated techniques to communicate, helping us evolve into high functioning and manipulative beings. The ability to stay connected to self and others comes from tools of communication, be it speech or movement. It is by this same means that we distance and disconnect ourselves from others.
The power of expression can influence one person, a group or the entire world. Articulate leaders have inspired millions to follow their lead with a passionate conviction for good or evil. Activists and social justice groups influence massive change and evolution through the passion of their voice and conviction of their heart. Words unsaid are often equally powerful. Finding the genuine and appropriate voice for yourself is a balancing act.
The voice should be used as a tool for expressing thought and emotion, not as a means of control. Poor communication skills can be damaging to self and others. Constriction or restriction of the voice may appear due to yelling, lying, diminishing others, or negative talk to self or others.
The fear to speak up or express your needs can also have a detrimental effect.
The 5th or Throat Chakra is the Communications Center. It’s also called The Seat of Emotion. Healthy energy in this area coincides with speaking one’s truth and giving expression to desires, wants, needs, opinions and thoughts. As the first of the higher vibration spiritual chakras, this energy center demands the highest integrity and authentic truth that is often challenged by self-doubt and negative thinking. The Throat Chakra is more than simple vocal expression. It also includes body language, written expression and how we understand the expression of others. When the Throat Chakra is out of balance, there is often another emotional energy system that needs attention. The primary blockages to a healthy Throat Chakra are the untruths we tell ourselves and others. Deceit, lies and manipulation are the blocks that keep us trapped.
Physical symptoms that may arise from an unhealthy Throat Chakra may include gum or teeth issues, neck pain, clearing of throat, chronic fatigue, headaches, thyroid and endocrine issues, hoarseness, dental issues, polyps on glands and TMJ to name a few.
Ignoring our fears or shortcomings traps energy in our bodies and can also develop into a variety of other emotional symptoms and patterns such as gossiping, fear of ridicule or judgment, shyness, stubbornness, verbal abuse, manipulation, inability to express thoughts, social anxiety and fear of public speaking.
Concealing one’s feelings and denying who you are is only damaging to one person. You. It is your responsibility to have healthy and honest expressions. Learn to say what you mean and mean what you say.
One of the main reasons we lie is to hide our pain and suffering. When asked how we are, we respond with “fine” or “ok.” It’s become common practice to guard one’s expression as a means of being courteous to others or not airing dirty laundry. But it’s not fine. Continual use of these lies keeps us farther away from our happiness and healing.
It’s not just deceit and lies that contribute to the imbalance of our unhealthy expression. Addiction is another indicator that emotional healing is needed. You can’t be harmonious with yourself and be in addiction. To deny that truth is to lie to yourself. When I smoked, I lied to myself about my emotional and physical health. After years of being hooked, I lied so much it became humorous. When I smoked, I convinced myself I was meditating or having some sort of spiritual experience alone in the great outdoors. I wanted to believe smoking connected me to my ancestry to the American Indian culture. The truth was the buzz from the smoke was covering the volcano of emotions that were deep in my body. It was my smoke screen.
The “vice” du jour offers a moment of pleasure or relief from the pain that we try to avoid. But the negative behavior is just a vice grip on your troubled inner world. It holds your suffering and it won’t let go. The lies we tell ourselves mask the truth of our integrity. Carrying such shame and fearing to admit the truth of our suffering is difficult even to ourselves. Perhaps we chase false dreams, but to ignore dreams confirms the feelings of worthlessness. Perhaps you are in denial about an eating disorder or addiction. You may be lying about your true feelings about your spouse or a friendship. These personal lies become internalized as self-criticism, self-loathing or denial of self-love. We are afraid to judge ourselves so we create excuses, blame others and manipulate situations to avoid the hurt. We lie to avoid infliction of self-pain to our spirit.
To heal our emotional wounds, we must practice speaking our truth in word and deed. Saying what we need, what we desire. Using your voice is not just for words alone, or to communicate with others. We often do not realize the lies we tell ourselves. Self-love, compassion and truth-telling are powerful routes to healing old wounds and scar tissue that has developed from shame, guilt, grief and fear. Do not speak what will continue to cover up these negative patterns, speak what you are today, who you are, what you feel. Energy shifts from internal awareness and expression.
About the author:
Leah Guy is author of the new book The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening to Emotional Healing and Inner Peace. She is also a transpersonal healer, survivor and media personality. For more info visit www.ModernSage.com/book
Excerpted from The Fearless Path copyright 2017.
World Renowned Spiritual Medium, Master Teacher and #1 New York Times Best-Selling author of over 12 books including his most recent book release The Power of Love; James Van Praagh is considered the pioneer of the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace, spiritual insights and he has changed the views of millions on both life and death.
James is returning to the Southeast for a four-city, six-event 2017 Spring Tour:
APRIL 28th, 2017 at: 7:30pm
Unity Atlanta Church
APRIL 29th, 2017 at: 10:00am-5:30pm
James Van Praagh 1 Day Workshop in Atlanta
Unity Atlanta Church
APRIL 30th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, FL
MAY 1st, 2017 at: 7:00pm
First Unity Spiritual Campus
St. Petersburg, FL
MAY 3rd, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity Church of Jacksonville
MAY 4th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity Church of Jacksonville
MAY 6th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity on the Bay Miami
About James Van Praagh:
James has appeared on National radio and Television show including OPRAH, LARRY KING LIVE, DR. PHIL, 48 HOURS, THE VIEW, JOY BEHAR SHOW, CHELSEA LATELY, A&E BIOGRAPHY, THE DOCTORS and many more. James was the host of this own nationally syndicated show BEYOND, seen in markets around the world. He recently was the creator and executive producer of CBS’s long running series THE GHOST WHISPERER, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He can currently be heard on his weekly radio shows on Hay House Radio & UBN/iHeart.
During James’ live events, he will communicate with the Spirit World transmitting the information he receives to random audience members with specific messages from loved ones with memories, evidential details, and Love! His shows are extraordinarily popular, so interested people are advised to get tickets while they are still available.
James Van Praagh’s Website: