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Spiritual Awareness: It's About Dharma, Baby! Synchronicity At Play! Part 2.

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According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.  -Deepak Chopra


Another way to discover your dharma is by paying attention to synchronicities in your life. A simple definition of synchronicity that I like is “meaningful coincidence”. Another really neat definition I found is “a wink from the cosmos”. Synchronicities grab our attention.  The occurrence of synchronicity was first brought to light by Carl Jung. He was treating a patient in his office, who was relating a dream she had where someone had given her a piece of jewelry in the form of a golde…

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Spiritual Awareness: Profound Distractions Can Inspire!

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“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”
 Julio Cortázar
When I started to dedicate time to writing for Vivadivine earlier this year, there was an energy that I have never felt in my life. I am shocked that I have been able to write three posts a week, some times more and even compose posts in advance. Then I started adding video blogs and that created even more energy for what I love to do, which is share my life with others. Life is an inspiration for me.
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed a lot of shifting and transitioning in my life and in others around me. It seemed as if there was a tremendous releasing and then a period of restoration and redirection had kicked in for many of us. This further adds to the in-spirit, or inspiration that fuels me.

But then I noticed something even more interesting that was happening to me. A distraction started to surface in my life. A first it was very …

Spiritual Awareness: It's about Dharma, Baby! Who Inspires You? Part 1.

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“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
Dharma” is a Sanskrit word meaning “purpose.” We each come to feel at some point in our lives that there is something important for us to do, or learn, or experience. As we grow in awareness, we seek to know our dharma, to fulfill our purpose, to somehow have our lives make sense in the context of everything that is going on in the world.
One of the ways I was directed to find my dharma or purpose, was to look at the people who I found inspiring. These are people outside of my family and friends, who are on the world stage, usually doing something that affects my heart and mind. Below is a short list of people who first came to mind when I was approached to do this exercise.

Princess Diana.


I was thirteen years old living in Jamaica when I woke up at 3 am to watch the royal wedding. I was fascinated with this young woman who appeared to be living out the fairytale many girls dream of. How…

Spiritual Awareness: The Hero's Journey!

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“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.”
-Joseph Campbell
At the Oprah Winfrey Life You Want event this past weekend, I heard of a concept used in almost every story ever told called The Hero’s Journey. Author Elizabeth Gilbert of the famous book Eat, Pray, Love; brought it to our attention by asking us if we are the heroes of our lives.  
It’s amazing to me that when you are seeking to understand more about who you are the collective consciousness brings things to your feet because the minute she started talking about this concept so many things clicked for me.
In the mid-1900s, Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, delved into the idea of this concept.  You will find certain common elements in mythic adventure…

Spiritual Awareness: Steamed Louboutins!

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Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
-Jim Morrison

There is one thing I can tell you without a doubt that when you embark on awakening to who you really are, there will be influxes of life lessons that will come at you at a rate that will make your head spin.
As an obnoxious over-achiever, I have had to learn some things really quickly over the last year. And what many people do not know is that I actually asked for this bit of madness. You see when I got to the happiest place in my life, I put it out there to the Universe in a moment of gratitude, that I would be willing to do what was asked of me to help others. I love sharing positive things with others and that was the basis for this whole experience.
Little did I know what I was gettin…

Musings: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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I was musing the other day wondering why is it bad things seem to happen to “good” people? And how is it that it seems that “bad” people seem to get away with so much? Then those two questions led me to wonder are people really “good” or “bad”?
From the vantage point of where I live my life these days people are just people. Maybe we are born inherently blank and then over time our experiences mold us into who we are. These experiences result in the choices we make that drive our lives.

So let’s look at good people. One definition of a good person is someone who lives from the heart. I think we all know someone who is like that. They treat others with respect and kindness and go the extra mile. They are lovers. We notice them and the things that they do that warm our hearts. They may even be a bit transparent and share life challenges they are going through.

So when something happens to them, these pioneers of love, who we are actually in some small way looking up to, we are devastat…

Spiritual Awareness: Dreams Are Clues To Your Reality!

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“Pay attention to your dreams.
God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep.”
― Eileen Elias Freeman
When I was a little girl I had this recurring dream where I was holding a bottle of nail polish. Nail polish was a big deal for me because we were not wealthy and for a little Jamaican girl it meant a lot to me. Each time I would have this dream I was very aware and determined that I wanted to take the bottle out of my dreams. I would hold on to it and I could always feel it making an indention in my hand. It felt real.


Of course I would awaken in disappointment, because I could not achieve this feat. How was it that this bottle of nail polish that felt so real to me in my dream would not materialize in my hand in the real world?

This recollection of my dream hit me yesterday out of the blue and for the first time I completely understood what it meant to me.

Sometimes we dream of things we want in life. In our dreams or our daydreams we see these desires and …

Spiritual Awakening: The Benefits Of An Awakened Kundalini!

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There's nothing which can be more precious in you than your own relationship with your own consciousness.
Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force. It is reported that Kundalini awakening results in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. When the Kundalini is awakened, the positive and negative qualities of the person will be magnified to a very high degree. Kundalini energy is like fertilizer. Whatever seeds are in the ground will be stimulated to grow. So whatever ancient seeds a person possesses, whether good or bad, will be magnified. This is why a person going into the spiritual path experiences intense inner battles. Therefore, it is important to practice inner purification.

Some of the benefits of the awakened Kundalini energy include:
Raised cellular energy levels Higher physical health & immunity levels Psychological and emotional health Neurological changes in the brain Genetic transformation, if any
Expression of any extraordinar…

The Spiritual Awakening Of A Social Butterfly.

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“Once the soul awakens, the search begins and you can never go back. From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing that will never again let you linger in the lowlands of complacency and partial fulfillment. The eternal makes you urgent. You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”
― John O'Donohue
This is a two part post. I will share with you the details of how I ended up here. This is the story of a life asleep and then awakened, and a purpose discovered.

It was a beautiful winter afternoon in February 2010 that I decided to venture out to visit a local area mall, to do some shopping. I parked my car in a parking garage across from the mall and proceeded to walk across the street, and as most people did at the time I was not using the crosswalk at the nearby intersection. I was your typical jay-walker.
I looked both ways up and down the street and my path was clear. As I was mid-way across the st…

Why Spiritual Acceleration Often Changes Relationships.

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A lot of shifting happens during the awakening process. Your vibration increases, causing you to release a lot of old negative behavior. You ascend closer to unconditional love, peace and joy. You become more honest, open and authentic.

Now you would think that people around you would embrace this new loving and happier version of you, and it’s true some will. However you will start to notice conflicts arising with those close to you and this can make the situation a bit confusing.

Just remember, you are ascending. Some people are not on the same path as you, because if they were then there would be more unity and progression.

Below is a great article about how relationships will change with those you love when you start to awaken. Hopefully this will help you to not take things personally with others who are a tiny step behind you on the journey!

Enjoy! Live the Divine Life!

Vivadivine!  


Why Spiritual Acceleration Often Changes Relationships.
-N J Howell
If you have shifted but y…

Spiritual Awareness: The Spiritual Cheerleaders!

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Love is cheering and sharing and compassion and giving and receiving. Love is an action thing more than a word thing that brings comfort or joy or relief to anyone or anything.
-Ziggy Marley

In the last four weeks I feel I have been in Universal Boot Camp and not by choice. Things have been coming my way at a rate so swiftly that I am close to begging for a spiritual vacation. I need a beach on a deserted island and a pool boy bringing me rum punch by the buckets! It’s been a crazy ride!
From all this energy, I started feeling wimpy at one point and it showed up when I was visiting my good friend Kia. We were having a conversation where I went into a mini self-deprecating mode about what I was working toward involving my purpose. I launched into a set of verbalizations where I was lessening the impacts of my goals.
She lit into me, rightfully trying to readjust my point of view and I became defensive. She practically yelled at me. She told me I needed to stop talking for a change a…