Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Interview with Evita Ochel from Evolving Beings

Today I’d like to welcome Evita Ochel to my online home. Evita’s the proprietor (which sounds like she owns a pub (administrator)) of Evolving Beings. She’s young enough to be my daughter, and wise enough to be my Grandmother. How is this possible? inspires and awakens you to achieve and live a life based on balance, fulfilment, unconditional love, joy, passion, accountability, and peace with oneself and others. May the material you find here encourage you to grow consciously and spiritually, as you manifest the highest version of yourself.

Evita is passionate, courageous, and a role model for young women . . . and old dogs, and yes, I now bring the ball back.

What motivated you to create the Evolving Beings and Evolving Wellness sites, and what do you hope to achieve with the sites?

Evolving Beings and Evolving Wellness are a blend of my passions, and topics dearest to my heart. Good health has always been a priority in my life, but never to the degree that it has become when I learned to connect the dots on a biochemical, environmental, and psychological level.

Spiritual and metaphysical topics entered my life boldly when I began to go through major changes in my life and experienced what I would call a ‘spiritual awakening’. This awakened within me a whole new way of living, being and thinking. It changed my life greatly, but with the most desirable results.

I felt like I awoke from a deep sleep, up to which point I was only seeing a tiny part of the whole story. I achieved an internal peace and happiness like I never thought possible and I was bursting at the seams to share this with others. From this awakening and passion was born and then a couple months later

There is no set agenda to achieve through the sites, other than to share my knowledge and be of service to anyone who is looking to feel, see, and live the bigger picture of life. We don’t have to be victims to disease, our circumstances, or other people. Suffering need not be a normal part of life. My intention is that whoever comes across the sites benefits in some way, such as awakens a little more, heals a little deeper, embraces their being more authentically, and lives life from a more fully conscious state of being.

If you had the opportunity to talk to anyone, alive or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask them? And would you cook dinner or order take-out?

I never gave too much of my attention to history, so I do not know many historical figures as well as I could, especially to the point of having something of significance to ask them.

I am most drawn to Sages, Mystics, Healers, and Shamans to have fascinating discussions with and questions for. And as much as I can think of a few such beings alive and deceased, for whom I could have many questions, I will choose the currently living Thomas Campbell - author of My Big Toe.

Even though I have attended one of his conferences and had a chance even to ask him a few questions already, the potential of this being is incredible and I would love to learn more! Thus, I would love to have a one-on-one where I could ask him to teach me how I can better connect to access multiple realities and altered states of being through the expansion of my consciousness.

And I would definitely cook. There aren’t many places in our society that focus on providing natural and wholesome food, which I am comfortable putting into my body for new cell growth and renewal. And I cannot offer anything to my guest that I would not put into my own body :)

If you had ten minutes to talk to the UN what would you say?

Once I start on a topic that I am passionate about, I can be a bit of a talker, so I don’t know if ten minutes would be enough, but I also know the value of keeping things to the point. So here would be the foundation of the message I would share:

"We have lived in separation from ourselves, each other and God for long enough. We have seen the results and the consequences of living from this divided place, in the state of our health, economies, political turmoil, world peace, and general happiness. We can continue down a well treaded path, that has the same negative results for us over and over again, or we can awaken and embrace new solutions today. We do not need to wait to implement changes over many years. We do not need to think of what is best for the economy first. We need to consider what is best for the well being of all first and that of our Earth and act now. If we act from our heart, and for the highest good of all, change can happen instantly and it can finally reflect what is best for the dignity of each human being.

"United to me, means we come together. We come together in heart and mind, to focus on the similarities between us, not the differences. We can continue to see rich vs poor, developed vs underdeveloped, and war vs peace. Or we can come together once and for all, and drop the illusions of the world of duality, the separations and the hierarchies. We can stop pretending and playing games, and shine the truth that is within each one of us. We are love and love can heal us individually and collectively.

"Change can happen today. If we are all together and united as one, we can make Heaven on Earth today. It is a choice we have always had, and up to this point, one we did not choose openly. Let’s us therefore step back from the old ways, step into a new light and try something new - a path of love that can bring true peace to all."

I notice that you have a passion for nature photography. What two locations in the world would you like to take photos, and why?

My first dream location would be underwater in the oceans, most notable in the coral reefs of Australia or other tropical locations. I have never done professional underwater photography, but I am fascinated by the underwater world. I love swimming - it reminds me of flying, which I have done many times in my dreams, and being a part of that world to the point of documenting it would be a treasured honor. There is so much we do not know, understand or respect about the underwater world, and I would love to bring awareness to its beauty, to ignite within people a love for all the amazing creatures there, and how our habits impact their lives. I am therefore very grateful for all those beings that are doing that already.

And seeing that macro photography is my most favorite type of photography, my second location in the world that I would love to take photos at would be the luscious rainforests of South America. I love taking photos of insects, moss, plants, flowers, rain drops and all other parts of the micro world that we so often miss and neglect in our busy lives. There are signs of God everywhere. The incredible creations that we see all around us I believe, serve to remind us of the beauty of this planet, and ourselves.

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up, and if you could talk to your (any age) self, what would you say?

I do not remember or recall a predominant career that I intently focused on or wanted to be when I was little. It wasn’t until my high school years that I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist, but that was more due to outside influences and practical options.

What I remember being fascinated with when I was little was organization. Store shelves fascinated me as a little girl, and I felt I had so much help to offer and could make life so much easier just by organizing it! To this day, the clothes in my closet are organized by type and/or color. It has nothing to do with being obsessive, it just makes my life easier and more efficient, as I always know where everything is.

I also know that from an early age, I said I would never be a teacher, and ultimately I became a teacher. It is a designation that I highly respect today and wouldn’t change for anything!

I would love to talk to myself when I was about 12 or 13. This is when I became much more of aware of the world and how painful life could be. I would thus tell myself the following:

"No matter what others say, do or think, they can never cause you any pain, unless you allow it into your experience. Others are often carrying their own pain, and the pain of generations past. Look beyond their unconscious actions and do not take them personally.

"Your thoughts are the most powerful creation tools you have. Use your inner guidance system, if something doesn’t feel good or ‘right’, don’t do it - not for anyone or anything else. You are the creator of your reality, and you can make it how you like, by what you choose to think and focus on. Therefore, focus on love, focus on wholeness, and focus on being the authentic you.

"You are always connected to your inner being, and have help all around you in many forms. Open yourself up to the spiritual side of yourself, and learn to balance it with the physical. Reclaim the complete you.

"Enjoy your imagination, and never feel that there is anything wrong with it. Stick to your standards and goals always, for you can have what you dream of - every little bit of it. Life is as beautiful as you choose to make it. Balance your mind and your heart, logic isn’t always the best way to go. Follow your heart and your intuition. Enjoy life and don’t take things so seriously ;)"

Thank you, Simon, for taking the time to share a bit more about me here on your site. I enjoyed it very much and am grateful to you for asking :)

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Monday, 26 July 2010

A Quote, because today, that's all I've time for!

If you want to live up to your potential, be as nice as you can be. Be as respectful as you can be. Be as honest with yourself as you can be. Because you can't be honest with other people if you are not honest with yourself. ~ Penelope Trunk

Te Kaha, New Zealand, dad's view left
Dad's view right
How close is dad to the water? This close!
In case you're wondering what we do at dad's. Not much! 
This one was too small! We put it back 
Scrappy's first fish. We ate this one! Thanks dad

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Friday, 23 July 2010

Evolving Beings: The Two Most Powerful Words to Create Change

I’ve another guest post at Evolving Beings. Parts of the story are about passing spirits into the light. I’m always cautious sharing these experiences because of the physicality of my experience; it’s very real for me, but it’s also potentially harmful to the integrity of my healing work. I choose to be brave, and it’s these experiences that have enabled me to be a healer.

I’d also like to share that I had a jaguar in my home last night. I heard the padding of its paws on the floorboards first, and then a low growl. When you can feel warm breath on your arm it’s easy to believe that this is real. The jaguar rubbed its face against me and then flopped down beside me.

Talk soon, Simon.

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Monday, 19 July 2010

The New Garden!

Hi everybody, I’ve been busy with appointments and writing the last four days, so this will be brief. On Sunday morning I had an audio interview with Evita Ochel from Evolving Beings, which was exciting and fun. I’ll let you know when the interview is posted on Evolving Beings. I’ve written 6k words for guest articles, and hopefully a couple of those will be posted on Wednesday. The poor old WIP has been neglected this week, but I’m 99% there. Come on!

Until then enjoy some photos of our new garden.

I welded the steel frame together and then extended the gate. This was where the hangi was.
 Maree planted the crops.
The shade clothe keeps the bugs out so we can have an organic garden, but the rain and sunlight can still get in. It’s warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.
This is four weeks later, and we’ve already harvested three meals of baby spinach and silver beet.
I also built a frame for passionfruit and grapes to grow on. We’ve planted pumpkins and zucchinis under the trees on the right.
Talk soon, Simon.

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Ego is the Conscience that Throws Dynamite at Us

Despite never reading a self help book my grand parents fell in love and lived a happy life. My nanna wore a bra, cooked scones, and managed to get the clothes dry without a dryer. My pop left for work in the dark, arrived home late, chopped firewood, and fed everyone in the street from his garden.

They survived without Dr Phil and Wayne Dwyer. They didn’t know they were bad parents or that their ego minds were making them miserable. Surprisingly, their children were respectful, nanna enjoyed being busy and remained a sexy size 12, pop was allowed to be grumpy and everyone left him alone on race day.

If you read mind body spirit or self help books you’ll know about the ego mind. The problem is that no one can tell you what it really is, and as soon they claim to be able to, I’m betting that that’s the ego mind. Seriously, find me a description that doesn’t contradict itself. It’s apparent that good ego is, well, good, and the ego that causes negative stuff is bad.

I’d like to take that negative word out the back and beat the bejesus out of it! I know, self-help-gurus, that’s an example of the ego mind—it’s a beast. Notably, spirit hasn’t talked about the ego mind, or that I should do something to control it. I’m reminded to be patient, compassionate, and self aware.

In my opinion as soon as we desire to be happy that’s ego, but isn’t that a conundrum? If I’m enlightened enough to be aware of the influence of my ego mind, and then act to be self aware, what’s the driving force behind that action? It’s apparent the ego mind is a Wiley Coyote, but I’ve noticed that the Roadrunner is always one step ahead—beep beep! But as soon as the Roadrunner beep beeps and smiles, you guessed it, ego mind!

Everyone who’s worrying about the ego mind is immersed in the ego mind. Once we say, I want (?), I need (?), we’re in the vibration of what we’re trying to rise above. Boy, this is exhausting. Damn you ego! Oh, bugger, that’s the Coyote.

I’ve noticed I’ve mentioned another one of those impossible to achieve states—enlightenment. The trouble with enlightenment is if you know you’re there, that’s ego. I’m there, you’re not! Woo hoo! Oh no, not again!

I’m riding the ego pony and assuming the enlightened would tell us that they have transcended a physical material existence and are now blissfully self aware. I imagine Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner would collaborate and say that the enlightened have discovered boredom: they have no identity, they’re no longer unique.

One thing I’ve learned from my work is to be grateful for life and the wonder of human interaction: communication, contact, emotion, and observation. Love can only be expressed by living. Only in a living body can emotion manifest. Without this life we’d be nothing.

Out of body, out of spirit, we’re neutral observers, and there’s nothing to feel. We can only record peace and love in spirit, and in body. The state we’re trying so hard to achieve is an illusion, because when we’re there we can’t enjoy it.

All the spirits and angels that visit, tell me that we’re the angels, we’re the lucky ones. The reason we feel love when angels are near is because we can. We need to see each other the way angels see us: they see everything, without judgement. We’re transparent frequencies of light.

I like to think of the ego mind as an unruly conscience. Too often it’s the conscience we ignore. Impatience, frustration, anger, greed, and judgement is the ego mind telling you something’s not right. We’re busy begging Jiminy Cricket to speak up, and poor old Jiminy is yelling back, “I don’t know what ya friggin want because you won’t make up ya mind.” None of these emotions make us happy, they make us ill. The ego mind is the conscience that throws dynamite at us—it’s Wiley Coyote in a Jiminy suit.

It’s not about balance. One doesn’t exist because of the other, they both simply exist. We don’t have to starve to appreciate abundance, we don’t have to suffer to experience love, and we don’t have to overcome the ego mind. We have to live. The way you live is up to you.

Stop struggling, there’s nothing to fix. If we start there, the fixing just happens. Beep beep!

Disclaimer: no coyotes, roadrunners, or crickets were hurt in this infomercial. Some egos took a beating, but they will recover.

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Monday, 12 July 2010

I’d like to fill a Hospital with Love

I’d like the opportunity to work in a hospital. I’d take a couple of healers with me, and over a week touch as many people as possible. I’d start with the nurses because they’d transfer the healing to the patients. They’re compassionate and they have the most contact with patients.

I believe recovery from injury and illness would be accelerated if I was given this chance. I’d like to see genuine healers working in hospitals, and I’d like to teach healing to nurses. If they can believe that every time they touch a patient they can heal them, it will happen.

A client came to see me for emotional problems, but she’d also had an accident and her leg had been in plaster. She was wearing a brace and she had scarring where steel rods had been implanted. I wasn’t aware that I was healing her leg because I was engrossed in her emotional energy, but I assumed that I had been.

Four weeks later she booked another appointment and told me that her surgeon had told her to come back and see me. She was on a waiting list to have her medial ligament repositioned (as I have no medical training this is possibly an incorrect description). Apparently, whatever I’d accomplished with the medial ligament was impossible without surgery.

I praise the surgeon for encouraging the girl to see me again. According to the client the surgeon was so amazed by the result that he wanted to see if I could fix something else. I’m not sure if I was successful as the client hasn’t returned.

In Australia people can be on a waiting list for surgery for months and sometimes years. With healing some of those surgeries wouldn’t have to happen. The benefits for everyone are obvious.

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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Book Review: The Desert Hedge Murders & Other Cool Stuff!

Patricia Stoltey’s The Desert Hedge Murders was a fun read. I don’t read mysteries and I had to read about forty pages before I was into lets-go-reading-mode. The characters are older than I am, and the story had a 'Golden Girls' meets 'Murder She Wrote' feel. I loved the back story, the interaction between characters, and the scene building was excellent. The locations were described with such clarity that I felt like I was actually there. For me, the locations became characters.

The story flowed well, but maybe because I’m a Dean Koontz fan I needed more suspense and terror to be completely satisfied. I’m still giving it 4 stars, and I’d recommend this book to: readers of mystery, the person who reads to relax, my uncle (he’d love it), my father’s generation, and writers struggling to write crisp scenes.

If this was a date, I’d txt and invite her to lunch the following week.
Here it is! At my house

Look what I found at a garage sale. Screams! I used to read and collect this series when I was a teen. Edge—sexy and dangerous—shivers!
My father carved this manaia out of bone, polished it, and gave it to me a few years ago. I don’t wear it all the time, but it hangs above my computer monitor. A manaia is a spiritual guardian and a carrier of supernatural powers. Traditionally, the manaia is depicted as a bird-like figure with the head of a bird, the body of a man, and the tail of a fish.

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