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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  1. Simon, it is such an honor to be here, and to have been asked these questions by you!

    In this busy world, it is a rare and beautiful thing I find to have someone ask us, in a present manner and not for any other agenda, other than to share ourselves, to "know us".

    It was thus a pleasure to share more about myself, and have you listen with an open and intently loving heart, that you embody so well.

    Thank you my friend, and much love to you always!

    P.S. You gave me a good chuckle when I read the intro.... too cute!

  2. Simon,
    I don't know any grandmother's as wise and insightful as Evita! After getting to know her I finally figured out she is just other worldly. So it's always fun to learn more about Evita!

    It's fun to hear about your future photography expeditions;) My niece went to Australia for a year and went scuba diving in the coral reef.
    1She loved it!

    "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." Love this!

    I'm in, I'm in, I'm in! And I can't wait to meet you in person. You're as beautiful inside as out!

  3. Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord29 July 2010 at 10:43

    Oh my gosh, I have just adored Evita from the day I first connected to her energy and the love affair continues. What a wonderful interview! (Thank you, Simon; well done!)

    Evita, you shine, pure and simple.

    You have taught me a great deal about integrating my spiritual beliefs with my daily actions, especially when it comes to nourishment. Such a basic concept, and yet one I struggled with for many years. I credit you, and your soft way of persuading others toward more positive action, for changing me. I am forever grateful.

    And you, my dear, are just too beautiful for words - inside and out. This interview ended too soon, because I could read about you --- what makes you tick --- for pages and pages. It will be one of my great joys in life to meet you face-to-face.

    Until then, I bow down to you. ( * bow * )

    I love what you wrote about

  4. Hi Evita and Simon,
    I love this closer look into your thoughts and feelings, Evita. They are beautiful. And to have them framed by Simon, well, I think I'm in heaven.

    Ever since I saw your Tweet, Evita, about moving into the forest to be closer to nature I've thought you are the bees' knees. ;)

    Oh, and Evita, I could see you as an underwater photographer. You'd be a natural! I thought I recognized you, I think we were mermaids in a former life. :)

    Thanks for this great interview, Simon. And, Evita, keep up the great work over at your Evolving sites.

  5. What can I say; "Balance your mind and your heart, logic isn’t always the best way to go. Follow your heart and your intuition. Enjoy life"
    Amen! Love to you both, Wilma

  6. Hi Simon and Evita,
    Simon you have managed to ask such insightful questions..that the answers were just breathtaking! Evita, you always write with such wisdom and warmth, that when you are asked the right question....that wisdom and warmth shines so bright. Thank you Simon for having my favorite Gal here :)
    Evita, getting to knwo you, interacting with you, being part of each others realities....its been an honor and a blessing. Thank you for being who you are. You are AWESOME!!!!
    Lots of love and hugs to both Simon and Evita!

  7. Hello Evita ( and Simon),

    Evita, it has been a joy reading this interview and learning more of you.
    I feel that one of the most significant things you said was to balance your heart and your head. That's really where it's at. This lesson was a life changing one for me and continues to be.
    I am grateful for the work you do in this world.

    Blessings to you and also to Simon.

  8. As a photographer, close up photos are my passion - I like getting in and seeing the details! Great interview.

  9. Hi Simon,
    Thank you for hosting Evita..

    I *love* these photos..your Light radiates, and you glow among the trees...Brilliance personified...

    What you share through your blog, your comments, your emails is pure Love. You provide information and connections that allow me to stretch in so many ways..You are genuinely passionate about what you are living your Truth in a world that sometimes turns away from Truth, yet you live in boldly and with a quiet strength that encourages me to do the same..What you share has been a huge resource for me in standing confidently in my own Truth..
    I am sooo excited to meet you! My heart leaps...
    I love that you cook, I cook as well..I look at it as feeding my guests essence..each meal shared is a sharing of love..
    Thank you for the energy you invest in all that you are a *star* and my heart is happy you reflect that!
    Much peace..and lots of love...

  10. oh my dear dear Evita, I had briefly forgotten your beautiful message, it seems when distance in the physical realm became greater, i allowed myself to be swept away by a current of non awareness, this beautiful reminder feels good, and for that I thank you. peace to you wonderful one. doug

  11. Hi Tess,

    You shower me with your love and kindness always Tess, and for that I am so grateful!

    Very soon, I will be able to give you a big warm hug in real life, and that is just going to be delicious!!

    Thank you for your unconditional support always!

    Hi Megan

    No bowing allowed Megan ;) as I am just as grateful for you, knowing you and having you as a cherished friend. But I respect and thank you for your expression.

    It is fantastic indeed that we also will soon meet, perhaps in more than one place and time too... to feel the bond we have developed online, in an even more personal way :)

    Hi Lori

    Mermaids, yes! I wouldn't doubt it if someone told me... and I will take faeries too :)

    Lori, your visit and beautiful comment here today, touched my heart deeply. I continue to be amazed by the love that pours out from so many, and kindness and care. It is people like yourself, that make me to put it plainly speechless, as I let my heart simply connect with yours.

    Hi Wilma

    It is a great treat to have you visit here and share in this interview! Thank you for the wonderful you that is in my life :)

    Hi Zeenat

    Thank you my dear friend for the beautiful words and loving support. It is so awesome and so amazing how our lives have become so intertwined! I love all that you share, and speaking of AWESOME... right back at you :)

    Hi Keith

    I continue to be humbled by your words and the comments and feedback you leave me. It is one thing to try to do helpful work in the world, but it is quite another to actual have people who feel the benefits.

    Thank you, thank you and thank you so much for all your support and feedback!

    Hi L. Diane

    Wonderful to meet you! And yes, I am completely in awe when dive in and capture those tiny parts of our world that have the power to teach me huge lessons!

    Hi Joy

    Thank you so much for sharing in this interview that Simon was so kind to host!

    Joy, I think your heart speaks directly to me and mine to yours. I feel you Joy, I see the light and the love that you are and hence I know where every single one of your words comes from.

    Being the loving being that you are, you see the best in others, and it is I who through your eyes, see myself even clearer.

    Thank you for that gift Joy - I am forever humbled to know you and forever grateful to have you share in my life's journey.

    Hi Doug

    It is such a treat to have you here today! And your words warmed my heart greatly. Indeed sometimes distance in the physical allows us to get wrapped up in the physical, where we forget that we are always able to share in each other's energy in the non-physical.

    Perhaps as more and more of us continue to connect to our inner being, and that of the whole collective, we will be able to feel each other's energy more vividly always! Wishing you continued love :)

  12. Hi, Simon. You ask wonderful questions, different than others I've seen, which makes your interview of Evita extra special. :)

    Hi, Evita. I've been here a few times, but with my mind on other things, I hadn't the proper words for what I wanted to say. I still don't! ...but I'll just hope my heart speaks loud enough that you feel it. ;)

    Your UN message is one I hope that you someday actually DO get to deliver! I don't know anyone who would make as powerful an ambassadress as you for these messages. You are so infused with the truths you share, that you ARE them. You embody a combination of such strength and peacefulness that none who meet you could fail to be moved. And they would listen! :)

    "...focus on love, focus on wholeness, and focus on being the authentic you" This is the starting point for changing the world, isn't it? I love it! Yes, and we would be wise to do this and then share all our sparkling selves far and wide. There'd be lasting effect everywhere. Beautiful!

    You're truly a remarkable role model for everyone. I do count myself blessed to witness you in action, and to call you friend.

    Much love to you!

  13. I just hopped over to check out Evita's sites and found them pretty interesting. Evita, it's a pleasure to meet you. And thanks, Simon, for this excellent interview.

  14. Thank you to everyone who has visited and commented. Evita, its been a pleasure to have you. I love you guys.

  15. Hi Julie

    Thank you Julie for all that you have said... I think you found the perfect words to say exactly what I needed to hear. I want to continue to be an ambassador for change, and all and any support means a great deal.

    It is always so moving to know that our words had some positive impact on another.

    The pleasure in being your friend is incredible and I am so grateful Julie that we have connected... with no doubt in my mind, that one day we will connect in person as well :)

    Hi Patricia

    It is wonderful to meet you and thank you for taking an interest in my work :)

    Hi Simon

    Thank you again :)

  16. What an insightful and wonderful person! Great interview, Simon.

  17. Hello Julie

    It is wonderful to "meet you" here. Thank you for taking the time to share in a little bit about me and thank you for the kind feedback :)

  18. When we are awake, our dream comes to the surface and continues to change and evolve what we call our selves and the environment that we label as our universe.

    It is interesting that you pointed out that if we reject something and say never to something, it is a subject or a situation that we are repressing and will ultimately have to deal with sometime in the future. Therefore, it is a good lesson to never say never to anything and say yes to everything.

  19. Hi Walking in Stillness,

    So good to see you here, having read these words from me, and sharing in Simon's beautiful space.

    And yes, saying "never" to several things throughout my life has brought on this lesson loud and clear, hence I no longer say "never" ;)