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6 Ways to Manage Your Stress

by Dina Strada

You ever think to yourself, “Can I just go one week without feeling so damn stressed all the time?”

Maybe you do live a stress-free life most of the time and if so, congrats! You’re one of the lucky few who have found a way to manage one of the leading causes of illness and anxiety.

The reality is, we all experience some form of stress at times and often don’t give much thought to what’s actually causing it. I like to say stress is typically caused by thinking something needs to be a certain way when it isn’t.

It’s also created by an imbalance in the body/mind. The mind wants one thing (often to relax) and the body does another (gotta answer another email, make dinner, throw in a load of laundry, shuttle the kids to another sports activity).

Or the body wants to relax and the mind is racing (why didn’t he respond to my text, I’m never going to finish that project by Thursday, my spouse is getting on my nerves, I hate my job and am wasting my life away not doing what I love).

When stress happens, adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones flood your system, raising your heart rate, increasing your blood pressure, damaging your brain’s memory center, and generally wreaking havoc on your body. And we don’t want that! The body is precious and it’s the first place that manifests our stress. When we’re worrying about stuff we create a toxic environment energetically and physically. And the truth is, so much of our stress is simply perception. It’s us choosing to look at a situation or the circumstances in our life from a negative point of view instead of just what is in the moment.

Obviously there are things beyond our control that are stressful. Divorce, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, financial hardship, our kids acting like little terrors. We can’t control those things. But when they do happen, there are 6 great ways to manage the stress when it comes up so the body doesn’t go into that fight or flight mode and cause us to get sick.

1. Move it, Move it

Sweat it out and work it off! One of the best ways to burn off those stress hormones is to get your body moving.  Got out for a run, take a kickboxing or dance class, go for a bike ride or take a yoga class. In fact, Yoga is one of the best ways to relieve stress because it combines movement and breathing, bringing your mind/body back in balance.  Even better, grab a friend and go for a walk if high intensity exercise isn’t your thing.  Talking to someone you trust about what’s stressing you out while moving is the perfect recipe for stress reduction.

2. Journaling

Oh I know, you’re not a writer. Good news, you don’t have to be! All you have to do is own a pen and a notebook and voilà… you have the perfect tool for stress management! Journaling is widely known as one of the best ways for helping people process emotions and release what’s bothering them especially anger and worry. When you’re feeling stressed, I highly recommend writing in a journal for at least 15 minutes a day as a way to vomit up all the emotions you’re carrying.

3. Soak in a Bath or Hot Tub

When we’re stressed, our muscles tense up. A hot bath or jacuzzi is a great way to relieve the tension. If you have a deep soak tub at home, add 2 cups of Epson salts (which contains magnesium, the relaxation mineral) and a few drops of essential oils like lavender or eucalyptus. Crank up the relaxation quota by adding some soothing Hemi-Sync® music in the background to calm your mind and nerves.

4. Change Your Story

When you notice yourself getting stressed, see if you can shift your story around what’s happening. For example, the other day I was stressed about money. My story was, “I don’t make enough money and I’m never going to get paid what I’m worth.”

Whoa! Negative Nelly thinking.

Instead I shifted the thought to, “Do I have what I need?” The answer was yes. And then, “Do I really know for sure I’ll never get paid what I’m worth?” And the answer was, “of course not.” I stopped stressing over it. That’s called future-tripping. We all do it and it’s one of the leading causes of stress for all of us. Stay present. Ask yourself if you’re OK right now in this moment and try a shift in perspective.

5. Take Something Off Your Plate

Most stress is caused by having too many things on our to-do list and not enough hours in the day to do them all. The truth is, most of us are saying yes to more things than we have the bandwidth to do.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take just one thing off your plate. Maybe that means cancelling social plans you have this weekend. Or stepping down from the PTA board at your kid’s school. Or ordering in one night instead of cooking dinner. It doesn’t make you a bad person to do any of those things. It makes you a person who prioritizes self-care.

6. Get More Rest 

Sleep, sleep and sleep some more. Have you ever noticed how much crankier you are when you’re tired? Or how much better you feel when you get a decent night’s sleep?

Worry and stress can keep us from getting a restful and decent night sleep which causes us to be irritable and less able to handle things the next day. When your mind is tired, so is the body. Find time to nap or sleep in one morning. Sleep makes all the difference in the world when we find ourselves stressed.

Be sure to see Hemi-Sync®’s sale this week (11/18/19-11/24/19). Save 20% on albums designed to help relax and reduce stress.

And for an extra bonus if none of these are working, I highly recommend a good therapist. Sometimes we just need an outside perspective to help us shift our ways of thinking.

Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

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Why You Should Begin a Daily Meditation Practice

by Dina Strada

If you’re like most people with crazy, hectic lives, finding time to meditate can seem almost impossible. With a full-time job, a daily two-hour commute and two small children meditation can sometimes feel like one more thing I have to check off my to-do list.  But the truth is, it’s not a “to do” anymore.  It’s become a daily practice that helps me connect to my intuition and talk to my Spirit Guides.

People think that meditating is just sitting quietly chanting “om” with no thoughts going through your head. But it’s actually the opposite. It’s a journey into your own heart. It’s a place to sit in silence and listen to what’s really there. It’s an opportunity to practice stillness and get in touch with our bodies and minds.

Meditation is one of the best ways to connect and get direct guidance from our Spirit Guides. We think all the answers to the questions we have about our lives lay outside of us. We ask friends what we should do. Maybe we seek the guidance of an Intuitive or psychic to ask what we should do. But rarely do we take the time to ask ourselves what to do.

The truth is, all the answers are inside of us when we get still.  This is the purpose of a meditation practice. It enables us to develop a deeper awareness and notice what’s there.  Sometimes after meditating for a few minutes, our minds will wander and we’ll insist “I can’t turn my mind off and stop thinking!”

Well, we’re not supposed to stop thinking. That’s like asking the body to stop breathing. The objective is to be aware of the mind while it’s active. Awareness doesn’t change facts, but it stops us from becoming attached to them.

Notice the level of awareness when you first get up from your bed, mat or cushion after meditating. You’ll notice that you’re more mindful of every move—the feeling in your legs as you stand up, the way your body feels when you walk, how a glass of water feels against your throat. Slowly, this awareness expands into our entire day. We become mindful of our actions, speech, and decisions.

Developing Our Intuition

The mind can often block our inner voice or what I refer to as our intuition, from speaking to us. Our intuition strengthens when the chaotic energy of the mind decreases. Whereas our mind speaks to us through running thoughts and not all of them healthy ones, intuition speaks out of a place of silence, which resides within us.

Meditation can help soften and release the unhealthy patterns of our minds. It doesn’t stop us from ever having those thoughts, but it teaches us to accept our thoughts without judgement. And when we’re less with our thoughts, the voice of our intuition or our inner “knowing” becomes louder.

HOW TO BEGIN A MEDITATION PRACTICE:

  • Begin by setting aside 15-30 minutes a day when you’ll be uninterrupted. If you can’t find that much time, you can start with just 5 minutes a day and work up to longer.
  • Create an altar with sacred objects that are special to you. I like to use crystals, sage, essential oils and a deck of oracle cards to sit in front of or lay beside.
  • Set an intention. “Today I want clarity around where I should focus my energy this week.” Or “What do I need to do to move past this emotional pain I’m in?”
  • Get still and focus on your breath. LISTEN to the thoughts that come up. There will be the desire to tell yourself that what you’re hearing is all just your head telling you what you want to hear. Honor the information you’re hearing and trust it. Use binaural beats to help enhance your experience.
  • If you receive any information that’s unclear or doesn’t make sense, ask for clarification. “Spirit, tell me more about that.” Or “I don’t like what I’m hearing. Why are you telling me this?” Spirit only gives us what is important to know.
  • When you feel complete, give yourself a few more minutes to ground and get back into your body before getting up. Then jot down what you received in a notebook or journal so you can refer back to it later.

The benefits of meditation accrue gradually. It’s a fitness regime for our minds, hearts and souls. And just like physical fitness activities, we will feel minimal benefits right off and maximum benefits when it becomes a continual and regular activity.

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Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

[Confirmation] The Magical Path Online Course

Here are the steps for registration and enrollment:

1) Go to the course web site at https://programs.glidewing.com (note that we have moved and this is a new address!)

2) Click where it says (Log in) in the upper-right corner of the page.

3) Create a new GlideWing account. Click on the button at the bottom of the page below where it says ” Is this your first time here?”

4) Enter a username and password, and fill in the required fields. Confirm that you are not a robot and click on the “Create my new account” button.

5) An email will be sent to you to confirm your address. Check your inbox and click on the link provided to confirm your enrollment in the course.

6) Initially you won’t be enrolled in any courses just yet, so your list of courses will be blank. To view currently available courses, select “The Magical Path” from the “Courses” section at the bottom of the page.

7) At the bottom of the enrollment page, under “Self enrolment (Student),” enter this enrollment key: 43579

Manifest Like A Boss: 5 Easy Ways to Make Magic Happen

by Dina Strada

Growing up I was one of those super ambitious types. If I set my eyes on something I wanted, you better believe I was going to get it.

I used to think I was just lucky. My friends would tell you I was determined. My parents coined me the “go-getter” child.  The truth is I was a power manifestor before I even knew what the word meant.

As children, we’re innocent so we believe we can do almost anything. We don’t typically hit a roadblock until someone outside of ourselves tells us that we can’t do something. Or labels what we want as “stupid” or a “pipe dream”.

But those kids who grew up in environments like mine, where we were told if you think it you can become it, and that you can have anything you set your mind on having, we were unknowingly being taught the power of manifesting!

Be careful though. That means we can manifest the stuff we don’t want either. Case in point:

We all use our past as an indicator for how the future will unfold. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in relationships. We say we want a certain thing, and then find ourselves attracting the exact opposite.

Why do we do that?  Because we’re putting all of our focus on what we don’t have and what we don’t want.  And wherever our attention goes, energy flows.

When I first got divorced, every belief and thought I had around men was “I can’t trust anyone,” neatly packaged with “I can’t trust myself,” and sure enough, I manifested a bunch of men who couldn’t be trusted. Then I got to be “right” that I can’t trust myself.

But when I believed years earlier I was going to work for Steven Spielberg and announced to my entire office where I was an assistant, “I’m going to work for Steven’s studio one day!” Guess where I landed?  Yep, I got a job working at DreamWorks Studios just 2 years later and built my career there for 20 years.

Manifesting what you want isn’t as hard as you think. It just requires some small shifts in your thoughts and belief systems while adding some creativity and magic to the mix!

These are the 5 most effective and powerful tools to manifesting what you want, whether it be more money, a new job, a relationship or even a vacation you’ve been dying to take:

VISUALIZE. If you can’t see yourself actually having something, it won’t materialize.  That doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally find yourself in situations where you say, “OMG, I could have never imagined this would happen for me!”  It just means there is power in “seeing” what you desire in your mind and the ability to call it forth.

This is why Vision boarding has become so popular. Grab some magazines, cut pictures, words and phrases out that embody what you want to manifest and put it on a poster board or place it where you can see it every day.  I use my refrigerator as my vision board and have managed to call in 95% of what I’ve put up there over the years. (Guess I wasn’t meant to live in that mansion on the beach!)

SPEAK IT INTO EXISTENCE. We become what we believe about ourselves so choose how you talk about yourself and your circumstances carefully.  For example, when you find yourself in a situation that isn’t ideal rather than saying, “I hate my job,” or “My life never goes the way I want,” switch that to “My job is challenging right now but this is all going to shift to what I want soon,” or “Things haven’t been happening in the time I thought they would, but I KNOW it’s coming.”

GIVE ENERGY TO WHAT YOU WANT. Put thought, time and energy only in what you want, not what you don’t. As I said, energy flows where our attention goes.  When I want to write an article, I close my eyes and imagine exactly what I want that piece to say and for readers to get out of it and then I write.  If you want to lose weight or be healthier, put your energy into meal planning and working out, not looking in the mirror putting yourself down, lamenting you’ll never fit into those skinny jeans again.

GIVE GRATITUDE. Being grateful for what you already have brings more of it in. Focus on the abundance, not the lack.  The Universe doesn’t work in our time, it works in Diving timing.  Give thanks in advance for what you want, knowing you’re going to receive it.

PRAYER & MEDITATION. You don’t have to believe in prayer but meditation is a form of prayer and you don’t have to be religious to do it.  Meditation is a powerful way to call in what you want. During my meditation, I picture what I want to happen as if it has already happened. I see myself having already achieved my goal. I feel the feeling as if I’ve already accomplished what I want.

Remember, if you don’t see things happen right away, it doesn’t mean it’s not working.  Keep at it and trust in the timing. Then watch the magic happen.

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Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

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The Deep Healing Powers of Shamanic Journeying

by Dina Strada

My first experience with shamanic journeying came after I discovered my husband was having an affair while I was 7 months pregnant with our second child.

I was a corporate career girl up till that point. I didn’t have time or space in my 50-hour work week crowded with trips to the gym, social engagements and caring for a 4 year old to fit in things like meditation or journeying to places outside my 3 dimensional realm.

This might have been why I missed the loud cries of Spirit trying to show me what was going on in my marriage.

But when I found myself, 3 months after giving birth to my beautiful daughter, hysterical on the living room after my husband left me for another woman, the suggestion of going to a shamanic journey and doing plant medicine didn’t seem all that crazy.

Overcoming trauma requires deep healing and I was desperate to heal. Hence began my ongoing relationship working with sacred plants and my commitment to doing shamanic work to expand my consciousness, develop my intuitive gifts and heal everything from my depression to old wounds from the past.

The practice of shamanic journeying is a way to access higher guidance from Spirit and the angelic realms. I like to think of it as a direct line to Spirit who is there to help us navigate our lives with more wisdom and clarity.

For over 10,000 years, shamans around the world have perfected and taught the art of traveling in consciousness to other levels of reality. By doing this we are able to gain access to information that can help protect us from negative situations, clear family issues and past traumas and bring the “whole self” back into balance. This includes both physical health and emotional well-being, giving us the strength to make meaningful changes in our lives while feeling in alignment with who we truly are.

In my own shamanic journey experience, I’ve even visited past lives and been shown my history and past relationships with people I know in this lifetime including my children. This is one of the most profound benefits of shamanic work.  Getting glimpses into past lives allows us to see karmic debts we’re paying off in this lifetime to certain people, especially the ones who drive us crazy and test us at every turn often hurting and mistreating us.

BENEFITS OF SHAMANIC JOURNEYING

 There are so many benefits and gifts that come from shamanic journeying ranging from curing depression, overcoming addictions and feeling a greater sense of connectedness to oneself and the world.  Some other benefits people experience are:

  • The ability to enter into deep inner states without all the “noise”
  • More joy and fulfillment with the present moment
  • Personal empowerment
  • Feeling in control of one’s destiny
  • Healing from traumatic life events
  • Deep appreciation for life
  • Death of the ego
  • Relief from physical and mental pain
  • Clarity around life direction and important decisions

HOW TO BEGIN

Just as there are different ways to meditate, there are also many ways to explore shamanic journeying, all of them powerful and transformative to one’s spiritual growth and healing.

Shamanic Drumming ~ Drumming is an ancient art which is used all over the world as a healing technique using energies created via the sound of the drum. As the tempo of the drum slowly increases in intensity, it allows a trance-like state in which to connect to the spiritual realms.

Shamanic CDs/Music ~ The drum is not the only sound method that can be used to achieve the journey. Other sounds such as rattling, Tibetan bowls or singing bowls, and listening to changing tempos and rhythms can all produce the shift required to journey.

When you are journeying with unique music which I have done dozens of times, I recommend that you set an intention and request a particular sound to take you deeper into your journey.

Sacred Ceremonies – Ceremonies using plant medicine like ayahuasca, are a deeper way you can journey and are often done in places like South America with a shaman trained in the plants. If you’re going to go this route, it’s extremely important that you understand the risks, prepare for the experience and work with an experienced shaman who knows how to work with the plants and hold a safe space for your process.

However you choose to journey, it’s a magical experience that will deepen your spiritual process and bring you balance, harmony and powerful healing.

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Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

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Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer (Oct. 2019)

Dear Explorer,

The autumnal equinox always reminds me of the rich indigenous heritage we have here in North America, as well as around the world. It’s a reminder of our connection to the natural world and how the elements, sun, moon and stars used to dictate so much of everyday life. Much of the deficiency and longing for significance we experience in the modern world can be traced to the loss of this intimacy with our environment and its eternal cycles.

It is for this reason that we have always honored the shamanic tradition at Hemi-Sync® by bringing our users music and practices that are as authentic as possible, while extending the proper respect and attribution to native culture and people.

New Releases

You may have noticed there has been a strong shamanic theme in our new releases of the past few months, as well. Beginning with Andrej Hrvatin’s Hero’s Journey in July (see my last letter for details), to Thomas Mooneagle’s Cords of Light in August, to Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s Sacred Sleep in September, and October’s Persistent Visions by Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig.

Thomas Mooneagle is a fourth level Andean priest and shamanic practitioner, as well as a writer, artist, teacher, intuitive reader and healer. Cords of Light is his first Hemi-Sync® album and offers the opportunity to reflect on your relationships and infuse them with the energy of Grace. It’s a reminder that we are all joined together through cords of light, allowing us to give and receive support from one another. These luminous cords connect us with people, places, the earth, our guides in spirit, our personal power, our prosperity, and the ultimate Source of Life.

Sacred Sleep is the third Hemi-Sync® album by renowned Bön Dzogchen teacher and author, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. This is a two track album where Lama Tenzin guides you through track 1, inviting you to let go of all worries, noises, distractions, and all the stories about yourself as you completely merge into pure spaciousness. This is an experience that is known as “rigpa” in Dzogchen, but please listen to the podcast with Lama Tenzin for a more comprehensive discussion of his teaching, while we also touch on the topics of dream yoga, lucid dreaming, transcendent experience, and his fascinating early life.

While the Bön teaching originates in Tibet, it is not Buddhist in the sense that it emanates from the Buddha Shakyamuni. Lama Tenzin’s lineage dates back much earlier, perhaps to as early as 17,000 years ago, passed down mainly through oral tradition. This history, combined with extensive use of transcendent states of consciousness, makes Bön Dzogchen similar to other indigenous shamanic bodies of wisdom.

Persistent Visions is the second Hemi-Sync® collaboration by Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig, although Byron has several other solo works, highlighted by his acclaimed Shaman’s Heart series. In addition to shamanism, Mark and Byron have similar backgrounds in Stanislav Grof’s holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, so it’s natural for them to team up frequently. 

For those that have not had the first-hand experience, Persistent Visions is a worthy surrogate for shamanic initiation. Take the psycho-acoustic sacrament as the music envelops and holds you for an extended journey culminating in a state of bliss. For more on how we can combine ancient wisdom and modern knowledge to tackle some of the most difficult problems we face, both as individuals and as a species, be sure to check out Mark and Byron’s podcast.

Hemi-Sync® Unlimited

After working on this for more than a year, and getting an earful along the way, I’m pleased to report that the biggest technology project in our history is finally at a point where we can be proud of it. The Hemi-Sync® Unlimited app now enjoys 4-star reviews in both the App Store and GooglePlay. Moreover, you now get four Gateway Experience® exercises with a subscription. Even without a subscription, you will get several free exercises through the DailySync feature.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time! If you tried it previously and were disappointed, please try it again! To all the early adopters out there, thanks for hanging in there, and we hope it’s making Hemi-Sync® easier and more affordable to use than ever before.

Rest assured, we aren’t satisfied though! I feel like we have finally just caught up to where we need to be technologically, and we will continue to innovate and make improvements across our technology stack, including with the Hemi-Sync® audio guidance technology itself.

 

Eckhart Tolle and Other Free Stuff

As you know, we are always trying to provide content at different price points, including free, so that everyone can experience Hemi-Sync®, without having to ask our employees to donate their blood plasma in their free time. Last month, we were thrilled to work with the incomparable Eckhart Tolle on a free meditation that has been released on his YouTube channel and appears to be on its way to a million views. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out.

We’re also continuing to add to our blog content, with three recent articles on the importance of sleepconnecting with our spirit guides, and dealing with heartbreak, (a chakra meditation for beginners). If you would like to submit a blog post for consideration, please email it to interstate@hemi-sync.com.

See you in Home or along the way,

Garrett

Chakras

Opening Your Heart After Heartbreak: A Beginner’s Chakra Meditation

by Dina Strada

Nowhere have I seen more closed off or shut down hearts than in my Reiki practice.

It is there in my office that people lie on the table, both vulnerable and apprehensive as they share their personal stories of a relationship gone sour, a devastating betrayal by someone they loved or their long history of being unable to trust anyone after a bitter divorce or breakup.

When our heart has been hurt one of the primary places we feel it most is in the imbalance of our chakra system. We know something feels off in our bodies but we can’t quite put our finger on exactly what that is.

Think of your 7 chakras as a fluid connection flowing seamlessly between mind, body and spirit. When all channels are open and clear our energy flows and we’re in balance. Things feel effortless in our lives, our mind is clear and we don’t experience feelings of fear, uncertainty, jealousy or insecurity.

When any of them are blocked, especially the heart, it manifests in us being unable to love or be loved. A blocked heart chakra sometimes shows itself as anger, bitterness, defensiveness and a general feeling of being closed off and unapproachable.

And if we’re unapproachable, how can we possibly attract in love again? Not just from another person but from ourselves?

How do you know if your heart chakra might be blocked? These are some of the tell-tale signs that your heart might be in need of opening:

1) You lack self-love and often feel insecure;

2) You struggle with compassion for yourself and others;

3) People often tell you you’re cold or emotionless;

4) The thought of being vulnerable terrifies you;

5) You identify love with pain;

6) You often feel emotionally numb.

There are many ways to unblock the heart chakra and begin to open it again. You don’t need to be a Reiki Master or call in a professional to do this for you.

To begin a chakra meditation practice, keep it short, simple and consistent:

  • Sit down cross-legged, or lie down if it’s more comfortable.
  • Breathe slowly in through the nose and out through the mouth until you feel your body and mind become still and present.
  • Visualize your breath traveling to your chest as you picture the color green.
  • Take five deep, cleansing breaths that you send to your heart chakra. As you breathe, picture your breath clearing out your chakra. Imagine a spinning disc of green energy, glowing brighter with each inhale of the breath.
  • Visualize your heart as a great big green ball and then see it unfolding—opening up to love. Let the feelings that flow from it radiate throughout your body.
  • Repeat the mantra as you breathe in and out. “I am open to receiving love. I am open.”

There are wonderful guided Hemi-Sync® meditations and Metamusic® you can listen to geared specifically towards opening your heart which can help you relax and become truly present as you do this simple meditation practice.

Remember to keep it simple and be gentle with yourself as you go through this process. Opening our hearts is a vulnerable act and one that takes courage and trust. We can’t protect ourselves from ever being hurt again, but we can work to heal ourselves from these setbacks and losses in our lives, so that we can enjoy the joy and bliss of feeling love again.

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Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

Metcalf Seelig

Hemi-Sync® Podcast Episode 21: Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig on Modern Shamanic Practice

Byron and Mark discuss their backgrounds in holotropic breathwork, transpersonal psychology and shamanism in how it shapes their music and holds the potential to transform lives, as well as the modern world we all inhabit. Topics covered include working with experience in altered states, psychoactive sacraments (synthetic and plant-based), the creative process, and how we can apply ancient wisdom combined with modern knowledge to tackle some of the difficult challenges we face, both as individuals and as a species. Towards the end of the conversation, they get in to their newest Hemi-Sync® album, Persistent Visions.

Another title by Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig:
Deep Time Dreaming

And these titles by Byron Metcalf:
The Shaman’s Heart with Hemi-Sync®
The Shaman’s Heart II with Hemi-Sync®
The Shaman’s Heart Program: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose and Presence
Medicine Work
Spirit Gathering

If you would like to see more podcasts that aren’t specifically related to our new products, please consider supporting our podcast Patreon page and enjoy discounts on this website as a supporting patron.

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5 Ways We Can Connect to Our Spirit Guides

by Dina Strada

The first time I heard one of my Spirit guides talk to me was when I was 12 years old and I liked a boy.

I was sitting next to said cute boy in the woods after a softball game and he was holding my hand. When I looked up at him I heard this small voice say to me, “He’s waiting for you to tell him it’s okay to kiss you. It’s safe to let him do that.”

Well even at 12, I knew that wasn’t my good girl Catholic voice chatting me up so I assumed it was coming from somewhere else. I relaxed enough to whisper that it was okay to kiss me.  He smiled shyly and said, “I was waiting for you to say that!” And alas, I had my first kiss.

Since then I have had a consistent practice of communicating with my Spirit guides. Guides, angels, and ascended masters are light beings that are here solely for our soul’s growth and have a lot of wisdom, experience and knowledge to guide us on our spiritual path. Most of them have lived many lifetimes on this earth and have chosen to be a guide in this iteration to help us.  What most people don’t realize is that they don’t interfere in our lives unless we ask for their help.

There are many ways to connect with your guides. The single best way to talk to them is through meditation.  If you’re new to this practice, here are five ways to connect with your guides and trust the information you hear:

  1. Create a Sacred Space – As with anything sacred, calling in your guides requires the right environment and mindset. You’re calling in pure Divine energy and your physical environment should be prepped to support this energy. Create an altar with crystals, candles and other items that are special and significant to you. Then dim the lights, burn some sage or palo Santo to clear the energy and begin the ritual of calling in your guides.
  1. Writing – Intuitive or automatic writing is a fantastic way to connect with guides and receive answers to your questions. After a short prayer of your choice and meditation, write at the top of the page: “I’m inviting my guides to communicate with me and bring forth only truth and information that’s for my highest good.” Then let your pen flow. Let whatever needs to come through, come through – ideas, inspiration, visions, answers to questions you have. Don’t think when you’re writing. Just let whatever comes fall onto the page.
  1. Ask for signs – Another way to validate information you receive from your guides is to ask for a sign. Choose a sign and say, “If I’m on the right track or this is the right choice for me, show me…” Don’t overthink it: the sign can be something as simple as a butterfly or a particular song coming on the radio. Then sit back and see what shows up. For me, my sign of choice is one of those yellow “Wide Load” signs that you see on the back of trailer trucks. Sure enough whenever I ask for a sign from my guides, one of them inevitably drives past me on the freeway.
  1. Oracle Cards – Using an Oracle deck like the ones from spiritual medium and Oracle expert Colette Baron Reid is an excellent way to speak with your guides. You can even use one of Colette’s online Oracle apps to ask questions that way although I prefer a good old fashion deck of cards. After a brief meditation, ask your guides a question such as, “What do I need to know about this situation that can help me,” and select three cards. Make sure you are asking from a neutral place and don’t attach to an outcome or certain answer. I have never had information come through the Oracle cards that has been wrong. Trust what you receive.
  1. Sleep – Our guides often will come to us while we sleep because they can’t get our attention during the busy day. Before you go to bed ask your guides to come to you while you’re asleep. Listen to a guided meditation before bed to help call in your guides. When you wake up in the morning, take 10-15 minutes to write any messages you got or visions you remember while you slept. They may make no sense at all while you’re writing them down but trust that later they might mean something.

Lastly and probably the most important, give thanks to your guides often. We all like to be appreciated, and our guides and angels are no different! Gratitude is our way of opening to more blessings and is a beautiful acknowledgment of those wishes and intentions we’ve asked for that have already been granted.

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Dina Strada is a freelance writer and Life Coach whose work has appeared in Huff Post, elephant journal, Medium, Thrive Global, Chopra, Mind Body Green and various other online publications. Read more of her work at www.dinastrada.com.

 

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Hemi-Sync® Podcast Episode 20: Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche on Dream and Sleep Yoga

Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan Dzogchen master in the Bön tradition. In this episode he discusses the ancient origins of his lineage, as well as his latest collaboration with Hemi-Sync®, entitled Sacred Sleep.

Other topics covered include sutra, tantra, concentration vs. concept-less meditation, duality vs. non-duality, kunzhi, rigpa, as well as transforming the pain and suffering of the human condition.

Check out other albums by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche:

HEALING THROUGH AWARENESS

SACRED SPACE: The Practice of Inner Stillness

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