Yesterday I was presented with an opportunity to further my spiritual work in a mainstream setting, something I've been fostering in the world for decades (for all healers, not just me!).
But there was a caveat, and for me, a big one.
I was required to get a mandatory flu vaccine. And I refused.
Now, before the barrage of insults or praise flies, I ask that you kindly read through my perspective.
I have spent the past several years believing and teaching the principle that we are not victims of anything.
Not victims of the government, our parents, circumstances, arguments, or disease. Everything we encounter, endure or experience is because we have chosen to do so for one of two reasons:
1) We are emotionally imbalanced and we draw similar vibrations to us (and often our bodies react)
2) We are choosing to have a spiritual awakening that is leading us to a greater understanding of ourselves and our purpose (and sometimes this includes our transition from this life).
That's it. Believe it or not, it is all a choice to benefit us. You may not realize it...perhaps it is a soul choice or a subconscious choice, but it's a choice nonetheless.
And I know it's hard to understand why anyone would choose any difficult circumstance, but we do it all the time, me included. That's what my work tries to do...help people be purposeful in their creation so they can do it from joy or passion and not out of trauma or catastrophe.
If you think back to a recent illness or circumstance that you say you were a victim of~ if you are honest with yourself~ you will probably see that one of these two scenarios fit.
So back to my flu shot perspective:
If no one is a victim of illness or disease, and everyone chooses their experiences for one of the above reasons, then my getting a flu shot is irrelevant.
In other words, if someone is meant to experience the flu (by choosing it), my vaccination will have no bearing on their experience.
Getting the flu shot means that I am buying into a victimhood mentality; believing that my immunity could alter another person's experience (no one can alter your experience except YOU) or that my vaccine could alter whether I choose to experience it or not.
And I wasn't willing to compromise my beliefs.
Now, will I stop you from vaccinating? Absolutely not. Will I promote vaccine information that may or may not be true? Nope. Those are all there to help you make your choices.
My request is that you consider spending as much time as possible working toward emotional balance for yourself and those around you. Listen to your gut, it's your guidance. Don't ignore your intuition. Understand that everything that "happens" to you is of your creation and you did it for a reason, a beneficial reason.
Then perhaps you won't need to experience illness and disease in order to get the message. That is my hope for humanity and why I continue my work. For now, not in mainstream, but the time is coming...it's coming.
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What's the gorilla? Thoughtful? Sad? Watchful? Or just sleepy?
Labels. Probably one of the most detrimental habits humans have adopted.
Teachers will agree, yes?
We all had those students who "defied the odds" against their labels and we see it all the time on social media and the news. Recent case in point: Greta Thunberg.
I challenge you to recognize the labels that you've placed on yourself and others.
Go ahead, take a moment. Reflect on how you identify yourself. I'm going to join you.
All labels imply judgment. And if we are working toward a "We Are All One" society, then abandoning judgment will be our make-or-break moment.
I'm also going to suggest that we are all of the labels, some of the time. (I'll even offer I've been Democratic and Republican!)
We can even be opposing labels at the same time: Caring and aloof, compassionate and detached, shy and talkative, lazy and motivated...
It's when we place judgment upon these labels that we feel the negative spiral around them.
"I'm empathetic. He's the black sheep. She's shy. They're pushy," all smack of judgment.
All labels suit us some of the time. And they all have a purpose in getting things done or waking us up.
So my request is: just BE!
Be quiet or inquisitive or introspective or emotional or detached! It doesn't matter as long as it's authentic.
Please, don't judge others or yourself for how you are feeling, and more importantly, don't label our children.
Here's to moving humanity forward...join me!
Carrie Beleno, Spiritual Life Coach
Someone just asked me what we can do to eradicate fear in society...Isn't that the million dollar question?
I love it, though! I love these discussions and questions. I love throwing out there another way to look at life. And I love hearing about how people are making a difference in the world.
Take a moment to ponder how often fear rules the day in society:
Fear of disease/accidents/trauma. Fear of any government taking/losing control. Fear of a group "winning" or "losing." Fear of not being heard. Fear of not having enough. Fear of war (which is a result of all these other fears)...
The list goes on and on.
(Incidentally, we, collectively, have not evolved out of survival mode despite rumors to the contrary. Had we, we wouldn't be having this discussion).
What can we do about this systemic, fear-based society we have created? (Yep, WE created this, just so we can uncreate it. Apparently we love a good challenge).
First, don't worry about what's going on "out there." All of this change starts with us. Take a look at where you hold fear: Around your family? Illness? Money? Future?
Then take a look at whether those situations are real (meaning you actually have facts to substantiate your fear), or if they're imagined (future possibilities that you have no evidence for).
Now focus only on those instances of fear that are "real." Picture them resolving themselves. Call upon others to come to the rescue and co-create with you. Imagine a plethora of opportunities as doors in front of you and choosing one (you don't have to necessarily know what's behind the door). Feel the solution. Feel the ease. Feel the relief. These positive feelings are your creative tools, just like fear is.
Remember, we create everything we live, and we co-create these situations with others. Create the solutions, it's just as easy as creating the problems. We were just never taught how to do it.
Imagine everyone doing this. Imagine everyone, individually, taking hold of their fears, real and imagined, and creating solutions. (Remember, a solution may simply involve releasing the fear). Imagine all of our corporate strongholds, government officials, and world power-holders releasing fear around winning/losing, control, lack or obedience.
We'd be living in a much different world. It's possible, and it starts within each of us.
Next time you are in a confrontational situation, ask the person what their fear is and identify yours. That's changing the world.
It's the solstice...a natural time of change. Who's ready to be a world-changer? I know I am. Let's do this!
Live in love,
"The Shift," "The Evolution of Consciousness," "The Awakening," and a thousand other names we've given for that nebulous place we're headed...But after my Reiki class last night, I'm certain as to where I'd like to see our future:
I'd like to see every human being enjoying what's right in front of us: Nature, the kindness and generosity of humans, clean water, stress-free living, hospitality, the ocean, health...
Right now, that's not happening. Those that "have" haven't fully figured out how to empower those that "have not" yet (and I'm not pinning this on the 1%. This is for all of us that have any modicum of "have.")
Step one: Eliminate the lack mentality. There is enough for everyone. There always was and always will be.
Step two: Make a difference today, no matter how small.
We can't wait around for the news media or healthcare system or government to change. All we can do is follow our conscience as those structures unravel. But I'm asking you, in some small way, to create a moment of "heaven on earth" for someone else today.
Focus on the difference you can make, not trying to convince others of the difference they can make.
We'll all be glad you did.
"Energy healing." So many questions! Over the last 20+ years of offering and teaching Reiki, I've heard them all:
Is it for real? What does it mean? How is it possible? And this one has been popping up a lot lately: Is it Christian?
Here's my perspective:
1) Yes, it is "real." Everything is real (and not), at the same time. We create our reality...everything we see and everything that happens to us is our creation. What you see as real, I may not. Hard to believe? I know. Why in the world would we create half the things humanity is experiencing, right?
Here's why: We have been trained, or have learned, that when we create trauma, we bring out the best in ourselves. Think about it. The ravaging weather conditions, the mental health issues or the latest government antics...they all have a purpose in helping us decide what is best for us individually and as a society and then we choose what we are going to do about it.
Trauma brings out the best in us. We donate resources, manpower, time, our voices. It's time to allow the best in us to show up without the preceding trauma.
2) What does it mean? Everything is energy. Everything is made up of bouncing, vibrating atoms. These vibrations are what we operate from, whether or not you sense them or realize it.
Emotions are the strongest and most powerful vibrations, from the lowest (fear) to the highest (love). Colors are vibrations, sound is vibration. Nature is vibration. News media? Vibration.
We feel these vibrations, respond and act according to what we feel or sense.
If we are surrounded by and internalize lower vibrations, we will respond accordingly. Likewise with higher vibrations. Think about it, don't you feel better in nature or by the ocean or around funny, light-hearted people? Those are the higher vibrations.
3) How is Reiki possible? A Reiki practitioner can concentrate the higher vibrating energy that is flowing all around us and direct it for you to use for your highest good, whatever that looks like: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual balance, a renewed sense of purpose, connection to life...the list goes on. Ask someone who has truly experienced Reiki and they'll fill you in. No one really knows "how it happens," but we learn to trust the process because we see the results time and time again.
4) Lastly, is it Christian? I've been seeing a lot on the internet lately about this. Reiki is not tied to any specific religion, so you don't have to worry about it interfering with your belief system.
Here's my take on the root of this question: "Healing only comes from God. No one else can claim to heal." Reiki masters and practitioners don't heal. We are facilitators for your decision to heal. That's it. We are doing God's work on Earth (we all are, whether you realize it or not. Smiling at someone at the grocery store is doing "God's work"). That's why humanity was created~to experience heaven on earth (we botched that up pretty well though, didn't we?)
Here's a little secret around this: YOU decide your healing path. And if you want to join with God's energy to do so, so be it. If you don't, that's your choice as well. A Reiki practitioner isn't going to decide that for you.
Our job is to clear out the gunk to allow the options to come forward, it's up to you to choose the path.
Is it with God? Super! Is it with Buddha, "the universe," Spirit, Source, nature, your deceased grandma? Wonderful! It doesn't matter. Those are all higher-energy partners to help us create heaven on earth. Or it can be none of those, simply the desire to make the world a better place. That's ok too, just allow.
The world needs a little bit more energy healing, don't you think? Join us!
Want to be a part of the solution? I am not currently seeing clients (because my focus is now collaborative and not 1:1), but do have a full schedule of Reiki classes. I'd love for everyone to experience and learn Reiki and carry it into their day-to-day lives. Click "events" to see my class schedule.
Live in love,
Abortion: "an undertaking regarded by the speaker as unpleasant or badly made or carried out."
I've been largely silent during this current political landscape, but I'm hearing it's time I offer my perspective, and for those who've followed my story, you know I have to listen! As I see it, this crucial time is propelling us to a new evolution of humanity.
First, we need to determine what it is that we don't want, and that's exactly what our current politics (and leaders) are helping us do (and it doesn't matter which side you are on). Check.
Second, we need to determine what it is we DO want, and many of us are doing that right now. Check.
And lastly, we have to determine what it all means and where we are going with it. Not checked. Yet.
Let's take the current hot topic of abortion. Where we agree: No one wants to ever have to make that decision. No one wants the women they love to be placed in a life-threatening situation. WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. We're just going about it from a political position, "the old way of doing things."
THAT'S what we are being forced to take a hard look at, being forced to change the structure.
What we are attempting to create right now is a world where there is no need for abortions because everyone is respected. Everyone makes a choice that is best for all. We won't have to abort because of lack of finances or food or family support, because those will be provided. We won't have to abort because of rape or incest because, when everyone respects everyone and acts as if we are all one, those acts won't exist anymore. Pregnancy will occur because that choice will be best for ALL involved.
Unbelievable? Impossible, you say?
But that's what this political landscape is trying to get us to see, albeit obliviously.
It's happening right now.
We're just going about it using the old paradigm, the old way of doing things.
This is how the human race is attempting to reach our goal of WE ARE ALL ONE. No one said it was going to be easy, but these are the first, extremely important steps.
I don't believe we are going backwards as a country, quite the opposite actually. I think we are charging forward in forcing us to unite for the common well-being of all. Appearances are deceiving, don't buy into the illusion.
So now, what do we do about it? Start having conversations about what is best for all. Discuss what: "What you do to yourself you do to all and what you do to others you do to yourself" really means to you. Envision what your world looks like when this becomes reality. Talk about it.
These aren't black or white conversations. Not republican or democrat. Not progressive or conservative.
These are humanitarian conversations. Have them. Join us on the cutting edge of change, it's what America is doing right now.
Believe it or not.
(I hope to begin holding discussion groups about this new paradigm...anyone want to join me?)
I am a catalyst for change, and so are you! We all are, for each other. We are co-creating this thing called life~the good, the bad and the ugly.
I took some time off from my intuitive Reiki work~and from the hamster wheel of life~to take pause. Assess what was important. Check in with my direction and life purpose.
And thanks to a few well-timed family, friends, clients and colleagues who helped me co-create, I'm back to my intuitive Reiki work with a renewed sense of purpose.
I have chosen to simply call myself an intuitive Reiki Master/Teacher, not a healer or spiritual teacher. I share with clients how to see life from a new perspective, one free of judgment, victimhood and guilt, and how to connect with energy that’s just waiting to help us navigate our human experience.
I have learned that healing comes from within each of us. I cannot do that for you, no one can. I have learned that dis-ease is a clear indicator that something is out of balance and has been ignored to the point of manifesting in our bodies to get us to notice.
My direction and perspective continues to evolve. Reiki is the concentration of energy for a specific purpose, and my purpose is to be a catalyst for awareness to help rewrite "the human condition." In other words, inspiring others to choose purposefully, co-create consciously, and discover for themselves their definition of healing.
There's lots of theories and belief systems about "healing" and "manifesting" but I see things more simply now. We create and co-create our lives and it's important to recognize what vibrationally feels right and what does not. I'm choosing to see things more from an energetic viewpoint and less from the "spiritual teacher" lens.
I think it's time to step-up. Take inventory of our happiness and desires. Allow others to do the same, without judgment. Take pause, because it's our right.
I love using my intuition to tap into the root issues that affect our well-being and I invite you to do the same. Intuition is not a gift given to a select few. It's for everyone, and everyone has those gut instincts. We just aren't taught how to use them.
Everything is energy! And just like the energy of the lightening, it needs the earth to make its appearance. We need the energy of the emotions as a catalyst for change...emotions are what make us human.
It's important to recognize emotions and what they are encouraging us to understand about ourselves or our situations, but we spend so much time judging ourselves (and each other) for feeling one way or another (or not feeling a certain way at all), that we lose sight of what they are trying to tell us.
I use Reiki as the spark for my intuitive guidance.
If you would like to discuss the root cause of unhappiness, tapping into your intuition, vibrational (energy) balance, or want a catalyst to spark your consciousness around any topic, contact me.
Bruce Lee once wrote:
"The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning. Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel."
It's a critical time for humanity, a juncture like we've never seen before, and I am excited to be alive and ready to assist!
Let's do this!
Did you see Bohemian Rhapsody? I've been feeling nostalgic lately...I know the "good old days" are just an illusion, they weren't as "good" as our memories usually are, but this movie took me back~ back to my teen years, back to when life sure seemed simpler. Back to a time where music anthems, not chaos, were the foundation of our lives.
This movie also brought home the fragility of life, of our choices, and what we want to focus our emotional energy on for our remaining time here on Earth. Which brings me to:
After seeing this movie twice, I just caught a critic's review. Let's just say it was less than stellar.
And I began to think...
Who gave this person the right to judge someone's art? Thousands of people worked on that labor of love and a few sentences from him/her degraded it, and they were paid to criticize it!
Then I began to realize how much criticism exists that people are paid a living wage (or more) for: music, fashion, politics, books, food, paintings, film, theater...
We allowed this to happen. At some point, humanity said, "Go ahead and criticize each other. Make it very, very public. Your opinion matters. We'll even pay you to do it."
Look where that got us. Sometimes, too often, people even commit suicide over criticism.
And then we create #WorldKindnessDay to try to offset the human programming we have imposed upon ourselves.
It's not enough.
Let's start with us. Stop criticizing.
Stop criticizing your co-worker's fashion choices. Your sister's hair color. Your neighbor's choice in landscaping.
We say "our opinion matters" and it does. To us. But it doesn't matter to the rest of the world. When opinion becomes public criticism it becomes poisonous.
You only need to take a look at our nation to see where that's landed us.
So I'm asking you to go back to that kindergarten adage:
If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
And if any paid critics are reading this, please, do the world a favor and bite your tongue/pen. Say something nice instead, even if it's not your opinion.
Live in love,
Complicated times we live in, aren't they? Seems like everything is chaotic: elections, government, weather, healthcare, school security, job security, climate change....even purchasing lottery tickets is chaotic! There's a reason for this, and believe it or not, we have created this chaos.
But it's not for the reason you think. It's not an omen of the end of modern civilization. Not the apocalypse. Not a punishment for humanity.
It's our wake-up call and we created it for a reason.
Are you giving away your power? I'm not talking about control-type power. I'm talking about self-empowerment. The kind that moves mountains and brings you joy.
Have you given away your power to money? A boss? A family member or ex? Perhaps your loss of control comes at the hand of the government, or healthcare, or perhaps your job?
Where are you placing your emotional energy? What thoughts are spinning around in your head?
If they aren't solely around determining what you love and how to give and receive more of it daily, then you are wasting your time and precious energy. We, the collective, need your emotional energy devoted to what you love.
We have brought this chaos to us at a pivotal point in humanity. It's our wake-up call. It all seems to be "falling down around us" so that we see a new perspective. Choose differently. Focus on what matters.
You can't change others' opinions or votes or focus. All you can do is be sure of who you are and what you love. It will bleed over to them and then they will have the option to join with you or not.
If you are spending time spinning around outside sources of chaos, please stop. Look inside. Determine what you love. See if you are giving and receiving that love daily. If you're not, change your focus.
Contact me if you need help shifting your perspective. It's what I teach.
Live in love,
Yesterday I heard I was supposed to create this hashtag on Twitter, and if you've been following me for any length of time you know that I always check in with my intuition, and if it feels right, I listen. Sometimes it's hard not to ask a thousand questions of myself or my "team," but I've learned to trust.
I don't know why I had to create it, or even what it means exactly. But I do know what it is NOT.
It's not about the Democrats winning over the Republicans, or vice versa. It's not about which cause gets heard or voted on, or which movement or account gains the most followers.
It's not about one religion being the saving grace, or one race or country being the most powerful.
I DO know that this is a collective perspective, created together. It's based on what is best for all of humanity without regard to political agenda, financing, wealth status, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or job title. It includes basic human standards of living for all, with no one disempowered in order to achieve this.
No side or cause wins if the disempowerment of even one person is the result.
How we do that exactly is my next question...and honestly, I have no idea. That's the part we are supposed to create together.
But I do know it doesn't include demeaning others, a war on anything, fighting for what's "right," exclusion from human rights for any reason and always, always, respect for human life, both physically and emotionally.
Isn't it finally about time? I think we've reached the tipping point. Let's call it a day and start #theWEmovement.
Follow me on Twitter to exchange ideas @CarrieBeleno.
And as always,
Live in Love.
Carrie, with a lot of Spiritual guidance!