Did you ever wonder about how we escape from emotional pain?
In my book, Your Cardinal Connections, I talk about the concept of Spiritual Escapism, which is a specific way to escape from emotional pain. There are others, such as intellectual escape and physical escape.
One of the most common ways to escape from emotional pain is indulging, overeating, overdrinking, and exaggerating in "pleasures of the flesh" - which numbs our bodies.
On the other end of the spectrum, some people become fitness freaks (I myself went through a phase like that for a couple of years in my late twenties).
In these cases, we are
And we are not as aware of our bodies as we could be if we were willing to feel them.
Did you ever stop to wonder about how powerful our relationships with our siblings are?
One of the things that I always tell people, especially in constellations, is that, believe it or not,
We feel equal with our siblings because we're in the same generation, often with the same parents.
So there is a sense of identity and shared origin that speaks profoundly to our souls.
I remember I first started thinking about this strong bond before I was introduced to constellation literature. In 2005 we had a study group about Ancient Greek Philosophy in the University Center I used to teach, and the students loved the play Antigone by Sophocles so much they actually presented it in a cultural festival.
If you want to fully understand the deep loyalty between siblings, check this play out. It is a timeless work of art, and very practical for us to understand family consciousness.
Siblings are the most powerful...
Did you ever stop to think about the cost of lies?
Recently, I watched the new HBO mini-series about Chernobyl, and I was very impressed with the way they told that story.
I remember in 1986 the world stopped because of the Chernobyl disaster. I was eight years old and knew that a power plant had exploded in the Soviet Union, and that the people who lived in the area were killed and many in the surrounding areas were still in danger.
About a year later, something similar happened in Goiania, which is very close to my hometown, Brasilia. It was not as huge in scale, but it still considered one of the top 10 worst radioactive disasters in the world.
Politically, the way the mini-series tells the Chernobyl story, a power plant exploded because
Symbolically, even the political leaders there admitted that the Chernobyl disaster was an omen or \indication that the Soviet system was dissolving.
The reason why I...
Today I'm going to show you some consciousness expansion tools, and some practical, amazing practices, emphasizing the awareness that you will get from this incredible knowledge.
When we genuinely feel grateful, we start creating powerful shifts in our lives.
When you commit to Gratitude, you start engaging in consciousness expansion, which brings abundance and joy to your life.
And a great place to start is to do The Gratitude Flow.
This practice was first published in chapter 7 of the book Your Cardinal Connections in 2016 and it
But it's creating discipline and patience in your life. So the good thing about the Gratitude Flow is that it's simple and extremely effective. I had a lot of people test this in different countries, actually people from different nationalities. And the...
Have you ever noticed that children need healthy boundaries?
Not only do children in general need healthy boundaries, but also the Inner Child we all have within (and this is actually the whole reason why I created the Inner Child Practice described in my book Your Cardinal Connections, so if you're not familiar, check it out here).
Healthy boundaries are important for children, for adults, and for life in general, right?
We all need healthy boundaries to establish limits that keep us on track and lead us to a beautiful, harmonious, balanced life.
So think about the energy of healthy boundaries and how important they are for children.
In my practice, I see a lot of people with this problem. As adults, many people in their families and social life don't really know boundaries.
Have you ever wondered about where your family, your friends and your business partners belong in your life?
The answer is yes - if, and only if, there's emotional maturity in those people. And this is where all the gray zones are created, and you may end up feeling confused.
Let's talk about family members and friendship first.
I see many people feeling guilty about having to get along with difficult family members. They think it's their fault and that they should be doing something about it. My focus on this blog post today is specifically on the family of origin, which refers mostly to your parents and siblings, and closer relatives.
According to the Bhagavad Gita - our family members are inevitable.
They're part of your life. You cannot avoid your family members.
Spiritual Gourmet Chef Robert Hurley is one of my dearest friends. One of the things I love most about him is his ability to see and create beauty in the smallest details.
Robert specializes in creating soulful environments for us to enjoy artistic meals.
In today's world, when there's so much controversy and neurosis about food, Robert provides a soothing, comforting relationship with it. As an artist designer, he creates Beauty, and as a Spiritual Gourmet Chef, he also creates
Our interview with Robert was awesome! Check out the highlights:
Robert, tell us a little bit about your love for beauty and design, and how that led you to become a Gourmet Chef who also works with flower design and decoration - and tell us especially about "The Hurley Touch" :-)
I would have to say that my love for beauty and design really started out when I was...
There are different types of connection between parents and children. Some are great, but unfortunately, some are painful.
I've been observing this systematically for the past 10 years in my practice and research, and I've come to realize there are three basic types of bonds, or connections, between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons.
One of them is natural, and it's the type of bond we need to fulfill our destinies. It's the natural bond in which
In this natural, healthy bond, the mother connects with the daughter, passes her strength to her, gives her her life force and aligned energy, and the result is a beautiful mother-daughter connection.
It seems pretty obvious, right?
The mother validates the daughter as a daughter - end of the story.
Unfortunately, however, many of us have been wounded in our childhoods without realizing it. Precisely in this "natural bond" aspect. And this...
Have you ever stopped to wonder if you're trapped in the past?
What does that even mean anyway?
It's much more subtle than we think, and many of us are trapped in the past without realizing it.
How can we find out if we're living in another time frame?
First, it's important to understand that being trapped in the past means we have not updated our emotional timing.
And this state of mind can have many implications.
It can go to a range of memories that is beyond the focus of this blog post because it involves the possibility of being trapped in the memories of our ancestors (to understand how this works, click here).
There are two other "symptoms" that indicate you may be living in the past without even realizing it, and this is what we'll focus on today.
The first and maybe a most groundbreaking indication that I've observed empirically with my research and database I've been building for years is that
There are many ways to look at Forgiveness. From a simple act of erasing past pain from our hearts to complex theological - and often thought-provoking - discussions.
Is it an act that brings emotional relief? Is it an indication of virtuous nobility? Can it be a daily spiritual practice?
What no one can deny is that Forgiveness plays a huge role in the quality of our lives, and recent studies have confirmed that
And on a soul level, what about the meanings and the implications of Forgiveness?
There are many sources of information and interpretation of what Forgiveness really is.
The first thing we need to understand is that it's something that you do on a vertical line and not a horizontal one. This means it's not about forgiving another person immediately. Forgiveness is about accessing your Higher Light and Higher Self and asking for inspiration to release the...