My favorite book from college is “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn. I read it for a Sociology 101 class and it changed my way of thinking. The book taught me a very important premise that I did not get from my childhood. There is no one right way to live. Diversity is the key to successful human civilizations just as it is in all ecosystems. This message is only one from the book, but it is the one that continues to stick with me all these years later.
Living in rural Idaho as a child the message was always that everyone needed to live one way in order to be happy and worthy of love and eternal life. This was a hard thing to do and many people lived outside the accepted “right way.” These people lived with shame and fear that when they died they would not go to heaven and would not be with their loved ones again. They were shunned in their community and lived on the fringe. When I was young it never dawned on me that maybe they just needed to live a different way to be happy. Now I know that there as many right ways to live as there are people on this planet.
One of the things that I hope to do for all of the people I work with, whether you read this column, listen to me on the radio, or call me on 12 Listen is to instill a sense of divinity in each of you. I believe that the divine resides in all of us, and there is no one right way to be divine, you are divine in this very moment as you read The Power Peek.
Diversity is the key to a healthy life, community, society and world. We need opposing views and differing lifestyles. Diversity stimulates thinking and debate and ultimately inspires innovation. Diversity challenges us to love unconditionally and to choose respect for life over shared beliefs.
Allowing diversity to thrive is a challenge that we must take up. We are all one, but we are not all the same, and that is why we are all divine!
Blessings my friends,
This article was published in Mark Husson’s Power Peek newsletter on February 23, 2013. Subscribe to Mark’s Power Peek here: www.12house.com.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
– Barack Obama
We are the ones we have been waiting for. This message just keeps popping up for me. Melissa Ethridge and President Obama have both been saying it, and I know it is true. If you are like me you have been on a spiritual journey of personal change and growth for the past several years. We have read all the books, done the internal work, meditated for hours and met in spiritual groups. We have learned how to take responsibility for ourselves and our emotions and learned to love ourselves. So, now what? How do we take our message to the street? How do we take our personal experiences of change and growth and expand them out to our communities?
I think we first need to realize that it is our responsibility to stand up, stand out, be brave and get involved. I have watched a lot of arguing about hot button political issues and something has really struck me. We have become really good at posting snarky memes on Facebook, but that is as far as most of us go. We argue like crazy with people who don’t share our views, but we never really work to find common ground and mutual respect with other people. This is where we have to start. I know, I’m a bit of a chicken here, too. But honestly, where has respect and agreeing to disagree gone?
Ok, now I’m not saying we all need to go stage sit-ins on the steps of City Hall. I am saying that any opportunity we have to share love and positive energy with others, we should do it. Here’s an example of something that happened to me today. A mother and daughter stopped in to my store. They both looked a little worn out and when I asked how they are doing the mother directed the daughter to tell me how they are doing, very pointedly, I might add. The daughter, who is in her early 20’s, told me that she is pregnant. Her mother was obviously not thrilled about this news, but looking at this young girl she desperately needed some validation. I told her congratulations and her mother did not appreciate that at all. I said that a baby is always good news. I got another lecture from the unhappy mother. I continued to validate the young mother-to-be. As they left the store I called to her by name. She turned to me and I said congratulations one more time. She flashed me a grateful smile and followed her mother out the door.
Ok, ok, I know I’m no hero, but I did insist on remaining positive and supportive in the face of angry adversity. Here is my challenge to you! Smile at strangers, hold open doors, let a car in ahead of you now and then. Look at every day as your chance to bring a little more peace and happiness into the world. When someone annoys you, forgive them immediately and remember that they really are just doing the best they can, just like you are. We are the ones we have been waiting for, so no more waiting! Blessings my friends, Kristi
This article was published in Mark Husson’s Power Peek newsletter on February 16, 2013. Subscribe to Mark’s Power Peek here: www.12house.com.
I have been thinking a lot about happiness lately. I live with 5 cats, who are tremendous examples of happiness. As I write this my kitty, Sandy, is asleep on my lap with the most content smile on her face. One thing I have learned from watching cat happiness is that happiness comes from being, not doing. My cats do very little throughout the day, but seem to be the most content and peaceful beings I know. It is a funny myth most of us grew up with that happiness comes from hard work and perseverance. I’m pretty sure that happiness actually comes from just being ourselves, and not getting too hung up on what we have or have not accomplished.
Sandy had a rough start to life. I found her outside a gas station when she was about 8 weeks old. She was dirty and skinny and sick. It took six months to get her little body functioning normally so she could start growing. That was 2 years ago and now she is a happy, healthy cat. The interesting thing is that she seems unaffected by her past. She is happy and carefree and obviously feels safe and loved. The fact that her kitty mind can’t relive her past and fret about her future is a huge contributor to her happiness. She lives in the moment, and everything is great in this moment. This is where we humans get hung up.
Over the past several years I have worked to cultivate a “All is well in the here and now” attitude. It is a challenge not to lament the past and worry about the future. When I catch myself thinking about somewhere other than here and now I remind myself to stop and look around. Is everything ok in this moment? If so, then I remind myself that I am ok, and right now is all I have control over. If everything is not ok in that very moment then I have the opportunity to make a change, right then when I actually have some control. I am not saying that this is easy or that I don’t get stuck in cycles of over thinking the past and future. This definitely happens, but I can usually bring myself back to a sense of peace by returning to the moment.
My Dad is dying of Prostate Cancer. He has been on Hospice for 8 months and his condition deteriorates a little more each day. I see him every other day and do my best to spend quality time talking and laughing with him. This has been a real challenge to my “live in the moment” philosophy. I know what is coming and that makes it hard not to worry about the future. I know I can’t change it or control it, but my ego has a strong desire to predict what is coming and worry about things I can’t possibly do anything about. I continue to work at bringing myself back to the now when worries about my Dad surface. Somedays I handle it great, I feel happy and see my life going in a positive direction. Other days are much harder. I think that what I am doing is practicing happiness, kind of like practicing the Clarinet or practicing meditation. Each day presents a new challenge to be here now. I know that true happiness is fluid, and that real emotions still occur. It is the ability to return to a happy state after a troubling experience or emotion that indicates that we truly are happy on the inside.
Here is a picture of Sandy doing what she does best!
Blessings of happiness my friends,
This article was published in Mark Husson’s Power Peek newsletter on February 2, 2013. Subscribe to Mark’s Power Peek here: www.12house.com.
As I write this I am reminded of my lifelong experiences living in a place that has little respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I was a child we did not get out of school for MLK Day. It was entirely ignored by our school system and community. My parents did not ignore it, however. My Mom taught my sisters and I about MLK and the amazing work he did for human rights. I remember asking a teacher once why we didn’t observe MLK day at school. She told me that we didn’t have many African-American people living in our state so it wasn’t really necessary. That really happened, even now as I remember it I am shocked by that statement. I was incensed by this attitude and argued over this issue with my teachers many times. When I was in High School our state legislators finally had no choice but to observe MLK day because it became a Federal Holiday. Even now our local schools will give the students the day off and hold in-services for teachers, a not very subtle way of continuing to show disrespect for Dr. King.
As a social worker I have worked for multiple mental health agencies who did not acknowledge MLK Day. I was amazed by this considering that we worked with a population of people who were vulnerable to human rights violations. Once while teaching in an adult mental health day treatment program I went on a crusade to educate management about MLK Day and actually got them to agree to observe it. I am regularly stunned by the attitude that we don’t need to observe MLK day and respect/appreciate the work he did. It is also a testament to the attitude that we don’t have human rights problems anymore. It’s almost like some of us think we already checked that problem off the list, on to something else!
MLK has long been a hero of mine. I have read and listened to recordings of his speeches and taught the children in my life about the amazing work he did. I feel that I must continue his work in my own way. My favorite MLK quote is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” I love this message, and see it so literally true in the energy work I do. I read Auras and help people release attachments, balance their chakras, and heal other energetic issues. My primary tools for healing a person’s energy body are love and light. No matter how much darkness someone has experienced in life, light will always overcome and heal. What a visionary Dr. King was, and his legacy lives on in many ways. I wonder what he would think about a Psychic like me being so inspired by his work in a slightly different way than most.
I will leave you with another of my favorite MLK quotes. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Blessings my friends,
This article was published in Mark Husson’s Power Peek newsletter on January 26, 2013. Subscribe to Mark’s Power Peek here: www.12house.com.
Now more than ever we need peace in our hearts to make peace in our world. Our internal emotional weather impacts our communities and ultimately the world. We have a challenge and a job to do to maintain our inner calm in order to support outer calm. There are several ways to do this. The most effective is to focus on ourselves and our own needs first. When we feel desperate and like our needs are not met we are not peaceful. This impacts those around us negatively. When we put ourselves first and ensure that our needs are met we bring our internal emotional weather into stasis. Then we are better equipped to help those around us do the same. It is not selfish to put ourselves first. It is actually the best way to serve those around us. We cannot fully love, support and appreciate other people until we have done the same for ourselves. No one can take care of our needs better than we can.
Once our internal needs are met then we must rise to the challenge of finding our true path. When we are doing what we love and feel passionate about we are bringing peace into the world. At times it may feel difficult to determine our true path, but it is actually very simple. Be honest with yourself about what you truly love and feel good doing. This is your path; it is truly as simple as that. If you are struggling with this question spend some time sitting in silence, turn to your right, and ask your angels to help you be honest with yourself about your true path. You already know the answer, it is just a matter of uncovering it. Once you decide on your true path it is up to you to bring it forward in your life. You can ask for Angelic Guidance and support at any time along the way.
After you have met your inner needs and found your true path, then you help bring about peace by encouraging others to do the same. When we all feel calm inside and fulfilled by walking our true path our world becomes a much happier, peaceful place. You are an example to those around you everyday. When people see you standing in your truth and walking your path they feel inspired to do the same. Just as misery loves company, so do truth and peace. We all have a choice. We can stand in our truth and walk our paths, shining our lights and inspiring peace and love. We have been told that this process is hard and takes years of work. This is only true if we believe it. We can choose to believe that finding peace in ourselves is free and easy, and it will be so. As we continue this process of development we raise our vibration, raising the collective vibration around us. We truly are beams of peace if we choose to be. This is a brave choice, to rise above the collective and ask others to do the same. We are brave and strong, and we can do it!
Peace is not something that just happens one day by some happy accident. Peace grows in each of us, and the more we nurture and feed it with our own joy, the bigger it grows. Our own inner peace connects to the inner peace in those around us and becomes a network as we reach out. These networks of peace begin in families and reach out to neighborhoods, communities, towns, states, countries and the world. We have peace now in our hearts. It is time to reach out and connect to your own network, raising the vibration of your own community, spreading peace like wildfire, burning away the old world. Shine your light, step out from behind the fear that others will see who you truly are. You are the light of the world, and peace truly begins with you.
Peace and blessings my friends, Kristi
This article was published in Mark Husson’s Power Peek newsletter on January 19, 2013. Subscribe to Mark’s Power Peek here: www.12house.com.
As I write this I am listening to Krishna Das, My Foolish Heart. I love this piece of music and it illustrates perfectly how I have been feeling lately. At times my foolish heart trusts people that let me down. I have learned over the last year especially that I must love and trust myself and I can’t expect that from anyone else. My foolish heart wants everyone to have integrity and my best interest heart, but guess what, that just isn’t how life works. Now I don’t mean to sound cynical or fatalistic. The facts are that we have to learn to trust ourselves and follow our own hearts. Other people have to do the same. This is what it means to truly take responsibility for our choices and our lives.
As a child I was raised in a conservative religion that taught me that the bishop of my church could receive divine revelation for me. I was not encouraged to ask for divine revelation for myself, I had to go to this man and ask him to ask God for me. I never agreed with this idea and I didn’t do it. I bucked the system even as a small child. I used to pray for myself and received plenty of divine guidance all by myself. I knew then as I do now that each of us carries a spark of the divine within ourselves. We don’t even need to go outside ourselves to seek divine truth. It is right there in our hearts, if we just trust ourselves enough to ask. So why is it so hard to trust ourselves? We live in a society that says there is always a higher authority than us, that we must seek someone smarter, older, or more experienced than we are for knowledge. I challenge this idea in my own life and I encourage you to do the same. Throw caution to the wind and stop looking to “authorities” for answers. Look to yourself. Ask yourself what is true for you and trust it. This takes practice and time to see the results of your efforts, but I promise you that you will feel validated and happier when you follow yourself and the divine spark within you.
My Angelic Guide, Archangel Michael puts it this way, “Trust yourself and your own inner guidance above all else. You are the expert on your own life. You know what you need, and what will make you happy better than anyone. We, the angels, are here to guide and support you. Together we will work with you to support you in honoring your inner guidance.”
Now this may seem like a contradictory statement, an Archangel saying to trust ourselves first and ask for angelic support to learn to trust ourselves. I know, and I am sure you do as well, that much of what we do is based on what we think we should do, not on what we truly want. My guides have taught me honor myself first, and when I struggle with taking brave leaps, to ask for help. I know that as an advisor on 12Listen.com I do a lot of validating and supporting the inner truth of my callers. We all need validation and confirmation, but what we don’t need is judgment and control. See the difference? I thought you would!
Peace and blessings my friends,
This article was originally posted in “Mark Husson’s Power Peek” on January 12, 2013. Sign up for the Power Peek here: http://www.12house.com/home/welcomehome.cfm.
2012 was a challenging year for all of us on so many levels. It was also an amazing year because we as a society finally had “the big talk” about many social issues that have been hiding in dark places in our communities. We talked about gay marriage, poverty, rape, and women’s rights. We turned on the lights and brought some of the most difficult issues to the forefront. These conversations were not easy and at times very unpleasant, but we went from pretending these issues weren’t really issues to getting down to the work of resolving them once and for all. I have been predicting for a couple of years now that 2012 would be the beginning of peace and equality, and that is exactly what has happened. Now that doesn’t mean that it was all sunshine and roses and the lion lay down with the lamb, etc. No, we fought some serious battles this year. We brought to light some of the ugliest, most hateful beliefs about our fellow human beings, and then we sent those beliefs packing. We will continue to have conflict about ignored social issues for a while. We have to bring them out into the light, dust them off and really look at what is happening before we can come together as humanity and make long term change. I am so excited to be alive and a part of this tremendous growth process! I challenge you to get involved in some way in your own community this year! Find something you are passionate about and give your time to help. If we all take a little time to shine our light, we will make great change and inspire those around us to do the same. 2013 is the year of community!
This article was originally posted in “Mark Husson’s Power Peek” on January 5, 2013. Sign up for the Power Peek here: http://www.12house.com/home/welcomehome.cfm.
Ride the Wave!
We have been preparing for this day for a long time. Have you felt it? That feeling of expectancy? Today is the beginning. It is the culmination of the growing and changing and building our communities and guess what? We’re not done! This is another rung on the ladder, the beginning of another phase, another opportunity. Today is a day for joy and open hearts and acceptance. Fear has no place here, change is our destiny and growth our birth-right. Ride the wave, no fear, no resistance!
Here is my gift to you! This is my Root/Crown Connection meditation. Something we all need right now. Enjoy!
Michael says “All is well, my friends. Now is the time when you must let go of the old to make room for the new. Let the shift happen, the more you fight the harder it will be to change. Just as the old is falling away, the new energy is rising up. It may feel like everything is falling apart, and it is. As you ascend your reality must shift to match the new, higher energy. You are feeling many physical symptoms of the next shift in ascension. Fatigue, pain, pressure and anxiety are to be expected. Rest as much as you can, your body will catch up. Manifesting your reality is happening faster and faster, keep your thoughts positive. Insulate yourself from the turmoil in the outside world. Remember to call on the Archangels to guide and protect you. We are here with you every step of the way.”
I posted this message originally on August 9, 2011, and today Michael asked me to re-post it because this message is very important right now. Happy 12.12.12!