June's Insights from Lisa
Happy June Friends!! June is a magical time where we celebrate the longest day of the year and revival in the height of the sun. Ancient peoples celebrated this time especially because much light and sunshine meant bountiful crops and good harvests to come. Helpful herbs would be popping up as they do today to ensure good health and longevity. Seeds would be sprouting, blossoms would be turning into fruit and live stock would be growing strong. There was tangible, nourishing support from mother earth. Life would still be challenging physically but it would have been more enjoyable, sociable and people would have felt much more energized as the earth seemed to overflow and brim with life. Today it is difficult for us to really understand what life would have been like for our ancestors but we still feel the great energy, growth and sense of well being that June brings. The cards this month offer us growth and support which helps us be in tune with the energy of late spring and early summer :)
#1. Support: This card asks us to be aware of the role support plays in our lives. We need to ask ourselves if we have a good support system in place for ourselves. This is a time to sort of re-evaluate the support systems we have currently. Do we allow people into our lives who bring good energy and growth to us? Do the people we choose to spend time with make us feel good about ourselves and who we are? When you are in need of support do you have people you can count on? Are the people you surround yourself with in alignment with your beliefs and values? Is the exchange of energy with your support system full of helpful energy or is it restricted? If you are not feeling like the exchange is helpful and nurturing on both ends then it is time to ask yourself why. Have you outgrown some connections in your life? If this is true it doesn't mean you don't care about them it simply means that you are evolving. The important thing is to accept that you are in a different place and that it is okay to grow and move into a place where there are other people who can support you differently. This isn't about tossing people out of our lives because they are no longer useful to us. It is about being more aware of the energy exchange between yourself and others, about the roles people play in our lives. This card reminds us that people come and go from our lives at different times for different reasons. Some learn from you and move on while you need to learn from others. It is a natural process but it can be difficult for many of us. It can be challenging when we realize that we are changing in new ways and this may cause some anxiety. There can be guilt associated with this kind of change and there may be an inclination to hold ourselves back. It is perfectly OK to make room for a new support system so please don't hold yourself back. You can still remain friends with those who are not on the same path BUT what you might need from that friendship, will change and that is okay too. The key is to allow that person the freedom to be who they are in their current journey. Maybe you become a different kind of support system for them. Maybe within your newness, you can become a new source of support for someone just as others have done for you. It is important to allow ourselves this growth. If you had remained friends with everyone you have ever met in your whole life it would be exhausting and you would have no time to meet new people. The friend who helped you learn how to french braid your hair still holds a special spot in your heart. You both have moved on from french braids, Seventeen magazine and making invisible ink with lemon juice but her value in your journey isn't any less because she isn't apart of your story today.
#2. 10 of Water:
Serenity, Peace, Good Fortune and Well-Being -This joyful Buddha wants
to fill your heart with peace and calm of knowing that you are enough.
If you are feeling a bit icky and unsure about reviewing some of the
support systems in your life, rest assured that the Buddha brings you
new support worth celebrating. Feel into your growth with confidence
and self assurance. Follow what your intuition calls you to do and yet
again, do NOT over-think it. Trust yourself! The 10 of water tells us
to be fluid and go with the flow. Nothing has to be written in stone.
If you make a mistake you just jump back in the water and flow on down
the stream. What you need IS inside of you. I know that sometimes this
statement can be a bit crazy-making. You say: Well ok, if what
I need is already within me why don't I have the answers?? Why do I
question myself? Why doesn't the universe open up the sky and hand me
down a sequined bedazzled envelope with all the answers to my questions
AND bonus answers for questions I will have in the future?? Why do I
always get 'maybe' when I consult my Magic Eight Ball ?? I feel
your frustration sister-friend. The 10 of cups wants us to believe in
ourselves, our abilities and to trust in the lessons we have already
learned. This is a card that wants us to embrace and celebrate the wins
and the fact that many times we HAVE had the answers within us. We just
had to trust in ourselves. Take pleasure in knowing great strides have
been made in your personal growth and to be proud of yourselves. The
Buddha wants us to stop being so hard on ourselves and take some credit
where credit is due. Allow yourself to beam like Buddha! Lighten up
on yourself and embrace your accomplishments big and small. This is
a time to sit back and take pleasure in who have been become, forgive
your mistakes and be OK with where you are right now. Celebrate where
you have come from and how you got here. Take some time to sit and think
about one or two times you realized you DID have what you needed inside
you. Feel that connection to yourself and your intuitive abilities.
You deserve it. Get out some ice cream and cream soda and celebrate
how far you have truly come!
I like that we are finishing the reading with this card because the
grace card brings us to a beautiful place of calm and a place of reflection.
Not unlike the joyful Buddha this card asks us to be in the moment and
to NOT allow the frustrating and annoying details of everyday life to
be our constant source of life energy. We regularly need to allow ourselves
to stop and be in the moment. It is never a bad idea to stop, regroup,
take a look around you and just be. Take a deep breath,
give yourself some credit for what ever you have accomplished so far
that day. Allow the simplicity of that moment to fill your heart with
peace and grace. The name Grace has Latin origins and means 'favour'
or 'blessing'. Make time for quiet moments to allow yourself to count
your blessings, give yourself some credit and to think about what you
are grateful for. When you cultivate a daily practice of gratitude you
invite grace to be a constant companion in your life, even on those
days when you ask...oh what fresh hell is this coming my way?,
you can centre yourself back to grace, gratitude and not get feverishly
caught up in whatever 'fresh hell' is coming your way. You know you
can handle whatever is in front of you because you have gratitude in
your heart, you have a great support system in place and you believe
Crystals to use
for the month of June:
Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Highly sensitive peopleor empathssee life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But theyre also the favored prey of vampires who feed off empaths energy and disrupt their lives on every levelphysical, emotional, and financial.
In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research in this exciting new field, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. Youll delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, youll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too.
In these pages, Dr. Northrup opens up a toolbox full of techniques you can use to leave these harmful relationships behind; heal from the darkness theyve cast over your mind, body, and spirit; and let your own light shine. In the end, you may find yourself healthier, happier, wealthier, and more vibrant than you ever believed possible.
ISBN: 978-1401954772 * Hay House, 2018 * 230 pages * $32.50
ISBN: 978-0451498847 * Harmony, 2018 * 278 pages* $35.00
LIVING AN EXAMINED
James Hollis, Ph.D.
How do you define growing up? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks: a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.
With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:
With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment."It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within," writes Dr. Hollis. "You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before."
ISBN 978-1683640479 * Sounds True, 2018 * 125 pages * $21.50
We all know a lot less than we think we do. Humans have invented countless marvels, from jumbo jets to the global economy, yet most of us can't even explain how a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little?
The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individual-oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things. The Knowledge Illusion contends that true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the community around us.
Cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we overestimate the depth of our comprehension and expertise in almost every realm. We thrive by instictively drawing on the knowledge of the people and things around us, but the illusion of individual intelligence persists. We believe we can understand complicated political or technical issues (we can't), cram endless information in our brains (we don't), and effectively make complex business decisions on our own (we won't). The Knowledge Illusion offers a better way to think about how we think. Appreciating the collaborative nature of the human mind can make us better teachers, managers, citizens, and contributing members of the community of knowledge.
ISBN 978-0399184369 * Riverhead Books, 2018 * 284 pages * $22.00
are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world,
the group identities that matter mostthe ones that people will
kill and die forare ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based.
But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states
engaged in great ideological battlesCapitalism vs. Communism,
Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the Free World vs. the Axis
of Evilwe are often spectacularly blind to the power of
tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American
In America today, every group feels threatened. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism.
In her persuasive style, Amy Chu argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.
ISBN: 978-0399562853 * Penguin Press, 2018 * 293 pages* $37.00
At the heart of the Matrix lies a simple yet highly unexpected concept for creating major life change, unlike anything shared by other teachers, past or present. It clearly reveals why manifesting" sometimes works with incredible ease, why it sometimes doesn't work at all, and why, on occasion, it works and yet in hindsight we wish it hadn't. You'll not only learn about the "Bermuda Triangle of Manifesting" that too often leads to heartbreak and loss, you'll discover how to navigate around it, under full sail, with new "Aha!" moments as you come to understand:
Playing the Matrix lays out the actual physical and metaphysical mechanics of manifestation, including your role in the equation of reality creation, so that you can deliberately orchestrate the changes you most wish to see. Once you begin working with the Universe instead of unwittingly working against it, you will truly astound yourself.
ISBN: 978-1401950606 * Hay House, 2017 * 191 pages * $33.99
PLAYING THE MATRIX
THE MINDFUL DAY
Laurie J. Cameron
Here is your guide to living with focus, clarity, and intention in a high-tech, fast-paced world.
In this illuminating
book, acclaimed teacher and expert Laurie J. Cameron combines traditional
mindfulness wisdom with cutting-edge science and positive psychology
to provide simple steps for navigating busy schedules, difficult emotions,
and important relationships with purpose and skill. Starting with the
moment you wake up, Cameron takes you through a typical day. offering
evidence-based mindful practices that promote calm, concentration, and
connection in any situation. Fifty entries provide easy-to-follow strategies
for better living, including how to:
Honed from Camerons' more than 25 years' experience advising hard-driving professionals at Fortune 500 companies, these inspiring insights and clear recommendations can be adapted at home, in the workplace, on the sports field, and beyond. You'll learn how to strengthen your mind and cultivate your inner life to change how you experience the world. Wherever the day takes you, this essential companion to everyday mindfulness will give you the insight you need to manage stress, boost productivity, deepen relationships, and live with greater positivity and joy.
ISBN: 978-1426218361 * National Geographic, 2018 * 272 pages * $28.99
all know what it's like to have a 'charge' about something; the feeling
of excitement, fear, arousal, or irritation. How do we use that charge
for the behaviours we want to create?
Charge is a word for the basic life force running through us. This force is crucial if we are to meet challenges, heal past wounds, and manage stress. Even more, it is essential for mastering your own life force and becoming all you can be.
Charge and The Energy Body makes an important contribution to the growing field of Energy Medicine, by looking at charge as the interface between mind and body, and the missing ingredient in Mind-Body healing. It brings the reader into a deep intimacy with their own life force, as well as an understanding of how charge runs their relationships, their children, their clients, and their patients. It examines how we can become 'overcharged' or 'undercharged' and how to create balance through practices of charging and discharging. Each chapter gives simple exercies to put these principles into practice.
World-renowned teacher, somatic therapist, author, and advanced yoga teacher, Anodea Judith, PhD addresses all this and more. Taken from her decades of teaching and her doctoral work in Mind-Body medicine, Charge and the Energy Body contributes something entirely new to the literature on healing self and others.
ISBN: 978-1401954482 * Hay House, 2018 * 315 pages* $22.50
CHARGE AND THE ENERGY
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In Energy Strands, Denise Linn shows you how to release the cords that bind you and strengthen the ones that heal you. She shares methods she's personally practiced over the years to help you achieve peace and balance in your life, including how to:
* Hay House, 2018 * 201 pages* $22.50
Merging Taoist philosophy, Hindu principles, and Confucianism along with scientific findings, Jason Gregory outlines the practice of wu-wei as a vehicle to realize our innate freedom, revealing that when we release our ego and allow life to unfold as it will, we align ourselves more closely with our goals and cultivate skill and mastery along the way. Equating being in the zone with a stillness of the mind, Gregory shares meditation practices coupled with yoga exercises from Patanjali that allow you to approach life with a mastery of acceptance, releasing deluded beliefs of how to achieve success that make your mind sticky and poised for conflict. The author shows how practicing wu-wei paradoxically empowers you to accomplish all that you desire by having no intention to do so, as well as allowing you to become receptive to natures blueprint for expressing beauty.
Revealing wisdom utilized by renowned sages, artists, and athletes who have adapted being in the zone as a way of life, the author shows that wu-wei can yield a renewed sense of trust in many aspects of your daily life, making each day more effortless. As an avid wu-wei practitioner, he provides keen insight on how you, too, can experience the beauty of achieving an enlightened, effortless mind while reveling in the process of lifes unfolding.
ISBN: 978-1620557136 * Inner Traditions, 2018 * 187 pages* $21.50
Julian Daizan Skinner
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Taking the reader through the first 100 days of practice, Practical Zen then shows how to adapt the new learned techniques to the rest of your life. Each chapter ends with case studies showing how individuals have been transformed through their meditation journey. This is an accessible and practical guide to adapting Eastern meditation into busy Western lives.
ISBN: 978-1848193901 * Singing Dragon, 2018 * 192 pages* $18.95
Dr. Sharon Blackies definition, a vivid sense of belongingness
to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation
in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human
tendencyone we possess as children, but lose, through social and
cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an attitude of mind which
can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is
intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imaginationbut
it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community.
ISBN: 978-1487004071 * Ambrosia, 2018 * 314 pages * $19.95
THE ENCHANTED LIFE
THE ART OF LOVE TAROT
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The Art of Love Tarot is the first ever tarot deck featuring the artwork of intuitive artist Toni Carmine Salerno. Tarot guru Denise Jarvie was inspired to create this deck from 78 of Toni's most enchanting works, bringing a contemporary new age approach to the age-old tradition of tarot.
The four traditional suits become Stars, Hearts, Angels, and Trees in the Minor Arcana, complementing the themes that run through Toni's work. The 22 Major Arcana cards are revisited to reflect modern-day versions of the traditional archetypes they represent.
The tarot is ultimately a way to know ourselves by unveiling the unknown that lies before and within us. Reading with The Art of Love Tarot deck will expand your awareness of the energies at play in your life and help reveal the endless possibilities that exist for you.
ISBN 978-0738753843 * Llewellyn Publications, 2017 * 78-card deck and 116 page guidebook * $37.95