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Yesterday comedian, musician, first black cast member on the original “Saturday Night Live” and Karate Black Belt Garrett Morris (CBS’ 2 Broke Girls), stopped by The Juice to chat with full of smiles host Alyson Charles. Morris discussed the SNL cast, how karate saved his life and his newly released album, Black Creole Chronicles—he even sang an original ditty for Alyson and the audience.
Garrett Morris Harlem fact: In 1958 on the way home from a National Association of Negro Musicians’ music competition, Morris took a detour to New York City. There, Morris joined the Harlem YMCA Drama Club, which counted among its members actress Cicely Tyson. Soon after arriving in New York, Morris received his first big career break when he auditioned for the Harry Belafonte Singers and was hired as a soloist for ten years.
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We have been weathering a definite paradigm shift on our planet for quite some time now and these new energies have really amped up as of late, causing a variety of transformations. One of the main transformations occurring is the noticeable increase in our intuitive abilities. I personally have been picking up on the urgings of my soul more and more and I must say, it’s really quite fun to notice this heightening ability and feel like you’re working in total synchronistic conjunction with the Universe and it was through my intuitive perception that I ended up being drawn to the GaiamTV interview, Dan Millman on The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
I found that Dan and I share many life path and spiritual belief similarities and his interview is a helpful reminder that we all share a common quest- figuring out what truly constitutes “success” in this life and perhaps feeling the deep soul nudge that there’s “something more” for us to experience beyond the limited constructs that we’ve previously known. It’s not about success on the surface, but rather the kind of success that runs deep, that’s real, purposeful and filled with love. How do we connect more? How can we really tap in? Truly feel fulfilled? Here are some of Dan’s practical, relatable life tips to help guide us healthily to that place.
Tai Chi Your Way Through Life
There are many more fascinating and helpful nuggets of information in Dan Millman on The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, which makes it the perfect interview to watch as we continue to integrate these new energies and work our way through this great shift. No matter how spiritually-attuned we may be, it’s always refreshing to get another person’s take on how we can live our best, most fulfilling life and Dan perhaps sums it up best with this- “Head in the clouds, feet on the ground. Peaceful heart, warrior spirit.”
And so it is.
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At a time on our planet when consciousness is expanding at such a rate that it’s most likely causing intense growing pains, when energetic shifts are pouring in and old stories, karmas and limited ways of thinking no longer fit the constructs of what we’re in the midst of transforming into, it’s more vital than ever to find our center, to remember who we truly are, and get back to our core values of what really matters in this life. Thankfully GaiamTV sits down with a man perfectly suited to aid us in our recalibration into the New, the man who has sold over 7 million copies of his book series “Conversations with God,” Neale Donald Walsch.
There are a plethora of life-enhancing messages that get passed along to us in “Neale Donald Walsch: Master Class with Interview,” but before we get to those sparkling gems I first want to point out something that’s important to note- while Neale may be a New York Time’s Best-Selling Author, he is just like all of us. I love that the man who knows and teaches the Oneness of all of life is so strongly representative of that Oneness himself. Neale is a man who has endured being homeless for a year, debilitating illnesses and personal struggles, but it was through those experiences that he connected deeper and deeper with God and all Divine and allowed him to return to the wholeness and truth of himself and full acceptance of what always is. Here are some of my favorite life and love reminders from Neale (and God:)
Returning To Your Original Glory
Four Questions To Liberation?! I Shall Graciously Accept This Work!
Lastly, and certainly not least, as it is my favorite part of the interview, Neale graciously bestows upon us four questions that when asked and answered regularly, lead to complete liberation and transforming your whole life into being a conversation with God! It doesn’t get much more powerful than that! So, without further ado, the four questions are…
Neale explains the more often you ask and answer these questions, the more powerful they’ll become. There are no right or wrong answers, it’s simply about answering them authentically to you, answering with what genuinely comes up in your mind. Your answers may stay the same or they may shift and alter regularly but the point is the practice and the clarity, direction and guidance you gain from God (your higher self, your higher spirit, the Universe, the Divine...) by working your way through them.
The further insight you receive from watching this GaiamTV interview in full is monumental, moving and touching. Please allow it to be a reminder that we are all Neale Donald Walsch, that we all have the capability of living a God-centered and Spiritually-connected life that will continually guide us to the love, good, and divinity that we are and the love, good, and divinity that surrounds us all, all of the time. It is my hope that all of our experiences expand our ability to love unconditionally and deepen our relationship with God and our true selves so that we can live the truly spectacular, meaningful and miracle-filled life that is all of our birthrights; I can certainly attest to it working that way for me.
In Love, Light & Fun,
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Into The Oneness
There have been some huge, intense shifts in many peoples lives lately, all bringing us to this stage where we embrace the oneness of all that is. We are each other's greatest teachers and mirrors and we truly are all one. Please see this oneness in the face of the stranger you pass on the street, please feel this oneness in the hearts of all, should you ever feel isolated or alone.
Oneness, compassion and unconditional love can be felt and nurtured from other realms too... allow nature to speak to you, comfort you and guide you. Allow the stars in the night sky to remind you of the limitless, divine power that we all hold within.
We indeed have been shown what we need to tend to, in order to rise up! And live in the new! What is key right now is taking responsibility to release the old, release all the unnecessary suffering and allow your heart, mind, spirit and soul to remember the support and love that you can tap into from within yourself at all times! From the breeze outside! From the birds chirping away! From the planets in our galaxy! We are all connected, we are all one; let the beautiful, nourishing, loving energy be your guide as you take each step, each day soaking in the present moment, your true divine power and seeing yourself in all others.
Take a deep breath, all is well.
Hold your love and hold your light.
Hold the course your heart has guided you to.
Tap into, cherish, and honor your true essence of being.
Surrender all fears, heaviness and concerns to your higher Spirit.
Let us embrace the journey as we continue to grow and positively transform.
It is undeniable that each and every one of us is here for a purpose, each of us have come forth with a soul contract that will undoubtedly take us through some wild twists and turns during this thing called life. Our fate will serve us with people and places and things we were predetermined to experience for our soul's growth but our destiny, ahhhhhhhh, our destiny... that births from what we choose to do with those fateful experiences, where we will allow those experiences to take us - will we shrink or grow? Be reduced by the experience or expanded and enlightened?
My absolute, hands-down favorite interview and video on GaiamTV right now is with a man who has chosen the hero's journey, he has chosen the path of growth, expansion and awakening - going from a very difficult childhood to being an explosives expert during the Vietnam War, to becoming a mystic, monk, psychic and scholar, Dr. Steven Hairfield shares not only his astounding, courageous, faith-filled personal journey but also provides us with some pretty amazing yet practical life-enhancing secrets that can empower our time here on Earth and flood us with a beautiful knowingness, inner peace and clarity. Here are some of the most magical moments from "Steven Hairfield: on His Road to Awakening."
Following Those "Urges"
Obviously Dr. Hairfield is a walking vessel of miraculous, ancient teachings but here are a couple of very accessible tools you can use to manifest the life of your dreams:
What a wonderful blessing to have Dr. Hairfield so willing to share his journey and lessons learned with such an open heart! I hope the teachings resonated with your soul and truly hope you decide to watch his interview in full here on GaiamTV.
In the meantime, take a deep, clarifying breath and honestly ask yourself: is there an urge you've been denying or trying to ignore? How different might your life start to look if you allowed yourself to be guided by your soul's wisdom? Has it been easy or hard for you to walk forward in growth, courage and faith? Remember, we are not broken! We are whole and perfect and loving and sometimes it's simply a matter of remembering who we really are, who we truly are in our soul and getting back to and living from that essence. It's always nice to take an honest glance inward to ensure we're doing our very best to create a destiny of beautiful expansion, self-love and adventure.
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For those journeying down the self-help or personal development path, the varying schools of thought and perspective and growing selection of books and teachings can feel overwhelming at times. Plus, it’s important that what you’re learning feels good, resonates with your spirit and connects deeply with your true self. In all my years of self-help study I've never been so excited to suggest teachings as I am now with Inspirations: Marianne Williamson on Divine Compensation. Marianne conveys her principals in such a way that makes my brain simultaneously jolt to life with excitement and my soul sigh with deep, profound relief. This interview is centered on Marianne’s recently released book, The Law of Divine Compensation, and here are just a few of the shining moments from the talk…
Your Homie, The Universe
Marianne stresses the importance of resting assured that we live in a Universe that is continuously self-organizing and correcting to ensure each one of us is thriving in our absolute highest form. Let me say again, the Universe is made up of this magical, yummy, divine energy that’s programmed to allow everything to flow and thrive at the highest level of creative manifestation. So if we know the Universe has our back-- that it's our true homie--the question then becomes, are you getting in your own way? We've got to do our part to work with the Universe, and we do that by making sure our thoughts and beliefs are aligned with spirit, not the fear-based ego. Are your thoughts focused on miracles, gratitude, love, plentitude and new possibilities, or lack, fear, anger, and resentment? The realm you identify with will be the one that is your reality.
Let Those Miracles Flow!
If our thoughts and energy alignment are such vital components to our thriving, it’s important that we know key steps to ensuring we’re inviting miracles in:
• Discipline Your Mind! We must be aware and in charge of our own thoughts and redirect when our pesky ego tries to trip us up on our path to amazingness. Just remember: love over fear, love over fear, love over fear.
• Forgive! What blocks miracles are thoughts of anger and resentment, so be honest with yourself and if there’s anyone you know you need to offer forgiveness to, invest in learning how to do it and work towards it--if for no other reason than it being vital to your own success in life!
• Meditate! Through the centering and calming of our heart and mind, we can see so much clearer. I find it most helpful to meditate first thing in the morning which sets a peaceful, refreshed tone for the entire day. As Marianne puts it, “get lifted so miracles shift your way.”
Lastly, I encourage you to not only watch this amazing interview but also read Marianne’s book because the magnitude of powerful tips and teachings will blow your mind. I will leave you with this--life is not about deciding or creating who you want to be, but remembering who you already are! We have within us all the divine power needed but we must work it, ESPECIALLY when we are triggered and pulled into fear, anger or ego. That is when we must pledge to ourselves to put into action the mental skill sets we have studied and developed from our time on our fantastic, personal development voyage! After all, that’s the entire point of our journey, right? To practice what we've learned when moments are tough and it matters most! Stay blessed.
GaiamTV.com Ambassador Alyson Charles is a television and radio host and producer. She lends her passions, inspirations, and self-help knowledge to her readers on www.InAWEwithALY.com, supplying you with the freshest secrets and tips for creating your most magical life.
“Every thought we think either invites a miracle or blocks a miracle.”