Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Every Day Connection - David Cole

David ColeEvery new guest on our show brings a new sense of unity, all of them willingly sharing their own personal understanding of what it means to be connected to spirit and through their sharing breaching the gap between various beliefs and spiritual pursuits. Tonight’s guest David Cole was no exception and it was for us an absolute honour to have him join us. There is a sense of peace that comes along with his presence and even though our call tonight traversed oceans, the comfort of his being was easy to feel. It is in my heart to share with all of you that our guest tonight was to me the very essence of what t it means to be connected to Spirit everyday and tonight’s show served to prove to me the worth and the value of the width and breadth of the concept of this show.


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Monday, August 22, 2011

Working It All Out...

Working it all out...

And moving on – or up ... I hope.

And so I sit down yet again at my computer with a whole bunch of crap weighing me down and wondering to myself how I am going to express it all. If you stopped by yesterday to check out our rather long rant on Coffee With Source I imagine that you already have an idea of where this might be headed. If not the option to listen is still there – I am not about to take it down anytime soon because I believe to do so would be to dishonour the very lesson we have been working so hard at learning over the last couple weeks. I want to sit here and write to you about how important it is to be true to yourself and to embrace and own your emotions but I have to again be completely honest with you and with myself and tell you that right now I just don’t have it in me.

It’s been a long, miraculous journey – it really has and I will be the first to admit I have so much to be grateful for yet somewhere in here, in the core of who I am there is an underlying impatience with regards to getting on with living the life I want to live and lately it is jading my work and affecting my own level of joy. I always had a dream – a powerful , potent dream to be an inspiration through my work for others, to bring a sense of peace and wonder into their lives through my work as an author. Sadly, for as much as I have succeeded on many levels in doing so the cost to myself has been remarkably high.

I wish I could sit here and tell you it is not about how many books I sell or how much money I make doing what I do but that too would be a lie. And I get that you may not feel that my success or failure as an author is in any way your responsibility because I would be the first to tell you that you are in fact not responsible for anybody else’s happiness but your own. At the moment however I do find myself at a crossroads – and I am trying to figure out which way I should go. You see my pen has always been my outlet, my release, my way to express whatever I happen to be going through at any given moment and it has come to me of late that I have yet again begun to lose the love I once had for that old, comforting friend, the pen. Many of you have read my work and been inspired by it – many have read my work and been uplifted and I have all kinds of love in my heart for the many letters, emails and messages regarding those moments of ‘WOO HOO!!!’. Unfortunately I do not feel the ‘WOO HOO’ right now, in fact it is much more like a BOO HOO and I have to take some time to figure out why.

We spoke at great length yesterday about acknowledging anger and resentment to allow for an opening up and release of that anger; we spoke of the dangers of bottling that anger up and the fact that as it stands, for the most part society would have us believe that to feel anger is in some way wrong. We called Shenanigans on that and urged you to be true to your you , because not paying attention to your emotions is a one way ticket to illness and ultimately death. As to why society views anger as wrong, perhaps it is because they feel that anger leads to hate but it is in my own experience that it is fear above all else that leads to hate and that anger is simply an honest human reaction to a shitty situation. And here we get down to the heart of the matter. With regards to my work, with three books published and still not enough money to pay my bills or feed myself it is time for me to rethink my writing. You see if fear breeds hate then I am in real danger right now of hating my pen – the extension of my me that has been for three years my comfort and my saving grace because right now I am slowing slipping back into a state of fear about whether or not I will succeed at doing the very thing I am so passionate about doing. I don’t want to hate my pen, I need my pen and so it is for that reason that for a little while my pen and I are going to take some much needed alone time.

For those of you who have found inspiration through my work I offer a few answers to your question of where will I go from here. First of all, I do find much joy in our on line radio show Every Day Connection, and for that reason will continue to be a part of that show and to set aside time each week to bring to you not just the show but the blog we call reflections. As it is in my heart that the show itself is still expanding and growing I feel there is still much there for me to learn from. I would encourage those of you who have come to me with questions in the past to check out the show, and to find the time to join us and call in with your questions. We have had some remarkable guests in the past and their combined wisdoms and willingness to share their own experiences has been an extremely uplifting experience.
For those of you who have approached me in the past with questions about the trials and tribulations that life presents, and for those of you who have utilized this blog-site in the past as a tool for personal growth I encourage you to continue to do so but I caution you that content on this site for the next little while will be sporadic at best. I need to get some taking care of me time in and I was reminded today by a dear friend who has read all three of my books that all the answers to the questions you guys have been asking me via our many means of communication for the past three years are actually already written down for you and available to you at any time. My Ning network will also be closed very soon and I will be spending much less time on line so if you are feeling the need to get in touch with me please feel free to contact me directly, but be patient as I am not sure I will be answering messages in a timely manner.

Our world is changing at a rapid rate, and as it shifts so too must we learn to adapt to it and be true to the warning signs in our hearts like anger and resentment, warning signs that tell us for the moment here is not where you need to be. Yes I am a writer and I have over the last three years offered you the best of me that I had to give, but I forgot along the way to offer that same best of me to myself and it is time I took a long hard look at why.
As usual I love you all and I will no doubt see you around... until then – stay true to you and live happy. I will no doubt be back but for now I have some things to work through and some new potential’s to explore. Who knows, maybe when it is all said and done, I will have some amazing new insights and stories to share with you when I have finished working it all out.
Love, Light and laughter
Jean Victoria Norloch
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Coffee With Source - She's Mad as Hell And She Don't Care...

Ya know...
Sometimes life brings you a point of no return - a place where you have to make a choice - do I stay where I am or do I throw caution to the wind and step into WHO I AM - when that day comes I pray you have the courage to stand on your truth and stop hiding from your own anger, sorrow and pain - and I pray that you have the right people in your life at exactly the right time to help you find the courage to do so... because after today I may or may not be around to be the one to tell you it's OK...
Oh screw it, no sunshine, rainbows or bunnies today my loves, just a whole lot of letting go of all that no longer serves me...
If you want to know what that is – hit the magic play button and follow along as I rant about the importance of honouring your anger...





You know I love you all... but there are days when I am just not so sure I am willing to work for free anymore... 

but then again my mood may yet change... but at this point I doubt it, it's well past time i started paying attention to my own value and worth - I will keep you posted...

Jean Victoria Norloch 
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com


Monday, August 15, 2011

Everyday Connection - Reflections - Paxton Robey

I imagine the day had to come, given the heartfelt honesty of our guests, when a story shared would leave me not only speechless, but mildly shaken from the emotions that were stirred up from the intimate nature of the words spoken.

It was one of those rare times on our show where the energy seemed to be subdued, with soften spoken questions and smoothly flowing answers that blended together into a tale told of self destruction, sacrifice, and in the end survival and celebration of a life well lived.

I have sat at this keyboard for the last two days, searching for the right words to use, words to convey the feeling of kinship and deep respect that flowed through me on the night of the show. No matter how hard I tried, the sweet sounding phrases would not come and it was then that I had to do the one thing I dread most when writing; lay down my pen and walk away...

Yet it was in that moment of surrendering my need to express these feelings that the true meaning of the show began to take shape, not in my mind where I had first sought the answers to my writers block dilemma but in my heart where the answers had been waiting all along.

Grace he spoke of, a blessed gift of love...

Loss of self he spoke of, a giving up of an identity that he had acquired throughout his first years of living in a detached society that values material wealth more than inner peace...

Connection he spoke of, a quieting of the mind and a willingness to listen to the whispers of our hearts...

Pain he spoke of, and loss... and then we made our way out of the dark and into the light of self realization. So, just as he shared with us his story of handing his life to spirit out of desperation I too must hand my precious pen over to the spirit within and allow that story to be told.

It is not a tale of self sacrifice as one may think, nor is it a warning to others to encourage them to give up all that they are to be all that they think they ought to be. No, it is a call to be more purely themselves, to stand on their inner truth and to follow their passion and their bliss. A call to live a life in line with all the beauty and bounty our world has to offer; a call to give up fear of lack as there is nothing in this world that can be lost.

I think sometimes we fall prey to the idea that we must walk away from all that we knew in order to become all that we wish to become, yet perhaps it may be better said that all that you knew will carry you forward to the next step and blend together with new visions becoming all that you know. It is a process of growth, one of exploration of self but it does not require that you give up on your dreams, all it requires is that you allow that within you that is the ALL to assist you in choosing the path that will most efficiently and effectively take you to exactly where you want to go.

We live in a world where the fear of loss is an ever present barrier to our spiritual development, in a world where the things that bring us comfort also happen to be for the most part things we can touch, taste, smell and see. What happens then when you realize that all those things are also an extension of the source of ALL? What happens when you realize that you too are an extension of the source of ALL? What happens when you realize that none of it is not good, that none of it is not GOD?

Grace, he said, was the gift he was given, a glimpse into what life could be if only he would let go of all that he thought he knew and put his life into the hands of Spirit. "Is it possible that if God is so powerful, if God is so good, so knowledgeable, so understanding and so connected to us that no harm has ever been done...?" Paxton Robey

 

PS: If you missed our show with Paxton, click below to listen!


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

For The Love of my Home Town

For The Love of my Home Town...


I spent 16yrs of my life trying to get out of the small town in which I grew up because I always thought that they would never understand me. It has occurred to me of late that it is I who was unwilling to understand them...

So I ventured forth into the great unknown vowing to find the excitement and adventure I dreamed of, praying I would find a place I could call home. I went seeking for people of like mind, people who would accept me, all the while hiding my truth from the very people who knew my 'me' better, on many levels, than I knew myself. I broke out of my shell, explored the world around me, journeyed deep into my own heart and soul in an attempt to find some sense of peace, some proof that love existed in our world, some confirmation that my ideas of compassion, acceptance and understanding for all were not so farfetched as to be an unattainable dream. From around the world, creators stumbled, glided, flew and dropped into my life in various shapes and forms and I felt for a while as if I had broken down the final wall and tapped into a secret the world needed to learn. I wrote books, I did video’s, I talked and I shared in a vain attempt to tell the world how amazing it is, to prove to them all that they can, that they will...
Then I grew up...

And realized that they already are...

Which is not to say I am by any means done growing, but I will more than willingly admit, unashamed and undisturbed, that my need to wake people up was one of the first signs that I myself was still asleep.

For all this time that I have been out here doing what I do, I was hiding from who I was, and for the most part not sharing my new life with the people I had grown up with. A fear still lingered, there deep in my heart that they would not approve, that they would not understand and that I would still never be accepted; after all my way of looking at the world was so much different than theirs. Yet thanks to the amazing support and encouragement of a select few individuals I in time learned not to care, I learned that my thoughts and feelings had worth and value, I learned to trust my pen and my heart and to have faith in my ability to touch the hearts of others. I began to see the occasional familiar face pop up, people who had for years been off my radar and though they do not often speak out about the work that I do they do let me know they are there, they let me know they are watching, that they are listening and that they have appreciation for the work that I am doing...

It took some time for me to realize how important that was to me, how much it mattered that they were still with me, even after all those years of running there was a place I could still always go that would be a place I could call home. Oddly enough many of them are not there anymore, yet the ties of growing up in a small town are ties that bind, and the values that you learn in such a close knit, family oriented environment are values that you can carry with you proudly throughout your life. I forget sometimes to thank them, and I forget to tell them how much it means to feel them with me on my crazy trip into self, I forget in fact to tell them how much of what I am today has been influenced by the love and support I got way back when I was not yet grown enough to recognize it for what it was.

You see I was blessed enough to grow up with a bunch of very creative friends, who had a deep appreciation for the freedoms that artistic expression gives you... Music was huge part of my youth although I myself have never played and am terrified of singing in public, I was was nevertheless constantly exposed to the free thinking of the creative mind. On the other end of that, I had a number of friends who had no interest whatsoever in creative anything yet they had a deep appreciation of the simple things in life. Many of them , children of local farmers, knew the value of both hard work and hard play, they had tight, interwoven and interconnected families who had grown up close to each other three or four generations back. Support in that kind of community is never far away and though there is the challenge of everybody – everywhere – always knowing your business, looking back on it, if you feel you have something to hide then maybe it is a something you should not have done... Time was passed going for walks in the bush or in fields, fishing, getting together and having jam sessions around campfires and in some cases long nights simply walking around the town, exploring the potentials of deep thought... Not that bad a way to grow up and certainly not something to run away from...

They say the grass is always greener on the other side and that you never really appreciate something unitl it is gone... I say, the grass is pretty green where I am, but I had to work a lot on me to appreciate how remarkably green it is over there as well and since over there is not really gone, since the only thing that needed to change for me to appreciate what I was running from, was me, then I have to wonder... how long do you have to run from everything and everybody before you figure out that the only person you are running from, is yourself?

(I want to thank Marsha, one of those old souls in a young body for inspiring this blog and for reminding me every once in awhile how amazing the people are who grew up in my home town)

Jean Victoria Norloch
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com




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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You make a living doing that? The Shameless Author...

You make a living doing that? The Shameless Author...
I was recently at a BBQ being held by some of my love’s friends. People I had never met, who kindly opened up their luxurious home and invited us in for an evening of fun. This is how I would like to remember them, in fact for the most part I recall them as being extremely giving, generous, outgoing people yet something about the first few minutes of our encounter has made me reflect on how society views people who work in the arts.
My love never hides the fact that I am an author; in fact he is more than happy to share that information with anybody who asks, knowing that my pen is such a big part of who I am, it is a natural part of any introduction he makes. Yet it has occurred to me, that more often than not, the first question asked with regards to my work is not, “what do you write about?” or “where can we find your books?” or even (and yes I know I may be asking too much) “do you enjoy what you do?”; rather it is a very pointed, in your face and blunt referral to societal perceptions about the starving artist syndrome, “So, can you make a living doing that?”.
I was reflecting on this question this morning and the impact that it has on the people you ask it to and it occurred to me that I have been hammered with this same question in various different forms of delivery by almost every single person I have encountered along my journey thus far as an author. Friends, family, strangers... it never seems to matter the relationship or even if we have a relationship, this one question apparently is not outside of the realm of propriety. Of course, no other author, poet, artist, photographer or explorer of creativity would dare, nor would I think the general populace dare ask the question of say a police man, teacher, or even a waitress... but they will ask an artist, and shame on me for bothering all this time to answer.
I am usually left with a feeling of discomfort, as if I have been purposely put on the spot, and I struggle to find an acceptable answer, all the while catering to their perceptions of what life ought to be about and forgetting to stand on my truth and tell them exactly how my life is...
Maybe I ought to be more honest in my answer, maybe I ought to tell them that as it stands, I am not a wealthy, world renowned author, but that I know in my heart I will be. Maybe I ought to tell them that it is to people like them that I write, to try to get the message out that as long as you stand in your judgment of what is right or not right for others you will continue to place yourself in a position to also be judged. Maybe I should tell them that in the simple asking of such a question, they are implying on a subconscious if not conscious level that the arts is not a valid career choice and if this is the case then they ought to stop listening to the radio, playing their iPod and going to the movies. Maybe I ought to explain to them that when they in their ignorance make such an implication they in turn damage on an unconscious level if not on a conscious one the perception that the artist themselves has about success and wealth. Maybe I ought to, but I won’t...
I understand that their perceptions of what is important are not the same as mine, and I understand that it may be their chosen path to live in that reality. I understand that they may not realize how important an artist’s work is, not so much to the public but rather to the artist themselves. I even understand that I am most purely me when I can be understanding about them not understanding me at all. I would however love for them to at least try...
You see I have thought this through very carefully, and after much quiet contemplation I have come to the conclusion that there is really only valid answer to such a question...
So the next time somebody asks me... “So can you make a living doing that?” I will answer “But, yes of course, I do it every day, for writing is part of who I am, my pen is an extension of my me and without them I will not be whole, I will not be well, and in time I will give in, give up and fade away... so yes, of course I can make a living doing this, it is the not doing it that I cannot make a living on...”
Of course if they switch the question up to “can you make money doing that?”, I will have to change gears and very bluntly tell them that “yes, of course I make money doing this, each and every time somebody reads my work and realizes just how bloody good I am at what I do”.
Jean Victoria Norloch
PS... If you are reading this and you really want to know if I am good at what I do... you can find out for yourself for 99cents by checking out my latest novel... Crashing Back to Earth – you never know, it might just change how you view the power of artistic expression ...



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

EVERYDAY CONNECTION With Special Guest Paxton Robey

There are times when we are so concerned with the path we have chosen to take, so focussed on choosing the right direction, and so lost in our own worries and doubts that we forget that we are not walking the path alone. Tonight’s show with Paxton Robey was a powerful reminder of the value of surrendering to spirit and allowing our divine guidance to carry us forward into our future. As usual I do not wish to spoil your fun by revealing too much ahead of time but I will entice you a little by sharing a very important piece of advice... “Silence the mine so that you can hear the voice of Spirit”, but as usual we discussed just how important it is to do that on your own terms, in your own time and in your own way...
Some of Paxton’s sharing will leave you in shock, some will leave you pondering, some of it will leave you with a need to reflect, all of it will leave you wanting more...
Hit that magic play button and join us into another journey into connection to spirit.



To learn more about Paxton Robey and his incredible journey you may visit him at No Time For Karma

And you can visit us at EVERY DAY CONNECTION to follow the show and to check out our upcoming guests.
As always love to you all until next time,
Jean Victoria Norloch




Monday, August 8, 2011

My Feel Good Blog...

My Feel Good Blog...
Sigh...
Sometimes it just seems that no matter what I do, I can’t seem to find the natural joy that we all know is a natural part of who we are. There are days when it just seems to be too much, when even the little day to day irritations are overwhelming, causing fear and doubt to overpower reason and send me spiralling into a self destructive, self depreciating inner dialogue. There have been many who have offered me tools to use to remain grounded, many who have offered me wisdom and advice, and many who have over the years encouraged me simply to find my own path to inner peace. I tried to do the meditations, I tried to do the visualizations, I tried the baths with sea salt and candles, I even tried my old friend the pen yet still there are moments when even something as personal to me as writing cannot lift me up out of my morbid mood and set me back on the path to feeling good about life.
It is those times when all other tools fail, when there is seemingly nowhere left to turn that I seek the assistance of the universal language of music. I have built myself a top five list of songs I play each and every time I am feeling a little lost.
Carefully chosen for not just the message within, but for the beauty of spirit of the writers and the performers these songs have saved me many times by bringing me back to a place of understanding, hope and faith.
First on my list and always the first to be played, Redemption song by peace troubadour Bob Marley, my preferred version being that of the incredible artists from Playing For Change. Apart from the inspiration that comes from watching strangers from around the world play together a song of love it is the words that really get me going. “But my hand was made strong by the ‘and of the almighty’ and so with these words I am reminded yet again that I am not alone and if I just allow it the help will be there when I need it. “Won’t you help me sing another song of freedom... “Does this mean freedom from oppression, suffering, and from turmoil? Does this mean freedom from all things external that hurt us and hold us back; no I don’t think that is what this lyrical genius meant at all... ‘emancipate yourselves from mental slavery – none but ourselves can free our minds’ ... Thanks Bob... you’re right – the only one who is going to save me is me and with a little help from you I am well on my way...



A DREAM YOU DREAM ALONE IS ONLY A DREAM – A DREAM YOU DREAM TOGETHER IS A REALITY...
These words are the first thing you see on the next video I always play, John Lennon’s song Imagine, yet again artfully remade by the musicians at Playing for change. I guess there is not much to be said about the lyrics of this song, since it all blends together so well that it would be impossible to separate them and pull out any one line as being more important to me than any other. It is as if it grew organically, inspired directly from the creator and brought to us as a gift straight from the heavens... I imagine John writing this without putting any thought into the words that poured forth, pure feeling is how I view this song and it often leaves me reflecting on how lucky we are to be born in a time when the message of love in this song is one that can be felt around the world.



If the lyrics from the previous song came direct from the heavens then surely the voice of this next young angel also is a gift from God... Amazing Grace, a purely human song celebrating the power of love, forgiveness and understanding for in the darkest hour comes a light to lead us home. Yes, purely human, written from a place of peace which has only been discovered after a time of doubt and fear. Is there more beautiful a sound than that of the human spirit rejoicing in connection to source? It really does sooth the soul...



Now usually around this time I am feeling much better about myself, my life and my world... Thanks to the inspiration amassed in the three previous songs my heart is ready to sing and dance, if not yet ready to soar. There is no more perfect a song then to get the body moving than a good ole’ fashioned Bob Marley tune and so I play the next song and pretty soon my heart is thumping along to the beat of ONE LOVE...
I love the idea of musicians from around the world joining their voices to sing a song of unity, toss in the amazing rhythm and energy of the music and I am well on my way to joy and bliss. By the time it ends I am most assuredly feeling alright...



And so I celebrate my new found happiness with playing my all time favourite song, sung by an extremely talented Native American artist by the name of Jana Mashonee... I am not sure if it the call of the drums to the blood of my ancestors or if it is the intricate dance of the musical notes combined with a story of a time of peace and prosperity for all that gets me; all I know is that if ever I need a song to set my spirit soaring all I need do is play The Enlightened Time and my me immediately takes flight into the freedom of inspired co-creation.



So next time you are feeling a bit low, a bit tired and maybe even a bit ready to give up and give in, give yourself over to the magic of music. Even if these particular songs are not for you, there are sure to be somewhere out there at least one piece of music that speaks to your soul, that sets you free and rises you up to a place where you can really appreciate how beautiful our world can be...
Namaste,
Jean Victoria Norloch
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Everyday connection - Reflections - China Brooks

Everyday Connection – Reflection’s – China Brooks...
As part of our new routine at Everyday Connection we are going to offer up a weekly blog called Reflection’s as a way to show appreciation to our guests for the time and energy they are so willing to share with us on the show. It is our way of saying, yes we are listening, and we are grateful for what you have taught us during your time here at Everyday Connection.
During our last show we had the exciting opportunity to talk to China Brooks about her journey as an actress, spiritual student and guide. It was a unique discussion on compromise and integrating your inner light into your ever day life. The most remarkable thing about China is her ability to meld her knowledge of self into her work in an industry that in the past has been extremely image oriented. Although China has left the commercial end of entertainment recently she had some amazing advice to offer up to others with regards to breaking into the industry while at the same time breaking out of the box that it is perceived by some to trap them in.
We discussed the need to stay true to self, to maintain a centre and grounded core while developing a strong sense of self assurance as well how creative, outside the lines thinking can often take you to places you never dreamed were possible. It left me pondering; how much of myself am I willing to compromise in order to succeed as a writer and talk show host. My conclusion... I’m not...
I think that life presents us with a wonderful collage of opportunity each and every day we wake on this beautiful planet we call home and it is up to us and individuals to pick and choose which open doors we wish to step through. At times this idea of choice can seem daunting, as one direction may offer up much wealth and fame yet at the same time ask us to pay a price we are not willing to pay.
It is a decision that needs be pondered and one I know from experience that cannot be taken lightly. How high does the cost of success have to be before it is too high and how much of my me am I willing to sacrifice in order for others to deem me worthy of their respect on a professional level? Too many times have I heard that very word (professional) used to describe the ‘opposite’ of who I am, and up until recently it has caused a huge internal conflict within me with regards to my work both as a writer and on this show. Yet thanks to people like China who have the strength to stand on their truth, it has been proven to me more times than I can count that if I remain authentic in who I am then those who will love me for who I am will continue to wander my way, while those who would change my me will simply disappear from my radar. As an author and perhaps even as a guide I am also ever more the student and still thankfully learning the value and worth of the light that shines within.
I think that the same can be said for any position, for any job or task or title; that those who remain authentic and true to the people they interact with will also remain in a place of peace and contentment with where they are. To me that means lasting power, a way to further your exploration for your chosen life path and a way to extend your time in any chosen career. If you’re faking it, or if you are not allowing yourself to grow and expand internally and allow that growth to show externally then in time people will figure it out and they will begin to wonder who this person is that they have allowed into their lives. I think at all times when dealing with the industries of art and entertainment we have to keep in mind that people for the most part are smart, and they have no love for those who would wish to deceive or fool them, no love for those who would pretend to be that which they are not simply to acquire wealth and be loved by the masses.
History has shown us that it is those actors, actresses, musicians and artists who have stood their ground and refused to bend to the will of publicists and image makers, who have blossomed into multinational way-showers whose messages of ‘be true to you’ transverse oceans. As public figures, we have a responsibility to our friends and guests (previously referred to by others as fans and listeners) to remain true to who we are, not hiding our imperfections and being open and honest about our human nature. As human beings, we owe it to our brothers and sisters (previously referred to as friends and family) to offer them the most authentic version of us we have to offer and most importantly we also owe it to ourselves to spend time reflecting on the value of our authenticity.
So next time you are considering a new position, a new career, or even a new direction in which to travel down the path of life, consider first if taking that next step is honouring who you are within. For if you cannot know you and be true to you, what in the world is it you think you have to offer the world?
As always, all my love and thank-you for taking the time to stop and reflect a while with me on life and what it all means...

Jean Victoria Norloch
www.feenxrising.blogspot.com

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

I hear you now...

It's so hard to imagine that the answer we all seek has been there for us all along hidden in the writings of the literary giants of our past - in the notes of the musical guru's and in the movements of the lords of dance... for all the creators who have been and yet remain in our memory have always left a trail for us to follow. Have we been listening? I tell you my old friend - I hear you now - oh yes i hear you now...


Jean Victoria Norloch

EVERY DAY CONNECTION - With Special Guest China Brooks

China BrooksHow do you find the balance between who the world wants you to be and who you know you are in your heart? For China Brooks it is all about finding out first who you are then finding the courage to run with it. Life is about the contrast she explained on tonight’s show, the contrast within and the contrast we see in the world. What is amazing about this young woman is not just her own personal experiences or the journey she has taken thus far but rather what she has done with the knowledge and her excitement about continuing the journey. She has learned a few tricks over the years, some of which she was kind enough to share with us for keeping her grounded and in close contact with the world in which she lives while exploring further the potential of her connection to spirit. It can be difficult in a world that seems at times based on image and materialistic values to stay true to yourself and if you are struggling with this particular issue tonight’s show might just be the show for you. So join us by hitting the magic play button and wander through life a while with China.



To learn more about China Brooks you can find her at her website:
http://ChinaBrooks.com

Everyday Connection

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Glimpse into Crashing Back to Earth...

The following is an excerpt from my latest novel Crashing Back to Earth which we have just released through Amazon Kindle... Enjoy...

The Hard Way
He told me I was doing it the hard way and he wanted to know why. He wondered if perhaps I had forgotten that this was the hard way, wondered if I had perhaps forgotten that I had a choice.
I had, for a short time, completely lost track of those memories, it was like having amnesia, a disconnection from myself that disallowed me to draw on past experience and knowledge. It took a couple weeks of his gentle poking and prodding, his seemingly unimportant comments and observations made in passing for me to shake off the pain and begin again to look to creating my own future.
“You always do things the hard way”, he would muse...
Or
“Is it really necessary to experience something in order to know how it feels?”
We spent hours together both in person and over the internet after I had gone to him for help practically begging him to take the pain away. ‘I can’t do that’ he would gently reply, ‘but I can help you remember how to do it’...
He offered up some healing, and we met on a regular basis for a week at 11pm every night; he from his home is Quebec and I from mine in Toronto. I would lie awake and still focussed on healing and holding a picture of him in my mind; he would open himself up as a channel and allow the energy to flow through him and into me. My mind however was for the first few days at least easily pulled away from the task and hand and my thoughts often strayed to a place of anger and resentment. Something I was holding in, holding back, words unspoken and thoughts and feelings disowned were distracting me. Then came the night when he had enough of wasting his time, and through the mist of my angry thoughts filled with hate and judgement came a stern calling of my name. I knew the voice and thought ‘opps, I’m doing it again’...
I wrote him the next day to tell him I thought I had heard him call my name the night before during our session, nothing more nothing less and it was his response that reminded me of how deeply we are all connected. He answered that yes of course, he had to call my name to get my mind back focussed on what I was supposed to have my mind focussed on; not so shocking really to have proof, more shocking to think that I still needed it.
I guess we all have our own reasons for choosing to do things the hard way and it does not matter much what your reasons turn out to be only that you remember that they are your reasons and that you have in fact chosen them.
There were a few things that I had the chance to remember while I was exploring the more difficult path to health and wellness and they will mostly certainly be valuable to me in the future.
One of the most important lessons for me at the time was how to disconnect from the pain. It is extremely difficult when you have locked yourself into a place where pain and suffering are your reality. For somebody to come along and tell you to ignore or disregard the pain you get this sense of resentment, and sometimes you look at them as if they have three heads. Thoughts like, ‘sure easy for you to say’, and ‘you try it’ are at the front of your mind. I mean really, are you kidding me, all I have known for days, weeks, months is this pain and now you want me to pretend it doesn’t exist. You have got to be kidding...
It helps of course if they bother to take it a step further and show you how, it helps if they can inspire you to do things that will pull your thoughts away from the pain even for the briefest of moments. It is in that moment when you forget to suffer that you realize exactly what this helpful friend is trying to tell you. So I have some suggestions, and they are very easy to do, even for somebody who is so grievously injured or damaged physically that they cannot get out of bed. In this wondrous age of technology there are many different types of entertainment that require very little effort. Use them, watch movies, lots and lots of movies but not ones that make you think or pull at your heart strings. Ask your friends and family to bring you movies that make you laugh, movies that seem silly and mindless and in all ways completely unimportant and inconsequential. Listen to music, lots and lots of music; not music with a slow sad beat but music that rocks your body with its quick paced rhythm. Don’t read self help books, read comic books; don’t read articles in the papers and magazines that focus on health and wellness read the funnies. Oh and by the way, none of this will work...
Unless you take the time to be aware of those precious moments when you are so lost in the laughter and joy of whatever it is you have focussed your attention on that your pain has temporarily faded.
It is a very cool trick and one I would have never remembered if not for another old friend who had taken to popping up on Skype every day to drop a smile my way. Between these two determined people, I was brought quickly back from the brink of total self annihilation.
Obstinate and stubborn to a fault I am and when I do things I prefer to do them with as much enthusiasm as possible; which meant of course that I forgot myself completely and they had a hell of a time bringing me back. The one thing I noticed that both of them began doing quickly after they were reassured that I had now decided to get better; they stopped talking about me not being well. In fact it was rare if ever either of them brought up my pain, and if it was mentioned in one of my blogs they ignored that section of the blog and commented on some other part. They stopped giving attention to the thing that I wanted to go away. They stopped feeding it energy and every once in a while there would be a gentle reminder for me to stop feeding it energy as well. As it is and has been proven that when you concentrate on a thing it expands and gets bigger then it would not have done me much good to focus on being sick...
Martial arts masters have been using these principals for centuries, it is how they are able to train their bodies to accomplish feats that the average person would find remarkably impossible, they train their bodies by first training their minds then bringing their body and their mind into alignment with each other. A fun game to play if you are not in a state of wellness might be to see how long you can go during your interactions with others without discussing or revealing your illness or injury. Take control of the conversations you have and steer them away from your un wellness and get whoever you are talking to focus on the good things that have come out of you being unwell – In my case it got the point where every time somebody asked me how I was I answered – ‘well rested’ or ‘relaxed’...
Sure I am still in pain for the moment but rather than give the pain the power by focussing on it I shift the focus onto things that I am getting out of the opportunity to spend so much time on my couch... I get to rest pretty much whenever I want, and I can write whenever I want, do house hold chores when I feel like it (which means for now when I am feeling up to it) but I have learned to equate feeling up to it with feeling like I want to do it – in fact I have managed to switch the thought process from I feel like I have enough energy to do that today so I think I will do it today to I feel like doing that today so I think I will have enough energy to do it. Big difference between the two...
The point is that everybody who knows me also knows I have been going full tilt for two years straight (possibly longer but I am not sure as I have kinda lost track) without taking any kind of break, those who know me well also know that I had stopped writing for a while. So to them I say – I am finally getting some much needed rest and am well into the creation of my third novel. It has put a positive spin on my illness, and people have taken to telling me how refreshed I look when they see me, comments like ‘you look great?’ (add in a confused glazed look in their eyes) and ‘you seem so peaceful’ (again confused) are not uncommon anymore.
Given the extent of the injury to my back, and the very obvious and visible pain that people are used to seeing me in, it is no doubt a shock that I have managed to come round to feeling better so quickly...
That was however the point of choosing to do it the hard way, just to prove to others that it can be done. (maybe also to prove it to myself)
If I am to use these ideas and methods in my life to improve my life I have to believe that they will work which means I have to work through the process of proving to myself that they do. It is not enough for me it seems to simply listen to and bear witness to the testimonials of others, not for me; I have to experiment and play with these ideas. It is my intention to practice them unitl I have them so ingrained into my everyday way of living and being that they come naturally for me. I do not want to have to think my way in and out of situations, what I want to do is have a great deal of fun with the process of popping in and out of experiences. That’s my goal, to reach a state of being where being is as easy and simple as breathing.
Yup, it is a crazy concept, to take all these ideas and teachings and crank them up ten notches past where I am now but I plan on doing just that and in the realization of that goal I will stand as a living example of what it means to achieve that goal. With absolutely no resistance to whom I want to or dream of being I will simple become that person and when others come to me and ask how it is I did it, I will tell them I did it by believing I could then acting on that belief.
So sometimes I take the long way, sometimes I do things the hard way because the more challenging the situation the more chances I will have to practice the principals I wish to use to catapult myself into alternate now.
So many different reasons I had to do it the hard way, and each and every one of them valid at the time. It seems the more I explore the why of it all the more I understand just how much control I actually had over the situation. I remember very soon after the coming out of my first book a long discussion I had with my brother with regards to why on earth would I have risked so much to travel to the other side of the world to learn about and explore my truth. I was whining about the challenges I was facing and about the dangers I had brought upon myself with regards to my financial stability and the security of the relationships I had at the time. He was laughing at me...
I told him that God must be absolutely nuts to think that somebody like me could possibly help others, given my past and my history of making mistakes and being imperfect in my actions and deeds I was convinced that God had made some kind of mistake in thinking to use me for a tool for change. My brother was still laughing...
Then I ranted and raved about the insanity of me thinking I had the talent, the skill or the wisdom to positively affect the lives of others...
He was howling...
Until I ended my little tirade with a very loud outburst of “what the hell am I doing this for anyways, what the hell was I thinking?”
He stopped laughing, shrugged his shoulders looked me in the eye stated mildly, “you were bored”.
Then it was his turn and he did go on for some time about the fact that it did make perfect sense that God would choose somebody like me who was not born a shining example of purity. It made perfect sense that God would pick somebody who through the process of trial and tribulation would discover for herself what works and what does not. It did make perfect sense that God would choose somebody who did not stand above others, who did not see herself as being better than others or wiser than others. It made perfect sense to him because, as he explained, others would be more able to relate and possibly learn from the stories of somebody who had been through as much as everybody else and still managed to somehow come out with a smile and sense of self worth. And he added to that did it not also make sense that anybody who was supposed to set an example for or help others would have to know through their own personal experience exactly what those others were going through. In fact he reasoned that if I was to stand up and say that it is possible to rise above fear and doubt would it not be perfectly logical that I would have to live for myself the fear and doubt then also find a way to rise above it...
I heard all of his long winded rant but the one thing out of all of it that really stood out for me was that first line... “You were bored”
It came to me that as another of my much respected friends had explained God does not use anybody who is not willing to be used, so everything my brother said made sense if and only if I had first agreed to it... Nasty thought that but then why the hell would I agree to go through some of the things I went through...
At the end of the day it really came down to that one little truth, I was bored...
Life was not a challenge enough; there was not enough contrast between my good moments and my bad moments, not enough of a difference between my highs and my lows. To really and truly appreciate the ups I had to see, feel and live through the downs. The more pain I suffered the more intense my joy would be at the release of the pain and it was that intensity, that passion and that hotly burning bright flame that would draw others to me.
So before we get to talking about the easy way, I would like to discuss one very important thing that we have left out so far in this exploration of the hard way. If you have chosen the hard way and you really want to find the absolute most uplifting and rapid path to the easy way; learn to really appreciate the way you are doing it right NOW!!!
Seriously, as you examine your reasons for doing things this way, come to be proud of the choice you made in choosing the more challenging route, congratulate yourself on coming up with so many inventive and interesting ways to encourage your growth as a person. Glorify and celebrate your downs, you lows, your pain and suffering as they are your chosen method of making your way to your ups, your highs, your joy and your ultimate happy place. The more love you pour into the idea of your temporary pause in living, the more excitement you feel at the idea of all the things you can learn through the observation of that pause the more quickly you will learn the things you have decided you want to learn and then you can move on and up and out and it will be an absolutely glorious expression of the power of who you are....
And THAT is HOW you transition from doing things the HARD WAY to doing things OUR WAY...