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Jul 212012
For Whom the Freedom Bell Tolls?

Reading Time: 10 minutes Choosing Freedom When personal freedom matters to you, what happens when freedom is a tough choice? This is an inspiring real life story about choosing freedom in the face of fear. Today I had an article planned, but I want instead to share what is going on in my life right now in the hope that it helps you look at any crisis, emergency or tough choice you may be facing now with new insights. In my case, the choice I am facing is about freedom.My first value is freedom. But values often get challenged by crisis, so that we must choose them or loose them. These past two weeks I’ve not been able to finish my subscribers’ newsletter because someone I love needed me very much. It’s my aunt Fanny. Two weeks ago the neighbor who looks after her could not find her by nightfall, so she called us. My aunt was missing!My Freedom Shero Everybody has their childhood heroes and sheroes. Aunt Fanny was mine. When I was a little girl, I looked up to aunt Fanny as [Read more.]

Feb 072012
Fear: the enemy of self-love

Reading Time: 2 minutes What is the greatest enemy of self-love? FEAR! Fear constricts your mind and energy field. Seriously!As a shaman, I can tell when a person is experiencing fear because the energy field contracts to about 3 inches from the physical body. But not only that; it becomes more solid and looks like a tomb. Not a pretty image, but one that gets the message across. Fear can kill you! Actually, in the Spiritual Warrior shamanic tradition it is said that it IS fear that often kills you, not a dangerous situation. Fear kills you because it closes off your vast repertoire of alternatives, creativity, courage and spiritual protection. Fear often leads to low self-esteem, stress and stress-related diseases and accidents. Literally speaking, fear makes you stupid! I mean it. It closes off your cellular receptors to the external environment and reduces your brain activity, so that all your energy is booked to your fight or flight response. If the threat is not real, what a waste of energy! If it is, being stupid is not the best way to face it. [Read more.]

Aug 162011

Reading Time: 2 minutes Happiness Quote “The Prohibition of Happiness cripples more people than all the human physical disabilities, accidents and diseases combined.” Maria Mar   What steals Happiness from your Life? This is an essential tracking you need to do in your life in order to have a rich, meaningful life, to love well and to succeed. If you are a woman, you are born into a history of centuries that prohibits your happiness through myths, laws, guilt, shame and even abuse. If you are a creative, unique person or a spiritually-focused person, chances are that you have been trained to see your own happiness as selfish and to focus on giving to others at the expense of your own fulfillment. In all these cases, there is an oppressive myth that serves as the thief of your happiness. The war between self and others. This war is artificial and you need to break free from its grasp. You need to experience the gifts that your happiness brings to the world! Begin right now where you are seating. Pay attention to your Body and [Read more.]

Jun 192009

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your soul screaming through your body? By Maria Mar © (artist-shaman) If you are in this page, chances are that you were searching for an answer to some physical condition that is aching or disturbing you. You may have a strong intuition that this condition has a strong relation with emotions or stress you have been experiencing. We are used to seeing the body as something other than the Self. Perhaps as a rental car that drives us back and forth or a cabin we inhabit. But the body is the Self. As my creative partner, Corazon Tierra, teaches, the BodySoul is the Self. The connection between body and soul runs deeper than our conscious mind can understand. Sometimes it bypasses our logical mind altogether. While you may be exasperated by a physical manifestation that is painful or cumbersome, and you desperately want it to go away, it may actually be your ally. Here I share what I know about the wisdom and healing that may come from the experience of somatization. As I am a shaman or soul [Read more.]

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