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Welcome to our spring issue.

Now the light has finally returned, as it always does after a long, dark winter. I love every season as each holds wisdom for us to be able to navigate through life more easily. Autumn is the time when we are meant to let go, to release that which no longer serves us; winter is the season to go within and be nourished by our inner light; spring is the time to plant new seeds and summer is the season when all our seeds can start to blossom. So now that spring is beckoning, what new seeds do you want to plant? What new ideas and dreams do you carry in your heart that you want to manifest this coming year?

For me, one of my new seeds is Soul Tribe, an online community where you can read all of our best interviews and articles, listen to many of today’s spiritual teachers and wellbeing experts, watch inspirational videos and talks, and be deeply nourished by listening to healing guided meditations. Plus, you will also be able to listen in live on some of the interviews I hold, so you can ask your favourite expert your own questions to help you progress on your spiritual journey. To find out more, and to sign up for a free trial go to www.soultribe.community.

In this spring issue we feature many insightful articles and interviews, including the holistic doctor Christine Page’s thoughts on how your soul and body work together to help you find balance; David Hamilton’s scientific explanation on why kindness is good for your health; Gregg Braden’s insight on how you can tune into your heart’s wisdom; davidji’s wisdom on how meditation can help you deal with stress, and Mateo Sol’s revelation on the difference between fate and destiny. And of course, our team of experts is here to answer your questions.

This, and much more, is waiting for you in this spring issue!

Lots of love and light
Cissi Williams
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Meet the Holistic Doctor
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Meet the Holistic Doctor

Christine Page

As a pioneering health practitioner, Christine Page is a truly holistic doctor with a passion for seeing and treating the whole person; body, mind and spirit. Here she talks to Cissi Williams.

How did your journey into becoming a holistic doctor start?

When I was a GP I was seeing around 40 patients a day and I started to notice that there were patterns in different illnesses. I observed that if I saw someone with lower back problems, they probably were feeling unsupported, or, if they were having a heart problem, their heart wasn’t in their work. And although these are kind of clichés, they showed me that maybe an illness wasn’t so much something that needed to be fixed, but maybe it was a message for change?

This was in the 80’s and by the end of that decade I had come up with my first book Frontiers of Health, which was about these patterns of disease, and how when you get sick your soul wants you to change direction. I say that illness is not so much a problem but more of a soul-ution.

One of the first questions I always ask a client who may have an illness is: ‘What was going on when you got sick?’ And these are people who’ve probably never ever heard about spirituality or souls, but the number of times someone will say to me, ‘I know why I got cancer’. And my answer is, ‘but if you know why you got cancer, why are we not listening to you? Why are we assuming that we, as the medical profession, or any health professional, has the arrogance to think they know better than the patient?’ If we as practitioners instead can actually sit with the person and say, okay, what does your soul want to do? What is calling out from within you to be different?

The soul loves us so much that it will help us through an illness to get the courage to make a change.

It’s like the soul and the body then work together to help you change and awaken?

You’re absolutely right. So many times I hear people say, ‘oh, the body is nothing, the body is just a vehicle’. But the body actually does matter, and in fact the body loves you so much it will work with the soul to help you. Sometimes the body will go on and on although we keep eating those foods that we know aren’t good for us, but eventually the body says, okay, enough. We’re going to have indigestion now because I’m fed up with this. The body isn’t the enemy. It is trying to tell us something, and if we stop seeing it as the enemy, the body will help us.

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Fill your life with magic and miracles
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Fill your life with magic and miracles

Cissi Williams

How would it be if you could tap into the creative power of the universe, and co-create, together with Spirit, a life filled with magic and miracles?

If you answered yes, then the good news is that it is actually really easy – all you have to do is to let go of control and trust the Divine to lead the way. Which of course in reality is much harder to do, but when you truly surrender and totally trust, something amazing happens. Suddenly life can unfold in the most perfect and miraculous way, as the natural divine impulse that is wired into your whole being can easier rise up within you so you can feel it, know it and trust it.

Saying YES!

This divine impulse is programmed to help you expand and blossom. All you have to do is to say YES to it, and as you do that, you start to manifest that which is in your heart and soul, and as you express that, the universe gets to expand, because it expands through you. So the universe has your back because the universe is invested in you manifesting everything that you want to say YES to, because when you do that, life grows. Life expands. Life blossoms. So you cannot fail! You are born, into this time-space-reality to co-create together with the Divine. You are in fact a natural born creator, the key is just to know how to say YES to the divine impulse arising within you, instead of following the dictates of your own mind.

Our divine potential

Everything in life has a divine potential wired into it, so a sunflower seed has within it the divine potential to become a beautiful sunflower, a caterpillar to become a butterfly and an embryo to become a baby, and you have wired into you the potential to become the highest expression of yourself that you can possibly be.

And the divine impulse that rises up within you is the voice of your soul guiding you forward to how you can express and manifest that highest version of you, in every moment in life.

The difference between you and a caterpillar is that you have free will, so you can choose NOT to listen to your soul, so instead of being guided by it to the fullest expression of your highest potential – which always benefits the whole – you can choose to instead just do your own thing and follow the dictates of your own mind. Usually that doesn’t lead to such great results.

When cells in the body do this – when they decide to go off on their own and do their own thing – not caring about tuning into the natural intelligence in the body that makes sure the whole body is in its highest expression of health – well when these cells do this we call them cancer cells – and they are like a metaphor for what happens when you separate yourself from the Divine, from your soul, thinking you have to do it all on your own, and that you know best. Fortunately, in the body, this higher intelligence knows what these cells are doing, so it calls on the body’s immune system to clear them away, enabling the body to once again express its highest state of health. Likewise, your soul is your spiritual immune system, so it knows how to bring you back into alignment again too.

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The benefits of meditation
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The benefits of meditation

Davidji

The physical, emotional, and spiritual value of meditation has been well documented for thousands of years. Scientists, philosophers, spiritualists, and religious leaders have heralded the power of witnessing awareness. They may refer to it as deep reflection, being present, mindfulness, contemplation, prayer, meditation, or simply relaxing, but it’s all the same thing—disconnecting from the activity and drifting to the space between our thoughts.

Over the first few days, weeks, and months of daily meditation, the quieting impact this simple practice has on your bodymind begins to express itself in each choice you make. Your shift may be so subtle that even you don’t see it at first. But your thoughts, selections, decisions, and daily actions become more conscious, leading to more intuitively conscious behaviors. Then one day you realize you have a broader perspective, a deeper sense of calm, and heightened clarity . . . yes, greater creativity, expanded grace, greater ease. You realize you are making more spontaneous right choices. You realize you are being more authentic. There is greater alignment between what you think, what you say, and what you do. The world is still turning—and sometimes faster than ever—but to you, that swirl is in slower motion, like texts coming into your cell phone with a really faint hum rather than a blasting ringtone.

Over time, meditation quiets you to a state where you experience life with a deeper understanding of your true Self, which can open the door to spiritual exploration, connection, discovery, and fulfillment. It is along the so-called “spiritual path” that you truly can experience your unbounded and unconditioned Self—the infinite you that rests at the core of who you are underneath your body and beneath this worldly garb of titles, roles, masks, ego, and the complexities of this life.

The purpose of a spiritual journey isn’t to change your mind, it’s to expand your mind to understand the true potential in each moment in your life. To discover a Self who has the ability to see more possibilities and expanded points of view—even the ones opposing yours—and then to choose creatively . . . intuitively . . . sacredly.

Evolving our Brains

Different types of meditation styles take you to different places. Some calm you in the moment, others calm you after the moment, some open you, some inspire you, some relax you, some comfort you, others transport you, and some deliver you to a life of one- ness and deeper fulfillment.

How Meditation Changes Our Physiology

During meditation, specific physiological shifts occur. These shifts are cumulative, and over time, they can transform the way our bod- ies and minds balance themselves and integrate with each other. The most powerful proof that meditation changes the bodymind lies at the very core of our DNA, in a primal survival response we all have shared for millennia: the fight-or-flight response.

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Spiritual Perfection A Message about Forgiveness
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Spiritual Perfection
A Message about Forgiveness

Doreen Virtue

Judgment is a mental habit, designed to push away uncomfortable feelings. It’s easier to label someone as “bad” or “good” than to process the variety of emotions triggered by their behaviors. The tangled yarn of mixed emotions beneath judgment can include forms of fear such as shock, grief, guilt, betrayal, disappointment, and insecurity.

Someone’s egoic behavior may also trigger memories of your past experiences around which you still harbor emotional pain. In this case, your judgment would be a wall that you erect to prevent additional pain.

The physical truth is that human egos are based upon a fear ideology, and therefore to the ego, every decision and action is worthy of being judged. Fearful behavior stems from fearful beliefs. The ego prides itself on being separated from others in a uniquely special and better way. To maintain this illusion, it’s necessary for the ego to target other people’s egos.

To see similarity or hold compassion is threatening to the ego’s fortification mission. The ego has built strong fortress walls of judgment to protect it from noticing that other people’s egos are identical to itself.

Those who are spiritual students do understand the high price they pay for judging. For the most part, they choose compassion instead of judgment. For this choice, they are rewarded with greater inner peace. Yet, even the most devout spiritual students seem to have their limits with respect to who they can com- passionately forgive. For everyone, the standards are different.

However, most humans would say that someone who inflicts grievous pain is not worthy of being “rewarded” with forgiveness. “An eye for an eye” to them means re- taliation, and that they should suffer in exchange for the suffering they brought to others.

In this philosophy, forgiving is akin to saying, “What you did was okay.” In truth, forgiveness is not the same as passivity or pardoning.

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HEART WISDOM IN EVERYDAY LIFE
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HEART WISDOM IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Gregg Braden

Have you ever been faced with a decision that seemed impossible to make? Maybe it was a question of whether to go forward with a medical procedure that wasn’t aligned with your belief system.

Maybe it was whether to stay in a difficult relationship or end it. Maybe if you answered the question the wrong way, you or a loved one would face life-or-death consequences.

As different as these issues are from one another, the thing that links the decisions is that none has an absolute answer. For each situation there is neither right nor wrong. There is no “book of truth” you can turn to when facing tough decisions that will tell you which option is best. And if you’ve ever been in a situation where you had to make this kind of decision, you probably discov- ered that every friend you ask for help has a unique opinion as to why a certain path is right for you, so you end up with a collection of opinions that make the original choice even more confusing.

Or maybe something else happened. Maybe you did follow the recommendation of a close friend or relative who meant well in trying to help. Maybe you tried the age-old solution of answer- ing your question by making a list of pros and cons. This was my mother’s advice for how to handle every tough decision when I was growing up.

“On a sheet of paper, make two columns,” she would say. “Title one column ‘Pros,’ for the good things about your choice, and the other column ‘Cons,’ for the things that are not so good. Then add up the pros and cons and you’ll have your answer. And if that doesn’t work, go ask your father.”

I can tell you from experience that neither of these solutions works. Before he left our family when I was 10 years old, my father was largely unavailable when it came to the big questions of life. So if my mother couldn’t answer my question, I had few options. And the list that my mother would ask me to make always seemed to be skewed in favor of what I wanted the answer to be, rather than what the best answer really was.

The reason it’s so difficult to make big decisions that have no clear answer is directly linked to the way we’ve been conditioned to think. Most of us have been trained to think exclusively with our brains. And while there are times when it definitely serves us to use mental reasoning, such as when we’re creating step-by-step plans to build a house, solve a complex mathematical problem, or lay out steps leading to income security in the future, there are times when we actually limit ourselves by trying to answer life’s big questions through reasoning alone. Solving our problems through reasoning alone can sometimes be a slow and cumber- some process for two main reasons:

Thought-based choices are typically filtered through our perceptions and past experience.

When it comes to choosing our role in an intimate relationship, for example, our logic-based decision is made through the filters of our self-image. This is why our answer to the question Who am I? is 
so important. Our minds will make the choice to continue a relationship, or to end it, through the lens of our sense of personal worth. As we’ll see in the next chapter, that sense is, in part, derived from the scientific story of evolution and the feeling of insignificance it gives us.

Our minds tend to justify the answers we arrive at using circular reasoning, a way of thinking that supports a conclusion by restating it.

For example, if I were to say to you, “I like Bon Jovi because it’s my favorite band,” the circular part of the reasoning is shown by my stating the same thought twice, using the words like and favorite. With them, I would be using the second thought to justify the first, and the first thought to justify the second. 
This kind of reasoning can play out in unexpected ways, such as reinforcing our fear of taking a chance with a new and challenging job that’s been offered to us and justifying turning it down. In such an instance, the circular logic goes something like this: I already have a safe position in a good company. If I accept the new job and the new responsibilities, I may not be able to meet the expectations that come with it?

If I lose the new job I’m not safe. I already have a safe position in a good company.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that any of the preceding characteristics of mental problem solving is bad, or even good, for that matter. What I am saying here is that there are different kinds of challenges in life that are best solved through different ways of thinking—some with the brain and some with the heart. And while heart-based thinking may be less familiar in our fast-paced world of technology and digital information, in a very real sense heart-based wisdom is perhaps the most sophisticated technology we could ever have at our disposal.

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Step into your warrior goddess
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Step into your warrior goddess

Heather Ash Amara

Heather Ash Amara explains how you can let both the goddess and the warrior energy help you find balance in your life.

The difference between warrior and goddess energy

The Warrior energy is about our absolute commitment to our path. It’s about clarity, focus, of knowing where we’re going and taking the steps and the action towards that knowing. The Goddess energy is about opening, creativity, pleasure and play.

The Warrior says “I’m going there, I’m not letting anything distract me” and the Goddess says “Ooh, let’s go this way and let’s see how we can bring as much pleasure in as possible and let’s gather as many of our friends along the journey.” The truth is we need both of these energies. It doesn’t serve us to reject the Warrior or to reject the Goddess and in some ways part of why women have gotten out of balance is because we’ve rejected one or the other of these two energies. And they’re simply archetypes that are incredibly valuable for us to reclaim.

It is not about saying “Ok, I’ll be 50% Warrior and 50% Goddess and then I’ll have figured it out.” It’s about finding what’s the right blend for you. And as women, we’re all unique and we each have different blends of these energies so for some of us, we’re maybe 80% Warrior and 20% Goddess and that’s our essence, that’s our natural state. For others of us, we’re much more Goddess orientated than Warrior. As we befriend these two energies, we become more compassionate with others and we learn to bridge how to communicate, how to be in community with people that are different than us which is also so valuable
as well.

What to do when you hit a difficult time in your life

It’s always helpful when we hit difficult times in our life to ask ourselves what might be underneath this – what’s the deeper agreement that I might be carrying inside of me? We often spend a lot of energy trying to be what we think we’re supposed to be, so when we hit a place where we don’t know how to be and we’re exhausted of trying to be something else, that’s actually a gift. So, if we can turn it around and go “ok, in this place of darkness, in this place of struggle, in this place of my life falling apart or a big change happening, can I go down to that belief and agreement that says ‘I’m not good enough, I have to be perfect’, and from that agreement make a new decision?” And that this new decision is, “I want to live for myself. I want to become my own best friend. I want to change this agreement that says I have to be perfect and live for everyone else and I want to commit to living for myself.”

Just saying the words, even if you don’t believe them yet, creates a new pathway. So, there’s a light that starts to shine and as we follow that light, that little thread of “I want something else, I want to find me,” guides us to begin to find support and community for that.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FATE AND DESTINY?  (DON’T GET THEM CONFUSED!)
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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FATE AND DESTINY?
(DON’T GET THEM CONFUSED!)

Mateo Sol

Are you living out your fate or creating your destiny?

Fate and destiny are both terms that tend to be used interchangeably in conversations. We hear people saying “He met his fate” and “It must be her destiny” – but have you ever wondered that the actual differences between fate and destiny are?

If you’re wanting to discover what path you’re on, I want to help you find a clear answer by the end of this article.

WHAT IS FATE?

“Fate” comes from the Latin word Fatum meaning “that which has been spoken.” Therefore, through the ages, fate has come to be associated with that which has been predetermined for our lives. Fate is based on the notion that there is a natural order in the Universe which cannot be changed, no matter how hard we try. The ancient Greeks and Romans even believed that three goddesses called Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos (or the “Three Fates”) had the role of determining a person’s ultimate life path.

Overall, fate tends to have pretty negative connotations. For example, people who experience misfortune often tend to believe that fate is the cause. Pessimistic terms such as “to seal one’s fate” and “a fate worse than death” all suggest that fate is something undesirable and negative.

Spiritually, fate is what occurs when we ignore our life calling and don’t actively work to reconnect with our souls or True Nature. When we leave our lives up to fate, we are basically handing over the reigns of control to other people and outside circumstances. When we don’t put any effort into consciously changing and evolving, what happens is fate

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