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New: Soul Oracle Readings

Soul Oracle Readings

I’m excited about the rebirth and expansion of my Intuitive Counsel with your Spirit Guides and Animals to: Soul Oracle Readings. These readings are especially helpful for healers, empaths, artists, innovators and spirit-driven entrepreneurs who are at a crossroads or needing a boost in your productive capacity. If you feel that you could use some real support:

  • Healing, clearing, and strengthening your energetic field
  • Establishing clear boundaries
  • Hearing what your Spirit is calling for and how to choose your next steps
  • Receiving direct guidance on how to most effectively overcome blocks or obstacles that are holding you back
  • Developing your intuition and other spiritual gifts and practices
  • Getting clarity on your relationships and how to improve your outlook
  • Developing a stronger relationship with your High Self Team

These are some of what we’ll typically cover in session through channeling the insight of your High Self. Sessions are 50 minutes and typically include energy healing, light training and homework for supporting your energetic resonance and life/work goals. I work with the Animal Spirit, Angelic and Ascended Master realms to help ground the messages received through clairvoyant sight and hearing into direct actionable insight. One key distinction I must add is that all information is shared in strictest confidence and keen discernment for your highest good.

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a short time when we’re really tapped into the highest resonance together. Sessions are by phone/Zoom video conference, or in person in LA/Santa Barbara. To learn more and book a session click here.


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Healing Aggression With Love and Flow

I was waiting to make a left turn into the local coffee shop parking lot and blocking the way, so someone behind me started honking aggressively. I could have probably gone faster and cut off oncoming traffic, but I value life too much for that. I’m also a fiery fighter at heart—I don’t take s**t from anyone—so my natural response for years would have been to just shout and curse them back. Fight fire with fire baby….

That kind of energy from behind feels like a violation, but people don’t realize their own power—they really don’t realize what they’re doing! After many years of self-training I’ve learned to manage the energy so that when people send it over I can just feel it and let it move through me. I won’t push back unless I’m having a particularly bad day or just feeling very pissed off myself. I might still judge their actions with a twinge of emotion or disgust though.

When this happened today I muttered under my breath, “a–holes.” It didn’t have a lot of energy behind it, more of just an observation, ‘those people are being a–holes’. But this time it just didn’t sit with me. ‘Why am I judging them?’ I thought. Probably because I’m still mad for being pushed against with that aggressive energy. Because like all of us to different degrees I’ve experienced that all my life and it does not feel good.

But here’s the thing: maybe they weren’t being inappropriate at all — maybe they were just being themselves. Using their own conditioned response. Maybe they were stressed because they needed to get somewhere and it was an emergency. Maybe because all of life feels like an emergency to a lot of people right now, so our emotions are heightened. It’s not even conscious — we need some way to let off steam, so that’s how we do it.

There’s this truth about relationships that when any strong energies or emotions are not addressed or released in one partner, it comes through like a steam valve in the other. So, basically, we are all steam valves for each other in society.

The empaths and artists are the biggest release valves — more like industrial steam pipes — providing a really necessary and valuable service that is not really seen or recognized. But that’s another topic for another day.

Today I remembered a really great practice that helped to diffuse and heal the aggressive energy for me. (When I say remember, it’s just that it feels like something I’ve learned a thousand times before, and today it just made sense and seemed valuable.) After I made the turn and was pulling into a parking space, I was musing about my judgment there… ‘Are they really a–holes? Maybe they’re just being aggressive and honking.’ And the words came to mind with a little compassion, ‘oh, so aggressive!’ Just a touch of humor and perspective, and that felt so much better.

Then I thought, ‘that feels like a really great teaching I could write about!’

Suddenly the energy had been activated inside of me to do something positive. So you see, there is real healing in that. For myself in this case mostly— witnessing and transmuting the energy with compassion—but also potentially for those who receive it. Maybe you will remember the next time you get flipped off on the road. You will have some compassion and not take it personally. You will just witness with wisdom and name the energy, and then put that energy towards something good! Then I will have done a little something worthwhile with what I have.

People throw energy around in the form of anger and violence every day with little awareness of what they’re doing, or what effects it has. Then we wonder why so many people die from unnecessary accidents (more than 30,000 transport-related deaths every year in the US — see the odds of dying).

We lost my beloved sister ten years ago in a car accident with someone who was likely not driving mindfully. There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel that sting. Do you really want to be one of those people? Do you want to put your energy towards more aggression and violence in the world? Or would you maybe want to heal the aggression inside yourself with compassion, so you can be a more productive and kind human?

Fire can be good! When you use it as a creative force instead of a destructive one, you’re sort of softening the fire with love. It can never really be tamed, but you can learn to work respectfully with fire and contain it with your boundaries. You can learn to keep a good bucket of water nearby. So instead of letting it run completely wild and burn everything down, you can be an instrument of positive change.

There are so many more metaphors I can think of here, from the need for controlled forest fires to the way we obtain our fuel for the fire. A little fire is good — necessary even — but I’ll leave it at that for now. You can be healing society and the communities you are a part of, every time you drive around town. Kinda cool hey? :)

Feel the energy, witness and name it compassionately, then use it towards some good in the world.


p.s. there are times when fighting fire with fire is appropriate and necessary—pick your battles and please always use your energy and judgment wisely!


** Lord, make me an instrument of thy burning heart o’Love! **


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How I learned to stop self-sabotaging, get grounded and wake the f*ck up

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When you were growing up did you ever have an older brother or classroom bully do that thing where they took your hand and forced you to punch yourself repeatedly? “Why are you hitting yourself? Why do you keep punching yourself?!”…. Over and over again, and you were powerless to stop them because of your size. That was the worst. Especially when it was someone who supposedly cared about you. It reminds me of what we do to ourselves when we give our power away to fear and resistance. We allow these ungrounded emotions to manifest in ways that sabotage our capacity to show up and do the work we’re called to do. It’s like repeatedly punching yourself in the face or holding your own hands behind your back— only now your powerless against your own self-bullying.

This is a serious problem for many people and creates a bunch of unnecessary challenges. Instead of embodying the strength and Spirit of who we really are, we fluctuate somewhere between our mind, body and ego. Yes, there may be occasional moments of selfless joy and inner connectedness, but mostly we alternate between an over-active obsessive mind, and a reactive emotional state. It’s too painful to be present with what’s really going on inside, so we move outside ourselves and start operating at a surface level. The emotions bubbling up are not being dealt with so we start bumping into things, causing accidents and hurting ourselves and others. Then we become even more ungrounded and disembodied. We find more excuses why we can’t “do the thing” and proof we’re bound to fail….

All these elaborate coping mechanisms to avoid experiencing the trauma, pain and sadness hidden deeper inside the emotional body. Just so that we don’t have to actually FEEL what’s going on and deal with it!

Feeling all the feels…

I know, you feel a lot. I do too. It sucks sometimes. Solution: Reason your way through it! Hustle harder. Ignore the pain. When you’re in your mind and in the hustle, you can power your way through almost anything. And once the mind kicks in it has this amazing power to cut off the emotional body. Then eventually when your mind gets tired and those feelings start coming up again, shove them down with sugar, alcohol, Netflix, social media and whatever other addictions you can wrap yourself up in. Am I right? Sorry, no. Bad solution. You lose.

What’s really going on? For any human today—and some of us much more than others—there’s an immense amount of unhealed trauma stored in our bodies from the time of birth. Some of this is from our lineage. Much of it we have blocked from memory. The rest just hurts too bad to even touch it, so we stay in our minds and glued to the bottle or the screen or whatever it is just pick your poison…. All this trauma, pain and sadness we are avoiding, this is the root of all resistance. Period.

There are worlds of pain inside us that just need to be witnessed and loved to be released. Some of it just needs to be blasted with light and moved on out. This is what it means to heal. It’s a lifetime undertaking, but each time we heal the wounds and lighten the load that we carry, we become a little more capable of carrying our own weight and walking in beauty. More integrated and effective as a human being. More grounded and embodied in our highest power.

Alternatively, we can just power through the resistance and keep the pain locked away forever. There it  will fester and possibly help manifest: Heart Disease (the #1 killer in the world), Cancer (#2 in America), Lung Disease (#3), or any number of chronic illnesses.

Worth the risk…? The main problem I see with leaving this darkness unattended in ourselves is not so much that it can accelerate our own sickness and death, but how it affects the human collective. How it manifests outwardly as violence and abuse, merging into widespread systemic bigotry, a Trump regime, a global war machine, and the horrors of terrorism we are now experiencing at unprecedented levels in human history.

Of course—ironically—the establishment is all for this. Unhealed and emotionally broken people are the prime targets for predatory advertising and social control. They will believe whatever propaganda they are fed. They will become prisoners of consumerism and debt. They will work in shitty mindless jobs their whole lives. They will make excellent cogs in the machine.

What are we going to do about this situation? Or to the point: What are you going to do about it?

At some point it became painfully clear how effectively I was sabotaging myself and getting in the way of my own success and happiness. How great I had become at leaving a path of destruction around me. How angry I was at the world, and how fundamentally ineffective that made me as a human being. Then I saw how different it felt when I worked through the darkness and shadows, when I healed the traumas that were holding me back, when I faced my biggest fears and jumped anyway. I was able to break through so many bonds to new levels of love and strength in my own self it was shocking.

Through all of this healing work and determination to follow my spirit, I was blessed to experience some things that most people dream their whole lives about and then lie in their death beds regretting not having done. I spent years traveling the world and living in countless cities from Latin America to Europe and the Balkans. I loved and lived better than I could ever imagine was possible. It was amazing beyond belief at times, but I’m not patting my own back or gloating over what I’ve accomplished. The truth is that up until recently I was working so hard that I almost killed myself.

I know, work harder so you can have more of what you want!

I won’t go too much into the details now, but the bottom line is I took all of the extra energy and strength from my practice and put it into my work so that I could stretch even farther. And it got to the point where I went way. too. far.

Perhaps by now you can guess what was the root cause of my self-destructive behavior in the name of freedom. I can say clearly that it was NOT the manifestation of a self-loving and fully healed person. I was a workaholic, and that is an addiction as harmful as any other. I saw this, and I knew that something was far off in me and my work, and so I doubled down on “the real work” and did even more healer training, attended more workshops, retreated farther from the limelight and dug deeper into my truth.

What I finally came to see this year was that after all “the work” and everything I had learned over five years of healer training and mentorship—not to mention following the call of my spirit—I was STILL resisting the true calling as it was manifesting now. And that was what was killing my joy and keeping me in the big fog.…

Now it’s been a LONG road to get here, but I can finally say without shame or doubt that I have claimed my true role as a healer, teacher and clairvoyant advisor. I work with animal spirits, angels and other spirit guides. I work with energy. I work with the elements. I’m obsessed with power crystals. I’m also a writer and an artist and whatever else I want to be. I love the dichotomy of being both human and divine. I believe the path to liberation is through the human experience. Not above it or beyond it, but right here. Every day. “How can I be a more effective and powerful incarnation of my highest potential?” That is my obsession.

It’s a long and twisty, inglorious road…

Yes, I have thousands of hours of spiritual practice and training under my belt, but all the training in the world doesn’t mean shit if you can’t put it to work in the world. I am proud to have learned how to maneuver through the darkest tunnels of despair and self doubt. I know how to manage the dramatic ups and downs of life as a true Empath and “Highly Sensitive Person.” I can find the root to most any problem that is presented to me and advise my clients how to work through it and heal themselves. I’m still far from perfect. I haven’t struck it rich. I don’t claim to have it all figured out. But I do know my strengths and weaknesses and I’m learning more each day.

This is why I’ve devoted my life to learning how to heal and teach others to heal themselves. Right now I feel a little like one of those men who struck gold after years of traversing the Yukon winters 150 years ago must have felt. Soul gold. Now I need to get better at sharing that divine gold to make the cycle complete. So I’m writing and creating again, teaching the workshops on healing, and doing my part to show up and serve as strong as I can. In real life. I live to serve and explore and that’s what drives me. I will not however sacrifice all my health and happiness and relationships with loved ones for “la causa” as they say in the old country.

We all have more of our genius to share. More strength and light to step into. More sadness and anger to release. The thing that holds you back—whatever it may be, whatever excuse you name or whoever you may blame—do you think you might be ready to stop fighting it and throw up your arms already? Because the more you resist, the harder it fights back. The longer you prolong the agony through numbing yourself with drugs and addictions and other distractions, the faster you bring yourself hurtling towards your inevitable death. You and all of us with you.

Are you gonna keep busting a Tyler Durden and hitting yourself over and over in the face? C’mon that’s so 1999…

It’s time to stop sabotaging yourself. You are not a victim. You are not a cog in the machine. Be a part of the solution we desperately need right now. You can do this. There’s a lot of good work to do and yes, we need you here—on earth—grounded, whole, and ready for the good fight!! Starting this moment. Every moment. Breathe deeper. Dive deeper. Be real. Do you. No one else can do it for you.




Read next: Call Forth Your Mythic Guardian 


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Let it all wash over you – then ground back into your true power


It is a dark day in our nation’s history. And if you have been feeling the shock and despair that I have since last night then you understand—I’ve gone from complete shock and tears, dry heaving and denial to anger and despair, to hope and love and light and back again. All of this is a lot to process. The darkness has been celebrating its victory. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a ray of hope. There is an old truth to remember here…

What happens when you turn on the light in a dark room?

Darkness is just the absence of light.

That right there is why Love always always wins in the end. And I’m not trying to play any of this down. I’m not telling you or anyone to chin up and gloss it all over with a sunny outlook. A lot of people are scared for their lives and basic freedoms right now, and that fear is real. There is some bad shit that’s gonna go down. Guaranteed. And the people will rise up. We will rise. It’s going to be the most amazing time in modern history. Change is happening, for real. There is no question.

I want to encourage you right now to be with everything you’re feeling. To let it wash over you, to not try and dissect it and pull it apart to make sense of it. Just let it bring up whatever it brings up. And then ground down into the earth and into yourself, and find that thread of real love and passion inside of you—the fire of love in your heart that burns so damn hot and fierce—and let that right in. Allow that warmth to hold you and nourish you and enter you fully.

As you feel the strength of the earth and your spirit—the unconditional love of the universe that is always there and never leaves—and you allow that to take the place of everything else, you reclaim your power. You stop giving it away to fear and anger and hatred and all the other manifestations of the shadow. And maybe even find yourself in alignment with your Soul, with the Great Spirit, in that place where everything is OK because you are standing in your true power. You are in your true self. You are so fucking alive and awake with the truth of who you are, that nothing can bring you down. Do this for as long as you need, until you get to that place at your center. That is who you are, and no one can ever take that away from you.

This is what I’ve been talking about for the past 5+ years when I talk about Walking in Beauty. This is THE WALK. The darkness needs to come to the surface to be cleansed and healed and dealt with. That’s just how it works.

This is our time people. It’s time to step into our true power and do the work we’ve been called to do. Time to stop playing small and holding back our light with every excuse imaginable under the sun. We have a lot of work to do! I’m game. Are you ready to go? Because the world needs you now more than ever in your highest light and power. Let’s do this.

Let it all wash over you
Then ground back into your power.
Let the Love that you are
Fill you up and heal yourself
And the world.
We’ve got this people.
Because Love always always wins in the end.

All my love,

This Saturday, November 12th, I’m leading a Breathwork Healing group that will be a much needed love-in of light workers, friends and healers in Los Angeles at the DEN Meditation. There is still room to join us here. This was not at all what I had pictured for this group, but it’s what is most needed now. I will be doing more work like this in Southern California in the coming months as well as online so that you all  can join in from all parts. We have our work cut out for us. ALL IN! <3 <3 <3

Full Respect, love and acknowledgment to Rose Cole for this video that set me straight today and back on the path to what needs to happen now.

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For the Love of Mercury (and making your art!)

Sunset with Joy and the little sea bird — Ventura Beach, California

Sunset with Joy and the little sea bird — Ventura Beach, California


At the time of writing we’re about midway through the current Mercury Retrograde period, but I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while! I decided to push it out today in celebration of my “Mercury Love-In” Sale (30% off private sessions and the Soul-Fire Code). Hope it helps! Enjoy. :)

The Mercury Retrograde period is generally misunderstood as a period where the challenges of communications and operating on the earth plane are intensified. In truth, this is the very best period for intuitive creative souls to thrive in, because it offers us an opportunity to do our deepest work. It can also help with providing a wonderful sort of energetic force shield from the energies of the world.

While so many others are busy running around like chickens, struggling with getting things done the way they usually do, you have this extra keen ability to operate from an even deeper place than usual. Your true Soul Power is magnified and welcomed into play. Continue Reading →

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No More Eyes Wide Shut — We Must Out-Create the Horror With Creative Strength

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Street art in Athens — October 2014 — #eyeswideopen


The truth of injustice in this world is almost too horrific to look at. Like the Tom Hanks character in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut”, the absolutely confounding madness of what we see in our world causes us to wander through our lives in a state of denial or confusion about what’s really happening around us.

In my preface to the forthcoming EDGE FLOW collaborative book project, I wrote:

The thing is— the truth is frightening, ugly…and just plain horrible to face. If you read the world news on any given day, it’s clear that humans are pretty wretched beings. Selfish, self-absorbed, despotic, fundamentalist, racist, sexist, murderers, baby killers and psychopaths. And those among us who are most needed to show up, to step up our game and do what we can to make a difference—the highly creative, empathic, change-oriented, good-hearted, mindful people—we’re often the ones who suffer most deeply from seeing all this. And so we turn away.

How often have you heard these words, or told yourself even: “It’s just too much, I can’t handle it!” Or, “I haven’t watched the news in years, it’s too depressing.” But it’s only because we’re not strong enough in ourselves that we can’t handle this stuff. Because when you have a stronger handle on the truth of who you are, and can stay grounded in that longer, you can really see all this stuff and not let it be a complete headf*ck. We need that, so we can roll up our sleeves and say,

“OK, I see what’s going on — I know I can’t fix it all myself, but my heart is pulling me to do _this_, and I feel pretty strongly that it might make a difference. And I can handle this, I got this….”   

And then you do it. And it does make a difference. And it’s good.

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The Happy Ukulele Songbook: Songs for Celebrating Life, Love & Togetherness

Download: The Happy Ukulele Songbook PDF 

May 2014: Revised Version 2 released! (Links updated on this page.) Contains minor formatting and content updates for a better overall experience! 

This songbook contains 52 of my favorite songs on the uke, from beginner to intermediate level, gathered over the past couple years since learning to play this magical instrument. I also created a special introductory how-to section, with tips and tricks based on the popular ukulele workshops I occasionally lead around the world.

The very first version of this collection was created for my first workshop in January 2013 with just about 15 songs, and since then it’s taken a beating on my travels, and a life of its own.

My favorite part of putting this book together has been gathering so many of my favorite songs…brilliant classics that have stood the test of time. Songs with a distinctly human blend of sweetness, love and Soul, brimming over with style and character. These are songs of life and love you can play for years with your friends and loved ones, and timeless classics that will continue being played long after we’re gone.

But it all starts with you now, taking a little time out from your busy life to enjoy a moment of surrendering to the music and letting go of everything else, if even just for a few brief moments…. Continue Reading →

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The Energy of Mindfulness – with Thich Nhat Hanh (The simple, elegant, powerful solution to just about Everything?)


When we drink a glass of water, and if we know that we are drinking a glass of water, if we’re concentrated on the fact that we are drinking water, mindfulness is already there. And the water drinking becomes deeper, truer, and real. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Driving in the car on my journey north in search of magic and lost treasure — from Southern California to Southern Oregon — I’m listening to a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, the wonderful Zen master and peace activist. I’m present and focused on listening as I drive…. (Being fully present with just driving can be exhausting after a while.)

Life can only be touched in the here and the now — the here contains the now, and the now contains the here — and that is why the practice is to go back to the present moment in order to touch life. Life has so many wonders within it, and if we do not go back to the present moment, we can never touch life with all the wonders….

Our appointment with life is in the present moment. If we miss the appointment, life is not for us. And that is why the practice of mindfulness is first of all the practice of being back to life and touching life in the present moment.

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Mindfully Eating Animals (the Other 99 Percent)

Monk with Broom

There is a place in the world where Jain monks carry a broom to sweep the ground ahead of them and avoid stepping on insects. I love this mental image I learned as a child, and think of it often when I’m in nature.

Sometimes I wish I were this mindful in all life, but in truth I’m more of a realist, and not the most compassionate person on earth. I’ve been working on that last bit for a while, but my approach is to have as much integrity as possible, while understanding that we are human, we screw up, and it’s OK to enjoy life and let loose sometimes. The trouble with this approach is you can easily get a little too loose. When in Rome becomes when in life, and things quickly devolve from there…

I believe this happened to me over the past year and half of living and traveling in Latin America. Of course I ate meat. A lot of meat. I didn’t ask where it came from, or if it was from “happy cows.” There’s not a lot of food choices when you’re traveling in the north part of Peru, for instance. Vegetarian options are pretty much: Cheese sandwich, potatoes, potato chips, rice, corn and/or salad (which by the way is lettuce and tomatoes with a piece of lemon if you’re lucky).

The questions I find myself asking now, are…

Faced again with an abundance of eating options in Northern Europe, is it possible to mindfully eat an animal raised and killed for the intention of eating?
Is it morally acceptable to eat animals?
What, if any, conditions must be present for me to eat a piece of an animal?
Is it OK to eat some animals raised and killed for eating, and some not?

I know that it’s possible to mindfully eat an animal. I just don’t know if it’s possible to claim to be a mindful and conscious person of integrity, and still eat an animal that’s been raised and killed for the purposes of human consumption. Especially if that animal has been raised and killed in a factory. Continue Reading →

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