Tool Kit for Empaths and Highly Sensitive Folks (All of Us!)


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Are you empathic? Do you seem to feel what other people are feeling? Are you upset or angry for no apparent reason? Does your stomach feel queasy, but you are not sick? Is it difficult to go into large department stores? Here are some PREVENTION AND COPING SKILLS

Be vigilant about maintaining your vibration at a high enough level to enable you to navigate through life more purposefully, authentically, and, most importantly, safely. You will attract whatever you imagine, so to be mindful of the frequencies you are focusing on. But beware: do not manipulate anyone’s free will. This will weaken your energy quickly.

Be the observer; don’t let yourself get hooked in any drama. As you experience these changes, you may notice that others around you are treading water, or are resentful of the new us. The reason for this is that they are still living in the old world of duality and control. Don’t take it personally.
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You can maintain a high vibration level by:

• Release energy vibrations from shame, blame, or guilt
• Refuse victim consciousness
• Cut energy cords that drain you
• Ground your energy through meditation and relaxation
• Remove emotional blockages through regression therapy and Reiki
• Protect yourself by visualizing a white light around you
• Remove yourself from drama and chaos
• Be selective regarding whom you invite into your space

Empath Judith Orloff, MD also gives us some suggestions. Empaths are highly emotional sponges. If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Crowds or negativity, though, often feel assaultive, exhausting.

“For empaths to fully enjoy gatherings with family and friends, they must learn to protect their sensitivity and find balance. As an empath, I’ve always been hyper-attuned to other people’s moods, good and bad. Before I learned to protect my energy, I felt them lodge in my body. After being in crowds, I would leave feeling anxious, depressed, or tired. When I got home, I’d just crawl into bed, yearning for peace and quiet.” — Judith Orloff

Here are six empath survival strategies from Orloff’s book, The Ecstasy of Surrender to help you manage empathy more effectively and stay centered without absorbing negative energies.

Empath Survival Skill #1 – Move away
When possible, distance yourself by at least 20 feet from the suspected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t worry about offending anyone. At the gathering try not to sit next to the identified energy vampire. Physical closeness increases empathy.

Empath Survival Skill #2 – Surrender to your breath
If you suspect you are picking up someone else’s energies, concentrate on your breath for a few minutes. This is centering and connects you to your power. In contrast, holding your breath keeps negativity lodged in your body. To purify fear and pain, exhale stress and inhale calm.

Empath Survival Skill #3 – Practice ‘Guerrilla Meditation’
Be sure to meditate before the gathering, centering yourself, connecting to spirit, feeling your heart. Get strong. If you encounter emotional or physical distress while at an event, act fast and meditate for a few minutes. You can do this by taking refuge in the bathroom or an empty room. If it’s public, close the stall. Meditate there. Calm yourself. Focus on positivity and love.

Empath Survival Skill #4 – Set healthy limits and boundaries
Control how much time you spend listening to stressful people, and learn to say “no.” Set clear limits and boundaries with people. Remember, “No” is a complete sentence.

Empath Survival Skill #5 – Visualize protection around you
Research has shown that visualization is a healing mind/body technique. A practical form of protection many people use, including health care practitioners with difficult patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white light around your entire body. Or with extremely toxic people, visualize a fierce black jaguar patrolling and protecting your energy field to keep out intruders.

Empath Survival Skill #6 – Define and honor your empathic needs
Safeguard your sensitivities. In a calm, collected moment, make a list of your top five most emotionally rattling situations. Then formulate a plan for handling them so you don’t fumble in the moment.

And finally, here are some practical examples of what to do in situations that predictably stymie empaths:

~If someone asks too much of you, politely tell them, “No.” It’s not necessary to explain why. As the saying goes, “‘No’ is a complete sentence.”

~If your comfort level is three hours max for socializing–even if you adore the people — take your own car or have an alternate transportation plan so you’re not stranded.

~If crowds are overwhelming, eat a high-protein meal beforehand (this grounds you) and sit in the far corner of, say, a theatre or party, not dead center.

~Some empaths are highly sensitive to scents, if you are overwhelmed, for instance by perfume, nicely request that your friends refrain from wearing it around you. If you can’t avoid it, stand near a window or take frequent breaks to catch a breath of fresh air outdoors.

If all else fails and you absorb stressful or negative energy while at a gathering, when you get home take a bath or shower. A bath is a sanctuary after a busy day. It washes away everything from bus exhaust to long hours of air travel to pesky symptoms I have taken on from others. Soaking in natural mineral springs divinely purifies all that ails. Or use Epsom salts, or essential oils.

Take it easy, dear ones…
Melissa Leath
http://www.melissaleath.com

Grey Heron Nights 3: Old Crane Woman slips into the Otherworld


Such an inspiring story of Old Crane Woman, by Sharon Blackie. We can see what is there and what is really there. All we have to do is pull the veil away~

Sharon Blackie: Singing Over the Bones

Old Crane Woman is walking up that track. Walking, walking. You’d smile to see her walk, all knees and bony elbows. Watch her carefully, as she goes. Is that a beak or a nose? Is she woman, or bird? Old Crane Woman shrieks her laugh into the night sky. Both at once, Old Crane Woman says. That’s the whole point. Haven’t you got it yet, girl?

Old Crane Woman is walking, on past the fairy hill. The síd, the mound; the entrance to the Otherworld. The Otherworld? Old Crane Woman snorts. I’ll tell you about the Otherworld. The Otherworld is all around you. The Otherworld is just a different way of seeing this one. Listen quietly, now, and I’ll tell you a story.

Listen quietly, now; Old Crane Woman is speaking.

Once upon a time, Old Crane Woman says, there lived a man called Bran Mac Febail. Bran was the ruler of all Ireland…

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What is Your Soul’s Mission for the New Year?


The Shift Leadership Roundtable
A virtual workshop to take your soul’s mission to the next level.
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Saturday December 5, 2015 10amPST/1pmEST (tune in or get the recording)
Are you called to play a bigger role in the Great Work of our day — to shift our culture to one that is conscious, sustainable and creative?

Are you already working on a world-changing initiative or business and need to take your leadership to the next level so you can have more impact and success?

Do you want to lead in a way that is heart-centered and effective, philanthropic and profitable, spiritually-based and practical?

Then you will want to attend the first-ever Shift Leadership Roundtable to receive expert advice, deep inspiration, practical next steps and grounded strategies from 8 respected leaders. Regardless of whether you’re working with a large team of people or solo and in the early stages of developing a company, non-profit or a lifelong dream.

The essence of 21st century leadership is a capacity to really unlock your full potential. This requires access to your masculine AND feminine aspects, your head AND heart and your soul AND practical skills to embody your mission.

It’s about bringing your unique artistry into change leadership as well as your no-nonsense business self and your genius for inspiring and managing people.

As you do this, you become a compelling leader that others can trust and get behind. Sharing your vision, raising money and organizing teams — it all becomes easier and more fruitful because you’ve tethered your work to a larger vision. You speak the truth of your mission, touching people at a soul level.
This is the kind of leadership needed to change the world. And you don’t have to sacrifice your health and well-being in the process. You can learn to lead in a way that is both personally fulfilling, financially abundant, and philanthropic.

In this 3-hour free workshop, you can learn from some of the most respected leadership experts in the world: Jean Houston has trained leaders in over 108 countries. Monica Sharma was a top trainer at the United Nations for leaders. Marianne Williamson has led a new generation of spiritually-based political change agents. Tim Kelley works with billionaires, CEOs and government ministers committed to leading with purpose. Sherri Lassila and Susan Cannon have designed leadership training programs for the highest level of conscious leadership around. And Stephen Dinan has built a global company that has touched 650,000 lives and has customers in 140 countries.
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The 8 leadership experts at this virtual roundtable will distill their wisdom in profound dialogues that also focus on practical insights and next steps for you.

You’ll learn:

  • How to integrate your full Self into your leadership
  • How to monetize your mission without selling out
  • Best practices of conscious leaders for inner development
  • Ways to use the arts to open up new capacities in the people you lead
  • How to speak from your heart so that you touch and motivate others.
  • This free event is designed for you if you’re committed to being a leader and ready to make your next level of contribution with an initiatives business or nonprofit that aims to significantly better our world.
    And please feel free to invite other leaders to this complimentary event!

    You will also learn about the exciting launch of the Shift Leadership Academy — a yearlong program with the best leaders and methods to help you fulfill your potential as a leader and make a greater impact.

    Check it out Right Here and see if your Soul is Quickened!

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    Hope to see you there!
    Melissa Leath http://www.melisaleath.com

    Animal Instinct vs. Human Intuition: Are They the Same?


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    As I grew up, I seemed to always look at nature for solid answers or confirmation to ideas I was thinking about. To understand something, it’s always easier to look at nature. God gave the animals instinct to see them through their lives. What did He give to us humans? He gave us intuition.

    To show the magnitude of intuition, I’d like to present some inspired information I have put together concerning animal instinct and human intuition. Through this channeled viewpoint, our connectedness with the animal realm will be validated. We will look at the events that could have happened to create the split between animals and humans, and how this influenced their evolution and ability to communicate.

    Everything that was created or manifested by the Source was brought about through energy. All substance and physicality shared the same atoms. So, we all (animals, humans and plant life) were of the same essence.

    We Are All One-Primordial Knowing
    From the beginning of time, since all was created, life evolved in different ways as a result of the manner in which situations were experienced. But for a very long time, all remained as one, co-habiting perfectly.

    Millions of years ago all breathing, sentient beings were in the infancy of humanity. This included animals and humans. For all practical purposes, there was no difference between the two. They were aware of outside occurrences, but did not “realize” that awareness.

    We could call this inchoate consciousness: The basic movement towards humanity was in its beginning stages, at a very rudimentary starting point. For many generations, humans and animals lived on instinct and shared their spot together on earth.

    That cohabitation was normal and created a base of paradigm thinking. This idea is based largely around oral folklore. Many consider folklore, or oral stories that have been passed down through the generations as being anecdotal. Hence, the stories are not considered as viable sources of information.

    However, when stories are shared at length, and then published in a paper or review of some kind, they are then considered as case histories. This offers much more credence to traditional customs and beliefs. According to Webster’s dictionary, folklore provides the science that investigates the life and spirit of “a peoples”.

    We also know that many indigenous people never recorded their history in the form of written words or scripts. But they kept their historic information, traditions and lineage contained in the oral teachings of one person usually called the records keeper.

    This being said, we will consider the folklore shared here as being a reliable source with which to evaluate. The myths of that magical time when animals and humans shared cohabitation, tell that there were no boundaries. Animals and Humans lived peacefully together and shared a common language. Being able to speak and hear through the eyes and ears of humans and animals combined, brought about a phenomenal essence of majesty and the divine.

    Humans and Animals originally were one and the same. At a time when there was no judgment or comparison—that is, a time of love and acceptance—all living creatures were breathing the breath of the Creator. All was One. Humans, animals and plants all lived within the earth as one organism.

    An Okanogan Legend, “Creation of the Animal People”, will show the original spiritual connection of the two kingdoms. “The earth was once a human being: Old One made her out of a woman. “You will be the mother of all people,” he said.
    “Earth is alive yet, but she has been changed. The soil is her flesh, the rocks are her bones, and the wind is her breath, trees and grass are her hair. She lives spread out, and we live on her. When she moves, we have an earthquake.

    “After taking the woman and changing her to earth, Old One gathered some of her flesh and rolled it into balls, as people do with mud or clay. He made the first group of these balls into the ancients, the beings of the early world.

    “The ancients were people, yet also animals. In form some looked human while some walked on all fours like animals. Some could fly like birds; others could swim like fishes. All had the gift of speech, as well as greater powers and cunning than either animals or people. But deer were never among the ancients; they were always animals, even as they are today.

    “Besides the ancients, real people and real animals lived on the earth at that time. Old One made the people out of the last balls of mud he took from the earth. He rolled them over and over, shaped them like Indians, and blew on them to bring them alive.”
    —reported by Ella Clark in the 1950’s.

    Primordial Knowing
    For several million years, our archaic ancestors lived in the faint dawn of reflective consciousness. Their capacity for ‘knowing that we know’ was almost entirely undeveloped. Consequently, our earliest human ancestors functioned primarily on instinct and habit. As a result their way of life remained virtually unchanged over thousands of generations.
    –Promise Ahead, by Duane Elgin.

    This instinct/intuition allowed for the natural response to events and situations. Those actions (opposed to re-actions) were honored and respected.

    35,000 years ago, our instinct was sharp and necessary. We relied on primordial knowing. Acting in a perfectly assimilated environment came easily. Re-action only occurred when the first knowing (or instinct) was doubted or thought out twice. Reaction then became a contrived response, not the natural one. The human began to acknowledge self as separate. As humans evolved away from animals, they lost their primordial knowing. It diminished eventually to a state of mystery only a special few could tap into.

    We, as humans have chosen not to rely on instinct in this day and time. Intuition is a luxury that only some people feel the need to develop or even admit to. It somehow has taken on a frivolous and rather illusive connotation. Our society has required more concrete means of maneuvering in this dimension. And many long forgotten abilities have become passé. The more we limit, the more we are boxed into paradigm issues.

    Shift in Evolution: Separation
    In his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, Rupert Sheldrake states: “In hunter-gather cultures, human beings do not see themselves as separate from other animals but as intimately interconnected.” This is made very apparent when you look at shamans, who are specialists at communication with other worlds by way of their guardian power animals. They are able to connect with the powers of the animal world.

    This creates a type of mystique between human and animal. But they are guided by the animal energy and it imbues them with certain powers and abilities. It is ideal to show the extreme connection between man and beast.

    Animals, existing closer to the earth, were able to encapsulate the spirit qualities within themselves: each one holding a different concept. When humans realized this, they became jealous and developed the ego instead. This was not right or wrong—only the way things were.

    This change in awareness, perceiving self as different, created a very drastic shift in human development, which ultimately separated humans from the One. The “awakening of humanity,” if you will, transformed oneness into separate identity, and recognizing reality in a different way. The new human perception started to create its own reality, or dream.

    The change in perception happened, by all accounts, around 35,000 years ago. Archeologists have recorded developments occurring around that time in the use of stone tools, burial sites, cave art, and migration patterns. A separate identity, ego, was slowly developing, and wanting to express itself in numerous ways. Instinct seemed to take a new direction by expanding artistic and creative senses.

    Suddenly, humans began to “know.” It provided a sense of self-importance. And the separation from the One became deeper. As a result, humans began to feel superior to other beings, even though the others were still connected with the One and in total spiritual awareness. Humanity began on its adventure as a toddler in its growth. Humanity was moving away from universal unity, in an attempt to define Self.

    Effects of Forming Society: Denial
    Society, as well as other aspects, contributed greatly to the divide of what once was total telepathic communication.
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    On the way to becoming totally sentient beings, humanity has lost some very important things. Perceived connection to the universe is one. While developing the idea that we could “know that we know,” we also realized that we had separated ourselves from the One. Operating as one organism became the perceived illusion. Separating from all else was the reality that humans designed into existence. By doing that, we denied the validity of everything else.

    Humanity began to think of itself as supreme intelligence. I tend to think of this time in evolution as being the adolescent: old enough to have a mind of its own, but too young to know how to use that mind. If we could use the example of a child around the age of 11, then we can see just how humanity was at that stage. The body is growing too fast to allow the mind to catch up, and the child just goes on its merry way, trying to fit in and make a stand in society.

    This is very close to what humans were doing in their adolescent time frame. New ways to maintain lifestyle were being invented all the time. Self, and ways to accommodate Self, were the main focus. The fact that humans lived on the earth instead of with the earth became very apparent. We started abusing the very things that sustained us. The connection we once had to our animal relatives became even more disconnected.

    As a result of that disconnection, humans lost the instinct and communication abilities that once were very much a part of our lives.

    But the whole time, animals played a large part in our lives. They helped us cultivate and plant crops, travel long distances and even served as food. Stories of animal and human contact abounded. Folklore, such as that of the Native American story told earlier, was passed down through the generations. In the indigenous cultures, animal totems or fetishes became important parts of their lives, as well as, the belief that animal spirits protected them from danger, or could move them into heightened states of awareness.

    As far away as we tried to go from our relatives, they were never that far from us. I believe animals knew that humans needed to return to the connection, so they did what they could to stay near-by.

    Search for Spirituality: Recognizing All is One
    As we started to view the universe as being a living organism, with us as an integral part of the whole, we could see that human beings really are connected to animal and plant life as well as mother earth. By realizing that important point—that we are connected to All—begins the step back to the One. Separation was only the dream.

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    Cosmo-Wholeness
    As we bring in the thought of cosmo-wholeness, we generate a special frequency that can raise the vibration of the universe. And recognition of responsibility to the world becomes paramount. Suddenly we realize that the animals are our relatives. During this time of recognition, humans had developed a refined way of awareness. I believe that it was a type of instinct, but rather a “human version of instinct.” This was the beginning of intuition, as we know it.

    This logically brings us to animal totems and guides. Also involved is Psycho Navigation, which is out of body flight through spirit animals.

    Psycho Navigation is a type of meditation that is most conducive to connecting with spirit realm energies such as spirit animal guides. It represents a blended understanding of spirit animal energies, and learning to navigate through them.

    This time in the evolution of mankind, the animal kingdom awakens us again to the connection we already have in the spiritual oneness. The spirit animal guides give us a chance to recognize this first through an inner search for self.

    We search now for that past time of love and acceptance, when no judgment or comparison divided the One.

    Opening the Door to Communication

    “Instincts depend on the species’ habitual behavioral fields patterning the activity of the nervous system. They are influenced by genes and also inherited by morphic resonance. Through morphic resonance newly learned patterns of behavior can spread rapidly throughout a species. The learning of these new skills can become progressively easier as time goes on, and as they become increasingly habitual.”

    “In human psychology, the activities of the mind can be interpreted in terms of morphic fields interacting with the physicochemical patterns of activity in the brain. But these fields are not confined to the brain. They extend outward beyond the body into the environment. These extended mental fields underlie perception and behavior. They also enable paranormal phenomena, such as telepathy and the sense of being stared at, to be interpreted in such a way that they seem normal.”
    —Rupert Sheldrake, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home

    Instinct, as the noun is defined as: natural and unreasoning, prompting to action. The adjective, instinctive, is pertaining to nature, or prompted by, determined by natural impulse. Syn. Natural, involuntary, spontaneous, automatic, innate: intuitive. Instinctive connotes innate impulse or spontaneous aptitude; intuitive implies direct perception or apprehension, without reasoning.

    So after awhile, humans may turn away from intuition, tiring from having to always defend their feelings, dreams and inner knowledge.

    Humans have moved into the teenage years, recognizing that they had become more informed, but not always sure when that knowledge could be used. Becoming familiar with intuition as a viable form of information takes awhile to come to terms with, and use spontaneously.

    Path to Completion
    On our way to full completion: that of returning to our source of Oneness, we find ourselves always in contact with our animal friends. The bonding with animals formed very early on our childhood. Besides most of us having pets at sometime in our lives, we have been given teddy bears or stuffed animals as children. And who has not been told a childhood story about animals?

    A normal aspect of human nature had been responding to life by forming relationships. And animals have been one of the most solid relationships we, as humans, have had. Isn’t it interesting that our pets always retain a close connection with us, and are exceedingly affectionate, no matter what the circumstances are? I feel this is yet another aspect showing that animals are instinctively keeping close to protect their relatives. (Quite the huge primordial knowing, I would say.)

    The more we admit to intuition, and cultivate its tendencies, the closer we will come to the total intellect of the universe. We will realize the connection to All That Is, and by recognizing the Animal Kingdom. The combined energy can cultivate a serious surge in thought evolution. This brings Humanity into the young adult stage of evolution.

    It appears that through our search of Self, we steered ourselves away from the very important part of ourselves—the animal kingdom. But as we continue on our search, we have found ourselves full circle back into the possibility of connecting again with our long lost cousins, and our original instinctive tendencies.

    Copyright 2009-2015 Melissa Leath. All rights reserved.

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    About Melissa Leath: Melissa has been using her instinct/intuition all her life. And has taught others how to use it for at least 35 years. To find out how you can learn from her go to her website. She teaches many online classes and workshops, as well as mentors one-on-one.

    Member’s Only Online Psychic Development


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    Can’t make it to local classes? Then this option is just for you! Self Study as You Want It!

    For those of you who want to study with Melissa Leath, but live too far away to attend onsite classes, this is a wonderful way for you to participate in your own self-development, only in a closed, private group. Held once a month, with projects to keep you working at home. They are for unfoldment and development of psychic awareness and mediumship awakening. Both novice and seasoned students benefit from these classes. A warm and safe environment has come from these classes and all are welcome.

    Class Format:

  • Monthly Online Psychic Development Class (Beginners or Experienced)
  • Video Package sent to you the first of each month, with follow up exercises.
  • Study the program when you have the time!
  • Guided Meditation Audio
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  • Many lessons taken from Melissa’s book “Psychic Integrity”.
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    Be sure Melissa has your proper email, since this is how the Video Package will be delivered. You can reach her at: monthlyonlineclass@gmail.com

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    Melissa Leath uses her book Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern Day Mystics as the basis for the class. It will be used for a foundation of her teachings. She has been co-teacher (with Sharon Smythe) for two ongoing development classes, since 2006, in the Ohio area.

    Melissa Leath, owner of Off the Beaten Path Intuitive Arts, facilitator of the Professional Psychic Medium Certification Program™, works with psychic/mediumistic kids and young adults in private mentoring programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Counseling, was certified as a spiritual medium in 1983, and ordained as a spiritualist minister in 1997. Life Visionary™ and author of a number of books including her newest: Does Your Child See Sparkles? Help for Parents Guiding Psychic Kids, her mission is to guide as many people as possible through her books, sessions, and programs. She teaches both online and in person, has taught meditation and parapsychology courses at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, and is one of only a handful of mediums offering classes for psychically gifted children. She has written for DreamWeaver Magazine, and is a regular featured radio guest. http://www.melissaleath.com

    How to Lighten Up Your Frequency


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    Lighten up your frequencies. By that I mean find higher vibrational things that resonate with you – instead of old, heavy, limiting thoughts and practices.

    In desiring to become more enlightened, you will naturally find yourself lightening up. We, as humanity are awakening. And we are searching out our connection to Source. By doing that, we turn infinite accessible light into physical energy. So we naturally feel lighter!

    There are many ways people have been doing this over the years. Monks and Chi Gong masters, for instance can generate chi (energy) from their own internal Light Source.

    Breatharians are people who believe they can “ingest” light, like plants. They do this by taking in the sun’s energy and breathing prana.

    You can use nourishing, high vibrational foods to convert your own body and mind to new levels of energy. Humans today are more sensitive and light than the humans of the past, so they require more living, natural foods instead of the heavier, dense foods we have been used to.

    No major changes are required to do this at first. Take your time as you change your thoughts and perception on how and what you are eating. It is more important to raise the thoughts you have about your diet. Be kind to yourself about it. Send love and gratitude to your food. Be present while you eat, chew, breathe, and have appreciation for this energetic exchange.

    Consider eating more organic foods, and add more raw fruits and vegetables to your plate on a regular basis. You’ll feel better – and Lighter!