Training Your Inner Warrior: 31-Day Online Course

Training Your Inner Warrior: 31-Day Online Course

Back By Popular Demand…

June 1-July 1, 2014

People often ask how I get "so much done," how I have "the time and energy" and why I don't get bogged down by seeming inner and outer "obstacles." 

This 31-day daily online "Training Your Inner Warrior " course will answer all that and more. 

(Click on "Read More" below to hear an audio interview on the course.)

With a focus on training the mind to think more effectively in service to spiritual intentions, you can expect results to include personal insight, changed awareness, and "aha!" perspectives that turn into the capacity to change habits--including sustained follow through despite your best inner-trickster shenanigans! With one goal chosen at the start of our 31 days, you will learn about how the mind works in conjunction with spiritual "goals" as well as discover the unique intricacies of your own personal motivations and patterns. Partners (in business, family or friendship) are encouraged to join the class together. 

These are the essential tools I use myself in my own daily life. They are designed to work in harmony with your higher spiritual aspirations, and in fact to dissolve conflicts within your more human aspects of self

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A Story Of First Love And What We Don't Know

A Story Of First Love And What We Don't Know

First love.

You hear a lot about it. How you never forget. If I’m honest, I had a lot of “first loves,” and not a lot of love. What can I say? It was what you might call a rough adolescence.

As it turns out, though, one was different. I just didn’t know it.

Rob was an awesome guy, and more popular than me in high school. He was cool. He was liked. He was handsome. But he had something else going for him. While I would not have been able to name it then, today I’d say it was substance and soul.

I might have had substance and soul as well, but I was an outsider. Not as pretty as his girlfriend. Not as popular. You don’t try to compete with girls like that. You don’t even think to. 

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If You Don't Know Your Brain, You Don't Know Jack

If You Don't Know Your Brain, You Don't Know Jack

I’m a dreamer. Yes, the visionary kind, but also the nighttime kind. 

For many years, I have been taught through what I have come to call my “dream teachers.” I have no idea who they are, where they come from, or why they started coming to me. I have a sense they may be two masters from the orient I've run into elsewhere, but I really can't be certain. All I know is that each time they visit, my life takes a leap.

The dream with Daphne and Jack offered a catapult like no other.

This complex dream of twists and turns begins with Daphne, a high school student from the HBO series Queer As Folk. I’ll make it as quick as I can, as there’s nothing more boring than someone else’s dream.

Dream Daphne is meeting with Jack, a guy friend in a college class, catching him up on the homework assignment he missed. They are to write a Shakespearian style play.

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BUT… Who Are You?

BUT… Who Are You?

(This is a long one… and it goes deep… so why not settle in with a cup of tea?)

Recently, a new acquaintance in yoga class asked what I “do.” Since that can be a long and variable conversation, and since we were nearly out the door, I opted to limit my response to a “quick and dirty” half-elevator speech.

“I teach about being who you are,” I said. “Who you really, really are.”

She nodded, taking it in, and asked me for my web address. When I replied “BeWhoYouAre.com,” something in the repeat hit her hard.

She took a moment, looking as if some kind of strange light bulb went off inside her head, and then asked in all earnest:

“But how do you be who you are, if you don’t know who you are?”

Exactly.

Exactly the right thought. Exactly the dilemma. Exactly the whole human conundrum in one… single… impossible… question.

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Making Magical Resolutions - A New Year's Day Conference Call

Making Magical Resolutions - A New Year's Day Conference Call

I asked my facebook friends if they wanted a call on New Year's Day - LIVE - so we could get some beautiful collective energy going... and there was a RESOUNDING YES!

And so we gathered live at 2 PM EST (by conference call), where I shared on How To Make Magical Resolutions. What makes it magical? You'll have to listen to find out... we went a full 1 and 3/4 hours, but you don't have to stay that long for the questions after... 

Special note: Some people found the lists confusing as we went along, so I would take your time, and stop the recording when you need to. Also see the notes on lists below. You won't fully understand them without listening, but as you listen, they will help. 

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Need A "Holiday" Mom? I'm In!

Need A "Holiday" Mom? I'm In!

I wrote this for this year's Your Holiday Mom, one of the social change projects I launched through Be Who You Are Productions. It offers support to any LGBTQ child in need of a holiday mom... but it goes much further than that. It has saved lives, and it transforms what it means to be supported by your community. Here is my letter for them, and for you, and for us. 

Dear Holiday Child,

How exciting to find us here again this year! This is my third year, but year one had only an audio that got passed around. Then last year was so fabulous, and I loved creating our video and bringing the community together to say “WE LOVE YOU” to all of you

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Not For Nothing, If…

Not For Nothing, If…

One of my friends is going through a difficult divorce and another looks like she is about to. Yet another friend is in bankruptcy while yet another looks like that’s going to be her only option. One friend just lost a son. Another is helping a community still reeling from violence against several children.

As yet one more friend often says: “Oh Holy Hell.”

With a thousand friends and a thousand possible troubles, it’s bad out there for someone pretty much any day of the week, any week of the month and any month of the year.

So as we come upon a holiday season where it so often feels wrong to be anything but merry, it seemed time to once gain put it out there that all this challenge, pain and outright heartbreak… It is not for nothing, if…

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My Shamanic Store Is Birthed On My Own Birthday

My Shamanic Store Is Birthed On My Own Birthday

I know, I've been a little quiet. But I've also been a lot busy! Behind the scenes I've been doing something I'd never imagined... opening an online store for shamanic tools! And gifts! And jewelry blessed in holy waters from around the world. 

Like any new "mom" I'm pretty tired, and the shipping has already begun, so let me make this short and invite you on over... www.ShamanSeaAndSky.com. 

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Fear: 101

Fear: 101

 

When I queried many of you as to what you most want me to write about, fear came up again and again. It was brought up in a wide range of topics, from starting a new business to leaving an old and outdated relationship. But in the end, the questions made it clear that most people who battle with fear don’t really understand its dynamics. They don’t understand the dynamics of bravery, pushing through, or knowing when a fear is real. Since I play with the fear-fire a lot in my life (it’s not exactly comfortable battling darkness in the shamanic realms, let alone launching a new business venture), I thought I’d break down what I have learned and offer it up here.  

We all know the basics: Fear is a general term for an emotion that is built into our human condition. No one bypasses the churning gut, the heart palpitations, or the urge to run like hell. Fight or flight is a genius human response system that keeps us alive. On those long nights when the fire is low and the lions are on the prowl (literally or metaphorically), it keeps watch for us. Like a fierce guard dog… it’s there for us. Just. In. Case.

Fear helps to alert us to danger. It’s one of our most intuitive emotions and it moves lightning quick, before we even have a chance to evaluate the actual reality or level of danger being presented to us. A fake snake jumping toward us and a real snake being tossed by a prankster are completely different in terms of real danger, but just try to tell that to tell our glandular wisdom. Either way, we’re going to freak out a little.  

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How To Get Angry Without Losing Your Enlightenment

How To Get Angry Without Losing Your Enlightenment

 

Anger. It’s a bad thing, right? It’s low-brow for spiritual types. Better to “OMM” your way through, don’t you think?

No. I don’t think.

Anger is not primitive on the journey of enlightenment. Jesus overthrew the tables when he got angry at the moneychangers. Buddha might have been grieving for the world at large when he left his wife and child and the life of a prince, but my guess is he was also just a wee bit angry that his family shielded him from the true nature of the world for those less fortunate throughout his entire early life.

Anger is real. It’s normal. It’s natural. And I believe it’s holy, in the right expression.

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Staying Awake: Notes From Surgery

Staying Awake: Notes From Surgery

I admit it: I live a charmed life in a small town on a farm. I work for myself and love what I do. About the only real complaint I have is this 50-year-old feminine body wearing out a little faster than I’d expected.

But, like any good vehicle, I suppose repairs must be expected.

And so it was I was squeezing in a reasonably major surgery just a day after my work team was here for a long weekend and just a few days before my next 9-month of teaching would start.

It would have been so easy to get into the surgery assembly line along with all the others that parade through our hospitals every day. To not say things, or see things, that are out of the realm of “normal.” But that’s not what I’m about.

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That Night with Julie

That Night with Julie

"You're Robin Rice?" the young, dark-haired woman asked me. We were in line, signing in for an open mike poetry reading at the local bookstore. I'm not exactly a household name, but as I am an author, some people know of my work. Given my own "off" mood, I was prepared to put on a polite smile. One look into this young woman's deeply troubled face and I knew this was not the tack to take. You don't have to be psychic to know what that kind of face means. You only have to have been there yourself. This woman-child was on the edge of her own life, and looming toward a jump.

"Yes," I answered.

"I hear you know something about depression," she said....

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Living By Magic

Living By Magic

Wilhelm is my Austrian friend. Tall and stout, with a heavy accent and infectious smile, he is one of those people who really know how to enjoy the good things in life. From a rowdy round of soccer (football, as he calls it) to those very expensive restaurants that serve tiny meals on beautiful plates, he is both my good friend and private fashion police. “Robin,” he said while celebrating a special occasion with an especially fine wine, “you're in the amazing business.”

I laughed, already slightly happy from the wine, until I was struck with the truth of his words. I am in the amazing business. So are we all.

Magic––that amazing something that happens through us when we live by deep inner truths and clear intention, for the good of all––is not reserved for rare occasions, nor for only the “special” leaders, visionaries, and changemakers. It is available to anyone...

 

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