Feel into the chakra
Recently, I've been shown the same scenario, and when this happens, again and again, I take a pause and ask, "what's the message here." If we get quiet, and observe, we always—always—get the clarity. But that's the challenge, in this world, is to be able to be the calm in the storm. Take a breath. Step outside, step into a closet if you have to, close your eyes, breathe deep into the bottom of your lungs, and ask, "what is the message?"
I know I've talked about the body messages before—Louise Hay's teachings start here. The body has a message, every time.
But I want to take that a step deeper this week and help you get practiced at this physical awareness process and listen, using your body as a transmitter for messages. At its most attuned state, the body can operate like a strong magnetic receiver. If you allow it to be just the transmitter, moving energy and emotion through it. From picking up synchronous directional feeds to guide you—to clearing ancestral emotional trauma—your body is a vehicle for moving energy.
The hangup is that our body tends to store energy like a battery, versus move the energy like a current.
When you have that awareness, that your body shouldn't store anything—from negativity to fat cells to free radicals—it should in fact move things, like nutrients through fiber. We eat food and excrete waste, right? Why don't we do that with energy and emotion?
One of my hacks for this is feeling into the chakra. If you aren't, get familiar with your chakra system, what these 7 energy centers represent, and what energies and emotions they relate to.
This is key, because the body part that feels the pain (let's say it's your shoulder) related to a chakra, in this case your heart chakra. And if you can say, "Okay shoulder, what are you telling me about my heart?" Then you pause, listen to your heart, breathe in the colors of green and pink, and you will always get a message.
Breathing into your chakras is a good practice to keep. It keeps your energy centers moving, processing energy and flowing it out like a current, and not holding on to the things that don't serve you. From your ancestral poverty stories to yesterday's argument with the neighbor.
Honor your emotions, and feel them, thank them, love them. But then move them through you, and don't let them store in the parts of your body—that will take on whatever you let it—and fester, sometimes for years, creating chronic issues like frozen shoulder.
Just give me a week
The problem doesn't lie in the world around you, isn't a product of bad luck, or isn't found in unfortunate circumstances.
The problem lies in your brain.
Your brain is its own unique and infinite super computer, capable of programming your reality and generating/manifesting everything your heart desires.
The problem is, your brain was programmed first, before you could decide how you wanted to program it. It needs to have a hard-reset to give it a clean slate, in order to program it to create the life of your dreams.
Give me (1) week with your brain, and I guarantee we'll begin rewiring it together.
Catch yourself saying, I can't, even just once, and you'll begin see where you limit your potential, halt your dreams, restrict the universe from gifting you the pathway to a brighter future.
I can't, tells the universe that you don't have the bandwidth for more.
Instead, I offer you a new program of asking for help. Where you feel I can't trickle in, halt that old, unwanted program, and instead, say:
Source, I don't know how I can make this happen, so please send me the resources, people, and power to make it happen.
Such as... You really want to afford that $997 photography course on wildlife in the Yellowstone National Park. You don't have the time or money to do this course, but you dream of it every day. Instead of saying,
I'd love to do that BUT I could never take the time off, or I could never afford it,
ask Source for help by flipping the script and saying:
Guides, I don't know how I'm going to find the time and money to do this, but I really feel like this course is in my best interest, so please bring me the resources, people, and power to make it happen.
And say that every morning when you wake up, and every night before you go to bed.
Then, when the boss randomly gives you an extra week paid vacation this year, you affirm the gift as a sign and say, Thank you, Guides! For paving the way for me to take this photo course in Yellowstone! Please keep the momentum flowing for this to be, by continuing to send me the resources, people, and power to make it happen!
It's not hard to retrain your brain. It just takes awareness and practice.
If you didn't catch last week's email/post on The Magnet in Your Brain, go back and check it out here. It'll help paint the picture of just how powerful your brain truly is.
And if you want to spend a week with Andy in a bootcamp for your brain, email us to get in early, while we're formulating what that looks like.
You, my friend, are the master of your universe. Start wielding that power like you own it. Because you do.
You get what you give
I recently watched the movie The Secret: Dare to Dream—not to be confused with The Secret, although connected to it, the former is a fictional tale about a tropical storm, an inventor, and a widow and her kids... But it's teeming with synchronicities, great messages, and poignant anecdotes for life.
My favorite of those messages is the simple but solid magnet analogy...
The magnet attracts by a force unseen but so real. Your brain is powerful like that. It attracts what it thinks. So you think "bad shit always happens," and that's sure what you'll get. You think, "life brings me miracles every day," and that's what you'll get.
And when life throws you hard fast balls you can't hit, followed by a curve ball you can't hit, and another zinger maybe after that—you could drop the bat and say forget it, I can't hit the ball. Or you can wait it out, because wild pitches always lead to balls, and then just walk your fancy ass to first base.
If baseball ain't your thing, here's another way to look at it. It might look hard, impossible, or just plain unfair, over and over; and if you use those words to describe it, then that's how it'll be. But if you choose better words, insert childlike curiosity and ask yourself how you can spin it, it could actually look easy.
Such as needing a road on your new property, and finding out the old tenant, who do awesomely keeps loaning you his UTV to get around your new land on, says "my brother builds roads," like it's no big deal.
Or your deck builder, who was 3 hours away suddenly gets re-stationed to your county for 2 months, and you know it's no coincidence.
Our life in TN is unfolding just like that. Not because we are lucky. But because we expect that little miracles and Synchronicity move our life forward just the way it's supposed to.
You can have that too, if you choose to. Just write a better script.
If you missed our Manifesting with Synchronicity Live yesterday, catch the replay on either the MWS or Affirmations FB groups. We talked more about the magnet in your brain and how to wire it better.
Amidst a state of fear and lack reality
I recently had the pleasure to speak live about this topic, and I wanted to share what I shared with them on that call last week (if you want to hear the live version, and all 4 speakers, you can listen to that here).
I’ve found that maintaining a positive, abundance-based mindset is a lifelong journey. The mind is a trickster – you think you’re working on this, but without a diligent and consistent awareness of your inner dialogue – the old patterns, limiting beliefs and negative mindset can creep in. I’ve gone through many countless phases and levels of having this awareness, but I find the more I practice, the easier it gets.
During Covid I saw the contraction mindset as a rippling plague – fear was the actual plague, not the virus. We are still suffering the ripple effect of that. The primary message we received was RETRACT! Go inside, hide, and don’t touch anything! Right?
When I felt into this fear-based energy, I made a decision to not hide my language anymore, to help people develop their awareness of the inner dialogue.
When we say negative things internally, they manifest externally. It’s as simple as that. We are powerful beings, and in this hologame, we either have awareness of this or we don’t. ANY negative statement is a low vibration, causing our energy to contract – it feels like we’re living safely, but in reality, it manifests as a prison of the mind, blocking opportunities, freedoms, and abundance from us.
For example – I recently had someone tell me that whenever she’s entrusted things to the Universe, whenever she’s let go of control and surrendered, she said “it hasn’t turned out for the best.” So how that manifests for her, is that she thinks if she doesn’t control every detail of her life, things will fall apart. That’s a bleak outlook!
Instead, I offered her this: It’s all about setting the intention, and expecting the best. If you expect the worst, you tend to get that. If you expect the best, you tend to get that. It’s not complicated, but we make it complicated. It’s how you play the matrix.
I do believe there’s a bit of the “fake it til you make it” energy there, but if that brings up a low energy or vibration for you – because that phrase doesn’t sit well with me personally, I have a trigger for fakeness – then I offer the concept of “Prayer Fields.”
Prayers cause instant ripples in the energy matrix. Prayers that are rooted in gratitude, not desire or need. Such as when I’m walking into a networking event, I set the prayer field that the event will go awesome, I’ll meet all the right people, speak my truth and be heard, and make the connections I need to continue to further my dharma. I see those intentions ripple into the matrix ahead of me, I see people smiling, and talking, and in their own truths, speaking of the things they are passionate about, and I see our passions collide with a flutter of energy and rainbows of color, making new passions and collaborations together. Then I EXPECT this. And so what happens? All of that manifests.
But again, it takes practice, and you have to train your brain to do this, to remember to pause, even if you feel like you’re running late, pause outside the event, and pray that in.
And let me offer this as a last suggestion – when you feel the energy drop in your day, sit back and ask yourself, what was I just thinking? I’d place money on it being a contraction thought. When you can begin to see them, see the difference, and control the flow of them, you’ll begin to see that and flip them more quickly. Just say to yourself or your source, hold on, I’d like to change that, and flip it.
Here are 3 examples of the things I hear, and how to flip them:
I urge you to SHINE, the brightest you can, for the world today. If all of our light was turned up to 10 on the scale of vibration, think what a brighter world this would be.
Together we emerge!
I have said this over and over lately... the collective energy feels like CHRYSALIS. And I can't wait to see the butterflies you all become!
As a collective we process energies together, we are a web, a matrix, a network of energetic bustling! Although we may be in different stages of the same lesson – whether that's awakening, processing, advancing, or resigning, we still process energy together.
These last two weeks I've heard, "I think I need to write a book," "I'm looking for something new," "I just moved too!" And various other signals of transformation more times than I can count. So I'm seeing a pattern emerge – a collective chrysalis energy!
Before the emergence, a butterfly's cocoon will tremble and shake, as she transforms from one being to an entirely new on. Sometimes the transformation is uncomfortable, wobbly, scary, even painful. But what comes out of the other side is always more beautiful than what went in.
I see you, hairy caterpillar. And I can't wait to see you on the other side.
To transformation! 🥂🦋
And an announcement!
With new surroundings comes new perspective... and I've had an opportunity during the chaos of moving across country to think about what it is exactly that I want to help people do for themselves and their lives.
What that came down to was:
Help people be the champion of their life with positivity, action, and peace.
When I unpack those three words, here's what I get:
Positivity - learn how to shift the negative mindset, stop doubting your abilities or gifts, and start believing that you have the power to create what you want in life, and are supported by the Universe in doing so.
Action - get out of "paralysis by analysis" and put your future into motion NOW. Action is the ONLY way to make a change in your life. "If we're not growing, we're dying," said William S. Burroughs, and here at AKCO we believe in making sure you're always growing.
Peace - our two core values here at AKCO are Freedom and Peace. Those have been my battle cry for over 30 years now, and it's what I aim for myself, as well as my clients. Through our courses and coaching, I seek to help you make sure your level of peace runs deep within your core, so that at every turn, every challenge, and every test, you can dig into that reserve of peace and tackle the challenges with a depth of knowing you are powerful, act upon that, and do so without disrupting your inner sanctum.
How we start that is through our primary tool, Affirmations. If you haven't joined us yet for the FREE 21-day course of Affirmations, sign up by replying to this email with "ADD ME!" Or if you have been through our course, and you think a friend could benefit from it, please share it, so that this can become a more positive, action-oriented, and peaceful world we live in.
If you made it this far, good job – you get the benefit of seeing our announcement first! In going over our courses today, we're excited to announce that both our Doing your Dharma (finding your life's purpose through 4 modalities of discovery!) and Magic of Crystals courses will be launched this fall! Dharma will be offered online, and Crystals will only be offered in Knoxville, and both to a limited number of people! So if you want to attend, or know of someone in the area that might, please share the love!
Law of Inertia
Last week, Craig and I bought a new washer/dryer machine. It might be a mundane thing for most people, but it was a milestone for us. Back in Steamboat, we had an outdated model that had seen better days. It would produce this unpleasant trill every time it completed a cycle, and almost no fail it would shock the living daylights out of me. After some time spent installing the two new units and programming the settings, we did a test run. Basket in hand, the cycle finishes, as Craig looks up at me and says, "Did you hear that?" Confused, I ask, "Hear what?"
I lean in and pay attention, and that's when I hear it—the machine sings! Don't get me wrong, I've done a fair share of laundry in my life and it isn't the funnest housework out there. In fact, it's monotonous, there's a lot of waiting and doing the same thing over and over again. Yeah, pretty boring if you asked me. But now, not so much. If you google 'LG washing machine tune', there's an actual video of it—it's that iconic. And I'm sure we weren't the only ones with bug-eyed expressions after noticing it the first time. The point is, that cute little tune broke a monotonous cycle. I actually look forward to doing laundry now. All that routine needed was something different... an element of surprise.
Physics calls this inertia. This is Newton's first of three laws. It's not a literal explanation to my washing machine story, but it states that an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. That little tune, unbeknownst to me at the time, was the force I needed to change perspective and 'flip the script' on my whole "laundry is boring" debacle. Your perspective (at rest) will remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force.
Sometimes all you need is a little nudge, a change of scenery, a slight course reroute (or a cute tune) to perceive life from a different angle, take action and shoot towards a trajectory that breaks away from the daily routine, unpleasant trill of boredom and constant state of rest.
The same principle can be applied to achieving dreams. When your dream is beginning to form or when your plan is just taking shape, it is 'at rest'. It isn't going anywhere just yet. You haven't started taking action in order to turn your dream into a reality. These actions are your 'force', and your dream will continue to stay at rest without them. Once you start working towards your dream, your goal—walking towards a trajectory--you are setting it in motion, getting one step closer to accomplishing it every day. Now, your dream is no longer at rest. It's on the move.
You must remember that you are the force that will put your dream in motion. While other factors can play a role in the journey, it's up to you to take control and make a difference in your life. No one knows better than yourself. You will innately know what steps to take in order to succeed. Yes, you may fail in the process. Yes, failure may happen more than once. And yes, you will keep learning and moving because we simply cannot risk having your momentum deterred. You (the force) are the most vital key to changing your perspective, to achieving your dream, to meeting your goal and to making your mark. And sometimes, all it takes is a change of tune—a slight jolt—to get you on that track.
The collective 'ooomph'
Whenever I feel like I am experiencing something a little more intensely than should be, I reach out to friends to see if I'm the only one "feelin' that."
This week I have felt like my brain is not quite coming back online—it wants to rest, or it wants the body to move--it doesn't want to sit in front of a computer. And when I do push my brain past the comfort zone, it seems to melt. Not just soften a little in the heat, but straight up go-to-puddle. This isn't normal for my brain, except for the period where I was recovering from a concussion. In fact, the energy right now kind of feels concussed. The heat is oppressive. The word on the street is struggle or overwhelm, and the consensus is summer is coming early, and it would be nice for a siesta.
So I reached out to my crew to see if I was the only one feeling this, and sure enough, I wasn't. "I haven't gone live in weeks, I just don't have the energy to," one friend said. "I am sleeping later and taking more naps right now," another remarked. "I just want to hide until it goes away," even, was one extreme.
I haven't dug deep into the astrology, but maybe I don't need to... We just had a full moon, summer solstice is coming up, and we're in between eclipses. All of these energies combined will push us to the point of exhaustion.
I always think of this time of year—the ramp up to the longest day, feels a little like a roller coaster, or a crescendo. Up and up and up the energy, effort, and sun go... and we feel that on a deep level.
So here are a few of the things I've done to support my brain and energy during this week:
Here's to summer! Enjoy the melt.
And a message.
Before we left Colorado, I broke my baby/pinky toe on my left foot while trying to shut the veggie drawer in the fridge. I missed entirely, and kicked the fridge. I was hurrying to pack up the house, I was distracted, and I went down like a sack of potatoes, but I didn't cry out because initially I couldn't tell if it hurt. Then the pain came. I was sitting on the floor holding my foot and doing reiki on it when Craig came in. He saw me quietly sitting there and asked if I was okay. I replied that I didn't know, because I didn't. Because of my calm demeanor, he thought nothing of it. My toe didn't swell up right away, and it didn't change colors. But within a few hours it was puffy and blueish. I'd already put comfrey salve on it, and reapplied at that point, and then iced it down.
The next day, it was definitely worse. So I looked up pinky toe in Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life book, filled with messages from all body parts (see our All I Learned From video on this one if this is your first exposure to it, it's one of my staples!), and the message for pinky is "don't sweat the small stuff" basically--let go of the little details. And the mantra she gives is "all details take care of themselves." Okay, I thought, that makes sense.
Craig kept insisting it wasn't broken, but I knew it was. I didn't make a big deal of it, because I knew there was nothing I could do but ice it, and salve it. So that's what I did for the next 3-4 days until the pace quickened—we spent the weekend down in Denver, and then came back to Steamboat to put everything in the U Haul and roll out. I didn't ice it, I didn't salve it, and by the time we got to Tennessee it was worse. Throbbing if it wasn't elevated, painful to the touch.
It didn't help that I kept falling on it. It's been a week now since we've arrived, and I think I've fallen off 3 curbs, twice off the driveway, and once off the ramp to the U Haul—no major falls, just a roll to the left and bam, it's insanely painful again. I know from years of using this book that the left side is receptivity and femininity, and that when something on that side is injured, it's helpful to realign your masculine and feminine energies. My do-everything, get-it-done attitude isn't always helpful. Sometimes, I need to rest and receive.
Every time I seem to roll it/trigger it, I am reminded to slow down, let go of the details, and let someone else help me (or ask for help).
Since we're all connected, perhaps you needed that message too. And perhaps I could use everyone's collective good thoughts to help my little toe finally heal. TIA — Thanks in advance for that!
Receive my friend, receive. Abundance is your birthright, and sweating the small stuff certainly is not.
Dip your toe into that one and see how it feels.
Full circle and "coming home"
I was born and raised in northern Virginia and grew up playing in the woods and in the waters of the small lake community we lived in, as well as going to some form of overnight camp for a few weeks to two months from about 8 to 16 years old. Needless to say, my love of the outdoors and the adventures within them runs deep.
So moving to northeastern Tennessee feels like "coming home" to me. The woods look and smell the same, there is water everywhere, and we are just 11 miles south of the border of Virginia. Each state is different, there is no doubt, but when I roll down Sweet Creek Road to the edges of our property, it feels very familiar.
It feels like what's old is new again, and that we're coming full circle.
What we're establishing on this 40 acres in Eidson, TN is a mouthful – in short, it's going to be an intentional community with a permaculture education center – in the long run. How do you do this? Chunk by chunk.
But let's back up... we often get asked "why here?" And for that answer, we have to look at why we're leaving Colorado... skyrocketing prices, interminable drought and resulting fires, and change. You can't buy 40 acres for less than a mil$ anymore, you can't grow a lot of food without a lot of water, and there simply isn't much water, and the winters are just too long for what we want to do. There are other reasons for leaving too, but those are the big ones.
So on the other side of the coin, that leans to "why Tennessee." My short answer has been, "it will have water for 50 years." I'm sure it sounds crazy to be thinking that far into the future, but that's the kind of thinker I need to be for this project – this legacy.
When I am gone, I want someone to inherit this food forest and heart-centered communal way of living that we are intending to create. If those concepts are new to you, do a little digging, and keep reading our emails and socials. Soon we'll be unpacking much, much more.
Until then, here's to a mobile business I can take with me, here's to working from home, here's to manifesting big things, and here's to food security.
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