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.
Parting is never goodbye...
When I moved to Steamboat in 1998, I was fresh off a decompressing two months at Eckerd College, from which I graduated in 1995. In those 3 years I had spent two in Oregon studying all topics of natural living, and one in Scotland taking a long-needed and appreciation-building "gap year."
After 3 years of rain, I was mostly looking for sunshine when I rolled into Colorado, but I was also looking for community, for small town living, and for deep friendships.
I got all that in spades over the next two and a half decades. I met my future husband, traveled the world, tried my hand at several careers, and always felt blessed to come home to this historic and quaint hamlet of a town. Winters are sweet (albeit LONG), and summers are sweeter (albeit now quite smoky). But a LOT has changed in 25 years, and so do your priorities.
Yet once again, it seems I am pivoting for the same two reasons I always have — the great outdoors and the weather it provides.
What we are establishing in Tennessee is all together exciting, scary, short-term, and long-term. I'll unpack that a little more next week. But suffice it to say, it's bittersweet to leave here.
The friendships I've made, the work I've done, the community I've been a part of, the memories I've made—both individually and together with Craig—make up who I am, and will always come with me. But the emotions are at the surface as we wind down to the final days as residents of Colorado, and as we close one door, another opens.
I know we'll see all the people we love and adore again, and I hope that our new hamlet of Shambhala will draw them to us.
The lesson? Feel the feels, appreciate the lessons, and keep manifesting the life you want to live until it looks like the legacy you want to leave.
For months now, I haven't had anyone sign up for our Manifesting flagship course. This is a course I've poured my heart and soul into. I know its value because everyone experiences profound change through it. So I know it's doing good in the world, when it lands on its target. Which it hasn't been. Is that us? Or is that a sign of the times? People are "learned-out" and "burned-out" on online learning. Zoom fatigue is real.
So, my Office Magician and I decided just this week to put the course to bed for now and cancel the platform it's on to save money. The same day I was scheduled to do that, I got a text from a longtime friend who's been through the Affirmations course and ruminating on the Manifesting one. She's finally ready.
Now, if you live in the world of signs and synchronicity, there's no denying that one—for those two things to happen on the same day is divine.
One could ask, "Is it the Universe testing my resolve to pair down and focus on what's making money?" In which case, do I tell the friend, "Sorry, we're not running this course anymore, or right now, and you'll have to wait." 🤔
Because this course is magical. And I know this.
Instead, I know that for me, this means to trust and let go.
And actually, there are two magical parts to this story. I also got an email from the course platform saying my rate was going up 50% this month—charging the next day. So I went in and looked at all the plans and realized I was paying for components I didn't use or need. So I was able to reduce the cost of the platform by 50% instead!
So, the magic here is the Art of Letting Go. When we surrender, and let go of our Ego's need to achieve, perform, win, succeed, or create abundance the old-fashioned way, the energy opens up to allow the magic to come in.
Where can you do that in your life?
If you'd like to join, my friend, in running through this amazing course this month and beyond, learn more here and use this code (333) to get 33% off!
It's so good to be back! During my trip to the Golden State, I stumbled upon this eye-opening article written by Jeff Haden, a real estate mogul, all-around budding entrepreneur, and contributing writer for Inc. Magazine. Our industries are worlds apart, but his words held a truth that struck me. I must share it with you. Hopefully, it will open your eyes, too.
The trip to California had placed me squarely in the present. There's nothing like a new environment to get your juices flowing, so I had been especially hyperaware and absorbent of the moments that encompassed during our too-short weekend there. However, research shows the average person's mind spends about 50% of its time "wandering." Thinking about the past. Trying to predict the future. Too preoccupied in the present. Drifting from distraction to distraction.
That's normal. What psychologists call "attention cycling" not only helps keep us safe—get too hyper-focused on a call and you might not notice a stop sign—but also helps us learn from the past and make plans for the future. Yet when your attention cycles so quickly, you enter a state the cognitive neuroscientist Amishi Jha calls "hazy autopilot mode." You aren't really paying attention to anything. Your thoughts drift from task to task, from distraction to distraction, from the future to the past.
The solution is to be more mindful.
Not everyone is a fan of "mindfulness." Maybe it sounds a little too psychology 'frou-frou' for some. Maybe it's a little too "new-agey" for you. A little too... something. But what everyone can do, sans all the frou and new-aginess, is take a beat and focus. Every person on this planet deserves that. And this is where Jha's book, Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day, provides an answer. Jha recommends using the STOP method, triggered by normal daily cues, to remind yourself to be mindful of the present.For example, say you have to stop at a red light.
That's great for broader mindfulness. It never hurts to tell yourself to take a breath and slow down.
Research agrees. Improved mindfulness can improves resilience, help reduce stress and anxiety, and improve memory and decision-making skills.
Try to push aside all distractions and—while it sounds kind of meta—think about thinking about resource planning, or whatever it is you're into or can relate to. I remind myself that the point isn't to rush through my mental review and mentally scurry to whatever is next. The point is to focus and think and do that one thing as well as I possibly can.Taking a few moments to pause and think and focus has made a big difference.
And it could for you too. Maybe, before you pick up the phone to follow up with a prospect, you'll decide to pause and think about what they need... and not just how desperately you need to make a sale. Maybe you'll decide to pause in your car before you head into work to think about the kind of leader you want to be. Maybe you'll decide to pause at the door to your house to think about the kind of person you want to be with your loved ones.
Pick a few everyday cues and use them to spark a few moments of focus on what really matters.
Sure, it might feel like you're wasting precious time in an already busy day—but you'll more than get that time back in improved effectiveness and efficiency.
Peggy Black and the 'Team'
We have shared with you that this is a time of unparalleled opportunity, that all eyes are focused on your planet. Humanity on your planet has the grand opportunity to awaken from the illusion. Many realities and dimensions are watching because what happens here will affect the whole, will affect those realities and those dimensions. What happens here will affect the galactic family.
We begin this by sharing that there is much work to be done. We will also say there is much work being done across your globe. There are those awakened and looking around with new eyes. There are those who are awakening with fear and confusion. There are those of you who are awake and aware. It is your hands that will reach out to the others who are ready.
We have called you and those like you Bright Ones for it is your light, your energy, your radiance that precedes you. These are times of great shifts and changes on your planet. This is on every level and at every stage. You can sense or feel it.
Mass consciousness has been controlled through fear by your religions, your leaders, by your systems and your schools. These have been the programs, the vibrations that have been offered and have been taught. Everyone has been taught separation, prejudice, hatred, violence, mistrust, lack and scarcity. This is the undercurrent that runs through your planet. Each human, each being, has the opportunity to realize their divineness, their connection with the whole, their connection with divine mind. Each human, each being at every moment, in every exchange has the opportunity to shift and uplift the connection.
They can continue to add to the fear, mistrust, and prejudice by their thoughts, words, deeds and actions or they can claim their divineness, their wholeness, their belonging to the all, belonging to the oneness. This is what is taking place in this moment of time here on your planet. All are observing from many realms…uncertain of the outcome.
Each person is critical to the plan, to the awakening. Each person has the responsibility as a galactic citizen to realize who they are and to step into the place which radiates love and gratitude. Everywhere, there are those awakening to this purpose. This is an evolutionary shift in consciousness, it is critical to the survival of your planet.
Everyone is more aware of the total connectedness. Your internet is serving as an example of communication, like the energy communication from other dimensions. Earth is very much like the reflection in physical matter of the energetic patterns and geometric shapes carried by the frequencies, the vibrations through the dimensions.
Think of the dimensions not so much as going up but more like nested together, one inside the other, each in turn affecting the other. What happens in the galaxy ripples from the movement of the stars and is manifest on your planet. What happens on your planet, the energy from mass consciousness, ripples and is received by the galaxy. It is all one.
You as a human, with a body; carry within yourself a reflection of the stars, moon and sun. You carry an aspect, a reflection, an interface with the galaxy. Remember this is a game of evolution, a game of consciousness, a game which allows all energetic signatures to be experienced. You as human are like the most sophisticated, refined, highly developed probe that could be designed. You are information gatherers, sensing, feeling and ever expanding from Divine Mind. Planet earth has been a wonderful extension of Divine Mind.
The human body co-joined by spirit, interfacing with all possibilities, all emotional experiences, all thought forms, this is the incredible journey and opportunity in which non-physical beings long to participate. You are one of those selected to be in the wave, this group experience. Divine Mind is ever expanding through you and your experience.
The human body co-joined by spirit has capabilities that have not even been revealed at this time. There are those with whom these abilities were more visible and they are called your avatar, your Christ. All humans have the same connections, the same abilities, the same qualities and the same programs to work with energy and this physical reality in a more advanced, aware, awake way. The goal is to realize and activate the latent abilities to align group energy and group mind with the galaxy and with mother earth, all in one energetic flow, an example of nested realities.
We and many like us are contacting the “receptive ones” encouraging this shift within.
Each person adds to the grid of consciousness. They add to the fear or the love. It is always your choice. Each time you choose fear, worry, mistrust, prejudice, judgment, you are assisting the old paradigm to remain. Each time you choose love, joy, gratitude, any higher vibrational emotions you are assisting the new paradigm to manifest. This is a game. We are in the last quarter, it is a close game. It has been played out for thousands of years. Your earth and all life forms have suffered and are close to total destruction.
There has been cosmic support which has been assisting humanity to awaken. There are codes within each being, each human that are being activated, awarenesses are expanding. There is a waking up from the illusion that you are powerless. You are each masters, highly qualified, skilled beings who have cloaked themselves with flesh and stepped into a dimension, a reality, a game in order to transform the energy as the Alchemist.
The energy consciousness of Divine Mind vibrates, moves, shifts and flows through all.
Each one is responsible to wake and realize their part in this energetic flow. Each one is responsible for the thoughts, feelings and actions that they put forth into this grid. Do you put forth fear, hatred and chaos or joy, love and peace. Each moment it is your choice as to what you send forth. Practice sending forth only your best. Practice breathing, walking, sleeping and interacting as joy, love and peace.
Invite and call forth divine support in transforming events and energy that is negative and misqualified, harmful and hate filled. Focus your prayers and energy and send your love and light as the energy that will transform it all.
Begin by loving yourself. Begin by honoring yourself. Then love and honor others.
We bathe you in our love and we honor who you are. Be at Peace Beloved, the 'team'
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How contrasts make life more interesting and meaningful.
I would like to share a little secret with you. This has been on my mind for quite some time now, never being able to put it to rest and never truly needing a resolution either. Since the rebrand of our humble namesake, we haven't really decided on what that 'CO' at the end stands for. Then, why put it there if you don't know? Well, it's as simple as saying it just felt right – sounded right, too. But, there has to be more to it, isn't there? You can't just name something without a purpose, and yes, I may have given you reasons as to why we added the CO in the first place, but there has to be more. It can't just be that simple. And, you're right. It usually isn't.
Humans have this intrinsic tendency of overcomplicating things, and that's just my simplistic way of saying that we as a species are naturally hardwired to seek deeper meanings from all things. Our curiosity knows no bounds. It is limitless. You can find the simplest, most straightforward thing and find a way to turn it into a mosaic of multiple meanings and purposes. If we weren't like this, you'd probably be living in an entirely different society. And let's just say that we aren't natural over-complicators, imagine how boring and drab the world would be. Complexity is contrast, and contrast is what makes life and our emotions more meaningful.
As multidimensional beings, we strive to find peace, but we also strive to be movers and shakers, game-changers, tastemakers – norm disrupters. We can't ever just be in one box. We were given the ability to jump from one to another, freely. Just like the CO, a simple two-letter contraction. We were torn at first. Should it stand for COmpany? What about COlorado, that'd be cool! No, I think COllaborative has more umph. Hmm, COrporation's too industrial. Wait, I think CO– Yup, see what I mean when I say we love to overcomplicate things?
Now, after way too much thinking, we had finally come to realize that we don't have to stick to one. It doesn't just have to be COlorado, just COmpany, just COllaborative... the whole point of shortcutting 'CO' opens the two-letter word to a multiverse of meaning. We are a company, we started from Colorado, we are a collaborative. We are. We are. We are. We are what you think we are and we are what we believe we are, and that is the beauty in the complexity, and in a way, it is simple. It isn't complicated. It just is.
Many times, in this spiral we find ourselves in during deep thought and heavy reasoning, do we get disillusioned from the actual purpose of contrast. It is not there to confuse us, or to make the complicated even more complicated. It exists to make our lives simpler, better, funner, more exciting and vibrant and wonderful. Embrace the contrast and complexity, see it in the curious gaze of a child where anything is possible and nothing is limited. It is there to serve you, not to be of a disservice to you. Use it as a tool to navigate through the decisions you must make. Use it, embrace it, and absolutely do not shun it.
How to: Learn Anything FAST
We regularly receive these wonderful 'mind movie' emails in our inbox. This one in particular stood out as it resonated with one of our courses, hitting close to home. We are sharing it with you, because not only is this a secret that you can unlock yourself. This is a universal, tested and proven practice that often many overlook, but once put into practice, can make a world of difference. What is that, you ask? Affirmations. Have you ever thought, "If I could have a superpower, what would it be?" Because I sure have! Flying, invisibility, the sought after power of mind-reading, telekinesis, time travel... the list goes on! But have you ever wondered:
"What if, instead, you were able to have a brain automatically wired for success?" Now, wouldn't that be an amazing and practical superpower to have? And the awesome part is, we may be very close to actually having it.
There are two effective ways to achieve this, but we'd like to focus on the first one, which is through affirmations, and the trick is to practice them on an ongoing basis because through constant, intentional repetition will you be able to bypass your conscious mind and access the subconscious. Here you will be able to not only gain entry, but embed this practice—these intentional words—into your brain and system. This is a simple and practical way of achieving the I-am-wired-for-success mindset. The I-am-successful mindset. Because before anything, before actually becoming it, you yourself must first think it and believe it. That is the first and most crucial step to learning anything fast. Prepping the mind.
The world and its circumstances can be unpredictable to us, uncontrollable at times. There is no point in controlling things that we simply can not. What you have power over, though, is your mind—your self. Prepare it. Fill it up with mirror words (as we like to call it) or affirmations, as many as you can. Do it intentionally. Generate positivity so that you may spread it (it starts from within). You have the freedom to cultivate yourself endlessly, keep transforming, upgrading as you become a better version of yourself each day. Know this, there is no room for self-doubt, negative thoughts, "I can'ts" and "I'm nots." To embrace all forms of knowledge, you must let go of the doubts and create an open space in your mind—a clean slate. Affirmations is simply just one of the tools that can get you there. Fast.
If you are struggling to bypass the conscious mind state, we have tools available for you to use that are free, already tested and proven by some of our most loyal students. If you are interested, we have linked it for you below. You can join whenever you please.
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If you like this content and want more, we'll let you in on it first 👉 Andy has a special interview coming out this coming week with the amazing and mystical Peggy Black. It's set to come out this 4/12/2022. To stay abreast, visit our page to get updates.
Special thanks to Mind Movies and Natalie.
Hopping the timeline and healing with two amazing practitioners
This week, the girls and I get together and focus on rREST (rapid Reprogramming of Emotional Stress Technique) and how it has helped soothe the old stories from our childhood that no longer serve us. As someone who has studied many modalities over the years, I can hang my hat on this modality as one that works quickly to get to the root of the problem and help you: Let. It. Go.
I give my stamp of approval because this modality is one that is in total alignment with what we do here at Andy Kennedy CO and is a perfect "next step" to further the work we do in our Manifesting with Synchronicity course, building up Insights 2, 4 and 6 with ease and clarity.
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