THE PULSE: Be Bullish with Heart
ALL WE NEED IS LOVE
Over the past week I had the privilege of celebrating another trip around the sun. As I enter my 48th year on this planet, I took time to reflect and honor all of the tremendous blessings I have in my life. I allowed myself to really receive love. I say it in that way because it surprised me that I had to be super conscious of taking all of this love in. Love is beautiful -- and overwhelming.
How do you allow others to love you? How do you love yourself?
I encourage you to think about this week. It is so powerful and life affirming when you let the love in!
HELLO TAURUS SEASON!
As we head out of Aries (Fire!) season and into the Taurus -- we should feel a bit more stability over the next four weeks. However, Mercury went retrograde last Friday and will feel like it's going backward until May 14.
According to Well + Good, during Taurus season you should go after what you want with gusto, but also pause to consider the best way to achieve success over a long period of time. With Mercury retrograde during most of these Taurus weeks, we may feel an extra need to persevere through communication snafus. Astrologer Alexandra Lettman says “Mercury retrogrades already slow down our thought processes, but in Taurus season, it's like we're being extra, painstakingly cautious.” It's a time to review, reassess, reimagine, and generally go back over past decisions to see what may need to be revised.
By May 16, Jupiter enters Taurus and with Mercury retrograde over -- things will feel quite different and momentum will pick back up before we head into Gemini time!
SAVE THE DATE - ENERGY EDITING WITH LIZZI CUTLER
For those that listened to our latest episode with Lizzi Cutler -- we announced that we'd be offering a transformative series to help you get unstuck. The offering will be FREE, virtual and we'll be live with Lizzi on Friday, May 19 at 2pm ET/1pm CT/11am PT for an hour. We can’t wait to work with and experience it with all of you. Details to come next week.
We first became familiar with meditation teacher and visionary leader Spring Washam through Dan Harris’ book, 10% Happier. We then recently heard her on his Ten Happier podcasttalking about her new book, The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground and we were blown away. Thankfully Dan connected us –and we had the honor of speaking with Spring on this week’s podcast. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She's one of the founding teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in Oakland, California. She received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1999. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a Shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices since 2008 which lead her to create Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom in South America. Spring currently travels and teaches meditation, retreats, workshops, and classes worldwide. Here are a few highlights from this week’s episode about Spring’s life changing conversations with Harriet Tubman which dive into The Underground Railroad and how Harriet is now the conductor of a new state of consciousness in the world.
Robyn + Karen: Spring, we absolutely loved your book on so many levels! Thank you so much for having the courage to write it and for introducing us to the spiritual warrior, Harriet Tubman. What was the catalyst for you to write this book? Spring Washam: I am still marveling and understanding my own life and this unfoldment with this great spirit, Harriet Tubman. The book came so unexpectedly. Like everyone else, I learned about Harriet Tubman, the great conductor of The Underground Railroad, in my Black History class. But this was not someone I had been obsessing about. It was in the summer of 2020 when the world was caught in a cyclone of the pandemic. As all my plans were washed away and airports closed, right before George Floyd was murdered, I'd been praying for weeks. “Help me Universe. What am I doing? What's going on?” It was during that time that Harriet began to appear. I would dream about her constantly and I would see her face in my mind when I was meditating. R+K: So it was as if you were calling Harriet back to help be the conductor for you and get our world out of the darkness. Spring: I open the book up sharing a dream I had because this is my first encounter with Harriet. I'm running and I'm being chased, and I remember feeling my hands burning. I was like, “Wow, I'm holding onto something.” And then I realized I was hanging onto the back of Harriet Tubman's dress. And that's what started this connection. I began to see her face. I'd be meditating, listening to music and I would feel her hands in my hand. It was so comforting because I didn't know what to do at this time. And who else could understand the complexity of what was happening better than Harriet Tubman? Harriet Tubman understood this pain, this kind of suffering. We were all in a kind of cyclone of racism and hatred and police brutality and I felt, “Oh, if Harriet's here, I'm good. Harriet can conduct this.” And the relationship began to grow from there. R+K: When you had these conversations, did you feel that she was spiritually in your presence and that you were channeling what you heard her say? Spring: I don't use the word channeling. The word I use is conversation. Everybody can do this, by the way. Harriet wanted this book to be about her heart, and a message to the world to say, “I'm back. I'm in a spirit form. Here's my thoughts for this period of time.” And so there was a real agreement to share that. Harriet was so polite. We would agree, “for the next couple of weeks we're going to write together. I'm going to come and you're going to write, and we're going to have what I called ‘sessions.’” And those were very formal times where I would open myself to the energy and we would be in a dialogue. R+K: And to be clear for those who have not read the book yet, this isn’t all just words from Harriet, there is a lot of your own journey that you also share as well? Spring: Yes, I’m basically writing from three perspectives. I'm writing as the host, taking you on the journey. But I'm also writing Harriet's words that were coming through. And then I'm writing as a student of Harriet Tubman with all of my freak-outs and meltdowns and confusion along the way. Often the conversations would just start and my thoughts were taken over with images of Harriet. She would show me a lot of visuals as the information was coming through with words like, “and here's what was happening,” or “here's the experience,” and then I would just start writing what she told me. R+K: Speaking of those visuals, there were times in the book when you seem to replay actual scenes during The Underground Railroad. Did you feel like you were actually being transported back in time? Spring: People have asked me, was that your previous life? Maybe you actually were a slave and you were with Harriet? I don't really feel that. The first time I had this energetic memory, Harriet pulled me back to a time where she showed me a glimpse of The Underground Railroad and it was a caravan. I could hear their songs and smell the earth. And then it was almost like I was walking with them. But I always felt like that was just a snapshot. It was like I was experiencing all that they were experiencing in those moments of freedom and sorrow and love and terror and rejoicing and hope, They were terrified of leaving and going into the dark, into the totally unknown, leaving everything but they were able to rely on her to lead them and get them on the other side.
R+K: So why do you think Harriet is back with us now? What is the message for people living in the world today? Spring: Harriet is trying to expand consciousness. The Underground Railroad was a physical experience, but she often talked about being on The Spiritual Underground Railroad. There's people who are on a conscious awakening journey now. Harriet really wanted to stress that she’s still the conductor and is back to hold our hand through a new spiritual portal that we are entering into. Harriet's message is also that she’s everybody's ancestor. “Yes, I came as Harriet Tubman as a black woman, as a slave. But I am a primordial ancestor. I belong to the people of Earth.” Some people might not be open to Harriet thinking, this is only for Black people, but it’s so much bigger. This is an American ancestor who is connected to everyone who lives here and is born here. It’s about having this connection to the spirit and heart of Harriet. R+K: That’s an incredible message! Harriet chose to come into that lifetime physically as a tiny, African American woman with all of this Moses fierceness. We can all relate to walking and not knowing where we're going in the darkness. Spring: Yes. People feel they have been blind in the dark. But we can go back and look at The Underground Railroad and see this as relatable to where we are in consciousness! Are we moving toward freedom? Are we moving toward this collective awakening and love and compassion? Understanding our family as being the rainbow family. Everybody is included. Harriet always said, and I think this is such a good ending to the book, “I've never lost a passenger. I always kept my train on the track and never lost a passenger.” Her courage is a transmission for us today. If you hold Harriet's hand, you will feel stronger. Thank you Spring! MORE FROM SPRING Find out more about Spring’s offerings. BOOKS
The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground
A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment
THE WEEKLY DOWNLOAD: Messages from Harriet Tubman for You
Our Downloads are for everyone reading THE WEEKLY -- they are guidance from Spirit + The Universe that are channeled through us. Our messages this week come directly from Harriet Tubman. Yep!! As Spring said, she is here to guide us all. Read on. KAREN'S DOWNLOAD So many have been walking for so long in the darkness that they don’t remember where they are. It can be terrifying to be on a path with no roadmap and feeling like there is no one to guide you along the way. It is easy to give into the fear and be swayed by those who are the nay-sayers…who will say you are not brave enough, strong enough - that you will get lost or worse if you continue on your journey. And yet you know your Spirit - you know the fire of courage and wanting to get to the promised land - the place you intended to go and be, before you were born. It can be wise to feel the fear but you are not its prisoner. The fear can be held at a distance, knowing the love that is you is far stronger, and more resilient than you realize. Keep your eyes on the North Star that is always there to lead you. It is the memory of your purpose, your spirit, your soul. This is not the first time that you have been challenged by the darkness and it will not be the last. You need not hide in the forest this time…and there are others, so many others who want to accompany you on this journey to be in the light. They too are the seekers. And they are looking for help, encouragement, and direction so that they can find their way. It’s ok to say that you aren’t always certain. That you aren’t always sure what direction it is that you need to go. It takes courage to say that you are feeling your way through the darkness. We all are. What matters here is only that you continue to put one foot in front of the other. You are moving forward towards what you believe to be true and you are doing so with a pure heart…knowing that you are giving it your all despite everything. You persevere. You continue on no matter what. Quitting is not an option in this lifetime. Believe - belief is your North Star - belief is your brave - belief is all you need to carry. It is the true calibrator of uncertainty…it is the promise of the promised land. You are part of The New Underground Railroad - you are part of the team that I am conducting. You are onboard to help usher in the new consciousness of love…of a new earthly vibration. And I will not abandon you - I have never lost a passenger. Remember that I am with you and will get you where you need to go. Hold my hand. You are safe and we are almost there. ROBYN'S DOWNLOAD Oh child. I have been following you and talking to you ever since you started to read my message that came through my child Spring. You're all my children and the children of this Universe, God or whatever you want to call it. There is soooo much work to be done and you can all do it in your own way. How can you stand up for yourself, advocate for another? They don't have to be sweeping ways...every little stance helps. And you have to get clear in your own mind. We are imprisoned by our own bars and our own ways of thinking. We must break these chains within ourselves if we are going to help other people break free and also coexist. IT IS POSSIBLE. Thank about what I did in my lifetime as Harriet. I freed myself and hundreds of others with no technology, just the light of the sky and that North Star. It seems inconceivable, but it happened. If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT. What is holding you back? What are the beliefs that you play over and over in your mind. You and Karen and so many others are giving people resources that can help them access these stored beliefs -- the energy must move OUT in order to see real change. Once that energy moves out and things flow, then you can sync with other frequencies. We must start to see one another by the souls within us rather than these outward appearances. We must realize that we've come in and then conditioned with programming that comes down so many lines of ancestry. The bonds of the ancestors must be broken in order to start anew. You have that opportunity and then your children and your children's children can live in a different world. Free. Think about what that word feels like to you. How can you take that feeling and create that in your life on a daily basis. What does it mean and feel like? Write it down. Record yourself explaining it. Read or listen to that every day -- get back into that feeling everyday. See what starts being attracted to your life. Freedom is a mindset and a feeling -- and it's something that should be a birthright to all. Be a part of the freedom riders of this time. "Free your mind and the rest will follow" as that one song goes. It's true. What is the road you will start to walk once you are living in this feeling of freedom? What is possible? What do you wish for this world? Follow the light child. The light will always show you the way. The light feels inviting. What calls you over? Where do you look? Go there. You know that feeling that the darkness and the unknown feels like just go the other way. You will feel blindfolded and confused at times. Stop. Ground yourself. Feel that earth energy under you. Ask me and the others for guidance and the walk in the direction that your heart leads yo in. That is the answer. The answers will continue to come and the journey will always take new paths...just follow that light it will guide you to exactly where you need to be. I am here to love and support you every step of the way. Call upon me child. Always.
SEEKING CENTER PODCAST SCHEDULE
MARCH 21:Coming Out of the Spiritual Closet
APRIL 18: Wishwork: Make Your Wishes Come True
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