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hypnotherapy, quantum jumping & community

Updated: Oct 11, 2022

THE PULSE: Roaring into August

Well helloooo August. How are you all doing? According to our astrologer friends these past few days have served up a doozy of energy and welcomed in a major catalyst for change both personally and collectively. We’d love to know how these past few days have felt like for you. We’re definitely feeling a push forward, are you?. We know “a push” can come in all forms. How is this energy coming to fruition for you?

We also need to mention next Monday’s powerful energy. Every year on August 8 (which also happens to be Karen's birthday!), an event called the Lion's Gate portal opens up. According to numerologist Kaitlyn Kaerhart the portal occurs when the sun in Leo, the star Sirius, Orion's Belt, and the Earth all line up. "This creates a powerful portal of energy, which is potent for manifesting."

The name comes from the idea that this alignment creates a "portal" for manifestations to take place, with "lion" coming from the sun in Leo.

As astrologer and holistic psychiatrist Kayse Budd, M.D., notes, "During the Lion's Gate portal, Sirius separates sufficiently from the sun to come into view. Since Sirius is the brightest star in our night sky, some ancient (and even current) mystics believed it infuses the earth with extra energy and light."

Make the most of it! Use this time to set your intentions -- and feel into them during this week and into August 8. Read more about how to make the most of this portal on mindbodygreen.

And read on, we’re highlighting two extraordinary conversations this week with life-changing resources and messages. Plus, we're sharing our Downloads -- and the Secret Power of the week!

THE PODCAST: Double Dose of Inspiration + Healing

Meet two trailblazers that have used challenges and experiences in their own lives to find innovative ways to help others heal. CHRISTINA MERRILL Healing through Connections: The Power of Community in the Face of a Diagnosis Christina Merrill is the Founder and CEO of the Bone Marrow and Cancer Foundation and is the brainchild of CancerBuddy, a newly launched digital app that helps patients, survivors, and caregivers find buddies to share resources and emotional support through their cancer journey. In our podcast, Christina shared her passion for helping to support patients and their families through their cancer journey, and the unexpected way the CancerBuddy app idea came to light. Robyn + Karen: Christina, your work is truly inspiring, especially around making those much needed patient and family connections. You’ve told us that the idea of CancerBuddy came from your own experience not only as a social worker and patient advocate, but also from your experience with dating apps? Tell us more! Christina: Yes. I had a peer support program in 2001 and I saw the benefits of incredible relationships that were formed between patients, or a newly diagnosed patient with another that had been out of treatment for over a year. The recovered patient felt like they were giving back, and all that they experienced was not for not because they were now sharing with someone else going though the same thing. So while I saw these incredible connections being informed, it was all very manually driven. We did our best and connected thousands of patients together, but it was all a very arduous process. Years later, I personally got divorced and got onto the dating apps. One day I was sitting there swiping and I thought to myself, “Oh my God, forget trying to find the love of my life, I just have come up with this process where I have to take this functionality and create a connection for patients!” I would take the peer support connection program that we'd had since 2001 and put it in a digital world on an app. I started taking notes and found myself getting on all of these other dating apps so I could compare them all. It was a whole research process. And I got a lot of great feedback and then found this incredible Chief Information Officer. She led me to the greatest art designers in the app world and started going out and getting seed money. And before I knew it, I was getting a prototype made. So it’s just a really big opportunity to get this out to help others now. There are 19 million cancer survivors in the United States. And about 2 million newly diagnosed patients every year. So the capacity and the opportunity for helping others is huge. Thank you for all you are doing Christina! On the podcast Christina shares more about the resources available to cancer patients and their families, as well as the importance of a holistic diet when fighting a cancer battle, as well as for cancer prevention. We believe that CancerBuddy is going to have a lifelong impact on everyone who interacts with it. For more information on Christina or the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation, visit You can currently download the CancerBuddy app in the App Store on iPhones and follow on Instagram @cancerbuddyapp

TONI VAN DER MAREL Find Your Deeper Wisdom: Hypnotherapy, Regression, Quantum Jumping Toni van der Marel is a clinical and spiritual hypnotherapist, energy healer, BWRT practitioner, and yoga therapist. She began using hypnotherapy to find out who she really was beyond this lifetime. Eventually her experience guided her to become a fully certified hypnotherapist and bring this profound offering to others. Toni believes that every time we delve into a hypnosis experience, we gain deep and transformative insights into our lifetime. She sees hypnotherapy as an easily accessible and practical tool for gaining a deeper understanding of consciousness and of yourself. On our podcast, Toni shared her journey, her process and t

he eerie story that inspired her to take the leap into soul’s purpose. Robyn + Karen: Toni, your journey to become a hypnotherapist was actually triggered from a very unexpected occurrence that almost scared you to death. Can you share that story? Tori van der Marel: We were living in this 180 year old farmhouse in Princeton NJ. And these strange things started happening. I'm ridiculously grounded, but there were several weird experiences in the house that were getting me very unsettled. Then one day I went down to the basement and folded up a bunch of laundry and took it upstairs and put the folded laundry on our bed. Two minutes later, I went back upstairs and the laundry was everywhere! It was over the banister, it was on the floor. It was draped over everything. It was all over our bedroom, the floor, the bed in the and I didn't know what to do. [There was no else around that would have contributed to this occurring.] I was freaking out. At that point I called my husband, and he said to take the kids and get out of the house now. I took the car keys and got in the car and drove down the road. My heart was thumping and I thought there must be somebody in the house. My husband came back and he went and searched the house…and there was nothing. Fast forward, we moved to Denver. We have three, healthy children. And I was working in art. I have people who care about me and I should have been super happy. But I wasn't. I felt like there was something missing. I would get myself together for the kiddos and get them off to school, and then I would fall apart during the day. And so my husband signed me up for this Hay House program in San Diego because he didn't know what else to do. He said to me, “something needs to shift here.” Two nights before I was going to the conference, I picked up this book on my nightstand that my husband had given to me. It was Brian Weiss’ “Many Lives, Many Masters.” I started reading it and I didn't put it down. I woke him up, and I told him, “I don't know how to explain this, but this is truth.” And he said, “Oh, Brian Weiss. I think you're going to see him this weekend in San Diego.” I can't tell you how skeptical I was when I got there. There were three mediums and they did their thing and the last medium was about to walk off. Yet, she came back and she said, “Oh, I forgot. There was a message I got just before I came on stage. This is for Toni. And I sat there and in my head I'm going, there's probably 50 people in the room named Toni. And then she said “Tell her I'm sorry about all the weird stuff in the house, I didn't ever mean to scare you. You know how I like practical jokes. I thought you'd think it was funny.” And then I started vibrating and I know this is my dad (who had passed away). My dad played practical jokes all the time and I hated it. All of a sudden I realized that these years I'd been living since my dad died, I had rejected all of my old belief systems, where I believed that this world was simply a classroom and that we were here to learn different things, and it all came rushing back. And then the next day I spent the entire day with Dr. Brian Weiss and that changed everything. It literally changed my whole perspective. I came back with this connection that I had always had when I was a kid and saw the oneness in everything. Thank you Toni. And thank you Toni’s Dad for sending that message! To learn more about Toni and her offerings visit

SECRET POWER: Harness the Power of Quantum Jumping

We had heard about Quantum Jumping but had never tried it ourselves. When we spoke with Toni, she said it is really about taking the leap to make a “mind shift,” and that we all have the power to do this any time we want.

Toni van der Marel: Quantum jumping is simply a perspective change, so it sounds big and wonderful and wild. And it is, but it doesn't have to be. We are our own limits. If you can get really clear as to what it is you want, so clear that you feel it, that you can actually feel being in it, that’s where you begin manifesting it. Because in the Quantum Field, it already exists.

That sounded good to us, and this meditation experience did not disappoint!

If you’d like to try Quantum Jumping, Toni recommends these meditations by Brian Scott of Reality Revolution.

We also found a series of meditations by Naomi Sutton that we love on Insight Timer:

  • Reality Shifting Guided Meditation: Shift Your Reality

  • SHIFT Timelines Guided Meditation: Shift To Your Best Life

And let us know what you experience (maybe we will see you there!).

WEEKLY DOWNLOAD: Riding the Wave Into a New Time

As we enter this new month ruled by Leo, we are all influenced by the power of the Sun. This fire sign of summer has a way of casting a strong light that can illuminate as well as cast a shadow.

This week’s download reflects that polarity of light and dark, the complement and the antithesis that invites us to pay attention to the changes, explore offerings and ride the tide into the next phase of our growth.


It will start with a jolt. You may not see it coming but your Soul will know what to do. Do not fear change. Change is good and you are ready. Pay attention to the signs all around you to guide you forward. Lean on one another and trust yourself.

Think about waves in the ocean. And the ocean swells. You need to ride the wave and it will take you where you need to be…it will guide you back home wherever that may be. Ride the wave. Do not fear it.

And you will not be alone in this upheaval. At first it will be a surprise and then you will jump into action. It is all for your Soul’s path.

Allow the guidance to come to you and move through you. You will be supported energetically. What you resist persists, so don’t resist. Accept. Surrender. Release. You will feel so much better if you don’t resist. You will feel freedom. Like a bird soaring — you will feel like that.

There is so much camaraderie and love around you. Don’t doubt it.

Protect your energy. You must protect your own energy so that you can stay positive and be the positive light when others doubt or don’t trust. You can represent hope and love. Remember the feeling of the free bird soaring…wind to carry the bird and connection to all around you. That is you. Stay connected and soar.


I am seeing a vast mechanical system that looks like a giant clock. I see spindles of shiny metal and round gauges that are all spinning slowly and rhythmically. There is a dull but mighty hum and the inner factory works. And then with a loud deliberate click, it stops.

As I step to look at the giant machine, I see it is not made of substance at all. It bridges all time and dimension. It is an ethereal clock of time/space reality. It has no place, no definition. It spans all and surrounds all.

The stop is significant. It has been counting its way down to this very moment. 8/1/22…it is a portal into a new time. A time where the Earth, us, everything will begin again. On a new timing.

As if on cue, the mechanics come back to life. The hum of activity is on another frequency. Its energetic influence will permeate every human, every plant, every follicle of life.

Can you feel this vast vibrational shift? Some of you may hear it. Some of you may smell it. If you close your eyes, you can reach out to it and invite it into your own energy. You can ask it to shift your focus. To cast a light on what needs to be seen. To change the focal length of your own understanding of all you are, and all you have come to know.

This is a time when “ask and it is given” has the power to manifest in your life. Tune in to this new vibration of energy. If you can, find a place to sit on the grass and immerse yourself in it. Pull the power of this energy from the soil, into the heels of your feet. Up your legs and through your root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras. Let it climb through this connective thread up through the clouds above the earth, towards the divine, connecting you to the divine self that you are and always have been.

This is your place in the universe. It is a full, thriving vibration that marks the time in a new kind of reality. One of rich loving connection to the ever-being of you. Remember. Let it hug you with the recognition of why you came. You are a lightworker in the highest sense and are being called to usher in this new energy of light. Let this portal open with you and for you.

It is time to begin anew.


Ride the tide, and look for the messages directing you towards your Seeking Center. See you next week!


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Are you at a crossroads in your life? Are you seeking guidance? What do you want to hear about? What practices have you tried? Do you have a healer or practitioner or spiritual modality that we need to know about?

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