3 Keys to Navigating “The Ascending Spiral”

Six more sound opportunities to shift before Solstice – colinhillstrom@gmail.com – Gmail The “Ascending Spiral” is a term that the Hathors (see www.TomKenyon.com for info) use to describe the process of moving upward in consciousness. Between now and June 17 we have six more Chakra Sound Baths scheduled. This provides an amazing opportunity to make a quantum leap as we approach the energetic pinnacle knows as the Summer Solstice. A sound bath will help to reduce stress, expand awareness, enhance brain function and performance, and ultimately, result in better life balance. Life balance is an important concept, because the more balanced we are, the healthier, more efficient, effective, creative, productive, and fulfilled we become. How do we track our degree of life balance? In life coaching, we use wheels as a means of generating awareness, making choices, and tracking action (the bridge between our inner and outer worlds!). I’ve been meaning to hand these out at sound baths, but then… everybody seems so blissed, that it never felt appropriate. If you are interested, you can download a free Life-energy wheel from my website: Visit colinhillstrom.com, then click on FREE PDF’S under the MEDIA tab and choose the Life-energy Wheel. It contains simple instructions. Should you have a question, you can call or text me: 604.780.0686. This is a sure way to be in the pilot’s seat as you move up on the “Ascending...

The End of Shame?

In the wake of last weekend’s workshop CRYSTAL SOUND, SILENCE, and COMMUNICATION, which I had co-facilitated with Laura Madsen (next date: July 8 & 9), I am reminded of two core components from Tom Kenyon’s HATHOR workshop in Seattle last November: BUILDING THE NEW WORLD… requires the clearing of the prenatal matrix, and the washing away of the levels of shame and guilt from our collective consciousness. The Hathors state that AWARENESS, CHOICE, and VIBRATION are the three keys to changing destiny, and in our workshop, Laura and I used the “Map of Consciousness” (from POWER VS FORCE) by David R. Hawkins, MD as a framework to generate awareness around the way we communicate with ourselves, with others, and with Life. Upon further reflection, and I have worked with this framework extensively for over a decade, it became even more clear that as we STOP SHAMING AND BLAMING, HUMILIATING and COMPLANING, we begin to ERASE THE FOUNDATION for all stress, strife, struggle, and suffering. Suggested practice: Louise Hay is a high proponent of mirror work. So am I. My suggestion is to combine the Hawaiian HO’OPONOPONO method for intra and interpersonal conflict resolution with mirror work: Face yourself in the mirror and state: “I am sorry for the habit of shaming, humiliating, blaming, and complaining. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you!” We might be incorporating this practice at a Chakra Sound Bath in the near future. Stay tuned… Carpe diem!...

The Mountain of Life

The process of personal evolution and transformation is like climbing a mountain. The 17 levels of consciousness from David R Hawkins (see “Power Vs. Force” and subsequent books) have been beautifully captured as art by my friend Jan Rosgen. For your enjoyment I am posting a copy of the “mountainOFlife” that I have created with Jan’s artwork. Suggestion for using it: Step 1: How do you feel right? Which level describes your emotions? Step 2: Which next higher level could you aim for? Which thoughts, ideas, or insights present themselves to you? In this manner keep reaching up until you realize a new perspective on the issue at hand. A sure sign of inner change is a feeling of relief. Enjoy:)...

Movie: Belle

Here’s a strong, sensitive, enjoyable, and enlightening movie, relevant to the challenges that we face in individual and collective leadership today. Based on a true story in the late 1700’s, Belle centers around social issues, love, and leadership. Central to the story line is Lord Mansfield’s ruling on an infamous case that became an important step in bringing an end to slavery in England. How is this relevant to us today? I believe that the notion that we are free, free from slavery, is an illusion. What enslaves us today? “All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” (Buddha) I am not pointing at leaders, corporations, institutions… the usual suspects. We might be missing the point! Rather, let us look in the mirror, let us “Face The Face” (Pete Townshend) and shine the light of truth on the hidden causes of stress, strife, and suffering. What is truly keeping us trapped in the confinement of our “Soul Cages” (Sting)? Those who are familiar with my coaching style know that I always seek for the most direct and efficient path to the Light, the zone of enlightenment, or pure consciousness. How do we accomplish this, even without the assistance of a coach, counselor, or consultant? Here’s a powerful universal principle that is highlighted by the late enlightened master Barry Long from Australia: “I cannot teach you enlightenment, but I can teach you honesty.” In the final scenes of “Belle” we see this principle in action, that in fact… “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) LIFE COACHING STEPS Facing truth takes tremendous courage and willingness; but what’s in between the levels of courage and willingness is...

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (movie)

The movie Heaven Is For Real conveys an inspired message of genuine love, joy, and peace. I watched it last night and realized – again – that there really is no hell other than the one that humankind creates through ignorance, prejudice, impatience, greed, and other selfish desires and attachments. The movie offers several tender moments that can provide food for thought… and invite the notion that judgement and the need to destruct are born not of Divine but merely of the lower levels of human consciousness. The destiny for all of us, so it appears, is the state of peace. So what’s there to...

BECOME CONSCIOUS

“Become Conscious” is a card I recently drew from the “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” card deck by T. Harv Eker, founder of Peak Potentials. What is consciousness? According to Eker, “Consciousness is observing your thoughts and actions so that you can live from true choice in the present moment rather than being run by programming from the past.” How do we get to this point of becoming conscious? In the above statement, one of the key words is OBSERVING: Developing the ability to observe oneself, others, and nature through the practice of meditation is a core component of all spiritual teachings that I am aware of. Master teachers like Krishna, Buddha, and more recently Paramahansa Yogananda and Deepak Chopra insist that the practice of meditation is imperative if one wants to raise their consciousness and achieve full Self-realization. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is hailed as “The Gandhi of our times” states that in addition to nutrition, exercise, and sleep, meditation is the fourth pillar to developing positive health. And with this formula, we have an integral system for achieving what Sri Aurobindo calls “The Triple Transformation of Integral Yoga:” Deep, high, and wide. The question of meditation comes up frequently in coaching sessions, and I like to respond from personal experience. Currently, I practice a 15 minute guided mediation from “Getting Into The Vortex” by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham), which I enjoy tremendously… I keep craving it daily. The four step wellness formula of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has become the core component of my wellness coaching because it allows for those who apply it consistently...