Finding the Real Me in Sedona

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Ever travel somewhere that feels like home the moment you breathe the air? Then, because of what is happening in your life, your connection to the land is so powerful . . . you know something in you is going to change because of it? That just happened to me.

I just went to Sedona, AZ for a production shoot with my new branding ace, Nita Blum with Blum’s Brandhouse, and experienced a life-changing shift. I had heard stories of the famous vortexes and had always wanted to go but never had the opportunity. Until now.

I have been gearing up to jump to the next level professionally in 2018. I am lighting up like never before and have so much new material igniting through my soul. This is not quiet stuff – it is ground breaking! I want to be very intentional about my path.

Truth is . . . I want to light a bonfire in the world! My soul has been calling out to me and telling me the time is NOW. I desired change, ignition and inspiration. I wanted a trip that would transform and refine me for what was coming my way.

When I looked for lodging weeks before, I asked my guides to help me find a spot that would support my desires. I set the intention of having time alone to ground, meditate and connect with Source and the work I was doing.

In meditation, I asked for the energy surrounding Nita and me to provide the perfect vibe for what we needed to get done. I asked that the time be expanded to fit in all we needed to do and for it to be fun, fluid and easy. I manifested that my dreams would come true, just like you can, every step of the way!

In meditation, I asked for the energy surrounding Nita and me to provide the perfect vibe for what we needed to get done. I manifested that my dreams would come true, just like you can, every step of the way! Click To Tweet

I arrived late Sunday night after driving up from the Phoenix airport. I could not wait for this beautiful drive, but the closer I got, the darker it got. When I finally headed up the hill to the resort, all I saw was blackness. At night, there are no spotlights illuminating the red rocks, but you are sure there is something powerful hiding there in the dark. You could just feel it.
Getting out of my car, I could immediately sense that the air had an incredible intensity to it – clear, ancestral, deep and powerful – definitely a different vibration than I was used to. The staff at The Enchantment Resort told me how much they loved when people came in late to wake up to the magical scenery in the morning. I could not wait.

When I opened my eyes in the morning, my curtains were closed, but I realized there were three little windows at the top of the wall. Through them, I could see the golden glow of the sunrise illuminating the ribboned edges of the rock formations. Springing to my feet like it was Christmas morning, I ran to the sliding glass balcony doors and held my breath.

Pushing back the curtains, my jaw dropped, and I froze. Holy Mother Earth. What I saw and felt was beyond anything I had expected. Nothing prepared me for the intense beauty of these rocks rising out of the ground as the sun washed her fiery glow across them.

Sliding the glass door open, I stepped out into the crisp air and scanned the view with wild wonder. I felt an immediate reverence in my soul and a powerful force communicating with me. I wanted to be closer. I pulled on my hiking shoes and fleece and shortly found myself journeying up into the red rock formations, breathing in her powerful energy.
I prayed. I meditated. I felt a peace about what was happening and what was on its way. I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

Sedona lifted me to a new level of connection with myself, Mother Earth and my purpose at this time in this life. Working with Nita was seamless, and with each moment, things worked out beautifully – just like I had hoped.

When we are in alignment, that is how it happens. We connect with the Divine, our true selves and our purpose ignites with ease and clarity. People, places and inspiration shows up in perfect timing. I felt more authentic, alive and free than I ever had before. And it has kept coming and coming.

I am beyond ecstatic to have this new material coming to you, and I want to thank Sedona, Enchantment and Nita for being the perfect travel mates in this leg of my journey. Nita, specifically, giving me her gift of supporting and igniting the passion inside me like no one has before. The truth is, I was ready for her too, and we met at the perfect time. She helped me to come out of my old shell and show my real self to the world with confidence and strength.

My mission is to help you find the same. I want you to feel this power, intention and freedom to unleash the real you – the you who is here to serve the world. I want to help you find the fire, connection and momentum that I have found!

Just like this trip, I wish for all of us to discover the miracles that are waiting for us so that we can experience a little bit of Sedona in every sunrise. A new glow. A majestic purpose. And an excitement to climb the hills of adventure that are waiting.


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Find Freedom with Me!

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Have I told you lately that I love my job? This is because I am creating EXACTLY what I truly want to do. ARE YOU?

I hear so many people complain about how unhappy they are with their home/work situation, and I want to tell you that you CAN create a life that satisfies and inspires you every day! I am going to be offering more courses, tips and videos to help you find your place of bliss!

First of all, STOP talking about the things you are frustrated with – you are only making them grow! Instead, be intentional about spending your words and energy expanding conversations around what you truly want. The more you are speaking positively about your desires and dreaming about how they will feel when they arrive, the more actively you are creating pathways for them and allowing them to show up. I am the perfect example!

What exactly do I do? I wear many hats – AuthorOnline Course Teacher, Internet Show Host, Whole Life CoachColumnist and Transformational Speaker. Oh – and single Mom to three incredible kids and two rescue dogs! Even with that load, I am super purposeful about self-care, doing things the way I TRULY want to do them and only allowing positive people into my circle.

 

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I get to write and produce my courses from home, work with select clients remotely and tape my internet show in a place that always makes me feel incredible. I work with my own intuitive life coach to help me stay intentional about my words, energy and relationships. Instead of saying things like, ‘I am so stressed out – how am ever going to get this done?” I say, “This is fluid and easy and is going to work out exactly the way it should!” I take a lot of breaks, walks and meditative moments in between my work hours. I keep negative feelings like dread, anxiety and fear outside of my body and instead choose to dwell on excitement, enjoyment and ease. It is always a choice.

I will be teaching this in my upcoming online course, “Root Down, Fire Up” because I am so passionate about sharing the tools and techniques I have practiced for years to get me to a place of true happiness and freedom. After decades of struggle, frustration and pain, I finally gave myself permission to let my authentic self emerge.

I began honoring my spirit by letting go of trying to please everyone around me while ignoring my own needs. I started asking for exactly what I wanted and letting go of those things or people that do not align with me. I found a way to connect with the Divine and my Inner Being, all which loved me so much more than I ever imagined! I just was not loving myself. But now I do – FIRST.

I want to help you do the same. Don’t you want to be FREE? Stay tuned here, on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and please leave comments! In December, I will be launching a brand new line of courses, fun experiences and immersion opportunities that are meant to help you bring that same fire, freedom and alignment into your life. Stay connected with me so our souls can soar together!


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The Dilemma with Dismantling My Education

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I just spent time in my kitchen talking to a very close friend of mine about our spiritual journeys and the challenges we are both facing. Sometimes I feel anxious on this journey, as my belief system keeps evolving, it is continuously debunking so many things I once believed as fact.

Lately, I have been feeling confused about so much that I learned in graduate school (a Master’s and PhD in Counseling Education & Practice). I mulled over the millions of studies – some that I did myself – the treatment modules, clinical work and diagnostic material I have downloaded over the past 2 decades. I can spit out research and psychology facts all day long, but in the past few years, so much of what I have in my head does not agree with what I now believe.

So much so … that I can’t go back. But that is not always easy nor comfortable. Sometimes, my mind is so blown, I struggle with fear over my identity, my (perceived) reputation and my future. I mean, what the hell is happening?

And what would my professors think about me?

As I continued to talk to my friend, hoping for some clarity, I heard in my spirit, “Karin, you can find this answer yourself, just keep talking and listening.” And so I talked out loud and then listened inward to the first thoughts that came into my head for my answers.

I have learned that my first ‘thoughts’ – before I have a chance to mentally analyze – are usually from my Higher Self and are divine messages.
So on I went. “I am feeling half excited, half petrified. I am getting all of this newfound knowledge about the fluidity of spirituality and consciousness, and then when I try to overlay it with all that I learned about diagnostic criteria and treatment, I usually can’t do it. (Of course, this does not include severe mental illness).

“I have all of this research and education in my head that basically prescribes – even predicts – the mental health of people according to certain treatments, factors and studies. But I can’t follow those rules any more. That is why I am no longer seek licensure – I just don’t align with it.

“But it also scares me because I don’t want to betray my background or the science behind mental health. I feel so conflicted because I think the spiritual component so much bigger than the rest.”Then I heard in my spirit, ‘That is exactly why you are here now. You are supposed to feel this conflict within you because you are going to help change things. The world is no longer aligning with these old paradigms . . .”

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Wow.

Continuing, I said, “When people ask me for psychological insight or advice, I find myself not wanting to tell them the research because I know how powerful those words heart. My heart says, ‘Don’t tell them. Don’t put that in their vibration because they are going to identify with the labels and think they need long-term fixing. They are not broken. No one needs to suffer like this any longer – and you know this.”

I went on, “Now I believe we have more mind-body-spirit power than we ever knew before – immediate power over our own well-being without the need to go back and keep muddling through old pain.

“We can leave it behind without unearthing all our moldy narratives for years in a therapist’s office. We don’t have to keep them alive – they can be given to the Light and released. Suffering is just no longer necessary.

“I now believe you don’t have to go by the diagnostic manual (of course, I am not talking about serious mental illness).

You can make a choice in ANY MOMENT to create change in your life, and it doesn’t matter one bit what the research says. YOU can change RIGHT NOW if you are truly ready to RELEASE what is old, ACCEPT your own sacred power and ALLOW things to flow.
Sigh . . . (insert fear) . . .“But I am scared because I feel like I am basically dismantling what I was taught.”
And in that moment, my guides pushed fear to the side and spoke to my spirit,

“Yes, Karin, that is exactly what you are supposed to be feeling. TRUST YOURSELF. You will help dismantle these old paradigms and belief systems that things have to keep following the old rules. Things are shifting – change is not only possible, it is necessary. And it is already happening with the new consciousness that is rising out of the old.”

As I waited, I could feel the peace and knowledge come to me that this is part of my calling – a dismantling and rebuilding of the way we handle our stories, our pain and our archaic beliefs. We have the empowering choice to let go of our old roles as trapped victims, and take hold of a new role as powerful creators. To become the spiritual badasses we were meant to be.

If we collectively set the intention for change, expand support for the positive shift and lean into the release and restoration of our own souls, we will create waves of change like the world has never seen.

It was in that moment that I realized that I really was not confused, I was changing. The world is changing. From here forward, utilizing the fierce divinity around and within us, we are creating a new consciousness that is going to blow the old stories away.


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2 Conversations with My Mom: “How I Found My Calling”

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My Mom immigrated from Germany at the age of 7 from Germany after my grandfather, “Opa,” was a POW in WWII. He was captured by U.S. Troops while serving in the German Army under Hitler and sponsored as an immigrant when the war ended. As a family of 4, they headed over on a boat to America, with the promise of a new life. What they found was something profoundly different.

I sat down with my mom for 2 episodes of The Dr. Karin Show on The Lighter Side Network, and was transformed as I listened to her story with new ears. She endured more than I ever knew, and the voice of the Divine spoke to her in the most incredible ways throughout her life . . . you won’t believe how He showed up. If you have felt like you do not have a voice and are searching for permission to finally find your calling, these are the episodes to watch.

As a now-retired pastor, Mom walks us through a journey of miracles, tragedy and divine guidance. Her stories will astound and inspire you as she shares vulnerably from her heart with me like never before. From finding lost family Holocaust files to finding a miracle in a mailbox key . . . to discovering before-hidden secrets in ancient Biblical text . . . to opening up like never before . . . her story is transformational. You will surely feel the blessing of the Spirit when you listen to her recount her journey

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The two episodes can be accessed in the links below. This is a viewer-funded, commercial-free network, so there is a small fee (to operate our studio) included in watching the shows, but I promise, the cost is minimal compared to the blessings you will receive. Click here:

Part 1: https://thelightersidenetwork.com/video/rev-lisa-graves1/

Part 2: https://thelightersidenetwork.com/video/found-calling-rev-lisa-graves-pt-2/

 


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How to Connect with Your Angels & Guides

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Do you yearn for connection to an all-seeing, all-knowing force that will help you find the right path? Do you pray for direction, ask for help and look for signs that you are making the right choices – or that you are simply loved?

Me too! After a lifetime of praying and seeking myself, I have found a way of connecting to Spirit that has elevated everything. My spiritual awakening has taken me into a sacred space where I can directly communicate with my angels, guides and loved ones all on my own. You can too! I am here to offer you this video on how to do it.

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Click here and sign up to be a subscriber of The Lighter Side Network and watch shows that “make the ordinary extraordinary.” Feel free to leave me questions or comments – I want to know about your experiences!!

 

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Want to Fight Back

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“A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.” ~Marianne Williamson

Spiritual teaching says that there are truly only two emotions: Fear and Love. Everything is derivative of one or the other at its core. So how do you know when you are not leading with love?

If you think about the times when you have been the most judgmental, defiant or indignant, the real truth is this: you were afraid. That fear may be from some old wound, the scary unknown, or about facing someone that believes very differently than you. The fear might be about being judged, rejected, not loved, betrayed, invalidated, misunderstood, embarrassed or made to feel unworthy.

On days when I am truly connected to the divine, I act differently.

I practice stopping myself when I want to judge and look back on what is stirring my thoughts and turning over in my gut, creating an emotional reaction.
“What am I afraid of in this person?”

If I can see that the root is actually fear of feeling a certain way, I try to rest in that for a moment and recognize where I am. In my best moments, I sit back and reflect before reacting. I look within and pull up old memories and beliefs from my file drawer of Life that feel similar to what is happening there.

Ultimately, I find the person or the experience that this interaction is reminding me of and realize how it is making me feel. This is usually something that hurt me deeply in childhood and a pain that is still wrapped around me like a poisonous vine. If this keeps reoccurring, it is because the lesson has still not been learned – the lesson of self love, acceptance, surrender and not taking things personally. The lesson in staying connected to God and not the circumstances here that try to push me off the cliff.

And when I am my Best Self, I own it. I pull up and away from the situation and realize that this is about something bigger and before now. The feelings are mine and not about the person who is here wronging me – likely unknowingly.

"I practice stopping myself when I want to judge and look back on what is stirring my thoughts and turning over in my gut, creating an emotional reaction. What am I afraid of in this person?" Click To Tweet

Then I take a deep breath try to find compassion for the person (which, let’s be honest, can sometimes take a while). When I have found a place of neutrality, I recognize that there is an established belief inside their mind that is just as valid as mine. Just as valid for them. Likely also rooted in fear. Maybe different, maybe divergent, but it is theirs. And it is there for a reason.

I tell myself to listen and try to understand their story. Their side. Even if the “rest of the story” remains silent, like the jagged bulk of an iceberg frozen beneath blue waters. Because somewhere in between we must be alike inside of ourselves. We must love something the same way and surely have the same need to be happy and not suffer in this world. We just go about things differently.

What if we all practiced being our Best Selves more often and had better moments of reflection, then reaction. that were not stirred in the pot of fear, but rather basted in love and compassion? The world would be a more beautiful bowl of soup.

Here is a start to finding that place of harmony.

Ask yourself these questions when you feel an emotional reaction to someone:

1) Why do I want to hurt this person right back? Am I afraid of something?

2) Am I feeling betrayed? Disregarded? Unworthy? Unlovable? Rejected? Misunderstood?

3) Does this person have any idea that his/her words are affecting me inside like this?

4) Who does this remind me of? Who also treated me this way and hurt me?

5) Could my reaction be about something in the past more than this right now?

6) Can I wait for a little while before I speak my truth to see if I can neutralize?

7) Can I find it in my heart to consider this person’s past experiences?

8) Could there be a reason that this person is this inconsiderate, unfeeling, selfish or irreverent?

9) Can I remember that he/she has a story too, and maybe there is pain and fear there too?

10) Can I find compassion in my heart for this person . . . just like I need myself?

Can you?

Then do. As often as you can. And, over time, it will become a practice that is rooted in love. Others will experience it, and those who are ready, will be inspired to do the same.

The best part about it, is that love goes out like an echo . . . and comes right back.


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