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Oprah + your purpose + Superhero Necklaces

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Dear Superheroes,

I just returned from a weekend with Oprah (+ Elizabeth Gilbert, Deepak Chopra, Rob Bell) It was a heart-opening, mind expanding kind of experience. Soul-stirring kind of joy!

Let me begin by saying that I didn’t know what a JumboTron was until this weekend. I looked around confused + pointed to the screen. “Are those people in this room?” I asked my friend Kelly Rae. (I clearly don’t get out enough)

But the most wonderful thing about this event was how intimate it felt once each speaker was doing their thing. The lights went down and everyone disappeared. Oprah spoke for more than two hours the first evening, sharing her life story with us. She spoke of the thread that runs through our lives, how every experience has a purpose, how nothing we’ve ever done is wasted. All of it takes us where we are supposed to go.

“The thread is your spirit seeking expression. Your thread is that which connects the dots and experiences of your life and allows you to become who you were meant to be. Everybody has their own thread. What is your thread? What’s your purpose? Why are you here? What is that which connects the dots of your life? Your job is to pay attention to whatever that is.”

Elizabeth Gilbert said it best on Facebook today. “I consider myself very lucky to have lived in the time of Oprah Winfrey, and I consider myself insanely lucky to have witnessed her goodness in person. (As I was able to tell her last night: I’ve never seen a moment where she lets her greatness interfere with her goodness…which is a beautiful lesson in and of itself.) And the only gift I could think to give her for all that she has offered to me is my sincere promise that I will not waste her teachings. Gonna carry it forward. Gonna let in all the light I can reach for.” Amen!

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In other news, pre-order a Superhero Necklace!

I will be making a limited edition batch of Superhero necklaces this holiday season! You can go ahead and pre-order them now in my Etsy store. There was a big response on my Facebook page when I mentioned this, so I have a feeling these puppies will sell out. I will make as many as I can, but go ahead and order ASAP if you are interested.

Big love to each + every one of you,
Andrea

 

When the sh*t hits the fan, call in the healers.

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When the sh*t hits the fan, I call in the psychics. And the healers. And the coaches. And whoever else will talk to me.

This has been a season of calling in the troops + wanted to share a list of some of my favorites. They are my go-to people when I need guidance, when I want to connect to my intuition, when I need to see more clearly where I am going. These women below are beyond gifted. We are so lucky to have them! (All of them can work with you by phone)

Juna Mustad, Relationship coach + intuitive
Juna is beyond gifted. She is a brilliant coach + also has AMAZING intuitive gifts. Her wisdom was life-changing for me.

Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, Angel readings
Laurel channels a tribe of angels on your behalf + works with your guides. The whole experience is love-filled and oozing with wisdom. I get angel readings from Laurel every couple of months + they have guided my heart + spirit in miraculous ways.

Liv Lane, Firecracker calls
She channels Spirit on your behalf. What could be better? I had a series of questions ready for her, and one by one, she shared the wisdom from her guides and mine. I felt deeply loved + guided throughout the call.

Carol Ferris, Astrological readings
Mind-blowingly good astrological chart readings. This was my first real foray into astrology + I was blown away by all that showed up in my chart. Things like, “You work for yourself and from home right? You couldn’t have it any other way.” It gave me so much permission to lean into who I actually am + where I am headed. Email her: rficf@easystreet.net

Isabel Faith Abbott, Hand Mapping
I have some really unusual lines on my hands + when I casually asked Isabel about them she gave me the most BEAUTIFUL, accurate + inspired interpretation of them. She just launched this offering officially + I am thrilled to be able to recommend her. So gifted in so many ways.

 

You are brave.

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Dear Superheroes,

I don’t know about you, but life has been intense over here and it has required every ounce of courage I can find.
Maybe you are in a place like that too?

As I was creating a structure for a new course recently, a friend suggested, “Write the course you most need right now. Let it be just the right medicine for you + it will be a gift to them too.”

When I noticed that Cultivating Courage starts soon I breathed a sigh of relief.
This is definitely the class I most need right now.

In this course, we practice doing one tiny, brave move each day for 30 days.

When we are practicing courage, it’s like a muscle that gets stronger and stronger. And when these brave moves are strung together? It creates a powerful wave of transformation, strength + confidence. We get our mojo back. We learn to trust ourselves. We see what we’re made of. When we flex our courage, we are rewarded with aliveness. As we build our capacity to be brave, we discover our confidence. The world opens up to us in new ways.

What would be possible if you were the bravest version of yourself?

Find out + join me.

More about the course here. Class starts Monday, October 27th, 2014.

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And one last thing: We are creating a habit of courage.

We are not taking ginormous leaps or doing superheroic acts of bravery here. We are simply practicing. We are strengthening our courage muscles so that when the sh*t hits the fan we are stronger. We trust ourselves more.

We are making courage our default.

Sending you all big love,
Andrea

P.S. Are you an alumni of Cultivating Courage? Email me + I will send you a coupon code so you can dive in again at a discounted rate.

 

A song for you.

 

 

Playing Big by Tara Sophia Mohr + 2 kinds of fear

I met Tara Mohr for the first time when we sat together at Spirit Rock meditation center for a daylong workshop with Rachel Naomi Remen. (We are both huge fans!) I adored Tara immediately and hoped we would intersect again. To my delight, we would continue to weave into each others’ lives in the following months and years.

Tara is wise and articulate and someone you want as your teacher. She’s got smarts and soul. And lucky for us, she put all that brilliance + heart into a book, Playing Big that you can pre-order this week.

I was grateful to get my hands on an advance copy + wanted to share one of my favorite pieces of the book – a teaching about 2 kinds of fear from the late Rabbi Alan Lew. Watch the video above! then read the rest of her post below.

Congratulations Tara! This book is empowering, beautifully written and a must-read for anyone who wants to play bigger in the world.

 

As discussed in the video, Rabbi Alan Lew explains that in biblical Hebrew, there are several different words for fear.

Pachad is “projected or imagined fear,” the “fear whose objects are imagined.” That, in contemporary terms, is what we might think of as overreactive, irrational, lizard brain fear: the fear of horrible rejection that will destroy us or the fear that we will simply combust if we step out of our comfort zones.

There is a second Hebrew word for fear, yirah. Rabbi Lew describes yirah as “the fear that overcomes us when we suddenly find ourselves in possession of considerably more energy than we are used to, inhabiting a larger space than we are used to inhabiting. It is also the feeling we feel when we are on sacred ground.

If you’ve felt a calling in your heart, or uncovered an authentic dream for your life, or felt a mysterious sense of inner inspiration around a project or idea, you recognize this description.

We often conflate or confuse the two types of fear, and simply call what we are experiencing “fear.” But we can discern them more closely, and in doing so, more effectively manage fear so it doesn’t get in our way.

Next time you are in a moment that brings fear:

1. Ask yourself: what part of this fear is pachad? Write down the imagined outcomes you fear, the lizard brain fears. Remind yourself that they are just imagined, and that pachad-type fears are irrational.

2. Savor yirah. Ask yourself: what part of this fear is yirah? You’ll know yirah because it has a tinge of exhilaration and awe -while pachad has a sense of threat and panic. Lean into – and look for – the callings and leaps that bring yirah.

 

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It’s a mitzvah for others to help.

The Morning Mantras class starts next Tuesday! Click above to hear a sneak peek into the series.

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Here are the details again:

  • Every weekday for 6 weeks, you will receive a voice message in your inbox.
  • Each message will focus on a mantra designed to awaken your courage, compassion and joy.
  • It will be a morning dose of inspiration + also a jumping-off point for discussion inside the classroom.

Some sample mantras:

Turn on the f*cking faucet. (You can listen to this one here.)
Let it be simple.
Trade your fear for curiosity.

I love imagining all of us waking up together + having a cup of tea while listening to the same audio message. Let’s explore growing our courage, compassion + joy together!

$49 Class begins next Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

 

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Morning Mantras: A brand new course!

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Are you craving deeper connection? With a tribe of superheroes?

My best work often comes to me when I am able to follow the energy that feels fresh + current for me. Right now, recording my voice has felt like the most intimate way to connect with my community (you!) and I would love to deepen the conversation.

Picture this.

  • Every weekday for 6 weeks, you will receive a voice message in your inbox.
  • Each message will focus on a mantra designed to awaken your courage, compassion and joy.
  • It will be a morning dose of inspiration + also a jumping-off point for discussion inside the classroom. (The discussion piece is optional of course, but it’s going to be juicy over there)

Some sample mantras:

Turn on the f*cking faucet. (You can listen to this one here.)
Let it be simple.
Trade your fear for curiosity.

I love imagining all of us waking up together + having a cup of tea while listening to the same audio message. Even more than that, I love the idea of us going deeper in the privacy of the classroom.

Are you ready?

$49 Class begins next Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

 

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What do you project into the silence?

 

Today I am reading from a blog post from the archive. Something I needed to remind myself about this week.
XO Andrea

Are you craving connection? Let’s Storybowl.

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Are you craving connection?

One of the things that feeds my soul the most is to sit in a circle of women + share true stories from our lives. I often fantasized about this at parties making small talk – Can’t we just sit in a circle and get to the real stuff?? I would think. And then I would immediately assume that I was just being too intense, too scorpio, too much… So I would hunker down in the corner of the party with one person who wanted to go deep.

But then one day I had a vision – A group of women seated in a circle playing a game. A bowl of prompts would be passed around and each person would tell a true story from their life based on the prompt. It would not be about performing the perfect story but about sharing a little piece of our heart.

I have now played this game with dozens of women + it is AMAZING each and every time. We get to the REAL gracefully + easily. There is a lot of laughter and sometimes a few tears. It is always rich, always connecting, always full of compassion and ultimately healing + full of joy.

Would you like to join me? Upcoming Storybowls:

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
$55 6-9pm (Dinner included)
Private home in Berkeley, CA

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
$55 6-9pm (Dinner included)
Private home in North Oakland

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Want to dive in a little deeper?

I will be co-leading a workshop on October 10th-12th, 2014 here in the Bay Area and it’s going to be FUN.
We will write, make art, eat great food, share stories, make new friends. More details on my site here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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