22 Signs You’re a Modern Mystic

Are you a Modern Mystic? If you can relate to more than half of the characteristics on this list, there’s a good chance that you are.

    1. You see messages in everything.
    2. You discover that serendipity and ‘coincidence’ are everyday occurrences.
    3. Before making an important financial decision, you talk to your accountant, your retirement planner, and your spirit guides.
    4. When faced with an obstacle, you ask yourself “What is the true meaning of this situation?” You judge it as neither good nor bad, and actively look for the big picture lesson within the experience.
    5. You order palo santo wood in bulk.
    6. You actively seek time in nature so that you can converse with the plants, trees, and animals.
    7. You set stones and crystals in the window during a full moon, carry sage spray in your purse, and a pendulum in your wallet.
    8. You have no enemies, only teachers.
    9. You live with your feet on the earth and your head in the heavens.
    10. You stop someone from speaking so that you can listen to the voices in your head.
    11. When a 4-year-old tells you, “In my last life, I was a doctor,” you answer: “Would you mind having a look at this lump?”
    12. You understand that choosing kindness and compassion can often be both the most difficult AND the easiest choice in every situation.
    13. You never again wonder “if something is wrong with you” because of how you experience life. You know. You remember.
    14. You know that the answer is in the question.
    15. You understand Divine Order — that whatever happens, all will be well.
    16. You know that there are no right answers.
    17. You have inner peace, or quickly return to a place of inner peace, because you know down to your core that this life is only one dimension of reality.
    18. You know that there is so much more to you than your physical body, or this reality.
    19. You have moments where you see beauty in everything and everyone, and those moments begin to fill more and more of your time here on earth.
    20. You know that there is life before and after this one.
    21. You embrace your Past and plan for the Future, knowing that true peace comes from being fully Present.
    22. You know there is no beginning or end.

bird_green_circles_lgBased on this list, are YOU a Modern Mystic?  Viva Institute’s 3-week e-course, Flight School: Mediumship for Modern Mystics, was created for the purpose-driven, committed, soulful, passionate, curious and discerning truth-seekers like you. It’s about reconnecting with the intuitive part of yourself that knows that there is something that you came here to do. Learn new tools and ignite your unique spark. Then you can FLY.

Is Emma Stone a Modern Mystic?

“I think we should all open our minds and our hearts to magic.”

quarterThat’s what actress Emma Stone told David Letterman on the Late Show on July 16 . She went on to describe some of the paranormal and metaphysical experiences she’s had throughout her life, including her deceased grandfather leaving her quarters in unusual places.

Even better? David Letterman shared some stories of his own!

Are people waking up, or is it just human nature to look for someone to hold our hand on the mystic’s journey?

If you’re ready to walk that road, join Viva Institute in August for the next session of Flight School, Viva Institute’s 3-week Summer Camp for the Modern Mystic! It’s a chance to fully embrace the intuitive part of yourself that knows that there is something important that you came here to do.

Embrace your inner mystic.

Summer Camp PEEP Show!

Leigh Hopkins, Viva Institute

I spent the holiday weekend at a friend’s lake house, and as we watched the last of the fireworks burn out, we sat telling camp stories. Everyone had one:  the favorite counselor, the bizarre “theme camps,” the first camp crush, and even the camp they longed to visit but couldn’t afford.

I shared my favorite camp story, when my bunk was roused after midnight by a VERY racy counselor (think late 1970′s!) who stripped down, wrapped herself in bedsheets, and started a toga dance party. Imagine — about twenty 9 and 10-year-olds getting down to “Give Up the Funk.” Hilarious!

What is it about the steamy July air and sparklers that brings back the nostalgia for the free-spirited days of childhood? There’s something sacred about reconnecting with our summertime selves.

As we sat around the campfire Saturday night, we lamented that it has become so difficult to create space for this kind of freedom in our adult lives.

Over the past week, I’ve seen at least five people quit Facebook for a few weeks in an attempt to unplug and reconnect. It’s a trend, and one that I expect many will follow this summer!


This summer, give yourself permission to unplug breathe now and then — focus on what really matters(Oh, and if you’re longing for summer camp but can’t get away, consider trying this or this.)


VivaRadio_LGI promise to wear my toga.


P.S. To hear SIX free meditations, listen to last week’s first broadcast of VIVA Radio.

Healthy Raw Onion Rings: RECIPE

Onion RingsThis recipe for crispy, crunchy RAW onion rings is a super-healthy alternative to the deep-fried version. They’re a perfect “to-go” recipe for summer picnics, and are delicious when paired with other healthy recipes like Portobello Burgers or as a salad topper.

NOTE: If you’re raw vegan you will need a dehydrator to make these. If you don’t have a dehydrator, try baking them in the oven on the lowest setting for about 20-30 minutes.


  • 2 medium-sized sweet onions
  • 3-4 cups of almond milk (enough to cover the onions)
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup of ground brewer’s yeast OR 1/2 cup of ground sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 t. chipotle, smoked paprika, or turmeric


  • Cut the onions into slices and place in a bowl or Ziploc bag with almond milk to soak. Set aside for about 2-3 hours.
  • Grind the flax seed in a dry blender or coffee grinder (it will be about 3/4 c after grinding), then place in a food processor and blend with remaining ingredients.
  • Drain the almond milk from the onion rings, reserving the milk in a bowl for dipping. Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Begin by dipping an onion ring in the milk, then dip in the dry mixture and place on the dehydrator or baking tray. Continue this process until all of the onion rings have been thoroughly coated; re-dip in the milk and re-coat, if necessary.
  • Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 5-10 hours, depending on the level of crispiness you like. If you don’t have a dehydrator, try baking them in the oven on the lowest setting for about 20-30 minutes.
  • HINT: Dipping can get sticky! Try placing half of the processed dry ingredients in a large bowl first, and when those are gone, add more dry. This prevents the mixture from becoming too clumpy.
  • Store in Ziploc bags or a dry container.

READY TO TRY RAW? Join us for 30 DAYS RAW, Viva Institute’s online raw food class.


Portobello Burgers: Healthy Summer Recipe

Portobello cap_rawTry this savory recipe when you’ve been invited to a summer BBQ and want to bring a healthy alternative.

These Portobello Burgers can be eaten raw, dehydrated, baked or grilled, and they pack well, so you can make them a day in advance if  you’re on the go. Serve with onion rings and a green salad.


  • 2 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 3/4 cup of fresh Vegan Basil Pesto
  • sliced red peppers, tomatoes, or olives (for the topping)


After de-stemming the portobello mushrooms, fill each cap with a generous helping of basil pesto. Add sliced peppers or whatever toppings you’re craving. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 4-5 hours or bake at 200 for about 30 minutes, until juicy.

Will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

VIVA Radio Tonight at 8 pm EST

Tonight marks the launch of  VIVA Radio, a new 30-minute LIVE program brought to you by Viva Institute. VivaRadioFor the first show, we’ll be talking about “Meditation Snacks,” a name I use to describe short, 1-3 minute meditations that can be done at any time during the day when you’re in need of connection, clearing, protection, or revitalization. During this show, you’ll learn 5-6 new meditations. I’ve invited some of my favorite practitioners to share their techniques.

At 8 EST TONIGHT, call (425) 440-5100.

Pin Code: 954713#

NOTE:  only the first 40 callers will join the call live.

A link to download the show will be available on the website the following day. Join us to share your favorite meditation snack!
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Raw Vegan Pesto Recipe

by Viva Institute

Pesto in cupOne of the most important tips for anyone who wants to eat healthier is to create dishes that are high on flavor, low on prep. Pesto is traditionally made with cheese, but this dairy-free version is a quick and healthy alternative that stores in the fridge for up to a week.

Need a quick snack? Slather pesto on carrot and cucumber sticks; top it on a portobello mushroom cap, or spread it on a leaf of romaine lettuce with a handful of grated veggies for a quick to-go meal.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup unroasted (raw) pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic (to taste), chopped 
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: substitute nutritional yeast with 3 tbsp. ground hemp seeds


30 Days RawBlend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy, with some “chunky” texture remaining. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Total time:  10 minutes

but don’t know where to start?

30 Days Raw, Viva Institute’s online raw food class, is a great place to start. Check Viva’s e-course calendar for upcoming classes.

Next class: September 1, 2014

For the Cranky Lightworkers!


YOU, who have been called to be of service to lift the vibration of the planet with Light and Joy and Glitter and Wonder:

You’re asking an awful LOT of yourself if you think you can do it 24-7.

EVERYONE gets cranky sometimes. Even Lightworkers.

On those days when the world makes you feel tender and tired, consider this message permission to send your halo for take-out. Duck under the covers, give your unicorn a DVD, and take care of YOU.

We see your Light anyway.

Next e-course: Flight School. Begins August 11, 2014. REGISTER NOW.