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In Praise of the Next Wave (I Have to Celebrate You, Baby)

by Leigh Hopkins

Last week two brilliant souls made their transition into the light. The first was Dr. Masaru Emoto, the scientist whose experiments with water molecules demonstrated how our thoughts can change matter. Dr. Emoto’s passage was closely followed by therapist Dolores Cannon, a thought pioneer who developed a regressive hypnosis technique called “Quantum Healing Hypnosis.” Her work resulted in a book called The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth, which pointed to startling patterns in the lives of her clients.

Happiness, Dr. Masaru Emoto

Happiness, Dr. Masaru Emoto

Sound far-fetched? Cannon laughed at skeptics who called her work “science fiction,” because during regression therapy, literally thousands of clients explained that their souls had specifically chosen to come to Earth at this very time in order to raise the vibration of the planet. To make life better, happier, and more peaceful for all of us living here. Through these sessions, Cannon learned that for many of these volunteers, Earth life has been exceedingly difficult. For this very reason, there are literally “waves” of high-vibration volunteers — many of them in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s — who have come to ease our suffering.

When transitions like those of Dr. Emoto and Dolores Cannon happen in such close succession, I imagine that it’s time for another wave of volunteers to fully embrace their calling and pick up the torch. The energy is intense (especially this week), and the best way to manage it is through a collective intention to lift the vibration. The time is now.

I Have to Celebrate You, Baby

Today, I’m celebrating one of those brave souls who came here to light the way. Her light is fierce and bright and true. (When you click that link, you’ll see why!) Her soul’s voice reverberates with Truth, and her Spirit shakes this planet with everything she does. I’ve nominated her on Viva Institute’s Facebook page, and if you agree with me, let her know! Click “Like” at the bottom of this article and tag another person you recognize as being a vibration-lifter. Let’s keep passing the torch.Andye Murphy-raw

Your time is now, Bright One. 

We’re so glad you came.

Call to Action!

If you know someone who is a leader or teacher– through their words, actions, or simply through their kind, loving and uplifting presence — it’s time to call them out and lift them up.

Do you know someone who strives to bring all of us into the Light? Into a place of kindness, compassion, and peace, no matter the circumstances? If you do, post a link to this article and let them know, “I see your Light.”

“We are moving into a new frequency, a new dimension…the New Earth, and it’s going to be extremely beautiful. The most important thing is that we are living in the most important time in the history of the Universe, and it’s very important to be here now. There are thousands of souls who want to be here to experience this – even if they can just be here for a few hours. They say even if they’re born and die right away, they can say, “I was there when this occurred.” This is how important this is to the entire Universe. So, you’re living in a very wonderful time that will never be repeated again.” — Dolores Cannon, The Edge

VIVA Radio: Guest Greg White – October 9 at 8 EST

VivaRadio_LGVIVA Radio continues its October 2014 #BeCurious Campaign with a live interview with Leigh Hopkins and author and world traveler Greg White. Greg has circled the globe following the things that make him curious (sometimes even wearing clothes), and it’s his voracious appetite for life that makes him the perfect guest for #BeCurious.

Leigh Hopkins and Greg White met in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro when Greg was producing a documentary on the raw-vegan lifestyle, and it was love at first sight. (Greg can speak for himself.)

Greg White regularly contributes to The Good Men Project and to The Huffington Post, along with his personal blogs, Eat.Greg.Eat and Go.Greg.Go. You may recognize him from his appearance last week on Mark Burnett’s new reality show On The Menu (TNT), where he cooked a drool-worthy poblano burger for Chef Emeril.

Greg White, Eat.Greg.Eat - Go.Greg.Go

Greg White, Eat.Greg.Eat – Go.Greg.Go

To ask Greg a question live, submit your question in advance here.

Thursday, October 9
8 pm EST / 7 CST / 6 MST / 5 PST

Call: (425) 440-5100
Pin Code: 954713#

About Greg White

Author, blogger, television writer, world traveler, and inveterate bon vivant Greg White is also a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, now battling it out on his blogs Eat.Greg.Eat and Go.Greg.Go. On Friday October 3rd, Greg competed on Mark Burnett’s new reality show On The Menu.

He has written a new memoir – The Pink Marine — about his time in Marine Corps boot camp, pre-don’t ask don’t tell. (He tells anyway.) Follow him everywhere — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — @Eat,Greg,Eat.

He is living it up. 

Leigh Hopkins

Leigh Hopkins

Leigh Hopkins is the Director and Co-Founder of Viva Institute — and a passionate curiosity junkie. In 2010, she left a 20-year career in education reform and public policy, sold her house in Philadelphia, and bought an organic farm in Brazil. For 3 years, she ran a retreat center (“Instituto Viva”) and worked as a raw-vegan chef…because it seemed like a fun challenge. Today, Viva Institute’s e-courses have reached thousands of curiosity-seekers in 6 continents. (Antarcticans, where ARE you?!) 

#BeCurious

#BeCurious – Day 7

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Be Curious about the possibility that every time you walk into a room, people think you’re awesome.

“I believe we create our own lives. And we create it by our thinking, feeling patterns in our belief system. I think we‘re all born with this huge canvas in front of us and the paintbrushes and the paint, and we choose what to put on this canvas.” – Louise L. Hay

“Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.” – Stacy London

For more about the #BeCurious Campaign visit:http://www.vivainstitute.com/events/

#BeCurious

VIVA Radio with Libby Moore

Event Recording — October 2 Broadcast

VivaRadio_LGOn October 2, VIVA Radio kicked off its October 2014 #BeCurious Campaign with special guest Libby Moore. Libby is the former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, a role she held for 11 years and calls, “The Greatest Job on Earth.” After Oprah, Libby took a Leap of Faith and took one year off to do “The Libby Moore Gypsy Tour”… no plan, no map, just 365 days following her heart’s desire. Today, Libby is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach & Career Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and self-proclaimed Nomad. She is an inspiring example of how following your curiosity can lead to a meaningful, exciting, and spirited life.

Listen to the full interview here:

About Viva Institute

Viva Institute was created in 2008 as a “virtual retreat center for the modern mystic.” Viva Institute’s mission is to provide learners high quality, spiritually-focused online learning opportunities from experienced teachers and seminar leaders. You are your path — Viva Institute is here to place touchstones along the way.

From 2010-2013 Viva ran as a raw-vegan retreat center on an organic farm in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in 2014 Director and Founder Leigh Hopkins relaunched Viva Institute in the United States. Today’s menu includes e-courses and spirited bloggy goodness.

Caller Feedback

Libby Moore

Libby Moore

I’ve been seeing Liz Gilbert’s quotes on curiosity but I hadn’t heard or seen the rest of that talk about lacking passion.  THANK YOU Liz, Libby, and Leigh for bringing this all out! I LOVED when Libby told how she responded to Oprah’s question about life plan, ‘What life plan?  I don’t have one.’  THANK YOU!

I woke up this morning renewed and energized. The wheels started turning and (I’m feeling)  brave enough to write a query to a local magazine on a story idea that’s been on my mind all year.  And I said the prayer, ‘God, what is it you want me to do?  I’m ready.”  — Peggy

“Thank you so much, Leigh and Libby! I hung up feeling inspired. What I love most about this call is the idea that we are all “searching” regardless of circumstance and that adventure doesn’t always have to be grand. There is adventure in the everyday (although I definitely will be tuning in next time to hear more about the “gypsy tour”). I am looking forward to following where curiosity leads over the next month and asking for help to wake up that part of self that has been asleep. It kind of takes a lot of the pressure off knowing I don’t have to figure it all out.” — Kimberly 

“What I take away from this conversation is the act of ‘asking’ for help or guidance from the infinite creator–can be the catalyst for opportunity, serendipity or coincidence to enter our lives! I have been reading recently some teachings from a spirit from a higher realm that tells us that our own free-will actually prevents spirit/guides/divine beings from interfering with our soul journeys until they are called upon by us to do so! They wait for our call! You don’t even have to get their number–just call upon these helpers in the higher realms. They want to help. Seems to be a common theme in the conversation tonight!” — Lori

VIVA Radio: Guest Libby Moore — October 2 at 8 pm EST

VivaRadio_LGOn Thursday, October 2, Viva Institute will kick-off its October 2014 #BeCurious Campaign with VIVA Radio’s special guest Libby Moore. Libby is the former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, a role she held for 11 years and calls, “The Greatest Job on Earth.” After Oprah, Libby took a Leap of Faith and took one year off to do “The Libby Moore Gypsy Tour”… no plan, no map, just 365 days following her heart’s desire.

Today, Libby is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach & Career Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and self-proclaimed Nomad. She is an inspiring example of how following your curiosity can lead to a meaningful, exciting, and spirited life.

VIVA RADIO SPECIAL EDITION: The Leigh and Libby Show!

Libby Moore

Libby Moore, Oprah’s Former Chief of Staff

Host Leigh Hopkins and Libby Moore met in Brazil in 2012 when Leigh was on her own gypsy-bliss tour, and they immediately connected as kindred spirits. During this FREE 45-minute call, Leigh and Libby will talk about how their curious natures led them to an amazingly diverse set of life experiences. If time allows (and they don’t get lost chatting!) they’ll take calls from the audience.

To join the call and submit questions in advance:

Date:  Thursday, October 2
Time:  8:00 EST / 7:00 CST / 6:00 MST / 5:00 PST

Dial: (425) 440-5100
Pincode: 954713#

To submit your question in advance, CLICK HERE. If you want to talk LIVE, please include the phone number you’ll be calling from. (This information will remain private.)

If you’re curious about what YOUR curiosity could inspire you to do, join us! #BeCurious

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Leigh Hopkins, Course Instructor

Leigh Hopkins, Course Instructor

Leigh Hopkins is the Director and Co-Founder of Viva Institute — and a passionate curiosity junkie. In 2010, she left a 20-year career in education reform and public policy, sold her house in Philadelphia, and bought an organic farm in Brazil. For 3 years, she ran a retreat center (“Instituto Viva”) and worked as a raw-vegan chef…because it seemed like a fun challenge. Today, Viva Institute’s e-courses have reached thousands of curiosity-seekers in 6 continents. (Antarcticans, where ARE you?!) 

#BeCurious

VIVA Radio: With Special Guest Kirk Nugent

Topic: “Light Worker — have you forgotten your mission?”

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Thursday, August 7 at 8 pm EST

Phone number: (425) 440-5100
PIN Code: 954713#

To submit a question for Kirk in advance, click here.

Host:  Leigh Hopkins, Viva Institute

 

During this 30-minute live call, Viva Institute’s Leigh Hopkins will talk with inspirational speaker, teacher, and author Kirk Nugent about his mission to inspire others to find their passion and purpose. Leigh and Kirk will discuss the topic of “Lightworkers,” and what it means to remember your mission in a world that can often distract your from your calling.

“Lightworker — have you forgotten your mission?” –Kirk Nugent

To submit a question for Kirk in advance, click here. Space is limited; submit your questions by 12 noon EST on August 7.

To listen to Kirk Nugent’s spoken word poetry, “Answer the Call (I Need You to Remember), listen below.

About Kirk Nugent

KirkNugent_outdoorsFor more than a decade, Kirk Nugent has served as a catalyst for change, challenging preconceived notions about success and self-actualization. Kirk started public speaking in poetry venues where he displayed a keen understanding of social and political issues delivered with his signature brand of infectious wit and frenetic energy.

Early audiences crowned him “The People’s Poet,” and the stage was set for Kirk to widen his speaking base to include college campuses, key note addresses for Fortune 500 companies, church ministries and empowerment workshops. He has spoken at venues across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean.

Kirk continues to impact the lives of people from around the world with public speaking engagements, and live appearances, as well as with his books, The Unpopular Truth and Answer the Call, and also his two disc audio set, Pursue Your Passion.

Kirk celebrates his Jamaican heritage, which has fostered in him the global perspective of “Out of Many One People.” This perspective is a relentless endorsement of the idea that no matter where you are in the world, the innate right to chase your dreams unites all individuals. This is the philosophy which guides Kirk’s speaking engagements, and inspired Les Brown to proclaim, “Kirk is a poignant speaker who challenges us to step out in faith towards our dreams.” His ultimate aim is to help ordinary people create extraordinary lives.

Forgiveness Meditation: Who’s on YOUR bus?

 

In honor of Worldwide Forgiveness Day

This meditation is provided as it was told to me by Jon Peris, who lives in Abadiânia, Brazil (home of John of God).

The Bus Theory

The “Bus Theory” is the simple process of sending love to all who we have encountered in our lives, either incarnate (alive) or disincarnate (deceased). This exercise is done alone in meditation, so you do not need for the person to be present in order to experience the healing benefits.

forgivenessImagine that you’re a bus driver, and you have the ability to place anyone you want on your bus. Begin by visualizing/envisioning all of the people who are closest to you, including those who have passed. One by one, as they get on board, hug them and thank them for what they mean to you.

You can seat peope wherever you’d like — it’s your bus.

Now invite/welcome people who have only been in your life briefly to join you on the bus, and thank them as well. Invite them to take a seat, and place them wherever you’d like to.

Then invite the people you or other people have had a conflict with. Greet them with a hug and say:

“Thank you for being in my life and teaching me what I needed to learn.
God bless you. I love you.” *

Consider the possibility that everyone you have met and everything that has happened to you in life was agreed upon, by you, before you were born. As you do this exercise, you will find that more and more people will come to mind. Where you place them in the bus may change the more you do this meditation.

* The Hawaaian tradition of Ho’oponopono has a similar approach, which includes repeating the same four phrases: “I love you; please forgive me; I am sorry; thank you.”

How it Works

Here’s an example of how this works in practice, in Jon’s words:

I explained The Bus Theory to a woman while we shared breakfast. She said, “I will do that in meditation before lunch.”

Lunchtime arrived, and as she came in, she said, “I tried that meditation, and I placed my sister in the front rows. It was not possible to hug her during the meditation -– she kept pushing me away.

I told the woman: Keep trying.

A few days passed…[the next time I saw her she said] “I’m going home. I’ll see you when I return to Abadiânia next time.

When the woman visited the next time, she came straight to me, saying: “You will not believe it! When I saw my sister at the airport, she hugged me, and I was able to do the same…it worked!”

Your Turn

Do you believe that it’s possible to shift a relationship for the better without directly communicating that person? Must forgiveness and acceptance of ourselves be part of the process? Is it possible to heal a relationship simply by working on forgiveness, acceptance and love in your own heart?

Do you have a forgiveness story to share? Tell us about it in the comment section.

What if Thelma and Louise had gotten a flat?

It must be the July heat. Recently, people have written me to say:

I feel so stuck.

My problems feel too big.

I don’t know how to explain it, but right now I just feel so small.

Does it feel like a relief to know that this is common? And that sometimes, it’s really OK to feel sort of blah — maybe even necessary?

VIVA MEME_smudgingUnfortunately, one of the catches of the “new spirituality” is that we’re led to believe that if we do the right thing, life won’t be as hard. The reality is that sometimes, life is just ho-hum and other times, it’s really, really hard. No amount of rationalizing, positive affirmations, meditations, or The Secret-like Post-It note-leaving, “I AM POWERFUL” statements are going to work.

There’s a voice hiding inside you that’s shouting, “Shut it, sister — save your New Age sunshine for someone else!”

During a recent road trip, I imagined what might have happened if Thelma and Louise had gotten a flat. Right at the moment when they were parked on the edge of the cliff, and Thelma looked at Louise with that wild look in her eyes and said:

“Let’s keep going.”

While I love Thelma and Louise, the implicit message is that if we haven’t felt fulfilled as parents or partners or professionals, or if we’ve been broken and stomped on and abused, it might be that the best option is to just hang it up. Seriously?!

Do you know what would have happened if you were Thelma and your BFF/partner/kid was Louise? You would have kept going.

One way or another, you always do. Don’t you? You stomp it out, cry it out, and remind yourself that eventually, things will get better. Then you wake up, put one foot in front of the other, and you keep on going. You find your way back to who you are with renewed perspective, a sack full of silver linings, and when you’re ready — maybe even some fresh inspiration.

You are not apart; you are a PART.

There is no hole; you are WHOLE.

Keep going, Bright One. You are mightier than you know.

 

Looking for inspiration?

VivaRadio_LGListen to Viva Institute’s live interview with inspirational speaker and author Kirk Nugent next week on Thursday, August 7 at 8 pm EST. I’ll be talking to him live on VIVA Radio — call-in information coming up next week.

For some rut-shaking FUN, join Viva Institute’s 3-week e-course, Flight School: Mediumship for Modern Mystics. Class begins August 11. Register now.

VivaLogoBlueLGTo reboot your spirit through plant-based foods, sign up for 30 Days Raw: Viva Institute’s Online Raw Food Course. Class begins August 25, go raw September 1. Register now.

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Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute.