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by Leigh Hopkins

For the past week Facebook has been buzzing with New Year’s Resolution-making. The general consensus: Why bother? People are bored with the idea of making meaningless promises that won’t be interesting or motivating enough to keep.

Rather than making resolutions, why not resolve to ask more questions? I love the questions posed by Sue Ellen Allen, author of The Slumber Party from Hell:

Whatever your spiritual journey, it is all about the Law of Love. Who and how do you love? What makes your life meaningful? Who and how do you help? Those answers define your life.

What I love about these questions is that they paint an ever-evolving road map for life. If you reflect on what made life meaningful you 10 years ago or even 20 years ago, you’ll realize just how much this is true. By facing each year with the courage to learn more about ourselves, what makes life meaningful will continue to evolve.

Your Turn

As you look toward 2015, at this very moment in your life, how do you answer these questions?

  • Who and how do you love?
  • What makes your life meaningful?
  • Who and how do you help?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What makes you feel at peace?

What are the questions you’re asking yourself, and how do they define the way you live? Let what you LOVE be your guide.

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”

–Dalai Lama

Step Off the Karmic Treadmill

Last week, I was talking to Andye Murphy (who is ten thousand different flavors of awesome-sauce, BTW) about how much STRESS our clients and students are under these days, and with the holidays coming up, it’s been feeling like one big karmic WHAMMY.

holiday-stress-love-christmas-season-ecards-someecardsNeed directions to Crazy Town?

Just head left at Thanksgiving, make a right at Hanukkah, take the 2nd left at Christmas, get in line for RETURNS at Old Navy and Target, follow the signs for Kwanzaa, and put it in park at New Year’s Eve. Seriously, you can’t miss it.

The tricky thing about this time of year is that no one wants to feel bad. It’s a season built around love, light, and gratitude…and almost anyone you talk to will tell you they wish they could rewind the holiday season to its original intent.

Holidays are triggers for many of us – whether you’re grieving loss, feeling the weight of life’s pressures, or facing family get-togethers that bring up your biggest issues, this season can feel particularly tender. My beloved mentor and adopted soul-mama Echo Bodine recently wrote:

“…our families really are some of our best barometers to measure how we’ve changed from year to year. Are we constantly taking their inventory, rather than our own?”
It’s a tough question, right? Whose inventory are you taking? But the even bigger question is – how do you stop?

Andye and I deeply understand how much you want to discover the TRUE spirit of your soul’s brightest service.

That’s why we created a special month-long event: HOLIDAY LIGHTS.

If you’re facing this season wanting in all earnestness to step off the karmic treadmill…

…we promise, we’ll be here to catch you.

Get the details here.
(Space is limited.)


Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute. For 20 years, she worked in public policy and education reform (exciting, wonderful, exhausting) before “retiring” to create Viva Institute, a “virtual retreat for the modern mystic.” She hand picks light-filled professionals to create e-courses that bring contentment and enlightenment to your front door. Join us. (It’s time.)


7-HOLIDAYLIGHTS-banner-801x250Join Viva Institute’s Leigh Hopkins and Rock ‘n Roll Shaman Andye Murphy for HOLIDAY LIGHTS, a special month-long event inspired to guide you through the holiday season with reverence, grace, and renewed spirit. As we close out this trip around the sun, it’s an important time to reflect on collective growth in 2014 and chart the path for 2015.

For many, holiday gatherings can bring up emotional triggers like grief and loss, love relationships, may reopen familial wounds, and highlight karmic patterns — even when the desire is to embrace the season with loving intention. Ancestral patterns can be our greatest teachers, and when we learn to let go with love, the Soul’s Path shines with even greater clarity, presence, and purpose.

This series of 3 one-hour LIVE teleseminars gives you direct access to Leigh’s “soul mapping” work and Andye’s shamanic, ancestral, and familial work. Together, these true “soul sisters” will help you to look back, go deeper, and move forward so that you can fully embrace your soul’s truest work in 2015.

For each one-hour LIVE call:

  • receive answers to your soul mapping questions live (as many as time permits)
  • receive tools for protection, clearing, and initiation
  • embark on shamanic journeys
  • receive a follow-up email with suggestions for future study
  • gain access to MP3 recordings of the event.

What’s the cost?

A one-hour individual session with Leigh and Andye is valued at $350. As you know, Leigh is currently focusing on her writing and not able to offer individual “soul mapping” readings (valued at $200/hour). This is your chance to talk with Leigh and Andye LIVE.

Each call is $49, or join us for all 3 calls for the price of 2: $99 (savings of 32%). Space is limited. Sign up ASAP to reserve your spot in the queue — and your chance to talk with Leigh and Andye LIVE. To apply for a scholarship, click here.

Do we offer Gift Certificates?

Yes! You can gift Holiday LIGHTS to a friend or loved one. Simply submit payment below and include a note with your gift request at the time of payment. Please be sure to tell us who the gift is for, and include their name & email.



This special event consists of 3 LIVE teleseminar calls, accessible by phone or online. We encourage you to join us for all of them, but you can opt for just one or two.

    • Teleseminar 1 – “Soothing & Releasing Your Karmic Wounds” – Dec. 8,  8–9pm EST  (registration deadline: Dec. 7)
  • Teleseminar 2 – “Stepping into Grace in Honor of Your Light” – Dec. 18, 8–9pm EST (registration deadline: Dec. 17)
  • Teleseminar 3 – “Honoring What Was: Embracing the Path Ahead” – Dec. 29, 8–9pm EST (registration deadline: Dec. 28)


Anywhere. Event access will be emailed to you personally before the event. You can tune in by phone or online.

What if I can’t attend LIVE?  

You can still benefit from this special event. Submit your questions in advance, and we will send you an MP3 recording of the call if you’re not able to make it live.



Teleseminar 1 – “Soothing & Releasing Your Karmic Wounds” – Dec. 8

The first teleseminar will support you as you identify family lineage wounds (eg. karmic patterns related to love relationships, health, abundance, addiction, and others), along with potential triggers, especially during the holiday season!

Through shamanic journeying, we will find the “ka” (original event of wounding) so that it may be honored and healed. Participants will be invited to call in live to share their own stories. Through “soul mapping,” we will identify karmic patterns and connections to current relationships to provide guidance for future healing. A guided meditation and an opening of the akashic records will also allow callers to create a healing pattern in the akashic field so that future events (and triggers) may be automatically healed, removed and soothed.

During this call, you will:

  • identify karmic patterns through “soul mapping” and family lineage wounds — those persistent issues that you have been unable to resolve in your own focused efforts
  • honor and heal the “ka” (the original event of wounding)
  • create a healing pattern in the akashic records
  • receive clarity, peace of mind and blessings for the entire family linage — both your ancestors and those yet to come.

Teleseminar 2 – “Stepping into Grace in Honor of Your Light” – Dec. 18

During this second teleseminar, you will face what challenges you most at this time of year so that you may fully step into your Light.  You are invited to call in live to share what worries you most about this time of year and to see how it might be an opportunity to more deeply connect with your own grace in this situation. Through “soul mapping” with Leigh, callers may have an opportunity to identify karmic patterns and connections to current relationships to provide guidance for future healing. Finally, through shamanic journeying with Andye, we will gather around a bonfire to face the fears, reunite with the “wounded self,” and to re-write the story.

During this call, you will:

  • identify and cultivate the light body as a means for strengthening the energy field
  • create new tools for protecting and conserving your energy when needed
  • honor and embrace your true calling, to be of service in the spirit of loving kindness
  • receive partnership with the wounded self to empower and ignite your path.

Teleseminar 3 – “Honoring What Was: Embracing the Path Ahead” – Dec. 29  

What on EARTH was going on in 2014?! During this light-charged call, you will identify 2014’s major patterns in your life map, and to connect them with your soul’s plan. Live callers will be invited to share stories and receive guidance for karmic release and moving forward in grace and light. Callers will participate a “release fire ceremony” – a shamanic journey to look back at 2014 to celebrate and give honor to the accomplishments. Finally, callers will take a journey to the Highest Self to receive guidance on their soul’s intentions for 2015. Set FIRE to your soul’s highest intention for 2015 – your time is NOW.

During this call, you will:

  • identify major patterns in 2014 and soul’s goal for 2015
  • honor and release karmic patterns and celebrate accomplishments
  • receive clarity on theme for 2015 so you know where to focus your healing and intention to be in harmony with soul mission/plan
  • ignite your soul’s intention for 2015!

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world
in a conspiracy of love.”     — Hamilton Wright Mabie




girl running with blue towel“I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” – Anne Lamott