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For the past 15 years, as a coach and teacher, I have worked with many people, listened to their deepest longing and deepest discontent.  From that place, we have been able to tease out and midwife the dream they have for their lives.

However, at this point in my life, I am feeling called more specifically to coach those who are ready to step more fully onto their epic journey in being their true authentic selves; to live an ever more conscious life in a more expanded way. I am being called to work with those whose consciousness is deepening; who feel so connected to all of Life; who are determined to be the change they wish to see at this most exciting and challenging time in the history of our planet.

With that in mind, I am offering an October SPECIAL of a free coaching session to the first 10 people to contact me.  To book a consultation now, please email me at


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Let’s Play!

In April of this year, I made a commitment to set aside 3 days per week for a period of 6 months to go back to the drawing board of Authentic Lives. This meant I reduced my availability at my part time job at Indigo Books in Toronto from 7 days to 4. To get do the work I truly love and believe is my purpose for being here, I am intentionally claiming it.

I am now half way into those 6 months and what an amazing process it has been. I have had amazing guidance and all of it congruent with this new awakened direction for me and the world.

This is what I know:

I am Source Energy in a body. Through this Source Energy, I am connected to others who are aspects of me.

I agreed to this journey.

I am here to play and to experience an ever freer, expanded consciousness of myself as Source Energy.

I can choose to experience this life and let go of those experiences that no longer serve my expansion into higher consciousness; no longer serve my Highest Good or that of all those around me.

As Source Energy, I have the power to create a life grounded in LOVE without condition, judgement or attachment; that is filled with acceptance, joy, peace, abundance, generosity, gratitude and compassion – in service to helping others change the world…authentically. That is who and what I am. My inner consciousness is a hologram of the Universal Consciousness.

There is no right or wrong; no good or bad ~ just what is.

When I come from this awareness, my vibration and frequency are extremely high and I attract more of what I give out. When I don’t come from this awareness, my vibration and frequency dip, I forget who I am, where I came from and why I am here. I then attract more of what I am not.

We have begun the Shift from 3 Dimension (Me) consciousness into 4th dimension (Oneness) consciousness. The old paradigm is shifting. Everything is shifting. We are shifting.

Check out the shifts (financial, political, environmental, ethical and moral) that have been occurring. There will be more and we are part of it. We have the choice to embrace this shift and participate…or not.

What an amazing time to be alive! What an amazing life! What an amazing opportunity to be part of the new Humanity for this New Earth!

Stay tuned for new offerings from Authentic Lives…

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Our Relationships

For the past two or three months, I have become more aware of the many relationships I actually have in my life, how important they are and how important, my self-awareness is in living my life consciously.
They remind me of computer programs that are running unconsciously in the background. We know the impact of such programs on our hard drives. Our bodies are like hard drives. Just imagine the impact of our “programs” running unconsciously in the background of our lives, our relationships.

Relationships don’t just happen between people. We have relationships with ideas, situations, places, money, work, home, values (honesty, authenticity, ethics, personal responsibility, accountability and more), as well as food, clothing, nature and so on.

The more self-aware we become the more we can live our lives congruently and with integrity in all our relationships. When that happens we are aligned with our “true North”. We can be “seen” clearly no matter whether we speak the same language or not. This is when our relationship with “walking our talk” is at its clearest.

Now take a moment to reflect on the different relationships in your life. Jot them down. How congruent are they? Pick one and journal about it. Then come up with an intention you will set in order to make a small change that will make this relationship more congruent with who you want to be more of (your “true North”). Over the course of the following week, take time (10-15 minutes) each morning or evening to reflect on this intention. Follow this reflection by writing in your journal with any insights that arise. Notice what happens and how you feel.

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Less is More

About 4 or 5 years ago, I was awakened by this question, “How much do we really need to live a good and happy life?” The more I have pondered that question, the more simply I intentionally live my life. To make changes, I started by looking at the relationships I had with stuff in general, with money, myself and others, the environment, my thoughts, and my emotions.

And so over those years, I have been doing my best to downsize in those areas. As a result, my life has been richly enhanced, expanded and enlightened.

The less I have, the more depth and clarity is revealed. I will continue to evolve as I deliberately create the space for something new and magical by letting go of those things that no longer serve me. Life seems to be a continual process of “clearing house”.

Some of the ways that work for me are:

Surrendering/letting go
Elimination (in all its forms)
Mindfulness Meditation
Solo walks preferably in nature

I am sure there are many others and I look forward to discovering them as I travel this life.

Recently, I was introduced to an article in the Toronto Star newspaper about “tech-savvy 20-somethings” who had discovered this concept and were actively practicing it. I include it for your enjoyment.–meet-generation-m-minimalists-trying-to-live-better-by-cutting-clutter-consumption

May love, peace and joy fill your hearts now and throughout the year ahead. Please share that with those around you, whatever your tradition.


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Wake Up ~ Be The Change: Authority

I was struck recently by my colleague, Gretta Vosper’s premise:

“There is no supernatural realm, being, force; there is no authoritative or revealed “word”; we set for ourselves the humane values and ideals to which we aspire and we set those above us and work toward living them out as completely as we are able; we are the source of blessing and curse in the world; the line between good and evil runs straight through our own hearts.”

Gretta is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity (CCPC), an organization based on a post-theistic perspective.

Once again the heart is mentioned as the centre of blessing or curse and not something or someone outside ourselves.  When we consciously connect heart to heart something shifts and transformation is possible.

To look outside ourselves for some final authority on how we should or shouldn’t live our lives is naïve and often dangerous.  Quite simply, how we treat ourselves and others does matter.

Gretta’s excerpt reminded me of this message from the Hopi Elders:

“We have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the hour and that there are things to consider.

Where are you living?

What are you doing?

What are your relationships?

Are you in the right relationships?

Where is your water?

Know your garden.

It is time to speak your truth.

Create your community.

Be good to each other.

And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.

They will try to hold on to the shore.

They will feel they are being torn apart and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, and push off and into the river, keep our eyes open and our head above water.

See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,

Least of all ourselves,

For the moment we do,

Our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over, Gather yourselves together!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that you do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for……!”

…The Elders, Hopi Nation, Oraibi, Arizona

We are all interconnected to each other and every living thing (including Mother Earth).  Our hearts connect us and each of us is responsible for the world we inhabit and create, for being a blessing or a curse.  We are our final authority.

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Wake Up ~ Be the Change: Forgiveness

Over my morning coffee, I was reminded of the nuances and power of forgiveness.  Without forgiveness we can remain stuck in our heads and our “poor me” stories of victimhood.

Forgiveness is not something to be taken lightly.  It cannot be effectively and meaningfully done before we have felt our anger, rage, pain and betrayal.  When we give ourselves that space we can then truly experience a deep sense of happiness and joy.

Without forgiveness there will always be unfinished business, loose ends that will get in the way of healthy, happy, loving relationships in the future.

My own past victimhood has gotten in the way of creating happy, healthy, loving and sustainable relationships.  My ever-evolving awareness has meant taking responsibility for what I create by acknowledging what I am creating (pain and suffering), not judging my feelings about it and continuing to love myself through the process, be willing to see the perfection in the situation and choosing peace.  The truth is I am not a victim.  I will always have a choice to be free and not a victim.

An essential component to the forgiveness process is that of self-forgiveness.  Recognizing we live with an internal judge, jury and executioner far worse than any in the world, we must be willing to love and accept ourselves as ever-evolving spiritual beings and offer ourselves the healing gift of self-love through forgiving ourselves first.

Asking for forgiveness, much like asking for help (vulnerability), comes very, very reluctantly to a lot of us.  Once we can take responsibility and ask for what we need, the energy shifts and transformation the relationship we have with ourselves and others.

Without our willingness to change our “story”, without self-forgiveness, without forgiveness of other and without the ability to ask for forgiveness, we limit our growth; we limit happiness and joy; we remain disconnected from our hearts and we limit the meaning of life.

Self-forgiveness and forgiveness of others is critical and when consciously practiced transforms the nature of our relationships.

Check out this insightful video from Colin Tipping, author of Radical Forgiveness; and Radical Self Forgiveness.

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