Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Pineal Gland and Spiritual Awakening

Today's post is about the relationship of the pineal gland and spiritual awakening. 

For those of you who have never heard of the pineal gland, it's the tiny gland, shaped like a pine cone located in the center of the brain producing the melatonin derivative, serotonin, that feel good hormone.

What's so special about this gland?
Many like me believe that this gland is actually what's called the third eye. Awakening is an awareness and I believe that when we activate the third eye we wake up. From experience I can share that when the third eye is activated we connect with the all that is and with that connection, the universe is our oyster.

Okay, an example: Let's say that you want to watch Shameless on Showtime, but right now your granddad has the TV tuned into Fox News. Think of the pineal gland as the remote. Until you actually use it and tune into the channel (or frequency) you're going to be stuck listening to the O'Reilly factor.  

I make light in this example, but the connection gained when awakened to this higher frequency is something that is a unrivaled. It's euphoria, bliss and peace.  How would you like to experience that without the aid of psychedelics?

Want to know something even more amazing? 
Once you're tuned in, you can do some pretty out of this world sort of things, like instantaneously manifest through thought, vastly increase your knowing and connection to universal knowledge and more supernatural things that most would not believe.

Is my Pineal Gland working?
Good question! If you've found this article then you're ready to hear the truth. Most people's pineal gland is calcified or atrophied.  Now, I'm not going to get into the theories that are out there about the why, but will explain several ways that you can make small changes to help reverse the process.
  1. Meditation - Just the act of becoming still and quiet is a good step to connecting to the pineal gland and stirring your third eye.
  2. Chi Movement and Yoga - Forms of working with your energy and meridians awakens your inner energy and has a postiive effect on increasing your frequency
  3. Spend more time in darkness - Your body produces more melatonin when it's dark, so try to limit the light in the evening, Substitute candles for your evening light and enjoy the blissful feeling.   
  4. Spend more time in Nature - Awaken your connection by becoming more connected to nature.
  5. Turn off your electronics - Disconnect from your TV and Facebook everyday
  6. Reduce/Eliminate Meat from your diet - As we get lighter we ascend. When you become more awake you begin to lose your taste for meat. If you're interested in establishing a better connection, the suggestion is to eliminate all red meat from your diet and limit other animal and fish products. Going natural is a great step in the right direction so eat more fruits and veggies and say yes to the green drink in the morning.
  7. Remove Sodium Fluoride from your life -  Sodium fluoride and other heavy metals calcify the pineal gland. Unfortunately it's in our food source and our water. The best thing you can do is drink water that has been purified by reverse osmosis.
I hope this article assists you in your journey.

Wishing you love and blessings on your journey,

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Signs and Symptons of Awakening

Vipassana - A Path to Enlightenment

As I celebrate my 1 year anniversary of the first true Vipassana I attended, I am posting an expanded version of the article I wrote a year ago in the hope that it will find you when you need it, now especially as most people are seeking something more. 

For those who are unaware, a Vipassana is insight into the true nature of reality. Below was my experience at the Vipassana Center in Northern California in late November and early December 2013.

It's about discovering inner strength and eliminating the misery that plaques most of our minds. Now, I have been off-the-grid in the woods silent for a few days before, but nothing can compare to this recent experience of being silent and meditating for 10 days alongside forty other people. When my friends and family heard that I was going, they all laughed at the challenge for someone like me, the Italian, to be quiet. I knew it would be a challenge, but knew it was time that I found peace f mind at a deeper level.   

I left Sedona shortly before dawn and journeyed to Kelseyville. I was nervous, knowing that in a short time that I would have to be silent for 240 straight hours and for the next ten days I would be without the recent love of my life… bacon. As I entered the compound, a feeling of extreme peace washed over me, calming my trepidation.

I was assigned a cabin and promptly deposited my belongings in my room.  I spied someone’s clothes in one of the other two beds and was curious about my roommate. I walked to the cabin's front room to find four young girls sitting on the two beds. Oh, I am the oldest of the group, I thought, as I surveyed my new cabin mates. We still had a few hours before the silence began, so we got all the last bits of speech out of our systems and we became acquainted.  With not one of this fine young women over the age of 24, I was taken aback by the courage of this foursome. And I discovered that each of us either currently or at one time sported at least one dreadlock. The universe was certainly welcoming me with the flavor of my hometown of Sedona, putting the only hippies at this retreat together in one cabin.

As I listened to the stories that brought them to this place, it gave me courage, as I contemplated the courage of these young women undertaking such an arduous task.  I tuned in and felt their energy, each different, yet all filled with love. There was Amanda, originally from Sweden, whose alabaster skin complimented her light eyes; a single dread hidden among her long golden blond hair. She was the only true Vegan in the group. As I looked upon her thin physique, I was a little jealous, thinking of how easily it was going to be for her to get her legs into a meditation position.

There was Camille from San Francisco, whose medium length dark hair gently framed her slightly rounded face.  Her outlook on life was positive, as she shared some of her history. She reminded me a lot of myself twenty years ago, with her bubbly personality and infectious smile.

There was Hannah, an endearing young woman of twenty-one years, whose full head of dreads were tied in a ponytail.  I felt an instant kinship to this youngest of the group. She reminded me so much of my young friend Kate from Sedona. The wonder of the world sparkled in her eyes, and her energy was a combination of courage and innocence. It was obvious to me that she had stepped out of the comfort zone of a more traditional upbringing to embrace life outside the two-by-two illusion that most of us are brought up believing. I give her the most credit for looking at life in a different way as she discovered herself.  Her eclectic style evident by her handmade creations. I smiled as I looked upon her, like a proud older sister.

Then there was my roommate, Camille from Canada, whose beauty inside and out lit up the room. She was the tallest and quietest of the bunch.  I thought, wow, silence should be easy for this gal, her words always carefully chosen.   

Just as I thought our group was complete, right before silence began, we had a late arrival. Her name was Renae. She was dark with short black hair, her shyness apparent as she kept to herself, her eyes showed the pain she was experiencing. I did not know what it was, just that it was there.

That first evening, there was a group orientation and instruction on the meditation technique. My heart beat hard when the noble silence began, not knowing if I had the fortitude to be silent for 240 hours as I closed my trap for the first time in decades.  They were all business as the girls who so openly and effortlessly chatted just a few hours before, became silent. There would be no more laughter, singing, glances, eye contact or talking. I was in it and there was no turning back now.

The next morning came too soon as the bell rang at four o’clock. It was time for my first full day of meditation and I enthusiastically jumped out of bed and quickly got dressed. The sky was still black and the cold air bit my face as I made my way to the hall along with the many other early risers. In silence, I found my space and sat down folding my legs into the best lotus position I could. I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing. There would be no visual, no mantra that I would perform for this technique and I had difficulty, continually bringing my wandering mind back on point until the breakfast bell rang. It was only six-thirty in the morning, yet my stomach was feeling as if I had not eaten in a few days as I made my way to the dining hall. It was hard not to glance at anyone as I stood in line, waiting my turn. After breakfast it was back to the hall for more mediation until lunch.
After lunch we were given a break until the afternoon session began and I decided I wanted to rest my sore legs. I set the alarm for 12:50 and lay down in bed. I drifted off to 2 dreams that afternoon. In the first I was in a pool, serene, floating on my back. Then one of the men from the meditation group came behind me and wrapped his legs around my neck in as he tried to drown me. I became aware of this and shifted to the next dream where I was in the middle of a beautiful black and white musical from the 30's inside a nightclub. As I sat at a table, cocktail in hand, the female lead glided over to me in her evening gown, she bent down and whispered in my ear, "Dearie, write your little books, but this is no place for you."  Startled, I jolted up out of bed, physically shaking my head from side to side and went to the main hall for the afternoon session. I tried to clear my mind but was plagued by the images I saw, trying to make sense of them. I finally realized that it was my own mind, perhaps my ego, trying to get me to doubt my own abilities. That only made me more determined that ever.

The evening meal consisted of tea and fruit with the night ending at nine o’clock after the discourse and final evening mediation. I smiled as I laid down in bed that first night, proud that I had made it through the entire day. That evening I dreamed again, this time of the first long relationship I had as a teen. It was if everything the cobwebs were being cleaned up and suddenly everything was clear.

When the bell rang for day 2, I found moving difficult, my muscles tight and sore from the hours of mediation from the previous day. I wondered if my cabin mates had any idea of what pain felt like; their young bodies still nimble. I made my way to the hall and smirked as I saw most of them piling pillows around their meditation space. Ah, I thought, so I'm not the only one feeling the pain. I'm not alone after all. They all sat there, enduring each and every minute along with me.

Now I had to show them my strength; that the eldest of the group could sit strong. After all, I just spoke to a women’s group before leaving Sedona, Arizona about empowerment and strength telling them “Women, we are strong and mighty.” It was time I acted like it, regardless of the physical pain I was experiencing. I smiled as the pain came, and with time, it eased, showing me the impermanence of everything in life. Each day’s silence became easier as I looked forward to mediation. My mind was mostly quiet as I embraced all sensations in my body as an observer. Some of these sensations were pleasant, others, not so pleasant, but I paid them no great attention. My nightly dreams continued to be about past relationships and situations, but now they included resolution and true release as I no longer was emotionally attached to them.

On the third day I started to fill more intense sensations, waves of tingles, then waves of heat. And with this came the realization of more past situations that I observed but no longer identified with.  (Update 2014: I would find that these experiences would carry with me as I journeyed to Brazil in  2014)

As each day came and went as I was determined to keep my mind from wandering while mediating. During the one hour rest, however, I let the ideas fly, not turning off my brain as articles and chapters a-plenty swirled in my head. And I allowed my taste buds to be tantalized by the wonderful love-filled culinary vegetarian creations prepared by the volunteers, although my overall appetite was almost gone. I blessed those culinary angels, hardly missing my staple love, bacon.  

I was changing, becoming lighter, more filled with the Divine Love within.  I could see the changes in my cabin mates as well; the energy around Camille from San Francisco, growing brighter than the small lantern she swung in her right hand as she made her way the hall in the dark sky; Hannah’s effervescence never faded, her unwavering determination showing me her strength; Amanda becoming more perky with each morning that passed; and Renae, who had the most difficulty with stillness in those long meditations became statuesque; her strength from within now coming to the surface.  My roommate Camille, the gal from Canada, impressed me with her undying power. Not a hair or muscle moved as she sat in silence. She was the first to arrive and the last to leave for each session. 

As we neared the final days, my dreams changed. I was no longer plagued with dreams of the past but saw myself running with the tigers in the jungle, leaping and playing along with them. Did I become a tiger? I really can't say, because I never saw my reflection. Perhaps I did. What I do know is that I found an inner strength and a calm that I never had before. And residual anger had now become a thing of the past.

When the last day arrived and we were once again able to speak, we shared our stories. 
As I made my way to the common area I got to speak to another women whose glow and inner love resonated with me. I had watched her for the last week of the Vipassana, as she briskly traveled the walking trails during break time, while I secretly created art with the pine cones, leaves and small stones, spelling out peace and love everywhere. Ah, a kindred spirit, a sister, I thought, as I sensed a camaraderie with this women who shared a similar bubbly energy to my own.   Her name was Alexis Carra, an actress, starring in a sitcom called Mixology. In speaking to her I discovered that she was as beautiful on the inside as she was stunning on the outside. I smiled, knowing she will continue to attract wonderful opportunities in her field, due to the inner love that she so freely shared with others.

The retreat was over and although my thighs and knees were ecstatic, I would miss this place. It was a hard 10 days, yet the most rewarding of my life and I was happy that I had the discipline and determination to stick it out. I decided to change my plans and instead of heading north, I went south to San Francisco, offering two of my cabin mates who were travelling that way a ride. We said our goodbyes but have already met up as we all continue our individual journeys of love and peace.

I am most thankful for being able to spend time and witness such amazing strong young women. They have provided me with hope about the women who will take the reins when their older sisters are no longer. So thank you Amanda, Renae, Camille from San Francisco, Camille from Canada, and special thanks to you Hannah. You have all shown me your strength and for that I am truly grateful.

Love and Blessings now and always,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Helping Others

I saw this photo and knew I had to share it. It is so fundamental, and what I'm about, helping others.

This holiday season be kind and considerate and thankful as you share kindness with others; hold a door for a stranger, allow someone with less groceries to get in front of you at the store. smile and greet everyone you meet, volunteer,...... I think you get the idea.

Wishing you a wonderful evening,

LeeZa Donatella

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Elizabeth Anderson

As a spiritual author and long-time energy practitioner and teacher, I have and continue to explore many types of practices and modalities. Although I don't promote many, there are the select few that I share and my time with Elizabeth Anderson is one.

I was fortunate to spend time with Liz in late 2012 through the first half of 2013 while she visited Sedona, AZ. During this time she shared with me an understanding of her background, knowledge and practice and her gift of unlocking something within our core.

I am always seeking ways to advance and was curious, so I booked a session with her.  Below is a summary of this experience.

My Session
I immediately felt safe within the peaceful energy of Liz’s studio; soft lights, candles, spiritual music, pleasant scents permeating the air and a resting place for me adorned with spiritual accoutrement.

We sat opposite each other as she explained the process. The session began with words of wisdom and a ritual with oils that we shared. She guided me to lay down on the resting place and instructed me to close my eyes as she began her connection and breath-work.  

As she moved around to the different parts of my body, I felt a shift. Something was being altered, although at first, I could not determine its precise nature. As she neared my feet, I got the image of being in a slow native canoe floating peacefully down the Nile in a time many millennium ago. In this vision I was dressed in the clothes of that period, my hair still the dark color of my present incarnation. As she moved toward my the top of my body, something in the center of the upper middle of my back stirred. 

‘Now this is interesting,’ I thought to myself, as she focused on this area. The more she stayed there, the more I felt movement, as if someone were manipulating a dial. A visual came into view of a worn bronze colored disk thousands of years old, encrusted with what I can only describe as hieroglyphic-like symbols. It felt like a suction cup over the back of my heart chakra. After some time it dislodged and flew away, perhaps back to its origin.

Liz smiled as I shared my experience with her after the session and provided me with follow-up information for the coming days. I walked away feeling peace, went home and spent time in quiet contemplation.  The changes I felt were at first subtle as I began to settle into the benefits of the session.

About 2 days later something was definitely changing. I could feel a small increase in my vibration. I've had these before over my lifetime and they usually last between 24 to 48 hours. For me they feel like an internal tingling, a hum that either pulsates outward from my core or presents itself as waves from toe-to-head or head-to-toe as my physical body adjusts to its new frequency. This particular attunement started in the core and pulsed outward and I experienced it for the good part of that second day.

On the third day I experienced something new. It was raining and I was driving toward uptown Sedona in early evening. I was stopped at a traffic light and closed my eyes for a moment when I noticed something odd in the left eye. It was information scrolling very quickly down that reminded my of that movie, The Matrix. I was not able to distinguish the characters, and with little knowledge of what I was seeing, I phoned Liz. She explained to me that this download was an outcome of our session and would present itself in a format that I was familiar with. 

"Just ask it to slow down so you can take a closer look at it," she instructed.

I got off the phone and decided to give it a try. I closed my eyes and once again I was provided with the streaming information. I smirked as I asked it to slow down. Amazingly, it did just that. I took my time scanning from left to right picking out the familiar binomial code interspersed with long mathematical equations. With an undergraduate degree focused in applied mathematics and years as a VP Technology, I was not entirely surprised, although some of the equations were ones that even I have never seen before. When my analysis was complete I asked the stream to speed up again and saw the pace pick back up until once again I could no longer decipher the characters.  I checked often throughout day 4 to get a glimpse of this information. Tickled by the possibilities and future applications, I spent hours after requesting a slow-down in an attempt of interpretation. 

I was little disappointed when I awoke on day 5 to realize that it had stopped. I phone Liz who confirmed it was because the download was now complete.

Although the technique Liz used seemed simple, my experience as I described above was profound and my life has taken a different path.

I would recommend Liz to fellow seekers as they work toward finding their true self and purpose on Earth.

Liz is based near Noosa, Australia, but travels extensively throughout the world. You can contact her for more information about her practice and travel schedule at

Wishing you a day filled with great experiences, 

LeeZa Donatella

Friday, December 5, 2014

With Relationships, It's about Quality

In a recent conversation with a friend, I was reminded that it is not about the quantity of time you spend with those that you love, it is about the quality of your time together. I need to clarify quality for it is not measured by the event itself. 

Let me provide an example so we are all on the same page. When I was younger I was dating someone who used to shower me with gifts and take me to expensive restaurants and social events. Our time together was filled with him taking phone calls, running off to meetings and networking,  

Although we spent time together, the quality of that time was lacking. Years after the end of our time together we reconnected as he shared his regret with not spending more quality time together. 

Darlings, life can end in a moment, so appreciate the time that you have on this planet while you're here. We're all blessed with people in our lives who love us enough to stick around. Cherish time with them, be attentive and present. 

Wishing you a day filled with love,

LeeZa Donatella

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Manifest

Today's post is about how easy it is to manifest and how quickly what you ask for you receive. Every time I experience this in my own life I am still amazed; amazed by how I 'm able to receive exactly what I as for and the speed at which the Universe sends me what I ask for. Am I special?

The answer to the at question is.... NO.

Once you get the hang of it, it's like riding a bike. Do you remember way back when you first learned how to ride? You were most likely apprehensive and perhaps evening a little frightened. Your parents placed training wheels on the bike until you got the hang of it and were able to find your balance. Then the training wheels came off and you were on your way. And well, for me anyway, there was such a sense of accomplishment, confidence and freedom to the experience; riding up and down the block faster than my legs could carry me without this piece of sporting equipment.

Well, think of manifesting like riding that bicycle. It only seems difficult because it's an experience that you consciously don't realize that you are already doing. We unconsciously manifest everything in our lives. 

Let me give you a simple example that at this time of year is fresh in your mind and one that you will all understand. It's holiday season; you have your list handy and are leaving the house to go shopping. If you're like me, the thought of the crowds at the store, the lines, the people pushing, you get the picture. Well, if you dread going holiday shopping to the point that it becomes your focus, then you will indeed get caught in traffic, the parking lot will be full and the only spot you'll find is way on the other end of the mall, the stores will be jam packed with inpatient people and the lines at the cashier will be around the corner. But what if you could go shopping on "Black Friday" with manifestation in your back pocket and be shielded from all of this?

Sound too good to be true? 

I am here to tell you, it can and has happened to me. A couple of years ago, my niece Christina was getting her first apartment. It was Thanksgiving night and she was staying over my house and we were going to get to the stores early to take advantage of the holiday sales. Although it's not my favorite shopping day, it was to be her first "Black Friday" sale event.  And she needed everything, from kitchenware to towels to linens and bedware. We made a list and looked up the sales online. We had several stores we needed to visit and set the alarm for 4 am. 

As I set the automatic coffeemaker and said goodnight, she turned to me with a frown saying, "Aunt Leeza, we're going to hit all the crazies out there tomorrow, aren't we?"

"Oh, no we're not," I replied, nonchalantly. "You see, we're going to get up, dressed and drive to the stores, get a parking spot in front of each store, stroll in among the crowd, pick up each item you need quickly and get a cashier with little or no line. It will be a wonderful experience, so, let's get some sleep and I'll see you in the morning." 

I smiled and went to bed, confident in the reality I wanted to create for this, her first experience.

So what happened?

It played out exactly as I said it would. The poor kid was beside herself when as we drove up to each store and got a front spot. In and out we went, finding items with ease, effortlessly moving through the crowds as if they didn't exist and always quickly finding a register with only one person being served. No one was irate, not to us, anyway and the sales help was lovely.

Darlings, it's when we project our desires with confidence and let them go that the reality of those desires comes to us almost instantaneously. For me it comes when I say things matter of fact, because it's in those moments that I release the thought, no longer focusing on it.

There are so many examples I can site, the list for me is endless. I can tell you that when I manifest I am in a certain emotional range and it's not lower emotions, like fear, anger, desperation, worry, lack or doubt, but ones of certainty and bliss or love. That's the best way that I can explain it. I just flip the back of my hand up to the sky, say what I want and walk away almost skipping as I stroll. And then..... it happens.

I can tell you that the the more you do it the easier it gets. Try it. You may just be ecstatic by the outcome.

I site some pretty interesting manifestations in my first book, Beyond the Veil of Illusion, where the main character Mia realizes her ability to manifest some delicious situations.

Wishing you a day filled with your heart's desire, 

LeeZa Donatella

Monday, December 1, 2014

Simple Beauty

As I gazed upon this photo it took my breath away. In a society where most are caught up in a homogenized mocha frappuccino land, it's so nice to be reminded me that something so simple could be so beautiful.

It didn't cost a million, increase my status, or augment my... whatever. It just made me smile.
Simple beauty, one of life's free pleasures.

Wishing you a delicious day filled with simple beauty,

LeeZa Donatella

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Taking Charge of your Weekend

Some of us have a couple of days off from work per week.  Unfortunately, these "off days" are filled with more work, chores, errands and bills that fill in the time between daylight and dust. Then we pop home and either jump in the shower, get dressed and are off to yet another place for the evening or make dinner and crash on the couch falling into distraction in front of the TV.  

So where is the "off" in our days off?

There doesn't seem to be any and with no real days off, we deprive our body and mind of what it desperately needs, time to relax and recharge. When we get that chance we are clear, live in the present and more fully connected to our environment. This is only accomplished when we can find time alone with no distractions and find the quiet. It's when we turn off everything; our PC, TV, cell phone, our Kindle and our mind as we breathe in the calm and exhale the stress. And when we are quiet and at peace our heartbeats slows and blood drenches and rejuvenates our cells and balances our hormones.

When I see someone who doesn't know how to wind down, I want to remind them of the saying, "Take time to smell the roses." I always save time each day to be by myself, even for a little while, as I reflect and reconnect and am amazed how quickly I can return to total bliss, a space of peace, unconditional love, joy and compassion.

So, for the love of all that is good for you, find some precious time to relax, de-stress and be at peace as you allow your mind to become calm and serene and focus on the present. Your body, mind and soul will be delighted by the change. 

Wishing you a day of peace,

LeeZa Donatella

Thursday, November 27, 2014

About Faith

Today I want to talk about faith. Some people believe that faith is solely reserved when speaking about religion. Although it's true that faith and religion go hand in hand, faith is bigger than all religions. Now, I don't want any of you to think I am disrespecting religion, because I'm not. It's just that faith is a knowing of a certain outcome with no proof and that's regardless of your religious beliefs.

So, what does that mean?  

Okay. so for the religious it's a belief in God, without having laid eyes on the Almighty. But for those who are not religious, it's that gut feeling when things are not going well that everything will workout. You don't have to be religious to have faith, just complete trust in a positive outcome.  

Now that I've said that, there's also the other side of that coin. You can truly believe that a situation may have an unpleasant outcome and it is that belief that will shift that outcome as well.

Are you with me yet?

No? Okay, so here's an example. I was watching one of the episodes of Project Runway while visiting a friend for the weekend who was hooked on that show.  One of the designers was having a fit because the models were eating while they dressed. He was obsessed with the possibility that one of them was going to spill food on one of his new creations; I mean he went on and on about it for several minutes in this episode. Are you surprised that indeed, one of them stained his most delicate fabric dress? I wasn't.

Our beliefs guide our faith and they are incredibly powerful.  With great faith anything can happen and on the positive side, I've seen people who have such faith that they can move mountains.

Wishing you a day filled with great faith in a better tomorrow,

LeeZa Donatella