Let the World See the Real You

Leeza Donatella Author and speaker:Let the World See the Real You

Ah, the masks that we wear to hide ourselves from our outer world. But who are we really hiding from? 

I think we hide from ourselves when we put on the mask that we show to others.

I sat down and thought about the masks that I have worn over the years and wondered when that whole mask wearing thing started and why. I came to a conclusion that it started for me in adolescence. I'm guessing that's a common occurrence for most of us.  But why did I feel the need to create masks?

Was it because I was afraid of something? Perhaps I did not like myself and came to the conclusion that the real me was not someone others would like? Hmm. 

Masks also hide our real selves from ourselves.

What would happen if we drop our masks? 
Taking off our masks is not easy since we need to face ourselves and we may not like what we see, but if we're truly ever to be free we need to discard these masks and take the chance that what's behind the mask is worthy of all the Love this life has to offer. 

Masks really do not define us, but disguise us from our true selves.

As I continue to grow and blossom into the spiritual being, I discard and dispose of masks.

So discard your masks and be yourself. It can be very freeing.

Wishing you a day filled with Love,

Leeza Donatella
Website: Leeza Donatella


Raise your Consciousness - Steps to New Beginnings

Leeza Donatella - Raise your Consciousness

I'm often asked about the raising of one's consciousness.  

With the shift to the new frequencies in late 2012, energies are shifting and vibrating at a"higher" frequency and we need to shift with them. Like most things in the Universe there's the easy way and the hard way of doing things.  If you do not go with the flow, the Universe will drag you forward kicking and screaming.  And yes I know this from experience.

So, what can you do to raise your consciousness right now? A quick hit and great first start for raising your consciousness is to find a quiet place, close your eyes, breathe and be present.The idea here is to leave behind that which is not positive and aligns with your true self. Think of your true self as all that is positive. If an idea pops into your head know that it is your ego distracting you. Acknowledge the interference with something like “ ok, darling I hear you” or “ Not now, please”  and get back to the quiet. Even if at first you can only do this for five minutes without being distracted, that is fine. Ultimately, if would be great if you could do this for 20 minutes twice daily. Just starting with this exercise will help you start your shift in vibrational alignment to your true higher self and help with alignments to the new energies that are present.
For the long term in order to continue the shift and raise your consciousness and vibrational frequency, you may need to look within to determine what long term programmed beliefs, thoughts, and habits that you're holding onto that do not align to your true higher self, the divine within you. This sounds easy but is not since it makes us drop the masks we wear and look at ourselves which can be painful. Here's a very simplified way of looking at it. It is time to clean out your refrigerator and throw away all the items with past due dates.  The refrigerator is your divine self.  The divine self is pure love, joy, compassion and bliss.  If there are any other beliefs, thoughts, and habits you have about yourself or others that are not one of these items of the divine self,  like fear, worry, anger, resentment, etc., then they need to be identified, understood, owned, blessed and released. Releasing from the physical body can manifest in many ways including tears and other forms of expulsion, but I will save those details for the upcoming post about transformation.
Just know that as you release you make room for the divine self to enter your being. This is your new beginning, a world of joy more wondrous than you can imagine.   

Have a day filled with Love,
Leeza Donatella
Website: Leeza Donatella


Let go of Fear and Live your Dreams

Leeza Donatella - Let go of Fear

So often when I speak to people about how just a few years ago, I let go of many of my belongings to spend a year basically living off the grid, volunteering in different parts of Mexico, Central and South America while writing, they look at me and say things like "I could never do that," or "I wish I had the courage." 

At the beginning of my journey, the Universe presented with the below Patrick Overton quote on a chalk board in a rustic inn in northern California. It brought tears to my eyes as I read it. I carry that quote with me to remind me of how far I've come.

"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”  

Some people live their entire lives wanting to do things, but they never take that first step into the unknown because of fear.   

Let me let you in a little secret. I was petrified as I left the comfort of my prior life and routine as I dared to take my life in a different direction.  But I was more afraid to continue to live in the homogenized 2-by-2 world when I had the overwhelming calling to stretch my wings while serving others. I was not sure how long I would have, and this may have been my only shot so I took that chance.  And as I journeyed, the Universe provided me with more delicious quotes, like this one from Eleanor Roosevelt that has kept me going: 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” 

Although I do believe that our energy, the essence of all that we are was here before we  were born and will be there after we shed the container that holds us, I cannot prove that we have more than one human life, so I have to make this one count. I am no longer willing to settle for what I don't want, just because it's more convenient.  I am no longer willing to settle for NOT living so I jumped out of my comfort zone. And yes, this fearless, gal who has jumped out of a perfectly good airplane was sacred, but I did it anyway due the courage I gained along the way and encouragement of close family and friends. 

What you think of yourself, that's what really matters.  

So I say to you, take a chance and live life. Let go of your fears and feel good about you as you follow your passion and live your dreams. 

When you do anything is possible!

Wishing you a day filled with breaking free from fear,

Leeza Donatella
Website: Leeza Donatella

Move away from Lies and you Move Away from Ugliness

Leeza Donatella - Move away from Lies

I believe that an ugly personality, has a direct correlation on the Mind, the Body and what we attract into our lives.

As those of you who know me personally, it was a difficult time for me in late 2012 with all the life changes I had that year and I moved to Sedona to reconnect and repair.  What you may not know is that during that vulnerable time in my life, I fell victim to a financial con from one of it's locals who when I finally put a stop to the bleeding of my cash, concocted ways to further torment me with false accusations.

Although it was a dark period, it was also transformational. If this gas-lighter had not played such a great job as the abuser, I would not have realized how strong I really am! 

Because I hold no grudge, nor any anger, but forgave him, I was able to move forward. It's been over 4 years since I got "ripped-off," yet this man continues the bullying and harassment in cyberspace, maybe to get more money from me or maybe just for kicks. Or perhaps it is out of jealousy for my success. 

Funny, though today I smile when I read the lies spewed under his postings, knowing how far I've come. 

Telling lies makes just makes us ugly. I'm sure that it is not attracting any good experiences for this man. And what impact does perpetuating these lies have on his heart, mind and physical being.  I feel sorry for this very miserable person and hope that someday he finds peace and takes responsibility for his life. Once he does this, his life can only change for the better.

Wishing you peace,
Leeza Donatella

Life can be a Poem

Leeza Donatella - Life can be a Poem

It’s Only Rock and Roll
A rolling stone gathers no moss
And a heart is filled with love

 I look at the possibilities
The endless splendor this life 
has to offer me

In the grand scheme of things 
I have so many things 
but I know only one to be true

That it’s only rock and roll…
but I like it!

Note:  The art piece was one fothe first created by San Diego artist Inocente

Wishing you great words and tunes this day and always that fill your heart with joy.

LeeZa Donatella


BAM - Kick your Vibration Up a Notch

Leeza Donatella - BAM - Kick your Vibration Up a Notch

Well into the new millennium, more and more people are finding out about energy, vibration and universal laws of attraction.  

So what about vibration?

Everything in the Universe vibrates at one speed or another, even us. 

I was very young when I came across this quote by Nikola Tesla: 

'If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of 
energy, frequency and vibration.'

Okay so you vibrate, what's that about?
Yes, it's true that the water in our bodies has a vibration and the every atom in each of our cells vibrate. It is also true that our emotions, or state of being impacts our vibration. Let me say this again, loud and clear:

"Your emotional state impacts your personal vibration."

It just may be enough for some to realize that what you feel has a direct impact on the vibrational signature that you are sending the world, and beyond.  And just by reading the above bolded statement may alter your perception and your life from this point forward. 

Why do we Care?
How we feel impacts the life we live in more than just a I'm having a bad day sort of way. When you're not in a blissful, joyous state, you're only attracting less than joyous experiences to you. 

I just love Emeril Lagasse's signature statement, BAM!    

Universally the BAM is when we add that extra pinch of enthusiasm and joy to our day. What we get is a world filled with deliciousness.  The more your emotional state shifts toward joy, the lighter you feel in all aspects of you mind, body and spirit. And with that comes a greater sense of self, purpose, personal power, clarity and peace. 

Increase your Vibration
Take a few steps everyday to change your emotional state of being to increase your vibration and your joy:
  • Before you get out of bed, wake up and smile, feel the pillow and appreciate your comfort.
  • Start the day with a song you love. Don't worry if you sing off key. It's just you.
  • Go out side for 5 minutes and walk barefoot in the grass, even in winter. Your connection to the earth will ground you. 
  • Drink more clean water 
  • Do or say something nice to all you meet throughout your day. Random acts of kindness lighten our hearts
  • Take time each day to mediate. Clear your mind, walk in nature if you are able.
  • Turn off to anything negative that you see on TV or social media. It does not serve you, so do not let it infiltrate your deliciousness.
  • Be grateful for what you have and where you are right now in your physical space and your body.

LeeZa Donatella


Smudging for Health and Happiness

Leeza Donatella - Smudging for Health and Happiness

At this point I think most if not all of us have heard about smudging. When I speak to folks, if they have never heard the term smudging, they have heard of people burning sage. Well, this is smudging, and it's a way to purify a location, an object or a person by burning sacred plants.

We get the term smudging from the Native American culture who traditionally smudged as the initialization of many of their ceremonies, but almost every culture and religion has used their own form of cleansing for centuries.

Smudging Materials
When people today think about smudging, they typically envision white sage leaves bound with string into a small bundle, called a smudge stick. Depending on your intentions and culture, there are also many other plants, herbs, resins and oils used to clear and cleanse in addition to White Sage, like  Cedar, Frankincense, Juniper, Mugwort, Myrrh, Palo Santo, and Sweetgrass, each having their own specific significance

When to Smudge
As an inspirational speaker and author of several books, specifically, The State of Being Love, I explain the benefits of smudging as a way to raise one's vibration.The rule of thumb is to smudge if you're feeling uneasy in your space, down or just off. Smudge will help you feel lighter as it assists in  
  • Lifting your mood
  • Assisting with healing (smudging has been proven to kill airborne bacteria)
There are many other reasons to smudge which include:
  • Full Moon for letting go and New Moon for new beginnings
  • When you first move into a home or apartment
  • With the change of seasons (Smudge as part of spring cleaning)
  • When you begin a new job or business
  • Before and after a healing session
  • Before you meditate
  • After a breakup
  • After negative guests enter leave your home.
  • After an argument with your loved ones or work associates

Smudging Supplies: 
The below is what I have handy in my smudging tool kit, each with specific spiritual significance.
  • A smudge stick 
  • A lighter or candle
  • A shell or dish 
  • Salt (I prefer pure Himalayan salt)
  • Anointing Oil (I use a mix with Rose oil, since Rose has a very high vibration.)

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Meeting the Texas Tenors

Leeza Donatella - Meeting the Texas Tenors

I'm a big lover of music, one of the very fabrics of vibration and frequency that touches our hearts and souls in so many ways. As most of you who follow me know, I speak about being happy and the correlation of one’s emotional state of being and what they attract into their lives.

I share with you my experience with the 3 talented men with the most delicious voices, known are the Texas Tenors. 

It was just before 8 pm when I walked up to a filled venue, tickled to be able to obtain the last single VIP seat in the house, a center front row view for the evening performance.  

Their voices resonated through the crowd as they sang their first selection, my heart filled with the notion that I was certainly in for a wonderful evening. Their range was excellent and well, they can sing pretty much any musical genre.  It had me thinking that their must be something in Texas water to produce such fine voices. 

As I mention so often, you attract your emotional equivalent and I was elated as they gifted me a CD, then blown away when Marcus came off the stage to hold my hand during one of their songs.

I believe that we all have a purpose in life and whatever reason that brought these fine musicians together, each distinctly has a voice that resonates within us as a different harmonization for awakenings. 

They all touched different awakening centers in the body. It was through their voices that John helped me connect with my inner strength, Marcus helped me once again find my voice and JC opened my heart.

Sending the Texas Tenors blessings and best wishes for a continued bright future. 

LeeZa Donatella


Focus on the Present

Leeza Donatella - Focus on the Present

Living in a society with early wake-ups, work and family, rarely do we get the opportunity to sleep in and have the feeling of no cares in the world. Or do we?

Ah, I used to relish Saturday mornings when I was young, sighing into those early morning moments, with not a care nor or chore, just being still and staring at the ceiling completely in the moment.
Have you ever woken up with such a scrumptious feeling that you did not want to get out of bed? 
These days, I awake almost everyday with that same lusciousness that seems to carry me most moments through nightfall. I find this a great change in my life regardless of the time I awaken, the work I perform or the interactions I have.  As I look back on similar thoughts that I have written just a few short years ago, I see how far I have come. 

I am at peace as I focus on the present, no agenda, no worries, just the sweetness of life. The sun rises and peeks into my windows in the morning and I roll over inhaling the new day's beauty, smiling with the notion that I can hug the pillow and sigh with delight as I gently closed my eyes for a few more moments and take in that deliciousness for my day begins. 

These kinds of mornings inspire me to write, to smile and feel.  When I venture outside I am so filled with Love that I share it with all I meet. 

The nights are just as magical as I find the wonder in the darkness. 
It's a new day, a new beginning, a blessing when we focus on the present and live in that moment. 

Let it be a day filled with love that fills your heart with every breath you take!

Sending you love,

LeeZa Donatella


Rise Above Guilt

Leeza Donatella - Rise Above Guilt

I have a lot of people who reach out, overwhelmed with feelings of guilt. Today’s article is specifically about the guilt trips that others try and push on us.

Below is an excerpt from my recent book, The State of Being Love

What is a Guilt Trip?
If you’ve ever been made to feel bad if you did not do something that you otherwise would not do, then you have experienced the dreaded guilt trip. This includes doing something when.we are not feeling our best, going to places or events that you know you won’t enjoy as well as associating with people that you may not want to interact with. And because of the guilt trip we end up caving out of a feeling of obligation.

Over the years, I've heard some extreme cases counseling people, like Susan whose incident struck a chord. Although this happened over 40 years ago when she was no more than 5, it still stands out in her mind. It was early one Sunday morning and Susan wasn't feeling well. She had no temperature, but her head was aching and she told her mother that she didn’t want to go to services that morning. Her mother swiftly turned and told this young girl that if she didn't get herself out of bed and go to services, that she was going to hell.

Speaking to so many adults with similar stories made me realize that what is learned as young children becomes part of our overall belief system that we carry like a tattered handbag throughout our lives. 

I can relate to the art of the perfectly placed guilt trip, growing up in an Italian household. I loved my mother, but the guilt trips, oh my goodness, they were dished out as frequently as the homemade pasta and sauce that Italian moms are famous for. For this sensitive kid, it was at times more than I could handle. 

And it effected most of my young adult life as I continued to do things I didn’t enjoy because I was felt obligated to do so because of this guilt trip conditioning that I experienced in early youth.  

Doing something that you don’t want to do, well that’s ridiculous. Why should we as adults do things that we know that we won’t enjoy?  Yet we're conditioned to impose guilt on ourselves as if the people in our lives, like momma are still standing over us, even when they’re not.  Another big factor is that the emotion guilt vibrates much lower than other more pleasant emotions and is far down the list from Love, the emotion with the highest vibration of all

What Can You Do?.
Having had plenty of practice with this type of guilt, I decided back about 10 or 15 years ago that I no longer needed this experience. I think I’m old enough and wise enough to know when I won’t enjoy doing something. And if I am not going to enjoy something, I just don’t do it, period. And I don't feel one ounce of guilt based on my decision to only do what makes me happy.

If someone attempts to make me feel guilty, I just tell them, sorry, I don’t do guilt anymore. This may not make me miss popular, but I am definitely miss happier, vibrating higher as a result.  

So the next time someone attempts to guilt trip you, just smile, say no thank you and walk in the other direction, holding your head high and vibrating only love.

I hope this article serves you well as you rise above the guilt trip.

LeeZa Donatella


You cannot Live until you Forgive

Leeza Donatella - Forgive

When we let people in, whether it be with family, friends or physical partners we drop the barriers, giving them a glimpse inside us.  It’s when we let down our guard, that we are at our most vulnerable, giving our trust to another. Most times, what we gain are positive experiences, like the sharing of loving expressions, mutual energy, and an unlimited potential of positive growth. 

But like those few gems that we have met in our lifetimes, so too exist those unsavory characters that when we interact with them, betray our trust and we fall, victim.  
Over the years I have met so many people who have been physically assaulted, sexually violated, mentally abused and others being taken financially.  I can relate to each one of them because during my life, I have also been victim to physical assault, sexual and mental abuse and have been taken financially by people that I had given my trust.
I’ve put my fingers to keyboard to write this article many times, never quite ready to complete and publish it. I felt ashamed. I didn’t want people to discover that I was a victim, almost as if that were a crime.  

I spent more time analyzing the fact that the shame, an emotion at the opposite end of the spectrum of what a victim should feel stayed with me 10 times longer than any other emotion I had about the situation.  I discovered that it was a belief solidified decades ago. After releasing this false belief, I just shake my head that I spent even 1 minute living in shame based on what someone else did to me!

So What’s Next
What should we do when we have been mistreated?  Close down? Shut out the world?  Never trust again?

Over the decades, I think I’ve tried all the above, no one better than another. What I gleaned is like with all things, every experience while we are here helps us gain perspective and allows us to grow, even the ones we view as horrendous.  Although we are oblivious to it while enduring the ordeal, what I have taken away from every one of these unpleasant encounters, especially in adulthood, is that they always came at points in my life when I was ready for that next big growth spurt, each situation driving me onward with more courage, strength and resilience than I ever thought I had.

And what about forgiveness? How does one forgive the unforgivable?
Whether it be fear that he or she will break down the door and attack you, take you against your will, use tactics to disorient and belittle you, or outright steal funds that you worked so very hard to obtain, you cannot live until you forgive, the pain in whatever fear based emotion eating away at your insides until they are raw. Never forget that forgiveness always includes both your abuser as well as yourself.

Today, I share with other victims, admitting that I trusted, that trust was betrayed, I rose above shame, forgave and am open to trust again. I am strong and stand tall. I am a voice to others out there who have been mistreated, my head held high.  

Wishing you a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella
Website: Leeza Donatella