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Thursday

The Dark Night of the Soul


I have been around the block a couple of times, but had not heard much about the Dark Night of the Soul since I was very young going to Catholic school.  Apparently it came up again recently so I figured it warranted re-examination. For those of you who do not know this concept, the dark night of the soul is a poem that was written back sometime in the 1500’s by a Catholic saint, one of the many named John I believe.   It describes the period of time we spend in darkness before we see the light as our soul reconnects to the Creator.

I do not want to be as dramatic, and describe it as the times when nothing seems to go right and we feel like crap. Have you ever had periods in your life that everything seems at it darkest: You break up with your beloved, lose your house, you job, your friends, the dog bites you, Starbucks is never open when you want a latte, the check you have been waiting for never comes, yada yada, ad nauseum. I think you know what I mean. It the endless pit where we continue to fall, fall, fall into the abyss. Is there ever any end? Or at least that is what it feels like. And wow it can last sometimes for a long time.

But then, all of a sudden, a shift, and we see some glimpse of light, a sparkle of something? Oh, whatever it is we are elated to see some light. And what is it really? It is when have a small recognition that there is a something good in our present circumstances. The shift has begun and with this realized gratitude of our current circumstances as learning and the realization that this is all an illusion, we reconnect to the Divine within ourselves. I was in my dark night in late 2001 to early 2003. It was after 9/11 and the job market dried up and I was out of work now for over a year and a half, maxed out to the tune of over 50k on my credit cards and almost completely out of money. It was a one of the lowest times of my adult life and I was depressed and cried a lot. I sold my house to pay down the credit cards so now I was homeless. I moved to my sisters and slept on the floor of my nieces room. The first week I was there I was so depressed, the second week I brushed myself off and got back to looking for work. By the third week I caught myself saying, gee, nice to spend time with my family. It was that realization of something good that signaled to my higher self that I was ready to move forward. I received a call the next day and was working the next week, got my own apartment a week after that, and was able to pay off the remainder of my cards in less than 6 months after that.  When we come out of a dark night everything looks amazing, everything tastes amazing, everyone is amazing as we turn the corner and are moving slowly up, and up and now fluttering our wings. Yes, we can fly, we can fly!

If you are going through the dark night, find something good in your situation and if you truly feel that goodness in your heart, letting your Divine self know you are ready to move forward, and things will change for you.


Yeah, I will take the Transformation over the dark night of the soul, any day of the week, man!
Have a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella
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Wednesday

You are a Beautiful Spiritual Flower

There was a time when I was so connected to the spirit within that I could write a couple of songs, poems or thousands of words describing the tip of a needle in a few moments. Oh,  I miss those days as I sometimes fight to get back to that state of mind and connectiveness.

I was in a relationship for 9 years where I allowed myself to be shut off from all that was creative and connected to spirit as I fell back into the corporate machine to support the lifestyle to which they were accustomed.  I can only describe that feeling and being numb and dead inside. As I find my way back home I am reminded of how far I deviated from the path of the spiritual being that I was once in past and strive to be once again.  Each day I make a request of the universe to be provided with divine guidance for the highest good.

Living in Sedona, I am continually quizzed to ensure that I can easily identify those same situations that caused me distractions in past. I am becoming a master at quickly identifying them, so as not to get trapped again in old familiar patterns.
Spirit is helping me blossom into the beautiful spiritual flower that I am.  As my petals open,  ambrosia in the form of presence and prose wafts across the land, tickling the hearts of those who inhale my fragrance.
Remember that you are a spiritual flower, blossoming on this planet.  Angle yourself toward the sun, and bask in the warmth of its energy. Grow tall, open wide, be fragrant and show your beauty!
Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella

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Tuesday

Sometimes to need to Listen to Live Music to get out of a funk

Some days it is tough to leave the sheets, as old movies seem more inviting than the bite of winter coldness. Yesterday was one of those days for me as it was raining on and off and the temperature was near freezing. By 5 pm,  it was almost completely dark and I decided that it was time to get my ass out of bed and do, well something.

I had heard that there was music starting at the Oak Creek Brewery off Yavapai, and reluctantly I forced myself into the shower and got dressed.   The temperature was just at freezing as the wet snow sprinkled down on me as I smiled knowing that it would not do harm to my naturally curly hair that I did not try to straighten tonight.  As I walked into this back street establishment, I paused. This was certainly not like most places in Sedona that are all shiny and filled with tourists. No, it had a “capraesque” quality, dimly lit, sparsely decorated, with stainless beer vats lining the back wall. It took me back to one of my youth time haunts in the small suburban LI town. Nice, is all I could say as I pursued the room to see the faces of real people, a smattering of old time and newer Sedona locals. I ordered a pale ale, which by the way was incredibly good, not too cold, a little bite, but overall smooth and delicious.
What made the time out more memorable were the performers. 
Karl Jones played most sets. This Irish lad certainly has range. His ability to play Irish ditties in full brogue transports one right to Dublin, or counties Cork or Mayo. His rock songs are infused with his roots that enhance the marinade in his music whose taste is sweet.  His voice is melodic, talented hands and fingering style played the instrument like a woman, being gentle yet firm, caressing all of her.  A truly magical voice and experience that transported me out of the funk I was in earlier in the day.
Then just when I thought that there could be no more magic in the room, there appeared an angel named Tierza Jacobs who readied for a set.  As she took the stage, confident, sweet, with long flowing golden hair, I anticipated hearing a soft delicate flower. My expectation was shattered as this beautiful soft gal belted out ballads on her vintage Ibanez-like guitar. I closed my eyes and listened to her voice, with tones of Joplin, Holiday and Simone that were both soul piercing, familiar and comforting. She brought me home.
It was so very much appreciated by this patron to partake in the experience. If you ever have the chance to listen to one of these artists I would love to know your thoughts as well.
Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella

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Friday

Bless the Children Who Help Us Rediscover Amazement in All We Do

Update added August 20, 2013
THE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS COMING IN SEPTEMBER.
I have been told it is a cross between the Celestine Prophecy and 50 shades of Gray
email LeezaDonatella@gmail.comif you are interested in joining the mailing list for announcement
 
For those who know me personally, I do not have children but am blessed with nieces and nephews ranging from a view months old to mid twenties. Hey it is the American family after all! 

No matter what you are doing in your life, where you have been, if you are up,  down or sideways,  how much money, power and prestige you have, all that goes out the window when playing a virtual game of eye-spy over the phone with a seven year old.  Especially when she is kicking your butt!

 It is the young that remind us of what is important in life! And that is to find the fun and amazement in all our experiences.  Give it a try! Think back to a time when you had no cares, no worries and  no responsibility.
Growing up on the water, I think I was five years old when I remember my first time at the beach;  the feeling of the sand between my toes,  the smell of the ocean, the  brisk temperature of the water as I tried to outrun the seagulls down the shore line. Everything seemed so amazing!

Now wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle some of that? Yeah I know, they called it dropping acid in the 60s’ I think. But today, if we could just get more glimpses of that feeling, wow, man, how cool would that be?
I am here to tell you that it can all be yours darling.  As we remember that we are beings filled with LOVE all of life can be that delicious!

It is that amazement that I feel every morning when I wake up in magical Sedona, with scenery dripping with beauty.  All right, I can be sappy, but, gee, what a glorious feeling it is to wake up blissful and in awe.
I have to tell you that it doesn’t suck!

Wishing you a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella

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Thursday

Stress, Bubbles and Music

I do not know about you but when it is cold and snotty outside my body gets chilled to the core. Yeah, I grew up back east on the water, and know cold and am not a stranger to cold and wet weather, but coming up to Sedona this winter after being in the valley of the sun for more than ten years I was accustomed to summer temperatures in excess of 110° for most of the summer in addition to what most US nationals would call non-existent winters. With that tidbit of information I am sure you can imagine or perhaps empathize with how my body may be experiencing the winter here in Sedona where we have seen records lows into the single digits and snow.  Can you say freezing your ass off?  My blood was so thin coming here that I thought I would never warm up.

Just the other evening I decided to try an old familiar ritual and take a nice hot bath. Of course for those who know me, I am like Emeril, always adding the BAM to whatever I do.   I drew my bath, hot to almost scolding, added the bubbles, lit some candles and closed the lights. I put on a CD of music that Mynzah Ravencrow and  Ayande Andre passed over to me and slipped into that bubbly hot scented goodness in the hopes I would be able to thaw my weary bones and relief the stress of the day.   Ok, now I think we have a visual.  
I was pleasantly surprised as the I was transported by this ambrosic music to a different place and time.  The drums beats were tantalizing, as my hands and legs seems to have a mind of their own making Bandari dance movements beneath the water line.  The flutes sounded like angels singing their song of praise to the elation of my soul. The didgeridoos Patrick played resonated within my chakras. Ah.. utterly delectable.   I felt healed and was truly transformed to bliss and peace.
If you ever want to take that journey, perhaps you should try the same. 

Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella
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Tuesday

Bless the situations where you realize that you are not perfect; They still show you the way back home.


Have you ever had one of those days when you lose your temper, and as soon as you finished spewing those harsh words you wanted to retract them and smack yourself in the forehead?  That was my yesterday morning. I was faced with what I can only say was in incredibly unfair situation and handled it just like a three year old. Okay, perhaps there was no kicking and screaming, but my voice was elevated and my words did not align with the spiritual being that I am trying to be. And afterward, I felt like crawling under a rock or taking out the whipping stick and giving myself 50 lashes. I lost my temper and took it out on someone who did not make the rules but was just trying to do their job.   
So what did I learn from the situation beside, think and breathe before reacting? First, I did not beat myself up too badly in the guilt department, but l it took me a couple of hours afterward in thought and meditation with some chanting around Sedona’s Stupa to process why I reacted the way that I did, identifying the triggers, and where the reaction was really coming from so I could process it, bless it, kiss it on its butt then kick it to the curb.

So I guess I have to thank the universe for the blessing bestowed on me today so I could see that there was something there that I needed to resolve. Actually, since I realized my deviation from the path almost simultaneously to the situation, perhaps it really was not a bad day at all. I got to fix something that was broken and get it out of the way today that could have come to bite me in the butt at a most inopportune time in the future.  So thank you to the God within me for showing me how to quickly identify, process and release. Future reactions to the similar situations will no longer effect me in this manner.

And the moral of the story is this:
Bless the situations where you realize that you are not perfect;
They still show you the way back home.

Have a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella

Monday

Sometimes you have to Close Your Eyes to see the Light



This statement is typically used metaphorically; close your eyes and see the light, which means that when you look without your eyes, the answer comes to you.  It's a true statement that we get answers when we take time to reflect. Today, though, I'm referring to literally closing your eyes and seeing light.


For decades when I close my eyes in the evening to go to sleep, in about 5 minutes in the total darkness with eyes closed, I would begin to see what I can only describe as golden light, sunshine brighter than the sun. 'What the heck is this,'I kept thinking? 'Am I dreaming about sunshine?  

I guessed not since this was happening to me five nights out of seven.  I asked my mother and she would just tell me to concentrate on a black piece of paper to go to sleep. Later in life, I would ask my partners. “Do you see sunshine when you close your eyes?” They all just shot me a look as if I was crazy or say something like "No, that's not normal."  I would just shrug my shoulders not finding the answers I was seeking on the topic as I went my merry way and dismissed it as the beginning of dreaming.  

At other times I would catch myself, saying “way cool” as I would start to see it when in a state of calm and bliss with heightened senses. I finally after all this time got a glimpse of the answer to what I was experiencing. It was one day in early December 2012 and I was attending a Christ Consciousness class where the minister explained that when we see bright glowing light in meditation, we are seeing Archangel Michael’s burning sword guarding the gates of Eden and if you enter those gates you in front of God. Guarded by Archangel Michael? Well that's certainly one way to look at it and no offense Archangel Michael, but I think you have better things to do then guard Eden from the likes of me. 
When I heard this definition, however, at least I knew that I was no longer alone in what I was experiencing. I had finally found someone else who was experiencing the same thing and getting closer to a definition that perhaps I could wrap my head around.

Since then, I have spent countless hours in silence to come to this conclusion. What I have come to understand is that when we see light when we close our eyes in total darkness that the light is our connection to the Divine, our higher divine self, our Source, God. Call it what you like,I do not judge; it doesn't change the meaning.

When we get more attuned in the physical body and our vibration and consciousness increases, we connect to what some call our higher Divine self, God, Spirit. I know that when I am connected I feel that connection through the skin and senses in my body. why not see it as well.
I'm sharing this with you today in the off chance that you too are seeing sustained bright golden light when you close your eyes in total darkness. If you are, then know that you're not alone and it's perhaps the beginning of your awakening to the doorway to your connection to the source, God which is pure unconditional love within you connecting to that loving force that's all around us.
Wishing you a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella
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Friday

Understanding Enough


I am not sure that you can understand the true value of enough until you experience it. Once you experience enough, lack fades from existence.
 
From an early age most of us are taught to reach for the proverbial brass ring.   My dad was a very successful businessman and based on these early life experiences I equated success with money and having a fancy car.  My dad had a couple of Porsche 928’s while I was growing up. I loved those cars and on occasion he would throw me the keys and say, keep it under 90 mph, kid.  Yes, I grew up measuring success based on an incredibly expensive vehicle and as a convertible baby, I was in love with the Porsche 911 convertible.  For years I would look at pictures of this car and say, someday I will have enough money to go in and buy a new 911 cash.  Well, you know that they say to be careful what you ask for? In the late ‘90s as all companies were in a frenzy hiring technology geeks to help save the world from the 2000 millennium predicted tragedy, I rode the wave with other geeks and made an obscene amount of cash in those last couple of years. So much cash that I was able to walk in and test drive my dream car. It was an early edition 2000 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera Cabriolet , red with a black top, fins and the seat fit my ass like a glove. Oh, did I look good in that car and the price tag with the features I wanted was over 100k. And I had enough cash in my checking account to write these guys a check for it. I cannot explain the feeling of exhilaration I had as I got out of the car, the salesman still pale with white knuckles from our test drive.  The salesman took me back to his desk. Now, I have not had a consistent track record in past for saying no when at a car dealership but that day, I realized what enough was.  I could buy that car cash and I realized that I did not need it!  I stopped, hesitated, said thank you and walked.  I was fortunate to have learned that lesson of enough a long time ago and today money and things do not hold the same value to me.

They say that money alone does not bring happiness. We see this in rich people who commit suicide. Money can provide a temporary distraction and high during the time of using it, but unless you are already filled with the spiritual elixir that most of us seek that feeling will soon fade.  Do not be confused, because I am not one of those persons who believes that in order to be spiritual you need to have no money…. no, no, no.   As I dissect money for you, it is just currency, like an electric current or a river current it flows. Money is but a unit of energy, an exchange to someone for something. That is it. People who do not get this concept seem to be so hung up on money or the lack of money that it screws them up.  Oh my what a cluster that is!   

We are not defined by the amount of cash in our bank accounts, the car we purchase or how much bling we can afford. Yes it is nice to have money, but knowing what enough is eliminates the feeling of lack and opens us up to bigger things.  
Each person measures enough differently. In monetary terms for some it is $1,000, others 1 million and for still others the feeling of lack does not fade, no matter how much money they have. They never get to enough. I had someone in my life for many years who was in the latter category and showed me what it looks like to continually live in lack. The problem is that when you live in lack you attract lack.

My message to you today is not to be corrupted by the money bestowed you. No matter how much you have do not live in lack, but always live as if it is enough. Enough to have money in excess of what you need. Do not be greedy, but share it.  I am sure that you have a local church or community center in your area that has a program for helping others that would so appreciate your donation. It could be a dollar that makes the difference between someone eating that day or not. The joy felt within will out weigh feelings of lack as you learn the meaning of enough.

Wishing you a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella

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Thursday

Feel Energized in Less than 2 Minutes


How would you like to wake and get going and feel great in less than 2 minutes?
For those who know me personally I am one of “those” people who wakes, eyes wide open, and jumps out of bed with my mind working. I am usually singing. I think they call that being a morning person. My sister used to call me “Leap-E” because I would leap out of bed and be ready to go. Some of you can relate, but I and guessing the majority of the rest of you are the type that it takes an hour or so to start moving in the morning.  I would receive strange looks from the people I have roomed with over the years who took an hour or more to get going. An old roommate Eileen, as I said “Good Morning” in a sing song voice, looked at me as if I was weird and barked back “What's so good about it?”

You can charge yourself and change that sluggish feeling with an easy technique if you want to feel FANTASTIC in less than 2 minutes. And no, I am not going to make you do jumping jacks.

Back by popular demand is my segment on how to wake up the energy in your body


Wake Up your Body
There is an exercise I use to wake up the energy in my body. Many a skeptic has been turned in the less than 2 minutes it takes to perform this little exercise. If you want to get the full effect you do need to go outside barefoot. Be being barefoot you are connecting with the energies in the earth, but if you are inside you can still do this and benefit. So let’s assume you are outside and have taken your shoes and socks off.  Ideally it would be on a grassy or dirt surface, but if a wood or concrete surface is all that you have available, then don’t fret about it.


Stand up, with your feet about 2 feet apart. Cup your right hand. You will be using this cupped hand to make contact and release like a firm patting motion but not quite a slapping motion as you work the left side of your body.  

Starting at the top of your left shoulder, pat, pat, pat as you make your way down the top of your left arm to the top of your left hand. Pat your way now from the bottom of your left hand back up to your left armpit.  Now switch hands and using your left cupped hand, go to your right shoulder and pat, pat, pat as you make your way down the top of your right arm to the top of your right hand. Pat your way now from the bottom of your right hand back up to the right armpit.

Taking both cupped hands now start patting both sides of your body, down from your armpits to your hips. Go from your hips toward your lower back.  Bend over and start patting the outside of your legs from the thigh to your calves and down to your ankles. Now firmly pat the bottom of your feet one at a time. Pat your way from the inside of your ankles up the inside of your calves to your inner thighs until you reach the top of your inner thighs.

Continue this patting motion up from the top of the inner thigh to your pelvis, stomach and breast area. Finish with the front and back of your neck, sides of your face, back and top of your head.

Now put your hands at their sides and shake them out. I am sure that if you have followed this quick routine you are wide awake and energized. You may even feel tingling in parts of your body, perhaps parts you never knew could tingle. This is normal.

Well hi there and good morning! Tell me how wonderful that feels!

Wishing you a day filled with Love,


LeeZa Donatella


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Wednesday

How to Enjoy Life Everyday



I have a confession to make. Outside of the obvious use of the word “or-gasm” referred to during intercourse, I call any moment that has an incredibly delicious effect on me as a “gasm.”  As alluded to in the picture it can be a “gasm” for my taste buds, but it can also be a song that touches my heart, an amazing sunrise, sunset or other natural scene, a loving gaze that fills me with joy,  moments of pure bliss, etc. To me these are all “gasms.”

Did you ever taste something that was just so delicious that it rocked your world?  I know that when I cook with Love it tastes better. I am definitely a foodie and call these moments, food “gasms.” When a person prepares a meal, there energy is infused into it and if you enjoy this moment in your heart the food ends up tasting more delicious. I like to cook singing around the kitchen. For those of you who know me personally, I have been known to belt out a song and being Italian, use my hands a lot when my mouth is moving. So the visual of me singing and cooking may give you the visual of flour flying around the kitchen. This my friends is not too far from the truth. I have been told that my cooking is incredible. I think it is because I find so much joy in cooking.


Take a moment to think about some of your most memorable experiences and see if they fit into what I call the “gasm” category. I think that when we are open and loving and find the joy in that moment, then all of life can be a continual “gasm.” And the more we take time to show gratitude for these moments, the more of these moments will be presented to us. So, take time to notice and appreciate the “gasms” that life gives you each and every day!

Food for thought!
Have a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella

Tuesday

When to shut up


Have you ever battled with yourself in your mind? You know, those thoughts about this one or that one; what should I have done, next time I will do this; hey what will happen next week; I am worried about…  I think you can relate.

I was awoken at 5:55 am with a phone call.  After the conversation ended I hung up the phone and took a moment to check in with myself. I have been doing that a lot these days and find that it is a perfect way to start the day.  I laid there and moved into my morning mantra of thanks and gratitude and connections to higher self.  I asked if there was something I specifically needed to do this morning in order to be my most divine for the highest good. What I kept getting was to lay there quietly and be.
Even though practiced at it for years, I am continually tickled and crack myself up at the irony of it all being an x-NYer who is Italian to boot that can stay still and be quiet for more than a few minutes.  I guess you just had to be a fly on the wall in my house when I was growing up.  Although it is at times extremely difficult I can do it. So, for a couple of hours, eyes closed, awake and present, I cleared my mind and “was.”  As thoughts of the “illusional” world drifted into head I crumbled them into a ball and put them into an imaginary strong box that I keep to my left and locked it.

After a while I started to feel this delicious tingling all over. It is the same luscious wave that I get when I experience the “Ahhhhh” moments when I am able to manifest.  But this time the feeling did not rush in and rush out. It stayed. It was something new for me, prolonged ultimate joy, peace, bliss, “Ahhhhh”,  inspiration and more as I sigh writing about it.   
Gee, all I have to do is shut up? Really?  Wow, who knew.   My stomach signaled me that it was time to get going.  I am still carrying that lusciousness with me and wanted to write today about it to share it will all of you. I feel more alive, energized, yet peaceful then I can remember. My head is a palette, my hands brushes.

Take time for yourself guys and gals to just be still, quiet, and see the “illusional” world fade. It allows you to experience what is behind the veil.
Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella
leezadonatella.com


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Monday

A Path to Healing in Sedona










Update added August 20, 2013THE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS COMING IN SEPTEMBER. I have been told it is a cross between the Celestine Prophecy and 50 shades of Grayemail LeezaDonatella@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the mailing list for announcement
I was going through a divorce when I first considered moving to Sedona in mid 2012. Originally from New York and spending 5 years in Washington DC before moving to the Phoenix area, I had never lived in a small town. Yes, Sedona is crowded, and even though there can be over 20,000 in a given day in town, most are tourists. There are but a few thousand locals that call this city their home.    There is much less night life, and no large package or department stores. When talking to a friend in Phoenix who lived in Sedona for a couple of years  he referred to it as “Slow-Down-a.” I was also told that when you move to Sedona that it will either welcome you or chew you up and spit you out.  I was not really sure what that meant, but it was further explained that many obstacles would be put in front of me if I was not supposed to be here and if I am welcomed, doors would open and I would feel embraced.


I considered all these factors carefully before making my move. I guess I was one of the lucky ones as I walked into the sight unseen 6 month furnished accommodations I had rented to find a carbon copy of my parents place from a decade ago, decorated in same southwest flare, right down to their 70’s pink arm chair. Not my taste, but it was familiar and put me at ease. And the people, oh my, what a blessing it is to meet so many nice and welcoming souls.  I also found it easy to  make new incredible friends and found a great church with a minister who really gets it. I started to feel great again and knew that this was surely going to be a great place to heal.

What I was not told was that Sedona is also a place whose energies help you face and process every single issue that you have ever encountered in your life that you have not yet processed and released.  So, moving  to Sedona was certainly not for the faint of heart regardless of the fact that I was welcomed. You got to want to deal with your stuff, all of it and be ready to transform. At least that has been my experience. And this stuff, guys and gals is not fluffy and pretty, but can feel as if the universe is lobbing fireballs that you have to hit with a wooden bat.   I am a very strong woman with an even stronger New York crust.  At first it was difficult for me as I felt like a personal failure, healing from the loss of a relationship and there were times that I did not want to get out of bed.  In the beginning I would say to myself, “You have to be flipping kidding me” as some days I was reminded of two or three additional yet to be processed issues. With time I realized that it was okay to ask others for help. I was not alone. I was connected to a  large spiritual network so I ventured out to see if I could glean some answers that would assist me. I discovered that the answers were within and all around me through divine contacts.  All that I needed to do was to surrender and accept to gain access to them.  In time I was able to get up, brush myself off and face life head on again. I was shown a way to connect to the true loving being that I am, as well as learning to look at things differently.  I was humbled for the first time as I was starting to go with the flow. With each past unprocessed issue that I would encounter, I stopped, recognized and said to myself “ah, yes, I know what you are.”I acknowledged it, processed it, forgave, then blessed and released it.   I used to call myself the toasted marshmallow, crusty on the outside with softness hidden in the middle and was a master of hard facades. And now, the crust is almost gone and I am softer and real. 

Apologies, but I usually get to the message in my blog posts much faster than I have today s here it is in a nutshell!.   

With 12/21/12 vibrations are quickening and so is our processing of any issues that are vibrating in frequencies that are "contrasting" to positive ones. If you are ready to make a positive move forward, surrender remember that you are not alone and it is okay to reach out for help. When we surrender ourselves to our one God source, what I call the Mack-Daddy energy of the universe, we are connected to the information or people we need  to help us recognize the issue, process it, forgive and bless it and release it. Once we do that we feel lighter, free, more loving and connected to source. We remember who we really are and find our way back home.
Please share this with anyone you think can benefit from the truth shared today if you think it will help them.

Many thanks and so much gratitude to Michael, Liz and Lori and to my fellow Sedonian’s for your patience as I found my way back to the Loving being that I am.

Have a day filled with Love,
LeeZa Donatella

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Friday

You can Take my Eggo, but let me keep part of my Ego



These days I hear so much about the ego being a dirty three letter word. I am not sure if I fully agree with that. Now, do not confuse what I am saying here today. I am not I am standing up for all the egomaniacs in this world.

What I have found in the past that the ego has some uses on an instinctual level and as a motivator. Has someone ever told you that the reason they finished a task is because of some ego driven reason? And perhaps that task was something incredibly significant and helped mankind?  I am just saying. It could happen.

It is consistently being led by an over active ego and over inflated self worth that will be your down fall, so do not fall for it!

Having a small amount of ego is in my opinion not going to be the end of the world. The world already ended on 12/21/12 so I think we are safe. I think that there are times when a little ego is not a bad thing if we can still manage to find the humility within ourselves. That, in my opinion, is when the true magic begins.

If you are saying to yourself, well look at this chick spewing at me. She doesn't know..Oh yeah, babe, I have been there, done that, bought the book and marketed it. There was a time that all anyone would have to do is to tell me was that a particular task was impossible and I would be there doing it. That is how I obtained my undergraduate degree in Mathematics at 19 years of age. What do you think made that happen?  It was my ego that drove me to accomplish the task when someone said it was impossible for me to accomplish it, just to prove them wrong.  And how long can I continue to use that one accomplishment that happened 100 years ago to pump myself up? Let's just say that it and 2 bucks will get me on the NY subway. So get over yourself.  I have spent years trying to get over myself and I am getting closer each and every day.  Just do me a favor and do not tell me that something is impossible. That seems to get me every time.

I try to take time each day or several times a day and catch myself when I see my ego inflating-machine at work again to check that there is an even bigger dose of humility in the mix to balance it out. Try it and not only will you feel better, so will everyone around you that has to be in your presence.

Have a day filled with Love!

LeeZa Donatella

Thursday

Forgiveness Heals the Soul

My dad used to say, let it roll like water off a ducks butt. Gosh that used to piss me off to no end when I would tell my dad a situation that was bugging me and he would give me that duck saying. It took me years to discover that he was right and that he was trying to tell me that when you are faced with a situation that is frustrating you or has hurt you in some way it is healthier to just roll with it. Pretty smart guy, my dad was.

I wanted to take a few lines and talk about situations where we have been hurt. You can say that when someone hurts you that you forgive them, but you really need to hold that feeling of forgiveness in your heart and let go of the hurt. I have discovered that the hardest person to forgive is ourselves. When we forgive there are physical and spiritual changes that happen within us. For the longest time, I had no problem forgiving others, but consistently beat myself up for hurtful situations that I experienced that I allowed to happen. taking these situations and looking at them from a different perspective is a skill I am working on honing. Try it and see if it helps you as well.

Another great saying that resonates when I think about forgiveness is from Alexander Pope in the 1600s who said "to err is human, forgive divine." I never really understood what was meant by that saying until recently. Forgive divine.. hmm. It is with true forgiveness from our hearts that true divinity begins. And this delicious feeling marinates each cell in our being bathing them with joy, peace and bliss that opens up the pathway to divinity. The first time you feel that you will also get that "ah ha" moment as well. As I sit here and write this, I am smiling for you.

I would also like to share a new friend's information in today's post. Her name is Lori Rubenstein, a wonderful resource for folks on relationship healing and forgiveness. She has a great book on Forgiveness.

Wednesday

Be Grateful for Life's Eye Candy




 

















 

If you are interested in becoming more of the Loving being that graced this planet, then be grateful each and every day and find wonder in you world.I am fortunate to live in Sedona, Arizona which is such a beautiful part of the United States. Sedona is filled with such beauty you only need turn around to see something that tastes your breath away.

Be grateful for Life’s Eye candy!
I was fortunate yesterday to have the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset out in the middle of nowhere in the desert. The scenery was spectacular as the sun draped the mountains. For me no sunset would be complete without a tailgate of sorts. A bottle of 2008 Sangiovese from Castello di Amorosa a boutique winery near Napa and some local cheeses. I find it particular delicious when I can share my joy with others. I was especially grateful this sunset because I could share that we a dear friend. Tears of gratitude streamed down my face as the sun slowly faded in shades of reds and browns down of the rock cliffs.

In experiences we share with ourselves that I find is most rewarding to our spirit. A plus to share the joy with other. In any event, nature provides of with so much eye candy that you cannot help but consume it.Do this with gratitude and it tickles your entire being. It is that sensation that brings us closer to remembering that we are connected to the one source.

Have a day filled with Love,

LeeZa Donatella

Tuesday

Shift to the Positive to Change the World



In order to understand how to keep it in the positive we need to understand our current behavior of keeping things in the negative. I believe that if we continually keep it in the negative then our growth as spiritual beings will remain slow or stagnate.  I equate the negative to the bottom harmonic vibrations like sadness, fear, worry, anger, envy and more. I think you get the picture.  Most of us make negative assumptions each day about many things that keep us vibrating in those bottom harmonies.    It is as if all the negative scenarios play over and over again in our minds, just waiting for one to resonate with us that we can own and use.

Jumping to the Negative about Situations
Did you ever make a negative assumption or jump to a negative conclusion about something with a small piece of information? I have to admit that I am a culprit of that myself at times. I was recently reminded of this when one of the few people that I love with all my being texted me about having to get a follow-up after a biopsy. I automatically assumed the worse and tears immediately streamed down my face when I got that text. Did I know that the outcome of the follow-up was negative?  No. Yet I assumed the worse with just that small piece of information.   

Jumping to the Negative about People
This also holds true for people. I think that this is the worst of all. It is a shame that we cannot share joy with others without assuming something negative. Not everyone wants something from someone else, but as a society we have historically been conditioned to believe that a positive must have a negative driver. They are complimenting me because they want ….
Imagine an author who praises another author who writes about the same genre. Wait, they are competing with each other right? Why would they do that?   The reason that this is such a “novel” concept is because for the most part people are out for themselves.

Admire the Love and Joy that resonates in another person and society assumes you want that person physically or something from that person, when it is just a case of admiration and sharing the joy that you see in someone with the others in your circle.

Make a reference to a synchronicity of meeting someone and the assumption is that you are seeking something other than describing how you met. Let me share a perfect example of this. I was traveling and got locked out of my vehicle. I had to call a locksmith and pay a fee to get back in my car and the keys I had locked inside. Because of this I had to push an appointment out an hour.  As I walked into the office for my appointment, I made a connection with someone who was just leaving the office. Apparently I had information for them that was important for their spiritual journey. When I explained the circumstance of what had transpired on how we managed to be in the same place at the same time or would have missed them, they turned and said not for me to expect them to pay for the locksmith.  Amazing.

Shift to the Positive
If we migrate negative assumptions to positive ones then we quicken our pace from a crawl to a sprint in our growth as spiritual beings.  I equate the positive to the top harmonic vibrations that include and are not limited to Love, Joy and Peace.  
Test yourself, or better yet catch yourself each time you are faced with living in the negative assumption with switching that to a positive one.  For example the next time your boss says he wants to meet with you assume that he wants to praise your work and not that you have done something wrong.   

Make every effort to replace negative assumptions in your current space with a positive one. Just think what an incredible world it would be if we all lived in the awe of the Love and positive possibilities of each situation and person.


Wishing you a day filled with Love,


LeeZa Donatella

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