Monthly Archives: October 2013

From Marc David- Is There Hope for Your Eating Challenge?

I know that this has taken a long time to show up on my Newsletter, but despite the lateness of this posting, I find that what Marc David is discussing is really important and resonant with me no matter when he first sent it out.

I hope that it has some meaning for you as well.

Love to you all,

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Is There Hope for Your Eating Challenge?

Posted on July 22, 2013 – 3 Comments

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Every day, I’m impressed and humbled by the sheer number and variety of eating challenges that so many people seem to face. An eating challenge might mean that someone simply is eating the kind of poor quality diet that industry and media shoves down our throats that robs us of the birthright of true health. Eating challenges could mean the desperate desire to lose weight, and the absolute frustration of trying so many different kinds of diets and strategies that fail to give us long-term and sustainable results. Eating challenges could mean overeating, binge eating, disordered eating, and the many ways we reject our human form, perhaps even hate it, and try to morph it through diet and exercise. I’ve watched too many people spend a lifetime struggling around food. Perhaps the silent question that consistently runs through these challenges, like a quiet river, is this:

Is there hope?

Hope is both a fuel and a fire. Hope allows us to move forward. And oftentimes, it seems as if hope is a distant memory at best, or at worst, something lost. But the good news, as the poet Alexander Pope reminded us of in 1734, is that hope springs eternal. Secretly hidden within every human challenge we face are the seeds for its solution. Really.

So how can we find the beautiful remedy hidden deep within our eating challenges?

Let’s get down to business. You deserve hope, and indeed hope is always trying to track you down, even in your darkest hours. But hope doesn’t so much rescue us. Rather, it points us in the right direction. Hope shows us the place where solutions are found. I’d like to offer you 5 suggestions, various roads that you can travel which all lead, in my experience, to the place where hope transforms into healing. As always, check it out and let me know what you think.

1 – Change Your Worldview

One of the first steps to finding hope with whatever eating concern, or health issue you might face, is to notice where your worldview needs to change. We get locked into apathy and despair the moment we believe in an unfriendly universe that either doesn’t care, or at worst: is out to get us. It’s easy to think that we’re truly alone in our suffering, and that no one could possibly understand what we’re going through. To find hope, at some point, we have to see the world through fresh eyes. We have to notice the kinds of limiting beliefs that keep us locked into a cycle of pain and frustration. Changing one’s worldview isn’t easy. We get locked into strong beliefs about how we see life. Republicans stay staunchly Republican, Democrats stay locked into their Democrat-ness, and it’s easy to assume that our religion, our way of eating, and our philosophy of living is clearly the right one. Yet, one of the greatest acts of transformation that a human can do is to change to a better and more efficient way of seeing the world. Rigidity is death. Flexibility is life. If you need proof of this, simply compare dead bodies to living ones. So, if you’re ready to stretch a bit, then you’re ready to find the hope that you want and the solution that you need. I think these next four principles will help take you where you want to go.

2 – Food Challenges Are Not About Food

As odd as it may sound, a majority of our food challenges are not merely about food. Yes, it’s a great idea to eat healthy food. Yes, certain foods can be rather addictive. And yes, there are so many different kinds of junk foods out there that have the power to hook us, but, I believe that at its core, our challenges with food go deeper, are way more interesting, and more telling than we might ever imagine. In other words, overeating doesn’t mean we have a mere willpower issue with food and we need to learn to control our appetite. Binge eating does not mean that we’re complete and total losers who have absolutely no control because we’re fundamentally damaged. Excess weight does not mean that we’re undeniably lazy when it comes to food. And our inability to change our body to the hot and sexy creature that we want it to be isn’t because we simply need to get better at diet and exercise. Our challenges with food, body and weight are here for a beautiful reason. They have a purpose. They have a message. It’s time to listen to our eating concerns and cozy up with them like never before. Which leads us to this next place:

3 – Food is a Doorway

Our challenges with food, body, health, and weight, are essentially a doorway. They position us in knocking-distance of the door. It’s easy to stay on the doorstep and do all kinds of dieting, exercise, or strategies that ultimately don’t work. It’s easy to sit at the doorstep and wonder why we can’t find an opening. Knock on the door. It opens up right away… And quite suddenly, you’ll begin to find yourself in a new place with new possibilities. Of course, entering any new place or space can be uncomfortable. The truth is, none of us know where the door leads to until we knock and open. The doorway to our food challenges might lead us to where the real action is – unhappiness in a relationship, loneliness, past hurts, past abuses, unfulfilled desires, a lack of connection, a deep desire for people who understand us, a longing for authentic communication, the need for greater purpose in life, and so much more. Food is simply this symbolic place where we often enact these greater life challenges when we are unable to confront them head-on. In truth, the door is always open to you. Are you ready to walk through?

4 – Food is Teaching Us, Helping Us Grow

If you are ready to walk through that door, then the first thing we tend to see, in our brave new world, is that our relationship with food is here to teach us, and is here to help us grow. It’s as simple as that. You don’t need to make it any more complicated. I’m not saying it isn’t easy to deal with our challenges with food and body, I’m simply saying that in principle, there’s nothing wrong with us because we have a food, weight or body challenge. Life is a classroom, and for many of us food is one of our most faithful teachers. If you’re willing to be a good student, the learning will be forthcoming. You’ll need to study a bit, the tests might be challenging, but life will always give you a passing grade for your hard won efforts. For many people, this is a significant and powerful change in worldview. And I believe, an extremely necessary one. If we want true hope for our eating challenge, then we need to see that despite the difficulty of it, there is a hidden benevolent function within it. It’s doing its best to be a great teacher for us. And with great teaching comes great learning, and great results. We don’t always get to choose, so it seems, the lessons that we learn – but if you get on board with the wisdom of life, then I personally promise you that, within time, your eating challenge will transform into a source of wisdom, strength, and compassion.

5 – There’s Something Greater Going On

If you wish to turbo-charge the process of finding hope, and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, for whatever eating issue you might face, then perhaps the last step is to awaken to the possibility that there is something greater going on here. There’s a wisdom to life that’s indeed intelligent, thoughtful, and profoundly more clever than anyone of us. If we believe in a random, loveless, chaotic and meaningless universe – then this will assuredly be our experience of life, and continued suffering is practically guaranteed. If you’ve been duped into thinking that there isn’t a powerful force of conscious design that moves and shapes all of creation, including your very important life, then this is perhaps the greatest worldview shift that any of us could make. We can never fully understand the forces of fate, destiny, and cosmic intelligence. But if we choose, we can experiment with being humble in the face of it all, and do our best to respond to how life is laying out our grand education. We’re all paying a lot of tuition to be in the school of life. Don’t let all that cash go to waste. Look around you at the magic of the world, notice it every day, and remember that no matter how challenging your eating concern might be, it’s secretly guiding you into your greatness.

Please join in the conversation: What kinds of doors have you been knocking on, sitting on the stoop, or walking through?

Warm regards

Marc David
Founder of the
Institute for the Psychology of Eating

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Some Thoughts About Transitions Into Our Light Bodies and The Fifth Dimension

I love each season that we experience living in New York. Particularly endearing to me are the sights,  scents and the new crispness in the air that I experience in Autumn.

This year I have been so amazed by the opulence of the abundant flowers in my garden that it seems a little strange to me to see a tree almost full blown with autumn leaves only a two hour drive north from my home.

The visual juxtaposition in my mind of the flowers and the tree so reminds me of issues that have been coming up with my clients and in my personal emergence journey.

The issue is about how we gracefully experience that we are still living in our ordinary bodies while transforming into our light bodies. This is concurrent with our beings and whole planet- in the “reality” of the duality- transitioning from the third dimension into the fifth dimension.

We are living with one foot in one set of frequencies and our other foot in an entirely new one. The last time we experienced this kind of juxtaposition was when we were teenagers!

As a student of child development, clinical social work and in the long history of my professional lives, I have clearly remembered and have seen that when a human reaches adolescence  (at least  in our culture) any issues that were not resolved- any needs unmet from early childhood resurface and are intensified this second time around.

What I have been noticing for the past year in my practice is that as we move in the accelerated pace of our human evolution now, anything that has not been resolved for us from our past is resurfacing. This is often occurring with ferocious intensity.

Like children in changing adolescent bodies, we too are experiencing growing pains.  We are growing in  our ability to shift up our intensity into faster moving frequencies of light that are our new light bodies in the fifth dimension.

Isn’t it great to know that we are only having growing pains?

Lee Harris’s October Energy Forecast

I loved reading and hearing this month’s Energy Forecast because, once again, Lee has mirrored my own process.

In the past few months I have made a definite and stronger commitment to be more of my Actual self, my larger light body being, in each and every moment so that I can fully activate the channel of light,  love and God energy and information that I Am.

I am learning to be my Grounded Bliss self ever more in each moment and to hold my expanded, centered presence with each situation and person I encounter.

I loved Lee’s comments about how we intuitive , empathic and  sensitive people have in the past shrunk ourselves to disappear around difficult energies we are presented with. Now, he offers tools and statements to remind  us release that which is not ours while maintaining our centered presence.

Also resonant with me are his comments about the positive happenings not covered in the media about even the worst scenarios of the Colorado floods. Once again we are all reminded that there is so much positive that is occurring simultaneously with all of the negatives that the media will over emphasize in their  attempts to  manipulate the public into frenzies of fear.

Love is all around us and available to us in each and every moment- no matter what!

(Transcribed and edited from Lee’s live Video message)

Hello and welcome to the October Energy Forecast – “Diversity, Up Close…”
Behind me you can see the rocks and the mud which were part of a landslide that happened here in the Colorado flash floods in September.
At the beginning of the September Energy Forecast, as a few of you emailed me to point out, I did mention that we needed water energy in September to calm down some of the fire.
While that wasn’t quite what I had in mind for where I live, it certainly is what we experienced. And for about 3-4 days we were in a state of emergency here in Colorado and in Boulder. People that we know were evacuated and some people lost their homes. There were a small number of deaths and a larger number of injuries.
It was a very interesting experience to live through, in terms of seeing how brilliantly everyone rallies around and very quickly adapts to what is needed in a state of emergency, and community comes together. But also to see and feel the visceral power of nature when it’s at work. To see this rapid water rushing down a hill and to stand near it and to realize if you were in that water with all of the rocks, you would be gone, just like that. It was very humbling and also very real.
And to me our experience feels metaphoric to what we are going through as a world now. Wherever you look there is a new challenge to go through and, like anything in life, there are many contrasts to that challenge.
Those of you who may have seen about the Colorado floods on the media would have just seen the worst pictures; you would have just been shown the extremes. The irony of being here was that because this area of Boulder is so hilly; it was very, very varied as to whether or not a certain street was affected. So one street was fine and the next street was decimated. This ‘diversity up-close’ is very much the new normal for Planet Earth 2013 and beyond.
So we all know about the chaos that we are experiencing as a planet. A new level of perceived chaos in everything around us, and also internally a new speed of the movement you can go through in your own feelings or your own thoughts.
The chaos energy will continue. I don’t see any sign of that letting up for the next couple of years in certain ways, as we go through all of these transitions and all of these debates in our world about what is needed for the future environmentally, governmentally and in many areas.
But to touch on the chaos energy for a second, one of the things that many of you will be finding is if you really do your internal work at the moment and stay centered, there are incredible opportunities for growth, connection and the power of the human experience at an all new level.
So, I hike this hill I’m standing upon, 5, sometimes 6, days a week and the interesting thing to experience as I walk here now is that where the land has been stripped away by the rivers rushing over it, the energy of the Earth is so palpable. 

I’ve spoken about the power of the energy of the Earth many times in the last few months. But where that top layer of soil has been stripped away by these rushing rivers, a whole new energy vortex has been revealed and created in the land. And when you stand by these landslides, and their freshly revealed land, the energy is so alive and palpable.
So the shadow side of a flood is the loss, the destruction and all that people have to repair. But what gets revealed via the process of land changing shape, is a whole new terrain that you then get to play in.
This month is going to be interesting. Because as I tuned in this morning and asked for some higher information about where we are at as a world this coming month, what was explained was that the last few months, even though there has been a lot of energy and certain people have felt lifted or that things are going in a good way for them personally, there has been contraction in the world. There has been tightness energetically and problems and issues.
In October, certainly from around the 7th onwards, there is going to be an energy lift. And we’re going to feel a lot more ‘height’ available to us in October and a lot more room for opening, connection, flow and collaboration. 
And this is something that will shift again in November.
But it means while there is now this ‘opening’ energy in October, many of you who have felt a little down, or suppressed should be able to shift forward. And those of you who’ve been doing well should continue to see yourself making connections and building new things with people that you wanted to have a rich relationship or a collaborative relationship with that is going to enhance your world and the world of those around you.
So just to talk about ‘dealing with chaos’ for a second. Here we are living physically in the human body but our energy fields extend all around us and beyond the body. 

So let’s just take an example for a moment that in this moment today, my energy field is extending to here (Lee extends arms to demonstrate circle around him). 

If I were to now meet somebody who is feeling pretty chaotic in life – which can happen to any of us at any given moment depending on our circumstances – but let’s say this person’s having a hard time, they’re pretty chaotic and they come into my energy orbit and are like, “Aaah”. I talk to them for a few minutes, I walk away. Even if I manage to be centered and contained in here while I was talking to them, a little bit of their chaos would have overlapped with the edge of my energy field.
So as I walk away, this little pocket of chaos is left sitting here at the edge of my energy field and I’m walking away with it hanging there at the edge. This is where incredible diligence and sensitivity around the energy of others and how it affects you at the moment is really important.
I just recorded and released this month and audio guide to “Boundaries” And in that, one of the themes that I explained was that we get a little confused about boundaries being something that we use to push others away or to keep others at bay, and it really isn’t about that. It’s about holding your own center and it’s about taking your energy space. Because so often people will be in deference to the chaotic person and will pull back and will go, “Ooh, that person’s chaotic. I’ll contract, I’ll step back.”
But imagine if in front of a chaotic person you took your space, and you held your space and you held a space of love or compassion or strength for them. It’s going to give them a different energy to alchemize with.
So for many of you who are sensitive you will say, “That’s too much for me. If it’s a chaotic person I can’t handle them today.” This is fine but if you are not able to take your energy space, make sure that when you’re leaving this chaotic person or this incident that you go through that’s a little tricky, that you just use your words or your focus to reclaim your own energy for yourself. If you contracted in their presence, some release of their energy will most likely be necessary.
It’s very important at the moment that you are renewing yourself as often as you can and releasing the energy of others, as it will feel heavier than usual at times (partly because it will be easier for you to feel your own lightness).
So for example, to quickly direct a release and renewal, you might simply say:
“I release that which is not mine.
I release that which is not mine.”

You may even be a bit more specific:
“I release all from my energy field that I do not need to hold onto.”
Simple words, but very effective to do and give you an opportunity to keep letting go, letting go, letting go.
Don’t forget, you can create your own affirmations using your own words at any time, and the effect will be very powerful to your state of being, and then by turn, everything around you.
The reason it’s more important than ever to do this kind of release faster than ever before is because emotions and issues are coming up faster than ever before for people. You can go through 9 different states of being within a few hours at the moment compared to how it was before.
The other thing that you will notice, and I’ve touched on this over the months, is that you will see more heart opening in more people than you’ve ever seen before. And this shows up in different ways, but it should allow you to have softer moments with people who maybe normally have a hard edge in your life and perhaps you’re used to them ONLY having a hard edge. 

But don’t forget to let people be out of the boxes you might have put them in in the past. And maybe for good reason in the past, maybe in the past this person was consistently difficult to be around. But remember we are all changing very rapidly so this difficult person might too be changing very rapidly. If in doubt, investigate and see, but be willing for fast openings and transformations in others. We are all being affected by these energy invitations to rapidly change.
This is particularly important to remember for those of you who have some dense or heavier family/group dynamics around you that you are perhaps in every day. Take your space more, and see what changes occur when you do.
It’s very easy to point the finger at someone else’s behavior or to be unhappy with the way they’re behaving without ever taking into account, how am I being to this person? How is how I am being to this person influencing their behavior? How can I change, how can I show up differently?
One of the things that sensitive people, people who are empathic, have often spent a lifetime doing is taking up as little space in a room as possible and being very aware of everything that everyone else is feeling, but often very much going into the observer role and standing at the back and letting everyone else take up the space.
How would it be if you were ready to be here and take up the space?
It’s very important. It’s not taking space from anyone else. It’s just you very much being here. 

Whether it’s you committing this month to doing more work on behalf of the environment, taking your space in that way, or whether it’s you showing up more for a friend or putting a boundary there for someone who you need to give a boundary to.
Take your space.
When I stood next to this raging river with these rocks in it and I was just a meter away from it, and I knew that just a few steps in that direction, if I was in that river, bang – that’s it – you’re gone. It’s wonderful to be that close to the truth of how quickly this can disappear.
And so this is a time on Earth for people to act and people to be. And we have a lot of urgency going on. But why not show up in that urgency and be as much of yourself as you can be. And live as much as you are able to live.
So, I hope you all have a good month.
If any of you are in Europe, I will be doing live events in Slovenia and Berlin in October. I think the dates are the 13th and the 19th. We will put them at the end of the video here.
And for those of you who are members of The Portal, I’ll see you at the live Q&A in a couple of weeks.
The “Boundaries” audio guide I mentioned is in the store, or it’s free to Portal members until the middle of this month.
So lots of love everybody.
Look after yourselves; look after each other and I’ll see you next month.