Get Rid of the Trash- A New Years Revolution!

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So many of our lives are cluttered with trash and excess. We cannot live to the fullest because of all the trash.

When someone invests in a repo-home that has been “trashed” what is the first thing that they need to do to begin renovating that home? Yep! Take out the trash! Before the house is cleaned, before the house is painted and updated, YOU MUST GET RID OF THE TRASH. If you try and reverse this process and paint first or clean, it will be a mess and very difficult to get to the results you want. The trash will impede your progress and clutter your vision. Taking out and dumping everything you do not want in that house produces the quickest and most dramatic results- it is the beginning of a revolution.

Sitting at the precipice of a new year, many of us are ready for a revolution in our lives.  We are done trying to make what we have better- we want something completely different. Heretofore,  many of us have set about trying to put on a coat of spiritual paint or clean up mistakes without giving much thought to moving the trash out of our lives. All our effort seems to leave us no better off as we realize that we still feel frustrated, lost and unfulfilled. Our vision is impaired by all the clutter; as we lose sight of our purpose we cease to progress. Then, we sit and wonder why we feel depressed.

The “trash” is anything that clutters your mind and life and distracts you from living in the present moment.

The Bible teaches that to God- source energy, a thousand years is as one day; not because God sits in the sky and keeps a different calendar from us; but because time is simply an illusion of this dimension. Source just is. Source has no time limit. Source says, I AM! In the moment, in this present moment, I AM! Source is our life force- our chi. Past and present are part of the illusion of time. Our life force is I AM- here and now, alive, conscious.

Trash is all the excesses that depletes our chi energy. Is your mind cluttered with yesterday’s baggage and tomorrow’s concerns? Get rid of the trash! Meditate. Be present. Be conscious. Be ALIVE!

Life is a gift. The trash is anything that stops the flow of vibrant life.

What “things” do we need to live at this present moment? Air, water, food, shelter and clothing- all life sustaining! The essentials sustain life, the rest consumes life. To be conscious is to be aware of what sustains or feeds your life energy and what depletes it. When our life is abundant, (which is not only how it could be, but how it should be) we have rivers of life flowing out from within that water everything around us. If you begin to dump trash into a river and keep it up for a long time, that river will become clogged and may even dam up the flow. The trash- clutters, clogs, distracts and keeps the flow of life giving energy from moving freely.

The trash is the excess of stuff packed away in closets and drawers.
The trash is the excess food, drink and other substances our bodies do not need.
The trash is all of yesterday’s baggage and tomorrow’s worries.
The trash are things in our life that no longer serve a purpose.
The trash are attitudes that drain us, unforgiveness that enslaves us to bitterness and judgments that condemn us. For the bible tells us that the way we judge others is the way we judge ourselves.
The trash is a head full of knowledge, yet no practice.

Knowledge is like a bank account- it can endlessly stored and saved. But unless it’s applicable it can weigh us down. Unless we take it out and put it to use, its useless. It is better to know less and live what you know, than to know so much and do nothing with it. Knowledge is a tool. Some of our old out-dated tools need to be laid aside for newer and more efficient tools that help us live a more abundant life. Be picky about what you study- what you give your mind to. Wisdom is knowing how and when to use the knowledge you’ve accumulated.

One way to identify how cluttered and trashed your mind and spirit are is to really open your eyes and look about you. Is your physical surroundings full of excess clutter and trash? Our physical reality is always a mirror of our internal reality, for within the mind and spirit is where all creation begins.

Exercise for decluttering your life:

Take out the trash- in your home, office, car, purse, cupboards, storage units, offices, desks, bedrooms, drawers, etc… Take one space at a time and empty it completely. Then clean it, paint it,  and only put back what truly sustains or adds to your life force. Dump the rest. As you take up this task in your physical reality, you will notice a conflict begin within your internal reality. Just take note of it. Do not over analyze it. Do not judge it. Just notice it. Acknowledge it. Then, with a grateful heart for the understanding that it’s purpose was served set it free. Don’t keep anything out of guilt. If you don’t use it, if it doesn’t bless your life, if it’s just taking up space, let it go!

Once the trash is removed and the river is unclogged it will begin to flow once again. Now is the time to ask for Spirit to show us new heights to climb, with a fresh and clear vision. Now is the time to discover what makes us come ALIVE! Now is the time to pour out from an overflowing heart, rivers of blessings on mother earth and her inhabitants.

Will 2017 be a year of palpable and exhilarating revolution?

It all depends on what we do with the trash!

Happy New Year!

Empowering Lesson from 2016

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This year I have learned that life is eternal, both forwards and backwards. Time is only a perception of this dimension. Therefore death is but a passage from one reality to another, and there is no need to be in a hurry about life.

I learned how to lovingly let people go that disrespect me. I have learned to ask myself if I would treat a person the way they are treating me and if there is a resounding NO! within, I can be sure they are crossing my personal boundaries and I do not have to tolerate that.

I learned I am not responsible for other people’s happiness nor are they for mine. I came to understand that other people’s opinions of me are really about them and none of my business. The way they see me or anything else is a reflection of their own inner self which they are responsible for, not me.

I have learned to fully embrace my truth. It doesn’t matter whether anyone else’s gets it or not. It’s okay if my truth is in direct contrast to someone else’s truth. Its still my truth and I need not doubt that.

I have learned to find the magic in everyday living and that it is through magic that life becomes enchanting and beautiful.

I have learned that I create my reality through perception and emotion.

I learned to let go of regrets, because, all of life is hindsight and we are all just learning and in different places of our evolution. Every experience, every choice, every thing thus far has made me what I am today. And I have come to learn that I am a pretty awesome somebody.

I learned how to be my own best friend- and consequently have conquered loneliness and feelings of isolation. I have learned how to love and care for myself first and that doing so only increases the positive impact I have on all my loved ones.

I have learned that to let go of being the caretaker of others actually empowers them and demonstrates confidence in them to find their own path.

I have learned I don’t have to go to places that I feel uncomfortable at or hang around people that don’t value me- no matter who they are. I have a choice and I have learned to make choices that feel good to me. My life matters too!

I have learned you cannot create happiness if you keep doing things that you don’t like to do and going to places you don’t want to be, or trying to impress people that could care less about you. If you want to be happy, you must do things and go places that make you feel happy. You have to be with people that make you smile. I have a choice!

I have learned to focus on those precious few relationships that allow me to be my most authentic self, freely and without judgement.

I have learned that JOY is always found in the journey. The destination is just the culmination of that specific journey’s joy. I have learned to slow down and enjoy the ride. The journey is always continuing.

I have learned to speak kind words to myself and to always love and approve of myself.

I have learned that passion is not found in controlling life, but in co-creating with it. I have learned that life is a dance and a celebration and most of all it is a gift.

I have learned that emotional pain is inflicted not by what happens to us, but by the story we tell ourselves about what happened. I have learned to tell myself a different story and to give the power back to myself.

I have learned that people play games all the time- albeit, unwittingly. I have learned to see the games and step away from them. I have learned that I would rather have one friend that is truly authentic and honest with me, than many friends that just want me to play a part in their games to make them feel better about themselves.

There are games and their is magic. I have chosen the later for it’s the stuff that childhood enchantment is made of.

The best part of 2016 has been spending time with family and friends who authentically love me and my company! These are ones who do not spread gossip, nor look down their lofty noses at others. These are ones who fully embody their own journey and allow others to fully embody theirs. These are friends and family that have put joy in my heart and a smile on my face this past year. You know who you are!

I have loved being a mother, a wife, a grandma, a sister and a friend to others.

2016 was an empowering year!

Life- The Amusement Park

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Imagine that you are at an amusement park. You are excited with childlike glee to be here. It’s a brand-new innovated park in which the “rides” are actual doors to whatever you wish to experience.

The place is so expansive and massive, there seems to be no end to options. There are doors to any country or culture. There are doors to all sorts of adventures. There are doors to creativity and careers. There are doors to emotions, any emotion you want to feel. There are doors to the past- to history and doors to the future. There are doors to outer-space and doors to the dimension of atoms. The doors are endless.

And you get to choose which door, or ride, you are going to take- all purely for the fun of it, for the experience and the expansion that particular choice will provide.

Imagine that the way to pass through a new door is simply through thought- because these experiences come through perception and as soon as perception shifts, a new door opens and a new experience begins.

Now, imagine this is actually your soul… before you came here, and here is simply a door you entered through thought. In order to fully experience the ride, you left everything behind- even memory of where you came from.

Imagine that the soul purpose of this life is simply to experience for the sake of expansion.  It is your choosing. It is all just a trip and you have all power within to shift the experience at anytime.

Imagination is a gift- a tool- a portal. Imagination is the key!

 

Almost Raw Vegan Chow Mein

 

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O my goodness! I didn’t think vegan could possibly taste this good.

The key to awesome vegan cooking is to be creative- treat it like an art- for indeed it is. Pay attention to your intuition. Be mindful of the ingredients you add.

Like a singer that takes a song, learns it, and then makes it their own, make your recipes your own.

For this dish I baked a large spaghetti squash (only ended up needing half of it). Split it in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place face down on a baking sheet with a little water in the bottom. Bake at 375 for 35-45 min. As soon as you can poke a fork through the skin, remove from oven. Do not cook till mushy or it will not be good for this dish. The flesh should be tender-crisp.

While it’s baking, in a small bowl mix together a sauce of:

2 tsp. Toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup organic Tamari sauce

2 tsp coconut sugar or other sweetener

1 clove garlic, minced

Set aside.

prepare following ingredients:

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 bell peppers diced

2 cups shredded purple cabbage

1 carrot julliended

Heat 2 tbs. olive oil over low heat. Add onions:

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Stir and cook till slightly softened. Add carrots:

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Stir and cook another minute then turn off heat. Add remaining veggies and scrape out hot spaghetti squash (approximately 2-4 cups of it. Use your good judgment)


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Stir in the sauce. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion.
Yum!

 

Vegan Life


Generally I have found that if it doesn’t look good, it won’t taste good. 

I decided not to view this change to a vegan diet as a deprivation of all the yummy foods I used to love, but rather as a new life wherein I am discovering new foods with even more deliciousness. 

It has rekindled my passion for food preparation. This vegan life-style requires thought, innovation, research and creativity. I am challenged to make the most satisfying dishes in the healthiest possible way. It is an adventure and a whole new world. 

For lunch today I made a sandwich that was to die for with a Marsala vegan patty, grilled onion, bell pepper, tomato, lettuce and a bit of my mock cheese sauce, all on toasted, gluten free rye bread. 

I’ve got plans for a Vegan borscht for dinner. Mmmm mmmm! 

Who is Responsible for All the Suffering in the World?

My diet today is approximate 90% vegan… I believe this video, along with others I have recently watched will take me to 100%
 
We have so many choices in our country and so much to sift through and decide. We have access to so many types of foods. Anymore, I can’t even purchase meat or eggs without images of the suffering I am now so aware of going though my head.
 
When my kids were little we raised chickens for eggs. One time we decided to order some quick growing broilers for meat… much more humane than what we were learning goes on in factory farming right? 
That flock of baby chicks grew so quick and so unnaturally fat they could barely walk. Never-the-less, they were living, feeling animals that ran after us like a brood of happy children whenever we were outside, hoping it was feeding time.
The day came when we were to slaughter them. I had a Russian friend of mine, who raised chickens for meat since she was a young girl, come over to help us with the process. We also had another family, had gone in on the cost of raising them, join us for the big event.
One by one the chickens heads were chopped off. Each one of us were offered an opportunity to chop of a head, taking turns. I refused to do any killing, but tried to look brave and tough. I sensed the anxiety in the other chickens as they awaited their fate.
After they stopped flopping around, we dipped their bodies in boiling hot water and removed their beautiful feathers. The smell was repulsive and lingered with me for weeks afterwards. It took me about a month before I could even eat the meat.
Yes, the chicken broth was deep colored rich with the nutrients meant to keep the chicken healthy life.
I solaced myself with the thought that at least they were “humanely” raised and slaughtered. But the reality is, what part of “slaughter” is humane?
 
It was all a learning experience. Most my family and friends will roll their eyes at these thoughts and say I am too fanatical or too sensitive.
I don’t really care about that anymore.
I’m not saying that it is just plain wrong to eat meat. But I am becoming aware of what our meat consumption is doing to our planet and of the immense suffering going on and the difference some clear education and a few changes can make for myself and others.
 
We say we want world peace. We say we want suffering to cease. But where, when, and how is any of that going to take place if when people bring out the truth and common sense they continue to be criticized and/or ostracized from society?
 
How can things change in any arena of discord, if all we do is stand around and make fun of each other? When have smart-ass remarks  anybody anywhere. As a whole the world is severely suffering. And why? So our personal nest isn’t ruffled? So we can continue to indulge our senses and ignore the price that is paid to do so?
 
It’s not just about veganism and animal cruelty; Its also about world hunger, slave labor, child pornography, the Holocaust of abortion;
It’s about devaluing life.
Its about apathy. We are each responsible for our part.
 
I am responsible for my part. I am responsible every time I buy eggs and cheese- for the health issues they cause, for the deception and oppression of the pharmaceutical companies continuing to have power over us, for the blatant abuse and slaughter of billions of animals. I am responsible every time I purchase products from countries who utilize child labor. I am responsible for purchasing products from companies that sexually exploit women, children and even men. I am responsible when I form opinions not based on personal open and honest research, but on media-madness, and peer pressure.
I am responsible every time I pull down the blinders, close my ears and shut my eyes because the truth means I need to make a change.
 
Who is responsible for all the suffering in the world?
Not some invisible God in the sky,
But you and I, just you and I
Who is responsible for all the tears being shed?
Don’t point to the other guy
Cause it’s you and I, just you and I
Everyday we are making choices
To close our ears or hear the rising voices
We’re either part of the problem or the solution
Take some time to think about your contribution
Who is responsible for so much corruption?
Not some politician way up high;
But it’s you and I, just you and I
Who is responsible for all the injustice?
It’s not the lawyer on the sly
But you and I, just you and I
Do not believe the lie of the hour
That it’s too late and give away your power
Do not idly wait for our destruction
Use your life for positive reconstruction
Who will change the world and make it a better place?
Not some big dictator up in the sky
But you and I just you and I
Who is responsible to end all war and hate?
Not the devil standing by,
But you and I, just you and I!
Written by Elizabeth A. Van Cleve
10/22/2016

Vegan Cheesy Dip

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I don’t know what it is, but I fecking love this stuff!

Whipped up in my high-power blender, it’s a tantalizing, body-loving blend of steamed veggies, turmeric, cashews and nutritional yeast.

Trader Joe’s organic Longboards chips are a perfect match for dipping, but I also love it atop of taco salad or a baked potato with steamed broccoli.

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I can’t say it taste a whole lot like nacho cheese but in my opinion it definitely rivals it.

This recipe is an adaption from:

Lori & Lexie’s Combo Nacho Sauce

First add:

1/3 cup cup raw cashews- place in bottom of blender and pour just enough very hot water over it to cover.

Next steam together 1 cup (overflowing) each: diced cauliflower, carrots and white or red potatoes, until tender-crisp (5-10 min.). Save steaming liquid

Meanwhile, add to blender:

1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbs. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp granulated garlic (or a clove of garlic)
1/4 tsp turmeric (or a thumb of turmeric root)

Now add the steamed veggies and blend until smooth. If too thick, add a little of the steam water from the veggies until desired consistency.
Optional: Hot peppers for garnish, sprinkle with a little cumin or smoked paprika

Serve warm or cold with chips, or warm atop of favorite dish in place of cheese sauce.

The Message is Simple… LOVE!

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Lately, it seems to be quite a struggle to hold onto hope for real world peace, to feel safe and secure in life, and to trust in the best intentions of humanity. News headlines lines literally wreak with purifying stories of hatred and malice, murder and deceit, heartache and suffering. I suppose the most baffling aspect of it all is why would things be worse, when there are churches and religions massively covering the earth claiming to teach unity and love? In fact, I don’t think there is hardly a religious person out there that would not agree that LOVE is the key that unlocks happiness, peace, joy, liberation, forgiveness…

Then why, why is the world in such a mess?
Why is religion not impacting the world as it could be?

The reason religion is failing to unify is because of a little conjunction that most religion adds to the simple message to love.

That conjunction is “and”.

What comes after that conjunction is as vast and as varied as personalities are.

Love and go to church
Love and give money
Love and dress the way we dictate
Love and submit to authority
Love and be baptized
Love and call yourself a_____________
Love and join our affiliation
Love and see things the way we see them
Love and agree with everything the pastor preaches
Love and don’t listen to rock music
Love and wear a covering on your head
Love and don’t ask questions
Love and be compliant
Love and serve our church
Love and stay away from______________

On and on and on it goes. Where it stops nobody knows.

Its not what follows the “and” that is the problem. It’s the “and” being there in the first place.
The “and” is what breaks the fellowship. The “and” is what divides. The “and” is what turns love into hypocrisy. The “and” is what removes the unconditional. Its the “and” that provides the excuse to commit atrocities. Its the “and” that inflates the ego. It’s that little conjuntion “and” that is added to the simple message of LOVE that dilutes it and robs it of its potency.

LOVE!

That is the key to world peace. That is the key to happiness. That is the key to Spirit.

God is love. Love is God.

The message of the sages is simple:

LOVE!

Written by Elizabeth A. Van Cleve
10/09/2016

Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Burgers for Breakfast

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Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger with authentic Indian spices provided a non-traditional, warm and savory plant-based breakfast for me this morning.

Accompanied with a salad of cucumber, tomatoes and cilantro, some steamed broccoli, crisp apple slices and Mrs. Bubbles fermented sauerkraut tossed together with shredded purple cabbage. Lots of color- lots of nutrition!

 

Your Inner River that Satifies

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There is a river
That flows from deep within,
There is a fountain
That frees the soul from sin,
Come to this water,
There is a vast supply,
There is a river
That never shall run dry.

This song talks about the river that “flows from deep within.”

In my book, “The Voice of God Within” I share my journey out of the abyss of religious muck and mire and finding true soul freedom when I began to listen within. I still hear that voice, and I have more peace now than I ever did in stuck in the boxed up teachings of Christianity.

However, my time spent in religion was not in vain. It was a stepping stone to where I am today- a learning process. I do not regret it. I was doing my very best during those years with what I understood. Nor do I advocate that religion is unnecessary. Many people are helped greatly by their religious affiliation.

But the greatest freedom, joy, peace and love all come from the voice within– There is a river that flows deep within each and every one of us. Most religious systems teach that you have to go through a process to receive this special infilling that gives you access to this river. Yet, I have found that it is these very processes offered that keep you away from this precious inner guidance. Religious dogma and expectations cause a person to look more without than within.

The REAL awakening comes when you hear and listen to the voice within. This voice is in every one of us. It is the very spark of life. It is the realization that YOU are the temple of God. Not a building or a group of people- but YOU! The Christ experience is to understand that you too are God incarnate.

“Is it not written in your scriptures, Ye are gods?” ~Jesus Christ

This song talks about freedom from sin, which is what keeps us from drinking of this eternal river. Sin is separation from God, or to put it more plainly- separation from SELF. It is anything that keeps you from listening within. When we hear that voice within, it leads us to have abundant life.

“I came so that you might have a more abundant life” ~Jesus Christ

To be religious is to be dedicated to a systematic way of living, to its rules, and to its religious observances. It is to have an allegorical “old-testament” way of life- to fear and quake before a powerful God- outside yourself, that will one day destroy all that is known to us today; it is to be judgmental of yourself and others; it is to separate, to war against, and to destroy your personal self- old testament religion is divisive. It is an allegorical testament of the evolution of man.

But to be authentic- or what Christ said to the woman at the well, to be in spirit and in truth, is to listen within; it is to drink of the inner eternal waters; it is to be reconnected to yourself; it is to become alive to your true, authentic self, which is God incarnate; it is to be free from rules and regulations and simply subjected to yourself to your own inner guidance system; it is to connect to pure, infinite, unconditional love; it is peace and serenity with yourself, with this life here, with others, and with God; it is the peace that passes understanding; it is to know that you can never really be separate from God; it is understanding that nothing in and of itself is evil or bad, but only perceived as evil (Romans 14:14); it is to be okay with where other people are in their journey; It is the freedom from feeling responsible for other peoples journey; it is to love everyone everywhere because you realize that what you do to one, you ultimately do to yourself; it is understanding that we are all of one source and life is eternal, and this too shall pass; it is knowing that the only thing that is real is that which never changes- that voice of God within- that YOU that has been there all along…

Look for that river within- it is a VAST supply!