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  • INTERPLAY, EPISODE 1, OUT NOW: Exploring the Conscious, Subconscious, & Unconscious Facets of Mind

    “In this new series, we explore the intricate, complex, and beautiful construct of our minds, and learn how we can take advantage of this understanding to use it to our fullest potential.”

    Jo, CREATOR OF “INTERPLAY”

    I’m excited to announce that Episode 1 of the New Podcast Series, Interplay, Made With the Intent to Expand the Minds of Each and Every Listener, is Out Now!

    The reason that I crafted Interplay is to help anyone understand how we can use the power of our minds to their fullest potential, understanding how the unconscious, conscious, and subconscious makes up the basic structure of our mind, how these aspects of mind work with each other, and how we can use this interconnection and interplay to our advantage in processing information and programming the underlying functionalities of our mind. 

    Even though it is only episode 1, there was still a great deal of energy and heart that was incorporated into the makings of this content, and I plan to keep it this way through the entire series. This series is literally created one word at a time, with each word having a strategic placement in order to convey a grand meaning of why I created the show in the first place!


    Available to Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music!

    The episode itself is a mere 10 minutes long, and still has the potential to shift one’s perspective and open many new doors of thought. Welcome to the kick off of the Interplay series, and I appreciate all of your support, as always!

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    Thank you! All my love and best wishes to all of you beautiful minds. ❤
  • The Healing is Already Done.

    As we proceed on our healing journeys, we must not forget to acknowledge all of the healing that we’ve already done.

    Embrace it, my love.

    It’s a part of the healing process…” I told myself.

    With all the hurt I felt, my automatic response was to tell myself, “It will heal, it’s just a process.”

    On this path, there was always something else to heal.

    Which is not entirely false, although through this process, I found most of my energy being drawn towards the hurt rather than the healing itself.

    Healing” then became the mask that was worn by the “hurt“.

    This is healing.” became an excuse to focus on the hurt, which was painful, yet comforting in it’s familiarity.

    “Yes this will heal, and look at what already has.

    While I was sitting in meditation one day, this dropped on my head.

    I am healing… I am healing… I am healing…”

    “…wait… look at how much healing I have already done…”

    An immediate shift in perspective.

    Yes, I am healing, and I am also healed.

    I acknowledge this process, and I appreciate where I am now.

    Acknowledging this process, and allowing it to run it’s course, does not require constantly checking in on it.

    It is the constant checking in on it that keeps it active. (The Quantum Zeno effect.)

    This happens naturally, on it’s own time.

    Rather than focusing on what was being healed, and telling myself, “This is healing,” I began to focus on, and appreciate, how much healing I had already done, as this healing process was still going to occur whether I checked in on it or not.

    There will always be room for reflection, this is not meant to deny the hurt.

    Rather, this encourages one to experience it fully, to accept it, and to come to terms with it.

    When we avoid it, we trap ourselves in it, for the act of trying to escape from something enhances the illusion that there is something to escape from.

    When we deny it, we shove it into our unconscious, our shadow, and it shall subtly reveal itself in other areas of our lives.

    When we allow ourselves to rest in the center of our hurt, simply being, without fear, without fighting, and place our attention on the peace that resides within us, as a result of what has already healed, the peace that was once the same kind of hurt, we are choosing to see the glass as half full, which then attracts more positive experiences into our lives.

    At the end of the day, we choose the lens through which we perceive all of our human experiences, we choose what we attract into our lives by choosing what we allow into our lives, and we decide the direction we go in on this journey, which is also the destination in and of itself.

  • Living in the Middle

    The middle is a pretty comfortable place to be. What is it to live a balanced life, a life of “in between”?

    The Importance of Being Balanced

    To be in balance is to be at ease. There is no “other“, there is no opposition. When we are in balance there is no chasing one side, nor running from the other. There is no push, there is no pull. There is simply peace with all that is, with all that is not, and with everything in between.

    3 Tips for “Middle Living”

    Here are some reminders that help myself to be centered and balanced in life, with the aims that it may help you as well.

    1. BE WARY OF “EXTREMES”

    Perceiving the world through a filter of extremes is a major limitation. The truth is that this reality is a spectrum. Our minds often like to fit things into categories. We tend to label things as “this” or “thatfrom a dichotomous point of view.

    (It also helps to avoid talking in extremes, with the two main words to avoid being “always” and “never“.)

    Overall, a mindset of extremes is detrimental. Life is so complicated and that’s honestly the beauty of it. There is no concrete “thing” and there is no concrete “other”.

    Balance is embracing fluidity. To realize that there never was one or the other, but both. One and the other. Which encompasses it all. One, which is also both simultaneously.

    Therefore, by being in the “middle“, you encompass both things, one thing, and neither thing, all at the same time. What a concept, right?

    2. use YOUR BODY as YOUR COMPASS

    There are many metaphors that can be used with the physical body. One that I like to use in this case is thinking of the body as a compass, and a controller for our energy.

    The body, mind, and spirit are all intertwined and interconnected. Therefore, they all influence each other. Thinking of it in this way, we can literally use our physical bodies to adjust our balance on an energetic level.

    I will now share how I do this. I use these techniques on my own to calibrate my energy on a daily basis:

    1. First, it always helps me to do a quick energy cleanse. What this mainly does is clear any limiting energies that I may be holding onto unconsciously. I do this by:
    • Closing my eyes.
    • Visualizing a clear field encasing my body.
    • (In mind.) Focusing on the intention to cleanse my entire energetic field within that moment.
    • After that point, so be it, and it is done.

    2. The next step I take to balance my energy is to close my eyes, and bring all of my attention on my spine. For me, my spine basically represents my body’s antenna, and it’s a great tool for balancing. To do this:

    • I set the intention to accumulate and gather all of my energy into my spine, visualizing it as a magnetic force.
    • I imagine each inhale guiding my energy down my spine to the bottom, and each exhale guiding my energy up my spine to the top.
    • I visualize this energetic breathing pattern as a continuous and cyclical motion.
    • When all of my energy is rooted in my spine, I then move on to the next step.

    3. Lastly, I move into my heart center by:

    • Closing my eyes.
    • Bringing all of my awareness to my heart.
    • Visualizing a green field of energy surrounding it, feeling both the front of my body and the back of my body.
    • (In mind.) Setting the intention to be centered in this space, opening myself up to giving and receiving love. So be it. ❤

    Once I conclude rooting myself in my heart and along my spine, I like to finish off by visualizing energy flowing out of my heart center and into both of my palms, down my spine all the way to the bottoms of my feet, and up my spine meeting the crown of my head.

    This process leaves my physical and energetic bodies balanced, aligned, and rejuvenated.

    3. notice where your boundaries lie

    On a closing note, I will finish on the subject of boundaries. The importance of boundaries can often be overlooked. I know it seems contrary to what I touched upon earlier on the topic of reality being a spectrum, although I did also included that there was no “one” and no “other“, having it therefore be “both“.

    Using discernment can help us to determine whether boundaries serve us or limit us by being there. Boundaries can change, and sometimes they’re nonexistent when they should be present. We all create our own boundaries, and we all have them.

    Sometimes we’re confused about where they lie because they were never fully established, and sometimes we let them rule our lives by seeing them as a barrier that will always be there. By having boundaries that are well-maintained and in between both of these, we find balance in setting clear boundaries of our own and respecting the boundaries of others.

    A life in the middle is a never-ending dance. One of a constant flow and motion, twists and turns, rights and wrongs, and everything in between. So have fun, release rigidity, embrace your play, and be free in this wild complexity of what we call the universe. ❤

  • Why Do We Do What We Do?

    There is great power in taking a moment to stop and ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this?”

    A simple question can open so many new doors.

    The Power of Intention

    Intention is at the core of what fuels everything.

    It is important to realize that not all of our intentions are conscious. There are also unconscious intentions: When we do things without realizing why we do them.

    Sometimes, we have intentions that are different from the intentions that we think, and make ourselves believe, we have. This is when we say and believe that we are doing things for one reason, while we unconsciously do them for another.

    Regardless of whether it is conscious or unconscious, intention is powerful, and awareness is key in understanding why we do the things we do.

    Uncovering The Source

    To uncover the source of our actions, we must first become aware of the actions themselves.

    When we catch ourselves doing something that we don’t know why we do, first, it is important to notice everything that we can about this action.

    • How does this action make me feel?
    • Am I completely present for this action?
    • Is this something that I feel obligated to do?
    • Does this action serve me in any way?
    • Why am I doing this?

    The more conscious and open we are towards this action, the more we will be able to decode it. The more we will reveal about ourselves, to ourselves, and the closer we will become to understanding who we really are.

    (Note: This is also a form of shadow work.)

    It is ultimately our choice whether we put in the work to comprehend these underlying intentions that we all hold, and once we do so, we can make the conscious decision to choose a path of intent that serves us. This is what it means to live consciously.

    Does It Serve You?

    Now, the BIG question: Does this action serve you based on the intention that fuels it?

    This goes back to how the action makes you feel. Replenished? Drained? Fulfilled? Regretful? Do you do it out of love and compassion? Spite and envy? Does it bring you joy and excitement? Lack and dissatisfaction? Whatever it may be, the true answer lies in how it makes you feel.

    From this point, my simple rule of thumb moving forward is: “If it does serve me, then keep it. If it does not serve me, then get rid of it. For if it does not serve me, and I still keep it, then I am only betraying myself.

    I understand, first hand, how difficult of a process letting go can be, especially if it is something that we have become comfortable with. Regardless though, the first step in letting go of actions that do not serve us is by setting the intention to do so.

    Setting New Intentions

    Genuine, new intentions.

    In other words: If we, on some level, do not want the intention to be set, then it will not be set. It requires mental clarity and focus, a conscious understanding of “why” the intention is being set in the first place, and the will for the set intention to be carried out.

    In addition: When we make the decision to set a new intention, this intention can be for no one other than ourselves. It has to be an intention set by us, for us. Even if we set the intention to “give back to others“, we would have to do so from a place of being open to receive.

    (Also, please note: Prioritizing the self is not selfish, for we can never give if our tap is empty.)

    In conclusion: The best way to clear intentions that fuel actions that do not serve us, is to set new intentions that fuel actions that do. Intention is powerful, so let us choose to be conscious, and choose positive intent, for ourselves and others.

  • The Journey is the End Result

    It was impactful realizing that the moment I was working towards was never going to come, because it would only ever exist outside of this moment, which is all we have.

    The process is the end result, and the journey the destination. Thinking about the future and the past takes the importance away from this moment, and places it on something that lives outside of us. I’m not saying to never contemplate moments outside of this one, it’s just crucial to not forget that we are here, not there.

    Chasing an Illusion

    If we’re caught up chasing a series of outcomes, we lose sight of what’s right in front of us. We fall into the mentality of, “After I get this, I’ll feel better.” which, of course, is short lived once obtained, as there will always be something else to “get” in order to be satisfied.

    This sense of satisfaction derived from external circumstances is at the core of this illusion. If you look around you, and choose to become consciously aware of all that you have to genuinely appreciate in this moment, you’ll come to realize that you already are successful and abundant.

    Abundance is a mindset, not a circumstance. If we place ourselves in an energy of lack, then we will always see from the perspective of what we do not have, convincing ourselves that our lives are not good enough as they are. When we place ourselves in an energy of gratitude, we are then able to see our true wealth and potential, attracting all that we need as we see all that we have.

    Running from Thought

    It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts, especially when they’re fueled by fear and selfdoubt. When this happens, one thought usually leads to another, until it becomes an overwhelming story of surviving an illusionary and self-constructed demise, running from a series of past events, and avoiding a potentially painful future.

    This story is only scary because we believe it, and therefore, we run from it. We can still learn from lessons in our past, and take action to guide our future, but the second we allow the past and future to take over our presence is when we lose the joy of being “here, and all that comes with it.

    We then end up running from thoughts about a time that doesn’t exist, a fear that isn’t here, and circumstances that grow the more attention we give it. The truth is that, although we may not realize it, by following these thoughts, we are unintentionally running from presence. We never get this moment again, so why not choose to enjoy it while it’s here?

    True Freedom

    To realize that this life journey is the end result… Each moment is a new experience when we choose to take it in, and see all that it has to offer. When we live our lives waiting for the next opportunity, the “next” moment, we waste so much of it living in dissatisfaction.

    Making mindful choices within each moment is where our true power lies. We are the directors of our own destiny, so let us not choose to be the “victims” of our lives. We are all artists, expressing our freedom and creativity with this life as our canvas.

    Similar to the way we listen to a song with the intention of enjoying the full experience, rather than waiting in limbo for the end to come, we should go about life the same. This is true freedom, the freedom that can never be lost.